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Zombies to invade Oxford!

Fund-raiser to benefit special needs prom, autism charity

Next week, hordes of the undead will invade Oxford, but don't worry, it's all for a good cause -- and maybe a few brains will get eaten. The Oxford High School Zombie Walk for Autism is set to take place on Tuesday, Oct....more >>
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There's no place like home

Couple says "I do" to each other and Oxford

Tradition dictates that every bride must walk down the aisle with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. But for Sasha Fritz, her something blue was more like something blue and gold as she made Oxford an integral part of her wedding....more >>

Village council member resigns unexpectedly

Lake Orion Council member Mike Toth's service to the village ended at the October 15 council meeting after he announced his resignation in his closing comments. "After speaking with our previous village manager Paul Zelenak over the summer, I've realized that I've become jaded to this council's system," Toth said at the end of the meeting....more >>
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A swab today could give her life tomorrow

A simple swab of the inside of your cheeks could save Donna Sommers' life. That's how a person can find out if they're a genetic match for the 59-year-old Oxford resident who's is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant....more >>

Appraisal scheduled for Village Hall

The possibility of moving current village headquarters presents them with a new opportunity: a chance to sell the existing village hall to a potential commercial business. On October 15, council voted to appraise their current facility at 37 East Flint Street after three companies placed bids, which will help determine the fair market value of the hall....more >>


Concerns bubbling over potential oil operation

While drilling for oil and natural gas may not be new to Addison Township, the potential use of pipelines in excess of 30 years old has both residents and township officials concerned....more >>

Spirits get five star rating at Canterbury Village

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Whether you believe in paranormal activities or not, evidence of something has been recorded by audio and video at Canterbury Village. The Motor City Ghost Hunters, a paranormal research group out of southeast Mi

Whether you believe in paranormal activities or not, evidence of something has been recorded by audio and video at Canterbury Village. The Motor City Ghost Hunters, a paranormal research group out of southeast Michigan, completed their third investigation of multiple buildings located on the thriving estate, its history dating back to the Great Depression....more >>
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School News

Student volunteer group teaches Selflessness 101

Selfless is not a word that's commonly used to describe teenagers. But it's exactly the right word to describe the I'm Third student volunteer group at Oxford High School. Founded three years ago, the group is made up of both students looking for ways to get involved and help others and students with disciplinary issues who need to learn some valuable lessons about life and themselves....more >>

Dragon swimmers qualify for state

By Riley Holder Review Special Writer The Lake Orion girls' swim and dive team notched another win against the rival Oxford Wildcats with a 119-67 score last week. The victory brings the Lady Dragons overall record to 6-3, including a 2-3 record in the OAA Red Division....more >>


DDA receives $150K offer for E. Burdick St. parcels

It appears there's a potential buyer for three properties that the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has owned for more than a decade. A verbal offer of $150,000 for the three vacant parcels located at 32, 36 and 38 E....more >>

Great Harvest Bread Co. celebrates one-year with bread party

They say the first way to a man's heart is his stomach. In Lake Orion, the first way to a Dragon's heart is a slice of dragon bread. If you've never bitten into a slice, experience its savory softness at the one year anniversary celebration of the Great Harvest Bread Company, a family owned business on Baldwin and Clarkston October 25 and 26....more >>
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School News

Equestrian team earns reserve state title

By Liz Shepard Special to the Leader While the Wildcats rallied, back-to-back state championship titles weren't in the cards this year. But the team didn't go home from the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship State Championship empty handed....more >>

Heart Check set for Saturday in Oxford

A free student heart screening offered through the Healthy Heart Check Program at Beaumont Hospital will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oxford High School. Students must be registered to participate....more >>
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Old AD is new trail mgr.

The Polly Ann Trail has a new manager to oversee its maintenance and activities, but he's certainly not new to the Oxford community. Oxford resident and former school district athletic director Patrick Ball was hired Oct....more >>

Trail monitoring more vigorous

Oakland County Sheriff's Department deputies have charged three more local teenagers with vandalism along the Paint Creek Trail. Deputies responded to Golden Gate Bridge at the Paint Creek Trail on October 3 and took a report about a suspicious vehicle....more >>


Private sector generosity enhances public park

Fourteen acres of uneven terrain at Seymour Lake Township Park was recently transformed into level and usable green space thanks to the donations and hard work of a variety of local businesses....more >>

Orion Township gets input on parks through Master Plan

On October 16 community members were providing a visual frame for what they would like to see in the Orion Township parks and recreation over the next five years. Each Orion Township resident that attended the Master Park Survey community input session at the Orion Center on Joslyn received 10 stickers to place on Orion park maps set up around the room....more >>


Scarecrow Festival returns Saturday to downtown Oxford

Oxford's Downtown Development Authority and Merge Art Gallery & Studio are celebrating the fall season in downtown Oxford by holding its annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, Oct....more >>

