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Dragons edge out Clarkston for OAA Red title

Lake Orion took the ice at the Detroit Skating Club on Jan. 28 against rival Clarkston and, after a hard-fought 2-1 overtime win, claimed its second consecutive OAA Red Division championship trophy....more >>
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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 >>

District school bonds refinanced

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Orion Township taxpayers will be saving $6.1 million over the next 15 years - the bulk of it during the next six - thanks to refinancing of a portion of the Lake Orion Community Schools' bond debt....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 >>


Volunteer for Beets, Beats, & Eats: 'It's a party every Friday night'

Ortonville- Debbie Baker is looking ahead to a summer in the park. The village resident and market manager is planning another season of Beets, Beats, & Eats in Crossman Park and is hoping local residents will become involved in the summer event....more >>


WAY: Widening Advancement for Youth at Brandon Schools

Brandon Twp.- Ryan Vanden Bossche, 16, was struggling in school last fall. Academically, he was fine, but constant harassment from his fellow students made him unhappy. His mother, Denise Vanden Bossche, was frustrated....more >>
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Robotics team gearing up for 2012 season's robot basketball

Sometimes in competition, engineering prowess is required over athletic skill, and the Lake Orion High School robotics club is ready for the upcoming 2012 season with a robot designed, built and operated by themselves....more >>

Youth roundtables to discuss suicide

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Recognizing the importance of engaging young people in the development of a long-term suicide prevention program, the North Oakland Community Coalition (NOCC) has scheduled a series of roundtable discussions with them this month....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 >>


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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Sickles retires from Orion library after 31 years

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor One would think the last thing a library director would want to do upon retiring after 31 years is immerse herself in a book. But that is what Linda Sickles, who is stepping down this week as the head of Orion Township Public Library, plans to do....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 >>

Masons Lodge No. 46 celebrates 160th anniversary

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor One of the best kept secrets around Lake Orion these days is the fact Orion Lodge No. 46 of the Freemasons just celebrated its 160th anniversary. The men of the fraternal organization who run the local lodge are not upset that the event went largely unnoticed, for they assume a pretty understated profile....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 >>

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 >>


'To Infinity and Beyond'

The Brandon High School Student Council will attempt to raise more than $20,000 during the week of Snowcoming Feb.6-10.This year's charity week theme is "To Infinity and Beyond." Last year, the BHS Student Council "10 in 5" charity fundraiser collected more than $15,000, which was donated to the "Believe In Miracles Foundation," which provides support to children who are battling life-threatening illnesses....more >>


Demand for medium-priced homes growing

Too few medium-priced homes for sale has started to inch up area real estate prices. According to Realcomp, a Farmington Hills-based multi-listing service that provides data for the real estate market, the median price of a home sold in Brandon and Groveland townships increased from $129,950 in 2010 to $139,925 in 2011....more >>


Communication key with school district

Brandon Twp.- Improved communication is one of three goals recently established by the school board for the district. School officials are now seeking input on how best to accomplish that goal....more >>


Pharmacy, dollar store new to village

Goodrich- Two new businesses will soon be opening in the village. Marvin Pattah, owner of Goodrich Plaza, 8147 S. State Road, said that Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General Corporation, the nation's largest small-box discount retailer, along with PHARMD Co....more >>
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Village building crumbles

'A brick falling from that height will kill you.'

Ortonville- It wasn't snow or rain that was falling in the village in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, but something much heavier and with the potential to be lethal— bricks. Village Manager John Lyons and Department of Public Works employees blocked off the sidewalk in front of the Brandon Underwriters building, 422 Mill St....more >>

Lake Orion choir students perform with State Honors Choir

By Olivia Shumaker Special to the Review A pair of Lake Orion High School students got to show their vocal prowess recently, taking part in the state honors choir. Sophomore Olivia Demmers and junior Evan Thurwatcher performed with the state's best singers at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids....more >>

Brief - Penny Shults running

Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults has announced her plans to run for re-election during 2012, having filed all of the necessary paperwork. She is a Republican candidate for the position, which carries a four-year term....more >>

Brief - Call for vendors

The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is seeking quality vendors for the 2012 Flower Fair Home & Garden Market. The 11th annual event will take place on June 2-3, in downtown Lake Orion....more >>

Brief - ONTV temporarily off

Orion Neighborhood Television announced its all-access channels (Comcast and AT&T U-Verse) will be off the air for up to two weeks through mid-February, due to the technical changeover to the station's new home at the Orion Center on Joslyn Road....more >>

