Patrick M. McBRIDE

McBRIDE, Patrick M.; of Fenton; formerly of Clarkston; January 29, 2017; age 74; husband of Sharon for 53 years; father of David (Erin), Jeffrey (late Vickie) & Christopher; grandpa of Kyle, Haleigh, Justin (Nicole), Shane, Dawson & Emerson; great grandpa of Jenna & Kane; brother of Michael (Sue) & Jerry (Lynn). Pat enjoyed wintering in […]

Virginia L. BEECKMAN

BEECKMAN, Virginia L.; of Eustis, FL; formerly of Clarkston, MI; January 22, 2017; age 94; preceded in death by her husband Albert; mother of Jan (Tom) Danielson & Richard (Phyllis) Beeckman; grandma of Christine Morgan, Jennifer Stein, Meghan Greko, Carol Ann, James, Michael, Brian & Kelsey Beeckman; also survived by 12 great grandchildren. Ginny enjoyed […]


MILLER, LILA GRACE of Clarkston, Michigan; died January 21, 2017.  She was 99.  Born July 30th, 1917 to the late Louis and Elsie (nee: Jones) Snyder.  Lila is survived by her son Alan (Patricia) Miller of Mequon, WI; one daughter, Leslie (Wayne) Wills of Ortonville, MI, and son-in-law, John Campbell of Martha’s Vineyard, MA.  Also […]

Fun on the ice

Fun on the ice

The weather was warm, but the ice was still slippery for Stephanie, Beckham, and Jordyn Mattei at Shiver by the River, last Saturday. See page 33 for more pictures from the annual event. Photo by Phil Custodio

Late night parking irks residents

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Parking has been a nightmare for downtown residents lately. “The same cars park in front of our houses, driveways, on the grass,” said E. Church Street resident Carole Sawyer to Clarkston City Council, Jan. 23. “They sit in their cars in front of our houses at one in the […]

Activist sidelined on committees

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Former City Council member Cory Johnston was taken off the proposed membership for one committee and tabled for another after former Council member Michael Sabol spoke out against him. “I don’t think we should put people on the committees, a man quoted as saying ‘I hate the city,’” Sabol […]

Student citizen honored

Student citizen honored

Ethan Malkovskii, with his teacher Beth Rogers and Principal Matthew Gifford, was honored by Clarkston Area Optimist Club as Outstanding Student Citizen for Springfield Plains Elementary. Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Ethan Malkovskii is the Clarkston Area Optimist Club’s Outstanding Student Citizen for Springfield Plains Elementary School. Each of Clarkston […]

News in Brief

Assessing director Assistant Director of Accessing Christine Ritchie will serve as acting assessor with limited authority until a new assessor is hired, the Independence Township Board decided, Jan. 17. Interviews for a new director of accessing for Independence Township will start soon, said Supervisor Pat Kittle. Unemployment rate Matthew Gibb, deputy county executive of Oakland […]

Swearing in

Swearing in

New City Manager Jonathan Smith takes his oath of office with Clerk Sandy Miller after he was appointed unanimously by City Council, Jan. 23. Photo by Phil Custodio

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Not cool to exclude

I was not impressed with former Clarkston City Council member Michael Sabol’s efforts to bully Cory Johnston off city committees last Monday night, and most of City Council’s apparent agreement with him. Cory’s “I hate Clarkston” was about his oft-delayed requests for information at the time from the city manager and other officials, and other […]