‘Great? firearm deer opener expected

Brandon Twp.-Three hours before dark is the prime time, says township resident Joe Garza, a veteran bow hunter for more than 30 years. ‘This year I’ve seen more bucks then ever,? said Garza, who bagged a 260 pound, 10 point buck near Rattalee Lake Road and M-15 on Tuesday afternoon. ‘There were only three days […]

‘Real head and heart medicine?

Brandon Twp.-A vintage, wooden Sher-wood hockey stick, once used by former Detroit Red Wing Brad Smith, leans near the back door of Ron Gapa’s home on the shore of Lake Louise. Dressed in full camouflage and armed with a Hoyt Compound hunting bow, the slender 6-foot 3-inch Gapa slowly steps out the door, grasping the […]

Mother, son convicted of harboring runaway

Waterford Twp.-The two-year saga involving a defiant runaway teen, her older boyfriend and his parents that kept her, ended Monday in a township courtroom. A jury returned with a guilty conviction of harboring a Brandon Township runaway against defendants Ethel Swan, 59, and her son Anthony Swan, 19, following a two-day jury trial, before Judge […]

TDI lands missile-engine deal

Brandon Twp.- Technical Directions, Inc. was awarded a contract for $750,000 from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control of Dallas to continue the development of the TDI-J45 engine-generator system for the Non Line of Sight-Launch System Loiter Attack Missile. The TDI engine-generator system has been designed into three mini-cruise for the new generation cruise missiles, […]

A man and his Tugboat

Detroit- Slow and powerful’two key tugboat characteristics that inspired Brandon Township resident Paul Vassall to sail off on a lifelong dream. ‘They’re like the little engine that could,? said Vassall, 55, an on-call Brandon Firefighter for the past nine years and Detroit native. Vassall, who served in the Navy during the early 1970s, was first […]

‘It was the classiest act I’d ever seen?

The game was all but over. Up 28-12, with about one minute left in the game, the Fenton Tigers were poised to hand the Brandon Blackhawks freshman football team their fifth loss of the season? when 15-year-old Tyler Fitzgerald entered the game. ‘So we put ‘Fitzy? in the backfield to run a couple of plays,? […]

Wage hike finding consumers

Melinda Choi takes pride in the clean white linen that covers the dining tables at her family’s Ortonville restaurant. ‘Those linens are costing us 7 percent more since the minimum wage increased,? said Choi, of China Fare, 1764 S. Ortonville Road. ‘We pay all our employees more than minimum wage to begin with, so that’s […]

Locked doors, behavior key in area school safety

Like other students, Cessily Fahr, 17, is conscious of the recent acts of school violence that have occurred in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Wisconsin. ‘None of the shootings have personally affected me,? says Fahr, a Brandon High School senior. ‘But they have really opened my eyes and helped me realize that it’s always possible.? Living in […]

Lower Peninsula bear population moving south

About six years ago, Brandon Township resident Robert Roop’s father reported a nuisance black bear devastating his bird feeder near his home in the Cadillac area. ‘I finally had a chance to hunt up there,? said Roop. ‘I won the permit on my seventh try’it was my fourth bear, two from Canada and one from […]

E. coli levels rise in Kearsley Creek

Ortonville- For the second time this year, elevated E. coli levels in the Kearsley Creek have local officials concerned for the safety of residents and seeking answers regarding the source of the contamination. According to a bacteriological analysis of the Kearsley Creek, performed by the Oakland County Health Division, on Sept. 15 near the Mill […]