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A dog's life!

Gone to the dogs

Tim Riley of Snow Bound Adventures gave local residents a taste of "mushing" Sunday at Orion Oaks Park when he offered dogsled rides, and a workshop for those who wanted to try the sport with their own four-legged friends....more >>

Four step up for school board

After serving a dozen years on the Lake Orion Community Schools' Board of Education, Trustee Bob Gritzinger is ready to hand off the baton. With a new position at work, increased travel and a heavier share of responsibility, Gritzinger said he wants to spend what little free time he has focused on family endeavors and other interests....more >>
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Police cut down shady tree service

Evidently crime does pay, albeit for a short time before law enforcement gets involved. Lonnie Wade Jenkins, a 52-year-old area resident and owner of L & L Tree & Landscaping Service, alledgedly extorted a large sum of money from an 86-year-old Village of Lake Orion woman....more >>
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Cash & Cari show comes to Lake Orion

Host runs estate sale at her grandparents house

Over the weekend, the host of a television show found "buried treasure" at an Orion Township residence. Cari Cucksey, host of Cash & Cari, a show on the Home & Garden Television channel, brought the show to Lake Orion, to a residence on Merritt Avenue....more >>

Township seeks lower prices for audit firm

Orion Township offices may be looking to replace longtime audit firm Plante Moran in the near future. During the Orion Township Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 18, Trustee JoAnn Van Tassel commented on her disapproval with Plante Moran's services....more >>
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Are you right or left brained?

The kids at Paint Creek Elementary are getting a head start on their artistic and scientific endeavors. The Paint Creek Science Fair and Art Show presented a number of exhibits and pieces from children attending the school, and provided interesting sights for both the artistically inclined and those with more mechanical minds....more >>

Lake Orion Optimist Club

The Lake Orion Area Optimist Club installed new members and celebrated the newly formed lubJan. 21. The Clarkston Optimist Club sponsored the Lake Orion Club, said Katherine Baumann, Vice President/Secretary/Board Member, noting Roger Diederich was the co-host of the event....more >>

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Senior Calendar

Craft, bake sale From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 12, a craft and bake sale will be held at the EBSC. Table rental is available and costs $12 for a 6-foot table and $15 for an 8-foot table....more >>

The big one

Lake Orion man catches huge pike

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....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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Mary and George:Still dancing after 60 years

On a late summer evening in 1950, at a club called Knickerbockers in Flint, George Yancho asked Mary Christoph to dance. The song was the Blue Skirt Waltz, and she happened to be wearing a blue dress....more >>

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Crime

Disrespectin' me? On Jan. 25, Brandon deputies responded to the Citgo gas station on Ortonville Road near South Street for a report of a physical altercation between two females, one a 17-year-old and the other a 55-year-old....more >>
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Catching some rays: Solar power

Brandon Twp.- Tom Laviolette had to clear his driveway of snow this week, like hundreds of other residents in the township, and millions of Americans, after a massive storm moved across the country....more >>

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Village reaccredited as Main Street community

Ortonville- Snow covered the roads this week as a massive storm slammed much of the country, but the village found a clear path to Main Street. Following a year-end evaluation Jan....more >>

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Corporation counsel to hear village oath issue

Goodrich- A former village council member said he will continue a challenge of a procedural issue regarding the election of Councilman Doug McAbee. David Lucik has appealed a dispute to the Genesee County Clerk Michael Carr after McAbee failed to sign the oath of office document within 10 days of the date the he was notified of his election to office....more >>
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'What would you do with 1,000 Pop-Tarts?'

