Walk Depot bridges for Labor Day

Clarkston’s Labor Day Parade ended two years ago, but residents are planning a replacement. Planners hope the event, Let’s Walk the Bridges in Depot Park, becomes a new Labor Day tradition. It would be in the spirit of the Mackinac Bridge Walk up north, said Gini Schultz of Clarkston. “We have three bridges in Depot […]

Kids get wild at Family Farm camp

Children learned about different ecosystems at Clarkston Family Farm’s Camp Wild. “We love teaching these kids where their food comes from and getting them to engage with nature,” said Chelsea O’Brien, executive director of the six-acre classroom for families and kids, at 6800 Hubbard Road. “We here at the Clarkston Heritage Farm and Camp Wild […]

City Council challenges but allows candidates for November

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Nine candidates are running for City Council in November, in the wake of a charter-breaking nomination process. “We violated the charter in order to create the new Aug. 7 deadline,” said Mayor Steven Percival at a special meeting of the City Council, Aug. 8, to discuss the issue. “If […]

Paddle boat on the lake

Local inventor, author, and artist Carl Knaus has a new creation soon to be cruising Lake Van Norman in Independence Township, The Tara Princess, a pontoon boat converted in the style of a Mississippi River paddle boat. “I wanted to introduce something new,” Knaus said. Rebuilt from a 25-foot pontoon boat, the Princess is 32 […]

Almost ready for prime time

The historic Depot Theater is getting some upgrades, include new seats, carpeting, and plumbing. Clarkston Village Players members including Linda and Joe Mishler, Al Bartlett, Sue Owen, Jim Pike, Jerry and Linda Payton, Karen McClellan, George Arnold, Debbie Kramer, and Sue Owen helped unpack and haul 67 chairs from the delivery truck to the auditorium, […]

Renaissance Fest

The 2018 Michigan Renaissance Festival opens this weekend with the Royal Pet and Ale Fest, as well as daily jousts and other merriment. Furry companions and their people are invited to learn more about pet nutrition, safety, clubs, fostering, and vendor products. Pets need to be registered. Also, Wiener Dog Races and Pet Costume Contest. […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Make choice to live in God

My friend, Sister Anne, used to work in a children’s home where she helped to teach and guide the children. She’s retired now. She lived in an upstairs apartment that was in the town near where she worked. One day, after she came home from her work and had prepared her evening meal, she spotted […]


STARNES, Burl; of Waterford; August 11, 2018; age 89; preceded in death by his wife Ruby; father of James (Jane), Bernard (Leslie), Dennis (Mary) & Dan (Julie); “Pa” of Trace, late Marisa, J.R. (Nicolette), Kara, Nikki (Josh), Kirk (Amy), Joseph (Lexie), Megan (Alex), Casey, Jack & Kathryn; great grandpa of Luke, Micah, Peter, Matthew, Caleb, Reuben, […]

Thomas G. KLEIN

KLEIN, Thomas G.; of Davisburg formerly of Drayton Plains; August 11, 2018; age 62; husband of Stella for 39 years; father of Tom (Anna), Cassie & Dennis; grandpa of Evelyn; brother of Jerri (late Al) Yaek, Marty (Anita) Klein & Terri (Rick) MacIntyre; son in law of Theodora Karakos; preceded in death by his parents […]


BOGART, Mary B.; of Clarkston; formerly of Joliet, IL; passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on August 9, 2018; age 65. Beloved wife of Dennis for 41 years; loving mother of Cara (Charles Dixon) Bogart, Lauren (Michael) Greve and Kaelyn (Brandon Verlinden) Bogart; special grandma of Maren, Adelyn, Marissa and Jack; sister […]