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30 years of Cook's Farm Dairy

In 1933 Clark Miller had a choice. Stay in Clarkston and work for his father, Ben Miller, at a Ford dealership he owned located on Main Street in the downtown area, or move north to a farm in Brandon Township....more >>
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Man's best friends enjoy the nice weather, too!

Bowie (left) and Izzie romp around Orion Oaks Dog Park on Feb. 4. With temperatures in the 40s and plenty of blue sky, a number of pets and their owners alike enjoyed the snow-free weekend, as this winter's unusually mild weather continued....more >>
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Driver killed in crash with school bus

A Springfield Township woman was killed when her minivan crashed with a Waterford Schools bus, 7:30 a.m., Feb. 9. According to sheriff's reports, the bus was turning onto Big Lake Road from northbound Dixie Highway, just south of I-75....more >>
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Drunk driver had no valid driver's license for nearly 20 years

An Ortonville man who turned his car upside down in a swamp next to M-15 in December was driving with a blood alcohol content of .20 percent, two-and-a-half times the legal limit, and hasn't had a valid driver's license in nearly 20 years....more >>


Brandon accredited by QAR

Brandon Twp.- Applause erupted and cheers were heard, if not the sighs of relief, as Richard Schoonover announced that he and the rest of the AdvancED Quality Assurance Review team would be recommending accreditation for the Brandon School District....more >>


'Sharin' o' the green' donor ups ante to $3,000 for OCEF

Finding a four-leafed clover is believed to be lucky. The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund has found some good fortune as they prepare for the annual "Sharin' o' the green." For the fourth year in a row, an anonymous donor has challenged the community to participate in "Sharin' o' the green," offering to match community donations to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund food pantry....more >>

Lake Orion experiences restaurant boom

The area in and around downtown Lake Orion is now a more diverse place to eat. Over the last two months, two new restaurants have opened, with another reopening its doors, along the M-24 corridor, providing even more food choices to the people of the township....more >>
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'I'm not leaving— they'd have to carry me out'

Brandon Twp.- Jim Cartwright says he and his wife, Jessie, will not move from their home in the Clearwater Campground, regardless of what a judge rules on March 16. "I'm not leaving— they'd have to carry me out," said Cartwright this week....more >>

Parents give input on principal search

A small, but vocal group of Lake Orion parents met with Larry Lobert, assistant superintendent of human resources for the school district, on February 2 to discuss what they would like to see in the new high school principal....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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No snow, no problem at Mt. Holly

Groveland Twp.-It's all about perception so far this winter. That's how Mark Tibbitts, general manager at Mt. Holly Ski Resort, views the mild winter season that some would view as detrimental to snow enthusiasts....more >>


Burkhardt pleads no contest to indecent exposure

A former church youth leader who exposed himself to children at a Brandon Township campground will serve one year in jail and five years of probation under terms of his plea agreement....more >>
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Orion High School graduates start theatre group

Three Lake Orion High School graduates are taking it upon themselves to offer the community a theatrical outlet, with a new company started soon after their high school careers. Tahra Gribbin, August Lyle (2011 graduates) and John Muenz (2010 graduate) - all Oakland University freshmen - started The Great Lakes Community Players (GLCP), along with Troy High School graduate Dean Krokos and East Side Anchor Bay High School graduate Cooper Nicholas....more >>


Mentors Plus program

Mary Stayton knew when she retired as clerk for the Brandon Alternative High School program that she would miss working with kids. The mom of four children and grandmother of nine grandsons loves children....more >>
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She knows how to pick'em

Kayla Lawrence has picked a rather unique hobby. The banjo. The 13-year-old seventh grader at Goodrich Middle School started playing the banjo a year and a half ago and joined fellow pickers in the Flint Banjo Club....more >>

Local lady rally racers making mark on men's sport

The world of auto racing has seen very few female drivers make a significant impact on the sport. Only with the recent success of Indy Racing League/NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, the sport has mostly been dominated by male drivers going full throttle and racing for the win....more >>

