Navy veteran recalls life on post World War II Pacific islands

By David Fleet Editor In late 1945, about six months after the end of WWII, Navy Radioman William Meadowcroft was playing basketball on the U.S. Naval Base Guam. “We were in the middle of a game and a buddy thought he received a bee sting on his right ear,” he said. “So we took him […]

‘It did as much for me as I did for the girls’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer On May 11, the Sally Swayne hosted a meeting of her Girl Scout Troop 829. But not the current troop in Ortonville. “We were troop 829, there’s another one here in Ortonville,” said Swayne, former troop leader. “I was worried they’d get mixed up, but if they got mixed up, […]

Waybrant Flag Football Hall of Fame bound

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-About 20 years ago Fred Waybrant recognized a need. Waybrant was hired by the township as recreation director in 1999. At that time, the township was organizing local youth sports programs for the community. One of the groups he visited was the Junior Blackhawks Football who opted to kept their […]

Tin Can Tourists:Michigan made trailers

By David Fleet Editor The 1953 New Moon travel trailer was 32 feet long and then cost about $5,300 right off the lot in Alma, Mich. The trailer became famous when Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz traveled cross county in the 1954 movie “The Long, Long Trailer.” Soon after they were married Tacy and Nicholas […]

Michigan POW Camps

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer It was known as Camp Owosso—the fenced-in compound consisted of rows of tents, each home to six German prisoners. “I spent some of the time in the guard tower watching over about 400 prisoners at a time,” recalled Gerry Marsh, an Ortonville resident, who in 2010 was interviewed by The […]

Bookin’ It for the Library 5k, Dewey DecimalDash

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ronnie Lumm and her son Leo have run the Bookin’ It 5k for the past five years. “My son got drafted when he was 16 and played hockey for the North American Hockey League in Texas for four years,” said Lumm. “When he came back, he started running it with […]

Boonie Hike 2019

By David Fleet Editor “It doesn’t get any better than standing around a campfire in front of a lake eating ice cream.” The statement from an area scout was overheard by Jeff Hanft of Ortonville Boy Scout Troop 139 on the banks of Big Fish Lake this past weekend as about 300 scouts gathered for […]

BGYA Youth Recognition night

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer At the 32nd annual Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance Youth Recognition Ceremony, 184 students were recognized for their efforts in the community, including four Gold Star Award winners. “The Brandon Groveland Youth Recognition Awards have been going on in our community for 32 years,” said guest speaker and former Gold Star […]

All Shook Up

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Goodrich High School is all shook up. On May 2-5, the Goodrich High School Theatre is putting on a production of ‘All Shook Up,’ a musical inspired by the music of Elvis Presley. “It’s been four years, it was time for a musical,” said director Steven Mitchell. The story, taking […]

A second run in Boston

By David Fleet Editor Boston-Heartbreak Hill is an incline on Beacon Street that begins at Center Street then rises a half-mile to Hammond Street about 20 miles from the start of the Boston Marathon. Monday marked nine years since Goodrich resident Leah Foley made that climb—just six miles from the end of the iconic marathon. […]

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