Brief - GO-GOP meeting

Michigan's Health Exchange, the state's response to the Affordable Health Care Act passed by Congress in 2009, will be the topic of discussion at the Greater Oakland Republican Club meeting on Tuesday, Feb....more >>


Home invasions: Brandon teen pleads no contest; Clarkston woman arraigned

A Brandon Township teen has pleaded no contest to one count of home invasion, second degree. Michael Keshun Kidd-Harris, 17, made the plea Jan. 24 in front of Sixth Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot....more >>


Art of Marriage

Brandon Twp.- Shane Stec has been happily married to his wife, Carrie, for 15 years, but he believes even healthy marriages need continuous nurturing to stay that way. With this in mind, Oakwood Community Church, where Stec is associate pastor, will host "The Art of Marriage," a video conference that will take place from 7 p....more >>


QAR team to visit Brandon Schools

Brandon Twp.- District officials have been preparing for two years for the special visitors they will host this week. On Feb. 6, 7, and 8, the AdvancEd District Accreditation Quality Assurance Review team will be in the district....more >>

Front page

Party dance in Depot Park

Out for a walk, Gretchen Diver of Clarkston noticed a crowd gathered in Depot Park, Jan. 26. She thought they were there to ice skate on the new rink, but then "Party Rock Anthem" started up and everyone started to dance....more >>


Auditors find $71,000 more in city budget

City officials were happy to see an extra $71,508 added to the general fund, making a total of $219,134. "Every year that figure will either increase or decrease," said City Manager Dennis Ritter....more >>
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Burglars busted?

Suspects linked to up to a dozen home invasion cases

A couple's arrest may bring some relief to one area of Independence Township hit by numerous break-in burglaries. Altheria Rendon, 35, of Independence Township and George Glime, 31, Brandon Township resident, were arrested, Jan....more >>

Clarkston refinances bonds to save on interest

City officials figured out how to save Clarkston and residents some money by refunding bonds at a lower interest rate. Council voted unanimously, Jan. 23, to approve the refunding....more >>
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Win big in The Big Deal

The Clarkston News' Big Deal was particularly big for contest winners Julie (Savoie) Woida and Trish Sinacola. Sinacola, Clarkston resident, won a 46-inch LCD high-definition television in the latest Big Deal giveaway contest....more >>
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Clarkston State Bank joins boots project

The Grade 7-8 Johnson Destination ImagiNation team from St. Joseph School in Lake Orion teamed up with Clarkston State Bank, HAP and the Department of Human Services to collect new or gently used boots in their campaign StompOutColdFeet....more >>
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Optimists raise ice rink in Depot Park

Rome may not have been built in a day, but the new ice skating rink in Depot Park was. The Clarkston Optimist Club along with community volunteers teamed up Jan. 24 to build the new family rink....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Kirchner kicks off comic career

Inspired by "Calvin and Hobbes," Michael Kirchner of Independence Township started drawing comics about a year ago. "I feel like drawing comics sometimes it's fun," said Kirchner, 8....more >>
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Clarkston scouts inspired by factory visit

Cub Scout Pack 163 Independence Elementary toured a local manufacturing facility as part of their "Go See It" initiative, Jan. 16. Lighthouse Molding, Inc., in Sterling Heights, "overmolds" electronics components with flexible plastic materials to protect them against shock, water, and contaminants....more >>

Fitness and Fun

North Sashabaw Elementary students and their families started the weekend with fitness, Jan. 27. They enjoyed their favorite physical education activities like volleyball, basketball, rock climbing, jumping hurdles and more during Family Fun and Fitness night....more >>

News Briefs

Nominate teachers for Teacher of the Year

Clarkston Teacher of the Year has an earlier nomination deadline this year due to April testing. This year, the Clarkston Foundation award goes to a Clarkston teacher in grades 6-12....more >>

Wild game dinner

American Legion Post 63, 8047 Ortonville Road, hosts a wild game dinner, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, Planned menu includes elk, venison, pheasant, walleye, lake trout, and other wild game, and plenty of desserts all you wish to eat....more >>

Bond info at band meeting

Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association hosts a district representative at its Feb. 6 meeting to discuss the proposed $20 million bond in Clarkston schools. They will discuss the bond's impact on the district's instrumental music programs, along with other issues....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Schools find new bus driver" The dispute over bussing services for Clarkston students was resolved after the board of education voted unanimously to lease school buses from Squire Commercial Equipment....more >>
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Remembering Shane Hrischuk

