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Biz folks donate $7K to village PD

Thank you. Police officers don't often hear those two little words because nobody says them after receiving a traffic ticket or as they're being handcuffed and placed in a patrol car....more >>

Resident opposes prayers and officials

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Despite a long standing tradition in Orion Township of having short invocations before council meetings, there has been a dialogue for the past several weeks between those who support and those who are against the prayers....more >>
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Pre-engineering program wins award for district

Oxford Community School's Academy of Engineering and Technology and Middle School Pre-Engineering Program once again received spotlight attention. The Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) honored the district's program as a Winner's Circle Award Recipient on Jan....more >>

Mandated EpiPen legislation coming to schools for next year

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer By no later than the 2014-15 school year, all public schools in Michigan are required to supply two epinephrine injectors for students who are believed to be in anaphylactic shock....more >>
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Addison man wants his class rings back

For most folks, class rings are simply pieces of jewelry to be worn with pride, given to loved ones as tokens of affection or pawned in tough times. But for Addison resident Don DeFalle, they're one of the few tangible connections he has left to his deceased mother and father....more >>

Twp. board approves internal pay raises for most

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Orion Township board of trustees adopted the township's 2014 pay rates Monday night and increased non-union employee salaries by three percent....more >>
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Early spring is coming, so sayeth the llama

Surrounded by massive mountains of snow that just keep growing, it certainly doesn't seem like spring is near. But the llama says it is, so have faith. Tutor, Oxford's famous weather-prognosticating llama, forecasted an early spring on Feb....more >>

After a third of his life, Tom Berger retires

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Tom Berger, who has been with Orion Township 23 years, is officially retiring April 4 to hunt, fish and spend more time with his family. His position as building official is being handed over to his colleague Randy McClure February 24....more >>
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Say hello to his little friend!

Grab a Nerf gun and join Dylan's fight against arthritis

At the tender age of 8, Dylan Andrews is at the beginning of a lifelong battle with psoriatic arthritis. But the Oxford Elementary third-grader isn't going to let this disease beat him....more >>

Orion Art Center contemplates the face in 2014 Portrait Show

What's in a face? All of the emotions that make us human, said Orion Art Center Director Lauren Dinneweth. "When you create a portrait, the artist has a very unique opportunity to capture a moment in time, that special part of the person's inner self, the spark that makes them who they are....more >>
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DPW's war with winter going well

As the harsh, record-breaking winter continues to rapidly deplete the maintenance budgets of county road commissions throughout Michigan, the Oxford Village Department of Public Works (DPW) is sitting pretty....more >>

Dragons ride a strong second half to a win over Ferndale

The Lake Orion boys' basketball team used a strong third quarter to break a 31-31 tie at halftime to roll past Ferndale on Monday night. The Dragons won, 67-52, behind a solid performance by Jim Budreau, who led all scorers with 18 points....more >>
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Brothers prove you're never too old for snow forts

You're never too old to build a snow fort – just ask Oxford brothers Lewis and Greg Marshall. Lewis and Greg, a senior and sophomore, respectively, at Oxford High School, took advantage of this winter's never-ending supply of snow to build a castle in their front yard....more >>

Teen Voice event encourages youth communication with young speaker

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For some teens and young adults, admitting they need help is empowering. "We may all be broken but we are not alone," Ethan Paschall said during the Teen Voice event at the Kingsbury Court in Canterbury Village earlier this month....more >>

ONTV to host telethon this weekend for Oxford Orion FISH

In 2013, Orion Neighborhood Television (ONTV) food drive raised 8,000 pounds of nonperishable items for Orion/Oxford FISH Food Pantry, with the same goal, and even better, for this year....more >>

Competitive cheer team wins division title

Lake Orion's competitive cheer team has a new title. Champions! They are the 2013-14 Oakland Activities Association Red Division winners. Their first place win at the OAA invite clinched the division title on February 1....more >>

Lady Dragons' strong second half is not enough at Troy

Last week, the Lady Dragons traveled to Troy for a tough matchup against a team with only two losses in the OAA White Division. Despite a valiant second half comeback the Dragons fell short losing 36-29....more >>

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Brandon Township Board to discuss police millage language

Brandon Twp.- The township board will have a special meeting at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 26, at Fire Station #1, 53 South St. for the purpose of discussing the police millage language for the August election....more >>
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Fire claims township home

'It was a small house, but it was home and I want to go back.'

Brandon Twp.- Wendy Scharf and her husband Ken were struggling to stay afloat on limited Social Security income when things began spinning out of control. The washing machine broke....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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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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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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Ann Arbor Hands-On Science

Oakwood Elementary PTA hosts workshop

Brandon Twp.- Cultural institutions are often absent in rural communities and a long drive may make them out of reach for some. But through a grant and an outreach program, local kids and their parents will have an opportunity to experience science from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum this month, right here in the township....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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School millage hike smaller this year, spikes in 2015

Brandon Twp.- District residents will likely see an increase from the current 8.24 mills for the debt levy to 9.7 mills on their summer tax bills, and that's the good news. Previously, the increase was expected to hit 13 mills this year, the maximum allowable, in order for the district to be in compliance with Public Act 437, passed in 2012, which mandates that schools pay off loans from the state within six years of paying off bonds....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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Two inches of snow in Atlanta

