Citizens of the Year Mary Alice & Arnold Seelbinder

By David Fleet Editor The Citizen newspaper is proud to honor long-time Brandon Township residents Mary Alice and Arnold Seelbinder as the 2019 Citizens of the Year. “I’m a northern Michigan stump jumper, born in Harrison, Michigan and Arnie was born in Hadley Township,” said Mary Alice, 87 who moved with her family to the […]

A man a his boat

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-David Ferrazza’s nautical quest had spanned seven decades, through a war in southeast Asia and a lifetime of work—next summer that dream will finally set sail. In the 1940s, Ferrazza was a youth growing up in Detroit’s lower East side. He would often ride his bicycle to Belle Island on […]

Health, costs: Michigan’s flavored vape ban

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Local businessman Nick Patel’s reaction to the recent ban on flavored e-cigarettes is mixed. “One way it’s (the ban) good, one way it’s bad,” said Nick Patel, owner of Smoker’s Palace and the Marathon Gas station both located on M-15. “It affects business a lot, one of the categories of […]

Septic System Awareness month

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- September is septic system awareness month, and the village is raising awareness with their month-long Septic Smart resolution. Each week the village will have a different septic notice posted on their website and facebook page, and postcards have gone out to all village residents. The second week’s notices are […]

Unaccompanied veterans honored

By David Fleet Editor Holly Twp.- Sidney George Gilmour was born Jan. 18, 1927, attended Flint Northern High School and at 20 years old enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He served on the escort carrier USS Palau and was released from duty July 2, 1947. He died Aug. 5, 2005, with interment at Great […]

Septic system awareness month

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- September is septic system awareness month, and the village is raising awareness with their month-long Septic Smart resolution. Each week the village will have a different septic notice posted on their website and facebook page, and postcards have gone out to all village residents. The first week’s notice is […]

‘We knew what a storm like Dorian could do to our slice of paradise’

By David Fleet Editor A Brandon grad on Florida’s east coast recently experienced what a difference a week – and a few miles – can make. Late last month, Floridians began watching at Atlantic storm, which forecasters had predicted could bring rain and tropical-storm force winds of 70 mph. Florida residents approach tropical storms like […]

‘Our ‘Taste of Michigan’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Hamilton’s Feed in downtown Ortonville has gone through some major renovations in the last few months to more resemble an old country store, in fitting with the hometown feel of Ortonville. “Our ‘Taste of Michigan’ section is newly expanded to include a variety of Michigan-made products, from Glen Arbor to […]

Township pair tally Senior Olympics medals

By David Fleet Editor Peggy Williams will be the first to admit that exercise and her do not mix. “It was like water and oil, it was just not going to happen,” said Williams, 56, a Brandon Township resident. “I was all about the sugar and fast food.” That was before William’s friend and neighbor […]

Blackhawk class ring returned after 14 years

By David Fleet Editor Tracy (Landon) Webber, a 1979 Brandon High School alumna figured she’d seen the last of her class ring. Tracy, now 58, purchased the sapphire clad Brandon class ring during her sophomore year in 1976. After graduation she studied culinary at Oakland University and married high school sweetheart Marc Webber in 1981. […]

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