There's a hole in the heart of the Oxford community as a young life brimming with potential and talent was snuffed out much too early by suicide. Wildcat country is mourning the tragic loss of Shane Philip Hrischuk, an eighth-grader at Oxford Middle School who shot himself at his home Jan....more >>
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Brothers make bracelets to raise funds, honor memory

A trio of Oxford brothers are doing what they can to honor a deceased student's memory and help his grieving family by making and selling a very unique fashion accessory. Over the last week, Zack, Brendin and Joe Floyd have been hard at work producing paracord bracelets that memorialize Shane Hrischuk, an Oxford Middle School eighth-grader who committed suicide last week....more >>

Dealing with the loss of Shane

Oxford Community Schools indicated that administrators, grief counselors, social workers and clergy volunteers have spent a lot of time at the middle school working with staff, students and parents regarding Shane Hrischuk's death....more >>

Body of missing man found in woods

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies identified the body of a John Doe found in the wooded area of S. Lapeer Rd. and Manitou Lane as that of an Oxford Township resident who went missing the day after Thanksgiving....more >>

Burglar grabs guns, jewelry in Addison

Saturday was not a good day for one Addison Township resident. On January 28, Oakland County Sheriff's deputies in Addison Twp. responded to the scene of a home invasion in the 900 block of Pinewood....more >>
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Funds needed for kids dance program

Jonelle Pariseau has a lifelong passion for dance and she wishes to share it with children and teens who want to experience it all from practice to performance, but don't have the financial means to make their dream come true....more >>

Village chosen for county pilot program

Oxford Village was one of five communities selected last week to participate in Oakland County's "One Stop Ready" pilot, a new economic development program. "I think it says that the county realizes the value of our village and our township, and that they see, as we see, the potential for growth," said Oxford Village Councilman Kevin Stephison, who also serves as chairman of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA)....more >>

Weckle offers to buy village lands for $35K

Oxford Village started out looking for a real estate broker to list some vacant municipal-owned properties and ended up finding a potential buyer. Council last week voted 3-0 to refer two purchase proposals for 23 Stanton St....more >>

Council OKs parking, ordinance violation bureaus, sets fines

The power to write tickets and collect fines locally was granted last week by the Oxford Village Council. In separate 3-0 votes, council approved ordinance amendments establishing a parking violations bureau and an ordinance violations bureau, each complete with its own schedule of fines for violators (see public notices on Page 23)....more >>

Banning MM dispensaries subject of Feb. 14 hearing

A public hearing on proposed ordinance language that would effectively ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the Village of Oxford will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 within the council chambers at 22 W....more >>

Cable proposal rubs councilman wrong way

At least one member of the Oxford Village Council is not pleased with a proposal to change the voting composition and funding requirements associated with the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission....more >>
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POH-Oxford is now called McLaren Oakland

POH Regional Medical Center Oxford Campus (385 N. Lapeer Rd.) has a new name, but the same terrific care everyone expects. It's now called McLaren Oakland. "The name is different but patients will get the same great care they've come to expect," said Kevin Tompkins, vice president of marketing for McLaren Health Care....more >>

'Queen of the Blues' Alberta Adams coming to Oxford library

The Oxford Public Library will welcome Detroit's undisputed Queen of the Blues, Alberta Adams, for a special concert on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. Born July 26, 1917, Adams celebrated her 94th birthday last year....more >>
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Vino tasting a hit!

he vino flowed as the snow fell Sunday afternoon during the Oxford Women's Club's 8th Annual Wine Tasting at the Addison Oaks Conference Center. Approximately 150 folks attended the event, which gave them the opportunity to sample a variety of fine wines from around the globe while enjoying a sumptious buffet prepared by the Addison Oaks kitchen staff....more >>
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1952: Elizabeth becomes Queen of England after her father, King George VI, dies.
1962: The U.S. Defense Department reports the creation of the Military Assistance Command in South Vietnam.
1965: South Vietnamese bomb the North Vietnamese communications center at Vinh Linh.
1971: South Vietnamese ground forces, backed by American air power, begin Operation Lam Son 719, a 17,000 man incursion into Laos that ends three weeks later in a disaster.
1990: CBS television temporarily suspends Andy Rooney for his anti-gay and ant-black remarks in a magazine interview.