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County explores Koenig land for multi-use park

More than half of a 1,200-acre gravel mining property in Oxford Township could potentially find new life someday as a public recreational area that would allow users to drive off-road vehicles (ORV), engage in water sports and enjoy other outdoor activities including mountain biking, zip lines and horseback riding....more >>
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Dog found at coal mine needs home

A coal mine is no place for a dog to call home, but sadly, that's where Camo was living before the volunteers at the K-9 Stray Rescue League in Oxford took him in a few weeks ago. Camo, a brindle-colored mix of Catahoula Leopard Dog and pit bull, was found at a coal mining site in West Virginia....more >>
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Oorah! Young Marines want you

The North Oakland County Young Marines is looking for a few good boys and girls to join its ranks. "We could really use some more members," said Commanding Officer Clarence Cameron, of Oxford, who served in the U....more >>
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Library works to make prom affordable

Prom is probably the most special and memorable event in a high school girl's life. It's also the most expensive. "Just buying a prom dress alone can cost $100 or more," said Charli Osborne, head of teen services at the Oxford Public Library (530 Pontiac Rd....more >>

Farmers market OKed with conditions

A downtown Oxford farmers market was green-lighted to begin in May by the village council last week. "By and large, the DDA (Downtown Development Authority) board was in favor of this farmers market," said village President Tony Albensi....more >>
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Relay for Life to take part in study

The Relay for Life Oxford-Lake Orion has been selected as one of three Relay for Life enrollment sites in Southeast Michigan for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3)....more >>
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Card wins Kingsbury film festival

Cullen Card, of Oxford, took home the award for Best Original Story in the 2013 Kingsbury Middle School Film Festival held Feb. 25 at the Oxford 7 Theater. Entitled "Hard Decisions," Card's short film was about three girls who find some money and have to decide what to do with it....more >>

Briefs

Bowling for Backpacks fund-raiser March 10 For just $15 and three hours of bowling, you could help fill a backpack on a weekly basis for a child in need. On Sunday, March 10, Lakeville Elementary will host its First Annual Bowling for Backpacks fund-raiser at Collier Lanes to help support the Blessings in a Backpack program....more >>
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Around the world in a matter of hours

Students at the Oxford Early Learning Center took a trip around the world Monday and they never even left the cozy confines of their little building off Pontiac St. The World Tour event exposed these eager youngsters to the culture, food, customs, games and dances of Poland, Italy, Mexico, China, India, Canada and Africa....more >>

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Area physician heads to McLaren Macomb

Dr. David Pinelli has come to know plenty of patients during his 14-year stint in Ortonville. "I estimate 50,000 visits," laughs Pinelli, from his office at POH Medical Center, 180 Ortonville Road....more >>
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Ortonville: Historic facelift planned for Old Town Hall

Ortonville- The Old Town Hall has stood at the corner of Mill and Church streets in the village since 1848 and its history includes use as a courtroom by circuit judges, as a basketball half court by high school players, and for storytelling hour for children by the library....more >>
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Township supervisor remembered

Area leaders are remembering Bill Wright as a tireless public servant that loved his community. Leslie L. "Bill" Wright, Jr. of Ortonville died March 6. He was 91. Born in Lake Orion, Michigan to the late Leslie L....more >>

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Little Dresses: From Ortonville and Goodrich to Africa

Ortonville- Nicole Holbrook was joined by about 50 seamstresses and tailors of all ages on March 3 at Hillside Bible Church in making 77 dresses that will be sent to Africa. Not everyone in the group knew how to sew, but the ones without that particular talent cut fabric and pillowcases to assist in the project for the non-profit organization, "Little Dresses for Africa....more >>

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Law enforcement, staff prepare during emergency response drill

Goodrich-The smell of gunpowder in a school building is terrifying and the response to such a situation is critical. On Feb. 20, more than 40 law enforcement officers from the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police, FBI, Grand Blanc and Davison townships along with the City of Grand Blanc converged on the high school for an emergency response drill....more >>

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Duck Sense

On Tuesday, Richard Paul visited Reid Elementary School to present his research-based Duck Sense Bully Prevention program. The educational school assembly program helps promote respect, responsibility and safe schools....more >>

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Nimrods nip Martians mascot for tops in state

The Nimrods have it. Well, sort of. A recent USA Today poll to the determine the best mascot in the state and ultimately the nation went to Watersmeet, a small Western Upper Pennisula community....more >>

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Snow storm blocks village property deal

Ortonville- Adverse weather this past week delayed yet again the purchase of property by village officials, although after more than a year, the deal should be sealed within the next week....more >>

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Brandon School District enrollment tumbles

Brandon Twp.- The number of students in the Brandon School District has been plummeting for the past six years and the decline continues. A student count on Feb. 13 reveals the district lost another 38 students over the course of the past four months....more >>

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Consumers Energy far short of goal in sign-ups

As of Wednesday afternoon, only two days before a March 1 deadline, Consumers Energy had received 170 applications from Brandon Township residents wishing to be included in the second phase of a gas main extension project in the township....more >>

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HB 4147:'This is about local control of taxes'

A lingering debate over collection of taxes for police protection in the township may soon prompt changes in the law. In September 2012, Rep. Joe Graves, (R-Argentine) introduced House Bill 5914 that will amend a current law that requires municipalities to collect for police and fire protection based on ad valorem— the value of the property....more >>

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Goodrich District enrollment slide continues

Goodrich-The number of students in the district has continued to decline after the recent count day. Following the Feb. 12 statewide count day, Goodrich now has 2,099 students, 56 fewer than the 2,155 reported in February 2012....more >>

