On communities, hearing and news media

On communities, hearing and news media

Mark Kelly, of Independence Township, dead at 63. The news from friends that our mutual friend, Mark P. Kelly had passed, presumably peacefully in his sleep, shocked me. Like with the passing of any person, it’s not only a loss to loved ones, family and friends. When any person passes the community loses something, too. […]

I miss Noah, the one-eyed groundhog

I miss Noah, the one-eyed groundhog

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when reporting local news for a community newspaper was a heck of a lot easier. A few decades ago really were simpler times. While I understand times do change and folks have to roll with the punches or get run over, I can still […]

A town without its own newspaper?

A town without its own newspaper?

I think I’m on a mini “roll” lately. Last week I hopped up on my soapbox and proclaimed what the role of a community paper is. I waxed philosophically about informing, educating and entertaining and your community newspaper. Community newspapers also help local businesses promote themselves. After writing that, I took a deep breath and […]

It’s Christmas week and I look for hope

It’s Christmas week and I look for hope

It’s here. Christmas week and despite all that happened a few weeks ago, I will look for hope. It’s the season of hope that propels me to tap, tap, tippity-tap, tap on my keyboard. For so long it didn’t feel like the Christmas season and then it snowed on Saturday — about three inches of […]

As the nation turns its eyes to Oxford

As the nation turns its eyes to Oxford

By now there’s nary a soul in the entire United States of America who hasn’t thought of the Oxford community and the victims of a school shooting which left four students dead plus six more students and one teacher wounded from the gun fire. Our community newspaper The Oxford Leader was already ready for press […]

Clarkston News Reader’s Choice Awards 2021

Clarkston News Reader’s Choice Awards 2021

East & Drinks Appetizer: 15th Street Tavern Asian: East Ocean Chinese Baked Goods: Clarkston Village Bake Shop Bar & Grill: Clarkston Tap Bar & Entertainment: 15th Street Tavern BBQ: Union Woodshop Bread sticks: Gregg’s Gourmet Cafe Breakfast: Royal Diner Catering: Gregg’s Gourmet Cafe Chicken: Chicken Shack Coney: Pete’s Coney Dinner: The Fed Family Friendly: Old […]

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for lots of stuff

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for lots of stuff

Every night I tend to reflect on the hours I was awake that day. Did I fail, hurt or belittle any person, situation or entity (on purpose or unintentionally). If I answer to myself, “yes” I figure out what needs to happen the next day to make things right. (Most nights, thankfully, the affirmative answer […]