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Officials expect solid turnout for bond vote

Opponents and proponents of the Lake Orion Schools 2013 Bond Election August 6 are running around the community in last minute preparations. All regular precincts will be open. Assigned precincts are identified on voter's registration cards or by a quick call to the Township clerk, with two special changes made and instated for this election....more >>
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New dress code? No, it's steampunk

What do you get when you mix the Victorian era with steam-power and throw in a little science fiction? You get a movement known as "steampunk." The Addison Township Public Library gave teens an introduction to the steampunk community with a steampunk minicon held at township hall on July 22....more >>

Deal with Oxford may save some dispatch employees

Since about 1983 a throw of a switch will call Oxford's fire dispatch as backup for a Lake Orion emergency situation. Starting January 1, 2014, this button will be obsolete. The Lake Orion Village council voted last Monday, July 22, to move forward in collaborative efforts with Oxford administration to negotiate an agreement for Oxford dispatching to become Lake Orion's emergency service provider....more >>

Council considers regulating rentals

A proposed ordinance that would mandate the registration and inspection of residential rental units in Oxford Village sparked an age-old debate concerning property rights versus the public good at the July 23 council meeting....more >>

Culver's of Lake Orion celebrates 5th anniversary with tasty deals

Culver's of Lake Orion celebrated their Fifth Anniversary on Monday with the restaurant's biggest day of the year. More than 6,000 of the chain's ButterBurgers were expected to be sold to customers for $1 each in what has become a delicious annual ritual at the store, owned by Joe Zimmer....more >>

Lake Orion female pilot fundraises flight to Africa

When landing in the desert, LOHS 2003 graduate Victoria Neuville Zajko will scan for bumps, rocks, or anything that could make it too eventful. With one other French female pilot, Zajko will spend 50 hours flying a four-seat, 50-gallon Cessna 172 airplane on a famous airmail route from France to Senegal, Africa, to deliver 500 plus paper airplanes....more >>

Village voters may decide dispatch issue

A motion to pursue a contract with the Oakland County Sheriff's Dept. for police dispatch services failed in a 3-2 vote last week by the Oxford Village Council. But the big question is will village voters agree with that decision should the issue make its way to the ballot....more >>

Culver's of Lake Orion celebrates 5th anniversary with tasty deals

Culver's of Lake Orion celebrated their Fifth Anniversary on Monday with the restaurant's biggest day of the year. More than 6,000 of the chain's ButterBurgers were expected to be sold to customers for $1 each in what has become a delicious annual ritual at the store, owned by Joe Zimmer....more >>

LO proposal means $40K loss for Oxford

A proposal from the Village of Lake Orion to begin contracting with the Oxford Village Police Department for 9-1-1/police dispatch services caused a bit of stir at last week's council meeting....more >>

Eagle Scout's quest links Orion Library to Polly Ann Trail

Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer Thanks to a bit of hard work, the Orion Township Public Library is now accessible from the Polly Ann Trail. On Saturday, June 29, Boy Scout Wes McBride and members of his troop finished a trail connecting the library to the Polly Ann Trail, as well as installing a sign making the location of the trail clearer....more >>
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The bullet is ready! Are you?

Bring silver certificates to Centennial Park Aug. 3

At 3:01 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, some lucky individual is going to be the proud owner of a genuine silver bullet just like the ones the Lone Ranger uses as his calling card. Folks who have earned silver certificates through the Silver Bullet Good Deeds contest that began July 2 are asked to bring them to downtown Oxford's Centennial Park between 12 noon and 3 p....more >>

Building fees going up in Addison Twp.

Much like Oxford Township did back in June, Addison Township recently decided to increase its building fees in order to help cover its expenses. "Many communities downsized in the last recession, but this was not an option for Addison Township," said Supervisor Bruce Pearson....more >>
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The Lone Ranger rides . . . on 4 wheels?

