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An old-fashioned tree lighting in Leonard

The spirit of Norman Rockwell is alive, well and thriving in the Village of Leonard. On Saturday night, members of the small community, young and old, gathered at downtown's Rowland Hall for the official lighting of the village's Christmas tree....more >>
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Winter sports have arrived

The Dragons basketball team began their season with a couple dominating victories last week, with wins over Lapeer East and norther rivals, the Oxford Wildcats. On Dec. 4, the game against Lapeer East, which ended 85 to 31, saw seniors Chaz Miller put away 16, Connor Stalions netted 14 and Jeremy King score 12 points....more >>

Oxford's first charter school OKed

Deerfield Academy to open in Sept. 2013

Oxford is about 10 months away from an historic first. That's when Deerfield Academy, the community's first charter public school, will begin educating students on the 320-acre campus of Crossroads for Youth, a 61-year-old nonprofit organization that helps troubled children and teenagers learn how to succeed in life....more >>

NOTA may charge 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 >>

Board gives 2 percent raises to 36 employees

Based on a recommendation from Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Dr. William Skilling, 36 "at-will" school employees will each receive 2 percent pay raises come the first of the year....more >>

Orion reacts to salary increase

Opinions run the gamut

"I don't think they are paying him enough to do the job that he does." So said Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults. She was referring to the recent increase placed on the Orion Township supervisor's position....more >>

Orion Center to drop membership fees

The new Orion Center was finished in April, but attendance and membership at the new senior citizen center fell dramatically. At a Dec. 3 Orion Township meeting, the Orion Senior Advisory Committee (OSAC) presented their findings for senior attendance to the new Orion Center, and the numbers were not good....more >>
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Three generations of Eagle Scouts in one family

Having one Eagle Scout in the family is very impressive. Having three generations of Eagle Scouts in one family is downright astounding and definitely worthy of note. On Monday night, Oxford High School junior Spencer Christen formally received his Eagle Scout badge and medal, making him the third generation and fourth person in his family to achieve this distinct honor....more >>
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Lake Orion singers go to states

By Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer Four Lake Orion students will have an opportunity next month to perform in a state honor choir concert. Seniors Alexander Capasso and Evan Thurwachter, junior Olivia Demmers and sophomore Alexis Sargent, all members of the Lake Orion High School choir program, have been busy preparing for Jan....more >>
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Cops care with 'Shop with a Hero'

The holidays are a time for giving and the Lake Orion Police Department is doing their part too. On Dec. 13, the LOPD will gather with other emergency personnel, FBI and soldiers to give kids at the Oxford Meijer a shopping day they won't soon forget....more >>

Oxford FD needs paid-on-call personnel

Whenever there's a fire, medical emergency or car crash, folks immediately call the Oxford Fire Department for help. Well, now it's time to return the favor as the department is the one asking for help....more >>
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Where's the beef? It's at Montana's

Carnivores rejoice for there's a new place in Oxford to satisfy your natural craving for protein in all its juicy, tender and succulent glory. On Monday, Montana's Rib & Chop House officially opened for business at 700 N....more >>

Baldwin may grow, go to church

If funding is lined up, Baldwin Road may be the site of a lane expansion in the near future, but already the project has stirred up concern. Gary Rutledge, Chairman of the Elders for Gingellville Community Church, spoke to the Orion Township Board of Trustees at their Dec....more >>

Folks come together to improve Addison park

Good things happen when folks work together. A perfect example can be found in Addison where scouts, volunteers, local companies and government officials combined their efforts and resources to improve a public recreation facility by adding a parking lot....more >>
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Love those Lions!

Members of the Oxford Lions Club visited Oxford Middle School and Lakeville Elementary last week to do some heavy-lifting. They collected boxes and boxes filled to the brim with canned goods and other nonperishable food items to be distributed to local families and individuals in need as part of the club's annual Christmas basket program....more >>
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Genesee Valley Gold & Silver comes to Oxford

After having eight successful stores, Don Trout, owner of Genesee Valley Gold & Silver, decided to open a ninth at 40 N. Washington St. in downtown Oxford. "The reason we went into Oxford is because we saw there is a need for the services," explained Jim Slater, marketing specialist for Genesee Valley Gold & Silver....more >>

Township tries to avoid insurance rate hike

After learning that employee health insurance premiums were to rise by 31 percent, Orion Township officials sought to make some decisions to find lower rates. Current provider, Priority Care HSA, projected the increase....more >>

