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Local helps drive Volt to Car of the Year

Like many local commuters—John Doane makes a daily trek from his Goodrich home south to his job in the Detroit area. And like many area travelers, he returns home in the evening. However, unlike daily drivers Doane has a unique option—he can travel gasoline free....more >>
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That's a wrap!

Jaden Eller didn't get flowers, but his reaction upon receiving leftover cellophane wrap made for a lively encore performance after LOHS seniors and co-directors Alison Workman, left, and Tahra Gribbin, not pictured, accepted congratulatory carnations for their work on 'Winter Cabaret....more >>

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Sports, music, movies, more: locals team up for trivia

Brandon Twp.- In what movie does James Caan play a writer held prisoner by a deranged fan? Who has the most career Super Bowl rushing yards? Which U.S. state was the first to give the vote to African-Americans? What type of fossilize tree resin is often used in jewelry? These are just a sampling of the kinds of questions faced by players of Team Trivia, a game franchise growing in popularity and played at bars across America....more >>

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Financial peace:'The only fights we've ever had were about money'

Goodrich- Phil and Shawn Cramton were living a fairly easy-going, comfortable lifestyle two years ago, like many other people. Phil had a good paying job in management with General Motors....more >>

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Homeless in Goodrich tallied

'Point in Time Count' aims to find Atlas Township homeless Jan. 26.

As a relatively affluent, rural community, homelessness wouldn't appear to exist in Atlas Township. However, Township Clerk Tere Onica knows otherwise and "homeless" does not necessarily mean a person with a shopping cart full of belongings hanging out near a street corner....more >>

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Orion's open for business: Several indoor recreation facilities among many new ventures

What do batteries, burgers and a 50,000-square-foot BMX park have in common? All are examples of the goods and services produced at new Orion Township businesses. According to township supervisor Matthew Gibb, some 600-700 new jobs are coming to town in the months ahead as dozens of businesses locate or relocate in Orion....more >>
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Local group sheds a ton of weight—literally

A group of area residents are now missing 3,130.5 pounds. And no one is seeking its return. About 90 Goodrich and Ortonville area members participated in a supportive Weight Watchers group last year, shedding about a ton and a half over the course of 2010....more >>
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Short-handed hat trick lands icer in record books

Brandon Blackhawk Centerman Brett Loviska may have just rewritten the high school record books with three shorthanded goals in the span of 23 seconds on Jan. 5 during an 8-0 route over he Lapeer East Eagles in Flint Metro League hockey action at Polar Palace in Lapeer....more >>

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Escapee attempts auto theft, crashes, flees

Brandon Twp.- A 16-year-old boy who recently escaped from a minimum security facility in Mt. Clemens was arrested Jan. 8 after attempting to steal a vehicle in the township. The youth, a former township resident, was originally incarcerated for a home invasion that occurred here in 2009 and escaped detention a little more than a week ago....more >>

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Municipal Consulting Services to study operations

Goodrich-The village council voted 5-0 to contract Municipal Consulting Services of Ann Arbor to perform an organizational and operational review of the village government. Mark Nottley provided an overview of the project, which will begin on Jan....more >>
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Council inks rezoning for new village complex

Goodrich- A new assisted living facility may soon be open in the village. The village council voted 5-0 on Monday night to approve a planning commission recommendation for a zoning amendment from low density residential to commercial in the central business district of the village....more >>
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'Bouchard on Bullying' draws wall-to-wall crowd

It was standing-room only last week when the Lake Orion community -- adults and kids alike turned out to hear Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard talk about bullying. The event, which took place at the Orion Township Library and was sponsored by the North Oakland Community Coalition, was dubbed 'Bouchard on Bullying and 'focused primarily on cyber-bullying and Internet predators....more >>
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Gingell now heads county commissioners' table

The Commissioner for Oakland County's District 3 just got a job with a little more weight. Michael J. Gingell (R), Commissioner for the district that includes Orion Township, the Village of Lake Orion and Oakland Township was elected to become the newest Chairman of the Board of Commissioners with a unanimous vote from his peers during the inaugural swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, Jan....more >>

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'We still consider Lake Orion our home'

During the 2011 Florida Gator Bowl, Andrew Hamilton, a former area resident, marched with the rest of his junior high school band during the event's halftime show. Tonya Hamilton, Andrew's mother, said that it was a special event for the kids who were able to attend, especially because the bands that played were not normally part of their school's marching band program....more >>
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'We still consider Lake Orion our home'

During the 2011 Florida Gator Bowl, Andrew Hamilton, a former area resident, marched with the rest of his junior high school band during the event's halftime show. Tonya Hamilton, Andrew's mother, said that it was a special event for the kids who were able to attend, especially because the bands that played were not normally part of their school's marching band program....more >>

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Senior calendar

Medical supply At 1 p.m., Jan 20, at the EBSC, Allstate Medical Supply will make a presentation discussing the company's wide variety of discount medical supplies and home medical equipment....more >>

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Crime

LFA On Dec. 27, at 6:10 a.m., a Brandon deputy responded to the 400 block of Edward Street for larceny from an auto. The complainant said his work van was parked in the driveway and when he went out to start it, he found the battery was dead....more >>

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Coffee Hour At 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 28, The Citizen, 12 South St., Ortonville will host a coffee hour . The public is invited to attend and enjoy treats and conversation. Donations for OCEF will be accepted....more >>
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Optimists get $500 from Meijer

Roger Lamont, Store Director of Meijer in Auburn Hills, recently presented a $500 donation to Kelly Weaver, pictured left, and Katherine Baumann, right, of the Lake Orion Area Optimist Club....more >>

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Registered for bond election?

