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Come closer, I want to pet you!

Oxford resident Amelia Martin, 17 months, stretches her wee arm out in an attempt to pet the reindeer grazing in Centennial Park following Saturday's Christmas parade in downtown Oxford....more >>
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Lake Orion lights up the night

The Village of Lake Orion and their DDA kicked off the holiday season in style with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Local politicians and business people spoke before the tree sparked to life, Mrs....more >>

NOTA looks at charging for rides

In order to avoid taking vehicles off the road next year, the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) is considering doing something it's never done before charging for rides....more >>
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Long Lake takes the plunge

Long Lake is full of water, but residents along the lake are about to get a whole lot more. Plans are now being prepared to extend close to 10,000 feet of water main along the eastern side of Lapeer Rd, the south side of Indian Lake Rd, and then into the subdivisions of Long Lake Woods and the Estates of Long Lake....more >>
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Baldwin may widen

Public Meeting slated for Dec. 11, 4-7 p.m.

Orion Township commuters will have their say at an upcoming public hearing about the perennially-proposed widening of Baldwin Road in southern Orion Township. A green light for the proposal would mean the road could eventually be widened from Morgan Road to Indianwood Rd....more >>

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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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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 >>

Village accepts $345K offer to buyout AT&T lease

A deal that will make Oxford Village's water fund much more liquid was approved 4-1 by council last week. Council accepted a proposal from Black Dot Capital & Real Estate Group, based in Mission Viejo, California, to buyout the village's existing lease agreement with AT&T Wireless for the cellular service antenna it has located high atop the municipal water tower on S....more >>
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Meet the Mindstorm Maniacs

Blanche Sims would like you to meet their eight new champions. The champs are from a team called the Mindstorm Maniacs. On November 17, these maniacs visited Sterling Heights to take part in their first LEGO competition and returned victorious, placing first in robot programming excellence....more >>

Polly Ann part of proposed Belle Isle-to-Wisconsin trail

Physically active folks are used to traveling the Polly Ann Trail to get around Oxford, Addison and Orion townships. But imagine being able to hop on the local trail and hike or bike as far north as the Wisconsin border or as far south as Detroit....more >>
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Orion Township preserves its history

Orion Township is doing something to preserve its history and the evidence can be seen at Friendship Park at the corner of Clarkston Road and Baldwin. The site of the old Porritt Barn, a 1920s barn that was moved to the park in 2000, will soon get a bit more crowded when two more historic structures are reassembled at the park....more >>

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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 >>

OES LEGO team heading to state tournament

The team's name is "Technical Difficulties," but that's the last thing it experienced as these Oxford Elementary students earned a spot in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state championships....more >>
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Lake Orion teen's design wins at Michigan's DNR

By Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer With Thanksgiving having just passed, the timing was appropriate when Lake Orion High School freshman Lauren Gamboa was announced as the winner of the 2013 Michigan Wild Turkey Cooperator Patch Contest....more >>

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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 >>

Petitioners seek outdoor seating; village already allows it

There seems to be a rather large number of folks in Oxford who are under the impression that outdoor seating is not allowed in front of downtown restaurants. Well, it's simply not true, and village officials want people to know it....more >>

Sheriff's contract renewed

The Oakland County Sheriff Department's new three-year contract is a winner for both taxpayers and law enforcement. Approved by the Orion Township Board of Trustees on Nov 19, the new contract calls for a small 1....more >>

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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 >>

Rezoning request boils down to future flexibility

A company doesn't manage to stay in business for 107 years without keeping an eye toward the future. That's exactly what's behind the M.D. Hubbard Spring Company's request to rezone its 595 S....more >>
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Coffee Angel brings hope for the holidays

Angels appear to many people but rarely do they come bearing coffee. At St. Joseph Hospital, an Orion man has become known at the Coffee Angel for his acts of kindness to those who need a little comfort....more >>

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'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 >>
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Graves celebrates 90th at First Baptist

By Samantha Kraska Leader Intern Gladys Graves has experienced 90 birthdays but judging by her tearful reaction, the one she celebrated on Sunday Dec. 2 at the First Baptist Church of Oxford was the most surprising....more >>
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Here's my list, Santa Claus!

