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Welcome Aboard!

New LO board of education sworn in

The recently elected members of the Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education were sworn in at the July 13 board meeting. Superintendent Marion Ginopolis performed the swearing in honors....more >>

Pounding the pavement

It has been a long (LONG) time in the making, but downtown Lake Orion is looking good. After months of tore up streets, sidewalks and lights; after all the dust, pounding, crumbling and grumbling, the Streetscape Project is wrapping up....more >>

Debate over Eagle Valley expansion continues

The debate over the legitimacy of an Eagle Valley expansion has again been called into question. Since it came out in public this past May that the township signed off on allowing the landfill to expand, area residents have been concernd the appoval was rushed and reeks of something other than above the board politics....more >>
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Gas Wars!

Kroger action prompts prices to plummet

By Katelyn Crain Intern for The Review With the varying prices of gas on M-24, could the stations be at some kind of gas war? Between the M-24 intersections of Drahner Rd. in Oxford and Clarkston Rd....more >>
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Hi-tech meets running at Hanson's in downtown

By Katelyn Crain Intern for The Review Run into Hanson's Running shop if you're in need of an active life-style. Located on S. Broadway Street in downtown Lake Orion, Hanson's running shop does not only sell running shoes, but they offer the push some people need for an active life-style....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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Miracle Boxes at BB&E

On July 8, hundreds gathered at Crossman Park for Beets, Beats & Eats for the third annual Miracle Boxes packing night. The event was sponsored by Coats Village Funeral Home, 135 South St....more >>
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Island in the Sun—for tanning choices

Brandon Twp.- Summer is the time for tans, but you don't have to bake in blistering temperatures to get brown. At Island in the Sun, 1591 S. Ortonville Road, new owner Kayla Peck offers spray tanning or clients can achieve nice even skin tones by using one of seven tanning beds with four levels for beginning to experienced tanners....more >>

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Hole-in-one

Maybe it was the borrowed golf shoes. Maybe it was the used Titleist driver. Or maybe just a few lucky bounces. Any which way, Zack Doyen played the par four, 352-yard, sixth hole at Brentwood Golf Course to perfection on July 15 with a hole-in-one....more >>

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New pastor at Lakeview Community Church

John Grimshaw was formally installed as pastor of Lakeview Community Church,10023 S. State Road, Goodrich on July 10 with Bishop John Zuck officiating the service. Grimshaw was originally involved in various music ministries to churches throughout Michigan....more >>

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Board cuts extracurricular positions, block scheduling

In just one meeting the Goodrich School board chopped $250,000 from the school budget. The Goodrich School Board voted 5-2 on Monday night to eliminate the district's paid extracurricular positions and make them unpaid volunteer positions....more >>

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Brandon School board election deadline Aug. 16

Brandon Twp.- The deadline for filing to be placed on the November ballot as a candidate for school board trustee is 4 p.m., Aug. 16. Voters will select two district residents to fill two open seats on the school board this fall as Luke Frye and Kevin McClellan complete their terms ending Dec....more >>

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A Martian forever: Al Martus remembered

For more than two decades, Athletic Director Al Martus guided Goodrich Martians on the field. On July 18, the stellar leader, who had a career highlighted by eight state championships, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer....more >>

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Brandon teen fuels up to play national ambassador

Brandon Twp.- Living a healthy lifestyle and encouraging others to do the same comes with unexpected perks sometimes, as township resident Tyler Kwapis has learned. As one of the nine teens selected to be national ambassadors for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the 13-year-old flew in a plane for the first time, toured Washington, D....more >>
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'You get to see the best and worst of yourself'

On Bekka Seelbach's second day in Belize, she found a scorpion above the toilet and a tarantula in the shower. "By the third day, I wanted to cry," she said, noting that was the day she was also attacked by biting fire ants....more >>
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Local dresses,donates dozens of dolls

Brandon Twp.- On two beds in Ann Harvey's township home, dozens of baby dolls, maybe 60 in all, are lined up in rows. Some have bonnets, others wear pants or blouses trimmed with lace, a few even have their shoes on, but all are works in progress....more >>

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The votes are in for Best of the Best

In May and June, area residents were asked to vote for their favorite businesses—from best auto dealership to best pizza to best restaurant. The responses from many of our more than 28,000 readers were tallied....more >>

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New leadership for school boards

