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Keiser's Role: Kids Rock

You've heard it said "Kids tell it how it is." Well, it's true. Whether it was for 'Stand 4 Change' against bullying (story next week), St. Joseph School's Destination Imagination (page 3), or the students at Pine Tree Elementary telling me why their mom is great for Happy Mother's day, this week I got an opportunity to interview a lot of school kids....more >>

Guest Column: Reflections on Prom night

By Kate Warner After months of hunting for the perfect dress, searching for the courage to ask the right girl, and agonizing over shoes, hair styles or whether or not you date will make you wear hot pink, Prom has once more come to Lake Orion High School....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Custodial comments

I would like to address the person(s) who feel they need to cut the custodial staff from the Lake Orion schools and replace them with cheaper rent-a-custodian. I am speaking from experience....more >>

Don't Rush Me

To all the cars I've loved before...

Vegas, Cordobas, Jeeps, oh my

So, it was this past Friday, I found myself tooling around town, from Clarkston to Oxford, downtown Orion, back to Clarkston and up to Ortonville and finally Goodrich, when I noticed something....more >>


Dear Editor, It's a simple gift to our community: a bunch of teen-agers who devote one day a year to Rockin' and Rakin'. They go to the homes of a number of senior citizens and do outdoor chores that would be hard for senior citizens to do themselves....more >>


Some of the facts of Goodrich detachment

(In response to, "Detach Goodrich? Commission to decide if township, village will vote," The Citizen, May 5 page 1.) Dear Editor: A great deal of misinformation has been presented by village councilmen as fact when indeed it is just not true....more >>


How to destroy a village and lives

Dear Editor, While reading last week's article "Detach Goodrich? commission to decide if township; village will vote" I had to check if I was in the entertainment section of the paper or a book review of fiction....more >>

Don't Rush Me

My masculinity must'f deminished

Voles and Squirrels mess with my mojo

So there I was in my backyard, in my domain. Don Rush, Master of His Domain and fashion maven: sky blue, white and tan bowling shirt, khaki shorts and faded forest green rubber boots up to my knees....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Fishin' instead of just a 'wishin'

Trout season in Michigan opened Saturday, April 28 in the UP, and I was there. In my 50 years of opening trout seasons, only one other matched this one. All four of us caught our limits....more >>


Just what we need in Goodrich

(In response to: "Is this really what Goodrich needs?", The Citizen, April 21, Page 6) Dear Editor: In response to the letter "Is this really what Goodrich needs?", lamenting the opening of the new Dollar General, drug store and Bee Hive Consignment Shop/Flea Market in downtown Goodrich, the answer is a resounding "Yes!"....more >>


Supporting students and teachers need to be our focal points

(In response to, "District cops SOC for high school, 'The Citizen', April 28, page 6). This article contained a lot of factual information. However, it did not give enough information....more >>


Lay-offs hurt students

(In response to, "If this happens, we lose everything," The Citizen, April 14, page 4) Dear Editor, I am tired of year after year hearing about how the Brandon School system is having to restructure because of its failure to effectively budget....more >>

Don't Rush Me

What happens when you ain't moved to . . .

Killer bees, Tornado Alley and lots more doom and gloom

Often times when I am out and about a reader will come up to me and ask, "Week in and week out where do you get ideas to write about?" I have answered that question a lot, so I have been able to hone my answer down to something that at least sounds original each time I say it....more >>

Wendi's Word

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Pinning away

Reasons I could never have a cell phone with apps. The first reason is because I would definitely get Pandora - internet radio. Since someone said last week they didn't know what it was here is the cliff note version....more >>

Letter to the Editor

An update on 'A Look Back' item

Dear Editor, In "A Look Back," April 11, you mentioned our daughter, Liisa Vaara celebrating her first birthday with friends and family. Well, 50 years later the Vaaras, now a family of 17, celebrated her 51st birthday at her home in Royal Oak....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader support for Wallace candidacy

Dear Editor, Neil Wallace has recently announced his intention to become Independence Township supervisor and we are extremely pleased. Neil is, in our opinion, that rare combination of experience, talent, vision and character ideally suited to fill that position....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Democrat candidate seeks spot on ballot

Dear Editor, The 1958 hit song title "Try the Impossible" by Lee Andrews and the Hearts perfectly describes what I am trying to do in Independence Township. I have never worn a Michigan State jersey to the Big House or a Michigan Jersey to the Breslin Center....more >>

God's blessings for the graduating class of 2012

Graduation time will soon be upon us and for graduates everywhere it is an exciting season of celebration. It's a time to experience the satisfaction of accomplishment and to anticipate the future....more >>
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Born October 5th
1882: Robert Goddard, American rocket scientist, held more than 200 rocketry patents.
1902: Ray Croc, founder of the McDonald's hamburger franchise in 1955.
1911: Flann O'Brien, Irish novelist and playwright (The Hard Life, The Third Policeman).
1936: Václav Havel, Czech dissident dramatist who became the first freely elected president of Czechoslovakia in 55 years.
1959: Maya Lin, American architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
October 5th
in history
1882: Outlaw Frank James surrenders in Missouri six months after brother Jesse's assassination.
1915: Germany issues an apology and promises for payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania. The fateful voyage of the Lusitania.
1931: Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon complete the first heavier than air nonstop flight over the Pacific. Their flight, begun October 3, lasted 41 hours, 31 minutes and covered 5,000 miles. They piloted their Bellanca CH-200 monoplane from Samushiro, 300 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, to Wenatchee, Washington.
1965: U.S. forces in Saigon receive permission to use tear gas. More than two decades after it ended, the Vietnam War still stirs controversy in the media and on Capitol Hill.
1966: A sodium cooling system malfunction causes a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration breeder reactor near Detroit. Radiation is contained.