PHIL IN THE BLANK: Winter writer’s block

My story on the Clarkston High School RED group’s immigration project on page 4 was a long time coming. Not because it took a long time to report or write, but because of the weather. Nolan Gerish, sophomore at Clarkston High School, contacted me back on Jan. 15 to see if I was interested in […]

Whimsical winter fest

Whimsical winter fest

Willy Wonka, AKA Principal Nate Fuller, Michelle Redington, and the rest of the school staff led the students in lots of winter fun. The winter ice and snow let up enough for Independence Elementary students and their families to celebrate their Winter Festival, Feb. 8. With a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory theme, they […]

Aladdin Jr.

Clarkston students Brooke Cousins, Erin Surmann, Reese Hehl, Aaron Palardy, Haleigh Campbell, and Jenna Spadafora, and the rest of the cast and crew of Notre Dame Marist Academy Theatre present Disney’s Aladdin Jr. on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Lake Orion High School Auditorium. Disney’s […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Human trafficking

The story “Learn about human-trafficking risks at workshop” on page 9 stemmed from a posting on Facebook that seemed to me easily dismissable. A second-hand tale of a man photographing a local 11- or 12-year-old girl in her yard. “First time he was seen he drove off. He then came back another day in a […]

Leader dogs learn how to show the way

Leader dogs learn how to show the way

A future Leader Dog for the Blind visits with Everest students. Photo provided Eric Rodman and Ashley Ayers, dog trainers from Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, visited Everest Collegiate High School & Academy with some of their furry students on Jan. 10. These dutiful pups – Cricket, Iris, Hope Francine, and Korky – spent […]

Downtown dine out

Celebrating its 35th anniversary on Jan. 30, Bowman Chevrolet will donate 35 percent of total dinner sales at downtown Clarkston restaurants to a new scholarship program for Clarkston High School graduates, and help fund other Clarkston community initiatives throughout the year. “Bowman Chevrolet would not be successful without the support of the community, and we […]

Essay rules

Some updates for students participating in the Optimist Club Essay Contest – submit applications and essay to Tracy Bedford at the Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road, no later than Jan. 28. Do not submit local entries to Optimist International, or send it to the PO box listed in last week’s Clarkston News article, […]

March for peace

March  for peace

Independence Elementary students check out the signs they made in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Photo by Phil Custodio Independence Elementary teacher Corena Bell led students in the 14th annual Peace Walk, Jan. 18, to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students made signs sharing what they learned about […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Seek new beginning with God’s help

It is hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago we were celebrating Christmas and New Years. Now they already seem like long ago memories and January is flying by. I’m already used to saying 2019 as if it’s been here forever. Next thing we know it will be Super Bowl weekend. All […]

Writer features historic Great Lakes in first novel

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor For author James W. Barry of Independence Township, sailing is a lifelong passion. “I’ve always loved the water as a kid – we were always getting out onto the lake,” said Barry, 51, who grew up in Toronto and enjoyed sailing on Lake Huron. “They had a sailing program […]