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Patrick Hingst (center), owner of 'Wiches, was proclaimed winner of the 'Best Burger in Oxford' contest Saturday. Victoria Connolly (left), owner of Victoria's Delights, took second place, while the 24th Street Sports Tavern, represented by cook James Eiter (right), earned third place. For more photos from Oxford's Backyards & Burgers event, please see pages 18 and 32 of our print edition. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio. (click for larger version)

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'Wiches claims burger throne

The queen was forced to abdicate her throne Saturday afternoon as a new king of burgers was crowned in downtown Oxford's Centennial Park. All hail Patrick Hingst, owner of 'Wiches, who now serves the "Best Burger in Oxford....more >>

Orion brings home league title

The Wildcats clawed at the defense and hissed at the offense, but in the end the Dragons walked where they pleased when on May 19 Lake Orion crushed Oxford 10-1 for the OAA White League title....more >>

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No layoffs

School district bucks local trend

While other school districts in Oakland County are flashing pink slips around, that's one color you'll not see in Oxford Schools this spring. According to Nancy Latowski, deputy superintendent for human resources at Oxford Schools, no layoffs are expected in the Oxford school district anytime soon....more >>

School Board looks at sports fees, again

Pay to Play fees for middle school will remain the same, at least for this year. After school board members raised concerns about fees to play sports at the middle school at the April 25 meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance John Fitzgerald decided to "back off" the $30 increase....more >>

Sewer district expanded to encompass entire twp.

Availability of Detroit sewer service is no longer limited to just the southern half of Oxford Township. On Thursday, May 17, it was announced that the boundaries of the township's sanitary sewer system will now encompass an area totalling 36 square miles....more >>
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Milosch Palace Chrysler Jeep Dodge awarded for being 'green'

After recently being awarded as a "green dealership" Brian Milosch, Co-owner of Milosch's Palace Chrysler Jeep Dodge said not to go green would be a "brain dead decision." "It makes a healthier place for my employees and for the environment," he said....more >>
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Megan Kellie is 'Teacher of the Year'

Being proclaimed 'Teacher of the Year' is quite a significant honor for any educator, but it's especially meaningful when it's achieved on a national scale. Just ask Megan Kellie. The 27-year-old preschool teacher at The Goddard School (55 Gateway Dr....more >>

Former Lake Orion resident 'strikes gold'

By Sam Logan Khaleghi Special to The Review Former Lake Orion resident, Michelle Lynne Balser is known to many of her customers by her nickname, "Shelly," but others know her as the owner of the metro-Detroit consignment shop Shelly's High End Collectibles....more >>

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Brandon Schools superintendent evaluation set for May 31

Brandon Twp.- The school board expects to present Superintendent Lorrie McMahon with her annual performance evaluation during a special board meeting set for 6:30 p.m., May 31 at the I-TEC Center, 609 S....more >>

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Wires cut, door pried open in biz burglary

OXFORD TWP. Employees of Raven Engineering, Inc. arrived at work Monday morning to discover their facility had been robbed at some point over the weekend. "They got hit pretty good," said Oakland County Sheriff's Det....more >>

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District, architects, contractors settle budget issue

Goodrich-An apparent error in accounting between architects and a construction management team responsible for the district's $15.4 million bond project has been resolved. "We were never short $1 million," said John Fazer, district superintendent on Monday night....more >>

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Annual golf outing for Lions

The Lake Orion Lions Club is preparing to swing at their 17th Annual Golf Outing and Dinner, June 2. "It's one of our bigger events for the year, but it's also one of our (most fun)," said Rick Rice co-chairman of the event....more >>

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Clear Lake to open time capsules Friday night

Marty, call the Doc and fire up the DeLorean's flux capacitor because Clear Lake Elementary's PTO is inviting the community to take a trip back to the 1980s when it opens seven time capsules on Friday, May 25 at 7 p....more >>
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Helpful citizen earns award for tire change

Derek Linville, of Lake Orion, was honored by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department for the good citizenship he exhibited last summer. In July 2011, Linville, a 2005 graduate of Lake Orion High School, was on lunch break with friends at Jimmy John's in Oxford....more >>
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New genealogical society forming in Addison Twp.

