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Olympian comes to town

'Seeing the beauty of swimming is something I want to share'

Four time Olympic swimmer and 1996 gold medalist in 4x200m freestyle relays, Sheila Taormina visited the Lake Orion High School on March 22 to help local swimmers young and old Amy Kuiper, Aquatics Director at the Lake Orion Natatorium, said the event was a unique experience....more >>
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The Snyder Effect

Locals discuss Lansing's new chief

Michigan's governor, Rick Snyder, is running Lansing differently since he took office from his predecessor, Jennifer Granholm. And, while officials in Orion Township are overall pleased with his progress, reservations remain....more >>

Future leaders host current candidates

By Allan Nahajewski Special Writer for The Review School board candidates had a chance to introduce themselves to about 70 potential voters Monday evening, thanks mainly to the efforts of three Lake Orion High School seniors....more >>


Suspicious van

Brandon Twp.- Police and school officials are urging parents to talk with their children about what they should do if approached by a stranger after two recent suspicious incidents....more >>


MSP/Groveland Township Post to close

Groveland Twp.-Since 1996 the Michigan State Police have been established in the township. This fall that's set to change. On March 24 the Michigan State Police (MSP) announced the adoption of a regional policing model designed to provide increased services while relying less upon traditional "bricks and mortar" post buildings....more >>


New rules of the road for teens

Olivia Ramirez, a 15 year-old Goodrich High School student, currently has her level one license, permiting her to drive only with a parent or guardian over 21. She will be receiving her graduated driver's license in August—but until then she will be facing some new rules of the road....more >>
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Let there be light!

As construction continues and the eventual completion of Lake Orion's Streetscape project grows ever nearer, area residents can be sure they will be able to see the good and the bad, day or night....more >>


Township trustee applications

Brandon Twp.- The township board is accepting applications from residents who would like to be appointed to a vacant trustee seat. The board must appoint someone to complete the term of Bob DeWitt, who has moved from the township....more >>
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Former Brandon man, Lake Orion reserve officer, arraigned

A man who fired a gun through a wall of his Brandon Township home while discussing with his wife their pending divorce has been charged in the incident. Zonnie Jay Fritsche, 46, a reserve police officer for the Village of Lake Orion, was arraigned on a single count of reckless discharge of a firearm on March 21 in front of 52-2 District Court Magistrate Elizabeth Chiappelli....more >>


Local cable station may soon relocate to village

Ortonville- The local cable station may soon have a new home in the village. OTV, broadcast on Channel 99 in the village and Brandon Township, must relocate its studio at Brandon High School by the end of June....more >>


Judge rules for McAbee

A circuit court judge has ruled former Goodrich village councilman David Lucik did not show damages when newly elected councilman Doug McAbee failed to sign the oath of office document within 10 days of the date he was notified of his election to office....more >>

Program looks to knock out bullying

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer For The Review Bullying, a widespread news topic as of late, is an issue that has not escaped notice in Lake Orion. In January, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard gave a presentation on bullying and prevention, and this school year Oakview Middle School launched its Bully Busters program....more >>


Village Skate Park opens

Ortonville- The Village Skate Park should be open for the season this week, weather permitting. The village council approved by a 4-3 vote at their March 28 meeting to open the skate park located at Cedar and Ball streets pending a safety inspection of equipment by Recreation Director Fred Waybrant....more >>


Wire fraud scam costs twp. senior $4,000

Brandon Twp.- An elderly township woman lost more than $4,000 in a wire fraud scam this week. A deputy responded to the woman's home on S. Ortonville Road March 23, where she said she had been tricked into sending $4,000 via Western Union to an address in Madrid, Spain....more >>


Mission: Africa

Water is the most basic of human necessities and something many Americans take for granted. But it's something D'Anna Dettore-Keeble has a new appreciation for after her trip to Africa in October....more >>


Amman named to township board

Atlas Twp.- When incumbent township supervisor Paul Amman lost the August 2010 primary election, as well as a November write-in bid to current Township Supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones, his 14-year stint as a local official appeared to be over....more >>


Opponents call for closing door on schools of choice

Brandon Twp.- Schools of choice has been in place in the district for 15 years, but has never been reviewed, despite controversy over the program which allows students who reside elsewhere to attend school here....more >>
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Too much fowl play? Township eyes chicken ordinance

