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Lest we forget

Scouts honor vets

Members of Oxford Cub Scout Pack 366 gathered at Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery Sunday to honor all the veterans buried there. After raising the flag, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and saying a prayer, the scouts went through the cemetery, row by row, planting American flags beside the graves of veterans who served during times of war and peace....more >>
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Local Veterans honored while telling their story

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Orion area veterans and officials honored those on Monday night who have served in the nation's wars. But, they also asked that everyone remembers those who served and continue to serve each day of each year....more >>
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Fund-raisers set to help family in wake of Nicole Burton's death

Hope is a big component in most cancer-related fund-raisers. Hope for a cure. Hope for a longer life. Hope for the future. Sadly, in this case, Nicole "Colie" Burton's hope is gone as the Oxford resident passed away at home on Friday, Nov....more >>

Susan Galeczka approved for village clerk

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Village Council interviewed nine applicants of 33 to fill the vacant village clerk position after Arlene Nichols retired on Halloween....more >>

Corky was Oxford

If the essence of a community can be found in a single person, then Loretta Lee "Corky" Hallead was the epitome of everything good in the Oxford school district. Sadly, Hallead, a lifelong Oxford resident who worked for the district for 37˝ years, passed away on Saturday, Nov....more >>

Students, faculty, family mourn Orion teen

By Dan Shriner Review Editor A 17-year-old Lake Orion High School senior died on Monday night when the car in which she riding was struck on Seymour Lake Road, west of Sashabaw Road....more >>
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M-24 plan gets favorable reception at open house

It was a small crowd, but the opinions expressed were favorable regarding the concept plan for calming M-24 traffic and improving safety in Oxford Village. "I'm happy with what I see," said Ron Rolando, owner of Great Lakes Mercantile (8 S....more >>

LOHS Yearbook honored with a Spartan

By Leslie Batoha Review Special Writer The honors keep coming for Lake Orion High School's yearbook staff as the group won a Spartan award for last year's outstanding yearbook....more >>

Enbridge delays major pipeline work until 2014

The majority of construction on Enbridge's crude oil pipeline through Oxford and Addison townships will not begin until spring of next year. That was the word from Jason Manshum, spokesman for the Canadian energy distribution company, in a Nov....more >>

Orion Twp engineer makes state board

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Michigan Gov. Rick Synder appointed Orion Township's engineer James Stevens to the Michigan Board of Professional Engineers recently. Stevens is the lead engineering adviser for Orion Township, Auburn Hills and Oak Park, and has earned awards from the Michigan chapters of the American Association of Public Works and the Concrete Paving Association....more >>

Monitoring wells show groundwater is clean

Before drinking that next glass of Oxford Township or Village water, residents should know one thing – it's clean. That was the conclusion of some reports township and village officials recently received regarding the 18 monitoring wells the two municipalities installed to detect the presence of pollutants in the groundwater supply....more >>

Girl's volleyball last match best match despite defeat

By Riley Holder Review Special Writer  The Lake Orion girls' varsity volleyball team's season came to an abrupt end last week as they went on the road to Clarkston for the first round of the district playoffs....more >>

Local recycling efforts kick off national holiday to reuse

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Michigan residents sent about 44.3 million cubic yards of solid waste into Michigan landfills in one year from October 2011 to the end of September 2012, according to the most recent report generated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Equality....more >>

Spartan Nutrition offers great products and services for all ages

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Spartan Nutrition may be new to the Orion area but the company is anything but a newcomer to the nutrition, vitamin, weight loss and health scene....more >>

Hills Express brings 'za to Lake Orion

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer A couple of Rochester boys took a pizza stick and made it locally famous. From Rochester they expanded to Troy, and then again to their newest limb in Lake Orion....more >>


Boots for kids Oxford firefighters will be on the streets Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 conducting a boot drive to collect donations for the annual "Shop with a Hero" event Dec. 12 at the Oxford Meijer....more >>

LOEF annual dinner dance brings record numbers

A record number of people attended the Lake Orion Education Foundation's eighth annual "Evening for Education" event last Saturday at Indianwood Golf & Country Club. According to event chairperson Karen Appledorn, 160 people enjoyed the dinner, silent auction, music, dancing and table games....more >>


Consumers still seeking sign-ups in Atlas, Brandon

As temperatures plummeted this week and snow flew, some residents of Atlas and Brandon townships are heating their homes with natural gas for the first time after Consumers Energy extended natural gas service in the area....more >>


Tragic end to search for happiness

Family of Jean Leppan speaks out on slain sister, mother

Tauna Shapovalov was first separated from her older sister, Jean, when they were toddlers in the 1970s. They would reconnect when they were teens, but only for about a year. About 10 years later, in their mid-20s, the relationship was rekindled, but Tauna would be robbed of her sister forever when Jean was murdered about seven years later....more >>


Memories of JFK

50 years after the assassination of JFK, locals reflect on president, memorabilia

By David Fleet Editor On Friday, as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, two local residents shared rather unique associations with the 35th president of the United States....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 >>


