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Lions, Leader team up to make Christmas merry for less fortunate

If you purchased this newspaper from a member of the Oxford Lions Club, then you've just helped make Christmas a little merrier for those less fortunate. The Oxford Leader donated 800 copies of this edition to the Lions Club, so its members could conduct their annual Goodfellows Newspaper sales on Friday, Nov....more >>
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Meet the Goodfellows

Even if the weather outside is frightful, Lake Orion's Goodfellows will make the Christmas holidays a little more delightful for the area's needy. This season marks the 45th year the Lake Orion Firefighters Goodfellows will be selling special editions of The Lake Orion Review throughout the community as well as taking donations to help those in need....more >>


Canadian owned Emterra takes over twp. garbage collection

Wednesday now pickup day, recycling key

Atlas Twp.- Not only has the waste collection day in the township changed, the company has, too. Emterra Environmental USA, a family owned and operated company, providing trash collection and recycling services to municipalities, residents, businesses and institutional customers has taken over the Wednesday collection of household refuse in the township....more >>


Community responds to proposed Brandon school building changes

Brandon Twp.- A public meeting Monday night in which district residents were invited to give input regarding the proposed closing of one school building and major changes to others drew less than 70 people, many of whom were district staff....more >>

Twp. adds two cops

Beginning in 2013, Oxford Township will be protected by two more police officers thanks to a millage increase approved by voters earlier this month. Last week, the township board voted 5-2 to add a deputy and patrol investigator to the Oakland County Sheriff's substation as part of a new three-year contract with the county law enforcement agency, beginning Jan....more >>

Village elections move to Nov.

Did you know elections for Lake Orion Village Council members and other village officials are held in September? The September vote often leads to low voter turnout, of 10 percent or less....more >>
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Kick off Christmas season downtown

Tree lighting Nov. 30, parade Dec. 1

Folks looking to get into the Christmas spirit will have plenty of opportunities to do so this weekend in downtown Oxford, so there's no excuse to be a Grinch or a Scrooge this year....more >>
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Running for a cause

By Katelyn Winkler Special to the Review Following the death of Timothy and Joshua Schrauger in 2007, their cross country and track and field teammates put together a memorial 5k, which has taken place annually ever since....more >>


Rock Our World: Brandon students go global

Brandon Twp.- Students in two classes here shared an extraordinary school day Nov. 16 with students around the world. "Are you ready to go global?" asked district music teacher Mike Medvinsky to students gathered in the ITEC (Instructional Technology Exploration and Collaboration) Center....more >>
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Martin leaving DDA, Oxford

She's only been with Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) since July 2011, but in that short time Maria Martin has made a huge impact and earned the respect of many in the community....more >>
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Village to reacquire Church Street church

A trip to Europe can be like stepping back in time, when walking past the town pub is also walking past a building that has stood for hundreds of years. Being the frontier-founded country it is, the United States does not have the same degree of longevity and old buildings are often torn down to make way for the new....more >>


On the move: Marr Chiropractic

HydroMassage technology, new township office

Brandon Twp.-New location. New massage alternative. After more than 10 years south of Ortonville—Marr Chiropractic has moved north about 2 miles to 70 Ortonville Road in the Little Lake Narrin Plaza....more >>

New OCTV shows offer variety

Say the words 'public access television' and most folks conjure up images of boring government meetings. But Oxford Community Television (OCTV) knows there's more to local programming than simply broadcasting officials droning on about minutiae for hours upon hours....more >>
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Orion's Camp Agawam takes a rest

Effective January 1, Boy Scout Camp Agawam will close its gates. That's the bad news. The good news is that the camp will not be sold and very well could return to operation. Due to declining participation and funding, officials from the Great Lakes Council reluctantly made the decision to consolidate scout camps back in September....more >>


Village council recognizes Bob Flath

After 35 years, a well-known member of the community is moving on. Bob Flath came to Ortonville in 1977 to make his home and a living as the village photographer—capturing area residents and events on film and then digitally as technology changed....more >>

New trash hauler for village

Rates stay same, Friday new collection day starting Dec. 14

Oxford Village has a new trash hauler rolling through its neighborhoods and soon it will have a new collection day. The Sterling Heights-based Rizzo Environmental Services is now collecting all the waste and recyclable materials from households and businesses alike....more >>
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Repeat offender flees Lake Orion Police in high speed chase, arrested inside of Pontiac

A 19-year-old Pontiac resident fled Lake Orion Police and was later arrested in Pontiac with help from a K9 unit on Nov. 26. Dante D. Rush was arraigned in front of District Judge Marie Soma on Nov....more >>


'My Best Friend Goldie'

'The book is about me and my success with autism and how my chickens helped me with that.'

