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Honoring Bravery

Lake Orion fire fighters unfurled a huge, oversized American flag high above M-24 to commemorate Patriot Day on Sept. 11. The spectacle took place across from the Orion Veterans Memorial, which hosted a special ceremony to honor 9/11 first responders and members of the U....more >>

Landfill expansion update

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Rather than make a hasty decision, the Orion Township Board last week decided to delay requesting a court motion to set aside the amended consent agreement on the expansion of the Eagle Valley landfill until it can obtain a second legal opinion on the situation....more >>

Hole-in-one contest ends this weekend

Shoot to qualify, then shoot to win

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Lions Club is offering scratch golfers and duffers alike a chance to win big this weekend with an improbable hole-in-one worth $250,000....more >>

One of Orion's Finest

United States Marine Corps Corporal Nate Tomanek, a 2002 graduate of Lake Orion High School, was honored before the Dragons' home football game on Sept. 9, where he presented the game ball to the referee crew....more >>


Welfare overhaul may strain OCEF food pantry

The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund has had ever increasing numbers of people for several years requesting their assistance to put food on their tables and pay the bills. Changes to welfare approved by state legislators last month and signed into law by Gov....more >>

A new generation learns about 9/11

Everybody knows where they were ten years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001. Yet students in Scott Maxfield's fifth-grade class at Orion Oaks Elementary were just babies then. They have no memories of that fateful day in U....more >>
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Orion's McElwain swims 32 miles

By Megan Bildner Review Intern After 16 hours and 26 minutes, Orion Township resident Randy McElwain finished swimming 32 miles across Lake Erie last month. It is a feat that has only been completed three times in documented history....more >>

Students enjoying online classes

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Step into Lake Orion High School teacher Drew Towlerton's classroom midday and it is quickly apparent this is not a typical class. The tenth- through twelfth-grade students enrolled in the Learning Options program are each working on a computer at their desks some wireless net books and others traditional desktops taking a variety of online classes....more >>

It's a guy thing

Psst . . . fellas . . . come here. Are you all stressed out? Are you in desperate need of some fun and relaxation? Are you looking for just one day to call your own? Then get ready to head on over to Devil's Ridge Golf Club (3700 Metamora Rd....more >>

New brief

Crack sealing work

Lake Orion Village has taken bids for crack sealing work to be done within the Village of Lake Orion. To save money, the village has again taken bids for 2011 and eliminated HRC from the handling and bidding process....more >>

News brief

CVS bandit arraigned

On Sept. 5 at around 6a.m., Toni Plouhar, of Oxford, entered a S. Broadway pharmacy and told an employee she had a gun with armed accomplices outside. She then demanded survailence be disabled while items she requested, including cash, be put in a bag....more >>

News brief

Streetscape Grand Reopening?

The grand reopening of the Downtown Streetscape ran into a snag at the the Sept. 13 VIllage Council meeting, when the waiving the late request to close Flint and Broadway streets was turned down....more >>
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Heidi Fluck: 2011 Citizen of the Year

Nearly 20 nominations and a plethora of volunteer activities in the community made Heidi Fluck the clear choice for the 2011 Citizen of the Year. Heidi, a Brandon High School senior, is the youngest ever Citizen of the Year, but at just 17-years-old, she has dedicated more hours to volunteer work than many people do in a lifetime....more >>


Area gears up for CROP Walk

For the 31st year, walkers in Ortonville will help fight hunger both abroad and at home. This year's annual CROP Walk is scheduled for Oct. 2. CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk is a historic walk and one that is celebrated across the nation as communities band together to make a difference in world hunger....more >>
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Dragons slip past Blackhawks in shootout

The Lake Orion Dragons downed the Brandon Blackhawks boys varsity soccer team 7-6 in a sudden death shootout during the opening game of the Oxford Invitational Soccer Tournament. Both teams came out playing with intensity at the beginning of the game....more >>
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Martian spirit

