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Starving for a cause

Church youth to fast for 30 hours to help Zimbabwe

Oxford Free Methodist Church's youth group is planning to abstain from eating for 30 hours straight Feb. 22-23 in the hopes of feeding 5,000 people in Africa. It's part of World Vision's 30 Hour Famine, an event that involves hundreds of thousands of students across the United States and around the world learning about hunger, raising money to help feed the hungry, then going hungry themselves....more >>

Oxford MEAP scores show upward trend

MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) scores, which were released on Monday, show an upward trend in Oxford, according to Dr. James Schwarz, assistant superintendent of curriculum & instruction....more >>
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OHS grad who died in car crash remembered as hard-worker, loving father

Jason Michael Carroll had his whole life ahead of him and what a great life it was. He had a 9-year-old son he loved dearly. He had a job he enjoyed and worked tirelessly at. And he had just purchased a new home in Metamora Township....more >>

When animals attack!

Addison man stops raging bull with shotgun

This is a true story, no bull . . . well, at least not anymore. Tyrone Sally, 52, of Addison Township, was forced to shoot a raging brown bull who was chasing him on Monday, Feb. 11....more >>
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Balancing business and battling cancer

"It was just a fluky thing." That's how Victoria Connolly, owner of Victoria's Delights restaurant in downtown Oxford, described the happenstance discovery of her breast cancer. She was coming back from Frankenmuth with her family on a very hot day in July 2012 when her heart began racing....more >>
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Oxford man to show vintage vette at Autorama

Not everybody gets their dream car when they turn 16. Some folks, like Tom Bailey, have to wait decades. But when it does happen, not only do they want to enjoy their vehicle, they want to show it off a little....more >>
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Louisa was a survivor

There are a lot of words that could probably be used to describe Oxford resident Ljubiza "Louisa" Olinicenco, but the most appropriate seems to be survivor. She survived the Nazis and their allies ravaging her homeland....more >>

Wanted: A few good Lions

Service club seeks members to help blind, needy

"We Serve." It's a simple motto, but it speaks volumes about who Lions Clubs International is and what the organization does. Since 1947, Oxford's been extremely fortunate to have an active and generous Lions Club lending a helping paw to everyone from the visually-impaired to youth to folks in need....more >>

Work on equestrian side path to resume in spring

This spring, equestrian users of the Polly Ann Trail will be given a much safer way to ride through Leonard. That's when construction is expected to resume on a 4-foot wide path along the side of the 3,200-foot long, 12-foot wide stretch of asphalt trail that runs through the rustic village between Elmwood St....more >>
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New homes coming to Goodrich; area builder expands

Goodrich- A few new neighbors may be arriving soon in the village. Davison-based C & L Ward Brothers recently purchased the remaining parcels in Goodrich Meadows. The village subdivision, which first opened about ten years ago, had been owned by Huntington Bank for the past two years following a series of financial shortcomings....more >>

Briefs

Last Chance Daddy Daughter Dance The Oxford High School Varsity Dance Team is hosting its First Annual "Last Chance Daddy-Daughter Dance" from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. The dance is for OHS junior and senior girls and their fathers, stepfathers and grandfathers....more >>

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Brandon MEAP scores mixed

Brandon Twp.- There is work to be done. The Michigan Department of Education released the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test results on Monday, with mixed results for Brandon....more >>

Cost for Addison's liability insurance keeps going down

Addison Township is now saving big bucks on its liability insurance thanks to a willingness to seek competitive bids and a lack of trips to court. Supervisor Bruce Pearson was pleased to report the township received a $40,886 rebate from its insurance provider, the Livonia-based Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA)....more >>
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Plenty of muscle

Groveland Twp.-Beep-beep. For less than $3,000 in 1969, muscle car enthusiasts could land a brand new Plymouth Road Runner with the trademark horn in their driveway. While prices, styles and horns have changed over the last four decades—at least one local resident has vowed to keep the "muscle" on the road....more >>

Restaurant Week offers folks opportunity to sample, save

Traditionally, budget-strained restaurant patrons have understood that nights out on the town are followed by days at home dining on ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese to atone for their extravagance....more >>

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A need for feed

N.O.A.H. seeks assistance in filling barren shelves

Ortonville- As a disabled widow on an income of less than $750 per month, Dawn Boyd has struggled to feed her pets, which include a cat she's had for 17 years, and two cats she promised a dying neighbor she would care for....more >>

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Goodrich MEAP tops county averages

Goodrich-The standardized Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests reading and math taken in the fall of 2012 over grades third through eighth, in addition to writing for fourth and seventh, science for fifth and eighth and social studies tests for ninth grade students....more >>
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Feb. 18—Patrick Baldwin's Pajama Bottom Ways Day

Patrick Baldwin loved to wear pajama pants. "He always had those pants on," said his father, Pat. "People that knew him will remember Patrick in those pants." The casual garb is now synonymous with the 19-year-old Brandon High School graduate who took his own life on Nov....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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Woman's Life Chapter: Have fun, do good works

Girls just want to have fun—and help others, too. Woman's Life Chapter 828- Ortonville was formed in November. The group invites area women to join them at their next meeting, "Night at the Oscars," planned for 6:30 p....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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State may purchase section of township camp

