Local author to discuss her new book, ‘Augusta’

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville — At 6:30 p.m., on March 7, local author Celia Ryker will launch her new book, “Augusta”, at the Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St. “I grew up in Clarkston and have lived in Ortonville since 1978. My husband, Don, and I live between Ortonville and Bridgewater Corners, […]

Brandon High School Theater presents: The Addams Family

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — The Brandon High School Theater is getting mysterious and spooky. “We chose that musical because it’s fun, it’s very timely with the popularity of the Wednesday show,” said director Stacy Cleaveland. “I directed the fall play, and the kids are a bunch of characters and that’s what’s […]

Memories of a centenarian:100 years of life

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. — From the coal mining towns of Pennsylvania to Southeastern Michigan, Irene Catherine Delasko century of life is a story of perseverance through hardships, strong faith and commitment to her husband and family of four. Born March 21, 1923, Irene, a long-time Brandon Township resident will celebrate her 100th birthday […]

From Blackhawk to Battlehawk

By David Fleet Editor San Antonio — On Feb. 19, former Brandon Blackhawk standout, Jake Sutherland returned to professional football and the XFL with the St. Louis Battlehawks who defeated the San Antonio Brahmas in the season opener 18-15. “It’s still surreal being back,” said Sutherland, 27, during an interview on Wednesday. “I have not […]

The Village of Ortonville: Celebrating 175 years

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville—  This summer, Ortonville will be celebrating its 175 birthday with a special gathering at September Fest this fall. Over the next six months, The Citizen newspaper will be recounting some of the history of Ortonville with a special page published in the last edition of each month. “Throughout the year, […]

Trovato selected to Team Michigan Alpine Ski Racing

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — A Brandon High School junior has been selected to be a member of Team Michigan for Alpine Ski Racing. Anthony Trovato is one of 12 high school boys and 12 high school girls asked to be on the team, and will represent Michigan at the US Ski […]

Abney tallies 1,000 points in stellar BHS career

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. — Riley Abney needs just a few more shots for the record book. The 5 feet 9 inch junior and three year starter on the Blackhawks Varsity Girls Basketball team tallied her 1,000 point on Feb. 17 in a win against Flint Metro League foe Corunna. She needed just […]

Road Runner dream roars back to life for local

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.— Jim Nichols still considers himself fortunate. His father, Perry Nichols, a long time employee at Dodge Truck Assembly, gave his son Jim a Plymouth Satellite after graduating from Waterford High School in 1971. “The car was great but I wanted the Plymouth Road Runner,” said Jim, now 69 years old and a township resident. […]

History saved: From tree to table

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp. — About 250 years ago American rebels threw 342 chests of British Tea into the Boston Harbor and George Washington was named  Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. About that same time there’s a good chance a white oak tree was growing in Atlas Township in what is […]

Green comet passes over state

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. —A local photographer was recently successful in finding the “green comet.” Brandon Township resident Heath Zietz was on a mission to finally see comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) with an emerald glow. According to NASA, the rare green comet has been traveling through our solar system for the last month […]