The Lone Ranger atop his mighty steed Silver is a familiar sight to many Americans. But Lake Orion resident Ann (Anderson) Starrs has some old photographs that show sometimes the Lone Ranger traded four thundering hooves for four sturdy tires....more >>

Village moves forward with East Alley project

Special assessment district a possible funding source

After many years of discussion and planning, it appears the East (or Edison) Alley project is finally moving forward. Last week, the Oxford Village Council voted 5-0 to pay the Pontiac-based Nowak & Fraus Engineers up to $3,600 to do some preliminary engineering on the project and direct the village manager to present various funding options for future phases of the alley....more >>

Beemer's last interview was with the Leader

Editor's Note: On March 4, 1965, The Oxford Leader published Brace Beemer's very last interview. It was conducted on February 20, by then-Publisher James A. Sherman, Sr. and former reporter C....more >>

Briefs

FISH is collecting school supplies Back-to-school shopping can be so expensive and when you're on a tight budget, it can be very difficult to get your children the items they need. That's why Oxford-Orion FISH is collecting donations for their annual School Backpack Drive....more >>
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Council to explore proposal to turn municipal complex into townhouses

A proposal to turn the Oxford Village municipal complex (18-22 W. Burdick St.) into a townhouse development will be further explored and the findings brought back to council at its Aug....more >>

Village considers time limits on fireworks

The ability to shoot off fireworks at any time during the 30 days a year designated by state law may be coming to an end in Oxford Village. Last week, council scheduled a public hearing for 6:30 p....more >>
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Got gas? Addison's looking into it

Addison Township officials began preliminary discussions with Consumers Energy last week about the possibility of bringing natural gas to Addison residents. "We don't have a price yet, nor do we have a timeline....more >>
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Veaches wet their lines in trout fisherman's mecca

"It's like it was fate." That's how Alan Veach described his big win. On the same day the Oxford resident was watching "A River Runs Through It," a classic 1992 film about flying fishing in Montana, he won a trip to the trout fisherman's mecca....more >>

Oxford Township to offer on-line list of available commercial, industrial properties

Oxford Twp. is in the process of making it simpler and more efficient for developers and entrepreneurs to find available real estate in the northern Oakland County community. "The one thing we don't have a shortage of in Oxford is vacant land," said Oxford Township Trustee Jack Curtis, chairman of the township's Economic Development Subcommittee (EDSC)....more >>
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Frisbee fun at the library

Frisbees, dogs and kids. The three elements of a fun summer evening were all at the Oxford Public Library July 25 as Brian Hayes, cofounder of the Flying Aces: Professional Flying Disc Team, presented a program filled with Frisbee demonstrations and tricks for humans and canines....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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Drunk driver charged after striking Brandon motorcyclist

A 50-year-old Independence Township driver who struck a Brandon Township motorcyclist last week has been charged with operating while intoxicated, causing serious injury. Brian Blaga was arraigned on the charge July 29 in front of 52-2 District Court Magistrate Thomas Raguso....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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Hoop dreams in Europe

Former Lady Blackhawk makes German pro basketball team

Savannah Stedman isn't a Harlem Globetrotter, but she is playing basketball around the globe. The 2007 Brandon High School graduate harbors no illusions about making a living as a professional basketball player, but for the next eight months, she will play pro ball— in Germany....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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End of an era

Goodrich Hospice closure spells end of career for longtime registered nurse

Atlas Twp.-Chances are, if medical attention was needed locally over the last half-century Kathleen June was there. When June retires this summer after 50 years as a registered nurse—it will mark the end of a career that started and was finished at Goodrich's Wheelock Medical Facility which will close this summer....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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1,000 Miracle Quilts delivered

Over the course of the past four years, Carole Carroll has been delivering warmth and compassion to military service members and their families. The Addison Township resident founded Miracle Quilts in 2009 with a desire to give quilts to Americans who have served their country in the armed forces, most of them injured in the line of duty, although the scars aren't always visible....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 >>

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Township purchases foreclosed land, eyes for park use

Brandon Twp.- The township board unanimously approved the purchase of two parcels of property on Hadley Road during a special July 22 meeting. While the board has not reached any decision on what they will do with the land, the adjoining properties were attractive due to their size, 4....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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Volunteers needed FIRST Robotics season

Truck Town Thunder will be facilitating teams from second grade to twelfth grade for students throughout the area to learn about robotics. Participants master skills and concepts to aid in learning science and technology through innovative projects and robotics competitions, while gaining valuable employment and life skills....more >>

