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It's almost done, but veterans need help

Sun shining, blue skies and the smell of spring in the air on, made for a good day at the Orion Veterans Memorial on April 7 as vets young and old handed out free coffee, donuts, and cookies at the Open Memorial event....more >>

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New shopping center owner looking for tenants

A prime piece of Oxford real estate has an experienced new owner who's on the hunt for retail tenants to expand the area's shopping opportunities. The Birmingham-based Center Management recently purchased the 11....more >>

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New shopping center owner looking for tenants

A prime piece of Oxford real estate has an experienced new owner who's on the hunt for retail tenants to expand the area's shopping opportunities. The Birmingham-based Center Management recently purchased the 11....more >>
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New substation commander well-rounded, experienced

Forty-two years ago Lieutenant Bruce Naile became the commanding officer of the Oakland County Sheriff's Orion Substation, but that tenure came to a close April 2. His replacement, Lieutenant Dan Toth has a tall order to live up to following the experienced Naile, but the well rounded 24 year veteran of law enforcement has experiences of his own....more >>

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Not in their backyard!

Emotions ran high and tempers flared as Oxford Lakes residents jam-packed last week's village planning commission meeting to express their fervent opposition to the proposed rezoning of approximately 12 acres that abuts their subdivision from single family homes to multiple family dwellings....more >>
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Leader welcomes new reporter to staff

Hello to all my new Oakland county neighbors. My name is Lance Farrell, the newest reporter at the Oxford Leader. My wife, Mary, and I have just moved to Addison Twp from New Harmony, Indiana, a small historic town located in the toe of the state near the confluence of the Ohio and Wabash rivers....more >>
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OHS grads open resource room for vets

Adjusting to civilian life can be extremely difficult for some U.S. military personnel, especially those returning from war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq. Fortunately, there are veterans who care like Kate Logan and Jerred Pender, who helped found a chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA) at Oakland Community College (OCC)....more >>
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Orion television finds new home at Orion Center

Orion Neighborhood Television (ONTV) is back into full production mode since moving into their new location at the Orion Center at 1349 Joslyn Road. "We just moved in here and officially opened April 2," said ONTV Executive Director Diane Griffiths....more >>

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Leonard council reduced to five

The Leonard Village Council shrank in size Monday night as the body voted to eliminate two trustee positions, reducing it from seven to five members. Council will now consist of four trustees and one president, who will meet once a month to conduct business on behalf of the village's 403 residents....more >>

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OHS okayed to hand out IB diplomas

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer Oxford High School is now authorized to administer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. OHS will begin to implement the intensive two-year college preparatory curriculum during the 2012-13 school year....more >>
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Couple travels 4,000 miles to wed in Oxford

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer Many are the paths that lead to love, and for newlyweds Anna Ronfordt and Tobias Witt, their route led straight back to the Pathway Baptist Church in Oxford....more >>

Ladies' Night Out event gives back

Women love to multitask. If you're one of those women, then we want to invite you to a unique Ladies Night Out event, where you can enjoy precious time with your friends, shop with local trendy -- but affordable -- vendors and support the Susan G....more >>

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An audience with Her Grace

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer Receiving flowers from a princess isn't exactly an everyday occurrence unless you are a prince. But that's what happened to this reporter last week when Princess Elizabeth Gerke, 5, of Oxford, graced the Leader's offices with her regal presence....more >>

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OHS robotics team headed for states

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer The Oxford High School Robotics team returned victorious from the 2012 FIRST Robotics District competition held in Livonia, MI on March 30-31. They now advance to the Michigan State Competition at Eastern Michigan University on April 12-14....more >>
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Smiles of the Week

Normally, the library is a place where folks must be quiet and if they do speak, it's in hushed tones. That's why it probably seemed quite odd to many patrons at the Oxford Public Library last week when the deafening sound of drums and other assorted percussion instruments filled the air....more >>
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'He's a human bulldozer'

Hadorn debuts in Golden Gloves state finals

He didn't bring home a championship from the 2012 Michigan Golden Gloves Tournament, but Zack Hadorn most definitely established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the ring....more >>

