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Look out, Lake Orion!

Is this Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh's new toy to patrol village streets?

Nope, just a vehicle used by the U.S. military in such places as Afghanistan. Parts for the vehicle are manufactured in Auburn Hills. It was part of the Lake Orion's Memorial Day parade....more >>
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Business owners crash village meeting

Streetscape problems unite struggling businesses

The June 13 Village Council meeting was far more eventful than its agenda led readers to believe. Nearly every seat was filled by a downtown business owner or affiliate, and the meeting's call to the public section, which is usually sparsely used, devoured the majority of the meeting, as business owner after business owner stood at the podium....more >>
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Paint Creek parents worry about 5th grade

Their concerns are legitimate. Their concerns were shared. Their concerns were heard loud and clear Monday night at a Parent Teacher Organization meeting. But, what will be done about their concerns? What are their concerns? "Our concern," Michelle Kolp, president of the Paint Creek Elementary PTO told schools Superintendent Marion Ginopolis, "Is that this is such a pivotal year....more >>
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Nuts and stuff business finding success from Lake Orion

By Katelyn Crain Intern for Lake Orion Review Have you ever come up with a delicious recipe, and you're pretty sure you're the only one that ever thought of it? If so, you should seriously think about trademark protecting it....more >>
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When Orion wasn't Orion

By Katelyn Crain Intern for Lake Orion Review Ever wonder why it's called Orion Township, but the village is called Lake Orion? We have too, so we took the initiative to find out for you....more >>
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Get ready for 125,000-plus people in town

It is still over a year away, but folks over at Inidanwood Golf & Country Club are busy getting ready for the 2012 US Senior Golf Open slated to take place at the Orion course the week of July 9 thru 15....more >>

Snake lost in park, still missing

Samuel L. Jackson might have found snakes on a plane, but no one can find a missing snake in Addison Oaks County Park. A 32-year-old male resident of Auburn Hills filed a report on Thursday, June 9 with Oakland County Parks after he discovered his five-foot boa constrictor named Houdini had slithered away from his camper on Wednesday, June 8....more >>
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You'll never know unless you try

By Katelyn Crain Intern for The Review Diana Ostrand's got the right idea when it comes down to what she loves to do and how to pursue it. Her small downtown business, Accent on Art, has survived for 22 years and counting....more >>

Lake Orion Lions Jubilee this week

The Lake Orion Lions' Club is gearing up to host their annual Jubilee. This year's festival, at Canterbury Village, looks to be bigger and better than ever before. According to Club President Joseph Hildebrand, the carnival company responsible for providing rides and other amenities lost an event further north and the spare equipment will be brought down to augment the local Jubilee....more >>

Gingell appointed to Business Roundtable

Orion Township and Oakland County may soon have a bit more influence in Lansing's Secretary of State offices. Michael Gingell, Chairman of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and Vice President of Corporate Development for Polk was recently offered a position on the newly formed "Business Roundtable....more >>

Healing Power of the Arts Show

"The Healing Power of the Arts" is a traveling art exhibit created to bring attention to the important role of art and creativity in the healing process. The exhibit makes two stops: one at the Orion Art Center in Downtown Lake Orion from July 12-August 12 and the second at the Art Experience in Downtown Pontiac from August 22-September 16....more >>
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Getting to know noses that know

Elementary school training ground for police K-9s

Goodrich-Eiko is not your average dog. The 18-month-old Dutch shepherd is a local K-9 unit officer's newest partner. On June 21, five local law enforcement departments, including Oakland and Genesee counties, gathered at Reid Elementary....more >>
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GHS skeet team tops in state

On June 18, the Goodrich High School Skeet team competed in the Scholastic Clay Target Program Michigan State Championships at the Detroit Gun Club in Walled Lake. GHS won the state champion high school trophy and second place high school sporting clays trophy....more >>


Seasoned Readers Book Club keeps pages turning all year

Brandon Twp.- At the beach, poolside, or in a hammock could all be choice spots to enjoy a book during warm weather. But whether it is summer, fall, winter or spring, if you love books, there is a place for you in the Seasoned Readers Book Club....more >>
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On the blue water—the Huron Lady II

For more than a decade Goodrich resident Jenny Olsen has hosted the PBS Michigan Out-of-Doors weekly adventure television show. Now Olsen is exploring a new aspect of the Great Lakes state....more >>


Twp. dust control, grading delayed

Groveland Twp.- A late, wet spring has delayed dust control and grading on township roads. Township Supervisor Bob DePalma said some of the more than 45 miles of the townships dirt roads are still rough and dusty....more >>


New 9-1-1 tower in Hadley Twp.