Following Saturday's Christmas parade through downtown Oxford, the kiddies lined up in Centennial Park to tell the one and only Santa Claus what they hoped to see under the tree and in their stockings....more >>
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Mmmm . . . soup!

The Oxford Downtown Development Authority hosted its annual Holiday Celebration Friday....more >>

Fear no Little Monsters

Looking for a unique, local, and inexpensive gift? Little Monsters has items like you've never imagined, and with prices ranging from a low 25 cents to $200, Little Monsters will satisfy every budget....more >>

Brief - Citizen of the Year Awarded

The Orion Area Parade Group awarded the Citizen of the Year Award to Robert Hollenbeck. For his constant and dedicated service to the Orion community, Hollenbeck received a plaque and presided as the Grand Marshall of the Lighted Parade....more >>

Brief - Tax abatement for HiLite

The Orion Township Board approved a tax abatement for incoming HiLite International, who will locate their research and development facility at 250 Kay Industrial Drive. HiLite requested and will receive a five year tax abatement for ad valorem taxes on up to five percent on $3....more >>

Brief - Township retains Health Care

On Dec. 3, Orion Township discussed employee health care insurance. The board considered alternate plans and voted to remain with current insurance provider Priority Health, despite an impending premium increase of nearly 31 percent....more >>

Brief - Senior Center removes annual fee

The Orion Township Board of Trustees entertained a presentation from the Senior Advisory Council at the Dec. 3 meeting. Based on the Council's recommendation, the Twp. Board voted unanimously to waive the Senior Center annual fee....more >>

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Christmas on the move!

Everyone who attended Oxford's parade on Saturday is guaranteed to have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tapped danced with Danny Kaye....more >>
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Lighting up the streets with a lighted parade

Orion's lighted parade kicked off on Dec. 1 much to the delight of Orion residents and their youngins. The parade was bigger and better than ever, according to Bill Kokenos of the Orion Area Parade Group, with bands from all over Metro Detroit, tons of floats, representatives from across Orion and treats and goodies for anyone who visited the local businesses, some of which stayed open late to accommodate the event....more >>
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Holly Jolly Folly brings charity and celebration together

A standing room-only crowd was on hand at Golling's Buick GMC on Nov. 30. Orion Area Parade Group President Bill Kokenos said the event was the best and busiest yet, raising over $15,000....more >>

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Goodrich Council to consider village property sale

Goodrich-The council is expected to decide the future of a handful of village owned parcels at Monday night's meeting. In 2011 the village council accepted seven 100-by-200 parcels of property on Tara Court, located just east of State Road and north of Hegel Road....more >>

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Changes coming to Brandon School District in 2013

Brandon Twp.- The school board unanimously approved recommended changes to buildings in the district during a special Dec. 3 meeting. Steve Gaynor of the Michigan Association of School Boards confirmed the recommendation he originally made to the board two weeks previously and then presented during a public forum on Nov....more >>
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Christmas comes to Oxford!

In Oxford, the official start of the holiday season is marked by the annual Christmas parade, which always rolls through the downtown area on the first Saturday of December. Elaborate floats, cute animals, festive costumes and of course, Santa and Mrs....more >>

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Gas detector purchased with Enbridge grant

Groveland Twp.-The township fire department recently added one more safety tool in its arsenal thanks to Canadian energy distribution company Enbridge, Inc. Enbridge donated $1,000 to the township fire department for gas detectors through a grant they administer through the Safe Community Program....more >>

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Community pride with a few Christmas lights

Atlas Township resident and Back-to-the-Bricks founder Al Hatch is spearheading an effort to light up area communities through the Genesee County Festival of Lights competition. "We are encouraging businesses and residents to decorate for Christmas," said Hatch, who will present the competition to the Goodrich Village Council at 7 p....more >>

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New in town: Michigan Alpaca Market & More

Groveland Twp.- Looking for a unique gift made locally? Michigan Alpaca Market & More offers a wealth of fiber products made from animals kept right here in the community. Judy Petrovich opened the store at 1305 N....more >>
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Brandon settles with Enbridge

Brandon Twp.- For most of 2012, township officials challenged Enbridge plans to replace the Line 6B petroleum pipeline, part of which runs through the township. Since the debate commenced here in the spring, there have been multiple meetings with attorneys, a violated woodlands ordinance by the multi-billion dollar company, a work stoppage ordered by the township, requests for higher safety standards that went unheeded, retractions of those requests, legal wrangling, untold fees incurred and concerns voiced from residents over environmental impact and damage to personal property resulting from planned construction, as well as the delay of it....more >>

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'It's the hardest thing ever'

Chasing the Dragon: Anti-drug presentation at BHS

Brandon Twp.- Two months ago, a local teacher's daughter died of a heroin overdose. "It's the hardest thing ever," says the teacher simply. The pain of losing her child will prevent her from reading a page from her daughter's journal which she had hoped to do during the anti-drug presentation, "Chasing the Dragon," set for noon, Dec....more >>

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Gordonwood: Closed Groveland township camp sold

Groveland Twp.- At one time Gordonwood Camp and Conference Center was open year-round, attracting thousands to lakes, rolling woodlands and trails. The 170-acre camp, located at 669 Grange Hall Road, about a mile west of M-15, was owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan for about 50 years, but was closed about six years ago due to a slow economy....more >>

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A. Pauluzzi Pizza—a taste of gourmet

Brandon Twp."It's not the same old pizza." That's how John Stewart, owner of A. Pauluzzi Pizza, 5500 Oak Hill Road, describes his product—created from a long family tradition. "We listen to our customers and get it right," said Stewart, who opened the pizza eatery this fall....more >>

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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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Holiday spirits

HOLIDAY SPIRITS: From left, Stephanie Wolf Hull, Jeremy Hull, Jackie Hooper, and Shana Wirth enjoy some vino at the Cheers for the Holidays wine tasting in Clarkston Mills, Nov. 27....more >>

City sees the light in sign law

Downtown businesses' "open" signs can now be lit legally. The Clarkston City Council adopted a sign ordinance allowing internally illuminated signs, voting 3-2, November 26....more >>
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Safety search

Clarkston Junior High Principal Adam Kern and other school staff check students' belongings, Monday, as a precaution after a bomb threat the previous Friday. Oakland County Sheriff's K9 units searched the school on Friday after the threat was found written on a bathroom stall....more >>
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Township seeks bids for Brady Lodge preservation

With its familiar teal top towering above the trees in Baycourt park, the Brady lodge is a well-recognized landmark in Independence Township, but it needs some TLC. "The physical presence of this building is remarkable," said Ron Campbell a preservation architect, who presented on the Brady Lodge, its history, and its potential for restoration at the board of trustees meeting on November 27....more >>

Lights in motion at parade

Expect even the lights to move at the 2012 Holiday Lights Parade this weekend. "The theme is 'Lights that Move, Tunes that Grove,' which emphasizes moving lights and music," said Kyle Hughes, advisor for Clarkston High School's Team RUSH, which is organizing the parade....more >>
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Sticky situation

A tank truck takes on a load of medical-grade glue from an overturned rig on northbound I-75 at Sashabaw Road, Nov. 28. The truck crashed at about 5 a.m. Traffic backed up for miles as emergency and hazmat teams treated the driver, who was taken to McLaren Oakland, and clean up diesel spilled from the truck's fuel tanks....more >>

Belcher back on duty

Belcher regains duties by Mary Keck After a 6-1 vote, Building Director David Belcher now has staff reporting directly to him. Previously, employees within the Building Department were supervised by former superintendent Bart Clark....more >>

