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Ehman Center under new ownership

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Ehman Center has new owners, four born 'n raised Lake Orionites to be exact. Forming Legacy Partners with the purchase, Kellie McDonald, Christian Mills, Todd Garris and Scott Garretson paid $45,000 for the building, pouncing on it after it was foreclosed on April 1, 2014....more >>
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Seymour Celebration was all fun and games!

Families packed Seymour Lake Twp. Park last week to enjoy the three-day carnival that was the centerpiece of the 6th Annual Seymour Celebration. They enjoyed rides, games and plenty of fattening carnival food....more >>

Lake Orion teachers receive three year contract

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year contract with the Lake Orion Education Association (LOEA) affecting approximately 446 teachers in the union and saving the district nearly $700,000....more >>

Another pipeline?

Natural gas line proposed to follow Enbridge route through Oxford, Addison

As crews work to replace one energy pipeline that runs beneath the ground through Oxford and Addison townships, there are plans to construct another one along this same route and potentially have it operational in Michigan by 2017....more >>

Fireworks guide to road and boat restrictions

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Fourth of July would not be the same without hot dogs, ice cold soda and extra law enforcement on and off Lake Orion to ensure the safety of Independence Day celebrators....more >>

No superheroes on Koenig site, owner says

Move over Lone Ranger because tongues are wagging all over town that another famous masked crusader for justice might be coming to Oxford to fight bad guys. He doesn't ride a white horse....more >>

Lake Orion man sentenced in federal court for income tax evasion

By Dan Shriner Review Editor A Lake Orion man was sentenced to six months confinement in a federal facility for filing a false federal tax return and ordered to pay $86,581 in restitution....more >>
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OHS grad dies from dirt bike crash injuries

A stunt went wrong Saturday night and resulted in a crash that abruptly ended the life of an Oxford High School graduate who had just received his diploma in May. Tyler James Flook, 18, of Oxford, died at 3:20 p....more >>

Pre-engineering program coming to LOHS this fall

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer After two years of development, a Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) program will be starting at LOHS in the fall, offering pre-engineering courses....more >>
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Introducing the chamber's new executive director, Lisa Renaud

In order for small businesses to succeed in today's hyper-competitive marketplace, they need someone in their corner offering support, suggestions and services. Locally, that person is Lisa Renaud, the new face of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce....more >>

Chrysler 200 commercial filmed at Milosch's Palace Dealership

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Lights and cameras filled the showroom of Milosch's Palace dealership when Avalon films shot clips for the new 2015 Chrysler 200 commercial. A 30-second commercial was previously produced in Portland, Oregon and used for internal purposes....more >>

Shooting contest celebrates Lone Ranger

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Are you looking to have a rootin', tootin', shootin' good time this summer? Then grab your pistol, slip on your 10-gallon hat and sign up for the Silver Bullet Shoot-off at the Bald Mountain shooting range in Orion Township on Monday, July 14 at 3 p....more >>
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Shooting contest celebrates Lone Ranger

Are you looking to have a rootin', tootin', shootin' good time this summer? Then grab your pistol, slip on your 10-gallon hat and sign up for the Silver Bullet Shoot-off at the Bald Mountain gun range in Orion Township on Monday, July 14 at 3 p....more >>

Parkside Bar and Grill opens to public

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer From French Onion soup and Cajun grilled salad to Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches and classic burgers, the new Parkside Bar & Grill has just about every mouth-watering entrée one could imagine....more >>

Delay ahead

W. Burdick St. to reopen July 26

Bad news for motorists. A change was made to the scope of the W. Burdick St./Seymour Lake Rd. reconstruction project, so the road will remain closed for an additional week. "July 26 is the new target date (to reopen the road)," said village engineer Rob Lavoie, president of the Pontiac-based Nowak & Fraus Engineers....more >>

Orion Art Center offers summer activities for all ages

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Five-year-old Katia Muscat and sister Mattea spent their first week of summer picking up leaves, looking at trees and water and getting inspired with their eco-friendly projects....more >>

Keep the law, safety in mind when shooting off fireworks

As Oxford residents gather this week to celebrate the Fourth of July by watching the rockets red glare and the bombs bursting in air, remember there are laws as to when and where those fireworks can be used....more >>

Tribute to a former Facebook master

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer A former local man kept the spirit of Lake Orion alive in an eclectic Facebook group titled "You know you're from Lake Orion if you remember....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 >>


'One tough patriot'

Four stints of active military duty is remarkable. But when that service is in the American Revolution— where young recruits had no military training, their weapons were outdated and the enemy were regimented trained British troops—the accomplishment is remarkable....more >>


Third pipeline takes aim at Groveland, Brandon townships

Jeff Axt moved to Brandon Township because, like many others here, he liked the natural beauty of a rural community with ordinances in place to protect woodlands and wetlands, as well as prevent overdevelopment....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 >>


An extraordinary love story

Ortonville- Mike McLain's 28th birthday weekend featured a treasure hunt that led him to the ultimate prize— his bride, Daphne. Mike and Daphne, Ortonville residents who met two-and-a-half years ago, became engaged this past Valentine's Day in Grand Rapids and planned to get married next year, but budget constraints altered plans, and Daphne made the decision to give Mike a surprise wedding— perhaps not what they had originally envisioned, but a unique and perfect day, nonetheless....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 >>


