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Oil pipeline project delayed

Brandon Twp.- The township board has postponed giving consent to Enbridge Energy to replace a petroleum pipeline that runs through the township. "I don't think the board or the community understands the magnitude of this project," said Supervisor Kathy Thurman....more >>
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Up in smoke:

Firefighters battle blaze, discover marijuana plants

Where there's smoke, there's fire. And in this case, there was also marijuana. On Tuesday morning, Oxford and Orion firefighters battled a house fire on N. Oxford Rd., directly across from the high school....more >>
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Too much money?

Audit shows $6.3 milllion; general fund

Orion Township received the highest accolades in its 2011 audit report given by Rana Emmons of Post, Smythe, Lutz and Ziel on June 18, but is $6.3 million in an unrestricted fund balance too much? Township officials don't think so....more >>

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Carnival, bands and fireworks, oh my!

Bring "your lawn chair or blanket and get ready for a good time!" That was Ron Davis' invitation for everyone to come on out to Seymour Lake Township Park on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 for the Fourth Annual Seymour Celebration....more >>
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Remembering the fallen

Orion legend passes, residents share thoughts

There are people who grow up in a community, find a reason to leave and never return. For most of his life, long-time Orion resident William G. Adams, who passed June 24 and was buried June 27, never found that reason....more >>

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Send in the forensic auditor!

Oxford Village officials are employing the services of an outside professional to get to the bottom of their missing money mystery. "You're victims," said Karl Haiser, who co-owns the Ann Arbor-based Michigan Forensic Accounting, Inc....more >>
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Sheriffs catch serial burglar, offers tips for future incidents

Breaking and entering is a peculiar crime in that it affects the victim not only physically - monetarily - it also strips away the last vestige of safety. Home security. Yet thanks to the work of the Oakland County Sheriffs and their Orion Township Deputies, one less alleged burglar is walking the streets as of June 6, when Daniel Horacek, a 46-year-old Orion Township resident was arraigned at the 52/3 District Court in Rochester....more >>
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Village cops get $83K in equipment for $1,800

The Oxford Village Police Department are sworn to protect and serve, but they do more than just protect our streets they protect tax dollars as well. Case in point: Police Chief Mike Neymanowski recently ordered 15 tasers, five automated external defibrillator units (AED), seven rifles, and 10 portable scales to weigh semitrailers....more >>
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Vets get awards, new commander

Fewer than 10 percent of all VFW Posts are named an all-state post, but North Oakland VFW Post 334 has achieved that recognition for the third year in a row. Post 334 received all-state for their 2009/10 and 2010/11 years and recognized as an all-state post against for the 2011/12 fiscal year at VFW State Convention held recently in Troy....more >>

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Sutphin named Grand Marshal of Strawberry Festival parade

In small towns like the Village of Leonard, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a person is the title of Grand Marshal for the big parade. This year that honor goes to Addison Township resident John Sutphin, who will serve as Grand Marshal for the 60th annual Strawberry Festival's parade on Saturday, July 21 beginning at 12 noon....more >>
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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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FISH encourages clients to grow, eat veggies

The mere mention of feeding the hungry typically conjures up traditional images of soup kitchens and pantry shelves stocked with donated canned goods. But Oxford-Orion FISH is taking advantage of a new trend in order to feed its clients fresh vegetables this summer....more >>
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Memorial to pay tribute to late fire chief

Residents are invited to honor the memory of a man who helped make the Addison Township Fire Department the highly-respected and professional organization it is today. On Saturday, July 7 beginning at 12 noon, Addison Fire Station #1 (4026 Forest St....more >>
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Lake Orion park concerts on start July 11

Reggie Harrison and Straight 8 kick off this year's Concert in the Park series with roots rock and classics on July 11 at 7 p.m. "It will be great fun to play in the gazebo and enjoy the beautiful new park we are excited to kick off the music series," said Harrison, a long- time Lake Orion resident and community activist....more >>

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Service, OCTV win three years in a row

It won't be long before Bill Service will have to build a special trophy room for all the awards that he and Oxford Community Television (OCTV) keep receiving for their coverage of local veterans....more >>
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D-Arcy Gonzales named interim trustee

D-Arcy Gozales was named the interim trustee for Orion Township board at the June 18 meeting. After the resignation of former Trustee Mark Crane the board interviewed three other candidates along with Gonzales, which included Heather Muzzy, Dale Romeo, and Donni Steele....more >>

Hubbard named Auxiliary Member of the Year

There's no doubt Kathleen Hubbard is proud to be an American, but she doesn't just say it, she shows it by educating local youth about patriotism, Americanism and the sacrifices made by the brave veterans they see everyday....more >>

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Briefs

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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Library focus group takes aim at future needs

