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Black, white and color all over

Color us happy, The Review presents your community news in all its colorful glory this week for the first time since we started printing in 1881. These special editions will be a once-a-month treat for now, and we're looking for deserving story ideas as well as advertisers to feature in our full-color first and last pages....more >>

Schools look for 'least impact' cuts

By Laura Colvin Review editor Total compensation - salaries and benefits - must be continually evaluated. That was a large part of last week's message as the Lake Orion Community Schools' Board of Education delved into instructional expenses in an ongoing discussion about the district's 2011-2012 budget....more >>
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Entrepreneurial injection

'We, as a business community, have the opportunity to be exceptional.' - Matthew Gibb

Orion Township residents may be looking forward to an entrepreneurial injection. As part of his state of the township address on Thursday, Jan. 13 at King's Court Castle in Canterbury Village, Orion Township Supervisor Matthew Gibb spoke to lengths on the improving relations between the township and businesses interested in opening in the area....more >>
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Senior center going up fast

As siding and roofing operations begin to cover the frame, the new senior center is stepping out of fiction and into reality. Orion Township Building Official Tom Berger said that despite a few "hiccups," the building's completion is on schedule, predicting that the building will be finished in July....more >>
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Alert neighbors called heroes after quick response to medical emergency

Two women at the Heritage Place Senior Living Center on Atwater Street have saved a life. On Sunday, Dec. 5, Eleanor Grusczynski and Therese Malinowski, two residents of the Heritage Place Living Center, happened upon a fellow resident Phyllis Waterstad who was experiencing a life threatening episode, and acted quickly to contact medical authorities....more >>

Committee seeks budget solutions

Two council members appointed to study village finances

With the rapidly changing economic climate, many municipalities have had to make concessions and compromises concerning their budgets, and the Village of Lake Orion is no exception....more >>
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Gymnastics facility to open in Orion

By Laura Colvin Review editor It's got to be fun. That's the philosophy of Shawn Clement, who was busy this week with final details at fLipSpot Gymnastics and Cheer, a new state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open Jan....more >>

News Briefs

Senior Calendar

My Fair Lady At 10 a.m., Jan. 27, the EBSC is hosting a free showing of a classic movie. The 1964 movie is entitled "My Fair Lady" with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. Bavarian Inn From 9 a....more >>


'I couldn't imagine anything different...'

Goodrich- Eleanor and Robert Barker recognize hard times. The village residents were born and raised during the Great Depression. Robert Barker's mother died when he was a toddler and he was sent to live with an aunt....more >>


Shinanguag: eed control assessment

The costs for lake residents to control unwanted aquatic life is growing—just like the weeds. The Atlas Board of Trustees approved a special assessment district for Lake Shinanguag weed control following a public hearing on Monday night....more >>



Long commute On Jan. 11, a Brandon deputy on patrol stopped a vehicle on S. Ortonville Road near Viola for a defective headlight and disregard of a traffic control device. The suspect said he lives in Michigan and drives back and forth to Minnesota for work....more >>


Atlas Twp. fees will remain for new businesses

Don't look for a break on township fees for new businesses anytime soon. The board of trustees repealed a consideration on Monday night that would waive site plan review fees estimated to be about $500-$2,500 per lot....more >>
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Obituaries e-mailed by local funeral home

Coats Village Funeral Home has launched a new service that allows obituaries to be sent to your e-mail inbox as soon as they are posted to the funeral home's website. "Many people have asked that I call them when someone passes," said Roy Langolf, Coats Village owner/managing director....more >>

News Briefs


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 >>


Township fire station roof woes

Atlas Twp. - The fire hall roof is leaking and it's not the first time. After completion in 1993 the approximately 6,000 square-foot structure has undergone several extensive repairs due to leaking from the roof....more >>


Recall signatures: On track for May 3 ballot

Goodrich-About 140 signatures of 175 needed to recall a Goodrich council official have been collected. Village resident Norm Bass, who filed the petition on Dec. 20, said the process is right on track as a Jan....more >>


No park grant; sled lift opens Jan. 29

Brandon Twp.- The township board is sticking with a decision they made nearly two years ago to not seek any grants requiring matching funds. Board members agreed at their Jan. 18 meeting they would not apply for a grant that would have been used to decrease the township's liability exposure on the sledding hill at the township community park, 1414 Hadley Road....more >>



Brandon Twp.- Parents can help their children become star readers by registering their students in the STARS tutorial program. Registration is now underway for the spring session of the program offered by Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance....more >>
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Top clerk

Atlas Township clerk receives Loretta J. Manwaring Memorial Award

The November 2000 election was hotly contested. More than 75 percent of Atlas Township voters headed to the polls to decide a presidental election which George W. Bush narrowly won with 271 electoral votes to Al Gore's 266 (with one elector abstaining in the official tally)....more >>


