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Too much On Dec. 11, at 11 p.m., a Brandon deputy was advised to be on the lookout for a possible drunk driver that was northbound on Ortonville Road. A witness was following and said the vehicle was all over the road....more >>

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Luminaries Ortonville- Tonight, 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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Man pleads guilty in Brandon Township CSC case

Michael Daniel Girgenti pleaded guilty Dec. 9 to a charge of criminal sexual conduct, second degree, stemming from an incident involving an 11-year-old township girl in August. Girgenti made the plea in front of Sixth Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar....more >>

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GEA, district ink four year contract

Goodrich- Following a closed session on Monday night, the school board voted 7-0 to approve a four year contract with the Goodrich Teachers Association. The 105 district teachers had been working without a contract for about a year-and-a-half—which featured several informational pickets along with a host of negotiations....more >>

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Commercial rezoning denied

Brandon Twp.- Not normal. This is what Attorney Joe Viviano calls the situation that currently exists between his client, Mark Cherry, and the township. Cherry, the owner of Country Oaks Landscape Supply, 3967 Seymour Lake Road, has a consent judgement to operate his business in a residential area....more >>
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Students fill bus with toys for tots

A crowded school bus can be rather hectic. But earlier this month a jam-packed bus was bursting at the seams—and many are pretty happy. The Goodrich High School Student Council joined a county-wide fundraiser titled "Fill the Bus....more >>

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Recall language approved by county—175 signatures sought

A recall petition filed challenging a Goodrich official has been approved. The petition was approved 2-0 on Dec. 20 by Genesee County Clerk Michael Carr and Chief Probate Judge Jennie Barkey....more >>

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Recall language approved by county—175 signatures sought

A recall petition filed challenging a Goodrich official has been approved. The petition was approved 2-0 on Dec. 20 by Genesee County Clerk Michael Carr and Chief Probate Judge Jennie Barkey....more >>

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District halts Schools of Choice

Goodrich- Doors closed. That's the word from district superintendent John Fazer who announced that Schools of Choice enrollment in the district will be halted for the second semester due to raising class size....more >>

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Park problems frustrate board

Brandon Twp.- The township board has been divided this year on spending money at the community park, but on Monday night, they were united in their opposition to another park expenditure request....more >>
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White Christmas sure bet

Santa, don't forget the sleds. A white Christmas in Ortonville and Goodrich is assured thanks to continuing cold temperatures and a Dec. 12 storm that dumped six to eight inches of snow in the area....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>
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'What fun it is to laugh'...

Maddy Porter and Marissa Rodriguez share a laugh during the Wreath Bag Toss in Mrs. Wasik's fifth grade classroom during their holiday party at Andersonville Elementary on Dec. 16....more >>
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Made it home for Christmas

Jean Blazak of Independence Township got a Christmas wish, her son Nicholas Blazak, home on a 10-day leave. "I haven't seen him in a year it's nice to have him home for Christmas," Jean said....more >>

Snow shovel help available for seniors

Tis the season for snow shoveling. According to City Manager Dennis Ritter, city residents have 24 hours after a storm to clear their sidewalks. For senior citizens or those physically unable to snow shovel, their sidewalks, or driveways, Ritter said there is help available, though they don't get very many calls....more >>
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New city clerk to take over as Gillespie retires

When City Clerk/Treasurer Jan Gillespie retired last week after two-and-a-half years, she was glad to pass her duties to newly hired Kimberly Howe. "Kimberly will be a great contribution to the City of Clarkston....more >>

Rotary helps 510 kids with community's help

Clarkston Rotary Club provided new shoes, boots, hats, and gloves to 510 Clarkston schools students, with the help of the community. Rotary's Goodfellow newspaper sale collected over $15,500 for Shoes for Kids, Dec....more >>
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Donors give gift of life

About 70 donors were expected to give the gift of life at the American Red Cross blood drive, Dec. 17, at Independence Township Fire Station number one. "It's been nice and steady all day," said Ron Savage, Clarkston Area Lions Club volunteer....more >>

