Almont claims BWAC Tourney title

Raiders pace the field, Spartans end up fourth TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont and Imlay City boys’ tennis teams took first and fourth, respectively, at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament last Saturday. Armada High School is where the action unfolded....

Almont wins 48-14, secures playoff spot

Clobbers Armada for convincing homecoming victory   ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team finds themselves in the state playoffs again, securing that distinction with a 48-14 homecoming win at the expense of Blue Water Area Conference counterpart Armada...

Rains slow Capac Rd. construction process

Milling & paving of the roadway has begun in Village of Allenton BERLIN TWP. — Despite days of relentless rainfall, the ongoing Capac Road reconstruction project from Hough Rd. north to Tubspring Rd. is expected to be completed by mid-November. On Monday (Oct....

Owner vows to rebuild

Country Smoke House fire causes extensive damage to popular Almont destination ALMONT TWP. — Steve Francis, owner of the fire-ravaged Country Smoke House, vows to rebound from the fire and other recent events that have left him and family members reeling. On...

News

Imlay City  police using PT to patrol

Imlay City police using PT to patrol

Electric-powered unit popular among officers, city residents   IMLAY CITY — Why walk, bike or drive when you can be transported to your destination using an electric-powered, two-wheel, self-balancing personal transportation vehicle. In recent weeks, Imlay City...

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Rains slow Capac Rd. construction process

Rains slow Capac Rd. construction process

Milling & paving of the roadway has begun in Village of Allenton BERLIN TWP. — Despite days of relentless rainfall, the ongoing Capac Road reconstruction project from Hough Rd. north to Tubspring Rd. is expected to be completed by mid-November. On Monday (Oct. 7),...

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Read all about it in Dryden

Read all about it in Dryden

Student newspaper connects and informs school community   DRYDEN — All that’s red and black gets covered in The Dryden Red and Black, Dryden Jr./Sr. High School’s student newspaper. The three-year-old publication is delivered to email inboxes every Monday morning...

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Owner vows to rebuild

Owner vows to rebuild

Country Smoke House fire causes extensive damage to popular Almont destination ALMONT TWP. — Steve Francis, owner of the fire-ravaged Country Smoke House, vows to rebound from the fire and other recent events that have left him and family members reeling. On Friday,...

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Six departments respond to Country Smoke House blaze

ALMONT TWP. — The Country Smoke House, one of the area’s most successful and popular businesses, sustained extensive damage in an early morning fire on Friday, Oct. 4. Almont Township Fire Capt./Incident Commander Jeff Ludwig said firefighters from six local...

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Pennies, nickels, dimes add up to an education

Pennies, nickels, dimes add up to an education

Lapeer Foundation gives kids ‘piggy’ banks to start saving     IMLAY CITY — Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters may have comparatively little value to adults. But for 5- and 6-year-olds, even coins can add up to big dollars if saved and allowed to grow over...

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Almont school motivated for Fun Run

Almont school motivated for Fun Run

Students, staff rally in support of 2 teachers fighting cancer     ALMONT — Almont Middle School Principal Kim VonHiltmayer said school staff and students are working harder than ever to raise funds for the school’s 2019 “Fun Run” on Friday, Oct. 11. VonHiltmayer...

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Criminal charges pending in construction site death

Criminal charges pending in construction site death

IMLAY CITY —Imlay City Police now believe the victim of a construction site accident died after being struck on the head by excavating equipment. Investigators initially said that the 38-year-old Dryden man, Craig E. Wagner Jr., had been the victim of a trench cave-in...

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Sports

Almont claims BWAC Tourney title

Almont claims BWAC Tourney title

Raiders pace the field, Spartans end up fourth TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont and Imlay City boys’ tennis teams took first and fourth, respectively, at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament last Saturday. Armada High School is where the action unfolded. Almont’s...

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Imlay City rolls in BWAC finals

Imlay City rolls in BWAC finals

IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City boys’ soccer team sent visiting Richmond down to an 8-0 defeat in the finals of the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament last Wednesday afternoon. With the outcome, Imlay City moves to 10-3-2 this season. In Wednesday’s contest, Imlay City...

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Spartans 27, Bulldogs 3

Spartans 27, Bulldogs 3

Imlay City delivers setback to Yale in BWAC road clash IMLAY CITY — Imlay City handed host Yale a 27-3 setback in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Friday night. With the result, Imlay City goes to 4-2 and 3-2. Yale slips to 1-5 and 1-4. “This...

