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Fire department requests first increase in fire mill

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer In order to fill more than 1,386 uncovered shifts, or 11,088 hours where there isn't a guaranteed firefighter on call in Orion stations, the Orion Township Fire Department is requesting an increase in their fire millage this August....more >>
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A nutty time

Oxford High School teacher Dave Carson (standing) slathered peanut butter all over the bald head of fellow teacher Phil Kimmel as part of a fund-raiser for Common Ground, a group that helps youths, adults and families in crisis....more >>

Fantastic fourth finish for varsity cheer team

The Lake Orion Competitive Cheer team competed in the 2014 MHSAA Division 1 competitive cheer state finals at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids on Friday, February 28, 2014. The Lady Dragons finished with an impressive fourth place and a total score of 777....more >>

MEAP results 'mixed,' but 'trending up'

Oxford Schools had "mixed" results on the MEAP test (Michigan Educational Assessment Program), the numbers for which were released Feb. 28, according to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Dr....more >>

Lake Orion ranks among top for MEAP scores

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Students in grades three through nine in the Lake Orion School District outranked statewide and Oakland County averages in every testing category of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)....more >>

Down 83

When it comes to Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) students, Oxford Schools is down approximately 83 from the fall count, which equates to a student population of 5,345 FTEs, based on the spring count day held Feb....more >>

Business owners remember Sagebrush fire ten years ago

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Ten years ago on March 4, 2004 boiling chicken water mixed with some grease and ignited a fire in the Sagebrush Cantina kitchen that forever changed the face of downtown Lake Orion....more >>

Way sought to exempt NOTA from DDA capture

Attorneys are like opinions, everybody's got one and that could prove to be a good thing for the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA). Orion Township's attorney, Dan Kelly, is in the process of crafting a written opinion as to whether a NOTA property tax could be exempted from having a portion of it captured by a Downtown Development Authority (DDA)....more >>

Treasurer Thurber asked to resign for absenteeism

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Obviously unhappy with the service of the Orion Township Treasurer, Trustee Neil Porter offered a resolution on Monday night requesting Mark Thurber's resignation....more >>

Enbridge not coming

Representatives from Enbridge, Inc. will not be attending the Wednesday, March 12 Oxford Township Board meeting to discuss the upcoming construction project involving an underground crude oil pipeline....more >>

Young Americans dazzle Lake Orion

YA are A-OK in LO The Young Americans made a lasting impact on Lake Orion on Saturday The non-profit group came to the community to provide music education and performance opportunities for young people in the area....more >>
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Puppy love helps Hughes heal

Oxford resident Jim Hughes spent many years bringing joy and smiles to hospital patients and nursing home residents with his delightful therapy dog Mitchell. How appropriate that a little canine-based therapy is now lifting his spirits and helping him recover from the tragic loss of Mitchell and his other dog, Sarah....more >>

Masked figures cut a mean rug

Masked figures cut a mean rug The historic Addison Oaks ballroom was transformed into an elegant Mardi Gras themed celebration for the Orion Art Center's 2014 Gala fundraiser March 1st....more >>
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WWII vet to get Purple Heart 70 years later

World War II veteran Richard Faulkner is finally going to receive his Purple Heart 70 years after being wounded in northern France thanks to the efforts of his daughter-in-law Mary Ellen Faulkner, of Addison Township....more >>
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Sheriff Bouchard addresses Oxford Rotarians

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard visited the Rotary Club of Oxford last week to provide some insight regarding the inner workings of his position and department. Bouchard, who's been sheriff since January 1999, explained that county residents have high expectations when it comes to the level of services they receive from their governments and his office tries to meet them....more >>

Switch to county dispatch delayed

Oxford Township's switch from local to county dispatch will be delayed by 20 days due to the slow-turning wheels of government. If all goes according to plan, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office will begin handling all of the township and village's fire and emergency medical calls on Monday, April 21....more >>
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PAWS basketball team dominates Lake Orion

Everybody deserves a moment in the sun. For members of the Oxford PAWS Special Olympics basketball team that moment came Feb. 26 when they beat Lake Orion 38-22. The Ian Smith gymnasium at OHS was packed to the rafters with screaming fans, cheering their team on to victory....more >>


