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Future of fireworks up in the air

Twp. works toward 335-day a year ban

In light of numerous noise complaints and safety concerns, the Oxford Township Board last week voted 4-2 to begin drafting a new ordinance that would ban the use of fireworks on all those days not specifically protected under the new state law....more >>
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The Senior Open Issue

Inside: Pictures from the Senior Open Preview for the Dragon on the Lake Township board candidate profiles Our monthly Biz section ....more >>
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Dragons will soon be on the lake

Orion's annual festival returns bigger and better than ever before

Lake Orion is growing in fame thanks to the national focus on the auto industry and sporting events like the Senior Open, but where would Lake Orion be without festivals like Dragon on the Lake? Thankfully, Orion residents won't have to wonder, as the event is nearly here once again - this time being directed by the new Art Director Lauren Dinneweth....more >>

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Village sets public fireworks hearing July 24

Oxford Village officials are seeking public input as they look to amend their local ordinance concerning fireworks to conform with the new state law that legalized consumer-grade fireworks....more >>

Study approved for landfill

It's been a year since Orion Township looked to have another environmental study and update on the Holcomb Report for the expansion of the Eagle Valley Landfill, Supervisor JoAnn Van Tassel requested the township hire a consultant at the July 2 meeting....more >>

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DDA nixes carnival for burger event

Backyards & Burgers will return to downtown Oxford next year, but it will do so minus the carnival. On Monday night, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted 7-0 to cancel the carnival and send the Livonia-based Wade Shows, Inc....more >>
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Orion graduate finds life and love in the army

Melissa Valken wasn't planning on going into the army after graduating high school in 2004, she just fell into it. While studying health fitness in preventative and rehabilitative at Central University she decided to join the ROTC (Reserved Officer's Training Course)....more >>

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Addison places fire millage on Nov. ballot

When Addison Township voters trek to the polls in November, they will be asked to simultaneously increase and renew one of their fire operating millages. On Monday night, township officials voted 7-0 to place a five-year, 0....more >>
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Postmaster says farewell to Lake Orion

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern By the close of July, the Lake Orion post office will lose one of its valued members, postmaster Ted Banks, who will retire before the month is out....more >>
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Resident quits job to follow artistic passion

By Yolanda Garfield Special to the Review Lake Orion resident and award winning fine artist Kimberly Santini specializes in painting animals, because she loves them. "I'd have had the most glorious childhood, had I grown up on a farm," she said....more >>
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Summer will end but tans don't have to

New tanning salon may lack name, but has customer service

Summer tanning may be easy now with the sun shinning down its beams but in one or two short months, going out to the beach will be a memory. Thanks to the new owners of Coco Tanning, located at 666 S....more >>
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Backyard Jam back for 2012

The second annual Backyard Jam is roaring to go this Saturday, 2-7 p.m. The event is hosted by The Birdfeeder, Clarkston Flower Shoppe and Bonnie & Clyde, located at 7150 North Main Street....more >>
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Strawberry Fest this weekend!

There was excitement in the air July 10 at Rowland Hall in bustling downtown Leonard. Strawberry Festival preparations are nearing completion, and committee members were unable to contain their enthusiasm as they finalized details for the annual celebration to take place July 20-22....more >>

All's well that ends well

Local well driller lends helping hand to get water flowing again

It's no secret that major media outlets frequently publicize sad tales about businesses taking advantage of customers. Newsprint and airwaves are packed with a seemingly endless supply of stories about scams, price-gouging, crooks and shoddy workmanship....more >>

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Twp. looks to solve Elk View issue, preserve land

Oxford Township gave its approval last week to pursue a two-phase course of action with the potential to not only solve a long-standing problem, but also preserve a large section of environmentally-sensitive land....more >>
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Church opens its doors to pro golfer

Christ the King Church opened its doors last week to a famous professional golfer who played in the 2012 U.S. Senior Open held at Orion's Indianwood Golf and Country Club. Tom Lehman, a pro golfer since 1982 and winner of the 1996 British Open, needed a place to practice his faith and the Oxford Township church was more than happy to oblige him July 12....more >>
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Murderer, victim's family speak their piece

"This is probably the worst day of my life." It was an ironic statement coming from a man whose brutal actions ensured his young daughter would never live to see another day of her life good or bad....more >>
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Van Tassel and Barnett battle for supervisor spot

Incumbent JoAnn Van Tassel will take on Chris Barnett for the role of Orion Township Supervisor. Jo Ann Van Tassel, 74 who was appointed Supervisor after Matt Gibb left to work for Oakland County in 2011 said she is running for the position because she "cares about the community, the people who live here and has no ambition for a higher position....more >>
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Leader Dogs: Volunteers raise puppies for a cause

When Maggie Stach convinced her parents in 2001 to allow her get involved with Leader Dogs for the Blind, she simply wanted a way to get a puppy. Now, over a decade later, Stach is about to get her seventh puppy in the program that gives trained service animals to blind individuals....more >>

