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Prevention efforts continue

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Staff Writer The fight against suicide continued in Lake Orion last Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the School Board building in the wake of yet another life lost....more >>

Bald Eagle gracing the skies over Lake Orion

Let freedom ring! Recently the nation's fine-feathered friend, and symbol of freedom has been seen winging it over the waters of Lake Orion. We were alerted to this avian oddity via The Review's Facebook page by local Lisa Satko-Zsenyuk....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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Former Quarterback speaks on mental health

By Olivia Shumaker Special to the Review Eric Hipple, Detroit Lions quarterback through all of the 1980s, came to Lake Orion on Thursday, February 16, not to talk football, but rather about more serious issues close to his heart: mental health and suicide prevention....more >>
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New Orion Art Center Director will use art to communicate and bond with community

Former Orion Art Center Director Reggie Harrison's vacant position was officially filled, yet while the new director has a number of promising ideas, she's aiming for a greater approach to the Orion Art Center's involvement in the community....more >>
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Romito: Teacher of the Year

By Olivia Schumaker Special to the Review Earlier this month, Lake Orion High School social studies teacher Tom Romito was named Teacher of the Year by his colleagues and students at the high school....more >>

Brief - Village Manager evaluation

In 2009, the Lake Orion Village Council adopted the evaluation process for the Village Manager, including a performance evaluation form. This was intended to allow the manager to be reviewed by Council in February of each year....more >>

Brief - Greens Park Hours

At the January Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting the committee made a motion to add days that Greens Park would be open to the general public. The recommendation was made to open Greens Park, from dusk to dawn during the winter season - third Sunday in October to the third Saturday in April....more >>

Brief - Township sets dates for Board of Review

Don't like your taxes? The 2012 Orion Township has set its Board of Review meetnig dates. The meetings are at the Orion Township Hall, 2525 Joslyn Road. The meetings are March 6 thru March 16....more >>

News Briefs


Blood drive From 1-7 p.m., March 8, Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St., will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive. Each donation saves up to three lives. If your last donation was on or before Jan....more >>
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Voter's Guide: 51st House of Representatives

Democrat Name: Steve Losey Age: 46 Years residing in the 51st District: Linden resident since 2002 (10 years). Education: BS and MA from Eastern Michigan University. Occupation: Special education teacher - Redford Union Schools....more >>
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If I had $100...

Toni Schlaire's Oaktree Elementary Kindergarten class recently marked the 100th day of school by answering the question: "What would you buy with $100?" "I would buy 100 match box cars....more >>


Brandon bus inspection

Brandon Twp.- The school district recently received an "excellent" bus inspection report. The Michigan State Police conducts bus inspections annually of every district in the state and the results of Brandon's inspection this month found only three red tags....more >>


Groveland Township to be debt-free in 2012-13 budget

Groveland Twp.- When the township hammers out a budget this spring a major item will be missing. Debt. Township Supervisor Bob DePalma said that part of the 2012-13 budget will include paying down about $206,000 in pension funding through the Michigan Employees' Retirement System (MERS)....more >>


Township OKs insurance withholding program

Atlas Twp.- Cleaning up after a house fire may soon be a sure thing for township residents. On Monday night, the board of trustees voted 5-0 to withhold township 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 >>
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Remembering 70 years together

Atlas Twp.- Sam and Katie Bickley are celebrating a milestone this year that very few couples will ever achieve— 70 years of marriage. The township residents were given special recognition Feb....more >>
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Goodrich Cheer to compete in districts

The Goodrich competitive cheer team finished third in Division 3 districts competition at Capac High School on Feb. 18. Richmond won the title and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep finished second ahead of Goodrich....more >>


Board moves on anti-bullying policy

Brandon Twp.- Bullying of students in the district will not be tolerated. While the district had a strong anti-bullying policy in place, a new policy that conforms to state requirements is even more specific about the process that will be used to address reported incidents and communication with parents about the policy and incidents, said Superintendent Lorrie McMahon....more >>
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Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville kick-off party

Julie Graveldinger doesn't know anyone, regardless of age, whose life has not been touched by cancer. What she does know is how to fight back against the disease and she invites the community to learn how at the Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville Kick-Off Party, planned for 6:30 p....more >>


