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Don't Rush Me

Sometimes it pays to listen

When government push too hard

I know there is an old saying, cliche or adage that goes something like this: Don't crap in your own backyard. I reckon it makes sense. If you're gonna raise a stink about something, it is far more pleasant to do it farther from where you live, than closer....more >>

Jim's Jottings

What's cookin'? New addition to every recipe

Our granddaughter, Karen Offer, earned her degree in interior design last year. The world being what it is, she worked in a Vail, Colorado golf pro shop this past summer and will teach skiing there starting in a couple weeks....more >>


Thank you for the seven years on the council

Dear Editor, Thank you citizens of the Village of Ortonville for allowing me to represent them on the village council for the last seven years. I have enjoyed working with the council members, and enjoyed the presence of those in the village that have attended the meetings....more >>


Community, better place because of you

Dear Editor, Thank you to retiring Village of Ortonville Council members: Ken Quisenberry, President; Kay Green, President Pro-tem; Harold Batten, Trustee; and Melanie Nivelt, Trustee....more >>


Don't bribe kids to sell a sweet reminder of a childhood experience

Dear Editor, Halloween was a magical night in our neighborhood when I was a kid. A night we could run in the dark, dress outrageously, scream and yell silly things at our neighbors and, incredibly get a treat! We would plot for weeks, planning our itinerary as precisely as a polar expedition....more >>


Tentative no vote on Goodrich School bond extension

Dear Editor, I am trying to reconcile the limited information provided on the proposed bond and several dissonant issues. 1. In the beginning planning, the $30 million figure kept being mentioned in the press, but it was never stated that amount was based on a wish list compiled by school and community members that was never really prioritized and basically died with the departure of the superintendent....more >>


Thank you, Septemberfest 2010 sponsors for all your support

Dear Editor, Brandon Township Parks & Recreation thanks the following businesses for generously contributing to the success of our 22nd Annual Septemberfest celebration held in downtown Ortonville on Saturday, Sept....more >>


Clarification of rainy day fund in Goodrich coffers, fund balance increase

Dear Editor, (In response to, 'Goodrich Council: Overspending by government has got to stop'!, Oct. 23, page 10): Just a note to clarify the Village of Goodrich "rainy day fund." The amount Patricia Wartella refers to for the 2004-2005 budget year as stated in the October 2005 treasurer's report of $1....more >>


Start a new millage for the park? Because we let them

Dear Editor, Has anyone ever taken a look into the expenditures, revenues, and salaries in regards to the recreation department? Firstly, the recreation department and the township park are non-mandated services as stated in the Brandon Township mission statement....more >>

Wendi's Word

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Big hearts

The roar sounds from M-15 and dozens of motorcycles appear coming from the north. They keep coming. They carry angels. Many say bikers, but on Oct. 30 as they approached Mesquite Creek to the awaiting special needs children, they were angels....more >>

Letters to the editor

Thanks for community support of...

...land conservancy Dear Editor, Raising healthy vibrant communities with clean air and open space was the focus of "Motown Pride-Hometown Conservation", our local land conservancy's annual Wild Night Out fundraising event....more >>

Sup't viewpoint By Dr. Rod Rock

Everyone in community are teachers, learners

I'm Rod Rock, the superintendent of the Clarkston Community Schools. I am exceedingly excited, along with my 1,200 educational colleagues, to serve the 8,200 students in our 12 schools....more >>

Spiritual matters

Giving thanks means sharing with others

November: when the vibrant yellows and reds of fall give way to the dirty browns of winter, before the snow covers the ground in a glimmering blanket of pure white. It really can be a bleak and lifeless stretch of days....more >>

Letter to the editor: Missing street corner mailboxes

Dear editor, We are writing to ask your support and the support of your readers. We ask that our local post office to reinstall the free standing mailboxes that have been removed from our neighborhood....more >>
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Born October 7th
1900: Heinrich Himmler, Nazi leader.
1907: Helen MacInnes, writer.
1931: Desmond Tutu, South African religious leader.
1934: Leroi Jones (Imamu Amiri Baraka), playwright.
1935: Thomas Keneally, novelist, author of Schindler's Ark, the basis for the film Schindler's List.
October 7th
in history
1870: French Minister of the Interior Leon Gambetta escapes besieged Paris by balloon, reaching the French provisional government in Tours.
1913: In attempting to find ways to lower the cost of the automobile and make it more affordable to ordinary Americans, Henry Ford took note of the work of efficiency experts like Frederick Taylor, the father of scientific management. The result was the assembly line that reduced the time it took to manufacture a car, from 12 hours to 93 minutes. Visiting the Past: Automotive History.
1949: Iva Toguri D'Aquino, better known as Tokyo Rose, is sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason. American-Born Axis Sally.
1957: A fire in the Windscale plutonium production reactor (later called Sellafield) north of Liverpool, England, spreads radioactive iodine and polonium through the countryside and into the Irish Sea. Livestock in the immediate area were destroyed, along with 500,000 gallons of milk. At least 30, and possibly as many as 1,000, cancer deaths were subsequently linked to the accident.
1985: Four Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) hijackers seize the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and demand the release of 50 Palestinians held by Israel.