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2013 Senior Olympics

By Katelyn Winkler Review Staff Writer Lake Orion High School hosted the Michigan Senior Olympics on Sunday, showcasing athletic prowess of competitors 50 years and older. The games gave the athletes the chance to compete in track and field events and have fun while staying active....more >>
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Single mom needs new home to gain independence, give family a future

Single mother Sharon Carnes desperately wants financial independence, security for her family and to help parents like her care for their special needs children. But she needs a new home to make it all happen and money is scarce....more >>

LOCS Difficult decisions ahead

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer It is still too early to say how the Lake Orion Community School Board and administration is going to address the school bond defeat turned down on August 6, which prioritized project construction of "essentials" and "enhancements" in all 14 buildings of the district....more >>

Entire district on track to be IB authorized

Oxford Community Schools' (OCS) journey to being the first Michigan school district with preK-12 International Baccalaureate Authorization could be complete this fall following the authorization of Oxford Middle School set to take place this September....more >>

Decorate your boat and enjoy the ride

Lake Orion will be awash with color and light to kick off festivities for Dragon on the Lake on Friday, August 23. That's when lake dwellers decorate their boats and follow a fire breathing dragon for a 2-hour parade around Lake Orion....more >>
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One, two, three ... that's a lot of dogs

With blue skies, plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the comfortable 70s, Friday was the perfect day to be outdoors walking a dog or two. Or in Maria Wolbert's case, five. The Oxford High School teacher was spotted walking five pooches along Red Barn Drive....more >>

Last minute fundraiser fully supported

In less than a week three Lake Orion women coordinated the Team Tara Benefit and Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive for a classmate that Jamie Ayers hasn't seen in 15 years, and Nina Hart has never met....more >>
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Youth group does mission work in TN

Normally, when church groups engage in mission work, it's performed in impoverished nations in Africa, South America or Asia. But the Oxford Free Methodist youth group proved you don't have to travel around the world to find someone in need....more >>

We Care Pharmacy open for community

Unlike other pharmacies in town, a simple phone call can provide all the services you need at the new We Care Pharmacy located at 1412 S. Lapeer Rd. "We are different from a retail pharmacy, we consider ourselves a community pharmacy where you can have more personal attention from the pharmacists," said owner Evan Brikho, a graduate from Wayne State University with a doctorate degree in pharmacy....more >>
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PC recommends Merge PUD approval with conditions

The stone is faux, but the recommendation was real. Last week, Oxford Village planning commissioners voted 5-1 to recommend that council approve a request from Merge Studio & Gallery to rezone 27 and 33 Pleasant St....more >>

Up, up and away

There are many ways to become a pilot. Max Nordlie, an 11-year-old Lake Orion boy, is the type of pilot that lives for the rush, the crash and the landing. He earned his Skymasters' Miniature Aircraft Pilot License Sunday, August 11 after flying his prototype foam airplane under the careful scrutiny of Skymasters' instructor Neil Krohn....more >>

Beemer's last interview: Part III

Editor's Note: This week we are proud to run the third and final installment of the very last media interview that Brace Beemer, who played the radio Lone Ranger from 1941-54, ever did....more >>

Help A Mother's Wish assist those with breast cancer

A Mother's Wish, the Lake Orion-based 501c3 charity dedicated to providing financial assistance to Oakland County women and their families impacted by breast cancer, will be hosting its third annual 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run on Saturday, Sept....more >>

Plans for Christian school at OUMC fall through

Too little time, too little money and too many regulatory hoops to jump through put the kibosh on plans to move a new Christian school into the Oxford United Methodist Church (OUMC) and open it this fall....more >>
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Biz to dress up blank wall with mural

A downtown Oxford business is looking to transform a boring blank wall into an eye-catching work of art. Creative Embroidery, located at 10 E. Burdick St., is planning to have a mural painted on its east side, facing the parking lot....more >>
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Move over Tiger, here comes Brent and Zach

Forty-four youths, ages 10-15, participated in the Oxford Hills Golf & Country Club's Junior Golf League this summer, but only two walked away with trophies. Brent Bouck, a sophomore at Oxford High School, won the first flight championship with 23 points, while Zach Beatty, a fifth-grader at Lakeville Elementary, earned the second flight championship with 25 points....more >>


FISH to host open house Sunday To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Oxford-Orion FISH will host an open house on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 1-4 p.m. The open house will take place at FISH's food pantry at 487 First St....more >>
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Gerke earns first national crown

Chatting with Elizabeth Gerke it's easy to see why she wins so many pageants. She has a wonderful mix of confidence, charm and humor rare qualities in most people let alone a 7-year-old....more >>


Central Michigan eyed for area charter school academy

An area charter school moved one step closer this week as a phase one application is near completion. The American Charter Educational Services (ACES) is nearing completion of the application to Central Michigan University on behalf of North Oakland Charter Academy (NOCA)....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 >>


Brandon Academy of Arts & Sciences opens this fall

Brandon Twp.- One size does not fit all. With this in mind and an eye on expanding education options in the district, the Brandon School Board unanimously approved at a special Aug....more >>
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Always 'Good Times in Goodrich'

