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It could be Almost Christmas for Woodside Bible Church

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer It started as a rumor in 2009. "This lady came up to me and said 'hey, what's this I hear about you meeting in a castle out in Lake Orion?'" Rick Seidel recalled, Lake Orion Campus Pastor for Woodside Bible Church....more >>
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Fire & ice

The ice storm that hit the Oxford/Addison area Saturday night and Sunday morning was both beautiful and destructive. It was beautiful in that it coated everything from tree branches to Christmas decorations in a glistening layer of ice....more >>

Christ the Redeemer reaches out with St. Nicholas Day

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Community held their first annual St. Nicholas Day outreach event on Saturday, Dec. 7. Around 400 parishioners fanned out to 14 different venues working on 23 projects to do various different works of charity....more >>

District wants open-carry of guns banned in schools

Oxford Community Schools has joined the fight along with many other school districts in Oakland County and across Michigan trying to ban the open carry of firearms in schools by voting unanimously to sign a joint resolution to be sent to state legislators....more >>

New year, new owners at Times Square Deli

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Kelly Luchkovitz camps out at Times Square Deli. "It's a lot more work," Luchkovitz laughed, "I live here now," Along with all the regulars that jingle the door every day....more >>

Village says no contract breach, willing to let twp. go without fight

Oxford Village contends that it's not in breach of its dispatch services contract with the township and it's willing to work together to resolve any issues. However, if the township wishes to terminate the agreement and receive its fire/emergency medical dispatch services from another agency, the village made it clear that it won't engage in a legal battle to keep the township as a customer....more >>

LO Grapplers off to a good start

The Lake Orion wrestling team had four matches during the past week, including the Oakland County championships. The Dragons finished 17th in the county championships tournament....more >>

NOTA could request tax to offset loss of federal grants

It appears voters in Oxford, Addison and Orion townships could be asked to approve a millage to fund the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) in the August 2014 election. In light of the looming elimination of all its federal funding in 2015, NOTA officials are investigating the possibility of requesting 0....more >>

Orion Firefighters were busy bees in 2013

By Chris Hagan Special to the Review It's often found that upon the conclusion of a time or era, there's reflection on the incidents and experiences had during that frame of history....more >>

Supervisor wants to end annual meetings

Annual meetings have long been a thing of the past for many townships, but Addison has continued the tradition. However, Supervisor Bruce Pearson is proposing this year's meeting be the last....more >>

Construction scheduled on M24 for 2016

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Three sections of Lapeer Rd. are being eyed for improvements starting in 2016. A portion in Orion Township, from Harmon Rd. to Golden Gate, is already in the early design phase of construction, and will be the first project to take shape from spring to fall of 2016....more >>

Addison employees get raises, retirement plan

For the first time ever, Addison Township employees will be offered a retirement plan. "I have been saying all along (since taking office in 2008), I was going to do that because (the) bottom-line is I don't want anybody working in Addison Township for 30 years and then I drive by and see them selling apples on the corner because they have no retirement," said Addison Supervisor Bruce Pearson....more >>

Girls BBall notching early wins, some losses

By Riley Holder Review Special Writer The varsity girls' of Lake Orion basketball have gotten off to a hot start to kick off the 2013-2014 campaign. The squad played four games leading up to the beginning of divisional battles, including a matchup with rival Clarkston....more >>

NOTA pursues new home in Lake Orion

It appears the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) could be moving its entire operation from Oxford Village to Lake Orion. Last week, the NOTA board voted 8-1 to move forward with pursuing a lease agreement with the Lake Orion school district for a former bus garage located on E....more >>

Lego league teams spreading in Lake Orion Schools

By Leslie Batoha Review Special Writer Students from fourth and fifth grades in Lake Orion's schools have brought back America's favorite toy with a whole new twist. Couple Jeff and Jennifer Byrnes, who head the Mindstorm Maniacs Lego program at Blanche Sims, initially started the team at an elementary level for their son-- and it has gained a lot of popularity since then....more >>
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TV camera catches twp. supervisor fishing

A television camera captured footage of an Oxford politician ice fishing instead of working at his desk last week. But it wasn't a scandalous case of gotcha journalism; it was simply a segment for Michigan Out-of-Doors Television....more >>

Plan for 84K square feet of new industrial space OKed

Signs of a rebounding economy are everywhere including Oxford Township where the planning commission recently approved a site plan that will add 84,028 square feet of industrial space to the community....more >>
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Scout helps complete Ridgelawn vets memorial for Eagle project

On the surface, it looks like just an ordinary slab of concrete, nothing special. But to Life Scout Ricky Dvorak, a senior at Oxford High School, it's a way for him to help honor local veterans and serve his community....more >>
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Pastor finds true meaning of Christmas in Malawi