Brandon Twp.- What does the library mean to you? What do you want it to be in the future? Library officials are seeking answers to these questions and more through surveys and two focus groups planned for 5-6:30 p....more >>
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Jeffery, Martin honored for pro-vet efforts

Two young members of Oxford American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 did their organization, their families and their community proud by earning state-level honors. Kasie Jeffery, of Oxford, was named the state's Junior Auxiliary Member of the Year, while Shauntia Martin, of Rochester, earned the title of Michigan Department Junior Miss Poppy 2012....more >>
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LOHS grad raising money for mission trip

LOHS grad Kristina Hill is taking her love of volleyball to Tennessee this fall, where she will play for Carson Newman University, a NCAA Division ll school. Her college team is starting their official training this August by doing an overseas mission trip with Ignite International to Nicaragua, where they visit orphanages, work with the Nicaraguan National Team conducting volleyball clinics and building relationships with underprivileged youth and teens....more >>

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Township cell tower project set to begin

Atlas Twp.-Construction of a new cell tower in the township is expected to begin next week American Tower announced recently they will begin work on the foundation of the 177-foot structure, which will be built behind the township hall on Gale Road north of Goodrich High School on township property....more >>
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Locals head to extended Oakland County Fair—July 6- 15

Michelle Ervin and her family, which includes husband Patrick and their six children, have a major vacation every year at the Oakland County Fair at Springfield Oaks Park. This year's vacation is planned for July 6-15, an extra long vacation as the fair expands its length to 10 days this year, up by four days....more >>

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Twp. board to discuss possible regulation of fireworks use

There are lots of noises that can keep a person from drifting off to dream land at night the incessant barking of dogs, raucous parties, fireworks bursting in the sky. Tom Schaible is hoping the Oxford Township Board can do something about that last one from both a noise standpoint and a public safety perspective....more >>
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Garden Club Tour 2012

Patrick and Patricia Major had a vision for their front yard—create canopied forest trails, throw in an artistic element, add some mosses meandering over an assortment of rocks— then cool it all off with a lake breeze....more >>

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Concert at Seymour Celebration to benefit vets

When folks head out to Seymour Lake Celebration July 6-7, they'll have a special opportunity not offered at any other summer festivals around here. Make your way up to the sound stage and sit a spell while the entertainers from Jam for Vets (JFV) weave their magic....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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Equine Sports: Unique camp

Local children and teens can experience something quite unique when it comes to summer camp. Equine Sports, 5180 Grange Hall Road, Holly, will host campers, ages six to 19 years old and provide an opportunity to learn about horses and much more....more >>

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Township polling place grant stalled—funds needed

Brandon Twp.- The nation marked Independence Day this week and many Americans will exercise one of their most cherished freedoms, the right to vote, in next month's primary, as well as in the November election....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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800 cyclists pass through on PALM ride

If you were on Lakeville Road the morning of June 29, you probably had to dodge more than a few cyclists. That's because nearly 800 bicyclists were making their final push across Michigan's lower peninsula....more >>
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Enjoyin' tunes in the park

Centennial Park in downtown Oxford is the place to be every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. as the Downtown Development Authority conducts its popular summer concert series. Bring a blanket, bring a chair, just make sure to be there....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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Ortonville fireworks Saturday night

Due to storms that rolled through Oakland County on July 3 and 4, the annual Ortonville Fireworks show was rescheduled for tonight, July 7. The display is expected to begin at dusk (approximately 10:15 p....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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Coast to coast—Pedal Across Lower Michigan

Brandon Twp.- When 800 bicyclists rolled into the township June 28, Ann Walker, 70, was among them. Walker and the other cyclists stopped at Brandon High School to camp, just one of their stops in the annual Pedal Across Lower Michigan tour....more >>

Split vote on school funds

This year's $71 million school budget was approved in a split vote Clarkston Board of Education Trustees Susan Boatman, Rosalie Lieblang and Joan Patterson voted against it; President Cheryl McGinnis, Vice President Elizabeth Egan, Secretary Barry Bomier and Treasurer Steve Hyer vote for it....more >>

City 2012-2013 budgets OK'd

Long-term's uncertain

Clarkston City Council approved a 2012 budget with a surplus and a balanced 2013 budget during their public hearing on June 25, but the votes were not unanimous. "We spent $48,000 less than what we took in," Councilman Thomas Hunter said of the 2012 budget....more >>
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Activists want to save Bay Court Park

Anti-Fracking activists had a "Save the Park from Fracking" event on June 23 at Bay Court Park, which drew about 100 people including candidates running for office. Guest speakers such as water well drillers Joe Curry and Steve McPherson were on hand to answer questions, and organizers Tim Heming and Mariah Urueta gathered signatures for their "Ban Fracking" petition....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.