Dentist office demolition

A year after being smashed by an out-of-control truck, the front portion of the Clarkston Village Dental building will begin to be demolished this week. This work requires a large dumpster on Main Street and, at times, closure of the sidewalk. “We will work closely with the demolition contractor to minimize the disruption and place […]

In search of students for Girls, Boys State

American Legion Campbell-Richmond #63 is searching for juniors in high school who may be interested in attending Girls State or Boys State. The seven-day program in June teaches students in their junior year of high school the function of government, a glimpse of life in a college dorm setting, leadership, management and communication skills. Girls […]

Angels’ Place Race through downtown

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Runners and walkers will race through downtown Clarkston for Angels’ Place, Saturday, May 11. “You can’t beat it. Downtown Clarkston businesses support it, runners and walkers have fun, Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies, Independence Township Fire Department, and the city DPW – it’s all hands on deck,” said organizer Paul […]

Blue pinwheels for abuse prevention

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Blue pinwheels are popping up in town along with spring flowers, but what do they mean? That depends, said Judy Carnes of Clarkston Area Youth Assistance. “For elementary students, they’re a reminder to be kind and welcoming,” Carnes said. “For secondary students, they also include a reminder to stand […]

Reminiscing with Mel

Reminiscing with Mel

First in a series on a pillar of the community, Mel Vaara, as he remembers more than a half century of Clarkston history. BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Mel Vaara is well-known in the Clarkston and surrounding communities. Now 85 and living in Birmingham in an assisted living facility with Jo, his wife […]

Measles not an issue at Clarkston schools

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With the recent measles outbreak in southeast Oakland County, there is no panic within Clarkston Community Schools. According to Clarkston Medical Group Medical Director Erica Harding, MD, the solution to avoiding the measles in general is to get vaccinated. Measles is contracted by inhaling virus-infected particles. Infectious droplets […]

County exec faces cancer diagnosis

Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters inside the county building which bears his name, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced, March 26, he is fighting Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Patterson will continue to perform his duties as county executive while he receives treatment from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. He will not, however, […]

Township calls on city for sewer fees

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Errors in sewer billing look to cost the City of the Village of Clarkston Sewer Fund about $43,000. About a third of that, $15,515.26 in industrial waste charges, is the fault of Independence Township, said Dave McKee, Independence Township DPW director. “The error is entirely on us – there’s […]

Road grant sought

Clarkston City Council voted unanimously, March 25, to authorize up to $1,000 to prepare an application for a 50/50 matching road repair grant for funds up to $250,000 from the Michigan Department of Transportation. “We just recently learned about this opportunity and are scrambling to meet the April 5 deadline,” said City Manager Jonathan Smith. […]

New flag lights

City Council approved $4,235 to Hutchinson Electric to install flagpole lights for Depot Park and the Washington and Main parking lot, and $1,770 to Hutchinson Electric to install a security light next to parking payment kiosk. All funds come from the park materials and parking kiosk budgets. Hutchinson Electric is the city’s designated electrical contractor, […]