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'Why weren't Horton and Morey invited?'

Dear Editor, On Feb. 4, I was informed of a special council meeting at the Goodrich Village offices. The meeting was organized to hire Plante & Moran to perform a review of the operational services provided by the village to determine areas of potential cost savings....more >>

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Imagine having a zero carbon footprint!

Dear Editor: (In response to 'Catching some rays: Solar power,' The Citizen, Feb. 5, page 8): Kudos to Susan Bromley for your well-researched feature article on Tom Laviolette's solar-powered home....more >>

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Goodrich bond: Spending foolishly?

Dear Editor, I have to wonder if the Goodrich School Board thinks it's Christmas or are they just ignoring the requests and concerns of residents once again? The school board passed a resolution to place on the Feb....more >>

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Goodrich athletes deserve the best

Dear Editor, It is with great pride that we write this letter as representatives of Goodrich Area Schools football and soccer programs. We have a proud athletic tradition in Goodrich and both programs have experienced tremendous successes on the field over the past several years....more >>
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What is love?

The Citizen asked Belle Anne Elementary School second grade students,"What is love and how do you show it?"

Editor's note: For Valentine's Day, The Citizen asked Belle Anne Elementary School second grade students,"What is love and how do you show it?" Here's what they had to say: "Love is when you make someone feel good....more >>

'Spending like drunken sailors'

Dear editor, Why don't all these people on the public payrolls understand the meaning of bankrupt? Every single government organization is spending like "drunken sailors" and sticking future taxpayers with the cost....more >>

Letter to the editor

Bond video doesn't sway reader

Dear editor, I recently saw a presentation by the Lake Orion School Board on why they want to pass a $25.5 million bond. The presentation was nicely done. A video (of unknown production costs) showing: The sad and bored faces of children holding placards that say "bored," "stimulate me," and "engage me....more >>

Letter to the editor

Snow day bliss

With December 25th gone, it is a gift in the midst of winter, capturing as much anticipation as the day before your birthday. It is a quintessential part of any school-age child's experiences in life; the amazing, the wonderful, the snow day....more >>

My Way

My Way

This one's for Hank

Oxford is about to lose its real Citizen of the Year. A few weeks ago I wrote a story about how Hank Szlenkier is leaving this community on Monday, Feb. 14 after 19 years of faithful service....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Great Lakes Agriculture Fair at Silverdome

Fitting in with the real media types

So there I was amongst all the real reporter types from "big" media places, government types, chamber of commerce folk, downtown development authority figures and the like. There were lots of suits, long coats, shiny shoes, high-fashion boots on the babes and me with a blue Oxford button up shirt, with the top button unbuttoned; sneakers and white tube socks....more >>

Jim's Jottings

News of weather and weight fill the airwaves

The same day the news media was filled with snowfall warnings, our government issued warnings on "changes we should make right now!" I guarantee the snow warnings were heeded quicker and with more action than the "changes....more >>

Opinions

Ten year backlog of road improvements

Dear Editor, Many residents are wondering why our township roads are not being maintained to the same level of past standards. To answer this question, it is important to understand who is responsible for township roads and how their operations are funded....more >>

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Vote important to students

Dear Editor, As a parent of students in Goodrich Area Schools I feel the upcoming bond proposal brings many necessary upgrades to our school facilities. The proposed multi-purpose athletic field, complete with new bleachers and bathrooms, will be a venue that helps to unite Goodrich....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Color aplenty

This edition marks our second color Clarkston News, with twice as many color pages as last month. Valentine's Day theme this month, with flowers aplenty on the front and a mushy feature on the Garavaglias (the middle "G" is silent) inside....more >>

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, Thank you so much to the Clarkston Retailers Group on the wonderful Progressive Cocktail Party! It was a festive, fun event that many of us hope will become an annual tradition....more >>
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Born October 25th
1838: Georges Bizet, composer, best known for his opera Carmen.
1881: Pablo Picasso, painter and sculptor or over 6,000 works.
1888: Richard E. Byrd, U.S. aviator and explorer who made the first flight over the North Pole.
1889: Abel Gance, film director (Napoleon).
1902: Henry Steele Commager, American historian who wrote the fifty-five volume Rise of the American Nation.
October 25th
in history
1854: During the Crimean War, a brigade of British light infantry is destroyed by Russian artillery as they charge down a narrow corridor in full view of the Russians.
1916: German pilot Rudolf von Eschwege shoots down his first enemy plane, a Nieuport 12 of the Royal Naval Air Service over Bulgaria. Eagle of the Aegean Sea
1923: The Teapot Dome scandal comes to public attention as Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana, subcommittee chairman, reveals the findings of the past 18 months of investigation. His case will result in the conviction of Harry F. Sinclair of Mammoth Oil, and later Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall, the first cabinet member in American history to go to jail. The scandal, named for the Teapot Dome oil reserves in Wyoming, involved Fall secretly leasing naval oil reserve lands to private companies.
1940: German troops capture Kharkov and launch a new drive toward Moscow. Germany's lost victory at Kursk.
1944: The Japanese are defeated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world's largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted Japanese Navy increasingly resorts to the suicidal attacks of Kamikaze fighters. On patrol north of the Philippine island of Luzon, USS Batfish destroyed three Japanese submarines in four nights.