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Community Christmas Toy Store

Brandon Twp.- Santa needs some helpers. The Community Christmas Toy Store (CCTS), a non-profit organization formed to provide Christmas gifts for low-income families in the Brandon School District, is seeking donations of toys, books, games and more to make sure that all area children have presents to open this holiday season....more >>

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Calendar Gingerbread house From 4-5 p.m., Nov. 22, the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St., will host a gingerbread house decorating class Youth in grades 5 and 6 will decorate a gingerbread house made out of milk cartons and graham crackers....more >>

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No trespassing On Nov. 9, at 7:45 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to vehicles trespassing on vacant property at the end of Parker Lane. No trespassing signs had been posted and an access trailed blocked numerous times by the owners, only to have the signs and obstacles removed....more >>

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Coat drive The "Coats for the Cold" coat drive runs through Nov. 30. Bring new or gently used coats to Real Estate One, 875 S. Ortonville Road, and place in the PODS bin. Details: 248-627-5414....more >>

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Deputy's five mile pursuit of DUI suspect ends in arrest, jail

On Nov. 13, at 3:05 a.m., a Brandon deputy on patrol southbound on Ortonville Road near Allen Road saw a vehicle pass another motorist in his rearview mirror. The deputy and the motorist that had been behind his patrol car were doing the speed limit....more >>

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Brandon Township budget hearing set for Dec. 6

Brandon Twp.- After a year of workshops and lengthy, sometimes contentious discussions, the township board has a 2011 budget to present to residents. A public hearing on the 2011 budget will be held during the next township board meeting, set for 7:30 p....more >>

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Nuccio steps down, school board member needed

After 15 years as a Brandon Board of Education trustee, Beth Nuccio is leaving after being elected Oakland County Commissioner, District 1. Now, the school board and superintendent must find a replacement....more >>

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Twp.board to consider new sheriff contract

Atlas Twp.- The township board of trustees is expected to approve a new police contract with the Genesee County Sheriff's Department at the regular meeting planned for 7 p.m., Nov....more >>
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Goodrich Martian Zack Sweet heads to Texas for Division I review

Zack Sweet is ready to take his game to the next level. The Goodrich Martian junior has already been named captain of the varsity football team for the 2011 season and is prepared for college recruiters to be watching when he takes to the field next season....more >>
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Water tainted at BHS

Brandon Twp.- Something's in the water. That was the conclusion first of the Oakland County Health Division, which found coliform bacteria in Brandon High School's water supply and ordered the district on Nov....more >>
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Reward offered for info on twp. cat shooter

After more than 20 years in the Oakland County Animal Control Division, Joanie Toole has seen her share of animals in distress. But earlier this month, Toole, who now serves as the administrative supervisor for OCACD admits animal suffering has reached a new low....more >>

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Twp. board chops cops

Following latest reduction deputy ranks this year dwindles from 14 to 10.5 at township substation

Brandon Twp.- Police staffing in the township took another blow Monday night with further reductions approved by the board. A motion to eliminate the deputy II K-9 position from the township's contract with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office effective Jan....more >>
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'A lot of families don't have food to fill bowls...'

Brandon Twp.- Thanksgiving is often celebrated as a time of abundance, with dining tables laden with a variety of food. But for some families, empty bowls and empty stomachs are a regular occurence throughout the year....more >>

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Off O'Mara's bucket list: NYC Marathon

On Nov. 7, 45,344 runners took part in the ING New York City Marathon. Erin O'Mara, a 2002 Goodrich High School graduate, was among them. Her finishing time of 2:52:24 placed her 17th in her age group of 25-29 year-old women, 44th among all female finishers, and 450th overall....more >>
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Sherman property purchase agreement

Ortonville- Sold. The Brandon School Board has accepted a purchase agreement for the former Sherman Lifelong Learning Center, located at 330 Sherman Court in the village. The board unanimously approved the proposed sale of the property to local business owner Paul Breakie during their Nov....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19, at The Citizen, 12 South St., Ortonville. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy sweet treats and conversation....more >>

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Commission eyes marijuana, cell tower application

Atlas Twp.-Those looking to set up shop for a medical marijuana dispensary in the township may just have to wait. The township planning commission will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 17 at 7386 Gale Road, Goodrich and hear a report on medical marijuana from township attorney David Lattie....more >>

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Commission dumps commercial rezoning

'Everyone is afraid of change...'

