Caribbean nation entrusts fmr. leaders to Oxford man

When it comes to preparing its departed leaders for their final farewell, Oxford resident Matt Smith seems to be the go-to guy for Trinidad and Tobago. Smith, a 45-year-old licensed funeral director, embalmer and restorative artist, spent Jan. 12-14 on the twin-island nation in the Caribbean using his skills and talents on the body of […]

Public favors allowing e-bikes on trail

The people have spoken and they want to ride electric bicycles (e-bikes) on the Polly Ann Trail. Last week, the trail’s management council held a public hearing on the subject in light of new state laws allowing their use that take effect Jan. 28 (see related story “E-bikes allowed on Polly Ann Trail”). A total […]

Trail selected for DIA program

Folks yearning to add a little art appreciation to their walk, run or ride on the Polly Ann Trail are in luck. Last week, Trail Manager Linda Moran announced the trail has been selected to participate in the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Inside/Out program from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. “We will have between […]

Leonard’s spelling champ

Alex Tapert beat out her fellow fifth-graders at Leonard Elementary to become the school’s spelling bee champion. She will next compete at the Oakland Schools Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 18 at the intermediate school district’s office located at 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd. in Waterford. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the contest […]

Horsing around

Horsing around

Detroit Horse Power brought seven students for a visit to the Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center Sunday afternoon. To find out why, turn to Page 2. Pictured walking with Chip the horse are (from left) Shatese Walker, of Detroit International Academy for Young Women; Mya Harling, of Hazel Park Jr. High School; and Berenice Angulo, […]

Owner, officials dealing with issues at Legacy 925

There’s no doubt Legacy 925 is on the tip of people’s tongues these days. Concerns, questions and issues related to the 208,000-square-foot, multi-use building (formerly named the Legacy Center) at 925 N. Lapeer Rd. were raised at all three Oxford Township meetings last week – the zoning board of appeals, the board of trustees and […]

Village to begin cross connection inspections to avoid penalties

Oxford Village is getting serious about inspecting backflow prevention devices (BPD) on residential and commercial properties because if it doesn’t, the state could come in and take over its water system as a penalty. “I don’t want another entity in here running our water system,” said village President Sue Bossardet. In the coming weeks, village […]

Church wants stolen Advent candles returned

OXFORD VILLAGE – It appears a real-life Grinch has stolen a bit of the Christmas spirit from Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ at 1 Hovey St. Two Advent candles, one pink and one purple, were swiped from the sanctuary. “It hurts your heart to have that kind of thing happen,” said Pastor Liz Wilson. […]

Detroit-area youth learn about therapeutic riding at Banbury Cross

Growing up in the Detroit area, surrounded by concrete and metal, there aren’t many opportunities for young people to interact with horses or visit a barn. But that’s changing due to the work of Detroit Horse Power. On Sunday afternoon, the nonprofit group brought seven urban students for a visit to Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian […]

FISH board approves lease

It’s official – Oxford-Orion FISH is going to have a spacious new home right on M-24. Last week, the nonprofit’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve a lease agreement with Addison Township resident Dan Davis for the 5,000-square-foot building located at 1060 S. Lapeer Rd., just south of Drahner Rd., in Oxford. “I am […]