2020: The Year in Review

2020: The Year in Review

Compiled by Teddy Rydquist January 1 Sheriff’s Office adopts a local veteran Based on a wish list the family provided, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office donated money and gifts to a 15-year United State Marine Corps veteran, Daniel, and his family at the Oxford Township Substation on December 20, 2019. Deployed twice to Afghanistan (2011 […]

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 […]

Deputies brighten Christmas for local family

Deputies brighten Christmas for local family

By Teddy Rydquist Leader Staff Writer The annual Shop with a Hero event looked different in 2020, but deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Oxford Township Substation still took time out of their days to benefit a local family. Typically, deputies accompany the children to Meijer at 900 North Lapeer Road to buy Christmas presents, […]

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 […]

Wreaths placed in remembrance

Wreaths placed in remembrance

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer On Saturday, Boy Scouts from Troop 366, and other volunteers placed Remembrance wreaths on the gravesites of 235 veterans buried at Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery at 99 W. Burdick St. They joined thousands of other cemeteries participating in the annual Wreaths Across America event, based at Arlington National Cemetery. The […]

Free leftover left-turn signal after M-24 project

Free leftover left-turn signal after M-24 project

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer “Even stop lights blink a bright red and green,” goes a line from the classic Christmas song “Silver Bells.” In that spirit, the Michigan Department of Transportation effectively gave Oxford an early Christmas gift this year, saving the village $80,000. Since the M-24 construction project began, Oxford Village Manager […]

Weekly COVID Update

Weekly COVID Update

In our 37th week of reporting local COVID numbers, our area saw a decrease in recent cases, but an increase in total number of cases. There were no new COVID related deaths reported. According to numbers provided by Oakland County, last week we reported there were a total of 919 cases from Leonard, west to […]

Community comes together for Collier family business

Community comes together for Collier family business

By Don Rush It’s been a hard nine months for the Collier family, of Oxford. For much of this year the state of Michigan has put the hurt on their family business which has spanned over three generations and 70 years, Collier Lanes. Covid-19 restrictions has kept the lanes closed totally for most of the […]

Spisz targets pandemic fatigue

Spisz targets pandemic fatigue

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Oakland County Commissioner Michael Spisz, R-Oxford Twp., joined Oakland County Executive David Coulter in launching a public education campaign this month to reinforce safety guidelines and control the spread of COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available. The goal of the effort, entitled “The Only Way To Beat It […]

Eagle Scout project benefits FISH

Eagle Scout project benefits FISH

By Teddy Rydquist Leader Staff Writer An important aspect of the Christmas season is helping those less fortunate. One local young man, 17-year-old Ian Davidson, exemplified this by building an outdoor container for Oxford-Orion FISH, allowing food donations to be accepted after hours and securely protected from inclement weather. The wooden container, which measures, five-by-three-by-two-feet, […]