Former area resident returns to pastor GUMC

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich — In October the Goodrich United Methodist Church welcomed Rev. Nick Berlanga as the new pastor. “I love the sense of hospitality I’ve received in the Goodrich area,” said Berlanga. “The congregation has embraced my wife Tara and I.” A Mundy Township native and current South Lyon resident, Berlanga earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alma College in 1985. After graduation he […]

Boat race all about staying dry, staying afloat

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. — On Thursday, 18 boats set out on a two lap tour of the Brandon swimming pool. Only half returned. Duct tape, cardboard and a swimming pool were part of the 17th annual cardboard race boat physics project that was all about staying dry and staying afloat. Brandon High School students from STEM Chemistry classes […]

Abney sets all time school scoring record

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. — Eighteen points. That’s all BHS Senior Riley Abney needed on Dec. 15 to break Savannah Stedman’s all-time Blackhawk scoring record of 1,159 points set back in 2007. Abney, a 5 feet 9 inch, four year starter on the Blackhawks Varsity Girls Basketball team broke the record for girls and boys points in the second […]

Alaskan wilderness: A summer on Kodiak Island

By David Fleet Editor Kodiak Island — After almost a decade in the Army, Staff Sgt. Grant Simcox endured boot camp, overseas deployments and the riggers of military life. While a return home to Goodrich is part of the plan, there’s one more stop on the way back to civilian life that’s far more wild […]

In the Fire: Navigating the Chaos of Cancer

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — When Amy Boyer was diagnosed with breast cancer, she got a lot of different books on the topic. “They were all really sad and I didn’t want to read them, so I wanted to write something positive for someone else,” said Boyer. “What do you do when […]

Gleason called up to Edmonton Oilers

By David Fleet Editor Edmonton — On Dec. 7, the Edmonton Oilers made a roster move recalling defenseman and Ortonville native Ben Gleason from the American Hockey League Bakersfield Condors and assigning defenseman Philip Broberg. Gleason, 25 has scored two goals and seven assists with a +5 rating through 14 games with the Condors this season after signing a two-year contract with Edmonton on […]

Wreaths Across Ortonville

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.— On Dec. 9, the Ortonville VFW Post 582 members, Lisa Radke’s Brandon Care Bears and more than 40 volunteers placed 528 wreaths on veterans graves at the Ortonville Cemetery and 96 at Seymour Lake Cemetery. “Thank you to everyone who donated their time and those who contributed to the […]

News, stories of Pearl Harbor attack reported locally

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.— It’s been 82 years since the US Fleet came under attack by Japanese forces on Dec. 7, 1941. Many locally with memories of the attack that killed 2,403, five time zones and half a world away from southeastern Michigan are now dwindling. Oakland County Historian and Ortonville resident Carol […]

2023:Hunter success dips so far this season

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville— With about 80% of the 2023 whitetail deer season completed, including the popular firearm season (Nov. 15-30), the number harvested dropped from 159,931 in 2022 to 136,205 this year, a decline of about 15%. Similarly, hunters in the 2023 early archery season (Oct. 1-Nov. 14) tagged 79,463 deer compared to […]

Blue Christmas service at GUMC

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich — It’s often portrayed as a happy time of the year. Family, gifts and a host of gatherings—followed by holiday music that begins in early November. But for some the holiday’s can be sad— downright blue. At 7 p.m., Dec. 12, the Goodrich United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Road will […]