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Downtown Streetscape project gets underway

After delays, complications, and a number of negative reactions for over a year, the Streetscape project is finally underway, and it's garnering a fair amount of positive response....more >>

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Gaines Township man charged with shooting bald eagle

A 65 year old man has been charged with shooting an endangered species and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with a wounded bald eagle near his home in the area of Van Vleet and Ray roads in Genesee County....more >>

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Good Times fundraiser At 6 p.m., March 12, a euchre tournament will be held at the Goodrich Country Club (lower level), 10080 Hegel Road, Goodrich. Proceeds from the event will help fund the Good Times in Goodrich festival (Aug....more >>
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Washington man travels to Orion for new Chevy Volt

Chevrolet Volts are slowly being leaked out for sale at dealerships, and one Washington state man couldn't wait to get his hands on one. Warren Klink, of Beaux Arts Village near Seattle, Wash....more >>

Jacobsen discusses views on new legislation

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer In November 2010, Orion business owner and Oxford resident Bradford Jacobsen was elected to state senate as a representative for district 46....more >>

Attorney General and HHS visit Detroit on behalf of senior citizens

Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Detroit on Tuesday, March 15 to participate in the fifth regional health care fraud prevention summit....more >>

U.S. Department of Health begins campaign to combat senior fraud

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Tuesday, March 15 that they will be running a nationwide television and radio campaign to help senior citizens avoid Medicare fraud....more >>

Hanson wins Senior of the Year award

She's been Oxford's travel agent for two decades, coordinating hundreds of fun-filled trips that have spawned thousands of wonderful memories. In appreciation for all her efforts, Mary Jean Hanson, a Lake Orion resident and employee of the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department, is going to be honored with a state award....more >>

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Schools begin budget planning

The Lake Orion Board of Education will hold a workshop Tuesday, March 22, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., and Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 11 a.m. to begin discussions of the district's 2011-2012 budget; the regularly scheduled board meeting will not be held March 23....more >>

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Crime

Mailbox mayhem On March 5, a Brandon deputy responded to the 100 block of Village Court for a report of lost/stolen property. The complainant said his payroll check was due to arrive on Feb....more >>

News Briefs

Briefs

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

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Brandon Township Trustee Bob DeWitt resigns

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Bob DeWitt has resigned from the township board after more than six years as a trustee. DeWitt, 53, submitted a letter of resignation dated March 10, explaining that he had purchased a horse farm in Addison Township and as of March 15, would have rented and moved out of his Brandon home....more >>

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Lawmaker to schools: Use rainy-day funds now

According to an article in The Detroit News, Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, believes school districts should be required to spend down their fund balances just as the state has done....more >>

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Judge to hear village council oath case

Goodrich- A former village council member drive to challenge a procedural issue regarding the election of Councilman Doug McAbee will be heard by a circuit court judge on March 28....more >>
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Fundraiser for Hanewacker family

In October, when Derek Hanewacker was just 10-months-old, he was diagnosed with Hurler Syndrome, a rare genetic disease. Since then, he has endured almost weekly infusions of crucial enzymes and last month, he had a bone marrow transplant....more >>

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School of Choice study session

Brandon Twp.- School board members and district residents will have an open dialogue on schools of choice during a study session planned for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29 at the I-TEC Center (adjacent to Brandon Middle School), 609 S....more >>
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Warrant issued for eagle shooter

A 65-year-old man will be charged with shooting an endangered species and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with a wounded bald eagle near his home in the area of Van Vleet and Ray roads in Genesee County, just west of Groveland Township....more >>

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Cowan resigns after 'discrepancies discovered'

Brandon Twp.- The school board accepted a letter of resignation from former Executive Director of Fiscal Affairs Jamie Cowan on Monday, more than two months after she took an unexplained leave of absence from the district....more >>
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Goodrich graduate safe after Japan earthquake, tsunami

Tony Onica has experienced dozens of earthquakes since he moved to Japan in August 2009 to teach English. The 2005 Goodrich High School graduate says only one or two of those are even worth mentioning, and only because they caused minor delays to the train schedule, which is very rare....more >>

Save the date

Benefit for Darci Seipke kidney/pancreas transplant medical expenses

The Darci Seipke Benefit Foundation is seeking vendors for the 5th Annual Fall Festival, which is scheduled for a new date and location this year. The event will be held October 15-16, from 10 a....more >>