For many Americans, Christmas often means excess too many gifts, too much food and massive credit card debt. But Rev. Michael Alexander, pastor of the Oxford Free Methodist Church, wished to offer a different perspective on things based on his 31-day mission trip to the southeast African nation of Malawi back in the fall....more >>
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Police: Crash appears to be alcohol-related

The wreckage of two vehicles littered the intersection of M-24 and Drahner Rd. following a severe crash that occurred at approximately 8:04 p,m. on Thursday, Dec. 19. A 2000 Chrysler 300 driven by a 46-year-old Oxford Township woman was southbound on M-24 when it was struck by a 2005 Ford F-350 pickup truck with a 34-year-old Davison Township man behind the wheel, according to a statement released by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department....more >>
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OAYA gives special kids their own Christmas

Santa Claus can't do it all by himself, so every year he enlists the help of Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance (OAYA) to make Christmas a little merrier for a special group of kids. This year was no exception as OAYA hosted a wonderful Christmas party Friday night at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Oxford....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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Iced over

Area residents were not only dreaming of a white Christmas, they were also wishing for a bright one, too. As late as Christmas morning, Consumers Energy was still reporting more than 65,000 Genesee County residents still without power....more >>


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 >>


Year in Review-2013

January Ice fisherman drowns Groveland Twp.- On Jan. 1, Oakland County Sheriff's divers recovered the body of a 63-year-old ice fisherman from Rose Township in approximately 12 feet of water in Hartwig Lake....more >>


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 >>


Library investigation moves forward

Brandon Twp.- Karl Haiser will conduct the first phase of a forensic audit of the library. "We are really focused on seeing if there was anything besides mismanagement going on," said Library Trustee Ann Schmid....more >>


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 >>


Next Step China

Growing up in Ortonville, Shea Grounds thought to herself, 'There's got to be more out there than this.' Now she knows there is. The 2011 Brandon High School graduate lived in China for three months and also visited Japan this year, widening her worldview far beyond what she had dreamed....more >>


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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Better with bacon

Madison Zilka is ready with some bacon bits for dog treats as she and her classmates become Elves for Homeless Animals at Independence Elementary....more >>
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Frozen for Christmas

Thousands without power in wake of ice storm

Power lines and trees were encased in ice after a winter storm walloped the area over the weekend, leaving thousands without power. On Saturday, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory, forecasting freezing rain and accumulating ice....more >>
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Package delivery grinches sought

As Christmas Eve approached, deputies were still looking for two package delivery thieves in Independence Township. Two men, one a heavy set fellow, 20-30 years old wearing an orange "Cedar Point" sweatshirt with black sweat pants, and a black knit cap, and the other, a heavy white man with darker hair, wearing a Carhartt type jacket, driving an early 2000s black Pontiac Grand Prix, are suspected in at least two thefts in the 4500 block of Ava, Dec....more >>
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Strategic plan's goal for school board

As 2013 comes to a close, Clarkston Community Schools are in good shape, said school board President Rosalie Lieblang. "I think it's been a good year so far we've been able to stay on track and keep a balanced budget," Lieblang said....more >>

Depot Park bridge fixed, but questions remain

The south bridge in Depot Park is fixed, said City of Clarkston Manager Carol Eberhardt. Eberhardt said the repair happened after she, Councilwoman Sharron Catallo and DPW Employee Jason Miller met with Gary Tressel from Hubbell, Roth & Clark to discuss repairing the bridge....more >>
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Reindeer party

Mrs. Gabbard's class at Clarkston Elementary School spent the day making reindeer hats, cookies, and Christmas presents for family during their holiday party last Thursday. Debbie Wertz, aide to Mrs....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Holiday spirit

Roy Sabo was at McDonald's in Independence Township having breakfast with his wife when he was spotted with his unique Christmas shirt complete with decorative lights. Roy said he decorated his Christmas shirt using a small strand of lights with a small battery pack....more >>
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Christmas treats for homeless pets

Fourth graders in Dr. Kristen Gretka's class at Independence Elementary had a wish for the holidays as they got to work on Dec. 13. They wanted homeless animals in the area to wake up to treats and toys on Christmas morning....more >>
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Celebration at North Sashabaw

Parents and volunteers joined teachers and staff to make Christmas parties special for students at North Sashabaw Elementary School. They played games, exchanged gifts, sang songs, and enjoyed treats of all kinds during the holiday celebration last Thursday....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Half million for road repair project Nearly $4.9 million in road repair projects in Oakland and Genesee counties includes $500,000 for work on Holcomb Road from Davisburg Road to Miller....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Clarkston gets first look at new zoning laws" The Clarkston City Council was optimistic the first reading of the new zoning ordinance would come in late January after they requested some changes in definitions as well as zoning areas mentioned which didn't exist within city limits....more >>
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