2021-04-21

Jennifer Marie Beno

Died April 19, 2021

Jennifer Marie Beno, 35, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021 in West Branch, MI.  She lived in Mio, MI since 2016, formerly of Roseville, MI. Jennifer was born on July 5, 1985 in Mt. Clemens, MI to Michael and Kathleen (Feirer) Gurzick. On October 8, 2009 she married Kenneth Beno in Roseville. She enjoyed crafts and being a foster […]

Barbara “Barb” Fowler

Died April 22, 2021

Barbara “Barb” Fowler went to Heaven to be with the Lord, surrounded by her family with love, on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the age of 81.  Barb was born on July 13, 1939, the daughter of Chester and Dorothy Burkey. She was the In Home Service Supervisor at the Oscoda County Council on Aging for many years as well […]

Gerald J. Krupa

Died April 20, 2021

Gerald J. Krupa, “Rock N Roll”, 73, of Mio Michigan, went home to be with the Lord, while surrounded by his children, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.  Jerry was born in Flint, Michigan on July 6, 1947 to Alexander and Rose (Plamondon) Krupa. He served his country during Vietnam in the United States Army, 1st Cavalry Division, where he received […]

Man’s best friend – now battery operated

FAIRVIEW — Many people have brought pets into their lives as a way to cope with the loneliness caused by the pandemic restrictions. Perhaps no group has suffered from pandemic isolation as much as people who live in care facilities. Residents of Wellspring Lutheran Services in Fairview are experiencing the joy of pets via technology: automated animals. “A lot of […]

Meaningful and fun ways to celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is a celebration of the planet that people, plants and animals call home. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day was established to demonstrate support for environmental protection, and events are held each year on April 22. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries. People may wonder what they […]

Grant awarded to put Comins Township on the map

JACKSON – Comins Township received a $25,000 grant for winning first place in the Consumers Energy Foundation’s 2021 “Put Your Town on the Map” competition. “We want to take this moment to enjoy the state-wide recognition and this huge first place win for Comins Township and Fairview,” Comins Township Supervisor Rob Murphy said. The funding will be used by the […]

Fairgrounds gets a spring cleaning

OSCODA COUNTY — The AuSable Valley Engine and Tractor Club held the annual Spring Clean-up at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds Saturday, Apr. 17. Almost 25 people participated to the outdoor cleaning effort. People on foot with rakes and leaf blowers collected leaves and debris into piles. Club members with tractors raked, scooped and hauled the piles away. AVETC uses the […]

Lots of work to do at the park

Discussion about the Oscoda County Park dominated the Board of Commissioners meeting April 13. The board voted on a number of actions to prepare for the upcoming camping season. Board Chairman Kyle Yoder began the discussion by thanking commissioners Jackie Bondar and Libby Marsh for all the work they are doing in the absence of a full time park manager. […]

Mio AuSable Schools board of ed meets

Superintendent Paul Ciske gave the athletic report at the April 12 board of education meeting at Mio AuSable Schools. Baseball, softball and track seasons have begun. One of the requirements of spring sports is all the athletes will be tested once a week for COVID-19. Testing is done on Monday morning before the students interact so if a student tests […]

Don’t waste your recycling efforts


I cannot shake the story I heard recently from a friend who stated she recycled for years, then found out she was doing it wrong, with most of her items probably ending up in the landfill. The friend was putting her recycling in white plastic bags. After seeing a video online about how many recycling centers automatically discard these bags, […]