Roof replacement BFD Station #3

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp.— During the Monday night meeting, the Brandon Township board of trustees voted 6-1 to approve the replacement of the roof on Fire Station Three, 5050 Oakwood Road. The station was built around 2003 and has not had a new roof since then. “The roof at Station 3 is […]

Goodrich School Strategic Planning Action Teams

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich—The Goodrich School District is seeking staff, parents and community members to participate in one of three Strategic Planning Action Teams. The deadline is Feb. 15. “We look forward to creating positive change together and shaping a future that reflects the aspirations of everyone involved,” said Mike Baszler, district superintendent. “Together, […]

Cold cardinal

Cold cardinal

A female cardinal contemplates a January snowfall in Brandon Township. According to the National Weather Service about four inches of heavy snow arrived on Tuesday morning. The winter conditions will give way to sunshine and temperatures in the 40s. Photo: Jonathan Schechter.

Teachers of the Year

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. —On Jan. 30, three educators were honored in the Brandon School District with teacher of the year awards. At the secondary level, the recipient was high school teacher Jenny Gieselman. “From the time I was an upper elementary student, I have always loved working with kids,” she said. […]

Third grade reading retention law lifted starting next month

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Michigan — Beginning in March 2024, Public Act 7 of 2023 will go into affect. PA 7 repeals the retention component of the Read by Grade Three law, which required students who did not meet state standards for reading by the end of third grade to repeat the grade. Originally […]

Village council seeks Dam Risk Reduction grant

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich — In January, the Goodrich Village Council along with consulting engineers from Wade Trim applied for a Dam Risk Reduction Grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. The deadline was Jan. 31. If approved, the $200,000 grant which requires a $20,000, 10% match from the village, […]

Lions Hometown Hero

Lions Hometown Hero

By David Fleet Editor Detroit —With 10:29 left in the third quarter of Sunday’s Tampa Bay vs. Detroit Lions NFC Divisional Playoff game, more than 65,000 rowdy fans cheered for more than a football team. Brandon Township resident and Navy Veteran Stephen Najor stepped onto Ford Field to a deafening ovation during a television break as […]

MML to help strengthen business community

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville — Following a site visit in November, the Michigan Municipal League Foundation provided the village of Ortonville with an opportunity report. “The report gives us a fresh perspective on what the village is going well, and areas that could be improved,” said Village Manager Ryan Madis. The report, which […]

The case for free breakfast, lunch for students

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. — Since the start of the new school year Ashley LaHaye, Brandon Schools director of food services has been cooking. A lot. From September through December the district has served about 17,000 more breakfasts, and 30,000 more lunches than the previous year. “The higher participation rate definitely helps keep […]

Village PC to review temporary use process

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville — During the Monday night meeting the village council voted 4-1 to allow the planning commission to review the approval process regarding temporary uses and definitions to ensure that the section of the code of ordinances is clarified. In the meeting packet, the village manager provided a letter about […]