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Flowers at Jacobsen's ready for sale

Bruce Jacobson with plenty of vibrant spring color is like most of us . . . ready for the good weather. Luckily for him, he can tend to these beautiful plants longer than we can -- he's from Jacobsen's Flowers and Gifts, on M-24....more >>
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Orion leading the 'going green' way

While "going green" remains a current environment saving trend, the added savings involved have seen a number of municipalities adopt energy saving measures. Orion Township started looking into becoming more energy efficient in 2009 at the Michigan Township Association Annual Conference....more >>
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Lake Orion students spend spring break in 'The D'

By Ben Gerdeman Special for The Review Many students spend their school's spring break by heading south for a dose of sunshine and relaxation. Sixteen Lake Orion High School students passed up the sun and fun to spend their spring break (April 58) volunteering with the Motor City Blight Busters and Habitat for Humanity Detroit Chapter....more >>

Looking for volunteers to help area seniors in need

There is a movement of sorts happening in our community. A movement of neighbors reaching out and helping neighbors; existing organizations working together capitalizing and coordinating strengths to help folks in need....more >>

Spring time brings with it more opportunities to be scammed

Money lost to a fraudulent telemarketer is likely lost forever

Seniors are too often victimized by telemarketing fraud. Studies from the American Association of Retired Persons have shown that many elderly fraud victims simply don't suspect the person soliciting money on the phone could be a criminal....more >>

The Low-down on Downtown

Workers will conclude their breakup of the south side of E. Flint Street today, April 20, and will return to the downtown area where cement will be poured. On Thursday, workers will close the intersection of Flint and Broadway....more >>

Tiger's game

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan Chapter, has partnered with the Detroit Tigers to host Alzheimer's Awareness Day at Comerica Park Sunday, May 15. Game time is 1:05 p....more >>

Michigan one of 15 states to get more Medicaid funds

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced four initiatives to give states more flexibility to adopt innovative practices and provide better, more coordinated care for people with Medicaid and Medicare while helping reduce costs for states and families....more >>

'Job actions' supported by Brandon District teachers

Brandon Twp.- Teachers and administrators in the district are united in their opposition to Governor Rick Snyder's proposed cuts to education and both groups say their focus is on students....more >>


Trial begins for township teen boys accused of CSC

The trial of two Brandon Township teens accused of sexually abusing younger boys is set to begin at 9 a.m., April 29, in front of Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan....more >>
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Goodrich-Atlas: Civil War Sesquicentennial

In the autumn of 1861, they gathered on the banks of the Flint River near the eastern limits of the city. Camp Thomson was formed, comprised of the 10th Infantry— 997 men from Genesee and Oakland counties who were training for Civil War battles to the south....more >>

News 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/Ortonville will be accepted....more >>


Township makes pitch to share village services

The Atlas Township board of trustees offered a preliminary bid to share services including sewer fee collection, tax collection, building inspection and code inspection for the Village of Goodrich at the board of trustees meeting on Monday night....more >>
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DePalma named new Brandon Township trustee

Brandon Twp.- Dana DePalma was appointed as a township trustee Monday night by a vote of 5-1. DePalma, a township resident since 2003 and certified public accountant, will complete the term of former trustee Bob DeWitt, who moved from the township last month....more >>


Staff layoffs, SOC on school board agenda

The Goodrich School Board is expected to formalize about 20 layoff notices to school employees, including a significant number of teachers, at the school board meeting at 6 p.m., April 25....more >>


FIRST Robotics on to World Competition

While many students were relaxing on spring break, the members of the Goodrich High School robotics teams were representing the Martians at the statewide FIRST Robotics competition at Eastern Michigan University on April 7, 8, and 9....more >>
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'Attitude goes a long way'

Groveland resident, cancer survivor to speak at Relay for Life

Groveland Twp.- Last May, Danell Duff had an annual physical and was deemed in great health. Less than three months later, she was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. In between those two events, Duff signed up for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 during the Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, unaware she was about to fight the disease herself....more >>
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Local runs Boston Marathon

It wasn't his best performance, but running the Boston Marathon April 18 was one of the best experiences of Don Brewer's life. "I would call it the worst performance of my life, but the best weekend," said Brewer, a Goodrich resident....more >>

Steven Drakos recognized as 'Best of the Best' in Lake Orion

Mr. Drakos is honored and humbled by being recognized with this award. He has been recognized in the past by the Oakland County Bar Association and was awarded the prestigious Frances R....more >>


Lawn care bids

Orion Township awarded contracts for lawn care to two area bidders, Monday night. The contracts were for services requested for mowing playing fields, grounds, fire stations, safety paths, trails, and roundabouts....more >>


Trustees ok LO Lions cane sale

Be on the look out for Lake Orion Lions with white canes. White Cane Week, which begins April 23 and continues through May 11, involves street sales conducted by Lions Club Members at various locations in Orion Township, but primarily on Baldwin Road at the intersection of Brown Road....more >>

Gritz back in the race

After three terms and 12 years as a member of the Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education, Bob Gritzinger planned on not running again. He is not on the May 3 ballot. But, as of last week he is back in the race, running as a write-in candidate....more >>

Art Center fund raiser for Dragon On The Lake

While the dragon ice sculpture gleamed, spirits were high at the Orion Art Centers gala fundraiser last month at Addison Oaks ballroom. Longtime art center supporter Sandy Mabery served as honorary chairperson....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 >>
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Front page

Piano man

Second-grader Lamont Williams asks an audience member to name that song at Pine Knob Elementary's talent show, Friday night (it was guessed right, the Star Wars theme). For more pictures, please see page 6B....more >>

Pay freeze for teachers

School board split on contract vote

Teachers and school employees accepted a pay freeze in their new contract, including steps it was approved by Clarkston Board of Education last Friday. The one-year, 2011-2012 fiscal year contracts are for Clarkston Education Association, Clarkston Office Personnel Association, and Clarkston Paraeducator Association....more >>

Township hires part-time administrator

After rejecting a full-time office administrator in the supervisor's office earlier in the year, Independence Township trustees approved a part-timer at $15.40 an hour. The office assistant will provide administrative, secretarial, and clerical support to the supervisor, clerk, treasurer, human resources and assessing departments....more >>

Community groups step forward to save parade

Clarkston Area Optimist Club, Mount Zion Church, and Knights of Columbus are teaming up to save Independence Township's Fourth of July parade. "I think the Optimist Club is excited about getting involved," said Optimist member Bruce Mercado....more >>
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Community Church gearing up for volunteer awards

Nomination deadline passed, now is the hard part for Clarkston Community Awards judges choosing the recipients. "They'll have a tough time this year making their decisions that's awesome," Linda Mladenoff, chair of the Community Awards Committee....more >>

New bridge in Davisburg

Rotary Park bridge in Springfield Township is due for demolition and replacement, May 7. The pedestrian bridge in downtown Davisburg is part of Oakland County Parks, which is spearheading the effort....more >>
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Dan Kearns takes his dog Margeaux for a surprisingly snowy spring walk in Depot Park, Monday morning. In typical Michigan fashion, the snow was gone by afternoon. Photo by Phil Custodio....more >>
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Team Rush prepares to take on World Championship

Clarkston High School's robotics Team RUSH is heading to the World Championship in St. Louis after taking second place in the Michigan State Tournament. It was a nail-biter, said CSMTech teacher Kyle Hughes....more >>
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Pastor puts online prayers on paper

A year and a half ago, Rev. Frederick R. Engdahl, Jr. of Clarkston had no use for the Internet in his ministry. "I was computer illiterate," he said. "I thought it was too time consuming....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Easter fun at Flower Shoppe

The windy cold weather didn't keep hopeful springers from some holiday fun at the Birdfeeder and Clarkston Flower Shoppe on April 17. The shop hosted a visit from the Easter Bunny, where happy, as well as some scared, kids had their photos taken with the famous rabbit....more >>
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Hunt for Easter fun

Kids of all ages ran out of Clarkston United Methodist Church with their Easter baskets and bags in their hands on Saturday afternoon. They searched the grounds around the church for 3,000 eggs hidden in the area for the annual egg hunt....more >>
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Knuffle Bunny party at library

From left, Caiden Retsel, Eva Bousho, Charley Bousho, and Cianna Retsel model their Knuffle Bunny hats while eating cookies at the Independence Township Library, April 11. The library hosted a Knuffle Bunny Party with a "guess the number of jellybeans" raffle, giving away three Knuffle Bunny books....more >>
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Jump into fitness and fun at the high school Natatorium

Summer days are quickly approaching and for those waiting to hit the pool, the wait is over. Clarkston Community Education Center offers the opportunity to swim now either for fitness and health, learning how to swim or just for fun....more >>

Scouts celebrate 40th anniversary

Clarkston Cub Scout Pack 341 recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Chartered with Boy Scouts of America, Pontiac-Manito District, the pack is sponsored by Bailey Lake Elementary PTA....more >>

SCAMP Walk & Roll, May 1

Clarkston SCAMP hosts Walk & Roll, May 1 in Depot Park, featuring one, two, and five mile routes for walkers, bikers, and wheelchair participants. The fund-raising event is free, and will include hotdogs, refreshments, and a live D....more >>

Benefit for People trip

John Woolley of Clarkston hopes friends and neighbors can help his grandson Pryce Neuwirth achieve his goal of becoming a student ambassador. "It's something that will have a big impact on him, and stick with him for the rest of his life," said Woolley....more >>

News Briefs

Youth recognition

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance hosts its annual Youth Recognition Ceremony, Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m., at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road. They will honor young people making a positive difference in the lives of others, through volunteer efforts or simple acts of kindness....more >>

Expo next week

The inaugural Coffee Club Expo is next week, 4-8 p.m., Thursday, April 28, at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road. More than 50 local businesses will be there, offering computer, attorney, insurance, automobile, nutrition, wellness, counseling, restaurant, and many other services....more >>

Drop off old meds

Oakland County Sheriff's Independence Township Substation is a new prescription drug drop off location. As part of Operation Medicine Cabinet, people can drop off their outdated or unused prescriptions on Wednesdays from 8 a....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "It's Vaara vs. Stuart for top job" Mel Vaara, retired Clarkston schools administrator, announced his campaign against incumbent Dale Stuart for Independence Township supervisor....more >>

So long, Matt

County exec tags Orion Supervisor

It's official. On Tuesday Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced he appointmented Orion Township Supervisor Matt Gibb as deputy county executive in charge of the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs....more >>
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Feel the need for speed!

Despite the rain, wind and cold, 15 teams bravely competed in the 49th Annual Elmer Ball Track & Field Invitational held Saturday at Oxford High School. There was lots of running and throwing, but unfortunately no jumping as the foul weather led to the cancellation of events like the long jump, high jump and pole vaulting....more >>

Village grants $222K in tax abatements

In an effort to help improve the local economy and generate new jobs, two tax abatements worth a combined $222,141 were handed out last week to Royal Oak Industries by the Oxford Village Council....more >>

Bed bugs force fifth-graders to leave camp

Camp ended early last week for approximately 150 Oxford students after bed bugs were discovered at the Howell Conference and Nature Center in Marion Township, Livingston County. Fifth-graders from Clear Lake and Lakeville elementaries returned home on the evening of Thursday, April 14 after bed bugs were discovered earlier that day in one of the cabins occupied by Lakeville students....more >>

Busy afternoon for emergency personnel

Friday afternoon at Oxford High School turned out to be a busy stop for the Oxford Fire Department and Oakland County Sheriffs. After responding to a call at the varsity baseball field for an Avondale baseball player who was hit in the left temple with a baseball during pregame warmups, the Fire Department and Oakland County Sheriffs responded to the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Ray Rd near the high school....more >>

Relief for residents rocked by rough roads

Good news for Oxford Township residents who live and drive on those rough gravel roads, their daily rides are about to get a whole lot smoother. Last week, the township board voted 5-1 to allocate its $55,443 in Tri-Party Program funds toward the purchase of gravel to spread on approximately 5....more >>

Twp. to spend up to $105K on replacement well

Insurance provider won't pay, so twp. may sue for faulty well

Oxford Township is moving forward with drilling a new well to replace a faulty one that's currently off-line, but the question remains who's going to end up paying for it? "We're still in the process of trying to figure out who did what," said township Supervisor Bill Dunn....more >>

Turf solicitation upsets some school employees

All 548 employees of the Oxford school district got a little something extra with their paychecks on April 8, but not everyone was pleased about it. Included with their wages was a solicitation (see right) from the Oxford Wildcats Athletic Boosters and Oxford Football Club looking for people "to donate $1,000 each" to help pay for the installation of synthetic blue turf at the high school football stadium....more >>

Talent competition to benefit orphanage, school play

Who needs an endless stream of reality television shows when there's an abundance of talented folks in this community, just waiting for a venue to express themselves? The First Annual "Oxford's Got Talent" competition will be held at the high school's 800-seat Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 21....more >>
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Plenty of fun, activities at senior center

Thursdays at the Addison Township Senior Center are filled with the laughter and camaraderie as locals get together to do some woodcarving and make crafts. According to Sharone Geare, the coordinator of the Addison Township Senior Center, the weekly groups meet every Thursday beginnnig at 10 a....more >>
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Addison senior citizen to benefit from free home repairs

One lucky senior citizen in Addison Township will be getting her own version ABC's hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when volunteers from Christmas in Action will spend Saturday, April 30 fixing her home....more >>
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1978: Ethiopia mounts a counter attack against Somalia.
1983: Iran opens an invasion in the southeast of Iraq.