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Two LOHS teachers save student from drowning

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Lake Orion High School teachers Derek Delzer and Dave Whitaker had never performed CPR on a human being until Thursday, April 24 on the pool floor....more >>
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A prom of their own

Pure joy. That's the most accurate way to describe the prom held for Oxford's special education students and members of the LOFT program Saturday evening at Merge Studio and Gallery located at 33 Pleasant St....more >>

Chief Leach retires after 55 years of midnights and memories with LOPD

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Even after he puts away his uniform— for the second time— Jim Leach will forever be known as "Chief" to the Lake Orion Police Department. Leach "retired from it all" on Wednesday, April 30, after his midnight shift, not to be confused with his previous retirement April 30, 2001....more >>

Village wants loan, but twp. says it can't legally give it

It appears funding the fix for pothole hill has hit another roadblock a legal roadblock. Last week, the Oxford Village Council voted 3-2 to authorize Manager Joe Young to enter into preliminary negotiations with the township to borrow up to $500,000 for five years in order to reconstruct the badly-deteriorated, pothole-ridden stretch of W....more >>

Clerk Shults celebrates 25 years with Orion Township

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Penny Shults was paid $6 a day in gas money to take a job placement course at the CERC building more than two decades ago, ultimately leading to her 25-year career with the township....more >>
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OHS auto students are state champs!

For the second straight year, students from Oxford High School's automotive program have won a state championship and secured a spot in the national competition in June. Last week, OHS seniors Mike Smith and Alan LaBarge won the state finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition held at the Macomb Community College Expo Center in Warren....more >>

Lake Orion receives top awards for educational programs

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Lake Orion Schools proved their educational programs are among the best in Oakland County for the second year in a row. The district claimed two of the top three awards for the Excellence in Education Awards Recognition Program on Thursday, April 24....more >>
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Turning jeans into shoes, hope for African kids

To many folks, an old pair of jeans is something to wear while doing yardwork or donate to charity. But at Christ the King Church in Oxford Township, an old pair of jeans took on a whole new and much deeper meaning on Sunday....more >>

Lake Orion thanks Oxford for storm assistance

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Police Department awarded several certificates of appreciation to officers of the Oxford Police Department Monday night at the Lake Orion village council meeting....more >>
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Church blesses quilts for mothers-to-be

Twenty quilts that will be given to women with unplanned pregnancies in the hopes they will choose to either keep their babies or put them up for adoption were blessed Sunday morning at the Oxford Free Methodist Church....more >>

World Beer Cup awards 51 North gold for English brown

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For the next two years, 51 North Brewery will be known as having the best English-style brown ale in the world. In April, owner Don Ginhardt sent beer czar and 51 North's brewer Adam Beratta to Denver for the 2014 Beer World Cup held every two years....more >>

Meager public turnout for water/sewer rate presentation

Only four people showed up to a special April 22 Oxford Village Council meeting meant to garner public input on a proposed water/sewer rate structure that, if approved, would significantly increase monthly bills based on meter size and actual usage....more >>

Addison Twp. approves specs for RFP and bid process

After looking over the scope of the RFP (Request for Proposal) as it relates to refurbishing the current township hall or building a new one, Addison Township Board approved the specs as well as authorized the clerk to advertise for bids from architectural firms on a 6-0 vote at the April 21 regular board meeting....more >>

LO tennis team is welcoming challenges

The Lake Orion girls tennis team has found some early success and is hoping for more in the 2014 season. With eight starters returning, the Dragons are seeking to improve. Two of the top teams in the OAA White Division have moved to the Red Division this season, which bodes well for LO....more >>

World Beer Cup awards 51 North gold for English brown

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For the next two years, 51 North Brewery will be known as having the best English-style brown ale in the world. In April, owner Don Ginhardt sent beer czar and 51 North's brewer Adam Beratta to Denver for the 2014 Beer World Cup held every two years....more >>

Highly ranked Lake Orion softball team keeps winning

The Lake Orion softball team won a pair of games on Monday at home against Troy Athens by identical scores of 10-0. The wins vaulted the lady Dragons to a 9-2 record. They are ranked fourth in the state in Division 1, the best ranking of any Oakland County team....more >>

Turning trash to treasure at Orion Art Center

The Re-Create Recycled Show at the Orion Art Center drew a large crowd Wednesday night, all hoping to get a first look at the natured-themed exhibit. Artists turned trash into treasure in the popular show which is sponsored by Waste Management....more >>


OCTV now showing on Channel 191 If you're a subscriber to the Charter cable television service and you're looking for Oxford Community Television (OCTV), flip to Channel 191. Originally, it was reported the new channel would be 189, but station officials told the Leader that Charter provided them with the wrong information....more >>

If you build it, they will come: Let them play

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. On a 60-ish degree glorious day last Saturday, we cut the ribbon and opened our new, much anticipated play structure, Dragons Den....more >>
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'I came back to Boston to prove America will not give up'

When Justin Walker lined up at the starting line of the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday, it wasn't an entirely new experience. He was about to mark his fifth running of the world's most famous race, and his 61st open marathon overall....more >>
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The face of autism

'It was devastating, but even the worst day is better than any day before we had him.'

Laten Terry, 3, sits quietly in a chair, scribbling on a piece of paper. Suddenly, he is up and pushing a swing, then moves quickly to pick up a pen, which he trades for chips before climbing into a play tunnel....more >>


Superintendent contract OK'd

Divided board inks deal 4-3 for Dr. Matthew Outlaw

Brandon Twp.- The school board approved at their April 21 meeting a 3-year superintendent contract for Dr. Matthew Outlaw. While the board was unanimous in their selection last month of Outlaw as the new superintendent, they were split on his contract....more >>


Superintendent retires

After two years, Goodrich school leader steps down

Goodrich-After serving 30 years in public education in the State of Michigan, including Goodrich Area Schools, Superintendent Scott Bogner has announced his retirement from the district at the end of the current school year June 30....more >>


It's sew fun—OUMC Quilt Show

Ortonville- It was in the late '90s that Alice Gajewski's husband, Sylvester, saw a special sign outside of the Ortonville United Methodist Church. The sign was for a quilt show. He drove home and brought his wife, new to the quilting hobby, back to the church....more >>


Brandon to request 4.25 mills for police coverage

Brandon Twp.- Voters will be asked to approve 4.25 mills for police services, an increase of a quarter mill over what voters have approved in years past. During a special workshop April 28, the township board approved by a 6-1 vote police millage ballot language for the August primary....more >>


Flags set for township veterans

Atlas Twp.-About 150 area armed forces men and women will receive a much deserved honor this Memorial Day. On March 6, township officials first proposed at a 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 >>


'And they're off'—local to help crown Derby winner

The Kentucky Derby has been run 139 times. And since 1936, the Kentucky National Guard been assisting with the annual Run for the Roses. This year a local will be a part of the May event....more >>


Fuel costs prompts hike in assessment

Atlas Twp.-The township board of trustees voted 6-0 to OK a special assessment for $114 for improved lots for a total of $254,676. Garbage collection and recycling from all occupied properties in the township....more >>


Former BMS principal joins elite at Boston Marathon

A city rolled into one big fist. That's how Boston Marathoner Bill Snyder described Boston after completing his 26th consecutive 26.2 mile race there on April 21. Snyder, an educator for 45 years and Brandon Middle School principal for 15 years prior to his retirement in 2012, joined 52 official participants that have completed 25 or more consecutive Boston Marathons....more >>


Board OKs township's second tornado siren

Atlas Twp.- Can you hear me now? Area residents may soon get notification of inclement weather just a little louder and clearer following the Monday night township meeting. The board of trustees OK'd $13,000 for the purchase of an additional tornado siren....more >>


New BFIS sewer system to cost $150K

Brandon Twp.- Declining enrollment has plagued the district for several years now, but as the school board enters the final weeks of planning next year's budget, a new challenge looms— the lack of a sinking fund....more >>


A slice of heaven—GUMC pie-palooza

Goodrich- Apple pie. Blueberry pie. Boston cream pie. Chocolate pie. Coconut cream pie. Chicken pot pie. Ice cream pie. All these pies and more, in all 102 pies and quiches and even cheesecake, will be found at the 12th annual silent pie auction, planned for 6 p....more >>


Goodrich Cemetery seeks assistance

On May 26, 1850, Nathaniel Fairchild, 54, became the first person buried in the Goodrich Cemetery. The cause of death was lockjaw and blood poisoning caused by a horseshoe nail in his hand....more >>


Ortonville Chamber—2014 Business Expo

Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Business Expo, set for 5-8 p.m., May 8, at the Brandon High School cafeteria, 1025 S. Ortonville Road. The public is invited to attend the family-friendly event sponsored by The Citizen newspaper and coordinated by the Greater Ortonville Area Chamber of Commerce....more >>


Little Caesars comes to town

Brandon Twp.-It's now Hot-N-Ready. On April 29 Little Caesars Pizza resturant celebrated a grand opening at 1764 S. Ortonville Road, at the corner of Glass and Ortonville roads. "Customers demand high standards for quality and service, and we're ready to exceed their expectations," said franchise co-owner John Foguth III....more >>

Buddy's Brick Oven Pizza

Goodrich-When it comes to pizza—it's all in the stone. Terry Cadarette, owner of Buddy's Brick Oven, 8341 S. State Road, assures the key to outstanding pizza starts at 600 degrees on a flat rock....more >>


Youth Recognition Night

'We have a great future in store for us'

