Townships win excellence in government award for NOTA

Free public transportation. Lifeline. Vital service. Community asset. These are all ways to describe the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) and the integral role it plays in Oxford, Addison and Orion townships on a daily basis. Now the term ‘award winner? can be added to that list. The three townships who makeup NOTA were honored […]

Officials agree on ALS, not funding

Oxford officials last week unanimously agreed they want their local fire department to provide Advance Life Support service, however, how it would be funded remained an unresolved bone of contention. For more than three hours Feb. 3 township and village members of the Oxford Public Fire and EMS Commission discussed the issue of providing local […]

Why does Oxford need ALS?

Concerns over lengthy response times and future availability of the service through its private provider were the main reasons Oxford Fire Chief Jack LeRoy wants his department to provide Advanced Life Support services. The chief explained to the Oxford Public Fire and EMS Commission Feb. 3 why he believes local ALS is a necessity and […]

Helping the homeless

Junior Girl Scout Troop 849 is collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, shampoo, conditioner and other assorted toiletry items, all of which will be donated to ‘The Place of Hope? Warming Center, a local homeless shelter operated during the winter months at the St. John Baldwin United Methodist Church and Center in Pontiac. The girls […]

‘Groundhog Daze in Oxford’

Oxfordites went hog wild last week ? groundhog that is. Woodchuck fever gripped our small town as the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce conducted ‘Groundhog Daze? from Feb. 2 through 5. Marmot mania kicked off last Wednesday with the annual groundhog prediction in Centennial Park. This year’s guest woodchuck, ‘Harley,? from the Howell Nature Center, […]

Schools forced to pay $815K to contractor

Oxford Community Schools suffered a large blow to its fund balance last month when it was required to pay a contractor nearly $815,000 for work performed while constructing the new high school in the early 2000s. ‘Obviously, that’s the biggest hole blown in the (operating) budget for this year,? said Tim Loock, assistant superintendent of […]

Oxford’s history is the pits

There was a time when Oxford was proudly known far and wide as the ‘Gravel Capital of the World.? Bud Zeitler wants to make sure the importance and history of the community’s gravel pits is never forgotten. That’s why the 71-year-old Oxford resident is working diligently with the Polly Ann Trail Management Council (PATMC) to […]

OMS play spoofs reality TV shows

Several popular reality TV shows will be spoofed as the Oxford Middle School Drama Club presents ‘The Bachelor King? April 30 and May 1 at the high school’s Performing Arts Center. Both shows will begin at 7:01 p.m. and admission is $5 for adults. Students and children are free. The comedic play, written by Martin […]

Knock, knock! Whose there? Census taker

Oxford residents who didn’t mail back their 2010 United States Census form can expect a visit from Sue Kinch’s crew. Kinch, a village resident, is leading a team of Census employees who will hit the streets the first week in May in an effort to count the uncounted. ‘The government is sending out people to […]

Elementaries earn top Green honors

Three Oxford elementary schools have achieved the highest environmental designation in Michigan and one of them is among the top three schools in Oakland County. Clear Lake, Daniel Axford and Lakeville elementaries all earned Evergreen status under the Michigan Green Schools Program, a statewide initiative launched in 2006 and open to all K-12 schools, public […]