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Memorial Day in Lake Orion

The sun shone strong for the first time in nearly a month, Monday -- just in time for a grateful community to honor their military heroes, both living and dead. Annual Memorial Day events included grave-side ceremonies at Eastlawn Cemetery, a parade downtown, wreath throwing into Paint Creek, US Air Force jets flying over and a solemn ceremony at the Orion Veterans Memorial....more >>

Finding Orion's buried treasure

History arrives in many different forms, but sometime it requires a little digging. As the streets and sidewalks of downtown Lake Orion came up, treasure hunters Rick Day, Chuck Jacob, and Jim Bird came out, armed with metal detectors and passion for all things old....more >>

Shipping error postpones brick installation

Timeline still on schedule

Lake Orion's Streetscape Project is beginning to enter the reconstructive stage, and one of the noticeable changes has been the installation of bricks in the downtown. Unfortunately, those bricks will have to be replaced....more >>

Legion makes life easier for WWII vet

By C.J. Carnacchio Special Writer for The Review It doesn't matter what war they fought in or what branch they served in, veterans always taken care of each other. No one knows that better than World War II veteran Jack Hall, of Orion Township, and his wife of 24 years, Eva....more >>

Vets celebrate Memorial Day

The veterans of Lake Orion remembered the fallen of their number Memorial Day, with a ceremony at the Orion Veteran's Memorial on M-24 and Odanah Street. Starting with speeches from Ernest Baker, of the North Oakland VFW Post 334, the event featured members from all branches of the military, including the Oakland Young Marines who led the pledge of allegiance and patriotic music played the 338 U....more >>

St. Joe's kids using their 'ImagiNation'

For the seventh year in a row, St. Joseph School in Lake Orion sent at least one team to the Global Finals of Destination ImagiNation, May 25-28 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville....more >>

Former Rick's Party Store owners celebrate 60 years

Richard and Freda Crawford of Columbia, SC will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 2, 2011. The couple married in 1951 in Hamtramck, at Resurrection Parrish. In typical Polish tradition, their celebration lasted all day beginning with a full breakfast complete with kielbasa and stuffed cabbage rolls....more >>

Wildwood Amphitheater dedication June 14

Orion Township will dedicate its new amphitheater, "Wildwood" on Tuesday, June 14. The program will start at 6 p.m. with the North Oakland Dixieland Band playing favorites from the 1920's and 30's followed by a short dedication ceremony....more >>

News Brief

Lake Orion Grad section next week

We have received a number of calls, e-mails and letters wanting to know when the annual keepsake Graduation section is to be published. For those who don't know, one of The Review's goals is to get all kids who go through Lake Orion Schools in our pages at least once before the graduate....more >>


Area kicker Brazil bound

BMS student to travel with People to People Sports Ambassadors

By David Fleet Editor An area youth will take his soccer skills on the road this summer. Tommy Haase, 13 Groveland Township resident and seventh grade student at Brandon Middle School will travel to San Paulo Brazil with the People to People Sports Ambassadors Program from July 7-21....more >>


Best of the Best: It's time to vote

This spring, area residents are asked to vote for their favorite businesses—from best auto dealership to best restaurant to best pizza. The responses from many of our more than 28,000 readers are tallied and later this month the Best of the Best will be announced in July....more >>


Valley Tent Rental eyes former golf store

Valley Tent Rental may soon be located in Atlas Township. The local business is considering a 12 acre parcel and building near the intersection of M-15 and Hill Road. Rick Misek, Atlas Township Planning Commission director said the change in zoning, from a driving range to a retail outlet, was approved at the May meeting....more >>

News Briefs


Coffee Hour At 9 a.m., June 24, 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 >>


Atlas Township firehall roof repair could top $60k

Atlas Twp. - A leaking fire hall roof may soon be repaired. The township board OK'd up to $60,000 for the removal and repair of the township fire hall which has been leaking for several years....more >>


More arrests in township home invasions spree

Area law enforcement have continued to round up more suspects following several months of home invasions. On May 26, Michigan State Police arrested a man and woman both in their 20s in Flint after a tip from residents in connection with a series of break-ins including several in Atlas Township....more >>


Locals travels to aid Joplin tornado victims

The stories of survival are many. A family of five was found in a bathtub when the house was lifted off the ground from around them—when the storm cleared they were safe—the house was gone....more >>


Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville

Ready, set, start walking or running or just get moving at the fourth annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, a 24-hour event to raise funds to fight cancer and celebrate life, survivorship and hope....more >>


BHS Principal Ferguson steps down

Michael Ferguson thought he would have a career as a professional athlete and for a short time, he was a Major League baseball player. However, when he retires at the end of this month, it will be as the Brandon High School principal and he has no regrets....more >>
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By the book: 2,935 times

