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International attention is focused on the 17 people that were kidnapped outside of an orphanage near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 16. Of the 17, five are from Oceana County and those include one parent and four children under the age of 16. These five are members of the Hart Dunkard…

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With a strong background in leadership, technology, communications and public safety, Ray Hasil was an obvious fit for his current position as director of Mason-Oceana 9-1-1. Though he is not native to West Michigan, he and his wife and three daughters have lived in Pentwater since 2001, and…

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The bell next to the municipal building at 327 S. Hancock St. in Pentwater was recently moved to its new location in the Pentwater Township Cemetery. A dedication for the bell took place at the cemetery Wednesday, Oct. 6. The program for the dedication involved acknowledgments for the variou…

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Oceana County Right to Life is hosting a movie night to show “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer”, Thursday, Oct. 28 at Hart Wesleyan Church, 3757 W. Polk Road in Hart. The film, which is about the crimes and trial of American doctor and abortion provider Kermit Gosnell, w…

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Why does an herb that is used for cooking and for improving health, have the same name as a fairly common woman’s name? Rosemary is native to the dry, rocky areas of the Mediterranean, especially along the coast. The genus name Rosmarinus derives from the Latin words ros and marinus which to…

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Since this column is titled “Local Lore,” and since Halloween is fast approaching, I’ve decided now is as good of a time as any for me to explore some of the local myths and legends that Michigan has to offer. There is no shortage of material, in fact author Amberrose Hammond filled up over …