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Relay for Life brings in $99,458 from Orion/Oxford

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Starting the morning of May 31, all 32 on-site Orion/Oxford Relay for life teams put up their tents and starting setting up their fundraising tables for the annual Relay for Life event....more >>
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An old-fashioned country fair

Kingsbury Country Day School in Addison Township held its 58th annual Country Fair Sunday. Games, animals, face-painting and delicious food were all part of the fun as kids, parents and Kingsbury alumni celebrated the coming of summer and the end of another successful school year....more >>

Township audit comes back 'clean'

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Representatives from Orion Township's auditor, Plante Moran, presented their financial audit findings to township trustees at the board meeting this week....more >>

Change in state law forces district to raise debt tax by 0.9 mill

In order to meet the requirements of a new state law forcing school districts to repay borrowed money from the state quicker, Oxford taxpayers will see a 0.9-mill increase in their tax bills....more >>

Hearing on proposed water/sewer rate hikes June 17

The latest proposal to increase Oxford Village's water and sewer rates on Oct. 1 will be the subject of a 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 public hearing in the council chambers located at 22 W....more >>

Fireworks OK'd for west side

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Fireworks Association (LOFA) made a few new changes for the 4th of July fireworks celebration. The fireworks committee decided the show will be launched on the west side of Lake Orion from the bay southwest of the sandbar island at the LOFA meeting Thursday, May 29....more >>
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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders awarded Congressional Gold Medal thanks to former Oxford resident

In the wake of America's darkest hour, they served as a beacon of light and helped change the course of a war that would determine the fate of the entire world. Seventy-two years later, a courageous band of warriors, known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, was finally honored with a Congressional Gold Medal for the "outstanding heroism, valor, skill and service" they exhibited when they bombed Japan's main island and capital city during World War II....more >>

Bids to determine village hall future

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Village council unanimously approved architectural and design plans for the new village hall renovation project at the old senior center located at 21 E....more >>
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Three-legged dog needs a home

Judging by how quickly and how well she manages to get around, having only three legs has definitely not stopped Layla from living life to the fullest. The only thing the 2-year-old Labrador Retriever mix needs is a loving place to call home for the rest of her days....more >>

Spinal practice celebrates grand opening

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Local residents celebrated the grand opening of Orion Family Spinal Center located at 3385 Waldon Rd. on May 31. The facility is located directly behind the Baldwin Café....more >>
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Soviets sent her to Gulag following '39 invasion

On one side was Adolf Hitler, the brutal dictator of Nazi Germany. On the other side was Joseph Stalin, the equally brutal dictator of the Soviet Union. Caught in the middle was Wanda Krupa Taranek, a 12-year-old Polish girl who watched her beloved Eastern European nation get gobbled up by these ruthless tyrants who embodied the two most evil ideologies of the 20th century....more >>

Local author inspires youth with new book release

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer The past Saturday the Orion Township Public Library welcomed local author, Matt Faulkner, to launch his new children's book Caijin: American Prisoner of War....more >>

Council rejects tax hike, OKs budget

An attempt to increase the Oxford Village property tax rate failed last week as council voted to keep it at 10.62 mills for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Councilwoman Maureen Helmuth made a motion to raise the rate by a half-mill to 11....more >>

Pine Tree R.O.C.K.s and R.O.L.L.s with education award

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer After seventeen years of Pine Tree's Responsible, Outstanding, Caring, Kids program, Michigan Association of School Boards recognized the club with an Education Excellence Award....more >>

$400K sale price, $10 option offered for village property

Ten dollars can buy a decent meal or a good cigar, but when it comes to real estate deals, it's a relatively a tiny sum. Just ask the Oxford Village Council. Last week, council discussed an option agreement it received from Venture, Inc....more >>

Paint Creek cyclers to 'crawl' through downtown this weekend

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer About 400 wheels will be "crawling" to Rochester and back along the 8.9 mile Paint Creek Trail on Saturday, June 7. For the first time yet, the Paint Creek Crawl cycling event and fundraiser will begin in downtown Lake Orion at Children's Park with 150 to 200 riders anticipated....more >>

