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Worker suffers severe burns in industrial accident

Company spokesman says machine did not explode, it caught fire

A spokesman for the Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing (AMM) indicated it was fire, not an explosion, at its Oxford facility May 1 that caused one of its workers to sustain burns that were so severe he had to be airlifted to a Detroit hospital for treatment....more >>
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GM does 'bring your kid to work day'

Over 100 area youth join in on car-based activities

Orion Assembly and UAW Local 5960 hosted over 100 children during the 2012 Bring Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day. Visiting children were able to participate in several activities during their visit, including a working on an "assembly line" featuring wooden cars, hands-on assembly training using Legos, plant tour of production departments and an environmental overview which included a tour of the plant's powerhouse operations....more >>

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State official says proposed ordinance language is illegal

Oxford Village's attorney is recommending council grant its manager discretionary power to exempt properties, in certain "rare" and "costly" cases, from complying with the requirements of state building codes....more >>

Layoffs coming?

Seven teachers cut for 2012-2013

As of today Lake Orion Community Schools are planning to lay off seven teachers next year. The Lake Orion School Board unanimously approved the layoffs at the April 25 board meeting....more >>

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Not guilty!

Pat Paad acquitted of all embezzlement charges against her

Not guilty. For Marion Patricia Paad, those were the two sweetest sounding words in the entire English language Monday as a jury of her peers acquitted her of all embezzlement charges following a four-day trial last week....more >>
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Gentlemen, start your cars carved from blocks of wood!

Twenty-five kids and adults spent Saturday afternoon racing toy cars they built from blocks of wood as part of the Pinewood Derby race held at the Oxford Free Methodist Church (790 S....more >>

Honoring teacher's memory with a tree

Sometimes even the briefest of moments can create lifelong memories. At least that's how the kids of Scripps Middle School's eighth grade feel about former theatre teacher Ian Young....more >>

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New safety path coming to Addison

Soon there will be even more ways to safely travel through Addison Township. Supervisor Bruce Pearson recently confirmed the launch of a new safety path project. Extending 2.5 miles from Lake George Rd....more >>
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'Suspicious' trailer fire under investigation

Oxford Fire Chief Pete Scholz said it was definitely a "suspicious" fire, but whether the cause was accidental or intentional remains to be seen. Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, firefighters were summoned to a house fire at 431 Shummard Branch (near Laurel Leah) inside the Lake Villa Manufactured Home Community, located off Lakeville Rd....more >>
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Farmer Nate visits Leonard with new book

The cow says, "Moo!" The pig says, "Oink! Oink!" Farmer Nate says, "Read my book!" Nathan Perkins, who works at Upland Hills Farm (481 Lake George Rd.) in Addison Township, visited Leonard Elementary last week to talk to students about writing, life on a farm and his brand new book, "A Day with the Animals at Upland Hills Farm....more >>

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Village moves ahead with allowing skateboards as transportation

It appears skateboarding will be specifically permitted in Oxford Village as a mode of non-motorized transportation and there will be no restrictions as to where they can be ridden within the downtown area....more >>
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Relay for lunch!

By Chris Ehrmann Review Intern This year, the Relay For Life team of Lake Orion and Oxford raised money for the American Cancer Society by coming out to the Orion Culvers restaurant and helped the staff with their duties....more >>

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Council interviews only candidate for vacant seat

It doesn't appear the Oxford Village Council is going to have a difficult time appointing someone to fill a vacant seat on the five-member board. Only one resident, Elgin Nichols, applied for the job....more >>
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Trash or treasure?

