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Hometown Heroes

Lake Orion firefighters Roger Lesniak, Mitch Terrance and Chris LaGerald were honored Monday night at Orion Township for their efforts to save a woman who suffered cardiac arrest in December at Kroger's....more >>
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Hail King and Queen

All hail Oxford High School's Winterfest King and Queen Rocco Borg and Molly Schultz....more >>

Lake Orion will sizzle on July 4

Lake Orion's annual July 4 fireworks show was nearly a fizzle this year. That was until the Lake Orion Village Council voted last month to not require the all-volunteer Lake Orion Fireworks Association to pay for cleanup and police services during the event....more >>

Preparing students for that first job

While not every student will go on to college, everyone will enter the workforce. Oxford Community School's School to Work Program is designed to help both college-bound students and those heading into the real world gain the skill sets needed to get that first job....more >>
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The facts of Snow Days

Perhaps the happiest news a child can receive is that school has been cancelled due to inclement weather. But while snow days may bring joy to some, to others they are serious business....more >>
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Grapplers lock up league title

Oxford's varsity grapplers secured yet another conference title Saturday after defeating 11 other teams in the OAA Red/White League Tournament held at Oxford High School. "I think we went into the tournament perhaps more prepared for what it was going to take to win the thing," said Head Coach Brandon Rank....more >>
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Lake Orion students are golden

Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer The artistic talent at Lake Orion High School has once again shown brightly as students have received some top honors at the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards....more >>
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Dragons, Wildcats unite to fight cancer

Oakland County girls' basketball rivals Lake Orion and Oxford are joining forces in a show of unity this month to help fight cancer in the third annual "Coaches versus Cancer" game at 7 p....more >>

Paint Creek Trail seeks Master Plan input

The Paint Creek Trailways Commission is revising their Recreational Master Plan for 2013, and would like citizen input to improve the trail experience. According to Trail Manager Kristen Meyers, the Commission is considering more parking areas, acquisition of parcels bordering the trail, trailside drinking fountains, and interpretive sites to educate visitors about indigenous flora and fauna or the historical significance of spots along the trail....more >>
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Llama predicts early spring

Get ready to pack up the snowblower and parka, and break out the lawn mower and short-sleeve shirts because spring is coming early this year! So sayeth the llama. From his warm barn and spacious pasture at Windstar Farm (2065 W....more >>
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Cheers to you, Lake Orion

150 good friends came out to the Orion Center on Feb 1 to partake of some good food, good music and good spirits at the Lake Orion Optimist Club's 2nd annual Wine Tasting Event. Optimist President Kelly Weaver praised the gathering who helped raise over $7,500....more >>

Woon worked hard to preserve Addison's history

Everybody talks about ways to make their community a better place, but James T. Woon actually did it by devoting his time and considerable talents to preserving Addison Township's history, particularly when it came to the historic Lakeville Cemetery....more >>

Bank sale still waiting on regulators

It's been more than two months since Oxford Bank stockholders voted to sell all their shares to the Farmington Hills-based Level One Bank, but the deal has yet to be finalized. "Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of news to share," said Patrick Fehring, president and CEO of Level One, founded in 2007....more >>

OMA changes to keep public informed

Folks who wish to stay on top of when their local governments are convening meetings and for what purpose will be pleased to know the state's Open Meetings Act (OMA) has been amended to increase transparency....more >>
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Local artist, music to be featured at OHS

Open to the public on Thursday, February 7, at 6:30 PM is an incomparable celebration of the arts featuring the Oakland Youth Orchestras and Herb Babcock scupltures in the Oxford Fine Arts Center....more >>

Brief--DDA seeks Public Parking input

The Lake Orion DDA will hold their monthly meeting at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 12. This meeting will feature a discussion on public parking in Lake Orion. Of note is the potential donation of the property at 29 E....more >>

Brief--Leaders in Action scholarships available

The North Oakland Community Coalition (NOCC) in Lake Orion has established "Leaders in Action," a scholarship for graduating Lake Orion High School seniors. Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded, one each to a guy and a girl who have participated in the newly formed "Teens In Action" youth group at Lake Orion High School....more >>

Brief--Independence and Orion to team up

Orion and Independence Townships will soon enter into a joint human resources arrangement. Orion supervisor Chris Barnett initiated a conversation with Independence Township in December and found they had a HR need similar to Orion's....more >>

Brief--Take a flyer for Special Olympics

Lake Orion Special Olympics is teaming up with Chili's, 3940 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills, on Monday, Feb.11th from 11am to 11pm. With each flyer presented, 10 percent of sales will be donated to Lake Orion Special Olympics....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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Artful wishes on wind

Art combined with humanity makes for a powerful lesson. Roughly 75 fourth grade students at Oakwood Elementary took their art projects out into cold February air on Tuesday. Each had a flag made of muslin fabric, on which they had drawn various images, each accompanied with a short message, meant as well wishes for those affected by Hurricane Sandy....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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Exposure death in Brandon Twp.

