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Goodfellows coming to town

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Even if the weather outside is frightful, Lake Orion's Goodfellows will make the Christmas holidays delightful for the area's needy. This season marks the 46th year the Lake Orion Firefighters Goodfellows will be selling special editions of The Lake Orion Review throughout the community as well as taking donations to help those in need....more >>
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Extra! Extra!

Folks who purchase this newspaper from a member of the Oxford Lions Club are doing their part to help make Christmas a bit merrier for those less fortunate. The Oxford Leader donated 900 copies of this edition so the Lions Club could conduct its annual Goodfellows Newspaper sales on Friday, Dec....more >>

Schools of Choice to reach middle schools in 2014

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Parents from outside the Lake Orion School district could drop off about 175 students to Lake Orion elementary and middle schools next year under a new Schools of Choice program....more >>
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Holiday happenings in Oxford this weekend

Singer Perry Como was right – there's no place like home for the holidays, especially when its Oxford. Holiday magic and seasonal warmth return to the historic downtown area this weekend with the popular Soup & Sweet Stroll from 5-9 p....more >>

Shop with a Hero brings community together

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For $150, a child in the Orion and Oxford communities can enjoy a happier Christmas for his or her family. Every year in mid-December the Meijer's on Lapeer Rd....more >>
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Local mfr. expresses interest in village site

An old industrial building could get a new lease on life, a local business could get a new home and Oxford Village could get some additional revenue. It all depends on whether or not Raven Engineering, Inc....more >>

Playground at Friendship Park has a name, "Dragon's Den"

Dawson Wolff, a Carpenter Elementary 4th grader, Teagan and Madyson Walter, from Webber Elementary in first and second grade respectively, all came up with the name 'Dragon's Den' during the Friendship Park naming contest....more >>
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Konkle soars among the Eagles

Keegan Konkle is now part of a rare breed. On Friday, the Oxford High School junior officially became an Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor ceremony held at Oxford United Methodist Church....more >>

Spokaeski is Citizen of the Year, Dad to the community

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Every year the Orion Area Parade Group nominates a citizen of the year who quietly and humbly serves the community. This year the nominated John Spokaeski will wave to Orion citizens astride a convertible in the 24th annual Lighted Parade in downtown Lake Orion....more >>

Village's spendable fund balance grows by $81K

Oxford Village received good news from its auditor last week – the general fund's spendable cash reserves increased by $80,729 over last year. "One of the things that we do like to look at is the total fund balance as a measure of financial health," explained Certified Public Accountant Aaron Stevens, a principal in the East Lansing-based firm of Abraham & Gaffney, P....more >>

Support Lions CLub's Christmas Basket Progam

Lake Orion, like many American communities, has a long tradition of taking care of those citizens that may struggle to put food on the table or toys under the tree this time of year....more >>
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A concierge for home, biz

While many would associate the word "concierge" with that of someone who serves guests at a hotel, Catherine Wendt is redefining the word with her new business "Concierge on Wheels, LLC" "I've been kicking around this idea for a couple of years and I've always enjoyed helping people," Wendt said....more >>

New senior development planned for Scripps and M24

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Orion area seniors will have a new residential area to consider near Scripps Rd. and M24. Pomeroy Living, a senior living community which provides both independent and memory care facilities, was approved for their special land use permit at the Planning Commission Board meeting November 20....more >>

Suspected drunken driver slams into couple's SUV

An Oxford couple landed in the hospital Sunday, Dec. 1 after a suspected drunken driver slammed into their vehicle on S. Coats Rd., south of W. Drahner Rd. The victims, a 60-year-old man and his 58-year-old wife, had just pulled out of their driveway in their 2009 Saturn Vue and began heading south on S....more >>
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Turkey tradition treats at CJ's

By Ana Cordera Review Special Writer On Thanksgiving Day, CJ's Lakeside Grill restaurant in downtown Lake Orion, gave away an estimated 400 Thanksgiving meals to anyone that stopped by—for no charge at all....more >>

Village PD locates suspect, vehicle in multiple hit-and-run crashes

In less than 24 hours, Oxford Village Police located the vehicle they believe was involved in multiple hit-and-run accidents on Sunday afternoon and a suspect. "It came together pretty quick," said Officer David Churchill....more >>