Brandon Twp.- Kevin Loughlin is a fan of Pop-Tarts. He now has approximately 1,000 of them in boxes in his basement to prove it. The breakfast pastries were delivered Jan. 28 to Loughlin's doorstep in the township after he entered a contest on Facebook to win them in November....more >>

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Briefs

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 >>
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Cooking up a winner

Local's creation takes second in apple pie competition

Christina McArthur's father loves apple pie. So McArthur, 22, a 2007 Goodrich High School graduate and Baker College senior, whipped up a series of 20 apple pies trying to match a secret family recipe until she and Dad were happy with the creation....more >>
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Locals: Help for the homeless

Jan Pasteiner kneels down next to a black tarp covered structure about six feet long and three feet high under a towering pine tree in Flint on a recent Friday morning. What the tarp covers is impossible to tell to a casual observer, but the Ortonville resident knows....more >>

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School finances reviewed

Brandon Twp.- The school district here is in the same boat as districts everywhere in Michigan right now—waiting to hear what the funding will be from the state this year. Steve Lenar, the new acting executive director of fiscal affairs for the Brandon Schools, will deal with pressing financial issues both here and in the Holly school district....more >>
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Groveland Township firefighter injured, pets missing in house fire

Groveland Twp.-Township firefighters, along with Brandon and Atlas Township firefighters, responded to a house fire on Groveland Road west of M-15 at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday. When firefighters arrived the log home was fully engulfed....more >>

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Recall signatures submitted

Village resident Norm Bass who spearheaded a petition drive to recall Village Council President Patricia Wartella has submitted 234 signatures of 175 needed in an effort to place the issue on the May 3 ballot....more >>
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What's cooking?

Girl Scouts from across the Lake Orion area gathered at Lake Orion United Methodist Church on Sunday for the fourth annual cook-off event. "I wanted to get the girls excited about cooking and learn the science of cooking," said coordinator Sharon Kelly....more >>

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Say cheese

From dogsleds and dancing dads skating, sledding and school events, we've added dozens of new full-color, high quality photos from events past and present to The Big Blue Button on our website, and we'll continue to do so as we capture the faces, places and moments that make Lake Orion what it is....more >>

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Judges talk drinking, drugs

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, Judges Julie Nicholson, Lisa Asadoorian, and Nancy Carniak of the 52-3 District Court will discuss teen drinking, house parties, illegal and prescription drug use and the consequences and effects on kids and communities....more >>

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Volunteer for Challenge Day

Challenge Day, part of Lake Orion High School's annual Unity Week, is set for March 7-11 this year. The event, said facilitators, is designed to help address and reduce the problem of bullying in school through what some call a "life-changing experience....more >>

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Calendar

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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Crime

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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Briefs

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

Youth Coalition works to ease teen transition

Entering their teenage years as well as a new school, junior high can be a tough time for students. Their soon-to-be classmates offered survival tips from the trenches at Transition Day, Jan....more >>
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Full of win!

Scott Osborn, Pinewood Derby chairman at Pine Knob Elementary, celebrates with Athena Tedder, who won the Open Class with her jellybean racer, Jan....more >>

3 choices for township clerk

Finalists have lots of clerk experience

The township clerk selection committee met twice to narrow 45 candidates to three Joan McCrary, Joan Patterson and Barbra Pallotta. "I thought the selection process went well, and that the good number of talented candidates was reflective of the quality of community in general highly qualified people who are willing to give back," said Jerry Fisher of Independence Township, selection committee member....more >>
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Fairy tale finish

Drama club brings Cinderella to stage

The classic tale of a lost glass slipper, a scullery maid and a prince is being brought to life by the Clarkston High School Drama Club in their rendition of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella....more >>

Free tests, tips at health, fitness expo

The second annual Family Health and Fitness Expo, Saturday, provides fun and education for parents and children. "Susan Barnes and I started it last year just to bring a health lifestyle to our community," said Dawn McLennan, Clarkston PTA Health and Wellness Co-Coordinator....more >>
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Fight disease with Nerf

Twelve-year-old Andy Moy is at war with juvenile arthritis. He takes to the field with family and friends, March 5, armed with the latest in Nerf. "The fund raiser will be awesome," said Moy of Waterford, who has had the chronic inflammatory disease since he was 5....more >>
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Thanks for community support

From left, Nicholas Lee, Keaton Mantz and Regan Havens of Clarkston High School's Team RUSH presented awards to businesses all over the community for their support of the Holiday Lights Parade, including Phil Custodio, Clarkston News editor....more >>
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30 years of service to the township

