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 […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Vandals near and far

Two suspects are under investigation in last week’s vandalism case out by birdland off Maybee Road. They’re juveniles, which was considered most likely amongst commenters on our social media. Vandals spraypainted crudely rendered, light-blue Nazi symbols over everything, as well as other things like a peace symbol, which would be nice if it weren’t on […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Birthday bash

I’ll be celebrating my birthday on Friday in town this year. I’ve been going south for a summer break the past few years to visit family in Alabama. It was getting to be routine, heading down to Huntsville and spending Father’s Day with my dad and brother, my June 22 birthday with family, then Hamacon, […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Eighties enough

The film “Karate Kid” hit theaters on my 15th birthday, June 22, 1984. I was about the same age Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence were supposed to be, though actor Ralph Macchio in particular was quite a bit older. Like Daniel and Johnny, I was a student of the martial arts, at a karate studio […]