2022-08-17

Connie E. Welser

Died August 17, 2022

Connie E. Welser, age 64, of Lewiston, Michigan, passed away at her home on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. Connie was born in Lakeland, Florida on May 13, 1958, to John and Mary (O’Brien) Slater. She worked as a nursing assistant for many years. Connie was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She has touched the lives of so many people […]

Gordon A. Bukowski “Gordo”

Died August 16, 2022

Gordon A. Bukowski “Gordo” passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the age of 68 years. He was born in Bay City on March 9, 1954, to the late Anthony and Harriet (Summers) Bukowski. Gordon was a devoted iron worker with Local 25, loved his job, the people he worked with, the places it took him to meet new […]

—45th Anniversary—

  Duane and Cindy Troyer celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Aug. 13. The couple celebrated the occasion with their children and grandchildren: Casey and Katie Troyer (Dexter and Alexandria) of Buffalo Grove, IL; Jody and Norman Graff of Cadillac (Lola and Myles); and Ashley and Justin Troll of Gaylord (Ashtin and Jack).  

Canoe challenge turns 20

The First Dam Canoe Challenge takes place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28 on the AuSable River. The C2 (two-person) challenge is Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. The challenge begins at Mio Dam and ends at McKinley Bridge, according to race organizer Peg Smutek. “They have to go up and turn a buoy and then portage the dam and go down […]

Horsin’ around at Heritage Days

OSCODA COUNTY —Heritage Days and Logging Expo provided wholesome fun at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds Aug. 12-13. The two days were filled with horse rides, games and demonstrations. Attendees could visit farm animals, vendors and concessions. On Friday there was a cornhole contest and live music by the Relics. Saturday morning began with cowboy church, followed by a bike rodeo […]

Summer reading program ends with exotic visitors

The Oscoda District Library concluded its summer reading program with visit from the Exotic Zoo. Javon Stacks of Belleville brought his mobile menagerie to the Comins Township Hall July 12. Children and grownups got to see, touch and learn about the animals. The program offers a unique learning experience for Oscoda County residents. This and all summer reading program activities […]

Stop by the SDA Community Center

Once you find it, you’ll want to come back

There is a helpful resource in Mio which many Oscoda County residents may not know about. The Seventh Day Adventist Community Center is located at 409 12th Street. The building used to house a Seventh Day Adventist day school, but it’s been a community center for nearly 40 years. Inside, it looks like a thrift store, but there are no […]

Birthday, birthday, birthday


One thing that I really need to work on is looking ahead. I tend to focus on the next week or so, which tends to cause me problems. Such as right now, when I am trying to figure out what to get my mom, brother, and good friend for their birthdays, because they are all in a few weeks. My […]

Meet the new FAS principal

Sarah Taylor is stepping into a position new to her as well as Fairview Area Schools. FAS formerly combine the K-12 principal and superintendent positions. Taylor comes to Fairview from Penfield Schools in Battle Creek. She was assistant principal for grades three-five for four years, then kindergarten-grade two principal for two years. Taylor’s husband Marvin Taylor is the new superintendent […]

Interim superintendent hired

The Fairview Area Schools Board of Education hired Jim Gendernalik to serve as interim superintendent at its Aug. 8 meeting. He was formerly superintendent of Mio AuSable Schools. Gendernalik became principal at MAS in the fall of 1997. Four years before his 2018 retirement, he became superintendent as well. He was asked to step back into school administration for a […]