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BREAKING NEWS: Alleged gun incident at Clear Lake Elementary

The Oxford Leader has received reports of an alleged gun threat at an area elementary school. According to the school district's communications coordinator Linda Lewis, Oakland County Sheriffs responded on Wednesday afternoon to an Oxford resident's report of a person entering Clear Lake Elementary School with what appeared to be handgun....more >>
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OHS sends 312 grads into world

The globe is no longer their campus it's now just life. A total of 312 graduates were sent forth to make way their way in the world Sunday as Oxford High School held its commencement ceremony at Oakland University's O'Rena....more >>
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Detroit athletes gather for a game of golf

The 2012 Senior Open is just around the corner and the people responsible for making sure the event goes off without a hitch answered questions on May 30. "It's been 18 years since the USGA conducted a national championship at Indianwood, and we're thrilled to be back," said Manager of Championship Communications for the USGA Brian DePasquale....more >>

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No evictions, just new mgt. in Lake Villa

MHP being foreclosed on over $29.9M debt

Despite the plethora of wild rumors swirling around Oxford, all of the residents of the Lake Villa Manufactured Home Community are not being kicked out, nor did the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid the park's office....more >>
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Farmers Market opens today, downtown

If you're looking for fresh flowers, fresh organic produce, or even some fresh made sweet treats, than get down to the Lake Orion Farmers Market which opens today from 2 p.m. to 6 p....more >>

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What's the K2 situation in Oxford?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about the dangers of using K2/Spice and similar synthetic intoxicants. Recent media reports have highlighted the unadvertised and serious negative side effects which can range from confusion to death and worse....more >>
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Lake Orion Dragon swimmer to compete in olympic trials

By Chris Ehrmann Review Intern Annie Jongekrig holds seven Lake Orion high school records and is the Division 1 champion for swimming in Michigan. Now she can add qualifying to swim at the Olympic trials to that list, when she travels to Omaha, Neb....more >>
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Township honors Diamond Dawg at Friendship Park

By Trevor Keiser Review Co-Editor While driving past Friendship Park on April 15, just a day after his friend and teammate Joseph Cooper Salsberry (Cooper) collapsed and passed away during warm-ups, Casey Stironek looked at his mom and said "wouldn't it be special if we could get that field named Salsberry field?" That got the wheels turning for Stironek, 12, and many of his teammates on the Lake Orion Diamond Dawgs to write a letter to the Orion Township Board requesting the name change of the field....more >>
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Boosters honor 108 senior athletes

Never let it be said that Oxford High School doesn't know how to honor student athletes for their hard work and perseverance. OHS has just capped a phenomenal year of accomplishment, and its athletic programs have led the way....more >>

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OCTV poised to get new station mgr.

It's not been finalized, but it appears Oxford Community Television (OCTV) is going to have a new station manager. The Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission recently voted to offer the position, which has been vacant since December, to Ken Laplace, 61, of Brandon Township....more >>
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Unusual visitor flies to Addison home

Jo Cameron-Peter received an unexpected winged-visitor last week at her Addison Township home. "I went out early in the morning with my cup of coffee to check the weather and there it was on the (exterior) wall of the house," she said....more >>
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Good job, firefighters!

Oxford's firefighters proved they're Number One on the softball field Saturday by winning a local interdepartmental tournament. Competing in the tournament with Oxford were firefighters from neighboring Addison, Orion and Oakland townships....more >>
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Fair weather for Flower Fair

Sunshine, blue skies and around 80 degrees on June 2 was definitely an improvement from last year's Flower Fair's rainy downpour. "I think it was excellent, the weather cooperated and we had a great turnout," said DDA Executive Director Suzanne Perrault....more >>
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Goodrich Graduation

A smiling Holly Lustig stands with fellow graduate Lindsey Czap as they await the start of graduation. On Sunday, June 3, 190 Goodrich High School students recieved thier diplomas....more >>

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Briefs

Recycling fundraiser This month the Edna Burton Senior Center, 345 Ball St.,Ortonville will host an ongoing recycling fundraiser. The center will be collecting cookie packages, candy wrappers, ink jets, dairy containers and much more....more >>
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Sweet bees

John Brice is still buzzing after what he found in a tree near the Brandon Fire Station on South Street. "I estimate the swarm of bees to be about 30,000 to 35,000," said Brice, an Oxford resident and bee keeper....more >>
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Brandon Alternative High School graduation 2012

Brandon Twp.- Samantha DeRosia received her high school diploma this past Wednesday, something that seemed out of reach for her at this time last year. "About a year ago, I didn't think I would graduate," said the 18-year-old....more >>
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GHS grad to play in PGA National

