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A little of this, a little of that

Oct. 1 certainly was a great day. Archery deer season opened and the federal government shut down. Yay! It's like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one. If I suddenly win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Lagavulin distillery on the Scottish island of Islay, I'll know I'm dreaming or Ron Swanson....more >>
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Smile of the Week

Oxford Township resident Thomas Knauf, 12, bagged this beautiful eight-point buck on Saturday, Sept. 21 during the 2013 Youth Hunt. Thomas took the deer with a 12-gauge shotgun at about 4:30 p....more >>

Opinions

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

Jury duty is just that, your duty

Now that it's over and I have time to reflect, I can say am glad I was lucky enough to sit in judgment of a fellow American. It was a very lengthy process, one that spanned a three-week period....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Some fears, complaints, praise and musings

Following hip surgery last February I was scheduled for physical therapy, to be paid for by Medicare. Though the pulling, bending and stretching did much for strengthening my right leg, my need for a walker remains....more >>

Andrea's Anecdotes A column by Andrea Beaudoin

Obamacare?

I know many people are confused about what exactly "Obamacare" or the Affordable Health Care Act is. So I figured I would explain a few facts. More citizens may have become aware of Obamacare as the government shut down occurred on Oct....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for Bucks for Buses support

Dear Editor, We had a very successful Bucks for Buses has Gone Bocce III Fundraiser on Sept. 25 at Palazzo di Bocce in Orion. This event by the Friends of the Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center raised money for our transportation program that takes seniors and disabled adults in Clarkston, Independence and Springfield Township to and from doctor's appointments, work, grocery stores and other places they need to go....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Stand strong together

Recently a colleague of mine asked me to step into his office. "Do you remember last May, when you stopped me on the sidewalk at conference and told me what a great job I was doing?" I paused for a moment to remember and he continued....more >>
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Born September 20th
1878: Upton Sinclair, author best known today for The Jungle.
1884: Maxwell Perkins, editor, the first to publish F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe.
1885: Ferdinand Lamenthe (Jelly Roll Morton), jazz pianist, composer and singer, one of the first to orchestrate jazz music.
1891: Lamine Gueye, Senegalese political leader.
1917: Arnold Red Auerbach, second winningest basketball coach in history with 1,037 victories for the Boston Celtics.
September 20th
in history
1378: The election of Robert of Geneva as anti-pope by discontented cardinals creates a great schism in the Catholic church.
1519: Ferdinand Magellan embarks from Spain on a voyage to circumnavigate the world. Tales of the adventures that befell three conquistadores and their Moorish slave during the sixteenth century led to Spain's Francisco Výsquez de Coronado's exploration the American Southwest.
1561: Queen Elizabeth of England signs a treaty at Hamptan Court with French Huguenot leader Louis de Bourbon, the Prince of Conde. The English will occupy Le Harve in return for aiding Bourbon against the Catholics of France. Buckingham Palace is a symbol of strength and tradition.
1565: Pedro Menendez of Spain wipes out the French at Fort Caroline, in Florida.
1604: After a two-year siege, the Spanish retake Ostend, the Netherlands, from the Dutch.