Downtown in bloom

Downtown  in bloom

Gail Reading, volunteer with the Clarkston Farm and Garden Club, keeps the flowers blossoming downtown with some water, June 15. The club maintains all the flower planters downtown, as well as the gardens at Clarkston Independence District Library. Photo by Phil Custodio

Road work

Road work

Michigan Department of Transportation workers fill a sinkhole at 20 N. Main Street after repairing a broken one-inch storm drain, June 15. The work is at no cost to the city, because M-15 is a state route. Clarkston City Council authorized the repair work north of Washington Street on May 29. Photo by Phil Custodio

City budget approved

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor City Manager Jonathan Smith prepared a proposal for the June 11 City Council meeting, specifying how $18,000 for administration included in this year’s budget would be spent. It would include merit-based raises for employees; six more hours for the city manager, raising him from 30 to 36 hours per […]

Clarkston Birders

Mike Dougherty, North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy board member and photographer, and Shannon Steel, associate executive director, will discuss NOHLC’s efforts to preserve natural places at the June 27 meeting of the Clarkston-area Backyard Birders Club. “Our Birders Club shares many common interests with NOHLC,” said Bob McGowan, founder and president. The club will meet at […]

Stop on Holcomb

City Council is looking into installing a three-way stop and pedestrian crossing at Holcomb Road and Surrey Lane, to the west of downtown. City council previously discussed a four- or three-way stop at Holcomb and W. Washington Street to help slow traffic heading north and south on Holcomb. However, the Road Commission for Oakland County […]

Historic-district hearing goes against city

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor An administrative law judge ruled in favor of a downtown developer against the city. Administrative Law Judge Peter L. Plummer issued a Proposal for Decision recommendation, June 8, to overturn the city Historic District Commission’s decisions against proposed development of 42 W. Washington Street. “I find that the Clarkston […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Birthday bash

I’ll be celebrating my birthday on Friday in town this year. I’ve been going south for a summer break the past few years to visit family in Alabama. It was getting to be routine, heading down to Huntsville and spending Father’s Day with my dad and brother, my June 22 birthday with family, then Hamacon, […]

Scholarships for graduates

Clarkston Area Optimist Club scholarships awarded four $1,000 scholarships to Clarkston students, May 30. Andrew Dimmer, a Clarkston Junior Optimist since fourth grade, serving as a state officer, will attend Oakland University in the fall. Shaelyn Koleber, who co-chaired a blood drive, and leukemia and lymphoma program at Clarkston High School, is going to Michigan […]


BJORKQUIST, Juna Helen of Clarkston, formerly of Dearborn; June 17, 2018; Age 94.  Preceded in death by her husband John, daughter Elaine Pawlik, brothers Eino Maki and William Maki and grandson Matthew Pawlik.  Mother of Elvi Bjorkquist; grandmother of Brady (Amanda) Pawlik, Tanya (Emmett) Ebner and Kristen (Richard) Peralta; great grandmother of Karina Mullen; sister of Edith […]


WHITTAKER, Dale M.; of Brandon Twp.; went home to be with the Lord June 14, 2018; age 71; loving husband of Shyrl “Sherri” (nee Hall) for 49 years; father of Steed (Monica) Whittaker & Guy B. Whittaker; proud grandpa of Samantha Lynn (Jerry) Dvorak, Dakota Whittaker-U.S.N.A., Nolan, Skyler, Addison & Emma Whittaker. Great grandpa of […]

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