Ballot language OK'd for Brandon police millage

Brandon Twp.- Township voters will be asked on the August ballot to authorize 4 mills for police services, a request they have approved five times over the past 40 years. "Historically, Brandon voters have approved up to 4 mills for police services five times since 1974, so we are just asking for that to be approved another time," said Supervisor Kathy Thurman....more >>
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Former Ukrainian youth respond to Russian invasion

Atlas Twp.- For many, the recent escalation of conflicts in the Ukraine may seem a world away. But for five Goodrich School District students, it's much closer to home. Former Ukrainian citizens Kristen, 14, Annie,16, Lisa, 16, Emily, 19, and Max, 19—the children of township residents Vicki and Paul Jankowski, have watched closely the recent unrest in the Crimea region....more >>


Brandon superintendent candidates down to two

Brandon Twp.- And then there were two. On Feb. 21, following the end of a week that featured four interviews with candidates for district superintendent, the school board unanimously selected two final candidates, Dr....more >>


Board dumps fire insurance withholding

Brandon Twp.- The township will not be joining a fire insurance withholding program that would have given officials the ability to retain up to $8,200 of a homeowner's insurance settlement in the event of a fire....more >>


Harvey Swanson scores big with iPads for all students

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Before this past week, Andy Phillips had only ever won one thing in his life— a Teddy bear when he was a little boy. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, he learned he was getting something infinitely more valuable— iPads for every single student at Harvey Swanson Elementary, where he is principal....more >>


More victims in B Hive case reported

The alleged number of victims of the Goodrich woman arrested on Jan. 24 for allegedly writing bad checks to pay sellers at her former consignment business is growing. "As of Feb. 26 we now have 35 victims with more than $71,000 in losses," said Chris Swanson, Genesee County Undersheriff....more >>

Ortonville DDA Main Street reaccreditation

Ortonville- The village has been reaccredited as a Main Street community. On Feb. 19, an evaluation team including Ray Scriber from the National Main Street Center and Bob Donohue and Alex Hritcu from Main Street Oakland County interviewed boardmembers of the Downtown Development Authority, as well as village business owners, residents, and volunteers....more >>


Safe parenting series

Brandon Twp.- Every Monday in March, parents, parents-to-be and caregivers can learn how to keep children safe during a safe parenting series at the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St....more >>


Run for BHS, run for life

Brandon Twp.- The polar vortex returned for a repeat performance this week, but spring is right around the corner, and with it, runners will soon return to the roads. Track season begins March 10 for runners, and the boys varsity track team will have a new head coach....more >>


Group meets on Goodrich drain issues, project future

On Tuesday a meeting regarding the progress on repairs to the Wheelock & Watkins Drain was held at the Genesee County Drain Commission Office in Flint. Representing the Village of Goodrich, were council members Richard Saroli and Mark Baldwin, along with village resident Norm Bass....more >>


'Read to win'

Ortonville- The Masons have upped the ante for readers. On Feb. 25, the Ortonville Masonic Lodge kicked off their "Read to Win" program, which replaces "Books for Bikes," in place the last six years....more >>


Brandon Township OKs roadwork plan

Brandon Twp.- The roads are a challenge seemingly everywhere right now with potholes and ice reigning supreme, but residents can look forward to improvements on two area thoroughfares— one planned for this year, and the other a few years down the literal road....more >>


Video of Oaktree boy stuck in desk draws concerns at meeting

Goodrich-A minute long video recorded on a cell phone by an Oaktree Elementary teacher of her10-year old student with Asperger's Syndrome lodged in a desk chair sparked the ire and concerns of parents and others during Monday's school board meeting....more >>


Village drain project prompts alternative solutions to issue

Goodrich-A long time area business is seeking alternatives to a costly village drain project. At 7 p.m., March 12 the Goodrich Country Club, 10080 Hegel Road, will host Tammie Heazlit of Lotus H20 Environmental to discuss options to a pending upgrade to the Wheelock & Watkins Drain....more >>


Door-to-door campaign planned for gas main extension

Brandon Twp.- A door-to-door campaign is heading soon to Connell and Hummer Lake roads. Supervisor Kathy Thurman hopes to be joined by volunteers interested in raising the number of applications for Consumers Energy service in phase 3....more >>


Brandon grapplers compete at state meet

A record seven Brandon High School grapplers competed at the Michigan High School Athelic Association individual state championships on Feb. 27 and March 1 at The Palace of Auburn Hills....more >>


