Oxford Instagramer shares Michigan’s best kept secrets

Oxford Instagramer shares Michigan’s best kept secrets

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Ana Flavia is on a mission to share Michigan’s beauty with the world. The 20-year Oxford resident started an Instagram account last summer to post Pure Michigan-esque pictures from her many adventures around the state. Her following quickly grew to over 9,000 on Instagram and 2,600 likes on Facebook […]

Spisz to lead county commission’s Republican caucus

Spisz to lead county commission’s Republican caucus

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Oxford Township resident Michael Spisz was appointed to serve as the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ minority caucus chair for the 2021-2022 term. “I am honored to have been nominated by our previous chairman, Commissioner Gingell, to succeed him in this very important role, as I have learned much […]

Great Lakes Mercantile closes after 18 years

Great Lakes Mercantile closes after 18 years

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer As 2020 closed its doors, so did a favorite Oxford business. Great Lakes Mercantile’s last day was Dec. 31. The little gift shop tucked between Modern Marketplace and Victoria’s at 8 S. Washington Street sold Michigan-made products from all over the Mitten and Upper Peninsula. It was proudly listed […]

The Civil War comes to Oxford

The Civil War comes to Oxford

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Debuting its Michigan in the Civil War exhibit, the Oxford Public Library hosted a special guest last Friday afternoon. It is the year of our Lord 1896, and R.E. Stone, a veteran of the Civil War, recalled, near as he could remember, some of his experience. He spent the […]

Recycle your Christmas tree to help the parks

Recycle your Christmas tree to help the parks

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer If your family is one to leave its Christmas tree up until MLK Day, you still have time to recycle it. Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting live Christmas trees at Seymour Lake Township Park until the end of January. The free drop-off point is at […]

2020: the year in review

2020: the year in review

Part 2: July-December Compiled by James Hanlon July 1 Grads honored at virtual awards night. Oxford Community Schools shared a link to Oxford High’s Senior Award Ceremony Friday night, June 26. The virtual ceremony was a pre-recorded video created by OHS counselor Kendrea Shenfeld, from clips submitted by the presenters of each award. Congratulations to […]

Assistant Oxford Supt. Sweat retiring Jan. 31

Assistant Oxford Supt. Sweat retiring Jan. 31

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer After 38 years of service in public education, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for Oxford Community Schools, Denise Sweat, is retiring. Her last day working in the district will be January 31, 2021. “My greatest memories will be all of the wonderful staff, mentors and families that I have […]

Longtime school secretary retiring

Longtime school secretary retiring

Jan. 5, ‘Marilyn Benner Day’ at Oxford Schools By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer After 43 years at Oxford Community Schools, Oxford High School Attendance Secretary Marilyn Benner is retiring January 5. “My 43 years with Oxford school district has been, really, a joy to me,” Benner said. “I’ve always enjoyed going into work and […]

Oxford Village receives positive audit

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Earlier this month, the Village of Oxford received an unmodified opinion in its annual audit of financial statements for the 2019-2020 fiscal year from the Lansing-based firm Maner Costerisan. Aaron Stevens, a CPA and principal with the firm, presented the audit report. He explained that the purpose of the […]

DDA ends director’s contract

DDA ends director’s contract

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Downtown Development Authority’s board of directors voted unanimously to end Executive Director Glenn Pape’s contract at the board’s Dec. 21 virtual meeting. The Board gave Pape 30 days’ notice, meaning his contract will end Jan. 20, 2021. Board Chair Nicole Ellsworth told this reporter, “The director’s contract is […]

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