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It’s pretty safe to say that for the next 20 days, you and your family will be bombarded with presidential campaign commercials. It’s expected and come Nov. 4, I really hope that TV shows will once again show ads on local businesses.

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This time of year is always bittersweet for me. As much as I love fall in Michigan, with the beautiful colors all around us and college football, I know I’m going to miss summer and pontoon rides.

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I feel such a sense of relief that my kids are grown adults and my grandson is not old enough for school. The first day of school was always a big thing in our house. The kids would always go back and forth on what new outfit to wear and whether their haircut was just perfect. We’d make sure…

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As I watched the Fenton City Council meeting last week from the comfort and safety of my home, I was curious as to what plan they would come up with to help restaurants and retailers increase their business during this COVID-19 pandemic. There were fewer than a dozen people logged into the Z…

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It’s difficult and stressful enough trying to host a large fundraising event. Throw in a global pandemic and things become even more challenging. However, the 20th annual Brad Stone Summer Classic is in the books and I could not be more grateful for everyone who made it happen.

The entrepreneurial spirit, along with grit and determination, is what has made small businesses in this country succeed. When an issue arises, creative individuals find ways to jump any hurdle and continue on to the finish line.

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My birthday week came to a close Sunday. The weather was hot, just like I like it, and I was able to spend much of my weekend on the lake with my family and some close friends. My husband and I even found a sandy spot on Tupper Lake to beach our pontoon so that our dog could spend some time …

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The end of a school year is an emotional and oftentimes stressful time for the students, parents and teachers. It’s an important milestone to let everyone know of the accomplishments of the youngest members of our society. The last day of school is a day of celebration for students as they b…

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I made a bittersweet video last week to announce the winners of this year’s Brad Stone scholarship in memory of my son. Since 2004, I’ve announced the winners from the stage of the Lake Fenton High School auditorium. But this year, because of the pandemic, I had to make the announcement remo…

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I’ve got to really hand it to our local entrepreneurs/small business owners who have come up with creative ways to keep their shops somewhat open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their determination to stay safe and provide products and services to our community led to a successful birthday cel…

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Meals at the dinner table have always brought families together. While we provide nourishment to keep our bodies healthy, conversations with our loved ones keep us connected.

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I was going to plan a big birthday celebration for my mom. She’s turning 90 next week. Much of our family is out of state and I was really hoping my son, sisters, nieces and nephews could fly into town and help celebrate her big day. Then this awful pandemic struck.

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My husband, Jeff, and I took our dog for a walk in downtown Fenton on Saturday afternoon. And, yes, we had a plastic bag just in case our dog had to go. It was refreshing to be outdoors and we even caught a whiff of spaghetti cooking at Andiamo for take-out dinners. As we walked downtown, it…

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They’re likely to be scared, tired, weary, stressed and sad. Who am I referring to? Workers deemed essential during this COVID-19 pandemic. At the top of this list are health care and public health workers. Running a close second are men and woman in law enforcement, public safety and first …

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Social distancing. Wash your hands. Cough into your elbow. Push open doors with elbows. Don’t touch your face. Stay home. Call your doctor first before going to an emergency room if you feel sick. Use sanitizing wipes. Spray handles often with Lysol.

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The area lost a kind, generous, and unassuming soul this past weekend. Chris Hamilton, executive director of the Old Newsboys of Flint, died Saturday, March 1 at the age of 73.

I just finished watching a newly released four-part docuseries on Netflix called “The Pharmacist,” featuring Dan Schneider, a retired pharmacist from St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. Schneider’s son, Danny, was shot to death in 1999 when he attempted to buy crack cocaine in St. Bernard Parish.…

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From running volleyball, curling, and even cornhole leagues throughout the year, there always seems to be something fun going on at The Barn. If it’s cold enough, ice skating also is an option on the rink just outside the side door.

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I was excited when our Media Editor Tim Jagielo told me he was going to cover the opening day of the Flint-Inner City Youth Hockey Program in Flint earlier this month. Flint is out of our local coverage area, but when Tim mentioned hockey I was all for it.

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Hopefully all of our valued readers noticed the Times’ new feature, which will be in every print edition in 2020. Placed strategically on page 3 beginning Sunday, Jan. 5, the Times, View Newspaper Group and Sharp Funeral Homes partnered to honor our local veterans.

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They brave the cold, rain and snow while hoping that the ringing of their bell will get the attention of passersby who are in the midst of Christmas shopping or just making a quick stop to pick up a gallon of milk. Yes, I’m talking about the Salvation Army bell-ringers standing, singing and …

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There’s a well known phrase, “Take care of your employees and the rest will take care of itself.” There are other phrases like, “There’s no I in team,” and “There’s no ME in team.”

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When you have a quick question about your child’s school, who do you call? When your child feels feverish or has a stomachache, who do they go to for immediate comfort? The answer is simple — the school’s front office secretary.

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If you listen closely, you can sometimes hear the distant sound of drums early in the morning before the start of the school day or after school in the fall. That drum cadence is the beat to the area high school marching bands working on their half-time shows for the Friday night varsity foo…

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In early September, USA Today published a story highlighting the shrinking pool of high school referees and officials. The top reasons for men and women leaving the ranks of high school refs is due to the culture of abuse aimed at officials, the increase of travel and club teams, and pay sca…

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Like many people, I was trying to stay up to date with the senseless mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend. What parent or grandparent wouldn’t be frightened for the safety of their family?

what a weekend and what an eye-opening reminder of why people my age can no longer have babies. I’m sore. Don’t get me wrong; it was one of the best weekends I can remember in a long time.

Having the same name as a famous (or infamous) movie actress has given me some giggles and raised eyebrows over the years. Having it brought to my attention by anyone asking for my name used to happen much more often when my namesake was promoting a new movie. For the record, the actress is …

   With school out for the summer, next on many families’ to-do list is to attend the popular Fenton Freedom Festival on the Fourth of July. This will be the 29th festival. Since its beginnings at Bush Park, the festival has grown every year thanks in part to the many volunteers who share th…

I ran into a former neighbor a couple of weeks ago when I played in the Fenton Chamber’s annual golf outing at Coyote Preserve Golf Club.

During the Senior Awards Night on Wednesday, May 22, numerous Lake Fenton High School graduates learned of local scholarships that they had won. These scholarships do not include scholarships given by the universities or colleges themselves.

 “My passion is the Leader Dogs for the Blind,” said Mary Ann Brostek of Fenton Township, the outgoing president of the Fenton Lions Club. “I cannot believe how they train those dogs. It’s unbelievable.” Mary Ann joined the Fenton Lions 15 years ago with her late husband, Chris. She said she…

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Have you ever driven down the road and wondered where did all that garbage come from and who would intentionally throw trash out while driving? I’m guessing that much of the trash that dots the edges of our roads has flown out of the bed of pickup trucks, has fallen from garbage trucks or ha…

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While I was addressing envelopes to send out flyers for our 19th Brad Stone Summer Classic, I was thinking about all the other college scholarships that Lake Fenton High Schools seniors have available to them. Each spring, I, as well as a dozen or so other community members, recognize the su…

Editor’s note: I’m sure you all read Foster Childs’ column last week announcing that he is ending his column. I, along with Emily Caswell, our brand manager, will now be alternating columns. For those who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. I grew up in Royal Oak and graduated from Michi…

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Bonnie Pray is a busy woman and she would love to have some extra help with the everyday activities, duties, challenges and social events taking place at the Auxiliary of the Curtis Wolverton VFW Post 3243 on North LeRoy Street in Fenton. Pray, 69, of Fenton has been an Auxiliary member for …

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I swore when I got home, I’d never complain about a price in the tri-county area again. My husband and I took a short trip to Miami last week to visit our son who is working down there. We knew South Beach in Miami would be expensive and we tried to plan accordingly for our three nights at a…

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 Today’s cost for a Michigan resident to attend Michigan State University is $28,478 annually. This amount includes tuition, books and supplies, room and board and other miscellaneous expenses. This cost increases to $53,424 for out-of-state students.

I learned of the sad news Wednesday evening from another former hockey mom. As I read her news that Gale Cronk had died, it brought back a flood of wonderful and bittersweet memories.

On Wednesday evening, I attended the Senior Awards event at Lake Fenton High School. I went, not as a parent of a soon-to-be graduate, but as a presenter of a college scholarship. Attending with me was my husband, Jeff, and my mom, Barb Richey. On stage, I had the pleasure of sitting next to…

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 Have you ever wondered what your dog does all day while you are at work? I do. Does Chester mope around waiting for us at the door? Does he sprawl out on the couch all day?

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 Each year as Senior Awards night approaches for Lake Fenton High School, anxiety rolls in for me. It’s a very emotional and hectic time for my family. We’re in the midst of planning our annual golf outing fundraiser and a week or so before each year’s senior awards night, my husband, Jeff, …

I’ll have to admit that part of the reason why I wanted to go see American Sniper was because Bradley Cooper had the starring role as U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle. My husband and I, along with some friends, decided to go see the movie at Trillium on opening night.