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Deputy clerk arraigned on embezzlement charges

Paad allegedly stole police funds on top of tax money

Oxford Village Deputy Clerk Marion Patricia Paad was arraigned March 23 in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court on charges she embezzled public funds from the municipality in the form of both property tax payments and police funds....more >>
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Businesses optimistic with Streetscape

Work on downtown's Streetscape has officially broken ground -- in the form of a large crater at the corner of Flint and N. Lapeer streets. The construction has closed off its first road, and some Lake Orion businesses were concerned this would mark a point in the project where business would be injured....more >>

The Snyder Effect

Local official discusses Lansing's new chief

New Governor Rick Snyder is shaking things up in Lansing, staying true to his word on running Michigan like a business. Local government officials recently offered their thought on some of these changes, including the Competitive Bidding Bill and the Emergency Financial Status legislation....more >>

Benefit for police K9s and homeless dogs

Orion Healthy Pet is hosting a benefit to raise funds for the Oakland County K9 Unit and Great Dane Rescue of Michigan. The event is Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their store, 1472 S....more >>

Locals can help folks in Japan

The Lake Orion Police Department and Blanche Sims Elementary School have joined forces to gather as many blankets as possible (over the next two weeks) to help aid efforts in Japan after that country's recent tsunami disaster....more >>

It's now officially 'Wildwood Pavilion' and more

Our community seems to be a government awarded-construction paradise, between the new Orion (senior) Center, bridge work on Silverbell and downtown Lake Orion's Streetscape there is a lot going on to snarl-up traffic for the long-term betterment of society....more >>

LO grad picked to lead Lapeer schools

It's not a done deal yet, but it appears a 1994 Lake Orion High School graduate is on his way to becoming the next superintendent of Lapeer Community Schools Matthew Wandrie, 34, of Addison Township, was the Lapeer Board of Education's pick to lead the district following a unanimous vote last week....more >>

The Low-downon Downtown

Streetscape update

Thursday, and Friday March 24-25, Workers will continue east on Flint Street and will be replacing the lateral storm sewer pipes on Flint Street from Lapeer Street east to Orion Road....more >>

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Twp. seeks trustee seat applicants

Brandon Twp.- The township board is accepting applications from residents who would like to be appointed to a vacant trustee seat. Bob DeWitt submitted a letter of resignation to the township board on March 10 after more than six years as a trustee, explaining that he could not serve out the remainder of his second term because he was moving to Addison Township....more >>

Briefs

Coffee Hour At 9 a.m., April 29, 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/Ortnoville will be accepted....more >>

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Firefighter tuition reimbursement under fire

Brandon Twp.- The township board unanimously approved the 2011 full-time firefighter benefits Monday night. However, the tuition reimbursement benefit offered to firefighters for the past 10 years may soon be a thing of the past....more >>

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Four candidates vie for township trustee seat

At 7 p.m., March 28, the Atlas Township Board of Trustees will interview four candidates for one trustee seat vacated following the resignation of trustee Scott Statson earlier this year....more >>

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Atlas Township inks budget for 2011-12

Atlas Twp.-The township board of trustees OK'd a $1,201,005 budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year during the township meeting on Monday night. Highlights of the budget included drawing $90,478 from the fund balance to cover the Genesee County Sheriff Department contract for 2011....more >>
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'Going to school in Brandon saved him'

Brandon Twp.- Beverly Combs believes sending her grandson to school here was the best thing she's ever done for him. "Going to school in Brandon saved him," she said. Julius Combs will graduate from Brandon High School this spring, four years after Beverly Combs enrolled him as a schools of choice student in his freshman year....more >>
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New burn law left smoldering for now

Michigan's long-standing practice of burning household waste in rural communities may be close to going up in smoke. A law to ban burning household trash which has been allowed in burn barrels statewide for material such as wood, paper and foam for the past 30 years, was set to expire on April 1....more >>

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Main Street Oakland County

During the annual Main Street Oakland County awards ceremony on March 4, the Ortonville Main Street program received recognition in four categories. Debbie Baker was named 2010 Volunteer of the Year; Pam Belding is the 2010 Downtown Development Authority Board Member of the Year; Winning 2010 volunteer of the year was Debbie Baker; Event of the Year is CreekFest; and Extraordinary Volunteers is the Volunteer Management Program of the Year....more >>
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Long time township trustee committed to community, family