BHS innovative program earns:Education Excellence Award

Brandon Twp.- About 130 students in this school district speak English as their second language. These students bring to the district 16 different languages in which they are fluent, including Spanish, Hmong (native to Laos), Polish, German, Italian and French....more >>


Mill pond's absence could create new set of issues

Goodrich-Bill Rausch had reason to worry when the village mill pond was drained of water last month for repairs. "Where's the township fire department going to get water when a home or business is on fire if the pond is empty?" said Rausch, who served on the Independence Township Fire Department for 29 years....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 >>


Goodrich School Board member steps-down after five years

Goodrich-Following the conclusion of the June 23 school board meeting Vice President Jeff Gardner resigned. "It's been a good run over the past five years," said Gardner, following the decision....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 >>


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 >>
Ian Bruning, 2013 Oakland County Fair king, congratulates 2014 King Noah Peterson and Queen Katlynn Kroll. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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New royals reign over county fair

Kicking off this year's County Fair season was a crowning for its king and queen. Noah Peterson and Katlynn Kroll received the honors at the June 27 Oakland County Fair Royalty Banquet at Springfield Oaks fairgrounds, along with other fair royalty....more >>
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10-year plan for township

Clintonwood Park off Clarkston Road is first up in a 10-year plan for improvements to Independence Township. Independence Township budgeted $210,000 for the park in 2015, which includes $40,000 in grants and donations, to replace playground equipment and multi-purpose pads, and build a new baseball shelter in 2015....more >>

Township safety paths up for almost $1M

A 10-year plan to extend Independence Township's safety path system totals $950,000. The Capital Improvement Plan for the path system also includes $80,000 in equipment expenses. In 2015, $600,000 is scheduled to be spent in partnership with Oakland County to connect township paths to other paths in the Oakland County Parks system....more >>
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Special funding to eliminate 'eyesore'

Officials call it the #1 eyesore in Independence Township, but it could all change with a new plan for property at the corner of M-15 and Dixie Highway. It's been several years since the corner was occupied by a BP gas station, and redeveloping the property has been challenging....more >>

Millions planned for improvements to fire department

Just over $5.3 million in upgrades, improvements and new equipment is included in a Capital Improvement Plan laid out for Independence Township departments over the next 10 years, through 2025....more >>
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DI teams place at globals

The Clarkston Creativity Crew teams from Clarkston High School and Pine Knob Elementary School brought home top 10 finishes at the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals tournament at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, May 21-24....more >>
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Garden secrets on walking tour

For Patsy and Jim Carlson of Independence Township, their garden has been a refuge and little bit of Up North for the past 30 years. People will have a chance to check it out themselves during this year's Garden Walk....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Park rock

PARK ROCK: The crowd enjoys the 80's tunes of Outer Vibe at Concerts in the Park, June 13 in Depot Park. The free concert series continues after the Fourth of July holiday with the Rusty Wright Band on July 11 and Bar None on June 18....more >>
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Hands-on learning at camp

Grace Dean picked up a dry erase marker with the prosthetic hand she just finished making during RUSHing Girls to Engineering Summer Camp, June 18. She pulled the strings she had glued to the hand as she used the prosthetic to write on the white dry erase board....more >>
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Art camp

The creativity was weaving through the air at Clarkston Junior High School during the annual Teen Art Camp, June 16-19. The annual camp had a few new additions of weaving and clay tiles but returners were delighted the camp favorites of screenprinting, creating an alternative sketchbook and encaustic wax was back....more >>
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Cool drinks

For just 50 cents a cup, Jackson Stallsmith and Connor Hayden sold glasses of lemonade and iced tea during a garage sale in Clarkston on Friday....more >>
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Spirit and skills shine through at camp

Hundred girls in Clarkston worked on their tumbles, cheers and stunts with three cheer camps last week with Tot Cheer, Elementary Cheer and 6th-8th Grade Skills Camp. Campers in the Elementary Cheer were perfecting their skills last Wednesday at Clarkston High School as they prepared for a performance for their families....more >>
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Dragons sign off year with memories

Before Clarkston Elementary students started their summer vacation they took the last few minutes of school sharing memories, June 10. They looked through their yearbooks with friends and classmates laughing and remembering the 2013-2014 school year....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Independence Township commemorates Vietnam War anniversary A proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war will be presented to veterans by Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle during the Independence Fest Veteran's Celebration July 4 at Clintonwood Park....more >>

New track at Andersonville

Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously, June 23, to approve a new walking track at Andersonville Elementary School. The $20,510 quarter-mile asphalt track and $2,000 annual maintenance will be funded by a $5,000 grant award from Clarkston Optimist Club, $1,200 donation from Great Lakes Restoration, and $16,310 in donations from Andersonville's PTO, said Principal Bruce Martin....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Local businesses caught selling alcohol to minors" Detectives from the Oakland County Sheriff's Independence substation conducted a surprise sting operation in Independence and Springfield townships and Holly....more >>
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1817: Frederick Douglass, slave, and later, activist and author.
1819: Christopher Latham Sholes, inventor of the first practical typewriter.
1845: Quinton Hogg, English philanthropist.
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1920: The League of Women Voters is formed in Chicago in celebration of the imminent ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
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