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Officials chastise mgr. for handling of unauthorized outdoor dining

Oxford Village officials have no problem with a new downtown restaurant's desire to offer its customers an outdoor dining experience on public property; in fact, they wish to encourage such things....more >>
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District secures second downtown location

Why did the chicken cross the road? Maybe for the same reason as the Oxford Virtual Academy. The Oxford Virtual Academy (OVA), now located in the basement of the district's administrative offices at 10 N....more >>
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Shults and Hanes set sights on clerk's office

For Orion Township Clerk, incumbent Penny Shults will face write-in candidate Elaine Hanes. "Working for the township since 1989 has fostered a lasting commitment to serve the residents with excellence," said Penny Shults, 52, which is why she is running again....more >>
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Young and Thurber compare the dollars for treasurer

Incumbent Alice Young and Mark Thurber throw in their chips for Orion Township Treasurer. Continuing to make improvements serve the citizens of Orion Township is why Alice Young, 80 is running for reelection During her past eight years, Young said she has "instituted many improvements, revamped monthly financial statements to provide relevant and accurate information to our Board and to the public, as well as modernized systems to make it easier to do business with our citizens....more >>

Briefs

Royal Troon Private Road SAD - Orion Township Board of Trustees voted in favor of establishing a special assessment district for the purpose of finishing the roads in Royal Troon Condos....more >>

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Planning commission agenda: Agri-tourism, rural character photos

Atlas Twp.-Some area businesses may soon have a new look. The planning commission will conduct two public hearings beginning at 7 p.m., Sept. 19 at the township hall to allow residents to speak on a proposal to allow agri-tourism in the township and the use of visualization in defining rural character....more >>

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Marching Martians seek new look

The Goodrich High School Band will be showcasing a new look as they march onto the field this fall. Aaron Orkisz, director of bands at GHS, is looking forward to the addition of new band uniforms for his students....more >>

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Consumers Energy gas pipeline project begins in township

Brandon Twp.- Consumers Energy will begin installation of gas mains in the township July 23 on Allen and Reese roads. Residents on those roads who signed contracts with Consumers can expect gas service lines directly to their homes to be installed the week of July 30 after the main line is extended in the road right-of-way....more >>
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Free summer breakfast and lunch for all children

Brandon Twp.- Free lunch, and breakfast, too, is available for kids 18 and under this summer at Oakwood Elementary, 2839 Oakwood Road. The Brandon School District Food Services Department is able to offer the free meals through a grant offered to schools which have more than 50 percent of their student population eligible to participate in the free and reduced price lunch program....more >>

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Woman charged with assaulting deputy

A 19-year-old Auburn Hills woman has been arraigned on multiple charges after going on a rampage in Brandon Township, attacking her mother, trashing a vehicle and spitting at a responding deputy....more >>

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Groveland Township seismic testing

Groveland Twp.- Seismic testing, often used to predict earthquake or volcanic activity, is being conducted in the township. While this area isn't known for earthquakes nor volcanoes, the tests conducted by West Bay Geophysical can also be used to determine whether there is oil or natural gas in specific locations, and these are the resources the Traverse City-based company hopes to find here....more >>

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Brandon School District to bring back half of pink-slipped teachers

Brandon Twp.- Glass half-empty or half-full? Anticipating a possible budget shortfall of more than $1.3 million, the school board pink-slipped 28 teachers this spring. At their July 16 meeting, the board unanimously approved the recall of 14 of those teachers, exactly half....more >>

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Jacobsen expresses regret over election reform bill's defeat

State Representative Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford) expressed his regret recently over Governor Rick Snyder's vetoing of an election reform bill he sponsored. According to Jacobsen, the crux of HB 5061 "had to do with absentee ballots and (showing) a (photo) ID when you picked up your absentee ballot in person ....more >>

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Twp. to investigate potential need for barking dog ordinance

Based on resident complaints, Oxford Township officials are planning to investigate whether or not the municipality needs to enact an ordinance to curtail barking dogs who constitute a nuisance to others....more >>

An old English play for an old English village

Canterbury Village looks the part and on July 6 and 7 it also sounded like an old English village when the Great Lakes Community Players put on a production of Hamlet for all to watch....more >>

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Public hearing set to discuss township police funding

Atlas Twp.- The township board of trustees has set a public hearing for 7 p.m., Sept 17 to discuss adjusting the amount and possibly the method of collecting police funding for area law enforcement....more >>

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Twp. decides how to allocate $672K surplus

While most local governments are plagued by the problem of having too little money in their coffers, the Oxford Township Board engaged in a 31-minute debate last week over how best to allocate its budget surplus....more >>
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Steamy July to continue

It's been so hot this weeks that even the bats are, well—going batty. "In July the native Big Brown Bats are forming maternity colonies—lots of baby bats are becoming more active or even feeling uncomfortable do to the excessive heat," said Dave Kugler, of Ortonville Critter Catchers, Inc....more >>
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Mislocated Goodrich stadium bleachers will remain in place

