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Scarves for a cause: Local creates garb for Special Olympics

When hundreds of Special Olympians compete next month they may be just a little warmer thanks to a few local seamstresses. Portia Mahoney, owner of Art of Life, 391 Mill St., Ortonville, is promoting a project to make hand-knit scarves for the upcoming Special Winter Olympics of Michigan, held in Grand Traverse in Traverse City, Feb....more >>



Changed locks On Dec. 24, at 10 a.m., a Brandon deputy responded to the 4300 block of Hazel for suspicious circumstances. The complainant said the deadbolt lock on her front door was changed....more >>



Craft sale From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Jan. 8, the Edna Burton Sr. Center, 345 Ball St., Ortonville will host a craft, treasure and bake sale. Table rental available, for more information or to reserve a table please call Annette at 248-627-6447 or Faye at 248-627-6041....more >>

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Howard birthday An 80th birthday party celebration for Fred and Sue Howard is planned for 1-4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, at the Edna Burton Senior Center, 345 Ball St., Ortonville. Sue Howard is a former Brandon Schools art teacher and CROP Walk organizer....more >>

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Coffee Hour At 9 a.m., Jan. 28, The Citizen, 12 South St., will host a coffee hour. The public is invited to attend and enjoy treats and conversation. Donations for OCEF will be accepted....more >>


Turnout gear, camera new at township fire department

The Groveland Township Fire Department will soon be looking good and working a little safer. Township Fire Chief Steve McGee announced last week the department has received a $117,000 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants....more >>


Christmas silo star vandalized

Area residents and law enforcement are seeking information after a Christmas star was vandalized during the late night hours of Dec. 29. Someone climbed up the attached ladder and attempted to pull the star off the silo....more >>


Heroin: Leaving local tracks

'We are doing our best to keep it out of kids' and adults' hands'

Brandon Twp.- In the past month here, a 52-year-old man died, another man stole from his own brother, and a deputy pricked his finger on a needle during a suspect search, requiring a blood test— all due to heroin, a drug once considered to be an inner-city problem....more >>


Break-in attempt at twp. treasurer's office

Brandon Twp.- The treasurer's office will have a new safe after someone tried to break in over the holiday break. When Treasurer Terry Beltramo arrived at his office at about 7:30 a....more >>
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Making and keeping of new year's resolutions

It's one week into the new year. Have you blown that resolution yet? No worries, says Kanako Taku, assistant psychology professor at Oakland University. Make a new one the first day of next month....more >>
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Two area firefighters join rescue team following explosion

About a half mile from the scene, Groveland Township Fire Chief Steve McGee recalls the lingering odor of natural gas. "It's amazing how much glass was near the explosion site—several blocks away windows were blown out," he said....more >>

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Shots fired Brandon Twp.- Oakland County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 2500 block of Buckeye Drive in the Sashabaw Meadows Mobile Home Park at about 11:05 p.m., Dec. 28 for a report of shots fired....more >>


Council split on village study

A proposal to study the inner workings of the village was tabled by the village council on Dec. 13 by a 3-2 vote. Council members Phil Jackson, Pete Morey and Richard Horton voted no....more >>
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Constitution art lands GMS student on top

Goodrich Middle School eighth grader Matilyn McKinney demonstrated her artistic skills and patriotism recently. McKinney participated in the Fourth Annual Constitution Day Poster Contest, along with classmates and students nationwide....more >>
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Former township supervisor dedicated to community, family

Former Atlas Township Supervisor, soldier and family man Jim Hempton's commitment to the community will long be remembered by those that served with him and whose lives he touched....more >>
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The sounds of history—playing the past

'If you wanted to hear the 1610 Vespers, you couldn't just hit a link'

On an early January evening almost exactly one year ago in a church in New York City, a group of performers recreated music that originated 400 years prior. Not an easy feat when you consider that no recordings exist from that time, some of the instruments from that period essentially disappeared and had to be recreated, and performers who know how to play some of those instruments well are rare....more >>


VanderVeen resigns

Independence Township Clerk Shelagh VanderVeen is resigning. VanderVeen sent e-mailed fellow board members at 10:03 this morning. "Due to personal and health reasons, I will be resigning my position as Clerk effective January 10, 2011," VanderVeen said....more >>
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Marking the New Year

Clarkston High School Marching Band members celebrated the New Year on Greenwich Mean Time. In London, England, they counted down to midnight five hours before family and friends in Clarkston....more >>

Trees for Sashabaw

First project OK'd in corridor plan

More than four years after the Sashabaw Corridor Improvement Authority (CIA) was approved, Independence Township has finally put plans in motion. "You have to study things and plan things before you can do things said Trustee Neil Wallace at the Dec....more >>
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Tanks for (mostly) nothing

Grants fund firefighter gear, tornado sirens

Springfield Township firefighters can breathe easier, thanks to a federal grant. The township bought 20 new air-tank systems, each with mask and extra tank, with a $114,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency....more >>
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'Gone to go fishin'

After visiting Texas where the temperature neared 110 degrees, Duncan Misiak was glad to be home where he could enjoy some winter fun with his fishing pole on Mill Pond, Dec. 27. Also out on the ice hoping to catch some dinner was Craig (Yogi) Richardson and Joel North....more >>

