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Moving on up

Lake Orion graduated 558 students this year between two graduation ceremonies. On June 9, 28 students graduated from the Adult Ed & Learning Options High School. On June 10, 530 students graduated from Lake Orion High....more >>

$4.6 million in cuts

Schools finalize 2011-12 budget

By Joe St. Henry Special Writer for The Review Painful cuts have been proposed to the Lake Orion School District budget for next year, following a trend among many school districts across the state....more >>

Residents question landfill decision

Part 2

Part 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 They wonder why the township turned their backs against and rescinded a 1991 consent agreement the township fought for, that kept the land fill from expanding....more >>
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Hunt for new trustee begins

In the wake of JoAnn VanTassel's resignation from trustee and subsequent appointment to Orion Township Supervisor, the board once again finds themselves with a selection to make. The trustee spot left vacant by VanTassel must be filled....more >>

Old friends rally to support family of deceased

Tragedy can strike anywhere, and Lake Orion is not exempt from this truism. Martin Lietke, 60, passed away April 9, leaving behind his wife, Patty, and two sons, Nathan, 32, and Brandon, 25....more >>
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M-24 goes high-tech

As traffic counts rise, system counts traffic for better flow

By Katelyn Crain Intern Writer for The Review Most people would agree, that one of the most frustrating things they have to do on a weekday morning is sit and wait at a long red light; especially when they are already late to work....more >>

FISH honors Advocates of Needy

They're not rich nor are they famous, but they are the backbone of the Oxford-Orion area because they help feed folks in need. These generous and compassionate folks didn't go looking for recognition, they didn't seek the limelight, but they got it anyway last week as Oxford-Orion FISH held its annual "Advocate of the Needy" awards luncheon at the Lake Orion United Methodist Church....more >>

Recall language filed

Oxford teacher wants to oust Lake Orion connected Jacobsen, Marleau

Daniel Sargent is none too happy that state legislators are, in his view, weakening voter control at the local level and raising taxes for some, while lowering them for others. That's why the 12-year Oxford Township resident filed recall petition language Friday with the Oakland County Clerk's Office seeking to oust state Rep....more >>

Seniors: Share your medical history with your family

(StatePoint) Do your relatives know the facts about your personal medical history? What about your family history and their risk for disease? A recent survey found that 96 percent of Americans believe it's important to know their family medical history, yet only a third actually gather specifics, according to the U....more >>

Summer health advice for seniors

(StatePoint) The hot, hazy days of summer can pose special health risks to older adults. It's important that older people avoid heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms of the body to deal with heat coming from the environment....more >>
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BHS grads tops at OCC

Two 2010 Brandon High School graduates and freshmen at Oakland Community College, Vanessa Bayley and Jessica Sherman, have shown their talent on the OCC softball team this season. Both girls started for the OCC softball team, propelling the team to win the MCCAA Regional tournament in Battle Creek and getting the chance to compete in the National tournament, held in Bloomington, Ill....more >>
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In the Joplin zone

Ortonville Wireless Zone owner lends hand following Missouri F-5 tornado

Local businessman Joe Bommarito described the hours just after dark as, "eerie." "In the distance you could hear people whistling or calling for their pets," said Bommarito, owner of Wireless Zone Ortonville, 250 Ortonville Road....more >>

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Tucker steps in as BHS assistant principal

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Michael Tucker received unanimous approval from the school board Monday night to become the new assistant principal of Brandon High School....more >>

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Bald eagle shooter gets plea deal, misdemeanor, fine

By David Fleet Editor James Nelson, 65, pleaded guilty to the reckless use of a firearm, a misdemeanor punishable with a $100 fine last week, for allegedly shooting a 5-year-old bald eagle with a 12-gauge shotgun....more >>

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Brandon Township begins work on 2012 budget

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- A healthy fund balance and public safety are the top priorities as township officials begin work on the 2012 budget. The township board had their first budget workshop of the year June 13....more >>

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Interim Goodrich village council member appointed

By David Fleet Editor Village resident Richard Saroli was appointed to the Goodrich Village Council at their June 13 meeting. By a 3-1 vote, Saroli will now serve as an interim councilmember until the Aug....more >>

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BHS track to honor coach Gary Medland

Brandon Twp.- The track at Brandon High School has been named. The school board approved at their June 13 meeting a motion to name the track after Gary Medland, who coached boys varsity track and cross country at Brandon for more than a quarter century....more >>

News Briefs

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 >>
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Volunteer helps battle 50-acre Colorado wildfire

Katie (Quisenberry) Allen, a 1996 Brandon High School graduate, dropped her husband, Erin, off at the scene of a wildfire June 8. Then she returned home with their daughters, Lana, 2, and Fiona, 6-months, and prayed....more >>
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'Just to know that Jacob is here today because of my son...'

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Last Sunday was the 2-year anniversary of Jacob Roedel's kidney transplant. Jacob, now 10, will honor the memory of the man from whom he received the kidney when he attends the Josh Tolan Gift of Life 5K Run/Walk, which begins at 9 a....more >>

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Village at odds following hard drive investigation

Concerns over the ongoing investigation of a former Village of Goodrich official's computer hard drive have prompted even more ripples of discontent in an already shaky council. From breaches of personal information to public disclosure of e-mails to who's going to pay the $6,100 price tag for the action—the swirling laundry list of questions continues to grow....more >>

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Teacher contract settled in Brandon School District

Brandon Twp.- Teachers will pay more of their health costs and accept a wage freeze under the terms of a new 18-month contract approved by the district and the Brandon Education Association....more >>
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Relay for Life

Ortonville- The numbers are compiled: Thirty-six teams. Ninety-five survivors. More than 500 participants total, too many visitors to count and $78,144 raised in the battle against cancer....more >>
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Sew and so much more

Together with Provide Inc, Township Clerk Penny Shults helped host a sewing bee named Sew and So Much More. All volunteers pictured show off some of the items they created to send to needy children in Africa including dresses and other clothing items....more >>
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Kids helping kids

From left, Pine Tree Elementary students Jordan Lambiris, Nick Grech, Grant Hindman, and Anna Snyder show off their ceramic sea creatures. The little works of art will be installed at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit as part of a mural being constructed to help encourage kids going to the emergency ward....more >>
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Blaze burns apartments

The Orion fire department had their hands full June 10 when a structure fire ignited in the Orion Cove apartments. While the blaze looked small from the outside, Fire Chief Jeff Key said most of the fire was contained in the roof cavity above an apartment....more >>

News brief: Downtown lowdown

Wednesday, June 15, Work will continue on S. Broadway from M-24 to Front St. Electricians, and sidewalk installation continues in this area. Front St / Broadway St. alley will be open in both directions....more >>

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Pub changes hands

The new owners of the Hamlin Pub on M-24 near Clarkston Road are attempting to acquire the business's liquor and entertainment license, which is currently held by the Pub's previous owner....more >>

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Tax Abatement sought in Orion Twp.

Oakland Stamping LLC, which hopes to operate out of the Orion GM Plant as a supplier, is seeking an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate from the Orion Township government. The company is requesting this for tax abatement on a new personal property improvement with a total value of $6 million over 12 years....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

Learn science at camp

Camp Invention returns to Clarkston this summer, July 25-29, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Community Education Center. Created for children entering grades 1-6, the weeklong adventure program immerses participants in engaging, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as history and the arts....more >>
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A Tea In The Garden

A variety of art forms, from cake to sculpture to garden art, were brought together at the Lake Orion High School Art Club's Tea in the Garden last week. The tea showcased this year's new additions to the sculpture garden, which include a marble sculpture, a tiled tiger, welded metal flowers, and four Winterstone sculptures....more >>
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Water wonders

Dylon Carr scoops water into his bucket at Deer Lake Beach for his sandcastle, June 9. Independence Township Parks and Recreation held a School's Out Beach Party for all the Clarkston Community Schools students to celebrate the start of summer....more >>

Trout posts resignation

Springfield Township is in need of a new supervisor Mike Trout, elected township supervisor in 2008, emailed a resignation letter to board officials and members of the community, Tuesday morning....more >>

What to do about absent supervisor?

