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Humility, gratitude all part of Thanksgiving

Historically speaking, this is the time of year, the one day of 365, we set aside to be thankful for graces bestowed. And, it is no secret it will be harder for some to be thankful this year....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Be thankful, fight recurring questions

I've been writing Jottings for over 50 years. That means 50 Thanksgivings I could have written about. But as I looked back to see if there was one I could repeat for this Thanksgiving, I found none....more >>


Bond issue addresses needs within district

Dear Editor, Approximately three years ago (2007) the Goodrich Board of Education and a facility planning committee, consisting of 80 community members, staff and administrators, developed and prioritized a scope of needs for a bond issue....more >>


Elected Goodrich change in our best interest?

Dear Editor, Voters of Goodrich need to be concerned about our new council after the first meeting held on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. It is important for the citizens of Goodrich to note the results of the new changes in our council membership resulting in their control....more >>


Village of Goodrich deserves the best

Dear Editor, (In response to, 'Recall Wartella—vote her off Goodrich Village Council,' The Citizen, Nov. 13, page 11) I am not surprised by the letter from my ex-sister-in-law. Becky Cummings is the ex-wife of my younger brother, Reid....more >>


Calf confined—sad, tearful indeed

Dear Editor, When I saw the picture of the young calf on the front of the Nov. 13 edition of The Citizen, it did not bring a smile to my face, only a tear. If one drives pass Cook's Farm Dairy you will see several young calves confined in areas no larger than a small closet....more >>


Village DPW better in winter

Dear Editor, I live in Atlas Township, not far from the village limits of Goodrich. I do have to compliment the village DPW on the job they do. I live on East Hegel Road and there is a night and day difference in the road from county maintained to village....more >>


Recall Wartella —vote her off Goodrich Village Council

Dear Editor, I have heard of wanting a change, but in the village of Goodrich this one is a joke! They went to a five person council meeting, to a three-ring circus with Patty Wartella— whipping her way through a meeting, firing the attorney that is in the middle of a lawsuit, to hiring a new one that she knows personally, without bringing references or anything....more >>


Private roads: Board needs to support majority of residents

Dear Editor, (In response to, 'Private roads, public problem,' The Citizen, Oct. 30, page 1): Being one of the prime movers behind the Shelmar Lane Special Assessment District (SAD), I have a few thoughts....more >>


Brandon Schools commended for program

Dear Editor, I recently job shadowed a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) at one of the local schools in Brandon Township. As the SLP and I started to talk about all the benefits in this field, she brought to my attention that four years ago, Belle Ann Elementary has started a program for students with autism....more >>


Just love all those hunting stories

Dear Editor, In response to several of the anti-hunting letters that have recently been published in The Citizen, I'd like to first say that I enjoy reading the success stories of our local hunters and hope that you continue to publish them....more >>


Goodrich: 'We are here for all the people'

Dear Editor, On Nov. 2, the people of Goodrich voted for change. Elections bring change and new directions. Change is always hard to accept. The people voted for new directions and we are listening....more >>


Competition keeps rates resonable

Dear Editor, (In response to: 'Cable franchise fee collection yields $70K surplus,' The Citizen Oct. 30, page 4): One council member reportedly stated that maybe Charter cable rates were too high for residents, and that there was a $70,000 cable fee surplus....more >>


Local greatly missed on Hallo's Eve

Dear Editor, For the past 20 years, hundreds of children have enjoyed trick-or-treating at the haunted house on 77 James St. in. Ortonville. Linda Byorth-Detrio, in her 'Mesmerelda' persona has delighted in providing family-friendly spooky scenes including an alien dissection, a bubbling and creature-filled witches' brew, and a zombie family watching "Nightmare before Christmas....more >>


Hunters: Please don't stop!

Dear Editor, I would like to thank you for continuing to publish pictures and stories of local successful hunters. It brings me joy to see the traditions of our forefathers carried on, especially when shared with the next generation....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Time marches on

As I get older, the relentless march of time becomes more noticeable. In grade school, World War I veterans were the old guys in the American Legion and VFW halls, World War II and Korean War vets were the guys in charge, while Vietnam vets were just getting involved in the veterans groups....more >>

Letter to the editor

Glad Richardson's not retiring yet

Dear Editor, I am so happy to see that Ms. Linda Richardson has decided not to retire as the director of Independence Township Department of Public Works ("Richardson decides against retirement," Nov....more >>

Letter to the editor

Deputies doing good work in Clarkston

Dear Editor, We would like to welcome and thank the Oakland County Sheriff's into the Village of Clarkston. We know it was a controversial issue with many people taking sides, but we have seen a real presence of the sheriffs and are very happy about it....more >>

Letter to the editor

Clarkston council still has a long way to go

Dear Editor, The Village of Clarkston has had their first meeting of the new City Council and there was some information released from the closed doors and private meetings even though it took some pleading and coaxing from both the council and public....more >>

Helping Hands: Erica Cale

Donations valued in Honduras

On Sept. 25 we shipped off a 40 foot semi truck container. The container was loaded in Waterford, delivered to New York by train, and loaded on a ship for Honduras. The container was full of wonderful donations such as furniture, clothing, shoes, food, cribs, toys, and so many more great donations that we are excited to put to good use here in Honduras! Thank you to everyone who donated items, helped pack items, and to everyone who volunteered their time to make this shipment possible....more >>

Spiritual matters

Make good use of the time God has given you

It has certainly been a beautiful fall in Clarkston and I am very thankful to God for it! It has also been a very busy time for most people I know. It seems like we try to pack more and more into the time we have....more >>

Letter to the editor: Need help 'making this Christmas happen for Lake Orion children in need'

Dear editor, On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the Lake Orion Police Department's Shop with a Hero event will be taking place at Meijer of Oxford.  Our goal is to take as many children Christmas shopping from Orion area families who have been hardest hit by the effects of the worst economic conditions in our lifetimes....more >>

Essay winner: Does Patriotism Still Matter?

Congratulations to Brianne F. Lombrecht, a Waldon Middle Schooler who took first place in the North Oakland VFW Post 334 "Patriot's Pen" contest. Brianne's essay, based on the question, "Does patriotism still matter?" was selected among 350 entries from six different schools....more >>

Letter to the editor: Thanks for supporting education event

Dear editor, Thank you to all the parents, teachers, administrators, local businesses and Lake Orion residents who participated in the 5th Annual Lake Orion Education Foundation's Evening for Education this past Saturday at Canterbury Castle....more >>
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Born February 12th
1775: Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams
1809: Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President of the United State (1861-1865).
1809: Charles Darwin, naturalist and influential theorist of evolution (On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection).
1828: George Meredith, English poet and novelist.
1857: Eugene Atget, French photographer, took over 10,000 photographs documenting Paris.
February 12th
in history
1972: Senator Edward Kennedy advocates amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
1974: The Symbionese Liberation Army asks the Hearst family for $230 million in food for the poor.
1980: The Lake Placid Winter Olympics open in New York.
1987: A Court in Texas upholds $8.5 billion of a fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal takeover of Getty Oil.
1999: The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.