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Township accepting mowing bids until March 25

The Charter Township of Orion is accepting sealed bids for mowing of township properties, safety paths and weed cutting, per township ordinance will be received in the clerk's office, 2525 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, Michigan, 48360 until noon, Friday, March 25....more >>

LOCS employee wins one for autism program

Idea chosen as most creative among dozens of entries

Leslie Ashley's suggestion to help the autism programs at Lake Orion Community Schools was recently selected as the winner of the "Give a Little and Win Big" sweepstakes, sponsored by Co-op Services Credit Union....more >>

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Streetscape update

Workers will be making small "saw cuts" in areas around downtown to aid in the removal of curbs and sidewalks until Friday, March 18. Workers will also begin unloading materials starting Monday, March 21....more >>
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Local excels to Motocross elite

Hundreds of races, two state class titles—all done on two wheels. Chris Williams is a motocross racer— tooling over a jumps, ruts and dirt on a Suzuki 125 cc just inches from other motorcyclists....more >>
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Twp. eyes S.A.D policy

Brandon Twp.- Residents seeking to have their roads designated as special assessment districts will encounter a new policy soon. The township board discussed a set of rules for creating S....more >>

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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 >>

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Study examines college-ready students statewide

A Detroit Free Press article published last month compared how college-ready seniors at each individual high school were. Nationwide, 24 percent of 2010 high school graduates were considered college-ready, with a little under half of high school students taking the test....more >>

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Open township trustee seat draws 12 applicants

A total of 12 applications were received to replace a vacated seat on the Atlas Township Board. The deadline for filing an application to fill the trustee seat vacated by Scott Statson, who resigned earlier this year, was 4 p....more >>
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Sidge leaves office, no replacement named

Goodrich- On Wednesday, Village Manager Jakki Sidge vacated her office after a whirlwind of controversy stemming from a 3-2 vote at a special meeting Friday Feb. 11, when the village approved a motion requesting her resignation....more >>

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OCEF looking for a little Sharin' o' the Green

Brandon Twp.- For the third year in a row, an anonymous donor has challenged the community to participate in "Sharin' o' the Green," offering to match community donations to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund food pantry up to $2,000....more >>
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Never on the sideline: GHS athletic director retires

Ask Al Martus the key to almost four decades as a high school athletic director and he can answer in one word: Fairness. "I often considered students like my son or daughter," said Martus, 66, who retired as athletic director from the Goodrich School District earlier this year....more >>
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Firefighter tuition reinbursement questioned

Brandon Twp.- For the past ten years, one of the perks of being a firefighter here is tuition reimbursement. Part-time (on-call) firefighters can receive up to $500 and full-time firefighters can receive up to $1,000 annually for tuition costs relating to any degree related to the fire department, including emergency medical services, firefighter technology and business administration....more >>
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BHS Pom Pons top 10 statewide

On Feb. 13 the Brandon Varsity Pom Pon team competed in the state tournament at Eastern Michigan University. The girls placed seventh overall.The eleven team members also received high marks in the classroom with an accumulative GPA of 3....more >>

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Area stores busted by deputies after selling alcohol to minors

Brandon Twp.- Three area businesses will be fined by the Liquor Control Commission after clerks working at those businesses sold alcohol to an underage person last week. A detective and deputy from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office conducted liquor compliance checks on several licensed liquor stores in the township on March 4 with the help of a woman who is under 21....more >>

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Schools of choice: Boom or bust? Debate continues

Brandon Twp.- Two years ago, the school board had a study session about their schools of choice program after multiple complaints from parents who reside in the district. Now the school board will revisit the issue, at their next meeting set for 6:30 p....more >>

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Gaines Township man charged with shooting bald eagle

A 65 year old man has been charged with shooting an endangered species and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with a wounded bald eagle near his home in the area of Van Vleet and Ray roads in Genesee County....more >>
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Gaines Township man charged with shooting bald eagle

A 65 year old man has been charged with shooting an endangered species and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with a wounded bald eagle near his home in the area of Van Vleet and Ray roads in Genesee County....more >>
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Sharing the spotlight

Making Progress

In this week's edition of your community newspaper, The Clarkston News, is the culmination of two months' work. Our annual Progress Edition, Trends 2011, showcases the vitality of our local business community....more >>

Commissioner's 'tone' strikes resident as elitist

Historic District Commissioner Kay Robertson stands behind the commission's decision last year to oppose renovation efforts to 164 N. Main by owners Jim and Debbie Cousens. "I'm sorry, I love this town....more >>
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Clarkston family's next generation called to serve

When Douglas and Brenda Alexander of Clarkston attended their grandson Michael Navarre, Jr.'s graduation from Air Force basic training, Oct. 29, they knew what to expect. They were just at one, attending another grandson's graduation this past June, for Alexander Navarre....more >>

Fatal house fire

Investigation continues into a March 7 house fire in Springfield Township in which a resident was fatally injured. Springfield Township firefighters responded to a residential structure fire in the 17000 block of Julie Drive, 6:41 p....more >>
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Millstream

Family flick from local filmmaker

Independence Township filmmaker Scott Cummins premiers his newest movie, "Summer School," 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, Waterford Kettering High School Auditorium, 2800 Kettering Drive....more >>
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Shooting Stars

One last snowman of the season?

Owen and Kate Meyer of Clarkston enjoyed a recent warm winter day by creating Sunny the snowman. Adorned with all sorts of beachware, bucket for hat, sand molds for eyes and buttons, shovel for nose, they are ready for spring....more >>
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Young artists honored in regional competition

Four artists from Clarkston Junior High School received awards for their artwork pieces for the 2011 Southeastern Michigan Region of Scholastic Art Awards. Janine Roemer and Nicholas Tozer each received a Silver Key award....more >>
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Reading with radio DJ

Fifth graders at Bailey Lake Elementary had a special visitor on Thursday with a important message for March is Reading Month Radio personality Danielle Car, from Fresh 100.3, said reading was important especially for her job....more >>

Riverdawgs run

Clarkston Riverdawgs host Spring Training 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m., April 16, at Independence Oaks County Park. First 150 runners get a race bag with free long sleeve t-shirt, Qdoba gift card, coupon for a free scoop of Culvers ice cream, and other items....more >>
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Eagle Scout

Michael Gapczynski, of Boy Scout Troop 189 in Clarkston, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in scouting. Gapczynski's Eagle project involved removing the invasive species Oriental Bittersweet from a large area in Independence Oaks County Park with a group of 20 Scouts and volunteers....more >>
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Players present 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

In honor of Playwright Tennessee Williams, who would have been 100 years old this year, Clarkston Village Players perform William's play "A Streetcar named Desire" starting this weekend....more >>
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Audience sinks its teeth into mystery play

Mystery fans filled Paint Creek Golf Club for Clarkston Area Optimist Club "Murder Twice Bitten" mystery dinner theater, March 12. They enjoyed a fine steak and chicken dinner, bid on silent auction items, and enjoyed the antics of the cast, performing the original play written by Patience Beer....more >>
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Team shows imagination in win

Sashabaw Middle School's Destination Imagination team put their creative ideas and ability to think on the spot to the test, Feb. 26, tying for first place in regional competition....more >>

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Parade up for grabs

After decades of hosting the Fourth of July Parade, Independence Township Fire Chief Steve Ronk said the fire department wants out of the parade business. "Some of it is what we've evolved into, this is more of a business then it's been in the last 40 years," Ronk said....more >>

Help S.O.C.K.S.

Independence Elementary students are gearing up for the Eighth Annual S.O.C.K.S day. They are collecting donations of travel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion, wipes, as well as toothpaste, liquid body wash, razors, small hair brushes, washcloths and clean gently-used toys for Grace Centers of Hope....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Prisoner takes cop car for a ride" A double-jointed Alger woman resisted arrest in her own way by managing, Houdini-like, to free herself from handcuffs, steal a Clarkston Police car and lead officers in hot pursuit down I-75....more >>
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We are the champions!

