New date, Main Street closure highlight changes at ‘Taste’

The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce is promising a bigger and better day of food and fun for the seventh annual ‘Taste of Clarkston,? set for Sept. 26. The most notable changes to this year’s ‘Taste? are the switch from Saturday to Sunday and the closing of Main Street to host the event. ‘We have […]

Between the Lines — Technology problems with my overseas pen-pal

My old roommate enjoyed one last cup of Michigan chai tea Aug. 29 before heading back to China for another year of working on her language study courses. She has a really cute apartment and her new Chinese friends are very happy their blond foreign friend is coming home. Did I mention the above description […]

Community fair draws large turnout at North Sashabaw

More than 1,000 people enjoyed a day of community fun at the North Sashabaw Elementary School community fair Sept. 18, far exceeding organizers? goals for attendance. ‘It was fabulous. I couldn’t have imagined over 1,000 people would be there,? Victoria Martinez, fair coordinator, said. The fair featured something for everyone, whether it was live music, […]

Memorial garden adds outdoor excitement to Andersonville

The outside grounds at Andersonville Elementary are a lot more welcoming thanks to the help of garden-friendly volunteers and a generous donation. As students walked into the halls of AES this fall, they were greeted by a blossoming garden, a project that started last year after the family of former kindergarten teacher Sue Cattin made […]

‘Mr. Love? keeps Clarkston audiences guessing with play

Continuing the trend of two-act plays to open a new season, ‘The Mysterious Mr. Love? is set to hit the Clarkston Village Players? stage in Depot Theatre Sept. 30 with a thriller to keep audience members guessing. ‘It crosses over a lot of genres and that’s why I like it,? Rikki Schwartz, director, said. Based […]

State rankings: Five schools go down, two go up

Michigan published two lists this summer ranking every single school in the state based on their MEAP and MME test scores in language arts and math. According to the lists, five of Oxford’s seven schools saw a decrease in their state ranking percentage even though their test scores in the two subject areas rose. But […]

Tent-dweller charged with larceny, drug possession

Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies recently arrested and charged an 18-year-old Leonard man for multiple crimes related to theft and drugs after he was found living in a tent behind Oxford Middle School. Robert Anthony Moss was charged with possession of burglary tools, larceny in a building, possession of marijuana (two counts), possession of a controlled […]

Downtown’s Scarecrow Fest returns Oct. 2

There are plenty of signs around Oxford that point to the end of summer and the beginning of the fall season. First: The kids headed back in school. Second: Friday nights are spent huddled together under a blanket and watching Bud Rowley’s Wildcats. Third: The leaves are turning shades of orange, yellow and red. And […]

ACT scores up, MME percentages fall, but still above state averages

At the Board of Education meeting on Monday, Sept. 13, Dr. James Schwarz, the assistant superintendent of curriculum, announced the district’s ACT scores increased from the previous year, while the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) percentages were above county and state averages. In 2010, 308 students took the ACT test, with the average composite score being […]

Andy Vascassenno: A constant in Oxford sports since 1966

Over the course of the past four decades, one thing has remained constant at nearly every single Oxford High School home athletic event. Ticket seller Andrew ‘Andy? Vascassenno and his trademark smile. His volunteer service for the athletic department, which dates back to the 1960’s, has earned him a spot as one of the charter […]