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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 July 3rd
1883: Franz Kafka, Prague-born German novelist (The Metamorphosis, The Trail).
1908: M.F.K. Fisher, food witer.
1912: Elizabeth Taylor, novelist and short story writer.
1921: Francois-Arnold Reichenbach, documentary filmmaker.
1937: Tom Stoppard, British playwright (Rosencrantz and Gilderstern are Dead).
July 3rd
in history
1945: U.S. troops land at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific.
1950: U.S. carrier-based planes attack airfields in the Pyongyang-Chinnampo area of North Korea in the first air-strike of the Korean War.
1954: Food rationing ends in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.
1962: Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
1967: North Vietnamese soldiers attack South Vietnam's only producing coal mine at Nong Son.