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Voters to determine first fire mill increase

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Orion Township Board of Trustees approved ballot language for two separate fire millage proposalsMondaynight to be placed on ballots on theAugust 5, 2014election....more >>
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Lakeville staff gets its just desserts

Whipped cream, chocolate sauce, colorful sprinkles, maraschino cherries . . . All of these yummy items are commonly used as toppings for ice cream sundaes. But at Lakeville Elementary School on Friday, they became toppings for Principal Kristy Gibson-Marshall and Physical Education Teacher Brian Luba....more >>

Board extends superintendent's contract to 2019; potential new position included

With no discussion of the details, the Oxford Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. William Skilling's contract until June 2019 at the April 1 regular board meeting. The contract was passed 6-0....more >>

Enbridge is coming

Folks wishing to learn more about Enbridge's plans to replace an existing crude oil pipeline running through Oxford and Addison townships will have two opportunities to do so next week....more >>
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Oxford bakers enjoy fourth win at Cookie Gala

Sweet & Savory Bake Shop has a big fan in Glenda Lewis. The reporter/anchor for WXYZ Channel 7's news team personally selected the downtown Oxford bakery to receive the first-ever Cookie Diva's Choice Award at the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan's annual Cookie Gala fund-raiser held March 26 at DTE Energy headquarters in Detroit....more >>
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Legendary Wells Fargo stagecoach booked for Lone Ranger parade

A priceless piece of America's famed Old West will return to Oxford this summer, so be on the lookout for bandits like Black Bart. Rod Charles was pleased to announce the legendary Wells Fargo Stagecoach will once again take part in Oxford's Lone Ranger parade on Saturday, Aug....more >>

Firefighters dip into water protocol for warm season

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Had Orion Township Fire Chief Bob Smith entered the pool like his firefighters Tuesday, April 8, he would have been in a potential victim wearing floaties instead of manning a backboard like the rest of his firefighters....more >>

Orion builds business with Beaumont

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer OnApril 11the first programming event will be held at the Orion Center's Wellness Center via Beaumont Hospital called Living a Wellness Lifestyle....more >>

Call 1-844-OAK-ROAD to report pot holes

In order to make it easier for residents to report potholes, the Road Commission for Oakland County has introduced a new, easy-to-remember phone line to its Department of Customer Services (DCS)....more >>

Post 108 gets $5,600 from Home Depot to renovate bldg.

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Walter Fraser American Legion Post 108 in Oxford Township received a long-overdue and much-appreciated makeover this week thanks to the fine folks at The Home Depot Foundation....more >>

Candidate close to home chases seat in congress

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Running for the U.S. 8thCongressional District seat that Mike Rogers is vacating has been a series of quick decisions for the mayor of Rochester Hills, Bryan Barnett....more >>

Reward offered for vehicle vandals at Paint Creek Apts.

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer A $1,000 reward is being offered to any individual who can help the Lake Orion Police Department locate those responsible for damaging eight vehicles at the Paint Creek Village Apartments on Orion Road Saturday, April 5....more >>

Oxford's weather-predicting llama passes away

Oxford's weather-prognosticating llama has gone to roam that big pasture in the sky. Tutor, a resident of Windstar Farm in Oxford Township, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 3, 2014....more >>

Local ecologists scour Paint Creek for quality purposes

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Local high school seniors pulled on their waders last week to assess the macroinvertebrate levels of the Paint Creek River at Children's Park in downtown Lake Orion....more >>

Pro-NOTA millage group seeks donations, volunteers

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor James Barnhart is a man on a mission make sure voters in Oxford, Addison and Orion townships approve the proposed North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) millage on the Aug....more >>

LO superintendent rumor is dispelled

A rumor circulating the Lapeer School District that Lapeer Superintendent Matt Wandrie is replacing LO Superintendent Marion Ginopolis has been thwarted by both Ginopolis and Wandrie....more >>

Shooting contest to raise funds for Lone Ranger parade

An afternoon of Old West-themed fun and fancy shooting is being organized by Oxford resident Melissa Morrison. Dubbed the "Silver Bullet Shoot-off," this first annual event will take place at the Bald Mountain shooting range in Orion Township on Monday, July 14 at 3 p....more >>

Great Harvest Bread wins national award

Lake Orion's Great Harvest Bread Company, located at 1015 South Baldwin Rd., received the "Top Young Store" award during the company's recent annual convention in Marco Island, Florida....more >>


Spaghetti dinner fund-raiser April 17 The Lakeville Cemetery Auxiliary will host a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on Thursday, April 17 at 1447 Milmine St. in Lakeville. Seatings are at 5 and 6 p....more >>

Lake Orion's girls track team is young and fast

A very young but skilled group of girls are expected to keep the girls track team running and jumping in the right directions. Second-year coach Dave Hutson said he has a very good mix of about 75 girls on the team and so far it seems loaded with freshmen and a good mix of veteran leadership....more >>

Team Alayna reveals new room to Alayna, thanks all who helped

Alayna Zalac's 1970s style Pulte Home in the Keatington Subdivision of Orion Township would not have supported her new lifestyle, until Beth Shifferd, Team Alayna, and countless volunteers pulled the community together for a home-makeover, Lake Orion style....more >>

Forensics team continues to improve and win

The Lake Orion Forensics team finished their regular season amid a flurry of individual and team successes. On March 15, the team won their division, at the Walled Lake Western tournament, the largest forensics tournament to be run in the state in over a decade....more >>
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Township firefighters pluck pooch from icy lake

Brandon Twp.- Paula Reese was outside on April 6 with her "puppies," 2-year-old shih tzu littermates Cali and Cody, when the dogs saw geese walking across the ice of Huff Lake and bolted after the birds....more >>


BEA contract reached

Deal includes enrollment "triggers" for pay increases

Brandon Twp.- Teachers and administration in the district have reached agreement on a contract after nearly two years without one. The Brandon Education Association and district officials issued a joint statement on March 31 that a settlement has been agreed upon....more >>
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Blaze claims historic barn

Brandon Twp. landmark barn destroyed by fire

It withstood a cyclone and more than 170 years of Michigan weather. The barn was gone in about an hour. "Kids going to prom, wedding couples, and even the cover of a AAA Oakland County map used the old barn in their pictures," said Sylvia Runyon, 78, who owned the historic barn at 5800 Oakwood Road....more >>


Village eyes green infrastructure, grants to curb drain issues

Goodrich-Village officials and residents took a closer look at going green on Tuesday night during a special meeting. Effective Solutions for Healthier Watersheds owner and hydrogeologist Tammie Heazlit, along with John DeLisle, an ecologist and owner of Natural Community Services, introduced residents along with council members to utilizing green infrastructure to remedy a bevy of drain and flooding issues plaguing the community....more >>


Local icer drafted by OHL

For the past 13 years Ben Gleason has spent most of his time on skates—hockey scouting departments must have noticed Brandon Township's Gleason, 16, was recently selected by the London Knights as the 36th draft pick overall in the second round of Ontario Hockey League's 2014 Priority Selection....more >>
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Goodrich Martian scholar sets sights west after national exam

Goodrich-Macker Wilson is facing some uncertainties. However, the 18-year-old high school senior appears to remain calm and confident about his future. And he should. Wilson scored somewhere in the top 15,000 of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test or PSAT/NSQT....more >>
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On the road to Texas

30th annual BP MS 150 from Houston to Austin

Groveland Twp.- For David Vultaggio, temperatures reaching into the 50s this week means weather that is finally good for bicycling. "Today is the day everybody and their brother will be out riding," said Vultaggio on Monday, when temperatures were in the mid-50s....more >>


Ready, set, sprout

It may be too early to plant outside, but it's time to get growing inside

Brandon Twp.- While it's not quite warm enough to plant your garden outside, you can get a head start inside. "Now is the time to start plants from seeds," said Kurt Batschke, annuals retail manager at Wojo's Greenhouse, 2570 Oakwood Road....more >>


First recreation DNR grant application in six years

Brandon Twp.- For the first time since 2008, the township board has approved application for a DNR recreation grant. Recreation Director Fred Waybrant applied for the Department of Natural Resources Recreation Passport Grant this past week, hoping to receive $45,000 in funds, which the township would match with a $25,000 grant already received from the Enbridge Stewardship Program, as well as in-kind service donations in the amount of $7,200 from Northern Pines Landscaping....more >>


Never too late to run, or too early

9 a.m., May 10, Bookin' it for Your Library 5K/Run Walk

Every day at 2 a.m., LaVon Gula wakes up and goes down to her basement to lift weights and do aerobics. Then at 3 a.m., she goes outside to run 2-3 miles. She used to run four miles daily, but this winter has been hard and she missed a couple days....more >>


Brandon:'Cindy was a natural born teacher'

On Tuesday, April 1, Cindy Locey was at work in the Brandon School District, doing what she loved— teaching reading to students at Harvey Swanson Elementary. That evening, her students, the community and her family and friends suffered the loss of a child advocate amd dedicated wife and mother when Locey died at Genesys Regional Medical Center after battling a long illness....more >>
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Yellow Dog Marketplace: Antiques, vintage

Goodrich-For more than 30 years Marla Millar has been an inspired interior designer—reflecting a multitude of diverse tastes and styles. On April 1 Millar's three decades of expertise became available at Yellow Dog Marketplace, 7285 State Road....more >>


Baby pulls ultimate April Fools prank

No one believed Jill and Nick Scaramuzzino when they called family members to tell them Jill was in labor on April Fool's Day, but the real surprise was still to come. "The delivery went really fast, our heads were spinning, then the doctor caught her with a towel and she's on my chest, and I'm like, 'Wait a minute, I think it's a girl,'" recalls Jill....more >>


