Toys of history

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Robert (Bob) L. Jones passed away in 2004, but his toys continue to provide fun for kids. The handmade creations were given to the Clarkston Early Childhood Center by his longtime neighbors and friends Dr. Tom Stone and his wife, Arlene. “We had gotten [toys] over the years […]

Repairing township roads

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer With April showers and May flowers comes the spring bounty of potholes. According to residents posting on social media, Snow Apple Drive and Parview Drive are the two worst roads in the Clarkston area. Pat Kittle, Independence Township Supervisor, said the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) doesn’t […]

Book battlers

Book battlers

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Wacky costumes and teams with creative names filled Springfield Plains Elementary Battle of the Books competition last week. Springfield Plains, Andersonville and Davisburg elementaries competed in the 7th annual Fourth Grade Battle of the Books, a 10-question competition based on six books from different genres. Students dressed up […]

Bus drivers help hungry

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer For some students in Clarkston, schools meals are their main source of nourishment and breaks can cause them to go without. This spring break the Clarkston Transportation Department decided to help four families in this situation through a Michigan Education Department (MEA) Out Reach Grant. Clarkston Bus Driver […]

Honored for school arts

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Artistic skill, a passion for creativity and performance were honored last week at The Clarkston Foundation’s Student Recognition Awards for Performing and Visual Arts. The ceremony was attended by several members of the foundation, as well as Clarkston Board of Education members Steve Hyer, Greg Need, Andrea Catalina, […]

Real-life learning

Real-life learning

Critter Guy Paul McCormack visited first grade classrooms at Pine Knob Elementary last Friday. He brought in a trove of animals for the students to feel, hold and learn about. First, he brought out Woody, an Australian tree frog. Then he brought out Pearle the Cockatiel. The colorful bird walked along students arms and stood […]


A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending my day with Mrs. Murray’s ninth grade history classes at Clarkston Junior High School. The students were assigned a project to interview someone born before 1955 and the teacher asked me to come in and teach the students some interview techniques. Since I studied education […]

Gold Key win for young writer

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Bringing together his love of writing and World War II history, Clarkston High School Senior Alexander Gavulic won a Gold Key award in the 2017 Midwest Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. “There were only a handful of kids who received these awards,” Gavulic said. “It was an honor […]

Extra costs for park project

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Extra costs for  electricity at Brady Lodge led to a $3,180 project overrun. Brady Lodge’s electricity cost the township a total of $31,763. In addition to electricity, the electrical work included dimmers for ballroom light switches, variable fan controls for ballroom switches, electrical circuits for a security system, […]

Clarkston School Board OK’s pre-Labor Day start

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer For Clarkston parent Linda Kisabeth, starting the school year before Labor Day spoils prepaid vacation plans. “I may be one, but I’m sure there’s others out there who are negatively affected,” Kisabeth said at the March 27 Board of Education meeting where the school board voted unanimously to […]