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Chinese investors look to build student housing, hotel, convention center in Oxford

A major development containing housing for foreign students, a hotel and convention center could be coming to Oxford Township. Realtor Carol Mitchell, an associate broker with Real Living John Burt Realty, confirmed that a purchase agreement is in place for a vacant parcel of land, approximately 56 acres in size, on which to build this development....more >>
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Captain America celebrates Christmas

Lake Orion's annual lighted parade featured more than just holiday sprites and saints. The theme of this year's event was "Heroes and Villians" and what would such an festive occasion be without Captain America? Built by Woodside Bible Church, this monolithic hulk of patriotism and comic book fandom lumbered near the end of the parade group, proving that good things come to those who wait....more >>

Suicide forum set for Dec. 12

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Lake Orion has learned it may indeed take a village, or the entire township, to raise our children safely and convince them how precious living can be....more >>

Downtown shopping event takes place Saturday

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Believe it or not, holiday shopping can, indeed, be fun. To see how, Lake Orion residents and others are invited downtown this Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2-6 p....more >>
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Local citizens share their opinions

By Joe St. Henry and Gabriel Ouzounian Earlier this fall, The Review sent out a public invite and eight people from our community stepped forward to participate in the newspaper's first Citizens' Forum held last week....more >>

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Create-A-Card for Christmas From 4:15 p.m-5 p.m., Dec. 14, Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St., will host a free Create -A-Card for Christmas program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade....more >>

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Santa dogs return to Bueche's

Groveland Twp.-It's not unusual for Carl Liepmann to find a litter of puppies or kittens left at the door when he arrives at work in the morning at the Genesee County Humane Society....more >>
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Wireless Zone holiday toy drive

Groveland Twp. -Joe Bommarito and his wife Laura are celebrating the holiday season by hosting their fourth annual toy drive, at all three of their Wireless Zone stores in Frankenmuth, Fenton and Ortonville....more >>
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O'Mara makes run at Olympics

Erin O'Mara recently made some big strides in the running world. O'Mara snagged a spot in the U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon Trials on Jan. 14, 2012 in Houston by finishing the 26.2 miles of the California International Marathon on Dec....more >>

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Twp. fund balance grows; employee wages restored

Brandon Twp.- Employees at the township offices will have their wages restored to 2008 levels. At their Dec. 5 meeting, the township board unanimously approved a motion to reinstate full-time employees' wages to the levels they were in 2008, prior to a 5 percent wage cut....more >>
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Battles in the Pacific

70 years after Pearl Harbor Navy vet recalls

Goodrich-Ralph McMahon can't recall where he heard the breaking news. "When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941—I was ready to go," said McMahon, now 88, and a village resident....more >>
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Hometown Heroes: Local military members serving and on duty overseas 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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Brandon student found unconscious in middle school restroom; assault suspected

Brandon Twp.- Police are investigating whether an 8th grade boy found bloody and unconscious in a Brandon Middle School restroom was attacked by a fellow student. "We are investigating this as an assault," said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>
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Christmas miracle baby

Ortonville- Last Christmas, Heather Wills received the most devastating news of her life— it was very likely that the baby she was carrying inside her was going to die. Just two days before Christmas, doctors at the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital told Heather and Jason Wills that their unborn child had critical aortic stenosis— a heart defect in which essentially half of their baby's heart was not functioning....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 >>

Brief - Lions gathering food

The Review and other local businesses are gathering non-perishable food items and new kids' toys to support the Lake Orion Lions Club's annual Christmas basket program helping local families and senior citizens....more >>

Brief - Township hire

Orion Township recently hired Aaron Whatley as its recreation programmer. He will be in charge of all recreational programming, as well as youth and adult athletic leagues. Whatley also will help coordinate special events and manage the exercise facility at the new Orion Center....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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Lighted parade fills Lake Orion with good cheer

The 2011 lighted parade went off without a hitch or, should we say, power outage. The annual event even managed to avoid rain that kindly disappeared before the floats began moving....more >>
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What star is this?

