2022-01-05

In the woods on a snowy afternoon

This photo was taken at the trailhead of Bull Gap east of Mio.

Lyle E. Handrich Sr.

Died January 3, 2022

Lyle E. Handrich Sr., age 82, of Mio, Michigan, passed away at his home Monday, January 3, 2022. Lyle was born in Fairview, Michigan on June 8, 1939, to Jacob and Ruth (Yoder) Handrich. He graduated from Fairview Schools with the Class of 1957. Lyle served his country in the US Air Force. After his service, he lived in Davison, […]

Townships make plans for 2022

How to use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act still is on the docket for township boards in 2022. “The ARPA money that came in is a great opportunity for communities, but it also represents a challenge,” Comins Township Supervisor Rob Murphy said. “It very restrictive, what we can do with that money at this point. It’s frustrating when […]

Ice rink to return with colder temps

FAIRVIEW — Moderate temperatures in December interfered with the ice rinks at Boney Park in Fairview. “We’ve had it set up once,” Comins Township Supervisor Rob Murphy said. “It melted.” There are lights for the boarded hockey rink and the open rink for free skating. The Zamboni has been newly repaired and there is a warming hut. “We’re really going […]

County’s increases cyber liability coverage

The Oscoda County Board of Commissioners renewed the county’s liability coverage contract  with Peterson McGregor, in the amount of $97,280 at the Dec. 28 meeting. The contract  includes cyber coverage. Renewal last year was $81,153. The policy requires county employees to use multi-factor authentication. Training to combat social engineering (employees being tricked into sharing access to information) is recommended. There […]

Looking back


This past week I have been looking over old editions of the Ogemaw County Herald to put together a flashback article showcasing what was going on in the area spanning a few decades. Between this and the new year, with everyone posting on social media about the past year for them, it is hard not to look back on the […]

January 5, 2022

Josephine M. Verellen

Died December 28, 2021

Josephine M. Verellen, age 84, passed away December 28, 2021, after her heart was so full it could no longer carry her. She was born January 12, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Somma. Josephine is survived by her husband, Gaylord of 64 years; her children: Mark Verellen, Leatha (Allan) LaForge, and Marlene (Dave) Kaminski; […]

Ronald Emmett Manning

Died Dec. 29, 2021

Ronald Emmett Manning, age 88, of Mio, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 29, 2021, surrounded by his family. Ron was born June 7, 1933, in Miami, Florida, to Benjamin and Opal (Cole) Manning. He received a full scholarship to the University of Miami for archery and trumpet. Ron served as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy as a […]