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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

 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?

 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.