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Lady Dragons grind out wins

Senior Marisa Secontine, Lake Orion's leading scorer averaging 12 points per game, drives the lane against Birmingham Groves. The Lady Dragons won, 38-33, and outlasted Farmington later in the week, raising their winning streak to four games and keeping them in the league race....more >>
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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 >>

Township Board changes auditor

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Orion Township is switching its auditing firm, with Plymouth-based Post, Smythe, Lutz & Ziel replacing Plante Moran, its auditor for the past 12 years....more >>


District seeks millage renewal

Voters in the Brandon School District will more than likely see a request for a non-homestead millage renewal on the ballot this November and a few years from now, voters may be asked to approve a sinking fund millage....more >>


Artistic endeavor: Brandon students tops in art competition

Brandon students received nine awards in the 2012 Southeast Michigan Regional Scholastic Art competition, including two gold keys, the highest recognition possible in the contest. Brandon Middle School eighth grade student Courtney Hutchison received a gold key in printmaking for her piece entitled "Boy," the first time a BMS student has received the top award....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 >>

Warm winter explained

"Better late then never" is a term many would not apply to winter's late arrival in Lake Orion, but the snowy season seems to have finally arrived. The cause of the delay is not common knowledge....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 >>
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Zoolkoski named state's top middle school teacher

By Joe St. Henry Review Editor Earlier this month, Oakview Middle School seventh grade science teacher Carl Zoolkoski was named Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators....more >>

St. Joseph School kids "Stomp out cold feet"

By Corrina Huang Special Writer for The Review Students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Lake Orion recently volunteered their energy and talents to Stomp Out Cold Feet in Destination ImagiNation, a national non-profit organization that fosters creativity, problem solving and teamwork....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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Students sign for sports scholerships

Seniors Sean Charette, Haley Barnes and Katy Wagner signed letter of intent Feb. 1, committing to universities that they might continue their athletic careers. Charette opted to play football at Grand Valley State while Wagner and Barnes, both soccer players, chose Oakland University and Adrian College respectively....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 >>

Science grant for North Sashabaw

Mike Macy of Meemic Insurance presents a grant to Eric Yeloushan, science teacher at North Sashabaw Elementary, and Principal Tara Ouellette. "We try to make school as fun and exciting as we can, so we write education grants," Yeloushan said....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 >>
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Dragons dance at Disney World

The Lake Orion High School varsity dance team, pictured, finished strong this competitive season, reaching the semi-finals for both jazz and pom at the UDA National Dance Team Championship held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla, Feb....more >>

Tips for seniors: understanding Medicare and long-term care

Persons considering a sub-acute rehabilitation center or long-term care for a loved one or friend need to understand Medicare and its benefits. Judi Hyde, Medicare coordinator at the Lake Orion Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, provides the following tips: 1....more >>

Brief - Nominations sought

Orion Area Youth Assistance (OAYA) is looking for nominees for their 19th Annual Youth Recognition Awards to be held in the Lake Orion High School Performing Arts Center on April 26, 2012....more >>

Brief - Flood candidacy

Charter Township of Orion Trustee Michael Flood, Jr. announced last week his candidacy for re-election in the 2012 election this November. Flood was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June 2011 to replace the vacated seat of Trustee JoAnn Van Tassel, who was appointed Township Supervisor....more >>

Brief - Eagle Creek essayists

Eagle Creek Academy in Oakland Township was well represented in the 43rd annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. Three students, Samantha Rondeau, Andrew Abela and Alex O'Donnell, earned first, second and third place awards, respectively....more >>


Groveland man busted after cashing in

A Groveland Township man was arrested after victims of a home invasion spotted their missing jewelry at a local business just hours after it was stolen. Christopher Lee Lopez, 21, was arraigned Feb....more >>

Robert E. Weiss Outstanding Youth Award

Students at Goodrich High School are being recognized for their efforts in community service. Andi Trubiano, a GHS senior, was recently awarded the Robert E. Weiss Outstanding Youth Award for her work in community service on Feb....more >>
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'My Fair Lady'

BHS presents beloved musical Feb. 23-25

Brandon Twp.- Every year during auditions for the school musical, there are always one or two students that walk on stage for the first time and surprise Debbie Sebetic. "They try out and I think, 'Where have you been?'" said Sebetic, Brandon High School musical director....more >>


Village opts for fire insurance withholding

Goodrich- On Monday night, the village council voted 4-0 to pass a resolution that would withhold village residents' insurance money in escrow from casualty losses including fire or explosion to repair, replace or remove damaged structures that may violate local codes....more >>


Help for Village of Ortonville homes needing repair

Ortonville- A broken water heater. A septic system failure. A home in dire need of updates to the electrical system. These expensive emergency repairs can be devastating, but three village residents were able to get help in the form of $1,000 grants when each of them were faced with the above disasters....more >>


Woolley to serve 18 years after CSC plea

A 56-year-old former Brandon Township resident will serve at least 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child repeatedly in the township over the course of five years. John Edward Woolley pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual conduct, first degree, on Feb....more >>


Village council, resident, county at odds over drain, flooded home

Goodrich- It's been more than seven months since a July storm dumped about five inches of rain on the area, overwhelming a century-old county drain and releasing thousands of gallons of water into Terese Allen's Ridge Road home....more >>
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May I have this dance?

