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Downtown Clare is flourishing

Downtown Clare is flourishing

While a lot of towns in mid and Northern Michigan are floundering under the heavy weight of a bad economy, Clare seems to be flourishing. Yes, you read it right.…

The loss of an Icon

The loss of an Icon

I was astounded when I heard the news of the apparent suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams this week. I was a huge fan of his. I have to…

Mackinac Vacation

Mackinac Vacation

This is the time of year we began to make a plan to go on vacation. The August heat wave arrives, and after sitting in various spots trying to glean…

If you don’t vote, don’t complain

If you don’t vote, don’t complain

Only 17% of the people registered to vote in Clare and Osceola counties, bothered to do so on Tuesday. I knew this Primary Election was rather mundane, with very few…

Making summer memories

Making summer memories

This has been the week for granddaughters. I love having the girls here, and we usually do Wednesday through Friday. They aren’t much trouble anymore. At 12 and 15, they…

Critters

Critters

Some people love critters that come around during the summer months. They put up cameras and bait piles to tempt them just so they can watch them eat and go…

Cancer takes a friend – when will there be a cure?

Cancer takes a friend – when will there be a cure?

The news of Jody Kipp’s death hit the pit of my stomach with a big thud. I was driving back to Clare from out-of-state, Sunday morning.  Although we all knew…

Summer is slipping away

Summer is slipping away

Summer, according to the Maurer calendar, is almost over again. I know, it is only August 1, but you know there’s only a little over four weeks left until Labor…

My friend Matt

When Matthew was born, it was easy to see, there was something different about him. He didn’t react the same as other babies, and seemed to be developing at a…

Where Should We Go Clare??

Where Should We Go Clare??

“Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20 – 20 hindsight. It’s good for seeing where you’ve been. It’s good for testing the truth of what you…