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Village looks to restrict truck traffic on W. Burdick St.

Oxford Village is looking into possibly placing weight and time restrictions on trucks traveling along W. Burdick St. A 6:30 p.m. public hearing is scheduled for the village council's Tuesday, Aug....more >>

NOTA to request a .25 millage on August 5

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) is making a first-ever request for Orion, Oxford and Addison townships to approve a .25 millage on August 5 to continue operations of the important bus service for area seniors, low income and disabled residents....more >>

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Pipeline's proposed route doesn't include Downey's land

It appears Bruce Downey might get to build his pole barn after all because the proposed route for a new natural gas pipeline doesn't include his land at least for now. Two days after a story about the Oxford Township man's concerns over the proposed Rover Pipeline appeared in the July 9 issue of the Leader, Downey said he was contacted by an ET Rover Pipeline representative and informed the pipeline is not, "at this time," proposed to cross his 10....more >>

Juniors improve proficiency on MMEs

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Lake Orion High School juniors showed overall gains in proficiency in almost every area of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) and ACT assessments....more >>
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Local ministry goes whole hog to honor vets

Though life is not easy for many of them now, Christ the King Church's Veterans Ministry wants those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces to know both they and their deeds are not forgotten....more >>

Finally time for BBQ?

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Lake Orion committed to a net $1.6 million addition to their tax base if the deal with Lockharts BBQ closes in August. Originally thought to close on July 15, Lockharts purchase of the current village hall for $525,000 would allow village administration, the water and sewer department and the LO police department to move to the 160-year-old Union Church at 21 E....more >>

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Council OKs 1st reading of rate hikes

It appears Oxford Village's water and sewer rates are on track to increase on Oct. 1. Last week, council voted 4-0 to approve the first reading of an ordinance amendment that would charge customers a flat, monthly base rate that's determined by meter size, plus an increased rate for the amount of water and sewer that's actually consumed and produced (see sidebard entitled, "What does the village charge now and what is it proposing?)....more >>

Get lean with Spartan Nutrition grand opening Saturday

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Those interested in learning about nutrition and maybe grabbing a little swag are invited to come to the Spartan Nutrition grand opening on Saturday. Spartan Nutrition is located at 3755 Baldwin, across from Great Lakes Athletic Club....more >>

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What does the village charge now and what is it proposing?

The current structure Right now, all village water customers pay a base rate of $18.10 per meter (regardless of size) per month, which includes up to 2,000 gallons of water whether they use it or not....more >>

Owner of Orion Keg and Wine fundraises to supply Tanzania village with water

By Katie Winkler Review staff reporter Water to some may be thought of as an easily accessible resource, while those in other countries have difficulty receiving water and it may be contaminated....more >>
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'Big Money' makes his local debut

During the week, Chuck Weeden is just another mild-mannered tech geek. But on the weekends, he transforms into a fierce professional wrestler who dominates the ring and entertains fans as "Big Money" Chuck Weeden....more >>

Future renovations in store for Green's Park

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer After the Lake Orion Village Parks and Recreation committee created the 2005 master plan for the downtown area, Children's Park was revamped leaving Green's Park renovations pushed aside....more >>

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Twp. looks to regulate solicitors

"Attorney Ferrari." That was the new unofficial title Oxford Township Treasurer Joe Ferrari received from Supervisor Bill Dunn at last week's board of trustees meeting. Ferrari was directed to draft new potential ordinance language concerning door-to-door solicitors and submit it to township attorney Gary Rentrop for review....more >>
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Municipal complex site to be appraised

Council mixed on idea of selling, moving

Oxford Village officials are having an appraisal performed on the municipal complex located at 18-22 W. Burdick St. and the approximately 2.08 acres it sits on. But there are mixed feelings on the council as to whether the village should sell the site to a private developer, who wants to turn it into housing, and build a new municipal hall elsewhere....more >>

Local artist's first solo show coming to Orion Art Center

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer In her first solo show at the Orion Art Center, Lake Orion artist Laura Locke will be displaying her unique pieces, created with layered fabrics....more >>

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Village borrows internally to pay for W. Burdick project

Oxford Village will borrow money from itself in order to fund the reconstruction of W. Burdick St. underway since June 11. Last week, council voted 3-1 to pay for its portion of the project, which amounts to $467,152, by using $67,152 from the village's major street fund and borrowing the remaining $400,000 from two internal funds at an annual interest rate of 1....more >>

Post your election sign in the correct form and fashion

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Whether for or against a certain candidate or proposal, all village and township residents have the right to place election signs on privately owned and public property if a few basic requirements are followed....more >>

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Council seeks ban on Jake braking

A proposed ordinance to prohibit truck drivers from using noisy compression release engine brakes, commonly known as Jake brakes, within Oxford Village's limits is in the works. Last week, council scheduled a public hearing on the topic for its 6:30 Tuesday, Aug....more >>

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NOTA Director makes her pitch for Aug. 5 proposal

Lynn Gustafson made her pitch last week before the Oxford Township Board as to why the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) needs voters to approve a proposed tax supporting it on the Aug....more >>

Summer in Lake Orion means Dragon on the Lake

By Lauren Dinneweth Special to the Review Lake Orion- Dragons will rise again on Lake Orion, as Dragon on the Lake, the popular community festival returns this summer. "We have a full weekend of activities planned....more >>
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A rootin', tootin', shootin' good time!

Hot lead was flying through the air faster than a cyclone moving across the plains as cowboys and cowgirls gathered Monday afternoon for the First Annual Silver Bullet Shoot-off. Held at the Bald Mountain Shooting Range in Orion Township, the Lone Ranger-themed event offered participants the chance to show off their marksmanship, compete for bragging rights and have some old-fashioned fun....more >>
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WWII vet says, 'I really earned that Purple Heart!'

Proudly wearing a blue hat with "U.S. Navy" emblazoned across it in big, gold letters, Floyd Sczepanski sat at a table Saturday enjoying the Christ the King Church Veterans Ministry's annual summer hog roast in Oxford (see story on Page 1)....more >>

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Twp. 'holding steady financially,' auditor says

"We're holding steady financially and we're getting special projects done." That was the "big picture" description of things from Rana Emmons as she presented the audit report for the 2013 fiscal year to the Oxford Township Board....more >>

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Twp. officials direct PC to investigate weed ordinances

Should government be involved in regulating the height of grass and weeds on private property? Opinions on this question were mixed amongst officials and a handful of residents as the topic was discussed for 55 minutes at last week's Oxford Township Board meeting....more >>

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Strawberry Festival is Saturday!

Not many small-town celebrations can boast the popularity and longevity of Leonard's annual Strawberry Festival. On Saturday, July 19, the festival returns for the 62nd time and it promises to offer plenty of fun for the entire family....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 >>

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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 >>

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Pipeline meeting July 24

'We are going to get a landowners group together to see if we can come up with a way to have the pipeline not come through'

Brandon Twp.- A meeting for residents potentially affected by the proposed ET Rover pipeline is planned for 7 p.m., July 24, at the library, 304 South St., Ortonville. "We are going to get a landowners group together to see if we can come up with a way to have the pipeline not come through," said Township Supervisor Kathy Thurman....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 >>

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Veteran to be honored

Ortonville- The community is invited to join the VFW in honoring long-time area resident and Army veteran Don Kengerski at 10 a.m., Aug. 2, at the Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Mill and South streets in the village....more >>

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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 >>

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Wage freeze, no pink slips; GEA OKs two-year contract

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-By a 6-0 vote on Monday night during a special meeting, the school board of trustees OK'd a two year contract with the Goodrich Education Association....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Motorcycle ride, fundraiser for Kayleigh

Ortonville- Kayleigh Hogan was diagnosed with brain cancer on April 11, and had surgery just three days later to remove the medullo blastoma tumor. The 8-year-old has since endured radiation and at the end of this month she will have another surgery to remove one of her ovaries, prior to beginning nine months of chemotherapy that will likely destroy her reproductive system....more >>

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Filing deadline July 22 for November ballot

The filing deadline to be placed on the November ballot as a candidate for local positions, including seats on the Ortonville Council and Brandon Board of Education is 4 p.m., this Tuesday, July 22....more >>

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Chocolate milk recall

Brandon Twp.- A recall just over a week ago of chocolate milk produced at Cook's Farm Dairy was the farm's first recall of any kind in more than 30 years in business. The farm, located at 2950 E....more >>

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Elsworth inks deal with CFL's Montreal Alouettes

On Tuesday the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League announced the have signed Goodrich native and Michigan State standout Kyler Elsworth to a contract. "I got a call on July 6 from Montreal and flew out the next day," said Elsworth in an interview on Wednesday from Montreal....more >>

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Trustees to decide bike path ballot language

Atlas Twp.-The board of trustees is expected to discuss ballot language for future bike paths in the township at 7 p.m., July 21 at the township hall, 7386 Gale Road, Grand Blanc. The "Walk, Bike, Run Atlas Township" committee formed about a year ago has gathered 358 signed petitions from residents in support of recreational paths in the township....more >>

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Enbridge sub-contractor ticketed

Petroleum pipeline company disregards twp. ordinance

Brandon Twp.- When a Cook Trail resident and her family were awakened around 6 a.m., July 9 by loud construction trucks, police were called. Township ordinance forbids construction before 7 a....more >>
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Hope after heroin part II

(Editor's Note: This is the conclusion of a 2-part story. See part one online at thecitizenonline.com.) Gwyn Brady never tried to be a "friend" and drag anyone into the heroin addiction she has battled now for half of her life....more >>

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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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New school board trustee appointed

Goodrich- On Monday night the school board voted 4-2 to appoint Dan Keller trustee, replacing Vice-President Jeff Gardner who resigned June 23 due to extended work obligations. Trustees Greg Main, Chip Schultz, Nikki Wiederman and David Cramer voted yes....more >>
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Row, row, row

From left, Team 2 - The Non-Cute Puppies and Team 1 - Nautical Neons start the time trial race during the seventh Annual Rush Regatta on Deer Lake last Saturday. For more pictures, please see page 37....more >>

Meetings too long?

