Columns

Origin of road names in and around Almont

ā€” PART 1 of 6 ā€” The names of our roads came from primarily five sources. Many were named for the first or prominent settler on a given road, such as Hough, Webster, and Farley Roads. Other roads were named for the community, such as Almont, Capac, and Dryden Roads....

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In between season

A purple morning glory catches my eye, trumpet lifted to the sun. Again, I read the wisdom of the lovely garden sign the bloom adorns: "We come from the earth. We return to the earth. And in between we garden." A gift to me from my daughter, Kelly, she appreciates the...

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Aunt Gracie’s gift

Our household inherited Aunt Gracie's little lavender and white afghan sometime after my mother-in-law, Rosalie Kathleen Underwood, passed away September 17, 2015. My father-in-law called her "Rose." She didn't like me to say "Mrs. Underwood," so I addressed her as...

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Neighborly neighbors

Sometime last winter, half a polycarbonate panel disappeared from the greenhouse. Note, the greenhouse is under my care, and has been since my husband and an employee of the Michigan State University Extension built the structure in April 2007. Considering the guys...

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Cheers to our National Coffee Day!

Coffee! Where's my coffee? It's a phrase often asked (yelled?) when people are seeking their java fix for the day. While I may not be quite that bad, I do look for my coffee shortly after beginning my mornings and it's almost always ready for consumption. What a...

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Reflections of 9.11.2001

On this bright, calm September 15, America's grief and loss of September 11, 2001, hovers over me. Born in a country with a Constitution devoted to individual liberty, and men and women who continue to sacrifice their lives to protect these freedoms, I consider the...

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Demolition of the Old Town Hall

In 1882, the village and township decided to jointly construct a building to be used by both government agencies as their headquarters. They would jointly own, operate, and maintain the building. A special election was held on April 16, 1883 for the purpose of getting...

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Brief history of a mud pie maker

When a child, I made mud pies under the shade of chestnut and black walnut trees planted by my maternal grandfather, Floyd McCoy. On hot, summer days, the cold water from our homeplace's pump felt wonderful on my muddy hands. In my fourth year, my parents uprooted our...

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