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Letter to the Editor By (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 15, 2005 · No Comment (http://lakeorionreview.com/letter-to-theeditor/#respond)

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The singing group ‘Chicago? in one of their hits had the phrase ‘Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is? Does Anyone Really Care??. This should be the mantra for Senator Gilda Jacobs, D-Huntington Woods for her obsession with clocks. First of all, she wants to rescind the law that does not allow alcohol sales on Sunday until noon. Now she wants to have only the exact starting time for movies advertised in the newspapers so that attendees don’t have to endure ads and previews. Just what we need, more time to purchase liquor to accommodate boaters who don’t want to return to shore to make their mandatory 12 pack purchase! And in so far as the movie starting time, have we reached a point in our busy lives where we can’t even endure five or 10 minutes of movie previews? As the Senator continues to focus on these very important issues (at least in her mind) here are some other projects she can work on: do airline departure schedules really reflect the time a plane departs? Is an advertised 10 Minute Oil Change really taking 10 minutes? Do the hospitals that advertise that emergency room patients will be taken in 29 minutes adhere to that time frame? Maybe the Senator could be the new spokesperson for Timex watches ? ‘She takes a lickin? but unfortunately keeps on tickin?.? Bill Kalmar Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 15, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have to respond to the security issue that was discussed at the May 16 Orion Township meeting. This is all in regards to the assessor claiming a break-in on April 20, 2004 and the theft of the Gingelleville Community Center file. All that the township board wants to do is well and good. I would like to bring up a point of fact. According the OCSD report, the assessor states he discussed changing his office door locks with the director of the building and grounds on April 21, 2004. If he had told her that his office was broken into, she could have called the alarm company to see who had access. It is a fact what the assessor claimed missing on April 20 he didn’t have. He came to the GCC on March 15, 2004 and wrote notes from our 2001 tax return. I asked it he would like a copy. And what he has said on a few occasions, his notes are good enough. GCC’s 2001 tax return is what he claims was stolen. Trustees need to ask the hard questions. The answers are there. Isn’t it a felony to file a false police report? Pamela Hutchison, Director Gingelleville Community Center Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 15, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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There are two things on the agenda from Congress that need immediate attention from concerned Americans. The first, on June 22, Congress was expected to decide whether to continue funding Public Television or cut the budget 45 percent for this most beneficial TV programming. Those who watch channel 56 and 28 and consider the programs some of the most worthwhile family programs offered, should call their Congress representative today. The other emergency deals with the State Department’s proposed give-a-way of eight economically vital Alaskan islands to Russia. Our US Congress is our only hope to stop the transfer of ownership of billions of barrels of oil, millions of tons of fish and other seafood, plus millions of tons of minerals and ores. The Russians can then sell the oil back to us at $50/barrel. What a scandal and what a mockery to concerned Americans who value our sovereign territory and believe our natural resources belong to us. Elaine Pantak Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 22, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Hearing on the radio this week that the rural Mayan in Guatemala have to travel as far as 30 miles to register to vote, I’m reminded once again we should never take for granted our right to vote. My thanks to everyone who took the time to exercise that right on May 3. In Orion Township, we had a 15 percent voter turnout, up from less than 1 percent in 2004. As we prepare to celebrate our freedom as Americans on July 4, let us remember, too, the citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as they participate in elections on June 30 after years of strife and hardship in their country, Jill Bastian, Clerk Orion Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 22, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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To the person who stole the plant from my mother’s grave at East Lawn Cemetery, I hope you truly enjoy the beautiful hanging basket you stole. My family hung the basket on mother’s grave in rememberance of her kindness and love. Mother is no longer here to enjoy the flowers. However, my 85 year old father visits her grave every day to water and tend her flowers. I hope you remember my mother, Alice Gawne, every day you water and tend the beautiful hanging basket you stole from her grave. Sue Beamer Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 22, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Lake Orion High School received a bomb threat on June 1. The threat was evaluated by our department and school officials and a course of action was planned. Our first and most important concern is the safety of students, school faculty and our officers. All bomb threats are taken seriously. A threat assessment was made and even though the majority of all bomb threats are false, a decision to evacuate the building was made by school officials. Orion’s school district has developed an outstanding security plan. In fact, it will probably be used as a model for other districts. The evacuation of the school and use of school staff has been done in the past during practice drills and on at least one occasion on a bomb threat. Even though the overall threat assessment for this event was extremely low, the timing coincided with the need for a practice evacuation which again is entirely up to the school. Our deputies didn’t order any of the school’s staff to assist in the building search. The staff was advised by school administrators they could assist on a voluntary basis. School staff is extremely helpful because unlike any deputy, they are the most familiar with the building and its contents and can tell in an instant if something is out of place. They were asked to look for anything unusual or out of place. If they were to notice anything, they were to notify our officer who would take control of the situation. Nothing was found. As the evaluation of the threat was very low, the school and the deputy reacted appropriately, even taking the additional step to scan the facility. Like any other exercise or incident, this event will be evaluated. If a more efficient approach to handling similar events is found, we will certainly implement it as part of the overall plan. I would encourage citizens to call my office directly in the future about any situation of concern. The first we heard of any concern was as letters to media were published. Without having all of the background, I understand their concern. We are always available to talk with the community to explain actions and find the best way to work through any situation. Thank you for your interest in protecting our schools and our community. Lieutenant Bruce Naile, OCSD Orion Township Substation Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 29, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Well so much for the downtown beautification projects, just close the lid and flush. You can take down the flag and pole in front of 37 East Flint cause you’ve got a new pole in back. It’s tall enough to put the village name on it (vertical). Remember the water tower? It’s kind of like looking for the Palace of Auburn Hills. If you can’t find it right away, just drive south of the highest landfill in Oakland County, maybe even the state. Can’t find Lake Orion? Just look for the tall tower. North of the landfill, that would be Lake Orion and just up the road will be Oxford (3 miles). It doesn’t have its tower yet. As for paying for this home security flag pole, the monies come from the county, true, but they get the monies from you and me. Ownership? Who gets to pay the insurance/maintenance on this totem/flag pole/antenna? Not the county. They lease it for a buck a year. Come on, you can’t lease a wad of used bubble gum (for you who want to) for a buck nowadays. Better police/fire communication? In the late 60s I could talk with people in Romeo on my homemade antenna and Citiphones 5 CB radio, 2 1/2 watts on a good day. I have walki-talkies standing flat footed on the ground can talk to Oxford. But then again, I don’t live in the ‘village,? but it’s still some of the my monies that built that tall lighting rod. Roy Blankenburg Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 29, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Orion Firefighters Association and the Lake Orion Firefighters Auxiliary would like to express our gratitude to Mike Zako, owner of Mike’s Marathon in Lake Orion. He provided the location we needed to produce a very successful fundraiser. We sponsored a car wash on June 25 for the Deb Waldo Memorial Fund. Donations will help support the Deb Waldo Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Deb Waldo Memorial site. We also want to thank everyone in our community who participated by posting flyers and especially to those who donated so generously. Orion Firefighters Association, LO Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 29, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Paint Creek Trailways Commission would like to acknowledge all the wonderful volunteers and groups for the success of the fifth annual National Trails Day event called ‘Meet Us in the Middle? held on June 4. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you Oakland Township for event location at the Paint Creek Cider Mill, Senator Michael D. Bishop and staff for providing a free community lunch, Marge Gatliff and Oakland County Parks & Recreation for providing an inflatable bouncer and a 12×12 tent with sound system, Jo Ann Van Tassel and the Village of Lake Orion for continued support, Aspen Group and Damico Development for our new trail segment, Oakland Twp Parks and Recreation. Thank you Rob and Jo Golda of HikingMichigan.com as event partner, Costco Wholesale for snacks, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve Volunteers: Richard K. Solomon, Don Hetrick and Jim and Carol Ralston for activity programming, Rock Blanchard and David Osstyn of Orion Twp Parks and Recreation, Lois Golden for work behind the scenes and website maintenance, all the dedicated members of the Paint Creek Trailways Commission, And a special thank you to all of our 300 participants and trail users! Kristen Myers Trailways Coordinator Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 6, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Last night we went to the fireworks and took one of the ‘good spots? on the lawn at the National City Bank (thank you National City for hosting so many people). I read in The Review that they were going to experiment with lighting fireworks from a barge so they could open up Green’s Park. I thought that was a great idea until last night. We missed most of the beautiful finale which was launched from a barge. I bet it was great on the lake but the thousands of people around us could see very little. By opening Green’s park they would be adding a few prime viewing spots but taking away a lot of public viewing. Lake Orion is really alive on fireworks night and access to the lake is very limited. I hope the sponsors of the fireworks will take this into account when deciding whether to change the routine. Everything we saw was beautiful and I hope to enjoy many firework displays in Lake Orion with my family in years to come. I also want to thank the large amount of volunteers in the village Sunday morning cleaning up after such a large crowd. Joan Cross Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 6, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This is in response to a June 30 letter to the editor. Although I do sympathize with Mr. Blankenburg’s sentiment of our ‘tall lightening rod? or ‘home security flag pole? or ‘totem pole? or whatever you choose to call it, my idea of a sky blue paint was vetoed due to cost. I thought sky blue would blend better with the immediate scenery — the sky. White fiberfill could even be attached to imply clouds, although I’m sure there has to be some kind of law against using synthetic materials outside as they interfere with nature. And yes, the first thunderstorm we had after it was installed made me real nervous. I do respect your opinion, as it is yours, but to make a proper decision on a matter you should do so with the facts first in hand. How much research did you do on something you seemso strongly oppose to? Have you ever needed emergency police, fire or medical services for yourself or someone in your family? Is any of your family, a friend or acquaintance involved in public safety, a police officer, firefighter or medic? For obvious reasons I find it hard to believe you considered anything other than your initial visual response to come to your conclusion. Did you know that of all the towers erected in this project, this was the most difficult and expensive to do? Even with all the challenges faced with the erection of the tower, the village didn’t pay anything more than anyone else. There is maintenance, yes, but even the old tower needed maintenance. With the age of that tower the chances are the old tower would cost more than this one which is brand new, made stronger and hasn’t been exposed to the elements for years. Also, with the height and size of this tower, the possibility exists for other businesses to rent space for placement of antennas or repeaters. This would generate income to help defray costs of maintenance. The current radio system in use by most departments is basically obsolete. Many different agencies use the same channels for radio traffic and not always are privacy modes available. Overload is one of the biggest problems with 20 agencies trying to transmit at the same time. Those with the littlest toys get run over. Our current radio system is very limited in range and although Tim Allen’s idea of more power is great, federal law limits us to tower size and amount of output based on area covered. Did you know you can go to Radio Shack and buy a scanner to listen to what almost every police and fire agency is doing at any time? Privacy is something everyone values and if you are having trouble at your home, do you want everyone in the area to know about it? Many homes that have illegal activities going on in them have scanners to monitor and can shut down before the police arrive. If you are trying to report a drug crime at a home, do you want to be able to flush away the evidence before the police arrive? Do you want personal medical information made public? We have had some problems reaching officers and firefighters when they are on call. Whether from distance problems, a rise or dip in the land, thick buildings or emergency overload, every time we lose contact with an officer or firefighter, their lives may be in danger. We may not know it and therefore are unable to send them help. Important information may come into the dispatch center regarding the call they are on and we may not be able to communicate it to them. If a situation moves from one jurisdiction to another or if an officer or firefighter goes into another area to render mutual aid, communications between officers is difficult if not impossible. One of the biggest benefits of the new radio system is privacy. There isn’t a scanner made that can monitor this system. This system is bigger, having the power and distance needed to reach farther. Communication between agencies is easily obtained, increasing the accuracy and speed of department to department communications. Yes, I agree, the tower may not be the prettiest thing in the village, but it’s nice to know our village and township are doing the most they can to keep everyone safe. Cori Salmons Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 13, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Many thanks to the Lake Orion Fireworks Association for such a spectacular fireworks display this year. These fireworks are funded completely by donations from area residents and local businesses. No tax dollars are spent on this display. If you enjoy the Lake Orion fireworks as much as myself and 100,000 other spectators, please remember to offer a donation to next year’s event. The more donation dollars received, the more spectacular the show becomes. Carl Johnson Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 13, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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carnival in village? Dear Lions Club and village, I am part owner of a business in the village and would like to ask the Lions Club what is the purpose of having the carnival in the village? It really escapes me. My business suffers for two and one half to three and sometimes four business days. I have to close and even if I were open there are no places for my customers to park. The answers, ‘it’s always been down this way,? or ‘well they (referring to customers and carnival goers alike) have always found places to park,? aren’t answers, they’re copouts. Are you truly being community minded? My deliveries suffer because big rigs can’t get down the streets to deliver. Under normal conditions parking is a big problem and I understand that, but why complicate the issue by blocking local business? Wouldn’t it be safer and much more convenient to relocated the carnival? Honestly, this carnival ‘helps out? only a few of the local businesses and for only a few days, however the rest of the businesses do suffer. Ask them! The businesses in the village have had to change over the years, the village has had to change over the years, and the Lions Club should change the location of the carnival for the betterment of the community. Janice Cole Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 13, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I just can’t see paying another increase in the sewer and water usage fee here in Orion Township. Back in early 1994, then supervisor Doug Brown declared a rate reduction of $10 per quarter from $42 to $32 and then gave everyone in the township a free quarter where no charge was issued. When Dywasuk number one was elected in 1996, the water and sewer rates were jumped back up from $32 to $42 and have increased every year since. Now it’s up to $54/quarter starting in October 2005. The reason why we had a rate reduction in 1994 was because there was a surplus in the fund that was refunded back to the people of the township that paid to use the water and sewer system. Now I understand there is something like $25 million in excess surplus in the water and sewer fund. And yet the rate continues to forever increase every year. And instead of the citizens deciding whether or not we should pay an increase in water and sewer, the Dywasuk empire seems to be making our decisions for us. Another item is township treasurer Alice Young and the so called investing she is doing for the township. Just who is reaping and getting the benefits of these so called profit making capital investments, Alice? It sure doesn’t’s seem to be the people of the township. We keep paying more in taxes and fees every year so you can make your investments and show how the township is making a profit. Just in case some of you elected officials in the township seem to sometimes forget, let me remind you. Government, be it state, county , municipal or federal, is not to be a profit making venture. Any surplus is to be returned to the people. It’s funny how some of us soon forget what our founding fathers set down, except for former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and former supervisor Brown. James Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 20, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I agree with the comments in ‘Why have the carnival in the village.? This event only helps a few businesses downtown and creates problems for everyone else. My daughter works part-time at CJ Village Cafe and was hoping to make a bundle in tips during this event. Unfortunately, she came home with no tips and said there was very little business Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. None of the regular patrons could get near the place because of the Jubilee. She was extremely disappointed and worked the entire holiday weekend for minimum wage. It too escapes me. Why not locate it somewhere else, like Children’s Park or maybe Orion Township would like to host it. Our community has changed. Small businesses in the village need all the help they can get. We should support them, not make it harder for them to make a living. Otherwise — vote with your FEET! Lisa Simpkins Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 20, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I don’t feel the need for you (Cori) to sympathize with my sentiment, just a possible ‘right on?. As for your idea being ‘vetoed,? sorry about that, wrong channel. Next time try county or state politician with a little more ‘PORK? in his barrel. As far as I know at this time, the SIZE of the LOPD jurisdiction hasn’t changed one lick from 1956. As of that year, the police department, with the radio equipment in use, had NO problem being in full contact at all times even as far as downtown Pontiac (location of county jail at that time) or to Oxford. I think at that time they had the same amount of personnel on duty and no mini-preps and no cell phones. I didn’t think the extent of the police department coverage just might include El Paso, Texas. I and 20 plus other volunteers drove and attended a Lake Orion based ambulance service for Orion/Oxford Townships. Never lost a patient on my run. I hear you just fine from here and that includes Oxford, Addison, Oakland and Independence (fire) and yes I do have a firefighter in the family. I can think of at least four other towers already erected, two within spitting distance with lots of rental space, the difficulty, not your problem. There should be a small question in your mind about ‘it didn’t cost the village anymore than anyone else.? Where do you think they (whoever they are) got the monies, from their own ‘money tree.? Their money tree is your back pocket/purse and it isn’t free, never has been, never will be. The tower has lots of room for rental equipment , but how about the area for renters? equipment? Let’s try obsolete radio system. The computer you use every day was obsolete one to six months after it was installed. That was how many years ago? How many times have they been replaced? Not too many. You’re saying you will be getting a bigger and better radio system (more channels for fire/police. Just what do you think the above townships want to do if they keep getting stepped on. That’s right, TALLER TOTEMS with MORE RADIO RANGE. It never stops. As for not being able to monitor your new system, I bet you think we as humans are the only intelligent race in the universe. ‘There isn’t a scanner made (add yet) that can monitor this system.? I wouldn’t bet my day job on the statement. The way these towers are popping up if the state ever has another power black out, you will be able to climb to the top of that big tower and holler back and forth between big ol? towers for communications. Common sense should be used at some point in job knowledge for protection of the public at large, that’s you and me Cori. Sky blue would look great on that big ol? totem if Lake Orion were on it to find that politician with that extra ‘pork? and get-er-done. Ray Blankenburg Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 27, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I was surprised to see 16 newly installed traffic lights at the corner of Joslyn/Clarkston Roads. This corner has a county park with no entrances nearby, a soccer field, a day care center and a vacant lot. Something BIG must be coming. But usually we don’t make such improvements until after an area is developed. Seems like overkill. Margie Pollick Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 3, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Has this happened to you? First off, I would like to say I’m a new resident to Lake Orion. I did live here 25 years ago and I’m glad to be back home. This is something I really don’t get. I met my sister and brother-in-law for a few cocktails on a Friday night in downtown Lake Orion. Well, as we all know, a few cocktails could lead to a few extra cocktails as it did that night. What a great time we had. Well, come 1:30 a.m. it was time to call it a night. I had given my keys to my sister about midnight because I knew I wasn’t driving home. She gave me a ride home. What I don’t understand is the ticket I received on my truck that night because it was parked on the street between the hours of 3-6 a.m. It’s only a $20 ticket and is a lot cheaper than a drunk driving arrest. It’s not as if they need to do snow removal or whatever on Friday at 4 a.m. Where I was parked it wasn’t posted no parking between 3 and 6. It is posted in different spots downtown, but like in other towns the signs say no parking on any street between the hours of 3-6 a.m. Most of the time these signs are posted during the winter months because of snow removal. One thing that really gets me is if the officer knows you, it’s OK; it’s more than likely you won’t get a ticket. I guess at that time of the morning the village police have nothing better to do than write a ticket to a person who chose to get a ride home instead of getting in my truck and driving it home drunk. One other thing, people get first time warnings for speeding and what ever, why not a warning for something like this? I’m fighting this ticket and will let you know what happens Rick B. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 10, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The seniors at Tim Horton’s would like to thank Deputy Dan Herold, Badge 875, for getting them a reserved sign to put on their table. Mary Sims Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 17, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am generally very quick to criticize public officials and quite slow with the praise, but the people responsible for the bringing the US Coast Guard band to Lake Orion, Aug. 8, deserve some recognition. Thank-you to Orion Parks and Rec and all of the other sponsors for gifting us with this free concert. We were there with friends and three generations of family and I can honestly say that we all had a great time, heard some great music and left with smiles on our faces. This event is one of the highlights of our summer 2005. Bruce King Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 17, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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What a nicely-written feature by Lisa Valentine, in the Aug. 10,, issue of The Lake Orion Review, entitled, ‘Quite a Ride,? about the 1953 fire truck. The truck is owned and frequently displayed by Dick and Carol Holmes Hassberger, our business neighbors in downtown Lake Orion! As usual, Valentine has thoughtfully incorporated the personal touch, bringing the personas of Dick and Carol into three dimensions, while keeping an essential focus on the fire engine itself. When she brought Humansville, Missouir, into the picture, I leaped out of my chair! I had seen this fire engine several times, never stopping to realize that it was from my own ‘Show Me state!? I was born and raised in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, and have driven down US 13 and into that rolling foothills area north of the Ozarks on several occasions. I had never paid attention to the whereabouts of Humansville, except to muse at the quaintness of such a name, back in the mid and late 1960s. My mind’s eye recalls seeing the Humansville road signs on US 13, US 54 or state roads. So, I know that Humansville is a real place on the way south from west-central Missouri toward some of the best bass fishing lakes in the world, Bull Shoals, Table Rock Lake and Lake of the Ozarks. This feature also enlightened me to the fact that Humansville was big enough to have at least two fire stations in town. That, in itself, is somewhat remarkable!. Thank you, Dick and Carol for your loving t.l.c. in caring for this beautiful relic and for sharing it with the rest of us in this historic community; Thank you, Lisa Valentine, for being alert to the potential in this story; Thank you, Lake Orion Review and Sherman Publications, for always recognizing the value and appeal in grass roots stories about our own Americana which are all too soon approaching oblivion in our recollections and memories. Richard Webster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 17, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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AP courses ‘priceless? There have been articles in our metro Detroit paper lately about Advanced Placement (AP) courses. When I think of LOHS and the opportunity the AP option provided our student, I thought a note of recognition is in order. When our student was a sophomore, we participated in a conversation with a group of parents about which path, an easier course load, going for a higher GPA or picking up some of the more challenging courses in light of unweighted GPA /class rankings would be more beneficial when the time came to apply to colleges. The results are now in, and this is ones student’s experience. At the last minute our student decided to try out a couple of AP courses. The potential for success in these types of classes was in question because this student didn’t fit the high achiever profile, with a class ranking in the dreaded lower half. This gamble ended with an acceptance to MSU. They don’t look at the GPA provided by the school; they recalculate one based on their own criteria. Another factor they look at is the strength of the curriculum which is demonstrated by the types of courses taken. Now that the AP tests scores are in we have found out our student is entering college as a sophomore, having completely tested out of freshman year. Doing the math we figure the AP option at LOHS has just saved us up to $14,000 What a return on investment! What was even more ‘priceless? in our experience, is a student that is much more prepared for college. Our student, learned most of all how to be a high achiever. The teachers who taught the AP classes that we experienced, were all phenomenal, providing skills that went far beyond test preparations. They each deserve recognition. Mr. Bendle taught the value of ‘academic synergy? through the use of study groups and the payoff for extra effort. Mr. Cole, challenged his class to learn how to analyze requirements, and the scientific art of being direct and concise. Mr. Romito, the X-factor (we are still trying to figure out what exactly it is, but based on results, it was an acquired skill just the same). Mr. Elenbaas, for taking on new ventures and enriching LOHS’s AP offerings. Ms. Abraham, for keeping LOHS’s reputation of producing AP success stories. Mr. Swett, who didn’t teach an AP class last year, but instead donated his time to after school activities that supported an introspective look at history, and government that contributed to our student receiving credit via two tests for which there were no formal AP classes — US History and Comparative Government. A sincere thanks to all involved Richer For The Experience Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 24, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We want to say how much we enjoyed the US Coast Guard Band on Aug. 8 at the LOHS auditorium. It was a very enjoyable evening. We liked the remarks by the director, Lt. Kenneth Megan, about how beautiful our auditorium is. Sarah Vaillencourt Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 24, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The time has come to do three things: 1. Impeach Bush-Cheney. 2. Remove Gov. Grandholm and Congressman Joe Knollenberg. 3. Recall Orion Township Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk and the Orion Township Board of Trustees. Some of you may wonder or ask why. Well look around and start examining why we are paying nearly $3 a gallon for gas. Why were there no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq when Bush-Cheney said there were? Why do we have these big increases in driver’s license and license plate fees as well as a sneaky state property tax increase by collecting it a year in advance? Let’s not forget our Congressman Knollenburg who charges $20 for his voters to have breakfast with him and then voted for KAFTA! KAFTA means more jobs go to Central America and leaves the United States. Good move Joey! And Jerry what can I say. When do you ever listen or pay attention to anything Orion Township residents are saying as well as some of your trustees like Garlicki and Stiemel. Maybe a recall will get your attention. James Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 24, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Is the good ole American PBJ (peanut butter and jelly) about to become extinct in our public school system? The PBJ, which has been a staple for millions of school kid’s lunches, is being forced out of some Lake Orion schools due to peanut allergies. Now I know food allergies exist and ingesting a food one’s allergic to could cause a serious reaction, but the concept of ‘airborne food allergies? is debatable. I can appreciate taking extra measures to ensure children’s safety, however, I strongly believe that banning all peanut products from a school is going way too overboard. It appears to be reacting out of fear and not common sense. I conveyed this to the principal of my son’s school and received a reply stating the child’s medical doctor feels this allergy can be triggered through an airborne matter and, ‘In his medical opinion, for the safety of this child he feels anything short of a completely peanut free environment would place this child’s health and/or life at risk.? As a registered nurse, I deal with physicians on a regular basis and know how medical opinions can vary. I have asked numerous doctors (allergists, pulmonologists, internal medicine doctors) about peanut allergies and everyone I spoke with felt a peanut free school was unnecessary. Robert Wood, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Pediatric Allergy Clinics, at John Hopkins University Hospital, stated regarding airborne allergies that the greatest risk occurs while foods are being cooked, i.e. peanuts being roasted. The closer the exposure, the greater the risk. A second significant airborne reaction may occur when food is being manipulated, such as when peanut shells are crushed on the floor of a restaurant or sporting arena. Regarding types of exposure that may occur in a cafeteria where foods are eaten, but not cooked, Dr. Wood states, ‘In the absence of direct contact, there is essentially no risk that a reaction will occur just because someone is eating a peanut butter sandwich or drinking milk across the table from a person with a food allergy.? So why ban the PBJ from the public schools? Why isn’t providing a peanut free area in the lunchroom enough? The principal of my son’s school stated, ‘As a public school whenever you have a child with ‘special needs? whether it be academic, behavioral, medical you must do everything within your power to try to provide an accommodation.? What about those with financial ‘special needs? that don’t qualify for free or reduced lunches and use peanut butter sandwiches as an economical, nutritious alternative? How about the ‘special needs? of picky eaters who will only eat PBJ’s for lunch? Shall we ban all milk products from the public schools since some kids have milk allergies? Shall we ban all outdoor recesses and not allow kids to wear bright colors to school because some kids are allergic to bees? No, I don’t have stock in the peanut industry and if any of my kids had peanut allergies, I would feel the same way. I would want precautions taken for the safety of my child, but I would not expect for an entire school to be absolutely peanut free, because the evidence just isn’t there that a peanut butter sandwich that’s eaten in a lunchroom will cause an airborne reaction. Too many parents use this as a staple for kid’s lunches and it is unnecessary. Smart, common sense precautions that I can appreciate and respect are choosing not to have any peanut products in school bought lunches, not allowing peanut products in the classrooms, having a peanut free area in the lunchroom, or if really necessary, a separate ‘peanut free? room for these children. Epinephrine pens should be available at all schools and personnel instructed on the proper use. Educating kids about common food and environmental allergies would also be prudent. But to deny a child the right to bring a PBJ in his school lunch’why it’s just un-American! I hope our school officials and whoever it is that’s responsible for making this ‘Peanut free School? decision will use common sense and not react out of fear and ignorance. Too many people use peanut butter as a food source for their kids and they should not be denied the ability to pack it in their child’s lunch because of another person’s allergy. For more information on food allergies, see www.foodallergy.org Debby Goodall Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 31, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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To the parents of the young people with skateboards, We have an extraordinary War Memorial being constructed right here in Lake Orion. We must teach our young people to respect the Veterans who gave their lives so that these children can even have a skateboard let alone make marks on a Memorial with them. Please let us all take care and watch over this hallowed corner in our wonderful town. God Bless Our Veterans. Toni Watros Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 31, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In a land far, far away, there was once two countries that were bitter, blood enemies. They fought bitter wars since the beginning of time and many people lost their lives along with much pain and suffering. Recently, two adolescent boys were growing up, one in each of these countries. They were ardent patriots for their country and were considered valiant freedom fighters by their country’s people. The boys fought for their countries for many, many years. They grew up to be men and achieved ‘hero? status. Eventually they became the leaders, presidents of their country. The fighting, killing, dying continued under their leadership. But then one day a bereaved mother met with the leader of one of these countries. She had lost a son in this never ending blood feud, war and couldn’t understand what was to be gained, what was the reason for all this killing, hate and death. She had a very heavy heart and conveyed this to her president. This meeting troubled the president and he began examining his conscious and the reasons for this war. After a period of time, he came to the conclusion war is not the answer, that the price of hate was not worth the cost of a scared life. He sought out his lifelong enemy to work out a solution to their problems. To this end, they worked out their differences and made a lasting peace that has held up to this day. The world was astounded at this truly remarkable unimaginable event and awarded these two leaders the Nobel Peace Prize. This is a true story. The two leaders I speak of are Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Musha Begin of Israel — two countries that are 180 degrees apart. One would never imagine they could ever sit down and talk, let alone come to a peace agreement. The moral of this story is no matter how remote, how slim one’s chances seem, never lose hope or say never. Don’t dismiss the power of love of a bereaved mother with a heavy heart, to be able to effect a change of mind and heart even against all odds. To quote St. Francis ‘Make me a channel of your peace? and may the peace of Christ be with you all……… Daniel Myslakowski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 31, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This is nuts Kudos to Debby Goodall for her informative, sensible and diplomatic dismantling of the intellectually vacant peanut hysteria that’s taken root in Lake Orion schools [School district going overboard on peanut ban ? 8.31.05]. Wait’did I say Kudos? Whoops, better check that label again ? Kudos may contain peanuts or peanut residue and are manufactured on the same equipment used to process peanuts. Sorry, no Kudos allowed. As Goodall points out, taking reasonable steps to accommodate a child’s health needs in public schools is certainly a prudent and acceptable practice that we as a community should encourage. But to place an outright and total ban on not just peanuts, but any other food item that might have some distant connection to peanuts is an obtuse, Draconian knee-jerk borne more out of irrational panic than medical fact and good old common sense. Imagine my surprise when my five-year-old kindergartener informed me the peanut police in the school cafeteria waylaid her candy bar recently for fear of peanut contamination. Imagine my bewilderment when she went on to admonish that I should be more careful with her lunch selection [honestly, I had no idea that a nachos Lunchable? contained peanuts]. Now imagine my anger after learning that my daughter was actually emotionally distraught and crying over what her teacher called ‘a peanut incident.? Really folks, this is so nutty that it borders on lunacy. A point that Goodall’s excellent piece didn’t raise is one of liability. By declaring a public school ‘peanut free? and attempting to enforce the embargo by having professional educators spend untold hours scanning the fine print on labels for the illegal legume, the Lake Orion School District is tacitly accepting the blame in advance should a student have an allergic reaction while at school, regardless of the offending source. Of course, a lawsuit would follow forthwith, eventually settled and paid for by’you guessed it’us, the taxpayers of this district. And it’s a safe bet it wouldn’t be for peanuts, either. I submit that no administrator, principal or teacher can guarantee a ‘completely peanut-free environment? and as such may be unwittingly inviting legal problems. What if somebody driving on Clarkston Road is eating a Snickers or some Cracker Jack and the airborne peanut residue drifts over the playground? Or how about the squirrel that happens by a classroom with a mouthful of peanuts raided from a backyard feeder? And just how close does a peanut have to be to the school to be dangerous, anyhow? Do I need to make sure there are no Reese’s or Nutter Butters in my car when I drop my little peanut off? Yes, I’m being absurd’that’s one way to illustrate absurdity. And since when do the needs of one outweigh the needs of many? It may sound insensitive, but one person’s medical ‘requirements? shouldn’t unfairly burden the other 600 people with whom he or she attends public school. Parents are ultimately responsible for their child’s specific health needs, and they ought not unload further liability on teachers and school staff, who are already charged with nearly every other aspect of our children’s safety. Yes, teachers and administrators should be able to recognize symptoms of allergic reactions and know what to do to get medical help, but they are not doctors, nurses, nutritionists or allergists; nor should we expect them to be. The unsalted truth is that every moment a teacher spends worrying about who brought peanut products into class is one moment they aren’t educating our kids, which is what we pay them to do. Lake Orion teachers are among the finest in the nation’let’s not spread this valuable resource thin by trying to cater to the ‘special needs? of every child that walks through the doors. The Lake Orion Schools peanut prohibition is unfair, it’s premise is unsound and it’s implementation is unwise. It’s sticking to the roof of our mouths like a jumbo PB&J without a glass of milk and should be rescinded. Christopher Messina Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 14, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This letter is about a year too late! Last fall I noticed the ‘Sunny Day Preschool? banner hanging on the playground fence in front of the Lake Orion Methodist Church. What fond memories I have of this preschool and its fabulous director, Cindy Winther! Both my daughters attended Miss Cindy’s school, held at the time in her basement in Oxford. I can say easily that no one knows better how to bring out the spirit of exploration and learning like Ms. Winther. I have fond memories of all the exciting field trips and wonderful classroom activities my girls enjoyed. I watched my oldest get on the bus for her first day of high school on Aug. 29. I then made my way up Flint Street to my my own job. As I passed the ‘Sunny Day? banner hanging on the playground fence, I couldn’t help but think that Miss Cindy had played an integral part in my daughter’s emotional and academic growth. Thank you, Cindy! You were the first experience my girls had with formalized education and you were the best! Peggy Boggs Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 14, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I want to share with you my agreement to the letter published Aug. 31 about the peanut ban in Lake Orion schools. I’m a divorced mother of three children holding two jobs and long hours of work at home. When I go shopping for snacks for school, I don’t have the time to go through labels or have the money to buy the items in the list provided by the school banning peanuts. I have to get whatever is on sale for the week. I was very surprised when I read the letter with the information on peanut allergies provided by Mrs. Goodall. I believe the decision the school made is extreme. My children told me about the time their teachers spend going through every student’s snacks. I think the board of education needs to revise this policy using more accurate information. Name Withheld Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 14, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This is in response to the letter regarding the peanut ban at some Lake Orion Schools. We have a four year old son with a life threatening airborne allergy to peanuts. Diagnosed at the age of 15 months after just touching peanut butter to his lips, we ended up in an emergency room. His eyes swelled shut, drooling from his mouth and hives on his body. This has been a life changing event for us and we deal with it every day. Yes, I can appreciate all the inconvenience this peanut ban causes to all the nonallergic children and their parents. But my experience has shown me it’s the parents who are inconvenienced by this more than the children. Children adapt. If they can’t eat PB&J, somehow they manage to eat turkey or ham or a jelly sandwich. If parents are concerned their child is missing protein, there are many alternatives. There is also soy butter, sun butter and almond butter alternatives to peanut butter. I feel, though, it’s not the exclusion of protein which bothers some parents as much as it’s the exclusion of their ‘right? to carry a PB&J sandwich to school. This is an opportunity to teach your children that not everyone is like them. Challenges will arise throughout their life and how you as the parent approaches it will be seen and learned through the eyes of the children. Lake Orion Schools should be commended for its peanut ban. Yes, it’s difficult; yes, it’s challenging, but it’s doing what it has to to provide a safe learning environment for the children — all the children. Speaking from eight years of trauma nursing experience, once you have seen an anaphalytic reaction, it’s something you don’t want to see again. If it’s due from a food allergy or a bee sting, the outcome can both be deadly. I’m trained in trauma and emergency nursing and know how serious this is. The school district understands the severity and seriousness of airborne allergies. Thank you for protecting our kids! Also, thank you to all the parents who are trying to work with the peanut ban and figuring out what is safe and what isn’t. Pam Otero Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 21, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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For those of you new to the peanut free schools in Lake Orion, you need to know how this district’s policy works. The non-allergic children are intimidated and harassed. Our kids have to eat lunch by an open window, in the office, or in the past their lunches have been thrown away if they have brought peanut butter and jelly to school and no hot lunch has been provided. Children are allowed to humiliate other children who have peanut products. The children with peanut products are then disciplined by staff, in most cases sent to the office and given notices to be sent home to parents or a phone call is made home. The schools use fear and intimidation along with harassment to educate our children instead of using the resources from nationally as well as internationally recognized organizations. If you consult the websites of the Food Allergy and Anaphaylatic Network, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and even the National School Board of Association, you will find none of these organizations support or recommend peanut bans. Rather they provide valuable resources to help educate and create awareness to managing children with severe food allergies. Why wouldn’t Lake Orion School use these resources? Let it be known that peanut free schools are not really peanut free. Just look at the Market Day products that are still allowed in the schools. Since they generate money for the school, it’s okay. Ask the students and parents of Paint Creek, Blanche Sims and Carpenter how peanut-free affects their schools. They will tell you the real truths. Many of us parents have children who come home hungry because products from lunches have been thrown away or the child will just not eat a warm tuna fish or lunchmeat sandwich. Many children share lunches with those less fortunate to have other common staples available because of financial constraints. When we have parties, some families donate products, but it’s very difficult to find peanut free products or even products that haven’t been manufactured in a plant where peanuts are present. More often than not, the products we buy are thrown out before they ever leave school or when they get home because the children just don’t like it. Our children aren’t happy because their choices as an individual are taken away. They will also tell you creating a peanut free school is not within the core democratic values they are taught. In a previous letter to the editor, Goodall quoted her principal as saying, ‘As a public school, whenever you have a child with ‘special needs?…. you must do everything within your power to try to provide an accommodation.? Allergies alone don’t constitute a disability. Creating environments free from allergens is not a reasonable accommodation. This lawful fact has been determined in the US District and Circuit Courts. Section 504 of the Disability Act, a federal law, actually states that anyone with a disability can’t be discriminated against and must be provided reasonable accommodations. The law also states reasonable accommodations can’t cause undue hardships to others. Yet many families? budgets have been affected by the peanut free schools. Their children’s well being and daily dietary needs have become affected as well. Children with soy allergies aren’t able to eat soy butter as a substitute to peanut butter. And what about those children who are vegetarian and peanut butter is a major source of protein in their daily diets? When is someone in the school district going to do what is right for the majority? We need to clean house and eliminate the existing school board and the administrators. Peanut free schools create undue burdens and that is against the law. A Group of Disgusted Parents Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 21, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The accident that happened at M-24/Atwater Road is not the first or the last and I understand that it is not the village’s fault that we do not have a left turn arrow onto Atwater. Maybe if there was a way for everyone to file a complaint to MDOT or if they do a traffic study and the people knew about it, people could make sure that they turned left there to show how much it would benefit traffic. I’ve lived on Cass Street, which is near Atwater, all of my life and I have always felt there needed to be a left turn arrow there. If we could get everyone to work together on the demanding of a light something might just get done. MDOT ought to take into consideration that there are new condos back off of Atwater now and that you cannot turn left into the CVS/Applebee’s parking lot from M-24. Like someone else wrote, it will probably take a fatal accident before MDOT will step up to their responsibility. Granted nobody wants more lights to congest traffic, but if it makes driving safer than I am all for it. Erica Wagner Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 28, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Where’s the justice? Larry Drum, 68, has spent the past 14 1/2 years in a Michigan prison for a one-time non-violent drug offense. He was an upstanding citizen, father of two, successful businessman and a caring son who made one mistake. He has served time in prison for that action. The man convicted of Larry’s sister’s murder spent a mere six and one half years in a Michigan prison, less than half the time Larry has served for his drug offense that occurred in 1986. I grew up in Michigan with a sense of protection because I believed criminals were sent to prison because of the crime they committed, to protect the citizens and to rehabilitate the person so he/she could return to society. I’m not arguing the right of the judicial system to punish those who perform unlawful acts. I’m questioning, in the case of Larry Drum, does the punishment fit the crime? Larry missed the last years of his father’s life and was unable to attend his funeral. His mother is now 92 and ill. It’s time for him to come home. He deserves a second chance. He has a job, family, friends and a home waiting for him. He’s a model prisoner. He has maintained a job and is extremely remorseful for his behavior. Larry has paid for his mistake with dignity and grace. Yet the Michigan judicial system is determined to keep him in prison for the rest of his life. All attempts made by attorneys to parole him have been rejected. Who’s benefiting from Larry’s imprisonment? Susan Garcia/Mascia Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 28, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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My neighborhood has a bus stop in the front lawn of a sex offender’s house. I informed the school 10 school days ago. I started with the principal and worked my way up to the superintendent. The stop has not changed. I went to the school board meeting and was told very rudely by the board president Leeann Bartley it was none of my business because my kids no longer used that bus stop. I fear with this type of attitude those children may be forced to use this bus stop all year. One of the few parents who were notified finally on Wednesday came to the same board meeting to protest the bus change. Can anyone believe a parent would want their child to stand in the front yard of a sex offender? Mr. Beiter went to check out if the stop was indeed in the front yard ( only after Fox 2 news called them to get their response) of the sex offender. According to Fox 2 news they were running into legal issues (which you can see on the website) and could not do a story at this time but have been helpful in at least calling the school to get them to take action Jackie Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 28, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The accident that happened at M-24/Atwater Road is not the first or the last and I understand that it is not the village’s fault that we do not have a left turn arrow onto Atwater. Maybe if there was a way for everyone to file a complaint to MDOT or if they do a traffic study and the people knew about it, people could make sure that they turned left there to show how much it would benefit traffic. I’ve lived on Cass Street, which is near Atwater, all of my life and I have always felt there needed to be a left turn arrow there. If we could get everyone to work together on the demanding of a light something might just get done. MDOT ought to take into consideration that there are new condos back off of Atwater now and that you cannot turn left into the CVS/Applebee’s parking lot from M-24. Like someone else wrote, it will probably take a fatal accident before MDOT will step up to their responsibility. Granted nobody wants more lights to congest traffic, but if it makes driving safer than I am all for it. Erica Wagner Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 28, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Why won’t the school board listen? I guess yet another Lake Orion school has gone ‘peanut-free.? Blanche Sims, Paint Creek, Carpenter and now Orion Oaks have policies that create undue burdens on literally hundreds of parents and students throughout the School District. The Lake Orion School Board was made well aware of this issue beginning in February 2004, at a board meeting at which a group of parents of Blanche Sims students requested the district form a joint schools/parent committee to develop a more reasonable policy to accommodate children with severe food allergies. The board was provided at the time with other local school districts? written ‘reasonable accommodation? policies. It was also given a complete food allergy policy document that took the Massachusetts Department of Education one year to create. The board could have adopted it in an instant with a simple vote. None of these policies supported or even recommended a complete ban on products containing peanuts or peanut-derived products. The list of products is staggeringly extensive and which includes foods as common in the lunchroom as crackers, breads and even cheeses and spreads made with small quantities of peanut oil as an ingredient. The board was also supplied at the time with medical studies and documentation from nationally and internationally recognized organizations that do not support outright peanut- or peanut-derived product bans in schools. Perhaps most interesting of all, the board was advised by the Blanche Sims parent group of recent state and federal appellate court decisions in which it was held that creating environments that are supposedly entirely free from allergens imposes an undue burden on others. Yet at the same time, the district’s own attorney had advised the district in a letter that he had not researched whether creating a ‘peanut free? school would create such an undue burden. He did point out in that letter, however, the very real practical problems associated with attempting to enforce an outright ban, as opposed to preventative steps that, according to him, might be considered ‘reasonable and sufficient?. Why wouldn’t the board want to listen to such advice and to further consider the comprehensive information that had been provided it regarding reasonable alternatives? Why won’t the board or the district’s administrators listen to the facts and create a policy that is more reasonable, that is ultimately safer for the children that do have severe food allergies, and that will not require parents to send their children to school with potentially no bread, no crackers, or lots of other foods, and only celery and cream cheese (assuming there’s no peanut oil in the cream cheese) for snacks? Not one of the board members or this district’s administrators has been willing to provide answers to these questions. Name Withheld Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 28, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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While we’re busy banning the dastardly peanut in our elementary schools, I suggest we eliminate the National Honor Society at LOHS. NHS looks legitimate at first, but gives many prospective inductees a serious dose of rejection they don’t deserve. NHS courts high achieving students with letters to their homes inviting them to spend hours on their application and teacher recommendations, only to reject them when they don’t meet the secret, elusive standards. LO administration should send the NHS selection committee to other school districts in Oakland County to find out how they select their NHS members. LO seems to be the only district around that rejects most of the students who apply for this ‘national? organization. Shouldn’t we grant more deserving students this honor in their quest to get into college? How and why did our NHS become so different? A high standard is good, but an unrealistic high one is not. Our NHS is operated more like a clubby fraternity than an honor society. Most NHS rejectees I know of were told they lacked ‘leadership.? What demonstrates leadership to the NHS committee? One administrator told my child to show more leadership by starting a club. If every NHS applicant had to start a club at the high school, there would be hundreds of opportunities to be a leader of a one-man show! Seems to me he’s avoiding the real issue. Does a true leader always have to organize something new? If your child isn’t an officer in a club, captain of a team or involved in many multifaceted groups, he will not meet this standard. Being heavily involved in one or two areas seems to reduce your chances. Sounds like NHS has a ‘shifting sand? definition of leadership…where is the ‘simple criteria? that our kids need to meet? It’s a little like ‘finding Waldo? in the busy picture. NHS could be a great means to mentor very ambitious and gifted kids in leadership. Surely not every member will have the chance to lead in NHS. Did you know an involved student is also demonstrating leadership? Surprisingly, tutoring for free, assisting teachers and having hundreds of community service hours didn’t demonstrate enough ‘leadership? for my child and many others. If the LOHS administration still feels the current selection process is good, I have a suggestion to streamline it. Get rid of that tedious application form. Don’t waste time on all those character forms that teachers thoughtfully fill out, but don’t seem to matter. Just have all interested students meet the NHS selection committee in the high school natatorium. Selection committee members can take turns pushing the students in. If the students can walk on water, they’re ready for NHS! LO parents, if you feel the way I do, call or write the school board or Chris Lehman to express your outrage. Many voices should motivate a change. The Lifeguard Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 5, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In response to last week’s bus stop, submitted by Jackie, I have to support Leeann Bartley and tell Jackie it’s none of her business. If her kids don’t come to the bus stop, it doesn’t pertain to her. Why she feels compelled to make this her business amazes me. Obviously, she has too much time on her hands. Why doesn’t she put some of her time and effort into something productive? Maybe she could find a way to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Jackie feels it’s important for the bus stop to be moved, but what she doesn’t know is we always have parents at the bus stop with our children. Our neighborhood is always watching out for all children. This doesn’t just happen at the bus stop, it happens all day, each and every day. Robin Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 5, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In response to the letter from Jackie on OUR bus stop still not being changed… Wow! What can I say…If ignorance is bliss you must be a very happy person indeed. I am the parent who spoke at the board meeting and there are a few things you need to know and understand about this whole bus stop issue. First of all the superintendent, Dave Beiter, did in fact contact MANY parents when he was made aware of this situation. He was very much concerned with this issue even though it is NOT the school district’s responsibility. It is ultimately the parents responsibility to get our children to and from the bus stop and until the bus actually arrives, they have NO RESPONSIBILITY. He asked that we tell anyone who he had not managed to get in contact with to please call him and let him know how they felt about this issue. Second, most of us here in the neighborhood have been aware of the fact there is a person on the sex offender’s list living in our neighborhood right at the corner where our bus stop is, and has been for over a year. We, the parents, make certain there is STRONG parental presence at the stop everyday! If you move the stop down the road, then the parental presence is also moved…down the road. Where does that leave the few children that do walk to the stop? I’ll tell you where…walking right past a house with a sex offender living in it and no adults around to watch over them. Welcome to the real world. There are people out there that aren’t very nice and some of them downright evil. Bottom line, if you spent as much time watching your own children as you do getting into other people’s business, I am sure we would all be better off. Unlike Leeann Bartley, who was not in any way rude to you at the meeting, I have had it up to here with people butting in where they don’t belong! You are not now, and have never been, assigned to our bus stop. In fact, I noticed that as of this past week they have given you a stop only a few houses down from your own. You got your ‘door to door? pick up you were looking for, now leave ours alone Jennifer H. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 5, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I’m responding to a letter that was published in your paper on Sept. 28. It was from Susan Mascia about a Lake Orion man, Larry Drum, 68, currently serving over 14 of a life prison sentence for a drug offense dating back to 1986. Thank you for publishing her letter. We are now drawing attention to this forgotten man. Why am I thanking you? Because Larry is my brother. I would like to add my comments. According to the pre-sentencing investigators report, Larry was the minor role player in this offense. His co-defendant, John Martin, who was also given a life sentence, is ironically, now a free man. He was paroled Jan. 13, 2005. As was stated in Susan’s letter, Larry missed being able to see our father before his death. Our mother just turned 92 this month. If you were to ask her why she’s still hanging in there, she would answer you, ‘I want to see Larry walk through the front door a free man.? To me, not allowing that to happen is a crime. When is enough considered enough? Has he not paid his debt to society by now? I’m not justifying my brother’s behavior of 20 years ago. I’m simply asking the State of Michigan consider his release. Gayle Drum Garcia Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 5, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I enjoy reading some of the opinion articles in the Review. I was aghast to read Elaine Stieb’s article (What’s to Rebuild???) where she discussed her thoughts on why New Orleans should not be rebuilt. She mentions how (according to ‘Slate?) that 93 percent of New Orleans school’s are populated with black students. She also writes how some of those schools are academically failing, or close to it. As a student, I am lucky enough go to a school that is not academically failing. But we are close enough to Detroit, of which schools have a mostly black population. What I got out of that column was that if our beloved Detroit was to burn down, or something horrific were to happen, we should just not rebuild? Perhaps because the people are mainly black, or perhaps the school system isn’t up to par, or even perhaps because there isn’t a ‘husband? in each household. Families CAN survive without husbands, it happens all the time in America, not just New Orleans. Believe it or not, it happens right in our own town. Elaine also pointed out how the homicide rate was very high in New Orleans. I hope I’m not the only one to notice all the killings and shooting in Detroit that are reported on the news. Proud as we are of our ‘Motor City?, it does have murder and crime constantly. As much as I love to read about ignorant person’s opinions, I have to say, Elaine sinks to a new level as she suggests not rebuilding a city because of the people in poverty, or the schools, or (as I took it) because there are mostly black familes. Great job for killing the shread of hope the New Orleans families HAD. Kaylee Sullivan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 5, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Nuts, nuts, nuts I am appalled at the behavior of the parents who think the entire community needs to have our kids enjoy a peanut butter sandwich because that is what you did. Look at the emotional hardship you are creating on the families who have to endure your shameful attitudes toward peanut-free schools. Get over it, it is a fact of life and what in the world are you teaching your children. God forbid anything happen to your kids and the school district has to change for you. First of all, children are not coming home from school and telling you they took my rights away, there goes my individuality because I can’t eat PB & J today. Maybe the parents should concentrate on more what children are eating because our children are becoming fatter. My son goes to Paint Creek and I see the snacks you parents send in for the kids to eat as well as the juice boxes, make better choices. Your kids are coming home from school hungry because they are growing not because they are lacking peanut butter in their life, they could care less. It’s the parents who are making an issue. To Christopher Messina: YOU’RE NUTS. Your letter is horrible. I hope that your kids can’t read yet because I am embarrassed for you to think you can’t be open-minded to someone else’s needs. You probably park in the handicap spot because it’s the closest you could find. Stop thinking about yourself and think about the families who have a child in this situation who have to deal with the allergy then have to deal with immature parents like you. Grow up. Go to the hospital and look at the kids who have or had an allergic reaction to their allergies and learn about it before you give your opinion again. There are more important issues in life. My child has no allergies what so ever nor is he overweight, In the many years of being in school he has never been peanut butter deprived. Yes he is hungry when he comes home from school so I feed him a snack, that’s what you do as a parent. Angela Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 12, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I listened to one of Orion Township’s pioneers, Geraldine Rathburg, speak out on Oct. 3 on the dangers of the township building a safety path over Clear Creek on M-24. What Mrs. Rathburg said made a lot of sense. I hope this made the people aware that our elected officials are not listening or paying attention to the dangers of letting this construction of the safety path go through over Clear Creek. Early back in 2001, Mrs. Rathburg and her son Clay stopped the construction of the path. At a township board meeting in February 2004, supervisor Dywasuk, in a dictatorial move, wanted Clay removed from the meeting for protesting against the reopening of the safety path construction on M-24. I was at that meeting and was told by Dywasuk if I was interested in being removed for agreeing with Clay on the subject and his right to speak. There was also an open meeting last fall on this matter at the township hall on a Thursday night. The meeting took place to get citizen input on whether a path could be constructed in this area. Mrs. Rathburg brought up the dangers again of this construction and at that time this matter again was put on hold. Now I see the construction of this path is going through regardless of the protest. The dangers of building a safety path over the creek are the erosion of land, overflow of Clear Creek and a good chance M-24 could cave in and possibly cause many injuries and fatalities. I think it would be wise to listen to what the Rathburgs are saying; they have been here over 50 years. I would believe them before I would believe someone like Dywasuk or Don Wortman or Eric Wilson. Another fact is Orion Township would like to see the Rathburgs bought out, like their neighbors were, so all that area becomes commercial development. This home was built by Geraldine and her husband Bill in 1947 and was the start of Bald Mountain. I would rather see this home stay then the property become a used car lot or service center or what ever Golling-Levy has in mind. I have nothing against progress. I do have something against greed and people being put in harm’s way because of it. James Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 12, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am writing in agreement with ‘The Lifeguard.? I also have a daughter who applied to NHS (National Honor Society) twice in one year and was turned down twice for the very same reason of ‘lacking leadership.? The first time, she too was told to ‘start a group.? However, please explain to me how a girl can dance 25 hours a week outside of school (student teaching and teaching for some of those hours), hold a part-time job, manage to rack up almost double the required service hours, and still maintain a career 3.83 GPA not exhibit leadership qualities! When some of the dance team captains needed help with choreography, cleaning up a number for competition or asking for help with their dance show numbers or competition numbers whom did they ask? Yep-the girl with ‘no leadership qualities.? Her last letter of rejection actually said she should be proud as ALL of the letters of recommendation HIGHLY PRAISED her both personally and academically. Now add that two of the required teacher recommendations were from the NHS supervising staff. Why bother with the recommendations if they aren’t going to mean anything? Just to have some in-school activities to list on her application, she actually did try to join a few groups with what little spare time she had, but after joining, they both changed their meeting time to a time she already had committed. She has given up on the idea of joining NHS. It’s their loss. When she questioned many of her non-LOHS friends about their NHS application process, she received varying responses like: just being asked to join; signing a paper agreeing to maintain a certain GPA; having your application in by a certain date; or being one of the first 35 people to respond. A few had applications, but no where near the ridiculously lengthy apps that LOHS has. And none had to get numerous teacher recommendations. So what does all this really mean? That some kid from some other school who has less than a 3.8 GPA who only had to show the ‘leadership quality? of being first in line to turn in his name at the office gets to write NHS under school activities on his college applications while my daughter does not. Doesn’t seem quite fair, does it? This process needs to be changed or many LOHS students may lose a spot in college to others who may be less-deserving-but-NHS-students from other schools. Proud Parent Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 19, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I’ve been involved with the National Honor Society for many years. I’ve served on the faculty council that decides which applicants are accepted into NHS. I’ve been a co-advisor and I’ve been a member. In all the years I’ve been involved with NHS, two things have remained constant. There are always very good students who aren’t able to join and there are always parents who think their children have been treated unjustly. The fact is, this will continue to be the case as long as Lake Orion High School adheres to the strict national guidelines established by the NHS. In the past 20 years, Lake Orion’s NHS has had six different advisors and all have steadfastly upheld these guidelines, despite being harangued over the policy. The faculty council is made up of new teachers and administrators every year. It continues to hold the highest standards for NHS, always knowing the penalty is to bear the wrath of parents. It seems like the easiest thing to do, adopting lower standards and accepting all who apply. There are two reasons why, for 20 years and through constantly changing personalities, Lake Orion’s NHS has not done so: The standards are not ours to change and a belief that NHS members should be allowed the pride of knowing they are in an echelon of their own. Parents and students need to know the decision to accept or deny a student’s membership is not taken lightly. No decision is. Ask any coach about the pain of making cuts. Ask any person who hires people as part of his job. Sometimes a tough decision has to be made and the people who make that decision deserve better than a public tongue-lashing from an angry parent. Mike Bendle, LOHS teacher Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 19, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This letter is in response to the gentleman who spoke during public comments at a recent Orion Township Board meeting. While speaking of the cablecasting and recording of the board meetings, he said that ‘whoever does these tapes? cuts his voice off when the board doesn’t want people to hear what he has to say. Orion Neighborhood Television is responsible for cablecasting and videotaping Orion Township Board and Planning Commission meetings and Lake Orion Village Council meetings. The meetings are cablecast live, gavel to gavel, on channel 20. Videotapes of the township board and village council meetings are replayed at 5 p.m. on the Thursday following the meeting. The videotapes are NEVER edited or altered in any way by ONTV until the tapes are recycled one month after the meeting. The videotapes are in our possession from the time the meeting is recorded until they are made available for checkout at the Orion Township Public Library the Monday following the meeting. If anyone feels that a meeting tape has been tampered with, they should bring the tape to the ONTV Studio (698 S. Lapeer Road, 248 693-3377) or bring it to the attention of the library staff when it is returned. Diane Griffiths ONTV Executive Director Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 19, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I read the letters from Robin, and Jennifer H. in their response to Jackie’s concerns about the sex offender. I found the comments by both of these women blatantly obnoxious, insulting and crude. I also found that Leeann Bartley’s comment to Jackie; ‘It’s none of her business? inexcusable. But, what can you expect from a school board member who thinks the word ‘asinine? is an obscene _expression. All of these women would probably go around paraphrasing the statement, ‘It takes a village to raise a child?, and in the next moment tell you your concern for anyone else’s child is none of your business. Their attitude shows a lack of cognizant thinking, or the ability to put one foot in front of the other in their thought processes. The rational thing to have done was to thank Jackie for her concern and then go on to explain what actions had been taken to protect the children. Not ? attack her with their verbal brickbats and tell her to ‘It’s none of her business.? It reminds me of the time my daughter attended a middle school dance. One of the boys had asked my daughter to dance with him and a facilitator’s daughter went running to the restroom crying because the boy had picked my daughter. So, what did the wise adult chaperones do? They verbally attacked and humiliated my daughter for accepting the boy’s invitation to dance. I hope that Robin’s, Jennifer’s and Leeann Bartley’s attitude and verbal abuse do not deter Jackie from having a big heart. Don’t stop in your caring for others in spite of those who have offensive, vicious mouths. Just picture the gossipy hens in the movie ‘Music Man? when you run into other women with the pettiness of those named above. If it wasn’t for those who showed concern ? former Chief of Police Gary Ford would still be active in Oxford, and James Redmond would still be the superintendent of the Intermediate School District. Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 19, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Did either of the women who wrote those letters a couple of weeks ago happen to watch Oprah recently? I feel just the opposite. This parent should be thanked not insulted. If anyone is ignorant, it’s a parent who would place their own children in danger if they were given the opportunity to change it. Why not car pool if so many parents are available to stand around a bus stop? I don’t know exactly what this sex offender did, but I do know most re-offend. How convenient for him to be able to choose his prey from the comfort of his own home. The state of Michigan just passed a law that a sex offender can’t live within 1,000 feet of a school for this very reason. Bob Smith Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 19, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Do we really need a stop sign on Heights Road? I have lived along Heights for my entire life and know just how dangerous the road can be. By design, the road is inherently dangerous. However, a stop sign at Sherry Dr., because there is a bus stop in the area is simply ridiculous. In case you hadn’t noticed, the school district has moved all of the bus stops to the main roads. Maybe we should put a stop sign at every intersection where there is a bus stop…after all traffic in Orion Township during peak times moves at such a break-neck speed! Correct me if I’m wrong, but the speed limit on Heights Road is only 25 miles per hour isn’t it? Isn’t Sherry Dr. on a corner that requires you to slow to 25 miles per hour or less to safely negotiate the corner? How many car/pedestrian incidents have we had in the area to warrant traffic alteration? If you have any concerns, why not along Clarkston, Joslyn, Baldwin or the numerous other roads that have posted speed limits of 45 or more miles per hour. The right answer is twofold. First, supervise your children. It is your responsibility to make sure they get to and from the bus stop in a safe manner and are well-behaved while at the bus stop. Second, if you have traffic concerns near the bus stop you have the right to DEMAND more frequent interaction from the local police agencies to assist in enforcing traffic ordinances especially around the bus stops. I know for certain that our local police agencies are sensitive to the fact that children are walking and playing around the main streets in the mornings and afternoons and are more than willing to assist in keeping our children safe. It is my sincere hope our township and county officials will consider the overall traffic effect on the area and not succumb to every request that comes their way. We have numerous traffic issues in this township, but the intersection of Heights and Sherry is not one of them. Terry Lang Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 19, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Recently there was a cartoon in a paper that seemed to say what a lot of people think about illegal entry into the USA. The cartoon had a big sign: POSTED: Trespassers will be given free social services, jobs, in-state school tuition, subsidized housing, no taxes, free health care and lots of other cool stuff. Unfortunately, there is no humor in that sign since illegals seem to have more rights here than those who obey the law. Ask the ranchers and Americans who live along our southern borders and have their properties destroyed and filled with trash and human waste. Why does our President and Congress look the other way? Who else is coming into the country — terrorists, criminals, child molesters? Do you care? Elaine Pantak Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 26, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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An ‘economic atomic bomb? and a ‘category 5 hurricane? just hit Michigan at the same time. The death toll is yet unknown. That’s what the Delphi bankruptcy is to Michigan. An estimated 95 percent of these jobs will go overseas while the few remaining here will take 67 percent pay cuts. Retirees will lose their pensions and health care. Middle class workers will get the shaft while management will get a ‘golden parachute.? More importantly, the repercussions from this event will set a precedent for similar events to take place at Visteon, GM, Ford, Chrysler, etc. People, families and communities will be devastated. Can you afford your monthly mortgage, car, gasoline and utility bills while trying to put your kids through college and put money in a 401K plan for retirement with a 67 percent pay cut? Who ran these companies into the ground? Why were these pension plans (part of the total compensation package) not protected by law? Why are our elected officials in Washington not enforcing the ‘Free Trade Agreements?? Why do we have a $60 billion a month trade imbalance? Why aren’t we enforcing our US Immigration Laws? Why do we have 20 million illegal aliens in the US? For two years our elected representatives in Lansing have been talking about an economic stimulus package for Michigan. Nothing has been passed to date yet they are ready to put forth a ballot proposal to extend their term limits to 14 years! Another legislative gem recently introduced was to jail Internet spammers for 15 years while the judges are releasing felons because of overcrowded jails. These same representatives want our teaches to take a pay cut, yet they receive full pay. Their pay was just increased a while back even though they only worked one day a week in July and August. They also receive full health care benefits and a full pension after six years served, all courtesy of the Michigan taxpayer. At the Oakland county level, our elected officials just voted themselves a pay raise while just about everyone in the private sector is getting the same pay or getting pay cuts. Don’t let our ineffective elected officials run us into oblivion and destroy the American Dream. Daniel Myslakowski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 26, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Members of the school board heard both sides of the peanut argument and their decision stands. At the school board meeting, there were numerous parents of children with and without food allergies who spoke in favor of the board’s decision. Only one person spoke up in opposition. Who are these parents of the ‘Lake Orion Parents for a Sensible Peanut Solution?? I see letters in the paper all the time with ‘name withheld? or ‘anonymous? at the bottom of the letter. Stand up and be accountable for your opinions. If this peanut issue is so important to all of you that you form a group, let’s see who’s involved. Everyone knows who the children with the peanut allergies and their parents are, who are these anonymous people? Thank you to the school board for continuing to protect all the children. Thank you to ALL the parents who read labels, check ingredients and go out of their way for these children. Remember, it takes a village. Pam Otero Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 26, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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About a year ago I was faced with one of the hardest decisions a new mother has to make — who will I trust with my new baby when I go back to work. After many visits to day care centers and in-home day cares, I was blessed to find Ada Stone, the director of Stepin? Stones day care. While returning to work was still one of the hardest things I had to do, knowing that my son was receiving the best possible care made the transition a hundred times easier. Stepin? Stones is not just a day care, but an extended family. Stepin? Stones provides the perfect mix of an intimate in-home day care and the educational, fun atmosphere of a preschool. I’m constantly amazed at the energy of Ada. There are ongoing activities planned for the children, healthy homemade meals (complete with a weekly menu) and most importantly — lots of love. Janet Austin works with Ada. She loves dancing and playing with them. My son’s face lights up whenever he sees Miss Janet. Both women have been caring for him since he was four months old. I can’t imagine what I would do without them. About a month ago, I was informed the future of the Stepin? Stones was in question. I was very surprised with this, knowing how hard Ada had worked to build her business and how much it meant to her and her family. I knew from day-to-day dealings with her that it couldn’t be something she had done wrong. Ada is one of the most by-the-book people I’ve ever met. I now know Stepin? Stones is in danger due to complaints from residents living in the neighborhood. I was very sad to hear that neighbors, some of whom are parents themselves, would want to put an end to a service that means so much to so many. I would hope that another parent could understand how important it is to find somebody that you trust with the well being of your child. It’s irreplaceable. Hopefully there will be a fair resolution to the situation. For now, I will enjoy the smile on my son’s face every morning when I drop him off at 865 Wildbrook Lane. Bonnie Blais Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 26, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In regards to last week’s front page article about Ada Stone’s day care, I would just like to say the homeowners? objection is that she didn’t follow proper procedures. She opened her day care then tried to change the rules. She was given the proper procedure by the township. She was also given a copy of the subdivision bylaws before she purchased her home, so she should have known all the rules and regulations before she began her business. The state issues a license for group daycare and it must be in compliance with the local ordinances. This group day care doesn’t comply. We bought our home in the cul de sac of this subdivision to have less traffic. However, we have 10-12 cars for her business driving around the cul de sac twice a day. She stated in the article that she staggers her clients. Funny, the day after the article was published there were five cars in the cul de sac at 7:40 a.m. We don’t object to her having a home day care, but we do think that a group day care doesn’t belong on a cul de sac in a residential subdivision Fed Up in Long Lake Woods Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 26, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It seems it’s a compelling story on the front page of a local paper — ‘Is subdivision wrong place for day care?? Neighbor to neighbor disputes are happening all over our finest cities. Yet in this growing town of Lake Orion, flourishing with young families with children, we seem to have our own ‘Wisteria Lane.? Only ours is called Wildbrook Lane. A case of envy, boredom or lack of work transpires into a potential conspiracy of a few souls? A newcomer to the neighborhood, seeming unaware receives calls from state licensing only after a few weeks into the application process. Neighbors calling to report potential unlicensed care being provided. Licensing tells the newcomer everything is OK, they’ll just speed up the process. She was licensed in six weeks. Shortly after receiving license, newcomer receives phone call from Orion Zoning Enforcement regarding complaints of too many children in her care. A man comes to count five children. One year later, the newcomer’s business is flourishing, a playscape is added in the park-like setting in the backyard. Ordinance 78 seems to be choice reading material for those who have nothing better to do. Unkept yards, vehicles on lawns and watercraft littered about….seemingly an eyesore, but all eyes were on a childcare provider whose dream is to care for her friend’s children. Now she has zoning violations and the ‘desperate housewives? donned in the housecoats (robes) are busy counting cars and naming strangers. The stranger is this story is the newcomer. She didn’t receive so much as a welcome from these folks. They were too busy trying to ruin the dreams of the new person in the neighborhood. They didn’t take the time to get to know the newcomer let alone find out what compromises could be met. To this day, the newcomer feels pain in her heart as she fights for her rights as a wife, mother, business owner and caregiver to the most wonderful children. Name Withheld Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 2, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would like to address some concerns about the house baseball and softball leagues in Orion Township. I am a parent with children playing in the Lake Orion Youth Baseball League and Lake Orion Girls Softball League and I’m thoroughly disgusted with the make up of the teams. The teams are to be ‘blind draft,? but after watching the winning teams belonging to board members it has made many people wonder. Does ‘blind? mean all teams that are not managed or coached by a board member are blind to the stacking situation? The children of these winning teams are usually the best of the best in the pool of available children. I challenge the board of directors for 2006 to run a blind draft that is administered and commissioned by a neutral parent. If these coaches and managers are so good at teaching the sport, then why don’t they take a bunch of underachieving kids and turn them into winners! These are house leagues and it would be nice to spread the talent evenly among the teams. In the end it would raise the level of league play. If these individuals are that competitive then they should consider federation or travel teams. A Disgusted Parent Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 2, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I agree that something is definitely wrong with the system used in NHS selection. Our family received a huge shock last year when our daughter was rejected by the NHS selection committee. She was a People to People Student Ambassador to England, Ireland and Wales in the difficult summer after September 11, 2001. It was the summer before she entered Lake Orion High School and she proudly represented our country for three weeks overseas. She earned some college and high school credit from completing assignments related to her trip. She entered LOHS with over 90 service learning hours. I checked last week and she has 130 service learning hours and many additional ones that she didn’t claim since she already had so many. In 9th and 10th grade, she was a leader while in the Matrix program. She was often put in groups with difficult students because she could get them to participate. In 11th and now 12th grade, she is on the yearbook staff, this year as photo editor. She was in Video Projects last year, winning a third place certificate for her entry in the video competition at the end of the year. This year she is on the TPW staff and also in AP Art. All of these classes require leadership and can only be entered into through an application process. Last year she filled out all of the forms and gave out the teacher recommendation forms to the teachers she worked with most closely. Imagine our surprise when she did not receive acceptance into NHS because she lacked leadership. We were told that four out of seven of her teacher recommendations came back stating that she had not yet reached leadership level. Since I know the teachers to whom she gave the forms, it made no sense, since I know that all of them regarded her highly. I could only figure that pressure was placed on the non-tenured teachers to rate her that way because of my previous dismissal as a substitute teacher for no legitimate reason by Todd Dunckley. She has always been an active student, participating in many after school activities, etc. I believe, in my heart, that my daughter would have been welcomed with open arms into NHS in any other Oakland County high school. This year my daughter decided that it was a waste of her time to fill out the many forms again and face the same fate as the previous year, since she has no faith in the obviously flawed system of selection. As for contacting Chris Lehman (someone I once considered to be a personal friend) or the school board to fix the problem, I know from personal experience that would probably be a waste of time. They will just circle the wagons and never admit to any problem at LOHS. NHS used to mean something. It once was an honor to be chosen. The golden symbol of NHS is a bit tarnished at LOHS. Sandy Dennis Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 2, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I wasn’t going to write about the existing peanut ban in the Lake Orion Schools, until I saw the last letter demanding to know WHO these people are who are against the ban. Let me state I am one of those people, now let me tell you why. My daughter was 3 years old when she was diagnosed as being diabetic. Other than allowing my daughter to eat at different times during the school day, the school made no accommodation for her condition. If she ate sweets she wasn’t supposed to have, she ended up in the hospital. I didn’t blame anyone, nor did I impose on the school officials how dangerous it was to have my daughter exposed to sweets. In short, I TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY DAUGHTER’S ILLNESS. I didn’t ask for accommodations because I knew that she would have to get along in the real world, where sweets, and might I add, peanut butter, are everywhere. Why do you feel you have the right to impose on everyone else a ban, just because your child has a problem? What about saying to your child, as I did mine, ‘If you eat this, you are going to get very sick, or you may die?. That’s reality. All this nonsense about it takes a village, well, no village raised my daughter! I RAISED HER. I TAUGHT HER. I TOOK RESPONSIBILITY. And I didn’t ask everyone to go out of their way for my child’s ‘special needs?. You people who feel everyone should go out of their way for your little one makes me sick. You’re not teaching them reality, or how the world actually works. You are doing a great disservice to your child. Grow up! Laura Allen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 9, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Just a note to thank the wonderful people in our community who have supported our Special Olympic program this year. Unfortunately, Special Olympic funding by the county and state has been greatly reduced this past year. Our teams have had to become self-funding to continue our wonderful programs for our children. Lake Orion currently has junior and senior teams in snow shoeing, golf and basketball. Because of the generosity of our community, we have been able to continue our wonderful program for this year. I would like to thank Collier Lanes for all of the kindness and caring they show our bowlers. I would like to thank Custom Threads and Sports for all of its expertise and guidance in outfitting our athletes. Parisian in Rochester Hills has been amazing in helping us with our fundraising efforts through its Charity Day sale in November. There are also countless individuals who give their time to coach our children (our Special Olympic coaches are all volunteers), raise funds and chaperone events. I would also like to thank our wonderful high school and middle school volunteers and unified players. The Lake Orion Special Olympic Program is a wonderful experience for our children. If anyone would like to come and see one of our events, contact Kari Atkinson LOHS, [email protected] Kari will have a schedule of our events.] If anyone would like to donate to our program, contact Marcine Glowicki at LOHS, [email protected] Again, on behalf of my daughter and fellow teammates, I thank all of you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. Karen Appledorn Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 9, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I was taken back when I received a phone call from The Orion Review asking me for an interview regarding my next door neighbor, Ada Stone. The subsequent article disturbed me by implying the neighbors attempted or are trying to close down her day care. We have never asked her not to have a day care; we have never asked her to close it — ever. Her neighbors have only asked that she limit it to six children. This is what she is legally supposed to have and to which she agreed to at last October’s board meeting. However, she doesn’t have six kids, she has 12 and is now in violation with the township regarding four issues. In the article, it also states the LLW Subdivision Association is trying not to allow any home based business. This is totally false. It is trying to restrict home based businesses which generate commercial traffic. No one cares if you have a home office — but when your business starts affecting neighbors and traffic, that’s when there’s a concern. For example, there are two adult group homes within a block of me. Across the street there’s a licensed six child day care. Next to me I have her 12 child day care. As a residential homeowner, when is enough, enough? Where do you draw the line? On a side note, to be a business owner, you need to be complaint with federal, state, county and township guidelines when you run a business. Business owners don’t have the luxury of being exempt from the rules and laws, so why doesn’t she have to follow these same parameters? Koula Christi Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 9, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We just wanted to let everyone know how great the Polly Ann Trail is. It is a true park. We have always enjoyed riding our bikes down the trail, but since it has been improved the ride is a true pleasure. We are so fortunate to be able to go right out our door and drive to the trail. We know it took an enormous amount of time and effort by Larry Obrecht to see this major project to fruition. It was worth it!! Thank you for all your effort. Ray and Diana Morawski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 9, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As a long time resident of The Long Lake Woods subdivision, I feel the need to address the dilemma of home day care in our neighborhood. Many of us feel that, what started as a concern over additional traffic has become a personal vendetta against Ada Stone. One only has to read between the lines of the original article, to see this. Ada Stone was being humble when she said, that at times this feels ‘personal.? The truth of the matter is, she has been harassed from day one. Mrs. Stone installed a safe and attractive play structure in her backyard, as far away from her next door neighbors as possible, only to be given an immediate violation. Regular phone calls were made to our board members complaining about how many children she may or may not have on a given day. Daily stats were taken on the number of cars coming and going. What else are we to believe? It was quoted this has become a sore spot in the neighborhood, implying that we did not want this day care. Many of us have no problem with the day care. Some never even knew there was a day care. The area of concern is not the day care itself, but the way this whole thing has been handled. There are two day care homes on the cul de sac generating additional traffic, yet we only hear about Ada’s? What is really going on here? Most of us, have at one time or another been in violation of a subdivision rule, but with the grace of good neighbors, it has not been an issue. Why can we not extend the same grace now? Contrary to what has been quoted, the cul de sac does not look like a parking lot or have a commercial feeling. We as a community hope this can be resolved through a little compassion and a little compromise from both sides. Given the choice between a wonderful neighbor who brings in extra traffic and a miserable neighbor who doesn’t, I will choose the traffic every time. A Long Lake Woods resident Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 9, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It’s come to my attention that on Nov. 4, Betty McDowell, who is trying to get a citizens? awareness coalition organized, attended an OSCART meeting at the Orion Senior Center. The purpose of her attendance was to get OSCART (Orion Township Amateur Radio Team) involved with the movement of citizen awareness of homeland security. My understanding is she was told by some members of OSCART that they felt they shouldn’t be involved. Then what is your purpose as an amateur radio team? You know as far as amateur radio goes, there are more than two meters. There is also the 11 meter citizen band, marine band, 800 megahertz, municipal, etc. Why is it OSCART you feel McDowell’s idea shouldn’t involve you? Is it because she won’t make a contribution of money or orange vests like state rep. James Marleau or county commissioner Eric Wilson recently gave you? It sounds to me OSCART that all you seem to care about is political publicity and notoriety. I’ll tell you what Mrs. McDowell, there are plenty of radio operators out there who would gladly help in a disaster or emergency and a lot of them are on 11 meter citizen band, upper and lower sidebands. And for a long time, Channel 9 on the 11 meter citizen band was used by Civil Defense. James Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 16, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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To A Disgusted Parent regarding the Lake Orion Girls Softball League, Please don’t be disgusted. I can offer you a more satisfying option. Come to a meeting the second Tuesday of every month. Check the website (eteamz.com/logsl) for times and places. You and all others in the community are welcome. We’re recruiting volunteers for league positions right now. We need your help along with your constructive criticism. This is not a joke or sarcasm. It’s a sincere invitation to help provide our youth with fun learning opportunities. There are big jobs available (board elections will be in January) as well as lots of small jobs. Join the rules committee and fix what you think is broke or even become the vice president and run the drafts! Some jobs are even out-of-season and you can have them done in time to sit and watch your daughter play. You won’t be able to please everyone. You may even need to suffer through the occasional unpopular moment. But your feelings of disgust will be gone and you’ll be richly compensated with the camaraderie of our league’s volunteers and with seeing the value that you’ve brought to our youth. Come join! Steve Lawless, LOGSL Advocate Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 16, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Elaine and Lake Orion Review readers, As you can see in this issue’s Legal Notices, the township board, at its Nov. 21 meeting, plans to consider adopting a new Sign Ordinance to replace the current ordinance, Ordinance No. 77 ? Sign Regulation. A committee has been working for the past six months to prepare the updated ordinance. The new ordinance will regulate both permanent signs, such as those in front of businesses, and temporary and non-commercial signs, such as those announcing a special sale, a craft show, or in support of a candidate in an election, whether on commercial or residential property. Recent court decisions have held that municipalities can regulate the size and amount of signage, but that they cannot regulate content (freedom of speech). Copies of the proposed new ordinance are available at the township clerk’s office, M-F, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. for any member of the public who may wish to review what is being proposed regarding signs in the township, prior to the meeting. Jill Bastian, Orion Township Clerk Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 16, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Orion Area Youth Assistance would like to thank all the wonderful supporters of our 2005 Adopt-A-Camper program. With the help of generous donations, we were able to send 50 students to one-week camp sessions this summer. Thanks to Orion Township, Christ the Redeemer Church, FISH Oxford/Orion, Gingellville Community Center, Knights of Columbus/Carey Colleen Women’s Auxiliary, Orion Fellowship Chapter #340 Order of the Eastern Star, Orion Oaks School Council, Pine Tree PTO, Scripps Middle School PTO, Stadium PTA, the Verros family. Participating camps were Lake Orion Community Schools, Oakland County Parks, Orion Township Parks and Recreation, Crossroads for Youth and others. OAYA Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 16, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Ms. Stieb: This letter is in reference to your column of Nov. 9. I feel sad you were so disappointed in the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. You drove all the way out to the boonies only to see a farmer’s field with an unimpressive entrance and burials being carried out in a fashion that reminded you of an assembly line. I’m glad you thought the service itself was fine. The trip wasn’t a total waste of time then. I think you were a little naive to expect the cemetery to look like Arlington just a few months after construction began. Arlington took many years to become the beautiful place it is. Given the location and terrain, the GLNC will someday rival any other national cemetery for beauty. If you were to go to the GLNC today, you would find over 30 flagpoles lining the entrance road, not quite half of what will eventually be there. The flagpoles were bought with money donated by veterans? groups and private citizens. The flags flying from those poles were donated off of the coffins of veterans by their survivors. The temporary signs at the entrance were installed by veterans who volunteered their time, effort and money. Bedford Road is going to be paved from North Holly Road to the cemetery entrance partially with donated funds. All of the honors given to veterans are by volunteers. Many people are working hard to make this a cemetery for our area to be proud of. Please do try to visit the cemetery again in a few years or so. Gary Clouse Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 23, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I keep seeing more soccer fields being built at Friendship Park, but no Little League Baseball fields. All we have are four men’s softball fields with 300 foot fences. There isn’t one pitchers mound in Lake Orion for Little Leaguers, yet we expect them to be able to adapt when they go on to High School. When is Lake Orion going to dedicate more land and funds to our Little League baseball players and start building fields that are made specifically for their needs, not the Friday night softball leagues? Tom Hopkins Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 23, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Once again Thanksgiving dinner at CJ’s Cafe was a success. A big thank you goes out to the Flaming Pistons, Oldies DJ and all the cruisers who supported the weekly car cruise nights in the Lake Orion/Oxford area. Thanks also to CJ’s employees, loyal customers, Caramagno Foods, Del Bene Produce, Coca-Cola, Metropolitan Baking Company, Jerry Neubeck, Tom Stefanek & Son Distributing and Alice P. Young CPA . The children from Christ the Redeemer made beautiful placemats. Leftover food was donated to the Pontiac Rescue Mission and leftover monies will be donated to various charities. Carl & Joan Slomczenski, CJ Village Cafe & Sandbar Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 7, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The giving season is upon us and the Lake Orion Lions Club is again running its annual Christmas Basket Program. Community support in the past has been outstanding and the club is grateful for this community participation. Without it, the club would not be able to assist Orion area families in having a pleasant Christmas. Especially helpful have been area businesses — too numerous to mention — and Lake Orion Community Schools and St. Joseph’s Catholic School. These people support our project by sponsoring canned food and toy drives, placing collection boxes in their places of business or school building. The Goodfellow newspaper sale in early December also helps purchase items for the basket program. Again this year, the Lions Club will count on this same support from our community. We need collection sites in area businesses for the donations and workers to assemble the baskets. Corporate donations are always welcome. Setup for the basket assembly begins at approximately 10 a.m. on Dec. 16 at the CERC building, 455 East Scripps Road. Baskets will be assembled from approximately 3-5:30 p.m. Baskets will be delivered by the Lions Club on Dec. 17. If you know of a family in need of assistance, call Dave Kalish at 586-980-1902 or contact any club member. The Lions wish everyone a blessed holiday season. David Kalish, Christmas Basket Chairman Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 7, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Kudos and congratulations to the Orion Area Parade Group for a weekend full of events well done! The Holly Jolly Folly fundraiser at Palace Chrysler Plymouth was tasteful and full of fun.(thank you, Don Milosch and Palazzo de Bocci and many volunteers! Saturday was full of events sponsored by the OAPG and Downtown Lake Orion, topped off with a fantastic lighted parade (great announcing Sue Turpen and Wes Fuelling!). The Historic Union Church was open to the public for the first time in many, many years (thank you Orion Historical Society and Senior Center volunteers!) ……a truly memorable weekend in Lake Orion. Sara Van Portfliet Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 7, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Downtown Lake Orion DDA and Main Street organizations are proud to support the Orion Area Parade Group with our contribution to the parade of the stage sound system rental and donation for parade clean-up. Of course, the illumination of the Village trees would not have been possible without the work of Lawnworks, the lighting contractor, and his amazing team of workers coordinating the lighting event with our own Nancy King, Downtown Lake Orion Maintenance Coordinator, and the Village of Lake Orion DPW decorating village-wide in advance. Junior, our Doggie Mayor, was able to answer all holiday questions and light the entire village, declaring the holidays in Lake Orion underway, opening for the parade at 5p.m. Here at the Village of Lake Orion DDA we are particularly happy with this year’s parade and the tremendous effort each group put forth to have a successful event. The police did a fantastic job with street closure, traffic direction and acting as parade guides. Likewise, for the first time, the Lake Orion DPW participated in the parade with a festively decorated truck leading the honorary Downtown Lake Orion Doggie Mayor vehicle. Also, for the first time this year, the DDA and Main Street organization set up an area with children’s activities such as cookie decorating and birdseed ornaments which was highly successful as well as food vendors such as Jet’s Pizza, Kettle Corn, and Hot Cocoa with whipped cream! A big highlight for people shopping and supporting the downtown businesses prior to the parade was the opportunity for a spot in the VIP viewing area right next to the stage during the parade. Fun was definitely had by all! Downtown businesses entertained the local children with goodies to fill their stockings, face painting at Ed’s Broadway Gifts and Costumes, and musical entertainment from the Orion Area Parade Group. And, we can’t forget that Santa left a special mailbox outside the DDA office at 22 W. Flint for our children to drop off their letters to Santa. If they are dropped off by Dec. 19, the child will receive a response from Santa’s senior elves. And participating businesses are partnering with the DDA to offer entries to win the Ultimate Gift Basket GiveAway. With a $10 or more purchase you can enter to win this basket valued at over $800 and filled with treats from our Downtown merchants! The drawing will be held Dec. 12 at the village council meeting. Finally, don’t forget to purchase your limited edition Downtown Lake Orion commemorative parade ornament! We have Santa in his sleigh available at Jacobsen’s, the Orion Senior Center, and the Downtown Lake Orion DDA offices The ornaments are signed by the artist, Margaret Cobane, and bear the inscription ‘Downtown Lake Orion? on the side of the sleigh. Ornaments are $15 each but they are going fast! Kathryn Zimmer, DDA Director Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 7, 2005 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Our representative, Congressman Mike Rogers, visited Lake Orion today (Jan. 25). He held a one hour session at the township hall. It is my understanding that these times are intended as an opportunity to hear about the work he is doing, as well as for him to hear from his constituents. I am writing to encourage all residents to attend any sessions he holds here in the future. My impression of him was very favorable. I had the distinct impression that he is not your typical politician. I did think it unfortunate that at least 40 of the 60 minutes had to be spent defending the monitoring of terrorists, i.e. the NSA issues. Congressman Rogers? background includes work as an FBI agent, and as a result he is very well aware of the current laws regarding wire-tapping and monitoring of communications. Given that the topic dominated the visit, I wish that more Lake Orion residents would have been available to hear what he had to say on the this subject. I was relieved to hear him say he was not in favor of legislation calling for suspending the NSA’s terrorist monitoring program, while a congressional investigation occurred (of course, if we can get the terrorists to agree to a temporary suspension of their activities, I am all for it!). Given the economic concerns that Michigan has, it would be refreshing to have him back to discuss jobs, manufacturing and Canadian waste. I would encourage all of you to learn more about Congressman Rogers and the work he is doing. I would hope that the next time he visits, more residents will attend. I also hope that topics of concern to all Michigan residents can be addressed. Noreen Gibbens Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 1, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The purchase of six expensive shovels by Obrecht, which was not authorized by the Polly Ann Trail Management Council, should not be reimbursed. A new bridge across the Detroit River might be appropriate for an expenditure of $1,439 for the groundbreaking ceremony, but not for a pedestrian bridge over Lapeer Road. One shovel would have been more than sufficient, with each trustee taking a turn at removing a little dirt. As it turned out, according to the article in the paper, the shovels were not even used for the ceremony. They weren’t delivered until after the event, and borrowed shovels were used. The justification, or excuse, that they could now be presented to donors is ridiculous. DaimlerChrysler doesn’t need or want another shovel. A bad decision should not be rewarded or reimbursed. Sue Bellairs is correct…Money that goes to the trail should be used on the trail. E. Baker Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 1, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Last week the Michigan House of Representatives passed yet another tax cut, this time for 35,000 small businesses. This tax cut will cost MI taxpayers around $50 million over two years. The vote went pretty much along party lines, Democrats voting against, and Republicans voting for it. My concern is, can our state afford this $50 million gift given the financial woes of our state’s economy, and secondly, who is going to pay for this? In the mid-1990s, then Governor Engler engineered over a billion dollars of business tax cuts, yet they did nothing to stop businesses from out-sourcing or moving out of Michigan. The evidence, the proof of this, is the state of our MI economy today, and the millions of lost jobs! Was this the promised ‘Road to Recovery?? I think NOT!! I have lived in Lake Orion for the past 17 years, and my taxes have gone up every year! Where is the ‘Robin Hood? for Joe and Mary Middle-Class? Where is our relief from unfair taxes? Daniel Myslakowski Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 1, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Lake Orion School District has scheduled a vote to override the Headlee Amendment to charge 18 mills on non-homestead properties in the May 2 election. In the Jan. 18 edition of The Lake Orion Review, Lake Orion Executive Director of Business Services Jillynn Keppler is quoted as saying, ‘As a homeowner, it does not affect you at all. It’s for businesses and commercial properties only.? Yes, the actual increase levied on properties does not affect owner-occupied homes. But everyone who shops in the Village of Lake Orion or Orion Township will be affected, as well as anyone who rents a home, condominium or apartment. When the voters of the school district override the Headlee Amendment, they are increasing the business? cost. When the cost of doing business increases, the costs are passed on to the consumer by increasing prices. If you buy groceries in Lake Orion, the grocery stores are going to charge more for your groceries. If you are renting a home, condominum or apartment, the landlord will increase your rent to cover the increase in taxes. So it does affect all of us who live and shop in Lake Orion, not only businesses. To allow the voters to make an informed decision, I think that the Lake Orion School District should educate the public on all the effects of the tax increases, and stop pretending there is no impact on our community. Ruth Sand Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 1, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We’re hoping the Lake Orion viewers are enjoying the Lunch at CJ’s venue for meeting their friends and neighbors. For those of you who have invited us into your homes on Mondays and Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., or been a guest inventor, writer, artisan or politician, we thank you. We would also like to thank Colin Baumgartner for the terrific Review article, our hosts Carl and Joan Slomczenski for loaning us a corner, and guests who shared special samples with our restaurant audience, like Steve Christi’s Twist ‘N Dough donuts, and Barb Farley’s ice cream and cakes from Cold Stone Creamery. We hope you will continue to support those new neighbors and business people you’ve met on Lunch at CJ’s. If you would like to find out how you can become a producer of your own TV program, or to get the play schedule for Lunch at CJ’s, contact us at ONTV, (693-3377), or orionneighborhoodtelevision.org. Thanks again, and we’ll see you next time on…Lunch at CJ’s. Ed Peters and Kathy Wieland Volunteer producers of Lunch at CJ’s Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 8, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Orion Firefighters and the Orion Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary wish to thank McDonald’s and Domino’s Pizza for their generous food contributions during the warehouse fire on M-24 on Jan. 6, 2006. Firefighters worked around the clock to completely extinguish the blaze, and really appreciated your donations. Orion Firefighters & Ladies Auxiliary Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 15, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Orion community came out in great support for the January ‘Friends? used book sale. The sale was very successful. Thanks to all who donated books, all who shopped our sale, and especially all of the ‘Friends of the Orion Township Library? who gave of their time and muscle to set up and run the sale. We are a very blessed community. Thanks to Kroger on Baldwin for their donation of bags for our bag sale. Our next sale is the week of May 8, and we will begin accepting our donations on March 1. Hope to see you in May. Marie English Friends Book Sale Chair Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 15, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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State Representative Jim Marleau just introduced legislation that will cut $160 million from the ‘school-aid fund,? and through the magic of the empty shell game, he proposes to replace it with dollars from an already over-spent, empty General Fund (where the education lottery dollars already are). Every ‘think-tank? study in Michigan recommends that we invest more in education to prepare our kids for a 21st Century future, yet Marleau wants to cut this investment, in what amounts to nothing more than pure, selfserving election-year politics! With the well-known disconnect from Washington, and Lansing to Main Street, it would appear it didn’t take Marleau long to get assimilated into the ‘Lansing Culture.? To use our kids, and play games with their education funds and their future, for what amounts to a political stunt is simply mind-boggling, shameful, and disgusting! Daniel Myslakowski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 15, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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At Gettysburg, our revered President Abraham Lincoln expressed the hope that ?…government of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, and for the PEOPLE shall not perish from the earth.? Mr. President, I regret to inform you that it has indeed perished in the United States of America, and been replaced by ?…government of the ethically questionable politicians, government by the ethically questionable lobbyists, and government for Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Big Everything Else with Money to Spend to Get What They Want Crowd.? Please don’t hurt yourself as you spin in your tomb. Frank McIssac Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 15, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Come March 1, 2006, we the citizens of Orion Township will be getting notices of increases in our property tax assessments! I believe that all of us should protest these uncalled for, yearly increases on our homestead properties! Every since I have lived here, since 1993, the taxes have increased every year to the max that the state of Michigan will allow. And who sits on the board of review, realtors and land developers! That makes about so much sense as a cat watching a fish market! I have lived in communities in the past, like Troy and Fork Township, where the property taxes didn’t increase every year. It’s time to wake up and say enough already, and stop letting these elected politicians, and appointees, feed us a bunch of bull! James Delevan Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 1, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I disagree with the decision of WASTING THE TAXPAYERS? MONEY, to treat the arsenic water problem, and putting children’s lives in danger. It would be better to use the money towards bottled water. Bill Miller Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 1, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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My name is Anne-Sophie Sauer and I am an exchange student from Germany at Lake Orion High School. I live with my host family, Brian and Sue Rice, and their children, Scott, Mark, Kevin, Chris and Katy. I am very thankful that I have this opportunity to spend a year abroad with such a nice host family, who really care and try to make this a great experience for me, and accept me as a real family member. This year is already the greatest experience I’ve ever had, and I am glad that my host family makes it very special, and gives me the chance to be here, learning about a new culture and learning the language, meeting new people. I really want to thank my friends and teachers, but especially my host family, for this great year, and I hope a lot of others will get involved as a host family, or send their children to be an exchange student. This year helps you not only to learn about different things like culture, language and lifestyle, but the important things that you learn about yourself. You have the chance to find yourself. So, if you want to give someone this experience or experience this yourself, contact Youth for Understanding (1-866-493-8872), or on the web, www.yfu-usa.org. I am very glad and proud that I decided to spend a year abroad. It will help me a lot in my future, and will stay in contact with friends and family forever. It is an experience for a lifetime! Anne-Sophie Sauer Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 1, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Our Coke sign was returned today. Thanks for giving us the exposure in your newspaper. That was the main reason it was noticed. Lloyd Coe, Ed’s Broadway Gifts, downtown Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 1, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The family of Natalie Nance would like to offer our sheer appreciation for all of your support, sympathy, love and prayers during our experience of tremendous loss. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Dale and Janet Salswedel, Jim and Renee Rowe, Mike and Angela Shafer, and George and Rachael Nance We would like to thank everyone for all their thoughtfulness during Dale’s hospital stay and recovery. Dale and Janet Salswedel Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 8, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am writing in response to the letter written by James Delevan in the March 1 issue, addressing the annual tax assessment increases that Orion Township places on its residents. Prior to Proposal A, the government assessors could raise our assessment as much as they wanted, based on current market value of the property. Even though this was the case, they had to justify the increase. For example, if the market showed an average of 10 percent increase in value, they could add 10 percent to the assessment. Now, after Proposal A, they are limited by the inflationary rate, but they do not have to justify it. This is why it is guaranteed that our assessments will go up every year. Although we all agree that this is not fair, there is something even worse that should make the residents of Orion Township very concerned. It’s possible for the township assessor to add value to your assessment, above the inflationary rate. They do this based on assumptions from an external-only inspection. For example, if you have a two-story house, but there is nothing on the second floor except windows, they will assume the second is completed and add value for bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. Now, I am not making allegations, rather I am stating what was done to me. Yes, I am being assessed for rooms that do not exist. You may recall that the Aug. 3, 2005 edition of The Review had a summary of my appearance before the township board, addressing this issue. As they are typical government officials, they preferred to protect themselves instead of doing the right thing. Also, Township Assessor John Attwell promised to complete an interior inspection in order to correct the assessment. You see, the assessor can make things up in order to raise the value, but they have to physically see the items do not exist in order to remove the value. By the way, I am still waiting for someone to show up and complete the inspection. I don’t know about you, but it scares me to think that our government officials believe they have this much power to do something like this to people that pay their salaries. I would suggest that each and every township resident examine not only their assessment, but also the property evaluation worksheet, that can be obtained at the township assessor’s office. Dale Ziegler Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 8, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The members of the Boys and Girls Club would like to thank the local businesses and residents for helping make our 8th Annual Taste of the Town a huge success. Items donated by local businesses were auctioned off that evening, and restaurants provided portions of a menu item from their establishment for the patrons to sample. Special thanks to Hamlin Pub, Big Buck Brewery and Steakhouse, Boulder Pointe Golf Club and Banquet Center, Buffalo Wild Wings, Canterbury Castle, Cold Stone Creamery, Costco Wholesale, Little Caesars, Lombardo’s Bar and Grill, Olive Garden, Starbucks Coffee, and Metamora Golf and Country Club, for their participation. Local restaurants are invited to participate in our 9th Annual Taste of the Town, to be held in early 2007. Tim Dougan Club Directo Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 15, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Becky Goodman, former DDA Director for Downtown Lake Orion, and I agreed, in Aug. of 2004, to proceed with plans for improvement of the Ye Olde Stuff & Antiques building. In Dec. of 2004, she requested that I submit a statement of completion and the allowable annual grants would be forthcoming. Subsequent efforts to elicit a response have gone unanswered and ignored. When Becky left for Petoskey, she wrote me, explaining that the color scheme was complicated and they needed time to study the placement of colors. More than 15 months have passed…is this enough time? Ron Sweet Ye Old Stuff & Antiques Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 22, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This letter is in response to the article concerning Larry Obrecht and the continuing shovel purchase issue. I had thought this situation was handled, since Mr. Obrecht has repeatedly explained the reason for the purchase of the shovels, as well as how and why, they were used. For many, many years Mr. Obrecht was almost single-handedly responsible for the improvement and development of the Polly Ann Trail. He was constantly working or organizing workers for trail improvements and clean up. In more recent years, he has been the main motivator, fundraiser and representative for the trail. This trail is a benefit to our community, and without Mr. Obrecht’s efforts, might still be an abandoned railway bed. I know that Mr. Obrecht is often modest about the time, energy, and yes, finances, he personally spends on the Polly Ann Trail project. But now is the time for us to thank him, and to trust that he used his best good judgement in purchasing the shovels. I would request that reimbursement be reconsidered, or at least we would all make certain Mr. Obrecht knows how much we appreciate his valuable contribution to our community. Mary Chayka-Crawford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 29, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This election year is when we the citizens once again get to vote on whom we want to work for us in our local, state and national governments. You’ll notice I’ve omitted the word ‘represent,? for obvious reasons. I feel our present Oakland County Commissioner Eric Wilson and State Representative James Marleau, as well as US Congressmen Mike Rogers and Joe Knollenberg, have done nothing for the people they represent, unless they are wealthy and can do something for them. That is not the reason to seek public office, but it seems to be the norm with the politicians, because it seems the people in a certain majority don’t seem to care or question the motives of these people once they take office. Rogers and Knollenberg voting for KAFTA is already starting to show its effects, with the closing of the Ford Wixom plant, and the proposed buyouts of GM’s and Daimler Chrysler’s hourly employees. Wilson hasn’t cut any costs for his district, in fact he voted for, along with other county commissioners, a pay raise for himself. And how about Marleau, who no doubt voted for that big rate hike for Consumer’s Power, as all of us got sticker shock from our natural gas bills this winter? Be prepared for the same on your Edison bill this summer. You should know if there is ever an increase for the people to pay, Marleau will usually approve it. That’s the same way Marleau was as Orion Township Treasurer, voting for water and sewer rate increases every year. It’s time for a change, and if you open your eyes and take the wax out of your ears, you’ll notice things are not getting better. But if some of you are satisfied with the status quo, then I guess you must love playing Russian Roulette or driving a vehicle with a blindfold on. James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 29, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This year’s Community Business Expo was a huge success, and on behalf of myself and the entire Orion Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I would like to extend our sincere thanks for The Lake Orion Review’s support and contributions to the overall success of this year’s event. The special advertisement section in The Orion Review really helped to build awareness for the Community Business Expo throughout the community, and enhanced our overall attendance this year. Further, it was very generous of you to obtain the tables and chairs at no cost through an innovative rental approach by enhancing advertising space to Valley Tent Rental. These types of cost-saving efforts are critical in keeping costs under control, and were greatly appreciated by the Chamber Board of Directors. Your partnership and efforts with this year’s Community Business Expo went a long way in building pride among our business leaders and the community. We commend you for everything you personally did to bring a positive outcome to the overall program. Rosemary McBride Chamber President Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 29, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I’m writing in regards to the article in The Oakland Press on March 22, about Orion Township. I live in Orion Township, and I watch the Township Board meetings. On March 20, Supervisor Dywasuk said he recommends an investigation of the treasurer because he has spent too much time on this issue. He wants closure. And it should not have gone in The Review. I find all of this interesting, because the Supervisor is the one who won’t stop making an issue out of it. And by his statements in the newspaper, I have to believe he is the one who went to the newspaper. Alice Young, our treasurer, has been very up front about everything. We could always go back to the way it was before with the previous treasurer. You know, when we never knew how much money was in the water and sewer fund, or where it was. The Township Board made all the votes, and voted for the Clerk and the Supervisor to sign the contract with The Athena Group. When the Supervisor said he signed an illegal contract, and he didn’t know what he was signing, I want to know, who is running this place? I hope and pray it isn’t his part-time assistant, Jill Verros. It sure looks like it is on TV. If there is going to be any investigations, it should start with the Supervisor’s office. Something smells rotten. Kay Hughes Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 5, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am responding to the letter from Mary Chayka-Crawford published in the March 29 Orion Review, stating that Larry Obrecht should be reimbursed for the chrome shovels. Larry Obrecht and Roy Rewold are former Oakland County Commissioners, and therefore should have full knowledge about following protocol, rules and procedures. I attended the regular meeting of the Polly Ann Trail Management Council on March 15, and the chrome shovels were listed under ‘Unbudgeted item: Shovels, $1,439.20.? That tells you that there was not a previous vote of approval by the council to purchase the shovels. I spoke to members of the council and was told there was a discussion about getting shovels, but nothing came up about purchasing them or that they would need to be chrome. Nor was the council informed that Mr. Obrecht would be cutting a deal with Roy Rewold, and we would get ‘used? ones from Mr. Rewold in exchange for him getting the new shovels. Taxpayers? money would have been tangled up in this, without approval. Granted, Mr. Obrecht has been very instrumental in the Polly Ann Trail—just as many of us have been involved in their pet projects, and volunteer endeavors. When there is a committee, board or council involved, they have to get pre-approval before expending any funds. That was what was lacking in Mr. Obrecht’s circumstance. Therefore—many people in various communities involved were upset about him not getting a pre-approved vote from the council. When I, and other taxpayers, broached the subject to Mr. Obrecht at the council meeting, we were asked how much we have given, and I was told that I had lied about him in my statement to the council. I did not lie, nor is it anyone’s business who we do volunteer work for, or to whom or how much we donate. Nor, do I spend other people’s money without getting permission. Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 12, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Orion Township Board of Trustee members might try using competitive bidding while making contract deals for goods and services. This novel idea just might end the need to keep on spending funds for audits and investigations. This course of action is what the voters and property taxpayers would like to see employed in the future. None I know of wish to see their taxes being irrationally spent. If auditors find ‘nothing wrong,? was your vote of April 3 truly just more smoke and mirrors? Funds are limitless, it would seem. Evading the real problem of lack of competitive bidding of contracts, this is the root of all the trouble. Change your business ethics, and stop waste before you spend anymore funds on nonsense. Clay Rathburg Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 12, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On May 2, voters in 26 school districts in Oakland County, and most ‘out-county? districts, will be heading to the polls to cast their ballots. While I support our system of democracy, I question the school districts? selection of a May election date. Under Michigan’s consolidated election law of 2004, which I co-sponsored, schools were automatically assigned Nov. election dates, unless they formally voted to change the date. By holding their elections in Nov., school districts would have reduced or even eliminated their costs because they would have been held in conjunction with city, township and village elections, rather than their own, stand-alone date. To legislators? surprise, the vast majority of districts in the state opted out of the preferred Nov. election date. Every school board in Oakland County, except South Lyon Community Schools, voted to change their elections to the most expensive date, the annual May option. Who is picking up the tab? Taxpayers. We estimate ‘piggybacked? Nov. elections would save more than $600,000 in tax dollars per year in Oakland County alone for financially-strapped schools. Statewide, savings would be estimated at $5 million or more annually. Think about what that could purchase for our schoolchildren—10,000 computers, over 150,000 textbooks for our kids, or our schools could hire over 100 teachers. It is easy to understand the frustration of local clerks and citizens, especially those in communities with uncontested May school elections. Fifteen out of Oakland County’s 26 districts having elections on May 2 have uncontested races for board seats. The goal of consolidating elections was to provide uniformity for voters, streamline the election system, and help our schools save money. Instead of multiple polling places, voters now have the same polling place for every election. There’s also a consistent system for distributing absentee ballot applications. Consolidated elections also help prevent districts from holding ‘stealth? elections. Previous obscure election dates have resulted in elections where less than four percent of eligible voters cast their ballots. Schools have argued Nov. elections would upset their budget process, but other officials, from US Congress to county commissioners and state legislators, cope very well despite the Nov. timing. It could be an advantage to give school board members several months to understand their district’s policies and financial issues before voting on the budget. In South Lyon, to accommodate the Nov. election, board members? terms were lengthened to six years. School district like South Lyon have been able to put those savings into classrooms, and made it easier for voters to have their voices heard. It’s clear that schools? early concerns about timing simply haven’t been realized. Today, schools can still opt to change their election schedules to save money and time. If you’re concerned about the expense of school elections, you can contact your school board and urge them to ‘piggyback? on Nov. elections. Ruth Johnson Oakland County Clerk Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 12, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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My youngest daughter has been in the LOOK program at Lake Orion Schools? CERC building, to help her with her speech delays. I can’t say enough about the staff. They are well-organized and talented. Even the part-time assistants there are really good, and they truly care about the kids and the parents they deal with. The teacher my daughter has, Miss Pam, is excellent, and reveals a true understanding of how to deal with difficult children. Miss Brandy, the assistant, is also energetic, always smiling, and seems happy with her job. I have to say I am truly impressed with the way the program is run, and the materials they provide for the children are first-rate. My daughter is doing very well in the program, and it’s all due to the special care and attention these talented people provide on a daily basis. Miss Pam deserves recognition for her fine service to the community as an exceptional teacher. Laura Allen Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 19, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We don’t need a DPW supervisor in the Village of Lake Orion. The village has not changed, it is still one-square mile. The population is about the same. Bruce is doing a great job, and in this day and age of technology, we have all kinds of equipment so he can get a hold of someone if he’s in a jam. Travis could be trained to eventually take over. The DPW supervisor’s nearly $50,000 in wages could be used for a new cop car, as well as new DPW equipment, both of which we definitely need. The village DPW and police are operating in good order, and we don’t need to tip the ship. Doug Lowe *Village Manager JoAnn Van Tassel responds: There is a great deal for which the DPW superintendent is responsible. The Village has just received from the EPA a new requirement to adhere to the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule. This means the Village will have to take samples every quarter for the next two years, and have those samples tested for trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids, and then report the results to the EPA. If the results are above a certain level, then corrective measures will have to be taken. The Village has to do this even though it does not add anything to the water it receives from the City of Detroit through Orion Township. The Phase II regulations related to the provisions of the Clean Water Act also impose duties upon the Village. In addition to the items regarding the Illicit Discharge Elimination Plan (IDEP), there are proactive steps the Village is required to take to help ensure the surface waters and storm water run-off don’t pollute or contaminate Lake Orion and Paint Creek. The Village needs to make an evaluation of its entire storm drain system to ensure that the Federal rules are being followed. The DPW is also responsible for having commercial establishment within the Village checked on a regular basis, to ensure there’s no cross-connection between the fluids they use in their business and the public water supply. Checking for cross-connections must be done by a licensed plumber, under the guidance of the DPW superintendent. There’s also a need to have the bridges in the Village inspected by a qualified engineer every two years, and report the results to the State of Michigan. The DPW superintendent is responsible for contracting for this inspection service. All of the things listed above are in addition to the day-to-day things the Village DPW handles, including roads, water mains, parks and public grounds (including two cemeteries, and putting up and taking down seasonal display items). Then there’s maintenance and repair of Village equipment, the ordering of new equipment, and helping to develop and oversee the annual DPW budget. For all these reasons and more, the Village needs a qualified DPW superintendent. A copy of the full job description for the DPW superintendent is available for viewing at Lake Orion Village Hall. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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‘The buck stops here? was the slogan of former President Harry S. Truman. This famous saying doesn’t seem to apply to our present Orion Township Supervisor, Jerry Dywasuk. His slogan should read, ‘The buck passes on.? It seems to me, Mr. Supervisor, you are not interested in what the citizens of Orion Township think or want, or in taking responsibility for your own actions. Your answer is always ‘I’ll look into it,? or ‘It wasn’t my decision, it was the board’s decision.? So, if this is the case, then why do we need you as supervisor? Maybe it’s because you’re currently collecting around $70,000, plus benefits, per year, and that you voted for yourself at least a four percent raise, every year, without the citizens? approval. Meanwhile, DPW union employees are going on their third year without a contract or raise. And the buck passes on! Now you have the Gingellville Community Center paying property taxes. Oops, sorry, that was a State of Michigan decision. But let’s be frank here, I don’t think any of this would have ever developed if it weren’t for you and township assessor John Attwell feeding the bait to the state. Or was that somebody else’s decision, too? People, it’s time to wake up and flush the toilet. That cost will be increasing as well, won’t it, Jerry? But what do you care, you don’t have to pay the bill when you have a well and septic field. I bet you and some of the trustees would think differently, if you had city water and sewers on your property, and had to pay at least $210 a year to flush the toilet. I believe, Jerry, we should have a special night where we put you and the trustees on the stand, and have all of you explain your actions and answer questions. Let the citizens decide whether you stay or go. Much like the Donald Trump show, ‘You’re fired,? or ‘See ya!? Oh yes, we could have the show on Monday night, at the Orion Township Hall. Think about it, folks. The longer George, Jenny and Jerry stay, the less money you’ll have anyway! James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Through the efforts of the Orion Township Board, Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk, Assessor John Attwell, and the Board of Review members; Niles Olsen, Ron Spitler and Gail Jenzen; along with much of the taxpayers? money, Orion Township has won the right to tax the Gingellville Community Center, and therefore force them to possibly close their doors. The final decision was made by Michigan Tax Tribunal Judge Jack Van Coevering. Let’s hope the Township can provide what we have, such as a meeting place for Boy and Girl Scouts, and to serve as a place for the children and adult ball leagues to meet and hold their registrations and drafts. Will the Township be able to allow the Lionesses access to a facility to hold their annual fashion shows, Trash and Treasure Days, Breakfast with Santa, and much more? Will the Boys and Girls Club still have access to have karate? Will they hold benefits for area residents, who need to raise funds to pay medical bills? Will they allow families in need to have funeral dinners in their meeting rooms? What about Habitat for Humanity? Can they provide a place so funds can be raised by holding dinners or pancake breakfasts? Will they increase their donations to the Lake Orion High School senior parties, or other activities that are not allowed in the schools, like teen dance parties? We’re looking forward to seeing just how many free Christmas, Easter and Halloween parties they will provide for the area kids. Oh gosh, I forgot to mention the soccer leagues, Orion Area Youth Assistance, and the Red Cross using our facility to hold CPR classes or blood drives. Even the Oakland County Health Department has held classes necessary for businesses to be licensed to serve food at the Gingellville Community Center. We also support donations to the cancer foundation, CROP Walk supporters and much more. Good luck to all those who will no longer have the benefit of the GCC. Please got to the Township for assistance…We hate to give it up, but all our efforts to put on a Bingo and Vegas Night to raise money would be going to the Township for taxes, and not to serve the community. That is not what our volunteers want to do, they already pay enough taxes. We have been a non-profit since being incorporated in 1939, and most of the original members have passed away. But there are many still around, and who have fond memories of the GCC, and the fish fries and bingos held at the southeast corner of Baldwin. In fact, if the Township could have rezoned the property to commercial back in the late 1980s, we’d still be on that corner. I know there are lots of folks out there who remember Mr. and Mrs. Poole, rollerskating on Wed., Moms Club, and women’s volleyball. Also the West Orion Baseball League, funded by parents, and field mostly taken care of by Mr. Van Camp. There was no parks and recreation to sponsor teams. Thanks to Frank and Ginney Gingell, we got our equipment and shirts at cost. They never made money off the league. Fred and Jane Beckwith provided, at cost or free, many, many trophies for the Trophy Days, held at the ball fields. We still do a great deal to benefit children and adults in Orion Township. Yes, there’s still time to appeal to the Court of Appeals, but after spending in excess of $25,000 for attorney fees, and having the tax bill for 2004, 2005 and 2006 be approximately $20,000 to $25,000 for each year, we already have bills in excess of $75,000. We cannot take on any more. What will we do? We don’t know, but we do know we will honor any obligations we have committed to through 2006. But after that, who knows? I hope this answers some of the many questions I have been asked the last few months. If not, you may call me at 391-0697. Beverly Gall GCC Vice President Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Aren’t we one lucky community to have our Orion Township Assessor, John Attwell? Mr. Attwell is really into community fellowship, similar to Simon Legree. The example is the property tax grenade he has deftly tossed at the long-established Gingellville Community Center. The Internal Revenue Service’s 501(c)3 tax exemption means nothing to this assessor. Now that Mr. Attwell and his comrade-in-arms, Tax Tribunal Judge Jack VanCoevering, have set a precedent in attaching property taxes to a tax-exempt community center, will we see this happen in other communities and other 501(c)3 entities? How about loading property taxes on the tax-exempt Knights of Columbus, FISH, Senior Citizens centers, the Masons and Kiwanis—to name a few? Please let me remind everyone that neither Mr. Attwell, the attorneys or judges are Grand Poobas of reasoning and judgment. Nor, do they walk on water. I should be careful what I write. I might see my property receive an accelerated increase. I truly hope that somehow the means will be found to overturn John Attwell’s decision. How about starting with our Township Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk? After all, our supervisor is Mr. Attwell’s boss. Or, is there still a dream to have a new expansive, expensive Taj Mahal community center built with someone’s name emblazoned on it? Maybe Mr. Attwell can be convinced to move on to another community, so that he can enjoy launching his property tax grenades anew. Then we could employ another assessor, who has more understanding of a community’s history and fellowship. How many would like to get together and give Mr. Attwell a grand send-off? Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am not surprised by Orion Township Assessor John Attwell’s comments in The Oakland Press, in regards to the Gingellville Community Center. We assumed all along you were the one who made the decision, not the Board of Review. Why do we have a Board of Review anyway? Their own words were we don’t know anything about 501(c)3’s. That was the beginning and end of our meeting with the Board of Review. But someone made the decisions, and now Attwell owns up to it. There was a meeting that Attwell had with the Board of Review, the one we weren’t invited to. We knew all along that Attwell lead them and made the decision. That’s why we kept asking for the minutes from this meeting. And those minutes are what really disappeared from that so-called break-in on April 20, 2004. Actually, this wasn’t the first time something disappeared from the Assessor’s office. Back in 1997, when we got a tax bill for the property on Baldwin and Maybee, our director, Pam Hutchison, Vice President Bev Gall, and Township Clerk Jill Bastian went to the Assessor’s office to ask why we would get a tax bill? Penny Schults pulled up on the computer a land contract from one of the developers LLC. But the only signatures on the land contract were the developer’s and his witness. No signatures from us, all were blank. We were shocked. We didn’t think to get a copy then. A week later, our director went back to the Assessor’s office to get it. And guess what, it was gone. Does anyone see a pattern here, or am I the only one? Does anybody else in Orion Township have a problem with things disappearing from the Assessor’s office? Lillian Hutchison GCC Chairperson Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Because we have made the front page recently, we thought you might want to know just who and what the Gingellville Community Center has been over the last 69 years, and why our tax exempt status is necessary to continue. We have only 21 days to respond to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. This is probably impossible, since we would have to find a new attorney. The first meeting of the GCC took place in 1937, at the Proper School in Gingellville. In 1938, they decided to buy property for a club house. They bought 3.7 acres on Baldwin, interest-free, for $400. After paying that off, they bought an additional 4.5 acres from Mr. Buchanan. In 1975, they decided to buy approximately two acres from Harold and Francis Gingell, for $65,000, at a rate of eight percent interest, for additional parking for their bingo. By 1980, times were getting tough for the GCC, and the building was slowly falling apart. Membership decreased, and we could no longer get insurance on the building. Needless to say, we could not have bingo or rentals in an unsafe building. As a result, we decided in 1985 to put the back five acres (the ball fields) up for sale, with the hopes of raising enough funds to make the necessary improvements. A sale didn’t happen, but after 18 months, we decided to take a loan out to make the improvements. This property is currently where Lake Forest Subdivision is today. Next, we went to Orion Township to apply for a split, so we could put the building and corner property on the market, and build on the back five acres. We did have several offers to purchase the front and corner property, but all were subject to the property being rezoned commercial. This, of course, was not approved by the Township, and no sale was possible (it is now Orion Village Crossing). With membership falling, rentals down and expenses going up, we decided to consider an offer from Larry Mullins to provide us with a new building on 6.7 acres on Waldon, in exchange for the 10-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Baldwin and Maybee. We hated to move from the corner in Gingellville, but had to do something. This was an opportunity to at least keep the GCC an active center, and definite asset to Orion Township. Over the years, the GCC has served as voting precinct 10, supported the Boy and Girl Scouts, girls and boys ball leagues and soccer, Orion Area Youth Assistance, Habitat for Humanity, Freedom Works, as well as providing free use of the hall for karate, and many fundraisers for the Lions and Lioness Clubs. All GCC activities, including children’s holiday parties, are free, and the hall is also used for funeral dinners when needed by area residents, at no cost. Bingo and rentals support the upkeep of the building and property. Even our bingos are considered a necessary form of social activity for many in our area. They are more than happy to pay to play, because they know that the money earned by the club is a direct benefit to Orion Township youth. Our club motto is ‘Youth is Our Aim.? It’s a sad day in our community to lose such a long-standing group of volunteers. With all the talk about Gingellville in the news lately, it seems we would have had more support in our fight with Orion Township officials responsible for the denial of our tax-exempt status. The GCC doesn’t have a political agenda, but seems to have been railroaded right out of Gingellville and Orion Township. Anyone who would like to voice their opinion is urged to contact Orion Township, or attend the next board meeting on May 1 at 7p.m. at 7575 Joslyn. For your information, the GCC has spent over $25,000 in attorney fees to date, to try to reverse this decision. I wonder how much Orion Township taxpayers have spent? GCC Board of Directors Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Orion/Oxford FISH would like to thank Oxford Meijer for choosing FISH to receive purchased holiday bags in their Easter Food Drive. Your continued support is so appreciated. A special thanks to Gary Lowe, grocery director, for coordinating the effort. To the 124 shoppers who purchased these food bags, we are so grateful. The FISH pantry gives 120-130 needy families in Orion, Oxford and Oakland food each month. Without the support of this wonderful community, we would never be able to accomplish our goal of ‘neighbor helping neighbor.? Generous people like you make the FISH pantry possible. Orion/Oxford FISH Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would like to set the record straight in regards to Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk’s comments that read, ‘I did talk to them, the problem was they didn’t like the answer,? in the April 19, 2006 The Orion Review article, ‘GCC loses tax dispute with township.? I faxed a letter to the supervisor on April 1, 2004, and received a call within a half hour from him. He said he would look into the matter, and set up a meeting with all parties involved to settle the matter, and to allow him a week to accomplish this. I received an email on April 4, 2004 from the supervisor, stating he had met with John Attwell, and had provided him with our letter of determination from the IRS. He also stated, ‘I’m assuming that this will clear up the matter, I’ll contact you as soon as I get this finalized.? On April 8, the supervisor called and said ‘it was out of his hands,? and that the township attorney’s opinion was that she felt that our federal paper of determination wasn’t what we thought it was. I asked him if the Board of Review had seen our papers, and the supervisor asked me to hold. When he came back on the phone, he put it on speaker, and introduced Jill Verros as the Deputy Supervisor, and Penny Shults as the Deputy Assessor (neither of these positions warrants the ‘Deputy? title). I asked the same question again about the Board of Review, and Penny said we would find out when we went to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. That was it, all doors were closed and all communication cut off. When the supervisor called on the 8th, I thought it was to set up the meeting he had promised. Instead, I felt I was ‘set up.? So, in response to the supervisor’s statement to The Review, ‘them? was I only. And as far as not liking the answer, I don’t feel that ‘out of my hands? is an answer. And as far as the attorney’s opinion, let’s just ask ‘how much did you pay for that opinion?? The taxpayers should get their money back. Pamela Hutchison GCC Director Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 3, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Please renew my subscription for another year. I am enclosing a check for $32, for out-of-state subscription. We recently moved back home to the Cleveland area, but having spent eight years in Lake Orion, I still feel a fondness and an interest in the business of the town. I especially like the historical stories and columns in The Review. Congratulations to Lisa Valentine on being named editor. I read her column every week, and find most of them interesting. Knowing she is a stickler for punctuation and grammar, I must point out that the phrase is ‘intents AND purposes,? not ‘intents IN purposes,? as appeared in her column of April 12 (I receive the paper a week late). She may like to read the book ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves,? a very educational and entertaining book about punctuation. I look forward to the continuation of my Review service. I will plan a visit back to Lake Orion when I read that Sagebrush has re-opened! Mary Russell Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 3, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This letter is in response to Jim Sherman’s column from April 26, ‘Decaying morals leads to rotten language.? From my perspective, decaying rotten language could lead to truthful expression. Too many lies, too much held-in anguish, too much outside force, can bring rotten feelings out, via what is termed as rotten language. With a little awareness, this habit can be kicked. Rotten emotions can grow new crops of truth. We are not necessarily who we say we are. It’s more of what we do with what we say. We learned as children, ‘sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me,? but could this be the lie that stuck? Release yourself from others? lies, build a more credible self. Each of us can be a heart listener by refraining judgment of the worthless rot of another, fertilize that soil, neutralize the acid; gardens only yield what one puts into it. Give the children a new message: ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, till they mend; lies will hurt me, if I let them.? Thank you, Jim Sherman, for exposing this important cliche that could segregate/perpetuate segregation. Opinions are values, hidden. I am grateful to be a citizen of the United States of America, a country where expression is encouraged, necessary and valued. Maria Rotondo Mark Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 3, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I really enjoyed the editorials on the tax assessment situation with the GCC in the April 26 edition. It’s a crying shame that our township officials can only do one thing: Raise our taxes. Mr. Dywasuk, Mr. Attwell and the rest of the township board don’t care about right versus wrong; all they care about is if there is a loophole in the law that will allow them to get away with it. Whatever happened to this country’s forefathers? intentions of a government for the people and by the people, which means the people’s opinions count? Unfortunately, our opinions do not count. We have all seen examples where developers came in and the people argued against it. When the developer threatens a lawsuit, the local government caves and allows the development. There’s something wrong with our laws when the people’s opinions aren’t taken seriously in these matters. The only way to get the attention of these officials is to vote them out of office. I fully intend to do my best to have every single Orion Township board member voted out of office when they come up for reelection. I hope the residents of Orion Township will do the same. Dale Ziegler Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 10, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Son, I’m writing this letter to tell you how very proud I am of you for all that you’ve accomplished in a short 18 years. I’ve watched you grow, learn and mature during these years, and you’ve excelled in school, sports and community. Your growth and contributions have been recognized by others, as well as with numerous awards in academic achievement from school, trophies for skill and team play in sports, and 12 years (66 percent of your life) of advancement, growth, character development and respect for others in the Scouting program. It has not always been easy; to your credit, when you fell or had a hard time doing something, you got back up and tried even harder to succeed, drawing on resources deep within yourself, and family. You have chosen to take the high ground and not the easy path in life, and you have worked hard to excel, to be above average, to have balance and purpose in life. Life can best be explained in that it has, as you have had/will have, its ups and downs, highs and lows. In life, you’ll experience both, however I’m confident and reassured to know you have learned much in 18 years. I know you’ll take all the positive, and negative, ‘lessons learned? from school, sports, scouting, family and just being you, and successfully apply them as you continue your journey of life. As a son, you’ve brought me great joy. As your father, and mentor, I want to assure you I’ll continue to support and grow with you. I love you! Your loving father, Daniel Myslakowski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 10, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Gayle Drum Garcia, 52, a resident of Lapeer (fomerly of Lake Orion), is the mother of five adopted children. She and her husband Randy, married for 30 years, were foster parents to 38 young children, while raising their own family. With three of their children raising their own families, and the two youngest daughters attending the University of Michigan, it could be the time in their lives to settle back and enjoy a more leisurely life. However, Randy and Gayle each run their own successful businesses, and share responsibilities in the care of their elderly mothers. Gayle enjoys her four grandchildren, and is a part-time daycare giver for their youngest grandson. Her busy life doesn’t end there. Gayle is an active participant in the fight for humane treatment of Michigan prisoners. The prisoner nearest to her heart is her elder brother Larry Drum, 69, who was sentenced unmercifully to life, plus two 10-20-year sentences to be served consecutively, meaning Larry could spend the rest of his life in prison for his minor role in a drug offense that dates back to 1986. If Gayle has her way, he will be released, rather than spend the rest of his days in prison paying for one mistake he made 20 years ago. Gayle is an adamant supporter of FAMM, Families for Mandatory Minimums, by volunteering her time to help them in their efforts to bring attention to changing the state’s severe drugsentencing laws. She often travels to Lansing, leaving Lapeer before most of us are awake, to meet with legislators, urging them to pass bills that will enable fair release treatment to the prisoners caught under antiquated mandatory life sentences. Larry remains in prison while others with more severe sentences, serving less time in prison, have been released. Recently, on one of her trips to the Capitol, she spoke with senators and representatives, urging them to pass a bill presented to legislation by Representative William McConico. If this bill is passed, it will affect the fate of her brother positively. Gayle headed up a campaign that began in summer of 2005. She isn’t shy about asking the state to support Larry’s release, and contacted newspapers, politicians and TV newscasters. In every case, she received their undivided attention and support. What happened because of her efforts? Although it hasn’t brought Larry home yet, it is unprecedented. She managed to get 200 people to send letters to Governor Granholm, asking her to release Larry, based on his perfect prison record, horrific sentencing by Judge Barry Howard, his age, and the man he has become today. Gayle was also successful in getting 35 stories about Larry’s plight published in newspapers throughout Michigan. With each contact, Gayle becomes personal friends with any and everyone she encounters. She receives communications from sitting senators and representatives. New stories are scheduled to be printed in May, updating the people of progress in the release of Larry. Gayle is known by her first name only at the Governor’s office, where she’s in constant contact with Governor Granholm regarding Larry’s release. Because of her efforts in bringing his plight to the Governor’s attention, she received a call from Granholm’s assistant, recommending she assist Larry in forwarding a ‘Request of Commutation? to the Parole Board. This request is a procedure available to prisoners every two and a half years, a chance to ask for early parole. Gayle and attorney Fred Miller of Oxford competed and forwarded the documentation within three days, but unfortunately the Parole Board didn’t recommend release. It was the choice of the Governor if she wanted to override their recommendation and commute his sentence, but she chose to follow suit with the board, declining Larry’s request. Gayle is in communication with the Governor to ask why this process circles, without chance of release. She’s waiting to hear from the Governor, and received comments from a man who works for the Parole Board, saying maybe it was time for her to give up and get used to Larry likely dying in prison. As hard as all of this rejection has been, Gayle is unstoppable. She has the energy and faith of 20 people, and some call her ‘Unsinkable Gayle Garcia.? Rejection doesn’t get in her way. A soft-spoken woman with dignity, grace and little pretence, Gayle communicates clearly and pointedly about injustices Larry has received. People who meet this woman know she’s on a mission to make right the injustices her brother continues to receive. Her mission includes asking people to remember Larry Drum. The Department of Corrections told her they are in her corner. She says she won’t stop her quest until her brother comes home. Has she contacted President Bush yet? She says she hasn’t, but the day is never over for Gayle Drum Garcia. Susan Mascia Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 10, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In reply to John Attwell’s statement in the May 10 issue of The Orion Review: He wants to throw figures out there, let me take the opportunity to give the accurate figures for 2004 for the Gingellville Community Center. Bingo and charity game tickets: Revenue, $365,353; prizes paid, $315,083; profit, $50,270. Rentals and three fundraisers: Rentals, $20,000; fundraisers, $7,821; total, $27,821. Total of actual realized money made: $78,090. And this amount is what’s used to pay all the monthly bills, and make all of the donations. As far as these figures, they are from the general ledger, which is provided to our accountant, who in turn does all the tax returns. All our records are public information. From day one, we have asked to sit down and talk this out. It never happened, all doors were closed. We gave a settlement offer in Oct. of 2004 to the township board. we didn’t get the courtesy of an answer. I want to know, Mr. Attwell, what level did you stoop to by giving that figure to the newspaper? You’re always making the comparison to the Knights of Columbus (Fraternal Beneficiary Society 501(c)8), and the Lions (who don’t have a building). Is Attwell going to give all the area organizations? financial information, or only feels the need to put GCC out there? Brenda Ray GCC President Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 17, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I came home from work recently, to neighbors gardening, dogs playing, just a beautiful day. Took a stroll back to the creek, and my jaw dropped. Paint Creek dropped a foot from the time I left for work in the morning, to the time I got home, leaving many spots no longer submerged. Now, I know we have not had much rain lately, but where art thou agua? In the lake, that’s where. I understand they raise and lower the dam every spring and fall, but must it always be so sudden? The sudden ‘flush? of water in the fall causes erosion on a large scale, and my yard shrinks every year as the river bank melts away in the flood. The sudden ‘shutdown? in the spring leaves little to no habitat for fish. No fish, no pretty herons or kingfishers. No water, no fish, no pretty birds, no fun. If we can raise and lower the dam in a day, can’t we do it just a little each day over several weeks so the impact isn’t so drastic? Is this too much to ask? Jeff Aisthorpe Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 17, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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YOU did it. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who donated books for the Friends of the Orion Township Public Library May Used Book Sale. Thanks to the enthusiastic customers, volunteers and library personnel! Thanks to Kroger for bags for the Saturday Bag Day Sale. Some of the proceeds will help fund the Young Adult Summer Reading Program, as well as other programs. See you in September! Happy summer reading! Marie English Book Sale Chair Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 17, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I’m responding to the comments made on May 10 in The Review from Jerry Dywasuk and John Attwell. They sit in their cozy offices, in their plush chairs, and don’t have a clue what’s going on, nor do they care. About our substantial lower price for renting the GCC building, we work hard for that privilege, and it’s a $200 reduced rate. Only six-member rentals last year. This is a list of who they’ve hurt. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, boys baseball, girls softball, teen dances, ballroom dances, voting precinct, Habitat for Humanity, Freedom Works, use of the building for funeral dinners, the families we adopt for Christmas, the free Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween party for the children of the community. We have rentals and Bingo, and that is how we support ourselves. We ask for nothing. We can’t do all we do and pay taxes too. Talk about reaching a level. What did they think we would do, just lie down and roll over? I have been connected with the GCC since 1948, when caring people were in charge of Orion Township. The people of Orion Township better think twice the next time they vote. The ones in there now are hurting more than they’re helping. Arlene Martin Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 17, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It has come to my attention that the citizens of Orion Township may be in for an unneeded expense: The Polly Ann Trail bridge on M-24 in Oxford, adjoining the Oxford Farm Corp. and Orion-Oxford Plumbing. The reason Orion Township may end up picking up the tab for this folly is because Oxford and Addison Townships are pulling out of the deal. The overpass is the main reason it seems to have run into some financial and engineering difficulties, and now the state highway department is in on the action, driving up the cost. I don’t feel Orion Township and its citizens should be left picking up the tab. If my memory serves me right, I don’t recall ever voting for this Polly Ann Trail bridge to be constructed, in fact, this was the brainstorm of former Oakland County Commissioner, and present animal control warden, Lawrence Obrecht. Let Mr. Obrecht pick up the tab and then name the bridge overpass, O.O.O., the ‘Obrecht Overpass Obstacle.? James Delevan *Editor’s note: Oxford is not pulling out of the Polly Ann Trail. Addison Township did, but it doesn’t affect the bridge. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 24, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would like to thank all of our precinct locations, election inspectors and precinct chairpersons, and most of all, the voters who turned out to cast a ballot in the May 2 election, for another successful voting experience in Orion Township—more than 16 percent! To all the citizens of Orion Township, please get registered, get informed, and remember to vote in the Aug. 8 Primary Election, and the Nov. 7 General Election. It’s your right! We are currently accepting applications for election inspectors to work during the upcoming elections. Please contact the Orion Township Clerk’s office for more information. Jill Bastian Orion Township Clerk Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 24, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On behalf of the Oxford/Orion CROP Walk, thank you for showing up at the walk, taking a sincere interest in what the walk does, and especially for writing a wonderful, comprehensive article. After the 24 years that the CROP Walk has taken place in this area, I’m distressed to run into so many people who have never heard of it. With articles like yours, we can fix that! Ann McKinley CROP Walk Co-coordinator Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 24, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I’d like to compliment the Lake Orion High School bands on the most amazing performances they gave on Tuesday evening, May 16. The high caliber of interpretation of the music was outstanding. All of you involved should be so proud. I’m glad I ordered a CD, as this music is worth many repeats. Thank you, students and conductors, for a thoroughly enjoyable show. Aileen Stasiuk, Lisa Malear’s ‘Gramma? Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 31, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We at Oxford/Orion FISH would like to thank the people of Oxford, Orion and Addison for contributing so generously to the Postal Carriers Annual Food Drive for the Hungry. As you know, the food collected was donated to FISH, and will help to feed the needy people of our community for many months to come. A special thanks to the hardworking angels who volunteered to help us on Saturday and Sunday. Nearly seven-and-a-half tons of food was sorted and stored. It was a great community effort all-around. Thanks again. Oxford/Orion FISH Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 31, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Thank you so much for the wonderful write-up and pictures of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Lake Orion, on May 20-21. I would also like to thank all of the people who came out to support our efforts, the businesses who generously donated auction items and prizes, and helped sponsor our event, the cancer survivors who we were able to honor with a beautiful ceremony, Waldon Middle School Principal Heidi Kast, who allowed us to use her school grounds, and to all the teams who tirelessly raised funds and awareness of cancer. Many Lake Orion students participated in the event. We apologize to the citizens we offended with our music in the overnight hours. The music was to help keep us going in the pouring rain, gusty winds and near freezing temperatures. Despite being told by officers to turn the music off, we continued with our event, and raised over $125,000 for the American Cancer Society. Every dollar raised helps get us closer to finding a cure for cancer. We sincerely appreciate all of the support we have received, and look forward to another successful event in 2007. Teri Donaldson LO Relay for Life Chairperson Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 7, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Osborn Family of Oxford wishes to thank the manager of the Kroger Fresh Fare store in Oakland Township for letting us do our bottle/can drive at the store the last few weeks. The customers and employees were very generous, and with all of their donations for our Relay for Life Cancer Fundraiser, we raised over $900 for cancer research. We also want to thank all of our friends and relatives who came out to walk with us during our 24-hour relay. Together we will find a cure! The Osborns Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 7, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have sent a Michigan Freedom of Information Act request to Orion Township, to learn under which Michigan laws or public acts our assessor John Attwell was able to reach the conclusion that the Gingellville Community Center was no longer tax exempt. I emailed a request to the Michigan Law Library, asking for the criteria required for property tax exemption, and they responded quickly with their information. In examining what they sent, I tried to find on what criteria our assessor/Board of Review could remove GCC’s property tax exemption. Upon attending the May 15 township board meeting, I heard the GCC director state that their members never got to present their arguments to the Board of Review. They were instead sent up to see Attwell, because they knew nothing about the 501(c)3 exemption. Meeting with the assessor doesn’t rescind or replace the right to have a Board of Review meeting. Later on, the GCC received a stamped signature correspondence from the Board of Review, denying their exemption, which erroneously stated they didn’t have a 501(c)3, and therefore weren’t exempt. This misinformation was recanted, because they do hold a 501(c)3 from our federal government. First, I would like to know how the GCC ended up two years later at the Tax Tribunal, since the first step of meeting with the Board of Review never took place, as required by Michigan Law? Also, did the GCC receive a copy of the changed/altered argument that the assessor’s office used against the GCC’s exemption before going to the Tax Tribunal? This also is required by law, and since the assessor’s office could no longer use the 501(c)3 disinformation—how could Attwell’s office then alter what the Board of Review falsely claim? Attwell is to provide information to our township board on June 19, regarding property tax exempt entities in Michigan. I would like to know what procedures have to take place against an assessor/Board of Review, who don’t adhere to, and breach, the requirements of Michigan law? As a sidebar, so far under a previous FOIA request I made, the township has spent a total of $5,586.50 to investigate the township treasurer’s investments. If they decide to go ahead with a forensic audit, it could cost the taxpayers up to $30,000-$40,000 more in unnecessary tax dollars. I hope come election time you’ll remember those board members who vote to waste our tax dollars on this audit. In my opinion there’s a hidden agenda in all this, and it’s starting to smell pretty ripe. Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 7, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I believe that if Michael Gingell is elected Oakland County Commissioner in November, the citizens of District 3 will have someone who will listen to the people, and not blow a lot of hot air as his opponent, and present county commissioner, Eric Wilson does. Mr. Gingell isn’t grandstanding and getting his picture taken at every event, and shaking hands with prominent officials and celebrities, as Eric Wilson seems to enjoy doing. I believe Michael Gingell is interested in representing the common everyday person. He isn’t an attorney, and I’ve always believed that attorneys have no business holding public office. It makes about as much sense as telling a dog to guard a butcher shop. By the way, Eric Wilson is an attorney. Oh, don’t get me wrong, the law is a noble profession, but an attorney must interpret the law, not make the law, as was originally put down by our founding fathers when the Constitution was written. In fact, it banned attorneys from holding public office, as a matter of conflict of interest. In other words, it’s like mixing oil and water. Enough history, I know that big money is backing Eric Wilson. Let’s show the big money people that there are enough of us not-so-rich citizens, who want a county commissioner who will listen to them, and not just come around every two to four years when elections are held. Put your nickel on Mike Gingell! James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 7, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have been stuck here at my keyboard trying to think of a flashy, showy and extravagant way to impress upon you the importance of voting for Eric Wilson for Oakland County Commissioner. But I do not have to be flashy or showy about Eric Wilson. The way Eric lives his life says it all. He is one of the hardest working, community-minded and family-oriented people you’ll ever meet. And meet him you will! He believes in walking every neighborhood in his district, and talking with the people he represents. Already many of you have visited with him as he gathers your ideas of what would make things better. He is always ready to hear your issues, positive or negative, and offer his assistance. Personal attention and legitimate concern make Eric Wilson not just another politician. This is why it’s important to re-elect him on Aug. 8, to his second term as our Oakland County Commissioner for District 3 (Lake Orion, Village of Lake Orion and Oakland Township). Some of Eric’s accomplishments in his term are: Brought a resolution to the Orion Township Board to approve extension of Dutton Road to be paid by developer, and obtain a $500,000 grant from MDOT. Worked with Oakland County Parks to improve Orion Oaks Bark Park, by increasing parking and improving access on Joslyn Road with the installation of a passing lane and acceleration and deceleration lane. Arranged and worked with Oakland Township officials and met with Drain Commissioner John McCulloch on the problems with development and placement of waste water treatment plants for each development in Oakland Township. Chaired the Oakland County Jail Overcrowding Task Force, and as a NOTA (North Oakland Transportation Authority) director, worked with Community Mental Health to help fund NOTA, obtaining $200,000 in yearly funding. Maintains a 94 percent record of attending all required county meetings. Now, that was just some of his accomplishments in his first term. Eric Wilson needs our support this year in the upcoming elections. Voting for him for County Commissioner is such an easy way to show your appreciation to someone who works for the people, and is not just another politician. Vote Aug. 8, 2006. Joseph Geraci Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 14, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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What do old editors do when they retire? Why, volunteer their services, of course. I’ve joined forces with a few dedicated people to find ways to raise over $30,000, for this year’s fireworks during the July 4th holiday. So far, I’ve walked around neighborhoods, passing out flyers for two benefit breakfasts. I’ve stopped by numerous businesses, and talked them into displaying envelopes that people who want to donate can pick up and mail back to us. At our first benefit breakfast several weeks ago, I helped keep plenty of supplies (butter, silverware, plates) on the serving tables. With as much hard work as all of us volunteers have done, we’re not making a whole lot of money for this annual event. A week ago, we only had $12,000. Last year’s show cost about $30,000. I’m asking you to dig deep into your pockets and find an extra dollar or two, to support the one event in town that everyone loves. Our kids who have grown up and left Lake Orion still remember and talk about the good times we had sharing the fireworks with family and friends. For those of you who I have now talked into making a donation, there are donation boxes and donation envelopes around numerous businesses on M-24, and in the downtown area. Or stop by The Review building, and leave your checks. Jody or Sally will make sure the donation gets to me. And I promise I won’t use the money for a big vacation trip. Elaine Stieb Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 21, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I support Mike Gingell for Oakland County Commissioner, and I believe you should do the same with your vote in the Republican Primary on Aug. 8. Gingell is a good family man, a hard worker, and he cares about the people he represents. He has also brought a common sense approach to local government at the Orion Township Board, and I am confident he’ll do the same at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. He has demonstrated his ability to identify issues, assess resolutions, and implement solutions over the past five and a half years on the township board. When costs and financial expenditures arise, and pay increases are constantly suggested, I want Mike Gingell to represent me. His actions as our township trustee have made me a believer in his monetary responsibility. Mike Gingell will serve us well as our county commissioner. Will Wilsher Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 21, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Eric Wilson has done an excellent job as County Commissioner for District 3, and should be returned for a second term. District 3 is fortunate to have a commissioner who truly loves what he does as evidenced by the fact that Eric makes himself available to every constituent that contacts him. If he doesn’t have an answer to an inquiry, he knows the people to contact who can give him the answers. If there is a complaint, he makes sure that it’s investigated, and seeks resolution. Eric actively brings positive attention to District 3 with his recognition of various citizens and students in our area. While serving many years as an Orion Township Trustee, and working out of the Oakland County Circuit Courthouse, he had developed the contacts needed to follow through on the concerns our citizens have. It’s important to have representation on key committees, and Eric currently serves on several important committees such as Finance, General Government, Audit, Brownfield Development, and Criminal Justice. He also sits on the Sanitary Appeals Board, and the Food Service Appeals Board. His children are grown, and he has the TIME needed to represent District 3. He maintains a 94 percent attendance record for ALL county meetings. Eric Wilson makes things happen. He has represented us well in the past. I hope he’s able to continue to do so. Please cast your vote for Eric Wilson, Republican, in the Aug. 8 Primary. Mary Painter Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 28, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It’s time! Time for a change, time to wake up and open your eyeballs, and begin to realize, it’s finally Myslakowski time! That’s right, Dan Myslakowski, for your state representative. I believe Myslakowski will be a voice for the people in his district, and not just another person seeking political notoriety, as present State Rep. James Marleau is, who in my opinion, has done nothing for the citizens, other than pass some kind of worthless SPAM bill, which has to do with computer hackers and predators. What about the big increase in natural gas rates, and the upcoming electrical rates in July? I bet Marleau no doubt voted to increase those rates. All I can say is, ‘No to Marleau, it’s Myslakowski time!? Remember two things when you vote in August and November, put your nickel on Mike Gingell for Oakland County Commissioner, and Dan Myslakowski for state representative. James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 28, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Orion Firefighters Association and the Orion Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank Mike Zako, owner of Mike’s Marathon in Lake Orion. Once again, this year he provided the location we needed to produce a very successful fundraiser. On June 24, we sponsored a car wash, and donations will support the Deb Waldo Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Orion Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary General Fund. We also want to thank business owners who posted flyers for the event, Meijer of Oxford for the towels, and to our community for their generous support. Orion Firefighters Association Orion Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 28, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am writing in support of Pine Tree teacher Janis Peacock, who has been accused of hurting one of her students. I worked with Jan for several years, and my son had her for a class several years ago. She is, and has been, a dedicated teacher for many years. She has prepared hundreds of students for middle school, and for life. I know she would NEVER hurt a child. I hope that the real truth of this incident will come out, and Jan can continue the great career that she’s enjoyed. I hope parents, students, the administration, staff and teachers? union will stand by Jan with the support she deserves. Kyle Dykman Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 28, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would like to have one of the physicians in our community recognized for his dedication, commitment and support. Dr. Theodore Vlachos, M.D., is an Ob/Gyn at the Beaumont Medical Building on M-24. I have been a patient of his for a few years. He has a personal touch with each patient, personally calling you back with test results. He makes himself available 24 hours a day, and will make arrangements to see you at your convenience, not his. Two days prior to me delivering my third child, Dr. Vlachos was involved in a serious accident that prohibited him from practicing medicine for a few weeks, while he recovered. He called me everyday, ensuring I was being taken care of, and apologized several times for not being able to deliver my child. Unfortunately, my child was born with a condition that required surgery, and he was taken to another hospital. While Dr. Vlachos was recovering from his own injuries, he called us several times a day to see how we were doing, and how our son was. He also called the hospital and spoke with the physician that was caring for our child. Dr. Vlachos is a kind, caring and supportive physician, who goes above and beyond his duties. When Dr. Vlachos makes a medical decision, he always prefaces it with ‘If you were my wife…,? which always makes me feel that my well being is important in his life. With the rising health care costs and the restrictions that physicians encounter, Dr. Vlachos puts that aside and develops a personal and caring relationship with his patients, something that is rarely seen in the medical field today. Again, I would like to thank Dr. Vlachos, and our community for welcoming such an amazing physician. Michele Novak Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 28, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have to respond to the June 28 article. If Orion Township Assessor John Attwell thinks what happened on March 9, 2004 with the Board of Review was considered a hearing, he’s 100 percent wrong. Those three people on the Board of Review that we saw, said ‘We don’t know anything about 501(c)3s, or charitable organizations, you need to talk to John Attwell.? That doesn’t consist of hearing. Attwell admits the Board of Review made a mistake. Who gave them the wrong information? According to township attorney bills, Kristin Kolb was asked to research a 501(c)7. Who asked her to research that status? I filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the minutes of the Board of Review. What I got was the tax roll. Somebody had a meeting with them, and gave them false information. Then Attwell says all this is irrelevant. So, why do we have a Board of Review, if their hearings are irrelevant, if their mistakes are irrelevant? Who do these people answer too? And then we have an assessor who tells our township board that they are out of line, if they want to ask questions about Board of Review procedures. And the township board backs down. He is a department head, the township board is in charge. I have given the township board, over and over, the questions to ask. But for some reason they are afraid to. Well, no more questions. I know the answers, I know that Attwell met with the Board of Review, and what he told them. See, one of his Board of Review members was talking a lot before the so-called ‘theft? of GCC’s file. Does everyone remember that? Maybe the State Treasury’s Assessing Board will find all this interesting? Attwell says he did what he felt was right. The right thing would have been to sit down and have a dialogue, possibly work out a solution. We were promised a meeting, but that did not happen. What he regrets, and I think was surprised by, was that we didn’t lie down and take it. We stood and fought. The community center has been a great asset to this community for years. It never cost the taxpayers a dime. But citizens of Orion, just wait, you’ll see a proposal for a new community center, and it will cost you more than a dime. Attwell states this is no vendetta. Well, I for one don’t believe him. I will admit, it’s personal for me. The difference is what I’m seeking, it’s called ‘justice.? Pam Hutchison GCC Director Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 5, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Staff Sgt. Raymond Plouhar, who was recently killed in combat in Iraq. It was my privilege to have coached Ray in football, during the 1993 and 1994 football seasons at Lake Orion High School. During my many years involved in coaching, I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to have worked with many fine young men. Ray would be at the top of my list. As a football player, Ray was a hard working, dedicated and tenacious athlete. During his senior year, he overcame and played over injuries that would have discouraged a lesser athlete. Ray not only played, he was a major force in leading the Dragons to a league championship, and qualifying for the state playoffs. More important than Ray as a football player, was Ray as a person. He was a very determined, goal-oriented young man. I always felt that in whatever he set out to accomplish, he would be successful. I am certain that for all of us who were fortunate to have known Ray, the fact that he crossed our paths has made a difference, and he will be missed. Tom McCormick Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 5, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Marine Staff Sergeant Raymond Plouhar was killed in Iraq on June 26. Sergeant Plouhar was one of the soldiers Operation Guardian Angel and the Lake Orion Post Office sent care packages to. We had received a letter from him last month, expressing his gratitude for our thoughtfulness, even though we did not know him personally. I believe his mother brought in his name and address to us. His letter told us exactly what kind of person he was. By his thankfulness, by his humble way, he requested a coffee pot and DVDs for his fellow soldiers, and, by the way, found it hard to accept our donations. We did not know him personally, but his letter was a reflection of a humble man who gave his life for the freedom of others. In gratitude for his ultimate sacrifice, donations would be greatly appreciated to purchase a brick with his name and information on it, in our new Orion Veterans Memorial Park. There is no greater love than a man who would lay down his life for another. Please bring in or send your donations to: Charlotte Cito, Operation Guardian Angel, Lake Orion Post Office, 611 N. Axford, Lake Orion, MI 48361. Please make checks out to Operation Guardian Angel/Charlotte Cito, and note that it is for Ray Plouhar donations. I am also sending packages to about 20 other local soldiers stationed in the war zone, and would appreciate any donations for that also. Thank you in advance. Charlotte Cito Operation Guardian Angel Lake Orion Post Office Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 5, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the Natalie Nance Scholarship Gala. The night was a huge success with 289 in attendance. The silent auction of 209 items rose over $7,800, bringing the gala total to about $17,000. The money will be set aside for scholarships for Lake Orion High School graduates. The criteria will be drawn up this fall, and opened for graduates in the class of 2007. We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations. Thank you once again for your support. Natalie Nance Scholarship Committee Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 5, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Apparently, the six-member Older Persons Task Force reads black as white. The so-called random survey as to the creation of a tri-township senior center raises more questions than it does answers. How many surveys (total) were distributed, and where? What percentage of survey respondents were 50 years and older? Why was there no inclusion of any member of the Addison Senior Board within the task force or its advisors? Why are only politicians included on the board of six members? Why is it that the voices of the citizens of Addison Township taxpayers are again being stifled and subverted by the powers that be? And are only the wills of the so-called leaders being exercised? What is on the real agenda, and why? What four questions were actually asked? Why was there no press coverage of the survey distribution in advance? I am sure that a greater and more diverse response could have been procured had there been. Were the four questions clear or ambiguous in nature, did they address at all the proposed location of the proposed new tri-center? Why is there no direct contact number for the Older Persons Task Force, so that it can receive input on the concept from any area residents? Perhaps the members only want to hear from people with certain specific viewpoints. I had a limited conversation with Oakland County Commissioner (Bill) Patterson, in which he listed the actual members of the task force as himself, District 3 County Commissioner Eric Wilson, Oxford Township Treasurer Joseph Ferrari, Orion Township Treasurer Alice Young, Addison Township Treasurer Daniel Alberty, and Addison Township Trustee Claudia Von Drak. He said any and all others were consultants and advisors. With the economic conditions of today, what with high fuel prices, traffic conditions, and a large baby boom coming to the age of retirement, can one single center actually serve three townships adequately? We also have to consider the cutbacks which are forthcoming in federal funding, and the tax burden on the taxpayers of the area. We also must consider the impact on environmental issues, with seniors being transported longer distances to arrive at the proposed center. I am firmly of the belief that a single ‘centrally located? center is decidedly not the answer to the alleged problem. I further feel that more study, and a review of the ramifications, should be pursued, without the nullification of the opinions of the majority of the people affected by the current agenda in progress. It seems that the seniors are going to be taken on a ride, and so are the citizen taxpayers! Sereal Gravlin Addison Township resident Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 5, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On Aug. 8, we have a choice of who we want to represent us in District 3 as County Commissioner. Mike Gingell is a proven public servant. During the last six years, he has already shown that he would serve us well as our county commissioner, through his hard work, dedication and effective leadership as a trustee on the Orion Township Board. A fiscal conservative, he brings a no-nonsense, process-based approach to problem solving. In other words, he doesn’t just talk about an issue. Mike works to find reasonable solutions to the concerns raised by our citizens. Mike has demonstrated leadership on the Township Election Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Safety Path Advisory Committee, Union Church Governing Board, and Orion Veterans Memorial Board of Directors. He has always strived to use taxpayer dollars wisely to provide necessary services to residents, while diligently working to keep a balanced budget. Mike uses his MBA and background in business to be accountable, build consensus and get results. Continuing the legacy of dedicated public service by the Gingell family in Orion Township, Mike was instrumental in retaining jobs and keeping the GM Orion Plant open, a major contributor to Orion’s tax base. Mike Gingell is trusted by Orion voters: both times he has run for trustee, he has earned the greatest number of votes among the trustee candidates. The choice is clear: when you cast your ballot in the Republican Primary on Aug. 8, please join us in voting for Michael J. Gingell for County Commissioner. He would serve us well! Doug and Jill Bastian Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 5, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This year’s election buzz is all about the single business tax (SBT), and how it’s a job killer in Michigan. Aspiring politicians and others on this bandwagon are telling you that eliminating it will turn around the horrific, dismal Michigan economy, and a plethora of new jobs will be created. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s a bunch of bahooey! First off, there isn’t even a full plan in place to deal with the $1.8 billion in lost revenue. Secondly, most Michiganders have never even heard of the SBT, as it has nothing to do with them, or their families, but a good paying job to support them does. The Ford Wixom Plant was offered all the tax incentives in the world, but they still closed it, and Ford is still going to Mexico because of ‘cheap foreign labor,? period, exclamation point! When you stop the $70 billion monthly US trade deficit, then you’ll stop the bleeding of jobs in Michigan, and the US. That’s the real ‘job killer,? folks! The Aug. 8 primary election will determine many of the elected positions in Oakland County, your representation! Therefore, as a hypnotist would say, ‘when I count to three, and snap my fingers, you will wake up,? one, two, three, snap… Daniel Myslakowski *Editor’s note: Myslakowski is a Republican candidate for the office of State Representative for the 46th District. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 12, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Well, it’s the Fourth of July carnival time. This year the Lions Club waited until June to get approval from the village, which means they must have already known in advance that the village would give its approval to have the carnival downtown again, since the carnival is booked months before. One of our biggest problems is that most downtown parking is dedicated to the people running the carnival, not to any of the businesses, and not to those attending. What happened to parking at Blanche Sims? Is that a little too inconvenient? Then please, find another place that’s more accommodating to the carnival and the downtown businesses. Moving to another place with more spacious accommodations, allowing more rides and therefore more profit for the club makes sense. Has anyone from the Lions Club even looked into moving the carnival to another location? I doubt it. Last year I wrote a letter asking them about relocating, and I expected an answer, but of course never got one. I’m sure I won’t this year either. Believe me, I’m not the only business owner in town who doesn’t appreciate the carnival here, although I appreciate what the Lions Club is doing. There are very few businesses that actually ‘benefit? from the carnival. Most of us cannot receive deliveries, and customers don’t want the hassle of trying to find a parking space, so they just stay away until the carnival is gone. Why does the village continually give the okay? The village has the power to make the Lions Club find another location, why don’t they? I am looking forward to anyone’s answer. Janice Cole Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 12, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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There are times in our lives when we are called upon to make an uncomfortable choice. Many of us that know both Eric Wilson and Mike Gingell are faced with a decision on Aug. 8. I think both men have earned our respect as office holders. Mike is now in his sixth year on the Orion Township Board. His experience has been very helpful to the four of us freshman members, and we would miss his leadership on the board at this time. Eric has already served nine years on the Orion Township Board, and is now asking for our vote for a third term as our county commissioner. His repeated informal reports to the board have created an important bridge between the township and county. I have attended many functions with him, where he has gone out of his way to make introductions to key individuals in county government and business circles. Eric has demonstrated, in his short time as county commissioner, that he has invested himself in getting Orion and Oakland the representation they deserve in the busy arena of Oakland County government, including earning the endorsements of the county leadership. Eric has gone one step further in creating new bridges between our township and Congressmen Knollenberg and Rogers. Those relationships have been critical in getting the support that we need for NOTA, the Baldwin Road expansion, and the Veterans Memorial. Eric has earned my endorsement as county commissioner, and I ask that you consider the investment that Oakland and Orion have already made in establishing him as our county commissioner. Please vote to reelect Eric Wilson as county commissioner. John Garlicki Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 12, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The people of Oakland and Orion Townships have two good candidates to choose from in the upcoming primary for Oakland County Commissioner for District 3. After careful consideration, I am encouraging everyone to support Eric Wilson, because I know he is a good county commissioner. Eric fully understands that being a good commissioner is much more than attending 12 meetings a year. Aside from serving on several committees and organizational boards, he always finds time to listen and discuss issues with people who contact him. Eric goes out of his way to make sure the proper county officials follow up or attend meetings to address citizen concerns. Our current county commissioner has worked tirelessly behind the scenes since his election in 2003. As an Orion Township trustee, I have always appreciated the fact that Eric regularly contacts local representatives to keep us informed about what is happening at the county, and is always helping us to network with county and state officials. Somehow, he manages to keep a positive attitude and is quick to recognize the accomplishments of local citizens. Good candidates are sometimes hard to find and proven leaders are even harder to identify. Please join me in supporting a proven leader by casting your vote for Republican Eric Wilson in the Aug. 8 primary election. John Steimel Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 12, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I attended the July 6 Orion Township Board meeting, where the financing and building of a senior center to serve Lake Orion, Oxford and Addison was discussed. How many senior citizens are there in the three communities? As I look at our neighborhood, families with school-age children seem to be in the majority. Looks like a young community to me. Hopefully we aren’t proposing a facility for a limited number of users! Who conducted the survey for the center, and what were the questions? How many people were surveyed, and who tabulated the results? In a discussion with several people who conducted the survey, they readily admitted that some of those surveyed weren’t seniors, but were people hoping to build a facility for their parents. The phrase ‘dropping off seniors to attend activities? should probably be changed to ‘dumping off seniors.? Sounds like a babysitting service. Now, I know everyone should be surveyed regarding this proposal, but perhaps someone needs to examine the demographics of the study. Was it top-loaded with seniors, and what was the mix of non-seniors? What facilities are already in place for seniors? Trustee Matthew Gibb raised the point about joining a club such as Great Lakes Athletic Club, and how about Powerhouse Gym in Oxford? Did anyone consider the complexity of operating a gym or pool, or the myriad of activities that take place in such a center? Does the proposal take into consideration liability insurance, trained instructors, a billing department, marketing and management team, and a budget for equipment such as treadmills? This question was raised: what happens if only two of the three communities vote for the proposal? Treasurer Alice Young made her intentions clear, when she responded ‘well, we’ll just wait until the other community sees the light.? It’s obvious that she’s steering this proposal to her predetermined destination! And the ‘light? she refers to perhaps is the train coming down the tracks, destined for derailment on this ill-conceived project. It was mentioned that if we wait for all three communities to approve, it could be years, and the budget would be adversely affected. What makes anyone think the three communities are going to cooperate on this project, when they can’t even cooperate on something like the Polly Ann Trail? Do seniors know that even after the facility is built, they’ll be responsible for monthly dues? Hopefully the education information that Clerk Jill Bastian proposed to accompany the ballot will address this issue. This isn’t a free ride for seniors on a fixed income. Before the communities place this on the ballot, shouldn’t voters know the location? Since Lake Orion will bear most of the expense, shouldn’t it be in Orion? Once a location is revealed, there will no doubt be a concern on the part of some that it’s not centrally located. Seniors don’t like traveling long distances. As a senior myself, I’ve found ways to socialize, exercise and become involved in projects with current facilities in our area. Others should do the same. When residents discover that a $300,000 homeowner will pay approximately $135 in taxes for a facility earmarked for seniors, it’ll be a tough sell. One presenter indicated seniors have supported the schools over the years, and now it’s time for the community to support the seniors. I would offer that it’s that very sound and excellent school system that attracts people, mostly young, to our communities. To expect this same group to support a senior center when so many alternatives exist is incomprehensible. Bill Kalmar Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 12, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This is in regards to the proposal on the tri-community senior center, ‘no way, Jose!? Each community pays its own taxes. When you start merging and consolidating any operation, it always ends up costing the citizens more! What is so bad about having the seniors as part of any municipal community center? It seems to work well in Berkley and Troy. Yet people like Ed Peters, Kathy Wieland, Jim Milford, Alice Young and Eric Wilson want the citizens to believe that building a country club for seniors at the taxpayers? expense is a noble thing to do! At least the citizens will be able to make the decision this November. Don’t listen to the crap about reaping the fruits of our labor. Your own reward is what you can do for yourself and try to survive on your own merits, and do your best to overcome any obstacles that may come your way. In other words, if you want this senior center, then do not ask the taxpayers to fund your privately-restricted center. Then you’ll have, for example, a pre-teen center strictly for children 7-12, funded by the taxpayers, in three communities, do you see my point on how expensive this could get? Each building has its maintenance upkeep, utilities and insurance. It’s sort of like one person owning four houses and five automobiles! Vote no and save the Gingellville Community Center. Recall Orion Township Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk, and fire Orion Township Assessor John Attwell. James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 12, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In researching the candidates for Oakland County Commissioner, I have found that Mike Gingell is the best qualified candidate for the job. Mike has represented the citizens of Orion Township over the past six years as a township trustee. He has proven that he’s a leader on the board, and he does the right thing for the citizens. He voted against the expansion of the Eagle Valley Landfill, and has consistently challenged township expenditures, supported the paving of Flintridge and Pine Tree Roads, and led the movement to keep General Motors (and 2,600 jobs) in our community. Mike Gingell is willing to make the difficult decisions, fiscally conservative, pro-business, practical and fundamentally sound. And, most importantly, he’s willing to listen to the citizens of Orion and Oakland Townships. I trust the residents will agree that Mike Gingell is the best candidate for Oakland County Commissioner. I hope they join me in supporting him with their vote in the Republican Primary on Aug. 8. J. Head Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 19, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Eric Wilson is my choice for county commissioner. He’s a fair, decent and respected man who goes out of his way to fight tirelessly for the residents of Orion Township. He has worked hard to obtain funding for projects such as the extension of Dutton Road, which is helping to ease traffic on M-24. He understands our needs as citizens and works extremely well with other agencies to help make Orion Township a safer and nicer place to live. Eric is a compassionate and caring family man. Advocacy for cancer issues are a major concern for me and the American Cancer Society’s Lake Orion Relay for Life. Eric continues to support our endeavors to raise awareness of cancer and help in our fight to eliminate it. We need to reelect Eric as county commissioner, so he can keep his good works in motion! Teri Donaldson LO Relay for Life Chairperson Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 19, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On Aug. 8, I will be checking my primary ballot in support of Michael Gingell as our next county commissioner. As an elected Orion Township trustee, Michael has always served us well. He has demonstrated his concern for fiscal responsibility, and has spoken out against unnecessary expenditures. I have found in attending and watching our local cable broadcasts of the township board meetings that Michael Gingell is forthright and honest. He’s not one to fast talk his way into or out of a situation or circumstance. He has always given me an up front, candid response to any of my queries. In voting for a candidate, I don’t decide along party lines, gender or religious affiliation. I fully believe in supporting someone who will up hold his or her oath of office. Michael Gingell is one who I firmly believe will respect and honor our Michigan State Constitution–including the 1978 Headlee Amendment that has been ignored and dishonored by far too many elected officials since its passage by a vote of the people. I’m frustrated with politicians who place their own well-being before their constituents?. Too many politicians are more interested in lining their pockets or those of their peers with our tax dollars, despite the fact that Michigan is in an economic free-fall, with many of their constituents suffering from cutbacks and job losses. Michael Gingell’s background is not one of greed, but of service to his community. That’s why on Aug. 8, I will be voting for him to be my Oakland County Commissioner. Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 19, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On July 21, Candidate’s Night at Orion Township Hall had several surprises from County Commissioner Eric Wilson. One of them, when asked why he supported the Eagle Valley Landfill expansion, he said he ‘has never supported the Eagle Valley landfill expansion.? Some in the audience, who knew better, were startled to hear his response, and shortly thereafter, one of them took the microphone and retorted that he was there, and recalled Wilson’s lone vote as a township trustee to start negotiations. Wilson and the rest of the board had been advised by the township attorney that to open negotiations would definitely engage the township in a legal obligation to negotiate. Voting for this would indicate support for the expansion. Wilson, an attorney, was the lone board member who voted to open negotiations, thus supporting Eagle Valley! The issue was so serious, it was placed on the ballot in 2000, and was overwhelmingly defeated by the residents. I was on that township board, and so was the current township clerk. Check with Clerk Jill Bastian, and/or the township records. The re-telecast will be on July 30, and Aug. 6, on Channel 10. Commissioner Wilson is guilty of a short memory, at the least. Burke Cueny Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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How lucky the residents of Orion and Oakland townships are to have a county commissioner who not only walks the walk, but talks the talk, and truly works hard for the people. Eric Wilson has always worked for seniors, kids programs and the betterment of all the residents in his district, and many others. He has worked long before becoming a trustee in Orion and long before becoming a county commissioner, not just before an election. Eric Wilson provided free law advice to seniors and helped to raise money for feasibility studies for community resources. He is a strong supporter of transportation for seniors and the mentally and physically disabled, and our veterans. He has been on the North Oakland Transportation Board for years, helping to expand services to those who need it so badly. I firsthand am a big supporter of politicians who do as they promise, and follow through with their promises– Eric Wilson goes far and beyond his call of duty for all people, not just a select few. With great respect, I encourage you all to get out and vote in the primary and retain Eric Wilson as your county commissioner in Lake Orion and Oakland. You will never find anyone that will work as hard for you and your communities. Pat Fitchena NOTA director Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The people in Orion and Oakland townships have an excellent selection for District 3 County Commissioner in Michael J. Gingell. He has served as Orion Township trustee for six years, and is now on eight township committees, which he incorporates with ease, along with being a family man and business executive. He treats township expenditures as if he’s spending his own money, which is contrary to his opponent. I want this RESPONSIBLE man (Mr. Gingell) making monetary decisions for me. As our county transitions to a global economy, his private sector experience in the domestic and international automotive industry will also serve our business community well. The choice should be easy. Mr. Gingell is the most qualified candidate based on his experience, credibility and track record in local government. He’s not connected to any special interest group, and he doesn’t talk about all the things he’s going to do, but just gets them done. David Janman Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I don’t know about the rest of the citizens of this community, but I, for one, am tired of the good old boy society and the team players. In other words, the typical politicians. (State representative James) Marleau is a typical politician. If it’s too controversial for his political career, he won’t get involved. For instance, he was in a position to help the Gingellville Community Center, and chose not to. GCC is too politically controversial. When he was Orion Township treasurer, he was questioned by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, about the theft of GCC’s file from the township assessing department. He came to our center, thinking we would believe this. Our chairperson and myself assured him we didn’t believe it, and would not be part of any slander. He knew this had political motives. When an elected official decides it’s more important to be part of the good old boy society and form an alliance with people who have questionable ethics, then it’s clear they’re only in politics for one reason: what’s in it for them. When a person sees an injustice and turns their back, that person becomes part of the problem. Is it too much to ask for, to have elected officials that truly care about you and me? That they do the work of the people? I believe Dan Myslakowski has the passion. I think he’ll work for the people. I think he’ll give me something to believe in again. Pam Hutchison GCC director Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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My grandson, Michael Gingell, is running for Oakland County Commissioner in the Republican Primary on Aug. 8, and I’m asking for your support. Michael has a good heart for people, and he also has many of the same characteristics of his grandfather (Francis). He values his family, his community and his Christian beliefs. He knows that strong communities require people who are willing to help each other and work together for a common goal. He is willing to lead and is able to serve. For those of you who know our family, and/or appreciate the small town values that Gingellville has stood for over the years, regardless of your political party affiliation, I am asking that you mark your calendar for Aug. 8, and remember to vote. With your help, we can elect my grandson, Michael, and have a county commissioner that I know will make us all proud. Thank you for your help! Laura Gingell Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Are you kidding me? You want to build a new senior center, now? You want to get into all of the taxpayers? pockets, so the seniors can have a Taj Mahal? Give me a break! Obviously, you haven’t driven around Orion lately. Have you seen all the ‘for sale? signs on properties around here? And the ‘reduced price? signs? Who exactly is going to be here to pay for this center, when it’s so apparent that people are getting out of here in droves? All of the property values are going to fall, and then what? There are few jobs, and many of them that are gone are gone for good. Who’s going to pay all those taxes to fund this boondoggle? Are the seniors using it going to pay more? How can they, when a lot of the pensions are going south, as companies dump them from bankruptcies, and seniors are going to be charged more and more for health care? And are you worried they won’t have a place to be entertained? And then you want to institute valet parking? To all of you elected officials, take a good look around. Orion is NOT the place it was just five years ago! And the money around here is leaving, and leaving for good! Get with the program. When all the yuppies who moved here over the past 15 years lose their jobs, they won’t be hanging around hoping it’s going to get better. They’ll leave. And at the rate it’s going, Orion will be a ghost town again, and you’ll be out of a job too! If I were you, I’d worry about what you’re going to do with all that bank-owned property sitting around vacant, and how you’re going to pay for all the plush parks and schools, and everything you’ve built for the yuppies when they’re gone. Laura Allen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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A public hearing was held on June 6 at Orion Township Hall, regarding an application for a permit made by Mat Dunaskiss to the DEQ, seeking after-the-fact approval to operate a private marina on Lake Orion. Prior to the hearing, the Lake Orion Lake Association obtained 423 signatures on a petition from lake residents, stating they had no desire to allow another marina on Lake Orion. The petitions were turned in to the DEQ, as well as Orion Township. LOLA board members have had several meetings with Orion Township officials, trying to impress upon them the fact that this is important to lake homeowners. The property in question is zoned residential, and therefore should not have a business operating there. The DEQ gave the impression at the hearing that there’s a good chance this permit will be granted. Anyone interested in this marina should call Orion Township officials and express your opinion. We need them to enforce the zoning on this piece of property. Without citizen involvement, this permit will be granted, and Lake Orion will have more boats on the water. Marge Smith LOLA secretary Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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A letter was read at the July 17 Orion Township Board meeting, by William McMaster, state chairman of the Taxpayers United Michigan Foundation. I believe this letter says it all, and in my opinion Orion Township officials, like Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk and Assessor John Attwell, are not leveling with the citizens of Orion Township on why they all of a sudden, after 65 years, made the decision that the Gingellville Community Center should start paying property taxes. Oh sure, you can pass the buck and blame the state of Michigan, Jerry and Johnny, but who fired the first shot? It didn’t come from the citizens, it came from you two! And you know this could end up being a Pandora’s Box, if this problem ever gets totally resolved. Citizens of Orion Township, now is the time to wake up and face the fact that some of our elected officials aren’t working for our best interests, they are only working for what they can get for themselves! Jerry Dywasuk, John Attwell, Eric Wilson and James Marleau, to name a few, should do the citizens of Orion Township a favor, and bow out while they still have some dignity left to bow out with! James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Michigan businesses and households have had to face and make cuts. We have rising gas and heat bills. Citizens are losing their jobs, homes, insurance and pensions. Yet Michigan’s senators and representatives have not taken any cuts. For some unknown reason, they think they are more deserving. I watched the broadcast of ‘Meet the Candidates? at the Orion Township Hall on July 21. When I heard Marleau talk about making cuts in unemployment and welfare, I thought, ‘isn’t that wonderful, let’s take away from the people who need it most.? Why should our representatives and our senators get the best health insurance, multiple pensions, and let’s not forget, the raises they vote for themselves? All of this at the taxpayers? expense. Seems to me this is where the cuts should start. Lillian Hutchison Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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There is a relatively unknown candidate in the race for the Republican nomination for our district’s State House of Representatives, in the primary on Aug. 8–unknown, that is, if you’re a politician and usually keenly unaware of the make-up of your constituency, or even take the time to get to know the people who voted you into office. But, this man is extremely well-known and trusted, if you have lived in or around this community for nearly the last 30 years. His name is Tom Poulin, and he should be without a doubt not only our Republican candidate for the seat on Aug. 8, but also the leading voice for our district in Lansing. I’ve known Tom for many years, and there is one thing I can say about him that is sorely lacking right now in our district–INTEGRITY. We need a representative like Tom Poulin who will follow through on the promises, objectives and platform that he stands on for this district–something that our current representative and hopeful career politician intraining (or can I say patsy, and tell it like it is?), Jim Marleau, has failed to accomplish from his promises in 2004. Tom Poulin, with integrity, selflessness, and dedication to our community, has served with honor, awards and commendations for close to 30 years with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, and as a successful business owner. Neighbors, Tom Poulin was one of the first from Oakland County on the scene to help with the 9/11 disaster at the World Trade Center, protects our community as a member of both the Dive Rescue and S.W.A.T. teams, and is part of a special task force that protects our nation’s leaders and dignitaries when they visit the area. Tom’s leadership and courage have already been exercised for years in our county. Now it’s time to put that track record to work in our state! Our current representative that is seeking reelection this year just doesn’t have the core qualities that a leader needs, or the motivation to affect change in our community. Tom Poulin does, friends, and I can tell you that a breath of fresh air is needed to really start making things happen that the people of this area want to happen, not what sounds like a good cause to secure an election at the last minute. Everyone has known that M-24 has been a washboard for years, and our current representative, Mr. Marleau, just discovered that three weeks ago, and is making a stink of it. NOW? Where was he two years ago, as the roads were in the same shape as they are today? Given the fact that he rarely visits his own district or addresses its interests, he probably wouldn’t have known that anyway, until he finally came back around to campaign for two more years of paychecks! If we want a solid public servant leader that really wants to make an impact for our community, and not just a state paycheck, and has the integrity, posture and willpower to push in Lansing for issues that are timely and important to us, then we’ll want to vote for Tom Poulin on Aug. 8, and really start making things happen around here. Let’s back Tom Poulin in this election like he’s backed so many of us here in the community for close to 30 years! Michael Barrett Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am very shocked and disappointed by the fact that someone would trespass on private property to steal a Gingell campaign sign. I consider this to be a vicious attack on my freedom and my right to support candidates within the confines of my own yard! In talking to the Gingell campaign, it appears that I am not the only one who has had my sign stolen. The disappearance of signs has been occurring over the last several days (actually nights, as the culprits aren’t brave enough to break the law during daylight hours). Stealing signs is unprofessional and it’s time to stop. This incident has only reinforced why I will be voting for Mike Gingell for county commissioner. He would not endorse or participate in this type of activity. He is a professional who has class. Sheila Johnson Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 26, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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If you want a dedicated, honest and hard working county commissioner for the third district, vote for Mike Gingell on Aug. 8 in the Republican Primary. As a former Orion Township trustee, I had the pleasure of working with Mike firsthand, and I saw firsthand how much he truly cares for the community. Not only does Mike have a ‘hands on approach,? but he also has the knowledge, experience and dedication to do the job. He’s always prepared and brings a ‘common sense approach to government,? which is missing in most cases. Mike is not out for his own personal gain, and he’ll do what is in the best interests of the community, while working to build a consensus with others. As a proven leader in both the public and private sector, Mike is truly the best man to lead us in the future. Orion and Oakland townships are very lucky to have a person of this stature willing to represent us. Protect your future, and vote for Mike Gingell on Aug. 8! Will Wilsher Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 2, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Aug. 8 Primary Election isn’t about politics as usual. It’s about making the right choices for our representatives in Congress. We want you to know that we’re supporting Patricia ‘Pan? Godchaux for the 9th District seat, because she believes our government should work for all of us. A moderate Republican, Pan has always served with progressive values on privacy, public education, personal responsibility and the government’s role to help those who cannot reasonably help themselves. A resident of Oakland County for more than 22 years, Pan has been a teacher, served on a local school board and as a state representative, and currently serves our community on the Oakland Schools (ISD) Board. She comes from a family with a mother and grandmother who both served on school boards; therefore, Pan Godchaux recognizes the importance of public service and has the integrity necessary to be an effective leader. The moral compass of our government has swayed too far off course. Lobbyists matter more than the rest of us. Funds are ‘earmarked? for pet projects of friends of politicians, while our road system deteriorates and our education funding shrinks. This campaign will not be easy: the incumbent has been in Congress for seven terms, and in his last race, raised and spent over $2 million. However, the momentum to change a failing system is everywhere we go. We’re sure you hear it, too. We have a chance on Aug. 8 to help put Congress back on track by electing someone who will work for people like you and me. With her experience as a creative, successful problem-solver and consensus-builder, Pan is more than qualified to take on that challenge. If you and your family are concerned about integrity in government, quality of life for aging family members, creation and retention of good jobs, education funding and protection of the environment, we’re inviting you to join us in voting for Patricia ‘Pan? Godchaux for US Representative for the 9th District in the Republican Primary on Aug. 8. If you need more information before you vote, visit www.electgodchaux.com. Doug and Jill Bastian Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 2, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As our state representative, Jim Marleau has served our community with dedication and commitment. His focus on road improvements and education will positively impact our district for years to come. Marleau has fought for our roads by testifying publicly about MDOT’s neglect to M-24 (Lapeer Road). He also recently started the M-24 study group, which combines the communities along M-24, in order to assist in sending a stronger voice to Lansing about our needed improvements. Marleau has defended education and was able to bring the first substantial increase in funding for our schools in the last three years. He actively communicates with our school representatives and administrators in order to accurately understand their issues and to listen to their needs. Representative Jim Marleau has worked hard for our community and he’s always available when a need arises. We will be supporting him on Aug. 8 with our votes, and hope that you will do the same. Mike and Karen Gingell Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 2, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The time has come to get serious about which Republican candidate should be elected in Orion’s Aug. 8 Primary. The bottom line is, Eric Wilson has done a great job of representing all of Orion’s citizens during his tenure as Oakland County Commissioner for District 3. ‘Why is it important that he be reelected,? you ask? Well, Eric currently is Vice Chair of the Republican Commission Caucus, Chairman of the Oakland County Jail Task Force Committee, and is a member of the Finance and General Government Committees. He’s a past member of the Personnel Committee and former Majority Vice Chair of the Planning and Building Committee. His attendance at commission meetings is near perfect, and he was present for 95 percent of the votes cast. He’s well respected by his fellow commissioners. This Vietnam veteran was also active in local government as a township trustee (nine years) and served 10 years on the zoning board of appeals. His organization participation includes membership in the Orion Township Historical Society, Orion Area Chamber of Commerce, LO Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Orion Veterans Memorial (board of directors), Union Church Restoration Board, and the North Oakland Transportation Authority. As I see it, the race for county commissioner is about who’s best qualified to do the job, and has the strongest, relevant record of achievement. Only one candidate meets this criteria; Eric Wilson is the clear winner and deserves to be reelected. Ralph Painter Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 2, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Mike Gingell is a proven leader, who would be a great addition to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. He’s the vice president of strategic markets for R.L. Polk & Co., and was recently awarded the 2006 Young Leadership and Excellence Award from the Automotive Hall of Fame. His leadership skills were probably best described by Stephen Polk, the chairman, president and CEO of R.L. Polk & Co., stating that ‘Mike possesses the essential qualities and skills of a strong leader…the ability to build a winning team, and a gift for developing innovative ideas and seeing them through to fruition.? While watching the Orion Township Board meetings, it’s clear to me that Mike researches every issue brought before the board. He’s always informed and always comes prepared to a meeting. As much as I would hate to see him leave the township board, I know he’ll serve our community well. Please vote for Mike Gingell for county commissioner. Shawn Wilsher Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 2, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Although we are not village residents, we do have loved ones buried in East Lawn Cemetery. We feel that this proposed film shooting is an invasion of our loved ones? privacy, and shouldn’t be allowed to take place. As mentioned in the article of Aug. 3, if this film became a ‘cult? classic film, there would be a swarm of unwanted and unwelcome visitors to the cemetery. We have already had a loved one’s gravesite vandalized twice, and don’t wish it to happen again. A cemetery is a place of peace and quiet, and should remain as such. I hope that the village officials realize that they are representing not just village tenants in this issue, but many families who may not approve of this, and don’t have the opportunity to voice their opinions. We have nothing against freedom of the filmmakers, but they must realize that this is not a back lot on some Hollywood set. This is home to our loved ones that have passed on, and who cannot speak for themselves any longer. We think that the village should return Hammond’s deposit of $500, and forget this venture. Name withheld by request Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 9, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Just how can we say thank you enough to your kindness and generosity during the recent FISH Backpack and School Supplies Drive? Special thanks go to Lake Orion Applebee’s, The Oxford Leader, St. Joseph Church, and Oxford Curves, who agreed to be community collection sites. Very generous large donations were also received from King of Kings Church, The Oxford Moms? Club and the members of Oxford Curves. Thanks to our community, there will be approximately 100 students who will enter school this year with a new backpack and all the supplies asked for by most teachers. This year they won’t have to be the one child in the room with the faded, tattered backpack, or need to ask the teacher for markers or crayons to color their map. They’ll be able to pull out their notebook at journal writing time, and not have to ask the teacher if they have an extra one. Being prepared and equipped to start the day is so important for every child. Thank you for making sure Oxford, Addison and Orion’s neediest can hold their heads high as school beings. Oxford/Orion FISH Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 9, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Lake Orion Village Council had before it, on July 28, the request for a film company to shoot a burial scene at East Lawn Cemetery. I oppose this occurring, and hope other people who either own plots there, or have loved ones buried there, will let the council know how they feel. I think East Lawn should continue enjoying the dignity and respect it has had for so many years. Fay Nebel Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 9, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Attention Orion Township Board and Orion seniors: The Orion Senior Center offers healthy opportunities like swimming, exercise and walking, through their partnership with the Great Lakes Athletic Club; swimming and water aerobics through Lake Orion Community Schools; exercise classes at the center; arts and crafts, ceramics, knitting and crochet, porcelain painting and sewing; foreign language clubs in Spanish, Chinese, and soon French; plus workshops and seminars on healthy living. In addition, dementia and Alzheimer’s support groups meet once a month. Read the Orion Senior Center newsletter, and vote no to the 3-township senior center. We don’t need it, or the taxes or bonds necessary to support it. Bev Gall Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 9, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Omilian family would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people for their thoughts and prayers for Chelsey after her Manta Ray accident. A special thanks to the male nurse at the Sandbar. Scott DeLong The Police Department Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 9, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Normally I don’t write to the editor in complaint of things, in fact I very rarely write in at all, however, the film proposed to be shot in the cemetery struck a slight nerve for me. My family has loved ones who are buried in the cemetery in which filmmakers propose to shoot a scene. I realize that there’s no ‘desecration? going on, or slated to be done in the film, and I commend the makers of said film for asking permission and going through the correct channels, however, I can’t believe the village would allow this to go through. There’s already a certain amount of vandalism that happens out there on a general principle without attention being called to the final homes of our loved ones. Things are taken off the graves or smashed, or just ‘disappear.? My fear is that no matter if this film becomes a ‘cult classic,? the fact that this graveyard, as it will, would come under undo attention because it’s a backdrop that truly exists and not a fabrication. Please, leave our loved ones in peace. They aren’t able to tell you themselves that they don’t want intrusion, so we, the families (whom I might add are NOT all from the village, but township and surrounding areas), have to speak for them. Give the deposit back, and tell them that we are honored that they thought of our loved ones? resting place, but we are very sorry that this cannot happen, and they will have to build a cemetery backlot somewhere. Trust me, it doesn’t cost that much to make a cemetery, I had one in my yard for 14 years every Halloween, life-sized stones made of pressboard, not that hard or expensive to make, and it truly looked real. A lot of the stones and markers out there have pictures of loved ones on them. I, for one, wouldn’t want to see my loved one’s picture on a film as a backdrop, nor would I want to see my family’s or friends? names used as a backdrop either. I hope the village will see our point of view, for those of us with loved ones buried there (I, for one, have six family members buried there, as well as three friends who have passed). We don’t want intruders into our cemetery and disturbing the tranquility our loved ones now embrace. Please don’t desecrate our loved ones by making a mockery of their homes by demeaning them and making them a backdrop for someone’s movie. However, if this does go through, then I can hang my head in shame that the people on the village council care more for the almighty buck and a shot at notoriety than the people (some of whom out there, by the way, were building blocks to this community!), whose remains are interred there for eternity and made a mockery of. Thank you in advance for doing the right thing, village, and saying no. We care for our residents that will forever reside within our district too much to let this happen! The Jeffery’s Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 9, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would like to congratulate Mike Gingell on his outstanding and upsetting victory over the present two-term incumbent, Eric Wilson, for Oakland County Commissioner, District 3! This event is our local version of Louis- Schemeling I, Ali-Frazier I, and The Long Count of Jack DempseyGene Tunney, 1927. Gingell upset and knocked out the hometown favorite, Wilson, by a huge margin, here in Lake Orion and Orion Township, in the voting results. I remember talking with some local citizens, and I was told ‘Eric’s gonna take it, he’s gonna mop the area votes with Gingell,? I even had one person ask if I’d like to put a $100 bet that Gingell would lose by a big margin! There is an old saying, ‘never count out the underdog!? Well, as far as Eric Wilson goes, I would suggest you go back and practice law, and stay out of politics. We have too many of you lawyers in our government now. And if you get a chance, Eric, watch the movie ‘All the King’s Men,? starring Broderick Crawford; it’s all about a man who starts out being a lawyer and ends up governor, only to have it backfire on himself. That movie is available at the Orion Township Library. A word of warning, Mr. Gingell, don’t take your Democratic opponent lightly in November, watch carefully and keep your guard up at all times. There are a lot of head hunters who would like to bring you down before you begin, just look at Senator Joe Lieberman. Well, tally ho, and I’m glad to see the nickel go to Gingell. James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 16, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Well, Mr. Wilson, the people have spoken, and despite your dirty tricks, Mr. Gingell won! You know, Mr. Wilson, people around Orion who’ve been here for a long time have long memories. And we don’t forget it when you do something wrong. One of YOUR people, Mr. Wilson, yelled at me when I went to vote. He was obnoxious and rude, so much so that I complained to the election officials. Really told me what kind of candidate you are! So I, for one, am really happy Mr. Gingell won, firstly, because he comes from one of the oldest founding families, and secondly, because he’s been a GENTLEMAN, whereas YOU, Mr. Wilson, are a snake. So get to pounding the bricks, and find a job! You’re OUTTA HERE! BOOYAH! Laura Allen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 16, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Apparently the Lake Orion School Board had their eyes shut and hands over their ears during the uproar when Oakland ISD built their Taj Mahal. Just as the Oakland ISD Board approved the building of a new administration building after the infamous 2001 ‘stealth? election, that was to fund Special and Vocational Ed Programs, the Lake Orion School Board just approved $750,000 for the construction of an addition to the administration building. Obviously, it’s not to the same scale, but the principle is the same. Last week, the Lake Orion School Board approved construction of an addition to the administration building, which includes a new parking lot along Church Street, with funds from the 2002 bond issue. The addition to the administration building, only a 10-year-old building, includes a new conference room, new carpets and some general remodeling. A little background information: in Nov. of 2001, the Lake Orion School Board sold the Ehman Center, and the parking lot between the Ehman Center and the administration building, for $98,500. The monies from the sale went into the general fund, that helped balance the school budget. According to the Orion Township Assessor, the fair market value of the Ehman Center and parking lot was over $470,000. The land alone was worth nearly $300,000. The $23 million 2002 bond issue application filed with Lansing was primarily to fund the expansion of the high school, improvements to the elementary schools, upgrades for the computer network, and purchase of 18 buses. The bond application didn’t include any addition to the administration building. However, there was $1.75 million allocated for the ‘remodeling of the existing bus maintenance facility into education support offices with related technology and site improvement.? Since the board sold the Ehman Center far below fair market value and didn’t have enough funds to construct a new parking lot, they decided to use the $1.75 million allocated for the remodeling of the old bus garage for the addition to the administration building. I don’t believe the board ever had the intention of remodeling the old bus garage, as the site would have required extensive environmental cleanup. Bottom line, the school board made very bad financial decisions that are costing every taxpayer money. The taxpayers would have been better off if the board had just closed the Ehman Center down, rather than selling it below the cost of replacing the parking lot. Considering that the board’s only responsibilities are to hire a superintendent, set policy, issue contracts and the payment of bills, maybe it’s time the citizens of the Lake Orion Community School District elect a new school board that has better business sense. Howard Sherman Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 16, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This month’s primary election results in Oakland County are in, and unfortunately, but expectedly, issues dealing with an extension of an existing millage or proposals for modest increases were met with defeat. Brandon Township will be dealing with a possible reduction of services due to the overwhelming rejection of a millage to restore the township’s tax rate to an original 1.4 property tax mills. At risk are services to the senior center and recreational facilities. Addison Township met with a similar voter backlash, rejecting a 3.5 mill tax levy for police services. As we now move to the Nov. elections, both communities are hoping to place these issues on the ballot again, with different or simplified language. Perhaps the issues will be reexamined and pass. What boggles the mind is, despite a climate of millage rejection and personal and corporate cost cutting, the Senior Center Committee continues to herald their proposition to build a community center, which would necessitate Orion, Oxford and Addison townships to once again go to voters and request they open their wallets for, at best, an unnecessary and ill-prepared concept to serve all the communities. Here’s my suggestion: let’s avoid the embarrassment of a landslide negative vote and remove this issue from the Nov. ballot! Letters to the Editor in The Oakland Press and local community papers have indicated that there’s no appetite for such a center. The local economy and mood of voters to reject new millages, coupled with an abundance of facilities already available, makes the dismissal of this proposal rudimentary. When Superman wanted to eliminate an unpleasant event, he merely reversed the rotation of the earth to a point prior to its occurrence. Absent a super power to do just that, why doesn’t the committee just ask that the proposal be removed from the various ballots, and thereby avoid a voter meltdown of non-support? If not, the plans will have to confront voter apathy, and that would be tantamount to Superman attempting to recover from a dose of Kryptonite–not a winning proposition! Bill Kalmar Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 23, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This year’s Big Rig Gig was a wonderful success, with over 2,700 participants coming out to see trucks, tractors and vehicles of all shapes and sizes. We would like to thank the following companies for their support for the 4th Annual Big Rig Gig: American Medical Response, Bedrock Express, Bedrock Maintenance Services, Buckhorn Towing, Custom Welding & Excavation, Detroit Edison, Dick Hassberger & Associates, Environmental Wood Solutions, Lake Orion Community Schools, Milosch Dodge, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, the Orion Township Fire Department, Roots Tree Service, Shred-It!, Skalnek Ford, Van Horn, Cold Stone Creamery, Ruff & Tuff, Coca-Cola, and Domino’s Pizza. Without the support of these businesses, the Big Rig Gig would not have been such a great success. If you would like to be involved in next year’s event, contact Jennifer Rowe, recreation program supervisor, at 3910304, ext. 140, or email [email protected] Orion Township Parks Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 23, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Aug. 8 Primary Election is over. While some candidates won and some lost, everyone has moved on. I did find it odd, therefore, that The Orion Review chose to publish the letter from Laura Allen in its Aug. 16 edition. Why was her letter worthy of publication? We know that Michael Gingell is a gentleman, but those of us who know Eric Wilson, know that he is also a gentleman…surely the editorial staff at The Review know this, and it escapes me as to why they would even bother to print such a vile, mean-spirited, un-Christian expression of one person’s in-your-face, meritless opinion. I thought your standards were higher. Mary Painter Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 23, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Lisa Valentine’s ‘humorous? opinion column on Aug. 16 set a new, low, water-mark for journalism at The Lake Orion Review. Jeff and Dotty Sutherland Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 23, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would ask these questions of my neighbors: Do you have an elderly widow living alone in your neighborhood? What have you done about it? Have you given her your name, address and telephone number in case of emergency? Have you called on her and introduced yourself, offering help if needed? What kind of neighbor are you? What kind of person are you? Name withheld upon request Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 23, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It’s Tuesday evening, and I just received a phone call from the venue that was to host the Commander Cody concert, and was told that it will be cancelled. I worked hard to get that show together, and would like to apologize to anyone this may have inconvenienced. It was my belief that this show would go on no matter what. I took no pay for my efforts, and feel somewhat betrayed and used. I understand the band was not happy with this decision either, as I would have imagined. This was in no way their fault, and should not be held against them by their fans. I believed in what we were trying to accomplish there, and the feedback was positive from so many people I came in contact with. I wish the management would have made their decision to cancel the show sooner, so as not to hurt those involved with the production. The article in the Aug. 16 Orion Review was done well, and should have helped insure a good crowd, along with the advertising that hit the same day. The lack of confidence from those who made the decision, I’m sure, will disappoint many. Bob Amberg Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 23, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On Aug. 21, Orion Township citizens were treated to two servings of ‘Dywasukism? at its finest. One was the presentation of the Union Church restoration study. The people in attendance at the Aug. 21 township board meeting were shown pictures of what the building looks like now, and what it could look like after considerable work, and costs, were done to the Church Street building, in the future. At what price did this presentation cost the citizens of Orion Township, Mr. Dywasuk? Was it the $15,000 you wanted to waste on a time study, back around 2003, when the Union Church restoration