Time to plant the trees

OSCODA COUNTY — Customers gathered at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds May 7 to shop at the Grow Show and to pick up items they had pre-ordered from the Oscoda County Conservation District.  Sales day-of the show were down compared to previous years but overall, results were positive, according to executive director Donita Charron. “It was such a beautiful day. The […]

Bearing hard times together

It’s nice to know somebody’s thinking about you

A cancer diagnosis and the ensuing treatment is very frightening. The Mio United Methodist Women are on a mission to offer tangible comfort to cancer patients. They give bears to the patients. Very special bears. “We make them with tender loving care,” Rosemary Locher said “We name them. We bless them.” The bear bodies are cut from print fabric and […]

Make blood donation part of your schedule

Mio AuSable schools is hosting a blood drive Monday, Apr. 11, 12-5:45 p.m. “We do six of them per year,” faculty advisor Raquel Rondo said. “We do two during the summer and four during the school year.” The previous blood drive at MAS was Feb. 14. “We had 58 appointments. With all the people who are sick, we had 46 […]

Building bots in Fairview

The middle school robotics class at Fairview Area Schools are assembling bots to be used in competitions with students from other schools. “I’m working on this buggy that can go through a series of trials,” Avery Conklin said. “I’m working on the three motors and getting them correctly in place.” “It is supposed to operate wirelessly,” Jynnie Priestley said. The […]

Purple heart Auxiliary piecing a quilt in memory of veterans


A picture of your beloved veteran could be in the Memorial Day Parade in our nation’s capital. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary is accepting photos for its first ever Memorial Quilt. MOPHA is creating a quilt using photos contributed by families and friends of deceased veterans. “This will be our first year,” said Terri Shattuck, unit 1985 […]

Michigan man realized his crazy impossible dream

MIO — Zach Gowen was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, when he was eight years old. “The doctors wanted to cut my leg off to save my life. And that’s what they did,” Gowen said. The amputation saved his life but left Gowen feeling sad because he couldn’t run and play with his friends. He escaped that feeling when […]

Unique Mio company has new owners

Tyler and Grace Layman are the new owners of Perma-Log, a company famous for hand-applied masonry log siding. Custom-mixed mason cement is applied to expanded metal lath. Bark and knot details are etched into a second layer of cement which has color mixed in for a log cabin look. To see a variety of Perma-Log applications, take a drive on […]

Dow Gardens in winter

Adventures of an Empty Nester

“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle.” — Barbara Winkler Winter and garden are two words that are not used together often. However, when you live in Michigan close to Midland, a winter garden is just the thing to visit during the cold months of winter. “If we had no winter, the spring would not […]

Winery moves to a vintage building

ROSE CITY — Tara and Matt Walsh were fans of Valley Mist wines before they ever thought about owning a winery. The couple, with Tara’s mother Gloria Neubecker, recently bought Valley Mist Winery from Brad Moore, who started the winery on Townline Road in Rose City more than a decade ago. The business recently reopened as Country Corner Winery at […]

Fairview homecoming wrap-up

FAIRVIEW — Inclement weather postponed homecoming at Fairview Area Schools a second time, but the final competition among the high school grades took place Friday, Feb. 25. The high schoolers showed their competitive spirit during mock Olympics Friday Feb. 18. The games were renamed to reflect the Disney theme of this year’s homecoming activities. The theme was also reflected in […]

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