Oxford man finds axe head in backyard

Oxford man finds axe head in backyard

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Mike Kubiak was clearing the ground for his backyard garden, when he picked up an odd looking stone. “As soon as I looked at it I thought, ‘Wow, that’s the shape of an axe!’ Just like that, it just jumped at me,” Kubiak said. The roughly flat, rectangular stone […]

Michigan’s top youth volunteer honored with $2,500 donation for local pantries

Michigan’s top youth volunteer honored with $2,500 donation for local pantries

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Alex VanHaren, 14, of Oxford was recognized this month for his outstanding volunteer service at the 25th annual, and first-ever virtual, Prudential Spirt of Community Awards. Over the past five years, VanHaren donated more than 7,500 hats, gloves and scarves to 22 schools and more than 20 charitable organizations […]

New beau, new name for Prickles

New beau, new name for Prickles

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Prickles, the trumpeter swan rescued from the Polly Ann Trail in Addison Township last November, has a new a partner and a new name at the Detroit Zoo, in Royal Oak. She has been paired with the zoo’s male swan, cleverly named Ron Swanson. Naturally, the zoo renamed Prickles […]

Lexi pens her ‘Pefect Day’ in Oxford

Lexi pens her ‘Pefect Day’ in Oxford

By Don Rush Leave it to the young to find ways to be happy and postive just by spreading cheer and kindness to others. Case-in-point, we introduce Leader readers to eight-year-old Alexa “Lexi” Keat. A paper she wrote while at home with her family and not finishing out her second grade class of Daniel Axford […]

Ministry feeds those in need

Ministry feeds those in need

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Many organizations have been working diligently to ensure no one goes hungry during the crisis caused by COVID-19. House of Hope Ministry, for example, is helping feed residents of local mobile and manufactured homes. When the crisis began in March, the mobile home-based nonprofit put together sack lunches for […]

Top honors from Pinto Horse Association

Top honors from Pinto Horse Association

Former Leonard resident Shirley DuRocher and horse owner recently returned from the Pinto Horse Association’s annual convention with the top award. Her horse, Krymsun Investment (Cooper) was the high point open horse for 2019. The convention was this past March in Tulsa, Oklahoma. DuRocher, now of Metamora, received a belt buckle and trailer for Cooper’s […]

Leonard couple celebrate 65 years

Leonard couple celebrate 65 years

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Eugene “Geno” and Marlene Mallia were married at the Leonard Methodist Church 65 years ago, on March 19, 1955. Besides a three-month stint in Detroit, they’ve lived their entire marriage in Leonard. They met on a blind date in 1954 when Marlene was in nursing school at St. Joe’s […]

Touch of flavor when sap runs, maple syrup’s on its way

Touch of flavor when sap runs, maple syrup’s on its way

By Teddy Rydquist Leader Staff Writer The thawing of the ground, melting of the snow and return of relatively enjoyable temperatures have led to many spending more time taking in the great outdoors. For some, including Oxford Township resident Michael Alexander, this time of year means the return of a longtime hobby, collecting maple syrup, […]

Screech Owl houses for Eagle Scout

Screech Owl houses for Eagle Scout

In February, Peter Burean, 17, completed his Eagle Scout project. He is a Life Scout in Troop 366 and currently serves as the Troop’s Senior Patrol Leader. His project was to construct and place screech owl houses along the Polly Ann Trail. Five houses were hung, three in the section of trail between Drahner and […]

HomeGrown wins at international comp

HomeGrown wins at international comp

For the second year in a row, Oxford’s HomeGrown Brewing Company won the title of Michigan IPA Brewery of the Year and gold for their Zephyros Hazy India Pale Ale (IPA) at New York’s International Beer Competition. Zephyros has a floral aroma, grapefruit notes and uses heavy, late-addition hops and is described by the brewery […]