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Editor's column

Time to act

I attended a funeral last week that was unusually sad. When you attend such an event, you typically are both mourning and celebrating the life of someone who has lived a long time....more >>

Police protection

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, I look at the current situation in Orion Township, and I feel very responsible. I voted for and knocked on doors as a precinct delegate for the Township Supervisor who is now mucking up things at the county level and all but one of the elected Orion Township board members....more >>

Results are in

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, The Friends of the Orion Township Library held a fantastic successful book sale in September. Thank you to all the workers, customers, library staff, donators and the Baldwin Road Kroger Store, for we realized over $7,000....more >>

'Are you Blessed'

Dear Editor, One of our members read the following at a recent Lake Orion Women's Club meeting. It really spoke to me and I thought that your readers might find it thought-provoking, as well, at this Thanksgiving / holiday time: "Are you blessed" (author unknown, source unknown) "If you woke up this morning with more health than illness....more >>


Who is Occypy Wall Street?

Dear Editor, If I know anything about the mainstream media I know they sure can polish an issue. The media's latest pile of dung: the Occupy Wall Street movement. What is Occupy Wall Street? Protestors of OWS claim the movement is "a peaceful protest in response to the economic and democratic crises"....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Every day is another day to say, thanks for the opportunity

A little something brought upon by Thanksgiving

Every night I tend to reflect on the hours I was awake that day. Did I fail, hurt or belittle any person, situation or entity. If I answer to myself, "yes" I figure out what needs to happen the next day to make things right....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Be thankful, fight recurring questions

I've been writing Jottings for over 50 years. That means 50 Thanksgivings I could have written about. But as I looked back to see if there was one I could repeat for this Thanksgiving, I found none....more >>

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Bad decison

Mouth dropping, shocked, confused, and anger are just a few words to describe the emotions in the room upon the announcement of Mike Clark as deputy supervisor at the Nov. 15 Independence Township Board meeting....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Resident upset by appointment

Dear Editor, I found the appointment of Mike Clark as deputy supervisor by our ailing and absent supervisor, Dave Wagner, a near criminal act. If Dave wanted to find a way to ensure constant turmoil and frustration in our township government, he couldn't have done a better job....more >>

My Way

My Way

Shop local unless the schools can get something out of it, then shop on-line

My publisher, Jim Sherman, Jr., found something on the Oxford Community Schools website that bothered him. Frankly, it bothered me, too. There was a section encouraging folks to shop on-line at Amazon....more >>
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Born October 4th
1919: Rene Marques, Puerto Rican playwright and short story writer.
1923: Charlton Heston, American film actor.
1928: Alvin Toffler, writer and futurist.
1941: Anne Rice, novelist.
1946: Susan Sarandon, American film actress.
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in history
1777: At Germantown, Pa., British General Sir William Howe repels George Washington's last attempt to retake Philadelphia, compelling Washington to spend the winter at Valley Forge. Posing as a gunsmith, British Sergeant John Howe served as General Gage's eyes in a restive Massachusetts colony.
1795: General Napoleon Bonaparte leads the rout of counterrevolutionaries in the streets of Paris, beginning his rise to power. Napoleon takes charge.
1861: The Union ship USS South Carolina captures two Confederate blockade runners outside of New Orleans, La. Father John B. Tabb, an unreconstructed Rebel to the end, served the Confederacy aboard blockade runners.
1874: Kiowa leader Satanta, known as the Orator of the Plains, surrenders in Darlington, Texas. He is later sent to the state penitentiary, where he commits suicide October 11, 1878. The life of Satanta.
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.