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Chinese or water - If its Orion it has a dragon

Dragons ruled the evening March 10 when the historic Addison Oaks Ballroom was transformed for the Orion Art Center's Dragon Gala fund-raiser. The elegant Chinese New Year-themed evening was a great success and patrons dined, danced and celebrated beneath a hundred lanterns....more >>
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Downtown Oxford gets branded by a pro

"Small. Done Right." That was the tagline created last week as part of downtown Oxford's effort to brand itself as a destination for visitors. "You are a vibrant and vital downtown," said Ben Muldrow, a partner in the Greenville, South-Carolina-based Arnett Muldrow & Associates....more >>

Masters Meet open to all

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern Young, old, recreational and enthusiast swimmers take note - an event catering to all swimmers will soon grace Lake Orion's High School swimming pool....more >>

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Sgt. Patterson: Midnight deputy, youth detective needed

Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Patterson, commander of the Oxford Township substation, wants to make it very clear about why he needs two additional officers. While it's true the substation is managing to "hold down the fort" with 13 officers who are all doing extra work these days, Patterson sees this as a "temporary fix for the situation....more >>

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Twp. to seek 1-mill tax hike for cops

Later this year, Oxford Township residents will be asked to vote on a proposed tax increase that if approved, would restore their police staffing to what it used to be. Township officials last week voted 3-2 to place a two-year, 1-mill tax increase on the November ballot....more >>
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CROP Walk celebrates 30 years of giving

Lake Orion and Oxford residents are encouraged to join the hundreds already committed as they walk to make a difference in and out of our community with the 30 annual CROP walk on May 6....more >>
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Fire destroys barn on Drahner Rd.

There was no luck of the Irish for Oxford Township resident Darrell Enneking as an early morning fire destroyed his small wooden barn on St. Patrick's Day. Oxford firefighters were called to Enneking's 3131 W....more >>

Lake Orion MEAP scores are in from last fall

There's some good news and some so-so news, according to the folks at Lake Orion Community Schools. At the March 14, board of education meeting, assistant superintendent Heidi Kast gave a power-point presentation on last fall's MEAP testing of Lake Orion students....more >>

Bullies beware

Things just got tougher for you at Lake Orion schools

Bullying prevention in Lake Orion schools got a little boost in the arm last Wednesday night. At the March 14 school board meeting assistant superintendent Heidi Kast announced four donations from local businesses and groups for the Olweus Bullying Prevention program....more >>
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Auxiliary, Petco help dogfaces in Afghanistan

Not every U.S. soldier wears a uniform and uses a gun. Some wear only a collar and use their cold, wet noses to fight the enemy. You don't hear much about their service, but military working dogs are a vital part of the War on Terror....more >>

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Village seeks RFPs for properties it may sell

When Oxford Village voters trek to the polls in the November general election, they will be asked for permission to sell two prime pieces of municipal-owned real estate. But before voters make their decision, village officials want some questions answered such as: 1) Are there any developers interested in purchasing the properties?; 2) What type of developments would they envision building on them?; and 3) How much would they be willing to pay for these properties? That's why the village council last week vote 3-0 to issue a request for proposals (RFP) concerning the municipal complex located at 18-22 W....more >>

Common discounts available to senior citizens

Today's seniors might cringe at the escalating costs of necessities such as prescription medication and even higher utility bills, and understandably so. However, savvy seniors can save by taking advantage of a host of discounts exclusive to the those over the age of 65....more >>

Assessing your abilities as an aging driver

When a person first earns a driver's license, they've earned more than just the right to legally operate an automobile. To many drivers, a driver's license is symbolic of freedom and self-sufficiency....more >>

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Skateboards as transportation?

