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It shocked, it amazed, it thrilled but the playoff run is over

Unexpected, unlikely, unheard of and now it's over as of a 46-40 loss on March 20. The Dragons Boy Basketball Playoff run was the farthest an Orion basketball team has ever gotten and they did it with a first year coach and a young team consisting of just two starting seniors....more >>
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Special Olympics hoopsters win state championship!

Oxford is home to yet another group of state champions as the Paws, the hometown Special Olympics basketball team, brought home the gold over the weekend. The Paws travelled to Rockford and won the State of Michigan Division 5 Championship after beating Marquette 46-37 on Friday and Bay City 33-26 on Saturday....more >>
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Making Prom a possibility

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern At the Lake Orion Grondin's, a girl's prom wishes and dreams can be answered. During their Prom Dress Extravaganza, lasting up to the date of prom, Grondin's is giving away prom dresses for free to girls interested in taking one....more >>
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DECA students set sights on Salt Lake City

Lake Orion DECA students competed at the State Career Development Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn from March 9 to 11.  These students will soon move on to the International Career Development conference in Salt Lake City Utah, where over 13,000 other high school students from around the world will compete to prove their business savvy....more >>

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Assignment: Connecting downtown Oxford

For residents and visitors, downtown Oxford is a place for dining, shopping and entertainment. But for a group of students from Lawrence Technological University (LTU), it's a place where they can take the skills and knowledge they've garnered in the classroom and apply them to the real world....more >>
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Teacher strives to help disabled get healthy

School funding remains an issue nationwide and often when something, or someone, cannot receive the proper funds, it or they simply suffer. One Lake Orion High School Teacher recently proved the same does not happen in Orion....more >>

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OXFD, Milosch team up to help expectant mother

An Oxford woman who's expecting twins can be assured her babies will be safe and secure when riding in the car thanks to the diligence of the Oxford Fire Department and the generosity of Milosch's Palace Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Orion Township....more >>

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Attempted armed robbery at Oxford Marketplace?

Oxford Village Police are investigating a possible armed robbery attempt that occurred at an ATM in the parking lot of the Oxford Marketplace shopping center on Saturday, March 24....more >>

Scotland comes to Orion

Band member wants to bring summer fun to Canterbury

By Tahra Gribbin Review Intern Looking for some summer excitement in Lake Orion with a scottish twist? Look no farther than down the street at Old World Canterbury Village. On June 30 and July 1, rain or shine, Canterbury will host the second Scottish Highland Games, put on by the Scottish-American Society of Michigan....more >>

Padgett is a small business's answer to finance

Small businesses are on the rise in the Orion and Oxford areas, but running one can be a difficult task and in today's economy, a mistake can be costly. Fortunately, Padgett Business Services of North Oakland, located at 1520 South Lapeer Road, is ready to help with tax, accounting, payroll and business consulting services....more >>

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Class ring's owner found in Georgia

It's a quest that spanned five communities in three states, but the mystery owner of an Indianwood Christian Academy (ICA) class ring was finally found thanks to Oxford resident Joe Bullen....more >>
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Forensics team take first place in silver division

By Tahra Gribbin Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Forensics Team took first place in the silver division in the final tournament of their regular season at Walled Lake Western High School on March 17....more >>
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Gone but not forgotton

Two filmographers document Orion's history-making playoff run

By Chris Ehrmann Review Intern The Lake Orion boys' basketball team unlikely and exciting playoff run has come to a close, but thanks to two students who created a series of videos about the players' journey throughout the playoffs, it won't be forgotten....more >>

Fifth grade readers go to battle

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern What do bright wigs, librarians, and the Scripps Middle school gymnasium all have in common? They were all part of this year's Battle of the Books, put on the by the Orion Library and held at the Scripps gymnasium on Saturday, March 17....more >>

Brief - Corrections

There were errors in the March 14 student of the month section. Tyler Becker's favorite subjects are Psychology, History and Social Studies; not Culinary and English. Tyler is once referred to as Layne near the end of column and this is incorrect....more >>

