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Population on the rise locally, while state loses

People are leaving Michigan, making it the only state in the union to lose population for the 2010 census period. However, Oakland County is the exception to this rule, and in particular, Orion Township saw 5....more >>

LOHS grad reports from Japan

While many in Lake Orion will never experience the horror of a tsunami or a severe earthquake, one former area resident was in Japan when the disaster occurred, March 11. Adam Sandstrom, a 2005 Lake Orion High School grad, joined the United States Navy in November of 2008, and is now based in Yokosuka City - an area which lies 200 miles south of Fukushima....more >>

Lake Orion aids Japan

Lake Orion is doing its part to aid the victims of the March 11 disaster in Japan. The Lake Orion Police Department and Blanche Sims Elementary collected over 450 blankets sent to the people of Japan....more >>

The Low-down on Downtown

Starting Wednesday, April 13 and continuing to Friday, workers in the downtown area will begin removing curbs and gutters. They will start on W. Flint Street at M-24 and move east along Flint....more >>
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Push yourself: Extreme Fitness Studio

Groveland Twp.- Finding the motivation to workout can be difficult, but it may be just a little easier with the opening of a new business in the township. Extreme Fitness Studio, 250 Ortonville Road, Ste....more >>

Community calendar


GHS Wrestling From noon-8 p.m., April 17, John's Steakhouse, 8038 S. State Road (M-15), Goodrich will host the Goodrich Varsity Wrestling fundraiser.The team members will assist by waiting on tables and greeting customers....more >>


Brandon Idol on stage at Brandon HS PAC

Brandon Idol, a singing competition modeled after the hit reality tv show "American Idol" will take place over the course of two nights this month. At 7 p.m., April 26, 25 contestants will take to the stage at the Brandon High School Performing Arts Center, 1025 S....more >>


Brandon Township Library seeks trustee for seat

Brandon Twp.- The library board is seeking candidates to appoint 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 >>
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Man breaks into his former township home, more than 15 years after moving

A 54-year-old man who broke into the Brandon Township home that he last lived in 15 years ago has been arraigned on charges. According to police reports, Perry Richard Neelands, a Clawson resident, lived in the home in the 600 block of S....more >>


Easter Food collection, Distribution

Brandon Twp.- Historically, charitable donations increase more around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but one local charity is hoping residents remember the need is also great at Easter, as well as year-round....more >>

News Briefs


Coffee hour At 9 a.m., April 22, 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 >>


Alleged bald eagle shooter charged, trial set

On April 6, James A Nelson, 65, was charged before Judge John Conover in 67th District Court 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 >>


Three applicants vie for township trustee seat

Brandon Twp.- Three residents have applied to be appointed to a vacant trustee seat. Dana DePalma, Michael Hamlett, and Jim Tottingham all turned in applications by the April 12 deadline to be considered for appointment to the seat left vacant by Bob DeWitt, who has moved from the township....more >>


Medical marijuana moratorium extended

Groveland Twp.-A medical marijuana dispensary company that is eyeing opening a facility in the township was raided last week at their Walled Lake location. The Caregivers of America dispensary was raided by the U....more >>
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150 years: The Civil War at home

A pair of old black boots, a Union belt buckle and musket balls— a few of the Civil War relics on display at the Old Mill in Ortonville. The historical artifacts belonged to some of the 15 area Brandon Township residents who served in the Civil War....more >>
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'I was scared, it was hard to breathe... Jensen saved me'

Brandon Twp.- Jensen Derry was eating lunch with some friends at Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School on Feb. 16 when one of the girls said, "Maddie's choking." Jensen thought the cookie that Madison Smith was eating would come up right away....more >>


Belle Ann Elementary, Brandon High School principals named

Brandon Twp.- The school district will have two new leaders this fall. The school board unanimously approved during their April 11 meeting the hiring of Cathy Kochanski as the new Belle Ann Elementary School principal, as well as the promotion of Celeste Nowacki to principal of Brandon High School....more >>
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Earthquake proof