Brandon finance director 'on leave of absence'

Holly School District director contracted to fill vacancy

Brandon Twp.- Jamie Cowan is on a leave of absence as executive director of fiscal affairs for the Brandon School District. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon declined to elaborate further, including whether the leave is paid or unpaid, temporary or permanent....more >>


No year-round residents at Clearwater Campground

Brandon Twp.- For three months of every year, Ron and Connie Troy leave their home in the township for 24 hours every three days. The couple has owned for the past 10 years a "condo" unit, what Ron describes as "a fancy trailer," located within the Clearwater Campground, 1140 S....more >>
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Baby New Year

Emma Rose Hagberg is the first baby born in The Citizen readership area in 2011. Emma was born at 5:52 a.m., Jan. 2, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21-and-a-half inches long....more >>

Looking Back

15 years ago Jan. 17, 1996 - Block scheduling was introduced at Lake Orion High School, bringing with it four semester years and 90-minute class periods. The previous method included two semesters and 55-minute class periods....more >>

Brief: Correction

The Review would like to clarify some wording in "Orion Township trustees plan for eco-friendly future" a story in our Jan. 5 edition. Heather Muzzy is not new to the Orion Township Environmental Resources Committee (OTERC) nor is she a board chair....more >>

Brief: Rockin' telethon to benefit FISH

Orion Neighborhood Television (ONTV) has teamed up with the Oxford/Orion FISH food pantry to launch the first "Feed Our FISH" Live Telethon, Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....more >>
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Police seek bomb-threat robber

Investigation continues into a robbery of the Sashabaw Road Kroger's store in Independence Township. According to police, a white man about 40 years old, 5 foot, 5 inches, thin build wearing glasses, green jacket, and camouflage hat, put a package on the counter of the pharmacy and demanded Vicodin, saying he had a bomb, 6:20 p....more >>
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Gibson back in town helping kids

Managing the Arizona Diamondbacks 2,000 miles away, Tigers legend Kirk Gibson never forgot his Clarkston roots. "I grew up in the area, mom taught here –I love this area," said Gibson, back in town, Jan....more >>
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On the web with Phil in the Blank

Read the news, then see what editor Phil Custodio has to say about it, at ClarkstonTV.com, http://www.oxfordleader.com/homeframe.lasso. Arizona comes up quite a bit this week, for a Clarkston newspaper....more >>

2011 ideas for reform

In 2011, budget remains a top priority for local government leaders, but reform is also up there. Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner hopes for a better year than last year, which he called "nothing but turmoil and confusion....more >>
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Clarkston grad pays off a 23-year-old debt

In 1988, Clarkston High School graduating senior Scott Poche was accused of drawing in a textbook, and told to pay for it. He denied it, and the matter was dropped due to lack of evidence....more >>

15 resumes so far for replacement township clerk

Concerned about candidates seeking an easy paycheck and benefits, Trustee Neil Wallace suggested reducing pay for the new, replacement township clerk. His suggestion: a dollar a year....more >>

No constable for Clarkston

Following its Constable Committee recommendation, Clarkston will stick with the sheriff for police services. "The committee considered a range of police service, from a certified, full-time police officer to a code enforcement, parking-ticket officer working part time," said Councilman Thomas Hunter....more >>
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Retro rock at Main Street party

From left, Clarkston business owners Ann Stevenson, Christina Calka, Peg Roth, Dawn Jacobs, Joan Donnay, and Theo Morgan, in their 1960s best, are ready for Saturday's Retro Cocktail Party in downtown Clarkston....more >>
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Check out Clarkston venues on Party Bus

Local bar owners don't want patrons to drive to their establishments – they want them to take the bus. "Come to our place, have a good time – we'll be accountable," said Keith Patten, owner of 24-7 Limousine and partner of Fountains Golf and Banquet Center....more >>

Welcome to the News

New sports stringer reporter Joey Goss is a junior at Clarkston High School, writing for the high school newspaper, Paw Prints. He was born March 9, 1994, to Jill and Scott Goss. He has one sister, Molly Goss, who is a junior at Grand Valley State University....more >>
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Kids reach out to help youngest patients

First-graders at Independence Elementary and Springfield Plains Elementary are reaching out to other children. For their Academic Service Learning project they are raising money for Ty'd with Love, created by Anne Duffy, a Independence Elementary first-grade teacher....more >>
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Shooting Stars

First baby

Bryan Cook and Melissa Wilder welcome Clarkston's first baby of the new year, Corbin Bryan Cook, born Jan. 1, 2011, at 1:59 a.m. at Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc. Weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces and 21 inches long, Corbin joins big sisters Mikayla, 12, Audrey, 8, (not pictured), and Summer, 2....more >>
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Village players offer British humor in 'The Decorator'

