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Yes or no?

Community debates as Feb. 22 school bond election nears.

By Laura Colvin Review editor Even in tough economic times, many Lake Orion voters plan to vote 'yes' on the upcoming $25.5 million school bond issue. They say it on Facebook, in letters, at community bond discussion meetings....more >>

Bond

How will the district spend $25.5 million should it pass?

Blanche Sims, 1949 Remodeling $411,773 •Main entry security vestibule $25,000 •Roof restoration $161,700 •Electrical to support technology $16,800 •Technology infrastructure $208,273 Construction ...more >>

On board

With five seats up for grabs, 14 candidates file for May 3 school election

Last week, four hats were in the ring for five open seats on the Lake Orion Community Schools' Board of Education. When the filing deadline passed at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the final number was 14....more >>
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Gibb delivers broader state of the township address

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer It seems that one address was not enough to detail the entire state of the township. In the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 3, Orion Township Supervisor Matthew Gibb took the stage once again at King's Court in Olde World Canterbury Village to further detail how the township fared....more >>
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GM hires some, lays off others

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer General Motors will be laying off more skilled labors from their Orion Assembly Plant, but for other unemployed auto workers, the act has a silver lining....more >>

Fire destroys two cabins units

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer Icy weather or not, house fires still manage to arise, and one such fire destroyed a building housing two motel units within sight of downtown Lake Orion....more >>

News Briefs

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 >>

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What is love?

Second graders from Bell Anne Elementary answer

Editor's note: For Valentine's Day, The Citizen asked Belle Anne Elementary School second grade students,"What is love and how do you show it?" Here's what they had to say: "Love is when you make someone feel good....more >>

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Brief

Senior lock-in There will be a bus trip to the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, March 5. The bus will leave from Brandon High School at noon and return at 9 p.m. Ticket cost is $35 - you will receive $20 back at the casino and a $5 food voucher....more >>

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Crime

Forgetful On Feb. 5, at 10:10 p.m., a Brandon deputy on patrol on Dogwood near Hawthorn observed a vehicle speeding. The deputy stopped the vehicle at S. Sashabaw and Oakhill roads....more >>
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Television, circa 1939 different than circa 2011!

For more than 70 years Brandon Township resident Doug Houston has been knowing what he hears "Started out with the family Victrola photograph my aunt gave us about," said Houston, 81....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 >>

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Township officials: S.A.D.s to get closer look

Brandon Twp.- Residents of Legault Boulevard submitted a petition to the township last year requesting the street be designated a special assessment district. They will have to wait awhile longer to see if the township approves such a move, which would ultimately mean all Legault property owners would have equal responsibility in paying for maintenance of the road....more >>

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Special village meeting questioned by councilmember

A special village meeting on Feb. 4 has sparked the ire of at least one council member. Long time councilman Pete Morey said he was never notified in writing of a special meeting called by Council President Patricia Wartella to hire a new consulting firm needed for an independent study of the village....more >>

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New face for Goodrich School Board election

Goodrich-Incumbents Linda Jackson and Tim Zirnhelt, along with challenger Jeremy Spear, will vie for two four-year school board seats, with terms starting June 30. Incumbent David Cramer will be the only candidate for a one-year partial term....more >>

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Sidge Ousted as Goodrich Village Administrator

Goodrich- By a 3-2 on Friday morning the village council voted to request the resignation of village administrator Jakki Sidge. In addition, the council voted to request the village administrator return keys to any and all locked doors, cabinets in the village of Goodrich administrative building, DPW garage, DPW vehicles and DPW offices....more >>

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Goodrich student count down, Brandon steady

The number of students in the Goodrich School District is down from the September 2010 count, while Brandon remains unchanged. Following Wednesday's statewide count day Goodrich now has 2,118 students, 22 less than the 2,140 in September 2010....more >>
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'The Phantom of the Opera'

Brandon Twp.- Fans of musicals will soon have an opportunity to see one of the most famous, beloved productions in recent memory. "The Phantom of the Opera" will come to the local stage at 5 p....more >>

