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Weed bust at hair salon harvests 47 plants

By Dan Shriner Review Editor A 51-year-old Lake Orion man was arrested and arraigned for allegedly growing and selling marijuana from his home/business at 107 N. Lapeer in the village....more >>
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Addison trailer fire was arson, cops say

ADDISON TWP. – A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of whoever set fire to a trailer Saturday night in the Hidden Lake Estates mobile home park off Rochester Rd....more >>

Pothole patrol: funding issues dishearten RCOC, Lake Orion community

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Some citizens have described traveling down Orion's back roads as an African safari adventure. While there aren't any lions, tigers or bears the potholes that are causing drivers to say, 'Oh, my!' Darlene Dysarczyk lives off of Indian Lake Rd....more >>
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Twp. to switch to county dispatch

Oxford Village began 2014 by adding a new customer for its dispatch services. But now, the municipality is losing a long-time customer because of a disagreement over adequate staffing levels in the local dispatch center....more >>

Village Hall on the market for potential developers

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Like a bobber baited with a minnow, the Village of Lake Orion is waiting for a bite. Village Hall was placed on the market Friday, January 17, for $525,000, in hopes of reeling in a new destination point for the downtown....more >>

Local tenant seeks radon relief

Gary Szuch's testing indicates there's an invisible health hazard lurking in the Oxford Village home he rents and as a result, he believes there needs to be a local ordinance requiring landlords to address it....more >>

Woodside Bible ok'd to purchase Always Christmas

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Woodside Bible of Orion Township has a new home. The Planning Commission of Orion Township approved the application for special land use January 15 for Olde World Canterbury Village's "Always Christmas Store" and "Expo Center....more >>
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NOTA asks townships to place quarter-mill tax on Aug. ballot

When Oxford, Addison and Orion township voters head to the polls later this year, they could be asked to approve a dedicated millage to help keep the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) rolling down the road....more >>
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Local boy invents teeny snowplow

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The old saying that necessity is the mother of invention rings true with Max Hella, a 14-year-old Orion Township teen. Max loves to build, repair and tinker with just about anything mechanical which parents Beth and Richard have come to accept and sometimes marvel at his ingenuity....more >>
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Rowley to lead Hazel Park football

In Oxford, the Rowley name has been synonymous with football for 40 years. Soon, it could be that way in Hazel Park, too. Kyle Rowley, son of long-time Oxford football coach Bud Rowley, is now the head varsity coach for the Hazel Park Vikings....more >>

Musical opportunity for students provides positive workshops

By Ana Cordera Review Special Writer The Young Americans workshop is coming back to Lake Orion next month. The Young Americans is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing music education and performance opportunities for young people around the world....more >>
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Dunn to appear on Michigan Out-of-Doors TV this week

A familiar face will appear on television screens across the state this week when Michigan Out-of-Doors airs a segment featuring Oxford Township Supervisor Bill Dunn. Viewers can catch it when the show airs on Detroit Public TV (WTVS Channel 56) at 1:30 a....more >>

LOHS Varsity Cheer on a winning streak

Lake Orion's varsity Competitive Cheer Team traveled to Hudsonville, last week for the Hudsonville Invitational. The team took first place against seven Division 1 teams. The Dragons won the competition with first place scores in round 2 and round 3....more >>

DTE ready to address Addison's power woes

When the power went out in Addison Township two days after being restored in wake of the Dec. 21-22 ice storm that was the last straw for Supervisor Bruce Pearson. Pearson called upon state Rep....more >>

Dragon grapplers take second place at Marysville

 The Lake Orion wrestlers are continuing to do well in competitions. The Dragons recently competed against Rochester and Rochester Adams. They lost, 46-22, to Rochester and 36-31, to Adams....more >>
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Volunteers sought to help organize Strawberry Festival

