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Welcome to spring Orion

It was a short and warm winter, but the wet and wind went away to make way for a bloom filled sunny spring season in Orion. The lack of cold allowed the trees and plants to put on their best show while spring sport enthusiasts got an early start....more >>

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Skilling to see salary increase by $22K over three years

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer Between now and 2014, Oxford Superintendent Dr. William Skilling will see his salary increase by a total of $22,269 as a result of the school board's decision last week to adjust his employment contract....more >>
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NOCC seeks to nip substance abuse in the bud

The on-going war on drugs has yet another target and it's become a problem in Orion Township. A townhall meeting on April 24 is planned to address this problem and with the help of Oakland County Sheriff Lieutenant Dan Toth, Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh, 52/3 District Court Judge Julie Nicholson and more, the issue of synthetic marijuana and underage drinking will come to light....more >>
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Who killed Andrew Vailliencourt?

Public's help needed to solve 1987 murder case

Twenty-five years ago this month, the body of a young man who had been brutally murdered was found along the side of a road in northern Oxford Township. Unfortunately, the person (or persons) responsible for this reprehensible act was never identified and apprehended....more >>
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LOHS students get political

Elected officials and area high school students both got a treat April 12 when the Oakland County Board of Commissioners invited over 100 kids to participate in the annual Youth in Government day....more >>
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Stuffed for a cause!

Hunger Games

Raising money to help little kids live their dreams typically gives folks a heartwarming feeling. But in the case of eight Oxford Jr. Wildcats (OJW) coaches, it was more like heartburn....more >>

School custodial RFP process moves forward

As the Lake Orion School Board moves forward with the RFP (Request for Proposal) process for privatization of custodial services, "a dark cloud of discouragement" remains over the current AFSCME Union custodial staff, according to Kathy Sandstrom, mail truck driver/custodian for the school district....more >>

Easter dinners are a success at local food pantry

The Oxford/Orion Fish Food Pantry's first Easter dinner give away proved a success, according to Pantry Manager Sandy Klersy "Everybody that walked in and out of here was just so thrilled, that it was being offered," Klersy said "Not only did they get an Easter dinner, but if they had kids they actually got Easter Candy Baskets that were donated by Quest Diagnostics....more >>

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Parks director fed up with Seymour violators

Ron Davis is fed up with the way people are flagrantly violating and in some cases, just plain ignoring the rules at Seymour Lake Township Park. "It's getting out of hand at the park," said the director of the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department....more >>

Community welcomes new library director

A meet and greet with new Library Director Karen Knox, was held at the Orion Township Library on April 12. "This is such a fabulous opportunity for me to be able to meet a lot of people from the community....more >>
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OMS play presents classic tales with comedic, modern twist

What if the feuding noble families in the famous play "Romeo & Juliet" were replaced with rival fast food chains? That's the type of modern and comedic twists that audiences will experience when the Oxford Middle School Drama Club presents "Crumpled Classics," written by Craig Sodaro, at 7:01 p....more >>

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Village proceeds with proposed changes to skateboard ordinance

Oxford Village officials are moving forward with proposed amendments to the municipality's ordinance regulating "skateboards, scooters, mopeds, extreme rollerblading and extreme biking....more >>

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Support for skateboarders strong at hearing

Skateboarding proponents turned out in full force at last week's Oxford Village Council meeting to voice their support for an ordinance amendment that would specifically allow this form of non-motorized transportation....more >>

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Twp. reprioritizes safety path projects for future

Oxford Township last week re-prioritized the list of safety paths it wishes to see constructed around the community should the necessary funding ever become available. Projects considered smaller in size or greater in their potential to enhance pedestrian safety were moved up the list....more >>

Seven effective habits to prevent hearing loss

Hearing loss is common, but the perception that hearing loss is only caused by aging is incorrect. More than 36 million American have hearing loss. Changing lifestyle habits, and treating a variety of health conditions can help to prevent hearing loss....more >>

Retirement planning: the dos and don'ts

As with most things in life, it's never too early to plan. And even if you are not at the doorstep of retirement, there are some critical dos and don'ts related to retirement planning, that anyone could benefit from....more >>

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New $325K security system to give safety personnel ability to view schools

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer The Oxford Community Schools Board of Education approved a $324,798 bid for security enhancements throughout the OCS system. Though the Oxford area schools and buildings are already very secure, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives & Technology Tim Throne said the upgrade to IP video marks a significant step forward in security sophistication....more >>
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Eagle soars with pavilion project

Atlas Twp.- An improved recreation area and a cleaner environment. Two key elements that emerged from Adam McCormick's Eagle Scout project. McCormick Eagle Scout honor, the highest in the Boy Scouting program , was accomplished last summer by refurbishing the pavilion along with new picnic tables tops located in the Reid Elementary School playground area....more >>

