Poppies for Vets

Poppies for Vets

American Legion Walter Fraser Post 108 handed out poppies for donations over the weekend at intersections throughout town. Pictured is Jim Parkhurst, a longtime member of Post 108 and veteran of the U.S. Army, selling the red remembrance poppies at W. Burdick and Washington St. on Saturday morning. The handmade paper flowers were made by […]

‘State of emergency’

Oxford Village makes declaration before marijuana hearing By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Oxford Village Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring a local state of emergency, “due to COVID-19 case spikes,” at a special meeting Wednesday, April 21. The declaration will allow the council to meet remotely for the marijuana ordinance public hearing next […]

Oxford Gives Back comes back for spring cleanup

Oxford Gives Back comes back for spring cleanup

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer After having to cancel last year’s spring cleanup because of the coronavirus, Oxford Gives Back returned Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, helping spruce up the community. Almost 300 volunteers spent the weekend helping 45 elderly, infirmed, impoverished and single parent homeowners in need of housework or yardwork […]

Streetscape trees planted along Washington St.

Streetscape trees planted along Washington St.

Photos by James Hanlon On Earth Day, the day before Arbor Day, crews planted frontier elms along Washington Street (M-24) in downtown Oxford. The trees are part of MDOT’s M-24 project streetscape, and are designed to help absorb traffic noise and beautify the historic shopping district. Before planting the trees, crews removed those orange barricades […]

Kingsbury gives Blankets of Hope to homeless

Kingsbury gives Blankets of Hope to homeless

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer “Dear friend, I hope you are warm and cozy.” “You matter! The world is better because you are in it!” “This blanket is filled with love. We hope it feels like a big hug!” Students of Kingsbury Country Day School attached handwritten messages like these to 408 blankets for […]

OCS appoints new special ed. director

OCS appoints new special ed. director

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Oxford Community Schools appointed Pamela Biehl as the new Executive Director of Special Education last week. Biehl had been serving as the interim director since Denise Sweat’s retirement in January. “To say I am thrilled to serve the community in this capacity is a gross understatement,” Biehl said. “I […]

Batter Up! ORBA gives ballfields a makeover

Batter Up! ORBA gives ballfields a makeover

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Parents, coaches and players of Oxford Recreational Baseball Association volunteered Saturday morning to clean up the two baseball fields at Scripter Park in Oxford Village. Thanks to their efforts the fields are looking sharp for the 2021 season. The annual spring cleanup was extra involved this year. “Normally our […]

Village Council OKs social districts

Drinks ok outside, just don’t cross M-24 By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Adults 21 and over will soon be allowed to carry alcoholic beverages they purchase from bars or restaurants downtown and consume those beverages in public common areas. Oxford Village Council approved a resolution to designate social districts downtown in a 5-0 vote […]

Crossroads building re-named for first resident

Crossroads building re-named for first resident

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Crossroads for Youth’s ACT program building has been named in honor of Camp Oakland’s very first resident, Hilary Maciejewski, who lived there for most of the 1950s. “Hilary House” has been repurposed for the ACT (Achievement Center Treatment) model, and provides residential substance abuse treatment for adolescent boys ages […]

Oxford Schools at record high COVID cases

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Oxford Community Schools reported the highest number of active COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the school year, Friday, April 16. According to the weekly update, there were 64 active student cases and five active staff cases. Oxford High School had the most student cases, with 23. “As you […]