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Honoring those who paid the ultimate price

In 239 years, 1.2 million Americans have given their lives in 62 military conflicts. "They came from all backgrounds for one purpose to make safe a way of life that (they) felt was worth dying for," said Lake Orion resident Jim Hubbard, a Vietnam veteran who served in the U....more >>

Treasurer expects to recoup "paper" losses

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer In a recent audit report released to Orion Township almost $700,000 in unrealized losses in municipal mutual fund investments were reported at the end of 2013....more >>
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Oxford graduates 356

Marshall, Fallis win the silver cup

Oxford High School's alumni population increased by 356 last week as the Class of 2014 graduated at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac. A total of 174 members (or 49 percent) of the class graduated with various forms of academic honors....more >>

Former coach pleads guilty to embezzlement

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Former Lake Orion varsity cheerleading coach Nancy de Avila pleaded guilty last week to one charge of embezzlement and if she successfully completes all terms of her probation the charge and another count will be dismissed....more >>

Love INC director to retire, replacement sought

"If somebody is given some hope, there's a lot that they can do." Sandy Weaver knows whereof she speaks because for the last seven years she's been in the business of giving people hope as the executive director of Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) of North Oakland County....more >>

Two varsity boys golfers qualify for state regionals

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion varsity boy's golf team competed at the Oakland County district tournament this past week where individuals qualified for state regionals....more >>
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Wag, Walk & Run fund-raiser returns to Powell Lake Park this Saturday

For thousands of years, dogs have been man's best friend. Now, it's man's chance to return the favor by participating in the K-9 Stray Rescue League's Fourth Annual Wag, Walk & Run fund-raiser on Saturday, May 31 at Oxford's Powell Lake Township Park....more >>

Library provides summer reading kick-off program to keep children learning

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer The Orion Township Public Library's biggest family event of the year is approaching quickly. To kick off the summer reading program, the library will throw a party on June 7 from 11a....more >>
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An old soldier's tale

Randy Stetson describes himself as "an old soldier," but he has no intention of simply "fading away." That's why he seizes every opportunity he's given to remind everyone of the sacrifices made by members of the U....more >>

Student journalists honored at state level

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Michigan Interscholastic Press Association recognized several Lake Orion student journalists at their Spring Conference in Lansing recently....more >>
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Addison pauses to honor the fallen

Some rest in graves both marked and unmarked. Some slumber beneath the ocean's waves. Some are buried in their native soil, while others were interred in the countries they helped liberate....more >>

Softball team wins league title, district play begins this week

Lake Orion's varsity softball team clinched the OAA Red Division title in fine fashion. The Dragons locked up the title in the first game of a doubleheader against Troy but then also went on to win the nightcap....more >>
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Green streaming field trip

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Scripps Middle School eighth grade students had a wet and wild field day last week at the Paint Creek River and Orion Art Center. In conjunction with the Clinton River Water Shed Council and the GM Orion Assembly that initially donated waders and nets, students rummaged through the river in search of benthic macroinvertebrates....more >>


Vandal spree irks residents

Goodrich-Sometime in the early morning hours of Monday, several Hegel Road residents reported vandalized mailboxes. As many as 20 boxes were damaged in the late night destruction. The Genesee County Sheriff Department received several calls following the acts of vandalism Mark Baldwin, a village council member and Hegel Road resident, was awakened early Monday morning....more >>


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 >>


Twp. man shoots self in leg

Brandon Twp.- Guns and alcohol don't mix. A 61-year-old township man shot himself in the leg about 6 p.m., May 20, while cleaning his gun and drinking. According to police reports, Brandon deputies responded to the man's home in the 3600 block of Pinoak in the Sashabaw Meadows Mobile Home Park after the man called 9-1-1 and stated he had accidentally discharged his ....more >>


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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Foster & adopt: 'It's the most successful thing we've done'

Early in their marriage, Curt and Christy Demoff learned they could never have biological children. With that knowledge, Curt says they faced two choices. "You either get bitter, or you get better....more >>


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 >>


BrandonSubstation commander

Brandon Twp.- Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Greg Glover is temporarily filling in as substation commander here in the township. The 1985 Brandon High School graduate is a seasoned veteran of OCSO, with the department for the past 25 years....more >>


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 >>


Twp. eyes vehicle for fire chief

Atlas Twp.-At their May 19 meeting, the board of trustees agreed to move forward with the purchase of a vehicle for the township fire chief. Township Trustee Barry June suggested the purchase for Fire Chief Fred Forys....more >>


New Ortonville clerk named

Ortonville- Julie Knight is the new village clerk. The village council approved 6-0 the appointment of Knight, who will be a part-time employee replacing Heidi Barckholtz. Knight, 24, graduated from Oakland University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and rhetoric, and a minor in graphic design....more >>


'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 >>


Erie Street project June 16

Goodrich- On Tuesday morning the village council voted 4-0 to give the final go ahead to work on Erie Street. The Erie Street project will begin on June 16 when school is dismissed and includes milling, reservicing of about 1,200 feet of roadway, and repair to drains along the section from the culvert over Kearsley Creek west to the end of the street....more >>


