National award for renovated field

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools recently received a 2018 Distinguished Facility Award from the American Sports Builders Association. The honor was for the renovation of the multi-purpose synthetic turf field at Clarkston High School. The turf field was replaced in the spring of 2017 with a brand-new turf system and […]

Spray park set to reopen for summer

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Renee Przybylski Memorial Spray Park was not open last summer at Clintonwood Park, but that will all change on May 18 with the park’s grand opening at 10 a.m. A ribbon cutting will take place at 10:30 a.m. as part of Kids Day in the Park. “Renee’s […]

WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: Any WWE fans?

I’m going to put myself out there and say that I’m a lifelong fan of pro wrestling. Anyone else out there with me? When I say pro wrestling, I mean I grew up watching the spectacle most weekends on TV, and once in a great while, on pay-per-view. Mostly WWF, some NWA/WCW, USWA and GWF, […]

Phones’ allure hard for schools to break

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Since cell phones have become a way of life for much of the population, this has trickled down to schools. Clarkston Community Schools does not have a district-wide on student cell phone usage, but each school distributes and discusses a school specific code of conduct to each student […]

Color Run to help grant wish for local girl

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Junior High School Leadership is hosting a Color Run for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, May 18, at the Clarkston High School trail. This year, CJHS Leadership will be granting the wish of Addyson, a local fifth-grade student with Down Syndrome who loves princesses, Barbies, dogs, and cats. The […]

Vaara humbled by family’s love, support

Fourth and final feature in a series on a pillar of the community, Mel Vaara, as he remembers more than a half century of Clarkston history, and looks to the future. BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer There’s an old saying that goes, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Mel Vaara has […]

‘Ahead of the curve’ with open enrollment

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education recently approved the district’s plan to expand open-enrollment specialty academic programs for the 2019-20 school year. And while the district has offered select open-enrollment specialty academic programs for several years – meaning out-of-district students can apply to attend CCS – new […]

Vaara helped develop school sports, music

Third in a series on a pillar of the community, Mel Vaara, as he remembers more than a half century of Clarkston history, and looks to the future. BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer One of the last times Mel Vaara was in the Clarkston public eye was when Clarkston High School basketball coach […]

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