Mighty Mac Swim: ‘The water is just freezing’

By David Fleet Editor At 54, Paul Barber has completed his share of challenging races. But this Labor Day, as thousands walk the five mile span of Mackinac Bridge, Barber will attempt to complete the same distance hundreds of feet below, swimming in the frigid water of the Great Lakes. “It’s going to be a […]

The last messages from Titanic

  By David Fleet Editor We are sinking fast, passengers being put into life boats. “We are putting passengers off in small boats. Cannot last much longer. Losing power. This is Titanic. CQD. Engine room flooded. This was one of the few final messages sent by senior wireless operator Jack Phillips, an employee of the […]


Brandon Elementary students learn healthy eating, active living on stage

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.– Playing with your food was A-OK at school this week. FoodPlay, a traveling theater show, served up a main course of fun to students at Oakwood and Harvey Swanson Elementary students, with the intent to “turn kids on to healthy eating and active living.” “I thought this would […]

‘Discovering Michigan County by County’

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Barb VanderMolen was 11-years-old when the Mackinac Bridge was built and remembers thinking she would never see it. Born and raised in Wayne County, the daughter of a Teamsters truck driver who worked every Saturday, and a mother who didn’t drive, the family had no disposable income and […]

Brandon Township man severely burned after distilling drugs

Brandon Township man severely burned after distilling drugs

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- An explosion and resulting fire and severe burns to a township man last month was caused by his attempt to extract hash oil using butane. “This is extremely dangerous for the person doing it, the home and the community,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. “He obviously knows […]

Ortonville Lions: Serving others for 50 years

By David Fleet Editor It’s been a half-century since a group of local men gathered on a summer evening at Brandon High School to set the foundation for community service that benefit thousands. The Ortonville Lions Club—chartered June 30, 1966 will be commemorated for 50 years with a dinner at 5:30 p.m., April 23 at […]

Township takes aim at mosquito-borne viruses

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Warm weather is coming and while it brings many joys, it also brings tiny pests that can pose a big threat. The Oakland County Health Division is urging residents to take protective measures against mosquito-borne diseases, including the Zika and West Nile viruses. Last year, West Nile Virus […]

Filing deadline April 19 for library board, township boards

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- All seats on the library board are up for election in August and if you wish to fill one, you must file to be put on the ballot by 4 p.m., April 19. Candidates for the library trustee seats must be registered voters in the township, and must […]

Township plans new and improved parking lots

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The township board has approved replacement of a fire station parking lot and addition of a parking lot at the Seymour Lake Cemetery for a total cost of just over a quarter of a million dollars. At their April 4 meeting, the council approved Lacaria Concrete Construction, Inc. […]