Fox Lake Road will be the new site of a 9-1-1 tower. Lapeer County Central Dispatch Director Vic Martin said on July 5, the Hadley Planning Commission will consider a 150-foot tower on about one acre near the intersection of Fox Lake and Hadley roads....more >>


OUMC welcomes new pastor

Ortonville- Jeremy Benton will preach his first sermon as the pastor of Ortonville United Methodist Church, 93 Church St., at 10 a.m., July 10. Members of the community can welcome Benton at the 10 a....more >>


Bingo no longer jackpot for sports boosters

Brandon Twp.- In its heyday, bingo raised nearly $100,000 per year for the All-Sports Brandon Boosters. The weekly events held at the Player's Hall in Waterford drew 115-120 people on any given Saturday and were a boon for the Boosters, which supports athletes in the Brandon School District....more >>


Board meeting dates change; Lenar contract renewed

Brandon Twp.- Beginning in July, the school board will hold their regular meeting the third Monday of every month. The board has met the second Monday of the month for years, but unanimously approved the change during their June 13 meeting in order to accommodate Steve Lenar, acting executive director of fiscal affairs for the district....more >>


Township takes aim at solicitors ordinance

Atlas Twp.- The township board of trustees is considering an ordinance that would require a permit for hawkers, vendors and peddlers that decide to work in the community. Currently the township only bans solicitation in regards to prostitution....more >>

News Briefs


Coffee hour At 9 a.m., July 29, 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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'They will always have a place in your heart'

Host families sought for 2011-12 foreign exchange students

Brenda Timmermans always wanted six children. Her husband, Jos, wanted none. Their compromise is their only child, daughter Journey, 8. However, Brenda Timmermans found a way to give Journey a sibling, as well as expose her child to other cultures....more >>


When the Woody meets the road

Groveland Twp.-Produced just after World War II—the 1948 Ford wood-sided station wagon, which required wood varnish as part of the yearly maintenance program, often creaked and was rather unstable....more >>


It's time for fireworks

Donations still needed for July 2 show in Brandon Township

The Ortonville fireworks will be July 2 at dusk (approximately 10 p.m.), behind Chase Bank, 761 Ortonville Road. The rain date will be July 4. Funding for the annual display, which often attracts several thousand spectators, is short on cash however....more >>
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Two BHS youth credited for saving swimmer from pool

Brandon Twp.- A fun school day at the pool nearly turned tragic, but two Brandon High School students became heroes when they rescued a classmate. Allen Goeb and Tony Miettinen were honored June 9 for their actions in saving a female classmate from drowning....more >>

News brief: Downtown Lowdown

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: Pavement installed downtown all three days. First section: S. Broadway from M-24 north to Flint St. Second Section: W. Flint St from M-24 east to Broadway....more >>

News brief

Red van raises red flags at Green's Park

A lifeguard at Green's Park in Lake Orion notified village police, on June 14 of a suspicious van near the park. The lifeguard reported that a colleauge told him of a red van that had been "hanging around" the parking for the last couple of days....more >>

News Brief

Silverbell opening next week

It's been a long time, but according to the Oakland County road commission, next Thursday (June 30), a ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially open the new $4 million Silver Bell Road bridge over the Grand Trunk Western Railroad tracks....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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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


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 >>


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 >>


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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Nearly Unpaid Intern Brings Family To Orion For Fun

The Review's editorial intern, Katelyn Crain (who will be a junior at Ferris State University this fall) is not only helping us get out a weekly newspaper, she's helping out the local economy....more >>
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Get your paint on Lake Orion!

