CreekFest 2016

Kearsley Creek focus of celebration

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville-CreekFest is returning to its roots in a one-day event. The 2016 CreekFest, planned for June 11, is the 13th annual celebration of local waterways including Kearsley Creek, with a focus on the importance of environmental stewardship. After several years of low attendance, the event was encompassed in a 4-day […]

Citations issued after school melee

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-Six Brandon High School students were cited for disorderly conduct after a fight in the school’s parking lot last month and they, as well as a seventh student, are facing additional school disciplinary measures. “The district is reviewing the incident and appropriate discipline will be applied,” said Superintendent Matt […]

Messengers of the Sword

By David Fleet Editor A new group of bikers just rolled into town. On May 22 the first gathering of the Messengers of the Sword motorcycle group roared to the front of Hillside Bible Church, 173 North Church St. “Our goal is simple—carry the word of God via motorcycles,” said Pastor Cliff Powell. “The sword […]

Brandon teacher eyed to lead academy

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-A long-time educator in the district is being recommended to lead the Brandon Academy of Arts and Sciences. Debbie Brauher, a former teacher of the year and current district literacy specialist, will be presented to the board of education for approval as the new BAAS director at a special […]

DDA director steps down

LaLone resigns to assume same role in Lake Orion

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville-After years of zero turnover, a third employee at the village offices announced she was leaving this week. Molly LaLone officially declared her resignation on Tuesday after more than eight years as village DDA executive director and Main Street manager. Her last day of work in the village was to […]

Rally against addiction

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Scott Masi traveled from Brandon Township to Washington, D.C. to rally against drug addiction last fall. Next week, he is bringing the fight closer to home and will rally on the steps of the state capitol in Lansing. The Unite to Face Addiction Michigan rally is planned for June 2 […]

Rachel’s Closet now open

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich School District has many closets. But one closet at Goodrich Middle School is rather unique—it’s all about helping students. The small room is known as Rachel’s Closet and it’s purpose is to ensure that every student has the clothing they need. Inspired by Rachel Scott, the first student killed at […]

Village Skate Park sign-ups lag

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville– Last call. The village has the extended sign-up deadline for the Village Skate Park to June 2. “If we do not get participation, it will close,” said John Lyons, retiring village manager. The park has yet to open this year. As of May 23, only eight registrations had been […]

Cedar Street resurfaced, widened

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville -Cedar Street is getting a facelift. At their May 23 meeting, the village council approved Ace-Saginaw Paving Company as the low bidder to repave and widen Cedar Street in an amount not to exceed $136,898.35. The project will encompass Cedar from Oakwood Road to Ball Street and will be […]

The many hats of Robert Lytle

By David Fleet Editor From stories of the Northern Great Lakes to a boy orphaned on 9/11 to rural Michigan during the Civil War—author Robert Lytle has captivated readers with a mix of history, adventure and entertainment. On Tuesday morning, donning about a half dozen different hats to illustrate what experiences he’s had in writing […]