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Council looks to conduct forensic audit concerning missing $20K

If Oxford Village officials want to find out what happened to the municipality's missing $20,000 in property tax funds from 2010, the next step is to conduct a forensic audit. That was the recommendation of Michigan State Police Det....more >>
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Custodians canned by unanimous vote

By Trevor Keiser Review Co-Editor At the April 12 school board meeting, Custodian Kathy Sandstrom said a "dark cloud of discouragement" remained over AFSCME Union custodial staff....more >>
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Leonard looks to buy old mill

At long last the efforts of many dedicated Addison citizens seem to have paid off as it appears the old Leonard Elevator will once again be put to use for the good of the community....more >>
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Indianwood volunteers

A monumental amount of effort goes on behind the scenes at any major sporting championship and the U.S. Senior Open is no different. That's why some outside organizations were brought in to help volunteer, including Lighthouse of Oakland County - a Pontiac and Clarkston based charity organization dedicated to helping people become self sufficient....more >>
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Bluebirds nest at twp. hall thanks to Eagle Scout

A family of bluebirds has taken up residence at the Oxford Township Hall thanks to the hard work of Eagle Scout Alex McDonald. Township Supervisor Bill Dunn was pleased to report the bluebird family is living in one of the six nest boxes that McDonald, who's a member of Oxford Boy Scout Troop 366, constructed and placed around the government offices in October of last year....more >>
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Police chief loses 30 pounds in eight weeks

Lake Orion's Police Chief is less than the man he used to be, but it's a good thing. Thanks to an exercise regimen he started 10 weeks ago, Chief Jerry Narsh lost 30 pounds - a feat which he said becomes harder as you get older....more >>
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The man behind park's Snoopy speaks

When he's not a World War I flying ace battling the dreaded Red Baron atop his Sopwith Camel doghouse or dominating a nightclub dance floor as the energetic Flashbeagle, Snoopy is busy directing kids where to go at Seymour Lake Township Park....more >>
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Lake Orion Fireworks still needs donations

Are you hungry for breakfast food? Then get out to the Lake Orion Boat Club this Sunday (June 24) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for some great breakfast and help support the Lake Orion Fireworks Association (LOFA)....more >>
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DAR marks Revolutionary soldier's grave

Although he died 169 years ago, there's a soldier buried in Addison Township's Lakeville Cemetery whose service to this nation will never be forgotten. On Saturday, June 16, a special bronze marker was dedicated, blessed and placed at the grave of Pvt....more >>

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Chief gives officials overview of new fireworks law

Oxford and Addison residents will be able to legally shoot off fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July this year and there's nothing local officials can do about it. That was pretty much the message Fire Chief Pete Scholz delivered last week to the Oxford Township Board....more >>

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Law was rushed, lacks controls, Scholz says

Oxford Fire Chief Pete Scholz is not a big fan of the new Michigan Fireworks Safety Act. "My concern is the general public," he said. "There's nothing to say you, as the individual, can't go (to a fireworks retailer) and load up a whole pickup (truck) full of that stuff....more >>
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'Heart of Gold Award'

For almost five years Bob Lowe, 69, makes a drive from his home in Auburn Hills to the Heritage Place Independent Living Apartments once a month to play his guitar and sing for the senior citizens living there....more >>
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NHS presents a different kind of senior prom

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern It was the seniors' night to have a party—though not in the usual sense. On Thursday, June 7, from seven to eight-thirty p.m., 30 residents of Autumn Ridge Senior Living in Clarkston were treated to their very own Senior Citizens Prom....more >>
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Historical museum: New hours, new display, new website

The Northeast Oakland Historical Museum is on a mission to attract more visitors and increase the public's accessibility to this repository of local history and artifacts. Folks wishing to visit the museum, located at 1 N....more >>
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Celebrating 50 years of wonderful friendship

By Trevor Keiser Review Co-Editor Mark your calendars for August 18 at 3 p.m. Catalina Lounge is throwing a 50th birthday party and you're invited. "There are so many people from Orion who've been in here," said Manager Shriley Stapleton....more >>

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Twp. supports state law banning K2 in lieu of emergency ordinance

Oxford Township officials last week considered enacting an emergency ordinance banning synthetic marijuana, but due to some uncertainty over legal procedure, they ultimately decided to show their support for state legislation prohibiting the substance....more >>
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From an end comes a new beginning

The ceremony is called a commencement for a reason. The students of Lake Orion High School's 2012 class started their journey into independent life with a stride across DTE Music Theatre's stage to receive a diploma....more >>

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Contest winners The sixth annual Art of Life art contest was held June 15 with 38 entries competing for first, second, and third place. The first place winners for each age group are as follows: Adult: Cheryl Grounds; ages 15-17: Nick Wummel; ages 12-14: Lauren Hunt; ages 9-11: Zoee Harris; and ages 5-8: Emilynne Brave....more >>

