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Oxford Bank to be sold to Level One for $3.47M

Thursday, Sept. 13 marked the beginning of the end of an era as it was announced that one of the oldest businesses in Oxford is in the process of being sold. Shortly after 4 p.m., it was revealed that the 128-year-old Oxford Bank has entered into a "definitive agreement" under which it will be acquired by the Farmington Hills-based Level One Bank for a $3.47 million....more >>
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Cats overcome double OT, rain to beat Harrison

Down 21-7 at haltfime to perennial powerhouse Farmington Hills Harrison, things did not look so bright for the Oxford Wildcats on Friday. So maybe an appearance at halftime by members of Oxford's undefeated 1992 State Champion football team, brought a little bit of luck to this year's Wildcats as the team fought back and got a dramatic double overtime win, 34-31....more >>
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Big smiles for all at Barn Daze

Family, food, and fun for all ages was all to be had at this year's Barn Daze held at Frienship Park on Sept. 8. The event included Civil War Encampments, hay wagon rides, inflatable obstacle courses, petting farm, fresh farm produce, pony rides, pickle barrel train rides, bungie trampolines, and various children games....more >>

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Rat sightings

Be on the lookout for rodents in the village

No one's saying there's an infestation or anything like that, but rats are being sighted in the Village of Oxford and Ordinance Officer Dan Durham would like the public's help to find out where they are, what's bringing them here and stop them from spreading....more >>

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Rat sightings

Be on the lookout for rodents in the village

No one's saying there's an infestation or anything like that, but rats are being sighted in the Village of Oxford and Ordinance Officer Dan Durham would like the public's help to find out where they are, what's bringing them here and stop them from spreading....more >>

FBI raids local sub restaurant

The Orion based Tubby's Grilled Submarines was the subject of an FBI raid on Sept. 5 after the owner of the restaurant was alleged to have obtained and attempted to manufacture explosives....more >>

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Sewer costs

Oxford to help pay for $147.7M in system repairs, improvements

When the sewage finally hits the fan, Oxford officials want to know how much of it they're going to pay for. That's why representatives from the township and village met with engineers from the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's (WRC) Office Sept....more >>
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Fight for fireworks continues

Taxpayers should be outraged that the Orion Township Board is spending their money to "break the law," according to resident Michael Mahan, owner of Lake Orion Fireworks. Mahan stood before the board once again at the Sept....more >>
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Second Front

WWII vet recalls Siege of Bastogne

Larry Walker doesn't think of himself as a hero and he certainly doesn't want to be portrayed as one in this story. Like millions of American GIs, he's simply a guy who did a job when his country needed him a long time ago....more >>
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Village Treasurer retires after 10 years

What started as a temporary job in 2001 for Willa Smitko ended up being a job that would last more than 10 years. Now, the finance director and treasurer for the Village of Lake Orion is calling it quits and retiring from her long time post in the downtown government....more >>
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Tour de Shane to hit the trail Saturday

The Polly Ann Trail is bracing itself for what's most likely the largest bicycle ride in its history. At least 332 people and counting are expected to participate in the First Annual Tour de Shane on Saturday, Sept....more >>
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A mother's wish

The second annual A Mother's Wish 5K/10K Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Lake Orion High School. Pictured is the organizing committee for this year's event....more >>
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Pancho Villa and Grandpa: Family photo part of history

Looking at old family photographs can be a fun trip down memory lane. There's Uncle Frank at the Memorial Day barbecue. Grandma looks so young in her wedding photo. Cousin Ernie was hilarious in that Halloween costume....more >>
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Thespians dive back into Shakespeare

Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer The ado is hardly for nothing when it comes to the Lake Orion High School Thespian Society's summer production of Much Ado About Nothing. Showing on Sept....more >>

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Pink Ribbon Trailblazers take their last walk

All good things must come to an end, but sometimes the end is a new beginning. It was a crisp and clear Saturday morning as the Pink Ribbon Trailblazers (PRT) held its sixth and final event on the Polly Ann Trail in Oxford to help raise funds in the fight against breast cancer....more >>
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And bingo was his game-o

The man behind the weekly bingo games at the Knights of Columbus hall in Orion officially retired after 46 years. "I finally decided it was time to stop and smell the roses," said Mat Mersino, 89, of Oxford....more >>

Pet adoption, festival planned for Sept. 15

Studies have shown, children raised with pets are healthier kids and will have less problems with allergies, which is why the Devoted Friends Animal Society Inc of Ortonville invites you to their Pet Adoption and Fun Festival on Sept....more >>

