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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.…

Next Generation Pioneers

Next Generation Pioneers

Jim Walter Superintendent Clare Schools Modern parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. Neither is teaching in this new era. But there’s certainly always hope, and we really do have…

Weekly newspaper not important? Think again

Weekly newspaper not important? Think again

Mike Wilcox Editor/Publisher I came across this column from Ambrosia Nelson, GM at Leader Publications in Niles, Michigan, and was thinking of writing a similar piece, but darn, she expressed…

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…

American Recycling Gets Diverted to Landfills, But Michigan Takes Steps to Boost Efforts

There’s no doubt that Americans produce a lot of waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there were 262.4 million tons of municipal solid waste generated in 2015, representing…

U.S. Car Sales Drop, Industry Expects 11% Decline

U.S. Car Sales Drop, Industry Expects 11% Decline

Car sales in the U.S. have been gradually declining in the last six months. Since the start of 2019, the industry has seen a 2.4% drop and is expected to…

Yikes, a snake in the house

Yikes, a snake in the house

Mike Wilcox Editor/Publisher I’ve experienced many critters inside my house- frogs, toads, and lizards in which I’ve had to bare hand at one time or the other and send them…

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 –…

My week from hell is finally over…

My week from hell is finally over…

Mike Wilcox Editor/Publisher If it could go wrong it did go wrong. That was the summary of this past week for me. At the top of the list was the…

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…