It was time for a change. Both Brandon and Goodrich will have new school board presidents at the helm. After his election to the Goodrich School Board in 2003, Tim Zirnhelt will now serve as president....more >>

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Judge nixes council meetings

The Goodrich Village Council has been ordered not to conduct meetings until after the Aug. 2 election. That's the word from 7th District Court Judge Geoffrey Neithercut, who decided Monday to halt further council meetings following a challenge by village resident Cynthia Beebe-Johnson....more >>
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Area sizzles

Baby, it's hot outside. How hot? It's so hot Sue Storrs' weeds are dying. "I've never seen that," laughed the Goodrich resident. "It's horrible. Thank goodness I have air conditioning and a pool....more >>

Dragon on the Lake provides summer fun

Get ready for summer fun when the Dragon Boat races come back to Lake Orion for the 3rd annual Dragon on the Lake Festival, August 26-28. This festival takes place in and around historic Downtown Lake Orion....more >>

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The Lo-down on Downtown

Tuesday started curb removal and replacement operations. Broadway will be closed between Flint and Front Streets, and westbound Flint Street will be closed between Broadway and Anderson....more >>

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Schools filling in staff

Two new principals were introduced at the July 13 Lake Orion school board meeting. John Blackstock was named principal of Stadium Drive Elementary School of the Arts, replacing Jesse Baker who retired....more >>

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Ortonville Recreation Area

By Ashley St. Aubin Staff Writer From 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., July 19, at the Brandon Township Public Library, the Ortonville Rotary Club is hosting the Ortonville State Recreational Rangers to discuss untapped resources at the state park....more >>

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Senior facility OK'd; August construction eyed

Goodrich- The village council unanimously approved the final site plan for two senior citizen facilities, paving the way for construction to begin next month. "I would say that this is the highest value commercial project in the Village of Goodrich in more than 10 years," said Bill Delaney, the interim planning and zoning administrator for the village on the project, known as The Pines of Goodrich....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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School board takes aim at big cuts, talk with teachers

We want to talk. That's the latest message from the Goodrich Schools administration to the Goodrich Education Association —which represents about 100 district teachers. "This is a difficult financial time," said John Fazer, district superintendent....more >>

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Church nixes 9-1-1 tower, county seeks site

Close, but no tower. By a 33-27 secret ballot on Sunday, the voting members of the Christ Lutheran Church rejected a proposal by the Lapeer County 9-1-1 to construct a tower on a section of church cemetery....more >>

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Schummer steps down as school board president

Brandon Twp.- Debbie Schummer has resigned as school board president, citing conflict with Superintendent Lorrie McMahon. Although she is relinquishing her post as president, Schummer will continue to serve on the board through her term that ends in 2012....more >>
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Destination: Guatemala

Guadalupe Zamora Lopez believes the means of breaking poverty is education. Born and raised in a poor village in Guatemala, Guadalupe was offered an opportunity to escape his situation and go to college with the help of missionaries....more >>
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Team Alliance:Next stop Mackinac

Lake Huron is the third largest fresh water lake in the world—just over 23,000 square miles. Sailing the expanse of water in about 50 hours is a great accomplishment—one that Hadley resident Paul Heumaier has done 17 times....more >>

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Library cuts to impact hours

Brandon Twp.- Every summer, the library is closed on Sundays and when school begins in September, the library is once again open seven days a week. Not anymore. In fact, come January, the library will be open to patrons only five days a week....more >>

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Despite battles, recalls, lawyers Goodrich operating efficiently CPA Karl Haiser: There is no basis for any allegations of deficit spending or loss of fund balance.'

Goodrich- Not only did the village not have a loss of fund balance for the fiscal years ending in June 2009 and June 2010, they actually increased the fund balance between the two years by more than $100,000....more >>
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Knight of Columbus Car Show

The Lake Orion Knights of Columbus turned up the heat this past weekend when they hosted their annual Charity Auto Show. The cars were as hot as the weather! Funds raised benefit special needs children....more >>
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Around we go

Mike Summers and his son Jacob Summers defy gravity in the Ball of Fire ride at the Oakland County Fair, July 12....more >>

Clarkston pupils top test averages

Results are in for Michigan Merit Exam and ACT tests, and Clarkston juniors continue to score above schools in Oakland County and the state. The juniors scored above average in all five testing subjects, reading, writing, math, science and social studies....more >>
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Family was always first for former ed.

