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Car accident sends three OHS football players to hospital

Seven members of the Oxford High School football team were involved in minor injury crash in Oxford Township on Thursday evening, sending three players to the hospital. At approximately 5:41 p....more >>
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Green-and-white rules Homecoming 2011

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Unusually warm fall weather made Lake Orion High School's annual Homecoming festivities extra fun for everyone in the community this year. The "Armed Forces" theme spotlighted the students' patriotic spirit, plus their school pride and competitive drive....more >>
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LOHS hosts Charity Week to benefit Quinn Fund

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Lake Orion High School is hosting its first Charity Week event, Oct. 17-21, supporting the community-based Michael Quinn Children's Assistance Fund. The weeklong effort is being led by members of the school's leadership class....more >>
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ONTV expanding studio, programming

By Megan Bildner Review Intern Most people hate moving, but the staff at Orion Neighborhood Television cannot wait. Currently jammed into what is essentially retail space in a local strip mail on M-24, ONTV will be uprooting its operation and moving to the new Orion Center on Joslyn Road, by the end of the year....more >>

Prizm Designs' grand opening

Business joins Orion Area Chamber of Commerce

Prizm Designs opened in April, saw a spurt of business and is again increasing awareness for their business by joining the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce. To complete the deal, the OACC set up a ribbon cutting Oct....more >>
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Erebus lives up to reputation

Sometimes, after visiting haunted houses yearly for simply too long, the props, the acting and the themes can become predictable. For veteran haunted house goers, or those simply getting too old to take the attractions seriously, there is a solution just inside of Pontiac....more >>

Oxford teacher moves to Lake Orion

An Oxford native is moving down to the land of the Dragons to assume an administrative position at a middle school in Lake Orion. Rob Murray, who taught fourth grade at Leonard Elementary last year, took his talents to Waldon Middle School in Lake Orion during the first part of the school year to become the middle school's assistant principal....more >>

LO grad named Albion's '11 queen

What is better than being named a high school homecoming queen? Angela Bennett found out the answer to that question when she was named Albion College's 2011homecoming queen during halftime of the Saturday, Sept....more >>

Beer distributer earns award

By Megan Bildner Review Intern Powers Distributing Company's efforts to promote Michigan craft beer products earned them an honor recently when they were named 2011 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year....more >>

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Enrollment jump due to SOC

The first increase in students recorded in many years here can be directly attributed to students who reside elsewhere. Brandon's student count Oct. 5 revealed an increase of five students....more >>
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Bear hunt-wolf encounter

After years of hunting, area sportsman Jason Bradley can recall some rather unique experiences in the woods. Yet, the events of a mid-September bear hunt in some remote Upper Peninsula wilderness may be the most memorable so far....more >>

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Drive One 4 UR School

The folks at Randy Wise Ford of Ortonville, 968 S. Ortonville Road, are inviting a total of 300 community members and others to join them between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 22 to test-drive a variety of 2011 Ford vehicles for the Drive One 4 UR School event....more >>
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Growing with distinction

Bill and Barb Middleton served as members of the Oakland County Farm Bureau for 80 years, collectively— Bill for 50 years and Barb for the past 30. The couple, married 36 years, and owners of the Middleton Berry Farm, were recently honored with a distinguished service award for their contributions to the agricultural community in Oakland County, as well as agriculture education efforts....more >>

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Two local youth suspected in deer poaching

Two area teens are suspected of shooting three deer illegally. At 2:15 a.m., on Oct. 4, a Genesee County Sheriff's deputy assigned to Atlas Township observed a pickup truck exit a field near Horton and Joslin roads at a high rate of speed....more >>
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One candidate to fill vacant Brandon School Board seat

The board of education received just one application for appointment to the seat vacated by Rob Privette last month. Kim Kulaga, 36, is the sole candidate to complete the term ending Dec....more >>

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Student enrollment, SOC jumps in Goodrich

The 2011-12 student count day Oct. 5 was good news to Goodrich officials after earlier predictions of a 40-student decline. In the fall student count Goodrich has 2,145 students, nine more than the count of 2,136 in 2010....more >>

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Haunted Forest

There are sure to be nights for fun and fright at Wojo's Greenhouse starting next weekend. The St. Anne Youth Ministry will host the annual Haunted Forest at Wojo's Greenhouse, 2570 Oakwood Road, this month....more >>
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Can't feed pet? North Oakland Animal Help

