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Pontooner saves the day before boat sinks on Lake Orion

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Last week a 10-foot fiberglass race boat would have been the first boat of the season to sink to the bottom of Lake Orion had three men from the Clarkston area not saved the two occupants and the vessel....more >>
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OES, DA students have a Field Day!

Students at Oxford and Daniel Axford elementary schools celebrated the end of another year with Field Day celebrations. They played wacky games and ran around enjoying the fresh air and sunshine....more >>

Lions announce fireworks show for next week's Jubilee

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The Lake Orion Lions Jubilee will return to fill downtown Lake Orion with plenty of fun for children and adults on June 19-22. The Lions are touting the extravaganza as "Back to the Village" as the carnival, beer tent and assorted fun and games will be in downtown Lake Orion....more >>

Why was Skilling's house on Craigslist?

Is Oxford Schools Superintendent Dr. William Skilling looking to move? A recent listing on the website Craigslist showed his house, located at 45 Park Street in Oxford Village, was posted for sale on May 27 at a price of $229,900....more >>

S&P upgrades village's financial outlook to 'stable'

Good news for the Village of Oxford. Standard & Poor's affirmed the village's long-term 'A' credit (or bond) rating the third highest rating available and revised the municipality's financial outlook from "negative" to "stable....more >>

Learning Options graduates largest class in Lake Orion history

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The 47 graduates of Lake Orion's Learning Options High School and adult education program were urged to continue to set goals and achieve them during their graduation ceremony held Monday night at Lake Orion High School....more >>
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Artifact from Class of '45 on its way to museum

What started out as a garage sale item is on its way to becoming an artifact at downtown Oxford's Northeast Oakland Historical Museum where it will be preserved for and viewed by future generations....more >>

FISH honors Orion and Oxford volunteers

By C.J. Carnacchio Oxford Leader Editor Two individuals and one business were honored June 6 by Oxford-Orion FISH for their on-going efforts to help provide free food to the local men, women and children who depend upon it for their survival....more >>
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FISH honors folks who help feed needy

Two individuals and one business were honored June 6 by Oxford-Orion FISH for their on-going efforts to help provide free food to the local men, women and children who depend upon it for their survival....more >>

Lion's Club welcomes new members in style

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Lions Club held their 76th annual installation of officers Wednesday, June 4 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Special guest was William C....more >>
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Free gun locks available at cop shops

While supplies last, Oxford and Addison residents are invited to obtain free gun safety locks from their local law enforcement agency. Project ChildSafe, a nationwide program that promotes the safe handling and storage of firearms, donated 2,000 gun safety locks to be distributed to the public through the Oakland County Sheriff's 16 substations along with 36 local law enforcement agencies spread throughout the county....more >>

LO Farmers' Market opens June 18

Experience the outdoor market season in the place making and social atmosphere every Wednesday in the village beginning June 18 as the Downtown Lake Orion Farmers' Market kicks off a freshly made-over sixth season....more >>
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Irish pub preparing to open as owner appointed to DDA board

Jerry Cremin has got a lot on his plate. In less than two weeks, he's expecting to open an authentic Irish pub in downtown Oxford's northwest quadrant. On top of that, he was recently appointed to the Downtown Development Authority's (DDA) Board of Directors....more >>

Clerk advises voters that ballot question headings lack specificity

There's nothing inaccurate about the language on Oxford Township's Aug. 5 primary ballot, but Clerk Curtis Wright wants to make sure voters understand exactly what they're being asked to decide....more >>

A brief glimpse of history of the Union Church

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer While planning the design and construction documents for what could be the future Lake Orion Village hall, the design team of Steve Auger and Associates is researching the Union Church history....more >>
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Layla has a home!

