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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…
  • Obituary: Gerald Scott Bandelow
    Gerald Scott Bandelow passed suddenly and unexpectedly on the morning of November 17, 2022. Born on the 4th of July in Livonia, MI, to Gary & Yvonne (Pollington) Bandelow, he loved his birthday.He enjoyed being in, or watching, the Lake City Parade, cooking out and being on a pontoon on Lake Missaukee at the Sandbar Read More…
  • Obituary: Martin C. Blackledge, Jr.
    Martin C. Blackledge, Jr.,  our dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, left us peacefully on November 19, 2022 from his home on 5th Avenue in his beloved town of Marion, Michigan.  He was 85.Martin, “Mart”, or “Marty” was born in Redding Twp, Clare County, Michigan.  He was born to Martin and Alice Blackledge on Read More…
  • Obituary: Linda Bobette Raymond
    Marion – Linda Bobette Raymond, longtime resident of Marion passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was 74.Linda was born in Flint, the eldest of seven children, on March 27, 1948, to Robert and Shirley (Richardson) Coleman. She grew up and attended school in Mt. Morris, Read More…
  • 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…
  • Faces in the Crowd: KaMartin Blackledge
    ‘Tis the season to be thankful. Thankful for your family. Thankful for your friends. Thankful for your loved ones.But also it’s a time to be thankful for your community. Thankful for your country. Thankful for the opportunity to be here, and for the blessings in your life.Thankful for the time that you have, here on Read More…
  • Osceola committee discusses coordinator evaluation
    By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Osceola County Board of Commissioners’ personnel and administration committee, at a meeting earlier this month, discussed the evaluation form that Commissioner David Turner of Marion put together and if the Committee felt it was adequate to send out to the full board as it is.Commissioner Mark Gregory discussed the importance Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Think twice before you make your child walk
    I was going to write my usual Thanksgiving tribute to those that have made 2022 a bountiful year, when scanning the news, I came across this piece that got my blood boiling.The headline declared, “Woman arrested for forcing her son to walk home.”So the story goes, two brothers were arguing in the backseat of the Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Election results prove country deeply divided
    Now that the Mid-Term election is over (at least in most states) it is time to reflect on the results. I’m happy to say voter turnout was better than expected in most states which indicate our Democracy is alive and well despite what naysayers may say.Three observations come to mind- the political landscape hasn’t changed Read More…
  • Postcard from the Pines: Veteran’s Day and other Observances
    Veteran’s Day is Friday, November 11. Since 1919 this date has been used, first to commemorate the anniversary of the end of WWI, and later to honor those who fought. It became a time to remember those who paid the ultimate price, and to thank those who served in the defense of freedom. The observance Read More…
  • Clare runners score 9th place finish in state finals
    by Ben MurphySports Writer Finishing in the top-10 in the state is certainly an accomplishment. The Clare boys’ cross country team did just that on Saturday, when they finished in ninth place out of 28 squads in an extremely windy Division 3 state championship race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.“We are more than pleased Read More…
  • Marion set to host top-ranked Powers Central in semis
    by Ben MurphySports Writer Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Marion is set to play number one ranked Powers North Central on Saturday in the Division 2 8-man state semi-finals. Sound familiar? That’s because this exact match-up has happened in the exact round of the playoffs in each of the last two years’ Read More…
  • Obituary: Barbara Ann Richards
    Barbara Ann Richards, age 80, of Harrison passed away surrounded by family on Friday, November 4, 2022, at the Woodland Hospice House in Mt Pleasant.Barbara was born on December 16, 1941, in Bay City, daughter of Clarence and Beatrice (Voss) Molyneaux. She married the love of her life, Donald Richards on August 24, 1963, at Read More…
  • Obituary: Robert D. Mercer
    Farwell, Michigan Bob passed away on November 3, 2022 at the age of 64. He was born on June 30, 1958 to the late Dale and Elaine (Scott) Mercer. He enjoyed farming and spending time with family and friends after his retirement from Renosol (Lears) in Farwell, MI. He is survived by his three children, Chris (Paul), Read More…
  • Obituary: Denise Marie Roe
    Denise Marie Roe, 79, of Clare MI, passed away on November 4, 2022 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  Denise was born on July 5, 1943 to Esther and Joe Rose in Cambridge, MA.She married John Arthur Roe in 1962, and the couple went on to have four children, John, Paul, Carol and Susan.  Denise worked Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Daylight saving time makes no sense
    In the immortalized words of David Coverdale, lead singer of Whitesnake, “here I go again.” It’s another year and another rant as to why daylight saving time should go the way of video stores and Oldsmobile.As you can probably tell I’m not a proponent of daily saving time. In fact I think it’s downright archaic- Read More…
  • Community urges single school bond proposal
    By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Following a community bond forum, the Clare Board of Education discussed the upcoming bond project at their regular October meeting.At the board’s July meeting, representatives from Wolgast Derek Rickett and Joe Powers and Steven H. Hoekzema of Tower Pinkster discussed options for a bond issue with the board.Possible proposals discussed at that Read More…
  • Candidate challenges, proposals on Tuesday’s ballot
    By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Tuesday will be an interesting day for voters.At the State level, Democrats Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Garlin D. Gilchrist II are facing a challenge in a particularly “muddy” campaign from Republicans Tudor M. Dixon and Shane Hernandez. The Libertarian candidates are Mary Buzuma and Brian Ellison; U.S. Taxpayers are Donna Brandenburg and Read More…
  • NMC soccer season ends at regional finals
    by Ben MurphySports Writer The McBain Northern Michigan Christian soccer team certainly had a memorable season. Their impressive campaign came to an end on Saturday however, when the Comets lost a Division 4 regional championship game at Big Rapids, 2-0 against Leland.Leland was able to score a goal just over three minutes into the game, Read More…
  • Lady Pioneers destroy Shepherd in district opener
    by Ben MurphySports Writer The Clare volleyball team was able to get a home win in Division 2 district action on Monday. The Lady Pioneers were taking on Shepherd in both team’s district opener, and Clare was able to extend its season with a straight sets win, 25-15, 25-12 and 25-12.“It was a good solid Read More…

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