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Orion Township votes to end fire dispatch service with Lake Orion village

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The Orion Township board voted Monday night to end the relationship with the Village of Lake Orion to provide fire and EMS dispatch services to township residents....more >>
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The Addison Township Fire Department held a pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 4 at Station #1 in the Village of Leonard. Pancakes, waffles and sausage were on the menu and judging by all the "yummy" noises emanating from the eager diners, everything was delicious as usual....more >>


Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Letter Carrier Pam Wilson often sees hunger on her early morning route. "It's hard to see a person who's never asked for help not know what to do," she said....more >>

Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Letter Carrier Pam Wilson often sees hunger on her early morning route. "It's hard to see a person who's never asked for help not know what to do," she said....more >>
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53 condos proposed in township

It's been a while since Oxford Township experienced any sort of large-scale residential development. But the Bloomfield Hills-based Robertson Brothers is hoping to change that by gaining approval to construct 53 detached condominiums in The Hills of Oxford, a 26....more >>


The 13th Annual Lake Orion Flower Fair has a lot more to offer than just flowers. The event, to be held on Friday and Saturday, in downtown Lake Orion features ten well-known green houses and boutique nurseries but also brings artists, crafters, spec

The 13th Annual Lake Orion Flower Fair has a lot more to offer than just flowers. The event, to be held on Friday and Saturday, in downtown Lake Orion features ten well-known green houses and boutique nurseries but also brings artists, crafters, specialty food vendors, home improvement stores and so much more to the streets of downtown....more >>


Flower Fair this weekend in downtown Lake Orion

The 13th Annual Lake Orion Flower Fair has a lot more to offer than just flowers. The event, to be held on Friday and Saturday, in downtown Lake Orion features ten well-known green houses and boutique nurseries but also brings artists, crafters, specialty food vendors, home improvement stores and so much more to the streets of downtown....more >>

Dormant DDA? Ditch director?

Council considers options to resolve DDA financial crisis

"Dormant." That's the state in which the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) could be placed for a few years in order to overcome its continuing tax revenue shortages and anticipated deficits....more >>
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Civil War reenactor remembered

Blissett brought history to life at Memorial Day observances

For years, Raymond Blissett was a familiar sight at Oxford's Memorial Day observances in Centennial Park as he stood silently in the background, dressed in a wool Civil War uniform, no matter how hot it was....more >>

Great Scott! They took a DeLorean to prom

It didn't transport them back to 1955, but it did get them to the prom in style. Oxford High School senior Michael McCormick took his date, junior Sasha Runde, to the prom May 4 in a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, the iconic sports car featured in the "Back to the Future" film trilogy that starred Michael J....more >>
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Scout earns Eagle rank at age 13

Just four days prior to his 14th birthday, Brandon Barrows officially became an Eagle Scout at an April 22 ceremony, making him the youngest in Oxford Boy Scout Troop 108 to receive the coveted rank....more >>
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Addison fire station paid off

The Addison Township Fire Department could throw an old-fashioned mortgage-burning party, but it would probably receive a 9-1-1 call to extinguish the blaze. After nine years of making payments, Fire Station #1, located at 4026 Forest Rd....more >>

Oxford, Lake Orion agree to present joint dispatch proposal

If this were a math test in school, it would be one heck of a story problem. If two villages combine their dispatch centers into one, how much money will this consolidation save each of them and will it be enough for one of them to keep a customer? Last week, the Oxford Village Council voted 3-1 to authorize Manager Joe Young to work with interim Lake Orion Village Manager Darwin McClary on a joint dispatch services proposal for Orion Township....more >>
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Lone Ranger memory shared

Bill Miller's heard an awful lot about Oxford's plans to celebrate its historical connection to the Lone Ranger with a movie event and parade, so he wanted to make sure the newspaper had a photo of the legendary masked lawman....more >>


Postal food drive Saturday, May 11 The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service's 21st annual food drive will be held on Saturday, May 11. Each year, in America's largest single day food drive, known officially as Stamp Out Hunger, letter carriers across the country pick up bags of non-perishable food products left for them by households on their usual routes....more >>

Curtis Insurance celebrates 65th anniversary with appreciation event

To help celebrate 65 years in business, the Curtis Insurance Agency (25 N. Washington St.) in downtown Oxford will host a Community Appreciation Day on Friday, May 10 from 2-6 p.m....more >>

