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Joe From The Block

People who know me know I have not missed too many meals over the years. I like to think of myself as a stocky guy, but I could stand to lose 20 pounds. So, rather than eat today, I am going to write about my favorite food stops old and new in our town: Breadsticks and garlic butter from Christi's....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader irked by E-blasted opinion

Dear Editor, I recently received an email blast written by Dr. Rock, superintendent of schools, from It appears Dr. Rock is utilizing taxpayer funded equipment and time to advance his personal agenda relative to Charter schools....more >>


You make Ortonville a great place to live!

Dear Editor: The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund, O.C.E.F. would like to thank the community for their generous support and response to our 8th annual fundraising sale last month....more >>


Birds of a feather again

Interesting that we are to congratulate Atlas Township on creating a 2.9 Million Dollar fund balance for all of our taxpayers. The collection of taxes is to be used for the good of the community and it looks to me that a fund balance of this size is not considered good planning....more >>

My Way

My Way

CJ: The interview

The tables have turned and suddenly I, the interviewer, have become the interviewee. Oxford High School student Jessie Ojeda e-mailed me some questions Monday as part of a class assignment....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Yawning tortoises

. . . and more IgNobels awards

For about ten years now I have followed the exploits of one Marc Abrahams, editor and co-founder of the humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. I know it sounds funny, but he makes me happy....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Handwriting dying? Don't tell our Daddies

Headlines are supposed to attract our attention.This one in The Detroit News, September 23 sure got mine: "Individuality is lost as art of handwriting dies." The reporter is Marney Rich Keenan....more >>

Letter to the editor

Jousting with Kalmar

Dear Editor, Bill Kalmar indicated in his Sept. 28, 2011 letter that he was "…agitated, incensed and frustrated" when Township officials refer to the new Orion Center as a senior center....more >>

Letter to the editor

Enforce ordinance

Dear Editor, JoAnn Van Tassel, you are the BOSS, but the same O same O continues. You are allowing Home Business Occupation ordinance violations to continue, even though there are clear steps and rules to be carried out by the Township to correct the violations....more >>


Birds of a feather

BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER" Dear Editor, First and foremost I would like to take the time and congratulate Atlas Twp. on the tremendous job of creating $2.9 million in fund equity....more >>


Water needed at BMS

I am writing to the community as a concerned parent of a middle school child, and as an advocate for the other children in our middle school. I think that the rule about not being able to bring a water bottle to and from classes is not just ridiculous but harmful to our children's health....more >>


Letter vindictive, fraudulent

Dear Editor, (In response to: 'Conflict of Interest?, The Citizen, Sept. 24, page 25.) I am currently the Village Manager for the Village of Ortonville. I began on Aug. 1, 2011 and have had the responsibility myself since Sept....more >>


The right people

(In response to Fire millage passes—barely, The Citizen, Sept. 24, page 1) My recent readings of the The Citizen have brought to light for me something that is quite possibly well known by others in this community, however, I make no presumptions....more >>


Fix Wagner loophole

Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner's illness presents a new problem for the township, calling for a new solution. As reported on Page 1, "Wagner won't go," he refuses to step down despite being out of the office since April....more >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Michigan rocks

It was a good weekend to be from Michigan. The Detroit Tigers tied their series with the New York Yankees, both with one win. Then added another win on Monday night. The Detroit Lions grabbed a four point lead with only minutes to go against the Dallas Cowboys....more >>

Letter to the Editor

A call for more views in E-blasts

Dear Editor, I was thoroughly disappointed when I recently received an email from Clarkston Schools Superintendent Rod Rock. The email, which decried Charter Schools in Michigan, was completely biased and intended for nothing more than dispensing Dr....more >>

Spiritual matters

Crisis presents opportunity to know God

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1) Sometimes it's good to start at the beginning and remember God. In the beginning, here, now, always; there is only God....more >>
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1905: Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer than 30 minutes. The flight lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covered 21 miles. The Virginia Air and Space Center is home to the Great Aerodrome, which almost beat the Wrights into the air.
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.