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Police: Gun sale turns into armed robbery in Oxford subdivision

The peace of a normally tranquil Oxford Township subdivision was shattered around 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3 by the sound of a gunshot as a firearm sale at a residence in the 1700 block of Twin Lakes Blvd....more >>
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Monument Unveiled

Captain Joe Mastromatteo looks on as Bob Watros reveals, for the first time since its completion, the latestwall at the Orion Veteran's Memorial. The etchings feature an excerpt from the Gettysburg Address, 13 stars representing the original 13 colonies and a number of other American iconography....more >>
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Vandals strike

Historic school building damage puts police on alert

A piece of Lake Orion history is being defaced, although Lake Orion Police are doing everything they can to prevent the vandalism. These efforts became evident on July 28, when two juveniles were caught trying to break into the beleaguered Angel (Ehman) Center at 55 W....more >>
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Remembered for living life to the fullest

'My dad taught us to pursue the things in life we want to do and not worry so much about what other people think.'

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor There is no doubt Ralph Finneren, a resident of Orion Township since the late 1970s, tackled life with a passion and lived life to the fullest. Not only did he enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including sailing on Lake Orion and bicycling, but was a dedicated GM pipefitter for 30 years before retiring in 2009....more >>
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Lake Orion couple provides hope for Elisyn

'Friends say our kids are so lucky to have parents like us. No, I say we're the lucky ones to be able to share our lives with them. We're very fortunate.'

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor This weekend, Lake Orion resident Jeff Kinser is flying to China. On Aug. 19, he will bring home a special overseas present to his wife and kids: a new addition to the family....more >>

Few like Snyder's 'open' enrollment idea

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to offer mandatory open enrollment in all of the state's school districts. If Lake Orion Schools Superintendent Marion Ginopolis and apparently many folks around here have it their way, that door will be slammed shut....more >>

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Celebrate Oxford

Ain't no party like a downtown party

Downtown Oxford is the place to be Saturday, Aug. 6 as one of the area's premiere summer festivals, Celebrate Oxford, returns for an entire day of super family fun. Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, The Oxford Leader and the Oakland Press, Celebrate Oxford features kids games and activities, live entertainment, tasty food, classic cars, helicopter rides, a beer tent and plenty of local businesses promoting and selling their products and services....more >>

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Celebrate Oxford

Ain't no party like a downtown party

Downtown Oxford is the place to be Saturday, Aug. 6 as one of the area's premiere summer festivals, Celebrate Oxford, returns for an entire day of super family fun. Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, The Oxford Leader and the Oakland Press, Celebrate Oxford features kids games and activities, live entertainment, tasty food, classic cars, helicopter rides, a beer tent and plenty of local businesses promoting and selling their products and services....more >>
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Paint Creek Bicycles

Downtown shop gives people a better ride

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Walk in and look around: there's a row of new bicycles along the wall, in every shape, size, model and color for the picking. If a bike just needs a few repairs, those are waiting on the other wall....more >>

Community rallies 'round Orion family

Orion Area residents have proven themselves a generous and compassionate bunch. One July 17, at Eagles Aerie 3613, friends and family gathered to remember Marty Lietke, an area man who recently passed away....more >>
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Local winners 2

Sometimes it helps to just away from it all, but when the demands of modern day life make vacations impossible, stay-cations become the next logical choice. Partnering with The Big Deal, Spring Hill Suites Marriott and Culver's of Orion awarded Orion Resident Rose McGee 12 one-nightstays at the hotel (one per month) and 12 $25 certificates to Culver's....more >>
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Local winners 1

Steve Morgan of Lake Orion came home from the Lake Orion Farmer's Market with a little more than he expected July 27. As anyone who has visited the market knows, it's not just fresh produce and friendly people....more >>

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David Barns fundraiser On Aug. 7, the Goodrich Country Club will host a fundraiser to support and honor David Barns, who was recently diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of sinus cancer....more >>
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Energy conservation: Underground home

Groveland Twp.- Ron Stead has spent the last 24 years underground. During the 1970s, Stead agreed with economic forecasters that oil production was going to peak between 2010 and 2020....more >>

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Coffee hour At 9 a.m., Aug.26, 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. David Barns fundraiser On Aug. 7, the Goodrich Country Club will host a fundraiser to support and honor David Barns, who was recently diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of sinus cancer. Golf and dinner are included. There will also be an opportunity to win a 2007 Club Car Precedent 48 Volt Electric golf cart. Golf cart raffle tickets are $50. Tickets for dinner are $20 per person. Local businesses who would like to sponsor a hole or advertise during this event can call Michele Burnett at 810-955-5867. Details: Sarah Barns, barnsy11@yahoo.com. Brandon coaches needed The Brandon School District has several coaching positions available, including an eighth grade football coach, freshman boys' basketball coach, and junior varsity cheerleading coach. Details: www. brandonschooldistrict.org. or 248-627-1806. Peace of Mind seminar Starting at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 16, the Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St., will be hosting a community educational seminar on planning for your final wishes. The seminar is sponsored by the Ortonville Rotary Club and presented by Coats Funeral Home. Admission is free. Details: 248-627-3412. OCEF Donated school supplies are being accepted until Aug. 15, at St. Anne Church, 825 S. Ortonville Road, and other area churches. Gift cards can be placed in the OCEF collection box located near the worship area. Details: 248-627-3965, ext.103. Mom-2-Mom From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 13, the Goodrich Lions Club will host a Mom 2 Mom Sale benefitting Tony Hartwick. Lunch is available as well as a bake sale and 50/50 raffle. Donations of baked goods and auction items are needed. Details: 810-429-0122....more >>

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Brandon Schools liaison officer returns for 2011-12

Brandon Twp.- For the past few years, the school liaison officer position has been on the budget chopping block. Last year, school board members even brought the axe down and went without the liaison for the first part of the school year....more >>

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Four-year-old boy found, parents located four hours later

On Aug. 1, at 12:29 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to the Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home Park office in the 4200 block of Dogwood for a found child. A woman found a 4-year-old boy riding his bicycle at the intersection of Wildwood Loop and Fir Street who was very upset and calling out for his mother....more >>
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Lightning strikes roof, damages home

At about 3 a.m., July 29, Brandon fire fighters responded to Wildwood Loop at Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home community after a report of a structure fire. When firefighters arrived smoke was coming from the back of the house, said Captain Jerry Wivo....more >>

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Pet Night

Beets, Beats, and Eats is going to the dogs. From 6-9 p.m., Aug. 12, BB&E will feature the second annual "Pet Night" at Crossman Park and there should be plenty to bark about. The event has become a real tail wagger amongst area residents with almost 40 dogs in attendance last summer....more >>
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One dirty run—Warrior Dash 5K

The "Great Warrior Wall" was only 15-feet high in reality, but as Brandon Township resident Diana Bertapelle arrived at the third obstacle in the Warrior Dash 5K event last Saturday, it looked like it was 50-feet high and insurmountable....more >>
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Loving those Lilies

Goodrich-Ric Adams recalls the Tiger Lilies that bloom along the roadways. "I call em Ditch Lilies or some call em Outhouse Lilies," said Adams. "I thought those would be great to hide my LP tank, so I transplanted a few to my house....more >>

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Saroli wins special election

Goodrich-On Aug. 2, Goodrich voters elected Richard Saroli with 204 votes (58 percent) to serve the remainder of ousted village council president Patricia Wartella's term in office....more >>

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More taxes or less police?

Necessary changes to keep deputies include levying full police millage rate of 3.5286

Brandon Twp.- Township officials cut police staff by three and a half positions last year. Now, unless changes are made, residents may lose three more deputies and subsequently, the substation here....more >>

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Lowdown on Downtown

The Village employee parking area is no longer open to public weekend parking. Children's Park remains closed and rolling closures of roads will occur as needed. Parking for the remainder of the street renovations will be based on ability to access....more >>

Church, township resolve differences

It appears rational thinking finally prevailed between New Beginnings Baptist Church and Orion Township, over the church's signage offering free food to those in need. Pastor Tim Chappell met with Township Supervisor JoAnn Van Tassel last Wednesday to resolve the issue....more >>

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Boat owners receive warnings

More than 40 residents of the Keatington subdivision received a warning letter from the Orion Township ordinance manager in late July, requiring them to move their boats from their driveways....more >>

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GM Orion plant fires up

GM began initial production of its highly anticipated Chevrolet Sonic at its Orion Assembly Plant on Monday. The plant had been closed for 18 months for updates and retooling to accommodate production of the subcompact vehicle....more >>

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Coffee hour At 9 a.m., Aug.26, The Citizen, 12 South St., will host a coffee hour. The public is invited to attend and enjoy treats and conversation. Donations for OCEF will be accepted....more >>

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Village council approves road construction projects

Ortonville- Three roads in the village will get a much-needed makeover in the next month. During their July 25 meeting, the village council unanimously approved the Florence Cement Company of Shelby Township to do road improvements on Pond Street, Varsity Drive, and a portion of James Street....more >>

