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From left, Robert Aiello, Sean Charette, Kevin Cronin, Andrew Shafkalis and Jon Gall, all seniors, stand in front of a sign commemorating their well deserved title from the previous season....more >>
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'Brutal heat' stalled street work

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Downtown businesses welcomed the rumble of cement trucks on Broadway Street last week. Hammered by falling sales during the Streetscape construction, people were encouraged by the sight of construction crews replacing sidewalks and curbs that had to be repoured....more >>
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Oxford manhunt ends in Orion

By C.J. Carnacchio and Gabriel Ouzounian An alleged armed robbery shattered the peace of normally tranquil Oxford last week. Soon after, neighboring Orion Township was the scene of a manhunt that closed off roads, as well as locked down nearby schools and a neighborhood....more >>

Warnings on boat parking stir confusion

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor An Orion Township ordinance put in place in the 1980s and updated last November with little fanfare, is now confusing boat owners and officials alike....more >>

Local taking a 'Pepsi Challenge'

By Megan Bildner Review Intern Everyone has something they are passionate about. For Lake Orion resident Mathew Huhn, 29, it is fire education and prevention. Recognizing a need to help the underprivileged in Lake Orion, he decided to do something about it with the help of Pepsi....more >>

Five vie for four seats

The scenery for those attending Lake Orion Village Council meetings may be changing soon, albeit not much. On Sept. 3, Lake Orion Village residents will have their opportunity to cast their votes and change one member of the council....more >>
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Chalk artists, skiers to exhibit talent at festival

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Art comes in many forms and the Dragon on the Lake Community Festival, Aug. 26-28, 2011, will entertain and inspire crowds, promises Reggie Harrison, director of the Orion Art Center....more >>
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LOEF Fun Run

The Lake Orion Education Foundation's annual 5K run/walk was this past Saturday (Aug. 6). The race started at Lake Orion High School. About 100 runners participated, to raise money for the orginization....more >>

Glitz Salons raise $20,000 for leukemia foundation

Glitz Salons stylists cut, shaved and coiffed their way through hundreds of manes last month to help raise $20,000 for Children's Leukemia Foundation (CLF) of Michigan. The day-long fundraiser also included special appearances by famous, make-believe princesses, superheroes a 5k run, silent auction, horse-drawn carriage rides and more....more >>

Generous gift from WW II veteran

Dr. Joe Mastromatteo, left, chairman of the Orion Veterans Memorial Committee and member of VFW Post 334, accepts a check for $8,500 from Joe Zikewich to help pay for the wall behind the Pea Coat Memorial....more >>


Valley Tent opens store in township

Atlas Twp.-Jeff Valley started the home tent buisiness in 1996 with two tents, earning some extra cash on the side. Fifteen years later, Valley rents more than 60 tents and 25 inflatables during peak season, utlizing eight delivery trucks to set up the equipment....more >>

News Briefs


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 >>


Village seeks interim administrator

Goodrich-The village council will seek resumes for a temporary village administrator. Council member Richard Saroli said the job opening will be listed in several local publications in an effort to fill the post....more >>


Local near top in triathlon

Swim. Bike. Run. This phrase sums up Melany Diaz's summer so far. Diaz, a Goodrich High School student trained, competed and finished her first triathlon this past weekend in Chicago....more >>


Brandon Fire chief to request millage rate hike

Brandon Twp.- Fire Chief David Kwapis will ask the township board and Ortonville Village Council to approve a .3000 mill increase for fire equipment and housing during a special joint meeting at 7 p....more >>


Brandon Township police fund in trouble

Brandon Twp.- Tax more now, or ask voters for a tax increase later? That is the question township officials debated at their Aug. 8 budget workshop. The answer has yet to be determined....more >>
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Detroit on two wheels

John Teklinski is an explorer. But the quest of the 44-year-old Groveland Township man includes no mountains, oceans or wilderness for that matter—rather, an urban landscape that offers challenges ranging from dilapidated buildings to cultural differences to war zone-like streets....more >>
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'It is the east, and Juliet is the sun'

Shakespeare comes to the Goodrich Commons

By Ashley St. Aubin Staff Writer Mark ye calendars. The timeless William Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet" will be making its way to Goodrich for the very first Shakespeare in the Park....more >>


