Take a kid catchin’ and teach ’em to fish

Farm ponds provided livestock water while in the pasture. On our farm, most were muddy, had a distinct odor of cow manure, trampled shorelines and large snapping turtles. Today, with stocking programs old farm ponds have turned into a great place to introduce fishing...

Maybe we do have an agenda

Our editor, Maria Brown, recently pulled the plug on a Facebook post which was getting out of hand. The comments were all related to our front page story on a COVID-19 outbreak which would hit the newsstand the next morning. Social media showed its shameful colors and...

Leaves of three, leave them be

As if it were yesterday, I can recall my dad telling me, on more than one occasion, “Boy, you’re like a bull in a china shop!” Some things don’t change; let me explain. A few of years ago, in mid-August, I went to my hunting property to set my treestands for the...

Staying confident we’ll see you in September

From Detour to Detroit, from Saline to St. Ignace and Traverse City to Tawas, all are ghost towns today. COVID-19 has seen to that. These are the most challenging of times and its full impact remains to be known. “Just stop what you’re doing, go home and stay there,”...

Lifetime of experiences leads to book

Have you ever given much thought to writing a book? My wife is the only one who has ever suggested it, bless her heart. There’s no book deal on my horizon, for obvious and truthful reasons. Imagine the time required, dedication and discipline to produce a book....