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Stephison resigns from DDA, village council

Kevin Stephison has decided to call it quits as both the chairman of the Oxford Downtown Development Authority and an elected member of the Oxford Village Council. He cited the reason for his resignations as "personal," not political, in nature....more >>
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Blanka says good-bye to Leonard

She's been a fixture on the Leonard Village Council for two decades and helped create the popular Polly Ann Trail. But now it's time for Pauline Blanka to say good-bye to Leonard and hello to Kentucky....more >>

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Lions Egg Hunt Beginning at 10 a.m., April 7, at the football field at H.T. Burt Lifelong Learning Center, 209 Varsity Drive, Ortonville, the Ortonville Lions Club will hold its free annual community Easter Egg Hunt for children ages one to nine....more >>
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Honor guard receives assistance

Area fire departments require continuous training and preparation for a variety of emergency responses. However, one area fire department is now prepared to assist in honoring those fallen comrades....more >>

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Occupy Ortonville meeting

Ortonville- Pam Belding is bringing the Occupy movement to the village. Residents aren't likely to see a community of tents or protestors marching in the streets downtown, but the first Occupy Ortonville meeting is planned for 10 a....more >>
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New librarian at Goodrich Library

Goodrich Library's new librarian has a big heart for books, especially teen literature and cookbooks. Meagan Brown started as the new librarian at the Goodrich branch of the GDL (Genesee District Library) on March 24....more >>
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Ortonville Animal Hospital

Brandon Twp.- There's a new veterinarian in town, in a well-established facility. Dr. Nancy Flanigan purchased the Ortonville Animal Clinic practice last month and has renamed it the Ortonville Animal Hospital....more >>

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Atlas Township sets road projects for 2012

Atlas Twp.-The board of trustees voted 5-0 on Monday night to pave the approach to seven township intersections. The Genesee County Road Commission will coordinate paving segments of seven road approaches at the intersections of Green and Ridge roads, Horton and Gale roads (west), Horton and Gale roads (east), Horton Road at M-15, Green and Gale roads, Burpee and Gale roads and McCandlish and Gale roads....more >>

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Local takes aim at 51st House seat, August primary

Goodrich native Ryan Starski announced his candidacy for State Representative of the 51st District last week. Starski, 24, a Goodrich native and 2006 graduate of Goodrich High School said he will seek the nomination of the Democratic Party....more >>

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Gas main extension meeting April 10

Consumers Energy is proposing the extension of natural gas mains in Brandon Township. Overall, the project would offer service to 2,000 occupied structures, one-third of residences in the township....more >>

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Skate Park opens with new policy, fee for season

Ortonville- The Village Skate Park opens this Tuesday, but anyone planning to use the park must visit the village office first. The village council approved a new skate park policy at their March 26 meeting....more >>

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Township to seek fire millage renewal in August

Atlas Twp.-The township board of trustees voted 5-0 on Monday night to place a renewal of 1 mill for the fire department on the Aug. 7 general election ballot. The fire millage was last approved by township voters in 2006 when 1 mill generated $331,000 per year....more >>

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Father, son to be charged after fight in park

Warrants were issued on Tuesday for two Goodrich men following an altercation in the Commons Park. According to reports from the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, at about 5 p.m....more >>
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No holding back

Brandon Twp.- Hunter Parker has been blind since birth, but on Wednesday, he enjoyed helping others see how his disability doesn't hold him back. "Blind people can do just as much as sighted people if they set their minds to it," said Parker, 18, who attended Disability Awareness Day at Oakwood Elementary March 28....more >>

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Sheriff's deputies investigate possible misuse of Facebook

Brandon Twp.- Social media users beware. In the digital age, Facebook, Twitter, and texting are all popular forms of communication. All have their perils, however, and can be misused, as a recent police report shows....more >>
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Goodrich superintendent gets new contract, then resigns

Goodrich- Just moments after the school board unanimously approved renewing Superintendent John Fazer's contract for one year, board members opened envelopes containing Fazer's resignation letter....more >>

