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A Concert for Alayna

Supporters of the 12-year-old girl from Lake Orion, Alayna, came out all day last Saturday, September 20 to help raise funds for her family. Alayna's mom and dad were in attendance but remained incognito while more than 20 venders, more than 20 musicians, and dozens of volunteers put the event together....more >>
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Wildcat royalty

Presenting Oxford High School's 2013 Homecoming King and Queen Owen Bachusz and Tarren Leszczyski....more >>

Millages set for 2014

The Orion Township board of trustees held a truth-in-budgeting public hearing September 16 to set the millage rates for the 2014 budget. The proposed 2013 millage rates were voted and passed 7-0 with the millage rates set as follows: general fund 0....more >>

DDA: And then there were four

No meetings of the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will take place for the foreseeable future as its nine-seat board only has four members left, not enough for a quorum to conduct business....more >>

Build a house using just the backyard

While studying at the Strawbale Studio hidden in the growth of Oxford's back roads, clay will get under some toenails. Hands will smooth the edges of stucco walls. Learning the difference between silt and sand will be left to the fingers....more >>

Village gets $65K dispatch grant

It's raining money for the Oxford Village Police dispatch system. On Tuesday, the state Treasury Department announced the village was awarded a $65,000 grant through the Competitive Grant Assistance Program (CGAP)....more >>


Board OKs fireworks hours

Early morning booms banned at ten holidays

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- Getting a good night's sleep may be a little easier around holidays for residents following the board of trustees meeting on Monday night. The township board voted 5-0 to OK an ordinance which regulates the usage of consumer fireworks between the overnight hours of 1-8 a....more >>

Avonlea Spa and Salon cuts the ribbon

A Lake Orion "parent of the community" has recently opened her dream business in the downtown district, with the official ribbon cutting last Friday, September 20. Michelle Kunselman is the owner of Avonlea Spa and Salon and completely redesigning the interior of what used to be Patti's Place For Hair....more >>
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Guest house for foreign visitors proposed

It appears that Oxford could finally get something it's been lacking for a number of years – lodging for visitors. Brooksie Pollack is looking to transform her quaint village home at 9 Hudson St....more >>

A mother's success

Last Saturday runners wearing pink flooded the fields of Lake Orion High School. Walking and running for the third annual A Mother's Wish 5K and optional 10K were over 500 people, with 386 preregistered....more >>
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Sullivan's Public House coming to downtown

A portion of the Oxford Village Planning Commission got its first look at Sullivan's Public House during its Sept. 17 meeting. That's the name of the new Irish pub that Lake Orion resident Jerry Cremin is planning to open at 23 N....more >>

Jacobsen's Flowers celebrates 93rd anniversary

One of Oakland County's and Lake Orion's oldest businesses, Jacobsen's Flowers, recently celebrated its 93rd anniversary. In 1920, when Charles V. Jacobsen purchased an old greenhouse he couldn't have foreseen the way his business would have blossomed and grown 93 years later....more >>

Reduced speed limit eyed for county's unpaved roads

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford) is working on a bill as part of a package that would decrease the legal speed limit on gravel roads to 45 mph unless otherwise marked. The change in the law would only include counties with a population of one million or more which includes Oakland and Wayne counties....more >>
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Stoney Creek Cougars bite Lake Orion, hand Dragons first loss

One of Oakland County's and Lake Orion's oldest businesses, Jacobsen's Flowers, recently celebrated its 93rd anniversary. In 1920, when Charles V. Jacobsen purchased an old greenhouse he couldn't have foreseen the way his business would have blossomed and grown 93 years later....more >>

Dragon tennis team looks to be among league best and win fans

By Riley Holder Review Special Writer    While football may be king in Lake Orion when it comes to sports, that doesn't exactly mean that other sports aren't important and can't also catch a little spotlight....more >>
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'We were there by chance and the grace of God'

Brandon Twp.- A retired teacher and off-duty firefighter gave new meaning to roadside assistance on Monday. Kathy Brissette was on her way to the bank shortly before 10:30 a.m. Sept....more >>
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'Labor of Love'

Local woman's memoir tells of giving birth to daughter's twins

As a new author, Crystal Sirignano knows that writing a book is difficult. It took her two years to pen her memoir, aptly titled "Labor of Love." But while fitting, the title refers not to the work of producing the book, but to the effort she put forth more than five years ago in helping her daughter become a mother and herself become a grandmother....more >>


