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Straight line wind storm ravages Lake Orion

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer It was dubbed the Evergreen Storm. When 36,000 customers of DTE Energy in Oakland County were still left without power as of Monday, April 14, one gas-fueled noise was apparent as drivers pushed through extra traffic: chainsaws chewing through logs left in yards and in some cases on local roads from the day before....more >>
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Cantankerous old publisher gets roasted

Event insulting Sherman raises $7,000-plus for Rotary Club scholarships

"I'm afraid I've known Big Jim for over 50 years . . . and it's finally time to give him some grief publicly." That was how Roastmaster Tom Offer kicked off the Rotary Club of Oxford's Roast of James A....more >>


Perry Road closed due to flood

GCRC: Repairs continue to replace culvert

Atlas Twp.- Dorothy Gresock could watch the water rising from her home. "It's normally just a big water hole that fills up in the spring when the snow melts, then drains under Perry Road and flows to the north," said Gresock, 76, who has lived with her husband in their township home about a mile east of Atlas for eight years....more >>

Community on Lake Orion may pay for invasive weed treatment

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Over the past couple years the Lake Orion Lake Association (LOLA) has kept a watchful eye on the growing green globs floating around Lake Orion, with extra eyes on two invasive species in particular: starry stonewort and Eurasian milfoil....more >>
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High winds, hail and no power, oh my!

A powerful storm containing high winds and hail blew through the Oxford area Saturday night, knocking down trees and power lines. Meterologist Dan Thompson, who works at the National Weather Service office in White Lake, reported wind gusts were "mostly in the 60-to-70-mile-an-hour range....more >>

Emergency preparedness training helps businesses

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer On Tuesday, April 15, representatives from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department and Orion Township Fire Department delivered a free presentation on workplace emergency preparedness training in the home, in business, and in the community....more >>
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Twp. approves ballot language for $20M community center

Ballot language asking voters to support the construction and operation of a community center in Oxford was approved last week 7-0 by the township board. When voters trek to the polls for the Aug....more >>

If you build it, they will come: Orion's new playgrounds

Special Guest Column By Chris Barnett We've all heard about best-laid plans. For a project from start to finish that was laden with curiosity and weather delays, it could not have ended better....more >>

Potential water, sewer rate hikes subject of April 22 meeting

The average residential water/sewer bill for Oxford Village customers could be increasing by as much as 50 percent, according to Manager Joe Young. Village water and sewer customers are invited to learn why, provide input and voice their opinions at a special 6:30 p....more >>

Spring is here and there is plenty to do at the Orion Center

Spring has sprung into full bloom at the Orion Center! We are pleased to announce our much awaited Health and Wellness partnership with Beaumont Hospital. Programming includes training and presentations on a wide variety of health topics geared for seniors....more >>
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OCTV: New channel, new equipment, new attitude

Oxford Community Television (OCTV) has a new channel, some top-notch new equipment and a new attitude that invites viewers to not only watch shows, but become part of them by working both ends of the camera....more >>

Twp. kicks in $425K from reserves for fire station addition

Thanks to a series of money-moving motions approved by the Oxford Township Board last week, residents won't be asked to increase their tax burden in order to add living space to Oxford Fire Station #1....more >>

Council authorizes attorney to draft ballot language for dispatch millage

After an hour's worth of discussion, the Oxford Village Council last week voted 3-2 to authorize attorney Bob Davis to draft ballot language for a millage question pertaining to dispatch services for the November election....more >>

Village property loses a bidder, gains a tax exemption district

Two new developments have occurred regarding the fate of the 98 S. Glaspie St. property owned by Oxford Village. Last week, the village council voted 3-2 to create an industrial facilities tax (IFT) exemption district for the site and Raven Engineering, Inc....more >>

Proposed village budget contains no tax increase, 1 percent pay raises

Council must find way to pay for two major road projects totalling $820K

Oxford Village residents should be pleased to learn the municipality's proposed 2014-15 budget contains no property tax increase. In the budget he submitted to council last week, village Manager Joe Young proposed keeping the tax rate at 10....more >>
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Snow record is broken now go away!

Only in Michigan can the temperature exceed 70 degrees on Sunday and by Tuesday morning, there's snow on the ground. Spring may be officially here according to the calendar, but Old Man Winter got in one last lick as he dumped about 2-3 inches of snow on the Oxford area beginning Monday night and into Tuesday morning....more >>
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Holiday's time to spend with family

By Hal Neiman

In the 50's and 60's life was not harder than today, but it was different. Work on a farm included everyone in the family. "Skipping school" had a very different meaning and you "skipped" to plow fields, plant crops, or stay by Bessie's side as she was about to birth so you could help if needed....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 >>
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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 >>
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Wildlife feel winter's sting

The record cold temperatures, deep snow seemingly daily near blizzard conditions for the past five months in southeastern Michigan has impacted just about everyone, including wildlife....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 >>


CreekFest, fireworks combine

Fundraisers set for Ortonville four day June event

Ortonville- Despite snow this week, spring is here and on the horizon is summer and annual area events that accompany the season of sun and fun. Two of those events— CreekFest and the fireworks show— will be joined together this year....more >>
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U-pick: Middleton Berry Farm tradition continues

Brandon Twp.- After 30 years, Bill and Barb Middleton have sold their berry farm, but the u-pick tradition in the community will continue with a new family. Carrie and Stacy Janiga, sisters, have purchased the Middleton Berry Farm with the support of their parents, Edwin and Elizabeth Janiga, and they will carry on farming the 40-acre property located on Oakwood Road near Hurd Road....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 >>


Rummage sale help needed

Sale OCEF's biggest fundraiser

Brandon Twp.- Green grass and flowers aren't the only things that sprout in spring— yard sale and garage sale signs also begin popping up at this time of year. While the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund Rummage Sale is still months away, planned for Sept....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 >>


Township flips rule on employees and handguns

Groveland Twp.- The township board of trustees voted 5-0 on Monday night to change a line in the employee handbook that prohibited carrying a weapon to work. The rule was changed after a voter walked into an election poll carrying an exposed handgun in 2013....more >>


Groveland Township road projects announced for 2014

Groveland Twp.-The board of trustees moved forward on Monday night with two road improvement projects. The board OK'd the graveling of 3.29 miles of Jossman Road north of Grange Hall 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 >>


GHS grad involved in study of intelligence analysis

Playing video games isn't always touted as a productive use of one's time, but the game play of one Goodrich High School graduate may contribute to intelligence analysis training that assists in matters of national security....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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Front page

Kudos to Big Jim

Greg Kudela, Oxford Rotary president, presents proclamations and honors to Jim Sherman Sr. during Saturday's roast of the longtime community journalist. Please see page 26 for more pictures....more >>

Spring wind storm knocks out power to thousands

High winds knocked out power and trees throughout the Clarkston and surrounding areas, Saturday night. Joe Clark, meteorologist at the National Weather Service In White Lake, said many areas in Oakland County experienced widespread winds up to 70 miles an hour with recorded gusts in Clarkston reaching 65 miles per hour....more >>

Plan to patch potholes

After a brutal winter, residents are now facing potholes galore down Main Street, Parview Drive and other neighborhood roads. To fix the potholes, Road Commission for Oakland County's plan includes hiring and retaining workers until May, and hiring an independent contractor specializing in pothole repair....more >>
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Daughter lives on in mother's memory

For Shirley Hockey of Clarkston, her children Parry and Monica Hockey will always remain in her heart. Every season, birthday, and other milestones, she decorates their graves with flowers and momentos....more >>
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Springtime goodwill in downtown Clarkston

Clarkston's Knights of Columbus volunteers took to the streets to raise money for several local charities....more >>
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Salute to Jim Sherman Sr.

Friends and family from throughout north Oakland County gathered, April 12, at Boulder Pointe in Oxford to honor an icon in local news, Jim Sherman Sr., founder of Sherman Publications and retired publisher of The Clarkston News....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Time for outdoors

Folks are out and about on Main Street in downtown Clarkston, as spring rolls into town. Ian Arnold visited downtown Clarkston to share his musical talents with townsfolk and visitors....more >>
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Top speakers

Kyle Martens and Alexander Gavulic will represent Clarkston in the Optimists Oratorical Regionals Contest, May 3. The Clarkston High School students were honored along with other top boys and girls finishers in the speech contest at the April 2 Clarkston Optimists meeting....more >>
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Spring weather lets the dogs out

Spring means our four-footed friends are able enjoy the outdoors more, too, as their owners take them out for outdoor strolls free of snow and ice....more >>

Imagination team

Noah Zabinski, Jacob Campbell, Zack Scherler, second grade teacher Nicole Uhazie, Kate Meyer, Eva Bousho (not pictured, Izzy Mockridge) from North Sashabaw Elementary participated in Destination Imagination this year....more >>
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Spring back to local parks

Despite the hail and high winds of the past week and snowy forecasts this week, spring took a hold in Clarkston....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Public hearing on 148 N. Main A public hearing on a petition to rezone 148 N. Main Street is rescheduled for April 21, 7 p.m., at City Hall. The request is to rezone the property from R-1 to Village Commercial, along with Special Land Use....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Waldon-Main purchase a possibility for Land Conservancy?" The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy was hoping the second time was the charm. After falling short in its first attempt, the group was looking into purchasing the land at the corner of Main Street and Waldon Road....more >>
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1943: Sir Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt meet at Tehran, Iran, to hammer out war aims.
1944: The first shipment of supplies reach Antwerp by convoy, a new route for the Allies.
1948: Dr. Edwin Land's first Polaroid cameras go on sale in Boston.
1950: In Korea, 200,000 Communist troops launch attack on UN forces. To the Yalu and back
1961: Ernie Davis becomes the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.