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Fighting for his land

Oxford man doesn't want to lose more of his yard to pipeline

Like any property owner, Bruce Downey wants to be able to exercise his basic right to use and enjoy his land. That's why he is prepared to fight tooth and nail to stop a proposed natural gas pipeline from potentially taking more of his 10....more >>
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Veterans like riding Grand Princess

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer At age 92, not many of his good friends are still around, so Harold "Hal" Johnson moved to Lake Orion on July 2 to be closer to his lady friend who lives in Rochester Hills....more >>
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Leonard to recognize folks who helped acquire old mill

Never let it be said that the Village of Leonard doesn't know how to show its appreciation or express its gratitude to those who give it a helping hand. A brief ceremony will be held in the village at 10:45 a....more >>

Schools budget $90k surplus for next year

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For the first time since 2012, the Lake Orion School District is "on paper balanced" for total revenues and expenditures in the general fund. The Lake Orion school board approved the proposed 2014-2015 budget at the previous board meeting when officials heard the good news: the general fund will be up about $90,000....more >>
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Schnurs to serve as Grand Marshals for Strawberry Festival parade

Joe and Pat Schnur aren't looking for accolades or a moment in the spotlight, but they're going to get both on Saturday, July 19 when they ride down E. Elmwood before a cheering crowd....more >>

Twp. initiated assessment approved for Central Dr.

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Since winter, multiple roads in the township and village of Lake Orion have crumbled and been patched together again resulting in different states of drivability....more >>

State picks M-24 over W. Burdick St.

The good news is the state agreed to allocate a significant amount of money toward repairing an Oxford road that needs it. The bad news is it isn't the road that officials were hoping for....more >>

Lake Orion says farewell to Applebee's restaurant

By Meg Peters Review Staff Reporter For the last ten years locals have frequented the ex-Lake Orion Applebee's, which officially closed on June 29 at 10 p.m. "This was one of our restaurants that was not producing a lot of revenue, so it didn't' make economic sense to keep it open," Barb Pasicak, spokeswomen for Applebee's in Lake Orion, said....more >>
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Football helmets have been reconditioned, recertified, AD says

In an age where concussions are becoming more of a concern in contact sports, especially football, could the make and model of the helmet possibly reduce your child's risk on the field? Researchers at Virginia Tech seem to think so....more >>

Detroit Symphony Orchestra come to LOHS this fall

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Lake Orion High School is one of four selected locations in the metro Detroit area that will host the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a free concert this fall....more >>
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American Legion honors OCTV, station mgr. with 5th state award

Win one award, you're good. Win two awards, you're great. Win five awards in five years, it's probably safe to count yourself among the best of the best in your chosen field. Bill Service is much too modest to ever say something like this about himself....more >>

Motor City Brew Tours raises $3,150 for Friends of the Paint Creek Trail

On April 26, the Motor City Brew Tours held their "Cruisin' for the Trails" event on the Paint Creek Trail and raised $3,150 for trail improvements. Participants rode from Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills to the Paint Creek Cider Mill in Oakland Township, where they were greeted with a free can of New Belgium Beer....more >>
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Orchestra returns to 'Concerts in the Park' with Oxford musicians

Downtown Oxford experienced music on a grand and elegant scale last week when the Lapeer Symphony Orchestra returned to perform as part of the summer concert series in Centennial Park....more >>

Carpenter student swims at synchronized swimming nationals

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Some students swim and dive or dance, but for Lauren Prebay, her sport requires skill in all of those. Prebay finished in the top three at the regional synchronized swimming meet, pushing her way to the US Age Group Synchronized Swimming National Championships in Washington....more >>

North Oakland Community Coalition supports Hometown Heroes with BBQ

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer In efforts to raise money for substance abuse prevention programs, the North Oakland Community Coalition is holding a Hometown Heroes barbeque....more >>

Tim Horton's/Cold Stone denied for fourth time

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer A Tim Horton's/Cold Stone Creamery business proposal that was turned down at the June 16 board meeting was resurrected at the board meeting July 7....more >>

Briefs and Public Safety

Get moving for the Addison library The Addison Township Public Library will host a "Born to Read 5K/10K" and a "Speed Readers' Fun Run" on Saturday, July 19 during the 62nd Annual Strawberry Festival in Leonard....more >>

Lake Orion High School teacher releases third book

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Stacy Keywell, a French teacher at Lake Orion High School, has released her third science fiction novel, "Escape Dead Sky." The second book in the series, after "Forbidden Sky," revolves around a town "where residents are forbidden to questioning any of the rules and they have to bid on each other for marriage at 18 years old....more >>

New Orion business seeks to excite kids with LEGOs

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer With more than 100,000 LEGO pieces to use to create mini-figures, build cars to release down a racetrack, and create other exciting times, children can have a fun and educational experience inside Brick-It-Up....more >>
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Hope after heroin part I

An addict tells her story as local use continues to rise

Gwyn Brady's first time using heroin was on her 21st birthday. It wasn't her first time seeing the drug— that would have been nearly 19 years before when she saw her own father shoot up, her earliest childhood memory....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 >>


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 >>


MME: Goodrich among top five districts in Genesee County

Goodrich-Michelle Imbrunone's first week as the new district superintendent included learning her way around the district and receiving Michigan Merit Exam results that were near the top among all Genesee County schools....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 >>

Keeping warm: 'The Heat Stays On in Ortonville'

In the heat of summer, the cold winter may seem a distant memory. Or not. This past winter was particularly brutal, but thanks to "The Heat Stays On in Ortonville," many struggling local families received assistance with paying their utility bills and keeping warm....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 >>