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Brandon School District hires new business services director

Brandon Twp.- The school board unanimously approved at their June 18 meeting the hiring of Janice Meek to be the full-time executive director of business services. "I am very excited to be part of the team in Brandon," said Meek....more >>

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Youth's efforts prompt repair of village skatepark

Marty Vargo has proven that hard work really does pay off. The 17-year-old Ortonville resident was recently recognized for his initiative in aiding Fred Waybrant, Brandon recreation director, in fixing the half pipe at Ortonville Skate Park....more >>

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Fire destroys Brandon Township mobile home

Brandon Twp.- A township family's mobile home was recently destroyed by a fire that originated from a nearby charcoal grill. Township firefighters as well as Independence Township firefighters, responded to the blaze at about 12:34 p....more >>

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Brandon superintendent takes pay reduction

Brandon Twp.- The school board and Superintendent Lorrie McMahon have agreed to a 25 percent reduction in McMahon's overall compensation. The reduction, expected to save the district between $30,000 to $34,000 annually, comes from the district not having to contribute to McMahon's retirement fund and is effective immediately....more >>

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Village to seek bids for demolition of apartments

The village council voted 4-0 earlier this month to seek bids for demolition of the former Goodrich House on Hegel Road in the downtown area. Genesee County 7th Circuit Judge Farah has signed an order to secure the Goodrich House....more >>

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Brandon man charged in assault, resisting police

An 18-year-old man who assaulted family members and then barricaded himself from police last weekend has been arraigned on charges. Keyneal Toonay Alexander was arraigned on two counts of domestic assault and one count of resisting and obstructing police on June 16 by Sixth Circuit Court Magistrate Marie Soma....more >>

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Village fund equity just over 50 percent

Goodrich-While taxable values continue to sag, state funds increased, helping add to growing village coffers. Such financial details were included in the 2012-13 budget that was approved at the June 11 village council meeting by a 4-0 vote....more >>

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School board candidate Q&A

Residents of the Brandon School District interested in serving on the school board are invited to an informational session planned for 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 25 at the central district office, 1025 S....more >>

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No privatization, bus drivers stay in Brandon

Brandon Twp.- The school board unanimously approved during their June 18 meeting a contract with the Teamsters Local #214 bus drivers and mechanics. The move avoided privatization, saved jobs in the community, and drew cheers from several bus drivers in attendance, including union steward Debbie Allen....more >>
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Doggy Olympics

Ortonville- Go, dog, go! The first annual Doggy Olympics to benefit North Oakland Animal Help (NOAH) will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 30, at Crossman Park in the village (located next to the township offices, 395 Mill St....more >>

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Police funding advisory committee issues report

Atlas Twp.-A growing cost for police protection coupled with a slide in taxable home values could soon cost township residents. About a year ago township officials established a police funding advisory committee comprised of nine area residents to study not only the funding needs for law enforcement, but also maintaining sufficient levels of protection necessary to keep the community safe....more >>
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Nine fire departments respond for massive Ortonville blaze

Ortonville- Eight local fire departments responded last week to assist Brandon firefighters in extinguishing one of the largest fires ever in the township. The blaze began at about 1:03 a....more >>
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Relay for Life

Ortonville- Pat Guziak was sitting at her campsite at about 3 a.m. at the Relay for Life in Westland five years ago when she saw a woman in distress at the 24-hour walk to raise funds for the American Cancer Society....more >>

Briefs - Orion Township Consent Agenda

Outdoor Assembly License Application-The Orion Township board approved an Outdoor Assembly License by ATI Industrial Automation for its annual ATI Open House on Aug. 16 The event will consist of indoor training classes and a lunch served outdoors....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 >>

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Independence Village of Waterstone celebrates 10th anniversary

Independence Village of Waterstone celebrated its tenth anniversary on June 3. More than 300 people were in attendance to celebrate the milestone. Staff, residents, and guests shared appetizers and danced along with the hired DJs....more >>
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Cruisers get sneak peek at new Viper

Vintage vehicles and tricked-out hot rods weren't the only slick-looking automobiles on the prowl in Oxford Saturday during the Lapeer Road Country Cruise. Folks attending the Cars & Stars event held at the Oxford Marketplace got a sneak peek at the 2013 SRT Viper GTS soon to be mass-produced in Michigan by Chrysler....more >>
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Making quilts to support the trooops

Independence Village of Waterstone hosted the 4th Annual Miracle Quilts Show on June 9. The show displayed quilts made by Independence Village residents and area volunteers. These handmade quilts are delivered to returning troops and families convalescing at VA hospitals, Nursing Homes, and the VFW National Home for Children....more >>

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Detective gives opinion on Paad's acquittal

The Michigan State Police detective who investigated former Oxford Village Deputy Clerk Marion Patricia Paad briefly discussed the outcome her embezzlement trial with council members last week....more >>
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Cruisin!

