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Big Wheel Keeps on Rollin'

The Lake Orion Lions Jubilee at Canterbury Village this past weekend had plenty to offer the community -- not just thrills of the ferris wheel or pirate's ride, pictured above. For more on the festival see The Back Page....more >>

The dragon returns to Lake Orion

It's that time of year again. The buzz is beginning for the third annual Dragon on the Lake Festival. Bringing in old favorites and new additions, Orion Art Center Director Reggie Harrison believes this year will be the biggest and best the event has ever experienced....more >>

Fireworks this weekend!

(If Ma Nature cooperates)

The summer of fun continues here in Lake Orion with the annual fireworks show on the lake, this Saturday (July 2). And, according the latest weather forecast from the National Weather Service station in White Lake, there is a "chance of thunderstorms" Saturday night, with a low around 64....more >>
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Vinyl still grooves it at Broadway Records in downtown

By Katelyn Crain Review Intern After almost 30 years, moving to and from five different locations, and dealing with a fire that destroyed it all, Richard McGlashen could not be happier because his business, Broadway Records, is still alive and bumpin'....more >>
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Meet Orion's new Trustee

What Lake Orion gained in a new Township Supervisor it lost in a trustee, but that problem has been rectified. Long time Orion resident Michael Flood has joined the Orion Township Board of Trustees as the seventh and newest, member of the board....more >>

Milestones

Academics

Erica Ricketts of Goodrich and Chelsea Perry of Ortonville have been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Columbia College Chicago. To be named to the dean's list at Columbia College Chicago, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours and have a 3....more >>

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Calendar

Basketball clinic From 9-10 a.m. or 6 -7 p.m. (two separate classes) on Tuesdays, July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2, and from 9-10 a.m. or 6-7 p.m. ( two separate classes) on Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28 and Aug....more >>

GM hosts open house at Orion Assembly

With the economic climate improving for them, and their Orion Assembly Plant updates, General Motors decided it was time to show off their changes. On June 22, the Orion Assembly Plant hosted displays, and other fun activities that related to cars or community....more >>

Peacoat Monument closer to completion

Area veterans and their families have waited years for the memorial wall to be erected behind Orion Veterans' Peacoat Monument, located at 312 S. Broadway St. Sources tell us the wall will be up within a week or two and a date for the wall-welcoming ceremony will follow (stay tuned to future editions of The Review for date and time updates)....more >>
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Fall apple crop looks 'appealing'

With summertime just heating up, it's difficult to think of the cool days of autumn and apple season. But for at least some apple growers, fall can't get here fast enough. The Michigan Apple Committee is estimating the state's apple crop this year will be about 28 percent bigger than average....more >>

News Briefs

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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Brandon School Board debates budget at 11th hour

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The state requires that school districts have a budget for the next school year in place by July 1 or shut down. The school board here received a 2011-12 budget to review at 5:26 p....more >>

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Village coffers swell to 136 percent:'We have to be frugal...'

Ortonville- In the current economy, budget cuts have become the norm. Not in the village. In a time when many municipalities struggle to meet a recommended fund balance of at least 10 percent, the village has exceeded that amount....more >>

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New skate park rules take aim at safety, noise

Ortonville- Changes to Village Skate Park usage will begin this week. The village council unanimously approved changes at their June 27 meeting that they hope will reduce or eliminate complaints from neighbors as well as improve safety for park users....more >>

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Just strolling along

Local commissioner takes 432,827 steps for OCEF

For 25 days in May, every step that Beth Nuccio took counted. The Brandon Township resident and Oakland County Commissioner logged 432,827 steps from May 4-May 29 and by doing so, won the first-ever "Commissioners Count Your Steps Charity Competition....more >>
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Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack is coming to Brandon. The national program in which students in need are sent home with kid-friendly food every weekend during the school year will happen in the Brandon School District for the 2011-12 school year....more >>
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Just tugging along

Township resident competes in annual International Tug Boat Race in Detroit

At 12 knots or about 13 mph, most boats would not win many races. Unless it's a tugboat. On Saturday, Brandon Township resident and tugboat owner Paul Vassall piloted his vessel the "Jessie T" to a second place finish in the 35th Annual International Tug Boat Race in Detroit....more >>

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District hammers out budget

Teacher lay-offs, concessions, sagging reserve funds debated

Goodrich-On Monday, the school board voted 6-1 to accept a budget for the 2011-2012 year—yet despite the approval of the new outline of spending and expenses—trustees, teachers and residents are still unsure of the financial future of the district....more >>
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Just call it home

For most area residents, cell towers are a common fixture of the urban landscape—needed to keep cell phones chirping. However, a handful of local osprey have found another use for the steel behemoth—a highrise home....more >>
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Freedom of speech or offensive?

Ortonville- Many Americans will celebrate Independence Day Monday and the rights this country enjoys, but here in the village this past Monday, one of those freedoms, the freedom of speech, was debated....more >>

Lowdown on Downtown

Brick work will be completed at the main intersection of Flint and Broadway streets. Irrigation workers will continue working on newly planted trees. Electricians will continue, and work in Childrens Park resumes....more >>

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Silver Bell opening (finally)

Tomorrow (Thursday) is the official opening of the new $4 million Silver Bell Road bridge over the Grand Trunk Western Railroad tracks. Silver Bell Road has been closed since Feb. 9, when the old bridge was shut down for safety concerns....more >>

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Shanley case closed

The investigation into Lake Orion Police Lt. Harold Rossman concerning the death of 38-year old Eric Shanley on May 6 is closed. Rossman was cleared of any negligence. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the investigation was very thorough, and involved not only his investigation but the prosecutors office as well....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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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

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 >>
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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 >>

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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 >>
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Jubilee brings a theme park to Orion Township

The Lake Orion Lion's Club's 2011 rendition of the Jubilee went off without a hitch, attracting crowds of kids and parents alike to experience what they had to offer. Between the multitude of rides, treats and eats, nary a dull moment could be had at the three day festival....more >>
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To the market

Todd and Michelle Carter of Clarkston, at the Clarkston Farmers' Market with their children Miles, left, and Maya, check out some fresh green beans offered by Rose Szubielak of Rose Mary's Garden, Columbiaville....more >>
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Independence saved

Kept promises keep Fourth fun in Clarkston

Without direct community support, Clarkston's Fourth of July would have withered on the vine this year. But folks came through, ensuring a day filled of parading patriotism through downtown and festival fun in Clintonwood Park, topped with a full fireworks display....more >>

Schools $2.6 million short

Clarkston Community Schools will start the year $2.6 million short as they begin their 2011-2012 fiscal year, Friday. The Board of Education voted unanimously, Monday, to approve the budget....more >>
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Local grower shares knowledge at Garden Walk

Virgil Roberts' home with its variety of trees is one of six featured on the 2011 Clarkston Garden Walk, Wednesday, July 13, 12-7 p.m. The home sits on a hill overlooking Roberts' tree farm, one of the largest in Oakland County....more >>

History roars to life with restorer's help

When the Clarkston Fourth of July Parade marches down Main Street, Monday, Terry and Muriel Shelswell of Independence Township, and their sons Michael and Ben, will be there in Terry's collection of historic military vehicles....more >>
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Millstream

History roars to life with restorer's help

When the Clarkston Fourth of July Parade marches down Main Street, Monday, Terry and Muriel Shelswell of Independence Township, and their sons Michael and Ben, will be there in Terry's collection of historic military vehicles....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Lots of early produce at market

Clarkston Farmers' Market is open for business. The market opened June 18 and runs every Saturday through Oct. 8, except for Art in the Park on Sept. 17. Hours are 8 a.m.-12 p.m., rain or shine, in the Clarkston parking lot across from Depot Park....more >>
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'Indigo' author learns from life

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston author Susan Topping tells the story of spiritual enlightenment through her son, in her book "Indigo Wisdom." "In the current climate of upheaval and insecurity, my story should offer hope with the evidence that learning to just go with God's plan is a lot more productive than fighting what we cannot control," said Topping....more >>
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Depot Park invaded by Beatlemania

Despite the damp chilly weather on Friday, a large crowd bundled with blankets and sweatshirts made their way to Depot Park to listen famous Beatles Tribute Band Toppermost. The band played famous hits from the Beatles' live performances in 1963 to their last studio album in 1970....more >>

Car wash to help American Legion

The American Legion Auxiliary Campbell Richmond Unit 63 hosts its fourth annual car wash to benefit Auxiliary programs and to help send care packages to troops overseas. The car wash will be at Lewis E....more >>

Clarkston man faces misfortune with optimism

BY TREVOR TURNER Special to the Clarkston News Three years ago, Dan Burke of Clarkston woke up at 5 a.m. to lift weights in the basement of his home. "That's when it blew," Burke said....more >>
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Teddy Bear Picnic

"Wild Wild West" was the theme of this year's Teddy Bear Picnic held at the pavillions at Clintonwood Park on June 24. Children ages 2-5 enjoyed dressing in western style as they had story time, hot dog lunch, pony rides, a Teddy Bear craft and teddy bear parade....more >>

Marching band thanks

Dear McLaren Health Care Center, Thank you so much for helping me out with my trip to London with the Clarkston High School Marching Band. It was the coolest trip I have ever been on....more >>

News Briefs

Liberty Festival

Clarkston Community Church hosts its fifth annual Liberty Festival, July 4, 7-10 p.m., on church grounds, 6300 Clarkston Road. The festival features air games, frozen custard, pizza and a view of the Independence Township fireworks at Clintonwood Park, all free....more >>

CHS reunion, picnic

The Clarkston High School Class of 1981 reunion is Saturday, July 16, starting at 5:30 with dinner at 7 p.m., at the Oakland County Sportsman's Club. Cost is $45 for dinner, music, and includes beer, wine and soft drinks....more >>

Burn study group

Independence Township needs seven citizens to study and make recommendations to the Township Board about its open burning ordinance. The ordinance was brought to the board's attention by Sandra Boggemes who suffers serious health issues when leaves are burned....more >>

Cure T-shirts on sale

Clarkston Wolves gridiron gang's Third Annual Football for a Cure is Aug. 13. T-shirts, jerseys, and polo shirt orders are available through July 29. Jerseys are $100, name plate is $50, and $50 to become an honorary "Coach of the Day....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "2 local students are tops in math" Springfield Plains students, Chris Freed and Blake Harlow, recieved perfect scores on the international Mathematical Olmpiads....more >>
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Cruise control set for summer fun!

