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Board struggles with budget

With only 24 hours remaining for the seated board of education to vote on anything (five of seven seats were up for election in Tuesday's election, see related story), members of the community, board and district employees and even some students packed Monday night's 2011-2012 budget workshop meeting, slated to start at 6 p....more >>
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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 >>


Flexible Photography—Ortonville

Ortonville- When Leslie Cox was married six years ago, there was no professional photographer at her wedding. It is her sole regret about the day. "We decided to feed our guests instead," she laughs....more >>


Smokers Palace-tobacco outlet

Area tobacco users can find a complete selection of tobacco products locally at Smokers Palace. Under new management, Nick Patel reopened Smokers Palace at 1768 S. Ortonville Road, near the intersection of Glass Road and M-15....more >>


Incumbents prevail on Goodrich Board

The Goodrich School Board will look pretty much the same after three incumbents retained their seats following the May 3 election. Board Vice-President Timothy Zirnhelt and Treasurer Linda Jackson were re-elected to four-year terms while Trustee David Cramer will serve a partial term due to the resignation of Trustee James Bertrand....more >>


Brandon Township youth 13,15 charged with CSC plead no contest in court

After two days of testimony, the trial of two Brandon Township teens came to an end when the 13- and 15-year-old boys entered pleas of no contest to two counts each of criminal sexual conduct, third degree....more >>


Dad, mom, son arraigned after assaults

Three members of a Brandon Township family were arraigned on assault charges after attacking some local teenagers last week in the township. Bryan Hanley, 44, was arraigned on three counts of felonious assault/assault with a dangerous weapon, punishable by up to four years in prison; Aaron Hanley, 18, was arraigned on one count of felonious assault and one count of malicious destruction of property; and Cheryl Kempf, 41, was arraigned on one count of simple assault, all on May 3 in front of 52-2 District Court Magistrate Thomas Raguso....more >>


MSP troopers to remain at Groveland Post

Groveland Twp.- 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 >>


Israel 'Sea to Sea'

From climbing Mt. Kilmanjaro to scaling a 12,000-foot high Santa Fe mountain to studies of Michigan rattlesnakes, Brandon Township resident Jonathan Schechter is no stranger to outdoor challenges....more >>


Schools of choice shrinks, budget shortfall grows

Brandon Twp.- The day after one school board committee discussed how they might handle a budget shortfall of $2,584,171, another board committee formed a recommendation that would increase that deficit by $241,428....more >>
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Ortonville picked

Ortonville- John Henski was out working in the wood shop in his barn on April 18 when the white van pulled into the driveway in the 400 block of Ortonville Road. The van had "American Pickers" emblazoned on the side, the name of a television reality show that airs on the History Channel and Lifetime and features Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, who travel the country in search of antiques and collectibles, but that didn't mean anything to Henski, who has never seen the show....more >>
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Who's next?

What happens when the township loses its supervisor

Matthew Gibb is leaving Orion Township to take his talents to Oakland County offices, and his departure will soon leave a gap in the local government. Township Clerk Penny Shults said the board has a challenge ahead of them....more >>


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 >>


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 >>
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When you least expect it

Woman helps ailing family member, enlists the community

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer Sudden life threatening conditions can be life altering not only for the victims, but their families as well. However, one area resident decided to do something about it....more >>
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1969 Lake Orion murder back in the headlines

Last week an Oakland County Court convicted a Ohio man to life in prison for the murder of a Pontiac woman, 36-year-old Gwendolyn Perry, in the late 1960s. Nolan Ray George, now 67, is also the man who admitted to the strangulation of S....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 >>


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 who is Floyd King?

By Allan Nahajewski Special Writer for The Review You won't find him in the Lake Orion phone book, but living in the village on a gravel road for the past 26 years is one of the legends of Michigan's folk music scene....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 >>


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 >>

Feustel, shuttle grounded until at least Tuesday

Local astronaut Drew Feustel and the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour are back in Houston, as NASA space shuttle and International Space Station managers met Monday and determined the earliest the shuttle could be launched is next Tuesday (May 10)....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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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 >>
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Citizens make stink over landfill approval

At the Orion Township Board of Trustees meeting on April 18, an expansion of the Eagle Valley Landfill was approved, and some area residents are making a stink about the decision. "The people that voted on it were not given proper information, and I believe most people that voted for it campaigned on a 'no landfill expansion' campaign,'" said Orion resident Sue Turpen....more >>

