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Village enters agreement for former RAPS building

The Village of Roscommon has entered an $80,000 purchase agreement with Roscommon Area Public Schools for the former RAPS Board of Education building, 702 Lake Street. More...

PREPARING FOR CONSTRUCTION

In preparation for the start of construction at the site of the new Collins Elementary’s playground, volunteer Bob Brotebeck, owner of Robert Brotebeck Builders, unloads the last pallet of playground equipment on May 5. More...

Special Sections

News

Schools lock down after mental health patient flees

The Houghton Lake Community Schools main campus was locked down shortly after school ended May 1, as police searched for a 53-year-old Prudenville man, a patient who had fled from the adjacent Northern Lakes Community Mental Health building.  Ac More...

Relay Recess generates more than $1,000 for American Cancer Society

Roscommon Elementary School students got a taste of what a Relay For Life event is like May 1 when they celebrated their two-week dime drive for the American Cancer Society and collected more than $1,000.  Two weeks before their “Relay Rec More...

St. Helen’s Summer Kick-off celebration May 16

St. Helen will celebrate the beginning of summer with the 5th Annual St. Helen Summer Kick-off on May 16.  The day’s events will begin with an ORV parade at 10 a.m. Those who participate are encouraged to decorate their ORV. More...

Editorial

Time for spring cleaning

Spring is upon us. The recent warm temperatures and leaves starting to sprout provide irrefutable proof.  While spring means Tigers baseball, spring peepers and the walleye opener, it also means it is time for some spring cleaning. More...

Listening to the eighth-grade prophet

From the Pastor’s Canoe

Recently I gathered with a group of eighth graders for a lunchtime prayer meeting at Houghton Lake High School. They are always a source of inspiration to me and today was no different. The squirreliness of spring fever was abundantly evident.  More...

Messages of hate, signs of freedom

Inside the First Amendment

Freedom of speech took a hit this week when New York City’s transit authority voted to ban all political and public-issue advertising on its buses and subways.  A group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) sponsored the me More...

Outdoors

Time to pack away bird feeders

Spring has bears, other wildlife on the move

Spring is here, which brings warmer temperatures, longer days and wildlife emerging from their winter homes. More...

Houghton, Higgins produce ‘Master Angler’ fish for 2014

Roscommon County’s Houghton and Higgins lakes were well represented in the 2014 Master Angler program.  In February, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the results from its 2014 Master Angler program - a program that ha More...

Weather spotter class May 18 at Gerrish Township Hall

ACT NOW and the Gerrish Township Police Department will be hosting a Spring Weather Spotter Class “Skywarn” on May 18, at 6 p.m. at the Gerrish Township Municipal Hall.  More...

Happenings

Houghton Lake Tractor Supply hosting Growers’ Market

Home gardens are one of the top hobbies of Americans, and according to a recent Tractor Supply Company survey, nearly 29% of U.S. adults have eaten food from a home garden in the last 12 months.  More...

Class ’55 hosting 60-year reunion

The Houghton Lake High School Class of 1955 is planning its 60-year class reunion Sept. More...

Individual Development Account Orientation May 11

Traverse City will be holding an Individual Development Account (IDA) Orientation on May 11 at 10 a.m.  The IDA program is a match savings program to help low-to-moderate income families obtain down payment assistance to purchase a home, help pa More...

Features

A New Beginning at New Beginnings

“I come here because I’m treated with respect, dignity and kindness,” said Joan Lipon, a longtime consumer at the New Beginnings Drop-in Center in Prudenville.   More...

Lake officials out

Four recalled in Tuesday’s election

Voters in Lake Township made their decision clear Tuesday to oust four township officials up for recall.  More...

County veterans proposal approved

State, county voters turn down sales tax proposal

The Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment, labeled Proposal 1, on the May 5 ballot, was soundly defeated by voters statewide, 1,405,716 to 349,813.  More...

WATER QUALITY TESTING

Senior Water Resources Specialist Paul Hausler and Field Biologist Lindsey Schulte of Progressive AE take water samples on Houghton Lake for water quality testing on the calm and sunny afternoon of April 28. More...

Organizers hope for quieter river during Canoe Challenge

For the first time in its history, the Roscommon Canoe Challenge will be held on the second weekend of May, instead of the first, to give the South Branch of the AuSable River an extra week to calm down after another long winter. 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

Prescription pills reported stolen

A Roscommon Township man reported to the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office that some prescription pills had been stolen sometime between April 19 and May 2. More...

82nd District Court

Judge Daniel L. Sutton recently arraigned the following in 82nd District Court:  More...

34th Circuit Court

Judge Michael J. Baumgartner presided in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, April 7:  Joseph M. More...

Sports

Bobcats victims of sixth Buck shutout

The Houghton Lake varsity soccer team became the sixth team to suffer a shutout against the Roscommon Bucks this season when they lost 7-0 during a visit to Roscommon Tuesday evening.  More...

GREAT EFFORT

Houghton Lake’s Mike Detmer (right) pitches to a Harrison batter during game one of a Bobcat home doubleheader Tuesday. Detmer kept the Hornets to one run, but that was the margin of victory. “We hit the ball tonight. More...

Lady Cats add pair of wins

The Houghton Lake U14 Lady Cats Girls Travel Soccer Team captured two more victories last Saturday during games at the Denton Township Rotary Soccer Fields.  The Lady Cats shut out Elk Rapids 2-0 in the opener. More...

Letters to the Editor

Encourages entries into Memorial Day Parade

While watching the Tip-up Town parade, I noticed a lot of local business that entered a float into the parade. It was a wonderful array of parade floats and I am hoping to see the same thing at the upcoming Houghton Lake Memorial Day Parade. More...

Writer wonders: Should township consolidation be tried again?

I would like to see what the public is thinking in reference to township consolidation, two years after it was voted down in 2013. More...

‘Target the real problem - the snails’

Eric Ostergren (“Education to eliminating swimmer’s itch,” Resorter, April 30) doesn’t seem to grasp that when someone gets swimmer’s itch, they didn’t get it from a duck, they got it from a snail. More...

Religion & Family

Children’s Bereavement Network supported through donations

The Children’s Bereavement Network (CBN), Gaylord, supports children ages eight to 13 who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Children grieve in their own unique ways and are often left out when a death occurs in a family.  More...

Rev. Snyder to lead Kirk of the Lakes service on Sunday

Presbyterian Kirk of the Lakes (USA) will host guest speaker the Rev. Noel Snyder on Sunday during its 11 a.m. service.  More...

Fajitas on the menu at St. Michael community dinner

St. Michael Catholic Church in Roscommon will hold a free community dinner on May 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The menu will include chicken fajitas, Mexican rice, beans, beverage and dessert. More...

Education

OLLRCS Science Night

COASTER SCIENCE Tom Ruff (left) checks out the roller coaster action prompted by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Catholic School kindergartner Ryan Galea. More...

Red Cross summer scholarship registration open

This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31.  More...

RHS student art exhibit to be held at The Lake Street Artisans

The Lake Street Artisans, located at 407 Lake St., Roscommon, will be hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of Roscommon High School students from the Class of 2015.  More...

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