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Skilling is staying

Superintendent takes himself out of running for Granville job

It appears that Oxford Superintendent Dr. William Skilling won't be packing his bags for Granville, Ohio. He's taken himself out of the running for the superintendent position down there....more >>Y

Power Outages Continue

Map shows where

Much to the chagrin of folks in these parts, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter hooked up Sunday causing all sorts of havoc. At 8 .m. Monday morning, all area surface roads were iced over....more >>Y

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Goodrich NHS delivers on Christmas

The Goodrich Chapter of the National Honor Society is making sure at least one area family has a merry Christmas. Goodrich seniors and NHS officers, Rachel Kern and Diana Svinarich, put their heads together and came up with a way to focus on helping members of their community who need it the most during the holiday season....more >>

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Holiday grief support offered

Ortonville- The holidays are a time of joy and the source of happy memories for many, but this can be exactly what makes the season so incredibly painful and difficult to get through for people who have lost a loved one....more >>

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District works to close gap

Brandon Twp.- One of every three students in the district receives free or reduced lunch. Belle Ann Elementary has the lowest percentage eligible of any building in the district, at 25 percent; at Brandon High School, 31....more >>

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Community Calendar

Flint Male Chorus From 1-2:30 p.m. Dec.11, the Brandon Township Public Libary, 304 South St. will host the Flint Male Chorus, who will be singing a variety of holiday favorites. This is a free concert and is suitable for all ages....more >>

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Road project to continue in spring

Brandon Twp.- Just before the snow flew, three township roads received new gravel. Another 25 roads in the township will have to wait until spring when the weather clears. On Nov. 24, the Road Commission for Oakland County, using Tri-Party funds, graveled Stanton Road between Baldwin and Dartmouth roads....more >>
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Santa dogs coming to town

Groveland Twp.-For hungry, homeless dogs, $8,000 can go a long way. "That's 26,000 pounds of dog food," said Carl Liepmann, who has been bringing "Santa Dog" to the Bueche's in Flushing for 25 years....more >>

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Sunday morning liquor sales reaction mixed

Sunday morning may be a whole lot different soon for Ortonville business owner Mike Toma. "I'm against the new hours to sell liquor," said Toma, owner of Beer World, 2041 S. Ortonville Road....more >>

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Luminaries Ortonville- On Christmas Eve, the streets of the village will glow with luminaries, with the help of volunteers. The village council will line Mill, Church, South, James, Schoolhouse and Edwards streets with the luminaries, but are seeking volunteers to light them at 5:30 p....more >>

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Village eyes skate park, plans bridge repair

Ortonville- The skate park, replacement of a bridge, and the financial outlook for the village were among the topics of discussion at a village council study session Dec. 6. New Council President Wayne Wills called the study session to inform the council, which includes several newly elected members, on village issues....more >>

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Supervisor: 'Budgets cuts imposed fair, in best interest of taxpayers'

Brandon Twp.- Less than a minute. That was the length of a public hearing regarding the budget Monday night when no residents spoke on the matter. About two hours later, after a year of workshops, debate, and controversial cuts, the General Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 was adopted 5-2 by the board....more >>
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Goodrich recall attempts continue

Despite controversy, new village attorney ready for challenge

Yet another recall petition has been filed challenging a Goodrich official. Village resident Norm Bass has filed a second petition to recall newly elected council president Patricia Wartella....more >>
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Tanks go in ground despite contamination

Goodrich- After underground storage tanks at the school district's bus garage failed a Department of Environmental Quality test and were removed, two replacement units were installed last week....more >>
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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 >>

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Crime

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

Snow Day Tuesday!

