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It's All About the Kids:a column by Dr. Janet McPeek

Helping kids brave the storms

Let's face it, most of us get a little anxious when potentially dangerous storms blow through our communities. Recently, Lake Orion and Oxford were hard hit by a fast moving storm that uprooted trees and destroyed houses....more >>
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Letters to the Editor

Morel story leads to successful hunt I want to thank C.J. Carnacchio and Brian Duerden for the monster morel (see right) we found on our property. It was our first hunt! Barbara Johnston Oxford Editor's Note: You're welcome....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Artificial outrage gets his goat, dangit!

This column is a little late getting out of the hopper. About two months late. Which can mean one of two things. 1. It's really gonna' be a gem -- something well worth the wait because I've thought about it so much, or; 2....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Dowsers have history of pointing the way

I predict this Jottings will compete for the most boring of the thounsands of columns I have written. (But, because it involves my brother-in-law, Ronald Smith of Durand, I feel compelled to write it....more >>

Letters by Laura A column by Laura DuCharme

A column by Laura DuCharme

Growing up, I had many different career paths I thought about following. Of course, as a young girl I wanted to be a princess and was crushed when I found out that wasn't an option....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Pre-school will be missed, volunteer says Dear Editor, Traditions come in all shapes and sizes. They are as international as May Day; as national as the Fourth of July, as local as the Tulip Festival....more >>

More Letters to the Editor . . .

Workshops at library Dear Editor, The Independence Township Library provides so many services for local residents that are in danger of slipping away. Did you know the library holds two genealogy workshops each year? Partnering with our local Daughters of the American Revolution, Sashabaw Plains Chapter, Joette Kunse offers topics like "Finding Your Female Ancestors" and "US Migration Patterns and Your Family....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Freedom and joy in God's law

When learning to drive, my father told me to keep my speed to five miles an hour over the speed limit. I followed his instructions. Later in life, while talking to my sister-in-law, she asked how I, a pastor, could willfully break the law by doing that....more >>
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1860: Gustav Mahler, composer and conductor.
1887: Marc Chagall, French painter and designer.
1906: Leroy Satchel Page, baseball pitcher.
1940: Ringo Starr, musician, one of the Beatles.
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1807: Czar Alexander meets with Napoleon Bonaparte.
1814: Sir Walter Scott's novel Waverly is published anonymously so as not to damage his reputation as a poet.
1815: After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, the victorious Allies march into Paris.
1853: Japan opens its ports to trade with the West after 250 years of isolation.
1863: Confederate General Robert E. Lee, in Hagerstown, Maryland, reports his defeat at Gettysburg to President Jefferson Davis.