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Blessings for Lake Orion

An effort to meet the nutritional needs of all children in the Lake Orion community is underway. A program called "Blessings in a Backpack" is a national organization working in 42 states, including Michigan, that provides free food to meet at-risk children's nutritional needs on weekends....more >>
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Kingsbury kids brighten up Children's Hospital

Nobody likes to be sick and trapped in a hospital for weeks or months on end. But it's got to be even worse for a child who would rather be running around outside or playing with friends....more >>

Green lights at M-24 and Scripps

Orion Township commuters will soon see a little more green at Scripps and M-24. Michigan Deparment of Transporation (MDOT) representative Robert Morosi said the crossroad has been the subject of study in recent months....more >>

Study ranks Oxford Schools 21 out of 28 in county

In comparing a student's proficiency on standardized tests to their socioeconomic status, one study suggests Oxford Community Schools is performing "below expected levels." According to a study known as the "Value Added Matrix" (VAM) put out by Bridge Magazine, Oxford Community Schools is ranked 21 out of 28 in Oakland County and 385 out of 560 districts statewide in student proficiency as it relates to socioeconomic status....more >>
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Council looks to fill Benner's seat, elects Albensi president

The Oxford Village Council is looking to appoint someone to the late Tom Benner's seat, but first it needs some applicants to choose from. By charter, council has 30 days to fill the seat, which was vacated when Benner passed away Jan....more >>
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Council OKs deal to put $445K in water fund

on for its cash-strapped water fund over a three-year period was approved by the Oxford Village Council last week. And as if that news wasn't good enough, it's $100,000 more than the village was originally going to receive....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 >>

Utility bill discount granted for inactive properties

An amendment to Oxford Village's water and sewer ordinances that would reduce the minimum bill by 43 percent (or $22.98) for properties that are unoccupied or vacant for short or long periods of time was approved 4-0 by council last week....more >>
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DDA board defends itself

"When large projects requiring large amounts of capital are introduced, there's bound to be disagreements. "While I'm fully open to spirited discussion on the matters stated, I do not believe that this board should be threatened, demeaned and chastised for what the majority at the time believe is needed....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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Russell Greenlees long-time figure in Lake Orion's law enforcement

Russell C. Greenlees Jr., a man thought by many to be a legend in the Lake Orion law enforcement community, passed away recently. "There will always be only one Russ and there no one will ever be like him," said Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh....more >>
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A fine time enjoying wine

The Oxford Women's Club held its annual wine tasting event Sunday at Addison Oaks. Approximately 170 folks spent the afternoon sampling a variety of wines from around the world, dining on fine foods and bidding on lovely auction items....more >>
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New rector at St. Mary's-in-the-Hills

The Rev. Laurel Dahill was welcomed as the new Rector of St. Mary's-in-the-Hills Episcopal Church with a special evening Service of Renewal of Ministry on Wednesday. The church is on Joslyn, next to Canterbury Village....more >>

Police thwart church thieves

Cooperative police work led to the arrests of three family members believed responsible for thefts from the Church of Christ in January and other crimes in Oakland County. According to a report from Lt....more >>
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Walking on Water

In Lake Orion, our kids walk on water. Well, frozen water, that is. Eight Orion high-schoolers alighted on Heart Lake last week. In addition to their slippery scrimmage, they were there to prepare for a senior-junior tourney to be held the day before the Super Bowl....more >>

Brief--Indianwood Path planning resumes

The Orion Board of Trustees authorized the Safety Path Committee to resume planning a safety path extension. The path will begin at Fire Station #4 and continue on to the Indianwood roundabaout,travel east on the northern edge of Indianwood Rd, connecting with an existing path at Paint Creek Elementary....more >>

Brief--Orion Baseball Registration

Walk-in registration for the Lake Orion Youth Baseball League will be held at the Pool Lobby of the Lake Orion High School on Sunday, February 10, 2013, from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. New registrants between the ages of 5-18 may present proof of age documents, try on uniforms to confirm sizing and ask any questions....more >>

Brief--Key committees for Jacobsen

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen will serve as vice chair of the Government Operations Committee and on the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure; Energy and Technology; Education, and Judiciary....more >>

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Blood drive at Legion Post 108 Oxford American Legion Post 108 will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 1-7 p.m. To make an appointment, please call (248) 628-1051....more >>
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Winter woes strand residents

Icy conditions wreaked havoc on gravel roads this week, cancelling school in both the Brandon and Goodrich districts, stranding residents at their homes, and causing numerous vehicles to run off the road, as well as a few accidents....more >>