Groveland Twp.-Like many residents, Tim and Sherri utilize the rural characteristics of the township to raise a few chickens. And while the birds have become part of the landscape—a few of the critters have been scratching some residents the wrong way....more >>

Community calendar


Community shred day From 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 9, the Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union, the Ortonville DDA and the Brandon Township Library will host a community shred day. Details: Donna, 248-627-9944....more >>
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Twp. house fire

Atlas Township Firefighters responded to a house fire at 5:15 p.m., March 24 near the intersection of Vassar between McCandlish and East Baldwin roads. Atlas Township Fire Chief Fred Forys said about 70 percent of the home was engulfed in flames when he arrived....more >>


Library seeks trustee

Brandon Twp.- The library board is seeking candidates to appoint one to a trustee seat. The appointed trustee will complete the term of Sandra Willett, who died March 21. The term ends in November 2012....more >>


Dog cleanup

Ortonville- Please pick up after your pets. The village does not have a specific ordinance addressing the cleanup of animal excrement, but officials are asking residents to properly dispose of dog waste while walking animals in the village....more >>
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Night at the Races

On March 26, more than 100 people attended the second annual night at the races event at the Old Township Hall. More than $900 was raised to help improve the playground at Crossman Park in Ortonville....more >>

Gala good time for all Dragons

While the dragon ice sculpture gleamed, spirits were high at the Orion Art Centers gala fund-raiser on March 12 at Addison Oaks ballroom. The elegant evening was a resounding success with great people, delicious food and lots of dancing to stellar entertainment by the George Brothers band....more >>

Safety path money goes township's way

Waste Management is developing property near their Eagle Vally Landfill on Brown Road, and has complied with the township's safety path ordinance to pay the equal cost of a safety path in front of their property, in lieu of actually constructing one....more >>

The Low-down on Downtown

This Thursday and Friday. Workers continue installing lateral storm sewer pipes on E. Flint Street, moving one block east, working from Slater to Washington. This will require a complete road closure from just east of the intersection of Slater, east to Washington....more >>


Sunday morning booze sales okay in township

The Village of Lake Orion nearly became a bubble inside Orion Township where residents could purchase alcohol on Sunday mornings. Yet thanks to the action -- or inaction -- of the Orion Township Board of Trustees, the sale of alcohol during Sunday morning is allowed throughout the township....more >>


U-Verse coming

Residents fortunate enough to be marked "eligible" may be visited by door-to-door salesmen from AT&T's U-Verse program. At the Orion Township Board of Trustees meeting on March 21, AT&T received a solicitation permit good for 30 days to advertise with door-to-door sales....more >>


$1,000 scholarship

The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a $1,000 academic scholarship for Lake Orion High School grads pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree at a verified or community College. Applications and all eligibility requirements are located at the Lake Orion H....more >>


Msu soil nutrient testing available at msu Extension office & local garden centers

The annual Don't Guess…Soil Test! program, co-sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Water Stewardship Program, Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority and local retailers begins this Saturday....more >>


Mcrunning for Ronald McDonald House

Lake Orion's own Dominic Maduri placed frist in the 14U category and 42nd overall out of 624 runners in the Annual 2011 Ronald McDonald Run for the House, Saturday March 26 at Hawk Island Park in Lansing....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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Changing the world...

Erica Cale keeps the faith with mission

Erica Cale made about $400 in 2007 in her first fund raiser for Helping Hearts Helping Hands. This year's Pearl Ball dinner dance fund raiser, March 26, made about $30,000. "It's huge, it keeps growing and growing," said Cale, 18, who founded the non-profit group, whose motto is "Changing the world, one child, one family, one face, one place ....more >>

Volunteers for services

City considers plea for more community help

After looking at Clarkston's budget "big picture," Councilman James Brueck and other finance committee members call for more volunteerism. "What we really need to do is engage the community as to how we can best go about that," Brueck said....more >>

Crusade continues for school information

After a year of citizen investigation and boxes of documents acquired under the Freedom of Information Act, Dawn Schaller of Independence Township still has questions. Answers have been difficult to come by, Schaller said....more >>
After 13 years of supporting the Girl Scouts of Troop 10844, troop leader Pat Mueller gets a lift from scouts, standing from left, Rachel Glomski, Katerina Gawronski, Caitlin Harvey, Erin Mueller, Robin Weaver, Holly Drankhan, and Maggie Schroeder, and, kneeling from left, Ali Kitchen, Louise Haven, and Taylor Tomei. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)