Groveland Twp.-Named for Tamarack Hills Farms and purchased in 1950 by the United Jewish Charities, Camp Tamarack incorporates more than 1,400 acres of township wilderness near Perryville Road and attracts more than 15,000 visitors each year....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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'Cancer doesn't sleep and neither do we'

Brandon Twp.- Julie Graveldinger learned last week that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer. This is not the first time she has received such news from a friend, nor a family member....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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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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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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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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Buds at the Ball

Alex Aris, 7 and Lili Paul, 6, take a break at the Daddy Daughter Dance, Feb....more >>

Aim to partner for public access

Casablanca may have been on Cheryl McGinnis' mind Monday. "I look forward to this being the beginning of a great relationship," said McGinnis, president of Clarkston Board of Education to Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle....more >>

Residents hot over burn bans

Walters Lake residents were steamed when they heard their burn permits would be restricted due to a neighbor's health complaint. "We believe that the reason for this burn restriction is not only punitive, but that the medical reasons to back it up are bogus," said Jim Tedder, Walters Lake resident spoke at the Jan....more >>

Family fights for young son's health

In September of 2011, Clarkston graduate Jason Heming and his wife, Natasha, got news parents never want to hear. Their youngest boy, Jack, was diagnosed with cancer. At age five, Jack began complaining about headaches that continued to become increasingly painful....more >>
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Haitian mission success

Since Nov. 6, Clarkston United Methodist Church has sent 19 people to Jeremie, Haiti, in partnership with the Jeremie Haiti Project, a non-profit organization. The first team worked with Haitian workers on a conference center's roof, floor, plumbing and electricity....more >>

Resident wants to ban wolf hunting

After the senate passed a bill designating the Gray Wolf a game species on December 28, Independence Township resident Eileen Drenikowski started collecting signatures on a petition to Keep Wolves Protected....more >>

Am-Legion sends soldiers some love

About 60 troops serving overseas will soon have a new pair of socks, oatmeal cookies, and some Sudoku puzzles to pass the time. These and other items were donated to the American Legion Post 63, and on February 5, volunteers carefully packaged them in boxes addressed to soldiers....more >>

McCrary ends 30 years of service to township

After almost thirty years of service to Independence Township, Joan McCrary feels as strongly as ever citizen involvement in local government is very important. "People don't realize, when they elect their public officials, they are in charge of your daily life....more >>

Tiny dancers

Daddies treated teeny dates to a night of twirling, twisting, and dipping at Clarkston High School this weekend. Wearing sparkling shoes and wrist corsages, tons of teeny ladies grooved to the music and formed conga lines at the annual Daddy Daughter Dance organized by Community Education....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Stage show caps Shakespeare lesson

The stage lit up as ninth graders prepared to see Romeo and Juliet brought to life at Clarkston Junior High School by the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Jan. 31. "I have been teaching Romeo and Juliet for years," said Erin Shaw, a Language Arts teacher at the junior high....more >>
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Open Your Heart for Lighthouse

More than 100 guests filled Bob and Wendy Schaffer's Independence Township home to enjoy fine food from local restaurants, cocktails, fun, and festivities, Feb. 7, all for a good cause....more >>
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Hanslits takes first in North Sashabaw Geo Bee

Fifth grader Sam Hanslits earned first place in North Sashabaw Elementary's 2013 National Geographic Geography Bee. Seventeen students competed in the school Geography Bee, Jan. 11....more >>
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Clarkston Foundation honors performing/visual arts students

When describing the honorees at the Clarkston Foundation Student Recognition Awards on Feb. 5, Clarkston Junior High School Principal Adam Kern said they possessed many attributes....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

New director for land conservancy The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC) has a New Executive Director: Marie Donigan. Meet the NOHLC's new Executive Director and hear guest speaker Jim Nash, Oakland County water resources commissioner, on Saturday, Feb....more >>

Youth president visit

Clarkston Area Optimist Club, Clarkston Area Octagon Club, and Clarkston Junior High Optimist Club welcome A.J. Cifuentes to Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 16, as they host the Michigan Youth Optimist Convention at Clarkston Junior High School....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Valentine's Day time for respect, love

A husband and wife drove for miles in silence after a terrible argument in which neither would budge. The husband pointed to a mule in a pasture. "Relative of yours?" he asked....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Weatherman visits Pine Knob Elementary" Channel 7 weatherman Chris Bradley visited recently, just as a winter storm watch was being posted for the Metro Detroit area....more >>
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Born April 25th
1873: Walther de la Mare, poet and novelist (Memoir of a Midget, Come Hither).
1874: Guglielmo Marconi, Italian physicist, inventor of the radio.
1892: Maud Hart Lovelace, children's author.
1908: Edward R. Murrow, war correspondent and newscaster.
1912: Gladys L. Presley, mother of Elvis Presley.
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in history
1960: The first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth is completed by a Triton submarine.
1962: A U.S. Ranger spacecraft crash lands on the Moon.
1971: The country of Bangladesh is established.
1980: President Jimmy Carter tells the American people about the hostage rescue disaster in Iran.
1982: In accordance with the Camp David agreements, Israel completes a withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula.