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Police, fire millages pass in Oxford, Addison

Village receives permission to sell two properties

Voters in Oxford and Addison were definitely in a 'yes' mood in the Nov. 6 general election. In Oxford Township, voters approved a two-year, 1-mill tax increase for police services by a margin of 4,191 to 4,044....more >>
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Trunk or treat!

Leonard Elementary's PTO held an outstanding Trunk-or-Treat event in the school parking lot Friday night. The kids got all dressed up in their Halloween costumes, collected as much candy as they could, then danced to classic songs such as "Monster Mash" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller....more >>
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Happy Halloween Lake Orion

The kids of Webber Elementary got to start Halloween early this year when their school put on the Trunk or Treat event. Tricked-out cars lined the parking lot with trunks open, full of candy and good spirits....more >>

1-mill increase sought for twp. police protection

A 'yes' vote gains two police officers. A 'no' vote cuts two police officers. In the end, that's what the Nov. 6 election boils down to, according to Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt....more >>
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LOHS student involved in Pontiac murder

A 16-year-old Lake Orion High School student was involved in a shootout and subsequent homicide in Pontiac on Oct. 23. Donald James, of Orion, was arraigned on Oct. 25 by Judge Michael Martinez at the 50th District Court in Pontiac....more >>
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Former Dragon breathes life into Detroit

Opening a small business today can be a dangerous and risky concept and opening one in Detroit can be even more difficult. But one former Lake Orion High School student believes he's found a niche in the motor city....more >>
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Financial advisor, fmr. bank director urges 'yes' vote on sale at shareholders meeting

It's official at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, the shareholders of Oxford Bank will gather at American Legion Post 108 on E. Drahner Rd. to vote on whether or not they wish to accept Level One Bank's offer to buy them out at $3 per share....more >>
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Best driver in North America

"It turned out to be a really good year, and we had fun, didn't we?" Dawn LeMaster asked Charlotte Anker. Lemaster and Anker were chatting out in the hall after being recognized before a standing-room only assembly at the Oct....more >>

Village seeks permission to sell two properties

To sell or not to sell? That is the question Oxford Village voters will be asked on the Nov. 6 ballot regarding two pieces of property owned by the municipality. The village is seeking voters' permission to sell the municipal complex located at 18-22 W....more >>

Addison fire chief makes pitch for tax renewal/increase

As voters head to the polls on Nov. 6, the Addison Township Fire Department is looking for voter support on their .75 millage. "The millage was originally voted in 2006 for 0.75 mills, but due to Headlee Amendment rollbacks, it is now at 0....more >>
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Hair today, gone tomorrow?

Pine Tree Elementary students filed into the school gymnasium Oct. 25 and took their places on the floor. Six students stood facing the student body, holding large pieces of black poster board close to their bodies as four students were called to the low stage....more >>

Twp. medical benefits change aims to reduce legacy costs

Brandon Twp.- On Oct. 29, during what was their second to last meeting, the current township board discussed legacy costs and how they could reduce the bill that the township will bear in the future for employees' healthcare benefits....more >>

Village looks to help companies in USA, Michigan and Oxford

Oxford Village is looking to give preferential treatment in its bid processes to products and services provided by companies based in the United States, Michigan and the community in order to help them compete and prosper....more >>

An evening for education

Over 100 luminaries from across Orion Township enjoyed dinner, drinks, and dancing at the Seventh Annual Evening for Education fundraiser for Lake Orion Education Foundation (LOEF)....more >>

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Brandon Twp. Board OKs new OCSO contract

Brandon Twp.- Police services here will be provided by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office through at least 2015. The township board unanimously approved at their Oct. 29 meeting a 3-year law enforcement contract with the OCSO....more >>

Four trustee seats and six candidates in Addison Twp.

Six candidates are looking at four seats for the trustee position out in Addison Township. The candidates include John Boehmer, Edward Brakefield, Linda Gierak, Terry Stevens, John Sutphin, and Seareal Gravlin....more >>

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Consumers Energy pushes forward

Brandon Twp.- In their efforts to extend natural gas mains in the township, Consumers Energy has met a few roadblocks— namely, rocks. "Once we got out there and started working, we found the terrain extremely rocky and it slowed us down in boring the services," said Consumers Energy Representative Debra Dodd....more >>
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Cemetery gravestones going to cyberspace

Gravestones tell a story of the deceased. Birth and death dates, prayers and pictures are often etched in stone as a lasting tribute to the departed's life. Grand Rapids based MonuMark is trying to make memorials more meaningful for a younger generation that embraces technology and a growing number of family members that are often scattered geographically....more >>
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One tough mudder

After running his first "Tough Mudder" competition last April, 2007 Oxford graduate Alexander McKeown became hooked. "Originally a couple of my friends and co-workers talked me into it....more >>

Lacrosse coach charged, New York visitor gets rowdy

Criminal sexual conduct A former girls lacrosse coach at Lake Orion High School will face a preliminary examination on Nov. 6 in Rochester 52/3 District Court on a charge of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having inappropriate relations with a 15-year-old student athlete....more >>

Deputies check on liquor vendors in Orion, advise parents

There have been increases in the use of synthetic marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs in Orion during 2012 but alcohol abuse is often forgotten. The Oakland County Sheriff's Deputies in Orion have not forgotten, and October saw an increase in efforts to halt the use of alcohol by minors....more >>

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Reid Elementary named Reward School by MDE

Goodrich-Reid Elementary students and staff have been working around ongoing construction as an extensive bond project is completed. Despite the inconveniences of the project, Principal Beth Zito is still smiling....more >>

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Riding out the storm: 'It was quite an excursion'

