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Village makes tentative deal on property with sewers in mind

Ortonville- The village council has approved a deposit on the purchase of property that could be used as the site of a future wastewater treatment plant. During their Jan. 23 meeting, the council unanimously approved a motion to pay $2,000 as a refundable deposit to Apex Company for the purchase of the property at 255 Narrin St....more >>
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Funeral arrangements for Shane Hrischuk early next week

Donations sought to help with funeral expenses

Funeral arrangements will be made early next week for an Oxford Middle School eighth-grader who shot himself at home on Jan. 25. Donations for the family of Shane Hrischuk, 14, are being collected to help with funeral expenses....more >>
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Tough Defense

Lake Orion sophomore Joey Romsek and other members of the high school's leadership class hosted a special wheelchair basketball game on January 22 in the fieldhouse. Romsek's team, the Sterling Heights Challengers, proved their basketball prowess with a resounding victory over his classmates, friends and teachers....more >>


Library millage on Aug. ballot

Brandon Twp.- Voters will be asked to approve a millage increase for the library this August. Library Director Paula Gauthier said she has received new legal counsel that it will not be necessary for the library board to have the support of township officials in order to put a millage request on the ballot....more >>

Kids will play critical role in Lake Orion's suicide solution

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor It is time we listen to the kids. In fact, if we don't, the Lake Orion community may continue to experience more than its share of heartache as at-risk youth take their lives....more >>


Response time defended by ambulance co.

Atlas Twp.-It took less than 12 minutes for a local ambulance company to respond to an injured player during a Goodrich High School football game last fall. Just exactly how many minutes Swartz Ambulance Company took to arrive sparked concern for Township Supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones, who called the incident inexcusable and shameful....more >>
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Main Street reaccredited

Village meets 10 criteria; volunteers sought

Ortonville- The village is small, but it has plenty of heart thanks to enthusiastic volunteers. On Jan. 18, Thom Guzman, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, conducted a day-long assessment of the village's Main Street program, along with Alex Hritcu, assistant Main Street coordinator for Oakland County....more >>


Goodrich High School renovation projects should be completed by fall

Goodrich- By the time many of the district's students return to school in September their surroundings will look a lot different. After a few upgrades to the middle school last year, the second phase of a $15....more >>
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Lake Orion police bust check forger

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer According to Lake Orion Police, Pontiac resident Todd Ulmer seemed to brag about the quality and effectiveness of his forgeries. Ulmer, 47, was arraigned on Jan....more >>


Township officials grapple with community image

Brandon Twp.- What does a rural community look like? Here in the township, there are two versions of rural, says Bill Dinnan— the Norman Rockwell version and the Sanford & Son version....more >>
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Burchart looks back at 13 years on Board

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor How long has Mary Jo Burchart been a member of Orion's Board of Education? Let's just say when she joined the team the Detroit Lions had been to the playoffs the previous fall, the state's economy was humming and 9/11 was just another day in September....more >>

Forensics team not afraid to speak its mind

By Olivia Shumaker Special Writer for The Review A lot of people would rather die than speak in public. That does not include the 25 members of Lake Orion High School's forensics team, however....more >>
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School Challenge program

On Wednesday, Jim Waldron presented Brandon Schools with a check at his dealership in Davison as part of the School Challenge program. Customers receive Waldron Way points when a new or used vehicle is purchased, or any service is performed at the dealership....more >>


51st house seat up for grabs in February primary

Atlas Twp.- It's been about three months since local voters narrowly recalled State Representative Paul Scott from office. The Nov. 8 election ousted Scott by a vote of 12,284 to 12,087....more >>
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Lake Orion hosts its own storage wars

There may not have been a camera crew on-hand, but The Review was as some 75 people converged on Lake Orion Self Storage on Church Street on Jan. 19. They braved the bitter cold to bid on two unpaid storage units filled with potential treasures....more >>


Village receives Tri-Party funds

Ortonville- The village has received a windfall of sorts. Village Manager John Lyons was recently notified by Oakland County that the village has accrued $54,883 in Tri-Party funds....more >>

Coaching legend honored

With so many coaches out there under scrutiny these days for cheating, violating rules and covering up criminal acts, it's nice to know there are coaches who still embody and extol the virtues of integrity, hard work and sacrifice....more >>

News Briefs


Coffee hour At 9 a.m., Feb. 24, The Citizen newspaper staff will host 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 >>


In the January 18 edition of The Lake Orion Review, we misidentified sophomore high school varsity basketball player John McCarty in a picture. We apologize for the mistake and are making it up to him this week on page 12....more >>

Brief - Toddler classes

Orion Township Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of interactive youth programs for toddlers and their parents at the Friendship Park Meeting Room. Classes begin this week and run through the spring....more >>

Brief - Liquor licenses

Orion Township awarded liquor licenses to two area businesses at its January 17 Board of Trustees meeting. Orion Hotel LLC (Springhill Suites) was given a Class B Hotel License to serve beer, win and liquor on its premises....more >>

Brief - Retirement party

After 31 years, Linda Sickles, director of the Orion Township Public Library, is retiring. Sickles joined the Lapeer Road library in 1980 and spearheaded constuction of the new facility on Joslyn Road, which opened in 1986....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 >>
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Front page

Shaken, not stirred


School bond a blank check?

Supt. Rock says 'no'

In a letter to the editor this week, Independence Township resident Michael Powell is concerned the proposed non-qualified school bond would provide a blank check to Clarkston schools....more >>
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Locals go for gold at games

When the torch is lit for Michigan Senior Winter Olympics, Monday, Clarkstonites Tom Decker, Debbie Elert and Margaret Whitcomb will be ready. Decker is competing for his second winter in pickleball after winning a silver medal in the men's double tournament with partner, Dick Manasseri....more >>

Resident wants apology for tractor case

H. Wallace Parker has an ultimatum for Independence Township Board apologize or get sued. "I hereby demand that you publish a retraction in both the Oakland Press and the Clarkston News....more >>
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Stroll, eat, and drink party

Downtown Clarkston was a happening place Saturday night as folks strolled in and out of businesses enjoying food, drinks and discounts at the Second Annual Retro Cocktail Party. The event was hosted by Clarkston Retailer's Group as a fund raiser for the OATS program....more >>

High schoolers give back to community

Students at Clarkston High School are gearing up for LEAD's annual Charity Week, beginning Monday. "We host Charity Week every year as a way to involve the student body in giving back to the community," said Alyssa Setting, from CHS LEAD....more >>
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Deputies will remove uninviteds

Township officials worked out how to deal with future closed-session disruptions deputies will intervene if called upon by the township attorney. Neil Wallace, Independence Township trustee, accepts that for now....more >>

Window clinic at historic church

Learn window-repair skills while helping to refurbish a historic church, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at the former Sashabaw Plains Presbyterian Church, 5331 Maybee Road The front two windows will be removed, refurbished, and reinstalled that day....more >>

Traffic-light upgrades in spring

Improvements to intersections at Flemings Lakes and Clarkston roads and Walters and Waldon roads are expected by early spring. Independence Township entered into a cooperative agreement with Clarkston schools in fall 2011 to install left-turn signals and no-turn-on-red signs....more >>
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Students honored for Optimism

Clarkston Area Optimists honored two students with their Optimist Student of the Month awards Isabela Holloway, fifth grader at Andersonville Elementary, and Camryn Dahlerup, fifth grader at Pine Knob Elementary....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Good student, good citizen

Melissa Pavlik is Sashabaw Plains Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution's pick for this year's Good Citizen award. "Wow, I couldn't be more honored or grateful," said Pavlik, Clarkston High School student....more >>
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Metal worker crafts motorcycle art for eatery

Pete Will of Clarkston made a unique piece of artwork for the Union restaurant on Main Street. He spent about 13 hours crafting the metal sculpture. "I know they're motorcycle guys, so I thought I'd go with the oldest looking Harley I could find," said Will, a welder for the past 12 years and metal artist for eight....more >>
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Madrigal dinner successful

Brian Haverkate, CHS choral director, thanks everyone who helped organize the second annual Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner, "Night, Night, Knights." "Thank you to our gracious hosts, Harvestland Church and everyone who came out to support our event....more >>

Parks elections

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission re-elected Gerald A. Fisher of Clarkston as chairman and J. David VanderVeen of Clarkston as secretary. They will serve in their roles until Dec....more >>

