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New twp. board takes the oath

Government officials must be sworn in before they can be sworn at. But seriously folks, Oxford Township's elected officials and deputies took the oath of office on Tuesday, Nov. 20....more >>


$368K grant sought for road work in village/twp.

Grants are a lot like the lottery you have to play to win. Well, the Village of Oxford has decided to play and the payoff could be $368,000 in federal monies to help reconstruct and widen W....more >>
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Taking home the turkey

David Curtis and daughter Kayleigh walk out of Lucky's Natural Foods in downtown Lake Orion carrying what will soon make a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. To see what others did to celebrate the upcoming holiday, see Page 40....more >>


Oxford Village looks to make geography part of bid process

A public hearing was set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 to see what citizens think of the Village of Oxford's proposal to give companies preferential treatment based on geography in their bidding processes....more >>
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Van Tassel takes her leave

Two days before Thanksgiving, Orion Township Supervisor JoAnn Van Tassel stepped down from public service, closing a 52-year long chapter in the life of someone Orion Township has come to look on as an institution....more >>
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Second Front

Women's Club celebrates 80 years

Working under the motto "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm," the Oxford Women's Club is celebrating 80 years of service to the North Oakland community. "I think it's incredible (to be celebrating 80 years), said OWC President Nancy Wray....more >>

Orion welcomes new supervisor

Chris Barnett is excited and optimistic about being the new Orion Township Supervisor. Barnett, who has been sitting on Orion's Planning Committee, was sworn in on Nov. 20. He said Orion's best days are still to come, and he points to the increase in development opportunities — residential, commercial, and industrial as evidence of the township's upward swing....more >>
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Emergency personnel get new radios

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Co-Editor Orion Township just got a little safer. Thanks to the introduction of a new type of radio system, named 800 Opensky, fire, medical and police officials will now have a greater degree of control over who they communicate with inside and outside the township....more >>


Village wants to know how much properties could fetch

Oxford Village officials have no definitive plans to sell any properties, but if they do, they want to know how much they could expect to receive for them. That's why council voted 4-0 at its Nov....more >>
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Choir unites for holiday themed performances

By Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer Lake Orion High School choirs will unite on Dec. 13 in the high school auditorium for their winter concert and silent auction, bringing together multiple levels of experience to perform holiday music as individual choirs and as a unified group....more >>


FISH to get $12K boost from local govt.

A local group that helps folks in need got a significant financial shot in the arm from Oxford Village and Township. On Nov. 13, the village council voted 4-0 to allocate $2,967 in 2013 federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for "emergency services," which means the money will most likely go to Oxford/Orion FISH given it's the only local group that fulfills that role....more >>

Lake Orion gears up for holiday season with the 2012 lighted parade

The holidays are nearly upon us and Lake Orion knows how to kick them off in style and in lights. The annual lighted parade is here again and festivities are expected to be better than ever....more >>
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Holiday market is almost here

Attention shoppers--only 34 days until Christmas. Have you got a gift for that special someone in your life yet? No? Well, you've still got time, and the Orion Art Center can help you bring home the smiles this Christmas....more >>

Senior Pages - Tips on how to cope with Alzheimer's stigma

Seventy-five percent of people with dementia and 64 percent of caregivers believe there are negative associations for those diagnosed with dementia in their countries, according to survey fielded by Alzheimer's Disease International and published today in the World Alzheimer Report 2012: Overcoming the Stigma of Dementia....more >>


Ladies Night Out!

With 125 tickets sold the Seventh Annual Oxford Chamber of Commerce Ladies Night Out. The theme was "Les Girls and Pearls" and it was another success. The event which was held at Paint Creek Country Club included a delicious dinner buffet, fashion show, silent auction, bigo games, door prizes, unique vendors, holiday shopping, and a 50/50 raffle....more >>

Senior Page - November is the month to remember Alzheimer's

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan, who was later diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, designated November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. President Bill Clinton named the week of Thanksgiving as a time to honor caregivers in 1997, and that has expanded to National Family Caregivers Month....more >>
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Holiday activities in downtown Orion

Gather with your neighbors in downtown Lake Orion to light the Community Christmas Tree on Wednesday, November 28, at 6:00 p.m. The tree will be set up across for CJs on Flint Street in downtown....more >>

Brief-Village intends to buy old senior center

The village received notification from Orion Township to vacate the Old Senior Center at 21 E. Church St. If interested the Village had the option to require the building at the cost of $1 as per a prior agreement....more >>

Brief-Raises for Sheriff and Township

The Orion Township Board of Trustees voted to approve a three-year contract with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, extending the current agreement through 2015. In sum, the Sheriffs will receive a 1....more >>

Brief-$200k contract goes to Lotus

Lotus Electric was awarded a contract to upgrade the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) sewer lift monitoring system at Monday's Twp. Board meeting. $199,849....more >>

Brief-New Thermal Cameras for Orion

The Orion Township Board of Trustees approved an appropriation of $35, 478.76 to purchase four new thermal imaging cameras, mobile and desk chargers along with an extended warranty....more >>


Deputies report objects thrown at moving vehicles

Brandon Twp.- Police need the community's help in solving a series of crimes that have occurred over the last six weeks in which objects are being thrown at moving vehicles. Two more incidents were reported Nov....more >>


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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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 >>


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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OCEF: 'Community at work'

More than 200 families assisted in Thanksgiving distribution

More than 13,600 items were donated to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund for the Thanksgiving distribution, helping to ensure that every family in the Brandon School District would have a holiday feast....more >>


School building shakedown

Recommendation:Belle Ann becomes alternative high school, Burt closes; forum 7 p.m., Monday

Brandon Twp.- If the school board follows the recommendation of Steve Gaynor, next year Oakwood and Harvey Swanson elementary schools will house all kindergarten through third grades as well as all preschool and latchkey programs, Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School will house all fourth, fifth and sixth grade classes, and Belle Ann Elementary will be repurposed as the alternative high school....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 >>


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 >>

Local family takes stand on teen suicide

Michael Allen was 16-years-old, a Boy Scout and a junior at Goodrich High School. He enjoyed being outdoors, riding quads, snowmobiles and Jet Skis, hunting, swimming and spending time with his animals....more >>


Finding facts in Brandon District

How much can the Brandon School District afford to pay its teachers? With wages the major sticking point in contract negotiations with the Brandon Education Association, the Brandon School Board has announced they will use "fact finding," a state process in which an administrative law judge will examine assertions from both district officials and the teachers' union, then provide a non-binding report on the findings in an effort to help the two sides reach agreement....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 >>


Township firefighters go off road

On Nov. 19 the Atlas Township Fire Department added an all-terrain vehicle to their fleet of firefighting equipment. Powered by a three cylinder Kabota engine, the tank style tracks are designed to cross rough, wet country to extinguish fires or conduct rescues....more >>


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 >>


Family Literacy Night at Oakwood Elementary

Brandon Twp.- It's all fun and games— until someone learns to read. Then it's all fun and games and more fun. On Nov. 13, during Family Literacy Night at Oakwood Elementary School, kindergarten students in Amy Poole's and Toni Schlaire's classrooms were all smiles as they played games and read books with their parents....more >>


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 >>


Interim varsity coach named at Goodrich

Former International Academy of Flint head coach and current Flint Powers assistant Tim Tenneriello has been hired as an interim coach for the Goodrich High School Varsity Basketball team's 2012-13 season....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 >>


Signing day for Martians players

Goodrich-Teammates this season—competitors next season. On Nov. 14 Martian girls basketball players Taylor Gleason and Aketra Sevillian signed national letters of intent. Taylor to the University of Illinois, and Aketra to Penn State University—both Big Ten Conference schools....more >>


Natural healing series at library

Brandon Twp.- Back to basics. The practice of medicine has evolved over thousands of years and healthcare continues to advance even quicker in more recent times. But a new natural healing series planned for the library over the coming months aims to help attendees get back to the roots of modern medicine....more >>


Christmas growing at Wojo's

Three times the Christmas. Wojo's Greenhouse, 2570 Oakwood Road, Ortonville has expanded their Christmas retail store to now include more classroom space along with a large display of holiday greenery in the main area of the facility....more >>
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Candy deco

Nate Fender, 9, decorates a gingerbread house for the holidays at Springfield Township Library, Nov....more >>
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Food for those in need

The shelves were getting low at the Army Reserve 919th Food Pantry in Saginaw, and Clarkston Junior High School students took the challenge to fill them. This year's annual food drive to help Operation Homefront was another success....more >>
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Think harvest for holiday meals

Joan Donnay, owner of Essence on Main, hopes you'll think local and organic when you prepare your holiday meals. Not only will local, seasonal foods have health benefits, but Donnay says they offer other advantages....more >>

Residents concerned about new development

Residents living on the southeast border of Independence Township, near Morgan Lake, were hoping to hit the green near their house, but those plans have landed in the rough. Instead of a subdivision built on a golf course, property owners Eagle Ridge LLC want to develop a residential community with open space on the 265-acre site....more >>
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Township board members say goodbye

"I leave with somewhat of a heavy heart and bittersweet feelings, but I think it's time," said Trustee Larry Rosso when he spoke of his 16 years of service at his last township board meeting on Nov....more >>
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New tree to keep memories alive

More than 100 friends and family of Mary Schulte gathered, Nov. 14, to give thanks for their teacher, colleague, friend, mother, and wife. "We're here to honor a very special woman," said Chris Turner, Independence Elementary principal....more >>

Turkey Time

Independence Township Seniors got an early taste of Thanksgiving during a luncheon on Nov. 14. Tables at the Carriage House off Clarkston Road were decorated with floral arrangements in festive orange and yellow colors....more >>
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Rotary Club gears up for holiday programs

Clarkston Rotarians and friends will be on Clarkston street corners selling Goodfellow newspapers to raise funds for local children, next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. All donations help to provide Clarkston area children with new winter boots and shoes, hats, mittens or gloves....more >>

City agrees to higher rent

To rent space at 3 E. Church St., Clarkston will have to pay a bit more. At their meeting on Nov. 13, the City Council agreed to a three-year lease of $18,000 with an annual increase of $750 for the first and second years....more >>
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Holiday trimmings

In preparation for their upcoming Greens Market, the Clarkston Farm and Garden Club got to work making birch candlesticks and gathering wreaths. Their Greens Market will be on Dec....more >>
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Crunchy construction

Kids in Springfield Township found out gumdrops, cinnamon dots, and lots of icing make for the perfect building materials for a gingerbread house. The Springfield Township Library invited youngsters to create the sugary shacks this past Saturday, Nov....more >>
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Kids go blue

North Sashabaw Elementary was a sea of blue on Nov. 14 as students and staff wore the color for Diabetes Awareness Day. Melanie Wilson, with the PTO and Alpha Club, explained it was the first year North Sashabaw did it....more >>
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Local 4-Hers win national honors

Michigan Horse Judging team members Emma Johnson of Clarkston, Alyssa Tomei of Ortonville, Meghan Webster of Waterford, and Lily Labovitz of Birmingham won top honors at 26th Annual Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, Nov....more >>
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A day for understanding disabilities

Fourth-grader Samantha Marshall typed out her name with a different type of keyboard last Friday. It typed in Braille and gave Marshall first hand knowledge of what people with visual limitations experience every day....more >>

News Briefs

Music for Toys for Tots

Oakland County Sportsmen's Club hosts its 13th Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive featuring continuous live music on two stages, starting at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2. The event features local musicians North Country Flier, Urban Nomads, Skee Brothers, Targus, Sieze, and 34Bliss....more >>

Madrigal Dinner

Clarkston High School Vocal Music performs the Third Annual Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner, Friday-Saturday, Dec. 14-15 at Harvestland Church, 5848 Clintonville Road. Seating begins at 6:30 p....more >>

Fireworks ordinance

An updated fireworks ordinance was adopted on Nov. 13 during the Independence Township board meeting. The new ordinance limits the days residents can set off consumer fireworks like roman candles and bottle rockets....more >>

Wireless Clarkston

As part of the Wireless Oakland Project, downtown Clarkston will soon have WiFi. Air Advantage, a company based in Frankenmuth, plans to install service in the City in Spring 2013....more >>

Ornaments good for environment

All are invited to "Deck the Trees," 2-4 p.m., Dec. 1, at All Saints and The Preserve Cemeteries, 4401 Nelsey Road in Waterford. Make environmentally-friendly ornaments with pine cones, peanut butter, bird seed, cereal, oranges, berries, and even stale bagels with cornmeal topped off by colorful ribbons....more >>

Safety Path Connection

Independence and Orion Townships are working together to connect safety paths along Maybee road. Independence's safety path follows Maybee road and ends at Blackberry Lane, 505 feet short of Orion's path on Rohr road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Hearing-impaired teen works her own miracles" Christy Sprengnether gives new meaning to the phrase "a fighting chance." Nearly deaf since she can remember, the petite Clarkston teenager goes uphill, not down, says her Lutheran High School Northwest drama coach Connie Cowper....more >>
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