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'When in doubt, don't go out'

"I've been here 31 years and never fell in the lake before," Edgar Barbar said. As reported in the Dec. 7, 1967 Lake Orion Review, Barbar and neighbor Robert Chamberlain were pulled from the icy waters of Lake Orion by alert neighbors Mrs....more >>
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Crash!

Police: Driver blacked out, crashed into garage

OXFORD TWP. A two-car garage became a three-car garage Monday morning when the driver of a pickup truck lost control and crashed into it. A 27-year-old Brandon Twp. man was eastbound on Seymour Lake Rd....more >>

Kensington reborn

From an outsider's perspective, the old 72,000-square-foot warehouse at 4640 S. Lapeer Road in Orion Township appears to have been renovated into a concert and mini-convention center....more >>

Property/biz owners demand stop to streetscape, changes to DDA

A group of concerned Oxford property and business owners went before the village council last week demanding some fundamental changes be made in the way the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) operates, its focus and its plans for the future....more >>

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Brandon detective works to improve response to sexual assault cases

Studies estimate that at least 20 percent of American women have experienced a sexual assault. The number of sexual assaults that occur in this state and nationwide are difficult to determine, in large part because most victims do not report the horrific crimes they have endured....more >>
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Activist and public servant passes

Former Orion Township Clerk Jill D. Bastian, 66, passed away on Sunday leaving a legacy of community service and activism that will long be remembered. Bastian was township clerk from 1996 to 2008 during which time she championed environmental and other community efforts....more >>

Forensic auditor has something to report, but what?

It appears the forensic auditor hired by Oxford Village last year to investigate missing public funds has found something, but exactly what is the question. "A public release of my information is not recommended for this ongoing criminal investigation," wrote Karl Haiser, co-owner of the Ann Arbor-based Michigan Forensic Accounting, Inc....more >>

School bond refi redux

Assistant superintendent of business and finances John Fitzgerald went back to the Orion School board with a new take on school bond refinancing. As reported in the Dec. 19 Lake Orion Review, the school board had previously announced intentions to refinance its school bond and save taxpayers millions in the process....more >>

Council invites LO officials to discuss dispatch

The Oxford Village Council has extended an invitation to its counterpart in Lake Orion to conduct a joint, public meeting for the purpose of discussing the possibility of collaborating on police/fire dispatch services in an effort to save money....more >>

Tax relief for Orion homeowners

Would you like up to $30,000 deducted from your delinquent property taxes? If you've got back taxes that have placed your home under threat of foreclosure, Oakland County treasurer Andy Meisner has an option that just might keep your family in a home....more >>

Oxford loses a 'good man' in Tom Benner

Village president passes away after brave battle with cancer

There's an empty seat on the Oxford Village Council dais. The chair itself can easily be filled, but sadly, the man who occupied it can never be replaced. Village President Thomas Benner, who lived in Oxford for 50 years, passed away on Tuesday, Jan....more >>
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Lake Orion goes around the world

By Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer Lake Orion High School has welcomed six new student perspectives, in the form of exchange students, Julia Grut, Desiree Lennermark, Vanessa Limmer, Otto Kaijala, Anne Schnurpfeil and Emilia Talvitie....more >>

Council moves ahead with 43 percent utility discount for inactive properties

Some Oxford Village property owners are one step closer to getting a discount on their monthly water, sewer and rubbish bill from the municipality. Last week, council voted 3-0 to approve the first reading of a proposed amendment to the water and sewer ordinances that would reduce the minimum bill by 43 percent (or $22....more >>
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Wine and Dine for Good Cause

The Lake Orion Optimist Club would like to invite you out for dinner and drinks. On Friday, Feb. 1, the Orion Optimists will hold their 2nd annual Wine Tasting fundraiser at the Orion Community Center from 7 to 11 p....more >>

Geography now an advantage in village's bid process

Where a company or contractor is located will be a significant factor in Oxford Village's bidding process from now on. Last week, council voted 3-0 to adopt an amendment to the municipality's purchasing ordinance that gives a distinct advantage to businesses and companies located in the United States, Michigan and Oxford Village and Township by effectively making them the lowest bidder if they meet certain criteria....more >>
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Shark Sightings at Orion Center

It's all happening at the Orion Center....more >>

Could expansion be in NOTA's future?

