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James Brown dunks as part of the young men's Dunk Competition at Basketball America's grand opening. His performance netted him 13 out of 20 points....more >>

Proficiency standards raised

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Making the grade just got a little harder for Lake Orion students. Earlier this month, the State Board of Education adopted more rigorous standards for "cut scores" on the statewide Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and Michigan Merit Exam (MME) achievement tests....more >>

New council member nearly takes presidency

The Lake Orion Village Council has a new councilmember, and it nearly got a new president. Monday's Council Meeting, during the section of the agenda slated for appointing a president, councilman David Churchill nominated newcomer Shauna Brown to be the new Village President, which would replace incumbent Ken Van Protfliet....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 >>

Contagious passion for involvement

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Sue Kelley's enthusiasm and encouragement that she provided her family, friends, colleagues even young children was contagious. She knew how to rally people together to face any challenge and did it with a sense of humor....more >>

Following flood, Basketball America is back

After two months repairing water damage due to a flood, Basketball America is back up and running and, thanks to massive remodeling, it is better than ever. On July 2 2011, after a water meter was installed to accommodate new technology for water readers, a gasket blew overnight causing most of the building's floor to be under three inches of water....more >>

After two months repairing water damage due to a flood, Basketball America is back up and running and, thanks to massive remodeling, it is better than ever. On July 2 2011, after a water meter was installed to accommodate new technology for water readers, a gasket blew overnight causing most of the building's floor to be under three inches of water....more >>
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Eagle Valley selling renewable energy

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Extra gas is turning into more cash at the Eagle Valley landfill. Waste Management, parent company of the Orion Township operation, opened its new onsite gas-to-energy facility last week....more >>

Firemen obtain WTC artifact

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor At first glance, the 33-inch steel beam looks like it could come from any demolition site. Upon further inspection, however, it becomes clear that this piece of metal endured much more....more >>

Stadium play wins "Best" award

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Greek theater is an award-winning success in Lake Orion. From Zeus to a super burrito, fourth-grade students at Stadium Drive Elementary last year staged their own comedies and tragedies, with an award winning outcome....more >>
Front from left: Janeen Sharrow, Franklin Greene, Chloe Palovich, Brandon Deszell, Joey Sharrow and Aketra Sevillian. Back row from left: Rosalyn Ringlein, Dalton LaBean, Ashley Vansumeren, Danny Broughton, Melany Diaz, Nick Nicoloff, English Haught, Isaac Jewell, Shelby Koppinger, and Steven Brauer. The Goodrich Homecoming Court. Photo by Patrick McAbee. (click for larger version)
Front from left: Tori Grandberry, Hunter Mateer, Matt Sears, McKenna Lacki and Jaelen Miller. Back row from left: Bridget O'Shea, Shane Mahaffy, Destiny Lockhart, Ryan King, Jessica Layman, Isaac Scherer, Audrey Drayton, Matt Smith, Cathryn Cunningham and Brandon Lee. Not pictured: Jared Tiernan. Photo by Patrick McAbee. (click for larger version)

News Briefs


Chamber Business Expo 2011 Booth registration is open for the 10th annual Ortonville Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the Brandon High School Cafeteria, 1025 S. Ortonville Road....more >>
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Bicyclist rides across America, makes a stop in Goodrich

For Chris Figureida, his mission across the U.S. is "a means to an end." "Exercise, eat healthy, and make a difference" is the message that Figureida gave to students at Reid Elementary on Sept....more >>


Brandon Library: 'Parents, Kids and Money Matters'

Brandon Twp.- There are only three things that can be done with money, says Nathan Bindschatel. Spend it, share it, or save it. This will be the focus of "Parents, Kids, and Money Matters," a special workshop for parents and children, planned for 7-8:30 p....more >>
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Twenty years of Papa Bella's Pizza

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- Mark Bell and Joe D'Anna brought in just $37 the first Tuesday they were open for business as Papa Bella's Pizza, 425 Mill St. "We wondered what we had gotten ourselves into," recalls Bell....more >>


Interim Village manager selection down to four

Goodrich-The village council convened a special meeting on Sept. 15 to sort through a host of applications for a village interim manager. A total of 17 candidates applied for the interim post, which should last for 90 to 120 days with the potential for a full-time position....more >>


Church youth leader pleads guilty to indecent exposure

A former church youth leader has pleaded guilty to exposing himself to a child at a Brandon Township campground. Curtis Burkhardt, 44, pleaded guilty to one charge of indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person Sept....more >>


'Their need isn't less than ours'

Local reflects on Costa Rica mission trip

Monica DeAngelo describes her recent mission trip to Costa Rica as "an emotional roller coaster." "My eyes and heart were taking in so much all at one time," said DeAngelo, owner of Cutting Edge Salon in Goodrich....more >>


Groveland Twp. fund balance stays strong

Groveland Twp.- In August, Ken Palka, from the accounting firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka, reported on the township finances following the completion of the yearly audit. The board approved the audit ending March 31, 2011....more >>


Crop Walk participants needed

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 1:30 p.m., 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 >>


After two years, justice served

More than two years after Duane Emery Kuerbitz was accused of sexually abusing the mentally incapacitated man for whom he was guardian in Brandon Township, the case is finally reaching its conclusion....more >>
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Climb for a cause

Locals to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro for Compassionate Life

Three days up and two days down. It's soon to be five days to the Roof of Africa—Mt. Kilimanjaro—for a group of five local hikers who will leave on a two-week adventure this month....more >>

News brief

Leaf pickup

The Village of Lake Orion will again provide leaf pick up services to village residents. The schedule is as follows: East of M-24, weeks of Oct. 11, 24 and Nov. 14; West of M-24 and East of the lake, weeks of Oct....more >>

News brief

Committees assigned new members

The Lake Orion Village Council sought to appoint two members to the Orion Community Cabel Communications Commission on Monday, including a vacency made by the departing councilmember Micheal Toth....more >>

News brief

Committees assigned new members

The Lake Orion Village Council sought to appoint two members to the Orion Community Cabel Communications Commission on Monday, including a vacency made by the departing councilmember Micheal Toth....more >>

News brief

Homecoming parade OK'd

Lake Orion Community Schools requested at the Monday Lake Orion Village Council Meeting permission to hold a homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 7. The parade route will begin at Blanche Sims Elementary School and move south on Florence Street to Flint Street....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 >>
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Taste's great!

From left, Elliot Weich, Braeden Weich, and Brody Roush, with Molly Roush behind, enjoy some ice cream goodness at Taste of Clarkston. Thousands crowded downtown Main Street last Sunday for the annual event....more >>
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No increase for safety path millage

The people spoke and the Independence Township board listened no safety-path tax increase this year. Independence Township Board voted unanimously, Sept. 20, to hold the millage at the current ....more >>

Supervisor calls in sick for rest of year

Trustee calls for replacement

Half a year without a supervisor is enough for Trustee David Lohmeier. "We've only got another 12 months until another board is elected," Lohmeier said. "It's been long enough and now I think it's at the point where it's our duty to bring on some support....more >>

Residents frustrated by closed session wait

After waiting nearly two hours for Independence Township trustees to come out of closed session, frustrated resident Rae LuAllen had enough. "I'm sorry, but I have other things to do than to sit here while they're in a closed session," LuAllen said....more >>
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SCAMP makeover

Over 200 people braved the cold, damp night to enjoy a benefit dinner, silent auction and tour of the newly redecorated, 12-room Addis-Walter House, Sept. 23. "I can't tell you how amazed we are at the generosity of everyone involved," said Anne Mancour, Designer Showcase House Benefit chair....more >>
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Emerging technologies reduce recovery time

Free seminar will cover orthopedic surgery, prosthetics and more

The world of medicine and technology has changed the lives of millions of people. World-wide and right here in Independence Township. Tomorrow, (Sept. 29) local doctor Shivajee V....more >>

Used book sale at library

Friends of the Independence Township Library Fall Book Sale offers thousands of used books, videos, and CDs at its Fall Used Book Sale, Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Call the library, 6495 Clarkston Road, at 248-625-2212....more >>
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Tea Party calls for state to join 'Right to Work' ranks

Tom Bos, founding member of Freedom to Work Coalition and member of Independent Tea Party Patriots, said their goal is not to bust unions. "I will fight to the death for my right to join a union," Bos said at the Tea Party's Right to Work meeting, Sept....more >>
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Not so fast, protesters say

Teacher and auto union members protested the Independent Tea Party Patriots' Right to Work meeting. "We're out here to defend the middle class. Right to Work is really a misnomer because it has nothing to do with the freedom and the right of a person to seek and gain employment," said Mark Walton, one of the protest leaders....more >>
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Lights on for Everest J-Club

It took a few takes to get the giggles out, but Everest's new Journalism and Broadcast Club is on the air. With a studio set up at Everest Collegiate High School, about 20 students launched the club with a newscast by anchors Fabiana Diaz and Adam Goeringer....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Big brother surprise at Pine Knob

Marine Private First Class Nickolas Johnson of Clarkston surprised his little brother, Tyler Renusch, with a visit to his school, Sept. 8. Johnson, his mother Pamela Renusch, and grandparents Doug and Brenda Alexander arrived at Pine Knob Elementary shortly before dismissal....more >>
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Parents' Night Out, with a little help

Sweetest Day is approaching fast and while debating plans for Oct. 15, The Learning Experience will cover the babysitting. The Learning Experience will offer Parents' Night Out on the special night from 6-10 p....more >>
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Coming Home

The weather cleared by the time the Wolves took to the field on Friday night for their Homecoming game against Pontiac. It was a big night for Clarkston as they rallied a 48-18 win over their visitors....more >>
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Cars and canines at cruise

Mr. B's parking lot was packed with car and dog fans at the Driving Away Puppy Mills car cruise, Sept. 15. "It went very well. A lot of people turned out," said Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup of Southeast Michigan....more >>
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Sunny skies for Taste of Clarkston

Thousands of people filled downtown Clarkston at Sunday's Taste of Clarkston, enjoying sweet and savory treats under a sunny sky. "It's not a record crowd, but it's really close," said Penny Shanks, executive director of Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce....more >>
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Speaker series kicks off with Hollywood stories

Oakland Town Hall's 2011-2012 lecture series is set, kicking off with Hollywood dog trainer Bill Berloni. Berloni author of "Making Stars of Strays," is set to speak, Oct. 12. He will discuss his 30 years of training shelter dogs for Broadway stage, commercials, television, and movies, including Sandy for "Annie," a horse for Elmo, and Bruiser in the film "Legally Blonde....more >>

Civil War concert

Springfield Township Library hosts The Dodworth Saxhorn Band, a 19th century brass band, performing "Bringing America's Musical Past to Life," 3:30-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9. The band will also perform at Davisburg Cemetery from 2:30-3 p....more >>

News Briefs

Public input on parks

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation hosts a Visioning Workshop, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at the township Civic Center, 12000 Davisburg Road. "We're looking for public input on our facilities and recreational opportunities to help guide us as we look at future funding and direction," said Jennifer Tucker, director....more >>

Flu clinic

Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center hosts a Flu Clinic and Mini Health Fair, 1-4 p.m., Oct. 7, at the Carriage House, 6000 Clarkston Road. Visiting Nurses Association provides flu shots free with Medicare Part B and many Medicare Advantage plans, BNC, HAP except Cigna plans, Priority Health, Health Plus of Michigan and most Blue Cross Plans....more >>

Tea for Breast Cancer Awareness

Swan For Life Cancer Foundation hosts an Afternoon Tea in honor of Breast Cancer Survivor Month, 1 p.m., Oct. 1, at Great Lakes Cancer Institute, 5680 Bow Point Drive. Over 300 breast cancer survivors have been invited to attend....more >>

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "All in a day's work" Photographer Beth Sayles barked out orders as eight seniors from the Clarkston High School football team posed for their Homecoming game photo at Lakeview Cemetery....more >>

He's one with the board!

