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Jungle gyms in January

Second grader Grace swings to cross the monkey bars wearing no coat, gloves or even a hat. The unseasonably warm weather may have spelled bad news to skiiers, snow-mobilers and everyone who likes the cold, but for the students of area elementaries, the ex

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Bring it on!

Lake Orion's competitive cheer team, pictured, rose to the occasion and placed third at the Brighton's Best Invitational last Saturday, Jan. 14. A total of 28 teams from across the state competed in the event that featured plenty of high-flying twists, turns and other exciting tumbling moves - plus lots of smiles and cheering....more >>

Schools to secure bids for private custodial services

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor With millions of dollars in potential savings on the line, the Lake Orion Board of Education agreed on Jan. 11 to pursue bids from vendors that provide custodial services to schools....more >>

High school's DECA students score business success

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review Lake Orion DECA students marketed themselves to success on Saturday, Jan. 14. They hosted the District DECA Conference at the high school, featuring teams from 29 other area high schools most from Oakland and Macomb Counties....more >>

Lake Orion learns social media laws are tough

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Students enjoy a large degree of anomymity behind today's social media. They cannot hide from the law, however, if they abuse the technology to harm others....more >>

Orion Area Chamber planning busy 2012 for members

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor More than 70 businesses joined the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce last year. The Chamber's leadership plans to make their membership, as well as that of other local businesses, well worth it in 2012....more >>

Budget talks

The Village council is now in talks for the 2012 budget and, as part of those discussions, Village Manager Paul Zelenak has requsted council members fill out an essay-form quiestionaire to evaluate his and the village's performace....more >>

Neighborhood stabilization

The Village of Lake Orion previously discussed the potential uses of a sum of money the federal government allocated to them as part of the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program....more >>

Land division

Lake Orion's Village Council reviewed an application to divide land on a parcel at 51 N. Broadway on Jan. 9. The Planning Commission previously ok'd the application on Oct. 6 and recommended the split....more >>

Brief - ONTV's 2012 budget

The Lake Orion Village Council approved part of their 2012 budget Jan. 9, starting with a budget for Orion Neighborhood Television. Township Ordinance 80 and Village Ordinance 16.050 Section 5 require approval of ONTV's budget by the Village Council and the Orion Township Board before it can become effective....more >>

Kristi Martin memorial service

Dr. Kristina Marie Martin of Ortonville died Jan. 9, 2012. She was 42 years old. Kristina is survived by her loving husband, Alex, her three precious children Emma, Herbie and Claire, her mother Mary Chambers, her father Dennis Elsholz, brother Daniel (Christine) Elsholz, nieces Lauryn and Andrea, nephew Ian, and many loving family members and friends who supported her in her courageous battle with cancer....more >>

News Briefs


School board officers elected Brandon Twp.- The Brandon Board of Education elected its officers for the 2012 school year during the annual organizational meeting Jan. 16. Kevin McClellan was elected board president; Debbie Brady is vice-president; Debbie Schummer is secretary; and Le Anne Schmidt is treasurer....more >>


57 percent of the township's winter taxes collected

Brandon Twp.- Winter tax collection ends Feb. 14. Treasurer Terry Beltramo hopes to receive payments steadily in the next three weeks, and not all the outstanding bills on the last day....more >>
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New manager, CBCCU branch remodeled

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville- New look. New branch manager. Changes have arrived at the Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union. Sian Jasso was named branch manager of the CBCCU Ortonville office, 4 South St....more >>


Registration for STARS

Registration is now underway for STARS, an after-school reading support program geared to improve reading skills in second through fifth grade students in the Brandon School District....more >>


Deadline to register to vote is Jan. 30 for February election

Residents 18 and older who are not yet registered to vote must register by Jan. 30 in order to vote in the Feb. 28 presidential primary election. Registration can take place at the clerk's office, bring photo identification....more >>


Seven proposed zoning ordinance revisions eyed by township

Brandon Twp.- Signs, recreational vehicle storage, sale of vehicles, accessory buildings and architectural design requirements for commercial buildings will be among items discussed at a joint meeting of the township board and planning commission....more >>


