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2011: a look back at the good and bad

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor 2012 and the end-of-the-world is right around the corner, just ask the Mayans. So, for posterity's sake, it is time to look back at the significant news items and personalities that made 2011 what it was in Lake Orion....more >>

Pervasive smell invades Orion Township

Something smells in Orion Township. Most reports of the curious stench that has plagued the Brown Road area suggest that it started sometime in late October or early November and that the musty smell is reminiscent of paint thinner....more >>

Green Light offers one stop shop

From letter jackets to little league trophies, Orion has no shortage of demand for professional printing services. But Green Light Graphics, a new print shop opening at 169 Clarkston Road, is trying to be the one-stop shop location for any kind of graphic printing need....more >>

Deputies retain sole police authority in schools

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor A heated debate over protecting and educating kids in school dominated the final Orion Township board meeting of the year on Dec. 19. Administrators from Lake Orion Community Schools, the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, board members and the public all made pointed comments during the event....more >>

News Briefs


OCEF meeting At 6:30 p.m., Jan. 4, the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund group will have a meeting at the Seymour Lake United Methodist Church, 3050 S. Sashabaw Road. Office closed The Citizen office, 12 South St....more >>


Village receives seven parcels from county land bank

Goodrich-The village is just a little larger. The council took no action on seven 100-by-200 parcels of property on Tara Court, located just east of State Road and north of Hegel Road....more >>


Second semester Schools of Choice halted

Goodrich- The board of trustees voted 7-0 Dec.19 to close the doors to additional Schools of Choice students for the second semester due to rising class sizes. The school board voted 4-3 in 2010 to join the state's Schools of Choice program for the 2010-2011 school year....more >>
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Accreditation first in state for township EMS

Groveland Twp.- The township Emergency Medical Service has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation Services (CAAS) for its compliance with national standards. On Dec....more >>
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Remembering 2011

January Assisted living facility planned Goodrich- The village council voted 5-0 to approve a planning commission recommendation for a zoning amendment from low density residential to commercial in the central business district of the village....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 >>
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That's a wrap on Christmas

Township triumphs in court

$5,000 win in lawsuitagainst Triumph Telecom Systems

Independence Township emerged victorious in a legal fight with Triumph Telecom Systems, Inc. Trustee David Lohmeier was very happy and said, "it's a good message." "It tells the staff we need to do things the right way, but it also tells people who want to do business with us we're more than open, but you need to follow the rules," Lohmeier said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Elf in the halls

When his older sister suggested he dress up like an elf, Clarkston High School student Jesse Chadwell thought it over. He told her if she found an outfit, he would wear it. She did and on Dec....more >>
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Oh, what fun it is to celebrate

Bailey Lake Elementary students couldn't wait one more day until break as they celebrated the holidays, Dec. 20. After the school sing-along students went back to their classrooms for fun activities, crafts and eating a mix of healthy and sugary treats....more >>
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Holly, jolly class parties

Music, games and food filled the classrooms of Independence Elementary, Dec....more >>
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Ringing the bells for those in need

This was the 25th year of Clarkston United Methodist Men sponsoring ringing the bells for The Salvation Army. A total of 150 volunteers helped out at three Clarkston area Krogers stores, working in one-hour shifts....more >>

News Briefs

Tree recycling

Christmas tree recycling is available at Independence Oaks and Springfield Oaks county parks. Self-serve recycling is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Jan. 30 at Independence Oaks, 9501 Sashabaw Road....more >>

Buddy Basketball

Independence Township Parks and Recreation offers Buddy Basketball, a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs. Each player will be paired with a "buddy" to assist as needed....more >>

Heart screenings

Beaumont Hospital and Clarkston Community Schools offers free heart screenings for students, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 21, at Clarkson High School. The Healthy Heart Check, Student Heart Screening Program is for students involved in vigorous activities and organized sports....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Brothers arraigned on cocaine distribution charges" Two Clarkston brothers were arraigned in 52-2 District Court Dec. 23 on drug charges. Jesse Covarrubias and Matthew Covarrrubia were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance less than 50 grams....more >>
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Let's play a game!

Members of the Oxford High School hockey team took a break last week from skating circles around their opponents to visit with the senior citizens living at Independence Village of Waterstone....more >>

2011: The Year in Review

Editor's Note: At the end of each year, we like to reflect on all the events and stories of the previous 52 weeks and remind our readers of what happened. This week we're featuring the first six months....more >>


Oxford Twp. gets 3 more liquor licenses

Break out the good crystal and pop open a bottle of champagne because Oxford Township now has three more liquor licenses with which to attract new restaurants and bars. Officials recently received a letter from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission informing them that as a result of 2010 U....more >>

Parent wants OMS, OHS students bused separately

Adrienne Boaz realizes what she wants is probably a long shot and cost prohibitive, but she's throwing it out there to see what other people think. "It might be a wacky idea, but I've got to try," said the Oxford resident of 13 years....more >>

Library gives up vote on cable board

School district has no desire to run TV station

Two letters defining the future relationships of the Oxford Public Library and Oxford Community Schools with regard to the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission were recently submitted to officials....more >>
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Oxford man accused of viciously assaulting girlfriend for five hours

An Oxford Township man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend for approximately five hours, including attacks with a two-foot metal cross, during the first night at their apartment on Brabb Rd....more >>
Posing with all of the gifts collected for Oxford families in need are (from left) Goddard School owner Michelle Stuhlreyer and students Hunter Wittebort, Brenden Szczepanski, Aleera Rathbun and Miley Pandrak. Photo by CJC. (click for larger version)

Goddard School plays Santa to needy families

Santa Claus can't be everywhere all the time. That's why he has helpers like the folks at The Goddard School of Oxford. Last week, the school, located at 55 Gateway Drive, donated a bunch of beautifully-wrapped gifts and two boxes of food to two Oxford families in need this holiday season....more >>

Embezzlement trial slated for March 5

A trial date of March 5 has been set for former Oxford Village Deputy Clerk Marion Patricia Paad, who's facing five felony counts of embezzlement by public official over $50. Paad is accused of embezzling approximately $3,300 in village tax funds paid by three property owners in 2006 along with $308 in drug forfeiture funds and $275 in Preliminary Breath Test fees from the village police in Dec....more >>

Addison approves master plan for parks

Addison Township has a clear direction for it's parks for the next five years. At the township board's Dec. 19 meeting, officials voted unanimously to approve the 2012-17 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan....more >>
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OHS icers take on local seniors

The Oxford High School hockey team never faced competition like this as it squared off against the senior residents at Independence Village of Waterstone last week. The seniors definitely had the home advantage as they schooled the Wildcat icers in everything from dominoes and Scrabble to LCR dice and Connect Four....more >>
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