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Lake Orion teachers facing layoffs

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For the past few weeks Lake Orion teachers have been warned the pink slips are coming. The initial target date was May 8 but a few days prior to the release, teachers were notified of a delay....more >>
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A tiny world to explore

Nature is their classroom

Every spring and every fall, like clockwork, Oxford Middle School's sixth-graders leave the confines of their classrooms to conduct some water quality tests in the great outdoors. However, this spring, instead of testing and monitoring the OMS retention pond, the students got to exercise their scientific skills on nearby Parker Lake....more >>

Village may be forced to disband its dispatch center

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Village of Lake Orion may be a future customer for police, fire and EMS dispatching services, which would mean the end of the village's dispatch center....more >>

Fire contract OKed with 8.5 percent raise

Oxford's full-time firefighters have a new union contract that includes an 8.5 percent pay raise over three years. The township board last week voted 5-2 to approve a contract with the Oxford Fire Fighters Union, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 4763....more >>


Lake Orion Community Enrichment offers summer programs

Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer As the school year comes to a close, summer camp season is rapidly upon us, and Lake Orion Community Enrichment has something for camp-goers and fun-lovers of all ages....more >>

Park concept presented to twp. officials

Representatives from Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) began making the rounds in Oxford last week with their presentation regarding a proposed concept to turn the majority of a 1,200-acre gravel mining operation into a multi-use adventure park....more >>

Oxford Bank terminates merger with Level One

The Oxford Bank Corporation, the holding company for Oxford Bank, announced the termination of the merger with the Farmington Hills-based Level One Bank. The company's Board of Directors, after consultation with its legal counsel and financial advisor, terminated the Merger Agreement on May 14, 2013 Under the terms of the company's agreement with Level One, either party had a right to terminate the contract, without penalty, if the transaction was not closed before May 13, 2013....more >>
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Koenig owner worked hard, played hard

Norman J. Fredericks, Jr. worked hard, played hard and accomplished much during his time on this planet. Sadly, Norm, who owned and operated the Koenig Sand & Gravel mining operation in Oxford Township for many years, won't have the opportunity to continue enjoying the fruits of his labor as he passed away on Monday, May 6, 2013....more >>
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OAYA recognizes 46 kids for good works

Good kids doing good things. That's what Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance's (OAYA) annual Youth Recognition Ceremony is all about. This year was no exception as OAYA honored 46 young people (listed below) May 7 for their good deeds, compassionate acts, service to others, leadership roles and positive contributions to their classrooms, schools and community....more >>
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Chapman overcomes learning disability, wins scholarship

"Never give up, never, never, never give up" was the famous quote by British Prime Minster Winston Churchill that helped give determination to Oxford High School Senior Ross Chapman to overcome his learning disability (LD)....more >>

PC recommends PUD for condos

The expansion of a condominium development in Oxford Township cleared its first hurdle last week. Planning commissioners voted 5-0 to recommend to the township board approval of the proposed completion of the Hills of Oxford condo community as a Planned Unit Development (PUD)....more >>

One Stop Ready resolution OKed

Oxford Twp. is ready to engage in some economic development as the board of trustees last week voted 7-0 to approve a resolution that accepted joining Oakland County's One Stop Ready Program....more >>

LO Lions golf outing

The Lake Orion Lions Club is hosting its 18th Annual Charity Golf Outing and Dinner on Saturday, June 1 at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club. Please see the ad on Page 19 for more information....more >>
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NEOHS invites public to travel 'Somewhere in Time'

The Northeast Oakland Historical Society (NEOHS) is hoping to transport folks back in time with a special guest speaker at its annual spring meeting set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the Oxford Public Library....more >>
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Women's Club awards $10K in scholarships

The Oxford Women's Club gave away $10,000 in scholarship money to eight seniors at on May 8 at the American Legion Hall Post 108 off E. Drahner Road. "To say the scholarship committee did an outstanding job would not be sayingenough," said Club President Nancy Wray....more >>

Oxford on the hook for $1.28M of sewer project

"We have no way of getting out of it. This is just a formality." That's how Oxford Twp. Supervisor Bill Dunn summed up the municipality's May 8 approval of a contract with Oakland County through its Water Resources Commissioner (WRC)....more >>
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Wag & Walk returns May 18

There's only one thing better than taking a dog for a walk on a glorious spring day and that's doing it for a truly worthy cause that strives to make life better for man's best friend....more >>


Atlas Township man named Genesee District Library director

On May 13 Atlas Township resident David Conklin was appointed director of the Genesee District Library. He becomes the fifth director of the 19 branches, including the Goodrich Library....more >>

CreekFest 2013 volunteers needed

CreekFest, planned for June 28, 29 and 30 in Ortonville, has expanded. Volunteers are needed to help with a host of new attractions. Brandon High School students are invited to participate in the 2013 CreekFest Essay Contest....more >>
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Frost free

A late spring cold snap spares local growers

Michigan weather is notoriously unpredictable. This has been glaringly evident in the past few weeks in this area as temperatures swung from the high 70s early in the month down to freezing in the early morning hours of May 13....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 >>


Oxford Bank terminates merger

Oxford Bank will remain. Due to improved operating results for the first quarter of 2013 and delays in a proposed merger to the Farmington Hills-based Level One Bank, the company's board of directors, after consultation with its legal counsel and financial advisor, terminated the merger agreement on May 14....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 recreation reaction

Field conditions, organization draws concern

Brandon Twp.- Jay Reynolds brought a lengthy list of complaints regarding recreation to the township board meeting May 6, including displeasure with uniforms, equipment, soccer fields, and overall disorganization in the department....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 >>


'We have highways and expressways, they have the Amazon'

Nathan Woolley was in a boat on the Amazon River in 2008 when he saw two boys sitting on a cliff watching him leave Brazil. "I remember thinking, 'This isn't the end,'" said Woolley....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 >>


School, scouts team up for a place to grow

Brandon Twp.-Long after T.J. Cilley's proposed Eagle Scout project is completed, it will continue to grow. Cilley, 18, a Brandon High School senior, recently completed a 20 feet-by-30 feet community garden behind Harvey Swanson Elementary School....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 >>


Consumers Energy OKs gas main extensions

Brandon Twp.- The number of applications received by Consumers Energy for natural gas service has increased, leading the public utility to approve construction of gas mains on additional roads in the township....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 >>


Enbridge offers grants to Brandon, Groveland townships

Enbridge, the multi-billion dollar company that is replacing an oil petroleum pipeline that runs through both Brandon and Groveland townships, is offering affected municipalities environmental stewardship grants....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 >>


Dutch Road Bridge, Erie Street

Village of Goodrich construction to start in June

Goodrich-In 2012 the village council, by a 4-0 vote, approved bonds to finance the cost of improvements to the Dutch Road Bridge over the Kearsley Creek and repairs to Erie Street....more >>


Evolution of the bicycle

Ortonville Community Historical Society

From 7 to 8 p.m., May 22, the Ortonville Community Historical Society will host the "Evolution of the Bicycle" at the Old Mill, 366 Mill St., Ortonville. Don Wilson, from the Flushing Area Historical Society, presents an hour-long historical discussion on bicycles between 1800 to 1930....more >>


Novel, war prompt GMS students to reach out to military

Goodrich-A book used to study historical fiction—is now a little reality. Michelle LaRowe, a district teacher for the past 12 years who currently serves as an eighth grade literature instructor for about 90 students and three classes incorporated, "Stop the Sun," by author Gary Paulsen into her class work....more >>
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Princess and the Pease

New parade route for Memorial Day

When American Legion Post 63 Honor Guard steps off to start this year's Memorial Day parade, 10 a.m., May 27, it will be from a new location. The parade starts this year at Depot Park, instead of the Community Education building parking lot off Church Street....more >>

Dixie work smooth so far

Crews resurfacing Dixie Highway said work is running smoothly, and local businesses agree. Fred Ritter, owner of Clarkston Auto Wash, said so far the project has had little impact on his business....more >>
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Phragmites all fired up

