Almont wins title, 22-20

Raider defense stuffs Mariners playoff bid   ALMONT — The Almont football team came up big at a time they needed it most, stopping a two-point conversion bid with 21.6 seconds remaining, and that lifted them to a dramatic 22-20 victory over host Marine City in...

Times names top runners

TRI-CITY AREA — From start to finish, these athletes set the standard for excellence. Here is a look at who gained selection to the 2019 edition of the Tri-City Times All-Area boys’ cross country squad and the credentials they generated en route: Ronny Hudson,...

Say it ain’t snow!

Early storm causes cancellations, crashes   TRI-CITY AREA — Snow day #1 is in the books for area schools thanks to a record-breaking snowfall on Monday, Nov. 11. Flakes started falling on Monday morning, which also happened to be Veterans Day, and the Tri-City...

Water, sewer rates rising in Imlay City

Commission reluctantly okays a 9% increase for residents, Vlasic   IMLAY CITY — Following some mildly contentious discussion about when and by how much to raise next year’s sewer and water rates, city commissioners voted 5-2 on Wednesday (Nov. 6) to raise...

News

Say it ain’t snow!

Say it ain’t snow!

Early storm causes cancellations, crashes   TRI-CITY AREA — Snow day #1 is in the books for area schools thanks to a record-breaking snowfall on Monday, Nov. 11. Flakes started falling on Monday morning, which also happened to be Veterans Day, and the Tri-City...

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Water, sewer rates rising in Imlay City

Water, sewer rates rising in Imlay City

Commission reluctantly okays a 9% increase for residents, Vlasic   IMLAY CITY — Following some mildly contentious discussion about when and by how much to raise next year’s sewer and water rates, city commissioners voted 5-2 on Wednesday (Nov. 6) to raise rates...

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Country Smoke House eyes spring reopening

Country Smoke House eyes spring reopening

Business owners are still seeking other product-making locations   ALMONT — Steve and Sue Francis, owners of the Country Smoke House, continue to seek alternate locations to make product following the October 4 fire that caused extensive damage to the business’s...

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IC School voters say ‘yes’

Bond sale options, plans for projects to be discussed   IMLAY CITY — Proponents of the Imlay City Schools bond proposal found success at the polls last week. Voters approved the $36.8 million bond request-the lone item on the Nov. 5 ballot in the Tri-City...

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Society presents War of 1812 program

LAPEER — The Lapeer County Genealogical Society invites community members to their next meeting on November 12 at 7 p.m. Tuesday night’s program will include a presentation by Sarah Gardiner of Michigan History Alive on the War of 1812, Oliver Hazard Perry and the...

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DAR group extends meeting invitation

IMLAY CITY — The John Crawford Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will host their next meeting on Saturday, November 9 at 11 a.m. at the Eastern Michigan State Fair. The John Crawford Chapter is seeking new members who...

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Bingo night in Berville

BERVILLE — The Berville Lioness Charities, Inc. will host a Fall Bingo event this Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Berville Lions Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Bingo starts at 6 p.m. Guests must be 18 years old to enter. Snacks, pizza, coffee and pop can be purchased on...

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Bond proposal passes

Bond proposal passes

IMLAY CITY  — Yesterday residents of the Imlay City School district voted to approve a $36.8 million bond proposal—the lone item on the Nov. 5 ballot in the Tri-City area. According to unofficial results from the Lapeer County Clerk’s Office, posted just before...

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Pickleball in the park

Pickleball in the park

Imlay Twp. utilizes state grant funding for upgrades, additions including new courts   IMLAY TWP. — Just as they had hoped, township officials were able to complete the bulk of park projects yet this fall thanks to state grant funding. In recent weeks,...

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Keihin opens eyes of students

Keihin opens eyes of students

Keihin Manufacturing staff hosts its fifth annual student outreach     CAPAC — So what’s it like to work at a modern manufacturing plant? And just what types of skills and knowledge base are required to land a position at such a plant? And of course, how much...

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Sports

Raiders one step closer to state semifinals

Raiders one step closer to state semifinals

Swan Valley is next assignment for Almont   ALMONT — Almont will look to become the third football team in school history to reach the state semifinals (the 2011 and 2014 squads accomplished the feat previously) this Saturday when it hosts Saginaw Swan Valley for...

