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   When I heard the first 911 alert last Tuesday, June 21, saying the front of the Holly Moose Lodge was on fire, I imagined it would quickly be extinguished. I turned on my police and fire scanner and started listening while I was working on another story. I had just gotten back to the offi…

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   We’re ready for this Saturday. Well, at least I think we’re ready. And if not, hopefully no one will notice. I truly believe everyone must host a wedding and a golf outing at least once in their lifetime so that they know how much work is involved. This Saturday, my husband Jeff and I wil…

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   I had mentioned in a previous column that I was going to announce the winner(s) of the Brad Stone scholarship during the Senior Awards Night at Lake Fenton High School on May 11. As most of you know, this college scholarship is in memory of my son, Brad, who died in 2000 at the age of 12 …

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   I can see how rumors get started, even unintentionally. One person observes something, tells what they think they saw to a friend and then that friend asks me about it since they figured I’d know what was going on since I’ve been the police reporter for the Times for more than 18 years. S…

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   Sunday’s sunshine and a hint of warm breezes prompted several people in my neighborhood to take walks and enjoy the fresh air. The sunshine prompted me to finally get outdoors and remove the Christmas lights from a few trees in the front yard. I even tossed the tennis ball for a while wit…

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   It’s been a rough and stressful week for our family. My mom, who will be 92 in May, had a health scare last week and I had to make the dreaded 911 call to get medical attention for her. I calmly explained to the 911 dispatcher what was happening and she said an ambulance would be on the way.

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   I recently flew to Miami for a long weekend getaway. My husband and I traveled with my 91-year-old mom, Barbara. Jeff and I are no strangers to traveling and flying, but flying with one who doesn’t get around very well on their own presented some challenges. We purchased direct flights fr…

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    After taking last year off due to the pandemic, the Fenton & Linden Regional Chamber of Commerce is putting on the Fenton Community Expo this weekend at Fenton High School. The chamber and local business representatives are thrilled to be back at an exciting, in-person event that wel…

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   I am convinced that the tri-county area is full of generous, thoughtful and caring people. You just have to know how to look. I’m sure other areas are just as fortunate but I know first-hand what people are doing for others right here.

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It’s hard for me to believe that we are already in the second half of January. Christmas and New Year’s Eve seem like ages ago.

   Now that Christmas and New Year’s Day are over, things are calming down a bit, at least for my family. I’m sure delivery people are enjoying a breather after working extra long hours making sure packages made it to their intended destinations on time. People making food deliveries likely …

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   The mass shooting that happened Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Oxford High School left four teenagers, Hana St. Juliana, Tate Myre, Madison Baldwin and Justin Shilling, dead. There also are seven other families who are coping with loved ones who were shot and injured in this senseless shooting. I am…

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   As the current editor and police reporter here at the Times for the last 18 years, I’ve covered a variety of court cases, deaths, arrests, disappearances and more. I will never forget the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 when I met the Jawhari family. The frantic Jawhari sisters were d…

Dozens of volunteers, including my co-workers and my husband, Jeff, gave up their personal time last Saturday to pour some beer and wine and raise much-needed money for Fenton Area Resources & Referral network, Inc. (FARR).

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Tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. An Act approved May 13, 1938 made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday — a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.”

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I love it when businesses get creative to provide new and exciting experiences for their customers. It’s that entrepreneurial spirit that creates a new service to be enjoyed by many and if it’s in the tri-county area, all the better.

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As soon as I feel the chill from a crisp breeze and smell the beginning of leaves turning, it’s time that I make my first pot of chili of the season. My recipe, Nichols worth of chili, is an old family favorite that I have tweaked over the years. The pot simmering on the stovetop signifies t…

I was away last week on a much-needed vacation. We had a trip to Florida planned for months and counting down the days until we flew there was exciting. My husband and I traveled to New Smyrna Beach with two other couples that we have been dear friends with for decades. Our son, who lives in…

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I’m jumping on the bandwagon to thank and praise the work of Consumers Energy, DTE and contractors from the seven states that worked around the clock to restore power to much of Mid-Michigan following the storms that began last Wednesday, Aug. 11. Huge kudos also to all the fire and police d…

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Every day for the past five years, Nikki and Franz Brueger have started their day wondering who killed their only child, 31-year-old Ally. July 30 marked the five-year anniversary of her murder. She was shot at several times as she ran her usual 10-mile route in Rose Township. Nikki told me …

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With this pandemic going on for nearly a year-and-a-half, we’ve all adjusted our way of life and adapted to keep our households running smoothly, or at least attempted to keep things running smoothly.

