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Township loses over $700k in investments

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Over the last year Orion Township has accumulated an unrealized loss of over $700,000 in investments according to the most recent audit reports received by the township....more >>
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It's a three-ring circus at OES!

In the old days, kids threatened to run away and join the circus. Now, the circus comes to them. The Livonia-based Cirque Amongus visited Oxford Elementary School May 16 and turned the student body into jugglers, acrobats, clowns, tightrope walkers, ringmasters and other Big Top performers....more >>

11 teacher layoffs approved to help lower deficit

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer To try and close a nearly $1.5 million deficit, Lake Orion Community Schools is squeezing what they can from four different avenues. Step one: layoffs The school board approved 11 teacher layoffs Wednesday, May 14 at the all day board workshop....more >>

Village site eyed for deaf housing project

A unique residential community – something that would be the first of its kind in Michigan – could be what the future holds in store for the property at 98 S. Glaspie St. owned by Oxford Village....more >>

Trash talk: Twp. considers waste hauler consolidation

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer To some residents, Orion Township's subdivisions have been a cluster of speeding garbage trucks. With six garbage haulers and one dedicated recycling service, up to 18 trucks can be cycling through Orion Township neighborhoods per week collecting garbage, recycling and yard waste....more >>

Voters to face police tax in Nov.

Township looks to add 2 deputies over 5 years, shuffle existing staff

When Oxford Township voters head to the polls in November, it appears they will be asked to approve a police tax that could allow the community to increase the number of officers serving it by two over the next five years....more >>

Lake Orion YouTube star releases first album

By Katie WinklerBy Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer As a freshman at LOHS, Sydney Leigh spends her time outside of school in recording studios and on stages performing. When Leigh was 11, she started posting videos on YouTube of cover and original songs written by her, which have received over 40,000 views....more >>

Council awards $497K contract to fix pothole hill

It appears that by July, pothole hill will be no more. Last week, the Oxford Village Council awarded a $496,578 contract to the Pontiac-based Asphalt Specialists, Inc. (ASI) to reconstruct the badly-deteriorated, pothole-ridden stretch of W....more >>

Local churches offer free community meals

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer A tradition began in the kitchen of the Lake Orion United Methodist Church, and no one has left hungry since. Community members began coming together for a free meal every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 a couple years ago with help from local organization Love in the Name of Christ (LOVE INC)....more >>

Options for adding dispatch issue to Nov. ballot reviewed

Sometimes the most simple questions are the most difficult to ask, especially when trying to do so on a ballot. Just ask Oxford Village attorney Bob Davis. "I've struggled with this for a while," he told council....more >>

Ice cream social helps students part with beloved teacher

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Cheryl Hess, second grade teacher at Carpenter Elementary, will be retiring at the end of this school year. Carpenter's Parent Teacher Council arranged an ice cream social last Wednesday to honor Hess....more >>
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Memorial Day observances set for Oxford, Addison

Monday, May 26 is the unofficial start of the summer season and after experiencing the worst winter in more than 130 years, folks are eagerly anticipating a few pleasant months of barbecues, beaches and boating....more >>

Baseball team wins league title, looks to advance in state play

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Capping a successful regular season, the LOHS varsity baseball team beat Rochester Adams Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader to capture the Oakland Athletics Association Red Division title....more >>
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Wedding bells from the past chime in museum display

Now is the time of year when lots of folks – particularly young ladies – come down with a bad case of wedding fever and the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum in downtown Oxford is no exception....more >>

Gardening by creative design: themed gardens

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Local residents learned a garden can be more expressive than a traditional harvesting plot after stopping in the Orion Township Public Library Thursday, May 15....more >>

LO expresses appreciation to Oxford for storm help

When disaster strikes, neighbors usually help neighbors whether it's two people who live next door to each other or two villages separated by a few miles of state highway. Last week, Lake Orion Village Manager Darwin McClary and Police Chief Jerry Narsh presented the Oxford Village Council with a certificate of appreciation for the "outstanding service" they received following a severe wind/hail storm on Saturday, April 12....more >>

Girls lacrosse wins OAA title

The weather was cool but Lake Orion's girls lacrosse team was hot in a 9-7 victory over Farmington last week, which earned the Dragons the OAA White title in the Oakland Activities Association....more >>

