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Thankful for the spirit of generosity

Leonard Elementary did its part to ensure local folks and families in need have full stomachs this holiday season by conducting a school-wide food drive for Oxford-Orion FISH. The students collected boxes and boxes of nonperishable food items....more >>
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Holiday Artist Market just around the corner

The Orion Art Center is proud to announce its 13th annual Holiday Artist Market, a showcase of art for gift giving and a way to support local artists this holiday season. This year Santa dropped by early for a sitting with local portrait artists....more >>

All school taxes moving to summer bill in 2015

Beginning in 2015, Oxford and Addison property owners will have to pay 100 percent of the Oxford Schools' property taxes on their summer bills to help the district deal with its cash flow issues....more >>

Joe Zimmer awarded for his generous business style

The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has selected Joe Zimmer, owner of Culver's of Lake Orion, as its 2013 Business Person of the Year. The award will be presented at the Chamber's Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, Dec....more >>

Officials look into raising village water, sewer rates

Oxford Village residents could be facing increases to both their water and sewer rates in order to help pay some debts, cover increased operating costs and finance future system improvements....more >>

Mathisen appointed to village council

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Three candidates applied for the Lake Orion Village Council while two attended the council meeting Monday evening in their efforts to take the empty position left behind by previous councilman Mike Toth....more >>

Twp. accepts $495K grant to fix Elk View sub

It appears that a long-standing problem in an Oxford Twp. subdivision could finally be resolved thanks to a grant from the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). Township officials recently authorized Treasurer Joe Ferrari to sign a contract with the MDEQ that accepts a $495,410 grant to fix the drainage issues that have been plaguing the Elk View Estates subdivision since the late 1990s and purchase a conservation easement to protect the adjoining wetlands....more >>

Whiskey's demolition complete, new parking lot open

The new parking lot at the corner of Front & Anderson Streets in downtown Lake Orion opened Monday, November 25th at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting. The property was donated to the Lake Orion DDA in July by Dia Zaraga, owner of SageBrush Cantina, with the agreement the DDA would demolish the former Whiskeys Restaurant building and create a parking lot....more >>
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Consumers short on customers for Addison project

With the looming deadline of Nov. 27 for Addison Township residents wanting natural gas, Consumers Energy had received 33 applications as of Monday, Nov. 25 out of the 174 application requirement, which equates to 50 percent participation....more >>

Lake Orion grad is grateful for her Cali job

By Maddie Stroin Review Special Writer Only a few years ago, Angela McBride was walking the halls of Lake Orion High School every day, dealing with the details of homework, practice, and club meetings....more >>
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O-Town Tanning offers 'luxury anybody can afford'

After shutting down operations in Flint, Derek DeRosa decided to bring business back to his hometown of Oxford, where he opened O-Town Tanning, located at 981 S. Lapeer Road next to Domino's Pizza....more >>

Dragon girls swim team has best state finish ever

By Riley Holder Review Special Writer The Lake Orion girls swim and dive team showed they are a prime time program with a ninth place finish at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 1 swimming and diving championships at Oakland University....more >>
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Buck down!

Oxford resident and U.S. Navy veteran Jim Muys stopped by the Leader office last week to show off a meaty five-point buck. He shot the 130-to-140 pound buck at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 15 by Grand Marais in the Upper Peninsula's Alger County....more >>

Jubilee reconsidered for downtown with survey

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Since 2010 the Lake Orion Jubilee has been held at Canterbury Village. Previously, the Jubilee was held in downtown Lake Orion. Rumors to come back have morphed into a survey for downtown businesses....more >>

Revolutionary healthy weight-loss system getting great results

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Dr. Jason Olafsson has brought a new weight loss program into the Lake Orion area at Custom Health Center that is catching on and helping to make the community healthier....more >>

The Holiday Lighted Parade: the who, what, where and new

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer With 50 to 60 entries so far, this year's Lake Orion Holiday Lighted Parade is going to be a hoot. For those who can't make it to downtown Lake Orion on December 7, fear not, because for the first time ever Orion's ONTV will be transmitting the parade live on the public access channel 10 and AT&T Uverse channel 99 starting at 6 p....more >>


Returnable drive to benefit baseball Oxford baseball players will be pounding the pavement, knocking on doors and collecting returnable bottles/cans on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1-4 p.m....more >>

LO Baptist girls are state champs

Lake Orion Baptist's Girls Volleyball team won the Michigan Athletic Association Division I State Championship on Saturday, November 2nd, held at Springfield Christian School. Pictured with their coaches, Cole Welby and Monica Davis are: (front row) Kelsey MacDonald, Breanne Watterworth, Abby Brennan, Noelle Streetman, (back row) Megan Crawford, Rebekah Russell, Angie Cone, Rachel Brundage and McKenna Cameron....more >>


