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The real lesson

It was fun photographing the second-graders from Daniel Axford Elementary as they toured local government facilities last week (see Page 4). They were there to learn what government does....more >>

Practice what you preach

Well the holiday season here again and cheer is in the air, lights are on the trees and ice is on the roads. Or at least it will be if there isn't a repeat of last year's tame winter....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Grab a bottle and dig in to the fruit cake . . . it's Christmastime

On a recent blustery day I stumbled into Lakes community Credit Union in Lake Orion. And, there up on the counter separating me from the teller chick, was a familiar white box. A box with the promise, "Baked in the deep south according to a famous old southern recipe....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Almanac! One month to go; let it snow

Journey back with me to my 1-room country school days, carrying my sandwich lunches in a pail, up hill both ways in deep snow, etc. The sandwich part came to me this week when I was overcome with a need for a peanut butter and bread and butter pickle sandwich....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Choices to consider

Clarkston Junior High parents had a decision to make last weekend, whether to send their kids to school on Monday despite a bomb threat scrawled on a bathroom stall. They knew the threat was almost certainly fake, a prank and/or a call for help....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader finds close vote calls for new library millage drive

Dear Editor, I have to disagree with the Powells on their assessment of the outcome of a vote ("Voters set up for another tax hike for library," Nov. 28). The diplomatic process allows for a reexamination why a ballot measure failed or succeeded following an election....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Candidate vows to keep campaigning for seat

Dear Editor, For many, the political bombardment from campaigning candidates is finally over and would have been a welcome reprieve had it come sooner than Nov. 6. Nobody really knows just hard it is to run for office unless they have personally run a political campaign themselves....more >>


Letter to the Editor

Thank you for supporting local businesses this holiday

Dear Editor, We extend warm holiday wishes and heartfelt thank yous to this wonderful community. The support you showed us on Small Business Saturday was just amazing. Before the doors officially opened and long after they closed, local residents kept our stores over-flowing with customers! It was refreshing to see all your faces and comforting to know you were shopping in town instead of "the mall....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for community support for field house

Dear Editor, This is an amazing and generous community that we live in! The Field House Auction on Oct. 13 was a great success due to all of you who contributed, volunteered and donated to our event....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Life is hard so you can grow

God's ultimate goal for your life on Earth is not comfort but character. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ. Think about the Christmas Story. Jesus was born when Rome ruled the world....more >>
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Born October 14th
1888: Katherine Mansfield, short story writer.
1890: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President (1953-1961).
1894: e.e. cummings, American poet.
1896: Lilian Gish, Film actress, The First Lady of the Silent Screen.
1905: Eugene Fodor, Hungarian-born travel writer.
October 14th
in history
1806: Napoleon Bonaparte crushes the Prussian army at Jena, Germany. Napoleon takes charge.
1832: Blackfeet Indians attack American Fur Company trappers near Montana's Jefferson River, killing one.
1884: Transparent paper-strip photographic film is patented by George Eastman.
1912: Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt is shot and wounded in assassination attempt in Milwaukee. He was saved by the papers in his breast pocket and, though wounded, insisted on finishing his speech.
1917: Mata Hari, a Paris dancer, is executed by the French after being convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans. Amy Elizabeth Thorpe, World War II Version of the Legendary Mata Hari