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It's been a long time since the Lone Ranger rode Silver along M-24, but that's exactly what happened during the "Celebrate Lone Ranger" parade Saturday. About 60 entries participated in the parade that drew thousands of spectators. Ken Peltier, a member of the Oakland County Sheriff's Mounted Unit, portrayed the heroic masked man while Lake Orion resident Bobby Johnson brought the faithful Indian companion Tonto to life. To see three full-color pages worth of Lone Ranger parade and festival photos, buy a copy of this week's print edition for 50 cents. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio.


No shadows over Oxford's day in the sun

Saturday's "Celebrate Lone Ranger" parade and festival were absolutely perfect. Frankly, we could stop right there. Nothing more really needs to be said. But one sentence hardly makes for an editorial, so allow us to expand on that thought....more >>


Both Lake Orion School bond proposals are defeated

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Residents of the Lake Orion School District voted down two bond proposals on Tuesday totaling $33.2 million. Proposal A was defeated 3,517 Yes votes to 4,965 No votes....more >>


Public hearings set for ORV park proposal

Residents looking for an opportunity to comment on the proposed 860-acre adventure recreation/off-road vehicle (ORV) park on the Koenig Sand & Gravel property in Oxford Township will have two opportunities to do so next week....more >>

Miguel Cabrera hits homer at LOHS

Triple crown winner and Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera, teamed up with ProCamp Worldwide to create a once in a lifetime experience for 365 boys and girls at Lake Orion High School last week....more >>


33 percent rate hike proposed for metered sewer customers

Metered sewer customers are facing a potential 33 percent increase in their rates if a recommendation from the Oxford Township Water and Sewer Committee is approved. Last week, the committee voted 3-0 to recommend to the township board the metered rate be increased from $23 to $30....more >>

Lake Orion denies fee waiver for its fire hall

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Village of Lake Orion denied request of the township to wave permit and demolition fees totaling $1200 for three houses the township purchased on Atwater St....more >>
Sporting a super-sized smile and pink fan apparel, Oxford resident Kelly Morrison (seated) posed for a photo with Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera. Pictured behind them is Morrison's nurse Dawn Coleman. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio.


Morrison's magical moment with Miguel

The only thing brighter than her pretty pink outfit was the smile on Oxford resident Kelly Morrison's face as she got to meet Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was at Lake Orion High School Aug....more >>

Rock-star Orion dad pays tribute to local musicians with festival

A local musician envisioned a local music festival, so he is paying for the entire event out of his pocket. "Earlier in the summer the band I'm in wanted to play at some outdoor band concerts, and I just started to realize if we can't find one to play at, why don't we just create our own," Doug Gibson said....more >>

Rock-star Orion dad pays tribute to local musicians with festival

A local musician envisioned a local music festival, so he is paying for the entire event out of his pocket. "Earlier in the summer the band I'm in wanted to play at some outdoor band concerts, and I just started to realize if we can't find one to play at, why don't we just create our own," Doug Gibson said....more >>

Rock-star Orion dad pays tribute to local musicians with festival

A local musician envisioned a local music festival, so he is paying for the entire event out of his pocket. "Earlier in the summer the band I'm in wanted to play at some outdoor band concerts, and I just started to realize if we can't find one to play at, why don't we just create our own," Doug Gibson said....more >>
Shirley (Russell) Maylock loved being in Saturday's parade.


Radio actress recalls Lone Ranger days

Shirley Maylock born Shirley Ann Russell wasn't one of those millions of children who eagerly followed the Lone Ranger's thrilling adventures on the radio. That's because she was on the show....more >>
Sweet & Savory owners Debbie Meyers and Scott Eschelbach (center) are flanked by employees Robin Moore (left) and Bailey Kinder (right). Photos by C.J. Carnacchio.


Bakers win bullet

n addition to its many cakes and other sugary delights, downtown Oxford's Sweet & Savory Bake Shop now has some precious metal on display. The 9 S. Washington St. business won the Silver Bullet Good Deeds contest for the 250 Lone Ranger cupcakes it created and donated for the movie sneak preview/statue fund-raiser held July 2 at the Oxford 7 Theater....more >>

Unassuming game of wiffleball raises eyebrows and cash

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer If you lack a good hustle, don't even consider trying out for the Lake Orion Wiffleball Association. Smashing their perforated balls out of the park, these guys are known for their die-hard maneuvers, unwavering service to their country, and girls in bikinis....more >>


Wildcat Hall of Fame to induct five more stars

Five new Wildcat sports stars will be inducted into the Oxford Hall of Fame this September. The 2013 class of inductees include Megan Burns, Dr. Heather Hall, Zach Line, Bobby Schmidt and Jenny White....more >>


Softball coaches resign, district seeks replacements

Oxford High School's Athletic Department is once again on the lookout for two new coaches. Both freshman softball coach Katie Goetz and JV coach Anna Somers resigned due to family concerns, according to Athletic Director Mike Watson....more >>
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Sullivan earns entrepreneurial fellowship

Most college students usually spend their freshman year awkwardly adjusting to their new academic and social surroundings. Not Sean Sullivan. He was busy taking a crash course in entrepreneurship by founding and operating his own campus business for four years....more >>


Village drain, flood issues discussed

County Drain Commissioner to attend meeting

Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright is expected to attend the village council on Monday night to discuss the progress of the repairs to the Wheelock and Watkins drain. The meeting starts at 7 p....more >>
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Finally: Football arrives at OU, with Brandon coach, players

