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Editor's column - Party plans

They say planning a fun high school graduation party is not easy. Doing so for 400 or more tempermental teenagers locked in a building for more than six hours during this year's Senior All Night Party seems like mission impossible....more >>

Second opinion - Evaporating eatery etiquette

Call me a petty person but it is the small things in life that annoy me the most. People talking on their mobile phones during a movie, littering, driving under the speed limit and, the subject for the day, having a lack restaurant etiquette....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Bonded blues

So Clarkston voters will decide whether the school district can take out a new $20 million loan. I'm sure district officials have wonderful uses in mind for the money. I assume, then, that the "perfect storm" affecting school finances is finally over....more >>

Letter to the editor - Primary concerns

Dear Editor, In reference to The Lake Orion Review Brief, "Absentee voters," on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, Page 3: 1. Who pays for closed primary elections?  2. Why are two separate ballots  being printed?  3....more >>

Opinions

Who needs a community library? We all do!

(In response to: 'Necessity of a library?' The Citizen, Dec. 10, page 6) Dear Editor, Over the holiday period, I spent much of my time advocating for libraries. I was stunned to read a letter-to-the-editor in The Citizen that essentially claimed that there is no longer any need for public libraries, since everything anyone needs is available on the Internet or through eBooks....more >>

Opinions

"The speed limit is 55!!"

Dear Editor, (In response to 'Area gravel road speed limits debated,' The Citizen, Jan. 7, page 1) I was opposed to the then-Gov. Granholm pressuring Oakland County to remove its speed limit signs in 2006....more >>

Opinions

Ortonville Community Emergency Fund

Dear Editor, The kindness and generosity of the Ortonville community made Christmas brighter this year for many local people! Our community's volunteer efforts and financial contributions to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund (O....more >>

Opinions

Thanks to all

Dear Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Ortonville for allowing me to be part of this great community. The warmth and generosity this community exhibits has truly touched my life....more >>

Opinions

Thanks for 23 years

Dear Editor, Thank you to the wonderful friends and family that made my retirement party so delicious, beautiful, and special. I appreciate all the cards, gifts, and well wishes for my future....more >>

Don't Rush Me

You say potato and I say spud -- a trip down memory lane

While Don is away . . .

While Don sits on his post posterior pondering life, we have picked a "Best of Column" from his archives. Feel free to call him lazy and suggest further column ideas by e-mailing, Don@ShermanPublications....more >>

Jim's Jottings

2012, Leap Year, time to check the Almanac

It's the 184th edition of the Old Fanner's Almanac, which is now Blum's Farmer's and Planter's Almanac. It reads, "Surprise!" 2012 is a presidential election year. These elections are always held on the Tuesday between November 2 and November 8....more >>

Opinions

2011 year-end accomplishments—Groveland Township

Dear Editor, As the New Year 2012 begins, the Groveland Township staff thought you might like to know what your township board, fire department and staff have done in 2011 and plans for 2012....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader appreciates township victory

Dear Editor, Thanks for the informative article: "Township triumphs in court," Dec. 28 edition. At a time when some people are criticizing everyone on the Township Board just for being elected, it is refreshing to read that the April, 2010 efforts of Larry Rosso, David Lohmeier, Neil Wallace and (retired Clerk) Shelagh VanderVeen recently resulted in our township saving at least $100,000....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for holiday support of local seniors

Dear Editor, During the holiday season the following businesses prepared and donated a special meal for our homebound seniors who may not otherwise have had a home cooked meal on the holiday....more >>

Guest viewpoint: Maria Rotondo-Mark

Ordinary or extra-ordinary?

Who are the Ordinary People and who are the Extra-Ordinary People?...more >>

Spiritual matters

A calender and year for the soul

2012 is here and we usher in a new year, but did you know that when it comes to spiritual matters, for many, the year began weeks ago? As we change calendars and begin a New Year I thought it might be helpful to explain a little bit about a different type of calendar and year, one for the soul....more >>
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1834: Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire.
1864: Union General Ulysses S. Grant gives general Philip H. Sheridan the mission of clearing the Shenandoah Valley of Confederate forces.After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Virginia, suddenly collapsed.
1872: The first long-distance gas pipeline in the U.S. is completed. Designed for natural gas, the two-inch pipe ran five miles from Newton Wells to Titusville, Pennsylvania.
1873: San Francisco's first cable cars begin running, operated by Hallidie's Clay Street Hill Railroad Company.
1880: Sir Frederick Roberts frees the British Afghanistan garrison of Kandahar from Afghan rebels.