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ON THE RECORD Campfire Restaurant evolved from a hotdog stand to a fine dining experience

Fred Seger and his wife Irene founded the Campfire Restaurant in 1948. He and his daughters, Martha and Susan, started it as a hotdog stand, open only in summer. The sign on the roof says “Charcoal Weiner Roast” but the Segers also served root beer and chocolate shakes. The building looks like it could hardly stand up […]


Laura Jane Schmenk Burnette, 56, of Rayville, LA, passed on February 7, 2017, after a short illness, leaving behind her beloved husband, Jim Burnette.  Laura was the daughter of Cletus and Florence (Tittiger) Schmenk, born February 17, 1960 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  In addition to her husband, Jim, and mother, Florence Schmenk of Bartow, Florida, […]

Helping to feed the community

By Joyce Ervin Thom Publiski a member of the Knights of Columbus Howard Heath Council 7587 in Milan said he was one of many knights that traveled to the Blaszak Greenhouse and farm, owned by Jerome and Mary Ann Blaszak, to harvest vegetables last fall for Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor. Publiski said they got […]

Local realtor helps veterans

By Joyce Ervin Michigan Ability Partners is a private nonprofit agency located in southeast Michigan that has been creating opportunities for Veterans, people with disabilities, mental illness, addictions, and homelessness since 1985. The organization provides housing, job placement, and financial management for at-risk individuals. Each year MAP assists close to 1,100 vulnerable individuals, according to […]

The Roustabout Theatre Troupe is Going to College!

We’re thrilled to announce we’ll be putting down stakes in Ann Arbor starting January 2017. Why? Because we have the distinct honor of joining the University of Michigan for the semester, as the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program Artists-In-Residence! For the first time, the LHSP will be bringing in an entire group, rather than an individual […]

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