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VanTassel sworn in as Supervisor

Orion Township has chosen JoAnn VanTassel to fill the rest of Matt Gibb's supervisor term. The decision came after a two hour interviewing process June 2 in which nine candidates were asked questions to determine how they would operate....more >>

Lake Orion fireworks on July 2!

Still time to help make this the biggest bang ever

Rumors were swirling around the internet and in the community that this year Lake Orion's annual fireworks display would be a bust, rather than boom. Suffice to say, those rumors are false....more >>

Residents question landfill decision

Part 1 of 2

Residents of the Hi-Hill subdivision, in the southeastern quad of Orion Township, were dismayed at the township's recent fast-track approval of Eagle Valley expansion. They wonder why the township turned their backs against and rescinded a 1991 consent agreement the township fought for, that kept the land fill from expanding....more >>

Village council ramps up for elections

Four members of the Lake Orion Village Council are up for reelection, and with apparently little interest from outside parties, there may be no new faces. To enter the running for Council Member chairs, candidates must collect a nominating petition....more >>

Criminal justice scholarship awarded

On June 1, the Lake Orion Police Association (LOPA) presented the 2nd annual LOPA Criminal Justice Scholarship award. The recipient of the 2011 Award is Lake Orion High School Senior Megan McKeon, of Orion Township....more >>

Award-winning artist offers Classes at the Orion Art Center

Award-winning local artist Kimberly Kelly Santini, whose work has been exhibited nationally and whose paintings are well-known for their "spontaneous color and bright personalities," will offer two classes at the Orion Art Center in Downtown Lake Orion....more >>


Cooking up cash

Local student wins national KFC scholarship

You can buy a lot of fried chicken with $20,000. However, that is not how Michelle Dunn, a 2011 GHS graduate, will be using her college scholarship from the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation....more >>
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Team Maria

Employees of Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union that are members of "Team Maria," were recently photographed with a quilt created for Maria Kormos. Kormos, a Milford resident, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last year....more >>


OUMC pastor moves to Ypsilanti

Ortonville- After nearly six years as pastor of the Ortonville United Methodist Church, Tim Dibble's last sermon here will be June 12. Dibble was appointed by the bishop of the UMC's Detroit Annual Conference to be senior pastor at the Ypsilanti First United Methodist Church....more >>


Fundraiser to benefit Tony Hartwick at Porter's

From 1-7 p.m., June 18, Porter's Orchard Farm Market & Cider Mill, 12060 E. Hegel Road, Goodrich will host a benefit pig roast for Tony Hartwick. Tony, 30, has been repeatedly hospitalized for severe heart problems since a virus attacked his heart, and has undergone two heart surgeries....more >>
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M-15 Urgent Care

Medical care facility to open in Oakwood Plaza

Groveland Twp.-An extended hours medical facility will soon open in the township. Three physicians from Hurley Medical Center in Flint will open M-15 Urgent Care, 250 N. Ortonville Road, Suite C in the Oakwood Plaza near Bueches's Food World in early July....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 >>


Village council to consider marijuana moratorium

The Goodrich Village Council will consider a moratorium on medical marijuana during the June 13 meeting. Doug McAbee, council president, said two companies recently inquired about dispensaries....more >>


Additional, enhanced charges for Brandon Township man

A Brandon Township man is facing harsher charges for his role in a recent attack on local teenagers. Bryan Hanley, 44, was first arraigned on May 3 on three counts of felonious assault/assault with a dangerous weapon, punishable by up to four years in prison....more >>
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Mill pond water levels lowered to remove tree

The water level in the Goodrich Mill Pond was reduced last month after several large trees, some more than 18 feet long, became lodged in the dam under Hegel Road. Doug McAbee, village council president, said the water was reduced several feet by the DPW in an effort to gain access to the trees that due to the pressure of the water were pinned against the dam....more >>
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'I feel like I am going to lick this'

