Backyard Birders Club hopes for spring

The arrival of spring, late it may be, will be the topic of April’s Clarkston-area Backyard Birders Club meeting. “April and May are prime months for birders,” says Bob McGowan, founder and president. “Our members have their sharp eyes out to welcome back our resident songbirds as well as to catch sights of migrating waterfowls […]

Trash-haul rate increases irk residents

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Recent rate increases by Advanced Disposal, which took over for Smith’s Disposal last October, drove residents to reach out to Independence Township, City of the Village of Clarkston, The Clarkston News, and social media. Readers’ comments on the October 2017 story “Advanced Disposal takes over for Smith’s” at […]

Two-time state champs

Two-time state champs

Clarkston siblings and robotics champions Austin Helm and Ashlyn Helm. Photo provided Clarkston residents Austin Helm and Ashlyn Helm recently won the Vex Robotics Michigan State Championship. The Helm children are part of a four-member team, VEX Team 98725B – Team Falcon, which won the Michigan State VEX Robotics Championship for the second year in […]

White Cane Week, April 27-May 5

The Clarkston Area Lions Club will take to the streets and store fronts of the Clarkston area from April 27 through May 5 to raise funds as part of the annual White Cane Week. Funds donated will be used to support many sight and hearing projects, including Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Lions […]

Open house at Cedar Crest

Cedar Crest Academy & Early Childhood Center will hold open houses on Saturday, May 5. Visit with teachers and participate in activities 1-3 p.m. Parents and children are welcome to tour campus classrooms, gymnasium and studios for student learning in Preschool through Grade 8. Director, Tracy Moen shared, “The Open House is a great way […]

Fundraiser against human trafficking

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Edee Franklin, the founder of Sanctum House, recently spoke to the local Psi Chapter of Sigma Beta national philanthropic sorority about human trafficking in the United States. The talk made quite an impact. “We decided as a group to be involved in the fight against human trafficking,” said Louise […]


ENGISCH (TRAVNIKAR), Jessica L.; of Clarkston; April 15, 2018; age 42; daughter of Karen & Frank Travnikar; sister of Stacy (Justin) Ritzenhein; aunt of Abigail & Grayson; granddaughter of Rose McGrath; preceded in death by grandparents: William McGrath, Joseph & Caroline Travnikar; survived by many aunts, uncles & cousins. Friends may visit Lewis E. Wint & […]

Kraig John CROCKER

CROCKER, Kraig John; of Clarkston; formerly of Ferndale; April 13, 2018; age 50; husband of Carey (nee Gibbons) for  26 years; father of Kaitlin, Mackayla, Kellan and Quinn; brother of Kelly (Jim) Puzan, Keith Crocker, Kasey (Tim) Matyas and Kirt (Suzanne) Crocker; son in law of Cathy and Mike Gibbons; brother in law of Sean (Amy) […]

Joshua Dean WHITT

WHITT, Joshua Dean “Josh” of Clarkston; passed away April 11, 2018; age 19.  Beloved son of Gemma and Michael Whitt.  Loving brother of Conner.  Grandson of Barbara Whitt, Lazaro and Veronica Cruz and James and Linda Whitt.  Nephew of Raymund (Aileen) Cruz, Rex (Renee) Cruz, Kathleen Francis, Daniel (Andrea) Whitt and Joseph (Heather) Whitt.  Cousin of Kylie, Marcus, Jade, Adrianna, […]

Rachelle Lynn COX

COX, Rachelle Lynn; of  TX formerly of Royal Oak & Clarkston; unexpectedly April 12, 2018; age 28; daughter of Jamie (late Jeff) Cox; sister of Greg (Brittney) Briggs & Kimberly Cox; aunt of Zachary & Dylan; granddaughter of Geneva (late Oliver) Cox, Judy Briggs & Allen Briggs; niece of Jim (Maryo) Cox, Fred (Sheila) Schaller, Kirk […]