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Flashers in Orion?

By Katelyn Winkler Review Staff Writer What began as a joke soon turned into a fun experience for students who participated in a Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) flash mob event last week at Lake Orion High School....more >>

NOTA eyes Independence

Some exploratory discussions will be held between the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) and representatives from Independence Township about a possible merger. The bus service's board of directors voted to establish an Ad-Hoc committee to discuss a possible merger but officials seemed to question whether a merger would be in the best interests of NOTA's riders in Orion, Oxford and Addison townships along with the villages in each community....more >>
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All you need is love!

Oxford students prove they're up to the challenge

"Life changing" was the word most students used when describing Challenge Days held at Oxford High School Jan 15-17. Whether it was dancing back to back with someone with a different style of shoe, sharing a most embarrassing moment or just being able to show themselves vulnerable in front of a group of peers, Challenge Days gave students an opportunity to "cross the lines" and step out of their comfort zone to befriend someone they otherwise might not have....more >>

Ranking Orion

Lake Orion Schools continue to create more value. So said a new analysis of Orion student performance released last week. According to a study published in Bridge Magazine, Orion ranks seventh among Oakland County schools....more >>

Streetscape pros, cons discussed

Streetscape was certainly the hot topic of discussion Monday night as the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) heard support, opposition and concerns related to the proposed $4....more >>

Virtual academy leases second downtown bldg.

The Oxford Virtual Academy (OVA) is expanding, not just in the number of students it serves, but in the actual physical space it occupies. OVA is in the process of moving some of its operations into 5 S....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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Baby New Year 2013

Brooklynn Kasidee Scott is the first baby of the new year born to parents who reside in The Citizen readership area. Brooklynn was born at 6:35 a.m., Jan. 3, 2013 at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac....more >>
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A 'Rosie the Riveter' recalls her Willow Run days

Rosie the Riveter wasn't just some 1940s cultural icon who represented and inspired American women working in factories during World War II. She was flesh and blood. She was Thelma Lowe....more >>

Orion and Oakland township safety paths to link?

Orion's southeast side may soon have another cross-township connection. If a proposed safety path project wins approval, residents may soon see a combination of asphalt paths, boardwalks, and pedestrian bridges running approximately ¾ of a mile on the west side of Adams Road between Delta Kelly Elementary School at Gunn Rd and north to the Paint Creek Trail....more >>

Riveting trivia about Rosies

The term "Rosie the Riveter" can be traced back to a 1942 hit song recorded by popular big band leader Kay Kyser. In the song Rosie is portrayed as a hard-working assembly line worker who's doing her part to aid America's home-front efforts during World War II....more >>

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Former Brandon man to serve 50 years in prison

A former Brandon Township man will spend at least the next 50 years in prison. The man, who repeatedly sexually assaulted his young daughter for several years in Brandon, was sentenced Jan....more >>

Addison explores having one trash hauler serve entire twp.

Now that Addison Township is going to save money on its trash-hauling services, Supervisor Bruce Pearson is wondering if there's a way to save the municipality money by having one company pick up eveyone's garbage....more >>

$447K grant sought for road improvements

A grant application seeking $446,648 in funding for improvements to W. Burdick St./Seymour Lake Rd. has been submitted to the Oakland County Federal Aid Committee. Now, the only question is will it be approved? "We should know by May or June if this project is funded," wrote Oxford Village Manager Joe Young in a Jan....more >>

Lake Orion's Flying Dragons

The Lake Orion Competitive Cheer team shows enthusiasm, drive and athleticism that is unique to their sport. The girls have been working hard this season and doing very well. On Saturday they host the annual Lake Orion Invitational that will feature some of the top high school competitive cheer teams in Michigan....more >>

Village, officials respond to Paad's lawsuit

The Village of Oxford, Councilwoman Maureen Helmuth and Manager Joe Young are denying the accusations made by former Deputy Clerk Marion Patricia Paad in her civil lawsuit against them....more >>

Eat, then buy

The Oxford High School Senior All Night Party 2013 Committee will host a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Friday, Feb. 1. It will take place in the OHS Commons area from 5 to 8:30 p....more >>

Brief-Gently used books

The Friends of the Orion Township Public Library are holding their annual January Book Sale at the library (825 Joslyn Road) from Tuesday, January 22 through Saturday, Janury 26: Tuesday 5 - 8:30 pm Friends only preview night, memberships sold at the door, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30am - 8:30 pm - open to the public Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm -open to the public, "half off day" Saturday, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm - open to the public, "bag day sale"....more >>

Brief-Orion Art Center offers classes

Warm up your winter with creativity at the Orion Art Center. The Art Center is enrolling for classes which begin in February. For more information contact the Art Center at 248-693-4986 or visit them online at www....more >>

Brief--Chamber breakfast with Pentagon author

Don't miss February's Special Chamber Breakfast with speaker Dan Pantaleo, author of "Four Days at the Pentagon." Thursday, February 7, from 8:30 to 10 am at the Broadway Grill, 453 S....more >>

Briefs

Applicants sought for Boys, Girls State Oxford High School juniors interested in learning about the inner workings of government or pursuing a career in law enforcement can pick up applications in the counseling office for summer programs....more >>

Lots of wind, but nothing big to report

It was batten-down-the-hatches-type weather Saturday night as winds that gusted to 60 miles per hour blew through the area. Although the strong winds left approximately 1,400 Oxford/Addison residents without electricity, according to DTE Energy, and knocked down some trees and branches here and there, things were pretty quiet overall....more >>

NOTA receives $25K helping hand

Training and Treatment Innovations, Inc. (TTI) and the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA) have issued a one-time $15,000 increase to the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA)....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 to cooperate to keep events

It's important to continue having community events in Oxford, but they need to be the product of cooperation between multiple community entities, not just left to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to coordinate, promote and fund everything....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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Twp. firefighters reject union

Brandon Twp.- Township firefighters have voted against becoming a union department. All ten full-time firefighters voted in the election, with seven voting no on joining the International Association of Firefighters and three voting yes....more >>

NOTA forms committee to explore merging with Independence Twp.

Some exploratory discussions will be held between the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) and representatives from Independence Township about a possible merger. The bus service's board of directors voted to establish an Ad-Hoc committee to discuss a possible merger, but officials seemed to question whether a merger would be in the best interests of NOTA's riders in Orion, Oxford and Addison townships along with the villages in each community....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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Council to considered proposals, future of village dam, mill pond

Goodrich-A century ago this summer, water from the Kearsley Creek was first dammed and a mill was built to produce locally ground wheat for area farmers. A hundred years later the mill is long gone, but Goodrich Dam still holds back the Kearsley Creek, forming the mill pond....more >>

Silent auction at library through Feb. 11

The Oxford Public Library Friends are auctioning several book-themed baskets, each containing a new or gently used book. The baskets are loaded with items selected specially for those books....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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Reconfiguration school building tours set

Brandon Twp.- New district boundaries are in place following the decision to reconfigure school buildings. The reconfiguration will be implemented in the fall and the parents of students who previously would have attended Belle Ann Elementary are invited to meet with the principals of Oakwood Elementary, Harvey Swanson Elementary and Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School at 6 p....more >>

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Active shooter training for schools

The video is startling. A man is depicted walking into what appears to be a large office building, occupied by dozens of workers. In the man's hands is a large gun and as he aims at individuals in the lobby, shots and screams can be heard....more >>

2 percent raise for employees, not officials in Addison Twp.

After a five-year pay freeze, Addison Township officials rewarded their employees a 2 percent pay increase. "Michigan is not out of the woods yet, but . . . our employees have stuck it out with us through the thick and thin ....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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'If I had not gone through cancer, I would have pulled out of the run'

Groveland Township woman clears multiple obstacles to complete 2013 Walt Disney Marathon

Danell Duff had to beat the flu, 80-degree weather, exhaustion, and pain in order to arrive at the finish line of the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon. If she had not already experienced and won a bigger battle, she may not have attempted the 26....more >>
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Rotarians welcome 9/11 rescuer

When people think of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, most picture the World Trade Center, but often times forgotten were the events at the Pentagon in Washington DC, which is why Dan Pantaleo authored his book "Four Days at the Pentagon....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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Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Financial Peace University coming to Christ the King Feb. 10

More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU). Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success....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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Identity protection offered by village council

Goodrich-The village council voted 4-1 on Jan. 14 to extend identity protection to a handful of those associated with the village that may have had their Social Security numbers breached....more >>

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Civil defense structure still part of landscape

Brandon Twp.- It's a 10 foot-by-10 foot building in the woods just outside the Village of Ortonville. But about 50 years ago the small shed located near an elevated area of the township played a critical role in the safety of the community....more >>

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Former Brandon man to serve 50 years in prison

A former Brandon Township man will spend at least the next 50 years in prison. The man, who repeatedly sexually assaulted his young daughter for several years in Brandon, was sentenced Jan....more >>
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Blast from the past

City employees get raise

City employees will have a little bit more money in their paycheck in 2013. On Jan. 14, Clarkston City Council unanimously approved a wage increase for every employee, except City Manager Dennis Ritter who proposed the raise for his fellow workers....more >>

Dixie project starts with night work

Roadwork on Dixie Highway has begun, but you may not have noticed it yet. Right now, crews are only coming out at night to videotape sewer lines. According to Rob Morosi of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), workers are marking sections of damaged sewer lines to be repaired or replaced....more >>

Questions, answers on oil pooling plans

In December, Supervisor Pat Kittle said Independence Township could be caught in a catch-22 with oil and gas exploration because of compulsory pooling. To find out more, The Clarkston News talked with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Assistant Supervisor of Wells, Hal Fitch....more >>
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Deadline for Habitat help

It's crunch time for Habitat for Humanity in Clarkston. Paperwork's complete, a family's willing to work, and volunteers and community groups are ready to pitch in – all that's needed is some property....more >>
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Millstream

Neiman pledges community support

"It's absolutely terrific," said Clarkston Rotary President Bart Clark of the new Neiman's Family Market set to open in late May or mid-June. Renovation of the former Farmer Jack store located on Dixie Highway and White Lake Road began on Jan....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Far out, man!

Clarkston Elementary students and their families headed to school on Friday night for the "Get Groovy" dance. They dressed up in the grooviest outfits they could find from the disco days of the 1970s, including fun, colorful tie-dyed T-shirts....more >>
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Fish on!

Ice anglers took advantage of recent frigid temperatures to catch and release pike out of the Mill Pond in downtown Clarkston. Blake Romig, Josh Hampshire, and Kevin Miller were on the ice, Jan....more >>

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News in Brief

New rates for News Postal rates are going up, Jan. 27. The Clarkston News is delivered through the mail so subscription rates are going up, but just by a couple bucks. New yearly subscription rates are $32 for readers in Oakland County, $33 for fans within Michigan, and $38 for those Clarkston expats out of state....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Ice rink to open at Clintonwood" Outdoor, lighted ice-skating is expected to come to Clarkston this week with the opening of an ice rink at Clintonwood Park. Ann Conklin, Independence Township's Director of Parks and Recreation, said last week she hoped to have the rink up and running today, weather permitting....more >>
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1899: The British are victorious over the Boers at Modder River.
1919: Lady Astor is elected the first woman in Parliament.
1925: The forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry, called the WSM Barn Dance, opens in Nashville, Tennessee.
1935: The German Reich declares all men ages 18 to 45 as army reservists.
1937: Spanish leader Francisco Franco blockades the Spanish coast.