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Who am I? Where did I come from? Who were my ancestors? When and why did they come here? These are questions many folks find themselves asking as they research their family histories....more >>

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Oxford Elementary becomes official IB school

Oxford Elementary School was officially accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) School May 11. The accreditation "marks the end of the journey of planning . . and begins the journey of transforming" the educational experience offered at OES, said Curriculum and Instruction Assistant Superintendent James Schwarz....more >>

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Consumers: Contractor responsible for Oakwood Road gas line rupture

Brandon Twp.-A ruptured gas line in the township may prove costly to a contractor. At about noon May 15, Brandon firefighters responded to a natural gas line rupture just off Oakwood Road about one-half mile east of Hadley Road....more >>

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Goodrich School Board makes superintendent contract offer

Scott Bogner starts his work day as a crossing guard. "The school district had some budget cuts—so I stepped in and took over as crossing guard," said Bogner. "They told me I'd not last one year at the job....more >>

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No elementary restructuring this year; more study needed

Brandon Twp.- Kindergarten through fourth grade classes will continue in all three elementary school buildings in the district for the 2012-2013 school year. A proposal to reconfigure the buildings has been put on hold and a committee will be formed to study the issue in the fall....more >>
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'I loved animals, but I liked the science behind everything'

Dr. Angie Lusty will soon have patients that could tip the scales a half a ton. The rather hefty clientele will soon be all in a day's work for Lusty, who recently completed her studies at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine....more >>

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Blood drive From noon to 5:45 p.m., June 7, the Goodrich United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Road, Goodrich will be hosting the American Red Cross Blood Drive. Individuals 17 years and older who are in good health may donate blood....more >>
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Martian miler and vaulter qualify for state competition

Goodrich-Two Martian athletes are on their way to the state track meet in Grand Rapids on June 2. Goodrich High School Senior Ben Ruff, 18, won the one mile on May 18 at the regional track meet held at Northwestern High School with a time of 4:30....more >>

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Board moves forward on 17 pink slips, averts privatizing

Goodrich-On Monday night the school board voted 6-0 to issue pink slips to 17 district teachers. Linda Jackson, board vice-president, was absent. "We're actually looking to reduce the staff by 8....more >>

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Township park benefits from Brooksie Way grant

Brandon Twp.- Warriors wanted. The township parks and recreation department was recently awarded a Brooksie Way Minigrant in the amount of $2,000. Recreation Director Fred Waybrant will use the funds for a Life Trail Advanced Wellness System in the Brandon Township Community Park, 1414 N....more >>

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Consumers Energy near goal for gas mains

Brandon Twp.- Fourteen is the magic number. Consumers Energy had attained 207 applications as of May 23 from township residents who would like to be connected to natural gas service....more >>

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'She will be with me in spirit'

Jessica Pete ran track in high school and college, but put running aside several years ago after finishing school. Now the 31-year-old first grade teacher at Belle Ann Elementary teacher is running again and fighting back against cancer, inspired by her late colleague and longtime friend Kristi Martin....more >>

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The Citizen delivered late

For the past 17 years The Citizen has partnered with community residents, businesses, local government and the U.S.Post office. We relied on our partners to get a quality product out the door on time....more >>

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CreekFest returns for ninth year

Ortonville- CreekFest will be back next weekend and better than ever. After nearly being cancelled for 2012, the event is back from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 2 for its 9th year downtown, with new added attractions as well as old favorites....more >>
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Congrats to Bartz

OHS senior earns Congressional medal

Oxford High School senior Kristine Bartz was recently honored by a member of Congress for her exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. Bartz was one of 39 high school students in Oakland, Clinton, Ingham, Livingston and Shiawassee counties to receive a Medal of Merit from Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Brighton)....more >>

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Leonard grants tax abatement

Leonard's village council took steps May 14 to ensure 55 new jobs would be created at an automotive supplier's plant located in the small town as opposed to Mexico. Council voted 5-0 to grant Cooper-Standard Automotive a seven-year, 50 percent abatement (or reduction) of the personal property taxes on the $3....more >>

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LED—Lane Car Company sign OK'd by village council

Ortonville- The village council's approval of an LED sign on M-15 is a sign of goodwill for a local business. After some discussion and perhaps initial hesitation, the council approved 6-0 at their May 14 meeting a motion to allow Lane Car Company to have an LED message board sign installed at their recently opened second location at 110 Ortonville Road, within the village limits....more >>

