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Annual celebration dampened by weather

Ma Nature 1, Fireworks 0

Apparently Mother Nature decided it was a better idea to have Fourth of July fireworks on July 4, rather than July 2. Regardless, Lake Orion's annual Independence Day Fireworks show was put on hold due to straight-line winds that brought down trees, power lines, hail and knocked out power for 2,000 DTE Energy customers in Lake Orion and Orion Township....more >>

Measles on the rise?

CDC, county issue warnings for vaccinations

By Katelyn Crain Review Intern If you or your children are not up to date on vaccinations, don't wait any longer. Get to a doctor and get it done! Recent studies have shown there is an increase in the amount of measles found in the U....more >>
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A toy store for everyone

Another reason to shop locally!

By Katelyn Crain Review Intern Going to a toy store is usually always more exciting for a kid. But what if there was a toy store that adults could get excited about, too? What if there was a toy store that you could find a gift for just about everyone on your Christmas list? Look no farther, because this store exists in the beautiful downtown area of Lake Orion....more >>
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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 >>

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 >>

Concerns nearly kill new business

With streetscape essentially finished, the introduction of new businesses seems almost natural with the rebirth of Lake Orion Village. On June 27, one such new business was nearly denied entry into downtown....more >>

Best $2 I've spent in a while

I skipped my morning coffee last Wednesday and instead used the $2 to buy a ticket for the Get Motivated event just down the road, at The Palace. I had never attended something like this but, given the price, it was way too good of a deal to pass up....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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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 >>

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Cut-a-thon From 11a.m.-4 p.m., July 10, Grondin's Hair Center, 380 N. Ortonville Road, will host a cut-a-thon with the proceeds going toward Adam Heichel's medical expenses. Adam was in a serious motorcycle related accident and does not have medical insurance....more >>

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Assistant Brandon superintendent resigns McKinney will be Berkshire Middle School assistant principal

Brandon Twp.- Assistant Superintendent and Curriculum Director Joanna McKinney's last day in the district was June 30. McKinney resigned last month after accepting a position as assistant principal at Berkshire Middle School in the Birmingham School District....more >>

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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 District ekes out 11th hour budget

Brandon Twp.- The school board approved by a 6-0 vote a budget for the 2011-2012 school year on June 30, squeaking in just hours under the state deadline of July 1 and avoiding a shutdown of the district....more >>

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Goodrich Michigan Merit Exam scores sag

The Michigan Merit Exam scores declined or remained unchanged for juniors in the Goodrich School District in 2011, compared to the 2010 test scores. In the 2011 MME results released eariler this month, Goodrich had 66 percent mastery in math, (down 7 percent), 72 percent in reading (down 7 percent), 75 percent in science (even), 86 percent in social studies (down 7 percent) and 60 percent in writing (down 7 percent)....more >>

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Railroads from the Past

The last train left Ortonville April 25, 1931. Only a handful of residents can still recall the era when steel track was the major mode of transportation in Southeastern Michigan. Those interested in learning more about local railroads are invited to attend a special presentation by historian Ken Schramm....more >>
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'A Footpath in Umbria: Learning, Loving and Laughing in Italy'

Brandon Twp.- By her own admission, Nancy Solak is an uptight, nervous person. On a trip to Europe with her husband Richard for their 25th wedding anniversary, Solak was on a train in Italy when she had a moment of clarity....more >>
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2011 Oakland County Fair plenty for the whole family

So far, Alice Lalone is having a pretty decent summer. Not only is the 17-year-old Rochester High School student confident about showing top grade steers and lambs at the upcoming Oakland County Fair set for July 12-17—but she'll do it as the 2011 Oakland County Fair Queen....more >>
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Commission OKs 9-1-1 tower on historic cemetery, church to vote Sunday

Hadley Twp.-Arlene Sapian never imagined the property her family donated to the Christ Lutheran Church to expand the congregation's cemetery could be leased for financial gain. "I would be very disappointed," said Sapian, 92....more >>

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Council names village manager

Ortonville- The village council has unanimously agreed to approve the hiring of John Lyon as the next village manager. He will start work Aug. 1, pending background and reference check approval....more >>
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Weather delays Brandon fireworks

