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Group gears up for talent showcase

Folks came from all across the Lake Orion area Saturday to prove a point to a panel of six judges: Lake Orion's Got Talent. Auditions for the upcoming fund-raiser -- aptly dubbed 'Lake Orion's Got Talent,' took place Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church....more >>

'We should have caught this beforehand'

Faulty systems, billing errors leave township holding bill

Officials in Orion Township recently discovered they were paying for something, but getting nothing. During the Orion Township Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23, Supervisor Matthew Gibb brought this discrepancy to the public's attention....more >>

Meet LOCS school board candidates

Terrie Campbell, 51 Occupation: Staff Representative / Labor Relations Education: Graduated from Royal Oak Kimball High School; Adult Education courses in accounting; Continuous training through employer in Privatization, Negotiation, Arbitration, Health Care....more >>
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Lady Dragons head to state finals

Stay Strong, Fight On. That was the Lake Orion High School Varsity Cheer team's motto this year, and it paid off. The girls took first place in the 2011 East Regional Competitive Cheer Championship Competition last weekend with a combined three-round point total of 812....more >>
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'He's one of those guys you really root for'

Lake Orion graduate remembers support from hometown

One former Lake Orion student reported back to his hometown, and it appears his aptitude for athletics hasn't faded. Christopher Lum, who graduated from Lake Orion High School in 2007, has earned the starting quarterback position for Lehigh University's football team....more >>

News Briefs


Careless On Feb. 16, at 4:12 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to M-15 for a report of a tractor/trailer driving recklessly. The deputy stopped the tractor-trailer on M-15 near Wolfe Road....more >>


Checkmate: GHS chess

It was a good "knight" for the Goodrich High School chess team—but it was a better day as the Martians took third place in a statewide competition at Oakland University on Feb. 26....more >>



Brandon Equestrian From 2-8 p.m., March 6, Bullfrogs, 2225 Ortonville Road, will host a fundraiser for the Brandon equestrian team.The team is comprised of a junior team, sixth-eighth grade, and high school team, ninth-12th grade....more >>



Illegal in more ways than one On Feb. 22, at 11:30 p.m., Brandon deputies responded to the 4800 block of Oakwood Road for a domestic assault. The complainant said she and her live-in boyfriend had an argument after he and his friend were drinking and his friend stayed too late....more >>


New cell tower for ATT, township to receive revenues

The Atlas Township Board of Trustees voted 3-0 in a special meeting on Thursday to move forward for a new cell tower in the township. Township Supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones, Township Clerk Tere Onica and Treasurer Anne-Marie Slagle voted yes....more >>


Coffee hour At 9 a.m., March 25, The Citizen, 12 South St., will host a coffee hour. The public is invited to attend and enjoy treats and conversation. Donations for Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville will be accepted....more >>


Saturday deer season opener eyed statewide

Opening day for deer hunters may soon become just a little easier if lawmakers have their way. Last month State Rep. Kevin Cotter introduced House Bill 4259 to move the opening day of firearm deer season to the Saturday closest to Nov....more >>


Ortonville to hire two on-call DPW employees

Ortonville- Some heavy snowfalls this winter and upcoming street projects have prompted the village council to approve hiring two on-call DPW employees. During their Feb. 28 meeting, the council voted 4-1 to give DPW Supervisor Bob Hauxwell the authority to hire two on-call employees at a rate of $12....more >>
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Area Walk for Warmth raises $170,000

Fighting the cold and the winter blues is the annual Walk for Warmth. Oakland County District 1 Commissioner Beth Nuccio recently participated in the fundraiser, along with Michigan State Representative Gail Haines and about a thousand others....more >>


Night at the Races

Ortonville- Get ready for the second annual Night at the Races. The event in which guests view and bet on horse races to win a variety of prize packages while enjoying food, a cash bar and each other's company to raise money for a good cause, is planned for 6:30 p....more >>
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'I just want her back...'

