‘Weekend Canoeing in Michigan’

By David Fleet Editor For parts of the past 40 years Doc Fletcher has been on, near or in Michigan Rivers. “It was the Pere Marquette on May 20, 1978,” said Fletcher. “I was just 23 years old and some friends invited me to go canoeing—I just fell in love with it.” While spending his […]

Donut Dolly: ‘Like a letter from home’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer In the year that Joann Kotcher was in Vietnam, she almost died six times. That she is aware of. These instances and more are documented in her book “Donut Dolly,” the narrative of her stint in Vietnam War, working with the American Red Cross to visit the soldiers overseas. “We […]

Boots in the Boonies

By David Fleet Editor It started as a day hike. “We all hiked in the mud,” said Jeff Hanft of Ortonville Boy Scout Troop 139. “We started from the horse camp on Fox Lake Road with about three or four scout troops in 2008. The camp was small so we asked the DNR if the […]

Cold, rain, wind, no problem for local Boston marathoner

By David Fleet Editor The mantra “Boston Strong,” took on a new meaning last Monday. “Not one second of the day was it not raining or windy,” said Trina Jolley, 49, a Goodrich resident and 1986 Brandon High School graduate. “It was supposed to be in the 40s but felt like the 20s due to […]

Carrying the baton: Reilly’s return

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Goodrich-Reilly Shellenbarger’s race has been both difficult and lengthy. But on Thursday afternoon, Shellenbarger a high school junior completed more than the 800 meters in the first leg of the 4-by-800 meter relay in a dual meet with Mt. Morris and Montrose. On July 5, 2017 Reilly was travelling across […]

Black Diamond Trailer Sales

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-Whether hauling a car, landscape material or a travel trailer cross country— Black Diamond Trailer Sales, 1342 S. Ortonville Road offers the right equipment for the task. “This community is a great market for trailers of all styles, said Don Sherman, owner and 2007 Brandon High School graduate. “My grandfather […]

Bucket list includes Boston Marathon for local

By David Fleet Editor Trina Jolley is Boston bound. “The Boston Marathon was on my ‘Bucket List,’” said Jolley, 49, a Goodrich resident and 1986 Brandon High School graduate. “I’m excited to be there—it’s a lot of emotion and I plan on just soaking it all in.” Jolley will join about 10,000 runners in the […]

Locals gather for ‘March for Our Lives’

By David Fleet Editor On March 24, some of the survivors of the deadly shooting rampage at a Parkland, Fla., high school led hundreds of thousands in “March for Our Lives” events across the country, delivering a message to Washington that action on gun violence is necessary. Saturday’s march followed the March 14, National School […]

Alternative spring break sparks new interests

By David Fleet Editor Megan Duval’s recent spring break made a difference. Duval, 19, is a 2016 Goodrich High School graduate. She is currently a sophomore at Saginaw Valley State University in her first year of the nursing program. From March 5-11, Duval was one of more than 50 SVSU students who opted for a […]

‘I always tell women, never give up’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Since she was 14, Missy Anderson has been suffering with endometriosis. “My very first cycle, my mom had to take me to the ER because it was so bad,” said Anderson, a Brandon Township resident. “I wasn’t truly diagnosed until I was 20.” For 22 years, Anderson would research the […]