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27 Lake Orion teachers receive layoff notices

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Twenty-seven Lake Orion teachers were given layoff notices this week although officials said some may be brought back. Superintendent Marion Ginopolis said she would hire 99....more >>
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Oxford sends 300 grads into world

Ademara Lowe, Scott Skilling win Oxford Cup

Another 300 Oxford High School graduates entered the world Friday evening as the 2013 commencement ceremony was held at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac. A total of 136 members of the Class of 2013 graduated with some form of academic honors....more >>


Master gardener says pay attention to 'wives' tales'

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer According to the old wives tale, when the maple tree has fully leafed, the killing frosts are done. "It's funny, but most of them I have found to be true, particularly the ones I have taught," said master gardener Kathleen Connolly....more >>

No deal!

Oxford Bank terminates merger with Level One

After months of waiting and wondering, Oxford Bank will continue to be Oxford Bank for the foreseeable future. Last week, the 129-year-old financial institution terminated the agreement through which the Farmington Hills-based Level One Bank was going to purchase it and merge the two banks' operations under the Level One name....more >>

Oxford Bank donates $2,500 for Lone Ranger movie preview

In traditional tales of the Old West, the bank's role in the story was always the place that got robbed by gun-slinging outlaws with colorful names like Black Bart. Well, in this story, the bank is the hero in the white hat....more >>
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Vietnam vet to be honored by DAV

When Oxford resident Dr. John Todd lost his sight at the age of 22 during the Vietnam War, he didn't wallow in self-pity, blaming the enemy for shooting him or the U.S. government for sending him to fight in southeast Asia....more >>
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Memorial Day observances in Oxford, Addison

Oxford and Addison residents are encouraged to take some time away from their barbecues and recreational activities over Memorial Day weekend to remember all those soldiers, sailors and airmen who sacrificed their lives in the noble cause of freedom....more >>
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Race car makes pit stop at RLM Industries

A celebrity of sorts visited RLM Industries (100 Hummer Lake Rd.) in Oxford Township last week and spent a few hours with the workers there. The No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion Gen 6 made famous by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards sat in the plant's parking lot as excited workers inspected every inch of it, snapped photos and took turns sitting in the driver's seat....more >>

Fund-raiser for Okla. tornado victims . Fund-raiser for Okla. tornado victims

Oxford Village residents Kim Collier and Tiffany Butler aren't content to simply sit back and watch the television news in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that blasted the Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday, May 20....more >>

Council looks at reducing DDA director to part-time, cutting fees for services

No final decisions were made, but it appears the Oxford Village Council is coming closer to finally deciding how to handle the troubled Downtown Development Authority (DDA) budget....more >>
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Parliamentarian group donates new Robert's Rules to library

There's a lot more to running a meeting than simply banging a gavel and calling for votes. Folks who wish to learn all the intricacies and formalities of parliamentary procedure will have a new resource to do so at the Oxford Public Library thanks to the Birmingham-based Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit (LSPU)....more >>
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A doggone good cause

The K-9 Stray Rescue League held its Third Annual Wag & Walk Saturday morning at Powell Lake Township Park. The event raised $4,665 and drew about 210 adults and kids along with their four-legged friends....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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Brandon Virtual School a reality for 2013-14 school year

A Brandon High School senior recently expressed his disappointment to teacher Brian Moore that the school didn't offer AP Physics. He will now have to take it at the University of Michigan, where he will be enrolled in the fall....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 >>
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Finally home

'Support the young ones when they come home— welcome them'

After three years in the battlefields of Korea—Don Kengerski hitchhiked home. "Back then, no one welcomed me when I came home from Korea," he said. "I ended up in Detroit taking a street car north on Woodword as far as it went, then got a ride to Warren where I lived with my family....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 >>


Preventive mastectomy: 'I don't want to leave my kids without a mom'

Women share their breast cancer stories

After testing positive for BRCA-2, a mutated gene, last August, Stephanie Venner was told by her doctor that her body was a ticking time bomb. Rather than waiting for the explosion, the Brandon Township resident short-circuited the bomb by having a complete hysterectomy and a preventive double mastectomy....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 >>


GMS goes to Washington

Goodrich-From May 3-7 about 139 middle school students took a class trip east to Gettysburg and Washington, DC. The trip was coordinated by English teacher Dawn Robb, and history teacher Tena Czap, along with parents....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 >>


CreekFest 2013: Bigger, better

Ortonville- When CreekFest returns next month, it will be a few weeks later than usual, will be expanded to two days, and with new events, will be bigger and better than ever, say organizers....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 >>


Brandon man arrested in series of home invasions

A 45-year-old Brandon Township man has been charged in several home invasions after being caught in the act May 9. Timothy Darrell Dunn, 45, was arraigned May 10 on two charges of first degree home invasion and one charge of home invasion, second degree....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 >>


Township property purchase

Atlas Twp.-The board of trustees voted 5-0 Monday night to purchase about three acres of property south of the township hall along Gale Road. The parcel was purchased from a township resident at the assessed value of $37,600....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 >>