Girl Scout troop goes the distance

As the world prepared for the end of the millennium, Clarkston Girl Scouts Troop 10844 took to the field. Now Senior Girl Scouts set to graduate from high school, the troop is preparing to disband....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Time for snowmen almost up

The Adams family earned third place in Independence Township Parks and Recreation's Snowman Building Challenge this year with this unhappy creation....more >>
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Students honored

Clarkston Area Optimists Club honored elementary students at its Youth Recognition breakfast, March 17. "A big thank you to everybody here," said Springfield Plains Elementary Principal K....more >>
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Pawing pages

Fourth grader Rian Bannick reads a book to Teddy, a therapy dog, who visited Andersonville Elementary during March is Reading Month....more >>

Powell was key to township development

When people remember longtime Independence Township resident Jerry Powell, they describe him as "a good guy," "great athlete," and "fun loving." "'A good time' was Jerry's middle name," said longtime friend Janet Glennie who met Jerry in the sixth grade....more >>

News Briefs

Win for Blazer

Country singer Justine Blazer of Springfield Township brought home victory in the Ram Truck Battle of the Bands contest in Austin, Texas, March 20. "It was such an amazing weekend," Blazer said....more >>

Cable committee

Independence Township board voted unanimously, March 28, to establish a Citizen's TV Public Access Committee. The committee will study local access channels and make determinations and recommendations to the board about equipment acquisitions, getting up on AT&T to broadcast, programming standards and review system, methods and means for promoting the cable access channel, and recruiting producers from within the community....more >>

Butterfly program

Wild Ones, North Oakland Chapter, hosts a free presentation, "Attract Butterflies To Your Garden," by Brenda Dziedzie, president of Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association and an advanced master gardener....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "CHS student files for school board seat" High school senior Peter Bertling filed to run for Clarkston School Board. He wanted to bring a student's perspective to school district oversight....more >>

Community calendar

Special Events Bethany North Oakland, 7:15-10:15 p.m., March 31, Deer Lake Athletic Club, 6167 White Lake Road. Dancing and music with Brian Alexander. 248-625-8686. *** Return from Coma, community awareness program on early warning of brain bleed and stroke, 9 a....more >>
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Score one for reading!

Oxford High School hockey captain Cody Ruch reads a story to Oxford Elementary students as part of March is Reading Month....more >>

Census says

Oxford Twp., Leonard are up; Oxford Village, Addison are down

The 2010 U.S. Census numbers are in and two municipalities in the Leader's coverage area increased in population, while the other two shrank. Oxford Township has 20,526 residents (including the village), which is up from the 16,007 counted during the 2000 Census....more >>

Oxford's racial diversity increases

It's still not exactly a rainbow of people, but the level of racial diversity increased somewhat in both Oxford Township and Village based on the 2010 Census. Oxford Township saw its number of African Americans jump from 72 to 278....more >>
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Paad arraigned for allegedly embezzling tax, police funds

Oxford Village Deputy Clerk Marion Patricia Paad was arraigned March 23 in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court on charges she embezzled public monies from the municipality in the form of both property tax payments and police funds....more >>
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Five-vehicle pileup on M-24

M-24, just north of Drahner Rd., turned into a parking lot following a five-vehicle accident on Wednesday, March 23. Around 2:21 p.m., a 29-year-old male from Lapeer was driving southbound on Lapeer Rd....more >>

Major property owners invited to discuss future land use, zoning

In an effort to stimulate economic growth and foster a more business-friendly environment, Oxford Township is inviting its major property owners to a meeting to discuss future land use in the community and the potential rezoning of its main traffic and business corridors....more >>

Addison approves $1.1M balanced budget

Addison Township has a balanced budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The Board of Trustees voted 7-0 in favor of adopting the 2011-2012 fiscal year budget at a special meeting on Saturday, March 26....more >>
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Ferguson retiring after nearly 25 years of faithful service

Addison Township Deputy Treasurer Jan Ferguson has spent nearly a quarter century faithfully serving the residents of Addison Township. On Thursday, March 31, she will walk through the doors of the township offices on Lakeville Road for the last time as she is set to retire from her position....more >>
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