Tough sledding

Goodrich- For Jake Allen, nothing spells winter fun like zipping head first down a snow covered hill on a plastic sled. Yet for Allen, and other area youths that frequent the snow covered slopes of the Goodrich Country Club golf course’the wintertime rides may now be limited. ‘It’s a great sledding hill out on the […]

District’s shortfall could top $1 million

Brandon Twp.-School officials are bracing for a possible shortage of more than $1 million in the upcoming months’the results of an existing district budget shortfall and anticipated loss of per-pupil funding. School officials say the current $29 million district budget is about $500,000 short due to declining enrollment by about 38 students in September, a […]

Snow zone: ski patrol makes safety priority

Groveland Twp.- Jerry Leece could only watch as a woman dangled from a chairlift more than 20 feet over the snow-covered ski slope. ‘She was slumped over in the chairlift seat when she started to fall,? said Leece, a member of the Mt. Holly Ski Patrol for more than 37 years. ‘The man next to […]

Snow zone: ski patrol makes safety priority

Groveland Twp.- Jerry Leece could only watch as a woman dangled from a chairlift more than 20 feet over the snow-covered ski slope. ‘She was slumped over in the chairlift seat when she started to fall,? said Leece, a member of the Mt. Holly Ski Patrol for more than 37 years. ‘The man next to […]

Park, sewers key in township

Brandon Twp.- A new park, sewers and keeping miles of gravel roads smooth, are just a few of the goals Township Supervisor Ron Lapp has outlined for the upcoming year. ‘By fall, families should be playing in the new township park near Oakwood and Hadley roads,? said Lapp. ‘Although building projects have dropped in the […]

School inks land deal, new elementary moves forward

Brandon Twp.- School officials say a purchase agreement has been reached with the landowner of a 10-foot by-100 foot strip of land along Oakwood Road needed for a new Brandon Elementary School. The $17 million school project, set to start in March, had stalled after the Oakwood property owner balked at selling the property to […]

Commercial property key in 2007

Groveland Twp.- With no new township housing developments on the horizon for the new year and a 30 percent drop in building permits over the past few years’Township Supervisor Bob DePalma anticipates community growth will come from business sources in 2007. ‘For starters we’ll focus on development of about 147 acres of township property near […]

Resident recalls interview with Gerald Ford

Hadley Twp. – It’s been almost 40 years since Bill Schiffel, then a 27-year-old reporter for The Grand Rapids Press newspaper, first met then Michigan Congressman Gerald Ford. The chance encounter with Ford on a warm summer day in 1967 seemed insignificant at the time. Schiffel, now 67 and a township resident, says the meeting […]

Icy conditions cause multiple accidents

A unique blend of near freezing temperatures and frost slowed commuters Wednesday morning. ‘The dew-point and temperature met, frost and dew froze on the road,? said Craig Bryson, Road Commission for Oakland County spokesperson, on Wednesday afternoon. ‘It was a clear morning. You might not think black ice would form. We had county trucks out […]

Resident recalls interview with Gerald Ford

Hadley Twp. – It’s been almost 40 years since Bill Schiffel, then a 27-year-old reporter for The Grand Rapids Press newspaper, first met then Michigan Congressman Gerald Ford. The chance encounter with Ford on a warm summer day in 1967 seemed insignificant at the time. Schiffel, now 67 and a township resident, says the meeting […]