Due to weather, not to mention slippery roads, Clarkston Community Schools is closed Tuesday, Dec....more >>
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Season of lights

Clarkston Rotarians and volunteers decorated downtown Main Street with lights, garlands, and ropes of greens twisted around light poles last week, setting the scene for downtown Clarkston's annual Holiday Lights Parade, 6 p....more >>
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Candlelight of truth

Students make voices heard at candle vigil

The new Clarkston High School club No Place for Hate shared stories and lessons they learned about bullying, at a candlelight vigil in Depot Park, Dec. 4. "Be there for a stranger," said a club member....more >>
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Last call for care package donations

American Legion Post 63 members, Clarkston students, and volunteers packed and shipped 200 care packages for troops overseas, Dec. 2. But they have a list of 300 names, postage paid....more >>

Common sense critical to protecting property

'Tis the season for presents piled high under the tree and carrying lots of gifts out of the store. Both attract unwanted attention from thieves looking for something quick to sell or pass on as a gift during the holidays....more >>

Exception closer on 90 N. Main

Officials are working out a compromise for the former school and township office building at 90 N. Main Street. "The course I recommend is the creation of a Historic Limited Use Overlay District," said City Planner Dick Carlisle in a letter to city officials....more >>

Stuff-a-Bus for Lighthouse

It's time for the community fill a school bus for Lighthouse Emergency Services this weekend. The Clarkston Community Schools bus drivers plan to be at Kroger, on Sashabaw and Maybee Road, for their seventh annual Stuff-a-Bus charity drive, this Saturday and Sunday, 10 a....more >>
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Reindeer visit to help Toys for Tots

The Birdfeeder and Clarkston Flower Shoppe welcomes Santa's Real Live Reindeer, 12-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19. "Santa's sleigh has already landed at The Birdfeeder," said Steve Stroud, Birdfeeder owner....more >>
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Long-time parks director will be missed

Friends, family, and co-workers held a surprise retirement party for former Parks and Recreation Director Mike Turk at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center Saturday night. "The party was great," Turk said....more >>
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Little 'fellow

Liam Zoronski, grandson of Clarkston Rotarian Joel DeLong, collects a donation during the club's Goodfellows newspaper sale. Proceeds will be used in Rotary's Shoes for Kids program, providing warm clothes to children in need throughout the area....more >>
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Bowman Chevrolet gives back

John Bowman Chevrolet presents a check for $5,000 to Clarkston High School Band, Thursday, Dec. 2. The donation helps cover the cost of the band and instructors' trip to London to participate in the New Year's Day parade....more >>
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Belle Visage Spa holiday touch

Dr. Thomas and Tracey Wright, longtime Clarkston residents, are proud owners of Belle Visage Laser Medical Spa, located off Sashabaw Road in Independence Township. The spa has been voted Oakland County's Best of the Best five years running....more >>
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New store uses proceeds for the poor

Society of St. Vincent de Paul opened its newest Thrift Store on 5395 Dixie Highway with a Blessing Ceremony, Dec. 2. "People are hurting all over the store will be a great benefit to the area," said Bill Brazier of Clarkston, executive director for St....more >>
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Thought provoking play from Everest

Everest Collegiate Drama Club presents the two-act comedy Rumors, by Neil Simon, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 11-12. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Rumors tells the story of three married couples arriving at a 10th anniversary party for their friends Myra and Charlie, and is set in 1990s New York City....more >>
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Free throw turkey winners

Independence Township Parks and Recreation hosted its annual Turkey Shoot free throw basketball contest, Nov. 23. Winners, females, are: 5-7 year olds - Elaina Harshman; 11-13 year olds - Ashley Skaggs; 16 year olds - Jessica Ming; 30-39 year olds - Rene Bone; and 40-49 year olds - Elizabeth Kirchner....more >>
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Local skaters perform in holiday show

Clarkston skaters Madison Dryden, Rachel Horton, Anna Hanna, Berkley Bretschneider, Alissa Chrisekos, Lexa Prokopetz, Olivia Berard, Isabel Holloway, and Karisa Yu, and Erica Murrell and Seneca Moore of Davisburg join Lakeland Skating Club's Polar Express On Ice, 2010 Holiday Festival, 5-7 p....more >>

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Budget hearing

Public hearing on Springfield Township's 2011 budget is 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9. Following the hearing, Township Board is set to discussed the proposed, $5.7 million budget, including General Fund, fire, police, parks and recreation, and other funds....more >>

Christmas concert with Community Band

Clarkston Community Band performs in concert, 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13, at Clarkston High School Performaning Arts Center, 6093 Flemings Lake Road Special guests include Quintus Brass Quintet perfoming "Suite from Mass" and "That's A Plenty....more >>

Desert Angel party

Oakland County Sportsmen's Club hosts another packing party opportunity, organized by Desert Angel Miracle Box, 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9. Suggested items for donation include new, black or white socks for men and women, homemade cookies, instant cocoa, Christmas music CDs, small gift items, instant foods, and personal care items....more >>

Benefit for local man

Benefit for John Jasso of Independence Township, is 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, at Edna Burton Senior Center, 345 Ball Street, Ortonville. Spaghetti dinner is $5/adults, $3/children 5-12, free/children under 5....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "New high school over budget" architects told the school board the total project might have been more than the bond issue could cover. They suggested modifications including deleting six classrooms....more >>
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Parade lights up the night

From one giant dragon that literally breathed fire all the way down Broadway, to a group of more than 100 Dragons who blazed a trail all the way to Ford Field and came home with a football state championship, to the naming of Kathy McMinn as Citizen of Year, this year's Holiday Lighted Parade was rife with Lake Orion spirit and hometown pride....more >>

'School Board Elections 101' set for Dec. 9

With five school board seats opening up in the district's May election, one group in the community wants to make sure potential candidates are informed. The Lake Orion Community Schools Involved Citizens (LOCSIC) will hold a meeting, dubbed School Board Elections 101, at 5:30 p....more >>

A bumpy ride: Orion Woods residents spar over subdivision speed bumps

Gabriel L Ouzounian Review Staff Writer While speed bumps can be valuable in areas where speeding is an issue, they can also pose problems to emergency response vehicles, snow plows and other road maintenance vehicles....more >>

Chris Bell: Many deserve credit for championship

By Joe St. Henry Special to the Review Please forgive Lake Orion varsity football coach Chris Bell if he looks a little weary these days. A whirlwind of accolades and activity has overwhelmed him and the Lake Orion Dragons football program since the team won its first state title less than two weeks ago....more >>

Board debates senior center safety path costs

Gabriel L Ouzounian Review Staff Writer Orion Township ordinance is clear: All new development in the township must include construction of a safety path on the property. That was the word from Trustee Neal Porter Monday as the board discussed options for a safety path near the new senior/community center currently going up on Joslyn Road near Clarkston Road....more >>

Dragons State Championship Season: A Recap

Oxford In the first Lake Orion-Oxford football faceoff since 1983, Dragons took back the "Double-O" trophy from Oxford, scorching their competitors with a 45-6 win. Going into what they knew would be a big game with a big crowd, the team was a little nervous....more >>
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North Pole magic comes to town

The Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas parade Saturday downtown. For photos see pages 14-15. Congratulations to this year's winning entries: Best Walking: L....more >>

Is he or isn't he?

Skilling says he's 'not an official candidate' for Ohio position, but Granville district calls him a 'finalist'

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 jibe with what's being written south of the Michigan border....more >>

Skilling speaks at school board mtg.

At Monday night's Oxford Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. William Skilling made his only public statements regarding his status as a candidate for the Granville, Ohio superintendent position....more >>

'A date which will live in infamy'

Long before the World Trade Center came crashing to the ground, the United States was the victim of another cowardly, surprise attack by a fanatical aggressor with no honor and a penchant for brutality....more >>
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Addison man stalks prey on the African plains

For most who enjoy the ancient and noble tradition of hunting, the once-in-a-lifetime dream is to journey to Africa seeking large, exotic game, much the way Teddy Roosevelt did 100 years ago....more >>

Property values, taxes going down again next year

The good news is most everyone's property tax bills are once again going to decrease next year. The bad news is it's not because government got more efficient or cut spending; it's because their property's assessed value is continuing to decline....more >>
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What a fa-la-la-la lovely Christmas parade!

Cub Scout Pack 108 sailed Columbus' Santa Maria up Washington Street....more >>
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I see Santa Claus!

What would the Oxford parade be without a visit from Santa and the lovely Mrs....more >>
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A souper great tree lighting!

There was plenty of holly jolly fun in downtown Oxford Friday night as the DDA hosted two events that drew sizeable crowds looking for delicious food mixed with a bit of holiday cheer....more >>
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