At 99-years-old, historic Model T Ford still trucking

By David Fleet Editor Hadley-It’s been 40 years since the H artwig’s rather rusty 1917 Ford Model T truck first rumbled down Hadley Road for the Fourth of July parade. “Next year it’s going to be 100-years-old,” said local resident Robert Hartwig. “It still draws a lot of attention whenever we take it for a […]

Students take on mission Appalachia

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer In Altoona, Pa., deep in the Appalachian Mountains, an assistant pastor named Nate and his wife now have a new porch on which to relax thanks to the efforts of an Ortonville youth group. Josh Eschmann, a recent Brandon High School graduate, as well as Kerrigan Tomas and Jessica Andrus, […]

Oakland County Fair opens

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-Calley Coburn is working on her backyard menagerie. On Tuesday the 2016 Brandon High School graduate runs alongside her black standard poodle, Hope, coaching the dog to jump hurdles. Next, she turns to her apricot-colored poodle, Aspen, and tries to coax her to run through an agility tunnel. Moments […]

Interest in Goodrich Haven swells

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-A senior housing project in the village moved one step closer to reality last week. And it may be full even before it opens. Village officials gathered with John Hambrick of JGH Consulting to further discuss the future of Goodrich Haven. When completed, the planned project will feature 52 one- or […]

Meet up, eat up

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Hungry kids? Free meals are available four days a week from Aug. 1-18 at Oakwood Elementary. The ‘Meet Up and Eat Up’ summer food service program is returning after a 1-year hiatus. “Last year, there was no summer school at Oakwood,” said Suzanne Evenson, district food services director. […]

Area burn bans continue

By David Fleet Editor An exceptionally dry June has prompted local fire departments to issue open fire bans in Atlas, Brandon and Groveland townships. The Department of Natural Resources has issued an extreme fire danger for southeast Michigan on June 29 prompting the ban which includes recreational burning or brush burning and bonfires until further notice. […]

Ortonville trash hauling, septic ordinances planned

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville– The village is working on two new ordinances that will impact all residents, as well as enforcing an existing ordinance to address blight. Draft versions of a solid waste hauling ordinance, as well as a septic system certification program will be discussed by the village planning commission at their […]

Blaze destroys township home

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-At 4:24 p.m., June 24, Brandon firefighters responded to a house fire in the 5000 block of Sunkist Dr. on the township’s east side. A 30-year-old man who was in the home when the blaze began said he was watching television when his dog started acting weird. He said he […]

Brandon Schools athletic director resigns

Watchowski to Royal Oak after five years at Brandon

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer   Brandon Twp.- Don Watchowski has resigned as the district athletic director to take the same position in Royal Oak. “It was a difficult professional decision,” said Watchowski. “Sometimes you make decisions based on what you believe is best for your family and the long-term.”   The Royal Oak Board […]

Gov. Snyder visits local hops farm

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp .- Gov. Rick Snyder arrived in the township last Friday to visit a unique growing business. Mark Trowbridge, owner of Top Hops Farm, 9530 Ridge Road, said that Snyder visited his farm to learn about his hops enterprise and get some perspective for business growth. “The governor stayed about […]