For Jean Saile, family was most important. She and her husband James Saile created a big one, with six children. As Clarkston News editor from 1971-1977, family was a frequent topic of her weekly "Hill 'n Gully" column....more >>
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Optimist partnership saves Deer Lake

According to Independence Township Parks and Recreation Director Ken Elwert, Deer Lake wouldn't be in full force today if it wasn't for the partnership between Parks and Recreation and the Optimist Club, which donated $20,000 towards the beach this year....more >>
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Dinner benefit for bone marrow transplant

Family and friends of Doug Zywicki host a spaghetti dinner fund raiser for him, 5-11 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, at American Legion Post 377, 4819 Mary Sue Ave. Zywicki, 44, is a husband, father of two, and stepfather of two....more >>

Church hopes to help hungry children in Pontiac

Bridgewood Church teams up with Power Company Kids Club of Pontiac to help feed Pontiac inner city kids with their Making a Difference in a Child's Life event, formally known as One Day to Feed the World, on July 29-31....more >>

Vote deadline error repeated

History repeated itself after the City of the Village of Clarkston posted the wrong deadline date to run for city council. A public notice in the July 13 edition of The Clarkston News stating the deadline for nominating petitions for November's city council election was Aug 16....more >>
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Wax comes to musical life

History comes to life in the 2011 Clarkston Village Players Youth Theater's summer production of "Night at the Wax Museum." "The hysterical meets the historical in this comic romp through the wackiest wax museum in history," said Director Donna Ellis....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Hawk rescue

Jim Brueck and his family were at the lake by their Clarkston home when they noticed something in the tire bumper along the dock a young male red-tailed hawk. Brueck rescued it and brought it to shore....more >>
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To the fair, to the fair

Kids of all ages flocked to Springfield Oaks County Park last week for the Oakland County Fair. Many enjoyed the fun and delight of going on amusement park rides and playing carnival games while also visiting animals and exhibits in the various barns throughout the park....more >>
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Local Tea Party moves online

Carl Knaus, founder of the Saving America Tea Party in Clarkston, is back and ready to finish the job he and other activists started last November. "We had 11 tea parties last year that were very effective," Knaus said....more >>

Clarkston Rotary supports literacy

For months, Clarkston Rotarians have been bringing new books to their meetings on special occasions as well as collecting gently used books from sales and friends. On July 12, Rotarian Jeff Lichty delivered 205 books to Linda Eastman, a member of the Rochester Rotary club and program coordinator for Reach Out and Read-Michigan....more >>

Strides kick-off, Aug. 9

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for Oakland County hosts a kick-off rally, Aug. 9. "We are so excited to bring this nationally acclaimed walk to our community, said volunteer Event Chair Gabrielle Newton....more >>
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Garden Walk

Garden enthusiast enjoyed the sixth annual Clarkston Garden Walk sponsored by the Clarkston Farm and Garden Club. The tour included six different gardens throughout the community....more >>

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Interviews for interim supervisor

Springfield Township Board narrowed supervisor candidates from 14 down to eight, with interviews set this and next week. Candidates include Marc J. Cooper, former trustee; Virginia Fischbach; Roger Lamont, township trustee; William Leddy, planning commissioner; George Mansour, developer; Collin Walls, former supervisor of 32 years; Neil Willson, planning commissioner; and Paul Zelenak....more >>

Tons of Trucks

Independence Township Parks and Recreation hosts its ninth annual Tons of Trucks, 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at Clintonwood Park. Owners of unique and/or cool-looking trucks are invited to display their vehicles in the event, which returns after a year off due to budget cuts....more >>

Fireworks feedback

Independence Township Parks and Recreation is looking for feedback on its July 4 fireworks. They launched fireworks from a new location this year to increase viewing area. The new launch location was over 300 feet higher and 2,500 feet southeast of last year's launch site in Clintonwood Park....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "New Arrivals" Bob and Deanne Olsen of Clarkston announced the birth of twin daughters, Paige Rebecca and Dana Marie, born May 15 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak....more >>
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Going down!