Brief - Silent auction at Orion Library

The Friends of Orion Township Library will have a silent auction of book themed gift baskets. Each basket contains a book and gift items selected especially for the book. Baskets are on display in the main lobby....more >>

Brief - Benefit for Ayotte family April 15

Christi's Bar & Grill (95 E. Clarkston Rd.) in Lake Orion is hosting a fund-raiser for Jim Ayotte, a 44-year-old LOHS graduate who was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in January....more >>

Brief - Lake Orion Village meeting

Water Meter Reading System -The Village took bids for a Water Meter Reading System that would allow the township to wirelessly read the water meters of residences in the village. DPW Superintendent Mike Olsen outlined the bidding process and his recommendation for the purchse, which consisted of a bid from Michigan Meter in the amount of $164,759....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 >>
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Kids buzzed about bond tech

Folks filled Clarkston Schools administration building Monday night to see what students and teachers are doing with technology. "The kids are excited to share what they can do," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

Bond opponents question school debt impact

Members of CRISIS, Citizens for Responsible Intelligent Spending In Schools, want more details about Clarkston Schools' $20 million bond proposal. "Administration has not provided a plan regarding how the proposed bond funding would be spent," said Betty Reilly of Independence Township....more >>

School bond issue capital needs list

Andersonville Elementary $18,000, replace domestic water storage tank $20,000, renovate storage building behind school $65,000 enhance parking lot, separate parent/bus loops Bailey Lake Elementary $10,000, security improvement, gym interior doors Clarkston Elementary $100,000, improve sanitary lines, restroom fixtures Independence Elementary $80,000, improve insulation of exterior walls North Sashabaw Elementary $25,000, upgrade restroom fixtures Springfield Plains Elementary $25,000, install AC in gym, only elementary gym without AC, equity issue Sashabaw Middle School $50,000, improve ventilation system, tech workshop $55,000, security system enhancements $25,000, sound treatment in band room Clarkston Junior High $100,000, improve sanitary lines, restroom fixtures $100,000, renovate restrooms near cafeteria $100,000, renovate locker rooms, restrooms, trophy cases in gym $20,000, replace ceiling tiles in gym area $140,000, re-construct tennis court $40,000, re-construct track $7,175, Wenger music storage cabinets $25,000, Wenger curtains for band room $3,000, Wenger chairs to replace worn chairs Clarkston High School $100,000, improve accessibility to handicap doors $110,000, re-construct tennis court $40,000, re-construct track District-wide $650,000 replace floor coverings at various buildings, estimate $8/square foot-tile/carpet $500,000, efficiency upgrade, electrical / lighting, various buildings $675,000, upgrade energy management systems $40,000, renovate lockers at elementary buildings $75,000, construct brick/block storage bldgs, NSE, CE, RHS, IE, CHS, BLE $550,000, replace, renovate roofing $20,000, replace transportation garage doors $10,000, enhance bus wash $3,015,000, improve parking lots, sidewalks $100,000, expand Early Childhood Center parking $80,000, replace custodial equipment $150,000, replace district furniture $95,000, replace grounds, maintenance equipment $1,500,000, upgrade infrastructure, years 7-9 $1,018,000, upgrade data electronics $276,250, install district-wide wireless access $4,160,500, increase mobile technology $2,000,000, replace outdated computers $1,500,000, interactive technologies $10,000, increase network storage $450,000, security system enhancements Total, $19,957,925 Vote set for May 8....more >>
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Board members look to lower salary for next supervisor

The current salary for Independence Township is just below $80,000 plus benefits. Trustee David Lohmeier would like to lower the salary for the next supervisor to $25,000 with no benefits....more >>

City looks to move out of 3 E. Church

The city wants out of its lease agreement at 3 E. Church and build a new garage to store Department of Public Works equipment by early fall, according to former Councilman Jim Brueck....more >>

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Remember days gone by with SCAMP

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer Ever wonder what it was like to be a student growing up in "Old Clarkston" during the `40's and early `50's? Then check out Renaissance High School on this year's 30th SCAMP Home Tour, June 2-3....more >>
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