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Briefs

Shred day Community Shred Day, during which residents can bring their documents to be safely disposed of, will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 22, at the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St....more >>
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'It's a global community'

From King Tut to the Civil War, Maureen Esther's presentations are more than just sharing history. Esther, a historyteller from Rochester Hills, presented "Ch'in Shi Huang Ti, First Emperor of China and his Terra Cotta Army" to Goodrich Middle School's seventh grade social studies classes on April 11....more >>
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Sumthing Green: Seeking scrap for cash

Brandon Twp.- Area landfills may be just a little smaller thanks to a new area business. "It's pretty easy to find scrap metal from hub caps to grills to auto parts— they all have value," said Jon Dahlin, manager of Sumthing Green, 103 Wolfe Lane, Ortonville....more >>

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BGYA Youth Recognition—April 19

Austin Hahn believes teenagers often get a bad rap, with adults looking down on them or suspecting them of causing trouble. So Hahn fights against the prejudice by doing good works....more >>

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Super drunk law

Atlas Twp.-On Monday night the township board of trustees is expected to deliberate super drunk ordinance language that would allow local prosecution of "super drunks and retain a portion of the fines levied against offenders....more >>

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Village councilman asked to step down following sanction vote

Goodrich- For the second time this year, a village councilman has been asked to step down. And for the second time, it's not happening. Councilman Richard Saroli made the motion to sanction councilman Doug McAbee at Monday's village meeting following claims that he violated Chapter 12 of the village code—purchasing contracts over $500, without village council approval....more >>

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'If this happens, we lose everything'

Brandon Twp.- When Randy Carpenter left a job at Sam's Club to come work as a custodian in the Brandon School District 15 years ago, he believed he was making the right move for himself and his family....more >>

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Camp: 'A chance to be kids'

Summer is coming and with it, a rite of passage for many children— summer camp. But for some children, the camp experience— swimming, canoeing, s'mores, games, crafts, new friends and more— is beyond reach....more >>
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Local takes aim at Olympic team

For Justin Broecker, the toughest part of hitting 99 out of 100 clay targets is getting over the one he missed. "It's a mental slip—I have to shake it off and move on—I can't get that clay back," said Broecker, 15....more >>
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Memories of Titanic remain

On a warm, sunny October morning Jonathan Schechter and a traveling companion were eating breakfast in a small Halifax, Nova Scotia diner. "We had just completed a hike near the Bay of Fundy and had a few hours to spend before flying back to Detroit," said Schechter, a Brandon Township resident and on-call fire department paramedic/firefighter with Brandon Fire....more >>

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Township gas main meeting draws hundreds

Brandon Twp.- Diane Droste is hoping the third time's the charm. Since she moved to the township in 1990, Consumers Energy has offered to extend gas mains in the township twice before this year....more >>
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Music to his ears

Brandon music man named Teacher of the Year

Brandon Twp.- Heather Odinga walked into an Oakwood Elementary classroom two years ago and announced this district's first ever Oakland County Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year, Debbie Brauher....more >>

Village Council consent agenda

New MLCC One Day Liquor Licenses

Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh brought to the Village's attention the need to address newly adopted MLCC Administrative Rules that govern who may obtain a One Day Liquor Permit....more >>

Village Council consent agenda

2012 Flower Fair opinions

The Village motioned to set a date for receiving public comment and staff reports on the Flower Fair and requests made to accommodate the festival. The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority applied to close Broadway from Front Street north to Shadbolt and Flint Street from Anderson west to Lapeer Street....more >>

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Briefs

Dust control The spring application of chloride for dust control is set to begin May 14 on Atlas Township roads following grading by the Genesee County Road Commission. The spring application is at no cost to the township directly the second application, in the fall, costs the township $40,929....more >>

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So, who wants to be a millionaire?