It honestly was pretty bad. That's the report from Goodrich native Rob Freer regarding the late January snow storm that dumped a minuscule, by Michigan standards, two inches of snow the Atlanta area....more >>

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Township man facing charges for poaching four deer

An area man is facing thousands of dollars in restitution and jail time for allegedly poaching four deer. Last fall Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Ben Shively responded to a poaching complaint in Rose Township during a winter storm regarding a local man who had allegedly shot two fawns that were still alive....more >>

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Two candidates for Brandon trustee appointment

Brandon Twp.- The school board has two candidates to choose from for an open trustee seat. Debbie Brady, a former school board member, and Shelly Oles, a newcomer, have applied for appointment to the school board seat after Trustee Le Anne Schmidt resigned last month....more >>

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Propane prices stable, supply now sufficient

A mix of frigid weather, pipeline issues and uncertain supply lines has resulted in a spike in propane costs as winter rolls into February. Jeremy Kratt of Hamilton's Propane, 300 Ortonville Road, said prices for product topped out in mid-January and have been flat since then—even dropping just slightly....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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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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High flying adventure on stage

Get ready to take flight with the Darling children as they venture to Neverland in Clarkston High School Drama Club's presentation of "Peter Pan," Feb. 13-16. "The music is a riot and the characters are larger than life," said Mason Van Gieson on the newest production....more >>

McLaren fight continues

Proponents cite CON conflict of interest

Local officials and McLaren executives say they will continue fighting to build a hospital in Independence Township despite legal setbacks and a Michigan State University study finding no lack of hospitals in southeast Michigan....more >>

Water contract disagreement

A contract between the City of Clarkston and Independence Township will have to be renegotiated if the city wants to gain control of $287,000 plus interest accrued through water and connection fees....more >>

Snow days piling up

With eight snow days so far for Clarkston schools, students may need to come in extra days or stay longer to make it up. "We won't know for sure until April when more information comes out from the governor," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

Business owners chafe under parking enforcement

Several business owners spoke up to say downtown Clarkston has no parking problem and issuing tickets is the wrong message to send to visitors. Councilwoman Peg Roth, who is on a newly formed Streets, Sidewalks and Parking Committee, said the committee should have had a chance to address the issue and make suggestions before parking tickets were issued....more >>

City spat unresolved despite many letters

Concerned citizen Cory Johnston has received flack from City Manager Carol Eberhardt over what she say is continual, unfounded criticism. Emails have been sent back and forth between Eberhardt, Johnston, and other council members over what Eberhardt calls negativity that is no good for the city....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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Twins plan Africa trip for summer service

Malcolm and Veronica Hill of Independence Township plan a summer service trip to Africa, and they need the community's help. In exchange, they're offering help of their own. "We're no stranger to physical labor, so we thought we'd offer a variety of services," Malcolm said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

State honor for music teacher

Dozens of middle school and junior high students are honored every year for their musical achievements – this year, it's their teacher's turn. Shelley Roland was selected as the Michigan Band and Orchestra Association's Band Teacher of the Year....more >>
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Award for helping kids

Detective Kim Potts was presented a Certificate of Excellence by CARE House of Oakland County, Jan. 29. "It was pretty exciting, an honor," said Potts, sheriff's deputy stationed in Independence Township....more >>
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Habits for success

Students and teachers at North Sashabaw Elementary School shared what they learned about Seven Habits to Making Our World a Better Place, Jan. 30. They prepared seven stations of presentations, posters, Powerpoint shows, and other activities, which parents and siblings kept track of on paper passports....more >>
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Support troops at hoops game

The Lady Wolves host their First Annual Hoops for the Troops, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13 at Clarkston High School. The game is in honor of Jenna Beno, a Clarkston High School class of 2006 graduate who served in Iraq and passed away in October 2012 from injuries suffered during her service....more >>

New opportunities with yoga

Clarkston Hot Yoga, 5678 Sashabaw Road, hosts the New Pathways program, Tuesdays at 1 p.m., starting Feb. 11. "I just can't wait to get this program running," said Susan Stencil, owner of Clarkston Hot Yoga....more >>

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News in Brief

City meetings recorded After a request by Clarkston resident Tom Stone, Clarkston City Council meetings are now recorded and broadcast on Independence Television. City Hall was wired for broadcasts, but not used for long....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Independence Elementary School it is!" From Ottawa Woods to Prairie Hills, New Horizon to Sweeping Pines, over 165 names for Clarkston's new elementary school were submitted to the school board by community members....more >>
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Born July 28th
1901: Harry Bridges, American labor leader.
1902: Kenneth Fearing, poet and novelist (The Big Clock).
1907: Earl Silas Tupper, founder of Tupperware.
1927: John Ashbery, Pultizer Prize-winning poet (Self-Portrait in a Convict's Mirror).
1927: Baruch Blumberg, physician, medical researcher.
July 28th
in history
1914: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, beginning World War I.
1920: Pancho Villa surrenders to the Mexican government.
1932: The Bonus Army of impoverished World War I veterans is violently pushed out of Washington, D.C.
1941: A Japanese army lands on the coast of Cochin, China (modern day Vietnam).
1945: A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 13 people.