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Don't Rush Me

Bob Seger in Clarkston, and . . .

. . . Where's George? Heck, who's George?

Two totally unrelated events happened to me this week that got me a-pondering. One of the coolest parts of being "the" local newspaper guy (look at my business card if you don't believe me) is local history....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Philosophy of Will Rogers vs. Ph.Ds'

When Pero the Shriner clown visited me recently, he gave me a book, "The Quotable Will Rogers." You almost have to be my age to remember Will Rogers. Dubbed the cowboy philosopher, he was an entertainer, humorist, radio personality, actor and newspaper columnists who specialized in lariat tricks on stage....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Memorial memories

After a good Memorial Day weekend, I'm ready for summer to start, hot weather and all. Spring was a good preseason for my running this year. I ran in the Chuck Keegan Race for the Kids' 5K in April and Angel's Place Race's 10K a couple weeks ago....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Library support Dear Editor, Restore funding or eliminate the library: that is the decision we face as voters on August 5, 2014. Our library is essential; but it must have diverse resources and the ability to adapt....more >>

Letters to the editor

Support for library Dear Editor, In today's world of technology and instant information (regardless if correct or not), many people still view the library as basically a warehouse of books—checking out and checking back in....more >>

Spiritual Matters

You Made a Difference in My Life Day

I absolutely love this time of the year in Michigan. We get to celebrate another winter being behind us, and there are great holidays to enjoy with family; such as Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, and my birthday....more >>
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Born September 18th
1827: John Towsend Trowbridge, poet and author of books for boys, wrote the Jack Hazzard and Toby Trafford series.
1839: John Aitken, physician and meterologist.
1895: John G. Diefenbaker, prime minister of Canada from 1957 to 1963.
1905: Greta Garbo, actress nominated for Oscars for her roles in Anna Christie and Ninotcha.
1951: Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., African-American neurosurgeon.
September 18th
in history
1939: A German U-boat sinks the British aircraft carrier Courageous, killing 500 people.Captain Johnnie Walker, R.N., and the U-boat menace.
1948: Margaret Chase Smith becomes the first woman elected to the Senate without completing another senator's term when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten. Smith is also the only woman to be elected to and serve in both houses of Congress.
1960: Two thousand cheer Castro's arrival in New York for the United Nations session.
1964: U.S. destroyers fire on hostile targets in Vietnam.New light on Gulf of Tonkin.
1980: Cosmonaut Arnoldo Tamayo, a Cuban, becomes the first black to be sent on a mission in space.