A family affair:1931 Ford Coupe ‘junkyard built’

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville—Post World War II, Americans came home to a landscape full of well used Ford Model As and Ts. Starting in the 1950s, the hot rods grew from those rusting family cars often found in junkyards and barnyards nationwide. Today the hot rods and the need for speed on a budget remain with […]

At 102, WWII veteran retires flag

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp. — In October 1942 Charles Gulf, then a 21-year-old along with a friend, traveled to Detroit and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. On May 28, Gulf was one of several area residents that participated in the annual flag retirement ceremony at the Ortonville Cemetery conducted by Boy Scout Troop 139 […]

Brandon School District summer camps ready to roll

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — Brandon School District summer camps are ramping up again for the summer. “The district made a commitment to subsidize these camps using ESSER funds in order to enable as many students as possible to participate,” said Jan Ziesel, continuing education director and district chief financial officer. “Summer […]

Six-week workshop: Personal Action Toward Health

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville— From 1-3:30 p.m., beginning on June 20, the Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St., Ortonville, will host weekly sessions of PATH (Personal Action Toward Health). The six-week workshop runs Tuesdays June 20-Aug. 1, with no class on July 4. PATH is designed to provide skills and tools to […]

‘Lester’ lassoed after lengthy journey to return home

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp. — Lester has been on a journey. The four-and-a-half-year-old Hereford steer’s trek started around St. Patrick’s Day last March, covered three townships and ended on May 21 heading northbound on I-75 in Groveland Township. “Lester is fine, despite a few small bites from the cow dogs,” said Melissa Borden, of Devoted Friends Animal Society and Lester’s owner. Lester, who’s the calf […]

For more than 200 years local military answered the call to service

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville — It’s been 246 years since, Norman Phelps, Sr., a 14- year-old boy from Hebron County near Hartford Conn. volunteered into the service of the United States as a musician-fifer in the Militia of Connecticut. He would serve with the Connecticut Continental Line, encounter Gen. George Washington and live to […]

A tribute to Haylee

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. — Each year the Brandon-Holly Redhawks Varsity Boys Lacrosse team dedicates their season to a special cause. On Tuesday night the Children’s Hospital Foundation with a special remembrance to Sophomore Haylee Alexander, the Brandon High School student who died earlier this year was recognized. “It’s honor to recognize Haylee,” […]

Brandon Township Library to host ‘Writers Unite’

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. — Area youth writers will have a unique opportunity to join others from the community to hone their craft with local author and reporter Shelby Stewart-Soldan for a summer series. From 5:30-6;30 p.m., June 1 & 22, July 6 & 27 and Aug. 3 & 24 at the Brandon Township Library for “Writers Unite.” “Writing […]

Scouts paws to read

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich — Roxanne Clark who worked for more than 30 years as an hospital administrator in the oncology field,  recognized the need for therapy dogs daily in her profession. “Whenever we had a dog in the cancer unit, everything was fine,” said Clark, an Elba Township resident. “The patients were better, the families and the […]

‘They Didn’t All Come Through Ellis Island’

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville — They arrived at the ports of Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco. Prior to 1855, the nation’s first immigrant processing center was Castle Garden, located in the Battery of Lower Manhattan across the bay from Ellis Island. Consider too, that between 1830-1930, more than 36 million additional […]

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