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Kroger evacuated after bomb threat

An apparent bomb threat had Oakland County deputies, along with FBI and Bomb Squad agents on the scene at Kroger on M-24 Monday afternoon. Preliminary reports, according to Lt. Bruce Naile, OCSO Orion substation commander, suggest the threat is likely a hoax....more >>

Kroger evacuated after bomb threat

An apparent bomb threat had Oakland County deputies, along with FBI and Bomb Squad agents on the scene at Kroger on M-24 Monday afternoon. Preliminary reports, according to Lt. Bruce Naile, OCSO Orion substation commander, suggest the threat is likely a hoax....more >>
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'Young Americans'

Young Americans were back in town last weekend, offering Lake Orion students a three-day workshop that culminated with a Saturday evening performance. Please see more color photos from the event in this week's print edition, on our Facebook page or at the Big Blue Button here on our website....more >>

'From the moment she got here, she was a Dragon'

Board asks Ginopolis to stay on with district two years

If everything goes according to plan, Marion Ginopolis will stay at the helm of Lake Orion Community Schools for the next two years. The board was in unanimous agreement and - judging by the applause - so was the audience at last week's meeting of the district's board of education....more >>

Errors postpone tree service scam case

Accused of embezzling money from a vulnerable adult, Lonnie Wade Jenkins was summoned to a preliminary hearing in 52-3 District Court. But soon after the arrival of the alleged victim, a 86 year-old Lake Orion woman, on Wednesday, Feb....more >>

Technology: A students' perspective

Rawley Van Fossen plans to vote in the Feb. 22 school bond election, and unequivocally says he'll vote "yes." "When I meet people who say "no," I want to say 'Come to my yearbook class,'" said the 18-year-old Lake Orion High School senior....more >>
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Argument begins over fire station rebuilding bid

What parameters are considered by the Orion Township Board of Trustees when determining who is awarded building contracts? A debate erupted at the trustee meeting Monday, Feb. 7, over this question....more >>
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One arrested, one fleeing in Lake Orion drug bust

Both suspects were leasing home from out-of-state-owner to manufacture marijuana

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer Someone was allegedly producing marijuana in Lake Orion's downtown area. On Thursday, Jan. 27, Lake Orion Police with search warrant in hand, entered a home on Central Drive and discovered 84 marijuana plants and plant growing equipment....more >>

News Briefs


Missing plate On Feb. 8, a report was made at the Brandon substation for a lost or stolen license plate from a trailer. The complainant resides in the 2400 block of High Meadows Drive....more >>

Ladies night

TheOrion Art Center recentlyhosted a 'Ladies Night Art' event, featuring a wine glass painting theme. The project wasguided by fine artist Misia Zaydel, who walked the group through an evening of painting and personalizing a wine drinking masterpiece....more >>


Family continues legacy of mission work

Michael Sutherland's final wish was for his family's mission work to continue. That wish will be fulfilled, said his daughter Jennifer Sutherland of Independence Township. "He spent his whole life taking care of me the least I can do is help his legacy to live on," Jennifer said....more >>


Judge sets trial for Brandon Township boys accused of CSC

The trial of two Brandon Township teens accused of sexually abusing younger boys is set to begin at 8:30 a.m., March 8, in front of Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan....more >>


Brandon Schools fund balance down $1.5M

Brandon Twp.- A preliminary review of the school district's financial standing shows that the $606,543 projected deficit for the 2010-2011 budget (to be made up from the fund balance) has increased to a total deficit of $1,501,706....more >>


OCEF: It's time for 'Sharin' o' the Green'

Brandon Twp.- As the snow melts and spring approaches, green will soon sprout from the earth and the trees. Some local residents are also hoping to see green in jars in the community....more >>


Brandon sports: End of season survey

Brandon Twp.- Parents of athletes can help improve the sports programs in the school district by answering a simple survey online. With the winter sports season drawing to a conclusion, Athletic Director Wayne Thompson hopes parents will fill out the end of season survey, available at www....more >>

News 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 >>


Township website 'hacked' by Kubucyber

Brandon Twp.- The township website receives plenty of hits each day. However at least one visitor to www.brandontownship.us proved to be unwanted Township Supervisor Kathy Thurman said the password protected website was hacked into sometime during the weekend....more >>


Former church youth leader faces felony charges

The church youth leader accused of indecently exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl at a Brandon Township campground faced arraignment last week in Sixth Circuit Court. Curtis Burkhardt was arraigned Feb....more >>


Township to seek additional fire millage

Groveland Twp.-Following a budget meeting on Tuesday, the township board is expected to vote on a .44 mills tax hike for the fire department. The department is currently operating on 3....more >>
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District voters to decide bond extension

Residents in the Goodrich School District will go to the polls on Tuesday, Feb.22, to vote for a $15.4 million bond extension. This bond will be paid for by extending the current repayment schedule an additional six years, from 24 years (through 2034) to a 30-year bond (with final payoff in 2041)....more >>


Village administrator ousted

Wartella:'(Sidge) does not recognize the majority of the council since the election'

Goodrich- By a 3-2 vote at a special meeting Friday Feb. 11, the village council approved a motion to request the resignation of village administrator Jakki Sidge. In addition, the council voted to request Sidge 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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Relay for Life Kick-Off

Brandon Twp.- Prepare to celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer. A Kick-Off party for the 4th annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville will start with registration and snacks at 6:30 p....more >>
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Canterbury Ice Festival provides outdoor fun, raises money for charity

Utilizing the final months of winter, Olde World Canterbury Village celebrated in the chilly weather with ice sculptures and a number of other activities to raise money for a chosen charity....more >>

LOHS Challange Day nixed

Adults and students who put off participating in Lake Orion High School's 2010 Challenge Day with thoughts of 'I'll do it next year' won't get that chance. Not in 2011, anyway. The Review recently published information about the event, but according to Michele Novak, LOHS guidance counselor and substance abuse prevention advisor, Challenge Day was cancelled due to cost and lack of funding....more >>

Oakland county executive declares 2011 Elder Abuse Awareness Year

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has declared 2011 Elder Abuse Awareness Year in Oakland County in order to protect Oakland County's vulnerable adults. "Oakland County's senior population is expected to double over the next two decades," said Patterson....more >>

Trustee wins defibrillator, donates to senior center

Thanks to an auction and a member of the Orion Township Board of Trustees, the new senior center will be armed with a second defibrillator unit. The Monday, Feb. 7 Orion Township Board of Trustees meeting began with a presentation from Trustee Joann VanTassel, who described her fortune at the most recent Michigan Township Association conference....more >>

Dragon on the Ice Gala set for March 12

Warming up winter with the success of last summer's Dragon on the Lake Festival, the Orion Art Center announces its annual gala fund-raiser, now called Dragon on the Ice. The event is set for on Saturday, March 12, and takes place at the historic Addison Oaks Ballroom....more >>

Bond election signs illegal

Officials say paid-for-by information, along with address, is mandatory

By Laura Colvin Review editor The signs are simple: "Orion Schools Bond Feb. 22. Vote No." A little too simple, in fact. The signs are illegal. That's the word from Oakland County Elections Director Joe Rozell, who said all campaign signs, whether for a ballot issue - such as the upcoming Lake Orion Community Schools' bond election - or for a candidate, are required to contain two pieces of information....more >>


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 >>

News Briefs


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 >>

News Briefs


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 >>

News 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>

Bible on money

Springview Community Church, 12881 Andersonville Road, hosts a one-day seminar, A Biblical Perspective on the Subject of Finance, 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. Daniel M. Cary Sr., MBA, will discuss wealth, debt, rules of investing, and other issues, and what the Bible says about them....more >>
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Front page

How low?

Third grader Katie Russell puts her limbo skills to the test at North Sashabaw Elementary's Valentine's DInner Dance, Feb....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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Fourth reboot

Township, church partner to save Independence Day

Clarkston Community Church stepped up to help save Independence Township's Fourth of July festival. "The Clarkston Community Church came up with a community challenge," said Kelly Hyer, recreation supervisor for Township Parks and Recreation....more >>
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Opposing viewpoints under one roof

A Sashabaw Road abortion clinic has a new neighbor downstairs the pro-life Birth Choice Pregnancy Resource Center. "We want to be near the women we want to help," said Brenda Savage, executive director, at a Feb....more >>

Building services are back

After more than three years absence, building department services are set to return to Springfield Township. The Township Board voted 7-0, Feb. 10, to relocate building services to township hall....more >>
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Who's the new clerk?

