Great Lakes Trail Marker Trees tell significant history in area.

For generations, Native Americans in the Great Lakes region and beyond used a distinct method to help them traverse through the forest. Trail Marker Trees are trees that were shaped into a specific configuration by man to be easily distinguished and then used to aid in land or water navigation or mark symbolic Native American sites. There are a few documented trail trees in the region…

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Gaylord schools to close as virus cases continue climbing in area.

COVID-19 infections are increasing at a rapid pace in Otsego County and Northern Michigan, driven in part by rising cases among the school-age population. The Gaylord Community Schools announced Wednesday that in-person and online classes in the district will cease on Thursday and Friday. Schools will remain closed for the annual spring break next week from March 29-April 2.

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Health official: ‘We are over halfway to the goal of vaccinating 70% of the population.’

While more than 27,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered so far by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, and more doses of the vaccine appear to be on the way this week. A story published in Bridge Michigan Saturday said the three coronavirus manufacturers are expected to ship more than 554,000 doses to Michigan this week…

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Community Playgroup

Open to children 0-5 and their caring adult. Toys, crafts, snacks available. If Gaylord Schools is cancelled for any reason, playgroup does not meet.

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Kids ‘just wanna have fun’

There is no reason for parents to hear the lament, “I’m sooo bored — I have nothing to do,” from their children this summer.

Here are just a few of the many activities available for children, youth and families in the area.

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Pair of city parks receive upgrades

Freel, at 1.2 acres, and Doumas park each received upgrades in 2005 that included “a restroom, gazebo, play structure accommodating all ages, paved pathways and parking area with signed handicap spaces, irrigation, landscaping, picnic tables, and drinking fountains,” the city recreation plan said.

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Pair of city parks receive upgrades

Familes and children will notice some fall improvements to a pair of Gaylord parks.

The City is Gaylord is spending upward of $21,000 to make improvements to the George Doumas Memorial Park, 412 E. Fourth St., and Freel Memorial Park, 323 Huron St.

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South Maple creates new after-school pickup option

In early September, parents could be seen waiting on Fifth Street and Maple Avenue to pick up students in a line that extended to Doumas Park and beyond, blocking intersections as some parents showed up an hour before school dismissed.

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City of Gaylord, Community Recreation Plan 2016-2020

Year-round recreational opportunities abound in the area. The City of Gaylord is dedicated to create and maintain a vital recreational system. Planning for these resources is vital for the City’s future.

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Group plans to ‘Save the Skatepark’

“The skate park has been a safe haven, as with anything action-sports related with our group of friends,” said Christopher Gibson, 26, Gaylord resident and one of the spokesmen for the group. “Between the skate park and ski hills, as a youth we found a community that had substance behind it that we could get involved with.”

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