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 […]

Eagle Scout

By David Fleet Editor On Oct.8, Carson Stickney, 16, completed his Eagle Scout project at St. Anne Catholic Church, 825 South Ortonville Road. Stickney’s project consisted of a giant 12 foot cross made of cedar, a bed of day lilies around it, and a reconfiguring of a brick landscaping bed with a statue of St. […]

Munich native masters fourth language

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp. -For many American students, Spanish is the only second language they learn in school. But for German foreign exchange student Anja Knoepfle, this is her only chance to learn it in school. Knoepfle came to the United States in August and is now a student at Brandon High […]

Eagle Scout

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-Thanks to an area scout, the community is a little cleaner and more welcoming to outdoor activities. High school senior Joseph Spress, 17, received his Eagle Scout rank on Oct. 19 at Goodrich United Methodist Church after completing a final project of a bicycle rack at the Village Commons. Spress, who […]