Local recalls day of Japan's earthquake, tsunami

At approximately 2 p.m., March 11 Martina Campbell along with 15 members of Edgren High School track team passed through the Japanese eastern port city of Sendai on the Bullet Train—heading south to Tokyo....more >>


Orion Township investments mature

It seems Orion Township officials have invested taxpayer money wisely. As of the April 4 Board of Trustees meeting, two certificates of deposit have matured, with sources of the deposits being the Water and Sewer Fund and the General Fund....more >>

Vendors show off their green

Spring seems to have finally arrived, and along with the greener scenery came the Growing Green Earth Day Expo, presented by Orion Township Parks & Recreation. Last Saturday at King's Court Castle, the expo was to "impact our future" by encouraging Orion residents to live greener....more >>


School Board expected to act on teacher contracts

Lake Orion Community Schools administration has recommended to the board of eduction to approve a contract with Lake Orion teachers. The board is expected to vote on the matter at tonight's (Wednesday, April 13) regular board meeting....more >>

Review staff invites all to Coffee Club Expo

Orion (Oxford, Clarkston and Orontonville) Coffee Club members have been making connections together for over a year. Now it's time to spread the word to the rest of the community....more >>
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Swimming to Seatopia

The fifth graders of Stadium Drive put on quite a show on March 30, taking their parental audience deep under water to explore the world of Seatopia. Written by Theatre Instructor Karey Hart in collaboration with the fifth grade students, who acted, sang, and ran stage production equipment during the show, Seatopia told the story of people who were lucky enough to meet a scientist named Dr....more >>
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Outdoors at last

Sisters Jennifer and Cassandra Carpenter giggle as they sway on the tire swing in Depot Park during last Thursday's sunny afternoon....more >>
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Development plan for 90 N. Main goes to city council

After four drafts and a public hearing, Clarkston planners hammered out a proposal for 90 N. Main Street. Proposed amendments to zoning ordinances would allow "Limited Use Overlays" for any property like 90 N....more >>
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Clartucky races coming downtown

Time to grab your hats and head down to the derby the Clartucky Derby. The first annual event, April 30, is hosted by the Clarkston Retailers Group, My Clarkston, Buy Clarkston....more >>
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All invited to Coffee Club Expo

Clarkston Coffee Club members have been making connections together for a year. Now it's time to spread the word to the rest of the community. They'll have that chance at the inaugural Coffee Club Expo, 4-8 p....more >>

Cuts OK'd

But no teacher layoff list, despite deadline

Monday's school board agenda was posted at 3:40 p.m., Monday, the day of the meeting, with one addition approval of next year's budget reductions....more >>
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Adventure race in Clarkston

Teams of two will bike, run, and paddle to the finish line in The Blast Adventure Race, June 4 in Depot Park, but there'll be no lines to follow. Instead, they'll have to rely on a map and compass....more >>
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Spring color with Bordine's

As the weather improves, Sharon Tinker of Bordine's Nursery said now is the time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials such as Coldhearted Pansies and Violas. "The plants acclimate and they do much better when they're planted in a cooler environment, which it is right now," she said....more >>
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A touch of spring

The clouds broke last Thursday, showing off some welcome sunshine for many kids on spring break vacation, venturing to Depot Park in downtown Clarkston. They enjoyed playing on the train-themed playground equipment, along with feeding the ducks, who excitedly welcomed them and the food they brought....more >>
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Assessor tired of juggling work, play

After nine years as Independence Township assessor, Beverly Shaver has decided it's time to join Tom, her husband of 42 years, in the fun of retirement. "He's been retired for five years and is dying for me to be home," Shaver said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Thanks to volunteers

Mary Melega of Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center presents volunteer George Thompson with a gift basket he won at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, April 8. Thompson and more than 130 other local residents were thanked at the luncheon, hosted by St....more >>
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Generous support at Everest Gala

About 360 people filled Centerpointe Marriot in Pontiac for the 19th Annual Everest Gala Auction - "Igniting the Flames of Hope," April 9. "It was fantastic," said Everest Executive Director Mike Nalepa....more >>
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Honors for Optimists

