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Find the dragon eggs at Dragon on the Lake

What do you do with old lamppost covers? You turn them into Dragon eggs for the Dragon on the Lake Scavenger Hunt. According to Susan Perreault, executive director of the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA), after doing the streetscape project in downtown Lake Orion they decided to keep the old globes instead of throwing them out....more >>

School technology expands

Looking to give younger students real world experiences and applications beyond the classroom, Lake Orion School District is offering technology in a greater way at both the elementary and middle schools....more >>
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Orion welcomes a Swedish student

Like many area families, the Bjorks of Orion Township have a small family of two children and a house in the suburbs. Unlike families here in Orion, they will soon invite one additional member into their home - in the form of Swedish exchange student Julia Grut....more >>

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District moves alternative ed. program to OMS

Oxford's alternative education program, Crossing Bridges, has two major changes in store for the 2012-13 school year, which begins next month. First, the name will be changed. The school will now be known as Oxford Bridges....more >>
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Township finally passes fireworks ordinance

After much back and forth and possible lawsuit action, Orion Township Officials passed the much debated Fireworks Ordinance at their Monday night regular meeting. The vote was 5-1 in favor of the ordinance....more >>
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Bicycling Superheroes land in Addison

Traditionally, superhero modes of transportation include flying through the air, swinging from webs and driving state-of-the-art vehicles equipped with all sorts of cool crime-fighting gadgets....more >>
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Four teens arrested for larceny from cars

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Co-Editor Deputies were dispatched to Capaldi Circle for four juveniles suspected of breaking into vehicles on Aug. 17. Upon arrival, the deputies observed two teens walking east on Maybee....more >>

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New interim principal named, appointees considered

Coy Stewart, a longtime Brandon School District teacher, has been named the interim principal of Belle Ann Elementary for the 2012-2013 school year. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon announced her decision on Tuesday, noting in a memo to school board members that Stewart has most recently been a reading recovery teacher at Harvey Swanson Elementary and served as a literacy coach in the district....more >>
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Good news! Hogan's back!

The best endings are happy ones that lick your face and wag their tail just ask Judy Vitucci. On Friday, Aug. 17, the Addison Township resident was joyfully reunited with her missing German Shepherd named Hogan....more >>

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Dispatch decisions

Council hears pitch from county reps.

Representatives from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department presented the Oxford Village Council with information last week regarding what it would receive and what it would cost if they decide to contract with the Council for police dispatch services....more >>

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Mediator for Brandon negotiations, teachers called back

Brandon Twp.- A mediator will assist in contract negotiations between school district officials and the teacher's union. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon requested the mediator from the Michigan Employment Relations Committee a few weeks ago to participate in a meeting between the Brandon Education Association and the administration on Aug....more >>

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Cut-through traffic reduction measure rejected by council

A decision made by the Oxford Village Council last week means residents of the Willow Lake subdivision won't see a reduction in cut-through traffic when the new school year begins next month....more >>

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District agrees to put ads on website to increase revenue

Oxford Community Schools recently announced a new partnership with Alternative Revenue Development (ARD) to "monetize assets for the school." According to the district's Communications Director Linda Lewis, "ARD has the exclusive right to market, sell and collect fees for sponsorship agreements with sponsors in connection with (the district's) internet based programs only, for the purpose of generating an income stream for Oxford Community Schools....more >>
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Oxford brewers taste success at fest

You better have a seat if you ask Oxford Elementary students Isabelle and Adelle Freschette what they did this summer. Hearing them explain how they took home the gold from the Michigan Home Brew Festival may strain your imagination....more >>
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Retiring Old Glory

Scouts burn 1,500 unserviceable flags

Some hair got singed by the flames, a few eyes watered from the thick black smoke, and the smell of melting nylon and polyester was not at all pleasant. But five members of Oxford Boy Scout Troop 108 didn't let any of these things stop them from retiring our nation's flag in the proper, respectful, and lawful manner....more >>

Briefs

Lake to be lowered: The Village of Lake Orion has applied to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a permit to temporarily draw down the level of Lake Orion by 36 inches. The drawdown is to allow the Village to inspect the dam and to give residents around the Lake the opportunity to repair their seawalls....more >>
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Pros starts somewhere...

120 kids took to the hills of Paint Creek Golf Course on the morning of Aug. 21 to enjoy the weather and hit a few rounds. The event last Tuesday was the last day in Paint Creek's Junior Golf Program, which caters to golfers from ages six to late teens....more >>

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Board member appointed

Brandon Twp.- The school board unanimously appointed Diane Salter as the newest board member during their Aug. 20 meeting. "I'm very honored that they appointed me," said Salter, one of three candidates who applied for the position left open by Debbie Schummer's move from the district....more >>
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Haulin' Ellis band a hit at 'music in the park' event

Driving out by Lakeville on Aug. 17, you probably heard the Haulin' Ellis band playing at the Friends of the Addison Township Public Library Music in the Park event. Pickin' and a-grinnin' at Labodie Park, the Haulin' Ellis family tradition kept everybody warm despite temperatures dipping into the 50s soon after sundown....more >>

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Sewers, property issues spark debate in detachment vote

Following the Genesee County Board of Commissioners unanimous vote to put the partial detachment of the Village of Goodrich to Atlas Township on the Nov. 8 ballot several concerns regarding the details of detachment and just what it means to taxpayers has surfaced....more >>

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Candidates slated for November

The full slate of local candidates who will appear on the November ballot have been revealed with the passing of the Aug. 14 petition filing deadline. In Ortonville, the village council has been effectively decided....more >>

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Brandon to Enbridge: Comply

Brandon Twp.- The township board has considered a presentation from Enbridge and has responded by presenting a list of requirements to the company that plans to construct a replacement oil pipeline in the area....more >>

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Something blue? Check!

