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Carol Cope Cooking & Recipes Oh, What a beautiful Sunday we are having,  just a great Autumn day in October.  We still do not have color on the trees but in another week or so I think that the color will be just beautiful.  We are several weeks late this year as we have had […]






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May I Walk With You?

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166 Horses The ancient Greeks (Plato) described the human person in this way. Imagine the horses and chariot and charioteer. […]






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Dancing in the Street

We hit the road once again, bound for Flushing and our great-grandson Jaxson Carl, who celebrated his first birthday. Or perhaps I should say his many relatives celebrated. The guest of honor, once he woke from his nap, was a most entertaining host and got the hang of gift-wrap ripping before the party ended. The big hug […]






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Keep Public Notices in Your Local Newspapers

Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist I’d like to bring up and issue that really is of great concern to the newspaper community. This is public notices and attempts by state legislators to end them in print. Their reasoning is that interested parties could view the notices on a website, maybe sponsored by the state, easier […]






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Dairy at the door-to-door

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist This week held both the first official day of fall and National Punctuation Day, both most worthy of note. Punctuation Day is a favorite of mine, although I try to make it everyday. If that wasn’t enough Thursday was the 50th anniversary of the debut of the Brady […]






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Every story has two sides

I’ve always been a believer that my peers- the journalists of the world, need to tell both sides of the story, and leave personal opinions to the editorial pages. I believe the same for educators. Teach both sides of an issue and allow your students to make their own decisions. Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist […]






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Ghosts of Main Street: Marion Dairy and the Milkmen

By Julie Traynor You can whip our cream, but you can’t beat our milk”. If you are a kid of a certain age, you will likely recall this proclamation in orange lettering on the bottle of milk at your breakfast table. Or perhaps you puzzled over it on the pint bottle of milk with your […]






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Opioids and Fires Resistance On It’s Way

Two, what I consider major news stories broke in the last few days. First a judge has ruled big pharma’s Johnson and Johnson must pay $572 million to the State of Oklahoma for its part in fueling the opioid crisis. Although $572 million is a drop in the bucket to Johnson & Johnson, the fact […]






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Fall and Family

Wow…fall already. The calendar may not say so, but we all know it’s true. Hints of color are creeping in everywhere. Goldenrod, wild asters and various grasses are abloom and all along the roadsides color is popping amid the trees. Sumac is already giving it up.  It won’t be long until any trip, no matter how […]






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What’s Cooking?

With the taste of fall in the air, I want to continue with a recipe for canning and then I will do a couple of great late summer recipes for all……. Yesterday, Sunday, We had a family get together for my cousin, Ron’s  75th birthday at the Lansing Boat Club…Everyone brought a dish to pass […]






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