2021-03-10

Alexander F. Stillin

Died March 13, 2021

Alexander F. Stillin, 94, of Lewiston, Michigan, passed away at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Alexander was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 15, 1926 to Blaza and Natalie (Klrich) Stillin. Alexander served his country in the United States Army during WWII and worked as a school custodian for many years. He was […]

Colcannon: An Irish mixture

I once attended an around-the-world themed potluck in a house large enough to have a room for every continent. Guests brought a dish representative of a country, which was then served from a room named for the corresponding continent. Most of the guests were university faculty, many from outside the U.S. I opted to make colcannon, confident there were no […]

Shelter board president shares the joy of volunteering

While the pandemic has been difficult for everyone, women who have lost housing or are in dangerous domestic situations are particularly vulnerable. The organizations which help them are struggling as well as fundraisers are being cancelled or scaled back and volunteers and  resources are being spread thin. Lydia’s Gate, a shelter in Mio, provides emergency shelter to women and children […]

Building a community of lifelong readers

FAIRVIEW — March is National Reading Month. At Fairview Area Schools, students, teachers and staff are all reading as part of the project One School, One Book. Parents are invited to read along with their students at home. There are, in fact, two books. The elementary students, kindergarten through fifth grade, are reading Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. Clementine, the character […]

Young adults learn the importance of philanthropy

Young people from Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties are directly involved in awarding grant money to local non-profits. North Central Michigan Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Councils are made up of local students. “We use our connections within the schools,” NCMCF communications director Christine Hitch said. “The adult advisors help us to recruit the students.” “We aim to get a broad […]

NCMCF announces over $19,000 in youth grants

The North Central Michigan Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Councils, or YACs awarded $19,621 in new grants to Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties for programs benefiting their peers and their communities. The NCMCF Board of Trustees approved the YAC’s 16 grant award recommendations in February and March. Grants awarded include: $4,000 to Ana’s Treasures through three grants for a Foster Care Resource […]

DHD2 expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that beginning Monday, March 8 vaccine eligibility includes adults 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities, and caregiver family members and guardians of children and adults with special healthcare needs. Beginning Monday, March 22 MDHHS eligibility will include all adults 50 and older. While giving priority to the above-mentioned individuals, effective Monday, […]

March on

I was quite young when I first heard the expression “If March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb.” I was given to understand the converse was also true ­— if we had gentle spring weather early in the month, we would pay with a late March blizzard. I’ve also seen it written as a simple […]

Bolts wrestlers under the spotlight


MIO— The Thunderbolts wrestling team traveled to Beaverton for a quad meet Saturday, March 6 to face Beaverton, Breckenridge and Cass City. Mio defeated Cass City and Breckenridge, before losing by one point to Beaverton. Mio only competed with six wrestlers due to injuries and sickness. “We wrestled extremely well. Out of the 18 matches we wrestled, we won all […]

Two wins for the Lady Thunderbolts!


MIO— Friday night, March 3, the Mio girls hosted the Rogers City Hurons to suffer a 18-36 loss. Wednesday, March 3 the girls hosted the Whittemore-Prescott Lady Cardinals for a 51-37 conference win. The Lady Bolts had eight steals. Freshman Raquelle Miller led the offense with 25 points. Senior Nena Stevens scored nine points and had seven rebounds. Freshman Brena […]