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Auto supplier seeks tax break

Rather than relocate the manufacturing of its new product to Mexico in order to save on labor costs, Cooper-Standard Automotive would prefer to keep its operations in the Village of Leonard....more >>
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Police millage increase to be determined

After much debate, Orion Township residents will only see one proposal for police services on the Aug. 2012 ballot. The proposal will be an increase. "I want to make sure we're prepared for the calls of service and the level of service Orion residents are accustomed too," said Orion Substation Commander, Lt....more >>
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Police: Combative senior citizen required two Taser hits for subdual

It took two electric shocks from a Taser gun, two police officers and two pairs of handcuffs to finally subdue a large 71-year-old Oxford Village man accused of domestic violence and resisting arrest April 19....more >>

Lifeguards off chopping block, back on budget

It seemed final. It seemed the topic was closed, but as of the April 19 Lake Orion Village budget meeting, the Green's Park lifeguards are once again on the budget. A March 8 meeting determined the village would exclude the price of keeping the lifeguards from the budget proceedings, yet the issue sparked controversy....more >>
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Madam Secretary? Call her Ruth

Tuesday was a homecoming of sorts for Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson as she addressed the Rotary Club of Oxford. "I have 1,700 communities (that) I represent now, but I'm always glad when (Rotarian) Joe (Bullen) asks me to come to Oxford," she said....more >>
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Woman's Club Fashion Show

At noon, May 3, the Ortonville Woman's Club will host its Annual Woman's Club Fashion Show and Luncheon at St. Anne Catholic Church, 825 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville. Tickets will be available for $8....more >>

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Council must redo trustee reduction

The Leonard Village Council recently made a boo-boo, but it's working to rectify the matter. At its April 9 meeting, council voted to reduce its number of trustees from six to four, making it a body of five members, including the village president....more >>
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Custodians work hard for district

As a kid Dion Beattie was taught "If you take care of your job. Your job will take of you." Beattie doesn't feel her job is taking care of her much these days as the possibility of privatizing custodial services for Lake Orion schools lurks in the shadows....more >>
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Choose which charity to swing for

Hey there golfers, are you looking for a golf outing where you can donate money, swing your clubs and eat some good food? Then check out the Choose Your Charity Golf Outing at Paint Creek Country Club on June 4....more >>

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Ex-deputy clerk's embezzlement trial underway

Former Oxford Village Deputy Clerk Marion Patricia Paad's embezzlement trial began Monday before Judge Michael Warren in Oakland County Circuit Court. Paad is accused of stealing village residents' property tax payments and police department funds....more >>
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Orion Center brings together all ages under one roof

After breaking ground in October 2010, Community Programs Director Lisa Sokol is anticipating final approval on the new Orion Center at 1335 Joslyn Road. "We're really looking forward to finally being able to open the building when we get final approval to do that," Sokol said....more >>
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Schools get greener

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer Oxford Community Schools turned two different shades of green this spring when three of its elementaries were honored April 24 at a ceremony held in Waterford....more >>
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Roads get fresh coat of gravel

Motorists who travel Oxford Township's gravel roads will notice a much smoother ride on some of these scenic rural routes. On Monday, workers from the Road Commission for Oakland County began spreading fresh gravel surfaces on 5....more >>
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Lake Orion village welcome new boutique

By Tahra Gribbin Review Intern Downtown Lake Orion is welcoming its first new business since the streetscape finished - a new upscale boutique. Simply Marcella, a specialty boutique, with one other shop in St....more >>

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New novel features immortal living in Oxford's gravel pits

By Lance Farrell Leader Staff Writer Did you ever wonder how the world got so messed up? This is the sort of question Ty Beltramo ponders. Beltramo, of Oxford, has just published a science fantasy novel titled Eden's Jester....more >>
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Orion Girl Scouts donate time for pets

Olivia Shumaker Review Intern Donating time is an act few have time for, but for Girl Scout Troop 13354 of Paint Creek Elementary School, giving time, energy, and donations to the Oakland Pet Adoption Center was a work of love and learning to help others....more >>

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Brandon class reunion At 5 p.m., July 21, the Brandon High School Class of 1967 will gather for a 45th class reunion at the Springrove Estates Clubhouse, 10771 Dixie Highway. In addition, at 6 p....more >>

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Love Story

Susan Says

Twenty years ago on April 18, my husband John and I pledged our love to one another in front of more than 150 family members and friends. I can remember certain details of that day vividly—how shy I felt walking down the church aisle, how heavy my bouquet felt, how the flowers shook in my nervous hands—and how all of that faded when I reached the altar and looked up into John's eyes....more >>

