Township firefighters pluck pooch from icy lake

Brandon Twp.- Paula Reese was outside on April 6 with her ‘puppies,? 2-year-old shih tzu littermates Cali and Cody, when the dogs saw geese walking across the ice of Huff Lake and bolted after the birds. The dogs kept running, until they ran off the edge of the ice and plunged into freezing water. ‘I […]

Township board denies extended hours for Enbridge

Brandon Twp.- Enbridge Energy will not be permitted to extend the construction hours for their planned petroleum pump station in the township. Additionally, the township plans police enforcement if necessary to prevent the multi-billion dollar company from violating the township ordinance which allows construction work only between the hours of 7 a.m. And 8 p.m. […]

Ready, set, sprout

Brandon Twp.- While it’s not quite warm enough to plant your garden outside, you can get a head start inside. ‘Now is the time to start plants from seeds,? said Kurt Batschke, annuals retail manager at Wojo’s Greenhouse, 2570 Oakwood Road. ‘It’s a great time to get seed catalogs. Go online or to the library, […]

Never too late to run, or too early

Every day at 2 a.m., LaVon Gula wakes up and goes down to her basement to lift weights and do aerobics. Then at 3 a.m., she goes outside to run 2-3 miles. She used to run four miles daily, but this winter has been hard and she missed a couple days. She thinks keeping it […]

Baby pulls ultimate April Fools prank

No one believed Jill and Nick Scaramuzzino when they called family members to tell them Jill was in labor on April Fool’s Day, but the real surprise was still to come. ‘The delivery went really fast, our heads were spinning, then the doctor caught her with a towel and she’s on my chest, and I’m […]

CreekFest, fireworks combine

Ortonville- Despite snow this week, spring is here and on the horizon is summer and annual area events that accompany the season of sun and fun. Two of those events? CreekFest and the fireworks show? will be joined together this year. Mark your calendars to be in town June 19-22. CreekFest, which celebrates Kearsley Creek […]

U-pick: Middleton Berry Farm tradition continues

Brandon Twp.- After 30 years, Bill and Barb Middleton have sold their berry farm, but the u-pick tradition in the community will continue with a new family. Carrie and Stacy Janiga, sisters, have purchased the Middleton Berry Farm with the support of their parents, Edwin and Elizabeth Janiga, and they will carry on farming the […]

Rummage sale help needed

Brandon Twp.- Green grass and flowers aren’t the only things that sprout in spring? yard sale and garage sale signs also begin popping up at this time of year. While the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund Rummage Sale is still months away, planned for Sept. 17-19, the hunt is on for volunteers to help organize the […]

GHS grad involved in study of intelligence analysis

Playing video games isn’t always touted as a productive use of one’s time, but the game play of one Goodrich High School graduate may contribute to intelligence analysis training that assists in matters of national security. Emily Francis was one of 120 Mercyhurst University students who studied the effectiveness of digital games in mitigating cognitive […]

‘I came back to Boston to prove America will not give up?

When Justin Walker lined up at the starting line of the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday, it wasn’t an entirely new experience. He was about to mark his fifth running of the world’s most famous race, and his 61st open marathon overall. But while he had been here before, this marathon was different from all […]

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