Iron Belle Trail public hearing

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville – Despite opposition that has stalled the trail in Brandon Township and threatens to halt it in the village, Dave Van Dis still hopes to see trails in this community. Toward that end, he plans to be in attendance at the village council meeting set for 7 p.m., Monday, […]

Gun dog training, kennel business expanding

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. -It was the right mix. Fred Saber had trained dogs professionally for more than two decades—so when the opportunity to expand his business by taking over Maple Lane Kennels from the former owners who were retiring came up, it was an easy choice. “It just came together for us,” […]

Brandon: Get ready for community education

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp. – Community education is thriving in surrounding districts, but has suffered here in recent years, with few classes offered and no clear direction. That is about to change. At their March 20 meeting, the school board approved 6-0 a proposal for community education in which Jan Meek, current […]

Appalachian Trail adventure

Fourteen states; 2,189 miles—local takes on longest marked trail in United States

Appalachian Trail adventure

Lynne Wummel began hiking the Appalachian Trail on Mt. Springer in Georgia just over a week ago. The Brandon Township native plans to complete her journey in August in Maine. Photo provided. By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Lynne Wummel is living her dream. On March 7, she climbed Mt. Springer in Georgia to start a […]

Township eyed for marijuana grow, process facility

‘Marijuana is moving out of the criminal context and into a state regulated business’

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp .- On Monday night the board of trustees discussed a tentative proposal for a commercial medical marijuana growing and processing facility in the township. Kirsch Leach, of Birmingham-based KL Attorneys, provided some background along with a potential area in the township his client would like to be considered for […]

Detroit Horse Power

Horse care seminar at library benefits locals as well as urban youth

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp. – Johneisha Burse doesn’t often leave Detroit, the city where she lives, other than the occasional visit to Lansing or Indiana to see family. But last July, the city kid met the country after she attended a five-day horse camp courtesy of Detroit Horse Power, a non-profit organization […]

Ortonville DDA has received national accreditation

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville -On March 2 the Ortonville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) conducted its annual organization assessment with the assistance of Main Street Oakland County and the National Main Street program. This marks the 11th consecutive year that the Ortonville DDA has received national accreditation. “This accreditation is an endorsement of the hard […]

Officials weigh in on proposed education bill

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Public education has faced many struggles over the years and a recently proposed bill would devastate the system more, say education officials. H.R. 610, the Choices in Education Act of 2017, was introduced in January and seeks to establish a voucher system, as well as repeal nutritional standards […]

The Old Mill Museum opens for season

By David Fleet Editor A 1924 Village of Ortonville fire truck. A local Civil War uniform. The medical equipment of Ortonville’s first doctor and pharmacist. Just a few of thousands of items on display at the Old Mill Museum, 366 Mill St., Ortonville which will open its door on April 1. “The community is welcome […]

U.S. Ice Fishing team 8th in world competition

By David Fleet Editor On Feb. 24-26 teams from across the globe gathered on frozen Lake Mazais Baltezers, in eastern Latvia for the 14th annual World Ice Fishing Championship. Latvia is between the Baltic Sea and Russia. This year the U.S.team, which included five from Michigan along with anglers from Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and […]

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