Olympian makes a splash in Brandon

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- A two-time Olympian is making waves at the Brandon Aquatics Center. Nim Shapira is in the water daily as the owner/founder of Aqua Club, which oversees operations of the pool located at Brandon High School, and his goal now is to increase the number of swimmers in the […]

Township seeks Iron Belle Trail input

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Do you want an Iron Belle Trail connection in the township? Officials want to know, via email, the answer to that question. They also want your name, complete address and only persons over age 18 to respond. One answer per household please and send your support or opposition […]

Police seek help after thefts from vehicles reported

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Police are seeking the public’s help in solving recent thefts from vehicles in the township. The larcenies from autos have occurred in the past week on Spruce Hill Lane. According to Oakland County Sheriff’s Office reports, at about 8:35 a.m., Aug. 3, a resident in the 800 block […]

It’s almost school time

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Raising a grandchild alone on a fixed income is difficult, especially at back to school time, but it is made easier for at least one local grandma with the help of the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund. “Without OCEF’s help, I’d be up the creek,” said Bessie, a 67-year-old […]

Reporting from Greece

Reporting from Greece

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Mary Siring traveled across the world to get the firsthand scoop on what has been a global story– the Syrian refugee crisis. Having recently returned from Greece where she interviewed refugees from both Syria and the Congo, the Oakland University journalsim major certainly has tales to tell. But she is […]

Appalachian accomplished

Appalachian accomplished

Lynne Wummel celebrates completion of her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail on July 27 at the top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. By Susan Bromley Staff Writer (Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final installment in a series about Lynne Wummel’s quest to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. For previous stories, search Wummel at […]

Goodbye and thank you

A column by Susan Bromley As a journalist, the start of a story, the lede, is often the hardest to write. But sometimes, the ending is even more difficult. This is the case for me as I prepare to end my story at The Citizen after 12-and-a-half years. I still remember vividly my humble beginnings […]

‘Find your happy place and do it’

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Robin Hoeffel competed at the National Senior Games this summer, an athlete representing not only Michigan, but more importantly for her, a philosophy. “I like to stay strong and represent the idea that even though you get older, you can still stay active and have so much fun,” said Hoeffel, […]

Saving the protectors

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Those who risk their lives to protect the community will soon have one more tool to keep themselves safe. The fire department has won an Assistance to Firefighters Grant and the funds will be used to purchase rapid intervention kits (RIK), which will aid in the rescue of […]

Decision needed on Iron Belle Trail

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The township is being asked to give an answer on the Iron Belle Trail a lot sooner than planned. A subcommittee formed earlier this month with appointments to last until Nov. 20, 2018, may not have to serve quite that long. The subcommittee met as a whole on […]

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