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People across this country love their fireworks. There’s just something nostalgic about relaxing on a warm summer night and watching the skies above explode with colorful sprays of fireworks. The bright lights can momentarily light up your surroundings and cast a patriotic red, white and blu…

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What a weekend we had. Actually it’s been a chaotic couple of weeks. My family hosted the 21st annual Brad Stone Summer Classic in memory of our son who died in 2000 at the age of 12.

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Now that the weather is summer-like, my husband, Jeff and I need to clean out our kayaks to make sure all of the spider webs, leaves and dust are gone before we take our first adventure of 2021. If I remember correctly, we only took them out once last summer. Sometimes we just cruise around …

I recently announced the winners of this year’s Brad Stone Scholarship. Just like last year, I had to submit a video announcement because of COVID restrictions. Lake Fenton High School played my short two-minute video at Senior Awards night. The school live streamed the event and I watched a…

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The Tyrone Township Board of Trustees will look at the possibility of facilitating the move and preservation of the 150-year-old township hall, commonly referred to by longtime residents as Town House.

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Being the police reporter here at the Times since 2004, I have met many men and women in blue who are dedicated to serving the tri-county area. I have been chatting or emailing with several on a weekly basis to provide police reports and details about crimes and accidents for our readers. I …

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How many people by their 14th birthday can say they are CEO and founder of an organization, honored by the Martin Luther King Foundation, the recipient of the Everyday Young Hero Award and be featured on The Today Show, among other things?

I wrote a story, “Three dozen dogs now have path to better life” for the Jan. 31 issue of the Times. It covered the dog rescue and trip that Fenton Adopt-A-Pet volunteers made to West Virginia. They were contacted about a hoarding situation following the death of the woman who had been carin…

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I hope you enjoy reading about some very hard-working families living in the tri-county area who are featured in our Agriculture section in this weekend’s edition of the Times. I certainly enjoyed interviewing them and learning about their passion for family and their dedication to the agric…

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On Saturday, Feb. 27, I started seeing social media posts from people curious as to why so many law enforcement vehicles were at Lake Fenton High School. As the police reporter, my first thought was ‘Is there something criminal going on there?’ I contacted the Genesee County sheriff and quic…

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Now that we are no longer carting young hockey players all across Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region, I’ve gotten soft — to the cold.

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 I am excited for the restaurants across the state of Michigan, especially the ones in the tri-county area, since they were allowed to reopen their dining rooms Monday, Feb. 1.

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Who doesn’t like to get a birthday card or a check in the mail? These nice surprises make up for all the credit card statements, junk mail and bills that never seem to stop showing up in our mailboxes.

It’s no secret that my husband and I, along with several of our friends, enjoy going out to dinner — often. Maybe it’s because our kids are grown and on their own. Maybe it’s because we’ve worked hard all day and would rather have someone else do the cooking and cleaning.

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The tri-county area has so many people stepping up to help others during these challenging times. We also have many creative and driven business owners who are doing anything they can to save their small business and the hardworking men and women they employ.

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They’re out there every day ringing a bell hoping to attract the attention of shoppers. Of course, I’m talking about the Salvation Army Bell Ringers. These angels among us stand at store entrances in chilly and even freezing cold weather to collect the loose change or dollar bills that will …

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The editorial staff at the Times worked diligently last week to gather all of the election results for the tri-county area. This involves collecting data from our local clerks, as well as from Genesee, Livingston and Oakland counties, along with the Secretary of State. We started watching fo…

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Any Election Day can make for a long day for clerks, election inspectors and other workers, but it’s apparent that the election next week will surely be a day for the record books.

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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 …