Flower power

Flower power

Nancy Bontumasi plants a bulb. Davisburg-area gardeners planted more than 1,000 daffodil bulbs along the fence leading to the Springfield Township Civic Center in the Shiawassee Basin Preserve, Oct. 10. That’s a good start, said Carol Pinkos, president of the Springfield Garden Club. “This is a good beginning to reaching the final goal of 14,000, […]

Clarkston leads in Little Mermaid

Clarkston leads in Little Mermaid

From left are Clarkston actors Emily Surmann, Clare Hampel, Brooke Bandy, and Julia Ruggirello, ready for The Little Mermaid. Clarkston seniors Julia Ruggirello and Clare Hampel will star as Ariel, senior Brooke Bandy will portray the wicked sea witch Ursula, and sophomore Brooke Cousins will play Dreg, Ursula’s eel, in Notre Dame Theatre’s “The Little […]

WORDS FROM THE SUP’T: School alumni always welcome

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to return to St. Vincent’s College outside of Pittsburgh for my 25th class reunion. It was the first time I’d been back in 13 years, and while the campus and surrounding areas have expanded significantly, I was left with the overwhelming sense that even though things looked a […]

Community garden effort

Community garden effort

Beth Kerr, left, with granddaughters Whitney and Hannah, Diane Putvin, and Dana Campbell A collaborative, cooperative, community project was unveiled last week when Clarkston Farm and Garden Club members decorated the downtown Clarkston planters with a seasonal touch. It started in May when the club donated funds to the Clarkston Family Farm to buy plants […]

Representing U.S. ‘surreal’ for Clarkston puck standout

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer When Ty Gallagher was offered a spot on USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program last spring, the Clarkston native quickly accepted. Now almost two months into his first season playing for the NTDP’s Under-17 Team in Plymouth, Mich., the 16-year-old defenseman beams with pride. “This has been one […]

WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: The Sweet 15

Time to get sappy, folks. There’s a saying I happened upon recently that goes, “Behind every great man is not a woman. She is beside him. She is with him, not behind him.” This could not be truer as it pertains to my wife, Stephanie. Today is our 15th wedding anniversary. Yes, a milestone, for […]

Open dance for all

The Round Up at 5050 Dixie Highway hosts a dance party for adults with special needs on the first Tuesday of the month, 6-8:30 p.m. This is the second month for the dance, which is run by volunteers. “We aren’t open on Tuesdays, so I thought I would give it a try,” said owner Dewey […]

Wedding party for local buses

Folks dressed up for the Bucks for Buses fundraiser for Independence Township’s transportation program. The theme was Polish Wedding Celebration, with polka music provided by The Kielbasa Kings band and raffle prizes presented in the style of enormous gift boxes. Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Derek Smith and his wife Erica Smith took […]

Army surprise for Clarkston bros

Army surprise for Clarkston bros

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer It was a whirlwind 24 hours for Gage Stamper. The 2018 Clarkston High School graduate and paratrooper private in the United States Army returned home for the first time in nearly a year on Sept. 26 and surprised his brothers at Clarkston Junior High. “It took a lot, […]

Author tells tales of life in Michigan

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Michigan life from the northern woods to the suburbs in the south inspired a bookful of stories for author Gary James Erwin of Clarkston. The stories in his book “Trail Crossing Sixteen Counties,” published by Adelaide Books of New York, include a grandmother who takes target practice with a […]