Briefs

Thursday will remain trash day Oxford Village residents will continue to have their garbage and recyclables collected on Thursdays as they have been for years. The village's new trash hauler, the Sterling Heights-based Rizzo Environmental Services, was planning to make Friday the new collection day beginning later this month, but apparently, that plan's been nixed, according to village Manager Joe Young....more >>

Brief- New DPW radios

The current set of DPW radios will no longer function as of Jan.1 when the FCC "narrow-banding" of all radio systems takes place in Orion Township and elsewhere. Because of this, Lake Orion's Village Manager requested the purchase of two new radios with two-way capability....more >>

Brief- New Year's Resolution Run

During Monday's Village Council meeting, Lake Orion's Downtown Development Authority requested streets close briefly on Jan. 1 for the New Year's Resolution Run - a 5K and 2.5K run/walk that takes place every year in the downtown area....more >>

Brief - Modetz collects sweaters for vets

The Modetz Family Funeral Homes are collecting new or gently used sweaters, sweatshirts, warm hats, gloves or mittens to be given to veterans in the VA Hospital and to the homeless veterans sheltered at the Michigan Veterans Foundation in Detroit....more >>

Grubb bags first buck

Dylan Grubb, 15, bagged his first buck on Thanksgiving morning in Escanaba. The Oxford High School sophomore shot an eight-point that dressed out at 140 pounds. Grubb shot the beast with his ....more >>
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Pearl Harbor honored

Veterans from Orion, Oxford and elsewhere gathered at Oxford American Legion Building on Drahner Road to commemorate the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Stories were shared, songs were sung, dances were danced and somber ceremonies were held, ensuring another generation will remember the 71-year old tragedy....more >>
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Seniors get a Christmas

Seniors at the Lake Orion Nursing Center got a visit from the Lions of Lake Orion last Wednesday, and they were bearing gifts. Seniors received a wide variety of gifts and free pizza....more >>

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Consumers phase II in January

Brandon Twp.- Several hundred township residents will be receiving invitations in the mail next month, giving many a cause for possible celebration. Consumers Energy will be mail letters in January to more than 600 residences, inviting homeowners to a Jan....more >>
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Remembering a date that will live in infamy

December 7, 1941. Before Congress and the world, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared it to be "a date which will live in infamy." His now-famous words followed the dastardly sneak attack perpetrated by the Japanese Empire on Pearl Harbor, a U....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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Reid Elementary 2nd grade:Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, How are you doing? I hope you have fun this year delivering presents. And thanks for the P.S.P. last year. May I please have an iPod? F.Y.I. You will see the rest of my list on Christmas....more >>

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The 'City' of Goodrich? Council will consider plan

Since Goodrich incorporated as a village in 1957, there have been three attempts to dissolve its government, about a half dozen recalls of village council members, and most recently a failed detachment vote of three subdivisions to the township....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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Christmas heroes deliver

Brandon Twp.- Counted among Paul Vassal's favorite Christmas traditions are two he does as a township firefighter— delivering fresh fruit to area group home residents, and shopping with under privileged children....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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Martian senior Pasadena bound

Goodrich-It's coming up roses for one marching Martian. Tricia Harris, 17, a GHS senior, will join about 300 high school musicians nationwide as part of the Bands of America Honor Band performing in the 124th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, Jan....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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Banners considered for Goodrich downtown

The village may soon be a banner community. For more than a year the Goodrich/Atlas Township Chamber of Commerce has been considering coordinating an effort to display on banners the names of area businesses on light poles in the downtown area of Goodrich....more >>

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Enbridge starts work before twp. deal is completed

Brandon Twp.- Bill Dinnan ordered Enbridge, the company who plans to replace the Line 6B petroleum pipeline, and its subcontractors to stop work in September after they leveled dozens of trees in the township in violation of a woodlands ordinance....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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Happy pets are cared for pets

Scruffy to Fluffy Pet Salon, located in Pet Supplies "Plus," 22 N. Ortonville Road, Ortonville is owned by Melissa Groeneveld and Jeff Aube and provides a host of grooming services for pets....more >>

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Brandon firefighters to vote on IAFF union

Brandon Twp.- A January election will determine whether full-time firefighters here become a union department. Terry Chesney, secretary-treasurer for the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union, a division of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), said he was approached in October by township firefighters interested in learning about the IAFF and what the process was to join....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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Christmas Wishes

Jovona Manni shares some Christmas ideas with Mrs....more >>

Fewer sewer fees please

Clarkston citizens were supposed to see their sewer rates reduced in November 2011, but they're still paying $97 each quarter, and some residents are asking why their rates are so high....more >>

