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Last two hours of daylight

Gloriously, sunshine satisfied the weather forecast last Tuesday – perfect for pruning my dwarf apple and pear trees within Richardson Wright's recommended January timeline. The extended sunset allowed me to accomplish the day's work on my desk, plus the outdoor...

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The Bible for survival

When I was little, we learned many songs in Sunday school. There was "Jesus Loves Me," "Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World," "The B I B L E," and "I'm in the Lord's Army," among many others. I'm not completely certain of this, but it seems to me that the...

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A friend’s friendly reminder

You'd think a gardener could rest from yardwork in January. Not according to Richardson Wright, one of America's foremost garden historians, advisors, and authors (1887-1961). As you lean against your pillow, lamplight upon pages you hold open to "January 20" in a...

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Norm Hamilton – Fire Chief/Scoutmaster

Norman Root Hamilton was born in May 8, 1925 in Almont, Lapeer, Michigan to Frank Ronald Hamilton (1893-1955) and Eunice Osea Root Hamilton (1897-1977). Frank had married Eunice in 1920 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Norm joined older brother Ronald William...

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

I celebrate Mom's January birthday with one of her favorite sweets. Her four younger brothers often decreed her apple pie undeniably the best of its kind. Especially served a la mode with her beautiful smile and cup of fresh-brewed coffee. She once said in her...

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Pots-a-popping

Have you ever taken a pottery class? I was privileged to do some pottery work in middle school. The first thing the teacher taught us was the importance of kneading the clay thoroughly to work out all the air bubbles. Only after this was completed could we begin...

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Occupational hazards

Well into Michigan's sedentary season, I awoke this morning wanting a muddy walk. Other than a hike downhill to the henhouse and back uphill with eggs in my pockets, I've not spent much time outdoors the past several winters. After my bathroom scales found the five...

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Almont’s Trott Brothers Airport

Frank Trott (1915-2002) and brother Robert “Bob” Trott (1922-1981) learned to fly airplanes in the 1930s. Frank’s pilot license had a four-digit number, meaning he was an early licensed pilot. Prior to World War II, they created the Trott Brothers Airport on their...

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To make a nimble mind

The night after Christmas Day, our California daughter said, "Mom, let's begin your new puzzle." Considering she presented me with the beautiful gift the day before, I replied, "Sure!" It seemed the perfect way to enjoy one of the two nights she and her husband spent...

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Some of Almont’s first early schools

Authors Note: The following story is by no means a complete, detailed story about the schools that existed in the area around Almont. When James and Elizabeth Deneen and their five children first came to Almont in the late fall of 1828, they were by themselves. Their...

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