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Dragon on the Lake goes swimmingly

Lake Orion's Fifth Annual Dragon on the Lake festival was a rousing success by any standard. Thousands of people strolled through downtown or enjoyed the dragon boat races, artists' works, the '80s party, road race and the myriad of other events all weekend....more >>
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Harvest Time's gone to the dogs

When most people shop at Harvest Time (1125 S. Lapeer Rd.) in Oxford, they purchase some pet supplies or pick up some fresh produce. But Jake Finseth found something different on Saturday – a new friend....more >>

Lake Orion Education Foundation's fundraiser helps schools

Grab your dancing shoes, the Lake Orion Education Foundation (LOEF) is hosting their 8th annual Evening for Education at the Indianwood Country Club Saturday, November 9. The dinner-dance will include a silent auction, game tables and a DJ, along with beverages and hors d' oeuvres at 6 p....more >>

Red alert

District receives lowest rating in new state system

If anyone has taken a look at the Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) Michigan School Accountability Scorecards they may have noticed they are a little brighter than years past....more >>

Lake Orion 5k walk/race helps kids succeed

By Katelyn Winkler Review Staff Writer Children, teenagers and adults came downtown last Friday night to participate in the first annual OXLO 5K run/walk to Help Kids Succeed. Dragon on the Lake teamed up with the Lake Orion Methodist Church and Beaumont Hospital to bring eyeglasses, school supplies and other needs to children in the Oxford, Orion area....more >>
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PSA pays for Oxford grad

Mark Hurrish was simply hoping for a good grade on a class assignment. He never expected to win a national contest and a $3,000 scholarship for his work. The 2010 Oxford High School graduate took first place in the radio category of the 2013 Freedom of Speech Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest....more >>

Baldwin Cafe series looks for sponsorship

The owner of Baldwin Café Dave Chapel dropped the keys into actor Neil J. Patterson's hands and said go for it. Eleven episodes later, a series was born at the Baldwin Café. At the counter, behind the counter, and in the intimate relationships formed working at a diner, the half-hour series The Baldwin Café will take you deep within a typical café's chemistry....more >>

Are you ready for some football?

High school football season kicks off Friday night at 7 p.m. on the famous blue turf as the Oxford Wildcats take on their archrivals, the dreaded Lake Orion Dragons. But before you start raucously cheering for Coach Bud Rowley and the home team, get the inside scoop on the Wildcats, along with the Dragons, Wolves and Blackhawks, in our annual Gridiron section included with this issue....more >>

You know you're from LO if...

The "likes" on this Facebook page are out of control. The comments alone would take days to sift through. It doesn't appear to have an end, and it doesn't seem have a beginning....more >>
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Tap tapped for television

Move over Cheers, there's a new bar ready to make its television debut and its located in the heart of downtown Oxford. The Oxford Tap (36 S. Washington St.) will be featured on a new reality show called "Pubs Across America....more >>

Spikes and suds: Lake Orion volleyball squads have car-cleaning fun to raise funds

By Kerry Birmingham Special to The Review Trading spikes for suds, members of the Lake Orion High School Girls Volleyball teams served up car washes with a smile Sunday to raise money to offset team costs....more >>
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Life lessons learned in triathlon club

The old saying is "those who can't do; teach," but for Oxford resident Jim McClear nothing could be further from the truth. After nine years of competing as a tri-athlete in 50 different races including the toughest race, known as the Iron Man, McClear decided to get into coaching....more >>

Relume sold to Conn. company; subsidiary files for bankruptcy

Exactly how much is an LED manufacturer going for these days? If it's the Oxford-based Relume Technologies, Inc., then the price tag is $15 million. That's how much Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc....more >>
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Upscale resale finds downtown home

If you're looking to buy name brand clothing like Ann Taylor Loft, J-Crew, Banana Republic and much more at inexpensive prices, look no further than The Boulevard Boutique, located in downtown Oxford at 5 S....more >>
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Veterans serving veterans

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Veterans Ministry of Christ the King Churchin Oxford hosted a BBQ & picnic honoring area veterans and invited more 120 homeless veterans from various Detroit-area shelters....more >>


Show library card at local businesses Many local businesses are teaming-up with the Oxford Public Library to support National Library Card Sign-up Month in September. By doing so, they have generously agreed to offer either discounts on select items or services, and/or to give away free items when you show them your library card during the month of September....more >>
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Beautiful homes, businesses keep village looking mahvelous!

