RAGBRAI: Local finds healthy habit, bikes across Iowa

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-Stephen Lyon smoked for 30 years until the “great recession” hit him in the pocketbook in 2008. He had been quitting smoking for three decades, but after losing his job with a bank, he finally gave up his 10-pack of Marlboro Red cigarettes a week for good, and when […]

A day for Purple Hearts

Community honors veterans; WWII P.O.W. recalls being shot down, captured in Austria

A day for Purple Hearts

Front from left, James Cartwright, WWII; Don Kengerski, Korean War. Back row from left, Tyler Gucwa, Iraq War; Larry Perry, Vietnam War; Larry Carrithers, Vietnam War; Dane Guisbert, WWII; Ron Allen, Vietnam War; Robert Wilk, Vietnam War and  Samuel Mackey WWII. On Aug. 6  Area Purple Heart recipients gathered at the Ortonville Cemetery. Now, Ortonville […]

Mission: Flint

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Last year, Jan Pasteiner led youth on a mission trip more than 500 miles south of here in Tennessee. This year, they offered their help to those in need less than 20 miles to the north in Flint. “We have neighbors that are 10 miles from us that are homeless,” […]

Costa Rica cuts—locals offer aid to poor natives, refugees

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Hair cuts and manicures aren’t typically thought of as mission work, but they were very appreciated by some Costa Ricans in need, as well as refugees. Kim Parsons, a hairdresser at Amedae Salon in Brandon Township, wasn’t able to take all the tools of her trade, but she made great […]

St. Anne pastor celebrates 50 years as priest with Mass

By David Fleet Editor St. Anne Catholic Church was full. Really full. “For two or three years during the summer months I said Mass outside under the pine trees,” said the Rev. John J. Sullivan. “There were so many summer visitors there was really no option but to build a new church—the need was there. […]

Groveland Township Voter’s Guide

    Supervisor (choose one) Name: Robert DePalma (I) (R) Age: 68 Years in township: 37 Education: 1.25 years of college. Occupation: Current Groveland Township supervisor. Government-related experience: Six years chairman of Groveland Township Board of Zoning Appeals;16 years chairman of the Groveland Planning Commission and 20-plus years as Groveland Township supervisor Why are you […]

Brandon Township Voter’s Guide

Brandon Township supervisor (Choose one) Name: Jayson W. Rumball (R) Age: 37 Years in the township: 35 (in September) Education: Bachelor’s degree – business administration and concentration in insurance (Olivet College) Juris Doctor – business transactions (Western Michigan Thomas Cooley Law School). Occupation: Attorney and managing member at Rumball & Wojtkowicz, PLC. Trustee – Brandon […]

Atlas Township Voter’s Guide

Atlas Township Supervisor(Choose one) Name: Teresa L. Onica (R) Age: 57 Years in the township: Goodrich for the last 23-years. Husband Nick; sons Matt, 31 and Tony, 29; daughter Jamie, 25. Occupation: Atlas Township Clerk Education: BA, Oakland University. MSU, certified municipal clerk. Ongoing education and professional development through Michigan Townships Association, International Institute of […]

‘There were so many names on that wall’

‘There were so many names on that wall’

By David Fleet Editor Grace Wojtalewicz never met Gerald Collier. But on a spring day earlier this month in Washington DC, the two—generations apart—connected. Wojtalewicz, 14, a Goodrich Middle School eighth grade student recently made the 500 mile trek from Goodrich to Washington DC with 100 classmates as part of the14th annual class trip. The […]

A grateful heart: Patient runs in Sweden to honor doctor

A grateful heart: Patient runs in Sweden to honor doctor

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ken Dockery can’t say “thank you” enough, so he is showing his gratitude to the surgeon who saved his life by running a marathon in his honor. The former Brandon Township resident, who discovered in 2002 he had a heart defect and subsequently underwent surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, first […]