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Thank you for your service

They survived the Great Depression, saved the world from fascism and helped turn the United States into an industrial and military superpower. They truly were the Greatest Generation of the 20th century and Oxford resident Frank Kidder, 89, is one of them....more >>

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Village to meet with state police over missing funds

Oxford Village officials scheduled a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 with the Michigan State Police (MSP) to determine what, if anything, the agency is doing or plans to do about the municipality's missing funds....more >>
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'I pledge allegiance to the flag...'

The Orion Veterans Memorial was "bursting at the seams," according to Dr. Joseph Mastromatteo. The large crowd turned out to pay their respects and honor veterans both past and present....more >>
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Speakers urge crowds to remember the fallen, be grateful

Remembrance and gratitude were at the heart of the keynote speeches delivered at the Memorial Day observances in Oxford and Addison townships. "On this day, Americans are commemorating those who made the greatest sacrifice giving one's own life on behalf of others," said Jim Hubbard, 65, a Vietnam war hero and commander of North Oakland VFW Post 334....more >>

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Officials debate DDA's large debt to village

"Sticker shock." That was the way Oxford Village Councilman Dave Bailey described the $165,176 bill that the Downtown Development Authority received from the village for a variety of services and debts paid for by the municipality on the DDA's behalf since 2010....more >>
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Superintendent supports custodian privatization

(Part one in two part series) As Superintendent of Lake Orion Community Schools, Marian Ginopolis said her main obligation is to students and providing the best education for them, which is why she supports the recommendation to privatize custodial services....more >>
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Bakers buy bears to help comfort kids

A gang of Teddy Bears took over the Sweet & Savory Bake Shop in downtown Oxford last week. But don't worry, this crew of 80 brown and white bears wasn't there to cause trouble. They were just passing through....more >>
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2012 fireworks set to explode June 30, support still needed

Like last year, the Lake Orion Fireworks Association (LOFA) is hoping to make this year's celebration of Independence start and end with a boom, on June 30 but they need your support....more >>
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Former graduate retires with honors

Being newly married to his high school sweetheart and unable to find a job in the early 1980's, Lake Orion native Daniel Choike, decided to join the United States Marine Corps, little did he know he would be in the Marine Corp for 30 years....more >>

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Kingsbury lowers tuition to increase enrollment

Kingsbury Country Day School in Addison Township is reducing its tuition by a significant amount in the hopes of attracting new students to its 125-acre campus at 5000 Hosner Rd. "We want to grow our enrollment and grow our alumni data base," said Kingsbury Headmaster Tom Mecsey....more >>

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Marijuana growing operation busted in Addison

They were searching for one thing and ended up finding something much bigger. Two 45-year-old Addison Township men were taken into custody after a marijuana growing operation was discovered May 24 by Oakland and Macomb county sheriff's officers in the basement of a house in the 1800 block of Moffat....more >>
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Amazing Petals gets its art on

Art has always been a strong suit of Lake Orion's downtown thanks to institutions like the Orion Art Center, Accent on Art, the photography studios and more. That aspect is about to become a little stronger....more >>
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Paint Creek learns the importance of reading

In an age when music is streamed, videos are "on demand" and books are electronic, it's understandable that the public sometimes forgets about their public libraries. The staff of Orion Township Library, however, took time May 23 to teach the students of Paint Creek Elementary the value of their facility, namely in that everything is free....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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Time capsules give Clear Lake a blast from the past

Clear Lake Elementary took a nostalgic walk down memory lane Friday evening as former students opened seven time capsules buried in the spring of 1987. "It was exciting," said Leanne (Cason) Cantrell, who was a fifth-grader when the capsules were created and placed in the ground....more >>
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Detroit Lions come to Orion for charity

Lake Orion is at no lack for charitable people and many of those people gathered May 23 for a charity at Palazzo Di Bocce on S. Lapeer Road to hold a special bocce-themed event. Thanks to the Detroit Lion's Charity, residents from the Orion area had a chance to play bocce with Head Coach Jim Schwartz and about 40 Detroit Lions, including Calvin "Megatron" Johnson....more >>
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G's wins the 'Pizza War'

G's Pizza was voted the winner of the 'Pizza Wars' held at the May 10 Orion Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. "We were greatly honored to win it," said Chris Galea, one of the managers of G's Pizza....more >>

Scripps cleans Paint Creek

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern Scripps Middle School students learned how to keep our water clean May 24, when the eighth grade students went to Paint Creek to test the health of the river....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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Council holds the line on village tax rate

Albensi wants dispatch options explored, employees to pay more for health insurance

Good news for Oxford Village residents they will not face a millage increase when they receive their property tax bills this summer. Last week, council voted 4-0 to keep the rate at 10....more >>
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Vote for Common Ground

Common Ground, a non-profit organization that helps people move from crisis to hope, could be one of 150 charities to win a $25,000 grant, but they need your help. As an online contest with fierce competition, they need your vote....more >>

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Bear Paw looks to deliver beer, wine on Lakeville Lk.

