Fewer children in township

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- At a special meeting on Monday night, the township hosted a workshop on their 2020 strategic planning, which examines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the community. One of the issues that was brought up as a weakness is fewer children. “We are still probably at fewer […]

Lake St. Clair Bass tournament

By David Fleet Editor On Aug. 5, Kyle Greene of Brandon Township won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair after catching five bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces. Greene took home $5,753 for his win. “I was fishing the Canadian side of the lake in 16 to […]

Our Lady of Mt. Thabor monastery celebrates 50 years

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.-On Aug. 10 the Dominicans of Our Lady of Mt Thabor celebrated 50 years of contemplative service in the Archdiocese of Detroit with a liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. “We have been blessed by the long line of hierarchical support from Bishop Breitenbeck, Cardinal Dearden, Cardinal Szoka, Cardinal […]

Main family gathers for centennial reunion

By David Fleet Editor On Aug. 14, 1919 the Main family gathered the first reunion at the home of Mahlon Smith in Flint. “The day was spent visiting and feasting,” and a collection of $6.06 was reported in the family minutes following that first reunion. A hundred years have past and the Main’s reunion of […]

Keeper of the island light

By David Fleet Editor Leland-From shipwrecks to rescuing hikers to a coyote neighbor—Jonathan Schechter’s summer days on a tiny Lake Michigan island are anything but mundane. From May 24 until July 1 Schechter, a Brandon Township resident served as the lighthouse keeper on South Manitou Island. Each summer since 2016 Schechter was one of three […]

50 hours to Mackinac—Flying Buffalo tops in class

By David Fleet Editor At 5:37 p.m., Monday, July 22 the Flying Buffalo and crew sailed into the Straights of Mackinac following a two day Great Lake gauntlet featuring fickle wind, rain and lighting. On deck of the 36-foot sailboat was Atlas Township attorney and veteran sailor David Lattie who reflected on the Flying Buffalo’s […]

Mission Owensboro: St. Mark Habitat project builds homes, youth

By David Fleet Editor House numbers 139 and 140. Two Habitat for Humanity homes under construction about 500 miles southwest of Goodrich in Owensboro, Ky. From July 21-27, nine girls and six boys along with 10 adults from St. Mark Catholic Church Youth group made the trek to the northern Kentucky city on the banks […]

Jenny McKenzie, 2019 Goodrich/Atlas Township Citizen of the Year

By David Fleet Editor Each year since 2000, The Citizen newspaper has recognized people in the community who make positive changes to our area. The individual volunteers to make a real difference in the readership area. After more than a decade of leading the Good Times in Goodrich Festival with 100 percent volunteers The Citizen […]

A ride inside Holly Oaks ORV Park

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.-On July 18, the new Holly Oaks ORV Park opened for a preview of the Michigan’s latest state park. Former tapped out gravel mines were transformed into a playland for two and four wheel aficionados who find their passion on dirt, rocks and the occasional mud pit. The park will […]

Team Effort:Local youth on summer mission

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Mark Sanders has seen his children off on mission trips for the past few years—this year he finally joined them. “They had been doing the trips, and my wife had been attending,” said Sanders. “And she told me I had to go because they needed people to fix stuff.” The […]