Village taxes lowest in county

Goodrich- Village residents are paying the lowest amount of village taxes in Genesee County, according to a report issued last week. Karl Haiser, CPA, who was retained May 25 to review the village budget for 2011, attended the Monday meeting and discussed a Genesee County 2012 village operating millage survey with the council....more >>


CreekFest won't float for 2012

Ortonville- Unless someone steps up to offer funding, it appears there will be no CreekFest next year. "Because of all the big projects we are doing in the area in 2012, the Downtown Development Authority will not be sponsoring CreekFest," said DDA Executive Director Molly Lalone....more >>
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Sheriff's deputies seek two suspects in M-15 road rage incident

Ortonville- Police are investigating a case of road rage that was caught on tape Tuesday. A video surveillance camera at C&J Oil Change, 150 S. Ortonville Road, captured the incident that occurred around 4 p....more >>

Orion Adult Ed registration begins

Registration for Lake Orion Adult Education classes begins on Aug. 16, with instruction starting Sept. 7. Persons can earn their high school diploma or prepare for GED. Other classes include English as a Second Language....more >>

News brief

LOCS makes appointments

Lake Orion Community Schools last week appointed Adam Weldon as assistant principal of Scripps Middle School and Larry Lobert as the district's assistant superintendent of human resources....more >>

News Briefs


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 >>

News Briefs


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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Big rigs

­Most little boys love big machinery and August 5 gave the boys of Orion Township, as well as any little girls interested, the chance to see these behemoths up close. Kiosks featuring smashing cars, shooting fire hoses, operating back hoes and honking semi-truck horns littered Friendship Park, yet none of the sites were vacent of interested kids....more >>

Wheels in the park

More than 500 people filled Clintonwood Park to enjoy Tons of Trucks, Aug. 6 in Clintonwood Park. Highlights included Matchbox Garbage Trucks handed out by Smith's Disposal, getting in the ladder bucket of Doran's restored fire truck, and aiming for prizes with the Macmobile's tennis ball launcher....more >>

Rush for Food

Clarkston's gridiron heroes are collecting food on Friday, Aug. 19, for their 14th Annual Rush for Food. Freshman, JV and Varsity football players collect non-persishable food in local neighborhoods, 6-7 p....more >>


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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Meeting a monster

Brian Delpup and his son Anthony checks out the chassis of the Monster Truck Southern Storm at Tons of Trucks in Clintonwood Park, Aug....more >>
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Harvest time is here

Michigan grown bounty arrives at Farmers' Market

Last Saturday's official count tallied 1,249 shoppers at Clarkston Farmers' Market – more are expected as the season's main harvest arrives. "The harvest is about two weeks late this year – it's just now getting in," said Anissa Howard, Clarkston Farmers' Market founder and director....more >>
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State seeks sidewalk help

Michigan Department of Transportation plans $20 million in Dixie Highway improvements, and is looking for local help with sidewalks. "The way we would save the township money is we would pay for the design and construction oversight," said Lori Swanson, MDOT cost and scheduling engineer, at the July 19 meeting of the Independence Township Board....more >>

No liquor ban for township gas stations

While other areas banned liquor sales at gas stations, Independence Township won't – at least not yet. A township resident and business owner asked the board to consider eliminating alcohol sales at gas stations....more >>
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Cardboard boaters ready to race at RUSH Regatta

The Flaming Wakas and the Watery Wakas are just two of the teams featured at the annual RUSH Regatta at Deer Lake this Saturday, Aug. 13, starting at noon. Students on Team RUSH 27 have been planning and building their cardboard and duct tape boats since their summer break began....more >>

Scoop for Hearts at Culvers

Culver's of Clarkston, 6910 Sashabaw Road, hosts Scoop for Hearts fund raiser, 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16. The free, community event includes inflatables and slides from Oakland County Parks, pony rides by Blueberry Hill, Planet Kids crafts and bounce house, face painting, balloons, music, games, and entertainment....more >>
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Writers in town

Writing students going into grades 5-7 toured downtown Clarkston last Friday, seeking inspiration for their Oakland Summer Writer's Camp. "We bring together kids from all over Oakland County for two weeks to develop writing skills," said instructor Phyllis Ness....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Carmichael in the park

Jessica Carmichael enjoyed performing for the crowd in Depot Park Friday night as she played for a good cause. She was helping Lend A Helping Hand raise money for two people with cancer....more >>
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Backyard Jam

