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Editor's column - Proud parents

During the big game Sunday night, the cameras cut to a picture of one of the player's fathers in the stands. The announcer said he had never watched his son play football. It was not for a lack of interest, but because his dad is blind, having lost his eyesight just a few days after his son was born 23 years ago....more >>

Guest column - 2011 Treasurer's Annual Report

Summary prepared by Alice Young, Orion Township Treasurer

This annual report to the Board and the community reflects the continuing dismal economic trends that have worsened since 2008. Economic conditions have not improved, and there continues to be declines in property taxes and interest earnings....more >>

Opinions

Dear Editor, The Ortonville Lions Club would like to express our deepest appreciation for the generosity that we have been shown by our local community, including our local merchants, who have graciously supported us through these difficult financial times....more >>

Opinions

Kristi Martin

Dear Editor, We, the family of Kristi Martin, wish to offer our heartfelt thanks to the community for its outpouring of love and support during Kristi's illness, and upon her passing....more >>

Don't Rush Me

I think being cheap is paying off. Maybe.

But, is being cheap a good thing for media?

Once in a while being the cheapest dad in town (and the meanest) has benefits. Aside from not spoiling the lads Shamus and Sean with tons of electronic crap they'll forget as soon as the newest and coolest electronic crap hits the streets, it sometimes saves us from broadcast media feeding frenzies....more >>

My Way

My Way

A refreshing experience

When I heard that one of the owners of Great Lakes Elite (GLE) Gymnastics & Cheer was on the phone, holding for me on Line #1, I'll be the first to admit I was not looking forward to the conversation awaiting me....more >>

Don't Rush Me

It's all about business this week

Lest I forget (again, for the 5th time in six weeks), I needed to mention a good deed. Michael White works in our press room in Oxford. On the payday before Christmas he cashed his check at the Oxford Branch of Oxford Bank....more >>

Jim's Jottings

I missed being son Jim's age

(Here's a Re-run of this Jim's Jottings which first appeared in print on June 14, 1973.) I sometimes feel like I was cheated out of being 18-and 19-years-old. This feeling is especially prevalent now that our son is nearing 19....more >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Back on track

I admit, I jumped off the wagon last summer. Not only did I jump off the "eating healthy" wagon, I watched it drive away and waved to it. My phrases "I don't want..." slowly turned into "I can't have....more >>

Letter to the editor

Reader wants health emphasis in smoke vote

Dear Editor, The Independence Township Board of Trustees is updating the township's open burning ordinance. As a longtime township resident, I'm very concerned about the health impact of open burning in our community....more >>

Letter to the editor

A call for consequences in township actions

Dear Editor, In regards to the appointment of Michael Clark as deputy supervisor and hiring of Bart Clark as superintendent ("Competing Clarks," Nov. 23 edition). Since the appointment of Michael Clark was made as an emergency measure due to the prolonged illness of David Wagner, the creation, and subsequent stopgap hiring of Bart Clark was not an emergency....more >>

Spirtial matters

Jesus gives sinners a new face

I was watching the episode "The Boy in the Bush" from the first season "Bones". A six year old boy is murdered. As the team tries to find out who committed this murder, Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) is questioning her ability to continue working at the Jeffersonian....more >>
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Born September 19th
1904: Bergen Evans, educator and author who wrote Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage.
1911: William Golding, novelist best known for Lord of the Flies.
1915: Elizabeth Stern, Canadian pathologist who first published a case report linking a specific virus to a specific cancer.
September 19th
in history
1544: Francis, the king of France, and Charles V of Austria sign a peace treaty in Crespy, France, ending a 20-year war.
1692: Giles Corey is pressed to death for standing mute and refusing to answer charges of witchcraft brought against him. He is the only person in America to have suffered this punishment.
1777: American forces under Gen. Horatio Gates meet British troops led by Gen. John Burgoyne at Saratoga Springs, NY.
1783: The first hot-air balloon is sent aloft in Versailles, France with animal passengers including a sheep, rooster and a duck.
1788: Charles de Barentin becomes lord chancellor of France.