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Escamilla Amigos—real flavors of Mexico

Guerrero, Mexico family brings authentic cuisine, tastes to community

Groveland Twp.- Tomas Escamilla knows what Mexico tastes like. Escamilla grew up in Guerrero, Mexico—about 1,200 miles south of the Texas border on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean....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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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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Full speed ahead

State test scores up

Results to go into 'report card' in August

Clarkston High School students' proficiency scores are up slightly compared to last year in math, social studies, and writing. They remain the same in reading and science. "We are pleased to see our students' achievement increase," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

Treasurers deny assessing recommendation

Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown and Assessor Kristen Sieloff said the article "Assessing talks" on page 4 in last week's Clarkston News was incorrect neither recommended the City of the Village of Clarkston contract with Oakland County for assessing services....more >>
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Racing excitement at Waterford Hills

Visitors from around the country filled Waterford Hills in Independence Township for the 2013 Vintage Races, July 26-28. Tom Grudovich traveled from Palm Beach, Fla., just to compete in the Vintage Races....more >>

Township wins lawsuit in tractor case

A court-appointed panel of three attorneys ruled in favor of Independence Township in a lawsuit filed by local attorney H. Wallace Parker. Legal cost is around $14,000, according to township Supervisor Pat Kittle....more >>
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Arrows point to fun at Archery Jamboree

Oakland County Sportsmen's Archery Club invites archers of all ages and skill levels to its 40th annual Bowhunter Jamboree, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 10, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 11, at the club, 4770 Waterford Road....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Colorful visit

A group of Red Hatters from Lapeer visited downtown Clarkston last week to have lunch and visit shops. The group had lunch at the Union and dined on a variety of food, from soup to the famous Mac n' Cheese....more >>
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Outdoor writing

BY WENDI REARDON Clarkston News Staff Writer They took out their pencils, pens and notebooks after finding a spot to sit in Depot Park last Friday. Students in the Oakland Summer Writer's Camp just finished eating pizza and cookies from Rudy's Market after walking through downtown Clarkston....more >>
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Concours in Depot Park

A SCAMP fundraising car show event called Concours in the Park was held in Depot Park in downtown Clarkston, July 26. Visitors turned out to see car enthusiasts showcase their special rides the day before a big vintage race at Waterford Hills....more >>
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Young inventors

Underground homes and towns were created last week as students put on their thinking caps to help solve the housing situation in Singapore. The students learned during Camp Invention about Singapore's population problem and how hard it was to find space for all the residents....more >>
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Fluffy sweets at carnival

Cotton Candy, snow cones and inflatable fun filled the schedule of SCAMP campers on July 24 during Carnival Fun Day. Several businesses donated employees and equipment to help run the games and inflatables....more >>
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Conquering stormy seas

The gray clouds hovered over Deer Lake Beach and members of Team RUSH glanced up once in a while paying attention to lightning. Luckily the rain and lightning held off until their sixth annual Rush Regatta was over and winners received their trophies....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Labor Day parade Clarkston Rotary Club is seeking participants for the Clarkston Labor Day parade, Sept. 2. Floats, classic cars, community service organizations, musical groups, businesses, and equestrian riders will march from Renaissance High School on Waldon Road, beginning at 10 a....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "New CHS open for orientation Aug. 19" The process of moving to the new high school was underway, under the supervision of Kathy Pierson. The school staff was operating in the old school in the morning and the new school in the afternoon....more >>
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Born August 21st
1904: William Count Basie, American band leader and composer.
1936: Wilt Chamberlin, four-time MVP for the National Basketball Association and only player to score 100 points in a professional basketball game.
1938: Kenny Rogers, country singer.
August 21st
in history
1858: The first of a series of debates begins between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Douglas goes on to win the Senate seat in November, but Lincoln gains national visibility for the first time.
1863: Confederate raiders under William Quantrill strike Lawrence, Kansas, leaving 150 civilians dead.
1864: Confederate General A.P. Hill attacks Union troops south of Petersburg, Va., at the Weldon railroad. His attack is repulsed, resulting in heavy Confederate casualties.
1915: Italy declares war on Turkey.
1942: U.S. Marines turn back the first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal in the Battle of Tenaru.