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Opinions mixed at park charrette

Opinions were mixed as folks gathered July 11 to ask questions and give their input regarding the potential creation of an 860-acre multiuse adventure park centered around off-road vehicle (ORV) use in Oxford Township....more >>


747 new homes in five projects approved for Orion Township

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a home—747 homes to be precise. The demand to live in Orion Township is increasing, and thus so are homesteads....more >>

Diesel fuel contaminated with unleaded at Oxford Meijer

OXFORD, Mich. -Meijer issued an alert to customers Wednesday that diesel fuel sold at their Oxford store may have been contaminated with unleaded gasoline.The problem happened during a fuel delivery when unleaded fuel was mistakenly added to diesel fuel....more >>

Village prez to resign

For the second time this year, the Oxford Village Council will be tasked with filling an empty seat. Last week, village President Tony Albensi announced his plans to resign from council because he and his family are moving out of Oxford....more >>


State official wants to study effects of fireworks on lakes and waterways

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Some questions initially raised by a lake-front resident on Lake Orion about pollution from dumping lawn waste, leaves and dog feces into the water has led to more questions by an official with the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) about pollution from fireworks into the state's lakes and waterways....more >>

Twp. sewer users will see double Oct. 1

It's official Oxford Township sewer rates are going to double beginning Oct. 1 in order to stop the system from operating at an annual loss of approximately $900,000. Last week, township officials voted 7-0 to increase the non-metered sewer rate from $86 per Residential Equivalent Unit (REU) every six months to $86 per REU every three months....more >>


Lake Orion school bus drivers receive national award for program to help kids read

By Katelyn Winkler Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Department of Transportation has garnered some national attention and recognition with an innovative program by school bus drivers to help provide instructional support to students on a volunteer basis....more >>
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Ashleys are parade Grand Marshals

"It hasn't hit me yet. It probably won't until the morning of the parade." That's how Leonard resident Fredric Ashley described his feelings about he and his wife of 38 years, Cindy, being named parade Grand Marshals for the 61st Annual Leonard Strawberry Festival set for Saturday, July 20....more >>
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Leonard set for 61st Annual Strawberry Festival July 20

Over the last 60 years, Leonard's Strawberry Festival has endured blistering heat and pouring rain. There's no way a little road construction is going to stop folks from enjoying this annual slice of small town life scheduled for Saturday, July 20....more >>

Building his body, fighting stereotypes

Take one look at Todd Drolshagen and it's easy to see why this imposing figure's nickname is "Tank." He's 230 pounds of solid muscle that looks as if he'd have absolutely no problem taking out anyone or anything that stands in his way....more >>

Twp. considers fireworks time limits

Oxford Township officials last week took the first step toward limiting the times when folks can shoot off fireworks 30 days each year. Officials unanimously approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance amendment that prohibits the ignition, discharge or use of consumer fireworks between the hours of 12 midnight and 8 a....more >>

Downtown Oxford receives national Main Street accreditation again

Once again, downtown Oxford has received validation from the outside world for its efforts in terms of economic development. Last week, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced that Oxford was among 10 downtown communities to receive national accreditation for 2012 from the National Main Street Center in Washington D....more >>

Construction water rate to jump $52 next month

The cost of using water during a construction project is going up in Oxford Township. Last week, township officials voted 7-0 to increase the water usage rate for construction from $47....more >>
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Twp. looks to Orion to help pay for new gateway sign

Oxford Township officials are hopeful that Orion Township will help cover the cost of a new sign that would welcome visitors to both communities. If everything gets approved, the gateway sign would be placed in the center median that divides M-24's northbound and southbound lanes at or near the Oxford-Orion border....more >>
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New bike cop to patrol trail, subs, parks

What has two wheels and the power to arrest bad guys? Oxford Township's new bicycle cop, David Slazinski. Last week, the Oakland County Sheriff's deputy began dividing his eight-hour shifts between driving his motor vehicle and pedaling his department-issued bicycle....more >>

Dentist raises funds for Oxford Pregnancy Center

The Oxford Smile Center completed another successful community outreach this past spring. Throughout the month of May, Dr. John Khoury collected and matched donations made to the Oxford Pregnancy Center....more >>

The township's sewer rate roller coaster

Over the last four years, Oxford Township sewer customers have experienced quite the roller coaster ride when it comes to their sewer rates. In June 2009, the township board voted to decrease the quarterly non-metered sewer rate from $63 to $33....more >>
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Echo Grove offers fun day for vets, families

