OES student works to keep kids warm in winter

Michigan winters are widely known for being long, cold and brutal. For some families, keeping warm is a daily struggle. Alex VanHaren, a fourth-grader at Oxford Elementary School, has been working to ease that struggle for local students. Last winter, Alex came up with a solution for children without appropriate winter wear. He created a […]

Schools work to correct overpay error involving 55 staffers

Fifty-five staff members within the Oxford Community Schools were each paid between $200 and $800 extra throughout the course of the 2015-16 school year due to a human/systemic error, according to district staff. The salary schedule within the district builds in “steps” with automatic pay raises going to teachers based on their years of experience […]

Lightning’s Harrison earns top coaching honor

Longtime Coach Michael Harrison of the Oxford Lightning Girls (OLG) basketball team was recently presented the 2016 Youth Sports Coach of the Year Award from the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (mParks). Harrison was one of the founders of the basketball program, which is offered through the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department. He has […]

Donation adds land to Addison park

Residents of Addison Township can look forward to an expansion of Watershed Preserve Park thanks to a donation from James Fitzpatrick, of Lake Orion. Fitzpatrick sold his property, which is next to the park, to the township at a greatly reduced rate. The 2.5-acre site is located on the west end of Haven Rd. and […]

Strummin’ on the ol’ banjo is a family tradition

In 1947, then-U.S. President Harry S. Truman declared the banjo to be “America’s national instrument.” To Ernie May, of Oxford, the banjo represents more than a nationally-revered instrument – it represents tradition. Ever since the age of 13, May has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by strumming the banjo. Forty-six years […]

Law firm awards scholarship to OHS senior

It literally pays to work hard in school. Just ask Nathan Sharpe, a graduating senior at Oxford High School. He was one of two recipients of the 2016 “LAunch Scholarship,” which pays $2,500. The annual scholarship was established in 2011 by the Detroit-based law firm, Lusk Albertson, to recognize high academic achievement, community involvement and […]

New Addison Twp. hall is a hit

Free-flowing champagne, tons of delicious food and a big, red ribbon were all used to mark the occasion as Addison Township officials hosted an open house April 28 to show off their new 10,900-square-foot hall in Lakeville. Officials from Oakland County government and surrounding townships, along with Addison residents, jam-packed the spacious hall to take […]

Meet Elise, the new reporter

Elise Shire, of Auburn Hills, is the new reporter at the Oxford Leader. She will be covering events and news within Addison Twp. and Oxford Schools. Shire first became interested in journalism at a young age when she created a weekly fictional newspaper called The Pet News. What began as a love of fictional writing […]

OHS students get a taste of govt.

Given the water contamination crisis in Flint, some folks understandably have a negative view of government these days. But five Oxford High School students saw the value of government firsthand at the 36th annual Youth in Government program hosted by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners on April 25. Participating OHS students included Gregory Marshall, […]

OHS grad honors great-grandmother, showcases talent for storytelling

A 2003 graduate of Oxford High School, Melissa St.Pierre, performed in the Detroit showing of the nationwide Listen to Your Mother tour held Sunday at the historic Saint Andrew’s Hall. St. Pierre dubbed the show “an overwhelming success.” Listen to Your Mother brings together on-line writers who cover the “real experience of motherhood.” Metro Detroit […]

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