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School count shows decline

School officials for Lake Orion Schools counted 7,506 students in attendance on Wednesday, October 2, about 81 students down from last year. Ninety percent of LOCS state funding depended on the Oct 2 count, with the other ten percent coming from a count in February 2014....more >>
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Students work to put on special prom

Megan Kerin and Hope McColl believe everyone deserves to go to prom. That's why the two Oxford High School seniors are in the process of planning an alternative prom for special education students in and around the school district....more >>

Emergency water main link provides residents clear-ity

Tim Smith of Lakewood Drive will no longer be embarrassed by his rust-stained socks. "We can't wait to clean up the rust that has accumulated in the house over the years and then not have it come back, so it's great, I don't have to be embarrassed anymore," he said....more >>

District head count down 98, but FTEs are up by 10

Count Day showed 98 less students attending Oxford Community Schools than last year, lowering the district's total to 5,590 pupils. But Superintendent Dr. William Skilling said the number Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) students is up by approximately 10 students....more >>

Lights, cameras, BABES

Over 200 babes took the streets Thursday, October 3 for the second annual Babes on Broadway. Twenty different downtown businesses participated in the event offering goodies to registered participants....more >>
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Trail cam captures burglary suspect

Trail cameras are typically used to capture images of deer for hunting purposes, but in this case, they helped capture much more elusive prey. They snapped photos that led police straight to a 27-year-old Oxford Township man with a laundry list of criminal convictions, who's allegedly tied to multiple break-ins in Brandon and Independence townships....more >>

Girls' Volleyball sends team spirit out of court

By Maddie Stroin Review Special Writer On the court, the Lake Orion varsity volleyball team is fierce and ranked second in Michigan and 41st in the nation. They have dominated opponents all season en-route to a 27-4-2 record....more >>
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Calendar girls fight breast cancer

Four women from different walks of life, but they all have two things in common – they've each battled breast cancer and they're each featured in the 2014 Pink Ribbon Trailblazers calendar....more >>

Orion man is reunited with treasured ring after it was stolen

A New York man who robbed some lockers at Indianwood Country Club on August 23 got an unexpected find when he stole a 1995 graduation ring from West Point Academy. The ring's owner was, Ben Hockenberry of Orion Township, was obviously upset but last Tuesday some good police work re-united Hockenberry with his valued ring....more >>

Leader editor picks up 3 MPA awards

Oxford Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio picked up three more awards in the Michigan Press Association's 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. The 37-year-old Oxford resident earned third place in the Editorial Writing category for opinion pieces he penned opposing the Detroit Institute of Arts tax and the Oxford Public Library tax increase, the latter of which failed....more >>

Lake Orion students receive praise from Oakland County

By Ana Cordero Review Special Writer Lake Orion's Students Offering Support program or SOS was recognized by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners last week. SOS is a program dedicated to bringing awareness about teen crises, breaking down myths about mental health issues and suicide and providing peer-to-peer support as well as resources....more >>

Enbridge preparing to start pipeline work

There's been a lot of activity lately at the Koenig Sand & Gravel property on Lakeville Rd. in Oxford Township. That's because Enbridge, Inc. is using it as a construction staging area for the work it's expected to begin on a large-diameter interstate crude oil pipeline in Oxford and Addison townships....more >>

Commerce moves downtown

After two and a half years of searching, the Orion Township Chamber of Commerce finally found their new location: near the heart of the downtown. Thursday, October 3 Alaina Campbell, executive director, surprised chamber of commerce members at their monthly luncheon with a word scramble of the new location at Shadbolt and N....more >>

PC votes to shrink itself

Everybody's downsizing these days including the Oxford Village Planning Commission. Last week, commissioners voted 6-0 to reduce the board's size from nine to seven members. "I strongly feel this group needs to be smaller," said Chairman Bryan Cloutier....more >>

Carpenter and Webber strike a deal with OU

Carpenter Elementary and Webber Elementary music students are honing their composing skills through collaboration with Oakland University and its technology. Using I-pads in a loan program came about in an unusual way....more >>

No approval needed for guest house

The Oxford Village Planning Commission last week did not approve the use of a private home as a guest house for foreign visitors associated with the school district's international program....more >>

Honda awards Creative Technologies in Orion

Orion Township business Creative Techniques is the only Michigan business to receive The Special Recognition Award from 2013 Honda of America Friday, October 4. Honda of America Central Region MRO/Indirect Procurement staff presented the award to the company's entire team....more >>

Awash in a sea of starch

Spuds O' Plenty. No, it's not the name of an Irishman who really, really loves potatoes. It's an accurate description of this year's Potato Drop. Coordinated by the Oxford United Methodist Church men's group, the sixth annual event involved the sorting, lifting and loading of 42,000 pounds of potatoes in the yard of Burdick Street Landscape Supply & Equipment....more >>

Dragon soccer team is getting better day by day

The Lake Orion varsity soccer team has been making strides in working in new players this season and Coach Matt Paukovits is pleased with the Dragon's progress in recent days. The Dragons are 3-0-2 in the last five games, including victories over West Bloomfield, 3-1, Adams, 1-0, Avondale, 1-0 and a scoreless tie against Bloomfield....more >>


Outdoor cafe for Irish Pub approved There will be more outdoor dining options in downtown Oxford when the weather turns warm next year. Last week, the Oxford Village Planning Commission approved plans for an outdoor cafe at Sullivan's Public House, which plans to open at 23 N....more >>

Dragons run past Falcons to move within one win of playoffs

By Joe St. Henry Special to The Review As it has all season, Lake Orion's football team turned to a senior last Friday to lead the Dragons to another victory in their march to the state playoffs....more >>

Fires at the Forge

Some machinery at an industrial facility in Oxford Township suffered an estimated $500,000 in fire damage on Friday, Oct. 4. Firefighters were called to Oxford Forge (2300 X-Celsior Dr....more >>

Lady Linksters are among leauge's best

By Riley Holder Review Special Writer The Lake Orion girls' varsity golf team wrapped up the regular season with a victory last Thursday against Rochester, despite posting their highest score of the season....more >>
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Local hunters show off prey at Big Buck Bash

The buck pole was a little sparse, but hunters still had a great time Saturday as they gathered at The Burning Oak Smokehouse (595 N. Lapeer Rd.) in Oxford Township for the MI Buck Pole Big Buck Bash....more >>
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A slow dance down memory lane

It was an evening of fond memories, familiar faces and fun, fun, fun as Oxford graduates from various years gathered Saturday for an alumni dance at Oxford Elementary School. Everyone who attended the dance went to high school in the Pontiac St....more >>


Township board OKs fireworks ordinance

Brandon Twp.- A quieter, more peaceful township may soon be in the works— or in the lack of fireworks. The township board passed by a 5-0 vote the first reading of a fireworks ordinance during their Oct....more >>


Some success in bear season

A unique bear bait was just the meal ticket for a local hunter's success. Groveland Township Jason Bradley shot a 150-pound black bear in Alger County on Oct. 2 near Munising and the Lake Superior shore....more >>


Board grapples with cable fees for police

Brandon Twp.- The township board has postponed a decision on using excess cable franchise fees to support police services. The board voted 4-1 at their Oct. 7 meeting to delay a motion that would transfer nearly $72,000 in cable franchise fees into the police fund....more >>


On duty for 30 years

Atlas Twp.- Fred Forys admits his wife Beth of 41 years is growing tired of the chatter and beeps of two pagers and three radios that often dominates the conversation of the family home....more >>


Brandon School enrollment sags

District numbers dwindle by 187 in Oct. count

Brandon Twp.- For the past two years, the school district has suffered the loss each fall of about 90 students. This year, that number has doubled. "We are down 187 students from last year at this time," said Superintendent Lorrie McMahon on Wednesday....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 >>


Two fatal accidents prompt questions on M-15 safety

Brandon Twp.- Two fatal accidents at the same location on M-15 in the township within five months of each other have residents and officials concerned. Township Supervisor Kathy Thurman said she and Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....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 >>


All fired up

Practice burns help train new firefighters

Ortonville- A vacant building in the village is taking some serious damage in the name of progress. A portion of the former Sherman Lifelong Learning Center, located at 330 Sherman Court, was burned the morning of Oct....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 >>


A Marine's life on Ulithi Atoll—WWII in the South Pacific

The Marine motto "Semper Fi" adorns the cap of Don LaCross as the 85-year old Goodrich resident sorts through an aged scrapbook of a war on an isolated atoll in the South Pacific. The scrapbook contains photos of shot down Japanese 'Zeros' (planes), South Pacific natives, and young Marines—many LaCross still knows by name....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 >>


Suspect nabbed with trail cam

Trail cameras, commonly used to capture pictures of wildlife, recently helped police catch a home invasion suspect. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office announced Oct. 4 that Oxford Township resident Chadwick Adam Cartner, 27, was arraigned on charges related to a series of break-ins in Brandon Township and Independence Township....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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Brandon man arrested for 2004 California murder

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A 41-year-old Brandon Township man is in Oakland County Jail awaiting extradition to California on a murder charge. Oakland County Sheriff's deputies, accompanied by detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office, arrested Charles Patrick Leppan at his home in the 3800 block of Cherry at about 12:10 p....more >>


Goodrich student count unchanged

Goodrich-The school district reported a one student enrollment increase over 2012 following the Oct. 2 statewide count day. According to school officials, the 2012 audited count was 2,106....more >>


The Citizen snags six awards in MPA Better Newspaper Contest

The Citizen news staff has been honored with six awards in the 2013 Michigan Press Association's (MPA) Better Newspaper Contest. Members of the Nebraska Press Association reviewed 3,108 entries submitted by 114 Michigan newspapers in this year's contest....more >>
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Brianna Frakes and Katie Chadwell block North Farmington from scoring a point during the OAA Red league match last Thursday....more >>

Bank robbery suspects caught near Ann Arbor

Two men jailed in connection with a bank robbery near Ann Arbor are being investigated for last week's Oxford Bank robbery in Clarkston. "They match the description pretty good – the FBI is handling the case," said Lt....more >>

ITV move ready to go

Public access station heads to high school

Independence Television has new management, employees, and home at Clarkston High School. Independence Township hired Matt Bleau and Matt Herron to work at ITV. Bleau and Herron are working on over 20 public service announcements with students, along with new shows featuring township events and activities not covered in years, said township Supervisor Pat Kittle....more >>

5 MPA awards for News

The Clarkston News earned five honors in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest, Weekly Class D, including second place in Editorial Writing, out of 10 entries. "Readers know where this newspaper stands on issues," said judges about the editorials "Vote 'no' on bond issue," May 2, 2012, "No more blowing off board duty," Oct....more >>

Brainstorming for community improvements

While describing the Sashabaw and Dixie Highway Corridors local leaders pondered how to describe Dixie. Among the terms were "weathered," "hodge-podge," "shabby," "upgrade," "busy," "traffic" and "resurgence....more >>

Arrest in burglary cases

Chadwick Adam Canter of Oxford Township, 27, faces charges on several burglaries in Independence and Brandon townships. On Sept. 24, a Pine Knob Road homeowner told police a white man rang his front doorbell, and tried to open the door when no one answered....more >>
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Citizen, officials find light lacking

A pedestrian crosswalk on Sashabaw Road at Bow Pointe is cause for concern for Independence Township residents Michael and Linda Powell. "A death here will be 100 percent their fault," said Powell about the responsibility of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) for the light....more >>

New website allows residents to leave comments

An online website called MiCommunity ReMarks allowing users to leave and view comments about Independence Township is now active. "It's now online," said Ben Carlisle from Carlisle Wortman, the township's planning and engineering firm....more >>

Community-wide day of service

Calvary Lutheran Church and Clarkston Community Schools are partnering for this year's Green Apple Community Service Day this Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. The Oct. 13 service day includes a community-wide fall clean-up at the Clarkston schools....more >>
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A passion for music and medicine

Corrinne Sanger spends a lot of time in the slums of Uganda. At 23, Sanger traveled to Uganda, a country located in East Africa bordering Kenya and South Sudan. In the poor country the citizens are poverty stricken, uneducated and often afflicted with diseases like HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Kids to Serve community throughout school year

Students at Oakland Christian School in Independence Township spent the day, Oct. 4, filling backpacks for orphans in Haiti and Children of Israel Orphanage, collecting food for Lighthouse of Oakland County, gathering supplies for Grace Center for Hope and other projects during Serve 2013....more >>
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World water workshop

Engineers from around the world came to Clarkston to learn the latest in water sanitation, Sept. 27 at Colombiere Center. "There are people attending from Lebanon, Tanzania, Engineers without Borders, Rotary International in Evanston, Illinois, as well as people from around Michigan and other states," said Eileen Heasley, who founded the nonprofit group of A Vision of Clean Water with her husband, John Heasley....more >>
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First-time visitor wins race

Ninoska Aliaga, sister of Independence Township Trustee Jose Aliaga, finished the Brookie Way 5K run with a time of 22 minutes, 17 seconds. That won her first place for women overall in the Sept....more >>
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Dolphins support their school

Springfield Plains Elementary students took advantage of the sunshine and warmth last Friday during their annual Fun Run. They smiled and had fun as they raised money for their school during the event....more >>
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Hershey's helpers

For the fourth summer, Dr. Stephen E. Hershey, DDS, of Waterford invited over 50 patients, family, and friends to become "Hershey's Helpers." Each child spent a morning watching Dr....more >>
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Heartfelt walk in Depot

About 1,000 people gathered in Depot Park, Sept. 29, for the Michigan Congenital Heart Walk. Families from across Michigan walked through Clarkston in honor of children and adults born with congenital heart disease, raising $100,000 for medical research and support for survivors, setting a new campaign record for the Congenital Heart Walks....more >>
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Jamboree fun

Over 130 girls showed up for a sunny afternoon of games, songs and crafts during the first Clarkston Girl Scout Jamboree at Clintonwood Park, Sept. 28. Groups of Daisy Scouts, Brownies, and Junior Scouts were led by Girl Scouts from both the middle and high school levels of scouting....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Benefits for vets Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home hosts a Veterans Benefits Seminar, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, at American Legion Post 63, 8047 Ortonville Road. Speakers from Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Oakland County Veterans and the Lewis E....more >>

Skype with Independents

Independents for Responsible Government (I4RG) host Dwayne Carson, legislative strategist for Heritage Action, via Skype at its Oct. 9 meeting at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center, 6060 Maybee Road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Residents air complaints about road construction" Residents of Walters and Flemings Lake Road voiced their charges about the paving of Walters Road during a Clarkston School Board special meeting....more >>
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