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To Faith, with love from Afghanistan

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The love sent to soldiers in Afghanistan from an eight-year-old Lake Orion girl has come back to her in a very special way. Last week, Faith Aisthorpe received a package from soldiers at the U....more >>
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Galileo would be so proud

Amateur astronomers turn park into observatory to share their passion

Downtown Oxford's Centennial Park was transformed into a temporary observatory Saturday afternoon as members of the Seven Ponds Nature Center Astronomy Club gathered to view the nearest star and raise awareness about their hobby....more >>
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Blanche Sims first-graders and parents write books

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Jamie Lovely hid them under her desk for four days. Parents had nearly three months to complete them. "When I give them homework, I cringe because I'm like, oh they're gonna hate me," she said....more >>

Triumph turns to terror for Oxford runner in Boston

One minute, Stephanie Schreiber Bland was racing toward the finish line, ready to complete the famous Boston Marathon after having given birth just three-and-a-half short months ago....more >>

Park concept to go before Oxford boards

Residents who wish to learn more about a proposal to transform the majority of a 1,200-acre gravel mining operation in Oxford Township into a "multi-use adventure park" will have several opportunities to do so over the next month....more >>
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SPJ honors Carnacchio with 4 awards

Oxford Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio brought home four more awards April 17 from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The 37-year-old Oxford resident earned first place in the Best Consumer/Watchdog reporting category for his Dec....more >>

Village cop to take 3-month leave of absence

A part-time Oxford Village police officer who recently made controversial remarks to a citizen requesting his help will have quite a while to think about what he did and his future with the department....more >>
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Resident warns seniors to beware of phone scam

A scam artist met his match when he called Donna Zastrow last week and tried to con her out of some personal financial information. Not only did the 73-year-old Oxford Township resident not give him anything, she's sounding the alarm so other senior citizens don't get taken advantage of....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 >>
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Three-legged dog saved from a watery grave

Everybody needs a guardian angel, especially a three-legged dog who likes to go wandering across a frozen lake. Fortunately, Cooper, a 5-year-old Border Collie, had a whole bunch of guardian angels when she fell through the ice on Lakeville Lake in Addison Township March 29....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 >>
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High winds topple trees, cause power outages

April showers bring May flowers, but it looks like April winds bring fallen trees and power outages. That was the result of a severe storm that blew through the Oxford/Addison area late Thursday (April 18) afternoon....more >>


OCSO: 'If it seems too good to be true, it is'

If you are the victim of a tax scam, special forms the IRS requires can be obtained at the Brandon substation.

An 89-year-old woman was swindled out of more than $6,000 earlier this month and police are once again warning residents to be wary of lottery frauds. "If it seems too good to be true, it is," said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>
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Donor seeks to inspire others to give Lone Ranger items to museum

Two pieces of Lone Ranger memorabilia were added to the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum's collection Saturday thanks to the generosity of Diane Flis-Schneider. The Lapeer resident donated two vintage statuettes depicting the Lone Ranger and his majestic horse Silver....more >>


Used book sale at Oxford library The Oxford Public Library Friends is having its first used Book Sale of the year. Everyone is invited to shop April 24-27, 2013 at the library. Pre-sales for Friends members are from 5:00 8:00 p....more >>
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Fmr. Addison resident ready to join centenarian club

A lot of significant things were created in 1913. The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified giving the federal government the authority to impose and collect income taxes....more >>
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Cookie-based creation earns bakery more honors from Girls Scouts

Folks who think the only way to improve on Girl Scout cookies is to accompany them with an ice-cold glass of milk have obviously never tasted one of the Sweet & Savory Bake Shop's cookie-based creations....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 >>
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Locals near Boston chaos

'I thought maybe they had fired a cannon in Boston...'

Casey Hartman was at work in Boston the afternoon of April 15 when she heard, and felt, the first explosion. The personal stylist and 1996 Brandon High School graduate had no time to even begin to comprehend what had happened before a second explosion rocked the building....more >>


Locals near Boston chaos

'It was unreal—the race can't be stopped...'

Bib number 23886 did not complete the 2013 Boston Marathon. The race identification belonged to Bill Snyder, an educator for 45 years and Brandon Middle School principal for 15 years prior to his retirement in 2012....more >>


Goodrich:19 teachers pink slipped, Schools of Choice ramped up

Goodrich-When the Monday night board of education meeting finally ended at about 8:30 p.m. it was painfully clear—the district will change. More than 100 residents, staff, and administrators packed the school board room as lay-off notices were issued to 19 teachers, reinstated Schools of Choice for grades seven through 12 and vowed to continue exploring privatizing of sectors of the services needed to operate the district....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 >>


Daughters book date with mom for library 5K

Ortonville- Food often becomes a centerpiece of holiday get-togethers, but one area family is focusing on health and each other by walking together Mother's Day weekend. Louanne Allison, 53, will be joined by her daughters, Amanda DeLandsheer, 25, and Amy Allison, 20, at the Bookin' It for Your Library 5K on Saturday, May 11....more >>


Take a bite out of cancer: Bark for Life of Brandon/Ortonville

Dogs will bark back against cancer at the 1st annual Bark for Life of Brandon/Ortonville. The American Cancer Society's canine event will premiere in this area from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at the Brandon Township Community Park, 1414 N....more >>


Confession admissible in township infant murder case

A confession of guilt made by the man charged with murdering an infant in Brandon Township last fall will be admissible in court. The trial of Donald Kyle Raleigh is slated to begin at 8:30 a....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 >>


Enbridge pipeline phase two set to begin

Brandon Twp.- Officials from both the township and Enbridge Energy are preparing for the second phase of the Line 6B petroleum pipeline replacement project. A meeting for residents who wish to gain a better understanding of their rights regarding use of their property by a public utility is planned for 6:30 p....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 >>


Local on fast track to NASCAR

At 15-years-old, Vinnie Miller has spent nearly a decade racing toward one goal—NASCAR. His quest started early in life. Miller, a Brandon High School sophomore and Hadley Township resident, has been behind the wheel and on the throttle since he was about 5-years-old....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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Fun in the spring sun

Courtney Warwick, 3, enjoys some sunny spring weather last week with a spin on the choo choo train playground in Depot Park....more >>

Layoffs for 31 teachers

Dozens of teachers face layoff this spring Clarkston Board of Education voted 7-0, April 22, to approve 31 pink slips for teachers all over the district. "Why are we pink slipping this many people," asked Susan Boatman....more >>

Sewer bills going up for township

Township residents could pay 7 to 8 percent more for sewer services to pay for a new sewer system to Pontiac. According to the Chief Engineer of the Water Resources Commissioner's Office, Tim Prince, diversion to Pontiac will cost $24....more >>
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Close call for Clarkston-area couple in Boston

Clarkston area residents Kirt Stalker and Cathy Ivan escaped injury when the Boston Marathon was bombed, April 15, but it was close. "One or two walk breaks and I would have been there," said Stalker....more >>
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Council thanks Ritter

As he looks back on his tenure, Dennis Ritter feels he's accomplished a great deal, but wishes he could have done more. In particular, Ritter is proud the city "managed to grow our fund balance....more >>
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Ball for Helping Hearts

Helping Hearts Helping Hands, a local non-profit organization started by Erica Cale of Clarkston in 2007, hosts its largest fund raiser of the year, the sixth annual Gala Ball, Friday, April 26, 6 p....more >>

A million for capital plan

Independence Township's Capital Investment Plan is back in business, with $1 million in the bank. The township Board of Trustees voted unanimously, April 16, to appropriate $1 million from the general fund to the plan, which includes about $3....more >>

Many regs in place for oil extraction

Part II of a two-part story on oil and gas exploration from start to finish. Oil and gas extraction Once oil and gas companies Jordan Exploration or their partners West Bay Exploration have identified where they want to drill using seismic testing, and they have drilled into the earth and placed steel piping, they are ready to extract minerals....more >>

My Habitat Clarkston continues with projects

My Habitat Clarkston succeeded in placing a family in a Clarkston area home last month, but the group's work continues. The volunteer network of local churches, service clubs, organizations, businesses, schools, and residents will continue to work with Habitat for Humanity on projects throughout the Clarkston area....more >>
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Community pulls together to help family in crisis

Like many ten year olds, Maysie Jean Madison sings along with Katy Perry and Justin Beiber. She loves writing, bike riding, painting her nails, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. But since March 7 when Maysie was medically-induced into a coma due to seizures in her brain, she hasn't woken up to enjoy the usual things....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Day of culture

With a flip and a fold, Springfield Plains Elementary students created a swan out of a small piece of paper. It was part of their Culture Matters Festival Day last Thursday as they also learned about history, animals, health, sports, plants, making a commercial and so much more, but also were able to experience it....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Walk and Roll SCAMP of Clarkston hosts Walk & Roll , May 5 in Depot Park. The family event, the second largest fund raiser for the summer camp for people with special needs. It features one-, two-, and five-mile routes through Clarkston....more >>

Corvette raffle for Easter Seals

John Bowman Chevrolet of Clarkston is raffling off a 2013 Corvette Coupe and $50,000 to help Easter Seals Michigan. Tickets are $50 each, with a total of 5,000 tickets sold. Winning ticket will be drawn at 2 p....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Ole! South America comes to Sashabaw Middle School" Sixth graders got to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel what it might be like to live in South America. Students from the classes of Mary Schulte, Lee Brown, and Ken Wolven held a festival that was interdisciplinary with their study of the continent this semester....more >>
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