Most of the reason Oxford Village is such an attractive town is because so many property owners take great pride in the places in which they live, play and do business. It's the countless property owners who wield paint brushes, plant flowers and spend countless hours manicuring their lawns to perfection that keep the village looking like a center spread straight out of Better Homes and Gardens....more >>


Enbridge wins approval for pump station with conditions

Brandon Twp.- Enbridge Energy has won final site plan approval for an oil pipeline pump station at 3403 Seymour Lake Road, with conditions. The planning commission approved by a 6-0 vote the final site plan during their Aug....more >>


Goodrich Dam repairs to begin this week

Goodrich- The level of the mill pond will be lowered over the next two weeks for repairs to the dam and a culvert opening. "After Labor Day the water should be low enough to get down in the dam," said Pete Morey, village council member and street administrator....more >>
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Thanks for heroes

Brandon firefighters save woman's life after attack

Brandon Twp.- When emergency personnel rush a patient to the hospital, they don't always know the saga's conclusion. This week, Sgt. Billy Starr and Sgt. Gary Shafer of the Brandon Fire Department learned that thanks to their efforts and those of their colleagues, Sylvia Runyon's story has a happy ending....more >>


Board, band boosters OK five-year $40K deal for new uniforms

Goodrich- Next year the marching Martians will be stepping into a new look. By a 6-0 vote on Monday night, the school board voted to OK $40,000 for 120 band uniforms for the high school students....more >>


School district taxes to increase

Brandon to jump from 8.24 mills to 13 mills

Residents in the Brandon School District will pay nearly twice the amount of school bond taxes next year— going from the current 8.24 millage to 13 mills. "The analysis tells us that we have to legally," said Superintendent Lorrie McMahon....more >>


Despite tough economic decade, township coffers swell by $1M

Atlas Twp.- Bradley DeVries, a CPA for Yeo & Yeo, presented the annual financial statements and auditor's report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 at Monday's township meeting....more >>


OCEF 10th Annual Rummage Sale

Brandon Twp.- Organizing a garage or yard sale can be more trouble than it's worth, particularly in a rural community like this one, where customers may be few and far between down dirt roads....more >>


The Fiji Islands: Another look at paradise

(Editor's note: Former Goodrich resident Jillian Zirnhelt is a Peace Corps volunteer on one of the Fiji Islands. She has corresponded with The Citizen when possible over the last few months via e-mail....more >>


Flood insurance policies discussed

Brandon Twp.- Do you really need flood insurance? Township residents are invited to learn the answer to this question during a special presentation at 7 p.m., Sept. 9, at the library, 304 South St....more >>


Many of the same drivers return to district bus routes

Outsourced bus drivers will include previous employees

Goodrich- When many of the more than 1,000 district students get on the bus on Sept. 3—they should see a familiar face behind the wheel. About 10 of the 15 drivers that were released earlier this year by the district have reapplied and were hired by Portland-based Michigan Education Transportation Services (METS)....more >>


Arson suspected in township fire

Reward offered for information regarding blaze

At about 8 p.m., Aug. 17, Groveland Township Fire Department responded to the 2000 block of Bald Eagle Lake Road following a report of smoke in the woods. Access to the fire was limited to a narrow trail through the woods to a small unoccupied cabin approximately 600-800 square feet....more >>


Give and take for recreation: Extra hours, no extra funds

Administrative assistant's hours increased from 24 to 29 hours per week for rec dept.