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Briefs

Power outage From 12:30 a.m.-6 a.m., May 20, a power outage is scheduled to take place for Atlas Township residents. Fishing Derby From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 26, at 6424 Hickory Drive, Goodrich, the seventh annual Hickory Pond Fishing Derby and Family Fun Day will be held....more >>
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Last class at Brandon Co-Op Preschool

Similar to the past 25 years Judy Schwartz—a.k.a. Miss Judy— assisted her class of Brandon Co-Op Preschool students through graduation. But unlike other years, this will be Miss Judy's last....more >>

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Blue Star flags

Brandon Township residents with a family member serving in the military are eligible to receive a free Blue Star flag. Township resident Alice Marsh supplies the service flags, first made popular during World War II when the flags were displayed in front windows....more >>

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New Goodrich superintendent

Goodrich- A new district superintendent could be selected Monday night. The board of education voted 6-1 last month 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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Gas leak closes Oakwood Road

At about noon May 15, Brandon Firefighters responded to a natural gas line rupture just off Oakwood Road about one-half mile east of Hadley Road. Workers from Allendale, Michigan-based West Shore Services were installing a tornado warning pole when the 24-inch auger they were using to drill the hole apparently damaged a four-inch natural gas line about six feet underground that paralleled Oakwood Road....more >>

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Man charged in high speed chase

A former Brandon Township resident who led police on a high speed chase, crashed his vehicle, and eluded police for two hours, ultimately hiding in a tree, is facing up to five years in prison....more >>
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Memorial day parade and ceremonies

At 9:30 a.m., May 28 Memorial Day observances will be held for the Village of Ortonville along with Brandon and Groveland townships. A parade will begin at the Old Town Hall on the corner of Church and Mill streets, and will march to the Ortonville Cemetery on M-15....more >>
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Board expected to vote on privatizing busing, custodians Monday

Goodrich- In May 2011 the Goodrich School Board voted 6-0 to OK a labor contract with the Custodians, Maintenance, Para-Pros and Transportation (CMPT) group that included a 5.5 percent reduction in compensation for the employees, saving the district about $120,000....more >>

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Brandon elementary school changes studied

District officials are continuing to look at proposed plans to reconfigure the elementary schools in the district. At a special meeting May 10, Superintendent Lorrie McMahon offered two restructuring options that differed from initial changes proposed at an April 24 finance committee meeting....more >>
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Count them out

Brandon Twp.- Students protested in front of Brandon High School Tuesday morning, carrying signs denouncing recent decisions by the school board to privatize custodial services and pink slip 28 teachers....more >>

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Teacher pink slips loom for Goodrich

Goodrich-On Monday night the school board is expected to vote on pink slips for 17 district teachers. "We're actully looking to reduce the staff by 8.5 (teachers)," said John Fazer, district superintendent....more >>

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Candidates set for Aug. primary

Voters will have several candidates to choose from for township board races in Atlas and Brandon this August, while in Groveland Township, the supervisor, clerk, and treasurer are running unopposed....more >>
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Brandon Township law enforcement honored by county

A man who assisted police in capturing a criminal in Bald Eagle Lake and two deputies and a detective from the Brandon Township substation were recently honored by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office....more >>
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OHS students do auto program proud at MITES competition

Oxford High School's talented automotive students once again tested and proved their superior knowledge and skills on a statewide level. Steve Dziorny, Sean Hunter, Chad Simmers and James McCormick earned a combined 14 awards at the Michigan Industrial & Technology Education Society's (MITES) 18th annual automotive competition held May 11 at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw....more >>
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Working hand-in-paw for a cause

It was a beautiful morning to support a worthy cause as 230 people and countless canines turned out Saturday to participate in the Second Annual Wag & Walk at Powell Lake Township Park in Oxford....more >>
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Let the grill times roll!

