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Toys for all

More than 300 area youth will have gifts this Christmas thanks to the generosity of the community. The Community Christmas Toy Store, which services children ages birth to 12 years of age that live in the Brandon School District, started a drive to collect toys in November....more >>
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Top this, Griswold!

Hickmott house features 58K lights that dance to Christmas music

Jason Hickmott is at it again. Not only did the 1996 Oxford High School graduate put up more than double the number of Christmas lights strung by the fictional Clark W. Griswold, he enlisted the aid of a computer and the radio to bring movement and sound to his holiday extravaganza....more >>

AG tells Orion "not so fast"

John Fitzgerald had some disappointing news for the Lake Orion Board of Education on Wednesday night. Fitzgerald, assistant superintendent of business and finances, informed the board that school bond refinancing attempts were not to proceed as originally envisioned....more >>

Not a creature was stirring, not even a pup?

Santa (Marcella Costin's father Larry Fellows) holds lucky pup Roosevelt during Simply Marcella's Claus for Paws event....more >>


Threats close Goodrich Schools

'Schools are at the center of concern right now'

Goodrich School District was one of 21 districts in the Genesee Intermediate School District that closed their schools Thursday and Friday, two days before winter break was to begin, due to threats in Genesee and Lapeer counties following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec....more >>

DDA looks to get out of event biz

It appears the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) wants to get away from being the sole organizer, budgeteer and host for community events ranging from the annual Celebrate Oxford festival to the weekly summer concerts in Centennial Park....more >>

NOTA mulls ride fees

The committee has decided how much to charge for rides, but will the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) Board of Directors agree and implement a fare system when it meets on Thursday, Dec....more >>


From Brandon Township to Newtown—love and prayers

Brandon Twp.-When Darian McNeir-Nealy's mother told him about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14 that took the lives of 20 young students and six women at the school in Newtown, Ct....more >>
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Meijer gives 106 kids a chance to 'Shop with a Hero'

On a daily basis, they fight fires, catch bad guys and rescue people, but police officers and firefighters never seem to be more heroic than when they're helping kids in need have the merriest Christmas possible....more >>
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Polly Ann may be part of Belle Isle to Wisconsin trail system

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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Oxford family welcomes 12-12-12 baby

Too many, 12-12-12 wasn't just another set of numbers on the old calendar; it was a date to celebrate because it won't happen again for another 100 years. Such is the case for one Oxford grandmother, Terry Runyon, whose daughter Tia gave birth to a granddaughter....more >>
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School Board President retires

12/12/12 was a special day on Lake Orion calendars, but it had very little to do with the coincidence of numbers. For Lake Orion, it was special because it was the last school board meeting for President Mary Jo Burchart....more >>


Russian experiences American Christmas

Brandon Twp.- This Christmas will be very different from any other Anastasia Mikahylova, 17, has experienced. For one, she will be celebrating the holiday on December 25 for the first time....more >>
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VFW honors OMS teacher, students

With all the emphasis on globalism in public education these days, it seems like the concept of patriotism can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. But thanks to dedicated teachers like Jan Flynn and all the talented students who entered the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) essay and speech contests, patriotism is definitely alive, well and growing in the Oxford school district....more >>


Consumers Energy expands to Atlas Township

Atlas Twp.-Consumers Energy is coming. Within two years, 1,067 township residents could be utilizing natural gas for their homes. The message was delivered by John T. Foley, gas service field leader of Consumers Energy, who attended the township meeting on Monday night....more >>

NOTA considers $1/$2 fares

The committee has decided how much to charge for rides, but will the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) Board of Directors agree and implement a fare system when it meets on Thursday, Dec....more >>

Simply Marcella goes to the dogs

The holidays are about giving, especially to those who are less fortunate. But those who are less fortunate are not always people. Lake Orion's Simply Marcella's boutique owners realized this and held their first Lake Orion rendition of the Claus for Paws event - a "Christmas wish list event for our furry friends....more >>


Man found guilty of all charges in CSC case

A man who repeatedly sexually assaulted his young daughter for several years in Brandon Township will now spend at least the next 25 years in prison. Following a three-day trial in the courtroom of Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Colleen O'Brien, a jury deliberated less than 90 minutes on Dec....more >>

Discount on utility bills proposed for inactive, vacant village properties

If an Oxford Village resident goes to Florida for the winter, should he or she receive a discount on their water/sewer bill and pay nothing for trash collection? Some officials think it's a fair idea....more >>


Regional Emergency Medical Services eyes township

Atlas Twp.- A vacant township garage may soon have a tenant that could save a life. Representatives from Regional Emergency Medical Services (REMS) attended the township meeting to discuss locating a facility in the community....more >>

Audit report gives village high marks

Fund balance is up, expenditures and revenue are down

Oxford Village received a glowing report last week from its auditor concerning its financial statements for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended June 30. The village's finances received an unqualified opinion from the auditor....more >>


'Chasing the Dragon'

BHS students respond to anti-drug presentation

Brandon Twp.— Rotting teeth. Needles shot into destroyed veins. Burned spoons. Grieving parents holding photos of their deceased children. Gravestones. These were the images that flashed upon two large screens in the darkened Brandon High School gymnasium Dec....more >>

$6K-$10K worth of steel taken from park

Seymour Lake Township Park was the target of a "real steal" after thieves took an estimated $6,000 to $10,000 worth of steel from the park property sometime over the weekend of Dec....more >>
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Lake Orion Horseshoe Club rounds up its winners for the 2012 season

The Lake Orion Horseshoe Club is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Horseshoe Championship. From left, on top, are Doug Bailey (first place) of Clarkston, George Parsons (high game) of Clarkston, Ron Price (third place, president's award) of Auburn Hills....more >>

Village closer to making geography part of bidding process

An amendment to Oxford Village's purchasing ordinance designed to give companies preferential treatment based on geography in the municipality's bidding process is working its way through council....more >>

Brief--Twp. committee vacancies

Orion Township is looking for citizens to serve on the Environmental Resources Committee, Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, and the Safety Path Advisory Committee.If you are interested in any of the vacancies,fill out the application form on the Orion Twp website or visit the Orion Clerk's Office, (2525 Joslyn Rd....more >>

Brief--Flu shot time

The Oakland County Health Division reminds residents flu shots are available for $16 at Health Division offices (1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac, and 27725 Greenfield Road) from noon 8 p....more >>

Brief--Twp. committee vacancies

Orion Township is looking for citizens to serve on the Environmental Resources Committee, Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, and the Safety Path Advisory Committee.If you are interested in any of the vacancies,fill out the application form on the Orion Twp website or visit the Orion Clerk's Office, (2525 Joslyn Rd....more >>

Brief--Detroit Tigers volunteers needed

The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to work at least two Detroit Tigers games next year. The Chamber will commit for 10 games and is asking other groups to take some of the games....more >>

Fire personnel get pay bump

Paid-on-call personnel working for the Oxford Fire Department will have a happier new year thanks to a bump in their hourly wage beginning Jan. 1. Last week, the township board voted 7-0 to increase their pay by 3....more >>
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A Christmas for those who need it

Christmas is still a week away, but some lucky kids got the opportunity to shop early and meet a hero. The Orion, Oxford and Brandon township fire departments, STAR EMS, Police from Sylvan, Oxford and Orion and Oakland County Sheriff's Deputies from substations in Orion, Oxford, Oakland, Brandon and Addison, the FBI, Marines and Military Police all joined forces to give less-fortunate kids a happy holiday at the Oxford Meijer on Dec....more >>

FD authorized to inspect fireworks sales facilities

The Oxford Fire Department is now authorized to conduct inspections of consumer fireworks sales facilities thanks to a 7-0 vote of the township board last week. That's good news for the township because not only does it give it some local control, it also means another revenue source for the municipality....more >>


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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Palmer wins Reserve National Champion title at horse show

By Samantha Kraska Leader Intern Practicing to compete in a national horse show takes serious dedication from both horse and rider to create a strong bond. So it's a testament to Oxford resident Sarrah Palmer's ability that she recently competed in the American Royal National Horse Show and earned the title of Reserve National Champion with a horse she had only been riding for about a month-and-a-half....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 >>


