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Country Cruise ready to roll through Oxford

Wanna' cruise, Daddy-O? Remember back in the day when country cruisin' was the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon? Well, from 12 noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday June 16, you can take a turn into the past at the 5th annual Lapeer Road Country Cruise....more >>
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Sunny weather and fresh produce

Whether it was homemade carmels, Kettle Corn, fresh produce, flowers or homemade soaps, 200 folks seemed to be happy the Farmers Market is back in town. ...more >>
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Film premiere coming to downtown theater

What if there was a game that could instantly solve all your financial woes? The only catch is in order to win, all the other contestants must die and if you lose, you die. That's the premise of a new independent movie entitled "Spin," coming to the Oxford 7 Theater (48 S....more >>
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How do private companies compare?

(Part two of two part series. To read part 1 check out May 30 edition "Superintendent supports custodian privatization") The fate of the current custodial staff rests in the hands of the Lake Orion School Board members as they vote on possible privatization at tonight's (June 13) board meeting....more >>

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DPW supt. asks citizens to help stop vandals

Oxford Village's Department of Public Works (DPW) strives to keep the municipality's parks looking pristine for residents and visitors alike. That's why it's so frustrating when vandals leave their destructive calling cards on public property inside Centennial and Scripter parks....more >>
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Culver's host First Annual Poker Cruise, June 16

You want to cruise into businesses up and down Lapeer Road with the potential to win cash prizes? Then get over to Culver's this Saturday. In conjunction with the Lapeer Road Country Cruise on June 16 from noon to 9 p....more >>

Orion township, Indianwood, USGA collaborate

Hosting the 2012 U.S. Senior Open is likely the biggest sporting event to ever happen in Orion Township but key officials from the United States Golf Association said they could not pull the event off without the community....more >>
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FISH honors 'Advocates of the Needy'

Volunteers are the backbone and lifeblood of most charitable organizations and that's especially true in the case of Oxford-Orion FISH, which has been feeding the area's needy since the 1970s....more >>

Vignettes brings friendly outlook to consignment shopping

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern Downtown Lake Orion is proud to welcome the newest member of its business community. Open since the Flower Fair on the weekend of June 2 and 3, Vignettes offers visitors a variety of one-of-a-kind items....more >>
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'Naivety,' red tape slows brewery's construction

The construction work is underway, trucks pull in and out yet the "open spring 2012" sign still hangs in the window. Spring is over and the 51 North Brewing Company, located at 51 N....more >>
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Sister Souls Inc fundraising with love

While helping out three children that really need it is a blessing in itself, watching a community come together to join the cause feeds their Souls....more >>

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Job fair postponed, employers still being sought

Due to a lack of business participation, Oxford's job fair has been postponed until either late summer or early fall. The fair was originally scheduled for Friday, June 15 at Oxford High School, however, only 10 companies either paid to have a booth at the event or expressed an interest in participating....more >>

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Community award nominees sought for Oxford

Leading Oxford organizations have teamed up to honor members of the community whose efforts contribute to the growth and development of Oxford. In 2011. the Oxford Chamber of Commerce held their Community Awards where a number of local leaders, community members and organizations were recognized for their contributions to Oxford....more >>
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Movie Music Night Under the Stars with NOCB

Grab a big bag of popcorn and a large Cherry Coke and head over to Civic Center Park at 2525 Joslyn Road for an evening of movie music with Lake Orion's own North Oakland Concert Band....more >>
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Rotarians honor Lester

Every Tuesday like clockwork, a group of smiling Rotarians files into the banquet room at Oxford Hills Golf & Country Club to listen to a fascinating speaker, sing songs, share good news and a joke or two, and enjoy lunch together....more >>
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Folks flock to protect crossing cranes

"I was absolutely heartbroken," said Caroline McLean, proprietor of Caroline's Shear Inspirations Hair Salon. She's referring to the baby Sandhill Crane destroyed by an inattentive motorist on Lakeville Road last week....more >>
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Artist follows life long dream to California and back

By Yolanda Garfield Special to Review Diana Ostrand has followed her life long dream of being an artist from her beginnings here in Lake Orion, to the art scene in California and back again....more >>

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Homeowner's Association Huff Lake & Lake Louise Homeowner's Association will host their annual meeting at 7 p.m., June 21, at the Old Town Hall, 486 Mill St., Ortonville.The topic will be lake water level management....more >>
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Devoted Friends animal rescue

Animals in need of a forever home can now find one with the help of a local non-profit organization, Devoted Friends Animal Society. Kim Hagar and Linda Muitler-Carmean founded Devoted Friends to rescue animals from shelters and place them in foster homes until their permanent families are found....more >>

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Stepping Stone expands care

Brandon Twp.- Stepping Stone is stepping up to fill a need for childcare. The child development center, 885 S. Ortonville Road, is expanding their summer childcare for the summer and possibly even for the next school year....more >>

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Village fund equity balance remains healthy at 56 percent

Ortonville- The village continues to have a healthy fund balance and unlike other governmental entities, the council has no planned cuts to the budget again this year. During a public hearing on the 2012-13 village budget, Village Manager John Lyons said the village has a projected fund balance of $264,425, or roughly 56 percent....more >>

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Auditor to Brandon Township Board: 'Good job'

Brandon Twp.- Long-term strategic budget planning the township board began in 2010 is starting to pay off. Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka, CPA, recently completed their audit of the township's 2011 financial statements....more >>

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Vote could turn future $1.5 million Oakhill Road project

A few curves may soon be added to an already rough mile of rural roadway. The mile section of Oakhill Road between Dixie and Kier roads divides both Groveland and Springfield townships....more >>

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Consumers Energy to begin major gas project

Brandon Twp.- Consumers Energy is bringing more natural gas to the township with one of the largest projects the utility company has undertaken in years. "This is one of the biggest main extension programs we've had in a long time for our company," said Debra Dodd, Consumers Energy spokesperson....more >>
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'If you want to be a good Dad, you will be'

Brandon Twp.- When strangers learn that Ron Besemer, 24, is the unmarried father of a 6-year-old son, he feels that assumptions are often made. "They quickly do the math and assume all the wrong things," he said....more >>
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'Important People of Ortonville' photos on display at library

So who's who in town? A local photographer captured the results on film. On display at the Brandon Township Public Library are 20 fine art photographs titled, "Important People of Ortonville," taken by Mark Kelly, owner of MPKphoto....more >>
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Principal, soldier returns

He's home. Goodrich High School Principal and Army Lt. Col. David St. Aubin returned home last week after completing nine months of active duty as part of forces stationed in Afghanistan....more >>

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Police dog attacks handler

Goodrich- The police dogs in the Oakland County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit are highly trained animals that are carefully chosen for duty. While the animals may seem intimidating as they are taught to bite on command to protect their handler or corner a suspect, they are also taught to release on command and are very loyal to the police officer to whom they are given....more >>

Groveland Twp. break-ins

Groveland Twp.— Michigan State Police are seeking tips in the recent break-ins of two homes and a business in the township. Troopers are investigating the breaking and entering of a business in the 1200 block of N....more >>

Brief = Lake Orion consent agenda

Fireworks in Lake Orion-Wolverine Fireworks Inc. again requested to have fireworks shot off from barges in Lake Orion on June 30 with the rainout delay again scheduled for July 7. No fireworks will be shot from Green's Park....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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Concerts return!

The wildly popular 'Concerts in the Park' series has returned to downtown Oxford's Centennial Park. Every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. folks and families are encouraged to head downtown for an evening filled with music, food and fun! Admission is free, but the memories are priceless....more >>
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Water works

Keegan Bretschneider happily gets trapped in the Splash Park at Clintonwood Park during the Clarkston Elementary's fifth grade picnic....more >>
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New place for market

The Clarkston Farmers Market is getting ready for its eighth year with a new location at Renaissance High School on Waldon Road. The market will open on June 23 and continue each Saturday from 8 a....more >>
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No-Spice drive success

Effort continues on state restrictions

The Clarkston area is free of Spice/K2, thanks to a group of community volunteers. "We are ecstatic about the support we've had from business owners and the people of Clarkston," said Lisa Barth, one of organizers of No Spice/K2 Clarkston....more >>
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Foundation helps out veterans group

After reading about the Poppy Sale deficit in last week's Clarkston News, "Poppy drive hit by sales rules," American Legion Post 63 Commander Keith Marbutt said he has received a lot of positive support....more >>

Frack opponents speak out

Tim Heming of Clarkston gathered over 300 signatures to ban horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Michigan. "The prime reason I'm concerned about this is my three grandchildren....more >>

No change to open-burn ordinance this year

When Independence Township Board brought a revised open-burn ordinance up for first reading, June 5, residents pushed back. According to the revised version, fires can only be five feet in diameter....more >>
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Supervisor candidate has a vision

Republican Terry Fortuna has a vision for Independence Township, so he's running for supervisor in the Aug. 7 primary election. Fortuna currently works under contract with the 6th Judicial Circuit Court and is a police officer in Lake Angelus....more >>

Vote for DSO concert to come to Clarkston

The Clarkston Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) hopes to get not only a free performance from The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) but also to watch the production in the Clarkston High School auditorium....more >>
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New church wants to help community

The Gathering Place joins the community with a mission to create church in people's living rooms. "We want to meet with people not a big room for thousands, but 10 people at a time in living rooms small groups of people who care about each other and serve the world, as Jesus commanded," said Pastor Bill Northend....more >>
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Library summer reading program

The Independence Township Library has a lot of fun in store for this year's summer reading program. The summer reading program kicks off on June 18 with a special visit from the Bowers Farm Petting Zoo, sponsored by the Clarkston Community Women's Club....more >>
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Ruth Ann celebrates century of life

Ruth Ann Shields blew out three candles on June 5 at the Independence Township Senior Center for her 101th birthday. Behind her smile are years of experience and joy. One of her biggest joys was taking children to the Shrine Circus whenever it was in town....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Last blast

Fifth-graders from Clarkston Elementary headed to Clintonwood Park for their last hurrah, June 7. They celebrated their last few days as a dragon with a picnic and visit to the Spray Park....more >>
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Good-byeBulldogs

Bailey Lake Elementary students lined the hallways and gave high fives out to the fifth graders for the last time last Friday. The fifth graders continued down the hallways for the last time as students before they headed to the cafeteria for their celebration....more >>

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Parade deadline Friday

About 40 community organizations, clubs, businesses and other groups have signed up to march in the Clarkston Fourth of July Parade still lots of room for entries. This year's theme is "American Made Parade....more >>

Local poet wins award

Bob McGowan of Independence Township is an award winning poet his book "A Year on the River" won a Gold Award and best in category in the Detroit House of Craftsmans Printing competition....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Mixed feelings pepper DDA extension discussion" The $2.4 million question was whether Independence Township should approve an extension of the Downtown Development Authority for five years....more >>
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Born December 17th
1807: John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet, abolitionist, reformer and founder of the Liberal Party.
1908: Willard Frank Libby, American chemist who won a Nobel Prize for his part in creating the carbon-14 method in dating ancient findings.
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in history
1948: The Smithsonian Institution accepts the Wright brothers' plane, the Kitty Hawk.
1950: The French government appoints Marshal de Lattre de Tassigny to command their troops in Vietnam.
1952: Yugoslavia breaks relations with the Vatican.
1965: Ending an election campaign marked by bitterness and violence, Ferdinand Marcos is declared president of the Philippines.
1981: Red Brigade terrorists kidnap Brigadier General James Dozier, the highest-ranking U.S. NATO officer in Italy.