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Hail to the King and Queen!

Oxford crowned its 2012 Homecoming King and Queen at halftime Friday night....more >>
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Orion Township welcomes Fall with Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest begins with the letters "ok" but the event was much more of a hit than that. Held on Oct 5 and 7, the three day event drew thousands to the 21-acre grounds of Canterbury Village at 2369 Joslyn Court....more >>

District up 612 students, mostly from Virtual Academy

After the Oct. 3 student count, Oxford Community Schools are up by 612 students from a year ago, making the total number of students 5,688. Of the 5,688 students, 1,317 are school of choice (up 763 from last year) and 794 students are enrolled in the Virtual Academy program, which is 507 more on-line students than last year....more >>
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Two new candidates for school board

Lake Orion residents William Holt and Angela Nasso have filed for School Board candidacy in the upcoming Nov. 6 election. Both Holt and Nasso filed without party affiliation. Nasso is a mother of four Lake Orion students....more >>


Lack of lodging viewed as obstacle to attacting visitors, business

Folks have been saying it for years and they said it again at last week's meeting of the Oxford Township Economic Development Subcommittee (EDSC) – this town desperately needs a place to lodge visitors....more >>
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Disney helps make-a-wish

Another of Izabel Wiegand's wishes has come true. The third-grader from Carpenter Elementary went ice-skating with Merida, star of the Disney movie "Brave" on Oct. 4. Izabel and six other area children attended the invitation-only special reception with Merida at the Palace of Auburn Hills where they practiced their archery and ice-skating skills....more >>


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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Women's fashion exhibit spans 100-plus years

The only thing that seems to change faster than man's technology is women's fashion. Right now, the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum (1 N. Washington St.) in downtown Oxford is featuring an interesting and diverse exhibit depicting the way women's clothing has evolved between the 1830s and 1950s, from the Victorian Era to the Cold War....more >>

Orion gets a bakery

By Lance Farrell Review Staff Writer Looks like a Great Harvest for Orion Township this fall and beyond. At 7 a.m. on Friday, Jim and Louise Westcott of Lake Orion will open a Great Harvest Bread Company store, the first bakery the township has seen for many years....more >>
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Vote on-line for Oxford Community Awards

Voting has begun for the Oxford Community Awards. Everyone is invited to visit the website www.oxfordcommunityawards.com and with just a few clicks of a mouse select who will be honored in six categories....more >>
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Student runs Cedar Point Iron Man

A triathlon is not the kind of fun experience that most teenagers seek at Cedar Point. Teenagers are more likely to enjoy roller coasters at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park but that was the last thing on Lake Orion High School student Brennan Flanigan's mind when he took part in an Iron Man Triathlon on September 9 at the park....more >>


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 >>
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Leader editor earns four more MPA awards

Oxford Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio was recently recognized with another four awards for his writing and photography skills as part of the Michigan Press Association's 2012 Better Newspaper Contest (BNC)....more >>

Clerk offers advice

Orion Township Clerk. Penny Shults, wants to remind you about the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 6. Lake Orion polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. at the regular polling stations....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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Meet the sheriff's Number Two guy

Oxford resident Mike McCabe to begin 36th year with department

When Mike McCabe was an Oakland County Sheriff's deputy assigned to Avon Township (now Rochester Hills) back in 1982, his partner, Mike Elliott, was critically wounded by an armed robber who shot him twice before speeding away into the night....more >>
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A Mother's Wish succeeds

By Joe St. Henry Special to the Review Sunny skies and crisp fall air greeted the 600-plus people who participated in the second annual A Mother's Wish 10K run and 5k walk/run last Saturday....more >>


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 >>
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Senior apts. use power of sun for electricity, heat

Oxford Square Apartments (39 N. Washington St.) was showcased at a special Oct. 9 event as a prime example of how alternative energy technology can improve quality of life, reduce traditional energy consumption and save money....more >>


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 >>


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 >>
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Oxford firefighters get a personal thank you

Most people work just to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. But there are some folks out there who are fortunate enough to really enjoy their jobs because it's their passion in life....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 >>


Gun show Oct. 20 Oxford American Legion Post 108, located at 130 E. Drahner Rd., will host a gun show on Saturday Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and teens ages 13-18; $2 for kids under 13 while accompanied by an adult....more >>
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'Roadkill: A Love Story': Local flick now on big screen

Brandon Culp made it to the big screen this month, along with downtown Ortonville and Brandon Township. The 2003 Brandon High School graduate starred in and wrote the screenplay for "Roadkill: A Love Story," which was filmed locally in 2010 and for which there was a private screening at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak on Oct....more >>


Student count: Brandon School District enrollment drops

Brandon Twp.- A student count conducted Oct. 3 revealed that the school district has 3,251 pupils, a loss of 30 students from last year, and a stunning 455 student decline from the 3,706 kids in district classrooms in September 2006....more >>


Groveland Twp. man charged with premeditated murder

Colin Eugene Thompson, 39, of Groveland Township will be arraigned before Oakland County 6th Circuit Court Judge Phyllis McMillen on Oct. 18 for the alleged first-degree premeditated murder of Michele (Missy) Coakley, 40, also of Groveland Township....more >>


Count Day: Goodrich District student enrollment slides

Goodrich- As anticipated, the 2012-13 student count day Oct. 3 showed a decrease. District enrollment declined to 2,120 students in 2012—25 less than the count of 2,145 students in 2011....more >>

Volunteers unload, sort 40,120 pounds of potatoes for hungry

Potatoes are certainly a versatile vegetable. They can be boiled, mashed, fried, baked or roasted and served as part of breakfast, lunch or dinner. However they're prepared or whenever they're served, they're very good at satisfying an empty stomach, which is what Oxford United Methodist Church (OUMC) used them for on Saturday morning....more >>