For 12 years, the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) has served riders in Oxford, Addison and Orion townships along with their respective villages. But now, in an effort to perhaps save some money, Independence Township representatives have approached NOTA Director Lynn Gustafson about discussing the possibility of joining the local transportation system that serves senior citizens, mentally and physically disabled individuals and low-income residents....more >>

Twp. okays streetlights to enhance traffic safety

The Oxford Township Board said, 'Let there be light!' and the light was good. Township officials last week voted 7-0 to have streetlights installed where M-24 intersects with Market St....more >>

Briefs

Euchre players wanted The Oxford Senior Center is looking for folks interested in playing euchre on Thursdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. It costs $1 for an afternoon of play. All games take place at the Oxford Veterans Memorial Civic Center (28 N....more >>

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Consumers Energy meetings in Atlas, Brandon

More than 1,100 homes in Brandon and Atlas townships have the potential to be hooked up for natural gas service from Consumers Energy this year and meetings are planned for Jan. 19 and Jan....more >>

Hubbard Spring property rezoned

A 107-year-old Oxford business got its rezoning request approved 7-0 by the township board last week. The little over 3 acres which M.D. Hubbard Spring Co. (595 S. Lapeer Rd.) sits on is now zoned light industrial (I-1)....more >>

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Glimpse of Union Army life: Soldier letters home shared

Township resident's family member's Civil War experience; Read all eight Civil War letters.

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, Pvt. Theodore Wood, a Union soldier, penned a letter home. Wood described his life over about three years of the Civil War that included marching hundreds of miles, sleeping on the ground and his encounter with African-Americans....more >>

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In wake of Newtown tragedy, Brandon Schools security eyed

Brandon Twp.- After the shootings in Newtown, Ct. last month in which 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary were killed, security measures are being scrutinized at schools nationwide, including buildings here....more >>

DDA board member responds to criticisms

"To be insulted in a public forum like that made me sick to my stomach." That's how Anna Taylor described the feeling she had watching the Jan. 8 Oxford Village Council meeting at which a group of property and business owners spent about an hour criticizing the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the board on which she serves (see story on Page 1)....more >>

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Flu cases on the rise: Area residents urged to obtain vaccine

In the first 10 days of the new year, the number of patients seen at M-15 Urgent Care has doubled over the same time period last year. Nena Woodall, office manager of the facility located at 250 N....more >>

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Brandon detective works to improve response to sexual assault cases

Studies estimate that at least 20 percent of American women have experienced a sexual assault. The number of sexual assaults that occur in this state and nationwide are difficult to determine, in large part because most victims do not report the horrific crimes they have endured....more >>
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Visit Facebook and vote for Allison!

Allison Hufstedler, 6, of Oxford, has a wonderful opportunity to win a large sum of money for an Oakland County hospital and have her artwork featured across the country. But in order for all that to happen, the Clear Lake Elementary kindergartner needs everyone reading this to go on Facebook and vote for her right now! Hufstedler is one of 10 national finalists in a tissue box design competition sponsored by White Cloud, maker of bath and facial tissues, paper towels and moist wipes....more >>

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Blackhawk now on Texas ice

Leo Lumm will miss graduating with his friends this spring, but he gave up his senior year at Brandon High School to pursue a much bigger goal. The 17-year-old moved to Texas in August to play for the Texas Tornado team in the North American Hockey League....more >>

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Local's sister to ride horse in Presidential Inaugural Parade

Since Thomas Jefferson's second inauguration on March 4, 1805, it has become tradition for the president to parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. This year the public ceremony will have a local connection....more >>

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Demand for flu shots continues

Goodrich- It ain't over yet. A persistent flu season that has filled emergency rooms, closed schools and caused at least two deaths in Genesee County has strained the stock of the flu vaccine in some locations....more >>

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Village council OKs pond spraying for 2013

Goodrich-The village council voted 4-1 on Monday night for the continuation and renewal of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources permit to spray the mill pond with chemicals for excessive weed growth....more >>

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Enbridge, steps, trees delay Oak Hill Road project

Raymond Miller refers to the three rows of stones in his front yard as "Carriage Steps." "I'm not sure of the purpose of the three steps up to my lawn from Oak Hill Road," said Miller who, with his wife Elizabeth, purchased the Springfield Township home in 1973....more >>

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Attempted abduction reported; OCSO responds

Police are reminding citizens to be extra vigilant after a woman who was sitting in her vehicle in a local business parking lot was approached by a strange man who then reached inside her car window....more >>

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District financial outlook bleak, 'internal error' found

Brandon Twp.- From bad to worse. After student count day in October, school officials believed they had lost 40 students from the previous year. The decrease in students was not unexpected, as the district has been losing students for six consecutive years....more >>

