Thirty years of Papa Bella’s

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville-On Oct. 1, 1991, the first Tuesday of business for Papa Bella’s Pizza, 425 Mill St., tallied four orders generating a grand total of $37 for owners Mark Bell and Joe D’Anna. “I was 29 years old then and that first day was the scariest day ever,” said Bell, now 60. […]

Four of a kind-Rosebush quads

By David Fleet Editor On Jan. 10, 1951 the population of Oakwood grew by four residents. That day on the east side of Brandon Township, now more than 70 years ago, Kenneth Rosebush, 36, a stone mason, and his wife, Anne, 34, gave birth to quadruplets at St. Joseph Hospital, Pontiac. Kenneth, Krystal, Keith and […]

New team member at Real Estate One

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-Heather Adamkiewicz is now a team member at Real Estate One-Ortonville, 875 Ortonville Road. “I decided to join Real Estate One here in Ortonville because this is my new hometown and I want to be affiliated with the number one real estate office our town has to offer,” said […]

BHS student returns after illness

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Caden Holloway has been on the Brandon varsity soccer team for four years, plays on the lacrosse team, and is looking forward to a carpentry apprenticeship after college. But after he woke up in the hospital over the summer, he was worried he’d lose all of that and more because […]

New pastor steps in at St. Anne Catholic Church

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-On Sept. 1, Fr. Craig Marion, 43, was appointed new pastor at St. Anne, 825 S. Ortonville Road. He replaces Fr. Gerry Frawley who retired after 13 years. A Madison Heights native and 1996 Lamphere High School graduate, Marion studied business at Oakland Community College and Walsh College where he […]

Kazakhstan to Goodrich—a cultural exchange

By David Fleet Editor From Kazakhstan on the eastern boarder of China and Russia through nine time zones, 6,000 miles and a host of cultural differences Dana Akhmeden arrived in Goodrich. “Coming to the United States is my childhood dream,” said Dana, 16. “I watched movies of the United States, learned about the country and […]

Zube named Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week

The Detroit Lions have named Brad Zube of Brandon High School the week four recipient of the 2021 High School Football Coach of the Week Program. Zube’s Blackhawks defeated Flint Metro League opponent Clio 55-0 to move their record to 4-0 on the season. Currently, Brandon is ranked #5 in Division 4. “It’s very humbling […]

Giving back to the community

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville- At five-years-old Don Ball learned to do CPR. “When I was a kid mom was a teaching registered nurse in the Birmingham Schools,” recalled Ball. “One day she brought the Resusci Annie mannequin home from school to practice on because she wanted to run through how she was teaching classes. […]

Porter’s Orchard:A century of growth

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-Ray Porter never met his grandfather, but the legacy he left him is still growing strong today. On Oct. 1, Porter’s Orchard and Farm Market, 12060 Hegel Road, Goodrich will celebrate 100 years of providing the community with apples and a host of products from award winning cider to doughnuts […]

Local businesses still seeking workers

By David Fleet Editor Mike Clancy needed employees. Clancy, owner of AC Tire North, 595 N. Ortonville Road received very few, if any, applications over the past months— a deadly pandemic with covid-19 now back at a high point, day care difficult to find and for some vaccination issues linger. “We were looking to hire […]

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