Affordable Care Act guidance

'Navigating Your Way Through the Marketplace' offered

Brandon Twp.- After years of controversy and debate, healthcare reform is about to take effect. The Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010, is complicated and has often been confusing, but a new program offered at the library aims to help those who are uninsured or underinsured obtain medical coverage in the new Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace....more >>
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Julie Graveldinger: 2013 Citizen of the Year

Julie Graveldinger believes everyone must have a purpose in life. Her purpose is to bring joy to the lives of others and she is succeeding, through volunteer work with Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, the St....more >>


GEA, district agree on contract

Concessions from all groups; enrollment decline forecasted

Goodrich-On Sept. 16 the school board of trustees ratified a one year contract with the Goodrich Education Association. "All employees, including myself, have given back to the district," said Scott Bogner, district superintendent....more >>


Slow down eyed for Oakland County unpaved roads

Lawmaker considers 45 mph gravel road speed legislation

Rep. Brad Jacobsen (Oxford R-46th District, which includes Brandon Township) is working on a bill as part of a package that would decrease the legal speed limit on gravel roads to 45 mph unless otherwise marked....more >>


Scoreboard offer sparks board debate over donations, advertising

Goodrich-An area automobile dealer has offered $15,000 for sponsorship of a new scoreboard at the Roy U. Stacey Athletic Complex. The district policy committee has been discussing the donation and will bring the issue to the next school board meeting on Oct....more >>
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Self-publishing on the Internet

'Introduction to ePublishing,' 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 3, Brandon Twp. Library, 304 South St., Ortonville.

Brandon Twp.- In the digital age, anyone can be a published writer, with their work instantly accessible to everyone. "You don't need a big company behind you to be heard," said Dan Hutchins, a digital services librarian....more >>


NOAH still feeding hungry pets at new location in village

Ortonville- While they no longer have their own building in the village, North Oakland Animal Help (NOAH) is definitely maintaining a presence here. More than ever, low-income families are seeking the assistance of the non-profit organization in feeding their animals....more >>


Vandals close Goodrich Dam during Kearsley Creek surge

Goodrich-Village officials reported to the Genesee County Sheriff Department that vandals closed a watergate on the Goodrich Dam between 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday that was opened after a beaver dam was removed upsteam in Ortonville....more >>


Consumers—Groveland Service Center opens

Groveland Twp.- On Sept. 13, local and state officials, along with Consumers Energy President and CEO John Russell, celebrated the completion of the new Groveland Township Service Center....more >>


Sweet road

Mile section of township road treated with Perma-Zyme

Atlas Twp.- At least one mile of township road will be a whole lot sweeter. On Sept. 25 a mile section of Walker Road between Hill and Maple roads was treated with Perma-Zyme, which among other natural ingredients includes molasses....more >>


Geek Brandon Library at Septemberfest

Ortonville- Get your geek on. During Septemberfest Sept. 28 in the village, the Brandon Township Library will officially join in a national campaign to "Geek the Library." Julie Fikes, chairman of the local Geek Committee, explains that the campaign is one of advocacy for libraries, encouraging people to share their hobbies and passions and to come find what the library has to offer for what you are interested in....more >>


Youth hunters connect with early deer season

Groveland Twp.- Last weekend three area youth took aim at a new outdoor experience. Under the supervision of township resident Rex Murphy, the three adolescents joined thousands of others statewide participating in the Youth Deer Hunt for ages 10-16....more >>


Drain commissioner responds to village sewer concerns

Goodrich-During an Aug.12 village council meeting Jeff Wright, Genesee County Drain Commissioner, made comments suggesting a rash of sewage was allegedly discharged into the Kearsley Creek via the village drains....more >>


New athletic after-school program at BFIS

Brandon Twp.- A new after-school program at the intermediate school may be seen as latchkey by some, but will still benefit kids athletically and may work to channel them into sports at a higher level in the district....more >>

Independence Township

Sept. 30, 2013 Millage Rate Publich Hearing

If you live in Independence Township, and are interested in your millage rate you should keep this date and time in mind. A publiic hearing has been slated for Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. The Clarkston News, in the printed edition, said the meeting is at 7 p....more >>
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Crack down on illegal truck loads

The dump truck was so heavy its tires were flat as it trundled down Dixie Highway north of White Lake Road, 11:02 a.m., Sept. 10. A deputy on patrol recognized the MO – a trucker looking to avoid a weigh station on I-75....more >>
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Front page