If Dona DeRossett had a dollar for every book recently donated at her school, she'd be wealthy. DeRossett, a Goodrich Middle School English teacher, had a plan to spread knowledge and reading outside the classroom at the same time utilize the school-wide community service project to end that year's character education program....more >>
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Alaska bound: Local qualifies for Iditarod

Next March, Joe Gutowski and some of the 28 dogs he keeps at his home in Hadley Township will compete in the Iditarod, the famous sled dog race in Alaska. Gutowski recently received notification he has qualified for the 2012 event, which covers more than 1,150 miles from Anchorage to Nome in sub-zero temperatures over the course of roughly 12 days....more >>
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Blaze destroys garages, homes saved

Brandon Fire Department along with Groveland Township Fire Department responded to a multiple garage fire at the 2300 block of Allen Road on Bald Eagle Lake at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday....more >>

Author visits Unity Festival this Saturday

Clarkston author Susan Topping is having a book signing as part of the Unity Festival on Saturday, June 4 at Unity Church of Lake Orion, 3070 Baldwin Road. The festival lasts from 11 a....more >>

News Brief

School board accepts resignations; announces new principal

The resignations of the Lake Orion Community Schools' Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Jillynn Keppler and Executive Director of Human Resources Margaret Hazlett were formally accepted at the May 25 school board meeting....more >>

News Brief

School budget to be finalized June 22

Citing the need to carefully evaluate Michigan's final budget for next year and its impact on public education and the local school district, the Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education moved the date to approve the district's 2011-12 budget, to June 22....more >>


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 >>


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 >>

News 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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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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Memorial Day Parade

Even though the temperature was scorching, reaching almost 90 degrees, it didn't stop the enjoyable festivities of Lake Orion's downtown Memorial Day festivities. Multiple families came to wave flags and collect candy, as well as show off their pride....more >>

Plant Swap in Clarkston

The Clarkston Farm and Garden Club's Perennial Plant Swap starts at 9 a.m. sharp on Saturday, June 4, at the Clarkston Village parking lot at Washington and Main Streets. The plant swap is sponsored by The Clarkston Farm and Garden Club and provides an opportunity to trade your divided and thinned plants with other gardeners....more >>
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Front page

Salute to vets

Brendan Berry, 5, greets U....more >>
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River Day birds the word

Extravagantly decorated birds are popping up throughout downtown, heralding the arrival of this year's River Day. "There's going to be something fun for people of all ages, including viewing these birds," said Colleen Hogan-Schmidt, chairwoman of the annual event....more >>
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Teacher of the Year honors

Katherine Lamay, this year's Clarkston Teacher of the Year, joined the district after a summer helping out with SCAMP. "I saw great things in Clarkston and wanted to be a part of them," said Lamay, Clarkston Junior High School special education teacher....more >>
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Tails Wag at Independence Oaks

The sun smiled on man's best friend, May 22, at the 18th annual Tail-Wagger Two-Step Walk hosted by the Michigan Animal Rescue League of Pontiac. "We've had some really bad luck with weather the past few years, but our fortunes have turned and we are ecstatic about today," said director Kayla Allen at the Independence Oaks County Park event....more >>
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Remembering vets' sacrifices

Hundreds of residents gathered at Riverview Cemetery to remember and honor veterans at the Memorial Day Service, presented by American Legion Campbell-Richmond Post 63. Midshipman Eric Nordquist, home following completion of his first year at the U....more >>

Big Deal's photo finish

Julie Woida of Davisburg is the winner of the Big Deal contest for May, a Vivos Images photography package worth $1,500. "I think it's awesome," Woida said. "I look at it anyway and decided to enter on a whim....more >>

Cancer Survivor's Day

Cancer survivors, distinguished guests and physicians are invited to attend a National Cancer Survivor's Day Celebration, 12-3 p.m., June 5, at the Great Lakes Cancer Institution, 5680 Bow Pointe Drive....more >>


Tour historic homes with SCAMP

While visiting Stonewood Farms for a local governor's campaign fund raiser, President George W. Bush called it "the most beautiful driveway in America....more >>
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Shooting Stars

A model student

When Shaina Seng of Independence Township signed a contract with Ford Models in Chicago two years ago, her career prospects were looking up. She had a few challenges to overcome one was high school....more >>

Clarkston grad graduates from Marine Boot Camp

U.S. Marine Pvt. Nickolas Johnson celebrated his graduation from Boot Camp last month with a sizable contingent of family from Clarkston. Assigned to Marine Echo Company Second Recruit Training Battalion Platoon 2034 at Parris Island, Johnson graduated May 6....more >>
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Love of nature inspires artist to write children's books

At the age of 12 Mary Siefka Douglas fell in love with painting, drawing, and photography. "I loved to paint portraits of people and watercolor landscapes," she said. "If I don't have a camera or paintbrush in my hand several times a week, I'm just lost....more >>

Race for men's health

With Father's Day coming up, Michigan Institute of Urology of Independence Township offers men and those who love them a chance to run for their health. The institute host the third annual MIU Run for the Ribbon on Father's Day, June 19, 8 a....more >>

Peacefest at LA Cafe

The third annual Peacefest Art and Music Festival has more than 75 artists and vendors lined up this weekend, June 4-5, on the grounds around LA Cafe in Waterford. "We are so excited to share the incredible venue," said Darren Graunstadt, festival organizer with his wife, Heidi Graunstadt....more >>
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Leh retiring, but not done yet

A job perk for Springfield Plains Elementary principal KC Leh is walking down the Kindergarten hallway and visiting a classroom on a bad day....more >>

News Briefs

Overlay district OK'd

Owners of 90 N. Main got the go ahead to move forward. Voting 6-0, Clarkston City Council approved second reading of the Zoning Ordinance Overlay District Amendment, which includes the residential component....more >>

Interim building offical

While Independence Township Building Director Dave Belcher is out on a 60 day suspension, township trustees voted 4-1 for Carlisle/Wortman Associates to cover his duties. Trustee Mark Petterson voted against the motion because he was concerned the township would lose money....more >>

Hair drive for Wigs

A whole new look hair drive is 2-6 p.m., June 10, at Avanti Salon & Spa, 7505 M.E Cad Boulevard. Avanti offers free haircuts and styles for hair donations to Wigs for Kids minimum 10 inches in length, straight or curly, clean, dry, in a ponytail, not chemically treated, colored, or more than 10 percent gray....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "VICA--the tie that binds tech. students" Students at the Oakland Technical Center Northwest were brought together by a club called Vocational Industrial Clubs of America....more >>
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Out of the mouths of babes

"Thank you." In a nutshell, that was the simple yet eloquent message delivered by 10-year-old Oxford resident Kasie Jeffery as she spoke during the town's Memorial Day ceremony in Centennial Park....more >>

Community input sought

Officials satisfied with police, but want public's thoughts

Before Oxford Village makes any decisions or puts anything on the ballot regarding the future of its police and dispatch services, council agreed there needs to be more information, more discussion and definitely more community input....more >>

Paid-on-call firefighters needed in Addison

Addison Township Fire Chief Jerry Morawski is looking for a few good men. Thanks to the economy, the number of paid-on-call firefighters for the Addison Township Fire Department has declined to the point where Morawski feels like he needs to take action into his own hands....more >>
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Local basketball legend retires

Thirty-three years, five conference titles, two state championships, two national tournaments and 16 players who are now ordained ministers. It's a pretty impressive legacy Joe Bullen leaves behind as he announced his retirement from coaching basketball....more >>

Budget OK'd: No tax hike, no road work

Good news for Oxford Village residents, their July 1 property tax bills will not contain a millage increase. Council last week voted 4-1 to approve a balanced budget for 2011-12 totaling $6,768,563, supported by the same tax rate of 10....more >>

Cupples sentenced to at least 71 months

A former police officer and code enforcement officer will be spending at least 71 months behind bars after being convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl. Last week, Thomas Patrick Cupples, of Oxford, was sentenced to 71 months to 15 years in prison....more >>
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OAYA honors 42 kids for good deeds, leadership

Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance honored 42 area students May 25 at its annual Youth Recognition awards ceremony held at the high school's Performing Arts Center. The students were honored for their good deeds, volunteer spirit, compassion and leadership....more >>
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Addison pays tribute

ADDISON TWP. Lakeville Cemetery is the final resting place for many local heroes who fought enemies ranging from the Redcoats to the Red Menace. On Saturday, this hallowed ground once again hosted the community's annual Memorial Day ceremony, organized by the 101-year-old Lakeville Cemetery Auxiliary....more >>
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Legion Post 108 helps make life easier for WWII veteran

In doesn't matter what war they fought in or what branch of the Armed Forces they served in, veterans always take care of each other. No one knows that better than World War II veteran Jack Hall, of Orion Township, and his wife of 24 years, Eva....more >>
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Oxford remembers

From Centennial Park to the township cemetery, Oxford's Memorial Day ceremonies gave everyone a chance to honor the fallen....more >>
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Lest we forget

Long after the roar of the canons has ceased . . . . . . we remember. Long after we've won the peace, one more time . . . . . . we remember. Long after the weary soldier has carried his lifeless comrade off the battlefield ....more >>
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