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Festival was a berry good time!

Folks of all ages gathered in the Village of Leonard Saturday to enjoy the 62nd Annual Strawberry Festival. As usual, there was plenty to see, do and eat. It's the best festival around....more >>

Tax abatement to help Fuyao hire 100 locals within 3 years

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The $15.3 million Fuyao Automotive North America plans to invest into the Orion Township company could be a little more affordable with the recent approval of an industrial tax abatement....more >>
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$20M community rec. center on Aug. 5 ballot

When Oxford voters trek to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 5, they'll be faced with proposals to build a $20 million community recreation center at Stony Lake Township Park and partially fund its operations....more >>

Candidates support Proposal 1 at Orion business roundtable

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Two Orion Township elected state officials shared their insights on pending legislation voters will see on the August 5 ballot. Vice President of Jacobsen's Flowers and 46th district State Representative Brad Jacobsen and District 12 Senator Jim Marleau –both who will be on the ballot for re-election August 5— met with local business owners last week....more >>
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Supervisor, residents attend Rover pipeline open house

Bruce Pearson wore two hats while attending the July 15 open house at Richmond High School for the proposed Rover Pipeline, the tentative route for which runs through Oxford and Addison townships....more >>

Orion beaches are safe for swimming

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Beaches in the Lake Orion community are some of the best in the region and are safe to swim in and enjoy. With more than 250 beaches in Oakland County, about 169 are tested and placed into the Oakland County Health Departments Beach Guard database each year....more >>
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Leonard honors those who helped acquire old mill

L. Brooks Patterson visited the Village of Leonard Saturday to pay tribute to one of the few things that's been in Oakland County longer than him. The county executive was the keynote speaker at a ceremony honoring all the organizations and individuals who contributed funds, services, expertise and resources to help Leonard acquire the old mill/grain elevator and the 0....more >>

Stay safe during outdoor activities

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer When hiking through the Bald Mountain trails or biking on the Polly Ann or Paint Creek, residents need to be aware of the dangers that lurk between the trees....more >>
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Lone Ranger Day parade, festival return

Who was that masked man? The answer to this question uttered by countless folks on radio, television and the silver screen can be found in Oxford as the community prepares to host its second annual Lone Ranger Day parade and festival on Saturday, Aug....more >>

Coffee from around the world offered at PX2

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer What makes World of Beans Micro-roaster special, located inside PX2 Automotive, is where their beans grow and how fresh they taste. Most coffee retailers, like Starbucks and Tim Horton's, roast their coffee beans –fifty pounds or more at a time — while World of Beans Micro-Roaster does single pounds upon orders, making the coffee more fresh and tasty....more >>
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Skeet-shooter Eisenhardt earns medal in CO

Nathan Eisenhardt's impressive skeet shooting abilities earned him yet another medal last week. The 15-year-old Addison resident was the men's skeet champion in the J2 Division (ages 15 to 17) at the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships held at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado....more >>

DDA looks to make artistic improvements to downtown

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer When looking at photos from earlier times in downtown Lake Orion one thing is evident: people are out and about on foot. That is the goal of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) design team: to bring more people back into the streets, sidewalks, alleyways and ultimately the businesses by creating a more cohesive community....more >>

You guessed it – another delay

There's been another delay in the W. Burdick St. reconstruction project. Now, the 1,691-foot stretch of road between Ashley Way in the village and S. Waterstone Dr. in the township is scheduled to re-open on Thursday, July 31, according to Oxford Village Manager Joe Young....more >>

Six Rivers Parcel phragmite removal

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer On July 21 through 23, Orion Township Environmental resources committee teamed up with the Michigan Student Conservation Corps and Natural Community Services to control the phragmites growing along the Six River Parcel, on the corner of Joslyn and Waldon roads....more >>
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Reseigh named 2nd runner-up in Ms. Senior Michigan pageant

For someone who's never competed in a pageant, Sherry Reseigh did pretty good her first time out. Last week, the 65-year-old Oxford resident was named second runner-up in the Ms. Senior Michigan pageant held at the Older Persons Commission (OPC) center in Rochester Hills....more >>
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Precision Pipeline donates to community

Precision Pipeline, the contractor laying the line 6B pipeline for Enbridge that will run through both Oxford and Addison townships, decided to give back this past week and presented a couple $2,500 checks to the community....more >>
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Church of Christ pursues projects for upcoming service week

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Church of Christ is drumming up local area citizens who may need a little extra maintenance assistance this summer. From July 31 to August 4, volunteers from the Church of Christ will be out in the streets and neighborhoods of Lake Orion and Oxford for the 9th annual "Mission: Possible" weeklong service project....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 >>

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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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New path for township? Voters will be asked this November

Atlas Twp.-Voters this November will get an opportunity to decide if pathways will be part of the township future. By a vote of 5-0, the board of trustees OK'd ballot language asking voters for 1/8 of a mill to establish funding for the first pathways in the township....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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Bare all, bear consequences

A 24-year-old Orion man who bared all will now bear the consequences. Garrett Lee Roberts was arraigned July 21 on charges of resisting and obstructing a police officer, malicious destruction of property, indecent exposure, and breaking and entering in front of 52-2 District Court Magistrate Chiappelli....more >>

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Township drives toward speed limit input on gravel roads

Atlas Twp.-Speed limits on gravel township roads may get a second look. On Monday night the board of trustees voted to move forward with potential reductions in speed limits on several township roads....more >>

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Township challenged on political signs at polls

Atlas Twp.-More than three months before the voting polls open in the early morning hours of Nov. 4—a battle is stirring over political signs and First Amendment rights. Goodrich Village Councilmember Richard Saroli voiced concerns during public comments prior to the beginning of the township meeting....more >>