Brandon Twp.-The message sent to young volunteers at the Annual Youth Recognition Night was "U Rock." Appreciative members of the community, including businesses, organizations, school administrators, librarians, senior citizens, hope the students received their thanks loud and clear....more >>


BMS PTO hosts Scrapbook Crop for Hands-on Science

Crafters, scrappers, and shoppers are needed to help spark the interests of some area students. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 3, the Brandon Middle School Parent Teacher Organization will host its first annual Spring Scrapbook Crop....more >>
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Feeling the beat

Kindergartener Colton Williams dances with his classmates to a mix of the "Cha-Cha Slide," "YMCA" and "Happy....more >>
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School board split after 4.5-hour meeting

Communications was a focus of Monday's school board meeting. Board Secretary Craig Hamilton introduced a motion near the end of an almost five-hour-long meeting, April 28, for the board president to direct Superintendent Dr....more >>
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Honored to serve

Part two of a series honoring Community Award winners... Outstanding members of the community will be honored at the 29th annual Clarkston Community Awards breakfast, Tuesday, May 13, including Kelly Fitzpatrick, 18....more >>

Contaminated soil at potential deli site

The site of a proposed deli and coffee shop has yet to be cleared of contamination from years of leaking underground gasoline tanks. Terri Golla, a geologist with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in charge of the case, said the owner of the property, Larry Trepek of GL Investments, has not complied with MDEQ orders to clean up the property in April 2013....more >>

Sewage leak into Spring Lake

Investigation continues into a sewer leak into Spring Lake, discovered April 24. "Someone dumped big rocks and sand into the sewage system," said Independence Township Department of Public Works Director Linda Richardson....more >>

Vandals damage Depot Park

Vandals struck Depot Park again and this time the damage was so bad a couple had to cancel their wedding in the gazebo last Friday. Clarkston City Manager Eberhardt informed city council members at their Monday meeting the vandalism, full of graphic and vulgar language, is etched into the gazebo with marker and paint....more >>

Time to fight Phragmites

kston News Staff Writer With warmer weather will soon come renewed growth by invasive species. Not if Oakland Phragmites and Invasive Species Task Force(OPIS) has anything to say about it....more >>
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Honors for kids

More than 100 Clarkston kids were honored at the Clarkston Area Youth Assistance Annual Awards Ceremony, April 23, at Clarkston United Methodist Church. "You represent the spirit and values of this organization," said James Tedder, keynote speaker....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Spring cleaning

Cub Scout Pack 499, parents, and Clarkston Rotarians filled a record-beating 76 bags of leaves and twigs at Depot Park, April 19. The previous record was 36 bags. The park clean-up is an annual event for the Cub Scouts and Rotary....more >>
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Tigers sing and dance

Students showed their skills during "We Go Together" Pine Knob Elementary's Talent Show on Friday. The audience tapped their feet as the performers danced, sang, and played their favorite music instruments to their favorite songs....more >>
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Labor of love

Volunteer Dan Wung stood on the corner of Main and Washington Streets for 12 hours in the pouring rain, collecting donations for the Clarkston Lions Club White Cane Sales fundraiser....more >>
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National honors for Team RUSH

Clarkston's Team RUSH earned national acclaim at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri....more >>
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Business students learn from Red Wings

Clarkston DECA chapter members were honored as they attended the Detroit Economic Club meeting, April 1. Members Kylie Johnson, Keegan Adams, Ryleigh McGregor, Amanda Wakefield, Amanda Hodges met with Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland and the CEO and President of the Red Wings Christopher Illitch, who answered questions regarding player retention, marketing, and management....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Publisher honored Retired Clarkston News Publisher James A. Sherman, Sr., was honored at the April 15 Independence Township Board meeting. Trustees passed a resolution honoring Sherman for his support and involvement in the community....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Clarkston reacts to Colorado shooting" The shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado reached a little too close to home for many Clarkston students and parents....more >>
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Born February 14th
1819: Christopher Latham Sholes, inventor of the first practical typewriter.
1845: Quinton Hogg, English philanthropist.
1859: George Washington Gale Ferris, inventor of the Ferris Wheel.
1894: Jack Benny, comedian, radio and television performer...and violinist.
1894: Mary Lucinda Cardwell Dawson, founded the National Negro Opera Company (NNOC) and was appointed to President John F. Kennedy's National Committee on Music.
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1779: American Loyalists are defeated by Patriots at Kettle Creek, Ga.
1797: The Spanish fleet is destroyed by the British under Admiral Jervis (with Nelson in support) at the battle of Cape St. Vincent, off Portugal.
1848: James Polk becomes the first U.S. President to be photographed in office by Matthew Brady.
1859: Oregon is admitted as the thirty-third state.
1870: Esther Morris becomes the world's first female justice of the peace.