OJ movie a behind the scenes look that will keep you watching

Local man produces documentary questions media coverage

By Don Rush Assistant Publisher In October of last year, Springfield Township resident Mark (Norman to his friends) Pardo was inspired into action. Actually he got mad, mad at a "stupid TV show....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Clarkston patriotism on display

With a name like "Independence," township residents have always taken patriotism seriously. Clarkston Heritage Museum's latest exhibit shows how much. "People expressed love of country in everyday objects," said Kelly Kolhagen, Clarkston Community Historical Society....more >>

News Briefs

New Year's baby

Looks like this year's Clarkston News New Year's baby had an early morning birth – a reader reported an eligible baby born at 1:59 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011. Might be a lock, but just in case, we'll give until the end of the week to see if anyone arrived earlier....more >>

Coffee Club returns

With the holidays behind us, Clarkston News Coffee Club starts up again this week. Open to all local business folks, the club meets Thursdays, 7:30 a.m., at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road....more >>

Nuview program

Nuview Nutrition of Clarkston offers a way to reduce risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. "We are offering a First Line Therapy program that has proven to deliver results that are even better than medication can provide," said Cindy Crandell, RN, CN of Nuview Nutrition, 5 1/2 S....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Virginia teens are sent home" Two Roanoke teens were charged with breaking into cars along Clarkston Road and stealing stereo equipment. Their mothers drove up from Virginia in a snowstorm so they could be in court with their children....more >>
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Warm weather draws 255 to Resolution Run

Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer Waking at 8 a.m. to frosty Jan. 1 weather to run five kilometers may not sound like a great way to start the new year, but the runners and participants of the 11th annual New Year's Resolution Run in Lake Orion Village did just that - and loved it....more >>

Orion Township trustees plan for eco-friendly future

Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer Orion Township is trying to be more environmentally concious, and with the help of their renamed environmental committee, they're hoping to maintain the area with a greener attitude....more >>
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Meet Marion

By Laura Colvin Review editor Marion Ginopolis has her hands full just with day-to-day operation of Lake Orion Community Schools' 7,800-student district. Throw in a challenging budget-planning season and a bond issue drawing more and more questions from the community as its Feb....more >>
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Year in Review: 2010 continued

The Review continues its look back on 2010 with Year in Review, part II: July 7 Here's the church, here's the steeple - The Lake Orion United Methodist Church, built in 1873, received renovations to its 80-foot high steeple....more >>
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Say hello to Baby New Year!

Tiny Cecilia Faith Stevens-Rivera is only a few days old and she's already a local celebrity. She wasn't born wearing a top hat or sporting a 2011 sash, but this sweet little girl has the distinction of being Oxford's first baby of the New Year and the second born in Oakland County....more >>

Friends hosting info meeting about library's potential move

Folks interested in learning all about a proposal to triple the size of the Addison Township Public Library by moving it into a local strip mall are invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, Jan....more >>

Crime up in Oxford, down in Addison

Overall, it appears that crime was on the rise in Oxford Township last year, while Addison Township experienced a number of decreases in various offenses. According to data compiled by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, when Oxford Township's 2009 and 2010 numbers are compared, the instances of fraud increased from 35 to 47; motor vehicle thefts jumped from 8 to 17; assaults rose from 95 to 108; the number of forcible sexual offenses increased from 3 to 11; and incidents of property damage rose from 55 to 69....more >>
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Lt. Perry bids farewell to Oxford substation

Oxford Township lost one of its top cops last week – a casualty of shrinking tax revenues and budget cuts. Oakland County Sheriff's Lt. Larry Perry bid farewell to the township substation he's commanded with professionalism and integrity since March 2007....more >>


Leader Editorial

A win for government secrecy; a loss for liberty

Those in government who seek to hide what they say and do from the public won a significant victory last week. Those who seek to expose wrongdoing, corruption and waste in government suffered a momentous defeat....more >>

Support group for job-seekers boasts 67 percent success rate

In the area of economic news, 2010 wasn't all doom and gloom. There was actually some reason to celebrate. For instance, 31 out of 46 folks (or 67 percent) looking for jobs as part of the local Transitions program attained full or part-time employment last year....more >>

Despite zero-star rating Oxford Bank was profitable

Once again, Oxford Bank earned the lowest possible rating from a leading banking research firm. The community bank received a zero-star rating from the Florida-based BauerFinancial, Inc....more >>
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Firefighters aid rescue effort at explosion scene

"Catastrophic." That's how Addison firefighter W Rippetoe described the scene of a suspected natural gas explosion that happened Dec. 29 in the City of Wayne, located in Wayne County....more >>

Jacobsen hits ground running in Lansing

New state rep. wants to tackle biz taxes, speed limits, liquor licenses

Michigan is beginning the new year with a new governor and a new crop of legislators. One of those legislators, state Rep. Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford), is wasting no time launching his ideas into the Lansing political arena....more >>

2010 Year in Review: Part II

July 7 – Items alleged illegally removed from a palace in Korea during 1950-53 war, then auctioned in Oxford Township earlier this year are the subject of an investigation by the United States and South Korean governments....more >>
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