Pokemon fever spreads to Oxford

The recently released “Pokemon Go” app has many Oxford and Addison residents on a mission to “catch ‘em all.” Following the app’s July 6 release via Nintendo Co. and Niantic Inc., residents have been taking to the town in search of rare Pokemon to capture. Pokemon, first released as a game for the original Gameboy […]

Oxford officials pass resolutions against RTA tax

Oxford Village and Township added their voices to the north Oakland County communities opposed to a proposed mass transit tax expected to be put before voters on the Nov. 8 ballot. Last week, both the village council and township board passed resolutions against the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) of Southeast Michigan’s proposed 20-year, 1.2-mill property […]

Chief: Cops appreciate support, pray for them

Law enforcement officers have been the subject of intense scrutiny and criticism these days due to the controversial deaths of black citizens at the hands of police around the country. As a result, cops have been on the receiving end of violent protests and riots, and in the case of Dallas, Texas, a heavily-armed gunman […]

Water rate increase OKed for township customers

Water bills for customers in Oxford Township are going up slightly. Last week, the township board voted 7-0 to approve a 30-cent rate increase. “We’re passing along the rate increase that’s been passed along to us,” explained township Supervisor Bill Dunn. As of July 1, customers will go from paying $1 to $1.30 for every […]

Have no fear, Capt. Stapp is here

Last week, the Oxford Township Board voted unanimously to promote Firefighter Benjamin “B.J.” Stapp (pictured left) from sergeant to shift captain. Stapp has been a full-time member of the department since November 2006. Prior to that, he spent about two years as a paid-on-call firefighter for Independence Township. “It’s an honor to be able to […]

Leader Editorial: Vote YES on Oxford Schools operating tax

Some tax proposals put before the voters are no-brainers. The Oxford Community Schools’ non-homestead operating millage is one of them. We strongly urge district voters to vote YES on the 10-year, 18.4442-mill request on the Aug. 2 primary ballot. This request – both a renewal and a slight increase rolled into one – is an […]

Argument arises over response to fire

Tempers flared and voices were raised toward the end of last week’s Oxford Village Council meeting as officials clashed over the Oakland County dispatch center and Oxford Fire Department’s handling of a June 23 house fire at 77 S. Glaspie St. It wasn’t listed on the agenda, but the issue was raised by Councilwoman Maureen […]

2 minutes, 23 seconds

Why did it take Oakland County dispatch 2 minutes, 23 seconds from the time the 9-1-1 cell phone call regarding the 77 S. Glaspie St. fire came in to the time the Orion Fire Department was alerted? Mel Maier, the sheriff’s chief of communications, told this reporter, “We had an excited caller. We had to […]

Praying for peace in the park

Sunny and cool was the weather Sunday morning as members of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ left the confines of their 138-year-old home at the corner of Dennison and Hovey streets to enjoy an outdoor service in downtown Oxford’s Centennial Park. The theme was peace. “I don’t know about you, but my heart is […]

Love Leonard’s Strawberry Fest!

Ed and Catherine Brakefield served as Grand Marshals of the 2016 Strawberry Festival parade. Ed is retiring this year after spending the last 20 years as an Addison Township trustee. Cathy is an accomplished local author. Both are equestrians and friends of the Poly Ann Trail.