July 3, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

'Hybrid' agreement keeps most custodians on school payroll

When all signs pointed to the privatization of the district's custodial staff, the Houghton Lake Board of Education Monday changed course by not voting to outsource custodial services- for now. More...

SUMMER LEAP

A group of almost-synchronized swimmers leaps from the Reedsburg Dam into the cool water of the Muskegon River June 26. More...

Special Sections

News

New 'Fight Back' ceremony urges action against cancer

This year, an estimated 238 cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Roscommon County. More...

Work to start on M-55 bridge spanning US-127 at HL

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin work next week on the M-55 bridge that spans US-127 in Roscommon County. The project begins July 8 and MDOT expects it to be completed by Sept. 26. More...

Storm causes power outage for 1,000

About 1,000 Roscommon County residents were without power Saturday as a summer storm made its way across Prudenville. According to Consumers Energy Spokesperson Mary Gust, 1,050 customers lost power at about 8 p.m. More...

Business

Naming contest for former Duck Inn starts at event

With renovations underway at the former Duck Inn on Houghton Lake's North Shore, an open house will be held Saturday at the former bar and restaurant. More...

AUSABLE EXCHANGE

Cindy and Bob McClure of Roscommon have opened AuSable Exchange in downtown Roscommon, 805 Lake Street. Opened since May 5, AuSable Exchange features consignment clothing, gifts and a small amount of rustic furniture. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More...

MEN'S SERVICES

Hairloft Salon and Day Spa stylist Lea Nevills explains the salon's new line of men's services to prospective customer Thomas Reznich last week. More...

Letters to the Editor

Circumstances forced closing of Ron's Restaurant here

It was a sad day this past May when circumstances caused Ron and the rest of the Pacini family to make the decision to close Ron's Restaurant on Houghton Lake's North Shore. More...

Couple has helped many people

My name is Marie Longo, and I am writing this letter of gratitude and praise for my brother and sister-in law, C. James (Jim) and Sharon Ringwald. More...

Candidate says conversation was 'reserved'

To set the record straight, a supporter asked me for a campaign sign. I put two up in her yard. A week or so later I noticed they were gone. More...

Health

Summer is prime time for E. coli

In light of the recent E.coli O157:H7 outbreak, the Michigan Department of Agriculture is advising consumers to put food safety on the front burner as summer temperatures rise. More...

Roscommon donors push blood drive past goal

The Red Cross Blood Drive in Roscommon June 23 attracted a "wonderful turnout," Coordinator Arlene Joiner said. Seventy-three people volunteered to give blood, and 67 pints were collected, far exceeding the drive's goal of 45 pints. More...

FOR YOUR HEALTH

Central Michigan District Health Department

With summer in full swing, people will be outside enjoying the blue skies and sunshine. However, too much heat on those summer days can be dangerous for our bodies. More...

Happenings

'HOOTENANNY'

Event keeps the feet a tappin'

There was a whole lot of staying young going on at the Merritt Golden Agers' "Hootenanny" June 28 at the senior center in Merritt. Music, laughter and dancing filled the weekend at the third annual event. More...

FIRST REHEARSAL

The Houghton Lake Ambassadors of Music, pictured here, joined musicians from across Michigan June 21 at Cadillac High School in their first rehearsal prior to leaving for Europe later this month. More...

FARMERS' MARKET

Business was brisk at the Roscommon County Fair Board's produce stand at the farmers' market in Roscommon Monday afternoon. More...

Education

Kiessel named finalist for national education award

Richard Kiessel, a resident of Crawford County, who was Michigan's 2007 Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor of the Year, was selected as a national finalist for the 21st Annual Winchester Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year Award. More...

Explore fish, bugs, water at park

The South Higgins Lake State Park Explorer Program will give campers, visitors and residents a chance to explore nature this week. Today (Thursday), two fishing themed activities are scheduled. More...

Community foundation awards thousands in grants

The Roscommon County Community Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2008 Spring Cycle Grants. More...

Legislators approve ORV bill

Roscommon County Commissioners are poised to adopt an ordinance allowing off-road vehicles on some 32 miles of county roads once Gov. Jennifer Granholm signs a bill passed by the state legislature last week. More...

Q & A: What happens next?

State Rep. Joel Sheltrown, DWest Branch, primary sponsor of the bill passed by the Michigan Legislature last week, compiled the following list of questions and answers about the legislation. More...

'59 & Fabulous!'