New Bald Mountain supervisor brings new ideas

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Over the past 20 years, countless neighborhoods, schools and businesses have sprouted around Bald Mountain Recreation Area in Lake Orion. Despite the development, new Park Supervisor Andrew Cole is glad the 4,500 acres of state land have maintained their natural beauty and remained a "gem" in the community....more >>

News Briefs


Coffee hour At 9 a.m., Feb. 24, The Citizen newspaper staff hosts a coffee hour a The Citizen office, 12 South St. Come join us for treats and conversation. Donations for the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund are accepted....more >>


Local rides at Autorama

In 1998 Brandon Township resident Gary Singles had a rare find. "I noticed the 55 Chevy with 39,000 miles on it a construction worker had near the Great Lakes Crossing," said Singles, who retired from General Motors after 18 years....more >>

Brief - Correction

The Review incorrectly placed a photo of the recently deceased Melvin L. Lambert in the Feb. 1 obituaries. We regret the error and are reprinting both obituaries that ran last week in this issue of the newspaper....more >>

Brief - Forensics team

Lake Orion High School's forensics team claimed third place at its first competition of the season in Anchor Bay on Feb. 4. Finalists included Anthony Mandalari, storytelling; Breanna James, oratory; Steven Graves, storytelling; Shayda Soraya, sales 9/10; Samantha Weaver, sales; Katie Grantham first place in poetry; and Will Mason, first place in informative....more >>

Brief - Ball leagues

The Lake Orion Youth Baseball and Girls Softball Leagues will be hosting walk-in registration on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the high school's pool lobby (upper level)....more >>

Brief - GM award

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently renewed the Clean Corporate Citizen designation of the General Motors - Orion Assembly facility. According to the DEQ, the plant continues to "exemplify corporate environmental responsibility" through its efforts to maintain the state's environmental resources....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 >>


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 >>
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Time to get loud!

Kruse OK'd for Deer Lake Inn

Kruse and Muer Oakland County restaurant is set to move into the former Deer Lake Inn on Dixie Highway after unanimous approval by Independence Township Board. Casey and Alex Kruse stood before the township board, Jan 31, to request transfer of ownership....more >>

Councilman resigns

City Council has a vacancy after the Feb. 1 resignation of Councilman Chuck Inabnit. Inabnit served on the council for five years, but due to personal reasons had to resign. "I had to concentrate more on my family," he said....more >>

Wallace sets sight on supervisor seat

Independence Township Trustee Neil Wallace denied a request to resign and instead will run for supervisor in 2012. "I've given it some thought and as a result of that call, I've made the determination and I intend to win to be the next township supervisor," Wallace said at the Jan....more >>


Officials still see need for cityhood

When disussing the dissolution of the City of the Village of Clarkston, City Councilman Richard Bisio and Mayor Joe Luginski stand for local control. "That, I think, is the bottom line," Bisio said....more >>


Elections season starts for clerk

It was standing room only at Election Inspector Training, Jan. 28 in Township Hall. "Training took about one hour and half," said Independence Township Clerk Barbara Pallotta. "Some of the inspectors stayed afterward to play with equipment and become comfortable with it....more >>
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Seminars look to bring Good Girls back

In the face of media celebration of bad girls stands local resident Chelsea Gheesling. She recently started Good Girl Comeback, a series of conferences for teenage girls, emphasizing self esteem, modesty, and morality....more >>
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'Belly Button Love': a children's book

The humble belly button finally gets some respect, in local author Kelly Hagen's new book, "Belly Button Love." "People don't think usually about it my publisher said this will change how people look at their belly button," said Hagen, Independence Township resident....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Living history lesson

Clarkston Junior High students spent a day learning about World War II, Feb. 1, talking to veterans who fought and civilians who just survived. "The kids asked many questions they wanted to know who I was afraid of more, the Americans or Germans," said Maria Rotondo-Mark, who was a child in war-torn Italy....more >>
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Chasing dreams with 'Millie'

