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Lady Dragons make volleyball history in Battle Creek

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Lake Orion rode a wave of green-and-white momentum last week to the championship match of the 2011 state volleyball tournament, capping the high school program's best season ever....more >>
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LO marching band competes at Grand Nationals

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review High school marching bands from across the region, including the Lake Orion Dragons, replaced football players at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this month....more >>
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Xtreme Pizza offers a 'fresh' take on pies

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer The competitive pizza market in Lake Orion has a new contender which rose from the ashes of a former Hungry Howies franchise. Xtreme Pizza, located at 786 S....more >>
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Elements of Orion closes its doors

The economy may be on a steady incline, but the hard times are not over yet and Lake Orion's businesses have felt the pressure. Now, after six years in business and nearly becoming a staple of the downtown area, Elements has begun the process of closing its doors - permanently....more >>

Sue Turpen is Lake Orion's 2011 "Citizen of the Year"

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Lake Orion resident Sue Turpen is the Orion Area Parade Group's "Citizen of the Year" for 2011. She is being recognized for her long-time volunteer involvement with the community's holiday lighted parade and the Orion Art Center, as well as the Hi Hill Homeowners Association....more >>

News Briefs


Hometown heroes The Citizen is recognizing our local military men and women serving our country away from home during the hoilday season by publishing their names, photos, and some information on each of them....more >>


A holiday tradition: Goodrich's Downtown Christmas

Downtown Goodrich will come alive with Christmas from 5-9 p.m., Dec. 1. "Start the season out right with a trip to Goodrich's Downtown Christmas," said Patty Plant, owner of Cranberries Cafe, 10250 Hegel Road, downtown Goodrich....more >>
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Who are these Goodrich nine?

Atlas Twp.- Play ball. The Goodrich/Atlas Historical Society recently moved a display of historical photos to the Atlas Township offices, 7386 Gale Road, including a rather unique photo of a Goodrich baseball team....more >>


Former reserve cop, guilty of reckless firearm discharge

A man who fired a gun through a wall of his Brandon Township home while discussing with his wife their pending divorce has been found guilty of reckless use/discharge of a firearm....more >>


Honor Tree at EBC

Loved ones will not be forgotten this holiday season. At the Edna Burton Senior Center an "Honor Tree" has been placed by the Ortonville Garden Club to memorialize those who have died, honor current and past military members, and give good wishes to everyone this holiday season....more >>


District outsources tech support services

Brandon Twp.- Eric Lott openly admits he was ready to play spoilsport when asked to be on a committee to examine outsourcing technology support services for the school district. The Brandon High School computer teacher joined several administrators for a trip to Ohio to see how VARtek, a company based in Dayton, has assisted a school district in maintaining and updating their technology....more >>


Brandon Schools fund balance below 7 percent

Brandon Twp.- Down. Up. Up. Down. Since June, the school district's fund balance has experienced ups and downs, but the bottom line is that right now the fund balance is nearly the same as what was approved in the budget five months ago....more >>


New look to Goodrich Plaza

Goodrich-A major village business center may soon have a facelift. A plan has been submitted to the village building inspector to replace the facade of the Goodrich Plaza, 8147 S. State Road....more >>
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Locals join Occupy Detroit

Heidi Barckholtz did what she thought she was supposed to do. She bought a house. She faithfully made her mortgage payments. Now the Ortonville resident and working mother of two children is underwater on her house by $100,000....more >>
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Toys needed for Christmas store

The Community Christmas Toy Store (CCTS) needs your help. Donations of new toys are needed for families in need this holiday season. CCTS boxes have been placed at several local businesses, and monetary donations are also accepted....more >>


Atlas Township inks two-year sheriff's contract

Atlas Twp.-The township board of trustees voted 5-0 on Monday night to accept a two-year contract with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. The new sheriff's contract, which will cost taxpayers $538,653 for 12 months, will include four deputies, same as in prior years, along with funding for a part-time detective-sergeant split between Fenton and Atlas townships....more >>


Bomb threats may have been distraction for robbery

On Tuesday, Michigan State Police reported a suspect is in custody for a bomb threat made to Genesee County Schools at 11:50 a.m. on Nov. 4. The call, received by the Saginaw County 9-1-1 dispatch center, advised that five bombs had been placed in unnamed schools....more >>
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Brighter holiday: Adopt-a-Family

Kathleen Russell's philosophy on holiday charity is disarmingly simple. "If we can do Christmas for our family, we can do Christmas for someone else's family," says the Groveland Township resident, who is married to Jim and has three children, Shana DeVoe, 20, Noah DeVoe, 19, and Reeves DeVoe, 15....more >>


GHS National Honor Society

A total of 64 candidates are set to be inducted into the Goodrich High School chapter of the National Honor Society. The ceremony, which will take place on Nov. 29, will welcome the inductees into the family of 78 members....more >>

