A 3.1 mile course….Fairview cross country teams finish first in NSL Jamboree

HALE — The Fairview cross country runners traveled to Hale Wednesday, Sept. 16 for the North Star League Jamboree. Both Lady Eagles finished in the top three overall and six boys finished in the top 10. This being the first race on a varsity course, “both girls were nervous and not very confident in themselves,” said coach Bobbi Ross.  “Jessie […]

Lady Eagles 2-1 after home opener

FAIRVIEW — The Lady Eagles lost their home opener to the Hillman Lady Tigers on Thursday, Sept. 17 in four competitive sets 19-25, 25-15, 17-25 and 16-25. This was only the third contest this season and indoor court time has been limited. Coach Stacy Ford said, “They are coming along and it’s encouraging to see improvement. We obviously still have […]

Thunderbolts unable to stop Vikings offense

MIO — The Mio Thunderbolts opened their shortened six-game season with a 22-52 loss to the visiting Posen Vikings for a North Star conference game Friday, Sept. 18. “It was a tough game,” said Mio coach Jason Socia. “Posen is a well-coached team. We’re pretty young, having three seniors right now.” Posen didn’t waste any time putting 28 points on […]

What did you learn at work this week?

I meet new people and learn new things every week.  “It’s a good day when you learn something.” The saying stayed with me although I can’t remember who said it. I may have read it in a book by James Herriot. He imbues characters  with such life it’s like meeting people in real life. This was a great week, because […]

Willard Edwin Pfaff

FREE Died September 21, 2020

Willard Edwin Pfaff, 87, of Grayling, passed away on September 21, 2020. He was born on November 27, 1932 in Alpena, Michigan to the late Bruno and Josephine (Sines) Pfaff. Willard was married to the former Phyllis Marie Babcock for 57 years before she preceded him in death in 2018. He served in the United States Army. Willard was retired […]

Clinton Township Park: more than meets the eye

COMINS — Spend some time this fall in Clinton Township Park to see everything it has to offer. “The park has always been here,” township supervisor Chris Neff said. Over the last two years some major improvements have been completed with a grant from the DNR and proceeds from the State of Michigan’s Recreation Passport. “The grant was about $78,000. […]

New Mio teachers have similar approach

Finding area of interest helps students persist in learning

MIO — Michael Brzozowski teaches K-12 art at Mio AuSable Schools. That’s quite an age span to cover. When he teaches kindergarten, he begins by reading stories. “I usually start off with a story. We talk about the story and they try to explore lines or colors,”  Brzozowski said. “The story relates to an art element or some kind of […]

Community food pantry hopes to offer more than food

MIO — St. Bartholomew’s Community Food Pantry discontinued in-house food distribution in March, due to coronavirus concerns.  The pantry was set up so clients could select the groceries as if they were shopping in a store. The goal was to provide a friendly environment as well as nutritious food. “We like to build relationships and friendships with the people that […]

Happy fall!

Yay, October! Happy Fall and Happy Halloween!  Here’s what’s happening in October.  There is a full moon October 1. I wonder what it will bring!  Don’t forget: open enrollment for Medicare begins this month. It starts October 15 and goes to December 7. We are honoring social distancing during this time, so if we can help you over the phone […]

Senior center welcomes funds from the community

MIO— Oscoda County Council on Aging received a grant and donations. OCCOA was awarded $1,220 through the NECMF in Alpena.   “We plan to purchase two to three computers with this funding,” said OCCOA director Merianne Tappan. “Two will be for senior use and one is needed in the in-home coordinator’s office to better help her help our clients.”  The senior […]