Phil in the Blank: Thanksgivingness

If all goes well, this Thanksgiving I’ll be celebrating with family down south. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to do that. I’m thankful for my work, 10 years now as editor of The Clarkston News. The first group of second graders I gave my newspaper history spiel in May of 2007 are now high […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Tech advances

It was fun trying out Clarkston Chiropractic’s new cryotherapy technology at their recent ribbon cutting celebration. You step into the chamber and it blasts you with super-chilled mist, which gets down to minus 240 or so. Two or three minutes in there is a full treatment. I went for two. It definitely gets the blood […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Lights for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, and with it will soon be trick or treaters out in the neighborhoods going door to door in search of candy from their neighbors. Holcomb Road residents in Clarkston have been asking City Council for help to keep the street safe. When the city had a police department, they would station […]

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 […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Man of the people

This town took a punch to the gut with the loss of Bart Clark on Sept. 5. I was reluctant to believe it, when I heard about it that morning. Surely it was someone else, it’s not that uncommon a name, I thought. He was very involved in Clarkston Rotary Club and the Rotarians shared […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Rockin’ the Crim

A sizable contingent from the Clarkston Wolfpack running club had to get up a half hour early to make their way up to Flint for the Crim race last Saturday morning. I just had to drive a few miles down the road from my house. Usually it’s the other way around – I make the […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK:Fall on stage

Just like every year, once the Fourth of July has gone by, summer is pretty much over. Still lots of hot days to endure, but stores have been filled with back-to-school inventories for weeks, with Halloween already making an appearance. Kids will be back in school when the Clarkston Village Players’ next show, “Lend Me […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Summer on the Go

There’s been some backlash to the Pokemon Go-ers out and about in downtown Clarkston, especially Depot Park. Some commentators on our Facebook page can’t stand them, and criticized us for promoting or otherwise not condemning the activity. When first seeing people shambling about with their faces buried in their phones, yes, that is unnerving. Are […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: A knightly lesson

In one of my favorite scenes from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the king of Swamp Castle is instructing his guards to make sure the prince doesn’t leave the room until he comes and gets him. It’s not easy. “Don’t leave the room even if you come and get him,” the guard says. “No, […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Summer season

The Clarkston Village Players’ production of “Hamlet II” finished its run a couple weeks ago. It was an awesome experience. It turns out, however, in addition to gaining new experience as an onstage performer and new ways to get over stage fright, I gained about 10 pounds from overindulging in green room snacks. I need […]