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Native Brits share thoughts on royal nuptials

Some local citizens who immigrated here from England reflected this week on the British royal family and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The media coverage and American interest in the wedding, planned for April 29, was surprising to Jonathan Smyth....more >>
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School Board walks the gauntlet

The air was charged on April 20's School Board meeting, not because of any discussion item, but because of large number of Lake Orion teachers attending the proceedings. More than 100 teachers, most wearing Lake Orion Education Association t-shirts, filed into the comparatively tiny meeting room in an effort to show their strength and concern for the board's failure to approve their 2011 contract....more >>

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Fund balance enough to cover cost of road repair

Ortonville- Pond Street may get a much-needed facelift soon. Pond is a fairly short village road at roughly 550 feet, said Village Manager Larry Brown, but one that is heavily used— the post office is located off it, as well as Fire Station #1....more >>

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District layoffs soar, deficit $2.8 M

The Goodrich School Board voted 7-0 on Monday night to issue 25 pink slips to district teachers in an effort to rectify a projected $2.8 million budget shortfall for the 2011-12 school year....more >>
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Oprah bound

Local couple to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show

Ortonville- Jenny and Tom Roberts' combined 220-pound weight loss gained them an invitation to the Oprah Winfrey Show. The village residents drove to Chicago on Tuesday with plans to be in the studio at 6 a....more >>

Election next Tuesday, May 3

12 vying for five seats

Budgets are tight. There's talk of upping the number of students per class. Teachers are looking for a contract. There's talk of millions of dollars of deficit spending. Welcome to the reality members of the Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education will deal with in the very near future a future that begins next Tuesday, May 3....more >>
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Brandon detective recognized for excellence

Brandon Twp.- Detective Dale Brown, the patrol investigator assigned to the township police substation, has been cited for professional excellence by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Awards Council....more >>

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Police warn against organized fights

Ortonville- Public fighting is not allowed in the village, or anywhere in Brandon Township, even among willing participants. Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt. Pete Burkett, Brandon substation commander, said police have received three separate reports of kids organizing fights in public areas, including the Sherman Village Park located at the corner of Ball and Cedar streets, and in the parking lot of Hillside Bible Church, 173 Church St....more >>
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So long, Mr. Gibb

It's official. On Tuesday, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced he appointed Orion Township Supervisor Matt Gibb as deputy county executive in charge of the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs....more >>
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Kearsley Creek trout planted

Michigan Department of Natural Resources fish biologist Joe Leonardi reported that about 6,000 Brown Trout were planted in the Kearsley Creek last week in sections of Atlas Township....more >>

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Open door SOC narrowly OK'd by board

The Goodrich School Board voted 4-3 to stay with the state's schools of choice program for the 2011-2012 school year. By opting into the state's schools of choice program, Goodrich joins the Fenton, Genesee, Swartz Creek and Westwood school districts in opening up enrollment to students from other districts, which allows an unlimited influx of students from outside the district....more >>

Bogus sinks another hole-in-one

Some guys have all the luck. Lake Orion native Andy Bogus got his first hole-in-one at Oxford Hills on Hole #8, in 2006; then again a year or so after, got his second hole-in-one at Wilderness Valley in Gaylord....more >>
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MSVMA All-State Honors Choir

One of the most prestigious choirs in the state of Michigan has selected four Brandon High School students to be members. The MSVMA All-State Honors Choir represents the top 120 students in Michigan to make up one of the best choirs in the state....more >>
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GMS student, teacher tops in history

"Patriot. That was a word that never used to mean anything to me. I followed the British expectations, and did everything a silversmith should. That was until the word tyranny came into my life....more >>
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CTE Student of the Year named

When it comes to art, Ashley Moll is passionate. That characteristic recently earned Moll the Career Technical Education Student of the Year Award, given to the student who shows exemplary work and dedication to their studies at Genesee Area Skill Center....more >>
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Helping to bring art to Orion

Consignment and art shop opens on Baldwin

Living in Orion will no longer mean having to drive to Ferndale to buy art. Prizm Designs, now open at 3611 S. Baldwin Road in the strip mall on the corner of Maybee and Baldwin, offers unique items locals may not have been able to find before....more >>
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Library board appoints Burkett

Brandon Twp.- The library board appointed Pete Burkett to a trustee seat during their April 25 meeting. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office sergeant, substation commander and Ortonville resident will complete the term of Sandy Willett, who died March 21....more >>

Re-Create show opens, winners announced

The Orion Art Center recently opened its third annual RE-Create Recycled Art Show. The show, sponsored by Waste Management, was juried by Dave Schurman and awarded $1,000 in cash prizes in several categories....more >>

Community calendar

Calendar

Rummage sale From 9 a.m.-8 p.m., May 12 the Goodrich United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Road, will hold their annual rummage sale. The event will also run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 13....more >>

VFW Post 334 elects new officers for 2011-2012

North Oakland VFW Post 334 had its annual election of officers on April 12. Newly elected officers include Ernest Baker, Commander; James Hubbard, Senior Vice Commander; Randy Stetson, Junior Vice Commander; Les Waggett, Commander Pro-Tempore; Wesley Klein, Quartermaster; Frank Cobb, Officer of the Day and Robert Woodcum, Guard....more >>
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All eyes to the sky

Lake Orion grad blasts off Friday on Space Shuttle Endeavour

By Don Rush Countdown for the space shuttle Endeavour's crew started at 2 p.m., yesterday (Tuesday). Many across the nation, and especially here in Lake Orion, will watch on their computers and on their television screens when the Endeavour blasts-off for what could be its last mission, Friday at 3 p....more >>

Briefs

Coffee Hour At 9 a.m., May 13, The Citizen, 12 South St., will host a coffee hour. The public is invited to attend. Donations for Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville will be accepted....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 >>

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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

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>
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Eggs in a basket

Reese Vitous of Clarkston is ready to go through the eggs she found at the Mill Pond Park's 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Davisburg last Friday....more >>
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Almost there

Community steps up to fund July 4 festival

After raising $13,400, Independence Township's July 4 Festival of Fun and fireworks is almost fully funded. "With the generous matching contribution from Clarkston Community Church, we are $2,400 shy from our goal ($25,000) as of today," said Kelly Hyer, Independence Township Parks and Recreation supervisor and event organizer, Monday morning....more >>

Pink slips for 20 teachers

Twenty Clarkston teachers and support staff will receive pink slips this year, thanks to the Board of Education's 7-0 vote, Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock apologized. "They work hard for us and our children," he said....more >>

District 2 election

Carolyn Belaen of Highland, Bob Hoffman of Highland, Brian Howe of Highland and Mark Venie of Davisburg are campaigning for votes in the May 3 election, running to fill the Oakland County Commission District 2 seat, left vacant by the election of Bill Bullard to county clerk....more >>
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Combat vet returns home after year in Afghanistan

After a year in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Spec. Ariel Gruenberg is coming home to Clarkston for 30 days of leave. "I'm going to take it easy, hang out with friends," said Gruenberg in a phone interview from Ft....more >>
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Eateries join forces to fight hunger

Several local businesses are teaming up for a food drive to help Lighthouse North. "What they do here is amazing," said Mike Mowry, owner of Rio Wraps, 6325 Sashabaw Road. "As much as we can do to help support the community is great....more >>

Sewer fees changing

Independence Township residents will soon pay for sewer services based on how much they use it. Township Department of Public Works currently charges a flat rate, $77.21 per Residential Equivalency Unit (REU), said Linda Richardson, DPW director....more >>
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Dane Fife gears up in Spartan green after stint in Indiana

Clarkston grad Dane Fife is heading back to Michigan after accepting a new position. Last Wednesday Michigan State Men's Basketball Coach Tom Izzo announced Fife as his assistant coach....more >>
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Church anniversary