Jacob Seelbach's daily New York City commute from his apartment on 147th Street in Harlem to his job at New York University on 8th Street in Manhattan normally is about a 45-minute bicycle ride....more >>
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Hurricane felt locally; former local residents impacted on East Coast

Donald Lennox, has lived on Green Road in Hadley Township for about 12 years and power outages are fairly routine. "If it looks like the wind is going to blow, we get ready to be without power," said Lennox, who on Tuesday was in Goodrich getting gasoline for his new generator he purchased....more >>
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Brandon Twp. OKs legal action against Enbridge

On Thursday, Nov. 1, at about 7:30 a.m. in Groveland Township at the corner of Oak Hill Road and Bird road, contractors for Enbridge were preparing to lay a replacement oil pipeline in the ground....more >>
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Featured artist combines creativity and politics

By Yolanda Garfield Special to the Review Some folks might call Fred Zigler an artistic prodigy, but he comes by that honestly. His art was featured prominantly at the Orion Art Center between Oct....more >>

News briefs

Joslyn Road to close The CN Railroad will close Joslyn Road between Brown and Silver Bell roads in Orion Township from Nov. 5 through Nov. 9 . Detour route for Joslyn through traffic will be Brown Road to Giddings Road to Silver Bell Road and back to Joslyn Road and vice versa....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 >>

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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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In the spirit

Junior Courtney Kennedy and sophomore Katie Hubregsen show off their nerdy side as the Clarkston High School Varsity Cheerleaders got into the Halloween spirit at last Friday's football game and dressed up....more >>

Last Words

Attracting business to Independence Township was a top priority to all the candidates at the League of Women Voters' debate, Oct. 22. "There's no silver bullet," said Republican trustee candidate David Lohmeier who pointed out the "planning commission and appropriate zoning is critical" for business growth....more >>

Challengers run for school board

Betty Reilly

Betty Reilly began going to the school board meetings awhile ago but her interest was sparked when she noticed how long the needs list was for Clarkston Community Schools and when talk started for the 2012 $20 million bond....more >>

Challengers run for school board

Kelli Horst

Kelli Horst is running to fill a need. "I believe the school board needs a parent perspective, one that is informed by seven years of volunteer leadership in our schools and an absolute conviction in the value and importance of public education," she said....more >>

Challengers run for school board

Craig Hamilton

Craig Hamilton decided to run for the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education for his two sons. "I think Clarkston has an excellent school district and I want to make sure it stays that way," he added....more >>

Challengers run for school board

Theresa Adriaens

Seven candidates are running for four open seats on Clarkston Board of Education, Nov. 6. Theresa Adriaens has lived in Springfield Township for more than 13 years. She and her husband of 16 years, Steve, have three children, all attending Clarkston Community Schools - Megan, 7th grade, Sashabaw Middle School, Jason, 5th grade, and Kevin, 2nd grade, both at Springfield Plains Elementary....more >>

New liquor license policy?

Treasurer Curt Carson hopes to keep liquor licenses in the community to encourage businesses to stay within Independence Township. The number of liquor licenses state law allows in a community is based on population, and Independence Township has already issued its total of 23 licenses....more >>

Incumbents campaign to keep seats

Joan Patterson

Joan Patterson, Clarkston resident for 26 years; married to Thomas Patterson, son Jeff age 19 now in college went to Clarkston Schools from preschool up to graduation. Clarkston resident for 26 years....more >>

Incumbents campaign to keep seats

Cheryl McGinnis

Cheryl McGinnis, Clarkston resident for 28 years: married to Mark for 28 years; three children: Sarah 26, Natalee 24, and Patrick 21 all Clarkston High School graduates. Employed at Contract Professionals Inc....more >>

Incumbents campaign to keep seats

Susan Boatman

Susan Boatman has served as a Clarkston School Board Trustee for over four years, including two years as Vice President. During my tenure I have become a Michigan School Board Association certified school board member and have earned their Award of Merit and Award of Distinction through coursework and participation at county, state and national levels....more >>
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Sandy slaps Clarkston Area

Superstorm Sandy made her presence felt all the way to downtown Clarkston, Tuesday, knocking out power throughout the area. Clarkston schools and the Clarkston Independence District Library were closed as high winds knocked trees onto power lines....more >>
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Fair Fun

Clarkston Elementary students grabbed their family and friends last Saturday to take them to their school fair. They spent hours playing games. A popular stop was the Cake Walk and face painting....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Early treats at Friendly Forest

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Parade pups

Costumed canines and their owners filled Depot Park with friendly barks and bays, Saturday, for the Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade. The Michigan Animal Rescue League and Devoted Friends of Ortonville offered pet adoptions, and dogs competed in a costume contest during the Oct....more >>

News Briefs

Township Hall for rent

Citizens interested in holding gatherings in Independence Township Hall will be able to do so now that the Township board has developed a utilization policy. The main hall, which holds 140 people and a conference room, which fits 12 can now be rented for free to Independence citizens....more >>

Polling locations

Voters will cast their ballots on November 6 at polling places designated in their precincts. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places have changed. You can find your polling place by going to www....more >>

Candy collection for troops

Extra candy from Halloween? Donate it to Treats for Troops, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, November 1-2, at Independence Township Substation, 6560 Citation Drive. Oakland County Sheriff's Office will send the treats, along with thank-you, holiday, and other notes, to troops overseas....more >>

Fall sounds fill high school, Nov. 7

Clarkston High School Vocal Music Department performs in concert at the A Cappella Explosion, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center. The musical performance features the Sashabaw Middle School Encore and Wolf Singers, Clarkston High School Concert Choir, Madrigals, and Detroit Voice....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Youth Assistance records a busy year" Last year saw record-breaking demand for the services of Clarkston Area Youth Assistance. And caseworker Fred Morden expects to see a similar level of need in 1997 by the time the year is over....more >>
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