By Tahra Gribbin Review Intern On April 23, the Orion Art Center drew a large crowd to an exhibit which opened that evening. One of the interesting things about the nature themed exhibit which will be running until June 9 was the medium used to create the art pieces - the artists used trash....more >>
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100 years of scouting excellence

The Girl Scouts of America has taught young girls across the nation important values such as honesty, friendship and courage for years and this year marked the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America....more >>

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Briefs

Donkey basketball moves to May 12 At 7 p.m., May 12, at the Fletcher Intermediate School gym, 300 South St, Ortonville, the Ortonville Lions Club will present Donkey Basketball....more >>

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Consumers 90 applications short of goal

Brandon Twp.- A final campaign to extend gas mains in the township is taking place within the next week as Consumers Energy officials push to meet a deadline of May 18 to have 221 residents signed up for service....more >>
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Goodrich Farmers Market moves

Goodrich- After more than six years the Farmers Market is moving this spring. On Monday the village council voted 4-0 to move the Farmers Market from the commons area near Erie Street to the Goodrich Trade Center just north of the village on M-15....more >>

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CreekFest carnival set for Lane Car Co. location

Ortonville- The show will go on. After some juggling of locations, plans are now concrete for the village's first carnival in many years. The Ortonville Lions Club will welcome Schmidt Amusements to town from June 1 to June 3 at the new Lane Car Company location, 110 Ortonville Road....more >>

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Village employee pay hike included in 2012-13 budget

Goodrich- The council voted 3-1 at a special budget meeting on Monday to budget a $2 per hour raise for village employees. Council member Doug McAbee voted no. The additional $21,000 needed for the pay hike will be part of the 2012-13 budget which must completed and voted on by council members prior to June 30....more >>

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Locals travel to Honduras for immersion in Spanish

Riley Murray recently returned from a visit to Honduras and Utila, an island off the coast of the Central American country. The trip required eight days away from her fourth grade class at Belle Ann Elementary, but it wasn't all a beach vacation for Riley, 10, and her mother, Jessica Arundel....more >>

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Bookin' It For Your Library 5K Run/Walk

Ortonville- Sheila Roque has shed more than 100 pounds in less than two years, with her primary motivation being her two daughters. "My journey has never been about weight loss, it's been about taking care of my children," said the village resident, 30....more >>
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Teens & Seniors Rocking & Raking

It's been a decade now that Brandon Township Clerk Jeannie McCreery organized a few teens and started helping out some local senior citizens. "The program just grew," said McCreery....more >>

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Fireworks show needs spark

Brandon Twp.- The Greater Ortonville Area Chamber of Commerce is planning several fundraisers in an effort to continue the tradition of a fireworks show celebrating Independence Day....more >>

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Detach Goodrich? Commission to decide if township, village will vote

Goodrich- A former village councilmember is leading a drive to separate parts of the village. On April 12, village resident Patricia Wartella filed signed petitions to the Genesee County Clerk for the detachment of certain property within the village to Atlas Township....more >>
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Leonard resident's home invaded by CIA

Few welcome a visit from the CIA, but Eleanor Hamilton was glad to have them stop by on Saturday, April 28. Christmas in Action (CIA) is a nonprofit organization that provides "repairs that enable low-income seniors to safely remain in their homes....more >>

Poppie sales

North Oakland VFW Post 334 will be selling Buddy Poppies May 10, 11 and 12 at many locations in North Oakland County. The Veteran's of Foreign Wars carries out this fund raiser annually and the money raised is used to assist needy and disabled veterans in North Oakland County as well as support the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan....more >>
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Art Scholarships

Every year the Orion Art Center and our sponsors give thousands of dollars to student artists to help them pay for their education and pursue their dreams. Class of 2012 graduating seniors who live in the communities surrounding the art center intending to pursue a major in visual arts may submit up to three entries for exhibit, judging and and potential cash award....more >>

North Oakland Concert Band May 6

The North Oakland Concert band (NOCB) based in Lake Orion presents it's spring concert entitled "The Sky is the Limit" on May 6 at 4 p.m. at the Rochester High School Auditorium, 180 Livernois Road in Rochester Hills....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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Young achievers honored

The Independence Township community took great pride in their young volunteers on April 25 during the Clarkston Area Youth Assistance (CAYA) recognition ceremony. Kids of all ages were nominated for their volunteerism, academic achievement, and citizenship....more >>

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Oil search in Bay Court

If it pans out, Independence Township could cash in on oil and natural gas underneath Bay Court Park. How much depends on the amount found, said township Superintendent Bart Clark....more >>

