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Obama visits Orion

President Obama and South Korea's President Lee visited the GM Orion Assembly plant last Friday to tout the new free trade agreement between the two countries. The new Chevrolet Sonic subcompact that is built at the plant is a collaborative effort between GM's operations here and in South Korea....more >>

District launches anti-bullying program

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Bullying is about to get its butt-kicked in Lake Orion. The school district, local education and civic organizations, as well as businesses have partnered to launch a district-wide anti-bullying program that will engage all students and the community....more >>

District launches anti-bullying program

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Bullying is about to get its butt-kicked in Lake Orion. The school district, local education and civic organizations, as well as businesses have partnered to launch a district-wide anti-bullying program that will engage all students and the community....more >>

Czech student adjusting to and enjoying Orion

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review It may not be the United Nations, but Lake Orion High School is home to a large group of exchange students this year. Among them is junior Anna Vetrovcova from Prague in the Czech Republic, a European country sharing a border with Germany....more >>

Van Portfliet maintains village presidency

Ken VanPortfliet has retained his position as village council president, despite nearly losing it to newcomer Shauna Brown last month. The revote, which was approved at the September meeting where council members David Churchill, John Ranville and Brown voted to elect the first-time member to the chair, was unanimous....more >>

J. Jacobs in Gingellville makes insurance easier

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer Purchasing insurance can become confusing quickly for fiscally minded customers seeking to compare prices. Fortunately for Orion Township residents, J....more >>

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Trick-or-Treat with Santa From 2-4 p.m. Oct. 23, in Crossman Park, downtown Ortonville, the MOMS Club of Ortonville-Goodrich will host "Trick-or-Treat with Santa." Kids ages 12 and under are welcome to join....more >>

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GHS grad awarded for body building

For Rebecca Bowers, being an athlete is not just a job, but a significant part of her life. The 2003 Goodrich graduate is taking to the stage across the nation, and hopefully overseas, as a professional figure athlete....more >>

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Ordinance revisions fail

Township board dumps four zoning changes

Brandon Twp.- Four up, four down. Township Building Director Bill Dinnan brought four zoning ordinances before the township board during their meeting Oct. 17. The township planning commission recommended revisions to the ordinances, mainly corrections and clarifications to ease enforcement....more >>

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Blackhawk bands hit high note

It's been a successful year for the Brandon Blackhawks bands. Comprised of two concert bands in middle school as well as two concert bands and a marching band in high school, students have spent months preparing for competitions which has paid off....more >>

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Senior Thanksgiving Dinner

Volunteers are needed for assistance with the Annual Senior Citizens' Thanksgiving Dinner planned for noon, Nov. 8 at the Brandon Middle School, 609 S. Ortonville Road. The dinner is provided by the Brandon School District Food Service Department, but the district relies on the generosity of the community to provide support with door prize donations, table accessories, centerpieces, etc....more >>

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Brandon auditor: 'District really on the ball'

Brandon Twp.- It appears the school board will achieve the 10 percent fund balance they wanted this year afterall. The 2011 preliminary audit results are in and show that while the district had actual revenues of $29....more >>

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Put a pie in Rush's face

This Sunday, folks can help an area resident, get a spaghetti dinner, and have a "once in a lifetime" chance to put a pie in the smiling face of Sherman Publications' Don Rush. Helping Hands Healing Cancer Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction will benefit Sharon Bergman, a single mom of two kids battling breast cancer....more >>

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Operation Care

Township to accept donations for troops

Operation Care Package Michigan is coming to Goodrich. "It's a non-profit group that collects non-perishable items to put together care packages and send them to service people overseas," said Shirley Kautman-Jones, Atlas Township supervisor, who has been working with the care package program to open a drop box to be located in the lobby of the Atlas Township offices, 7386 Gale Road, Goodrich....more >>

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Hunter hospitalized after fall

