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Evidence of explosion at house fire

What was once advertised as a "retreat in the country, just minutes from shopping and amenities" is now a collection of charred and crumbling ruins thanks to a devastating fire and possible explosion....more >>

Local man killed in bike accident

Well known for his art, colorful persona

Nearly a week has passed and the investigation into the death of Eric Shanley is ongoing. Shanley was killed early Friday morning (May 6) when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a patrol car driven by a Lake Orion Police officer....more >>

Less than 14% turnout for board election

Voters came out though not in droves to elect a new Lake Orion Community School District Board of Education. On May 3, just under 13.5 percent of the registered voters in Orion Township and Lake Orion Village voted to fill five seats of the seven member board....more >>

Remember our faces

To the new Board of Education, I think I need to introduce myself. My name is Olivia Shumaker. I am a Lake Orion High School student, and I would like to share a few of my thoughts with you....more >>
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Lake Orion grads rally to help former classmate

Tragedy has many sources, and one event chief on the list is losing a child - something that has recently happened to Orion area Joe and Kristi Schons. However, their grief is not unheard, and some of the mother's former Lake Orion High School classmates are utilizing their businesses to help lessen the sorrow....more >>

Palazzo di Bocce teams with Lions, donates $75,000

Palazzo di Bocce may have an air of wealth, but the restaurant teams up annually with the Detroit Lions Charity to give back to the community that made them what they are. Starting in 2004, the restaurant has designated one day in May, every year, where all proceeds help charities chosen by owner Anthony Battaglia....more >>

Community calendar


Pastie sale The Goodrich United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Road, will hold a beef pastie sale on May 20 and 21. Pre-order May 19, 810-636-2444 or 810-444-1194. Pick-up times will be Friday from 1- 4 p....more >>
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Lickity Splitz—ice cream for Goodrich

Madeline Dishon realized a perfect opportunity. Growing up in Milford during the 1960s—Dishon recalled the quaintness of the then small village. "Downtown Goodrich reminded of that hometown atmosphere," Dishon said....more >>
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Creations Hair & Nails

Brandon Twp.- Update your style in a cozy, inviting atmosphere at the township's newest salon, Creations Hair and Nails, 80 S. Ortonville Road. "Creations is where you can step into New York style with hometown friendliness," said Tricia Guzman, owner and nail technician....more >>


Series of home break-ins reported

The Genesee County Sheriff's Department is warning residents in northern Oakland, western Lapeer and southern Genesee counties to be on the lookout for man and a woman suspected in at least six home break-ins since the end of March....more >>


Recalls taxing business, residents

Goodrich-While the financial tally may tug at residents' pockets after a host of successful and unsuccessful recalls during the past 12 years—at least one Michigan Municipal League representative says the costs are often far more than just financial....more >>


Groveland Twp. man honored for saving life

A Groveland Township man will be honored on May 18 for his efforts in saving the life of a retired Oakland Sheriff Deputy last fall. According to news reports, at 1:45 p.m., Oct. 8, Groveland Township resident Ed Hook stopped his vehicle near the intersection of Grange Hall Road and Dixie Highway....more >>


Unlimited SOC students in all grades first trimester

Brandon Twp.- The district will continue to accept unlimited numbers of schools of choice students in every grade for the first trimester. The school board approved three changes to the schools of choice guidelines during their May 9 meeting— a yearly review of the program after the September count; academic assessments for each new student; and no admission of SOC students for the second and third trimesters....more >>


Man charged with home invasion, assault

A 24-year-old Auburn Hills man was arraigned on charges after he broke into a township woman's home and assaulted her. Daryn Lane Dexter was arraigned on one charge of home invasion, first degree, as well as one charge of domestic assault on May 6, by 52-2 District Court Magistrate Mark Sadecki....more >>



Coffee hour At 9 a.m., May 27, 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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From Denmark and Norway to Brandon

Brandon Twp.- Katrine Fossberg had to adjust to a few differences between America and her home country of Norway when she arrived here in late August. One of the first things she learned is that unlike in Norway, students here don't call teachers by their first name....more >>


No budget, no president, no administrator: Goodrich council starts over

Goodrich-Not only does the village council lack a 2011-12 budget, but it now lacks someone to actually compile the document. The village council deliberated Monday night the direction necessary to file the budget due in about 45 days....more >>


Community Forum: Message to Lansing

Brandon Twp.- Residents with concerns about any number of state issues are invited to present them to local legislators during a community forum hosted by the Brandon School District, 6:30 p....more >>
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Fiddler on the Roof

Travelling from the small town of Anatevka, Russia to the stage in Goodrich is one of the most iconic musicals made in the last half century. "Fiddler on the Roof" is to be performed for the first time on the Goodrich High School stage at 7 p....more >>

Sunday was a Perfect day for a Crop Walk

The 29th annual Lake Orion/Oxford CROP Walk took place on Sunday, May 1st at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. Eleven churches with 170 walkers raised an estimated $15,701.50. They chose to walk a 2 mile or a 10k (6....more >>