Millie Dillmount follows her dreams to New York City in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," presented by the Clarkston High School Drama Club, Feb. 16-18. "Millie is the classic, strong 1920s new woman," said Mason Van Gieson, stepping into the role as Millie....more >>
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Song to help

Over 20 acts peformed during the first annual C Factor, Jan. 31 at Clarkston Junior High School Performing Arts Center. They sang, danced and rocked with their bands to not only show off their talent but also raise money for The Rainbow Connection, Oakland Care House, and Jimmy V Foundation....more >>
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Boat on the ice rink

Roger Diederich takes his radio controlled boat out for a spin on the new ice rink in Depot Park, rendered a bit watery in the recent thaw. He is a member of the Clarkston Optimists Club, which installed the rink a couple weeks ago in cooler weather....more >>
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Eagles in full play

Andersonville Elementary students, along with their families and friends, smiled as they went from game to game during their school fair on Feb. 3. Besides playing games, they also enjoyed taking a chance at the Cake Walk to win a delicious dessert....more >>
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Pop it and lock it

The Jungle helped out their Varsity Pom Pom team during their half time dance on Friday night. They synced their rollercoaster movements to the dance team's moves. Check out the girls next dance, Feb....more >>

News Briefs

Community awards

Nominations are open for this year's Clarkston Community Awards. Categories are Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year, Adult-Youth Volunteer, Business Person of the Year, Community Beautification/Preservation, Community Enhancement, and Community Collaboration....more >>

Kindergarten info

Parent are invited to attend Kindergarten Information Night on Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Community Room at the Administration Office, 6389 Clarkston Road. Children turning 5 years old on or before Dec....more >>

New tractor buy

Independence Township Board voted 4-1 for Parks and Recreation to purchase a new tractor with a front-end loader from Carleton Equipment for approximately $16,000. Trustee Mark Petterson voted "no....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Some good news on new high school" When bids opened on the new high school, to be built on Flemings Lake Road, one major package came in $800,000 under budget....more >>
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Stop that turkey!

Conservation Officer Brandon Kieft, of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, tries to capture a wild turkey that's been causing all sorts of problems and laughs along Seymour Lake Rd....more >>

Gymnastics coach accused of sexually assaulting girl,14

A 24-year-old gymnastics/tumbling coach is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female Jan. 25 in the parking lot of Great Lakes Elite (GLE) Gymnastics & Cheer (715 N. Lapeer Rd....more >>
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Rogue turkey eludes authorities, vexes drivers

Everyone's heard of a wild goose chase, but what about a wild turkey chase? That's exactly what happened last week on Seymour Lake Rd. as employees from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with some citizen volunteers, were unsuccessful in their attempts to capture a jake a juvenile male wild turkey who's become infamous for causing traffic problems in the area between Sanders and Coats roads....more >>
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Who's right? Tutor or Punxsutawney Phil?

Llama says early spring coming!

Who needs meteorologists with fancy degrees or high-priced Doppler radar systems when you've got a fuzzy llama who's able to predict the weather? From his comfortable home at Windstar Farm (2065 W....more >>
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'4,600 volts couldn't stop this man from Oxford'

Life and times of prominent local businessman profiled in new book

The grand story of America is made up of millions of smaller stories about self-made men who pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps in true Horatio Alger fashion. One of those stories involves a man whose path to success included surviving electrocution by 4,600 volts....more >>

MDOT gives blessing to proposed M-24 improvements

A list of proposed improvements for a stretch of M-24, just north of the Village of Oxford, received the Michigan Department of Transportation's official blessing in a Jan. 27 letter....more >>

Having to declare a party upsets some voters, clerks say

Some local voters are pretty upset about Michigan's Feb. 28 presidential primary, but it's not who's on the ballot that's got them riled up, it's what they must do in order to vote....more >>
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Toddler time is fun time at the library

If you're a fun-loving kid, the Oxford Public Library is the place to be every Tuesday at 11 a.m. for Toddler Time. That's when toddlers (ages 24 to 35 months) get to enjoy storytime, singing, dancing and plenty of other fun and educational activities....more >>
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