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Sweet results after slow start to sap run

Even with the right mix of warm days coupled with cold nights, Jim and Faith Aseltine still say Mother Nature decides when their hundreds of sugar maple trees relinquish sweet sap....more >>
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Casey the Bear helps kids in tough spots

Ten "Casey the Bear" teddy bears were presented to the Lake Orion Police Department by Lake Orion Knights of Columbus members Tom Hines and Ken Simpson last week. The two members were present at the LOPD station to represent Grand Knight Tony Gorsick and the 290 members of Local Council #4764....more >>


Atlas, Brandon populations up, Groveland drops

Minority population inches up locally according to 2010 census

Two out of three local townships have seen an increase in the number of residents in the past 10 years. Population growth has occurred in Atlas and Brandon townships, while Groveland Township has seen a dip....more >>

Accident goes unnoticed for seven hours, turns out fatal

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating a single motor vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality, Sunday evening. The accident, which happened on W....more >>


Food smarts: Kitchen Assistant, Couponista at library

Brandon Twp.- With rising food prices and falling or stagnant incomes, many people are looking for ways to save on their grocery budget. The township library will host two programs this month in an effort to help....more >>


Food smarts: Kitchen Assistant, Couponista at library

Brandon Twp.- With rising food prices and falling or stagnant incomes, many people are looking for ways to save on their grocery budget. The township library will host two programs this month in an effort to help....more >>


'There's no stopping me'

Groveland woman, 63, to run half-marathon, raising funds for leukemia and lymphoma research

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Groveland Twp.- When Ramona Ludvigsen closed her interior design business in 2006 due to the poor economy, she felt like part of herself had been amputated....more >>
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State pride shines in new production

Michigan touches the world through music

So what do you do after years of working in the stodgy, collared shirt and necktie world of high stakes corporate marketing? Globe-trot? Start your own consulting business? Drive around in a Jeep? Enjoy your family? Play harmonica and keyboards in a band? If you are Orion Township resident Allan Nahajewski, 56, the answer is all of the above and more....more >>

Teachers 'ok' contract, school board vote April 13

Last Thursday teachers of the 430-member Lake Orion Education Association voted to accept a tentative contract with the district. Local teachers have been working without a contract since Dec....more >>
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Survey Says: Village council likes what they see in Zelenak

Lake Orion Village Manager Paul Zelenak has been approved for another year at his position, and according to his employers, he's not taking the job lightly. Village President Ken Van Portfliet said despite the positive response Zelenak received at his approval meeting, he only seemed interested in areas where he could improve....more >>

Farms, factories & films

New trail manager has diverse history

Juliane Bagley grew up on a farm, spent half of her life working in the manufacturing industry and most recently, has been helping promote Michigan's burgeoning film industry. Now, she's the new manager of the Polly Ann Trail....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 >>

Farmers markets on everybody's minds

It's spring and with it all sorts of things are blooming -- especially thoughts of fresh cut flowers, veggies and fruit. Which brings us to farmers markets. This year there are new developments in the arena of markets for farmers....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 >>

Wieland markets start in May

Local farmers' market managers, Kathy and Michael Wieland were recently named Certified Market Managers by MIFMA. They will promote the Lake Orion Farmers' Market at Howarth Church on Silverbell Rd....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 >>
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Former LOPD reserve officer facing charges after pistol fires

By Susan Bromley Special Writer for The Review A man who fired a gun through a wall of his Brandon Township home while discussing the pending divorce with his wife, is facing charges....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 >>

The Low-down on Downtown

On Wednesday, workers will install water rerouting equipment at the intersection of Broadway and Front streets. The intersection will be closed, as will Broadway from Front Street to Flint....more >>


Township loses employee to Florida

Judy Hatton, an 11 year employee and clerk of the township's building department, announced her retirement. She has seen three different supervisors in her time at township offices....more >>


Buddy Poppy Drive coming to a corner near you

The Veterans of Foreign Wars are again selling poppies to raise money for needy veterans in North Oakland County, and to to support the vow from the National Home in Eaton Rapids. The sale of the flowers will also go towards funding the shipping of packages to men and woman serving in foreign battlegrounds....more >>
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Students sing, swing, dance and show off

Children from grades kindergarten through fifth grade had an opportunity to show off their unique talents at Pine Tree's Variety Show on March 24. From singing popular songs, dancing to classic beats, displaying knowlegde or simply telling jokes, the kids had the audience clapping and laughing for the entire presentation....more >>


