Learning about the law

Students learned a lot about the legal system during Clarkston Area Optimist’s Respect for Law program. For one, trials aren’t like they are on television. “It’s definitely a lot less dramatic than on TV,” said Kendall Hime, eighth grade student. “Lawyers ask a lot more questions.” “There’s more yelling on TV,” said Marco Pacifico, ninth […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Once more into the breach

One more weekend of me playing a ghost-hunting 12th century Danish soldier in a 20th century U.S. Army uniform, in Clarkston Village Players’ comedy production of Hamlet II. My has the time flied. My first time performing in any theater production, I still get nervous before each show, waiting in the wings in the dark […]

Dale Hamilton celebrates retirement after 42 years

His nickname might be “Grumpy,” but don’t let that fool you. Behind his tough exterior, longtime custodian Dale Hamilton is a Teddy Bear at heart. “He’s a goofball and everybody knows it,” said his oldest daughter, Karrie Jolly. “He’s the biggest jokester and biggest prankster. If he teases you, it means he likes you.” Friends […]

Brady Lodge renovations continue

A couple weeks ago, the old bell at Brady Lodge, located in Bay Court Park off Andersonville Road, was hung once again in the tower. “Structurally there was some rotting wood and missing support pieces,” Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown said. “A bad storm could have blown that thing right off and killed somebody.” The […]

Kid fun at Clintonwood

Kid fun at Clintonwood

An overcast sky and on-and-off rain drops didn’t keep the large crowd from a day of fun at Clintonwood Park last Saturday. Parent along with their little ones enjoyed the Ryan Kennedy Kids Day at the Park put on by Independence Township Parks, Recreation & Seniors. It included the popular Kid’s Only Garage Sale, variety […]

Emerald achievement for Independence El

Emerald achievement for Independence El

Independence Elementary students Payton McCracken, Christopher Bidinger, and Josiah Lipke, and parent volunteer Camila Duarte, helped the school achieve Emerald Status this year. Photo by Phil Custodio Independence Elementary earned Evergreen Status for students’ green initiatives this year. The award is the highest in Oakland Schools’ Michigan Green Schools Program. “I’m very proud of them, […]

Students honored for citizenship

Clarkston Area Optimists Club honored Outstanding Student Citizens from Bailey Lake and North Sashabaw elementary schools, April 27, at Clarkston United Methodist Church. “This is something I’m really excited to be a part of, something I look forward to every year,” said Bailey Lake Principal Glenn Gualtieri, who honored fifth grader Aaron Ludwig with the award […]

Hello Bunny

Hello Bunny

Alex Williams greets a rabbit at  4-H Discovery Day in Springfield Oaks County Park, May 7. Kids also had the chance to plant sunflowers and tomato plants, check out a corn snake, turtle, and other critters from Kensington Metro Park, and make Lego creations and crafts. Photo provided

Walk and Roll

Walk and Roll

Colorfully clad kids and adults filled Depot Park for Clarkston SCAMP’s Walk and Roll, May 1. The annual walk through downtown is the main fundraiser of the year for SCAMP, a summer camp for kids with special needs in Clarkston. For more information, please visit www.clarkstonscamp.com/walk-and-roll.

Runners, walkers race for kids

Runners, walkers race for kids

The Keegan family and friends gather to honor the late Chuck Keegan at Race for the Kids. Photo by Phil Custodio Runners and walkers enjoyed beautiful weather at the eighth annual Chuck Keegan Race for the Kids, May 7. Proceeds from the 5K and 3K walk and run event provide scholarships to Clarkston students, in […]