Whether it was the delicious Mac 'n Cheese from the Woodshop, ice cream from Cooks Dairy, music by The Locals, or local celebs plunging into cold water in the dunk tank, Backyard Jam proved to be a big success....more >>

Stylist picks hometown to start career

Megan Best, Clarkston resident for 19 years, recently joined Pink the Salon in Clarkston, 7151 N. Main Street. "My parents live here, my brother lives here – this is where I grew up," Best said....more >>

Retailers group features products made in Michigan

Clarkston retailers team up to help SCAMP with Made in Michigan event, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 11. "We rose over $1,400 for Lighthouse, (at Retro Party in January)," said Peg Roth of the Clarkston Retailers Group....more >>

News Briefs

Labor Day Parade

Karen Newman, acclaimed singer and "the voice of the Detroit Red Wings," sings the National Anthem at this year's Labor Day Parade in downtown Clarkston. Clarkston Rotary Club sponsors the parade, 10 a....more >>

Camp Caterpillar at Bay Court

Independence Township Parks and Recreation hosts Camp Caterpillar for preschoolers, Aug. 15-19 at Bay Court Park. The Caterpillar Olympics session begins with an opening ceremony, in which campers will be introduced to one another and the camp....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "A love affair with cars" Clarkston resident, Blaine Jenkins, showed his most prized automobile in the Concours d'Elegance events that took place at Meadow Brook Hall....more >>
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Historic moment!

At 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, the Oxford varsity football team commenced its first practice on the new synthetic blue turf field beneath the stadium's bright lights. A crowd of spectators gathered to watch this historic moment....more >>
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Police: Gun sale turned into armed robbery in Oxford sub

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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USS Indianapolis survivor to address Rotary

As stories go, this one's got it all – the atomic bomb, a mighty battleship sunk by an enemy torpedo, hundreds of survivors clinging to life in shark-infested waters. But it's not some fictional Hollywood summer blockbuster, it's the true story of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), which was sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy during the last days of World War II....more >>

Police: Routine patrol catches drunken scrapper

A routine building check in the Glaspie Industrial District Aug. 6 paid off big time for Oxford Village Police Sgt. Mike Solwold as he arrested a 50-year-old Corunna man for drunken driving and stealing scrap metal from a local manufacturer....more >>

Kelly to stand trial for premeditated murder

ROCHESTER HILLS – Despite his defense attorney's argument for a lesser charge, Robert Brian Kelly, 52, of Oxford, will stand trial for first-degree premeditated murder concerning the death of his 20-year-old daughter, Megan Brittany Roberts....more >>

Sept. 10 fund-raiser to help Hixon family

It could be either fate or a minor miracle from God that brought Brian and Malyn Sneed of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, into the lives of Doug and Monica Hixon, of Oxford and their 4-year-old twins Dylan and David....more >>
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Gerke lands in Oz prequel

Oxford resident Eric Gerke, 8, has been to the land of Oz and back, minus the tornado and ruby red slippers. Gerke was cast as an extra in Walt Disney Pictures "Oz: The Great and Powerful," the upcoming prequel to the 1939 classic "Wizard of Oz....more >>

Cart crash kills at Copper Hills

A 43-year-old Troy man died Aug. 4 as a result of injuries he sustained when a golf cart flipped over and landed on him at Copper Hills Golf Course (2125 Lakeville Rd.) in Addison Township....more >>

Optimist Club working to form Oxford chapter

Interested in helping Oxford's young people become the best they can be? A new Optimist club – forming now in Oxford – is looking for members. "Oxford is a large enough community to get a strong club going," Don Brose, of the Clarkston and Lake Orion area Optimist Club said....more >>
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Everyone loves Oxford!

Whitney Wiscombe, 2½, of Oxford, receives a balloon creation from Oxford resident Sandy Ball, whose alter ego is Deedles the Clown....more >>

Tons of fun at Celebrate Oxford

Samantha Plummer, 8, of Lake Orion, screams with delight....more >>
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Celebrating everything Oxford!

Despite the on-and-off rain, thousands of people still came out Saturday to enjoy and appreciate all Celebrate Oxford had to offer. It was a day filled with a variety of live entertainment, tasty food, classic cars, kids games and activities, and a ton of vendors and exhibitors....more >>
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Ken and his food are back!

It's out with the old and in with the newly old at Ken's Coney Island. Former owner Ken Gjohla, is back from a three-year absence from his Coney Island, located at 212 S. Washington St....more >>
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