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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 …

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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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I caught a lot of people off guard last week when I went Facebook Live with Staffy Blakely to discuss organ donation. Staffy is a radio talk show host at WDRJ Fourteen Forty AM Radio. I didn’t wake up last Tuesday knowing that I would share my personal story of losing my 12-year-old son, Bra…

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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.