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Schools take bids for $8 million, start spending

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Several bids tied to the Lake Orion Community Schools' installment purchase agreements (IPAs) were approved at the school board meeting Wednesday, January 22....more >>
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A tale of two centers

If Oxford Township ultimately decides to build a community center, will it lead to the best of times or the worst of times for the municipality? Based on the night-and-day experiences of Oxford's neighbors to the north and south, the answer depends on a variety of factors including planning, funding, amenities and the level of public use....more >>

Orion firefighters save two-month-old

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For Orion firefighter Eric Florance, it was all kind of a quick blur. He was the second to arrive on scene to the M'Atamney residence, where two-month-old Allison was reported as not breathing....more >>

Speaker offers parents' perspectives to teachers

"When you work as hard at something and as long as you did, you need to know the truth about how that impacts your community and your students," said Oxford resident Sue Kinch. Kinch was a special guest speaker at a "Thank You Celebration" held in the Fine Arts Center at Oxford High School on Jan....more >>

Golden Opportunities for active living

You might be surprised to see who's already enjoying your new state of the art Orion Center. With so many wonderful opportunities to engage in just about any activity, we are certain you will appreciate Orion's newest destination spot, located at 1335 Joslyn Road....more >>

Orion fire chief pleased with switch to county dispatch

As Oxford prepares to make the switch from local to county dispatch services for its fire and emergency medical calls, it can look to Orion Twp. as a model for the transition. "Everything has been going better than I would have even imagined," said Orion Fire Chief Robert Smith....more >>
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Lion's Club presents Miloschs with appreciation saw

The Lion's Club held their 5th annual Christmas Basket Auction at Milosch's Car Dealership this winter. This year the Lions got creative with their gift of appreciation. They donated a saw with a picture painted of the Milosch cabin, painted by Mike Hendrick from the Orion Art Center, which will be hung above the fireplace at their cabin up by the Tequanimum Falls....more >>

Neighboring chiefs sing county's praises

Four satisfied customers. That's what the Oakland County Sheriff's dispatch center has in the fire chiefs from Addison, Brandon, Oakland and Independence townships. "I'm very pleased with what we pay for and what we get through county," said Addison Fire Chief Jerry Morawski....more >>

Schools to ask for non-homestead millage renewal

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Every few years Michigan school districts renew their 18-mill non-homestead levy, and the time has come for Lake Orion Schools. The district will ask voters either in the August or November primary election to renew the state mandated 18 mils, which is not $18 million, on non-homestead property, including industrial, commercial, some agriculture properties and second homes....more >>
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Abuse in teen relationships subject of DECA project

A trio of Oxford High School seniors is working hard to spread the word and educate the community about abuse in teen dating and relationships. "It's not just physical abuse, it's emotional abuse, too," said Breeze Muscarella....more >>

Team Alayna rallies for special return

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer First, the community threw her a concert. Now they are giving her a home makeover. Alayna Zalac, the girl everyone knows from Girl Scouts, is on the move....more >>

RCOC responds to Addison man's complaints

In response to Rob Guzanek and the rest of the Addison Township resident's complaints about the Road Commission for Oakland County, Craig Bryson, RCOC public information officer said RCOC has "very detailed plans" when it comes to snow removal....more >>

Jacobsen shares thoughts on potential state role in settling Detroit bankruptcy

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen hasn't formulated a definite opinion on Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to give Detroit $350 million as part of a proposed bankruptcy settlement. But the Oxford Republican realizes the state's going to be somehow financially involved in cleaning up the city's financial mess whether it's through Snyder's plan or giving government assistance to retirees whose pensions get cut....more >>

Fmr. LO supt. Eugene Sura passes away

Eugene Sura died suddenly of natural causes early Friday evening on January 17, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. He was 95. Born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania on April 8, 1918, he grew up on the east side of Detroit where he enjoyed sports, ice-boating, sailing, dancing to big bands, and caddying which led to his life long affair with the game of golf....more >>

Waldon 8th grader shoots a hole in one (with an arrow)