Oxford Village considers it

Should skateboarding be allowed as a mode of transportation in Oxford Village? Village residents, property owners and merchants will get their chance to speak to this question at a public hearing scheduled for 6:30 p....more >>
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Say hi to NOTA's new director

Lynn Gustafson is making the transition from crunching numbers for the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) to overseeing the whole operation. Last week, the NOTA board voted to hire Gustafson, a Waterford resident, as the agency's new director....more >>

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Discussion over historical museum's future continues

Deja vu was in the air at last week's Oxford Village Council meeting as another very lengthy discussion took place regarding the future of the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum. Although it was not a topic slated to be addressed by council, local developer Chuck Schneider got the ball rolling during public comment with a presentation of what the village could have earned had it sold or leased the 1 N....more >>

8th grader excells in science

Emily Cormier, Orion Township resident, who attends Oakview Middle School, in grade 8 won 3rd place and a $300 Amazon gift card at the Flint (Kettering Univ) regional Science Fair for her experiment, "Green Roofs: Cool is in and Heat is Out....more >>

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Council sells property to Weckle

After months of discussion, the Oxford Village Council last week finally pulled the trigger on the sale of one of its properties to a local developer. Council voted 3-0 sell the village-owned vacant parcel at 23 Stanton St....more >>

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Clarkston man injured in M-15 crash

A 23-year-old Clarkston man is expected to make a full recovery from serious injuries he sustained in a head-on crash on M-15 Monday. According to police reports, the crash occurred on Ortonville Road south of Oak Hill Road in Independence Township around 7:16 a....more >>
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New pastor at Prince of Peace

Groveland Twp.- Pastor Jim Van Dellen saw average church attendance more than double during his ministry in Lake Orion. Now, he hopes to see similar results at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 270 Grange Hall Road, where he is the new pastor....more >>
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Brandon man arraigned in felonious assault

A 45-year-old Brandon Township man has been arraigned on charges after pointing a loaded gun at a woman and threatening to kill her, her children, her friend and her ex-husband. Scott Matthew Cohorst was arraigned March 21 on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in front of 52-2 District Court Judge Kelley Kostin....more >>

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Invasive phragmites control sought

Atlas Twp.- A common reed is producing an uncommon problem. Township Supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones is spearheading a drive to raise land-owners' awareness of an invasive reed that is growing at an alarming rate....more >>

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OCEF Easter Volunteers are needed for the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund's Easter food sort, April 1, as well as the food distribution April 2. The food pantry that serves families in need in the Brandon School District is expecting to assist 200 families with Easter dinners and some candy for children this year....more >>
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Willow Pointe celebrates 40 years

Ortonville- Willow Pointe Flowers & Gifts has bloomed in four decades in business. Herb and Grace Geisler are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their store, which first opened as Mill St....more >>
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Local growers sweating out early spring, as warmth continues

Atlas Twp.-Ray Porter examined the tiny green leaves that recently emerged on one of his apple trees. "I've had dreams like this before where the leaves come out in March—then I'd wake up," said Porter, third generation apple grower and owner of Porter's Orchard, 12060 Hegel Road....more >>

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Susan says

A column by Susan Bromley

Once upon a time... a long, long time ago (OK, a few, two, weeks ago), in the kingdom of Allendale (Grand Valley State University), there was a princess named Katie who called her mother (the queen), who lived far, far away....more >>

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Teddy Bear Patrol joins local fire departments

Firefighters from Brandon and Groveland Township will have some new friends along for the ride when they go out on calls. The fire departments are now taking part in the Teddy Bear Patrol, a national campaign centered on giving out stuffed animals to children in frightening situations....more >>
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Blackhawk Competitive Cheer third in state

The Brandon Competitive Cheer team finished third in the State in Division II out of 84 teams. It's the team's fifth consecutive MHSAA State Finals appearance. The team was also Flint Metro League Champions and MHSAA District Champions....more >>

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CreekFest carnival sparks debate

Ortonville- There hasn't been a carnival here in more than 20 years. Lions Club President Wayne Wills says the last carnival in the village was back in 1984. For many years, the Lions Club hosted the carnival, and the Jaycees had a beer tent, all part of a multi-day weekend event known as Country Fest which also included activities such as pig wrestling....more >>
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State of perfection

Goodrich Girls Basketball team wins state crown, completes undefeated season

On March 17 the number one-ranked Goodrich Lady Martians capped off an undefeated season by outlasting a stubborn Grand Rapids Catholic Central team, 60-53, winning the Class B girls basketball state championship game at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University....more >>