City favors high price addition

Despite budget concerns, Clarkston officials are moving forward with a construction project that's more than 80 percent than originally estimated. At the city council meeting on April 23, Jim Brueck submitted options for the Department of Public Works' storage addition to city hall....more >>

Snow relief for Thendara

Residents living along Thendara, Mohican, Pequoit roads and Sequoyah Park drive will have an easier time navigating the roads this winter because their petition for winter maintenance was approved by the Independence Township council during a public hearing on April 17....more >>
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Stormy surprise

Police millage up in the air in Springfield

Voters will head to the polls this August to decide a Springfield Township police millage request, but the amount is still up in the air. "We will not be able to maintain current level of service with the funds generated by the current millage," said Supervisor Collin Walls, who favored setting it at 0....more >>

Bond debate comes to a close

Clarkston schools' $20 million bond proposal is many things to many people. To Scott Banks, media teacher at Clarkston High School, it's a gut check for the community. "What do we believe," Banks said....more >>
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Honors for Youth in Government

Senior Melissa Pavlik walked away from the annual Michigan Youth in Government conference last month with the honor for Best Proposal. Her proposal to include women in the federal draft was given during the National Issues Forum portion of the conference where 26 Clarkston High School students attended, joining 900 students from around Michigan....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Helping the Earth

Sashabaw Middle School students spent their weekend helping out their planet. On April 21, volunteers from the leadership and Academic Service Learning classes helped carry, sort and load electronics for recycling....more >>
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Spreading joy of reading at book sale

Readers checked out about 17,000 books for sale at Independence Township Library last week. Mary Whitley found a copy of Harry Potter among the stacks. "There's a lot of amazing books," Whitley said....more >>
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Volunteers bring aid to disasters

As southern Indiana continues to recover from tornado devastation last March, North Oakland Disaster Relief Team is gearing up to help. "We'll help people who otherwise couldn't get back into their homes," said Kathy Garwood, who runs the Clarkston-based non-profit group with her husband, Stan Garwod....more >>

Kids show creativity, skills at state competition

Three Clarkston Creativity Crew Destination ImagiNation teams competed at the Michigan Affiliate Finals competition, a state-wide event held the weekend of April 20-21 on the campus of Central Michigan University....more >>

Optimist Club honors students

Clarkston Area Optimists Club honored two Students of the Month for April, Kendall Hine from Independence Elementary and North Sashabaw Elementary student Dylan Donovan. "She's a shining star, upbeat, a smile on her face no matter what," said Hine's teacher, Jenny Warner....more >>

News Briefs

Veterans at Fourth

All veterans are invited to participate in this year's Independence Township Fourth of July Festival of Fun and Fireworks. Clintonwood Park's Carriage House is converted into a military museum for the July 4 festival, providing a place for vets to get together, display mementos, and answer questions from the public....more >>

Electronics recycling

Independence Township Department of Public Works offers free electronics recycling, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 6050 Flemings Lake Road. They will accept televisions, stereos, monitors, speakers, computers, miscellaneous cables, laptops, computer parts, printers, telephones, fax machines, cell phones, copiers, scanners, game consoles, VCRs, keyboards and mouses, DVD and CD players, microwaves, and handheld electronic devices....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "DDA board wants to keep going" With 1996's improper tax collection behind it, the Independence Township Downtown Development Authority was looking ahead to the possibility of future DDA-funded projects....more >>
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43: Octavian, Antony and Lepidus form the triumvirate of Rome.
511: Clovis, king of the Franks, dies and his kingdom is divided between his four sons.
1095: In Clermont, France, Pope Urbana II makes an appeal for warriors to relieve Jerusalem. He is responding to false rumors of atrocities in the Holy Land.Taking Jerusalem.
1382: The French nobility, led by Olivier de Clisson, crush the Flemish rebels at Flanders.
1812: One of the two bridges being used by Napoleon Bonaparte's army across the Beresina River in Russia collapses during a Russian artillery barrage. Napoleon's costly retreat from Moscow.