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Foundation cracks worry businesses

Downtown Lake Orion's streets are now throughly demolished, ready to begin the rebuilding process. Yet it appears the roads aren't the only structures being sundered. Ron Sweet, owner of buildings at 20 E....more >>

Mystery Tour & Fine Wine Tasting in historic downtown

Elements Boutique, The Orion Art Center (OAC) and the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority announce the annual Mystery Tour & Wine Tasting to benefit the Orion Art Center (OAC)....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 and Alan along with their two children Katie and Aiden walked at the Detroit Zoo, put on by the National Kidney Foundation this past Sunday, May 15....more >>

Downtown golf event planned for summer

Mini-golf is usually made more entertaining by increasingly eccentric courses, and thanks to the diversity of Lake Orion's downtown businesses, this truism sparked an idea for DDA Executive Directer Suzanne Perreault....more >>

From Lake Orion to rescuing horses

Five weeks ago, a female horse arrived at a "kill" pen to await shipment to a slaughterhouse. Three days later, pen operators went to pack up the mare and found two horses instead of one....more >>


...We have liftoff

By Matt V. Phillips Special Writer for The Review While most Lake Orionites were making their Monday morning commute to their jobs down local freeways and perhaps even on airplanes, one former resident was taking a different route to work aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour! 1983 Lake Orion High School graduate Drew Feustel was part of a six-person crew that lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL on Monday, May 16, at 8:56 a....more >>

Sustainable gardening

Have you noticed the adjective 'sustainable' being used to describe agriculture, development, and communities? Basically, something is sustainable it uses methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources and it is able to last or continue for a long time....more >>


Bertrand in full swing

Goodrich High School 2010 graduate Brittany Bertrand, an Adrian College softball player, was recently named to the First Team All-MIAA. The third baseman, who plays for the school on a scholarship, earned the honor along with two of her older teammates....more >>



Auto theft On May 7, at 10 a.m., a Brandon deputy on patrol observed a white Suzuki in the ditch on the south side of E. Glass Road, southwest of Granger Road. The vehicle was damaged from striking a tree and appeared to be abandoned....more >>
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Moo Cow & Desserts

If you're on the fence about what to have for dessert—check out Moo Cow & Desserts for some new tastes. "I wanted to do something I was passionate about," said Moo Cow & Desserts owner Stephanie Jones, a Goodrich High School and Michigan State University graduate....more >>


Beets, Beats & Eats art contest

The fifth annual Beets, Beats, & Eats Art Contest will take place June 17. Artists can register entries of original 2-dimensional art including drawings, paintings, and mixed media from June 7 through 3 p....more >>


Community forum draws feedback on budget cuts

Brandon Twp.- Sandy Wiley, a Brandon Middle School teacher, feels her profession is under attack "For more years than I can count, I've had to defend my career," said Wiley, who left a medical career and took a $40,000 pay cut to become a teacher....more >>


Missing Hummer family plaque recovered

Brandon Twp.- A small piece of the community stolen last year has been found. An 80-year-old brass plaque identifying Tunis D. Hummer (1789-1863) and wife Francina (Swayze) Hummer (1793-1878) and their family members as one of the township's pioneer families was recovered last week....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 OCEF will be accepted....more >>


'He'll know when he has his cap and gown on that it's a special day'

Brandon Twp.- Among several hundred local students graduating next month, Jason Rabideau is unique. Jason won't go on to college and he will never hold a job, but like most mothers, Kelly Rabideau is proud of her child and dreams of a happy future for her son, who has Dyggve-Melchior-Clausen Syndrome, a disorder so rare she knows of no other cases in the U....more >>
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National Wildlife Federation certifies local public gardens

Ortonville- Take a walk on the wild side. Two gardens in the village are now certified wildlife habitats as defined by the National Wildlife Federation. Heritage Garden, located next to the Old Town Hall, as well as Creekside Garden, a buffer behind the Old Mill, located alongside Kearsley Creek, were recognized as wildlife habitats by the NWF in March....more >>


