Locals ramp up mask sewing for coronavirus battle

By Shelby Stewarat Staff Writer Nationally, there is a shortage of a lot of medical supplies due to COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, including masks. Local residents are doing everything they can to help out. “So, my sister works as an EMT and contacted my mom and I last week,” said Sarah Allen, Brandon Township resident […]

‘Rob was a good leader who set great example for other firefighters’

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-On March 16, the township board of trustees voted 5-0 to accept the resignation of Captain Rob Cummins. “Rob was an asset to the department,” said Tere Onica, township supervisor. “The first responders (like Cummins) are truly dedicated, they go are out there in all types of weather, heat, cold […]

The Citizen wins three awards in state journalism contest

The Citizen newspaper was honored with three awards in the 2019 Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, marking the 11th consecutive year of recognition in the state’s largest journalism competition. The awards were announced earlier this month. With the new awards, The Citizen has now received 43 MPA awards since 2005. The competition inspires all […]

Life in Italy following COVID lockdown

By David Fleet Editor Martina Ferri is thankful for the yard behind her home. “We first had the news of the COVID virus on Feb. 21,” said Martina via the WhatsApp. “They soon started closing schools and my college. It all happened so fast. We are lucky here with my family, we have a backyard […]


By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Mike Lefevre is 37 year old and works in a steel mill. His wife Carol, is a waitress in a neighborhood restaurant. The couple live in a two-flat dwelling somewhere in Cicero, on the outskirts of Chicago. They have two small children. “I’m a dying breed,” said Mike. “A laborer. […]

Brandon Glass opens

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.- In January, Brandon Glass, 3960 Ortonville Road, opened for business. With more than 20 years in the glass industry, owner Wally Baran’s mission is crystal clear—to provide the community with high quality, affordable, and accurate residential, commercial and automotive glass services. “From custom screens, mirrors to Euro Showers we […]

Home buying seasons shifting

By David Fleet Editor Traditionally spring and warmer weather sparks the beginning of the home buying season. That trend may be changing. According to news sources and Realtor.com nationally from 2015 through 2018, the peak month for views-per listing was April—January lagged a full 16 percent. However, in 2019, January was the most active on […]

American Idol returns Sunday

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-She’s back. Township resident Genavieve Linkowski will appear for a second time on American Idol. After falling just short in the competition about two years ago—ABC producers requested an encore performance airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC. In April 2018, after wowing celebrity judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and […]

Area ‘leapler’ celebrates 13th birthday

By David Fleet Editor On Feb. 29, Dr. Jay Stark will celebrate his 13th birthday. “That’s right I’m a teenager this year,” said Stark, owner of Brandon Chiropractic Center 125 N. Ortonville Road. “However, my life as a Leap Year Baby does not stop the hands of time. I’m really 52 years old.” Stark is […]

Student scholarships available

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Local scholarships are available to Brandon seniors for the upcoming college or trade programs. “The Ortonville Lions Club has been awarding excellence of our graduating seniors in the form of scholarships for many years,” said Kim Bishop, a member of the Ortonville Lions. “We are proud to celebrate the outstanding […]

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