Give back with the Oxford Giving Tree

From now through Dec. 31, participating businesses will be displaying the Oxford Giving Tree in their storefronts. Each Giving Tree will be decorated with ornaments representing charitable donations made by customers....more >>


Head to Leonard for the tree lighting Looking for a touch of Norman Rockwell amidst the endless commercialization this Christmas season? Then head to downtown Leonard on Saturday, Dec....more >>
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Historical museum offers vintage Christmas display

This holiday season take a break from the overcrowded, tacky malls and congested roads and journey back to a time when Christmas was simple, yet magical. Now through mid-January, the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum (1 N....more >>
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Hut! Art!

"A lot of hands and strong backs get things done." Oxford Football Coach Bud Rowley's words offered a good description of what happened on Nov. 27 when 27 of his gridiron warriors spent one of their Thanksgiving vacation days helping Merge Studio & Gallery move into its new home....more >>


Brandon Township Board OKs budget, pay hikes

Brandon Twp.- Township employees and elected officials will receive wage increases as part of the 2014 budget approved by the board during their Dec. 2 meeting. The board approved the township's 2014 general fund budget by a 4-3 vote....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 >>


Brandon EMS denied request to respond to Atlas Township

If there's an emergency medical call just over the Genesee County line, don't look for Brandon Fire Department to respond. A request earlier this fall by Atlas Township Fire Chief Fred Forys for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) mutual aid using Brandon Fire Department has been denied by the Professional Standards Review Organization (PSRO), the factfinding board for the Genesee County Medical Control Authority (CCMCA)....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 >>


Adopt a family this Christmas

Brandon Twp.- On Tuesday afternoon, it was a true group effort to decorate the Christmas tree at the Nature's Way Adult Foster Care Home. For some of the clients at this home that serves mentally and/or physically challenged adults, there might be no presents under the tree without the compassion of the community and the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund's Adopt a Family Program....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 >>


Forum seeks input on next Brandon schools superintendent

Community members are invited to give input regarding attributes they would like to see in the next Brandon Schools superintendent during a community forum planned for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec....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 >>


Township eyes two roads for paving project

Groveland Twp.- Two local roads may be just a little smoother in the future. The township board of trustees OK'd Barron Road between Grange Hall and Perryville roads along with Wildwood Road between Grange Hall and McGinnis roads for paving sometime within the next three to four years....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 >>


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 >>


Surprise delivery

Brandon Twp.- Most couples have several months to prepare for a baby. Matt and Lindsay Bailey had about six hours. The township couple's son, Joshua Daniel Bailey, was born Nov. 22 with barely any advance notice to his parents, who were unaware Lindsay, 31, was pregnant....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 >>


Enbridge grant may add to Brandon Township park

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Sand volleyball courts, and possibly a basketball court may be coming to the township park, 1414 N. Hadley Road. During their Dec. 2 meeting, the township board approved a motion to apply for a grant that would fund two sand volleyball courts, a linking pathway and the necessary land balancing for the courts at the park....more >>


Natural Resources Trust Fund board OKs $3 million for land

Groveland Twp.- Additional state land in the township moved one step closer to reality on Wednesday. Funding for the purchase of 291 acres of the township's Camp Tamarack was approved by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in a meeting at Lansing Community College....more >>


River Rock Bar & Grill

Groveland Twp.-Knotty pine covers the vaulted ceiling. A blaze in the fieldstone fireplace crackles. Mounts of white-tailed deer, bull elk and wild turkey adorn the wall above the bar....more >>
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'Great day for C-Town'

BY WENDI REARDON Clarkston News Sports Writer Long-time head coach Kurt Richardson hoisted up the trophy while Clarkston's gridiron heroes and coaches surrounded him. The Wolves successfully achieved their dream by becoming MHSAA Division 1 Football State Champion, defeating Detroit Catholic Central, 32-14....more >>

Survey shows support for semester switch

School semester/trimester survey results are in – most respondents support switching back to semesters. Administration offered the survey online through November, and met with PTAs around the district, said Shawn Ryan, deputy superintendent....more >>

