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Year in Review continues with July - Dec.

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer The Review's look back at the big events and intriguing personalities that shaped Lake Orion during 2011 concludes with the final six months....more >>

Local Kmart appears to have survived

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Can Lake Orion's venerable Kmart survive the chopping block yet again? That is the question people are asking in wake of Sears Holding Corp.'s announcement last week that it would close up to 120 more Sears and Kmart stores across the country....more >>

Orion Township may extend watermains

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Some 1,700 Orion Township households received a survey last month, inquiring about their interest in switching from well to Detroit city water. The township is offering to pay the engineering and installation costs associated with extending watermains in neighborhoods where there is enough demand....more >>
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Porter's cars rich in history, chrome

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Neal Porter has two grown children, but another 50-plus "babies" under his care today. They receive plenty of love and attention in a heated showroom of sorts, tucked on the business owner's property in Lake Orion....more >>
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RCOC advises care while driving this winter

Winter may be a bit behind schedule, but winter driving is just an eventuality. Unfortunately, Orion Township citizens may have a rougher ride ahead than in years past, according to a spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC)....more >>
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Orion Optimist Club Citizen of the Month

Fee Christoph, center, is the Lake Orion Optimist Club's Citizen of the Month for December. She is an eighth grader at Waldon Middle School. Fee was honored by Club President Kelly Weaver and Waldon Principal Randy Groya for her volunteering, caring and her helpful demeanor to staff and fellow students....more >>
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Youth football JV cheerleaders win competition

Hard work led the Lake Orion youth football league's junior varsity cheerleaders to a first place finish in the Mega Cheer competition last fall. The young ladies took third place in the first round of the competition and first place in round two, which included stunting, dancing and cheering....more >>



Coaches vs. Cancer The Goodrich boys basketball team will host a "Coaches Vs. Cancer" auction at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Goodrich Country Club, 10080 Hegel Road. Warm-up shirts are being auctioned to be worn at the Coaches Vs....more >>


Holiday tensions lead to family fight, arrest, jail

Brandon Twp.- A fight involving several females all related to each other started with alleged inappropriate behavior by a teenager on Christmas, and three days later, escalated to profanities, a slap, minor injuries to multiple parties and a drawn gun....more >>
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Educator retires after four decades of work

Bill Snyder is a marathon man. With 24 Boston Marathons and countless other road races on his resume, at 68-years-old Snyder has endured the rigorous 26.2 miles for many years. While his stellar athletic accomplishments are remarkable—his longevity and contributions in the classroom are just as notable....more >>


Still looking for the first baby of 2012

The New Year is a week-old, but so far, no baby. The Citizen newspaper is still seeking the first baby born in our readership area after midnight Jan. 1, 2012. The bundle of joy, along with the family, will receive a host of gifts in a basket compliments of The Citizen with many great gifts from our generous contest sponsors: T....more >>
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In the news 2011

Editor's Note: The Citizen concludes the 2011 Year in Review. Last week covered January through May. June Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville Ortonville- Thirty-six teams. Ninety-five survivors....more >>


Valentine dance now all in the family

By Kelly Baum Staff Writer Come share a Valentine with your family at the Valentine Family Dance. Brandon Township Parks and Recreation will host their very first Valentine Family Dance from 6-8 p....more >>
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Local scout set to raise flags in village

Goodrich- Flags may soon be flying in the village once again. By June 14, Flag Day, local scout Hunter Hansz hopes to not only have new flagpoles up in front of the village offices, but hopefully spark some patriotism in the community....more >>


Area gravel road speed limits debated

Lawmakers propose bill that would let communities decide limits

Local governments may soon have the ability to lower speed limits on gravel roads. At 7 p.m., Jan., 10, State Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc Township) and State Rep. Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford) will host a town hall meeting at the Brandon Middle School, 609 S....more >>

Brief - Tree recycling

Oakland County Parks and Recreation continues its free Christmas tree recycling through January 30. The self-service program is from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Orion Oaks County Park off Clarkston Road....more >>

Brief - Reduced Hours

Budget cuts are forcing the Orion Township Public Libary to reduce its operating hours. Beginning this month, the library will be closed on Sunday. Its hours are now Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a....more >>

Brief - Absentee voters

The Orion Township Clerk's Office said the presidential primary election will be held on Feb. 28, 2012. Registered voters will be receiving an application for an Absent Voter Ballot shorty....more >>

Brief - Ice alert

The Oakland County Sheriff's Department is warning Lake Orion residents that many of the area's lakes and ponds are just now starting to develop a thin layer of ice. This can be deceiving and possibly deadly for persons who venture out from shore....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 >>
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Front page

Happy New Year!

From left, local residents Tyler Toupin, Alexis Stone and Tyler Norman celebrate the new year with some handy noise makers....more >>


Deputies called on deputy supervisor

Mike Clark told Independence Township Board that if they wanted to go into closed session without him, they would have to call the sheriff. They did. Clerk Barb Pallotta called deputies at the Oakland County Sheriff's Independence Township substation....more >>

Township preserves benefits

Retirement benefits for local elected officials are safe, at least for now. Independence Township Trustee Neil Wallace's proposal to eliminate retirement benefits for current and future full-time elected positions failed, 4-2....more >>
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Seeking more Optimists

The Clarkston Area Optimists Club hosts an Open House on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at Red Knapp's restaurant, 6722 Dixie Highway. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. "Optimist members bring out the best in kids in the community," said Sue Ring, membership chairperson....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Party time

Clarkston Elementary students had one last assignment before they headed off onto break - to have fun at their classroom holiday parties. Students enjoyed games, creating crafts to take home and delicious and nutritious treats....more >>
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Ho Ho Ho fun

Whether it was the crafts, the games, or the sugary snacks, Springfield Plains Elementary classes were filled with Christmas cheer Dec 23, as students celebrated their holiday parties prior to Christmas break....more >>
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Home sweet gingerbread home

Andersonville Elementary fourth grade Junior Girl Scout Troop 13463 built and decorated their personal gingerbread houses on Dec. 20. Debby Cochren, of Ginger Works, helped to teach them how to make the houses....more >>

News Briefs

Upcoming meetings

Did you make a resolution to be more active in the community? One step is to attend a meeting. The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education meets Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m., Clarkston Community Schools Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road....more >>

Snowmobile safety

Instructors from Michigan Safety Classes will teach snowmobilers to be safe and responsible on the trail, 6-9 p.m., Jan. 24 and 26, at Hart Community Center in Davisburg. Course topics include snowmobile history, safe snowmobile handling, laws and regulations, personal preparedness, survival skills need in an emergency....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Iced-over Allen Road gets no attention" Local residents and deputies were upset with Road Commission for Oakland County's lack of snow plowing of the Independence Township road, despite several accidents....more >>
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Calendars depicting breast cancer survivors fund free mammograms

Traditionally, this is the time of year when people start putting up their brand new calendars featuring everything from cute puppies and adorable kittens to sleek sports cars and exotic bikini-clad models....more >>

Meeting to discuss speed limits on gravel roads

Bills proposed to restore local control

Two pieces of state legislation designed to restore local control over the speed limits on gravel and dirt roads will be the subject of a town hall meeting set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan....more >>
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OHS grad heading to India to learn textile biz

When most college students take the opportunity to study abroad, they usually spend most of their time learning about a specific country's historical sites and culture. Kelsey Rosenhauer, a 2008 Oxford High School graduate, is taking a different approach to overseas schooling she will be spending the next four months in India mastering the textile industry....more >>
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Dribble, pass, shoot!

A total of 60 students participated in the basketball clinic for second-graders at Daniel Axford Elementary. Established by PE teacher and coach Shawn Regan, the program just completed its second year....more >>

When in doubt, don't go out!

OCSD issues 'ice safety alert' for local ponds, lakes

With the sudden onset of freezing temperatures this month and the forecast continuing to call for below freezing temperatures many of our ponds and lakes are just now starting to develop a thin layer of ice....more >>

2011: The Year in Review

Editor's Note: This week we continue our look back at 2011 by reviewing the last six months of the year. Enjoy! July 6 Test results have once again declined for Oxford High School juniors who took the Michigan Merit Exam and ACT....more >>

New cell tower finally coming to Addison park

Addison Township's long-awaited monopole cellular tower from Verizon Wireless is finally ready to be constructed. Township Supervisor Bruce Pearson told township officials and audience members during the Dec....more >>
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