HR director axed

Human Resources Director Carol Gabris will no longer serve Independence Township now that the board voted unanimously to eliminate her position and return HR duties to Supervisor Pat Kittle....more >>
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Experience reason for season at Express

For Bridgewood Church's Christmas Story Express, a live Nativity is just one part of the experience. "We have scenes all the way around the property (about 10 acres)," said Associate Pastor Darin Loruss, organizing the event....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Interwoven plots in junior high play

Chaos is taking over The New Leaf Greenhouse in Clarkston Junior High School's upcoming performance of "Archie and the Wallflower." "The play itself is interesting," said Mitchell Thompson....more >>

Clarkston native takes reins at Independence substation

Lt. Dirk Feneley, new commander of Independence Township Substation, is back in his hometown. "This is always what I've wanted to do, my whole career," said Feneley, in his 33rd year with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office....more >>
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A Goodfellow

Barry Hranach braves a chilly Friday morning at Main and Washington streets, offering Goodfellows newspapers for Clarkston Rotary's Shoes for Kids program. Rotarians and volunteers will distribute shoes, boots, hats, and other clothing to children in need at the Dec....more >>
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Showcase a hit for SCAMP

Clarkston SCAMP raised $30,000 at their first Holiday Designer Showcase on Nov. 24, said SCAMP's Donna Clancy. "I can't thank Forrest Milzow enough for allowing us to take over his home for several weeks to display the creative designs from Clarkston Community Historical Society, d'avignon interiors, Feather Your Nest, Frank and Me, Front Door Designs, Stephanie Harmon, Heart of the Home Interiors, Jennifer Crabtree Design, KH Home, MG Designs, Plum Hollow Design Studio, Union General Boutique and Cupcakery, Christmas Décor by Erdodi Maintenance, Rattalee Lake Tree Farm, Bev Brown, Jan Lawrance, and Diane Clark," Clancy said....more >>
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Successful hunt

Joshua Deatherage of Clarkston took a 9-point buck during firearms deer season opening day in the woods up north, Nov....more >>
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Final delivery

Postal carrier Diane Pless served the Clarkston area delivering mail for the past 27 years. When she retired on Nov. 30, neighbors in the Green Acres subdivision in Clarkston invited her to stop by one last time, this time for cookies, cards, and gifts....more >>
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Toys for music

Music fans rocked Oakland County Sportsmen's Club and filled tables with toys for Marine Toys for Tots, Dec. 2. The club hosts the event every year to collect toy donations for low-income families in the area, and enjoy live music by local bands North Country Flier, Urban Nomads, Skee Brothers, Targus, Sieze, and 34Bliss....more >>
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Cheers to a good cause

Clarkston residents got a taste of the holidays a little early during the Easter Seals Michigan and Rudy's Market Cheers for the Holidays event. From Sauvignon Blancs to brown ale brews, salmon, and meatballs, locals were treated to a flavorful evening at Clarkston Mills Mall on Nov....more >>

News Briefs

Township on demand

Residents can view township meetings at their convenience now that they are available on demand. According to Independence TV Program Manager Joe Barnhart, all board of trustees, zoning board of appeals, planning commission, and district library board meetings will be made available within about 48 hours from the day they are recorded....more >>

Public Hearing on Library's Millage

Would Clarkston Village residents pay higher taxes than township citizens if voters approve a 1.25 mill rate? Why will the library's mill rate be on the ballot again in 2014? The Clarkston Independence District Library currently levies ....more >>

Candle lighting

Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home of Clarkston hosts its annual Holiday Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Clarkston Community Church, 6300 Clarkston Road....more >>

Donate food at Stuff-a-bus

Stuff-a-bus returns this Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Kroger off Sashabaw and Maybee Roads. It is the ninth annual Stuff-a-Bus sponsored by the Clarkston Community Schools Transportation Department for the Lighthouse North....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Dancer's will close its doors" A Clarkston business is closing shop, but this time it's not downtown. Dancer's Inc., a Michigan retail business for 113 years, has announced it will discontinue operations....more >>
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