Brandon Schools' vision brings technology into focus

Brandon Twp.- A new vision statement for the school district focuses on the role technology plays in the education of today's students. The school board unanimously approved the vision statement, five guiding principles, and three primary goals for the district during their Jan....more >>
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Township command center gets upgrades

Groveland Twp.- New LCD screens at township fire station one should provide emergency responders with an edge when minutes count. Township Fire Chief Steve McGee said the new equipment, which is now fuctional after about two months of planning, is unique....more >>
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Girl Scouts hit century mark

New this year, Savannah Smile lemon cookies

It's been 12 years since Holly Lustig sold her first box of Girl Scout Cookies. "Thin Mints, top seller," said Lustig, a Goodrich High School senior and Girl Scout Troop 10254 ambassador....more >>
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Out of Africa: 'Instead of leaving a legacy, I want to live it'

The boy, Khamis, was just 7-years-old and terrified. Head down, he kept still and wouldn't make eye contact. His mother, a poor widow with two other children, had walked more than four hours in the 90-plus degree heat of Tanzania, carrying her son on her back, to reach a medical clinic where she'd heard there was an American missionary group, including a surgeon....more >>


Ambulance response time shameful, inexcusable

Local official says help to injured football player took too long

Atlas Twp.- The response time of a local ambulance company to an injured player during a Goodrich High School football game last fall has come under fire by at least one township official....more >>


Bullied? Try'Blackhawk Hotline'

Number established to battle student issues

Brandon Twp.- 1-248-660-0138. This is the number Brandon High School students can call, anonymously, if they are being bullied, have witnessed bullying of others, or have other concerns over issues including theft, safety, or substance abuse....more >>
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Baby New Year

Eleazar Robert French was the first baby born in 2012 to parents who reside in The Citizen readership area. Eleazar was born at 12:19 p.m., Jan. 1, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak....more >>

News Briefs


Coffee hour At 9 a.m., Jan. 27, The Citizen newspaper staff hosts a coffee hour at The Citizen office, 12 South St. Come join us for treats and conversation. Donations for the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund are accepted....more >>
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Lane Car Company expands

Lane Car Company has grown. Owners Jim Lane and Jon Burklow will open a new facility later this month at 110 Ortonville Road, the former home of Simms Chevrolet. The 50,000 square-foot facility on about 10 acres will include six bays for full service repair, instant oil change and a complete body shop....more >>


Village coffers include 45 percent fund equity

Goodrich.-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the village council accepted an audit report from Lewis & Knopf for the year ending June 30, 2011. Steve Kidd, CPA for Lewis & Knopf delivered the report to the council....more >>


Village council to consider weed spray for mill pond

Goodrich-The village council voted 5-0 on Monday night for the continuation and renewal of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources permit to spray the mill pond with chemicals for excessive weed growth; however, they did not order the application....more >>


Firefighters called for swan trapped on ice

Brandon Twp.- Dogs, horses, and deer trapped in ice-covered lakes and ponds in the township have prompted calls to the fire department in the past. Jan. 4, however, was the first time Fire Chief Dave Kwapis had ever been summoned to rescue a swan....more >>


How fast is too fast on gravel roads? Public responds

Brandon Twp.- It's all about perception. When it comes to speed limits, 1st Lt. Thad Peterson, Michigan State Police traffic services commander, said that a 25 mph speed limit on gravel roads leads residents to believe they are safer, when in actuality they are not, nor are drivers obeying that speed....more >>
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Brandon Alternative High School hoops scoring big with teens

It's just six basketball games. However, for a team of 12 Brandon Alternative High School students known as the Bullfrogs, a few hours each week on the hardwood has sparked some added interest in education, teamwork and lots of fun....more >>
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Declutter, get organized in 2012

Groveland Twp.- Brigitte Todd knows that lost time is lost money. Lost keys, lost documents, and general clutter causes stress. A common New Year's resolution is to get organized and not coincidentally, January is National Get Organized Month....more >>