Township voters to decide new state representative Tuesday

Atlas Twp.- Last November local voters narrowly recalled State Representative Paul Scott from office—now it's time to find a replacement. On Feb. 28 township voters will choose a candidate from among three parties to fulfill a partial term for the 51st district that will end Jan....more >>


Owner: 'State could find campground in violation'

Brandon Twp.- Michaelann Neadow is worried she is going to lose her state campground license. If that happens, says the owner of the Clearwater Campground, 1140 S. Ortonville Road, she is not the only one who will lose....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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Love endures for local couple

It was love at first sight for Jerry Olson, seeing Margaret, his future wife for the first time in 1959. "She was extremely attractive, very well put together," said Jerry, describing their first meeting at a college dance in St....more >>

Gag rule?

Limits on school board comments draw fire, questions

Folks are fired up about last week's school board meeting, which ended with a lawyer addressing Clarkston School Board members on what to say and when. "As an American this makes me mad as hell," said Michael Powell of Independence Township....more >>
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Scholars on a national scale

Clarkston High School students Nicholas Dahl, Hannah Frame, Kyle Gruebnau, Melissa Pavlik, and Andrew Salada are amongst about 8,400 National Merit Finalists in the nation. "I'm so excited – I couldn't be more thrilled," Pavlik said....more >>

Teacher's legacy lives on

Former Clarkston music teacher Grayce Warren passed from this life to the next on Jan. 28 at age 68, but the legacy she left behind will live on. "It's too bad her life was short, but what she left behind was certainly a treasured trove of knowledge and standards," said long time friend and co-worker Barbara ("Ma") Gibson....more >>
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High-tech archaeology

For Michael Stafford of Clarkston, director of Cranbrook Institute of Science, the trick to examining centuries-old artifacts is to look inside without opening them up. Dr. Shivajee Nallamothu of Clarkston could help with that, working with McLaren-Oakland hospital's radiology department in Pontiac for some community assistance....more >>
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Creative fight against breast cancer

BY TREVOR TURNER Special to the Clarkston News Local friends decided to team up to create a calendar in support of breast cancer. Jordan May of Clarkston was the brains behind the operation when he thought of making a calendar themed, Breads 4 Breast....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Young atists win awards

Three Clarkston High School students were honored with Excellence in Visual Arts awards at the Southeastern Michigan Regional competition, Feb. 11. Awards received by Erika Snoeyink include Silver Key, Painting; Certificate, Painting; Certificate, Printmaking; Certificate, Design; Certificate, Painting....more >>
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Heartfelt day

The mailboxes on each student's desk were filled at Clarkston Elementary. Students read through them during the Valentine's Day celebrations, Feb. 14. They also enjoyed nutritious and some not-so-nurtritious treats....more >>
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Hearts open for families in need

Wendy and Bob Schaffer of Independence Township opened their home, Feb. 9, for the annual Open Your Heart fund-raising event to benefit Lighthouse of Oakland County. The evening included a strolling buffet, cocktails and entertainment by Tony Vitale and B & B....more >>

New postings at Clarkston State Bank

Clarkston State Bank welcomes Robert F. Grant as executive vice president and senior lender, filling a key position for the bank. Grant brings with him broad experience and knowledge in the commercial lending and credit disciplines His more than 30 years of banking experience is highlighted by his appointment to regional president at TCF Bank in 2008 after heading up their commercial banking discipline in 2005....more >>

Grand re-opening

Kumon of Clarkston Math and Reading Center will celebrate a Grand Opening at their new location at 6325E Sashabaw Rd. March 1, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. There will also be Open House on Friday, March 2 from 3 p....more >>

Enter Optimists Oratorical contest

The Clarkston Area Optimists' Club announces the Optimist International Oratorical contest for 2012 . The contest is open to sixth through ninth graders who attend schools in the Clarkston area....more >>

Toothbrushes for Haiti

Ever since Kelly Eberhardt has been going to Haiti to help provide medical relief after the 2010 earthquake, her mom Carol has always wanted to help make a difference. "I don't know what made me think about this but all of the sudden it hit me," Carol said ....more >>

News Briefs

Bird watchers count 66 species at lakes

More than 50 volunteers counted 22,735 birds of 66 species in the 112th annual Christmas Bird Count, one of the oldest conservation events in the world. Three American Bald Eagles were spotted near Independence Oaks and Addison Oaks county parks....more >>

