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Homecoming a romp of a time

One goal was achieved last week but another remains for Lake Orion. The Dragons qualified for the state playoffs on Friday with a 62-13 romp past Pontiac on Homecoming night. Coach Chris Bell congratulated his team on their sixth win of the season, which qualified the Dragons for the state playoffs....more >>
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Rescue group offers cute, cuddly stress break

Everyone who works for a living takes breaks from the stress and labors that make up their average day. There are breaks for coffee, breaks for snacks, breaks for lunch, even breaks to a have cigarette or two....more >>

Orion Center shifting gears

The township board is currently in the process of setting the 2014 budget, and one of the items of most discussion is the community programs budget. With the opening of the new community center last year Township Supervisor Chris Barnett said expenditures have risen and revenue has fallen....more >>

Is one dispatcher enough? Officials investigate

Should the Oxford Village Police Dispatch Center have one or two dispatchers on duty for each shift? It seems like a simple question, but no one appears to have an answer right now, so a committee of township and village officials is going to investigate the matter and report its findings at the Wednesday, Nov....more >>

Lake Orion juniors shock the Dragon powderpuff world

By Maddie Stroin Review Special Writer Last week during homecoming week at Lake Orion High School, the Junior girls shocked the world — or at least Dragon world — with their surprising victory over the Senior girls in the annual Powderpuff flag football game....more >>

396-unit residential development in the works

It appears the largest residential development Oxford's seen in years could be built in the township. Last week, township planning commissioners discussed Burton-Katzman's proposal to build up to 396 apartments and condominiums on a 56....more >>

Goodwill Ambassador is a twofer

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Lake Orion's Allison Stanley was selected to represent the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as their Michigan Goodwill Ambassador. She was notified at the end of last year about her recognition for this year's ambassador after submitting an essay....more >>

Leader now $1

Readers will notice on Page 1, that the single copy price of this newspaper is now $1 an issue. This is the first increase of single copy editions in over 25 years. "In those 25 years the cost of producing community newspapers has gone up -- papers is up, gas is up, health insurance and all costs associated with employing are up," Publisher James Sherman, Jr....more >>

Boys cross country team sprints to Oxford Invitational and more

Lake Orion's boys cross country team has been making some great strides this season and last week won the Oxford Invitational with a solid team effort. Senior Kirk Hansen was the top finisher for the Dragons in fourth place, which led five teammates who finished in the top 27 to capture the victory....more >>
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Reading, 'riting and Red Wings!

"Go Red Wings! Go Red Wings!" The deafening sound of this exuberant chant filled the gym at Leonard Elementary Friday afternoon as representatives from the professional hockey team visited the school to talk to students about education and dedication....more >>

New paths for Orion and beyond

Township Supervisor Chris Barnett likes to joke with Independence Township Supervisor Patrick Kittle that once Orion trails connect with Independence, "their property values will go up at least ten percent....more >>
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Stolen items found piled on trail

A pile of stolen property left on the Polly Ann Trail led to the arrest of an alleged burglar. Timothy David Peacy, 30, of Lake Orion, was charged with two felony counts of first-degree home invasion....more >>

30th Anniversary party on Paint Creek Trail

The Paint Creek trail was extra busy last Saturday and not only because of the gorgeous weather. Cyclists and trail enthusiasts from the five communities that the 8.9 mile trail touches were on their way to the Paint Creek Cider mill to celebrate the 30th year anniversary of the trail becoming Michigan's first Rail to Trail....more >>
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DDA playing with a full deck again

A lawyer, a fire chief, a financial adviser, a pastor and an interior designer. No, this is not some weird send-up of the Village People. These are the folks the Oxford Village Council appointed to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board last week....more >>

GM appeals to JD Power, again

For the second year in a row, General Motors Orion Assembly won the J.D> Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Award. Plant employees gathered around three Orion-made Chevrolet Sonic vehicles for the presentation Thursday, October 10, the only subcompact assembled in the U....more >>

Village going to one monthly meeting

There will be one less government meeting in Oxford starting next month. Last week, the village council voted 4-1 to drop its second regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning in November....more >>
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Fmr. Oxford cop remembered

"He never forgot what it took to become a cop and he appreciated that. He loved being a cop more than anything else." That's how Oakland County Sheriff's Lt. Russ Yeiser described fellow police officer Keith Hess....more >>

