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Superintendent's statements don't jive

Skilling finalist for superintendent position in Ohio

Oxford Superintendent Dr. William Skilling's statements regarding his status in an Ohio school district's search for a new superintendent don't appear to jive with what's going on south of the Michigan border....more >>Y
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Trees for Troops

Brandon Twp.- Military families will receive a special gift this Christmas, made right here in the township. About 50 blue spruce Christmas trees grown at the Candy Cane Christmas Tree Farm, 4780 Seymour Lake Road, have been delivered to the Scott Air Force Base in Illinois as part of the Trees for Troops program....more >>
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Sweet dreams

Ortonville- The children were nestled all snug in their beds. Twenty women who have made more than 150 pillowcases to donate to children this Christmas may be hoping for that, but the pillowcases are in need of pillows to stuff them with....more >>

News Briefs


Stalked On Nov. 20, a Brandon deputy responded to the 700 block of Bald Eagle Lake Road for a report of stalking. The complainant said her ex-husband has been following her and shows up "everywhere....more >>


Bond reduced for man accused of indecent exposure

A Grand Blanc man accused of indecently exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl at a Brandon Township campground had his bond reduced and will be allowed contact with his own children....more >>

News Briefs


Toys & stories Ortonville- "An Evening of Toys and Storytelling" is planned for 5 p.m., Dec. 5 at the Ortonville United Methodist Church, 93 Church St. The benefit for the Community Christmas Toy Store and planned by the Ortonville United Methoidst Women, features at least seven stories, some acted out, some with musical accompaniment, to be followed by a kid-friendly dinner of corn dogs or hot dogs, chips, carrot and celery sticks and cookies and milk....more >>


Jasso family fundraiser, dinner set for Dec. 19

A spaghetti dinner, bake sale, and silent auction to benefit the Jasso family is planned for 1-5 p.m., Dec. 19 at the Edna Burton Senior Center, 345 Ball St., Ortonville. John Jasso has been in the intensive care unit at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak since Nov....more >>


Five apply for Brandon School Board vacancy

Brandon Twp.- School board members will have five candidates to interview on Monday night for appointment to a trustee seat. When the deadline passed at 4 p.m. Wednesday, five district residents, Sherry Bonadies, Cody Hibbs, Douglass Kneller, Kevin McClellan and Denise Vanden Bossche, had applied to be appointed to the seat vacated by Beth Nuccio, who has been elected Oakland County Commissioner, District 1....more >>


Village code enforcer forged document

The Genesee County Prosecutor's Office will not issue a warrant for the Village of Goodrich Code Enforcement officer who confessed to forging a letter notifying an area property owner of a violation....more >>
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Design behind the wheel

For the past five months, Dean Bakker's sketches have gone beyond the drawing board. Bakker, a senior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and Brandon High School graduate has been working with some of the top car designers at the Volvo Design Studio....more >>


Village council meets—again

Goodrich- The Nov. 8 village council meeting featured new council members, resiginations and terminations, sparking countless verbal volleys across the community. It all came just a few days too early....more >>


Back to school?

Board eyes reinstatement of school liaison

Brandon Twp.- The school district has not had a police liaison officer since the board cut the position in July. Now, more than three months into the school year, the district is feeling the effects of his absence and building principals have brought concerns to Superintendent Lorrie McMahon about not having the school liaison officer....more >>
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Let it snow!

Mt. Holly opens for season

Groveland Twp.- On Monday, 4-year-old A.J. Burger of Ortonville had his first skiing lesson. "That was fun," said A.J. as he came to a stop alongside Ski Instructor Gerry Chalifoux on the bunny hill at Mt....more >>
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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 >>



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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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Successful tree hunt

Tony and Curtis Daros of Davisburg carry out their perfect Christmas tree, Saturday, at Rattalee Tree Farm....more >>

Bullied out

Chronic bullying push parents to pull daughter from school

According to district policy, bullying is prohibited in Clarkston schools. That's small solace for one student. "Having to put up with it every day made me feel so sad my grades suffered, I couldn't keep up, it made me feel like I was a failure, like I was stupid," said the 13-year-old Independence Township girl....more >>
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City closer to allowing 90 N. Main businesses

It's been two years since Bob Roth and Ed Adler of Leh-Ray Holdings, LLC stood before the Clarkston City Council "to determine the future development of the township hall property on 90 North Main....more >>