Corrections

Last week's Lake Orion Review contained error's in two articles. The first article, titled "Green's Park lifeguards on chopping block" incorrectly claimed the lifeguards cost the township $20,000 annually....more >>

Brief - Orion Township Consent Agenda

Dragon Dash Resolution -The 2012 Dragon Dash had a place on Orion Towhship's consent agenda. The event, conducted by the Community Programs Department for a number of years, consists of an 8K run in May....more >>

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Twp. sets first reading for 'Super Drunk' ordinance

Oxford Township last week took a step toward giving itself the power to locally prosecute so-called "super drunks" in order to recoup a portion of the fines levied against offenders....more >>

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Ortonville Woman's Club At 1 p.m., March 22, at the Edna Burton Senior Center, 345 Ball St., Ortonville, the Ortonville Woman's Club will hold a meeting about Camp Tuhsmeheta. The OCEF donation request is for snacks and all women are invited to attend....more >>
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It's post time: Night at the Races March 24

Ortonville- Will this year's "Night at the Races" be entertaining? You can bet on it. The third annual event in which guests view and bet on horse races is planned for 6:30-9:30 p....more >>

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User fee set for Village Skate Park this spring

Ortonville- The Village Skate Park will open April 1, as usual. To use the park, however, you must pay a fee. Village officials are implementing new rules this year for the 8-year-old park, including requirements that prior to using the park, individuals must sign a waiver and fill out an application that will be put on file at the village office, 476 Mill Street....more >>

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Ortonville Community Emergency Fund Easter assistance

The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund could use some extra help for Easter. The food pantry that serves families in need in the Brandon School District is expecting to assist 200 families with Easter dinners and some candy for children this year....more >>

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Volunteers: The Heart of Our Community

Every year, Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance recognizes young people who make a difference in the community as volunteers or through acts of heroism. "The BGYA volunteers make a huge difference in our community," said Fran Hotchkiss, BGYA youth recognition chairperson....more >>

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Brandon eyes custodian privatization again

Brandon Twp.- The school board is once again considering the privatization of custodial services. During the March 6 finance committee meeting, Superintendent Lorrie McMahon said school board members agreed to put out a request for proposals, seeking bids from private companies offering custodial services to the district....more >>
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House fire

Atlas Twp.-On March 9, township firefighters along with Davison, Brandon and Grand Blanc Township fire personnel responded to a house fire in the 12000 block of Hegel Road. A nearby construction worker noticed smoke coming from the home and called 9-1-1....more >>

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Investing Fundamentals

Brandon Twp.- Investing, the stock market, IRAs, 401ks, bonds, CDs—it can all seem overwhelming. How much will you need to retire? What about your child's college education? A new, free series being offered at the township library, 304 South St....more >>
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'Hi, my name is Madison'

The face of Madison Chind will be seen by thousands of visitors to McDonald's restaurants in Detroit and surrounding areas this month, including the Ortonville McDonald's. The little girl's winning smile, dimpled cheek and bright blue eyes are enough to draw anyone's attention to the paper image that lines McDonald's trays....more >>
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The stage is set for 'The Apple Tree'at Goodrich High School

Adam and Eve, "The Lady or the Tiger," and a modern day Cinderella are coming to the Goodrich High School stage. After the success of "Fiddler On the Roof" which went on stage last spring, GHS director Steve Mitchell is looking forward to "The Apple Tree....more >>

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Council passes SS number breach over to village insurance

Goodrich- When the village council adjourned the special meeting just after 9 p.m. Monday night, a glimmer of light may have been shed on a controversy over a breach of security and just who should be responsible....more >>
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Lights out

Heavy rain is suspected to be the cause of a power outage in the area on Monday. Power was out for about 2-and-a-half hours—from roughly 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 6, affecting 2,300 customers of DTE Energy in Brandon and Groveland townships and the village of Ortonville....more >>
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Historic bridge teeters on end

Goodrich-Jim Hunter has a bridge that once led somewhere. Hunter's backyard incorporates a section of the Kearsley Creek near Green Road and what locals have labeled the 'Rhodes Road Bridge....more >>
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Time is now to nominate