Brief - Correction

In last week's issue, an article previewing the 2011-12 Lake Orion High School varsity hockey team inadvertently omitted two players - Kyler Black and Logan Aldrich. We apologize for any inconvience....more >>

Brief - Ski patrol

Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston needs volunteers to patrol its 12 miles of cross-country trails this winter. Interested skiers should attend an informational meeting on Sunday, Dec....more >>

Brief - Free parks

Looking for an excuse to avoid shopping this weekend? The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entry to all guests on Thanksgiving Day and this Friday. Visitors can hike a trail, bird watch or just relax and enjoy nature at Orion Oaks (2301 Clarkston Road), Independence Oaks (9501 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston) and the other county parks....more >>

Brief - Sexual assault

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies investigated and arrested a 67-year-old man from Orion Township on Nov. 20, for an alleged criminal sexual assault on a 79-year-old female in the township that is a recipient of a meals program....more >>


Trees for Troops in Brandon

For Candy Cane CHRISTmas Tree Farm, the spirit of giving is already in the air. This holiday season, the local Oxford tree farm will participate in the 2011 "Trees for Troops" program, which is a nationwide program where Christmas trees are donated by farms and community members to families stationed on military bases....more >>


Packing it away

Some troops will have sweet taste of home this holiday season thanks to the fforts of local families. Both candy and a Thanksgiving dinner were included in care packages for troops from Belle Ann Elementary At Belle Ann Elementary on Nov....more >>

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Office closed The Citizen newspaper offices will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.The office will reopen Friday, Nov. 25. 248-627-4332. Adopt-A-Family Ortonville- The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund has families available for adoption....more >>
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Brandon Schools: 'Peers Making Peace'

Brandon High School is working towards becoming a conflict-free learning environment. "Peers Making Peace" is a new program at BHS that is centered around conflict resolution between students....more >>
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Goodrich Lions remembered

Two area Lions Club members will be remembered in a unique way. On Nov.10, Goodrich Lions Doug Smith and Glenn Thompson were honored with a "Welcome to Goodrich" sign and the beautifying of the flagpole area, both in front of the Lions Club building, on M-15 south of Green Road....more >>


Brandon Schools sports survey, budget, more

Brandon Twp.- Sports surveys, the necessity for defibrillators and CPR training, budget tactics, and an opportunity for parents to volunteer their time in exchange for pay-to-participate fees were among the topics of discussion at the district's athletic committee meeting Nov....more >>


Spaghetti fundraiser

Madison (Broecker) Chind, 4, was diagnosed in July with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer occurring in infants and children. She recently began her fifth round of chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in Detroit and is responding well to treatment but has a long road ahead....more >>


Village council accepts resignation, seeks applicants

Goodrich- In case Phil Jackson announcing his resignation and walking out of a village council meeting in anger wasn't enough, his stint as a councilmember officially ended Nov. 14 with the council's unanimous acceptance of his resignation letter....more >>
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'We are proud of you for saving our world'

Goodrich- It may be difficult for 5-year-olds to understand the concept of war/military duty, but a Reid Elementary kindergarten class understands a little better today, thanks to their teacher and two classmates who have fathers serving....more >>


Village computer hard drive investigation move forward

Goodrich- In an attempt to resolve an unpaid bill of about $6,000 as well as questions regarding whether roughly 20 individuals' private information was compromised by the removal of computer files, the council approved a $9,300 contract with CPA Karl Haiser to investigate the matters further....more >>


Groveland Township hires firm to examine development

Groveland Twp.- The township board has approved hiring an environmental consulting firm to review a proposed development in the township. At their meeting Nov. 14, the board approved a $2,500 contract with Dragun Corporation of Farmington Hills....more >>
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Heads up

Atlas Twp.- This Thursday, millions of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner. On as many as 154 local tables will be turkeys that township farmer Steve Spratt raised....more >>
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Making a difference

Student starts with classmates

Clarkston Junior High School student Sarah Head's goal is to make the world a better place. She's starting with her own classmates who need help. "I wanted to do something that would affect the community and would, over time, help more people, not just students, but their families, too," she said....more >>
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Competing Clarks

Bart Clark named superintendent

Twenty four hours after the appointment of a new deputy supervisor, Independence Township Board appointed a superintendent. Despite accusations, Trustee David Lohmeier said his proposal and the board's appointment of Bart Clark as township superintendent is not in reaction to Supervisor Dave Wagner's appointment of Mike Clark as deputy supervisor....more >>

Wagner picks Mike Clark as deputy

Supervisor Dave Wagner's responded to the Townsihp Board's superintendent appointment with one of his own. He appointed Mike Clark as his new deputy supervisor, effective Nov. 15. "The township board, which controls the compensation for the deputy supervisor, chose a very limited compensation plan for Mr....more >>