Cuts, revenue fixes for sewer deficit

A $2.3 million sewer and water budget deficit was reduced to $1.5 million, according to Township Supervisor Pat Kittle. Kittle said the deficit was not acceptable. "We will just chew through our working capital and we will be broke from a fund balance perspective by the year 2017 or 2018," he said....more >>
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Depot bridge out for repairs

DPW worker Jason Miller said he has been monitoring a sagging bridge in Depot Park closely. "After inspecting the bridge at the south end of the park which I have been doing every other week for the last few months, I have noticed the planks and boards are cracking which is making the bridge very unsafe to cross for pedestrians," said Miller....more >>

Economist claims Obamacare violates constitutional rights

In Part 1, "Confusion spreads locally over Obamacare," Oakland County physician Dr. James O'Neil spoke in favor of a heath savings plan rather than forcing individuals to obtain government mandated policies....more >>

New crosswalk at Main and Church

Downtown Main Street may get a new crosswalk at Church Street, after City Manager Carol Eberhardt met with Michigan Department of Transportation. Eberhardt updated the city council during the Nov....more >>

Supervisor reflects on year in office

"I can't believe how fast this year has flown by," said Independence Township supervisor Pat Kittle, marking his one year anniversary in office. Under his leadership, Kittle said he aims to continue providing the best possible service to residents at the lowest cost possible....more >>
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Middle schooler learned lots earning black belt

Four years of training pays off next weekend for Kaley Moyet, seventh grader at Sashabaw Middle School. She's testing for her black belt in Ryu Kyu Kempo karate, Dec. 14, at Clarkston Self Defense....more >>
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Shooting Stars

New shows on Clarkston TV

Clarkston TV, the internet television station of Sherman Publications, the parent company of The Clarkston News, has been packed full of new shows in the past few weeks. In addition to feature stories, Clarkston TV also offers weekly shows by Clarkston News editor Phil Custodio and columnist/assistant publisher Don Rush, local shows by business owners and residents from Clarkston and surrounding areas, old-fashioned, hard-to-find television shows, full length movies, and dining and medical guide....more >>
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Verlanders at craft show

Clarkston High School Craft Show, Dec. 7-8, 6093 Flemings Lake Road, hosts Richard and Kathy Verlander, authors of their new book, Rocks Across the Pond. "It's a lot of fun, meeting people," Richard said....more >>
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Christmas decor downtown

BY JOETTE KUNSE Special to the Clarkston News What a delight to drive down Main Street and see Clarkston's holiday decorations. The planters in front of the stores are filled with red twig dogwood, evergreens and shiny Christmas ornaments to catch your eye while the Main Street light posts are decked with lighted snowflakes and garland and bows to honor the season....more >>
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Ornaments for seniors

Girl Scouts in Troop 13393 of Sashabaw Middle School gather at Independence Township senior center, Nov. 27, to make Christmas ornaments for seniors in the community in their Be a Santa to a Senior project....more >>

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News in Brief

Rotary Goodfellows to hit the streets Clarkston Area Rotarians and friends will be out in the community selling Goodfellows newspapers, published by The Clarkston News, this weekend, Dec....more >>

Lights parade

Clarkston Holiday Lights Parade marches down Main Street, 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. The parade, hosted by Team RUSH, will include commuunity organizations, churches, and groups on floats decorated with colorful Christmas lights for the evening march through downtown Clarkston....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "New trucks to roll into fire department" Only months after ratifying a new contract for firefighters and increasing personnel, Independence Township made additional strides towards improving the fire department....more >>
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Born November 25th
1896: Virgil Thompson, American composer (Four Saints in Three Acts, The Mother of Us All).
1910: Alwin Nikolais, choreographer.
1913: Lweis Thomas, physician and author (The Lives of a Cell).
1914: Joe DiMaggio, Hall of Fame baseball star who led the New York Yankees to ten World Series.
1939: Shelagh Delaney, playwright (A Taste of Honey).
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1955: The Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation in interstate travel.
1963: The body of assassinated President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
1964: Eleven nations give a total of $3 billion to rescue the value of the British currency.
1986: As President Ronald Reagan announces the Justice Department's findings concerning the Iran-Contra affair; secretary Fawn Hall smuggles important documents out of Lt. Col. Oliver North's office.
2348: Biblical scholars have long asserted this to be the day of the Great Deluge, or Flood.