Brandon Twp.- A line of storms that sprang up on July 2 put a damper on the planned Ortonville fireworks. Further confusion arose over the rain date, but ultimately, the show must go on, and did— the next night....more >>

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Lowdown on downtown

Streetscape may be close to finished, but there are still a number of items to complete. Starting July 5, workers from Wade Trim began assessing the slopes on the sidewalks between Front and Flint Street, Broadway and Anderson, and Anderson and Orion Road....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 >>

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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 >>
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Scottish Fest at Canterbury Village

The weekend of July 2 and 3 transformed the grounds at Canterbury Village into a festival for all things Scottish. Heavy athletics, traditional dancing, the drone of bagpipes, and hearty food greeted any lucky enough to visit the annual event....more >>
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Parading on the Fourth

Thousands lined the streets of Clarkston as community groups and businesses, marching bands, fire trucks, restored military vehicles, and politicians marched down Main Street in celebration of the Fourth of July....more >>

Four more years for Dr. Rock

Dr. Rod Rock got four more years as Clarkston's superintendent in his new contract, approved June 27. Clarkston Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve the contract, which runs from July 1, 2011-June 30, 2015....more >>

Lots of talent at Oakland County Fair

The new Oakland County Fair Idol singing contest is shaping up well, said L.C. Scramlin, general manager "Lots of people are contacting the office to set up a tryout," he said. "One worry is that there are more than we can get in....more >>

Trustees want long-term disability changes

Until Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner applied for it, trustees didn't know the township's short-term disability insurance applied to elected officials. To find out what else they don't know, they set up a Disability Study Group....more >>
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A time for vets

Festival goers took time out from their Independence Day fun to honor veterans, July 4 at Clintonwood Park. Captain Bart Clark of Clarkston, U.S. Navy retired, recognized veterans from World War II through the current War on Terror during the ceremony, capped with a 21-gun salute by American Legion Post 377 Honor Guard....more >>
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Millstream

Beauty queen gives her best at states

After becoming Miss Michigan Teen USA in 2008 and Miss Oakland County in 2010, Elizabeth Hawthorne took the stage once again on June 18, hoping to be crowned Miss Michigan 2011. She walked away with a smile as third runner up (fourth place)....more >>

Shooting Stars

Hold on for fun!

Sofia Traver holds Collin Prize's hand as they go down the slide at Clarkston Community Church's Liberty Fest on July 4 before they watched the fireworks....more >>
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Scout donates hundreds of toys

When it comes to making a difference, 11-year old Matthew Ross showed age holds no limits. After a recent tornado devastated the town of Ringgold, Ga., Ross decided to help by donating toys to the affected children....more >>
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Gleeked out

Enthusiastic singers, dancers and actors performed to two of their favorite songs during Glee Musical Camp on Thursday. On the first day, the campers auditioned and worked in pairs, pitching songs they wanted to sing and dance to....more >>
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Successful 4th parade

Whether it was the sound of kids screaming for candy along the parade route, or the long line of tractors, motorcycles, fire trucks and various floats traveling down Main Street, the "almost didn't happen" July 4 parade proved to be a success....more >>

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High-speed lake Quake

This summer's 12th annual "Quake on the Lake" hosts the 2011 National Inboard Hydroplane Championships, July 16-17 at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. The last time the National Inboard Hydroplane Championships were held in Michigan was at Ford Lake near Ypsilanti in 1969....more >>

Spray Masters show

Davisburg's Spray Masters Water Ski Club and Show Team perform a Water Ski Show, 7 p.m., Thursday, July 21, at Big Lake in Springfield Township. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an amazing show filled with costumes and breathtaking skiing....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Rubbing elbows with the stars" George White served as Pine Knob Music Theatre's director of community relations during the first two decades of operation. During this time, White described experiencing many interesting moments, such as meeting Gene Simmons....more >>
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The price of independence

Clarkston resident Bill Smith takes some time Sunday following a Fourth of July concert in Centennial Park to pay his respects at the various war memorials. We must never forget that our independence was bought and paid for with the blood of patriots....more >>

MME, ACT results down for Oxford Schools

The Michigan Merit Exam and ACT results have once again declined for juniors in Oxford Community Schools. Compared to last year's MME test results, all five testing subjects math, reading, science, social studies and writing were down anywhere from less than one percent to nearly 11 percent for students who met mastery level requirements....more >>

Council addresses Helmuth's role in cover-up

After months of silence, the Oxford Village Council last week finally addressed the issue of one its members covering up an alleged embezzlement of tax payments when she was a municipal employee....more >>

Extra! Extra! Your garage is on fire!