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Goodrich Village coffers swell to 59 percent

Goodrich-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the village council accepted an audit report from Lewis & Knopf for the year ending June 30, 2012. Steve Kidd, CPA for Lewis & Knopf, delivered the report to the council....more >>

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Vacant property ordinance adopted

Brandon Twp.- The township board has adopted an ordinance that will help keep foreclosed or abandoned homes and property from falling into disrepair. The board approved the vacant property registration ordinance during their Jan....more >>

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Ford Hybrids at Auto show and in Ortonville

Many of the more than 60 new vehicles at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Jan.-19-27 may be a little out of the price range for most people. But Joe Greene, manager of Randy Wise Ford, 968 Ortonville Road, said check out the affordable new Fords at Cobo Hall and stop by and drive them when you get home....more >>

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Township home prices up in 2012

Atlas Twp.-According to a report issued by Realcomp, a realtor-owned multiple listing service that supplies first-rate data services, support and instruction to the real estate industry, home prices jumped in both Atlas Township and Goodrich during 2012 compared to 2011....more >>
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Stroll in style

Planners hope warmer winter weather lets shoppers show off their vintage '60s cocktail dresses and seersucker suits at Clarkston's third annual Strolling Retro Cocktail Party this weekend....more >>
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Parents thankful for school life savers

Jon and Becky Richey's son Jacob is fully recovered after a close call last month in Clarkston High School's pool. "He's back to his normal self," Becky said. The Independence Township residents appreciate the quick action of lifeguards and staff (see "Parents thankful for school, community rescuers" on page 6)....more >>
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Local channel found lacking in public access comparison

Local artists discussing their latest works, frank and enlightening discussions on issues and people affecting the community, visits with local business owners explaining what they do with hands-on demonstrations, music performances by local jazz, reggae, and garage rock bands all available on cable public access....more >>

Township seeks investment advice

Why spend money on investment advice when you can get it for free? That's the question on Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown's mind. At the Board of Trustees meeting on January 8, the board voted to do away with their current investment advisors, Munder Capital, and find residents with business and investment acumen, who can offer the same guidance....more >>

Vandalism spurs new ordinance

"We're putting vandals on notice," said Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle. "Commit a property crime in Independence, you're going to jail." A breaking and entering ordinance saw its first reading at the Independence Township Board of Trustees meeting on January 8....more >>
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Making headlines

Springfield Plains Elementary students participating in the Clarkston Area Optimists' after school Alpha Club got a visit from Clarkston News reporter Mary Keck on January 8. Alpha Club members created their own headlines by writing articles and drawing illustrations about the latest happenings at SPE....more >>

Shooting Stars

Charity Week at high school

Leadership students at Clarkston High School are busily preparing for their fourth annual Charity Week, Jan. 28- Feb. 2. "It is an entire week to raise money for charities we have selected and we think are the best recipients for our money," said senior Katie Gipe....more >>
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Optimists honor student of the month

Clarkston Optimists Club presented student-of-the-month honors to Pine Knob Elementary fifth grader Natalie Luba, Jan. 9. "Natalie certainly embodies all the characteristics of the Optimists," said Principal Jodi Yeloushan....more >>

News Briefs

News in brief

Ritter retiring In April, City Manager Dennis Ritter will end his service with the City of the Village of Clarkston. Ritter took on the job of City Manager in June 2008. "It was a difficult decision, but it's time for a new person with a new set of eyes and ideas to help the community prosper and grow and maintain its historic character," he said....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Pine Knob hosts special skiers" A wheelchair doesn't move very well on snow, but put the driver into a specially adapted ski, and it's all downhill from there....more >>
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Born August 2nd
1865: Irving Babbitt, scholar and founder of the modern humanistic movement.
1924: James Baldwin, writer whose works include Go Tell it on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son.
1932: Peter O'Toole, Irish actor.
1942: Isabel Allende, author of The House of the Spirits.
1949: James Fallows, writer and editor of U.S. News and World Report.
August 2nd
in history
1943: Lt. John F. Kennedy, towing an injured sailor, swims to a small island in the Solomon Islands. The night before, his boat, PT-109, had been split in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri.
1950: The U.S. First Provisional Marine Brigade arrives in Korea from the United States.
1964: U.S. destroyer Maddoxis reportedly attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats.
1965: Newsman Morley Safer films the destruction of a Vietnamese village by U.S. Marines.
1990: Iraqi forces invade neighboring Kuwait.