SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Athletes’ example for how to treat others

I really enjoying watching the Olympics. Every few years these global events break into the ordinariness of our lives and transport us to another land. I love to watch the excellent athletes compete and to learn some of their background, too. I also especially enjoy watching all kinds of sporting events I probably would not […]

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Clean Water Corps needs volunteers

Oakland County is home to hundreds of beautiful lakes. Ensuring that our lakes are clean and healthy is critical for local wildlife and property values, and supports the wellbeing of our residents and economy. The harsh reality is that Michigan lakes face many serious environmental challenges, including algae blooms and invasive species that crowd out […]

WORDS FROM THE SUP’T: Partnerships for student success

Editor’s Note: On Jan.15, the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education announced the resignation of Dr. Rod Rock, and the approval of Deputy Superintendent Shawn Ryan as the district’s interim superintendent. In his more than 20 year career with Clarkston Community Schools, Ryan has proven himself to be an extraordinary educator and leader. By Shawn […]

Author turns to childhood for inspiration

Author turns to childhood for inspiration

Terra Kern’s new book shares stories from her childhood. Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Terra Kern’s first book features a main character close to her heart. “Jenna is me. Everything she goes through is an incident from my childhood,” said Kern of Clarkston. Her book “Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty” […]

Hot score for Independence!

BY BRENDA DOMINICK Clarkston News Staff Writer The Independence Township Fire Department received their final overall report on Jan. 25 and their new PPC rating is at 3 for the township. “On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 is like golf, the low score is better,” said Fire Chief Mitch Petterson. “One demonstrates exemplary […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Because I’m Batman

Some unexpectedly warm and snowfree weather a couple weekends ago left me with a decision to make. Ohayocon, an anime (Japanese animation) convention, was coming up in Columbus, Ohio. I usually preregister for these conventions but stopped doing that for this one because it’s always scheduled in January. I reserved a ticket for it in […]

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Follow evidence wherever it may lead

Many people have asked “how is it possible that no one took seriously the reports of the young women assaulted by Dr. Nassar?” – the Michigan State University sports doctor. Or, how can a young person end their life? Tragic events are hard to think about, so many of us choose not to. The thought […]

GUEST VIEWPOINT: It takes village to raise Clarkston kids

“Clarkston is a special place. I’ll leave it at that.” This is what my coach said after being asked about the recent success of the basketball and football teams after we won the football state championship this year. I find this answer so simple yet so complex at the same time because it embodies everything […]

Daughter inspires mom to help hearts

Daughter inspires mom to help hearts

The Schuetz family, Christina and Evan and their children Lillian and Rowan. The purple flowers are in Sylvia’s memory.”Sylvia’s color is purple,” Christina said. “Every single person who came to her celebration of life service wore purple. This bouquet of wooden flowers was given to me by my best friend, Kristina, after Sylvia passed. She […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Teachable moment?

Principal Gary Kaul described perfectly the circumstances behind Dr. Rod Rock’s decision to resign as superintendent. It’s a betrayal. He chose to engage in whatever happened in this “inappropriate” relationship with a former Clarkston High School student, over and despite his obligations as superintendent which he knew so well. It seems to be very inexplicable, […]