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Crime up in township

Sgt. Burkett,'We are doing more with less'

Brandon Twp.- Deputies responded to 5,750 calls for service in the township in 2010, more than 250 calls than the year before, and they did it with a roughly 20 percent reduction in staff....more >>
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Snow hits hard

As Michiganders know, life doesn't stop for blizzards. So when the snow storm hit Wednesday, Feb. 2, it wasn't an oddity to see Lake Orion residents going about their business, fighting back against the puffy white menace, or using the storm as an excuse to go outside and play....more >>

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Silverbell bridge closed until June

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) will close the Silverbell Road bridge over the Grand Trunk Western Railroad tracks in Orion Township on Wednesday, Feb. 9, due to the continued deterioration of the bridge....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 >>

No clerk yet

Independence Township is still in need of a clerk. Voting to replace retired Clerk Shelagh Vanderveen, the township board voted, Feb. 15, on candidates Joan McCrary, Joan Patterson, and Barbra Pallotta....more >>
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Flower power

Valentine's Day means flowers of all shapes and colors for your loved ones, as shown by Shari Schulz, owner of Clarkston Flower Shoppe, 7150 N. Main Street. Photo by Phil Custodio...more >>
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Lasting love

After 25 years of marriage, Mike and Renee Garavaglia of Independence Township know the importance of family. They learned how much last Fourth of July. Doing some yard work, Mike suffered a massive heart attack....more >>

City short on payment for township services

Clarkston owes Independence Township money, and they mean to collect. Township Treasurer Curt Carson said the city owes $72,149.56 for fire, police and library services, third and fourth quarter, 2010 – $3,886....more >>

Township time check

More supervision set for human resources director

As human resources director, part of Carol Gabris' job is to supervise township employees. She needs some supervision herself, according to Trustee Mark Petterson. "Some situations have arisen in the past few weeks that demanded employees talk to her and that ability was not available," said Petterson....more >>
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Ice work on the lake

Springfield Township firefights Ryan Hart, John Little, and Matt Strickland practice ice rescue on Susin Lake off Dixie Highway, Feb. 7. They took turns as rescuers and victims, each pulled from the icy water, treated for shock, and hoisted up the embankment to an ambulance....more >>
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Party on the bus

From left, Jordan Burns, Krystal Derry, Jeanmarie Garofano, Lisa Serra, and Jeremy Michalski celebrate the inaugural ride of the Clarkston Party Bus. Organized by venues around the Clarkston area, the bus offers free transportation Friday nights for some safe bar-hopping fun....more >>
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Ice artwork

Tajana Raukar transformed three blocks of ice into a single sculpture, Jan. 30. The seven-time World Ice Carving Champion spent the afternoon outside The Birdfeeder and Clarkston Flower Shoppe carving the Valentine's Day artwork....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Snow bound

Megan, right, and Sami Stelpflug enjoy their snow day, Feb....more >>
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Optimists honor student citizen

Clarkston Optimist President Jeff Reed and Independence Elementary fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Davis-Eklin present the December Clarkston Optimist Student Citizen of the Month award to fourth-grader Jacob Burns....more >>
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Burgers in the snow

Sharlene Dasuqi of Springfield Township didn't let last week's blizzard get in the way of a good barbecue....more >>
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Fresh powder

Students enjoyed a day off from school and headed to a hill off of Hubbard Road in Independence Township on Feb....more >>
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Always dog days for volunteers

Volunteers with Canine Companions Rescue Center found homes for almost 700 dogs last year, but more are always needed. "The ongoing need is pretty intense," said Connie Fleck of Independence Township, who founded the group with her husband in 2004....more >>

News Briefs

Extra compensation

Indepedence Township board voted 4-1 to compensate Kelly Hyer, recreation supervisor for Parks and Recreation, $1,540 for the additional time and responsibilities she took on while the department was without a director....more >>

Info night rescheduled

Kindergarten Information Night is rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Clarkston Junior High Performing Arts Center, 6595 Waldon Road for Clarkston Community Schools. Kindergarten registration began Feb....more >>