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Almont wins title, 22-20

Almont wins title, 22-20

Raider defense stuffs Mariners playoff bid   ALMONT — The Almont football team came up big at a time they needed it most, stopping a two-point conversion bid with 21.6 seconds remaining, and that lifted them to a dramatic 22-20 victory over host Marine City in a...

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Times names top runners

Times names top runners

TRI-CITY AREA — From start to finish, these athletes set the standard for excellence. Here is a look at who gained selection to the 2019 edition of the Tri-City Times All-Area boys’ cross country squad and the credentials they generated en route: Ronny Hudson, Dryden....

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Almont, Marine City square off next

ALMONT — The Almont football team will once again look to continue their postseason path this Friday when it travels to Marine City for a Division 5, Region 3, District 2 championship championship game. East China Stadium will provide the venue for the contest which...

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Dryden wins NCTL championship

Dryden wins NCTL championship

DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity volleyball team completed an unbeaten North Central Thumb League campaign with a 25-15, 25-15, 18-25, 25-14 win against host Kingston on Tuesday, October 29. For Dryden, Erin Boettcher led the way with 26 service points. She was backed by...

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Imlay City stuns Cros-Lex in districts

Imlay City stuns Cros-Lex in districts

IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City volleyball team rallied for a 21-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-12 triumph against Cros-Lex in a Division 2 district volleyball opening round battle Monday night. Armada High School is where the action unfolded. Monday’s victory marked the...

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Almont playoff bid runs through Richmond

Almont playoff bid runs through Richmond

Raiders open postseason with another win over Blue Devils, 30-20   ALMONT — Almont saw to it that their postseason path would continue, earning a 30-20 win at host Richmond’s expense in a Division 5, Region 3, District 2 semifinal game last Friday night. With the...

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Spartans lose coin flip for final spot

Spartans lose coin flip for final spot

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City just missed out on becoming the second Tri-City Area football team to reach the state playoffs this past weekend. When the final playoff points were announced, Imlay City and Durand managed identical point totals in their pursuit of the final...

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Imlay City’s Denver running in finals

Imlay City’s Denver running in finals

TRI-CITY AREA — The Imlay City and Almont girls’ cross country teams generated a fifth and 10th, respectively, last Saturday at a Division 2 regional. Goodells County Park is where the action unfolded. Regina (58 points), Marysville (91) and Macomb Lutheran North (93)...

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Imlay too much for Capac, 34-3

Imlay too much for Capac, 34-3

TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City came out on top of a 34-3 verdict over host Capac in a non-league varsity football game last Friday night. With the outcome, Imlay City finishes at 5-4. Capac winds up 1-8. “We started out slow but woke up in the second quarter,” Imlay City...

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Columns

It’s soup season

No one cooked and baked from scratch like my mother-except Granny, who assigned her first child to the wood stove when she was eleven. There, Mom mastered biscuits, cornbread, pies, roasts, gravies, stringed beans in pork fat, fried chicken and pork chops, and oxtail...

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Learning Vietnamese

A couple of months ago, I finally broke down and hired a Vietnamese tutor. This had come after nearly two-and-a-half years of trying to self-study the language, with some success. In that time I was able to cinch much of the alphabet and pronunciation, which, to say...

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Be Batman, not the Joker

Pseudobulbar Affect is a thing. A real thing. A fascinating fictional example of it is found in Joaquin Phoenix’s blissfully uncomfortable portrayal of Batman’s arch-nemesis, Joker, in the October 2019 movie by the same name. Director Todd Phillips briefly captured...

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How to connect as a parent

I’m not sure, but I think I’ve lost the ‘Mother of the Year’ award again this year. I said that this weekend as a lot of us parents sat on the sidelines watching our daughters play in a soccer tournament. We all laughed and some agreed they felt the same. My thoughts...

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The life of farm and letters

My heart sank when trucks from American Tree lined up before our house at 8:30 a.m. It wasn’t easy letting go my last two lavender fields, about 500 shrubs in a lovely flurry of mid-October bloom. “The landscapers are here!” I informed my coffee hound in the kitchen....

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Learning to face your fears

Once we hit a certain age, I think we all start to examine our lives and realize we might be at the top of the hill and there’s nowhere but down from here. I’m hoping to take a leisurely, smooth roll down from this point. At the same time, I find myself wanting to...

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Sunday morning musings

My husband slipped under the covers. “I hope the rain doesn’t wash away the seed I’ve planted.” Immersed in All Creatures Great and Small by the late James Herriot, I managed “me too,” and turned the page. An hour later, full of Herriot’s humor and the vet’s passion...

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A tribute to Gino and Marlene Mallia

Last January, I talked with Gino Mallia, husband of Marlene Mallia, President of the Lakeville Cemetery Auxiliary Society. “I don’t know if you can afford the dues,” he said. “How much are they?” “Two dollars.” I would’ve paid a higher price just to enter Milmine...

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A bitter pill to swallow

Did I or didn’t I? This was one of the questions I asked myself a few times a couple weeks ago sitting at my desk. Did I take my pills? I did, didn’t I? Or was that yesterday I am thinking of? Oh my gosh! Am I getting old or what? Or am I just so distracted that I...

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To love an onion

I was unaware Robert Farrar Capon, the late Episcopal priest and author, published The Supper of the Lamb in 1967. Furthermore, I knew nothing of Capon’s “culinary reflection” when I began housekeeping in 1970 with The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. I built my...

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Opinion

The importance of vibrant parks

Parks are important places in any community and it’s encouraging to see local residents and municipalities doing what they can to maintain and expand them. Parks aren’t just about being public, open spaces. In more rural locations like ours, where backyards—even in...

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Legislating to honor veterans

For the past 100 years, this nation has honored the men and women who served in uniform on Veterans Day and we’ll do the same this Monday, Nov. 11, for the 101st time. Obviously it’s nice that retailers and restaurants offer freebies and discounts that day but our...

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‘No reason’ not to vote in the coming year

This coming Tuesday, residents in the Imlay City School district will decide the fate of a $36 million bond proposal and, it’s possible, a good number of them won’t visit their polling station that day. That’s because the November 5 election marks the first time in...

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A place to call home

Earlier this month, the Hispanic Service Center hosted a special event to thank the volunteers who make their programs possible. Special recognition was given to the volunteers from Gateway Church who gave of their time to make the organization’s homeless shelter...

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Striving for safer travel on local roads

Our pages have been filled with lots of tragic news lately, particularly fatal traffic accidents. Within the last three weeks, at least four incidents have occurred either in the Tri-City area or affected those who call this community home. An Armada man died...

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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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Obituaries

Dawn Marie Meyer, 50

Dawn Marie Meyer, 50

Dawn Marie Meyer, age 50, of Imlay City (formerly of Metamora), died tragically Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Dawn was born in Warren, MI to John F. and Gloria Dawn (Kukuk) Sieloff. She graduated from Liberty Christian Academy, class of 1987. She married Brian Meyer on...

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Carl Elliott, 88

Carl Elliott, 88

Carl Elliott, age 88, of Imlay City, MI passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital. Carlton Ware Elliott was born April 3, 1931 in Lum, MI. He was the son of the late William Ware and the late Edith...

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Thomas Samuel Chisholm, 100

Thomas Samuel Chisholm, 100

Thomas Samuel Chisholm, 100, of Lapeer, formerly of Dryden, was born December 26, 1918, in West Bloomfield, MI. During his childhood Tommy lived in Michigan, New York, and South Carolina and graduated from Oxford High School in 1938. He attended Michigan State...

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Dr. Marvel John Yoder, 80

Dr. Marvel John Yoder, 80

Dr. Marvel John Yoder of Andover MA died Thursday, October 24, 2019. The last few weeks of his life were filled with laughter and joy, while he connected with family, friends, and former co-workers. He was 80 years old. Marvel grew up in Almont. He participated in...

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John “Jack” Schmitz, 90

John “Jack” Schmitz, 90

John “Jack” Schmitz, age 90, of Imlay City, MI died Thursday, October 24, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. John Gilbert Schmitz was born July 12, 1929 in Detroit, MI. He was the son of the late Martin and the late Julia (Rung) Schmitz. Jack grew up in...

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