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85 kids shopped 'till they dropped with heroes

By C.J. Carnacchio Oxford Leader Editor Police officers and firefighters do a lot of brave and valuable work throughout the year serving the communities they're sworn to protect. But there's one night when they truly shine as caring and selfless individuals....more >>
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Holiday sugar buzz

A sweet time at the library

Christmas fun abounded Saturday at the Oxford Public Library as kids and parents gathered to make little gingerbread houses....more >>

South African children's choir tours in Orion

The Key of Hope Children's Choir is making their first trip from squatter camps and hillside homes in Durban, South Africa to America to participate in their inaugural international tour....more >>

Township claims

Adding LO breached dispatch contract

Oxford Township believes Oxford Village breached the dispatch services contract between the two municipalities by taking on Lake Orion as a customer and by not complying with all applicable medical control standards....more >>

Joe Zimmer honored by chamber and Culver himself

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer On December 5 Lake Orion's Joe Zimmer was honored with two prestigious awards. First, the Orion Chamber of Commerce awarded the owner of Culver's on Lapeer with the Business Person of the Year Award....more >>

Twp. moves forward with proposed $1.26M addition to hall

Oxford Township officials are moving forward with plans to add a meeting room, police substation and more parking to the township hall located at 300 Dunlap Rd. The estimated cost of this proposed 8,375-square-foot expansion is $1....more >>

Mt. Ruffmore a hot, new pet salon

By Maddie Stroin Review Special Writer About 10 years ago, Brian Pawlowski bought his wife a Miniature Schnauzer named D.O.G.. When the puppy was about six months old, Brian's wife, Tabatha Pawlowski, took him to be groomed at a local groomers in Grass Lake where they lived at that time....more >>

Skilling talks curriculum with Weiming

While on his recent trip to China, Nov. 17-24, not only did Oxford Schools Superintendent Dr. William Skilling meet with Weiming Education Group (WEG) to discuss the latest plans for the proposed international student housing (see "District lays out conceptual plan for intl....more >>

Icers set for 22 game season

By Leslie Batoha Review Special Writer The Dragon icers are back with a new and improved hockey team this year, and they are ready to dominate their 22 game season. "We are a year older and more experienced," Head Coach Nick Field said....more >>

Leader announces 1st Baby of 2014 contest

Having the first baby of the New Year usually entitles parents to things such as newspaper articles and bragging rights. To that, the Oxford Leader wishes to add an exciting array of prizes from local businesses as part of its "1st Baby of 2014" contest....more >>

LO's Reiss is Athletic Director OFT

In a vote by fellow athletic directors, who represent 59 public, private and parochial school, Lake Orion Athletic Director William Reiss was named the 2013 Oakland County Athletic Director of the Year....more >>
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Jewelry, faith and fun that was John Patrell

There were a lot of facets to John Patrell's personality. He was a man of faith who believed in helping others near and far, but he didn't take himself too seriously. Patrell loved a good joke, spending time on the golf course with friends and introducing people to his alter ego, a little puppet named Tyrone....more >>

Dragons boy's basketball lose to Phoenix, but beat back Wildcats

By Riley Holder Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion boys' varsity basketball season kicked off last week with a pair of games. The season opener came at home on Tuesday against the Pontiac Phoenix, followed by a Friday night matchup against the rival Oxford Wildcats at Oxford....more >>
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Dick Buechler built good life, business in Oxford

One of Richard "Dick" Buechler's favorite things in life was soaring amongst the birds and the clouds in his airplane. But no matter how high he climbed or how far he flew, he always landed back in Oxford, the place where he spent a lifetime loving his family, enriching the lives of his friends and running a successful business....more >>
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Remembering our vets with wreaths

Bitter cold and blowing snow didn't deter veterans, scouts and citizens from gathering at Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery in Oxford Saturday to honor the 200-plus veterans buried there with Christmas wreaths....more >>

Stadium Drive playwrights perform their Mystery of the Missing Monuments

By Dawn Priebe Review Special Writer The fifth grade class at Stadium Drive Elementary put on yet another outstanding performance last Wednesday with their production of the Mystery of the Missing Monuments....more >>

