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Jim's Jottings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

When we first started this Jim's Jottings holiday tradition, the two grandchildren pictured on the wall (Dan and Karen Offer) were small enough to fit on my knees. It was 1988. Dan was 3-years-old and Karen was four-months-old....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Some kids wanted b.b.guns . . .

. . . I wanted a camera

Cameras have always fascinated me. I have cameras all over the house. Some work, some don't and they come in all shapes and sizes. Some have polished wood and brass mechanisms. Some fold up into a big leather box, others have metal casings or plastic parts....more >>


Thank you Ortonville Masons

Dear Editor, Recently, the Masons hosted a spaghetti dinner for the Ortonville community with proceeds benefitting the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund. As you may know, the Masons come in quite early on these days to prepare homemade spaghetti sauce, toss salad, etc....more >>


Brandon senior dinner successful

To the Editor: On behalf of the Brandon School District, thank you to all the businesses, groups, families and individuals who partnered with the district to put on this year's Annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner....more >>


Politics, deceit vs. truth, justice

To the editor: (In response to 'Sign of the times? Lack of signature on oath challenged,' The Citizen, Dec. 18, page 1): I am trying to understand just how the village operates. I have more questions than answers....more >>


'Question with boldness'

Dear Editor, "Always check your statement for accuracy before you pay any bill." That is good advice, especially in these tough economic times. Take your 2010 winter tax statement for example, wow that's really a lot....more >>


Never dream of a fake Christmas tree

Dear Editor, (In response to 'Talk on the Streets,' The Citizen, Dec. 4, page 6): 'He looked up at the tree. It was a giant tree, a galleon with its sails in full rig, an art museum with its entire collection on display, a mosque with a thousand worshippers praising God....more >>

Keiser's Role

Keiser's RoleA column by Trevor Keiser

Scroogey thoughts

The other night I sat down with my family to watch Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" (we like the George C. Scott version). As I sat there watching, it got me thinking, what it would be like if the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future paid me a visit? Would I like what was revealed of my life? When I reflect upon my past I am filled with great memories, but there are definitely some things I wish I would have done differently....more >>

Letter to the editor

A call for more budget attention

Dear Editor, When I read "Police fund draining Springfield savings," page 1A, Dec. 15, regarding Springfield Township's budgets, I couldn't quite believe it! Didn't Springfield Township Parks and Recreation get a dedicated millage passed recently for continued funding separate from the township's general fund? I voted "no" on the proposal because there were no assurances that parks and rec would live within their millage funding and not seek additional funds from the general fund....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thanks for marching band help

Dear Editor, Clarkston High School Marching Band Directors, students and families wish to thank: The Clarkston News, John Bowman Chevrolet, Big Boy on Dixie Highway, Chocolate Moose, Waterford Elks Club, Clarkston Chamber of Commerce, Kroger, Via Bologna, Leo's Coney Island, Qdobas, Culver's, Tropical Smoothie and members of the community for their support and contributions toward the upcoming trip to London, England....more >>

Letter to the editor

Reader spots British flag faux pas

Dear Editor, Congratulations to the Clarkston High School Matching Band on the invitation to participate in the Silver Anniversary Parade in London. The Clarkston News supplement we received in the mail box today is nicely done....more >>

Letter to the editor

Christmas home at risk, reader says

Dear Editor, As you sing "O Little Town of Bethlehem" this Christmas, pray for the followers of Jesus who live there. According to, they are surrounded by a 25-foot wall and militarized fences, making modern Bethlehem a virtual prison....more >>


Spiritual matters

Look for Christmas' ultimate gift in manger

I will never forget how our oldest son experienced his first Christmas. We were living near Honolulu then and we took our almost one year old downtown to see the Christmas lights which we thought were quite spectacular....more >>
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Born February 14th
1819: Christopher Latham Sholes, inventor of the first practical typewriter.
1845: Quinton Hogg, English philanthropist.
1859: George Washington Gale Ferris, inventor of the Ferris Wheel.
1894: Jack Benny, comedian, radio and television performer...and violinist.
1894: Mary Lucinda Cardwell Dawson, founded the National Negro Opera Company (NNOC) and was appointed to President John F. Kennedy's National Committee on Music.
February 14th
in history
1876: Rival inventors Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell both apply for patents for the telephone.
1900: General Roberts invades South Africa's Orange Free State with 20,000 British troops.
1904: The Missouri Kid is captured in Kansas.
1912: Arizona becomes the 48th state in the Union.
1915: Kaiser Wilhelm II invites the U.S. Ambassador to Berlin in order to confer on the war.