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Waldon Middle School has their own Robin Hood but he doesn't wear tights. Displayed in a showcase outside the auxiliary gym, this 'robin hood' is the result of 8thgrader Aaron Fryzel, who shot and wedged an aluminum arrow directly into his previously shot arrow, equivalent to a hole-in-one in golf....more >>
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Wine and women in the winter

It was cold and snowy outside, but there was plenty of wine and warmth inside the Addison Oaks Banquet Center Sunday afternoon. Approximately 160 folks attended the Oxford Women's Club's 10th annual wine tasting fund-raiser....more >>

LO Vet volunteers with USA Warriors Ice Hockey

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Craig LaPine, a 1996 Lake Orion graduate who currently works in the Marine Corps Headquarters at the Pentagon, said volunteering with the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Group was the first time he felt real happiness since his deployment abroad....more >>

Lake Orion boys' swim and dive team are flying high

Team has its eyes set on a league title

The Lake Orion boys' swim and dive team's five-meet league winning streak came to an end earlier this month, but it still has an impressive 5-1 record for the season. The Dragons hope for a strong finish to capture the league title this winter....more >>

Briefs

Library to host open house Feb. 8 The Oxford Public Library (530 Pontiac Rd.) will hold an Open House to introduce its new Literacy & Special Needs Collection and Play 'n' Learn Zone on Saturday, Feb....more >>

Wrestlers continue their winning ways

Last week, Lake Orion hosted Farmington and Southfield. The team split the meet going 1-1 beating Southfield 42-33 and losing to Farmington 42-29. Wednesday was alumni night and the squad welcomed back former Lake Orion wrestlers in a meet to benefit alumni Mike Quigley and his family who lost their home to a fire before Thanksgiving....more >>

Lady Dragons fall to Bloomfield

On Fridaythe Lady Dragons traveled to Bloomfield to face the tough Blackhawk team that has just two losses. The Dragons found it tough to control the Blackhawks Shannon Wilson as she poured in 25 to lead the Blackhawks to an 11 point win over Lake Orion....more >>

Dragon hockey team is best in OAA Red

Putting the final touches on an OAA Red Division championship wasn't easy the past week as the Dragons couldn't get the final victory to clinch the title. Lake Orion had a great effort last week against Rochester United on Friday night before settling for a 2-2 tie....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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Snow days pile up

Brandon/Goodrich schools pass snow day limit

Wednesday marked the eighth day so far this winter that school has been cancelled in the Brandon District. That is two days beyond the six snow days allowed for the entire year, with an arrival two days before the end of January....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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Local business owner charged in auction scam, check fraud

A Goodrich woman was arrested on Jan. 24 by Genesee County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly writing bad checks to pay sellers at her former consignment business. Bernadette Jacobs, 34, was arrested in her driveway and later charged with four felony counts of check fraud....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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Help for homeowners available

Ortonville- Eileen Bradley and her husband Ed built their home in the village in 1953. Ed was a carpenter and took care of home maintenance, but he died several years ago and Eileen found herself last spring in a difficult situation with home repairs that needed to be done....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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Goodrich School Board OKs new trustee

Goodrich-By a vote of 6-0 on Monday night, the school board of trustees approved Greg Main to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Trustee Ryan Starski in January. Prior to the formal vote, Main was selected from eight candidates that applied for the temporary board position....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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Disney dreams: BMS student heads to L.A.

Brandon Twp.- Samantha Stiller was in the car with her dad two weeks ago when she heard a radio commercial seeking kids for acting jobs on the Disney Channel. After auditioning along with 600 others ranging in age from 6-19 a few days later, Samantha was one of only 30 selected to travel to Los Angeles for further exploration of acting opportunities with Disney....more >>

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30 years of marriage, 'never boring'

Atlas Twp.- Marcus Bieth was obeying orders a little more than three decades ago when he took Milly Anguiano on a date. Last month, the pair celebrated 30 years of marriage and a life together that Marcus says is never boring....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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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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Tequila: A taste of Mexico at Escamilla Amigos

