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 […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Showtime for Halloween

Time goes by pretty quickly especially around this time of year, but I managed to enjoy some Halloween ambiance this year. The movie “Halloween,” for one. The 2018 version picked up after the first one, which was made in 1978, as if none of its nine sequels/reboots ever happened. That was good for me because […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Hope for animals

I was a bit star struck last Wednesday when Erica McCarthy and Gretchen Terpening of the Canine Companions Rescue Center stopped by the office last Wednesday, along with Rumble the dog in his little red coat (due to his injuries, he can’t regulate his body temperature properly). The puppy’s rescue from abuse and neglect struck […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: History lessons

I cover a lot of cool stories here at the Clarkston News, but the most interesting are about those who have been around a while, who remember the history of Clarkston. Hilda Lowrie, featured on page 18, certainly qualifies. She will soon celebrate her 100th birthday with her family. She shared with me many memories […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: De mini-what?

“Substantial compliance with the law.” This was one of a couple legal concepts/phrases brought up at the special meeting of the City Council last week. City attorney Thomas Ryan mentioned it when discussing the shifting deadlines lately for candidates interested in running for City Council. I might have scoffed to myself. “Substantial compliance?” I’ll be […]