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Dragons stop pesky Oxford in pigskin opener

By Joe St. Henry Special to The Review Lake Orion overcame the best shots of both Mother Nature and Oxford last weekend to win its 2013 varsity football season opener, 35-30. Everyone knew the Dragons' speed and quick-strike capabilities would be pitted against the Wildcats' ball-control running attack designed to keep Lake Orion's offense on the sideline....more >>
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Cats come close, but Dragons deal defeat

There is little consolation when one team outplays the other but still loses the game. The Oxford faithful may have believed they outplayed rival Lake Orion in a game that began on Friday and ended on Saturday and there are statistics that show that may be the truth....more >>

Lake Orion chooses Oxford for dispatch

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Village Council has decided to keep dispatching services local, opting to use Oxford Village. The council authorized the administration to take all necessary actions to transfer dispatching services up to Oxford....more >>

Council keeps local dispatch, takes on Lake Orion's calls

The question of whether Oxford Village will keep its local dispatch center or contract with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department was settled last week not by a vote of the people, but by a vote of the council....more >>

LOCS score yellow under new, colorful grading system

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer In a new grading system created by the Michigan Department of Education, Lake Orion Community Schools received a yellow report card. Instead of using a numerical or letter-grade rating system, the new Michigan School Accountability Scorecards released just this year come in five colors: green, lime, yellow, orange and red....more >>
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Singing fireman hopes to win $10K for dept.

Jeffrey Siarto is hoping his golden voice will earn the Oxford Fire Department a $10,000 grant. The 53-year-old Oxford resident is one of 10 finalists in the Home of the Brave National Anthem Singing Contest, sponsored by Comerica Bank....more >>

Orion Oaks finds a leader in me

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Orion Oaks elementary will be a new launching point for leaders. Beginning the first day of school, The Leader in Me transformation model will be enacted in every classroom, in the halls and on the playground....more >>
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Council moves forward with proposed sign ord.

After years of discussing and tweaking, it seems like the Oxford Village Council is finally ready to move forward with a major overhaul of its sign ordinance. Last week, council voted 4-0 to approve the first reading of an amended sign ordinance and schedule a second reading/potential adoption for the 6:30 p....more >>

Lake Orion plans to move offices to former senior center

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Village Council has decided to pack up their brick building and move to the old Orion Township Senior Center. This plan has been discussed for months, and now is in the preliminary planning process as village manager Darwin McClary gathers cost estimates....more >>

Mgr. estimates $750K to $1.1M needed to construct new village facilities

If Oxford Village were to construct a brand new municipal office and police station, it could cost anywhere from $750,000 to $1.125 million. That's based on estimates calculated by village Manager Joe Young, who presented his findings last week as council once again discussed the possibility of selling the existing municipal complex property (18-22 W....more >>

Get flexible, then food at the LO Farmer's Market

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Farmer's Market just received a grant that will benefit anyone who is interested in stretching out. It was one of the five market communities chosen as part of the 'Growing Quality of Life Project-The Oakland County Farmer's Market' funded by the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Urban Farmer's Market Program from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation....more >>

Discussion continues on potential rental ordinance

Oxford Village officials continued to discuss, but took no action regarding a proposed ordinance that would require the registration and inspection of residential rental units. "You have to make a fundamental decision do you want to start a program like this or do you not want to start a program like this?" said village attorney Bob Davis....more >>
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A delightful way to end summer

Centennial Park was filled with the soothing sounds of the Lapeer Symphony Orchestra Aug. 29 as it performed the last concert of the summer series. The group played everything from patriotic songs, such as the National Anthem and America the Beautiful, to mainstays of popular culture, such as the theme to the Star Wars movies and the Imperial March (i....more >>
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Let's go Cats!

Oxford football returned Friday night for another bone-crushing, heart-stopping, action-packed season of thrills and chills on the gridiron. Even though the Wildcats lost to rival Lake Orion, don't worry because there's still plenty of football left....more >>


Armed robbery in Brandon

Three arrested, including NWO gang member

Brandon Twp.- Three men were to be arraigned on charges Thursday after holding two victims at gunpoint in a township home while emptying the residence of valuables including guns, televisions, computers, gaming systems, phones and more....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 >>


Top Hops

Local hops grower taps in on Michigan breweries

Atlas Twp.-Mark and Mel Trowbridge purchased 55 acres of farmland just south of Goodrich about five years ago, thinking they would use the land to make money someday. "I don't have 200 or 300 acres to raise corn or wheat on," said Mark, a retired Delphi Engineer....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 >>


Oakland County Youth Assistance celebrates 60 years of helping kids

Take a walk on the wild side. Oakland County Youth Assistance will celebrate 60 years with a 4k "Walk on the Wild Side" and birthday bash picnic Sept. 22 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston....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 >>


Village, resident grapple with weeds, clover

Goodrich-An area landowner is appealing village action regarding a possible violation of the local weed ordinance. Tom Gordon owns a five acre parcel with 650 feet frontage on Hegel Road about a quarter mile west of Ridge Road....more >>


2013 tax rates OK'd by board

Brandon Twp. police, fire, operating taxes unchanged; library debt decreases

Brandon Twp.- The township board is doing their best to keep taxes down. At their Sept. 3 meeting, the board unanimously approved 2013 tax rates that are mostly unchanged from last year, with the exception of the library debt millage— which actually decreased....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 >>


Free Ortonville Health and Safety Expo Sept. 21

Groveland Twp.- A free, possibly life-saving opportunity will be available to the community this month. The second annual Ortonville Health and Safety Expo will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p....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 >>


Not too early for Community Christmas Toy Store

Ortonville- The kids went back to school this week and while looking for school supplies, shoppers may have noticed that stores are stocking shelves with Christmas items. While many may cry foul on what they consider a too early start to the season, Linda Mizejewski knows Christmas will be here very soon....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 >>


'When things tend to get a little wobbly, use this cane to lean on.'

Brandon Twp.- Mathew Mersino does not walk with a cane. However, if the day arrives when the 90-year-old World War II Army private may need the services of a cane, he'll be all set....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 >>


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 >>


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 >>
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Ready for the school year

Pine Knob Elementary students along with their family and friends headed to school last Wednesday. The 2013-2014 school year hadn't officially started yet but they met their teachers for the new year, checked out their classroom, desk and lockers and met new friends....more >>
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Grad spends summer with science

Anna Gray spent her summer exploring the outdoors and meeting people at a month long camp. The 2013 Clarkston High School graduate represented Michigan as a delegate to the National Youth Science Camp, June 26-July 20, joining 121 other high school graduates from the United States and nine other countries....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Middle schooler makes waves over the water

At full power, Jacob Burns of Independence Township launches from Whipple Lake like an armorless Iron Man, supported on jets of water from his boots. For about 30 feet that's about the length of the hose connecting the 12-year-old extreme sportsman to his father's jet ski....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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News in Brief

County to train city on counter payments Clarkston will soon accept bill payment at city hall, with help from the county. City Council voted, Aug. 26, to approve an interlocal agreement with Oakland County for training of city employees....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Tragic experience shapes pastor's ministry" Clarkston Free Methodist's Church's new associate pastor David Coleman experienced a parent's nightmare - losing a child....more >>
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