Budget plans, road repairs

Ortonville- The village council will have a budget workshop at 6:30 p.m., June 4 and a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m., June 9, prior to their regular meeting at the village offices, 476 Mill St....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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We salute you

Kirk Hobolth of Clarkston, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot from 1963-1967, is recognized along with other local veterans for their service, at the Clarkston Memorial Day ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery, Monday....more >>
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Solutions elusive for drug abusers

Part three in prescription drug abuse series Joe (identity changed), a white collar worker and prescription drug abuser, is not alone. He is among millions Americans addicted to prescription medication....more >>

Collection day for hazardous waste, clutter

Spring is the perfect time to clean up your yard and house. Residents can drop off hazardous and non-hazardous waste during a community Clean-Up Day on June 7 at the Independence Township DPW....more >>
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Beach is open

Kendal Wilcox, left, and Kaitlin Catania fold the flag after taking it down at the end of the day at Deer Lake Beach. The beach opened this past weekend just in time for the hot temperatures....more >>
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Senior sendoff

Clarkston High School seniors finished their morning final exam and headed to the gymnasium, May 20. After picking up their caps and gowns, they walked through the high school halls one last time....more >>

Success for Walk to Remember

A walk to benefit research for a rare disease called Ring 14 came together perfectly, according to Clarkston resident Belinda Belcher. Belcher's 13-year-old son, Cameron was diagnosed with the rare chromosome defect known as an "orphan disease" because only 60 people in America have been diagnosed....more >>
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Tenure for teachers

From left, teachers Jonathan Webster, chemistry and physics at Clarkston High School; Kelly Thomas, special education at Early Childhood Center; and Marianne Price, special education at Andersonville Elementary, take the Teacher's Oath at the May 19 school board meeting....more >>
From left are Bailey Lake Elementary Student Citizen awardee Garrett Dellinger, with teacher Bob Brazier and Principal Glenn Gualtieri; Eliza Mansour of Springfield Plains Elementary, with Principal Nancy Mahoney and teacher Gloria Lacy; and Kaden Lockwood of North Sashabaw Elementary, with teacher Mitch Phillips and Principal Tara Ouellette. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)


Fifth graders shine as student citizens

Earning Clarkston Optimist Club's final Student Citizen Awards of the 2014 school year are Garrett Dellinger of Bailey Lake Elementary, North Sashabaw Elementary student Kaden Lockwood, and Eliza Mansour of Springfield Plains Elementary....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Honors on Memorial Day

Hundreds filled Lakeview Cemetery, Monday, to give meaning to Memorial Day. American Legion Post 63 hosted the annual event, May 26, leading a parade including Clarkston High School band, vintage military vehicles, and veterans to the cemetery....more >>
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Clarkston grad learns lots in Costa Rica

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News Not having a job right out of college can be difficult, but Matt Smokoska made the best of this situation and found a six-month internship in Costa Rica through an organization called Global Vision International (GVI)....more >>
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Angel's Place Race attendance up

Lots of exercise for a good cause- that is what participants were doing during the seventh annual Angel's Place Race, May 17. Race Director Paul Maxwell said attendance for the event was up since last year....more >>
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Prom perfect

The dresses were colorful and dazzling while the smiles were bright and sparkling last Wednesday night as Clarkston High School students filled Depot Park. It was one more stop to meet with friends and have photos taken before going to prom....more >>
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Awards for local volunteers

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News Two Clarkston residents earned national recognition with the President's Volunteer Service Award. Mary Sloan and Jeff Lichty were honored for their efforts to help disaster survivors in 2013....more >>
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Help appreciated

Megan Goldberg presents editor Phil Custodio and The Clarkston News with a certificate of appreciation for supporing Hoops for the Troops. The Girls Basketball fund raiser was in honor of Jena Beno, a Clarkston High School class of 2006 graduate who served in Iraq and passed away in October 2012 from injuries suffered during her service....more >>

Fundraiser for library millage

A fundraiser for the Clarkston-Independence District Library was held at Deer Lake Athletic Club on May 13. Those who attended came out to support the library and the Aug. 5 millage in which voters will cast their vote on if the library stays open or closes....more >>
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Kindergartners from Loretta Gagnon's class at North Sashabaw Elementary spent the day at Bordine's Nursery learning about all kinds of plants from owner Calvin Bordine. Bordine gave the children a tour of the facilities and grounds and explained the needs of various plants....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

School tech grant Clarkston schools has a $60,000 Technology Readiness Infrastrructure Grant with a June 30 expiration date. Administration presented a plan to the Board of Education, May 19, to use it to buy a new firewall for the district....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "City over budget for 1998-99" With only two months left in their current fiscal year, the City of Clarkston was $7,560.36 over their projected budget. The culprits - the city's engineering and planning costs....more >>
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