There's an opportunity in Leonard to become an active part of a local summer tradition that spans more than 60 years. The Leonard Summer Festival Committee is seeking volunteers to help coordinate the annual Strawberry Festival, which takes place on the third Saturday in July....more >>
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Blasts from the past are 'Smiles of the Week'

The Oxford High School Women's Varsity Basketball team welcomed back Alumni to Ian Smith Gymnasium for an Alumni scrimmage held on Monday, December 30. During this event there was much laughter, high fives and great conversation....more >>

Briefs

Spaghetti dinner to benefit senior party Oxford High School's Project Graduation 2014 is hosting a spaghetti dinner/silent auction fund-raiser from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in the OHS cafeteria as part of the Winterfest basketball game....more >>

NOTA intends to move to LO

It appears the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) will be moving its entire operation to Lake Orion. Last week, the NOTA board voted 6-0 to issue a letter of intent to Lake Orion Community Schools indicating its desire to lease a portion of the former bus garage located at 467 E....more >>

Addison residents say there's a lack of service from RCOC

Addison Township residents are sending a message to the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) – "Don't forget about us." Concerned residents shared their thoughts and feelings at the Jan....more >>
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Raven submits $250K offer for village site

Councilman critical of proposed price, conditions

Judging by Oxford Village Councilman Elgin Nichols' first impression of Raven Engineering's offer to purchase the municipal-owned property at 98 S. Glaspie St., some spirited negotiations could be ahead....more >>
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Little G's Pizza & Deli owner sentenced

Little G's Pizza & Deli owner, William Moonan, 46, was sentenced on Jan. 27 by Genesee County 7th Circuit Judge Judith Fullerton to 100 days in the county jail, with restitution of $13,892, court costs and 60 months probation....more >>

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Brandon student assaults bus driver

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office has reported a bus driver in the Brandon School District was assaulted by a 16-year-old student. The assault reportedly occurred at about 2:30 p....more >>

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Twp. inks three-year sheriff contract

Atlas Twp.-By a 3-0 vote on Tuesday night the township board of trustees OK'd a new contract with the Genesee County Sheriff Department. Township Supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones, Clerk Tere Onica and Trustee Patrick Major voted yes....more >>
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Road rage: RCOC responds

Clearing of subdivisions, back roads questioned

Craig Bryson is used to hearing complaints. The public information officer for the Road Commission for Oakland County got even more than usual following the Jan. 5 snowstorm that dumped from 10-16 inches across the county, causing numerous accidents and making roads treacherous and even impassable, some for days....more >>
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Blaze destroys Brandon home

Icy conditions, wind challenge firefighters

Brandon Twp.- A couple had a fire blazing in the fireplace of their home at 2400 Kile D Drive at about 3 p.m., Jan. 19, when they heard crackling and a popping noise. They went outside to investigate and saw smoke pouring from the roof near the chimney....more >>

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Auditors terminated; fresh start for Brandon Library

Brandon Twp.- The library board has terminated their contract with the auditing firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford, and Palka. Board President Ann Schmid had no comment regarding the work done by the firm saying only, "We are doing a forensic audit and want a fresh start for the library....more >>
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Double bundles of joy

First babies of the new year welcomed

It took until January 9 for the first baby of the new year to be born to parents who reside in The Citizen readership area. A second arrived less than two hours later, just two doors down, in the same hospital, also a girl, and with a name remarkably similar to the first child....more >>

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Martian coach nets 300 wins

Hoops coach Jason Gray joins MHSAA elite

Mt. Morris-On Tuesday night, just seven games into his15th season at the helm of the Lady Martians, Head Coach Jason Gray notched 300 wins and only 41 losses. The Lady Martians, currently ranked No....more >>
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SUV patrol gets tough

Brandon substation deputies testing Dodge Durango

Brandon Twp.- Snowy, rough rural roads can be a challenging workplace for law enforcement. While difficult to endure, the arctic conditions provide automobile manufacturers an opportunity to test their products....more >>

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'I can have more impact here'

Brandon Twp.- Kristy McDonald worked in an office for seven years before earning her teaching degree. Now, after seven years as a teacher, she will combine her skills. "It's the best of both worlds for me," said McDonald, who has been named the director of the Brandon Alternative High School, a new position in the district....more >>

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Wheelock & Watkins Drain report released

To view the report from Genesee County go to:http://www.gcdcswm.com/projex_files/BOD/0297/ 0297%20PER%20Dec%202013.pdf

Goodrich-A preliminary engineering report to help rectify significant flooding in the village has been submitted by the Genesee County Drian Commission. On Monday night the village council discussed the next step in the process that could impact more than 100 residents within the village....more >>

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Frontier customers without service

Groveland Twp.- First no power for days. Then, no phone— for more than three weeks. Mary and John Cesarz, township residents and Frontier customers, lost their home phone service Dec. 22. They weren't alone, and as of Jan. 15, were still disconnected, along with up to 55 other Frontier customers in the area. ....more >>

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Brandon Township allocates CDBG funds

Brandon Twp.- The bulk of nearly $34,000 in grant funds will be funneled to bathroom remodeling and other services at the Edna Burton Senior Center. Other beneficiaries include the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund and Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance....more >>

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Grounded in faith, soaring in spirit

Brandon Twp.- Danny Bledsoe was an Army Blackhawk pilot in 2006 when a visit to the doctor permanently changed the course of his life. During that visit, he learned a spinal injury caused by his years of flying would ground him from that point forward....more >>

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Board votes to terminate teacher employment, principal resigns

Goodrich-In a special meeting on Monday night the school board voted 5-1 to dismiss Oaktree Teacher Nicole McVey. Board President David Cramer, Vice-President Jeff Gardner, Treasurer Chip Schultz, Secretary Niki Wiederman, and Trustee Linda Jackson voted yes....more >>

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Edna Burton Center eyed as shelter

Ortonville- It was a senior all-night party of a different sort Dec. 22-23. Following an ice storm that knocked out power to most of the community, Annette Beach went to the Edna Burton Senior Center, powered up the building's generator and welcomed numerous area residents to the facility....more >>

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School board trustee resigns; applications accepted

Brandon Twp.- The school board has an immediate vacancy. School Board Trustee Le Anne Schmidt tendered her resignation at the board's Jan. 20 meeting, following the end of a closed session and just before the meeting was adjourned....more >>

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Twp. considers area emergency sirens

Atlas Twp.-Springtime storms are a few months away, but township officials are already taking a look at outdoor warning services. Currently, the township has only one warning siren located on Hegel Road west of Ridge Road....more >>
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Premier for teen filmmaker

Luke Jaden of Independence Township is the writer, producer, and director of a new documentary, "Madman or Martyr," and he's not yet old enough to vote. Jaden, 17, a senior at Detroit County Day School, made the documentary about John Brown, militant abolitionist of the 1850s, along with the Abolitionist Movement, Underground Railroad, and Detroit's role in it from 1837-1859....more >>

Man killed in crash on icy I-75

A multi-vehicle crash on I-75 at Sashabaw Road, Monday, tied up traffic for hours, and left one man dead and others injured. Icy conditions and fast drivers contributed to the series of accidents, according to Michigan State Police, which is handling the investigation....more >>
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Parking rules now enforced on city lots

The days of unfettered parking on city lots are in the past. Drivers violating city parking rules will be ticketed. Clarkston City Council voted, Jan. 13, to have part-time Department of Public Works (DPW) employee Ralph Daigle issue parking tickets....more >>

'No' on BYOB art studio

A entrepreneur's idea for a bring-your-own-booze art studio in downtown Clarkston was denied by Clarkston City Council, Jan. 13, but proprietor Leanna Haun said she isn't giving up....more >>

Bond refinancing to save schools half million in interest

Refinancing more than $9 million in school bonds is expected to save the district more than half a million dollars. "We are pleased with the results of the sale and appreciate the efforts put forth by our administrative staff and professional team," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

Tape offer in advance of M-15 work

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will videotape homes and businesses along M-15 inside and out, in case any damage occurs during this year's resurfacing project. MDOT and the city of Clarkston sent letters to homeowners about the process....more >>
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Get the shot, take steps to reduce spread of flu virus

Oakland County Flu Division Officials said it is important to take preventive steps, like getting a flu shot, to help prevent the spread of the virus. Kathy Forzley, manager and Health Officer of Oakland Health Division said the Centers for Disease Control influenza report for Michigan was upgraded from regional to widespread flu on Jan....more >>

Financial help available for homeowners in need

Community Housing Network (CHN) representatives attended a Jan. 13 Clarkston City Council meeting to let residents know there are assistance programs for homeowners if they have delinquent property taxes or are facing foreclosure....more >>
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Shiverin' by the River

The first annual Shiver by the River was chilly, but fun for lots of outdoor adventurers, Jan. 18 in Depot Park. Presented by Clarkston Optimists, the idea for the event was envisioned by the Think Positive group....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Student of the month honored

Olivia Tamborra, fifth grader at Pine Knob Elementary, received Clarkston Optimists' first Student Citizen of the Month honors of the year. "It's good but overwhelming," said Olivia, attending the Optimists' Jan....more >>
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Ribbon cutting for Bright Side

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce members, family, and friends welcomed Dr. Tiffany Danyal, DDS, and Bright Side Clarkston to downtown Main Street with a ribbon cutting, Jan. 17. "People are so nice, it's like family in Clarkston," Danyal said....more >>
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Visitors pack downtown for cocktail party

Downtown was busy as visitors packed businesses to enjoy a Retro Cocktail Stroll—all for a good cause on Jan. 18. Several downtown businesses welcomed guests to snacks and cocktails to benefit Disaster Relief at Work, an organization created by Clarkston resident Greg Martin....more >>

World War II vets invited to share with ninth graders

Clarkston Junior High School History teachers, with support of the junior high PTA, invite those who experienced World War II to speak to their ninth-grade students, on Wednesday, Feb....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Nominations for Community Awards Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert said nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Clarkston Community Awards....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Clarkston State Bank has 'grand' opening" On a cold morning, several local and county business leaders gathered in an old downtown building to celebrate the start of a new business as the new Clarkston State Bank held its official grand opening ceremony at this 15 S....more >>
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Born October 25th
1889: Abel Gance, film director (Napoleon).
1902: Henry Steele Commager, American historian who wrote the fifty-five volume Rise of the American Nation.
1914: John Berryman, poet.
1941: Anne Tyler, novelist (The Accidental Tourist, Ladder of Years).
1971: Midori Goto, violinist.
October 25th
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1923: The Teapot Dome scandal comes to public attention as Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana, subcommittee chairman, reveals the findings of the past 18 months of investigation. His case will result in the conviction of Harry F. Sinclair of Mammoth Oil, and later Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall, the first cabinet member in American history to go to jail. The scandal, named for the Teapot Dome oil reserves in Wyoming, involved Fall secretly leasing naval oil reserve lands to private companies.
1940: German troops capture Kharkov and launch a new drive toward Moscow. Germany's lost victory at Kursk.
1944: The Japanese are defeated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world's largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted Japanese Navy increasingly resorts to the suicidal attacks of Kamikaze fighters. On patrol north of the Philippine island of Luzon, USS Batfish destroyed three Japanese submarines in four nights.
1950: Chinese Communist Forces launch their first-phase offensive across the Yalu River into North Korea. A year after leaving West Point, Lt. Joe Kingston was en route to Korea, where he, like a lot of others, found himself retreating and advancing in a single day.
1951: In a general election, England's Labour Party loses to Conservatives. Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, and Anthony Eden becomes foreign secretary.