On Saturday, the Salvation Army's Echo Grove Camp in Addison hosted a fun-filled Military Appreciation Day. To salute them for their service and sacrifices, U.S. veterans and their family members were treated to an entire day of shooting, boating, climbing, swimming and other outdoor activities....more >>


Brandon School Board OKs teacher wage cuts

Brandon Twp.- Patrick Montgomery began a speech at the July 16 Brandon School Board meeting by quoting Abraham Lincoln. "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not existed....more >>


A little quiet time for fireworks

Josephine "Babe" Osmak is fed up with fireworks. "Why do I have to resort to Valium and Benadryl to have a peaceful sleep for myself and my dogs?" said Osmak, a 75-year-old Brandon Township resident....more >>


'Someone has to stand up for us'

Some still bailing out after county drain fails again

Goodrich- An intense summer rain, flooded basements and an overwhelmed, dilapidated, century-old county drain has sparked the ire of many village residents. "The situation is dire, not just for me, but for the future of the village as well," said Terese Allen, a Ridge Road resident who is experiencing flooding in the lower level of her home for now a third time since 2011 after the Wheelock and Watkins drain failed....more >>


'A big win for human rights'

U.S. Supreme Court ruling a historic step in battle for same-sex marriage

Brandon Twp.- Julie Pretty felt a surge of emotion last month as history was made with two U.S. Supreme Court rulings that are widely considered as victories for same sex marriage....more >>


'Under the Lights'

Oakland Astronomy Club to host stargazing class at Brandon Library

Ortonville- Rain or shine, clear skies or cloudy, expect a celestial show at the library Monday night. Members of the Oakland Astronomy Club will present "Under the Lights," from 7:30 p....more >>


Brandon police millage in 2014

Brandon Twp.- Voters will see at least one millage renewal request on their ballots next year, and the township board is examining whether they may also have to seek a millage increase....more >>

Lovin' those Vettes

Chevrolet Corvette turns 60-years-old, plenty of memories

Atlas Township-Cynthia Delbridge's 1959 Chevrolet Corvette was parked under an apple tree in rural Shiawassee for five years. "I just had no money to get it fixed," said Delbridge, a township resident....more >>


New BHS principal

Dan Stevens is looking forward to working as a team with students, parents, teachers and the community as the new Brandon High School principal. "I'm excited to be a part of the great things going on here," said Stevens after the Brandon School Board unanimously approved him for the principal position during a July 9 special meeting....more >>


Best of the Best:The votes are in

In May and June, area residents were asked to vote for the top businesses in The Citizen readership area. The response from thousands of readers casting their votes from Atlas, Brandon and Groveland townships was overwhelming....more >>


Council opts out of downtown property deal

Hotel property to be auctioned

Goodrich- A piece of downtown will cost $40,000. 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 will be for sale on Sept....more >>


Local linked to battle at Gettysburg

Gensee County historian says Fifth Cavalry Atlas Township private participated in historic Civil War encounter

Atlas Township resident Ezra Blakeley was born in 1843. Some time later he moved to the Lapeer area and, like many young men of the time, was perhaps bored with life in rual Michigan or was maybe looking for adventure....more >>


Goodrich Village Volunteers

Local group needs help with playground project

Some local volunteers need some help. The Goodrich Village Volunteers (GVV), founded earlier this year with the purpose of enhancing the community needs some help this August. The GVV recently received a $1,000 grant from SAGE (Safe and Active Genesee for Everyone)....more >>


Brandon school bond loan OK'd by board

Brandon Twp.- It is "profoundly unpalatable" to LeAnne Schmidt to borrow money to pay on debt. However, that is exactly what the school board is forced to do, and during their July 16 meeting, Schmidt and the other six board members voted to approve borrowing up to $4 million from the state School Bond Loan Fund in order to make this year's bond payments....more >>


Township forms cemetery board

Historic Mt.Bethel Cemetery closed in township

Groveland Twp.- On Monday the township board of trustees established a cemetery board. Supervisor Bob DePalma was absent. The board is needed to oversee two township cemeteries— Mt....more >>


Heritage Garden project gets facelift, new certification

Native landscapes are a growing trend across the country

Ortonville- Heritage Garden renovations are nearing completion. The native landscape project, which includes the garden next to the Old Town Hall as well as a buffer by Kearsley Creek at the Old Mill, has been getting a makeover since last fall when volunteers began the arduous task of pulling up quack grass that had flourished unchecked, wreaking havoc....more >>


