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Schools borrow to make $8.5 million in upgrades

The Lake Orion school board approved up to $8.5 million in an energy bond and two installment purchase agreements (IPAs) at the board meeting October 23. It's not akin to the $33 million bond they petitioned for in August....more >>
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Kingsbury cares

School reaches out to Boston, bombing victims

"You are loved." "We all feel your pain. We shall overcome it together." "Keep calm and stay strong." Those were just some of the positive messages that Kingsbury Country Day students wrote on a Prayer Canvas (see below) to help commemorate the one-year anniversary next year of the April 15 Boston Marathon terrorist bombings that killed three people and injured 264 others....more >>

New property, new fire hall

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Nestled near Powers Distributing, General Motors Orion Assembly Plant, and the Eagle Valley Landfill will be the future Orion Township Fire Station 2....more >>
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Remembering Red Voikos

Downtown Oxford's many bars, taverns and pubs owe a debt of gratitude to a determined business woman who helped make their existence and success possible Vernita "Red" Voikos. Prior to her and her late husband, Arthur, purchasing Rob's Place at 13 S....more >>

Lake Orion's band shines in state competitions

Lake Orion High School's marching band had two great weekends recently and showed why they are one of the top high school bands in the state. The marching Dragons placed third on October 26 at the Huron Valley Invitational with a score of 86....more >>
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Let LOFT handle holiday pie needs

Homemade pies are as much a part of the holiday season as turkey dinners and Christmas trees. But frankly, who really has the time to make and bake them between work, family obligations and shopping? Fortunately, the LOFT program at Oxford High School is once again selling its famous apple pies for $13 each or two for $24....more >>

Olweus brings bully-free program to Stadium Drive

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Stadium Drive Elementary School of the Arts is kicking bullying behavior in the boo-tay. With three elementary schools to go, the Lake Orion Community Schools district has almost completely implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), with Stadium Drive hopping on the bus Wednesday, October 30....more >>

OHS grad returns as new youth detective

There's a new cop on the beat in Oxford Township, but he's certainly no stranger to the community. Jon Elges is the new detective in charge of all youth-related incidents at Oakland County Sheriff's substation....more >>

Cheers to the DDA's volunteers

Last Monday the DDA board recognized multiple individuals and businesses that have volunteered for their community, or who have participated in special downtown projects. Awards were distributed, hors d'oeuvres were shared, and 51 North's cash bar provided home-brewed beer and home-made mead and wine....more >>
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Local nurse wins DAISY Award

Being a nurse can often be a thankless job that's both physically and emotionally demanding. But Laura (Beamer) Holt, a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, now has a visible reminder that all her tireless efforts and long hours are very much appreciated....more >>
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Choirs honor vets

Oxford Middle School choir students raised their voices in unison Friday evening to honor America's veterans during the 11th Annual Americana Concert. As always, the concert featured a variety of stirring patriotic songs sung by 250 sixth, seventh and eighth-graders under the expert direction of teacher Jan Flynn....more >>

Friendship Park resurrection

With donations from multiple businesses and the steady work of the Orion Township Park Maintenence Crew, the new playground at Friendship Park is almost fully set up. Pictured right are Eric Theisen, Township Supervisor Chris Barnett, and Crew Leader Aaron Whatley on the opening day of construction....more >>

LO girl is Pride of the Peninsulas

By Ana Cordera Review Special Writer In her first-ever competition recently, Lake Orion native Emily Penrose, was awarded the Little Miss Pride of the Peninsulas title. Emily is in sixth grade and attends Scripps Middle School....more >>

Dragons upset in football playoff loss to Romeo

By Joe St. Henry Special to The Review Turnovers can take the bite out of a football team and Lake Orion was stung by six on Friday as the Dragons were upset by the Romeo Bulldogs in the first round of the state playoffs, 24-21....more >>

Briefs

Kochis fund-raiser Buffalo Wild Wings (770 N. Lapeer Rd.) in Orion Township will host a Wednesday, Nov. 13 fund-raiser to benefit the children of William "Billy" Kochis, a 2002 Oxford High School graduate....more >>
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When they were soldiers

Local veterans recall three decades of war

Three veterans, three wars. To commemorate Veteran's Day, Nov.11, three area veteran shared their war time experiences, together spanning more than three decades. From Europe in World War II to Korea to Southeast Asia, the soldiers recalled their battlefield efforts, along with their enlistment and their return home....more >>

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County millages on ballot

Atlas Twp.- Township residents will be heading to the polls on Tuesday to decide on two millage proposals. A proposed 0.04-mill property tax for the MSU Extension-Genesee County would cost taxpayers with a $100,000 home about $2 per year and support Agriculture 4-H, master gardener, and nutrition programs....more >>

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OCEF seeking help for holidays

