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Business achievements

The Downing Clinic, Internal and Integrative Medicine practice, 5715 Bella Rose Blvd, Suite 100, celebrates 20 years of business with an open house, 4-7 p.m., May 11. Staff members Dr....more >>


Wrestling fundraiser successful

Dear Editor, The Goodrich Varsity Wrestling team thanks everyone who donated at the John's Steakhouse fundraiser. It was a great success! The team earned $1,500. The money will be used to fund clinics with Jake Herbert, a two time national champ and world silver medalist, Kellen Russel, a two time NCAA All-American, and Aaron Simpson, also a two time NCAA All-American and current UFC fighter....more >>


Thanks for the confidence, votes

Dear Editor, Thank you Brandon Township Board for having the confidence in me to appoint me to fill the vacant seat as trustee on the board. I look forward to working with the board....more >>


Community a little cleaner

Dear Editor, My daughter, Lauren Zajac, and her friend, Gillian Noonan, got together and made a plan to do something for the environment on Earth Day. The two of them spent about two hours Friday morning in the cold and rain cleaning roadside garbage....more >>

Guest Column

Students of today are something to be proud of

Our community is concerned about the financial health of our school district and rightfully so. There appears to be a serious disconnect, however, between what some members of our community think they know about the education of Lake Orion students and reality....more >>

Letter to the editor

Vote next Tuesday during the school board election

May 3, 2011 is an important date in our community's history -- or should we say, it could be an important date? Only the Fates know. May 3 is the date 14 members of this community will ask you -- their neighbors, family and friends -- to vote them onto the Lake Orion Community School's Board of Education....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Covering board meetings can widen your eyes

'Unless you attend meetings, you cannot see abuses'

Okay, I received no (zero, zippo, nada nothin') sympathy from last week's gem of a column about having to report for duty in covering a board of education meeting something I haven't done since George Bush (No....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Lots to write about, little to really say

Lots of on-line match-making outfits are advertising on the tube these days. It got me to thinking about what things would have been like if Hazel and I had met on the internet (I still refuse to capitalize internet....more >>


Let America be America again

Dear Editor, In 1982 I helped our son skip school. He called asking if he could stay overnight at his friend's house, explaining his buddy had been expelled from Brandon High for punching out the assistant principal....more >>


Don't speak for me on SOC

Dear Editor, (In response to 'Public: 'Stop schools of choice'' The Citizen, April 16, page 6): I've been disheartened about the public controversy brewing over the Brandon School District's School of Choice program....more >>

Raymond James: A column by James Kruzan

Benefit from good advice

In this time of corporate downsizing and restructuring, many find themselves pursuing a new career with a new employer. Embarking on a new career should inspire a revision of existing retirement plans including future income, eventual age of retirement, and standard of living....more >>

Keiser's RoleA column by Trevor Keiser

City, township?

As I looked at the clock go past 11 p.m. I thought to myself , "am I sitting in a city council meeting or a township board meeting?" I was rather confused because the city usually never runs their meetings past 9 p....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Resident upset with supervisor

Dear Editor, Honestly, are we going to continue voting in these people who can't see the forest for the trees ("Township hires part-time administrator," April 20)? When the board voted "no" on this issue, Mr....more >>

Science of flowers

Clarkston Elementary second-grade students are learning about how to spread the beauty of flowers in their three-part Academic Service Learning project. The first part was a presentation by Bordine's plant expert Kim Hric, April 21, explaining the science behind seeds and flowers....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks to The Big Deal from...

Guido's Pizza Dear Editor, I needed to pass along the excitement we at Guido's Pizza feel about the return of the Big Deal coupon magazine. This is our second time in the book since its return to Clarkston/Waterford, and we couldn't be more pleased with the sales increase when the book hits the homes....more >>

Spiritual matters

If not you . . . then who? Your gifts, talents are needed by church

What is our world coming to? Our newspapers, television screens and magazines are riddled with stories of scandal, crime, racial and/or cultural bigotry, and economic despair. Stories abound about how "we" are losing the "war on poverty," the "war on drugs," the "war on terrorism," the "war against teenage pregnancy," as well as the many other such "wars" that I am sure spring to your mind....more >>

My Way

Yes, the ACT is important and we all should be worried

I don't care what some educational expert says, the fact that only 18.3 percent of Oxford High School's Class of 2011 are considered college-ready based on their ACT scores is absolutely frightening....more >>
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Born October 2nd
1869: Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi, political leader of India and pioneer of nonviolent activism.
1871: Cordell Hull, Secretary of State for President Franklin Roosevelt.
1879: Wallace Stevens, poet.
1890: Julius Henry 'Groucho' Marx, comedian, one of the five Marx brothers (the others being Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo).
1900: William A. 'Bud' Abbot, comedian, the straight man to Lou Costello.
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in history
1862: An Army under Union General Joseph Hooker arrives in Bridgeport, Alabama to support the Union forces at Chattanooga. Chattanooga's Lookout Mountain provides a dramatic setting for the Civil War's battle above the clouds.
1870: The papal states vote in favor of union with Italy. The capital is moved from Florence to Rome.
1871: Morman leader Brigham Young, 70, is arrested for polygamy. He was laterconvicted, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction. Disappointed Army officer Patrick Connor wanted to be back East fighting Rebels. Instead, he found himself in the bitter cold along icebound Bear Creek, near today's Utah-Idaho border.
1879: A dual alliance is formed between Austria and Germany, in which the two countries agree to come to the other's aid in the event of aggression.
1909: Orville Wright sets an altitude record, flying at 1,600 feet. This exceeded Hubert Latham's previous record of 508 feet. Aviation Pioneer Glenn Curtiss