Clarskton Area Optimists Club received several achievement awards at the Michigan District Optimist meeting last February in Lansing. "It's been an incredible year," said Optimist Past President Susan Ring....more >>
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Play explores Easter through mother's eyes

Mt. Zion Church presents "The Passion of Mary: The Crucifixion Through A Mother's Eyes," a multi-media theater production opening this weekend. Pastor Loren Covarrubias wrote the play, telling the story of Easter through the perspective of Mary, mother of Jesus....more >>
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Chowtime for ducks

Taylor Davis enjoys an ice-free Mill Run in Depot Park to feed the ducks last Thursday afternoon....more >>
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A Big Deal every month for Guido's pizza

For Guido's Premium Pizza, It's a big deal when the Big Deal comes out. "You can tell when the magazine is mailed business goes up," said owner Del Yeoman. "The ad is awesome, production quality is great....more >>
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Seuss Night

Bailey Lake Elementary students were full of energy and rhyming up a storm as they celebrated their annual Seuss Night, held on March 24....more >>

Style show for garden club

Springfield Garden Club hosts its annual Daffodils & Duds style show and luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc. The show features fashions from Coldwater Creek, and includes silent auction and door prizes....more >>
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Band members thank sponsors for London help

Clarkston High School Marching Band members spent the New Year in London, England, with help from the community. Local businesses and organizations donated to the band, as well as sponsored band members in The Clarkston News color keepsake special section....more >>
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Cedar Crest's got talent

Cedar Crest Academy students showed off their musical, comedic, and many other skills at their talent show, April 1. Parents, friends, and fans filled Cedar Crest's gym at its 8970 Dixie Highway location, enjoying a variety of entertainment....more >>

Treasures, Treats in Springfield

Neighbor for Neighbor, an all-volunteer non-profit charitable organization, hosts Treasures and Treats spring fund raiser, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 13-14, at the Hart Community Center in downtown Davisburg....more >>

Grad party fund raiser

The Clarkston High School Class of 2011 Post Grad Party and Senior Picnic Committee hosts a family social mixer and fund raiser, 5-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, at The Shark Club, 6650 Highland Road....more >>

Grad party fund raiser

The Clarkston High School Class of 2011 Post Grad Party and Senior Picnic Committee hosts a family social mixer and fund raiser, 5-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, at The Shark Club, 6650 Highland Road....more >>

News Briefs

90 N. Main discussion

Clarkston City Council will discuss the zoning ordinance amendments recommended by the Planning Commission for 90 N....more >>

July 4 parade meeting

A meeting concerning the July 4 Parade will be at Independence Township Fire Station 1 meeting hall, 6500 Citation Drive, 7 p....more >>


The story "Teacher strike unlikely, union chief says," April 6 edition, should have said Clarkston teachers hope things don't go as far as a work stoppage, but voted to authorize Michigan Education Association to start crisis activities....more >>

Optimist golf tournament

Clarkston Area Optimist Club hosts a Junior Golf Tournament Qualifier for boys and girls aged 9-18, Saturday, May 7, at the Fountains on Maybee Rd. Entry fee is $55, with a reduced fee of $40 for 9-10-11 year olds....more >>
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Fees for weddings

From left, Clarkston Mayor Joe Luginski, councilmen Steve Hargis and Tom Hunter, and the rest of the City Council discuss fees for weddings conducted by the mayor. The council voted, April 11, to approve a fee of $100....more >>


ESTHERS Children hosts its Fourth Annual A Friendship Tea, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 7, the day before Mother's Day, at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road. The fund raiser includes handmade specialty tea foods and desserts, Resale Fashion Show and Sale by Diva's of Lake Orion and Twice Blessed for Children, fair trade shopping from Brazil, and a Red Hat resale table....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Board ices hockey plan" Clarkston School Board rejected a proposal to create a varsity hockey team that would be funded by parents. Objections included future funding and gender equity laws....more >>

Lake Orion School Board nixes tentative teacher contract

With a deadlocked, three-three vote, the Lake Orion Community School Board did not pass a tentative contract with local teachers, Wednesday night. "I want it on the record," schools superintendent Marion Ginopolis said, "I am disappointed this did not pass....more >>
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Spring is here!

