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Fall fun for everyone!

The weather was cold, gray and wet but that didn't stop folks of all ages from having tons of fall fun at the annual Scarecrow Festival held Saturday afternoon in downtown Oxford's Centennial Park....more >>
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Lake Orion Colors

The summer was long and hot, and just when Autumn was getting started, it decided to 'leaf....more >>

Twp. looks into expanding zoning for farm animals

If Old MacDonald wished to have a farm with a cluck-cluck here and a moo-moo there in Oxford Township, he'd better have enough acreage and the proper zoning to do so. Ee-i-ee-i-o. However, township officials recently voted 4-2 to direct the planning commission to investigate the possibility of expanding where farm animals are permitted to be kept to all parcels 2....more >>

Lake lowering causes controversy

As anyone with a view of Lake Orion knows, the water is looking pretty shallow lately. This is due to an intentional lake lowering, orchestrated by Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality and the Village of Lake Orion to inspect and repair seawalls, the dam and other amenities that require the water to be down....more >>
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Lacrosse coach charged with sexual abuse

The Lake Orion High School girls' lacrosse coach has been arrested and charged with having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl on the team. Reanna Dawn Douglas, 21, of Auburn Hills was arraigned Monday in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills before Magistrate Nicolas Camargo on one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct....more >>

Level One donates $50K for blue turf

Oxford's blue turf group received a huge boost to pay off the synthetic field when Level One Bank stepped forward last week with a $50,000 donation. The donation means that about $150,000 is still owed on the turf, but fund-raising efforts are underway throughout the community....more >>
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What costume are you wearing?

By Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer With Halloween fast approaching, Lake Orion residents can stock up on costumes and decorations at Ed's Broadway Gift and Costume and the Halloween Outlet....more >>
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Enbridge awards $1K grant to Oxford Fire Dept.

Canadian energy co. plans to replace oil pipeline in twp.

The Oxford Fire Department got a financial shot-in-the-arm Monday from Enbridge, Inc. as the Canadian energy distribution company awarded it a $1,000 grant. According to Fire Capt....more >>

Home Depot volunteers for Orion

Volunteers from Home Depot stores from around Oakland County descended on Lake Orion last week. They were in town to remodel the home of Sieglinde Leavens who won a Team Depot Foundation grant....more >>
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Lions are giving away pups

Who wants tickets to Disney World? That's only one of the items up for grabs at the November 3 "Christmas for Everyone" charity auction put on by the Lake Orion Lions Club at Milosch's Palace Auto dealership....more >>

Orion Township's hands tied on cell phone tower decision

Orion Township can hear you now. For months, some Orion Twp. residents have been voicing concerns over a proposed Verizon cell phone tower. The 145-foot monopole will be constructed at the corner of Baldwin and Waldon roads in southern Orion Township....more >>

Addison Oaks to close for deer hunts

A managed deer hunt will result in the closure of Addison Oaks County Park in Addison Township on certain dates in November and December. The 1,140-acre park will be off limits to the public all day long on Nov....more >>

Brief--Village elections may move to Nov.

The council considered consolidating Village elections with the even-year November general elections in Orion Township at their Monday meeting. This would mean the Village no longer conducted the election, but money would be saved because the county would be responsible for covering the costs of the the voting process....more >>

Twp. could pay $1.6M to divert sewage to Pontiac

How much are Oxford Township officials willing to pay to send sewage to Pontiac? The answer seems to be under $2 million. Officials voted 6-0 at their Oct. 10 meeting to recommend a funding formula that could ultimately result in the township paying 3....more >>

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District receives clean audit; deficit less than expected

Brandon Twp.- The school district has received a "clean" audit and the operating deficit is not quite as high as the previously projected $1.1 million. A representative from Lewis & Knopf presented audit results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 at the board's Oct....more >>
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Laidler ready for retirement

After 24 years on the Parks and Recreation Commission, Rick Laidler is stepping down. "The reason I'm stepping down is because I am retiring and I'm moving to Florida," he said. "I am 64 years-old, so I am ready to retire....more >>
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Bye-bye, Becky! We'll miss you!

Becky Paquin started working for Oxford Township in December 1997 as an assistant to Former Supervisor and current Township Clerk Curtis Wright. A year later she got picked up by the Parks and Recreation department....more >>
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'Troops to Troops' gives soldiers a taste of home

For U.S. soldiers serving in far-off and often hostile foreign lands, nothing beats a taste of home. In order to show them that they are not forgotten and that folks back home are appreciative of their vigilance, bravery and sacrifices, Daisy Troop 70945 is engaged in a "Troops to Troops" fund-raiser....more >>
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Until they are home: Navy diver searches for Americans MIA

In February 1944, a B-17 aircraft was attacked by German fighter planes and crash landed in the Mediterannean Sea just off the coast of Calvi, Corsica, France. Now, 68 years after the plane came to rest less than 100 feet below the surface, and less than 300 yards from shore, it is the mission of Navy Diver Senior Chief Michael Woods, to bring home an American lost in that World War II battle....more >>

