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Joe from the Block

Lake Orion High School, with some 2,600 students, is one of the largest in the state. It resembles a small city. There are students with various backgrounds. Teachers and administrators govern the massive building....more >>

Letter to the editor

Michigan Senate hurting schools' anti-bullying efforts

By Marion Ginopolis LOCS Superintendent Our youth today say that bullying is one of the biggest problems they face. School districts and communities across the state, including Lake Orion, are taking significant steps to address this situation....more >>


CROP Walk 2011

Dear Editor, Crop Walk 2011, Ortonville community's thirty-first walk to relieve poverty world wide, as well as right here in Ortonville, took place on Sunday, Oct. 2. Nearly $5,000 was raised by 63 walkers, which will go to Church World Services for distribution, of which twenty-five percent will be returned to the OCEF food pantry....more >>


Haunted Forest

Dear Editor, Many hands made light work this year at St. Anne's eighth annual Haunted Forest! First and Foremost we want to extend a heartfelt "Thank YOU!" to Joe & Julie Wojciechowski from Wojo's Greenhouse for allowing us to host our event at their beautiful facility once again....more >>


Bergman fundraiser

Dear Editor, On behalf of the North Oakland Animal Husbandry 4-H club, I would like to thank everyone who volunteered, donated, and attended the Sharon Bergman Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser....more >>


Thanks for saving Jackson

Dear Editor, We would like to say thank you to the Brandon Fire Department and all the emergency personnel who assisted with the rescue of our dog, Jackson, on the evening of November 1....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Anti-Bullying in Lansing is horse puckey

Republicans, Democrats are all the same . . .

So . . . the world is up in arms. Life as we know it will end. Nobody likes us Michiganians, and I know this because all the opinion-mongers (like me), are writing about us in Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and anywhere in between....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Veterans Day-pause, reflect on the sacrifices

This Day became Veterans Day by act of Congress in 1954. Our nation's first official recognition day for veterans was Armistice Day. Woodrow Wilson was president at the time. ("Oh, beautiful, for spacious skies....more >>


Fair common sense insurance reforms

Dear Editor, You have probably heard the radio ads advocating no changes to the current Personal Injury Protection coverage. Note that they are sponsored by the MI Health Care/Hospital industry....more >>


Trick-or-Treat with Santa success

Dear Editor, The MOMS Club of Ortonville-Goodrich would like to extend many thanks to everyone who supported our Trick-or-Treat with Santa event on Sunday, October 23. Thank you to our club members who designed, printed, & distributed flyers, and to those who donated candy for the trick-or-treaters....more >>


Camp Copneconic scholarship fund

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School staff and students, we would like to thank our PTO, the Brandon Junior Blackhawk Organization, the Brandon Education Association, the Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union, and various donors for the generous monetary donations they have made to the Camp Copneconic scholarship fund....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Consider veterans

I received a list of "free stuff to honor veterans" from Clarkston Cares for Military Families. This sort of thing seems fairly recent. Hopefully, it's welcome to veterans, especially all the new vets of Iraq and Afghanistan....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, It's autumn and the leaves are falling again. Now and throughout the year, many local residents believe that burning leaves and yard waste such as branches and brush is a cheap and convenient way to clean up their lawns and properties....more >>

Letter to the Editor

School reforms

Dear Editor, In response to the guest viewpoint "Rep. calls for school accountability, performance," June 15, I felt state Rep. Eileen Kowall took a shot at the salary of Clarkston's superintendent....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks to firefighters

Dear Editor, Independence Elementary would like to extend a special thank you to the Independence Township Fire Department! Each October, they come to our kindergarten classrooms to teach our little ones about fire safety, when to call 911 and what to do in case of a fire....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Viewpoint on Wagner

Dear Editor, In response to Neil Wallace's viewpoint "Input needed in supervisor situation," Nov. 2, as tax payers and residents of Independence Township, we urge the Township Board to do whatever is necessary to remove Supervisor Dave Wagner from office....more >>

Spiritual matters

Turn to Jesus for help in a shifting society

"In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables....more >>

My Way

My Way

Sitting on a pile of cash

I hate it when any government is proud of the fact that it's sitting on a large pile of our money. Whatever name you give it, be it fund balance, reserves, fund equity, surplus, etc....more >>
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1809: Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President of the United State (1861-1865).
1809: Charles Darwin, naturalist and influential theorist of evolution (On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection).
1828: George Meredith, English poet and novelist.
1857: Eugene Atget, French photographer, took over 10,000 photographs documenting Paris.
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1935: The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashes off the coast of California, killing two people.
1938: Japan refuses to reveal naval data requested by the U.S. and Britain.
1940: The Soviet Union signs a trade treaty with Germany to aid against the British blockade.
1944: Wendell Wilkie enters the American presidential race against Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1949: Moslem Brotherhood chief Hassan el Banna is shot to death in Cairo.