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Orion Public Library honors sixteenth president

By Tahra Gribbin Review Intern For the next six weeks, the Orion Township Public Library will be a hot spot for history buffs and interested individuals throughout our community. Lincoln: The Constitution & The Civil War, a traveling exhibit has recently opened and will stay through April 13th....more >>

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Dialogue continues regarding future of historical museum

The future is uncertain for the downtown Oxford building that houses the community's past. Nearly two hours were spent during last week's village council meeting discussing the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum, located at 1 N....more >>

Orion LOves giving a helping hand

By Don Rush If newspapers are the cement that binds the members of a community to each other, then social media websites must be the rubber bands that stretch and snap people back home....more >>

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Cable commission hires headhunter for $9K

A professional employment recruiter will be paid $9,000 to conduct the search for Oxford Community Television's next station manager. Last week, the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission voted 4-2 to hire the Royal Oak-based Focus Forward help it fill the position....more >>

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Twp. to consider prosecuting 'super drunks' locally

Next week, Oxford Township officials are expected to consider creating ordinance language that would allow the municipality to prosecute so-called "super drunks" and recoup a portion of the fines levied against offenders....more >>

Student recognized for community work

By Christopher Ehrmann Review Intern Volunteer service did not go unrecognized this year for many students of several schools around the United States, including Lake Orion. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents a program that recognizes students who have excelled in the work they do for the community....more >>
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Orion Township Operations Director resigns, to serve Pontiac

Orion Township's Operations Director Allan Feys left his position late last month to venture south to Pontiac where he hopes to sort out the ailing city's finances. But he said in the two years he served in Orion, his career was punctuated with two supervisors, huge projects and real challenges....more >>
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Fmr. Oxford resident wins $20K scholarship

Young people who've got the potential to attend college, but don't believe they can due to financial issues, personal problems or other obstacles should take heed of Alexis L. Lenderman's example....more >>

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Travel club torch passed from Hanson to Paquin

For 21 years, she planned every detail, went on every trip and made sure that everyone had a wonderful time. But sooner or later, everyone wants to kick back and relax, including Mary Jean Hanson, who's served as travel coordinator for the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department since April 1991....more >>

Former township official shares thoughts on knitting

By Corrina Huang Review Intern Orion resident Jill Bastian is a woman who has worn many hats. A former teacher who has taught French, English, and reading, a community activist in the late 1970s who led to safety paves that connects Polly Ann to Paint Creek Trail, a stay-at-home-mom, an organic gardner, and a former township public office - a position she held for 12 years....more >>

LOHS hosts suicide presentation

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern On March 1 the students of Lake Orion High School gathered to hear a presentation by Dave Opalewski on suicide prevention. Brought in by the PTO, Opalewski travels around the country speaking to schools on the subject and has published several books....more >>
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OHS grad needs help to win $7,500 for cancer society

An Oxford woman needs everyone's help in order to win $7,500 for the American Cancer Society (ACS). From now until March 19, folks can visit www.mauricesmainstreetmodel.com and vote for Samantha Bryant, a 2007 graduate of Oxford High School....more >>

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Person needed to fill council seat

The Village of Leonard is looking for some civic-minded people to step up and apply for a vacant seat on the town's council. "It's an important job and I think it's far more important than most people really realize," said village President Mike McDonald....more >>

LOHS primes for art show

By Tahra Gribbin Review Intern Lake Orion High School host its annual art show and silent auction this Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. which will feature works by many of the students involved in LOHS art classes and after school art clubs....more >>

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Cable board changes voting composition, adds 'super quorum'

After months of meetings and motions, the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission last week voted 4-2 to amend its bylaws to create a new voting composition for itself. Effective immediately, the commission will consist of a total of five members two representatives from Oxford Township and one each from Addison Township and the villages of Oxford and Leonard....more >>

For the love of dogs!