Raising the flag: Class of 2014

By David Fleet Editor On Nov. 26 the Goodrich Class of 2014 dedicated a new flagpole to the high school. "The class decided to purchase a flagpole and its' installation to be put at the entrance of the new addition to the grounds," said Lisa Jensen, who, along with Dawn Adams, are 2014 class sponsors and parents....more >>


Brandon Township Library on administrative lockdown

Brandon Twp.- The library doors are open to patrons, but administratively, the building is on lockdown. "We can't move forward until a forensic audit," said Library Board Trustee Ann Schmid during the Nov....more >>


Board OKs township hall generator

Atlas Twp.-By a 4-0 vote on Nov. 18 the board of trustees OK'd $14,500 for Davison-based Mitchell Electric, Inc. to purchase and install a natural gas powered generator at the township hall, 7386 Gale Road....more >>


School leaders take aim at overall financial health of district

Goodrich-By a 7-0 vote on Monday night the school board of trustees accepted an audit from Lewis & Knopf for the 2012-13 fiscal year ending June 30. The reported presented by Jeff Sabolish, principal of Lewis & Knopf, was clean and ended with $1,461,320 in fund balance— about 8....more >>


Village council OKs sewer grant application

Ortonville- The village council will apply for a grant for sewers. During their Nov. 25 meeting, the council approved going forward with an application for a grant from the Department of Environmental Quality's Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) Program....more >>


Genesee County Festival of Lights competition

By David Fleet Editor Al Hatch is on a mission not to be outdone. Atlas Township resident and Back-to-the-Bricks founder Hatch is spearheading for a second year an effort to light up area communities through the Genesee County Festival of Lights competition....more >>


Goodrich Schools host Division 3 football playoff game

Goodrich- A cold day in November did not keep nearly 2,000 football fans from high school playoff action. On Nov. 23, the high school's Roy U. Stacey Athletic Complex was the site of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Division 3 Semi-Final Game between DeWitt High School (13-0) and St....more >>


'Murder at the Old Mill'

A mystery needs to be solved in Ortonville Dec. 13

Ortonville- You don't have to be a detective to enjoy a good party. There will be a mystery to be solved when there is a Murder at the Old Mill, at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, but it's all in good fun, and for a good cause, and everyone is invited, regardless of your inclination toward clue solving....more >>


A holiday tradition:Goodrich's Downtown Christmas

Close the streets, plug in the lights, and alert Santa— Goodrich's Downtown Christmas will be glowing from 5-9 p.m., Dec. 5 as the local holiday tradition is sure to provide plenty of cheer....more >>


Christmas in the Village

Ortonville- Kick off the magic of the holiday season with Christmas in the Village. The annual event will be held Dec. 7, with most events taking place between 1-5 p.m. with more participants than ever....more >>


Area man arrested in CSC case

A Holly man has been charged in the molestation of his stepdaughter over the course of four years in the Sashabaw Meadows and Clarkston Lakes mobile home parks in Brandon Township....more >>


'He just wanted to serve his country'

Goodrich soldier found dead in Army barracks

Shane Michael Holton, 21, a 2011 Goodrich High School graduate, was found dead inside his barracks room Thursday, Nov. 14 at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. As of presstime, the results of an autopsy were incomplete....more >>


Construction Board of Appeals formation tabled

Atlas Twp- At the Nov.18 board meeting the trustees opted to table a joint formation of a Construction Board of Appeals (CBA) with the Village of Goodrich. The three person governmental unit comprised of two township and one village representative would enforce the State Construction Code....more >>


Strong winds rip area

Brandon Twp.- Sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and early Monday morning, more than 160 years of township history came crashing down with the collapse of Midge Stewart's barn. "It was thought to be the oldest barn in the township," said Stewart, owner of Maple Lane Kennels, 2939 Hummer Lake Road....more >>


Community Christmas Toy Store

Ortonville- More than 100 area children may be dreaming of Santa this year while their heads rest on pillows and pillowcases that came from the Community Christmas Toy Store last year....more >>


Village OKs firefighters raise

Ortonville- The village council has approved a nearly 2 percent wage increase for full-time Brandon Fire Department staff. The council approved the raise, as well as a 25-cent per hour increase for on-call firefighters, during their Nov....more >>


Atlas Township to host meeting on bike/walking path

Atlas Twp.-At 6 p.m., Nov. 25, there will be an informational, exploratory meeting to discuss the possible future development of new and/or expansion of existing bike/walking paths within the township....more >>