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First virtual school students AP results positive

After opening the Brandon Virtual School in the fall of 2013 the first students have moved through the online classes—with some very positive scores. The Brandon Virtual School provides a variety of online international baccalaureate courses along with classes through Michigan Virtual in addition to advanced placement and honors classes through its partnership with the Virtual High School of Boston....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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'We felt like we wanted to take health and fitness to another level'

Ortonville- Amy Crowell worked out for the first time in a week on Tuesday, joined by five other fitness-minded individuals, under a sunny sky, sweating to the sounds of upbeat music at the track near Harvey Swanson Elementary on Varsity Drive in the village....more >>

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First virtual school students AP results positive

After opening the Brandon Virtual School in the fall of 2013 the first students have moved through the online classes—with some very positive scores. The Brandon Virtual School provides a variety of online international baccalaureate courses along with classes through Michigan Virtual in addition to advanced placement and honors classes through its partnership with the Virtual High School of Boston....more >>

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New superintendent seeks input from community

Brandon Twp.- School district residents have an opportunity to make their views known and effect change through a survey released this week. The survey is part of an information gathering project coordinated by new Superintendent Matt Outlaw and is available through surveymonkey, with a link on the district website, www....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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Paws on the Runway: Dog fashion fundraiser

Hadley Twp.- Doggie style will be on display when fashion and pooches come together during the first annual Paws on the Runway, a fundraiser for the K-9 Police Dog Fund, set for 2-5 p....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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Local pastor: All spiritual roads lead to Jerusalem

Editor's note: This story was written prior to the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas. The Citizen would like to speak with local residents who have family or friends in Israel or the Gaza Strip....more >>

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School board, village council lack November candidates

Voters in the Brandon School District will see only two names on the November ballot for school board candidates, even though three 4-year terms are available. Likewise, only two candidates are vying for one of three 4-year trustee seats on the Village of Ortonville Council....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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New school board, village candidates on November ballot

Goodrich-Some new faces will be on the ballot this fall. July 22 was the petition filing deadline to the Genesee County Clerk's office for candidates to appear on the school board and village council ballot on the Nov....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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State investigation started

Resident wants state check into 'Clarkstongate'

After he was told Oakland County prosecutor's declined to pursue charges, Cory Johnston of Clarkston thought legal issues he has with the city manager were over. "I have spent $2,500 on legal fees," he said....more >>
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Road work descends on downtown

By Monday afternoon, several sidewalks on corners of downtown Clarkston streets had sidewalks and brick pavers ripped out and ready to be revamped. Some sidewalk areas in the city of Clarkston are being redone to make them compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards....more >>

Eight candidates vying for state representative seat

Clarkston area voters will narrow the field of candidates for state representative and other offices, and decide the future of the library and other issues in the Aug. 5 primary. Voters will narrow a field of eight candidates for Michigan District 43, a two-year term representing Independence Township, City of the Village of Clarkston, city of Lake Angelus and parts of Waterford....more >>

Deadline corrected

Cnews catches repeat city petition error

It would have been deja vu for candidates interested in running for office in the City of the Village of Clarkston. A notice on the city's website last week stated the filing deadline for candidates for the Nov....more >>

Awards for Springfield Parks and Recreation

Jennifer Tucker, director of Parks and Recreation for Springfield Township, is proud of the work they do. The department also received state recognition – Michigan Recreation and Parks Association awards for 2014 Best Single Brochure, Best Special Brochure, Park Leadership Award and 2014 Best Nature Program....more >>
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Safer crossing

Pedestrians no longer have to be concerned about crossing the street at the corner of Main and Washington Streets in downtown Clarkston. A malfunctioning crosswalk light was repaired last week....more >>

Scoopers help heart research

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News Culver's of Clarkston partnered with Oakland County Parks and Recreation to raise money for the Children's Heart Foundation Michigan Chapter, July 15....more >>
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Karate black belt learns defense, discipline

Blake Berry of Davisburg had a goal – earn his black belt in Tang Soo Do Karate before his ninth birthday. He made it with weeks to spare. "We are so very proud of Blake," said his mother, Julie Berry....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Garden work in Depot Park

It's hard work to make sure Depot Park in downtown Clarkston stays beautiful, according to City of the Village of Clarkston DPW worker Ralph Daigle. Employees perform a lot of tasks to keep the park beautiful like weeding flower beds, mowing the grass, weed whipping, removing garbage and caring for trees....more >>
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Summer time for fun outfits

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News Not sure what to wear this summer? Here are some top trends to look for. High-waisted shorts will be a staple in everyone's wardrobe this summer....more >>
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Grand opening

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce members, and other local leaders, friends, and family gather to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Pine Knob Wine Shoppe, 5726 Maybee Road, with a ribbon cutting, July 11....more >>
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Fun in the sun

Vivian Hyer and her brother Steve Hyer III enjoy fine weekend weather, July 12, on the Deer Lake beach....more >>
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Nurturing beauty

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Track camp

The sunshine was back last Thursday as over 50 campers in grades 3-8 enjoyed the last day of Youth Track and Field Camp. They learned track and field events in hurdles, discus, high jump, long jump, relays and shot putt throughout the four day camp....more >>
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Circus at the fair

Circus shows were popular at the 2014 Oakland County Fair at Springfield Oaks....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

School board election Clarkston Board of Education President Rosalie Lieblang and trustees Elizabeth Egan and Steve Hyer are running for re-election in the Nov. 4 election. Running as challengers are Donald E....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Independence planning tool to help schools" A proposal to inform Clarkston schools about new residential developments and rezonings in Independence Township was adopted by the Board of Trustees....more >>
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