Dragon softball team plays for title this week

Lake Orion swept North Farmington in doubleheader softball action last Friday, improving their record to 20-4 entering the final week of the regular season. Tthe Dragons were playing for the league title on Wednesday against Troy....more >>

The boys repeat as regional champions

Team wins 4th regional title in 10 years

Lake Orion's boys track team demolished the competition in the state regional meet last week at Bloomfield Hills High School, winning by 50 points over second place Waterford Mott....more >>

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Brandon School Board ponders millage options

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- A change in state law in 2012 that forces school districts to pay back loans from the state sooner means a jump in millage rates is coming....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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County hikes sewer rates

Atlas Twp.- On Monday night the board of trustees OK'd a sewer cost increase from $154 per quarter to $170. The township has about 75 residents on the system. The Village of Goodrich, with more than 500 residents on the system, will increase rates from $111....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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Post High: Learning, working and growing

Brandon Twp.- Lessons in the Brandon Post High classrooms don't look like lessons elsewhere in the district. The students are a little older and their success isn't measured by grades or diplomas, but by gains in social interaction and independence, learning to cook, to garden, to make friends, to work....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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Schools of Choice, enrollment key in budget

Goodrich- On Monday night the board of education moved forward with a proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year. "We are anticipating losing 60 students for the 2014-2015 school year," said Scott Bogner, district superintendent....more >>

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'So You Want to be a Board Member'

Brandon Twp.- Considering a run for a seat on the board of education? You may want to consider attending a roughly 90-minute session designed to help you make an informed decision....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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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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New Oaktree Elementary principal ready to return to Michigan

Goodrich-On Monday night the school board voted 7-0 to hire Ryan Relken as principal of Oaktree Elementary School. A Port Huron native, Relken, 38, earned a master's degree, educational leadership and administration, general, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; master of education (M....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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Mt. Bethel Cemetery survey

Groveland Twp.-On April 14, the township board voted 5-0 to pay up to $500 for Clarkston-based Kieft Engineering to map the Mt. Bethel Cemetery. Township officials say markers at the cemetery, which date back to the early 1800s, have been damaged over the years....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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Ortonville Skate Park: Closed

Ortonville- By this point in May, area kids have usually been enjoying the Village Skate Park for at least a month. However, skaters and bikers have yet to enjoy the park, which has not opened this season and may remain closed all year....more >>
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Pastor Jonathan Heierman announces the success of My Habitat Clarkston in locating a Clarkstonarea home for a local family in need. Heierman, along with, from right, pastors Greg Henneman and Dan Whiting, were honored with a Clarkston Community Award for Community Collaboration, May 13 at Clarkston Community Church....more >>

Johnston's still searching for apology

Cory Johnston wants an apology, but deletion of city records and inappropriate and incomplete responses to Freedom of Information Act requests are among the issues Johnston's attorney has encountered when dealing with city of Clarkston officials....more >>

Tweets continue

A week after receiving the school attorney's legal opinion recommending Board of Education members not post to social media about board business, board Trustee Steve Hyer did just that....more >>

$4,000 for Depot Park bridge inspection

A qualified engineer will determine if a bridge in Depot Park is safe. Clarkston City Council voted, May 12, in favor of spending not more than $4,000 to city consulting engineer firm Hubbell, Roth & Clark to evaluate the "Timber Pedestrian Bridge....more >>

Pill abuse affects everything

Part 2 of a series on prescription drug abuse Ever since Joe (not his real name) developed an addition to narcotic pain killers, his life has really gone downhill. He does not go doctor shopping, like some prescription drug addicts, but he is among the five percent of people who can buy the pills off the street for $5 each....more >>
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Teacher of the year honored

William Gunther is this year's Clarkston Teacher of the Year. The Clarkston Junior High School health teacher was selected from 15 nominees. "I'm a little bit awed to be among such an awesome group," said Gunther at the awards reception, May 8....more >>

Scores of bus scofflaws

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News For the third year in a row, Clarkston school busdrivers counted cars ignoring their flashing red lights while stopped. The count – 85, about the same as in previous years....more >>

