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Lake Orion gets new village manager

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Darwin McClary is Lake Orion's new interim manager, replacing Paul Zelanak. McClary will serve as the interim manager for an open-ended period of time while the Council takes recommendations from their hiring subcommittee for a full-time manager....more >>
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Look, it's the first bear of spring!

Spring is a time for bears to awake from their long winter slumber. How appropriate that Brandon resident Gary Elzerman used his expert chainsaw carving skills to sculpt this little wooden bear during an open house held Saturday at Burdick Street Landscape Supply & Equipment (43 E....more >>

Father critical of using 14-year-old son in drug sting

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The father of a 14-year-old Lake Orion teenager who police used to help bust an alleged drug dealer is angry and believes his son was put in peril by law enforcement....more >>
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Cop's 'sarcastic' request for $500 leads to suspension

A Detroit television news broadcast pitched the story to its viewers as a potential case of extortion within the Oxford Village Police Department an officer requesting a citizen pay him cash for his services....more >>

Lake Orion village manager has come home

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Interim Lake Orion Village Manager Darwin McClary wants to come home. Currently living in Ferndale, McCLary is a small town Oxford boy at heart, graduated from Oxford High School in 1984, and served as the Oxford village president from July 1993 to September 1996....more >>

Streetscape about safety, not just looks

Safety was the main topic of discussion last week as the Oxford Village Council listened to an informational presentation regarding proposed plans to revamp the downtown area's streetscape....more >>
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Civil War band booked to play Lone Ranger celebration

The sweet sounds of the 1860s will fill the summer air in Oxford as the village council last week voted to contract with the 5th Michigan Regiment Band to perform during the town's Lone Ranger celebration Aug....more >>

Bringing a little church to the state

Oxford pastor opens legislative session with prayer

ader Editor Oxford resident Dave Gerber had the Michigan House of Representatives' undivided attention as he addressed the body on Thursday, April 11. But his message wasn't political; it was spiritual....more >>


School district OKs demolition of vacant building

Brandon Twp.- The school board has declined to accept a purchase offer for the vacant Sherman Center and will move forward with a plan to have the building demolished. In a vote on whether to accept a formal purchase request from Mary Wilcox, representing the North Oakland Charter Academy, the sole yes vote was Trustee Le Anne Schmidt....more >>

Stranger was no danger, just a concerned citizen

It started out as a potential case of stranger danger, but it turns out it was just a nature photographer who was acting as a concerned citizen when he observed what he deemed to be some suspicious activity....more >>


Library community room usage questioned

Atlas Twp.- On Monday night the township board discussed the future use of the community meeting room on the second floor of the Goodrich Library. "We don't really have an area that lends itself to a meeting room in the township," said Shirley Kautman-Jones, township supervisor....more >>

Sign, sign, township to get new signs

Oxford Township officials last week approved a concept for new gateway signs to welcome visitors and help give the community some identity. "This has been a hot topic with the EDSC (Economic Development Subcommittee) and we feel this is a great need (for) the community," said Todd Bell, who chairs the planning commission and serves on the EDSC....more >>


Amos Orton look-alike contest

The 2013 CreekFest Committee is seeking individuals to participate in the first annual Amos Orton look-alike contest. Contestants need to grow a natural beard and resemble Amos Orton, who founded Ortonville in 1848....more >>

Twp. okays $66K contract to bring water to cemeteries

Visitors who wish to keep the plants and flowers around their loved ones' graves in Oxford Township's cemeteries looking fresh and healthy will soon be able to water them. Last week, the township board voted 7-0 to award a $66,488 contract to the Shelby Township-based H2O Irrigation to drill wells in two cemeteries and install new water lines and spigots in all four of the municipality's resting places....more >>

Enrollment for low-income health plan ends April 30

Oakland County Commissioner Mike Spisz (R-Oxford) wants people who lack health insurance to know there are options out there for them to get the medical care they need. That's why during his visit to the Oxford Township Board meeting last week, Spisz asked officials to help him inform the public about the Adult Medical Program offered through the state's Department of Human Services....more >>
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Look for new business phone book In next week's edition of The Ad-Vertiser, be sure to look for the North Oakland County Business Phone Book. The 32-page special section is a quick guide to area businesses providing goods and services in our area communities....more >>
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Enter to win your mom a $1,000 spa package!

Pampering prize for Super Hero Mom

Youthful Image Health and Wellness has a $1,000 prize package for a well-deserving Super Hero Mom this Mother's Day, but they need your help to find out who that is. "We'd like to hear stories about mothers in the community, the challenges they face, and how they deal with them," said Jessica Green, who owns Youthful Image with her father, Dr....more >>
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Addison library to first 5K race as fund-raiser

Runners and walkers get your athletic shoes on and get ready for the Addison Township Library's first-ever "Born to Read 5K and Speed Reader's Fun Run" on May 18 at the Addison Oaks County Park....more >>
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Wheelock and Watkins drain project OK'd by local board

Goodrich-In a special meeting on April 9 at the village offices, a board of determination made up of Richfield Township Supervisor Joseph Madore, Mundy Township Supervisor David Guigear and Argentine Township Supervisor Robert Cole voted 3-0 to move forward with a Wheelock and Watkins drain project....more >>

Addison needs paid-on-call firefighters, EMTs

Are you at least 18 years old and want to make a little extra cash on the side while doing something meaningful? Then apply today to join the Addison Township Fire Department Team....more >>


Schools grapple with building sale

Proposed charter school offers deal for Sherman Center

Brandon Twp.- Jeff Maxson says he is moving forward with establishing a charter school in this area, but it appears unlikely it will be in a vacant building that the Brandon School District owns....more >>

Dollars and cents behind proposed streetscape discussed

While most of the presentation regarding revamping downtown Oxford's streetscape revolved around potential safety enhancements, the village council's main concern seemed to be money....more >>
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'An everlasting bond'

Ortonville- To have and to hold, for better, for worse. After a nearly year-long courtship and 2-month engagement, Leah West and James Allen married on April 6 at the Old Town Hall in the village, decorated for the occasion with white tulle and ivy, sparkling lights, and purple flowers....more >>
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Oxford grad's book shows evolution through struggle

"Sometimes we need to risk something we value to transform ourselves and our lives." That's what Alonna Shaw hopes readers will learn from her new novel "Eleven Sundays." "The heart of the story is about how a person evolves through life's struggles," said the 1982 graduate of Oxford High School....more >>


Happy ending: Cancer-free

Jamie Broecker was at work last month when her daughter's doctor left a message on her voicemail. "The doctor almost gave me a heart attack," said Broecker, a 1996 Brandon High School graduate....more >>


Council OKs village tractor

Goodrich-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night the village council OK'd the purchase of a new tractor. The 2013 John Deere tractor will cost the village about $93,000. "We received about $31,000 for the sale of the seven parcels in the Fairview Hills subdivision in March," said Rick Horton, village council president....more >>


Sewers: 'We need to pursue for the health of everyone'

Ortonville- Several projects were discussed during a special study session April 9 between the village council and planning commission, including numerous drain and sidewalk repairs, as well as new non-motorized pathways....more >>


Goodrich Lions: 50 years of community service

Goodrich-Gordon Smith needed gas. In the fall of 1962, local resident Emery Bennett was working at his Gulf Gas Station near the intersection of Hegel Road and M-15 when Smith pulled in for a fill-up....more >>
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Who's your neighbor: Owl numbers grow locally

Look "who" moved in next door. A family of great horned owls, which includes a pair of owlets, has found a home in a wooded area just south of Goodrich. Locally, the top of the food chain predators are becoming very common, say biologists....more >>


Privatization, cuts spark rally

Board to discuss more than $900,000 deficit

Goodrich-At 6 p.m., April 22, the school board will grapple with about $900,000 in cuts to the 2013-14 budget. The proposed cuts come after district officials will dip into their fund equity for about $440,000 to balance the current budget, said District Superintendent Scott Bogner....more >>


Goodrich High School Theatre—heads west

How the West Was Dun

If Black Bart was bad—Blacker Bart must be really bad. Right? Well, Steve Mitchell, Goodrich High School theater director thinks so and anticipates that local audiences will find the spring play rounds up some serious laughter....more >>


SLUMC:Moving 'The Bible' off the coffee table

Brandon Twp.- Members of a local church will examine a new television series, as well as the centuries-old book that inspired it, during the next several weeks. Seymour Lake United Methodist Church, 3050 Sashabaw Road, will host a Sunday School program on the History Channel's "The Bible," beginning at 10 a....more >>


Bikes out as Village Skate Park opens

Ortonville- The Village Skate Park will open for the 2013 season at the end of this month. Bikes will no longer be allowed in the park, located at the corner of Ball and Cedar streets in the village....more >>