Brandon Twp.- Not in my backyard. This seems to describe the sentiment of several residents who attended Tuesday night's township planning commission meeting and voiced their opposition to a request by Mark Cherry, owner of Country Oaks Landscape Supply, 3967 Seymour Lake Road, to have his property rezoned from residential to commercial....more >>

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Devoted Friends Animal Society

'We want to save as many animals as we can...'

Brandon Twp.- Animals in need of a home can find one with the help of a new non-profit organization. Kim Hagar and Linda Muiter-Carmean have formed the Devoted Friends Animal Society, a 501c 3 organization, in order to rescue animals from shelters and place them in foster homes until their forever homes are found....more >>
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Mishaps, confusion—'Harvey' on stage

A 6-foot 1-inch rabbit named Harvey would seem a rather unique, if not quirky or slightly insane, best friend. Playgoers will get to know the special companion of Elwood P. Doud, played by Goodrich High School student Steven Brauer, the main character in the GHS performance "Harvey," set to debut at 7 p....more >>

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New look village council shuffles, shakes amidst resignation

Goodrich- New people. New direction. Monday night's village council meeting—the first after new council members Doug McAbee and Phil Jackson ousted incumbent council president Edmund York along with Dave Lucik following the Nov....more >>
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'For the first time in awhile, I feel optimistic about Michigan's recovery'

Face-to-face with Groveland Township resident Ruth Johnson, newly elected Michigan Secretary of State

Ruth Johnson will travel 140 miles round trip between her home in Groveland Township and her new office in Lansing, where she begins work in January after being elected Nov. 2 as Secretary of State....more >>
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'Born Free,' latest Kid Rock video, filmed at Cook's Farm Dairy

Brandon Twp.- The dairy cattle at Cook's Farm Dairy have it pretty good—a warm barn, plenty to eat, and a pasture to graze. But on Oct. 8, the herd of about 200 received a little entertainment, too....more >>
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A time to honor veterans

Tami Grimaldi, with her mother, Marilyn Reynolds, takes a photo of her father Theodore J. Reynolds Sr.'s engraved name at All Saint's Cemetery's Veterans Day ceremony. Theodore served in the U....more >>

Schools have more transparency rules

New State Transparency rules require school districts to post budgets, expenditures and compensations, including employees whose salaries are over $100,000. According to the district, 14 Clarkston Community Schools employees' base salary meet that level....more >>
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Teacher's legacy lives on

W. Leigh Bonner retired from his job as a teacher at Clarkston High School in 1982, but he never stopped teaching. Bonner, who departed this life the day before Veterans Day, Nov. 10, 2010, at the age of 90, spoke about his World War II experiences with Clarkston Junior High School students for the past several years....more >>
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Davisburg students honor vets

Davisburg Elementary fifh graders honored veterans at Davisburg Cemetery, Nov. 11. The students marched in silence from the elementary school to the cemetery and placed American flags in markers at veterans' gravesites, in honor of Veterans Day....more >>
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One house for theater, conservatory

The Clarkston Village Players and Clarkston Conservatory of Music are teaming up to develop The Clarkston Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA). "The plan here is for those two groups to come together," said Bart Clark, president of CCPA board of trustees....more >>
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Thank you veterans!

Veterans lined the Clarkston Elementary hallways after being honored and treated to a Thanksgiving skit by the students, on Nov. 11. The students walked through the hallways and shook the veterans's hands and thanked them for all they have done....more >>
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Tree damage fixed, home again

All tree traces removed, the Wilson family is back in their Holcomb Road home. "It took a long time it was a not so fun summer," said Amy Wilson, who lives there with her husband, Greg, and their children Hailey, Abby, and Brady....more >>

Supervisor takes issue with story

After receiving 15 calls last Thurs. asking why he lied about the Deputy Supervisor position, Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner decided to call the Clarkston News. "Nobody calls me a liar, one thing I am is a person of my word that means everything to me," Wagner said....more >>
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Businesses' best shown at Expo

Clarkston High School hosted a full house at Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce's Best of the Best Expo, Nov. 11. Fully booked, 110 business and community groups displayed and explained their services and products, and people filled their bags with free samples and swag....more >>
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Fallen veterans honored

Vietnam Veterans of Oakland County Chapter 133 Honor Guard, Jerry Howard, Lance Butler, Bob Connely, Ted Jordan, and Ron Rayner, joined family and friends to salute fallen veterans at All Saint's Cemetery, Nov....more >>
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Students learn from professionals

Clarkston High School's Acappella and Ann Arbor's Skyline High School singing groups enjoyed a day of workshops with professional A cappella singing group "Firedrill" on Nov....more >>
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Shooting Stars

60 years of wedded bliss for Waids

Bob and Violet Waid's first date was also the first time they met. It didn't go that well. "I was angry I didn't like him, Violet said. But Bob felt bad, and quickly drove back over to apologize....more >>
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Lunch for vets

Dozens of veterans ranging from World War II to the ongoing war in Afghanistan enjoyed lunch courtesy of Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center, Nov. 12 at the American Legion Hall Post 63....more >>
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Fire good for Indian Springs

Seventeen acres of Indian Springs Metropark went up in smoke, Nov. 8, but for a good cause. Park officials conducted the prescribed ecological burn as part of its management plan to restore a healthy prairie ecosystem in the park....more >>
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Feeding the hungry one family at a time

Students at Cedar Crest Academy helped pack thousands of meals for hungry families, Oct. 23. The meals, consist of "soy, veggies, chicken and rice" in 13.8 oz. packages, were donated to Lighthouse North in Indepedence Township and Kids Against Hunger International....more >>
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A different perspective

Pine Knob Elementary students carefully walked around with a blindfold over their eyes while using a walking stick. The fourth-graders participated in Disability Awareness Day on Nov....more >>

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Goodfellows on sale

Clarkston Rotarians and volunteers hit the streets, Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, to spread some Goodfellow news. All proceeds from the newspaper sale will be used in Rotary's Shoes for Kids program, providing new winter boots, shoes, hats, and gloves to Clarkston children in need....more >>

'Stuff-a-Bus'

Clarkston School Bus Drivers collect donations at their annual "Stuff-a-Bus," 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 11-12, at the Kroger on Sashabaw Road near Maybee. Donations will be taken to Lighthouse North of Clarkston to help local families with the holidays....more >>

Holiday Lights parade planned

Clarkston High School Team RUSH is planning this year's Holiday Lights Parade, "Holidays in Motion," 6 p.m., Dec. 11. Community groups and organizations are invited to participate....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "CMS variety show earns R-E-S-P-E-C-T" Keith Chadrick, Kendra Harlow, Sandra Richardson, and classmates entertained the Clarkston Middle School audience at the show....more >>
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Speaker delivers difficult but 'very, very important' Veterans' Day message

'You need to know the look of need on their face'

The community came out strong to honor veterans last week at the Orion Veterans Memorial, and a number of community organizations took part in the ceremony. The Blue Star Mothers placed a wreath, the Church Street Singers sang, and Boy Scout Troop 128 led the pledge....more >>

Former Wildcat named interim superintendent

Marion Ginopolis, a former superintendent in Oxford, got a chuckle out of the school board when she smiled and said, "I'm changing from a Wildcat to a Dragon." Ginopolis beat out four other candidates for the Lake Orion Community Schools' interim superintendent position....more >>

School officials lay plans for bond money

Campaigning for the school district's bond election will begin this week while dollar signs and priorities are still being worked out. So far, the $25.5 million in proposed money is slated for safety/security ($2....more >>
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LOHS grads building business at home

Running low on dinner ingredients, lunch fixings or snack food? Better go get some groceries. Better yet, let GoGet go get some groceries and bring them to you. GoGet Grocery Delivery Service is the entrepreneurial endeavor of Ryan Lewandowski and Bill Peterson, both Lake Orion High School graduates and lifelong members of the community....more >>

A fix for Scripps: Township makes plans to improve traffic flow around Lake Orion High School

Now that Tri-Party funds are almost assuredly coming in 2011, Orion Township is ready to get the show on the road. Scripps Road, that is. The board of trustees approved funding Monday for the initial phase of a project aimed at "improving the northbound turn lane off Scripps westbound onto M-24....more >>

Three charged with breaking in Oxford market

Kyle Burch, 19 of Lake Orion and David VanLuven, 18 of Davisburg, were lodged in Oakland County Jail and charged with one count each for attempted breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools after they allegedly broke into a building on Wednesday, Nov....more >>
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A round of applause for volunteers in 2010

Thank you. That was the simple message from the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA) last Thursday at their Volunteer Appreciate Party when more than 60 guests helped the DDA celebrate downtown businesses and volunteers in 2010....more >>

Celebrating tradition: Family prepares for a busy day as CJ's diner serves up free Thanksgiving dinners

The Slomczenskis say they have plenty to be thankful for as their tradition of providing community members with a free Thanksgiving dinner marks its 31st year. The meal, served Nov....more >>

Briefly: 'Homeless' out on video

Lake Orion's Gabby Phillips, now back home and in sixth grade, is signing copies of "Homeless for the Holidays," Saturday, Nov. 20 from noon until 2 p.m. Phillips plays a big part in the new-to-DVD movie, which she filmed last year out of town....more >>

Briefly: Gather 'round for LOHS play

Thespian Troupe 2898 of Lake Orion High School is proud to announce the opening of "12 Angry Jurors" Nov. 18, running through Nov. 20. This is a take-off of the 1957 play "Twelve Angry Men" starring Henry Fonda....more >>

Briefly: Members rejoin downtown board

Tom Traurig and Terry Hockstad will return as members to the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board. Both had terms expiring Nov. 1, but expressed interest in serving another term....more >>
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You are not forgotten

In honor of Veterans Day, members of Cub Scout Pack 366 planted American flags by the graves of veterans buried in Oxford's Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery on W. Burdick St. Pictured: Scout Tyler Sellers places a flag by the grave of World War I veteran George E....more >>

High school to be overrun with emergency personnel

When driving by Oxford High School this Friday morning, Nov. 19, do not be alarmed if there are numerous emergency response vehicles in the parking lots. It is not an emergency. It's a practice one -- an armed intruder simulation as part of the "Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools" grant awarded to Oxford in conjuncture with Lake Orion and Clarkston schools, by the United States Department of Education and Office of Drug Free Schools....more >>

Fire union, twp. agree to contract

Oxford's 12 union firefighters got something last week they've never had before their very first labor agreement. "We thought the process went very smoothly," said Firefighter Kevin Snell, who serves as president of the Oxford Fire Fighters Union, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4763....more >>

Three charged with break-in of local market

Kyle Burch, 19 of Lake Orion and David VanLuven, 18 of Davisburg, were lodged in Oakland County Jail and charged with one count each for attempted breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools after they allegedly broke into a building on Wednesday, Nov....more >>
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Too noisy, too fast, too congested

'Walkability' isthe buzzword in downtown Oxford

Oxford's walkability got a preliminary exam by one of the nation's top walkability experts. The results: downtown is too noisy, too fast and too congested. Walkability expert Dan Burden, after spending three hours in Oxford, shared those results with a group of leaders and business owners gathered at the Oxford Schools Administration building, Nov....more >>

Village doesn't lower enforcement speed on Washington St.

Motorists who travel M-24 should thank their lucky stars that local traffic enforcement isn't overseen by the Oxford Downtown Development Authority. If it was, police would be ticketing them for driving even one mile over the posted speed limit....more >>
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Quilters meet each month to help wounded soldiers

Anyone who loves to quilt should head on over to Independence Village one Saturday a month. They can join a group community members who make quilts for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC....more >>
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Give them a merit badge for patriotism!

Members of Cub Scout Pack 366 gathered at Oxford's Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery last week to pay tribute to the brave veterans who've gone before us by placing flags at their graves, reciting words of gratitude and saluting Old Glory....more >>
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1926: J.P. Donlevey, American-born Irish writer (The Ginger Man).
1926: Virgil I. Gus Grissom, Mercury and Gemini astronaut, died in an accident on Apollo 1.
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1895: Russia, France, and Germany force Japan to return the Liaodong peninsula to China.
1896: Motion pictures premiere in New York City.
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1920: The Turkish Grand National Assembly has first meeting in Ankara.
1924: The U.S. Senate passes the Soldiers' Bonus Bill.