Oxford's Backyards & Burgers event was a big hit with its carnival rides and games, delicious food and of course, all that gorgeous sunshine and warm weather....more >>
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Fun in the sun

Downtown Oxford enjoyed four fun-filled and sun-filled days last week as it played host to the Backyards & Burgers event....more >>

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Memorial Day observances

For lots of folks, Memorial Day has become just a day off from work or school, an opportunity to barbecue with family and friends, or a chance to enjoy a three-day weekend up north....more >>
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Greetings and salutations from Clarkston

There were plenty of smiles last Thursday at the 27th Annual Clarkston Community Awards Breakfast. The above were recognized for their community contributions . Behind Carolyn Morrison (front) from the left, are Jackie Buchanan, Curt Catallo, Hollie Sayles and Christy Collom; middle row, Grant Smith, Bill Knight and Stewart Siegner; and in back are Matthew Wright, Charles Griffith and Steve Lukens....more >>
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New additions to Memorial Day ceremony

Those attending the Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 28, can look forward to honoring our fallen soldiers with some new proceedings. American Legion Post 63 invites the public to enjoy the annual parade at 10 a....more >>

Clarkston considers passing sewer service to township

Clarkston may give control of the city sewer system to Independence Township as a cost-saving measure. "It's come to the point that we need to take a serious look at it," Mayor Joe Luginski said....more >>

Clarkston doles out community awards

By Don Rush Clarkston came out last Thursday to recognize outstanding individuals and businesses in the community. Close to 120 people attended the 27th Annual Clarkston Community Awards breakfast....more >>
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Church's community party to help world

Bridgewood Church, 6765 Rattalee Lake Road in Independence Township, invites the community to three days of fun for a good cause. The church's One Day to Change mission includes lots for the community, starting with One Day Block Party, 7 p....more >>

Library lowers millage request

In light of the recent school bond defeat, caution rules the day in library-tax talks. "It would be nice to have 1.38 (mills), but I don't think that's going to fly very well," said Richard Bisio, Clarkston City Council member at the May 14 council meeting....more >>

Fire millage up for vote

Independence Township voters will be asked two questions about the Fire Department renewal of the current millage rate at 3.1688, and an increase of .59 mills. The board voted unanimously, May 15, in favor of the fire mill increase....more >>

Trustees cautious about Bay Court fracking idea

Before any drilling occurs in Bay Court Park, Independence Board of Trustees wants to know its cut of the royalties. The board voted unanimously, May 15, to fund a title search, which would reveal how much of the park's minerals the township owns....more >>

Home Tour for SCAMP

Five Clarkston-area homes are featured in the 2012 Clarkston SCAMP Home Tour. After a 5:30 p.m. Saturday tour, participants who purchase Patron Night reservations are invited to a party at Deer Lake Athletic Club's banquet hall....more >>
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Clarkston exercises on the edge

When you want to get fit, do you look to NASA or the Navy Seals for inspiration? Shar Saffold, owner of Encore Pilates does. "We offer things to residents they can't get anywhere else," she said....more >>
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Seniors figure out social networking

If you haven't been careful about what you post on Facebook, you may want to reconsider next time you log on because grandma or grandpa may just send you a "friend" request. At the Senior Center in Clintonwood Park, seniors have been learning how to navigate the popular social media site, and "they do a very good job," said their instructor Carol Compagnoni....more >>
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Just for kids!

Lots of smiles and laughter filled Clintonville Park on May 13 as the Independence Township Parks and Recreation held their Kids Day and Kids Only Garage Sale. Activities included making and flying kites, a petting zoo, archery with Oakland County Sportsmen's Club and more....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Hope soars at Relay for Life

Survivors, families, and friends enjoyed fine weather over the weekend for the Clarkston Relay for Life, May 19-20. Teams lined the track at Clarkston Junior High School, setting up campsites and fund-raising booths offering food, games, crafts, and entertainment in support of the American Cancer Society....more >>
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Occupy at Bank of America

With signs declaring, "We are the 99%" and "'Bad' for America," Occupiers gathered in front of Bank of America on Ortonville Road, May 9. Demonstrator Pam Belding of Ortonville said Bank of America is "one of the leaders of the foreclosures in this country....more >>

News Briefs

Candidates in primary

With a candidate filing deadline of last Tuesday, the ballot is set for the Aug. 7 primary election. Candidates for Independence Township supervisor include Republicans Terry Fortuna, Patrick Kittle, Todd Waring, and Neil Wallace, who is currently township trustee....more >>

Springfield police mill

Springfield Township residents will vote on a 0.75 mill property tax for police services in the Aug. 7 primary election. "That's the funding we need in order to maintain the current level of service," said township Supervisor Collin Walls....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look BackFrom The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Making science fun" Students at Bailey Lake Elementary School had their choice of animals during an all-day science day. They got to experience, hands on, lots of other branches of science as they ditched their regular subjects for the day....more >>
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