Ex-employees challenge City DPW director

According to ex-employees, officials should keep a closer eye on the City of the Village of Clarkston's Department of Public Works Director Bob Pursley. Callers and letter writers to The Clarkston News made claims that have had the local rumor mills turning for months....more >>
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Look local for last-minute gifts

Time's almost up for Christmas-gift procrastinators. Downtown Clarkston business can help, offering unique gift ideas and personal service. The Union General, 50 S. Main Street, offers a box of festively packaged cupcakes for a charming holiday hostess gift, said Ann Stevenson, owner....more >>

City will record meetings

Third time's a charm for Charles Inabnit. At its Dec. 13 meeting, City of the Village of Clarkston Council voted to recording meetings. The Jan. 10, 2011 meeting will be the first recorded....more >>
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Hometown rapper hopes to inspire

Ryan Scott of Independence Township wants to make it as a rapper, but without the bling. "An ultimate goal for me would be for my music to make into as many ears as possible," said Scott, 20....more >>
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Shooting Stars

It's beginning to look like...

The hallways were dark as strings of Christmas lights hung on the ceiling guided the way for students, staff, and parents throughout Anderson-ville Elementary, Dec. 16. Each hallway led to a different classroom, each having fun with holiday games, treats and crafts....more >>
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Holiday Fun at Independence

'Twas the day before break and all through Independence Elementary, students were laughing and having a jolly good time. In each classroom, they were eating, creating and making a rhyme....more >>

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Moratorium OK'd in Springfield

Springfield Township Board approved a 180-day medical marijuana moratorium , Dec. 1. Approved in concept at the board's November meeting, township attorney Greg Need prepared a moratorium resolution....more >>

Holiday hours

The Clarkston News will be closed at noon, Dec....more >>

Winter workshop at Indian Springs

Indian Springs Metropark hosts Winter Survival Workshop, 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Environmental Discovery Center off White Lake Road. Topics include how to make a fire, find water to build an emergency shelter to keep warm, and other survival techniques....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Health, not just for the big kids anymore" Pine Knob Elementary health teacher Al Craven put on a fake mustache and glasses and did his best Alex Trebek for his students....more >>
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'We want to be more transparent'

DDA presents overview of efforts to improve downtown Lake Orion

The decorations downtown, renovations done in the village, the Farmer's Market, and even the tree lighting ceremony have all been planned and orchestrated by the same people. It's all the work of the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA)....more >>

Townships look to consolidate police operations

A phenomenal opportunity. That was one term used by Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe to describe a sheriff's office substation-sharing proposal on the table between Orion and Oxford townships....more >>

Township gives final approval to police cuts

Board agrees to nix three deputy positions, including one school liasion officer

It's official. The Orion Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to cut the number of Oakland County Sheriff's deputies currently assigned to the township substation. One of two Lake Orion Community Schools' police liaisons will be among three officers to hit the bricks come Jan....more >>

Village finances holding steady

It appears as if the Village of Lake Orion is holding steady in terms of finances. During the audit presentation given to the Lake Orion Village Council on Tuesday, Dec. 14, the overall message was that the Village was doing "great," considering the economic climate....more >>
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Sign regulations updated

The sign regulations for downtown Lake Orion have been changed as of the Village Council meeting on Dec. 14. But the change isn't drastic. The only difference between the old legislation, signed into effect in November of 1993, is the way in which districts are referred to in the law....more >>
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Refining the art of stage performance

Lake Orion High School grad reports from Chicago College

It was about one year ago that the people of Lake Orion were treated to the student production of "Annie get your Gun," and the talents of then LOHS senior Diane McNulty. Those who enjoyed witnessing the actress's ability will be happy to know that McNulty is continuing her pursuit of becoming a performer at Chicago's Columbia College, where she is already acting in school productions....more >>
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Making Merry

