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Local fans line up, dress up for premiere

Dedication. That is the word that best defines the masses of Harry Potter fans that congregated into the wee hours of the morning at the NCG Trillium theater in Grand Blanc on Nov....more >>

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Santa's gift shop From 5-8 p.m., Dec. 2 the Goodrich United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Road, Goodrich, will host a Santa's gift shop. Vendors and crafters will have gift items, gift wrapping, kids make your own Christmas gifts at "The Kids Kraft Korner," chili dinner and bake sale....more >>

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Township sexual assault case bound over for trial

The two Brandon Township youth, ages 13 and 14, arraigned in September on nine counts of sexual assault against younger boys have been bound over for trial. Preliminary exams for the charged boys were held Nov....more >>
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New in town: Little G's Pizza & Deli

Goodrich- There's a new pizza place in town. And sub place. Chicken also. Ribs, too. Don't forget the ice cream, baked goods, and coffee shop. It's all in one stop at Little G's Pizza & Deli, 8339 S....more >>

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Bird Road closed From Nov. 29 through Dec.13, Bird Road will be closed between Oak Hill and Bald Eagle Lake roads. During the closure, the detour route for through traffic will be Bald Eagle Lake Road to Jossman Road to Oak Hill Road and vice versa....more >>
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OCEF keeps on giving

Brandon Twp.- Outside St. Anne Church on Monday, more than two dozen people waited in line in the rain. Inside the church, a small army of Ortonville Community Emergency Fund volunteers stood in the center of a hall, surrounded by hundreds of paper grocery bags loaded with food....more >>
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Nothing but green

Former Martian part of MSU drive to Big 10 championship team

These days, Kyler Elsworth is seeing plenty of green, white, and playing time— as a Michigan State Spartan. The team is on the cusp of at least a share of the Big Ten Championship....more >>

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Grand Blanc youth pastor busted for indecent exposure in Brandon

A youth pastor from Grand Blanc is facing up to life in prison after indecently exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl at a Brandon Township campground. Curtis Burkhardt, 43, was arraigned on a felony charge of indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person on Nov....more >>

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Recall petition filed, rejected in Goodrich

Goodrich-By a 3-2 vote on Nov. 8 Patricia Wartella was named village council president. Four days later, a petition to recall Wartella had been filed. And while the Genesee County Clerk Michael Carr, County Treasurer Deb Cherry and Chief Probate Judge Jennie Barkey voted 3-0 to deny the petition on Tuesday morning—area resident Norman Bass said it's only the beginning....more >>

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New look, prayer for Ortonville Village council

'Prayer has been done for the last 200 years at various levels of government.'

Ortonville- For at least the past six years, the village council hasn't had a prayer. That changed at the Nov. 22 meeting. Following the swearing-in of Council President Wayne Wills and Council Members Debbie Baker, Tom Peters, Coleen Skornicka and Liz Waters, all elected in November, the council and audience members said the Pledge of Allegiance....more >>
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Navy pen pal: 'We're very thankful'

Brandon Twp.- The kindergarteners in Toni's Schlaire's classroom had a visitor that traveled for five days to meet them recently. Mike Woods, a Navy diver senior chief who has been deployed to Afghanistan since June, came home to Michigan on two week-leave and stopped in at Oakwood Elementary Nov....more >>

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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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Hard work for families in need

Black Friday usually means the mall, but for Clarkston store owners Ann Stevenson and Shari Schulz, it's an opportunity for them, too. "Shop locally avoid the hassle of traffic and the mall," Schulz said....more >>

Budget info irks resident

When Rick Gutowski of Independence Township asked for a copy of the proposed 2011 budget at township hall, he was handed a 48-page document without public works or police budgets. "In my opinion, expecting citizens to analyze this data is asking a lot," he said to the township board at the Nov....more >>
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'Tis the season to shop locally

Black Friday usually means the mall, but for Clarkston store owners Ann Stevenson and Shari Schulz, it's an opportunity for them, too. "Shop locally avoid the hassle of traffic and the mall," Schulz said....more >>
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Suspect charged in charity theft

Heather Keway, 27, of Waterford Township faces three credit-card fraud and probation violation charges in connection with a purse snatching, Nov. 4. According to police reports, a pastor at Clarkston United Methodist Church left her purse on a chair near her office unattended for about an hour, 12-1 p....more >>

Marijuana moratorium in Springfield

Chalk up one more on the medical-marijuana moratorium list. Springfield Township Board voiced unanimously support for a moratorium on any request to open a marijuana dispensary . Trustees considered three options at their Nov....more >>
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Altar makeover

The Rev. Msgr. John Zenz, episcopal vicar of the Archdiocese of Detroit, presided at the dedication of St. Daniel Church's new altar furnishings at a special 1 p.m. Mass, Nov. 21. "The ceremony is rich in symbolism, inspiration and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit," said Fr....more >>
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Cards for a good cause

An idyllic winter scene graces this year's Christmas cards offered by Clarkston United Methodist Church. "The scene is something I thought of from my trips going up north and to Europe it's no specific spot," said artist and church member Jan Mayer....more >>
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Local actress hits the big screen

After being in the business world and having her company close down after 13 years, Stacy Blaine was looking for a balance between stay-at-home mom and work. She decided to tap into her creative side and try being an extra in a movie....more >>
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Optimists honor student citizens

Clarkston Optimist Club presents Student Citizen of the Month awards, recognizing Clarkston children for academic and community service. At right, the October award went to Peyton Fisher from North Sashabaw Elementary, with fourth-grade teacher Maureen Moss, left, Principal Debra Latozas, Jeff Reed, Optimist President. Above, the September award went to Rebecca Snyder from Pine Knob, with Pine Knob Elementary Principal Jodi Yeloushan. Photos provided...more >>
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Victorian singers to perform

