PHIL IN THE BLANK: Back to the theater

The Clarkston Village Players’ winter production of “House on the Cliff” continues this weekend, with evening shows Friday and Saturday and a matinee on Sunday. I caught the show on members’ night last Wednesday. Excellent work by the cast on this comic murder mystery. Elizabeth Rager does excellent work as Nurse Pepper, whose interest in […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Not cool to exclude

I was not impressed with former Clarkston City Council member Michael Sabol’s efforts to bully Cory Johnston off city committees last Monday night, and most of City Council’s apparent agreement with him. Cory’s “I hate Clarkston” was about his oft-delayed requests for information at the time from the city manager and other officials, and other […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Burn to return

The new year has begun, and for me that means 2013 v.2. That’s the year I made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and managed to do it. I still don’t quite know how. I know how it worked — I ate less and exercised more. What I don’t know is how I managed […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: A cold world

Snow and ice arrived later than before this winter season. I was wearing shorts just a couple weeks ago! That lulled me into a sense of complacency, and I found myself lacking in proper gear last Thursday for my afternoon run, when it got down into the 20s. Oh yeah, I though, I’m supposed to […]

Phil in the Blank: Thanksgivingness

If all goes well, this Thanksgiving I’ll be celebrating with family down south. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to do that. I’m thankful for my work, 10 years now as editor of The Clarkston News. The first group of second graders I gave my newspaper history spiel in May of 2007 are now high […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Tech advances

It was fun trying out Clarkston Chiropractic’s new cryotherapy technology at their recent ribbon cutting celebration. You step into the chamber and it blasts you with super-chilled mist, which gets down to minus 240 or so. Two or three minutes in there is a full treatment. I went for two. It definitely gets the blood […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Lights for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, and with it will soon be trick or treaters out in the neighborhoods going door to door in search of candy from their neighbors. Holcomb Road residents in Clarkston have been asking City Council for help to keep the street safe. When the city had a police department, they would station […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Family history

I’ve been working with genealogist, historian, city walker, and community activist Tom Stone lately on a project featuring families who have lived in the Clarkston area for generations. There are quite a few of them, which Stone notes speaks well of the community. Their family names are familiar, up on street signs and lake markers […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Man of the people

This town took a punch to the gut with the loss of Bart Clark on Sept. 5. I was reluctant to believe it, when I heard about it that morning. Surely it was someone else, it’s not that uncommon a name, I thought. He was very involved in Clarkston Rotary Club and the Rotarians shared […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Rockin’ the Crim

A sizable contingent from the Clarkston Wolfpack running club had to get up a half hour early to make their way up to Flint for the Crim race last Saturday morning. I just had to drive a few miles down the road from my house. Usually it’s the other way around – I make the […]