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LO's future pitmaster named BBQ Person of the Year

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Lake Orion smelled and savored his nationally acclaimed meats last weekend at the Flower and Art Fair, slow cooked to perfection. National champion pitmaster Steve "Bubba" Coddington dished out 125 slabs of ribs and 60 lbs....more >>
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Oxford biz using tech to shrink Detroit icon

Soon, the famous Spirit of Detroit statue will only be a few inches tall and folks will be able to hold this iconic symbol of the Motor City in the palms of their hands. Don't worry, some mad scientist hasn't invented a shrink ray at least not yet....more >>
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Heavenly Paws finds homes at Flower and Art Fair

Allie Wray, two years old of Oxford, looks deep into Winston's eyes at the Lake Orion Flower and Art Fair May 9 and 10. If it were up to her, Winston would be the newest Wray family member, but unfortunately Allie's allergies got the best of her....more >>
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OHS student wins state shoot, hunting for spot in Olympics

A shotgun is typically used to put wild game on the dinner table, but in Nathan Eisenhardt's case, it helped him bag a gold medal. The Oxford High School sophomore took first place at the Michigan Junior Olympic (JO) Scholastic Clay Target Program State Shoot held May 3 at the North Macomb Sportsmen's Club in Washington Township....more >>

GFWC Lake Orion is Club of the Year

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The General Federation of Women's Clubs Lake Orion (GFWC) was recently named Club of the Year out of the 50 clubs in the state of Michigan. Lake Orion officers announced the GFWC Lake Orion's achievement, and named the Club Woman of the Year, at their meeting May 10 in the Gaelic Room of the King's Court Castle at Canterbury Village....more >>

OXFD looks to beef-up paid-on-call ranks

The Oxford Fire Department is suffering from a shortage of paid-on-call personnel and Chief Pete Scholz is turning to the community for help. "They're dropping like flies," said Scholz, noting he lost one paid-on-call staffer last week because the gentleman is moving out of the community....more >>

Builders Custom Flooring stays downtown

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Lake Orion's Builders Custom Flooring has moved to a bigger location, but not too far away. The company moved seven doors down to their new location, 11 South Broadway Street....more >>
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Youth Assistance honors 36 kids for making the community a better place

Thirty-six students ranging from elementary age to high schoolers were honored May 8 for their positive contributions to the community and helpfulness to others during the Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance (OAYA) Annual Youth Recognition Ceremony held in the middle school commons....more >>

Fourth Forensics State Champion in LOHS History

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer After a successful season, five members of the LOHS Forensics team, Shayda Soraya, Elizabeth Boss, Josh Johr, Charlie Ross and alternate Owen Woityra, headed to Western Michigan University to compete in the state championships....more >>
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Mighty morel hunter shares tips

Brian Duerden is a pretty modest guy, so he'd never call himself an expert when it comes to hunting morel mushrooms. But given he typically finds between 400 and 500 of the gourmet delights in a season, it's safe to label him a morel master....more >>

Students recognized for above and beyond service

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Some of the best in Lake Orion schools were honored on May 1, as 33 middle school and high school students were recognized for their excessive involvement in the community....more >>
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Kalohn to compete for Miss Michigan Teen USA crown

Could there be a crown in Emily Kalohn's future? The 18-year-old Oxford resident sure hopes so. Kalohn is preparing to compete in the Miss Michigan Teen USA pageant to be held in Port Huron Sept....more >>
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Postal food drive big success for FISH

A total of 25,050 pounds of food was collected Saturday for the Oxford-Orion FISH pantry during the National Association of Letter Carriers 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive....more >>

Faithworks builds home addition to serve local boy

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Robertson family had fostered a child before, but when a placement agency approached them with two-and-a-half year old Levi, they didn't know what to expect....more >>
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Club celebrates National Astronomy Day in Centennial Park

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor A group of folks spent Saturday afternoon gazing at the sun in downtown Oxford's Centennial Park. But it wasn't some sun-worshipping cult, it was a group of amateur astronomers....more >>

Crash knocks power out to portions of Lake Orion

Power was knocked out to portions of Lake Orion on Monday following a three-car accident on M-24 and Elizabeth Street in the village of Lake Orion. According to police Chief Jerry Narsh, the accident happened about noon....more >>

Business owner is thanked for service to veterans

VFW Post 334 recently honored Diane Simjanoski, owner of Cambridge Cleaners, in Lake Orion for her service and generosity to veterans. Diane, her adopted name, was born Dragica Djordjvic in Macedonia, a south European country....more >>

Lake Orion boys win OAA Red championship

The Lake Orion boys track team had its collective backs against the wall last week in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division championships. Clarkston had built up a substantial lead through its strong showings in the field events....more >>

Briefs

Twp. collecting metals, white goods Oxford Township will conduct its annual metals and white goods collection on Saturday, May 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Stony Lake Township Park....more >>

OAC awards Joan Brace Scholarship

Congratulations to five area high school seniors, given $500 each as part of the Orion Art Center's annual Joan Brace Scholarship Awards Thursday May 8. Jennifer Whaley of Stoney Creek High School received the top honor, the Joan Brace Award, for her detailed drawing titled 'Fight the Good Fight....more >>

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Historical Society to host a WWII Liberator

Their division earned the nickname, "Liberators," and during the last days of WWII they freed some 200,000 Allied prisoners of war from German prison camps. Included were approximately 20,000 American soldiers, sailors, and airmen, as well as an estimated 40,000 troops from the UK and Commonwealth....more >>

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Teacher gets one-year suspension for video

Goodrich- On May 8 the school district reached closure with fourth grade teacher Nicole McVey following an incident that occured in her classroom last November. Terms of the settlement include a one-year suspension without pay or benefits, along with remedial training for McVey focused on classroom relationships and handling of student information....more >>

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Teacher of the year nominees

Brandon Twp.- From kindergarten to physics, the district's three choices for Teacher of the Year are at the top of their class. Amy Poole, a kindergarten teacher at Oakwood Elementary, Dave Green, a Brandon Middle School science teacher, and Lesley Hildebrand, a science teacher at Brandon High School, were nominated for the 2013-2014 Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards, which were to be announced on May 8....more >>

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'Never a problem, until Enbridge'

Brandon Twp.- A 100-year rain is defined as a weather event so severe it can be expected to happen no more than once in 100 years on average. Salli Petherbridge wonders if that is what happened this past Monday, when torrential downpours flooded Sarah's Way and prevented her and neighbors from using their road....more >>

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Ortonville man identified following fatal I-75 crash

Michigan State Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash in northern Oakland County. At approximately 5:30 p.m., May 6, a vehicle driven by a 49-year-old Ortonville man traveling southbound on I-75 near East Holly Road in Springfield Township was struck by a tire that came off a pickup truck heading in the northbound lanes....more >>

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'Avenue of Flags' still flying high after three decades

On Memorial Day 1981 Marilyn Featherston was visiting a cemetery in Kansas City, Kan. that displayed large wool flags presented to the families of veterans when they died. "It was the most beautiful sight that I had ever seen," recalls Featherston....more >>

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'How often do you get chased by an elephant?'

The feel of an elephant, tasty kudu, climbing a mountain and seeing a jail where Nelso Mandela was imprisoned are just some of the experiences Noah Cox had during a trip to South Africa last fall with his family....more >>

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Townships to discuss new livestock, farming guidelines

Forty years ago the number of chickens allowed per acre in Brandon Township would more than likely not have been an issue. Not today. "Right now it's one chicken for two- and-a-half acres of property for land owners in Brandon Township—that may increase to about 15 birds for the same area," said Bill Dinnan, Brandon Township building and planning director....more >>

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Woman assaulted in Brandon

Brandon Twp.- An 18-year-old woman reported she was sexually assaulted in the township. Oakland County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the township substation at 7:34 p.m., May 4 to meet with the woman, an Oxford Township resident....more >>

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Elsworth takes run at NFL

This month Kyler Elsworth will have made two life-changing walks. First, he joined a few thousand classmates and received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. The euphoria will certainly continue this weekend when the Goodrich Martian turned MSU Spartan will walk into an NFL training camp....more >>

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Ortonville DDA updates long-term plans

Ortonville- A public hearing on amending the Downtown Development Authority's tax increment financing plan will be at 6:30 p.m., May 27, at the township offices, 395 Mill St. The hearing will be held just prior to the regular village council meeting....more >>

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Consumers Energy final phase

Brandon Twp.- Consumers Energy will make a decision by the end of this month on which roads to release in the final phase of a gas main extension project in the township. Township Supervisor Kathy Thurman announced at the board meeting Monday night that the public utility has received 351 returned applications for gas service in the phase 3 area, short by about 75 applications for the 50 percent participation needed for full release of the project....more >>

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Pontiac men sentenced in armed robbery in Brandon

Three men have been sentenced in an armed robbery in which they held a man and woman at gunpoint in Brandon Township last September. Eddie Ruben Almodovar, 23, Rafael Angel Cordero, 19, and Darius Leon Jarman, 20, all of Pontiac, had their cases heard by Oakland County 6th Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris....more >>

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Search begins for Goodrich superintendent

