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Michigan Elk hunt

Brandon Township resident Mike McKnight, along with his son Mike McKnight, Jr. 35, a resident of Atlanta, Mich. were hunting in the central Montmorency County during the 2010 elk season....more >>
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Letters to Santa Claus: Reid Elementary second grade class

Dear Santa, I hope you are getting lots of rest for Christmas. I want an iPod Touch, the Wii, and the thing I really want is for everybody to have a very good, jolly Christmas. Maddie P....more >>

News Briefs


Jasso fundraiser 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....more >>


Brandon man sentenced in felonious assault with gun

A 20-year-old Brandon Township man will serve one year in jail after pleading guilty to felonious assault. Thomas George Shahin was sentenced Dec. 13 by Sixth Circuit Court Judge Martha Anderson....more >>


Former deputy hired by village as interim code enforcer

Goodrich-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the village council approved David McDonald as interim code enforcer. McDonald, 46, will earn $11 per hour for a maximum of 40 hours per month....more >>


Liaison officer, assistant superintendent positions return

Brandon Twp.- The school district plans to have a police liaison officer and an assistant superintendent again following school board approval Monday. The board unanimously approved the return of the assistant superintendent position after a 4-year absence....more >>
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From five candidates: McClellan appointed to Brandon School Board

Brandon Twp.- Five applied, three were nominated, but only one emerged victorious. On Monday, the school board appointed Kevin McClellan to the trustee seat left open by Beth Nuccio, who has been elected county commissioner, district 1....more >>
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NOAH lands in village

Ortonville- When Raena Kalfayan's husband Mark was laid off from his job a year-and-a-half ago, they turned to OCEF for help to sustain their family. Soon, they found themselves using the assistance from OCEF to buy food for their two dogs, beagles named Sadie and Bentley, rather than for themselves....more >>


Sign of the times? Lack of signature on oath challenged

Goodrich-During Monday night's village council meeting former councilmember David Lucik questioned a procedural issue regarding newly elected councilman Doug McAbee. According to the Charter of Goodrich, a signature is required for the oath of office document within 10 days of the date the official is notified in writing of their election to office....more >>
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OCEF gives a Merry Christmas

Brandon Twp.- This Christmas, there will be presents under the tree for one local family that had none last year. "I wish I would have asked for help last year," says Melissa, a 46-year-old township resident and mother of five children ages 20 to 9-years-old....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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Front page

Sled time

Kendall, Aidan, and Audrey Beauchamp of Independence Township enjoy the snow day off from school, Monday, with some backyard sledding. Snow and ice also cancelled classes on Tuesday....more >>
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Phil in the blank...

Read the news, then check out what editor Phil Custodio has to say about it, at Phil in the Blank! Find it at ClarkstonTV.com, or http://www.shermanpublications.org/phil/index.html....more >>

Budget cuts park events

But they could return under new director

It's official. Independence Township Parks and Recreation's special events and Deer Lake Beach staffing and swim lessons are cut, unless a new Parks and Rec director can figure out a way to save them....more >>

Rights 'trampled all over'

Resident Rick Gutowski felt it was "totally uncalled for" when denied the chance to show his PowerPoint presentation during the Dec. 7 Independence Township budget public hearing. "It's not like we had 20 people lined up to make public comment and there is no right for the township to censor that," Gutowski said....more >>

Police fund draining Springfield savings

The world probably won't end in 2012, but it may for Springfield Township's budget, at least its reserve funds. "If property values continue to decline and services are maintained, next year we're going to be in serious trouble," said Treasurer Jamie Dubre....more >>
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Limit exposure to stay free of flu

When it comes to preventing flu this winter, listen to your mom, said Dr. Tim O'Neill, Clarkston Medical Group. "Eat well, stay active and healthy, drink enough water, get enough rest take care of yourself," O'Neill said....more >>
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Vet helps buddies get some mail

Home after 42 months in Iraq, First Sgt. Norm Van Sparrentak still serves his buddies overseas. He put on his dress blues to help out at the Desert Angel packing party, Dec. 9, at Oakland County Sportsmen's Club, and was at the American Legion Post 63's packing party the week before....more >>
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Learning to serve others

Students entered Clarkston Junior High School and headed towards the cafeteria for breakfast. The Junior Optimists, working with leadership students and teachers, offered cereal, muffins and bagels for the low price of $1 each from Dec....more >>
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Rock for tots

Oakland County Sportsmen's Club was jam-packed, Dec. 5, as music fans brought toys and gift donations for the club's annual Toys for Tots Rock N' Roll Toy Drive. The crowd enjoyed tasty burgers, Coney dogs, and drinks as they listened to the sounds of Phil Treais Group, Targus, Skee Brothers, Charlie Allen Martin with 2XL, Urban Nomads Mule Drive, Donde, Detroit Groove Kings, and Taddy Porter....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Bright Lights

People lined downtown Clarkston for the annual Holiday Light Parade, Dec. 11. After Santa Claus made his arrival everyone headed to Depot Park for the tree lighting, meeting reindeers, free s'mores, coffee, and hot cocoa....more >>
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Congratulations State Champ!

Second-grader Tyler Gallagher won the NFL's Pass, Punt & Kick State Championship on Dec. 5. The Independence Elementary student competed in the 6-7 year-old competition. For more information on Gallagher, please see "Athlete of the Week: Ready for the Championship" from The Clarkston News' November 24 edition....more >>

Special gifts at Charity Craft Night

Still searching for the perfect present this holiday or doing last minute shopping? Check out Charity Craft Night. The event is Friday, besides finding presents for family and friends from different vendors, it is also a fundraiser for a mission trip....more >>

News Briefs

Survey set about possible school bond

According to an email forwarded to The Clarkston News, the community may be asked to consider a new school bond or sinking fund millage. Clarkston Community Schools officials are recruiting volunteers to help with a phone survey to gauge public opinion on a millage request "in the future....more >>

Optimist essay contest

Clarkston Area Optimist Club sponsors an Essay Contest. Students can win awards and scholarships by writing an essay, topic "How My Education is the Key to a Successful Future." Winners at the local level will receive awards, and the winning essay will advance to the district level, which awards a $2,500 scholarship....more >>


In "Exception Closer for 90 N. Main," Dec. 8, Eric Haven should have been quoted as saying he was glad the Catallos bought the former United Methodist Church and "turned it into their personal family residence....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "The gift of hearing" The Dabrowski family of Clarkston hosted an 8-year-old Mexican boy who was brought to the area by Healing the Children for a medical procedure....more >>
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A winter wallop

Community struggles with blowing snow, sub-zero wind chills, and icy roads

Two snow days, well over 100 cars in the ditch and ice rinks instead of roads. That was the aftermath of a fierce winter storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow, according to local reports, on Lake Orion and the surrounding area, Dec....more >>
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All in the details? Township, village officials hear different terms on dispatch contract

Is it two years or three? All depends on who was talking as two local governing boards separately discussed renewal of Orion Township's fire dispatch contract at respective meetings in recent weeks....more >>

District: Changes improve bond payback options

By Laura Colvin Review editor Change is good, especially when it means a lower-than-anticipated interest rate and an earlier payoff date. That, at least, was part of the message from Lake Orion Community School administrators who continue to define and refine details of the $25 million school bond issue meant to fund a host of district-wide improvements....more >>

It's all an act

Lake Orion Thespians earn scholarships, high honors

Members of Lake Orion High School Thespian Troupe 2898 brushed up on everything from stage combat to makeup and college auditions earlier this month when they attended the annual Michigan Thespian Festival, held on the campus of Michigan State University....more >>

Christmas toys for girls and boys

Shop with a Hero gives to 56 youth

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer The holiday cheer is beginning to permeate the facets of Lake Orion society, and the police of downtown are no exception. On Wednesday, Dec....more >>
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Silverbell Bridge gets additional weight restrictions

But RCOC says replacement is on the horizon

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer Truck drivers and others frustrated by closed lanes on the Silverbell Road Bridge can expect continued irritation, albeit with a silver lining....more >>
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'Hold on, puppy!'

Police pull pug from icy water

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer The sudden onset of cold temperatures has frozen over the many bodies of water in Lake Orion, and presented a dangerous situation for people and pets who end up on thin ice....more >>

Village to allow Sunday morning alcohol sales

It appears thirsty folks who choose to do so will soon be able to purchase alcohol on Sunday morning in the Village of Lake Orion. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (LCC) has changed the way alcohol can be sold on what some term 'a day of rest....more >>
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Lions host charity event

This year's Lion's Club charity auction dinner, hosted by Milosh Palace auto dealership, was a big hit with the crowds, as always. Hundreds of people joined in the merriment, enjoying dinner, drinks and the company of good friends -- for a good cause....more >>

Winter's quick onset doesn't mean ice is ready, say police

Winter came upon Lake Orion quickly this year, but that doesn't mean the ice is ready for recreation just yet. Ice safety depends on many factors, say Lake Orion police, not just ice thickness and temperature....more >>

Fire fighters say 'thank you!'

Dear editor, The Orion Fire Fighters Association would like to thank the patron and the following businesses for their support in our fundraising activities to support " Shopping with a Hero:" Sagebrush Cantina, Baldwin Cafe, C....more >>

Senior Moments

New 'dos give Heritage Place residents a lift

By Megan Collier Review staff writer What woman doesn't feel a little better with a fresh hairdo and polished nails, says Amy Atkeson. The Lake Orion resident is co-owner of the Downtown Salon in Oxford , and Sunday, Dec....more >>

Senior Moments

Dear Santa...

By Megan Collier Review staff writer This time of year, Santa's workshop is so full of toys the big guy and his big belly have a hard time moving around. That's the news from Orion Senior Center volunteer and Santa's helper Elaine Schefke, who's been keeping Lake Orion kids up-to-date on North Pole information for years if they write a letter to Santa....more >>

Senior center open or closed?

Due to storms or other emergencies, it may be necessary to close the Senior Center. On bad weather days please call first before coming in. If Lake Orion Community Schools are closed, the Senior Center will also be closed....more >>

Got talent?

Shine your dancing shoes, tune your tuba and master you magic tricks. The first-ever "Lake Orion's Got Talent," is coming to town. A fun, community-wide showcase for folks of all races, ages, shapes and sizes to show off their own unique special gifts, the event will take place at Lake Orion High School sometime in March most likely a Saturday with rehersals and auditions beginning about a month prior....more >>
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S-no-w school!

Blizzard frightful and delightful

Whether you characterized the weather as frightful or delightful really depended on your point of view. Several inches of snow coupled with strong winds and below-freezing temperatures slammed the Oxford/Addison area Sunday as Old Man Winter came roaring into town nine days ahead of schedule....more >>

He's staying

Skilling takes himself out of running for Granville job

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

Consolidation considered

Oxford, Orion substations could merge, save $859K

If necessity is the mother of invention, then a lack of revenue must be its father. With property values facing another year of decline and voters in no mood to approve a tax increase, Oxford Township officials last week listened to a proposal from Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe to consolidate Oxford and Orion's police services under one roof, saving both communities a combined $859,178....more >>

Alleged mail thief busted in Addison

An alleged mail thief was apprehended by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department in Addison Township Dec. 11. A 23-year-old Addison man was arrested by deputies after "several hundred pieces of stolen mail," both opened and unopened, were found at his residence on Hosner Road, according to the sheriff's department....more >>

Schneider says landlords must act as banks

Traditionally, the nexus of the landlord-tenant relationship has been one thing and one thing only the rent. Beyond that monthly check, the two didn't get involved in each other's financial matters....more >>
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Ex-councilman loses battle with cancer

A former Oxford Village councilman lost his brave battle with cancer last week. Matthew R. Weber passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 7. He was 42. "I would describe him as one of the most determined, loyal and friendliest people that I have ever met," said Steve Allen, who served on council with Weber and was proud to call him a friend....more >>

Village pitches police services to twp.

It was a rather subdued reception from Oxford Township officials as they listened to a proposal from the village to take over policing the entire township for less than the municipality is currently paying....more >>
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Remembering them with a wreath

Beneath the frozen ground they slumber in silence as yet another year draws to a close. Some died on foreign soil fighting for our country. Others passed away peacefully in their warm beds many years after they answered the call to duty....more >>
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'Little Drummer Boy' returns to stage

Christ the King Church will present its original play "The Little Drummer Boy" Dec. 16-18 at 7 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Admission is FREE for all four shows....more >>
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Message Center gets new look

Last week, an Oxford landmark completely disappeared and some folks wondered what happened to it. The Message Center billboard, located on the east side of M-24 just south of Drahner Rd....more >>

Supervisors unite to provide free home repairs for senior citizens

It might not be ABC's hit show Extreme Makeover, Home Edition, but elderly residents in Oxford, Addison, Orion Twp. and Oakland Twp. have the opportunity to receive their own home makeover....more >>
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Grandma-grandson team two pins shy of perfect game

The bowling gene must run in the Waltz family. Brian Waltz, 35, of Oxford, and his grandmother Pauline Waltz, 81, of Oxford, have been bowling on leagues and for recreation for a combined 80 years....more >>

Leader Editorial

Communication failure

If we were going to give Oxford Superintendent Dr. William Skilling and the Oxford Board of Education a letter grade regarding their communication with the public, it would be a big, fat F....more >>
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Ho, ho, ho!

Santa and Mrs. Claus dropped by for a visit Tuesday during the Rotary Club of Oxford's annual Christmas party for area senior citizens at Oxford Hills Golf and Country Club. Jolly Old Saint Nick recited some 'Santa trivia' and led the crowd in a few Christmas carols while Mrs....more >>
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Heroes, kids go shopping!

Whether they've been naughty or nice, every child deserves a present for Christmas. In fact, there's nothing sadder than the thought of an empty stocking or a Christmas tree with no gifts beneath it....more >>
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