Ondrea Dorion,11; Adiana Moreno, 11; Amelia Kochany,10; and Elyse Grekowicz, 9, play at recess outside St. James Catholic Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 26. The school, founded in 1873 by four Sisters of Charity, is celebrating its 140th year. Mariya Luera, 5, gazes at the brightly lit trees with her mother, Jennifer Conklin, at Holidays in the Heart of the City at the Saginaw County Water Treatment Plant on Friday, Nov. 22. The annual event hosted by PRIDE (Positive Results In a Downtown Environment) included vendors, carolers, a gingerbread house competition and a visit from Santa Claus, concluding at 8:30 p.m. with a fireworks show over the Saginaw River. Jim Lust of Crestline, Ohio, examines a motorcycle owned by K.C. Glad of Temperance, Mich., during a light competition at the Gold Wing Road Riders Association Rally at the Midland County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 2. Glad said the bike has about 2,000 lights on it, and he adds a little more each year. “I get a lot of looks off it,” he said. “Kids love it.”

Joey “Knockout” Konsdorf delivers a fierce punch to super heavyweight opponent “Diesel” during the Toughman Competition at the Prime Event Center in Bay City on Friday, Dec. 6. The Toughman competition, founded by local businessman Art Dore, originated in Bay City in 1979.

Metropolis, Ill., home of Superman, was engulfed by floodwaters as the Ohio River overflowed due to near-recordbreaking amounts of rain. Residents have been without running water since April 25, and have been filling sandbags since that time as well. According to an Illinois National Guard soldier, they had used more than 21,500,000 pounds of sand as of the morning of May 5. Local volunteers join the Guard in filling sandbags in an effort to hold back the rising waters. Utha Angelly of Harrisburg, Ill., rests with a Coke Feb. 29 after spending the day cleaning up debris from her damaged home. Angelly was asleep when the F4 tornado hit her house, causing the roof to collapse on her, leaving the 69-year-old trapped until neighbor Ronald Patterson dug her out. “It was like waking up in a nightmare,” she said. North Saginaw's Brady Alverson attempts a bunt on Wednesday, July 17, in Bay City. Southwest won 9-6 against North Saginaw Township, tying up the championship series. The two teams will compete at 6 p.m. tomorrow, July 18, to determine the winner. Ryan Dingman, of Flora, Ill., has been firebreathing for a little over a year. He does so by taking a mouthful of torch oil and rapidly spewing it in the direction of the torch. Firebreathing is only one of several acts in Dingman’s routine, which includes juggling blades and poi. “Danger tends to make a performance more exhilarating for both myself and my audience,” Dingman said. He performs in talent shows and competitions as well as parties and wedding receptions. A firefighter observes the damage following a house fire at 708 11th St. in Bay City on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The fire started around 6 a.m., and neighbors reported the residents were not home that day. No injuries were reported. Cashton Galus, 2, helps his grandfather, Fraser Township Supervisor Mark Galus, unearth a shovel of soil during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Bay County Road Commission and its Department of Water and Sewer. They broke ground Thursday, Oct. 3, for the new Bay Area Water Treatment Plant in Kawkawlin Township. The new facility will serve more than 37,000 people in Bay County.
Supervisor Galus said this project was important to the area.
"That's what we're all looking at: better quality water," said Galus.
Carterville High School students celebrate the end of Homecoming Week with a dance Oct. 1, 2011. Homecoming Week, themed "Whirly-Twirly, Topsy-Turvy, Wonderful Wacky World" included themed dress-up days, a parade, pep rally, and football game. Young Adult Pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in PhiladelphiaPope Francis blesses a child during his papal visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on Sept. 28, 2015. The Appledore II tall ship sails past Mallory Square in Key West, Fla., in March 2011. The nightly Sunset Celebration draws performers, vendors, tourists and locals as the sun sinks below the horizon.