It's safe to say the back of winter is officially broken as the Oxford area enjoyed a sunny, 80-plus-degree day on Sunday. Jeans and coats were shed and replaced with shorts and t-shirts as people enjoyed the great outdoors after a long winter of the boring indoors....more >>

Village agrees to pay $180K to Grove family, law firm

There are two things at the end of the litigation tunnel light and a toll booth. Anybody got $180,323 in tokens? Last week, the Oxford Village Council voted 5-0 to follow the terms of Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Martha Anderson's March 18 final order regarding the nine-year legal battle over a 0....more >>
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Volunteers wanted to start community garden

Debbie Cole is seeking folks with green thumbs and plenty of volunteer spirit to help plan, plant and tend a community garden in Oxford. "That seems to be what the big rage is these days," said Cole, an Oxford resident since 1993....more >>

Free April 19 concert combines music, art

Fourth-graders from Oxford Elementary will be combining the sound of music with their artistic talents during a free concert at Oxford High School on Tuesday, April 19. Put forth by the combined efforts of OES Music Teacher Peggy Mueller and OES Art Teacher Linda Dzurka, the students will sing about major artists throughout history....more >>
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Renowned Latina storyteller coming

A renowned Latina storyteller and author is coming to downtown Oxford's Casa Real restaurant on Friday, April 29 to share her craft and the beauty of her language. Using a dramatic mix of Spanish and English, Olga Loya will share traditional tales from Latin America as well as stories from her own life growing up in East Los Angeles in two shows 6:30 and 8 p....more >>
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The story behind that windmill

For a guy with no Dutch ancestry whatsoever, Addison resident Richard Ludeman builds one heck of a windmill. Although it looks like it's always been there, the Dutch-style windmill located near the intersection of Hosner Rd....more >>

Twp. looks to attract new development

What can be done to make it easier for property owners and developers to do business in Oxford Township? That was the central question last week as the township's Economic Development Subcommittee (EDSC) met with some of the community's primary property owners to discuss future land use in the community and how to streamline the approval process for new development....more >>

Come network, shop at Coffee Club Expo

Orion (Oxford, Clarkston and Orontonville) Coffee Club members have been making connections together for over a year. Now, it's time to spread the word to the rest of the community....more >>

RoboCats finish 3rd in state

It's off to St. Louis, Missouri for the Oxford High School Robocats. The Robocats finished third at the Michigan FIRST Robotics State Championship held at Eastern Michigan University on Thursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 9, which qualified them for the World Championships in St....more >>
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Technology, children's programs priorities for library candidate

Lyn Henderson said she's ready to move the Addison Township Public Library forward as its new director, the only question is will the library board hire her? Henderson, who's worked part-time at the library since December 2005, had her second interview with the library board Thursday....more >>
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Remembering Lily by saving others

A Christmas tree standing in the corner of former Oxford residents Chico and Lynette Furneaux's home in Lapeer County serves as a reminder when the joyful laughs and cries of a 2-year-old could be heard throughout the house....more >>
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Glorious Collections offers wedding gowns, formal wear

There is no need to travel out of Oxford to try and find that perfect dress for any occasion. Glorious Collections, located at 117 S. Washington St., is a boutique women's fashion store offering a full line of one-of-a-kind wedding gowns and formal wear....more >>
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Born February 11th
1800: William Henry Fox Talbot, photography pioneer, produced the first book with photographic illustrations (The Pencil of Nature).
1833: Melville Weston Fuller, eighth U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice.
1847: Thomas Alva Edison, prolific American inventor who jointly or singly held over 1,300 patents.
1855: Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge, American educator, pioneer in the concept of day nurseries for children.
1898: Leo Szilard, physicist, instrumental in the Manhattan Project.
February 11th
in history
1815: News of the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, finally reaches the United States.
1858: 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, a French miller's daughter, claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes.
1903: Congress passes the Expedition Act, giving antitrust cases priority in the courts.
1904: President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims strict neutrality for the United States in the Russo-Japanese War.
1910: Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Eleanor Alexander announce their wedding date--June 20, 1910.