By the time you read this, Independence Township residents should have a new clerk. Trustees were expected to choose one of three candidates at Tuesday night's meeting After interviews for the position, Feb....more >>

Watch out for copper thieves

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies are looking for groups of thieves stealing copper piping, usually after breaking into unoccupied buildings. In the past three months, deputies throughout the county have taken 45 reports of stolen copper, including 13 in Springfield Township....more >>
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Make heart healthy in February

For Mary LoVasco of Clarkston, what's tragic about heart disease is it's so easily preventable. "I lost a loved one to heart disease," said LoVasco, a personal fitness trainer. "It's so senseless to lose your life to something that could have been prevented....more >>
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Family continues legacy of mission work

Michael Sutherland's final wish was for his family's mission work to continue. That wish will be fulfilled, said his daughter Jennifer Sutherland of Independence Township. "He spent his whole life taking care of me the least I can do is help his legacy to live on," Jennifer said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Dance with me, daddy

The Clarkston High School cafeteria filled with music as young ladies walked out onto the floor with their dads on Saturday. They came out Valentine's Day weekend for the Annual Daddy Daughter dance, held by Clarkston Community Education....more >>
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Little hearts

Students at Bailey Lake Elementary celebrated Valentine's Day, Monday, with games and treats. They made mailboxes and filled them with Valentine's cards, and ate ice cream, cupcakes, cookies, fruit, and other snacks....more >>
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News on tour

Tiger Cub Scout Pack 185 of Our Lady of the Lakes stopped by the Clarkston News office, Feb. 11, for a tour. They checked out the News archive, with editions dating back into the 1930s, then conducted their meeting....more >>
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Eagle scout

Nicholas Dahl, Boy Scout Troop 189 of Clarkston, earned the rank of Eagle Scout with a playground project at Calvary Lutheran Church. Dahl organized the project, clearing growth, expanding the border, and applying new weed barrier, mulch, and gravel for drainage....more >>

News Briefs

Police bond vote on way, but not yet

Springfield Township Board considered putting a new police bond to a vote in this year's special election, but decided to stay on schedule for a vote next year....more >>

Public Hearing on 90 N. Main

City Planning Commission held a meeting Feb. 9 to discuss revised changes to the "Special Land Use Overlay District" presented by City Planner Dick Carlisle in relation to 90 N Main....more >>

Property tax info

Indepedence Township Assessing Department hosts a property-tax workshop, Feb. 24, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Township Hall board room. Topics include property assessment and appeal procedures at the March Board of Review and Michigan Tax Tribunal....more >>

Presenting bees

Wild Ones, North Oakland Chapter, host a free Native Bees presentation, 7-9 p.m., March 2, at St. Daniel Catholic Church, 7010 Valley Park Drive. The workshop is presented by Julianna Tuell, Ph....more >>

Seminar on trusts

Henry S. Woloson, estate planning attorney, and Michael Spillum, licensed insurance agent, host "Asset Protection Using Trusts" free seminar, 6:45-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 15 at the Independence Township Library....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Elementaries could use $27 million" Architects said it would take that much to bring educational equity to all Clarkston elementary students. The school board was considering whether to build a new school or add on to existing ones....more >>
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Takin' Care of Business...

Local lands a pair of Elvis' signature sunglasses

By Don Rush Sometimes life is funny. Just aLake Orion resident Dave Hicks. Whilst in Oxford Elementary School, he became a fan of singer Elvis Presely. Soon he was impersonating "the king of rock and roll" at school functions....more >>
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Special delivery!