Twp. looks to ban waterfowl hunting on 9 lakes

Ordinance language to ban waterfowl hunting for safety reasons on nine lakes located in the densely-populated southwestern portion of Oxford Township is coming. Last week, township officials voted 7-0 to have an ordinance amendment drafted that would prohibit the hunting of waterfowl, such as ducks and geese, on the following lakes Tan, Cedar, Clear, Long, Squaw, Mickelson, Davis, Park and Powell....more >>

14th Annual 5K New Year's Resolution Run

Put your healthy New Year's resolution into action by participating in the 14th annual Downtown Lake Orion "New Year's Resolution Run." Beginning at 10am on Wednesday, Jan. 1st, the race offers two options: a 5K for the serious runners, and a 1....more >>

30 more applications needed for Consumers deadline in Addison

Consumers Energy still needs 30 more applications by the Monday, Dec. 23 deadline in order to reach their minimum 50 percent requirement to bring natural gas to Addison Township. Those who want natural gas in Addison Township must fill out the applications and send them in....more >>

Orion Art Center studio filled with music, gifts and cheer

The Studio of the Orion Art Center's was filled with music and holiday cheer as shoppers browsed the OAC's new creative space looking for gifts of art. New OAC Board president Ron Harper was among those who brought his family to the reception Thursday night to meet the artists and shop for gifts, "It's fun for me because I come from the business world....more >>

Trailblazers donate $35,000 to St. Joe's for mammograms

The Pink Ribbon Trailblazers, a local non-profit organization created by Patricia Nolf, has paid for 1,500 mamograms to this date. Each mammogram costs $108. Volunteers for the organization presented The St....more >>

Trailblazers donate $35,000 to St. Joe's for mammograms

The Pink Ribbon Trailblazers, a local non-profit organization created by Patricia Nolf, has paid for 1,500 mamograms to this date. Each mammogram costs $108. Volunteers for the organization presented The St....more >>
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Lions make Christmas merry for 51 families

Thanks to the Oxford Lions Club and its partners, 51 local families in need will have a very merry Christmas this year. On Monday, the club provided 108 people, including 45 children and young adults, with baskets of food, new clothing and donated toys....more >>

More safety paths next year

Oxford Township will expand its safety path system next year thanks to a $385,000 transfer to that fund approved last week by the board of trustees. The money will be used for the design and construction of two safety path projects along with the design and easement acquisition for a third path....more >>

Local architect could lease old twp. hall, bring it up to code

The old Oxford Township hall could be the new temporary home of a local architectural firm if a deal is reached with the village. Last week, the village council voted 3-1 to authorize the village manager and attorney to negotiate a rental agreement with architect Jim Wilson, owner of Wilson & Associates, for the 1,890-square-foot space located in the municipal complex at 18 W....more >>
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Heroes play Santa to 85 kids

Police officers and firefighters do a lot of brave and valuable work throughout the year serving the communities they're sworn to protect. But there's one night when they truly shine as caring and selfless individuals....more >>

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More unknowns as dam repairs move forward

Goodrich- On Tuesday John Waskevich, project manager for Midland-based Gerace Construction Company, along with village officials, inspected the dam to curb the seepage discovered earlier this year in the century-old structure....more >>

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It's a mystery—youth pens second book

Groveland Twp.- Gracie Harmon is just 12-years-old, but she is already the author of two books. Her latest, "The Sheppard Twins and the Mystery of the Three Thieves," was self-published Dec....more >>

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Village eyes Ball Street Bridge project again

Ortonville- Plans to replace the Ball Street Bridge in the village are moving forward again. Village officials had to rebid the project after it was discovered last spring that design plans had the new bridge being built over an artisan well....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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Where did the students go? Brandon District finds answers

Brandon Twp.- The district lost a staggering 254 students in the past year. Where did they go? The answer was presented during the Dec. 16 board meeting. A study of fall 2013 exited students reveals that 100 students actually moved out of the district....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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Goodrich, Atlas Township grapple with financial support for FANG

Atlas Twp.-On Monday night the township board of trustees voted 3-2 to participate in the Flint Area Narcotics Group (FANG). Township supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones, Trustee Barry June and Trustee Patrick Major voted yes....more >>

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Nameless program prompts overwhelming results

Goodrich-It's been about seven years since Jean Kish, school district food service director, first recognized a need in the community near the holidays. "I guess it's just called care to share," she said....more >>

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Village receives clean audit