Lady Dragon golfers go to state

The girls varsity golf team participated in the MHSAA State Regional Tournament last week at Port Huron Golf Club. The Dragons placed second and qualified to play for the State Championship this weekend at Michigan State....more >>

Briefs

Spaghetti dinner Oct. 17 Folks craving the taste of Italy are encouraged to head over to Milmine Hall (1447 Milmine St.) in Lakeville for an old-fashioned spaghetti dinner on Thurday, Oct....more >>

Davis dispels pool rumors

It has been rumored on social media that the Oxford Twp. Parks and Rec. Dept. didn't bid on the use of the Oxford High School's swimming pool this year due to too many scheduling conflicts and that the district closed it to the public because they can't afford the cost....more >>

Hearing set to reduce PC size; councilman wants to nix body

While the Oxford Village Council is considering reducing the size of the municipality's planning commission by two members, one councilman wants to see the entire body eliminated. "If I had my way, I'd probably do away with the planning commission here permanently and have the township take on those responsibilities," said Councilman Elgin Nichols at last week's village meeting....more >>

Twp. OKs 2014 budgets, tax rates

Good news for Oxford Township taxpayers – they won't see an increase in their millage rates when they get their winter tax bills in December. As it has since the 1990s, the board once again kept the township's operating tax at 0....more >>
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Blessed be the animals

The spirit of unconditional love visited Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Oxford Sunday as Pastor Liz Wilson held a Blessing of the Pets. Dogs of all shapes and sizes were blessed as their owners beamed with pride and affection for their furry companions....more >>
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One club? No sweat!

A total of 56 golfers hit the links Saturday at the Oxford Hills Golf & Country Club as part of John & Virginia Hubbard's Fall One Club Scramble. One team emerged victorious in this outing that allowed each golfer to use only one club for nine holes of play....more >>

Twp. to explore new digs for cops, seniors

Oxford Township officials are looking into expanding their municipal complex at 300 Dunlap Rd. to house government meetings, police officers and senior citizens. Last week, the township board voted 7-0 to engage the services of Lake Orion architect Stephen Auger for a price not to exceed $8,075....more >>
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Open for fun!

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Township board OKs fireworks ordinance

Brandon Twp.- A quieter, more peaceful township may soon be in the works— or in the lack of fireworks. The township board passed by a 5-0 vote the first reading of a fireworks ordinance during their Oct....more >>

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Some success in bear season

A unique bear bait was just the meal ticket for a local hunter's success. Groveland Township Jason Bradley shot a 150-pound black bear in Alger County on Oct. 2 near Munising and the Lake Superior shore....more >>

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Board grapples with cable fees for police

Brandon Twp.- The township board has postponed a decision on using excess cable franchise fees to support police services. The board voted 4-1 at their Oct. 7 meeting to delay a motion that would transfer nearly $72,000 in cable franchise fees into the police fund....more >>

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On duty for 30 years

Atlas Twp.- Fred Forys admits his wife Beth of 41 years is growing tired of the chatter and beeps of two pagers and three radios that often dominates the conversation of the family home....more >>

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Brandon School enrollment sags

District numbers dwindle by 187 in Oct. count

Brandon Twp.- For the past two years, the school district has suffered the loss each fall of about 90 students. This year, that number has doubled. "We are down 187 students from last year at this time," said Superintendent Lorrie McMahon on Wednesday....more >>
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Brandon man arrested for 2004 California murder

Brandon Twp.- Neighbors of Charles Patrick Leppan in the Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home Park expressed disbelief on Tuesday morning that an accused murderer had been living among them....more >>

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Two fatal accidents prompt questions on M-15 safety

Brandon Twp.- Two fatal accidents at the same location on M-15 in the township within five months of each other have residents and officials concerned. Township Supervisor Kathy Thurman said she and Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>
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Out of the rubble

Atlas Twp.-The storm clouds have cleared, debris has been removed and a township family has a new start. Less than five months after an F2 tornado leveled the Mahaffy family's Gale Road home, a new residence is nearing completion—a remarkable ending to a devastating story....more >>

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All fired up

Practice burns help train new firefighters

Ortonville- A vacant building in the village is taking some serious damage in the name of progress. A portion of the former Sherman Lifelong Learning Center, located at 330 Sherman Court, was burned the morning of Oct....more >>
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Patriots remembered

Atlas Twp.-On Saturday, members of the Genesee Daughters of the American Revolution, along with Sons of the American Revolution, gathered at the Horton Cemetery to honor patriots John and William Britton....more >>

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A Marine's life on Ulithi Atoll—WWII in the South Pacific

The Marine motto "Semper Fi" adorns the cap of Don LaCross as the 85-year old Goodrich resident sorts through an aged scrapbook of a war on an isolated atoll in the South Pacific. The scrapbook contains photos of shot down Japanese 'Zeros' (planes), South Pacific natives, and young Marines—many LaCross still knows by name....more >>

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National Pet Adoption Month

Bot is a 10-week-old black kitten with one eye, looking for a home and people to love her. The kitten will be available for adoption this weekend, as well as many other animals, at Pet Supplies "Plus," 22 N....more >>

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Suspect nabbed with trail cam

Trail cameras, commonly used to capture pictures of wildlife, recently helped police catch a home invasion suspect. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office announced Oct. 4 that Oxford Township resident Chadwick Adam Cartner, 27, was arraigned on charges related to a series of break-ins in Brandon Township and Independence Township....more >>

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Council nixes sergeant-at-arms for unruly

Goodrich- Unruly council meetings will not be refereed at least for now. On Monday night the village council took no further action to establish a sergeant-at-arms following a suggestion on Sept....more >>

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Groveland Twp. ends fiscal year with more in coffers

Groveland Twp.- On Monday night the township board of trustees approved an audit presented by Ken Palka, from the accounting firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka. Palka reported on the township finances following the completion of the yearly audit....more >>

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Bars open to 4 a.m., legislation will have little impact locally

Lawmakers may soon consider a bill that would let some bars and restaurants in central business districts of Michigan cities extend last call to 4 a.m., tapping into alcohol sales for two additional hours....more >>

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'Sex and money: A national search for human worth'

Ortonville- Anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 children are forced into the sex trade every year in the United States, according to an estimate by ECPAT International. The average age of a prostitute when they enter the sex trade is 13-years-old, said Kathy Maitland, Southeast Michigan Director of the Michigan Abolitionist Project....more >>

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Library to host Demon Hunter Society

From 7- 8:30 p.m., Oct. 21, the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St., Ortonville, will host Jeff Checker, the Demon Hunter Society team founder and team leader. "We are full-time demon hunters," he said....more >>

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Brandon man arrested for 2004 California murder

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A 41-year-old Brandon Township man is in Oakland County Jail awaiting extradition to California on a murder charge. Oakland County Sheriff's deputies, accompanied by detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office, arrested Charles Patrick Leppan at his home in the 3800 block of Cherry at about 12:10 p....more >>

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Goodrich student count unchanged

Goodrich-The school district reported a one student enrollment increase over 2012 following the Oct. 2 statewide count day. According to school officials, the 2012 audited count was 2,106....more >>

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The Citizen snags six awards in MPA Better Newspaper Contest

The Citizen news staff has been honored with six awards in the 2013 Michigan Press Association's (MPA) Better Newspaper Contest. Members of the Nebraska Press Association reviewed 3,108 entries submitted by 114 Michigan newspapers in this year's contest....more >>
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Puppets more than child's play

Deep in the heart of Independence Township, a small team of highly skilled specialists works hard to bring mechanical beings to life. And they have a waiting list, said Timothy Sėlberg of Sėlberg Studios Inc....more >>

Newsstand rates bumped to a buck

Readers will notice on Page 1, that the single copy price of this newspaper is now $1 an issue. This is the first increase of single copy editions in over 25 years. "In those 25 years the cost of producing community newspapers has gone up -- papers is up, gas is up, health insurance and all costs associated with employing are up," Publisher James Sherman, Jr....more >>

Trimesters on trial

The time for trimesters may be coming to an end in in Clarkston. A Scheduling Task Force of administrators and teachers is recommending Clarkston Community Schools go back to two semesters per year....more >>

Count down, as expected

This fall's count day showed a reduction in Clarkston Community School student population, as officials expected. "We anticipate, before the official audit from Oakland Schools, a loss of about 70 students, which is where we budgeted," said Superintedent Dr....more >>
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Allergies don't have to be a pain

Treatment for allergies doesn't have to be such a pain anymore thanks to an alternative treatment offered by Clarkston physician Maria Livieratos. The most common way a doctors test patients for allergies involves poking the patient with needles containing the allergen protein to see if the body reacts by welting up....more >>
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Community groups top survey at local Placemaking meeting

Local leaders gathered at the Clarkston Administration building to discuss the concept of Placemaking during a presentation by the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 9. "Placemaking is staking a claim and beautification," said Janelle Edmunds, Clarkston Chamber....more >>
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An American student in France

Miranda Moore departed the United States on Aug. 26, 2012 for a nearly year long journey to Saint Maixent L'école, a French military town in western France thousands of miles away from her hometown of Clarkston....more >>
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Shooting Stars

New friends for Friendly Forest

Friendly Forest returns to Independence Township, this year with Lisa Christensen at the helm. "It's been a crazy week," said Christensen of Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors....more >>

Party in pink

Downtown Clarkston will be filled with fun, all for a good cause, during Paint the Town Pink on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5-8 p.m. Local retailers will offer visitors special deals, food and beverages....more >>
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Longtime fan does his part in Tigers win

Mark Beauchamp of Clarkston has been to about 1,000 Major League Baseball games in his life. Game 4 in the Detroit Tigers' American League Division Series was the first time he took part in one....more >>
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Fall race for students

The weather was perfect for the 11th Annual Elementary Race at Clarkston High School last Friday. It was also the perfect day for Bailey Lake Elementary as they won the team trophy for the fourth consecutive year by having the highest percentage of participants from their school....more >>
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Walk to school

Pine Knob Elementary students, teachers, parents and community members celebrate International Walk to School Day, Oct. 9, with a stroll down Sashabaw Road. Led by the Clarkston High School Drum Line and with a police escort, the walkers made their way from Waldon Road to the school, where they were greeted by Wolfie, Clarkston High's mascot....more >>
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Marathoners bring Hope to those in need of water

During the week Susan Mohr and John Drallos can be found at Clarkston High School helping students with their studies. This Sunday they will be helping the Pokot tribe in Kenya, Africa, as they run in the Detroit Marathon for the Hope Water Project with Kensington Community Church....more >>
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Safety day

Students at Clarkston Elementary learned about safety with the help of Indendence Township firefighters and Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Oct....more >>
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Dragon work

Clarkston Elementary students moved and grooved last Thursday afternoon during their A.C.E.S. Day - All Children Exercise Simultaneously. It was part of the Dragons' Health and Safety Week....more >>

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News in Brief

City election Absentee ballots for Clarkston's Nov. 5 election are available at the city offices, 375 Depot Road. Deadline to turn in the ballots is Nov. 4 by 4 p.m. Residents wishing to turn in an absentee ballot must fill out an application and return it to City Hall....more >>

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Boy alerts family to chimney fire" Konrad Ylvisaker, an 11-year-old student at Sashabaw Middle School, was hailed as a hero after alerting his older brother and family friend to a chimney fire that spread through his family's home....more >>
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Born September 17th
1883: William Carlos Williams, poet, playwright, essayist and writer who won a Pulitzer prize for Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems.
1907: Warren E. Burger, chief justice of the Supreme Court.
1923: Hank Williams, Sr., singer, songwriter and guitarist known for Lonesome Blues and Your Cheatin' Heart.
1935: Ken Kesey, author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion).
1947: Jeff MacNelly, political cartoonist, creator of the comic strip Shoe.
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1787: The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia approves the constitution for the United States of America.
1796: President George Washington delivers his Farewell Address to Congress before concluding his second term in office.When George Washington announced that he would retire from office he set the stage for the nation's first two party presidential campaign.
1862: The Battle of Antietam in Maryland, the bloodiest day in U.S. history, commences. Fighting in the corn field, Bloody Lane and Burnside's Bridge rages all day as the Union and Confederate armies suffer a combined 26,293 casualties. New York Tribune reporter George Smalley scooped the world with his vivid account of the Battle of Antietam.
1868: The Battle of Beecher's Island begins, in which Major George Sandy Forsyth and 50 volunteers hold off 500 Sioux and Cheyenne in eastern Colorado.
1902: U.S. troops are sent to Panama to keep train lines open over the isthmus as Panamanian nationals struggle for independence from Colombia.