Healthcare costs increase in Addison

Addison Township officials approved another year's worth of healthcare for their full-time employees, which included elected officials on a 6-0 vote at the May 19 regular board meeting, but prices are going up....more >>

Exchange program looking for host families

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer      The North Oakland County chapter of EF High School Exchange year—a division of Education First, the world leader in international education—is on a quest to find caring, local families to host foreign exchange students for the upcoming school year....more >>
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Fund-raising for our furry friends

The Oxford-based K-9 Stray Rescue League held its Fourth Annual Wag, Walk & Run fund-raiser Saturday morning at Powell Lake Twp. Park. Approximately 275 people participated in the event, raising a little more than $6,000 for the group, which provides top-notch shelter and care for homeless dogs until they are adopted....more >>

Love INC director to retire, replacement sought

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor "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 >>

Dorothy is not from Kansas, she is from Lake Orion

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer In the classic Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale went on an adventure along the yellow brick road with her friends, the Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man, to return home to Kansas....more >>

lake Orion boys set two school records in state meet

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Lake Orion's boys track team set two school records and and several runners garnered all-state accolades at the state championships held Saturday in Rockford....more >>

Girl's varsity softball advances to regionals

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer The girl's varsity softball team obtained the state district championship by defeating Waterford Mott on Sunday. The girls conquered Waterford Kettering by a score of 12-1, Clarkston by a score of 7-5, followed by the last game in the district series, Mott, by a score of 8-1....more >>

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'Cancer is sneaky...'

Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville June 14

Brandon Twp.- Small but mighty. This will describe the 7th annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, a 24-hour signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, set to begin at 10 a....more >>

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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 >>

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Family of Goodrich student stuck in chair files lawsuit

Goodrich-Less than a month after the school district reached closure with fourth grade teacher Nicole McVey following a November incident that occurred in her classroom, another battle may be brewing that could end up in a Genesee County courtroom....more >>

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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 >>
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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 >>

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Township fireworks ordinance enforced

Brandon Twp.- With about a month to go before Independence Day, several residents have started their celebrations early, prompting complaints from many more. "We've had numerous complaints for fireworks out of season, all different times of the day and night, mostly evening and even as late as midnight, and 1 or 2 a....more >>

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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 >>

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M-15 repaving, accidents to result in increased patrols

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-Due to resurfacing of M-15 as well as a higher number of traffic accidents this year, Oakland County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols of the busy road....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Work repairs sinkholes near Goodrich Dam

Goodrich- A series of sinkholes reported last year near the century-old village dam has prompted some extensive repairs this spring. Work began June 2 on the village dam and is expected to take about a week to complete, said Pete Morey, village council member and street administrator....more >>

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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 >>

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Village council supports DDA, TIF plan

Ortonville- The Downtown Development Authority and Main Street program have faced challenges, particularly with a poor economy the last several years and operation in a small community, but the council showed support of the organization through both their words and actions at their May 27 meeting....more >>

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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 >>

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Ortonville Old Mill to get facelift

Ortonville- The Old Mill is getting a facelift. Planned repairs and painting of the Old Mill's exterior began on Tuesday with pressure washing of the historic building. The project is expected to take about two weeks The exterior finish of the museum and historic landmark is currently marred by cracked and peeling paint that will soon be a thing of the past....more >>

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Goodrich Meadows special assessment

Goodrich-In a special meeting on May 27 the village council voted 4-0 to move forward with a special assessment for paving Goodrich Meadows subdivision. Paving of the development will begin in the spring of 2015....more >>
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District champs

Clarkston High School baseball celebrates their district championship win against Oxford....more >>
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Top Scholars honored for hard work at high school

Clarkston High School's Senior Scholars have big plans this fall. The 25 graduates, selected based on grade point average, course load, and service, will be studying, working, and making a difference "from sea to shining sea," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

Medication abuse hits young people hard

Part four in a series on prescription drug abuse The abuse of prescription drugs touches people from all walks of life, including young people. Doctors across the country are readily prescribing a variety of addictive drugs to adults and children alike....more >>
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Goodbye Wolves!

Severe weather warnings were not going to stop 609 Clarkston High School seniors from walking at their graduation Monday night at DTE Energy Music Theatre. "This was a great senior class," said Principal Gary Kaul....more >>
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Kids plant veggies for farmers market

Kids at Cross Hill Community Preschool in Davisburg got their hands dirty while planting seeds. The seed will sprout into food to sell as the upcoming Farmers Market in Springfield Township starts June 15....more >>

Farmers' market ready for season

The Clarkston Area Farmers Market opens for a new season on Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., outside the Community Education Building, 6558 Waldon Road. The market features locally grown produce and products, including onion, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, maple syrup, honey, soaps, bath oils and other bath products, sodas, Llama yarn, eggs, free range chicken, grass fed beef, salsas, breads, henna, and hemp, as well as meals on site and entertainment....more >>
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Helping animals

Bailey Lake Elementary first graders were busy during the annual C.A.T.S. event - Connecting Academics Through Service, May 14. The first graders made cards which shared how to care for an animal and adoption bags for the Oakland County Animal Shelter while the third graders made toys for the animals....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Club celebrates season of growth

Independence Elementary's Learning Garden started small but grew into something great. "It's a phenomenal garden club," said Director Chelsea O'Brien, organizer of the IE Garden Club, along with Camila Duarte and Jessica Sorensen....more >>
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Fun and games

Throughout Clarkston Community Schools' six elementary schools, students were smiling and giggling during field days last Friday. Andersonville Elementary students had their share of field events with tricycle races, rubber chicken relay races and more....more >>
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Downtown tour time

Clarkston second-grade students toured downtown Clarkston during the month of May to learn first hand about the history of their hometown. Local shopkeepers, including The Clarkston News, open their doors to the groups during each school's annual walking tour, and serve as tour guides, explaining the history of their businesses and buildings....more >>
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Clarkston grad goes major league with Nationals

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News Sam Palace has achieved his dream of playing in the major leagues, and he thanks the Clarkston community for his success. "Because of the community he has great character," said Joe Palace, Sam Palace's dad....more >>

Relay success

"The relay for life is an opportunity for all of us to be the change, the difference," Dree Chartier told a large crowd at Relay for Life in Clarkston on May 17, an event to raise money for cancer....more >>
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Last picnic

Clarkston High School seniors enjoyed food, games and hanging out with their friends at Clintonwood Park for their picnic, May 22....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Beware of Scam Oakland County Register of Deeds is warning Oakland County residents to beware of a scam in which involves a caller telling residents they have missed jury duty and must pay a fine....more >>

SCAMP Home Tour

SCAMP's 32nd Annul Home Tour is June 7-8. The non-profits biggest fundraiser of the year supports the five-week camp each summer for kids and young adults with disabilities. Patrons Night Preview, ,5:30 p....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Living on in the hearts of others" Members of the Clarkston High School community sent good wishes to Columbine High School in the form of cards, letters, a banner and 1,000 paper cranes made by students in alegebra and Japanese Language classes....more >>
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Born July 29th
1909: Chester Himes, author (Cotton Comes to Harlem, If He Hollers, Let Him Go).
1918: Edwin Greene O'Connor, author (The Last Hurrah).
1918: Mary Lee Settle, novelist.
1920: Hank Ketchum, cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace.
1930: Paul Taylor, choreographer and dancer.
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in history
1875: Peasants in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebel against the Ottoman army.
1915: U.S. Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti.
1921: Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis).
1945: After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the U.S.S. Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine. The survivors are adrift for two days before help arrives.
1981: Prince Charles marries Lady Diane.