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End of an Era

Senior Sean Charette, above, started at quarterback for four years at Lake Orion,with the Dragons playing in two state title games. His final season ended last Friday with a loss to Walled Lake Central in the playoffs....more >>

Teaching with cell phones

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Cell phones and schools – their relationship is evolving in Lake Orion. In the past, the district's teachers may have viewed cell phones in class with a wary eye....more >>

Township considers options for police fund

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Everyone agrees police protection is important. Up for debate among the Orion Township Board of Trustees is how it will be paid for in 2012 and beyond....more >>
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New martial arts studio seeks to cut out bullies, improve lifestyles

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer A new martial arts studio has called Lake Orion it's home and, thanks to the anti-bullying mandate from Lake Orion area schools, Pro Martial Arts may be here to stay....more >>

School Board approves contract with support workers

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Lake Orion's Board of Education last week approved a new contract with AFSCME Local 1472. Covering a total of 250 para-professionals, staff associates, bus drivers, custodial/maintenance personnel and cafeteria workers, the three-year agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2010, and runs through June 30, 2013....more >>

WillowsEdge welcomes special artists

By Megan Bildner Review Intern Imagine being filled with emotion, yet unable to express how you feel. That is what many children with special needs face every day, according to Karen Smigelski and Ashley Bailey of the WillowsEdge counseling and art center in Lake Orion....more >>
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There's no jelly fish in Lake Orion, exchange student learns

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Learning a foreign language is not easy. Just ask Eun-Young Choi, a.k.a. Violet, a junior exchange student at Lake Orion High School....more >>

Home invasion

On Oct. 28, officers from the Lake Orion Police Department arrested Juan Greg Ramirez for multiple charges relating to a home invasion and larceny that occurred on Park Island Rd. in Lake Orion on Sept....more >>

News Briefs


Daylight savings time ends Daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m., Nov. 6. Set your clocks back one hour. Senior Thanksgiving Brandon Twp.- Volunteers are needed for assistance with the Annual Senior Citizens' Thanksgiving Dinner planned for noon, Nov....more >>
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2011 Annual Business Expo

Brandon Twp.- Mark your calendars now for the 2011 Annual Business Expo, set for 5-8 p.m., Nov. 17, at the Brandon High School cafeteria, 1025 S. Ortonville Road. The public is invited to the family-friendly event sponsored by the Greater Ortonville Area Chamber of Commerce....more >>


Brandon School Board Trustee (vote for two)

Voters in the Brandon School District will have two names on the ballot Nov. 8, for two 4-year school board trustee terms: Name: Kevin James McClellan Age: 46 years old Years in the school district: 12 years Education: Occupation: General Manager of ATW Automation in Livonia, MI Government-related experience: This is my first government position....more >>


Brandon man to serve time in choking of wife

A Brandon Township man who choked his wife and then fled from police will serve prison time. Howard John Dwyer, 48, was sentenced Oct. 20 by Sixth Circuit Court Judge Nanci J. Grant to 1 to 20 years in prison for assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, to which he pleaded no contest on Sept....more >>
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'I just kind of blew it off...'

Life Line Screening visit at library detected major health issues

Jim Gibson was having difficulty walking and what he describes as "heaviness" in his legs. The General Motors retiree saw an orthopedic doctor who told him he had flat feet and wrote him a prescription for inserts, but it didn't work....more >>


Brandon Boutique & Craft Show

Ortonville- The holiday shopping season kicks into high gear this month and area residents can find locally made, unique gifts by visiting the Brandon Boutique & Craft Show, from 10 a....more >>


Administrator contract draws ire

When Jakki Sidge was hired back as administrator in September, the village council was closely divided. On Wednesday when the council convened to discuss compensation for Sidge, that division grew— right out the door....more >>
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Tribute on two wheels

A tri-folded American flag. A few black and white photos. Stories of combat and foreign countries. Those who served in the military are remembered in a variety of ways; however, Dan Cole—a Goodrich resident and Vietnam era veteran— recently completed a rather unique tribute to his father Ernest Cole, who served in the Air Force during World War II....more >>
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Surprise Landing

The Department of Homeland Security paid a visit to Stadium Drive Elementary on Oct. 27. Federal Agents Hugh Stroube and Dan Houting landed their helicopter next to the school and met with students to discuss resisting drugs and being safe....more >>


In an Oct. 26 article in The Review regarding potential cuts to sheriff staffing in the township, it should have indicated that, under the current millage rate, a home with a "state-equalized" value of $200,000 would be subject to a tax of approximately $400 for police services....more >>

Brief - Lake lowered

Beginning this week, the level of Lake Orion will slowly be lowered about one foot to reach the normal low water mark for winter. This will not flood Paint Creek and the lowering will be completed by the third Friday in November....more >>

Brief - Fall back

Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, Nov. 6. Township residents should turn their clocks back one hour when they go to bed or they may show up for church or Sunday brunch too early....more >>
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Moving through Kashmir

Brad Hulcy has led about ten mission trips since 1999 as a pastor of Woodside Bible Church, but his latest was to territory rarely touched by Christians— Kashmir. "Usually mission trips are where evangelical churches have been for 100 years— South America or Africa," he said....more >>

News Briefs


Trick-or-treating Ortonville- Trick-or-treating will take place in the village from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31. The annual Halloween bonfire with cider and doughnuts will take place at the DPW building, 159 Cedar St....more >>


Elsworth's block sparks Spartans

After walking on, Kyler Elsworth is now stepping up. Elsworth, a 6-foot-1 and 225 pound sophomore linebacker from Goodrich, was named the Big Ten special teams player of the week after a second quarter punt block on Saturday night that was recovered for a touchdown as the Michigan State Spartans went on to slip by then-No....more >>


Family sentenced in attack

Three members of a Brandon Township family have been sentenced in relation to an attack on local teenagers, with the father to serve jail time, while the son and his mother received probation....more >>
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'The Crucible'

Brandon Twp.- For the first time ever, "The Crucible" will be presented on stage at the Brandon High School Performing Arts Center. Performances of Arthur Miller's story about the Salem witch hunt will take place at 7 p....more >>
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Keeping Michigan Beautiful: South Street Consignment

Ortonville- A local business recently received state recognition for its efforts in restoring a home that is more than 150 years old. South Street Consignment, located at 92 South St....more >>


Former guardian sentenced to 6-30 years in prison

Duane Emery Kuerbitz, who pleaded no contest to sexually abusing the mentally incapacitated man for whom he was state-appointed guardian, was sentenced Oct. 20 to 6-and-a-half to 30 years in prison by Sixth Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot....more >>


Goodrich School District presented with clean audit

Kim Lindsay from Lewis & Knopf, Certified Public Accounting attended the Monday school board meeting for the presentation of the 2010-2011 audit. "The district is in good shape," said Kim Lindsay, CPA and vice-principal of Lewis & Knopf....more >>


Brandon man facing federal child pornography charges

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A 56-year-old Brandon Township man charged with sexually assaulting a township girl will soon be facing additional federal charges. Oakland County Sheriff's Office Detective Dale Brown said based on results of a search warrant on a desktop computer and digital camera, John Edward Woolley will be charged with possession and manufacture of child pornography....more >>


Labor, district grapple over sub driver pay

Goodrich- A slap in the face. That's how at least one district bus driver feels about last month's pay hike to substitute drivers. "The (school) district can't cry broke then hand out a 15 percent wage increase," said Karen Lovell, a bus driver for 11 years, and vice-president for the Custodians, Maintenance, Para-Pros and Transportation (CMPT) labor group representing 15 drivers....more >>


Coach Pizzala:'We're in...'

Blackhawks snag first playoff berth in more than a decade

By David Fleet Editor The last time the Brandon Blackhawks football team made the postseason most of the current roster were in first grade. On Sunday night all that changed. Head Coach Tim Pizzala and his Blackhawks football team gathered at the Brandon cafeteria to watch the Michigan High School Athletic Association's televised announcement of which teams made the playoffs....more >>
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Help needed: Community gears up for OCEF Thanksgiving distribution

With the holidays quickly approaching, the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund is in need of help, and not just with donations. "We are absolutely desperate for volunteers," said OCEF President Karyn Thompson....more >>
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Trick-or-Treat Santa

Santa Claus will have visited on not just one holiday this year, but two. The first "Trick-or-Treat with Santa" was held by the MOMS Club of Ortonville on Oct. 23 and was a success....more >>

Fall fun

North Sashabaw students donned their Halloween costumes last Friday for their Harvest Celebrations. Each classroom enjoyed treats and games. Mrs. Skorupski's third graders even decorated - turning their classmates into mesmerizing mummies with toilet paper....more >>


Rep. Paul Scott recall on Nov. 8 Atlas Township ballot

Atlas Twp.- Township residents will have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday afterall. The sole issue on the Nov. 8 ballot for residents will be whether to recall State Representative Paul Scott (R-51)....more >>
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Front page

We believe!

