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Farmers Market more produce, family fun

The spring has been warm and wet -- no so good for getting savage sun tans, but perfect for getting a jump on the growing season -- this is good news for fans of Downtown Lake Orion's Farmers Market....more >>
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Hometown Memorial Day in Orion

By Don Rush As of press time, the folks at the National Weather Service station to the west in White Lake Township, say Memorial Day should be, well, nice. "A slight chance of showers....more >>

Cheers?

Orion looking to raise money by allowing alcohol at township properties

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer With the introduction of the so-called Wildwood Amphitheater and the Orion Center, Orion Township has become a location with more than a few venues for groups hoping to host an event....more >>
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The process of replacing a supervisor

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer Township Supervisor Matthew Gibb has officially designated his resignation date for May 31, and township offices are busy drawing up plans to select a new leader....more >>

Drama in space unfolds like a TV show

By Matt V. Phillips Special Writer for The Review Have you been tuning in to the hit new reality TV show? No! Well, it can best be described as combining shows Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and Fear Factor, mixed with movies like The Right Stuff and Star Trek....more >>
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Dragons on the lake

Dragon boat teams forming!

Orion Art Center(OAC) is calling for the formation of Dragon Boat teams to compete in the wildly popular Dragon Boat races on Lake Orion during the Dragon on the Lake Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday, August 26,with a lighted boat parade at dusk (on Lake Orion) and continues through Sunday, August 28....more >>
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Custom Health Center gets to the roots

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer Orion residents looking for an alternative to traditional medical care now have one more option available. Custom Health Center, which opened about three months ago, focuses on finding the root cause of problems rather than just treating symptoms....more >>

VanFossen chosen to represent district

State Superintendent, Mike Flanagan, is developing two "cabinet" advisory groups to help give him a more definitive sense of how and where we can improve our schools. One group will consist only of students from a cross-section of grades and abilities in the hope of offering an unvarnished insight as to how we can help make their education more effective, valuable, and relevant....more >>

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Groveland Township family loses dog, home to fire

Groveland Twp.- A township family lost a beloved pet and are staying with friends after a fire in the early morning hours of May 19 destroyed their home and everything in it. Despite the tragedy, Jeff McLanson feels fortunate....more >>
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Coffee Zone—Ortonville

From coffee roasted in Goodrich to pastries baked in Clarkston to a host of other Michigan-made products—Coffee Zone, 830 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville is the breakfast and lunch spot for some new tastes right in town....more >>

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Board OKs teacher lay-offs; more possible

Brandon Twp.- The school board has approved the reduction of 15 full-time teachers, but more lay-offs may be coming. The lay-offs were approved by a 6-0 vote during a special board meeting May 23....more >>

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Briefs

Office closed The Citizen office will be closed on Monday, May 30 to observe Memorial Day. Details: 248-627-4332. Village council Four candidates have filed to fill a vacancy on the Goodrich Village Council created after the recall of Council President Patricia Wartella last month....more >>

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Skate park plans: Season passes, helmets

Ortonville- A village parks committee is being formed with the goal of ending long-standing problems at the Skate Park, as well as addressing more recent problems that have included fights involving large groups of people....more >>

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Board inks CMPT contract, concessions included

The Goodrich School Board voted 6-0 on Monday night to OK a labor contract with the Custodians, Maintenance, Para-Pros and Transportation labor group. Board Secretary Doug Tetmeyer was absent from the meeting....more >>

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Brandon yearbook ad sparks controversy

Brandon Twp.- Stephanie Ratliff never expected to see an advertisement for a problem pregnancy center in a high school yearbook, but that is exactly what caught her attention— and outrage— as her son, a freshman, paged through the 2011 edition of Wingspan....more >>

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A-10 Warthog

Between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m., May 30, a fly-over is scheduled by an A-10 Warthog from Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The fly-over is part of the Memorial Day observance in Ortonville, which will begin at 9:30 a....more >>
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Flag retirement ceremony

When Ortonville Cub Scouts Pack 531 hosts a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m., May 29, at the Ortonville Cemetery—the event will have a special meaning to a local military family....more >>

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Village manager to retire

Ortonville- Larry Brown announced his retirement as the village manager during the May 23 village council meeting. "I am retiring at the end of August," said Brown. "This (position) takes a lot of time and energy and I want to dedicate more time to my family....more >>

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Home invasion suspects rounded up by deputies after crime spree

Area law enforcement collared several suspects over the past week in connection with numerous home invasions. On May 12, the Genesee County Sheriff's Department reported that two men in their 20s were arrested by GCSD deputies from the Atlas Township substation in connection with a series of area break-ins....more >>
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GHS Prinicipal called up to Afghanistan for second tour

The Goodrich School Board announced on Monday night that GHS Principal David St. Aubin will return to active duty and serve a year-long stint in Afghanistan beginning in July. This will be the second year-long tour by St....more >>
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CreekFest

Ortonville- The most "outstanding special event," as named by Main Street Oakland County, is back. The eighth annual CreekFest will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 4 in the village....more >>