One dead, four teens injured in Brandon Township crash

Brandon Twp.- Weather may have played a role in a car accident Monday night in the township that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old girl. Oakland County Sheriff's Office Lt. Terry Mekoski said black ice was forming on the roads at the time of the crash....more >>


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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On stage at Goodrich High School: 'Taming of the Shrew'

Goodrich- "There's small choice in rotten apples." The wit of William Shakespeare will come to life next week at Goodrich High School. Written in the early 1590s, Shakespeare's comedy "Taming of the Shew," on stage next week, depicts the courtship of gentleman Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, stubborn "shrew....more >>


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 >>


Engineers: 'We have a leak'

New, deeper sink hole reported near dam

Goodrich- The village dam is leaking. The seepage was realized after a village DPW worker and others reported sinkholes in the soil embankment just east of the spillway. There were at least two instances of where the soil gave way under foot....more >>


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 >>


$1.4M: Brandon School Board plans new bus purchases

Brandon Twp.- The school district is planning to add 15 new buses to their fleet next year. The purchases will total just over $1.4 million, to be financed with an annual debt payment of $203,757....more >>


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 >>


Village Council seeks state SAW grant for drain research

Goodrich- By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the village council moved forward with a grant application to fund a project to systemically identify all village drains. The village, with the assistance of WadeTrim engineers, is seeking part of $450 million available from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Stormwater, Asset Management, Wastewater (SAW) grant or loan....more >>


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 >>


Early chill opens Mt. Holly

Groveland Twp.- Many of the fall leaves still need raking, pumpkins still adorn front porches and Thanksgiving is about two weeks away. Now add skiing to that list of autumn activities....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


'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 >>


Kayt Hyatt:'I'm grateful to be alive'

Kayt Hyatt was paralyzed in a car accident this past summer, but she is still finding much for which to be thankful. "I've found a sense of gratitude in all this," said the 21-year-old....more >>


Charter schools: NOCA to host informational meeting

Parents interested in learning more about a proposed local charter school are encouraged to attend an informational meeting from 7-9 p.m., Nov. 20 at the Ortonville Montessori, 258 S....more >>


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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Front page

Photo finish

John Martin of Lake Orion welcomes Julie Kish of Oxford over the finish line downtown during the Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon. Runners and walkers filled downtown and backroads of Independence Township during Sunday's race....more >>

McLaren plans still a go

McLaren Health Care System recently acquired the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, but officials say the hospital system is still committed to expanding in Independence Township....more >>

Parking lot enforcement

About 20 cars sit all day in city parking spaces marked with a two-hour time limit. That's how many cars City Manager Carol Eberhardt counted, as she investigated several parking issues in Clarkston....more >>
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Learning from vets

For about 30 ninth-graders, Veterans Day lessons included talking to veterans. Ron Burrill, Vietnam War veteran explained to student Kalei Hubert how military ranks work. Students at the American Legion Post 63's veterans' luncheon, Nov....more >>

Food drive at Neiman's

Clarkston's newest grocery store, Neiman's Family Market, will be collecting donations for families in need in its "Thanksgiving on the Mayflower" food drive. "We're a community-oriented business," said John Schmidt, store director....more >>

Business Expo at Clarkston High

Clarkson's 27th Annual Best of the Best businesses Expo will fill Clarkston High School with fun and surprises, Nov. 14. The Expo will be full of networking opportunities, entertainment and over 100 exhibitors at the high school cafeteria and Main Street Hallway....more >>
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Vet alumni honored

Clarkston Junior High School students honored alumni Ari Gruenberg, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, with a Veterans Day ceremony. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th SBCT in Ft....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Young runners

Students in the Young 5's program at Clarkston's Early Childhood Center ran in their first Fun Run last Thursday. It was also the first Fun Run for the center, and Crim Fitness Foundation came out for the CrimFit Fun Run....more >>
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News scouts

Cub Scout Pack 499 Den 3 Bears, from left, Frank Schuster, Jeffrey Ellingsworth, Khaled Abu-Ageel, Ryan Drobot, Andrew Musson, Andrew DeLong, Malachi Sievers, Ayden Krenzel, and Troy Mengesha toured The Clarkston News office, Nov....more >>
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Everest on stage

Everest Collegiate High School Drama Club's comedy "You Can't Take it with You" hits the stage this weekend. Showtimes at the school, 5935 Clarkston Road, are 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov....more >>
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Born February 11th
1855: Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge, American educator, pioneer in the concept of day nurseries for children.
1898: Leo Szilard, physicist, instrumental in the Manhattan Project.
1907: William J. Levitt, U.S. businessman and community builder who led the postwar housing revolutions with his Levittowns.
1908: Phillipe Dunne, screenwriter and director (How Green Was My Valley).
1912: Roy Fuller, poet and novelist.
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in history
1858: 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, a French miller's daughter, claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes.
1903: Congress passes the Expedition Act, giving antitrust cases priority in the courts.
1904: President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims strict neutrality for the United States in the Russo-Japanese War.
1910: Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Eleanor Alexander announce their wedding date--June 20, 1910.
1926: The Mexican government nationalizes all church property.