Goodrich-In a special meeting on Monday night, the school board voted 5-0 to retain the services of Michigan Leadership Institute to begin the search for a new superintendent following the resignation of Scott Bogner last week....more >>

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Brandon Education Center garage sale

Brandon Twp.- Garage sale signs are popping up like flowers this spring and soon one will be in front of the Brandon Education Center. The first annual BEC garage sale is planned for 2:30 p....more >>

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Chain Reaction: Disc golf popularity soars

Groveland Twp.- Paul Holstein has played disc golf in a foot of snow and in pouring rain, but on May 10, he played in near ideal conditions. Under clear blue skies, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, as the sun shone down, Holstein took aim off the first tee at Holly Woods Disc Golf Course and threw a Frisbee that sailed through the air and curved around trees, his goal a basket 335 feet away....more >>
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Prescription drug abuse crisis even in Clarkston

Part 1 of a series on prescription drug abuse Joe used to be happy, until a few years ago when everything in his life changed after a friend handed him a pill. Joe (not his real name) is a Clarkston-area lawyer, a white collar worker, not the kind of person you would think of as a drug addict....more >>

Zoning meeting delayed again

A planning commission hearing to discuss zoning change of 148 N. Main was postponed again.
The meeting to discuss the property was scheduled, but postponed on two separate occasions and is now scheduled for Monday, May 19 at 7 p.
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Vote to determine library's future

On Aug. 5, voters will decide if the Clarkston-Independence library stays open or closes. When voters take to the polls they will vote on a requested 1.25 millage which breaks down to $1....more >>
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Fun in the park

Families filled Clintonwood Park, May 10, for the Ryan Kennedy Kids Day in the Park.
They enjoyed games and competitions, Kids Only Garage Sale, and activities to benefit Friends of Ryan Kennedy.
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Gathered together

Believers from churches all over the area gathered at Fountains Golf and Banquet, May 1, for the Clarkston Area National Day of Prayer Breakfast. They joined prayer gatherings all over the country during the annual event....more >>
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Seeing signs

Tom Lowe installs  parking signs at The Clarkston News parking lot on the corner of Washington and Main streets. The newly installed signs inform drivers the lot is private, and parking is by permit only 8 a....more >>
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Walk and Roll

Chilly weather, May 4, did not stop visitors from attending Clarkston SCAMP’s largest fundraiser, Walk and Roll.
Up to one quarter of the money raised to support SCAMP is raised during the Walk & Roll.
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Service project to save the Earth

About 130 young teenagers filled downtown Clarkston last week on a mission to save the Earth.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not,” a quote by Dr.
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Good food for good causes

"We provide all the food , all the labor and all the clean up," said Kevin McCort, agent at Real Estate One in Clarkston, which donated all the food for the barbeque lunch at their office in downtown Clarkston....more >>
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75 years of budding beauty with Bordines's

Bordine’s, the largest family owned grower and retail garden center in Michigan, is celebrating 75 years of delighting customers with Bordine grown plants.
Many things have changed since 1939, but the seeds Darrell and Marion Bordine planted have grown and are still thriving.
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Welcome

MBA hosted a grand opening celebration on May 1 to welcome the community and business leaders to their new location on Sashabaw Road. MBA specializes in anything real estate sales related....more >>
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Car clinic for scouts

Local Girl Scouts learned about driver safety and car care techniques, May 3, at John Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston.
The free class, which is planned to be offered monthly, included which cars are the safest to drive for this area, rear wheel drive vs FWD vs AWD, driving on snow, ice, and rain, tires, driving tips, and how to handle driving hazards and/or breakdowns.
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Community art

Artwork by Clarkston students are on display throughout downtown Clarkston this month. The third annual Community Art Connection, organized by Clarkston Community Schools and Clarkston Area Optimist Club, features paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other artwork by students from the Early Child Center, elementary schools, mddle school and junior high....more >>

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News in Brief

M-15 road work

Construction on M-15 to start this week.
The $4.1 million project will resurfacec about 8.6 miles of M-15, from Wolf Road in Ortonville to Dixie Highway in Independence Township.
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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999
“Schools add sports, come under fire from band boosters, Clarkston Chiefs” To fund or not to fund - that was the question of the hour as the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education meeting.
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Born July 30th
1889: Casey Stengel, New York Yankees manager.
1898: Henry Moore, English sculptor.
1909: C. Northcote Parkinson, historian and author.
1924: William H. Gass, writer (Omensetter's Luck).
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1940: A bombing lull ends the first phase of the Battle of Britain.
1960: Over 60,000 Buddhists march in protest against the Diem government in South Vietnam.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law.
1967: General William Westmoreland claims that he is winning the war in Vietnam, but needs more men.
1975: Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan.