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What’s Cooking?

Carol Cope Cooking & Recipes Welcome to this week and to the time that we get to stay at home with the family…For some this is fine while others wonder what to do…I would suggest think positive, do positive things with the family like games, making cookies, cleaning out closets and any of the other […]






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Is a Government Shutdown the Right Cure?

Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist What a week. Coronavirus has taken America by storm, and in many respects I feel helpless. I’m a little older than most, and have studied history, particularly American history, more than most people. This is not the first pandemic, we as a nation, have endured, yet it seems to be […]






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Pat’s Bits & Pieces: Quarantined bits…

Our lifestyles have undergone a drastic change in the past couple of weeks. Now we are completely isolated in our homes, except for “essential services” and our self-quarantine has become a rule laid down by Governor Whitmer for the next two weeks at least. For us older folks with our compromised immune systems, that means […]






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May I Walk With You? Responding to Natural Disasters

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 When I was a little kid, probably around the age of six, living on a farm with my family in the middle of Michigan […]






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An Alternative View: Trump is Not Acting As The War President He Purports to Be

Donald Trump at his 22 March COVID-019 press conference defined himself as a president at war saying: “We’re at war in a true sense…we’re fighting an invisible enemy.” Despite his declaration he is failing to use the federal Defense Production Act (DPA) in fighting this growing COVID-19 threat in the U.S.   One of his […]






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Ghosts of Main Street: Technology Ghosts

The store in 1955 (above) and then in 1956 (below). By Julie Traynor The ghosts of technology present are messing with the ghosts of Marion past this week. Since use of the internet has ramped up beyond belief just now, it seems that those of us who reside beyond the backwaters of the internet, where service can […]






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A Postcard From the West and Other Things

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist Please excuse the quality of this early shot of the Marion Livestock Auction ca. 1945 A couple of weeks ago, I had a message from Sherry Landon at the Marion Press office in Clare. Mail arrived there for me from a former Marionite and she would send it […]






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Michigan’s Shelter-In-Place Order: What You Need to Know

Less than two weeks ago, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency when Michigan confirmed the state’s first two cases of COVID-19 on March 10. As of Monday, March 23, confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide exceeded 1,200 — a considerable increase from the 53 cases reported merely a eek ago. At least 15 deaths […]






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Let’s Not Panic, We Will Get Through This

Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist My head is filled with coronavirus thoughts. I have tried to read and watch as many stories on the dreadful virus as possible, and unfortunately I still can’t determine what the best courses of action are for the country, state and region. Many experts have agreed we may be overreacting […]






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Hunkered Down at Home

Arlene Swiler at her desk at MHS, 1968. Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist How quickly things can change. Only a few months ago, we were listening to outbreak news from China with interest. Today CORVID-19 is among us and we are fast becoming a world none of us has known. Things are not going to […]






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