After missing four meetings in a row due to medical reasons with no set return, Independence Township officials are trying to figure out how to conduct business without a supervisor....more >>

School board OKs rules for communication

Unwritten rules for school board members soon will be, as a new set of Board Operating Procedures gains approval. Clarkston Board of Education members voted unanimously, Monday, to approve first draft of the rule book, which includes a Code of Ethics as well as regulations on trustee communication with each other, the public, and media....more >>
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River Day

Alissa Chrisekos, left, and Sara Galik weed the flower beds at River Day in Depot Park, June 11....more >>
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New playscape

Ben Foster, at left, and Christopher Tremblay try out the new playscape at the Shiawassee Basin Preserve off Davisburg Road in Springfield Township. Springfield Township Parks and Recreation are preparing for the new Springfield Farmers' Market at Shiawassee Basin Preserve, 10 a....more >>

Millstream

Clarkston author zeroes in on Soo Locks

Sault Ste. Marie of 1943 forms the backdrop for Dead Lock, the newest novel by B. David Warner of Clarkston. In the story, newspaper reporter Kate Brennan investigates a murder in Sault Ste....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Checking the news

Springfield Plains Elementary second-grade students, in front row from left, Samantha Aris, Hailey Faulkner, Karlee Neumann, Samantha Marshall, and Madelyn McVeigh, and, in back from left, Ingrid Keller, Landon Moore, Graham Marshall, Cameron Reyes, Avery Kersjes, and Eric Gohl check out historic editions of The Clarkston News during their tour of downtown Clarkston, June 3....more >>
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Kids get 'A Space 2 Dream'

The local organization "A Space 2 Dream" made it their first mission to help a 15 year-old boy named Devin when his family was going through a financial crisis. Last October, the non-profit group decorated his room with symbols of his two favorite sports teams, University of Michigan Wolverines and Miami Heat....more >>
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Clarkston grad sees green

When Hal Jordan puts on his power ring for the first time in movie theaters, June 17, he'll have Clarkston grad Geoff Johns to thank. The 1991 Clarkston High School graduate was a co-producer for the movie The Green Lantern, lending his extensive knowledge of the comic book hero....more >>

Bikers for hospital

Children at The Learning Experience Child Development Center, 7210 Sashabaw Road, recently participated in a Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All through May, they collected donations from friends and family to cover medical expenses for America's sickest children....more >>

Adventure race

The second annual Blast Adventure Race was June 4 at Depot Park. About 115 Racers in teams of two ran, biked, rode a horse, and canoed their way to the finish line with an overview map and compass, and only six hours to complete the task....more >>

A day for future pilots

Pontiac Miniature Aircraft Club hosts a Takeoff and Grow Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, June 19. New pilots of all ages are invited to learn to fly radio-controlled airplanes, with the help of club flight instructors....more >>

Marching band thanks

To all of the Waterfall Plaza businesses, Thank you so much for sponsoring my page in the Clarkston News. My CHS Marching Band London experience was awesome! It will be a senior year event I will never forget....more >>
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Prom night

Clarkston High School juniors and seniors invaded Depot Park for photos before heading off to Penna's in Sterling Heights for prom, June 2....more >>
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Cookie please

Selah Moore, 16 months, would like to take up her brother David Moore's offer of a cookie, at Depot Park last Saturday....more >>

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Football for a Cure T-shirts for sale

The Clarkston Wolves gridiron gang trade their blue and gold jerseys for pink and light blue jerseys for their Third Annual Football for a Cure, their pre-season scrimmage on August 13....more >>

City Clerk approved

City Council approved the contract for new City Clerk Kelly Richter on a unanimous vote. The clerk position is part-time with a salary of $9,802 annually. Any salary increases will be determined by an annual performance review conducted by the Personnel Committee with recommendation to the City Council....more >>

Springfield building services return

Springfield Township's Building Department services have moved back to the Springfield Township Civic Center's lower level offices. The department, operated by Code Enforcement Services, offers assistance on all building related issues including permits, applications, and questions....more >>

Historic presentation

Clarkston Historic District Commissionis is hosting a community presentation "dispelling common misconceptions regarding historic preservation" 7 p.m. on June 16 at "The Clark House," 71 N....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Nurse's peddle bike safety program" Teacher Betty Kozma's second-graders of Clarkston Elementary learned the rules of riding the road on bikes. Students participated in a bike safety and head injury prevention program organized by nurses from William Beaumont Hospital Rehabilitation Unit....more >>
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Tah-dah!

Oxford Elementary students put on their very own circus last week....more >>

Recall language filed

OHS teacher wants to oust Jacobsen, Marleau

Daniel Sargent is none too happy that state legislators are, in his view, weakening voter control at the local level and raising taxes for some, while lowering them for others. That's why the 12-year Oxford Township resident filed recall petition language Friday with the Oakland County Clerk's Office seeking to oust state Rep....more >>

Opinions mixed on allowing outdoor cafe on park property

Opinions were mixed during last week's Oxford Village Planning Commission meeting over whether a downtown restaurant should be allowed to use part of Centennial Park as an outdoor cafe for its customers....more >>
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Police: Juveniles confess to starting trailer fire

Juvenile mischief appears to be the cause of a Friday afternoon trailer fire in Lake Villa Mobile Home Park. The Oxford Fire Department, along with Oakland County Sheriff's, received a call around 1:23 p....more >>

Crash sends 3 to hospital

Three people were hospitalized following a multi-car accident on Friday, June 10 along Lakeville Rd. Oakland County Sheriff deputies from Oakland Twp. responded to the scene of a three car accident at Lake George and Lakeville Rd....more >>
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FISH honors Advocates of Needy

They're not rich nor are they famous, but they are the backbone of the Oxford-Orion area because they help feed folks in need. These generous and compassionate folks didn't go looking for recognition, they didn't seek the limelight, but they got it anyway last week as Oxford-Orion FISH held its annual "Advocate of the Needy" awards luncheon at the Lake Orion United Methodist Church....more >>

Sign up for summer reading at library, maybe win $1,500 for college

Encouraging a child to read during the summer could mean $1,500 toward his or her college savings. The Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) and the Michigan Education Trust (MET) launched the "Destination College Savings" Sweepstakes as part of the 2011 Library Summer Reading Program....more >>
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Local cattle get their 15 minutes

The film and television industry is so popular in the state of Michigan these days that you don't even have to be human to snag 15 minutes of fame. Just ask Dave Parks' cattle. Actually, they can't speak, so it's better to ask Parks....more >>

Still more state honors for VFW Post 334

Fewer than 10 percent of all VFW Posts are named an All-State Post and North Oakland VFW Post 334 has achieved that recognition for a second year in a row. Post 334 received All-State for their 2009-2010 year and was recognized as an All-State Post again for the 2010-11 fiscal year at the VFW State Convention held recently at the Troy Marriott, according to Post Commander Ernie Baker....more >>
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Film puts texting in 'Context'

Texting has become a language all to itself, full of one letter words and three letter phrases. Oxford resident David Thompson decided to take a satirical look at texting in his short film "Context", which took sixth place at the Christian Filmmakers 36-Hour contest held on May 27-28....more >>
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You look mahvelous!

Downtown Oxford kicked it up a notch Sunday afternoon with the "Hats and High Fashion" event in Centennial Park. Organized by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce, the three-hour event featured exotic fashions, gourmet fare, artwork, swinging music and of course, plenty of festive summer hats....more >>
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Have violin, will travel

Oxford resident Megan Wixom, 16, is getting the opportunity of a lifetime. Starting June 19, she will traveling to Europe for a month with the Blue Lake International Symphony Orchestra to perform in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Germany, Belgium and France....more >>
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What a great concert!

Second-year elementary orchestra students from Clear Lake, Lakeville, Leonard and Oxford elementaries performed last week for residents at Independence Village of Waterstone. After the concert, they stayed and chatted with the delightful seniors....more >>
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Born November 27th
1870: Joe Mack, builder of gasoline-powered delivery wagons which eventually evolved into the Mack Truck Company.
1874: Charles A. Beard, distinguished American historian who wrote History of the United States.
1909: James Agee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author (A Death in the Family).
1942: Jimi Hendrix, rock musician.
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1954: Alger Hiss, convicted of being a Soviet spy, is freed after 44 months in prison.
1959: Demonstrators march in Tokyo to protest a defense treaty with the United States.
1967: Lyndon Johnson appoints Robert McNamara to presidency of the World Bank.Testing the Rules of Engagement.
1967: Charles DeGaulle vetoes Great Britain's entry into the Common Market again.
1970: Syria joins the pact linking Libya, Egypt and Sudan.