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Tessa’s Literary Recommendation: 92 Stories by James Thurber

If you don’t know anything about James Thurber except that his name is familiar, you might want to start your acquaintance by watching the 2013 remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. This classic Thurber short story was also dramatized on film in 1947 with Danny Kaye, but…

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Tessa’s Review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The new Harper Lee book Go Set a Watchman features the main character from To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout, as an adult returning home to Maycomb, Alabama, from New York City. She must deal with issues surrounding her family, the community, and her own life. The humor in this book is as enjoyable as in…

5 Healthy Towns Recipes – “Our Own Backyard”

Healthy food options can be had as close as your local Farmer’s Market. Brad West had some great tips for staying healthy straight from the garden! If you’d like to attend the next 5 Healthy Towns healthy eating class featuring ‘Great Lakes Goodies’ on September 16 at the Whistlestop Depot in Grass Lake, call (517)522-8211…

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The Hub

The new Public Library quickly became a Hub providing services and meeting facilities for a variety of patrons: book clubs, garden groups, genealogical societies, and the Boy and Girl Scouts, to name a few. Men checked out books to study farming methods, learn repair techniques, and find out about the latest in technology. One of…

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The Munificent Gift

  Old Friends Mrs. R. H. ( Zelie) Emerson, a member of the Jackson Library Committee, wrote Carnegie, via his secretary, asking for the additional funds to “build the building Jackson deserves.” They were indeed old friends. As a young girl, Zelie Passavant and Andrew Carnegie had even spoken of marriage. Her father, William Passavant,…

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Rollicking Fun Series Review: Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding

What a fun series—these would make excellent action adventure movies! Having read books one and two—Retribution Falls and The Black Lung Captain—I recommend this series to anyone who wants a light-hearted romp through a fantastic world populated with flawed, funny characters. Frequently throwing readers reminders of Star Wars mixed with Indiana Jones and, especially, Firefly,…

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The Free Public Library

While the YMA was open only to members, public-spirited men such as W.H. Withington, George Dodge, and Michael Shoemaker were instrumental in the opening of a free public library in Jackson. As YMA president, George Dodge declared: Let this free library be once established, and every citizen will look upon it with pride, would willingly…

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Book Review: At the Waters Edge by Sara Gruen

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen Set in the time frame of WWII, three friends, Ellis, his wife Maddie and best friend Hank make fools of themselves and disgrace Ellis’s parents at a ”high society” New Year’s Eve Party.   Ellis has already embarrassed his father, a Colonel, during WWI, by being classified 4F for…