Layla, the three-legged dog featured in last week's edition, has a home. The 2-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was adopted by the Earles family, of Oxford, following last week's Wag, Walk & Run, a fund-raiser for the K-9 Stray Rescue League....more >>

S.A.D.ness sweeping through Orion bestowing improvements

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Homeowners in Orion Township are taking action to maintain their neighborhood roads and lakes with eight special assessment districts (SAD) underway....more >>

Briefs

Road closure on W. Burdick St. OXFORD VILLAGE The long-awaited reconstruction of pothole hill is underway. W. Burdick St. between Ashley Way and S. Waterstone Dr. closed on June 11 and is expected to reopen July 19....more >>

Wildwood Ampitheatre to host summer festivals and fundraisers

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer A secluded amphitheater, located at 2525 Joslyn Road, is available for community members to use, but not many know that it exists. Wildwood was built and opened to the public in 2011, with benefit concerts and local bands playing occasionally....more >>
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OCTV offers new show with 'Schooling Around'

Oxford Community Television (OCTV) is giving viewers a deeper look into the programs of Oxford Schools with their new show "Schooling Around." "The whole thing started when we started doing school news the way we do it now....more >>

St. Joe's team wins 3rd place in Destination ImagiNation globals

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer "The Chaos Kids," a team of fifth grade students from St. Joseph School in Lake Orion, won third place in the Global Finals 2014 Destination Imagination competition with their project on learning disabilities....more >>
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Barwig to rest in Great Lakes National Cemetery

The late Jack Eugene Barwig, of Oxford Township, will be laid to rest in the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly on Monday, June 16. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. and the family is inviting those who knew Barwig to attend....more >>

Softball team loses to Romeo

HARTLAND Softball is a sport where a top pitcher and some pretty good defense can win games. Despite a great regular season that included a league and district title, Lake Orion Coach Joe Woityra knew that things could get difficult in a march to a state title if they encountered a pitcher like Romeo's senior Taylor Weaver....more >>
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CAM Logic to replicate iconic statue for new USS Detroit

An iconic symbol of Detroit will become part of a new United States Navy ship bearing the city's name and it's all thanks to an Oxford company. CAM Logic will use state-of-the-art 3-D printing technology to create a model of the famous Spirit of Detroit statue for display aboard the USS Detroit (LCS-7), currently being constructed by Lockheed Martin in Marinette, Wisconsin....more >>

Father's Day Bow Wow offers pet adoption for half the price

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Barks of all pitches resonate in the ears of anybody who walks through the doors of the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center located at 1700 Brown Rd....more >>

Green's Park open to all residents

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer As the weather gets warmer, Green's Park gets fuller. This safe and welcoming park is now open for all residents of Lake Orion and Orion Township, with opportunities for locals to take advantage of the area....more >>

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Twp. Civil War soldier's diary reflects compassion, integrity

June 16, 1864—Pvt. Thomas Tucker is on guard duty at a Union headquarters near Chattaooga, Tenn. "My the cannons have been roaring out in front a little ways," wrote Tucker. "They are having a big fight out there....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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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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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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CreekFest 2014 opens

Ortonville- CreekFest has gone from nearly being cancelled two years ago to an event that is experiencing a rebirth. CreekFest began as an educational half-day event 11 years ago, focusing on the importance of water quality and the care of local waterways including Kearsley Creek....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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'It's the best job in the world'

Goodrich-Lynne Adams had absolutely no intention of becoming a teacher. Plans change. Now after 43 years and more than 1,000 students she's pretty satisfied with her change in career....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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Peace Corps Cambodia

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ryan McCabe knew nothing about Cambodia two years ago, not even where to locate it on a map. Now, the 2006 Brandon High School graduate who earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 2012, has 18 months of first-hand education on the country, knowledge he will carry forever as a result of being a Peace Corps volunteer....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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Local West Point bound

Groveland Twp.-A combination of drive and integrity, along with a stellar academic career, has landed Abigail Kronenberg, 17, at West Point Military Academy. "I wanted to do more than just study," she said....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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School district adds to fund balance

Brandon Twp.- For the first time in six years, the school district budget has an operating surplus. Jan Meek, executive director of business services for the district, started the school board's public budget hearing June 9 with the announcement, "Good news— we're adding to the fund balance....more >>

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School Bond Loan Fund forum

Brandon Twp.- Residents of the school district who want a better understanding of why their tax bills are increasing are invited to attend a public forum at 6:30 p.m., June 25, at the Brandon High School Performing Arts Center, 1025 S....more >>

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The Old Mill: Life on the homefront

In 1941, Mary Alice Jesse was 10-years-old and living in the rural central Michigan community of Harrison. "Mom operated a party store on Bud Lake," said Mary Alice. "I used to go down there and help her....more >>
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Finding Daisy

Community comes through in search for an old, blind dog

Home after a weekend trip, Shane and Jennie Kelly of Clarkston made a gut wrenching discovery. Their beloved dog, Daisy, was missing. "We didn't get home until about 1, 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday and she wasn't here," Jennie said....more >>
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Library inspires readers' loyalty

On Aug. 5, voters will decide the future of Clarkston Independence District Library. During a visit last week, patrons shared some their thoughts on what the library means to them....more >>

Request made in school union case

A Right-to-Work case, which includes a Clarkston paraeducator, continues against Michigan teacher unions. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy filed a request with the state, June 5, asking the Michigan Employment Relations Commission to make a new rule....more >>
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Graduates set new standard

To sum up Class of 2014 is best to listen to the words from Kurt Richardson, Clarkston High School Physical Education teacher and Head Coach for Clarkston Wolves Varsity Football. "This truly is a class of champions," said Richardson to the graduating class during commencement on June 2....more >>
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Ideas to improve Dixie Highway

With millions spent or scheduled to improve Sashabaw Road, attention is now being refocused on Dixie Highway. Pat Kittle, Independence Township supervisor, invited business and property owners along the Dixie corridor to join him in sharing ideas for improving the area....more >>
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Blessings for community kids

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News Blessings in a Backpack does exactly what its slogan says, it feeds the future of America. Many families are not able to feed their families during the weekend, including families in Clarkston....more >>
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Kids learn the code to success in life

Kids like playing computer games. Students at Pine Knob Elementary spent the year learning how to make them. "They taught me a lot of things with coding they became the experts on technology," said fourth grade teacher Lisa Drew during the Coding Club's presentations to parents, June 4....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Students work to preserve local waters

A group of students from Darlene Roche's 8th grade class at Clarkston Junior High School spent a day in downtown identifying storm drains and painting them with a fish symbol as part of an Academic Service Learning....more >>
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Students work out the angles in table project

About 25 students at Renaissance High School are putting their carpentry skills to the test, making tables for an outdoor classroom. Their math skills are also getting a workout, said teacher Sara Mastie....more >>
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Preschoolers ride to help others

Children at The Learning Experience in Clarkston raised $2,503 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at its annual Trike-A-Thon, May 14. Families were invited to come out and support a worthy cause during the four-hour event, while learning about child safety as demonstrated by fire and police departments....more >>
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Fun in the sun

The Tigers of Pine Knob Elementary enjoyed the sunshine and various activities during their annual field day, May 30. The activities included the sack races and bouncing ball races, jump roping, hula hooping, and shooting with a Nerf bow and arrow....more >>
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Spreading the colors of love

Volunteer Bruce Sable spent his day recently in downtown Clarkston selling roses for a good cause, the Alexander Graham Bell Michigan Chapter Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for their summer fundraiser....more >>
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Olympic field day

Clarkston Elementary students participated in their own version of the Olympics for their field day, May 30. They leaped in the high jump and long jump, ran and climbed in the inflatable obstacle course, competed in sack races and threw frisbees....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Concerts in the Park Clarkston's Concerts in the Park series opens Friday, June 13, with the 80s tunes of Outer Vibe. Local talent starts about 6 p.m., with the headliner act hitting the stage at the gazebo at 7 p....more >>

July 4 parade

This year's theme for the Clarkston Fourth of July parade is "Community United." Churches and non-profit organizations are invited to send two representatives to walk in the "Community United" section of the parade at no cost....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Board puts car perk decision in neutral" Independence Township officials driven to solve a car perk option wound up spinning their wheels at their June 1 meeting....more >>
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1837: William Clarke Quantrill, Confederate raider during the American Civil War.
1867: S.S. Kresge, American businessman.
1901: Jean Dubuffet, French sculptor and painter.
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1904: The Trans-Siberian railroad connecting the Ural mountains with Russia's Pacific coast, is completed.
1917: The third Battle of Ypres commences as the British attack the German lines.
1932: Adolf Hitler's Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis) doubles its strength in legislative elections.
1944: The Soviet army takes Kovno, the capital of Lithuania.
1971: Apollo 15 astronauts take a drive on the moon in their land rover.