Couple to wed on OHS football field

Every bride knows that it's tradition for her to have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day. Well, Addison Township resident Tracy Kramm has definitely got the 'something blue' part covered and then some....more >>

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A Dominican summer

"Bananas unite! Bananas split! Peel banana, peel, peel banana; bananas to the left, bananas to the right, peel it down the middle and UNH! take a bite! Go bananas, go, go bananas!" Hannah Scherer taught this classic American camp song (and dance) to children in the Dominican Republic during a trip to the island nation last month....more >>
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Martians meet Marine for Combat Fitness Test

Goodrich-The varsity football team participated in some rather rigorous workouts during practice. Their endurance and strength were raised to a new level last Friday. United States Marine Corps Sgt....more >>

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Plenty of Good Times in Goodrich—Aug. 25

This Saturday, Aug. 25, Good Times in Goodrich is back and promises another year of good food and family fun. Hundreds are expected to gather in downtown Goodrich to watch the parade, enjoy a band or two, and visit with the locals....more >>
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Goodrich Schools to kick off new athletic complex

Goodrich-At 7 p.m., Aug. 23 the Martians Varsity Football team will step into history. The 2012 Martians take on the Saginaw Arthur Hill in the season opener at the renovated Roy U....more >>

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A Goodrich exchange

Ines Figueira is preparing to adjust to a new life between America and her home country of Portugal when she arrives in late August. Figueira,17, will be a foreign exchange student at Goodrich High School this fall and says she is looking forward to the opportunity to experience something new....more >>

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New BFIS interim principal named; facilities review committee planned

Brandon Twp.- Carol Bogner has been named the interim principal at Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School. "I think she brings a lot of experience to the Brandon School District and will be a real asset to our administrative team," said Superintendent Lorrie McMahon, who made the announcement Wednesday....more >>

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Two mobile home fires considered suspicious

Brandon Twp.- Arson is suspected in the recent burning of two empty mobile homes in the township. Firefighters responded to a blaze at 2:56 p.m., Aug. 18 in the area of Mulberry and Paw Paw in the Sashabaw Meadows Mobile Home Park....more >>
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Major crash sends two to hospital

Smashed vehicles and shattered auto parts littered M-24 on Tuesday, Aug. 14 following a severe crash in front of the Sunoco gas station near Lincoln St. in Oxford Village. A Saturn (shown above, right) was headed north on M-24 in the left-lane when it swerved to avoid colliding with a Chrysler PT Cruiser that was stopped in the road as part of the usual afternoon backup....more >>

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List of charges against Brandon shooter grows

The list of charges has grown against the Brandon Township man who assaulted neighbors, fired shots and threatened to kill police earlier this month. James Walter Graves, 58, was arraigned Aug....more >>

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Goodrich House demolition bid awarded

By a 4-0 vote on Monday night the village council accepted a bid from Bedrock Express, 1290 N. Ortonville Road. Councilmember Doug McAbee was absent. In June, the council voted to seek bids for demolition of the Goodrich House in the downtown area after Genesee County 7th Circuit Judge Farah signed an order to secure....more >>
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Camp Tamarack anniversary

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.- For more than 60 years, campers have lingered in the solitude of a spacious township camp. Named for Tamarack Hills Farms and purchased in 1950 by the United Jewish Charities—Camp Tamarack spans more than 1,400 acres of wilderness near Perryville Road and attracts more than 15,000 visitors each year....more >>

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MSP urges return of village hard drives; council could decide

Goodrich-A possible resolution to the confiscated village hard drives and Social Security numbers issue may be on the table. Larry Dalman, owner of Lansing-based Dalman Investigations has offered to return the village hard drives which were removed in February 2011 after the village council voted to request the resignation of Village Administrator Jakki Sidge....more >>

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Bones under home investigated by medical examiner

Ortonville- Moo, not boo. A village resident recently found bones buried beneath his home, complete with cut marks, prompting a call to police. Further investigation of the bones revealed no sinister motives, however, other than a possible desire for steak or a hamburger....more >>
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Mackinac Island summer

Mackinac Island summer Katelyn Crain knew her internship at Mackinac Island this summer would be far different than her internship last year with the Lake Orion Review newspaper. "In journalism, you have to be neutral and portray the good and the bad," she noted....more >>
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Suited up, ready to go