An elderly Brandon Township woman with dementia died last week after wandering from her home into freezing temperatures. According to Oakland County Sheriff's Office reports, police responded at about 10:06 a....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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Handgun permits prompt questions of privacy, regulations

Brandon Twp.-Ken Davis has been a local gun wholesale dealer for about 30 years. "The recent controversy surrounding gun ownership and sales has not really changed my business," said Davis, a township resident....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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What is love and how do you show it?

The Citizen asked second grade students in Kristen Bowers' class at Oakwood Elementary the question, "What is love and how do you show it?" "Love is liking your brother. I show love by being nice to my cousins....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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Eye of the storm: SKYWARN

Groveland Twp.- While the National Weather Service uses advanced technology to forecast weather, there remains one tool that is even more accurate and dates back to the dawn of mankind....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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MDEQ: Dam deemed 'at-risk,' game plan eyed

Goodrich-For the past 100 years the Goodrich dam at Hegel Road has successfully held back the Kearsley Creek, creating a 240-acre mill pond. However, a series of reports indicate the dam and pond could be jeopardized....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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School building demolition planned

Ortonville- The former Sherman Lifelong Learning Center at 330 Sherman Court in the village has been vacant for nearly four years. Now it will be slated for demolition. The facility, owned by the Brandon School District, formerly housed the Brandon Alternative High School and preschool classes....more >>

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'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'

Brandon Twp.- The personalities of musically inclined students were the driving force behind the selection of this year's musical—"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." "I thought about the lead characters I might have in the show and their personalities and I thought they could do it," said Director Debbie Sebetic....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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Going for a strike

Cassandra King prepares for her big roll down the lanes to knock over pins at the bowling game at Andersonville Elementary's school fair last Friday....more >>

Auditors call for more oversight

A city audit recommended Clarkston stop amending its budget after the fact, but City Council is still doing it. Council voted unanimously to approve a $31,238 budget amendment, Jan....more >>
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Barricade buster honored for bravery

When West Bloomfield Police needed someone to help deal with a cop-killer barricaded in a house, they knew who to call. Al Doran, Indepedence Township firefighter. "It was a terrible situation, and we were just trying to end the standoff as peaceably as possible," explained Lt....more >>

Fire coming to fight against phragmites

Fire could be used to free White Lake Road of phragmites. Oakland Phragmites Invasive Species Phighters (OPISP) recommends a controlled burn of the plants along White Lake Road across from Deer Lake Beach in late winter or early spring....more >>

Clarkston's not tops in study

Other factors more important, Rock says

A recent study by Bridge Magazine ranks Clarkston Community Schools 176th out of 560 districts in the state. Based on the study's Value Added Matrix (VAM), Clarkston scored a 102....more >>

Higher late fees for sewer and water in Independence

If your water or sewer bill isn't sent in on time, you'll be paying a higher late fee since the Independence Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to raise the penalty from five to ten percent....more >>
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Derby scouts

Cub Scouts in Pack 499 cheered as their cars raced across the finish line at the Pinewood Derby on Jan. 25. The scouts' tiny wooden cars zoomed down the track in seconds, equivalent to about 230 miles per hour....more >>
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Ahoy, me hearty!

Treasure-hunting pirates came ashore to Turtle Toys in Independence Township for a Pirate Play Day. After decorating their very own treasure chests with paint, glitter, and stickers, the tiny swashbucklers searched for items to stow away....more >>
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Millstream

Student writers to get the scoop on school news

Bailey Lake Elementary Student Council is now in the information business. The students launched their own school newsletter, the BLE Paw Print named after their Bulldog mascot....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Can't stop the music

Despite school being cancelled due to the weather on Jan. 28, the Clarkston High School's Charity Week began with a bang. They raised $3,000 at their C-Factor Talent Showcase, featuring talent from the high school and the junior high school....more >>
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Winter blast

Andersonville Elementary students kept warm last Friday night at their school fair. The popular stops for the kids and their families were the infamous cake walk with sweet treats galore to win and a stop where the prize was a gold fish....more >>
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Blowhard hits half century

News Briefs

News in Brief

Partnership sought for human resources Independence Township may partner with Orion Township to outsource its Human Resource (HR) needs. "We've met with [Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett] a couple of times on this and other topics," said Supervisor Pat Kittle....more >>

Program gets to heart of history

Just in time for Valentine's Day, history teller Maureen Esther will explore this famous day of love with stories of ages past, of couples' unconditional love, loyalty, lust, and even betrayal....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "An eggs-citing experiment in science" When Clarkston Middle School teacher Chuck Keegan wanted to teach some physics to his students, he had them design and build contraptions to protect an egg from a drop....more >>
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Born September 19th
1904: Bergen Evans, educator and author who wrote Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage.
1911: William Golding, novelist best known for Lord of the Flies.
1915: Elizabeth Stern, Canadian pathologist who first published a case report linking a specific virus to a specific cancer.
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in history
1783: The first hot-air balloon is sent aloft in Versailles, France with animal passengers including a sheep, rooster and a duck.
1788: Charles de Barentin becomes lord chancellor of France.
1841: The first railway to span a frontier is completed between Stousbourg and Basle, in Europe.
1863: In Georgia, the two-day Battle of Chickamauga begins as Union troops under George Thomas clash with Confederates under Nathan Bedford Forrest. Desperate stand at Chickamauga.
1893: New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote.