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Addison man's hard work destroyed

Addison resident Bob Godkin, 78, devoted significant time, effort and money from his own pocket to create something nice in his community for others to use and enjoy. Unfortunately, some thoughtless vandal (or vandals) came along and destroyed it, leaving Godkin wondering if he'll ever build anything for public use again....more >>
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It's never fun to lose a homecoming game, but Lake Orion fans don't have to worry about that! The night of Sept. 28 was a celebration of all things green and white and the victory was the icing on the cake. Here, the team celebrates.Photo by T. Connolly (click for larger version)

Another homecoming victory!

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MSP to expand thanks to Honda contract

Some good economic news is finally on the horizon for Oxford Township as one of its existing industrial facilities will be expanding, meaning additional tax revenue for the municipality and more jobs for those seeking employment....more >>

LOPD gets new cars, remains frugal

Cars wear out and the cops are not immune to this truth. Those cars that patrol the Village of Lake Orion and surrounding areas eventually need to be replaced, but thanks to some creative thinking and responsible usage from LOPD Chief Jerry Narsh, the cost to the taxpayers won't be too high....more >>

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Police seek community's help in solving MDOP cases

Brandon Twp.- Police are seeking help from the public in stopping a series of crimes that could result in serious injury or death. During the past week, several motorists have had rocks thrown at their vehicles in the area....more >>
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Mom warns of dangers of inhaling helium

On the surface, it seems harmless enough inhaling helium from a balloon to produce a comical, high-pitched voice that sounds like a silly cartoon character. But Addison mother Margaret Koski isn't laughing, not after what happened when her 12-year-old daughter, Clarissa, did it as a joke on Sunday, Sept....more >>
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Woman's Club discovers extensive history

By Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer All organizations have storied histories, and so does the General Federation of Women's Clubs—Lake Orion, or GFWC, as they found out recently when they discovered a number of documents relating to the history of the group in Lake Orion....more >>

Mimi's Metals burglarized

Edward Smith got a call Sunday morning no business owner wants. He picked up the phone to hear his security company inform him that police were on the premises of his business at 4315 Baldwin investigating a break-in....more >>
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Orion resident to run in Chicago Marathon

Having a number of pleasant parks, sidewalks along major roads and home to the state high school 2012 track and field champions - Lake Orion is a runner's town. And one lucky resident has secured a place in the prestigious Chicago Marathon to be run on October 7....more >>
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Fisher appointed interim treasurer for Addison

Lori Fisher is the new face of the treasurer's office in Addison Township after being sworn in at noon on Sept. 27. "I'm very interested in being a part of the board and serving the residents of Addison Township," Fisher said....more >>

Protect yourself from robberies

Oakland County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dan Toth wants to make your home and business difficult targets for would-be bad guys. A recent spate of Orion Twp. home invasions, has led him to share some tips for making your home less inviting to intruders....more >>

Orion happy with new FOIA changes

Public bodies in Lake Orion typically won't have any problems providing residents with low-cost access to public documents and welcome proposed changes to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act....more >>

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The Citizen awarded by Michigan Press Association

The Citizen news staff received three awards in the 2012 Michigan Press Association (MPA) Better Newspaper Contest. Newspapers around the state submit thousands of entries yearly in the contest, which was judged by the North Carolina Press Association....more >>

The tower is on!

For nine years, Verizon's famous national ad campaign repeatedly asked consumers, "Can you hear me now?" Well, in rural Addison Township, the answer is finally a resounding, "Yes!" Just before midnight on Thursday, Sept....more >>

Atlas Township Attorney response to Goodrich detachment vote

October 3, 2012 "The Board has not considered or adopted the information contained therein in any official capacity. I am providing this as a courtesy considering you have been reporting on this issue," said David Lattie....more >>
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Free internet coming to downtown no, really

Air Advantage representatives explain coverage area, signal strength

It's been 19 months since it was originally announced that free wireless internet service is coming to downtown Oxford, so residents and business owners alike should be pleased to learn that their wait is almost over....more >>

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Apples available at Ashton

Brandon Twp.- In 47 years of farming apples, Dennis and Sharon Ashton had never lost more than half of their crop— until this year. After unseasonably warm weather in March, a hard freeze April 29 has resulted in only about 7 percent of the normal apple crop being harvestable at Ashton Orchards, 3925 Seymour Lake Road....more >>

Council renews police chief's contract, expresses concerns

"This is a sweetheart deal." That's how Oxford Village Councilman Elgin Nichols described Police Chief Mike Neymanowski's contract. He wasn't being derogatory, he was simply making an observation....more >>

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History of surveying at Old Mill

At 7 p.m., Oct. 16 the Ortonville Historical Society will host surveyor and historian Jack Owens, who will discuss his work regarding the history of surveying and the establishment of property lines in Brandon, Groveland and Atlas townships along with other communities of Michigan....more >>

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Brandon postpones Enbridge settlement, awaits federal court hearing