Brandon Twp.- Residents should see improvements in recreation with an increase in staffing and office hours, but they will likely also see a slight increase in program registration fees next year....more >>


Fitness key in scout's Gold Award project

Goodrich-A local scout is hoping to put a new charge into fitness. Jessica Taylor, 17, a high school senior this fall, is vying for her Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest achievement in Girl Scouting....more >>


Elsworth, Spartans ready for Rose Bowl run

Chances are, when the Michigan State Spartans take the field for the 2013 Big 10 season the legions of fans will once again hear a common name on defense—Kyler Elsworth. Elsworth, a 6'1", 220-pound, 2009 Goodrich High School graduate, is a fifth-year senior for the Spartans and although he likely won't start, he will get plenty of playing time....more >>


Local returns after study in Mainz

Alissa Reddy, 21, a 2010 Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes graduate, Albion College senior and Brandon Township resident, returned earlier this month after a summer-long scientific-academic program in Germany....more >>


Hello and goodbye in Brandon as district prepares for new year

Brandon Twp.- Coming, going, returning. During their Aug. 19 meeting, the school board said hello to three new district staffmembers, goodbye to seven, and welcome back to two more....more >>


Grant keeps marching Martians on the road

Goodrich-Thanks to a grant from a major corporation, the marching band will be looking sharp when the take their show on the road. The Meijer Foundation recently donated $7,500 for the purchase of a 28-foot trailer supplied by Whitmore Lake based SLM Trailers for the 86-member band....more >>


Ortonville Community Historical Society to host: Early Life of Old Mill

Ike Hamilton, son of past mill owners, to discuss working at operational mill in the 1940s

Ike Hamilton recalls his father Jack, along with a co-worker, falling through the floor in the Old Mill. "The floor gave way and day along with a man named Armstrong were loading sacks of corn and the floor gave way," recalls Ike....more >>
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Summer success

Students and teachers in the THINK summer program end the season with a celebration in Depot Park....more >>

'Orange' for schools

New state report cards color based

Clarkston scored an overall "orange" in the state's new school accountability report, released last week. The ranking is one shade above "red," the lowest level in the now color-based system....more >>

Family picnic after Labor Day parade

An Old Fashioned Community Picnic featuring food and fun is set for Depot Park in downtown Clarkston, Sept. 2 after the Labor Day Parade. Organized by Think Positive Clarkston, the event was created by the group to "get the community together," said Clarkston City Manager Carol Eberhardt....more >>
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Counselor helps patients beat video game addiction

As experts consider what impact violent video games may have had in the recent shooting death of an 87-year-old Louisiana woman by an 8-year-old gamer, Jon Richey of Independence Township sees plenty of problems associated with them....more >>
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A passion for carving

"We have a world-class woodcarver and he's right here in Clarkston," Les Hartzman said of his friend of 50 years, Ron Copes . "I'm not sure if he's a better woodcarver or painter. He's has such talent for both of them....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Rock-selling group of girls double fund-raising goal

A group of girls who painted and sold rocks to raise money for Lighthouse of Oakland County collected over double their original fund-raising goal. Claire Kirchner, an 8-year-old student from Independence Elementary, first thought of the fund-raising idea, called Rock it Up For Lighthouse....more >>

Clarkston graduate travels the world

At just 23, Jordan Roth, a 2009 Clarkston High School graduate, has traveled the world. Next up is Poland-again. During his year and a half stay in the foreign land, Jordan will work for Delphi Automotive, an international supplier of automotive electronics and technology with locations in 32 counties around the world....more >>
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Leadership students organize party for kids in park

Fun, food and games for a good cause filled Depot Park in downtown Clarkston, Aug. 21. Kids from THINK, Teachers Helping Individuals Navigate Knowledge, spent the summer learning a variety of subjects from reading and math to science to leadership....more >>
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1832: Blackfeet Indians attack American Fur Company trappers near Montana's Jefferson River, killing one.
1884: Transparent paper-strip photographic film is patented by George Eastman.
1912: Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt is shot and wounded in assassination attempt in Milwaukee. He was saved by the papers in his breast pocket and, though wounded, insisted on finishing his speech.
1917: Mata Hari, a Paris dancer, is executed by the French after being convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans. Amy Elizabeth Thorpe, World War II Version of the Legendary Mata Hari
1930: Singer Ethel Merman stuns the audience when she holds a high C for sixteen bars while singing I Got Rhythm during her Broadway debut in Gershwin's Girl Crazy.