Atlas Township bike path meeting, survey committee

Atlas Twp.-The future of a township bike path is moving forward. Plans for bike/walking paths were spearheaded by township resident Paulette Johnson during the Oct. 21 township meeting and have now expanded with monthly meetings....more >>
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'It takes self-belief and a strong drive to achieve a goal like this'

Groveland Twp.- Chris Dunaway weighed 470 pounds the day he started his weight loss journey. Two years later, he is 185 pounds and the 2013 Anytime Fitness Success Story winner. "Excuses are what keep you from losing weight," said the 6'2", 34-year-old Davison resident....more >>


Verizon connects with township

Brandon Twp.- Verizon Wireless customers, rejoice. The township board approved the company as an "other provider" on the township's cell tower located off Seymour Lake Road during their March 3 meeting....more >>
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Front page

Built with bricks

Sam Modrynski shows off his Lego creation he built at Clarkston Elementary, Feb....more >>

Apology sought from city manager

City resident Cory Johnston wants a public apology for comments made about him by Clarkston City Manager Carol Eberhardt. Johnston sought legal council from Southfield attorney Fred Butters because he believes Eberhardt's comments could damage his reputation and professional career....more >>

City board of review coming Monday

If you live in the City of the Village of Clarkston and want to fight your taxes, the first annual Board of Review for 2014, is March 10. According to city charter, the Board of Review "shall convene its first session beginning on the second Monday in March of each year at such time and day and place be designated by the Council ....more >>

5-year plan for schools

First in a series on Clarkston schools' new five year strategic plan. A Strategic Plan up for approval next week would point the way to 2020 for Clarkston schools. "The plan puts on paper what the board agrees on, what we're doing, where we are going, and how we achieve it," said board Treasurer Joan Patterson....more >>

City manager candidates' experience, education review

In Part 2 of a series on Clarkston City Manager Carol Eberhardt, we list her resume for comparison with other candidates, as submitted for consideration for the position in 2013. Carol Eberhardt has degrees from Central Michigan University and the Center for Creative Studies....more >>
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Students learn World War II history from vets

Clarkston Junior High School's ninth grade history classes hosted veterans of World War II, Feb. 26. The veterans shared their experiences in Europe, Africa, Pacific, and the homefront during the worldwide conflict....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Snow dogs slide into reading month

Pine Knob Elementary kicked off March Reading Month with a dog sled demonstration, courtesy of Al and Katie Fritzler of Clio. Phy-ed teacher Anthony Taormina invited the Mid Union Sled Haulers Sprint Club members and their dogs Trapper, Shark, Tank, Sparkle, Hershey, Meah, Minzey, Chunk, and Shasta to the school, March 3....more >>
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Big shoes to fill when Clancy retires from SCAMP program

SCAMP, a camp for kids with developmental disabilities, will have to find someone to fill when Donna Clancy's retires Aug. 18. Her choice for a perfect replacement? Someone who cares about SCAMP, someone passionate and caring, hardworking and organized....more >>
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Creativity unblocked

Students at Clarkston Elementary School unleashed their creativity with the help of Lego blocks, Feb. 27. Clarkston Elementary's PTO sponsored the Lego Competition, with a "Michigan" theme....more >>
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News visit

Pack 131 Cub Scouts, from left in front, Aiden Baugh, Kyle Rush, Tyler Buback, John Chrisopoulos, and Joey Chrisopoulos, along with, standing from left, Collin Rush, Katie Baugh, and Kara Buback visite the Clarkston News office, Feb....more >>
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Pazkis time

The bakery at Neiman's Family Market on Dixie Highway at White Lake Road was buzzing this week, frying up thousands of pazkis for Mardi Gras. The crew had made almost 4,000 of the sweet confections by Monday, with many more to come for Fat Tuesday itself....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Youth recognition Nominate local youth for a Youth Recognition award, 7 p.m., April 23 at Clarkston United Methodist Church. Clarkston Area Youth Assistance hosts the Youth Recognition Ceremony and Dessert Reception to honor young people who have made outstanding contributions in volunteerism, behavior, academic achievement, and citizenship without compensation....more >>

School open house

Montessori School of Clarkston, 10439 Ortonville Road, hosts an Open House, 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 15. New owner and Director Lisa Morse will host the event. "When I visited the school for the first time, I was so impressed with the beauty of the school and its materials," Morse said....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Rezonings put township on the hot seat" The rezoning ball was bouncing from court to court. The Independence Township Board had tabled the Knights of Columbus rezoning....more >>
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