Distilled from the blue agave plant from the highlands of the northwestern Mexican state of Jalisco, tequila is the signature drink of the country. While the brands may vary, Tomas Escamilla, owner of Escamilla Amigos Restaurant, says the drink of Mexico is the perfect match for the dishes at his local eatery....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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Pom pom dance

Sam Steger dances with the Clarkston Varsity Pom Pom team as the Wolves host Lake Orion, Jan....more >>
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L. Brooks Patterson strikes back:

Drop Dead New Yorker

"Sometimes the truth hurts." That's what longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said about remarks he made about Detroit in an article published in The New Yorker last week....more >>

Fees surging for sewer service

Citing aging infrastructure and increased costs from Detroit Water and Sewage Department, Independence Township hiked sewer rates by 17 percent. Fees had to be raised to pay for increasing sewage treatment costs, said Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle....more >>

Parking confusion downtown

Local business owners said they are confused why city officials created a Streets, Sidewalks and Parking Committee if they were not willing to hear the committee's suggestions regarding what should be done about parking....more >>

Crashes continue to pile up on icy roads

Snow and ice on the roads continue to take a toll on drivers going too fast for conditions. Crashes, spin outs, sideswipes, etc. over the past week or so include: Two drivers who were both cited after sideswiping each other, 11:14 a....more >>

Students ready for charity week

Clarkston High School students will show off their talent, dodgeball skills and warm hearts as the fifth annual Charity Week begins on Monday. "They look forward to all of the events," said Elise Cameron, from the Leadership class....more >>
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Millstream

Goss family takes on 'Friday Night'

Clarkston native Andrew Goss had his own opinion as viewers continue weigh in on the controversial new series "Friday Night Tykes" But for Goss, his wife Shakia, and their eight children it's different - they were part of the documentary series on the Esquire Network....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Donation for DRAW

Clarkston Retailers Group representatives Peg Roth, at right, and Christina Calka, left, present a check to Greg Martin, creator of non-profit organization Disaster Relief in Action (DRAW)....more >>
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New ways to help kids

Clarkston students teachers and administrators came in to work despite a snow day last Friday to learn new ways to help their students. The Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation presented the two-day program, Jan....more >>
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Power providers

This has been a busy winter season for American Generators Sales and Services of Waterford, especially during December's ice storm, which knocked out power for thousands of local residents....more >>

News in Brief

Honor for Wolves Independence Township Board of Trustees issued a proclamation recognizing the Clarkston Varsity Football Team for winning a Division 1 State Championship and declaring Jan....more >>

School board OKs gun resolution

Clarkston Board of Education voted to send a message to the state legislature no guns in schools. "My concern is, if someone carries a weapon into school, it would be difficult for staff to assess if they are carrying legally or if they're a perpetrator," said Trustee Cheryl McGinnis....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Ryder truck facility driven out" Residents opposing the 450,000-square-foot Ryder truck facility proposed for 30 acres at the end of Bow Pointe Road had their prayers answered when the Independence Township Planning Commission turned it down after three hours of discussion, 6-0....more >>
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Born September 30th
1863: Reinhard von Scheer, German admiral who commanded the German fleet at the Battle of Jutland.
1908: David Oistrakh, violinist.
1924: Truman Capote, author and playwright whose works include Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.
1927: W.S. Mervin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
1928: Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, writer, best known for his first book Night about his own experiences in concentration camps.
September 30th
in history
1935: George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess opens at the Colonial Theatre in Boston.
1938: Under German threats of war, Britain, France, Germany and Italy sign an accord permitting Germany to take control of Sudetenland--a region of Czechoslovakia inhabited by a German-speaking minority.Joseph Avenol, secretary-general of the League of Nations, sold out the organization he had sworn to uphold.
1939: The French Army is called back into France from its invasion of Germany. The attack, code named Operation Saar, only penetrated five miles.
1943: The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps becomes the Women's Army Corps, a regular contingent of the U.S. Army with the same status as other army service corps.
1949: The Berlin Airlift is officially halted after 277,264 flights.