If you are a dog lover (with or without a dog of your own) mark March 24 down in your day planner. On that day Healthy Dogma (formerly Orion Healthy Pet) is going to the dogs in a big way, with their "Big Event....more >>

Brief - Bladez Lawn Care soliciting

During the March 5 Orion Township Board meeting, area resident Matthew Pochmara requested an approval for a solicitor's license to sell lawn equipment and care services door-to-door between the hours of 8 a....more >>

Brief - Orion Township consent agenda

Notice of solicitation - The Michigan Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church submitted a request to Orion Township on March 5 to conduct a summer mission in the township during June, July and August....more >>
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Leash on Life Dog Club

Brandon Twp.- Leah Bede and Susan Sigler, fourth grade students at Oakwood Elementary, may be young, but they are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs. Leah, 10, and Susan, 9, have founded the Leash on Life Dog Club, with the intent of raising money to support local dog rescue efforts....more >>

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Brandon Idol At 6 p.m., March 26 and 27, at the Performing Arts Center at Brandon High School, 1025 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville, there will be performances of "Brandon Idol."Tickets are $5 per night and will be sold at the door....more >>

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Architectural design ordinance

Brandon Twp.- The township board has approved new architectural design requirements addressing commercial and multi-residential development. The board approved 6-0 the second reading of a new section added to the architectural design ordinance during their March 5 meeting....more >>

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Board OKs resolution supporting natural gas main extension in twp.

Brandon Twp.- The township board has adopted a resolution giving formal support to Consumers Energy's plan to extend natural gas mains here. The board voted 4-2 to adopt the resolution....more >>

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Twp. medical marijuana moratorium extended

Brandon Twp.- The township board has approved extending for one year a moratorium on medical marijuana. The 6-0 vote to adopt a resolution in support of the extension came during the March 5 board meeting....more >>

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Goodrich School Board OKs artificial turf for field

Goodrich-By a 7-0 vote on Feb. 27 the school board approved $586,140 for artificial turf for the athletic field. After a few upgrades to the middle school last year, the second phase of a $15....more >>
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Wind, downed powerline result in house fire

Brandon Twp.- Strong winds that blew through the township in the early hours of March 3 downed several trees, including one that fell on a powerline and set a house on fire. The home, located at 640 Granger Hills Drive, ultimately burned to the ground as firefighters responding from Brandon as well as five other local departments were thwarted in their efforts to put out the blaze by the downed trees on various roads in the township, as well as the wind that fueled the fire....more >>
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From 'Down Under' to Goodrich

Eleanor Langley and Belinda Hamilton spent 26 hours on a flight to reach Goodrich. Two of the four foreign exchange students currently at Goodrich High School, Langley and Hamilton are both from Australia Langley, 18, of Sydney, said that the biggest differences between the U....more >>
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Local scores auditions for 'The Voice,' 'America's Got Talent'

DJ Robert Navarre hasn't sung professionally since 2002, when his son, James, was born. Navarre, a Goodrich resident, still makes his living in music, as owner of Full Effect DJ Service and also as a professional guitarist....more >>
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Champion at 103

Goodrich Martian Isaac Jewell wins state wrestling crown

Goodrich-Isaac Jewell began his wrestling career at a rather dismal 0-23. "As a seventh grade wrestler at 75 pounds, I was getting pinned all the time," said Jewell, now 18. "The coaches were throwing me out there against tougher opponents—they knew I would come back....more >>
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Lady Martians District Champs

The Goodrich Martians won their third straight district championship on March 2 by defeating Birch Run 90-36 at GHS. The Lady Martians then advanced to the Class B regional semifinal where they dumped Frankenmuth 66-25 at Carrollton High School....more >>

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Council to hear report on missing Social Security numbers

Goodrich-In November, the village council voted 4-0 to hire Grand Blanc CPA Karl Haiser to resolve an unpaid bill of about $6,000 as well as answer questions regarding whether 19 individuals' private information was compromised by the removal of computer files after the dismissal of the village administrator....more >>
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Construction worker electrocuted

Ortonville- A 50-year-old Clio man was killed in the village March 1 when a ladder he was attempting to move fell on a power line, electrocuting him. George Short died and his co-worker, Richard Ridley, 48, who was helping move an aluminum extension ladder, suffered minor injuries in the accident....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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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 >>
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Scouting the world

