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Back to school already!

Back to school already!

Pat Maurer All the way across Clare County, next week is the very last week of summer, for the youngsters and teachers anyway. Clare, Harrison and Farwell Schools will all…

Summer is slipping away

Summer is slipping away

Pat Maurer Summer, according to the Maurer calendar anyway, is almost over again. School starts in a little over two weeks and the Labor Day weekend begins just three weeks…

Touring the UP

Touring the UP

Pat Maurer We just returned from an 1,134 mile trip around “most” of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, something that has been on our “bucket list” since we took a similar trip…

Fairs and summer fun remembered

Fairs and summer fun remembered

Pat Maurer It’s fair week and fun for both Clare and Isabella County fairgoers with rides, 4-H showmanship competitions, and all of the fun of old-time county fairs in mid-Michigan.…

It’s here – fair time again

It’s here – fair time again

Pat Maurer The 136th Clare County Fair begins this weekend. It is the best of old time county fairs and we all remember those, right? This one should be extra…

Holiday fun is over… time for reunions

Holiday fun is over… time for reunions

Pat Maurer Another holiday has come and gone with events, including Clare’s Summer Music Festival two weekends ago, stretching out over a week and a half. We celebrated too –…

Summertime picnic tips

Summertime picnic tips

Pat Maurer The 4th of July is nearly over. I say “nearly” because there are lots of celebrations still going on this weekend, so enjoy the next to last holiday…

I Can’t Help It, I’m An Optimist

I Can’t Help It, I’m An Optimist

Pat Maurer Although I get discouraged as much as the next person, at heart I am an incurable optimist. That glass is always half-full. While standing in front of the…

Still waiting for Summer

Still waiting for Summer

Pat Maurer Another episode in the Maurer family saga. Made another trip to the north country last weekend along with Jack’s buddy Bob who has been here for a visit.…

Tis the season for Open Houses

Tis the season for  Open Houses

Pat Maurer Graduation Open Houses are ongoing all over the area this time of year. Every time I make a trip to town, I see balloons announcing area festivities, with…

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