City backtracks on Buffalo one-way vote

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Buffalo Street will remain “two way” after Clarkston City Council reversed an earlier decision. “I honestly thought we were sending it out to be discussed with (city engineer) Gary Tressel – whether it would work or not, not that we were making a permanent decision,” said Council member Sharron […]

Backyard birders

Clarkston-area Backyard Birders Club meets at 7 p.m., March 28, at The Gateway. Topics will include spotting migrating warblers at Point Pelee in Canada, building bluebird nesting boxes at Bittersweet Farms on Allen Road, information from Michigan Songbird Protection Coalition about possible hunting of sandhill cranes and mourning doves, sharing reports of sightings in local […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: In a foreign land

My trip to Israel earlier this month was excellent, a nearly perfect expedition with a superb tour guide, an Arab Palestinian Christian Israeli with encyclopedic knowledge and experience of the area, history, and culture. It was a pilgrimage trip with a group from my church, St. John’s up in Davison. We visited as many of […]

Letters to the Editor

Keep light shining on local issues Dear Editor, Last week was Sunshine Week, a time “to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.” March 16 was Freedom of Information Day and […]

Letter leads to new menu

Folks love the pizza at Gregg’s Gourmet. For Julia Whitley, however, it can be too much of a good thing. So she wrote them a letter. “Dear Gregg’s Gourmet,” she wrote. “My family and I always go to Gregg’s. I love your pizza and especially your breadsticks. But sometimes I get sick of pizza. I […]

Dance student small in size, big in talent

Therrien Keippala of Clarkston, 8, has the chance to represent Michigan in Dance Masters of America, a 10-day dance competition and convention in Anaheim, Calif., this June. But he needs help to get there. “We have to fundraise almost all of the expenses, which are estimated to cost over $6,000 if just Therrien and I […]

Battle of the Books is on

Well-read students from all over Clarkston Community Schools have teamed up and are ready to rumble, academically speaking, at the first-ever District Battle of the Books, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at Independence Elementary. Two teams from each of Clarkston’s seven elementary schools will compete, including Andersonville Elementary’s The Hazardous Readers and Otherwise Known as […]

Mystery in music

Mystery in music

From left, Sandra Deering, Eileen White, Verne Vackaro, Gina Joy Roemer, Katie Hendrikson, and Sean Harbert react to a puzzling piece of evidence. Photos provided by Emily Dowd, Clarkston Village Players presents “The Swan Song, A Study in Terror,” by Mike Johnson, March 23-25 and 29-31 at Depot Theater. Katie Hendrikson stars as Olivia […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: April is Autism Awareness Month

My wife and I are privileged to be grandparents now. Both of our grandsons appear to be healthy, but we know that every parent nowadays worries about the health of their children. As a pastor I have several friends who have autistic children. In fact, two families on my staff have autistic children. I know […]

Writers ‘optimistic’ about respect

Writers ‘optimistic’ about respect

From left are the Clarkston Optimist Club Essay Contest winners Sara Houstina, Catherine Laube, and Parker Szachta. Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston Area Optimists’ 2018 Essay Contest, March 14, asked students “Can society function without respect?” “We received 15 excellent entries this year. They were wonderful,” said Optimist Kelly […]