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OUMC celebrates 175th anniversary

The oldest church in town celebrated its 175th anniversary Sunday as approximately 220 folks gathered together to worship, break bread and share memories at the Oxford United Methodist Church (OUMC) on E....more >>
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Already working hard

For 20 years Stephen Hawley has been a teacher, coach, athletic director, a high school assistant principal, a middle school principal and school administrator in different roles for various schools around the state....more >>

Schools in 'focus'

Of the 358 schools across Michigan listed based on their achieving students and low achieving students by the State of Michigan, four them were Lake Orion Schools. Blanche Sims Elementary, Oakview Middle School, Scripps Middle School, and Waldon Middle School were all designated apart of the state's "Focus Schools" list....more >>
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Teenager charged with home invasion, stealing debit card

A 17-year-old Oxford man is facing multiple criminal charges for allegedly breaking into an Oxford Village home, then stealing items from a vehicle parked at Oxford Middle School. Jacob Jaquandre Bearden was arraigned in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court on charges of first-degree home invasion (20-year felony), obstructing/resisting a police officer (two-year felony), stealing and retaining without consent a financial transaction device (four-year felony) and larceny from a vehicle (a misdemeanor)....more >>
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Lake Orion Police catch intoxicated driver, brawler

The intersection of M-24 and Flint Street was the scene of an intoxicated driving incident on Aug. 19, but the incident quickly became more than a case of drunk driving. Shana Lynn Smith-Baldi, 36, of Oxford was arraigned Monday, Aug....more >>

DTE stands behind 'Smart Meter' safety

Nearly every customer in Orion Township is a Detroit Edison customer and their service is about to change. Though the difference won't be major. Smart Meters, electricity usage meters with advanced features are now installed in 99 percent of Lake Orion and 98 percent of Orion Township....more >>
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Holocaust play seeks actors

The Holocaust was probably the most horrific tragedy in human history perpetrated by some of the most evil people to ever walk the face of the Earth. The only thing that could compound that tragedy would be if future generations learned nothing about it or from it....more >>
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Giving disabled hunters a lift

Just like his late father, Ron Davis doesn't believe there should be any barriers that prevent folks from doing what they love in life. That's why through his family's nonprofit organization the Raymond C....more >>
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New teachers excited about starting first day in classrooms

Approximately 20 new teachers participated in last week's new teacher orientation. The week-long orientation included meeting with administrators and school personnel to learn the inside-and-outs of being a teacher for Lake Orion Community Schools....more >>
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Calling all Pontiac St. HS alumni!

The late 1950s and early 1960s were a time of unprecedented prosperity and positivity in America, especially in a place called Oxford. "It was just the best of times," said Ronnie (Kintz) Grobbel, a 1962 graduate of Oxford High School and former cheerleader....more >>
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They have alopecia areata; they're not sick

When you're a teenager, looks are everything. Teens often judge each other by appearance. Teens can be extremely self-conscious about their own appearance. That's not an indictment of young people, it's just reality....more >>

Improving success with Freshman Academy

According to studies, one of the most pivotal year's of a student's life is the transition from middle school to high school freshman. "Unfortunately statistics have shown that kids who aren't successful in the beginning of their high school career have already made a decision on their direction by November and that's possibly dropping out because school is not important," said Darin Abasse, associate principal at Lake Orion High School....more >>

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A brief history of Oxford UMC

In this section of Oakland County, Methodists began meeting in people's homes in 1834, but it wasn't until 1837 that they formally organized in Oxford. It's to this group that the modern Oxford United Methodist Church (OUMC) traces its lineage....more >>
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Heart condition doesn't stop Paslean from enjoying baseball

By Curtis Pulliam Leader Intern Jason Paslean just walked in the door with his grandma, coming back from a minor league baseball game between the Lansing Lugnuts and Great Lakes Loons....more >>
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2 candidates, 2 seats for school board

Aug. 14 was the deadline to register for two open Oxford School Board seats. Two nominees are on the November ballot: current board Vice President Carol Mitchell, and first-time trustee candidate Daniel D'Allessandro....more >>

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Leonard reunion set for Sept. 8

For the benefit of all pre-1970 graduates, the old Leonard High School will have a class reunion on Satuday, Sept. 8. The reunion will take place at 225 East Elmwood St. in downtown Leonard, just around the corner from the school....more >>

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'Weed factory' or beauty?

