News in Brief

Winter storm alert

The National Weather Service is forecasting a winter storm in the Clarkston area, Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.
The Winter Storm Watch is for snow, heavy at times, with snowfall accumulations of 6-10 inches through Thursday. Northeast winds approaching 30 mph could lead to extensive blowing and drifting of snow Wednesday night and Thursday. Travel may become hazardous by late Wednesday afternoon through Thursday. Snow removal will more challenging as snow becomes wet and heavy during Wednesday afternoon and evening. Check

City looks into
road repair loans

Clarkston city officials are meeting with South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) about possible grants to resurface Miller and Holcomb roads.
The roads are top priority for repair of winter potholes, City Manager Carol Eberhardt told City Council, Feb. 22.
She will find out what the city qualifies for and report back to council, she said.

Amyloidosis group
heads to Lansing

Kelly Pacifico-Loush, communication and marketing manager for the Amyloidosis Foundation of Clarkston, will be in Lansing spreading the word about Rare Disease Day, Thursday, Feb. 25.
Amyloidosis is caused by a bone marrow disorder and usually affects people from ages 50-80. Approximately 4,500 new cases are diagnosed every year, with about two-thirds of the patients male.
For more details:’
Rare disease patients, caregivers and other health care advocates will share their stories at the observance, 11 a.m. to noon in the State Capitol.
Participating organizations also include Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome, Mowat-Wilson Syndrome, Dystonia, Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases (EGID), DYRK1A Awareness, CURED Foundation, SWAN USA and the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.
The Amyloidosis Foundation is at 7151 N. Main St., Ste. 2. Call 1-877-AMYLOID,

Water drive for Flint

Ninth graders Karli Keilitz, Mckenzie Wright, and Kaleigh Halligan have organized the Fill It Up 4 Flint water bottle drive.
“We heard about this crisis all over the news and we all agreed this could be our chance to make a big difference,” Keilitz said. “With Flint so close to our own community, it inspired us to take action.”
The students will collect donations this Saturday, Feb. 20, from 12-3 p.m. in the Clarkston Junior High School parking lot, 6595 Waldon Road.
They will deliver the water on Feb. 29 to Flint Community Schools with the help of Two Me and a Truck.

Pizza for Relay for Life

Clarkston Relay For Life kicks off with a Pizza Palooza fundraiser, 6-8 p.m., Feb. 25, at the Independence Township Senior Community Center, 6000 Clarkston Road.
Tickets for the all-you-can-eat event are $10 each, $5 for children under 8. All proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Clarkston. Local restaurants are donating the pizzas and the guests will be voting on their favorite one to crown the Pizza Palooza winner 2016.
The 2016 Relay For Life of Clarkston will be on Saturday, May 14, at Clintonwood Park beginning at 12 p.m. For more information, contact Megan Simms at 248-663-3508 or

Engineering night

Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest, 8211 Big Lake Road in Springfield Township, hosts Family Engineering Night:’The Next Generation, 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25.
Now in its fourth year, Family Engineering Night is part of a county-wide initiative to help parents get their children interested in emerging technologies with hands-on activities. Upper-elementary, middle and high school students will explore STEM, science, technology, engineering and math.
‘We have added quite a few new activities for 2016 so that our next generation of problem-solvers will have new challenges to explore,? said Mike McIntyre,’Career Focused Education STEM Coordinator for Oakland Schools.?
To’register, go to’

Dognapper sentenced

Joseph Benson of Independence Township received the maximum for dognapping a family’s husky last December.
Judge Marc Barron, 48th District Court, sentenced Benson, 29, to a year in Oakland County Jail after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor larceny charge.
He took the dog, Kodi, from a parking lot in Bloomfield Township on Dec. 14. Following tips from witnesses, police found Kodi at Benson’s home in the 2500 block of Mann Road in Independence Township, Dec. 15. Benson told the court he was sorry for the theft.