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Downtown Lowdown

Cement work continued through Tuesday with road patches on W. Flint near PNC Bank. Worker began bringing brick for the main intersection and the sidewalks. Workers closed Broadway from Front Street to the alley leading into the lower municipal parking lot....more >>

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All you can eat pancakes

If you like pancakes, like the idea of helping out the community and like a great bargain (The editorial staff at The Review would never call you cheap), then block off some time to come for breakfast on June 4....more >>

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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 >>

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Crime

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Briefs

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 >>

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'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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>
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Webber's Spring Carnival

With the warm weather finally arriving, Webber Elementary's staff took the opportunity to get their students outside for their annual Spring Carnival. A number of different activities awaited any kid attending the event, but the most popular seemed to be the dunk tank, where students had the chance to soak their teachers....more >>
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Art Tunes

The currently nicknamed Wildwood Amphitheater got a dry run on May 21 and 22 when bands got together for Art Tunes - a festival to raise money for charity and organized by "Chizzy" Mike Chisholm....more >>
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Free at last!

Springfield Plains Elementary first-graders Matthew Ames and Anna Laube excitedly reach toward the sky as the butterflies they raised are released....more >>

Former Mrs. Michigan to sing at American Legion Memorial Day Program

Adjutant Barney Schoenfeld of Campbell Richmond Post 63 announced that Kristina Austin Scarcelli, singer / songwriter / recording artist and a former Mrs. Michigan (2006) will sing at the American Legion's annual Memorial Day Service at Lakeview Cemetery this year....more >>

Classes opened

Lead the Way joins open-enrollment options

For some parents, Project Lead the Way is leading Clarkston schools into open-enrollment trouble. "A lot of parents are coming to me about open enrollment," said Clarkston Board of Education Trustee Joan Patterson....more >>
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Honored to serve

For Chloe Smiley of Clarkston, accepting this year's Community Award for Youth of the Year was a family affair. She was joined at the 26th Annual Community Awards Breakfast, May 19 at Clarkston Community Church, by her parents Jean and Jim Smiley, her sister Calleja, and grandparents Clifford and Dolores Smart....more >>

Building director suspended 60 days for bonus payments

Dave Belcher, Independence Township building director, was slapped with a 60-day suspension without pay for refusing to repay a $3,000 bonus. Clerk Barbara Pollata and Trustees Dave Lohmeier, Larry Rosso, and Neil Wallace voted unanimously, May 17, after closed session to immediately suspend Belcher....more >>
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Church volunteers rush to help tornado victims

On April 27, a massive tornado tore through northern Alabama, leaving devastation in its path. Less than a week later, a team of 16 volunteers from Clarkston United Methodist Church decided to help pick up the pieces....more >>
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Time for History Walk

Bailey Lake Elementary second-graders kicked off this year's History Walk through downtown Clarkston, May 19. A popular stop each year is Clarkston State Bank. Students learn about the time bank robbers came to town, and see what it's like to be locked up in the bank's safety deposit vault (briefly)....more >>
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Local hero honored

Jason Setla of Independence Township was among citizen heroes from around Oakland County receiving awards from Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard during National Police Week Recognition presentation, May 18....more >>
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Cemetery Walk through Clarkston's past

Crowds of visitors enjoyed a pleasant Saturday evening at Lakeview Cemetery to learn about Clarkston's earliest residents. Volunteers with Clarkston Community Historical Society guided them on the Cemetery Walk, with stops at gravesites, the occupants of which were portrayed by costumed re-enactors, May 21....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Walking a long road to fight cancer

Walkers and runners filled the Clarkston Junior High School track for Relay For Life, May 21, including CJH Leadership team members, from left, Paige Devitt, Kelley Fitzpatrick, Lyndsey Pike, Mackenzie Hannon, Ryan Zittel, Natasha Oldford, Maddie DeClercq, Jack Witzke, Sarah Chandler, Rachel Andes, Camron Razdar, Kaiden Kamp, MacKenzie Gibson, Hailey Bondy, Hannah Cartier, and Kara Pyykkonen....more >>
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Biking for wishes

Sashabaw Middle School teacher Howard Andress asked his students to help with a math problem. He needed to raise $2,500 for Wish-A-Mile for the Make-A-Wish event he is participating in July....more >>
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Girl Scout leaders honored

Clarkston-area Girl Scout leaders Nancy Ritchey and Michelle Bennett were recognized nationally for their outstanding work. Ritchey serves on on the Service Team in Clarkston as registrar, My Way Girls coordinator, and treasurer....more >>
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Tea for Right for Life

From left, Emily Horvath of South Rockford, Amy Horvath and daughter Melanie of Clarkston, and Diane Siemers of Trenton, Mich., were among 70 ladies celebrating life at the North West Oakland County Right to Life Victorian Tea, May 7 at Holly Hotel....more >>
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Walk with city founders

Costumed re-enactors brought Clarkston history to life, May 21, at the Clarkston Community Historical Society's fifth Cemetery Walk at Lakeview Cemetery....more >>

