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Visit to Normandy a memorable experience

A Noble People I am writing this on the 80th anniversary of D Day. I visited Normandy on the 70th anniversary. It is an experience that, if possible, every citizen should experience. We left Germany and drove to France to the Normandy region and took up a short term...

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Backyard acrobats and tail signals

"In all our years living here, I've never seen so many squirrels," Mel remarked last summer. "The red squirrel was the only one around when we built this house. Now the black and gray are everywhere." Several days later, while sitting at my desk observing a host of...

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A captive audience

I look rather odd, so I'm keeping close to home. I have an appointment in four days for the doctor to remove the bandage he taped across the left side of my nose. Yes, I'm counting down the days, grateful he removed a basal cell carcinoma before it spread beyond my...

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Do you remember?

— PART 2 —   Do you remember observing Memorial Day at Memorial Park? The parade? Do you remember when the Memorial Day observances were moved to Burley Park? Why? Do you remember the bandstand in Burley Park? Do you remember when the citizens of Almont began...

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Play on words whenever opportunity knocks

Come summer, my father would unwind after work on his hands and knees in search of four-leaf clovers in our front lawn. Although his behavior was a bit embarrassing, I later appreciated Dad's devotion to the symbol of our Irish ancestry. After all, an O'Brien couldn't...

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Memorial Day – Almont’s Servicemen

The origins of Memorial Day date to just after the Civil War when organized decorations of the graves of those that had been killed in the war were began in the south. The day was called “Decoration Day” and remembered only those lost in the Civil War until after...

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Forces of nature

I recalled my maternal granny when the first thought of shrinking my vegetable garden came to mind a while ago. I better understood why she mourned the successive years she could no longer plant, hoe, harvest, and preserve her own food. However, this history could not...

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Rev. Luther Shaw – Founder of Belle Arbor

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article gives a brief accounting of the movements and accomplishments of Rev. Luther Shaw, who founded the failed community of Belle Arbor along Ross Road east of Van Dyke. Lynn Nolin will be including a more detailed history of Rev. Shaw in her...

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A wound that won’t heal

A wound that won’t heal

The thread of a mother's existence runs throughout your life, humming in the background from childhood through adulthood. It doesn't matter if you struggled to get along or found her to be your best friend, her death will be momentous. As you progress through waves of...

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