75th anniversary of WWII ending—first troops on mainland Japan

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville- It has been 75 years, but Dane Guisbert still recalls the remains of the buildings in Japan following World War II. “In the cities the buildings were made out of reasonably stable (materials) wood, but a lot were made of bamboo,” said Guisbert, 94. “Some of the people were destitute […]

Family Movie Night Aug.15

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-At 7 p.m., Aug. 15, Brandon Recreation will host their 6th annual Family Movie Night at the Brandon Township Community Park, 1414 N. Hadley Road, Ortonville. The movie being shown is Trolls World Tour. “We’re going to try and run it like we did in the past minus some […]

Whale bones found in township

By David Fleet Editor Two Brandon Township sisters recently discovered whale bones in an on old river deposit in the Atlas Township area. Sadie, 13 and Kalin, 14 Benson were exploring recently and found two rather unique bones about 24 inches across in a rural area of the township. “I actually stubbed my toe on […]

Outboard affection

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville-Bill Duman had spent a lifetime either on the water or under it. The Cheboygan native was a third generation hard-hat diver, served in the Navy during the WWII Battle of the Atlantic and completed countless hard hat dives in the Straights including under Mackinac Bridge following its construction in 1957. […]

Battle of the Books competition

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer On May 20, the Brandon Township Public Library would have hosted their 17 annual Battle of the Books Competition. Due to COVID-19, teams could not compete in their regular quiz-bowl format competition. However, the pandemic did not slow area youth from participating in the battle. This year 12 teams, comprised […]

Three decades of service

By David Fleet Staff Writer Ortonville-For the past three decades, Gary Fox has made a living racing to fires, accidents and emergencies either driving or riding in a firetruck. On June 25, Fox, a firefighter/paramedic since 1990—ended his stellar career with one last ride to his village home courtesy of the Bloomfield Township Fire Department. […]

Patriots remembered

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-John and his older brother William Britton both served in the Revolutionary War. John was a private in the 5th Battalion, Philadelphia Militia, and fought in the battle of Germantown, Pa, Oct. 4, 1777 and in the Battle of Monmouth, NJ in 1778. Brother William enlisted in 1777 and participated […]

Girl Scout Gold Award

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Jessica Aalertsberg, of Girl Scout Troop 31 in Goodrich, recently knitted her way to a Gold Award. “I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was eight years old,” said Aalertsberg, 18. “As I was growing up I noticed not many people in my age group knew how to do that, […]

Scout takes aim at technology gap

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich- A boy scout recently combined his computer skills, desire to assist senior citizens and easing the struggles of those in long-term care facilities into a stellar Eagle Scout project. Connor Mulholland, 18, is a recent Goodrich High School graduate, who started in Cub Scouts Pack 340 and for the past […]

Dam breach, flood sweeps away cabin

By David Fleet Editor Gerald Hughes recognized the roof of his cabin as it was floating down the Tittabawassee River. “You could just see the roof,” said Hughes, 93, who watched his secondary residence on a YouTube post. “The rest of my cabin was submerged.” Hughes, a Goodrich resident for 66 years, former Martian football […]