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Students aware of more than reading at Blanche Sims

Detroit Piston's center Andre Drummond read two books to squeaming Blanche Sim'ers Monday night for National Reading Awareness Month this March. Both Drummond and students took turns reading "Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses" and "Dragons love Tacos" at the end of their day....more >>

Village smells BBQ

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Coming this summer, whiffs of barbeque could be wafting from what was once the Lake Orion Village Hall. Village officials were seeking to sell the village hall so that they could move to another site at the old senior center on Church Street and advertised the hall for sale at $525,000....more >>
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Everything old is new again

Public invited to view remodeled museum at grand re-opening Saturday

The Northeast Oakland Historical Museum in downtown Oxford will emerge from its winter slumber with a grand reopening event on Saturday, March 15 from 1-4 p.m. "We usually close in February to do cleaning....more >>
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Oxford loses Main Street accreditation

Oxford Village lost a source of local pride last week as it failed its annual Main Street evaluation. As a result, it will not receive accreditation from the National Main Street Center in Washington D....more >>

District survey gives insight to LOCS

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer A community-wide survey conducted in December graded Lake Orion Schools in terms of overall customer satisfaction. Even though 79 percent of parents, non-parents and seniors surveyed gave LOCS an "A&B" grade, the district survey revealed key areas where the administration needs more focus....more >>

Rotarians ready to roast Sherman

Folks are being invited to mock, insult and poke fun at local newspaperman James A. Sherman, Sr., founder of Sherman Publications, Inc. (SPI). But don't worry, it's all in good fun and for a worthy cause....more >>

Scott Taylor appointed to Lake Orion school board

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion School Board appointed a third-generation-Dragon to take the place of previous trustee Melissa Miller Wednesday night at the board meeting....more >>
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New Genisys facility gains PC approvals

Genisys Credit Union is a few steps closer to being able to construct a new facility in Oxford Village. Last week, the village planning commission voted 4-0 to give final approval to Genisys' site plan with conditions such the landscaping must be irrigated and maintained, and the credit union must agree to contribute funds for the eventual development of a new village roadway on the site's east side known as the East Alley....more >>

Grant sought to curb Paint Creek erosion

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion village is fishing for money from the Aquatic Habitat Grant Program (AHGP). The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is supplying $1 million in 2014 from the Game and Fish protection fund to communities in need of aquatic restoration....more >>
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Girl saves family, home from fire

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Take Anna Clinton, for example. She saved her father, grandmother and two dogs from an electrical fire that could have easily gotten out of control and destroyed her grandmother's mobile home on Channing Circle in Hidden Lake Estates off Rochester Rd....more >>

Oakview Middle School on national watch for third time

Lake Orion's Oakview Middle School is the first middle school in Michigan to be recognized as a "National School to Watch" three times beginning in 2006, again in 2010 and now in 2014....more >>
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Faulkner receives Purple Heart, media attention

Not only is World War II veteran Richard Faulkner now the proud recipient of a Purple Heart, he's also a celebrity. Faulkner, who's a resident of Bluefield Manor, a retirement community in Auburn, New York, received his medal on Saturday, 70 years after being wounded in northern France....more >>

Hockey and basketball teams fall in playoffs, go down fighting

In state playoff competition there can be only one team left standing in each division. The Lake Orion Dragons will not be one of those teams in basketball and hockey. The hockey team was knocked out in a state quarterfinal game by Detroit Jesuit, 5-3....more >>
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Ambassadors sought to represent Polly Ann Trail

Ambassadors are being sought to help represent, promote and enhance the Polly Ann Trail experience. Trail Manager Patrick Ball is looking for 20 to 30 volunteers, age 18 and up, who use the trail at least twice a week, enjoy interacting with people and are willing to spread the word about its positive attributes, activities/events and surroundings....more >>

Briefs

Relay for Life kick-off party There will be a kick-off party for Oxford/Lake Orion Relay for Life on Thursday, March 13 at The Burning Oak Smokehouse (595 N. Lapeer Rd.) in Oxford Township....more >>

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China-Goodrich connection

On Saturday morning, Limeng Liu analyzed the progress of the Goodrich High School Martian Robot while it battled at Flint's Kettering University during FIRST Robotics District Competition March 7-8....more >>

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Groveland gas line project finally complete

Groveland Twp.-One buck. After 15 years, the township-wide natural gas pipeline came to a conclusion on Monday night at the board of trustees meeting when $1 was handed over to Consumers Energy, completing a project that now makes natural gas available on nearly every road....more >>

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New Brandon superintendent

Grosse Pointe District high school principal will now lead Brandon

Brandon Twp.- Dr. Matthew Outlaw will be the next superintendent of the Brandon School District, pending contract agreement. The school board unanimously approved his selection during a special meeting March 11....more >>

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'Godspell'

March 27-30, Goodrich High School PAC

The liturgical season of Lent will come alive later this month with the musical "Godspell." A musical by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak, "Godspell" opened in 1971 and is a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew; however, three of the featured parables are recorded only in the Gospel of Luke....more >>

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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 >>

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Library's forensic audit completed; no 'surprises'

Brandon Twp.- A forensic audit of the library, prompted by the sudden resignation of Director Paula Gauthier, has yielded "no surprises" and is complete. Full details of the audit investigation will not be released until the next library board meeting, set for 7 p....more >>

