Clare County Review & Marion Press

Faces in the Crowd: Dan and Bonnie Blackledge

As a student at Winterfield Township’s Grandon School in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Dan Blackledge probably never imagined where his life would take him.From the family’s Winterfield farm, to becoming a teacher in Kansas, to teaching in college; from starting and running businesses, to meeting his better half, Bonnie. And then right back to where Read More…

Clare County Review & Marion Press

Building inspector brings concerns to Osceola board

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Tony Gagliardo, Building Official/Inspector for Osceola County, discussed violation letters at a recent Osceola County personnel and administration committee meeting and said he is working on rewriting it.Gagliardo shared several letters from other counties for the Committee to review. He expressed concerns on the Prosecutor’s office not following through on Read More…

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Won’t you help us help those in need?

It’s that time of year when our email and post box is flooded with Christmas Wishes. Our annual program, partially funded by local businesses fulfills the wishes of dozens of families in need of food, transportation, shelter and holiday gifts for children.This year is particularly difficult for many families. Because of inflation, the price of Read More…

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Postcard from the Pines: Thirty days to Christmas, yikes!

With Thanksgiving in the mirror and Christmas square in the headlights, it’s time to kick it into gear. I know, you thought it was going to be a leisurely, thoughtful season, the kind you plan in early October. If you haven’t done anymore than plan, it’s too late. Christmas crunch time is fast approaching. So, Read More…

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Pat’s Bits and Pieces: It’s Thanksgiving!

I know, by the time you read this the actual day will already be over.Not for us. For years we have celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday, mostly because of deadlines and putting the paper together. It always seemed easier to wait for the weekend.I don’t have those deadlines anymore, except for putting the paper together, which Read More…