Robotics Camp

Campers cheered as their robots successfully went through the tasks set in front of them during RUSH Robotics Camp last week. Campers had a four day taste of what they could do during the FIRST LEGO League as they learned about NXT robotics including programming and sensors during the camp. They built their robots and […]

Local author reaches for stars

BY WENDI REARDON Clarkston News Staff Writer What would happen if 10 humans were abducted by aliens for a tournament where the humans have to fight to see if Earth is worthy? Clarkston native and author Travis J. Thompson answers the question in his series Tournament of the Worlds. Thompson will be at Clarkston Independence […]

Blankets for kids

Blankets for kids

During field day fun outside at Sashabaw Middle School, June 10, students also worked hard inside to make 126 blankets for Children’s Hospital, Genesys, Hurley, and other medical facilities, for their Academic Service Learning project. Photo by Phil Custodio

PHIL IN THE BLANK: A knightly lesson

In one of my favorite scenes from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the king of Swamp Castle is instructing his guards to make sure the prince doesn’t leave the room until he comes and gets him. It’s not easy. “Don’t leave the room even if you come and get him,” the guard says. “No, […]

New training groups for Back Roads starting in July

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor New this year for the Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon and 10K/5K is a partnership with Socially Motivated Wellness for training groups. “They’ll run the park course. People are excited about that,” said Deanna McColl Hart of High Five Races, organizer. “It’s good for people who want […]

Jammin’ to classics

Jammin’ to classics

Ruby Grace Shannon enjoys a cracker while at Concerts in the Park last Friday. Photo by Trevor Keiser. Folks were taken back to soulful times of Motown classics as “Street Corner” performed for second week of Concerts in the Park, hosted by the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, June 17. Patrons also filled their tummies […]

Free park concerts

Free park  concerts

The Mickeys launched the 2016 Concerts in the Park series, June 10. The Kalamazoo band, fronted by identical twins Amy Sherman and Julie Peebles, with Bascom Peebles on electric and acoustic guitar, and Tom Rogers on bass, performed a blend of Americana, alt-country and folk music. Singer Jayme Orr of Wixom opened the show. The […]

Keiser’s Role: Return to love

In light of the recent shooting attack in Orlando, I was reminded of the first real event in my life where I saw the world as “dark” and mankind losing their “moral compass.” I was 15 years-old and in the eighth grade when I heard that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High […]

Neighborhood party to celebrate 100th birthday

Neighborhood party to celebrate 100th birthday

Ilene and Frank Schietaert, Helen Finkbeiner, and Marti Newsted will host a party for longtime neighbor and World War II vet Don Stringer. About two years ago, Ilene Schietaert of Independence Township made a promise to her next door neighbor Don Stringer just before he moved to Florida. “I told him when he turned 100, […]

Grants for community groups

The Clarkston Area Optimist Club awarded $50,000 in grants to local community groups, May 25. “We looked at the needs and what we could fund and leave as a legacy – that was important to us,” said Optimist Jim Evans. The club’s grant committee met starting in January to receive and review applications for the […]

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