New buses coming to Goodrich

Goodrich- In April the board approved a bid from the Holland Bus Company for $388,500 for the purchase of six used buses. Due to deficits in the district's budget and consideration of privatization of bus service, some questioned the need for the purchase of the buses....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 >>


No drug testing for students

Stiffer penalties, longer suspension for violators

Goodrich- Drug testing will not be part of the activities policy. At the Monday night school board meeting, the high school policy committee recommended that drug testing for students would not be part of the athletic student handbook for the 2013-14 school year....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 >>


The Local Relic:'We do trash to treasure'

Ortonville- Apryl Laurin and Tyson Cypher rescue unwanted items and remake, revive, or restore them into desired, unique, and whimsical home décor. The co-owners of The Local Relic, 417 Mill St....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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Front page

Memory Walk

Regina Simony walks for her dear friend, Cathy Pasque with team All-Night Fighters during Relay for Life at Clarkston Junior High School last Saturday. For more pictures, please see page 41....more >>

School board holds off on open enrollment vote

Open enrollment for Clarkston Schools is off the table for now school board President Cheryl McGinnis cancelled a vote at Monday's meeting. "The reason I struck it from action items is I received feedback from a majority of board members saying they had a problem supporting it at this time," said McGinnis, who reclassified the limited open enrollment proposal as a "discussion" item at the May 20 meeting....more >>
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Community awards honor cream of crop

Clarkston residents, businesses and groups were honored in seven categories at the 28th Annual Clarkston Community Awards, hosted by Clarkston Community Church. Citizen of the Year Joel DeLong was recognized for his contributions to local charities, schools, churches, and other groups....more >>
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Laps for life at Relay

Twenty-five teams and more than 300 participants gathered for the annual Clarkston Relay for Life at Clarkston Junior High School, May 18-19. The 24-hour event raised not only money, but hope and support for the American Cancer Society....more >>
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Hidden treasures to be at library

Items found at an archaeological dig at Ellis Farm will be on display at Clarkston Area Historical Society's upcoming "Clarkston's Hidden Treasures" exhibit. But that's just the beginning....more >>
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Bird brings neighbors together

The first time a peacock was seen in the neighborhood it was odd. But two years later, the colorful bird is one of the family in an Independence Township subdivision. "He stands in the middle of the road, stands on your deck, stands on the roof," Tom Brand explained, pointing out where he and his neighbors have seen the infamous peacock....more >>
Fourth row from left, at top, are Clarkston scholars Trevor Neiderffer, Harrison Smith, Ben Helgeson, and Sean Johnson; third row, Talor Tekiele, Brooke Huisman, Kelsey Riemenschneider, Amanda Chamberlain, and Mitchell Johnson, second row, Samantha Gertz, Emily Popp, Lexi Wung, Adam Larkin, and Morgan Gibson; and front row, Kendra Mantz, Nicole Orminski, Eden Hartley, Lindsey Noble, and Estrellita Torres. Photo by Andrea Beaudoin (click for larger version)


Top scholars honored for hard work

Clarkston Community Schools and Clarkston State Bank (CSB) recognize excellence. A group of 30 top scholar students from Clarkston High School and Renaissance High School were honored at a Student Awards Breakfast at Deer Lake Athletic Club, May 7....more >>
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Shooting Stars

National honors for students' art

Michigan Parent Teacher Association honored winners of its annual Reflections competition, May 4 Clarkston students earned 15 state awards in the creative arts competition. Submissions from two state winners, Alison Ferer and Johanna Jeung, both Clarkston Junior High students, were entered in the national-level PTA Reflections contest....more >>
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School circus

Springfield Plains Elementary students learned first hand last Wednesday it is a circus out there - literally. The Cirque Amongus visited the school as the students divided into troupes of 10....more >>
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Day of discovery

Springfield Oaks was hopping as they hosted Discovery Day with hands-on activities, May 4. Activities included archery, a petting zoo, a scavenger hunt, decorating sugar cookies, wood turning, butter churning and more....more >>
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Bulldogs learn from C.A.T.S.

The Bulldogs at Bailey Lake Elementary showed their appreciation for animals during their annual C.A.T.S. event - Connecting Academics Through Service on May 3. The students made toys for cats and dogs as well as adoption bags and bandanas for the Oakland County Animal Shelter....more >>

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News in Brief

Memorial Day dedication Clarkston Junior High School will remember 2003 graduate and fallen Iraq War veteran Jenna Beno by dedicating the school's courtyard to her memory in a special Memorial Day observance, 11 a....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Concept play of new golf course in Springfield OK'd" Springfield Township Board of Trustees approved the concept plan for the new Shepherd's Hollow Golf Course....more >>
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19: Germanicus, the best loved of Roman princes, dies of poisoning. On his deathbed he accuses Piso, the governor of Syria, of poisoning him.
732: At Tours, France, Charles Martel kills Abd el-Rahman and halts the Muslim invasion of Europe.
1733: France declares war on Austria over the question of Polish succession.
1789: In Versailles France, Joseph Guillotin says the most humane way of carrying out a death sentence is decapitation by a single blow of a blade.
1794: Russian General Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov crushes the rebel Polish army at Maciejowice, Poland. Alexander Suvorov won many battles, but a retreat was the crowning achievement of his military career.