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Clerks predict 30 percent voter-turnout

Oxford to use electronic poll books for first time

It isn't an exact science, but Oxford and Addison's township clerks are both predicting a 30 percent voter-turnout rate during the Tuesday, Aug. 7 primary election. "Traditionally, the turnout for primary elections isn't as big as it is for the general election," explained Oxford Township Clerk Curtis Wright....more >>
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Handing over the keys

Custodians were filled with an array of emotions as they handed over their keys July 27, some had tears, but most had anger. Rich Brown like most declined to comment. "You couldn't print what I have to say," said Brown....more >>

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District scores on the rise for MME, ACT

The 2011-12 MME and ACT tests are in for Oxford school district and scores are on the rise. In the MME (Michigan Merit Examination) scores, the Oxford district saw an increase in every subject area tested....more >>

The Sheriff's fight against Orion drugs

One more drug dealer is off the streets as of July 17. At his apartment on E. Flint, Bryan Winkler, 22, a suspected drug dealer was caught by Oakland County's Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) when detectives made numerous purchase of marijuana directly from the suspect....more >>

Vote in the Aug. 7 primary election

The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. for the Aug. 7 primary election, according to Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults. For those voting absentee Orion Township Office will be open Aug....more >>
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Suicide prevention event draws 110 people, earns $1K

Whether you're someone who's contemplating suicide or someone who's lost a family member or friend to suicide, the communities of Oxford and Lake Orion want you to know they care and they're here to help....more >>

Supervisor helps out small businesses

y Trevor Keiser Review Co-Editor In the current economy when small businesses want to start or even grow, business owners are finding it difficult to get financing from the big banks, but Orion Township Supervisor JoAnn Van Tassel offered a solution....more >>

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Football field vandalized

Oxford AD fears act could be part of Lake Orion rivalry

It was obviously someone's idea of a joke, but Oxford Athletic Director Mike Watson isn't laughing. In fact, he's pretty mad about it. "I can't tell you anything else that makes me more upset than this kind of stuff because it takes away from our resources and what we're here to do," Watson said....more >>
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Dragon on the Lake expands

Lake Orion is counting down the days to the annual Dragon on the Lake festival and judging from the additions mentioned by Strategic Planner James Jenkins, it's going to be bigger and better than ever before....more >>
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Meet Karen Knox: Orion Township's Library Director

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern The public library is full of books, information and all around fun, but someone has to keep track of it all—which is where Karen Knox, Director of the Orion Public Library, comes in....more >>

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Cops, village agree to new union contract

A new five-year labor contract was approved last week by both the Oxford Village Council and the Police Officers Labor Council (POLC), the union that represents the municipality's police officers and dispatchers....more >>
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Friendly game leads to annual fundraiser

Six years ago after the Fourth of July, Lake Orion resident Ryan Skalnek and his buddies decided to have a Wiffleball tournament little did he know it would turn into a yearly event that would become a fundraiser for veterans....more >>

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Library requests tax hike from Oxford voters

Editor's Note: With the proposed millage increase for the Oxford Public Library on the primary ballot next week, as a service to voters, we decided to republish the in-depth article on the proposal that appeared in the May 16 issue....more >>
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Resident to rock at wildwood

By Yolanda Garfield Special to Review Once in a while an entertainer holds a crowd through a kind of inner joy that is translated through their interpretation of music. Reggie Harrison holds a crowd that way....more >>

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Wording approved for historic cemetery marker

Completing a motion first approved in August 2011, the Addison Township Board voted unanimously on July 16 to approve wording on a marker designating the Lakeville cemetary as a historical site....more >>

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Oxford Village moves toward fireworks ban

Oxford Village is moving in the same direction as Oxford Township when it comes to the use of fireworks ban it. Council last week voted 4-1 to direct the village manager to draft an ordinance "similar to the township's" banning the use of fireworks on all days except for the 30 protected by state law....more >>

Local steals gun, flees to Flint

A homeowner on 690 Fernhurst contacted Oakland County Sheriffs after he found his home burglarized on July 7. The homeowner suspected a tenant who rented the furnished basement from him....more >>
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Lakeville postmaster calls it a career

Lakeville bid farewell to its postmaster July 31. Ruth Yerkes, after 26 years with the United States Postal Service (USPS), said goodbye to her patrons and Post Office in a small cake & coffee gathering as she tied a bow on her time as a USPS employee....more >>

Briefs

Authorization to sign insurance renewal-The Orion Township board authorized the supervisor to sign the insurance renewal document and Stop Loss Agreement for its liability insurance through the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA)....more >>

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Oxford Township trustee candidate profiles

Editor's Note: There are five candidates running for four trustee seats on the Oxford Township Board. Each carries a four-year term of office. Answers to the profile questions were limited to 25 words each....more >>
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Summer camp offers kids, parents an outlet

Summer can be tough on the working parent but those at the Lake Orion Schools Community Enrichment Center (LOHSCS) sought to offer an option this summer in the form of a camp. Camp Wanna Have Fun, hosted by the LOHSCS at Lake Orion's CERC building on Scripps, offered kids a number of ways to have fun during the summer and, more importantly, during the day....more >>

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Atlas Township, Goodrich to vote on fire millage

Atlas Twp.- On Tuesday when township voters go to the polls they will be asked to renew a fire millage to continue providing funding for the fire department. Earlier this year, the board of trustees voted 5-0 to have the 1 mill renewal for fire services....more >>
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Yappy day is a happy day for Orion pups!

Whether it was musical mats, the peanutbutter eating contest, or just the freedom to hang with some canine friends, dogs and owners alike enjoyed the "Yappy Day" at the Orion Orion Oaks County Park on July 29....more >>
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A magical ending

The Addison Township Public Library celebrated the end of its Children's Summer Reading Program with an impressive performance by local magician Baffling Bill July 26. A total of 70 children enrolled in this year's program....more >>
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Bats: Benefits learned, myths dispelled

Bats, not books, drew folks to the Oxford Public Library July 25. It was standing-room only in the Rotary Community Room as Caitlin Weinfurther, an education specialist with the Organization for Bat Conservation, helped approximately 80 adults and kids gain a better understanding of the only mammal capable of flight....more >>

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Brandon Township candidate forum Aug. 2 at EBSC

The public is invited to meet the candidates for the Brandon Township Board during a forum planned for 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Edna Burton Senior Center, 345 Ball St., Ortonville....more >>
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Plane crashes into lake home

On Saturday afternoon Bob and Charmaine Kerchner were sitting in their family room in their home on the east shore of Lake Shinanguag. "It was a hot day," said Bob, 77, who was a private pilot....more >>

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Oakland County Board of Commissioners District #3

Editor's Note: There are two Republican candidates running in the Aug. 7 primary election for the District #3 seat on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Answers to the profile questions were limited to 25 words each....more >>

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No 'R' or 'D' next to these candidates

Stevens, Gravlin file for Nov. ballot in Addison

Addison Township will have two new candidates for trustee on the November ballot. Terry Stevens and Sereal Gravlin announced their candidacy by the 4 p.m. July 20 deadline. Both have filed as non-party affiliated candidates....more >>

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Back to school supplies needed

Summer break is half over and store shelves have filled with supplies for kids to take back to school. The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund is hoping local residents will help get some of those supplies into the hands of financially disadvantaged students, and perhaps even help to put some new shoes on these students' feet....more >>

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Counsel sends detachment to commission

A vote on partial detachment of the Village of Goodrich moved one step closer on Wednesday. Celeste Bell, interim corporation counsel, the attorney who acts on behalf of the Genesee County on civil matters and serves as legal advisor to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners ruled on Tuesday after village resident Patricia Wartella filed on April 12 signed petitions to the Genesee County Clerk for the detachment of certain property within the village to Atlas Township....more >>
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'I could have been there'

GHS grad, Aurora resident, recalls theater shooting

Katrina Timma was tired after she returned from work on the evening of Friday, July 20. "When I woke up on Saturday morning there were text messages from friends and messages from family on my phone," she said....more >>

Addison Township treasurer profiles

Editor's Note: There are two Republican candidates running in the Aug. 7 primary election for the four-year position of Addison Township Treasurer. Answers to the profile questions were limited to 25 words each....more >>

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Two more Brandon District principals resign

Brandon Twp.- Two more district principals resigned this week, leaving school officials scrambling to find replacements with the start of the new school year quickly approaching. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon said Belle Ann Elementary Principal Cathy Kochanski and Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School Principal Jeff Beane both turned in letters of resignation within the past week....more >>
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Prevention is their priority

A total of 110 folks gathered in Seymour Lake Township Park Saturday morning for a joint Oxford/Orion suicide prevention event. For the story, please see Page 1 of the August 1 print edition....more >>
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Shane's mom opens up, wants to help others

Oxford resident Michelle Hrischuk was particularly delighted to see so many people from parents and kids to teachers and counselors participate in the suicide prevention event held Saturday morning at Seymour Lake Township Park....more >>

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46th District State Rep. candidates Democrats

Editor's Note: There are two Democratic candidates running in the Aug. 7 primary election for the 46th District seat in the Michigan State House of Representatives. Answers to the profile questions were limited to 25 words each....more >>
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Now open: Mort's Grille

Looking for a patty melt, classic Reuben or a slider with the onions smashed into the burger? Check out Mort's Grille, 5500 Oakhill Road (at Sashabaw). "It's just a classic old school grill," said Michael Thomas, Jr....more >>

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Animal control investigates local resident

Roger Ingles bought five calves and three goats at an animal auction June 28. He says he has been harassed by Oakland County Animal Control regularly since. Oakland County Animal Control, which investigates animal cruelty complaints, has been out to see him and the animals one to three times a week since June 29, said Ingles....more >>

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GHS athletic secretary retires

Goodrich The high school will be missing a key player as the sports season begins this fall. Linda May, Goodrich Athletic Department Secretary and one of Goodrich's biggest fans, has retired after 15 years of service to the job....more >>
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Balloon with a view

Bill Sterner has been flying hot air balloons for more than half his life. "I've always considered it a blessing," said Sterner, 48. "Some people go through their whole life and are lucky to do it once....more >>