The ABC-12 spirit squad kicked off the fourth annual competition at Goodrich High School, early in the morning on Sept. 9. Hundreds of dedicated students arrived early to show off the amount of food that they had gathered for the Eastern Michigan Food Bank....more >>

News Briefs


Brandon Homecoming At 5:30 p.m., Sept. 30, the annual Brandon Homecoming parade will begin in downtown Ortonville at the corner of Cedar and Ball streets and end at the Varsity football field, where the game will start at 7 p....more >>
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Pink pride

The Goodrich varsity football team sponsored a "Pink Jersey" game to raise awareness in the community for cancer on Sept.16. "Martian Pink Pride" shirts were available in honor of the game and at least 500 shirts had been sold, totaling $7,500....more >>


Village services study released

On Monday night Christine Andrysiak of Plante and Moran presented a study of the municipal services provided by the Village of Goodrich. The goal of the review, which was conducted over January and February at a cost of $15,000, was to critically evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness, and cost structure of the services....more >>
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School bell rings again

Ortonville- With the start of the new school year, bells are ringing in the halls of Brandon schools again. But soon a very special bell, one that hasn't heralded the start of school in nearly 50 years, will ring again in its new home at the Old Mill, Mill St....more >>


Horton to lead village council

Goodrich-The weather is changing and so is the village council. By a 3-2 vote on Monday night the village council voted Rick Horton as president. The decision ousts President Pro Tem Doug McAbee who had served since Council President Patricia Wartella was voted out of office in May....more >>

News Briefs


Coffee hour At 9 a.m., Sept. 30, 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 >>


Area residents remember Sept. 11, 2001

By The Citizen staff Bob McArthur watched the events of Sept. 11, 2001 unfold on television, with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. At that time, he was the Brandon Fire Chief and had spent his career in service to others....more >>


Orion Twp. landfill issues may impact Groveland

A recent change in direction by a nearby township board could spark the growth of landfill locally. By a vote of 6-1, the Orion Township Board on Monday night elected to rescind its April 18 approval of Waste Management, Inc....more >>


Brandon Township man charged on three counts of CSC

A 56-year-old Brandon Township man has been charged with sexually assaulting a township girl. The abuse allegedly began when the girl was 9-years-old. She is now 14. John Edward Woolley was arraigned Aug....more >>


Brandon man kills Independence Twp. woman, self

A 25-year-old man who had been living with a Brandon Township family for about a year stole a gun from their home and used it to kill an Independence Township woman and wound her husband before turning the gun on himself, ending his own life....more >>
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Tyler Bonner Memorial Car & Bike Show

Tyler Bonner will be remembered for many things—including his friendship and ability to connect with others. "Tyler Bonner touched everyone that he met. He was a car enthusiast, so what better way to honor our friend than to do this in his name," said Jeremey Johnson, one of the event founders and friend of Tyler....more >>
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Local Eagle Scouts ready to land with community projects

Three area teens will attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve, after completing community service projects. Christian Stevenson, 15, a Goodrich High School sophomore, put in more than 100 hours on his project, a 10-foot-high by 12-foot-wide covered wood sign placed at the Goodrich Lions Club, located on S....more >>
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Special delivery: Baby can't wait, makes entrance in ambulance

The birth of Samuel Joseph Quisenberry at 2:40 a.m., Sept. 4 wasn't anything like his parents, Colleen and Joey Quisenberry, imagined it would be. It wasn't induced like the births of their daughters, Lilly and Emma....more >>


Fifteen hours at Ground Zero

Hadley Township firefighter recalls recovery operations 48 hours after Sept. 11 attack

Doug Broecker became a firefighter because he wanted to help people in need. The scope and extent of that desire took on a new dimension following the attack on the World Trade Center....more >>


Home invasions on the rise

'Know your neighbors and keep tabs on each others' properties.'

Brandon Twp.- Police are warning residents to take extra precautions after a recent spike in home invasions in the township. "Keep your doors and windows locked," said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Detective Dale Brown....more >>


M-15 Urgent Care opens

Groveland Twp.- During the evening hours, or on weekends when most doctors' offices are closed, it can be inconvenient to have to drive to a hospital emergency room several miles away and wait hours to be seen....more >>
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Front page

Making magic

Lady Val Schendel of Clarkston helps Isabella Hemler, with her mom Shauna, make a magic wand at the Michigan Renaissance Festival....more >>

Gone with the wins

Games forfeit due to ineligible player

What was an undefeated season so far on the gridiron is no more Clarkston forfeit its first two wins due to an ineligible player on the field. "It is a very unfortunate incident," said Gary Kaul, Clarkston High School principal....more >>

Art in the Village this weekend in Depot Park

Paintings, photography, jewelry, fabric and wood works and other pieces of art fill Depot Park at Clarkston's 37th annual Art in the Village, Sept. 17-18. The juried show is hosted by the Clarkston Community Historical Society, 10 a....more >>
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Things looking up for Clarkston State Bank

It wasn't too long ago rumors were running rampant on Main Street: Clarkston State Bank was going out business. While those rumors were not true, there was a time when federal and state regulators had slapped a consent order on Clarkston State Bank and 11 other community banks across Michigan....more >>
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Fantasy, fun at Festival

Sporting a set of wings and pointed ears, Val Schendel of Clarkston runs the Children's Realm of the Michigan Renaissance Festival with a mother's touch. "My daughter wanted to audition in 1995," Schendel said....more >>
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Vandals cause problems in downtown Depot Park

As far Ralph Naigle is concerned, 2011 has been a banner year. A banner year for vandalism A seven-year employee for the City of the Village of Clarkston, Naigle said he has never seen a year with as much shenanigans as he saw this year....more >>

Public hearing on tax increase

Independence Township is considering a tax increase for safety paths. A public hearing on the proposed .2471-mill increase is 7:30 p.m., Sept. 20, Independence Township Hall, 6483 Waldon Center Drive....more >>
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Church on the march

The congregation of Clarkston United Methodist Church gathered one last time at their former Church Street church, Sunday. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their church at 6600 Waldon Road, the group recreated the 1961 march from the old to new church....more >>

Adair was with family, friends before assault, investigation shows

Matthew Adair was with friends and relatives in Ortonville about half an hour before attacking an Independence Township family, 2 a.m., Sept. 3. Adair, 26, attacked a 19-year-old resident in her bedroom, then shot her parents when they ran in to help, killing her mother before shooting and killing himself....more >>

Treasurer troubles

Clarkston has a new treasurer. City Council voted 5-1, Sept. 12, to hire Sandra Barlos as treasurer. Councilmen Richard Bisio voted "no" and Councilman Jim Brueck was absent. Next time, Bisio and Councilman Chuck Inabnit want more involvement....more >>
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Go, fight, win!

The Clarkston High School stadium was filled with cheering, excited fans as the Wolves hosted their home opener against Troy-Athens, Sept. 9. The gridiron gang won, 40-20. The boys next game is at Troy High School on Friday, 7 p....more >>
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Stay alert to stay safe, police say

Use common sense. Watch out for each other. Trust your gut. That was the advice for about 40 local residents at the Neighborhood Security Seminar, Sept. 8 at Independence Township Hall....more >>

Commentary moved to end

A rule change moves public comment from the beginning of Independence Township Board meetings to the end. "The sole reason for township board meetings is to conduct the business of the township," said Independence Township Clerk Barbara Pallotta....more >>

Bocce to fund senior bus services

Friends of the Independence Township Senior Center invite the community to Bucks for Buses has Gone Bocce at Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 Lapeer Road in Orion, Thursday, Sept. 22, 6-9 p....more >>
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Eagle leads fight against plant invasion

Boy Scout Sam Ekstrom took on an invasive species for his Eagle Project, removing more than 200 Autumn Olive bushes from Shiawassee Nature Preserve. "I like the outdoors I hate seeing wild life areas taken over by invasive species," said Ekstom, 16, scout with Davisburg Troop 192....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Four years in the making

The 17 students in Everest Collegiate High School's first senior class will spend this year establishing traditions for students who follow. But that's nothing new....more >>
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Music to win by

Clarkston High School Marching Band plays the music of victory at Friday night's home opener win against Troy Athens, 40-20....more >>

'It's a guy thing' golf

Psst . . . fellas . . . come here. Are you all stressed out? Are you in desperate need of some fun and relaxation? Are you looking for just one day to call your own? Then get ready to head on over to Devil's Ridge Golf Club (3700 Metamora Rd....more >>
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New principal welcomed at North Sashabaw

When Tara Ouellette pictured her ideal job and dream community, she envisioned Clarkston Community Schools. "I always knew Clarkston was a wonderful community," she said, explaining both she and her husband grew up in Rochester and have friends and family in Clarkston....more >>

News Briefs

Tickets on sale for Friendly Forest

Tickets go on sale for the 2011 Friendly Forest on Sept. 21. Hosted by Independence Township Parks and Recreation in partnership with Clarkston Area Optimist Club, Friendly Forest is set for 3-6 p....more >>

Treasures and Treats

Neighbor for Neighbor hosts the Treasures and Treats fall fund raiser, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sept. 23-24 at Hart Community Center in Springfield Township. Proceeds from the semi-annual rummage and bake sale will be used by the all-volunteer, non-profit group to provide assistance to local families in need....more >>

Old Newsboys to honor Kid Rock

Old Newsboys' Goodfellows honors Clarkston rocker Kid Rock with the Edward H. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award, 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at Cobo Center in Detroit. The award recognizes Rock's philanthropic initiatives throughout the Detroit area....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Girls are space-y over NASA" Clarkton High School freshmen, Rebecca Lynch and KC Kirby, returned to school from NASA's Space Camp at Huntsville, Alabama. The experience confirmed their desire to fly some day....more >>
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Outta my way!

Oxford Jr....more >>

Village voters elect councilmen, give permission to sell land

It was an extremely slow day at the polls, but Oxford Village voters got the job done Tuesday. Proposal A, a ballot question seeking voters' permission to sell a 0.431-acre village-owned lot located on the west side of Pleasant St....more >>

Local officials not thrilled with health care contribution cap/limit

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't signed it into law yet, but some local government officials are expressing opposition to a bill designed to limit the amount public employers could pay toward employee medical benefit plans....more >>

Open carry picnic returns to Seymour Lake Park

Only in America can a person spend time in a beautiful public park with a hamburger in one hand, a cold beverage in the other and a pistol on their hip. If that image sounds appealing, then Oxford resident John Roshek, 31, encourages you to attend the 3rd Annual Open Carry Picnic at Seymour Lake Township Park on Sunday, Sept....more >>

'It's a Guy Thing' coming to Devil's Ridge Oct. 29

Psst . . . fellas . . . come here. Are you all stressed out? Are you in desperate need of some fun and relaxation? Are you looking for just one day to call your own? Then get ready to head on over to Devil's Ridge Golf Club (3700 Metamora Rd....more >>

Public invited to dedication of veterans memorial area

Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery in Oxford is inviting the public to help dedicate its new veterans memorial area by attending a special ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. "We're dedicating this area to (American Legion) Post 108," said Loretta Acheson, a member of the well-known local family that founded the cemetery in 1927 and has owned and operated it ever since at 99 W....more >>
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Preschooler wins cash for college

Little Drew Szymanski won't be heading off to college for at least another 14 years, but he's already off to a terrific start as far as saving for his future education. The Oxford resident, who will turn 4 in November, recently won $1,500 for his college education through the Destination College Savings Sweepstakes....more >>
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Walking for mammograms

Approximately 80 participants walked, ran and bicycled Saturday on the Powell Lake and Polly Ann Trails to help raise money for the Pink Ribbon Trailblazers. Founded in 2007 by Lake Orion resident Pat Nolf, the annual event raises money to provide mammograms to uninsured women....more >>
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