Missing dog needed for local man's mobility, spirit

Brandon Twp.- Ted Medlock misses his dog. He is hopeful that someone knows where the 2-year-old pitbull named Brandy is and will help get her back home where she belongs. On Feb. 13, Medlock let Brandy out behind his home in the 3400 block of S....more >>
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Wounded bald eagle recovering

A wounded bald eagle rescued from a Genesee County woodlot is on the mend. That's the update from Julie Oakes, senior wildlife biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, who was part of a team that responded on Feb....more >>


Area school districts brace for cuts, reductions

'Holding our students hostage is not acceptable'

By The Citizen staff In the face of devastating proposed cuts to education, Brandon Schools Superintendent Lorrie McMahon is urging parents to contact state legislators. "Tell them that holding our students hostage is not acceptable," said McMahon Tuesday....more >>


Wartella recall petitions OK'd

Goodrich-It's on. A recall attempt aimed at village council president Patricia Wartella will be on the ballot May 3. Of the 225 petitions submitted by village resident Norm Bass on Jan....more >>
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Hawks tops in Metro League

On Feb. 26 the Brandon Blackhawks boys swim team won their second straight league championship. In the six-team meet, the Blackhawks won six of the 12 events with 560 points, 130....more >>
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Hair today...

Lake Orion High School Principal Sophia Lafayette recently put hairstyle on the line for a great cause. As an incentive for students to get involved in charitable events and support the Lake Orion Education Foundation's (LOEF) second Annual Cut-A-Thon, which took place on Sunday, Feb....more >>


Hit a bump?

As spring pothole season approaches the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is asking motorists to contact the agency directly to report potholes and other road safety issues....more >>


District dialogue

Marion Ginopolis, Interim Superintendent of Lake Orion Community Schools, will hold a community dialogue on Thursday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the LOCS Administration Building, 315 N....more >>


Volunteers needed

Orion Township is seeking volunteers to serve on the Environmental Resources Committee. Five members - two voting, one non-voting, and two alternates - are needed. Forms, available at www....more >>
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'I can't live without you. Will you be my wife?'

Brandon Twp.- Charlotte Goodhue is a surprise spoiler. She told her boyfriend, Michael Todd, that she has never been surprised, ever. On Feb. 22, that changed as Todd walked into Amedae Salon, 2211 Allen Road, where Goodhue, a stylist, was working....more >>
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Local book publisher reflects on future of craft

Brandon Twp.- Mass change in the publishing industry is increasingly evident, with the growth in popularity of e-readers and a decrease in overall sales of books in recent years. Borders, the formerly successful book retailer, filed earlier this month for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced plans to close stores across the country....more >>


Brandon School Board to discuss how to spend $600K

Brandon Twp.- The school board will discuss how to spend about $600,000 left over from the $73.4 million bond voters approved five years ago, during their next meeting, planned for 6:30 p....more >>

News Briefs


Coffee hour At 9 a.m., March 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 >>


Atlas Township nears deal on new cell tower

The Atlas Township Board of Trustees recessed into an hour-long closed session for negotiations with Fortune Wireless Corporation for a new cell tower in the township. No resolution was passed on Monday night, however....more >>


Brandon Fire to improve communications with grant

Brandon Twp.- The fire department will upgrade emergency communications in the township this year, paid for with more than $70,000 in grant money. Fire Chief Dave Kwapis said a grant written by Oxford Fire Department Captains Ron Jahlas and Kurt Fechter for $225,339 in funds for communications equipment for three departments— Oxford, Brandon and Addison Township, was approved earlier this month....more >>


Atlas Township trustee seat up for grabs

By a 4-0 vote on Monday night the Atlas Township Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of trustee Scott Statson. Applications for the remainder of his term, which runs until November 2012, are now being accepted at the Atlas Township offices, 7386 Gale Road....more >>


Five years: Seymour Lake Sobriety Group

'Before, my life was a nightmare because of the alcohol, the lies'

Brandon Twp.— Sandy B., 54, started drinking alcohol when she was just 12-years-old. After years of abusing alcohol, she finally sought help in 2000. After five years of attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, however, she stopped....more >>


The Chore Solution

Local authors Jason and Ann Cowan, will be holding a round-table discussion about their book, "The Chore Solution: Making Families Better by Working Together," which focuses on the daily challenges of being a family....more >>
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Wounded bald eagle may have been from area

A wounded bald eagle rescued from a Genesee County woodlot may have been residing in the Groveland Township and Holly area. On Feb. 14, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment Office received a call of an injured eagle in a woodlot near Ray Road in Gaines Township about 20 miles west of the village of Holly—just a few miles from Seven Lakes State Park and Holly Recreation Area....more >>
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Who's the vamp?

