Beth Zaske

Died May 7, 2021

Beth Zaske of West Branch passed away peacefully May 7, 2021 with her loving family by her side.  She was born April 14, 1958. She grew up in a large, boisterous family with nine brothers and sisters. She had the quiet kindness of her father, Ike Rosebrugh, and the fierce love for her family, like her mother, Miriam. Beth graduated […]

Marvel “Midge” Marie Green

Died May 23, 2021

Marvel “Midge” Marie Green, 90, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at the Medilodge of Sterling in Sterling, MI. She was formerly of Canton, IL and Arizona.  Midge was born in rural Peoria County, IL on April 6, 1931 to Carl and Marvel (Branchfield) Beasley. She lived and worked in Arizona from 1958 to 1997 mostly doing office work. […]

Deborah Ann Coslow (Rose)

Died May 15, 2021

Deborah Ann Coslow (Rose), 69, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 15, 2021 with her family by her side. Debbie was born on October 13, 1951 in Wayne County Hospital and grew up in Taylor, Michigan.  She moved with her family to West Branch in 1971.  She pursued a career in nursing and graduated from […]

Norman “Butch” Painter

Died February 6, 2021

Norman “Butch” Painter, 81, passed away on February 6, 2021 at Advent Hospital in Davenport, Florida with his wife and his son at his side.   He was born in Highland Park, Michigan on September 13, 1939 to William and Grace Painter and they later moved to West Branch.   He is survived by his wife, the former Judy Ruegsegger who he […]

Spring Craft Show in Rose City May 28-29.


A craft show will be held under and around the Rose City Farmers Market pavilion Friday, May 28, 2-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bigfoot spotted in Irons Park

Irons Park got a mythical visit Saturday, May 15 in the form of Bigfoot. Bigfoot enthusiasts, or those curious, gathered at Irons Park to hear from various speakers on all things Bigfoot. Presentations were given on a variety of topics such as possible Bigfoot structures, habitat, and vocalizations. Others were called upon to share their personal experiences or encounters with […]

Memorial Day parade called off

At the May 13 County Commissioners meeting, Jeff L. Nichols announced the Memorial Day Parade is cancelled. Nichols said, “unfortunately with COVID 19, along with are decreasing numbers and age of our participating veterans.” Nichols said there will still be a Memorial Day ceremony taking place at 11:30 AM at the Veterans Memorial in West Branch.

A hoppy day and a happy girl

Mary Sanderson, age nine, set up a lemonade stand at the West Branch Animal Swap Meet on May 15. Mary wanted to earn enough money to buy pedigree bunnies so she could participate in the 4-H club. Mary did not participate in 4-H last year because the classes and shows were held virtually. Her mom thought it was in Mary’s […]

Animals for all at Animal Swap Meet

The May 15 West Branch Animal Meet went very well. There were all sorts of birds there. Many people selling chickens and ducks while others were selling geese and turkeys. One person was selling an alpaca and Icelandic sheep. There were goats for sale as well as puppies and kittens. Also at the event were quite a few bunnies. Plenty […]

Commissioners vote to end KCC millage

As expected, the Ogemaw County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution to have its attorney file the necessary paperwork with the court to have the millage currently being assessed property owners by Kirtland Community College declared illegal and unconstitutional, thus eliminating it from property tax bills. The action occurred at the board’s regular meeting Thursday, May 13. Board Attorney […]