‘Stop, drop & roll,’ community remembers Dave Borst

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville —From his service to Brandon Township to his faith to the importance of family, David Borst will be remembered as a firefighter, friend and father whose life etched an indelible mark on those who knew him. David died Dec. 14, 2022 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was […]

New village clerk

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville — As of Jan. 3, Ortonville has a new clerk. “I’m excited to get to know everybody,” said Amber Willson, who took over the role of clerk following the vacancy on Dec. 8. “I feel like in a small town everybody has everybody’s back. Everyone I’ve met has been […]

Proposed Ortonville marijuana dispensaries now on market

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville — Two properties in the village are for sale as marijuana dispensaries. The properties, 490 S. Ortonville Road and 456 S. Ortonville Road, were recently granted conditional marijuana establishment approval by the village council in November. “The ordinance, that the village didn’t write, it says you can transfer ownership […]

Holiday chill-out

Holiday chill-out

From left, Shyonna Rumball, Jenna Cornea and Phoebe Whalen ‘Pizza Elves” of Papa Bella’s Pizza 425 Mill St. pass pizza out to customers during the recent Christmas Eve Winter Storm. Photo: Patrick McAbee. By David Fleet Editor Ortonville —The right mix of near blizzard conditions on a holiday weekend resulted in some difficult working conditions […]

Oakland Schools: Working to serve local districts

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — On Dec. 12, representatives from Oakland County Intermediate School District gave a presentation to the Brandon board of education about the services available to the Brandon district, as well as how they have helped the district in the last two years. The presenters were Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, […]

Heritage Garden redesign begins

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville — On Dec. 19, the village council voted 6-0 to have Olson Construction remove and replace the current ramp in front of Old Town Hall in accordance with the Heritage Garden Space redesign not to exceed $8,000. “That’s the first step then in being able to do the vision […]

Council to eye funding for Hegel resurfacing

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich— At 6 p.m., Jan. 9, 2023 the village council is expected to continue discussion on funding for cold-mill resurfacing of Hegel Road from Seneca Street to the Kearsley Creek Bridge. Also considered are sidewalk ramps on M-15 will be reconstructed to meet ADA requirements. The cost to the village will […]

Half century of Mentors Plus

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — Next year will mark 50 years of the Mentors Plus program through Oakland County Youth Assistance, and mentors are needed. “Mentors for Mentors Plus provide Mentees (youth) with a reliable, supportive friend with whom they can have fun, learn life skills and expand their experiences in their […]

Artifacts provide glimpse of early life in township

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp. — A longtime Atlas Township family recently donated a collection artifacts from very early inhabitants of the region to the Goodrich/Atlas Historical Society.  Robert Hegel, the great, great, great grandson of Andrew Hegel shared the array of arrow and spear heads among other items found on the family farm spanning four generations.  Also, included in the collection was a claw thought to be the last bear shot on the property. Michael Hambacher, staff archaeologist from the Lansing-based State Historic Preservation Office, […]