Arin Kubiak, a 2011 graduate of Oxford High School, does some tricks in a makeshift skatepark that was set-up in downtown Oxford's northeast quadrant Saturday. The temporary skatepark was part of the grand opening of Dubz Bikes and Boards (14 N....more >>
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Introducing the king and queen...

Oxford High's 2011 Homecoming King and Queen Doug Klimbal and Kala Seawright....more >>

Art stolen from trail

A thief or thieves recently struck the Polly Ann Trail, robbing the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) of a painting and the community of the opportunity to enjoy it. "It's disappointing that someone wants to ruin it for everybody else," said Michelle Hauske, coordinator of the DIA's Inside/Out project....more >>
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Walkability audit reveals downtown noisy, lacks crossings, needs trees

Downtown Oxford got audited last week, but don't worry, the shopping district isn't in hot water with the Internal Revenue Service. This audit focused on the ability of pedestrians to navigate the downtown area and what can be done to improve the situation for non-motorized visitors....more >>

Twp. adding passports to its list of services

For those who desire to travel outside this nation's borders, Oxford Township will soon offer a new convenience. Thanks to the clerk's department, the township office (300 Dunlap Rd....more >>

First buck is a trophy

For a deer hunter, there's no greater thrill than bagging that first buck, except when it also happens to be a trophy-sized whitetail. Oxford resident Spencer Petoskey, 12, experienced both those thrills on Sunday, Sept....more >>

Twp. votes down minor tax cut

Oxford Township residents were only one vote a way from receiving a very slight break on their December property tax bills. Last week, the township board voted 3-2 to levy 0.95 mill as its operating tax to help support its $2....more >>

Pastor blesses furry friends

A typical church service often contains a fair number of amens and hallelujahs. But the one held Sunday afternoon at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Oxford Village was punctuated by a few meows and woofs....more >>
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Crash sends Lapeer motorcyclist to hospital

A three-vehicle accident at the intersection of S. Lapeer Rd. (M-24) and Drahner sent one person to the hospital on the evening of Monday, Sept. 26. At approximately 6:16 pm., a 55-year-old Lapeer man was southbound on M-24 on a 1978 Harley Davidson motorcycle....more >>

Addison library to shut down Oct. 1 for big move

Moving day is fast-approaching for the Addison Township Public Library and three things are still needed volunteers, boxes and dollies. "Fortunately, it isn't a very long distance to go," said Library Director Jaema Berman....more >>

Charity offers food, transportation, clothing to Addison residents in need

In these tough economic times, many folks can use a helping hand once in a while. For residents of Addison Township who need help getting back on their feet, the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, located on 1234 Inglewood, is here to help....more >>

Nominees sought for makeover

The Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few strong women. Do you know a special woman who deserves some recognition and a little pampering? Maybe it is someone who has struggled through a difficult illness or a tough personal situation....more >>
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Leader Editorial

Bravo to veterans' good deed

It's nice to know that with all the bad there is in this world, there are still plenty of good people who do good things without even being asked. Case in point, five veterans groups got together last week and donated $500 to U....more >>
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Police: Drunk driver crashes into church sign

A suspected drunk driver was arrested early Sunday morning after she crashed her vehicle into a church sign, completely destroying it. The 21-year-old Orion Township woman was southbound on M-24 in her 1999 Jeep when a witness claims she began to swerve, lost control of the vehicle, ran off the roadway and crashed into the freestanding brick sign outside the Oxford Free Methodist Church (790 S....more >>
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Parker Veterinary Hospital now serving local pets

He might not be Dr. Dolittle, but Oxford resident Dr. Adrian Parker Holly, DMV, is bringing his love for treating sick animals to downtown Oxford. Holly opened Parker Veterinary Hospital (5 Mechanic St....more >>
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Oxford's gone to the dogs!

Canines of all shapes, sizes and breeds took over downtown Oxford's Centennial Park Sunday as the Art Capsule Gallery & Frame hosted its first annual "Dog Day Afternoon and Next Top Doggie Model Contest....more >>
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