Teamsters, village contract talks open

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville- On April 7, representatives from the Village will meet for the first time with Teamsters Local 214 to discuss ground rules for a labor contract with the department of public works. Les Barrett, a trustee with Local 214 said a series of 47 proposals ranging from non-economic to disability to […]

New park supervisor set for camping season

Groveland Twp.- Sandwiched between two populated metropolitian areas is a natural oasis that harbors a wilderness setting much like the northern regions of the state. Since Dec. 19 the wildlife, campers and natural attributes that comprise the 8,000 acre Holly State Recreation Area are now under the experienced direction of new park supervisor Shawn Speaker. […]

Public safety department considered by township

Groveland Twp.- Firefighters and police officers may share duties if township officals have their way. Township officials say if the Michigan State Police are no longer available to patrol area roads then township public safety officers, a combination of both firefighters and police officers, may be an option. ‘Because we’re a small community it allows […]

Groveland Twp. eyes new fire station

Groveland Twp.- Township officials say that plans are underway for a new fire station which will include facilities for the Michigan State Police. ‘The current facility, Groveland Township Fire Station No. 1 is about 60 years old and not so efficient,? said Robert DePalma, Groveland Township supervisor. ‘I’ve notified the Michigan State Police that we’ll […]

Existing home sales slow, as new homes soar

The average sale price of existing homes increased in the fourth quarter of 2004 in local markets according to a report from the North Oakland County Board of Realtors. Brandon Township home sales prices outpaced Groveland, Goodrich and Atlas Township sales during the fourth quarter. The number of homes listed on the market in Brandon […]

Brandon teacher awarded, says she’ll retire

Brandon Twp.-After more than 33 years as an elementary teacher culminated by a nomination for Oakland County teacher of the year, a local teaching icon says this will be her last year. ‘It was all farm county when I first came to Brandon,? said Diane Pich, Harvey-Swanson elementary third grade teacher. ‘There was no McDonald’s […]

Area unemployment ‘level?

Local unemployment remained steady through 2004 according to a report issued by the Michigan Department of Economic Growth and Development. ‘The best that you can glean from the last three years were that the real increases in unemployment were between 2002 and 2003,? said Jim Rhein, Michigan Department of Economic Growth and Development analyst. ‘Not […]

Superintendent forum draws ire of residents

Brandon Twp.- About 40 gathered on Wednesday night at the township library to discuss a controversy between some school board members and a group of residents over the hiring process of the new Brandon Schools superintendent Tom Miller. ‘As a citizen I was appalled,? said Laura Frye, special services teacher at Belle Ann Elementary who […]

New Brandon superintendent named

Brandon Twp.-By a six-to-one vote Tuesday night the board of education offered the position of Brandon School District superintendent to Tom Miller, current assistant superintendent of the Port Huron area school district. The three-year, $120,000 contract which could begin on July 1, 2005 was offered to Miller via cell phone at the meeting. He accepted […]

Access ‘sticking point? with grant

Brandon Twp.-In January supporters of a proposed township nature preserve were denied a grant from The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund’now they say, ‘we’ll try again.? The 80 acres, just south of the Brandon High School is owned by the Casselman Family and includes a section of Kearsley Creek, dense forests and several acres of […]