Owners of abandoned buildings respond to village requests

Goodrich- A pair of abandoned village structures are getting some attention. The village council instructed Village Attorney Mike Gildner to resolve issues with the owners of the Goodrich House Apartments near the corner of Hegel and Clarence streets and an abandoned home near Hegel and M-15 following the Dec....more >>


Library needs twp. board support for millage vote

Brandon Twp.- The library is open only five days a week effective this month. If township residents approved a millage proposal this year, hours of service would likely be restored....more >>
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Swooping skier

Grant Huber, team captain, takes on the giant slalom at Pine Knob Ski Resort for Clarkston High School's Boys Ski Team....more >>

Pro's, cons of $20 million bond

The proposed $20 million bond vote this May is about children and learning, school officials say. "It's $100 for children, to get the technology they need," said Superintendent Dr....more >>
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Surprise visit from Afghanistan

Griffin Schroeder was just getting settled in Ms. Grasso's class on Jan. 10 when Clarkston High School Assistant Principal Jeff Kosin knocked on the door. He stepped in followed by Lt....more >>

Library may join district system

According to the Library of Michigan, of the 101 libraries in the State of Michigan, Independence Township is one of the only two remaining under the repealed law Public Act 269. "We technically are recognized as a legal public library, but when there are questions about governance there is no law to go back to," said Library Director Julie Meredith....more >>

State finds deficiencies in building department

Independence Township finds itself again in trouble with the State of Michigan, but this time it's the building department. "I think they're very serious on their intent to insure the construction codes which are state mandated are properly enforced....more >>
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Title won with map smarts

When finalists were asked which Asian country is made up of islands on the eastern edge of the South China Sea, Jennifer Starnes knew the answer. Her response, the Philippines, won her the North Sashabaw Elementary Geography Bee, Jan....more >>

Shooting Stars

Players present 'Drinking Alone'

The stage is set, the lights cued and Clarkston Village Players ready to bring to life the real emotions of abandonment and the need to be accepted in their latest play "Drinking Alone....more >>
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Al Deeby supports school with Drive

Chrysler's Drive for the Kids program raised $660 for North Sashabaw Elementary School. Jim White, general manager of Al Deeby Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Clarkston, was happy to help....more >>

Church helps women, children in need

Church of the Resurrection Episcopal Church off Clarkston Road is helping abused women and children. The church is partnering with Haven, headquarters in Pontiac, to help provide new underwear for women and children leaving domestic abuse situations, through an effort known as Undies Sundays....more >>

Strolling downtown fun

Retailers from Lisa Confection Connection all the way down to Clarkston Flower Shoppe and in between will offer various drinks, snacks, and discounts on merchandise as the Clarkston Retailers Group celebrates their second annual Strolling Cocktail Party this Saturday, 6-9 p....more >>

News Briefs

Talent night

Join singers for Vocal Talent Night, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at the Clarkston Junior High School Auditorium. Doors are open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. The Vocal Talent Night is a long standing tradition, sponsored by the CJHS Choirs....more >>

Bowl for Lacrosse

Clarkston High School Boys Lacrosse hosts their Fourth Annual Bowling Fundraiser at Cherry Hill Lanes, Jan. 29. The cost to bowl in the event is $25, which includes two hours of bowling, pizza and pop....more >>

Everest open house

Everest, a catholic school, in Independence Township hosts an Open House on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 1-4 p.m. It will include tours of the school, testimonies from students, and the chance to speak with them about their experience at Everest....more >>

Spaghetti dinner

Young At Heart Senior Citizen Group hosts Lots-N-Lots of Spaghetti fund raiser, 5-7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, at Hart Community Center in Davisburg. Homemade baked goods will also be available for purchase....more >>

Clarks welcomes next generation

Bart and Diane Clark are happy to announce the arrival of their first grandson, Bartlett Lee Clark II, born on Nov. 14, 2011. The baby's parents, Ben and Kristie Clark, and big sisters, Samantha and Cassidy live in Coventry, Connecticut....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Horses saved from icy pond" Independence Township Department was called to the house of Tom Patti to rescue three horses that fell through the ice of Patti's pond....more >>
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Here you go, Sgt. Dad!