Terry Stevens has the cure for what ails or ales you. Stevens, owner and operator of the revamped Bear Paw Cafe on the banks of Lakeville Lake, wants you to know that his establishment now delivers food to your boat and beer and wine could be soon to come....more >>
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Local nurse is winner of Daisy Award

Lake Orion resident Susan Rinehart, RN, BSN, CWOCN was named the newest recipient of the DAISY Award for Extradordinary Nurses by St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. Rinehart, who works in the Education Department, was recognized for her clinical skills, compassionate care, exemplary service and extraordinary commitment to patient-centered care....more >>
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State honors landscaper for 'effective land stewardship'

Oxford Ornamentals, Inc., a landscape contracting company owned and operated by Tom Lepping of Oxford, was verified for the second time by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)....more >>

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Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville

Ginny Gentry is a cancer survivor. As such, the 81-year-old Brandon Township resident is eligible to walk in a special survivor lap to kick-off the 2012 Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, planned for 10 a....more >>

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Briefs

Latchkey Day Camp Beginning June 1, Brandon Schools will be holding Latchkey Day Camp. The camp offers weekly field trips, water play, pizza making, and daily crafts. Enrollment for summer and the 2012-2013 school year is now taking place....more >>
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Beloved Harvey Swanson principal retires after 38 years in education

Ortonville- A chalk-written message on the sidewalk in front of Harvey Swanson Elementary School on Wednesday read, "We will miss you Dr. Clemetsen." While the message will fade away, exposed to the elements and the hundreds of small feet that cross over it every day, the sentiment won't be erased from the hearts of current and former students, parents and colleagues of Harvey Swanson Principal Helen Clemetsen....more >>

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The Pines construction begins

Goodrich-Construction of The Pines Assisted Living Facility recently moved forward. In January 2011 the village council voted 5-0 approving a planning commission recommendation for a zoning amendment from low density residential to commercial in the central business district of the village....more >>

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'He's a very humble kid—we're very proud of him that he stuck to it'

This month, Josh Papineau, who has nine siblings, will become the first in his immediate family to earn a bachelor's degree, and join his aunt as the only college graduates in the extended family....more >>

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Lower twp. ISO ratings may reduce insurance rates

Atlas Twp.-Township officials are confident that residents will have lower home insurance rates and outstanding fire protection. According to township officials, following an extensive fire department audit earlier this year, an ISO rating of 5/8B was awarded to the township....more >>

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Program takes a bite out of nutrition gap

Brandon Twp.- It turns out there really is a free lunch. And breakfast, too. For the first time ever, the Brandon School District Food Services Department will be able to offer free lunch and breakfast to members of the community this summer at Oakwood Elementary....more >>
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Catching a special day—Hickory Pond Fishing Derby

Atlas Twp.-The fish were biting this past Saturday as local special needs kids and thier families readied thier tackle boxes for the seventh annual Hickory Pond Fishing Derby and Family Fun Day....more >>
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A day for veterans

Ed Burns joined the Marine Corps on Feb. 7, 1946. In order to enlist, he lied about both his name and age. When his parents found out what he had done, they were angry, but eventually signed a letter giving their consent so Burns could remain in the Marines....more >>
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Oxford remembers the fallen

Long after the roar of the canons has ceased . . . we remember. Long after we've won the peace, one more time . . . we remember. Long after the weary soldier has carried his lifeless comrade off the smoking battlefield ....more >>
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Addison remembers its heroes

In life, they fought, sacrificed and bled for their country and our liberty. Now, they peacefully slumber within the earth. But they are not forgotten as we speak their names, praise their deeds and honor their service every Memorial Day....more >>
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Making a difference

Bravo to Oxford Junior Girl Scout Troop #13308 from Clear Lake Elementary for helping to improve their little corner of the world. The girls have been diligently weeding, trimming, raking and beautifying a private neighborhood park/beach area on Fernlock, so the residents will once again be able to use and enjoy this piece of land along the sparkling waters of Clear Lake....more >>

Brief - State News

Highway named in honor-The Michigan House May 17 approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Brad Jacobsen designating a portion of M-24 in Oakland County as the Gold Star Memorial Highway....more >>

Brief - Lake Orion Village Council

Fireworks association-The fireworks association would like to place a sign on the lawn at the Northeast corner of Flint and M-24 on the property of PNC to advertise the June 30 fireworks show....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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Economics 101

Clear Lake Elementary's fourth-graders learned all about how the great system of free enterprise works by creating their own business and producing a product to sell during the school's Economics Fair....more >>
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Lakeville Field Day!

