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Sharing the Spirit of the Holidays

Third graders from Pine Tree Elementary visited the American House assisted living community in Pontiac last week to share their holiday spirit with songs, gifts and visits with residents....more >>

Township's 2012 budget finalized

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Members of the Orion Township Board, approaching a state-mandated year-end deadline, approved the community's 2012 budget on Monday, Dec. 19. Faced with continued revenue declines, the board allocated money from township's general fund to provide a balanced budget at this point, approximately $835,500 to cover a projected shortfall....more >>

French student enjoying Lake Orion

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review France is paying a visit to Lake Orion this year, thanks to Stanislas (Stan) Betend, a sophomore exchange student. Betend is learning about the United States and teaching others, from his host to friends and family, a little bit about his own culture....more >>
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Champion skier, coach, father inspires

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Lake Orion native Mike Henry, 42, is a champion snow skier, accomplished scuba diver and avid golfer with 6.0 USGA handicap. Those would be quite the achievements for a typical man who has a wife, family and owns his own business....more >>


Board opts for VARtek Services

Brandon Twp.- School board members voted 6-1 at their Dec. 19 meeting to contract with VARtek Services, Inc. for technology support services. Board Vice-President Kevin McClellan voted no, citing concern over a lack of companies providing similar services with which to compare....more >>


New BMS principal named

Brandon Twp.- Tina Chambers will take over as the Brandon Middle School principal in the new year. The school board unanimously approved hiring Chambers for the position at their Dec....more >>


District opts to leases buses

Brandon Twp.- Lease or buy? For the school district, for at least the next three years, the answer is lease. The school board unanimously voted at the Dec. 19 board meeting to approve the leasing of seven buses (with a capacity of 77 passengers per bus) at a cost of $11,990 per bus per year for a total annual cost of $83,930....more >>


Township dumps rec plan offer

Atlas Twp.- The township will not sign on to a Village of Goodrich recreation plan. By a 4-1 vote on Monday night, township trustees said no thanks to an opportunity to join the plan offered by village officials....more >>
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Rec employee retires after 23 years, reflects on changes

Candee Allen has seen plenty of changes in area recreation in two decades. The Brandon Parks and Recreation administrative assistant is retiring after nearly 23 years of employment by the township....more >>


Township eyes fire insurance withholding program

Atlas Twp.- Cleaning up after a house fire may soon be a sure thing for township residents. On Monday night, the board of trustees tabled a resolution until the January meeting that would withhold township residents insurance money in escrow from casualty losses including fire or explosion to repair, replace or remove damaged structures that may violate local codes....more >>
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Winter? Not so much

Did winter really officially arrive on Wednesday? No snow to ski, no ice on the lakes to fish, and many snowblowers unused since last March. With area temperatures more spring like than late December like, many locals are asking, where's winter? The Old Farmers Almanac is predicting it will be around the week of Jan....more >>


'It needs to be alarming...'

Brandon Schools braces for $2 million plus deficit

Brandon Twp.- If every employee in the school district took a 10 percent paycut for the 2012-2013 school year, the district could save $2 million. And it still would not be enough to cover the deficit the district is facing....more >>
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Santa finds girls for first time; no shed this Christmas

Editor's Note: The names in this story have been changed to protect identities. Brandon Twp.- Jim and Sally Smith have exactly what they want for Christmas, now they just hope they don't have to return their perfect gifts....more >>

Brief - Come rain, shine or trash

The Lake Orion Village government notified that, despite the holiday, garbage service will still occur as normal for pickup on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. No delay of any kind will happen....more >>

Brief - Band honors

Three Scripps Middle School students were recently appointed to the 2012 Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association's All-State Band. They include Lauren Harris (clarinet), Brad Bedra (tuba) and Natalie Wehner (percussion)....more >>

Brief - School hires

Lake Orion Community Schools recently announced two new hires: Amanda Kaltz, a third-grade teacher at Pine Tree Elementary and Josephine Leddy, a part-time district school psychologist....more >>

Brief - Overdose

An Orion Township woman died of a suspected drug overdose at her home in the 1500 block of Pleasant View last Friday, according to a report from Oakland County Sheriff's deputies. Her husband found her passed away....more >>
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Reid Elementary second grade class: Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, Does Rudolph's nose really light up? I want a new puppy for Christmas please! My second wish is a big Angry Bird. I leave cookies and milk for you! Merry Christmas! Sincerely, Zachary Dear Santa, How are you doing? I know that you are watching, so I have been so so so good! I would like a Little Bo Peep with her sheep toy and a walking cane....more >>

News Briefs


"Miracle On Main Street" At 10:30 a.m., Dec.18, Lakeview Church, 10023 S. State Road, Goodrich, will present "Miracle On Main Street," a Christmas musical for all ages. The Lakeview Church Kids Ministry will perform the drama and music that celebrates the reason for the season....more >>
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D.L. Bonner Jewelers will close doors after 29 years

Ortonville- After 29 years, Dec. 24 will be the last day that D.L. Bonner Jewelers, 431 Mill St., will be open for business. David Bonner opened his jewelry store in the village in 1983, with about $18,000 in jewelry, kept in three counters....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 >>