Dominik Dziekonski starts his stage career early with a big part, as baby Jesus in the Everest Academy Girls' and Boys' School Christmas Program, Dec. 1. Everest student Emily Hampel was mother Mary in the pageant, featuring school choirs and bands playing traditional Christmas tunes....more >>

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Supervisor's staying on

Wagner defies deadline to step down, get healthcare benefits

The Dec. 1 deadline to resign came and went without response from Supervisor Dave Wagner. "I'm not going to give them an answer one way or the other until I know what's going on with me," Wagner told the Clarkston News, on his way to the doctor's office last Thursday....more >>

Call for caution this Christmas

It's the season of giving, but for criminals, it's also time to steal. "Be vigilant for yourself," said Det. William Baldwin, Independence Township substation. "Take precautions. If something sounds too good to be true, it's probably too good to be true....more >>

Stuff-a-Bus with presents for local families

Clarkston Community Schools bus drivers are anxiously preparing for their 8th Annual Stuff-a-Bus, set for this Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. "It would be great to fill the bus again," said Tammy Layton, bus driver....more >>

Deputy supervisor defiant in face of criticism

Since his appointment as deputy supervisor, Nov. 13, Mike Clark said township employees' reception has been good. "I've been in as many days as I could, probably about 20 hours a week since Nov....more >>
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Eagle project livens space with color

Lawrence Jasinski III of Independence Township organized a three-day painting project for Clarkston Co-op Preschool for his Eagle Scout project. The scout with Troop 185 led the project to paint the meeting hall and preschool at Clarkston United Methodist Church....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Tree of Dreams

For the past twelve years, Lisa and Jim Lucas and nine other couples have hosted a private "Black Tie" party for friends known as "Tree of Dreams." The past six years the event has been at Deer Lake Athletic Club....more >>

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Buses bought

The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education OK'd 53 new school buses for $4,097,061, voting 6-0. The purchase will be in July 2012 from Hoekstra Transportation, lowest bidder....more >>

Council OKs first read

Clarkston City Council voted 6-0 to approve first reading of amendment to zoning ordinance for water access for 90 N....more >>

City's leaving 3 E. Church

Clarkston City Council voted unanimous to solicit bids from architect/engineering firms to develop a plan for an addition to City Hall. The addition is needed to relocated DPW operations from 3 E....more >>

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A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "More Space, equity in Monday's election" Clarkston Schools asked voters to approve a $52.5 million bond over a period of 25 years to build a new elementary school, renovate and add on to existing elementary schools; to remodel Sashabaw Middle School and turn Clarkston Middle School into a community education building, and remodel the high school for future use as middle school....more >>
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Santa Claus came to town!

Oxford officially kicked off the Christmas season over the weekend with a ton of holiday fun, all of which took place in the downtown area. The Downtown Development Authority started things Friday night with its 2nd Annual Soup and Sweet Stroll, followed by the village Christmas tree lighting....more >>
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Station mgr. fired again

There was another motion and another vote Nov. 30, but the outcome was the same Don Huegerich was terminated, effective immediately, as station manager of Oxford Community Television (OCTV) and executive director of the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission....more >>

Future OCTV could include schools

The direction Oxford Community Television (OCTV) could take in the wake of station manager/executive director Don Hueguerich's firing last week ranges from simply hiring a replacement to collaborating with the Oxford school district....more >>
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Spreading good cheer from the air

Santa Claus isn't the only one who flies the friendly skies delivering Christmas gifts to children. Although she doesn't have a magic sleigh pulled by eight flying reindeer, pilot Elizabeth McGhee does have a little Cessna 172 and she uses it every year to bring gifts to Michigan children in need as part of Operation Good Cheer....more >>
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Soldier's family lights trees, awaits hero's return

Home for the holidays. It's more than just the title of an old song sung by Perry Como in the 1950s; it's something every U.S. soldier serving overseas wishes he or she could be around this time of year....more >>

$1.37M grant for NOTA not much help right now

The good news is the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) was awarded a $1.37 million grant from the state and federal governments. The bad news is it can't simply be added to NOTA's budget and freely spent on operations....more >>
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Soup, sweets and songs!

Downtown Oxford was the place to be Friday night as crowds of visitors strolled Washington St. sampling scrumptious soups and sweet treats from local eateries as part of a DDA-sponsored holiday event....more >>
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Here comes the parade!

What a patriotic float! There's Betsy Ross, Uncle Sam and a female Captain America, all waving to the crowd....more >>
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Great day for a parade!

"Patriotic Red, White and Blue" was the theme for this year's Christmas parade, which rolled through downtown Oxford Saturday....more >>
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