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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…

Mike’s Musings: The school end is here, thoughts for our graduates

Mike’s Musings: The school end is here, thoughts for our graduates

Editorial StaffMay 22, 20243 min read

Our newspapers, for the most part, are filled with photos of high school graduates and some college graduates. It is indeed a milestone to graduate, and it will be a feat you, your parents and grandparents will remember for years…

Out and About: Riding bikes, toothbrushes, and phone scammers

Out and About: Riding bikes, toothbrushes, and phone scammers

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

“Success is a journey, not a destination.” -Arthur Ashe A few rules to remember, when out riding bicycles: Bikes are not permitted on the sidewalk in the downtown business district. If you must use the sidewalk, walk your bicycle. Bicyclists…

Looking Out: Cream Puff

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

  “Cream Puff is back!” I holler to my beloved wife Marsha. She walks quickly into the kitchen to stand next to me to look out the window at the bird feeder. There, underneath, is a very large and fluffy…

Pat’s Bits & Pieces: Mushroom mania

Pat’s Bits & Pieces: Mushroom mania

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

Charlevoix, morel We’re not dedicated mushroom hunters.I have never really understood the compulsion to go mushroom hunting, the mushroom festivals and the unlimited wandering around the woods looking for them.In the first place I always have a hard time just…

Postcard from the Pines: School’s Out

Postcard from the Pines: School’s Out

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20244 min read

Grandon School early 1950’s Clare County Historical friend, Andy, is very much interested in the history of any and all small “country school” districts in our county. I’m happy to answer his questions whenever I can and equally happy to…

May I Walk with You? Feeding the Hungry

May I Walk with You? Feeding the Hungry

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20242 min read

Wow! It is that time of year again when the Rosebush Ecumenical Assistance Program (REAP) Food Pantry teams up with Meijer of Mt. Pleasant for the Simply Give Fundraiser. Donating could not be simpler. Just pick up a barcoded card…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorWorld Donkey DayJust when I needed a shot of self-esteem came World Donkey Day. Desert animal scientist Ark Raziq founded it to recognize how asses enhance human lives.“Without donkeys’ help,” says Raziq, “it is hard to imagine the…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20247 min read

    If you don’t mind me saying so, I think the world is getting a bit too spooky.  This war in Israel has been going on for months and tempers are getting short about the number of civilian casualties – and rightfully…

Mike’s Musings: Homeless woman found in sign, RFK’s brain eaten by worm

Mike’s Musings: Homeless woman found in sign, RFK’s brain eaten by worm

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20243 min read

I thought I’d take time out from writing about politics to offer a few weird, or absurd items that appeared in the news last week. It seems some news stories are getting weirder and weirder as weeks and months go…

“Out and About” Bell ringers, Mother’s Day and snacking

“Out and About” Bell ringers, Mother’s Day and snacking

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20243 min read

“I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” -Helen KellerOne hundred…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Mother’s Day is Sunday

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Mother’s Day is Sunday

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20243 min read

Time for my annual Mother’s Day column again.Sunday should be a special day for everyone. It is time to remember that Mom was always there for you when you needed her and time to make her one day of the…

May I Walk with You? MISSING THE LATIN

May I Walk with You? MISSING THE LATIN

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20243 min read

It is interesting to note that when I was a child the mass and most liturgies were in Latin. While few people in attendance knew what was being said there were other things about it that were appealing. I remember…

Postcard from the Pines: Give Mom a Tree

Postcard from the Pines: Give Mom a Tree

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20245 min read

Arbor Day happens each April, although just one day to honor and plant trees doesn’t seem quite right. Perhaps the late date is meant to coincide with the coming of green across the land. We are especially fond of our…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorDerby DayWhat’s worse than a man without a home? In Douglas, a land without a zone. The planning commission May 9 will weigh saving 16.77 acres — bought in 2013 and annexed from Saugatuck Township two years later…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20245 min read

Life some of you, during long hot summer days when we played or worked outside, if we were thirsty we’d open up the spigot of a garden hose, run it until the hot water was gone, and then start drinking…

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