Lt. Col. St. Aubin

Several Goodrich High School classes took time out from their studies to mail Christmas cards to their principal, David St. Aubin, who is currently serving a one-year stint in Afghanistan....more >>


Goodrich to update rec plan

Goodrich-The village and Atlas Township have an opportunity to join together on a recreation plan. "The push right now is for communities to share everything," said Jakki Sidge, village administrator....more >>


Former Brandon residents sentenced in home invasions

Two former area residents have been sentenced in connection with a string of local home invasions. Danie Vore, 31, formerly of Groveland Township, was sentenced Dec. 9 in front of Sixth Circuit Court Judge Rudy Nichols to seven to 30 years in prison after being convicted of four counts of home invasion, second degree, as well as being a habitual offender....more >>


Village council appoints new member

Goodrich-By a 4-0 vote on Monday night the village council appointed Mark Baldwin to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of councilman Phil Jackson. Baldwin, 60, is a self-employed carpenter and licensed builder....more >>
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'You're getting a best friend and you're saving a life.'

Ortonville- Still looking for a special family gift this holiday season? If everyone in the household is in agreement, you could save lives by rescuing a dog or cat, puppy or kitten that needs a home, while receiving much love in return....more >>
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Student led TAB project takes aim at bullying

Goodrich-A four-minute Youtube video has sparked a tougher stand against bullying. Riley McEntire, a GHS senior, is the founder of the TAB (Teens Against Bullying) Project. Begun on Dec....more >>


Council moves on village blight

Goodrich-A historical landmark is among two area buildings with safety violations and targeted for cleanup by the village. Village Attorney Mike Gildner presented three suggestions at Monday's council meeting to resolve issues with the Goodrich House apartments near the corner of Hegel and Clarence streets and an abandoned home near Hegel and M-15....more >>


Hundreds benefit from toy store

Brandon Twp.- Adele Ferguson knows what it is like to struggle. To not have two nickels to rub together. To have to decide between whether to buy gas or groceries. As a single mother in Pontiac more than 40 years ago, at Christmastime she did not have the resources available to her that are available today to residents in need in this area....more >>
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Cleaning up for Christmas

As part of their Holiday Stocking Project for Lighthouse North, seventh graders at Sashabaw Middle School made boutique bars of soap. They also helped A Space to Dream, based in Clarkston, with the Student Leadership team's annual Do Something Funny for Money....more >>

Calling for new on-call firefighters

Ever feel the siren's call to action, fighting fires and rescuing people from injury or even death? If so, Independence Township Fire Department wants to talk to you about joining them as an on-call firefighter....more >>

90 N. Main lake access approved

When Clarkston City Council approval lake access for 90 N. Main, Mayor Joe Luginski was relieved. "At the end of the day I think we got a good resolution and everybody seems to be in good unison about it," Luginski said....more >>
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National exposure brings crowds downtown

After being featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," Curt Catallo sees a lot of new faces downtown. "I just think it's a great day for Main Street to see what Kid Rock can do to put a little place in Michigan on the map," Catallo said....more >>
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Band raffle raises thousands

Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association raised more than $7,000 in its Camaro raffle. "It was a great fund raiser for the band and orchestra," said Elizabeth Piper, CSIMA vice president, Dec....more >>
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High tech turkey

Turkey was the topic for this year's S.T.A.R.S. team project. "I learned a lot about how food gets contaminated and how it affects people," said eighth grader Matt Covert, member of the Super Thoroughly Awesome Robotic Scientists team, based at Sashabaw Middle School....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Merry Christmas to all!

The staff of The Clarkston News, in back from left, Michele Munch, Cindy Burroughs, Rose Mary Frazer, Wendi Reardon, Lacie Grieves, Laura Lucas, and Don Rush, and in front from left, Phil Custodio and Trevor Keiser, wish you and yours a very merry Christmas! And remember we are closed Monday, Dec....more >>
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Clarkston designer wins gum contest

Amanda Kelley of Clarkston won $5,000 in the Orbit Spotlight Series Design contest. She is one of eight winners in the contest out of hundreds of entries from college students and fans nationwide....more >>
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Teachers, staff earn honors for service

Clarkston Community Schools honored 11 employees with Employee Recognition Awards at the Board of Education meeting, Dec. 12: Curt Barnum, technology coordinator, Central Office; Carol Barber, Bailey Lake Elementary Kindergarten teacher; Kristin Sprague, Bailey Lake Kindergarten teacher; Jen Brykalio, Clarkston Elementary fifth grade teacher; Wendy Roehl, North Sashabaw Elementary aide; Sally Perry, Pine Knob Elementary teacher; Missy Butki, Sashabaw Middle School sixth grade math teacher; Missy Ludd, Sashabaw Middle School, seventh grade science teacher; Sue Linder, Clarkston High School English Language Arts teacher; Staci Secord, Clarkston High social studies teacher; and Amy Hohlbien, Clarkston High Spanish teacher....more >>
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Cedar Crest students help refugees