Jim Evans, playing a photojournalist, points to lots of suspects in this year's Optimist Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, from left, Andrea Schroeder, Robin Brose, Sherry Regiani, Jim Gotch, Todd Richard, and Mike Beer....more >>
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Musical guest on this week's Phil in the Blank

We have a guest in this week's Phil in the Blank web show - country singer and Springfield Township resident Justine Blazer! And it's a preview of next week's paper, since her story won't be in until then....more >>
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Optimistic outlook on Deer Lake

Not only is the community stepping forward to help save July 4 fireworks and events, but also to keep lifeguards and swim lessons at Deer Lake Beach. Clarkston Area Optimist Club offered up to $20,000 if the township can match it....more >>

Parents urge caution in teacher-cut plan

Clarkston teachers bear the brunt of budget cuts, with $4.9 million out of $6.3 million slated for the classroom. Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock presented a portion of the cuts for the 2012 fiscal year, part of his two-year plan to balance the district's budget to the school board, Monday....more >>
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Setting the record straight on Hubble

When longtime reader Barbara Blachura read the Feb. 23 edition of The Clarkston News, she was brokenhearted. The story "Funds repaid," print edition, mistakenly implied her daughter, Independence Township resident Mary Hubble, is paying restitution on money embezzled from Clarkston parent teacher associations....more >>
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Hunt is on for food donations

Teams of community activists will spend the last day of winter scouring the Clarkston area for food donations. "It's a food scavenger hunt for Lighthouse," said Pastor Amy Mayo-Moyle, Clarkston United Methodist Church....more >>
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Community steps up to Fourth challenge

Just a few weeks since Clarkston Community Church put out their community challenge to raise $10,000 to save July Fourth events and fireworks, the community is stepping up to the challenge....more >>
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Clerk Pallotta ready to get to work

After four meetings of "still no clerk," the crowd stood and cheered in standing ovation as Independence Township Supervisor David Wagner gave the deciding "yes" vote to name Barbara Pallotta as interim clerk and end the four-meeting stalemate....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Music for friends in need

Independence Elementary first-graders collected 155 DVDs and $361 during their "Ty'd with Love" benefit concert on Feb. 10. The students, together with first-graders from Springfield Plains Elementary, are collecting donations for the Children's Hospital for their Academic Service Learning project....more >>
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Don't Stop Believing

Bailey Lake Elementary students danced, sung and showed off their skills at their Variety and Talent Show on Friday. The entire cast opened the show with "Proud Mary" and ended with "Don't Stop Believing....more >>
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Vampire mystery

Vampires take the stage at this year's Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, hosted by Clarkston Area Optimist Club. "Murder Twice Bitten," a Patience Beer original production, tells the story of a desperate manager of an oil-ravaged Gulf Coast resort....more >>

News Briefs

Mardi Gras

St. Daniel Catholic Community hosts Mardi Gras Family Dance and Party, 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8. The family event, on the last day before Lent starts, includes D.J., dancing, face-painting for the kids, hot dogs and chips, and paczki, traditional Polish custard- and fruit-filled doughnuts, for dessert....more >>

Sale for moms

Mom 2 Mom Sale for Springfield Township Parks and Recreation is 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at Davisburg Elementary, 12003 Davisburg Road. Find good buys on slightly used baby and children's items, and try out Friends of Springfield Township Parks and Rec's new Coffee Bar....more >>

Girls State

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 63 of Clarkston seeks junior-age girls interested in attending Girls State. Girls State is a one week program offering simulation of all levels of government, executive, legislative and judicial, with lessons about leadership, education and teamwork....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "City revises historic district ordinance" Clarkston adopted a revised historic district ordinance, adjusting to new state guidelines. The new rules created a new appeals process, permits for exterior work in the district, and sign restrictions....more >>
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Grapplers are state champs!

Oxford's varsity wrestling team can now add one more title to its impressive resume state champs! In a match Hollywood could not have scripted any better, the Oxford High School Varsity Wrestling team staged a late come from behind 26-25 victory to dethrone reigning state champ Novi Detroit Catholic Central on Saturday, Feb....more >>

Village claims $5K in tax funds missing

Records at suspended deputy clerk's desk show taxes paid, but no cash deposited

(Editor's Note: We were the first to break this story Friday on www.oxfordleader.com) Approximately $5,000 in Oxford Village property tax money is missing, according to officials, and paperwork discovered at suspended Deputy Clerk Pat Paad's desk indicates she could be involved with its disappearance....more >>

Study says 18.3 percent of OHS students college-ready

An article published in last week's Detroit Free Press compared how college ready seniors at each individual high school where. The report, with information provided by the Michigan Department of Education, found that fewer than 10 percent of the students set to graduate in 2011 were considered college-ready by the ACT test....more >>
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Village has 4th best tasting municipal water in world

The next time Oxford Village residents turn on their faucets to pour a tall, cold glass of refreshing water, they'll being enjoying one of the best tasting municipal waters in the entire world....more >>
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Skaken, but alive

Oxford grad experiences New Zealand quake

An Oxford resident studying abroad got a firsthand lesson in natural disasters when she found herself smack dab in the middle of a massive earthquake last week. "It was the scariest day of my life," said Amber Cervantez, a 2005 graduate of Oxford High School and current student at Thomas M....more >>

Attorneys agree using DDA funds for police, DPW services is legal

Much to the chagrin of the Oxford Downtown Development Authority, it appears the village is within its rights to make the entity pay for police and maintenance services provided to its district....more >>

Village offers clerk job to Nassar

Financial experience versus municipal experience was the focus of debate by the Oxford Village Council last week as officials discussed which candidate should be the municipality's next clerk....more >>
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Council still undecided as to old twp. hall's fate

Still no decisions have been made regarding the fate of the old Oxford Township Hall, now owned by the village, and very little input was received from the public to help guide officials in making one....more >>

Helmuth criticized for voting on Paad's demotion

It appears Oxford Village Councilwoman Maureen "Moe" Helmuth will be abstaining from any further votes, should there be any, relating to the village clerk position or suspended Deputy Clerk Pat Paad....more >>

Addison adopts International Fire Code

Addison Township is now up to code. Fire code that is. At the Addison Township Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 22, the board voted 7-0 in favor of updating the townships' fire code from the Building Officials Code Authority (BOCA) language to the International Fire Code....more >>

Wage freeze for all Addison officials, employees

There will be no raises for any Addison Township employees this year, except for one position in the fire department. At the Feb. 22 meeting, the township board adopted a wage freeze for all elected officals, employees and appointed officals of Addison Township....more >>

Biz owner supports sidewalk snow removal

Numbers changed, but minds did not as the Oxford Village Council last week took no further action, despite a plea from a local business owner, regarding its Feb. 8 decision to discontinue a downtown snow removal program "I think that this program was important and I think that it should be continued," said Rick Williams, owner of Williams Art Glass Studio, located at 22 N....more >>
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1908: Claude Levi-Strauss, French anthropologist.
1916: Vyes Theriault, French-Canadian author.
1929: Berry Gordy, Jr., recording executive.
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1950: In Korea, 200,000 Communist troops launch attack on UN forces. To the Yalu and back
1961: Ernie Davis becomes the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.
1963: Cape Canaveral is renamed Cape Kennedy. Mercury Orbits the Earth.
1971: The Anglican Church ordains the first two women as priests.
1984: Republican Robert Dole is elected Senate majority leader.