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Cast your vote!

It's that time again, and amid the hubbub and confusion brought on by a presidential primary, often the men and woman who run the machines themselves are forgotten. Here, Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults teaches a group of interested citizens how to run the many voting devices that will be utilized for the election....more >>

Petty cash sparks audit debate

While the cash is petty, the debate between Township Clerk Penny Shults and Township Treasurer Alice Young which sparked at the Feb. 21 Orion Township meeting was not. The brief altercation rose due to a proposed change in what the the treasurer's office reimburses with their petty cash fund; a $100 balance that refills around two times annually....more >>
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Gift of good health given to nine-year-old

Olivia Shumaker Review Intern Last Friday Allison Stanley of Lake Orion turned nine years old and as a gift, received something that many people take for granted: good health. Yet for Stanley, a muscular dystrophy patient, good health is always an appreciated gift....more >>
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Orion student's art honored at regional level

By Tahra Gribbin Review Intern The Detroit-Based College for Creative Studies recently held it's yearly competition for talented youth where judges rate different art and writing pieces....more >>
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Lake Orion High Schooler accepted to West Point

By Joe St. Henry Special Writer for The Review Leading a varsity athletic team Qas its captain is quite an accomplishment for most students. But for Lake Orion senior Kaileen Tweedie, it is just a warm up for what is coming after lacrosse season and the end of high school....more >>

Downtown scores perfect 10 for national accreditation

Once again, downtown Oxford earned enough points to retain its status as a Nationally Accredited Main Street community. "Being a nationally accredited community could mean the difference between a developer choosing us over a community that's very similar, but not nationally accredited," said Madonna Van Fossen, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA)....more >>

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Man dies in Ortonville electrocution

Ortonville- A 50-year-old Clio man was killed in the village Thursday when a ladder he was attempting to move fell on a power line, electrocuting him. George Short was pronounced deceased March 1 at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc....more >>

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Briefs

Parents, Teens and Money Matters Ortonville- "Parents, Teens, and Money Matters," a financial workshop for tweens, teens, and their parents, is planned for 7 p.m.-8 p.m., March 7 at the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St....more >>

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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 donations to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund food pantry....more >>

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CreekFest to return; vendors wanted

Ortonville- CreekFest will be back in June and better than ever. The Downtown Development Authority announced last year that they would not sponsor CreekFest in 2012, choosing to focus funds elsewhere....more >>

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Santorum tops Romney in Brandon, Groveland townships

Election officials were pleased with voter turnout in both Brandon and Groveland townships for Tuesday's primary election. In Brandon Township, 2,209 votes were cast in the presidential primary, 19....more >>

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Council approves more environmental study for property

Ortonville- The village council will continue to pursue the possible purchase of property at 255 Narrin St. for a potential waste water treatment facility. The council unanimously approved moving forward with a phase II environmental study after a phase I study found petroleum-based products and waste oil at the site....more >>
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Questions surround leave of absence for coach

Goodrich- Plenty of questions—few answers. On Monday night the regular school board of trustees meeting was moved to the middle school cafeteria to accommodate about 100 parents, teachers and students following a row allegedly between the school administration, boy's basketball coach Gary Barns, players and parents....more >>
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The art of laughter

Local Shriner Clown reflects on profession

Steve Gotham is a clown. And that's no joke. "I just always wanted to be a clown my whole life," said Gotham, 58, a Hadley Township resident. "When everything turns bad, laughter makes people feel better....more >>
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Ron Turnbull remembered as devoted to family, community

Ron Turnbull was remembered this week as a man committed to his family and Ortonville, the community he loved. Turnbull died Feb. 27. He was 78. "Ron was an outstanding individual, one of the few that you could totally depend upon," said Dean Salley, a long-time friend of Turnbull's who served with him on the board of the Ortonville Community Historical Society as well as the Ortonville Cemetery Association....more >>

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Graves wins 51st House

Atlas Twp.-In November, local voters narrowly recalled 51st House State Representative Paul Scott from office. On Tuesday, township voters chose Republican Joseph Graves to fulfill a partial term that will end Jan....more >>

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Consumers Energy ready to expand gas line through township

Brandon Twp.- Consumers Energy is offering township residents the option of natural gas. More than half the township depends on propane to heat their homes, as Consumers has gas main infrastructure in a limited area, concentrated in the southeast corner of the township along M-15 and parts of the northwest section....more >>
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Rescue me

Ortonville- About 4 million animals are euthanized at U.S. shelters every year, according to humanesociety.org. Liz Waters is doing her best to save animals locally and with that goal in mind she, along with Heidi Barckholtz and Denise Vanden Bossche, recently founded Ortonville Dog Rescue....more >>

Brief - St. Joseph athletic program

Members of St. Joseph Parish in the fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate in the St. Joseph CYO Athletic Program. Boys are invited to play football, basketball and baseball....more >>

Brief - Lake Orion shows some LOve

Starting March 1, 2012 and running through March 16, a group of Lake Orion juniors will be selling t-shirts with all proceeds going towards the North Oakland Community Coalition and earmarked for suicide prevention/mental health initiatives inthe Lake Orion community....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>
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Stars on stage

From left, Rebecca Luis, Jacqueline Dunahay, and Elyse Kalinowski perform Taylor Swift's hit "You Belong with Me" at Bailey Lake Elementary's talent show last Friday night at Clarkston Junior High School....more >>
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One hour to feed thousands

An hour's enough to make a difference in thousands of lives Clarkston students are ready to prove it. Students in Clarkston High School's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club are organizing the first annual Kids Against Hunger, March 10....more >>

90 day suspension for Mike Clark

Mike Clark, Independence Township deputy supervisor, has 90 days to think about township closed sessions. Trustees suspended Clark for 90 days, directing him "to refrain from coming on any township property except for publicly available areas unless requested by the HR director or designate and the suspension will not limit his attendance at public meetings....more >>

No permanent placement for public comments

Public comments at Independence Township Board meetings are back up front, though not officially. Treasurer Curt Carson's motion to move public comment to the top of the agenda permanently was denied in a 3-3 vote....more >>
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Millstream

Playwright brings drama to Optimists

Independence Township author Patience Beer is always thinking about how current events can be integrated into her interactive plays. Beer has written her 10th play, "Murder Crashes the Wedding," for Clarkston Area Optimists Club....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Four decades on the force

After 40 years of making the Clarkston area safe, Lt. Dale LaBair is ready to ride off into the sunset, heading for the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. LaBair, commander of Oakland County Sheriff's Independence Township substation, plans to retire this year and move to Greenback, Tenn....more >>
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Keeping the beat

The Clarkston Varsity Competitive Cheer and Varsity Pom Pom teams joined forces for last Friday's half time performance as the boys took on Southfield. Both have their last home performance of the season this week on Thursday....more >>
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Clarkston group in competition

Clarkston High School Vocal Music Department hosts the International Championship of High School A Cappella Great Lakes Semi-Final, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 3, in the high school Performing Arts Center....more >>
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Show your skills

Forty acts of music, dancing, jokes lined the night for Bailey Lake Elementary's talent show - "The Nicest Kids in Town," last Friday. Amongst the talented students were also teachers with a surprise for the kids and the audience - a flash mob....more >>
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Downtown walk

Dan Owens enjoys a brisk sunny day, Sunday, with a walk downtown with his dogs, Coco and Bailey....more >>

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Safety path committee

Independence Township Board voted unanimously to reconstitute the Safety Path Committee. Committee members Joe Figa, Deborah Froehlich, Tammie Heazlit, Nancy Peek, and Ron Ritchie will discuss plans for new paths, connections, safety, and path master plan in the township....more >>
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Dr. Bob Jones III to speak at Dixie Baptist

Dr. Bob Jones III, Chancelor of Bob Jones University, Greenville SC, will be the special speaker at Dixie Baptist Church, 8585 Dixie Hwy, on Sunday, March 4, at the 9:45 am service....more >>

