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Stealing the show

Carpenter Elementary School students studied "The Greatest Show on Earth" during their fall intersession, Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. Circuses originally traveled from town-to-town in the form of a parade....more >>
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100 Christmases with local heroes

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Meijer shoppers in Oxford should not be alarmed on Dec. 14 if they see a swarm of policemen, firefighters and soldiers invade the store. They will just be filling in for Santa during the 100 Christmases: Shopping with Heroes event organized by the Lake Orion Police Department....more >>
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Love takes spotlight in LO fall play

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review A multifaceted picture of love will be painted at Lake Orion High School later this month. The Thespian Troupe's fall production, Almost, Maine, features various vignettes that highlight different people in one small town in the middle of nowhere on a January night....more >>

Holly Jolly Folly fundraiser tickets on sale

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Forget a seat with Santa - Lake Orion's Holly Jolly Folly fundraiser may be the hottest ticket in town this holiday season. The event, to be held at 7 p....more >>
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Introducing Kruse and Muer: Roadhouse

Motorists traveling on M-24 near Clarkston road may notice the seemingly new building where Kruse and Muer: On the Lake used to stand. The business remains the same, but introduces the reenvisioned Kruse and Muer: Roadhouse....more >>

"Lucky"World War II veteran fought in Atlantic and Pacific

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Long-time Lake Orion resident Bob Butler, 88, has made three hole-in-ones playing golf. While others may be impressed, he says he has just been lucky....more >>


Thanks for saving Jackson

Dear Editor, We would like to say thank you to the Brandon Fire Department and all the emergency personnel who assisted with the rescue of our dog, Jackson, on the evening of November 1....more >>

Embezzlement in Hi Hill

The treasurer of a Orion area homeowner's association has been charged with embezzling around $6,000 of his neighbor's money, reportedly to purchase golf equipment. Kevin Douglas Harris, of the Hi Hill Village subdivision, posted bond after being charged with embezzling more than $1,000 but less than $20,000....more >>

Local artists' work for sale

Artists from the "Thursday Brushes" painting group will be showcasing their work this weekend, Nov. 11-13, at Diamond Dave's, 424 South Lapeer Road, in Lake Orion. The event is being sponsored by the Orion Art Center....more >>
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Mom-to-Mom connection comes to Goodrich

Goodrich High School was the place to be for a good bargain on Nov. 6. The GHS Class of 2012 hosted their biannual Mom-to-Mom Sale. The event brought in more than $2,800 for the Class of 2012 and attracted more than 600 people to shop for clothes, toys, and other items....more >>



Hometown heroes The Citizen is recognizing our local military men and women serving our country away from home during the holiday season by publishing their names, photos, and some information on each of them....more >>
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Cash for Candy nets 600 pounds of sweetness

Having an abundance of leftover Halloween candy is not necessarily a bad thing. For the second year in a row. Stonehouse Family Dental, collected Halloween candy to be donated to troops overseas....more >>


BGYA: Helping kids, families

When Andrea Almanza and her husband were going through a divorce this year, their youngest child, Jacob, was changed by the upheaval. "It was one of those situations that couldn't be helped, but we were trying to handle it the best we could and our son's behavior was really suffering at school," said Almanza, who also has two daughters and two stepdaughters....more >>
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Mid-week firearm deer season opener debated

After 55 years of deer hunting, Dale Springsteen has etched plenty of memories. In 1985 Springsteen was hunting near the Upper Peninsula village La Branche about 40 miles northwest of Escanaba when he encountered a rather unique buck....more >>


Township OKs OCSO contract

Brandon Twp.- The township board approved a 1-year contract with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office during their Nov. 7 meeting. The contract, which covers 2012 and provides for 11....more >>


Twp. welcomes revenue increase

Brandon Twp.- In what seems to be very dark economic times, township officials recently received some bright news. A state revenue sharing check that arrived last week for the township was $100,000 more than last year's check....more >>
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M-15 overhaul planned for 2012

A span of M-15 extending from Brandon Township to Atlas Township will get a makeover next year. The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced plans to resurface M-15 from Wolfe Road north to Ray Road....more >>


Brandon Township grad appeals death penalty

Two years after 1990 Brandon High School graduate Michael Lee King was given a death sentence, King has filed a direct appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. On Sept. 9, the court heard oral arguments in the appeal, which is typical for every capital defendant, said Scott Browne, assistant Florida attorney general in charge of prosecution....more >>


Brandon Township teen arraigned in home invasion

A Brandon Township teen who returned to the scene of his crime has been charged with home invasion and will face several other criminal matters in juvenile court. Michael Keshun Kidd-Harris, 17, was arraigned on one count of home invasion, second degree, on Nov....more >>


County bomb threat investigation continues

The Michigan State Police continue to investigate a non-specific bomb threat made to Genesee County Schools at 11:50 a.m. on Nov. 4. The call, received by the Saginaw County 911 dispatch center, advised that five bombs had been placed in unnamed schools....more >>


