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Downtown biz honored with county Main Street award

eader Editor What used to look like "the back of a factory," as one owner put it, now looks like a "courtyard setting" in downtown Oxford. As a result, Williams Art Glass Studio/Sunset Antiques, owned by Rick and Karen Williams, was honored June 13 with an "Outstanding Investment" award from Main Street Oakland County....more >>
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'Never gave up' season

Hitters finished their season in the Final Four at McLane Stadium at Michigan State University last Thursday. They lost the MHSAA Division 1 Baseball State Championship Semifinals with a 6-1 loss against Bay City Western, the defending champion, who ended up winning the crown with a 6-2 win over Grosse Pointe South....more >>
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School News

School budget deadline approaches

With about two weeks left to approve the 2014-2015 school budget, the Clarkston Board of Education members still have questions. Board Secretary Craig Hamilton asked if administration could remove a technology staff restructuring from the proposed budget....more >>

Engineers determine Orion Center HVAC system is failing

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Multiple problems with the heating and cooling HVAC system at the Orion Center have prompted Orion Township officials to try to determine the cause of its failure....more >>

'Great victory for Pat Paad,' attorney says

Ex-village employee's lawsuit survives summary judgment, will proceed to jury trial

"Great victory for Pat Paad." That's how Flint attorney Tom Pabst summed up U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh's June 10 order denying the majority of Oxford Village's motion for summary judgment with regard to former Deputy Clerk Marion Patricia Paad's lawsuit against the municipality, Councilwoman Maureen Helmuth and Manager Joe Young....more >>

Coffee shop approved

Though attorneys for the City of Clarkston and "Union Joints" owners Curt Catallo and Ann Stevenson originally disagreed on legal language before the final approval for a coffee shop at 148 N....more >>

Fmr. Odyssey owner, ex-VP plead guilty to defrauding IRS

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Two local businessmen, formerly connected with the Orion-based Odyssey Industries, learned that scrap metal pays, but crime does not. Randal Bellestri, 57, formerly of Oxford, and Paul Michajlyszyn, of Leonard, could be facing prison time for defrauding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by failing to report large sums of cash income derived from scrap metal sales....more >>

Fmr. Odyssey owner, ex-VP plead guilty to defrauding IRS

Two local businessmen, formerly connected with the Orion-based Odyssey Industries, learned that scrap metal pays, but crime does not. Randal Bellestri, 57, formerly of Oxford, and Paul Michajlyszyn, of Leonard, could be facing prison time for defrauding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by failing to report large sums of cash income derived from scrap metal sales....more >>

City has lots of cash

City of Village of Clarkston has lots of cash in its savings account – almost $300,000. One resident said money should be given back to taxpayers, but officials said the money needs to be spent on projects the city postponed for years during economic decline....more >>

Assistant Publisher under fire from Clarkston City Manager

During a Clarkston City Council meeting, June 10, Don Rush was blamed for intentionally holding a legal notice from being published. City Manager Carol Eberhardt claimed the long-time Sherman Publications Assistant Publisher intentionally held a notice which was mandated to be published at least 15 days before a city council meeting May 27....more >>

Orion heroes honored at national cancer convention

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer A international organization invited two local residents to the One Hundred 2014 gala event for the love and efforts they have given to fight cancer....more >>

DDA says no political announcements at events

Politics is not an appropriate part of a community event like Oxford Village's Concerts in the Park series. That was the message the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board sent Monday night when it voted 4-3 that it "not allow any political announcements, pro or con, for issues or candidates" at events....more >>
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Services held for local dentist

Services were held last week for a beloved and well-known Orion Township dentist, Dr. Raphael A. Flajole, who was killed on June 8 in Galveston, Texas. Flajole was killed by a reckless driver in Galveston, on a Sunday morning while he was enjoying a sunrise walk on the beach with his family....more >>
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Public invited to run for rocking chairs

Fresh air, exercise and the rewarding feeling that comes from supporting a cause that provides comfort and support to terminally ill children and their families. That's what folks can expect to receive when they sign up to participate in the 3rd Annual Eleonore Rocks Waterstone fund-raiser on Saturday, June 21 in Oxford....more >>

$10,000 raised for Jubilee's 1,700 shell show this Saturday

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Downtown Lake Orion will be booming this Saturday when a last-minute fireworks show takes flight just off Green's Park. The Lion's Club Jubilee fireworks show will last about 30 minutes beginning at 10 p....more >>

No vote on dispatch issue for village residents

Hours upon hours of debate and legal research spread across many months and meetings came down to a final decision made after about seven minutes of discussion. As a result, Oxford Village voters will not be given the opportunity to decide whether they wish to continue paying to operate a local dispatch center or contract with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office for this service....more >>

Family dipping oil evolves into local catering business

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer After 36 years in the food industry, Lake Orion's Matt Zarghami strayed away from restaurants to focus on catering and making their family dipping oil into a business, Z's Dipping & Sauces, Inc....more >>

Twp. voters to face two public safety millages on Nov. ballot

Oxford Township voters will face two millage proposals concerning public safety when they head to the polls in the general election. Last week, the township board voted 7-0 to place a six-year, 3....more >>

RCOC explains logic behind Joslyn Rd. construction

Several residents have questioned why Joslyn Road is receiving maintenance and repairs as it is far from being the worst road in the Township. This project on Joslyn is a little unique....more >>
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Oxford Woods residents want twp. to adopt weed ordinance

A group of concerned residents from the Oxford Woods subdivision came to last week's township board meeting with one request – adopt an ordinance to deal with properties where the growth of grass and weeds is not being controlled by the owner....more >>

Milosch's raises money for Blanche Sims El.