Beginning its 50th anniversary celebration, Calvary Lutheran Church invites its founding Pastor, the Rev. Paul Johns, to deliver the message at all three services on Sunday, May 1, 8:15 a....more >>
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Millstream

Teen overcomes disorder with compassion

One out of every 3,000 births a child is born with a genetic disorder known as Neurofibromatosis (NF). "It's a genetic disorder of the nervous system," said 13 year-old MacGregor Schaffer, who has NF, the only sign of which are brown spots on his arms and body known as "Cafeaulait spots....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Bunny blast

Kids of all ages bundled into their jackets for fun on Friday. They headed to Mill Pond Park in Davisburg for the 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, held by Springfield Township Parks and Rec....more >>

Spring Clean-up Day, May 14

Springfield Township Spring Clean-up Day is 8 a.m.-2 p.m., May 14, Springfield Oaks Youth Activity Center, 12451 Andersonville Road. Fees are cars, $1; trailers, $10 or $15; SUV/minivan, $5; batteries, $5; pick-up, $10; freon appliance, $15; large truck, $15; tires, no charge....more >>
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Good day, mate!

Each year the Davisburg Elementary Parent Teacher Connection holds an art and culture festival featuring a different part of the world this year they celebrated Australia. "It's very exciting and fun for the students," said Nancy Humphreys, PTC volunteer....more >>

Kid Rock delivers intimate show in Flint

BY TREVOR TURNER Special to the Clarkston News Clarkston rocker Kid Rock gave fans a concert they'll never forget, April 16 in Flint. Rock opened with "Rock N Roll Jesus," sporting a Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band t-shirt with a baesh vest, faded blue jeans, and vintage Kid Rock fedora....more >>

Help for autistic youth

When Clarkston resident Melissa Rohn's 4-year-old son Lukas was diagnosed with autism a year ago, she was found herself in denial. "I really went through a grieving process and then I had to let go of the anger, fear and worry and just move on," Melissa said....more >>

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Lions in street

Clarkston Area Lions take to the streets in Clarkston, April 28-May 8 for their annual White Cane Week. Donations support Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan Eye Bank and Transplant Center in Ann Arbor, and other programs....more >>

Race for the Kids

The Third Annual Chuck Keegan Race for the Kids is Saturday, May 7. Proceeds provide scholarships for Clarkston students. Events include a 5K run, 3K walk and a "Donut Dash" for children, ages 10 and under....more >>

Town Hall meeting

Clarkston and Michigan Municipal League host a Town Hall meeting, 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, Independence Township Fire Station training center, 6500 Citation Drive. Citizens are asked for their ideas on how to reduce city overhead and operating costs....more >>

Recycle scrap metal

Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center and Oakland County Sheriff's Office team up to recycle scrap metal, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., May 7, at the center in Clintonwood Park. Accepted items include are old lawn mowers, pots, pans, refrigerators and dehumidifiers with freon professionally removed, and metal furniture....more >>

Wild Ones presentation

Wild Ones, North Oakland Chapter, hosts "Becoming Indigenous: From Preservation to Regeneration," presented by Mark Angelini Regenerative Design & Edible Landscaping, 7-9 p.m., May 4, Independence Township Fire Station, 6500 Citation Drive....more >>

High school fund raisers

Clarkston High School students host several community fund raisers next week, starting with a Poetry Slam in the Performing Arts Center, May 3. Next is Wolvestock in the high school football stadium, featuring student bands and dancers, 4-7 p....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Candidates named in superintendent search" Eight midwestern men were selected to be interviewed to replace retiring Clarkston Superintendent Gary Haner. The School Board narrowed the finalists, including Albert Roberts, Ed....more >>
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Fun with the Easter Bunny

Tons of fun was had at the annual Easter Bunny Bonanza held Saturday afternoon in Seymour Lake Township Park....more >>
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Church vandalized with Satanic symbols

It's one of the holiest days of the year on the Christian calendar, but what Pastor Wayne Bennett discovered scrawled on the side of his little white church on Good Friday was definitely not of a divine nature....more >>
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Oxford to open int'l high school in China

Now Oxford Community Schools can really say it can prepare its students to compete in a global world that is changing 24/7. It was announced on Tuesday, April 19 that OCS, along with Beijing Channel Consulting and Northeast Yucai Education Group of Shenyang, China, will form a partnership to establish an international Oxford High School for students in both the United States and China....more >>
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Grab those eggs!