director Burke Cueny told you that the $15,000 would be better spent to buy materials to fix up the building? If my memory serves, Mr. Cueny resigned as director because you, Jerry, were in favor of spending the $15,000 on a time study, instead of fixing up the building! Then, Jerry, you put Reenae Tulip and Rock Blanchard in charge of building maintenance operations for the Church Street structure, which, to date, has cost the taxpayers far more than the $15,000 with which Cueny proposed to buy the needed materials to fix up the building. Two, this forensic audit involving present Orion Township Treasurer Alice Young, and her daughter-in-law investment counselor, Diane Young, on what I am to believe is an investigation into what might be possible commission fraud; is to be done by a private auditing firm! It seems awfully strange that the board voted down earlier bids from other auditing firms. Good points were made by Trustee Mike Gingell and Clerk Jill Bastian, on why this audit would be a waste of taxpayers? dollars. Then, Jerry, you kept repeating, over and over, about possibly having the Whall Corp. do the forensic audit, for $26,000, and bingo, the motion to hire a private auditing firm, the WAHL Corp., gets the bid approved for $26,000, 4-3. The four approving this audit, to be done by WAHL, were Dywasuk, and Dywasukites, Gibb, Garlicki and Steimel! The four horsemen of Orion Township would be a better name for this quartet of spendthrifts of our tax dollars. I remember Cueny once telling some of these trustees at a past meeting that they are supposed to be Republicans, and save money, not waste it! Mr. Cueny, I think those Republicans that you remember were back in the Eisenhower years. I don’t see any money-saving conservatives in our government today. The name of the game is tax and spend, right from Washington, down to Orion Township, Republicans and Democrats alike. I’ve always said we need a good housecleaning here in Orion Township, but if you’re happy with people like the four horsemen, then don’t cry when the piggy bank is empty! James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 30, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I find it peculiar that although Indianwood Lake flows INTO Lake Orion, it is a priority to involve its homeowners in the proposed SAD, yet Paint Creek homeowners who would be receiving the chemical as it flows OUT of the lake are an afterthought. So please send it our way without our input. It will go well with the beer cans, inflatables, lighters and plastic bags that we receive daily. Oh yes, don’t forget to drop the dam in one day come late October, and raise it so quickly again in the spring. There is nothing like watching the annual drought and deluge destroy a river ecosystem, that was near pristine not all that long ago. But, I guess boat docks are more important. I say we have a special assessment district to raise funds to implement a more effective water management program. One in which the creek too has a much more consistent flow, as opposed to the current feast or famine approach. Sadly, this will never happen, because no one cares about what happens downstream. Jeff Aisthorpe Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 30, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have had a really hard time reading the letters to the editor and guest opinions trashing our township trustees. While many may not see eye-to-eye with everything that is said and done here in the township, I feel that the spewing out of viciousness and spitefulness that I have read about are uncalled for. I know and respect each one of them. They are men of integrity and work hard to do the right thing. Pleasing each and every person in Orion Township is a Herculean task. They take their jobs seriously, and vote with their conscience, for the greater good of the township as a whole. You may oppose their decisions or views–but the reality is, they are committed to Orion, and you. They take a lot of time and energy away from their families, lives and careers to serve Orion Township. Not one of them is seeking acknowledgment or adulation–but are continuously being ostracized at the drop of a hat, for not pandering to the few. Fortunately for us all, it is your inalienable right to disagree, but unnecessary name calling is both reckless and thoughtless. It is okay to agree to disagree, argue but not disparage, and be vigilant without malice. Koula Christi Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 13, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Why would any school district force families to pay admission to a middle school athletic event? I understand the ‘pay to play? policy Lake Orion adopted, which charges students to participate in any sports program. I even supported it. But ‘pay to cheer?? For our family to attend a middle school volleyball game it would cost $12, and $18 if the grandparents want to join us. When you multiply that figure by the number of games, it adds up quickly. Our two older daughters often had friends come and root for them from the stands–would those students have been able to show their school spirit at $2 per person? Shouldn’t we be encouraging gymnasiums full of people cheering for our children?? What’s next, ‘pay for a conference with the teacher,? ‘pay admission to board meetings?? I just can’t come up with a reasonable explanation for this new policy. Can anyone help me?? Susan Paula Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 13, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On Dec. 31, 2006, the Gingellville Community Center on Waldon Road will close its doors to the public for good, unless some miracle happens that will keep it going. The only miracles that I could see happening is that John Attwell, Jerry Dywasuk and the State of Michigan Tax Tribunal get on their knees and pray for forgiveness, for the injustice that they have created by starting this whole travesty to being with. Also, where were State Representative James Marleau and Oakland County Commissioner Eric Wilson when this injustice was taking place? Politics as usual, no doubt! People, I hope that the doors of the GCC stay open, for if they close, this means no more Jackpot Bingo on Wednesday nights, Boy and Girl Scouts meetings, Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s, Halloween and Thanksgiving parties, senior group activities, and citizens being able to form their own groups and use the center for meeting space. And how about voting, this is a place to vote, and the only one that I know of in the United States that has to start paying property taxes! The money from the Bingo goes for the operation and maintenance of the center, less the winnings that are paid out to the Bingo game winners. It should also be noted, it’s rumored that the GCC property could be the targeted site for the future tricommunity senior center, if voted for in the November election. Or, Jerry Dywasuk’s dream of an Orion Township Community Center is realized. I know that there are some of you Dywasukites in Orion Township who think that Jerry is looking out for the people’s well being as township supervisor. Well surprise–in my opinion, Jerry will clip you faster than a pair of scissors can cut a ribbon! People, if you don’t get up and speak for what you believe in, or what you want, then no one is going to do it for you! I hope this won’t be the last Christmas that Santa comes to the GCC. James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 13, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Another question for my neighbors: Since you have discovered the elderly widow living alone in your neighborhood, and perhaps have said hello, do you think you might go a step further in being ‘neighborly?? Winter is coming, and she might need someone to unlock, start and scrape her aging vehicle when she has to go out on a snowy day. She may need someone to scatter salt and carry in her groceries. Maybe not, but one can offer. Perhaps she needs assistance in figuring out her TV computer. When you buy a huge bag of potatoes, onions, peaches, etc., perhaps one item would last her a long time. She might enjoy your outgoing magazines or a treasured recipe you would like to share. The Dalai Lama said, ‘My religion is simple. My religion is love.? Name withheld by request Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 20, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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First, let me say, the Orion Township Library is an invaluable resource to the public, and I appreciate all the services they provide to the community. In fact, I think I can safely say that we have one of the best libraries in terms of service and outreach. And, while an expansion is clearly needed, I’d have to disagree with now being the right time to pursue it. Right now, the economy in Michigan is really, really bad. I have many neighbors who have lost jobs and are unable to find new ones. Some of my friends have left the state, leaving behind unsold homes. Foreclosures in Oakland County are up over 60 percent over last year, according to The Detroit News. With virtually every domestic auto company in the state laying off or buying out THOUSANDS of people, which in turn leads to auto supplier manufacturers laying off people or going out of business, I hardly think this is the appropriate time to speak of raising taxes for ANYTHING other than NECESSARY repairs or upkeep. Many seniors in the area are going to be facing cuts in their pensions and health care, due to the freefalling death spiral of the Big 3, and they aren’t going to have the extra funds either. Many corporations in the country are DUMPING pensions by way of bankruptcy courts, and leaving seniors with only a fourth of their previous benefits. And health care costs CONTINUE to soar. If you don’t believe it’s that bad, take a drive around. Look at all the homes for sale; lots of them have been on the market for over a year now, and no sale. Go to Kmart in town and look at what people are buying, or for that matter, any store in town. People are buying necessities, not luxuries, for the most part. Who can blame them, when they can’t count on an employer anymore for a steady job? Gas and energy prices have jumped up and down more than a monkey on a trampoline, and taxes just keep getting higher and higher. I think the elected officials in this town need a dose of reality and common sense. If people don’t have extra money for spending, what makes you think they’ve got it for more taxes? If people don’t have jobs, how do you expect them to pay more taxes? If people are losing their homes and equity because of the bad real estate market, how do you expect them to pay more taxes? It’s Economics 101, folks. Not everybody in Lake Orion is among the rich, you know. Yes, we have our fair share of fat cats around here, but we also have a large percentage of seniors on fixed incomes, and plain old working families, most of whom were here long before the real estate boom, which made the township so plush. We need an expanded library, but not right now. Laura Allen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 27, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I was delighted to have attended the 80th birthday party for the Orion Township Public Library on Sept. 17, 2006. It was an enjoyable Sunday afternoon, with book sales and exhibits, plus the documentaries and speeches that were presented. Library director Linda Sickles gave an excellent opening presentation, on the history, present, and possible future goals of our library. I would like to dwell a little on the past, and future, failures and goals of the Orion Township Library. The failures being the millage being voted down in 2004. I, for one, don’t like more taxes, but I feel that when you pay taxes, you should get something for that money. The library is a necessity, but the elected politicians, like our present State Representative James Marleau, are what I consider a waste of excess baggage! Why, you ask, am I bringing James Marleau into the picture? Well, let’s go back to around 2003, when Mr. Marleau was Orion Township Treasurer. He comes up with the proclamation to take the $279,000 that the library had for emergency funds, and put that money back into the township’s General Fund, leaving the library without any money for emergency repairs or unexpected expenses! The only explanation Mr. Marleau could give was, ‘Our hands are tied!? Well, they sure weren’t tied when that $279,000 was taken from the library, now were they, Mr. Marleau? I also noticed that you didn’t attend the 80th birthday celebration. Maybe it’s better you didn’t, because that $279,000 that you and the 2003 Orion Township Trustees had voted to take from the library’s surplus emergency fund, would sure come in handy for the much-needed expansion and improvements that this facility needs. Come November, I will be casting my vote for Bill Pearson, and not you, Mr. Marleau, for State Representative, for the simple reason that we don’t need any more ‘tied hands? in public office! Also, I wish the library at least another 20 years, when it makes it to 100! I believe they’ll get there, as long as we don’t re-elect people like James Marleau and Jerry Dywasuk back into public office! James Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 27, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As I was driving home on M-24 and came upon the I-75/M-24 intersection, the weather was rainy and dreary. The traffic light was green. As I was coming through there at 50 MPH, a semi-truck driver decided at the last minute to pull out into oncoming traffic from a stop at the red light. As I was slamming on my brakes and skidding due to the wet road, thinking I was going to hit the truck, I thought–if something isn’t done at this intersection, there is going to be a deadly accident. This light should be a NO TURN ON RED for oncoming traffic turning onto M-24. What do you think? Jeanette Smith Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 27, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I was disturbed by the 1/4 page ad on page 11 of the Sept. 14, 2006 issue of The Lake Orion Review. If the author is that consumed and concerned about the effect of religious denominations, then that person should at least have had the courage to sign their name to the advertisement. Laura Bringman Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 27, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On behalf of the Lake Orion Special Olympics, we would like to thank the following community organizations and businesses for their generous support during the 2005/2006 school year: Collier Lanes, Willow Creek Golf, LOHS ASSETS/Leadership, AFSCME #1472, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Special Families Network, Lake Orion Education Foundation, Lake Orion High School Athletic Department. Their donations of money, time and facilities allowed us to continue offering all seven sports to our athletes this year. Fifty-three athletes, ages eight and up, with developmental disabilities, from Lake Orion, Oxford, Waterford, Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, participate in the Lake Orion Special Olympics program. Funding changes at the county and state levels in 2005 required our program to become self-funded. Only through the generosity of the local community are we able to continue this vital athletic program. The average cost per year for one athlete is $130 ($200 when new uniforms need to be purchased). Special Olympics of Michigan rules prohibit charging athletes or their families any participation fees. If you or your organization can help with a donation or want further information regarding our Lake Orion program, please contact Marcine Glowicki at Lake Orion High School, [email protected], or call one of us. Thank you, Karen Appledorn, 814-8872 Kathy Absher, 693-0144 Co-fundraising chairpersons Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 27, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Would you like to have additional taxes placed on your property without your vote? That is exactly what will happen with Senate Bill 1360, introduced by Senator Nancy Cassis and contrived with the help of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s staff. Senate Bill 1360, is an end-run around the 1976 Headlee Tax Limitation Amendment that was voted in by the people of the State of Michigan to protect them from excessive taxation without their vote. The bill will allow counties, cities, villages, townships and many other government entities within, such as drain commissions, to raise taxes without your vote. The only notification required to raise your property taxes will be in a generally circulated newspaper. The right of referendum (petition drive) against the increase has to be accomplished by the people within 45 days of publication. The petition has to be signed by no less than ten percent, or 10,000 registered voters, whichever is less, within the residing aforementioned municipalities that are affected by the pending increase. This bill will abolish your right to vote on tax increases; as well us gut the intent of our Michigan Constitution’s Headlee Tax Limitation Amendment. This bill is not only despicable, it is a slap in the face to the memory of Richard Headlee, now deceased, who worked long and hard to protect all of us from tax abuse. Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 4, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am very disappointed to think a longtime lake resident and a former state senator would force the township to spend our tax dollars on court costs. Mat (Dunaskiss) knows he is wrong. He just wanted to see if he could slide the marina permit by before anyone was the wiser. Who have we had in the senate representing us? — Carolyn Dumah, A concerned longtime resident Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 11, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It has come to my attention that there is a husband and wife working for Orion Township, John and Julia Steimel. John is an elected Orion Township trustee and Julia is a full-time employee of the Orion Township Clerk’s office. Why then, you ask, the complaint? Well, isn’t there such a thing as conflict of interest? Who came to work there first? Was it John or Julia? I believe in the best interest of Orion Township, that one of them should step down. After all, the township wouldn’t allow JoAnn Van Tassel to be an Orion Township trustee once she became city manager of Lake Orion. I believe the reason given was, ‘conflict of interest.? This in my view, also applies to John and Julia Steimel. — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 11, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have been supportive of a senior center in Oxford, Addison, Orion Area until the Crossroads for Youths name has been used in connection with the center. Why would the senior center form a partnership with Crossroads on anything, a gift is a gift? Quote in the Review: ‘The board felt it’s a good partnership.? Will the Crossroads board have input on what is done at the center? Are there strings attached to this gift? Safety is truly the issue here. Seniors are the most vulnerable group of people. Seniors do need a center for activities in a safe area controlled by a board of non self-serving members. The board members should not consist of any Crossroads board members or employees. Before spending $9.85 million of taxpayers? dollars, let’s find a site that is better suited for a senior center. — Barbara Hockenbrocht Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 11, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Orion Township Public Library Board and staff would lilke to thank the many individuals and organizations who made our 80th anniversary celebration on Sept. 17 such a rousing success. The following organizations and individuals are deserving of our sincere thanks. They include: Friends of the Library, General Federation of Women’s Club, Lake Orion Independence Village of Waterstone and Towers? Treats. Individuals deserving of our appreciation are Mike Thorndycraft, Jerry Honemann and the many dedicated library volunteers. Without your dedication and commitment to the library, this day would not have been such a memorable event for the community. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the citizens of Orion for their use and support of the library over these first 80 years of our exisence. We will strive to continue earning your support as the next 80 years unfold. — Linda Sickles, Director, Orion Township Public Library Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 11, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Thanks to everyone, our September 2006 used book sale was a success. As a result, the Friends of the Orion Township Library are able to contribute to some of the wonderful programs for our great library. We are becoming more organized with each sale and are grateful to all who donated, purchased, worked the sales and to the library staff. We are encouraged by all. Thanks to the Baldwin Road Kroger store for the donation of bags for our $4 per-bag Saturday sales. Please mark your calendars for our January 2007 sale. If interested in helping, or if you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. — Marie English, Friends Book Sale Chair Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 11, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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‘That old biddy just watches everything. She minds everybody’s business but her own.? Regardless of what people think of such people as described above, they are our living, breathing, functional security cameras. If these people see your child hurt, your pet wandering, an accident, break-in, vandalism or a fire, what do these people do? They call 911 and summon help. They step up if there is anything they can do — on the spot. Let us not cast a jaundiced eye at the elderly, as our neighborhood relationships are interdependent. You watch out for me, and I will watch out for you. Our older citizens are available when working people are away. I would like to hear other opinions about our neighborhoods. Write a letter. Tell us how you see the responsibilities of being a neighbor. — A watchful neighbor Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 11, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have to laugh when I read the letters from one individual who uses your paper as his personal soapbox. Week after week the whining and complaining goes on and on and on. And I’m not the first to point this out. Hiding behind an ‘it’s my right and duty and a free speech? premise. Please! What was it last week? Oh yes, ‘It has come to my attention.? You can hear these words all across America from pompous self-appointed under-achievers who can’t do, so all they do is cry and complain. In their minds, ‘The sky is falling, the sky is falling.? Too funny. A clerk who is married to a trustee is a problem? In little Lake Orion? Hardly. Leave this family alone. They both are just trying to make a living and don’t need anyone messing with them. They have a family to support, got it? You’d think this was a large scale government conspiracy. There is no conflict of interest here just disinterest in one’s imaginary conflict. This is Small Town USA. I say either lead, follow, or get out of the way. But get over it. Unlikely though as we will see. Neighbors, tune in for more of these paranoid rantings. Let me see, one time it was a bash against candidates. And the time before that it was against the township board. And the time before that it was against the senior center. And the time before that??.. And the time before that??.. To the whiners in our area: Get a life and get out of my paper. My name is withheld to avoid being the next target but we all know who I am talking about. — Name witheld upon request Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 11, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I read with interest the glowing article about the proposed senior center. It was very informative. First off, let’s look at the numbers: at $45 dollars per $100,000 valuation, we get ONLY phase I (the building) and maintenance for ONLY 10 years. Ok, we start with $45 dollars a year. That’s $900 over 20 years, folks. Add to that over 10 years from now, more maintenance (which will cost more with inflation), the paving and straightening of Drahner (gee, who’s paying for that…oh, I know, ORION TOWNSHIP, by itself!). Add to that money for Phase II (come on, who are they kidding, private donations?), and it just goes on and on. Sure, they’ll raise maybe 50% of the money, and then they’ll have their hands out-in your pocket! Secondly, I really bristled at the comparison between the Rochester Center and the proposed Senior center. Since when do we have to compete with Rochester? Since when do we have to offer the services Rochester does? It said in the article that a lot of seniors in this area commute to Rochester. Well, it’s about 10-15 minutes from Lake Orion. Drahner Rd. is about 5 minutes. So to save the current members of the OPC 10 minutes of travel time, we should spend millions? I have to commute to my local health club…should you build one for me too, so I don’t have to travel as far? That’s just plain silly. Thirdly, Drahner Road has been and continues to be a very dangerous area, especially at the corner of M-24 and Drahner. There are numerous accidents there, from people attempting to turn left, either from Drahner to M-24 south, or from people attempting to turn left into the gas station on the corner of Drahner and M-24. And you’re going to put seniors through the gauntlet of navigating such a dangerous intersection? I can honestly say the light there is certainly not long enough for turning left, and if it’s hard for me to manage, I can just see some senior trying it. Then you’re going to pave the current gravel road and straighten it to the center. That’s going to cost A LOT. Has anyone given thought to the fact that if paved, Drahner is going to cost more to maintain? And who’s going to pay that? YOU, the taxpayer!!! And consider this: if the center dramatically increases in size, they’re going to have to hire more staff. More people to teach classes, more development staff, maintenance staff, and a Director who’s going to get paid much more for overseeing a more complex operation. And that, my friends translates to, you guessed it, MORE MONEY. And who’s going to have to pay it? YOU, the taxpayer! They promote this as a wonderful thing, a gift…but that gift it seems to me has a WHOLE lot of strings attached to it. NOT JUST A CENTER, but a new road, maintenance, and I can just see a possible expansion of the Drahner/ M-24 intersection. And what does Crossroads get out of it? A FREE paved road! Just a thought here…they say that building the center will ATTRACT more seniors to the area…well, if that was the case, ask yourself this question: Why isn’t Rochester the Mecca for seniors? Why didn’t Rochester explode with senior citizen residents when they built the center? And exactly WHO paid for the Rochester senior center? There’s a LOT more here than meets the eye, and they aren’t being honest about it. And until they are, they aren’t getting approval from me. Trust me, in about 5 or 10 years down the road, if you vote this thing through, they’re gonna want MORE. So it won’t be JUST $45 a year, like they keep trumpeting. Be smart, and keep asking questions…you’ll see this isn’t as well-planned (or cheap) as they claim! — Laura Allen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 11, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I believe that you did a disservice to the entire population, and the senior citizens of Orion, Oxford and Addison Townships, by printing the ridiculous editorial by ‘Guest columnist’Bill Kalmar. He implies that the statements were actually published by the various news agencies rather than a distorted (funny?) figment of his imagination.. He also implies that the proposed location was a deceptive secret, whereas I’ve understood from recent articles in The Review that the site was a recent DONATION by Crossroads for Youth. While I cannot dispute the OCSD’s call records, in the 20 years that I have owned property in Lake Orion, I have never heard of the residents of Crossroads causing a problem to their neighbors. He also complains that the proposed site is located in Oxford. According to my map, the site is approximately one mile north of Lake Orion and is probably the most centralized location that is possible among the three townships. If Mr. Kalmar is eight and 1/2 miles away, his residence must be located in the most southwest corner of Orion Township. I doubt that the residents of the three townships would prefer a site that is as close to his residence as his personal fitness club. Furthermore, the proposed tax increase for the average senior residence would be considerably less that the cost of his membership in a private fitness club. — Bill Roberts Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As a health care worker with the elderly, I see firsthand how difficult it can be for seniors to get to healthcare appointments. I was shocked at the ludicrousness of Orion Township in ticketing Robertson of HealthFirst Medical Center for being in violation of Orion township’s brilliant sign rule. There’s rules, and then there is plain out stupidity. Come on, Jerry Dywasuk and sign enforcement officer Patrick Damman? lighten up! To issue a ticket because of a painted bus, informing seniors that they can get a free ride to a doctor’s appointment? If it truly is in violation of section 5, parts L and M, perhaps a new section and part should be created stating common sense and helping out those in the community takes precedence over the fine print of the sign ordinance. — Debby Goodall Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I think the Orion Township Board should cease its harassment of the Health First Medical Group. Health First should be allowed to park their bus on the unused part of their parking lot. They used it to give free rides to seniors and the disabled. It’s a bus, not a billboard, and it provides a community service. The owner has repeatedly ignored the excalating citations and is poised for a lawsuit. We don’t need a lawsuit on top of the unnecessary $26,250 audit we have to pay (the board rejected to lower proposals). Especially since we won’t be getting any tax revenue from the Gingellville Community Center. The board brought legal action against Health First because they weren’t paying taxes, but is apparently pleased that the Boys and Girls Club will be buying it. Even though, they are a tax-exempt organization and won’t be paying taxes, either. The Township Board members are bullies and they use our hard-earned tax dollars as their clubs. They’re supposed to be concerned with the general welfare of the township, not spending our money on legal actions to punish people they don’t like. — Carol Roughton Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Sorry, Jim Delevan. There’s no conflict in the Orion Township Clerk’s office. You do a fine job observing our township government, but you are wrong when you describe a conflict in the clerk’s office involving a trustee. You discredit these people and owe them an apology. As a lifelong Democrat, I am also a careful observer. Integrity and sincerity are the qualities I see. I am proud to know them all and call them my friends. Tell them you are sorry, Mr. Delevan, and we can all move on and keep planning for the future. We are very lucky to live here, and very grateful for the fine people who are doing their best to keep us on a positive course. — Dan Dewey Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Patterson’s passing a loss to community On October, 16, we lost a great community supporter, and a champion of senior citizen services. County Commissioner Bill Patterson has been an important leader of our community for many years. Each election cycle I have proudly displayed his campaign signs and attended his victory celebrations. — Helen Mann Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On behalf of me and my family, I would like to thank Orion Township and all who were involved with the dedication of Hopkins Field at Friendship Park. It was a beautiful, sunny day and it was great to see many of my old players and their families. It’s amazing how my players keep getting older and I don’t change a bit. In all honesty, it’s a little humbling to have a field named after you. I know of several names that deserve to be up there before mine. I would like every coach and volunteer who sees the sign, to imagine their names up there too. These fields belong to everyone who contributes their time and effort, and it is an honor to be a part of that group. Thanks again, and I hope to see you out on the fields. — Tom Hopkins Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Thank you for the one-year gift certificate to the Lake Orion Review, you donated to our annual dinner and silent auction. We are truly grateful for the support. Our dinner and silent auction was a success! Through your support, we are able to continue our ministry to help the women and teens of our community facing a crisis pregnancy. We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and generosity from individuals such as yourselves. Our work would not be possible without you. Without a doubt, mothers and babies are receiving the care and support they need because of people like you. Thank you again, and God bless you for your support in assisting us with this very important work. — Staff and wolunteers at the Problem Pregnancy Center Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Lake Orion Firefighters Auxiliary and the Orion Firefighters Association would once again like to thank Meijer of Oxford. They generously donated all the apple cider for this year’s annual apparatus display and open houses at all of our fire stations. Refreshments were provided to the public at these events, as we observed National Fire Prevention Month earlier this month. It’s generous merchants like you who help make our special events a success. — Orion Firefighters Association & Ladies Auxiliary Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On November 7th, voters will have the opportunity to maintain order in the courtroom by re-electing Lisa Asadoorian as a Judge in the 52-3 District Court. Judge Asadoorian works tirelessly for the citizens of our community and has demonstrated that she genuinely cares about the safety and well-being of our families. Her dedication to justice is matched only to her service in our community and her commitment to our schools. Judge Asadoorian is an active member of our community and has invested significant amounts of time teaching our kids about the legal system and educating them on the consequences of their decisions. It is for these reasons we trust that you will join us in re-electing Judge Lisa Asadoorian. — Mike and Karen Gingell Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As an attorney practicing primarily in Oakland County, I have had many occasions to represent clients in criminal and civil cases at the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills. I have had the pleasure of appearing before Judge Lisa Asadoorian on a number of those matters. Of all her many qualities, I am most impressed by her integrity. Judge Asadoorian has the ability to make difficult decisions that affect the lives of the people appearing in her courtroom, but she does this through compassion, thoughtfulness and respect. Unfortunately I do not reside in a city comprising the jurisdiction of her court, but I urge citizens in communities under jurisdiction of the 52-3 District Court to vote to re-elect Judge Asadoorian to another term of office. These citizens have been very well-served by a thoughtful, effective and highly qualified judge. — Andrew J. Hubbs Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On November 7, the citizens of our community will have the opportunity to re-elect Judge Lisa L. Asadoorian as District Court Judge. I urge each and every voter to fully take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Having previously served Judge Asadoorian as her law clerk, I was given the chance to see exactly who Judge Asadoorian is, both in and out of the courtroom. Inside the courtroom I observed a dedicated and tireless champion of justice. There was never a case too small for Judge Asadoorian to pour her endless care into. Nor was there ever a legal issue too large for Judge Asadoorian to handle. Outside of the courtroom, I observed a caring and compassionate member of our community. Whether it was speaking to children or volunteering to help those most in need, Judge Asadoorian never hesitated to put the community ahead of her own interests. I cannot think of a steadier, more thoughtful, caring and competent person to serve our community as district court judge. We would all be well-served to re-elect Judge Asadoorian. — Nicolas Camargo Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 25, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I read with interest the Oct. 18 Lake Orion Review. On page four was an article regarding a resident’s request for a teen activity center. On page seven was yet another editorial about the proposed Senior Center. And on page 10 was an article detailing how the Boys and Girls Club is in the process of purchasing the Gingellville Community Center. Three separate buildings to serve basically the same functions for three separate age groups seems more than just silly, it is outrageous! I am sure I am not alone in thinking that one community center with meeting rooms and exercise facilities, open to all residents regardless of age, would be a better use of taxpayer funds. Indeed, if space within the community center could be allocated to groups such as the Boys and Girls Club, their rental of that space could offset some of the monthly costs associated with operating the center. I believe it is time for village and township officials to start taking a look at the big picture and take into consideration the needs of all the residents rather than knee-jerk reacting to each separate group that comes before them. Thank you. — Veronica Johnstone Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 1, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The giving season is upon us, and the Lake Orion Lions Club will again be running its annual Christmas Basket Program. The community support in the past has been outstanding and the Club is grqateful for the community’s participation. Without this support, the Lions Club would not be able to assist Orion area families in having a pleasant Christmas. Especially helpful have been many area businesses, the Lake Orion Community Schools and St. Joseph Catholic School. These people support our project by sponsoring canned food and toy drives, and by placing collection boxes in their places of business or school buildings. The Lions? Goodfellows newspaper sale on December 1-2 also helps fund the purchase of items for the Christmas Basket program. Again this year, the Lions Club will count on the same support from our community. We need collection sites in area businesses for donatins, and workers to assemble the baskets. Corporate donations are always welcome. The set-up for the basket assembly will be at about 10 a.m. on Fri., Dec. 15 at the CERC Building, 455 Scripps Rd. Baskets will be assembled from 3-6 p.m., and be delivered by the Lions Club and other volunteers on Sat., Dec. 16. If you know a family in need of assistance this holiday season, call Dave Tucker at 248-766-4620, or contact any Lake Orion Lions Club member. The Lions Club appreciates the support and assistance from community members who are involved in this worthwhile cause. We wish everyone a blessed holiday. — Dave Tucker Lake Orion Lions Club Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 8, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Efforts persist behind the scenes to continue operation of the Pine Island Marina on Lake Orion in 2007. Well-placed rumors have Mat Dunaskiss pressuring some Orion Township trustees friendly to him, to call for an Executive Session of the Township Board to consider dropping its lawsuit to block the Marina. The suit in the Oakland County Circuit Court is to enforce the R1 zoning violation for operating a marina on Pine Island in Lake Orion. We wonder if one of these trustees is the same one who has reportedly been docking his family pontoon boat at the Dunaskiss marina for the past two seasons, and wants to sneak it back in there again next year? There are petitions from over 400 lakefront residents opposed to this marina and we have a right to have this matter discussed in open session, not in some smoke- filled room behind our backs. Are Orion Township politicians held to a different standard? Is this more Dunaskiss dirty politics? The Pine Island Marina is in clear violation of the residential (R1) zoning ordinance and the Township has the obligation to enforce the laws established to protect our rights. We want the lawsuit to continue aggressively and to have the Circuit Court make its ruling. The Michigan Supreme Court decision Soupal v Shady View Inc. strongly favors the Township and its residents in this matter. There are also rumors that Mat Dunaskiss is attempting to utilize a back door loophole to petition the Zoning Board of Appeals for a seldom used ‘land use variance? to sneak his marina back into operation for next summer. Not so fast ‘Mr. D.,? we have our eye on you. — Roger Ebejer Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 8, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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A big thank you to all the players, coaches, parents and staff of the Lake Orion Dragons? football team. It was a great season and a pleasure to watch. Every Friday night you captured the hearts of your town and inspired the young. It was truly something to be proud of. Go Dragons! — Amy Tunison A Dragon fan forever Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 8, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Thank you for publishing the awesome article and photo of the Lake Orion marching band at the State finals! You have no idea how much the recognition of your newspaper is appreciated. Thank you. — A Lake Orion marching band supporter Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 8, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Thank you Orion voters for your awesome voting record ? more than 64% ? on Election Day! — Jill Bastian Orion Township Clerk Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 15, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Please attend the Holly Jolly Folly Fundraiser on December 1 from 7-11 p.m. at the Palace Chrysler-Jeep Showroom on Lapeer Road . Attendees can njoy delicious cuisine provided by Palazzo di Bocce, a silent auction, entertainment, prizes and community spirit. Tickets are $30, so get them early.! Call 248-391-5962 for details. All proceeds will support the 13th Annual Orion Area Holiday Lighted Parade on Sat., Dec. 2 at 6 pm. in downtown Lake Orion. The Orion Area Parade Group has turned this event into the largest night parade in southeast Michigan and the second largest event in the Orion Area. Funds raised from the Holly Jolly Folly event and donations from residents make the Parade possible. Please donate to the Orion Area Parade Group to help keep this community event alive. For information, check out our Web site at www.oapg.org. Contributions can be made through the Web site or mailed to: Orion Area Parade Group (O.A.P.G.) 311 Morgan Hill Drive, Lake Orion MI. 48360. Thank You, — Joe and Lynn Geraci Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 15, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The voters have spoken on the senior center issue, and for some it is a time for introspection as to why it lost. In my estimation the Senior Center Committee never established a compelling argument for the center. With senior centers in each of the communities, and with libraries, churches, hospitals and athletic clubs already providing activities for seniors, establishing a grandiose facility for seniors was seen as a duplication of existing facilities. We are a compassionate community that values the well-being of all residents. To elevate one segment of the population over another and suggest that taxes be raised to support special needs for one group over another is not a winning proposition. Perhaps a better use of time would have been for each community to determine the needs, wants and expectations of their own residents and then put a plan in place to address those needs on an individual community basis. For now, let’s all take a deep breath, shake hands and agree to search for ways to strengthen our respective communities without raising the unpopular specter of more taxes. In the meantime, I’ll try to contact everyone who wrote or called about my opposition to the proposal and extend a handshake and a smile and a commitment to work together. — Bill Kalmar Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 15, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I want to thank every person who voted against this proposal. They were not honest about the true costs, and I think it’s time the taxpayer tells these people that unless you’re going to give us all the facts, we’re not biting. Thanks also to all the people who voted against dove hunting. True hunters should be ASHAMED of thinking of shooting such beautiful birds! Lake Orion is a truly great village (despite some of the decisions of the management), and we don’t need to prove ourselves better than Rochester in ANYTHING. Rochester will never be Lake Orion…not by a long shot. And we citizens should be PROUD of that. –Laura Allen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 22, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Before the Gingellville Community Center closes its doors for good next month, I would like to thank all the people in and outside of the community who have given their support. I think G.C.C. has probably touched the lives of most of the citizens in this community at some time. I thank you for allowing me to play a small role in your life, be it a happy celebration or a sad occasion. It has been a pleasure and my most humbling experience. I will miss all the children who have volunteered, attended events or been assigned to us. For the most part, I hope we made a small difference in their lives. Our program with Freedom Work is the closest to my heart. The consumers of the program have taught me the most valuable lesson of life. They don’t ask anything of you, but they give you a smile, a hug and their love so freely. I would like to thank my membership the most. They have volunteered their time and given their hearts to what they believe in. They are the most caring people I know. A wonderful lady I’ve had the pleasrue of working with has had the job of keeping things straight for me when it was getting a little overwhelming. Thank you Arlene for taking on the job and staying with it as my assistant. Someone I have enjoyed working with from District Court, told me recently that when a door closes another opens. Thank you Deanne for reminding me. It’s always an adventure to see what life has in store. — Pamela Hutchison GCC Director Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 22, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On December 5, the Gingellville Community Center will close its doors the people of Orion Township for good — after 67 years of service. The reason the center is closing is that it was ordered by the Michigan State Tax Tribunal to start paying taxes on the property after 65 years of being a tax-exempt organization. This information was given to the Tax Tribunal by Orion Township Assessor John Atwell who somehow lost the file. This action drained the Center’s operation cost for legal fees incurred to fight the matter in Lansing. The outcome is the GCC will shut down. They cannot afford the $25,000 annual property tax bill which increases every year on the building. We should give Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk and the Orion Township Trustees a piece of our mind on how we feel about the closing of the GCC. — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 22, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Big Chief Barbershop Chorus wishes to acknowledge the 63 years of service given by Gingellville resident Bill Pascher. Bill lived in Orion Township for 60 years. Bill was one of the founding members of the Pontiac Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), now renamed the Barbershop Harmony Society. Thank you for being one of the men from General Motors Truck and Coach Engineering that had the enthusiasm to form the Merry Motormen Chorus, later renamed the Big Chief Chorus. Bill was president of the chapter in 1943-44, 1957 and 1984. He was our musical director for more than 15 years, our newsletter editor, and our representative to the International House of Delegates. Thank you, Bill, for sharing your artistic talents, which included trophy designs, show programs, unique decorations and show sets for all of the Pontiac Chapter events. You entertained us as you sang with four different quartets, and your works of charity with your quartet, ‘The Last Goodbye? topped the nation. You were honored at the National Convention of SPEBSQSA on stage in 1991. The other members of that memorable quartet, Mel Parrish of Lake Orion, Len Barnes of Waterford and Paul Lehmkuhle of Flint were with you as you accepted the award for raising the most funds for the Society’s charity, at that time, the Institute of Logopedics. Thank you, Bill, for honoring the Pontiac Chapter by being elected to the Pioneer District’s Hall of Fame in 1974. We will miss your twinkling eyes and your mischievous wit at our Tuesday rehearsals. Your chair will be vacant but your spirit remains with us. Always Keep America Singing, — Jack Teuber, Vice President, Pontiac-Waterford Chapter, Barbershop Harmony Society Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 29, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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A big thank you goes out to the Flaming Pistons Car Club, Oldies D.J., and all the cruisers that supported the weekly car cruise nights in the Lake Orion and Oxford areas. Their very generous donations were appreciated very much. Thanks also to Cj’s employees, loyal customers, Lake Orion Lions Club, Lake Orion Police Association, Lake Orion Firefighters Association, Caramagno Foods, Coca-Cola, Krogers, Metropolitan Baking Co., Christi’s Bar & Grill, Snug Harbor, Alice P. Young, CPA; and the children from Christ The Redeemer Church who made the beautiful place mats. The wait staff was remarkable and thanks to the Boy Scouts from Troop 366 and all of our ‘little helpers.? Left over food was donated to the Pontiac Rescue Mission and money left over will be donated to various charities. Thanks again, — Carl and Joan Slomczenski, CJ’s Cafe and Sandbar Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 29, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Friends of the Lake Orion High School Soccer group would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their donations in support of our Euchre Tournament fundraiser. Thanks to: Entree Vous, Mason Jewelers, Schenden’s Spa on the Lake, Bill Reiss and Lake Orion High School Athletic Department, Cathy Kimmel and Orion Television ? ONTV, Hamlin Pub, Baldwin Caf?, Detroit Pistons and the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mark White of Oakhurst Golf Club , Palace Chrysler , Randy Tasco, Captain Mortgage, Shawn Katchuba , Tony Wilhelm at LaserTec and James Burg Trucking Co.With your support we successfully kicked off our fundraising effort to help LOHS’s Soccer program build a new varsity field press box. — Friends of Lake Orion High School Soccer Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 29, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Recently, a dear friend and community member, Raymond (Tony) Plouhar has fallen very ill. His illness began shortly after he and his wife Cindy, suffered the loss of their son Raymond, who was killed in action in the war in Iraq. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Tony and Cindy have no health insurance, as he is a self-employed cement contractor. Tony recently spent one month in the hospital, undergoing two major surgeries which included 10 days in intensive care. The expenses have overwhelmed the family. Tony is at home recovering, but he many not be able to return to work for up to a year. We are planning a benefit for Tony and Cindy on December 2 at the Gingellville Community Center on Waldon Road in Lake Orion, with all proceeds going to the family. A large part of this benefit will consist of raffles. We are asking some of the local businesses to help in this effort. Any items would be greatly appreciated. Please call 248-391-5455 and ask for Pam or Barb. — Pam King, Marilyn Kunz and Kathryn Regits Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on November 29, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I just read the November 22nd Lake Orion Review. We’re living in Florida now, so I get a little behind in the news. As to who it was that painted the gym floor at the old school, my wife, Nan, says it was Joe Dore. She says she watched him do it. She was a cheerleader. So were Sonny Barkley and Fran Recknagel. Nan and Fran watched Joe paint the floor and Sonny was with him. Joe was a real good artist and I knew him. My wife (Nannette Armstrong) was in the Class of 1950, and I was in the Class of 1949. The purpose of this is to say that Roy Blankenburg is correct as to who did the painting. Sonny and Fran are no longer with us, and Joe Dore is also gone. — Bill and Nan Campbell, Port Charlotte, Florida Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 6, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On Sunday, November 26, 2006, we celebrated Kareen Perry’s 50th birthday with 85 friends and relatives. Kareen was born blind and slowly became deaf. Doctors told her mother, Carol, that she would never walk, talk or be potty trained and to look for an institution. Carol did not give up. Kareen attended Baldwin Elementary in Pontiac until about age 12, then entered Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing, graduating in June 1981. She was the first in the history of the school to earn a regular diploma. Kareen is the daughter of Carol and the late Bill Perry. She has lived at Heritage Place Apartments in Lake Orion for 20 years. She has two brothers, Bill of Lapeer and Ken of Lewiston. We would like to thank the Lioness Club of Lake Orion for all of the help, especially to Cheryl Weber. Bless you ladies. Also, thanks to the teachers who came from Lansing, and to the Lake Orion Lions members who attended. Thanks also to Dr. Sheryl Wissman. Happy birthday, Kareen. — June Smith, Kareen’s aunt Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 6, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The view from the Orion Art Center’s Holiday Market looks quite festive right now, with hundreds of handcrafted works by dozens of local artists. Don’t bother going to the crowded malls. Come to quaint downtown Lake Orion, where great gifts are available at the Holiday Market and all of the downtown businesses. Check out Little Monsters, Tesori Gifts, Elements, Accent on Art, the yarn shop, the bike shop, the running shop, the soccer shop and all the others. You can find the perfect gift, shop till you drop, and then fall into one of our great restaurants to refuel. Helping make our downtown thrive is worthy of celebrating the season. — Reggie Harrison, Director, Lake Orion Art Center Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 6, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Recently, a local newspaper reported that Oakland lawmakers Bishop, Stakoe and Marleau want to challenge the new gravel road speed law, which they voted for. Does this mean they were for it before they voted against it? Shouldn’t this have been hashed out/debated before they all passed it? Now they want to amend it after getting an earful from just about everyone in Oakland County. How can lawmakers get anything done if they have to re-do what they just did? Shouldn’t they have first consulted with their constituents and listened to the experts who asked them not to pass the bill? Now, they will spend more taxpayers? dollars and most of the ‘lame-duck session? re-doing what they did. This is legislation that never should have passed, as it conflicts with the prime directive of public health and safety first. — Daniel Myslakowski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 13, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Our cozy little town came to life last weekend thanks to the hard work of the very dedicated Orion Area Parade Group. Seeing the community come together and the streets of our village come alive for the parade was the perfect way to kick off the the holiday season. A special thanks goes to parade committee member Sue Turpen, the dynamo with a knack for pulling things together in the classiest way. Sue has been a good friend to the community and to the Orion Art Center for years. She has opened her home to meetings, gatherings, German exchange guests, and welcoming ‘high auction bidders? for her fabulous Tuscan dinners are but a few of the ways she shows that she cares. While planning our fall trips to Italy, Sue and I realized we would be crossing paths. We met for an amazing dinner in Lucca, Italy that seemed to set my hair on fire. Wither her usual flair, she treated me to an evening with her friends that I will always treasure. The holidays are a time to give thanks to those who touch our lives. Orion and I are very lucky to have a friend like Sue Turpen. Congratulations, also, to student Jesse Heath for winning this year’s Mark Turpen Memorial Scholarship. — Reggie Harrison, Orion Art Center Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 13, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We would like to say thank you for all of those who shared our sorrow with beautiful cards, flowers and memorials in memory of my dear sister, Barbara Chernauage. We are blessed with so many wonderful friends. God bless you. — Mary Jean Hanson and Family Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 13, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Well now, all of us people in Michigan can sit back and relax, because Jennifer ‘Tax and Spend? Granholm is back in the state governor’s chair for another four years. Old Jenny said, ‘I’m going right back to work,? and boy did she! It seems one of the first items on her agenda was how to eliminate the Single Business Tax, better known ast the SBT. Granholm’s solution would be to raise the state sales tax from 6 % to 7%, better known as a tax shift. It’s something the governor must have learned from the John ‘The Con? Engler, who gave us a tax shaft back in 1994, with Proposal A. At least the people of Michigan got to vote on that one. Remember, your property taxes would be cut 60 percent, but the state sales tax would be increased from 4 % to 6%. Your property taxes would still increase but could not exceed 1.9 %. But once you sold your property, you no longer had that exemption. Big farce! I’ve also heard rumors that Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is looking into ways to eliminate Proposal A for the property owners in Oakland County. Any truth to that, Brooksie? Maybe you should start concentrating more time here in Oakland County and less time in Wayne County with Executive Robert Ficano. We have enough problems in this county, let Detroit and Wayne County work out their own troubles. I don’t see them coming to help us when we have problems. It’s enough that the City of Detroit controls our water and sewer rates. Did you ever look into our own water and sewer plants here in Oakland County and be free of Detroit? Also, what became of asking the voters what they want, instead of what I believe you should have? I hope you all get my drift, Granholm, Patterson, Marleau, Gingell and Dywasuk. — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 13, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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‘Our Aim is Youth.? The 59-year motto of the Gingellville Community Center is still alive as they sell their property and building to the Southeast Michigan Boys and Girls Club for about one-fifth of the value set by the Orion Township assessor. It was necessary to dissolve the organization because of the decision by John Atwell, under the supervision of Jerry Dywasuk and direction of Board of Review members Niles Olson, Ron Spitler and Gail Jenzen. Their claim was that the GCC was not a 501-c3 (not profit) organization. This is not true and can be checked by anyone wanting the truth. The Boys and Girls Club is not the only organization that will benefit from the sale. American Legion Post 377 of Clarkston will receive the donation of a bingo machine, bingo boards, monitor and all the bingo equipment. Hopefully, the 150 loyal players will be able to support their bingo. Any money remaining after taxes, attorney bills and club debts are paid, will go to non-profit organizations as voted on by the membership. Members of the Center do not benefit in any way from the sale of the building, property or equipment. It has been a pleasure and fulfilling experience being a 40-plus year member of the Gingellville Community Center. — Beverly Gall, GCC vice president Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 20, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We just want to thank all the Lake Orion businesses that were so generous with their donations for the Hi Hill Subdivision Lighting Contest. Due to their support, we had 15 winners. Thanks to: Barrres ‘n? Blades, Custom Thread and Sports, Donaldson Animal Clinic, GNE Paint Center, La Dance, Glitz Salon and Wooden Eagle. Thanks again for your generosity. — The Hi Hill Subdivision Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 20, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Orion Neighborhood Television would like to thank everyone involved in the production of Santa Live! 2006. This year’s 19th annual show recorded the most participants in the event’s history. We would like to send out a big thank you to our 20-member crew who made this special day possible for more than seventy children who came to visit with Santa. ONTV would also like to thank Tubby’s of Lake Orion for their assistance, and the Lake Orion Review for their continued support. Happy Holidays! — Cathy Kimmel, Outreach Coordinator, Orion Neighborhood Television Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 20, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Governor Granholm vetoed the very necessary Senate Bill 248 to amend a recent law that took away all responsibility from local authorities for setting speed limits on gravel roads, and simply mandated a statewide 55 mph speed limit on all gravel roads in Michigan. Granholm gave a convoluted justification for her veto as contrary to the Michigan Constitution by saying that ‘Michigan law already prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle at a speed that is too fast for the conditions of a roadway.? Such nonsense! Unfortunately, to depend on inexperienced drivers, such as young people, to drive at a ‘reasonable safe speed? is an illusion. This only confirms my opinion that it is regrettable that we are now saddled again with Granholm. I have remarked to some of my friends and neighbors that they should not waste their time and my comlpaining about the poor conditions of the State of Michigan since this Governor was re-elected. What a pity that the voters rejected such a fine team as DeVos and Ruth Johnson. Mr. DeVos, a highly experienced, honest business man that could have done so much good. Henry Gleisner, Oxford Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 27, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Orion Area Holiday Lighted Parade was a huge success again this year. There were 66 entries, with marching bands, spectacular lighted floats and lots of special characters and entertainers. Also highlighting the parade were decorated fire trucks from Orion, Oxford and Oakland townships, along with Oakland County Sheriff vehicles. The crowds were larger than ever, all the way up Broadway. The Orion Senior Center, hosting Santa post-parade, was filled with people, as was the historic Union Church this year. We hope you enjoyed the Holly Jolly Folly and the Parade, and we look forward to next year’s events. Happy Holidays! — Chuck Saputo and Joe Geraci, Parade co-chairmen; OAPG Board members, Sue Turpen, Alice Young, Janine Saputo, Wes Fuelling and Carl Cyrowski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 27, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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‘All we want for Christmas is the Howarth Schoolhouse.? Those are the words on the lips of many community members in Orion Township. The Howarth Schoolhouse is a former one-room school currently located on Silverbell Road. Due to housing development, the schoolhouse must be removed or it will be demolished. The Lake Orion Community Schools is organizing a fundraiser to be used toward moving and restoring the the school. Township Trustee Matt Gibb has said the Board would be in favor of helping out, but the people of the community must take ownership of the project. Steering the Lake Orion Schools effort are teachers from several elementary schools, with Mrs. St. Louis and Mrs. Marshall as co-chairs. Mrs. Schenburn, a grandmother of a Blanche Sims? student, is also actively involved. This committee is looking for anyone with information about people who have attended this school. If you have pictures, stories, or any memorabilia you are willing to share, please contact Mrs. St. Louis or Mrs. Marshall at Blanche Sims Elementary School at 248-693-5460. — Committee to Save the Howarth Schoolhouse Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 27, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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To the pickpocket at a Lake Orion business: Thanks for ruining Christmas for my family. You took my coin purse, so I had to cancel all my stuff. Now I have to wait until after Christmas to use my Bridge card (food/cash assistance). I can’t buy family food or provide the bare essentials until after Christmas. You also took $30, and I’m sure you looked and saw I had a Bridge card. Ironically, I was taking back some of my children’s gifts when this happened. I may live in poverty, but still give to other kids who have next to nothing due to Michigan’s bad economy. I’m a mother of two children. My husband has epilepsy and has been unable to work or drive due to seizures. I go to school and work part time to be able to get assistance. I was looking forward to being done with my college finals, and then you rip me off and destroy the faith I have in people. I hope you enjoyed my $30. It might not seem like alot of money, but when you are struggling, it can mean everything. Because you took my wallet I can’t buy my husband a Christmas gift, I can’t put gas in my car, I can’t go get food for my Christmas dinner, Can’t buy and fill the stockings. I hope it was worth it. To the local people who are out shopping, I suggest you hold onto your purses, wallets, coin purses, etc. Make sure nothing is open, and when someone bumps into you, check immediately to make sure you have all your personal belongings. Be very observant, and if anyone returns something to you they said they found, make sure you get the name, address and phone number. This time of year you have to use extra precautions, and don’t carry cash around with you. — M.K., Leonard Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 27, 2006 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It is about time somebody in Lansing started to use thier head. As a resident of one of the streets where the speed limit was going to change, I applaud the Gov. for taking a stand and doing the right thing. Three quarters of the time you can’t even do the posted speed limit on our road due to vehicles exceeding the already posted 25 mph. Most of the roads that were slated for a speed limit change are used for short cuts. The new speed limits would have for sure increased traffic on what should be considered residental roads. Thank you Jennifer! Bill Denver Orion Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Kudos to Eric Pearson, Teri Stiles and Tom Benner for standing up for what is right regarding the well house construction! Eric Pearson was hired to be the building inspector and was doing his job by ordering the stop work order. Mr. Young should be proud that his employee is willing to stand up for what is right. I totally agree with Teri Stiles and Tom Benner’s comments about the village being held to the same, if not higher, standards. I am sick and tired of the hypocrisy and double standard some of the village leader’s exhibit. Why does the village have one set of rules and the citizens another? Thanks to Eric, Teri and Tom for leading by example. Keep up the good work council members! Kris Mezsets Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Oxford Twp. Parks and Recreation is offering programs such as aerobics at Leonard Elementary School. There are many people who take classes from them and we do not receive their program book even after we have taken many classes from them. The aerobics class at Leonard barely gets enough people and we all have to pay extra but we do not receive their book. We have even requested the book to be mailed and do not receive it. We have been getting the Romeo Parks and Recreation book for approximately 20 years. How do they plan on a class continuing out here if they do not send us a book? Being as we are in the Oxford School District our children and grandchildren take classes through them and now that we have a pool would probably take more if they would send the book to the 48367 zip codes. I do not want to see the class at Leonard cancelled, but there is a minimum number of students needed to keep it going and we just barely have enough each time. Please, Parks and Rec., start sending this program book to our zip code. Phyllis Roe Leonard Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Let’s compare… After-school daycare for two elementary age kids for two hours a day: $280 per month. After-school program for two at the brand New Boys and Girls Club for four hours a day: $5.32 per month. Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Club for acquiring their new location at the former Gingerville Community Center on Waldon Rd. This new location is working wonderfully for the kids; my two girls love it and are really looking forward to the spring and summer to use the outside facilities. Thank you to all the people who made possible the acquisition of this new facility. Our children deserve a safe place to go after school where they are able to do their homework with guidance (thanks, Anna), learn to play by the rules, learn about making decisions (kids choose what activity to do from the schedule posted), join clubs that promotes community giving, and have the opportunity to build a positive relationship with members of the police department through their ‘Kids and Cops? program. I hope parents in this area realize what a wonderful gift we have to have access to a Boys and Girls Club. — Damaris Rushford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Addison Township Board has again fallen into the same trap they laid for themselves. For the third time they have listened to their high-priced, unqualified attorneys. The township has had to pay ($50,000) for another lawsuit that demonstrated that an attorney specializing in municipal law would be more appropriate than those they currently have on retainer and that they retained without the required bid process. By waiving Ordinance 84 they committed $142,000 for the multiple year contract. In their infinite wisdom they lost to citizens that were seeking under the Freedom of Information Act that the township felt that had the right to modify to suit their own purposes. Sort of ‘our way or the highway? arrogance that is most unbecoming to our township. This is compounded by another arrogant interpretation of the Open Meetings Act that they applied in their reaction to a latter from the township fire board that seemed to be another broad interpretation and fallacious based upon case law that may be determined in the future. The first notice of the township ‘sovereignty? was when they denied the fire board admission to a closed meeting that required the township fire board to implement the decision(s) that would impact the fire budget and something that would require the spending of fire millage and fire board management. The CMS resolution was one that the township excluded the fire board input and resources. As the fire board is no threat to the resolution, admission could not be denied if they require the fire department to attend. The township through their attorney, Robert Davis, told the fire board representative they did not want him at the meeting. This is the right time to replace the township attorneys, Mr. Robert Bunting and Mr. Robert Davis, as they have not been effective in doing their job and during this time of diminishing budget and panic funding that is causing Peter to rob Paul just to pay bills and to keep up afloat. Phil Stackpoole Addison Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We would like to publicly express our heartfelt thanks to our exceptional Practice Members. Once again, we challenged you to give of yourselves in order to help others going through a tough time, and you rose to the occasion … actually, you sky rocketed! Thanks to you, the three local families we adopted this holiday season in our ‘Giving Tree? program received EVERY single item on their wish lists (and this was on the tail end of the 12th Annual Holiday Food Drive for FISH – where you selflessly donated again!). WE had the privelege of personally delivering the gifts to each family in time for Christmas, but YOU are the true Christmas angels! You never cease to amaze us with your endless generosity and desire to make our world a better place. Thank you for everything you do to make this community a happier, healthier one. Your leadership and spirit never go unnoticed by us! Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat Lifetime Wellness ChiropracticUSA Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am so very happy that the Boys and Girls Club has a new home at the former Gingellville Community Center! At first I was sad that they were leaving the Ehman Center because the location was so convenient for us. However, the building was very old. I believe many parents did not send their children because the building was old and not fully utilized. This new location opens up many wonderful possibilities and a very promising future for the club. Parents…listen up, if you are not aware of this wonderful club get acquainted with it soon! When school is not in session (snow days for example), the club is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. This has been a life saver for my active seven year old. The $30 fee is worth it, just for these days alone. Lake Orion Community Schools, principals and transportation, please take action to ensure that bus transportation is provided daily to this location. This really should be no problem with the bus garage literally just around the corner. Great things can happen if we as a community support the Boys and Girls Club. We will miss the gymnasium for the time being, but the future is so very bright at this location. This is the very best thing that could have happened to the Gingellville Community Center! — Cindy Zweber Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Well, here it is 2007 and what has Orion Township Supervisor Gerald A. Dywasuk done for the citizens in 2006? I know one thing he will always be remembered for: The closing of the Gingellville Community Center after 67 years of service to the Lake Orion and Orion Township area. I’m not putting the total blame on Mr. Dywasuk, for I am surprised that fellow board members Jill Bastian and Mike Gingell didn’t step in and try to prevent this unnecessary closing from happening. Why do I mention Gingell and Bastian? Clerk Bastian was also a member of the GCC, and being a member you would think she would whant to help keep the GCC alive. Instead, she sat back and said absolutely nothing, while Township Assessor John Atwell went to work to destroy the GCC’s 501c3 tax exempt status. Also, I didn’t hear one word from Trustee Mike Gingell whose grandparents started the GCC back in 1939. But Mr. Gingell is moving on to higher steps up the political ladder, as he will become District 3 Oakland County Commissioner. He’s replacing Eric Wilson who will become an Oakland County Road Commission member and possibly a judge at a later date. As people move up and on in life, so things must fall. I’ve been told that and heard that said many times in my life. Happy New Year! — James B. Delavan Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In the January 4th edition of the Lake Orion Review, there was a letter to the editor authored by me to congratulate the Boys and Girls Club for their new location, to praise the programs they offer, and to exhort the parents to take advantage of this club. One of my girls was pictured in the article The Review wrote about the club: her proudest moment. Sadly, my two girls will no longer be able to continue enjoying this after-school program because the Lake Orion Community Schools Dept. of Transportation refuses to create a bus stop by the club’s new location. The closest bus stop they have available is at the Waldon Lakes Apartment complex. My two girls would have to walk a half-mile through a desolated area which puts their security and safety at risk. My children are not the only club members that depend on the bus to visit the club after school. More than half of the club members rode the bus to the previous location in downtown Lake Orion. Parents like me that have to commute so far to work depend on the school buses to transport our kids to daycare. I am disappointed to see that whoever has the power to make the decision to create this bus stop have not considered how this will affect the club’s attendance. Incredibly, the bus garage where all buses have to come to at the end of their route is located on Giddings Road, next door to the Boys and Girls Club. My girls are devastated. — Damaris Rushford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 17, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I just read the article from Dr. Sam Caruso. It’s refreshing to hear someone finally has the nerve to stand up to the village council and tell how inconvenient the (Sagebrush) Cantina is to the many businesses in Lake Orion. I am just a small salon, however the opening of the Cantina has had an extreme negative effect on my business. My clients must now circle town several times in order to find parking down by the Children’s Park. Many of my clients are elderly and can’t walk long distances. Once again, the village council has discouraged business in downtown Lake Orion. No parking means no business. We previously had this problem only during the Jubilee, now it’s every day. I understand it’s often a two-hour wait at the Cantina to get seated, and add one hour for dinner, equals three hours, right? Well, I guess at least the police will be busy giving parking tickets for parking over two hours. Thanks again, village council, for giving the parking variance to the Cantina. The rest of us might as well close our doors. — Sue Beamer, Totally Hair Salon Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 17, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We’re out of our minds. I just finished reading an article about a new Kohl’s coming to town and right along with it, a new traffic signal! Still in this same issue I read awful news about the Koenig property rezoning. If that wasn’t enough bad news, the paper also ran a story about the owner of the Meriam building who pays approximately $700 annually for his property taxes here. What a week of news. First, my prediction on the new proposed Kohl’s. It’s coming. It will happen because Kohl’s wants it to happen. And they won’t change or alter the look of the store no matter who thinks their present look is ‘not Oxford.? And to the property owners adjacent to this new big box nightmare, I wish you all luck. You might get the privacy wall you request and I sincerely hope you get the trees you ask for but have you completely thought about the total impact of that area? The wall you ask for is nothing more than a band-aid. What did you do wrong that you must now live in a prison? The parking lot on the site plan I saw in the paper is predictably huge and will require many light poles 25 to 30 feet in the air. Your backyards will be lit up virtually around the clock. Maybe you already know this and are okay with it. I’m glad it’s you and not me. The traffic light issue for this Kohl’s is a joke because M-24 is a joke. No one on this Earth has ever stepped up to address, truly begin a meaningful process, to widen and fix what has become the most stopped up traffic hell I have ever experienced but this is another letter at another time. Which leads me to the Koenig property. I don’t care what you do with that piece of property anymore. I don’t care because it won’t matter if it’s divided into 3,400 pieces or 5,000 or even 10,000. The property will be developed. Thousands more families will eventually head this way. Our roads can accommodate only a set number of cars (which we’ve already far surpassed) so it really doesn’t matter that 7,000 to 11,000 more autos will be fighting for the space you and I fight for now. Just expect your commute to at least double over time, most of it just sitting. Hooray for progress! On the property tax issue regarding the Meriam building. The whole thing stinks and it sickens me. I don’t blame the owner for not mentioning any problem. I’d likely do the same thing, I’m betting you would too. What bothers me so much is that this is allowed to go undiscovered for so long. My confidence in state and local governments just took another huge blow ? not that it needed it. Thanks to all involved. I hope next week there will be better news but I’m preparing myself for just about anything. Do you smell a Wal-Mart? Bill Savage Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 24, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have enclosed a copy of a poem (below) that I wrote several years ago. It is about memories of growing up in Oxford and the fun that we had in the winter. We were never bored because there was always so much to do outside. The cemetery hill called ‘H and H? was the most popular, but the hills south of town, behind the Daniel Axford Elementary School looked like the Alps to us when we were small. Our dad would flood the backyard and make an ice rink for us (and the neighborhood kids) and Mom would make us cocoa. The village also made a rink in the park. I hope that you will enjoy the poem and that it will bring back fond memories for you also. By the way, my mom and dad lived on Mechanic St. for 52 years. Claudia (Kintz) Gooden Clarkston ‘Snow Days? by Claudia (Kintz) Gooden We played King-of-the-hill on a snow packed mound, we pushed, pulled and shoved until we tumbled to the ground. We ice skated with our playmates when Dad made us a rink, and Mom made us hot cocoa with marshmellows to drink. We ate icicles that we had knocked down from a beam, and had wonderful icecream made from snow, vanilla and cream. We made snowmen and angels and a game of Fox and Geese, we played giant snowballs, fortresses and igloos we made. We dragged our sleds through town and up to the cemetery hill, so anxious to get there we didn’t notice the wind and the chill. We only had another hour until supper time ? better not be late, we did one more belly flopper ? right through the cemetery gate. We would go home with the coldest ears and red nose, and the most awful tingling in our fingers and toes. Chunks of snow clung to our rubber boots and snow pants, Mom swept us off as we did our jumping snow dance. Our mittens were so wet they became solid with ice, giving us red, chapped hands that wasn’t so nice. Stiff leather shoes drying by the stove filled with coal, warm socks, scarves and mittens being our overnight goal. Potato soup was steaming in the big porcelain pot, Mom warned us to ‘blow on it? as it was bubbling hot. We were full from our favorite soup, and we were dry and warm, then the man on the radio announced, ‘we’re in for another storm.? After the supper dishes were done, and we were ready for bed, our cheeks were still sore and hot, and stayed a rosy red. Our beds were made up with a long, white flannel sheet, and Grandma Yarrow knitted bedsocks to warm our cold feet. Jack Frost had painted the windows in our big and drafty house, when morning came we raced downstairs ? too cold for even the mouse. After breakfast, we got dressed and hurried outside to play, we spent many happy hours on that snowy, fun-filled day. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 24, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On March 1, 2007, every property taxpaying resident of Orion Township will be receiving another property tax increase notice. I know for a fact that our property taxes will be increased to the maximum, as I was already alerted at the Jan. 2 meeting during public comment. Since I have lived in Orion Township, since 1993, the property taxes have never failed to increase. I believe that most of our government officials only know two words; greed and grab! If you don’t pay your property taxes after two years, your property goes on the chopping block for back taxes. You have one year to redeem your property and pay the back taxes with interest before the county puts it up for sale and has the Sheriff throw you off your homestead. I’m a true believer in homestead rights. If you own the property free and clear, then you have a right to stay there till you decide to sell it or die. We have too many people in our government who think otherwise; that you should be a slave and beholden to their rules of control and manipulation. Protest the increase! — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 24, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Sagebrush is too big for that little area! As a patient of Dr. Caruso’s, I can honestly say that there is not convenient parking for his patients during dining hours. Dr. Sam has the type of practice where he will accommodate any and all of his patients…no appointment needed. He moved to a new building due to outgrowing the old one, and now he can’t even see them. Sagebrush should have given the location some serious thought before reopening. Three times I have tried to dine at the establishment, and have been told that the wait is anywhere from a two to three hour wait. The building is far too small for what its clientele is bringing in, thus hurting other businesses around it. Sagebrush also has an upstairs, which is not open yet, however, they will not be serving food up there??? All because they don’t want the servers to carry food up and down the stairs. Maybe they should visit Kalloway’s; Gary has a booming business, and his servers are not afraid to climb the stairs for their customers. Sagebrush, stop being greedy. Accomodate all of us, with parking, tables and WAITING areas, if we should choose to wait three hours for dinner. — Kelly Sparton Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 24, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The January 10 edition of The Oxford Leader had a column stating the need to get rid of the trail council, which is right on target. Each community should be held responsible for its portion of the trail. In Oxford Village and Oxford Township the DPW and Parks and Recreation could maintain the trail and keep it clean and free of debris. The trail needs minimal maintenance since most of it is paved or uses crushed gravel. The bridge across M-24 is maintained and inspected by the state and requires little to no maintenance. The removal of debris from storms, downed trees, keeping undergrowth from encroaching the pathway, and trash removal would be the main issues. The Parks and Recreation Department in Oxford Township is experienced in this type of maintenance issues as they maintain the current safety paths throughout the year from mowing to trash removal. More importantly, Oxford Village and Oxford Township could plan events on the trail including the Turkey Trot or other events that could bring more people to the communities and especially to the downtown shopping and restaurant district. The simple fact is that basically the Trail Council is a repetition of government services once again and it costs taxpayers for these repetitive services. The DPW of Oxford and the Parks and Recreation of Oxford Township could easily maintain the pathway and provide for any repairs that could and would be billed to each municipality. The necessity to name a board member would be eliminated and that board member could concentrate on township or village business. It is my opinion that less government is best in this particular situation. Finally, the removal of the Trail Council would allow each particular community an opportunity to plan for enhancements to the trail that the citizens demand. Government is supposed to hear the voice of the people. The question then is how are the voices of the community heard on the Trail Council? Steven La Joie Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 31, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Meals on Wheels of Oxford and Lake Orion would like to thank CJ’s Cafe, Lake Orion Nursing Center and the Kruse and Muer Restaurant for providing the holiday meals for our homebound seniors. Because of these restaurants and our dedicated holiday drivers, the homebound seniors in our area were greeted with not only a delicous hot meal but a wonderful smile and holiday visit. Thank you for taking the time on your holidays to help Meals on Wheels. Oxford and Lake Orion Meals on Wheels Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 31, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We would like to thank Coach Scott Couch and the 14 wrestlers who came out to the pantry Jan. 25 to unload nearly 5,000 pounds of groceries and cleaning products for FISH. In under an hour these mighty men got all the boxes off the pallets, up the stairs, into our building and stacked around the pantry. We were so impressed with their willingness to pitch-in and help. Oxford Wrestling Team Members, you’re wonderful. Thank you. The Pantry Oxford/Orion FISH Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 31, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Meals on Wheels of Oxford and Lake Orion would like to thank CJ’s Cafe, Lake Orion Nursing Center and Kruse and Muer Restaurant for providing the holiday meals for our homebound seniors. Because of these restaurants and our dedicated holiday drivers, the homebound seniors in our area were greeted with not only a delicous hot meal but a wonderful smile and holiday visit. Thank you for taking the time on your holidays to help Meals on Wheels. — Oxford and Lake Orion Meals on Wheels Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 31, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This letter is in response to your Jan. 17 front-page article regarding the local chiropractor and businesses versus the Sagebrush. You have to be kidding — right? How was the downtown area doing financially when the Sagebrush wasn’t open? How does the chiropractor’s office and other downtown businesses do when the 4th of July fair is in operation. How was parking then, and how was the garbage situation? How much debris was found in the parking lots, and how were parking lots utilized when the Wagon Wheel was open for business? Let me answer those questions. Downtown Lake Orion was, for the most part, pretty much non-existent without the Sagebrush. When the 4th of July fair is operating, the town is cluttered with people and there is trash literally everywhere. I am a loyal patron of the Sagebrush. Upon its grand re-opening, I admit I parked at the chiropractor’s lot in the handicapped spot and used by handicapped sticker to do so. It was a Friday night around 7:30 p.m. I was appalled when my car’s plate number was called on the speaker system inside the Sagebrush and told I needed to move my vehicle. Let’s add this. When people are waiting for lunch or dinner, they like to stroll through the local merchants and shop. This creates revenue for the downtown district. And if parking is such a problem, there is public parking downtown by Whiskeys. All in all, Sagebrush is a revenue generating business for the downtown district. Plain and simple. I think the businesses in the downtown district should welcome the Sagebrush back with open arms. Instead of being so consumed with negative reactions, I would think local patrons and businesses would feel grateful that this wonderful restaurant, with great employees, is bringing the downtown district back to life. — Jennifer McLaughlin, Lake Orion resident since 1983 Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 31, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This is in reference to your article ‘Yet another retail center? in the Jan. 31 edition. What is the purpose of the Planning Commission? Are they a paid body whose purpose is to look out for the well being of the community in which they serve? What criterion do they use to determine zoning change applications? What is the purpose of zoning? When the property formerly known as Koenig Sand and Gravel was purchased the buyers were in full knowledge of the zoning and chose to purchase the property with disregard and apparent contempt for the zoning of the property. The developer proposing the commercial development on M-24 across from Meijer’s must subscribe to the same disdain for the zoning process. Are we to draw the conclusion(s) that the planning commission is an ineffectual and gratuitous body or that the zoning process is irrelevant? I would hope not. I believe that they, the planning commission, are the last defense of our community from opportunists whose concern is their own immediate gratification. These developers have already projected their capital expenditure in relation to their return of investment. They deal in short term returns. What is best for Oxford? Not featureless dwellings placed back to back nor an endless procession of transient storefronts with an occasional big box anchor. Oxford needs something more substantial then that. We need to draw people to Oxford to live, work, and play not to pass through and shop. The planning Commission needs to consider the spirit of the zoning that is in place and the impact of any changes made to that zoning. The decisions that they are confronted with currently can forever change the face of Oxford. Todd Lawrie Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Regarding the credit card issue of Mr. Young… I commend him for trying to keep some cohesion among the fragmented committees in this village. While everyone’s taking credit regarding the two new buildings in town, I believe it was Joe Young’s efforts that made it happen. For years, I have watched Lake Orion grow, fueled by Oxford residents spending their money attracted by the new businesses. Over the years, I have lost job and job slated for Oxford when the developers told me they just give up on the bureaucracy (Mark Slown chased out the last one). I give credit to Mr. Del Vigna for the maturity and wisdom to challenge and defend a fine village manager from nothing more than a petty issue, exacerbated by Mr. Bishop’s embarrassing remark as to his punishment. Should it have been addressed? Of course, but in a more private and professional manner than trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. I personally have not felt more encouraged about Oxford’s future only because of Mr. Young, and I hope he continues in spite of the criticism he has endured. Gene Hampton Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Governor Granholm says, ‘The Cupboard is Empty. There is Nothing Further to Cut.? Gov. Granholm could solve this problem is she had any guts. The financial crisis of Michigan could easily be addressed by consolidating the 600 plus school districts to a manageable 100 approximating the number of counties. But this will not happen under Granholm’s administration because the teachers? unions would be opposed, and she is tied to the teachers? unions. This proposal would also improve education considerably. Henry Gleisner Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The members of the Oxford Women’s Club wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the community at large and The Oxford Leader staff for their support and coverage of our 3rd Annual Beer and Wine Tasting event. The money raised goes back to the community as scholarships. Darlene Toliver President of the Oxford Women’s Club Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Every year we choose a different non-profit organization to help out and this year we chose a local woman and her daughter who are known around the community as ‘Operation Guardian Angel.? ‘Operation Guardian Angel? has a collection box at the Lake Orion Post Office for monetary donations to help defray the cost of shipping boxes overseas to the local military keeping us safe at home. If you are like most people, you see the box when you go to get stamps and mail your packages, but you are just not sure if that box is really going where you think it is. Here is some info to help you understand better. Girl Scout Troop #1363 spent a few hours with Charlotte and Dawn Ito at their house putting boxes together. When I first told her my troop would help, I really wasn’t sure what was going to happen. We showed up and their whole back room was filled with toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, shirts, socks, mouthwash, soap for men and women, razors, foot deodorant pads, eye drops, face wipes, cookies, crackers, hard candy, etc? These items have either been donated or they go out and buy the stuff when it is on sale. The system Charlotte and Dawn have is wonderful. You have to put everything in individual Ziploc bags and make separate piles of every different item. When done, you go down the line and put a Ziploc bag filled with goodies in a box and you keep going until you cannot put anything else in the box (I mean they are filled and heavy). Then they are taped and labeled (which they hand fill out every time). Charlotte then takes them to the post office to mail them out. We started this adventure because we had made huge hearts and decorated them with a thank you letter on them and bought sweetheart candies (you know the ones with the saying on them) to give to her to mail overseas. Little did we know that we would end up taking the hearts and making 27 boxes filled with all kinds of wonderful and necessary gifts! So, back to the donation box at the post office. It is there because it takes $8 to send one box. If you do the math, the total for sending those wonderful 27 boxes comes to $216, and if there is not enough in the donation box, Charlotte and Dawn pay for it out of their pockets. So, if at all possible the next time you are in the post office and see the box, please take a moment and throw some change in there. Operation Guardian Angel is real and doing a wonderful and loving service for our community. ? Sandy Klersy, Girl Scout Leader of wonderful troop #1363. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Haven’t the local businesses in Lake Orion been waiting for the reopening of the Sagebrush Cantina knowing that it would boost their business as well? Parking in Lake Orion has always been a problem but it seems to me that any inconveniences the reopening has caused should be outweighed by increased activity to our downtown merchants. The village government should be doing more to increase the parking capacity, not restricting consumers with shortened parking times. Duh! Dr. Caruso complains that some of his patients find it difficult traversing the distance to his office. Are there no Handicap spaces directly in front of his building? If he has operated in this area since 1999, it should have been rather apparent that when he moved his business into the current building, parking would be a problem when the restaurant reopened due to its popularity. Double Duh! It is difficult to believe that his business would require all those parking spaces at any given time, but so be it. A concerted effort to pressure the village into quick and effective action (like that will happen in our lifetime) would seem to be the solution to long-term growth & prosperity, to the benefit of all. — Kris (Kelley) Ebejer Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I’m a little cautious whether I should be happy or proceed with caution over the selection of one, Neal Porter, as an Orion Township Trustee, to replace now Oakland County Commissioner Mike Gingell. Back in 2000, Mr. Porter was, if my memory serves me correctly, on the other side of the Republican fence in Orion Township, when he and Eric Wilson were supporting Paul Van Gamper for Orion Township Supervisor, whose opponent was present Orion Township Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk. That election, if you recall, was controversial. Was it five or was it eight votes that Jerry beat poor Paul by? I remember Neal Porter working along with Carl Cyrowski, Eric Wilson, Wes Fuelling, to name a few, to push to get Van Gamper to be victorious over Dywasuk by demanding a recount. That changed the votes from five to eight in favor of Dywasuk. Of course, as the years went by, things seem to have mellowed out between Wilson, Dywasuk, Cyrowski, Fuelling and Porter.Or, maybe it’s just a game of ‘Political Pursuit!? In any case, Mr. Porter, this is one ‘Squeaky Wheel? who will be observing you as a trustee in Orion Township. I just hope you don’t become the Fifth Horseman that Garlicki, Steimel, Gibb and Dywasuk are hoping for! — James B. Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have been told and believe it to be true that you should NEVER have an argument with a man who buys ink by the barrel. I respect Mr. Carnacchio and his opinion, but his column last week regarding Addison Township and its proposed budget could use some actual facts. As many of our citizens are aware, the State’s budget cuts have, over the last few years, severely impacted our revenue. In response to those cuts, the Township has had to do many things we didn’t want to do. Our involvement in many initiatives had to be reduced or eliminated while we struggled to achieve a balanced budget, once again, while not raising taxes. We are fortunate that our last few years of struggle have resulted in a budget that allows us to once again participate in most of our activities, while recognizing that our staff, who have worked long and diligently to ensure that we achieve our goals, also face the same taxes and increased costs of living as everyone else. We have added a cost of living adjustment for staff, which we have only done once in the last four years. A few facts and corrections: N.O.T.A. ? For many years, Addison Township was paying far more of the costs of operating N.O.T.A than our residents were utilizing. The formula had the Township covering 25 percent of the costs with only 7-8 percent ridership. This had to be addressed and the formula readjusted. This year, we not only made our contribution, but we increased it by $3,500 to help pay for a new vehicle. Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance ? our contribution is in this year’s proposed budget. If anyone looked through the entire budget proposal, he would have found a Road Improvement item of over $50,000 of Township money plus $100,000 of Tri-Party funds. The alleged ‘increase? of operational millage referred to was NOT an increase; the Township was asking voters to not implement a Headley-mandated rollback of the millage. This was a return to a level previously established by the voters. Much of the Township’s economic recovery can be credited to our attorneys, who not only reduced their retainer and hourly rates, but recovered about $100,000 in legal fees, plus the settlement of several court actions that saved about $110,000. We as a staff have worked hard to conserve costs, to the point where we reconfigured our staff and eliminated two positions, and took on additional duties. Addison Township has done what it had to do in order to manage its needs most effectively. It is more irresponsible to be throwing names and adjectives around than to recognize what can and can’t be done, and when things that you couldn’t do at one point become feasible once again. We are proud of our record and pleased to be able to participate once again in some of the activities that fall within our ability to finance. Addison has always been responsible to its residents and constituents. They are our first concern. Addison Township Supervisor Bob Koski Editor’s Note: Just a couple quick things ? 1) The requested operational millage in May 2005 was a tax increase ? read the law sometime. Asking voters to approve a millage rate higher than what they’re paying now, even if it was the same rate they originally approved nearly 30 years ago, is an increase. Property and taxable values go up, so paying the 1978 millage rate on the same property is a larger cost to taxpayers today then it was back then. 2) True, Youth Assistance is in this year’s budget, I didn’t say it wasn’t. But the board in 2005 voted to eliminate it because the township was in financial crisis. It would have been cut had not the Clark Fund donated $5,000 to pay for Addison’s participation. 3) The township quit paying its portion for road chloriding and the split sheriff’s sergeant because it supposedly couldn’t afford them. Will funding be reinstated for those before pay raises are given? 4) And how about the Polly Ann Trail? The only way Addison paid its back dues was with $4,000 in private donations raised through equestrian events. The only way township officials say they’ll rejoin is if the trail’s office is moved to the township offices so that can be considered a $4,000 a year ‘in-kind contribution? (i.e. no cash) from Addison. Doesn’t sound like Addison is pulling its weight here. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In response to Jennifer McLaughlin’s letter regarding the downtown parking, it’s always been a problem and will continue to be so. And no, I don’t think Dr. Caruso was kidding! The village granted the Cantina a variance of 192 parking spaces when there weren’t that many available. But, if that had not been granted, the Cantina would not be open for business. That said, it is to the detriment of the village to not have had enough foresight two years ago to plan ahead for the additional parking the Cantina would require. The rest of the businesses in the downtown are now suffering for it. What additional revenue for the other businesses are you referring to? If customers have no place to park, they go elsewhere to shop. Plain and simple. Also unfortunate for the business owners are those who park illegally, pull U-turns in the middle of the street (there is a sign that clearly states no U-turns), park in designated loading zones, take up parking spaces that are clearly for other businesses, and, last but not least, illegally park in handicapped zones. There are additional parking spaces in the Children’s Park parking lot (which is never full), but people don’t use them. Is walking to the Sagebrush from there, past other businesses (to shop, I’m sure), too far? Apparently so. As to the Fourth of July, if you read The Lake Orion Review, there have been letters written several years in a row regarding what a problem the fair is to businesses, not being able to receive shipments, customers not being able to get to the shops, due to no parking. I have lived in the township for 32 years, shop downtown and I can tell you that parking is a HUGE problem. Maybe what is needed is for the two-hour parking ordinance, along with illegal parkers, to be strictly enforced. The village can then put all that ticket money into an interest bearing account and build a parking structure we can all use. The village could also give up their private parking spaces and donate those back for public use and they can park in the Children’s Park unused spaces. — Name withheld upon request Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On Nov. 7, 2006, the citizens of Orion, Oxford and Addison Townships had a chance to become members of an architectural team building a nucleus to grow from. This cornerstone was to help in the transition from middle-aged to senior status. From the inquiries I have made, these are the reasons given for not passing the vote on the ballot for a bond and a millage for the Tri-Township Senior Center: 1) location, 2) cost and 3) a service for a part of the community and not all. 1) As a point of fact, the location was close to being central to all communities, and the land was donated with the possibility of more land for expansion. The dirt road was to be paved by a developer of nearby property up to the senior site, at no cost to the project. 2) The $45 average cost to taxpayers was much less than the price of a cup of coffee, per week, if dining out. 3) In the not too distant future, 50 percent of the population of Michigan will be classified as senior citizens. This is a transition period, just as your first day of school or your first job out of school, a life changing period, and it not only effects the senior, but the rest of the family unit. If one doesn’t find new activities to keep the mind and body healthy, it’s very easy to slip into the ‘Four Fates of Ill Health,? depression, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimers. In 1962, Jack Hodges, Vice President of UAW Local 594 and the University of Michigan, did a retirement study. Their findings were that retirees can remain active in community activities by ‘sound? programming. In a speech not too long ago, the past head of FEMA said that the destruction in New Orleans was not from the storm, but from lack of preparation. The levees gave way and the flood waters were the reason for the damage. The mind-set was, ‘we knew the storm was coming, we knew we should be prepared, but we didn’t think it was going to hit us…? Well, the storm is coming, and some of you didn’t want to build the levee. There is an old adage, ‘things get better or worse, they never stay the same.? The citizens of a township are a family and the community is their home. Just like a personal residence, the home needs to be kept up. Today we are planning for tomorrow; a Senior Center, Library Expansion, and Safety Paths are needs for today to make our home ready for tomorrow. — Edward Peters Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It seems some of your letter writers has missed the point completely about the parking at Caruso Chiropractic. I’m sure he did know there would be a parking problem in the downtown area. That’s why he purchased a building with its own private parking lot (triple duh!!!) All those parking spaces are HIS at any given time and should be used for his patients. And we are not all handicapped, FYI. Just a thought, maybe you wouldn’t mind if I came and parked in your driveway and then you could hunt me down when you wanted to get your car out. — Kathy Krezenski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, As we close the books on Snowflake Ball, 2007, I must tell you what an amazing group of people were involved from start to finish! First, the committee, who have been working since June, was great. Thanks to Lisa Bjork, Susan Borrella, Sue Willick, Sue Welch, Leslie Clements, Julie Martin, Stephanie Brown, Bridgette Giampa, Lisa Cummins, Cindy Wheeler, Trish Donaldson and Karen Purdon. Thank you to all our Corporate Sponsors and advertisers who contributed to the new community guide and to Karen Purdon and Trish Donaldson for laying the guide out. Thanks to Lake Orion Community Schools for printing expertise and to Accent on Art for all the framing and matting donations. To everyone who donated auction items, and to the 250 beautiful people who attended the ball, THANK YOU all for making this year’s event such a success. We have a truly generous community and appreciate all the support! — Reggie Harrison Executive Director Orion Art Center Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, There have been new developments in Larry’s situation. As you know, Governor Granholm will be releasing 1,500 prisoners this year, most likely beginning in October. She will start with the elderly and ill. At 70 years of age, and the second oldest prisoner at the Macomb Correctional facility, we are assured Larry will be considered favorably. I received a call from former Governor Milliken yesterday. He was responding to several letters I sent him in the past. His message was that he would be doing everything in his power to get Larry’s release expedited before October. Larry is aware of these positive events. It’s likely to be one of the most difficult times he’s had in his 16 years of incarceration; waiting to know his fate is not going to be easy. Governor Milliken could not give me any further information, but just wanted me to know Larry is no longer a forgotten man. We are concentrating our efforts by supporting Larry personally. Friends and family are writing notes to him telling him we are asking God to help him cope with the wait, and also asking God to help expedite his release. A letter to Larry encouraging him to be patient, telling him that he is thought of, and prayed for would be welcomed. Also, letting Larry know that the people of his community want him back home, will give added comfort. For those who would like to send him a note, his address is: Larry Drum #222000 Macomb Correctional Facility 34625 26 Mile Road New Haven, Michigan 48048 Thank you — Susan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The following is a quote from the Oakland Township website: (www.oaklandtownship.org) regarding Harvest Corners: the Planning Commission & Board of Trustees indicated, in findings of fact, ‘that the plans met the provisions of the Master Plan.? They are the authors of the plan. Who is better suited to interpret & administer it? The opposition would argue strenuously to the contrary. Through a campaign of fear, uncertainty, doubt, & misrepresentations they have attempted to sway public opinion away from the facts in a manner which violate Federal & State Fair Housing Laws. The facts are: There will not be a strip mall. Over 400 acres (600% of the required amount) of open space are provided. 284 acres is upland, the majority of which will be available to all Township residents. Conventional zoning does not require ANY open space. There will not be a wastewater treatment plant. Sanitary sewer is at the site. A community well will be installed and the well will not affect individual wells. Traffic will be less than a conventional subdivision as confirmed by the Township’s Traffic Consultant. This property will not remain vacant. 742 large homes with no open space could be built on it today. Is that smart planning? According to SEMCOG, the median value of a home in Oakland Township in 2000 was $315,700. Harvest Corners offers a variety of housing choices. The average home size is 2700 square-feet; the median sale price will be $400,000. Twenty-five hundred high paying construction jobs and 650 permanent jobs will be generated over the next decade. These workers and future residents are certain to patronize local businesses. The opposition is using the rezoning of 6% of the land as the issue to defeat Harvest Corners. We urge you to vote on February 27th. A non vote is a no vote. Yes to Seniors, Yes to Parks & Trails, Yes to Historic & Environmental Preservation, Yes to the Master Plan. For further information, please visit www.HCwelcomehome.com. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Many people might think that this is is an oxymoron. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that a conservative, in the true sense of the word, wishes to maintain, keep, and conserve anything in the true sense of value and worthwhile quality. That also does not mean that such a person would not want to add or change new things in order to foster progress. He would be very much opposed to the destruction or change-over of things that he cherishes and that are beneficial to a great number of people. The best example of this philosophy is the greatest American environmentalist in our history: President Theodore Roosevelt. He created over 100 years ago our invaluable network of national parks and wilderness areas. Without doubt, he is a conservative, Republican and an avid hunter. No one has come close to creating and ‘conserving? public land for the use of all Americans and for generations. Environmentalists have also got a true slogan: ‘Think globally an act locally.? In this sense, I have tried over the last 30 years to influence my local government to improve the quality of life in our area. To be aware of the necessary actions to preserve good air, water, woods, and a rural lifestyle. In some respects, I was successful, and in others, not at all. I could never get a woodlands ordinance into our township, although some of our adjoining neighbors did adopt such ordinances. I participated in the creation of the North Area Citizens Conference. We initiated the yearly pick-up of rubbish and clean up of our rural roads. I served on many commissions: township sign ordinance commission, State Boundary Commission and many others. I also belonged to many environmental organizations over the years, but I have quit most of them. They have become one sided partisan agendas and into Political Action Committees during the last two decades. A good example is the Sierra Club. It was created by John Muer to preserve some of the natural beauties in California. In my opinion, it has become a center of political hacks. This is only one example. The ‘global warming? is another case. It has become a political issue. Impartially, it is not scientifically proven that it is caused by humans. Volcanic eruptions in the past have spewed out more carbon than human activities in decades. Recently, it has been discovered that termites and ants also contribute a large amount of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. Worse of all, the controversy exhibited in the movie created by former vice president Al Gore, which is accepted by many environmentalists as fact, which it is not. The political left has gotten hold of this theory. In Europe, for example, the far left Socialist and Communist parties have adopted it as their credo. It reinforces anti-Americanism in blaming the U.S. for being a major source of contamination and not having adopted the highly controversial Kyoto Agreement. China and the underdeveloped countries are far worse contaminators than the U.S., but by blaming the highly industrialized U.S., they demand sacrifices by us that would be injurious to our economy. Go figure that scenario. To a certain degree, I also question the ‘labeling? of conservative and liberal. Today, many socialists and extreme leftists are labeled liberals. That was not always the case in history. That is why I think that the description of being a conservative and an environmentalist are very compatible terms. Henry Gleisner Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, If you watched or attended the Feb. 20 Orion Township Trustees meeting, you no doubt noticed that General Motors got their $55 million tax abatement, hands down, from our Trustees. Were you surprised? Or, maybe you could care less. Or, better yet, you have the hopes of maybe selling your home and moving elsewhere! In all honesty, maybe moving elsewhere would be the easiest way, as I can’t help feel that our elected officials could actually care less about us as tax paying citizens. Us, the homeowners. If you observed, newly appointed trustee, Neal Porter, admitted at the meeting that he has strong ties and, I believe, investments in General Motors, but said he could be objective in his decision about giving GM an abatement. Well, if you could honestly buy that statement that was made by Porter, then I guess the White House will be open to anyone who cares to walk in and visit at their leisure. And, who do you think will make up for the lost $55 million over a 12-year period? Us, the 36,000 or more citizens of Orion Township and the citizens of the Village of Lake Orion, who actually pay the biggest share of taxes – not GM. I am speaking of the homeowners and small businesses who are the real foundation of our society, and not the rich upper-class neocons who feed off our tax dollars. Wake up people, these elected officials and big business corporations only care about one thing, more taxes for you and more money for them. You see what happens when some good elected officials vote in favor of the public, like the recent tax increases initiated by Governor Granholm to tax haircuts, car washes, beauty salons, etc. It failed, so what does Granholm do? Release 5,000 prisoners back into society. You can’t say the Governor doesn’t keep her campaign promises. If you remember: ‘In five years, you’ll be blown away.? The way Michigan’s going with you, Jenny, and Orion Township with Jerry, you’re probably right. — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 28, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The ‘Team? is the group of volunteers who give of their valuable time and energy to make our library book sales successful. The Friends of the Library Book Sale in January was again a success. The ‘Team? not only consists of the many volunteers, but also includes the cooperation of the Orion Township Library staff, the donations of bags from the Baldwin Road Kroger Store and YOU, the public. Again this was a wonderful experience for myself and all who volunteered. Remember that the library is accepting gently used books beginning on March 15 for our May Book Sale. Thank you again to our community for your ongoing support. This is a wonderful cause. — Marie LaLone English Friends of the Orion Library Book Sale Chairperson Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 28, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am writing this letter, not only in my capacity as Oxford Township Supervisor, but also as a village resident, to express my appreciation to the village council for its unanimous vote to support and work with the township concerning the proposed development of the Koenig property. We have heard a number of concerns about the proposed density of this development and the impact such density would have upon the township as well as the village. In that the Koenig property, which is located in the township, abuts the village boundary, it would be ‘ripe? for an annexation request by the developer if the developer did not accept a decision by the township concerning this proposed development. For this reason the village council vote is of even greater significance. I am hopeful the developer will be willing to work with our community to arrive at a development plan for the Koenig property that furthers our land use planning efforts. I am also hopeful that this action by council marks a point in the relationship, between the village council and the township board, of new cooperation and joint efforts concerning not only land use decisions, but other matters of mutual concern that may come before us. William Dunn, Oxford Township Supervisor and village resident Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Perhaps the reason they don’t want to read your news on the TV channel is that they would like to slide it past the people and not let them know how much it will cost this time ? the taxpayers paying $100,000 for harassment is a lot of money. I do not know the new charge, but I do know Mr. Ferarri best keep his mouth shut no matter what he thinks because he can be replaced. I question his ability to do that. Perhaps Mr. Ferarri needs some classes in public relations. Lila Stites, Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The Orion Firefighters Association thanks all area business owers and organizations for their generosity to help make our annual dinner/dance fundraiser a huge success. — Mary Harkins Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 7, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Comerica announcement of its abandonment of Detroit in search of an environment more conducive to ‘attracting talent? was made even harsher considering its roots in our area go back to 1849. In past years the company was called Detroit Bank & Trust prior to its merger with Manufacturers National Bank. Back then the logo was an Indian reflecting strength, trust and agility. The move to Dallas will now provide Comerica with the option for a new logo, that being the armadillo, the Texas State animal. Coincidentally, poor vision is a characteristic of the armadillo, so incorporating this slowwitted creature as a logo would reflect a strong tie-in with Comerica’s myopic strategic planning when it comes to its support of Detroit. And for the finale, the statement ‘Comerica Bank – We Listen – We Understand – We Make It Work? could be changed to- ‘We Used To Listen – We’re Clueless – We Don’t Work Here Anymore!? — Bill Kalmar Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I find it only fair that I write The Lake Orion Review to thank you for the installation of the new paper box located in the parking lot of CVS at Waldon and Baldwin roads. It is such a relief to not have to fight the machine each week for a paper, not to mention the loss of many a quarter to it. Thank you. — L. Barber Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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There is an old Jewish Law that states, ‘Be there no kingdom, no government shall seize or own private property.? In other words, the Jewish people had a strong belief that when non-governmental conglomerates, such as private landholders, homeowners, small businesses, religions and charitable organizations, were concerned, that the ruling powers had no control over the people’s right to have a home, or have organizations in regards to their beliefs. But in the 21st Century, it seems to be a different ballgame from what the ancient Jews, or our forefathers from the 1770s, believed in. There is an old saying that history repeats itself. One of the reasons our forefathers came to this land was to escape the ruling powers of Kings and dictators, who seized the people’s homes and lands if they didn’t pay what was known then as the king’s ransom. It didn’t matter if you owned your property free and clear. If you didn’t pay up your ransom, you were thrown off your land! Much the same way it is here today. You can own your home free and clear, but if you don’t pay your property taxes to your government for two years, then you have one year to redeem yourself, then the sheriff comes and throws you off your property. This is no different than the ruling kings and dictators of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. ‘If you don’t pay, you don’t stay.? That’s fine for hotels, apartments or mobile home parks, where you rent or lease, but if you own your own land and home, free and clear, then you have a right to stay there until you die or decide to sell it. — James B. Delevan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I don’t think Mr. Ferarri needs to keep his mouth shut, I think he needs to be removed from his position. This is unacceptable behavior. I am also aware of his previous charge of sexual harassment of an employee. In this day and age, we can not allow this to type of behavior to go unpunished. Paying a settlement to the victim is not good enough. We need to remove the problem and that would be Mr. Ferarri. Gretchen Dallas Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am writing in support of Christine Burns, Oxford Clerk, Treasurer, and Assistant Manager. Christine joined the Oxford community in 2005 and came in with a positive attitude and the will to get things done. She is the best thing that has happened to the Village of Oxford in a long time. She is honest, fair, hardworking, and has bridged a huge gap between the Village and the Township. She is not working with ulterior motives and truly has the Village at heart when she makes decisions. Village Council should not only try to convince her to stay, but they should take action to resolve underlying problems. Village Council has taken long enough to notice ‘the problem? and needs to get brave enough to solve ‘the problem.? Stand up Village Council, you are the boss. Keep the good and throw out the bad. If the Village Council does convince Christine to stay, they need to let her spread her wings. Council needs to allow Christine to share and implement her ideas and goals. Don’t hold this girl back! The sky is the limit with Christine and Oxford needs a leader like this. As Always, Concerned For Oxford, Former Oxford DDA Director Amanda Cassidy Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I see in The Oxford Leader that they will consolidate precincts to ‘simplify things and save money? in the May school election. How nice it would be if they simplified things and saved even more money by having the school matters on the November ballot when more people turn out. Perhaps that is TOO simple. But of course the taxpayers of the school district really don’t mind having their pockets picked by every government entity. Guess we should be used to it by now. Sireta Neighbors Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have a huge problem with this (Koenig rezoning) proposal. The roads can not tolerate the volume of traffic that will generate from all those houses. As it is, it takes our family almost an hour to get home from Pontiac. That is horrible in my opinion. Also, the piece mentioned that there would be a separate water waste plant to support that subdivision, thats a crock. Wasn’t Waterstone ‘supposed? to get their own school, their own water tower? That didn’t happen so that puts strain on the rest of the citizens. The other question is schooling, it would have to hurt the kids, Daniel Axford Elementary had to already move around the classes because there were so many new students coming in, and what about the others? There are a lot more things to think about than money. I bring this up with other residents, they agree with me that Oxford definitely doesn’t need more housing. The tax benefit may be only for the townships, but hurts the people. Why not promote buiness to come? Make it nice to come into our area! Target, Walmart, something like that? That will generate income on everyone’s plate, employment will help local struggling families. Wendy Heyza Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It has come to my attention that a replacement for the retiring Addison Township Fireboard member, Robert Smith, is being sought. I would like to recommend Marilyn Elsarelli, a long standing member of our community who has had experience on the Fire Dept., emergency medical service and emergency room experience, for the position. She would be a competent, knowledgeable asset for this appointed position. I urge any interested, concerned citizen of Addison Township to notify the township supervisor and township board members of their support for Ms. Elsarelli’s appointment to this position before the meeting on Monday, March 19. Patrick R. Hermann Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On Nov. 7, 2006, the citizens of Orion, Oxford and Addison townships had a chance to become members of an architectural team building a nucleus to grow from. The Cornerstone was to help in the transition from middle age to senior status. From the inquiries I have made, these are the reasons given for not passing the vote on the ballot for bond and millage for the Three Communities Together for a Senior Center: location, cost, and it was a service for part of the community and not all. Point of fact, the location was as close to being central to all communities and the land was donated with the possibility of more land for expansion. The dirt road was to be paved by a developer of nearby property up to the senior site, at no cost to the senior site project. The $45 average cost to tax payers was much less than the price of a cup of coffee per week if dining out. In the not too distant future, 50 percent of the population of Michigan will be classified as senior citizen. This is a transition period, just as your first day of school or your first job out of school, a life-changing period and it not only effects the seniors, but the rest of the family unit. If one doesn’t find new activities to keep the mind and body healthy, it’s very easy to slip into the four fates of ill health: depression, diabetes, arthritis, alzheimers. In 1962 Jack Hodges, vice president of UAW Local 594, and the University of Michigan did a retirement study. Their findings were that retirees can remain active in community activities by ‘sound? programming. In his report ‘The Evolving Role of Senior Centers in the 21st Century,? Ronald H. Aday, Ph.D, the Director of Aging Studies Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN, compares the health and welfare of citizens who attend senior centers to those who don’t. This report begins in 1948 when the first center opened in New York ’till the present covering centers from coast to coast across the U.S.A. A summary of the findings of Professor Aday: ‘As the graying of America continues, changes in attitudes and policies toward aging will be necessary. Inherent in the aging of America is the absolute need for people to grow old with the highest levels of health, vitality, and independence. For this to occur, the concept of health and well-being as it relates to the older segment of the population must include the ability to function effectively in society, to exercise self-reliance, and to achieve a high quality of life. Social policy related to the delivery of health care can no longer be construed in the traditional manner of medical care of illness management…Preventative programs common in senior centers will serve to empower the elderly, provide a key element in managing the tremendous demand of the Baby Boomers on our health care system. This holistic framework of caring for the aging must be the senior center model for the 21st century.? If you’ll remember last November’s election, other communities had senior center issues on their ballots. This was because some visionaries could see the future and knew if we were to keep our communities strong and healthy for the future the time to act is now. How many of the 50 percent of the population becoming seniors with unstable health situations, will it take to add to the communities deterioration? In example, the line of reasoning that the senior, the family unit, the mom and pop business, the big box stores in the communities are failing due to demands, changing from spendable cash for goods and services, to the expenses of health care. In a speech not too long ago, the past head of FEMA said that the destruction in New Orleans was not from the storm, but from lack of preparation. The levees gave way and the flood waters were the reason for the damage. The mind set was ‘we knew the storm was coming, we knew we should be prepared, but we didn’t think it was going to hit us.? Well, the storm is coming…and some of you didn’t want to build the levees. There is an old adage, ‘things get better or worse, the never stay the same.? The citizens of a township are a family and the community is their home, just like a personal resident’s home needs to be kept up. Today, we are planning for tomorrow, a senior center, library expansion and safety paths are needs for today to make our home ready for tomorrow. Edward Peters Orion Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It was nice to read in the March 8 Oxford Leader that Oxford Township and the Oxford Village are working together to show a united front to the developers of the 1,200 acre Koenig property. The village officers stated they were in favor of the current zoning. Under the current zoning, approximately 1,000 acres is zoned Suburban Farms 2 (SF-2), which requires a minimum lot size of five acres for each residential unit and the remaining 157 acres is zoned R-2 Single Family, which requires a minimum lot size of 25,000 square feet for each residential unit (approx. 1.74 residential units per acre). Under the current zoning approximately 474 residental units would be allowed on the 1,200 acre Koenig property. Although it’s great to see our two local governments present a united front to the developer the, information concerning residential units per acre is misleading. The current Oxford Township Master plan, that was adopted in 2005, divides the 1,200 acre Koenig property into five zoning districts: Hunt Country Estates, which requires a minimum lot size of 10 acres per residential unit, Acreage Estates, which requires a minimum lot size of five acres per residential unit, Rural Residential, which requires a minimum lot size of 2.5 acres per residential unit, Suburban Residential, which requires a minimum lot size fo one acre per residential unit and Village Residential, which requires a minimum lot size of 25,000 square feet per residential unit. Although it’s hard to tell from looking at the future zoning map in the Master Plan, I was told by a planning commissioner that 700 homes was probably right. At the Planning Commission meeting of March 8, 2005, which the Koenig property developers attended, the chairman of the Oxford Township Planning Commission stated that under the Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning ordinance, 1,725 residential units would be allowed on the 1,200 acre property. Although the Koenig property is currently zoned for 474 residential units, it’s likely the number of residential units the township will allow will be much higher. Everyone who feels this property should be developed at its current zoning should contact the Oxford Township offices and let their feelings be known ? (248) 628-9787. Buck Cryderman Oxford Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Why does the Oxford School Board find it necessary to spend $7,500 with the Michigan Association of School Boards in the search for a new superintendent ? Where did the $7,500 come from? I thought we had a serious budget shortfall? It seems that the money would be better spent with an outside executive search firm to open the field of candidates to those in the business sector as well as those in the education field. Isn’t it the goal to find the best candidate(s)? I’m sure there are qualified experienced candidates in the non-academic world that know how to manage budgets, contracts and government regulations and at the same time lead people. Better yet, why doesn’t the school board demonstrate some real creativity and leadership and find a workable arrangement of consolidating the role of superintendent with another school district? That solution would save the Oxford School District money, the other school district money and the taxpayer’s money. Joe Gretka, Leonard Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On March 13, 2007 our House Representative Jim Marleau introduced House Bill 4451 to: ‘Allow government borrowing to pay unfunded employee health care.? Within SB 4451 is Sec. 518 (1): ‘Through September 30, 2010, a county, city, village, or township may by ordinance or resolution of its governing body, and without a vote of its electors, [my emphasis] issue municipal security under this section to pay the costs of unfunded accrued liability.? This language is a clear, unlawful violation of the Dec. 23, 1978 Headlee Tax Limitation Amendment contained within our Michigan Constitution because it denies our right to vote on this issue. Article IX, Sec. 26 of the Constitution of Michigan states that, ‘The revenue limitation established in this section shall not apply to taxes imposed for the payment of principal and interest on bonds, approved by the voters [my emphasis] and authorized under Section 15 of this Article.? Article IX, Sec. 15 of the Constitution of Michigan says that, ‘The state may borrow money for specific purposes in amounts as may be provided by act of the legislature adopted by a vote of two-thirds of the members elected to and serving each house, and approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon at any general election [my emphasis]. The question submitted to the electors shall state that amount to be borrowed, the specific purpose to which the funds shall be devoted, and the method of repayment.? Also within the language of this bill is the language, ‘payable from or secured by any of the following: (i) Ad valorem real and personal property taxes. (ii) Special assessments.? What this means is the ability for them to increase our property taxes if the proceeds of their investments made from the money they borrowed do not grow enough to cover the interest on their debt. Rep. Jim Marleau cannot claim ignorance of the Headlee Tax Limitation, which was voted in by the people to protect them from excessive taxation without their vote. Similar bills were introduced last year in both the Michigan Senate and the House. I e-mailed and faxed Rep. Marleau each time informing him of the violation of the Headlee Tax Limitation Amendment. You can call Rep. Jim Marleau at (517) 373-1798 and ask him for a copy of HB 4451, as well as a copy the Headlee Amendment. — Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The success of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan ? Orion/Oxford Club’s 9th Annual Taste of the Town was once again due to the generosity of local businesses and residents. Thanks to the Hamlin Pub, Sagebrush Cantina, Metamora Golf and Country Club, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lombardo’s, Starbucks, Hoops Sports & Spirits, Montana’s Cookhouse, Applebee’s, Steve’s Pizzeria & More!, Olive Garden, Costco, Towers? Treats, Positive Vibration Wine Bar and Canterbury Grille for providing the food and refreshments for the evening. As we begin programs in our new facility the support of the community is more important than ever. Please stop by and see what we have to offer the children in Lake Orion, Oxford and the surrounding areas. We are located at 1801 Waldon Rd. Our phone number is (248)365-5000. — Tim Dougan Club Director Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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My wife asked me why there weren’t any comics in the Orion Review. I said ‘the funny stuff is on page 7 in the Letters to The Editor section.? I said, ‘Honey don’t you know every week some pathetic, grouchy old man writes and complains about everything under the sun. That’s really funny.? She remarked that it wasn’t funny at all, but that it was sad that he complained week after week after week endlessly about nothing anyone cares about. Simple whining. I said, ‘Last time it was about paying property taxes.? She replied ‘But this time was also about paying property taxes. Is the Review printing reruns?? she asked. I guess that’s all you can expect from a small time paper, small people complaining about small things. Like Deiter from Sprockets said, ‘Your order is boring me.? ‘It is boring isn’t it?? I said. ‘I’ll cancel our subscription.? — A.Carlson Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Hello, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Point, Pelton’s Point. I’ve been a resident of Lake Orion far longer then most of you. I won’t bore you with history, however families have enjoyed my little piece of land, the ‘American Dream? and on a lake no less for many years. I used to have quite a few boat slips that were full of activity, which gradually changed as the slips fell into disrepair. Nobody attempted to fix them, I could not – I’m just a piece of land. There were two houses near my northern tip that used to house some families as well – these have been left to turn into eyesores now. Again, nothing I can do, I just live here. A small part of my shore erodes every day due to no breakwall. How about putting one in, perhaps ADDING some land? I also had the pleasure of having as a neighbor a large greenish/blue house that was something to look at, until it, too, fell into disrepair, all the while things around Lake Orion began to improve – I was left to the whim of people that wanted to put a bar/restaurant on me. One of the families that still enjoy living in harmony with me has made improvements to their house, a house that has been in their family since at least the 1940s. I enjoy them, they enjoy me, and aside from some problems with a former contractor (the one that wanted to set up the bar) I have enjoyed living here for years, decades, and centuries. UNTIL NOW. My concerns are as follows: The LOVC thinks about developing me yet fails, or chooses to ignore, the families that already live there and the impact that this will have on them. What happens to them, what happens to their houses? I can’t simply pack up my troubles and move, now can I? I am at the mercy of the LOVC, something I’ve not had too much confidence in the last few years. I would prefer that you turn me into some sort of Lakeside Park, although you’ve got one a few hundred feet to the North. Please think of me and the families that have enjoyed living here with me for years before you dig me up and dump concrete in me, ruining what green grass and trees I have left. I am balding due to global warming you know. Your friend in nature, — Pelton’s Point Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 21, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Lake Orion Lions have been serving the Orion area for over 68 years. They are part of the world’s largest service organization and serve the needs of those with hearing and vision difficulties. Local service projects include glasses for those in need, sponsoring three teams in youth baseball, adopt-ahighway and our largest service project is the Christmas basket program where we support about 140 families with food, apparel and toys for the kids. You have an opportunity to see what it is all about at an open house for the Lake Orion Lions on Wednesday, April 4, 2007. This special evening will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1400 Orion Road, with social gathering at 6:30 p.m. and the program starting at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available and a number of the organizations we support will make short presentations, with plenty of time for questions and great fellowship. So please join us on April 4 for our special night. To reserve a spot or get additional information you can contact Lion Jim Pettinato at (248)209-8621 during the day or (248)391-4532 evenings. We look forward to seeing you on April 4. — Jim Pettinato President, Lake Orion Lions Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 28, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am writing to remind the registered voters of the Lake Orion Community School District that we have a school board election on the May 8th ballot. After many years of service, Lee Ann Bartley is stepping down from the LOCS school board, leaving an open position. I want to thank Lee Ann for her years of dedication and hard work for LOCS and our children (and parents). She will be missed by everyone. In addition to Lee Ann’s resignation, Bob Gritzinger’s current term is up and Bob is running again for his position on the board. I strongly urge you to vote for Bob! Bob is a great school board member and he genuinely cares about our children. Since first being elected in 1999, Bob demonstrated how important this school district is to him. He asks the questions, he researches the answers and he gets involved with committees and projects outside of the required board work. Bob Gritzinger has proven his commitment to our district. Please vote Bob back in for at least another four years. I also want to strongly urge you to vote for Tiffany Weber-Phillips to fill the open board position. Tiffany has proven she cares about our district and our children. Tiffany has been very involved in the Lake Orion Education Foundation since it was reestablished three years ago. She was responsible for the LOEF’s very successful fundraisers allowing the Foundation to give over $25,000 in grants to our teachers and advisors in the past two years. In addition, Tiffany was very instrumental and successful as the co-chair on the Headlee Override Parent Committee, as well as being very involved with the PTA at Stadium Drive Elementary. I have been so impressed over the last three years at Tiffany’s willingness to take charge and work hard. Our children will benefit if Tiffany Weber-Phillips becomes our new school board member. With the current budget issues, the state economic future and the critical decisions that our school board members face, we need the expertise and proven commitment of Bob Gritzinger and the hard-work and dedication to the district of Tiffany Weber-Phillips. — Karen Appledorn Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 28, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Public Servant or Self Serving? Curiosity has once again taken me to places I did not want to go. I requested a (free) copy of the Forensic Audit from the Clerks Office to see what all the excitement was about. WOW, I had to read all the documents three times. The first time left me in shock, the second time filled me with disbelief, but the third time is best explained by a quote from a memo to Jerry Dywasuk from Jill Verros dated Nov, 14 2005, ‘I finally figured it out!? In a letter dated December 13, 2005 from the Township Attorney to the Township Board, the Attorney refers to the following as potentially damaging publicity for the Township: ? The Attorney had no prior knowledge of the contract in question ? The Supervisor and Clerk had no authorization to sign the contract in question ? The board’s hiring of Diane Young (the Treasurer’s daughter-in-law) as the investment advisor ? The board authorizing investments not approved per the investment policy In closing, the Attorney further states: ‘These are obviously sensitive matters that would become public fodder if litigation were commenced.? These legal opinions, along with the information provided by the Treasurer, should have been enough to put a stop to the misguided attempt to place blame where it was not deserved. I urge every Orion Township resident to read this audit. With our property values declining, our jobs in jeopardy, and our taxes constantly increasing, you need to see how quickly politicians can spend $26,000.00 of our hard earned money. In my opinion the audit was by no means ‘independent? and the residents should demand a refund. The errors, exclusions of evidence, and misstatements in this report are an insult to the residents of Orion Township. We should be allowed to garnish the wages of the Township Supervisor, his Assistant, and the Township Attorney to cover this cost. I believe Diane Young and Alice Young were perhaps the only ones not doing something wrong. Jill Bastian was caught in the cross-fire because Jerry Dywasuk is blaming her for him signing the contract that the Township Attorney states she never saw. Jill Verros perpetuated most of the misinformation and taunted the board with it. Last but not least, the Trustees – all of you (except Neal) – had this information before the audit, but chose to do nothing or, worse yet, started throwing stones. I finally did figure it out; there are always people who are vindictive, resentful and willing to blame someone else for their mistakes. Unfortunately, when ‘those people? are our local government they become self serving and the people lose. — Joseph Geraci Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 28, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As companies like General Motors and Chrysler are laying off workers and companies like Delphi file for bankruptcy, it’s no surprise that Michigan’s economy is struggling. Our state continues to experience some of the highest unemployment in the nation; 2.5 percent higher than the national average. Job growth and creation will not be an immediate, overnight fix ? it will take time. In the meantime, we are facing a constitutional budget crisis that needs to be fixed now. Now, more than ever, we need a strong backbone and courage to make tough decisions but protect our priorities ? not by further overspending taxpayer dollars and requiring residents to foot the bill. What the governor has proposed: a $1.5 billion sales tax on consumers. This budget plan consists of 50 percent new taxes but only 10 percent new cuts. Included in the governor’s Michigan Business Tax is a proposed net increase of more than $1.4 billion, most of which would be paid by working class Michiganders and the state’s largest employer ? Michigan’s small businesses. By increasing the burden on the average person, we are most likely making the problem worse. It is expected that businesses will pay more than $1 billion and individuals will pay more than $445 million. The governor is claiming that these new taxes will only cost around $65 per taxpayer, but as the cost to businesses rises, so does the price we have to pay for their products and services. When an average Michigan family loses income, they are forced to cut back. Government spending has increased by more than $3 billion over the last four years during a time when Michigan families have been focusing on their budget and trying to live within their means. Government agencies? inability to budget properly does not give them just cause to punish citizens. The hard-working residents of northern Oakland County pay taxes for the state to do a job. It is not unreasonable to expect that job to be done well. I will fight to make sure state government values and appreciates you and your hard work by funding our priorities like roads and education without raising your taxes. — State Rep. Jim Marleau Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 4, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Well, well, Mr. A. Carlson, it sure makes me feel good that you and your wife kept reading my comments each week, or should I say every other week, in the Orion Review. It’s a shame that you are cancelling your subscription because of my letters. You know, if you and your wife don’t like what I write to the Review Editor, then you don’t have to read it or agree with it. But apparently my comments must grab both of your attentions. You see, Mr. A. Carlson, I learned when I was a child that if you don’t stick up for your rights and what you believe in, then no one else will do it for you. In other words, stick up for yourself! Apparently, I would believe that if the U.S. federal government came to your home one morning and told you and your family to leave your homestead, that you would leave and not put up a fight to keep what you have earned and owned. If and when this ever happens, and the warning signs are out there if you clean the dirt out of your ears and open your eyes, you may think a lot differently. You might thing twice about calling me a ‘grumpy old man.? And who are you, Mr. America? I’m not afraid of sticking up for what I believe in, especially when our elected officials choose to waste our tax dollars and then have the gall to raise the taxes even more. If you are happy living in this type of government where your taxes on your property increase year after year, then don’t cry when you can’t pay the ransom. People like you, Mr. A. Carlson, are the first to yell, ‘How did this happen?? — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 4, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I strongly encourage Governor Jennifer Granholm to consider my solutions to the serious situation of our state’s three- billion dollar deficit. Follow Mayor Kwamie Kilpatrick’s lead and solicit Charter Schools to eliminate Michigan Public Schools. The Unions would not be happy, but if our bankrupt state goes to court, the judge would null and void all contracts anyway. Since the CEOs of our near bankrupt auto companies have been rewarded with multi-million dollar bonuses, our governor should encourage them to invest that money in buying our state’s assets, like the Mackinaw Island Governor’s Mansion. Since so many of our state’s citizens have chosen to buy Hondas and Toyotas, our governor should make another trip to Japan and ask those companies to take over our economically depressed state with the profits we’ve allowed them to make. Since a shut down of our state is on the line, our overpaid state bureaucracy in Lansing would face layoffs like so many in Michigan. Maybe then my solutions would not be unrealistic. — Mike Buckley Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 4, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Integrity’Excitement’Organized? Visionary’Leadership! These are just a few of the words which describe the feelings I and many other community leaders share when we think of Tiffany Weber-Phillips. These are the qualities we need in a person to be a Trustee on our Lake Orion School Board. Throughout Michigan there’s a common message being shared amongst the people, and that message is, ‘We need entrepreneurial leaders to step up in our communities and share their experiences with others and help guide our youth into this new global economy we’re all facing.? I am here to tell you that we have just that quality of leader running for the Lake Orion School Board in the upcoming election, her name is Tiffany Weber-Phillips. Tiffany worked for me for almost six years; she helped create a multi-million dollar company that is locally based and is conducting business in 30 states today. Her skills range from project management and corporate organization to finance; within one year she created the infrastructure within Walltek Design Build, Inc., enabling us to succeed in today’s marketplace. The members of the Lake Orion School Board are facing many issues pertaining to the economic environment of Michigan; families are being forced to move from the district due to job relocations and/or their economic situations. We need leaders who can help find solutions to retaining and attracting residents to this community. This will in fact help the unfortunate financial situation that our school district is in due to the state’s economy. The wonderful irony of Tiffany representing this community on the school board is that she is a graduate of Lake Orion Community Schools. She knows our families, our business community and school district. We are fortunate to have a candidate running that is so dedicated to our community and district and that strongly values public education. Please join me in voting for Tiffany Weber-Phillips on Tuesday, May 8, 2007. — Todd Garris, CEO Walltek Design Build, Inc. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would like to thank everyone in the Lake Orion Community for helping me while I got sick and landed in the hospital. Everyone has been helping me so much until I get better. We live in a wonderful community and I thank everyone again for their support. See you soon at Sagebrush. — Erick Czaplinski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I was amazed to see the article printed a couple of weeks ago written by Bill Kalmar. Not only did it attempt to insult the Senior Center Advisory Committee by name calling, but it offered nothing of substance as an alternative. Mr. Kalmar claims to be a former Director of the Michigan Quality Council. If he is, why isn’t he more interested in improving the quality of life for senior citizens in Orion Township and it’s surrounding area? He claims that there are ‘other alternatives to a Senior Center? but fails to mention them. There probably are some, but at what cost? The O.P.C. in Rochester charges from $175 to 260 per year for nonresidents, not to mention the 10- to 20-plus mile drive to get there. There are Health clubs in the area but they cost over a thousand dollars per year for membership. These are not very palatable alternatives for those on a fixed income. I think that while male senior citizens are more likely to join a health club, women are not. In a recent discussion with my wife, this very subject was brought up. My wife’s objections are ‘It’s too noisy! It’s too crowded! Why don’t they have times available for seniors only?? I also suspect that my wife and senior women in general are more intimidated by others in the club. I think that if she were slogging along on a treadmill, the people on both sides of her running marathons would not please her. When the Senior Center advocates, speak they speak for all seniors. The able, the disabled and all of those in between. There must be programs available for everyone. There must be gentle exercise programs available for seniors; Tai-Chi for instance in order to maintain their mobility or even to gain some of it back. There must be social programs with their peers so seniors do not feel alone and left out of society in their later years. There has to be activities that seniors can take part in, not just observe. There must be resources for caregivers, possibly even adult day care for short term relief of the caregiver. This is not just for the healthy seniors, but for all. Mr. Kalmar only seems to speak for himself and able seniors, not the rest of us. As for my wife and myself, we both have health problems but are doing the best that we can. My wife in addition, is mobility impaired and uses a cane to get around (sometimes two). Because of this (or in spite of it) I am a member of the Orion Senior Center Advisory Committee, although I am only speaking for myself in this letter, not for any of the others on the committee, the Senior Center, nor its staff, or the Township, in this letter. The Orion Senior Center itself is an old structure with limited parking. In addition, it is small and in the Village Historical District, so there is very little that can be done externally to provide the room necessary for the programs needed by seniors in the area. Something else has got to be done. Plans are in place to delay the inevitable, but the Senior Center needs much more room somewhere else for new programs. At first, when Mr. Kalmar called us all ostriches, I felt defamed and took it as an insult but on later thought, I see it is a compliment. When an ostrich stands straight up with its head erect, its eyes are 7 to 9 feet off of the ground… it can see a lot further into the future than a person of normal height. — Paul Knasinski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This is an e-mail I just received: Louise, I believe my brother-in-law is either en route to the US from Iraq, or will be shortly. Thank God! A few months ago, he sent a letter to a relative thanking them for the boxes of food. If he had not received the boxes that day, the Marines would not have eaten! My relative was outraged and sent a copy of the letter to various political figures. We had no idea that our troops go without food some days. Please let the packing people know that what our troops get in those boxes may be all they have to eat that day. You are doing a great service! I do not know how it is with the Army, but the Marines do not have a kitchen or ‘mess hall? that travels with them. I am really looking foward to seeing my brother-in-law and I am most anxious to hear what is really going on in Iraq from someone who has firsthand experience. Thanks for all you do, Louise! — Louise ‘Desert Angel? Downs *** Editors Note: Desert Angels, Inc. is now a non-profit organization, meaning donations can now earn taxbreaks. *** And, don’t forget… The Desert Angel and Dr. Matthew Kopera will hold another ‘Packing Party for the Troops? on April 17. In addition to the drop-off site at Dr. Kopera’s office (Suite 207 of the Beaumont Medical Building at 1455 S. Lapeer Road), The Review is offering a downtown Lake Orion drop-off site at our 30 N. Broadway office by this Friday. Along with providing items, those interested in helping can join the packing party at Dr. Kopera’s office on April 17 from 4-7 p.m. Donations to help cover the cost of postage ($8.10 per box) are also encouraged. For more information, contact The Review at (248)693-8331 or Louise ‘Desert Angel? Downs at (248)7366403. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I believe that it’s time for Joe Ferrari to resign his position as the township treasurer. This is the second time he has been involved in a harassment suit and the residents are sick of it. Who could have any confidence in such a person to allow him to be the treasurer of our township? He has already cost the taxpayers money from the last charges and now here it is again. How much will this cost us? We need a person that is honest, kind and trustful to have as our treasurer. It’s time to say goodbye to Joe. Sandra Schefke Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This is an e-mail I just received: ‘Louise, I believe my brother-in-law is either en route to the US from Iraq, or will be shortly. Thank God! A few months ago, he sent a letter to a relative thanking them for the boxes of food. If he had not received the boxes that day, the Marines would not have eaten! My relative was outraged and sent a copy of the letter to various political figures. We had no idea that our troops go without food some days. Please let the packing people know that what our troops get in those boxes may be all they have to eat that day. You are doing a great service! I do not know how it is with the Army, but the Marines do not have a kitchen or ‘mess hall? that travels with them. I am really looking foward to seeing my brother-in-law and I am most anxious to hear what is really going on in Iraq from someone who has firsthand experience. Thanks for all you do, Louise!? Louise ‘Desert Angel? Downs Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Somebody at the Orion Review is being disingenuous. They’ve soft-pedalled the recent ‘official? findings of the independent investigation into the Alice Young/Diane Young investment debacle. Their findings? It was unethical. I’m sorry, Ms. Young, but in most professional codes of ethics it’s made very clear that you’re not to have conflicts of interest in anything, because it undermines the public’s confidence. You state in your article that it’s frankly nobody’s business how much money your daughter-in-law made. That was taxpayer money, not yours! We as citizens have a right to know what’s done with our money, and you as a public official know that you are responsible. Maybe you need to read the ICMA code of ethics again. I find it difficult to believe that a person with a job of your responsibility would not know about conflicts of interest. Are you seriously trying to tell me you never sat through a class on ethics at some point in your career? Mr. Dywasuk is quite right, you should resign, Ms. Young. If he had done what you did, not only would he lose his job, but he’d be found guilty of being in violation of ICMA’s code of ethics, and he would never be able to get another job as a city manager (or township supervisor). That’s the penalty for violating ethics. Ms. Young, you are a public servant. You are entrusted with investing and keeping track of the money that the people pay you. You are never to allow yourself the appearance of impropriety. I learned that in my first class in Public Administration. Saying you’re sorry, you’re new, and whatever plethora of excuses you care to make doesn’t cut it. You should resign, and resign now, for failing the trust of the people you represent. I believe if Mr. Dywasuk is serious about how important such an issue is, he should either amend or draft within the code of ethics for the township (hopefully there is one) that conflicts of interest are to be avoided, and no dealings are to be made with relatives of any kind. This prevents the kind of shameless behavior on the part of one township official, who refuses to be responsible for her actions as dictated by more than one profession. Ethics are important. They build trust and character in any organization. One sure way to know when an organization is corrupt is when ethics and ethical training are ignored or abandoned. I sure hope that the township board recognizes this and takes such a violation of the public trust seriously. This needs to be addressed, right away, so that the public can have confidence in its officials. I’m waiting, Mr. Dywasuk…. — Laura Allen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 18, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I think that A. Carlson probably has it right about the ‘grouchy old man? who writes every week to your paper. I’m 83 and watch the township meetings on cable TV. Mr. Delevan always yells at the township board and is not nice to them at all. Just look at the meeting earlier this month.Mr. Dywasuk tells him that his three minutes are up and he gets yelled at. Mr Delevan yells, ‘Your time is up. You are finished. Why don’t you do everyone a favor and resign?? This is not proper public behavior. In fact, it is just plain bullying. — Elizabeth Moses Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 18, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I cannot believe what I am hearing or reading in The Lake Orion Review. The Village of Lake Orion Police Dispatch is requesting a 30-percent increase for fire dispatch for the Orion Township Fire Department. Correct me if I am wrong, but don’t we have citizens losing their jobs, GM Orion Plant got another tax break but we are supposed to bow down to Village Manager JoAnn Van Tassel with her demands to again bail out the Village of Lake Orion. The village is landlocked and has problems paying for the services they provide. The days of the wide open township wallet should cease. I do believe the dispatch services could be provided by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for about a 50percent saving. Let’s do what is right for the tax paying citizens of Orion Township. Refuse to pay the ransom increase by the Village of Lake Orion. — Art Schrah Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 18, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Thank you so much for taking an interest in our Clarkston Road concerns and using our local media to get the township and road commission leaders? attention. For the past several years we have been playing ‘pass the buck? with our local officials and road commission. Now with the media and public attention, we may get something done that will fix the problem long-term. — Bonnie LaTorre Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 18, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I read this article (‘There’s a serval in the house, April 11) and had to laugh just a bit. As anyone in the rescue business knows, buying an exotic cat is not a rescue, it’s buying an exotic cat, and people do it all the time with the thought that they can make these animals into pets. Another thing that struck me as funny was the fact that Ann talks about having to bottle feed her new cat. Again, almost everyone buying an exotic cat buys them at a very early age with the intention of bottle feeding the animal in hopes that it will bond with them. Personally I don’t think servals should be ‘pets,? but for Ann to talk about creating a sanctuary because of people doing the same thing she did is typical of most people who like to say, ‘do as I say, not as I do.? As a non-profit rescue facility in Oregon, we care for over 40 small wildcats and are very honest when we say, we started out buying a bobcat that we thought would make a great pet. We were wrong! But at least we are honest about how we started, and stories like this just rub me the wrong way. To promote buying hybrid wildcats such as a Savannah is very sad to me when there are thousands of beautiful domestic cats that are euthanized every day because they can’t find homes. Seems to me that a rescue mindset would see that breeding more cats when thousands are killed doesn’t make much sense. But then none of this story really does. Cheryl Tuller WildCat Haven Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 18, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Late, very late on Thursday evening in one of the girls? dorms at Camp Howell Nature Center I heard fifth grade teacher Lynae Farmer’s voice boldly state, ‘Clear Lake students and parents are the best! They really are flexible just like the rubber bands in our camp survival kits!? This was the positive attitude reflected by all of the teaching staff present at Camp Howell during this week’s fifth grade camp trip. At about five o’clock in the morning I remember principal Susan Hannant encouraging a group of girls who were among the very few ‘well? students left as they sat exhausted in the dorm’s doorway waiting to go home. She sang to the girls ‘If you’re happy/healthy and you know it clap your hands.? The girls responded with a group clap and a tired smile. Teacher Jackie Wiscombe pulled double duty running between cabins making phone calls delegating to those around her necessary roles and whatever else it took to tend to the student’s needs, as did the other teachers Mrs. Teague and Mrs. Night. There was not a moment during the evening that a teacher was not addressing the needs of the children in some way whether cleaning vomit, holding sick children, or wiping tears, they were up all night doing whatever was necessary. These teachers are to be thanked whole heartily. As a parent of a Clear Lake student I feel blessed to have these committed women serving my child not only as teachers in the classroom but as caregivers who are genuinely committed to the well being of the children in their care. The entire staff responded with professionalism, tenderness and compassion to our children. Clear Lake parents be confident that your children are not only educated, but they are loved by their teachers. Thank you, thank you to the awesome teachers at Clear Lake Elementary! Toni Ufolla Oxford Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The May 8 election is quickly approaching and I would like to introduce you to a candidate that I think is highly qualified for the position on the Board of Education. Her name is Kelly Roy. She has been endorsed by the Lake Orion Education Association, as the teachers? choice. Kelly has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s in Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership. She has served as a teacher in the Lake Orion Community for seven years. Her continued commitment to the community consists of her involvement as a former board member of TEAM Network, in which she is still heavily involved in the development of the mentoring program, LOCS committee work consisting of Special Education and Middle School Concepts, active volunteer in educational programming at Blanche Sims and Paint Creek, an active researcher in education and has collaborative efforts with local and state educational professionals and leaders. Kelly has a strong commitment, clear understanding of progressive education, assertive leadership, interpersonal and research skills, and integrity that will allow her to collaborate with board members, staff, students, families, community, and professionals at the county and state levels to safeguard our programs and ensure that LOCS continues to respond to the increasing needs of students in our ever-changing global society. There in no doubt in my mind that Kelly will give the board the time, energy and diligence required to maintain the quality of programming Lake Orion is so widely known for, in this time of economic struggle. She is one to research both the economic and educational impact of any decision. I strongly urge you to research Kelly Roy and what she has to bring to the community and get to know her. I think you will be very supportive of her views. — Tracy Gora Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I disagree with those who say the tax increases required for the May 8 Orion Township Safety Path and Library Expansion Proposals are not warranted. I want to pose the opposite viewpoint. Both the safety path system and the library are assets which improve quality of life and raise property values. Once funded, both can be enjoyed by all of the citizens at any time at no extra cost. In financially strapped times, the educational, entertainment, exercise and, in the case of the safety paths, safety they provide makes a lot of sense. Finally, 100-percent of the revenue generated is targeted only to those uses. Completion of the proposed projects results in $36 million in added assets to the township in less than five years. And how much does it cost to acquire these assets? It will cost a homeowner with a $100,000 taxable value home $88/year – about 25 cents a day. Compare that to other things you might value; for example, your cable TV bill at $1.25/day. Every year these projects are delayed, their cost increases more than $1 million/ year. It seems obvious that delaying these projects is like delaying repairs on your home ? the situation will only get worse and more expensive in the future. I think it makes good business sense to complete these projects as soon as possible. That is why I will vote yes for all of the safety path and library proposals on the May Ballot. — Julia Brinkmann Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Over the last two years, I have attended several seminars put on by Oakland County, FEMA and the Michigan State Police. Basically, they all covered the same topic, the changing face of a community and changing to meet the developing needs. The fact that soon, 50-percent of the population of Michigan will in the near future be classified as senior citizens was the main concern. Wondering how this figure would impact my community, I looked at the Orion Township Master Plan. The senior population in the year 2000 was 7.5-percent, but the projected senior population in 2020 is 45.5percent. The impact on the community is staggering and we are all effected, from residents to businesses to township management. Emergency plans for citizens of special needs and also a plan for safe and healthy options for exercise, leisure time activities and transportation are a must. The old adage, ‘Things get better or worse, they never stay the same,? was never truer than today. If we don’t plan for the future today to meet the demands for tomorrow, what kind of a community will we have in the future? The cost to a community for adult inactivity is $1,175 per adult. The projected population for 2020 for the Village of Lake Orion and Charter Township of Orion is 42,151 with 17,914 of those being senior citizens. The impact on the community financially would reach $21,049,155.63. To maintain the positive momentum a community must change to meet the needs of its citizens. A new senior center, an addition to the library and the completion of the safety path system are things needed now to meet the needs of the future. If these projects are accepted by the voters, they should be completed within the next five years, making this community ready for the future. — Edward M. Peters Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As a high school teacher within the Lake Orion Community Schools and a parent of a child in the district, I am extremely concerned about the future of our school system. With past and future budget cuts, I have experienced firsthand the impact the school board can have on our educational system. To date, I feel the school board has done a great job of preparing the district for these cuts and implementing a strategy without disrupting our children’s education. For the upcoming school board elections on Tuesday, May 8, I feel that we need to elect an individual who has the ability to work well with the current board, bringing a fresh approach with creative new ideas, who has a solid understanding of our educational system, ability to make an impact on legislative leaders and has the business and educational background to help manage a $65 million budget. My thorough knowledge of the candidates leads me to firmly support Tiffany Weber-Phillips for Lake Orion School Board. As an educator, parent, and involved community member, I ask that you join me in voting for Tiffany WeberPhillips for Lake Orion School Board. — Dave Whitaker LOHS Teacher Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In November 2006, the Village Council approved and sent an Agreement for Dispatch Services to the Orion Township Board that called for a 30% increase. The previous Agreement was based on the 1990 Census, and the new Agreement is based on the 2000 Census. Orion Township had a 40% increase in population from 1990 to 2000, and it continues to grow by another 10%. When you compare the population increase plus the commercial and industrial growth in the Township, a 30% increase in the cost of dispatch services is a bargain. The Fire Department has added a new fire hall, new equipment and at least 4 full time employees since the last Dispatch Agreement was signed. The Village Council is seeking an increase of $21,000 in the new Dispatch Agreement to compensate for the increase in population and construction in the Township. The initial Agreement and the one sent to Orion Township on April 10, 2007, after being revised to include the items the Fire Chief wanted in his proposal dated March 29, 2007, have both been reviewed and approved by the Village Council before being sent. As an appointed official, I do not have a vote, nor am I in a position to make any demands. I simply represent the position of the elected officials of the Village. It’s a shame that Mr. Schrah didn’t reveal that he’s an Oakland County Deputy Sheriff in his letter. — JoAnn Van Tassel Lake Orion Village Manager Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Citizens of Orion Township, There is an election on Tuesday, May 8, 2007. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the usual 14 Orion Township voting precincts. On this ballot, voters are being asked 1) to elect two (2) candidates to the Board of Education and 2) to approve a library bond to expand the Orion Township Public Library; 3) to renew the current safety path millage to maintain the existing safety path system; and 4) to approve a bond for the construction of an additional 9 miles of safety paths and trails in the community. If you wish to request an Absent Voter Ballot, please contact the Township Clerk’s office at (248)391-0304, ext. 104, [email protected], or 2525 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360. Sample ballots may be viewed on the Township website: www.oriontownship.org. Please get informed and remember to vote on May 8! –Jill D. Bastian, Clerk Charter Township of Orion Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Last Friday evening was a great night for downtown Lake Orion thanks to all who participated in the fourth annual art crawl and wine tasting. Over 100 people were on the streets of downtown, checking out the art, enjoying the weather, trying to figure out what all those silly clues meant and seeing the variety of businesses that our downtown district has to offer. The sold out event finished at Elements with appetizers and wine tasting. The Orion Art Center is grateful to all who participated, including the artists, businesses, food and prize donors, Lake Orion DDA, Elements, all the volunteers who helped with clues and preparation, Karen Purdon, CJ’s Sandbar for taking care of all those glasses, and the Positive Vibration Wine Bar. Thanks again, and we will see you next time in downtown Lake Orion! — Reggie Harrison, Director Orion Art Center Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Some folks might be a bit confused about why there are two safety path proposals on the May 8th ballot. Hopefully this explanation helps. One of the proposals is simply a renewal of the existing millage that we have been working with for the past 20 years. This millage, which expires next year, has allowed us to complete a significant number of paths. Passing this renewal will allow us to continue to slowly build new paths and maintain the existing ones. The problem with the existing millage is that most of the paths that still need to be built are the expensive ones, land to acquire, foot bridges, tree removal, moving fences and other obstacles, etc. It will take a long time to get these built, and it keeps getting more expensive every year. The second proposal attempts to address this problem by selling a bond to get the money up front to build the majority of the remaining paths. This would allow us to build these paths now, not in 30 or 40 years. The current unpredictability in gasoline prices, and lack of school buses on side streets make getting our safety paths completed appealing for expanding non-motorized transportation, and for our children’s safety. For more information on the proposals, visit http://www.orionlibrary.org/safetypathproposals on the web. — Edwin McBride Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As a long time resident of Lake Orion, I have seen the library grow from one location to another as it grew to keep pace with the community. It’s a special place for me. It started when we first moved to the area in 1977. My grandmother would take us to the library when she did her genealogy research and we would listen to Linda Nixon (Children’s Librarian at the time) read stories. Today, no one could imagine the library only being the size it once was in the building it occupied on M-24 (now the Michigan Catholic Credit Union). Yet that is where it would still be if the millage wasn’t approved in 1987 to build the current much larger library. When the library opened in its current location, I enjoyed being a page at the library for two summers during college. I know that experience contributed to my interest in being a life long learner. I used many of its online resources (even from home) when I recently went back to school and got my master’s degree in education. As a parent and teacher, I use the library on many levels and now have become more involved in supporting it through volunteer activities. As Vice President of the Orion Township Friends of the Library, I have become keenly aware of its growing needs. The planned expansion may seem big. However, compared with the growth in the community and the changes in the library technology and collections, I feel the planned expansion is about the right size. The library cannot continue to deliver the quality of service and materials that we enjoy in its current facility. The Orion Township Library was named a Library of Excellence by the Library of Michigan in 2006. Nevertheless, we didn’t need the Library of Michigan to tell us we have an excellent library. It took a great director, board and staff…and the commitment of the community to support a great library to make it what it is. I plan to vote ‘Yes? on May 8 for the library expansion and hope you will too! — Ellen Parker Hoppe Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on April 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On behalf of Drs. Kubinski, Hanby and Ferri, Sue, myself and the rest of our great staff would like to express our sincere appreciation to The Oxford Leader, Bill Rzadko from Ad-Rite and On-TV for the terrific advertisements we had for our One-Day garage sale fro the Relay for Life cancer fund. With all of your help, we were able to raise over $1,600 in one day for the cancer fund. Thank you so much. We really couldn’t have done it without you! Robin and Polly, North Oakland Dental Group Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On May 8, the people of the state of Florida will vote on the issue of eliminating the state property tax in favor of a state sales tax hike from six to eight percent. If this issue passes, it will mean the end of property tax assessors, assessments and the peace of mind that the local or state government cannot seize your property or homestead for failure to pay your property taxes. This in exchange for a two cents on the dollar sales tax increase. Sorry if I sound repetitive, but Florida is offering their citizens a far better deal than we ever got here in Michigan. At least if this proposal passes, the people of Florida will have a true ownership of their property, and not be fed some phony garbage like we in Michigan were duped into back in 1994 with Proposal A. Right now, for example, the people of Orion Township lost the Gingellville Community Center last December. They were ordered by the state of Michigan, through the efforts of Township Assessor John Atwell and the lost file, to pay property taxes they could not afford. This was a tax exempt community center for 67 years until the township and state said, ‘If you don’t pay, you don’t stay.? At the same time, the Orion Township trustees grant huge property tax abatements to General Motors and Cobasys. I read State Rep. James Marleau’s letter in a recent Review editorial page. Mr. Marleau, I have a suggestion for you: Give some thought about introducing a bill in the state House to eliminate the state property tax, much like they are doing now in Florida. I believe the people in Michigan, and especially your district, would be happier than a cat eating a fish if you sponsored this type of legislation. Who knows, you may even make history and become famous as the man who saved the homestead and, Mr. Marleau, I may even start to believe in what you say. Don’t forget, J.M., that you work for the people, the people don’t work for you! — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I have eaten at every restaurant in the village in my three years here. None, none touch Wendy’s on Lapeer Road for consistently friendly service. My wife and I are not huge fast food consumers, but when those days hit, it is not even a question where to go. The service is fast and always friendly. One time I got home and noticed they left out my fries. I went back and they gave me fries and a frosty for my trouble, without even asking to see my proof of purchase. Whoever the manager is there, they must run a tight ship and care for their staff because their employees seem to take a good deal of pride in their work. I am as guilty as anyone about getting worked up in regards to the way things work in the village sometimes, so I thought I would take the time to write a letter about a group of people who seem to have it figured out. Fast food or not, they do business the right way. Thank you, Wendy’s. Keep showing us how it’s done! — J. Aisthorpe Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This letter is in response to Laura Allen’s letter published on April 18. In phone calls to Royal Alliance (who former Investment Advisor Diane Young clears her securities through) Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk misrepresented himself as the ‘Mayor,? and Jill Verros misrepresented herself as ‘someone responsible for the financial records of the township.? This is ‘unethical activity,? and in my opinion if this is how they conduct the township’s business they are the individuals who should resign, not Treasurer Alice Young. Ms. Young has conducted herself admirably despite the vicious brickbats that have been wrongfully tossed at her. I don’t know how Ms. Allen came to the conclusion our Township Treasurer owes our Township Clerk Jill Bastian, ‘an apology for the slur of her good name.? What slur? Alice Young stated in her Guest Opinion in The Oakland Press, ‘I encourage anyone who wants to know the truth to obtain a copy of the Forensic Audit report from Clerk Jill Bastian’s office.? That is exactly where you direct someone to get a free copy of the Whall Group’s Forensic Audit report. All reports are to be obtained from our clerk’s office. Would Laura Allen please designate the page or pages in the Forensic Audit that stated Township Treasurer Alice Young was unethical? Nothing within the report stated our treasurer did anything unethical, let alone unlawful, or illegal. Neither did the report say our yownship treasurer or clerk committed any form of fraud. So, I suggest Laura Allen and anyone else request the free report and read it before they give out any further false information. Whether you are a township, an individual, or a group of investors, most of us generally go to a financial advisor for investment advice. The investment advisor then lays out a plan of investments and it is up to the individual or entity to choose which investment/s to select. The financial advisor does not make the investments for you. Township Treasurer Alice Young did not hire her daughter-in-law, Diane Young. Our Orion Township Board on December 20, 2004 voted to accept Diane Young’s proposal and hire her. Treasurer Alice Young abstained from the vote after consulting with both the township’s attorney and the Michigan Township Association. Nor, was Diane Young paid any commission funds from the township. Our township treasurer diversified the township’s overall portfolio, because anyone with half a wit of sense knows that you do not put ‘all your eggs in one basket.? This serves to protect the assets as the various investments rise and fall. Alice Young preserved the township’s principal in the ‘overall portfolio,? that follows the objective 3.1 for township funds. I would firmly suggest that our township board vote to eliminate the position of Assistant to the Supervisor, thereby, duplicating the decision of a previous board. Removing Jill Verros from the employment of our township should be their ultimate objective. Many of us are of the opinion that she has caused the taxpayers unnecessary expense in pushing for a forensic audit, and also believe Verros has created division, discord, and much too much unnecessary discomfort for many of those who work at our Orion Township Hall. In the opinion of many, Ms. Verros has neither the qualifications nor the deportment to be the person to be in charge of Human Resources, let alone Deputy to the Supervisor. Also, in the firm opinion of many, as well as myself ? Ms. Verros persecuted and blatantly targeted Alice Young in the perceptible hope that Ms. Young would resign, thus opening up the opportunity for Ms. Verros to be ‘appointed? to replace our elected Orion Township Treasurer. As for Township Coordinator Barbara Armstrong bestowing the title ‘Internal Auditor? on herself in the Forensic Audit report ? there is no such title in our township records. If Barbara Armstrong wants to follow the misinformation path of Ms. Verros, then it would be my wish, and I’m sure the wish of others, that she also vacate employment with our township. — Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As an involved parent in the Lake Orion school system, I feel it is my duty as a community member to be as informed as possible when it comes to elections that impact the future of my children. I take the upcoming school board elections extremely seriously and this is what I have discovered. The three candidates in this race are all qualified on the surface. Bob Gritzinger is an experienced board member with a proven track record of guiding our schools to the respected level that they are at today. He is the current Vice President and his experience will be valuable when dealing with the upcoming budget issues. Tiffany Weber-Phillips has demonstrated leadership, teamwork and the ability to immerse herself in worth while programs that have benefited every student within the Lake Orion school system. Specifically, she has been a key contributor to the fundraising efforts of the Lake Orion Education Foundation (over $45,000 has been raised and distributed to our teachers which funded education programs in our schools). Additionally, she spearheaded the Headlee Override Parent Committee in last year’s election which secured over $500,000 in school funding. The third candidate, Kelly Roy, is a former teacher in the district, and has been a member of TEAM. Her energy has been focused on one subset of the student population, the special needs department. Also, in a time when each of us is experiencing decreasing benefits and increasing costs associated with health care and pensions, I worry that a former teacher will find it too difficult to properly analyze the school employee’s compensation structure fairly. Please take the time to make an informed decision about the future of our community and please vote on Tuesday, May 8! — Amy Burtraw Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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May 8 is almost upon us, an important date for Lake Orion Schools as citizens vote to fill two seats on the school board. Having been a resident in the community for 14 years we have seen many decisions made by the board that have directly impacted our children’s education. In this time of great budget restraints, and increasing scholastic expectations, it is imperative that we choose candidates who will put our chidren first. Bob Gritzinger, has a proven track record. He has served two consecutive terms as a school board trustee, and has already faced many of these issues in his eight years. As a Certified Board member of the Michigan Association of School Boards, we feel he is not only qualified, but experienced. As our state’s economics continue to challenge our district, a board member with his previous experience and knowledge is a must! As they prepare for the unknowns that are being handed down to our district from Lansing, we are confident that Bob and the current board are meeting these challenges head on. Reelect Bob Gritzinger, our current board vice-president, and keep our board moving in this positive direction. — Jerry and Dawn Gottschalk Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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With the School Board election one week away, we would collectively like to share with the community information about Kelly Roy. Our experience is that she has always demonstrated and actively encouraged the nurturing and support of children and the educational programs in our community. She has served as a teacher, committee member, volunteer, and conducted countless hours of research. One of her strengths is the ability to utilize and balance these skills. With an undeterred focus and vision on students? needs as the top priority, she handles situations with thoughtful consideration and respect for all. It is easy to understand why she was endorsed by the Lake Orion Education Association. A board member’s role directly impacts decisions about educational programming, so it is extremely important to have members who understand the full picture before making those decisions. Kelly has that background. She brings 17 years of experience in the field of education to this role. More information on school board members can be found at www.masb.org or www.nsba.org. Recognizing the importance that every community member make an informed, educated decision about which candidates to nominate to fill the roles/responsibilities of a school board member, we would invite you to view the candidates on Channel 10, on Friday May 4, Saturday May 5, Sunday May6, and Monday May7 at 10am, 3pm, and 6pm in an open forum that was held at our local Orion Twp library. — Holly and Nick Modock Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As long as we are part of this world, taxation will be with us. The benefits we share as a result of our taxes are numerous and varied, such as: education, fire/police protection, clean parks, libraries, mostly-decent roads, etc… However, when the economy is tight and families? budgets even tighter, it is irresponsible to seek additional taxes for non-essential services or upgrades. Voters made this point clear last year when it came to a new senior center, and we have the chance to voice our opinion again, May 8th. Our library already functions well as a library and, though it is great to have everything be ‘state-of-the-art,? in today’s economy, my family’s resources would be better used on my family. I have read numerous comments stating that the average homeowner will ONLY pay and additional $75/year, should we create this new tax. I would suggest that instead of a new tax, the library board ask for voluntary $75 donations. This would make it obvious the number of families that have the money available and are willing to spend it in this manner. On May 8th, please vote ‘NO? on the new property tax for the library expansion. It does not make sense to forcibly take this money from people who have already been stretched thin through several lean years. — Bruce E. King Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I hope you’ll join me in supporting the much-needed renovation and expansion of the Orion Township Library. As an Orion Township homeowner, parent, freelance editor, book lover, and a proponent of education for all, I believe that our library is the center of our community, at its very heart. Not convinced? What’s in it for YOU? Need a reason to vote YES? I came up with a few: The Top 10 Reasons to Vote YES on the Orion Township Library Bond Proposal May 8 1. Cheap entertainment and advice. Tired of dishing out money to rent DVDs, or to buy bestselling novels or home improvement how-tos? Check out the latest movies and books for free; but note #2. 2. About 80 bucks a year. If your home has a taxable value of $130,000, that’s about $80/year in additional property tax- about the cost of two Tigers tickets, two hot dogs, two beers, and parking- and you can deduct it on your federal income tax. 3. Increase your home value. Great libraries build great communities, and vice versa! Quality of life indicators like excellent educational and cultural institutions, parks and recreational facilities, etc. make our township a better place to live. 4. Computer and Internet access and research assistance to boot! If you find yourself without a computer or Internet access at home, you can get online at the library, with individualized help from an information professional who doesn’t charge a consulting fee. 5. Obscure and familiar magazines. From Archaeology Odyssey to Canoe & Kayak, Mother Jones to Time, Babybug to Yoga Journal, a wealth of subjects is available! 6. Educational programs for adults. For example, the Financial Series in April, presented by experts in the field, featured ‘Starting a Small Business in Michigan? and ‘Keep Your Money: Retirement Planning.? 7. Something for everybody: children, teenagers, adults from 18 to 108. Storytimes, homework help, book discussion groups, gardening workshops and travelogues. 8. Your chance to be a local philanthropist. Just like steel magnate Andrew Carnegie 100 years ago (the Gilded Age’s version of Bill Gates), you can help fund your library for the improvement of society. Even though you’re not a millionaire. (Or even if you are.) 9. Books without borders. Owning your own personal copies of books is nice. But having free, unlimited access and borrowing rights to the wealth of published material that exists in this wide, wonderful world is priceless. 10. A great place for R&R&R (resting, reading, relaxation). Have you ever curled up in one of the library’s reading chairs with a good book? ‘I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy.? -Frank Zappa (1940-1993). Uh-oh. Make that a great place to nap, too. I could go on, but you catch my drift. For further information, call the library at 248-693-3000 or go to www.orionlibrary.org. Please get out and vote on May 8! — Amy Marcaccio Keyzer Past President, Women’s National Book Association/Detroit Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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When I grow up, I want to be a zookeeper. The library has so many books about animals that I can check out. I can even check out my own movies. I have my OWN library card! I like to play with the puppets. I love to read books and the Summer Reading Program is great! I like to write my own books too. I hope someday they will be on the shelf. I like to watch the fish in the tank with my cousin, Gracie. We also like to read together in the boat snuggled up with the pillows and big stuffed animals. We also play games on the computers. Miss Claire, Miss Linda, Miss Marge, Miss Kristen, and Miss Stephanie all have lots of cool, fun stuff to do when we go for programs! — Will Hoppe First Grader & Future Zoologist Paint Creek Elementary Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am disappointed in the Library Board’s choice to place their failed 2003 millage proposal on the School Board’s May 8 ‘Stealth Election.? Instead of taking the ‘high road,? and placing the millage question on last November’s or the November 2008 general election, it appears their strategy is not to find out what the majority of Orion Township voters want, but to rely on the fact that historically only 10 to 15% of voters turn out for spring elections. They have mobilized their supporters and they will need only seven to eight-percent of the registered voters to push through their millage. I personally believe that any millage request should only be allowed during a general election. Based upon the following factors, i.e.; state economy and looming tax increases: falling house values with increased property taxes; gas prices; the uncertain future of Chrysler workers and their benefits, I personally believe this is the wrong time to add additional tax burdens to Orion Township residents. But what do you think??? Please make the extra effort to vote on May 8 and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Let’s ensure your opinions are counted and prevent eight-percent of the voters from imposing their will on the silent majority. — Thomas E. Sanna Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Orion Township May 8 ballot will contain two proposals concerning the future of the township’s safety/bike/walking paths. Their passage will allow the township to complete most of the unfinished sections of the pathway system within the next few years. If these proposals do not pass, it will take over 50 years to complete the system under the current millage rate. If these proposals are passed, there will be no need for additional ballot requests for safety paths for 20 years. The cost to the owner of a home valued at $200,000 (taxable value ($100,000) will be $26 per year over the current tax. If they are passed, Orion school children will be able to walk safely to school. Orion residents will be able to use the safety paths without running into dead ends and travel safely by bicycle to Clarkston, Rochester, Oxford and beyond. So that we all can benefit from the completion of the system within the next few years, please vote yes for Orion safety paths on May 8. — Wayne & Jane Zimmerman Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I support the Orion Township Public Library’s May 8 ballot issue for renovation and expansion of its current building and I hope you will too! Phenomenal growth in material circulation and computer demand have made it impossible to add more books or computers without taking away space for reading or gathering. Growth projections show that the situation will only get worse. The building is 20 years old, wearing out, and is inefficient by today’s standards. Unfortunate as the current Michigan economic climate is right now, Orion Area residents will get a huge ‘bang for the buck? in this environment. Interest rates for bonds are low. Material costs and construction labor are low.’This will translate into more books, better equipment and better furnishings for the same amount of money.’Waiting for better times will cost more and provide less. Now is the time.’Please vote yes. — Jim Abramczyk Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am writing in support of the bond issue to expand and renovate the Orion Township Public Library. Voting YES May 8 helps our library to continue to support our community by providing quality materials and resources. We have lived in Orion Township for almost 30 years. We have raised our three children here. In those 30 years we have seen many changes. One area has remained constant however, our public library. Our library has been able to serve my family throughout the years. They have been there with bedtime story hours when our children were young. As they grew, they participated in Summer Reading Club and Battle of the Books. As they grew older, the library was there with resources for research projects and fun activities such as all night parties with parent chaperones. When they went to college they used databases and meeting areas, not to mention the books they took out for pure enjoyment of reading. The library is there for recreation, enjoyment, culture and education. Personally, I have used the library to provide low-level adult reading materials to tutor another adult to learn to read. I have found tax forms, checked out movies, listened to audio books, gone to cultural events, used the meeting rooms, gone to used book sales, just to name a few. I am sure these are just a few of the ways my family has benefited from the Orion Township Library. The value of our library is immeasurable! Our library is now over 20 years old, and our community has expanded and changed. Our library must keep up and make sure they are ready to support this evolving community. Vote YES May 8 for OUR Library. — MaryAnne Thorndycraft Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 2, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would like to take a moment to thank one of our judges that presides over our community: Judge Lisa L. Asadoorian. I cannot thank her enough for the sincere gratitude, compassion and concern she has for our community. As many of us know, we only hear from our elected officials during their election year and when that time goes, so do the candidates. That is certainly not true with Judge Asadoorian. She was re-elected to another six years in November 2006. Since her re-election she has made several appearances and fullfilled many commitments in Lake Orion and Orion Township. To show her true commitment to our community, Judge Asadoorian went to Lake Orion High School and spoke to all the juniors and seniors on Thursday, chaperoned the Lake Orion High School prom on Saturday, hosted a Town Hall Meeting for the members of the Lake Orion community on Monday evening and presented Youth Recognition awards to Lake Orion students on Tuesday evening. This is just an example of a few things she has done for our youth, parents and community. In addition, Judge Asadoorian presides over 11 jurisdictions and she treats each of them as if they were her only one. My hat goes off to her and I can honestly say that the vote I gave her has paid off! Thank you, Judge Lisa L. Asadoorian and keep up the good work, our community appreciates all you do. — Michele Novak Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 9, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am extremely disappointed in all who voted against the library proposal. I think it was a HUGE mistake and you all should be ashamed! A library is one of the most valuable resources that a city/town can offer. I bet none of you actually did the math before you hastily completed your ballot. Let me help you with it in terms that you will understand… One newly released movie per week for a year from your local movie store = $257.40 ?’OR?? Six newly released best sellers from your local retailer = $180.00 ?’OR?? One venti chai latte every morning before work = $1,000.00 per year. Seriously? You couldn’t spare an additional $200 per year on the opportunity to increase the value of your home by improving the area that you proudly call home? Priorities people, priorities! I think you need to review yours. — A concerned resident Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 16, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Oxford/Orion FISH would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Lake Orion for their generous response to the Letter Carriers? Food Drive held on Saturday, May 12. Once again, the community has provided for the needy of our area. This year, the total food collected weighed over 10,000 pounds. That’s five tons of provisions for the hungry. There are just so many people to thank, but ultimately, it is the postal workers who not only collected the food from the community, but also helped load our trucks to transport the many bags of food to our pantry. We also cannot forget the many volunteers who helped us sort and store the food on both Saturday and Sunday. — Oxford/Orion FISH Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 16, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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My son, Gary, had a chemical burn accident on the 7th of May. His cornea in one eye is burned. He may need stem cell replacement and a cornea implant. His vision is 20/2200. The accident happened at work and was not his fault. He will get full compensation for the accident. PLEASE PRAY FOR COMPLETE RESTORATION OF HIS EYESIGHT and keep me in your prayers as well. — Diane Biron Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 16, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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It’s that time of the year again. Members of the Lake Orion Fireworks Association met this past week and began making plans for Lake Orion’s annual fireworks display. It’s tentatively scheduled for June 30 (must be approved by the Lake Orion Village Council). My former boss, Jim Sherman, Jr., has again given the OK to put donation envelopes within The Ad-Vertiser. Sherman Publications has for many years provided this service to the community. Thousands of dollars have poured into the fireworks fund because the generous people of this community love the tradition of fireworks over Lake Orion during the July 4th holiday. They have been willing to write a check and mail them to us in a timely fashion. Our other big fundraiser in 2007 will be a breakfast, scheduled for June 17, at Buffalo Wild Wings on M-24 in Lake Orion. We’re just starting to make plans for this event, so look for more information in this paper in the future. Other area businesses, in the past, have supported this event by making numerous money or food donations, holding car washes or donating a portion of their food sales on a given day. I hope they will do that again this year. Other businesses have allowed us to put donation canisters near their check-out areas. Remember, every little bit counts. Our fireworks committee is very small. We volunteer our services every year because we don’t want to see the spectacular lighted display over the lake disappear because of a lack of interest. PLEASE HELP US. — Elaine Stieb Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 23, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Mary MacMaster, your beef is not with me. It’s with the Oakland Press reporter, who stated that the findings in the audit on the Alice Young debacle were that it was UNETHICAL. All my information came from this paper and the Oakland Press. It also appeared from the Oakland Press story that Mr. Dywasuk agreed with that conclusion, which should be no surprise to you. The simple fact is that Alice Young has made excuse after excuse in both papers. If what you say is true, then why didn’t she use that reasoning to explain herself? All I’ve read is that she was new to the job, it was Mr. Dywasuk’s fault, she got permission, it’s a political vendetta, etc. etc. Top it off that she continuously states that it’s nobody’s business how much money her daughter-in-law made off the deal – you say $0, the papers reported approximately $6,000. But I suppose they get their figures and their news from the sky, right? Or maybe Mr. Dywasuk dictates it? And again, you’re mixing apples with oranges. I don’t think anybody’s debating that she didn’t do her job. That’s not the issue. The issue is that what she did is flagrantly unethical. Anybody who’s in a position of that importance knows that they are to avoid conflicts of interest and any appearance of impropriety, because it undermines the public’s confidence. An audit was not unnecessary, it was appropriate, in the interest of public transparency! You see it as an unjustified expense, I see it as something needed to get to the bottom of the issue. As far as Ms. Bastian goes, it was Ms. Young in her editorial, where she accused Ms. Bastian of having a political agenda to get her, along with Mr. Dywasuk, that caused me to state what I did. It was simply ridiculous for her to say that Ms. Bastian would play such games. She’s never been that kind of person. Instead, she’s done her job efficiently and quietly. I don’t think anybody would disagree with you that there’s been some very controversial shenanigans going on within our government. In the end, I can’t trust someone who has such poor judgment and a lack of concern for transparency in government. — Laura Allen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 23, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We have a few quick ‘thank you? notes and one apology: To our volunteers and contributors: Thank you for your time, money and ideas on the bond campaign. Your support of the library is clear and appreciated. Thank you to Poppyseed and Carl Cyrowski for hosting several of our meetings and work sessions. A special thank you goes out to Indianwood Golf and Country Club for hosting our ‘Ice Breaker? fundraiser. To our local voters: We thank you allowing us to make our bond proposal presentation to you at over 50 of your homes, clubs and meetings. We were especially pleased when we heard from you that you had arrived at these presentations with hard questions for us and left the meetings with your questions clearly and professionally answered. Confirmation of your understanding and agreement to the proposal can be seen in the 53% approval we received in the local vote, a 10% improvement from the 2005 vote. To our absentee voters: We offer you a apology for not providing you in a timely manner with all the information you may have needed for a fully informed decision. Our campaign started in January when many of you were already in your warm winter homes. Your approval numbers were up by 2% since the 2005 election, but a strong majority of you voted to not support the library bond. We did receive an email from one of you which contained much misinformation. We responded with factual information and then received a gracious response that we had not provided you with this information. For this again we apologize. Where do we go from here? We make do with what we have for now. The problems of community growth and our aging building will remain problems for the foreseeable future. At some time soon we will again have to come back to you, the voters, for your direction. The Library Expansion Committee. — James Phillips Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 23, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Board of the Orion Township Public Library met after the May 8 elections to discuss the outcome and the defeat of the bond proposal to renovate our library. We were shocked and devastated after winning eleven of the fourteen precincts to learn that we did lose the vote. After further discussion and review, we are not sure this loss is representative of the will of the Lake Orion/Orion Township community. We have many individuals to thank for their support throughout the campaign and have heard from many disappointed community members regarding the outcome. Before the absentee vote was tallied, the bond issue was well ahead in votes. The absentee votes were then compiled. 62% of those voting absentee voted against the bond proposal. At this point it is difficult to know if the absentee voters disapproving of the library expansion opposed it on its merits, were not familiar with the issue or are part-year residents with a single agenda of not raising taxes, regardless of the cost to our community. We do know at the end of the election 53% of those going to the polls voted in favor of the library bond proposal. The question was defeated, however, due to the absentee ballot. The issues of library overcrowding and aging infrastructure deteriorating are not going away. We still have the same problems. For those of us that live here and raise our families here, the library is the hub of our community and increases our quality of life. It is imperative we keep it available and current. We are not sure if the voters of Lake Orion/Orion Township have spoken ? Is the library in its current state what the majority of residents really want? Or do Lake Orion/Orion Township residents want a library that is evolving and growing to continue to meet the diverse needs of our growing families and community? — MaryAnne Thorndycraft President, Orion Twp. Library Board Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 23, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I’m writing this letter because I have some concerns about the Oxford High School Code of Ethics in the Athletic Department. A few weeks ago, two high school kids were busted with drugs, marijuana and Oxycontin ? a drug that is related to Morphine. One was expelled and one was suspended for two weeks. The one who was suspended for two weeks plays on the baseball team. I hear he is one of the best on the team, and I assumed he would be kicked off the team for the suspension of drugs and not representing the school in an honorable way. But, as I have heard he was recently allowed to start playing with the team again. Here we have kids that are honest and hard working in and outside of school, honor roll students, some even have jobs. They wear their uniforms with pride because they know they have earned that spot on the team and they represent Oxford the best way they can. But what kind of message are the coaches and the athletic director trying to send to the players and all the students by letting a kid play on the baseball team after being busted with drugs? Are they saying that it’s OK as long as you’re a great ball player and have talent? Or are they saying ‘well, he made a mistake, did the time, now he can play again?? I’m having a hard time accepting this as a parent of a future high school student. There should not be a double standard for kids just because they have talent. He got busted with drugs! Shame on the coaches and the athletic director for allowing this to happen. This kid should not be allowed to play at all. This is what is wrong with our society today. Look at professional football, basketball and other pro sports out there. Players are getting busted for drugs, beating their wives, drunk driving and if somebody with any brains at all would have put their foot down on these players a long time ago, we wouldn’t have the problems we are having today in sports. Remember, this kid broke the law, but he found out its OK because he has talent. What’s next? If you are a concerned parent like me, I would like to ask your readers to start writing letters to the school board and athletic director for answers. Name withheld Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 30, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Joe Young, like Gary Ford, can only do as much as elected officials allow him to do. Joe Young was not elected in either Hazel Park or Oxford Village. Anyone see a similarity here? Young booted out of Hazel Park. Ford booted out of Harper Woods. Hazel Park and Harper Woods both have attorneys named Shifman. Oxford hired both past rejects ? Young and Ford. So, what does that say about Oxford officials ? elected by ‘we the people? to make decisions, do research, and act in the best interest of ‘we the people?? Sue Bellairs Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 30, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Some five or six years ago the residents in the area of the southeast quadrant were approached with a zoning variance request to allow the gravel parking lots that are now and have been being used for parking to be created. We were told not to worry because there were plans to pave them and turn them into part of the southeast quadrant parking within a year or two. Since that time I have received a couple more letters from the Zoning Board to allow continued use as they are now. I made it a point not to contest the variance as I feel that in most cases we do need the parking to support our area merchants. This being said I wonder how long it would take to have these lots paved if they were a couple of hundred feet from our planning commissioners homes? Now, the part that is kind of funny is that some of our commissioners for some reason couldn’t figure out why the fire department wants to keep Mill Street a straight line as much as possible. Have those of you that would like to have Chief LeRoy take time to explain this looked at a fire truck? They tend to be easier to use if you drive them in a straight line and are not trying to make offset corners. They do tend to be a little larger than the average vehicle, stop by a fire station and look at one sometime. Maybe if you ask the fire chief he will take you for a ride in one and let you play with the siren! The other part is even better, I have been listening for years to the talk about a safety issue. If you are so concerned about a safety issue you more than likely will have a lot less of a liability concern if you remove the gravel covered, unlit, irregular surface you have now and replace it with a well lit paved surface that can be kept clean and also snow free in the Winter months. The ‘Use at Your Own Risk? sign that was and may still be there is only going to do one thing, prove who has a better lawyer, the village or the person that slips (township residents don’t chuckle ? your record isn’t too hot with lawyers either). What it all comes down to is I am tired of waiting for you people to do something with this while you complain about every plan that is presented. It’s gone on long enough now ? either pave it or plant it and make a park out of it. Next time the letter comes from the Z.B.A. you can bet that I will be first in line to say no. Dennis Moser Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 30, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Osborn family wishes to thank everyone who came out to the Rely for Life Cancer walk last Saturday and Sunday. Our team, Chris’s Cowhands, had a great time raising funds for the cause. We want to thank all the walkers that supported us. We were in charge of the Survivors Reception and therefore wish to thank Costco, Achatz Pir Co. and Krogers (Bloomfield Hills and Oakland Twp.) for the cake, pie, water, supplies, etc. Thanks to all who generously gave us items for our silent auction and to those placing bids making it a success. A BIG thank you goes out again to Sherman Publications for being our Corporate Sponsor for the third year. The Osborns Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 30, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Thanks so much to everyone who worked on my campaign and especially to every Lake Orion Community Schools voter who took the time to cast his or her ballot in support of my re-election. The next four years will not be easy for public education in Michigan. Here’s my vote for solving these problems together. — Bob Gritzinger Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 30, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The May vote is exactly what the people of Orion wanted, no new spending on anything at this time. It really doesn’t matter if it was done on election day or by absentee ballot, the people who seemed to care voted, and the outcome should be final. If there was a higher turnout, it may have gone the other way, but that didn’t happen. That tells me that there are a large number of Orion residents that really don’t care one way or the other. So let’s move on, try the vote in a few more years when hopefully the state of the Michigan economy is in much better shape. Right now, like it or not, the people of Orion have spoken, and the issue was voted down. — Bill Denver Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 30, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I was invited to share in the Survivor Ceremony in Friendship Park on Saturday, May 19 for the Relay for Life. It was my first experience at such an event and I was moved by the many survivors who accompanied me during the ceremony and around the track for our victory lap. I later returned for the Luminaria Ceremony to honor not only other survivors, but also those who have lost their battle against this disease. Thank you to the committee for planning such a memorable event. I hope to participate next year as well. — Mary Harkins Survivor Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 30, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped out at the Orion Senior Center’s flower & craft booth during the Flower Fair. I would also like to thank all of the people who braved the below normal temperature and bought crafts, flowers and ice cream. Your support helps to enrich all of the programs that we have at the Senior Center. A special thanks to Carvel Ice Cream, which is located at Adams and Silverbell, for supporting our Senior Center too. — Bill Kokenos Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 30, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Why don’t you, the media, present the whole story about rising gasoline prices? What you normally put into headlines are words that are sensationalizing and inflammatory. You could try looking beyond your nose for some facts. They are available. At present we have the same refining capacity today (89.6%) that we had after hurricane Katrina and Rita knocked out some of the gulf refining operations. This capacity is up from the recent depressed level of 85%. Normally at this time of the year this capacity is running at 93-96%. In simple terms, this is called ‘Supply and Demand.? Last week, in the country of Dubai, the Oman Refining Co. announced that they will be seeking to import gasoline as their 106,400 barrel per day refinery is shut down until early June, creating less supply and more demand. This is a new occurrence. Do I like paying $3.59 for gasoline? No. But I also realize the price is justified, based on facts. The price of crude oil and gasoline are set on ‘world markets,? by ‘world traders.? Every time a country like Venezuela nationalizes what was a private oil company investment, or a problem occurs that requires shutting down a refinery, the ‘world market traders? bid up the raw cost they are willing to pay to keep their supply flowing. There is a price premium for the uncertainty of supply. Your representatives (i.e. Hillary Rodham Clinton) who want to confiscate oil company profits as outrageous, (Exxon made a 11% net profit on sales last year), sensationalize just like the media. You don’t hear facts like Microsoft made a 36% net profit on sales, more than three times what Exxon made. The solution is for anyone who wishes to complain, do so to their federal representative who block offshore drilling, over regulate the building of refineries with their ‘do good? legislation. The last U.S. built refinery went into service in 1976. None since that date. Demand that your legislature shorten up on the permit process (10 years), location restrictions, not in my backyard (NIMBY), and other unnecessary regulations. New refineries are being built, but overseas, not in the USA. Just to update a refineries? emission equipment for new regulations, these companies have to jump thru hoops. So instead of WHINING, try capitalism. Buy some oil, gas and refining company stocks. — David Janman Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on May 30, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Why do you degrade your paper by providing space to Bill Kalmar? He uses a lead-in pertaining to the millage election results to publish a completely unrelated tirade against the Archdiocese of Detroit. While the Catholic Church admittedly has some problems, they should not be of major concern, or cost, to Mr. Kalmar if he is not a ? practicing? Roman Catholic. If he is a ‘practicing? Roman Catholic, I would suggest that he address his concerns to the ‘Michigan Catholic? newspaper, the Chancery Office or his local pastor or confessor. As former Director of the Michigan Quality Council, he could perhaps provide his expertise to the Archdiocese in solving the problems. Hopefully his services would be a lower rates than the fees listed on the Michigan Quality Councils? website, for requesting their awards. Furthermore, I doubt that you would have printed an article containing similar accusations if they had been directed at the Muslim or other religious organization. — Bill Roberts Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 6, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Oxford Township’s 2007 Annual Clean-up Day was a very successful event. This was due to the overwhelming support and participation of local businesses, organizations and residents. A great big THANK YOU goes out to the following participants and contributors: Helen Barwig, Bill and Sue Bellairs, Boy Scout Troop 366, Clear Lake Peace Keepers, Cross Roads for Youth, Ron Davis, Parks and Recreation Director, Bill Dunn, Township Supervisor, Patti Durr, Pat Fitchena, Friends, Neighbors, and Family of Henry Gleisner, Tom and Kevin Jickling, Jeff Kinsaz, Parks and Recreation Maintenance Director, Friends, Neighbors, and Family of Kristy Mitchell, Oakland County Sheriff Department and Inmates, Boot Camp, WAM Program, Oxford Sub Station, Rebecca Rendon, Barry & Elizabeth Ruff, Bridget Stondifer, Curtis Wright, all other Homeowners Associations, Residents of Oxford, and Local Area Church Groups, Allied Waste North America, Inc. crew, Gordon Food Service Marketplace for their discount, Lake Villa Mobile Home Park, LLC- Greg Christopher and their financial contribution, Meijer, Inc. (Oxford) Bakery Staff for getting up so early to make the doughnuts and bagels, Oxford-Waterstone, LLC and their financial contribution, Royal Oak Boring Industries and their financial contribution, TKMS Ltd., and their financial contribution, Trojan development Co., Inc., and their financial contribution, Sandman, Inc., and their financial contribution, ITW Devcon Futura Coatings and their financial contribution. And if by chance we did not mention your name or organization WE also THANK YOU! The amount of interest indicates the importance of keeping Oxford Township a clean and attractive community, which continues to be achieved with your ongoing acknowledgment and support. Deanna Burns Oxford Twp. Deputy Supervisor Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 6, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I wonder if Mrs. Bellairs has ever made a mistake? I would think that a person of her age should wonder why she rushes to the negative in people. Is there nothing in the whole community that she can speak positively about. I would suggest to Mrs. Bellairs and her former police associates those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. The voters should elect people that have a vision for the future of Oxford, not those who continually have negative words and thoughts. It’s time for Mrs. Bellairs and her fellow negative associates to become more loving grandparents and let those with a vision and positive attitudes shape the future of Oxford. Martin Scypinski,Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 6, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This letter was not for or against Joe Young ? or Gary Ford for that matter. My point was that Oxford officials entered into contracts with these individulas with both eyes open. They might tell you otherwise ? but if they did the interviews and check-ups like they said they did ? then these facts couldn’t be hidden. Put the blame where blame belongs. Sue Bellairs, Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 6, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In response to C.J. Carnacchio’s recent column concerning the wisdom of building a new township hall in Oxford, I can only say, that to conclude the piece by saying ‘By all means, let’s keep the lazy, the nasty, and the rude on the payroll? was in itself nasty and rude. It would appear The Oxford Leader has on its payroll a nasty and rude person. C.J., you are entitled to your opinion, but it is unnecessary to resort to name calling to make your point. Your credibility suffers, and casts doubts on your entire point of view, when you take this tact. Fred Snow, Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 6, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On Wednesday, May 23, a certified letter was received and signed for by my husband. Upon opening the letter it was discovered that, Jill Verros ? Deputy/Assistant for our Orion Township Supervisor had an attorney from a Mount Clemens law firm asking me to publish a retraction of a statement that I had published in our local paper on May 2. The statement that I have been asked to retract,… ‘and Jill Verros misrepresented herself as, …someone responsible for the financial records of the township.? In order to retract that statement it would have to be asked of the general counsel for Royal Alliance, Inc. to retract his statement in a letter, dated December 7, 2005, to Supervisor Gerald A. Dywasuk, ‘Two individuals, a man and a woman, called the Royal Alliance home office to ask about account #xxxxx. You represented yourself as someone who acted in the capacity of a mayor, and the woman represented herself as someone responsible for the financial records of the township.? Included in the general counsel’s letter, ‘You and your colleague asked about a letter of intent.? It would also have to be asked of Jill Verros to deny the e-mail garnered through a Freedom of Information Act Request, and dated Friday, March 24, 2006. Her e-mail was sent to the supervisor, various and sundry newspapers, Lt. Bruce Naile, our township trustees, as well as our clerk and treasurer. In the e-mail Jill Verros admits to making three phone calls to Royal Alliance, ‘Placed by Jerry and me from his phone line on or about 11-17-05.? Other phone calls were admitted to in the e-mail. One placed by her on 1122-05 and also, ‘Jerry and me from his phone line on or about 12-22-05.? Now, in regards to the Royal Alliance general counsel and the question put forth about ‘letter of intent.? This also comes up in Jill Verros’s e-mail, ‘We asked him [Abe Minz of Royal Alliance] to explain what a ‘letter of intent? was since neither of us had heard the term before.? Included in Jill Verros’s attorney’s letter to me was a copy of the Revised Judicature Act 236 of 1961 – 600.2911 Action for libel or slander. In the Act it states, ‘An action for libel or slander shall not be brought based upon a communication involving public officials or public figures, unless the claim is sustained by clear and convincing proof that the defamatory falsehood was published [emphasis mine] with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether or not it was false.? We have an appointed public official ‘Deputy/Assistant to the Supervisor Jill Verros? having a law firm threatening prosecution of a taxpayer and resident of the community for information that the taxpayer garnered through a Freedom of Information Act Request. What should I retract? The information garnered through FOIA that admits in an e-mail that Jill Verros and our Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk placed the phone calls to Royal Alliance? — Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 6, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I see that there was a response to my article of last week regarding the Archdiocese of Detroit (?11th Commandment – Thou Shall Be Fiscally Responsible?) from Bill Roberts. Interestingly enough, my article resonated well with scores of people who contacted me with supportive comments, and frankly, more stories and instances of fiscal mismanagement in the Archdiocese. For the few fringe group, ‘blind faith? respondents, such as Roberts that objected to my comments, perhaps I was right on target and in the words of Colonel Nathan Jessup from the movie ‘A Few Good Men? – maybe they ‘can’t handle the truth.? As I continue to write for The Lake Orion Review about current issues, I am sure that there will be informed, cogent and incisive criticisms of my articles. Unfortunately, this was not one of those times. In that regard, I always enjoy reading feedback from readers especially those with myopic points of view. — Bill Kalmar Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 13, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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After watching another township board meeting last week, one of our trustees voiced his frustration over the ongoing lack of communication from Supervisor Dywasuk, further evidence of no leadership. And another agenda item, of a disgruntled employee, pushed by Dywasuk to be a full-timer with benefits against the board’s wishes, now sues a resident who questioned it, further embroiling matters. Then, former Township Trustee Will Wilsher asked about the $500,000-plus line item cost to clean the free dirt received by Parks & Recreation Director Blanchard. Dywasuk recently said he would investigate the source of the error, but has now declined. So we conclude, his protocol, or lack of, is to blame. Dywasuk leads the study for a new building to expand the costs of operating the Township, ignoring the residents? vote, ‘no more spending on the Library or the safety paths.? It’s one thing to move the Sheriff, who will pay for their new facility, but another to allow other departments to expand their kingdoms. Orion’s population was at 32,259 in 2006 and projected to 33,047 by 2011. So, our ‘expansion? is over! Since the township has so much money, let’s get some of our money back; a tax cut!? And fix the microphones for the meetings. Thus, Supervisor Dywasuk’s leadership blindly leads the charge, spending more money, when most cities and townships are fiercely cutting expenses and personnel. If any of the township board follows his lead, who wants to bet against seeing new faces on our board in 2008, including his position? — Burke Cueny Former Township Trustee, retired Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 13, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Well, Orion Township Supervisor Gerald A. Dywasuk, your motto should be, ‘I will not fail to mislead or disappoint the citizens of Orion Township.? Just what did the headline say June 6 in The Review? ‘Assistant files lawsuits?! So, my question to you, Mr. Supervisor, is why do you keep defending and praising this Jill Verros, who, in my opinion, only wants to see how much trouble and money she can make out of Orion Township, as well as two township officials and one citizen? If this nonsense is allowed to continue any further, I can almost bet that Orion Township’s future will be bankrupted by constant lawsuits. It seems to me, Mr. Dywasuk, that you are either lax or don’t care about Orion Township and its citizens, to allow a thing like this to happen. In fact, what I see is that you keep defending Jill Verros, even though she is suing the township. Where are your smarts man? A lot of people in Orion Township can see through this farce. Let’s put a lid on this garbage before it gets to the point where more citizens will be leaving Orion Township when they see their tax dollars being wasted on these lawsuits. And believe me, it can happen. Do yourselves and the citizens of Orion Township a favor, Dywasuk and Verros, and go away. Most of us don’t need you two here. — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 13, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In the June 13 edition of The Oxford Leader, I read about the fight that occured between some young people on Polly Ann Trail. Now, I don’t live that far from the area and I have two small children that I walk with down that very path from time to time in order to reach the library. Besides having the fear of God put in my heart that we could run into that kind of scuffle on the Polly Ann, it got me to thinking about the title. Thanks, C.J., for asking that question ‘Do you know what your children are doing?? Now, I am a realist and I know that as parents, we cannot be with our children 24/7, but I think that you made a very poignant statement with that simple line. Parents in Oxford and surrounding communities I CHALLENGE you to pay attention to what your children are doing, and who they are with on a regular basis. I work with teenagers day in and day out, and I know that when you get a group of kids together, mob mentality can certainly take over and those same sweet children can change into people that you don’t recognize. There are so many good, positive things that kids can get involved with in our community under safe supervision. Sports, volunteering, church groups, music, dance and the list goes on and on. I think as parents that we can prevent these types of violent acts, which I chalk up to boredom, by just being more present in our kids? lives. Let’s not forget spending time with our children as a family. Do things with your children. Be involved. If your kids know they can trust you and you can trust them, we won’t have to read about the fighting, violence and other generally unacceptable behavior in our community. It is US, the parents, that can truly make a difference in how our youth spend their time. Don’t expect the police to parent when we need to do that God-given job ourselves. Kelly Senger Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 20, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Thank you for running my last information about Guy Kessler. I sat down and thought about sports stars from Oxford High School from the 1960s. Here are some names you might remember: Val Sausser, Frank Hardgrove, Jim Casey, Doug Stott, Max Dunn, Big Red Newton, Mike Lantry, Jim Bates and Jeff Brady (who lettered in three sports, football, baseball and basketball and was darned good in all three). These names are just from my memory — I don’t have a year book or old newspaper clippings to help. I know there are other names I should remember. I would be wrong if I didn’t go into a little more detail on the following three athletes. 1. Richard Duncan: a darn tough, mean football player. 2. Dave Sweeney: the neighborhood jock who played basketball, base ball and would have been a good quarterback. 3. Jeff Brady: the most charismatic guy I ever met. This dude was handsome. When he was around women, you’d have thought Elvis Presley was in town! Again, this is all from memory. I heard from Guy Kessler that all this information and more about Oxford athletes is on the corner of M-24 & Burdick — where Oxford Bank was is now a historical museum. I wouldn’t have known that if Guy hadn’t have told me. Oxford Bank is where I went and Bob Dick gave me the loan to get my first car. In the 1950s, I believe, Nick Niera and Jim Drake were the top athletes to come out of Lake Orion and Oakland County. (Nick, I still owe you lunch!) Memories are what make life go on. Remember, Philippians 413, ‘Praise God!? Bob Gaddis, OHS Class of 1958 (As always, anybody who has more memories to share, give me a call at 248-673-2879.) Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 20, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I wish to thank everyone who helped to make my day a special one. It was swell to see and hear from so many of my friends and relatives, even from as far away as Florida and California. Thanks again. (Thanks Jan R.) –M. Edward Bird Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 20, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Thank you for running my last information about Guy Kessler. I sat down and thought about sports stars from Oxford High School from the 1960s. Here are some names you might remember: Val Sausser, Frank Hardgrove, Jim Casey, Doug Stott, Max Dunn, Big Red Newton, Mike Lantry, Jim Bates and Jeff Brady (who lettered in three sports, football, baseball and basketball and was darned good in all three). These names are just from my memory — I don’t have a year book or old newspaper clippings to help. I know there are other names I should remember. I would be wrong if I didn’t go into a little more detail on the following three athletes. 1. Richard Duncan: a darn tough, mean football player. 2. Dave Sweeney: the neighborhood jock who played basketball, base ball and would have been a good quarterback. 3. Jeff Brady: the most charismatic guy I ever met. This dude was handsome. When he was around women, you’d have thought Elvis Presley was in town! Again, this is all from memory. I heard from Guy Kessler that all this information and more about Oxford athletes is on the corner of M-24 & Burdick — where Oxford Bank was is now a historical museum. I wouldn’t have known that if Guy hadn’t have told me. Oxford Bank is where I went and Bob Dick gave me the loan to get my first car. In the 1950s, I believe, Nick Niera and Jim Drake were the top athletes to come out of Lake Orion and Oakland County. (Nick, I still owe you lunch!) Memories are what make life go on. Remember, Philippians 4-13, ‘Praise God!? — Bob Gaddis, OHS Class of 1958 (As always, anybody who has more memories to share, give me a call at (248)673-2879.) Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 20, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Orion Firefighters Association and the Orion Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank Bill and Kristen Grannis, owners of Opa Coney Island Restaurant for the use of their business parking area and water on Saturday, June 23. Our fundraising car wash was a huge success, the best yet! Many thanks to area residents for their generous donations. See you next June! — Orion Firefighters Association & Orion Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 27, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I wish to express my thanks to all the Orion Township Public Library staff, all of the volunteer workers for their time, Baldwin Kroger store for supplying bags for the Saturday ‘Bag Day? sale and to the community for donating their gently used books. The book sales are definitely a team effort. If you would like to volunteer to work the book sale, please leave your name and phone number at the library, with ‘Attention Marie English? on the envelope and they will be sure that I receive it. Our next book sale will be the week of September 18. You may leave donated books at the library beginning on August 15. Thank you again for your support. — Marie LaLone English Chairman, Friends Used Book Sale Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 27, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Criticizing Judge Nicholson’s handling of a case involving an underage drinker is completely unfounded. As a substance abuse counselor for a local school district, I have worked with Judge Nicholson at many events where she speaks to our parents and teenagers about social and legal consequences of underage drinking. Her message is compelling. It’s my understanding that Defendant Moss is currently on probation in the district court with at least two judges, for three separate crimes involving impaired driving, possessing drugs and underage drinking. For some reason, defendant and his attorney/uncle think this behavior now merits a vacation. Moss? last minute request to leave on a trip that included a winery tour was rightfully denied. I applaud Judge Nicholson for her principled decision; although it was not easy, it was certainly right. Her rulings force young adults to take responsibility and accept consequences for bad behavior; that’s a mark of a good judge. Shame on the defendant, his attorney/uncle, news columnists and the circuit court judge who now seek to pressure and embarrass Judge Nicholson for following the law and enforcing her court order. The attorney/uncle came to court unannounced, without proper paperwork and sought a private ‘off the record? conversation with the judge. Any attorney will tell you that method is illegal. Instead of ignoring the law, Judge Nicholson upheld it by insisting that the attorney file his request in writing. He responded by calling the media. Typical. Thank you Judge Nicholson for your resistance to whining, for refusing to reward young offenders with trips out of town, and for your strict adherence to legal procedure. — Michele Novak Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 27, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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While individually thanking all of the kind people who helped out with Oxford High School’s 2007 All-Night Party would be impossible, I would like to take this opportunity to do the second-best thing and address en masse all of the parents, businesses, and other volunteers for their generous donations of time, money, and/or resources. As a new 2007 graduate of Oxford High School and party attendee, I can say from first-hand experience that the night was so much fun, filled with all sorts of details that made it memorable for years to come. From the photo opportunity with a real Lambourgini to the hypnotist that mesmerized more than just the volunteers, the party was amazing. I don’t know one student who did not have a great time. A special thanks to Mrs. Karen Moore, the party organizer who helped coordinate everything. I appreciate all of the hard work you and everyone else did that made the party a great send-off from high school. Sarah Tomaka Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on June 27, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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While individually thanking all of the kind people who helped out with Oxford High School’s 2007 All-Night Party would be impossible, I would like to take this opportunity to do the second-best thing and address en masse all of the parents, businesses, and other volunteers for their generous donations of time, money, and/or resources. As a new 2007 graduate of Oxford High School and party attendee, I can say from first-hand experience that the night was so much fun, filled with all sorts of details that made it memorable for years to come. From the photo opportunity with a real Lambourgini to the hypnotist that mesmerized more than just the volunteers, the party was amazing. I don’t know one student who did not have a great time. A special thanks to Mrs. Karen Moore, the party organizer who helped coordinate everything. I appreciate all of the hard work you and everyone else did that made the party a great send-off from high school. Sarah Tomaka Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 4, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Friend of Village Parks, The Lake Orion Village Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee thanks you for your help and support for our ‘Celebrate Parks Day 2007.? Without your help we would not have been able to provide a fun and safe day for parents and kids at Greens Park. Because of you and your support, we were able to provide children with arts and crafts projects such as making wind socks, bracelets and butterflies. We were able to provide t-shirts with our ‘Celebrate Parks? logo, buffalo wings, bottled water and various gifts and prizes. The games that we had, specifically the water balloon toss, went over quite well given the hot day that we were blessed with. The Parks and Recreation Committee hopes to be able to provide the community with events such as this more often, and to greater success, with the support of people and groups like you. Please contact us with any questions, suggestions or requests that you may have to help us fulfill our goal of providing safe, fun and relaxing areas for local residents to enjoy with their families. Thank you for being a friend to our community. — Michael Toth & Rosemary C. Ford Parks & Rec. Advisory Committee. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 4, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Ms. Sokol, Do you remember over two years ago, I had been warning the people of this township that there was not a good emergency plan for any of us. I was told to go and speak to the Ham Radio Group and that they would probably help me. Needless to say, my husband and myself attended one of those meetings in October of 2005. And right away they said that they would not help me and I should not have come. So, we went our way. I had a very informative meeting at the former Gingellville Community center along with the Michigan Minute Men and a trained Cadaver dog. Very few people showed up. Although, during that time, Ms. Sokol, you did ask me to help you get a plan started for the seniors and I told you I would gladly help you. But guess what? You never got back with me. I wish you good luck. If anyone is interested in getting a plan read for the township, please give me a call at (248)391-1773. — Betty McDowell Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 4, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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While gathering on the lake for the fireworks, a lot of people must have noticed Lake Orion Police operating boats on the lake without life vests (not a good example by law enforcement personnel) and standing up in the boat. I’m sure he was using a lanyard at the time? As for the excuse he needed to be able to see–I would slow down as to not make a wake, but his large wake almost pushed the Oakland County boat into a group of anchored boats. Both of the Oakland County officers were wearing high visiblity life vests and remained seated until they disengaged the drive unit to talk to people. I understand the need to keep the area clear for the fireworks due to the liability issues. But liability starts with common sense. Both Orion boats needed a second rider that was capable of handling the boat in case of emergency. If the officer would have slipped and fell in his boat, the boat would have run into a lot of anchored boats. That is why lanyards are required on all newer boats. I’m sure all of us old-time lake residents remember all the close calls we’ve have with operators being thrown out of the boat and the boat running across the lake until it hit something. I agree on the need for officers on the water, but they need to be better trained. Once again we were lucky nobody got hurt this time. — Keith Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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For some weeks now, ever since I read the new editor of the Lake Orion Review’s assessment of the ongoing problems in our township government, I have to say I was disappointed. His basic theme, ‘Let’s move on and be positive-after all we have good people,? really bothered me. What this attitude displays to me is a complete lack of accountability. Nobody, it seems, is responsible anymore for anything. When someone does something wrong, I think they should own up to it. They should make every attempt to correct it and be, get this, responsible. But today, it seems like ‘cheating? is a way to get ahead. A sterling example of this was when the Director of the Detroit Zoo lied on his resume about having a PhD. He said it was a ‘mistake?-a mistake which was outed by someone who sent an anonymous letter to the board. Bottom line, he refused to claim that he deliberately lied to get the job, instead he claimed it was an oversight. As a result, he got to keep his job, with a minor penalty of paying what amounts to a small fine. No accountability. The city manager of Sterling Heights lied on his resume, claiming college degrees, of which he had none. He was fired, yes, but got a similar job in another municipality. No accountability. Has anyone ever stopped to think about what a bad example this sets for our young people? It’s no wonder they think that lying, cheating and stealing is a-ok, since our officials and leaders do it with aplomb. Then it’s sanctioned by the ‘well, it will get better now? crowd, who seem to think ignoring the problem is the best way of solving it. The more that something is ignored, the bigger the problem gets, and we have no better example of that than 9/11. The problems we have seen with the Orion Township government should not be swept under the rug, or dismissed under the guise of ‘can’t we all just move on?? I really wonder when this society is going to wake up. Probably not until the whole infrastructure comes crashing down because nobody is responsible or accountable. Sorry, it’s not my problem… — Laura Allen Editor’s note: The editorial referred to in this letter ran in our June 13 issue. The ‘move on? comment read as follows: ‘It’s time for everyone to put their past differences behind them and move on in the best interests of the township.? That comment was made only in reference to the constant bickering between the board’s three full-time employees and the need for them to get past their differences. It was in no way intended to mean ‘let’s forget about the issues,? as this letter might suggest. The Review is currently monitoring and/or investigating several issues involving the board, some which date back multiple years. You can look for ongoing stories in our new ‘The Update? feature each week on Page 4, and we will have more in-depth reports on a number of these topics in the coming weeks. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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There are some items regarding our American rights that have not been reported in the national media. First, it should be our right to choose what we put into our bodies as vitamins, supplements and herbs. Unfortunately, Congress voted to give the FDA and their cohorts in the Monsanto Chemical Company the privilege to make that decision for us. Congress has previously okayed Monsanto to alter (with pesticides) genetically the seed of not only corn, but also soybeans and wheat. Fifty years ago, children were not born with rare cancers including those affecting the nervous system and brain. If pesticides damage and kill insects by destroying the neurological system, why would the FDA and Congress believe they would not harm humans and animals? Could it be that the interest by Americans in organic food and vitamins, and in holistic medicine, is a financial threat to the large drug and chemical companies? Already here in Michigan, organic farmers of produce, meat, milk and grains are targets of the chemical mafia, confiscating their inventory and equipment. My second concern is the lack of public information regarding the March 2005 treaty, signed in Texas by President Bush, Mexico’s former president, Fox, and also Canada’s Martin, to create ‘A NORTH AMERICAN UNION? erasing the national borders. Is this why President Bush wants amnesty for the illegals, allowing 12 to 20 million illegals to stay in after only 18 months? This plan will destroy our economy and national security. — E. Pantak Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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On behalf of the Hot Blues and BBQ event, I would like to take the time to thank everyone that made, and continues to make it such a successful event, year after year. If I have left your name off, I apologize. I would like to thank the following sponsors, volunteers and workers: Village of Oxford, Oxford DDA, Detroit Blues Society, Blues Revue Magazine, Guitar Center, Staybridge Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Dusty Blues.com, Detroit Country Music.com, Music Mentors, No Cover Productions, The Oxford Leader, The Oakland Press, Suburban Lifestyles, Oxford Lakes Dental Care, Robert Bunting, Mark Young Jewelers, The Tan Company, Hubert Distributors, Blues Festival Guide, Groves True Value Hardware, Oxford Community Television, Romayne and Lindsay Allen, Jim Hughes, Matt Weber, Errica Shanahan, Christy and Jeff Howard, John Burkhart and his gate gang, Oxford Lions Club, Jason Wollard, Jim Angelo, Adam Neymanowski, Jim Henry, Maureen and Dave Helmuth, Pat Paad, Gretchen and Paul Dallas, Sue, Sonny, and Stacey Jones, Alden Miller, Teri and Don Stiles, Jamie and Theresa, Lynette Johnson and Amy Alder from the Oxford Chamber, Marilyn Benner, Sara Bejma, Rose Bejma, Joe and Carol Young, Oxford Police Department ? Mike Neymanowski Chief, Oxford Police Reserves – Michael Bejma Commander, Oxford DPW ? Don Brantley Superintendent with Rudy Reyes, Rich Sands, Tom McNeese, Mike Modders, Oxford Village Council, Mike Hamilton, Chris Bishop, Clayton House, Crossroads for Youth, and countless others that gave freely of their time. An event of this magnitude requires an extremely large amount of effort and thanks to all of you. We made it happen once again. You folks are the very best of what our community should be about. See all of you next year on the weekend of June 21-23, 2008. Steven J. Allen Event Coordinator Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 11, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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While taxes are a necessary part of maintaining community services, they must be appropriate, relevant, and kept as low as possible without jeopardizing public health and safety. HB 4852, a bill currently under consideration in the Michigan House Appropriations Committee meets none of these criteria. This bill would add a monthly tax to every telephone and cell phone bill in the state in order to fund law enforcement activities. This tax is neither appropriate nor relevant to phone bills, but rather an attempt to pass along shortfalls in the state budget by creating hidden taxes. It may be that the services to be funded by this legislation are necessary and vital in order to protect our residents. If that ius the case, then that need should be addressed openly and honestly and a funding solution arrived at in the appropriate forum. A hidden tax on our phone bills is not that forum. I urge everyone to contact our state representative and encourage them to stand firm against hidden taxes and reject this tax shift. Oakland County Commissioner Eileen Kowall (R-White Lake Twp.) Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 18, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I was told at a young age that we, as people, should have respect for our laws, which govern our country. I do not find it hard to obey the law, but I do find it hard to obey laws which have no respect for its citizens! Your property tax laws are one example. If you do not pay your taxes on your homestead, the government takes your homestead away from you. Then you have your income tax: state, federal and, in some areas, local. If you don’t pay those taxes, it usually means imprisonment and a hefty fine and seizing your assets. It really befuddles me how these laws ever become laws, when, according to our U.S. and State Constitutions, we were supposed to vote on whether we wanted these taxes. Remember ‘let the people decide, not your elected officials.? There was a song out by John C. Fogerty and C.C.R. back in 1970 called, ‘Fortunate Son.? In it, the lyrics were, ‘and when they play, ‘Hail to the Chief? boy they point the cannon at you!? That song had a message to the people 37 years ago, and it still stands true today. ‘Government by the people for the people,? not ‘Government by the Government to the people.? — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 18, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I have lived in Lake Orion all my life and I have raised my three children here also. Now I have grandchildren who are also being raised here, and most of my family remains here. Naturally, growing up here, one of my fondest memories was of the July 4th celebration. Even now, my grandson, my kids and myself can not wait until the Fourth. I can honestly say not any more. I was never so disgusted and disappointed as I was this year. This will be our last year going into town for this. No more can this be called a family oriented event. My pregnant daughter, my five-year-old grandson, my husband and myself were shoved and knocked around just trying to get from one end of town to the other. I have never seen so many rude people in one area at one time. This crowd consisted of at least 95-percent of rude, loud and obnoxious teenagers! Barely dressed and loud swearing everywhere. The hour I did spend there, I saw only two policemen, and they were on their way back to the station. That was the only police presence I saw! There were bikes, dogs and skateboards everywhere. I called my daughter, who was bringing her one-monthold, and told her not to come. I told her it was unbelievable and told her what we were seeing and what it took to even walk down there. Needless to say, she did not come. Finally, after making our way out of that crowd, we made our way to watch the fireworks. We went to sit behind the bank at Flint and M-24. Believe me, all the fireworks were not in the sky! With my five-year-old grandson we sat down, along with other people, and turned to see a teenage girl and boy wrapped in blanket having sex! Yes, it was very obvious, especially when the girl was trying to pull up her pants when they were done. Yes, this will definitely be our last year to celebrate the 4th of July in Lake Orion. — C. Wood A very discouraged resident Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I just shake my head every time I read about the complaints of the Lake Orion parking situations. So a person cannot find a parking place immediately in front of the store or business they want to go into? This is the case in many countries and other cities too. I have not had a problem finding a parking place ever. Yes, maybe it is not right in front of the business I am wanting to go into, but ‘oh my, so one has to walk say two or three or four blocks.? This is good for a person. Stop complaining about something like this and park a few blocks away and walk. It is good for one’s health and as you walk open your eyes. Maybe you will see a new place of business you did not know was in the town, or you might even be able to say hello and smile to someone else who is also walking too, and maybe you can be walking with your family to the car after dining and continue some family conversations. Take time to stop and smell the flowers. — Therese Gavin Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on July 25, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I am truly pleased that Orion Twp. has two great musical groups that deserve all the praise and support that we can give. The Tom Allport Big Band and the Jump Street Swing Band! Tom Allport’s group has got a sound of its own ,with influences of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and Pancho Sanchez added to their musical repitore, along with vocalist Joan Crawford, who is a great jazz and blues singer, much in the tradition of Phyliss Hyman and Minnie Ripperton. The Jump Street Band is a good sounding group with shades of Glenn Miller, Sammy Kaye, Xajer Cugart and some Dixieland added to bring the old time Walled Lake Casino Graystone Ballroom era back to this area! Let’s support these groups and the other fine arts here in Orion Twp. I do pass out compliments and praise when they are deserving. — James B. Delavan Letter to The Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 1, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, We would like to thank the many persons and businesses that supported the Strawberry Festival 2007. Without your generous support, there would not be a festival. We appreciate very much each and everyone of you. The day was a great success, and probably for me the greatest joy was the special guests who participated. What a blessing they are and will continue to be to this community. Our special thanks to these area businesses: Addison Plumbing, AMVETS Post 108, Anson Rowley Conractor, Bear Paw Cafe, Caroline’s Shear Inspirations, Char’s Catering, Distinctive Design, Farmer’s Insurance-Michelle Houck, Geno & Son, Glen Eisenhardt Excavating, Grace Way Christian Fellowship Church, Hallie Web Design, Heather Hills Golf Course, Heidebrecht Chevrolet, John Spezia, Lakeville Dry Cleaners, Lakeville Medical Clinic-Dr. Ram Surandren, Leonard’s Old Time Barber Shop, Leonard Post Office, Leonard Storage, Leonard’s Market, North Oakland Elks #2716, Oasis Salon, Oxford Area Schools, Road Maintenance Corp., Rochester Hills Riding Stables, Smither’s Heating and Cooling, Stoney Creek Landscaping, Steenson Enterprises, Strobel’s, The Oxford Leader. A special thank you to our Platinum Sponsors, Addison Foods, Cooper Standard Automotive and Lakeville Inn. Also, the Leonard DPW, especially Don Irwin for his donation of his time. Charlene Sutherby Leonard Summer Fest. Committee To the residents of the Village of Leonard and Addison Township, Marie Spezia would like to thank everyone for being selected to be the Special Person at the Strawberry Festival. Marie is a very special person, 100 years special. She said many times during the festival how much she loves everyone. To know her is to love her. Charlene Sutherby on behalf of Marie Spezia Leonard Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 1, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I read the article written by Bill Kalmar in the July 25th Lake Orion Review entitled ‘Welcome Back to the 14th Century,? were he bashes our beloved Pope Benedict XVI, God’s vicar on earth. A more appropriate title would have been ‘Personal Reflections of One Who Has Lost His Faith.? Mr. Kalmar is a live journalist who writes with enthusiasm that what the world needs now is a more modern Catholic Church — but the dead journalist, G. K. Chesterton, wrote with rationality when he said, ‘we need not a Church that is right when the world is right, but a Church that is right when the world is wrong.? The Catholic Church is ahead of the times, not behind it. If you are interested in hearing the truth about the Church Christ founded, call up Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) on the internet or TV, and listen to 1090 AM Michigan Catholic Radio. — J. Mack Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 8, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Since the mid-1980’s, the Lake Orion Police Department Dispatch Center has been the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for Village and Township residents for 911 calls for emergency service responses. This includes 911 emergency calls for police, medical or fire department needs. Previous to the 911 system in Michigan, we have been the call takers and dispatchers for the Orion Township Fire Department since two-way radios were installed in Fire Trucks. During the negotiations for the current agreement, statements were made at a public meeting and printed in this paper that are factually wrong and that falsely represented the ability of the equipment and personnel of the Lake Orion Police 911 Center. When I read these comments, I was disturbed and concerned that anyone who lives or works in the Orion area that also heard or read the opinions would believe that your 911 Center is substandard. Therefore, I would be neglectful if I did not make public comment on this issue? ~~ It has been proven that the Lake Orion Police Department 911 Center operates with the most advanced 911 call taking and Dispatching equipment available anywhere in Oakland County. It should be clearly noted that the Lake Orion Police 911 Center uses the same 911 call-taking and CAD Dispatching systems as all other 911 centers in Oakland County. In fact, the Lake Orion Police Department 911 Center over the past six years has undertaken a complete operational and systems review resulting in either a complete replacement of, or upgrade to all integrated computer systems, equipment and training needs within our Center. ~~ Most of these equipment upgrades were performed by participating in County wide funding opportunities and by diligently seeking and obtaining funds from outside sources, thereby not requiring funding from the general funds of either Village or Township taxpayers. ~~ The Lake Orion Police Department 911 Center is a key participant in the advanced Oakland County wide ‘Open Sky? emergency radio system that was initiated by the Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police in the mid 1990’s and has been funded by a County wide 911 landline surcharge specifically designated for the Open Sky police and Fire Dispatching radio upgrade of all County wide locally based 911 Centers. ~~ There is built in redundancy in all of our operating systems that would allow for automatic transfer of 911 calls to other locally based 911 centers where a caller will be answered by a live dispatcher? never a recorded message, in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. ~~ Our staff of dedicated local 911 Dispatchers, many of whom have been serving ONLY this community for 30 years, are well trained and have received advanced training in multiple disciplines, as required for 911 police and fire emergency dispatchers. They receive thousands of calls for help every year, year after year. They have received numerous awards and citations for life saving actions in our community. We will continue updating our training assessment and needs and welcome all input. ~~ The main function of an emergency 911 Center is to receive a call for help, identify the need and location of the caller and arrange for the required emergency equipment to arrive in the quickest and safest means possible for the caller and the emergency responders. No small task. When a person calls 911 while anywhere in the Orion area, your emergency call will be answered by a dispatcher who is locally based, well trained and using the most advanced 911 dispatching equipment available, and whose only function is the needs of Lake Orion Village and Township residents and guests. Our knowledge of this area is unsurpassed, and with over 30 years experience in dispatching Orion needs, we know your street, your business and your surrounding area. Many times, we know you? ~~ In addition to the 911 police and fire duties, your local dispatchers also receive and process thousand of calls every year for burn permits and requests to burn. They also maintain computer records of all dispatching activities including utilization of the most advanced and recent audio recording technology of all communications. We also are the after hours, weekend and holiday emergency call center for the Orion Township DPW for water and sewer emergencies. In closing, I would also be negligent if I did not discuss one of our greatest assets to our community. Your Lake Orion Police 911 Center is fully staffed and open to the walk-in public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We never close. Our facility has been a safe haven and shelter to hundreds of persons over the years that were fleeing from harm or danger. Anyone can come into our secured facility for protection at any time. Victims of sexual assault, domestic assault and persons fleeing from virtually every crime imaginable have come to our facility, all hours of the night or day to seek refuge. And as every disaster or emergency that has occurred involving the Orion area over the past 30 years has proven’when you call the Lake Orion Police 911 Center we will answer you and get you immediate help. I have great enthusiasm and pride for our 911 Dispatchers and our Center. We will continue to provide the finest service available to everyone who is in need. — Jerry Narsh Lake Orion Police Chief Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 8, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Since the mid-1980’s, the Lake Orion Police Department Dispatch Center has been the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for Village and Township residents for 911 calls for emergency service responses. This includes 911 emergency calls for police, medical or fire department needs. Previous to the 911 system in Michigan, we have been the call takers and dispatchers for the Orion Township Fire Department since two-way radios were installed in Fire Trucks. During the negotiations for the current agreement, statements were made at a public meeting and printed in this paper that are factually wrong and that falsely represented the ability of the equipment and personnel of the Lake Orion Police 911 Center. When I read these comments, I was disturbed and concerned that anyone who lives or works in the Orion area that also heard or read the opinions would believe that your 911 Center is substandard. Therefore, I would be neglectful if I did not make public comment on this issue? ~~ It has been proven that the Lake Orion Police Department 911 Center operates with the most advanced 911 call taking and Dispatching equipment available anywhere in Oakland County. It should be clearly noted that the Lake Orion Police 911 Center uses the same 911 call-taking and CAD Dispatching systems as all other 911 centers in Oakland County. In fact, the Lake Orion Police Department 911 Center over the past six years has undertaken a complete operational and systems review resulting in either a complete replacement of, or upgrade to all integrated computer systems, equipment and training needs within our Center. ~~ Most of these equipment upgrades were performed by participating in County wide funding opportunities and by diligently seeking and obtaining funds from outside sources, thereby not requiring funding from the general funds of either Village or Township taxpayers. ~~ The Lake Orion Police Department 911 Center is a key participant in the advanced Oakland County wide ‘Open Sky? emergency radio system that was initiated by the Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police in the mid 1990’s and has been funded by a County wide 911 landline surcharge specifically designated for the Open Sky police and Fire Dispatching radio upgrade of all County wide locally based 911 Centers. ~~ There is built in redundancy in all of our operating systems that would allow for automatic transfer of 911 calls to other locally based 911 centers where a caller will be answered by a live dispatcher? never a recorded message, in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. ~~ Our staff of dedicated local 911 Dispatchers, many of whom have been serving ONLY this community for 30 years, are well trained and have received advanced training in multiple disciplines, as required for 911 police and fire emergency dispatchers. They receive thousands of calls for help every year, year after year. They have received numerous awards and citations for life saving actions in our community. We will continue updating our training assessment and needs and welcome all input. ~~ The main function of an emergency 911 Center is to receive a call for help, identify the need and location of the caller and arrange for the required emergency equipment to arrive in the quickest and safest means possible for the caller and the emergency responders. No small task. When a person calls 911 while anywhere in the Orion area, your emergency call will be answered by a dispatcher who is locally based, well trained and using the most advanced 911 dispatching equipment available, and whose only function is the needs of Lake Orion Village and Township residents and guests. Our knowledge of this area is unsurpassed, and with over 30 years experience in dispatching Orion needs, we know your street, your business and your surrounding area. Many times, we know you? ~~ In addition to the 911 police and fire duties, your local dispatchers also receive and process thousand of calls every year for burn permits and requests to burn. They also maintain computer records of all dispatching activities including utilization of the most advanced and recent audio recording technology of all communications. We also are the after hours, weekend and holiday emergency call center for the Orion Township DPW for water and sewer emergencies. In closing, I would also be negligent if I did not discuss one of our greatest assets to our community. Your Lake Orion Police 911 Center is fully staffed and open to the walk-in public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We never close. Our facility has been a safe haven and shelter to hundreds of persons over the years that were fleeing from harm or danger. Anyone can come into our secured facility for protection at any time. Victims of sexual assault, domestic assault and persons fleeing from virtually every crime imaginable have come to our facility, all hours of the night or day to seek refuge. And as every disaster or emergency that has occurred involving the Orion area over the past 30 years has proven’when you call the Lake Orion Police 911 Center we will answer you and get you immediate help. I have great enthusiasm and pride for our 911 Dispatchers and our Center. We will continue to provide the finest service available to everyone who is in need. — Jerry Narsh Lake Orion Police Chief Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 8, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Too often we take for granted people we work, play and associate with. This is the case of Fran Bertram. If you play golf, or any sport for that matter, real players make the game look easy. This is certainly the case again for Mr. Bertram. These days he routinely shoots in the 70s, striking the score below his age, which is a tremendous feat. I’ve been playing 40 years and might shoot in the 70s two or three times a season. I’ve practiced and played in my day an inordinate amount of golf and create nothing in comparison to the play of this ‘natural? athlete. Should you be a person who watches the swing for motion and its effects to the flight of a golf ball as I do, it’s simply powerful. This only happens when mechanics are correct and a player is very fit. Mr. Bertram still possesses both. If you’re a player and have the opportunity to see him play, you’ve seen a rare man play a very complex game well. If you see him, know he is a special player in a tough sport who has earned my appreciation as well as so many others. If you are a student of the game, watch his swing motion and see powerful grace. Believe it or not, he’s a bowler you don’t want to bet against. Why didn’t I get some of that talent? Beats me, and so does Mr. Bertram. Rick Heath Wannabe Golfer Oxford Editor’s Note: A regular at Oxford Hills Golf & Country Club, Mr. Bertram has shot his age or lower a total of 404 times as of Sunday when he shot 77. More than 200 games were shot below his age. Mr. Bertram has shot his age or lower on 28 different golf courses in Michigan and Florida. In case you’re wondering, he is 84 years old and has spent 60 of those years golfing. Mr. Bertram said he plans to keep golfing until it’s time to meet his Maker. ? CJC Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 15, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I wish to apologizxe to the Oxford Community. I especially want to apologize to my parents and to those who volunteered their time at 98 Glaspie on Aug. 4, 2007 for Celebrate Oxford. I worked very, very hard on this event. I truly believed that what I was doing was right. Unfortunately, I neglected my main responsibility to our community and the safety of our young residents. The important thing to me is that our community now has a skateboard course. I pray you accept my apology. God bless and peace. Tom Smith, Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 15, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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This letter is in response to the letter Mary Forte wrote to the editor in last week’s paper. She stated ‘Village Council had paid someone $40,000 to tell us we need more retail and restaurants downtown.? The village council did NOT pay for this survey, the Downtown Development Authority paid McKenna Associates money from their own budget for a market analysis plan. Village residents need to be aware that there are two government entities at work here in the village, each with their own budget. The DDA is responsible for purchasing, moving and tearing down homes on east and west Burdick, not Village Council, as I hear many of my neighbors complain about. Kate Hall, Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 15, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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The Village of Oxford and the DDA are to be commended for their summer concert series. I can’t imagine why more local residents are not taking advantage of this summer entertainment. Last Thursday’s concert was excellent ? the Waterford-Pontiac Big Chief Barber Shop Chorus and the Sweet Adelines Group from Sterling Heights. There is a concert for everyone’s taste. Also, kudos to Earl Vogel regarding the trail. Pat and Vern Oaks, Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 15, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I recently called a local plumber to set the timer on my water softener, which was purchased from them several years ago. They (2 men) were in the basement about 15 minutes, after which one presented me with a bill for $97, $58 for labor! I was really upset. Needless to say, they will get no more business from me or my senior friends. I happen to be 92 years old and have lived here for 46 years. — Isabelle Colbeth Editor’s note: We suggest all residents get a quote in writing before the work begins to avoid such situations. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 15, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I was glad to see the findings of the Whall Group published regarding the funny business in the investment flap. But there are many questions which are not addressed that need clarification, like: 1. Why is the supervisor NOT meeting with the treasurer on a monthly basis? Doesn’t he need to know what’s going on with our finances? 2. Why weren’t ALL contracts brought before the board before approval? 3. Why did it take Jill Verros and Barb Armstrong to bring to the attention of the Supervisor the losses we were incurring financially with our investments? Why didn’t Alice Young, who MUST have known about the losses, bring it to the Supervisor first, or even to the board’s attention? 4. Why was a contract as a financial advisor converted to a contract as a broker? Did anyone other than Alice Young know about this and why wasn’t the board told? 5. Why was Jill Verros? position necessary, and why was she made a full time employee without the same benefits as everyone else? 6. And if the supervisor didn’t know what was in the contract, why did he sign it? Somebody’s laying down on the job at the board, and it’s apparently more than one person. And if the supervisor’s not paying attention to the BIG things, what IS he paying attention to that he can’t even have a meeting with his staff on a regular basis? I always thought the township board was there to OVERSEE what the township does with our money. Apparently, the supervisor doesn’t think it’s that darn important, and no one else on the board does either. The only person who was concerned is our internal auditor, god bless her. Everyone else has pretty much run and hid, like little kids, or stamped their feet defiantly shouting ‘I didn’t do it!? or ‘It’s not my fault!? Maybe we should elect Barb Armstrong supervisor, since she seems to be the only one on the ball and capable of acting like a responsible grown-up. I’m pretty ashamed we elected these people to the board who’ve demonstrated themselves to be incapable of managing the township and its money responsibly, and completely destitute in the fine art of communication skills, despite personal differences. All I can say is, I hope everyone remembers all this the next election. Because it’s clear to me that changes need to be made, starting with the board of trustees. We need responsible grown adults on the board, not a bunch excuse-ridden whiny kids who can’t get along. If you can’t ‘step up? you better ‘step out?. — Laura Allen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 15, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Congrats and kudos to the Lake Orion Review and its editor Colin Baumgartner on the recent recap of the forensic audit by The Whall Group. Baumgartner’s report was well researched, well written and well balanced. Unfortunately, as with most issues facing the township, nothing will ever be altered and the report will just take up space and dust on a shelf! For those of us who read the final report, it revealed nothing new and frankly it was a disappointment. There was no executive summary and a lack of a board presentation where taxpayers could hear an explanation never occurred. Evidently both ingredients were not a part of the original proposal and that is inexcusable and unconscionable. Those of us who have either participated in preparing such a report or who have received similar documents find it unfathomable that neither of these components were part of the proposal. I suspect that the Lake Orion Review article will be the last we hear of this debacle and that prospect just boggles the mind! All that remains now is for township staff to continue their practice of operating like silos where the interests of the community are left to languish. When the issue of the forensic audit first emerged I forwarded a brief report to the Board and Township staff with these suggestions: + Any fees over $5,000 paid to the township treasurer’s daughter-in-law be returned + Everyone on the board and the township staff should offer an apology for their incompetence and malfeasance in the handling of this transaction. A very simple recommendation that would have saved $26,000 but for some reason it was felt that The Whall Report would shed some light on this – in my opinion all it did was to perpetuate the shroud of uncooperativeness and stonewalling that are hallmarks of this group. While Board members may have contributed to the confusion by not performing a more due diligence on the transaction, I find it difficult to castigate them since they all seem to be well-intentioned people who volunteer an enormous amount of their time to the community. I’m confident they share our disgust at how this whole episode unraveled. On the other hand, when those of us from the corporate world look at this group of dysfunctional township malcontents it begs the question – why are some of these people still on the board and why are some of the township employees still employed? When the next election occurs the theme should be: ‘Anyone but the current incumbents!? This is not a team. This is a group of warring, obstreperous, insulated, isolated, self promoting blowhards who surface every two weeks for a televised meeting and then fire a couple of vocal missiles at colleagues retreating then to their protective bunkers for another two weeks. I suspect that when the township was in its formulation stages, township staff filled their days by issuing plowing permits to farmers with tractors. Current, more demanding events in the township seem to outpace the expertise of the current group. Let’s hope that come election time we can nominate a new group of people who put the interests of the community and its taxpayers first and abandon the embarrassment that currently resides in the township offices. — Bill Kalmar Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 15, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, We received a touching letter from a regular customer at the Clarkston Farmers? Market. ‘To The Vendors at the Clarkston Farmers? Market: ‘To you he was just a customer who strolled the aisle of the Clarkston Farmers? Market over the past couple of years, in his wheelchair. ‘But to him, you were his Saturdays that he looked forward all week from the confines of his hospital bed and paraplegia, to his weekly trips out to the farmers? market to talk to the locals. ‘He didn’t make it this year to the Farmers? Market, he passed away March 14, but had already been talking about his summer trips to the market on Saturdays when the weather warmed up. ‘Thanks for your smiles, helping him gather his coffee, biscuits, fruits, and vegetables. Your kindness to him over the past three years has been wonderful! ‘It truly was the light of his summers. ‘Thanks, his daughter, Neena Griffin.? This letter had all the volunteers and vendors at the market smiling with tears in our eyes. Big thanks to comarket managers Anissa Howard and Chris Hardman. The Clarkston Farmers? Market is a wonderful addition to our community. Pam Aughe, Clarkston Farmers? Market Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 22, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The Board of Directors of the Clarkston Community Historical Society would like to offer our congratulations to Gini Schultz and her husband James for the beautiful new bridge that now spans the river in Depot Park. This is an incredible accomplishment and a real testament to the grassroots spirit that has been a part of the Clarkston community for over 175 years. What a wonderful gift you have given to the village. We know you had the support of many remarkable people but it was your vision and perseverance that made this dream a reality. Thank you again, Gini and James. We are grateful for all of your hard work and look forward to enjoying this charming bridge for many years to come. Toni Smith & Jennifer Arkwright Clarkston Community Historical Society Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 22, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Clarkston’s Football ‘Rush for Food? committee thanks all who helped make this 10th annual community service event a success. On Aug. 17, approximately 150 members of the freshman, JV, and varsity football teams came together to collect nonperishable food items to help stock the pantry at Lighthouse Emergency Services, Clarkston. The high school teams were assisted in their efforts by the Clarkston Chiefs Youth Football Association, who held a personal and paper products drive. The teams collected and sorted approximately 3,900 pounds of food and paper/personal products. This total set a new record for the event, beating last years total by 300 pounds. Special thanks go to Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet and GMC, Complex Tool and Machine, and the Wylie family for funding the pre-event dinner for the boys. Springfield Kroger assisted by providing needed supplies for the event. The committee would also like to thank the CHS football coaches for their support, Lu Ann Stohrer CHS athletic secret-ary for her assistance, the CHS custodial staff, the football players who gave of their time to assist those in need in our community, and the homeowners who generously donated to this food drive. Sincerely, Mary Anne Kenerson, publicity chair CHS Football ‘Rush for Food? Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 22, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The staff of the Springfield Township Library thanks the following businesses and individuals for their generous support of our Summer Reading programs: Davisburg Rotary, Friends of the Library, Sue Kraly, Frosty Bow, Meijer – White Lake, Angie Mozer, Bordine Nursery, Steve & Barry’s, Oakland County Parks. Let’s all support the area businesses that truly care about our community. Francie Bauer – Children’s Services Bonnie Moore – Young Adult Services Victoria Trager- Circulation Services Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 22, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I was leaving the Rite Aid early Saturday afternoon and had locked my car door. I thought to myself, ‘why did I do that, I never lock my door when I’m in Oxford.? When I sat down in the car I looked to my left and noticed the vehicle next to mine was not only unlocked, but all the windows were down and the vehicle was running. I thought to myself, ‘only in Oxford would someone be that brave.? Then I noticed the baby left alone in the vehicle. While I consider Oxford to be the safest place I’ve ever lived, that just blew my mind. I waited to make sure someone came right out and sure enough a woman exited Rite Aid and got into the vehicle. It took all of my willpower not to say something extremely rude to this person. If you read this, whoever you are, please have more sense. Even in Oxford . . . A concerned citizen Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 22, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Well, well, I see Dywasukism has made a return to Orion Twp. Not that it went away, but its founder, Gerald A. Dywasuk, our present Orion Twp. supervisor, has a tendency to bring it around to fit his agenda when the mood strikes! Let’s take the $10M complex. Now back around 2002 if you recall, Mr. Dywasuk tried to shove a community center on us. He and the board approved to spend around $30,000 of citizen money to hire Tom Chen and Associates to give three presentations on the advantages the citizens would benefit from, by having such a complex. The citizens of Orion Twp. spoke out and said ‘No!? but I was there when Mr. Dywasuk said, ‘I can’t see letting this thing die!? Well now it’s half a decade later, and we still have Dywasukism here in Orion Twp. much like the Cubans have Castro to put up with in Cuba. This $10M complex is no freebie to the Orion Twp. citizens. Your tax dollars are paying for this, and why are Dywasuk or whoever authorizing the immediate construction of this facility? Was there ever a public hearing held for this? In fact, when I was present at the Aug. 6 Orion Trustees meeting, nothing was brought up about constructing this complex. The only words I heard were ‘Blueprints!? After the Aug. 6 meeting was over, I had spoken with former Trustee Burke Cueny, who was also in attendance, and we both came to the conclusion that there had better be a public hearing if they plan on trying to build another civic complex. Bond, millage or tax dollars; people, it is our money that these elected officials are using, and we have a right to say how it should be spent. The people had said NO to this back in 2002, so under Dywasukism we take the same issue, disguise it and hope it fools the citizens. Sorry Mr. Dywasuk, I’m wise to some of your tricks, and I hope the people of Orion Twp. are too! — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 22, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I would like to publicly thank Orion Marine Center owners Scott and Cathy Campbell for their generosity for paying postage for the mailing of packages to the troops in June. The postage came to over $800. It was very much appreciated. I would also like to thank Cub Scout Troop #1205 for collecting goodies to send to the troops. They worked very hard and collected a lot of needed items. Thank you to the customers of the Lake Orion Post Office for their donations, also. Everyone always comes through when I need help to send to the troops. I am still collecting money and items to send, will be in need of items for the up coming holidays. If anyone has a relative or friends in the war zones, I would love to send them care packages. Just send me their name and address and a photo, to be put up on my Heroes board. You can also bring it to the Lake Orion Post Office. God bless you all, and thanks again for all your contributions. — Charlotte Cito Operation Guardian Angel c/o Lake Orion Post Office Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 22, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, In regard to the letter from Isabelle Colbeth, concerning the outrageous charge of $97 to set the timer of her softener. I have been servicing people for over 50 years and have NEVER charged anyone for setting their timers. We set timers for ANYONE, for FREE. Also, for families moving into the area that are not familiar with softener, we help them get the unit started FREE OF CHARGE. — Bill Miller Lake Orion (248)693-8233 Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 22, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, While growing up in Leonard, I have many wonderful memories. Perhaps one that stands out is the Polly Ann Train! I lived with my grandparents, the Voughts, on a farm by the Gerst railroad crossing. Having no playmates close by, I had to make my own fun. The Polly Ann Train came by often (I can’t remember if it was every day). I would run down our long driveway to stand by the crossing to wave to the crew. It didn’t matter if it was rain, snow or shine, I was there. My family started calling me Polly Ann, which has stuck with me to this day. When I got old enough to go to school, I walked the tracks. Probably a couple of miles. My grandmother walked half way with me, then I went along. After all, I was five-years-old! Many hobos traveled the tracks and many stopped at our farm. My grandmother always fixed them a plate of food, they did a little work and was on their way. Nobody much worried those days about strangers. Later on, we moved downtown. I still walked the tracks to school, only a shorter ways from Baza St. ‘Pig Tail Alley? to school. The Polly Ann also brought me my first two-wheeled bike. We ordered it from the Montgomery Wards Catalogue. I watched the depot every day for the Polly Ann to stop every day and unload at the depot. Finally, one day, I saw the train stop and unload a big carton. Mr. Wiggins, who took care of the depot, loaded it in his pickup and headed for our house. I don’t remember who put it together, but I was a very happy 12-year-old with a shiny new bike. I picked tiny wild strawberries beside the tracks, walked the rails and skinned my ankles, walked many miles on it. I still go by the name Polly (my name is Delores). Somewhere along the line they dropped the Ann. At 77-years of age I have a lot of good memories of the Polly Ann. Polly West (Dalrymple) Fort Pierce, Florida Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 29, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I would like to first thank you for your sensitive, yet in-depth handling of the resignation of Teri Stiles from the Village Council. I would also like to say that your My Way column of last week was right on the mark. Teri was a fine Councilperson and NEVER afraid to tackle tough issues or even those that peaked her curiosity. It absolutely kills me that the brunt of the skate park debacle fell squarely on her shoulders. She withheld NOTHING from anyone. The information that I passed to her regarding the incident at the Canadian border was for her ears only, as a friend, and I believe that I may have even asked her to keep it to herself. She did just that and is now taking a hit for it. On the other hand, when that same information was passed by me to the Council leadership and Village Management, it was for informational purposes and should have been passed along to the members of the Council – sadly, it was not. Ms. Stiles does not represent the leadership of the Council and this information was not shared by that leadership. There seemed to be, at the meeting of August 14, a number of village employees, Council Members, and Management that ALL had pieces of information that were not shared. Each piece on its own may not have seemed significant at the time, but when you put them all together ? a potential disaster may have been averted. For God sakes people, talk to one another. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize. No, not for sharing the information or reminding Management/Council publicly that they knew, but to Teri Stiles for making her feel that she had no other option than to resign. I regret the situation that I created and would do anything to be able to change the course of the events that unfolded afterward. I was very, very wrong for allowing others to make it look like she was the guilty party by them not stepping up and taking responsibility. We know who it was and I for one am extremely disappointed in the lack of integrity. Teri, I am truly sorry for this situation and wish more than anything that you would reconsider your resignation. Steven Allen Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 29, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I would like to thank Sherman Publications and the staff of The Lake Orion Review for having me on as an intern this summer. It has been a great experience and I truly appreciate it. Colin and Cathy have shown me so much about the newspaper industry. Working with them has made this summer quite interesting! I have learned many ways to improve as a writer from both of them. This summer also helped me learn more about the community and many of its traditions and events. Thank you very much. — Mallory Yaroch Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 29, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The holidays bring out a particular excitement to ensure that all individuals have a happy holiday. It is a great deal of fun to shop for needy little girls and boys, buying pink and blue clothing and all the neat new toys. The Lake Orion Head Start program was a recipient of such excitement this past season, but we hear daily the greater need. As a result, we pushed for more and others gave up the fun for more crucial needs. Our deepest gratitude goes to those who participated in the following stories: The law office of Randall S. Miller & Associates, who paid for a recently singled mother of three to take her GED test so that she may get a job. She passed. This office changed a future, not just a day. She is now at Baker College and aiming for nursing school. The management and one special mechanic at Rochester Hills Chrysler-Jeep, who allowed service professional Kelly Cronce to complete her vision of repairing a family car for free. This allowed the child to get back to school and attend regularly. To Lake Orion High School teacher Eric Rutledge and his class, for meeting the needs of three Head Start families at Thanksgiving and Christmas with not only toys, but bedding, new shoes, boots, entire holiday meals and much more. To a local Lake Orion family, who repaired the heat in a Head Start family vehicle as winter approached. To GENEX employees, who gave so that Head Start families could have the following: gas cards, phone cards, emergency kits, medical supplies, laundry soap, fabric softener, shampoo, conditioner and other hygiene products that food stamps do not buy. And they continue to do so. Thank you all and keep in mind that ‘Need has no season.? — Lake Orion Head Start Staff Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on August 29, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, My wife Arlene and I frequently exercise by walking the community of Clarkston; it is healthful, informative and fun. While enjoying ourselves, we have appreciated the beauty of our area and seen certain matters requiring attention by public officials. Also, as we walk, we recognize many other neighbors doing the same thing. Perhaps, it is time for those of us walkers to become a bit more connected, with each other and to the community. It might add to our enjoyment and be of some help to the area. So, what about forming an informal walker’s organization? There is such an organization at the Great Lakes Crossing Mall, where many of us walk during the winter months when sidewalks prohibit safe footing. We suggest the formation of the ‘Clarkston Streetwalkers? (pun intended). Our only ‘duties? would be to get to know each other better and to observe what is going on in the area as we walk. The observations can be shared with the local government when appropriate and necessary. For example, we may find lost items, or notice a tree down, or someone injured. If you are interested, please give us a call: 248-625-8193. We will be looking for you! Also, my sincere congratulations to everyone who contributed to the effort to erect the new bridge in Depot Park, especially to Gini and Jim Schultz who spearheaded the effort. It is a wonderful addition to the Park. Tom and Arlene Stone Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Don, Reading your Aug. 29 (The most wonderful time of the year) column made me recall a bus story. I’m a Clarkston schools bus driver and one slippery morning a few years ago, I was driving middle school students to school. We just turned onto Allen Road, off Holcomb. That portion of Allen Road is paved for about 1/4 mile and was very iced up that morning. I was going slowly anticipating the sharp left curve ahead at the end of the pavement. An impatient driver passed me going faster than he should, based on the conditions. I told students that everyone should look to the right in 10 seconds because there would be a car in the ditch at the curve. Sure enough, there he was in the ditch on his cell phone. I gave him a ‘polite? honk and the kids all waved as we continued to school. Thanks for encouraging drivers to be safe around buses. We want to get kids to and from school safely. Charlie Robinson Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I find it disturbing that a committee that was formed to, in its own words, ? make one of the most important decisions for the future of this city,? would be appalled that Clarkston City Councilman Cory Johnston felt the public was entitled to know the background of the candidates being interviewed. As one of only two residents, myself and Terry Coventry, who attended all of the public interviews, I believe it was not only appropriate, but essential that Terry Coventry share her assessment of the candidates, one of whom she had personal prior knowledge of, with the city manager. If this committee felt there was background information on the final candidates that should be withheld from the public, then I believe it is unconscionable that they would make a recommendation other than that we continue the search for a new police chief. Robyn Johnston Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I am a former environmental regulator from out of state in the Federally Mandated Storm Water Program and have been appalled since returning to Clarkston three years ago at the lack of apparent manangement present within Michigan in general, and specifically within Oakland County. Stormwater runoff, otherwise known as non-point source pollution, is the biggest threat to our water quality and will continue to degrade our surface waters exponentially as impervious surface within the watershed exceeds 10 percent. Construction site sediment runoff is a major contributing factor to this degredation. Lack of, and poor planning and management of our water resources will additionally impact water levels in our rivers and lakes, as once infiltrated recharge from precipitation instead becomes runoff that drains out of the watershed rather than replenish it. This is a very serious issue that can affect property values and is very expensive to mitigate, if mitigation is an option at all. Once damage is done, it is difficult to undo. The laws and requirements that are in place that would protect our surface waters are actually quite effective when implemented in the manner of which they were intended. However, that is not happening here. After engaging in efforts to encourage increased inspections and greater awareness and compliance, I believe increased documentation, outside of what I am able to do myself, is the only approach that may be effective in achieving the protections locally as demanded by law. I am therefore starting up a citizens watch group that I hope to train in what the law is and what it requires, how to perform inspections and documentation, so that we might engage local officials in meaningful response, resulting in compliance. If you are interested in learning how to contribute to protecting your local watershed and in collectively influencing the manner in which your rivers and lakes are managed, please contact me at [email protected] . Tammie Heazlit, hydrogeologist, environmental scientist Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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In response to the recent editorial written by C.J. Carnacchio relative to the Oxford High School Michigan Merit Exam (MME) scores, I must again assert that we are proud that our students have increased their scores in every subject area this year, with Oxford’s scores surpassing the state and Oakland County averages. This is not only apparent with the MME, but with the ACT exam as well, where again, we surpassed the state and county averages. When you compare Oxford to other districts of like size and monies received per pupil, one will find that we top the list of those districts. We, in fact, are competing in the range of districts that are substantially larger and receive much more state funding. When interpreting scores, one cannot simply apply a standard percentage classroom grading scale to a criterionreferenced assessment such as the MME. The scoring scale utilized by such exams is established by the state setting ‘cut-scores? which determine levels of proficiency of students, based on a normalized bell curve, which is different from subject to subject and year from year. For example, the cut-scores for science may be different than the cut-scores for writing. Folks not familiar with such statistics often confuse the scores they see as a standard percentage that are often used with general classroom assessments. A ?63? does not equate to a ‘D? on such scales, but rather it indicates that 63 percent of juniors score at a mastery level from where the state drew the cut-score on a particular test. Our scores show that we are beyond the mid-range of the bell curve compared with all other districts in all subject areas. As an Oxford taxpayer, you should be confident that your children are receiving quality education that is always striving to be better. Nowhere will you find the dedication toward our children’s education to be of greater priority. We are not satisfied with mediocrity. Our teachers are consistently working toward improving their practice, from raising standards, to modifying instructional practices, to creating new and innovative programs. Our assessment scores have risen across all grades overall over the past several years, and we expect them to continue to do so. Our seniors benefited from nearly 1.6 million dollars of scholarships last year and at a college and university acceptance rate higher than ever. I firmly stand behind and appreciate our teachers and support staff as we tirelessly strive to work toward preparing our students for success in an ever-changing global marketplace. James Schwarz Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum Oxford Schools Editor’s Note: We clearly indicated that each percentage represented the number of Oxford juniors who exceeded or met state standards on the Michigan Merit Exam. Based on each percentage, we assigned the school district a corresponding letter grade in each subject. We graded the district as a whole the same way a teacher grades students. Hence, we considered having 57 percent of students exceed or meet state standards in writing to deserve an ‘E.? Last time we checked, scoring 57 percent on a test was failing ? curves be damned. And let’s not forget 43 percent of Oxford juniors did NOT meet state standards in writing. Moving on to math, 61 percent of students exceeded or met state standards and that deserves a ‘D? in our opinion. Why? Because 39 percent did NOT. Comparing how Oxford did to the county and state’s low averages is poor salesmanship. If three children bring home test scores of 46, 56 and 60 percent, respectively, do you reward and praise the one who got 60 because the other two did worse? Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Oxford only receives $7,300 per pupil per year from the state. The school districts that receive over $12,000 per pupil per year are the ones making A’s and B’s on this year’s ‘report card.? I wonder all that Oxford could accomplish if we were given the proper funding. You are asking us to do a quality job but giving us a substandard budget on which to work. An increase in funds would allow lower class sizes, more paraprofessional services, more one on one instruction, and proper supplies. Amy Retsel Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I wonder how things would change in the district should there be the inclusion of a charter school into the area. Oxford Schools put the needs of the school first above that of the community. In closing, speaking as a nonhomestead taxpayer, I find their behavior shameful. Martin Scypinski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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To Don Rush, Reading your Aug. 29 column made me recall a bus story. I’m a Clarkston schools bus driver and one slippery morning a few years ago, I was driving middle school students to school. We had just turned onto Allen Rd, off Holcomb. That portion of Allen Rd. is paved for about 1/4 mile and was very iced up that morning. I was going slowly anticipating the sharp left curve ahead at the end of the pavement. An impatient driver passed me going faster than he should, based on the conditions. I told students that everyone should look to the right in 10 seconds because there would be a car in the ditch at the curve. Sure enough, there he was in the ditch on his cell phone. I gave him a ‘polite? honk and the kids all waved as we continued to school. Thanks for encouraging drivers to be safe around buses. We want to get kids to and from school safely. Charlie Robinson Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I write this letter with the hope that Teri Stiles, Chris Bishop and Mike Hamilton are elected to serve the best interest of the residents of Oxford Village in the Sept. 11 election. This election is very important as much work needs to be done to elevate the management of this village, to reaffirm our progress as a community will be based on quality, not quantity, and that our standards are not for sale, nor our local ordinances/governmental processes to be compromised. I wish for any candidate that is honored to receive their neighbor’s vote of confidence to act with an independent mind and possess the wisdom and discipline to relinquish their personal agendas, to view the people’s business objectively. These are high expectations we all would acknowledge, but still notions they (the candidates) and we (the voters) must not waver on. Chris Bishop, Mike Hamilton and Teri Stiles undeniably fit this profile and their motives are sincere. I am compelled to write this letter of support and I will indeed have a snap in my step as I approach the voting booth because rarely does the opportunity present itself to choose three such competent and committed individuals. Chris Bishop, Mike Hamilton and Teri Stiles, by their actions and conduct, have honored their neighbors, honored the Oxford Village Charter and honored the process we as residents of this fine community sometimes take for granted. I believe in my heart their only wish is to tend to our business with honor and integrity. Please allow them that opportunity and please find the time to show up Sept. 11. John DuVal, Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Living on a lake that periodically disappears for vague or erroneous reasons is frustrating. The lake is arguably the single most attractive feature about living in Lake Orion. Yet, for questionable reasons, the lake is lowered periodically and held there for six weeks, forcing boaters to end the season some two months earlier than necessary. The reasons or justifications given for lowering the lake are seawalls, weed control and dam inspection. Let’s take a look at each one of these individually. If you want to put in a new sea wall, the professionals will tell you that it is no easier, and therefore no cheaper, to do when the lake is down. Some sea wall installers even believe that lowering the lake has a negative effect on sea walls since the pressure on the lake side is removed, creating an imbalance. So what we are talking about are homeowners making some kind of repairs to their sea walls, not the installation of sea walls. Does sea wall repair require six weeks of beautiful fall boating weather to accomplish? Can anyone think of a valid reason that these people who need to work on their sea walls couldn’t do it in late October? I, for one, would never waste a good boating day doing work I could do on bad boating day. Another reason given is that it helps control the weeds. We have been unable to substantiate that claim. People who checked with weed removal experts and Michigan State University say it isn’t true. The final reason given is that it allows the dam to be checked. It takes six weeks in late summer and early fall to check the dam? I believe that a majority of lake property owners would support a draw down that was scheduled for later in the year and for a much shorter time. The justifications for the current draw down schedule just don’t hold water. — Peter J Haag Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, What would possess anyone to cut short our precious boating season – never mind for reasons that have been found to be totally unnecessary – but that aside, why September? Since the draw down seems to be happening whether it is necessary or not, would someone please explain why it can’t be done in early April or in mid-October? Since the Village Manager (who, it is my understanding, applies for the draw down permit) does not have lakefront property, possibly she does not understand the importance of keeping our boating/fishing season at its maximum. It is why we live here. Obviously, there are 12 months in the year – the lake rarely freezes before January – why in the world would a request be made to draw the lake down in September? — Whitney Hadley Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, It’s been a long difficult journey for my son the past 21 years. One mistake, one turn in the road, and Larry became prisoner #222000. He has been incarcerated since 1992 for his involvement in one drug offense that occurred in 1986. I’m now 94 years of age, my son Larry Drum is 70; the most important thing in each of our lives is to see each other again. I miss him, and each day my thoughts are focused on his well-being. Although we speak by phone, I’m no longer able to make the trip to visit him. We are encouraged that his release is in process, perhaps before Christmas. It was the efforts of many people in our community that helped to make this happen. The letters, over 200, that went to Governor Granholm, and the 40 newspaper stories brought his plight to the attention of Parole Board and Governor Granholm. Thankfully the severity of Michigan’s law has changed, allowing fair sentencing for non-violent drug offenses; sadly for Larry, the changes did not affect his sentence. Larry will be given a public hearing in October to determine his fate. To make this happen took the efforts of too many people to thank personally. Thank you, Lake Orion, for all you did for my son. Thank you for the thoughts and letters, the stories that brought him to the attention of people who realized how severely he was sentenced for his one non-violent offense, and for your continuous outpouring of support and understanding toward Larry. I am grateful to Representative Jim Marleau, for having faith in my son. After studying the facts in Larry’s case, Representative Marleau took action. He stood up for him and asked the judicial system to consider the facts in Larry’s case carefully before deciding that he should remain incarcerated. He met with the Parole Board personally, and asked for their considerations regarding early release. Thank you, Representative Marleau. — Ione Drum Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Don, Reading your August 29th column made me recall a bus story. I’m a Clarkston schools bus driver and one slippery morning a few years ago, I was driving middle school students to school. We had just turned onto Allen Rd., off Holcomb. That portion of Allen Rd. is paved for about 1/4 mile and was very iced up that morning. I was going slowly anticipating the sharp left curve ahead at the end of the pavement. An impatient driver passed me going faster than he should, based on the conditions. I told students that everyone should look to the right in 10 seconds because there would be a car in the ditch at the curve. Sure enough, there he was in the ditch on his cell phone. I gave him a ‘polite? honk and the kids all waved as we continued to school. Thanks for encouraging drivers to be safe around buses. We want to get kids to and from school safely. — Charlie Robinson Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, How many gallons of water in a cubic foot? There are 7.48 gallons in cubic foot and 748 gallons in one hundred (100) cubic feet (hcf). In order to express large volumes of water use, this water use is expressed in acre feet numbers. One acre foot equals 43,560 cubic feet or 435.6 hundred cubic feet and is equivalent to 326,700 gallons. Just imagine one acre foot of land covered by one foot deep in water. The Lake Orion draw down will lower the Lake level 36? or 3 acre feet. ?326,700 x 3?= 980,100 gallons/acre ‘Times 500 acres= 490,050,000 gallons ‘Weighing 2,037,955 tons= 4,075,909,202 pounds of water ‘That’s a lot of water! — Roger Ebejer Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 5, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, As a concerned parent of the Clarkston Community Schools, I have numerous questions that have yet to be answered by the district. After attending several board meetings, there is a lack of specificity regarding the actual implementation in this plan. What will be the security level of these devices, and how will the children’s communications be monitored? With the number of cyber-bullying and sexting scandals on the rise, what systems will be put in place to prevent this? In the event of a tragedy, who would be liable? Also who is liable for the device itself? Will there be replacement cost s or insurance costs involved? These questions have not even been addressed by the school board or administration. With 19 percent of our student population on reduced or free lunch programs, district 2011 audit, and unemployment still in double digits, is it fair to ask the community for more tax dollars? There has been much communication regarding children first. These same children will still be paying off this bond and others until 2029 to 2033. I do not believe it is in the best interest of this community to mortgage their future for technology that will be outdated in 11 years ? School Link winter spring page 3. Truly, will that technology really last that long? I personally have yet to have a device last longer than five years. This is a good school district with very talented educators. While there needs to be some technology updates, $20 million is a very high price for this community to pay. I will vote ‘no,? May 8. Bridget Gibbs Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 28, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I am writing to give my total support to the Clarkston Schools Technology and Capital Improvement Bond set for May 8! The proposal will position the schools to expand learning opportunities for our students and create a global learning environment that will prepare them for the future. Clarkston Schools has been a part of my life for the past 60 years, first as a student, Class of 64, then as an employee of the district for 30 years. Most recently I have served as a volunteer in the classrooms of my grandchildren. ? A lot has changed over those 60 years, but one thing that has not is Clarkston Schools continues to provide a quality education to its students. Clarkston Schools have always been a keen steward of the money it receives to educate the children. ‘In comparison with other schools in Oakland County, Clarkston ranks fourth from the bottom in the amount of money spent to educate each child. When you compare student performance on assessment tests, Clarkston ranks near the top of the county. ? Clarkston Schools works hard to maintain the trust of the community to do the very best job possible in the education of Clarkston’s most valuable resource, the children! From the one room school house, Bailey Lake, that my grandfather(Class of 13) and mother(Class of 35) attended. ‘To the post war baby boom rapid building of schools that my children(Class of 92 and 95) and I attended. To the current updated schools that my grandchildren (Class of 2019 and 2025) attend. ? The Clarkston Community has always supported the children! In my belief system, “kids will always count in Clarkston!” I am proud of my schools and the job it continues to do with the education of the students. My grandchildren and all the children in the community deserve the best Clarkston can offer. I applaud the Clarkston Board of Education and Administration for hard work and leadership in putting this proposal ‘together and offering the community the opportunity to keep Clarkston Education moving forward to meet the needs of the 21st century. Please join me in continuing to put ‘Clarkston Kids First? and vote ‘yes? on May 8. George S.White Clarkston Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 28, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I hope all residents will vote “yes” on Tuesday, May 8. My kids attend Springfield Plains Elementary school and Funshine. Without support for this proposal I am afraid my children will not have the same technology resources available to them as other children in neighboring districts. The bond issue will provide much needed updates to many of our buildings! Also, our children are our future! Please support the bond and understand how important it is to vote. Matthew Muzzy Independance Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 28, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I was at the Farmer’s Market today and heard that the market was closing early this year. I was so disappointed to hear that the market would be closing Sept. 8. The crowds and selection have been larger than last year and as a community member I have been so pleased with what appears as a successful year. I noticed that even the restaurant in town has lines on Saturday as people are waiting to get in for breakfast. I can’t help but think that the Farmer’s Market has boosted even this. Fall is so beautiful in Clarkston and it would be so sad to see the market close so early this year, just as the harvest is in full force. I would urge planners to reconsider this decision and at least give the market until the last week in September. My family looks forward to Saturday mornings and we appreciate the community effort that is put forth on our behalf to have the privilege of this market. Neena Griffin Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I want to thank everyone who helped me with the video drive for the YWCA Interim House. Together, we collected 367 videos and DVDs that I will deliver to the shelter in Detroit this October once the renovation of their community room is complete. I also want to thank The Clarkston News for being the collection place and for Trevor Keiser’s story, which let people know about the drive. I have to stop collecting now because we have so many tapes and DVDs. I know the kids and the moms will enjoy some great movies like The Wizard of OZ, Oklahoma and many Disney movies and some fun shows like The Brady Bunch, Sponge Bob and many cartoons. Thanks again everyone! Sincerely, Emily Frasa, age 8 Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Dr. Rock has been in Clarkston for only one and a half years and in that short time has helped grow a vision of what Clarkston Schools can and should be. His commitment to do right, not what is easy or popular, truly sets him apart. Creating a thinking culture is but one example. Working to pass a bond to better educate our future workforce is another. Recently a citizen hinted that the upcoming election is set in May to preclude the elderly from voting’absentee ballots are just as accessible in May as in August, November and February. Interestingly, he seems to assume that those who don’t have children in the schools do not have a vested interest in the education of our youth. I spend time every Sunday with elderly people and consistently I hear from them how important educational opportunity is for our children. Why in May, he asked. Answer: so that the schools can collect money this summer to positively impact our students in 2012, rather than 2013. Why buy iPads or other technology? Answer: this is how the business world is run’our students need to be able to enter that workforce competitively. Regarding schools living within their means, this bond money is by and far for capital expenses’not salaries, paper, and/or pencils. The cost of living has increased and income to schools has dramatically decreased; thus the gap between expenses and income is constantly increasing. I am thankful the leader of Clarkston Schools has a clear vision of how to help today’s youth reach beyond their grasp, to become critical thinkers. Kristy Spann Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 21, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I was very surprised to learn Clarkston Schools is going to ask for a $20 million bond. I thought the school must be in trouble to ask for that much. Then to find out there is no detailed plan for what they will purchase let alone how to use the $10 million of new technology. I want to know how these tools will be used to teach core subjects. In the Jan. 9, 2012 Clarkston Community School board meeting at 1 hour and 3 minutes (www.ustream.tv/recorded/19670562) Dr. Rod Rock said, ‘I know as experienced business people if you invest $35,000 and receive a $20 million in return that is a very good investment.? I guess with that mindset it is like money raining from the sky onto the schools. This is when I realized logic does not matter. They are in a position to make a bet and if they win that bet they can spend the bond money in any way they want because they did not make specific promises regarding mobile technology. Bond council confirmed the administration can move money between items on the capital needs list. The only restriction is they can’t spend money on anything not on the list. There are just too many questions, too much money at stake and no clear direction. I am voting to end this spiraling debt burden on taxpayers which includes parents like me with children in the school. I will vote no. Alan Lowe Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 21, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Recently, I have been quoted in articles about Cory Johnston’s efforts to dissolve the City of the Village of Clarkston, so that it would become part of Independence Township. Some of my statements, taken out of the context of longer discussions, were critical of the township’s government. Those were ill-conceived statements that I should not have made. The essence of the debate about dissolution as I see it is whether it is more desirable for the residents of Clarkston to directly control decisions about local matters, particularly zoning and the historic district. We can and should have that discussion without impugning the township board and government. When people speak of Clarkston, they include not just the half square mile of the city but the greater Clarkston area that includes the township. The township residents and businesses are an integral part of the community life of Clarkston. And so is the township government. I respect a number of the members of the township board, Superintendent Bart Clark, and the township department heads that I have had interchange with. I applaud the board’s successful efforts, led by Neil Wallace, to bring township budgeting out in the open and to have a disciplined, measured process for dealing with the difficult decisions that must be made in a time of declining revenues. Richard Bisio Clarkston (City Council member) Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 21, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, As the father of a U.S. Navy 2nd class petty officer currently serving with our multi-national armed forces in Iraq, I want to thank Ms. Mallory Yaroch, Review Staff Intern, for her heart-warming and well-written article in the Aug. 29 issue of The Review entitled, ‘Beaumont honors local soldiers.? She is certainly another asset to your staff. We can attest to the fact that Ms. Michelle Schmalz, of Winfire Management, has indeed taken a deep personal interest in, and love for, all our servicemen and women who serve our country and who are in harm’s way each and every day. We appreciated her personal visit and tireless effort she expends in carrying out her ‘Michelle’s Vision,? and are very grateful to her. Our gratitude also extends to Louise Downs, founder of Desert Angels, to JoAnn Fabrics and to Ted and Bonnie Dickens of Oxford One-hour Photo for their generous contributions to this wonderful recognition of military loved ones. Whatever our opinions about the war may be, all the officers and enlisted soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen in Iraq are truly deserving of our love, prayers and support. Whenever their return home may be, it will be to happy tears and open arms. Sadly, those who have fallen won’t hear our expressions of gratitude which we carry in heavy hearts. — Richard and Beth Webster Grateful parents of our sailor in Iraq Editor’s note: We second those thoughts on the troops, and a huge thank you from our staff goes out to both Mallory and Tom Hickey, who worked with us as interns this summer. Sadly, both Mallory (Central Michigan University) and Tom (Birmingham Roeper H.S.) have returned to school for the fall, but we appreciate their efforts and promise ‘not to let the paper slip? in their absence. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, On my recent visit to Lake Orion, I was amazed and proud to see how much had been accomplished at the Veterans Memorial Park. I was there the day they placed the memorials around the center (profiled in the Aug. 15 edition of The Review). Thanks to all of the volunteers who are spending so much time and effort in the beautification of the grounds. Lake Orion, you have something to be proud of, so please support them. — Ellen Carlson Former Resident Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, With Michigan’s economy leading the nation in unemployment at over 7-percent, for just those who meet the criteria to be included in this statistic, why has a college education gone up nearly 30-percent in just two years, when all the politicians keep saying Michigan can only get out of this economic funk by better educating our kids? I have two sons attending Wayne State, and I just received a bill for over $9,500 for just one quarter, and then to top that off they spent over $1,000 for books for just one quarter! With the state and federal governments cutting back dollars to support higher education, this simply amounts to another hidden TAX INCREASE on the soon-to-be extinct middle-class. Way to go, Lansing, the last thing I need is more taxes, on top of all the other increasing cost-of-living expenses like energy, food and insurance, to name a few. The only concern out of Lansing these days seems to be the bi-partisan support for the legislature to extend their self-serving TERM-LIMITS!!! Your priorities are truly pathetic, and soooo out of touch with Main-street America. — Daniel Myslakowski Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, After attending the Monday night Orion Township Board Meeting on Sept. 4, I am going on a verbal tear directed at our illustrious Supervisor Jerry Dywasuk who has, in my opinion, conducted himself as an elected tyrant. I know there is no love-lost between the two of us. Dywasuk assuredly did not like my opinions during public comment of his former deputy/assistant to the supervisor lawsuits against the township and two of our elected officials. But, witnessing our supervisor having another temper tantrum and blurt out unceremoniously that I favor the clerk’s and the treasurer’s offices defies convention. Forget about my ability to counter his explosion. Since I champion honesty, I have to admit that Supervisor Dywasuk’s outburst is correct, and in my opinion he has proven himself not worthy. Mr. Dywasuk also has a habit of interrupting and injecting himself when a motion has been put forth. As supervisor and therefore chair, his actions are improper. The supervisor is only to act in the capacity of the conciliator and not interrupt with his opinions. It seems that Mr. Dywasuk has to be continuously reminded of what his duties and limitations are as the supervisor and a member of the township board. He also has a habit of interrupting the other board members when his ire is in full swing. At one point during a discussion on an issue before the board and after others involved had left the podium I approached the podium. Mr. Dywasuk told me to sit down because the board was not through with their discussion. I had not interrupted their discussion, but to appease him I sat down. Albeit, I let him know that I expected, as a citizen, to have my say. What did Mr. Dywasuk do? After the motion was made to take a vote, he railroaded the vote through and let me know that I could no longer speak on the issue because the vote had been taken. Mr. Dywasuk’s actions are enough to have a professional mime go into a verbal frenzy. I don’t care whether Mr. Dywasuk likes me or anyone else at the meetings — he has no right to deny a citizen and taxpayer the right to speak. That includes any individual in the audience who previously sat on the board. I would suggest that our supervisor refresh himself on our federal and state Constitutions that he has taken an oath to uphold, as well as the Michigan Open Meetings Act. Nevertheless, the board meeting was adjourned with items left on the agenda to hang in limbo. I guess they’ll wind-up in Dywasuk’s perceived time capsule, where most of his so-called investigations of wrongdoing also remain. Oh, and by the way, I would like to lend my kudos to our Orion Township treasurer, whose investments have awarded returns of over $447,000. I also hope that wiser heads will prevail on the board and see to it that our clerk’s office acquires at least the part-time person needed for the coming primary and census. This person will replace a now retired full-time position. Seems as if we can all forget about the much needed Human Resource person for the near future, since Mr. Dywasuk’s former deputy/assistant is no longer vying for the position. — Mary L. MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Let’s see, every first and third Monday of each month, the Orion Township Board of Trustees meets to serve its citizens, with information on what could be improvements or betterment in the community lifestyle, or so we are made to believe. In reality, I see a different scenario, one of self-serving grandstanding and bickering among trustees and elected officials, such as the clerk, treasurer and, of course, the honorable supervisor. I am going to abstain from mentioning any names at this point, but I will mention one person’s name that may be a solution to the ongoing problem of disorganization and lack of political science that this present board is showing. I would suggest that the supervisor step down on the trustee board meeting nights and appoint former trustee Burke Cueny to run the meetings. Mr. Cueny seems to have the magic touch on keeping a political meeting organized. In the past, I have watched him fill in as chairman when the Orion Township supervisor was absent. Every item on the agenda was taken care of, and the meetings were over by 9:15 p.m., not midnight or 1 a.m. with agenda items left over, as seems to be the norm with this present board. What does a trustee get paid per meeting? I believe it’s around $150-$175. Well, as a taxpaying citizen, I think that these trustees should be docked $25 for each item on the agenda that they leave incomplete. I believe that this is a fair penalty. After all, if you remember, the trustees though it was fair to charge us a 10percent late penalty charge on our water and sewer bill if it wasn’t paid by the due date! People of Orion Township, we have to wake up and start showing these elected officials where the root of the system is. It’s US, not them, and the more citizens we get to realize where the root is, the better off we’ll be. We, the people! — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, 490,050,000 gallons of water. I find it laughable that the lakefront homeowners are so upset over the early end to their, and I quote, ‘precious boating season.? Isn’t the larger concern that a biblical flood will be flushed down Paint Creek after it has starved for water all summer?? I understand that legal precedents have been set long ago to maintain lake levels.’These precedents will likely never be reversed.’That does not make them right.? What I will never understand is the human indifference to the negative effects of such unnatural water management.? So while you fret over the loss of a few weeks of boating, be sure to pay no mind to the trees you hear falling as the once pristine Paint Creek and its banks melt away during these deluges.? In my opinion, unless you are a lakefront property owner, which most of us are not, Paint Creek and its trail are the most compelling reasons to live here.’Access is virtually unlimited, quite the opposite story on the lake. I will never understand why lake levels cannot be maintained with more gradual raising and lowering of the dam in conjunction with our rainy seasons and winter runoffs.? With a little research and effort, the creek and lake could thrive all year long.? Yes, there would be lower points for the creek during the dry season, but not to the point it is now with better water management.? The evidence of rapid erosion is there.? Many areas of the creek that one could jump across just a couple years ago are now 20 feet wide.? So, try to see the other side in which an ecosystem is being destroyed, and understand that there is much more at stake here than a few ‘precious? weeks of boating. –Jeff Aisthorpe Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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As an Oxford school teacher, I read the Aug. 29 Leader editorial with great interest. The column criticized Oxford’s test scores for the new Michigan Merit Exam (MME). Having worked at the high school for over ten years, I can attest to the fact that the staff is made of knowledgeable and motivated people with a work ethic so strong that majority of Oxford’s staff work many hours each week beyond the requirements in our contract. While many employers pay time-and-a-half for overtime, the coaches and club sponsors work for as little as $5 and hour after their regular day. Oxford’s staff continues to do this with little recognition from others, but because of their commitment to their vocation and the students. With all of this hard work going on, you might wonder why test scores ranged from 56 percent to 86 percent. You have to look at the number in context. Oxford’s test scores are higher than Michigan school’s average and Oakland school’s average. That means when you look at a 61 percent in math for Oxford, it shows that we did much better than the state average of 46 percent and better than the county average of 56 percent. Oxford did better than 22 of the 30 schools in Oakland county on the MME. If you look even closer at the scores, the picture improves. In Oxford we receive about $7,000 per student from the state, yet still out scored Lake Orion where they receive about $9,000 per student. In fact we beat several schools that receive more state funding than Oxford. The only schools that did manage to have a higher test scores also get more funding than we do. When you look at these numbers in context, it is clear that Oxford has reason to celebrate. It is also important to keep in mind that a standardized test like the MME is only one measure of a school’s success. This new test was designed as a tool for people to compare their local school against all Michigan schools. I am not an advocate for characterizing the success or failure of a school based on scores from a single test. Standardized tests are not designed to consider other factors of development such as electoral classes, sports and clubs, or behavioral and emotional development. It is also difficult to assess higher order skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity on a multiple choice test. If too much emphasis is placed on answering multiple choice questions correctly, students may develop skills at memorizing facts, but not fully comprehend the deeper fundaments behind the facts. Oxford has clearly stood out as one of the best schools in Oakland County based on our MME scores because the teachers here have also taken the time to identify what the state is testing and preparing students for those areas. I’ve have also seen first hand that teacher do not only teach to the test, but use their judgment and experience to inspire, guide, and help students prepare for their future as life long learners. David Okasinski, OHS CAD teacher Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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To simply say that Oxford ‘teens? vandalize school property because they are bored is a stretch to say the least. Oxford is an ever growing community with multiple opportunities to occupy ones time. I myself was a ‘teen? of the community but four years ago. Between all the sports offered and the parks with lakes one needs to not look far to be left with little time for anything else.This was definitely a personal choice and not a matter of being bored. It is unfortunate that we attribute destruction of property and vandalism to ‘boredom? instead of stupidity. Last time I got bored I picked up a newspaper and now I’m writing a letter to the editor. ? Chris Glass Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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We are ever so grateful to the many that saved our precious loved one on Sept. 1 on Squaw Lake. Nothing would be payment enough for what these strangers did. To Dr. Kevin Robertson of the HealthFirst Medical Center on your balcony, thank you for listening to my screams and realizing that they were not from kids having fun on the lake. Thank you for stabilizing her neck, so permanent damage did not occur, and for staying with her until EMT arrived. Thank you for saving her life. Terry Roehr, as the first EMT on site (within minutes) thank you for trying to calm her, stabilize her and administer trauma treatment. You were so careful and gentle with her, knowing that permanent damage could occur. You, sir, saved her life. Bless you. To the person that phoned 9-1-1, thank you, whoever you are. Bless you. Thank you for saving her life. To the jet-skier who heard my cries for help, left his jet ski and swam to me. You lifted her from me and into the boat so we could drive to the shore where the doctor was waiting. Thank you, if you had not done what you did, I don’t know if I could have made it. Thank you for saving her life. Many details are sketchy and I know there were many more that helped get the children off the boat, helped pull the boat to shore and more. May God send blessings to each and every one of you. Jenn is doing remarkably well, as the grace of God is with her. She has no permanent damage, just very swollen, bruised and some stitches that we are told will not leave a scar. She remembers nothing of the accident, which is a gift from God Name withheld upon request Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 12, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, In the upcoming Clarkston Schools Tax Increase Special Election, voters in the Clarkston School District should send a clear message to the Administration and their four supporters on the School Board. By voting NO on May 8, 2012 (or before via absentee ballot) voters will be demanding that Clarkston School District officials need to learn how to live within their means ? just like the taxpayers of this community. I am tired of children being used as political pawns to get voters to pay higher taxes ‘for the kids? instead of properly spending the per student State allocation and the $138 million in outstanding debt that we already approved in this school district. The proposed $20 million of new debt, if approved, exceeds certain finance levels so that ‘non-qualified bonds? will have to be issued with taxpayers having to pay a higher interest rate since the bonds are viewed as more risky investments. If education funds are so tight, why are we wasting $35,000 on a special election on May 8, 2012 when this upcoming vote on a proposed tax increase could have been added at no additional cost to the election scheduled for August 7, 2012? Sadly, the answer speaks volumes about the win at any (taxpayer) cost attitude of School Superintendent Dr. Rock and his backup group of four Board members (The Rockettes?) who dance to every tune he requests. The May Special Election is a blatant attempt to stack the vote in favor of adding $20 million of debt to the outstanding $138 million that is still owed. In May, schools are still in session and likely Yes For The Tax Increase Voters are more easily accessible than in August. Last week’s Clarkston News had an article conveniently listing several PTA meetings where voters were encouraged to come and hear one-sided presentations supporting the tax increase. What kind of lessons in American government and good citizenship are we teaching ‘the kids? when special elections are purposely scheduled to reduce the likelihood of voting by senior citizens and residents without children attending Clarkston Schools? I do not need a soon to be outdated iPad to remember that a critical slogan of our American Revolution for Independence was: ‘No Taxation Without Representation.? If the arguments are so compelling in favor of this tax increase for technology product purchases and for the multiple facility earmarks at every Clarkston School to secure yes votes, then why the need for a special election to help screen out potential no votes? For the betterment of the entire community which includes not only ‘the kids? and their parents but also senior citizens and people without K-12 students, please vote NO in the upcoming, unneeded Special May Election. Henry S. Woloson Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Once again, I find myself wondering where the musings of Trustee Mark Petterson truly come from. His anger over every issue he disagrees with is just childish. Treasurer Curt Carson often disagrees with the rest of the board. However, his opinion is always thoughtful and well voiced. Mr. Peterson, if you want to continue to be the voice of our township, please spend some time educating yourself on the issues and also take a communication course. I am truly looking forward to the primary vote in August. I hope to see the majority of this board re-elected, trustees Neil Wallace and David Lohmeier, Clerk Barbara Pellota, and Carson, and I wish Trustee Larry Rosso would come back. But since he wishes to retire, bless him and all his years of service to our community. Let’s see come gracious, intelligent hard working folks step up and give us a choice. Susan Stillman Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on March 14, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, We have enjoyed the farmers market in Clarkston for the past three summers. We cannot imagine who, why or what would cause the season to be cut so short this summer, with the market ending last Saturday, Sept. 8. The market is one of the bestevents in Clarkston. The vendors, as well as, the market coordinators, only shrug their shoulders and shake their heads when asked why. So we are asking, why? Jim and Mary Telfer Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 19, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I’m afraid The Clarkston News has misidentified the main issue raised by George Butler’s presentation on appropriate and ethical conduct by school board members at the Feb. 13 board meeting (‘Gag Rule?? and ‘Phil in the Blank,? Feb. 22). Citizens of Clarkston and our hometown paper should ask, why was it even necessary for Mr. Butler to address the board on ethical conduct? If any of the hypothetical activity Mr. Butler described has occurred, then school board members have been subverting state law, the Michigan Open Meetings Act, and violating their own policies and procedures. These laws and rules exist to protect the democratic process and ideals, including free speech, which are compromised when elected officials seek to influence decisions in secret or outside the parameters established by law. This rogue activity doesn’t make someone a champion of the people, it makes that person an impediment to student achievement and unworthy of holding a position of trust in our community. Kelli Horst Springfield Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 29, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I would first like to remind everyone that when we replace negative thoughts with positive ones, we will start receiving positive results! The cost of this bond is minimal and just imagine how it will help give our children the quality education that they deserve. We have to remember that children are the future. U.S. schools are not where they need to be in comparison to many other countries. And Michigan schools are not where they should be in comparison to many other states! Therefore, we need help! Dr. Rock and his team are trying to provide it. We need this bond passed ? our kids deserve it! Regards, Anna Muzzy Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 29, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, As a longtime resident, I was shocked to find out that elected members of the Clarkston School Board have to take an oath to give up their first amendment rights to speak freely to those that have elected them. The notion that board members must make a disclaimer before speaking to the public, violates both the intent, and purpose of the first amendment of our Constitution. Thankfully five days into the gag order, school board Treasurer Steven Hyer has restored those rights back to all board members. He and three students went to WJR radio studios, Feb. 18, for a interview that was not approved by the board. This, after being told five days earlier that board members who use their title without first disclaiming they are not speaking for the board is a “crystal, crystal, clear” violation of board bylaws, and is “totally inappropriate behavior” for a board member to engage in, but Mr. Hyer ignored that mandate and did so anyway. Bylaw 0143.1 states: “The individual making the public statement shall not use his/her board title.” And “this bylaw shall apply to ALL statements and/or writings by individual Board members not explicitly sanctioned by a majority of its members.” There are no exceptions to the rule for opinions that agree with a board resolution. Again, that much is “crystal, crystal clear.” Mr. Hyer has effectively set precedent for the rest of the board to follow. I encourage all Clarkston school district board members to follow Mr. Hyer’s example and speak out, meet and talk with students, go to the public and give your opinion. And go into the classrooms that Mr. Hyer “has seen excellent work being done in” and experience that same “excellent work” firsthand. Mr. Hyer’s actions of late have shown the public that board members still have a God given right to speak freely, and that doing so IS the honorable thing to do. However, I am dumbfounded as to why he would present a motion to reaffirm board bylaws and policies, passed 7-0, that he didn’t believe in, and never planned to abide by. Thanks to Mr. Hyer, the gag order has been lifted. I would like to be the first to welcome the Clarkston school board back to America, the land of free and the home of the brave. Board members can now exercise their new found freedoms as diligently as Mr. Hyer has. It would be “bad boardsmanship” not to do so. Let freedom ring! Michael L. Powell Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 29, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I was in attendance the night that Nick Cucinelli, his wife and others who live around Elkhorn Lake came to present their complaint to the Orion Township Board. It seems their neighbor, Mr. Dale Kotila, has been given numerous citations from Orion Township as well as a Notice of Violation from the Michigan State Department of Environmental Quality for filling in wetlands. Kotila also created a berm on a private subdivision road owned in common and equally by others in the subdivision. Thus, causing flooding at least a foot deep and creating dangerous and treacherous conditions for driving and walking when the road turns to ice. Dale Kotila’s comments to The Lake Orion Review regarding Mr. Cucinelli’s complaints, ‘He’s trying to come into a community where everything has already been settled.? By what I witnessed at the board meeting the issue is not settled. Mr. Kotila and his alleged rock throwing wife had better realize that Mr. Cucinelli and all the others in attendance are not trying to come into the community — they are already in the community and own property. There were many in attendance that viewed the slides that Mr. Cucinelli presented of the damage caused to his property and the road. Property owners have rights whether they’ve recently moved in or have owned a home for 30 years. According to’Mr.’Cucinelli, a Mr. Jerry Moon has also been found in wetlands violations’by the DEQ for creating similar problems for those residing in the subdivision.? Why would either Mr. Moon or Mr. Kotila be given Notices of Violation by the DEQ if the wetlands did not exist as they have claimed? If the DEQ can’t or won’t take action to protect the wetlands, then why are we paying taxes to keep’this bureaucracy in existence if they are inept at enforcing Michigan’s wetland laws? Maybe the agency should be abolished and help cut Michigan’s debt. I know if I’was in a similar circumstance as Mr. Cucinelli and his neighbors, I would ask all those who are having their property rights trampled on to pool their money and sue those creating the damage for their eyeteeth. I would also see to it that the violators were made to pay to have the wetlands restored to their original circumstance. — Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 26, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I wonder if the people of Orion Township or the citizens of the United States are aware of the deception and lies that they are being fed by our so-called government officials. I have my doubts about 9/11. The more I study the goings on, the more I believe that 9/11 was an inside job and not Osama Ben Forgotten. Alex Jones on 9985 Short Wave and Tom Hartman on Air America, 1310 AM, present a lot of interesting facts about 9/11. If you care to listen, they both go on the air at noon every day, the same time as ‘Mush? Limbaugh. Locally, we seem to have the same old garbage that never goes away. We never found out who took the file about the Gingellville Community Center tax status prior to the GCC having to close up after being ordered by the State of Michigan Tax Tribunal to start paying property taxes, even though they had a 501c3 status. I went out and tried to get the people to protest this action, but I guess the Monday Night Football games were more important than watching your community crumble. Now, the issue with Friendship Park enters into the picture. It seems there was some illegal dumping of dirt at the park. Will Wilsher, a former Orion Township trustee, came forward and wanted an investigation done. Then Orion Supervisor Gerald A. Dywasuk went and pulled Mr. Wilsher’s item off the meeting agenda, because Mr. Dywasuk claims the attorneys ordered it to prevent a lawsuit. Just who or what are you trying to cover up for Jerry? The culprits that did this dumping should be paying for this clean-up, not the citizens of Orion Township. But you and some trustees thought it would be okay to take one-third of a million dollars, again without the citizens? permission, and spend it in the hopes that everything will get cleaned up at Friendship Park, and the citizens will forget about Will Wilsher and his crusade to make those that did the damage pay. Well, just to let you know, Mr. Dywasuk, Will Wilsher is not going to give up, and neither is yours truly. So long as Mother Nature is willing, I will be around like a fly on a cube of sugar to keep my eye on you, Jerry! — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 26, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The Orion Senior Center would like to thank John Cooper and the rest of the’Golling Pontiac-GMC staff for their help and for sponsorship our first annual Classic Car Cruise. Without them this’event would not have been as successful as it was. We also extend our thanks to our staff at the Orion Senior Center for time they spent to prepare and plan this event. A big thanks to our major sponsors; Golling Pontiac-GMC, Carvel of Oakland Township, Culver’s of Lake Orion, the Orion Chamber of Commerce, Pee Wee Patch, Sports Authentic of Rochester, UAW Local 5960, Walgreen’s on Baldwin Road in Orion Township, WOMC 104.3, the Sign Center, the Lake Orion’Sunshine Rotary’Club, the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Orion and the USMA. A special thank you goes out to our trophy sponsors and’the companies that made donations toward our door prize raffle. We wish that we could list all of you, but our list would go on and on. In addition, we’would like to thank all of the newspapers, radio stations, ONTV of Lake Orion and Oxford TV for their help in getting the word out about our show. We also thank the Orion Township Board for their support of this event.? We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the 220 car cruisers who attended this event. You made our day and we hope that we made yours. We look forward to seeing you all next year! — Bill Kokenos Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on September 26, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Over the past two and a half years, I have been a proud parent of a Bailey Lake Elementary Bulldog. My son is a child who has special needs and the staff at Bailey Lake exceeds my expectations each and every day. This year has been no exception. During the past week, my son underwent surgery, I think we are on number six, and the staff once again rose above expectations to care for him as his educational and physical needs grew. The Bailey Lake Staff provide a great educational environment where he feels safe, loved, and cared for each day. The out-pouring of prayers, positive thoughts, cards, and kinds words have been overwhelming. I often wonder what my son’s life, and his parents life, would be like if we did not have great educators looking out for him and all our children each day as we send them off to school to have their educational, emotional, and physical needs met. In this time when every aspect of the institution of public education has been invaded by political agendas and we quarrel over whether or not to pass a bond that would ensure an even greater education, for around $100 a year for most of us, for our children, the educators at Bailey Lake Elementary and the Clarkston Schools family as a whole, continue to put all that aside to do what they know is right, meet the needs of my child, and all our children. So, by all means, the next time you run into a veteran, thank them and shake their hand for all they have done for us. You might also want to do the same for those whose take care of our most precious resources, our children. Dennis Klenow Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 22, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, This year Clarkston SCAMP will host the 30th’Annual Home Tour on June 2-3.? We are incredibly lucky this year to’include’the Renaissance High School/Community Education Building on’the tour. But we need your help!? Built in?1930’for kindergarten-12th’grade and later becoming Clarkston Junior High, this building’touches’countless’people within our community. To make this event extra special,’we’would like to showcase memorabilia from every year the school has been open. We are looking for pictures, yearbooks, trophies, and varsity sweaters and jackets. Call SCAMP at 248623-8089 or email [email protected] Memorabilia loaned to the Home Tour can be dropped off at the SCAMP office Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment before May 1. Include dates, names, locations and other pertinent information. We also’want’to find teachers, staff, and alumni to serve as volunteer’docents, Saturday, 4:30-7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 2:15-5:15 p.m. Email George White at’[email protected] Finally, we’would love to know if you were a member of a band or other entertainment that wants to reunite’to entertain the crowds. We hope this event draws Clarkston alumni of all ages.? Info can be found on the SCAMP website at ClarkstonSCAMP.com. Thank you for your help, Beth Huttenlocher’Kirchner Renaissance/Community Ed Chair Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 22, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I am glad to see Mayor Joe Luginski has finally taken the time to publically address the financial issues of being a city (“Officials still see need for cityhood,” Feb. 8). I recommend your readers also read the Clarkston News archives from August and September 2010. Little has changed since then other than the financial status of the city getting worse. The city eliminated the police department back then. It is now two years later and it seems we have the same problems with little left to cut. I can’t imagine why the mayor and Councilmember Richard Bisio would comments they are ‘not confident in the township’s abilities and sensitivity to the needs of Clarkston? when most of the city’s services, such as water, library, police and fire are provided and controlled exclusively by the township. Many of the downtown Main Street events are put on by ‘Clarkston? organizations and businesses that are in the township, not in the city. Based on the actions of the city government over the last several years, I have far more confidence in the township than I do the city. I see no reason to pay extra taxes to be a city when the city can do so little. We need protection from our city government, higher taxes, and the city’s inability to do any better. My proposed ballot language is this: “A petition to vacate the incorporation of the City of the Village of Clarkston, for it to again be part of the Charter Township of Independence and to require the preservation of the Historic District and Historic District Commission within the township” ? per the Home Rule City Act, Act 279 of 1909, MCL 117.14a, the Municipal Historical Commissions Act 213 of 1957, and the Local Historic Districts Act, Act 169 of 1970. Cory Johnston Clarkston Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 22, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor: We were astonished by the Guest Viewpoint published last week in The Clarkston News. Unfortunately, not addressing the inaccuracies and innuendos would be an injustice to both the supporters of the Farmer’s Market and dedicated volunteers of the Clarkston Community Historical Society (CCHS). The CCHS and the Farmer’s Market organizers have had many long, involved conversations over the last two years, but it appears the facts bear repeating. Art in the Village has been held on one Saturday and one Sunday each year for the past 33 years. As the society’s main fundraiser, profits are used to support the Clarkston Heritage Museum, care for Clarkston historic artifacts, provide programming for children and historical lectures for the public. Other local community groups, such as DAR, Garden Club, Boosters, St. Dan’s and many more, also count on the event for fundraising every year. We are all non-profit groups. The festival draws 15,000 patrons to the park and over 100 volunteers including boy scouts, seniors, students and even your next door neighbor. All monies raised at Art in the Village go right back into the community. Depot Park, its surrounding lots and Depot Rd. are active with artists, patrons and cars throughout the weekend beginning Saturday at 7 a.m. and ending Sunday at 7 p.m. Saturday morning by 10 a.m. the parking lot that the market usually sets up in is full to capacity. There simply is not enough room to share the space with another event. This fact was recognized by the City Council back in 2005 when the market organizers first sought and received approval ‘to run Saturdays through the season with the exception of Art in the Village weekend.? CCHS has studied this area specifically for the last two years just to ‘see if there was ANY possibility? for the two events to run co-currently. By 10 a.m. on Saturday any observer can say, without question, that two events in the same location would create a safety hazard with parking issues and traffic congestion problems. CCHS has directly supported the market from day one. We were one of the first local groups to recommend, via formal letter, to the city that the Farmer’s Market be welcomed into the community. In that same spirit, CCHS has offered to the market organizers free use of Art in the Village publicity such as signs, posters, flyers and newspaper ads to communicate that ‘the market would be back next week,? or to direct patrons to an alternate location. But they haven’t taken us up on our offer. We’ve invited the market organizers to observe the space on Saturday during Art in the Village with us so they can see for themselves how their event can’t fit into the space. But we haven’t seen them yet. They continually push to bypass the requirements set by the city to run the market in the lot we so desperately need during Art in the Village and we have consistently replied: We use that lot. Please respect our needs. We only ask for one weekend each year. For over three decades, CCHS has worked diligently to meet the goals of our mission to preserve Clarkston’s rich history. Art in the Village has been the means to meet these goals each year. As board members, we are charged with the responsibility to turn out a professional, enjoyable and safe event for the community to be proud of and we take that responsibility very seriously. Along with the many others in the community, CCHS hopes the market season will continue into October as it has before because, after all, we are market shoppers, too! With the enthusiastic interest the market has attracted and supportive publicity in place, it seems certain patrons will remember to return the weekend after Art in the Village. Sincerely, Jennifer Arkwright, Bart Clark, Laura Covintree, Debbie DeVault, Kim Huttenlocher, Glenida Olafsson, James Schultz, Jonathan Smith, Toni Smith Board of Directors, Clarkston Community Historical Society Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Don Rush’s article on why Michigan sucks, and the pending shut down of Michigan (at least as of Friday afternoon) have caused me to wonder, yet again, what politicians in Lansing do. Gov. Granholm and Sen. Bishop both took time out of their busy schedules to bash each other’s political party while saying nothing about the real issues surrounding the $1.8 billion deficit in the Michigan budget, other than it was the other party’s fault. As an elected official in Clarkston I sometimes disagree with the opinions of my fellow officials but I try to argue the merits of their opinion, not which political party they believe in. For the record, all political candidates in Clarkston run non-partisan and the local budget is still balanced, at least for this year. I’ll thank our city manager for both of these as I am not sure elected politicians had a lot to do with either. Cory Johnston Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Your story ‘Township holds the line on property tax,? (Sept. 26 edition), concerning the 0.1508% property tax rollback had political double talk from Independence Township Trustee Dan Kelly that needs to be clarified. Mr. Kelly’s statement that ‘what we did was effectively lower taxes and that is a pretty unusual thing to be doing these days? was not an accurate statement of the facts. A more accurate statement would have been, ‘what we effectively did was raise your taxes by 1.037% using the inflation rate multiplier and then we rolled back them back by a mere 0.1508% which resulted in a 0.89% property tax increase to you.? The inflation rate multiplier raised the taxable value of every home this year by 1.037%. Hence a 0.1508% mill rollback by the township is still a 0.89% increase in property taxes. Considering that just last year the township took in $600,000 more than it needed, a property tax rollback of 1.037% was called for and would have still created a surplus. Informed taxpayers know that property taxes are always raised when the millage rate rollback is lower than the inflation rate multiplier. Sincerely, Michael Powell Independence Twp. Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The 33rd annual Art in the Village show, sponsored by the Clarkston Community Historical Society, proved once again to be very successful, raising over $20,000 to help fund the Clarkston Heritage Museum along with other CCHS programs. Many thanks are due to over 125 volunteers who helped make the weekend a hit! To the 100 community members, young and old alike, who manned the Antique Tent, Cider Tent, Merchandise Tent, Silent Auction Tent and provided Artist Relief over the weekend: We couldn’t have done it without you ? thank you, thank you! Additional thanks are in order for Boy Scout Troop 199 who handles trash and recycling maintenance along with Smith’s Disposal who donates trash removal every year. Thank you to Bob Pursley and his DPW crew for their efforts all week long to prepare the park and lend a hand during the event. Thanks to Frank Latimer who made artist shuttling to off-site parking possible by donating his Chrysler vehicles all weekend. And finally, thanks to all community members who join the festivities each year by including Art in the Village in their weekend plans! I would like to extend very special thanks to our Board of Directors who volunteer hours and hours of time in the year of planning it take to present each Art in the Village show and throughout the weekend: Bart Clark, Laura Covintree, Debbie DeVault, Kim Huttenlocher, Glenida Olafsson, James & Gini Schultz and Jon & Toni Smith. These dedicated volunteers strive to improve the event each year and always appreciate your feedback. Next up for CCHS is our second historic barn tour, Born in a Barn, AGAIN! to be held Oct. 21 from noon – 4 p.m. Ten historic barns will be featured in this self-guided tour located in the city and the township. Each barn will be complemented with barn animals, craftspeople at work or antique farm equipment. Tickets can be purchased by calling the CCHS office at 248-922-0270. This event is a wonderful way for young and old alike to spend a Sunday afternoon on a fall day in Clarkston! Sincerely, Jennifer Arkwright, President Clarkston Community Historical Society Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Irresponsible, absolutely irresponsible: the comments made by Margaret Bartos, and by Annissa Howard and Chris Hardman, as stated in the Sept. 26 Clarkston News. Senior Center: Margaret Bartos is the coordinator of the Independence Township Senior Center. Upon viewing the nearly completed new building, in which the senior center will be housed, she said: ‘What we are getting today is a very small building to replace the one we have.? She does go on to explain that the new building ‘is not moldy ‘has handicap accessible hallways and bathrooms and small activity area and small offices ?.? What is irresponsible about Ms Bartos comments is that they ‘damn with faint praise? a facility which no one thought would happen. The residents of Independence Township voted last November, for the third time, not to fund a new, multimillion dollar facility. And, there continue to be many in the township who oppose having any kind of separate facility for seniors. It was largely through the efforts of a group of concerned citizens and elected officials that something did get done. It was clear to everyone who visited the senior center that it was seriously unsafe and placed the lives of occupants in danger. Something had to be done before disaster occurred! After a variety of plans were carefully considered, the Independence Township Board of Trustees offered to replace the old building with a newer and safer one. The result is that in less than a year after the disappointment of last election, a new building will replace the old one. The new building has more usable square footage, handicap accessibility, a covered entrance for delivery of challenged seniors, a new phone system, municipal water, better lighting, and will operate more efficiently. Also, the separate ‘carriage house? has been completely remodeled into a larger space including handicap accessibility. All this was accomplished within a budget of $250,000. Thanks go to the diligent and dedicated work of township staff and area contractors, who also donated some of their time and resources, worth thousands of dollars. Let us be grateful, enjoy the fact that our seniors are now safe, and, then, begin to look to the future! Clarkston Farmers? Market: Founder Annissa Howard and co-manager Chris Hardman made many irresponsible remarks in their letter to the editor. The closing of the market on one Saturday to avoid conflict with Clarkston Historical Society’s Art in the Village was necessary, not for petty reasons, not for metaphysical reasons having to do with food and art. It had to do with capacity and safety. Clarkston is a small town ? one-half square mile of land in which less than 1,000 people reside. For such a small town, it is amazing how many ‘big ideas? occur in it every year: parades, marathons, street fairs, markets, for example. Thank goodness they don’t all occur at the same time. As a small town, Clarkston can handle only so much at one time; it does this very well, with people coming from miles away just to enjoy the events. Parking alone is a challenge for each of the events hosted by the city, as is traffic. Several police agencies, supported by volunteers, do their best to manage the challenge. The number one question for them and for the city is the safety of those who drive and those who walk to and from the events. It is impossible to understand why anyone would want to have more than one of these events occur at the same time. In addition to parking for patrons for the events, there is the challenge of parking for vendors. They need to be in some reasonable proximity to their products. Such parking for one event is difficult enough. Many of us who live here go to the Farmers? Market in Waterford periodically. On occasion, they have had to close for a day or two, but people still return. And, the market has not only survived, it has thrived. Traditions add to the character of our community, as does the generosity of the organizers of the traditional events. Art in the Village, sponsored by the Clarkston Historical Society, is one of those traditions. And, the society has given a great deal back to this community. The Clarkston Farmers Market has been a nice addition to the many delightful events which characterize the city. Perhaps, it will become one of the traditions, as well as give back to the community. We need to appreciate what we have in this lovely community, even as we strive to make it better. We have to work together; compromises have to be made; realities have to be accepted. Irresponsible remarks by people who ought to know better do not help! Arlene and Tom Stone Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Kudos to Marie English and her crew of volunteers for another very successful Friends of the Library used book sale, which netted $5,000! — Doug and Jill Bastian Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, We are sending this letter to you to draw attention to a shameful and dangerous deed that is being done to our children in our small community in Lake Orion. I hope you have a few minutes to hear about our problem that we, as parents, face everyday during the school year. And that is to provide SAFE TRANSPORTATION, for our kids to get to the only non-profit organization after school. There are many reasons why the Boys and Girls Club enriches our community. It is a safe and controlled environment for our kids to go to until we as parents get off of work, instead of being home alone or, worse yet, roaming the streets and maybe getting into trouble. Recently, our club moved into a new building located on Waldon Road, which is outside of town (middle of nowhere). We used to be ‘downtown? for years and there was never an issue about getting our kids there, because there were more ‘scheduled? bus stops. But now our Lake Orion Bus Transportation Dept. has denied any stops for our club. They do have a few scheduled stops for a Sub Division that is ‘close? to the club, that they said our kids could use. But this stop is a quarter of a mile away. And the only thing that separates the stop to the club is nothing but a winding path that is surrounded by wooded fields. You can’t even see the club. Now what kind of parent would I be if I let my seven-year-old daughter walk, by herself, to get to the club? I would be putting her in DANGER!!! Hence, the Bus Transportation Dept. is doing that. God forbid if anything happens (abduction) to those kids that have to walk, is it going to take something like that to see to the problem??? We are only asking for one stop in the afternoon, when they go by the club on a constant basis everyday. Yes, just in case you are wondering we have been through all the channels with our Board of Education, our Transportation Dept. and our Director of Business Services Dept. The situation was even explained in a recent issue of The Review. But we have fallen on DEAF EARS for over a year now. Most of us are hard working, taxpaying, single, low-income parents trying to raise our families the best way we know how, and we can’t afford the latch-key programs or to pay a babysitter or send them to a Licensed Day Care Center. Which, by the way, the Bus Transportation Dept. WILL ALLOW A BUS STOP FOR A LICENSED DAY CARE CENTER. Other communities, such as Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Waterford etc. will get their kids to their Boys and Girls Clubs. Why not Lake Orion? We need a LOUDER voice to help us with our problem. Please help us by contacting the Board of Education and the Transportation Department and let them know what you think. — Concerned club parents Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, It seems odd that I should write a letter to the editor when really I would like to write a letter to Mr. James Delavan. Since he is a obviously a reader of this paper and a frequent contributor, I will address my comments to him through your newspaper. I thank you in advance for this forum… Mr. Delavan, I have read, always with great interest, your musings on our local government. I have always looked forward to your Letters to the Editor, so much so that when I discovered they were limiting your letters to every other week, I would pick up my Orion Review thinking, ‘Oh, will Mr. Delavan’s letters be published this week or next?? I will no longer be looking with interest for your Letters to the Editor. Your comments about 9/11 being ‘an inside job? have so disgusted me that I now believe what the vast majority of involved Lake Orion residents have known all along: You are a foolish, sad man who lives only to denegrate others with your silly, sophmoric tirades. You have joined the ranks of tired, ridiculous liberals everywhere who are unable to argue facts, because the facts don’t work in your favor. To use the 9/11 tragedy as a conspiracy to forward your attitudes regarding our township supervisor and board’s activities borders on the extreme, if not the insane. I am SO over you. — Margaret M. Boggs Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I have watched Ms. MacMaster for many years at the township meetings. I considered you to be a watchdog for the community and was under the impression you were a reputable person. After reading your Letter to the Editor in the Sept. 26 issue of the Orion Review, I not only question your intent, but your credibility. Mr. Cucinelli is young, quite good-looking and has the magnetism of a snake charmer. His presentation was full of innuendoes, part truths and part fabrications. My question to you, Ms. MacMaster, is did you take the time to find out what was fact or what was fiction? Do you even know where Sunset Hills is? More importantly, why would you put your good name on issues you are not familiar with without checking all the facts? A reputation that is respected is hard to recover after attaching it to a questionable project such as this. From now on, please do your homework. — Lois Whitham Sunset Hills homeowner Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 3, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I found Michael Tynan’s comments on Township Board actions and the deputy supervisor very misleading and inaccurate (“A call for consequences in township actions,” Feb. 8). Supervisor David Wagner did a stealth appointment of Mike Clark, telling no one prior to the board meeting while the board had already previously discussed a superintendent and had it on the agenda. In addition, Mike Clark has been a disruptive persona for years and certainly it appears that Wagner appointed him to spite the board. Tynan also infers that this board has purchased buildings, which I believe refers to the controversial purchase of Township Hall, which was done by Wagner and the previous board. I also take issue with the slur on Bart Clark who has been active in our township for years and was a very reasonable choice for temporary superintendent. Jim Reed Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 15, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I am pleased with Trustee Neil Wallace’s decision to run for supervisor (“Wallace sets sight on supervisor seat,” Feb. 8). I find his opinions to very knowledgeable and insightful. Trustee Mark Petterson, on the other hand, hasn’t a simple clue as to what is the correct procedure about most anything I have watched at the meetings. He seems to think that his little temper tantrums and testosterone filled humphs are a sign of his being knowledgeable and they truly just come off as riduclous most of the time. It seems he thinks he is the working mans champion, when in the light of day it truly comes off as him not doing his do diligence. Thank you, Susan Stillman Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 15, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Restricting the current burning privileges of the entire Independence Township community on account of the activism of one individual seems undemocratic. If we didn’t subscribe to the Clarkston News we would not be aware of the possibility that burning was going to be severely curtailed. Such a drastic action should not be taken without the involvement of the entire community through a public vote. Independence Township encompasses a broad range of land usage over many square miles and further global restrictions would be burdensome with little or no corresponding benefit. Providing alternative means for the removal of leaves and brush is not practical or economical for our community. There are many great alternative places to live with more restrictive ordinances ? we have all chosen to live in this community with its balanced approach well suited to this area. John and Ellie Williams Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 15, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, It was just a few years ago that the board decided to move to a November election cycle to avoid the costs of a May election.? May has traditionally been the month of choice for many school district elections because a low turnout typically ends in favorable election results for the district.’The cost to the school district for this special election is $35,000.? The cost to add this proposal to a November ballot is zero. It is unfortunate that the same four members of the board continue to make poor decisions, but this one can be corrected by the voters on May 8.? Voting ‘no? does not mean that our students won’t receive the technology upgrade they ought to have; it simply means that the administration and board members who approved this proposal will have to come back to the voters in November with a much more modest and reasoned proposal, one that does not include wasteful and unnecessary spending in a poor economic and financial environment, and that focuses more dollars on the classroom and the excellent education our students need and deserve. And when you go to the polls in November, keep in mind that two of the four board members who voted for this proposal are up for reelection.? With your vote you can let them know how you feel about their track record of poor stewardship. ‘Larry Matta Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 15, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Long overdue is a big thank you to Charles Dunn and Dan Kelly for all their efforts in seeing to the senior center receiving funds from the ‘found? money in the township coffers earlier this year. As many of you have heard or seen, the old center is down and the new one almost finished. The carriage house has been refurbished and is looking very good and improved. We are most pleased and thankful someone took ‘the bull by the horns? for a new complex that will provide handicapped people better access and all of us healthier and safer accommodations. The senior center has always been very well used, but now more of us will use it in comfort and ease. Dave Belcher is to be thanked as well, for all his efforts in taking on this project. He has been thoughtful of staff and senior needs in his considerations of what is needed and how it will be used. Thanks to all the volunteers who work so hard each and every week there and staff who go above and beyond duty. Last, but not least, Margaret Bartos has been doing a marvelous job in getting the old center cleaned out and ordering for the new center and working hand in glove with Dave Belcher. She definitely gives more time than paid for and works in the best interest of this township’s seniors. Sincerely, David and Sandra Meyer Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The Independence Township Board of Trustees is updating the township’s open burning ordinance. As a longtime township resident, I’m very concerned about the health impact of open burning in our community. The smoke from the open burning of leaves, brush, and wood pollutes the air and can affect the health and comfort of everyone in range of the drifting smoke. According to many health and governmental agencies, including the American Lung Association, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Environmental Protection Agency, smoke from the open burning of wood and leaves contains tiny particles which carry harmful toxins, carcinogens, and gases that can scar the lungs, exacerbate existing health problems, and even lead to early death in some individuals. Those most at risk are children and babies, the elderly, and those with existing health conditions such as cardiopulmonary disease, emphysema, asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. Smoke can also be irritating to the eyes, noses, throats, and lungs of otherwise healthy people. In addition to the numerous health risks, many residents simply wish to enjoy their own homes and yards without being annoyed by drifting smoke from their neighbors? open fires. Drifting smoke is particularly onerous in densely populated neighborhoods where homes are close together. Even with closed windows, smoke can seep in through tiny cracks and openings and circulate in a home for many hours (per MI DEQ). Updating the open burning ordinance will be no easy task for the board, but I firmly believe the health and welfare of our community should be their main goal. To reduce harmful smoke emissions, I encourage the board to reduce open burning well below currently permitted levels (e.g., by prohibiting the burning of leaves entirely, allowing fewer burning dates and hours, and imposing strict limitations on all open burning including campfires in densely populated neighborhoods) and to increase penalties for illegal burning. It is also important to find practical alternatives to open burning as done in other communities our size. Please voice your opinion too! Contact our township board members to let them know what you think ? e-mail addresses are available at www.twp.independence.mi.us. Please act quickly because the board is planning to make a decision on this matter very soon. Your input is vital’speak up now for clean air! Andrea Hirsch Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 8, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, In regards to the appointment of Michael Clark as deputy supervisor and hiring of Bart Clark as superintendent (“Competing Clarks,” Nov. 23 edition). Since the appointment of Michael Clark was made as an emergency measure due to the prolonged illness of David Wagner, the creation, and subsequent stopgap hiring of Bart Clark was not an emergency.? So what’s the hurry?? They had been without a supervisor for 7-8 months. Wagner had just appointed a deputy supervisor in accordance with statute 41.61 and now out of the blue, Larry Rosso and company decided to’use?’Statute 42.10 to create a superintendent position. ‘This position is normally used to assist and/or relieve a township supervisor from some of day to day activities.? Statute 41.61, on the other hand, is to be used as a result of absence, sickness and/or death. This actions appears to be a retaliatory and mutinous action by the township board to prevent an action that had already been taken by duly elected township Supervisor Wagner.? This rebellious action was led by the designated and duly elected President Pro Tem Rosso, trustee, and his accomplices, township Clerk Barbara Pollotta, Treasurer Curt Carson, and trustees David Lohmeier, Mark Petterson, and Neil Wallace.’It appears they disobeyed the decision of the legally elected supervisor and violated the trust of citizens, I don’t condone any elected officials’ behavior, including Wagner. I don’t know Michael Clark and it really doesn’t matter how good or bad he is, he was legitimately appointed.? The current board and its most vocal members, Wallace and Lohmeier, apparently do not like him and were so desperate they hired a person they had not considered before, who just happened to be sitting in the audience. These people cannot continue to conduct marathon meetings, purchase buildings, hire contractors, lose equipment, fight with their subordinates, hire personnel and make false claim of accomplishments and so on … without consequences.? Accordingly, this situation needs to be investigated and if laws have been broken, these individual need to be prosecuted and/or removed from office. If you broke the law they should prosecute you. What do you think? Michael G. Tynan Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 8, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Mr. Rush, I do not write to newspapers regarding editorials or columnists? articles because it is usually a waste of time. However, your article in The Lake Orion Review concerning the Michigan House Bill 4799, which amends the State Employees? Retirement Act, really ticked me off. First, some background on me, I taught junior high and middle school English for 32 years before retiring in 1997. At the time, I thought I was set financially. However, I soon learned that my pension would not stretch enough to cover all my expenses. Luckily, a position for an ESL (English Second Language) teacher opened in my old school district in 1998, and I was able to return to work two days a week. Not only did the money save me, but the boredom that I had experienced during my year of retirement was gone and I felt useful again. Now, as to why I’m upset. First, the term ‘double-dipper? is offensive. You make it sound as if I am taking money that I don’t earn. Believe me, the school district gets more than its money’s worth from me. I’m in the building by 6:30 a.m., but I don’t log in on my time sheet until 7:15. That’s a lot of free minutes over the course of a year that I give the district. If I don’t work the two days a week with the ESL students, someone else will. Why should I be denied the right to work? Who better to work in the building and help these students than someone who knows the teaching staff? The district doesn’t pay me health benefits or retirement. My replacement would cost the district these benefits. I work cheap. Over the ten years of my retirement, the state has changed my ‘guaranteed? health insurance several times. I’ve seen my co-pay and deductible increase several times. My prescription co-pay started at $4 a prescription. Now, who knows what the formula is for figuring out how much I pay. One of my prescriptions costs me $70 and another one costs $90. While checking the Internet yesterday, I noticed that the Legislature has made more changes in our health benefits. I’m afraid to read the detailed list to see what they have taken away now. So, you see, teachers are sharing in the cut-backs as other people are. Since HB 4799 passed the Senate on Sept. 24, a committee will have to resolve the differences with the house version. But it looks as if I and other retired school employees who work in schools will be out of a job Jan. 1, 2008. This means that five of the seven ESL teachers in Lake Orion and several substitute teachers will be gone. It also means that I have to find a way to make up for the missing two days of salary so I will be able to pay the following bills: prescriptions, medical bills, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, my sister’s and brother-in-law’s life insurance because they can’t afford to pay the insurance, and my taxes. These are the things that I used my ‘double-dipping? money for. Sorry this letter is so long, but you really ticked me off. I’m used to reading about teachers being smeared in the papers by people who don’t know what they are talking about. Usually, I can just ignore the articles. Mother always said, ‘Ignore ignorance. It will eventually go away.? I couldn’t ignore it this time. By the way, if state employees have had it too double-dipping good for too long, does that include legislators? Did you know that most legislators? yearly pensions are greater than the salary that I made the last year I worked? I can think of one in particular, Orion’s retired state senator. Does that seem fair? But then, they write the laws. — Betty J. Brown Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Margaret M. Boggs, if you would take the time and read my letters in the Orion Review more carefully, it may surprise you that these are only my views and opinions. I’ve spent a lot of time studying 9/11. Maybe I would suggest that you do the same before you spout off about me being a foolish, sad man who lives to denigrate others. If you think going to war and killing people and destroying countries is the way to live, then I would rather be a sad man, but I don’t consider myself foolish, like you describe. I am not a liberal, like you have labeled me. In fact, you don’t even know me. I consider myself a homesteader who believes that every person who owns their homestead should keep their homestead and not have the government keep a permanent tax lien on it in the name of property taxes. The same for the income tax. Also, when local community centers, such as the G.C.C. fall victim to government greed and start being taxed, I suppose you think it’s okay to sit back and say and do nothing while the government slowly destroys your, and our, freedom and liberties. History shows that nothing ever gets settled by wars, they only lead to other wars. But, as the late Ricky Nelson said in his 1972 song Garden Party, ‘You can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself.? But, in the meantime, like me or hate me, I shall return, Mother Nature willing. — James B. Delavan Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, On behalf of the Lake Orion Sunrise Rotary, I want to thank Lisa Sokol, her staff at the Orion Senior Center and especially Mr. Golling for putting Lake Orion on the map once again. I personally spoke with many visitors from as far away as Hadley, Michigan who came to the city’s first annual Car Cruise and each had only great things to say. I encourage residents and businesses to jump on board next year, for this one-of-a kind, family fun event in our community! — Pamela Barc Lake Orion Sunrise Rotary Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, In response to Lois Whitham’s’Letter to the Editor’on Oct. 3 — regarding the presentation at the Orion Township Board Meeting’by Mr. Cucinelli on the wetland violations.’I need to inform Ms. Whitham that Mr. Cucinelli and his wife weren’t the only ones present who reside in that area. I had a very good friend and her husband in attendance at that meeting.’I’ve known this woman for nigh onto 28 years.’We attend the same’church and I had sung’in our choir with her for almost 20 years. My’friend also informed me of the illegal dumping that has taken place in this wetland by both a utility’and a tree service’company.’This friend is a very gentle, sweet and soft-spoken person and the last thing she would do is bear false witness against anyone.? I don’t fall all over people because they are young, good lookin? and magnetic, Ms. Lois Whitham.’Nor, am I mesmerized’by someone who has a position, title or is well-to-do.? The proof in the pudding was the slide presentation given by Mr. Cucinelli, and the information given to me by my’friend who has lived there for over 40 years.’This’friend has a reputation as an honest, forthright gentlewoman.’The last thing’to call’Mr. Cucinelli or anyone else’who’is suffering’needlessly with’this circumstance is a ‘snake charmer.?’Name-calling’is not becoming, Ms. Whitham, especially against one of the victims. Is Ms. Lois Whitham’denying the fact that both Mr. Kotila and Mr. Moon have been cited’either by Orion Township and/or the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for despoiling a wetland?’If she’can produce proof of that, then I guess I’ll have to worry about my reputation.’Until then, I’ll hold my head high.? — Mary MacMaster Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Thank you for the nice article about me and my family in your Sept. 5, 2007, issue, ‘Write Out Loud? column. However, you missed something important. You wrote of ‘one dynamic family with a strong man at the head of the family.? But that is only half the story. The family is also headed by a strong woman: Margo Butki. We are an egalitarian partnership. And Margo is much, much more.? Margo’is funny, she is caring, she is thoughtful. She is a creative cook who cooks for many, with love. She is smart, she is witty, direct, down to earth, a very grounded person. A very loving person. She is awesome. She is there for me. She is there for our family and our extended family. She is there for our friends. She is there for people in the community. As a psychiatric nurse, she helps people who struggle with mental illness (including me, her husband, as I struggle with depression in this cancer journey). There are many amazing stories about Margo.? Together Margo and I raised four sons, with our home open to so many more. Our network of supportive friends has grown and Margo’s open-heartedness is a great part of that. We have been a team throughout our 38 years of marriage. Margo needed to be added more fully to your fine article. Margo is an amazing person. And I have had the benefit of an amazing partnership. With loving appreciation for Margo, in all her glory, — Ernie Butki Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Thank you for the lovely article on adoption (9/26/07), it was both heartwarming and informative for anyone considering adoption. My husband and I are fortunate enough to have three beautiful adopted children. Although our children were all from Michigan, I know many singles and couples who have adopted from all over the world. There is one correction I wish to make to the article where it states ‘Due to the state’s adoption laws, the couple chose to adopt from a different state so they could have what is called a ‘semi-open? adoption?? Semi-open adoption has been legal for over 20 years in the state of Michigan. Michigan allows 1) Closed adoption- no identifying information 2) Semi-open adoption, birthmother chooses adoptive parents personally or through an agency, exchange pictures occasionally through a 3rd party (no last names or addresses exchanged). 3) Open adoption ? Birthparent chooses adoptive parents, there may be an agreement for occasional contact, names and addresses known by both birthparents and adoptive parents. We have experience with both open and semi-open in our family. Ann O’Neill, Oxford Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I would like to make a comment about the Breast Friends of Inside Out Fitness, the team from Oxford that walked in the Michigan Breast Cancer 3-Day this past weekend. They are a wonderful group of women that worked long and hard to prepare their minds, bodies and spirits for this event. I can say this wholeheartedly, because my mom walked with this team. They strapped on their home-made bra hats and ‘Whoo-hoo? clothes and stepped out to change the world. Watching these ladies cross the finish line at the Henry Ford museum was inspiring, but not half as much as watching them parade, hand-in-hand into closing ceremonies. I have never been so greatly touched in my life. These women are awesome! They are shining beacons of hope for the countless thousands of women battling breast cancer, and for those who have come through the struggle on top. The Breast-Friends ask each other, ‘hey breast friends, can I get a whoo-hoo??, I ask the Oxford area the same question, ‘Hey Oxford, can we give the Breast Friends a whoo-hoo!?? They deserve that. They deserve so much more. Melissa Scott Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Heartfelt congratulations to the Oxford Varsity girls swim team for their recent record-setting meet! Our community should be very proud of these girls, for their accomplishments after only two years as a team. For two years, there has been a new swimming facility at OHS, though it is serving half its purpose. What is missing is a swim team for the boys. Why shouldn’t our teenage boys have the same opportunity to experience the competition, the individual growth and school pride that our girls do through swimming? It is time for Oxford High School to let all its students participate in using this new facility. It is time for a Varsity boys swim team. Karen Raczka, Oxford Editors Note: The Oxford Athletic Boosters pays for the girls swim team to operate, not the school. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on October 10, 2007 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Everyone in the community should be bothered by Trevor Keiser’s opinion story and his Jan. 25, ‘Resident wants apology for tractor case? story. When a citizen of Independence Township calls and points something out to an employee of the township, this is not how their call should have been handled. I have called code enforcement numerous times about code violations. Each time I call, I’m told that the township must follow established legal procedures to address code violations. Though I’ve called asking for something to be acted upon, how my call is acted upon on is entirely up to the township. I expect to hold no responsibility for the actions of the township because of my call. And I expect the township to keep my name confidential. If I had called the department of public works and: ‘Asked them to have the park’s guys go by the address to see if the tractor in the yard could be the one that belonged to the township.? I wouldn’t expect my name to be released and then to get trashed in the local paper because a township employee didn’t follow the proper procedures! Why would any resident want to report a concern, violation, etc. if they knew their name was not going to be held confidentially and they were going to be held responsible for everything the township did with their report? I find it hard to believe that Neil Wallace based his call to the township on the color of the property owner’s skin, and not just color of the missing tractor. Your reporter should have dug a little deeper to see if racial accusations have been made by this person in the past. How is this the caller’s fault, and why was that callers name released by the township? After reading both of these stories, it appears that Mr. Wallace is the one deserving of an apology! Mike Powell Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 1, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The riders, volunteers and horses of O.A.T.S. thank the Clarkston Retailers Group, their patrons and the people of the Clarkston area for so generously supporting O.A.T.S. during the Second Annual Retro Cocktail Party. Clarkston Retailers Group has also become the adopted parents of Telly, one of our horses and also the great grandson of the famous Secretariat. The funds generated from the party will provide Telly with veterinary and ferrier services, hay and grain for one year. We invite the members of the Clarkston Retailers Group and the community at large to visit us and see the benefits therapeutic horseback riding provides those with special needs ? check www.oatshrh.org for info. Very truly yours, Nancy Lee Heussner O.A.T.S. founder and executive director P.S. It was a pleasure meeting Don Rush the other evening. Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 1, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I want to thank all of those who take the responsibility of clearing snow from the walkways outside their homes. I would also like to ask those who do not to please consider doing so. I am always amazed at how clear the driveways always are, but how very few take the extra minutes or seconds, with a snowblower, and make the sidewalk clear for the many pedestrians who walk around this town, especially along Clarkston Road between Clarkston High School and Main Street. Please people, for the common good, consider clearing your walk. Isn’t it your civic duty as a homeowner in the township? Maureen Schabel Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on February 1, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, A few comments on your Jan. 11 article on Cory Johnston’s initiative to dissolve the City of Clarkston (‘New Year, New Effort to Dissolve Clarkston?). It is a legitimate question to ask what the city’s taxpayers are getting for the extra tax burden. That is why I will sign Cory’s petition. This deserves a public airing and a vote by the city residents. My disposition now is to vote against dissolution in order to maintain the city’s local control over its historic district and zoning, but I will listen to the dissolutionists? arguments. I have an alternative proposal that would preserve local control over some things but eliminate the duplicative layer of city government that Clarkston residents now pay more for: A negotiated consolidation’approved by the voters’in which the former Clarkston (or perhaps a part of it) is a separate district in the consolidated municipality with a limited governmental structure that would have authority over zoning and the historic district. A small board, perhaps five persons, elected by district residents could exercise those powers. That district board could be funded by a small district millage. The remaining governmental functions would be handled in the larger, consolidated municipality and the former Clarkston residents would have the same voting rights as the other residents of the consolidated municipality. This would eliminate most of the duplicative overhead that we now have in city government and consolidate most government functions into a larger municipality that has the staff and financial means to perform them more efficiently. It would be similar to the village structure that existed before Clarkston became a city, but without the more extensive governmental overhead that a village form of government would require. And it would preserve some measure of local control. Under present state law, this kind of a consolidation doesn’t seem to be possible. I’m working on getting legislation that would permit it. Richard Bisio Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 25, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Thumbs up to Joan Patterson, Susan Boatman and Rosalie Lieblang for looking out for taxpayers by voting no on the May 8 special election. Thumbs down to Barry Bomier, Elizabeth Egan, Steve Hyer, and Cheryl McGinnis, the four Clarkston school district board members who didn’t blink an eye when they voted to waste $35,000 on the May 8 special election that disenfranchises senior citizens and voters without kids in K-12. They’ve proven to us that they can’t be trusted with any more of our money. Here are the bond facts they don’t want you to know: ? Clarkston School District is using your tax dollars to promote this tax increase proposal on its website and its email system. ? A recent email blast claimed the bond will result in a 1 mill tax increase. When in fact the increase is estimated to be 1 mill and can be adjusted higher according to tax revenue. Without your vote! ? Defaulting on this nonqualifying bond is not an option. ? To keep from defaulting, the board can raise the millage if tax revenue declines. Without your vote! ? School district is already collecting the maximum 7mills allowed by the state for bonds who’s repayment has been extended to 2033. 21 years! ? The school district has for the past few years had to borrow from the School Bond Loan Fund to make its current bond payments. ? Nonqualifying bonds have no state oversight. ? Without state oversight, this bond could be used for anything that qualifies as a capital expenditure. ? This bond will be assessed from 2012-2029 ? 17 years! ? Just two years ago, the school district spent over $400,000 to implement the computer-based Fast ForWord program. Even though we paid for it to be used by every child in the district, it is not being used differently than before they spent the $400,000. ? Superintendent Rock and his family won’t be affected by this $100+ “Its for the kids” tax hike, he doesn’t even live in our school district! ? You won’t ever know how much this bond will cost you or your family in the future because the mills on this bond can be adjusted. Without your vote! Spending $35,000 for a special election on a bond that will put the community further in debt is a fiscally irresponsible thing to do. It’s time to set an example of what responsible people do when they’re in debt. Say NO to more debt, May 8. It’s the responsible thing to do! Michael and Lori Powell Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 25, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Woloson’s letter to the editor in the Jan. 11 edition (“Reader appreciates township victory”). He says, ‘Treasurer Curt Carson opposed renegotiating the Triumph Telecom contract. . .? That is not accurate. In fact, I contacted and then met with the owner of Triumph Telecom. I said the board would most likely not agree to continue paying Triumph 50 percent of the savings we were enjoying and that something more equitable would have to be worked out. In our meeting, he agreed to offer concessions to appease the board. That evening at the Township Board meeting, he offered the board approximately $12,300, in addition to a $4,000 credit he provided the township on their last invoice. This would reduce Triumph’s proceeds to about $82,000. The board rejected the offer. What may have seemed like a simple money saving action in 2008, turned into something much more in 2010. In 2008, an Independence Township resident, who works for Triumph Telecom, came to promote his company’s ability to save the township money on its telephone bills. If agreed, Triumph would find the lowest cost carrier to provide phone service to the township. Triumph’s charge for this service would be 50 percent of the cost savings. If the savings were small, it would hardly be worth their effort. If the savings were large it could be rather lucrative over the life of the contract. After reviewing the township’s phone bills, the company came back and showed the supervisor that the township could save approximately 66 percent or two thirds on its phone bill. That cost savings amounted to $5,460 a month, give or take. Under the agreement, Triumph Telecom would make approximately $2,730 a month for three years and the township would have a gross savings of about $196,700 for the same period. This all transpired during the last board term that ended at noon on November 20, 2008. In simple terms, there happens to be law that when entering into a contract with a governmental municipality, the governing board must approve it to be binding. Whether the previous board knew about this contract or not or was leaving it up to the supervisor is not totally clear. In any case, there is no evidence that it came back to the board for approval. When considering this issue, there were a number of other things to be concerned about, such as: the precedence that would be set; would this board and administration get stuck in a quagmire of endless reviews of previous board decisions that the current board did not like; the public image of the township reneging on a executed contract; the review of cost to benefit and what about the effects on the local businessman who believed he sold a service to the township in good faith. All of these things deal with time, money, resources, relationships and image. The assertion that the township saved over $100,000 from winning its litigation over Triumph is also not accurate. Triumph was to receive an estimated $98,350, less the $4,000 credit they gave the township. In the end, the Township paid Triumph $12,600, plus through October 2010, the township has incurred legal expenses of over $43,000, with additional bills expected. In the meantime the township has now experienced a gross savings of more than $196,700 on its telephone bills. Who should we thank for that? Curt Carson Independence Township Treasurer Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 18, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I read with interest the recap of 2011 for Independence Township (“Township leadership crisis in 2011,” Jan. 4) and Trevor Keiser’s piece concerning the recent township government dispute which took sheriff’s deputies off their normal jobs (“Deputies called on deputy supervisor,” Jan. 4). Both made me wonder if the supervisor is trying out out-do Kwamee in the civic contribution department. Is there another recall initiative underway? How embarassing for us as a community. Mark Johnson Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 18, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Even a disinterested observer following the machinations of the Clarkston City Council regarding the property at 90 N. Main knows that letter writer Cory Johnston hit the nail on the head with his comments in the Jan. 4 edition (“Reader sees example in city action”). This ordinance is nothng more than special interest legislation and serves as a classic example of why government at all levels engenders heavy doses of cynicism from the public. Richard A. Meyer Clarkston Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 18, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Just curious, this man is still on the payroll, and will get lifetime benefits (“Township triumphs in court,” Jan. 3)? Is that correct? How about deducting whatever taxpayer dollars were spent without board approval, and for legal fees from those lifetime benefits and salary? That sounds about right, eh? Tammie Heazlit Independence Township Letter to the editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 18, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Thanks for the informative article: ‘Township triumphs in court,? Dec. 28 edition. At a time when some people are criticizing everyone on the Township Board just for being elected, it is refreshing to read that the April, 2010 efforts of Larry Rosso, David Lohmeier, Neil Wallace and (retired Clerk) Shelagh VanderVeen recently resulted in our township saving at least $100,000. On Dec. 5, 2011, the Oakland County Circuit Court dismissed a lawsuit for $97,000 against the township filed by Triumph Telecom. A panel appointed by the court concluded that a contract signed by Supervisor Wagner without board approval was not valid. Township taxpayers should be thankful the previously mentioned majority of the board in April, 2010, overruled both Treasurer Curt Carson and Supervisor Wagner, the signer of the invalid contract, who opposed renegotiating with Triumph Telecom and who wanted to continue to pay on the unapproved contract. Since Trustee Mark Petterson was recently quoted in The Clarkston News as saying the township should always avoid lawsuits, we are fortunate that Ms. VanderVeen and trustees Rosso, Lohmeier and Wallace did not follow Mr. Petterson’s advice and voted against caving into Triumph Telecom’s demands and threats. The township avoided paying $100,000 plus because we eventually chose to fight the lawsuit. With township elections coming in 2012, voters will hopefully recall which candidates have best protected the interests of the taxpayers. Henry S. Woloson Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 11, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, During the holiday season the following businesses prepared and donated a special meal for our homebound seniors who may not otherwise have had a home cooked meal on the holiday. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the following Clarkston businesses: Deer Lake Athletic Club for the traditional Thanksgiving Day Feast; Autumn Ridge Assisted Living for the wonderful Christmas Day meal; Mr. B’s Roadhouse for providing the New Year’s Day Celebration meal; and Jack Harrington who volunteered his time to deliver all of the holiday meals. We are grateful to be part of such a caring community. Thanks for making our home-bound seniors holiday very special. Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 11, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, In the story “90 N. Main lake access approved,” Dec. 21, one of our honorable elected officials is quoted as saying it was “a good example of how government works.” Well perhaps, but certainly not an example of our government working well. While the original ordinance amendment was supposed to address non-conforming uses of historical commercial property, it was really to address one particular property, the old township hall at 90 N. Main Street. The original ordinance amendment was paid for by the owners of the property, drafted by the city planner, and adopted by the City Council. It was then immediately amended by the city attorney and planner, recommended by the Planning Commission and rejected without discussion by the City Council in favor of yet another version. As soon as everyone found out there was a potential buyer, it wrongly turned into addressing the issues of that one person. The building in question has now been sitting empty for about three years and the potential purchaser has decided not to purchase because of the restrictions placed on the property, or so it was stated at a public meeting. An ordinance has been created that will probably be challenged or amended as soon as there is another possible tenant and it will probably never be enforced regardless of what it says as few ordinances are ever enforced. The building continues to sit empty with an unknown future and use. Most of us only know what happened from this Clarkston News story. As of Friday, Dec. 23, there were no City Council meeting minutes for this reported action. I asked for them and have not yet received a response. This particular ordinance resolution was printed in the Dec. 22 Clarkston News and we have 20 days before it takes effect. In that time, we might all consider if this ordinance really works as it has only one actual restriction ? there can be only two watercraft anywhere on the entire property. It does, however, allow unlimited parking, paving, and people, including the property owner, all employees, and all friends and families, to use the property and water from sunup to sundown. How does this in any way fulfill the opening purpose statement of the ordinance which starts with, ‘the water bodies situated in the city are small, with relatively low environmental and recreational carrying capacities, and may be adversely affected by the introduction of new and significant use.? But this is the Village of Clarkston where we pay 64 percent more in local taxes than our neighbors so that laws can be regularly ignored, even those laws and resolutions created by our own elected officials. I’m sure this one will receive similar treatment. We do indeed have yet another good example of how the government of the Village of Clarkston works. Cory Johnston Clarkston Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 4, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, We are writing this letter to express our gratitude to the North Sashabaw Elementary staff and school families. Although NSE supports each and every one of their students, they have gone out of the way for Ryan Kennedy. Ryan is a fourth grader who has Ependymoma Brain Cancer and has battling it for the past five years. Recently our family had to switch hospitals to be able to get the best treatment option for Ryan. He currently is going to Childrens Memorial Hosptial in Chicago is a CERN hospital, Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network. Ryan was accepted into a clinical trial study through the hospital. It is wonderful Ryan was accepted into this trial and he is now part of a system that specializes in his type of cancer. This means Ryan and our family members have to travel to Chicago for treatments and medication. In order to help the family pay for traveling expenses, the fourth grade teachers and families hosted a two-day bake sale at NSE, raising $1,000. We want to thank Alena Hall, Pam Boewe and Maureen Moss for going above and beyond for Ryan, not just in this situation but everyday they are with him. To all of the families and staff who baked or sent in money for baked goods, thank you! Thank you to all of Ryan’s teachers and staff members who have made baskets for him when he is in the hospital, attended his birthday parties, visited him in the hospital or stopped by the house to show their love and support. We also want to thank Principal Tara Ouellette for the phone calls about his progress, and doing what she can to make sure Ryan is comfortable throughout the day. Thank you to the team that set up an alternate place for Ryan to eat lunch and have recess, he truly enjoys this time. We want to say how fortunate and blessed we feel to be a part of the extraordinary NSE school and family community. Thank you NSE for the generous monetary donation, but most of all thank you for the prayers and support you provide each and every day. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season! Rob and Kim Karp, Nathan, McKenzie and Ryan, Jill Santola and the rest of Ryan’s Family P.S. The band, The Locals, is playing at Buck Shots on Jan. 28, a fund-raising event to help the family pay for Ryan’s travel expenses. Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on January 4, 2012 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, I always enjoy reading your articles. However, something you wrote in “Christmas thoughts” on Dec. 21 bothers me. You wrote “the troops get out of Iraq for Christmas this year. Whether they won or not can be discussed later…” What! Whether they won or not? Our military are winners not losers in Iraq, sir. They helped free over 60,000,000 Iraq citizens who now have free elections. They kicked Al Qaeda’s butts, the Taliban fled, Hussein is out, Iraq is now a democracy. And you question if they won? As a veteran, and I am certain all veterans and current warriors, I am offended by you making that comment. Our warriors sacrificed to win over there, and win they did Mr. Custodio, shame on you for questioning the result. Bill Hampton Clarkston Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 28, 2011 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The Clarkston Rotary Club would like to sincerely thank all of those who so generously donated during the club’s recent 61st annual ‘Goodfellow? newspaper sales. The generosity of the donors was encouragement for those collecting in the cold winter winds. Their contributions continue to provide support for the ‘Goodfellow? efforts and the Clarkston Rotary’s ‘Shoes for Kids? program. One hundred percent of all donations collected were used to purchase new shoes and boots, hats, mittens and gloves for community children. On December 10th, the Clarkston Rotary hosted 406 Clarkston Community School children at the Oakland Woods Baptist Church. The Clarkston Rotary Club would like to express its gratitude and appreciation by acknowledging the following for the success of this year’s program: A special thank you to The Clarkston News, Jim Sherman, and Don Rush and staff for preparation and publication of the Clarkston Rotary’s ‘Goodfellow? edition. The Clarkston News has provided and supported the special newspaper for more than 20 years. To Oakland Woods Baptist Church, Pastor Bob Galey and its church members for hosting the annual ‘Shoes for Kids? distribution and extra volunteers needed for the projects. Mr. Alan’s Shoes of Redford, Jason Riegle, Operations Manager, for making arrangements for many of the shoes and boots available for the distribution. To the Clarkston Area Lions Club and the Clarkston Community Women’s Club for their continued support in raising additional funds. To the Clarkston Optimists and their Clarkston school clubs for their Opti-Socks endeavor. To the Clarkston Area Lions Club for providing a free KidSight Vision screening to 99 pre-school children. To all of the local elementary schools and area churches who hosted hat, mittens and gloves collection Christmas trees. To the groups who created and donated the many hats and scarves. City of Clarkston DPW for providing a warm space for the Goodfellows headquarters. Boy Scout Troop No. 199 and their leaders for their continued annual support and efforts in collecting donations. To Rudy’s Quality Market and the Hamlin Pub for providing the fantastic soups and chili to warm the Goodfellow volunteers returning from the streets. To Hungry Howie’s on Sashabaw Rd. for baking so many great pizzas for the ‘Shoes for Kids? volunteers. To Tim Horton’s on Maybee Rd. for the fresh, hot coffee and delicious pastries. To the many friends and family members of the Clarkston Rotary Club who so generously gave of their time and energy in selling newspapers, and the many volunteers who made this year’s projects possible. Finally, thanks again to all who gave donations for the Shoes for Kids program and especially to those who gave so generously. The success of this program can only be measured by the support it receives from the Clarkston community. Joel DeLong, program chair Clarkston Rotary Club Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 28, 2011 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, Approximately 175 people attended the Fourth Annual Holiday Memorial Candle Lighting Service sponsored by the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. The event took place at Clarkston Community Church on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. Grief psychologist Dr. John Canine gave a brief informational lecture on coping through the Holidays. The service also included music by soloist Matthew Duncan and his accompanist Rick Haines. The funeral home wishes to thank Clarkston Community Church for their assistance in making this event a success. Information for upcoming grief and bereavement events can be found at www.winfuneralhome.com. The Staff of Wint Funeral Home Clarkston Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 28, 2011 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The analysis of the supposed costs to the township of doing the supervisor’s job misses the mark by asking the wrong question (?$135,000 to fill in for supervisor,? Dec. 14). The implication is that the Township Board has done something wrong. The board faced a difficult situation in not having a supervisor who first was up to the job and then simply gone. An HR director was needed because the current supervisor had cost the township hundreds of thousands of dollars for mishandling basic personnel functions. Similarly, a budget analyst was necessary to improve the prior process involving the finance director who had other duties and then because the current supervisor was gone. A superintendent was necessary because the current supervisor had been gone so long that just “getting by” in township operations was no longer acceptable. As a board we had a responsibility to make certain basic government functions were being handled. Each of these personnel moves has proved by results to be the right decision and actually has saved us money and that trend will continue. Looking at the costs is too narrow and is not balanced by looking at the significant benefits to the community. Could all these tasks be handled more efficiently with fewer personnel? Perhaps, but the current supervisor’s conduct and misfortune did not give the board the time to develop that solution. But now we have the time and are moving in the direction of handling these duties in an even more efficient manner. As a community we have the opportunity for an experiment of sorts to see the important benefits of having professionals providing assistance to elected officials while all are responsive to the public we serve. It is my belief this will demonstrate another way township government can provide more value to the community. Neil Wallace Independence Township Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 21, 2011 View all posts by Õ (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/)

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Dear Editor, The Clarkston Community Schools bus drivers’ eighth annual Stuff-a-Bus for Lighthouse North was a huge success! We received almost $500 in money and gift card donations and a very full bus stuffed with food, toys and clothing! Thank you to: the community for all of your generosity, Blain Tweed and his Kroger staff at Sashabaw and Maybee, Dr. Rod Rock, Kevin Bickerstaff, Craig DeLlowe, Tom Harmon, Sandy from Signs by Tyke, Sherry Carpenter, David Anthony, Sabrina Layton, Frank Carone, Randy Hendrix, Tina & Jessica Fay, Theresa Kraft, Mike Morris, Carol Peck, Darlene Welch, Alan, Taylor & Alan Burnham, Judy Charboneau, Tim Fell, Todd Westlake, Colleen MacLeod, Pam Kaczor, Doug Miller, Denise Cox, Clarkston Elementary, Andersonville Elementary, a local church, and of course, The Clarkston News. Even with the economic challenges, we received more donations this year than last year. Thank you! Tammy Layton Clarkston bus driver Letter to the Editor added by (http://lakeorionreview.com/author/) on December 21, 2011 View all posts by Õ (http://l