Grants for community

Clarkston Area Optimist Club has $50,000 in grants for local community groups, and they’re accepting applications.
“Things focused on children and youth,” said Optimist Joette Kunse. “If someone has a project that helps kids in the community, fill out an application and we’ll look at it.”
This is the sixth year the club has provided the grants, which are funded by an anonymous donor. They received 32 applications last year and funded 16 of them. Application deadline is Feb. 29. A committee will meet in March to determine grant recepients, and the grants will be awarded probably in April.
For application or more information, check or email

Genealogy group

The new Clarkston and Independence Township Genealogical Society is forming. The group will meet monthly from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Clarkston Independence District Library.
Each month, there will be a monthly genealogy topic shared or time for sharing ideas on genealogy.
Carol George is the interim chairperson of the group. Dues are $10 a year. All genealogists, from newcomers to the field to long time researchers, are invited to join.
Find information on the Clarkston & Independence Township Genealogical Society Facebook page or by emailing

Public hearing

Clarkston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a Special Land Use request for a building addition to Clarkston United Methodist Church, Monday, March 7.
The project is for new construction at the church at 6600 Waldon Road. Details will be available later this month, said the Rev. Richard Dake, senior pastor.
For more information, call city hall, 375 Depot Road, at 248-625-1559.

Healing Hearts

Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home hosts Wint’s Healing Hearts Grief Support Group for all ages for those who have recently lost a loved one, Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.
The topic is “When Will I Feel Better.” The meeting, at the Carriage House in Clintonwood Park on Clarkston Road, will be led by a Wint’s bereavement counselor.
No registration is necessary, and admission is free. Any questions or to be on the invitation list, call 248-625-5231 or email

Blood drive

An American Red Cross blood drive will be from 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Feb. 14, at Clarkston Community Church, 6300 Clarkston Road.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
For more information, call 800-RED CROSS, 800-733-2767.

Wild Game Dinner

The American Legion Post 63 hosts its annual Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 20.
All are welcome. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and 180 will be sold. Call to reserve your tickets at 248-625-9912 or pick up at the Campbell Richmond Post, 8047 Ortonville Road.

Dual enrollment

Clarkston High School will offer three new dual enrollment options next year, through the University of Michigan-Flint.
The programs include Medical Science, Liberal Arts and Teacher Cadet.
Medical Science will be available for seniors only, with four classes for two semesters each, for a total of 13 college credits. The program will cost $63,960 to enroll 26 students, $1,899 for students plus textbooks.
Liberal Arts, for juniors and seniors, will offer 12 credits in four courses, two semesters each. Cost is $59,040 to enroll 24 students, $1,434 to students. Classes will be taught at Clarkston schools and taught by UM faculty.
Juniors and seniors can take the Teacher Cadet program for 10 college credits, three courses over two semesters. It will cost the district $44,280 for 24 students, $1,439 to each student.
To enroll 74 students would cost the district $167,280.

Detroit bailout

Clarkston Schools Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock recently attended a panel discussion in Lansing for more information on the proposed state bailout of Detroit schools.
“The simple explanation, ‘we must address this or it will cost more,? is unacceptable,” Rock said. “It requires absolute clarity on how much it will cost, how long it will take, and where the money will come from.”
Clarkston’s state Rep. Jim Tedder said he is still reviewing the issue, but as it stands cannot vote to take money from local schools for Detroit.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan would erase some short-term debt and create a new school district. It still requires approval by the state legislature.

Crosshill preschool

Crosshill Community Preschool in Davisburg offers hands on learning, excellent teachers and well-structured classes.
Students will also find a great support team among parents and teachers, along with classmates excelling with every class.
The school offers open enrollment for the 3’s class, 4’s class and the young 5’s class. Please call 248-634-1064.

Lottery winner

Michigan residents bought 18.8 million tickets in last week’s record-breaking, $1.59 billion Powerball, and 26 won $50,000 each, Jan. 13.
One $50,000 winner purchased a winning ticket at Neiman’s’Family Market, 7121 Dixie Highway in Independence Township.
‘Congratulations on your good fortune buying a winning ticket,? said Store Director John’Schmidt. ‘Associates here were excited we had a customer win $50,000. It created a nice positive vibe.?
The store sees about 100 to 200 percent increase in sales when the state lottery prize climbs to record levels.
‘A billion dollars ? that’s a lot of bucks,? Schmidt said.
The $50,000 winners matched four of the five white Powerball numbers, 04-08-19-27-34, and the Powerball red number, 10, in the Jan. 13 drawing.

Ballot test

The City of the Village of Clarkston’s Public Accuracy Test of the computer program used to record and count votes cast will be on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m.
The test is required by law.
For more information, call the city clerk’s office at 248-625-1559.

Water donation drive

Century 21 Town and Country, 7153 Dixie Highway, is collecting bottled water to donate to residents of Flint during their water crisis.
Drop off donations at the office, at the corner of White Lake Road and Dixie Highway next to Wendy’s, during business hours, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Donations dropped off after hours will be picked up in the morning.
Call Julie LeBourdais at 248-620-7200 for more information.

Blood drive

Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road, hosts an American Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Jan. 15.
The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter.
‘A decline in the blood supply after the winter holidays is not uncommon, but it can be replenished when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,? said Todd Kulman, external communications manager for the Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region. ‘We encourage our generous donors who are eligible, as well as new donors, to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and help ensure blood products continue to be available for patients. Every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs blood.?
Check the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Pistons fund raiser

The Detroit Pistons will donate a portion of ticket sales to Habitat for Humanity Oakland County from their game against the Chicago Bulls, Monday, Jan. 18.
The non-profit group has built two homes in the Clarkston School district over the last year.
For elementary students, fliers were sent home in the Friday folders before the holiday break. For secondary students, fliers can be picked up in the main office. The fliers are needed in order to get the special ticket pricing.

Hoops for Troops

Join the Clarkston Girls Basketball teams on Feb. 18 for their third annual Hoops for Troops.
The event is held in honor for 2006 Clarkston High School graduate Jenna Beno who passed away October 2012 from injuries she sustained while serving in Iraq.
All funds raised during Hoops for Troops is donated to Michigan Bikers Helping Veterans.
Contact Megan Goldberg at or call 248-496-5226 for more information.

$5,000 more for roads

Independence Township Board increased funding for neighborhood road improvements from $15,000 to $20,000.
The Neighborhood Repair Improvement Program was created to address residential roads in serious disrepair.
‘Such road conditions have resulted in not only traffic and pedestrian safety concerns, but they also have a detrimental effect on the character, appearance, marketability and property values in these neighborhoods,” said Director of Assessing Stacey Bassi at the Dec. 22 board meeting.
Under the program, residents can apply for partial funding to cover repaving and repairing existing neighborhood roads.
‘The goal of the NRIP is to encourage and assist neighborhoods with improving public safety and revitalizing the appearance and character of their own neighborhoods,” Bassi said.
Road improvements enhance marketability and overall value of the properties, she said.
For more information about the plan, call Independence Township at 248-625-5111.

Planning officers

Commissioner Derek Werner was reappointed chairman of the Clarkston Planning Commission at its Jan. 4 meeting.
Frank Schoebel was reappointed as secretary; and Elizabeth M. Rogers was appointed co-chair.
The appointments were approved unanimously, 4-0, along with the vote of commission member Michael Sabol. Commissioner Robert Bondy was absent.

Grad tips with PTSA

Clarkston High School PTSA hosts Get More Out of Your High School Diploma, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 7:40-8:45 p.m. in the high school LGI room, 6093 Flemings Lake Road.
Topics include how to earn certifications and college/university credits, how electives can also fulfill high school graduation requirements, tips for testing out of classes, graduation requirement replacement and waiver opportunities, and how planning courses 3-4 years ahead can help.
For more information, email Cheryl McNeil at CHSPTSApresident1@

Sewer project short

Independence Township Board voted, Dec. 22, to approve budget amendments to cover a $424,520 sewer project deficit in 2015.
Funding from the state Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) program fell short for the sewer project, Budget Analyst Rick Yaeger and Finance Director Wendy Hillman told the board.
‘There has been quite a bit of activity related to the SAW grant funding, but unfortunately it is not happening the way we planned,” Yaeger said. ‘This deficit related to the SAW grant is strictly the result of timing.?
The township expects additional funds from SAW next year, which should cover the deficit, he said.

Depot Street Arts

Depot Street Art Council in Clarkston, created to showcase artists and promote art enrichment in the community, meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the City of the Village of Clarkston offices.
Find them on Facebook at SocietyClarkston. For more information, email The group is open to all artists and art supporters.

