PHIL IN THE BLANK: Dog with no name

The new bronze pooch is an excellent addition to Depot Park, something for adults to admire, kids to play on, and flesh-and-blood hounds to be confused about. It’s a fitting tribute to James and Gini Schultz, and all the other volunteers serving the community, especially in the downtown park. The metal mutt doesn’t have a […]

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 […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Dope on display

The pile of drugs on the table at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office presented a daunting and sad display for Sheriff Michael Bouchard’s press conference last week. One-and-a-half kilos of cocaine, which is about three-and-a-third pounds, 1,022 grams of heroin and fentanyl mix, 37 grams pure fentanyl, 600 grams of cutting agents, and 20 pounds […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Back on stage

I’ve been busy lately with the Clarkston Village Players at Depot Theater down by the train tracks. I took a bit role for their last show, “Laura,” in January, playing a police officer who shows up just to perp walk the suspects off the stage. Two appearances on stage with four lines total and I […]

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 […]

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 […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Who can handle the truth?

Nick Sioma was supposed to be a fairly straight-forward story for the holidays, a man helping out his neighbors by alerting authorities their house was on fire (Activist looks at dark side of 5G promise,” page 20). Something for the Public Safety page, a bit of kudos for a job well done. I would hope […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Community crew

The sense of community was strong inside the newly renamed Dan Fife Field House as family and friends shared lessons they learned from the legendary coach. I had to watch out for past-tense references in the story I wrote about it, because it was starting to sound like a collection of eulogies – the posthumous […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Holiday lights in dark

The weather forecast looks decent for Saturday right now, with clear skies and 29 degrees. Hopefully that holds out for the Holiday Lights Parade, Saturday evening downtown. I’ll be trying my luck with my camera, hoping to get decent photos of colorfully lit parade floats and vehicles in the 6 p.m. darkness. It’s always a […]

Heading into history

There was probably a big 50-year anniversary celebration of the end of World War I in 1968, but I wasn’t born until the year after that so I missed it. I was here for the 100-year anniversary of the Nov. 11 armistice, though, now celebrated as Veterans Day. Folks started commemorating Great War anniversaries four […]

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