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June 09, 2010 - Academics

Alan Cole was named to the dean's list at Eastern Kentucky University with a 3.7 GPA.

Cole is a junior majoring in marketing and finance at EKU and is in the ROTC there. He is son of Tom and Kathy Cole of Ortonville.

Carly Goerke was named to the dean's list at Michigan State University for the spring semester.

The 2008 Goodrich High School graduate is a sophomore at MSU majoring in childhood development and is also a member of the MSU Marching Band Color Guard. She is the daughter of Cindy and Carl Goerke of Hadley Township.

The Gleaner Life Insurance Society Scholarship Foundation has announced Andrew Grix as the recipient of a $1,000 Glen Arbor Award.

The 2010 Brandon High School graduate is one of 125 students selected to receive a 2010 scholarship award from the foundation. Grix will attend Ferris State University and major in pharmacy. He is the son of Anthony and Gayle Grix of Brandon Township.

Nick Larsen was awarded a National Army ROTC Scholarship from Major Leepak on June 2 during the Brandon Senior Honors Convocation.

Larsen, a 2010 Brandon High School graduate, will attend Michigan State University in the fall. He is the son of Mary and Eric Larsen of Brandon Township.

Mark Westphal graduated in May from the University of Detroit Mercy with a master's degree in architecture.

He maintained a 3.5 grade point average at U of D and spent six months in Poland working and attending Warsaw University of Technology.

Gladys Agnes (Neumann) Clair

Gladys Agnes (Neumann) Clair of Ortonville will celebrate her 90th birthday from noon-4 p.m., June 18, at the Edna Burton Senior Center, 345 Ball St., Ortonville, and with her family and friends at 2 p.m., June 19 at Jim and Debbie Clair's house in Ortonville.

Gladys was born on June 19, 1920 to Oswald and Alice Neumann. She was raised in Walled Lake, Michigan and was the oldest of five siblings, the others being Lillian, Marion, Tina and Walter. Gladys married Ken Clair on Feb. 12, 1943 and they were exactly one month shy of their 60th Anniversary when he died in 2003. They had eleven children, the late Donald, the late Nancy Gursky, Robert of Davisburg, the late William, Kathy (Brian) Arrowsmith of Clarkston, Jim (Debbie) of Ortonville, the late John, Mary (Ron) Luketich of Royal Oak, Patty of Ortonville, Michael of Waterford, and Janet of Ortonville. Gladys has 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.


Brian Frink of Ortonville has completed combat lifesaving training in Grayling as part of the Michigan Army National Guard.

Frink completed 40 hours of first line responder medical training in preparation for an upcoming tour of duty in Kuwait and Iraq. In addition, he successfully completed several practical exercises and a written examination to receive the Combat Lifesaver certificate.

Frink is a Private First Class with the 1st Battalion (HIMARS), 182nd Field Artillery Regiment based in Detroit, Bay City and Lansing, Michigan. First Battalion (HIMARS), 182nd Field Artillery is scheduled to deploy in support of Operation New Dawn this fall with the 197th Fires Brigade from New Hampshire.

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