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Letter to the Editor

Marion Ginopolis wants community to come together

Open letter to the Lake Orion Community: (Written prior to knowing the result of the LO School Bond Election.) The Lake Orion School Bond Election has had an unfortunate and divisive impact on the Lake Orion community and it is time to put aside our differences and move forward together....more >>

Reaction to the results...

-We asked Facebook followers for reaction after school bond results were posted. Comments were randomly chosen for publication; by early Wednesday morning we'd received no reaction comments from 'Vote no' supporters....more >>


$10,000: Proud of BHS students

Dear Editor, A few weeks ago I overheard a woman saying that she wished she had moved to a different community such as Oxford or Lake Orion because there was nothing for her children to do in Ortonville....more >>


Family, friends thank you

Dear Editor, The generosity of this community is truly overwhelming. Family, friends and neighbors that have helped to shape our lives in this community— words seem inadequate to express our love and gratitude for your prayers and support....more >>


Vote yes Feb.22: Excellent facilities, quality education

Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in support of the $15.4 million bond proposal that Goodrich Area Schools is putting on the ballot Feb. 22. Although it seems counterintuitive to ask taxpayers for an extension now during these rough economic times, the district is showing excellent stewardship in caring for the community's resources on many fronts....more >>


Keeping the good in Goodrich Schools

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Goodrich Board of Education and myself, I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the passage of the Feb. 22 bond issue. We appreciate the large turnout of voters at the polls....more >>

'We are so grateful for your support'

Dear editor, At long last I have gathered all the data and would like to give our community a final accounting of this year's Trees for Troops Program. We want to thank the many people who came out to help load trees, donated trees/funds to the program, especially the school children who earned money to buy a tree for a family, wrote notes of encouragement or made beautiful paper ornaments....more >>

Letter to the editor

'We are truly leaving the students behind'

Dear editor, I am saddened at the ignorance of the people who voted 'No' on the bond in this community because with this bond proposal failing we are truly leaving the students in this district behind....more >>

My Way

My Way

Helmuth could face criminal charges

In last week's column, I opined on the two options I see facing Oxford Village Councilwoman Maureen "Moe" Helmuth as consequences for betraying the public's trust. To me, she should either resign her seat on council or the public should petition for her recall....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Think the order for light meant flashlight?

The flashlight was invented about 1898, according to my encyclopedia. Notice I didn't have to go to the internet to find that fact. Also, notice I still refuse to capitalize the word internet....more >>

Don't Rush Me

With an eye to the news around and around

Lonely astronauts, 1.2 GPAs and more

Just a heads up . . . in case you hadn't noticed, it snowed. * * * So, did anybody else think there are other reasons why the Tampa, FL kid isn't doing good in school, other than his own academic proficiency? If you haven't heard, a Florida couple had their son walk around in public with a sign stating his rather low grade point average....more >>

Keiser's Role

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser


I came into work last Thursday angry and furious that after a regular board meeting and two special meetings Independence Township board still had not appointed a new clerk and now (Thursday night) we were having yet another special meeting....more >>

Reader wants look into clerk offer

Dear Editor, Independence Township Treasurer Curt Carson should resign because of his efforts to use taxpayer funds to influence the vote of another elected township official. According to now public information, on Feb....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Call for quiet at high school musicals

Dear Editor, Whatever happened to, "sit back and enjoy the show"? I think theatre etiquette has become lost in the explosion of electronic devices, and so it was during the performance of Cinderella at Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center last Saturday evening....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Gov. proposes too many school cuts

Dear Editor, I am appalled by Gov. Snyder's proposed cuts in education of up to $470 per student. This means that for each and every classroom of 30 students, they will slash an unbelievable $14,100! This will be the cut in every classroom in every school district in Michigan! This will probably mean many programs will be cut in each and every school and class sizes will increase immensely as well as other unimaginable changes....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Clarkston Medical accepts Fourth challenge

Dear Editor, All of us at Clarkston Medical Group would like to do our part and pledge $1,000 to see that our great Fourth of July Celebration continues. We've gone through some very difficult times over the last decade and events like this are important to preserve as they help maintain the strength of our community....more >>

Spiritual matters

In a world filled with turmoil, trust in God's promise

It seems that the world is in turmoil. People throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East are rising up over the totalitarian regimes that have controlled them for many years. Additionally, we have concerns in our country regarding Egypt because the former regime was pro-American in policy....more >>
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1879: Edward Murray East, botanist whose research led to the development of hybrid corn.
1884: Damon Runyon, journalist and short story writer.
1895: Buster (Joseph F.) Keaton, star of silent film comedies including Sherlock, Jr. and The General.
1919: Rene Marques, Puerto Rican playwright and short story writer.
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in history
1914: The first German Zeppelin raids London. The J.V. Martin Kitten failed at intercepting Zeppelins.
1957: Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched, beginning the space race. The satellite, built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184 pounds and was launched by a converted Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth's atmosphere and burned up. Just nine months after President John F. Kennedy called for the U.S. to put a man on the moon before 1970, Mercury astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
1968: Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary. As America's involvement in Indochina came to an end in the spring of 1975, the Khmer Rouge closed in on Phnom Penh for the kill.
1972: Judge John Sirca imposes a gag order on the Watergate break-in case.
1976: In Gregg v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court lifts the ban on the death sentence in murder cases. This restores the legality of capital punishment, which had not been practiced since 1967. The first execution following this ruling was Gary Gilmore in 1977.