Italian connection

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer To most, the Italian Mediterranean island of Sardinia would be a vacation— but to Simone Spanu it’s home. Spanu, a 16-year-old Brandon High School sophomore and foreign exchange student from Italy arrived in the United States this past summer. “I just like work around, go to the beach,” said Spanu, […]

GHS one of 35 county buildings with MI HEARTSafe

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer In the event of a cardiac emergency, Goodrich High School is prepared. GHS is one of 369 schools in Michigan, and one of 35 schools in Genesee County, that has been given the MI HEARTSafe designation by the Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The MI HEARTSafe designation […]

Centenarian celebrates birthday

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- When Audrey Lachenman was born on Dec. 18, 1917—the average wage was 22 cents per hour; it took five days to travel from New York to London and only 8 percent of Americans finished high school. On Monday, friends and family members gathered at Raspberry Manor to celebrate Lachenman’s […]

Clebrating first Christmas in America

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Christmas in America will include plenty of firsts for Brazil native Gabriel Silva Texieira. The Brandon High School foreign exchange student is finding many differences from his South American tropical homeland where temperatures rarely dip much below 68 degrees and the massive Amazon basin dominates the country. The native language […]

‘I kept my gun on him’

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-On the night of Nov. 14 Scott Laga had difficulty sleeping. “I could hear helicopters flying over my house all night long,” said Laga, 46, a township resident. “I heard there had been a shooting nearby on Wednesday. I went to work on Thursday morning, but I was concerned about […]

Cold weather all new for Taiwan native

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer A Taiwan native is just now getting a taste of a cold Michigan winter. “I like the snow but it’s too cold for me,” said Brandon high school sophomore Pei-Hsuan Ming, a.k.a. Savannah. “Taiwan in the summer is 90 degrees every day.” Savannah is one 16 Brandon foreign exchange students […]

The master potter: ‘It’s the mark of your hands’

By David Fleet Editor For more than four decades, Goodrich resident Guy Adamec has molded a career as a master potter, builder and in his words—a “maker.” “We are so use to machine made objects we look at variations as flaws,” said Adamec, 66. “In reality those are the things that make it interesting. It’s […]

Mackinac Island: Access to the mainland is cut off

By Susan Bromley Special to The Citizen (The conclusion of, Mackinac Island: A charmed life, from the Nov. 18 edition.) Their first Christmas on the island, Judi even found that getting the artificial tree she wanted was easier than expected. She called the hardware store in St. Ignace and told them she wanted the last […]

Thanksgiving Food Drive: OCEF, community deliver

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-On Sunday volunteers gathered at St. Anne Church for the sorting of the Thanksgiving Food Drive. The three hour process assists about 200 area families who stoped by on Monday to pick up their Thanksgiving dinner. “I want to stress the givingness and caringness that’s such a big part […]

Mackinac Island: A charmed life

By Susan Bromley Special to The Citizen Judi and Dave Pearce have quite the magnificent—and unique— view from their front porch, no matter which way they turn as they sit in their white wicker glider. Look to the right and Lake Huron shimmers in the sunlight as freighters, sailboats and cruise ships pass by. Look […]

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