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Anybody got a can of village-begone?

I experience a lot of different feelings as I'm forced to sit through Oxford Village Council meetings twice a month sometimes it's more often if there's a particular topic they're trying to talk to death....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Lone Ranger parade a success thanks to these fine folks

The Lone Ranger parade on Saturday, August 3 was quite an amazing day for our community. Coming on the heels of our success with the sneak preview of the Disney Lone Ranger movie July 2, it showed what can be done when the right people come together for the right reasons....more >>

Letter to Editor: Carrots, donkeys and gravel pits

The way a donkey cart is supposed to work is the driver holds a long rod containing a carrot on a string, just out of the donkey's reach. The donkey (the male donkey is properly called a jackass) sees the carrot and starts walking toward the carrot....more >>

From Lansing:a column by State Rep. Brad Jacobsen

Ensuring economic opportunity for Michigan's taxpayers

Michigan House Republicans have been working hard to ensure that economic opportunity is a reality for every hard-working taxpayer in Michigan. We are committed to reducing the tax burden for the citizens of our great state....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 >>

Don't Rush Me

Ignorant and dangerous Big Mac

aka: your hero, Don Rush

Because an interview fell through before deadline, I have gone to Plan B for this week's column. I shagged this "gem" from 10 years ago. Ah. Memories. I hope you enjoy. -- Don * * * There's an old, cliched saying that goes something like, "You can't please them all....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Training goes well

My training for the Back Roads Half Marathon continues. I'm running twice a week, up to four miles each. This includes Wednesday runs in Clarkston after work, starting at the office at 5 S....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thank you to Claire and her friends for help

Dear Editor, I just learned of this wonderful fundraiser that Claire Kirchner and her friends held for Lighthouse Clarkston last weekend ("Rock group helps Lighthouse," Aug. 7). What a unique idea and what a huge success it was! And kudos to the Clarkston community for supporting these young people in their quest to help struggling families in our community....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Revisit planning, set priorities for township

Dear Editor, We moved to Independence over 30 years ago and thought we were coming to a quite and serene area with lots of natural features and friendly folks. It now appears that our township is working hard to bring growth and new businesses into our community and expand the tax base ("Sashabaw Road improvements lead to....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader shares experiences with 'wildlife' of Clarkston

Dear Editor, As a transplanted New Yorker it's taken me nearly 15 years to fully adjust to this close-knit world known as Clarkston. In New York, there were millions of people, but you really didn't know anyone....more >>
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Born October 9th
1873: Charles Rudolph Walgreen, the father of the modern drugstore.
1879: Max von Laue, German physicist.
1899: Bruce Catton, U.S. historian and journalist, famous for his works on the Civil War.
1909: Jacques Tati, French actor and director.
1940: John Lennon, English musician, one of the Beatles.
October 9th
in history
1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt requests congressional approval for arming U.S. merchant ships. As their escorts turned away, the ships of the doomed Allied convoy, PQ-17, followed orders and began to disperse in the Arctic waters.
1946: Eugene O'Neill's play The Iceman Cometh opens at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York.
1949: Harvard Law School begins admitting women. Women in the Workplace: Education.
1950: U.N. forces, led by the First Cavalry Division, cross the 38th parallel in South Korea and begin attacking northward towards the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. A year after leaving West Point, Lt. Joe Kingston was en route to Korea, where he, like a lot of others, found himself retreating and advancing in a single day.
1983: The president of South Korea, Doo Hwan Chun, with his cabinet and other top officials are scheduled to lay a wreath on a monument in Rangoon, Burma, when a bomb explodes. Hwan had not yet arrived so escaped injury, but 17 Koreans--including the deputy prime minister and two other cabinet members--and two Burmese are killed. North Korea is blamed.