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Orion's Goodfellows make holidays special

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor During December, Lake Orion's volunteer firefighters do more than just answer emergency calls. Many of them give their time and energy to ignite our community's holiday spirit - and help struggling families and others here enjoy the Christmas season....more >>

Downtown retailers want holiday shoppers

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Comic books to candles, corkscrews to cool toys, and even eco-friendly mittens: Lake Orion is the determined shopper's one stop for the holidays....more >>

Childcare provider now needs help

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor After taking care of hundreds of Lake Orion's children over the years, Naomi Smith, 43, now needs the community to help take care of her. Starting in the late 1990s, the school-age childcare provider worked at the CERC Building and then Blanche Sims Elementary School....more >>
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Entreprenuer opens second tai restaurant

Lake Orion has experienced a sudden surge of Tai food with three restaurants opening in the past year and the newest addition is taking a modest approach. Bangkok Crossing, located at 193 N....more >>

Area karate kids win five world medals

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 >>

Pearl Harbor Day ceremony

A Pearl Harbor Day ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Oxford American Legion/VFW Post on East Drahner Road in Oxford. Lake Orion resident Ernie Baker, a World War II veteran, will serve as the master of ceremonies, with a number of other veterans from the war making brief commemorative reflections on the fateful day in U....more >>

Brief - Public hearing

A public hearing on amended sewage disposal rates will be held as part of the Lake Orion Village Council's meeting on Monday, Dec. 12. The proposed rate change is in response to increased charges for sewage disposal services being charged by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, effective Jan....more >>

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Craft show From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 10, at Goodrich High School, 8029 South Gale Road, a craft show will be held. Details: Joe Smetanka, 810-658-8080 for daytime calls or 810-658-0440 for evening calls....more >>
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Cyber bullying, cyber safety

Josh Gunderson visited Goodrich High School on Nov. 29 to speak with students on cyber safety and cyber bullying. Gunderson is an educational speaker who travels across the nation to present the dangers of the internet and how to be safe to school-aged students....more >>
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'Eric's War'

Brandon Twp.- Ken Bliss mixes supernatural elements in the future along with the age-old battle of good versus evil in his debut novel. The former Ortonville resident and 1984 Goodrich High School graduate will sign copies of his book, "Eric's War: The Cougar and the Lamb" from noon-3 p....more >>
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Local youth: Right at home in the outdoors

Jon Quirk is a hunter, swimmer and can handle a kayak. The 14-year-old Brandon Middle School student has even spent some time on area ski slopes. "I like the adrenaline rush," smiles Jon....more >>

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M-15 Heritage Route summit

From 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Dec. 8, a M-15 Heritage Route Summit-Conference will be held at Covenant Hill Camp, 10359 Farrand Road, Otisville. The day- long meeting will focus on the Heritage Route, an 84-mile stretch of M-15 that begins in Clarkston and ends at Bay City, incorporating Atlas, Brandon and Groveland townships....more >>

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Board amends budget, 2012-13 financial outlook bleak

Goodrich-The school district will tap into the rainy day fund for $865,918, dropping the fund reserves to $1,884,111 or about 10 percent of the 2011-12 budget. The board of trustees voted 7-0 on Monday night to amend the budget following a presentation from Terese Knag, Genesee Intermediate School District shared services business manager....more >>

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No changes to weapon ordinance, bow hunting

Ortonville- Bow hunting will continue to be permitted within the village. During the Nov. 28 village council meeting, Council President Wayne Wills read a decree stating that following a poll of council members, it was decided that the weapons ordinance will remain unchanged....more >>

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Clean Ortonville audit, healthy fund balance

Ortonville- The village has received a "clean" audit. Steven Kidd, an auditor from Lewis & Knopf, addressed the council during its Nov. 28 meeting, saying that all village funds have positive balances....more >>

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One year reprieve for block scheduling

Goodrich- Block scheduling will stay for now. The board voted 6-1 Monday night to make the switch from block scheduling to traditional for the 2013-14 school year unless the district receives more state funding....more >>

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'Let No Child Be Forgotten...'

