New look, local focus for Ace

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Renovating the Clarkston Ace Hardware store on Dixie Highway has been a seven-days-a-week project for new owners Jason and Melanie Haley since the beginning of September. “It was well overdue for an overhaul,” Jason said. “We changed the layout completely to make the store easier to shop, get in […]

Professional Dental doubles in size, staff

Professional Dental of Clarkston has completed their move next door to 5748 Clarkston Road, greatly growing their practice. “We doubled the space to about 4,000 square feet,” said Dr. Brian P. Davidson, DMD LVIF, who has run the practice since 2008 with Dr. Amy A. Davidson, DMD, his wife. “We have nine treatment rooms now. […]

Optimists for new year

The Clarkston Area Optimist Club installed the new officers for 2016-2017 at Deer Lake Banquet Center, Sept. 27. The board will be led by Kathy Middleton as president. The Optimists also recently presented a $2,000 donation to the newly formed Clarkston High School Girls Field Hockey team for equipment. The team is in their first […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Family history

I’ve been working with genealogist, historian, city walker, and community activist Tom Stone lately on a project featuring families who have lived in the Clarkston area for generations. There are quite a few of them, which Stone notes speaks well of the community. Their family names are familiar, up on street signs and lake markers […]

Neighbors appreciate dog rescue

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Chris Kemmer went above and beyond as a neighbor last spring, and her friend and neighbor Renee Rustile wants people to know about it. “Today is a celebration that wouldn’t be happening if she did not do what she did,” said Rustile at a birthday party for one of […]

Fun for kids

Fun for kids

Cole Hedstrom, at left, and Sam DeKoninck engage in an inflatable-jousting match in the Washington Street Kids Zone. Photo by Phil Custodio The Taste of Clarkston had lots of free entertainment and activities for kids, in addition to dozens of restaurant booths.

Future’s flying high with CAP

Future’s flying high with CAP

Lamont Williams Jr., with his mother Amy Williams, made a water bottle rocket for competition. “Mine won,” he said. “It’s been through a lot.” Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clad in camouflage and carrying a canteen, Lamont Williams Jr. of Clarkston helps keep the public safe at events around the […]

Fine weather for a Ren Fair

Fine weather  for a Ren Fair

The Vulgarian delegation, led by special guest Tia Ballard, princess of Vulgaria by way of Paris (Texas), were in charge of the 3 p.m. joust at Saturday’s Michigan Renaissance Festival. Photos by Phil Custodio Visitors from all over crowded into Hollygrove off Dixie Highway for the first fine-weather weekend of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Unlike […]

Unique home filled with art history

Unique home filled with art history

Laura and Matt Sanders, Re/Max associate brokers, are helping Marguerite Gonzalez in her quest to preserve the art history of her husband, the late Paul Gonzalez, in the sale of their homestead on Clarkston Road. Photos by Phil Custodio The late Paul Gonzalez spent decades restoring and making a home of historic barns and outbuildings […]

‘Tenor’ kicks off season

‘Tenor’ kicks  off season

Steve Sanger’s Tito Merelli, at left, and Shaun Pittman as Max share a special drink. Photo provided by Emily Dowd The Clarkston Village Players opens their 2016-17 season with Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor” this week. The opera-themed farce is filled with mistaken identities and romantic shenanigans to have you rolling in the aisles […]

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