Local artist sewing artistic seeds

Kimberly Santini, local artist and philanthropist, helped spread the artistic seed when when she held a painting class at the Orion Art Center June 11. Offering encouraging words in addition to technical support, Santini guided each class member individually, offering appropriate advice for each unique problem....more >>
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Front page

Moving to the music

Connor Umscheid dances to the Irish music from Blackthorn during the first Friday of Concerts in the Park....more >>
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Recall in wrong place

Activists seeking to recall Gov. Rick Snyder count schools among their allies. But using school property in Clarkston crosses a line, officials say. "I called the Oakland County Sheriff's Department this weekend," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

Interim supervisor sought

Those interested in serving as interim Springfield Township supervisor have until July 1 to apply. In a special meeting, June 16, Township Board accepted the resignation of Supervisor Mike Trout, and set up a process to find his replacement....more >>

Supervisor hands duties over to deputy

Dave Wagner is effectively out as Independence Township supervisor. Wagner sent a letter to Township Board, June 13, officially transferring operational duties to Deputy Supervisor Rick Yeager....more >>
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Resident wants leaf burning ordinance extinguished

While smoke of any kind is bad, leaf burning is the worst, according to Sandra Boggemes who has an allergic reaction to it that sends her into "anaphylactic shock." "It causes your throat to start swelling shut, your tongue to swell, and it stops the airflow between your chest cavity and your mouth," Boggemes said....more >>

Latozas leaves legacy at North Sashabaw

Debbie Latozas was touched when Clarkston High School seniors and students from her 13 years at North Sashabaw Elementary showed up at an ice cream social, May 18. "The Kindergartners I started with graduated this year....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Celebrating 102 years

Alice Church, a patient at Clarkston Medical Group, celebrated her 102nd birthday with some of the staff. They decided to surprise Church with a decorated cake and some flowers in honor of her birthday....more >>
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Music outdoors

Lawn chairs filled Depot Park in downtown Clarkston on Friday night for the opening of Concerts in the Park. Blackthorn entertained the audience with songs that would tickle any Irish and non-Irish soul....more >>
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New tree by new Junior Girl Scouts

Clarkston Elementary Girl Scout Troop 70910 celebrated their bridging from Brownies to Juniors by planting a tree on Depot Road, May 24. The hydrangea tree from Wojo's replaces ash trees lost to the emerald ash borer in recent years....more >>
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Good times

Springfield Plains Elementary students relaxed and ate their popsicles after a fun-filled Field Day, June 1. Some of the activities included golf, kickball, soccer, an obstacle course and filling a bucket of water with just a sponge....more >>

News Briefs

School budget

Clarkston Community Schools is getting ready for the start of the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The Board of Education will discuss and vote on its budget on June 27 at the Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road....more >>

Idol competition at county fair

Oakland County Fair returns to Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road in Davisburg, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., July 12-16; and 9 a.m.-9 p.m., July 17. New this year is Oakland County Fair Idol Contest, open to all ages, solos, duets, trios, and choirs....more >>

Fourth of July

A full day of patriotic partying is planned this Independence Day in Independence Township. The Fourth of July parade through downtown Clarkston starts at 10 a.m., followed by the Independence Township Festival of Fun and Fireworks in Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road....more >>

City gives tax break

Clarkston City Council voted unanimously to reduce its debt service millage. The city reduced the millage from 5.4173 mills to 4.7034, a difference of .7139 mills. For a home or other property with a taxable value of $100,000, savings will be $71....more >>

Butterfly count at Independence Oaks-North

Oakland County Parks and Recreation hosts its annual North American Butterfly Count, 12:30-3:30 p.m., June 25, at Independence Oaks-North off Sashabaw Road near Upper Bushman Lake....more >>

Reunions set for Clarkston grads

Clarkston High School Class of 1981 plans a 30th reunion, Saturday, July 16, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., at Oakland County Sportsman's Club, 4770 Waterford Road. The reunion will include a portable bar, so alumni don't have to stay in the bar area to enjoy a drink and talk....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Burklow 'outstanding' with three medals at finals" Senior Stefanie Burklow medaled in three events at the Class A girls track finals. Burklow set a school record in the 1600 run with 15th-place finish in 5:10, took 6th in the 800 run in 2:19....more >>
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Resident spots toxic substance draining into Addison Oaks lake

Oakland County officials say it was paint thinner. Area resident Jim Fox believes it was gasoline. Whatever it was, both agree it was a toxic substance that had no business draining into a swimming lake at Addison Oaks County Park in Addison Township....more >>
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What a lovely bracelet!