On Oct., 12, about 11:30 a.m., the Atlas Township Fire Department, a Genesee County Sheriff's Department deputy and paramedic responded to an injured hunter near Schumann Drive. Township Fire Chief Fred Forys said another hunter called 9-1-1 and led the team about a half-mile over rugged terrain to the location where a man in his 40s had fallen about 20 feet from a tree....more >>

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Atlas Township completes deal for new cell tower

The Atlas Township Board of Trustees announced on Monday night that an agreement with Indiana-based Fortune-Wireless Corporation has been reached for the construction of a cell tower....more >>

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Kulaga appointed to Brandon School Board

Brandon Twp.- Kim Kulaga was unanimously approved for appointment as a school board trustee to complete a term ending Dec. 31, 2013. The board voted 6-0 to appoint Kulaga to fill the seat vacated by Rob Privette after he moved from the district....more >>
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Schutzhund: Only top dogs

Sport demonstrated at Howl 'O' Ween Pet Parade, set for Oct. 29, Goodrich

Goodrich- Schutzhund, a German dog sport originating more than 100 years ago, will be demonstrated following the Howl 'O' Ween Pet Parade set for 11:30 a.m., Oct. 29, at Lucy's Pet Supplies and Feeds, 8159 S....more >>
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The last day on the USS Princeton

Somewhere on the floor of the South Pacific in the Leyte Gulf is Jack Bucholz' wedding ring. "I was married Dec.1, 1942," said Bucholz, a Brandon Township resident. "I had to explain to my wife why my ring was in my locker and not on me when my ship sank," he laughed....more >>

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Ortonville Halloween

Donations of individually wrapped Halloween candy are still needed and can be dropped off at the village offices, 476 Mill St. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Oct. 29 or after 5 p....more >>
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Credit union-schools program recognized

CBCCU-Brandon Schools celebrate 20 years of partnership

Some Brandon High School graduates are perhaps a little better off today thanks to the efforts of a local financial institution. After first opening a student run branch in 1991, the Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union continues to be an advocate of teaching students financial literacy in all seven of the district's schools....more >>

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Township moves forward with local speed limit reform

Atlas Twp.-The township board voted 4-1 to support a resolution for legislation to allow local governments to set or reinstate speed limits on gravel roads. Supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones, Treasurer Ann Marie Slagle, Clerk Tere Onica and Trustee Paul Amman voted for the resolution....more >>

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Weapons ordinance challenged

Resident wants bow usage prohibited in Ortonville

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- Concern for the safety of people and domesticated animals has prompted Kim Davis to request the village council forbid the use of crossbows and compound bows within the village limits....more >>

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Halloween Parade

Ghosts, ghouls, goblins and anybody else looking for "spooktacular" fun are invited to participate in the Downtown Lake Orion Halloween parade, October 22. Children of all ages are invited to wear their costumes and walk in the event....more >>

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Call for artists

The Orion Art Center is inviting local member artists to participate in the 11th annual Holiday Market, Dec. 1-22, at Diamond Dave's Creative Jewelers on Lapeer Road. The artists market will feature handmade pottery, jewelry, textiles, paintings, photography, glass, metal and wood work, greenery and fresh baked goods....more >>

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Call for artists

The Orion Art Center is inviting local member artists to participate in the 11th annual Holiday Market, Dec. 1-22, at Diamond Dave's Creative Jewelers on Lapeer Road. The artists market will feature handmade pottery, jewelry, textiles, paintings, photography, glass, metal and wood work, greenery and fresh baked goods....more >>

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Gray wins award

Waldon Middle School eighth grade science teacher Jon Gray was recently recognized with the Julian Smith Outdoor Education Award for 2011. The honor is bestowed by the Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education and named after the former Michigan State University faculty member who pioneered outdoor education in the 1950s-60s....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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Music marchers

Maia Girard plays the flute at Clarkston High School Marching Band's halftime show, Oct....more >>