More than 175 area families in need of assistance

Karyn Milligan believes there comes a time in every life where the help of another is needed. That help may come from a willingness to listen, a hug, a prayer, or even the most basic nourishment—food....more >>

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Girls on the Run: Healthy, happy, confident

Brandon Twp.- Kelly Thwing places a tube of toothpaste in the center of a circle of girls seated on the floor of a classroom at Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School on Monday after school and invites one of them to attempt to put a dab of toothpaste squeezed out of the tube back in....more >>

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Goodwill comes to Goodrich

Goodrich Plaza new home for thrift store in January

Goodrich-In January there will be one less vacant building in town. Angella Thompson, vice-president of retail operations and marketing for Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan announced last week that a new store will open in January 2014 in the Goodrich Plaza, 8147 S....more >>

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Board OKs 2 percent wage increase for full-time firefighters

Brandon Twp.- The township board has unanimously approved a 2 percent raise for full-time fire department personnel. During their Nov. 4 meeting, the board also approved a 25-cent per hour increase for part-time firefighters....more >>

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DAR: Finding your patriot

Genealogy class seeking revolutionary ancestors

Atlas Twp.- Patriots William Rich and his father, Jonathan, fought in the 1775 Battle of Lexington before fighting in skirmishes in New York and Massachusetts. They are buried near a small settlement in New York bearing their namesake— Rich's Corner....more >>

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Charlotte's Web

"Charlotte's Web," presented by BHS, at 7 p.m., Nov. 14-16, at the PAC, 1025 S. Ortonville Road. Tickets are $5 at the door. Details: 248-627-1820.

Brandon Twp.- Taylor Reid watched YouTube videos of spiders to study for her latest role as the title character in "Charlotte's Web." "Her movements are a challenge," said Reid, 17, a Brandon High School senior starring in her fourth BHS production....more >>

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Brandon Clothing Closet

Brandon Twp.- This community has a pantry to feed the hungry and a seasonal toy store stocked with donated gifts for children at Christmas. Now there is a closet to provide clothes for those in need, too....more >>

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Four hunters fined in duck hunting case

Brandon Twp.-A tip on the Report All Poaching (RAP) Hotline proved costly for four area hunters. Lt. David Malloch, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, law enforcement district supervisor for Southeastern Michigan, said four men were arrested after conservation officers witnessed the hunters shooting waterfowl over a baited township lake....more >>

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Getting to know your well and septic systems

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Get the scoop on how to maintain your water well and septic system on Monday night during a program at the library. The Oakland County Health Division will present "Maintaining your private well and septic system," at 7 p....more >>

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County millages pass for MCC, MSU Extension

Atlas Twp.-On Wednesday morning, Ray Porter was one happy apple grower. The core of his happiness stems from Genesee County voters approving by 16 percent—22,151 yes to 18,610 no votes— a four-year, 0....more >>

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School scores new board from area auto dealership

Goodrich-By a 7-0 vote on Monday night the school board voted to accepted a donation of $15,746 from Randy Wise Ford of Ortonville for the purchase of a scoreboard at the Roy U. Stacey Athletic Complex....more >>

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Hillside Bible Church—Hope for Haiti ready for challenge

Ortonville- Last year, 16,000 meals were sent to the impoverished nation of Haiti through the efforts of local residents and Hillside Bible Church in the village. This year, Hillside Pastor Kevin Shorkey plans to send at least 52,000 meals to the Caribbean nation and is asking local residents to provide "Hope for Haiti" and "Put Your Hands to the Worship....more >>

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'Understanding the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease'

Brandon Twp.- Misplacing car keys, forgetting an appointment or grasping for a word or name that is "on the tip of the tongue," all fall within the normal range of memory lapse. For someone who cares for an elder, has aging parents, or is entering their senior years themselves, however, such forgetfulness may be of increasing concern....more >>

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Martian icers join to form the Alliance

Four schools—one team. When the puck drops later this month on the 2013-14 high school hockey season, Goodrich High School players will be lacing up their skates with a few new teammates....more >>

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Ed Albertson honored with 'Heart of a Champion'

Brandon Twp.- Ed Albertson has been recognized as having the "Heart of a Champion." A resident of the township for 28 years, Albertson received the honor Oct. 17 in Lansing at the Michigan Library Association's annual conference....more >>

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Cable budget approved, wage increase for consultant

Brandon Twp.- The township board approved the cable budget, including a 2 percent wage increase for consultant Greg Normand, during their Nov. 4 meeting. The budget and raise were approved unanimously....more >>

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Brandon:Truck Town Thunder Robotics

Brandon Twp.-In response to a world increasingly focused on science and technology, the school district is expanding learning opportunities in this area of study for younger children....more >>
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Wolf attack

Clarkston's senior wide receiver Caine Watlington gets ready to push past Oxford defense during the Wolves' 30-27 win in the MHSAA Pre-District game last Friday. See the story on page 10....more >>

Eyes on traffic

Cameras cause concern over spying on public

Is the government spying on us? That's what Independence Township resident Gary Taylor wants to know. Taylor is concerned with recently installed cameras at several intersections in Independence Township....more >>

Trimesters up for recall

Trimesters may be history in Clarkston as the Board of Education considers switching back to semesters. The change, which would take effect next September if approved, would increase focus on core curriculum, class continuity, connections between students and teachers, and opportunities for cross curricular collaboration, said Assistant Superintendent Shawn Ryan at the Oct....more >>

City wants state to fix road issues

City manager Carol Eberhardt, as well as some residents, hope the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) does something about traffic issues in Clarkston. A walk-through scheduled with MDOT and Eberhardt was cancelled after MDOT officials told her representatives had already conducted a walk-through of Main Street....more >>

To the polls

Voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to elect four members to City of the Village of Clarkston City Council. Incumbents Richard Bisio, Eric Haven, Thomas Hunter and newcomer David Marsh were running for three, two-year seats on council....more >>

Township seeks public comments

Independence Township officials are asking for citizen comments about the Sashabaw and Dixie Highway corridors. Comments will be used to make decisions about the communities Master Plan....more >>

High winds wipe out power overnight

A power outage caused by heavy winds left some customers in the dark last Thursday night and into Friday morning. Areas of both Springfield and Independence Townships were affected....more >>
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Half marathon ready to go

In four days, Clarkston's back roads will be filled with about 1,100 runners and walkers. The inaugeral Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon is sold out. "We're ecstatic, thrilled," said Deanna Hart of High Five Races, who is organizing the race along with Megan Holt....more >>
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Mascot makes like a ghost while sign issue resolved

A mascot at the Big Boy Restaurant in Clarkston has been banned. Standing along Dixie Highway, the restaurant's 12-foot-tall trademark is dressed up as a ghost until owner John Nannini figures out what to do with it....more >>
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Millstream

3 decades in Navy for Clarkston grad

Mark Doolin retired recently as a Command Master Chief after 30 years in the U.S. Navy, with a diverse career in peacetime and war around the world, including frigates, aircraft carriers, and the Pentagon....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Not just for kids

It was a fun Halloween for local businesses and the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC), as well as the kids. Employees dressed up in their finest Halloween costumes to celebrate the fun filled day and welcome visitors....more >>
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Ducks make the grade in Munk contest

Halloween fun could be found everywhere in Clarkston last week - including Munk Orthodontics. Drs. Charles F. Munk and Charles W. Munk stepped into the costumes as the Robertsons from Duck Dynasty, Oct....more >>
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Costumed kids

Bailey Lake Elementary students dressed up for fun on Halloween last Thursday....more >>
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Hometown music maker making it big

Clarkston grad Billy Parr's music career is taking off, and he's ready for the next step. Parr and Matt Rankin's Synergy Production tours the country, performing in shows and competitions in Detroit, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Chicago....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Operation Homefront Clarkston Junior High School's third Annual Operation Homefront Food Drive is this week, through Nov. 8. Students are collecting canned food donations at the school atrium, 6595 Middle Lake Road, for Saginaw Army Reserve's 919th ICTC Food Pantry....more >>

TEA Party organizer at Independents meeting

Wendy Day, who organized the first Tea Party rally in Michigan in February 2009, addresses Independents for Responsible Government (I4RG), 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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 "Twp. gives $3,000 to revitalization study" Thanks to a donation from Independence Township, Clarkston's revitalization study was closer to reality. The board of trustees voted unanimously to contribute $3,000 to the $25,000 Hyett-Palma enhancement project, spearheaded by Clarkston City Councilman Dave Savage....more >>
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Happy Halloween from the adorable joker in downtown Lake Orion! Donut bearers ran out of 700 Paint Creek Cider Mill donuts at the Halloween Parade Devil's Night last Wednesday. Over 800 princesses, villain, policemen, action figures, pirates-you name it-participated in the parade, gathering candy from local businesses before it got too dark. (click for larger version)

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1805: Lieutenant Zebulon Pike pays $2,000 to buy from the Sioux a 9-square-mile tract at the mouth of the Minnesota River that will be used to establish a military post, Fort Snelling.
1806: The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrives back in St. Louis just over three years after its departure.Ken Burns' unique vision of the American West.
1864: Confederate and Union forces clash at Mount Jackson, Front Royal and Woodstock in Virginia during the Valley campaign.A look at Stonewall Jackson's Virginia.
1911: The Second International Aviation Meet opens in New York.The many contributions of aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss receive top billing in an upstate New York museum.
1912: Mack Sennet's first Keystone Cop film debuts, Cohen Collects a Debt.