It was sheer madness at Seymour Lake Township Park Saturday afternoon as the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department held its annual Easter Bunny Bonanza. The event started with 300 kids scrambling across the field, collecting as many of the thousands of colored plastic Easter eggs as they could fit in their little buckets and bags....more >>
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Expert says college-readiness is more than just ACT

An expert from Oakland Schools gave the Oxford Community Schools Board of Education a presentation on the true meaning of college-readiness Monday night. Ernie Bauer, the Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment Programs for Oakland Schools, told the board the current definition of college-readiness, which is based off the results from the ACT test, needs to be changed....more >>
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Deputy peacefully disarms mentally ill woman with knife

A combination of training, experience and familiarity helped an Oakland County Sheriff's deputy prevent a mentally ill person armed with a knife from harming herself or others at a group home in Oxford Township....more >>
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Soldier to walk out first pitch for Tigers

United States Army Pvt. First Class Kelsey Oliver is going to have a 21st birthday to remember next week. Oliver, a 2008 graduate of Oxford High School, is home on leave from South Korea....more >>
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Parent wins first-ever Oxford's Got Talent

It's a safe bet that someday music fans will be downloading Paige Parent's latest hit on their iPods or whatever device they'll be using in the future. But how many of them will realize this talented Oxford Middle School sixth-grader jump-started her singing career by winning the first annual Oxford's Got Talent competition held last week? "I was extremely happy," said Parent, who was voted Number One by the 550-member audience and a panel of three guest judges....more >>
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FD encourages residents to buy reflective address signs

It's someone's worst nightmare that during a medical emergency, the firefighters and paramedics cannot find a house address because the numbers are not there or they can't be read from the street....more >>
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Couple begins planning dream wedding at Devil's Ridge

Oxford Dream Weddiing contest winners Lauren Scimemi and her fiance, Brad Roberts, officially got their wedding planning under way when they met with Devil's Ridge Golf Club Director of Banquet Sales Stephanie Craft to tour the banquet facility and sign their contract to have their wedding reception at Devil's Ridge....more >>

FISH needs volunteers for food drive

Oxford/Orion FISH needs volunteers to help with its annual food drive conducted by the Oxford and Lake Orion Post Offices. On Saturday, May 14 from 1-5 p.m., FISH needs three to four drivers to pick up food donations from the two post offices and transport them to the pantry in Thomas....more >>

Budget hearing set for May 10

Residents who wish to give their input regarding the proposed 2011-12 Oxford Village budget will get their opportunity during a public hearing set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at 22 W....more >>
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Addison treasurer hires daughter as new deputy

Addison Township didn't have to search very far to find a new deputy treasurer. April Alberty, daughter of Township Treasurer Dan Alberty, was hired as the new Deputy Treasurer for the township....more >>

Sign up now for village-wide garage sale May 12-14

Good news for Oxford Village residents looking to turn their mountains of clutter into stacks of cash. The village is conducting a community-wide garage sale May 12-14 from 9 a.m. until 5 p....more >>
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Born April 17th
1676: Frederick I, king of Sweden
1741: Samuel Chase, signer of the Declaration of Independence
1820: Alexander Cartwright, sportsman, developed baseball.
1866: Ernest Henry Starling, British physiologist.
1885: Isak Dinesen (Karen Dinesen), Danish writer (Out of Africa).
April 17th
in history
1861: Virginia become eighth state to secede from the Union.
1864: General Grant bans the trading of prisoners.
1865: Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
1875: The game snooker is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1895: China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki.