City council opposes state historic proposal

City Council voted 6-0 to approve a resolution in opposition to proposed changes to the Michigan Local Historic Districts Act, Feb. 16. Mayor Joe Luginski, who was in Chicago during the special meeting, issued a statement in support of the resolution. Cara Catallo, chair of the Clarkston Historic District Commission who was at the meeting […]

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Stories of figures clad in black prowling local neighborhoods may have been embellished a bit as it spread from neighbor to neighbor, as might have happened in the story ‘Be aware of prowlers? on page 1, but one thing is certain. As weather warms up with the coming of spring, people looking for easy pickings […]

Students honored for outstanding citizenship

Clarkston Area Optimist Club honored three Outstanding Student Citizens, Feb. 17. Madeline Caldwell is a fourth grade student at Springfield Plains Elementary. “She’s a gift to humanity,” said her teacher, Heidi Kroll. “She’s strong. Nothing disturbs her peace of mind.” Caldwell was student council president in third grade. She bakes, is active in basketball, dance, […]

Historic district in jeopardy?

Clarkston city administration issued a statement opposing Michigan HB 5232, a proposal to revise the state Historic District law. “The bill to amend the current 1970 Public Act 169 jeopardizes the efficient and fair process for establishing local historic districts already in place, reducing protection given to resources in local historic districts, and diminishes the […]

Foundation’s set for new year

As Greg Bunting begins his term as president of the Clarkston Foundation, his goal is to increase community support. “I want to take it to the next level, get more parents involved and look for additional funding,” said Bunting, who has been a member since 2007. “Carl (Matisse, outgoing president) brought me in. It’s a […]

Awareness fundraiser

The third annual Facials against Suicide is this weekend, Feb. 20-21, at Heavenly Day Spa in Independence Township. ‘My spa is going to be performing different services we offer at discounted rates. All proceeds go to Michigan Association for Suicide Awareness,? said Jessica Keesling, owner of the boutique at 4565 Pelton Road. Suicide awareness is […]

Students honored with citizen awards

Ruby Antonelli, fifth grader at Clarkston Elementary School, and Pine Knob Elementary fifth grader Chloe Krawczak were honored as their schools? Outstanding Student Citizens. Hosted by Clarkston Area Optimist Club, Clarkston’s seven elementary schools choose one student a year for the award. Antonelli is disciplined, organized, responsible, takes initiative, plans ahead, and sets goals, said […]

Town hall meeting on Tuesday

An upcoming Clarkston town hall meeting was created to roll out the city’s new website, but is now open to all topics. “It will be informal, a chance for people to come talk to someone from city council, planning commission ? to bend their ear about whatever,” said Council member Al Avery, chair of the […]

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Residents and city officials have been trading several interesting emails and letters about the proposed expansion to city hall. They’ve also been exchanging their views face to face at city council and other government meetings. Public comments are indulged quite a bit, but since the meetings are run by city officials and representatives, some folks […]

$20 million embezzlement

CEO Donna Bullard, CEO of Clarkston Brandon Credit Union, said staff is “devastated” by an embezzlement investigation of bank CFO Michael Anthony LaJoice For addition comment, Bullard referred to public statements she released over the weekend and was preparing for this week. “While this investigation is proceeding, we want to assure our members that it […]

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