Columns

Vote, but be civil when sharing your opinions

Let’s be clear with two things right from the get go. First, this column is my opinion and mine alone. In NO way is it a reflection of anything to do with the Tri-City Times. Secondly, I have no dog in either of these issues/races. Controversial elections seldom breed...

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Report to the Community for 2023

January began with a request for assistance in reorganizing and rearranging the museum. Carolyn Rayl, Gary Kimery, Pat Spencer and Mike Swanger have helped throughout the year in making the museum a more organized and inviting space. Lynn Nolin and Pat Milton have...

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Consolation in grief

We married young. He of twenty-three years. I, less than a month shy of my twenty-first birthday. The year prior, I first laid eyes upon Melvin Underwood in the student union at Central Michigan University. He, enrolled in CMU's Master's Degree in Business...

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Almont’s school buildings-1985 to present

In the first half of 1985, a staff member issued a complaint to the State Fire Marshall about a condition at the school. The Fire Marshall came to the school and reviewed the complaint. After completion of his investigation, he issued a list of 20 violations to...

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Taking our pain to God

We've all been told that the purpose of pain is to alert us that something is wrong. Pain, in this sense, is said to be our friend. Pain is the screaming fanatic that alerts you that your little toe just tried to serve as a battering ram for some piece of furniture....

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Almont’s School Buildings – 1969 to 1984

— Part 4 of 5 — When school opened in the late summer of 1967, students got to experience the new additions to the building. The basketball players were particularly impressed by the new gymnasium. They now got to perform on a 1960s regulation court - 84 feet instead...

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Don’t let it rain…please

Because I live on a back dirt road– mostly shaded, quite hilly, graded so the center sits higher than the sides, large, deep ditches on both sides in some places and in a state of continuous ice–snow is okay, you just slide around a bit. But after 3 or 4 days it turns...

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Almont’s school buildings – 1946 to 1968

— Part 3 of 5 — After World War II, the State government wanted to alter the organization of the schools throughout the state. They wanted the one-room schools to consolidate with the nearby school district which had an existing high school. To facilitate this change,...

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Big pot of Mom’s hamburger soup

Within the passing of a November day, my doctor diagnosed an advanced case of endometriosis, and scheduled surgery the week before Christmas 1982. The following day, as mothers and grandmothers are prone to do, Mom called and said, "I'm coming to help you and Mel with...

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Almont’s school buildings – 1866 to 1945

— Part 2 of 5 — After the Civil War, the State of Michigan began a reorganization of the State’s school system. As part of that reorganization, a Union School District was created for Almont. In 1867, a brick school building was built on Church Street at the end of...

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