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Brandon Township seeks polling place update grant

Brandon Twp.- The township will pursue a grant to update five of six polling places and make them compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The federally funded Access for All Grant is provided by the Help Americans Vote Act, and is granted on a first-come, first-served basis....more >>

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Sixth Annual Kayla O' Mara Memorial Road Race

Erin O' Mara is excited for the new addition to the Sixth Annual Kayla O' Mara Memorial Road Race. Inspired by Goodrich resident Scott VanSumeren, the race will be adding a handcycle division in the 10K race....more >>

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OCEF school supplies drive

Brandon Twp.- Back to school shopping can be exciting for some families, as children choose new outfits for the fall and buy new backpacks, notebooks, pencils and more. But for families struggling to make ends meet, back to school time means financial stress and anxiety....more >>
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High temps, high miles no problem for bikersDad, daughter team up for 317-mile Michigander Bicycle Tour

Devyn Ryan was single-minded when she was biking more than 300 miles in temperatures that shot up to 100 degrees. She thought of one thing and one thing only: Crossing the finish line....more >>

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Goodrich Council Voters Guide Goodrich Village Council candidates Choose one

Name: Franklin First Age: 42 Years in the village: 23 Education: H.S. diploma Occupation: Skilled machinist Government-related experience: Boardmember on Mill Pointe Shores Homeowners Association Why are you running for village council? I feel I can do a better job than the members of the current council, along with trying to bring a higher level of integrity to the village government....more >>
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Locals fire up Harleys for Sturgis

Riders head West. Ortonville businessmen Bob Wilk and Ron Brosseau will fire up their Harley-Davidsons and travel 1,256 miles west on I-90 to join more than 500,000 motorcyclists who converge between Aug....more >>

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Tripp resigns from school board

Goodrich-Less than a week after Mike Tripp was replaced as school board president, he announced his resignation from the school board effective July 31 after serving more than 16 years....more >>
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Governor, representative recall drive comes to area

Dennis Martin was doing what he called "one-stop shopping" on the public right-of-way near Goodrich High School, 8029 S. Gale Road, on Tuesday morning. Martin pulled his vehicle off the road when he saw signs reading "Recall Snyder" and "Recall Scott....more >>
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Not just for hooves

If an activity exists, there are enthusiasts for it and the classic summer game horseshoes is no exception. While it took some time to get the younger members of Lake Orion Village and the farmer's market involved, in less than an hour young and old flung the heavy shoes through the air....more >>

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Saroli wins Goodrich Council seat

Goodrich-On Aug. 2 Goodrich voters elected Richard Saroli with 204 (58 percent) votes to serve the remainder of ousted village council president Patricia Wartella's term in office....more >>

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High power

David Preston checks out a Plymouth GTX 440 at the Concours in the Park, July 29....more >>
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He's back

Trustees appoint Walls Springfield supervisor

Collin Walls' brief life of retirement is over. He's back in Springfield Township's supervisor seat, appointed to serve out Mike Trout's term. Told he could start anytime until Aug....more >>
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Tractor digs up trouble for resident

H. Wallace Parker of Independence Township was angry when he learned township officials thought he had their property. But he also has "information that suggests" township employees took the property, a tractor, off his property, examined it, then returned it after finding it was not what they were looking for....more >>

Project to make roads safer

Independence Township wants to team up with Clarkston Schools and Oakland Country Road Commission to make driving to and from Clarkston High School safer. They will use tri-party money to make about $50,850 in light improvements at the intersections of Clarkston and Flemings Lake, and Walters and Waldon roads....more >>
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Jam party for wounded vets

Have fun and help out a worthy cause at Bonnie and Clyde's Backyard Jam, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7150 North Main Street. "We'll have several bands, great food, including Mac 'n Cheese from Clarkston's award-winning Woodshop, ice cream from Cook's Farm, popcorn, beverages and more," said Shari Schulz, owner....more >>

Concert benefit for anti-slavery group

New Hope Bible Church, 8643 Sashabaw Road, hosts the third annual Music Under the Moonlight, 4-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. Local musical groups will perform, including The Abolitionist Hymnal Project, Jen Halls, Shaye and Dan Tennant, and Marty Fleszar....more >>

Ride to help Kids Kicking Cancer

Bicyclists can help Kids Kicking Cancer, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21, at Waterford Hills Raceway, 4770 Waterford Road. This is the non-profit group's second fund raiser at the raceway....more >>

Tons of Trucks this weekend

Independence Township Parks and Recreation hosts its ninth annual Tons of Trucks, 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road. Children get to see, sit in, and climb on a wide variety of local trucks of all sizes and shapes....more >>

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Concerts continue for a cause

Sad summer Concerts in the Park season's over? Don't be, because Lend A Helping Hand is hosting two more concerts in Depot Park. Jessica Carmichael will take the stage Friday, Aug....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Classic engines rev in Depot Park

People young and old showed up in Depot Park Friday night, July 29, to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of classic cars. Both American Muscle and foreign models took the escorted cruise from Southern Motors to the park for the annual Concours in the Park to benefit SCAMP....more >>
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Clarkston man polices Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Theodore Rhyndress Jr. of Clarkston trains Afghan National Army Soldiers as a military policeman for Task Force Monroe, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 unit at Parwan Province, Afghanistan....more >>

Making the future at Camp Invention

Young scientists put their ideas to the test at Clarkston's Camp Invention. In its sixth year, the week-long program presented 106 students going into grades 1-6 with hands-on modules in science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as history and the arts....more >>
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Rain relief

After thunderstorms swept the area last week, people returned to Depot Park to enjoy some sunny weather without so much humidity and heat. There's still plenty of that expected this month....more >>
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Live feed from Clarkston

Fox 2 News team recorded their morning show live from Depot Park last Friday as part of their "Zip Trip." The show included interviews with City Mayor Joe Luginski and local business owners, as well as highlighting SCAMP'S Concours in the Park and DTE Energy Music Theatre history....more >>

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Labor Day parade

Preparations are underway for Clarkston's Labor Day Parade, 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 5. Sponsored by the Clarkston Rotary Club, the parade starts on Church Street and marches to Main Street, north through downtown Clarkston to Miller Road....more >>

Market festival

Springfield Township Farmers Market hosts the Harvest Is Here Festival, Sunday, Aug. 14. The festival will include fun and educational events, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Shiawassee Basin Preserve....more >>

Tennis anyone?

Clarkston High School Boys Tennis tryouts are Wednesday, Aug. 10, to Friday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. All players, ven those with minimal experience, are welcome to try out for Junior Varsity as well as Varsity teams....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Remembering Courtney" A memorial service was held at Clarkston United Methodist Church for 18-year-old Courtney Johns of Clarkston. Courtney was among the passengers on TWA Flight 800 which exploded shortly after taking off from Kennedy Airport in New York....more >>
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A Whopper of a flood!

ONE WHOPPER, HOLD THE WATER Heavy rains in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 28 caused some major flooding in the parking lots of the Oxford Burger King (583 S. Lapeer Rd....more >>
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Remembering Megan Roberts

There's absolutely nothing that's even remotely fair or rational about the death of Megan Brittany Roberts. A 20-year-old woman with her entire life ahead of her is gone and no one seems to know why it happened....more >>

Kelly's charge elevated to 1st-degree murder

Psychiatric exam finds father who allegedly beat daughter competent to stand trial

An Oxford father who allegedly bludgeoned his 20-year-old daughter with a baseball bat on May 9 is now facing the prospect of life in prison without the possibility of parole given she died last week as a result of the injuries she sustained....more >>
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Motorist hits cyclist, 13, crossing N. Mill St.

A 13-year-old Oxford boy was taken to the hospital Tuesday, July 26 after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his tricycle. The victim was crossing N. Mill St from the west to east side when he was hit by a 2010 GMC vehicle driven by a 66-year-old Metamora woman....more >>
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Who knocked over the soldier statue?

Centennial Park's silent guardian literally fell victim to a crime last week. Some unknown person or persons pried the life-size statue depicting an American G.I. in the midst of battle off of its decorative base and left it laying in the bushes....more >>
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Historical museum display depicts Oxford 'Then and Now'

Change is inevitable, especially in a small village like Oxford that's existed for 135 years. That's why on Saturday, Aug. 6, the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum will unveil a new display called "Then and Now," featuring photos of the town spanning three centuries the late 1800s, early 1900s and today....more >>

$20K and counting: Clerk finds underbilled water customers

Oxford Village Clerk Susan Nassar freely admitted she's probably not the most popular person in the community these days. That's because Nassar's been diligently tracking down village water customers who have been severely underbilled for years....more >>
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Historic Axford home among nine Beautification Awards winners

One of Oxford Village's most well-known historic homes now has the distinction of also being one of the community's most beautiful residences. Owned by Scott and Kelly Sutphin, the Axford home, located at 73 Hovey Street, was one of nine residential, commercial and municipal properties within the village selected to receive a Beautification Award from the Oxford Beautification Commission (see photos on pages 8 and 11)....more >>
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