Troop 74446 scouts Megan McLain and Sierra Newton, at right, share badges and other items with fellow Girl Scouts at their 100-year celebration, Feb. 28, at Springfield Oaks. As part of their International Night event, they are wearing traditional outfits from Poland....more >>

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More revenue found in budget amendment

In her first crack at Clarkston Schools' budget, new business director Mary Beth Rogers found the shortfall to be less than half what was expected. "Now we know the full federal allocation," said Rogers, executive director of business services....more >>

Rules set on school board communications

In the wake of a legal presentation on board of education ethics, Feb. 13, Clarkston schools administration sent a memo to all school employees listing "specifics" on the role of school board members....more >>

City gets grant for two new dump trucks

Former councilman objects, calls for review

Clarkston's getting two new dump trucks, with the help of Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). "Our two trucks are 15-16 years old," said Dennis Ritter, city manager for the City of the Village of Clarkston....more >>

Better rate on bonds for city

When it came to refunding city bonds, Jessie Nelson of Umbaugh and Associates said City Manager Dennis Ritter was "wise to wait until early February." "We had talked about doing this in early November, but he knew where interest rates where going," Nelson said at the Feb....more >>
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Murder mystery with Clarkston Village Players

Clarkston Village Players brings a "good old-fashioned murder mystery" to the stage with "At the Sign of the Crippled Harlequin." The Peak Lodge Guest House has a long and mysterious history, which is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of the original Coashing Inn host....more >>
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Shooting Stars

New home for teapot collector

For teapot collector Judy Ableser, the fun is in the never-ending search. "People ask me if I look on Ebay absolutely not," said Ableser, who lives in Independence Township with her husband, Jeffrey....more >>
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Plot thickens

Guests were intrigued as they participated in the Clarkston Area Optimist Club's annual dinner theatre, March 3. The event raises money for community youth programs throughout the year....more >>
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Firefighter retires after 37 years

Capt. Mike Fahrner saw major changes in firefighting in his 37 years of service on the Independence Township Fire Department, but one thing that never changed was strong community support....more >>
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Century of scouts

Clarkston-area Girl Scouts celebrated the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, Feb. 28, at Springfield Oaks Activity Center in Davisburg. Around the World in 100 Years event combined Girl Scouts' annual International Night with the 100th Girl Scout Anniversary Celebration....more >>

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Bond ballot language

The Board of Education unanimously approved bond proposal ballot language during, Feb. 27. The ballot language says Clarkston Community Schools will borrow $20 million for technology and capital improvements....more >>

Genealogy workshop

Sashabaw Plains Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Independence Township Library and the Clarkston Historical Society offer a Genealogy Workshop, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 17, Independence Township Library, 6495 Clarkston Road....more >>

Maple demonstrations

Indian Springs Metropark celebrates maple sugaring season with pancake breakfasts, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 17-18. Maple sugaring demonstrations will be at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Not enough seats" Plans for the new $5 million high school came in short more than a thousand seats in the gym. Builders said building codes had changed and they needed $80,000 more....more >>
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Social media site unites area graduates to help

Orion LOves giving a helping hand

By Don Rush If newspapers are the cement that binds the members of a community to each other, then social media websites must be the rubber bands that stretch and snap people back home....more >>
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1878: Ernest King, commander-in-chief of the U.S. fleet who designed the United States' winning strategy in World War II.
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1909: The Wright brothers form a million-dollar corporation for the commercial manufacture of their airplanes.
1921: President Warren G. Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, better known as the anti-beer bill. It forbids doctors to prescribe beer or liquor for medicinal purposes.
1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt recalls the American ambassador from Havana, Cuba, and urges stability in the island nation.
1934: The United States and Great Britain agree on a 5-5-3 naval ratio, with both countries allowed to build five million tons of naval ships while Japan can only build three. Japan will denounce the treaty.
1936: The United States abandons the American embassy in Madrid, Spain, which is engulfed by civil war.