Bluegill Festival opens today in St. Helen

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, the 59th annual Bluegill Festival begins today (Thursday) in St. Helen. A kids' parade will lead off the schedule at 5:30 p.m. along Airport Road from Old 76 to the Richfield Township Park. More...

Second suspect arraigned in connection with stabbing

A brother of a man charged in connection with the June 5 stabbing at the Sand Bar, Prudenville, has been arraigned in 83rd District Court, Roscommon. Stephen L. Spear, 24, was charged with assault with intent to murder. 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
Virginia Ruth Averill - 2018-02-15
Betty C. Cyr - 2018-02-15
Carlton R. Mead Jr. - 2018-02-15

Court News

Former Kirtland employee pleads to weapons charges

A former Kirtland Community College maintenance employee has pleaded guilty to two counts of carrying a concealed weapon. More...

South Branch stand-off ends with capture of mental suspect

A stand-off between police and a 52-year-old South Branch Township man ended with the suspect's arrest 4 1/2 hours after he retreated into his home July 1. More...

Warrant issued for suspect in St. Helen hit, run accident

An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect in a hitand run accident which injured two people on I-75 near St. Helen June 5. Sgt. More...

Sports

Racing Generations

Three generations of the Winiarski family of Higgins Lake are active in the sport of go-kart racing, and have pursued the sport at tracks all over Michigan. More...

KART SPEEDWAY

Houghton Lake Kart Speedway Results as of June 27, 2008 4 Car Dash Micro: Teddy Lezotte, Emily Lezotte, Luke Lezotte, Ty Lezotte. Jr. Sport: Codi Robinson, Kadon Bowen, Teddy Lezotte, Jacob Eschenburg. Jr. More...

Golf outing to beneift MDA

The Tommy Stevenson Memorial Golf Outing for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is scheduled for July 11 at the Grayling Country Club. This is the ninth annual MDA outing and is now held in Tommy Stevenson's memory. More...

Editorial

In Our Opinion

ORV bill success

The Roscommon County ORV Task Force has seen its efforts rewarded now that the state Senate has passed the law giving counties the authority to allow Off Road Vehicles use of the county rights-ofway. More...

Concessions

Houghton Lake's Board of Education may have surprised many people with its vote Monday night to accept the concessions offered by the custodial staff in order to prevent privatization of school maintenance. More...

MAKE IT PLAIN

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Members of a break-away sect of the Church of the Redeemed are hoping last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Second Amendment rights will set a precedent legitimizing a controversial religious practice. More...

Outdoors

South Higgins Lake State Park full despite high gas prices, economy

Despite more than $4-pergallon gas prices and some rain Friday afternoon, die-hard campers descended on the South Higgins Lake State Campground for the weekend late last week. More...

Harvest leaves camp with different look

The State Forest Campground at the Reedsburg Dam flooding has a new look this season, and although it is quite different, campers are finding it is still a great place to spend a weekend. More...

Holy Waters: Michigan's quality fly fishing experience

In fly fishing circles, few trout streams in the world are any more renowned than Michigan's Au Sable River. More...

Religion & Family

Camp to help grieving children named 'Live, Laugh, Love'

When an adult loses a loved one or a close friend it is one of the most difficult things they have to endure. Imagine the devastation that a child faces following the death of a family member or friend. More...

Kauffmans name daughter Zoey

Greg and Pam Kauffman of Houghton Lake announce the birth of their daughter, Zoey Kay. Born May 7, 2008, at West Branch Regional Medical Center, the baby weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. More...

Dinner to benefit DJ Sharrard

A spaghetti dinner, to benefit DJ Sharrard, will be held July 13 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Houghton Lake American Legion Post 245, Reserve Road. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. More...

Home & Garden

Garden Walk planned in Grayling

Beyond the Garden Wall Garden Club will present its 2008 Garden Walk July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Grayling. Gardens on the walk feature a diverse mix, from lake and riverside retreats to forest hideaways and small space gardens. More...

Higgins Lake greenbelts topic of stewardship seminar

Greenbelting will be the topic of the next Higgins Lake Stewardship Program seminar at the Gerrish Township Hall July 10. The seminar, sponsored by the Higgins Lake Foundation in partnership with Huron Pines, will atart at 10 a.m. More...

Cause of gardening problems may be result of gardener

Sometimes gardeners don't have to look very far to find the cause of some gardening problems - like in the mirror. More...

Features

Managing a Miracle

"He was as extreme as they come," said Nicole Fishell of Prudenville of her son Jordan, who was born after 23 weeks, well short of the 40-week full term pregnancy. Delivered on Dec. More...

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