The poorest of the poor

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer In the fall of 2015, the Carmody family left their life behind to become full-time foreign missionaries.  “Our intent and desire is to live abroad in the poorest of poor communities for the remainder of our lives,” said Karen Carmody, who is currently in Peru with her husband Chris and […]

Red Bull 400: Mountain race

By David Fleet Editor Hunter Bradley legs and lungs were on fire. “You just don’t want to fall back,” said Hunter, 17, a Brandon High School junior. “Stay low and just keep your momentum going forward.” On May 12, Bradley joined a few hundred men and women in the world’s steepest race, 400 meter race […]

Rev.Frawley: 50 years a priest

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-Next month Rev. Gerard Frawley will celebrate a half century as a priest. Still the milestone for the native of County Limerick, Ireland who was raised on an 85-acre dairy farm in the rolling countryside remains to him— a full measure of divine intervention. “I’d finished high school and in […]

Champions of the OHL

By David Fleet Editor The Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League are top dogs this season thanks in part to an Ortonville native. Ben Gleason, 20, a 6-foot-1 inch and 180-pounds defenseman played some key minutes following a 5-4 home ice win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Game 6 of the Rogers […]

Nine states, three months, two coasts on two wheels

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Last year at just 18 years old Lynne Wummel took on 14 states and the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail the longest marked trail in United States. She completed the trek on July 27 at top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. So this year Wummel is going to ditch the hiking […]

BGYA recognizes area outstanding students for service, achievements

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brianna Kreft has wanted to work with horses since she was little. On April 26, Kreft was one of about 100 youth that were recognized at the annual Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance Youth Recognition Night on April 26 at the Brandon High School cafeteria. The youth being honored all are […]

Vintage travel trailers at The Old Mill

By David Fleet Editor At 7 p.m., May 10, the Old Mill Museum, 366 Mill St., Ortonville will host Atlas Township resident Dawn Bastian who will discuss the evolution of the Tin Can Tourists Vintage RV Club which is celebrating it’s 100 year birthday this year. “The Tin Can Tourists vintage RV club started back […]

‘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 […]

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