Property tax town hall

State reps. Eileen Kowall and Brad Jacobsen sponsor a town hall meeting on property tax assessment and the Board of Review appeal process, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, March 5, Springfield Library, 2000 Davisburg Road....more >>

Clarification

The story "Wallace sets sight on superivsor seat," Feb. 8, should not have used "search" when referring to Trustee Neil Wallace's calls to township employees in reference to the township's missing tractor....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Clarkston band releases first CD" By day Frank Busemi, Ken Thomas, Michael Kimsal, and Martin Foulkes were all early 20's professionals, but by night they were rockers....more >>

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Romney takes Oxford, Addison

Republican voters in Oxford and Addison townships followed the rest of Michigan in Tuesday's primary election by selecting Mitt Romney as their choice to be the GOP's presidential nominee....more >>
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Roost in peace

Infamous wild turkey meets tragic end

Whether you loved him, hated him or were simply amused by his unusual antics, there's no denying he was probably the most famous or infamous wild turkey Oxford Township's ever seen....more >>

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Company moving, won't be using tax abatement

Oxford Village received some bad news Monday as officials learned that a manufacturer it granted a property tax abatement to last year is planning to leave the community. "(Royal Oak Medical Devices) is growing beyond our projection and it appears that they will be relocating to a larger facility....more >>
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Sheriff's investigators recover mom's photos, nab alleged burglars

Crime doesn't pay, but catching bad guys and recovering stolen property definitely has its rewards. Just ask Oakland County Sheriff's Det. Jason Louwaert. He got his reward when he informed an Oxford mother that he recovered the laptop computer, which contained countless photos of her children, that was allegedly stolen from her Coats Rd....more >>
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Supervisor speaks his mind on streetscape, updates Rotarians

Oxford Township Supervisor Bill Dunn wasn't shy when someone asked him for his personal opinion of the proposed $4.66 million streetscape plan for the downtown area. "I'm on record as not agreeing with it," he said....more >>

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Village water ranks 4th in international competition

We all want our drinking water to be clear, clean and crisp, but how about award-winning and internationally-recognized? Oxford Village residents will be proud to learn their water is once again considered all of those things....more >>

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Business owner wants village skatepark moved downtown

Usually, when a downtown Oxford business owner approaches local officials about skateboarders, it's to lodge complaints about foul language, property damage or loitering. But that wasn't the case with Chris Werth, owner of Dubz Bikes & Boards, located at 14 N....more >>

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Kingsbury School trains body as well as mind

Kingsbury Country Day School in Addison Township has a proud tradition of training the body as well as the mind. That tradition is continuing and expanding today with its Personal, Social and Physical Education program....more >>

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Village hall awarded $7K grant for handicap improvements

Disabled voters are going to have an easier time heading to polls in the Village of Leonard thanks to a grant from the State of Michigan. Rowland Hall (23 E. Elmwood) will be receiving two reimbursement grants worth approximately $7,144....more >>

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Trustee still lobbying for safety path along Rochester Rd.

The idea of building a safety path along Rochester Rd. in Addison Township is still open for discussion. According to Addison Twp. Board Trustee John Boehmer, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) did not include space for a safety path along Rochester Rd....more >>
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Leonard student places first in essay contest

There's only one thing better than winning an essay contest and that's winning for something you wrote about a person you love, admire and respect. Just ask 12-year-old Leonard resident Samantha Rondeau....more >>
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1871: Theodore Dreiser, novelist (Sister Carrie).
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1941: The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumimaro Konoye, issues an invitation for a meeting with President Roosevelt.
1945: B-29 Superfortress bombers begin to drop supplies into Allied prisoner of war camps in China.
1963: Cambodia severs ties with South Vietnam.
1979: Lord Mountbatten is killed by an Irish terrorist bomb in his sail boat in Sligo, Ireland.
1989: Chuck Berry performs his tune Johnny B. Goode for NASA staff in celebration of Voyager II's encounter with the planet Neptune.