Zelenak will remain village manager

Ortonville- Village Manager Paul Zelenak says he’s withdrawn his name for the position of Holly Village Manager. ‘There’s lots of reason for me to stay in Ortonville,? said Zelenak, 41. ‘I’ve received lots of support from the community to stay.? On Dec. 14 the Holly Village Council voted 5-2 to offer Zelenak the position, which […]

Brandon ‘At Risk? students increase

Brandon Twp.-A combination of high unemployment and multitudes of working poor has at least one local school official concerned for some Brandon area youth. ‘I’ve seen a lot more homeless teens staying behind with friends after their parents moved out of state to find work,? said June Wuopio, Sherman Lifelong Learning Center director of community […]

Veteran recalls WWII’s bloodiest battle

Groveland Twp.-Elvis McConnaughhay points to a small scar on his left hand just above his thumb. ‘Right there,? said McConnaughhay. ‘That’s where the shrapnel got me,? he chuckles glancing down at the small dime sized mark on his hand. ‘The Lord blessed me and I came home’many didn’t make it.? The scar is just one […]

New school buses on the way

Brandon Twp.-The rather rough ride for the aging school bus fleet may be just a little smoother following last weeks board meeting. The board Ok’d the purchase of eight 77 passenger and two 47 passenger buses at a cost to the district of $631,580. The 10 new buses should be set for the 2005-06 school […]

Phone records sought in runaway case

Brandon Twp.- Police said on Tuesday they will seek a warrant for telephone records of a Groveland Township resident who may have received calls from a missing township girl. The warrant comes after Ashley Wolfe, 15, a high school freshman who has been missing since Oct. 22, allegedly called the Groveland Township home and spoke […]

Oakwood/M-15 intersection studied

Groveland Twp.-Once again the Michigan Department of Transportation will conduct a preliminary study of the intersection of Oakwood Road and M-15 for a potential of a traffic light. Ahmad J. Azmoudeh, operations engineer from the Oakland Transportation Service Center, a division of the Michigan Department of Transportation said on Monday that during the first week […]

A chef’s burning desire for perfection

Brandon Twp.? A three-inch round marinated portabella mushroom crackels on a hot griddle. A lightly charred grilled red pepper is chopped. Flames erupted from a chicken breast sizzling in herb butter. The smells and sounds of lunch time at Bullfrogs orchestrated by Chef Eric W. Alderton. ‘Life’s really too short,? smiles Alderton, who has led […]

Paris Dreams Art and Antiques

Ortonville- For Linda Byorth-Detrio, owner of Paris Dreams Art and Antiques, 421 Mill St. the myriad of unique items that adorn her downtown store reflect history in a distinctive way. ‘Each item tells a story of a time gone by,? said Linda. ‘The idiosyncrasies and lifestyles of those who lived years ago can be found […]

‘Coke’s the one?

Goodrich- The school board Ok’d a contract with Coca-Cola for dispensers in both the middle school and high school. The 10 machines will dispense water, and fruit juice in addition to Coke products. Terms of the $35,000 five year deal include $20,000 up front to the school then $3,750 per year. Proceeds will be used […]

Expect more in 2005

It’s now all in the past. After 366 days we can now look back at a myriad of events that mark 2004. Nationally hurricanes ripped through Florida; Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry came up about 3 million votes short and the Boston Red Sox faithful ended ‘the curse? and an 86 year World Series drought. […]