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Roscommon Riverfest this weekend

The Roscommon Riverfest will return to the south branch of the AuSable River at Wallace Park this weekend, July 18-19. More...

DUMP AND SHOVEL

Paul Lepkowski (left) dumps a load of gravel off the roof as Craig Anderson prepares to send another shovel full of roof material down as they worked on filling the first dump truck Tuesday morning. More...

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News

CONFIRMING MUTUAL POLICE ASSISTANCE

Representatives from six entities came together on July 8 to sign the Roscommon County Mutual Police Assistance Agreement. More...

Six new teachers hired by HLCS

Purvis announces resignation

Six new teachers were hired by the Houghton Lake Community Schools Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday night. Board Vice-president Becky Purvis also announced she will be resigning from the board Aug. 1.  More...

RCRC gets clean water results after tank removal at Artesia

The Roscommon County Road Commission received a clean water test report after the June 16 removal of a fuel tank from the Artesia Youth Park property, RCRC Manager Tim O’Rourke told the board at a July 9 meeting.  More...

Business

Consumers offers energy-saving tips to help beat the heat

Consumers Energy is reminding Michigan residents that, even as temperatures climb, there are many ways to reduce energy bills and still stay cool this summer.  More...

ONE-YEAR CELEBRATION

Ron Homan (center) and his wife, Joanne Homan, have owned R&J’s Best Choice Marketplace, Houghton Lake, for one year. They – and Manager Dave Christian (right) – will treat customers to free hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

VanDrie customers can help injured service members through donations

A small piece of steel from one of the World Trade Centers is now on display in a shadow box at VanDrie Home Furnishings, Houghton Lake, as Charles Gussman, a representative from the Stephen Sillers Tunnel to Towers Foundation presented it to the sto More...

Letters to the Editor

Writer gives kudos to HLIB

The Houghton Lake Improvement Board has made some prudent decisions in the last two years, looking out for the health of Houghton Lake. There are new threats from new invasive species trying to infest our lake and new methods of control.  More...

Writer recalls painting class at Camp Nokomis

I am writing regarding Camp Nokomis and the articles written about the camp. I became familiar with Camp Nokomis when I taught a “painting class” there. More...

Swimmer’s itch needs to be treated

As a cabin owner and taxpayer of 16 years on Houghton Lake I am truly sick of my kids getting swimmer’s itch. More...

Religion & Family

Zemers name twin sons Michael Steven, James Daniel

Steven and Stephanie Zemer of Houghton Lake announce the birth of their twin boys, Michael Steven and James Daniel.  The babies were born May 4, 2015, in Grayling. Michael Steven weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces, and measured 19 inches long at birth. More...

Jax Calvin born to Barrett, Bailey

Krista Barrett and Christopher Bailey of Prudenville announced the birth of a son, Jax Calvin Barrett.  Born July 8, 2015, at Munson Healthcare   Grayling Hospital, he weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces at birth. More...

NEW COMMUNITY BASED MATCH

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakes welcomes the match of Elizabeth and Lisa Wisniewski to the Community Based Program. The two were matched on July 9. More...

Education

RHS senior Bidoul sees future path thanks to education forum

Before heading to the University of California, Los Angeles to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum for Medicine, Roscommon High School senior Destiny Bidoul was set on pursuing a degree in the field of psychology. More...

HLHS Class of 1970 planning reunion

Houghton Lake High School’s Class of 1970 is planning its 45th reunion for Sept. 11-13.  A dinner is planned for Sept. 12. Contact Kathy Gardner for information and to RSVP for dinner at 366-7070.   More...

HLHS 1980s classes holding reunion Sept. 19

Those who graduated from Houghton Lake High School from any 1980s graduating class are invited to an all class reunion on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.  The reunion will be held at the Back Door Saloon.   More...

Change in finance director position floated, tabled by HLCS

An effort to change the reporting structure of Houghton Lake Community Schools Director of Finance Camie Hansen and make her an “Assistant Superintendent of Finance” was put on hold Monday night at the HLCS Board of Education’s regu More...

Flint woman found dead in Houghton Lake

Denton Township Police are investigating the death of Ashley Ann Howard, 32, of Flint, after her body was found near shore in Houghton Lake July 10.  Officer Kelly Pratt said the body was found by a resident off the 1300 block of Iroquois Avenue More...

Longtime drain commissioner Cole dies

Longtime Roscommon County Drain Commissioner Sheridan Cole, who held his position since 1991 and served nearly six terms, died July 8, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  More...

OVER THE SIDE WITH IT!

Volunteers from Friends in Xrist (FI X) dump old roofing materials off the roof at the Artesia Youth Park at Houghton Lake during the second day of a project to install 10,080 square feet of new steel roofing on the building that houses the park&rsqu More...

OUT WITH THE OLD

Paul Whipple (foreground) shovels wet celotex off the roof’s steel sub-layer. 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

34th Circuit Court

Judge Michael J. Baumgartner presided in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, June 8:  More...

Perkola pleads no contest related to shooting

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Ohio man arrested after boating accident

A 25-year old Ohio man was arrested on July 10 for operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol after a hit and run accident on Houghton Lake. More...

Sports

Offense not a problem for winning men’s teams

A common denominator between five of the six winning teams Monday night in the Houghton Lake Men’s Slo-pitch Softball League was hitting the 20 run mark.  All but one team who posted a win scored over 20 runs in the 10th week of league pla More...

Booster drawing winners announced

The July winners of the Houghton Lake Bobcat Booster 200 Club drawing were recently announced.  Winning $25 each were Rick Juillerat, Susan Tyer and Sindy Fuller. Winning the $125 was Mary Walker.   More...

Fritz scores ace at The Fox Sunday

Bob Fritz of Allendale scored a hole in one on the ninth hole at The Fox on July 12.  Fritz, who was golfing with his wife, used a pitching wedge to score the ace en route to a 24 on the par three course.   More...

Editorial

Deciding to change catches more fish

From the Pastor’s Canoe

Last week I found myself sitting in a kayak in a certain mid-Michigan river. I was desperately trying to learn how to fly fish from this unsteady craft without taking an unplanned bath. More...

After gay marriage, can we move from battleground to common ground?

Inside the First Amendment

In recent years, religious freedom – or, more precisely, religious-freedom claims – have been front and center in the battle over same-sex marriage.  From bitter debates in Arizona and Indiana to the grand compromise in Utah, propone More...

Outdoors

Explorer Guides educate, entertain at state parks

As the sun sets over Lake Michigan, Mike Latus holds court on the sand of Warren Dunes State Park. More...

‘Michigan Mammals Week’ continues at state park events

Michigan Mammals Week is the theme of activities by State Park Explorer Guide Michelle Schepke at North Higgins Lake State Park this week.  July 16  More...

Public meetings set regarding changes to fishing regulations

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced a schedule of public meetings in July to discuss several fishing regulation changes proposed for 2016.  These meetings will take place in each of the eight management units that oversee More...

Happenings

ACT NOW annual meeting, block party July 20

The 16th annual meeting and block party of ACT NOW (Advisory Community Team – Neighbors on Watch) is planned for July 20 at 6 p.m.  The event will take place at the Gerrish Township Hall in the outdoor pavilion area.  Burgers, hot dog More...

Higgins Lake family topic of upcoming RAHS meeting

The Roscommon Area Historical Society will meet July 21 with historian Dan Fishel speaking on the Mallory family of Higgins Lake.  The public is invited to the meeting, which includes coffee and dessert afterwards. More...

Free produce truck to be here July 22

Project H.O.P.E. More...

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