Walk Across America

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- When James Leitner arrived in the village shortly before 6 p.m. June 7, he had finished his walk for the day, a 26-miler. It was the 22nd day of a 6-month journey that will take him 3,215 miles from America’s east coast to its west. “I’ve definitely learned a […]

Triathlon drives father toward fitness, health

Triathlon drives father toward fitness, health

Runners exit Big Fish Lake after the swimming portion of the triathlon. Photo by Patrick McAbee. By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brad Burrick has two very important reasons for competing in races, including the Big Fish Triathlon on Sunday. The 39-year-old Fraser father wants to be healthy for his children, Adrienne, 6, and Grayson, 3-and-a-half-months-old. […]

‘Navigating Senior Issues and Retirement’

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The golden years can be accompanied by some not so golden moments that many are reluctant to discuss. But talking about and preparing for difficulties that come with aging can make them easier for all. A new series “Navigating Senior Issues and Retirement,” aims to facilitate that discussion […]

Michigan’s Orphan Train rolls to town

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- All aboard for a trip back in time. “The Orphan Train in Michigan” will be presented by father and son research historians and television producers Al Eicher and David Eicher from 7-8 p.m., June 21, at the library, 304 South St. Between 1854 and 1927, about 12,500 “orphans” […]

Green acres for O.A.T.S.

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Groveland Twp.- O.A.T.S. has moved to greener pastures. After more than 20 years on Weidemann Drive in Brandon Township, Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles has relocated more than 20 horses, a variety of farm animals, and an excited staff to a 40-acre farm at 4920 Groveland Road, where children and […]

Residents protest Route A of trail

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-The township offices were packed June 5 as residents lined the halls leading to a standing room only meeting where the board discussed the Iron Belle Trail. Many in attendance were residents voicing objections to Route A, after the board took Route C out of consideration last month, also […]

Officials discuss tri-community sewer initiative

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- For the second time in just over a month, a meeting regarding a suggested tri-community sewer initiative was held at the Brandon Township Library. At the most recent meeting on June 1, members of the Brandon Township and Groveland Township boards and the respective planning commissions of those communities […]

BHS graduate makes most of second chance

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Grace Morse was given a second chance and after turning her life around, she is this year’s recipient of the Board President’s Award. The award is given to a graduating Brandon High School senior who has overcome great odds and obstacles to still be successful both in and […]

Farewell to Fletcher: Last days at BFIS

By Susan Bromley Staff Wrtier Ortonville- Nearly 500 people bid a fond farewell June 2 to Fletcher Intermediate School. The goodbye celebration included past principals Don Patrick, Jeff Beane, and Carol Bogner, who were joined by numerous retired teachers, as well as current and past staff, parents and students in closing a chapter in Brandon […]

Aggressive, plentiful fowl draw ire of lakeshore residents

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Summer is heating up and things are getting wild on Bald Eagle Lake. The body of water named for a bird has two types of water fowl that aren’t considered feathered friends by all. At the June 5 township board meeting, Carol Ulman and John Dean, members of […]