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 […]

Brandon students spell well at annual ‘Bee?

Brandon Twp.? Dynamic. Excruciate. Exhilarate. Bureaucrat. Trespassing. These were just some of the words fifth and sixth graders faced as they competed for the top honor in the Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School’s spelling bee last Wednesday. About 45 minutes after the bee had begun with 20 students, only two spellers remained? Daniel Penix and Kevin […]

South Street project

Ortonville-Concerns over the forthcoming South Street paving project were addressed at the Old Township Hall last Monday evening. From 5-7 p.m. Leanne Panduren, the project manager from Rowe, Inc., answered questions from residents and business owners. ‘It’s a pretty straightforward project,? she said. ‘Take it out and put it back in.? Panduren said the project […]

Books on wheels

Brandon Twp.-It’s sleeting on a cold January afternoon and Denise and Alyssa Cardillo think it’s a good day for some books, but not such a good day for a drive to the library. No problem, the library comes to them in the form of BookZilla, the Brandon Township Library’s bookmobile. The bookmobile is a large […]