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Bank offers to refi bond, save school district $300K more

On May 7, Umbaugh and Associates representatives Mike Givler and Jesse Nelson presented the Oxford School Board with an offer they couldn't refuse. Umbaugh suggested the district borrow money to switch their old bond debt to a much lower interest rate of three percent for about four years....more >>
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K2 emergency ordinance ban in Orion Township

Just 24 hours before Governor Rick Snyder signed state law banning K2, Spice, and similar synthetic drugs, Orion Township Board voted its own ordinance into effect. At the June 18 meeting, Orion Township Board voted unanimously on a synthetic marijuana and dangerous products emergency ordinance....more >>

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Report says burger event boon for DDA, bust for biz

Backyards & Burgers 2012 was certainly a profitable event for the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA), but not so much for businesses within the district. According to a report prepared by DDA Administrative Assistant Maria Martin, the DDA took in a grand total of $24,985 in profits from the four-day event in May....more >>
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Dragon on the Lake joins fight against cancer

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Co-Editor It doesn't get much bigger for Lake Orion than the annual Dragon on the Lake Festival, but this year a title sponsor is hoping to make it even bigger....more >>
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Enjoying the sights of summer!

Last week was the official start of summer and oh, what a glorious week it was, filled with plenty of sunshine, blue skies and warm breezes. Now is the time for everyone to slow down, kick back and enjoy the splendor of this all-too-short Michigan season....more >>
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Scottish heritage comes to Orion

Orion Township is getting a taste of the highlands this weekend when the annual Scottish Highland Games returns to Canterbury Village on June 30 and July 1. "It's a preservation of Scottish heritage in Michigan," said Franklin Dohanyos, event organizer and executive director of the Scottish American Society of Michigan....more >>

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State medical registry now law

Michigan State Senator Jim Marleau (R-Lake Orion) has announced that Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 723 into law on June 19, thereby creating an electronic database for Michigan residents wishing to have their medical records accessible to physicians when traveling out of state....more >>
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Local artist featured at Orion Art Center

Do you enjoy human or animal portrait art or landscape art? Then get to the Orion Art Center on June 28 between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and check out the work by local artist Yolanda Garfield....more >>
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Dad pleads guilty to murdering daughter

"Twenty to thirty years (in prison) on a guy this old is a life sentence." That's how Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton characterized the future for Robert Brian Kelly, who pleaded guilty last week to the murder of his 20-year-old daughter, Megan Roberts....more >>
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School's out, football's in

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern This summer, hundreds of Lake Orion boys have been waking up early, not to catch work shifts or a morning date, but to go to football camp. Starting bright and early and running throughout the summer, the Lake Orion football training and camps intend to keep the teams busy while getting ready for the Fall football season, whether they are old pros or new to the game....more >>

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Habitat for Humanity goes from building homes to renovating them

On July 24, Oxford resident and mother of two Tiffany Hickey begins a chapter she never thought she would see open in her life. In about a month, she begins renovations on a home in Lake Orion she can call her own....more >>

Hamlin Pub throws benefit dinner for longtime employee

The management team and staff at Hamlin Pub in Lake Orion are hosting a benefit and proceed for the American Cancer Society and long time employee Jackie Sherman on Friday, June 29 from 4 p....more >>

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Officials debate $11K advance for $7K savings

There's no doubt the decision is saving the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) money, but some officials worried what would happen if it doesn't work out. Last week, the DDA board voted 5-2 to amend Director Madonna Van Fossen's employment contract to pay her a lump sum of $11,000 up-front on July 1, so she can purchase her own private health insurance coverage....more >>

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DDA votes to pay $166K debt to village

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has settled its large debt to the Oxford Village government. Last week, the DDA board voted 7-0 to withdraw $165,934 from its investments through Oakland County in order to pay the village for invoices from the 2010-11 fiscal year....more >>

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Wildflowers At 7 p.m., July 10, a presentation of Wildflowers of Oakland County will be offered at the Old Mill, located on Mill Street just west of South St., Ortonville. Ken Bush will discuss and present information on local wildflowers....more >>

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Free Meals program needs servers, cooks

In every community, there are loads of volunteer opportunities, but surely the noblest among them involves feeding the hungry. The Free Meals program at Oxford United Methodist Church (OUMC) is offering folks the chance to help nourish their neighbors by either serving or cooking food....more >>

Parents, teachers benefit from cartridge world

By Bob Mott Owner Cartridge World Orion Parents, have your printer cartridges refilled at Cartridge World of Orion Township and they will donate $1.00 for every ink cartridge and $3....more >>
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Girlfriends' Walk attracts 400 ladies

Four hundred ladies of all ages descended on downtown Oxford for the third annual Girlfriends' Walk on June 20. Beginnining in Centennial Park, Walk participants received a shopping "Passport" for discounts at Chic Antiques, Beadifferent Boutiques, Ella Fashion, Pink & Charlie, Soothe Your Soul, Victoria's Delights, and Sweet and Savory Bake Shop--all businesses owned by women....more >>
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2013 Buick Verano to be built at Orion Plant

The new model of the Buick Verano is set to enter production in the fourth quarter of 2012. New features include a 2.0 liter, 250 horsepower, turbocharged four cylinder engine, Buick IntelliLink standard, a rearview camera, blind zone alert system and new exterior colors - Carbon Black and Luxo Blue....more >>

NOCC news, actions teams formed

Action teams have been formed by the North Oakland Community Coalition in response to the Town Hall Meeting held in April on Synthetic Drugs and Underage Drinking to address these substances in the community....more >>

Lake Orion Village consent agenda

SMART Credits - The Village was eligible to receive $2,926 as part of the SMART Municipal Credit Contract. In 2011, the funds were transferred to North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA....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 >>
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Camp Invention is cool!