News Briefs

Public hearings

Independence Township Planning Commission will hear public comments on several business expansion plans, Feb. 9. Regency Indepedence Center on Sashabaw Road at Maybee Road seeks special land use approval to build a Kroger gas station....more >>

Sadie Hawkins

Ladies, time to ask your guy out! It's the Sadie Hawkins dance at Clarkston High School . Tickets are now on sale for the dance for high school students and freshmen from Clarkston Junior High School....more >>

Fund raiser for young cancer patient

Buckshots hosts a fund raiser for Ryan Kennedy, Saturday, Jan. 28. Kennedy, a fourth grade student at North Sashabaw Elementary, is battling brain cancer. He was diagnosed with a tumor in 2007....more >>

Pre-School meeting

Clarkston Area Chapter of Mothers & More hosts a Pre-School Meet and Greet, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Oakland Christian School, 6300 Clarkston Road. The "fair-style" event allows families to do one-stop comparisons of area pre-schools....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "More restaurants coming to Dixie" With all the growth and development in the township came the need and desire for more restaurants. Interested businesses included Outback Steakhouse, as well as a new, larger Pete's Coney II....more >>
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Up, up and away!

Trenton Myers, 3, of Oxford, visited the Oxford Public Library on Sunday dressed as comic book legend Superman....more >>
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Local bakery decides to 'feed the spirits' of soldiers overseas

There's nothing American soldiers serving overseas cherish more than being able to hear the voices of their loved ones back home. Thanks to the Sweet & Savory Bake Shop in downtown Oxford our courageous servicemen and women will receive 362....more >>
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Super Sunday at the library

The Oxford Public Library looked more like the Justice League of America Sunday afternoon as it hosted a superhero-themed event. A number of kids showed up dressed as their favorite comic book superheros including the Amazing Spiderman, Captain America and Wolverine....more >>
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And baby makes three

Councilman Tony Albensi welcomes son to the village

Oxford Village Councilman Tony Albensi helped increase his community's population by one with the birth of his first child over the weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8:19 a.m., Albensi and his wife, Jessica Hallmark, welcomed their son, John Christian Albensi, into the world at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital....more >>

Cable board debates hiring headhunter to find new station mgr.

Before a new station manager can be found to run Oxford Community Television (OCTV), local officials must decide if they wish to conduct the search themselves or hire a professional employment recruiter to do it for them....more >>

Jan. 31 info meeting on Rochester Rd. resurfacing in Addison Twp.

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) will conduct a public information meeting Tuesday, Jan. 31, to share information about the planned 2013 resurfacing of Rochester Road from south of Lakeville Road to the southern Leonard Village limits in Addison Township....more >>

Parks/rec. is having an 80s flashback

The decade noted for big hair, shoulder pads and Pac Man is returning to Oxford for one night only, so put down your Rubik's Cube, strap on your Swatch watch and get ready to Wang Chung....more >>
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What's inside the museum?

Cyclones, tooth-pullers and fight songs

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of monthly articles about the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum. Each story will focus on a few unique items on display at the museum, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year....more >>

Addison agrees to proposals on cable funding, voting

With all of the changes happening with the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission, one thing will remain the same Addison Township's funding level and number of votes. During the Jan....more >>

Rotarians putting on dance Feb. 10

Shine up your dancing shoes because the Rotary Club of Oxford is hosting a "New Old-fashioned Sweetheart Dance" on Friday, Feb. 10 at Oxford Hills Golf & Country Club (300 E. Drahner Rd....more >>

'The Deals' are rockin' it old school

Who said rock-and-roll isn't popular among today's youth? 2009 Oxford High School graduate John Bivens, along with 2010 OHS graduates Christian Brendel and Kyle Marker, are proudly bringing back the classic rock-and-roll hits everytime they take the stage as "The Deals....more >>
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Young icer heading to Sweden

Oxford resident Colin Shea, 11, has already won hockey championships at a local, state and national level during his young hockey career. Now, he gets to set his sights on international glory as he was selected to be part of a 17-member hockey team that will travel to Stockholm, Sweden to compete in the World Selects Invitational from April 27 through May 6....more >>
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