Onyx, an 8-year-old rottweiler, lived on bread alone with his first owner, who fed the dog hamburger buns and hot dog buns. "I don't know what the situation was, but the owner asked my son if he wanted him, or he was going to take him to the pound," said Cathy, a village resident who requested her last name be withheld....more >>
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Blackhawks one win from state playoff berth

It's been 11 years since the Brandon Blackhawks varsity football team made post season play. Soon that may change. With an impressive 5-2 record, the Blackhawks need to win just one of their next two home games—against Linden (4-3) or Holly (5-2) to qualify for the state playoffs....more >>
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Sidge again village manger after 3-2 vote

It's been about eight months since longtime village manager Jakki Sidge vacated her office after a 3-2 vote on Feb.11, when the village council approved a motion requesting her resignation....more >>

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After five years, student count up in Brandon

After years of declining enrollment, Brandon School District officials were surprised to learn last week that there was a gain in students this year. Student count day, Oct. 5, revealed that Brandon has five more students, bringing the total student body to roughly 3,360, over last fall's count of approximately 3,355....more >>

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GM Orion wins award

GM's Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township was recently recognized for its excellence in local community environmental projects and partnerships by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality....more >>

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Medicare 101 at library

Orion Township Public Library, in conjunction with the Area Agency on Aging, is hosting a special meeting on Medicare on Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. The presentation will provide basic information on who is eligible, how to enroll and what services are covered....more >>

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Pumpkins fly

Guests can watch teams compete in the fourth annual Lake Orion Pumpkin Launch at Orion Oaks County Park from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. on Oct. 15. Last year, the winning team launched a pumpkin 1,187 feet with a trebuchet, a medieval blockade weapon similar to catapults....more >>
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A night for royalty

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Healing with help

Sharon Bergman isn't fighting cancer. She isn't battling cancer. What she is doing is healing cancer. "I don't want to be in a battle, I want to be in a healing place," said Bergman, 49....more >>

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Goodrich/Atlas Chamber At 6 p.m., Oct. 11, the Goodrich/Atlas Chamber of Commerce will meet upstairs at the Goodrich Library located at 10237 Hegel Road, Goodrich. All interested businesses are welcome....more >>

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"Ride for the Troops"

From noon-3 p.m., Oct.16 OREA (Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Association) will hold the annual "Ride for the Troops" benefit. This year's donations will be donated to the Desert Angel program, which sends care packages overseas to soldiers....more >>

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Historical Society to host District Judge McNally

At 7 p.m., Oct 19 the Ortonville Historical Society will host retired 52-2 District Court Judge Gerald McNally at the Old Mill located near Mill and South Street, Ortonville. Born in 1932 in Atkinson, Neb....more >>
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Local agent retires after 38 years in insurance

Groveland Twp.- After 38 years of working in the insurance industry, the last 20 years as the owner of the State Farm agency here, Connie Brewer is retiring at the end of this month....more >>

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Brandon man pleads no contest in assault

A Brandon Township man who choked his wife and then fled from police has pleaded no contest to multiple charges. Howard John Dwyer, 48, pleaded no contest Sept. 26 to a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison....more >>

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Changes to Groveland MSP post coming next week

Beginning on Oct. 16, nineteen former MSP posts statewide, including Groveland Township, will convert to detachments, facilities where troopers can start and end their shifts, store property/evidence and meet with the public by appointment....more >>

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Lake Fenton player OK after injury during game homecoming

A Lake Fenton Blue Devils football player is expected to fully recover from injuries he suffered during the Goodrich Homcoming game Sept. 30. With the Martians up 14-0 and 6:09 left in the second quarter, Lake Fenton defensive back Matt Hommer had head-to-head contact with a Goodrich player....more >>
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The Citizen awarded by Michigan Press Association

The Citizen news staff received two awards in the 2011 Michigan Press Association (MPA) Better Newspaper Contest. Members of the Colorado Newspaper Association reviewed 2,542 entries submitted by 102 Michigan newspapers....more >>

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End of the beat

Atlas Twp. resident reflects on four decades of law enforcement

In 1962 Jim Gage was looking for a job. "I came home and my dad had an application for the Detroit Police Department for me," said Gage. "So I just completed it and sent it in—I started to work for Detroit Police in 1962....more >>

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Bullying prevention: Power of 100

Brandon Twp.- Bully, n.—a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. According to bullyingstatistics.org, "statistics show that bullying is on the rise among young adults, teens and children....more >>

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Decision on Goodrich village manager position Monday

Goodrich-On Oct. 5, four candidates for village manager were interviewed during a special village council meeting. Village Councilman Richard Saroli said the field was narrowed down to four after about an hour-and-a-half of deliberations on Sept....more >>

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Twp. board considers cutting elected officials' salaries by half

Brandon Twp.- In the current economy, job eliminations, wage freezes or cuts, and reduced hours and benefits are common. Township employees have taken some hits, with reduced benefits and eliminated jobs....more >>
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FOIAs under fire

Officials question school Freedom of Info requests, funding

School officials facing several Freedom of Information Act requests have some questions of their own. "We have limited staff and limited time to take on these resources and it seems wasteful," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

FOIA info

Freedom of Information Act Request by Dawn Schaller sent via email to CCS 9/12/11 This is my newest Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. A good portion of what I am asking for was documentation that the district failed to supply to me (although requested) from previous FOIA requests, but some is new and being requested based on recent school issues or questions opened up based on what I was supplied from previous FOIA requests....more >>

With less money, township's scaling back

Just as citizens with less money have to scale back, so does government. Millage rates for Independence Township remained the same for the past few years, but the township's total levy is less, due to falling property values....more >>
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Safety path millage rate maintains current paths

Almost a quarter million a year sounds like a decent chunk of change, but it's not much to Department of Public Works Director Linda Richardson. "Right now what we bring in covers operating and then a little bit can go into the fund balance," Richardson said....more >>
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Celebrating heritage

While celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War and 175-year anniversary of Springfield Township, residents found their way to downtown Davisburg for the annual Heritage Festival....more >>
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Fun, safe trick-or-treating at Friendly Forest

Trick-or-treating comes early at Friendly Forest in Clintonwood Park, 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22. "Three years ago, it was on the chopping block because it was losing money," said Jeff Morris, recreation programmer with Independence Township Parks and Recreation....more >>
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Photographers win awards in contest

Lisa Kaul of Clarkston won first- and second-place honors in the Clarkson Center for the Performing Arts Photography Contest. Kaul's Torch Lake photo earned the first-place prize, a $100 savings bond from Clarkston State Bank....more >>
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Clarkston grad's on a medical mission

For Clarkston graduate Joe Gorz, education to become a doctor includes annual medical mission trips to Peru. "It's an opportunity to get hands-on with patients and see the world it seemed the right thing to do, to open my horizons," said Gorz, who grew up in Clarkston and graduated from Clarkston High School in 2003....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Downtown writers

From left, Clarkston Junior High students Alex Bradsher, Brooke Alarie, Nicole Hollis, and Emily Ziesmer record their impressions of downtown Clarkston for their International Baccalaureate Language Arts class, Oct....more >>
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Fall fun at fair

Bailey Lake Elementary students took their friends and family for their school's annual fair on Oct. 8. Tasty treats of cotton candy and pizza filled their stomachs while many competed in the Cake Walk for a chance to win a homemade dessert....more >>
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Middleton awarded Optimist of the Year

Outgoing Clarkston Area Optimist President Jeff Reed, at left, presents Optimist Tom Middleton the 2011 Optimist of the Year award. MIddleton is the club treasurer. "Tom is always willing to help, chairs committees but also is there to help behind the scenes when the need arises," said Reed....more >>
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Runners celebrate milestone

The Wolfpack Running Club celebrated its 30-year anniversary, Sept. 24, at Depot Park with a 5K run followed by refreshments and recognitions. The morning event was followed by an evening dinner at Deer Lake Racquet Club....more >>
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Beach musical for Youth Theatre

Mt. Zion School of Performing Arts Youth Theatre performs "Wipeout," 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13-14; and 1 p.m., Oct. 15, at the church theater, 4900 Maybee Road. The Youth Theatre ensemble includes 30 students between the ages of 9-16....more >>

World Sight Day

Local Optometrists Drs. Staniszewski, Clancy, and Bush, are joining the World Sight Day Challenge during October to help give the gift of vision to people in developing countries. On World Sight Day, Oct....more >>
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Energetic Dragons

Clarkston Elementary students finished their Health and Safety Week last Friday with A.C.E.S Day (All Children Exercise Simultaneously). Everyone gathered at the Clarkston Junior High School football field where they stretched, danced to the "Cha Cha Slide," then ran around the track, each of them doing their best to impersonate an animal through their actions....more >>

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Leaves for garden

Rakers can drop off their leaves at Clarkston Community Garden, 9-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, and stay for a gardening presentation. Jim Tesnar, garden manager, will discuss fall soil improvement and no-till gardening techniques at 10 a....more >>

Young Americans visit

The Young Americans host a workshop at Clarkston High School, 3-9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24; and 4-6:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, with performance at 7:30 p....more >>

Barktoberfest

All types of pets are invited to Advanced Pet Care of Oakland's Barktoberfest Pet Costume Contest and Open House, 12-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16. Other activities at the center, 6378 Sashabaw Road, will include educational tours of the hospital, hot cider with the veterinary staff, pumpkin painting, door prizes, games and photos....more >>

Howl-o-ween at Depot Park

Clarkston Retailer's Group hosts the second annual Howl-o-ween Event, 12-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, in Depot Park. Registration will be at the Clarkston Flower Shoppe, 7150 N. Main Street....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Vision 2020 nears completion" The steering committee worked on a plan to make the Sashabaw corridor a focal point of township business, create a "village feel" with pedestrian access, improve government communication within and outside the community, and increase residential and business tax bases....more >>
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Students enjoy history, science in Flint

Some days it's good to get out of the stuffy, old classroom and experience learning in an environment that's fun, fresh and unique. That's exactly what Oxford Middle School sixth-graders did last week when they took an exciting field trip to the Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium in Flint....more >>

Oxford pupil count up 200

By every indication, the number of students attending classes both physically and virtually in Oxford Community Schools has increased. Linda Lewis, the executive assistant for curriculum and district communication, said a "cursory review of the data indicates enrollment is up more than 200 FTEs (full time equivalent students)," in an e-mail to the Leader ....more >>
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Grand opening!

Electricity is in the air this week as the Addison Township Public Library prepares to conduct the grand opening of its new facility on Saturday, Oct. 15. "I think it's fantastic," said Kara King, a recent addition to the library board of trustees....more >>

Judge denies motion to dismiss/reduce murder charge

A motion to dismiss or reduce the murder charge against an Oxford father who allegedly bludgeoned his daughter with a baseball bat on May 9 was denied last week by a judge. Robert Brian Kelly, 52, is charged with the first-degree, premeditated murder of his 20-year-old daughter, Megan Roberts....more >>
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Can't isn't part of equestrian's vocabulary

The word "can't" simply doesn't exist in Katie Champagne's vocabulary. "I think saying can't is basically saying won't," said the 17-year-old Metamora Township resident, who was born without hands....more >>

Theft of painting prompts $400 reward offer

Tony Sandrin is fed up with thieves and vandals ruining the Polly Ann Trail, and he's not going to take it anymore. That's why the 38-year resident of Oxford is offering a $200 reward for any information that leads to the recovery of a painting stolen from the trail where it intersects W....more >>

Chief wants village to assess, collect parking fines

Oxford Village Police Chief Mike Neymanowski is working on a proposal to basically cut out the middle man when it comes to collecting fines for parking violations. The chief is proposing the institution of a "parking violations bureau," which would allow the village, as opposed to the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills, to collect fines for parking violations....more >>
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Laugh & Dash raises $300 for dog rescue

Participation was low, but the generosity was quite high as the OHS Theater Company raised $300 for the K-9 Stray Rescue League with its annual "Laugh & Dash" event held Sunday, Oct....more >>
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Gentlemen, start your enzymes!

Louie's to host rib cook-off

"Who has the best rack?" That's the question being asked by Louie's Food & Spirits in Lakeville. The answer will come on Saturday, Oct. 22 when the local restaurant/bar hosts "Louie's Rib Fest 2011....more >>
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Knitting bears to show they care

The teddy bear is more than just a simple child's toy. He (or she) is often a kid's best friend. The bear offers much-needed comfort during the long night, a playmate during the day, an ear to hear secrets and a furry body to absorb tears....more >>
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Hi, Mr. Fireman, sir!

At some point during their childhood, just about every kid wants to be a firefighter when they grow up. They love the helmets, the big hoses, and of course, the flashing lights and loud sirens of those shiny, red fire trucks....more >>

Addison plan looks to add parks, other recreational facilities

Addison Township's Park and Recreation Committee is looking to add another park and some more amenities to its existing parks within the next six years. Those details were laid out in the 2012-2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan during a public hearing on Monday, Oct....more >>

Game raises cash for jobs program

A special fund-raising event took place during Friday night's varsity football game against the Southfield Blue Jays. Following the first quarter, cheerleaders from Oxford High School passed out envelopes to Wildcat supporters in the stands as part of Goodwill's "Dollars for Jobs" monthlong campaign....more >>
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