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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 August 5th
1876: Mary Ritter Beard, American historian and writer.
1906: John Houston, film director of such movies as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Maltese Falcon.
1908: Miriam Rothschild, English scientist and writer.
1923: Richard G. Kleindienst, one of the key officials who helped elect Richard Nixon to the presidency in 1969.
1930: Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
August 5th
in history
1914: The first electric traffic signal lights are installed in Cleveland, Ohio.
1915: The Austro-German Army takes Warsaw, in present-day Poland, on the Eastern Front.
1916: The British navy defeats the Ottomans at the naval battle off Port Said, Egypt.
1921: Mustapha Kemal is appointed virtual ruler of the Ottoman Empire.
1941: The German army completes taking 410,000 Russian prisoners in Uman and Smolensk pockets in the Soviet Union.