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Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Dad’s Special Day is almost here

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Dad’s Special Day is almost here

Editorial StaffJun 7, 20243 min read

Father’s Day is only a week away – Sunday, the 16th.You still have time to do something special for the man in your life.Father’s Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is a day to not…

Postcard from the Pines: Don’t throw us away

Postcard from the Pines: Don’t throw us away

Editorial StaffJun 7, 20243 min read

Newspapers serve a multitude of purposes. First and foremost, they deliver the news be it local, the nation or the world, and send it our way daily or weekly. It’s their primary job. We read them, or at least the…

May I Walk with You? The Future

May I Walk with You? The Future

Editorial StaffJun 7, 20243 min read

Recently I have been pondering what I will do with the rest of my life and part of that is asking Jesus what he would like me to do. While on a recent trip to the Upper Peninsula I went…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffJun 5, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorWaxedEmancipation by manipulation? Lincoln was accused of it. In America we depend on our independence, which can serve and boomerang.Witness Waxology, a new shop that fills a double suite in a strip mall next to Fruition, where I…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJun 5, 20247 min read

     Five, ten, or more centuries ago, the whole purpose of etiquette was to demonstrate partiality, respect, and submission to one’s “betters.”  That is something of an offensive way of saying being respectful to someone simply because he or she was of…

Mike’s Musings: No fun being trapped in an elevator

Mike’s Musings: No fun being trapped in an elevator

Editorial StaffJun 5, 20243 min read

Have you ever been trapped in an elevator?Until last week, I could unequivocally say “no.” Now having been around for a while, I have ridden up and down on my share of elevators and never gave it a second thought…

Out and About: Memphis, Flag Day, and a fundraiser

Out and About: Memphis, Flag Day, and a fundraiser

Editorial StaffMay 31, 20243 min read

When I think of Memphis, Tennessee, the first thing that comes to mind is Elvis Presley and Graceland. I also think back to the early sixties when several families moved to Three Rivers from Memphis, because they were needed at…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Cleaning and completing projects and maybe camping

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Cleaning and completing projects and maybe camping

Editorial StaffMay 31, 20243 min read

Well, it is here now – summer has begun again and that headline doesn’t apply to me!Remember when I said it will be September 1 before we know it? Well, it is Tuesday, May 28th already. I am sitting here…

May I Walk with You? What’s Not Sad

May I Walk with You? What’s Not Sad

Editorial StaffMay 31, 20243 min read

I listened intently as Pope Francis’s interview with Nora O’Donnell aired on CBS on May 20, 2024. I was glad to hear that the Pope and Ms. O’Donnell discussed many questions about how we ought to live our lives on…

Postcard from the Pines: What happened to the Noon Whistle?

Postcard from the Pines: What happened to the Noon Whistle?

Editorial StaffMay 31, 20245 min read

From 1951 until 1982, Marion’s fire siren blew to let us know that the noon hour had arrived. It was a welcome noise to many, from Main Street to the school yard. When it sounded at any other time, it…

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 29, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorRisk ReductionI haven’t written this story yet but may soon. It’s about the Saugatuck Township gun range.The gun range is in the township, not owned by it. But it may need one in self-defense. With prime land —…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 29, 20247 min read

      For the past few summers, a small group of fellow journalists, all writers for the British magazine The Chap,  have banded together, along with some other friends, wives and sweet-hearts for their Annual Grand Flaneur. Last year there were some sixty “Chaps”…

Mike’s Musings: Ukraine-Russia war must be stopped

Mike’s Musings: Ukraine-Russia war must be stopped

Editorial StaffMay 29, 20243 min read

Here I go again. One of my favorite rants is “Why do we send so much money and weapons to Ukraine to further a war they will never win?As a country we are nearly $34 trillion in debt and have…

Looking Out: The joy of reading a book

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

by Jim Whitehouse “I’m about to turn off my light,” I say to my beloved wife Marsha, as I put my book down on the nightstand next to the bed. “Already?” she says, turning a page in her own book.…

Historical Notebook: BENJAMIN BARNES FORD

Historical Notebook: BENJAMIN BARNES FORD

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

Digital Camera Each year at this time I like to feature one of Albion’s Civil War soldiers. Benjamin Barnes Ford (1837-1861) was one of the Albion area’s first casualties of the War. Benjamin came to Michigan in 1844 from New…

Out and About: Cooking, Memorial Day, and love

Out and About: Cooking, Memorial Day, and love

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

Next Wednesday, May 29, Chef Brigitte Romanelli will offer a cooking class at the Immaculate Conception Church, 645 S. Douglas St., in Three Rivers. This “Cook for a Cause” will feature preparing Homemade Pasta and Meatballs. The cost is $55.…

Postcard from the Pines: Memorial Day – Still Marching

Postcard from the Pines: Memorial Day – Still Marching

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20244 min read

Main Street Marion Memorial Day 1923 Decoration Day, as Memorial Day was originally known, was established in May 1868. It was designated as the day to decorate graves and honor the memory of soldiers killed during the then very recent…

May I Walk with You? Gardens

May I Walk with You? Gardens

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20243 min read

I can’t remember a time when I did not have a garden of some kind. The early part of my life in northern Gratiot County was accentuated by gardens. Not only were there the gardens where we planted, weeded, and…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 22, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorFish StoryA leading suspect has emerged in the case of the spinning smalltooth sawfish: algae.For months ichthyologists have puzzled over what’s ailing and killing dozens of fish species off the Florida Keys. In what NBC News calls “a…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 22, 20246 min read

   When I was growing up, some of The Olds still called it Decoration Day.  They were participating in a tradition that dated back to the 1860s, just after the Civil War.  Late each May they went to the local cemetery to clean…

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