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Looking for the owner of a 1998 class ring

The owner of a 1998 Oxford High School ladies' class ring is being sought. "It was found at the Goodwill (store) in Flint," said OHS secretary Karen Balsley. "It was found in the pocket of some clothing that was donated....more >>
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DEQ listens to crowd

The Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing on Aug. 29 to discuss the application for the Eagle Valley Landfill expansion. The majority of the crowd was against the expansion....more >>

Corrections

In the Aug. 29 edition of The Lake Orion Review an mistaken censoring occured with the dragon boat team on Page 6. The team called You're Dragon is actually called Urassis Dragon. Also in the Aug....more >>

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Addison Twp. mourns loss of its treasurer

A head for numbers and a wicked sense of humor. That's how many folks will remember Addison Township Treasurer Dan Alberty, who passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 after a long and valiant battle with cancer He was 68 years old....more >>

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Pointe makes dean's list

Michael Pointe, of Oxford, has been included on the dean's list for the Spring 2012 semester at Lake Superior State University. He is the son of Debra and Thomas Pointe, of Oxford....more >>

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Pointe makes dean's list

Michael Pointe, of Oxford, has been included on the dean's list for the Spring 2012 semester at Lake Superior State University. He is the son of Debra and Thomas Pointe, of Oxford....more >>
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Smiles of the Week

Oxford Superintendent Dr. William Skilling (center) visited American Legion Post 108 on Sunday morning to present the local veterans group with a framed collage of color photographs snapped during the dedication of the new flagpole at Oxford's football stadium on Aug....more >>
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Eleven Beautification Award winners announced

The Village of Oxford is such a visually-appealing community because so many property owners take pride in the places in which they live and do business. It's the property owners who wield paint brushes, plant flowers and spend countless hours manicuring their lawns to perfection that keep the village looking like a center spread straight out of Better Homes and Gardens....more >>

Brief - Dates and hours for Halloween

Each year the Village Council sets the hours for Trick or Treating within the Village of Lake Orion. The recommendation at the council meeting on Sept. 10 was to establish trick or treat hours for Halloween for Oct....more >>
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175 years: Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church

Groveland Twp.- It's the definition of a country church. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of dirt roads—adjacent farm fields and woodlots has endured fire in addition to the challenges of a modern world....more >>

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Steady student count anticipated in Brandon School District

Brandon Twp.- Students are back in school and it appears they may be back in similar numbers to last year, possibly halting a years-long downward spiral in enrollment in this district....more >>

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Local pharmacy burglarized

The Genesee County Sheriff's Department responded to a burglary at PharmD Co., 8191 State Road, Goodrich. According to police reports in the early morning hours of Aug. 28, the phone lines to the building in the Goodrich Plaza were cut in an effort to disarm the security system....more >>
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Former township supervisor killed in auto accident

A former Brandon Township resident and supervisor was killed in a car accident earlier this month. Patricia Alexander, 61, of Roane County near Kingston, Tn., formerly of Brandon Township, was killed and others were seriously injured in a head-on crash between two vehicles that occurred Sept....more >>

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Twp. takes aim at police funding

'The board does not want to raise millages, so we are going to look at cutting police officers,' Kathy Thurman, township supervisor

Brandon Twp.- The township board is divided on whether to increase the police millage to the full amount that can be levied. The reluctance to raise taxes isn't surprising, but Supervisor Kathy Thurman, as well as Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>

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Enbridge easement process, permits sparks residents at twp. meeting

Groveland Twp.-On Monday, Township Supervisor Bob DePalma addressed several issues regarding the ongoing Enbridge pipeline project. Enbridge, Inc., which operates in Canada and the United States the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system, sent letters last fall notifying property owners in Brandon and Groveland townships of their plans to replace segments of the Line 6B petroleum pipeline....more >>
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An eye for adventure: Freelance cameraman reels in Emmy

Jim Wedlake said he "felt like a speck on the ice." "The airplane dropped us off about 70 miles from the North Pole," said Wedlake. "I never felt so alone or so isolated. There's no land under us—it's like an ice conveyor belt moving all the time....more >>

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No millage hike despite sagging revenues for fire department

Brandon Twp.- Firefighters in the township have not had a raise since 2008, the department is about to replace two aging ambulances at a cost of more than $100,000 each and property values have been declining for the past several years, resulting in a loss of revenue....more >>

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Schools of Choice down by half to start year