Ortonville- The Heritage Garden is getting a one-year reprieve. The village council voted 6-0 during their Aug. 27 meeting to keep the garden's current configuration and provide mulch to garden volunteers as needed for one year, at which time the state of the garden will be reevaluated....more >>
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Woon compiles veteran database

There are many theories on how to best honor fallen soldiers. Historian James Woon, of Addison, may have devised one of the best ways yet. Woon, a historian for the Lakeville Cemetery Auxiliary Society, has just donated a photo database to Addison Township identifying every American veteran buried in the historic Lakeville Cemetery....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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Home run

Lori Mancini celebrated her 56th birthday on Aug. 25 by running 10 miles at the Crim Festival of Races, every step bringing her closer to her best present ever. She ran in a T-shirt that proclaimed her as the birthday girl and as spectators yelled, "Happy birthday!" Mancini invariably responded, "Guess what I'm getting for my birthday??" What she was getting, she found out only the day before, was her son....more >>

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OCTV seeks staff to expand programming

Oxford Community Television wants you! Ken LaPlace, the new manager of Oxford's public access cable station, is calling on all able-minded Oxford-area residents to help him produce television shows this fall....more >>
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Sierra Leone: 'What is the most challenging place I can go?'

After returning home to the U.S. from a month-long stay in Sierra Leone, Matt Yettaw attaches cost to items in a new way. "There is a price on everything now," says the 2011 Brandon High School graduate....more >>

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Atlas Township treasurer primary election challenged, recount Friday

Atlas Twp.- A vote recount following the primary election has been scheduled for 9 a.m., Sept. 7 at the township hall after incumbent treasurer Ann Marie Slagle defeated challenger Beth Forys by 160 votes....more >>

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Township fund balance remains at 270 percent

Atlas Twp.-Township coffers will stay level at more than $2.9 million. Mark Perry, CPA for Yeo & Yeo, presented the annual financial statements and auditor's report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012 at the Aug....more >>

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Virtual Learning Academy Consortium

Students around Michigan go "back to school" this week, but that doesn't necessarily mean children are leaving their homes. Oakland Schools is providing a free online program to children in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade who learn best in a non-traditional classroom....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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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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Touchdown for love!

The first victory of the 2012 football season was scored Saturday on Oxford's famous blue turf. But it wasn't the Wildcats who put one in the win column; it was Addison residents Craig Garrett and Tracy Kramm who tied the knot on the 50-yard line....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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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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A new look: Randy Wise Ford-Ortonville

Brandon Twp.-Not only does Ford have a better idea—locally it's going to be bigger now, too. Randy Wise Ford-Ortonville announced last month that a new showroom and service area will be constructed at their current location, 986 S....more >>

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Board votes to reduce substitute teacher compensation

Goodrich-On Monday night the school board voted 7-0 to lower the substitute pay rate for the upcoming school year. Currently, the district contracts with Professional Educational Services Group (PESG) to find teachers when needed for both short and long-term substitution....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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Consumers Energy begins plans for more gas main extensions

Consumers Energy is bringing a natural gas main extension project to Atlas Township. Josnelly Aponte, a customer attachment program leader for Consumers, said the utility is awaiting the results of gas load studies, after which an estimate for costs to individual customers will be finalized....more >>

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Village representatives to meet on detachment issue

Goodrich- In a special meeting on Wednesday, the village council OK'd 4-1 to send three representatives to a meeting with John O'Brien, director of the water and waste services division of the drain commissioner's office, to talk about the ramifications of the November detachment vote....more >>
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Sweet start to school year

From left, Mitch and Addison Tong enjoy ice cream and time with friends during Clarkston Elementary's Ice Cream Social last Thursday....more >>

Done deal on 90 N. Main

The former Clarkston High School and township hall, 90 N. Main Street, is set to have a new owner Curt Catallo, owner of Clarkston's Union and Union Woodshop restaurants. "We want to centralize as much as we can, so we're not spread too thin," said Catallo, who also owns Union Ad Works in Rochester Hills and is opening a new restaurant in Fenton....more >>

Crosswalks could return

Before the end of the year, walkers crossing Sashabaw at Bowpointe may have an easier time getting to the other side of the road. After hearing complaints, McLaren's Corporate Director of Facilities Management Dan Medrano along with Township Trustee David Lohmeier, County Commissioner Tom Middleton, and members of the Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC) found a way to solve the crosswalk conundrum....more >>
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Anticipation high for Labor Day parade

This year's Labor Day parade, sponsored by the Clarkston Rotary Club, is certain to draw a crowd. With almost 60 entries and Detroit Redwings' Karen Newman singing The Star Spangled Banner to kick off the event, it is no surprise that parade-goers are excited....more >>

Catallo looks to buy Knights' building, also

The 90 N. Main Street building isn't the only deal Curt Catallo has going. He's also in talks with Clarkston Knights of Columbus to purchase the Catholic service organization's Maybee Road center....more >>

Union workers remember historic struggle

To some, celebrating Labor Day may mean catching candy at a parade or warming up the grill for a backyard barbecue, but for local workers, commemorating Labor Day is about much more....more >>

DEQ critical of City stormwater management

When it comes to stormwater, Clarkston has room for improvement, according to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Since the DEQ's audit in June, the City was asked to correct eight issues....more >>
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Rudy's offers something new

The new butcher at Rudy's Market intends to put Rudy's meat counter a cut above the rest. Butcher Alan Feldbro said his "main goal is to continue the quality Rudy's already has, expand its selection, and slash the prices....more >>

Kittle opting out of benefits

Presumptive Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle doesn't want healthcare, a pension, or retirement benefits. "I don't need the money," he said. "I'm already on a pension." Rather than receiving the usual benefits for a full-time township employee, Kittle hopes to redistribute those funds elsewhere....more >>
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Killing phragmites a few at a time

There's a plant "changing the ecology of Michigan," said Wild Ones Linda Lapinski. The offending plant is phragmites, a reed that grows up to fifteen feet and has a feathery top. Phragmites Australis are considered "invasive" by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) because they are not native to Michigan, and the plants spread rapidly creating monocultures that crowd out native vegetation....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Bookmobile excites readers

Every Wednesday afternoon students excitedly surrounded the North Sashabaw Elementary bookmobile to return their borrowed books and pick out a new one. Even though last Wednesday was the last day, students were still smiling as they turned in their books....more >>
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Taking the field

The Clarkston High School Marching Band is practicing and getting ready for their fall invitationals. The band performs again during the Wolves' home football game on Friday and during the Labor Day Parade on Monday....more >>
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Sweet beginnings

Clarkston Elementary students and their families headed to school a little bit early last Thursday. Even though school hasn't started yet they stopped for the Ice Cream Social. They also caught up with friends and teachers before they headed to the playground for fun....more >>
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Team walks for diabetes cure

Timothy Herbert Financial Group is partnering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for the 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes, 8:30 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at the GM Tech Center in Warren, Mich....more >>

News Briefs

Office closed for Labor Day

The Clarkston News office at 5 S. Main Street will be closed in honor of Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Deadline for classifieds, letters to the editor, etc., is noon on Friday. On Labor Day before the parade, 7-10 a....more >>

This Week on ClarkstonTV.com

It's time for Clarkston football!! The season opener against Rochester Adams was last Friday, Aug. 24. ClarkstonTV.com was there. In the Show #1 spot is The Dale Ryan Show. Dale, "the Voice of the Wolves," and the rest of the "Boys in the Box" as well as the "Chain Gang" tell us a little about themselves....more >>

McLaren to get hearing

The Dance Through the Rain Benefit to support cancer patient Jennifer Zeitz and her family is Saturday, Sept. 8, at Clarkston Eagles Aerie #3373, 12-9 p.m. There is a $20 donation at the door with all of the proceeds from the event going to Jennifer....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Pine Knob drives upper Sashabaw development" The key words in the Pine Knob corridor is preservation - plan it before it plans you. The plan with the corridor was have the area be for a mixture of uses....more >>
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1917: Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution.
1922: Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman's record.
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1944: The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.
1945: American troops enter Nuremberg, Germany.