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Council introduces marijuana to the table

The City of West Branch held a public hearing on marijuana ordinances Apr. 4 and no one showed up to object or support. Mayor Paul Frechette scanned the room for members of the public after opening the public hearing however no one was there. The city council accepted the introduction of ordinances regarding the ordinances changes after the public hearing […]

Unicorn salesman of the year

West Branch is home to the 2022 unicorn salesman of the year, Jeff Hodges. The April Fools pranks began last year when Hodge’s sister set him up as a llama salesman. During his vacation in Florida, he started receiving calls and texts inquiring about llamas. Worried that someone hacked his Craigslist account, Hodges grabbed his laptop to check when he […]

One flaw in the call stood out

A local woman almost fell for phone scam

Jessica Payne is sharing a close call she experienced so other people won’t fall for fraud. It started with a call she received Apr. 4. She answered it. “It seemed like a local Michigan number. I thought it might be somebody I know,” Payne said. “The guy said, ‘This is Lt. Mark Johnson with Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Office. Did you […]

Clear the rivers

Clearing woody debris from local rivers is often done with hesitation as it’s not widely known what can be done without a permit in a safe way. A workshop led by Patrick Ertel from the DNR will be held April 25 to teach attendees about the “clean and open method” for clearing woody debris. It will start at 9:30 a.m. […]

First Fitness gives back to the community

Every time a member checks into First Fitness on Facebook, the gym will donate 50 cents to a local nonprofit. The nonprofits are randomly chosen each month with help from the Chamber. First Fitness was donating regularly but had to stop due to the pandemic. It started back up in February of this year. For March the gym donated $123 […]

W-P students get a reality check

Navigating adulthood is a daunting experience for young adults. Preparation and knowledge are essential. W-P students received a reality check from the Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Apr. 1. The reality check program served to provide seventh to tenth-grade students a glimpse into adulthood and the expenses that come with it. Each student was provided a profession with a monthly […]

Purse with a Purpose

Throughout the month of April, the Michigan State Police will be accepting new purses and comfort items to be donated to local domestic violence shelters. Started in 2019 at the Cadillac post, Purse with a Purpose was a way to give back to the community. In 2021, the state expanded the fundraiser to get more posts involved. From April 1 […]

A new farmer’s market coming to Ogemaw County

Prescott residents will soon enjoy a farmer’s market in their community. The farmer’s market will be located at the Ogemaw East District Library in Prescott and will be held Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning April 27. Branch Librarian Colleen Boyd said she decided to start one because Prescott and surrounding area residents did not have a local […]


I’m not dyeing Easter eggs this year. Our chickens lay eggs which are already colored. We had variety in mind when we chose our flock. The Buff Orpingtons lay light brown eggs and the Ameraucanas lay blue-green eggs. We have three Black Marans who give us beautiful dark eggs, each distinctive from the other. One hen lays a large medium […]