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BHS charity drive expands

For the past two years, the Brandon High School Student Council has held a charity week, collecting funds for a charity designated by the Michigan Association of Student Councils. And during the past few years, the BHS students have won the MASC/MAHS "Tonya" State Charity Award, given to the school that raises the most money per student enrolled in the building for the year's chosen charity....more >>

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Goodrich School District to consider random drug testing for students

Goodrich-New School Board President David Cramer made his first message to the district very clear—drug testing students is needed. "I'd like to test as many students as possible in the districts whether it's tied to obtaining a parking pass, athletes or extra-curricular activities," said Cramer during the Monday night school board meeting....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 >>
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Hall of Fame for Martian coach

In almost three decades of coaching high school football Tom Alward still claims, "There's nothing like Friday nights." But one particular Saturday may soon move to the forefront of the legendary Goodrich High School coach....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 >>

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Sailing toward a life at sea

Justin Reinert will soon sail off into the sunset—and earn a decent living at it. In the fall of 2009, Reinert, a 2006 Brandon High School graduate, enrolled at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City....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 >>

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A very special prom

Last Saturday, some local high school students attended a very special prom—as hosts. Unlike most proms, the nearly 100 guests at the Jan. 26 dance weren't teenagers, in fact, most ranged in age from 30-80....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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Board votes to privatize remaining custodial services

Goodrich-The school board voted 6-1 on Monday night to terminate the employment of two custodians in a cost savings measure. Trustee Tim Zirnhelt voted no. Until Monday night the district had only two full-time custodians employed while contracting with Flint-based At Your Service for the remainder of the school buildings....more >>

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Ortonville DDA to host information session

Ortonville- Area residents can learn about various opportunities to become involved in the community at one of two hour-long sessions planned for Feb. 6. The Downtown Development Authority will host a day session from 9 a....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 >>

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Low turnout at Consumers meetings; deadlines loom

Recent meetings with Brandon and Atlas residents regarding plans to extend natural gas mains in the townships had relatively low attendance, but officials are optimistic that the Consumers Energy projects will obtain the number of participants needed to proceed....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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District bus purchase plan eyed

Goodrich-An aging school bus fleet may soon have some upgrades. On Monday night the school board moved forward with a plan to add three late model buses per year over the next three years....more >>
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Local authors sign books

Brandon Twp.- Two local women have achieved a dream come true by becoming published authors, and will sign copies of their books at the library this month. Pam Belding will sign copies of "You're the Boat: Charting a Course Toward a Life Worth Looking Forward To," from 6:30 p....more >>
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Tune as old as time

Deep down in the Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center a beast is under a curse and an out-of-place bookworm is the only one to look inside and change his life. All will come alive as the high school's drama club presents "Beauty and the Beast" from Feb....more >>

Clarkston hit hard by long flu season

Local healthcare facilities have been inundated with sick Clarkstonites this flu season, and although the worst may be over, residents may be coughing and sneezing their way into the spring....more >>
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Red Tail in town

History came alive for Clarkston High School students when Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson visited on Jan. 22 to share his experiences in World War II. Jefferson flew 19 missions as a Tuskagee airman, a "Red Tail" fighter pilot in the war....more >>

Seek legal help when considering oil contract

If your doorbell rings, and there's an oil and gas representative on your porch seeking your signature on a lease agreement, you may not want to sign right away. "That lease is written by and for the company," and "every paragraph and every word has long-term meaning," cautions Curtis Talley, Farm Management Educator at Michigan State University Extension....more >>
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Millstream

Winter's no time to slack off healthy living

It's not too hard to stay in shape during summer, with bike rides, swimming, and other outdoor activities in the warm sun. Winter is the real test, said Clarkston-area residents Denny and Carlotta Pawley....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Clarkston traveler seeks peace in war zone

Annette Thomas of Clarkston was thrilled when the film Five Broken Cameras was nominated for Best Documentary Feature in the 2013 Academy Awards. "It shows our friends, the people we stayed with, the village we stayed in," said Thomas....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

McLaren amendment A second reading of the McLaren hospital plans will be at the Independence Township Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at Township Hall. The amendment includes changes to the hospital permit conditions such as traffic improvements and a provision ensuring the facility is on track to be a Trauma II center....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Schools hear from parents about schedule" Over 65 percent of parents surveyed by Clarkston Schools said they would like to see the February mid-winter break eliminated or reduced....more >>
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