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I pledge allegiance to the flag...

Clear Lake Elementary's fifth-graders gathered outside the school Friday afternoon for the raising of a brand new American flag. According to Principal Brad Bigelow, the old one had become worn and tattered, so he decided it was time to replace it....more >>
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Honoring those who served

Hundreds gathered at the Lake Orion Veterans Memorial on Saturday to give their thanks to the soldiers that fought and died for their country. Here, Young Marine Josh Bogusslawski holds on to the flag during the ceremony....more >>

Wandering kindergartner prompts plan

Oxford Community Schools are increasing security measures after a kindergartner wandered away from school grounds at Daniel Axford Elementary. The incident took place at or near the end of the day on Oct....more >>

Oxford Bank shareholders approve sale to Level One

Oxford Bank shareholders have spoken and a majority of them wish to sell their stock to the Farmington Hills-based Level One Bank. That was the result of a vote taken at the Nov. 13 shareholders meeting held at American Legion Post 108 in Oxford....more >>

Orion residents come out to vote --Updated--

Orion residents went to the polls in force with more than 19,000 out of 26,000 registered voters casting ballots in Orion Township. Seventy three percent of registered voters, slightly under the 2008 turnout of more than 77 percent, cast ballots....more >>
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Holt wins school board seat

The Lake Orion School Board has a new member. William Holt was elected by an 847-vote margin, defeating Angela Nasso 7,560 to 6,713. "I'm very pleased that we won," Holt said. "I think that Angela Nasso ran a good campaign, and is a good person....more >>
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Peace was close, but a torpedo was closer

WWII vet recounts time aboard U.S.S. Pennsylvania

Peace was just two days away when Albert Anderson got his last taste of battle in World War II. The 91-year-old Oxford resident was a Marine serving aboard the U.S.S. Pennsylvania (BB-38) when a Japanese plane slipped in undetected and hit the super-dreadnought battleship with a 2,000-pound torpedo while it was anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa....more >>

Voters OK public safety taxes, give permission to sell properties

Voters in Oxford and Addison were definitely in a very generous mood when they went to the polls for the Nov. 6 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 >>

Voter-turnout high, dominated by GOP

Local voters weren't shy about going to the polls last week as demonstrated by the large turnout in Oxford and Addison. A total of 10,571 (or 70.22 percent) of Oxford Township's 15,054 registered voters participated in the Nov....more >>
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Pregnant voter welcomes boy

Longtime Oxford resident Angela (Forte) Ball's vote didn't succeed in putting her candidate, Republican Mitt Romney, in the White House, but she succeeded in bringing a brand new life into the world....more >>

You can help neighbors in need have a Thanksgiving dinner

Is your stomach starting to growl thinking of the turkey, yams, stuffing, and cranberry salad to come next week? If you're like most families, you've probably already started to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday....more >>
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Remember vets, but don't glorify war

"I was part of the forgotten generation that nobody liked. When I came back, I was spit on. We were called baby-killers. It was terrible." That's what Oxford resident Jim (Mouse) Muys remembers about coming back to the United States after serving in the Vietnam War....more >>
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Library kids vote for books

Last week we all went to our election booths to take part in the quadrennial democratic event known as the general election. Kids in Orion Township had the same opportunity at the Orion Township Public Library when they voted in the inaugural "Vote for a Book" campaign....more >>
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Cancer survivor sings praises of one-shot radiation treatment

he idea of spending five to seven weeks visiting a hospital for daily radiation treatments didn't appeal to Vula Reese for a number of reasons. That's why the 47-year-old Oxford resident is more than happy to tell everyone about how she was able to get her breast cancer treated in a single procedure at the Crittenton Cancer Center....more >>

Briefs

Where and when to get free meals For folks who need a free meal and those who simply don't wish to dine alone, the North Oakland County affiliate of Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) is offering a fantastic service....more >>

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Atlas Township voter turnout high

Atlas Twp.-Despite a two page ballot and plenty to vote on—78 percent of township registered voters turned out to have their say on Tuesday, the second highest turnout since 2000. "In precinct 3 the lines were long— about a half hour wait to start," she said....more >>
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Leading OCEF into holidays

Heading into the busy holiday season, the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund has a new food pantry director, but her face will be familiar to OCEF clients and volunteers. Karyn Milligan has been named the new St....more >>

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Decisions made

On Monday, Oaktree Student Council, along with the assistance of school staff, selected their choice for the President of the United States using electronic voting equipment. Similar to the national media, the results were announced over the school via closed circuit television as the results were counted....more >>

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Millage renewal passes, but omitted from ballot in Hadley

A handful of voters in Hadley Township may feel a little left out after Tuesday's election. Brandon School District residents that reside in Hadley Township should have had the opportunity to vote on a proposal to renew the operating millage proposal for the district....more >>

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Man arraigned in Brandon sexual assault

A 24-year-old Warren man is facing up to 15 years in prison after sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at a Brandon Township home. Willie James Marshall was arraigned Oct. 12 on one count of criminal sexual assault, third degree (person 13-15-years-old) by 52-2 District Court Magistrate Thomas Raguso....more >>
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After Sandy, local braces for nor'easter

Emma Lieber may have been cold, but she considers herself lucky. Lieber was one of millions on the East Coast that felt the impact of Hurricane Sandy when the storm ripped up the Atlantic earlier this month....more >>
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Bizarre, magical—'Alice in Wonderland' at BHS

Brandon Twp.- Fun. That's what Jeff Malicke and Brandon High School student actors were looking for when choosing the fall play and that is what they have found with the selection of "Alice in Wonderland....more >>
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'Whose Life Is It Anyway?'

Goodrich-After more than 13 years at the helm of the high school theatrics department, Steve Mitchell has, on occasion, nudged the outer edges of controversial plays. Audiences seeking to escape the mundane should check out the high school performance of "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" "I like to pick some shows that make people think," said Mitchell....more >>
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Lady Blackhawks tops at Metro

The Brandon High School girls swim team, coached by Todd Duncan and Dane Westphall, dominated the Flint Metro League swim meet on Nov. 2-3. The girls swam to victory in the league meet with a winning score of 460 points over the Fenton team, which had a score of 444 points....more >>

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Detachment flops, supporter vows to continue battle

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-The detachment will have to wait. Nearly eight out of every ten voters that cast ballots on Tuesday said no way to a detachment proposal that spawned debate, speculations and heated meetings since it was first introduced last summer....more >>
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'Ready to move forward'

Despite a lengthy ballot with six statewide proposals, local clerks reported voting in the Nov. 6 general election went well, with good turnout and relatively short lines....more >>
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Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award helping rescue dogs

eader Editor Many stray dogs are going to be comfortable, safe and healthy until they can find loving homes thanks to the hard work and caring of Oxford Girl Scout Troop 13400. The girls did a service project for the K-9 Stray Rescue League in Oxford for which they collected 137 bundles of newspaper to be used at the kennel and donated a check for $682, all of which was derived from collecting returnable bottles and cans....more >>

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GHS boys hoops issues settled

Goodrich-The winds of speculation swirling around the embattled boys varsity basketball team may soon be calmed. In a written statement last week District Superintendent Scott Bogner announced that boys varsity basketball Head Coach Gary Barns and Coach Wayne Wilson are being placed on administrative leave for the 2012-2013 season and the district has hired interim coaches....more >>
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Casa Real donates $10K to turf

Downtown Oxford's popular Mexican restaurant Casa Real, owned by Alberto Pimentel, recently donated $10,000 to help pay off the debt for the blue turf that covers Oxford High School's football field....more >>
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Holiday packing

Brandon Twp.- Dozens of community members filled more than a hundred boxes with holiday cheer Nov. 12 in the Belle Ann Elementary gymnasium, although at first glance, it wasn't quite clear which holiday was being celebrated....more >>

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Brandon detective awarded

Police respond to dozens of domestic violence calls in Brandon Township every year. Each call, and each situation is different from the next and the end result of those calls varies wildly....more >>
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Rocking out to help orphanage in India

As fund-raiser for a friend's orphanage in India, Youth and Young Adult Worship Leader at Christ the King church, Evan Profant held a four band concert at Christ the King Nov. 9 called "November to Remember....more >>
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McCreery retires after 12 years as township clerk

Brandon Twp.- Jeannie McCreery celebrated her 35th wedding anniversary with husband Mike the same day she took office as the new township clerk— Nov. 20, 2000. A dozen years later, she is preparing to celebrate her 47th wedding anniversary, and will leave office the same day....more >>

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Goodrich reclassified from rural to urban

Goodrich- A shift in population means a change in funding for village roads. Due to an increase in population following the 2010 U.S. Census—the village changed from a rural community to an urban area....more >>
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Firearm deer season, a family affair for some

John Bradburn, 56, has been hunting in the Atlas Township area and other regions of Michigan for about 40 years. "Its been a family tradition that dates back many years," said Bradburn....more >>

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Computer ills? The Comp Doc comes to town

Groveland Twp.-A local company has expanded. Local businessman Joe Bommarito recently opened "The Comp Doc," a computer service and repair company. "Customers were constantly asking for assistance with their laptops, PCs and tablets," said Bommarito, owner of the Wireless Zone franchises of Ortonville and Frankenmuth....more >>

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Hegel Road closed for Downtown Christmas

By David Fleet Editor Santa Claus should find his arrival to Goodrich's Downtown Christmas, planned for 5-9 p.m., Dec. 6, a lot easier following Monday night's village council meeting....more >>
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Martian now Syracuse royalty