Rock classics to fill club for the kids

The sounds and energy of live classic rock returns to Independence Township, Dec. 5, for a good cause. Oakland County Sportsmen's Club hosts its 11th annual Toys for Tots Rock n' Roll Toy Drive, 1-9 p....more >>

Oakland County treasurers fight foreclosures

With 273 homes currently in foreclosure in Independence Township, Independence Township Treasurer is teaming up with treasurers across Oakland County to help fight mortgage foreclosures through the Oakland County Foreclosure Prevention Initiative (OCFPI)....more >>
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Green up home for holidays with Garden Club

Clarkston Farm and Garden Club hosts its 19th Annual Greens Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Church of the Resurrection, 6490 Clarkston Road. The Greens Market, the club's main fund-raiser, is a festival of holiday designs, highlighted by Michigan-grown traditional wreaths in three sizes, with red or burgundy bows, and roping in 25- and 50-foot lengths....more >>
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Author tells Michigan soldiers' stories

You don't have to be an avid Civil War buff to enjoy Independence Township author Kim Crawford's new book, but it helps. "It's a big book for a small audience those interested in history, perhaps with an ancestor in the unit," said Crawford, 53, who wrote "The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War....more >>
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Shooting Stars

O, Christmas Tree

The hunt began Friday and continued into the weekend - not for the perfect gift. It was for the perfect tree and wreath at Rattalee Lake Tree Farm. Many looked for just the right size to fit in their house and choose between a wide selection in White Pine, Scotch Pine, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir and Black Hills Spruce....more >>
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Turtle Toys expands with new store

Great Turtle Toys recently opened a second location, 5530 Sashabaw Road "We're really excited it's a more convenient, accessible location for people," said owner Jamie Nye-Menyan....more >>
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Local filmmakers ready to rock

Andrew Dubats of Independence Township poses with the band My Darkest Days during an interview for the online show, "My Show," Nov. 20, at Eagle Theater in Pontiac. Dubats, camera operator, and Greg Gogava take questions from fans and ask them to celebrities....more >>
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Driving schools combine

All About Driving and Excel Driving school host an open house, 6-9 p.m., Dec. 3; and 12-4 p.m., Dec. 4, announcing the combining of the two driving schools. All About Driving and Excel Driving School, both of Waterford, will soon be housed under the same roof....more >>
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Family fights for son's survival

Ryan Kennedy sat at the dining room table drawing and writing - behind the creative mind is a soul of a survivor. The North Sashabaw Elementary third-grader had his fifth surgery to remove his fifth brain tumor this time from his brain stem on Nov....more >>
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CVP production hits a home run

Clarkston Village Players' rendition of "Rounding Third" brings together two Little League coaches whose philosophies clash both in the game of baseball to how they raise their children and live their lives off the field....more >>

News Briefs

Toy Drive at Everest

Everest Academy hosts a Christmas Toy Drive through Dec. 14. Drop off toys for boys and girls in the lobby of both boys and girls school, 5935 Clarkston Road. The school also hosts a Special Christmas Event, 9 a....more >>

Donate gifts for people in need at basketball game

Clarkston Girls Basketball team collects gifts for the Be a Santa to a Senior Program, at its game against Southfield-Lathrup at Clarkston High School, Tuesday, Dec. 7. Gift suggestions include candy, tins of cookies, socks, gloves, fleece blankets, towels, lotions, sweatshirts, and slippers....more >>

Lunch with Santa

Springfield Township Parks and Rec hosts a Holiday Lunch With Santa, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at Hart Community Center in Davisburg. Admission is $10/resident child, $12/non-resident child, and $5/adult....more >>

Food for seniors

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency distributes free food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program, seniors only 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Independence Township Senior Center, 5980 Clarkston Road....more >>

Concert for Lighthouse

Oakland Baptist Church hosts a Benefit Show for Lighthouse North, 7-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3. The bands Powerout, The Vista Cruisers, Chemical Switch, and Take A Hint will perform at the church, 5628 Maybee Road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Greens Market decks halls naturally" Carol Rademacher, Judy Huttenlocher and the rest of Clarkston Farm and Garden Club prepared their fourth annual Greens Market, at the Cedar Lodge on Main Street....more >>
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Team brings first-ever title home from Ford Field

It wasn't for the team or for the high school. It wasn't even for Lake Orion Community Schools. When the clock ticked down and the Dragons officially became the best football team in the state, it was a win for Lake Orion, said Head Coach Chris Bell....more >>
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Parade Group honors Kathy McMinn