Playing in a major golf tournament is a dream for most golfers. It's one that Bret Hartman will have the opportunity to make come true later this month. The 2001 Goodrich High School graduate finished in the top 12 at the Michigan PGA Professional Championship last year, qualifying him to play in the PGA National Championship, set for June 24-27 in Seaside, Calif....more >>

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Atlas, Groveland twp. home prices up in 2012

According to a report issued by Realcomp, a realtor-owned multiple listing service that supplies first-rate data services, support and instruction to the real estate industry, home prices jumped in both Atlas and Groveland townships during the first quarter of 2012 compared to 2011....more >>

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Tips sought in break-ins; reward offered

Brandon Twp.- Police are requesting the public's assistance in solving three break-ins that occurred at a local business in the last month. A reward is offered for information leading to an arrest of a suspect in the crimes, which occurred at the Boat Bar, 2000 S....more >>

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Brandon seeks to increase number of on-call firefighters

Brandon Twp.- Firefighters wanted. Fire Chief Dave Kwapis requested the township board approve the hiring of three paid on-call firefighters during the June 4 board meeting. "We are at the lowest we've been in 15 years for paid on-call firefighters," he said....more >>

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District inks $130K deal with superintendent

Goodrich-By a 7-0 vote on Monday night the board of education agreed to a contract with the new district superintendent, Scott Bogner. Bogner, 50, agreed to a 3-year contract and will earn $130,000 per year....more >>

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Synthetic drug crackdown

Brandon Twp.-On Thursday morning Oakland County Sheriff Sgt. Pete Burkett was visiting about seven area merchants to discuss signing an agreement to not sell K2 or any other synthetic designer drugs....more >>

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Cancer fundraisers scheduled

Two local residents can use support from the community in fighting their battles against cancer. Charlene Helmle, 47, was first diagnosed in 2008 with stage 2 breast cancer. The single mother of two sons, Kyle, 21, and Joshua, 18, had a lumpectomy and underwent chemotherapy....more >>

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Beets, Beats and Eats returns

Ortonville- The seventh annual season of Beets, Beats & Eats kicks off in the village June 15. The event takes place every Friday night at Crossman Park during the summer and features a variety of local vendors, acoustic musicians, and a dinner each night provided by local restaurants, churches, or community organizations....more >>

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Brandon school budget balanced, pending employee negotiations

Brandon Twp.- After facing a projected $1.4 million deficit for most of this year, school district officials are now anticipating not only a balanced budget for 2012-2013, but a $50,000 increase in the fund balance....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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Garden sprout

Budding gardener Mackenzie Harrison tries on her mother Mollie Harrison's work glove at the Clarkston Community Garden planting day, June 2. Volunteers grow vegetables to donate to local families in need....more >>
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Democrats hope to regain township seats

Since 1984, Independence Township hasn't elected a Democrat, and of the 20 candidates running this year, there are only three of them. Trustee-hopefuls Kevin Bushroe, Jeremy Mitchell, and Joe Wauldron may all have the same "D" beside their name, but they don't all share the same perspectives....more >>

Friends bid farewell to classmate

The classrooms and hallways were empty last Friday at North Sashabaw Elementary. Students and staff spent the day saying goodbye to their friend and treasured North Sashabaw family member, fourth grader Ryan Kennedy....more >>
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Business at the Expo

Customers, business owners, and residents mixed and mingled at the Coffee Club Expo, May 31, at Clarkston United Methodist Church. Dozens of vendors shared samples, specials, and information at the annual expo, sponsored by The Clarkston News....more >>
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Poppy drive hit by sales rules

American Legion Post 63 estimates half of their usual donations may have been lost because Kroger told them they could not sell poppies on May 17-19. "Our hope is that they'll rethink their position," Commander Keith Marbutt said....more >>
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History trip

Independence Elementary students took in the beautiful warm weather on May 30 as they strolled downtown Clarkston. Second graders from each of the seven elementaries in Clarkston Community Schools visit downtown every year to learn about Clarkston history....more >>
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Supervisor candidate Kittle offers 'fresh approach,' no compromise

Patrick Kittle is running for a full-time position, but he doesn't want the $80,000/year with the health care perks. ...more >>
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Trustee Wallace runs for top seat

Although Independence Township Trustee Neil Wallace feels like the board has accomplished a lot, he'd like to see it do more. That's why he'll be on the primary ballot for supervisor on Aug....more >>
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Deputy posting at stake in millage vote