The Clarkston community is filled with volunteer spirit, with thriving community, church, and business organizations donating time and money to improve local lives. Our most outstanding volunteers deserve recognition, but first they need to be nominated....more >>

Lawyers seek township's info

Independence Township finds itself facing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request after township attorney Stephen Joppich switched law firms. Joppich and five other attorneys left Farmington Hills-based Secrest Wardle to join the new firm Johnson, Rosati, Shultz and Joppich P....more >>
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ICE BE GONE

Clarkston Area Optimist Club member Dale Ryan helps dismantle the ice rink in Depot Park, March 16. The club installed the rink in January for ice skating. There wasn't too much of that with this winter's frequent thaws, but the rink will be back next winter....more >>
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Sign-up open for Angel's race

Planning is well underway for this year's Angel's Place Race, Saturday, May 19. The annual event includes a 1 Mile Family Fun Walk, starting at 9 a.m.; and 5K Bruce Clifton Run /Walk and 10K Run, 9:30 a....more >>

DIA comes to Clarkston

Ever wonder what it would be like to walk Clarkston's streets and see a Pablo Picasso, Leonardo DaVinci, or Michelangelo paintings in its original size hanging on the sides of buildings for all to see? Now you can....more >>
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Sworn in

Left, Michael Sabol is sworn in at the March 12 Clarkston City Council meeting as the newest councilman by city Clerk Kelly Richter. Sabol replaces former Councilman Chuck Inabnit, who resigned from council, Feb....more >>
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Parlimentary workshop

The Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit hosts its annual workshop at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, March 31, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Speakers will include Bloomfield Hills attorney William T....more >>
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New cable director wants more local input

New Cable Public Access Center (CPAC) Director Joe Barnhart hopes to see CPAC become a thriving place for the community. "I'd like this to be like the library where we provide resources and expertise for the community and then they can come in and take advantage of that," he said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

FUN IN THE PARK

Lucy Swartout, 17 months, goes for a ride on a springy bee in Depot Park with her grandmother, Joan Swartout, March 16....more >>

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Absentee ballots for bond vote

Absentee ballots for Clarkston Community School's $20 million bond vote, May 8, are available at Independence Township Clerk's Office, 6483 Waldon Center Drive. To vote absentee, citizens must be 60 years or older, physically unable to attend the polls without assistance, appointed precinct worker somewhere other than where they live, can't attend polls because of religious tenet, in jail awaiting arraignment or trial, or expect to be absent from the community the entire day of the election....more >>

Bullying public hearing

Clarkston Board of Education hosts a public hearing to consider new district policy regarding bullying and other aggressive behavior toward students, 7 p.m., March 26, at Clarkston Schools administration building, 6389 Clarkston Road....more >>

'Little Women'

Clarkston Junior High School presents "Little Women" this Friday and Saturday. Both performances are at the CJHS Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students....more >>

High school dodgeball

Clarkston High School students battle in their second annual dodgeball tournament, March 29 at 7 p....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Feeling the pinch" Independence Township incurred an investment loss of $1.5 million in 1996 and a $527,797 loss in 1995 for a total of $2 million. The losses came five controverstial investments made by former Treasurer John Lutz four mortage-based derivatives and a Lord Abbott mutual fund....more >>
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Born December 19th
1906: Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet General Secretary of the Communist party and President of the Supreme Soviet from 1964 until 1982.
1915: Edith Piaf, internationally famous French cabaret singer, best remembered for her songs La Vie en rose and Non, je ne regrette rein.
1933: Ciciely Tyson, actress, best remembered for her role in The Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman.
December 19th
in history
1562: The French Wars of Religion between the Huguenots and the Catholics begins with the Battle of Dreux.
1793: French troops recapture Toulon from the British.
1862: Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest begins tearing up the railroads in Union generals Grant and Rosecrans rear, causing considerable delays in the movement of Union supplies.
1900: The French Parliament votes amnesty for everyone involved in the Dreyfus Affair.
1909: American socialist women denounce suffrage as a movement of the middle class. The first Woman's Rights Convention at Senaca Falls, New York.