Gamers invited to test skills at ROBO-CON

Gamers can test their skills by maneuvering real robots through a non-virtual obstacle course at Saturday's ROBO-CON event, slated for 10 a.m. 7 p.m. July 19 at Lapeer's Center for Innovation (Lapeer West High School), 170 Millville Road, Lapeer....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 >>


Wanted: Backpacks, notebooks

Ortonville- After 35 years as a teacher, Alice Robb knows the importance of school supplies. "There is always a need for notebooks, folders, pencils, pens," said Robb, who retired as a Brandon Middle School math teacher in 2007....more >>


Married 65 years: Working together

Brandon Twp.- Matt Mersino arrived home from work one night only two weeks into his marriage and found his wife, Faye, in tears. When he asked her what was wrong, she told him she wanted to go home— to her parents and siblings....more >>


John Kozak presents:'Through the Eyes of Rose'

John Kozak was just 7-years-old when he escaped with his mother Rose and older sister Zdenka from oppressive Communist rule in Czechoslovakia during the late 1940s. From 7-8:30 p.m....more >>
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Front page

Uncle Sam loves a parade

Ben Traynor's Uncle Sam towers gracefully over the crowd at the Clarkston Fourth of July Parade, Monday....more >>
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Serving those who served

Pat Kittle, Independence Township Supervisor, has vowed to help veterans after witnessing problems and pain they can face. His son, David Kittle, passed away last year after he lost his battle with addiction, a habit he picked up while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan....more >>

Grant would fund combined emergency plan

Independence Township Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Mitch Petterson has applied for a State of Michigan Competitive Grant Assistance Program (CGAP) in hopes of getting about $150,000 in state funding to help three local government entities join forces in the event of a major emergency....more >>
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Success for Team RUSH

Team RUSH 27 faced their newest challenges while building cardboard boats this summer and are ready for their 7th Annual RUSH Regatta this Saturday. The students faced restrictions in size for their boats made out of cardboard and duct tape last summer....more >>
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Salute to vets

People took time out of their Fourth of July festivities to honor veterans at Clintonwood Park. Bart Clark, retired U.S. Navy captain, led the veterans program, recognizing vets of all of America's wars....more >>

Cameras in Depot Park?

Clarkston Medical Group's Dr. Tim O'Neil donated $1,000 towards new security cameras for Depot Park, a gesture which City of the Village of Clarkston Manager Carol Eberhardt hopes will kick off a fund-raising effort....more >>
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Honoring their service

Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and more recent conflicts gathered in downtown Clarkston and Clintonwood Park for the Fourth of July Parade and Veterans' Program, sharing stories across generations and the world....more >>

Pond Tour a community effort

Clarkston's first Pond and Water Garden Tour will give visitors a chance to explore unique settings at a variety of homes in Clarkston and Davisburg on July 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p....more >>
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Dancer recognized in national competition

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News Sophie Harp, an incoming third grade student at Bailey Lake Elementary, was recognized for her dancing with the National PTA Reflections program....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Parade of patriots

Enjoying blue skies and mild temperatures, thousands of residents, neighbors, and friends lined up early to fill downtown Clarkston for the 2014 Fourth of July Parade. American Legion Post 63 Honor Guard led the parade of local clubs, churches, businesses, political candidates, Clarkston High School band, and other community organizations down Main Street....more >>
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Festival in the park

The crowd enjoyed fine weather at Independence Fest in Clintonwood Park, enjoying games, food, live music, and a craft show before the Fourth of July fireworks in the evening....more >>
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Ceramics at camp

Kids smoothed the clay edges on their tiles before they added spiral and macaroni noodles for texture last week in Ceramics Camp at Pine Knob Elementary. During week long Camp, the kids worked with clay and plaster and spent the last day glazing their creations....more >>
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Slippery camp finale

The weather was perfect with the sun shining and the warm temperature for a camp tradition - the slip and slide. Campers from Adventures in Softball ended the four day fun with practicing their softball sliding skills on a soapy wet tarp....more >>
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Feast on the Fourth

Clarkston Mason's Worshipful Master Paul Plunkett serves up breakfast to Larry, Kennedy and Jackson Hess during the Mason's annual Pancake Breakfast for the community on the morning of the Clarkston Fourth of July parade....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Political signs According to Independence Township ordinances, candidates for office can put up their political signs 14 days before the Aug. 5 election on private property outside public rights-of-way, no closer than 100 feet from any polling place....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Happy 4th of July!"An early morning rainstorm didn't dampen the enthusiasm of parade onlookers on Saturday, July 3. The Independence Township Fire Department, which sponsored the parade, estimated over 11,000 people were in attendance and there were over 100 entries in the parade....more >>
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Born October 4th
1861: Frederic Remington, Western painter and sculptor.
1862: Edward Stratemeyer, author, creator of the Hardy Boys, Rover Boys, Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins.
1879: Edward Murray East, botanist whose research led to the development of hybrid corn.
1884: Damon Runyon, journalist and short story writer.
1895: Buster (Joseph F.) Keaton, star of silent film comedies including Sherlock, Jr. and The General.
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in history
1905: Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer than 30 minutes. The flight lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covered 21 miles. The Virginia Air and Space Center is home to the Great Aerodrome, which almost beat the Wrights into the air.
1914: The first German Zeppelin raids London. The J.V. Martin Kitten failed at intercepting Zeppelins.
1957: Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched, beginning the space race. The satellite, built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184 pounds and was launched by a converted Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth's atmosphere and burned up. Just nine months after President John F. Kennedy called for the U.S. to put a man on the moon before 1970, Mercury astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
1968: Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary. As America's involvement in Indochina came to an end in the spring of 1975, the Khmer Rouge closed in on Phnom Penh for the kill.
1972: Judge John Sirca imposes a gag order on the Watergate break-in case.