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Off to England for July 4

So, the age old question among school-aged people: what are you doing for the summer? Now that exams, the madness, the having to study but not wanting to are all over, summer is here....more >>


Scholarship blood drive success

Dear Editor, Thank you to everyone who donated at my blood drive this week. In total, 45 pints were collected. Also, thank you to Anytime Fitness for allowing us to hold the blood drive in the Extreme Fitness Studio....more >>


Hempton: Thank you community

Dear Editor, Sherry Hempton and family wish to thank all the kind and generous people and businesses in and around our community for their love and support. All your prayers and acts of kindness will make my recovery go a lot easier....more >>


Support community fireworks

Dear Editor, The Ortonville Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to raise money for the community's upcoming fireworks show (Saturday, July 2). Each year the public receives a great display of American spirit through this event and we appreciate all the donations that have been collected so far....more >>

My Way

My Way

When did 'choice' become a dirty word?

"I like a little rebellion now and then . . . The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Bicyclists and frogs, get out the way!

An oldie, but a goodie . . .

So, I finally started reading the book, A Walk In The Woods, by Bill Bryson. Folks have been after me to read it for years . . . well, since 1998 when it was first published. The book is about Bryson's (a travel writer) trek along the 2,000-some-odd miles of the Appalachian Trail....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Life's full of questions; What was I about to ask?

I've always hated (disliked) articles filled with questions to the point I quit reading them. I figure I got questions, what I need are answers. However, sometimes questions really need to be asked....more >>

Letter to the editor

Hope the Orion Center has hot water!

Dear Editor, As a columnist for several newspapers and magazines and an occasional contributor to The Lake Orion Review, periodically I receive feedback from readers who either extol my writings or who castigate me....more >>


Saying goodbye to an 'A+' teacher…

Dear Editor, What do you say about a teacher that is so awesome? How do you find the right words to tell this beautiful, caring woman how much influence she has had on your child's life and helped your child to see her potential? Giving your child the courage to try and try again....more >>


Iditarod race is dog torture, cruelty

Dear editor (In response to: "Alaska bound: Local qualifies for Iditarod," The Citizen, June 4, page 1): Surely, if Joe Gutowski knew that dogs suffer in the Iditarod, he'd stay in Hadley....more >>


New labor contract realistic

Dear Editor, The Brandon Education Association has recently agreed to a new contract with Brandon Schools. We, the members of the BEA, believe the concessions we make in this contract (and they are deep and painful for all of us) are ultimately necessary....more >>


Keep school information flow open

We urge Clarkston Board of Education to reconsider their new Board Operating Procedures ("School board OKs rules for communication," June 15). Procedures include naming the board president as official spokesperson for the entire board to the media, requiring board members who receive calls from the media to direct them to the board president....more >>

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Memories of Grandpa

It's interesting how death of a loved one can instantly bring upon reflection of days passed. For me those "days passed" were brought forward on June 7 when I received a phone call that my grandfather Henry S....more >>

Letter to the editor

A call to keep teachers' resources in place

Dear Editor, Thank you North Sashabaw Elementary (NSE) Teachers and Staff. My first child has completed a milestone, saying goodbye to elementary school and preparing for middle school....more >>

Guest viewpoint: Mike Trout

Trout offers parting ideas for township

I want to express my sincere appreciation to the residents of Springfield for the privilege of serving as your supervisor for the last two-and-a-half years. While leaving is always bittersweet, I am excited about both my new responsibilities and the prospects for the future of the township....more >>

Spiritual matters

God bless our dads and grads

We have just celebrated an important milestone in the church, Holy Trinity Sunday, where we boldly and firmly declare that our God is one God manifested to us in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit....more >>

Words from the Sup't: Dr. Rod Rock

Good education's like a successful fishing trip

Picture in your mind a summer afternoon in your youth, fishing on a lake with your grandfather. You're in a small boat, with no engine. You are using bamboo poles. Grandpa is wearing a large, strawbrimmed hat, with fishing lures pinned to it, and a collared shirt....more >>
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Born October 30th
1839: Alfred Sisley, landscape painter.
1857: Gertrude Atherton, novelist.
1871: Paul Valery, poet and essayist.
1882: William F. Bull Halsey, Jr., American admiral who played an instrumental role in the defeat of Japan during World War II. The Japanese surrender was signed on his flagship, the USS Missouri.
1885: Ezra Pound, American poet who promoted Imagism, a poetic movement stressing free phrase rather than forced metric. He was imprisoned for his pro-Fascist radio broadcasts.
October 30th
in history
1485: Henry VII of England crowned. The curious career and uncertain past of Perkin Warbeck.
1697: The Treaty of Ryswick ends the war between France and the Grand Alliance.
1838: Oberlin Collegiate Institute in Lorian County, Ohio becomes the first college in the U.S. to admit female students.
1899: Two battalions of British troops are cut off, surrounded and forced to surrender to General Petrus Joubert's Boers at Nicholson's Nek.
1905: The czar of Russia issues the October Manisfesto, granting civil liberties and elections in an attempt to avert the burgeonng supprot for revolution.