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Township seeks fire equipment millage on Nov. ballot

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Orion Township Fire Department still needs a new aerial fire truck, an ambulance, updated turnout gear and other critical equipment as a result of the failed fire capital and equipment millage on the August 5 primary ballot....more >>
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We'll smile when we win

onday was picture day for Oxford High School's fall sports teams. First up, bright and early at 8 a.m., was the varsity football team, which begins its season 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at home against Romeo....more >>

W. Burdick St. residents favor restrictions on truck traffic

Excessive noise. Foundation-rattling vibrations. Wear and tear on the road. These are some of the ills the Oxford Village Council is hoping to cure via a proposed ordinance amendment that would impose weight and time restrictions for truck traffic on W....more >>

Dragons fire up for annual festival

Dragon on the Lake kicks off this Friday and there's an added benefit to the fun. Festival goers who take an evening run or try their luck at black jack will be giving back to the community....more >>

District moves from 'red' to 'yellow' on state scorecard

Oxford Community Schools is now officially "out of the red" and into the yellow, according to the Michigan Department of Education's Accountability Scorecard released last week. "This is the state's second year of this model of scoring and we made quite a few improvements," said Chief Academic Officer Dr....more >>

Orion Fire Department to begin 2015 hiring process

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer With the passage of Orion Township's proposed additional fire operation millage during the primary election, Fire Chief Bob Smith will use the approximate $1....more >>

Lake residents to pay invasive weed treatment in Lake Orion

Special assessment district affects 809 parcels, ranging from $85 to $135 a year

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer In order to treat invasive algae and weeds in Lake Orion, the Orion Township board approved its biggest Special Assessment District (SAD) Monday involving 809 lakefront residents....more >>
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Village water, sewer rate hikes to take effect Oct. 1

Effective Oct. 1, water and sewer customers in Oxford Village will experience a large increase in their monthly bills as the municipality seeks to stop losing money and start covering its costs for those utilities....more >>

Hearing set for proposed 32-unit development

A small residential development proposed to be built in the southwestern portion of Oxford Township will be the subject of a 7 p.m. public hearing before the planning commission on Thursday, Aug....more >>

Full service spa and salon opening downtown

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Head to Toe spa and Exclusive Salon Suites are teaming up to bring the first full combination hair and spa into downtown Lake Orion. The ground floor of their new location at 18 S....more >>
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Battle for the Golden Paddle

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer On Sunday, thirty Dragon Boat teams will go head-to-head to battle it out for the coveted Dragon Trophy and try to out row defending champions Island Bombers....more >>
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Remembering Mr. Woody

Scott Woody never achieved his dream of becoming a teacher, officially, but he was one in every sense of the word. From February 2003 to November 2012, he played a pivotal role educating students as a tutorial assistant with Oxford High School's successful automotive program....more >>

Perfect par for all ages at Paint Creek Junior Golf

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer After attending three clinics, seven golf games and instructions from PGA golf professionals, the Paint Creek Junior Golf program wrapped up their season championship outing last week....more >>
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Chest compression machine sought by ATFD

Addison Township's fire department is nearly halfway to its goal of raising enough funds to purchase a life-saving piece of emergency medical equipment. Thanks to the generosity of the Four County Community Foundation, based in Almont, and Precision Pipeline, based in Wisconsin, the department has $7,500 to put toward the purchase of an Auto Pulse system....more >>

Taylor Woityra fundraiser held at coney island

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Last Friday, community members came out to Leo's Coney Island to raise and donate money for Taylor Woityra, who suffers from Hodgkin's Lymphoma....more >>

Ord. to prohibit Jake braking in village heading for 2nd reading

Truckers producing excessive noise by using compression release engine brakes, commonly known as Jake brakes, could soon find themselves being ticketed by Oxford Village Police. Last week, council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance amendment that would prohibit the use of this type of braking system in the village by classifying it as a noise violation....more >>
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Returning Senior Olympian defends his state title

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Alan Raynor had his work cut out for him during the Michigan Senior Olympics (MSO) this past week at Lake Orion High School, however the defending state titleholder persevered....more >>
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Local senior citizen competes in Las Vegas car race

It's been years since Larry Roesner raced hydroplane power boats, but he still has the "need for speed." The 77-year-old Oxford resident returned home last week after competing in the Las Vegas-13 Chump Car World Series Endurance Race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway....more >>
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Culverhouse, a proud honoree at the Orion Veteran's Memorial

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Ninety-six years ago a veteran was born whose service is now set in stone in Lake Orion. U.S. Army 38th Combat Engineer James Culverhouse Sr....more >>

Multi-family plan to be submitted in 'next month or two,' developer says

It's been 10 months since its representatives met with the Oxford Township Planning Commission, but a Bingham Farms-based company is still planning to build a 360-unit multiple family residential development just north of the village....more >>

Twp. awards $1M bid for hall expansion to Orion company

Work on an 8,500-square-foot addition/interior renovation project at the Oxford Township Hall (300 Dunlap Rd.) is expected to begin by Sept. 1. Last week, the township board voted 7-0 to hire the Orion Township-based Dailey Company to do the construction work for the bid price of $1....more >>

Attempt to make political sign ord. reflect state law fails

An attempt to amend Oxford Township's ordinance language concerning political signs so it reflects state law failed last week. Treasurer Joe Ferrari proposed the ordinance be amended so that political signs located in public right-of-ways must include the identification statements required by the Michigan Campaign Finance Act....more >>

Twp. saves sewer users $70K

In a single stroke last week, the Oxford Township Board saved sewer customers $70,871. Officials voted 7-0 to prepay the township's share of the cost for repairs and improvements to the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor (OMI) Drain rather than make 20 years worth of debt service payments on an estimated $8 million bond issue....more >>
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'Stiff competition' at Scrabble nationals

Things didn't turn out as Evan Berofsky had hoped at the 2014 National Scrabble Championship last week. The 38-year-old Oxford resident placed 20th out of 63 competitors in his division....more >>
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Lights! Camera! Big Jim!

Oxford Leader columnist James A. Sherman, Sr. (left) is expanding his influence in local media from the pages of this newspaper to the airwaves of public access television. Sherman, who served as the Leader's publisher from 1955-93, was interviewed last week at his kitchen table for the Oxford Community Television (OCTV) program "My Life," hosted by John Oetjens....more >>
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Congrats to medalists Deleone, Brish

Students from Dragon Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program competed in the Chicago Open Jiu Jitsu tournament Aug. 9. Antonio Deleone and Johnny Brish took home a total of four gold medals and one silver....more >>


'Kids that are successful, have parents involved in their education'

Teachers share tips on helping your child achieve

Brandon Twp.- The first lesson of the 2014-2015 school year is here and it's not for those who will be sitting in classrooms come Sept. 2. District teachers Chris Welling and Kim Coffey shared tips this week on how parents can help their students succeed all year long....more >>


It's time for 'Good Times in Goodrich' again

On Aug. 23-24, Good Times in Goodrich arrives for another annual weekend of fun for the whole family. Hundreds are expected to gather downtown on Saturday and Sunday to watch the parade which kicks off the festivities, jam to a band or two and visit with some of the townsfolk during the late summer event which also features all-day craft show, marketplace vendors and a walking tour of the cemetery....more >>


Goodrich,Brandon set for 'Battle of M-15'

Blackhawks-Martians kick-off new era of old rivalry

Six miles. About a 15-minute bus ride via M-15. That's what separates Goodrich and Brandon high schools; however, on Aug. 28 the neighboring districts may not be too neighborly when a football rivalry will be renewed after more than 20 years as the Martians host the Blackhawks at 7 p....more >>


Scoreboard ready for season

Goodrich-When football season kicks off Aug. 28, fans will know the score thanks to a recent contribution of a local auto dealership. Earlier this month, a new scoreboard was installed at the Roy U....more >>


Rover pipeline project surveys shift north, route questioned

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Atlas Twp.- Jim Lusty was taken aback when a representative of ET Rover showed up on his Vantine Road property near Irish Road Saturday afternoon. "It actually gave me heartburn," said Lusty....more >>


Brandon Township Library searches for new director

Brandon Twp.- The library board and staff are working to move forward two weeks after the death of Interim Director Colleen Stringer. During their Aug. 11 meeting, the library board focused on the search for a person to fill the top position as they unanimously approved an official advertisement for a new library director and discussed immediate needs in what they have called an emergency situation since the loss of Stringer, who died suddenly July 31 at the age of 67....more >>


Small increases in millage rate, wages for BFD

Ortonville- During a joint meeting on Aug. 18 of the Brandon Township Board and Ortonville Village Council, both government entities unanimously accepted recommendations by the Fire Authority for the 2015 fire budget....more >>


Brandon, Groveland pass resolutions opposing pipeline

Local elected officials are united in their opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline. In meetings Monday night, both the Brandon Township and Groveland Township boards unanimously passed resolutions opposing the natural gas pipeline that ET Rover wants to put through the townships, as well as numerous other communities along a route that parallels that of the Enbridge Line 6B petroleum pipeline....more >>


Duplex fire displaces family; shed blaze deemed arson

Brandon Twp.- Township firefighters battled two blazes last weekend, one of which displaced a family, and the other which was deemed arson. Fire Chief David Kwapis said township firefighters were called to an early Sunday morning duplex fire in the 400 block of Cedar Lake Lane in the Village of Ortonville....more >>


Tyler Bonner memorial car show

Goodrich- Rev up your engines for the third annual Tyler Bonner Memorial Car Show. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 23 during Good Times in Goodrich—Erie Street is expected to be lined with more than 250 of the top street machines....more >>


Township fund balance at $1.6 million

Atlas Twp.- Mark Perry, a CPA for Yeo & Yeo, presented the annual financial statements and auditor's report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 at Monday's township meeting. Since 2004, the township has doubled its general fund balance, swelling from $1....more >>


ACLU takes aim at local begging, panhandling rules

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- In late 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent letters to 84 municipalities across the state notifying them that anti-begging ordinances on their books are unconstitutional and should be repealed....more >>


KITT, Smokey alive and driving with local car club

Most people will never remember the movie plot of "Smokey and Bandit"—legendary truck driver Bo "Bandit" (dare devil Burt Reynolds) is offered $80,000 to haul 400 cases of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia....more >>


Study sought input on direction for Brandon

Brandon Twp.- More than 300 families responded to a survey about the school district, giving insight about what they like and don't like and providing valuable information as new Superintendent Matt Outlaw seeks to lead the district in a positive direction....more >>
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For you

Joe Popp greets friends, family and fans at Football for a Cure last Saturday....more >>

Back-ups OK'd for schools

Two of five technology critical needs are set to be fixed by the time kids return to the classroom. Clarkston Board of Education voted 7-0, Aug. 11, to approve two new data backup systems....more >>
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Donation for new Depot Park bridge

Bart and Diane Clark have been active and generous residents of the community since they moved here in 2005, but their latest commitment, to fund a new bridge in Depot Park, has left some amazed....more >>

Family business owner's legacy to continue

Longtime Clarkston business owner David McNeven planned to retire years ago, but he never did. "He could never stop working," said Christina Calka, his stepdaughter. "When we thought he would retire, he'd wake up and go back to work....more >>
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Sidewalk flags for construction

Robertson Court residents spotted colored plastic and metal flags sticking out of the ground and wondered what they were. Yellow, red, orange blue and green flags mark underground utility lines in advance of two projects....more >>
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Welcome new teachers

Clarkston Community Schools hosted an orientation for new teachers, Aug. 18, at the administration building, where they got to know each other and administration staff, and district procedures and policies....more >>

School rankings

Michigan Department of Education released its annual Top( 99%)-to-Bottom (0%) list, which ranks schools based on students' 2013-2014 performance in mathematics, reading, writing, science and social studies and high school graduation rate data, and achievement, improvement, and achievement gap....more >>
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New SCAMP head excited for future

Tina Collins is excited about her new position as executive director of SCAMP, a five-week camp each summer for children with a variety of disabilities. Collins has big shoes to fill after former executive director, Donna Clancy announced she would retire on Aug....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Corvette summer

John Bowman Chevrolet hosted America's Corvette Club's "The Show," one of the area's largest Corvette shows, at their north location, Aug. 9. The event included fund raisers for Leader Dogs for the Blind including a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and silent auction....more >>
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Cancer fight

Rain began to pour on Saturday while the Wolves announced who they were playing for during the annual Football for a Cure. Clarkston enthusiasts stayed in their seats for the event as the gridiron heroes played in honor of those who fought cancer, are fighting cancer or who have passed away....more >>
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Make the catch

Ringo shows what a Disc Dog can do by catching a frisbee during the seventh annual Pet Fest at Michigan Renaissance Festival, Aug. 16. Disc Dogs of Michigan was invited as part of the festival's Royal Pet and Ale theme during its first weekend of the season....more >>
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LEAD kids chip in for cure

During Saturday's Football for a Cure event, it wasn't just the varsity Gridiron heroes raising money for patient services at McLaren Breast Center and McLaren Cancer Institute - Clarkston....more >>
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Olde tyme fun

Michigan Renaissance Festival launched a new summer season of medieval mirth and merriment last weekend. The festival continues weekends through Sept. 28. Next weekend features the Highland Fling, with Scottish dancers, games, and beer tasting....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Deputy supervisor hired Independence Township Board of Trustees approved the creation of a deputy supervisor job at an Aug. 12 special meeting. According to Independence Township Supervisor Par Kittle, under Michigan law the supervisor has the authority to create the position to aid in the administration of the township....more >>

Labor Day parade

Clarkston Rotary Club hosts the Clarkston Labor Day Parade, 10-11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 1. The traditional end of summer parade is seeking floats, classic cars, community service organizations, musical groups, local businesses, political candidates, families, and equestrian riders....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Roberts' superintendent contract approved for next five years" Dr. Al Roberts, board superintendent, continued to serve the Clarkston school district for another five years following a 7-0 approval from the school board of his new contract with a yearly salary of $125,000....more >>
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