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Easter fun free-for-all!

A total of 325 kids literally stormed the field at Seymour Lake Township Park Saturday afternoon as part of the annual Easter Bunny Bonanza. The kids raced around collecting thousands of colored plastic eggs, then they snatched up thousands of ping-pong balls dropped from a helicopter....more >>

Building issues force virtual academy to close, move to high school

After a state inspector found issues with the Oxford Virtual Academy (OVA) building, located at 3 S. Washington St., operations have been moved to Oxford High School for the remainder of the school year, according to Oxford Superintendent Dr....more >>

Hi-Yo name change!

It appears the Lone Ranger may ride again in Oxford with both an event and parade bearing the fictional masked lawman's moniker. Last week, the Community Events Committee decided to rename Celebrate Oxford – scheduled for Saturday, Aug....more >>
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Family seeks hit-and-run driver

Broken, bleeding and facing the possibility of death as he laid unconscious on the cold black asphalt of M-24. That's how some unknown driver left Derek Luke following a Feb. 17 hit-and-run accident in downtown Oxford....more >>

Villages set up committees to explore resource-sharing

Oxford and Lake Orion officials created four new government committees last week as the village councils met for a second time in an effort to explore new ways to cooperate and save tax dollars....more >>

Village eliminates 18-foot setback for outdoor cafes

The Oxford Village Council made it possible for restaurants to finally have outdoor seating along downtown's busy main street. Council last week voted 4-0 to eliminate zoning ordinance language that prohibited having outdoor seating areas less than 18 feet away "from the closest through travel lane on Washington St....more >>

OCTV, Mark Young to host bridal expo

By Samantha Kraska Leader Intern Between flowers, limos and decorations, even the most prepared brides have trouble thinking of every last detail necessary for the big day. But luckily, Oxford Community Television is there to bring everything brides need to one place and show it can all be found locally....more >>

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Ortonville man arraigned in assault of assistant prosecutor

A 17-year-old Ortonville resident has been arraigned after assaulting an attorney in court. Jordan Sosa was arraigned March 26 in 52-3 District Court on a charge of assault. Bond was set at $10,000 cash surety, no 10 percent....more >>
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Star search

Dustin Scriven's photography is out of this world. Way out. Scriven, 20, a 2011 Brandon High School graduate and Oakland Community College sophomore, is a local astronomer and for the past few years has ventured out at night to remote locations to study the heavens utlizing a variety of telescopes along with precision photography equipment....more >>

Common Ground helps those in need

By Cathy Srock Special to The Review Art is not only something beautiful to look at – it can also be beautiful for the soul. At least that's the message Common Ground is hoping to convey with their Mandala Art Exhibit, on display at the Orion Township Public Library through April 10....more >>

Home Depot helps Fire Station 1

By Katelyn Winkler Review Staff Writer Over the span of two days, volunteers from eight local Home Depot stores came together to help out the local veterans and make Fire Station One, located in the Village of Lake Orion, a much better home for firefighters....more >>

Briefs

American Legion to host gun show A gun show will be held at Oxford American Legion Post 108 (130 E. Drahner Rd.) on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for teens (13-18) and free for kids under 12....more >>

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Man leads police on two chases in Brandon Township

Brandon deputies terminated two high-speed chases led by the same suspect last week, but ultimately caught up with the man at his township residence. David John Daly, 45, was arraigned April 2 on two counts of fleeing and eluding, third degree, a felony, as well as driving while license suspended....more >>

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Brandon Recreation: Progress continues despite challenges

Brandon Twp.- Recreation is "standing tall" in the township. This is how Fred Waybrant assesses the current state of the department he manages, which has been through plenty of challenges in the last few years, including a cut of two-thirds of the staff, elimination of an annual $15,000 funding contribution from Groveland Township, and a halt to seeking grants for further development....more >>
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Police car vandal caught on tape

A man is facing three charges of malicious destruction of property to police equipment after he was caught on videotape puncturing tires on two patrol cars. Adam Miller, 21, of Madison Heights was arraigned on the charges March 27 after he apparently used a pitchfork to puncture the tires in the early hours of March 23 while Brandon deputies were investigating a party complaint in the 4300 block of Wildwood Loop....more >>

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BGYA: 'Making a brighter future for our children'

Dustin McClellan accepted an invitation to hop on a bus 15 years ago, a decision he believes changed the course of his life. McClellan was a 7-year-old Pontiac kid living with his single mother and older brother in a home with drugs and alcohol when Pastor John Gunn invited him to get on the bus and come to the Power Company Kids Club with other children from the neighborhood....more >>
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'The last day in Ukraine, I was thankful to leave'

