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Scripps 8th grader wins Oakland Press Regional Spelling Bee

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer After 21 rounds of words he might not even have known, Scripps Middle School eighth-grader Nikhil Dwibhashyam won the 19th annual Oakland Press Regional Spelling Bee....more >>
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DA principal gets creamed

It was a messy situation at Daniel Axford Elementary School last week – not to mention sweet and sticky. A group of 33 eager students gleefully took turns pounding Principal Chad Boyd and Shawn Regan, a physical education teacher, in the face with plates full of whipped cream as their schoolmates pointed and laughed....more >>

Village considers Lions Jubilee move downtown

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lions Club and Lake Orion Village Council had a chat Monday evening about bringing the Lions Club Jubilee back downtown, involving laughter, old memories, and prospects of returning the beer tent....more >>

Adults only

Village planner suggests expanding list of 'adult uses' to limit where they go

In an effort to prevent "family unfriendly" businesses from setting up shop in downtown Oxford, the village planner has suggested expanding the zoning ordinance's list of "adult uses" to encompass things such as tobacco stores and pawn shops....more >>
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Orion Art Center's 25th Anniversary Gala is all about the magic and glamor of Mardi Gras

The magic of Mardi Gras is in the spotlight as the Orion Art Center celebrates its 25th anniversary Gala during an elegant evening of art, dinner, music and glamour on March 1. "We're so excited about this year's event," says OAC Director Lauren Dinneweth....more >>

Genisys CU looks to build new facility in village

A local financial institution is hoping to transform two houses and a vacant lot along M-24 into a brand new facility in Oxford Village. Genisys Credit Union has submitted plans to construct a 3,300-square-foot branch, complete with drive-through area, on the site of what is now 114, 118 and 120 S....more >>
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Women's Club celebrates 100 year at Twp. Library

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer One hundred years ago the Lake Orion Literary Club came together and rallied for a library. That same group, having evolved into the LO chapter of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) over the decades, is celebrating their centennial year of existence within the very walls they helped create: The Orion Township Public Library....more >>

Police chiefs happy with new dispatch arrangement

Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh is so pleased with the service the Oxford Village dispatch center has been providing his department, he wrote a complimentary letter that included a request for examples he can share with the media....more >>

Fairview water main to be replaced

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Residents along Fairview may experience improved water pressure this spring after 650 feet of the water main is replaced. Lake Orion Village approved one of three bids received to replace the water main via a pipe-bursting technique Monday night at the village council meeting, not to exceed $200,000....more >>
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Piled snow prevents mail delivery

A few passes with a snow shovel or blower in front of the old mailbox is all it will take for many local residents to resume receiving their letters, bills and newspapers. That was the essence of Cary Smith's message to the Oxford area's postal customers....more >>

Forensics team winning more honors this season

The Lake Orion Forensics Team competed in their second tournament of the season Saturday at Birch Run High School.  The team came home with two sixth place finishers: sophomore Josh Johr in Storytelling and junior Madison Rizzo in Sales....more >>

No exemption from DDA capture for NOTA, attorney says

Should a millage to support the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) be approved by voters in August, there's no legal way to exempt a portion of it from being captured to benefit the downtown areas in Oxford and Lake Orion....more >>

Wrestlers competing in districts

The varsity wrestling team traveled to Rochester on Saturday for individual districts. Seven wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals and only Devon Fulcher and David Moore advanced to the blood round....more >>

Hunter Strunk loved life, changed lives

Most mothers can vividly recall watching their children take their first steps. Not Pam Strunk. But if she closes her eyes, the Addison resident can imagine her wheelchair-bound son, Hunter, finally learning to walk....more >>

LO Ski Team carving out their season

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion ski team hosted their invitational ski meet on the best snow Coach Derek Delzer has seen all season. Early morning temperatures of minus seven degrees provided the snowy crunch as coaches arrived to Mt....more >>

New library amenities give kids like Brendan Scovic freedom, sense of ownership, mother says

Judging by the huge smile on Brendan Scovic's face, the Oxford Public Library's new Literacy and Special Needs Collection and revamped Play 'n' Learn Zone are a big hit with the 8-year-old....more >>
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Lady Dragons going over, around and through opponents

Lake Orion's girls won three games during the past week, including victories over Birmingham Groves on Friday and a hard-fought win over Royal Oak on Monday, 37-34. The victories improved the team's record to 10-6 overall and 5-5 in the OAA White Division....more >>

Fairview water main to be replaced

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Residents along Fairview may experience improved water pressure this spring after 650 feet of the water main is replaced. Lake Orion Village approved one of three bids received to replace the water main via a pipe-bursting technique Monday night at the village council meeting, not to exceed $200,000....more >>

Briefs

Tea Party debate Should there be a U.S. Constitutional convention? That question will be debated on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Oxford American Legion Post 108 (130 E. Drahner Rd.) in a 7 p....more >>

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Brady appointed to school board

Brandon Twp.- The school board elected to go with experience Wednesday night. By a unanimous vote at a special meeting Feb. 12, the board appointed Debbie Brady to a trustee seat. The newest member of the school board replaces Le Anne Schmidt, who stepped down last month....more >>

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Brandon superintendent search narrows to four

Public interviews for candidates Feb. 18 & 21

Brandon Twp.- The board of education has selected four candidates to interview for the position of district superintendent. After reviewing 40 candidate applications, roughly twice the average number, the board unanimously voted to interview Dr....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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'Annie Get Your Gun' at BHS

7 p.m.,Feb. 21-22, BHS Performing Arts Center

Brandon Twp.- Morgan Barton almost didn't audition for the latest Brandon High School musical, "Annie Get Your Gun." The 16-year-old sophomore who is in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy had a lot on her plate....more >>

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Under the ice

Last month, as many area residents stayed inside for warmth or bundled up when they ventured outside in temperatures that dipped below zero, twelve brave souls plunged into a local icy lake....more >>

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World Ice Fishing Championship recorded by local

When the bait hits the water in the eleventh annual World Ice Fishing Championship on Feb. 18-24 in the Minsk region in the country of Belarus— a local will be recording and producing the action....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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A few days in Antarctica

Hadley Twp.- Regardless of the frigid temperatures this winter, it's rather balmy compared to where William Schiffel spent a few days in December 1968. The National Science Foundation gathered six reporters, which included Schiffel, then a staff writer for The Grand Rapids Press, for a briefing on the U....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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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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Beetles come to America—65 years

The four cylinder engine produced 25 horsepower. Top speed, about 60 mph. There was no gas gauge. While many engineering upgrades have been implemented, 65 years after the first Volkswagen rolled on the shores of the United States—the unique Beetle remains prominent today on American highways....more >>

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Toddler found outside in freezing temps

Brandon Twp.- Locked doors help keep criminals out and they also help keep children in. An unsecured door ultimately led to a 2-year-old child being found alone outside in the snow recently amidst temperatures that were in the single digits....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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Withholding program protects neighbors after fire

Brandon Twp.- A proposed program in which the township would have the ability to hold on to up to $8,200 of insurance money in the event a home in the township burns, is meant to protect neighbors....more >>

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Dam repairs top $50,000

Goodrich-On Monday night the village council OK'd a pair of proposals to help rectify the leaky century-old village dam. By a vote of 5-0 the village council moved forward with a proposal from Midland-based Gerace Construction for $43,925 to begin in early spring to determine the cause and repair the leaching village dam....more >>
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Perfect weather

John Stevenson of Clarkston enjoys cross country skiing at Independence Oaks County Park off Sashabaw Road....more >>
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Confusion in Clarkston

Superintendent Rock contract on the line

Dozens of Clarkston teachers, parents and students, some with "Rod Rocks" T-shirts, filled the school board meeting, Monday, in support of Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock. "He is quite simply the best," said Cheryl Patterson, Clarkston High School teacher....more >>
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Sabol defends sign removals

For City Council member Mike Sabol, leadership sometimes means action. Last fall and summer action meant patrolling Clarkston streets and removing illegal signs. "For the record, it was me that took the signs down – I felt like I have the right," Sabol said at the Jan....more >>
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Near record snow on tap

So far in 2014, the Detroit area is heading towards one the snowiest winters in recorded history. Seventy inches of snow has fallen, as measured at the NOAA office in White Lake, said Rich Pollman, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in White Lake....more >>

BYOB art studio OK'd

Councilwoman Peg Roth broke a tie vote, approving a bring-your-own-booze art studio on Main Street. "The activity is a lot of fun," said Roth, who has been to similar establishments in other areas....more >>
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Snow and safety

The snow keeps piling higher and readers of The Clarkston News are noticing the effects on everyone. Here is a picture from one of our readers, included was "our students do not get the sidewalks cleared any longer....more >>
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Farewell to a longtime friend

John Cesarz was a great husband, father, grandfather, veteran, and friend according to all who knew him. Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center hosted a Memorial Service at the Carriage House on Feb....more >>
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Millstream

Decades of service with sheriff

When Deputy Thomas Cavalier joined Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Sashabaw was a two lane road and many others were made of dirt. "Independence Township was a lot less crowded, lot less traffic," said Cavalier, getting ready to retire after 35 years with the department....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Backyard fun on ice

Clarkston resident Chris Cross got the idea for a backyard hockey rink from his brother, who started a rink in his backyard five years ago. "I know of at least four backyard hockey rinks in Clarkston," said Cross....more >>
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Andiamo Trattoria opens to rave reviews

The exterior has a new black and white awning beckons the community to see what is new at Andiamo Trattoria, 7228 N. Main Street. General Manager Tony Vitale describes what is new at the location in one word - "everything," as Mesquite Creek changed to Andiamo Trattoria on Jan....more >>
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Music and dance

Students from Clarkston High School and Clarkston Junior High School lent their talents for C Factor Talent on Feb. 4. They sang, danced, rapped to raise money $3,100 during the event for Charity Week 2014 with proceeds divided between five local charities....more >>
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School breakfast with kids

Bailey Lake Elementary PTA hosted Morning for Mom, as well as other parents and caregivers, Feb. 7, with donuts, juice, coffee, and quality time with their kids. The group hosts several events during the year in order to reach all the school's parents....more >>

Prudential Great Lakes Realty merging with Berkshire Hathaway

Prudential Great Lakes Realty, part of the Prudential Preferred, REALTORS Family of Companies, will join Berkshire Hathaway as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate, Feb....more >>
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All for love

Neiman's Market Assistant Store Director Therese Cooper said the store is happy to help with "Spread the Love," collecting peanut butter and jelly to donate to Lighthouse Emergency Services in Clarkston....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Spring Break deal Thank goodness Spring Break is just around the corner! If you're not heading somewhere warm, you and the kids will be home, looking for something local to do. Luckily, fun activities and new, interesting places to discover abound and finding them couldn't be easier....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Holiday Inn proposed for M-15" A new hotel was proposed for property on M-15 north of the City of Clarkston - but the future of the project hung in limbo due to a proposed zoning of the site....more >>
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