Township to blow out e-cigs for youth

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Vaping with electronic cigarettes may soon be just as illegal for youth as regular tobacco in Independence Township. The Township Board voted unanimously, Feb. 5, to approve first reading of an ordinance to add vapor products to its tobacco prohibition for minors. “It’s certainly a problem,” said Trustee Jim […]

Finalists in dream wedding contest

Erica Zentner of Clarkston and her fiancé Brian were named finalists in the contest “Castle Farms Military Wedding Giveaway” on Facebook. The couple met in 2015 before Zentner left for Air Force Training. “With Brian’s work and Navy drill weekends it took almost two months to go on our first date, but one date led […]

Students use real life to learn about national issues

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor To study the immigration issue, Clarkston High School sophomore Nolan Gerish turned to his own neighborhood to tell the story of a man he once knew. “He was my neighbor and a good friend of my grandparents and parents,” Gerish said. “He was a kind hearted, hard-working man who […]

‘No’ to marihuana establishments

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Want to open a marihuana business in Independence Township? Think again. At its Feb. 5 meeting, the Independence Township Board voted unanimously to approve first reading of a new zoning ordinance to prohibit marihuana establishments in the township. “I think it’s a good idea to be conservative, to wait […]

Parking revenue

Clarkston’s net parking revenue for January was $6,008, a 25 percent reduction from December, said City Manager Jonathan Smith. A total of 1,585 vehicles paid for parking in the Washington and Main city lot, a 38 percent decrease from December, Smith said. “January and February are understandably the quietest parking months of the year,” he […]

Recycling event

Sashabaw Middle School is hosting a Electronics Recycling Event, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 2. No cost, but donations are accepted and will benefit Academic Service Learning Projects at the middle school. Items accepted include computers and servers; cellular phones and accessories; rechargeable batteries; satellite receiver boxes; switches and routers; computer cords and cables; […]

City workshops

The Friends of Depot Park committee hosts a Vision Presentation at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road. Also at the library will be a City Charter Review workshop, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Call 248-625-1559 for more information.  

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Winter writer’s block

My story on the Clarkston High School RED group’s immigration project on page 4 was a long time coming. Not because it took a long time to report or write, but because of the weather. Nolan Gerish, sophomore at Clarkston High School, contacted me back on Jan. 15 to see if I was interested in […]

Reader relates admonition against judgmentalism

Dear Editor, Congratulations to Mr. Mike Fetzer whose letter appeared in these pages last week (“A call for openness in religious community,” Feb. 6). His spiritual revival may bring him closer to his Creator in whose image we are shaped and aspire. May his generosity extend to the President whom he condemns with false calumnies. […]

Reader support for MDEQ executive order

Dear Editor, The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality promotes wise management of Michigan’s land, air and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities and a vibrant economy. This is a mission statement we can all believe in. To strengthen the MDEQ, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order transforming the MDEQ into the […]