Renovated church ready for renewed community service

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor After almost two years of renovation work, Clarkston United Methodist Church is ready for a renewed focus towards the community. “The whole motivation to do this was to continue the tradition to be central to the larger Clarkston community,” said Senior Pastor Rick Dake. After celebrations and ribbon cuttings […]

Pride in new fire stations

BY KIRSTEN ISBELL Clarkston News Intern Write Springfield Township Fire Chief David Feichtner is proud of the department’s two new fire stations. “They’re incredible and a wonderful addition to the township,” Feichtner said. They will have two open houses on Sept. 29, both from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the community can visit the […]

Parking revenue

The city Parking Fund collected $6,646 in parking fees in August from 2,828 patrons in the Washington and Main parking lot, said City Manager Jonathan Smith. City wide, 240 parking violation tickets were issued in August, for a total of $6,460. By vote of the City Council, parking revenue raised can only be used for […]

Rumble recovering from abuse

BY KIRSTEN ISBELL Clarkston News Intern Writer Rumble the dog has come a long way in a short time. The 5- or 6-week old puppy was found dumped in the bushes at Sashabaw Mobile Homes, covered in maggots and clinging to life. A concerned citizen found him, July 24, and immediately called the Canine Companions […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: History lessons

I cover a lot of cool stories here at the Clarkston News, but the most interesting are about those who have been around a while, who remember the history of Clarkston. Hilda Lowrie, featured on page 18, certainly qualifies. She will soon celebrate her 100th birthday with her family. She shared with me many memories […]

Letters to the Editor

Easement would protect wetlands, says conservancy Dear Editor, Your local conservancy is pleased with the city’s consideration to partner and protect the wetlands of Depot Park. This jewel of Clarkston is five times larger than many citizens realize. The five developed acres of the park, including the gazebo, lawn and playground, are what people think […]

Many changes, challenges over past 100 years

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor As a young girl, Hilda Lowrie of Independence Township remembers her parents’ concern with the new, 20th century technology. “Airplanes were just coming into existence and they were scared to death. They said, ‘I will never fly,’” said Lowrie, who is turning 100 years young in October. “That’s the […]

WORDS FROM THE SUP’T: Schools strive to be safe, healthy

Our district is already in our third week of school and I am happy to report that things are rolling along nicely this year! (I can say that both figuratively AND literally, now that the construction at Waldon and Sashabaw Road has cleared and our buses are back to their usual routes!) When we began […]

New mural work in downtown Clarkston

New mural work in  downtown Clarkston

Watercolor and pen illustration of “The Village of Clarkston,” by artist Alex Gilford. The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is partnering with the Clarkston Cultural Arts Council (CCAC) to create a 16 x 12-foot mural titled “The Village of Clarkston” on the wall of Union Woodshop in downtown Clarkston, 18 S. Main St. DIA artists […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Goodbye to summer

“Where has summer gone?” It seems like just yesterday that we couldn’t wait for warm weather after another long winter. Now school has started again and conversations have already turned to what kind of winter will we have this year. Life turns very quickly and summer seems so very fleeting. I have found that we […]