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OWOSSO — Trinity United Methodist Church, 720 S. Shiawassee St., is hosting a drive-thru food bank from 5 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday.

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OWOSSO — There’s a new pastor at First United Methodist Church, and you might say she’s on a mission mission.

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OWOSSO — Pastor Jerry Walden, of the Owosso Church of the Nazarene, invites the public to a patriotic presentation, “I Sing Of Thee, America” at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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Students of history will tell you the Continental Army of 1776 had little chance against the powerful British army. The Brits were a well-discipline, well-trained fighting force. The Americans were neither … at first.

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Having already suffered defeat at the hands of the ragtag, comparatively inexperienced army of the upstart Americans, ending the war for independence in 1783, the vastly better-trained and highly successful British forces did not want to suffer the same fate again only 31 years later.

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Mark has been part of the church for many years, so I was surprised when I heard he was going to be baptized. I just assumed he had done that many years ago.

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Did you ever get up on the proverbial wrong side of the bed? The day looked dismal before you ever got out of bed. You were pretty sure, even before you put your feet on the floor that it was going to be uphill all day.

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OWOSSO — A drive-thru food pantry takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 720 S. Shiawassee St.

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I have long admired Winston Churchill. So, I was disappointed in 1999 when Time magazine named Albert Einstein as the Person of the Century. As Charles Krauthammer pointed out, Einstein was certainly the best mind of the century and even the most admirable man of the century.

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As a fan of David McCullough’s books, I recently read “The Pioneers,” his account of the brave men and women who founded Marietta, Ohio, one of the first settlements, not only in Ohio, but in the Northwest Territory.

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Fifty-six years ago, the Palm Sunday tornado swept through the Midwest, doing enormous damage. Actually, it was a weather event, not just a single tornado. Over a period of 40 hours April 11-12, the outbreak spawned 55 tornadoes. It started in Cedar County, Iowa, and continued to Cuyahoga Co…

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OWOSSO — A drive-thru food pantry takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 720 S. Shiawassee St.

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OWOSSO — Stronghold Quartet, of the Howell/Fowlerville area, will present a concert for the mid-Michigan Community Christian Singles at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace Bible Church, 216 Michigan Ave.

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When George Washington put Rufus Putnam in charge of the defenses at Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston Harbor early in the Revolutionary War, Putnam had never read a book on military engineering and felt ill-equipped to accept the task.

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As I was running some errands the other day, I noticed a car sitting alongside the highway. Its right front fender was damaged. A few yards south, a pickup truck sat alongside the highway with a damaged left rear section. It appeared to be a very fresh accident.

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Did you know that one of our American presidents served under George Washington and served with Abraham Lincoln? For a time, he lived with Benjamin Franklin. According to biographer Harlow Giles Unger, this distinguished president, in his younger years, lunched with Lafayette, Jefferson, and…

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LAINGSBURG — In observance of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Laingsburg United Methodist Church, 210 Crum St., is providing multiple ways for people to participate in services, as well as the ceremonial placement of ashes, traditionally done in the form of a cross on a person’s forehead.

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OWOSSO — The Community Christian Singles group is hosting its monthly program at 7 p.m. today at Grace Bible Church, 210 Michigan Ave.

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A man planning to travel abroad had been warned by several friends that he needed to be careful and especially wary of pickpockets in a certain city he planned to visit.

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This week we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to another. I like the theme of the inauguration—“a more perfect union.”

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Before we travel any further into the New Year, let me go on record as choosing to be optimistic about 2021! I know what you’re thinking. It’s easy to be optimistic about the New Year when 2020 was so bad in such an unprecedented way. Yes, a global pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetimes.

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One of my favorite little poems to recite at the beginning of a New Year is this: “The New Year lies before you like a spotless tract of snow; be careful how you tread it, for every mark will show.”

As a fan of David McCullough’s books, I recently read “The Pioneers,” his account of the brave men and women who founded Marietta, Ohio, one of the first settlements, not only in Ohio, but in the Northwest Territory.

Fifty-six years ago, the Palm Sunday tornado swept through the Midwest, doing enormous damage. Actually, it was a weather event, not just a single tornado. Over a period of 40 hours April 11-12, the outbreak spawned 55 tornadoes. It started in Cedar County, Iowa, and continued to Cuyahoga Co…

OWOSSO — A drive-thru food pantry takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 720 S. Shiawassee St.

