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Editor's column - Football fantasies

As a full-blooded, adult American male, why am I fantasizing about a quarterback throwing for four touchdowns or a running back rushing for 100-plus yards? Because it is playoff time in my fantasy football league....more >>

Reiki opens eyes

Dear Editor, I am writing to thank you for Don Rush's recent column about Reiki (Reiki Masters And Indian Teachers, 12-7-11). Most people have never heard of Reiki (pronounced ray-key) and many that have do not understand the concept....more >>

Guest column - A vision for downtown

By Ken Van Portfliet Lake Orion Village Council President I love this community. It has something to do with the length of time I've lived here but by far it more has to do with the people....more >>
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Jim's Jottings

Happy New Year From The Grandkids

When we first started this Jim's Jottings holiday tradition, the two grandchildren Dan and Karen Offer (Karen is holding the pooch named Relish and Big Dan is next to her) were small enough to fit on my knees. It was 1988. Dan was 3 years old and Karen was four months old....more >>


Toy store success

Dear Editor, The purpose of this letter is to thank the citizens of our community for their generous support to the Community Christmas Toy Store. The support of individuals, civic organizations, the Brandon Community Schools and local businesses has been fantastic....more >>


Library needed here

(In response to:'Necessity of a library,' The Citizen, Dec. 10, page 6) Dear Editor, In answer to "Who needs our library?" I do. And so do all the residents of Brandon Township and beyond....more >>


Old News Boys deliver in Goodrich

Dear Editor, On Dec. 9, the Old Newsboys of Flint, an organization that brightens the holidays for children across Genesee County, conducted their 87th annual Christmas newspaper fundraiser....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Would the Lone Ranger eat Silver?

Lifting the ban on eating horse meat is, well, oooky

Gee. Horse meat. Really? So it was with great restraint that I listened to the news that Congress was getting ready to lift the ban on horse meat for human consumption. I used restrain from turning the news off as I didn't want to think about eating my friend, Flicka....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Early mythical Santas were tall and thin

So, I'm thinking: What can I write for this Christmas season that I haven't covered before? And, why is Santa fat? Thin people can be jolly. If you were looking for a Santa history you'd probably go on the internet....more >>


Christmas in the Village

Dear Editor, More than one thousand people attended Christmas in the Village this past Saturday, starting with the first ever Jingle Bell run, where close to 50 people raced through town....more >>


Thanks for the cookies

Dear Editor, On Monday, December 5, Girl Scout Troop # 13401 was in Goodrich spreading Holiday cheer. We here at Village Dental Center would like to say Thank- You for the plate of cookies delivered with a smile! Thank you, Village Dental Center Dr....more >>


Community Christmas Store

Dear Editor, We would like to thank the entire congregation of Ortonville United Methodist Church for hosting a fantastic event - Santa, Stories, and Sundaes last Sunday. In particular, the organizational genius of Linda Weathers stands out....more >>


Library important part of daily life

Dear Editor, The Friends of Brandon Twp Library held our first two-day book sale in October. Thanks to you, members of the community, our sale was far more successful than we had expected....more >>


Occupiers incompetent

(In response to: 'Who is Occupy Wall Street,' The Citizen, Nov. 26, page 6) Dear Editor, After much contemplation, I decided against writing an editorial on the Chevy Volt and instead address the criticisms of my previous article concerning Occupy Wall Street....more >>


Necessity of a library?

(In response to: 'Brandon Township Library gears up for millage campaign', The Citizen, Dec. 3, page 1) Dear Editor, I just read the article about the Brandon Township Library gearing up for a millage campaign, and it started me thinking....more >>

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

'Married Christmas'

It's hard to believe only one week and four days until Christmas. I am super excited because this is my first Christmas as a married man. As in "typical husband fashion" I still have not finished all my Christmas shopping for my wife....more >>

Letter to the editor

Some ideas to resolve blight issues

Dear Editor, It seems there are a lot of folks in our community that are frustrated with the manner in which our local leaders are proceeding and the lack of progress. I'm wondering if we couldn't organize a community meeting where we can discuss ways to address the blighted building issue? Most of us are hopefully working and have our own responsibilities, so working full time on these issues would be biting off more than we can chew....more >>

Letter to the editor

Seek public input this time on 3 E. Church

Dear Editor, Re: "City's leaving 3 E. Church," Dec. 7 edition, it is great that the city is at least considering this since 3 E. Church was originally a temporary solution to overcrowding at the Village Hall....more >>

Letter to the editor

Reader responds to 'clean sweep' viewpoints

Dear Editor, The recent guest viewpoint "Reader calls for clean slate on township board," Nov. 30, and letter to the editor ("Another call for clean township sweep," Dec. 7) attacked every single member of the current Independence Township Board....more >>


Spiritual matters

Original Christmas was as complicated as real life

Some things should be clean. I think restaurants and hospitals should be clean. The tools used by my dentist should be clean. There are lots of things that should be clean in this world....more >>

My Way

My Way

Good news all around

First off, I'd like to commend Oxford Community Schools for doing the right thing by telling the cable commission that it no longer wished to have two voting representatives on the board, given the district contributes nothing to it financially or otherwise (see Page 4)....more >>
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Born September 15th
1890: Claude McKay, poet and novelist, part of the Harlem Renaissance.
1894: Jean Renoir, French film director (Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game).
1901: Sir Howard Bailey, British engineer who gave his name to a prefabricated bridge used extensively during World War II.
1926: Bobby Short, singer and pianist.
1945: Jesse Norman, soprano.
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in history
1858: The Butterfield Overland Mail Company begins delivering mail from St. Louis to San Francisco. The company's motto is: Remember, boys, nothing on God's earth must stop the United States mail!Despite numerous hardships, the first flying postmen usually made their appointed rounds.
1862: Confederates capture Harpers Ferry, securing the rear of Robert E. Lee's forces in Maryland.A wounded rebel tells his parents about his war experience near Harpers Ferry.
1891: The Dalton gang holds up a train and takes $2,500 at Wagoner, Oklahoma.
1914: President Woodrow Wilson orders the Punitive Expedition out of Mexico. The Expedition, headed by General John Pershing, had been searching for Pancho Villa, a Mexican revolutionary.
1916: Armored tanks are introduced by the British during the Battle of the Somme.