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Balbach Miss Houghton Lake 2010

This story contains a video Houghton Lake senior Danielle Balbach was crowned Miss Houghton Lake 2010 Jan. 16 at Houghton Lake High School’s 64th annual program. “I was so shocked. I really couldn’t believe I won,” Balbach said about her reaction to hearing her name called. “Everybody was good, everybody was nice, everybody was talented. You just never know.”


Rock, Roll, Rhythm and Blues for Life

By Thomas Reznich tom.reznich

This story contains a video What does playing rock and roll and the blues for going on 47 years get you? Well, at least by then you’ll know what you like and how to play it, and that is what the band Shovelhead is about when they play their circuit of bars in Northern Michigan, which includes Fred’s of Roscommon.


Buck grapplers whip Central, Falcons

This story contains a video Roscommon High School wrestlers chalked up two victories Monday by defeating Traverse City Central and Ogemaw Heights High Schools’ squads.



This story contains a video   Houghton Lake United Methodist Church organist Lorna West plays the church’s new Johannus organ prior to the packed Christmas Eve service. “It’s an organist’s dream,” she said. 


‘The Snow Man’

This story contains a video Collins Elementary kindergarten students sing and act out “The Snow Man” during the school’s annual winter concert Wednesday morning. Under the direction of music teacher Mrs. Donna Pettyjohn, kindergarten and first graders performed in the morning followed by first and second graders in the afternoon.


Christmas in the Village 2009

This story contains a video (Left) Santa Claus, with Mrs. Claus at his side, waves to the crowd gathering at the CRAF Center gazebo after the Christmas in the Village Electric Light Parade. The jolly old elf announced the winners of the Christmas in the Village coloring contest.



This story contains a video Houghton Lake High School students and visiting veterans get up from their seats in recognition of a speech given by VFW 4034 Auxiliary Past President Eva “Edie” Hose entitled “A Gift from the Veteran: Freedom.” The stirring speech struck a chord with the entire assembly.


Going Up!

New bell tower takes church back to 1922

This story contains a video The Stittsville Church, which now resides at Wellington Farm Park in Crawford County, was remodeled in 1950, but with the addition of a new bell tower and church bell, the historic building is back in the same form it was in 1922.


Camp songs part of vivid past for Higgins Lake nonagenarian

This story contains a video Summers spent at Higgins Lake were an important part of the childhood of Ned Wickes. His family bought a cottage in the Cottage Grove Association in 1908, and Ned, his sisters Susanne and Prudence, brother William and mother Helen Hill Wickes would come up from Saginaw in June and not leave until the day before school started in September.



This story contains a video  Harry Potter look-alike Ethan Britton, 4, of Houghton Lake, (backed up by his parents Bill and Walea) gets a bite at the fishing game during the Houghton Lake Lions Halloween Party at Bobcat Field. The weather on Halloween night turned out to be crisp and clear, and organizer Lowell Souder said that well over 2,000 attended the annual event.

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