Vacant lot to get new life as a pocket park

Council votes to transform former gas station site into a more appealing space CAPAC — A pocket park could soon be in the works for downtown Capac. At their Nov. 16 meeting, the village council voted unanimously to turn the vacant corner lot at Main and Church streets...

Congregation gives thanks thru giving

First Congregational Church food pantry reflects mission IMLAY CITY — Even in the midst of a pandemic, members of Imlay City’s First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC) plan to spend Thankgiving Day acknowledging and sharing their blessings and good...

Two Almont schools have surge damage

Superintendent laments frequency, costs incurred from repeated events ALMONT — In the aftermath of extreme winds Sunday, Nov. 15 and subsequent power outages, a power surge has caused significant damage to the electrical systems at Almont Middle School and Orchard...

Kinzer, Chaprnka are pacesetters

  TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City’s Melynda Kinzer and Romulus’ Jon Chaprnka claimed the distinction of female and male pacesetter, respectively, last Saturday at the 2020 ICCS Turkey Trot 5K. Kinzer took overall honors that day. She posted a time of 18:55.11 along...

Times Updates

New virus cases, deaths continue see upward trend

TRI-CITY AREA — Local COVID-19 statistics have continued to trend up over the past week. In Lapeer County, the health department said 416 residents tested positive for the virus between Nov. 17-23—an increase from 363 newly confirmed cases the week prior. The number...

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News

Vacant lot to get new life as a pocket park

Vacant lot to get new life as a pocket park

Council votes to transform former gas station site into a more appealing space CAPAC — A pocket park could soon be in the works for downtown Capac. At their Nov. 16 meeting, the village council voted unanimously to turn the vacant corner lot at Main and Church streets...

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Chamber vows its support for 150th

City’s Sesquicentennial event set for Aug. 13-14 IMLAY CITY — Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce Board members agreed on Monday, Nov. 23, to forgo plans for a 2021 Busker Fest and instead throw their support behind the City’s Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary)...

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Congregation gives thanks thru giving

Congregation gives thanks thru giving

First Congregational Church food pantry reflects mission IMLAY CITY — Even in the midst of a pandemic, members of Imlay City’s First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC) plan to spend Thankgiving Day acknowledging and sharing their blessings and good...

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Two Almont schools have surge damage

Two Almont schools have surge damage

Superintendent laments frequency, costs incurred from repeated events ALMONT — In the aftermath of extreme winds Sunday, Nov. 15 and subsequent power outages, a power surge has caused significant damage to the electrical systems at Almont Middle School and Orchard...

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Sports

Fall sports could resume December 9th

Winter sports may start in January TRI-CITY AREA — The fall high school sports season is still not over with yet and may be resumed in the weeks ahead. So says the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association which last week approved an...

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Kautz, Hellebuyck are honored by coaches

Kautz, Hellebuyck are honored by coaches

ALMONT — Almont had two of their players recognized when the Michigan High School Golf Coaches Association announced their Division 4 All-State lineup recently. Senior Brandi Kautz, who tied for fifth medalist honors at the state finals, was a first team selection. In...

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Kinzer, Chaprnka are pacesetters

Kinzer, Chaprnka are pacesetters

  TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City’s Melynda Kinzer and Romulus’ Jon Chaprnka claimed the distinction of female and male pacesetter, respectively, last Saturday at the 2020 ICCS Turkey Trot 5K. Kinzer took overall honors that day. She posted a time of 18:55.11 along...

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High school sports are on hold again

TRI-CITY AREA — The fall high school sports season has been put on hold again, just weeks before it was slated to finish. The Michigan High School Athletic Association has suspended its fall tournaments for girls’ volleyball, girls’ swimming and diving as well as...

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Columns

Success was in the wind

Success was in the wind

Austin Roy has a deep love and appreciation for the outdoors. His family recognized Austin’s love for the outdoors early on and extended their arm of knowledge and provided opportunity. Austin is wise beyond his years. His father, Paul, credits the whole family for...

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A traditional Thanksgiving

As most post WWII American parents, Mom and Dad celebrated Thanksgiving Day with extended family—first and second cousins, aunts and uncles from O’Brien and McCoy clans. The folk at Mom’s table primarily came from Dad’s people who moved from Kentucky to Detroit for...

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The redemptive voice of music

As a young mother, I anticipated laundry day like a little vacation. After my husband and our three girls walked out the side door for work and school, I heaved a sigh and finished breakfast dishes in silence–listened to that still, small voice. I ran up and down two...

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Maybe it’s not as bad as we think

A few years ago, when I was flying home after being in Vietnam for more than a year, I took the opportunity to binge-watch the in-flight movies like everyone else does. Eventually I touched my screen to choose “La La Land,” which I had not yet seen. I distinctly...

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Opinion

Sharing bounty with our community

Of all our holidays, Thanksgiving is probably the most centered on food and for good reason. It originated as a harvest festival and although most of us no longer directly produce the food we eat, it’s still the ideal time to celebrate the bounty of the earth and...

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What do those ‘no’ votes mean?

The results of this month’s general election were generally good for municipalities seeking funding approval or renewal from voters. In Lapeer County, it was somewhat surprising that two measures did not pass—a millage renewal request for Goodland Township Library...

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Showing thanks through service

Today we pause to honor the service given to our country by members of the military. Often times our spoken thanks seems insufficient for the sacrifices our service men and women have made. As several stories in this week’s edition illustrates, one of the best way to...

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The difference a year makes

It’s an exciting time for Imlay City Schools as they approach the next and largest phase of their bond projects. Late last month, the board authorized more than $15.1 million in bids related to two new construction projects—a classroom addition at Weston Elementary...

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Obituaries

Mary Louise Backenstose, 89

Mary Louise Backenstose, 89

The life review of Mary Louise Backenstose. Mary Lou was born May 29, 1931 in Youngstown, OH to Nicholas and Julia Cvetetic. After graduating from Ursuline High School in 1949, she went to work at Century Foods in the accounting department. Following her position...

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Madeline Wedlake, age 79

Madeline Wedlake, age 79, of Attica, MI died Friday, October 30, 2020 at Lapeer County Medical Care Facility (Suncrest) of Lapeer, MI. Madeline Marie Green was born September 11, 1941 in Brown City, Michigan. She was the daughter of the late Glenford “Bob” and the...

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Ada Standfest, age 71

Ada Standfest, age 71

Ada Standfest, age 71, of Imlay City went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Friday, November 20, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. Ada Esther Rogers was the daughter of John Allen Rogers and Sevart (Shanlian) Rogers. Ada was born on March 19,...

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Jack Young, age 62

Jack Young, age 62, recently of Imlay City, died Friday, November 13, 2020 at his home in Imlay City. Jackie Shean Young was born September 28, 1958 in Los Angeles, CA. He was the son of the late Clyde and the late Adelle (Danner) Young. He grew up near Long Beach,...

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