Reader finds taxes fast, road work too slow

Dear Editor, The Independence township “road improvement” millage was presented to voters by township officials as the “solution” to fixing the township/county road problems that we were told were in desperate need of repair. If passed, we were told, the township and the RCOC would have the money to move forward to get prioritized township/county […]

Ribbon cutting

Ribbon cutting

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce members join owners Brandon and Mallory Still at a ribbon cutting, Aug. 8, to celebrate the opening of their business, Main Street MI. The Stills renovated the former antique shop at 21 N. Main Street into a coworking center, offering shared office spaces and amenities to freelancers, small business owners, […]

New cedar birdhouse/condo for senior center garden

New cedar birdhouse/condo for senior center garden

From left, Gerry Burchard, Milt Haines, Barb Rollin, Curtis Overby, and Carolyn Morrison in front, are proud of the new bird house at the Independence Township Senior Center. BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor The birdhouse outside the Independence Township Senior Center was looking a bit run down in recent months and members were looking […]

WORDS FROM THE SUP’T: Be our guest this school year

Last year, our administration read the book, Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service by the Disney Institute. We used our monthly team meetings as a time to discuss a chapter or two, and consider how the practices laid out in the book apply to our work as an educational community. As the […]

International bike riders enter second continent

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor A year into their two-continent bike trip, Clarkston grad Chris Haag and his wife Sophie George have traversed North and Central America. “Central America was amazingly diverse for as small of an area as it was,” Haag said in an email from the road. “It was much more densely […]

In Memory

In loving memory of our sister and aunt, Sylvia Petersen Kojima, who died May 20, 2019, and our brother-in-law and uncle Takao J. Kojima, who died July 24, 2019. Thank you for lives well lived. Love, the Waggoners, Solvej and sons Kirk, Steven, and Jon.

Takao Kojima

Takao Kojima, a lifelong resident of the Clarkston/Waterford, has died of natural causes at age 96. He was the last of five siblings and one of the dwindling number of Americans rightfully described as the Greatest Generation. Though he seldom talked of it, Takao’s personal story was both remarkable and heroic. One of 11 graduates […]


COLE (TREECE), Patsy A.; of Clarkston; August 10, 2019; age 86; preceded in death by husband Robert; Mother of Catherine (Mark) Snyder; “Grandma Patsy” of Ashlee (Brian) Smelley, Bobby & Haley Chumbler, Abbie, Savannah & Mia Snyder; Great grandma of Carson; Sister of the late Virginia (George) Edwards & Alice (Mike) Pierce; also many other […]

Robert J. PESTA

PESTA, Robert J.; of Clarkston formerly of Detroit; August 8, 2019; age 76; devoted husband of Donna for 54 yrs; wonderful father of Marianne (Shawn) Look, Kirk (Denise), Bobby, Jerry, Kristi & Bridget (Justin) Hugelier; cherished grandpa of Camden, Jarod, Olivia, Noah, Sarah, Allie, Gabby, Lilly & Ronald; loving brother of Ken (Karen) & Nancy […]

Nancy Lee GLENN

GLENN, Nancy Lee; of Waterford formerly of Three Oaks; August 8, 2019; age 82; preceded in death by husband Thomas and grandson Jeremy Ragatz; mother of Jodi Glenn, Mark (Maria) Glenn & Wendy (Jim) Boskee; grandma of Tim Ragatz II, Marc Glenn, Matt Glenn, Mike Glenn, Mitch Glenn, Melanie Glenn, Eric Boskee &  Kara Boskee; […]