Logan Lockwood (left), 5, hands his father, Oxford firefighter Blair Lockwood, his new sergeant's helmet during a Jan. 11 promotion ceremony. For the story, see Page 3. Photo by CJC....more >>

Council says no to medical pot dispensaries

After delaying a decision for nearly 18 months, the Oxford Village Council last week finally made it clear how it wants to handle the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries prohibit them....more >>
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Leonard woman 'vindicated' after drug charges dismissed

"Vindicated." That's how Barbara Mira Johnson, 41, of Leonard, described how she felt about an Oakland County Circuit Court judge last week dismissing the 14 felony drug charges she was facing for working at a medical marijuana dispensary....more >>

Compromise proposed for cable voting

A tentative compromise was reached regarding the future voting composition of the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission. The only question is will the local governments agree to it? An informal meeting was held Jan....more >>

Village has strong words for township cable proposal

"They're kind of trying to overstep their bounds and get a little power-hungry." That's how Oxford Village President Tom Benner described Oxford Township's Dec. 14 proposal to change the voting composition of the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission....more >>
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Hey, Sarge!

Oxford Fire promotes three to sergeant rank

Three Oxford firefighters moved up in the ranks last week by being promoted as the department's first-ever full-time sergeants. Steve Giroux, Benjamin (B.J.) Stapp and Blair Lockwood now proudly wear sergeant's stripes on their collars and gold badges on their chests to denote their new status as officers....more >>

$250K from sewer fund covers village water deficit

A significant deficit in Oxford Village's water fund prompted council last week to vote 3-0 to transfer $250,000 from the municipality's sewer fund to cover it. According to the village's most recent audit report, the water fund had a deficit of $87,353 as of June 30, 2011....more >>

Village seeks real estate pro to help sell lots

Oxford Village is looking for a real estate professional to help it sell two pieces of vacant, municipal-owned land. Last week, council voted 3-0 to issue a request for proposals for real estate services in order to list 27 Pleasant St....more >>

Optimists sponsoring oratorical contest

The Optimist Club of Oxford is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic "How my Optimism Helps me Overcome Obstacles" as a part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2011-2012 school year....more >>

Twp. rezones donated land for future fire station

Oxford Township got one step closer to securing property for a future fire station should the need ever arise. Last week, township officials voted 7-0 to rezone approximately 3.25 acres of vacant land located on the west side of M-24, just north of X-Celsior Drive....more >>

Officials still trying to resolve well woes

It's been a year since Oxford Township municipal Well #1 was taken off-line and it's fate is still in limbo. Last week, township officials voted 5-2 to authorize Stearns Drilling Co....more >>

Officials still trying to resolve well woes

It's been a year since Oxford Township municipal Well #1 was taken off-line and it's fate is still in limbo. Last week, township officials voted 5-2 to authorize Stearns Drilling Co....more >>

Guest Opinion

Concerns expressed over idea of nixing personal property tax

By Dave Bailey Oxford Village resident In October 2011 some press coverage of this initiative (not in the Oxford Leader) caught my eye since it did not explain up front in the article just what the Personal Property Tax is, and how it is levied....more >>
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Seniors get an education about Alzheimer's Disease

Seniors at Independence Village of Waterstone got an education on Alzheimer's Disease and what it takes to be a caregiver for people suffering from it during a Senior Health Seminar Jan....more >>
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1682: Giovanni Piazzetta, painter (Fortune Teller).
1764: Charles de Talleyrand, Napoleon's foreign minister.
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1873: Feodor Chaliapin, opera singer.
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167: Polycarp, a disciple of St. John and bishop of Smyrna, is martyred on the west coast of Asia Minor.
1542: Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, is beheaded for adultery.
1689: British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights.
1692: In the Glen Coe highlands of Scotland, thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan are murdered by soldiers of the neighboring Campbell clan for not pledging allegiance to William of Orange. Ironically the pledge had been made but not communicated to the clans. The event is remembered as the Massacre of Glencoe.
1862: The four day Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, begins.