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Popular Lake Orion optometrist charged with indecent exposure

A well-known Lake Orion optometrist, Dr. Robert E. Deck, has been charged with indecent exposure for allegedly exposing himself to a female patient at his office on Indianwood Road in August....more >>
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Leaky village could face a lawsuit

The Lake Orion Village Council addressed two issues with the village water main underneath Fairview Ave, a road shared by both township and village residents. The first issue involved approval to contract with village engineering firm Hubble Roth and Clark (HRC) to prepare a topographic survey and design plan to potentially replace 650 linear feet of the water main....more >>
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Equestrians are regional champions – again!

By Liz Shepard Special to the Leader The Oxford High School Equestrian Team is continuing its hunt for back-to-back state championships. The Wildcats earned the Michigan Interscholastic Region E Champions Sunday....more >>

Schools seek creative ways to finance repairs

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The $33 million in projects the 2013 LOCS bond failed to finance have not disappeared, but have been categorized into "critical-criticals." Administrators went through the project list and identified $8 million in projects that "just have to get done," Superintendent Marion Ginopolis said....more >>

Councilman resurrects dispatch vote idea

The idea of giving Oxford Village voters a choice at the polls as to which agency – the village police or Oakland County Sheriff's Department – provides their 9-1-1/dispatch services was resurrected last week by Councilman Elgin Nichols....more >>

Death on M-24

A 60-year-old Lake Orion man was killed Sunday night when he either tripped or fell onto M-24, west of the Valero Gas Station, and was struck by a car. The man was identified as Mark L....more >>

Public invited to Oct. 22 hearing on rental ord.

Over the last few months, the Oxford Village Council has had plenty to say about a proposed ordinance to regulate the registration and inspection of residential rental units. Now, it's the people's turn to talk....more >>

Lean with it while cycling at new business

LeanRyde is not your typical cycling studio. Instead of the completely stationary bikes cyclists find in gyms or other studios, LeanRyde's bikes literally lean, from side to side, for half hour to 45 minute classes....more >>

Councilman clarifies county comments

Oxford Village President Pro-Tem Dave Bailey took a minute at the Sept. 24 council meeting to clarify some statements he had previously made regarding the Oakland County Sheriff's dispatch center....more >>

Kensington-Orion bring hands together for suicide prevention night

A local prayer group from Kensington Church-Orion has tapped into churches around southeast Michigan top help reduce suicides. The small, 12-person group that began praying about the suicide rate in Lake Orion and Oakland County at large inspired 46 churches to commit one time a week to do the same thing....more >>
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Golf outing to memorialize Hubbards, benefit Rotary Club's scholarship fund

John and Virginia Hubbard are gone, but their legacy of helping others and supporting the Oxford community lives on through a golf outing named in their honor. On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Oxford Hills Golf & Country Club will host John & Virginia Hubbard's Fall One Club Scramble....more >>

Wild Dragons combine for special force

By Maddie Stroin Review Special Writer This fall, the Lake Orion and Oxford Special Olympics teams combined into one dynamic force called the Wild Dragons. The Special Olympics Program runs throughout the year, but during the fall the athletes participate in soccer games....more >>
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There's a new Ladies Aux. in town

A new group dedicated to supporting veterans and promoting patriotism was chartered in Oxford last week. The North Oakland Ladies Auxiliary No. 334 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was instituted and its officers installed during a special Sept....more >>

Can Halloween ever arrive too early? Not downtown

By Ana Cordera Review Special Writer With fall starting and Halloween around the corner, local businesses have begun bringing out the season's products. From Ed's Broadway Gift and Costume store and Vignettes to The Angel, Witch, and Old Crow, stores in the downtown area have started displaying everything Halloween themed....more >>
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Fire dept. to host Open House Oct. 6

Growing up to become a firefighter is a dream for many little boys and girls. The Oxford Fire Department is offering them a chance to live out that dream – at least for a few hours – with its annual Open House on Sunday, Oct....more >>

LOHS builds high levels of trust at leadership kickoff

Lake Orion High School kicked off a year of leadership for teens from 32 Oakland County public high schools on Wednesday, September 25. Students from their schools' leadership classes came in pairs but were almost immediately split upon arriving to LOHS....more >>
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Church to hold pet blessing Oct. 13

"Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here." Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ's invitation to the community isn't just for humans. It extends to animals as well....more >>

