PHIL IN THE BLANK: In a foreign land

My trip to Israel earlier this month was excellent, a nearly perfect expedition with a superb tour guide, an Arab Palestinian Christian Israeli with encyclopedic knowledge and experience of the area, history, and culture. It was a pilgrimage trip with a group from my church, St. John’s up in Davison. We visited as many of […]

Letter leads to new menu

Folks love the pizza at Gregg’s Gourmet. For Julia Whitley, however, it can be too much of a good thing. So she wrote them a letter. “Dear Gregg’s Gourmet,” she wrote. “My family and I always go to Gregg’s. I love your pizza and especially your breadsticks. But sometimes I get sick of pizza. I […]

Dance student small in size, big in talent

Therrien Keippala of Clarkston, 8, has the chance to represent Michigan in Dance Masters of America, a 10-day dance competition and convention in Anaheim, Calif., this June. But he needs help to get there. “We have to fundraise almost all of the expenses, which are estimated to cost over $6,000 if just Therrien and I […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: April is Autism Awareness Month

My wife and I are privileged to be grandparents now. Both of our grandsons appear to be healthy, but we know that every parent nowadays worries about the health of their children. As a pastor I have several friends who have autistic children. In fact, two families on my staff have autistic children. I know […]

See and be seen, know and be known

“Good to see you!” I overheard the man’s enthusiastic greeting, as his voice boomed through the halls of our Central Administration building. “Good to be seen!” came the response, with just as much gusto. This unconventional exchange gave me pause, and a smile. It is good to see and be seen. Today, 7,724 students entered […]

Quilters help local seniors in need

Seeing a need at Autumn Ridge of Clarkston Assisted Living, Carolyn Place of Clarkston asked the Independence Township Senior Center Quilting group for help. Answering the call were members Bonnie Herrera and Pat Reeves. Place, whose husband Don was a patient before his death at Autumn Ridge, provided lots of bright cloth to the group […]

Art woven with socialization at club

Club Create Clarkston learned some basics of basket weaving at their February meeting at Picasso’s Grapevine on Main Street. “This is their first time basket weaving,” said Robert White, one of the art and social club’s founders. Instructor Ethel Gill led the activity. Created in 2015 and meeting every third Monday, they also work on […]

Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen awards

Daughters of the American Revolution, Clarkston’s Sashabaw Plains Chapter, awarded five Good Citizen awards in February to high school seniors in northern Oakland County. The DAR Good Citizen’s Award recognizes dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Meagan Ruggirello was the awardee from Clarkston High School. She is a leader in the CHS Leadership Program, on the […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Now is the time to choose God

Somebody should do something! Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did […]

Paczki champ

Austin Steward was the paczki eating champion for 2018 at Neiman’s Family Market, having eaten four of the tasty pastries in the two-minute contest. “Take just a little bit at a time – many small bites,” Steward said of his winning strategy. Neiman’s sponsors the contest every year to celebrate Mardi Grad, this year on […]