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The quest for community

One of the reasons I've stayed here for nearly 14 years is the real sense of community. To me, the essence of community is people helping people whether it's through a kind word, a caring act or a hand extended in friendship....more >>


Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Road commission warns of rough roads ahead

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) warns motorists that some gravel roads in the county have already become rough and others are likely to become more difficult to navigate in the coming days, as temperatures continue to rise during the day, but dip below freezing on some nights....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Smackin' frackin' sequestration

"Actually, these sequestration cuts are merely cuts in increased government spending, not real budget cuts ... "

I know there's nary a soul in the good ol' U S of A who's clicking their heels and dancing a jig over our Federal government's inability to be open, honest, frugal or any other trait Americans profess to process....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Welcome spring!

Ignore whatever white stuff may linger outside. The sun is finished with its trip south and is finally heading back this way. Today is the first day of spring. I keep my house cold in an effort to save a bit on utilities, so I'm looking forward to some warmth in the place....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader disagrees with drilling warnings

Dear Editor, In response to "Commissioner sees water risk in oil, gas drills," March 6, I find it incredible Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, a public servant, would say these things in the newspaper without having proof to back any of the items up....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Holy Week chance to realize truth

They came back with the ass, the colt that he had asked for. They placed their coats on the animal's back for him to sit on. Not only did this make his ride more comfortable, they were tokens of honor toward a man who was a great teacher, a rabbi, their leader, a prophet, the Messiah or Christos: the anointed one who would lead them into the new kingdom, the King of the Jews....more >>
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Born October 14th
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.
1916: C. Everett Koop, U.S. Surgeon General.
1926: Son Thomas, blues guitarist and singer.
October 14th
in history
1933: The Geneva disarmament conference breaks up as Germany proclaims withdrawal from the disarmament initiative, as well as from the League of Nations, effective October 23. This begins German policy of independent action in foreign affairs. Joseph Avenol, secretary-general of the League of Nations, sold out the organization he had sworn to uphold.
1944: German Field Marshal Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler's staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds. Secret Ear for the Desert Fox.
1947: Test pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier aboard a Bell X-1 rocket plane.
1950: Chinese Communist Forces begin to infiltrate the North Korean Army. During the Korean War, a brief incident near Vladivostok pitted Grumman F9F-5s against MiG-15s.
1964: Rev. Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating a policy of non-violence.