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Acting village clerk suspended

Police investigate allegations Paad took tax money, but then repaid it

Oxford Village's acting clerk, M. Patricia Paad, was suspended with pay Jan. 25, while police investigate "alleged deposit irregularities" involving some of the municipality's tax monies....more >>
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...hey Daddy, let's dance!

About 70 girls from Blanche Sims Elementary had a special night out with Dad last week when the school hosted its annual Daddy Daughter Dance. The following day, moms and sons were bowled over with a great time at Collier Lanes....more >>

Plan nixed

Oxford deputies won't move to Orion substation any time soon

It took one over-conservative Oxford treasurer and a generous landlord to move a substation-sharing proposal between Orion and Oxford off the table and into the can. At least for now....more >>

New senior center 'getting awful big'

Now the real work begins. That was the word from Orion Township Supervisor Matthew Gibb, who at last week's regular meeting of the township board gave an update, along with a preview of what comes next, on the new senior/community center With an expected completion date of June 1, Gibb said trustees - and interested citizens - need to get busy....more >>

Township cuts hours to save money

Contract with YourSource human resources services altered to fit current responsibilities

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer The Orion Township offices will be revising a contract with their human resources provider in an attempt to save money. During the Orion Township Board of Trustees meeting on Jan....more >>
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Purchasing policy sparks debate

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer Can the Orion Township officials spend $5,000 for office improvements without consent of the Board of Trustees? The answer, as stated by the township's current spending policy, is as long as the amount spent is $5,000 or less, a department head does not require board approval to spend the money....more >>

'Lake Orion's Got Talent!'

Variety show to offer $1,000 prize

Dust off your dancing shoes, tune up your tuba and master your magic tricks. The first-ever "Lake Orion's Got Talent!" is coming March 19 to Lake Orion High School. The event benefits 1,000 Conversations about Mental Health in Lake Orion and features four $250 prizes and a grand prize of $1,000....more >>

Young Americans need host families

Young Americans are coming to town, and they're hoping Lake Orion residents will open their hearts and their homes while they're here. "We need six or seven more host families," said Karen Appledorn, a Lake Orion parent and staunch supporter of Young Americans....more >>

Treasurer's attendance questioned by clerk

Orion Township residents who have ever had difficulty contacting township officials may take bittersweet solace in the fact that they are not alone in this regard. During a discussion on the township's purchasing policy at the Orion Township Board of Trustees meeting on Jan....more >>

Get Moving!

Stadium Elementary's third annual "Get Moving!" Family Fun night went off without a hitch, much to the delight of the children attending the event. Between running the obstacle course, getting instruction from karate instructors, and participating in a number of other activities set up by the school, there was nary a dull moment to be had....more >>

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Hospice volunteers From 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 1 through Feb. 24, training for Genesys Hospice volunteers will be held at the Genesys Hospice Care Center, 7280 S....more >>

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Warranted On Jan. 19, a Brandon deputy on patrol stopped a vehicle with defective equipment. The driver gave the deputy an identification card and said he didn't have a driver's license, as it was currently suspended....more >>

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Coffee Hour At 9 a.m., Feb. 25, 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 >>


Ball Street Bridge replacement could top 150K

Ortonville- The cost to the village to replace an ailing bridge could be at least $150,000, and possibly more, despite a grant that will cover 95 percent of construction costs. Leanne Panduren of Rowe Professional Services Company presented information and a timeline on the Ball Street Bridge Project to the village council during their Jan....more >>


Local cable station to sign off at Brandon High School

Brandon Twp.- The local cable station needs a new home. OTV, the local cable access station (Channel 99), is looking for a new location to house its studio and broadcasting equipment....more >>


Statson steps down as Atlas Township trustee

Atlas Twp.-Long time township trustee Scott Statson resigned earlier this month. "I have had the honor of representing the residents of Atlas Township for several years," said Statson from his office in Orange County, California....more >>
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Bears keep kids smiling

Area children in need may be a little happier thanks to a group of Goodrich High School students An annual fundraiser recently held by the Goodrich chapter of the National Honor Society gathered almost 50 Teddy bears, along with $887 for the pediatric centers at Hurley Medical Center, Gensys Health System and Lapeer Regional Medical Center....more >>
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Goodrich family: New window to the past

Goodrich, May 20, 1886. The Goodrich clan gathers on the family farm just outside the village that bears their name. The family includes Moses, Aaron, Enos and Reuben, four of the living brothers that 50 years earlier settled on land in southern Genesee County that's now part of the village and Atlas Township....more >>