Brandon election irks voters

With only two candidates for two open seats, the Brandon School Board election was, as Groveland Township Clerk Pam Mazich puts it, "a no-brainer." The election of Kevin McClellan and Chris Yuchasz as school board trustees was assured, and very likely the reason for what may be the lowest voter turnout Mazich and Brandon Township Clerk Jeannie McCreery have ever seen....more >>


Scott narrowly recalled

Republican lawmaker loses bid to keep office despite Atlas Township support

Atlas Twp.-He's out. State Representative Paul Scott (R-51st Grand Blanc) was ousted from office by a vote of 12,284 to 12,087 following a recall election on Nov. 8. In the township, 33....more >>
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'Days of Possibilities'

This year's fall play at Goodrich High School is straying off the beaten path. "Days of Possibilities" will be performed Nov. 17-19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Raymond C....more >>

Brief - Open House

The Orion Art Center will be hosting a special open house on Friday, Nov. 18, from 6-8 p.m., in honor of longtime Director Reggie Harrison. She is leaving to take a position with Common Ground....more >>

Brief - Dixieland Band

The North Oakland Concert Band is presenting a program of classic jazz featuring its breakout group, the North Oakland Dixieland Band, on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event is being held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church on Waldon Road, starting at 6:15 p....more >>

Brief - Evening for Education

The Lake Orion Education Foundation (LOEF) is hosting its sixth annual Evening for Education, on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Canterbury Village. The event starts at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'voeurves and silent auction....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 >>


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

Making the right choice

Four teammates from the Boys Cross Country team jumped into action when they found a wallet at the Oakland County meet at Kensington Metro Park, Oct. 8. "We went to the bathroom and there was a long line," said Clarkston Junior High School freshman Hank Grogan....more >>
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Clarkston News weblog

Editor Phil Custodio's Phil in the Blank weblog is up, with lots of news and features. Reporter Trevor Keiser tests his driving ability on the Goodyear demonstration track. The blinker tells him to go to the right of an obstacle....more >>
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Wartime romance

Vet builds marriage amidst World War II

When Frank Quinlan of Springfield Township wears his Navy uniform in local veterans events, it's the one issued to him in the middle of World War II. "It's 66 years old I wore it last Sunday in a flag ceromony for veterans in Livonia," said Quinlan, 91....more >>

30 days

Dec. 1 deadline for supervisor Wagner

Independence Township board is offering Supervisor Dave Wagner a 30-day window to receive his lifetime healthcare early in return for "his unconditional resignation and permanent retirement from Independence Township government," "This board has been patient, even dossal about the lack of the supervisor's attendance to his duties," said Trustee Neil Wallace....more >>

More burn regs recommended

Open burning should remain in Independence Township but with more regulations. That's the recommendation of the open-burn committee, appointed to examine the issue. The six-member panel submitted their report to the Township Board, Nov....more >>

Superintendent idea delayed

With late conversations with the township attorney, Independence Township Trustee David Lohmeier pushed back his superintendent proposal to the Nov. 15 meeting. Lohmeier had announced at a special meeting, Oct....more >>

Compromise sought for 90 N. Main

Hearing Curt Catallo rejected the city planners' recommendation for water access at 90 N. Main, Councilman Richard Bisio came up with something new. "I think it is important that we take into consideration the desires of the potential purchaser of this property, who I think everyone agrees would make a good use of the property," Bisio said....more >>
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Road demo

Local tire dealers got a hands-on demonstration of some of their products, courtesy of the Goodyear Professional Driving Team. "They're premium tires dealers get to try them out," said Sarah Chandler, representing Goodyear....more >>
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Holiday taste with Rotary

Whether it was the wine, food, or just socializing, everyone seemed to enjoy Clarkston Rotary Club's fall wine tasting event "A Taste For The Holidays" at Bordine's Nursery. The event included wines from around the world and foods from local restaurants, as well as silent auction tables....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Clarkston grad named CMU Gold Ambassador

Meredith Clark received a huge honor during Central Michigan University's Homecoming Week. The 2007 Clarkston High School graduate was named Gold Ambassador, which is the equivalent of Homecoming Queen at the university....more >>

Eagle rebuilds park tables

Matthew Dahl of Clarkston, Boy Scout Troop 189, earned the rank of Eagle Scout with a project to build and repair picnic tables at Pontiac Lake State Park. Dahl and other scouts spent 176 hours in planning and completing the project....more >>
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One last reunion

Amanda Batenbaker, William Thompson, Kevin Thompson, Brian Steele, Brittany Noble, Becky Furlo, Patrick Furlo, Taylor Benson, Kiera Allen, Molly Eagen, Stephanie Hamilton, Justin Orminsky, Josh Martin, and Libby Lussenhop, all former Clarkston High School marching band players, gather for the last time as college band members....more >>

News Briefs

U-Verse for township

Independence Township board voted unanimously to approve equipment purchase and implementation for board meetings to be broadcast on AT&T U-Verse. Equipment and access fees would cost from $9,000-$19,000 per year, depending on level of service....more >>