Goodrich- The bleachers will stay. By a 5-2 vote at a special meeting on Monday night, the school board accepted $30,000 in compensation in exchange for Graham, Texas-based Southern Bleacher Company leaving the new bleachers where they are—a six-foot deviation from the original plans....more >>

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Hot advice on how to stay cool in stifling heat

Summertime and this time the living's not so easy. As 4,920 high temperature records were set across the United States recently, many Oxford residents sought ways to stay cool and safe....more >>

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Township to treat stand of phragmites

Atlas Twp.-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the board of trustees OK'd Goodrich-based Aquatic Services to eradicate a growth of phragmites located just to the north of the township offices on Gale Road....more >>

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Board OKs new bridge; pool roof, septic on horizon

Brandon Twp.- The school district has about $500,000 left over from a $73 million bond that voters passed in 2006, but will soon use more than a quarter of that money, $136,300, to replace a bridge on school property....more >>

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November ballot: Non-homestead millage renewal

Voters in the Brandon School District will be presented with a millage renewal proposal on the November ballot. The school board unanimously approved ballot language for an operating millage renewal proposal during their July 16 meeting....more >>
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Storytime in the park!

During the Oxford Public Library's storytime in Centennial Park last week, the kids were given flags and drums with which to parade around and celebrate America's 236th birthday....more >>

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Candidates sought for school board election; Stein chooses not to run

Two seats on the Oxford Community School Board are up for grabs this fall. Vice President Carol Mitchell's term is set to expire Dec. 31 and Trustee Mary Stein has decided not to seek reelection, thus, leaving two slots up for contention ....more >>
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Musings on a bridge

Kaily Sullivan and Isabella Roselli gain writing inspiration from Depot Park during an Oakland Summer Writer's Camp trip to downtown Clarkston, July 13....more >>
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Deep trouble with shallow ponds

For residents living along the Mill Ponds in downtown Clarkston, low water levels have been the source of deep concern. They are unhappy with low water levels, particularly in the Upper Pond, north of Miller Road....more >>

Council to enforce sign ordinance

It's lights out for downtown signs. Clarkston City Council voted 4-2, July 9, to take a hard line on enforcing a sign ordinance prohibiting illuminated signs, at least for now. "I patronize the businesses in this town, and I want them to succeed, but rules are rules," said Councilman Thomas Hunter....more >>

New signs on Robertson Court

On Friday, the City posted four new signs on Robertson Court off Main Street. Two were 25 MPH and two were Children at Play signs. Drivers often use Robertson Court as a shortcut to Clarkston Road because they don't want to wait for the traffic light....more >>
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Spray Masters ready for show

Davisburg's water ski team, the Spray Masters, hosts a show promising fun and amazement for the whole family, 7 p.m., July 26. This year's theme is the circus. For those who have never attended one of their shows before, prepare to be surprised, said Brendan Kirchner, Spray Masters vice-president and 11-year skier....more >>
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Clarkston couple conquer mountain trail

Two long-time Clarkston residents are in the midst of the adventure of a lifetime as they hike the entire Appalachian mountain trail, from Georgia to Maine. Mark and Julie Lamphier, or EZ and Gravity as they are called on the trail, left in March and just recently crossed into New York....more >>
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Park writing

Dozens of young writers toured downtown Clarkston and Depot Park looking for inspiration, July 13. The trip was part of Oakland Summer Writer's Camp, July 9-20, at Clarkston Community Education building....more >>
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Hospital hijinks

From left, Hannah Guth, Ricky Ragatz, Trevor Torres, Kendall Kotcher, Emma Silak, Cody Chambers, and Sarah Bertram rehearse a scene from Clarkston Village Players Youth Theater's production of "Bedside Manor....more >>

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Lunch prices going up

The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal to increase lunch prices by 10 cents on July 9. The increase will meet the new USDA requirements regarding the Price Lunch Equity Program all school districts must charge specific lunch costs within mandated guidelines....more >>

Football for a Cure

The Clarkston Wolves gridiron gang trade their blue and gold jerseys for pink and light blue for their Fourth Annual Football for a Cure, their pre-season scrimmage, on Saturday, Aug....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Acclaimed plane to visit" One of the last flying 1948 Lockheed Constellation Airliners was set to arrive at the Oakland International Airport July 14 and was open to the public for tours....more >>
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1788: Theodore Hook, English novelist best known for Impromptu at Fulham.
1791: Michael Faraday, English physicist, inventor of the dynamo, the transformer and the electric motor.
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1947: A Douglas C-54 Skymaster makes the first automatic pilot flight over the Atlantic.
1959: The first telephone cable linking Europe and the United States is inaugurated.
1961: President John Kennedy signs a congressional act establishing the Peace Corps.
1969: Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first baseball player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 home runs.
1970: President Richard M. Nixon signs a bill giving the District of Columbia representation in the U.S. Congress.