School board sticks with bimonthly meets

At the first school board meeting of the new school year, Trustee Steve Hyer had an idea fewer meetings. "Bylaws stipulate at least one business meeting per month I suggest we go back to one meeting per month," Hyer said at the July 14 meeting....more >>
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Downtown videos wrap as M-15 work starts

State contractors are expected to finish work this week videotaping historic homes and businesses in downtown Clarkston. The Michigan Department of Transportation contracted with Finishing Touch Photos and Videos to record downtown buildings in advance of an upcoming $4....more >>
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Springfield welcomes new fire chief

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News Leaving your co-workers after working many years together can be difficult, but Tom Graham, the new fire chief of Springfield Township, had an easier transition than he thought he would....more >>

Cameras for Depot Park

In response to vandalism in Depot Park, Clarkston City Council approved installing three cameras, July 14. The cameras and installation at three locations in the park will cost the city $9,879....more >>
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Firefighter pulls heavy duty

Al Doran, Independence Township firefighter and owner of a heavy-rigger trucking company, recently donated a 20-foot tank usually used to store petroleum products to the Rochester Fire Department for special confined spaces training....more >>

Strive's picnic helps with activities

An upcoming picnic at Clintonwood Park will help disabled individuals get active with a variety of "adaptive sport" activities, July 20, from 3-6 p.m. Strive hosts the picnic which includes food, hand cycling, adaptive yoga, wheelchair hockey, lawn games and a variety of wheel chair sports are a few events featured at the picnic....more >>
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Backroads races return with park route

The Clarkston State Bank Backroads Half Marathon and 10K returns for its second year with a new route. The race was moved from downtown and north on Holcomb Road to Independence Oaks County Park this year due in part to safety concerns, as suggested by Oakland County Sheriff's Office, said organizer Deanna Hart....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Love and music

Daphne and Mike McLain dance during Concerts in the Park in Depot Park in downtown Clarkston, July 10. Local talent Sam Van Wagoner warmed up the stage before the Rusty Wright Band headlined the concert....more >>
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Homecrowd rocks with Uncle Kracker

Uncle Kracker made himself at home at DTE Energy Music Theater during the Under the Sun Tour, July 11. "You plan and prepare for the show, but when you get here, it's Pine Knob, you lose yourself," said Kracker, who grew up as Matthew Shafer in Mount Clemens....more >>
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Working with words

Oakland Summer Writers Camp students enjoyed a field trip to downtown Clarkston to visit the Mill Pond to write a story about their observations. Writers Camp Coordinator Phyllis Ness said teachers help students learn the craft of writing....more >>
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Carnival fun at the fair

Animal exhibits, horse shows, carnival rides, antique tractors, circus, shows, pig races, and music was all in one location last week as Oakland County Parks and Springfield Oaks hosted their annual Oakland County Fair....more >>
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Race on the lake

Fans on Deer Lake Beach cheered on the eight teams from Team RUSH participaing in the seventh annual Rush Regatta, July 12. With challenges of pushing a game piece across the finish line, speed and battling water in a cardboard boat - Team 1 - the Nautical Neons were the Rush Cup Champions this year....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

School board officers Clarkston School Board's officers are unchanged, after Monday's board election. Board President Rosalie Lieblang, Vice President Susan Boatman, Treasurer Joan Patterson, and Secretary Craig Hamilton were all re-elected to their posts on 4-3 votes during the July 14 meeting....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Independence zoning categories revisited at joint board meeting" Vision 2020 was one step closer after the special joint workshop meeting. Independence Township Planner Dick Carlisle presented suggestions for the long-awaited update of the master plan....more >>
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Born December 25th
1841: Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross.
1870: Rosa Luxemburg, Polish-born founder of the Spartacus League which later became the German Communist Party.
1907: Cab Calloway, band leader, the first Jazz singer to sell a million records.
1918: Anwar Sadat, Egyptian president (1970 to 1981) and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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1950: Scottish nationalists steal the Stone of Scone from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey. The 485 pound stone was recovered in April 1951.
1962: The Bay of Pigs captives, upon their return to the United States, vow to return to Cuba and topple Fidel Castro.
1965: Entertainer Chris Noel gives her first performance for the USO at two hospitals in California, She will eventually entertain in Vietnam.
1973: U.S. astronauts onboard the Skylab space station take a seven-hour walk in space and photograph the comet Kohoutek.
1976: Over 100 Muslims, returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, die when their boat sinks.