SPI Wishing you mounds of merriment this holiday

Recognize us from the grocery line of the post office? We're your neighbors, the staff at Sherman Publications Inc., publisher of the Lake Orion Review. Last weed, we celebrated another year of publishing your locally owned and operated newspapers, and pass on the good tidings to you and yours this holiday....more >>
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Sugar and spice and everything nice

Dozens of local school kids got the Christmas break off to a fun start Saturday when they participated in a gingerbread house building activity at the Orion Township Library. Check the library's website for more fun stuff do for over break....more >>
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A fire truck filled with toys

Santa and his elves visited Keatington on the Orion Township Fire rescue truck, Dec. 11 and loaded it with collected new or gently used clothing and blankets for the Baldwin Center in Pontiac, new toys for the Lions Club and canned goods to stock Fire Department food baskets....more >>
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What a tasty dream home!

Daniel Axford Elementary experienced a mini housing boom last week as kindergartners got in the holiday spirit by constructing their very own gingerbread houses. Fortunately, no building permits or inspections were required as the sweet structures were only temporary....more >>

Trail looking for new mgr.

Orion rep. expected to make cost-savings proposal

A new manager for the Polly Ann Trail is being sought following the resignation of Troy Farwell last week. "I love the trail. It's been a friend," he said. "It's just time for me to go....more >>
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Rayner breaks Lions' losing streak

The Detroit Lions on-the-road losing streak is finally over thanks to the right foot of former Oxford High School football star Dave Rayner. With the weight of the entire city and franchise on his shoulders and right foot, Rayner booted a 34-yard field goal in overtime right through the middle of the uprights to give the Lions a 23-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday....more >>

Fire destroys Sand Bar garage, multiple vehicles

An early morning fire destroyed a detached garage and all the vehicles inside it at 3920 Sand Bar Ct. in Oxford Township. The blaze occurred around 4:20 a.m. Sunday, north of Stanton Rd....more >>
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Alleged mortgage scam artist faces felony charges

A 35-year-old Sterling Heights man who allegedly conned an Addison resident out of just under $16,000 as part of a home loan modification scam was bound over Monday to Oakland County Circuit Court....more >>
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The King and I

Fifth-grade Elvis project turns into lifelong hobby for Lauren Jacobsen

The King of Rock 'n' Roll is dead, but his memory lives on in Lauren Jacobsen's basement. Outside of Graceland, the 27-year-old Oxford resident has probably one of the largest collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia around....more >>
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Dad, can I have the keys to the plane?

Vaughn gets pilot's license before diploma

For most teenagers, the most exciting accomplishment of their high school years is obtaining the coveted driver's license, so they can hit the open road. But for Addison resident Calvin Vaughn, his most thrilling feat was earning his pilot's license last month, so he can soar off into the wild blue yonder....more >>
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Collector, author honored by Numismatics Society

Collecting is something that everyone can do. Whether it be baseball cards, stamps or classic cars, everyone has that certain item they would pay lots of money to be able to own. For retired dentist and Oxford resident Dr....more >>
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Letters to Santa

Dear Santa Please don't get run over by a reindeer. I like everything, so please bring me whatever you want. Gracie Clark, Waterford Dear Santa, This is not my christmas list, but I have a question....more >>

A truly grand opening

When it comes to the fast food game, there are more choices now than there's ever been. But judging by the reception Oxford gave it, McDonald's is still the undisputed king of the hamburger business....more >>
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OAYA plays Santa to deserving kids

A lot of people don't know this, but one of Santa Claus' favorite groups is Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance. Every year, without fail, the Jolly Old Elf from the North Pole visits the group's Christmas party at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Oxford....more >>
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1904: Bolivia and Chile sign a treaty ending the War of the Pacific. The treaty recognizes Chile's possession of the coast, but provides for construction of a railway to link La Paz, Bolivia, to Arica, on the coast.
1924: Baseball's first 'colored World Series' is held in Kansas City, Mo. The talented athletes of the negro leagues.