OWOSSO — Stronghold Quartet, of the Howell/Fowlerville area, will present a concert for the mid-Michigan Community Christian Singles at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace Bible Church, 216 Michigan Ave.

When George Washington put Rufus Putnam in charge of the defenses at Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston Harbor early in the Revolutionary War, Putnam had never read a book on military engineering and felt ill-equipped to accept the task.

As I was running some errands the other day, I noticed a car sitting alongside the highway. Its right front fender was damaged. A few yards south, a pickup truck sat alongside the highway with a damaged left rear section. It appeared to be a very fresh accident.

Did you know that one of our American presidents served under George Washington and served with Abraham Lincoln? For a time, he lived with Benjamin Franklin. According to biographer Harlow Giles Unger, this distinguished president, in his younger years, lunched with Lafayette, Jefferson, and…

LAINGSBURG — In observance of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Laingsburg United Methodist Church, 210 Crum St., is providing multiple ways for people to participate in services, as well as the ceremonial placement of ashes, traditionally done in the form of a cross on a person’s forehead.

OWOSSO — The Community Christian Singles group is hosting its monthly program at 7 p.m. today at Grace Bible Church, 210 Michigan Ave.

A man planning to travel abroad had been warned by several friends that he needed to be careful and especially wary of pickpockets in a certain city he planned to visit.

This week we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to another. I like the theme of the inauguration—“a more perfect union.”

Before we travel any further into the New Year, let me go on record as choosing to be optimistic about 2021! I know what you’re thinking. It’s easy to be optimistic about the New Year when 2020 was so bad in such an unprecedented way. Yes, a global pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetimes.

One of my favorite little poems to recite at the beginning of a New Year is this: “The New Year lies before you like a spotless tract of snow; be careful how you tread it, for every mark will show.”

OWOSSO — Area churches will be celebrating Christmas much differently than in other years because of the COVID-19 pandemic: Safety will be a major priority — especially in the face of a recent uptick in coronavirus cases throughout the state.

Henrietta Haas was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1929. The Nazis began exerting influence in Austria, and it became especially difficult for those who were Jewish, like the Haas family. For their own safety, they emigrated to the United States in the 1930s. Henrietta graduated high school, stu…

I hope your heart is filled with gratitude at this Thanksgiving season. This has been an unprecedented year for most of us. Most have never dealt with a pandemic on the order of this one. Yet I hope, if I were to ask, you could name many things for which you are grateful.

Jackie Davis tells about an evening when she and her daughter Jessie sat together in their squeaky rocker. Sometimes they sang songs or read a book, but that particular evening, her heart was not in it.

I grew up in West Virginia. I almost said, “In the hills of West Virginia,” but my hometown was on the Ohio River, so hills around our city were minor compared to the mountains on the east side of the state.

Charles Colson went to prison in 1974 as a result of investigations into the Watergate affair that eventually toppled Richard Nixon’s presidency.

Gary Sinise is an actor who rose to national fame when he took on the role of “Lieutenant Dan” in the 1994 movie, Forest Gump. In the motion picture, Forest Gump rescued Gary Sinise’s character in Vietnam, but later in the movie, Lieutenant Dan showed up in a wheelchair, having lost his legs…

Nine-year-old Russell Capper had a great idea. Why not have a day to honor grandparents? He believed in it so much that he wrote a letter to President Richard Nixon, suggesting a National Grandparents Day.

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OWOSSO — St. Paul Catholic School officials, parents and students had two reasons to celebrate Monday: the first day of school and a new school building.

OWOSSO — The SUMMERPraise! concert season concludes at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Don and Metta Mitchell Amphitheater, 229 N. Water St., with The Sheldon Family.

Abert Einstein became famous because of a formula he wrote. Obviously, research, careful observation, and massive analysis went into constructing the formula.

CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office announced it is planning to conduct a basic church security training session Sept. 12.

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OWOSSO TWP. — Families can travel back to biblical times and learn about Daniel’s courage in captivity — without having to leave their cars.

You have probably heard of Eric Liddell, the Flying Scot, who refused to run on Sunday at the 1924 Olympics. The motion picture, “Chariots of Fire,” featured his story. He went to China as a missionary.