Team Effort:Local youth on summer mission

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Mark Sanders has seen his children off on mission trips for the past few years—this year he finally joined them. “They had been doing the trips, and my wife had been attending,” said Sanders. “And she told me I had to go because they needed people to fix stuff.” The […]

Community set to honor Laone Trese

By David Fleet Editor Laone Trese’s life was full. A family of 17 children, a loving wife for 50 years topped off with a laundry list of visible roles in the community. At 4 p.m., July 27, a plaque honoring Laone who passed away March 28, 2002 will be dedicated at Crossman Park-Kindness Rock Garden […]

‘You have no idea when it’s going to hit’

By David Fleet Editor Bonnie Ramsdell’s cat named “Sarah,” could tell it was coming before it happened. “There’s really nothing you can do,” she said. “She was nervous,” said Ramsdell. “She knew it. But you really just have no idea when it’s going to hit.” Sarah and Ramsdell had reason to worry. Ramsdell, 75, is […]

Local named ‘Best of Detroit Makeup Artist’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer A 2011 Brandon Grad was voted HOUR Detroit’s Best of Detroit Makeup Artist for 2019. “I didn’t even know until a friend tagged me in the (facebook) post,” said Alexandria Bishop. “I had no idea I’d even be in the running because there are so many talented local makeup artists.” […]

OCSO Deputy Saunders retires from patrol

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.- After more than two decades—Jim Saunders is off the road. Following a stellar 36 year career in law enforcement Oakland County Sheriff Deputy Saunders stepped out of the patrol car and into retirement. “I’ve always been a patrolman,” said Saunders, 55. “I’ve dabbled as a detective, but I’d rather […]

Returning to Normandy’s beaches: 75th anniversity remembered

By David Fleet Editor On a early June morning Leonard and Kathy Biera boarded a Brittany Ferry for the six hour trek from Portsmouth, England across the English Channel to La villa Port Winston, France. “It was suicide,” said Leonard, a U.S. Navy submarine veteran, as the boat approached the cliffs on Pointe du Hoc, […]

Steps and Stories

There are still spots open for the summer program at the Sashabaw Meadows club house, made possible by the Brooksie Way Mini Grant. The program, Steps and Stories: Healthier Mind and Body, is open to students ages 6-12 that live Sashabaw Meadows and Clarkston. The program focuses on walking every day and reading on topics […]

‘It’s a challenge, but it’s a good challenge’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Due to scoliosis Morgan Ross was forced to drop her plans of collegiate track and field. So the 2018 Brandon High School graduate picked up an oar. “I looked at other sports I could possibly do,” said Ross. “I found rowing at Grand Valley and I ended up falling in […]

Eye on the future:Brandon schools career fair

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Students at Brandon Schools are looking forward towards possible future careers. On May 24, Brandon Middle School hosted a professional hockey player, a former Detroit Tiger, CPAs, an engineer and a dozen other career professionals. “Career Day was a phenomenal day at BMS,” said teacher Nathan Odinga. “The students enjoyed hearing […]

One-eyed screech owl returns to township woods, hunting

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- It’s dusk on a late May afternoon and Ron Cleveland pulls off a rural township road. His two caged feathered passengers, tipping the scale at just under a half a pound each are healthy except they both are blind in one eye. “There’s not much more we can do […]

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