The Great Principal

The Great Jay Gatsby dips Daisy while kicking off the Wolves' 2013 Homecoming Pep Rally. Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul and LEAD teacher Amy Quayle step in as the famous literary characters, as the theme for this year's Homecoming was The Great Gatsby....more >>

Special patrols on the streets

Truckers aren't the only drivers feeling the heat. A special unit has been out enforcing road regulations for all traffic in downtown Clarkston. Oakland County Sheriff Commander Lt....more >>

New cameras for video center

Independence Television (ITV) has a new home, equipment and staff. Independence Township Board of Trustees voted, Sept. 10, to accept a request for $100,000 to purchase an outdoor camera kit and new cameras....more >>

School reps picked

Clarkston School Board voted unanimously, Monday, to appoint Catherine B. Shafran and Raymond E. Lebert III as citizen representatives on the new Video Center Administrative Board....more >>

New finance employee

Independence Township is looking for a new employee after the Board of Trustees approved hiring a new finance employee. "Having someone here full-time is absolutely mission critical," said Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle....more >>

Committee focuses on making 'place'

BY ANDREA M. BEAUDOIN Clarkston News Staff Writer A new committee focused on "Placemaking" will identify community jewels and ask residents, businesses and leaders what they think can be done to improve and better connect the community....more >>

Parks, building department budgets presented

Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors department presented its proposed $2.325-million budget for 2014 to Independence Township Board, Sept. 10. The department's 2013 budget was $2....more >>
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Rhymester records ode to working man

Michigan, and especially Detroit, has taken a beating lately. Ryan Scott of Independence Township wanted to do something to help, so he wrote a song about it. "I'm trying my best to shed a positive light on our great state," Scott said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Crowning Glory

Clarkston High School has a new Homecoming Queen and King. Phoebe Morris and George Haight received the honors from their classmates. Below is Morris and Paul Haight, standing in for his older brother who was playing in the football game....more >>
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Artwork fills park

The weather was cloudy and cool last weekend, but crowds came out anyway to enjoy Clarkston's 40th annual Art in the Village in Depot Park. The annual fund raiser supports Clarkston Community Historical Society's Clarkston Heritage Museum, purchase and restoration of artifacts, and educational activities throughout the year....more >>
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Volunteer turns pups into Leader Dogs

Dusty, a six month old puppy, sits patiently at a light in downtown Clarkston. The young pup is being trained by Clarkston resident Linda Britton to someday serve as a leader dog for the blind....more >>
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Writer, illustrator share tailed tale at art festival

Clarkston author Martha Swanson and illustrator Meagan Lipke, an art teacher at Sashabaw Middle School, stayed busy at Art in the Village.   Swanson and Lipke met with young readers, drew and colored illustrations, and signed copies of their new book, "Milly and Roxy....more >>
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Ready to growl!

Clarkston High School's gymnasium was filled with excitement during the Homecoming Pep Rally last Friday. Wolfie led the cheers as the students competed against each other (and the teachers) in games and were also entertained by performances from their classmates....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Township OKs DPW tractors Independence Township Board of Trustees approved a request by Linda Richardson, supervisor of the township Department of Public Works, to purchase two lawn mowers for local cemetery upkeep....more >>

Breast cancer group meets monthly

Clarkston's Breast Cancer Survivor Group meets at 7-9 p.m., second Tuesday of the month except July and August, at 21st Century Oncology, 6770 Dixie Highway, Suite 106. The group offers a variety of programs on the latest developments in the field, maintaining a healthy life style, and enjoying life after breast cancer....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Field of dreams a reality" The new football field at Clarkston High School opened to rave reviews on Sept. 25. The Wolves beat Brandon High School on their first night on the field in front of a crowd of more than 6,000 people, 55-28....more >>
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1927: The first talkie, The Jazz Singer, opens with popular entertainer Al Jolson singing and dancing in black-face. By 1930, silent movies were a thing of the past.
1941: German troops renew their offensive against Moscow. As their escorts turned away, the ships of the doomed Allied convoy PQ-17 followed orders and began to disperse in the Arctic waters.
1965: Patricia Harris takes post as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first African American U.S. ambassador.
1966: Hanoi insists the United States must end its bombings before peace talks can begin. Republic Aircraft's F-105 Thunderchief, better known as the 'Thud,' was the Air Force's warhorse in Vietnam.
1969: Special Forces Captain John McCarthy is released from Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary, pending consideration of his appeal to murder charges.