Giant wasps are not coming for you

Scary stories about murder hornets are all over the news, so that means we should panic, right? Nope. There have been only a few isolated detections in the Pacific Northwest, so Michiganders and their bees are not at risk of a deadly invasion of hornets. These insects may never arrive in Michigan and it is highly unlikely they will soon […]

Paul George Owen

FREE Died May 14, 2020

Paul Geroge Owen, 93, died at home May 14, 2020. He was born May 17, 1926 in Bradley, Illinois, to George and Lorena (Schumann) Owen. The family moved to Chicago in 1929. He served in the Navy during WWII from December 1943 to June 1946. After basic training, he was stationed on Boca Chica Key in Florida as a 3rd […]

Local wood-working artist receives sponsorship

FAIRVIEW — Daniel Kaminski was presented with over $15,000 in new woodworking tools by AW Machinery of Apple Creek, Ohio and Oliver Tool of Kent, Washington. Kaminski had been working with the companies over the past year setting up a new business, Fairview Door, outside of Fairview. He shared some photos of his more artistic woodworking projects. The two companies […]

Secretary of State branch offices reopened June 1

MICHIGAN— Starting June 1, Secretary of State branch offices reopened by appointment only for essential transactions that were unavailable online. All 131 branch offices in Michigan will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only for services that can only be done in person including, title transfers, operator, CDL, chauffeur, mechanic and motorcycle testing […]

How do I get a Soil Test Kit when offices are closed?

How can I get a soil test kit when Michigan State University Extension offices are closed? Just like any other year, gardeners are calling the Michigan State University Extension Lawn and Garden Hotline to ask questions about their lawns and gardens and whether soil test kits are still available. Even when they call about poor plant growth or insect and […]

Rainfall affects farms

On Sunday and Monday, May 17 and 18, the area took the brunt of a rainfall that accumulated between five and eight inches of rain on roads, woods and farm fields. The impact of the heavy rains has been seen in the devastation caused by breached dams and washed out roads, but what impact has it had on crop fields? […]

AuSable Valley triathlon cancelled due to governor’s order

OSCODA COUNTY— The AuSable Valley Triathlon has been cancelled.  The race, a fundraiser for Love INC of Oscoda County, was scheduled for June 13 as reported in last week’s Herald. Love INC provides a variety of programs to those in need in Oscoda County.  Although numerous events have been cancelled this summer, LOVE INC was determined to proceed and went […]

Comins Township board discusses sign restrictions

COMINS TOWNSHIP— During the Comins Township board meeting May 26, the board debated writing a township ordinance to limit the size of businesses signs in the township. Supervisor Rob Murphy told the board about a sign request he received from Thunder Bay Healthcare for a 140-square-foot sign, which greatly exceeded the current 80-square-feet township ordinance. Members of the board discussed […]

Commissioners discuss campground, COVID-19 procedure

MIO—  The Oscoda County Board of Commissioners discussed the shortfall caused by the county campground being currently closed because of the state’s restrictions due to COVID-19 at its May 26 meeting. “The issue is we can’t have campers, and because we can’t have campers, we don’t have any revenue,” chairman Kyle Yoder said. Yoder said the park currently had $11,000 […]

Marty R. McIntyre

FREE Died June 1, 2020

Marty R. McIntyre, 57, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on June 1, 2020.He was born in Comins Township, Michigan to Donald and Marie McIntyre on April 30, 1963.He is preceded in death by his father, Donald. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Marie;mother,Marie; and brothers, Fred and Cal.Arrangements are under the direction of Downing Funeral Home and […]