Katie Clements cheers for the Clarkston Boys Varsity Football team during their MHSAA Pre-District 40-12 win over Pontiac, last Friday....more >>
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New Phil in the Blank weblog!

Check out my weblog Phil in the Blank,...more >>
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Lighting up downtown

Clarkston Rotary Club is looking to light up this holiday season by purchasing new Christmas lights for 35 poles in downtown Clarkston from Bronners Christmas store in Frankenmuth....more >>
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Enduring inspiration

Chiefs rally in coach's memory

The Clarkston Chiefs have a new award this year for the player who's "All That" – the award is in honor of the youth football association's coach Steve "Buckeye" Meyers, who passed away suddenly, Oct....more >>

Planners recommend lake access for 90 N. Main

City planners gave a "thumbs up" for lake front usage at 90 N. Main. Clarkston Planning Commission voted 4-1 in favor of the proposed amendment to allow lake usage. Commissioners Thomas Goldner and Frank Schoebel were absent....more >>

25 years for Business Expo

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce is literally rolling out the red carpet for the 25th annual Clarkston Business Expo, 6-8 p.m., Nov. 10. "When people talk about shop local and patronize local business, the expo is a great place to find out who those people are....more >>

Adler retires, plans on more sailing

After 11 years, Ed Adler is stepping down as chairman of Clarkston Financial Corp., holding company for Clarkston State Bank. "I've been at this for almost 11 years – I'm not a kid anymore," said the 72 year-old Adler....more >>

Info for seniors

"Finding the Answers Seniors Need Today and In Their Future" event is 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Autumn Ridge of Clarkston, 5700 Water Tower Place. The event will be an open forum designed to introduce the senior community to all of the resources available to them through the Professionals Helping Seniors Oakland County Alliance....more >>
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Pooch parade

It was cold, windy and rainy but costumed dogs and dog owners had a howling time at the second annual "Howl-O-Ween" event held by Clarkston Retailers' Group. The event included stops at local retailers for dog treats up and down Main Street....more >>
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Author continues Secret Zoo adventure

Bryan Chick, Independence Township resident and author, continues his Secret Zoo series of adventure novels with Riddles and Danger. The third book in the series picks up where book two, Secrets and Shadows, ended and addresses a lot of unanswered questions....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Signs of hope

Challenge Girls Club members from Everest Academy made signs filled with encouragements for passing drivers at Main and Washington streets in downtown Clarkston, Oct. 19. It's one of several community activities planned this year for the faith-backed club, said Tara Bailey, club leader....more >>
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Fine tuning for finals

The Clarkston High School Marching Band is heading to Ford Field this Saturday to perform at the Michigan Competing Band Association State Finals. The band performed in the Huron Valley Invitational on Oct....more >>
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Drumming up support

The Clarkston High School Perfoming Arts Center was filled with energy and sound Saturday night as Raion Taiko performed on Japanese drums. The event was hosted by the high school's Japanese Club to raise money for relief efforts in Japan after the tsunami and earthquake on March 11, 2011....more >>
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Scarecrow deco

Clarkston Cadet Girl Scout Troop 74007 helped decorate downtown Clarkston for Halloween with several scarecrows as a community service project....more >>
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Visit before the big games

The Hon. Kelley Kostin, 52-2 District Court Judge, hosted some special guests in her courtroom recently, including a chef for the American Olympics team. It was a family visit – Chef Daniel Moakes lives with Kostin's niece, Emily Hunter, in England....more >>
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Winning art at Pink event

Myrna Lee, at right, won an original painting donated by artist, Jamie Davis, at left, at the Pink and Pampered event, Oct. 17, at the Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center....more >>

60th high school reunion

Clarkston High School Class of 1951 alumni celebrating their 60th reunion at Waterford Elks No. 810, Aug. 17, included, back row from left, Jim Smith, Joan Orr, Zona Marks, Chuck Henry, and Chet Rembach, second row from left, Wayne Morgan, Wayne Orr, Gail Oswald, Sylvia Peterson, and Joice Carte, and, front row, Shirley Milligan and Margie Wilmot....more >>
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Trick or treat!

