2020-08-05

Fern B. Lemerand

FREE Died August 9, 2020

Fern B. Lemerand, 97, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2020, at her home in Marine City, Michigan. She was born on October 2, 1922, to Arnold and Lily (Sakkinen) Ohman in Calumet, Michigan. She eventually moved to the Detroit area and lived there for 43 years before moving to Lewiston, Michigan in 1986.   Fern enjoyed crafting and gardening. Fern is […]

KayAnn Anderson

FREE Died August 4, 2020

KayAnn Anderson, 53, of Mio, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Kay was born to Diane and Robert on October 10, 1966 in Livonia, Michigan. She grew up in Westland and graduated from John Glenn High School. Kay went on to attend Central Michigan University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She taught English […]

Gary L. Platz

FREE Died August 4, 2020

Gary L. Platz, 75, of Mio, Michigan, passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Gary was born in Dearborn, Michigan on August 19, 1944 to Robert and Ellen (Baer) Platz.  He worked as a draftsman in the Dearborn area and then settled in Mio. Gary was a member of the Moose Lodge in Lewiston. He enjoyed antique […]

Mason Quade Robbins

FREE Died August 2, 2020

Mason Quade Robbins, 19, went to be with the Lord August 2, 2020 after fighting a long hard eight-month battle with leukemia.  Mason graduated from Fairview High School. Popular and outgoing, had a tremendous reputation as an encouragement to all who needed some help managing life and always there to make someone smile. Mason was active within the student body […]

MDARD Issues Advisory Regarding Unsolicited Packages of Seeds

Consumers should not plant them and should report it to USDA-APHIS.

LANSING — Across the United States, people have been reporting receiving unsolicited packages containing seed from China in the mail. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development  is warning residents who receive these packages not to open or plant the seeds. The seeds are usually sent in white packages displaying Chinese lettering and the words “China Post.” Most recipients […]

The latest on fall sports from the MHSAA


EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association released a phased-in practice and contest plan for fall sports with the goal of continuing to deter the spread of COVID-19 and protect student athletes. The MHSAA believes sports have a positive impact on athletes and feels it is of utmost importance to continue athletic activity as the state moves forward. […]

Thinking outside the…court

FAIRVIEW — Volleyball has an important difference from other fall high school sports. It is played indoors. When it is a matter of weather, that can be an advantage. In a pandemic scenario, it is a distinct disadvantage. “When the season starts on August 12 and we still can’t get into the gym, that’s going to be really problematic for […]

Letter to the Editor

School superintendents reach out to parents and students

Dear Editor, In these trying times, we want you to know that the public schools of your community are working together to provide the best education possible for our children.  We believe that students learn best through face to face instruction with a teacher and if we thought for a minute that student health was at risk, we would not […]

Safety first

When I was in grade school, the whole school, K-8, would assemble in the multi-purpose room, once a year, for a bicycle safety course. The course was taught by Officer Ed, a friendly man in a police officer’s uniform. I say that, not to cast doubt on his credentials, but because he was so suited to the role he played […]

Youngsters learn to ride safely while having fun

A Bike Rodeo and Safety class was held at the Mio Ausable School parking lot Wednesday, July 29. Every child was  fitted with a helmet  and a volunteer gave each bike a safety check.  Each cyclist pedaled through a course designed to test their safety skills. Two new bikes were given. One bike was donated by the Mio United Methodist […]