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Fun flyin' fast at Dragon on the Lake

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer It just keeps getting bigger and better. In the last three years, the Dragon on the Lake festival has grown to span 10 blocks in Downtown Lake Orion with this year's culmination at Green's Park even bigger....more >>
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Hoedown raises funds, awareness for K-9 Stray Rescue League

For the second year in a row, a Metamora woman opened her home and her heart to help benefit the K-9 Stray Rescue League in Oxford. "I think we all need to do something. This is my (way to) give back," said Jacqui Schaefer, who hosted the Second Annual Recovery Cleaners Hoedown on her spacious property along Brauer Rd....more >>
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Deputies arrest Enbridge protesters locked to trucks

Question When can using a bicycle lock get a person arrested? Answer When a protester uses it to fasten himself to a construction truck. Two men protesting against the Canada-based Enbridge company were arrested Monday morning after they allegedly used large U-shaped bicycle locks to secure their necks to the frame of a truck belonging to the Wisconsin-based Precision Pipeline....more >>

School numbers raise slightly for first day of class, Sept. 2

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Overall enrollment is up approximately 173 students this year in Lake Orion Schools, thanks to the 218 schools of choice students who joined the district....more >>

Village's potential truck restrictions could increase traffic on twp. roads

Mary Hale doesn't want to see Oxford Village rid one of its main streets of the truck traffic "nuisance" by moving the problem to surrounding township roads like W. Drahner Rd., where she lives....more >>

Wedding dress baffles a delighted fiance before Dragon Boat Races

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The first ever wedding at Dragon on the Lake was a total surprise to the groom. Donna Miller, 46, left her house at 6 a.m. to get dressed up, while Dennis Miller, 56, and his sons grabbed the pasta salad and coolers to meet her at the 8:30 a....more >>

Sutphin resigns due to health

Citing health reasons, Addison Township Trustee John Sutphin submitted a letter of resignation effective Sept. 30. "At this time, I would like to thank all the people that put their trust in me as they elected me to serve four consecutive terms of office (as) trustee," Sutphin wrote in his letter....more >>

Let Them Play finalizing construction of playground

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Let Them Play, an idea to include fully accessible playground equipment for all children, has warmed enough hearts in Orion Township. Nonprofit organization Sister Souls, Inc....more >>
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Terpstra shares memories of secret SACO

While many American soldiers were fighting on the front lines during World War II, Richard Irving Terpstra was risking his life hundreds of miles behind enemy lines to help bring down Imperial Japan....more >>

American Heritage Girl Scout troop is new in Lake Orion

There's a new American Heritage Girl Troop in town and they're ready to grow. Chartered by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School, the American Heritage Girl Troop (AHG) is looking for more families that are looking for a character development program for their daughters ages 5 to 18....more >>

Changes recommended for alley project to address residents' concerns

It appears Pearl St. residents won't be getting the concrete wall they wanted to separate them from the alley Oxford Village is planning to build just west of their backyards. But that's okay because they seem to be content with all the changes that were recommended for the village's East/Edison Alley project in order to address their concerns regarding increased traffic, noise and light pollution, safety and privacy....more >>

Get behind LO's new water polo team

By Dan Shriner Review Editor There are some new competitive Dragons at Lake Orion High School this fall. The inaugural Lake Orion's boys varsity water polo team played its first-ever match last week at home against Haslett....more >>

PC receptive to plan for deaf senior housing on Glaspie site

A proposal to build housing at 98 S. Glaspie St. geared toward senior citizens who are deaf or hearing impaired was well-received last week by the Oxford Village Planning Commission....more >>

Culver's wins inagural Golden Paddle race and gives a paddlin'

Fueled by butter burgers and custard, members of Culver's Backpack Attack dragon boat team swamped dragon boats from Orion Township and the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce to win the coveted Golden Paddle during the Dragon on the Lake festival on Sunday....more >>

Addison PC hears proposal to rezone residential site for gas station

A 13-acre parcel from S-E Suburban Estates, located on the east side of Rochester Road and south of Mayfield Lane, could possibly be the site of a new gas station, convenience store and other retail if Addison Township Planning Commission recommends rezoning from residential to C-2 commercial....more >>

Orion woman is fighting, needs help with medical expenses

Efforts are still underway to help Lake Orion resident Taylor Woityra who is struggling with medical expenses, as she suffers from complications in her battle against Hodgkins Lymphoma....more >>

Addison residents speak out against proposed gas station

Fear of vacancy is just one of the many reasons residents of Addison Township living near S-E Suburban Estates don't want Boji Holdings Group, LLC to build a proposed gas station and convenience store near their homes and transform a portion of the land from residential to C2 Commercial....more >>

Varsity cheerleading team will create some Dragon thrills

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer With a new head coach, Nicole Hill, Lake Orion's varsity cheerleading team is getting ready to for a new season of helping to create a great atmosphere at Dragon football games....more >>
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OCTV to debut new cooking show

The Food Network is about to get some serious competition from Oxford Community Television (OCTV). Last week, the first installment of a brand new 30-minute cooking show entitled "Connie's Kitchen" was taped at the 5,000-square-foot Treetop Lodge on Jonathan Rd....more >>
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Banbury Cross students show off skills at horse show

Saturday was an exciting day for the enthusiastic young riders at Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center (1223 Brauer Rd.) in Metamora Township. They took center stage as the star attractions at Banbury's annual Open House and Horse Show....more >>
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Ice Bucket Challenge

Tonja Brice, Fran Hotchkiss, and Robin Loughlin all work at the Brandon Township Public Library, and were nominated to do the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to benefit the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association....more >>


Enbridge restoration lacking

Brandon Twp.- Two years after Enbridge began putting in the new Line 6B oil pipeline in the township, some residents are still waiting for the promised restoration of their property....more >>


Intruder sought by deputies

Brandon Twp.- Police are seeking anyone with information on an intruder that a 12-year-old girl woke to find standing over her bed last weekend. According to Oakland County Sheriff's Office police reports, Brandon deputies responded at about 3:33 a....more >>


It's the life of a pirate for me

Brandon Twp.-Robert Farrell has never found buried treasure, walked the plank, or had a parrot on his shoulder. And while "Captain Farrell" lacks most of the common traits of a pirate, he does sail on a ship that would make any buccaneer proud....more >>


New name for local church

Brandon Community Church of the Nazarene to host fun day

Brandon Twp.- A lack of knowledge about the location of Lake Louise has led to a name change on one of the area's long-standing churches. What was once known as Lake Louise Church of the Nazarene is now the Brandon Community Church of the Nazarene, and the church has a new vision....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 >>


On a mission: Henderson was a perfect fit

Nestled among the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky is Henderson Settlement, begun nearly nine decades ago after a frustrated judge told area residents to "kill themselves off" after they refused once again to stand witness against a murderer....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 >>


Village moves forward with recreation plan; MDEQ pleased with dam work

Goodrich- Plans for a village parks and recreation plan needed to seek funding for long-term improvements to an aging village dam will move one step closer next month. The village council, along with the public, will discuss the plan for a variety of projects, but especially for upgrades to the village dam....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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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Cold splash for a cool cause

Neiman's Family Market Store Director John Schmidt and Lori Mouser readied themselves for the buckets full of ice and cold water from their coworkers as they participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, Aug....more >>

Enrollment higher than expected

But no teacher contract yet

Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously, Aug. 25, to hire two new Kindergarten teachers, for Springfield Plains and North Sashabaw elementary schools. The hiring takes care of the only two contract-overload classes in the district, said Deputy Superintendent Shawn Ryan....more >>

'No' to snow enforcement

A public hearing on a show shoveling tax, Monday, ended in a city council vote not to enforce an existing snow removal ordinance. Councilman Mike Sabol said the issue was addressed years ago when a previous ordinance was passed, and the city needs to enforce existing rules....more >>

4 vie for seats

Four candidates are running for three seats on Clarkston City Council in the Nov. 4 election. Peg Roth, Richard Bisio, Michael Sabol and Sharron Catallo will run to fill the three seats....more >>

$20,000 for Dixie Highway plan

A Dixie Development Project has $20,000 to work with after Independence Township Board approved a budget amendment at a special meeting, Aug.12. Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said the money will be used on a Dixie Highway Development Action Plan Richard Carlisle from Carlisle Wortman Associates, the township's planner, said the action plan is needed to lead to new investment, provide jobs, and increase tax base and services to consumers along the commercial corridor....more >>

Annual report from city manager

As required by charter, Clarkston City Manager Carol Eberhardt submitted a yearly report to City Council. Work over the last year included improving communication procedures, changing processes in the city, staff changes, implementing technological changes, and other improvements....more >>
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New car for lucky raffle winner

Friday, Aug. 22, will be long remembered as a lucky day for Jon Curlee, whose name was drawn for a brand new 2014 2LS Black Coupe Chevrolet Camaro at Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Record breaking

Bumper-to-bumper traffic heading north on Sashabaw Road last Friday night slowed Clarkston Gridiron Heroes from dropping off their food donations to Lighthouse North. But it didn't slow down the tally as the Wolves collected 7,463 pounds of food for the 17th Annual Rush for Food to feed their community....more >>
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Bucks for Buses

Senior supporters enjoyed a pizza and pasta buffet and cupcakes for dessert at Bucks for Buses, Aug. 20, at Over Tyme Grill and Tap Room in Waterford. "It's the biggest fund raiser of the year to fund transportation for senior citizens and disabled adults," said Barbara Rollin, senior center director....more >>
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The show must go on...

The Clarkston Varsity Dance team's performance during Football for a Cure was delayed due to technical difficulties. When the sound problem was fixed, the Lady Wolves came back to the field after the third quarter to give sports fans a stellar show....more >>
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Golfers support Clarkston Foundation

Golfers hit the links to support the Clarkston Foundation at their 20th annual Golf Classic, Aug. 4 at Oakhurst Country Club. "It's our biggest event of the year," said Carl Matisse, Clarkston Foundation foundation....more >>

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News in Brief

Labor day events The Clarkston News office is closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1 in observancec of the holiday. The deadline for classifieds for the Sept. 3 edition is this Friday at noon....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Progress stall on new city hall" The Clarkston City Council agreed on one thing regarding plans for an addition to the city hall building - to put it on the agenda for the next meeting....more >>
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Born February 11th
1855: Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge, American educator, pioneer in the concept of day nurseries for children.
1898: Leo Szilard, physicist, instrumental in the Manhattan Project.
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