Al Manfroni has been coaching football for 32 years, in various capacities, with a wide range of ages and teams. This fall, he will make history, as the head coach of the first ever football team at Oakland University....more >>


Plenty of leaps & bounds

Local frog jockeys jump at 9th annual contest

Brandon Twp.-A small pond in the middle of Wojo's Garden Center has jump-started a long time tradition. On Saturday, Wojo's Greenhouse hosted the ninth annual Frog Jumping Contest—attracting about 80 contestants to their pad at 2570 Oakwood Road....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


500 run for Kayla O'Mara

Atlas Twp.-On Aug. 3, about 500 runners and walkers participated in the eighth annual Kayla O'Mara Memorial Road Race. The 5K and 10K race is in memory of Kayla O'Mara a standout runner at Goodrich High School....more >>


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 >>


On a mission

'It showed to me that true love exists'

Carly Ahonen spent a week this summer with some very special people who may not remember her, but whom she will not soon forget. Ahonen, 17 and about to enter her senior year at Brandon High School, traveled from June 16-21 to Cincinnati with 30 other volunteers from St....more >>


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 >>


Economy shows signs of life

Brandon Twp.- The economy appears to be growing again. The township building department has already this year taken in more than double the amount of permit revenues it received for all of 2012....more >>


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 >>


Twine that binds: Neighbors rally to provide hay for O.A.T.S

Brandon Twp.- Julie Lentz no longer has horses, but wanted to use her land to help feed the horses at a local charity. Despite several obstacles, thanks to a concerted effort by neighbors, hay was made while the sun shined and 18 horses at O....more >>


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 >>


Recreation: More office hours, same staffing levels

Brandon Twp.- Hours of operation are increasing in the recreation department, although not the number of operators or their hours per week. At their Aug. 5 meeting, the township board approved by a 6-1 vote to open the recreation office five days a week beginning this week....more >>


Court ruling may impact tax collection locally, statewide

Atlas Twp.-A State of Michigan Court of Appeals recently overturned a Michigan Tax Tribunal judgment which invalidated the levy of a special assessment for police protection. The decision could impact how future taxes are collected both in the township and municipalities statewide....more >>

Front page

Messy fun

By night they are counselors, by day ... well, by day they are still counselors but covered in shaving cream. The counselors at the day camp held by Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors volunteered for "Pie Your Counselor" last Friday, raising $300 for the Ryan Kennedy Memorial Playground....more >>
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First on field for families

Season kicks off with scrimmage fund raiser

When the gridiron heroes suit up for the fifth annual Football for a Cure on Aug. 17, they will honor family and friends they are playing for during the pre-season scrimmage. Each football player has a nameplate on their jersey with a name of someone who has fought, is currently fighting, or lost their battle with cancer....more >>
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Shooting sports start at club

Men wielding AR-15s, M1As, and other rifles lined up for competition last week. Participants at the Oakland County Sportsmen's Club Military Rifle Match said they like the sport for different reasons....more >>

Concern about Deer Lake safety prompt safety guide

BY ANDREA M. BEAUDOIN Clarkston News Staff Writer Water sports are fun, but can be also very dangerous. Accidents happen, but are less likely to occur if rules are followed to honor the safety of people and property....more >>

Ghost walk

The 2nd Annual Ghost Walk will be held on August 17th from 9-11 p.m. Visitors who would like to attend the Ghost Walk can visit Depot Park, where the tour will start, before embarking on the scary journey....more >>

Deadline for council seat election

Deadline to fill out a petition to serve as a city council member for City of the Village of Clarkston is Aug. 13 by 4 p.m. Some may be wondering what exactly someone on city council does....more >>
Clarkston grads Dylan Holtslag, at right, and Nick Bernardi are training for a walking tour of America. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)


Walkers to fill gap year with cross-country trip

With high school completed, Clarkston graduates Dylan Holtslag and Nick Bernardi are taking a break from school to travel the country. On foot. "People used to do this a lot it's a historical thing," said Holtslag, 18....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Varsity teaches next generation

Over 150 enthusiast boys were learning and honing new skills at the Clarkston Wolves Football Camp last week. Boys from grades fourth through ninth learned from Clarkston Wolves Varsity Football Head Coach Kurt Richardson, his coaching staff, current varsity players along with Clarkston alumn....more >>
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Rock group helps Lighthouse

A group of local girls raised $815 during a sale they called "Rock it up for Lighthouse". The girls sold the rocks on August 2 and 3 first during a visit from Channel 95.5 at the Clarkston Union and then in front of Rudy's Market in downtown Clarkston....more >>
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Volunteers face pies for good cause

It is all for a fun time and a good cause as Independence Township Parks and Rec day campers put a shaving cream pie in their counselors' faces last Friday. The counselors volunteered since it was for a good cause, raising $300 for the Ryan Kennedy Memorial Playground....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Alumni outing The 13th Annual Clarkston's Friends & Family Football Alumni Golf Outing is Aug. 16. Registration begins at noon at Pine Knob Golf Course in Clarkston. The shotgun start is set for 1 p....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Fire guts home" A fire destroyed a home on Perry Lake Road. The fire was the third major house fire in a month and completely destroyed the home. It took firefighters two hours to get the fire under control....more >>
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