Three for city council

Prospective candidates for Clarkston City Council can still file to run, but they're running out of time. Deadline to file as a write-in candidate is 4 p.m., Oct. 28. Three seats are up for election, Nov....more >>

Spanish for pre-K

Preschool pilot proposal would cost over $100K

Along with gym and music, Clarkston elementary-school students could soon learn Spanish. "One of my long-term objectives is to increase opportunities for foreign language – for students to be bilingual when they leave us," said Superintendent Dr....more >>
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Shop owner needs lift after shoplifting

Downtown business owner Christina Calka felt something wrong when dealing with a customer, Oct. 11. "Two of my displays were off, with items missing – I thought maybe I put them down somewhere else," said Calka, owner of Village Fashion Boutique, 6 N....more >>

New Union proposed for 90 N. Main

Curt Catallo is ready to bring a fourth Union to Main Street. Clarkston Planning Commission and City Council granted a "Special Land Use Overlay District Request" and site plan approval for 90 N....more >>
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Local businessman joins effort for fair tax of online sales

Clarkston business owner Buck Kopietz joined state Rep. Eileen Kowall in Lansing to testify in favor of closing an Internet sales tax loophole, Oct. 12. "The Main Street Fairness Act is about fairness and equality for all businesses," said Kowall, R-District 44, to the House Committee on Tax Policy....more >>

Mamon ride

Kids with special needs are invited to trick-or-treat at the Mamon Ride for Children, Saturday, Oct. 29. The Halloween event starts with lunch at Mesquite Creek at 11 a.m. New this year is a petting farm with animals in costume, as well as rides on a miniature train....more >>

Put a pie in Rush's face

This Sunday, folks can help an area resident, get a spaghetti dinner and have a "once in a lifetime" chance to put a pie in the smiling face of The Clarkston News' Don Rush. Helping Hands Healing Cancer Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction will benefit Sharon Bergman, a single mom of two kids battling breast cancer....more >>
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Millstream

Celebrating the past and next 50 years

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church's 50th anniversary activities culminates in a special Celebration Worship Event, 12 p.m., Nov. 13, at Clarkston Junior High School, 6595 Middle Lake Road....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Scarecrows rule!

The Apple and Strickland families of Davisburg won first place in the Davisburg's Finest Scarecrow contest with their firefighter themed project. They won a $30 VISA gift card in the contest, sponsored by Springfield Township Parks and Recreation, Oct....more >>
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Decade of Halloween decorations

Their own children are grown, but Pat and Lori Fitzgerald of Independence Township still get into the Halloween spirit, especially Pat. "I dress up in a costume, put on scary music, fog machine, strobes, and hand out candy – it's fun," he said....more >>
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Local wants to send help on wheels

In addition to sponsoring children in Uganda and India to provide food, clothing, and schooling, Independence Township resident Gary Zirwes has another way to help those less fortunate....more >>
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Brush with star

Clarkston resident Sharon Wenger met a Broadway star on Oct. 12 – Chico the chihuahua, currently in the Broadway hit "Legally Blonde" as the infamous Bruiser, the main character's pet companion....more >>
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Haunted forest

Ready for a scare? Check out "A Terror in Townsend Forest" at Oakland County's Sportsmen's Club running every Fri. and Sat. before Halloween from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m., 4770 Waterford Road in Independence Township....more >>

Rotary speakers

Clarkston Rotary Club hosts Dr. Patricia Books, MD, and Jan Schroeder, RN, Crittenton Hospital's Center for Preventive Medicine, for a presentation on vaccinations for adults, Nov....more >>
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Dr. O'Neill celebrates 50 years

Fountains Golf and Banquet Center was packed full as many people showed up to celebrate "Clarkston's Doctor," Dr. James O'Neill's 50 years in practice and service to the community....more >>
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Clarkston hosts marching bands

Seventeen marching bands from across the Michigan will take part in the 34thAnnual Clarkston Invitational on Oct. 22. The competition, sponsored by the Michigan Competing Band Association and coordinated by the Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association (CSIMA) is a qualifying event for state finals, at Ford Field on Nov....more >>