A 2009 Goodrich High School graduate, Chloe Slade, was recently selected to the 2012 Syracuse University Homecoming Court. The king and queen were voted from some of the more than 15,000 students who attend the Division I school located in central New York....more >>
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Army Major Jeff Jurard, at left, and Marine Major Steve West unfurl a flag flown in Afghanistan by Army Major Scott Mori for students at Cedar Crest Academy in Springfield Township. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Flag unfurled for veterans

Cedar Crest Academy commemorated Veterans Day with a flag ceremony conducted by veterans. "It's important to the kids to see real life example of veterans, and learn about flag etiquette," said Army Major Jeff Jurard....more >>

After vote, library cuts staff, hours

Now that the ballots have been counted, the newly established Clarkston Independence District Library will continue operating under a .691 mill rate. In light of the proposal's failure, the board is gearing up for another campaign for a 1....more >>

New supervisor gets up to speed

"I'm anxious to start!" said Supervisor-elect Pat Kittle who won 13,588 votes on Election Day even though he was running unopposed. Since the primary election in August, Kittle's been brushing up on municipal management and finding out firsthand what it takes to keep a township running....more >>
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Holiday crunch time at Lighthouse

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming fast, Lighthouse Emergency Services in Clarkston finds itself in need of help. "Fund raising has been a little slow I always get worried about this time of year," said Connie Stapleton, manager of Lighthouse on Sashabaw Road in Independence Township....more >>

Board ready to get to work

"I'm excited to get to work," said Trustee-elect Andrea Schroeder. After the board is sworn in on November 19, Schroeder will roll up her sleeves with Ron Ritchie, David Lohmeier, and Jose Aliaga who were also elected as trustees in the general election....more >>

73 percent voter turnout in Independence

In the general election last Tuesday, 73 percent of the 26,730 registered Independence Township voters cast ballots 6,009 voted absentee. The City of the Village of Clarkston's turnout was 70 percent; 197 of the 600 who voted casted absentee ballots....more >>

New face on City Council

While most of the members on the Clarkston City Council will remain the same, Carol Eberhardt is new to the council. In the general election, Eberhardt won 305 votes. Peggy Roth secured 237 votes, and Mike Sabol garnered 290 votes....more >>
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Rotarians raise their glasses

With the pop of a cork and the clink of glasses, the Rotary's annual "Taste for the Holidays" began at Bordine's nursery on November 1. Over 500 people arrived to sample foods from fourteen different restaurants and wines from ten countries....more >>
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Thank you, veterans!

Clarkston Elementary students welcomed and thanked local veterans last Friday. The fifth graders sang Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" while sharing their personal reasons why they are proud to be an American....more >>
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Shooting Stars

At the Expo

Businesses filled Clarkston High School to show off what they have to offer at the 26th annual Best of the Best Expo, Nov. 8. Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the exhibition, featuring health care, automobile, banking, technology, home care, and other goods and services....more >>
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Lunch and learning with veterans

Clarkston Junior High School students lined up to serve lunch to veterans at the Veterans Luncheon, Nov. 9, at American Legion Post 63 in Clarkston. The students, who are studying 20th century American history at the junior high, help out every year at the luncheon....more >>
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Celebrating Veterans Day with song

Kayla Sanders of Waterford provided stirring renditions of the National Anthem as well as a patriotic medley at American Legion Post 63's Veterans Day program, Nov. 11. "I sang here last year and they asked me back," said Sanders, a seventh grade student at Our Lady of the Lakes whose grandfather Frank Sanders is a member of Post 63....more >>

News Briefs

Planning Commission now two fewer

After a public hearing on Nov. 7, the City's Planning Commission voted unanimously to reduce their membership from 7 to 5. The approved amendment to Zoning Ordinance 129 was to go before the City Council for a first reading on Nov....more >>

Holiday trimmings

The Clarkston Farm and Garden Club plans to spread some holiday cheer. Volunteers will sell cut greens, fresh boxwood wreaths, roping, outdoor bundles for planters and table arrangements on Saturday, Dec....more >>

City, Wild Ones partner to stop phragmites

Clarkston City Council and Oakland County Wild Ones have partnered to form a Phragmites Subcommittee. They are meeting to take bids and make plans to tackle Phragmites, a tall reed-like invasive species....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Pappas announces 1998 will be his last" City Manager Art Pappas announced his intention to retire at the end of the year, and the city council should look for a replacement....more >>
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Born December 18th
1886: Ty (Tyrus Raymond) Cobb, American baseball player, first man to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1913: Willy Brandt, Mayor of Berlin and Chancellor of West Germany.
December 18th
in history
1941: Defended by 610 fighting men, the American-held island of Guam falls to more than 5,000 Japanese invaders in a three-hour battle.
1942: Adolf Hitler meets with Benito Mussolini and Pierre Laval.
1944: Japanese forces are repelled from northern Burma by British troops. Detachment 101 in Burma.
1951: North Koreans give the United Nations a list of 3,100 POWs.
1956: Japan is admitted to the United Nations.