Skating rink opening

A 50-by-80-foot lighted ice rink opened in December.
The rink, located in Bay Court Park, will be open normal park hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m, and on Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. Open and family skate is allowed only, no hockey is allowed on the rink.
Admission to the park, 6970 Andersonville Road, and rink is free. For more information, call Independence Parks, Recreation and Seniors at 248-625-8223

Interview with singer

Lifetree Caf?, at Old Village Caf?, 2 S.Main Street, presents the filmed interview ‘Follow Your Dreams: Even When You Think You Can’t,? with Mandy Harvey, a jazz vocalist whose sudden hearing loss nearly derailed her dream of becoming a professional singer.
‘I started not being able to understand my teachers talking anymore, so I started moving closer and closer to the front of the room,? Harvey said. ‘It didn’t help ? I figured I would never do music again.?
Admission is free. Call 810-694-9351.

Hoops for Troops

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the Clarkston Girls Basketball third annual Hoops for Troops, set for Feb. 18, 2016.
Sponsorships are available include Free Throw, Jump Shot, Three Pointer and Buzzer Beater. The Buzzer Beater includes name on the back of the event T-shirt; name on event program; name event flyer; mentioned at halftime; and recognition in a Letter to the Editor to The Clarkston News.
Donations are due by Jan. 13, 2016. For more information, please contact Megan Goldberg at at or call 248-496-5226.
The event is held in honor for 2006 Clarkston High School graduate Jenna Beno who passed away October 2012 from injuries she sustained while serving in Iraq.
All funds raised during Hoops for Troops is donated to Michigan Bikers Helping Veterans.

Mom-to-Mom sale

Montessori School of Clarkston hosts the Mom-to-Mom Sale, Saturday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. Early Bird, $2 per person; 9 a.m.-noon, $1 per person, strollers after 10 a.m.
Buy or sell gently used children’s items at the school, 10439 Ortonville Road at Oak Hill Road.
Call Angela Butler at 586-770-4299 to rent a table.

CPR class

Springfield Townships hosts a CPR -Infant, Child and Adult workshop for students 10 and up, 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, at the township center.
Cost is $40 for residents, $45, for non-residents. For more information, call 248-846-6558.

Blog award

Christopher Cook of Clarkston is a winner of a 2015 BlogStar Award by SUCCESS magazine for his personal blog, His new podcast, The Win Today Lifecast, begins airing in early 2016 on iTunes.
Cook is a writer, communicator, and consultant who helps motivated but overwhelmed men and women get unstuck and on-purpose in life after experiencing crisis, loss, and disappointment, so that they have a clear path and tools to get where they want to be.

Music conference

Clarkston High School Chamber Orchestra students will attend the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids on Jan. 21-22.
The orchestra was selected to perform at the Michigan Music Conference, an in-service event for over 9,000 music teachers from across the state. As one of three school orchestras to perform at the event, the 34 students in grades10-12 will perform on Jan. 22 at Devos Hall.

Optimists thanked

Clarkston School Board passed a Resolution of Appreciation, Dec. 14, for the Clarkston Area Optimist Club for their dedication to local schools.
The board thanked the Optimists for their work in schools and supporting the community for over 25 years, numerous youth programs in schools and funding scholarships, programs, and school-wide leadership programs, and operating Junior Optimists and Alpha Clubs.
‘The Optimists Club has grown into a vitally important partner of our district and a source of tremendous support for out staff and students,? said board President Steve Hyer, reading the resolution.

program expanded

Clarkston School Board approved an additional career immersion program, a open enrollment, schools-of-choice program, Dec. 14.
Students in grades 10-11 will get the opportunity to earn up to nine college credits in the Teacher Education Career Pathway Program.
The program gives students first-hand experience working with preschool children at an on-site licensed facility, said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock.
The program is limited to 10 open- enrollment students, beginnings in fall 2016.

Holiday Lights Parade

Team RUSH hosts the 2015 Holiday Lights Parade through downtown Clarkston, this Saturday, Dec 12.
Line up at Renaissance High School on Waldon Road at 4 p.m.
Float judging is from 4:45-5:25 p.m. Award categories include Most Creative, Best Use of Theme, Best Holiday Spirit, Best of Use of Music, Best Overall Parade Entry, and Clarkston School Pride.
The theme is Robots Invade the Holiday Lights Parade
The parade starts at 6 p.m., heading north on Main Street and ending at St. Dan’s church.

