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Lions Jubilee is this weekend at Canterbury

By Dan Shriner Review Editor It must be nearly summer because the Lake Orion Lions Club annual Jubilee will be held from Thursday through Sunday at Olde World Canterbury Village....more >>
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Lone Ranger movie tickets on sale now

Tickets for the special 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 sneak preview of Disney's Lone Ranger movie at the Oxford 7 Theater (48 S. Washington St.) are now available. They can be purchased at Oxford Bank's branches in downtown Oxford (60 S....more >>

District may give Pontiac pupils a ride

After being approached by Walton Charter Academy, a K-8 school in Pontiac, Oxford Community Schools' administrators are considering sending a bus there to pick up students entering their freshman year of high school as a part of the schools of choice program....more >>

Bldg. fees to take big jump Jan. 1

Construction in Oxford Township will get more expensive as of Jan. 1, 2014 when a dramatic increase in the municipality's building fees takes effect. Last week, the township board voted 5-2 to increase the building department's fee schedule in order to make it self-sustaining and end the practice of having to subsidize the department with taxpayer money from the general fund budget....more >>

Fmr. Oxford resident awarded France's highest honor

It's been 69 years since France was liberated from the tyrannical grip of Adolph Hitler's Third Reich and the European country is still extremely grateful to the American soldiers who fought to free it....more >>
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Art becomes therapy to deal with losses

After having put herself through college by selling real-estate and graduating from Oakland University with honors, Sarah Tierney was always goal oriented until one day she "didn't care about anything....more >>

Lone Ranger parade route finalized, entries sought

The route has finally been settled for Oxford's Saturday, Aug. 3 parade celebrating the town's connection to the Lone Ranger. Last week, the village council voted 4-0 to have the parade route along M-24 begin at Fire Station #1 (96 N....more >>

Auditor gives twp. finances high marks, expresses concern over water debt, retirement funding

A positive audit report regarding the municipality's finances for the 2012 fiscal year was presented last week to the Oxford Township Board. "The township is healthy. The general fund is healthy," said Auditor Rana Emmons, from the Plymouth-based firm of PSLZ LLP Certified Public Accountants....more >>

Preliminary PUD approval granted for 52 condos

Oxford Twp. is one step closer to seeing 52 condominiums added to its tax base. Officials voted 7-0 to grant preliminary approval for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) that would complete the Hills of Oxford condo community located at M-24 and Indian Lake Rd....more >>

Oxford man killed crossing M-24

A 24-year-old Oxford man was killed while crossing M-24 in front of the Burning Oak restaurant (595 N. Lapeer Rd.) at approximately 12:01 a.m. Thursday, June 13. The victim was struck by a northbound 2004 Kia Sorento driven by a 28-year-old Ortonville man....more >>

Briefs

1970s OHS grads invited to reunion Oxford High School's Class of 1973 is celebrating its 40th anniversary of graduating and it's inviting all the other classes of the 1970s to come and party with them....more >>

When personal coping skills go painfully wrong

This is the first part of a three part series about negative coping skills like self-injury, and how positive coping skills can be developed. In the first part of this series, The Clarkston News talks to Abigail about her experience with self-injury....more >>

Grant sought to mark safety path crossings

Oxford Township officials are hoping to obtain a grant that will make it safer for pedestrians to cross certain well-traveled intersections. Last week, the township board voted 7-0 to apply for a $5,000 grant from the Michigan Township Participating Plan to place pedestrian crosswalk markings at 16 intersections where roads and safety paths meet....more >>

Twp. seeks real estate pros to compile list of available commercial/industrial properties

Knock, knock. Who's there? Opportunity. Oxford Township is seeking local real estate agents and brokers to volunteer their services in exchange for free advertising on the municipality's website....more >>
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Addison senior uses art to inspire fellow seniors

Addison Township Art Group is a place for both learning and teaching. "We'll gladly mentor others if they want to come in and we'll gladly learn from others," said Jerry Thomas, leader of the group....more >>

Resurfacing project underway in Addison

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has closed Rochester Road to through traffic from Mack Road to the southern Leonard Village limits in Addison Township beginning in order to resurface the road....more >>
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China's got a new home

China had a truly horrific start in life, but it looks like she finally found her happy ending. The badly-beaten German Shepherd, saved by the Oxford-based K-9 Stray Rescue League, was adopted by Chris Fisk about 10 days ago....more >>
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VFW Post 334 named All-State

Fewer than 10 percent of all VFW Posts are named an All-State Post and North Oakland VFW Post 334 has achieved that recognition for the fourth year in a row. Post 334 was recognized as an All-State Post again for the 2012-2013 fiscal year at the VFW State Convention held recently at the Troy Marriott, according to Post Commander James Hubbard....more >>
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VFW Post 334 sets state record for poppy sales

North Oakland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 334 set a new record for the State of Michigan selling $29,447.81 of Buddy Poppies May 9, 10 and 11, the days this annual fundraiser was held....more >>
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Storytime returns to the park

Bring a blanket, snack and your imagination

Downtown Oxford's Centennial Park isn't just a great place to listen to music. It's also a terrific venue for story-telling. Employees from the Oxford Public Library brought summer storytime back to the quaint little park this week....more >>

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Ortonville area charter school plans continue

Ortonville- When one door closes, another opens. Mary Wilcox was disappointed when the Brandon School Board voted in April to decline an offer to purchase the vacant Sherman building for use as a charter school....more >>

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Brandon Board takes aim at school bullying

Brandon Twp.- Last spring, a new policy regarding bullying was implemented in the district, which included reporting incidents to the state. At the June 17 school board meeting, Superintendent Lorrie McMahon announced the number of incidents recorded at each building in the district....more >>

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School lunch prices higher

Brandon Twp.- School lunches, as well as breakfast, preschool, and latchkey, are increasing in price this fall. During a public budget hearing June 10, District Executive Director of Finance Jan Meek presented a plan to increase school lunch prices for students by 25 cents districtwide, to $2....more >>

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Brandon bus stop in Pontiac?