Representing Leonard's Old Time Barber Shop in the dunk tank is Robin Rapson. She repeatedly got dunked during the annual Strawberry Festival. For more festival photos, please see pages 11, 13 and 28....more >>

DDA authorizes $52K to develop streetscape plan

After nearly 50 minutes of debate, much of which was heated, the Oxford Downtown Development Authority Monday evening voted 5-3 to pay $52,500 to two planning firms to develop a streetscape plan in the hopes of obtaining grants to make it a reality....more >>

Hunting/firearm ordinance amended to mirror state's 150-yard law

Oxford Township last week amended its ordinance regulating hunting and the discharge of firearms to mirror state law as it pertains to various occupied structures, but not before the public discharged a few opinions on the subject....more >>
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Village PD tests out sign to slow drivers

A new high-tech gadget designed to help slow lead-footed drivers is being tested by the Oxford Village Police Department. It's called the SPEEDsentry Shield radar display sign and it measures the speed of each vehicle that comes within range, then displays it to the driver....more >>
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Oxford begins rolling out the blue turf

Monday, July 18 was a blue-banner day in the history of the Oxford Athletic Department. The much anticipated blue and gold synthetic turf, given to the district as a gift from the Oxford Turf Committee, began installation at Oxford High Schools' Wildcat Stadium....more >>

Auditor gives twp. high marks

Oxford Township's finances got a clean bill of health plus some glowing compliments from the auditor last week. "Overall, I don't have anything alarming to report, which I'm happy to tell you," said auditor Rana Emmons, a certified public accountant and partner with the Plymouth-based firm Post, Smythe, Lutz and Ziel....more >>

Experimental road surface working well

ADDISON TWP. Motorists tooling along Lake George Rd. between Lakeville and Oakwood roads have probably noticed it's a much more pleasant ride than it used to be. That's because last October this 3-mile stretch of rural road was coated with a special test material that's resulted in a harder, smoother surface....more >>

Fishermen wanted for charity tourney Saturday

Oxford residents itching to bust out their fishing rods and tackle can do so this weekend and head out to Stony Lake Township Park for a fishing tournament. On Saturday, July 23 from 10 a....more >>

Officials debate what to do with $224K in surplus funds

Whenever local governments discuss money these days, it seems like the topic is always how they don't have enough. Not Oxford Township. Officials last week discussed what to do with $223,927 in unspent funds from the township's 2010 fiscal year....more >>
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A berry good time!

Saturday was a scorcher, but that didn't stop folks from flocking to the 59th Annual Strawberry Festival in downtown Leonard....more >>

Well woes plague twp.

Three out of four. That's how many Oxford Township municipal wells are currently off-line near the water treatment plant at Seymour Lake and Dunlap roads. "The common denominator between all of these seems to be that there's some sand that's being caught by the pumps and causing them to fail and so forth," said township engineer Jim Sharpe as he addressed the township board last week....more >>
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Oxford woman allegedly breaks into OCJ inmate's home

Oxford resident Patricia Osborn, 46, is now in jail after allegedly robbing a man who was in jail. Especially when the crime is allegedly breaking and entering into a residence of a known inmate in Oakland County Jail and allegedly stealing possessions belonging to the inmate....more >>

Stuff to do

n The American Red Cross will be having a blood drive at Oxford American Legion Post 108, 130 E. Drahner Rd, on Wednesday, August 3 from 1-7 p.m. Sall (248) 628-1051 for an appointment....more >>
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Don't be alarmed it's supposed to do that

Oxford Village's water treatment plant looked like a giant pot boiling over on a stove-top Sunday morning as water gushed out the top of the facility and cascaded down the sides. But don't worry nothing was broken....more >>
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Leonard comes alive!

Leonard's annual Strawberry Festival always draws a big crowd as the town comes alive with a parade, car show, children's activities and of course, plenty of strawberry sundaes. For more photos, please see Page 28....more >>
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Strawberry Festival winners

Parade Winners: Post 1950 Vehicle: 1st place: Andy and MaryEllen Davidson 2nd place: Tim Farmer Float: 1st place: Oxford Wildcat Golf Cart 2nd place: Addison Township Officials ...more >>
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1896: Ethel Waters, actress and blues singer.
1902: Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet, journalist and short story writer.
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1838: A mob of about 200 attacks a Mormon camp in Missouri, killing 20 men, women and children. Crossing the continent--on foot.
1864: Nevada becomes the 36th state. The story of a killer named Queho.
1941: After 14 years of work, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is completed.
1952: The United States explodes the first hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1968: The bombing of North Vietnam is halted by the United States.The Air Force's warhorse in Vietnam.