‘It was quite an honor?

Brandon Twp.-Tim Carlton was a small-town boy but he made it to Washington, D.C. in a big way recently when he attended two events surrounding the inauguration of President George W. Bush. The former township resident, now a U.S. Navy petty officer second class was surprised when he received an invitation to go to a […]

Separation, integration tested at Harvey-Swanson

Brandon Twp.-Segregation has been illegal for decades. But on Jan. 20, a third grade class at Harvey-Swanson Elementary experienced it. After discussing how many groups of minorities were deprived of rights in the past, Suzanne McGill-Anderson divided her students into ‘bunnies? and ‘bears.? Bunnies were integrated. They received all of their normal privileges and rights […]

Local man searches for three angels

Brandon Twp.-After an accident in which he rolled his vehicle over twice, an Ortonville man is looking for the ‘three angels? who rescued him. David Clasman, 81, was driving westbound on Oakwood Road near Sashabaw Road around 8 p.m. on Jan. 10 when he hit a patch of black ice and slid down an embankment […]

Township constable known for kindness

Brandon Twp.- Edward LaDouceur, a township constable and resident for more than 30 years, died Jan. 21. He was 64. LaDouceur was first elected township constable in November 1972 and was still constable at the time of his death, having never lost an election. As constable, LaDouceur was a process server for the township. He […]

Local finds township library treasures

Brandon Twp.’Colleen Stringer is known as ‘the treasure hunter? at the Brandon Township Library. ‘X? marks the spot in the local history room for Stringer, whose official title is adult services librarian. The small room contains scrapbooks, history books, old newspaper articles, yearbooks, old records of dog tags and board meetings and even a photocopied […]

Find sunshine at Tranquility Spa

Groveland Twp.-Sunshine is hard to come by during a Michigan winter, but a bright spot can be found at Tranquility Spa. Newly relocated to 250 N. Ortonville Road a grand reopening has been set for Jan. 28-30. The spa has three tanning beds, in rooms named Blue Lagoon, Sunset Beach and Turtle Island. Spa manager […]

Brandon students rally for tsunami relief

Brandon Twp.-Neither snow nor cold nor even her birthday can deter Brandon High School junior Ashley Mankosa from her goal of collecting money to help victims of the tsunami. On New Year’s Eve, just days after the Dec. 26 disaster that claimed more than 225,000 lives and left thousands more injured and homeless in Asia, […]

Game of the day

Brandon Twp.-The world of war and fantasy was found in the Brandon Township Library on a recent Saturday as about 50 people participated in the library’s ‘Gaming Day.? This is the third Gaming Day the library has hosted, said Ben Peterson, the assistant librarian in charge of running the program, in which kids and adults […]

Manufactured home debate heats up

Brandon Twp.- Several hundred township homeowners could be at the center of some significant changes as Michigan lawmakers grapple with manufactured home issues in the coming months. About 1,000 residents in both Sashabaw Meadows and Clarkston Lakes manufactured home communities along with Groveland Manor in Groveland Township are at the center of the debate over […]

Village storage violations at issue

Ortonville- Many residents may be unaware they are illegally storing cars, boats, campers, and recreational vehicles in their lots, but village manager Paul Zelenak says there are close to 50 potential storage violations within the village. The proper place to store these items in a residential district is in the rear yard, which is defined […]