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Holiday Parade chilly 'n' cheery

Frost hung in the air after each breath at the Lake Orion Lighted Parade last Saturday, but turn out was as big as ever according to parade goers. The only thing different, Vice President of the Lake Orion Parade Group Carl Cyrowski said, was people arrived a bit late and left directly after the parade was over....more >>
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Ho! Ho! Ho!

Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with some bundled-up little helpers, visited downtown Oxford Saturday afternoon as part of the chamber of commerce's annual Christmas parade. Santa's float won the award for Best Overall parade entry thanks to the many volunteers and businesses who donated time and supplies....more >>

Renewable energy will save Orion Assembly millions of dollars

By Dan Shriner Review Editor General Motors announced last week it plans to invest about $13 million into the Orion Assembly Plant that will turn landfill methane from the nearby Waste Management landfill into electricity that will help power the plant....more >>

Committee continues to explore rate options

Preliminary figures suggest 80% water hike, 40% sewer hike

Nothing's been decided yet and the numbers are still being crunched, but based on preliminary figures presented last week, Oxford Village's water and sewer rates may need to be increased by approximately 80 percent and 40 percent, respectively....more >>

GM's local grants reach Veteran's Memorial

The Orion Veteran's Memorial has received a $10,000 grant from General Motors' Foundation to make some improvements to the memorial, which is expected to include an electric sign to announce upcoming events at the facility....more >>

District lays out conceptual plan for intl. housing

Plans between Oxford Community Schools and Weiming Education Group (WEG) for international student housing are moving forward after a recent trip to China by Superintendent Dr. William Skilling....more >>

Planning Commission nixes Kroger

By Meg Peters Review Staff writer The cheering and jeering ended at the Orion Township Planning Commission meeting last week after commissioners voted to recommend denial of constructing a Kroger fueling station....more >>
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Home for Christmas in Leonard

There's nothing quite like an old-fashioned Christmas in the quaint Village of Leonard. After lighting the village's tree outside Rowland Hall Saturday night, folks gathered to sing Christmas carols, enjoy a holiday story and indulge in some hot beverages and an assortment of homemade sweet treats....more >>

Local BMX boys kick butt at Grand Nationals

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Three local Lake Orion students spent their Thanksgiving thrashing through a BMX course in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the 2013 USA BMX Grand National....more >>

PC receptive to Raven's interest in village site

Raven Engineering, Inc. received a warm reception from the Oxford Village Planning Commission last week as the company discussed the possibility of purchasing 98 S. Glaspie St. and moving its headquarters there....more >>

Dragon grapplers are third in season's first meet in Owosso

Lake Orion's wrestlers recently went 3-2 to finish third in a meet last weekend in Owosso. The Dragons picked up wins against Davison's B team by a score of 53 to 24, Bath (54-24) and Napolean (51-21)....more >>
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Promoting patriotism:

VFW Post 334 honors students, teachers

Many believe that in order for the love of and devotion to one's country to truly take root in the heart and mind, patriotism must be learned at a young age. In Oxford, the spirit of patriotism is being instilled in future generations by some dedicated teachers and North Oakland Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 334....more >>
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Robinson was dedicated to village

For many years, Delbert Lee Robinson took care of the Village of Oxford as a public servant who helped ensure the health, safety and welfare of its residents on a daily basis. "He was very, very thorough and dedicated to what he did," said Jack LeRoy, former chief of both the fire and police departments....more >>
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Nicole's legacy lives on

Shawn McGuire, owner of Guido's Premium Pizza in Oxford, was pleased that his customers were able to raise $1,252 to help the family of Nicole "Colie" Burton. "It was unbelievable how many people came in," McGuire said....more >>
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Soups, sweets and songs!

The cold weather was frightful, but the evening was delightful Friday as downtown Oxford hosted the annual Soup & Sweet Stroll. Approximately 1,600 cups of piping-hot soup were ladled out as folks strolled along Washington St....more >>

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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 >>
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Massive barn fire draws three local fire departments

No injuries in Groveland Township blaze, cause of fire remains under investigation

Groveland Twp.- Fires know no boundaries and those who fight fires will rush to help no matter where lines are drawn. The brotherhood that is firefighting was in abundant evidence Dec....more >>

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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 >>

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Water lowered in mill pond as dam engineers check leaks

Goodrich- Earlier this fall seepage was found in the century-old dam after a village DPW worker and others reported sinkholes in the soil embankment just east of the spillway. There were several instances of where the soil gave way under foot....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Local family, charities BHS beneficiaries

The family of a patient struggling with cancer, a therapeutic animal farm, and an organization that sends supplies to canines serving overseas in the military will be the recipients of funds raised by students and concerned community members during the Brandon High School Charity Week....more >>

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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 >>

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Beating the odds:

Oakwood overcomes obstacles of poverty

Brandon Twp.- Last school year, more than half of all students at Oakwood Elementary, 55 percent, were eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Families must fall below a certain amount of household income to qualify for their children to receive free breakfast and lunch at school, and such a qualification is an indicator of poverty....more >>

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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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ABC Auto Repair, all makes welcome