Designer DJ loves his hometown

A Disc Jockey since 1987, Jesse Moyet said it's not unusual at bigger shows to throw T-shirts out to the crowd with his name and logo on it, but little did he know one shirt design with the words "Detroit Love" would become such a hit and evolve into something more....more >>
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Band thanks for LaVida

Emily Rice, right, thanks Andrea of La Vida Massage, her sponsor who helped her take part in the London trip with Clarkston Marching Band last winter. She is one of several Clarkston High School Marching Band members to publicly thank sponsors of their New Year's trip to London....more >>
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Butterflies take wing

Springfield Plains Elementary first graders laughed and smiled as the butterflies flew into the garden by their classes. Since the butterflies were caterpillars, the students have watched them eat and grow larger as they went through their lifecycles from larva stage until they changed into a butterfly....more >>

High schooler creates his own music

Many individual talents are lost in a high school with such a large population. However, one student that shouldn't go unnoticed any longer is Clarkston High School senior Conor Barkey and his uncanny ability to play guitar....more >>

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Memorial Day parade

American Legion Post 63 leads a Memorial Day Parade through downtown Clarkston, 10 a.m., Monday, May 30, starting at Church Street and Buffalo. For more information, call 248-625-9912....more >>

SCAMP Home Tour

Clarkston-area residents open their homes for Clarkston SCAMP's annual home tour, June 4-5. Homes include David and Pam Johnson's Stonewood Farms, a 200-plus acre sprawling wooded estate near downtown Clarkston, two homes in the Parks of Stonewood community, a 1928 home in Clarkston, plus a chance to preview in its pre-designed state SCAMP's 2011 Designer Showcase House, a home in Clarkston's historic district....more >>

Fourth of July

All veterans are invited to Independence Township Fourth of July Festival of Fun and Fireworks. The festival includes a tribute to veterans and the military, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, July 4, at Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road....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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Puppy love

Oxford resident Richard Nelson shares a cute moment with Spanky, a 10-month-old German Shepherd mix, at the K-9 Stray Rescue League's "Wag & Walk" event held Saturday at Powell Lake Township Park....more >>
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Teacher wants museum to stay in bank bldg.

Daniel Axford second-grade teacher Theresa Giberson is truly passionate about education, her students and convincing Oxford Village to keep the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum right where it is....more >>
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Walendzik helped make festival what it is today

There will be an air of sadness at Leonard's Strawberry Festival this July because one of the ladies who was a driving force behind it left this world last week. Sandra Ann Walendzik, a 34-year resident of Addison Township, died on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 after fighting a valiant and inspiring 11-year battle with cancer....more >>

Sheriff honors citizen involvement

We hear an awful lot about the 'thin blue line' that protects law-abiding citizens from the criminal element. But police officers aren't the only ones who rush in to protect others or foil lawbreakers....more >>

CORRECTION

In last week's edition of the Leader, it was incorrectly reported in the article "Second Wildcat Hall of Fame class announced" that Bud Laidlaw was the founder of little league baseball in Oxford....more >>

Memorial Day observances in Oxford, Addison

For lots of folks, Memorial Day is just a day off from work or school, an opportunity to barbecue with family and friends or a chance to enjoy a three-day weekend up north. Although the holiday has become the official start of summer, we must never forget that its main purpose is to honor those men and women in the Armed Forces who gave their lives for our liberty and security....more >>

Addison switches health care providers to save money

Everyone likes getting more bang for their buck, and Addison Township definitely got more for their money when they announced a savings of approximately $12,000 by switching health care providers....more >>

Addison ponders what to do about medical marijuana

A new twist has occurred in the medical marijuana saga in Addison Township. After the township's planning commission spent months researching and putting together a township ordinance regarding medical marijuana, Township Attorney Robert Davis informed the Board of Trustees at their meeting on Monday, May 16 that Oakland County is looking to establish a county-wide ordinance....more >>
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Local author brings Stillwater character back for fourth book

Derek Stillwater is back and about to take on one of his biggest challenges yet in Oxford resident Mark Terry's newest novel, The Valley of Shadows. Stillwater's latest adventure comes after a combined raid by the United States and Pakistan on an Al-Qaeda cell in Pakistan reveals two laptops containing information about potential terrorist plots in five cities across the United States on Election Day....more >>
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Gentlemen, start your carved wooden blocks!

Pack 108 Cub Scouts of Oxford hosted its annual Pinewood Derby Race at Oxford Middle School on March 25. Nearly 52 racers competed in the event, which featured Pack 108's state-of-the-art aluminum pinewood derby track outfitted with a laser start gate, computerized timing and race software package....more >>
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Oxford's gone to the dogs!

A total of 175 people and 70 dogs participated in the K-9 Stray Rescue League's "Wag & Walk" fund-raiser on Saturday morning at Powell Lake Township Park. "I'm very excited by the turnout," said Oxford resident Kelly Barker, who serves on the group's Board of Directors....more >>
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1688: Louis XIV declares war on the Netherlands.
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