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State of the Township acknowledges team spirit

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Orion Township's "Bat Boy" delivered the State of the Township Address, along with nachos, hot-dogs and Detroit Tiger quips on Wednesday morning, commemorating the township and the Tiger's home opener next week....more >>
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Smith, LaBarge to compete in state finals

Some students excel in academics, while others find their niche in athletics or the arts. But at Oxford High School, there's a fourth 'A' that allows students to shine and it stands for automotive repair....more >>

Snow days take school year 'till late June

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The extra 'winter-vacation' Lake Orion students have received this school year because of snow days will keep kids in school an extra week this June, according to Lake Orion officials....more >>

School board meeting date changed - again

Oxford School's Board of Education's March 31 meeting where contracts, including Supertinendent Dr. Skillings will be discussed has been moved to Tuesday April 1 at 6:30 pm at Oxford Elementary School....more >>

Troop 128 learns, earns emergency preparedness

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer There were avalanches, gas explosions, hypothermia, drowning victims, boats that broke down, car crashes, a major flood, and hundreds of refugees that needed an evacuation plan....more >>

District estimates $200K utility overage

Just like homeowners have seen increases in both their heat and electric bills due to the harsh winter season, schools are no different. According to Assistant Superintendent of Business & Finance Pamela Anstey, Oxford community schools is estimated by their utility marketer, Proliance, to have nearly $200,000 budget shortfalls in utilities ($108,905 gas and $89,774 for electricity) at the end of the fiscal year in June....more >>
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Peacoat Monument creator Joe Zikewich passes away at 90

Joseph Zikewich was a man of his word. As he stood on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16) in November 1944 watching 47 of his shipmates being buried at sea, Zikewich vowed that when he returned home, he would make sure these victims of a Japanese kamikaze attack would "never be forgotten....more >>
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Peacoat Monument creator Joe Zikewich passes away at 90

Joseph Zikewich was a man of his word. As he stood on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16) in November 1944 watching 47 of his shipmates being buried at sea, Zikewich vowed that when he returned home, he would make sure these victims of a Japanese kamikaze attack would "never be forgotten....more >>

Developer selected to build Station 2 using same plans as Fire Station 3

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Construction for Orion Township's new Fire Station 2 will begin in May after the thaw on a parcel of land given to the township. The board approved the Dailey Company for construction services at the last township board meeting, costing the township about $1....more >>

Proposed DDA budget includes $25K for part-time director

The Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) could be in a position to hire a part-time director should its proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year be approved by the village council....more >>

All-accessible playground coming to Friendship Park

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Whenever local mom Kristi Schons takes her two children to the park, her six-year-old plays on the exciting structures while the 12-year-old sits and watches....more >>

Twp. approves PUD for Hills of Oxford

More new places to live will soon be popping up in Oxford Township. Last week, the township board voted 7-0 to rezone 15.788 acres of the Hills of Oxford, located at M-24 and Indian Lake Rd....more >>

Flower Fair calls for spring, vendors

In its 14th year, downtown Lake Orion's annual Flower & Art Fair event will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. This event, which takes place in the streets of downtown Lake Orion, kicks off the summer season and provides an opportunity to purchase flower and garden related products as well as art and craft items....more >>

Twp. resolution honors Sherman

Oxford Twp. officials last week voted 7-0 to approve a resolution honoring former Oxford Leader Publisher James A. Sherman, Sr. for his accomplishments in the newspaper industry and service to the community....more >>

King of Kings Celebrates 50th anniversary in LO

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The parishioners of the Lake Orion King of Kings Lutheran Church at 1715 South Lapeer Rd. are extra excited for thisSunday, March 30. A special 50thanniversary celebration service will kick off the Church's 51styear in the community, and will offer a reception bearing appetizers, beverages and fellowship starting at10 a....more >>
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Girls collect 400 glasses for Oxford optometrists

Imagine if the only thing preventing you from being able to better see the world was the inability to afford or obtain a simple pair of eyeglasses. It sounds trivial, but it happens to people everyday in Third World nations across the globe....more >>