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CERT turkey dinner From 5-8 p.m., April 27 , the Brandon Community Emergency Response Team will host a turkey dinner at the Ortonville United Methodist Church, 93 Church St. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment and protective clothing for CERT....more >>
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Dave's Tobacco Lounge

From more than 40 flavors of premium tobaccos for hookahs to a walk-in humidor with a selection of cigars to unique smoking accessories, try Dave's Tobacco Lounge in downtown Ortonville....more >>

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Old Mill opens for season

At 10 a.m., April 21, the Old Mill, 366 Mill St., Ortonville will open for its 44th year. Dean Salley, Ortonville Community Historical Society president, said volunteers are needed to help create more than 2,000 historical profiles of items in the museum....more >>

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More school district funds spent on wastewater treatment plant

Brandon Twp.- The school district's septic issues have been ongoing for years and during their April 16 meeting, the board approved $74,000 to be spent on updates to the district's wastewater treatment plant....more >>

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Communications survey gives direction

Brandon Twp.- Less phone calls, more e-mails and newspaper updates. A recent communications audit conducted by Hildy Corbett gave the school district some direction in how parents, employees, senior citizens and other community members want to receive information....more >>
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Occupy Ortonville

Ortonville- William Armstrong was curious about the Occupy movement so he decided to find and attend the nearest meeting. For the White Lake resident, that was the April 15 Occupy meeting in Ortonville....more >>

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Class size, funding key in Schools of Choice debate

Goodrich- At 6 p.m., April 23 the board of education is expected to vote on the future of the Schools of Choice program for the 2012-13 school year. On Monday, board members, teachers, and school administration deliberated for more than three hours in a special meeting on how to proceed with a growing Schools of Choice (SOC) enrollment within the district....more >>
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Coaches rally for Barns

Atlas Twp.- A local basketball coach battling cancer now has the support of some top college coaches. In March 2011, Goodrich Junior Varsity Basketball Coach Dave Barns learned he had cancer....more >>

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'It's a good report': Major crimes down overall in township

Brandon Twp.- Deputies responded to 5,787 calls for service in the township in 2011, only a slight increase from the year before. Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pete Burkett, Brandon substation commander, recently released the 2011 year-end sheriff's report....more >>
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'Put Your Hands to the Worship'

Ortonville- Using hands to pray is common during church services, but at Hillside Bible Church last Sunday, 500 hands were used for a different purpose. Instead of parishioners seated in rows listening to a sermon by Pastor Kevin Shorkey, chairs were removed from the sanctuary at the church, 173 N....more >>

Program supervisor hired

Anna Marie Stuben as new Community Program Supervisor at an hourly wage of $16....more >>

Baldwin Road closed April 21

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) expects to close Baldwin Road between Gregory and Judah roads in Orion Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 to replace a drainage culvert that runs under the road....more >>

Young to run for third term

During board comments at the April 16 board meeting Orion Township Treasurer Alice Young announced her plans to run for re-election of a third term. Young has served the Township for almost 8 years as Treasurer....more >>

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Library director fears loss of 'super drunk' penal fines

Both Oxford Township and Village are proceeding with the ordinance amendment process so as to allow so-called "super drunks" to be prosecuted locally as opposed to under state law, thus permitting the municipalities to recoup a portion of the fines levied against offenders....more >>

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MTA opinion says twp. can't legally fund job fair

Oxford Township was all set to provide the seed money for a community job fair scheduled to take place Friday, June 15 at a location to be determined. However, an opinion from the Michigan Townships Association (MTA) indicated that's not legal....more >>

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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 >>
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Hats off to Leonard's PTO!

Leonard Elementary's PTO is to be commended for helping the school's K-5 student population reach new heights literally. Through its nonstop fund-raising efforts ranging from weekly exercise classes to the annual spring fair the group was able to generate the $3,500 necessary to purchase a rock climbing wall for Leonard's gymnasium....more >>
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Those OES kids are talented!

Singing, dancing, karate, gymnastics is there anything those amazing students at Oxford Elementary School can't do? Apparently not. A total of 21 entertaining acts comprised of 27 young performers took to the Oxford High School Fine Arts Center stage Friday night to showcase their abilities as part of the annual OES Talent Show, presented by the student council....more >>
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Fighting cancer with laughter

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer Chardonnay restaurant in Oxford will host a Relay for Life comedy fundraiser on Saturday, April 21. Comedians Trevor Smith and Norm Stulz will perform Saturday night....more >>
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Students test reading skills in 'Battle of the Books'

Two major battles were fought in Oxford last week. No one got hurt, and everyone learned something. A total of 80 fourth-graders (15 teams) and 44 sixth-graders (nine teams) tested their comprehension skills and memories as they went brain-to-brain in the annual Battle of the Books, sponsored by the Oxford Public Library....more >>
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Ben Magdaleno is Mr. Oxford!