Lake Orion routs Troy in Gridiron Classic at Ford Field

By Joe St. Henry Special to The Review A tight football game turned into a rout at Ford Field last Saturday, as Lake Orion scored 35 straight points in the second half to defeat Troy, 52-17....more >>
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Council OKs new dispatcher reserve program

The Oxford Village Police Dept. is looking for a few good people to train as dispatchers for its new reserve program. Last week, council voted 4-0 to approve the establishment of a 9-1-1 Dispatch Reserve Program, which would aid the village by giving it a force of trained volunteers to help staff its dispatch center....more >>

Teen builds food pantries for Love INC honoring grandfather

Alex Leh is following right in his grandfather's footsteps. At 16 years old, he is an honor student at LOHS, marches full time for the band, and contributes much of his other time to community service projects....more >>


Place your bets and help the OHS band Are you feeling lucky and want to try your hand at the gaming tables? Then get to the Fire Keepers Casino in Battle Creek on Sat. Nov. 9 and help raise some money for Oxford High School Band Boosters....more >>

New village sign ordinance approved despite criticisms

After years of work and much debate, the Oxford Village Council last week finally approved 4-0 an amended version of its sign ordinance. Among the more significant changes is the ordinance allows for portable sidewalk signs in "all commercial zoning districts" and they "may be placed at the public entrances to businesses, on either private property or the public sidewalk....more >>
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Big Buck Bash at Burning Oak Oct. 5

ader Editor Local deer hunters are invited to celebrate the opening of archery season by hanging their bucks on the pole at The Burning Oak Smokehouse (595 S. Lapeer Rd.) in Oxford Township....more >>
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Brother allegedly used bear pepper spray to repel sister

OXFORD TWP. – A Sept. 25 argument between siblings over internet service in the Lake Villa Manufactured Home Community was allegedly settled with a can of bear repellent. Ron Joseph Chislett, 53, of Oxford, was charged with domestic assault, a misdemeanor, after he allegedly sprayed his 50-year-old sister in the face with a can of pepper spray designed to repel bears....more >>

Oxford #2 in deer crashes

In this case, making the Top 10 list is not something to brag about. Oxford Township had the second highest number of vehicle-deer crashes in southeast Michigan in 2012, according to data released last week by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)....more >>

Addison gets $25K from Enbridge

A new restroom area will be replacing the portable facilities in Addison Township's Watershed Preserve Park thanks to a $25,000 grant from Enbridge, Inc., a Canadian energy distribution company....more >>
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Drivers needed for Meals on Wheels

With only seven current drivers for Meals on Wheels in Addison Township, Sharon Geare of Addison Township's Senior Center said they are currently looking for more volunteers. "If I had doubled that amount it would be great....more >>

Young now acting interim DDA director

Oxford Village Manager Joe Young was given another hat to wear last week. Council voted 4-0 to appoint him as acting interim executive director/manager of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA)....more >>

Lake Orion pedestrian killed by Oxford driver

A 60-year-old Lake Orion man was killed Sunday night when he either tripped or fell onto M-24, west of the Valero Gas Station, and was struck by a car. The man was identified as Mark L....more >>


Vaccination rates a concern

Whooping cough, measles outbreaks on rise

Last year, nearly one in five students in the Brandon School District received a waiver for vaccinations. Vaccinations are meant to protect the population as a whole from a host of diseases....more >>


Deer crashes tail off locally

Whitetails are getting a "brake" from area drivers. That's the word issued last week by the Southeast Michigan Council of Government Michigan Deer Crash Coalition indicated that Oakland County had 1,683 car deer crashes 237 fewer than last year....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 >>


Motorist hits Dumpster filled with poison ivy

Hadley Twp.-A township resident is itching for some answers following an apparent Dumpster-vehicle accident last weekend. It is unknown if the driver was injured in the mishap. Larry Atkins, owner of Poison Ivy Control of Michigan, reported to the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department that during the nighttime hours of Sept....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 >>

House mulls recycling legislation

Abandoned vehicles, dilapidated metal swing sets and copper pipes— a few materials that at one time were scattered over the urban and rural landscapes, now destined for the landfill....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 >>


Fatal crash

Ortonville man killed in M-15 motorcycle accident

A 58-year-old Ortonville man died Wednesday after his motorcycle struck a car on M-15 in Brandon Township. According to Oakland County Sheriff's Office reports, Donald Ruks was traveling northbound on Ortonville Road south of Wolfe Road at about 3:05 p....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 >>


Pumpkin perfection

Art takes many forms. For artist John Bradshaw, his work occurs not on the more obvious surfaces of canvas, paper, bronze, wood or clay—but on pumpkins. His chosen medium is seasonal and his art lasts only weeks, but it fulfills his need to have a creative outlet and as he creates faces on pumpkins, he also brings smiles to real faces....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 >>


Live from Ortonville…America's Master Handyman

'If you're not listing your house, you're loving it and you want to maintain it...'

America's Master Handyman Glenn Haege broadcast his radio show live from Ortonville for the first time last Saturday. Haege's Handyman Show can be heard on 147 stations in 46 states and on Sept....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 >>


Ortonville Montessori 30th anniversary

Even after three decades, Mary Wilcox still loves going to work every day. The founder of the Ortonville Montessori Center recently celebrated 30 years of educating students in this community....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 >>


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 >>
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Front page

Armed robbery at downtown bank

Staff and customers at Oxford Bank in downtown Clarkston were shaken up but unhurt after two men pulled an armed robbery, 10:55 a.m., Monday....more >>
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Red runner

Second grader Patrick Cooper helps his school raise money at the Andersonville Elementary Fun Run....more >>

70 new factory jobs

Magneti Marelli, an Italian automotive supplier, was looking at three sites in southeast Michigan to locate a new factory. Their choice: Independence Township. The company, with $6 million to $7 million set aside for the new plant, is expected to hire about 70 people by the end of the year....more >>

Lessons hard won in cancer fight

For Wanda Thomas of Independence Township, a visit to her daughter in Tennessee saved her life. "She told me I was getting worse," Thomas said of the 2010 trip....more >>

More funding for safety paths

Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said no tax increase are in the cards for residents. Instead, the township is rearranging millages. "There was a chance for tax increase," said Kittle....more >>

Hortons on hold

Traffic concerns continue to hold up a plan for a new Tim Hortons on Dixie Highway at M-15. "Any hesitation on that corner, with the speeds people travel, can be dangerous," said Sam Moraco, chairman of the Independence Township Planning Commission....more >>
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Santas find Christmas spirit all year long

Santa noticed the nice meter in Clarkston is unusually high, so he had to come and see why the area is so special. A special trip was made to The Clarkston News to ask if we had any idea why the nice meter is so full....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Welcome to wild, wild Andersonville

Andersonville Elementary students rounded another curve in the lap for their annual Fun Run last Thursday. It was a fun time as this year the students and staff got into the Wild, Wild West theme....more >>
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Get pampered for good cause

The waiting is over - the fifth annual Pink & Pampered event at McLaren Breast Center and McLaren Cancer Institute is Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5- 8 p.m. The pampering starts with services like manicures, chair massages, eyebrow waxing, henna tattoos and more....more >>
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Fun and ice cream

Celebrating their grand opening, Sept. 21, Neiman's Market offered customers free rides on Clydesdale horses, Lad and Harley. Also part of the fun was building an ice-cream mountain....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

School technology Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously, Sept. 23, to approve $172,968.80 for the purchase of Extreme Networks Switches from Delta Network Services of Auburn Hills....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Township taxes to drop a few dollars this year" Independence Township residents saw a slight decrease in the township portion of their 1998 winter taxes as most millages were rolled back "A gift from the heart" Lu Hewko does not take freedom for granted - easy to understand since he spent the first 14 years of his life in war-torn Europe....more >>
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Born October 13th
1909: Herblock (Herbert Lawrence Block), multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist.
1910: Ernest Kellogg Gann, pilot and adventure novelist (Island in the Sky, The High and Mighty).
1910: Art Tatum, American jazz pianist.
1925: Margaret Thatcher, the first female UK prime minister (1979-1990).
1926: Ray Brown, jazz bass player.
October 13th
in history
1776: Benedict Arnold is defeated at Lake Champlain.
1792: President George Washington lays the cornerstone for the White House.
1812: At the Battle of Queenston Heights, a Canadian and British army defeats the American who have tried to invade Canada. Commodore Perry fights on.
1849: The California state constitution, which prohibits slavery, is signed in Monterey.
1903: Boston defeats Pittsburgh in baseball's first World Series.