Former long-time Brandon Township Trustee Sandy Willett was remembered this week as a woman who was very involved in the community and fun to be around. Willett died March 21. She was 65....more >>
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Township takes a breather on medical marijuana

Brandon Twp.- Woody Moore sells everything you need to grow vegetables indoors, or, with the exception of seeds, marijuana. The co-owner of Happy Harvesters Hydroponics and Indoor Gardening Center of Ortonville opened his new shop at 1772 S....more >>
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A season to remember

Despite a double overtime loss to Dearborn Divine Child in the state semi- final Class B championship game on March 18—the Goodrich girls varsity basketball team completed an impressive postseason run after a stellar 24-2-0 season which included blasting the state's top-ranked Class B team Detroit Country Day (24-1-0) on March 15....more >>
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Shining stars...

Talent took center stage Saturday at Lake Orion High School when 12 finalists, selected from dozens who auditioned last month for "Lake Orion's Got Talent," competed for a $1,000 grand prize....more >>

Wandrie looking north to Lapeer schools

through the interview process." From the board to the district's employees to the parents and community, "there was a very student-centered focus in the district." Wandrie also appreciated the "attractiveness of a small town school district," something he was familiar with having gone through Lake Orion Schools....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 >>

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 >>

'Joseph' at Everest

Everest Collegiate High School presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., April 1; 2 p.m. matinee and 6:30 p....more >>

Babysitting class slated for April 2

For six years, teen librarian Deb Motley, has hosted Red Cross Certified Babysitter Training classes at the Orion Township Public Library. The class is aimed at people between the ages of 11-15, and focuses on all the important aspects of babysitting, including: Care for children and infants; Make good decisions and solve problems; Keep the children you baby-sit and yourself safe; Handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents; Write resumes and interview for jobs....more >>

Growing Green Expo in April

The second annual Growing Green Earth Day Expo takes place Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Kings Court Castle, Canterbury Village. Exhibits will consist of a wide array of green products and services, reliable education resources, green organizations, energy efficiency and conservation incentives, green career opportunities, growing green resources, green parks and trails, leisure, green pantry and healthy living, organic closets and homes, recycling incentives, hands on activities, and more....more >>

New brief

Last day to register for school election

In case you haven't heard: there's a Lake Orion school board election slated for May 3. If you plan on voting for the election and are not registered, your last chance to do so is April 4....more >>

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Spring cleaning in village

The snow has melted, and well, there are still plenty of leaves left over from last fall. In Lake Orion Village residents can take care of these leaves by raking them to the curb. According to a Public Notice in this week's Review, starting the week of April 4, leaves on the curbs will be sucked up by the village leaf vacuum....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 >>

Free cancer screening kits

Great Lakes Cancer Institute (GLCI) distributes free at-home colorectal cancer screening kits during March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Last year GLCI distributed over 3,000 kits statewide, with a goal of 5,000 this year....more >>
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Dream-weaver

Kids not college-ready, study says

As high school seniors dive into their last trimester in Clarkston, how many are prepared for college? Not many, according to the Michigan Department of Education's analysis of ACT scores....more >>

Out of the loop

Treasurer kicked off deficit-elimination plan

Treasurer Curt Carson is defiant in the face of an Independence Township Board vote knocking him out of deficit-elimination planning. "The vote has no meaning," Carson said. "I am obligated by my oath of office to fulfill my statutory duties....more >>

Benefit cuts OK'd

Longevity costs $12,600 to township annually

It's the end of the line for longevity raises for Independence Township's non-union employees. The township can't afford automatic raises based on time worked, trustees said, voting 6-1, March 15, to stop the practice....more >>

Township tightens tax-break rules

Can you have $125,000 and still be considered "in poverty?" Until recently, you could when considered for property-tax exemption in Springfield Township. "The Board of Review noticed that residents were qualifying for the exemption based on the income guidelines, while still holding a considerable amount of assets," said township Supervisor Mike Trout....more >>

Mother, son robbers

Tyler Fischer-Greenfield, 25, and his mother Pamela Allen, 50, both of Holly, face up to life in prison for armed robbery in Independence Township. Fischer-Greenfield allegedly entered the MedCenter Pharmacy in the Independence Pointe Plaza, 7210 N....more >>