If you appreciate a good British farce, then don't miss Clarkston Village Players version of "The Decorator." "I think it's a very funny play," said Director Verne Vackaro. "It reminds me of the old Carol Burnett shows where they have these exaggerated characters....more >>

Optimists host Eton program

Clarkston Area Optimist Club hosts a presentation by Pete Pullen, Eton Academy's head of school, 7:30 a.m., Jan. 26. Pullen will present "Five Ways to Help Your Child Overcome ADHD and Dyslexia....more >>
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Let it snow, man

Clarkston residents know how to have fun in the snow, rolling up some snow balls and making them into snowmen, snow-women, and snow-children. Just a couple months until the start of spring, set for Sunday, March 20, at 7:21 p....more >>

News Briefs

90 N. Main meeting

Clarkston City Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m., Jan. 20, at Village Hall, 375 Depot Street , to discuss preliminary plans for 90 N. Main Street. For more information, call 248-625-1559....more >>

Tickets for vet doc

Pete's Coney Island, 6160 Dixie Highway in Independence Township, offers Our Vietnam Generation T-shirts in support and tickets for the documentary "Our Vietnam Generation," Jan 22-23....more >>

Bowl for lacrosse

Clarkston High School Boys Lacrosse team's Thirrd Annual Bowling Fundraiser. is Jan. 30, 1:30-4 p.m., Cherry Hill Lanes, 6697 Dixie Highway. Fee is $25 per bowler, includes two hours of bowling, pizza and pop....more >>

Tea Party meets

Independence Tea Party Patriots hosts guest speaker David Littman, Jan. 25, Fountains Golf and Banquet Center, 6060 Maybee Road. Littman's presentation "Pulling Michigan out of its Economic Dive" addresses private sector job growth, fiscal responsibility, and other issues....more >>

Winter dance

Clarkston High School Student Council hosts Winter Wonderland Masquerade Dance from 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5. Doors close at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, sold before and after school and at all lunches, Jan....more >>


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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "A young man for all seasons" Nick Upchurch of Clarkston was honored with three United States National Awards, for National English Merit, All-American Scholar, and National Leadership and Service....more >>
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Honoring a man with a dream

Second-graders in Theresa Giberson's class at Daniel Axford Elementary celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by creating poetry and mosaics honoring the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968....more >>

Twp. cuts deputy, keeps substation

Oxford Township decided to cut a deputy from the midnight shift, but keep its Oakland County Sheriff's substation and the full-time secretary who staffs it. Last week, the township board voted 5-2 to eliminate a deputy from the 11 p....more >>

Library board accepts lease terms for larger space

It's still not a done deal, but the Addison Township Library Board of Trustees took a big step Friday night toward nearly tripling the size of its facility. The board voted 5-1 to authorize itself to enter into a 10-year lease agreement for approximately 3,000 square feet inside the Lakeville Towne Square strip mall on Rochester Rd....more >>

Friends host Q&A about potential move

There was definitely no shortage of questions Jan. 13 as the Friends of the Addison Township Public Library hosted an informational meeting regarding the library's potential move into the Lakeville Towne Square strip mall (see related story above)....more >>

What does the proposed Addison library site offer?

n The current library offers 1,200 to 1,300 square feet whereas the proposed location offers approximately 3,000 square feet. n The proposed location offers the capacity to expand the adult collection by 55 percent, from 411 to 635 lineal feet of shelf space....more >>
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New top cop a familiar face

A familiar face is now in command of the Oakland County Sheriff's substation in Oxford. Sgt. Scott Patterson is the township's new top cop and he's ready to continue the outstanding service and professionalism the sheriff's department has delivered here for the past 10 years....more >>

MLK Day rumor not true

The Leader received a few phone calls Monday from folks who were under the impression that African American students attending Oxford Community Schools were given the day off Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr....more >>

Contest offers dream wedding courtesy of local businesses

Wedding planning can be extremely difficult and nerve-racking for the recently engaged. Deciding between the reception, whose in and out on the guest list, the multitude of wedding cake options, finding the perfect dress can drive any bride and groom to be up a wall....more >>

Twp. wants state to clarify MM law

Rather than take any action regarding a proposed ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries at the local level, the Oxford Township Board last week decided to appeal to the state Legislature for direction in these uncharted waters....more >>

Ice anglers wanted for Jan. 22 contest

Anglers can turn their catches into cash by participating in the Bear Paw Cafe's annual ice fishing competition on Saturday, January 22. The contest involves two-man teams descending on Addison Township's Lakeville Lake in search of that toothy aquatic predator known as the northern pike....more >>
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And the winner is . . . Oxford!

Golden globes weren't the only awards being given out this weekend. The red carpet was rolled out for the nominees and winners of Oxford Chamber of Commerce's "First Annual 'Red Carpet' Chamber Appreciation and Community Dinner and Awards Gala" at Oxford High School on Saturday, Jan....more >>
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