Columns

America’s Crisis- Opioids Kill 115 People Per Day

We all know at least one person that is battling drug addiction. Personally I know several, and coupled with mental health issues, it is the single largest problem America faces. Forget about health care, immigration or terrorism, drugs, thanks to opioids, have taken center stage. Not too long ago- opioids, which are typically prescription pain […]

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Morton Memories

The Ghost of the Marion Hardware got me thinking of the many things in my life which came from Morton’s. From the early 1950’s until 1964 when Dad sold the Sinclair, he and the Morton’s bartered goods and services. He serviced and supplied gasoline for the Morton bottled gas delivery and service vehicles, and in […]

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What’s Cooking?

I thought that this week I would do some recipes for the up and coming fall sports season..  At this moment I am watching the National Little League Championships and boy are these young people GOOD!  I watched the Michigan team from Grosse Pointe win to go to the Nationals…Good Luck to all.. Now for […]

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What’s That In Your Hand?

In an article titled “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” prophetic fiction book series, introduced his readers to Dameon Sharkey, a seventh grader, whose compassion and faith should be an example to us all. Dameon’s physical education teacher, Jeff Leeland, was going through the toughest time of […]

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Friend, colleague bids farewell

When I heard the news, my heart nearly stopped beating. Longtime friend, co-worker and champion of Clare, Al Iacco died yesterday. I just felt he and I were going to talk sports forever. I thought he would always be in the office on Thursdays proofreading the latest edition of The Clare County Review before we […]

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August Marches On

 Marion enjoyed another fine Old Fashioned Days experience last weekend. We understand that in spite of the very warm temperatures the crowds were large and the entertainment fine. Marion does know how to throw that yearly party. Personally, I was sorry to have missed the Alumni Reunion and the chance to see my friends and […]

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What’s Cooking?

Wow, what a great time was had by all at this year’s Old Fashion Days.  I was at the Car Show and so much was going on at the Fair Grounds that everyone had a super great time.  As in the past the Car show was filled to capacity with beautiful vintage, classic, cars, trucks, […]

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Stop Worrying About Tomorrow

Think of the cares that would be cancelled if we could escape anxiety about our tomorrows. Most find little difficulty feeling safe for one day, but facing tomorrows can be tough. Tomorrow the house payment is due. Tomorrow is the final day of grace on the insurance premium. Tomorrow is the day of your appointment […]

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Feeling Helpless As Cancer Strikes An Old Friend

Cancer has struck again. This time the victim is my wonderful brother-in-law, and I feel helpless as he fights the dreaded disease. Just retired from the State Police- I mean like a month ago, the late 50’s, always healthy, somewhat of a gym rat kinda guy, has lost 30 pounds in the last few weeks. […]

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Old Fashioned Good Times

It is the first weekend of August and that can mean only one thing. It’s Old Fashioned Days once again. In fact, it is the 60th Old Fashioned Days celebration. It doesn’t seem like it’s been sixty years since that first hometown get-together on July 28, 1958. This was a revival of the infamous August 7th celebrations, and […]

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