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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 April 19th
1900: Richard Hughes, English novelist and playwright (A High Wind in Jamaica).
1903: Eliot Ness, Treasury agent during Prohibition.
1905: Tom Hopkinson, British writer.
1912: Glenn T. Seaborg, physicist.
1933: Etheridge Knight, poet.
April 19th
in history
1977: Alex Haley receives a special Pulitzer Prize for his book Roots.
1982: NASA names Sally Ride to be the first woman astronaut.
1989: The battleship USS Iowa's number 2 turret explodes, killing sailors.
1993: The FBI ends a 51-day siege by storming the Branch Dividian religious cult headquarters in Waco, Texas.
1995: A truck bomb explodes in front of the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.