Thousands of classic cars and vintage vehicles rolled along M-24 Saturday during the Fifth Annual Lapeer Rd....more >>
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Summer flowers

Emily Norton is ready for ice cream during Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce Concerts in the Park last Friday....more >>

Fourth of July parade forming up

Join more than 100 community organizations, clubs, businesses and other groups in this year's Clarkston Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 4. This year's theme is "American Made Parade....more >>

MDOT measures M-15 traffic for future work

Notice a few extra bumps on M-15 lately? They're traffic counters placed by Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Information gleaned by those wires wrapped in rubber will be used to design a project currently scheduled for 2019....more >>
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Home dispute after 10 years

For the past 10 years, many have hoped 160 Holcomb Road would be a home again. That may soon happen, according to the homeowner's niece. "My goal within the next two months is to get [the house] empty and sell it," said Alita Hall, who has been in Clarkston since April....more >>
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Kids get too many meds, speakers say

Are childhood vaccines and drug therapy the cause of some chronic illnesses like autism and ADHD? Mary Tocco, who serves on the World Association for Vaccine Education board of directors, and local pharmacist and Indpendence Township resident Frank Granett think so....more >>
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Fieldhouse groundbreaking at Clarkston High

Construction has begun on the Clarkston High School fieldhouse after their groundbreaking last Friday. "We had a lot of hurdles to jump over and knock down," said Kurt Richardson, head coach of the Clarkston Wolves Varsity Football team....more >>
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Optimists' support keeps beach open

Excited children throughout Clarkston made their way to Deer Lake Beach, June 8. It was the School's Out celebration at the beach and, as a special treat, the Clarkston Area Optimists Club presented Ken Elwert, Independence Township Parks and Recreation director, a check for $50,000....more >>
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Garden Club beautifies community

The Davisburg Garden Club started in 1999 to help others, and this year is no exception. Not only are they keeping up with their tradition of decorating downtown Davisburg with flowers, they are working on a plan to make Davisburg more beautiful than ever....more >>
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Hitting the links to help youth get out of trouble

About 35 golfers teed up to help raise funds for Clarkston Area Youth Assistance (CAYA) during their 19th Annual Golf Outing on June 15 at the Fountains Golf and Banquet Center. The event was dedicated to CAYA supporter John Bowman of John Bowman Chevrolet, Inc....more >>
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13th annual Fishing Derby draws crowd

The hot weather last Saturday wasn't enough to keep youth from competing in the 13th annual Youth Fishing Derby. Ages 16 and under eagerly tried to catch the biggest fish, biggest frog, most fish and the smallest fish....more >>
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Success for Angels' Place Race

More than 400 runners, walkers and volunteers participated in the Fifth Annual Angels' Place Race, May 19. "We are grateful for all the people and businesses in our community that made the race such a success and to bring the awareness of developmental disabilities to so many," said Paul Maxwell, planning committee....more >>
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Sweet sounds of summer

Concerts in the Park opened its 33rd season with Gemini last Friday night in Depot Park, downtown Clarkston. Gemini entertained children of all ages with their performance, which included their own original songs as well as sing-alongs, folk tales, and music from around the world....more >>

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City Public Hearing

The Clarkston City Council's public hearing on the 2013 budget is June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. The original budget hearing planned for June 11 was postponed. The public is encouraged to attend and share their views....more >>

Town hall on K2-Spice

State Reps. Gail Haines and Eileen Kowall host a town hall meeting about synthetic drug abuse, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road. The meeting will also include state Sen....more >>

Info on fracking

North Oakland Democratic Club hosts guest speakers Lynette Teller from the MEA Public Affairs Council and LuAnn Kozma of "Ban Michigan Fracking," 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 20, at Clarkston Union M/C Room, 54 S....more >>

Family fun night

North Oaks Community Church, 9600 Ortonville Road off Hadley, hosts a Family and Friends Fun Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 20. They will have hot dogs, chips, beverages, dessert, ladder ball, face painting, crafts, campfire games and songs, corn toss, potato launcher, preschool games, kid vs....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Circuses are coming to town" The Clarkston area will become circus central during the next few weeks as not one but two circuses come to the area. The Walker Brothers Circus is coming to the Springfield Oaks Activity Center in Davisburg, Thursday, June 19....more >>
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1844: Anatole France, French writer.
1850: Thomas Sidney Gilchrist, British metallurgist and inventor.
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1065: The Norman Robert Guiscard takes Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.
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