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Blackhawks wrestling

The Brandon Blackhawks wrestling team completed the 2012-13 season with a 27-6 record. The team lost in district competition to Holly High School by a score of 37-30. The Blackhawks finished tied for second place with Lapeer West High School in the Flint Metro League with an 8-1 record....more >>

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Outdoor assembly fee: Must apply first

Brandon Twp.- In August 1969, about 500,000 people descended on a 600-acre New York dairy farm for the Woodstock Festival, billed as three days of peace, love and music. Three years later, in 1972, this township passed an ordinance regarding outdoor assemblies....more >>

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Cell tower 'lucrative' for Brandon Township

The township board will retain their lease rights on a cell tower located on Seymour Lake Road property. Communications Capital Group recently sought to purchase the lease rights, offering the township $758,333....more >>

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Ortonville: Random Acts of Kindness/Purple Love Week

Ortonville- Toni Mariucci-Shipley and the Downtown Development Authority hope you will join them in painting the town purple and participating in random acts of kindness during Purple Love Week March 17-23....more >>

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Proposed cuts for Brandon Schools; $1.2 million needed

'This will keep us in the black instead of the red'

Brandon Twp.- Reductions of teachers as well as non-instructional staff would account for more than half of $1.2 million in savings if a proposed list of budget cuts is adopted by the school board....more >>
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State victory for Vandermeer

Nick Vandermeer flipped opponent Jordan Atienza from Livonia Franklin onto his back 4 minutes, 17 seconds into the match and it was over. The Clarkston High School senior won the 2013 state title in the 152-pound weight class at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Saturday....more >>

City files plan to fix budget

With auditors suggesting more oversight and the state asking for a Corrective Action Plan (CAP), Clarkston City Council is taking action. "All departments will be reviewed closer to ensure all expenses are anticipated and recorded," said Treasurer Sandra Barlass....more >>

Commissioner sees water risk in oil, gas drills

When it comes to oil and gas drilling in Oakland County, "I don't think this is a good fit for us. We're a tightly populated county, and our water resources are incredibly important to our economy, and if we had an issue that was serious it could really be devastating," said Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash....more >>
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Union braves snow to picket Sagano's

In the midst of the falling snow on Feb. 22, you may have seen picket signs held high on the corner of Sashabaw and Waldon Roads. What was the demonstration's target? It was Sherman Heating and Cooling for employing nonunion workers to renovate a 10,656 square foot building where Sagano's Japanese Steakhouse will open in May....more >>
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Smiling snowy sentinel stirs up Sashabaw Road

When an oversized snowman with a traffic cone for a hat appeared in the median of Sashabaw Road at Bow Pointe Drive, Feb. 27, it was a bit of a mystery. A Facebook inquiry on The Clarkston News' page left folks stumped for a while....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Local dancers earn state titles

Taylor Kanigowski of Clarkston danced her way to a state title, winning Miss Dance of Michigan 2013 at Dance Masters of Michigan solo title pageant, Feb. 9-10. Katie Humphreys of Holly was awarded the title of Teen Miss Dance of Michigan 2013....more >>
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Third time's the charm

Lady Wolves finished last Friday winning their third consecutive MHSAA District crown. This time around they beat Oxford at the Lady Wildcats home turf, 36-17. They also beat Lake Orion on their way to the title, 50-16....more >>
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Smiles of the week

Kelly Cousino, 13, of Independence Township and her dad, Gary Cousino, celebrated a snow day off from school, Feb....more >>
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In Ihm's memory

Notre Dame Marist Academy students raised a total of $662, March 1, in memory of Cathy Ihm of Clarkston in their Dress in Blue Day. Ihm was active at the school as a parent and volunteer during her fight with colon cancer she was diagnosed with colon cancer stage IV in 2007....more >>
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Donation for PAC

Gerry Ward, owner of Gerry's Auto Care, holds an oversized check for $25,016.22, which he and customers donated for Play-Place for Autistic Children (PAC) during a three month matching funds promotion for the organization....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Kids Against Hunger The second annual Kids Against Hunger event is March 23 at Clarkston High School. The registration fee to participate in the event is 10 dollars per individual or 25 dollars per family....more >>

Boys State, Girls State

American Legion Campbell Richmond Post 63 sponsors high school students in Boys State and Girls State programs every year. Boys State, for students in grade 11, is a state, national, and civics program, June 16-22 at Northwood University in Midland....more >>
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Beauty and the Beast on stage

Mt. Zion School of Performing Arts Youth Theatre presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast, JR. Mt. Zion's production features songs from the Academy Award winning animated feature film and includes an elaborate set with beautiful costumes....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "No injuries in two Sunday house fires" Two house fires reported within minutes of each other Sunday kept the Independence Township Fire Department busy. A dryer was blamed for a fire on Pine Knob Road....more >>
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Born November 26th
1894: Norbert Weiner, American mathematician, considered the father of automation.
1912: Eric Sevareid, American broadcast journalist for CBS News.
1920: Cyril Cusack, Irish actor.
1922: Charles M. Shultz, American cartoonist who created Peanuts starring Charlie Brown.
1924: George Segal, sculptor.
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1901: The Hope diamond is brought to New York.
1907: The Duma lends support to Czar in St. Petersburg, who claims he has renounced autocracy.
1917: The Bolsheviks offer an armistice between Russian and the Central Powers.
1922: Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, archeologists, open King Tut's tomb, undisturbed for 3,000 years.
1938: Poland renews nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union to protect against a German invasion.The Polish submarine Orzel.