Goodrich- Sherry Hempton suffered a mini-stroke last October. Two months later, on Christmas Day, her husband died. In February, she found a swollen lymph node and in April she started chemotherapy for stage IV cancer....more >>
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Wounded bald eagle to be released soon

The eagle is flying. That's the word from Maxine Biwer, wildlife rehabilitator at Howell Nature Center, where the 5-year-old bald eagle that was shot in Southwestern Genesee County in February currently resides....more >>


Village to consider interim manager

The Goodrich Village Council will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m., June 9 to consider hiring an interim village manager. Doug McAbee, village council president, said former Grand Blanc Township Supervisor Bill Delaney will be interviewed for the job by the council....more >>


Township $140K under budget

Brandon Twp.- The township board thought at the end of December they had spent pretty close to the penny on their 2010 budget of $1,767,834.37. In fact, earlier last year, they were concerned they were going over budget and were looking for areas to cut....more >>
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Road dust prompts safety concerns of resident

Brandon Twp.- Tim Crain has had it with the condition of Granger Road. The potholes and washboarding are bad enough, but what really puts him over the edge is the dust. With the windows closed and the air conditioning on at his residence in the 1400 block of Granger, within a couple hours he can still get a film of dust on the stovetop that he can write his name in....more >>

News Brief

Road rage, alcohol and pot on Silverbell

A road rage incident was reported at Silverbell and Joslyn roads when a red car made an abrupt stop in a roadway on June 4. The sudden stop nearly caused a collision with a tan SUV, whose driver emerged from the vehicle yelling with his hands tightened into fists....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 >>

News Brief

Robbery on Baldwin

Law enforcement folks are looking for the man suspected of robbing a Baldwin Road store. According to Oakland County Sheriff Deputy reports, the Dollar Tree was robbed on June 4. The suspect is described as a 40 year-old black male, approximately six feet tall and wearing a white teeshirt, walked up to the cashier on duty and demanded money....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 >>
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Farmers' Market!

On the scorching afternoon of Wednesday, June 1, local merchants, farmers, and artisans took to the field behind Children's Park to peddle their homemade wares to downtown Lake Orion....more >>
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Court champs

The Clarkston Girls Varsity Tennis players celebrate their state championship, June 4, the first in Clarkston history....more >>
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Grant could relight Main St.

Independence Township and Clarkston are hoping to save up to $12,000 a year combined by switching street lights to Light Emitting Diodes (LED), using a grant. "If we're awarded the grant, we will save a minimum of 50 percent and probably closer to 60 percent of our electricity cost for the lights on Main Street," said City Manager Dennis Ritter....more >>

Thieves smash, grab from vehicles

Thieves have been busy in the Clarkston area lately, stealing anything not bolted down from vehicles locked and unlocked. "Anything they see, they try to get," said Detective Sgt. Matt Baldes, Oakland County Sheriff's Independence Township Substation....more >>

Independence Day parade looking for entries

Community groups, businesses, youth groups, political representatives, car clubs, and bands are encouraged to march in the Clarkston 2011 Fourth of July parade. Entries for the parade, with the theme American Classics, are due by June 17....more >>

City search for new treasurer

With Kimberly Howe resigning from City of the Village of Clarkston at the end of May, this town needs a new treasurer. "We're very disappointed that she had to leave, but we fully understand the reason....more >>

Pastor Bob returns

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration throughout the year, Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church welcomes former pastor, the Rev. Robert Walters, speaking at Calvary on June 12....more >>

Music for parkgoers

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 32nd season of Concerts in the Park, 7-9 p.m., Fridays, June 17-July 22, in Depot Park. Local talent performs at 6:30 p.m. Kicking off the season is Blackthorn, playing traditional Celtic music, June 17....more >>
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Celebrate survival

Cancer survivors and guests enjoyed a sunny Sunday afternoon, June 5, at Great Lakes Cancer Institution's National Cancer Survivor's Day Celebration. Sponsored by Swan for Life Cancer Foundation, the event included inspiration, food, music, and a visit by Star Wars characters from Great Lakes Garrison of the 501st Legion volunteer group....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Scouts give aid and comfort

For their Bronze Award project, Junior Girl Scout Troop 13372 had to come up with a new way to help people in need. Their idea: pillows. "Pillows are comforting," said scout Corinne Graunstadt....more >>
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Touring homes

SCAMP held its 29th home tour this past Saturday and Sunday. The tour included five homes, Bihl Home, the 2011 Designer Showcase Home, Lawson Home, Schindler home, and Stonewood farms....more >>
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Field day fun in the sun at Lil People's Place

At Lil People's Place daycare's field day, June 3, kids enjoyed a variety of games and ice cream sundaes. "It was 13 years ago we decided to open up a business and kind of give back to our community," said co-owner Sharlene Dasuqi....more >>
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Missions just starting for Smiley

Helping others is second nature for Chloe Smiley and for it she was recognized. The Clarkston High School senior was a finalist for the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and received the President's Volunteer Service Award....more >>

News Briefs

School's Out Party

Independence Township Parks and Recreation celebrates summer with a School's Out Party, Thursday, June 9 at Deer Lake Beach. The beach will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., with DJ and inflatable bounce house activities from 1-3 p....more >>

Learn to swim, break record

Deer Lake Beach lifeguards lead local swimmers in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson, 11 a.m., June 14. Swimmers around the world will participate in the effort to break a Guinness World Record, and spread the word that Swim Lessons Save Lives....more >>

New county park

Anglers have a new spot to fish at Independence Oaks County Park-North. New boardwalks and fishing docks constructed by Oakland County Parks and Recreation provide access to the 31-acre Upper Bushman Lake, and the Large-mouth Bass, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rock Bass, Bullhead Catfish, Northern Pike and Croppie living there....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "One good cook" Jeanette Justus of Clarkston was a finalist at the Bavarian Inn Lodge 10th annual Cook Off in Frankenmuth. Justus prepared her recipe for potato and cheese pierogies before a live audience and was awarded two tickets for Sunday brunch at the lodge....more >>
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OHS graduates 285

Thomas Bearse wins coveted Oxford Cup

Watch out world here comes Oxford High School's Class of 2011! Another 285 Wildcat alumni were unleashed Sunday following the commencement ceremony at Oakland University's O'Rena....more >>

Dispatcher resigns, denies allegations involving alcohol, sleeping on duty

An Oxford Village Police dispatcher resigned Monday during a disciplinary hearing convened because she reported for work June 3 allegedly smelling of alcohol. "It's an unfortunate incident, but we made the proper corrections," said Police Chief Mike Neymanowski....more >>

Sheriff investigating OMS boy, 12, for alleged assaults

A 12-year-old male Oxford Middle School student is being investigated by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department in connection with two alleged assaults one physical and one sexual involving two different female OMS students....more >>
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90-year-old volunteer loves listening to kids read

Clare Sheridan is truly an inspiration, not to mention a real sweetheart. For months now, the delightful 90-year-old Oxford resident has been volunteering her time at Clear Lake Elementary....more >>
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Groovy groovin'!

Peace, love and groovy music rolled into downtown Oxford last week as the Woodstock-era tribute band "Magic Bus" delighted the crowd with psychedelic hits from the 1960s and 1970s....more >>

Relume founder dies at 65

It is with great sadness that Relume Technologies announces the death of Peter Hochstein, founder of the company and an early innovator in the LED lighting field. Mr. Hochstein passed away unexpectedly over the Memorial Day weekend at his Troy, Mich....more >>

TSC plan here, but it's on hold

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Plans for a proposed Tractor Supply Co. (TSC) were submitted to Oxford Township, however, they won't be discussed at the June 23 planning commission meeting as was originally expected....more >>
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Remember to stop for trail users

Polly Ann Trail users should be having an easier time crossing W. Drahner Rd. and W. Burdick St. thanks to some flashing signals that alert motorists to their presence. Each trail intersection has two beacons designed to warn motorists they are approaching a pedestrian crossing by using yellow LED lights that flash for 15 seconds....more >>
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