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Camaro raffled

Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association is raffling off a 2012 Red Camaro 1LT RS. Tickets are $50. Drawing is Dec. 13. Purchase tickets at Clarkston home football games, Bowman Chevrolet on M-15 at Dixie, or by emailing lizpiper@att....more >>

Bouchard on bullying

Clarkston Coalition for Youth hosts Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, about on-line and classroom bullying, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 20, Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center, 6093 Flemings Lake Road....more >>

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "The next downtown?" Vision 2020 planners eyed Sashabaw Road from Maybee to I-75 as a new town center, with safety paths, teen center, homes, offices, clubs, park, and school....more >>
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Trucks or no trucks?

Meeting to discuss possibility of downtown bypass

Should truck traffic be allowed to continue driving through downtown Oxford along Washington St. (M-24) or should the community pursue the creation of a bypass for these giants of the road? That's the question the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) must answer before it can move forward with designing a new downtown streetscape that's more conducive to pedestrian traffic....more >>

PC gives OK to military vehicle repair operation

60 to 80 new jobs expected

Oxford Township planning commissioners last week took a step toward boosting the local economy and creating new jobs by giving their approval for a proposed business that plans to repair and refurbish U....more >>

A tale of two streetscapes

If the trucks stay on Washington St., then the streetscape's elements will include: • Making the sidewalk as wide as possible to accommodate a permanent landscape buffer along the road curb....more >>

Student count higher

The number of students in Oxford Schools is higher than initially reported. On Wednesday, Oct. 12 the Leader published an article based on a report by Linda Lewis, Communications Coordinator for OCS, stating the district's enrollment increased by approximately 200 students in their unaudited count....more >>

Seven football players involved in car crash

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 >>

Scarecrow Festival bigger, better, bolder

Grab some straw, pick out a pumpkin and find a cute costume for the family pet because the annual Scarecrow Festival is returning to downtown Oxford on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2-6 p....more >>

Twp. keeps police staff as is, will request tax hike

Oxford Township's level of police staffing will remain the same for 2012, but officials say future cuts are unavoidable unless voters approve a millage increase next year. "This board has done what it can with what it has," said township Supervisor Bill Dunn....more >>
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Volunteer-built library linked to pioneer spirit

"In Addison Township, we don't just write a check for a library, we build it." Supervisor Bruce Pearson summed things up nicely Saturday morning during the grand opening ceremony for the new Addison Township Public Library, located at 1400 Rochester Rd....more >>

PC recommends twp. adopt tax abatement policy

Oxford Township planning commissioners are hoping to add one more weapon to the community's economic development arsenal – tax abatements. "I don't care where you stand on the subject, one of the things that should be in your tool box is a guideline for tax abatement policies," said Commissioner Jack Curtis....more >>

Twp. opts out of state health care law; sticks with own plan

When it comes to deciding how health care costs should be split between the municipality and those who receive benefits, Oxford Township officials decided to stick with their own plan rather than be told what to do by the state....more >>

Spooky time at the fire hall

Kids and parents had a ghoulishly good time Saturday evening at Addison Fire Station #2 as the firefighters transformed their facility into a haunted house full of spooky activities and frightful fun....more >>
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A truly grand opening!

What folks were saying

There was definitely no shortage of compliments Saturday as members of the public toured, utilized and enjoyed the new Addison Township Public Library during the facility's grand opening....more >>
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Magic time!

Local magician Baffling Bill visited the Oxford Public Library last week. He amazed and delighted children and parents alike with his fantastic illusions and unique brand of humor....more >>

Addison FD turns open house into haunted house

Get ready to have a scary good time at Addison Township Fire Department's Open House on Saturday, Oct. 22. The fire department will be transforming Addison's Fire Station #2, located at 1440 Rochester Rd....more >>
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