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Absentee ballots rolling in

Brandon Twp.- The election is still over a week away, but as of Wednesday, nearly 800 voters here had already cast their ballots. Approximately 780 absentee ballots had been sent or turned in to the township clerk's office by Oct....more >>

Briefs

Halloween hours Trick-or-treating in the Village of Leonard will take place from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Following that, the Addison Township Firefighters Association will host a Halloween party in retired Station No....more >>

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Halloween hours

From 6:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 31, the Village of Ortonville will host trick-or-treating followed by the annual bonfire with cider and doughnuts at the DPW building, 159 Cedar St. In addition the following streets will be closed for the hour of Trick-or-Treating: Church from Mill Street to Oakwood Road, Cedar Street from Mill Street to Ball Street, and Ball Street from Cedar Street to Church Street....more >>

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Brandon Township Library grant

Brandon Twp.- Fran Hotchkiss expects to be able to purchase at least 160 new books and 40-80 music cds with grant funds she recently won for the library. The head of youth services was notified earlier this month by the Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society that the library would be awarded $2,000 as the winner of the Dick Johnston Grant, given to a public library for the purpose of establishing or improving a library collection....more >>
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Help is needed for OCEF: A Thanksgiving feast for all

Brandon Twp.- With Thanksgiving just four weeks away, the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund is asking for help in making sure all area residents have food to celebrate the holiday....more >>

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Groundbreaking: Consumers Energy Service Center

Groveland Twp.- On Oct. 18 Consumers Energy, along with township officials, broke ground on a new service center. In June, township planning officials and Consumers Energy representatives which included Chris Laser, facilities project manager, and Ursula Warren, area manager, attended the special meeting to discuss plans for a new 21,133 square foot complex near Dixie Highway and Shields Road....more >>

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Four years later: Medical marijuana up in air

Ortonville- In the 2008 presidential election, Michigan voters approved by 63 percent the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. The law went into effect Dec. 4, 2008. Four years later, as the next presidential election quickly approaches with a ballot full of new proposed laws, medical marijuana is still up in the air, hanging out to dry....more >>

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Brandon Township baby murdered

A 4-month-old boy was murdered by his mother's boyfriend Thursday afternoon in Brandon Township, police said. Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pete Burkett, commander of the Brandon substation, said he expected the 27-year-old suspect to be arraigned this weekend....more >>

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New Enbridge hearing set for November

Do private landowners have the right to challenge whether a company has obtained proper permits to move forward with a project, or must the government entity that grants the permits be the one to file court action? That is what Judge Robert Cleland of Eastern Federal District Court must determine before deciding whether to continue investigating legal claims brought against Enbridge, a multi-billion dollar company accused of failing to obtain the proper authorizations to install a replacement oil pipeline, by POLAR (Protecting Our Land and Rights) an association of private property owners directly affected by the pipeline....more >>

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District audit clean but budget tight for 2012-13

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-A sagging fund balance, aging buses and contract negotiations with district teachers could have a major impact on the finances for the 2012-13 school year....more >>

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MHSAA eyes Goodrich basketball program, decision soon

Goodrich-An ongoing investigation regarding the boys basketball team has expanded and may soon reach a conclusion. In a written statement at the Monday night school board of trustees meeting, District Superintendent Scott Bogner squelched some rumors and forecasted prompt closure to allegations against long-time high school coach Dave Barns....more >>

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Voter turnout high, detachment ballot issue

Atlas Twp.-In 2004 township voter turnout topped 82 percent. "It could go higher this year," said Tere Onica, township clerk, as she prepared for the Nov. 6 election. We have a two-page ballot, front and back, and the village detachment issue....more >>

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Non-homestead millage renewal on twp. ballot

Passage of a non-homestead millage renewal by voters in the Brandon School District is critical for school operations. "This (the millage renewal) is very important to us—it brings in $1....more >>

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Q & A with Enbridge

Jason Manshum, a spokesperson for Enbridge, recently responded via e-mail to questions from The Citizen regarding the Line 6B petroleum pipeline replacement project. For previous stories on the controversial project that affects numerous communities in Michigan including Brandon and Groveland townships, go to www....more >>
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Family together at last: Local returns from Afghanistan

During his deployment to Afghanistan with the Army National Guard this year, Spc. Logan Rascher marked the passage of time by finding the same star in the sky every night....more >>

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Habitat key in pheasant opener

A mild winter coupled with a favorable spring nesting conditions could lead to an expected increase in pheasant populations in Michigan, at least areas where good amounts of quality habitat exist, says Ben Wickerham, Pheasants Forever's regional representative in Michigan....more >>

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Cost recovery debate: Who should pay?

