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Editor's column - Holiday memories

As hectic as the weeks leading up to Christmas can be, it is still my favorite time of the year. Once up, I love lighting up the yard with Christmas lights. Decorating our tree with plenty of keepsake ornaments has become a family tradition....more >>

Editor's column - Holiday memories

As hectic as the weeks leading up to Christmas can be, it is still my favorite time of the year. Once up, I love lighting up the yard with Christmas lights. Decorating our tree with plenty of keepsake ornaments has become a family tradition....more >>

Second opinion - December madness

By Gabriel Ouzounian The holiday season is here and good cheer is seemingly everywhere. Families are spending time together, enjoying good food, shopping for gifts and reflecting on the things that matter most – the people they care for and love....more >>

Letter to the editor - DIA says thanks

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Detroit Institute of Arts, I would like to thank the leaders of Lake Orion for taking part in our Inside|Out program, which placed reproductions of some of the museum's most popular works in communities throughout Southeast Michigan....more >>

Letter to the editor - Money influences

Dear Editor, I fear that campaign contributions have influenced the House and Senate in their votes to lift the cap on charter schools.  Follow the money.  Governor Snyder's fellow Republicans won't even allow a vote on the New International Trade Crossing, which won't cost taxpayers a dime and is supported by Snyder, all former Michigan governors, key Michigan job creators and corporate CEOs and the Canadian government—yet they say yes to for-profit educational management companies, which will siphon taxpayer dollars to out-of-state interests and weaken Michigan's public school system....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Christmas Carol comes a'calling

Or how an American makes a holiday apology

There are times when this job really, and I mean really pays off. There are times, like last Wednesday (December 14), when it was gray and raining and time to shop was running low; when the bills needed paying and spirits needed to grow....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 >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Christmas thoughts

After all these years, I still love the Peanuts holiday specials. Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, Linus explaining the real reason for the season, the Christmas party dancing. Charlie Brown's impromptu Thanksgiving feast....more >>

Letter to the Editor

An explanation for township board

Dear Editor, The analysis of the supposed costs to the township of doing the supervisor's job misses the mark by asking the wrong question ("$135,000 to fill in for supervisor," Dec....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for supporting local Stuff-a-Bus

Dear Editor, The Clarkston Community Schools bus drivers' eighth annual Stuff-a-Bus for Lighthouse North was a huge success! We received almost $500 in money and gift card donations and a very full bus stuffed with food, toys and clothing! Thank you to: the community for all of your generosity, Blain Tweed and his Kroger staff at Sashabaw and Maybee, Dr....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Sad to see Christmas spirit lacking for some

Dear Editor, On our way to church recently, I casually asked my 15 year old nephew how work went. His reply shocked and saddened me. He was working outside selling Christmas trees at the gas station on M-15 just north of town....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Many joyous possibilities this Christmas

"And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear....more >>

Parents put cherry on top of education sundae

I like my ice cream sundaes simple – just vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. My sons go for whipped cream, sprinkles, gummy bears, crumbled cookies and maraschino cherries. They can't imagine a sundae that isn't loaded with all the gooey extras....more >>
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Born November 26th
1894: Norbert Weiner, American mathematician, considered the father of automation.
1912: Eric Sevareid, American broadcast journalist for CBS News.
1920: Cyril Cusack, Irish actor.
1922: Charles M. Shultz, American cartoonist who created Peanuts starring Charlie Brown.
1924: George Segal, sculptor.
November 26th
in history
1789: George Washington proclaims this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution. This date was later used to set the date for Thanksgiving.
1812: Napoleon Bonaparte's army begins crossing the Beresina River over two hastily constructed bridges. Napoleon's costly retreat from Moscow.
1825: The Kappa Alpha Society, the second American college Greek-letter fraternity, is founded.
1863: The first National Thanksgiving is celebrated.
1901: The Hope diamond is brought to New York.