Cedar Crest Academy adopted seven refugee families from Iraq, served by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, for Christmas. Students and their families went to the Refugee Services training center in Madison Heights, Dec....more >>
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Moving to the music

McKenna Bachusz strikes a pose during the Varsity Pom Pom team's halftime show at the Boys Basketball home opener....more >>
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Cleaning society, one hand at a time

Sashabaw Middle School seventh grade students in Julie Renaker's health classes learned the importance of soap and shared their knowledge as part of the Holiday Stocking Project at Lighthouse North of Oakland County....more >>

News Briefs

Township parks closed for holidays

Clintonwood Park on Clarkston Road and Bay Court Park on Andersonville Road will be closed for the Christmas, Dec. 23-26, and New Year's, Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Normal winter hours are seven days a week, 9 a....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Fire spoils holiday in Hidden Lakes" A candle burning on a night stand unattended was blamed for a fire which burned down four townhouses in the Hidden Lake complex....more >>
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Here comes Santa Claus!

A total of 163 kids and parents attended the annual "Continental Claus" event held Saturday morning at Devil's Ridge Golf Club in Oxford Township. Organized by the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department, the event featured a delicious buffet-style breakfast followed by an opportunity for the kids to visit with Santa and get a personal photo with the big guy....more >>

Village auditor: Tax revenues, fund balance keep shrinking

The good news is Oxford Village's financial statements received a clean bill of health from the auditor. The bad news is the village must somehow deal with a revenue stream that continues to decrease and a fund balance that continues to shrink....more >>
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Prescott Line is Mr. Football!

Friday nights this fall were filled with fans watching Oxford High School senior Prescott Line run around, over and through opposing defenders on his way to the endzone. Even though Oxford lost in the opening round of districts, Line's dominance on the football field was rewarded as he was selected as the recipient of the 2011 Mr....more >>

Oxford FD helps set cardiac care record

Twenty-one minutes. That's the new record in Oakland County when it comes to "door-to-balloon time" and the Oxford Fire Department helped set it. Door-to-balloon time is the time that elapses from the moment a cardiac patient enters the emergency department of a hospital until he or she receives interventional treatment....more >>
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Oh, Christmas tree?

TOO BIG FOR THE LIVING ROOM A strong cold front moved through the state during the night of Thursday, Dec. 15 causing some very gusty winds in the Oxford area. The winds were so intense, they uprooted this large evergreen tree on Hovey St....more >>

New contract raises fire chief's pay, cuts benefits

Following more than an hour's worth of debate and several failed motions, the Oxford Township Board last week voted 5-2 to approve a new two-year contract for Fire Chief Pete Scholz that increases his annual pay by 8 percent yet eliminates some significant benefits including health insurance after he retires....more >>

Village votes to opt-out of state health care law

Oxford Village officials made it perfectly clear they have no interest in the state telling them how much either the municipality or its employees should pay for health insurance. "I think it would be great if the state stays out of it and lets the local government negotiate with our unions and non-union employees just like the rest of the world does," said Councilwoman Maureen Helmuth....more >>

'Mixed use' bone of contention in new master plan

Oxford Township's new master plan squeaked by officials in a 4-3 vote last week. The bone of contention was the new "mixed use" designation on the future land use plan and map. "I think it's just a very bad idea," said Trustee Melvin (Buck) Cryderman, who voted against the plan....more >>

School district, teachers union okay new contract

It will be business as usual when students return to school on Jan. 2. The Board of Education unanimously approved a new teacher contract for the 2012-13 school year during the Dec....more >>

Twp. wants cable board changed

Oxford Township officials are looking to change the voting membership of the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission to make it more equitable, in their view, in terms of representing the entities that fund it....more >>

Director fears local parking tickets could cost library funding

It was supposed to be an opportunity for citizens to give their input regarding Oxford Village's proposed parking/ordinance violations bureau, but the only individuals who spoke at the Dec....more >>


Twp. rejected as acceptance facility for passport apps

Oxford Township's hopes of becoming a certified acceptance facility for U.S. passport applications were dashed. Clerk Curtis Wright received a letter from the Detroit Passport Agency informing him the township office at 300 Dunlap Rd....more >>
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Shopping with everyday heroes

Local kids received the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping Dec. 14 with area firefighters, police officers and military personnel as the Oxford Meijer once again hosted the "Shop with a Hero" event....more >>
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Season's Greetings from Youth Assistance

Christmas came a little early this year for a special group of deserving kids thanks to the kind folks at Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance (OAYA). The local nonprofit group hosted its annual Christmas party Friday night at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Oxford Village....more >>
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Christmas party at the Addison senior center

Addison Township seniors got together Dec. 14 to celebrate the Christmas season with a party filled with food, fellowship, and numerous games of bingo and euchre. The highlight came when Santa Claus stopped by and delivered a table-full of cookies and popcorn tins, which the seniors selected through a drawing....more >>
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Local Girl Scouts sing for seniors

Oxford Girl Scout Cadet Troop 13405 visited Independence Village of Waterstone last week and sang a number of Christmas carols to its senior residents. Give yourselves a merit badge ladies for having plenty of both community and holiday spirit....more >>
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