Danish teen finds American life fast paced

Brandon Twp.- Lots of traffic, plenty of junk food and very large. That’s how Denmark native Mads Flaga, 17, discribes life in the township since arrving last August as an exchange student through theYouth for Understanding a non-profit educational organization which offers opportunities for young people around the world to spend a summer, semester or […]

February fire recalled in downtown Goodrich

Goodrich- It’s been more than 90 years since a late February fire scorched businesses in downtown Goodrich. In the early morning hours of Feb. 22, 1916 three businesses and a residence in the downtown area of the village were destroyed by fire, according to a newspaper report in The Oxford Leader. The fire started in […]

Camping in the cold and snow: The challenge of winter survival

The challenge: spend two mid-February nights in the remote Pigeon River State Forest. The payoff: Cold but accomplished students. With nighttime temperatures dipping to 10 below zero, Brandon Middle School science teacher Dave Green along with ten Brandon Middle School students and seven adults hiked deep in the pristine forest of Otsego County. ‘If you […]

Steady growth for Atlas Township

Atlas Twp.- A five acre lot size, rezoning of M-15 properties and continued work on some of the more than 47 miles of gravel roads, are just a few of the issues Paul Amman, township supervisor, has to contend with this year. ‘New homes in the township have sagged over the past three years,? said […]

Township ISO rating drops, insurance rates lower

Groveland Twp.- After an estimated $1.5 million and five years, township officials are confident that residents will have lower home insurance rates and outstanding fire protection. According to township officials, following an extensive fire department audit last August, an ISO rating of four was awarded to the township. Previously, the township’s ISO rating was nine. […]

Township existing house values mixed

Brandon Township ranked eighth among 20 Oakland County communities that reported a decline in the average value of existing homes in 2006, according to a report issued by the Oakland County Equalization Division in January. Groveland Township posted a small increase, along with 32 communities in the county. According to the report compiled from 52 […]

Community remembers Brandon High School Principal Ed Donaldson

A strong leader, coach, and mentor. That’s how friends and co-workers are remembering former Brandon High School Principal Edwin ‘Ed? Keenan Donaldson Ed died of complications from surgery Feb. 3, in Lakeland Fla. He was 64. Born Aug.19, 1942, Ed grew up in Lincoln Park as the oldest of three sons. He attended Olivet College […]

Goodrich Chamber sees bright 2007

Goodrich- While some of the reverberations of a struggling state economy rippled through the village in 2006’several signs of a revitalization may be on the horizon, say village officials. ‘A few of our local businesses have closed down over the last year, but while we hear about those businesses, we often overlook the local businesses […]

Tough sledding

Goodrich- For Jake Allen, nothing spells winter fun like zipping head first down a snow covered hill on a plastic sled. Yet for Allen, and other area youths that frequent the snow covered slopes of the Goodrich Country Club golf course’the wintertime rides may now be limited. ‘It’s a great sledding hill out on the […]

District’s shortfall could top $1 million

Brandon Twp.-School officials are bracing for a possible shortage of more than $1 million in the upcoming months’the results of an existing district budget shortfall and anticipated loss of per-pupil funding. School officials say the current $29 million district budget is about $500,000 short due to declining enrollment by about 38 students in September, a […]