In 1980, former Independence Township Treasurer Fred Ritter was looking for a deputy treasurer. In his search he found a woman he described as "invaluable." Her name was Lillian Jawlik....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Fast, fancy racers

Pack 499 Cub Scouts at Pine Knob Elementary put their wood-working and engineering skills to the test, building the fastest and best-looking racers they could for their Pinewood Derby, Jan....more >>
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Finding new uses

Empty cans, bottles, and boxes sent off for recycling what good is any of that stuff? Plenty, Andersonville Elementary students learned, making tools, toys, and other products from the cast offs....more >>

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Clean audit for Clarkston

Clarkston auditors Janz & Knight, PLC gave the city a clean bill of health for its 2010 budget, Jan. 24. Total 2010 budget is $6,960,290. Clarkston's total budget for 2009 was $7,281,478....more >>

S'know the rules

When digging out from under this week's snow storm, Road Commission for Oakland County has a reminder: it's illegal to shovel or plow snow or ice into the road. Pushing snow from a driveway or parking lot onto a road, as well as piling snow up on the shoulder blocking drivers' "safety vision," is prohibited by state law....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Driver's ed revisited" In response to traffic crashes in which young drivers were killed, state legislators looked to make drivers' training tougher. Ron Santavicca and Fred Spain in Clarkston said they were all for the proposed graduated licensing program....more >>
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Llama predicts early spring

Given southeastern Michigan just got slammed by a blizzard, it's hard to believe that spring is right around the corner. But according to Tutor, it is. Tutor is Oxford's famous weather-prognosticating llama....more >>

Acting clerk suspended

Paad accused of taking tax money, then repaying it

Did an Oxford Village employee take some property tax money from the municipality, then repay it? Until an investigation by Michigan State Police yields an answer to this question, Acting Clerk M....more >>

Village wants public input on fate of old township hall

If you've got an idea as to what Oxford Village should do with the old township hall, local officials want to hear from you. A public hearing on the topic is scheduled for the village council's Tuesday, Feb....more >>
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Ad-Vertiser celebrates 50th

Long before eBay, Craigslist or even the internet were created, the primary way folks advertised their goods and services was through the local newspaper. As the old joke goes, it was black and white, and "read" all over....more >>

Tennis, anyone?

District eyes courts for OHS

Oxford Community Schools might get its tennis courts after all. After dropping plans for the courts from the original bond, the district has instructed Ben Schneider, the Senior Project Manager from Granger Construction, to seek out alternative bids for tennis courts when seeking bids for site improvements at Oxford High School....more >>

Complete Streets adopted for safety, prosperity

In an effort to make downtown Oxford more pedestrian-friendly and economically prosperous, the village council last week voted 4-0 to adopt a resolution supporting the Complete Streets concept....more >>

Village doesn't want to maintain its trail section

It appears the Oxford Village Council has no interest whatsoever in going into the trail maintenance business. "I am not in favor of our DPW going out there and maintaining the trail," said Councilman Tony Albensi....more >>

Fire chief's first year a good one, board says

Addison Fire Chief Jerry Morawski got a vote of confidence from the Fire Board as he received a positive evaluation of his first year as the township's Fire Chief. "It is in the opinion of the fire board that during 2010, Chief Morawski has met, and in some cases exceeded his required duties as stated in the job description," Fire Board member Erich Sneft said at the Jan....more >>

Need a waiver from Obamacare? Get in line

By U.S. REP. MIKE ROGERS Here is one of the secrets that Washington hopes that you don't notice about the new $2.6 trillion health care law. If you don't like the law's slew of new mandates and taxes on families, doctors and employers, you can get an exemption....more >>
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More vino, please!

The weather was chilly Sunday, but that didn't bother the 150 or so folks who spent the afternoon sampling fine wines inside the warm and cozy confines of the Addison Oaks Conference Center....more >>

Tour of downtown's vacant properties in the works

Entrepreneurs and real estate investors interested in buying, leasing or building commercial space in downtown Oxford will soon have their opportunity to look over what's available....more >>
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