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 >>

Bidding war erupts over cell lease space atop water tower

Oxford Village has found itself in the middle of a bidding war as a total of four companies are attempting to buy out AT&T's lease for the space it occupies high atop the municipal water tower located on S....more >>


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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Local Girl Scouts go a-wassailing; seniors delighted by holiday cheer

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 13405 and Brownie Troop 71043 brought holiday cheer to the residents of Independence Village of Waterstone as they sang Christmas favorites like "Jingle Bells," "On the Twelve Day of Christmas" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas....more >>


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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Super Singers bring holiday joy to Hope

Buddy the Elf reminds us all that "the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." Well, that's exactly what the Super Singers group did as these talented Clear Lake Elementary students performed holiday tunes last week for the residents of Hope Senior Apartments in Oxford Township....more >>


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 >>

Sheriff's deputy donates to slain officer's wife

On Dec. 4, Dave Slazinski, an Oxford resident and deputy with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, presented a $5,000 check to Amy O'Rourke, wife of the late Patrick O'Rourke, the 39-year-old West Bloomfield police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty back in September....more >>


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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Remembering them with a wreath

Veterans, scouts and citizens converged on Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery in Oxford Village Saturday to pay their respects to all those who've put on a military uniform and served the United States with honor....more >>


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 >>


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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Search is on for oil

Wildlife and wildlife aficionados aren't the only visitors to Indian Springs Metropark these days. Oil rig operators have been frequenting the park located in both White Lake and Springfield townships....more >>
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Front page

Smiles for Santa

Vandalism sparks security review

Early Sunday morning, two portable toilets in Depot Park were set on fire. This latest instance of destruction of city property has prompted city officials to consider taking stronger measures to curb vandalism....more >>

Main Street seismic survey approved

If the ground beneath your feet starts vibrating as you stroll down Main Street this winter, it's probably not an earthquake. In a unanimous vote, the Clarkston City Council agreed to allow West Bay Exploration, an oil and gas exploration company from Traverse City, to conduct a geophysical seismic survey on M-15 around mid-January....more >>

School safety

In response to the school-shooting tragedy in Connecticut last Friday, visitors should expect more security at Clarkston schools. Security measures include requiring visitors to enter through main entrances and sign in at the office....more >>
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Chicken Soup for Soul includes local

It was Christmas time when Clarkston resident Ronald Dimmer was inspired by the reaction of his first son's viewing of the bright holiday lights. The inspiration was transformed into a poem and "Christmas Through Your Eyes" was recently published in a collection of holiday stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Blanket service

National Honor Society members at Clarkston High School filled the Performing Arts Center, Dec. 13, to make blankets for St. Joe's hospital. "It was so moving to see the dedication to service from all of our members," said Brooke Huisman, National Honor Society president....more >>
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A step into the Renaissance for holidays

Guests walked through the doors at Harvestland Church and were transported to merry olde England as the Clarkston High School Vocal Arts Department presented their third annual Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner last Friday and Saturday....more >>
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Christmas fun

Families braved the damp weather to fill The Birdfeeder and Clarkston Flower Shoppe and parking lot for some Christmas fun, Dec. 16. They filled a sleigh with donations for Toys for Tots of Oakland County, and got photos with Santa and his reindeer at the shops, 7150 North Main Street....more >>

News Briefs

Veterans invited

Clarkston Junior High School is seeking World War II veterans. The CJHS Social Studies Department invites veterans every year to share their experiences with ninth graders as part of their study of World War II....more >>

Cookies for ESTHERS

It's cookie baking time for ESTHERS Children. The non-profit group based in Indepedendence Township makes Ckristmas cookies every year to raise funds for its work in Brazil to prevent the sexual exploitation, trafficking and prostitution of young girls....more >>

Cards for Christmas

Clarkston United Methodist Church offers Christmas cards designed by local artist Jan Mayer. Proceeds from the sale of the cards, 10 for $15, go to the church Pastor's Emergency Fund to provide food, utility, housing and other assistance to people in the community....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Clarkston man at center of big drug case" A 70-year-old Independence Township man and 35-year-old Waterford man were charged in connection with a sting operation at the Megabowl....more >>
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