Boys lacrosse team is ready for new challenges

After winning the OAA White Division the last three years, Lake Orion's boys' lacrosse team is moving into the top OAA Red Division this season. For Coach Brad Thomas' team that means the group will face some greater challenges but he is convinced they will be ready....more >>

NOTA finalizes ballot language

The final details concerning the North Oakland Transportation Authority's (NOTA) proposed millage were worked out last week and the language was approved 10-0 by its board. Now, all that is required for placement on the Aug....more >>

Former LO baseball player making strides at Albion

Lake Orion's Zach Maresh threw three scoreless innings of relief as Albion College walked off Nicolay Field with a 4-3 victory over Adrian College in the second game of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader....more >>
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Twp. successes highlighted at annual meeting

Forty-one residents attended the last official "Annual Meeting" of Addison Township held March 22, at the township hall. "This was great attendance and I think that speaks very well of where this township is headed and that's the support this community sees in this board and they are very happy with this board," Pearson said....more >>

Softball team is in it to win it

Good teams often find a way to achieve greatness. Lake Orion's softball team, by all accounts, is a very good team and one of the best in the state. But, Coach Joe Woityra hopes the group can take the extra step to go deep into the state playoffs this season and become a great team....more >>

Officials, residents discuss potential for new twp. hall

In light of the recent roof leaks and flooding issues at the Addison Township Hall, officials took their first step in determining whether constructing a new building or repairing the current facility would be the smarter choice....more >>

Gymnast wins state titles

Lake Orion gymnast Alec Krystek recently he was awarded Level 10 All Around Champion at the United States of America Gymnastics (USAG) 2014 Michigan State Meet. The meet was held on the weekend of March 22-23 of 2014 at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan....more >>

Police, fire renewals in Addison

When it comes to police and fire protection, Addison Township is only looking for renewals of the current millage rates on the Aug. 5 primary ballot. The current police tax is 4.4874 mills, which would generate an estimated $1,003,597 in the first year of levy....more >>

Special Olympians pack the stands

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer There wasn't much time to sit at the Lake Orion/Oxford Special Olympics basketball game. With the drum line banging, dance teams rallying and basketball stars hustling up and down the court, teachers and students alike were on their feet gasping at close shots and yelling support to the players during the game....more >>

Applications available for Lions Club scholarships

The Oxford Lions Club is sponsoring two $500 scholarships for graduating 2014 high school seniors who reside within the Oxford school district. To be eligible, students attending public or private schools, or those who are home-schooled, must have a grade point average of 2....more >>
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Author to discuss 'unexplained' MI artifacts at library

Enjoy an entertaining and educational presentation about the back roads of Michigan at the Oxford Public Library on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Ron Rademacher, storyteller and author, will present rare or unexplained artifacts found in small towns across Michigan....more >>
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Despite 'technical difficulty' local gay couples marry

Like Michigan's literal roads, currently ridden with potholes, the figurative road to history is not always a smooth one. Gay couples in the state are still encountering roadblocks to legal marriage, but at least two of these area couples bypassed the obstacles, although their future plans may be temporarily halted....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 >>


Goodrich MEAP scores soar

Student proficiency outpaces state, county

Goodrich-Results from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program scores released last month, with a few exceptions, reflected improvements in math, reading, writing, science and social studies for students third through eighth grade in the district....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 >>
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'I could really see the benefit of coming to the United States to study'

At 17-years-old—Michaela Ramke has traveled a lot further than many of her classmates to be part of Goodrich High School. Since August when Michaela first arrived in the United States to live with her Atlas Township host parents, Terri and Mark Schall, the Oldenburg, Germany native has not only acclimated to the academic rigors of an American high school, but also adjusting to a much different home environment....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 >>
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'If you love each other, love conquers everything'

Brandon Twp.- After more than half a century of marriage, Sophie and Jerry Strygulec endured four years of living apart. Now they are reunited and demonstrating the meaning of devotion, commitment and hope to their fellow residents of Nature's Way Adult Foster Care Home....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 >>


Twp. deer poacher sentenced

A Groveland Township hunter was sentenced this month for violations that occurred last fall. First Lt. David Malloch, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer, reported that on Nov....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 >>


Library board eyes financial recovery

Board may seek a portion of former director's salary

Brandon Twp.- The library board is planning a civil lawsuit against former director Paula Gauthier to recover financial losses. The board voted to pursue civil action during their March 24 meeting....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 >>


OCEF expects to assist 180 families with Easter dinner

Brandon Twp.- St. Patrick's Day turned out to be green indeed for the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund. The non-profit food pantry which serves families in need in the Brandon School District received more than $3,000 in donations in its annual "Sharin' O' the Green" drive....more >>


Local plans fundraiser with eye on prevention of suicide

Jessica Keesling knows firsthand the devastating effects suicide has on those left to grieve. She was just 17-years-old when her father, Joe Keesling, died Feb. 23, 2009 at the age of 46 from suicide....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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Front page

Back on the road

After a long winter, Bob Medlock was happy to take his '71 Chevy Chevelle SS out for a spin. "I just got it out of the garage and I'm out cruising," said Medlock, last Friday. He just installed a 720-horsepower 572 motor and wanted to put a few miles on the car before he takes it to Grand Nationals in Illinois in May....more >>

Ramp riles residents

Group formed against Clintonville to I-75 idea

A suggested traffic "relief valve" off interstate I-75 in Independence Township has some residents in an uproar. Neighbors formed the group Independence Residents Against Clintonville Expansion, IRACE, to protest any entrance ramp onto the highway near the intersection of Maybee and Clintonville roads....more >>

School board members focus on operations

Part 4 on Clarkston schools' new five-year Strategic Plan is on its third focus area, Operations. The Strategic Plan's third focus area, Operations, is all about school buildings, grounds, busing, equipment, and everything else needed to make the district run....more >>

Dock ordinance amendment moves forward

Independence Township resident Rob Namowicz said waterfront property owners should be wary of an ordinance amendment in the works. "Your waterfront property rights are in jeopardy," Namowicz said....more >>
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Angels Place Race seeks sponsors

Angels Place, a non-profit organization, will hold its 7th annual race through Clarkston on Saturday, May 17. The race will kick off at St. Daniels Church in Clarkston at 9:15 a.m....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Spring into town

Old Man Winter may still be trying to break the record for snowfall, but it's still spring in Clarkston. That means the return of some warmer weather, sometimes at least, and color to replace the drab gray and white of winter at least in local businesses....more >>
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Community helps stock Lighthouse with PB & J

A food drive to collect jars of peanut butter and jelly to stock the shelves of the Lighthouse in Clarkston was a sweet success. Clarkston resident and parent who guides her children to raise money for good causes, Beth Kirchner created "Spread the Love" with Lighthouse Pantry Manager Greg Lewis and volunteer Heather Roeser....more >>
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Volunteers send love to soldiers overseas

Clarkston's American Legion Post 63 Ladies Auxiliary hosted a packing party on March 7 to send care packages to American soldiers serving overseas. About 60 boxes were packed full things like of snacks, toiletries, magazines, books socks, hard candy and many other items....more >>
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Kids in service

The halls were empty at Independence Elementary last Thursday as the classrooms were full of activity as the entire school participated in the 11th Annual S.O.C.K.S. (Serving Our Community Kids Style)....more >>
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Magic and art at Winterfest

Families bid farewell to winter at Winterfest, March 18, at Independence Oaks County Park. Hosted by the Oakland County Parks Commission and Oakland Schools Technical Campus iTeam course, the event included a magic show, fresh food, face painting, and arts and crafts....more >>
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Outdoors again

Neal Hoxsie takes his pups out for a walk through downtown Clarkston in the nice warm sun, Friday....more >>
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Honors at conference

Clarkston DECA chapter members Maranda Hartman and Amanda Wakefield were state finalists, and Cooper Parks and Kristen Hetzel earned international honors at the State Leadership Conference, March 22, in Atlanta, Ga....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

School makeup days With 10 snow cancellations this school year, Clarkston Community Schools added some makeup days. Classes will be in session through Tuesday, June 10, officials said....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "City's zoning ordinance becomes law" It had taken 26 years and a lot of long hours but the city of Clarkston finally had its new zoning ordinance. The new ordinance was an update and upgrade from the original city ordinance, first adoped in 1973....more >>
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