The Festival Singers, Victorian-costumed musicians, present a free concert at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road, 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28. A cookie reception will follow the concert and there will be a free will offering taken....more >>
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SCAMP recognized with award

Thornton & Grooms honored Clarkston SCAMP with the company's Hearts & Heroes Award for October. "We love to support local charities and to see one such as SCAMP is great," said Mike Bergstrom, vice president of Thornton & Grooms, family-owned plumbing, heating and cooling business based in Farmington Hills....more >>
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STARS put together winning work

The STARS team of Sashabaw Middle School put their problem-solving skills to the test, in FIRST Lego League competition, Nov. 20. It was a test they passed, earning one of 13 spots in the Championship Tournament, Dec....more >>

Commission opening

Clarkston City Council is looking for candidates to appoint to the Clarkston Historic Commission. Applicants must be a resident of the city. For more information, call city hall, 375 Depot Street, at 248-625-1559....more >>

Sale for Shoes

Clarkston Rotarians and volunteers will be selling a special Rotay edition of their Goodfellows Newspaper at the corner of Main and Washington streets, Maybee at Dixie, and Sashabaw at Maybee from 7:30 a....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Arbitration claim goes against township" Independence Township was awarded only $100,000 of a $4.9 million arbitration claim against securities brokers blamed for investment losses....more >>
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Dragons blaze trail to Ford Field

An explosion of green and white erupted from the stands as the final 30 seconds of the Division 1 football state semi-finals ticked off the clock. Lake Orion was up a scant three points over Cass Tech, 24-21, with the Technicians poised to make a final touchdown and take the game when junior ironman Andrew Shafkalis ruined everything....more >>

Shop local, shop safe

By Megan Collier Review staff writer Black Friday is nearly upon us, but there's one message local officials are spreading before the retail frenzy: Shop local. Both Suzanne Perreault, Downtown Development Authority (DDA) director, and, Jerry Narsh, Lake Orion police chief, though they advocate it for different reasons....more >>

Schools stand alone in May election

By Megan Collier Review staff writer Yes, school election costs have gone up significantly since 2005, and yes, schools aren't allowed to hold their own elections anymore, but more expensive elections aren't the fault of local clerks, says Joe Rozell, Oakland County elections director He and Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults took issue with insulations made by some Lake Orion school boardmembers that the price hike was their fault....more >>

Safety path extension planned for township's north side

By Laura Colvin Review editor Everyone in the township pays into the safety path fund and it's time more residents had easy access to its paved trails. That was the word from Orion Township Trustee Neal Porter recently as the township's board of trustees voted unanimously to begin work on a new project near Baldwin and Indianwood Road....more >>

McMinn named 'Citizen of the Year'

The Orion Area Parade Group in partnership with The Lake Orion Review, is pleased to announce its selection of Kathy McMinn as 2010 'Citizen of the Year.' 'The selection process was not easy by any stretch," said Review editor Laura Colvin....more >>
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Little gobblers!

Lakeville Elementary's kindergartners got a jump on Thanksgiving by having a special feast Monday afternoon. Dressed as little Pilgrims and petite Indians, the kids dined on turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, green beans, corn, rolls and apple cider....more >>

Recount set for cop tax vote

Jack Curtis wants a recount regarding Oxford Township's recently failed police tax increase and he's going to get it. "We need good police protection to maintain this good community," he said....more >>
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Family raises funds to help others see

An Oxford family that raised more than $3,000 to help others regain their sight was honored Tuesday by the Michigan Eye-Bank. Cassandra Perry and her children, Elizabeth, 12, and Jack, 10, received the Shared Vision Award during a special presentation at Clear Lake Elementary....more >>

Twp. extends MM moratorium

Entrepreneurs and caregivers hoping to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Oxford Twp. will have to wait a while longer while the government continues to develop an ordinance to regulate them....more >>

Addison extends moratorium on MM facilities

Those hoping to open a medical marijuana facility in Addison Township will have to wait a while longer to see how the local government plans to deal with them. By a vote 7-0, the township board Nov....more >>

Twp. employees to pay part of health insurance

The free ride is over. Beginning Jan. 1, all full-time Oxford Township employees will make financial contributions toward their health, vision and dental insurance. Each of the 10 employees will pay 2....more >>

Council open to police options

When it comes to police services, it appears the Oxford Village Council is open to all options. Council recently discussed proposals involving the village police offering law enforcement services to the township and the Oakland County Sheriff's Department offering its services to the village....more >>

Oxford wants to hear from Independence board on potential NOTA expansion

Before they agree to anything, Oxford Township officials want more details concerning a proposal to expand the number of communities and riders served by the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA)....more >>
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Woodworth attains Eagle rank

Timothy Pierce Woodworth, formerly of Oxford, has been awarded Boy Scout's rank of Eagle, at a Court of Honor held June 19, 2010 in Lapeer. At the ceremony, emcee Jason Hoeft introduced the guests....more >>
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Oxford School of Music opens doors

Oxford has long been a community that appreciates the finer things in life such as culture, the arts and a first-rate educational system. In fact, recent studies suggest that music education contributes to academic success in school-aged children....more >>
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Now that's a fire drill!

Thick, black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky as one of the houses located on the Red Bob Farms property (1935 Ray Rd.) burned to the ground Saturday. The blaze was set by the Oxford Fire Department as part of a training exercise....more >>
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Nurse wins DAISY Award

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has named Oxford resident Pam Schlader RN, as the September 2010 recipient of the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Schlader, who works in the SJMO Pediatrics Unit, was recognized for her clinical skills, compassionate care, exemplary service and extraordinary commitment to patient-centered care....more >>
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