A newspaper delivery person brought news of a garage fire to the owners of 1949 Thorntree Lane in Oxford Township on Monday, July 4. Reported shortly after 2:30 a.m., the blaze completely destroyed a 572-square-foot detached garage containing a Land Rover and a couple of riding lawn mowers "A newspaper lady saw the flames and smoke, went up (to the house) and woke the people up," according to Oxford Fire Chief Pete Scholz....more >>

Seymour Celebration returns with carnival, live music, fireworks!

As far as summer festivals go, it's still the new kid on the block, but the Seymour Celebration has arguably become Oxford's largest and most eagerly anticipated event. "I think every year it just gets bigger and bigger," said Ron Davis, director of the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department, which organizes and runs the festival....more >>

Storm brings 60mph winds, power outages

The summer wind came blowin' in Saturday evening, but it wasn't the pleasant experience that Frank Sinatra crooned about in the 1960s. One of the National Weather Service's trained spotters in Oxford reported wind gusts of 60 miles per hour and three-quarter inch hail during the severe storm that rolled in around 7 p....more >>
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Rifle bullet sails through Oxford Woods home

"Shocked . . . upset . . . sick to my stomach." That's how Michelle Hrischuk described her feelings after it was discovered Monday night that a bullet from a high-powered rifle had penetrated her home in the Oxford Woods subdivision....more >>
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Addison library gets e-facelift

These days if you're not on-line, you're not in-touch. Multinational corporations know it. Teenagers know it. Even small, rural public libraries know it. That's why the Addison Township Public Library launched a brand new website and created its own page on Facebook....more >>
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Girlfriends Walk a hit again!

They came. They browsed. They bought. By all accounts, the third Girlfriends Walk event was a rousing success as hordes of enthusiastic women hit the streets of downtown Oxford to check out everything our local merchants have to offer....more >>
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What a magical evening!

Local magician Baffling Bill brought his bag of tricks to the Addison Township Public Library last week as part of the children's summer reading program. He amazed and delighted both kids and parents with his mind-boggling illusions and colorful sense of humor....more >>
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Ghiaciuc hosts motorcycle ride to fight cancer

The only thing larger than NFL player Eric Ghiaciuc's rather imposing 6-4 frame is his heart. That's why for the second straight year the 2000 Oxford High School graduate is putting on the Rubber & Roads motorcycle ride Saturday, July 9 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society....more >>

Rev. McMunn: 'It's difficult to say good-bye'

Saying good-bye is never an easy thing in life, especially for pastors in the United Methodist Church (UMC) who are routinely moved from community to community. "I cried when I left town as I've cried each time I have moved as a pastor," said Rev....more >>
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Biz owner hosts tournament to fund disc golf course

Thomas Robinson is so passionate about disc golf that not only did he open a business that revolves around the popular sport, he's conducting a tournament to help repair and maintain Oxford Township's only course....more >>
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Born August 27th
1871: Theodore Dreiser, novelist (Sister Carrie).
1899: C.S. Forester, novelist and author of the Horatio Hornblower series.
1908: Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of the United States (1963-1969).
1910: Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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in history
1941: The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumimaro Konoye, issues an invitation for a meeting with President Roosevelt.
1945: B-29 Superfortress bombers begin to drop supplies into Allied prisoner of war camps in China.
1963: Cambodia severs ties with South Vietnam.
1979: Lord Mountbatten is killed by an Irish terrorist bomb in his sail boat in Sligo, Ireland.
1989: Chuck Berry performs his tune Johnny B. Goode for NASA staff in celebration of Voyager II's encounter with the planet Neptune.