Lay-offs affect Brandon School District administration staff

Brandon Twp.- The lay-offs of two key administrative school district staff members were approved by the Board of Education during their April 15 meeting. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon called the lay-offs of Carole Beverwyk, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, and accountability, and Arden Becker, executive director of operations, aquatic center and food services, "major....more >>
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Eric Gohl explains his theory about mold during the Springfield Plains Science Fair, Thursday....more >>

Public hearing on school budget

The public will have a chance to address proposals to close a $3.8 million school budget deficit, 6 p.m., April 22. The meeting was scheduled for Clarkston Junior High School off Waldon Road, starting with a presentation of the administration's budget recommendations....more >>

Raises for Building Dept.

Two Independence Township building inspectors received a 27 percent increase in pay after the Board of Trustees cast a 5-2 vote on April 2. Clerk Barb Pallotta and Trustee David Lohmeier opposed the motion....more >>

Independence outsources HR

The Independence Township Board will outsource Human Resources and payroll services, but the cost of doing so included laying off an employee. On April 2, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Human Capital for one year for $62,280....more >>

Eberhardt ready to be city manager

"I feel like I'm coming home," said Carol Eberhardt, who was recently hired to be the City of the Village of Clarkston's city manager. "How lucky am I? I get to live where I work and do what I love," she added....more >>
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Oil exploration from the beginning

Part I of a two-part story on oil and gas exploration from start to finish. BY MARY KECK Clarkston News Staff Writer The lease Jordan Development offered Independence Township is "non developmental," which means no drilling or mineral storage will occur on their property....more >>
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Chocolate dream

Clarkston's Friends of the Library membership meeting was standing room only, April 9. The tables filled with chocolate might have had something to do with it. "Normally, attendance is light there's much more participation this way," said Carol Grubba, chairperson of Chocolate Celebration Night....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Full house for Dr. Carson

More than 200 filled Fountains banquet hall in Independence Township to hear Dr. Ben Carson, Friday morning, leaving organizers scrambling for more tables and chairs. "We were shocked," said Brenda Savage, executive director of Birth Choice Pregnancy Resource Center, a pro-life center in Clarkston....more >>
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Clarkston grad to teach in Japan

Meg Worden was in disbelief when she opened the email from the Japan Exchange Teaching Program coordinator. The Clarkston High School 2008 graduate read it, taking in the words not to forget to do her paperwork....more >>
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Spring breakers make blankets, pillow cases for troops

Children and volunteers made 15 blankets and 50 pillowcases for troops overseas, April 2, at American Legion Auxiliary Campbell-Richmond Unit 63 during Spring Break Service Project night, in partnership with Clarkston Coalition for Youth....more >>
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Testing theories at the science fair

The Springfield Plains Elementary gymnasium was filled with scientists as students presented findings from their experiments during the science fair. Some students used their siblings or pets as inspiration....more >>
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'Sylvia' hits home

Alyssa Singles caught the ball and ran around the stage excitedly as the Clarkston High School Drama Club prepared for next week's spring production of "Sylvia." Singles plays Sylvia, the dog causing chaos in the plot between married couple Greg and Kate, played by Carl Meyer and Mason Van Gieson....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Safety Paths on web Bikers, walkers, and rollerbladers will have a new place to find out the latest Safety Path news. Independence Township's Safety Path Committee will launch a new website on Earth Day, April 22....more >>

Community invited to CJH visit

Clarkston Junior High School, 6595 Middle Lake Road off Waldon Road, hosts a Clarkston Schools Community Visit, 12-2 p.m., Monday, April 22. Students and teachers will demonstrate and explain what they're learning and doing in their classrooms....more >>

This Week on ClarkstonTV.com

ClarkstonTV.com has a new look. Now part of the Sherman Digital Publications, the website features all four Sherman Publications newspapers and some of your favorite shows on ClarkstonTV....more >>

Call for CIA volunteers

Christmas In Action's annual work day is coming up next weekend, April 27, and the Clarkston community group is signing up volunteers. "We have several home improvement projects as well as many rake-n-runs....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Life's a beach" The city of Clarkston is finally ready to go forward with its one-dollar agreement with Independence Township. After nearly a year of discussion, the council voted 5-1 to authorize City Manager Art Pappas and Mayor Sharron Catallo to sign the Deer Lake Beach lease with the township for one dollar....more >>
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