School is out, but apparently one group of youngsters wasn't done learning for the summer. Forty-six inquisitive children, ranging from first through sixth-graders, attended Camp Invention last week held at Clear Lake Elementary School....more >>
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Jubilations at Jubilee!

The annual Jubilee has come and gone, but the effect of the festival is sure to be remembered by its attendees for some time. All the old rides returned along with new additions. From the ferris wheel, to the pirate ride, to Euro Bungie and more, even opening day saw crowds steadily grow to fill the parking lot outside Canterbury Village....more >>
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Donkeys delivered; saving their asses

Brandon Twp.- On a recent warm sunny afternoon, Jane Olney walks out to a fenced pasture on her 10-acre property, calling out greetings to four miniature donkeys who are grazing. The donkeys look up at the sound of her voice and all four immediately begin ambling her way....more >>

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Ortonville fire investigation continues

Ortonville- The cause of a massive fire that destroyed a vacant building in the village remains undetermined. Brandon Fire Chief Dave Kwapis said Wednesday the investigation continues....more >>
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Love knows no bounds: Dad watches son's birth live via Skype

When expectant mom Jenny Rascher went into labor with her son, her husband was at work. But unlike most fathers, Logan Rascher wasn't in the neighborhood, the same town or city, the same county, the same state, the same time zone, or even the same country as his wife....more >>

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Century-old Christening gown

Groveland Twp.- Ann Audet is the caretaker of a family heirloom that is approaching its 100th birthday. Her father-in-law, Eugene Charles Audet, was born on Aug. 14, 1912 and was baptized within 24 hours at the St....more >>

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District OKs trim 2012-13 budget with seven fewer teachers

Goodrich- By a 7-0 vote on Monday night, the school board approved the 2012-13 budget. The new budget reflects an estimated $16,558,969 in revenues with $16,710,664 in expenses....more >>
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Bleacher issue could delay start of football season

Goodrich-School officials are grappling with an apparent miscalculation in the placement of new bleachers at the football complex. In February 2011 district voters approved a $15.4 million bond extension to be used for educational facilities, technology, athletics and energy upgrades....more >>
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Fourth of July fireworks

By Ashley St. Aubin Staff Writer Put a spark in your Independence Day celebration on July 3 at the annual Ortonville fireworks show. The display is expected to begin at dusk (approximately 10:15 p....more >>

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Gary Barns will return as GHS basketball coach

Goodrich- When the Martians varsity boys basketball team hit the hardwood this November, Gary Barns will be their coach. "I'm pleased to return for my 22nd year as head coach," said Barns during the school board meeting on Monday night....more >>

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Goodrich OKs bonds for Dutch Bridge, Erie Street work

By a 4-0 vote the village council approved bonds to finance the cost of improvements to the Dutch Road Bridge over the Kearsley Creek and repairs to Erie Street. The total cost of both projects is $718,900—of which the village will pay about $276,000 for engineering and design costs....more >>

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Township special assessment challenge upheld by court

Atlas Township-The community needs police protection, but just how to collect funds for law enforcement that's fair to property owners and legal in Michigan continues to be debated....more >>

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Consumers Energy to open service center

Groveland Twp.- Following a 7-0 vote at a special township planning commission meeting, Consumers Energy has moved one step closer to construction of a new service center. On Tuesday, township planning officials and Consumers Energy representatives which included Chris Laser, facilities project manager, and Ursula Warren, area manager, attended the special meeting to discuss plans for a new 21,133 square foot complex near Dixie Highway and Shields Road....more >>
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Puppet for peace

Kari Ormsby, left, and Claire Schleusener aren't sure what to make of Mister Cool, an oversized puppet operated by Mark Richards of Waterford to promote next week's Concert in the Park....more >>

July Fourth brings full day of fun

More than 100 community organizations, clubs, businesses and other groups are set to march in this year's Clarkston Fourth of July Parade, 10 a....more >>

McLaren Hospital moves forward

Despite being stalled by the state, Independence Township is ready for a McLaren hospital, especially now that it is downsized. On June 14, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a revised site plan for the medical facility, which would be built off Sashabaw and Bow Pointe roads....more >>

Stiffer penalties for burn violators

Independence Township residents will face tougher penalties if they break the board's revised Open Burn Ordinance, which was passed, 4-1, June 19. Currently, locals who break the burn ordinance won't pay a fee for their first offense....more >>