Susan says

Chances are, you didn't win the $640-million lottery jackpot last week. Yeah, I didn't either. If I had, I wouldn't be writing this. If you had, you wouldn't be reading this. Did you play? Not sure what the odds are on that, but I'd say better than average....more >>
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CERT, community prepares for disasters

Brandon Twp.- With the arrival of spring comes the potential for tornadoes, high winds and other severe weather. Members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) here are now better prepared to handle disaster situations after search and rescue training March 31 at Oakwood Community Church....more >>
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Step aside cats and dogs—skunks can make pretty good pets, too

Atlas Twp.- Delores Rabideau's pets often receive a bad rap. Maybe they should, considering their unmistakable odor often arrives before they do. Rabideau is the proud owner of pet skunks....more >>
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Country Oaks settlement: Supermarket, drug stores possible on land

Brandon Twp.- More than a year after Country Oaks Landscape Supply filed a court action appealing the township's decision to deny rezoning of the business property to C-2 (general business) a settlement has been reached....more >>
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Slot Car Crossing

Brandon Twp.-Dennis Pennington loves to drive fast. Some days speeds can top 125 mph. But don't expect local deputies to be writing any tickets soon—Pennington revs his vehicle up in about 80 feet indoors....more >>

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Otisville man killed, two injured in M-15 crash

Spring snow, ice may have been cause of accident

Atlas Twp.-Bad weather and icy roads may have been contributing factors in a two-car crash that left one man dead and two others in serious condition on March 30. Township firefighters and Genesee County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene of the fatal two-car collision on State Road (M-15) just south of Maple Avenue at about 12:16 p....more >>

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Twp. LED signs to glow once again

Brandon Twp.- The LED signs in the township have been dark since January, but they may soon be back in business. The township board approved the first reading of an amended sign ordinance during their April 2 meeting by a 5-1 vote....more >>

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District superintendent search begins

Goodrich-In a special meeting Monday night the board of education voted 6-1 to retain the services of the Michigan Leadership Institute to coordinate the search for a district superintendent following the resignation of John Fazer on March 26....more >>

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Privatization bids: $200K savings, more hours

Brandon Twp.- The school board will discuss privatization of custodial services at the next finance committee meeting, planned for 6:30 p.m., April 10, at the central district office, 1025 S....more >>
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EXTRA, EXTRA, read all about it!

Brandon Twp.- Teacher Sharon Voyer holds an iPad and sounds out a letter, then asks Kaylee Weir to do the same and touch the correct word on the screen. The little girl concentrates and tentatively reaches out to a word that lights up, showing she is right....more >>

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Clearwater Campground, Brandon Township reach settlement

Brandon Twp.- After more than a year of a public battle, the Clearwater Campground Association and the township have reached a settlement which may allow some campground residents to stay in their homes year-round....more >>

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Plenty to run for locally

Atlas, Brandon, Groveland township boards wide open for new candidates

For area residents that may be considering a run at local government —now may be the time. All seats on all township boards are up for grabs this election year. Candidates seeking to run for the Atlas, Brandon and Groveland township boards must file petitions by 4 p....more >>
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You can hear them now

Area schools lifting cell phone restrictions for students

Like many students, Lucy Grogan calls home on her cell phone when she arrives at school in the morning.. "When I get to school I call Mom and let her know I made it," said Grogan, 17, a senior at Goodrich High School....more >>
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House of His Presence-North opens its doors to Oxford

A brand new Oxford church officially opened its doors to the public on Easter Sunday, the most sacred of Christian holidays. Approximately 80 folks attended House of His Presence-North's grand opening held at 2450 Metamora Rd....more >>
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Grab those eggs!

A total of 350 kids descended on Seymour Lake Park Saturday afternoon to collect colored eggs and catch ping-pong balls dropped from a helicopter. It was all part of the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department's annual Easter Bunny Bonanza....more >>
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Egg-citing catch

Vincent Angelini grabs an egg for his basket at the Springfield Parks and Rec Egg Hunt, April 6....more >>
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Local fans loco for Lucca

While Clarkston graduate Tony Lucca was preparing for his next round in NBC's The Voice, his family and friends were in Depot Park raising support and hopefully votes. Lucca was chosen by Adam Levine from Maroon 5 to continue on to the live performances where two from Team Adam would be eliminated based on votes from the audience....more >>

Trustees keep supervisor pay decrease options open

Citizens were prepared to debate changing the next supervisor's salary, April 3, but Trustee David Lohmeier took it off the table. Lohmeier originally proposed the next elected supervisor earn $25,000 without benefits, a reduction from the current almost $80,000 salary with benefits....more >>

Retailers seek sign amendments

Some Clarkston retailers want a brighter downtown. Kevin Harrison, owner of KH Home on Main Street, told Clarkston City Council signs could make a difference. "To many of us, this is not a vibrant business district," said Harrison....more >>
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Keck leaves classroom for newsroom

Mary Keck joins The Clarkston News as the newest addition to its reporting staff. She moves to Oakland County with her husband, Lance Farrell, from the southernmost tip of Indiana this past week....more >>

Vandalism at Depot Park

Spray paint vandals struck again; this time painting the image of a woman's face on Clarkston City Hall, this past weekend. Bob Pursley, Department of Public Works director, said the grafitti is similar to the stencil sprayed onto the side of the Clarkston News building last month....more >>
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Clarkston hall of famer reflects on the past

Before Det. Kirk Matich was helping to keep students in line as the Independence Township Sheriff's Office police liasion at Clarkston Community Schools - he was helping his teammates on the field....more >>

Trustee opts out of re-election

After receiving a promotion at his job with Allied Construction, Independence Township Trustee Mark Petterson has announced he will not be re-running for a position on the township board....more >>
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Soldier retires to spend more time with family

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor After more than 20 years with the U.S. Army, active duty and reserves, Paul Workman is ready to retire. "I'm happy with my career," said Workman, who retires on April 29 as a captain....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Music at Everest

Everest Collegiate High School Drama Club brings The Music Man to the stage, April 20-22, at 5935 Clarkston Road. Showtimes are Friday, April 20; Dinner Theater, Saturday April 21, dinner at 6 p....more >>
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Egg hunt

The sun shined as kids of all ages prepared for the start of Springfield Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt in Davisburg last Friday. After collecting all the eggs they could find, the kids and parents enjoyed refreshments and visiting the Easter Bunny....more >>
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Fifth grader spells success

Ashley Dunlap, fifth grader at Andersonville Elementary, finished in the top five in the county at the spelling bee regional competition, March 11 at Oakland Schools intermediate district building....more >>

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History workshop

The Oakland County Historical Commission presents The History of the Railroad in Oakland County, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, April 14, Springfield Oaks County Park's Activities Center, 12451 Andersonville Road....more >>

Desert Angel party

Oakland County Sportsmen's Club hosts A Fresh Start, Desert Angel Miracle Box Packing Event, 4-6 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at Oakland County Sportsmen's Club, 4770 Waterford Road. Suggested items include canned and boxed food, personal hygiene items, and new men's and women's socks, black only, medium and large T-shits, and medium boxer shorts....more >>

Race for the Kids

Early registrations for Chuck Keegan Race for the Kids are due by April 16. The race, co-sponsored by Clarkston Junior High and Clarkston Foundation in honor of Chuck Keegan, a former Clarkston teacher, is May 5....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Councilman hot about M-15" Clarkston City Council spent 40 minutes discussing the hot topic of road conditions. Some requests from Councilman David Savage ranged from lowering the speed limit on Main Street to banning all trucks going through the city to preserve some of the historic buildings....more >>
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Born October 21st
1772: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan).
1833: Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prizes.
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1929: Ursula K. Le Guin, science fiction writer (The Left Hand of Darkness).
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1529: The Pope names Henry VIII of England Defender of the Faith after defending the seven sacraments against Luther.
1600: Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats his enemies in battle and affirms his position as Japan's most powerful warlord.
1790: The Tricolor is chosen as the official flag of France.
1805: Vice Admiral and Viscount Horatio Nelson wins his greatest victory over a Franco-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off Cape Trafalgar, Spain. Nelson is fatally wounded in the battle, but lives long enough to see victory. Nelson and the Nile.
1837: Under a flag of truce during peace talks, U.S. troops siege the Indian Seminole Chief Osceola in Florida.