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Easter thoughts

I know when most of you read these words Easter will be over, but I figured I would share some thoughts on the subject matter anyways. While I was driving to work on Good Friday morning, I decided it being Easter I would listen to my audio Bible CD's concerning Jesus' death, burial and ressurection....more >>

Guest Column: Bill Kalmar

Why we enjoy living in Lake Orion

The signs at the entrances to Lake Orion say it all: "Where Living Is A Vacation". Anyone who lives in this idyllic community knows firsthand that this friendly town is a quiet respite from the noise and confusion and unrest prevalent in a lot of other cities and communities....more >>


The community has been amazing

Dear Editor, We would like to thank the following individuals, bands, clubs and businesses for all their help in raising funds for Madison Chind in her fight against cancer: Lisa Kratt, Brian and Jill Sorenson, Steve Bowling, Tammy Bunnell, Brad Patton, Bullfrogs, Justice Band, Triple Threat, Connie Lundy, Bea Ellis, The Citizen, the Ortonville Lions Club, the motorcycle clubs and all of our family and friends....more >>


You know who you are

Dear Editor, This letter is for the girls who stole my lawn ornaments (and not just mine, you wrecked a lot of yards). And for what? You can't talk about it-except among yourselves....more >>

Don't Rush Me

From the archives

while Don is out sick.

I hate getting sick and staying out. Blach! But it happens to the best of us. So, here is something from the hallowed halls of Don'tRushMeDom. Hope to see you next week. * * * I save up reader e-mail and once in a while let you, the reader, write my column for me....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Politics are causing our dreams to fade

Court rulings, our governments actions and inactions and judicial interpretation are giving further cause to wonder if out grandchildrens' futures are at stake. Oh, sure, our predecessors had the same thoughts going through depressions, world wars and plague threats....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

An Easter cat-astrophe

An Easter lesson for me this year cat claws are sharp! I didn't have the pleasure of learning this lesson myself. That went to my cat Henry at the claws of fellow cat, Crawford. I was babysitting Crawford while my ex was on vacation....more >>

Letter to the editor

Reader sees lofty goals for bond

Dear Editor, Imagine you're a surfer, and you spot a hungry 12-foot tiger shark lurking below your board. Where would you prefer to be, frantically paddling behind the wave or riding the crest of the wave swiftly toward shore? In the context of "livelihood", the surfer's plight is analogous to having, or lacking, internationally marketable work skills....more >>

Letter to the editor

Bond defeat just start for reader

Dear Editor, Citizens of Independence Township, please make our voices heard on May 8, when it is time to have another stealth election to fleece our wallets. It's not stealth like the last time Oakland Intermediate Schools fleeced us but the School Board is by-passing the spirit of the new state law requiring school elections be held with other County, State and Federal elections....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Shining a ray of light on difficult times

How difficult life can be! Think of all the things put on our plate on a regular basis. First, there is the full schedule, then having to work overtime to complicate matters even more....more >>
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Born October 6th
1895: Caroline Gordon, writer (The Strange Children).
1906: Janet Gaynor, film actress.
1908: Carol Lombard, American comediennne and actress.
1908: Sammy Price, jazz pianist.
1914: Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer.
October 6th
in history
1927: The first talkie, The Jazz Singer, opens with popular entertainer Al Jolson singing and dancing in black-face. By 1930, silent movies were a thing of the past.
1941: German troops renew their offensive against Moscow. As their escorts turned away, the ships of the doomed Allied convoy PQ-17 followed orders and began to disperse in the Arctic waters.
1965: Patricia Harris takes post as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first African American U.S. ambassador.
1966: Hanoi insists the United States must end its bombings before peace talks can begin. Republic Aircraft's F-105 Thunderchief, better known as the 'Thud,' was the Air Force's warhorse in Vietnam.
1969: Special Forces Captain John McCarthy is released from Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary, pending consideration of his appeal to murder charges.