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Local proves herself a warrior

When Kim Zubalik ran the Warrior Dash last Saturday, she faced daunting obstacles including junked cars, mud pits, barbed wire, cargo nets and fire. Still, finishing the 3.2 mile race in Mt....more >>
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A tale of two kidneys

Mother gives life to daughter

Betty Gunn gave birth to her daughter Michelle 40 years ago. On Aug. 8, she will give her child life again when the two undergo a mother to daughter kidney transplant. "It's a second start on life," said Michelle....more >>

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North to Alaska, on a whim

When opportunity knocked, Dalton Warden answered. The door opened to Alaska. The 2011 Brandon High School graduate spent nearly two months in Ketchikan, Alaska, from May 7 to July 1, working full-time and drawing scenery in his spare time....more >>

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Village detachment will be up to voters this November

The voters will decide. That's the word from the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, who voted unanimously on Wednesday to put the partial detachment of the Village of Goodrich to Atlas Township on the Nov....more >>

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Brandon gunman captured

'It was a very dangerous situation,' Sgt. Burkett

A Brandon Township man who terrorized his neighborhood Wednesday morning by firing shots and assaulting a woman, was safely taken into custody and was expected to be arraigned on charges Friday....more >>
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Keep rowing

Clarkston HIgh School Team RUSH students make a push in the championship race at the RUSH Regatta last Saturday....more >>

Churches welcome new role in elections

Most of the time, churchgoers are not supposed to judge others, but on August 7, registered voters who arrive at North Oaks Community Church are expected to do so. North Oaks on Ortonville Road is home to Precincts 3 and 4 on Election Day....more >>

City sees light on sign ordinance

Downtown Clarkston may look a little brighter now that City Council has agreed to wave the $750 application fee and pay up to $2,000 to amend their zoning ordinance. The current ordinance doesn't allow internally illuminated signs....more >>

Dirty politics in township races

Several Todd Waring supporters received shocking letters about their favored supervisor candidate in the mail over the weekend. While the envelopes postmarked July 27 had Waring's return address in the corner, the supervisor candidate says he didn't send any such correspondence to his supporters....more >>

Two votes for Independence fire millage

To fully fund Independence Township Fire Department, residents need to cast two "yes" votes, Aug. 7. "The community is very supportive. We're pretty confident, but we don't take them for granted," said Don Herbert, paramedic and engineer, Independence Township Fire Department....more >>

Big bucks in Independence supervisor campaigns

When it is all tallied, Independence Township supervisor-hopefuls will likely spend over $50,000 on their campaigns. Every candidate revealed his or her contributors to Oakland County on July 27 in their Pre-Election statements....more >>

Santorum to speak for center

Birth Choice Pregnancy Resource Center of Independence Township welcomes Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum to its fund raiser dinner, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug, 9, Palazzo Gande, 54660 Van Dyke Avenue in Shelby Township....more >>
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SCAMP cruises through auto history

The rain couldn't keep car enthusiasts away from SCAMP's Concours in the Park fund raiser on July 27. "This is the most fun you can have without a swimsuit on," said George Farley, who brought the 1926 Ford T Roadster he finished building just this year....more >>

Shooting Stars

Kids brush up on artwork at camp

The creativity was flowing at Clarkston Junior High School as students in grades 6-12 participated in Teen Art Camp, July 16-19. "It's different from other camps," said Roxanne Thornton....more >>
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Water rush

Each member of Team RUSH surrounded one of the eight cardboard boats on Deer Lake Beach as they made last minute changes on Saturday. By noon the boats were ready for the annual RUSH Regatta....more >>

Carmichael in concert

Lend A Helping Hand hosts Concerts in the Park, starting 6:30-9 p.m., Aug. 3, with entertainment by local musicians and One Nite Stand DJ's. On Aug. 10, 6:30-9 p.m., entertainment will be by Jessica Carmichael, a local singer and song-writer....more >>

News Briefs

Rush for Food

Time to go grocery shopping and stock up for a good cause. Your Clarkston High School gridiron heroes are collecting food on Friday, Aug. 17 for their 15th Annual Rush for Food. Freshman, JV and Varsity football players will collect non-persishable food in local neighborhoods for Lighthouse Emergency Services in Independence Township to build awareness of a community need, promote team unity and give back to the community that supports them....more >>

Everest football

Everest Academy in Clarkston is looking for boys in grades 4-8 to play football this fall. Season runs from Aug. 6-Oct. 12. Teams have a 5:1 player-to-coach ratio to provide individual attention to improve football skills and learn the game in a Christian environment....more >>

Titanic presentation

Rochester "Historyteller" Maureen Esther will bring the Titanic story to life at 7 p.m., Aug. 21, at the Independence Township Library, 6495 Clarkston Road. The public is invited to board the Titanic in this heartfelt presentation that covers not only the loss of life, but the loss of innocence....more >>

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Parke Lake yields a piece of local history" Clarkston history stories include tales of winter horse and buggy races when Parke Lake was frozen. Richard Niehammer, a White Lake diver, discovered an old buggy in the lake....more >>
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