Fire Department awarded grant for electrostatic sprayers

Fire Department awarded grant for electrostatic sprayers

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer In less than 24 hours after applying, the Oxford Fire Department was awarded a $7,997.98 First Responder Grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation to purchase two Clorox Total 360 electrostatic sprayers. These machines will be used to regularly disinfect the fire department’s 17 vehicles (including four ambulances) and two […]

OPD chaplain Steve Porter remembered

OPD chaplain Steve Porter remembered

Steve Porter is going to be missed. He served the Oxford Police Department as a chaplain and part-time dispatcher for 30 years. “He was a great person to talk to,” Police Chief Mike Solwold remembers. “He was easy-going, pleasant to be around, always there.” As chaplain, Steve assisted officers and citizens during times of tragic […]

New Facebook page Gives Oxford Credit

New Facebook page Gives Oxford Credit

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer It was already going to be a tough year for Oxford’s small businesses with the massive M-24 construction project. Then the unthinkable happened. In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all dine-in restaurants to close. With little notice, many of Oxford’s establishments hustled […]

Oxford braces for COVID-19 — what we know so far

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer On March 10, the first case of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was confirmed in Oakland County, one of the first two cases in Michigan. Things began rapidly changing from there as closures and event cancellations rolled in. More things may have changed since press time. As of Sunday, […]

Fast Brake Auto students race for the brakes

Fast Brake Auto students race for the brakes

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Oxford High School’s Auto Technology I class had its annual brake competition last Tuesday morning, March 10. The auto shop teacher, Daniel Balsley, came up with the idea about 30 years ago as a way to motivate his students. Working on the shop’s vehicles on overhead lifts, and “bench […]

Local results from last week’s Primary election

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer On March 10, voters went to polls across the state for the presidential primary. It was a closed primary, so voters had the option of selecting either a Democratic, Republican or proposal-only ballot. Results in Oxford and Addison precincts closely matched those of both the county and the state. […]

How to celebrate St. Patrick in Oxford

How to celebrate St. Patrick in Oxford

Faith and Begorrah! Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was kidnapped from Roman Brittan and brought to Ireland as a slave. He escaped, then returned to convert Ireland to Christianity. Legend has it he used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. He died March 17, 461, which later became a day of […]

Transit bill stalled amid north Oakland opposition

More than 25 mayors, supervisors and elected officials across Oakland County, including Oxford Township Supervisor Bill Dunn and Addison Township Treasurer Lori Fisher, gathered in Waterford Township March 3 to condemn Michigan House Bill 5550. The House had been scheduled to vote on it later that day in Lansing, when House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, […]

Longtime Addison election inspectors recognized

Longtime Addison election inspectors recognized

Primary voters went to the poll across the state Tuesday. But, did they notice all the election inspectors patiently working behind the scenes to ensure the safety and efficiency of our democracy? Did they thank them for their service? State Rep. John Reilly and Michigan Township Association Director Neil Sheridan did. They stopped by the […]