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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 >>

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'Change someone's life, open world through words'

The ability to read is a skill often taken for granted, but not by adults taking part in the Oakland Literacy Council's one-on-one learn to read tutoring program. "All of our students establish goals with a tutor— not only reading at a certain grade level, but what they want to do in life that they couldn't before," said Shari Barrick, OLC operations manager....more >>

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Township house fire

At 4:45 a.m., March 10, the Groveland Township Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 3000 block of Auten Road between Croup and Jossman roads. A neighbor called the in fire when he could see the flames lighting up the sky....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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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District champs

Third time was a charm, as the Wolves snagged the MHSAA District Championship trophy with Friday's win. "We missed the last two years so it is good to be back," smiled Dan Fife, long-time head coach for the Clarkston Varsity Boys Basketball team....more >>

Trend-ing upwards

This is a year of business innovation in the Clarkston area, to be featured in next week's Trends special section in The Clarkston News. Read about the latest technology in laser therapy at Michigan Center for Orthopedic Surgery, cycling with Kinetic Systems, and online banking services at Clarkston State Bank....more >>

5-year plan to raise student achievement

Part 2 on Clarkston Community Schools' five year Strategic Plan addresses the first of six Focus Areas, Student Performance. Increasing student performance is a top priority for Clarkston School Board members....more >>
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Winter's not finished yet

The Detroit area--which includes Clarkston—is just 9 inches away from breaking a record for the all-time snowiest winter. "We have recorded 84.1 inches so far this winter and the record for Detroit is 93....more >>

Water rates to increase 12 percent

Independence Township Board of Trustees voted to increase water rates by about 12 percent on March 4. The increase will come in two rounds-one effective March 16, 2014 and the other effective March 2015....more >>

Questions remain in FOIA case

Cory Johnston is fighting back after City Manager Carol Eberhardt alleged he was stalking her and said she feared for her safety. Johnston hired an attorney after Eberhardt made comments he felt hurts his professional career and reputation....more >>

Oxford Rotarians ready to roast former Clarkston News publisher Jim Sherman, Sr.

By C.J. Carnacchio Special to The Clarkston News Folks are being invited to mock, insult and poke fun at local newspaperman James A. Sherman, Sr., founder of Sherman Publications, Inc....more >>

Winter's not all bad for nature

A near record winter on tap for the Detroit area will benefit some species of wildlife, increase water levels and knock down the number of some pesky insects. According to the National Weather Service in White Lake, Detroit has seen its second snowiest winter and the Flint its fourth....more >>
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Double gold medal for pickleball paddler

Stu Hasting picked up his paddle and won not only one but two gold medals at the 2014 Winter Michigan Senior Olympics in pickleball. "It was something I worked pretty hard at," Hastings said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

New president leads SCAMP search

Clarkston dentist Jeff Roeser, new SCAMP board president, is optimistic about his first big job leading the search for a new executive director when Donna Clancy retires in August....more >>
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Memorial walk

Clarkston Students Against Destructive Decisions led a Walk to Remember Memorial at Clarkston High School, Feb. 27, with an assembly, surveys, and display for the public. The community donated 259 pairs of shoes for the project, representing those lost to drunk driving in Michigan in 2012....more >>
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Countrytime in Clarkston

It was a little bit country at Clarkston Area Optimists' Denim and Diamonds fund raiser dinner, March 8 at Sellers Renew Auto Center. Attendees enjoyed dinner by Union Woodshop, tested their courage and balance on the mechanical bull, learned some line dancing with Hooked on Country's Kathy and Herb Dula, and enjoyed the country tunes of Clarkston High School's Detroit Voice singing group....more >>
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Paczki contest

Neiman's Family Market hosted a Paczki eating contest, March 4, the day after Mardi Gras. Meat Department Manager Carl Wagner was the big winner. During the festivities, a Polka band played everyone's favorite tunes in the background, as competitors tried to scarf down the pastries, which can contain more than 425 calories each....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Public hearing on assessment district A hearing to hear any concerns or objections regarding a Special Assessment District will be at 7 p.m., March 18 at Independence Township Hall....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Wanted: 10 acres of good, vacant park property in Springfield Twp." The Springfield Township board was ready to get to work on their new civic center and library....more >>
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Born September 23rd
1838: Victoria Chaflin Woodhull, the first woman presidential candidate (1872) in the United States.
1863: Mary Church Terrell, educator and civil rights advocate.
1865: Emmuska Orczy, baroness and author of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
1889: Walter Lippmann, journalist, one of the founders of The New Republic Magazine in 1914.
1889: Louise Nevelson, sculptor.
September 23rd
in history
1945: The first American dies in Vietnam during the fall of Saigon to French forces.Much later, U.S. complicity in the overthrow of South Vietnam's president made it impossible to stay uninvolved in the war.
1952: Richard Nixon responds to charges of a secret slush fund during his 'Checkers Speech.'
1954: East German police arrest 400 citizens as U.S. spies.
1967: Soviets sign a pact to send more aid to Hanoi.Almost flawless in execution, the daring rescue raid at the Son Tay prison camp deep within North Vietnam lacked only one essential ingredient--POWs.
1973: Juan Peron is re-elected president of Argentina after being overthrown in 1955.