Admiring some beautiful jewelry at the Oxford Farmers Market are Oxford residents Grace Howard (left) and Ann Deigel. The Farmers Market runs from 2 p.m. until dusk every Thursday in downtown's northwest parking lot....more >>

Albensi, Stephison file for council

Unless someone files as a write-in candidate, the Oxford Village Council election promises to be very uneventful. Two candidates, Tony Albensi and Kevin Stephison, filed nominating petitions Tuesday for two, four-year council seats, which are up for grabs in the Sept....more >>
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2-car crash sends 4 folks to hospital

Four people were rushed to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident along Seymour Lake Rd. Monday afternoon. Around 2:04 p.m., a 19-year-old male resident of Ortonville, driving a 1994 Saturn, was re-entering Seymour Lake Rd....more >>

Fault causes about 900 to lose power

Oxford experienced a power outage Monday that affected approximately 900 customers, according to DTE Energy Spokesman Len Singer. Singer said the outage, which occurred around 5 p....more >>
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Former DPW site to appear on ballot

No support for selling museum, other properties at this point

When Oxford Village voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 13, they will be asked for permission to sell a small piece of public property. Council last week voted 3-2 to place the 0....more >>

OHS grad produces quirky commercial

Ever watch those funny, quirky television commercials and wonder, "Who in the world came up with that idea?" Well, if you happen to see one for Famous Footwear involving some talking sneakers, it sprang from the minds of Nathan Bunker, a 2002 Oxford High School graduate, and his partner, Ruby Cantu....more >>

Leader Editorial

Say 'no' to carving up Centennial Park

We sincerely hope and strongly recommend that the Village of Oxford reject the Ox Bar & Grill's plans to carve off a piece of Centennial Park and turn it into an outdoor cafe to be used exclusively by its patrons....more >>

Citizens tell village council keep local police, avoid ballot

An outpouring of public support and praise for the Oxford Village Police Department occurred at last week's council meeting as officials continued discussions concerning the future of local law enforcement services and whether or not to place a question regarding them on the ballot....more >>

By the numbers...

Oxford Village's police and dispatch budgets for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins July 1, are $633,909 and $282,954, respectively, for a total of $916,863. The department is staffed by four full-time officers (including chief), six part-time officers, three full-time dispatchers and six part-time dispatchers....more >>

Refund coming for NE quad property owners

Property owners in downtown Oxford's northeast quadrant can expect to receive refund checks from the village. Council last week voted 5-0 to refund 100 percent of the balance of a special parking assessment fund to the property owners who have paid into it....more >>

4th Annual Lapeer Country Cruise hits the road Saturday

Celebrate the heydays of the 1950s and 1960s when cruising was a way to celebrate Michigan summer weekends. Rev up your hotrod or muscle car, show off your collector or custom automobile, and spend the day cruising a stretch of Lapeer Road on Saturday, June 25, from noon-9 p....more >>

Leader Editorial

Thanks for keeping an eye on things, Mr. Fox

In this day and age when it seems like nobody wants to get involved, speak up or right wrongs, we have to commend area resident Jim Fox for reporting the water pollution at Addison Oaks County Park (see Page 1)....more >>
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Council hears opposition to outdoor cafe

Opposition to allowing a downtown restaurant to operate an outdoor cafe in Oxford Village's Centennial Park was high at last week's council meeting. "We're not in favor of having the park being picked away into pieces and given to private businesses to use....more >>

Stolen car recovered in Addison

Oakland County Sheriff's in Addison Twp. helped the Auburn Hills Police Department recover a stolen vehicle. Kalamazoo resident Andrea Jenkins, 23, was arraigned on charges of unlawful driving of an automobile after she allegedly stole her friend's vehicle June 10....more >>
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Ready to ride!

Riding bicycles this summer got a whole lot safer for some local kids thanks to a free clinic put on Saturday by the Oxford-Orion Kiwanis Club, Oxford Village Police, Main Street Bicycles and the Oxford Fire Department at the Oxford Marketplace shopping center....more >>
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1865: The last Confederate army surrenders in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1868: President Andrew Johnson is aquitted of all charges of impeachment.
1896: The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.
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