Owen Gusler

FREE Died August 13, 2020

Owen Gusler, 81, passed into the presence of His Savior at his home and surrounded by family on Thursday, August 13. He was living in Beavercreek, OH but his heart remained true to his Michigan roots.  His love for the outdoors led him to degrees in natural resources from the University of Michigan and a 30-plus year career with the […]

Lore Bigelow

FREE Died August 13, 2020

Lore Bigelow, 89, of Roscommon, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the Mission Point Nursing Facility in Roscommon, Michigan. Lore was born on November 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Martha K. Olkkonen-Wedlake of L’Anse, MI and the late Mark E. Siegelof Marquette, MI and granddaughter of the late Sakari and Sophia (Hepo […]

Ronald Ray Handrich

FREE Died August 12, 2020

Ronald Ray Handrich, 81, died Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen, Indiana. He was born March 2, 1939 in Mio, Michigan to Harvey and Ruby (Miller) Handrich. On December 22, 1959 he married Betty Jean Miller at the Fairview Mennonite Church, Fairview, Michigan. She survives along with two sons, Rick (Pam) Handrich, Fairview, Michigan and Mitch Handrich, […]

August 12, 2020

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 […]

The First Dam Canoe Challenge is a go!

MIO — The 18th annual Mio First Dam Canoe Challenge is taking place this year, but it will look different than usual. Like so many events, changes have been made to accommodate pandemic restrictions. The challenge takes place the last weekend in August.  The canoe challenge doesn’t have sponsors this year. Usually businesses and private people who support the race […]

Election wrap-up

OSCODA COUNTY —  All millages on the August 4 primary ballot were approved.  The Oscoda County Council on Aging asked for the first millage increase in eight years. Voters approved the proposal by a more than two to one ratio with 1831 yes votes and 901 no votes.  “We will now receive about $400,000 per year in millage, an increase […]

No rest for the quilters

FAIRVIEW — The Northern Michigan Relief Sale auction has barely concluded, but volunteers at Fairview Mennonite church aren’t wasting any time getting ready for 2021.  Due to the pandemic, the annual in-person event was canceled. The auction, which includes quilts and other donations, happened online this year. Online bidding concluded August 1. By August 6, the sewing group was already […]

Northern Michigan Relief Sale is a virtual success

OSCODA COUNTY — The Northern Michigan Relief Sale usually happens each year on the first weekend in August. The two-day relief sale is a much anticipated event that brings a crowd to the Oscoda County Fairgrounds for a bean soup supper, pancake breakfast and an auction that features beautiful handmade quilts. The event also brings in much needed funds for […]

Mio Knights sell the K of C hall

MIO— The Mio Knights of Columbus Council #7329 recently sold the K of C hall to AuSable River Outfitters owners Brian and Tammy Sukarukoff. “It was time to look into giving up the hall,” Grand Knight David Lashley said. “It was quite expensive to keep that big hall going.” In previous years, bingo had been a regular ongoing activity at […]