Latest News on the web

Like the folks appearing on these two pages? Check out ClarkstonTV.com to see them in action, delivering the latest in local news and opinion. Tune in for editor Phil Custodio's weekly Phil in the Blank show, discussing news and people of interest in Clarkston, Independence Township, and Springfield Township....more >>

Fund raiser for Shoes for Kids

Clarkston Rotary Club needs volunteers this holiday season to help local kids in need. "This year we will have over 500 Clarkston school children receiving new shoes, winter boots, gloves and hats," said Rotarian Joel DeLong....more >>
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Gabriella Spindler heads to West Point

Gabriella Spindler touched the pen to her letter of intent and proudly signed to take her next step in academics and tennis at United States Military Academy at West Point, Nov. 18....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Scalf brothers place in BMX competition

While brothers Neal, Chase, and Ryder Scalf have been riding dirt bikes since they were 3 years old, they've proven success in the world of BMX just four months after trading in their motorcycles for pedals....more >>

Goodfellows sale

Clarkston Rotary Club members and friends hit the streets, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, selling this year's Goodfellow newspaper, printed by The Clarkston News. All donations from the sale of the paper will be spent the following week on shoes, boots, hats and gloves for local children in the club's Shoes for Kids program....more >>

News Briefs

Kids Camp

Helping Hearts Helping Hands hosts the second-annual Kid's Camp, 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7060 Scenic Ridge, Clarkston. All ages are welcome to enjoy fun Christmas activities while the adults go shopping for gifts....more >>

Holiday memorials

Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home of Clarkston hosts the third annual Holiday Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Clarkston Community Church, 6300 Clarkston Road....more >>

Holiday craft show

Benny and the Jets perform live at this year's Holiday Art and Craft Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, at Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road....more >>

Carrick concert

Carrick House Concerts return with Grievous Angel, with special guest Genna and Jesse, 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4. Grievous Angel, Billy Brandt on guitar and vocals; Nolan Mendenhall, bass/vocals; Roscoe, electric/acoustic guitar; and Todd Glass on drums, performs folk, rockabilly, blues, and alt-country in their set of American roots music....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "City, Adler reach parking agreement" After months of debate, suggestions, and changes, Clarkston City Council came to an agreement for parking at Clarkston Mills....more >>
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Lakeville straps on the ol' feed bag for T-day

It wasn't the first Thanksgiving feast, but it was certainly the cutest as Lakeville Elementary kindergartners broke bread together Nov. 21. Dressed as little Pilgrims and Indians, the kids sat at a long table in the cafeteria and ate a delighful meal consisting of turkey, corn (my people call it maize), cranberry sauce, bread and pumpkin pie....more >>

Public views streetscape concepts, gives input

Business owners, community leaders and concerned citizens got a first hand look at the beginning concepts of the new streetscape project being designed for downtown Oxford on Wednesday, Nov....more >>
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Turkey trotters race for birds

Despite a chill in the early morning air, 153 runners and walkers descended upon Seymour Lake Township Park Nov. 13 for some fun and exercise. But most importantly, they trotted to try and win a free turkey....more >>
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Go-kart racer chasing his dreams

Like father, like son. In the world of auto racing, such combinations of Mario and Michael Andretti, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Lee and Richard Petty are just a few of the most successful father/son duo's in the history of the sport....more >>
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Karate kids win 5 medals in Spain

Five members of Bryant's Karate in Oxford used their lightning-fast hands and feet to pick up five medals at the World Karate Championships Nov. 2-5 in Cadiz, Spain. Jeff Bryant watched his students capture a total of five medals, three bronze and two silver during the third annual World Championships....more >>
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New art studio, gallery opens downtown

A new art studio is in town and is looking to offer its customers more than just finished works of art. Oxford resident Karey Collins held a grand opening for Merge Studio and Gallery (18 N....more >>

OXFD, Eagle Scout team up to make 26 homes safer

Residents in Oxford Township and Village have a better chance at surviving a fire thanks to the efforts of one local Boy Scout. Bridger Smart of Troop 297, along with the Oxford Fire Department and a group of 25 volunteers, installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in approximately 26 homes of village and township residents on Saturday, Oct....more >>
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Born July 28th
1907: Earl Silas Tupper, founder of Tupperware.
1927: John Ashbery, Pultizer Prize-winning poet (Self-Portrait in a Convict's Mirror).
1927: Baruch Blumberg, physician, medical researcher.
1929: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, wife of President John F. Kennedy.
1943: Bill Bradley, basketball player, U.S. senator.
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1914: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, beginning World War I.
1920: Pancho Villa surrenders to the Mexican government.
1932: The Bonus Army of impoverished World War I veterans is violently pushed out of Washington, D.C.
1941: A Japanese army lands on the coast of Cochin, China (modern day Vietnam).
1945: A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 13 people.