Do it for Shane

An area family is working to help prevent a childhood killer. Shane Michael Holton, 21, a 2011 Goodrich High School graduate, was found dead inside his barracks room on Nov.14, 2013 at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska....more >>


Township board denies extended hours for Enbridge

Brandon Twp.- Enbridge Energy will not be permitted to extend the construction hours for their planned petroleum pump station in the township. Additionally, the township plans police enforcement if necessary to prevent the multi-billion dollar company from violating the township ordinance which allows construction work only between the hours of 7 a....more >>
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Arm wrestling contest draws crowd

An arm wrestling contest at Buckshots Bar and Grill in Clarkston was packed with competitors and fans last Saturday. Attendees came from near and far for the Third Annual East Michigan Armwrestling Championship contest....more >>
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Walk to help neighbor with rare disease

A Clarkston resident is hoping to raise money to fund research to help her son, Cameron, and about 60 others across the nation afflicted with a very rare genetic malfunction. Belinda Belcher, whose son is diagnosed with Ring 14, is planning a neighborhood walk in Clarkston on May 4....more >>
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Looking for a sign

Kevin Goebel and a few of his coworkers recently received a ticket for violating the two hour parking rule in downtown Clarkston. "Where is the sign that tells me I can't park here," asked Goebel....more >>
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New show to feature local sparkle

When Clarkstonites talk about what they love to do, their eyes sparkle. That's the spark Karey Bessett and Alan Partington want for the new Clarkston Spark show, joining Clarkston TV online, April 9....more >>
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More movement with Tai Chi

NovaCare Rehabilitation in Clarkston is offering free Tai Chi classes to the community beginning on Monday through May 19. The gentle and slow movements from the exercise has many benefits including reducing stress and feeling relaxed; increasing balance and coordination; helping with range of motion and flexibility; and improving overall mind, body and spirit; improve memory and concentration....more >>
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Actor overcomes injuries to return to stage

For Vincent Rutley of Clarkston, a traffic accident on I-75 in 2011 broke his back but not his spirit. "Rehabilitation is going great," said Rutley, 29. "A lot of work on my core that's the hardest to get back....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Book battle

From left, the Guys with Glasses team members Aidan Hepler, Kyle Crockett, Ryan Kisser, Tyler Crockett, and Brendan Collica hold the trophy they won in the Battle of the Books between Bailey Lake and Clarkston elementary schools....more >>
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Author explores stories 'Behind the Mask'

Three years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Lavonne Upton continues to struggle with symptoms like tremors and fatigue, but she hasn't let the neuromuscular disease slow her down too much....more >>
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Young writers honored

Clarkston Optimists honored top writers in their International Essay Contest. The Clarkston High School students wrote about "How dreams lead to success," and read them to the Optimists, family, and friends at their March 19 breakfast meeting....more >>
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Party for pups

Friends and family of two or four legs gathered to celebrate the birthday of Mollie Ann and Muldoon, March 2, at a party at Canine Resolution in Waterford. Organized by their owner, Cindy Matusko of Clarkston, the Irish terriers collected donations for the Humane Society and TEAR Foundation, The Emergency Animal Relief, instead of gifts....more >>
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Medical mission for Clarkston doctor

"We knew it was cancer," that is what Clarkston physician Maria Livieratos said of one woman who came to see a team of doctors visiting Guatemala on a medical mission trip in March....more >>
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Walk and Roll for SCAMP

Clarkston Junior High Leadership students chose SCAMP as their charity of choice for Charity Week activities at the school and earned $125 to donate to the Walk & Roll for SCAMP. The annuual fund-raiser walk is on Sunday, May 4....more >>
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Imagination teams earn honors

Clarkston teams brought their creativity, ingenuity and tenacity to the Region 1 Destination Imagination tournament at Waterford Mott High School, March 1. Three Clarkston Creativity Crew Destination ImagiNation teams also advanced to the Affiliate Finals competition in Mount Pleasant, April 5....more >>

News Briefs


Independence Township approved a bid from Zambelli Fireworks of Pennsylvania for $12,000 in fireworks for the July 4 celebration. A rain date for the show is July 5. In a letter to the township, Zambelli said the company hosts many events from the Times Square New Years Eve Celebration in New York, Kentucky Derby and numerous city and fire department events across the country....more >>

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "City stop sign will stay put" A dozen residents living on Miller and Glenburnie Streets told the Clarkston Police Chief to STOP - as in stop the request to have the stop signs removed from the intersection....more >>
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1961: The Soviets launch Sputnik V, the heaviest satellite to date at 7.1 tons.
1968: U.S. troops divide Viet Cong at Hue while the Saigon government claims they will arm loyal citizens.
1971: Two Apollo 14 astronauts walk on the moon.
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