Goodrich-A new full-service vehicle repair shop has just rolled into the village. ABC Auto Repair, 8223 S. State Road, Goodrich opened last month and for owner Jeremy Jacobs it's like coming home....more >>

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Reid Elementary 2nd grade: Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, Are you excited for Christmas? I want a 3DS for Christmas and a Wii and a TV and a phone, too. Thank you for reading my note! Love, Gabe Dear Santa, I LOVE YOU Santa! I love you Santa because of the presents....more >>
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Rock in the club

Kathy Best, at right, and fans rock to the blues tunes of Urban Nomads, with Mark Best on vocals and Cliff Douglas on guitar, at the Rock and Roll Toy Drive, Sunday at Oakland County Sportsmen's Club....more >>
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A warm welcome

Community offers new experiences to visiting choir

For a group of visitors in town from the other side of the world, one device symbolized the latest technology America has to offer a pop machine offering dozens of choices at the press of a button....more >>

Sashabaw work on the way, officials say

A $4 million project to improve Sashabaw Road at 1-75 and Waldon Road is a top priority for Independence Township, according to officials. Plans to improve traffic in the area are being made to prepare for new growth, like a proposed $300 million McLaren hospital on Sashabaw Road and Bow Point Drive near the McLaren health park....more >>
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Mission to help kids with Key of Hope

They came to America with a song in their heart, joy in their eyes and thankfulness in their spirit despite their troubled lives at home in Durban, South Africa. Key of Hope a 501(c) 3 organization brought 22 kids to America to perform concerts around Michigan in a performance called "Sound of Hope....more >>
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Drivers collect donations for Lighthouse

Clarkston bus drivers and friends volunteered for two weekends during this year's 10th annual Stuff a Bus. They collected food donations for Lighthouse at Neimans Family Market on Dixie Highway and Krogers on Sashabaw Road....more >>

Too many garbage trucks in neighborhood

Representatives from the Chestnut Hills Subdivision Barbara Taylor and Dean Grubbs are concerned over garbage trucks tearing up their private roads. Taylor asked Independence Township trustees for help....more >>

Township moves to honor football champs

For members of Independence Township Board, Clarkston High School varsity football team deserves national recognition for last week's state victory. "I asked that the team be recognized because it's the first time in history that they won the championship," said Trustee Jose Aliaga....more >>

Last school polling place eliminated

Independence Township Board of Trustees voted, Nov. 19, to eliminate the last polling place in a school, Pine Knob Elementary. "This is just that last step in eliminating all of the polling locations at all the elementary schools," said Independence Township Clerk Barb Pallotta....more >>
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Obamacare's confusing for employers

Part 3 in a series Shannon Saksewski, from Detroit Regional Chamber and Daniel Russell from DEM Group LLC agree the Affordable Care Act, "Obamacare," has not been easy to understand for anyone, least of all businesses....more >>
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Millstream

Burleson brings Lionblood to Clarkston

When Ryan Leider met Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson at Bonnie & Cylde in Clarkston, he had only one question. "Do you think you could beat Calvin Johnson at an arm wrestling match," asked Leider , an Independence Township resident and huge fan....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Goodfellows for a good cause

Clarkston Rotary Club volunteers and friends hit local stores and intersections last week, selling their Goodfellow newspapers to raise money for Shoes for Kids. They will providee shoes, hats, gloves, and other items to children in need at Oakland Woods Baptist Church , Dec 14....more >>
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Holiday cheer

Folks filled the showroom and service center of Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston for Cheers to the Holidays, Dec. 6. They sampled fine wine, beer, and food during the event for Easter Seals Michigan....more >>
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Animal doc now works in bronze

Dr. Earle Davis is retired frorm his Clarkston Veterinary Clinic, but stays busy creating works of art. Dr. Rom Szymanowski, his ear, nose, and throat doctor in Clarkston, is a fan....more >>
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Tiger fans

Jules and Lina Haviland visit with Richard and Kathy Verlander, parents of Detroit Tigers Justin and Ben Verlander and authors of Rocks Across the Pond, at the Clarkston High School craft and art show, Dec....more >>
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Toys for Tots

From left are Oakland County Sportsmen's Club President Terry Ondusky, Salli Petherbridge, office manager, and Lance Corporal John Altena with a table filled with donations for the Marines' Toys for Tots program....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Anonymous donor grants $70,000 Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle told the Board of Trustees that an additional $70,000 was bestowed to help build an addition to the Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Just what is a warehouse?" It looked like Ryder trucks would not be carting GM parts in and out of Independence Township just yet. The decision to pass construction of a warehouse on 31 acres at the end of Bow Pointe off Sashabaw Road was postponed for the second time....more >>
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Born July 29th
1909: Chester Himes, author (Cotton Comes to Harlem, If He Hollers, Let Him Go).
1918: Edwin Greene O'Connor, author (The Last Hurrah).
1918: Mary Lee Settle, novelist.
1920: Hank Ketchum, cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace.
1930: Paul Taylor, choreographer and dancer.
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in history
1875: Peasants in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebel against the Ottoman army.
1915: U.S. Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti.
1921: Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis).
1945: After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the U.S.S. Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine. The survivors are adrift for two days before help arrives.
1981: Prince Charles marries Lady Diane.