Clarkston city news

A public hearing on Clarkston's city budget will be at City Hall, 375 Depot Street, May 27 at 7 p.m. For more information call City Hall at 248-625-1559. Also, city planner Dick Carlisle of Carlisle Wortman Associates said the Planning Commission approved the site plan, two conditional rezonings, and a special land use for outdoor seating for 148 N....more >>
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Kids excel at game of math in May

Math is the name of the game during the month of May at Clarkston Elementary School. "It's been quite a tournament," said parent volunteer Sherry Snudden, helping with the Math Pentathlon tournament, part of May Math Madness at the school....more >>
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Sweet taste of spring

Clarkston Rotary Club welcomed the upcoming summer season with their Spring Wine Tasting, May 8. One of two wine parties each year, the spring event featured Michigan wineries, as well as hors d'oeuvres and silent auction....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Poppies for vets

Tom Phipps volunteered many hours of his time to sell the red remembrance poppy, a handmade paper flower made by American Legion members and the American Legion Women's Auxiliary. Money raised will benefit soldiers....more >>
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Summer intern at Clarkston News

Laura DuCharme joins the Clarkston News for the summer, serving a writing internship for her journalism program at Central Michigan University. "It's been interesting so far, a good experience," said DuCharme, a Grand Blanc native....more >>
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Community honors

Standing from left, pastors Greg Henneman, Dan Whiting, and Jonathan Heierman, Community Collaboration; Camron Razdar, Young Man of the Year; Jim Evans, Citizen of the Year; John Schmidt of Neiman's Family Market, Community Beautification/ Preservation; and John Coleman, Adult Youth Volunteer; and, from left, sitting, Dianna Fitzpatrick, accepting the award for her daughter Kelley Fitzpatrick, Young Woman of the Year; Robin Brose of Clarkston Area Optimist Club, Community Enhancement; Jeanne Molzon, Citizen of the Year; and Shari Schulz, Business Person of the Year....more >>
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Top team

Laden with trophies, medals, and banners, Clarkston High School Team RUSH members gather at the May 12 school board meeting for official recognition of their championship 2014 season....more >>
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5-star honors for Clarkston Christian

Clarkston Christian School's Clarkston Campus is celebrating this spring. The school was awarded the top Five Star Award through Michigan-based Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)....more >>
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Club award

Clarkston High School Students Against Destructive Decisions received an award for their Strive for a Safer Drive Campaign at the Ford Motor Proving Grounds in Dearborn, May 2. "We had such a great time at the Ford Driving Skills for Life Event," said Patricia Carter, club advisor....more >>
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Taking the Lead

Third graders throughout Clarkston Community Schools became superheroes. Clarkston High School Leadership students stopped by all seven elementaries with their last visit to Andersonville Elementary on May 1....more >>
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Racers for kids

Runners and walkers braved cloudy skies for the sixth Annual Chuck Keegan "Race for the Kids," May 3. Proceeds from the 5K race provide scholarships to Clarkston students, and honors the late Chuck Keegan, Clarkston Junior High teacher and track coach....more >>

Cruisin'

CRUISIN': Tom Cooley took his pearl-white 34 Ford Coupe for a spin to Depot Park recently. Cooley said he worked on the car for years after purchasing just the frame and the shell....more >>

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News in Brief

News closed for holiday Clarkston News offices are closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. The deadline for classifieds and ads is noon on Friday. Memorial Day parade American Legion Post 63 leads the Clarkston Memorial Day parade and service, 10 a....more >>

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Teens charged in school bus tire damages" Three Clarkston High School students wanted the day off from school - and they got it as they spent time in Oakland County Jail....more >>
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1870: Joe Mack, builder of gasoline-powered delivery wagons which eventually evolved into the Mack Truck Company.
1874: Charles A. Beard, distinguished American historian who wrote History of the United States.
1909: James Agee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author (A Death in the Family).
1942: Jimi Hendrix, rock musician.
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1887: U.S. Deputy Marshall Frank Dalton, brother of the three famous outlaws, is killed in the line of duty near Fort Smith, Ark.
1904: The German colonial army defeats Hottentots at Warmbad in southwest Africa.
1909: U.S. troops land in Bluefields, Nicaragua, to protect American interests there.
1919: Bulgaria signs peace treaty with Allies at Neuilly, France, fixing war reparations and recognizing Yugoslavian independence.One of the most formidable land forces in Europe.
1922: Allied delegates bar the Soviets from the Near East peace conference.