Wines of holidays

Wines of holidays

Folks enjoyed wines of the world, micro brewery beers, mixed spirits, and appetizers and desserts served by local restaurants at Clarkston Rotary Club’s A Taste of the Holidays gala, Oct. 24 at Bordine Nursery. They raised funds for Rotary’s local community service, international projects, student scholarships, and youth exchange programs for both inbound and outbound […]

Halloween fever

Halloween fever

Many residences and businesses in Clarkston were in the Halloween spirit in the days leading up to Oct. 31. Some decorations were spooky, some fun, but all were presented in a tasteful way for all to enjoy.           — Photos by Matt Mackinder

Teacher takes national prize

Teacher takes national prize

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Joel Massarello, who teaches automotive technology at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest in Clarkston, recently won second place in the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. In the process, Massarello won $35,000 for the program as part of $1 million awarded nationally. He’ll also […]

Grad to camp entrepreneur

Grad to camp entrepreneur

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer During his childhood, Jeremy Piper loved camping. Now, the 2016 Clarkston High School graduate is in business making that joy available to others as a student entrepreneur at the University of Tennessee. Working alongside senior classmates Dalton Maddox, Christopher Mikulec, and Michael Richards, the quartet created Coonhound Camping […]

Former Lions QB brings mental health message

Former Lions QB brings mental health message

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Eric Hipple has seen the ups and downs of life. A suicide attempt survivor, the former Detroit Lions quarterback lost his 15-year-old son, Jeff, to suicide in 2000. Now, he’s making the rounds to help erase the stigma surrounding mental health. Hipple spoke at Clarkston High School, Oct. […]

Concert to honor local veterans

Concert to honor local veterans

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer A free concert next month will honor all local veterans and active-duty military at Springfield Plains Elementary School. Jessica Tomaszycki is the music teacher at Springfield Plains and has planned a free Veterans Day concert on Monday night, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. “I’ve […]

Middle school recycling project helping community

Middle school recycling project helping community

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Need to dispose of old electronics? A recycling event is coming to Sashabaw Middle School next month. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, the event will run in the front parking lot. Donations will benefit Academic Service Learning projects at SMS. “This project was started […]

Representing U.S. ‘surreal’ for Clarkston puck standout

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer When Ty Gallagher was offered a spot on USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program last spring, the Clarkston native quickly accepted. Now almost two months into his first season playing for the NTDP’s Under-17 Team in Plymouth, Mich., the 16-year-old defenseman beams with pride. “This has been one […]

WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: The Sweet 15

Time to get sappy, folks. There’s a saying I happened upon recently that goes, “Behind every great man is not a woman. She is beside him. She is with him, not behind him.” This could not be truer as it pertains to my wife, Stephanie. Today is our 15th wedding anniversary. Yes, a milestone, for […]

Clarkston graduate remembered fondly

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Alaina Grace Hopkinson, a 2019 Clarkston High School graduate who died Sept. 28 at the age of 17, is being remembered as a positive person in every way. She survived 17 years with cystic fibrosis, graduating with honors this past spring and visiting both Germany and Switzerland in […]