Lakeville Elementary celebrated the end of the school year which officially takes place June 7 with its annual Field Day event. Rather than spend the day cooped up inside the school, the students took to the playground where they engaged in a variety of outdoor games, activities and sports....more >>
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In memory of vets' sacrifices

American Legion Post 63 veterans raise the flag in observance of Memorial Day at Lakeview Cemetery, May 28....more >>
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Honor goes to high-tech teach

When this year's Clarkston Teacher of the Year award recipient was announced, video camera operator Jeff Peariso didn't get the reaction shot. That's because Peariso, also math teacher at Clarkston Junior High School, was the winner....more >>

Community remembers Ryan Kennedy

Students of North Sashabaw Elemenentary School will join family and friends in saying goodbye to their classmate Ryan Kennedy, Friday, June 1. The 10-year-old passed away peacefully at his home Saturday afternoon after a five-year battle with cancer, which included seven surgeries, four rounds of chemotherapy, and two courses of radiation for his Ependymoma, an uncommon but virulent form of brain cancer....more >>
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New places to cast votes

When you vote Aug. 7 primary, you may be headed to a new polling place. Instead of an elementary school as you've probably done in the past, you'll likely cast your ballot at a church or library....more >>
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Veterans keep memories alive

American Legion Post 63 led the community in Memorial Day remembrances, May 28 in Lakeview Cemetery. The day's events kicked off with a parade through downtown Clarkston, featuring the Legion honor guard, Clarkston High School marching band, and local military vehicles....more >>
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Time for planting

Clarkston Garden Club member Elizabeth Doyle prepares plants for the Garden Club Plant Exchange, 9 a.m., June 2, at the Village Parking Lot, M-15 and Washington Street. Doyle, who grows over 70 varieties of hostas, will be bringing hostas, bleeding heart and Virginia Blue Bells....more >>

Five classic, remodeled homes on SCAMP tour

Clarkston SCAMP is celebrating its 30th annual Home Tour, June 2-3, with a line-up of five local houses. Britton and Gretchen Diver's eclectic, five-bedroom house is filled with unique and colorful décor....more >>
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Community garden ready for planting

The first planting day for the Clarkston Community Garden is set for June 2, and according to Garden Manager Jim Tesnar "it will be a good year." In 2010, local gardeners grew 10,500 lbs of produce and donated it to Lighthouse North and Gleaners Food Bank in Pontiac....more >>
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Athletes prepare for college future

As the Wolves prepare for their next round in the playoff season - four are ready for college. Four players from the Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse team signed their letters of intent in front of friends and family, May 16....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Country time

Fans of country singer Maggie Rose like buying her CDs and T-shirts, but for many, a heart tattoo hits the spot. "They're not permanent," said Rose, part of the Country Throwdown Tour swinging into DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 1....more >>

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July 4 parade

Clarkston Area Lions Club invites community organizations, businesses, politicians and other groups to march in this year's Independence Day Parade. The "American Made Parade" starts at St....more >>

'Chair'-ity auction

Renaissance High School's fourth annual "Chair"-ity Auction is May 29-June 4. Chairs painted by students and staff are auctioned off in a silent auction fund raiser. The chairs feature whimsical, floral sports, and other designs....more >>

Sewer audit

Department of Environmental Quality inspectors checked Clarkston's storm water drainage system, May 23, as part of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program. The audit "went very well," said City Manager Dennis Ritter....more >>

Open burn ordinance

Independence Township Board of Trustees will vote on the final draft of the Open Burn Ordinance at its next meeting, Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., in Township Hall. The ordinance, which regulates citizens' use of fire outside their home, includes new fees and burn schedules....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Outdoor dining approved for Mesquite Creek" On May 22, 1997 the Independence Township Planning Comission unanimously approved to amend the restaurant's original site plan to include outdoor dining....more >>
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1707: The first Parliament of Great Britain meets.
1783: Virginia emancipates slaves who fought for independence during the Revolutionary War.
1861: President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C. for all military-related cases.
1918: President Wilson feels satisfied that the Germans are accepting his armistice terms and agrees to transmit their request for an armistice to the Allies. The Germans have agreed to suspend submarine warfare, cease inhumane practices such as the use of poison gas, and withdraw troops back into Germany. When the United States entered World War I, propagandist George Creel set out to stifle anti-war sentiment.
1929: The first transcontinental air service begins from New York to Los Angeles. Air Mail's first day.