Buy a newspaper to help a child in need for Christmas. The Old Newsboys of Flint will be selling newspapers from 7 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the corner of M-15 and Hegel Road in Goodrich....more >>
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'Suffering shall come into our life, but we shall not lose...'

Groveland Twp.- Father Shafique Hadyat will celebrate Christmas this year at Mt. Thabor Monastery here in the township. He will be part of the majority in the United States this year in celebrating the holiday....more >>
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Hometown Heroes: Local military members on duty during the holidays

Editor's note: The Citizen recognizes 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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Toys needed for Christmas store

It's not too late. Donations for the Community Christmas Toy Store (CCTS) will be accepted up to Dec. 9. 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 >>

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Brandon Township Library gears up for millage campaign

Brandon Twp.- The library board will gauge support of a millage increase by forming a campaign committee. At the board's Nov. 28 meeting, Director Paula Gauthier said the board stopped short of declaring they would go to voters next year asking them to return to a 2....more >>
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Remember winter?

Close, but no blizzard. At least one weather expert is saying a record warm November may have spared the area a big snowstorm. "Had the temperature dipped another 5 degrees all that precipitation which started with rain Monday evening and eventually turned to snow on Wednesday morning would have been all white stuff," said Rich Pollman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>
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Donations to feed an army

Clarkston Junior High students join forces with U....more >>

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School bond vote in May?

District proposes $23.1 million in improvements

Technology and construction constitute more than half of the proposed $23.1 million capital needs list under consideration for Clarkston schools. Building construction projects would cost $6....more >>
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Holiday Lights Parade coming to downtown

The annual Clarkston Holiday Lights Parade hosted by Clarkston High School's robotic team, Team RUSH comes to town Dec. 10. "Right now we're working on our float that we'll have at the parade," said Team RUSH member Nicholas Lee....more >>

Township burn ordinance to get draft

After two public hearings, Independence Township trustees took a step to modify the current burn ordinance. Trustees voted 5-2 for Township Attorney Steve Joppich to draft up an ordinance based upon the Burn Committee's recommendations so the board has a "working document" to start from....more >>

Music fest for Toys for Tots

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 >>
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Clarkston volunteers get to work

Clarkston area volunteers returned from Joplin, Missouri, Nov. 5, after a week helping rebuild after a devastating tornado. "They were very outgoing, very thankful we were there," said Ben Pusheck of Waterford, trip leader and member of the board....more >>
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Playing just to play

Clarkston Junior Higher Alex Alechesralian was seen walking around downtown Clarkston last week playing his tuba. "With marching band over I just wanted to play," Alechesralian said as he carried on his way in marching band fashion....more >>
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Shopping for T-Day

Whether it was for turkey, tasty pie, or a good dinner wine. Rudy's Market was packed full with customers, Nov. 23, shopping for supplies to make their Thanksgiving feast something special....more >>

New officers for Clarkston's Eastern Star

Nancy Martin of Hartland and Lenzy Lewis of Flint were installed as Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star of Michigan, Oct. 13, at their annual session in Battle Creek....more >>

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Winter sports are here

The weather outside is quickly becoming frightful, and that means winter sports! Check out your Clarkston High School Wolves teams, girls and boys basketball, hockey, ski, wrestling, swim, competitive cheer, dance, and bowling....more >>

Stuff-a-Bus

Clarkston Community Schools Transportation Department is getting ready for the holidays. The bus drivers are hosting the 8th Annual Stuff-a-Bus on December 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p....more >>

Benny and the Jets

Benny and the Jets performs live at the Keepsake Collections 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 >>

McGrath basketball

Clarkston High School Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Dan Fife, his coaching staff, and players teach all they know at the 30th Annual McGrath League. The Saturday league is open to boys in 3rd to 8th grade and will run for 11 weeks beginning Dec....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Bond issue includes move for adult, community ed." Clarkston Schools Community Education department was proposed to move to Clarkston Middle School under the school bond....more >>

Operation: Success

Clarkston Junior High School students were still helping load the U.S. Army HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) when another few boxes were dropped of for Operation Homefront....more >>
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Give 'em the boot!

Braving both M-24 and the cold rain, Oxford firefighter Carl Rose collected donations Sunday from motorists driving through downtown. Putting some cash in Rose's boot is Oxford resident Barb Cullen....more >>

Discussion of museum's future to continue

Three things were made clear last week during the Oxford Village Council's discussion of a proposal to move art exhibits and a for-profit business into downtown's historical museum....more >>

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To sell or not to sell? Voters will be asked

Next year, when Oxford Village voters go the polls to cast their ballot regarding who should occupy the White House, they must also decide whether or not they wish to see two pieces of municipal property put up for sale....more >>

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Oxford among tops to do biz

Any community can claim it's a great place in which to do business, but only an elite few can back it up with the empirical findings of a prestigious university's research project....more >>
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Cruel act leads to generous gesture

It's a story that began with an act of unthinkable cruelty perpetrated against an innocent animal, but it ended with a gesture of immense generosity. A 1-year-old dog named Duke was shot Nov....more >>

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DDA hires South Carolina firm to brand Oxford

How does downtown Oxford wish to promote itself to attract visitors and shoppers? That's the question the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is hoping to answer. In order to do so, the DDA board last week voted 8-1 to hire Arnett Muldrow & Associates, a firm based in Greenville, South Carolina, to develop a branding/marketing plan for the downtown district for an amount not to exceed $8,000....more >>

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Come for the soup, stay for the parade

It's all about warm bellies and warm hearts as folks of all ages are invited to kick off the Christmas season in downtown Oxford this weekend. The fun starts Friday, Dec. 2 with the Downtown Development Authority's Second Annual Soup & Sweet Stroll (see full-color ad on Page 12)....more >>

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Sherman named Grand Marshal of Christmas parade

A face familiar to the Oxford community for 56 years will lead the town's Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. James A. Sherman, Sr., publisher of The Oxford Leader from 1955-93, was named Grand Marshal....more >>

Concerns over DDA director's spending prompt discussion

How much money can the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) director spend without board approval? Which expenditures are appropriate and which are not? These questions, spawned by the concerns of some officials, were discussed at last week's DDA meeting and will be brought up again at the board's December meeting....more >>

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Parks/rec. gets $2K donation to buy trees

Oxford Township's Parks and Recreation Department is planning to trade one form of green for another. Thanks to a generous $2,000 donation from ITC Transmission, the department will purchase approximately 20 or so trees for its new tree nursery located at Seymour Lake Township Park....more >>

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Addison officials opt-out of state health care law

Addison Twp. officials have decided not to follow the state's public employee health care co-payment act. During the Addison Twp. Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Nov. 17, the township board passed a resolution by a 7-0 vote to "opt out" of the Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act, PA 152 of 2011....more >>
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Extra! Extra! Lions sell Leaders to help needy

Members of the Oxford Lions Club will be out and about this week selling 500 donated copies of the Oxford Leader as part of the group's annual Goodfellows Newspaper Drive. They will selling papers at the intersection of Washington (M-24) and Burdick streets on Thursday, Dec....more >>

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Public hearing on ordinance, parking fines set for Dec. 13

Oxford Village residents who wish to discuss the proposed creation of either a parking violations bureau, ordinance violations bureau or both are invited to give their input during a 6:30 p....more >>

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Bylaws show motion to fire station mgr. invalid

It appeared Don Huegerich, station manager for Oxford Community Television, got the proverbial ax at Monday night's meeting of the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission. But it turned out to be a swing and a miss....more >>
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Born September 22nd
1885: Erich Von Stroheim, director, actor and screenwriter best known for Greed.
1902: John Houseman, director, producer and actor.
1909: David Reisman, sociologist, author of The Lonely Crowd.
1927: Tommy Lasorda, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team from 1975 to 1996.
1933: Fay Weldon, author (The Life and Loves of a She-Devil).
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1945: President Truman accepts U.S. Secretary of War Stimson's recommendation to designate the war World War II. President Harry S. Truman relied heavily on Dean Acheson for his most significant foreign policy achievements.
1947: A Douglas C-54 Skymaster makes the first automatic pilot flight over the Atlantic.
1959: The first telephone cable linking Europe and the United States is inaugurated.
1961: President John Kennedy signs a congressional act establishing the Peace Corps.
1969: Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first baseball player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 home runs.