Faulty ventilation eyed in boat fire

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-At about 2 p.m., May 27, the Brandon Township Fire Department responded to a burning boat on Bald Eagle Lake. When firefighters arrived a fiberglass boat was engulfed in flames while still tied to a dock. Heavy black smoke could be seen for miles. “There were concerns the fire threatened […]

On track at Bristol

By David Fleet Editor A local junior racer recently came one lap closer to a professional career last month. On May 21, Michael Clancy, Jr., a 14-year-old Brandon Middle School eighth grade student, was one of 36 drivers who qualified at the Bristol Motor Speedway Short Track U.S. Nationals. Clancy, Jr., along with his father, […]

The suspension is over—bridge builders third at national competition

By David Fleet Editor The Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) freshmen team, “The Suspension is Killing Me” of Haley Solo, Sarah Pesta, and Kyra Burger finished third on May 23-24 at the 15th Annual Transportation and Civil Engineering Bridge Challenge in Portland, Maine. The event was coordinated by the American Association of State […]

On course for more than half-century

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-Jerry Hughes and Joel Stimson have been busy on Wednesday nights during the warmer months for the past 54 years. In 1963 the pair of village residents and local golfers joined the Wednesday Men’s A League at the then newly constructed Goodrich Country Club, 10080 Hegel Road. The course was constructed […]

17-year-old girl charged with knife assault

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-A bonfire conversation went awry and now a 17-year-old girl is facing a charge of felonious assault with a knife. According to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Office report, a Brandon deputy responded at 11:28 p.m., May 27 to the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital emergency room in Independence Township after a […]

Relken to lead school district

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich -On Monday night the school board voted 7-0 to extend a contract to Ryan Relken as the district’s new superintendent effective June 30. Relken had stepped in as superintendent in January after the board voted 7-0 to promote him from Oaktree Elementary School principal to interim superintendent. The board indicated […]

Monster Mash creates smiles

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville – They did the mash. They did the Monster Mash. And it was a high school and elementary smash. On May 19, the Harvey Swanson Elementary School library was filled with creatures, their creators, and plenty of smiles after first and second graders who had drawn monsters were surprised […]

Village council to peck away at fowl issue

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville– Why did the chicken cross the road? The answer may never be known, but because at least one chicken crossed a property line in the village it has shone a spotlight on an ordinance forbidding ownership of live chickens, one that has not been enforced and which is now […]

Relay for Life celebrates 10 years

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer You’re never too young to make a difference. Elementary and intermediate school students in Brandon have raised nearly $13,000 in the last five years to fight cancer. “It is awesome and a remarkable thing,” said Jeanne Burnicle, co-organizer of Relay Recess and Relay Field Day with her daughter, Alyssa, a […]

Groveland Township master plan hearing

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp. -On May 22, about 60 residents, business owners and public officials attended the first public meeting to update the township master plan. The meeting was led by Bob DePalma, township supervisor and township planner Ben Tallerico, senior associate of Beckett & Raeder. The township master plan, a policy document […]