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Almont wins 48-14, secures playoff spot

Almont wins 48-14, secures playoff spot

Clobbers Armada for convincing homecoming victory   ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team finds themselves in the state playoffs again, securing that distinction with a 48-14 homecoming win at the expense of Blue Water Area Conference counterpart Armada last...

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Capac gets first win on the season

Capac gets first win on the season

CAPAC — Capac came out on top of a 21-16 road verdict over Memphis in a Greater Thumb Conference East Division varsity football meeting last Friday night. With the outcome, Capac raises its mark to 1-4 and 1-2. Memphis falls to 0-5 and 0-4. In Friday’s meeting, Capac...

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Spartans edge  Tigers, 19-18

Spartans edge Tigers, 19-18

Held on in final quarter for win IMLAY CITY — Imlay City edged host Armada, 19-18, in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football meeting last Friday night. With the result, Imlay City improves to 3-2 and 2-2. Armada slips to 2-3 and 1-3. “Armada played hard right...

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Capac second at Landmark Tourney

Capac second at Landmark Tourney

CAPAC — The Capac varsity volleyball team netted a second-place finish last Saturday at the Landmark Academy Tournament. Capac opened tournament action with a 25-15, 10-21 pool play split with Landmark Academy. That was followed by a 21-17, 21-3 win against Austin...

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Imlay City places first in Goodells

Imlay City places first in Goodells

TRI-CITY AREA — The Imlay City and Almont girls’ cross country teams took first and sixth, respectively, at a Blue Wat er Area Conference Jamboree Meet on Tuesday, September 24. Goodells County Park is where the action unfolded. Imlay City edged Cros-Lex, 64 points to...

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Imlay City nets win over Richmond

Imlay City nets win over Richmond

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City handed visiting Richmond a 25-22, 25-11, 25-21 setback in Blue Water Area Conference varsity volleyball contest last Thursday. With the outcome, Imlay City bumps its BWAC mark to 2-1. Abigail Thibodeau (15) and Katy Evans (nine) furnished Imlay...

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Raiders remain unbeaten

Raiders remain unbeaten

Clobbers Cros-Lex 42-0, now 5-0 on the season   ALMONT — Almont downed visiting Cros-Lex, 42-0, in a weather-shortened Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Friday night. With the outcome, Almont moves to 5-0 and 4-0. Cros-Lex slips to 2-3 and...

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Columns

Reunions a sign of hope

My mother and father were opposites: she the eldest of eight children, he the youngest of nine. Assigned to cooking family meals at age eleven, Mom cut her teeth on the cookstove. Dad grew into manhood with every bite of food handed to him. Domestic to the bone, Mom...

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Filling the dash of living

There’s nothing like visiting with old friends from your childhood that can make you wonder how time passed so quickly. Having the sad misfortune of having to say a way too early goodbye to a childhood friend has brought back so many memories. Susie was a very...

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Who’s Sweet Annie?

Years ago on a fair fall day, my sister-in-law and I wandered through a craft show in Grand Rapids with her first baby. Throughout the park, dappled light shone on vendors’ tents under old oaks and maples. The spirit of geniality triggered “nothing could be finer than...

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The more they stay the same

Every once in a while I feel like I will hear her come in, hands full of work items, water, her bag. Always so much in her hands, it takes a few seconds for her to get through the door. I would always hear, “Hi Paula. Hi Randy. Hi Tom. Hi Maria” and whoever else was...

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The ebb and flow of seasons

The kids and I spent Sunday afternoon picking apples from our four trees. It’s one of those years where, with little effort, there’s a decent crop to be had. Despite the fact that I half-heartedly pruned and sprayed them this spring and they went long spells without a...

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Wondrous grace

Barely a year old, Mitty loves books. She jumps upon my bed every morning, rubs her cheeks on the edge of my journal and chews its ribbon glued to the binding. She paws my pen. “Okay, Mitts, I get the message.” I scratch her back from tail to head and hold her face in...

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Learning, supporting your lifetime partner

If you have been blessed like me to have been with the same partner a long time—24 years of marriage for us—you know it takes compromise, humor and patience to get there. Maybe it’s not always a sunny walk in the park, but getting through those times of turmoil really...

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What changes, stays the same

Pretty much since day one, I’ve had this same desk, chair and cubicle here at the Tri-City Times offices. I’ve tacked a calendar in its designated spot for the last 16 years and that towering stack of our print editions has maintained its claim on the corner edge. I...

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Is busyness a trauma response?

Recently there was a post on social media that read, “Feeling the need to be busy all the time is a trauma response and fear-based distraction from what you’d be forced to acknowledge and feel if you slowed down.” Immediately, I knew this was meant for me. Since...

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A writer, before…and after all

In Granny’s latter years, we’d sit at her kitchen table as night fell upon the mountains. There, in those hallowed moments, she unlocked the chambers of her large heart and granted me her most precious joys and sorrows. She spoke of her two newborn sons Grandpa buried...

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Opinion

Health issues in the news

There’s been no shortage of public health news headlines recently. First, it was vaping and the dangerous health issues that young users were developing. Here in Michigan, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been top of mind for health officials for several weeks...

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Getting the recognition he deserves

Anyone who’s spent any time in Dryden surely knows Dave Hill. He’s the embodiment of someone who has a deep passion for the place he calls home, so it’s only fitting that “Officer Dave” was selected as grand marshal for Saturday’s Fall Festival parade in downtown...

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Waiting for that apology

Although a jail sentence might not have been practical, some Lapeer County residents might have liked to see former state representative Todd Courser spend a night or two behind bars for the embarrassment he’s caused his former constituents over the past four years....

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Condolences in aftermath of tragic accident

Our hearts go out to the family, friends and loved ones of the young Dryden man whose life was cut short in a construction site accident in Imlay City last Thursday. The devastating situation once again shines a spotlight on our firefighters and first responders, who...

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One person makes difference for many

An Almont-area woman’s determination to make improvements to a park that is part of the village’s history inspired others to chip in and help. Known only as ‘Sid,’ in the story in this week’s paper, the woman sought no recognition for her role in sprucing up Murphy...

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Be prepared with REAL ID

Travelers may not know that a new mandate called ‘REAL ID’ will kick in on October 1, 2020. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson issued the following important reminder that will affect anyone who travels by air as on that date and beyond. From coast to coast, state to...

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LCVA marks milestone with salute to veterans

For the past 50 years, the Lapeer County Department of Veterans Affairs has been committed to offering assistance to area veterans and their families. The Department provides services that connect veterans and provide access to federal, state and local benefits which...

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Police remind motorists with new campaign

As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, local and state law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists not to drink and drive. A three-week holiday weekend enforcement effort is underway. Called the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, it runs through...

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Mitchell still has time for campaign promises

Nearly everyone who’s anyone was surprised when Paul Mitchell announced last month that he wouldn’t seek re-election to Congress after his second term concludes in 2020. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family and had grown frustrated with gridlock in...

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Backpack giveaway a boost for Capac kids

While it’s hard to believe area youths will head back to the classrooms in just a few weeks, it is a reality around the Tri-City area. That means helping students be prepared for the new school year with adequate school supplies. Blue Water Community Action, a...

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Obituaries

Martin “Marty” Harris, 63

Martin “Marty” Harris, age 63, of Attica, MI died suddenly Monday, October 7, 2019 at home. Martin John Harris was born August 7, 1956 in Lapeer, MI. He was the son of the late Paul and the late Geraldine (Carson) Harris. Marty grew up in Imlay City. He was a graduate...

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Charles Martin, 66

Charles Martin, 66

Charles Martin, 66, of Almont, MI, died Monday, September 30, 2019 surrounded by family at Henry Ford Hospital. Charles was born on November 27, 1952, in Detroit, MI, to Harold and Betty Martin. He grew up in Sterling Heights and graduated from Stevenson High School...

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Karren Deming, 77

Karren Deming, age 77, of Lapeer, MI died Monday, September 30, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family.  Karren Evonne Johnson was born June 16, 1942 in Lapeer, MI. She was the daughter of the late Earl and the late Joyce (Watson) Johnson. Karren grew up in...

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Andrew Bugar, 88

Andrew Bugar, age 88, recently of Imlay City (formerly of Eastpointe), MI died Monday, October 7, 2019 at McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital in Lapeer, MI. Andrew Bugar was born September 4, 1931 in Maxwell, PA. He was the son of the late John and the late Mary Bugar....

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Chester E. Glass, 76

Chester E. Glass, 76, of Almont passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2019 surrounded by his wife and children following a long battle with an illness. He was born June 1, 1943 in Detroit the son of Chester and Henrietta (Ruhig) Glass where he grew up...

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