Something for everyone downtown Aug. 24-25

On Aug. 24-25, Good Times returns to Goodrich for another annual weekend of fun for the whole family. Hundreds are expected to converge downtown on Saturday and Sunday to watch the parade, jam to a band or two and visit with some of the townsfolk during the late summer event....more >>


Hats off to a mystery

Groveland Twp.- Farmer Nick Nichols fell in love with a statue of "Little Lulu" when he was shopping with wife Pam at an antiques mall a few years ago. The antiques dealer didn't have any information on the 8-foot tall sculpture of the comic strip character, but was anxious to sell her as she was taking up a lot of space....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 >>
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Racing to 50 in 2013

Atlas Twp.- By the time February rolls around, many New Year's resolutions have fallen by the wayside. By August, they may be a distant memory. Not so for Robin Hoeffel, who set a goal in January of running 50 competitive races by her 50th birthday....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 >>


Consumers Energy meetings set for Atlas, Brandon

Natural gas service could be available everywhere in Atlas and Brandon townships next year. Consumers Energy has set public meetings to outline plans to continue extending natural gas mains in both townships....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 >>


Drain Commissioner eyes village- owned culvert as flooding culprit

Wheelock & Watkins Drain project addressed at meeting

Goodrich-A 6-inch culvert has been identified as a possible factor in flooding some village homes and businesses. Despite several heated exchanges during the Goodrich Village Council meeting on Monday night, Jeff Wright, Genesee County Drain Commissioner, expressed his opinion of the causes of numerous flooded basements in the village and the prognosis for future drainage demands....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 >>


No Brandon School bus transportation outside district

Brandon Twp.- The school district will not be sending a bus to pick up students in Pontiac, nor in any other area outside of this district. While students who reside in other districts are welcome to attend Brandon as schools of choice students, the school board unanimously agreed during a special Aug....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 >>
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Help for Marines

Fund raiser planned to save Marine Ball

Local businessmen Kevin Yousif, John Dean, Michael Holycross were at a conference earlier this summer when conversation turned to the United States Marine Corps. Dean, a Marine veteran, said there was a problem....more >>

Tim Horton's sets sights on Dixie and Main

After three years, the corner of M-15 and Dixie Highway may be getting a new business. Independence Township Planning Commission is considering a special land use permit by Tim Horton's....more >>

Local cancer doc accused of fraud

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is alleging a blood and cancer doctor with six offices, including one in Independence Township, of defrauding Medicare and having patients undergo unnecessary health treatments....more >>
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Butterfly Fest fluttering to Springfield

Monarch butterflies need people's help now more than ever. Debbie Jackson of Springfield Township and other conservationists can show you how. "I'm doing this to raise public awareness of their population decline," said Jackson, Monarch Watch conservation specialist who is helping to plan the Monarch Festival, 11 a....more >>

City plans $2,500 in renovations

Clarkston plans to clean up and renovate City Hall's office and Department of Public Works (DPW) garage. "One of the primary concerns of the office staff, when I interviewed them after I was hired, was the condition of the office....more >>

Positive coping skills equal resilience

Part 3 in a series on positive coping skills: BY ANDREA M. BEAUDOIN Clarkston News Staff Writer Possessing positive coping skills are said to make you resilient. Using negative coping skills can make difficult challenges worse....more >>
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New author pens tale of two puppies

When first-time author Martha Swanson of Clarkston decided who her main characters should be, she found inspiration in furry friends Milly and Roxy, frolicking at her feet. Milly, a 2-year-old Australian shepherd mixed breed, is owned by Swanson's daughter Chloe, a Sashabaw Middle School student....more >>
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Shooting Stars


Taylor Winiger, left, and Cole Chewins from Clarkston High Schools' Varsity Football team raise money for the high school stadium's new field house. An auction dinner dance is planned for Oct....more >>
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Full of song and dance

Kids going into third to seventh grade enjoyed Clarkston High School Musical Theatre Camp last week. They learned four numbers from popular musicals while learning singing techniques and choregraphy....more >>
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Clarkston ladies lead Oakland lecture series

Rebecca Hahn of Clarkston, president of Oakland Town Hall, is thrilled with the speakers lined up for the 2013-2014 lecture season. "I'm looking forward to each and every one of them," Hahn said....more >>
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Beach Bash at Deer Lake

It was party time at Deer Lake Beach on Friday, Aug. 9. Beachgoers attending the bash got into the beach free and could also snack on free goodies like cotton candy and snow cones....more >>

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News in Brief

Voters say no to Orion School Bond Voters rejected two Bond Propositions for Lake Orion Community Schools on Tuesday, August 6. Some Clarkston-area residents living in the Orion school district voted on the proposals that, combined, would have allowed the district to borrow over $32 million to acquire and install new technology....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Local business adopts hiring incentive plan" Clarkston Auto Wash, Co. owners Fred and Sheila Ritter developed a tuition reimbursement policy to boost their workforce....more >>
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1847: Thomas Alva Edison, prolific American inventor who jointly or singly held over 1,300 patents.
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1898: Leo Szilard, physicist, instrumental in the Manhattan Project.
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1964: Cambodian Prince Sihanouk blames the United States for a South Vietnamese air raid on a village in his country.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson orders air strikes against targets in North Vietnam, in retaliation for guerrilla attacks on the American military in South Vietnam.