Engines raced and chrome gleamed as vintage automobiles ruled the highway Saturday when the Lapeer Road Country Cruise returned for a fourth year of gas-guzzling fun in the Motor City sun....more >>
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Moran named Grand Marshal for Strawberry Fest parade

When the annual Strawberry Festival parade rolls through downtown Leonard on Saturday, July 16, it will be led by Grand Marshal John Michael Moran. "I guess if you stay alive long enough, they make you Grand Marshal," said the 78-year-old, who's lived in Leonard since 1967....more >>
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Monster crappie caught in private Oxford lake

There are some monster fish swimming around Oxford Township's Davis Lake just ask Bryon Cunningham. On May 19, this 25-year-old master angler from Sterling Heights caught a black crappie in the private lake that weighed a whopping 3 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 14 inches in length....more >>

Churches hosting patriotic event in downtown park

First Baptist Church of Oxford and the Baptist Church of Hadley are inviting the community to celebrate this nation's 235th birthday with patriotic music and skits in downtown's Centennial Park at 6 p....more >>
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Oles named 1st runner-up in Miss Michigan, plans to go back

Kelly Oles is the personification of that old saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." The 23-year-old Oxford resident recently competed against 30 other young ladies in the Miss Michigan pageant for the second year in a row and was named first runner-up....more >>
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Reading and cookies? Sweet!

Kids love parks. Kids loves stories. Kids loves cookies. Put them all together and you've got one very popular weekly event put on by the fine friendly folks at the Oxford Public Library....more >>
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Feeneys are a racing dynasty in the making

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor A father is never prouder than when his son decides to follow in his footsteps or in the case of Oxford resident Kevin Feeney, his tire tracks. His son, Kyle Feeney, started racing sprint cars this year just like his old man and has quickly proved himself to be a chip off the old block and in some ways, even better....more >>

Golf cart crash sends teen to hospital

A 17-year-old Rochester Hills resident was taken to the hospital June 22 after he was involved as a passenger in a golf car crash at Copper Hills Golf Course in Addison Township. According to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, the driver of the cart, a 16-year-old Orchard Lake resident, failed to negotiate a curve in the cart path between the fifth and sixth holes and lost control of the vehicle....more >>
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Veteran coverage earns OCTV, Service more state awards

Winning an award one year means you did a good job. Winning the same award two years in a row means you're consistently doing good work. The latter is most definitely the case when it comes to Oxford Community Television (OCTV) and William Service, commander of American Legion Post 108 in Oxford....more >>

Two injured, pit bull dead following attack

Two women are injured and a pit bull is dead following an early morning altercation on Thursday, June 23 in the 800 block of Gibson St. in Oxford Township. Around 12:30 a.m., a 39-year-old Oxford woman and her 16-year-old daughter were arguing, when the daughter allegedly "pushed the mom back to get some personal space," prompting the pit bull to attack the teenager, according to Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt....more >>

Officials want cemetery marked

A historical marker could soon be placed in Addison Township's Lakeville Cemetery. On June 20, the township board voted 7-0 to authorize Clerk Pauline Bennett to submit an application to the state that would designate Lakeville Cemetery as a official historical site....more >>

Downtown Development Authority recommends outdoor cafe can be east or west of eatery, not in park

After a lengthy discussion and three failed motions during its June 20 meeting, the Oxford Downtown Development Authority board ultimately voted 5-4 to recommend that a downtown restaurant be allowed to have outdoor seating on the sidewalk area located on the east or west side (front or rear) of its building, but not in Centennial Park as proposed....more >>

DDA gearing up for Celebrate Oxford

The Oxford Downtown Development Authority is gearing up for Celebrate Oxford on Saturday, August 6. A Pancake Breakfast begins a day filled with family fun activities and entertainment....more >>
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Born August 23rd
1883: Jonathan Wainwright, U.S. general who fought against the Japanese on Corregidor in the Philippines and was forced to surrender.
1898: Albert Claude, biologist who won the 1974 Nobel for his work on the sub-structure of the cell. He never graduated from high school.
1912: Gene Kelly, dancer, choreographer and actor.
1931: H.O. Smith, molecular biologist credited with helping 'open the door' on genetic engineering.
1934: Sonny (Christian) Jurgensen, professional football player and sports announcer.
August 23rd
in history
1711: A British attempt to invade Canada by sea fails.
1775: King George III of England refuses the American colonies' offer of peace and declares them in open rebellion.
1821: After 11 years of war, Spain grants Mexican independence as a constitutional monarchy.
1863: Union batteries cease their first bombardment of Fort Sumter, leaving it a mass of rubble but still unconquered by the Northern besiegers.
1900: Booker T. Washington forms the National Negro Business League in Boston, Massachusetts.