Goodrich grad survives Hurricane Irma in Caribbean

Goodrich grad survives Hurricane Irma in Caribbean

By David Fleet Editor It’s been about a month since Hurricane Irma first hit the Caribbean. According to news reports at least 37 people were killed there by the storm—including one person from the small village of Cruz Bay located on the eastern shore of St. John. “It’s a war zone,” said Jennifer Montgomery, a […]

Sunshine, youth spark Crop Walk 2017

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer On Oct. 1, the annual Ortonville CROP Walk kicked off starting at the Ortonville United Methodist Church, 93 Church St. Ortonville. This year 49 walkers participated raising about $3,300. Of the funds raised 25 percent were donated to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund food pantry, while the other 75 percent […]

Tombstone returned to youth’s grave after more than a decade

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-James Vickrey was just one year, four months and one day old when he died—Feb. 11, 1860. The youth’s memorial— etched on a marble gravestone endured more than 150 years of Michigan weather before succumbing to vandals who removed the marker from James burial location. Last month they were reunited […]

GHS student snags clip on national YMCA commerical

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich- Jordan Zmich is confident her recent three seconds of fame is only the beginning. “I’m not sure how far it will take me but someday I want to be an actress,” she said. “I’d do comedy if I had my choice. If that doesn’t work out I’d do accounting or […]

Reporting from Greece

Reporting from Greece

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Mary Siring traveled across the world to get the firsthand scoop on what has been a global story– the Syrian refugee crisis. Having recently returned from Greece where she interviewed refugees from both Syria and the Congo, the Oakland University journalsim major certainly has tales to tell. But she is […]

Appalachian accomplished

Appalachian accomplished

Lynne Wummel celebrates completion of her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail on July 27 at the top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. By Susan Bromley Staff Writer (Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final installment in a series about Lynne Wummel’s quest to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. For previous stories, search Wummel at […]

Goodbye and thank you

A column by Susan Bromley As a journalist, the start of a story, the lede, is often the hardest to write. But sometimes, the ending is even more difficult. This is the case for me as I prepare to end my story at The Citizen after 12-and-a-half years. I still remember vividly my humble beginnings […]

The passage light: Six weeks on Manitou

The passage light: Six weeks on Manitou

By David Fleet Editor Leland-For about six weeks Jonathan Schechter’s commute to work each day included 117 steps up to the top of a lighthouse towering more than 100 feet above Lake Michigan. From May 23 until July 3, Schechter, a Brandon Township resident and on-call firefighter, served as the lighthouse keeper on South Manitou […]

Detroit Riots: Five days in July

Detroit Riots: Five days in July

By David Fleet Editor It’s been 50 years this week that police vice squads raided an after hours drinking club or ‘blind pig’ in a mostly black Detroit neighborhood at 12th Street and Clairmount Avenue. According to newspaper reports, the squad found 82 people inside the club, holding a party for two returning Vietnam veterans. […]