Board OKs superintendent search firm

Brandon Twp.- The school board approved at their Nov. 18 meeting the hiring of the Michigan Leadership Institute to search for a new superintendent. Earlier in the meeting, the board had heard presentations from representatives from three search firms....more >>


Brandon School District amends budget

Brandon Twp.- The school board approved at their Nov. 18 meeting an amendment to the 2013-14 budget that includes, for the first time in five years, an operating surplus. Jan Meek, executive director of business services, said she feels very positive about the surplus, which is expected to be about $140,000 at the end of the fiscal year in June....more >>


Antler restrictions could soon be statewide

Jason Bradley called it dumb luck. The Groveland Township resident bagged a seven point buck on Nov. 16 in Lake County near Chase, north of Big Rapids. "I was not using bait, the buck just walked up," said Bradley....more >>


Sherman Lifelong Learning Center razed, plans for property discussed

Ortonville- As it turns out, the Sherman Lifelong Learning Center didn't quite live up to its name. The former Brandon School District building, located on Sherman Court in the village, was demolished this past week....more >>


Brandon Twp. Library director resigns; investigation underway

Brandon Twp.- Paula Gauthier resigned as library director Nov. 14, hours before she was to attend a special meeting and explain to the library board why the library has not received state aid revenue for the past five years....more >>
D.J. Rogers recovers a Carman-Ainsworth fumble caused by teammate Reid Kaminski, to the delight of coaches and fans, in Saturday's MHSAA Football Semifinal game. The Wolves won, 61-26 and head to Ford Field this Saturday. For the story, please see page 10. Photo by John Azzopardi (click for larger version)

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Ford Field bound

Clarkston's gridiron heroes fought through snow and cold to make history, as they sealed the deal for the school's first trip to Ford Field, beating Carman-Ainsworth, 61-26. "It was great," said long-time head coach Kurt Richardson....more >>

Water and sewer funds face deficits

Residents may be tapped to pay for a $2.3 million water-budget shortage in Independence Township. That's one solution considered by Township Board to make up the deficit in the 2014 water budget....more >>

Flu season descending on Clarkston area

Flu season is upon us. Although cases reported in Oakland County have been sporadic and minimal, Dr. Tim O'Neil said in addition to some flu cases, the Clarkston Medical Group has also seen some patients with Hand, foot and mouth disease....more >>

Beacon of hope

BY ANDREA M. BEAUDOIN Clarkston News Staff Writer "I doubt anyone, when they are young, think when I grow up I want to visit the food pantry," said Lighthouse Emergency Services in Clarkston Manager Connie Stapleton....more >>


Confusion spreads locally over Obamacare

BY ANDREA M. BEAUDOIN Clarkston News Staff Writer When the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, hit Independence Township, residents shared in nationwide confusion and outrage over cancelled policies....more >>
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Office contest helps food pantry

Movement Search and Delivery, a headhunting firm in downtown Clarkston, dropped off over 3,000 pieces of food to benefit the food pantry at Lighthouse Emergency Services in Clarkston on Nov....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Party at Bowman's for Easter Seals

John Bowman Chevrolet hosts the second annual Cheers to the Holidays for Easter Seals Michigan. "This is a great cause," said Katie Bowman Coleman, dealer principal. "Clarkston is a community like no other....more >>
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Art in henna

About 200 students at Springfield Plains and Andersonville elementary schools learned the art of henna firsthand with artwork painted on their hands by local artists. "It started with an art lesson, pencil drawings of henna designs," said art teacher Laura Wilson....more >>
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Kids give new home to old gear in recycling project

Independence Elementary fifth graders in Mr. Klenow's class and the fourth graders in Mrs. Warner's class worked in the cold to help the environment, Nov. 22. They collected almost 11,000 pounds of electronics to be recycled....more >>
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Cards for Christmas

Local artist Jan Mayer helps make the spirit bright with custom Christmas cards, offered through Clarkston United Methodist Church. "It's for such a good cause," said Mayer, whose 2014 card features Mary cradling the baby Jesus....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Lion autographs Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lionswill be at Bonnie & Clyde, 7150 N. Main Street, to sign autographs and meet with fans, 5-7 p.m., Nov. 30. The shop is carrying his apparel line "Lion Blood....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Fire damages Independence Twp. home" A gas fire cause by leaking snowmobile fuel significantly damaged a home in Independence Township. A Wood Land Drive resident was working on his snowmobile in the family garage and didn't notice a leak in the fuel line....more >>
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