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Seismic moments

My drive south to Nino Salvagio’s fabulous market in Troy usually takes thirty to forty minutes. Yesterday afternoon, however, Rochester Road south of Tienken teemed with what we locals know as “Light Show traffic.” Incidentally, the town of Rochester erected a sign...

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Charlie Meulemans: Hardware man

Charles Francis Meulemans was born on May 15, 1908 in Heverlee, Brabant Wallen, Belgium to John Batist Meulemans (1883-1955) and Maria Joissart Meulemans (1885-1973). John moved the family to America and they arrived on March 2, 1920. John, Maria, Charlie, and...

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Sublime fury and tender mercies

“We mortals with immortal minds are only born for sufferings and joys, and one could almost say that the most excellent receive joy through sufferings.” Ludwig van Beethoven (December 16, 1770 - March 26, 1827) If you tuned in to WRCJ’s Dave Wagner and Peter Whorf...

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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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