Big bucks bocce rolls into Orion

Growing up in an Italian family, I remember bocce as a game the old-timers played in the backyard while they smoked their Parodi cigars, drank homemade red wine and waited for the sausage and peppers to fiinish cooking on the grill. But bocce was around long before the sons of Italy emmigrated to America. As […]

New curfew hours proposed

New curfew hours for minors in the Village of Oxford were proposed last week in an ordinance amendment drafted by Councilman Steve Allen. ‘The big thing here for me was to try to come up with something that didn’t turn kids into criminals, but placed the responsibility for kids and their actions with the kids […]

Village’s oldest, largest tree comes down

The Village of Oxford’s oldest resident died last week. It’s estimated this grand old gentleman resided at 43 Park St. for approximately 150 years, maybe more. He was definitely here before the village was incorporated in 1876. During his lifetime, he provided a sturdy home for creatures ranging from ducks to squirrels. For many years, […]

Addison voters asked to renew fire millage

Whether or not the Addison Twp. Fire Department continues to receive roughly one third of its operating revenue will be decided by voters Nov. 2. Addison voters are being asked to reauthorize (or renew) one of the department’s three operating millages at a rate of 0.75 mill for six years, beginning with the December 2005 […]

Oxford scarecrow winners

A total of 60 residential and commercial scarecrows entered the 2004 Oxford Scarecrow Festival decorating contest. On Saturday, Oct. 23, five residential winners were selected along with five business winners. But only the first place business received the coveted ‘Crow Award.? Here are this year’s winners: Business Category 1st place ? ‘The Lesson? created by […]

Addison seniors concerned about proposed center

PONTIAC ? Conducting a feasibility study and addressing the concerns of Addison senior citizens were the main topics Oct. 20 as officials met for the second time in four months to discuss the idea of building a multi-community senior/transportation center. ‘What we’re doing is just exploring this possibility,? said Oakland County Commissioner Eric Wilson (R-Lake […]

‘The bank and I are no longer friends’

Much like an old friend of the family, Oxford Bank has always been a big part of Shirley Acheson’s life. In May 1929, the month after she was born, her parents established a savings account for her there. Her grandfather, W.O. Smith, who founded Oxford’s first gravel mining business, served on the bank’s board of […]

Swim turns deadly as father, son drown in Lake Superior

What began as a fun, family swim in the Upper Peninsula last week quickly turned into a tragic event as an Oxford man and his Lake Orion son lost their lives. Douglas Alan Smith, 50, and his 16-year-old son, Eric James Smith, drowned in Lake Superior after they got caught in a suspected rip current […]

We know Bush and Kerry, but who’s running locally?

The main attraction in the Tuesday, Nov. 2 election is of course the presidential race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat John Kerry. But locally, Oxford and Addison voters will also be electing 14 township board officials, 12 library board trustees and five parks and recreation commissioners. A total of 37 local candidates are […]

Tent stake ruptures downtown gas line

Celebrate Oxford almost ended with a big bang this year thanks to a natural gas line that got ruptured by a tent stake. Firefighters were called to the downtown area at 6:48 p.m. Saturday in response to a gas leak that led to the evacuation of a local restaurant and a partial shutdown of M-24. […]