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JOLLY OLD ELF

Santa and Mrs. Claus take shelter from rain, snow and wind in the CRAF Center gazebo during Christmas in the Village Dec. 1. More...

SAVED WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT

Bob Kimball carries part of his collection of Edmund Fitzgerald artwork as South Branch and Higgins Township firefighters work to extinguish a fire which heavily damaged Kimball's residence on Pioneer Road northeast of Roscommon Monday. More...

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News

Commissioners OK some requests for extra pay hikes, reject others

Roscommon County Commissioners Wednesday granted some larger-than-budgeted employee pay increases, but rejected others. More...

More than 10 interested in business manager position

More than 10 people have applied for the position of Houghton Lake Community Schools business manager, Superintendent Pete Injasoulian reported Monday to school board members. Injasoulian said the school board will hold a special meeting Dec. More...

O'Rourke agrees to contract

Roscommon County Road Commission Manager Tim O'Rourke agreed to the terms of his contract extension, approved 4-1 last month by road board members. On Nov. 29, he signed the two-year agreement, which ends Oct. 31, 2009. More...

Sports

DNR web site features educational resources and more

As winter creeps into Michigan, teachers and youth, scouting and church group leaders often are looking for fun and informative ways to engage their students and children, even when the blustery weather keeps everyone indoors. More...

WU SHU WARRIOR

Mikayla VanHamlin, 11, strikes a pose with her broad sword while sporting the two gold medals she won at an international Wu Shu Tournament in St. Charles, IL, recently. More...

Efforts by snowmobile club members aimed at cleaner trails

The work of a member of the Houghton Lake Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will help keep area trails a little cleaner this summer. Last winter, member Larry Ambrose left a trash barrel at one of the trail head parking lots and it got a lot of use. More...

Editorial

All Kids Count

The annual Kids Count report released this week indicates there has been some improvement in health, economic security, child safety and education of our children both in Roscommon County and Michigan. More...

Who's counting?

The U. S. Census Bureau has a web page that has state and county "QuickFacts" that contain some interesting trivia - if for nothing more than entertainment. More...

MAKE IT PLAIN

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines may have quashed another rebellion in her country last week, but that does not mean all is well in her nation. More...

Outdoors

Higgins Lake preservation group accepts first easement

The Higgins Lake Land Conservancy, incorporated last July, has received its first conservation easement. More...

THANKSGIVING BULL

Jerry Harding of Merritt poses with a caribou he bagged on Thanksgiving Day in Quebec. The big bruiser had a 28- point rack with a 47-inch spread. Harding was hunting out of Camp Kiskimaastakin. (Courtesy Photo) More...

FAMILY SUCCESS

The firearm deer season proved successful for a Maple Valley family as Sheridan Cole and two of his grandchildren all took bucks. Billie Jo Delisle, 12, (left) shot a spikehorn Nov. 16. More...

Happenings

ALL IS BRIGHT

(Above, left) The Christmas tree on the lawn of the CRAF Center in Roscommon sparkles with holiday lights as residents and visitors stroll about Roscommon during Christmas in the Village Dec. 1. More...

Library to welcome 'Chillers' author

Jonathan Rand, children's author of the popular paperback series, "Michigan Chillers" and "American Chillers," will visit the Houghton Lake Public Library Dec. 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. More...

St. Helen library friends to sell cookies

St. Helen Friends of the Library will sponsor a cookie sale tomorrow (Friday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richfield Township Hall. More...

ORV ordinance may soon be ready in Denton

Denton Township board members will soon consider a draft ordinance that will regulate ORV traffic in their township. More...

SCHOOL TO SHELTER?

Group considering services complex

Standing empty for the past year and a half, Prudenville Elementary may get a second life, as a homeless shelter and central campus for area service agencies. St. More...

Urbain to retire from principalship

Houghton Lake Middle School Principal Rob Urbain recently announced he will retire the end of December. In a letter dated Dec. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Carlton R. Mead Jr. - 2018-02-22
Dorothy C. Mark - 2018-02-22
Margaret Mae DeLaurier - 2018-02-22
Betty C. Cyr - 2018-02-22
Virginia Ruth Averill - 2018-02-22
Jane Parfitt - 2018-02-22
Charles L. Robbins - 2018-02-22

Court News

Man facing felony sex charges after conviction

A Houghton Lake man who pleaded no contest to criminal sexual conduct charges Nov. 20 in 83rd District Court, Roscommon, was arrested the same day for crimes he is accused of committing Nov. 19. More...

Safe stolen

A Prudenville resident reported to Denton Township Police last week that his home safe was stolen. The man had left his home, which is attached to a resort, and returned that evening. More...

34TH CIRCUIT COURT

Judge Michael Baumgartner

Judge Michael Baumgartner presided in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, Nov. 20: Kevin S. Keener, 22, White Lake, (heard Oct. More...

Business

Richfield airs draft plan for development authority

A draft plan for the proposed Richfield Township Downtown Development Authority was presented at a meeting at the township hall last week. More...

NEW CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING SHOP

Tom and Brenda Brady are the owners of My Sister's Closet, a new consignment clothing shop at 103 Alma Lane, next to the Custard Cup at Houghton Lake. More...

NEW GALLERY

Art, antiques and collectibles including Boyd's Bears, Seiko clocks and jewelry are all available at the Studio B gallery, which opened recently next to the Stained Glass Studio at 3100 West Houghton Lake Dr. (M-55). More...

Letters to the Editor

Deficiencies will be corrected so program may continue

It is important for me to write this letter of apology to all involved in our Cosmetology Career and Technical Education Program in light of recent letters in the news, and to also provide some clarification of a couple of issues regarding that pro More...

Don't close library branch

It has come to our attention that there is a move afoot to close the Lyon Township Branch of the Gerrish-Higgins School District Public Library. This branch is a very important part of our retirement and continuing education. More...

Took offense at editorial

I take offense at your editorial attached (Nov. 22, 2007 "Not Much Return"). More...

Health

Health department stresses importance of seasonal flu shots

Are you or a family member six months of age or older? Have you gotten your seasonal flu shot this season? The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that everyone ages six months and older get their flu shots this season. More...

Religion & Family

Gertstner, Layton plan to marry

Terra Gerstner and Scott Layton of Peekskill, NY, have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Janell and Dr. Geoff Gerstner of Ann Arbor. She is employed at St. More...

Burgess, Fisher plan April wedding

Helen Burgess and Donny Fisher of Roscommon announce their engagement to be married. An April, 2008, wedding is planned. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ronald and Barbara Burgess of Dansville. More...

Community Christian Choir to sing at Wesleyan church

The Roscommon Community Christian Choir will perform a Christmas concert at Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. More...

Education

St. Helen pupils profile People of Month

St. Helen Elementary School fourth graders have profiled 13 more students and staff members as People of the Month. Ethan Noreyko is the son of Ronnie and Tiffani Noreyko. He wants to be a police officer and is in second grade. More...

Collins' family night focus is math

Collins Elementary students and their families have been invited to attend "Math Game Night" Dec. 6. The onehour event, beginning at 6 p.m., will feature fun and educational games that help kids learn and master critical math skills. More...

Enrollment open at Baker College

Baker College of West Branch and Baker College of Cadillac are enrolling students for winter quarter 2008. Classes begin Jan. 7, with registration continuing through the first week. More...

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