DIA brings art to Polly Ann

DIA brings art to Polly Ann

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep this faithful postman from his post on the Polly Ann Trail. The Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program installed a reproduction of Vincent van Gogh’s 1888 “Portrait of Postman Roulin” to the trail next to 33 Pleasant […]

Pontoon Parade celebrates July 4th

Pontoon Parade celebrates July 4th

Photostory by James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer In celebration of Independence Day, residents of Squaw and Clear Lakes decorated their watercraft and circumnavigated the two conjoined lakes July 3, as part of the annual boat parade. Judging the boats were Ann and Bill Maul of Clear Lake, their grandson Trevor, and Sue and Gary Wurtz […]

OCS gives COVID-19 update on upcoming school year

No mask, vaccine requirement The 2021-2022 school year in Oxford might look a lot more normal than the previous one. Oxford Community Schools does not plan to require masks or COVID-19 vaccinations for staff or students. “We are regularly monitoring the COVID-19 metrics for Oakland County as we continue to prioritize safety in our district […]

M-24 detour route resurfacing delayed

M-24 detour route resurfacing delayed

The resurfacing of Ray Rd., N. Oxford Rd., Glaspie St., Oxford Lake Dr. and E. Drahner Rd. that served as the detour route during the M-24 reconstruction project likely won’t be until the end of July or early August, according to MDOT Construction Engineer Brian Travis. The work was previously scheduled for mid-to-late June. “We […]

7th grader elected mayor of Detroit Zoo’s Amphibiville

7th grader elected mayor of Detroit Zoo’s Amphibiville

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Detroit Zoo’s Amphibiville has a new leader. Blake Myers, 11, of Oxford, was sworn in as Mayor of Amphibiville on June 26 for a two-year term. Amphibiville is a 2-acre wetland village at the Detroit Zoo which is home to the National Amphibian Conservation Center (NACC). “Having a […]

Handsome Lake beach closed due to water contamination

  By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Crossroads For Youth’s beach on Handsome Lake in Oxford Township was closed June 29 due to “high bacteria levels” from “storm water runoff” according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). The beach remains closed as of July 5. The 22-acre Handsome Lake sits […]

FISH reopens in-person shopping

FISH reopens in-person shopping

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer After 16 months of delivering groceries to clients by curbside pickup, Oxford/Orion FISH will fully re-open for in-person shopping on July 13. The pantry will be closed July 1-12, as it prepares to reopen in-person service. The pantry, located 1060 S. Lapeer Rd., provided a vital lifeline to those […]

Strawberry Festival postponed to 2022

Strawberry Festival postponed to 2022

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Leonard Strawberry Festival has been canceled again this year, but a smaller “Block Party” event is planned in its place for the same date, July 17. This is not the end of the festival, assured Leonard Village President Mike McDonald and Addison Fire Chief Jerry Morawski. Barring any […]

East Street DJ entertains neighbors through pandemic

East Street DJ entertains neighbors through pandemic

During coronavirus shut downs last year, Steve Bunker, who runs Ramble On DJ Service, hosted socially distanced dance parties for his East Street neighbors in Oxford Village. Neighbors could enjoy the music from their own lawns and porches. It’s a tradition he continued during a celebratory block party, June 11, featuring music of the Beatles. […]