Megan Zabinski and her father, Bradley, dance to "Butterfly Kisses" at the Daddy Daughter dance held at Clarkston High School last Saturday....more >>
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Prizes aplenty for 'first' baby of year

Adrian and Melissa Aninos' son Aiden Christopher Aninos was born three days too late for a 2011 tax break. But the Independence Township couple's first child was born just in time to win the Clarkston News' First Baby of 2012 Contest, winning an array of prizes from local businesses....more >>
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Talks continue on school bond

The school bond proposal is still on the table. Clarkston School Board members discussed ballot language, specific projects, and even moving the election to August or November at the Feb....more >>

Discipline delayed for Michael Clark

Whether or not Independence Township Deputy Supervisor Mike Clark will be disciplined is still up in the air. Trustees want to punish Clark for disrupting a closed session, Dec. 20....more >>

No re-election for Rosso

Larry Rosso said at the Feb. 7 meeting, he would step down from the Independence Township Board of Trustees after 16 years. "There is a time for everything and this time I think it's time to kind of retire from a township elected office and get some new people filling in on this board," he said....more >>
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Students learn, teach at Funshine

BY COLLEEN NAPIER Special to the Clarkston News Did you know Funshine's Early Childhood Center has a location at Clarkston High School? This unique program allows high students enrolled in Child Development classes to interact and be part of the preschool students' day....more >>
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Community rallies around local boy

The community's continued support for local student Ryan Kennedy stuns his mother Kimberly. "I am incredibly honored," she said. "To witness not only North Sashabaw Elementary, but the entire Clarkston School District and community step in and help has been overwhelming....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Role-model students honored

Clarkston Optimist Club presented Student Citizen of the Month awards to Bailey Lake Elementary fourth grader Lexi Ferguson and Lauren Pletcher, student at Clarkston Elementary. "I just enjoy each day, the teachers are so nice," Pletcher said....more >>
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To the fair, to the fair

Slushy and snowy roads could not deter Springfield Plains Elementary students and their families from enjoying the school fair, Feb. 11. They played games and showed off their skills in golf, football and if they could conquer several challenges in a minute....more >>
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Ready to run

Jose Aliaga kicked off his candidacy for Independence Township trustee with a swanky fund raiser at the home of his friends, Dr. Shivajee and Terri Nallamothu, Jan. 26. Guests included local and state-level government and business leaders....more >>
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Caring for kids

The hallways were quiet as Pine Knob Elementary students were busy creating projects for the children at Promise Village, Feb. 10. Each grade level made something different during their Academic Service Learning project, called Kids Caring for Kids....more >>

News Briefs

Superintendent post permanent

Independence Township board voted 5-1 to make Bart Clark the permenant Township Superintendent. Clark had been a temporary for the past three months. Trustee Mark Petterson voted "no....more >>

Clarkston history with Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad historian Rochelle E. Danquah will discuss local contributions to the Underground Railroad movement at a free event sponsored by the Clarkston Community Historical Society, 7 p....more >>

Team RUSH open house

Team RUSH, Clarkston High School's robotics team will unveil its latest robot at their open house, Monday at 6 p.m. The robot was built in six weeks to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition game this year, called Rebound Rumble....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Architects hired for Phase III" The project was to build a new elementary school, additions and renovations at existing schools, moving adult education to the current Clarkston Middle School, renovations at Sashabaw Middle School, and moving Clarkston Middle School to the current high school....more >>
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Out of my way!

OHS Junior Rob Norfolk takes it to the air during Friday night's Winterfest game against Birmingham Groves. The Wildcats won 54-50. For the game story, please see Page 13. At halftime, OHS seniors Marshall Versteeg and Cassie Edgemon were crowned the Winterfest King and Queen....more >>

MEAP results mixed bag

The district's MEAP scores came in Tuesday morning with a mixed bag of results. According to Dr. James Schwarz, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Oxford Community Schools, the district saw proficiency scores decrease across all grade levels in math, writing and social studies, while reading and science proficiency scores varied depending on grade level....more >>
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FD rescues skater who fell through ice

A 62-year-old Oxford man is fortunate to be alive thanks to the community's highly-trained fire department. A pleasant morning skate around the frozen Eden Lake located between Watersedge Ct....more >>
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Drug offers hope for CF patients like dentist's son

Oxford dentist Dr. Paul Ferri is cautiously optimistic about a new drug called Kalydeco which he hopes will one day help his young son Tyler win his battle against Cystic Fibrosis (CF)....more >>

Ordinance addition aimed at electric vehicles

Electric vehicles are coming and Oxford Township wants to be prepared for their arrival. That's why township officials are looking to incorporate language concerning electric vehicle charging stations into the municipality's zoning ordinance....more >>

MDOT may I?

Twp. seeks direction from state if new gateway signs possible

Oxford Township might be in the market for some new gateway signs along M-24, but first it needs to get some direction from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as to what could be allowed and where....more >>

Twp. okays cable proposal

A proposal to change the voting composition of the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission was okayed last week by the Oxford Township Board. Officials voted 6-1 to approve a recommendation that the cable commission consist of two representatives for Oxford Township and one each for Addison Township, Oxford Village and the Village of Leonard....more >>
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Christmas in Action to help Leonard senior citizen

The spirit of giving is alive and well in the Village of Leonard. On April 28, one very lucky Leonard senior citizen living on Forest St. will be receiving free home repairs thanks to the Northeast Oakland Chapter of Christmas in Action....more >>
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Seniors celebrate V-Day in style!

ence Village of Waterstone as residents celebrated Valentine's Day Feb. 14. The seniors enjoyed a sumptuous buffet filled with both sweet and savory items, live musical entertainment and lavish decorations....more >>
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1950: UN troops begin an assault into the rest of North Korea, hoping to end the Korean War by Christmas. A Fresh Perspective.
1961: The United Nations adopts bans on nuclear arms over American protests.
1963: Jack Ruby fatally shoots the accused assassin of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, in the garage of the Dallas Police Department.
1977: Greece announces the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
1979: The United States admits that thousands of troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange. Defoliation.