Marijuana dispensary, co-op takes aim at Groveland Township

Groveland Twp.- A medical marijuana dispensary may soon be growing plants in the township. Sean Robinson, a spokesperson for Caregivers of America, attended the township planning commission meeting on Tuesday night to explore the possiblity of establishing a co-op for growing medical marijuana....more >>


Village sewer talks start again

Ortonville- Sewers have been talked about for years here, decades even. Septic systems have failed for village residents and business owners, and still, there are no sewers. Cost is the major obstacle and with the current economy, money would seem to be an issue now more than ever....more >>
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300 wins: Still loving the game

It's a Friday night in January. Twenty-year veteran Goodrich Varsity Basketball Coach Gary Barns watches as the seconds click off on a 74-52 conference road win over Lake Fenton. For two decades, that winning scenario has been repeated for Barns and his Martians netters 300 times....more >>


Group home runaway found

On Jan. 19, at 6 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to a group home in the 300 block of Mill St. for a missing person. The complainant, an employee of the group home, said a resident was picked up from the home at noon by a transportation company for a doctor appointment in Waterford and she had not heard from him since....more >>
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Get Moving!

Stadium Elementary's third annual "Get Moving!" Family Fun night went off without a hitch, much to the delight of the children attending the event. Between running the obstacle course, getting instruction from karate instructors, and participating in a number of other activities set up by the school, there was nary a dull moment to be had....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>


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 >>
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More cake!

Brad Martin gives Cindy Stanaback a cupcake to try from Village Boutique, during downtown Clarkston's Strolling Retro Cocktail party on Saturday....more >>

Township hall funding revisited

Voters could have voice in bond effort

Voters might get a chance to weigh in on the new township hall, two years after it was purchased and moved into. If Independence Township files an application with the state to issue bonds, residents would have 45 days to file a petition to put the issue to a vote....more >>

Discussion delayed on budget cuts

A year ago this week, a $13 million school budget deficit stunned school board members and residents. Not this year Clarkston School Board's Jan. 24 meeting was canceled by board President Steve Hyer....more >>
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Big Deal, coupons, contests, local bargains coming to Clarkston

To Get In Call 248-625-3370

What's the big deal about the Big Deal? Everything for shoppers, money-saving coupons for restaurants, fitness centers, grocery stores, auto shops, hair salons, landscaping, and anything else you'll need....more >>

45 clerk resumes surprise board

Deadline passed, 45 people are in the running to be appointed replacement Independence Township Clerk for the next two years. "It was very surprising. I am glad we have a committee that's going to review them and weed out the ones that aren't qualified and narrow it down for us," said Supervisor Dave Wagner....more >>

Actor healed, Christmas show goes on

Christmas is long past, but First Baptist Church of Clarkston has a special reason for a reprise. The church drama group's second showing of "Outside the Christmas Box," Dec. 11, was canceled when Hank, a 10-year-old lead actor, was hit by a car while crossing Holcomb Street following the Holiday Lights Parade in downtown Clarkston....more >>

Paying dues

This year's dues for membership in Southeast Michigan Council Of Governments were almost too rich for Springfield Township. Three of the seven-person Township Board voted against the $1,550 membership in the regional planning organization....more >>

New draft for 90 N. Main

Dick Carlisle of Carlisle & Wortman will develop a "special land use" plan for 90 N. Main Street, after input from city planners. Clarkston Planning Commission members said they want a plan with "teeth," to enforce Historic District ordinance....more >>
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Bomb-threat robber

Police are hoping store surveillance video help them capture a suspect who used a bomb threat to rob a local pharmacy. The suspect is a white man, 40-50 years old, about 5 feet, 5 inches in height, slender build, short brown hair, no facial hair....more >>

Eye screening for kids

Clarkston Area Lions Club's Project Kidsight offers free vision screening to children 6 months-5 years old. Volunteers use a PediaVision digital camera to take pictures of children's eyes....more >>
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Kopp shares Buddhist way of life

Working in construction, Independence Township resident Mark Kopp moved frequently. A martial arts student, that meant a new dojo almost every year. "I got a lot of experience in many different arts," said Kopp, 30....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Sled fun

Students of Pine Knob Elementary enjoyed a day of sledding recently at Indian Springs Metro Park sled hill. Parents reminisced about their childhood days as they watched their children make their way up and down the hill....more >>
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Spirited Helm

Clarkston resident, Ashlyn Helm, along with her Brandon Cheer Team, took second place in Division II, Small Group at Young Champions State Cheer Competition in Grand Rapids Michigan on Jan....more >>
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Chick adventures return

Noah Nowicki and his sister, Megan, along with their two friends Ella and Ritchie are back with another adventure in Secret Zoo, Book 2 Secrets and Shadows, by Clarkston resident Bryan Chick....more >>
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Party, 60s style

Downtown Clarkston was a happening place Saturday night as folks strolled in and out of downtown businesses enjoying food and drinks of the Retro Cocktail Party. The event was hosted by Clarkston Retailer's Group as a fundraiser for Lighthouse North....more >>

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Meet state rep.

