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It’s Christmastime in Rose City

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | December 08, 2022

ROSE CITY — The theme of Rose City’s parade was Christmas Song and the entries helped keep spirits bright Dec. 1. Floats, vehicles and people, dressed in their holiday best, moved down the street. Mason’s Lumber won the prize for best theme. Nelson’s Trucking won best overall with their light-covered float. West Branch/Rose City Schools won the prize for originality […]

New fair board elected

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | December 08, 2022

The Ogemaw Agricultural Society elected the new Ogemaw County Fair Board at its annual meeting in October. The meeting is held the third week of October, usually Thursday at 8 p.m. In order to run for the fair board or vote at the annual meeting, a person must be an Ogemaw Agricultural Society member for at least 30 days prior […]

December 8, 2022

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | December 07, 2022

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The happy tale

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | December 06, 2022

I began covering Christmas events right after Thanksgiving. Light parades, tree lightings and decorating contests brighten this season as darkness settles in early. While lights are a large part of the celebration, so are the sounds. Christmas carols and a range of popular holiday songs are the soundtrack of many events, and at concerts and worship services, bells and singing […]

Foundation awards classroom grants

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | November 30, 2022

During her report at the West Branch-Rose City Area Schools Board of Education Board of Education Nov. 21 meeting, Superintendent Gail Hughey acknowledged the winners of classroom grants awarded by the West Branch-Rose City Educational Foundation (formerly ESP) and the West Branch Optimist Club. Over $7,000 in grants were awarded. The recipients are Laura Baksa, LEGO/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts […]

Lighting the night sky with Christmas Lights

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | November 30, 2022

 The West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Christmas Light Parade Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. on Houghton Ave. in downtown West Branch. The parade will begin on Griffin St.  and South Valley St., then proceed west on Houghton Ave ending on Eighth St. The theme of this year’s parade is “Gingerbread Christmas.” Following the parade, the […]

December 1, 2022

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | November 30, 2022

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Gladys May Sykes

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | November 25, 2022

Gladys May Sykes, age 99, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at The Brook in West Branch, Michigan. She was born on December 16, 1922, in Parry Sound, Ontario Canada to Cecil and Ada (Yeates) Robinson. Gladys lived in Mills Township since 1974, formerly of Dearborn Heights. During WWII, she was a stenographer and could type 100 words […]

Kiwanis Corner

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | November 23, 2022

Kiwanis of West Branch Football Mania has completed 10 weeks of the 18 weeks of NFL.  We  are well into our annual Gourmet Nut Sales. You can purchase yours at: Bucks, Huron Bank, Mercantile Banks in Rose City, St. Helen and West Branch, The Voice and The Ogemaw County Herald.  Salvation Army Kettles started collecting donations Nov. 18 in front […]

Local libraries team up with Ogemaw 4-H

By amyhensel@ogemawherald.com | November 23, 2022

As the 4-H Program Coordinator, it has been an amazing experience to get to engage with and meet so many amazing community members and organizations. I want to highlight an especially exciting partnership that has been in the works over the last several months: the Ogemaw District Library and Ogemaw 4-H. I began my relationship with the local libraries in […]