Ortonville- The village has received a clean audit from Lewis and Knopf. The certified public accounting firm bestowed upon the village the highest level of assurance possible for the village's financial statements....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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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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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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Tree lighting

Mike Lorimer of Rattalee Lake Tree Farm dedicates the new Christmas tree in Depot Park during Holiday Lights Night, Dec. 14, with the help of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Lorimer donated the tree, planted next to the gazebo....more >>
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Local ideas to fill your Christmas list

Robert Esshaki from Rudy's Market in downtown Clarkston said when invited to a Christmas party he recommends visitors come bearing a bottle of red wine, cabernet or bottle of vodka to a Christmas gathering....more >>

Trustees want tougher gun-carry ban in schools

For Clarkston School Board Trustee Cheryl McGinnis, guns have no place in schools except when carried by police. "Police officers go through advanced training he puts himself in harm's way to protect the citizens of community, and he's trained for that," McGinnis said....more >>

Switch back to semesters OK'd

Trimesters will be history next school year for junior and senior high schoolers. Clarkston's Board of Education voted unanimously, Dec. 9, to switch from trimesters back to semesters....more >>
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Clearing a path

Pat MacDermaid salts the sidewalk, which was covered in snow that fell in Clarkston over the weekend. City workers are responsible for plowing the city streets, sidewalks and the parking lot located on the corner of Main and Washington streets....more >>
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Treasurer to teach finances

Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown, a certified public accountant, will teach several classes on "Organizing your Personal Finances." Six classes will be in January, February, March, April, July and October....more >>

City hires new clerk

Clarkston City Council appointed a new clerk during their Dec. 6 meeting. Sandy Miller will retire from Independence Township at the end of December and begin her new position as city clerk on January 6th....more >>

Gift giving while thrifty

Creating handmade and thrifty Christmas gifts can remove the stress of the holiday season. The Clarkston News found a few ideas anyone will appreciate from family members and friends to coworkers....more >>
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Millstream

Optimists get rink ready for skaters

Clarkston Area Optimists were busy installing the ice skating rink in Depot Park on Monday. Optimist John Marz was one of the laborers working to install the ice rink. He said the rink is pretty large and measures 64 x 37....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Holiday Cheer

Hundreds gathered in downtown Clarkston for the snow and Holiday Lights Parade on Saturday. They enjoyed the brightly lit floats. They excitedly waved to the Clarkston Varsity Football Championship team before the arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs....more >>

Geek campaign

Nancy Grimmer was in Clarkston Independence District Library one day when she saw posters of friends and neighbors on the wall and wondered why. Told about the "What do you Geek" campaign, she found she could participate as well....more >>
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Trustee nominated for award

Independence Township Trustee Jose Aliaga has been nominated for Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson award recognizing the class of 2014 Elite 40 under 40 award. On Dec. 6, Aliaga was notified of the nomination....more >>
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School recognition

Earning 2013 Winter Employee Recognition Awards were Angela Comp, third grade teacher at Andersonville Elementary; Kate Jordan, grade 3-4 teacher, Andersonville; Lisa Darin, first grade teacher, Andersonville; Liz Sajan, first grade teacher, Bailey Lake Elementary; Megan Patnaude, first grade teacher, Bailey Lake; Nate Fuller and Cindy Pyscher, fifth grade teachers, Clarkston Elementary; Tyler Mitchell, ASD paraeducator, Clarkston El....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Holiday hours The Clarkston News' office is open Christmas Eve, next Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are closed Christmas Day. The deadline for classifieds for next week's edition is this Friday, Dec....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Clarkston angels shine bright" 'Tis the season for happiness and cheer as well as a few generous hearts bringing a little bit of holiday cheer of happiness. Dr....more >>
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Born October 31st
1887: Chiang Kai-Shek, Chinese Nationalist.
1896: Ethel Waters, actress and blues singer.
1902: Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet, journalist and short story writer.
1917: William H. McNeil, historian (The Rise of the West).
1925: Charles Moore, influential post-modern architect.
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1941: After 14 years of work, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is completed.
1952: The United States explodes the first hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1968: The bombing of North Vietnam is halted by the United States.The Air Force's warhorse in Vietnam.
1971: Saigon begins the release of 1,938 Hanoi POW’s.
1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi by two Sikh members of her bodyguard.