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Vacant buildings filling up, mixing up downtown

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer There are no shortages of new businesses looking to make downtown Lake Orion the go-to place in the area. After opening up a store in downtown Davison, couple Paul and Deanna Snyder opened their second Elixer Boutique at 52 S....more >>
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Get ready for Lone Ranger Days

Grab your mask, Kemosabe, and head to downtown Oxford Saturday for the Second Annual Lone Ranger Day parade and festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn about everything that's going on, check out our special section included with this week's issue....more >>

Dr. Deck convicted of indecent exposure

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer PONTIAC – Lake Orion optometrist Robert E. Deck was found guilty on one count of indecent exposure and was sentenced Tuesday, July 29, at Oakland County Circuit Court....more >>
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Cops say NY man blackmailed Oxford girl, 14, into sending sexually-explicit photos

A 20-year-old Brooklyn, New York man is facing eight felony charges for allegedly blackmailing a 14-year-old Oxford girl into sending him photos of herself in sexually-explicit poses....more >>

Have no fear, your primary election guide is here

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Electors will be nominating several county wide and state wide candidates on Tuesday,  August 5. With four separate proposals, Township Clerk Penny Shults says voters should make sure to flip over the ballot form when voting at all regular precincts for the primary election....more >>

Ups and downs with MME, ACT results

This year's Oxford Schools juniors had "a few positives" on their Michigan Merit Exam (MME) scores and had some "gains and drops" on their ACT results compared to last year, according to Chief Academic Officer Dr....more >>

Liquor licenses now cheaper to obtain in village

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer In the past, downtown Lake Orion restaurants that wanted to obtain a liquor license had to purchase one through escrow from Oakland County, costing close to $75,000....more >>
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New DDA director has passion for historic bldgs.

Virginia "Ginny" Schomisch believes one of the keys to creating a prosperous future for downtown Oxford is preserving and promoting its past through historic buildings. "There are statistics that show people who visit a downtown are more likely to stay there when it has some sort of historic aspect (to it)," said the 24-year-old Ypsilanti resident and new executive director for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA)....more >>

What does it take to win a dragon boat race?

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Twenty-two people squeezed into a dragon boat, yelling and motivating each other over the bang of rhythmic drumming while rowing 300 meters as fast as they can is how the Dragon on the Lake festival will wrap up on Sunday August 24....more >>
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Coming together to fulfill hospice patient's wish

July 24 was certainly a beautiful day to go fishing. But the warmth of the sun shining down on the clear, blue waters of Lake Orion was nothing compared to the warmth of the people that came together to make a dying man's wish come true....more >>

Love INC director retires after 9 years

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer After helping the organization get started in Lake Orion in March 2007, Sandy Weaver retired last week from her position as the first and only executive director that Lake Orion's Love In The Name of Christ (Love INC) has had....more >>
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Enbridge protesters arrested for blocking traffic, disobeying cops

Two activists protesting against the Canada-based Enbridge company were arrested July 24 in Oxford Township for allegedly blocking the path of vehicles entering and exiting a construction staging area off Lakeville Rd....more >>

Dogs kill jogger

Victim worked in Oxford

A Livonia man left his Oxford workplace to go jogging July 23 and ended up being mauled by two large dogs in neighboring Metamora Township. John Sytsma, an employee of Eltro Services, Inc....more >>

New spins on the Wizard of Oz and The Wiz

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer The Wizard of Oz story line is portrayed in The Wiz, with a modern twist, some funky music and more interactive characters. The Peanut Gallery Players director Stacy Cleaveland has re-created The Wiz to give it her personal touch while staying true to Dorothy's adventure down the yellow brick road....more >>

Library seeks tax hike to help offset revenue losses, maintain services

(Editor's Note: Here's a recap of why the Oxford Public Library is requesting a tax increase from a story we wrote in April.) A 10-year, 0.4518-mill property tax increase is being requested by the Oxford Public Library on the Aug....more >>

Church of Christ seeks projects to help the community

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Starting this week, the Lake Orion Church of Christ began lending volunteers to the local community to give a little bit of extra summertime help....more >>

Four file for five council seats

Oxford Village is suffering from a shortage of candidates. Only four people filed for the five village council seats up for election in November. The filing deadline was July 22. Incumbents Maureen Helmuth, Sue Bossardet and Bryan Cloutier are all running as is retired village Clerk Rose Bejma....more >>

Help design link to Pain Creek Trail

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Paint Creek trail enthusiasts know the trail ends at Atwater Commons behind the CVS in downtown Lake Orion and it is up to them to connect to their next destination....more >>

Varsity baseball and softball athletes make all-county

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer After being nominated by their coaches, various Lake Orion High School athletes were awarded the all county title after playing well throughout the 2014 season....more >>

Briefs & Public safety

Pancake breakfast at Immanuel Church On Saturday, Aug. 2 from 7:30 to 10 a.m., Immanuel Congregational United Church of Church in Oxford Village will host a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project....more >>
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Jacobsen to focus on roads, keeping youth in Michigan

Brad Jacobsen believes his work is not yet done. That's why the 57-year-old Oxford resident is once again seeking the Republican nomination to run for the 46th District seat in the state House of Representatives....more >>
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Reilly's all about small govt., less regulations

John Reilly is challenging incumbent Brad Jacobsen in the Aug. 5 Republican primary race for the 46th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives because he believes the GOP is betraying its principles and needs to return to its roots....more >>
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ET Rover protests heat up

Residents, township officials gear up for fight to block proposed natural gas pipeline project

Brandon Twp.- Jeff Axt believes ET Rover is looking for the path of least resistance with the natural gas pipeline project they have proposed and which would cut a swath through his property and that of dozens of other township residents, many of whom already have the Enbridge Line 6B pipelines through their properties....more >>

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Goodrich drain issues overflowing into circuit court

Nineteen plaintiffs seek compensation after they were allegedly damaged by village drains, sewer, millpond in village

The battle over Goodrich drains could soon end up in court. On July 25 Flint Attorney Dean T. Yeotis filed a class action in the Seventh Circuit Court for a group of Village of Goodrich residents, along with three Genesee County businesses, charging four counts surrounding the village sewage system, drains and mill pond....more >>

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Raising funds for Devoted Friends

Brandon Twp.- More than 600 animals have found homes in the past four years with the help of Devoted Friends. The 501c3 animal rescue is closing in on 700 intakes for animals, with close to 100 animals in foster care right now....more >>

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Local becomes Pawn Star

Doug Floyd now has official Pawn Star status. The Brandon Township resident premiered on the popular History Channel cable show "Pawn Stars" last month, and will be featured on another show sometime within the next month or two....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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Township park plans will phase out some gravel pits

Groveland Township, DNR, Oakland County propose 350 acre recreation area

Groveland Twp.- The sound of gravel trucks rumbling down township roads may be a noise of the past if local, county, and state officials have their way. Last week, Township Supervisor Bob DePalma announced an extensive plan to reclaim some gravel mining property and create a multi-purpose outdoor recreational facility encompassing about 350 acres along the western fringes of the township....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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Concussion Testing, physicals at Goodrich High School

Getting your 'bell rung' is far too often a reoccurring part of sports. The violent hit to the head is just one of several concussion-causing occurrences that's commonplace in sports....more >>

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Ortonville:DEQ seeks regional sewer solution

Ortonville- For years, village officials have waffled over what to do regarding sewers as the lack of them impedes business growth and septic systems increasingly fail, but the decision may soon be out of their hands....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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Police millage request on ballot

'Most important millage voters have had in more than 20 years'

Brandon Twp.- Voters on Tuesday will decide whether the township retains police services from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. A yes vote on the request for 4.25 mills will keep 10....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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Library director dies suddenly

Brandon Township- Interim Library Director Colleen Stringer died suddenly of an apparent heart attack July 30 at her home in Hadley Township. She was 67. The library was closed July 31 in observance of her death....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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'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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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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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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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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I can invent

Addison Seldon and Julianna Fossi work on their pinball machine in I Can Invent during Camp Invention....more >>

Case closed on burglaries

A burglary case in Independence Township was closed with the arrest of two suspects, also wanted for burglaries in Waterford Township. Cameron Ryan Cornell, 19, and Johnathan James Sornson, 38, were arrested in connection with burglaries in the 5000 block of Tamarack Park Lane, June 24, as well as Waldon Lake Drive, June 27....more >>

Safety concerns quash tri, du races

Athletes' hopes of putting their training to the test at the 10th annual Village Tri and Du are dashed – this year's event is cancelled. "We hate to make a decision like that, but we won't put athletes and residents at risk," said Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle....more >>

Outing supports Veterans' Court mission

Local soldiers returning home with physical and emotional issues sometimes find themselves in trouble with the law. Thanks to a Veterans' Treatment Court program, soldiers do not have to wage the battle alone....more >>
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Incentive program renovates local roads

For Wealthy Street residents, a new program is just the thing to get a road renovation project running. Former Independence Township trustee and resident Mark Petterson and his son accepted the first check from the newly created Neighborhood Road Incentive program, created by Independence Township to help offset costs for neighborhoods needing to repave their streets....more >>
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Deputies control 'Mayhem'

At a concert billed as the "Mayhem Festival," Oakland County Sheriff's deputies made sure they had plenty of people to keep the peace, July 18. Two sergeants and 20 deputies were stationed at DTE Energy Music Theater during the festival, July 18, featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Cannibal Corpse, Asking Alexandria, and other acts....more >>
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Sidewalk work planned on Main

Clarkston is looking to save some money on a sidewalk project by linking it to current work in the area. City Council gave Manager Carol Eberhardt the OK to sign a contract up to $20,000....more >>

Primary election

Issues on the ballot

Clarkston area voters will help decide several issues on the Aug. 5 ballot. Proposal 14-1 asks voters to reduce a state use tax with a local community stabilization share to modernize the tax system and help small businesses grow and create jobs....more >>

Primary election

Eight candidates run to fill District 43 state seat

Independence Township voters will make several decision when they head to the polls Aug. 5. Voters will choose one of eight candidates to serve as a Representative in State Legislature District 43, a two-year term to represent Independence Township, the City of the Village of Clarkston, the city of Lake Angelus and parts of Waterford....more >>

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Three candidates vie for state 44th District seat

Running for the Republican nomination in the Michigan 44th District are Liz Fessler Smith, Dennis Garlick, and Russ Tierney. Liz Fessler Smith said she is best qualified for the District 44 Seat because of her educational background, small business experience, Republican leadership positions she has held, and her ability to work well with others....more >>

Primary election

Candidates run for county seat

As one of 21 members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, the Fourth District representative will be elected to serve a two-year term. Duties for the position include establishing and revising Oakland County policies, establishing the property tax millage rate, adopting the annual county budget and a long-range capital improvement program, adopting county ordinances and rules....more >>

World War II-era plane graces Main Street

Local business owner Ed Adler spotted something unique in the back of a local business, so The Clarkston News went to investigate. It's a vintage Beechcraft Model 18 plane was spotted near the back of the old Township Hall Building at 90 N....more >>
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Youth hope to 'Enkindle' faith at park

Organizers hope to fill Depot Park with prayer and worship at the second annual Enkindle the Remnant event, 6-9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22. "Prayer for the community to come together, for all churches and people," said Josh Kuruvilla, 19, of Independence Township....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Concert for Habitat

A Clarkston-area family is almost halfway to achieving their goal of homeownership, with the help of the community and My Habitat Clarkston. "It's exciting – we really appreciate it," said prospective homeowner Shannon Chatman, who has been working with the community organization for about two years....more >>
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Park art

Dana Driscoll of Clarkston paints a picture at Easels in the Park during the My Habitat Clarkston concert in Depot Park, July 25. The art event, organized by Depot Street Arts, is part of Free Art Friday Clarkston....more >>
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Kids 'morph' ideas into fun

Jack Villella took off his eyeglasses and held up the invention he finished working on in the Design Studio module last Wednesday at Camp Invention. "I am making something to help people see better," he explained, holding the contraption up to his eyes....more >>
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Showing their faith

The First Congregational Church of Clarkston celebrated its first Outdoor Baptism Service, July 20. Sixteen people demonstrated their faith in Jesus Christ by publicly professing their trust in Christ and celebrating their changed lives through baptism, said Traci Cooley, administrative assistant for First Congregational Church at 5449 Clarkston Road....more >>
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Recycled art at market

Artists are invited to share their recycled works of art every fourth Saturday until September at the Recycled Art Market. The monthly market is part of a recycling effort to give new life to items bound for landfills, said Sarah Angelini, farmers market organizer....more >>
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Free with message

A group of young girls from Harvestland Church of Clarkston visited downtown and offered free bottles of water, granola bars and cookies. When asked why they were giving the goodies away, the girls handed out a card and said, "We just want you to know that Jesus loves you, and we hope this brightens your day....more >>
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New Rotary year begins with a picnic

Another night of fun was held for SCAMPers and their families on July 21. The first activity of the Clarkston Rotary year is always a picnic for SCAMP attendees. The evening picnic at Independence Oaks included hot dogs, salads, watermelon, salads, potato chips, and entertainment....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Absentee vote The Independence Township Clerk's office at 6483 Waldon Center Drive will be open on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8-10 a.m. for issuing absentee voter ballots. Registered voters can obtain absentee ballot if they are age 60 years old or older; unable to vote without assistance at the polls; expecting to be out of town on election day; in jail awaiting arraignment or trial; unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons; or appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "City water, repaving delayed" After 90 minutes of discussion, the Clarkston City Council decided a plan to repave Main Street and possibly to install a water main the following summer was all wet....more >>
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Born September 19th
1904: Bergen Evans, educator and author who wrote Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage.
1911: William Golding, novelist best known for Lord of the Flies.
1915: Elizabeth Stern, Canadian pathologist who first published a case report linking a specific virus to a specific cancer.
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in history
1893: New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote.
1900: President Loubet of France pardons Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, twice court-martialed and wrongly convicted of spying for Germany.
1918: American troops of the Allied North Russia Expeditionary Force receive their baptism of fire near the town of Seltso against Soviet forces.
1948: Moscow announces it will withdrawal soldiers from Korea by the end of the year.Forty-five years after shipping out to fight in Korea, Harry Summers got new insight into what the war had been all about.
1955: Argentina's President Juan Peron is overthrown by rebels.