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Houses demolished as Genisys Credit Union project proceeds

Two houses along S. Washington St. (M-24) were demolished last week by the Clarkston-based Rogers Excavating as Genisys Credit Union proceeds with plans to build a new 3,300-square-foot facility, complete with drive-through, in Oxford Village....more >>
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Hands raised high for the Jubilee

By Dan Shriner Review Editor It may have taken nearly 20 years for everything to come together again, but the weekend's Lions Club Jubilee in downtown Lake Orion was a rousing success....more >>
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Police: Don't ignore road closure or speed limit

For those motorists who choose to blatantly disregard the W. Burdick St. closure and drive right through the construction zone, the Oxford Village Police have something very special waiting just for you a ticket....more >>

New housing expected this fall at Scripps and Lapeer

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Construction in the new Orion Common's Park View housing community will begin soon and eventually 102 single family and about 88 duplexes will be up for sale, some by this fall....more >>
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Carnival, fireworks are all part of the fun

The Oxford area's summer festival season is set to kick off this week with the much-anticipated 6th Annual Seymour Celebration June 26-28 at Seymour Lake Township Park. "Every year, it's just gotten bigger and bigger and bigger," said Ron Davis, director of the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department, which coordinates the event....more >>

Downtown Farmers Market itinerary, themes and activities

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Although the first day of the Farmer's Market was momentarily rained out June 18, the spirit and camaraderie among vendors helped secure booths and goods before becoming drenched....more >>
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New look, feel and tech at library

Walking into the Oxford Public Library, patrons are immediately greeted by a fresh, new lobby area that melds classic style and contemporary comfort with the convenience afforded by modern technology....more >>

Camp Agawam opens again for the summer

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Cub Scouts learned the different steps to knighthood by the time they waved goodbye to fellow day campers Wednesday at Camp Agawam. After almost a two-year hiatus, Boy Scout Camp Agawam reopened Monday, June 25 for the first of two summer day camp sessions....more >>
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Rotarians welcome Ruth

Michigan Secretary of State is just one of the many government offices, Ruth Johnson has held. She's been a three-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Oakland County's clerk/register of deeds, and a member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners....more >>

New rules to manage Lake Street Boat Launch

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Street boat launch has become an issue that neither Lake Orion village police department nor administration can efficiently control to the satisfaction of village residents....more >>

Another public hearing on water, sewer rates set for July 8

A new set of proposed rates and another public hearing. That's what came out of the Oxford Village Council's June 17 special meeting/public hearing regarding plans to increase the municipality's water and sewer rates in order to cover operating costs, pay debts and finance future system improvements....more >>

Summer outdoor movies are for the LO community

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Pee Wee Patch Child Development Center will be offering four free movies this summer for Orion community members to enjoy in their playground area....more >>
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Village residents give input on proposed utility rate hikes

A small group of folks attended the June 17 public hearing to ask questions, offer suggestions and express opinions regarding the Oxford Village Council's plans to increase water and sewer rates (see story above)....more >>

Orion Oaks County parks welcomes pups of all sizes

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer With 916 acres of trails bordered by Clarkston, Joslyn, Waldon and Baldwin roads, along with 24 fenced-in acres for the Bark Park, the Orion Oaks County Park allows members to be active with their friends and families, including dogs....more >>
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Open house to benefit local charities

Treetop Lodge, located at 3333 Jonathan Rd. in Oxford, is inviting folks to attend its Spring Open House on Sunday, June 29 from 12-5 p.m. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring donations for the Oxford-Orion FISH food pantry or the K-9 Stray Rescue League....more >>

Shooters come to Bald Mountain for state clay championships

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For the third consecutive year the Bald Mountain Shooting Range, in partnership with Michigan Shooting Centers LLC, hosted the 2014 Michigan State Sporting Clays Championships from June 19 to June 24....more >>

Addison officials vote to mix old, new for twp. hall

When it came time to decide at the June 23 special meeting whether to renovate the existing township hall or build a brand new one, the Addison Township Board voted 6-0 in favor of a concept plan that does both....more >>
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Road closed, but businesses still open

Just because the road is closed doesn't mean the businesses around it are, too. Five local businesses Art & Dick's Party Store, Paul's Barber Shop, Little Caesars, Frosty Boy and Subway want people to know they're still open and ready to serve customers despite the fact that W....more >>

Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea...

Enbridge expects to have pipeline done by end of September

Things are humming right along with regard to Enbridge's replacement of a crude oil pipeline that runs through Oxford and Addison townships. Project Director Thomas Hodge anticipates the Line 6B project will be completed "on time and on schedule....more >>


Skate Park still closed

Ortonville- School is out, summer is underway, and still the Village Skate Park is closed. The park may remain that way for the rest of the year. "If we don't have people signed up, we're not going to open," said Village Manager John Lyons....more >>


Michigan fireworks law still ignites debate

Atlas Twp.- In 2011, the local fireworks issue became louder after state lawmakers opened up sales and usage in Michigan—igniting a rush to buy the devices and creating a new retail opportunity for some....more >>


