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Summer ends in a Barn Daze

Village election results in

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer Final results for the recent Lake Orion Village Council election are in and, while the changes aren't many, one long-time member lost by just one vote....more >>
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Accident on M-24

A chain reaction accident sent motorcyclist and Orion Township resident Justin Pike, 23, to the hospital in critical condition last Thursday morning. The preliminary police investigation reported a Ford F-150 pick-up truck driven by an Oxford Township man driving southbound on M-24 hit a Pontiac Grand Am from behind that had slowed for traffic....more >>


Special assessment district policy inked,LeGault OK'd

Brandon Twp.- The way has been paved for residents who wish to establish a special assessment district for their private road. After "much deliberation and review," a special assessment district sub-committee presented an S....more >>

Carpenter ranked in top 30

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Carpenter Elementary School has scored with the state. The year-round school was recently ranked among the top 30 in the state by the Michigan Department of Education....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 >>

U.S. Senior Open coming to Orion

Golf's best senior players will converge on Lake Orion next July 9-15, to play the Old Course at Indianwood Country Club in the thirty-third U.S. Senior Open Championship. This will be the fourth major championship held at Indianwood....more >>

School services under review

Lake Orion Community Schools officials want to make sure they are comparing apples-to-apples before possibly privatizing custodial and transportation services in the future. The topic was discussed at length among members of the school board and administrators during the Sept....more >>

Hobby shop specializes in planes

It may be an increasingly rare sight, but Lake Orion has a hobby shop. Flightline Hobbies, located at 1192 S. Lapeer Road, deals in the typical beginner hobbies, but the reason people keep coming back is their specialization in radio-controlled aircraft....more >>

Polly Ann Trail hosting scenic ride

By Megan Bildner Review Intern Volunteers play a vital role in the growth and maintenance of the Polly Ann Trail. The 14.2 mile-long trail connects the communities of Orion Township, Oxford Township, the Village of Oxford, Addison Township and the Village of Leonard....more >>

Orion Center offers plenty for seniors, community

When Lisa Sokol took over as director of the four-room Orion Senior Center eight years ago, she counted 100 active members. Today, there are more than 1,500 and the numbers keep growing, thanks in part to the area's aging population....more >>


Trustee Rob Privette resigns from Brandon School Board

Brandon Twp.- If you missed your chance to be on the November ballot for two open seats on the school board, you have another opportunity to serve. Rob Privette, who has served as a school board member for nearly two years, announced his resignation effective Sept....more >>


Baiting returns as archery deer season opens

The general 2011 Michigan archery deer season opens statewide Oct. 1 and area hunters should find conditions just right, say Department of Natural Resources officals. Brent Rudolph, Michigan Department of Natural Resources big game specialist, said don't expect the change in baiting laws to impact hunting results in every location....more >>


Tower deal inked for Hadley area

Finally, a tower for Hadley. Vic Martin, Lapeer County Central Dispatch Director, said by 2013 the residents of Hadley Hills should have stable 9-1-1 service after a deal with the Village of Metamora was reached to construct a 450-foot tower on donated property....more >>
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Second Front

Recovery Pathways, LLC

Ortonville- Helping people rebuild their lives, repair family relationships, regain employment and contribute as functional members in society is the goal of Recovery Pathways, LLC, a new business that recently opened in Ortonville offering outpatient substance abuse and mental health counseling, as well as medication management....more >>


Township moves forward on major road project

Atlas Twp.-It should be a smooth ride through the township over the next year thanks to an aggressive road program. An original budget of $130,000 for road repair and upgrades coupled with an additional $500,000 and a good price on limestone sparked township officials to move forward on ten projects to be completed over the next 15 months....more >>


Local family pleads guilty in township attacks

Three members of a Brandon Township family have pleaded guilty to charges related to an attack on local teenagers. After a half-day of testimony on Sept. 12 in the courtroom of Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Wendy Potts, Bryan Hanley, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder....more >>
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Local to compete for Miss Michigan Teen USA

Amanda Reo, 16, will compete as Miss Ortonville in her quest to win the title of Miss Michigan Teen USA 2012 during the competition set for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Port Huron. This is the Brandon High School junior's first pageant....more >>


Gas on sale? Low or high prices no conspiracy

On Tuesday afternoon, Grand Blanc resident Rob Wolfbrandt made a stop at the BP Station on M-15 near Hegel Road for gas. "Taking advantage of the $3.32 per gallon gasoline," he said....more >>


Township fund balance swells to $2.9M

Atlas Twp.-A combination of conservatism coupled with nearly a decade of proactive planning has pushed township coffers to grow to more than $2.9 million. Mark Perry of CPA for Yeo & Yeo presented the annual financial statements and auditor's report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011 at Monday's township meeting....more >>


Fire millage passes— barely

Fire E&H fund mills increase by .3 to .8922

Brandon Twp.- The township board narrowly passed a .3 fire millage increase on this winter's tax bill after a last minute change of heart by the township treasurer, who admitted to ulterior motives at a previous joint meeting of the board and Ortonville Village Council....more >>

Joe from The Block

A good book spoiled

Borders in Auburn Hills finally closed its doors last week. I enjoy reading and it felt like I lost a good friend. Every time I thought the giant bookseller may turn the corner over the past couple of years, it faced another setback....more >>

Spears and Murray join school district

Lake Orion Community Schools has appointed Amy Spears as associate principal at Lake Orion High School. Spears was most recently assistant principal at Mason High School near Lansing, beginning in 2007....more >>

News brief

Republicans Club hosts debate

Governor Syder's proposal to mandate open enrollment in schools across the state will be the topic of discussion at the Greater Oakland Republicans Club meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, from 7-9 p....more >>
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Polished chrome, big backseats and impressive grilles galore

Cars were the stars at Golling Buick GMC on M-24 last Saturday, Sept. 17, during the 5th Annual Orion Senior Center Classic Car Show. A variety of restored beauties from various eras enamoured automotive buffs and brought back fond memories for many in attendance....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 >>


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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Soggy service

From left, Ella Sierer, Lauren Parkhurst and Damien Lundy from Oakland Christian School brave the elements to clean parking lot landscaping next to the MIll Pond, Monday. They were in town for their annual Servathon, performing community service for their neighbors....more >>

Food fest

Fill up on tasty treats at Taste

This year's Taste of Clarkston will be filled to capacity with mouth-watering entrees, desserts, and beverages. "We have 36 restaurants signed up – that's about the highest we've ever had," said Penny Shanks, executive director for Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce....more >>
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Thief caught

But armed robber still on the loose

Shoppers at Dixie Highway and Maybee Road were victimized by criminals in two separate incidents, Sept. 13-14. An armed robber stole money and cell phones, 7:58 p.m., Tuesday, Sept....more >>
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Art inspires park crowd

Depot Park in downtown Clarkston was packed full this past weekend as hundreds of people came for the annual Art in the Village, Clarkston Historical Society's biggest fund raiser of the year....more >>

Deficit fix for Independence

Independence Township trustees hope they've officially closed the door on deficits. "Final lesson learned," said Trustee David Lohmeier at the Sept. 6 board meeting. "Closing on a $3 million dollar building without your bookkeeper in the room is not a smart move....more >>
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Couple vies for honeymoon prize

Tim Adams and Shelley Oswalt of Independence Township hope a last-minute surge puts them over the top in a contest for an island honeymoon. "Shelley's had a rough time – this would give her something really positive to take her mind off things," said Adams, who entered them in the national Jekyll Island Dream Wedding Giveaway....more >>

New officers for Chamber

About 70 members of the Clarkston Chamber of Commerce gathered last Thursday, Sept. 15 at Oakhurst Golf & Country Club, for the group's annual meeting. After cocktails and dinner, six Board of Director's seats were filled and members of the community were recognized....more >>

Tea Party hosts state speakers

Independent Tea Party Patriots hosts state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, 7th District, state Rep. Mike Shirkey and Union Representative Terry Bowman at its meeting, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept....more >>
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Walking for hearts

BY MEGAN BILDNER Special to the Clarkston News About 250 people walked the streets of downtown Clarkston to help heal children's hearts, Sept. 11. "It's a great turn out – incredible for a first time walk," said Sally Powers, chair of the Clarkston Congenital Heart Walk for the Children's Heart Foundation and mother of a 3-year-old congenital-heart-defect survivor....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Back in the day...

Cliff and Karen McDermott returned to Cliff's hometown of Clarkston to check out The Clarkston News' archive books, Sept. 19. A graduate of Clarkston High School, class of 1954, they wanted to make some couples of articles from 1952-1953 featuring his sporting accomplishments to show the grandkids....more >>

Seniors win

The annual Powder Puff battle between the Clarkston High School Lady Wolves' senior and junior classes occurred on Monday night. Both headed against each other in the Powder Puff game, commencing Homecoming Week....more >>
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To the fair, to the fair

Though it was chilly, families headed to the Labor Day Fair at First Congregational Church in Clarkston, Sept. 5. Children enjoyed playing midway games, the moon walk, as well as going on pony rides and seeing animals at the petting zoo....more >>
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Full speed ahead for Bailey Lake

It didn't take long for students and teachers at Bailey Lake Elementary School to get back into the swing of things, hitting the books and learning new stuff a couple weeks into the ...more >>

News Briefs

Electronics recycling

Clarkston Community Schools partnered with Computer Recyclers of Michigan in Computer and Small Electronic Community Recycling Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, Sashabaw Middle School, 5565 Pine Knob Lane off Maybee Road....more >>

Halloween costume consignment sale

Springfield Township Parks and Rec hosts a Halloween Costume Consignment Sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at Hart Community Center. Drop off costumes for sale through this Friday, Sept....more >>

Camaro raffle

Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association is raffling off a 2012 Red Chevy Camaro. Tickets are $50, available at all Clarkston High School home football games and at Bowman Chevrolet....more >>

Conservancy inspectors

North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy presents a training session for volunteer property inspectors, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, Springfield Township Civic Center, 12000 Davisburg Road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Stand up and be counted" Clarkston High School students Jon Robinson, Cortney Roberts, Lindsey Prudhomme, Jessie Hupfer and the rest of John Zittel's current events class learned about the importance of voting....more >>
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Rest in peace

Julian Messina, a Boy Scout with Troop 108, salutes as a worn and tattered American flag is committed to the fire during a special ceremony Saturday afternoon to dedicate the new veterans memorial at Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery in Oxford....more >>

Veteran groups help soldier robbed on leave

From battlefield strife to civilian life, soldiers and veterans never turn their backs on one of their own. Case in point, when Oxford's veterans groups heard about a U.S. Army private being robbed at gunpoint in Pontiac last week while home on leave from Iraq, they got together and are planning to give the young man $400 to help make up for his loss and ensure his Rest and Relaxation (R&R) time isn't a bust....more >>

Twp. withholds extra funds until NOTA gives ridership info

Before Oxford Township forks over a $4,407 funding increase to the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA), the municipality wants an audit of the ridership. "If they want the extra money, they'll justify it," said township Treasurer Joe Ferrari....more >>

NOTA tells Oxford to put it in writing

Put it in writing and submit it. That was Orion Township Supervisor JoAnn Van Tassel's direction to Oxford Township regarding its questions and concerns over the numbers behind the North Oakland Transportation Authority's (NOTA) ridership....more >>

Rural Pearl bike ride returns Saturday

By Megan Bildner Review Intern Volunteers play a vital role in the growth and maintenance of the Polly Ann Trail. The 14.2 mile-long trail connects the communities of Orion Township, Oxford Township, the Village of Oxford, Addison Township and the Village of Leonard....more >>

Mobile clerk's office at Oxford library Sept. 22

The Oakland County Clerk's Mobile Office will be at the Oxford Public Library (530 Pontiac Rd.) on Thursday, Sept. 22. Anyone who lives in the area or surrounding communities is welcome....more >>
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Gallerist thrilled with art around town

For those who may not have noticed, famous paintings popped up all over Oxford last week and no one's more delighted about it than Robb Leland. "I think the installations were executed flawlessly and very creatively, I might add," said Leland, who's the proprietor of downtown's ArtCapsule Gallery & Frame, located at 5 S....more >>
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Biz buys industrial building, enjoys 'steady growth'

Good news for the Village of Oxford – one of its vacant industrial buildings is about to be occupied by a new owner. Dry Coolers, Inc. has purchased the 58,000-square-foot facility located at 575 S....more >>

Hazardous trees coming down

A list of trees deemed unsafe have been slated for removal from Oxford Township's cemeteries. Last week, township officials voted 7-0 to hire Owen Tree Service to remove 12 trees and one stump from the Mt....more >>
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Here a painting, there a painting...

An explosion of art hit Oxford last week as reproductions of seven famous masterpieces were strategically placed around town. The original of each painting can be found hanging at the Detroit Institute of Arts....more >>
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OXFD teaches safety, picnics at Hope Senior Apartments

Residents at Hope Senior Apartments were reminded of the importance of stop, drop and roll when the Oxford Fire Department stopped by for the annual fireman's picnic last month. Firefighters presented a half-hour video of what to do in case of a fire....more >>
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Ridgelawn dedicates new vets memorial

A cemetery is more than a final resting place for the deceased. It's hallowed ground that allows the living to honor the dead, reflect on their lives and give thanks for their deeds....more >>
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