Root rock at Carrick concert

Carrick House Concerts welcomes Dave Boutette of Ann Arbor and the six-piece group Mike Mangione & the Union, playing roots rock music, 4 p.m., March 4. Admission is $15 donation – all goes to the performers....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "M-15 widening gets support" After years of discussion of making M-15 safer, another idea was being explored to widen it from two lanes to a parkway design. The design would be four lanes and a boulevard, from Cranberry Lake to Seymour Lake roads....more >>
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The agony and the ecstacy

Oxford firefighters Mike Upshur (left) and Alan Adorjan took a break from saving homes and lives last week to pound down a platter of 120 buffalo wings at the Oxford Tap. Turn to the back page and find out why....more >>

DDA presented with $4.66M streetscape plan

$4.66 million. That's how much the total estimated cost is to revamp and improve a large portion of downtown Oxford's streetscape to make it more attractive, more identifiable, more pedestrian-friendly and hopefully, calm the large volume of traffic on M-24....more >>

New estimate

Free wireless internet for downtown Oxford could be here by June

The wait for free wireless internet service in downtown Oxford is going to be a while longer. According to a Feb. 20 e-mail from David Simmet, vice president of operations for the Frankenmuth-based Air Advantage, it could be here by June....more >>

Suicide forum discusses causes, prevention

When Dave Opalewski asked a group of Oxford Middle School eighth-graders what message they would like him to give their parents, a boy stood up and said, "Would you ask our parents to spend more time with us?" "That about broke my heart," said Opalewski, who hosted the Feb....more >>

Missouri man seeks class ring's owner

It started out as a great bargain at a yard sale, but now it's turned into something of a personal quest for Frank Fogg. The 63-year-old resident of Joplin, Missouri is looking for the original owner of a 1978 class ring from Indianwood Christian Academy, which used to operate in Oxford Township....more >>

Public a no-show at hearing regarding potential ban on MM dispensaries

What if you held a public hearing and nobody came? That's exactly what happened to the Oxford Village Council last week as it conducted a public hearing concerning a proposed zoning ordinance amendment that would effectively prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries within the village limits because the drug is illegal under federal law....more >>

Council delays decision on potential village land sales

A local developer's plan to purchase two parcels of land owned by the Village of Oxford was put on hold last week as officials decided to take some time studying the issue and determining how best to proceed....more >>
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DDA director opens home to Chinese student

Ask and you shall receive. The Leader sent out a request via its Facebook page asking if any host families for the 39 Chinese students that visited Oxford for two weeks would like to come forward and share their experiences....more >>

Village wants to give schools, library shared vote on cable board

The debate over how the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission should look continued last week as the Oxford Village Council made its own recommendation. Council voted unanimously to recommend the commission become a five-member board with one vote each for Oxford Township, Oxford Village, Addison Township and Leonard Village, plus a voting seat representing both Oxford Community Schools and the Oxford Public Library....more >>
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OHS grad packs a punch (and kick) as MMA fighter

Chris Moore might only be 145 pounds, but he knows how to throwdown when he steps inside the mixed martial arts cage. Moore, a 1993 graduate of Oxford High School, has been climbing up the ranks of the mixed martial arts world since he first began competing in the sport five years ago as an amateur fighter....more >>

Firefighters feast on buffalo wings, village cops

It was greasy, messy and frankly, pretty disgusting, but in the end, it was for a good cause and heck of a lot of fun. Last week, three Oxford firefighters took on three Oxford Village cops in a no-holds-barred buffalo wing eating contest at the Oxford Tap (36 S....more >>
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Born November 29th
1898: C.S. Lewis, Christian writer.
1900: Mildred Elizabeth Sisk, aka Axis Sally, Nazi propagandist.
1908: Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., politician and Civil Rights leader.
1911: Konrad Fuchs, German atomic physicist.
1918: Madeleine L'Engle, writer (A Wrinkle in Time).
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in history
1948: The popular children's television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, premieres.
1949: The United States announces it will conduct atomic tests at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1961: NASA launches a chimpanzee named Enos into Earth orbit. Mercury Orbits the Earth.
1962: Algeria bans the Communist Party.
1963: President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints Chief Justice Earl Warren head of a commission to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy.