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Muscle-man shatters records

By Dan Shriner Review Editor He may not wear a cape, leap over tall buildings and no one thinks he's faster than a speeding bullet but that thing about being more powerful than a locomotive might not be too far off for Lake Orion's superman Trenton Elkins....more >>
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Learning with Lego

A love of Lego building bricks and learning brought 99 Oxford students together Sunday afternoon for the Second Annual Daniel Axford/Oxford Elementary Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr....more >>

Township chips in for road improvements

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer In light of the recent state funds set aside to nurture Michigan's crumbling road system, Orion Township approved the allocation of $50,000 from their general fund at theMonday night board meeting March 17 to tidy-up some of Orion's worst roads....more >>
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$25.5M community center headed for ballot

Of the 385 people who responded to a parks/rec. survey, 84.4 percent feel there's a need for a family/senior community recreation center in Oxford Township and 81.2 percent are willing to pay a 1....more >>

Enrollment firming up, funding still undetermined for LOCS students

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The numbers are rolling in for both next year's kindergarten enrollment along with district-wide enrollment in the Lake Orion School District. Little kids Lake Orion Schools marked another snow day on Wednesday, March 19, but that didn't deter parents from enrolling their four and five-year-olds on the same day for the kindergarten enrollment kick off....more >>

Oxford FD to seek tax renewal, plus 1.4-mill hike

Additional manpower, additional station space and a couple of refurbished trucks. That's what the Oxford Fire Department says it needs to continue effectively serving residents. To make it all happen, township officials last week voted 5-2 to authorize Fire Chief Pete Scholz to work with the township attorney to compose ballot language for the November general election requesting a six-year, 3....more >>

Students win medals at Academic Games

Eighteen elementary students from Oxford and Clear Lake Elementary schools and Oxford Middle School ranging from third to sixth grade attended the Academic Games State Tournament in Grand Rapids held March 5-7, which challenges students in math, langauge arts and social studies....more >>

Canterbury Village second home for Yates Cider Mill

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Vice president and part-owner of Canterbury Village, Keith Aldridge's big ideas for a conceptual renovation of his father's 28-acre site have been rolling in one after the other since January....more >>
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Cops, firefighters honored by Legion ladies

Three people who protect residents and keep them safe on a daily basis were honored Sunday by Oxford American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 108. Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Ostrander and Oxford Village Police Officer Clint Ascroft were each presented with "Most Outstanding Police Officer of the Year" awards, while Oxford Firefighter Carl Rose was awarded a plaque for "Most Outstanding Firefighter of the Year....more >>

Bailey in as village prez, Helmuth now prez pro-tem

Three yeses, one reluctant yes and one definite no. That was the vote last week to elect Dave Bailey as president of the Oxford Village Council. He vowed to "do my best." Council had been without a president since August 2013 when Tony Albensi resigned....more >>

Stakeholders seek connection between local trails

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer A connection to the Polly Ann Trail is the number one most requested improvement surveyed by the Paint Creek Trailways Commission, which could become every trail-lovers reality by summer 2015....more >>
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Council wants pothole hill reconstructed

It won't do motorists any good right now, but the Oxford Village Council took action last week toward a potential long-term fix for the badly-deteriorated, pothole-ridden stretch of W....more >>

Golden Opportunities for active living

"Hi I'm glad you're here!" is the greeting that rings out as seniors walk in the door at Orion Center. Spring is packed full of golden opportunities for active living and we are confident you will be greeted with a warm smile and friendly service as you fully engage in the events at Orion Center....more >>

Officials agree to keep DDA capture in proposed NOTA tax

There have been lots of legal opinions flying around lately and lots of discussion by various boards, but in the end, it appears if voters approve a millage for the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA), the Oxford and Lake Orion Downtown Development Authorities (DDA) will capture a portion of the new property tax....more >>

Local snowmobiling couple wins mini-Polaris sled

Rochelle Stagner of Orion Township won a new Polaris snowmobile after her boyfriend doubled his chances entering her into the "60 Sleds in 60 Days" giveaway. To boyfriend Justin Hart's disappointment, however, it is a youth-sized sled....more >>
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Rotarians to host Vietnam war hero

ader Editor A local war hero who's led an inspirational and fascinating life will be the Rotary Club of Oxford's guest speaker at its Tuesday, March 25 meeting at the Oxford Hills Golf and Country Club (300 E....more >>

Student led S.O.S. group receives recognition for local support

By Leslie Batoha Review Special Writer The last couple years have been rough for Lake Orion. With 11 suicides in the past four years, the high school community agreed that there was one thing everyone needed to do: Talk....more >>

County dispatch contract OKed

Oxford Township officials last week voted 7-0 to approve a one-year contract with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office for dispatching the community's fire and emergency medical calls....more >>

Senior activities at the Orion Center

Widows and widowers on with life gathering

"The hierarchy of human needs is still the necessity for companionship, and connectedness." After the loss of a mate, after friends and relatives stop calling to check on how we are doing, after loneliness sets in, after we realize that it is time to go on with life, what's next? The Orion Center, located on Joslyn Road just south of Clarkston Road, is offering an On with Life/ Solutions for Loneliness series for area widowers and widows....more >>

March 31 school board meeting rescheduled to April 1

The Oxford Board of Education's March 31 meeting, has been rescheduled for Tuesday April 1 at 6:30 p....more >>

Spring is here, Dragons eager to get outside

Play ball, run and jump with junior varsity lacrosse team

Spring officially began this week, on March 20, and that means that spring sports at Lake Orion High School are underway. Unfortunately, due to the vicious winter and all of the snow on the ground, the students who were looking forward to getting outside to practice their sports, have been stuck inside the gymnasiums and any other nook that can be found inside Lake Orion High School to practice....more >>

Genisys conditional rezoning OKed

Genisys Credit Union received the final approval it needed from Oxford Village to proceed with its plans to build a new 3,296-square-foot facility, complete with drive-through area, along M-24....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


MEAP=Math problems

District underperformed compared to county average

Brandon Twp.- On average, less than one-third of students in third through eighth grades in the district are proficient in mathematics, according to the Michigan Educational Assessment Program....more >>



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 >>


Sewer setback: Grant out of reach for village

Ortonville- The village will not receive a $2 million grant that could have been used for design of a sewer system. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently announced communities that would be awarded $97 million in grant funds from the Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater Program for this fiscal year....more >>


Township board to honor fallen veterans with American flags

Atlas Twp.-Veterans buried in the township may soon get new recognition for their service. Township officials proposed at the March 6 budget work session to purchase the flags and holders for veterans interred in the Atlas Community Baptist Church Cemetery, Goodrich Cemetery, Greenwood Cemetery, Horton Cemetery, Sandborn Cemetery and the Sweers Cemetery....more >>


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 >>


Township board OKs pay hikes

Atlas Twp.- During a budget work session meeting on March 6, the board of trustees voted 4-0 to give pay increases for township employees. Supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones, Treasurer Ann Marie Moore and Trustees Barry June and Patrick Major voted for the pay hikes....more >>


'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 >>


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 >>


School budget— more cuts coming

Brandon Twp.- A harsher winter than normal has resulted in higher than average bills for the school district— utility costs are forecast to be $143,000 more than last year. Severance of a contract with VARtek, the private company who had been providing technology services for schools also cost the district $72,000....more >>


State finds extra cash for roads

At least two local communities will have more money to rectify serious road issues after a brutal winter. The Village of Goodrich will receive $7,299 while Ortonville will get $6,007—their share of $100 million for emergency pothole repair and spring maintenance, the first step in finding a long-term solution to Michigan's crumbling roads and bridges say state lawmakers....more >>


Fire guts township mobile home

Squatter may have been living in vacant residence

At about 10 p.m., March 15, the Groveland Township Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire in the 16000 block of Victoria Lane in Oak Hill Estates mobile home community near Dixie Highway and Oak Hill Road....more >>


No master's degree and no bachelor's degree either

Brandon Twp.- The library failed to receive state aid revenue for the last five years because former Director Paula Gauthier didn't have a master's degree as she claimed. Now the library board has learned she didn't have a bachelor's degree, either....more >>


iPod Touch now used by paramedics

Groveland Twp.-A local medical facility is providing some new assistance for cardiac patients. The Genesys Health Foundation has provided Groveland Township paramedics, along with Flint-based Swartz and Patriot ambulance service, with Apple iPod Touches to assist in speeding vital cardiac patient information to Genesys Regional Medical Center....more >>
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Luck o' the Irish

Betty Kraft and Jen Smotherman celebrate St....more >>

Delayed repair could be costly

Delaying a repair could wind up costing the Clarkston more taxpayer funds. In December 2013, City Manager Carol Eberhardt and DPW Forman Jason Miller told city council a manhole needed to be installed in the Mills Race, a creek that runs behind the Clarkston Mills Malls....more >>

Superintendent gets 3 more years

Debate, accusations, behind-the-scenes look mark meeting

The superintendent of Clarkston schools has a new three-year contract after a contentious school board meeting. Board President Rosalie Lieblang kicked off discussion at the March 10 meeting by reading a June memorandum calling for Superintendent Dr....more >>

Delayed repair could be costly

Delaying a repair could wind up costing the Clarkston more taxpayer funds. In December 2013, City Manager Carol Eberhardt and DPW Forman Jason Miller told city council a manhole needed to be installed in the Mills Race, a creek that runs behind the Clarkston Mills Malls....more >>

City debates public notices

Clarkston officials are considering publishing public notices in an out-of-town newspaper. City Manager Carol Eberhardt told city council, March 10, The Oakland Press was interested in publishing legal notices for the city....more >>

City to explore costs of snow shoveling

With complaints from residents about sidewalks block by snow this past winter, Clarkston City Council is looking into enforcing sidewalk shoveling after snowstorms. City Manager Carol Eberhardt asked the city council for direction during the March 10 meeting....more >>

Strategic plan calls for long-term technology

Part3 on Clarkston Community Schools' five year Strategic Plan addresses the second of six Focus Areas, Technology. Clarkston Community Schools Strategic Plan, which was approved unanimously without discussion on March 10, calls for the school board to integrate technology to engage students and staff, and includes developing short- and long-term network and wireless infrastructure plans for hardware, software, and support....more >>

Volunteer help for bridge

City Manager Carol Eberhardt said local resident Steve Wylie volunteered to chair a group to raise money to replace a recently repaired bridge in Depot Park. Eberhardt told the council she decided to educate herself on the bridge American with Disabilities Act requirements nearly three months after repairs were made to the bridge....more >>

Decision needed soon on bridge fix

The wooden bridge spanning a stream through Depot Park has been a source of conflict between City Manager Carol Eberhardt and watchdog resident Cory Johnston. Johnston, who is a structural engineer, claimed the bridge was more rebuilt than repaired and should meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards....more >>
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Recycle fair

Andersonville Elementary third graders finished their study on natural resources with a Recycled Invention Fair. They learned about reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling items into other things....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Cookie time

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Heartfelt art from students

Artwork displayed at McLaren Cancer Institute and McLaren Breast Center sparks hope, strength, courage, faith and love for the patients. It was the focus for Clarkston Junior High School students in Arlinda Crossland's Art 82 class....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Watch out for coyotes Clarkston Schools warned of coyotes in the Hubbard Road and Allen Road areas of Independence Township. "We received two reports this afternoon," said Heidi McClain, schools administrative assistant, Monday....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Teen finds man stranded in area lake" Thirteen-year-old Cameron Banworth noticed a man stranded in the icy waters of Walters Lake. The man had been chasing a fire pit cover and fell through the ice....more >>
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