Brandon School District expected to cut 46 staff, trim budget

Brandon Twp.- Lay-offs are coming to the school district. The school board will vote during a special meeting to reduce 46 staff members, including 15 full-time teachers, 9 percent of the total current teaching staff....more >>


Memorial Day

Army Sgt. First Class Rick Allen, from the special operations command, will be the key note speaker for this year's Memorial Day observance in Ortonville. The observance for Ortonville, along with Brandon and Groveland townships, will begin at 9:30 a....more >>
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Family of soldiers: Youngest of seven WWII veterans receives medal

A Blue Star flag in the window—the symbol of a family member serving in the military. For Pontiac residents Ernest and Hazel Rowden, the iconic display of dedication and service at their rural Oakland County home during the years of World War II was times seven....more >>

Bring your old computers, give blood and donate school supplies Thursday

Orion Township business Premier Self Storage has teamed up with Great Lakes Electronics, Shred Corp., The Salvation Army, and The American Red Cross to host its 3rd Annual Green Meet, an annual recycling drive to collect electronic waste (eWaste), paper documents and provide a donation venue for unwanted furniture or other items and a Blood Drive all free....more >>

Increases for Green's Park

Lake Orion residents planning to use Green's Park will have to dig a little deeper into their wallets as of the May 9 Village Council meeting. To help maintain the same services offered by the village and balance the budget, the cost for a membership to the lake side park has increased from $1 to $25 annually for Lake Orion Village residents....more >>

Orion schools take home Education Excellence awards

Two schools from Lake Orion were recognized recently by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) and SET SEG School Insurance Specialists with their 2011 Education Excellence awards....more >>

Explaining elder abuse

Each year thousands of senior citizens are exploited, abused or neglected. This behavior is classified as elder abuse and can occur by way of strangers or even family members. In many cases, trusted friends and members of the family are the perpetrators of the abuse....more >>

Learning to live on a fixed income

Difficult financial times have forced many people young and old to alter their lifestyles in order to stay afloat financially. Though unemployment has garnered most of the headlines as the economy has struggled the last several years, it's not just men and women of working age who have felt the pinch....more >>

Downtown lowdown

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

News brief

Schools question county's election costs

Lake Orion Community School Treasurer Jim Weidman is a little miffed these days. At last Wednesday's board of education meeting he adamantly recommended the board exercise its right under election law and request an impartial review of the charges Oakland County billed the district for its assistance in the February bond election....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 >>

News Brief

Safety path repair

Due to water running from high points on Rohr and Maybee Roads, a safety path at that location is routinely in need of repair. An item on the agenda for Monday's Board of Trustees meeting recommended contracting with Italia Construction of Washington to make remedial repairs....more >>

News Brief

LO Lions Jubilee

The Lake Orion Lion's Club sought certain permissions from the Orion Township Board of Trustees Monday concerning their annual Jubilee Festival at Canterbury Village, now scheduled for June 26....more >>

Flower Fair rained out, still crowded

Mother nature favored the flowers over the humans during this year's Lake Orion Flower Fair, held in downtown last weekend. Rain and comparatively cool temperatures forced many potential visitors to stay home, but a brave few made the trek and bore the weather to see what all the fuss was about....more >>
Top Scholars attending Clarkston State Bank's Students Awards Breakfast were Kristen Bland, Amy Bush, Lauren Dever, Amanda Ejups, Anna Gencay, Jacquelyn Gipe, Matthew Goebel, Erin Gray, Nicolette Gregor, Angela Harris, Louise Haven, Jan Helgeson, Jordan Holloway, Matthew Huhta, Lauren Kissel, Allison Kitchen, Anna Moloney, Jeffrey Patterson, Elizabeth Pryor, Lindsey Repuhn, Zandra Russell, Jonah Sementkowski, Chloe Smiley, Bradley Villeneuva, Michael Wang, John Williams, Bryan Ales, Jewels Herdman, and Shawn Sleeman. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Students honored for top performance