Speechless? She laughed at her own suggestion. No, definitely not speechless. No one would believe it. Searching for words to describe how it felt to be named Lake Orion's 2010 Citizen of the Year, Kathy McMinn tried again....more >>

Village zoning restrictions relaxed

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer The proposal to adopt a rewritten zoning ordinance for the Village of Lake Orion passed unanimously at the Monday, Nov. 22 village council meeting....more >>

Still no funds to widen Baldwin

But township, RCOC to host Dec. 7 meeting about 'proposed future options'

Baffled about Baldwin? The Road Commission for Oakland County, in conjunction with Orion Township, will hold a public information meeting Tuesday, Dec. 7, to share information about proposed future options for the future widening of Baldwin Road between Morgan and Waldon roads....more >>

Continue the tradition, buy a Goodfellow paper

By Chris Hagan Special to the Review Christmas brings with it tradition, whether it's gathering at a grandparents house with family or simply watching 24 hours of "A Christmas Story....more >>
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Band stirs 'spirit of holidays'

It'll get you in mood for Christmas. That's the word from Annette Kline as she describes the North Oakland Concert Band's (NOCB) holiday performance scheduled for this weekend. The concert will feature holiday favorites like Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, as well as musical highlights from the Disney movie Babes in Toyland, the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas and much more....more >>

Who can resist this face?

Local Lion Mary Rodgers hasn't ever seen a puppy as calm as this five-month-old lab. Rodgers and her daughter have been taking care of the pup in preparation for the Lake Orion Lions Club annual Charity Auction, Saturday, Dec....more >>

News Briefs

Kit teaches gun safety to kids

The Lake Orion Police Department will be providing free firearm safety kits to village residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program....more >>

News Briefs

Dec. 7 ceremony now at VFW

The Pearl Harbor Day ceremony, usually held at the Orion Veterans Memorial, will be held this year at the Oxford American Legion/VFW Post on Drahner Road in Oxford, Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p....more >>
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Small town Christmas

It was the kind of evening Norman Rockwell would have loved. Nothing flashy or commercialized, just a small Midwestern town gathering to light its simple Christmas tree, sing some carols, eat cookies and visit with the one and only Santa Claus....more >>

Xmas parade rolls through town Sat.

Virginia Hubbard is this year's Grand Marshal

Polish your sleigh bells and finish writing your wish list because the annual Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade is coming to town Saturday, Dec. 4 with Santa and Mrs....more >>

Cold topic, hot debate

Officials not keen on DDA bidding snow removal

It's ironic that a chilly subject like snow removal could cause such a heated debate, but it did at last week's Oxford Village Council meeting. You could cut the tension with a knife as officials discussed the Downtown Development Authority's desire to seek bids for snow removal work that's traditionally been performed by the village Department of Public Works....more >>

NOTA to stuff buses for charities

Usually, when folks see a North Oakland Transportation Authority vehicle tooling down the road, it's filled with passengers on their way to various destinations. But this weekend, three NOTA vehicles will hopefully be filled from top to bottom with food, clothes and toys as part of local efforts to create a brighter holiday season for families and individuals struggling to make ends meet....more >>
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Extra! Extra! Lions sell papers for charity!

Members of the Oxford Lions Club will be around town Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4 selling copies of the Oxford Leader as part of their annual Goodfellows Newspaper Drive. The Leader's donated 500 copies of this week's issue for the Lions to sell, primarily at the intersection of M-24 and Burdick St....more >>

Recount yields two more votes, but tax hike still fails

The numbers changed a little bit, but ultimately the answer was still no. Following a recount of the Nov. 2 vote on Oxford Township's proposed police tax increase, it was determined Monday by the Oakland County Board of Canvassers that there was, in fact, one additional 'yes' vote and one additional 'no' vote....more >>
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Downtown crash: Four vehicles damaged, no injuries

A peaceful Sunday afternoon in downtown Oxford was interrupted by the unnerving sounds of multiple motor vehicles colliding and emergency sirens wailing. When it was all over, four vehicles were damaged, but fortunately no one was reported as injured....more >>

Oxford 'fastest' town in Iceman bike race

From gravel pits to one-eyed groundhogs, Oxford's been known for many things over the years. Now, the community has the distinction of being the "fastest" town around. Not because of the thousands of vehicles that go whizzing down M-24 everyday, but because of all its participants in one of the world's largest mountain bike races....more >>
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