Atlas Twp.-Earlier this summer four area youth were caught by sheriff's deputies on the roof of a local school building. Township officials said the fire department was called to the scene and a ladder was used to assist the youths off the roof....more >>

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Paul Amman: Two decades in township government

Atlas Twp.- After more than 20 years in local government—Paul Amman has established a mantra that can often resolve an issue before it escalates out of control. "Have you talked to your neighbor?" asks Amman, 74....more >>

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Survey: School restructuring

Brandon Twp.- Change in the use of school buildings in the district is coming. What remains unknown is what that change will look like in December, when a facilities review concludes....more >>
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Spikers stoked

Senior Kaley Konjarevich and the Clarkston High School Girls Varsity Volleyball team are psyched for their last home game, for the OAA Red title against Lake Orion last Thursday. Photo by Larry Wright....more >>
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'Scary house' isn't so scary, downtown man says

Chip Travis thinks he's seen and even interacted with a ghost in his house in downtown Clarkston. "I've seen the ghost three times," he said. Travis describes what he sees as a smoky apparition that feels chilly when it wisps past, but why his house? One possible answer came in the form of a visitor who walked by his home one day....more >>

Revised McLaren plans Okd

The state denied McLaren hospital's Certificate of Need (CON) application for Clarkston and stripped it from Bill 1269, but McLaren's not giving up. Bill 1269 was proposed by state Sen....more >>

What does a Trauma II hospital mean?

Current plans for the $300 million McLaren hospital project in Clarkston ensure the facility will be on track to become a Level II Trauma Center. To find out how a hospital earns this designation, The Clarkston News spoke to Connie Mattice, a site reviewer for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and recently retired from Michigan's State Trauma Advisory Council (STAC)....more >>

Township hearing on 2013 budget

"We're in pretty decent shape," said Budget Analyst Rick Yeagar when asked about Independence Township's 2013 budget. Residents will have an opportunity to decide about the township's financial shape for themselves during a public hearing on October 30 at 7:30 p....more >>
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Help out Haiti mission trip at Trunk or Treat run

Run or walk at the Emily Schmidt Memorial Trunk or Treat Trot, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Oct. 27, 9 a.m., at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road....more >>
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Clarkston turns pink to raise awareness

Downtown Clarkston was decked in shades of pink this week to raise awareness for breast cancer. The Clarkston Retailers' Paint the Town Pink, A Ladies Night Out event raised $700 for Swan for Life Cancer Foundation, which provides free education, support and resources to cancer patients, families, caregivers and friends in Southeastern Michigan....more >>

More letters to the editor

Dear Editor, I am an independent conservative deeply concerned about the direction our country is heading. The only real way citizens can affect changing the direction of government is to elect candidates who share your ideals and aspirations....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Invisible rabbit hijinks in upcoming Everest comedy show

The Everest Collegiate Drama Department presents "Harvey," a three-act comedy by Mary Chase. The show opens Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. A dinner theater will be on Nov. 17 with dinner at 6 p....more >>
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Frightful fun at Townsend Forest

Check out "A Terror in Townsend Forest" at Oakland County's Sportsmen's Club, Friday-Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m., 4770 Waterford Road in Independence Township. The club's outdoorsmen set up a quarter-mile trail through the woods, filled with dozens of volunteers doing their best to bring out the screams, all in good fun....more >>
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They did the bash, SPE bash

Students filled Springfield Plains Elementary on Friday night for their Boo Bash. While many were dancing in the gym to Halloween tunes and their favorite Justin Bieber songs, others were playing bingo, trying to win at the Book Walk, getting their face painted, making necklaces and taking part in guessing games....more >>
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Hair cut to help others

It took Elizabeth Burtch of Clarkston three years to grow her hair out 11 inches, and just a few seconds to have it cut. "It's emotional, it's a part of you," said Burtch, 23. "But it was so long....more >>

News Briefs

Student count up

Clarkston schools' student count is up this year, by 26.64 full-time equivalents (FTE). The state requires districts to count up full-time equivalencies when calculating per-pupil funding....more >>

Bowling for DRAW group

A Bowling for Buckets fundraiser is Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6-8pm, at Cherry Hill Lanes. Bowling for Buckets is an event designed to raise funds for Disaster Relief At Work, also know as DRAW....more >>

Library to get repairs

The Clarkston Independence District Library will get a new roof within 6-8 weeks. The board approved spending $71, 250 for Bloom Roofing Systems to replace the 20-year-old roof. "The roof needs to be replaced....more >>

Local debates

Voters got a closer look at local township trustee and school board candidates during debates held this week for broadcast on ClarkstonTV.com and Independence TV. Read next week's Clarkston News for election coverage, then cast your ballot on Tuesday, Nov....more >>

Ballot proposal info

The Oakhurst Homeowners Association is partnering with the Library Yes committee and presumptive Supervisor-elect Pat Kittle to present information on six state ballot proposals set for a vote, Nov....more >>

Pups on Parade

Costumed critters march down Clarkston's Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m. during the "Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade." The Michigan Animal Rescue League and Devoted Friends of Ortonville will offer pet adoptions and a costume contest in Depot Park at 3 p....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Boys win, girls take 3rd at league meet" The Clarkston boys cross country team had its best team meet of the season at the very best time. Led by their "Party of Five" sophomores David Sage, Matt Haver, Kevin Breen, Chris Weber, and Dan Burke the Wolves edged Rochester 48-49 to win the league meet....more >>
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1939: Connecticut finally approves the Bill of Rights.
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