Goodrich-The district opened last week with fewer Schools of Choice students. A total of 52 new Schools of Choice students enrolled in Goodrich Schools for the 2012-13 school year compared to 91 SOC students in the district for the 2011-12 school year....more >>

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M-15 Urgent Care Health & Safety Expo

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 15, M-15 Urgent Care, 250 North Ortonville Road, will host the Ortonville Health & Safety Expo. "This is a free event," said Nena Woodall, M-15 Urgent Care office manager....more >>

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Brandon Township Library plans for future

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The recession and declining property taxes have hurt the library, but a better future is being planned for the facility. The library board met Sept....more >>

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Enbridge response spurs more questions than answers

Brandon Twp.- A 2-page letter from Enbridge appears to possibly be a response to a recent township resolution requesting higher standards for the company's planned replacement of a petroleum pipeline here....more >>

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Groveland Twp.:'A great position to be in,' debts paid, coffers full

Groveland Twp.- On Monday night the township board of trustees approved an audit presented by Ken Palka, from the accounting firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka. Palka reported on the township finances following the completion of the yearly audit....more >>

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Enbridge: 'They get to ignore things that are not to their advantage'

When Karen Prater bought her home 12 years ago, the structure was in shambles. Built in 1847 in what was then Austin Corners and is now Groveland Township, the Greek revival style home needed a significant amount of work....more >>

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Brandon begins school facilities review process

Surveys will be e-mailed to residents of the Brandon School District this week, seeking input regarding possible restructuring of buildings. The surveys are the first step in a 4-month review of facilities in the district, led by a team from the Michigan Association of School Boards....more >>

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175 years: Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church

Groveland Twp.- It's the definition of a country church. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of dirt roads—adjacent farm fields and woodlots has endured fire in addition to the challenges of a modern world....more >>

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No changes following vote recount

Atlas Twp.- Township Treasurer Ann Marie Slagle will stay in office following a recount of the August primary election results. On Sept. 7 five 2-member teams from the Genesee Board of Canvassers reviewed the 839 votes (55 percent) for Slagle and the 679 votes (44 percent) tallied for Forys at the township offices....more >>

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Township to host public hearing on police funding

Atlas Twp.- The township board of trustees has set a public hearing for 7 p.m., Sept 17 at the Atlas Township Hall, 7386 S. Gale Road, to discuss adjusting the amount and possibly the method of collecting police funding for area law enforcement....more >>
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Fire in the woods

Independence Township Fire Department Captain Tom McDonald checks the perimeter around a house fire in the woods off Holcomb Road last Friday morning. Independence firefighters needed both of their tanker trucks and extra water from neighboring fire departments to put it out....more >>

Wireless access for Clarkston High

Clarkston High School's cafeteria and performing arts center are set for wireless connection to the Internet. "By having limited wireless capability in the high school, we can expand learning opportunities for our students," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

Township ends interdepartment administrative fees

Independence Township's fire, police, safety paths, water, and sewer departments will have more money to spend in 2013. In a 3-2 vote, the township board eliminated administrative fees for next year during a budget meeting on August 21....more >>

About $100,000 spent in primary races

Candidates in the 2012 Primary raised over $100,000 to fund their campaigns, according to finance reports submitted to County Clerk Bill Bullard on September 6. Of the candidates for supervisor, Terry Fortuna raised the most at $16,963 with $15,500 being self-donated....more >>
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House fire off Holcomb

No one was injured in a house fire in the 7000 block of Deer Acres Court, 9:42 a.m., Sept. 7. An Oakland County Sheriff's deputy on patrol saw smoke from Dixie Highway and called it in....more >>

Board split on Belcher

David Belcher retained his position as the head of the Building Department after a contentious township board meeting on Sept. 4. However, he must continue to report to Superintendent Bart Clark....more >>
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Friendly Forest ahead

Clarkston Optimist Jeff Reed, left, and Jeff Morris, recreation programmer with Independence Township Parks and Rec, and a couple felt-skinned friends are busy planning for this year's Friendly Forest, 3-6 p....more >>

Historical Society hosts art in park

Blown glass, wearables, paintings, photography, jewelry, wood works and other necessities from hand-selected merchants will fill Depot Park for Clarkston's 39th annual Art in the Village, Sept....more >>

Sashabaw funds sought

Independence Township hopes to get $1.551 million to fund road improvements on Sashabaw. In August, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) offered up to $2.9 million in tri-party funding to any Oakland County communities who apply for projects that will improve road conditions and safety....more >>
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Taste of Clarkston turns downtown into outdoor feast

Main Street in historic downtown Clarkston is the spot for the 15th annual Taste of Clarkston Sunday, Sept. 23, 12-6 p.m. Co-hosted by the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, Independence Township , and City of the Village of Clarkston, this event features over 30 local restaurants and 50 exhibitors....more >>
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Synergy sets sights on NYC

Billy Parr, 2006 graduate of Clarkston High School, is on his way to making music a career. "Our longterm plan is to do it 100 percent," said Parr, 24, who owns and operates Synergy Production with Matthew Rankin of Livonia....more >>

Clooney invited to speaking series

This year's Oakland Town Hall lecture series kicks off with author Nick Clooney, Oct. 10. "He's the father of George Clooney," said Ruth Schluchter, public relations for Oakland Town Hall....more >>
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Rocking DTE

Aaron Lewis of the rock band Staind performs a song at their concert at DTE Energy Music Auditorium, Sept. 7. Lewis is releasing his second solo album "The Road" in November, and the Clarkston crowd got a sneak peak at it....more >>

News Briefs

Siren tests

Residents can expect to hear short bursts from warning sirens through the end of the month. The warning sirens will undergo routine maintenance in September, and once the work is completed, the sirens will be tested for about 30seconds to ensure they are functioning properly....more >>

City applies for dump truck grant

During Clarkston City Council's special meeting, Sept. 6, the council voted unanimously to move forward with SEMCOG's grant application for two new dump trucks. The grant awarded would be $163,663 and may not arrive until 2014....more >>

Planning Commission OKs sign ordinance

Downtown Clarkston may be lit up soon. After thorough discussion at a public hearing, Sept. 5, the City's Planning Commission prepared language for a revision of Zoning Ordinance No....more >>

Homecoming

Clarkston High School's Homecoming is approaching fast. The week is filled with fun activities for students and the community, beginning with Battle of the Bands, Mon., Sept. 24 at the Performing Arts Center, $1 admission, 5 p....more >>

POW-MIAs remembered

American Legion Post 63 will have a brief ceremony outside in the front of the clubroom, 8047 Ortonville Road, 7 p.m., Sept. 21, to commemorate POW/MIA Recognition Day. The ceremony will include an explanation of POW/MIA Recognition Day, followed by a rifle volley led by Sergeant-at-Arms Lee Reymes, and end with bugler John Christenson playing Taps....more >>

Outdoor movie

The Clarkston High School presents their 2nd Annual Cinema Under the Stars, Sept. 22. They are showing Despicable Me at 8 p.m. at the high school football field. Tickets are available for $4 before the event through the high school's main office, 6093 Flemings Lake Road....more >>

This Week at ClarkstonTV.com

On "The Dale Ryan Show," the Voice of the Clarkston Wolves talks sports and calls Friday's football game against Rochester, with half time show, in show slots 1, 2, 3. "The Jose Aliaga Show" features interviews with John Dalton, Michigan Federation of College Republicans; Bryan Corcoran, Corcoran and Sons Construction, LLC; and Angela River, candidate for Oakland Community College Board of Trustees....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Savage walks out of city meeting" After running into a dead end with his pitch for a new city planner, David Savage just ran. Savage, a councilman on the Clarkston city council, walked out during the middle of Monday's regular meeting when he couldn't get council support on retaining the services of Hyett-Palma, a firm specializing in revitalizing small downtowns like Clarkston....more >>
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Born August 22nd
1908: Henri Cartier-Bresson, photographer.
1917: John Lee Hooker, blues singer and guitarist.
1920: Ray Bradbury, science fiction writer whose works include Farenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
1934: H. Norman Schwarzkopf, American general and commander of the coalition forces during the Persian Gulf War.
1935: E. Annie Proulx, writer (Postcards, The Shipping News).
August 22nd
in history
1922: Michael Collins, Irish politician, is killed in an ambush.
1942: Brazil declares war on the Axis powers. She is the only South American country to send combat troops into Europe.
1945: Soviet troops land at Port Arthur and Dairen on the Kwantung Peninsula in China.
1945: Conflict in Vietnam begins when a group of Free French parachute into southern Indochina, in repsonse to a successful coup by communist guerilla Ho Chi Minh.
1983: Benigno Aquino, the only real opposition on Ferdinand Marcos’ reign as president of the Philippines, is gunned down at Manila Airport.