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Childcare program to be eliminated

Brandon Twp.- The school district will no longer offer a childcare program. Pam Schoemer, director of special education for the district, said the program for children 6-months-old to school-age will end June 29....more >>

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District caps SOC for high school

Goodrich-The board voted 6-1 to join the Schools of Choice to include the schools within Genesee County. Trustee Niki Wiederman voted no. Then by a 6-2 vote the board joined the contiguous school districts in Lapeer and Oakland counties....more >>
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'Bullying is a choice... it can impact another person for the rest of their life'

Graduation day is a day of pride and happiness for most high school seniors. But for Gabrielle Ford, who fell on her way to get her diploma, it ended being a day of humiliation and sadness as she was laughed at and made fun of by a classmate....more >>
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'It's just common sense'

Local biker reflects on new Michigan helmet law and insurance

At 5-years-old, Kenneth Patrick asked his father for a bicycle. "Dad showed up with a Honda 50 cc motorcycle," said Patrick. "Dad said, 'Why pedal when you can give it the gas and just sit there?'" At 54-years-old, Patrick has been riding motorcycles—on and off road—for more than four decades....more >>
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Lady Martians receive national recognition

On Tuesday the Army National Guard presented the Goodrich Girls Basketball team a national ranking trophy as part of the MaxPreps Tour of Champions. The Lady Martians were only one of 10 schools honored nationwide on the tour after winning the school's first-ever Class B state championship....more >>

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Brandon shed fire injures dogs in attached kennels

Brandon Twp.- Five dogs were seriously burned when a shed fire spread to their attached kennels this week. The dogs, Llewellian setters, suffered second and third degree burns. One of the dogs had to be euthanized....more >>
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Brandon Board eyes restructuring elementary schools, teacher lay-offs

Brandon Twp.- The school board is exploring two plans that would dramatically change the three elementary schools in the district and may reduce the overall number of teacher lay-offs that are coming....more >>
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Township library millage language OK'd, submitted for August ballot

Brandon Twp.- It's official—township voters will see a library millage proposal on the Aug. 7 ballot. Five months after announcing their intention to request a millage increase, the library board formally approved at their April 23 meeting a resolution and ballot language to be submitted to the Oakland County clerk....more >>
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Oxford shines!

The stage of the high school's Fine Arts Center was alive with singing, dancing and instrumental performances Friday night as it hosted the Oxford's Got Talent competition. Twenty-five amazing acts featuring elementary, middle school and high school students delighted and entertained the audience for more than two hours....more >>

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Public input sought for trail plan

Local residents will have three opportunities to give their input regarding the future of the Polly Ann Trail. The trail's management council is hosting three public meetings in the three townships through which the non-motorized, recreational path winds its way....more >>
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Carnacchio snags three SPJ awards

Oxford Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio earned three more journalism awards last week from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The 36-year-old Oxford resident received first place in the editorial writing category for his Jan....more >>

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OHS grad pays tribute to his comrade

By Jerred Pender 2005 Oxford High School graduate On Sunday, April 15, my friend Travis Mills turned 25 years old. To most of us 25 is not a milestone year in our lives, but for Travis it will be....more >>

Village Consent Agenda - Lions Club Golf Outing

The golf outing is scheduled for June 2 anbd the club requested permission to erect a sign from May 20 to June 3 at the north east corner of M-24 and Flint Street. The village's sign ordianance allows for such a request as long as the sign will onlybe up two weeks before the event....more >>

Village Consent Agenda - Lions Club Jubilee

Lions Club Jubilee signs-The Lake Orion Lion's Club is planning to host their Annual Jubilee. This year the event is scheduled for June 21 through June 24 and the club is seeking permission to erect three event signs in or near the downtown area....more >>

Brief - Fire Millage

Fire Millage renewal at the April 16 board meeting Orion Township board voted unanimous to approve the fire millage renewal rate at 0.9916 mills to be put on the Aug 2012 ballot. If approved and levied the millage would generate $1,282,890 in Dec....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 >>
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Spisz running for county commissioner

Mike Spisz is ready to take the big leap from 300 Dunlap Rd. in Oxford Township to 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac. All he has to do is win a couple elections this year. The 41-year-old township trustee filed his paperwork to run as a Republican for the District 3 seat on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners....more >>

Corrections

In the April 18 issue of The Lake Orion Review, an error occured in the article "Signing for the future" on Page 3. The picture identifying the volleyball team is actually the girls basketball team....more >>
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Scout earns grant to spread native plants

Life Scout Keegan Konkle has gone from earning merit badges to receiving grants. The Oxford High School freshman was recently awarded a $200 grant from the Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM) to purchase native plants for his Eagle Scout project....more >>
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Spring has sprung!

