New school website online

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer After months of research, design, and development, area residents can view Clarkston Community Schools new website, www.clarkston.k12.mi.us. The district worked with the web design and software firm Finalsite to update the website, which was launched Sept. 5. The firm specifically serves schools and educational organizations, said Marketing Director […]

Work continues on Gregg’s

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston residents are still missing the signature pizza special from Gregg’s Gourmet Café, which was damaged in a fire next door in May. Owner Jeff Ryeson said renovations are taking longer than originally expected. “It’s just a slow process, but we’re coming back,” he explained. “By the end […]

Sewer rates passed on from water authority

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Township residents complain sewer rates are too high, but it’s out of local control, officials say. “Really what drives sewer charges is the sewage disposal fees that are not under our control,” said Dave McKee, director of Independence Township Department of Public Works. “We’re given the new rates […]

Clarkston for Life kicks off new year

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston residents and educators kicked off the new school year last week with the Clarkston for Life well-being campaign. “It was a dream of mine to bring these people together, and this event was just the start of some exciting conversations we will be having as a community,” […]

JESSICA’S JOURNAL: Thankful for Labor Day

Anyone out there have fun Labor Day plans? Maybe going on a weekend-long trip or spending the day with family? Before this weekend, I want to inform you all of the origins of Labor Day, because, as a child, I thought it was about expectant mothers rather than the American Labor Movement. First established as […]

Too much Free Press

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer For many residents around Clarkston, receiving pink bags every Sunday with a free Detroit Free Press, mostly advertisements, is a nuisance. Independence Township trustees Jose Aliaga and Andrea Schroeder said they’ve been receiving complaints from residents about the paper and questions on how to stop receiving them. The […]

Pet care camp

Pet care camp

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston kids learned how to care for animals at Little Vet School Camp last week. Instructor Tracy Liddle explained kids get to pick out a stuffed dog to keep on the first day. Then, name and practice on them. Using their dogs, the kids learned how to treat […]

Nature scenes

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Children learned about hiking safety, wild animals and the daily activities of a naturalist at the Wint Nature Center during the Behind the Scenes Mini-Camp. The two-day camp put on by Oakland County Parks took children off-the-trail the first day, teaching them about hiking through wilderness. They learned […]

Eclipse projects

Eclipse projects

Tatyana Berger checks out the eclipse through a set of safety glasses. Photos by Phil Custodio BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Short of a total eclipse of the sun, the moon’s shadow still cast an 80 percent shadow on Clarkston, Monday afternoon. Residents gathered outside their homes and businesses for a look at […]

Teachers back, ready for students

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Summer break for Clarkston kids is quickly coming to an end as classes resume, Monday, Aug. 28. This is the first school year starting before Labor Day after the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education received a waiver from the state last March. Clarkston Community Schools (CCS) requested […]