Upgrades, more days for county fair

The Oakland County 4H fair starts on July 6 and will continue through July 15. This is the first year the fair has been open for 10 days and promises to be a full day of fun. In addition, a number of campsites on the fairgrounds have been updated to make the experience more enjoyable for those staying at the fairgrounds as well....more >>
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Teens showcase imagination

Sculptures, paintings, photographs, and other works of art were on display at the Independence Township Library's "Imagine That!" Teen Art Show on Friday, June 22. With over 70 pieces of artwork available to view, it was obvious that our local youth is truly talented! Freshman Joshua Retford blended the bodies of an elephant and a deer together to create his "Elephant/Deer Mirage" while 6th grader Max Anderson sculpted a colorful jaguar....more >>

Carson hopes to keep seat

If you ask Treasurer Curt Carson why he should be reelected, he'll tell you he's the most experienced for the job. He refers to his service as treasurer since 2008, and points out, "I've had over 12 years of running my own businesses" and "22 years of experience with the Government Affairs Committee at the North Oakland County Board of Realtors....more >>
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Good opening day for Springfield market

Opening day of the Springfield Township Farmers' Market was a hit. The weather was a little rainy towards the end, but that didn't keep customers from visiting. Upon arriving, the first 200 visitors to the market were given a cupcake to celebrate the market's first birthday....more >>
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Women hope to bring new perspective to township

While men will outnumber women 20:4 on the primary ballot, the four women running in the Independence Township election won't be deterred. In fact, they embrace and celebrate the contrast....more >>

Brown throws hat in race

When it comes to being the Independence Township treasurer, Paul Brown is "all in." "If I don't win, I'm going to be looking for a new job," he said. Brown was the Chief Financial Officer and server administrator in thr Internet Technology department at Lynn Medical, but recently resigned to concentrate on his campaign....more >>
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Clarkston Farmers' Market opens

From honey and maple syrup to freshly cut flowers and mushrooms, birdhouses and metal sculptures, teas and all-natural mosquito repellant, there was something for everyone on the sunny opening day of the Clarkston Farmer's Market on June 23....more >>
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Wright honored for helping community

Matt Wright was honored as he was recognized for being Youth of the Year on May 17 at the 27th Annual Clarkston Community Awards. "It was more of an honor to be up there and share it with people like Charles Griffin and those different people," he said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Barn slips, slides to new location

You may have heard of barn raisings, but the barn behind the Bird Feeder on Ortonville road did more than raise up on June 5th. Richard Davis of Davis Building Repair lifted, turned, and moved the approximately six-ton, 20-by-30-foot barn using a 350 Loader Dozer and other equipment....more >>
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Travel agency under new ownership

Whether it's scuba diving, museum hopping, or mountain climbing, the new owner of Clarkston Travel, Tammy Darr, says she can find a vacation to suit your interests. Darr prides herself in offering "personalized vacations" while servicing customers interested in travel packages, all-inclusives, cruises, and airline tickets....more >>

Martial artist plans record breaking stunt in Clarkston

When seeking a cure for a migraine, have you consulted a world record breaking martial artist? If not, you might try Sanders Alternative Therapy Clinic, just downstairs from Joe Sanders' dojo....more >>
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Scholarship winners

Clarkston Area Optimist Club awarded $1,000 scholarships to several Clarkston High School graduates. From left are Curt Carson, Scholarship chairman, and winners Andrew Salada, Spenser Pawlik, Troy Hughes, Alyssa Setting and Rachel Manssur....more >>

News Briefs

Early deadline for 4th

Clarkston News offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for the Fourth of July holiday, so the deadline for classified is noon on Friday, June 29....more >>

$71 million for schools

Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education approved a $71 million budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year on Monday night with a 4-3 vote. The 2011-2012 budget was $73.7 million. The board also approved contracts for Superintendent Dr....more >>

Liberty Fest at church

Clarkston Community Church, 6300 Clarkston Road, hosts its Sixth Annual Liberty Fest, July 4, 7-10 p.m. The free festival features air games from Valley Tent Rental, frozen custard from Culver's, pizza from Little Caesars, face painting, popcorn and a concert from the "Solid Rockers" on the Liberty Festival stage from 8-10 p....more >>

Clarkston to host DSO

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is coming to Clarkston. To win the DSO performance, Clarkston residents voted on www.dso.org. Once tallied, Clarkston was the most popular site in Oakland County....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look BackFrom The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Township 'Paranoid' over shows" Pine Knob's events with day-long gatherings did not meet outdoor gatherings ordinance "Chapter 14" so some events had to be monitored for safety concerns....more >>
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1485: Henry Tudor defeats Richard III at Bosworth. This victory establishes the Tudor dynasty in England and ends the War of the Roses.
1642: Civil war in England begins as Charles I declares war on Parliament at Nottingham.
1717: The Austrian army forces the Turkish army out of Belgrade, ending the Turkish revival in the Balkans.
1777: With the approach of General Benedict Arnold's army, British Colonel Barry St. Ledger abandons Fort Stanwix and returns to Canada.