Historic figures leave lasting impression on artist

Historic figures leave lasting impression on artist

Steve Zirwes’ made Sitting Bull artwork with a gravestone rubbing and bull’s skull. BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Getting off a boat at Martha’s Vineyard, Steve Zirwes sees the line, “A mission from God.” The sighting happens en route to John Belushi’s grave, located at a cemetery on the other side of the […]

Volunteer vet honored for service

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor A stroke meant the end of Keith Overby’s career as an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy, but the beginning of volunteer opportunities throughout the community. “That stroke retired me, but I didn’t give up,” said Overby of Springfield Township, 64, who had a stroke while on duty at the Independence […]

When the stars align just right, miracles can happen

When the stars align just right, miracles can happen

By Kate Konczal, Independence Township Building Department Merriam-Webster defines Predestination as “the belief that everything that will happen has already been decided by fate and cannot be changed.” There have been very few times in my life  where I have been rendered speechless. Totally, utterly and shockingly speechless.  Thursday, November 10  was one of those […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: A cold world

Snow and ice arrived later than before this winter season. I was wearing shorts just a couple weeks ago! That lulled me into a sense of complacency, and I found myself lacking in proper gear last Thursday for my afternoon run, when it got down into the 20s. Oh yeah, I though, I’m supposed to […]

Police scouts

Police scouts

Boy Scout Pack 341 from Bailey Lake Elementary visited the Oakland County Sheriff’s Independence Township substation on Dec. 7. “They had a wonderful visit,” said pack mom Shelly Maxwell Vanvelzen. “They were so welcoming and gladly helped the boys learn about forensics. I want to thank our local law enforcement for all their help in […]

Cub Scouts help out heroes

Cub Scouts help out heroes

Cub Scout Pack 499 sent care packages to the troops as part of hero month activities in October. Photos provided October was about heroes for Cub Scout Pack 499 of Clarkston, so the pack invited some special guests to its pack meeting at Independence Township fire station on Citation Drive. “We had Sargent Buchman from […]

Rotary provides international opportunities

Rotary provides international opportunities

Clarkston Rotary President David Boersma presents Eva Meisl a certificate for her presentation. BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston students may not know it, but there’s a unique opportunity for them to travel abroad through Clarkston Rotary’s Youth Exchange program. Jeff Lichty, treasurer of the Rotary Club, leads the program and he’s working […]

Bell ringers set record

Sherry Regiani of Clarkston, Judy Mellen, hand bell choir director at Clarkston United Methodist Church, and Morgan Hoxsie, who grew up in Clarkston, joined hundreds of bell ringers at the Mall of America for “The Big Ring,” an attempt to break the world’s record for the most number of hand bell musician’s playing together, Nov […]

Young racer hits the big leagues

Young racer hits the big leagues

Michael Clancy Jr. is driving a bigger race car nowadays. Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Michael Clancy Jr.’s racing career continues to take off. The 13-year-old is winning trophies at races around the country and recently signed a national contract with Made in Detroit. “I’ll wear Made in Detroit products […]

Phil in the Blank: Thanksgivingness

If all goes well, this Thanksgiving I’ll be celebrating with family down south. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to do that. I’m thankful for my work, 10 years now as editor of The Clarkston News. The first group of second graders I gave my newspaper history spiel in May of 2007 are now high […]

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