Brandon postpones Enbridge settlement, awaits federal court hearing By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The township board has postponed a settlement from Enbridge regarding the replacement of thousands of trees here that the company plans to level as they install an oil replacement pipeline....more >>

No right-turns at Lakeville/State intersection

The issue at hand was prohibiting right-turns so as to reduce the amount of cut-through traffic flowing through the Willow Lake subdivision. But the residents seemed more interested in finding ways ranging from speed bumps to increased police presence to slow down motorists speeding through their neighborhood....more >>
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Martian Market

The Martian Market is open. A student run store inside Goodrich High School opened last week providing a host of products from Martian Morgan Cinader, GHS senior and store manager said the facility is all about Goodrich....more >>
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Quilters help VFW children celebrate Halloween

While collecting quilts to send to soldiers across seas over the past four years, Carole Carroll, founder of Miracle Quilts said she has received a lot of "kiddy quilts." "A Mickey Mouse quilt is not appropriate to give to a 25 year-old man," said Carroll....more >>

Briefs

College finance program Oct. 11 The Oxford Public Library (530 Pontiac Rd.) will present a program entitled, "College Strategies and Timetable" on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Join expert Sheryl Krasnow at the Oxford Public Library to help get your college plans and finances sorted....more >>

Briefs--Skate Park decision to come

The Township Board discussed a proposal for a skatepark to be constructed in the Village of Lake Orion at their Oct. 1 meeting. The board will review the information presented at the meeting and the updated Parks and Rec commission master plan before making a decision on the skate park's construction....more >>

Brief--School Board approves field trips

Lake Orion Schools approved field trip requests for seven high school organizations. The Dance Team will travel to Orlando Jan. 31- Feb. 4, 2013. The Earth Club travels to Ann Arbor on Feb....more >>

Brief--School Budget Discussed

John Fitzgerald discussed the school's budget at the Sept. 26 school board meeting. Of the total revenue expected in the 2012-2013 school year, thus far the district has received less than 2 percent, or just over $1....more >>

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EHD factor as deer hunting season opens

A series of mild winters have kept local deer populations level over the last few hunting seasons, say Department of Natural Resources officials. But a new factor may be thrown into the mix as the general 2012 Michigan archery deer season opens statewide Oct....more >>

Scarecrow Festival returns Oct. 20

The Oxford Downtown Development Authority is celebrating the fall season in downtown Oxford by holding its annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, October 20th from 2- 6pm. The event will feature an array of scarecrows displayed in front of businesses along Washington Street as well as lining the perimeter of Centennial Park....more >>
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Rolling out the 'green' carpet for the king and queen

Last Friday at half time, after the dancers cleared and the band stopped playing, the stage was set to introduce the 2012 Homecoming court. Everyone was represented, from the freshman to the juniors, but the main attraction was the senior king and queen hopefuls as they marched under the balloons and through the "mist" created by fire extinguishers....more >>
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Baseball by the numbers

Ortonville- Summer officially ended last week and as fall begins, baseball season is also quickly drawing to a close, with a tight race between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox for the top spot in the American League Central Division....more >>

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ALA marks 30th anniversary of 'Banned Books Week'

ALA's Top 10 most challenged books of 2011

Brandon Twp.- On prominent display at the library this week were some very popular books from recent years, such as "The Hunger Games" trilogy and "TTYL" as well as the timeless classics, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Brave New World....more >>

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Township, village grapple with detachment as November vote looms

Goodrich- Just what the costs of the detachment will be will have to wait until after the vote in November. On Sept. 20 a special meeting to establish value on village assets prior to the detachment vote in November was called for the village and Atlas Township by John O'Brien, director of the water and waste services division of the drain commissioner's office....more >>

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Surveys key for district's future

Brandon Twp.- The school district has received more than 1,000 responses to a survey about the possible restructuring of buildings. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon was pleased by the number of returned surveys, more than one-third of the roughly 2,500 questionnaires that were e-mailed to district stakeholders at the beginning of the month....more >>

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School board opposes Proposal 2 on November ballot

Brandon Twp.- School board members here are unanimously opposing a proposal on the November ballot that would amend the state constitution regarding collective bargaining. The board voted 7-0 at their Sept....more >>
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Home

On Friday morning Army Command Sergeant Major Bryan Merkel started his day dressed active duty. While his attire remained the same his mission differed significantly from the past year....more >>

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Ortonville Shooting Range expands

Two hundred yards, two football fields or 600 feet. For the average hunter that carries a rifle during a Michigan hunting season a 200 yard shot is often out of range. But for those hunters that wish to try for a longer shot the Ortonville Shooting Range, 5380 Sawmill Road in the Ortonville Recreation Area in Lapeer County has something new to offer....more >>

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Lawmaker takes aim at special assessments

Atlas Twp.-A lingering debate over collection of taxes for police protection in the township may have prompted changes in the law. Rep. Joe Graves, (R-Argentine) introduced House Bill 5914 on Sept....more >>
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McDonald's returns Oct. 8