Milosch's Palace Chrysler Jeep helped raise $920 in funding for Blanche Sims Elementary with Chrysler brand's Drive for the Kids program. The fundraising event was held in May in conjunction with the Spring Fair....more >>
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Concerts in the Park is back!

Downtown Oxford's popular Concerts in the Park series returned last week with the cowboy rock-n-roll band Bob Marshall and Marshal Law. Concerts are scheduled in Centennial Park from 7-9 p....more >>

Summer educational programming offered at Bald Mountain State Park

Be Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer In between the scenic Polly Ann and Paint Creek trails lies Bald Mountain State Park on Greenshield Road. Unlike other parks and beaches in the area, Bald Mountain offers a variety of activities year-round in their 4,637 acre park: cross country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, a beach area for swimming, fishing, paddling, canoeing, kayaking, along with snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter....more >>


Local hip-hop group ready for big time

Summer's heating up for Clarkston's Matt Floyd Music. The hip-hop, rap group – Floyd, Kyle O'Grady, Press Kampe, and Michael Wayne – is getting ready to release an EP, with 5-6 original, summer-themed hip-hop rap songs....more >>

Investigation continues into fatal dog attack

A 10-month-old Springfield Township baby was killed in a dog attack, June 8. Deputies and Springfield Township paramedics were called to the 8200 block of Tindall in Springfield Township, 11:45 a....more >>

Wendi's Word

Hats off to grads

It seems to get harder every year seeing the seniors leave to embark on their newest journey. You were just starting sixth grade beginning your venture at the middle school when I started at The Clarkston News....more >>

Library makes summer reading an adventure

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News When summer approaches - reading is the last thing many students think about. The Clarkston Independent District Library is trying to change that by getting people to keep reading all summer with various activities....more >>

Golden Opportunities for active living

There are many opportunities for seniors to get involved at the Orion Center and to enjoy being outside this summer. If you like birding, gardening, biking or walking; we have a program for you!! The Gardening Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from June through September from 9:00 - 11:00 am at the Orion Center....more >>

Track stars selected for Team Michigan

Seniors Kirk Hansen and David Diaz were invited to be a part of Team Michigan for the Midwest Meet of Champions, pitting the best seniors from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana on Saturday at Granville....more >>


Auditor:Trend is positive

Despite deficient fund balance, outlook improving

Brandon Twp.- The library is in deficit by roughly $22,000, with liabilities greater than assets. However, while the general fund balance is negative by about 2.5 percent, transparency and monitoring have been "very good" since November....more >>


Atlas Township voters could decide pathway future this November

Atlas Twp.- The committee, "Walk, Bike, Run Atlas Township," took a slightly different turn Monday night. The township board of trustees meeting featured a presentation by Paulette Johnson, committee co-chair, who along with Bruce DeGrouchy formed "Walk, Bike, Run Atlas Township" about a year ago....more >>

Strawberry fields

Brandon Twp.- Raymond Kramer was on his hands and knees picking strawberries on Tuesday, the day before his 94th birthday. As the sun beat down, sweat trickled from the Clarkston resident's face, but he was cheery as he plucked the ripe fruit at Middleton Berry Farm, 4790 Oakwood Road....more >>


Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, $25K raised

Ortonville- Stefanie Thompson was diagnosed with lymphoma when she was 27, had a stem cell transplant, and now goes to the doctor every six months to make sure the disease isn't returning....more >>


Remembering Casey

For more than three decades, his notable voice, countdown formats and dedications touched the airwaves in 50 countries. The king of countdown with family ties in Goodrich and Fenton—who opened his show with, "This is Casey Kasem's American Top 40," died June 15 in a Gig Harbor, Wash....more >>


Onica named clerk of the year

Atlas Twp.-There are 1,240 townships in Michigan, each with a clerk. And for 2014, Atlas Township has the very best. Last week the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks selected Tere Onica the 2014 Township Clerk of the Year....more >>


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 >>


'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 >>


Avondale principal eyed for superintendent

Goodrich- On June 19 the school board of trustees is expected to interview Michelle Imbrunone, current Avondale High School principal, for district superintendent. On June 9 the school board of trustees voted in closed session to narrow the superintendent search down to four candidates....more >>


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 >>


Board OKs new Reid Elementary principal

Goodrich- On June 9, the school board of trustees voted 7-0 to promote Reid Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Beth Millerschin to school principal. Millerschin replaces Principal Christy Flowers who will work in the Davison School District this fall....more >>


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 >>


Brandon Fire Department wins $120K grant for equipment

Brandon Twp.- The third time was the charm. For the third year in a row, the fire department bid for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant, and their persistence finally paid off— to the tune of more than $120,000....more >>


Community Wide Yard Sale &Art in the Park

Brandon Twp.- Two common summer traditions— yard sales and art festivals— will be combined here next weekend. The first annual Community Wide Yard Sale and Art in the Park will be from 10 a....more >>


Christ Lutheran Church cemetery turns 150-years-old

Hadley Twp.-On June 15 Christ Lutheran Church commemorated the 150th anniversary of their cemetery. David Paslean, a church member for 71 years and chairman of the cemetery operations, said township resident Wilhelm Rose donated about one acre on the northwest corner of Hadley Road and Fox Lake Road in 1864 to establish the cemetery....more >>


Diesel spill in Goodrich

Goodrich-On Sunday morning Atlas Township Fire Department responded to the odor of diesel fuel at the vacant Genesys Health Systems residential hospice facility, 7280 M-15. Township Fire Chief Fred Forys reported firefighters working on a training happened to notice the strong smell of diesel fuel and responded to the abandoned building....more >>


Vi's Polish Cuisine

Dennise Sigler's motto for her new business is "from grandmother's kitchen with love." For Sigler, a Groveland Township resident, the love that came from her grandmother Violet's kitchen— Polish food— now comes from a 14-foot trailer....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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