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School bond cleared up

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The difference between the $25.5 million Lake Orion Schools bond proposed two years ago and the two proposals on the $33.2 million bond for the August 6 special election is the magnitude in renovations....more >>
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Don't be stingy with the chocolate sauce

How sweet it is!

Once again, downtown Leonard was a buzz with activity as the 61st Annual Strawberry Festival returned for an entire day's worth of old-fashioned country fun. Smiles were contagious as folks ate delicious ice cream sundaes, watched the parade and enjoyed the company of their family, friends and neighbors....more >>

Who will rule the lake?

By Katelyn Winkler Review Staff Writer Dragons are going to dominate Lake Orion the weekend of August 23 to 25 with the Fifth Annual Dragon on The Lake festival that will be a little different and more exciting than those in the past....more >>

Station mgr. gets the ax

LaPlace submits $12K bill for equipment rental

For the second time in less than two years, an Oxford Community Television station manager was given the old heave-ho. On Monday evening, the Oxford Area Cable Communications Commission voted 5-0 to immediately terminate manager Ken LaPlace....more >>

Search for new trail manager underway

Dust off that old resume and polish those interviewing skills because the search for a new Polly Ann Trail manager is officially underway. Candidates are asked to submit their resumes with cover letters to the Polly Ann Trail Management Council (PATMC) by Thursday, Aug....more >>

NOTA to cut service area in half Oct. 1

In an effort to serve its riders more effectively and potentially save some money, the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) will reduce its geographic service area by approximately 50 percent this fall....more >>
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Oxford woman to lead new charter school

An Oxford resident who's taught in the wilds of Alaska is preparing to lead a brand new charter public school in Waterford Township this fall. "I think all kids deserve to have a quality education," said Elizabeth Ruff, principal of Jefferson International Academy, located at 60 S....more >>

NOTA offers financial aid to riders in need

A new policy providing financial assistance to riders unable to afford the agency's fares was approved 8-0 by the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) last week. Riders who cannot pay NOTA's fares due to economic hardship are now eligible to receive up to $100 per year for trips to the grocery store and doctor's appointments only....more >>

Post 108 blood drives vital to the cause

American Legion Post 108 in Oxford is well-known as a place to learn about military history, enjoy some fried fish on a Friday night or belly up to the bar for a beer or two. But how many folks realize it's also a place to help save lives by giving a piece of themselves? Four times a year, the post, located at 130 E....more >>
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Public, PC discuss proposed Merge plan

Proposed plans to turn a vacant 103-year-old building into art-based business and a piece of vacant public property into a parking lot met with support, opposition, concerns and questions at the July 16 meeting of the Oxford Village Planning Commission....more >>

NOTA buses get contaminated fuel, systems to be cleaned at no cost

Some vehicles from the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) fleet received contaminated fuel last week, but fortunately, no damage was done and the taxpayers won't have to pick up the tab to clean their systems....more >>

Public to do some voting at charrette #2

Folks wishing to give their input regarding the potential creation of an 860-acre adventure park in Oxford Twp. centered around off-road vehicle (ORV) will be given another opportunity to do so on Thursday, July 25....more >>
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OXFD secures $173K grant from feds

Grant money just keeps rolling in to the Oxford Fire Department. The department was recently awarded $173,024 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)....more >>

Downed power line knocks out services to Charter customers

An undetermined number of Charter Communications customers in Oxford, Addison and Brandon townships lost their cable television, internet and telephone services for a couple days last week when a downed power line destroyed a fiber optic cable on Monday, July 15....more >>

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OCEF back to school supplies

The first day of school is more than a month away, but it's on the minds of many, in good ways and bad. Karyn Milligan, director of the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund food pantry, has already had inquiries from some OCEF clients about receiving help with school supplies....more >>

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Charities come through for local family in cool way

Ortonville- The Batson family has some of the coolest kids on the block thanks to two local charities. When temperatures recently soared past 90 degrees, Jennifer Batson's worries soared, too....more >>

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Enbridge plans reignite controversy

4-story pumping station draws ire of residents

Brandon Twp.- If 300,000 barrels worth of heavy crude oil is to flow daily through a new pipeline, two 6,000 horsepower pumps will be needed here to aid it on its way. Each pump is only 3 feet high and six feet long, but they are causing plenty of controversy, particularly because a structure proposed to house the pumps would be 40-feet high, and would be accompanied by environmental and safety concerns, lights, and a noise level which is as yet undetermined....more >>

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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 >>

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EMS update to improve response time

County to unveil new technology in September

The Genesee County 9-1-1 Center and Genesee County Medical Control Authority recently announced that the move to direct dispatching of emergency medical services (EMS) in the county will begin on Sept 9....more >>

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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 >>
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Alaska on two wheels

Local couple revs up for 6,000 mile motorcycle trip

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-It's 2,815 miles from Ortonville to Hyder, Alaska—in between are the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and 1,522 miles of the unpredictable Alaskan Highway....more >>

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'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 >>

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Bees still sweet for family

Morgan Foster's seventh grade science project is still creating a buzz for her family. "Most teens would ask for an iPhone," said Angie Foster, her mother. "But my daughter asked for a colony of bees to help the environment during the outbreak of the colony collapse disorder or CCD—which caused the decline in honey bee populations worldwide....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 >>

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New principal at Reid Elementary

Goodrich-By a 7-0 vote on Monday night the board of trustees approved Christy Flowers as the new principal at Reid Elementary School. She replaces Beth Zeto who is now director of student services, curriculum and federal programs in the district....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Sewers: 'In 50 years, never this close'

Ortonville- For decades, bringing sewers to the village has been little more than a topic of discussion from time to time. But years of all talk and no action are finally changing and sewers could be a reality within the village if the council continues on their current course....more >>

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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 >>

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Township parks & recreation director stays

Brandon Twp.- Fred Waybrant is taking a vacation, but it won't be a permanent one. The township recreation director fielded questions from township board members, maintained his composure and kept his job during an employee review hearing July 22 at the library....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>
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Water break

The water balloon splashes as Spence Jerome makes his catch during a break at Track Camp on July 17. Spence came out a winner as the water cooled him off during the nearly 100 degree day....more >>
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Sashabaw Road improvements lead to...

Businesses, hotel and more cars

A $4 million project to improve Sashabaw Road and the 1-75 interchange as well as the intersection of Waldon Road is a top priority for Independence Township, according to officials....more >>

Clarkston champion needed

Leaders launch combined project

Local leaders want downtown Clarkston to join a county-wide Main Street improvement program. Clarkston leaders, Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) representatives and Springfield Township Supervisor Collin Walls attended a July 11 meeting at Clarkston City Hall on steps needed to join and what the program offers communities....more >>

Costly copier at City Hall

A single copy machine in Clarkston City Hall has cost taxpayers $14,000 so far, with no end in sight. The city rented the the copying machine, also equipped to serve as printer, fax, and scanner, for about $3,200 a year from 2009-20012....more >>
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Community welcomes Neimans'

Neiman's Family Market held dinner reception from 6-8 p.m. on July 16 at the new location at 7121 Dixie Highway at the corner White Lake Road. The reception featured a full array of food, entertainment and special guests like Oakland County Executive L....more >>
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Homegrown crops in at Clarkston market

Clarkston Farmers Market is open for business, Saturday mornings through October outside Renaissance High School on Waldon Road. "It's going very well, with about 35 vendors and a pretty good stream of people coming out to support them," said Sarah Angelini, organizer....more >>
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Clarkston singer wins Idol

Oakland County Fair Idol's first-place ribbon stays close to home this year Dana Pangori of Clarkston won the $500 prize with a rendition of "Skinny Love." "When they announced it, I was ready to cry," she said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Local girls 'rock it' for a good cause

Some people develop a giving spirit at a young age. Claire Kirchner, an 8-year-old student at Independence Elementary, is proving she is one of those people. Claire has created a fundraiser she calls "Rock it up for Lighthouse....more >>
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RUSHers ready to race

Students are putting the final touches on their cardboard boats this week in preparation for the sixth annual Rush Regatta on Saturday at Deer Lake Beach. On the line are bragging rights and the acclaimed RUSH Cup, which winning team will claim....more >>

Ready for the show

Clarkston friends Megan Wilkenson, Madi Jidas, Marissa Daigle, and Drue Froeschke, fans of the band Train, dressed as mermaids for the band's "Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour" stop at DTE Music Auditorium, July 18....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Fighting phragmites Clarkston City Council voted to provide $2,500 to PlantWise for removal of phragmites, an invasive species taking over local wetlands. Removal will continue along White Lake Rd near Middle and Deer Lakes....more >>

Assessing talks

Clarkston City Manager Carol Eberhardt said the city and Independence Township are in preliminary talks about partnering for assessing duties. Eberhardt said she was contacted by the township to discuss if the township could compete with Oakland County assessing service costs....more >>

Reworked rules on fireworks

Independence Township has amended a policy restricting the use of fireworks with the exception of holidays. Under the revised policy, residents may not discharge fireworks except if a special permit is obtained or from 8 a....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Family asks drivers to slow down" In response to people speeding by their home on Flemings Lake Road, the Plesz family erected a 8x4 sign asking drivers to "Please slow down our children's lives depend on you....more >>
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1921: Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis).