2022-01-13

Allen Dean Babcock

Died January 17, 2022

Allen Dean Babcock, age 64, of Alger, Michigan passed away Monday morning, January 17, 2022, under the loving care of his wife, children, and hospice at home. Allen was born October 7, 1957, in Mio, Michigan to Walton Glenn and Dora Jean (Borden). He enlisted in the United States Air Force January 16, 1975, and honorably served until his discharge […]

Sandra Ann Green

Died November 19, 2021

Sandra Ann Green, age 78, passed away peacefully November 19, 2021, in Alma, Michigan surrounded by her family. She was born June 13, 1943, to Emery and Ruby Green in West Branch, Michigan. “Sandy” or “Sam” to many of those closest to her, lived in the West Branch, Rose City and Detroit areas most of her life. In her retirement […]

Barbara Marie Boyd

Died January 16, 2022

Barbara Marie Boyd, age 85, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at MyMichigan Medical Center in West Branch, Michigan. She lived in West Branch since 1968, formerly of Hazel Park, Michigan. Barbara was born on March 9, 1936, in Detroit to Joseph and Eleanor (Conus) Straub. She enjoyed traveling and RVing. She and her husband toured the southern United […]

Mary Lou (Reetz) Smith

Died January 11, 2022

Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Mary Lou Smith passed away peacefully January 11, 2022, surrounded by family. Mary Lou had many relatives in the West Branch and Rose City area and loved them all. Mary Lou was born September 27, 1936, in Royal Oak, Michigan to Edward and Dorothy (Zettel) Reetz and raised with her beloved siblings Fred (Lillian), Edith […]

Rick Alan Latoszewski

Died January 10, 2022

Rick Alan Latoszewski, age 63, passed away at his home in Gladwin, Michigan, Monday, January 10, 2022. He lived in Gladwin since 2017, formerly of Saline, Michigan. Rick was born October 4, 1958, in Ann Arbor, Michigan to John and Betty (Hurley) Latoszewski. On December 5, 1980, he married Sara Potter in Saline. Rick served in the United States Army […]

Winter favorite returns to Rose City


Kids and their parents gathered at Rose City Park Saturday, January 8 for sledding under the lights. This is a weekly event being held every Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

West Branch Twp. approves special use permits


A series of special use permit applications were reviewed at the West Branch Township Planning Commission public hearing Tuesday, January 4. Hearing number one was for a special use permit at 2939 Cook Rd. from West Branch Retail Management, LLC. For a commercial building to be located between Culvers and Aldi’s on the I-75 Business Loop. The proposed use is […]

Morning of Remembrance


Community members and MyMichigan staff gathered outside the Medical Arts Center for a Morning of Remembrance Wednesday, January 5. MyMichigan held the event to honor the old building as they prepare to tear it down. Hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies were available. There were also various speakers who shared memories from their time at the hospital.

Bell ringers have another record year


Salvation Army Bell ringing coordinators Mike and Ellen Pugh sent a thank you letter to their friends at the City of West Branch City Hall who participated and volunteered their time to bell ringing. Over $43,300 was raised in the 2021 holiday season. In 2020, $32,200 was raised and Ellen Pugh said 2020 was a record year before 2021. Pugh […]

Business as usual for West Branch City Council


West Branch City Council approved the time and date of meetings for the 2022 calendar year at the Jan. 10 meeting. Meetings will be held the first and third Mondays of the months at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The council also postponed the appointment of Mayor Pro Tem due to Mayor Paul Frechette’s absence as well as the authorization […]