Lake Orion loses to Clarkston in high-scoring rivalry

By Joe St. Henry Special to The Review Lake Orion and Clarkston traded punches on the football field like heavyweight fighters last Friday before the Wolves took control in the final 12 minutes for a 49-28 victory over the Dragons....more >>


Free heart screenings for students Saturday

A free student heart screening offered through the Healthy Heart Check Program at Beaumont Hospital will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oxford High School. Students must be registered to participate....more >>
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Fabulous women get Magical Makeover

Three lucky local ladies received a Magical Makeover as part of the 2013 Women's Expo held Oct. 17 by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce at the Boulder Pointe Conference Center. Laura Farwell, nominated by her husband Troy Farwell, was selected because of her brave fight against breast cancer....more >>
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Leonard siblings celebrate long lives together

Three Leonard natives and siblings who's combined age is approaching three centuries gathered in Troy Saturday to celebrate their birthdays together. Alaminta Frances (King) Bevington, who turned 90 on Oct....more >>

Dragon soccer team finishes strong

Lake Orion's varsity boys' soccer team defeated Rochester and Oxford in the state playoffs last week. Unfortunately, they fell to Rochester Adams in the district final on Saturday by a slim, 1-0, margin....more >>


Brandon Superintendent Lorrie McMahon resigns

School leader says, 'I knew it was time'; will stay until end of contract on June 30

Brandon Twp.- Lorrie McMahon will be stepping down as the superintendent of the Brandon School District at the end of this school year. The school board accepted McMahon's resignation at their Oct....more >>
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Brandon man arrested for 2004 California murder

Brandon Twp.- Neighbors of Charles Patrick Leppan in the Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home Park expressed disbelief on Tuesday morning that an accused murderer had been living among them....more >>


Local a zombie on 'Walking Dead'

Joe Constable has an extra special role in a popular cable tv show airing Sunday, but it's doubtful anyone will recognize him. The 1996 Brandon High School graduate is one of the primary zombies on "The Walking Dead," scheduled to air at 9 p....more >>
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Out of the rubble

Atlas Twp.-The storm clouds have cleared, debris has been removed and a township family has a new start. Less than five months after an F2 tornado leveled the Mahaffy family's Gale Road home, a new residence is nearing completion—a remarkable ending to a devastating story....more >>


Board eyes funding formula for subdivision roads

Atlas Twp.- The board of trustees voted 4-0 on Monday night to allocate $2,500 for a share of the $4,250 in costs for a crack seal project on the roads in the Atlas Lake Estates. Treasurer Ann Marie Moore was absent....more >>
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Patriots remembered

Atlas Twp.-On Saturday, members of the Genesee Daughters of the American Revolution, along with Sons of the American Revolution, gathered at the Horton Cemetery to honor patriots John and William Britton....more >>


TimPaNo Toys opens township store

Groveland Twp.-Tim Resst will be the first to admit—he's just a big kid at heart. "That's why a toy store is just the right fit," said Tim, a Lincoln Park native and Brandon Township resident for the past 12 years....more >>
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Simply a miracle

"Bucks for Jeremy," benefit 5 p.m.-midnight, Nov. 9, Bullfrogs, 2225 S. Ortonville Road.

What does it take to survive a 40-foot fall from a tree stand? Factors may include youth, good basic health, a strong will to live, family support, and luck. Whatever the answer, Jeremy Shellnut had what it takes, and then some....more >>


National Pet Adoption Month

Bot is a 10-week-old black kitten with one eye, looking for a home and people to love her. The kitten will be available for adoption this weekend, as well as many other animals, at Pet Supplies "Plus," 22 N....more >>
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Big bucks for burrito

Votes needed for Sadie's Southwest Breakfast Burrito

Goodrich-An 8-year-old Oaktree Elementary third grade student is cooking up a burrito that could be worth cash. In the early morning hours of Oct.17— Sadie Wisner, along with her mother Dawn, about 70 classmates, and school officials gathered at the Oaktree gymnasium for a demonstration of what will hopefully be the right ingredients to win $30,000 for the school plus $15,000 for her family....more >>


Council nixes sergeant-at-arms for unruly

Goodrich- Unruly council meetings will not be refereed at least for now. On Monday night the village council took no further action to establish a sergeant-at-arms following a suggestion on Sept....more >>


Group ready to blaze township bike/walking path

Atlas Twp.- For almost a decade Bruce DeGrouchy has been an avid bicyclist. And has the injuries to prove it. "I've been hit three times by vehicles locally," said DeGrouchy, a township resident since 1988....more >>


Groveland Twp. ends fiscal year with more in coffers

Groveland Twp.- On Monday night the township board of trustees approved an audit presented by Ken Palka, from the accounting firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka. Palka reported on the township finances following the completion of the yearly audit....more >>


Halloween in the Village

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- Every Halloween, hundreds of trick-or-treaters descend on the village seeking candy. This year, the holiday will be extra special, with events, thrills, and amenties added for not only young goblins, but also for teens and parents....more >>


Bars open to 4 a.m., legislation will have little impact locally

Lawmakers may soon consider a bill that would let some bars and restaurants in central business districts of Michigan cities extend last call to 4 a.m., tapping into alcohol sales for two additional hours....more >>


'Sex and money: A national search for human worth'

Ortonville- Anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 children are forced into the sex trade every year in the United States, according to an estimate by ECPAT International. The average age of a prostitute when they enter the sex trade is 13-years-old, said Kathy Maitland, Southeast Michigan Director of the Michigan Abolitionist Project....more >>


Library to host Demon Hunter Society

From 7- 8:30 p.m., Oct. 21, the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St., Ortonville, will host Jeff Checker, the Demon Hunter Society team founder and team leader. "We are full-time demon hunters," he said....more >>
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Front page

Celebration for Blue

A pack of Wolves surround Kurt Richardson, long-time head coach for Clarkston Varsity Football, as they celebrate their 49-28 win over Lake Orion and winning the OAA Red league championship last Friday....more >>

Candidates mixed on city taxes

Clarkston residents receive several services including police, firefighting, and library from Independence Township, but pay about a third more in property taxes. Candidates for Clarkston City Council, Richard Bisio, Eric Haven, Thomas Hunter, David Marsh, and Sharron Catallo have mixed feelings about that....more >>
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M-15 's turn for repaving in 2014

M-15 will look and feel a lot better by this time in 2014, officials promise. An 8.6 mile Capital Preventative Maintenance project, which will take place from Dixie Highway to Wolf Road in Ortonville, will include milling and resurfacing work....more >>

Candidates support cityhood

Clarkston has been a city since 1992, and all five candidates running for City Council want to keep it that way. "I'm not aware of efforts at dissolution since the failed petition drive to have the question placed on the November 2012 ballot," said Richard Bisio....more >>

Five candidates for four city council seats

Five candidates are running for Clarkston City Council in the Nov. 5 election. Former Clarkston Mayor Sharron Catallo is running unopposed for a one-year partial term. Incumbents Richard Bisio, Eric Haven, and Thomas Hunter, and challenger David Marsh are in the running for three, two-year seats on the council....more >>

Support for Main Street USA program

As the City of the Village of Clarkston considers signing up for Oakland County's Main Street Program, candidates running for a two-year seat on City Council are all on board. "This is a great program that has the potential of developing a more vibrant downtown retail district," said Richard Bisio....more >>
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High schooler on international stage with Optimists

Sean Mueller is a junior at Clarkston High School, but has already been a state governor with Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI). "It went pretty well I gave a couple speeches here and there," said Mueller, who has served as governor for the past year....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Forest fun

Cloudy skies weren't enough to keep kids away from Friendly Forest last weekend. Organized by Independence Township Parks, Rec, and Seniors, and Clarkston Optimists, the annual Halloween-inspired event featured volunteers in costume on a decorated trail in Clintonwood Park, Oct....more >>
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Businesses paint town pink to fight breast cancer

A rainy evening dampened the crowd during Paint the Town Pink to benefit Sister & Sister, but couldn't touch the spirit of the event, Oct. 17 in downtown Clarkston. Festivities filled downtown businesses as visitors enjoyed pink themed sales, drinks, snack and treats....more >>
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Longtime athlete racks up medals

Clarkston native Derrick Fries is nowhere close to slowing down. The 60-year-old participated in close to 20 triathlons this year and sees more on the horizon. "I really enjoy the spirit of competition but it is a lifestyle," Fries said....more >>
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Students send birthday wishes

Independence Elementary fourth graders made a birthday extra special for a friend in need. Students in Mrs. Sorensen and Ms. Warners classes made a poster of special wishes and a Happy Birthday video for Chantel, niece of Denise Koleber of Clarkston, for her 28th birthday, Oct....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Committee volunteers Clarkston is looking for several volunteers for various committees including the Planning Commission, police committee to explore options to provide additional police coverage, trees and gardens committee, and a streets and sidewalks committee....more >>

Rotary wine tasting

Clarkston Rotary Club's "A Taste for the Holidays" will be on Oct. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bordine's, 8600 Dixie Highway. "This is our major fundraiser," said Rotarian Jeff Lichty....more >>
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Free performance by Detroit Voice

Detroit Voice is performing a free concert at First Congregational Church, 5449 Clarkston Road, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, donations accepted. Detroit Voice is a Clarkston High School a cappella vocal group singing Detroit-inspired music from throughout the decades....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "A step forward" After nearly 10 years of no full-time manpower increases, several improvements for the Independence Township Fire Department were improved by the board....more >>
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