State Rep. Eileen Kowall and Oakland County Commissioner Tom Middleton meet with constituents, 12-1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at Pete's Coney II, 6160 Dixie Highway. "I encourage my constituents to attend my office hours and share their state or local concerns that I can take to Lansing," said Kowall, R-Waterford Township....more >>

Kindergarten info

Clarkston Community Schools is holding their Kindergarten Information Night on Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Clarkston Junior High Performing Arts Center, 6595 Waldon Road. Kindergarten registration begins Feb....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Search for new school superintendent begins" Clarkston School Board went with Michigan Association of School Boards to lead the search for a new chief. Trustees supported a national search, to avoid excluding anyone....more >>
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Monster fish

Lake Orion resident Mike Pace (right) speared this monster northern pike in Lakeville Lake Saturday during the Bear Paw Cafe's annual ice fishing competition. Posing with Pace is his fishing buddy Jesse Walling, of North Branch....more >>

Investor's green to yield blue turf

Let's go blue! Coach Bud Rowley and the boys will be playing football this season on new synthetic turf that matches their jersey color. An enthusiastic cheer of celebration and chants broke out, led by members of the varsity football team, when the Board of Education approved the donation of the blue and gold synthetic field turf from the Oxford Turf Committee by a 6-0 vote on Monday, Jan....more >>
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So long, Hank!

What do you say to a guy who's leaving the community after devoting 19 years of his life to helping, counseling and mentoring thousands of local youth? Residents have until Feb. 14 to think about it because that is Hank Szlenkier's last official day as the caseworker for Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance (OAYA)....more >>

Village retention of DDA funds may not be legal

Attorney directed to continue investigation, prepare report

It's been a bone of contention between the Oxford Downtown Development Authority and Oxford Village Council for about five years, but now, it appears the situation might finally get resolved....more >>

Reps. propose communities maintain PAT to save money

From households to governments, everybody's tightening their belts these days. That's why Orion Township Treasurer Alice Young and Trustee JoAnn Van Tassel submitted a proposal last week to the Polly Ann Trail Management Council to make its budget leaner and operations more efficient....more >>
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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Parks department selling ad space at softball fields

For years, spectators at professional sporting events have been exposed to advertising at various stadiums and arenas. Signs promoting beer, pizza, automobiles, etc. are familiar sights in end zones and outfields across the country....more >>

Supervisor gets surprise invite to Snyder's speech

Flabbergasted is probably the best word to describe Bruce Pearson's reaction to his last-minute invitation to sit on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives during Gov. Rick Snyder's first State of the State address Jan....more >>

Winning pike almost 19 pounds

One less gargantuan, toothy predator is cruising the frigid waters of Addison Township's Lakeville Lake thanks to skilled outdoorsman Mike Pace. During Saturday's ice fishing contest, sponsored by the Bear Paw Cafe, the Lake Orion resident speared a northern pike that measured 41 inches in length and weighed a whopping 18 pounds, 11 ounces (see photo on Page 1)....more >>
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Village cop calls in cavalry to help subdue suspect

OXFORD VILLAGE Oakland County's boys in brown came to the aid of a brother in blue Friday morning when a suspect allegedly resisted arrest in a violent manner. Around 1:30 a.m., five sheriff's deputies responded to a village officer's request for assistance during a traffic stop in the parking lot of Oxford Elementary School (109 Pontiac St....more >>
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Little strummers

"Guitar Hero" is fun video game that's good for a few laughs on a cold winter's day, but it's certainly no substitute for playing the real thing as some Oxford students can attest....more >>
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An evening of tunes, shopping

There's nothing quite like the warm glow of community and friends to take the chill off a cold winter's night. Alumni, supporters and staff of the Upland Hills School in Addison Township gathered Saturday evening for the 7th annual Community Showcase held at the Karen Joy Theatre on Indian Lake Rd....more >>
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1931: Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon complete the first heavier than air nonstop flight over the Pacific. Their flight, begun October 3, lasted 41 hours, 31 minutes and covered 5,000 miles. They piloted their Bellanca CH-200 monoplane from Samushiro, 300 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, to Wenatchee, Washington.
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