Fundraiser for family of late BHS grad

On July 10, the community can help a Brandon graduate's family, bereaved by her sudden death. Tracie Anne (Austin) Vargas, a 1990 BHS graduate, died June 12 at the age of 41. Surviving are her husband, William, and five children, Victoria, Tevin, and triplets, Evelyn, Dezi, and Grace, 4-years-old; as well as her parents, Dan and Kathy Austin, Barbra and Austin Craig and siblings Mark (Kate) Austin and Shannon Austin and two nephews....more >>


Yet another pipeline proposed in Brandon, Groveland

The dust hasn't settled from the Enbridge pipeline yet, nor from the Consumers Energy gas main extension, but a new pipeline appears to be headed straight through Brandon and Groveland townships....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 >>



At 95-years-old, Catherine Dusenbury can still wear the WAVES uniform—a WWII Victory medal and American Campaign medal pinned on the left side of the navy blue, long sleeve, wool jacket....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 >>


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 >>


Superintendent contract on table

Board votes to offer Avondale HS principal top spot

Goodrich- On Monday night the school board voted 7-0 to move into closed session and are now poised to offer Michelle Imbrunone, current Avondale High School principal, a contract as district superintendent....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 >>


Oakland County Fair opens

Animals of all kinds, carnival rides, a circus, fun food, pirates, exhibits and contests galore will all be part of the fun for both kids and adults at the Oakland County Fair, July 4-13 at Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg....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 >>


Village of Ortonville OKs 2014-15 budget

Ortonville- The village council approved the 2014-15 budget by a 4-0 vote at their June 23 meeting. Council members Dan Eschmann, Courtney McClerren and Tom Peters were absent. The budget has $527,105 in revenues, with matching expenditures....more >>


Free summer meals at Oakwood for children

Brandon Twp.- Free breakfast and free lunch for children will be available Monday through Thursday beginning July 7 at Oakwood Elementary, 2839 Oakwood Road. This is the third year in a row the school district has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program, federally funded and available to all children under the age of 18, regardless of family income....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 >>


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 >>


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 >>
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Cool splash

Clarkston Elementary teachers Jenny Donaldson and Nate Fuller dump water on Principal Brian Adams and Physical Education teacher Lane Hurd to cool and clean them off -- for a good cause....more >>

School board OKs budget free of pink

For the first time in years, Clarkston school budget was approved with no layoff notices for teachers. "I'm thrilled not have to sit here and approve pink slips I think this is the first time I've been on the board I didn't have to lay off teachers," said Treasurer Joan Patterson, member of the school board since 2004....more >>

News submits FOIA requests

Last week, The Clarkston News requested information regarding a traffic study and storm water issues for 148 N. Main Street, the site of a coffee shop approved by Clarkston City Council at their Monday night meeting....more >>
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Couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

BY LAURA DuCHARME Special to The Clarkston News It's quite rare to find a couple married for 70 years, but on June 24, Frank and Annamarie Quinlan of Springfield Township celebrated their 70th anniversary, complete with a party hosted by their family....more >>

Developer interested in school property

Clarkston School Board will review the district's master plan in light of a proposal to purchase some property. Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock said a developer approached the district about buying about six acres of school district property behind Clarkston Independence District Library....more >>

Community news from Clarkston, Independence Township

A parent who requested to have her name withheld called The Clarkston News to say several fellow parents opposed a proposed cell phone tower on school property. The parent expressed concern over effects towers have on the well-being of children....more >>
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Girls in Pink hit field to fight cancer

The Lady Wolves proudly presented a $1,000 check to McLaren on June 6 after raising the money during the Clarkston Varsity Softball's Third Annual Girls in Pink Classic. "It's a great thing and a great opportunity for us to give back to the community," said Mackenzie King, finishing her final year with the team....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Speed art

Dave Santia, performance speed painter from the Detroit area, kicks off the live auction at SCAMP's Home Tour Patron's Night at Shepherd's Hollow, June 7, with colorful speed painting set to rock music....more >>
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Sweet rewards

If Clarkston Elementary students reached their goal for SCAMP Walk and Roll they would be treated to something special. They raised $1,971 for the annual fundraising for SCAMP, beating their goal of $1,500....more >>
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Out on the town with dad

Josh Cole takes his son Beckham Cole for a bike ride and a treat for Fathers' Day....more >>
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Dolphin fun in the sun

School is out and the Dolphins of Springfield Plains Elementary enjoyed a taste of it with their Field Day, June 5. They enjoyed games outside while cheering on their classmates and working together as well as enjoying fun competition during races and tug-o-war....more >>
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Green goodies

Springfield Township Farmers Market is open, 10 a....more >>
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Speed racers

The Oakland County Sportmen's Club hosted the Quarter Midget - Midwest Thunder Race, June 14-15. Young drivers sped around the course during the race, which is part of the Michigan Midget Racing Association....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

'We want The Clarkston News' Clarkston City Council members have spoken, again. At a June 23 meeting, council members said The Clarkston News is to be used as the first choice for publishing legal notices....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "X-ray films turned over to trustee" Former patients of North Oakland Radiology of Clarkston had a new way of obtaining their x-ray films and mammograms. Following a hearing at the U....more >>
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