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Editor's Column - Joe from the Block

My wife went out of town for a few days last week, leaving me home with my two teenage daughters. I promised her we would get along just fine. The girls did, too. People who know me know I love my girls dearly....more >>

Letter to the Editor - Township exposed

In one of the worst economic recessions on record, our Township Board from 2009-2011 went on a spending spree depleting the Eagle Valley host fee fund of millions of dollars. The mismanaged and over budget projects have now started to deplete our general fund which has left us uncertain on how to make up the difference in the sheriffs' millage....more >>

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to the parents

Congratulations to the parents of the child, who with friends, executed what we called a "harmless" prank destroying those evil pumpkins used as a decorations to make the harvest season a time to be enjoyed....more >>

Letter to the Editor - LOEF party best ever

A sincere Thank You goes out to Kelly Weaver for her efforts to orchestrate the best Lake Orion Education Foundation - Evening for Education Dinner/Dance ever. This event is the signature fundraiser for the LOEF and takes a tremendous amount of planning and implementation to put on an evening like this, and Kelly made it look effortless although we know it was not....more >>

Letter to the editor

Much appreciation for help with... MDA fund raiser Dear Editor, On Sunday, Oct. 2, city and rural letter carriers and their family members stood at the corners of Main and Washington streets collecting money for Muscular Dystrophy Association....more >>

Don't Rush Me

When in doubt, punt

Or, what do embarrassing your kids, coming out as the other gender, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald and formula have in common?

Sometimes the ol' creative juices just don't flow as freely as they used to -- which really makes it interesting when I sit down and try to write something. Today is one of those days....more >>

Jim's Jottings

I played football against the blind

It was only 60 years ago, but the fall of every year I recall high school football playing days. I've only written about this experience twice, so it'll be new to most. The size of teams may have changed, but the "win at all costs" attitude hasn't....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 >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Holiday readiness

It is around this time of year, before Thanksgiving and after Halloween, many are already flustered with the holiday season. Christmas music has been playing since the first day of November and many stores have had their holiday merchandise slowly pushing Halloween off of the shelves....more >>

Letter to the editor

A call for public input on traffic

Dear Editor, In response to Mr. Walker's comments on the traffic speed in downtown Clarkston ("Slow down in downtown," Oct. 26), this has been a topic of complaint and discussion for as long as I have lived here, which is over 30 years....more >>

Letter to the editor

Request for more burn flexibility

Dear Editor, I'm okay with just four days to burn, but I still think it would be better to be able to burn on all Saturdays or all Sundays and not have to worry about whether we are in the first week or third....more >>

Spiritual matters

It's not uncommon to see a football player celebrating a touchdown by looking up and pointing to the sky. Did you ever wonder what he might be looking at? Was he pointing to the replay of his spectacular catch? Did he spot a very exotic bird right after he crossed the goal line and want everyone else to see it too? I bet if you were to put on some cleats and go down on the field at that very moment you'd probably only see what he sees: a clear blue sky....more >>
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1846: William Maybach, German engineer, designed the first Mercedes automobile.
1871: Howard T. Ricketts, pathologist.
1874: Amy Lowell, poet.
1880: James Stephens, Irish writer (The Charwoman's Daughter, The Crock of Gold).
1909: Dean Rusk, Secretary of State under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
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