PHIL IN THE BLANK: Hotel hijinks

I’ve had a promotion of sorts, not at work where I’m still the editor, but at Clarkston Village Players. Not that I’ve received a lead role or anything, though the parts I’ve been getting are plenty. I run my lines in my head when I run and they’re enough to keep me occupied for almost […]

Comedy farce with CVP

Comedy farce with CVP

From left, Steve Sanger as put-upon personal assistant George Pigden, Brian Taylor as randy Junior Minister Richard Willey, Abi Preston as the naughty Jane Worthington, and Carol Taylor as the wife Pamela Willey rehearse an awkward encounters in Clarkston Village Players’ “Out of Order,” opening May 3 at Depot Theatre. Photo provided Clarkston Village Players […]

Cyclists almost through Mexico

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston grad Chris Haag and his wife Sophie George ran into a familiar sight in Mexico, during their hemisphere crossing bike trip. “Clarkston has a funny connection with Mexico City,” said Haag in an email from the road, approaching El Salvador in their years long trip from Alaska to […]

WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: Signs of spring

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Independence Oaks for a photo story that ran in last week’s edition of The Clarkston News. And while the park was lots of grays and browns, there were some signs of green. Yes, while the calendar tells us spring […]

Vaara sees positives in current school environment

Vaara sees positives in current school environment

Second in a series on a pillar of the community, Mel Vaara, as he remembers more than a half century of Clarkston history, and looks to the future. BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer As someone who spent a lifetime in Clarkston Community Schools as a teacher and educator, Mel Vaara saw several generations […]

Father, daughter team up for musical entertainment

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The father-daughter bond between Mike and Grace Peterson will be on display May 18 as the two will perform a vocal recital at the Clarkston United Methodist Church. The recital starts at 3 p.m. and admission is free. “I feel like it’s going to be a difficult day […]

WORDS FROM THE SUP’T: Opportunities with open enrollment programs

By Superintendent Shawn Ryan Spring is a time of renewal and revitalization! By all accounts, our recent “Well-Being Spring Break,” which guaranteed no homework for students and no tests on their first day back, served that purpose. When students and staff are rested and ready, they’re unstoppable! In fact, our district’s mission is to “create […]

Author/YouTuber combines books, bites

Author/YouTuber combines books, bites

Jamie Ruthenberg created Miles the rabbit for her children’s book series, which she writes, illustrates, and reviews on her Youtube channel. Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Author Jamie Ruthenberg of Clarkston is racking up thousands of views online on her new YouTube channel, “Jamie’s Book and a Bite.” “My daughter […]

Students of optimism

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor The Clarkston Area Optimists Club honored three Outstanding Student Citizens, Jesse Hayduk of North Sashabaw Elementary School, Kennedy Bailey of Bailey Lake Elementary, and Cece Schemmel of Pine Knob Elementary. Jesse Hayduk said he works hard in school because it’s best for his future, and he most likes whatever […]

Clarkston grad brings Hollywood dreams to life

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer Actress Julianne Moore is on the silver screen as a free-spirited divorcee in Gloria Bell, with a nationwide release of March 22. Clarkston native Shea Kammer was on set through the filming. Kammer, a 1993 Clarkston High School graduate, was line producer on the film. “I am […]