Bailey Lake’s Simecek drives away as Teacher of the Year

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Michelle Simecek has been teaching in Clarkston for 20 years and has loved every minute of it. On May 30, the Bailey Lake Elementary third-grade teacher was honored by the Clarkston Foundation as its Teacher of the Year, something she said was very humbling. “I was completely shocked, […]

Seat swaps on Board of Trustees

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Independence Township Board of Trustees appointed replacements for treasurer and a trustee seat and also named the new clerk at the regular board meeting on June 4. Two names are familiar to the board as current Trustee Rachel Loughrin will replace Paul Brown as treasurer and Brown […]

RED day at the beach

Agents and employees from Keller Williams Clarkston were at Deer Lake Beach, May 16, cleaning up the beach, staining the picnic tables and benches, putting up a new American flag, planting flowers, and putting in new grills. The work was done in honor of RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day, the company’s annual event symbolic of […]

Clarkston graduate kept Sparty on

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Kamren Huizenga graduated from Clarkston High School in 2014 and then began college that fall at Michigan State University. Truth be told, you probably saw him quite often from 2014 to 2018 and didn’t even know it, as Huizenga played the MSU mascot, Sparty, all four years in […]

Clarkston business students earn national awards

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Three Clarkston High School students competed at the 2019 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., May 1-5. Richard Budny, Nathan Dimmer and David Moss combined to take home seven top-10 placements in competitions against over 4,000 of the nation’s best students, representing 19 states. […]

Clarkston grad doing wonders in urology field

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer These days, Dr. Ken Peters is a globally-known urologist practicing at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. But it was coming from humble beginnings, growing up in Warren and graduating from Clarkston High School in 1982, that led him on his path to where he is today. “I remember […]

Schools leaders grant three princess wishes

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Addyson Ray has Down Syndrome and was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition in the summer of 2017, given five months to live. Now, almost two years later, the Andersonville Elementary fifth-grade student, who turned 11 on May 22, was the guest of honor at Clarkston Junior High […]

Open enrollment for Young 5’s, Kindergarten

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer On May 13, the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s plan to create open-enrollment (schools of choice) kindergarten and Young Fives opportunities for the 2019-20 school year. “The Board of Education’s unanimous approval represents their support of our schools, community, and kids,” said Superintendent […]

Road work delayed

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Road work that was supposed to begin this year on Clintonville, South Clarkston, Flemings Lake and Walters roads will be delayed to 2020, according to Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle. “By the time all the plans were put together, packages put together, it wasn’t until well into the […]

WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: Nice job, Pat

Not only does Pat Kittle run Independence Township, but he vacuums the office, too. No kidding. When I went in there a few weeks back to interview Barb Pallotta regarding her impending retirement as township clerk, there was Pat vacuuming. Talk about a jack of all trades. And he’s just what the township needs. Having […]

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