Summer's over for Clarkston Wolves football. The gridiron heroes have been practicing for weeks and are ready to sink their teeth into Rochester Adams on Friday. The season opens at home, 7 p....more >>

Clarkston schools bristle over state designation

Under the State of Michigan's new school ranking system, three Clarkston schools need extra attention, but school officials say Clarkston kids get enough attention as it is. "I don't see this as a good thing for Clarkston I see it as very arbitrary," said Clarkston Superintendent Dr....more >>
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Tips lead to arrest

Tips from neighbors led to the arrest of a suspected burglar, linked to thefts from vehicles and homes across Independence Township. Joshua Alen Yennior, 21, of Independence was booked on Aug....more >>

Clarkston to set up online tax payments

Soon citizens in the City of the Village of Clarkston may be able to pay their taxes without leaving home. Currently, taxpayers must use cash or check either via mail or by walking up to the counter in the Village Hall to cover their balance....more >>

Incumbents favored in Springfield

Primary campaign stayed positive, officials say

With the primary elections over, Springfield Township candidates are feeling relieved it's all over and excited to move forward. In addition, they are grateful to all the voters in the primary election....more >>
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Renovations set for Deer Lake Beach

"Next spring the beach should look quite different," said Parks, Recreation, and Seniors Director Ken Elwert. During their regular meeting on August 14, the Township board approved $17,016 to improve Deer Lake Beach -- $8,116 will go to installation and purchase of a seasonal floating dock, and $8,900 will be used to renovate the lifeguard hut....more >>

Report mixed on Belcher

Independence Township's Building Department and the role of its director, David Belcher, may change significantly after the board deliberates on August 28. Since 2009 when Supervisor Dave Wagner gave Belcher a $3,000 bonus without board approval, the Building Department and its director have been through many ups and downs....more >>

Councilman wants market back downtown

The Clarkston Farmers' Market has been held at Renaissance High School on Saturdays since June 23, but some would like to see the market move back downtown. "I think the [downtown Clarkston] atmosphere is better than a parking lot," said Councilman Mike Sabol who has been talking with Clarkston Farmers' Market Manager Anissa Howard about moving the market next year....more >>

Best prizes for lucky readers

In The Clarkston News' Best of the Best, readers decided which businesses and services deserved the coveted prize. Three lucky readers won prizes of their own. Their ballots were selected in a drawing for gift certificates....more >>
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Superintendent says goodbye

With a new supervisor taking office, there's no need for a superintendent, which is why Superintendent Bart Clark will be out of a job on November 20 when Pat Kittle is sworn in. Bart Clark has been serving Independence Township as Superintendent since November 16, 2011, and "it's been a terrific job," he said....more >>

Firefighters to gear up with additional millage

Independence Township voters overwhelmingly approved renewal of the current fire and EMS millage, 3.1688 mills with 5,864 voting "yes," 78.81 percent, and 1,577 "no" votes, 21.19 percent, The second ballot question in the Aug....more >>
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Catapult into science learning

"Fire in the hole!" Eight-year-old Ethan Ledbetter yelled before launching a wad of paper from the catapult he built at the Springfield Parks and Recreation Science Camp. Mad Scientist Bryan Baker led the Science Extravaganza, Aug....more >>
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Locals get a taste of ice-cold homebrews

Brewers from all over Michigan faced off at the Third Annual Michigan Homebrew Festival, and the competition was fierce with over 800 beers entered into the contest. From pale ales to creamy stouts, Davisburg resident Mike Winnie had his work cut out for him as a judge of the best of the best beers at the Michigan Homebrew Festival that took place August 16 -19 at the Groveland Oaks Campground in Holly....more >>

News Briefs

Labor Day parade

Plans for the Labor Day parade are underway. Parade-goers can expect to see classic cars and the Clarkston High School band perform. The Rotary Club has approximately 30 entries for the parade already, and they will accept entries up to two days before the event, Sept....more >>

This Week at ClarkstonTV.com

Check out ClarkstonTV.com for coverage of Clarkston High School football's "Game for a Cure" scrimmage, raising money for McLaren Cancer Institute, Aug. 11. In the Show #1 slot is "McLaren Cancer Institute Tailgate Party" for cancer survivors before the game....more >>

Conflict of Interest rule

Currently, a member of the Clarkston City Council with a conflict of interest can neither vote on nor discuss an agenda item; however, that rule may change. City Council is moving to revise Ordinance 142, which focuses on conflicts of interest....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Old Oakland County hidden from view" The McMath-Hulbert observatory is hidden deep in the trees by the Baldwin/I-75 exit. The observatory was built in 1920 and featured three solar towers, some of the first to use time-lapse photography....more >>
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1916: The Battle of Verdun ends with the French and Germans each having suffered more than 330,000 killed and wounded in 10 months. French Valor at Verdun.
1925: Soviet leaders Lev Kamenev and Grigori Zinoviev break with Joseph Stalin.
1940: Adolf Hitler issues his secret plans for the invasion of the Soviet Union--Operation Barbarossa. Winter tempest in Stalingrad.
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1942: Adolf Hitler meets with Benito Mussolini and Pierre Laval.