Adorned with a colorful feather boa and wearing sunglasses, Daniel Axford first-grader Kennedy Konkle delivers a Valentine for one of her classmates. After the students were finished exchanging Valentines, they enjoyed parfaits....more >>
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Helmuth knew about alleged tax theft, loaned money to repay it

Documents reveal an Oxford Village Council member not only had knowledge of an alleged embezzlement involving tax dollars, she helped conceal it with her own money and kept silent about it for approximately five years....more >>


Paad out, Bejma in as acting clerk

An Oxford Village employee under investigation and on suspension was demoted to her original position last week. By a 3-2 vote, the village council approved a motion made by Councilwoman Maureen Helmuth to remove M....more >>

Man claims group assault, but investigation indicates 1-on-1 fight

It started with a 19-year-old Oxford man claiming a group of Oxford High School students assaulted him Feb. 10 outside his home and that one of them used a baseball bat or stick. But now it appears the incident might have been just a fight between two guys involving only fisticuffs....more >>

No more free PBTs

The party's over for those folks who go to the Oakland County Sheriff's substation in Oxford Township to take their court-ordered Preliminary Breath Tests. Beginning March 1, the substation will begin charging $10 per test for Oxford residents and $20 for anyone who lives outside of the community....more >>

Facebook post prompts threat report from school district

Yet another reminder of why everyone needs to be careful when posting messages on Facebook. On Friday, Feb. 4, Superintendent of Oxford Community Schools Dr. William Skilling wrote a letter to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office in Pontiac alerting them to a potential threat to Oxford High School students and community posted on Facebook....more >>

Hearing on proposed hunting ban March 30

Oxford Township is considering prohibiting the discharge of firearms and all forms of hunting in dense residential zoning districts. But before they take any action, township officials want to discuss the idea with the public and garner its input....more >>

Tax abatement process begins for two manufacturers

It's by no means a done deal, but the process has begun for two Oxford Village manufacturing companies to potentially receive tax abatements lasting up to 12 years. By a 5-0 vote, the village council last week moved that applications for tax breaks for Royal Oak Boring and Royal Oak Medical Devices, both located at 650 S....more >>

Pilot program for downtown snow removal nixed

Downtown Oxford merchants should dust off their shovels and snowblowers because the party's over. The village council last week voted 5-0 to discontinue a pilot program in which Department of Public Works employees had been removing snow this winter from the front sidewalks of downtown's four quadrants....more >>

Twp. to revisit ordinance governing irrigating with local lake water

Not that it matters much in the dead of winter, but Oxford Township's six-month moratorium on using lake water to irrigate lawns was allowed to expire last week. But that doesn't mean the township board is finished dealing with the issue far from it....more >>

No interest in trail maintenance proposal

For once, Oxford Township and Village agree neither municipality wants to independently maintain its section of the 14.6-mile Polly Ann Trail. "Personally, I don't think it's a good idea," said township Trustee Buck Cryderman....more >>

Favorable reception for draft MM ordinance

Addison Township is one step closer to having a medical marihuana ordinance in place. A first draft of the township's medical marihuana ordinance was discussed at the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, Feb....more >>

Addison wants more info about trail proposal

Addison Township needs more information before accepting trail maintenance responsibilities. That was the consensus reached by the Board of Trustees after discussing Polly Ann Trail's Management Council (PATMC) officials Alice Young and JoAnn Van Tassel, both of Orion Twp....more >>
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Seniors square off with lasagna recipes

What says Valentines Day better than homemade Italian food for dinner? Even though it wasn't for dinner, Hope Senior Apartments kicked off Valentines Day for it's residents by serving them a lasagna cook-off for lunch....more >>
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Love is the air!

Valentine's Day isn't just a holiday for the young. Residents at Independence Village of Waterstone celebrated the day of hearts and cupids with music and a sumptuous buffet. Timeless love songs filled the air as some couples slow-danced while others enjoyed dipping fruit and pretzels in a sweet pool of melted chocolate....more >>
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Born February 13th
1849: Lord Randolph Churchill, English politician, Winston Churchill's father and member of Parliament.
1873: Feodor Chaliapin, opera singer.
1892: Grant Wood, painter (American Gothic).
1902: Georges Simenon, novelist.
1910: William B. Shockley, physicist, co-inventor of the transistor.
February 13th
in history
1949: A mob burns a radio station in Ecuador after the broadcast of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds.
1951: At the Battle of Chipyong-ni, in Korea, U.N. troops contain the Chinese forces' offensive in a two-day battle.
1953: The Pope asks the United States to grant clemency to convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
1968: The United States sends 10,500 more combat troops to Vietnam.
1970: General Motors is reportedly redesigning automobiles to run on unleaded fuel.