Community 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 >>


Last week we identified Lake Orion Community School Board candidate as Birgit McQuiston as Melissa Miller and vice-verse. Mary Jo Burchart's name was spelled Buchard and Kelly Weaver's name, Weever....more >>

News brief

Downtown lowdown

Workers will continue spreading and compactiing the crushed limestone to be spread into the Flint/Broadway intersection. Cement crews will also continue their work on Flint Street from M-24 to Orion Road....more >>

News brief

Village water restrictions

Starting this week, through September 30, watering of your property in Lake Orion Village is regulated. According to a public notice running this week (page 26), odd numbered residential addresses can water on Monday, Wednesday, Friday an Sunday; nonresidential, don't water on Sunday....more >>

News brief

Band Boosters golf, too

Those wishing to help Lake Orion students in their musical endeavors, may wish to mark, Friday, May 20 on their calendars. That is the day the Lake Orion Band Boosters are hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Outing at Oakhurst Golf & Country Club in Independence Township....more >>

Medical hypnotherapy has become main stream

inside of you. You hear it telling you the opposite of what you consciously believe. Your unconscious mind runs programs and for the smoker the program might say "Have a cigarette, it will calm you down and make you feel better....more >>

Affordable summer arts camps for kids

Orion Art Center in Downtown Lake Orion holds fun, educational and creative summer camps for kids ages 6-12. Camps are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Campers have choices of Theatre Arts Camp , Hippie Camp, Dancing Divas Camp and Great Outdoors Camp at the Orion Art Center located adjacent to Children's Park in Downtown Lake Orion....more >>

Poppy sales this weekend

North Oakland VFW Post 334 will sell Buddy Poppies May 5, 6 and 7 at many locations in Orion, Oakland and Addison townships. This the only fund raiser the Veteran's of Foreign Wars carries out annually and the money raised is used to assist needy and disabled veterans in North Oakland County as well as support the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan where many widows and orphans of men and women who lost their lives in the service of our country now live....more >>

Orion youth honored

Breanne Dixon shakes hands with State Representative Brad Jacobsen as she is honored as part of the Orion Area Youth Assistance awards. The ceremony brought attention to young adults in the community that have gone above and beyond in their service to the community, whether that means putting in time at their church or simply accumulating vast numbers of community service hours....more >>

Penny Wars nets $2,500 for help in Japan

When disaster struck and struck again the island nation of Japan, folks around the world pitched in to help. It was no different locally. In Orion Township, the students and parents of The Goddard School, E....more >>

Flower Fair planned for next weekend

Spring is here and so is the Downtown Lake Orion Flower Fair! If you are anxious to get your yard ready for the summer season, please join us in historic Downtown Lake Orion for the 10th Annual Flower Fair - Home & Garden Marketplace on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15....more >>

Business Savvy Dragons head to D.C.

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Lake Orion Dragons have the honor of visiting the nation's capitol with recognition as business professionals, that is, Lake Orion High School's Business Professionals of America....more >>

LOHS senior looking for your vote

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Every spring, members of the United States House of Representatives host a nation-wide arts competition for high school students, with five finalists selected for each district....more >>

BBQ dinner, Karaoke contest to help get wheelchair accessible van

Touched By An Angel AA is having a fund raiser BBQ dinner for April Ginn from 1 to 10 pm, June 4. Ginn recently lost her leg and this dinner is to help her get a wheelchair accessible van....more >>
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Goodrich voters oust Wartella

After serving just five months as Village Council President— Patricia Wartella was recalled from office following the Tuesday's election. Village voters opted to oust Wartella with 317 votes (55 percent) to 260 (45 percent) opted to oust Wartella from office....more >>

Orion at Comerica

Monday's Tiger game against the New York Yankees began with honorable recognitions, including Wally Edgar Chevrolet's presentation of a check to Lake Orion Youth Baseball and a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Oxford native and U....more >>

News Briefs

Stamp Out Hunger

Clarkston letter carriers collect food donations for families in need, May 14, in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The U.S. Postal Service and Campbell Soup is partnering with National Association of Letter Carriers to sponsor the annual event....more >>
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Downtown jockey

Rylee Karlewski goes for a ride on the O.A.T.S. horse Huckleberry Finn, Saturday during downtown Clarkston's Clartucky Derby. The therapeutic riding center set up at Church Street Studios, one of many activities along Main Street that day....more >>
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Praise for Expo!

Fans fill News' Coffee Club networking event

By Susan Reddy Coffee Club Member Thank you to all the staff of Sherman Publication, Inc, our founding mothers and fathers of our hometown Coffee Club. The First Annual Coffee Club Business Expo, April 28 at the United Methodist Church in Clarkston, filled our meeting room, standing room only at times....more >>
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Networking at the Expo

Folks filled Clarkston United Methodist Church, April 28, for the Clarkston Coffee Club Expo. "I wanted to meet more great people for referrals," said Dr. Sara Whedon, of A Place to Grow Chiropractic and member of the Lake Orion Coffee Club with a booth at the Expo....more >>

Supervisor sorry in grievance case

A grievance against Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner, released to the public last week, was apparently resolved three weeks ago. In an email to Human Resources Director Carol Gabris, April 12, union representatives said the grievance "was satisfied and resolved....more >>

Township audit shows no deficit

After review, the state found Independence Township fell $27,543 short last year, as opposed to $2.7 million it found last July. That amount has already been paid, said township Treasurer Curt Carson....more >>

Good quarter for Clarkston bank

Clarkston State Bank posted a net loss of $38,000 the first quarter of 2011, compared to a net loss of $267,000 this time last year, according to its holding company, Clarkston Financial Corporation There's more good news, said J....more >>

City OKs $10,000 for new clerk hire

When it came to negotiating a salary for a new city clerk, City Manager Dennis Ritter wouldn't budge. "I am totally opposed to anything other than what is before us tonight, it's just that simple....more >>

Residences OK'd for 90 N. Main

Unless city officials change their minds, the historic 90 N. Main Street building will include residences. On 6-0 vote, City Council adopted the first reading of the Zoning Ordinance Overlay District Amendment to include the residential component, which had been stricken previously by the planning commission....more >>
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Off to the races

Children and adults alike enjoyed the downtown, Saturday, at the first annual Clartucky Derby. Many local businesses offered various foods, snacks, and drinks as well as shopping discounts, all with a Kentucky Derby theme....more >>
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And the winner is ...

Many prizes were handed out at the first annual Clartucky Derby held on April 30 in downtown Clarkston....more >>
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Classroom becomes a zoo of knowledge

The first-grade classrooms at Pine Knob Elementary were transformed into zoos on Friday. It was the end of a project the students began in February. They wrote a non-fiction book about a animal, created the animal and its habitat....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Families Walk and Roll for SCAMP

Team Lemieux, including Ken and Marcie Lemieux and children Lucie, Paul and Annie, in the lead in the 2011 SCAMP Walk and Roll in Depot Park, Sunday. The annual event supports the summer SCAMP program for children with disabilities....more >>
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Bowling for 3 Day team

The Susan G. Komen 3 Day team "Clarkston Community Chest" hosts a Bowl-A-Thon fund raiser, 4-7 p.m., Sunday May 15, Cherry Hill Lanes North, 6697 Dixie Highway. Team members Lisa Lucas, Yvonne Wiedemann, Molly McCoy, Missy Brozovich, Kerry Wozniak, Kim Crawford and Wendy Schaffer are training for the 60-mile Komen event....more >>
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Clarkston grad makes Derby run

The spotlight shines on the Kentucky Derby this weekend and as many prepare for the big event, Clarkston native Katie Colosimo is also preparing. While many are watching the horses race she is helping to get the horses ready for the races, walking out with some of them, help saddle and make sure everything will go smoothly....more >>

Volunteering kept Clarkston mom connected with kids

BY ELISE SHIRE Special to the Clarkston News Children of all ages spent Mother's Day, Sunday, honoring their moms for their work as cook, nurse, psychologist, accountant, chauffeur, and adoring fan....more >>

Youth honored for helping others

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance honored more than 90 local students in its annual Youth Recognition Ceremony, April 27, at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road. The Clarkston youth were nominated for their willingness to volunteer with community groups to make a positive difference in the lives of others....more >>

Blazer lead act in festival

Justine Blazer of Springfield Township kicks off this year's 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown in Hart Plaza, Detroit. Blazer, who won the Ram Truck Battle of the Band National Competition in Austin, Texas, March 20, is set to perform on the main stage, 3 p....more >>
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Band thanks for London help

Marching Band thanks to local businesses for help with their London trip

Dear sponsors, Thank you to The Clarkston News and advertising sponsors for the Clarkston High School Marching Band insert for supporting our 2010-2011 London trip. The trip to London was amazing....more >>
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Rotary, scouts clean park

This spring has been cold and wet, but that didn't stop Clarkston Rotary members and Cub Scout pack 499 scouts and parents from cleaning up Depot Park. Dave Boersma, Cub Scout den leader and Clarkston Rotarian, arranged for the collaboration, preparing the park for upcoming warm weather....more >>
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Walking the walk

The faithful of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church mark Good Friday with their annual Cross Walk, carrying a wooden cross through downtown Clarkston....more >>

Specialty teacher to be honored

This year, Clarkston Foundation recognizes a teacher in the category of K-12 "Teachers in a Specialty Area." Nominees in this area include teachers in art, music, physical education, health, media specialists, special education classroom support, and ESL....more >>

Fife basketball camps

It's time for cagers to improve their skills at Fife Basketball Camp. The camp is July 18-22 and is open to boys entering grades 7-9 in the fall. From 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., you will stretch, build skills and participate in contests and games....more >>

Track camp

Run, jump and learn at the Youth Track and Field Camp offered by Clarkston Community Education. Clarkston Girls Varsity Track Coach John Yorke, his staff and varsity athletes show kids entering third through ninth grade the fundamentals and enjoyment of track and field....more >>

Bball camp

Girls looking to learn fundamentals of basketball, improve shots, or want to have fun - Dare to Dream Fundamental Basketball Camp is for you. The camp is June 20-23 from 8 a.m.- 12 p....more >>

Clarkston Volleyball Clinic

Varsity Coach Kelly Avenall and staff host Clarkston Volleyball Clinic, Monday-Friday, June 13-17, at Clarkston High School. Girls going into grades 9-12 play from 8-10 a.m., girls going into 5-8 play 10 a....more >>

Free outdoor events in Clintonwood Park

Independence Township Parks and Recreation hosts four free events all on Saturday, May 7, in Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road. Scraps for Seniors starts at 8 a.m., running until noon....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Businesses say parking's a problem" When Clarkston eliminated 14 parking places on Depot Road due to a slip-and-fall lawsuit, parking became a problem. One solution was a new 20-space parking lot at the bottom of the hill....more >>

Bicyclist killed in accident

t 12:15 am on Friday, May 6, 2011 a Lake Orion Police Officer was operating a fully marked, Lake Orion Police Car on N. Park Blvd. (M-24) north bound at W. Flint St. where he collided with a bicyclist....more >>

Lake Orion School Board unofficial results

And then there were five . . . or seven, if you add in the two non-running lake Orion School Board members (Maryu Jo Burchart and Jim Weidman). Last night voters from in and around Lake Orion voted to fill five seats on the board of education....more >>
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Bound over

Judge calls Pat Paad's alleged crimes 'brazen'

ROCHESTER HILLS 52-3 District Court Judge Lisa Asadoorian had nothing but stern words for Marion Patricia Paad, the suspended Oxford Village deputy clerk facing multiple criminal charges for allegedly embezzling property tax payments and police department funds....more >>

Get your buns downtown!

Hamburger Festival expecting 5,000 to 6,000 visitors

"Get your buns downtown" is the catchy little slogan on everybody's lips these days as the first-ever Oxford Hamburger Festival draws near. "People are very excited about it," said Steve Allen, chairman of the festival committee....more >>
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Volunteers, businesses give home makeover to deserving couple

When it comes right down to it, all we really have in life is each other. No one understands that better than longtime Oxford residents Dick and Peggy Reddaway. On Saturday, 50 volunteers from the Northeast Oakland Chapter of Christmas in Action descended on the Reddaways' Pointe Drive home to give it a comprehensive makeover and improve the overall quality of the couple's life together....more >>

Village explores options to beef up fund balance

The Village of Oxford isn't facing a deficit for the 2011-12 fiscal year beginning July 1, but it is facing the prospect of having a fund balance that's a lot lower than municipalities typically feel comfortable having....more >>
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Addison hires new library director

After a search that spanned nearly two months, the Addison Township Public Library finally has a new director and her name is Jaema Berman. "Jaema's a great candidate," said Evelyn Pickwick, acting president of the library board....more >>
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Church gets vandalism repaired for free

Apparently, there are two things the Devil has no power over people's kindness and vinyl siding. Last week, the Leader reported how someone vandalized the Pathway Baptist Church (1285 W....more >>

Gunshot leads to arrest in MHP

A gunshot fired during a late-night argument inside the Parkhurst Estates manufactured home community in Oxford Township led to the arrest of a Pontiac man who's no stranger to the criminal justice system....more >>
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Hardware owner honors troops who took out bin Laden

"Good job troops." It's a simple message, but it says it all for Tom Toteff, owner of Tom's Hardware located at 558 S. Lapeer Rd. in Oxford Township. Toteff posted the message Monday on his store's sign as a way to thank the U....more >>
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