Grant allows Addison FD to go paperless for patient reports

It seems like the whole world is going paperless these days and the Addison Township Fire Department is no exception. Thanks to a $6,163 grant from the Four County Community Foundation, Addison will be able to purchase all the equipment necessary to electronically fill out, file and submit reports regarding patients they transport to the hospital....more >>
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Banbury Cross looks for ways to make Meaghan Guzanek 'shine'

Watching Meaghan Guzanek work the room at the 23rd Annual Derby Day Benefit Saturday, it's easy to see why her mother said, "She thinks she runs the place." Meaghan repeatedly crisscrossed the arena at Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center (1223 Brauer Rd....more >>
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It's post time!

A little bit of Kentucky landed in Metamora Township Saturday as Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center hosted its 23rd Annual Derby Day fund-raiser. Centered around the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Banbury's event featured silent and live auctions, chances to pick the Derby's winning horse, a parade featuring some of Banbury's horses and a fabulous dinner....more >>


Raleigh convicted of murder in Brandon baby's death

An Oakland County jury deliberated less than one hour before finding Donald Kyle Raleigh guilty of murdering a 4-month-old boy in Brandon Township last fall. The Citizen has withheld the name of the victim in order to protect the family's privacy....more >>


Police pride: Brandon deputies honored with 16 awards

Brandon Twp.- Deputies here are being recognized with 16 awards for their exceptional work, particularly in two extraordinary cases in the township. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office recently released a list of 2013 OCSO Awards recipients, and officers from the Brandon substation were well-represented....more >>


Youth Recognition Night

Brandon Twp.- Tessa Kremer was born with Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects cranial nerves and can cause other physical problems. The disorder has created challenges for the 13-year-old, but it has also created a greater sense of empathy for others....more >>


Fact finder backs teacher wage cuts

Brandon Twp.- A state-appointed fact finder has recommended that teachers in the district accept a 7.5 percent wage reduction for two years. Ralph Maccarone, appointed by the Michigan Employment Relations Committee as a neutral party to help in contract negotiations between the Brandon Education Association and school district, issued on May 5 an 18-page report culminating in his recommendation that the BEA accept the district's wage reduction proposal....more >>


Township home invasion suspects arrested

Atlas Twp.-A drug habit may have been the motivation for a Flint couple that had allegedly been breaking into several area homes. Dawn Ludwig, 34, and Jonathan Karalla, 28, are charged with first degree home invasion, a 20-year felony, and second degree home invasion, a 15-year felony in connection with burglaries on April 11 and 18....more >>


Bueche family celebrates a century in grocery business

In 1914 the Bueche family first opened a small grocery store in Flushing, Mich. Over the next century the store went through several expansions and remodels with the continued focus on customer satisfaction along with providing high quality products....more >>


Twp. voters OK police millage

Atlas Twp.-On Tuesday, area voters approved 2.1 mills to fund police coverage for the community. The final tally was 576 yes to 382 no. About 16 percent of township voters turned out, less than anticipated, said Tere Onica, township clerk....more >>


'Par' for the disc golf course

Development of 9-hole links eyed for Brandon Township Park

Brandon Twp.- Jonathan Burnicle's father, David, picked up a disc golf basket at a garage sale last summer. The pair bought some discs and the family has been playing since then in their backyard....more >>


Village DPW to make short term dam repairs

Goodrich-On Tuesday morning engineers from WadeTrim, along with village council members, gathered for a study session regarding the village dam and mill pond. In the spring of 2012 the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality inspected the century-old village dam and required some significant repairs to the structure....more >>
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A shocking performance: Local stars in 'The Full Monty'

Joshua Monterosso was playing the lead role in the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" several years ago when he felt the seam rip in the back of his trousers. The Groveland Township resident now recalls how thankful he was that he able to do the rest of his scene without having to turn his backside to the audience....more >>

Bikes returned to Village Skate Park, Tuesday-Friday

Ortonville- Bikers, start pedaling. A new rule that banned bicycles from the Village Skate Park, which opened for the 2013 season last month, as been changed. Village Manager John Lyons said after discussion with the insurance carrier regarding liability on BMX bikes in the park, located at the corner of Ball and Cedar streets in the village, they could be used....more >>


Tombstone iconography

Historical society to host lecture at Old Mill

From 7 to 8 p.m., May 8, the Ortonville Community Historical Society will host Ray Henry who will speak on tombstone iconography at the Old Mill in downtown Ortonville. "Tombstones tell a story," he said....more >>


Town hall meeting on fracking on state land

Brandon Twp.-At 6 p.m., May 15, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash will have a town hall meeting at the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St., to focus on the impact of new state-issued oil and natural gas drilling leases in Oakland County....more >>

Township disc golf changes course

Brandon Twp.- A proposed disc golf course here may take a detour for a change of scenery. During a May 6 meeting, the township board discussed the possible installation of a 9-hole disc golf course at the community park, 1414 N....more >>
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Marriage equality

U.S. Supreme Court expectedto rule on same-sex marriage in June

Brandon Township residents David and Willie Ollie Ray enjoy the same freedoms as other U.S. citizens, with one very large exception. They are unable to marry. The denial of the right for gay couples to marry has caused controversy for years across the country and the issue is more intense than ever as the U....more >>


Atlas Township voters to decide on police millage Tuesday

Atlas Twp.-On May 7, township and Goodrich Village voters will go to the polls to decide on 2.1 mills to fund police coverage for the community. The millage will cover four years of a contract with the Genesee County Sheriff of about $565,000 per year....more >>
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Spring in the air

Bob Huth and Sharon Gardner brought grandson Quinn Marsden to Depot Park for his first time last Friday, enjoying the first warm weather of the year. Quinn's dad was about the same age when he first visited Depot Park in 1976....more >>

Vote soon on Choice, cuts

After a last call for questions, decision time is coming soon on Clarkston schools of choice. "We have difficult choices to make," said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock at the May 6 School Board workshop meeting....more >>

Birthday wishes for FORK

Andersonville Elementary fourth grader Andrew Roeser only had one item on his birthday wish list as he turned 10-years-old last week. He wanted his friends to donate to Friends of Ryan Kennedy (FORK) instead of bringing presents to his birthday party at Deer Lake Athletic Club on April 28....more >>
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Main Street cocktails for Quatro

The sunshine and warm weather brought people to downtown Clarkston on Saturday evening. Or it could have been the delicious free food and beverages of Quatro de Mayo a Mexican themed Strolling Cocktail Party and Artwalk....more >>
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Park walking for SCAMP

BY ANDREA M. BEAUDOIN Clarkston News Staff Writer Sunday's Walk & Roll for SCAMP was a huge success as hundreds of participants showed their support for a good cause. The Walk & Roll is SCAMP's largest fund raising event each year....more >>

My Habitat Clarkston

Volunteers with My Habitat Clarkston launched their new community effort, April 28, with painting the Baycourt Park playscape and outdoor cleanup of Clarkston schools. The volunteer network of local churches, service clubs, organizations, businesses, schools, and residents are working with Habitat for Humanity on projects throughout the Clarkston area....more >>
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Teachers honored

The excitement spread quickly through Fountains as Clarkston Foundation announced the Teacher of the Year for Clarkston Community Schools - Beth Rogers, a fifth grade teacher from Springfield Plains Elementary....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Outdoor fun

Main Street sidewalks and parking lots, including at The Clarkston News, burst with tasty, colorful treats during Saturday's Quatro de Mayo....more >>

Runners race for Ryan

Over 80 people of all ages headed to Independence Oaks for the second annual Race for Ryan Kennedy. The race was held by the Clarkston High School Blue and Gold Club and the money raised will go towards a playground at Clintonwood Park in Kennedy's memory....more >>
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Student service project for dogs

The last few weeks of school at Springfield Plains Elementary may mean a lot to homeless dogs at K-9 Stray Rescue League. Students are collecting cans, selling ice pops, and collecting donations for their end-of-year service learning project....more >>
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CAYA honors kids

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance honored over 100 Clarkston students at its 2013 Youth Recognition Ceremony at Clarkston United Methodist Church, April 24. Each year, CAYA contacts Clarkston area organizations and schools requesting nominations of youth who support their community through outstanding behavior and service....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Outstanding citizens Know an individual or student who deserves to be in the spotlight for good deeds or positive actions in the community? Tell us about them, and we'll put 'em in the paper....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Clarkston Village Players present 'Rumors'" You know if you tell a few little white lies your nose is gonna grow. Figuratively speaking, that is. In "Rumors," Clarkston Village Players' latest production of the season, the collective schnozz could fill Depot Theatre....more >>
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