Oakland County Home Improvement Program

Falling property values have made selling homes a challenge, but Oakland County can help you make your current home nicer, without costing you anything until you move. The Oakland County Home Improvement Program, funded through the U....more >>


Brandon CERT team honored by township

Brandon Twp.- The helpers need help. The Brandon Community Emergency Response Team was honored at the township board meeting April 4 as part of Volunteer Recognition Month. The team, comprised of 35 township residents, offers assistance to the fire department and community in a variety of ways....more >>
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Front page

Serving up some springtime

Gabby Spindler practices her serve, preparing for the start of the season next week....more >>

Teacher strike unlikely, union chief says

Union, school board ready to vote on new contract

A recent letter from the Michigan Education to their members has many speculating a strike is coming - but Brooke Davis says no. Davis, Clarkston Education Association president, said MEA sent a letter asking for a vote to call for crisis activities, including letters to state legislators, rallies against Governor Rick Snyder's plan to cut public school funding by $470 per student, and a work stoppage is a last resort....more >>

Funding drops with population for city

City manager calls for recount

While Independence and Springfield townships saw a population increase over the past 10 years, according to the 2010 census, Clarkston declined. "It's hard telling (why it dropped)," said City Manager Dennis Ritter....more >>

City clerk-treasurer resigns

Just over three months since City Clerk/Treasurer Kimberly Howe was hired, she submitted her resignation letter. She posted a resignation letter, March 16, citing Councilman Richard Bisio's postings on Facebook about her....more >>
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Essayists honored

Clarkston Optimist Club honored three Clarkston High School students in its Essay Contest with medals and gift certificates, March 30. The winners, Jacqueline Gipe, first place; Nicholas Pike, second; and Chloe Smiley, third, wrote about the importance of education in their lives and future....more >>
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Team RUSH ready for state competition

After taking their first regional win in eight years, Clarkston's Team RUSH is heading to state competition this weekend with a different attitude. "In the past we wanted to win a specific award or we wanted to do what we could to get to different places, our goals were much more specific," said Team RUSH member Troy Hughes....more >>
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Clarkston grad helps get soldiers fit

Clarkston High School graduate Joe DeGain is getting the opportunity of a lifetime as he leaves this weekend for Iraq to help U.S. troops with physical training. "By no means do I think I am serving our country by going over there, but I just love the fact I can give back to the soldiers and help them in some capacity, while they defend our nation," DeGain said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Japanese students learn lots in Clarkston

When the earthquake struck northeastern Japan last month, Yukari Furuta and her classmates near Tokyo felt it. "It was very scary," said Furuta, who spent a week in Clarkston along with nine others as part of an exchange program....more >>
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Solving future's problems

About 1,000 Future Problem Solvers from around the state filled Clarkston Junior High School for the Michigan Future Problem Solving State Bowl, March 26-27. "We have to be very creative and think outside the box," said Phoebe Morris, Clarkston Junior High ninth grader, who competed against students in grades 10-12 with her team members, 10th graders Lauren Ubbing and Brooke Huisman....more >>

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 >>

Helping others with dance

Local dance studio Elegance In Motion Ballroom hosted a fund raiser dance, March 11, raising $565 for breast cancer research. Studio owner and Clarkston resident Sarah Haremza said she came up with the idea when talking to her daughter's 9 year old friend....more >>

Camp Fun

The lights dimmed as Pine Knob Elementary third-graders grabbed their books, flashlights and blankets. They found a spot in one of the tents and relaxed into a comfortable position before opening their books....more >>

Magical values

Choosy Suzy and Zucchini the Genie used magic, comedy, colorful props and audience involvement to teach Andersonville Elementary students good character values, March 23. Students learned how to achieve their goals and dreams through trust, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship....more >>

News Briefs

Policy work

Since March 14, Clarkston School Board have been staying an extra 30 minutes after meetings to work on board operating procedures. The school board discussed revising policies to improve flow of information from administration to the board, including personnel changes, information requests with the superintendent, and superintendent review....more >>

Renovations OK'd

After reapplying for application, the Clarkston Historic District Commission approved improvements to 164 N. Main, March 29. Improvements included installation of vertical panel siding, a rear deck, three driveway-facing steel insulated garage doors, two vinyl insulated three-over-one windows and three separate service "person-sized" garage doors....more >>

Passport day

Clarkston Post Office, 5799 S. Main Street, hosts Passport Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 9. Citizens must apply in person for a passport if applying for the first time, under age 16, previous passport was issued when under age 16, previous passport was lost, stolen, or damaged, previous U....more >>

Easter Bunny visit

The Birdfeeder and Clarkston Flower Shoppe hosts a visit by the Easter Bunny, posing for photos 12-4 p.m., Sunday, April 17. The event, at 7150 Main Street, also includes a petting zoo with miniature horse and donkey, goats, sheep, calf, alpaca, bunnies and ducks....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Township moves forward on Sashabaw" Independence Township Board agreed widening and improving Sashabaw Road was the next logical and needed step in its development....more >>
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Look out below!

OMS seventh-grader Shane Hrischuk goes barreling down the inflatable slide as part of the 'Master of the House' competition....more >>

District plans to spend $1.2M in bond savings

Tennis courts, pressbox, new theater entrance on list

Oxford Community Schools is getting some additional construction projects that were not included in the 2009 bond project thanks to nearly $1.2 million worth of savings on contracted bid work....more >>

Twp. looks to eliminate, not expand, hunting bans

It started out as a public hearing last week to gather input regarding a proposed ban on hunting and the discharge of firearms in dense residential zoning districts in Oxford Twp. It ended with a decision by the township board to look into getting rid of all its local ordinances banning firearm discharge and hunting in certain areas, leaving them to be solely regulated by state law....more >>
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Painting discovered in twp. mausoleum

Oxford Township Supervisor Bill Dunn got the surprise of his life last week when he entered an old mausoluem and discovered something quite unusual. "We walked in, I turned around and there it was two blue eyes staring at us," he said....more >>
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Farms, factories & films: New trail mgr. has diverse history

Juliane Bagley grew up on a farm, spent half of her life working in the manufacturing industry and most recently, has been helping promote Michigan's burgeoning film industry. Now, she's the new manager of the Polly Ann Trail....more >>

MEAP scores mixed bag for district

The 2010-11 MEAP results are in, and overall, it's a mixed bag for the Oxford school district. On the one hand, the percentages of Oxford students who achieved mastery levels in reading, math, science and social studies never dipped below the 80s....more >>

Mastery level MEAP results by school

2010-11 scores in first column; 2009-10 scores in second. Lakeville 3rd grade Reading: 85% 95% 3rd grade Math: 95% 97% 4th grade Reading: 87% 92% 4th grade Writing: 42% *N/T 4th grade Math: 94% 100% 5th grade Reading: 88% 95% 5th grade Math: 85% 96% 5th grade Science: 87% 78% Clear Lake 3rd grade Reading: 89% 96% 3rd grade Math: 100% 100% 4th grade Reading: 95% 94% 4th grade Writing: 63% N/T 4th grade Math: 98% 98% 5th grade Reading: 89% 99% 5th grade Math: 91% 92% 5th grade Science: 88% 89% Oxford Elementary 3rd grade Reading: 89% 94% 3rd grade Math: 99% 98% 4th grade Reading: 92% 95% 4th grade Writing: 59% N/T 4th grade Math: 99% 99% 5th grade Reading: 93% 97% 5th grade Math: 95% 97% 5th grade Science: 93% 95% Leonard 3rd grade Reading: 80% 97% 3rd grade Math: 96% 98% 4th grade Reading: 86% 90% 4th grade Writing: 42% N/T 4th grade Math: 94% 98% 5th grade Reading: 89% 91% 5th grade Math: 94% 90% 5th grade Science: 81% 84% Middle School 6th grade Reading: 92% 97% 6th grade Math: 91% 94% 6th grade Soc....more >>

Ciccolini declines offer for director job

A new library director is still being sought by the Addison Township Library Board of Trustees now that its first choice, Nina Ciccolini, has turned down the job. Ciccolini, who resigned as library board president March 15 in order to apply for the director job, declined to take the position because the salary offered didn't meet her expectations, according to Acting Library Board President Evelyn Pickwick....more >>
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Shea helps win youth hockey state championship

A couple of youth hockey players got to experience the thrill of victory as they helped the AAA Squirt Major Detroit Honeybaked youth hockey team win the state championship over rival Little Caesars on Sunday, March 6....more >>
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Downtown bakery enjoys sweet victory again!

Only the Sweet & Savory Bake Shop could take a simple cookie and transform it into an award-winning, gourmet dessert two years in a row. "It just shows that we really care about what we do and we put a lot of thought into the process," said Debbie Meyers, who co-owns the downtown Oxford bakery with her partner Scott Eschelbach....more >>
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1855: Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge, American educator, pioneer in the concept of day nurseries for children.
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1936: The Reich arrests 150 Catholic youth leaders in Berlin.
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1945: The meeting of the President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Marshal Joseph Stalin in Yalta, adjourns.