Reforms unwanted

Local school officials leery about state bills

School officials are taking action as state legislators in Lansing consider several education bills. Before the "lame duck" session ends this month, politicians are deliberating House Bill 6004 and Senate Bill 1358, to expand the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), and House Bill 5923....more >>
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Holiday Lights Parade

Families filled downtown Clarkston for the Holiday Lights Parade, Dec....more >>
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Office assistant hired fulltime

When you dial the supervisor's office, Kittle may not answer the phone, but callers likely won't go straight to voicemail. As promised during the campaign, Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle waived his employment benefits enabling him to hire an Administrative Assistant....more >>
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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 >>

Springfield plans

Springfield Township heads into the new year with a new three-year budget. "Revenue is down a little and state share revenue is higher than projected overall, revenue is up a little," said Supervisor Collin Walls....more >>
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Township treasurer says out with the old

From a commercial refrigerator and grill to a pickup truck and computers, Independence Township has identified items that aren't in use and could be sold or repurposed. Currently, department directors are charged with finding ways to get rid of extra assets, but "it's hard for them to take time away from their responsibilities to try and figure out how much money I should get for this item and how should I sell it," said Treasurer Paul Brown....more >>

Aliaga out for 30 days, will waive pay

Township Trustee Jose Aliaga plans to spend the holidays in Peru. He flew South on Monday and will not be back to Independence Township until Jan. 11. Aliaga, who hasn't seen his family for a year and a half, said he is most excited about spending the 30 days with his mother and 90-year-old grandmother....more >>

New cash control policy for Independence Township

It won't be quite as easy for the Independence Township treasurer to spend large sums of money anymore. At the Dec. 4 Board of Trustees meeting, Treasurer Paul Brown requested permission to develop a policy of internal cash controls, which the board granted with a 7-0 vote....more >>
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Clarkston grows Tree of Dreams

A holiday tradition for the Clarkston Wolves Hockey is loading trucks with all the toys gathered during Tree of Dreams. This year was no different as they loaded the toys to deliver to Neighbor for Neighbor and Lighthouse of Clarkston....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Santa swoops into town this weekend

Stop by The Birdfeeder and Clarkston Flower Shoppe, Sunday, Dec. 16, 12-4 p.m. for photos with Santa and reindeer Donner, and Blitzen. "Santa's sleigh has already landed in Clarkston," said Steve Stroud, owner of The Birdfeeder....more >>
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Story of Christmas

Hundreds of cars and SUVs filed through Bridgewood Church's Christmas Story Express, Dec. 7-9. Hundreds of church members and volunteers built sets and wore costumes to reenact Biblical scenes, from Jesus' birth to Resurrection in the drive-through event at 6765 Rattalee Lake Road....more >>

News Briefs

Holiday hours

Clarkston News offices will be closed for Christmas on Dec. 24-25, and New Year's on Dec. 30-31. Deadlines for classifieds are 5 p.m., Dec. 20 for the Dec. 26 edition and 5 p.m. on Dec....more >>

Santa at concert

Santa is coming to town this Friday and you and your family can meet and greet this jolly old fellow following the Clarkston Community Band Christmas Concert. The band will perform at 7 p....more >>

Library public hearing

On Dec. 19 at 6 p.m., the Clarkston Independence District Library board will hold a public hearing on the property tax millage rate proposed for the 2013 budget. A millage rate of ....more >>

Supervisor promise

Supervisor Pat Kittle promised to step down from office if he is not able to achieve his responsibilities as an elected official. Kittle presented a signed memorandum to Independence Township Board on Dec....more >>

Junior high play

The Clarkston Junior High School performs "Archie and the Wallflower" this Friday and Saturday. Performances are at Clarkston Junior High School Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. General admission at the door, $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Photographer steps in front of the camera" With his rosy cheeks, twinkling eyes and white whiskers Ken Winship, owner of Winship Studio, looked like the real deal as he continued his 20-year-old tradition as playing Santa Claus....more >>
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Born August 27th
1871: Theodore Dreiser, novelist (Sister Carrie).
1899: C.S. Forester, novelist and author of the Horatio Hornblower series.
1908: Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of the United States (1963-1969).
1910: Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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in history
1776: The Americans are defeated by the British at the Battle of Long Island, New York.
1793: Maximilien Robespierre is elected to the Committee of Public Safety in Paris, France.
1813: The Allies defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Dresden.
1861: Union troops make an amphibious landing at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
1862: As the Second Battle of Bull Run rages, Confederate soldiers attack Loudoun County, Virginia.