New pastor at OUMC

'There is ministry to be done, not just worship time Sunday morning'

At one point in time, recounts Dave Pratt, there was a Methodist church in every township in Michigan. The 67-year-old new pastor of the Ortonville United Methodist Church, grew up on a dairy farm in Alma and noted that "back then" a lot of farm families came to a church....more >>


Reckoning for Brandon Recreation Director

Brandon Twp.- An employee hearing for embattled Recreation Director Fred Waybrant will be held at 6 p.m., July 22, at the library, 304 South St. It is undetermined whether the hearing will be held in open or closed session....more >>


Local to compete in Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals Motocross Race

Chris Williams believes motocross is a very dangerous sport. He knows firsthand—the 2013 Brandon High School graduate suffered a back injury as well as a concussion at the beginning of the season this spring....more >>
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Neiman's Family Market offers new place to shop

Clarkston now has a family-owned grocery store to call its own. Neiman's Family Market, located at 7121 Dixie Highway at White Lake Road, officially opened its doors to customers this morning at 9 a....more >>

Assessor offers choice

Hire or face state fines

Some good news: new construction permits in Independence Township are up. But the bad news: the township is in danger of state sanction due to property assessment shortfalls, said township Assessor Kristen Sieloff....more >>

$300,000 for safety path extension

A new safety path connecting north and south entrances to Independence Oaks County Park could cost Independence Township up to $300,000. The Independence Township Board voted, July 9, to allow township Supervisor Pat Kittle to sign a sponsorship agreement with SEMCOG's Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) and act as the township's representative regarding its safety plan....more >>

Invasive species coming back

Phragmites burned off White Lake Road earlier this year, but that was just the beginning. Linda Lapinski of Oakland Phragmites and Invasive Species Task Force (OPIS) told Independence Township Board, July 9, much work remains to control the spread of the plants....more >>

Budgets up in Independence

Proposed departmental budgets including Assessing, Township Board, Board of Review and the Treasurer's office were presented to Independence Township Board of Trustees, July 9. Assessing According to Township Assessor Kristen Sieloff, the 2013/14 proposed budget includes increased labor costs of $53,023 or 14 percent when compared with the previous year's budget....more >>

Welcome to Clarkston, Mary!

The next time you walk into the downtown branch of Clarkston State Bank, you might just see another (new) smiling face. Last week CSB welcomed a new branch manager onboard, Mary Schroeder....more >>
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Orchestra to fill Clarkston High with music

Clarkston High School will have the Sounds of Summer flowing through its Performing Arts Center as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents their Neighborhood Festival series on Thursday....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Young rapper on cusp of studio career

BY HOLLY NELLIS Special to the Clarkston News Meet Evan McLaughlin. The 16-year-old will start his junior year at Clarkston High School this fall and has already started making a name for himself in the music world, specifically the rap/hip-hop genre....more >>
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Summer fun at fair

Joyful cheers filled the carnival portion of Oakland County 4-H Fair last Friday....more >>
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Rocking 80s in the park

Lead singer Sean Zee of Outer Vibe sings a classic 80s tune at Clarkston Concerts in the Park, July 12, in Depot Park. The summer concert series concludes this Friday with the bluegrass music of The Saline Fiddlers....more >>
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Local inventor keeps canoe upright

One summer day on the lake last year, Clarkston-area resident Carl Knaus' girlfriend was trying to get into a canoe when she tipped over into the water. "I told her to be careful, but then when I got in it, I tipped it over," Knaus said....more >>
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One more time around the fair

The Oakland County 4H Fair closed on Sunday but not before visitors enjoyed playing games, going on rides, visiting the different animals and viewing this year's exhibit winners. Keep updated through the year by visiting www....more >>

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News in Brief

Defer summer taxes Some qualified residents may be able to defer summer taxes until February 2014. "In many cases it allows them to pay the total annual tax without penalty," said Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Ground breaking held for new school" A ground breaking ceremony was announced for a brand new elementary school at M-15 and Hubbard Road. Community members, teachers and students were invited to attend the event....more >>
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1950: UN troops begin an assault into the rest of North Korea, hoping to end the Korean War by Christmas. A Fresh Perspective.
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1979: The United States admits that thousands of troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange. Defoliation.