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Archery, deer, waterfowl hunting allowed in twp. park

After months of back-and-forth talks with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Addison Township Board has reached a final agreement on usage of the Watershed Preserve Park....more >>
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LO Rotary Club hosts 4th Duathlon

The fourth annual Lake Orion Rotary Duathlon took place July 21 and despite the early start time runners, bikers and athletes came out in droves to test their mettle. A five kilometer run and 20 kilometer bike ride were the challengers and locals from Orion Township and surrounding communities were their opponents....more >>

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Sgt. clarifies what deputies can, can't do concerning fireworks

Given all the folks complaining about fireworks usage in light of the new state law legalizing them, Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Patterson felt it would be a good idea to clarify for citizens exactly what his officers can and cannot do....more >>
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Local pro plays in Senior Open

The 2012 Senior Open meant different things to different people - be it spectator, sponsor or enthusiast. But for Indianwood Country Club Pro Dave Zink, the event became a throwback to his days doing what he does best - golf....more >>
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Blood drive to give back

After nearly 1,000 blood donors saved her son's life, local resident Joy Jewell is looking to repay the debt by hsoting a Red Cross blood drive on July 30. The drive is between 2 p....more >>

Putting the brakes on fireworks

Like many other municipalities tired of fireworks going off in the middle of the night, the Orion Township Board is looking to curtail fireworks use with a local ordinance....more >>
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Do not remove under penalty of law!

Inventor turns into rapper to solicit funds for pillow tags

Want to grab people's attention? How about making a funky music video featuring two pregnant women rapping a song about removing the legally-required tags on pillows? That's what Kerri (Linto) Smith did to promote her new maternity pillow and solicit contributions to help get her on-line business off the ground by paying thousands of dollars in government registration fees for pillow tags....more >>
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Garmin donates $17K to four charities

Four charities that help make the world a better place by improving the lives of senior citizens, homeless dogs and individuals with special needs received a significant financial shot in the arm Monday evening....more >>
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FAST-TRAC comes to M24

It's a change that probably won't be overtly noticed, but the traffic situation along M-24 has improved with the installation of a new type of technology. A new type of traffic light timing system went into effect on July 17....more >>

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District to give students virtual backpacks

Oxford Community Schools will give a new virtual locker to all district students and staff this fall. This digital locker, called eBackpack, is like other lockers in that it allows storage of whatever you'd like to lock away....more >>
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Five contenders battle for trustee positions

Orion Township will have five contenders battle for the four available trustee spots: Mike Flood Jr., Neal Porter, John Steimel, Donni Steele, and write-in candidate Mike Toth. Mike Flood Jr....more >>
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Oxford artist creates murals for new OU building

By Curtis Pulliam--Leader Intern Eugene Clark, a resident of Oxford for seven years and a professor at Oakland University, was recently selected to create three large mural paintings for the new Human Health Building at Oakland University, They are to be installed Aug....more >>

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Church continues to expand

Five years ago, Christ the King Church turned a dream into reality with the opening of its 18,427-square-foot multipurpose Family Life Center. But the Oxford Township church isn't done expanding not by a long shot....more >>

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$45.2M budget to support school district

A $45.2 million budget for the 2012-13 school year was recently approved by the Oxford School Board. The $3 million increase, explained Tim Loock, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations, is necessary in order "to make Oxford Community Schools the first choice for families that desire the best possible education plus free and full access to fine arts and athletic programs that are second to none....more >>
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Small town USA!

Leonard's annual Strawberry Festival is about fun, family and celebrating the institution of Small Town USA....more >>
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Softball complex dedicated to Prince

Players and spectators who utilize the softball complex at Seymour Lake Township Park will notice a new sign dedicating it to the memory of Alyse Prince. "We thought it would be a fitting tribute to recognize her at the site where she made the biggest impact in so many lives," said Parks Director Ron Davis....more >>

Brief - Board of Zoning Appeals member resignation

Janet Saunders notified the Village Council that she was forced to leave her post on the Zoning Board. According to the council, she had been a very faithful and active member of the Board and has contributed much to the improvement of the village....more >>

Brief - Dragon on the Lake sign permits

The Orion Art Center, along with other community groups proposed to have their event in town. The event will take place Aug. 25 and 26 and will celebrate art, history of Lake Orion and the uniqueness of the community and lake....more >>
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Newbegin re-appointed as ranger

In a unanimous vote on Monday July 16, the Addison Township Board approved the reappointment of George Newbegin to a three-year term as a park ranger . Newbegin was described by board member Pat Schnur as "a very dependable, hard working man who shows up for every meeting and never misses his schedule to be at the park....more >>
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Oxford man gets in shape, graduates police academy

By Curtis Pulliam -- Leader Intern The journey began in October 2010, when Daniel Muhlitner, weighing 314 pounds at the time, chose to make a tough but life changing decision. "Basically I decided to pursuit something I had always wanted to do," Muhlitner, 38 and resident of Oxford, said....more >>

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Brandon School District to bring back half of pink-slipped teachers

Brandon Twp.- Glass half-empty or half-full? Anticipating a possible budget shortfall of more than $1.3 million, the school board pink-slipped 28 teachers this spring. At their July 16 meeting, the board unanimously approved the recall of 14 of those teachers, exactly half....more >>

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Public hearing set to discuss township police funding

Atlas Twp.- The township board of trustees has set a public hearing for 7 p.m., Sept 17 to discuss adjusting the amount and possibly the method of collecting police funding for area law enforcement....more >>
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Steamy July to continue

It's been so hot this weeks that even the bats are, well—going batty. "In July the native Big Brown Bats are forming maternity colonies—lots of baby bats are becoming more active or even feeling uncomfortable do to the excessive heat," said Dave Kugler, of Ortonville Critter Catchers, Inc....more >>
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Mislocated Goodrich stadium bleachers will remain in place

Goodrich- The bleachers will stay. By a 5-2 vote at a special meeting on Monday night, the school board accepted $30,000 in compensation in exchange for Graham, Texas-based Southern Bleacher Company leaving the new bleachers where they are—a six-foot deviation from the original plans....more >>

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Township to treat stand of phragmites

Atlas Twp.-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the board of trustees OK'd Goodrich-based Aquatic Services to eradicate a growth of phragmites located just to the north of the township offices on Gale Road....more >>

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Board OKs new bridge; pool roof, septic on horizon

Brandon Twp.- The school district has about $500,000 left over from a $73 million bond that voters passed in 2006, but will soon use more than a quarter of that money, $136,300, to replace a bridge on school property....more >>

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Brandon Township candidate forum Aug. 2 at EBSC

The public is invited to meet the candidates for the Brandon Township Board during a forum planned for 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Edna Burton Senior Center, 345 Ball St., Ortonville....more >>
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A berry good time in Leonard!

As usual, Leonard's Strawberry Festival was the hit of the summer season. Winning ribbons at the festival were: Parade Float: Christmas in Action (1st); Everyday is a Holiday in Leonard (2nd) and Strawberry Golf Cart (3rd)....more >>

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November ballot: Non-homestead millage renewal

Voters in the Brandon School District will be presented with a millage renewal proposal on the November ballot. The school board unanimously approved ballot language for an operating millage renewal proposal during their July 16 meeting....more >>
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Plane crashes into lake home

On Saturday afternoon Bob and Charmaine Kerchner were sitting in their family room in their home on the east shore of Lake Shinanguag. "It was a hot day," said Bob, 77, who was a private pilot....more >>

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Back to school supplies needed

Summer break is half over and store shelves have filled with supplies for kids to take back to school. The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund is hoping local residents will help get some of those supplies into the hands of financially disadvantaged students, and perhaps even help to put some new shoes on these students' feet....more >>

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Counsel sends detachment to commission

A vote on partial detachment of the Village of Goodrich moved one step closer on Wednesday. Celeste Bell, interim corporation counsel, the attorney who acts on behalf of the Genesee County on civil matters and serves as legal advisor to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners ruled on Tuesday after village resident Patricia Wartella filed on April 12 signed petitions to the Genesee County Clerk for the detachment of certain property within the village to Atlas Township....more >>
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'I could have been there'

GHS grad, Aurora resident, recalls theater shooting

Katrina Timma was tired after she returned from work on the evening of Friday, July 20. "When I woke up on Saturday morning there were text messages from friends and messages from family on my phone," she said....more >>

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Two more Brandon District principals resign

Brandon Twp.- Two more district principals resigned this week, leaving school officials scrambling to find replacements with the start of the new school year quickly approaching. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon said Belle Ann Elementary Principal Cathy Kochanski and Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School Principal Jeff Beane both turned in letters of resignation within the past week....more >>
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Now open: Mort's Grille

Looking for a patty melt, classic Reuben or a slider with the onions smashed into the burger? Check out Mort's Grille, 5500 Oakhill Road (at Sashabaw). "It's just a classic old school grill," said Michael Thomas, Jr....more >>

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Animal control investigates local resident

Roger Ingles bought five calves and three goats at an animal auction June 28. He says he has been harassed by Oakland County Animal Control regularly since. Oakland County Animal Control, which investigates animal cruelty complaints, has been out to see him and the animals one to three times a week since June 29, said Ingles....more >>

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GHS athletic secretary retires

Goodrich The high school will be missing a key player as the sports season begins this fall. Linda May, Goodrich Athletic Department Secretary and one of Goodrich's biggest fans, has retired after 15 years of service to the job....more >>
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Balloon with a view

Bill Sterner has been flying hot air balloons for more than half his life. "I've always considered it a blessing," said Sterner, 48. "Some people go through their whole life and are lucky to do it once....more >>
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A tale of two kidneys

Mother gives life to daughter

Betty Gunn gave birth to her daughter Michelle 40 years ago. On Aug. 8, she will give her child life again when the two undergo a mother to daughter kidney transplant. "It's a second start on life," said Michelle....more >>
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Dunking for troops

Michaela Rodriguez, at left, and Sophie Heisserer take aim at the dunk tank target at Backyard Jam, July 21. The annual event raises funds for troops overseas. Photo by Phil Custodio....more >>

Water Woes

Ponds need dredging, or just wait for rain In Part 2 in a series on low water levels this summer in Clarkston's Mill Pond, we examine possible solutions.

For Bob Ryeson, the upper portion of Mill Pond "needs dredging" to get rid of accumulated sediment in the water. In 1975, Mill Pond residents paid approximately $40,000 for dredging....more >>

Burn revision fizzles out

It wasn't leaves that went up in flames at the Independence Township Board meeting, July 17, but the second reading of the Open Burn Ordinance. It was voted down, 3-2. Revisions to the ordinance would have included tougher penalties for burn violators, lower age limit for those supervising a fire, ban of leaf burning on lots less than an acre, and restriction of burning 50 feet from a building or structure, as opposed to the current ordinance's 25 feet....more >>
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Drought hits crops, bees, bottom line

If you did a rain dance in celebration of the precipitation last week, you're not alone. Michigan, like 50 percent of the United States, is suffering from drought conditions. While Michigan's drought isn't as severe as some other states, farmers in Davisburg and Clarkston are feeling the impact of the hot, dry weather, and so are consumers....more >>

Township to look at drilling in park

The township stands to gain about $5,000 per month or more if Jordan Development finds oil or gas beneath Bay Court Park. On July 17, the board asked Superintendent Bart Clark to continue investigating the lease of minerals in Bay Court....more >>

Rain Garden offers more than beauty

If you've noticed a few extra blooms in Depot Park, you might be looking at the Wild Ones' Rain Garden. It's more than just a pretty spot, however. "It's helping to manage parking lot run off, filtering, and taking out salt in the storm water," said Jim Breuck, president of the North Oakland Wild Ones....more >>

Cars in the park

Concours in the Park will fill Depot Park in downtown Clarkston with a diverse car show and local foods, 6-9 p.m., Friday, July 27. The 26th annual event is organized by Waterford Hills Road Racing Inc....more >>
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Concert for a good cause

Malinda Werth hosts the fourth-annual Music Under the Moonlight concert, Saturday, 5-10 p.m., Aug. 4, in the outdoor pavilion behind New Hope Bible Church at 8643 Sashabaw Road. "This year we are going to host several anti-human trafficking organizations that will be speaking in between musical line-ups to talk about their organization and how people can get involved in the solution," Werth said....more >>
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Boat race tests RUSH design skills

Clarkston High School senior Regan Haven hadn't considered joining TEAM Rush when she was younger. "I didn't think it was my thing," she admitted. When Haven went to her first RUSH Regatta at Deer Lake to support her sister and her team's cardboard and duct-tape boat race against others....more >>
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Shooting Stars

That's a wrap

The 2012 season of Clarkston Concerts in the Park wrapped up, July 20, with a spirited performance by Orquesta Ritmo, playing latin salsa music. Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the concert series every summer in Depot Park....more >>
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Music in the backyard

Music lovers enjoyed sun and fun at the second annual Backyard Jam, July 21. The event, hosted by The Birdfeeder, Clarkston Flower Shoppe and Bonnie & Clyde at 7150 North Main Street, was a fund raiser for Desert Angels....more >>
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Family affair for downtown law firm

Clarkston Attorney Laurie Cunningham knows her new law partner well it's her son, Noah Fields. "It's a family business," said Cunningham, who practices law at 21 S. Main Street. "Noah grew up in the business he'd go to court with my dad (the Hon....more >>

News Briefs

No CNews picks

The Clarkston News hasn't endorsed any candidate for the Aug. 7 primary the paper has been filled with your thoughts and opinions lately, especially this week. Check out next week's edition for a election special section for candidates' views and positions, as well as our thoughts about it....more >>

Library board filled

Seats on the District Library Board for the proposed Clarkston Independence District Library have filled up. On July 17, Township Board appointed five members of the seven-member board; the Clarkston City Council chose the other two members on July 23....more >>

McLaren awaits CON

Despite denial by the state of McLaren's Certificate of Need (CON), the first reading of McLaren Hospital building plans was July 17 at the Independence Township board meeting. The proposed four-story hospital will include a transfer of 200 beds and 50 additional specialty beds....more >>

Labor Day parade

Clarkston Rotary Club is seeking parade participants for the Clarkston Labor Day Parade, 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3. The club, which has sponsored the parade for the last 72 years, invites groups, organizations, businesses, musical groups, marching bands, floats, equestrians, and children and families on decorated bikes....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Just what is this righteous mission?" The volunteers of Righteous Mission remembered their friends Courtney Johns who had died in a plane crash the year before....more >>
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Born November 24th
1849: Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden.
1859: Cass Gilbert, architect.
1864: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, French post-impressionist painter.
1868: Scott Joplin, composer.
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1949: The Iron and Steel Act nationalizes the steel industry in Britain.
1950: UN troops begin an assault into the rest of North Korea, hoping to end the Korean War by Christmas. A Fresh Perspective.
1961: The United Nations adopts bans on nuclear arms over American protests.
1963: Jack Ruby fatally shoots the accused assassin of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, in the garage of the Dallas Police Department.
1977: Greece announces the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.