County eyes septic inspections

Septic tank inspections may soon be required every five years for homes in Brandon and Groveland townships. A proposed ordinance that is intended to eventually have all 80,000 septic systems in Oakland County on a five-year inspection cycle could be presented as early as May 16 to the general government committee of the Oakland County […]

Financial incentives key for military-bound students

Brandon Twp.? Robert Snelling, 19, has been interested in joining the military since he was about 8-years-old. He says he’s always been patriotic and wants to fight for his country. But one of the main reasons Snelling, a Brandon High School senior, is interested in joining the Army is because of licensing and trading skills […]

BHS student wins scholarship

The Brandon High School junior Jessica Laviolette took the grand prize at the 2005 Michigan Science Fair and won a $20,000 scholarship to Kettering University. Last month, Laviolette won the grand prize at the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, as well as seven other first place awards. Her project, ‘Rapid Production of Ethanol […]

2005 BHS senior lock-in

Donations are being sought for the 2005 Senior Lock-In, planned for May 26 at Brandon High School. The all-night party is in honor of graduating seniors, is drug and alcohol-free and is hosted by parents of the graduates. Donations of cash or promotional items are appreciated. Details: (248) 627-1822.

Voter turnout soars in Brandon school election

Groveland and Brandon township residents turned out to vote May 3 in numbers that doubled and tripled the amount of voters from the election a year ago. For the Brandon school election, in which D’Anna Keeble was chosen for a seat on the school board and two millages were passed, 1,170 Brandon Township residents voted. […]

Memories of motherhood

Brandon Twp.-Nora Larsen has seen the joys and sorrows of motherhood in her long life. Larsen, 98, watched her own mother’s trials and has had many of her own, almost losing her life giving birth, seeing one child go off to war, and outliving both sons. But Larsen has also seen the joys of being […]

‘Main Street’ kickoff

Ortonville? The Main Street program has officially kicked off in the village. On April 26 and 27, several officials toured downtown and spoke with business owners and other members of the community about what they envisioned for Ortonville and how to make the visions reality. Nick Kalogeresis, program officer of the National Trust Main Street […]

New ‘Country Market’ opens May 7

Ortonville-Linda Byorth Detrio first developed the Country Market about 13 years ago and served as director for about three years. Now after a 10 year absence, she’ll be back at the helm of the village summer tradition but now with a new look. ‘The concept is that you don’t have to drive the kids to […]

Locals aid former residents after fire

Pontotoc, Miss.-This small town is nearly 900 miles from Ortonville, but distance doesn’t matter when helping hands are needed. Some local citizens came to the rescue when former Ortonville residents Jerry and Frances (Frick) Baldwin lost their home and everything in it in an explosion. Jerry Baldwin, 79, was changing a line on a gas […]

Divorce workshop offered at Brandon library

Half of all marriages end in divorce in the United States. Divorce, often complicated to begin with, becomes more so when children are involved, says Judith Margerum, a licensed psychologist and associate director of the Michigan Family Institute in Southfield. She hopes to help parents deal with issues of divorce and resulting effects on kids […]