Clarkston State Bank honored Senior Scholars from Clarkston High School and Renaissance High School at the 2011 Clarkston Student Awards Breakfast, May 13 at Deer Lake Athletic Club....more >>
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History alive

Meet some of Clarkston's earliest residents at Clarkston Community Historical Society's fifth annual Cemetery Walk this Saturday, May 21, at Lakeview Cemetery. "Even if you're not a long-time Clarkston resident, it's great to hear the stories of the people that helped shape Clarkston," said Toni Smith, director of the historical society....more >>
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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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School staff honored

Clarkston Community Schools honored 19 employees with Employee Recognition Awards at the Board of Education meeting, May 9. Congratulations to Bernadette Castillo, Sharon Pillow and Shelley Youngert, Kindergarten Learning Aides, Andersonville Elementary; Kelley Woodworth, physical education teacher, Bailey Lake Elementary; Melinda Hart, LRC teacher, Clarkston Elementary; Cynthia Pyscher, fifth grade teacher, Clarkston Elementary; Nathan Fuller, fourth grade teacher, Clarkston Elementary; Paula Cook, instructional aide, Independence Elementary; Anita Gillam, Kindergarten teacher, Springfield Plains Elementary; Kimberly Hempton, subject area coordinator, Springfield Plains Elementary; KC Leh, principal, Springfield Plains Elementary; Rhonda Yelinek, head custodian, Sashabaw Middle School; Sandi Kaczor, At-Risk Instructional Aide, Sashabaw Middle School; Amanda Nichols and Judith Carpenter, Media Specialist and Media Tech, Clarkston Junior High School; Angie Emig, paraeducator, Clarkston High School/Special Education; Scott Ballard, Associate Head Custodian, CHS; Melissa Rykse, math teacher, CHS; and Beth Kerr, District Scheduler, Clarkston Community Schools Administration....more >>
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Students rally to lower barriers for classmate

Senior Chris Canada smiled and shook hands with his brother Drew before stepping off Clarkston High School's gymnasium floor. Both had just competed against each other in the Wheelchair Hockey Championship round on May 5, and both teams came to a draw after winning one game each....more >>

Teachers launch blanket project

Clarkston teachers Kelly Mertz, Jessica Sorensen, Gwen Stewart, and Kerri Gualtieri are busy making fleece blankets in their A Will-to-Ty project, and they invite the community to join in....more >>
Coco Siewert of Birmingham, second from left, leads a parliamentarian study session with, from left, Art Margerm of Hazel Park, Barbara Bonsignore of Rochester Hills, Elizabeth Haynes of Windsor, Ontario, Linda Meadors of Independence Township, and Gretchen Denton of Rochester Hills. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)


Citizen experts help meetings run right

Almost every group and organization big and small has meetings the Birmingham Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit is there to help. Linda Meadors of Independence Township leads the group this year as incoming president....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Top hula hooper at the park

Gracie Smiley uses her skills to win a hula-hoop contest at Independence Township Parks and Recreation's Kite Fest in Clintonwood Park, May 7....more >>
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Slam Poetry

Clarkston students took to the mic, May 3, to make their views known through poetry. "My poem was something to inspire people," said Raven Ruelas, sophomore. "What's great about the event is that you get to hear thoughts and views from a variety of people....more >>
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Sampling the wines of spring

Clarkston Rotary Club celebrated a new season for Michigan wineries with A Taste of Spring Wine Tasting Gala at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club, May 11. The fund raiser, featuring Michigan wines, supports Clarkston Rotary's local community projects....more >>

Clarkston Village Players explore 'Incorrubtible' play

So what happens when four 12th century monks in financial difficulty bring in a one-eyed minstrel to help them out? Find out with Clarkton Village Players' rendition of "Incorruptible....more >>
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Local resident writes poetry book

In 2008, award winning photographer Joseph Crachiola spent a year on the Detroit River living on his sailboat the Half Moon, not far from Belle Isle. Each morning around the same time Crachiola would take photographs of his surroundings and e-mail the images to a few friends, one of whom is local resident Bob McGowan....more >>