It's a shame that some people don't think it's newsworthy when an elementary school holds its annual fun-filled Spring Fair just as Lakeville Elementary did on Saturday. But fortunately, we at the Oxford Leader know that it's events like these that are the bread-and-butter of community journalism....more >>
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Free bicycle helmets for everybody!

Once again, the Oxford Fire Department and the fine folks from McLaren Oakland (formerly known as POH Regional Medical Center) teamed up to teach Oxford's second-graders the importance of wearing a protective helmet while bicycling....more >>
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Spring cleaning

Alex Gladding, left, holds open a trash bag for garbage Hannah Seaman found along Maybee Road on Sunday. Volunteers from Sashabaw Middle School spent the morning cleaning up the side of the road....more >>

Mayor waves off his pay

But it's not enough to close city deficits

With a projected deficit of $60,000, Clarkston Mayor Joe Luginski is cutting his own pay, and encouraging other City Council members to do the same. Even if they do, however, it wouldn't be enough....more >>
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Sign skirmish in bond debate

With three weeks left in the $20 million school bond campaign, bond opponents called out supporters for putting up signs before their time. "These signs were placed before they were legally allowed," said Henry Woloson, member of the group, referring to "Vote Yes" signs placed on private property on Dixie Highway over the weekend....more >>

Bond plan for rolling out tech

The Clarkston Community Schools proposed $20 million bond proposal funds technology in three stages, according to administration. The plan includes $3.4 million in bond money for fiscal year 2013 for 1,800 computer tablet devices, one each for teachers throughout the district and students in grades 6-7....more >>

Tax trouble for treasurer

Michael Powell of Independence Township brought to light a property tax error by Clarkston School Board Treasurer Steve Hyer to illustrate a point. "Hyer's lack of ethics lately really bothered me I figure he was long past due for an extensive checkup," Powell said....more >>

Library committee favors higher millage

The newly formed District Library Agreement Committee is off and running, and considering a higher tax rate for residents. The committee preferred an eight-year millage rate of 1.38 to support the district library....more >>

Bond success, failure in other districts

As Clarkstonites weigh pros and cons of the district's $20 million bond proposal, school districts on the west side of the state offer some examples....more >>
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Celebrate spring with Clarkston Rotary

The Clarkston Rotary Club hosts its spring wine tasting at Fountains Banquet Center, 6060 Maybee Road, a new location this year, on Thursday, May 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. "We're exited and hoping for a big turnout," said Rotarian Brad Evans....more >>
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Planning a ball to help mission work

Erica Cale of Independence Township may not be having a ball during her visit home, but she's planning one. Cale, 20, spends most of her time in Honduras running Helping Hearts Helping Hands, a mission she founded to help girls in need....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Clarkston grad's musical brought to life on stage

The costumes have been picked out, the set is finished and the Clarkston High School Drama Club is putting the finishing touches on their spring musical "Justice in Dusty Junction....more >>

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Layoffs for 14 staff

The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education approved 14 lay off notices on Monday, 7-0. The list includes 10 teachers at the elementary level, two teachers at Renaissance High School, one teacher at the middle school, one teacher at the junior high, and one teacher at the early childhood center....more >>

Townhall debate

Independent Tea Party Patriots hosts U.S. Senate candidates Clark Durant, Gary Glenn and Pete Hoekstra in a townhall debate, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, at Fountains Golf and Banquest Center, 6060 Maybee Road....more >>

Miles for Smiles

Macomb-Oakland Regional Center hosts its First Annual MORC Miles for Smiles 5K Run/Walk and Quarter Mile Fun Run, 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "When will it all end" New subdivisions were going up all over the Clarkston area, with heavy equipment lumbering over back roads. To deal with the increased population, Clarkston Schools were pursuing a June bond increase to fund a new school....more >>
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1950: North Korean Premier Kim Il-Sung establishes a new capital at Sinuiju on the Yalu River opposite the Chinese City of Antung.Retreating and advancing in a single day.
1959: The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in Manhattan.
1961: Bob Dylan records his first album in a single day at a cost of $400.
1967: The March on the Pentagon, protesting American involvement in Vietnam , draws 50,000 protesters.The infamous Pentagon Papers give insights into the Johnson administration's thinking on the Vietnam War.
1983: The United States sends a ten-ship task force to Grenada.