Yes or no? Either way you vote for the LOCS's Feb. 22 school improvement bond, the last day to register or change your address is Jan. 24. For those living in Orion Township, please note the following locations and times for voter registration....more >>

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Preschool open house Feb. 1

The Orion Township Public Library will host its Annual Preschool and Child Care Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 4-7 p.m. Free childcare will be provided while parents of young children attend the open house, meet Lake Orion and Oxford area providers, ask questions and gather information about the many options available....more >>
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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 >>

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Crime

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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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Victory shout

In front from left, Andrea Butler, Emily Roan, and Steve Carpenter, along with Sacha Cardamone, with the Clarkston "C" painted on his face, Connor Giroux, Mike Schwartz and their classmates cheer on their Wolves basketball team....more >>
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Hope for parks and rec

New director looks to rescue programs

According to Ken Elwert, Independence Township's new parks and recreation director, Fourth of July and other special events have a chance at life. "I think the difficult thing is figuring out what's really important the core value for our community and our department," he said....more >>

State steps in on hall plan

Trustees upset with information gap

When township Supervisor Dave Wagner worked out a deal with the state to avoid a $500,000 penalty, trustees had no idea. "None of us knew about any of that," said Trustee Mark Petterson....more >>
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Ideas flow at Coffee Club

It's a new year, and Clarkston News' Coffee Club is back in action. Local business folks meet to share ideas, tips, and suggestions, such as how to use a cell phone camera for a quick and easy insurance inventory, opportunities for community service, and even a favorite book, all over a cup of coffee....more >>
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Township clerk steps down

After six years and half way into second term of office, Independence Township Clerk Shelagh VanderVeen decided to step down. "Due to personal and health reasons, I will be resigning my position as clerk effective January 10, 2011," VanderVeen said in an e-mail to fellow board members, Jan....more >>

Party like it's 1969

Clarkston returns to the days when business meant cocktails, ladies in flowery dresses, fedoras and three-piece suits for the men. Hosted by the Clarkston Retailers Group, downtown Main Street will be transformed into a Retro Cocktail Party, Saturday, Jan....more >>
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Ritchie, aka Kid Rock

This coming Monday, Jan. 17, is not only Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is also the birthday of one of the area's most noteworthy residents. Since Robert J. Ritchie has done much for the area (frequenting local businesses; making donations for different civic projects; and even using footage of the area in recent music videos) The Clarkston News wishes Kid Rock a Happy Birthday! Ritchie was raised just over the eastern border of Oakland County, in Romeo, Michigan....more >>
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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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Together again, after all these years

Music began and broadcasted throughout the gym, sounding a familiar tone for the 1991 Clarkston High School Wrestling team. It was AC/DC's "Thunder Struck," the song the State Champions would listen to as they warmed up on the mat....more >>
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Cheering for the win

Clarkston High School Varsity Basketball enjoyed a resounding, 77-37 victory over Oak Park High School, Friday, thanks in no small part to encouragagement and cheers from a gym filled with fans....more >>
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London sticks with parade marchers

Clarkston High School Marching Band members remain in a London state of mind, after their New Year's trip. Senior Taylor Tomei glanced at the clock in the hallway behind the high school's performing arts center five o'clock it read....more >>

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Meeting schedule OK'd

Independence Township Board will have fewer meetings this year. Trustee Neil Wallace and Deputy Supervisor Rick Yeager proposed a schedule of two meetings a month. Last year, the board had three meetings a month....more >>

Mobile clerk's office

The Oakland County Clerk's Mobile Office heads to the Springfield Township Library, 12000 Davisburg Road, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20. Services include certified copies of birth, death and marriage records, marriage license applications, notary public applications, registration of assumed names and co-partnerships, military discharge forms, passport applications and photos, copies of property records and deeds, oakland county circuit court records, identity protection information, voter registration, absentee ballot application forms, and concealed pistol license For more information, call 248-858-0560 or check www....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "New school will come in on budget" Cutting six classrooms shaved over $600,000 and 6,500 square feet from the new Clarkston High School. The project was over budget due to escalating construction costs, architects said....more >>
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Expanded pantry hours, new ways to give

Oxford-Orion FISH is kicking off the new year with new ways to combat privation at the local level. The local charity group has expanded its pantry hours and made them more convenient to help feed needy folks who live in Oxford, Orion and Addison townships....more >>

Village attorney suggests MM be dispensed at pharmacies

Depending on your point of view, the idea may seem radical or quite logical, but there's no denying it's definitely interesting. In a Dec. 27 legal opinion, Oxford Village attorney Robert Bunting proposed that council consider creating an ordinance that would require medical marijuana dispensaries to operate only in licensed pharmacies under the supervision of licensed pharmacists....more >>

Chief: Village crime 'still well in hand'

Criminal activity in Oxford Village experienced its ups and downs in 2010, but overall, Police Chief Mike Neymanowski is quite pleased with the numbers. "All in all things look pretty good," he said....more >>

Oxford gets $46K to protect water supply

Good news for Oxford Township and Village, the municipalities were awarded a combined $46,102 in wellhead protection grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment....more >>
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Locals keep trapping tradition alive

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Long before Henry Ford's assembly line transformed Detroit into the Motor City and Michigan into a manufacturing mecca, this land was dominated by the fur trade....more >>

Leonard moves forward with $609K road project

Bonds, fed. grant to pay for Forest St. job

It's a big project with a big price tag, but Leonard Village President Mike McDonald feels it's worth it because it needs to be done and the municipality is getting a great deal. "I think it will be a good thing in the long run," he said....more >>
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Library offers new on-line resource for job-seekers

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Those seeking employment have a new tool available to them, free of charge, at the Oxford Public Library. It's called the Job & Career Accelerator and it's a new web resource available through the Library of Michigan's eLibrary (MeL), which can be accessed at www....more >>
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