Brandon Twp.- The school board is considering all options to keep students, including offering bus transportation to those who reside in Pontiac. "The board is looking at any and all options to retain students," said Superintendent Lorrie McMahon....more >>

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Brandon District in decline

Fund balance sags to 3 percent, after $1.2M in cuts

Brandon Twp.- The school district has been losing students and funds at an increasingly alarming rate for the past eight years. Budget reductions have not stopped a steady depletion of the fund balance, which takes another $600,000 hit with the proposed 2013-2014 budget....more >>

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Goodrich bus drivers privatized

Outside company to transport students this fall

Goodrich-By a vote of 5-1 the school board OK'd a three year contract with Portland-based Michigan Education Transportation Services (METS). Trustee Linda Jackson was absent. Trustee Tim Zirnhelt voted no....more >>

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Dam repairs this summer

MDEQ OKs village DPW fix to watergates in August, sedimentation may be next obstacle in long term repairs

Goodrich-On Wednesday morning, engineers from the Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, WadeTrim engineers, and village council members gathered for a discussion regarding the necessary repairs to the village dam....more >>

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New look to CreekFest 2013

'This is the weekend to be in Ortonville for sure'

Ortonville-After a decade of teaching people how to care for the local waterways—CreekFest has reinvented itself as a weekend celebration. "Thanks to the hard work of the Ortonville Lions Club, the Ortonville DDA, and Ortonville Chamber of Commerce, Ortonville will be overflowing with fun for the whole family," said DDA Executive Director Molly LaLone....more >>

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Council eyes vacant village property

Goodrich- For more than a century it was home to the Goodrich Hotel. Then home to the Goodrich Apartments. Now the small Hegel Road parcel in the heart of the downtown area may be property of the village....more >>

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Single garbage hauler, wage increases eyed in Brandon

Brandon Twp.- A single garbage hauler for residents, wage increases for township employees, and park development were all part of the discussion at a recent township board strategic planning workshop....more >>

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Millage rate hike looms as debt piles up

Brandon Twp.- In 2006, voters here passed a $73 million bond for school district improvements. The district has been borrowing money from the state every year since just to make their annual bond payments....more >>

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Got game? Goodrich alumni finding success

Matt Onica plays games and gets paid for it. About three years ago Onica, a 2003 Goodrich High School graduate and now a Holt Alternative High School teacher, joined former GHS classmates Jameson Carbarry, Noah Lane and Dan Misura, to form Float a Goat, LLC with the mission to desgin board games....more >>

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Village council divided on second pay hikes

Goodrich-By a vote of 3-2 on Monday night the village council OK'd a $2 per hour pay hike as part of the 2013-14 budget. The pay hike for village employees will mark the second consecutive year their compensation has increased by $2 per hour....more >>

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Scout soars with Carriage Town Eagle project

Nicholas Melton has created a pathway that may just lead to a better life for some. Melton, 17, is a Goodrich High School senior and member of Grand Blanc Boy Scout Troop #368 recently completed his multi-faceted Eagle Scout project in the inner city of Flint....more >>

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From Oakwood to Finland: Secrets of educational success

For the past ten years, Finland has ranked number one in the world on a test that measures the competency of high school students in math, science and reading. Last month, Oakwood Elementary Principal Kristy Spann traveled to the Scandivanian country to learn the secrets of their educational success....more >>

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Area Consumers Energy project moving ahead

Consumers Energy has fully released two gas main extension projects in Atlas and Brandon townships. In Brandon, the utility has received 356 applications of a total 806 possible customers within the second phase of the gas main extension project....more >>

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Compassion, integrity: Comfort Care Senior Home

Atlas Twp.- In 2009 Michele Burnett was faced with a challenge. Burnett's father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and it was becoming difficult to take care of him in the family home....more >>
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Fighting for a cure

2013 Relay for Life wraps up June 24

Ortonville- Party on. The area's largest party, the 2013 Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, was supposed to last 24 hours, from June 15-16. But stormy weather that rolled through in the early morning hours of June 16 interrupted the event that raises funds for cancer research....more >>
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1863: Union troops defeated at Chickamauga seek refuge in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which is then besieged by Confederate troops. Overconfident and overextended, the Union Army of the Cumberland advanced into the deep woods of northwest Georgia. Waiting Confederates did not intend for them to leave. At Chickamauga Creek, the two sides collided.
1904: Exiled Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph dies of a broken heart.
1915: Stonehenge is sold by auction for 6,600 pounds sterling ($11,500) to a Mr. Chubb, who buys it as a present for his wife. He presents it to the British nation three years later. The stones of amazing size.
1929: Fighting between China and the Soviet Union breaks out along the Manchurian border.
1936: The German army holds its largest maneuvers since 1914.Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie warned the League of Nations of the dangers of appeasement.