Costumed Clarkston kids filled local neighborhoods looking for Halloween treats, Monday evening. At left, Mariah Gordon, dressed as a candy corn, gets some candy from Washington Street resident Dave Rimar, while her dad Bill Gordon watches....more >>

Deer management hunt at county park

Independence Oaks County Park will be closed on Nov. 16, 21, 23, 28, and Dec. 5 and 7 for a deer-management hunt. Park ecosystem programs also include removal of invasive species, prescribed burns, and reintroduction of native plants....more >>

Sign up for Holiday Lights Parade

The theme of this year's Clarkston Holiday Lights Parade, hosted by Team RUSH robotics, is "Neon Lights Moving the Holiday Lights." Community groups, businesses, and individuals are invited to march in the downtown Clarkston parade, 6 p....more >>

News Briefs

Buck pole

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation offers prizes and awards at its Buck Pole, Nov. 15-19. Deer must be tagged and licensed before they can be entered into the contest. Scores will be based on weight, rack spread and number of points....more >>

Donate coats

Oakland County Sheriff's Office is collecting new or clean, gently-used coats as part of its 25th annual "Coats for the Cold" Coat Drive, through Nov. 30. Locally, donation drop boxes are at Real Estate One, 31 S....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Kinder-Kapers" Brent Rusnell, Jonathon Gaenziger, Brittani Bridger, Collin Dunn and fellow kindergartners enjoyed games and learning at Bailey Lake Elementary....more >>
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Searching for the Great Pumpkin!

A total of 80 kids brought their parents to the annual Jack-o'-Lantern Jamboree held Saturday afternoon at Oakwood Lake Township Park in Oxford. Dressed in their Halloween best, the kids went on a hay ride, did some trick-or-treating, enjoyed apple cider and doughnuts, then picked out their very own little pumpkin to take home....more >>

Trucks staying

Design will try to control them

Renewed talk of possibly creating a specific, alternate route for the truck traffic traveling through downtown Oxford was short-lived. During a special Oct. 26 meeting of the Downtown Development Authority's (DDA) Economic Restructuring Committee, the consensus among officials seemed to be the trucks will stay on Washington St....more >>

Citizen input sought for streetscape

Citizens from all walks of life are being encouraged to attend an open house and give their thoughts on what they would like to see incorporated into the new streetscape being designed for downtown Oxford....more >>

Armed robbery at village apt. complex

A woman was robbed at gunpoint Nov. 1 while inside her residence at Village Manor Apartments off Pontiac St., according to Oxford Village Police. Police are looking for three men – two Caucasian and one African-African – who are believed to be responsible for the robbery, which was reported around 11:55 a....more >>

Two biz owners appointed to Oxford DDA

Construction knowledge and artistic vision were added to the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) last week with the appointment of two new board members, Jim Bielak and Dorothy Johnston....more >>

OHS choir program finalist in online contest

The Oxford Choir program needs your help to win an online contest. According to Oxford High School choir director Christopher Card, the program has been selected as one of 12 finalists for Parade Magazine's "America's Favorite Show Choir" competition....more >>

Village moves closer to handling own parking tickets

Oxford Village moved one step closer to issuing its own parking tickets and collecting its own fines. On Oct. 25, council voted 4-1 to authorize that an amendment to the code of ordinances, concerning both the amounts charged for various parking violations and the time frame in which to pay them, be presented for a first reading at the Nov....more >>

Village attorney says Stephison can serve on DDA, council

Legally, there's no problem with Kevin Stephison wearing two hats in Oxford Village government. Last week, the village council voted 4-0 (with Stephison abstaining) to release a legal opinion from the municipality's attorney, Robert Bunting, which stated that Stephison can continue serving on both council and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board....more >>

Police: Speeding teen runs stop sign, crashes into tree

An 18-year-old Oxford man was cited by village police for reckless driving after he crashed a 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix into a large tree on W. Burdick St. on Thursday, Oct. 27. The northbound driver was speeding along Pontiac St....more >>
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Leader Editorial

Fond memories of Bill Ardelan

It was my good fortune the day Bill Ardelan came to our Oxford Leader office and asked for a job. Years later, I asked him why he approached me. He said, "I just wanted to work for you....more >>
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Friends flock to flavor fest

It was a perfect evening Oct. 27 at Addison Oaks as the Friends of the Addison Township Public Library hosted its annual Flavor Fest. The delightful evening included a selection of fine wines and fine foods along with a dazzling array of silent auction items....more >>
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A total of 80 kids brought their parents to the annual Jack-o'-Lantern Jamboree held Saturday afternoon at Oakwood Lake Township Park in Oxford....more >>
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1938: Mexico seizes oil land adjacent to Texas.
1939: In Czechoslovakia, the Gestapo execute 120 students who are accused of anti-Nazi plotting.
1944: American B-29s flying from Saipan bomb Tokyo.
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