Are weeds noxious, obnoxious or both?

By definition a weed is any plant growing where it’s not desired. What I may pull out of my garden, you may cultivate. But what we are talking about here is less philosophical and more objective. Each spring the City publishes a weed control public notice. This year it was published in the Frankenmuth News…

No one needs to bowl alone.

In 2001 Robert Putnam wrote a book  called “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of the American Community.”  The book focuses on social capital. This is what makes it possible for people with different opinions to work together for the greater good.  When people stop acting and interacting with each other, there’s an impact on…

White picket fences.

  Yesterday, I saw this picture posted on the City’s Police Department Facebook page. It’s baseball and apple pie. It’s even a little Mayberry.   Neighborhoods where people look out for one another. It’s what we wanted when we decided to buy a house here. I think it’s easy for us to say that we are blessed…

Why the best government is local

Last week, the City of Frankenmuth hosted a dinner and invited all our government and local agency friends. It wasn’t my idea – it’s actually been happening for 30 years. (Let that sink in – since 1988 – that was the year “Die Hard” was released).  So for three decades, Frankenmuth Township, Birch Run Township,…

April showers bring…construction

Everyone has heard the joke that Michigan’s state shrub is the orange construction barrel. This will be the case this spring in Frankenmuth. One large construction project kicked off today- Monday, April 23 and the next starts Monday, April 30. If you travel down Flint Street or even just look over the Cass River toward…

What you *didn’t* see this weekend

No one was excited about the weather this past weekend. The cozy feeling of cuddling up next to a fire and drinking something warm looses it’s appeal come April. If you watched the news like I did, you probably saw reports of power outages, limbs and trees downed. While weather events and storm damage is…