2022-02-23

Death Notice-Jean Marie Bartin

Died February 24, 2022

Jean Marie Bartin, age 65, of Mio, Michigan, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital, Grayling. Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.

Death Notice-David Earl Stiegler

Died February 18, 2022

David Earl Stiegler, age 74, of Lewison, Michigan, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2022, at his residence. Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.

It’s a good day when you learn something

MIO — Joe Shima didn’t learn to read at school. He learned to read at the Oscoda County Library in Mio. “My youngest sister and her friend found out about this program, and she signed me up for it,” Shima said. “At first, I didn’t know if I wanted to do it. I had enough of this in school. I’m […]

Budgets discussed

MIO — The Mio AuSable Board of Education accepted the revised 2021-2022 budget at its meeting Feb. 14. Superintendent Paul Ciske presented the budget with a brief summary. “We are projecting to increase the fund balance by $134,000 which would give us an $802,000 fund balance, which is about 11 percent of our expected expenses.” Ciske said. “This will be […]

Mio teachers to retire

MIO — The Mio AuSable Board of Education accepted letters of retirement from two teachers at its meeting Feb. 14. Kim Clark is a high school math teacher. Carla Rhoads is a high school special education teacher. “Both have been teachers here for a long time. We’ll find somebody else to do (their jobs), but they aren’t people you replace,” […]

Senior news – Welcome March!


March is when most of us start looking for hints of spring. We have had some pretty darn cold weather in February, and I am sure a lot of us are hoping it is about over. In all actuality we have had a mild winter this year. However, dealing with the sub-zero temperatures has been hard. Daylight savings time is […]

Wellspring residents receive Valentines

Residents of Wellspring Lutheran Services Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility in Fairview received a heart-felt gift. Valentine’s Day balloons, courtesy of the customers and employees of Family Dollar/Dollar Tree in Mio, were delivered to Wellspring Monday, Feb. 14. Store employees asked customers if they would like to donate a balloon to Wellspring. One customer went the extra mile. “Deb Kelleghan […]

Fairview crowns homecoming royalty

FAIRVIEW — Fairview Area Schools presented its homecoming court and crowned the king and queen Friday, Feb. 17 at the boys’ basketball game. It was bad weather, not flu or coronavirus, which interfered with this year’s homecoming festivities in Fairview. Spirit events were planned for eight school days divided by a long weekend. A snow day Thursday, Feb. 17 forced […]

Traveling south to Michigan?


Here in Northern Michigan, we see many of our favorite birds disappear as they migrate south for the winter months. However, if you look around, you will see some birds that we only have in the winter and one of these is the Common Redpoll. My wife and I were excited to see them arrive here on the farm the […]

Sheriff’s Office presents check

The Oscoda County Sheriff’s Office presented a $625 check to the Montmorency/Oscoda County Child Protection Council. Employees of the sheriff’s office collected the money during No Shave November/December. Moustaches are the only facial hair allowed by most law enforcement agencies. This rule is relaxed during No Shave November December when the male employees have the option of growing a full, […]