It's like Miss America only with dudes. Congratulations to Oxford High School senior Ben Magdaleno who was crowned "Mr. Oxford 2012" Monday night at the Fine Arts Center. Eight of the manliest men OHS could muster competed in the pageant held as a fund-raiser for this year's prom....more >>
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Local seniors tour weather forecasting facility.

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer Seniors from Independence Village (IV) of Waterstone journeyed to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in White Lake April 17. IV Activity Director Laura Ashley led the "gang" to White Lake....more >>

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What is the OCSD Cold Case Unit?

The Oakland County Sheriff's Department's Cold Case Unit consists of seven members including retired sheriff's investigators, retired officers from other police agencies and a retired prosecutor....more >>
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Gotta dance!

Isabella Baumann, 1 1/2, dances to the music with her mother, Anna Baumann, at the Little Gigglers reading group at Independence Township Library, April 16. The group ended its school year session, but returns with the Summer Reading Program in June....more >>

School Bond questions and answers

In Dr. Rod Rock's column "Reasons for bond's capital projects," March 28, the Clarkston Schools superintendent presented his plan for about half of the $20 million bond proposal. His reasons prompted some questions, which are presented here with Dr....more >>

More for firefighters?

Chief says higher millage needed to maintain services

Firefighters need a millage increase just to stay in the game, according to the chief. Chief Steve Ronk and Captain Mitch Patterson presented the Fire Department's Budget Analysis to Independence Township Board of Trustees, April 10....more >>

Group feels 'Positively Clarkston'

When a letter arrived in your mailbox from "Positively Clarkston" over the weekend, you may have raised an eyebrow. Who was behind the mysterious post? Answer: Mayor Joseph Luginski, former mayors Steve Arkwright and Sharron Catallo, City Manager Dennis Ritter, and City Councilman Eric Haven, who say the message isn't funded by the city but by a growing group of concerned citizens....more >>

Group spreads word on school bond

For Clarkston Kids First members Aimee Baker, Mary Herzenstiel, Kelli Horst and Anna Muzzy, the $20 million bond proposal is all about information. "We're also meeting a lot of people face to face in the community to answer questions about technology what it means, what the money will be used for," Horst said....more >>
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Clarkston moves to the music

Local residents tapped their toes to the first performance of the Clarkston Center for the Performing Arts' "Music on the Move" series last Saturday. The show at the Depot Theater featured Glenn Poorman playing the Chapman stick followed by The Red Sea Pedestrians, a band of six musicians with a unique blend of sounds and styles....more >>
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Family research reveals Civil War history

During the Civil War, brother fought brother as North and South struggled for survival. That's true for Vesta DeRiso's ancestors. Her great grandfather on her mother's side, Isaac Elliot, ended up fighting for both sides....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Mitt Romney's music teacher reminisces

Have you ever wondered what Mitt Romney was like before he became a presidential hopeful? Clarkston resident Nancy McGuire knows. In 1952, she was Romney's kindergarten music teacher at Vaughn Elementary School in Bloomfield Hills....more >>
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Tails and Trails with Canine Companions

For Canine Companions Rescue Center of Clarkston, Tails and Trails Walk-A-Thon and Adoption event will also be a reunion. "It's kind of a reunion for dogs and the fosters who raised them," said Connie Fleck of Independence Township, who founded the group with her husband Carl in 2004....more >>
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Meeting with the Gov.

Jill Giovas' third grade class at Pine Knob Elementary visit with Gov....more >>

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School budget talk

Clarkston Board of Education will consider $1.2 million in budget cuts, including $210,000 in staff reductions, at Monday's meeting. Potential staff reductions could include layoff notices for 12 full-time-equivalent employees....more >>

White Cane Week

Clarkston Area Lions take to the streets and store fronts, April 27-May 5, for their annual White Cane Week. Funds donated will be used to support sight and hearing projects including Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan Eye Bank and Transplant Center in Ann Arbor, Lions Bear Lake Camp for Physically Challenged Youth in Lapeer, Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, Beaumont Silent Children Fund, and the District 11A2 Lions Hearing Program for Oakland and Macomb Counties....more >>

Neighbor to Neighbor

The Clarkston congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts its fifth annual Neighbor To Neighbor Giveaway, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 28. "Over the past five years, church volunteers have helped hundreds of individuals in Clarkston and surrounding areas receive free clothing, furniture, games for kids, bedding, and other household items they simply could not afford," said Bishop Matthew Laker, leader of the congregation....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Bike theft puts damper on spring" Mitch Kusza had his brand new bike stolen. He saved $200 for a new silver Viper Diamonback BMX bike. He earned money by keeping his room clean as well as studying and going from not on the honor roll to making the list earning A's and B's in his classes....more >>
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