When lightning strikes often

Brandon Twp – When lightning struck Wilford and Shelia Rymar’s Perry Lake home the couple considered themselves lucky. The Wilfords arrived home last Sunday night to find the remnants of a massive double chimney scattered over the deck, stairs and lawn. A section of the chimney had crashed through the garage roof. The homes air […]

‘I owe it to my family to walk again?

Ortonville – Brad Erlandson celebrates Father’s Day from the confines of a wheelchair. ‘My role as a father has changed, like a referee I can’t physically pull the kids apart, but I can speak to them as a father’they’ll obey my words.? ‘God designed me to walk. The wheelchair and walker are just a temporary […]

Inflatable fun

Ortonville-Chris Steer hopes to get a jump on a new area business. With the auto industry on the skids, Steer, a Louca Mold and Aircraft gundrill foreman for the past 15 years was ready to look for some additional income. ‘I was discussing with a neighbor some ideas of what else we could do for […]

Gravity rediscovered

Brandon Twp.-The Brandon Fletcher Intermediate fifth-grade students have their feet firmly planted on the ground’and now they know why. Students from the classes of fifth-grade teachersTami Rousseu, Heather Sirianni and Kim Coffey combined to study the works of Isaac Newton, who discovered the law of universal gravitation. To prove Newton’s laws, the teaching trio worked […]

Tell a veteran you’re not voting

In a report issued September 2001 by the Michigan Department of Education, almost half of Michigan school districts reported fewer than 5 percent of eligible voters participated in the 2000 school board election. Three-quarters of the districts had turnouts of 10 percent or less, and since not all eligible citizens register to vote, the percentage […]

Sub raises tabled

Goodrich ? The issue of a 2-percent pay raise for Goodrich substitute teachers was put on hold at Monday’s meeting so school board members could further research the matter. Goodrich High School Media Specialist Joan Turner spoke against the raise. ‘I question a pay raise for subs when we’re cutting textbooks and supplies,? said Turner. […]

Ak’wa Water, labeled for success

Ortonville- About 260 feet below the Village of Ortonville is a vast river of profit for one local business. Ak’wa, the Greek word for water, is the name found on a variety of artesian water bottles in the 14,000-square-foot warehouse of Ak’wa Water Company. Local owners Jack Quigley and son Jack L. Quigley, along with […]

Johnson will run for Oakland County clerk

Lansing- After three-full terms as 46th District State Representative, Ruth Johnson (R-Groveland Twp.) announced Wednesday she will run for Oakland County Clerk. ‘If the voters are willing I’d like to bring my experience and leadership back to Oakland County,? said Johnson on Wednesday. ‘The taxpayers of Oakland County deserve to have the most efficient and […]

Local schools outpace state MEAP scores

On Wednesday both Brandon and Goodrich elementary and middle schools were cheering after the Michigan Educational Assesment Program test scores were released’boasting scores that, like other years, outpaced state averages. The only blemish on some pretty decent scores was fourth grade writing, which trailed the state by 7 percent in the Brandon school disrtict and […]

Goodrich-Oxford Bank plans set

Goodrich-Oxford Bank Corporation the holding company for Oxford Bank, officially announced the purchase of a one-acre site on the northeast corner of M-15 (State Road) and Hawes Street (8125 State Road) in the Village of Goodrich. The plans were approved by the Goodrich Planning Commission during its April 26 meeting and ground breaking is expected […]