Toys for Tots concert

Oakland County Sportsmen's Club, 4770 Waterford Road, hosts its 12th annual Rock n' Roll Toy Drive for Toys for Tots, 1-9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4. This event features live music on two stages by local musicians Phil Treais Group, Skee Brothers, Urban Nomads, TJ Craven, Blues Conspiracy, Slight Return and more with special MC John O'Leary of 94....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Up, up and away with drugs" Counselor Rob Albee filled his Clarkston Middle School office with red balloons, one for each student during an anti-drug program. The school's Club Pride members including Annie Carden, Kristen Clark, Tori Lauzun, and Beth Holland organized the event....more >>

Reis wins school board seat

Oxford resident Jim Reis was selected to a four-year seat on the Oxford Board of Education during the Nov. 8 election. Reis beat his opponent Rhonda Yell by a count of 833-729. The count includes voters in Oxford Twp....more >>
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Band-O-Rama was a hit!

Oxford High School's Fine Arts Center was alive with the sound of music Thursday evening as "Band-O-Rama" hit the stage. The event featured performances by the high school's talented marching band, symphonic band, concert band, jazz band and wind ensemble....more >>

Proficiency drops on state tests with new cut scores

This year's MEAP and MME test results for Oxford Community Schools, along with schools throughout Oakland County and the state of Michigan, are not going to be pretty compared to past test results....more >>
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Auto shop helps keep family in need moving

It's the type of story that both breaks and warms the heart. It's also a story with a happy ending thanks in large part to a caring Oxford business. Pontiac resident Laurie Rougeau is now the proud owner of a functional 1999 Chevy van complete with a working electric wheelchair lift to help transport Diamond, her severely disabled 18-year-old daughter....more >>

False alarm leads to lockdowns at village schools

"Overreaction." That's the word Oxford Village Police Chief Mike Neymanowski used to describe the situation that led to lockdowns at Daniel Axford and Oxford elementaries on Tuesday, Nov....more >>

One armed robbery suspect in custody, police still looking for other two men

One of the men allegedly responsible for a Nov. 1 armed robbery at Village Manor Apartments of Pontiac St. in Oxford Village is in custody, but police are still searching for the other suspects, a white male and a black male....more >>

Deputies nab oil change burglary suspect

Oakland County Sheriff's have caught the woman allegedly responsible for multiple breaking and enterings at Rzadko's Penzoil 10 Minute Oil Change, located at 1285 S. Lapeer Rd., in Oxford Townshop....more >>
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Oxford man restores dead to bring peace to living

Death is just a part of life. But in Matt Smith's world, death is something that not only pays the bills, it gives him an opportunity to serve his fellow man in a unique and personally satisfying way....more >>

FISH needs food, volunteers for T-day distribution

As usual, Oxford-Orion FISH is working hard to ensure no local family or individual has an empty table this Thanksgiving. "Everybody should have a nice, warm meal on Thanksgiving," said FISH Pantry Coordinator Sandy Klersy....more >>
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OMS student turning 11 on 11/11/11

It's the type of thing that happens once in a lifetime, if you're lucky enough to be born on the right date. On Friday, Oxford resident Shae Walters will celebrate his 11th birthday....more >>
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Studio turns glass, air into art

To most people, glass is just something that holds beverages or separates their indoors from the great outdoors. But to Oxford resident Dave Hilty, glass is an art form both the process of making it and the finished product....more >>
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Friend, teacher and leader

Community fondly remembers Alyse Prince

There's an empty chair inside the main office at Oxford High School where Alyse Prince used to sit. But what's not empty are the hearts of all those who knew Prince, who loved her and who were touched by her on a daily basis....more >>
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Church honors vets with show

It was a night of priceless entertainment mixed with good old American pride Saturday as hundreds of folks attended the "We Love Our Veterans" Tribute and Variety Show held at Christ the King Church in Oxford Township....more >>
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Covered Wagon celebrates 38 years

For the past 38 years, residents of Oxford and northeast Oakland have gone to one place to get their horse supplies. Founded in 1973 by Sue Gabriel, The Covered Wagon Saddlery, located 20 S....more >>
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Hein wins $1K from McDonald's

Given the cost of college is increasing twice as fast as the increase of annual income, every dollar a student can get for college is welcomed. 2011 Oxford High School graduate Samantha Hein received a welcome suprise when she found out she was selected as a recepient of a McDonald's employee scholarship....more >>
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Born November 30th
1874: Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables.
1912: Gordon Parks, photographer.
1915: Brownie McGhee, singer and guitarist.
1924: Shirley Chisholm, first African-American congresswoman, a representative for New York.
1929: Joan Ganz Cooney, television executive, founder of the Children's Television Workshop and mastermind behind Sesame Street.
November 30th
in history
1900: The French government denounces British actions in South Africa, declaring sympathy for the Boers.
1900: Oscar Wilde dies in a Paris hotel room after saying of the room's wallpaper: One of us had to go.
1906: President Theodore Roosevelt publicly denounces segregation of Japanese schoolchildren in San Francisco.
1919: Women cast votes for the first time in French legislative elections.
1935: Non-belief in Nazism is proclaimed grounds for divorce in Germany. The rise of Hitler and the Nazis.