Oxford wrestling coach Brad Keeney addresses the crowd in Centennial Park following Saturday's parade through downtown Oxford to honor the team's Division I state championship. Behind Keeney are wrestlers Pat Noskey, Keegan Cantara, Dakota Peasley Mike Thomas, Jake Stump, Kyle Hill, Nick McMaster, Keegan Kuypers, Zeb Throne and Brian Brougham....more >>

Oxford Township resident wakes up to discover unknown male in den

Oxford Township - Oakland County Sheriff Deputies responded to a home invasion call on Tanview after the homeowner stumbled upon an unknown male in his den during the early morning hours on Tuesday, March 15....more >>

To abate or not to abate? That is the question

Opinions were mixed and the debate was passionate, but in the end, the Oxford Township Board chose not to oppose tax abatements requested of the village council by manufacturing companies Royal Oak Boring and Royal Oak Medical Devices....more >>

Twp. must replace faulty well

Officials investigate who's at fault, who should pay

It appears one of Oxford Township's groundwater wells was improperly installed in a way that causes severe damage to pumping equipment and now, the municipality must drill a new one for an estimated $85,000 to $103,500....more >>

Paad to face 5 counts of embezzlement

An Oxford Village employee will face criminal charges for allegedly stealing tax money from the municipality. Deputy Clerk M. Patricia Paad, who has been suspended without pay since late January, will be charged with five counts of embezzlement by a public official over $50, according to Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton....more >>
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Dream Wedding winners announced

Congratulations to Lauren Scimemi and Brad Roberts, winners of The Oxford Leader Dream Wedding Contest. "It's pretty exciting," Scimemi said. "It couldn't come at a better time because my dad had been laid off for almost a year and he just got his job back....more >>
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Librarian leaving for Lone Star State

It was horses that brought Michele Presley to the Addison Township Public Library almost 16 years ago and it's horses that are taking her away next month. Friday, April 29 will be Presley's last day as director of the small rural library that circulated an impressive 34,701 items last year and serves more than 2,000 library-card holders....more >>

Library signs lease for new home

It took a lot of hard work, numerous meetings and intense discussions over the last several months, but it's finally a done deal and the Addison Township Public Library will be moving into a new home this year....more >>
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Oxford man on plane when Japan quake hits

Let's face it, between full-body searches, lengthy delays and rude airline employees, flying can be quite an ordeal these days. The only thing that could possibly make it worse would be sitting on a plane in the middle of a natural disaster....more >>

Bid awarded for Polly Ann Trail crossing signals

Folks who walk, jog and bike on the Polly Ann Trail got one step closer last week to being able to cross two heavily-traveled Oxford roads in a much safer manner. Township officials voted 6-1 to award a $47,983 bid to Rauhorn Electric, Inc....more >>

Alcohol may be allowed at Vets Hall to increase rental revenue

All across Michigan these days local governments are furiously looking for new sources of revenue and Oxford Township is no exception. Officials are considering allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Oxford Veterans Memorial Civic Center (commonly know as the Vets Hall) as a way to boost rental revenue derived from the township-owned facility....more >>

No more shut-offs

The good news is Oxford Township residents who don't pay their water bills won't have to worry anymore about having their H20 shut off. Last week, township officials voted 7-0 to inform the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office they want this practice stopped....more >>

Clerk contract leads to debate over benefits

It was supposed to be a discussion and vote last week on a four-page contract for Oxford Village's new clerk, but instead, it turned into a debate over the level of benefits public sector employees receive versus their private sector counterparts....more >>
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Nassar brings openness, volunteer spirit

After months of searching high and low, Oxford Village finally has a new clerk and her name is Susan Nassar. "I thought this would be a wonderful place to work," she said. Council approved Nassar's contract last week and her first official day is March 21....more >>
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Talented families entertain seniors

Seniors at Independence Village of Waterstone got a special treat on Thursday, March 10 when two families came together to show off their musical talents. Amy Harmon, of Holly, and her five children - Anna, 11, Grace, 10, Marie, 8, Micah, 5 and Joel, 1, along with Darcy Mazza of Clarkston and her five children - Frankie, 8, Melina, 6, Mia, 4, Eliana, 2 and Sophia, eight months, have been coming to Independence Village and using their musical talents to minister to seniors....more >>
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Retiree uses social media to fight proposed pension tax

It was on the Ides of March in 44 B.C. that the Roman dictator Julius Caesar lost his power and his life to the daggers of men who believed he had gone too far. That's precisely why Mary Lee Woodward chose March 15 as the date for her protest rally against Gov....more >>
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