Police service will continue regardless of what Springfield Township voters decide about the .75 mill increase in the Aug. 7 election. However, a defeat would affect follow-ups on smaller crimes, said Sergeant Matt Baldes, commander of the Springfield Township sheriff's substation....more >>
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Springfield market returns with local, natural produce

The Springfield Farmers Market is back for its second year with more vendors and an even wider variety of products. The "naturally local" market starts June 17 with a first birthday kick-off and will continue through Oct....more >>
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Gardens renewed

Gardeners young and old rose early on a showery Saturday morning, wearing garden gloves and rubber boots. They were coming to Clarkston Farm and Garden Club's Plant Exchange 2012 at the corner of Washington and Main to exchange perennials....more >>

City abandons building plans

In light of an estimated $200,000 cost for a new addition, Clarkston City Council voted unanimously to discontinue plans to move DPW equipment out of 3 E. Church into a new building....more >>

Low water level in Mill Pond

Some Clarkston citizens have been concerned about the water level of Mill Pond, and called the Department of Environmental Quality and City Hall. According to Melanie Foose of the DEQ, "it appears that the water level has decreased....more >>

Summer reading at Springfield library

The Springfield Township Library is getting ready to dream big and read with their 2012 summer reading program. The program promises to be fun for readers of all ages, with activities planned for ages 2-adult....more >>
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Planting day

Clarkston Community Garden's first planting day of the year was rainy, just the way planters like it. "We're doing our part to care for each other," said Garden Manager Jim Tesnar....more >>
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Independence library hosts teen art

Members of the public are invited to view and vote on displays at the Independence Township Library's Teen Art Show, 6-8 p.m., June 22, an event made possible by The Friends of the Library....more >>
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Home to Clarkston via Kuwait

It was a long road for Shawn Bartz of Clarkston to land a job with a reasonable commute. He was laid off from his job with DaimlerChrysler in 2009. After looking for work, including in other fields, he received a contract offer from Oshkosh Corporation of Wisconsin as a technical trainer for an urgent-need project on military trucks in Kuwait....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Taking a trip

Patrons of the annual SCAMP Home Tour were treated to something special a tour of Renaissance High School. The school was built in 1930 with 21 rooms for both elementary and secondary schools....more >>
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Lessons with lemons

Students at Springfield Plains Elementary School learned some business skills while offering a refreshing beverage to their classmates, June 1. In an early celebration of National Lemonade Day, set for June 9, students in grades 1-5 formed teams, complete with business and marketing plans, to raise money for local charities and groups....more >>
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Scouts learn to fly with RC group

Pontiac Miniature Aircraft Club (PMAC) hosted 62 Clarkston-area Girl Scouts at the Girl Scout Aviation Day, May 12. The day included aviation mini-seminars, training on the club' s computer simulators and "buddy box" flying with instructors on the flightline....more >>
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Prom-riffic time

Limousines filled Depot Road as Clarkston High School students made their way down the sidewalks, May 23. The young ladies, decked out in colorful, sparkling dresses, and their dashing escorts filled Depot Park for photos with family and friends before they headed to their prom at Penna's in Sterling Heights....more >>
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Singing contest at Oakland county fair

Application deadline for this year's Oakland County Fair Idol Contest is June 15. Auditions are 6-9 p.m., Friday, July 6, and Tuesday-Wednesday, July 10-11. Semi Finals are 6-9 p.m....more >>

News Briefs

Library board

Independence Township and Clarkston City Council will appoint residents to the new, seven-member Library Board. Five will be appointed by the township and two by city council. Submissions deadlines are June 7 for Clarkston; June 12 for Independence Township....more >>

Benefit fund raiser

A benefit for Clarkston resident Brendan Czarniecki is Saturday, June 23, at Clarkston Eagles, 5640 Maybee Road. The event begins with dinner at 5 p.m. for a $10 donation, auction at 7 p....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Intruder confronts 8-year-old" An 8-year-old Clarkston girl was woken by a tap on the leg from a stranger in the middle of the night. The white male told her not to scream....more >>
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Born December 22nd
1858: Giacomo Puccini, Italian operatic composer best known for Madam Butterfly.
1883: Arthur Wergs Mitchell, first African-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1912: Claudia Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
December 22nd
in history
1929: Soviet troops leave Manchuria after a truce is reached with the Chinese over the Eastern Railway dispute.
1941: Japanese troops make an amphibious landing on the coast of Lingayen Gulf on Luzon, the Philippines. Remembering the Bataan Death March.
1942: The Soviets drive German troops back 15 miles at the Don River.Stalingrad foes meet again.
1944: During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responds to a German surrender request with a one word answer: Nuts!
1945: The United States recognizes Tito's government in Yugoslavia.