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 […]

Council OKs weed spraying in mill pond

By David Fleet Editor The Goodrich Village Council voted 4-1 in a special meeting on Monday night to spray the mill pond for weeds this summer—the first application since 2013. Councilman Jake Vick voted no. Aquatic Weed Control of Swartz Creek will make a single application at a cost of $3,975. The application is under […]

Skate Park closed for summer

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville-No Skate Park this year. The village council unanimously voted at their June 27 meeting to keep the park closed for the rest of the season. “We only had 10 kids signed up and that was not enough,” said Village Manager Mike Lee. “To make it financially feasible for an […]

Goodrich school board, village council ballot deadline nears

By David Fleet Editor The filing deadline to be listed on the November ballot as a candidate for the Goodrich School Board or the Goodrich Village Council is 4 p.m., July 26. The Goodrich School Board has two seats up for election this year Tim Zirnhelt and Linda Jackson. Candidates can choose to file nominating […]

Police say IRS scams on rise again

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.– Police are warning residents to beware of scams again after a township woman was bilked out of $11,500 last week. “IRS scams are really heavy right now,” said Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Greg Glover, Brandon substation commander. “If you receive a phone call telling you that you […]