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Wind in the firs

Somewhere along the Christmas season, Johanna Spyri’s Heidi emerges from memory. Not my blue two-wheeler Dad taught me to ride on Detroit’s Joann Street before he bought his first movie camera – meaning there’s no evidence of my prowess in mastering independence from...

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George Henry Juhl: Barber, village president

George Henry Juhl was born on September 24, 1906 in Juhl, Sanilac, Michigan to Henry (Hans) C. Juhl (1860-1960) and Elizabeth Alice Stevenson Juhl (1878-1975). George joined older brothers Harold James Juhl (1902-1987) and Ralph Juhl (1903-1935). Henry Juhl came to...

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Blessings of longevity and purpose

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV In search of Mom’s Pecan Sandie cookie recipe, I flipped through the “DESSERTS” section of my blue, tattered box....

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Camaraderie of love and hope

I hummed along to Glenn Miller’s “String of Pearls” and set the dining room table for Thanksgiving Day dinner guests: our daughter Ruth, and Mel’s younger brother Miles and his wife Mary from Whitefish Lake. Miller’s sliding trombone provoked memories of 18960 Joann...

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The founding of Almont’s Community Hospital

The early 1950s saw major changes in the health care industry. Advancements in medicines, treatments, and surgical techniques radically changed the designs of hospitals. The rise of labor unions resulted in more people having health insurance, which changed how...

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Heroes and milestones

Pardon me, dear Reader, for this hurried letter. You see, my beloved Uncle Tab, the baby of Floyd and Ollie McCoy’s children, passed away last Friday at age eighty-nine. His funeral is in two days in Lexington, Kentucky. My four sisters and I now have one older...

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Sharing memories of Dr. Leith

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series about Dr. Dorothy Leith and her home and office at 240 Main Street in Imlay City. Her patients, now grown up and retired, can recall bits and oddities of their trips to the Dr. Leith’s office at 240 Main St....

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Revising house plans

When Mel and I visited Angie and El in Saline last March, they removed their robot vacuum from the coat closet for a demo. “A Christmas gift from the grandkids,” Angie said. Although impressed with the cute and mute machine, I was inclined to use what we have. Our...

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Planting seeds of love and hope

Have you ever been bone-tired? Growing up, nearly everyone had a garden, even if just a small one and most people used a rototiller to break up the ground in the spring. I’d never pondered what someone did before the invention of rototillers or when one was broken...

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