Dog walkathon

The Michigan Animal Rescue League hosts the 18th Annual Tail-Wagger Two-Step on 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, May 22 at Independence Oaks Park. The fund raiser includes breakfast, lunch, lap around the lake, and adoption of animals such as Willow the dog....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 >>

Davisburg Beautification Day, May 21

Springfield Township and Oakland County Parks and Recreation host Davisburg Beautification Day, this Saturday, May 21. Volunteers are needed at Rotary Park, Davisburg Cemetery, Springfield Township Parks and other township properties....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 >>

Dixie block party

Local businesses offer deep discounts, door prizes, live band, car show, and food at the Dixie Highway Summer Block Party Sales, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 4-5. Table rentals are available for $25 at Waterford Hill Antiques, 5992 Dixie Highway, and Spinning Jenny's Antiques, 5878 Dixie Highway....more >>

Studio open house

Clarkston's Savage Photography & Design hoats a Senior Portrait Open House, Friday, May 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. High school juniors and parents can check out the latest trends in senior portraiture....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Recreation Association honors Middleton" The Michigan Recreation and Park Association presented Rep. Tom Middleton with a "Legislative Award" for his exceptional support of local parks and recreation....more >>
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Get your burger on!

Lake Orion resident Natalie Bull, 9, got her face painted like a cheeseburger to celebrate Oxford's first-ever Hamburger Festival held downtown last week. The Leader's entire color section this week is devoted to the festival....more >>
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Victoria wins best burger!

And the title of Best Hamburger in Oxford goes to . . . Victoria's Delights? That's right, in a town filled with bars and restaurants each claiming to serve the best burger around, it was the charming little bistro that came out of nowhere to take home the gold Saturday at the first-ever Hamburger Festival....more >>
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Everyone played their buns off!

The first two days were warm and sunny, while the second two days were cool and rainy, but all in all it seems like everyone who attended Oxford's first-ever Hamburger Festival had a great time....more >>
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A flash mob suddenly appeared during the Oxford Hamburger Festival and performed a Zumba dance routine in the southeast parking lot....more >>

Last chance for Elk View to create SAD

Elk View Estates' property owners received their final warning from the Oxford Township Board last week. They either agree to help pay for road and drainage fixes in their subdivision or their unapproved roads will be reported to the Oakland County Register of Deeds, making refinancing or selling properties there virtually impossible....more >>

Councilman wants village to consider outsourcing police services

It's a subject with the potential to quickly ignite a heated and emotional debate within the community. But that's not stopping Oxford Village Councilman Tony Albensi from wanting to discuss the idea of possibly of contracting with another entity to provide police and dispatch services to the village....more >>
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'Something snapped'

Judge orders psychiatric exam for dad accused of beating daughter with baseball bat

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor If you ask defense attorney James L. Galen, Jr., he'll tell you his client, Robert Brian Kelly, blacked out and has no recollection of allegedly beating his daughter with an aluminum baseball bat while she slept on the morning of May 9....more >>
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Family reaches out to help Japan

Japan is more than 6,000 miles away, but that great distance doesn't lessen Oxford's willingness to help those in need. Just ask the Peel family. So far, the Oxford family has collected almost $3,000 in donations for the Red Cross to help victims of the 8....more >>
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Village may ask voters to sell properties

Oxford Village is looking for some additional revenue to help beef up its 2011-12 budget, so officials are considering asking voters for permission to sell some public properties. It's by no means a sure thing, but last week council indicated it would like its attorney to draft some ballot language seeking voters' permission to sell the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum building (1 N....more >>

Drilling co. to attempt well fix

It appears the company responsible for drilling a faulty municipal well for Oxford Township is going to get an opportunity to literally straighten out the problem. Last week, Supervisor Bill Dunn reported to the board that in an effort to avoid potential legal action, Stearns Drilling Co....more >>

What's happening this weekend?

Wag & Walk The K-9 Stray Rescue League will host its 2011 Wag & Walk fund-raiser on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The walkathon will take place at Powell Lake Township Park (adjacent to the Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac St....more >>
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