McDonald's is back. At 10 a.m., Oct. 8, the Ortonville McDonald's Restaurant, 925 S. Ortonville Road, will reopen after extensive renovations. The public is invited to attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony....more >>

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Sherry Lynn's Jewelry Box

Ortonville-The village has a new jewel in town. Sherry Lynn's Jewelry Box, 431 Mill St., opened in June in the same location where D.L. Bonner Jewelers had been in business for almost 30 years....more >>

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Historic Goodrich Hotel razed

By David Fleet Editor On Monday, the Goodrich Hotel was no more. Demolition crews from Ortonville-based Bedrock Express began the process of bringing down the century-and-a-half-old structure in downtown Goodrich....more >>
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Royalty

Clarkston High School Homecoming Queen Katie Gipe and King Sharvil Patel march onto the field to the cheers of family, friends, and fans, Friday....more >>

Hospital dropped from senate bill

Senator Mike Kowall's bill to amend Michigan's Certificate of Need (CON) law will reach the senate floor but not with its original language allowing a McLaren hospital in Clarkston....more >>
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O.J. movie tour kicks off in Clarkston

Hollywood won't promote local filmmaker Norm Pardo's movie about O.J. Simpson, so he's hitting the road to do it himself. "We'll be spreading the word and raising money to distribute it," said Pardo of Springfield Township....more >>

Sashabaw funding hits roadblock

Independence Township will have to find another way to fund the Sashabaw widening project since the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) only granted about $160,000 of their tri-party funds to the project....more >>

New district library launches campaign for bond

To move into the 21st century, the library has reestablished itself under current laws as the Clarkston Independence District Library, and the Library Yes! group hopes voters will support a mill rate that would allow the library to serve contemporary needs....more >>

Kopietz's celebrate 39 years making Clarkston sparkle

Buck and Joan Kopietz started selling jewelry in 1973 with an inventory of five necklaces and thirty-three rings, after thirty-nine years in business they have a lot more jewelry and a lot of memories....more >>
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Fifth-graders Sophie Little and Nikhil Shaw remember how to be good people when they see Clark and his mural. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)

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Clark teaches kids to be role models

Every day when Clarkston Elementary students walk into the cafeteria Clark is there to remind them to be on their best behavior. Clark, their blue and gold dragon mascot, sits 15-feet tall on one of the walls with rocks surrounding him....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Bowman benefits Easter Seals

Bowman Chevrolet of Clarkston raised more than $209,000 in the Century 21 Car and Cash Raffle benefitting Easter Seals Michigan, Sept. 22. The Clarkston dealership also held an open house and hosted a car show before the drawing for the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette....more >>
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Dropping in

Staff Sgt. Brendan Quisenberry and the rest of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) parachute team descend on the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions at their Sept. 23 game....more >>
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Living in the sea

Andersonville Elementary students hopped on one foot, walked backwards, walked like a crab and ran in their annual Fun Run, Sept. 26. This year's theme was Under the Sea with the gym colorfully decorated like the sea with inflatable sea creatures such as turtles, fish and dolphins....more >>
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Music in the family

Jim Powers of Clarkston and his granddaughter Laura Miller of Waterford help keep the music playing, serving together on the Symphony of the Lakes Board. "This is fun, a good chance to spend some quality time with my grandpa," Miller said....more >>
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New youth ministers at church

Duncan Bone, Clarkston United Methodist Church's new director of youth ministries, is no stranger to Clarkston. He served a summer intership at the church in 2010, helping with Vacation Bible School and Youth Group mission trips....more >>
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Pastor leads St. Stephen's to more outreach

For the Rev. Chad Speller, pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, mission work starts at home. "There are so many different things we can do to help people," Speller said. "Our doors are open....more >>

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180th for Clarkston

The City of the Village of Clarkston celebrates its 180th birthday with cake and ice cream in Depot Park, 1-5 p.m., Oct. 7. In 1832, 180 years ago, Butler Holcomb settled his family here after moving from Herkimer County, New York....more >>

Town hall meeting with candidates

Independent Tea Party Patriots hosts a Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers and several other local candidates, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center, 6060 Maybee Road....more >>

Walk for hearts on Sunday

Congenital Heart Walk returns to Clarkston's Depot Park, 10 a.m., Oct. 7, with a walk through town, music, entertainment, speakers, light breakfast and lunch. Michigan's Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will speak about his family's personal experience with congenital heart disease....more >>

This week on ClarkstonTV.com

Check out The Clarkston News' ClarkstonTV.com for candidates for Independence Township trustee, each providing a short video explaining why they deserve your vote on Nov. 6. "Pet Talk with Dr....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look BackFrom The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "The pet that pays you back" Alpacas in Michigan? Breeders in Davisburg love their new adventure. As a car pulls into the driveway of Woodcreek Farm in Davisburg, 20 pairs of long ears perk up....more >>
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1603: Bartholomew Gilbert is killed in Virginia by Indians, during a search for the missing Roanoke colonists.
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1848: A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland.
1858: Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States.