SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Time for renewal of creation

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

Tree selection starts season

Tree selection starts season

Peterson and Brittany Cullimore, with their Christmas tree. Photo by Jessica Steeley The Friday after Thanksgiving was opening day for Christmas trees at Rattalee Lake Tree Farm, with families arriving to pick up their Scotch Pine, White Pine, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, Black Hills Spruce and other trees to begin decorating for the season. The […]

Lego team advances to states

Seven Independence Elementary students spent the fall working hard to complete tasks in the area of research and robot programming and design for FLL (First Lego League). They competed in an all day tournament at the Detroit Science Center, Nov. 11. There were 22 teams present and the top six teams qualified to move on […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: A prayer for Thanksgiving

We are in the midst of this season of frenetic activity and nonstop celebrating (or at least preparation for celebrating) someone has all too accurately dubbed “Hallowthankmas.” While I am not sure of the origin of the term, I am certain that I know the experience of this busy and often stressful, and yet hopefully […]

JESSICA’S JOURNAL: Troubleshooter

The Clarkston community was shaken last week by the actions of a resident who shot two people in Ortonville. Luckily the two victims are in stable condition and no one else was injured during the ensuing manhunt, but area schools, including Clarkston, were shut down as a precaution. I think the schools made the right […]

Scouting for Food

Girl Scout Troop 75949 partnered with Gleaners Food Bank, collecting bags of food Clarkston residents left on their porches to be donated, Nov. 11. This was their first year participating in Scouting for Food as a troop, and they were able to fill an SUV with donations with the help of the community.

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Curtains for computer

There’s nothing like a dead computer to focus one’s priorities. I kept everything on there, despite the nearly constant advice of just about everyone who knows anything about data management. The laptop suffered a fall to the floor. It was balanced on the arm of a recliner, but the incident is of course mostly due […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Reach beyond ordinary for something more

Recently, we watched as another great tragedy unfolded in a small community outside of San Antonio, Texas. A crazed man went into a small church and killed 26 men, women, and even children. Who would have imagined you could go to church in the morning and such a tragic event would take place. Many people […]

Cowboy conundrum at mystery dinner

Cowboy conundrum at mystery dinner

Janelle Best, Katie Doyen, Brandon Gentile and Aaron Bedor announce the murderer. Photos by Jessica Steeley BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Rain slashed through the night on a fateful evening in 1857, when a mystery murder took place at the Cherry Creek Saloon. In the aftermath of a bar brawl broken up by […]