Parade o’ flags

Clarkston’s Independence Day parade is more than 70 years old, originally run by the Independence Township Fire Department. Several community groups, including Clarkston Optimist Club, Mt. Zion Church, Knights of Columbus from St. Daniel Catholic Church, and Clarkston Area Lions Club, took over the parade in 2011.

Downtown packed for parade

Crowds were thick the whole way from St. Daniel’s to Renaissance High School, July 4, filled with folks celebrating Independence Day. Eighty community groups, antique vehicles, politicians, musicians, and businesses marched down Main Street for the parade, tossing candy to the kids.

Local talent Attard chosen in NHL Draft

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Ronnie Attard was eligible for the NHL Draft in 2017 but wasn’t selected. Same in 2018. But June 22 in Vancouver, B.C., the 20-year-old White Lake native was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round (72nd overall). “I can’t put it into words,” Attard said. “It’s […]

WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: Clarkston cheers

When I received the phone call Feb. 13 from Phil Custodio that I was hired by The Clarkston News, I was admittedly giddy. After calling my wife at work to give her the good news, she shared in my giddiness. I had worked at home the past seven and a half years, uncertain what the […]

Loughrin ready to jump in as new treasurer

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Rachel Loughrin was elected an Independence Township trustee in November 2016 and served in that capacity until July 1, when she took over as treasurer for the township. Paul Brown had resigned as treasurer in May, but later rejoined the board as a trustee, taking Jim Tedder’s spot […]

Clarkston grad reflects on time as Brutus Buckeye

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Richard Johnson grew up in Clarkston, graduating from Clarkston High School in 2015. He then ventured to Ohio State University to pursue a welding engineering degree. Johnson graduated cum laude this past spring and is pursuing a master’s degree in the same realm with hopes to one day […]

New Clerk Neubeck excited to join township

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Cari Neubeck is the new clerk for Independence Township. And she could not be more excited. “It is all very surreal,” Neubeck said. “My journey has culminated back to where I began my municipal tenure in a place I’m proud to call home.” After being appointed to her […]

Superintendent Ryan recharging for another year, gets raise

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Shawn Ryan will be back as Clarkston Community Schools superintendent for the 2019-20 school year, after his contract was approved at the June 10 Board of Education meeting. His annual salary will jump from $170,000 to $175,100. “To me, this has been ongoing for the last 20-plus years,” […]

New equipment, classes at Deer Lake

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer When Marlene Powell took over as the fitness director at Deer Lake Athletic Club last summer, one of her first priorities was to upgrade the exercise equipment and introduce new classes. “We have a lot to offer, especially with the new classes,” said Powell. “Family yoga, strength classes, […]

Clarkston musicians perform at youth fest

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer A slew of Clarkston High School musicians was selected from over 250,000 students across the state to perform at the 57th Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival May 9-11 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The festival is a weekend event highlighting the best of the best from Michigan’s […]

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