Day to celebrate Independence

Clintonwood Park was the place to be following the parade for Independence Fest. There were activities for kids including inflatables to climb, animals to visit at the petting farm and cool water at the spray park. Many stayed the whole day and enjoyed eating summer favorites like snow cones, buying from local crafters, listening to […]

Learning to keep robots in line

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer Young minds were kept busy during RUSH Junior Robotics and RUSH Robotics camps in June. The junior camp was for students entering grades first through third and is based off the FIRST LEGO League Jr. program, offered in the fall. Participants learned about robots and how to […]

Fun at the fair

The holiday fun continues at the Oakland County Fair, open through July 14. Many enjoyed rides, shows and carnival treats on the hot day including bottomless chocolate milk on opening day last Friday, July 5.  The fair is located at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg. Please visit for more information including a daily […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Not lost in Pontiac

I’ve spent some time in downtown Pontiac and gotten to know the city to our south a little bit, enough to get around without getting lost at least. I’ve lived in Michigan for the past 25 years, but up in Flint. Everything south of Clarkston seems like one confusing mass of urban sprawl to me. […]

Summer hip-hop collaboration

Rapper Ryn Scott of Clarkston recently teamed up with Flint star Jon Connor on a new collaboration set to be released this summer. “The first time I met Jon was in 2011 when me and a friend of mine made the drive to Grand Rapids where Jon was performing at the Pyramid Scheme downtown, hoping […]

Yearlong lessons with international exchange students

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Summer may have come too quickly for three exchange students visiting Clarkston. Esteban Granja of Equador, Angel Waranichsakul of Thailand, and Nora Beinbrech of Switzerland spent months in town with their host families in the Clarkston Rotary Club program, attending classes at Clarkston High School. “It’s just been so […]

Innkeepers reflect on B&B ‘way of life’

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor After a quarter century as Millpond Bed and Breakfast innkeepers, Joan and Buck Kopietz have received lots of offers from guests around the world to repay their hospitality. With plans to sell the inn and retire, they’re ready to take them up on it. “We have invitations to visit […]

Clarkston Jehovah’s Witnesses heading to world convention

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Many weekends, Colin John and fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses of Clarkston can be found evangelizing at Main and Washington downtown. This weekend, they’ll be with family and friends at their Global 2019 “Love Never Fails!” Regional Convention in Belleville. “One of the things I love about all the conventions where […]

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 […]

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