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Lake Orion on district honor roll

LOCS is one of 539 of the schools districts across 44 of the 50 states in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams....more >>

Being thankful for football

As Thanksgiving approaches, we can all recall things to be thankful for. This year, one of the things I am grateful for is my accidental football fandom, because it allowed me to appreciate the truly wonderful thing that is the Lake Orion football program....more >>

Thespians thank playwright, more

Lake Orion Thespians want to thank the community. The Lake Orion Thespian Troupe 2898 put on a successful play of On My Boyfriends' Bicycles this past weekend, and we realize that this would not have been possible without community support....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Humility, gratitude all part of Thanksgiving

I was asked to re-run (and I quote), "That column you wrote for Thanksgiving a few years ago." I am not sure what column the reader referred to (I've penned a lot of Thanksgiving columns in 25-plus years), but I think it might be this one....more >>

Jim's Jottings

A two-part Jottings -- Hope you read both

I've often quoted my friend Dick Milliman's Almanac column. Besides writing the Almanac for his own newspapers, he allows me to quote him. We've been friends for several decades. He's lived much of his life in the Lansing area, was on Gov....more >>

Wild Ideas A column by Mary Keck

Seasons greetings

I've noticed the fallen leaves have taken on a sparkling fringe of frost, but it isn't just along the ground where winter's décor has started to appear. Against the backdrop of evergreens, blue jays and red cardinals perch like ornaments come alive just for the season....more >>

Letters of Thanks . . .

...for first responders Dear Editor, Special thanks to our own Independence Township Fire Department members (Ron Bray, Tom McDonald) , Oakland County Sheriff Deputy (McCann) STAR EMS paramedics (Long and Rachal); as well as Clarkston Urgent Care Staff (Sharon Larson, John Chenet, and Jeannie Ahlers) for their superb performance treating a critically ill child at our Urgent Care Center....more >>

Shooting Stars

Banking on the future

Everest Academy students Amanda Beer, Annelise James, Jane Nedwick, and Sophie Quirk are learning about money and banking by working with real money and a real bank. The fifth graders are working with Clarkston State Bank on the Money Making Mountaineer Bank....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Give thanks for blessings in everyday life

A few days ago I bundled my family up and drove to the Haehnle Sanctuary, west of Ann Arbor, to observe the Sandhill Cranes who are gathering in large numbers in preparation for their migration south for the winter....more >>
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1770: William Clark, American explorer, led the Corps of Discovery with Meriwether Lewis.
1779: Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.
1818: Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in the U.S.
1819: Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick
1942: Jerry Garcia, lead singer of the Grateful Dead.
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in history
0: The Aghlabid rulers of Ifriqiyah (modern day Tunisia) capture Taormina, Sicily.
1096: The crusaders under Peter the Hermit reach Constantinople.
1464: Piero de Medici succeeds his father, Cosimo, as ruler of Florence.
1664: The Turkish army is defeated by French and German troops at St. Gotthard, Hungary.
1689: James II's 15-week siege of Londonderry, Ireland, ends in failure.It was a shaken and demoralized English column that returned to its northern Irish base at Newry on the evening of May 28, 1595.