Andrea Schroeder, 57

Andrea Kathleen Schroeder (née MacIntosh) passed away Friday, October 1. She was 57 years old. In the final hours of her life, she said she wanted to be remembered as “an ordinary person who had an extraordinary life.” As tributes that poured in just hours after she passed made clear, Andrea was anything but ordinary: […]

David Dunn, 49

David Scott Dunn, of Sterling Heights, passed away suddenly on September 28 at the age of 49. David was born on February 8, 1972, in Pontiac and shared a home with his wife Shannon Ferrini-Dunn in Sterling Heights. David left behind a daughter Taylor and stepdaughters Bree, Kristi, and Tracie, along with his grandchildren Alex, […]

Juanita Bennett, 96

Juanita Bennett, of Clarkston, passed away on September 29, 2021 at the age of 96. Mother of Susan Bennett (Brian Moore), George (Lynn Tower) Bennett, and Elizabeth (Kerry) Raymond, grandmother of Jill, Kristen (David), the late Jeffrey, Kimberly (Justin), and Jennifer, great-grandmother of Milo, Max, Kaylie, Bennett, Emma, Ashlynn, Fallon, Abbey, and Shiloh, sister-in-law to […]

Clarkston Coffee Club

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New township fire chief comes with experience, knowledge

New township fire chief comes with experience, knowledge

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Editor There is a saying that says the third time is the charm. After Mitch Petterson resigned as Independence Township fire chief in June, Operations Captain Pat Stamper filled in on an interim basis until David Piche was appointed the full-time fire chief on September 7. Piche retired from the […]

All ‘fore’ Everest

All ‘fore’ Everest

The annual Everest Golf Invitational, held September 20 at Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Course, brought a record number of golfers together and helped raise $60,000 to support the school. Pictured are the overall winners Steve Strable, Scott Harbaugh, Kevin Bidlach, and Mark Pimlot. Photo provided by Mary Williams

Youth exchange program on hold, eyeing restart in ’22

Youth exchange program on hold, eyeing restart in ’22

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Editor While there will not be a youth exchange program this school year in Clarkston due to pandemic-related international travel restrictions, the Clarkston Rotary Club is aiming to restart the program once restrictions lift. In the past, Clarkston students have traveled to foreign lands and students from other countries have […]

Beware of new phone scam

An unsolicited caller rings up an unsuspecting person, purporting to be a representative of some “official” entity and demands personal financial information, or else something bad is going to happen to the person. It’s a scenario all too familiar to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. “We caution our residents all of the time about being […]

COVID-19 Update – September 29, 2021

As of September 29, here are the reported number of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and new cases in the past 30 days for the Clarkston ZIP codes: September 29: 48346: 2,656 cases (164 new), 48 deaths 48348: 2,822 cases (207 new), 23 deaths 48350: 808 cases (91 new), 10 deaths As compared to September 22: 48346: […]

What ‘Matt’ers: What I’ve learned

It’s been more than two and a half years since I arrived in Clarkston to work for this fine publication, first as a reporter and now as editor. And in that time, I’ve learned a few things about Clarkston and Independence Township I never knew would make for some good conversation. Driving home last Sunday […]