Spring road races

Flying Rhino Cycling Club hosts its 2011 Spring Training cycling road races at the Waterford Hills Raceway, 4770 Waterford Road, March 26, April 2, and April 9. For more information, check www....more >>

Correction

The hockey player circling around the net in "Sweet defeat adds to Dragon rivalry," Jan....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Administration sees need for another school" Superintendent Gary Haner called for a new elementary school and expand existing ones to accommodate rising enrollment....more >>
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Oxford loses its first lady of golf

It's nice to know that one of Virginia Hubbard's last memories of Oxford was her proudly riding up Washington St. in a convertible, waving to a cheering crowd as Grand Marshal of the town's Christmas parade....more >>

Leader Editorial

Goodbye Ginny, God Bless

Virginia Hubbard was a truly beautiful person. Meeting her made an everlasting impression. She had a magnetism. At times, she showed a mischievous look in her eyes, a sassiness in her remarks, but her friendliness and kindness always showed through....more >>

Free internet coming downtown

Laptop users and techno-geeks rejoice for free wireless internet service is coming to downtown Oxford this fall. In his State of the County address last week, Oakland County Executive L....more >>
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Chimney fire causes $60K in damage

Oxford's fast-acting firefighters prevented the home at 201 Spezia Drive from going up in flames Monday after a structure fire was reported there at 8:39 a.m. "It was a good stop," said Fire Chief Pete Scholz....more >>

Jogger runs in front of vehicle, gets hit on Lakeville

A 16-year-old male jogger Feb. 4 was struck by a vehicle on Lakeville Rd., east of State St., after he ran in front of it, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department. A 15-year-old Oxford girl who was jogging with the victim told deputies she ran across the road first and the victim followed her....more >>
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Clear Laker gets Disney wish fulfilled

It's every little kid's fantasy, but for 5-year-old Faith Aisthorpe, it was a fun-filled reality. The Clear Lake Elementary kindergartner and her family recently visited Disney World in Florida, courtesy of the Kids Wish Network....more >>
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Federal dollars flowing to local FDs

It's raining federal dollars for the Oxford, Addison and Brandon fire departments. Last week, it was announced the three township departments would be receiving a total of $225,359 in grant money through the U....more >>

AP, IB treated equally in college admissions

Ask, and ye shall receive. Oxford parent Jan Matsumoto e-mailed this newspaper a question last week that we felt deserved an answer. "If two students with identical qualifications apply to the same university in Michigan, would it matter to the university that one has an (International Baccalaureate) diploma and the other has a regular diploma with (Advanced Placement) classes?," she wrote....more >>

A quick overview of AP and IB*

The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers college-level courses and exams for which students can earn college credit. There are 33 AP courses to choose from. Ten of those are offered through Oxford High's course catalog and taught at the school....more >>
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Freshman recovering from bone marrow transplant

The transition from middle school to high school can be tough. Between new classes, teachers, buildings and friends, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and think this could be the longest four years ever....more >>
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LEGO mania at library!

If you're a student in the third through fifth grade and you love to build things, then the Oxford Public Library's LEGO Club might be right for you. The club meets every Monday from 4:30 to 5:15 p....more >>
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Blizzard buries area

The snow fell and it fell hard Feb. 1-2 as the area got slammed by a blizzard. According to the National Weather Service website, a reported 10 inches of snow had fallen in neighboring Lake Orion as of 6:38 p....more >>
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1909: Chester Himes, author (Cotton Comes to Harlem, If He Hollers, Let Him Go).
1918: Edwin Greene O'Connor, author (The Last Hurrah).
1918: Mary Lee Settle, novelist.
1920: Hank Ketchum, cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace.
1930: Paul Taylor, choreographer and dancer.
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1875: Peasants in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebel against the Ottoman army.
1915: U.S. Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti.
1921: Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis).
1945: After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the U.S.S. Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine. The survivors are adrift for two days before help arrives.
1981: Prince Charles marries Lady Diane.