Flames raged and temperatures soared as phragmites burned off White Lake Road, May 9. The prescribed burn was part of a combined effort to fight the invasive plants, between Oakland Phragmites and Invasive Species Task Force (OPIS), City of the Village of Clarkston and Independence Township....more >>

Bisio back on council

Richard Bisio was sworn in to serve on Clarkston City Council, May 13. "I am pleased to once again be serving the people of Clarkston," said Bisio, who previously served on council, 2010-2012....more >>
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Library booked for summer

A lot's going on at Clarkston Independence District Library before Summer Reading starts in June. "This is an exciting time to come in a whole new start," said Lawrence Marble, the new head of Adult Services....more >>
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Quatro check for arts center

Peg Roth, at right, and Christina Calka of Clarkston Retailers Group present a check for $550 to Cory Johnston from the Clarkston Center for Performing Arts (CCPA) on May 9. The money was collected by several businesses during the Quatro de Mayo event, May 4....more >>
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Memorial plaque for John Bowman

Katie Bowman-Coleman, owner of John Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston, thanks Bowman staff, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce members, and friends for a plaque dedicating the building to John Bowman, her father and founder of the dealership....more >>
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Spring means season of sales

If you want to have your own or go out in search of treasures—now is the season of garage sales. You can make some extra cash by gathering items you no longer need for your own sale....more >>
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Digging up the past in an outhouse

For local archeologists, a century-old outhouse is a gold mine of historical treasure. "People used to throw all kinds of things in there," said Richard Stamps, lead archeologist for the dig at the Ellis Farm on Dixie Highway in Springfield Township....more >>
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Shooting Stars

'Teacher of the Year' humbled by nomination, honor

The first emotion Springfield Plains Elementary fifth grade teacher Beth Rogers felt was shock when her name was announced. She stood up after Michael Page made the announcement at the Clarkston Foundation Teacher of the Year Awards Reception at Fountains, May 2....more >>
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Renaissance students speak out for Bikini

For Renaissance High School English Language Arts 9 class, a simple assignment on nuclear history led to a call to action to help people half a world away. "We owe them a lot," said student Andrew Sabo about the people of Bikini Atoll, still suffering the effects of U....more >>
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The world is workplace for Clarkston couple

Jeff and Olivia Steele met in Clarkston but now work around the world. "Sometimes it's really magical and exciting, and sometimes it's really difficult we don't speak the language," said Olivia, who teaches Grade 1 International Baccalaureate at the American International School of Guangzhou in China....more >>
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Park filled with fun for kids

Smiles warmed up the day at Clintonwood Park during Kids Day in the Park, May 11. Hosted by Independence Township Parks and Recreation, the event was dedicated to Ryan Kennedy, a Clarkston resident who passed away last May just two days after his 10th birthday....more >>
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Getting fit in a fun way

Pine Knob Elementary students moved and danced around outside on May 1. All students from Kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Day to promote a healthy active lifestyle....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Relay for Life Cancer survivors, family, and friends gather for the 24-hour Relay For Life of Clarkston, 10 a.m., Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, at Clarkston Junior High School, 6595 Waldon Road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Plane crashes near Pine Knob" A plane crashed just south of Clarkston Rd. near Pine Knob Music Theatre. Authorities said a tree reduced crash impact, may have saved the life of 60-year-old pilot Ronald Ginahi....more >>
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Born October 13th
1909: Herblock (Herbert Lawrence Block), multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist.
1910: Ernest Kellogg Gann, pilot and adventure novelist (Island in the Sky, The High and Mighty).
1910: Art Tatum, American jazz pianist.
1925: Margaret Thatcher, the first female UK prime minister (1979-1990).
1926: Ray Brown, jazz bass player.
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in history
1849: The California state constitution, which prohibits slavery, is signed in Monterey.
1903: Boston defeats Pittsburgh in baseball's first World Series.
1904: Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams is published.
1942: In the first of four attacks, two Japanese battleships sail down the slot and shell Henderson field on Guadalcanal, in an unsuccessful effort to destroy the American Cactus Air Force.
1943: Italy declares war on Germany. Allied Agony Anzio.