Volunteers, support for BGYA

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This isn't the motto of Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance, but it's an adage the organization certainly believes in. The purpose of BGYA, in existence since 1979, is to strengthen youth and families who reside within the Brandon School District....more >>


Funeral fight draws deputies to cemetery

Groveland Twp.- Police responded Wednesday afternoon to Ortonville Cemetery to break up a fight amongst a reported 40 family members after they buried their grandfather in his final resting place....more >>
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Man charged with felonious assault after alleged knife threat

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies in Addison Township responded to a call that a woman's estranged husband had allegedly broke into her father's home and threatened her with a knife....more >>
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Romney supporter doesn't let dog bite stop him from spreading word

If you look up the term 'dogged determination' on the internet, a picture of Bill Barron will probably pop up next to it. That's because the 73-year-old Oxford resident won't let anything stand in the way of him spreading the word about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney – not even a dog attack....more >>


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 >>


DNR seeking EHD in deer

On Sept. 30 a Brandon resident near Hurd and Granger roads reported a sick adult female deer lying in the front yard. According to reports, the deer would not move when approached and could barely keep her head in an upright position....more >>


Martian turned Spartan stepping up for junior year

The best is yet to come. That's how Kyler Elsworth, a 6-1, 220 pound 2009 Goodrich High School graduate, views the remainder of the Big 10 season as a key member of the 2012 Michigan State Spartans....more >>
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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 >>


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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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 >>


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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Clarkston wins

Ryan Smith, Nathan Yeloushan and Alex Dicea break Troy Colts' stampede during last Friday's 28-0 win....more >>

Another light added to Sashabaw road

Drivers will have a seventh stop on Sashabaw now that the township has approved a new traffic light at the intersection of Flemings Lake and Sashabaw roads. The estimated price of installing the signal is $150,000....more >>

New burning policy clears board vote

Those with smoke-related health conditions can breathe easier now that Trustee David Lohmeier's burn permit policy passed 4-1, with Clerk Barb Pallotta opposing. Trustee Mark Petterson was absent....more >>

Candidate volunteers for two-year term

Kevin Bushroe is running for a trustee seat on the Independence Township Board, but he may only serve for two years, if elected. Bushroe, a Democrat nominee for trustee, thinks township elections should be staggered to maintain consistency....more >>

Fireworks ordinance ignites restrictions

In an effort to defuse Michigan's new fireworks regulations, the Independence Township Board approved first reading of a fireworks ordinance, Oct. 2. Michigan's Public Act 256 went into effect in January 2012 and legalized the use of consumer fireworks such as roman candles and bottle rockets....more >>
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Deer Lake Beach restoration begins

Thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Clarkston Optimists, Deer Lake Beach is getting some TLC. Now that swimmers and sunbathers are no longer frequent visitors to the beach, the Independence Township Parks and Recreation department has started work on improvements for next summer....more >>
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Pink initiative provides pampering

It is time to treat yourself, and the Pink and Pampered event at McLaren Cancer Institute Clarkston is the place to go, Oct. 18, 5-8 p.m. "It is anything pampering," Mary Melega smiled....more >>

Pay city sewer, water bills online

By the end of October, Independence Township residents will be able to pay their water and sewer bills online. While locals can currently view their bills on the web, they can't settle up online yet....more >>

Think Pink

Clarkston's retailers are thinking pink in October to encourage locals to remember Breast Cancer Awareness month. For their Paint the Town Pink: A Ladies Night Out event, downtown retailers are partnering with Swan for Life Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and collect donations....more >>
Trailblazer honorees are, from left, Derrick Fries, Katie Fries, Kay Robertson, Thomas Hall II, Loraine Hall, Tom Hall, Sherrie Hall, Joanne Inskeep, Bob Inskeep, Thomas Pytel, Mel Vaara, Jerry Fisher, Elizabeth Wagner, and Thomas Stone. (click for larger version)


Land Conservancy honors trailblazers

For 40 years, individuals all over Oakland County have led efforts to preserve land in Michigan for future generations. This year, the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC) celebrated their 40-year anniversary and honored 17 trailblazers....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Happy Birthday!

From left, Pam and Paul Semann, Joyce Little, Amanda Matousek, Kathy Sabol, Chris Sytek, and Mike Sabol celebrate Clarkston's 180th birthday with cake and ice cream at a community get-together in Depot Park, Oct....more >>
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Cheers for fun runners

With another lap done, students grabbed another rubber band to the others they had last Friday. They were collecting them as they participated in the Springfield Plains Elementary annual fun run....more >>
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Team RUSH ends season with wins

Before Team RUSH put away their 2012 robot, they took it for one last spin at the Kettering Kick-off Invitational, Sept. 22. They placed 15th in the quarterfinals out of the 42 teams at the annual robotic competition....more >>

National honor for Everest

Everest Collegiate High School was named one of the Top 50 Catholic high schools on the Catholic High School Honor Roll, Sept. 20. "I am very proud of what our school has accomplished in achieving this distinction as one of America's Top 50 Catholic high schools," said Principal Greg Reichert....more >>

News Briefs

Trustee debate

Candidates for Independence Township trustee will go head-to-head in a debate moderated by the League of Women Voters (LWV). Along with questions prepared by the LWV and The Clarkston News, candidates will respond to questions from citizens in attendance....more >>

Absentee ballots

Independence Township sent absentee ballots out to voters on Oct. 5, and they should be returned no later than the close of the polls on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m., said Clerk Barb Pallotta....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Repaying a debt" Teresa Paygert-Golab and her daughter Elizabeth Brueckner were honored at the Holocaust Memorial Center in West Bloomfield for their family's kindness....more >>
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