Goodrich 'America and Me' essay contest winner, reflects on finding a family

"My name is Lisa, but once upon a time, my name was Ivanna, and I was an orphan living in the streets of Kiev, Ukraine." This is the opening line of Lisa Jankowski's essay "My Heroes that Saved My Life," which was chosen as the first place winner from Goodrich Middle School entries in the "America and Me" essay contest....more >>

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Township dog rescued from lake more than just family pet

Atlas Twp.- A canine trained to provide comfort to others recently needed just a little assistance himself. A local family is thankful today after a neighbor, along with the township fire department, saved their dog Riley from the icy waters of Lake Shinanguag....more >>

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Proposed charter school eyes vacated district building

A former school building may be saved from demolition. Board members of the North Oakland Charter Academy (NOCA) are seeking to purchase the vacant Sherman Lifelong Learning Center, 300 Sherman Court from the Brandon School District to open a kindergarten through fifth grade school....more >>

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A daughter's dream wedding

Trip down the aisle with Dad will be a walk to remember

Weddings can be major productions that take months to plan and cost thousands of dollars. The wedding of Leah West and James Allen will take place April 6, with less than three weeks of preparation and a budget of almost zero....more >>

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Repeat domestic abuser charged with felonious assault

A 34-year-old Brandon Township resident who chased after a woman fleeing from him and was witnessed striking her in the snow before dragging her back to their shared home has been arraigned on multiple charges....more >>

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Bumper apple crop expected

Spring: Time to prep gardens, plant trees

Brandon Twp.- Spring is here and even though the temperatures are still cold, the snow is gone and soon the earth will turn green again. In anticipation of the growing season, Dennis Ashton recently hosted a fruit tree pruning and care seminar at Ashton Orchards, 3925 Seymour Lake Road....more >>
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Possible Michigan wolf hunt sparks debate locally

Jason Bradley, 39, is a Groveland Township resident and has hunted bear across the Upper Peninsula since 2006, bagging three over that period near the village of Bessemer in Gogebic County in the western section....more >>

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Village council pushes for no vote on HB 4147

Goodrich-The village council voted 4-0 approving a resolution in a special meeting on Monday afternoon to request members of the House of Representatives to vote no on House Bill 4147....more >>

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After fleeing to Colorado, funeral bandit back to Michigan,facing charges

The 44-year-old man whom police are calling "the funeral bandit" arrived back in Michigan Wednesday after having fled to Colorado. Todd Lloyd Griffin was expected to be arraigned on a probation violation charge April 4, with numerous charges in numerous jurisdictions to come in the weeks ahead, said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Lt....more >>

Ortonville strategic planning

Ortonville- A wastewater treatment system, expansion of sidewalks, and nature trails will be among the topics of discussion at a study session planned for 7 p.m., April 9, at the Old Town Hall....more >>

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Consumers Energy extends twp. gas mains to some, not all

Brandon, Atlas projects released in limited area

Consumers Energy will extend gas mains in Brandon Township again this year, as well as Atlas Township, but not as far as they originally planned. With the passage of two deadlines, the public utility did not meet the 50 percent overall participation goals for either project, meaning the extensions will encompass only areas that did reach 50 percent....more >>

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Public access, recreation may be factor in future of mill pond

Goodrich-Some light in the murky future of the century-old village dam was shed last week during a special meeting. Dave Anthony of WadeTrim engineers, along with the councilmembers and several village residents, gathered at 9 a....more >>

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Parents, educator seek formation, grants for area charter school

A group of area parents, along with a preschool owner, are exploring the creation of a charter school in the Ortonville area. A founders board has been established comprised of parents from the Ortonville Montessori, 258 S....more >>

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Boom!

Ortonville- It was the shot heard round the world. Well, around the social media world. Several Facebook posters who reside in the village and surrounding area reported they heard and even felt two explosions during the evening of March 23, one around 7:30 p....more >>
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Cat hat maker

Emily Patnaude makes the perfect Hat Snack during Seuss Night at Bailey Lake Elementary....more >>

Red flags in city manager search

For two former public officials, Clarkston's search for a new city manager wasn't nearly clear enough. "It's about openness and transparency and letting the people of the Village of Clarkston have their say," said Mark Petterson, former Independence Township Trustee....more >>

$2.7 million in cuts coming to schools

About $2.7 million in cuts are in the cards for Clarkston Community Schools. The district faces a total shortfall of about $3.983 million in its 2013-2014 budget. Superintendent Dr....more >>

Taking issue with McLaren

From Independence Township resident Henry Woloson's point of view, opposing the proposed McLaren Hospital project is a matter of local, state and national interest. "I think it is time for Township citizens who have no agenda other than to act in the best interests of our community and State to stand up and be counted if they are opposed to this project," said Woloson....more >>

School union fees extended

Three days before Michigan's "Right to Work" law took effect on March 28, Clarkston Board of Education took action. The school board voted 5-2 to approve agency-fee agreements with Clarkston Education Association, Clarkston Office Personnel Association, Clarkston Transportation Association, Clarkston Custodial Association, and Clarkston Paraeducators Association....more >>
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Egg-stra hoppy!

With baskets at the ready, kids gathered for an egg hunt in Davisburg on Friday. When Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Tucker blew the horn, eager hunters sprang into action, racing to find every colorful egg....more >>
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New flag from Clarkston Lions

Meeting twice a month at the Carriage House in Clintonwood Park, each starting with the Pledge of Allegiance and God Bless America, Clarkston Area Lions noticed the flag wasn't in good shape....more >>
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Millstream

Labor of love to support the troops

For forty hours each week for the last ten years, Independence Township resident Mary Pope has been performing a labor of love. Every day, Pope spends hours cutting out shapes, stamping out designs, coloring with markers, taping, and folding....more >>
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Shooting Stars

New Robert's Rules

From left, Linda Meadors, president of Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit, presents a new hardbound copy of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition, to Mary Himburg, secretary of the Clarkston Independence District Library Board and Library Director Julie Meredith, March 22....more >>
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Dolly on stage

Everest Collegiate High School Drama Club presents its spring musical Hello Dolly on stage, Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 20, 7:30, with optional dinner theater at 6 p....more >>
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Simmons family pays forward life-changing debt

When Karen Marie Simmons of Independence Township passed away Feb. 13, her family suggested mourners offer a donation to the Clarkston Farm and Garden Club in lieu of flowers. "It's what Karen and I have talked about for years – pay it forward," said her husband, Ken Simmons....more >>
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Writers honored by Optimists

Clarkston High School students Katie Gipe, Anna Gray, and Mason VanGieson were honored with medals, plaques, and accolades in this year's Clarkston Area Optimist Club essay contest, March 27....more >>
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State champs

Clarkston High School's Mock Trial Team A, back row from left, Kylie Cohu, Amanda Chamberlain, Anna Gray, Morgan Gibson, Amanda Hampton, and Brooke Huisman, and in front from left, Rebecca Rogers, Lexi Wung, and Sabrina Zayec, celebrate their victory at the State Championship in Lansing, March 23....more >>
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Ice rink removed

With spring technically here, it was the end of the line for Clarkston Optimist Club's ice rink in Depot Park. Volunteers gathers in the park last week to take down the structure....more >>
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Award-winning snowmen

About 40 families entered this year's snowman building challenge, hosted by Independence Township. "We started this building challenge about four  years ago and it has grown from two families when we started," said Lisa J....more >>
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Hatted cats at Bailey Lake Seuss Night

Before March is Reading Month closed, Bailey Lake Elementary students filled the school for their annual Seuss Night, March 20. The school was swarmed with striped hats made by the kids to look just like the infamous Cat in the Hat....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

City seeks new auditor Clarkston City Council voted 7-0 to seek bids for a new auditing service at their regular meeting on March 25. The city currently employs Janz and Knight P....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "First spring snowstorm creates havoc on area roads" An unexpected spring snowfall caused a series of accidents for two days especially on Clarkston Road and M-15....more >>

Common Ground helps those in need

By Cathy Srock Special to The Review Art is not only something beautiful to look at – it can also be beautiful for the soul. At least that's the message Common Ground is hoping to convey with their Mandala Art Exhibit, on display at the Orion Township Public Library through April 10....more >>
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Born August 23rd
1883: Jonathan Wainwright, U.S. general who fought against the Japanese on Corregidor in the Philippines and was forced to surrender.
1898: Albert Claude, biologist who won the 1974 Nobel for his work on the sub-structure of the cell. He never graduated from high school.
1912: Gene Kelly, dancer, choreographer and actor.
1931: H.O. Smith, molecular biologist credited with helping 'open the door' on genetic engineering.
1934: Sonny (Christian) Jurgensen, professional football player and sports announcer.
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in history
1927: Immigrant laborers Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for a robbery they did not commit. Fifty years later, in 1977, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis establishes a memorial in the victims' honor.
1939: Joseph Stalin and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop sign a non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany, freeing Hitler to invade Poland and Stalin to invade Finland.
1942: German forces begin an assault on the major Soviet industrial city of Stalingrad.
1944: German SS engineers begin placing explosive charges around the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1950: Up to 77,000 members of the U.S. Army Organized Reserve Corps are called involuntarily to active duty to fight the Korean War.