Patterson to Honor Lake Orion Main Street program

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will honor and recognize six Main Street Oakland County communities for their accreditation by the National Main Street Center in Washington D....more >>

Lake Orion grad in musical, Chicago

Play opens in Detroit May 17

Chicago is coming to Detroit with nationally know actor John O'Hurley starring as Billy Flynn and with Lake Orion native Lenny Daniel. Chicago will be at Detroit's Fisher Theatre May 17 -22....more >>

Downtown lowdown

Workers should complete pouring all of curbs in the Downtown . They will also pour road patches around town. Electrical conduit will be placed in the sidewalk areas. Remaining sidewalks should be removed....more >>

News brief

Shuttle launch May 16?

On Monday, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced a May 16 launch of space shuttle Endeavour. On board will be Lake Orion High School graduate, Drew Feustel....more >>

News Brief

LO Lions golf, too

The 16th Annual Lake Orion Lions Golf Outing is Saturday, June 4 at Indianwood Golf Club. Registration forms can be found at www.LakeOrionLions.org. The early bird special is $120 per person if paid before May 31; after that it's $130....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 >>
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Front page

Ready to sell

Charlie Keefe, wearing the balloon hat, and Jack Munkres set up a display of their toys at the Kids Only Garage Sale last Saturday in Clintonwood Park....more >>

Cuts too deep, schools say

State budget to slash up to $3.86 million

If cuts approved by Michigan House of Representatives take place, Clarkston schools would lose about $3.86 million. That's too much, said Steve Hyer, Clarkston Board of Education president....more >>

Schools of choice proposed

Gov. Rick Snyder's list of school reforms include tougher teacher certification tests, restructuring tenure to reward effective teaching rather than time in the classroom, new continuing-education requirements for teachers, and more "Schools of Choice" programs....more >>

Residents give input on city services

About 30 residents attended a town hall meeting, May 11, to talk about how to reduce Clarkston's budget. Residents at the meeting, hosted by Michigan Municipal League at Independence Township Fire Station on Citation Road, discussed library services, police service, cost of government, Depot Park, and whether to remain a city or not....more >>
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Township threatens court action to recover bonus

After two years, Independence Township is going after Building Director Dave Belcher for $3,000. Township Board of Trustees voted 4-2, May 3, to direct the township attorney to pursue civil action to recover the bonus payments given to Belcher for work done on township hall....more >>
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PAWS to read

U.S. Army Private Krysta Wung and her dog Scout, a Class II C4 bomb-sniffer, volunteer at Read to PAWS at Independence Township Library, May 5. Children read to the dogs in the program, which encourages literacy....more >>
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Clarkston company helps family

Clarkston area resident Jesse Moyet, owner and founder of Detroit, Orion Love, and most recent Clarkston Love apparel is spreading the "love" to help Lake Orion family Joe and Kristi (Clark) Schons, who recently lost their child....more >>
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New race for Angels' Place

This year's Angels' Place Race has a new event, a 10-kilometer race named in honor of Bruce Clifton. "We're dedicating one of the races this year to his memory," said Paul Maxwell, race director with his wife, Maggie....more >>
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Support cancer reseach at Relay for Life

Gail Engdahl of Clarkston, a seven-year breast cancer survivor, is hopeful as she prepares for this year's Relay For Life event. "More people are surviving cancer than ever before and I am one of them," Engdahl said....more >>
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Lots to learn at the library

Whether it's for casual reading, doing homework, using a computer, or checking out a movie Independence Township Library has something for everybody. The library offers a variety of programs for adults like computer classes, and book discussions, as well as kid's programs like Read to Paws....more >>
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Author's optimism born in wake of war

Growing up amid the ruins of post-World War II Italy taught Maria Rotondo Mark of Springfield Township the value of community. "The saying, 'it takes a village to raise a child' it was like that," said Mark, who was born in a farming village near Monte Cassino, the site of intense Allied bombing and four pitched battles in 1944....more >>
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Shooting Stars

A time to pray

Dr. James O'Neill, right, offers a Prayer for Healthcare Workers at Clarkston's National Day of Prayer Breakfast, May 5. Thirteen community representatives and leaders led prayers, along with Men of Grace singing group....more >>
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Kite flyers

The weather didn't offer much wind, but beautiful blue skies made up for it, Saturday, at Independence Township Parks and Recreation's Kite Fest. Kids provided their own wind, running up and down Clintonwood Park's soccer fields with their kites, many provided free by Great Turtle Toys....more >>
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Lacrosse teams ready to take fight to cancer

The Clarkston Boys and Girls Lacrosse programs invite friends, families and the community to their 7th Annual Game for a Cure, May 14, this Saturday, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The all-day event, held at Clarkston High School, includes 24 teams, 500 lacrosse players and one goal raising money for St....more >>

Family walks to help friend with failing kidney

When Holly and Alan Baugh of Waterford heard their friend Mike McKay was in need of kidney transplant, they decided to step in and raise awareness. Holly, who was born and raised in Clarkston, Alan, and their two children Katie and Aiden are doing a walk at the Detroit Zoo, put on by the National Kidney Foundation on May 15....more >>
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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 >>
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Thanks from music students

Katie Sensoli, Beth Chaney and Emily Hyde are grateful to The Learning Experience for helping support their recent trip to London with the Clarkston High School Marching Band. The students were invited to march and perform in the 2011 New Year's Day Parade....more >>
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Young kickers

Youth soccer players wore their jerseys on April 29 for the Clarkston Girls Soccer JV and Varsity games on April 29 against Brandon. It was Youth Soccer Night and the players were treated to a fun night, including a 2-0 win over the visiting Blackhawks from the varsity team....more >>

News Briefs

New cable commissioners

Independence Township board voted unanimously to appoint Jay Clark, Rick Gutowski, Robert Namowicz, Joette Kunse, and Stacy Meagher. as the members of the new Citizens Public TV Access Committee....more >>

News Briefs

Golf outing for Fallen Heroes

Oakhurst Golf and Country Club hosts the annual Community Charity Golf Outing for the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial, Monday, May 16. Registration and lunch are at noon, with Shotgun Start at 1 p....more >>

Pops concert

Clarkston High School Choir Department presents its annual Pops Concert, 7 p.m., Friday, May 20, at Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road. The choir department performs the music of Lady Gaga, Little Lion Man, VV Brown, a medley from "In the Heights," Tony award for best musical in 2008, a cappella songs from NBC's reality show The Sing-Off, and others....more >>

Award winners to be honored

Several service groups and individuals will be honored with Community Awards, May 19, and everyone's invited to help share in their recognition. This year's recepient of Business Person of the Year Award is Carol Evans; Honored as Youth of the Year is Chloe Smiley; Receiving the Community Beautification/Preservation Award is Weingartz; Penny Shanks will be honored with this year's Citizen of the Year Award; Community Collaboration Award goes to Clarkston PTA Health and Wellness Expo; Kid's Kloset is this year's Community Enhancement award recepient; and Honored as the 2011 Adult-Youth Volunteer is Kerri Gualtieri....more >>

History Walk, May 21

Costumed re-enactors bring Clarkston history to life on May 21, when the Clarkston Community Historical Society hosts its fifth Cemetery Walk at Lakeview Cemetery. The cemetery walk and tour begins at 6:30 p....more >>

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Pine Knob sinks $1 million into 1996 improvements" Pine Knob Music Theatre was improved with the addition of the "Knob Knook," a covered 80-by-20 foot area adjacent to concessions....more >>
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Evidence of explosion at house fire

What was once advertised as a "retreat in the country, just minutes from shopping and amenities" is now a collection of charred and crumbling ruins thanks to a devastating fire and possible explosion....more >>
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Dad confessed to beating daughter with bat, cops say

A 20-year-old Oxford woman was hospitalized Monday morning after she was allegedly brutally beaten by her father with a baseball bat at 77 S. Glaspie St. The 52-year-old father was arrested after turning himself in and confessing to the assault, according to village police....more >>

Cupples guilty of sexual assault

On Monday, a jury found Oxford resident Thomas Patrick Cupples guilty of two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison....more >>

Tractor Supply coming to Oxford

Oxford Township's development drought is finally coming to an end. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) is expected to submit preliminary plans later this month for building a new 20,000-square-foot store (not including outdoor sales space) on the east side of M-24, just south of Meijer, on approximately 3....more >>

Village cop resigns after Tasering dispatcher

An Oxford Village Police officer is out of a job after accidentally shooting a dispatcher with a Taser on Easter morning. Officer Mark Lampkowski, "voluntarily resigned" from the department following a May 3 disciplinary hearing, according to Police Chief Mike Neymanowski....more >>

Hamburger Festival this week!

"Get your buns downtown" because the long-awaited Oxford Hamburger Festival is happening this week! Organized by the DDA, the bulk of the festival will take place in downtown's southeast quadrant from Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15....more >>
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Oliver delivers game ball, meets Tigers

Just about every Detroit Tigers fan dreams about playing on the same field as their favorite boys of summer. United States Army Pvt. First Class Kelsey Oliver didn't get to take fielding practice or smack a ball into the gap in leftfield at Comerica Park, but she was able to get on the field and deliver the game ball to the umpire during pregame festivities before the Tigers played the New York Yankees on Monday, May 2....more >>

Pros pitch services to make downtown more walkable

For years, folks have been talking and talking about the need to make downtown Oxford more pedestrian-friendly and calm the traffic flowing along Washington St. (M-24). Well, the talk continued last week, but it appears this time the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is moving toward hiring a group of professionals to actually make it happen....more >>
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