Clarkston Rotary helps victims in Japan

Clarkston Rotary club is accepting ShelterBox donations to help thousands of people left homeless in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. ShelterBox USA delivers boxes of aid to those struck by disaster around the world....more >>
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Parade needs new planners

Independence Township and Clarkston officials, along with representatives from Clarkston Lions and Optimist clubs attended the Fourth of July Parade informational meeting hosted by Fire Chief Steve Ronk and the Independence Township Fire Department....more >>
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Graffiti art inspires Clarkston student

Freshman Clara Zeder lifted the last panel of the set and carried it out of the garage. It was all done - a five panel colorful blue and yellow piece to be displayed at Clarkston Junior High School for future students to enjoy....more >>
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Shooting Stars

'Joseph' at Everest

Everest Collegiate High School presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., April 1; 2 p.m. matinee and 6:30 p....more >>

Local leader at parliamentary workshop

Clarkston resident Linda Meadors, vice president and chairman of the Education Committee of the Birmingham Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit, hosts the organization's annual workshop, 8:30 a....more >>

'Secret Garden' play

Clarkston Junior High School Drama Club present "The Secret Garden," Friday-Saturday, March 25-26, 7 p.m. at the CJHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7/adults and $5/seniors and students....more >>

News Briefs

Club winners

Clarkston Coffee Club members Leahpar Productions, Butler CPA and Associates, and Rob Schroeder Maintenance, Repair, and Paint all won free ads in the Independence Township Parks and Recreation Spring/Summer Recreation Guide....more >>

Clartucky Derby race April 30

Parents, make sure your children's tricycles are cleaned, greased and rolling right! The Clarkston Retailers Association has announced plans for its first annual Clartucky Derby, April 30....more >>

Correction

The story "Parents urge caution in teacher cut plan," March 2, should have listed the cut to the International Baccalaureate at Clarkston High School as $120,000, including $11,500 in software and technology purchases, $18,500 teaching supplies and field trips, $35,000 in textbooks, and $5,000 in training....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "The playscape's on fire!" Neighbors of the Bay Court playscape were shocked to see flames in the park, thinking the play structure was burning down. But it was just an exercise by Independence Township Fire Department....more >>
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Making a memory together

Oxford resident Jeff Schefke dances with his daughter, Alyssa Schefke at the Daddy/Daughter Dance held Saturday at Devil's Ridge Golf Club in Oxford. Alyssa is a fourth-grader at Oxford Elementary School....more >>

Library prez resigns

Ciccolini one of 5 vying for director job

There's a possibility that the new director of the Addison Township Public Library could have a quite familiar face. Last week, Nina Ciccolini, president of the library board of trustees, resigned her elected office effective immediately in order to apply for the director position....more >>

Tanview homeowner awakes to find intruder in his den

Oakland County Sheriff Deputies responded to a home invasion call on Tanview in Oxford Township after the homeowner stumbled upon an unknown man in his den during the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 15....more >>
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These aren't Tonkas he's playing with

There probably isn't a red-blooded American male alive who doesn't have fond memories of playing with little green army men and toy trucks as a kid. Unfortunately, as boys grow into men they're forced to put those terrific toys away forever, unless you're Mike Miller....more >>
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Fmr. Oxford teacher picked to lead Lapeer district

It's not a done deal yet, but it appears a former Oxford teacher is on his way to becoming the next superintendent of Lapeer Community Schools. Matthew Wandrie, 34, of Addison Township, was the Lapeer Board of Education's pick to lead the district following a unanimous vote last week....more >>

Public 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 >>
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Local spikers win state championship

Oxford's wrestling squad wasn't the only local team to win a state title during the month of March. The Oxford Parks and Recreation Adult Co-Recreational team "Flavor of the Week" won the Michigan Parks and Recreation Association's Class C Coed Volleyball State championship on Saturday, March 12 at Western High School in Parma, MI....more >>
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Girl Scouts help finance female farmers in Asia

Girl Scout Troop 70108 from Clear Lake Elementary has not only been studying the IB Learner Profile at their school but incorporated these attributes of helping others around the world....more >>
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Dance with me, Daddy!

She'll always be his little princess. He'll always be her special guy. And both of them will never forget those Daddy/Daughter Dances held by the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Dept....more >>
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Magic moments with Mom and me

She makes your lunch, wipes your tears, kisses your boo-boos and loves you unconditionally. He's the little man in your life who's adventurous, imaginative and loves to help mom whenever he can....more >>
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