Board nixes special assessment trash, recycling hike

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- On Monday night the township board of trustees voted 3-2 to not increase the special assessment over the current amount of $125 per year to $194 per year, per improved parcel for trash and recycling collection. Trustees Pat Major and Barry June along with Treasurer Ann Marie Moore voted […]

Welcome to ‘Squirrel Town’

By David Fleet Editor Any great story from one’s youth starts in the backyard. For 2019 Brandon High School graduate and township resident Noah Cox, the years growing up in Ortonville, his friends, acquaintances and family that shaped the next chapters of his life are compiled in his first book, “Squirrel Town.” “I hope to […]

Barron Road completed

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.- Today about two miles of a primary township road are smoother, safer and finally done. Earlier this month, at cost of $5.4 million, the process of paving Barron Road between Groveland to Grange Hall was completed and open to traffic. “The road looks amazing,” said Bob DePalma, township supervisor. […]

Chevrolet Corvair’s gone, but not forgotton

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.- By today’s standards, Ray Dubia’s ride to work is minuscule compared to the behemoths the cruise America roads today. But what the Chevrolet Corvair lacks in size it makes up for in uniqueness and automobile history. Dubia, is the owner of 1961 Model 700 Corviar he purchased from California […]

MDOT Small Urban Road program

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-On Monday night Sheri Wilkerson, village administrator, confirmed the award of a $40,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation Small Urban Road program. As a result, Pontiac Street between Hegel and Erie streets will be milled and filled in 2025. The Small Urban Program provides federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) […]

Ashton Orchard open, limited hours

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-A landmark family-owned orchard is on pause this fall. For more than a half century years Sharon and Dennis Ashton, owners of Ashton Orchard 3925 Seymour Lake Road have raised apples in the Brandon and Independence townships. However, earlier this fall Dennis was diagnosed with spinal stenosis—arthritis, a condition caused […]

‘It was my duty to serve’

By David Fleet Editor Hadley Twp.-Army Pvt. Howard Brandt recalls the war torn rural countryside of Europe in 1945. “We sailed from the United States and landed in Le Havre, France,” recalls Brandt, who just celebrated 98th birthday. “They loaded us troops on cattle cars pulled by a steam locomotive. It was a rough ride […]

Shannon Precision Fastener manufacturing facility

By David Fleet Editor Holly Twp.-In September, Madison Heights-based Shannon Precision Fastener began construction of a fastener manufacturing facility just north of Groveland Township. The 170,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility currently under construction near McClelland Road and I-75 is expected to be operational by early 2023 and employ 80 to 100 people. Water and […]

Goodrich, Atlas Township population gain tops in county

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-The village has grown. The Village of Goodrich population was tops in Genesee County according to the U.S. Census 2020 results, released earlier this year. The community grew by 8.7 percent or 162 people to 2,022, followed by Grand Blanc Township 6.2 percent, the City of Clio 4.6 percent and Atlas […]

Township lake disbands weed assessment

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- On Oct. 18, the township board of trustees voted 5-0 to approve the disbandment of a special assessment district for Gale Lake residents. A petition was distributed to the 24 residents on the lake and 13 property owners signed the petition to discontinue the SAD. Following a review by […]