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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 May 4th
1820: Joseph Whitaker, bookseller and publisher (Whitaker's Almanac)
1825: Thomas Henry Huxley, British biologist.
1827: John Hanning Speke, English explorer.
1874: Frank Conrad, electrical engineer and broadcasting pioneer.
1884: Agnes Fay Morgan, American nutritionist and biochemist.
May 4th
in history
1626: Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons.
1715: A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella.
1776: Rhode Island declares independence from England.
1795: Thousands of rioters enter jails in Lyons, France, and massacre 99 Jacobin prisoners.
1814: Napoleon Bonaparte disembarks at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.