Brandon Twp.- Sharon Bergman knew there was something different about her child even before daughter Alair was born. Sharon's pregnancy consisted of nine months of bedrest and in Alair's infancy, she was unable to settle, would cry herself blue in the car, vomited frequently and couldn't sleep without being held....more >>

Twp. health care contribution stays at 5 percent

Oxford Township once again opted out of a state law regarding the funding of health care benefits for elected officials and public employees. Instead, the three elected officials and six employees will continue to pay 5 percent next year as they did this year....more >>
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Welcome to the new Township Board

Township officials took the oath of office on Nov. 20. From left, front, Treasurer Mark Thurber, Supervisor Chris Barnett and Clerk Penny Shults. In the back, from left, is Trustee Neal Porter, Mike Flood, Donni Steele, and John Steimel....more >>
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Addison gets new fire truck for Christmas

Jerry Morawski must have been a very good boy this year because Santa Claus brought him an early Christmas present last week a brand new, shiny red fire truck. This is no Tonka; it's the real thing, complete with working hoses and flashing lights....more >>


Film festival seeks entrants ADDISON TOWNSHIP Kingsbury Country Day School's Film Festival 2013 is the second annual short film and video competition open to all students in fifth through eighth-grades....more >>

Brief - OCCCC sees a member resign

Councilmember David Churchill was a member of the Orion Community Cable Communication Commission until Nov. 26 when his resignation was accepted with regrets at the Village Council meeting....more >>

Brief - Holiday shopping event is a go

The Lake Orion DDA plans on holding a holiday shopping event on Dec. 8 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The group was requesting permission to use the Village streets for horse drawn carriage rides through the Village....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 >>
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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 >>

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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Canadian owned Emterra takes over twp. garbage collection

Wednesday now pickup day, recycling key

Atlas Twp.- Not only has the waste collection day in the township changed, the company has, too. Emterra Environmental USA, a family owned and operated company, providing trash collection and recycling services to municipalities, residents, businesses and institutional customers has taken over the Wednesday collection of household refuse in the township....more >>
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Front page

A tree for Christmas

Nora and Freda Prastitis feel the needles while deciding on a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving at Rattalee Lake Tree Farm in Independence Township. See page 26 for more pictures of folks....more >>

City cautious about seismic survey

A letter requesting permission to complete a seismic survey piqued Clarkston's curiosity, but that curiosity wasn't enough for the city council to allow the test. "We don't know enough about it," said Mayor Joe Luginski....more >>

Fill bus with food for Lighthouse

For the next two Sundays a big, yellow Clarkston school bus will be parked at the Kroger on Sashabaw Road, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. It is the ninth annual Stuff-a-Bus sponsored by the Clarkston Community Schools Transportation Department....more >>

Residents debate library mill rate

"If it was all going to the library, I would have voted for it," said Independence Township resident Leonard Graunstadt. On Nov. 6, he didn't vote in favor of the Clarkston Independence District Library's ballot measure for a 1....more >>
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Trees for Christmas

The hunt is on - not for the perfect present - but the perfect Christmas tree to decorate and gather around for the holidays. Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes can be found at Rattalee Lake Tree Farm, located at Rattalee Lake and Reese Roads....more >>
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'Raise your right hand'

"We promise to work our tails off for you," said Supervisor Pat Kittle after taking the oath of office led by Judge Kelly Kostin on Nov. 19. Independence Township Hall was full of citizens who applauded as Clerk Barb Pallotta, Treasurer Paul Brown, and Trustees David Lohmeier, Andrea Schroeder, Ron Ritchie, and Jose Aliaga were sworn in....more >>

Changes coming for Building Department

Independence Township's Building Department will see some changes in the coming year. Employees in the Building Department previously reported to former Superintendent Bart Clark; however, they may soon answer to Director David Belcher....more >>
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Downtown holiday shopping

From sweet treats and stocking stuffers, shops in downtown Clarkston have rolled out festive favorites for the busy shopping season. Theo Morgan of Essence on Main said custom gift baskets make great presents, while Tammy Darr of Clarkston Travel pointed out, "you can always give the gift of travel....more >>
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Free Art Fridays in downtown Clarkston

A band of local artists has been responsible for the placement of art in downtown Clarkston recently. They place small and large paintings, portraits, and other works of art in trees, planters, light poles, and anywhere else they can think of....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Andersonville Target-ed for new books

Andersonville Elementary students have more books to add to their favorites list. The media center received 135 new books after being awarded a $500 grant from Target Corporation....more >>
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Poem places in top 10 nationally

A poem written by Aalayna Green of Clarkston, daughter of Tara Green, was selected from thousands of entries from around the country as one of the 10 best in her grade division. "When I write I am inspired by my imagination and whatever book I'm reading," Aalayna Green said....more >>

News Briefs

No sign for Everest

Everest Academy hoped to put up a 116 square foot sign advertising their school on I-75, but the Independence Township Zoning Board of Appeals did not approve their request, made on Nov....more >>

Oil drilling plan

According to Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle, "Jordan [Exploration] is seeking to get on our Dec. 18 meeting agenda." The oil and gas exploration company out of Traverse City wants to present a plan to extract oil from within the township....more >>

Local skaters in show

The Lakeland Skating Program's "The Grinch On Ice" features several Clarkston performers, including Madison Dryden, 10, who plays the Grinch's Heart. Other soloists from Clarkston include Isabel Holloway, 10, as the Little Grinch and Erica Murrell, 12, as Cindy Lou Who....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Drug use still above national averages." A survey conducted by Western Michigan University revealed alcohol use among eight- and twelfth-graders had dropped for the survey done two years prior....more >>
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1920: Cyril Cusack, Irish actor.
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1950: North Korean and Chinese troops halt a UN offensive. To the Yalu and back.
1957: President Eisenhower suffers a minor stroke.
1975: Lynette Squeaky Fromme is found guilty of an attempt on President Gerald Ford's life.
1979: Oil deposits equaling OPEC reserves are found in Venezuela.
1982: Yasuhiro Nakasone is elected the 71st Japanese prime minister.