Lights Night

Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors hosts Holiday Lights Night 2015 after the Holiday Lights Parade, Saturday, Dec. 12.
The free event in Depot Park includes a tree lighting ceremony, special message from Santa, entertainment, Christmas carols, free hot cocoa and cookies, live reindeer, and letter writing to Santa.
Clarkston Area Optimist Club is offering hot dogs for $2 and brats for $3.
For more information, call 248-625-8223 or visit

Bells concert

Classical Bells and the Shoreline Sounds will perform a concert of holiday music on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road.
The Classical Bells are bell ringers from around southeast Michigan. They will be joined by the Shoreline Sound, which is an award winning Sweet Adelines group with a repertoire of seasonal, traditional, spiritual, and old fashioned ‘chord busting? barbershop music. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.

Senior lunch

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation hosts a 50+ Lunch, 12 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, at Hart Community Center, 495 Broadway, Davisburg.
Entertainment will be provided by the Holly High School Show Choir. Cost is $5. For more information, please call the office at 248-846-6558

Safety path easements

Clarkston School Board approved easements for safety paths at the Nov. 23 meeting. The approval allows Independence Township to continue building a safety path along Pine Knob Road in front of Sashabaw Middle School, and another at the northwest corner of Maybee and Pine Knob roads.
The first easement is on the south side of the middle school driveway. The second easement at Pine Knob and Maybee, is along Maybee Road, allowing the path to join an existing path on Maybee.
The school district will be responsible for snow removal on the safety paths.
“These paths are located on some of our most dangerous roads,” Director of Operations Wes Goodman told the board. “It is an issue of student safety.”

$75,000 in block grants

Independence Township will receive about $75,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for 2016/2017, according to a projection from Oakland County.
The funding is around $7,000 more than previous years.
Thirty percent, $22,639, can be used for public services. Remaining funds, $52,825, can be used for the minor home repair program for homeowners who need help with furnaces, hot water heaters, roofs, wells, and other repairs. Income must meet qualifications, and the maximum grant to homeowners is $5,000 a year.
The township approved $3,000 for senior services and $7,600 for the Independence Township senior center transportation program. Clarkston Area Youth Assistance will receive $12,000, and $52,000 will go to the home repair fund.
The funding was approved at the Nov. 24 meeting.

Homework Club

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance is looking for tutors to work with Clarkston students in grades 3-7, at Bridgewater Park Apartments, 5837 Upland Drive.
The ‘Homework Club? meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, two sessions each day, school days only ? 2:40-3:30 p.m.’for grades 6-7, and 3:40-4:30 p.m.’for grades 3-5, from Pine Knob Elementary.
“Students arrive after school, get a nutritious snack that we provide and sit down with their tutors,” said Jan Scislowicz, Homework Club chairperson.”It is a friendly environment and a wonderful experience working with kids.”
Call CAYA at 248-623-4313 .

Clean audit for city

Clarkston received a clean audit for the year ending June 30, 2015.
“It’s a good report ? our highest opinion,” said Rana Emmons of PSLZ LLP Certified Public Accountants, in a report to City Council, Nov. 23.
According to the audit report, revenue decreased from $1,454,076 in 2014 to $1,413,090 in 2015. Revenues in 2014 included a $289,782 transfer from the city water fund reserves.
The city paid $300,000 into its long-term debt, which stands at $2,032,000. General fund balance decreased by $94,608, from $260,194 to $165,586.
Property tax revenue increased from $687,997 to $708,505, an increase of $20,508.
“From 2008-2012, property values plummeted, and we’re crawling back upwards,” Emmons said.

Christmas concert

Clarkston Community Band performs a holiday concert ‘A Clarkston Christmas,? 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center, 6093 Flemings Lake Road. Free.
The concert will include holiday favorites like ‘Sleigh Ride? and ‘Here Comes Santa Claus? along with classics like ‘Toy Symphony.? Joining the Clarkston Community Band will be the Bellissima Hand Bell Choir sharing many holiday favorites, with a special appearance by Santa.
For more information, email

Holiday Lights Parade

The Clarkston High School’Team RUSH’Robotics team hosts the Clarkston Holiday’Lights’Parade, 6 p.m., Dec. 12.
The’theme’of this year’s’parade’is ‘Robots Invade the Holiday Parade.?
The’parade’starts at Renaissance High School’and ends at St. Daniel’s Church.All float entries are to’arrive at RHS by?4’p.m.’Judging will start at?4:45 p.m.
Clarkston’Schools? student clubs or organizations are eligible for a special award if they enter the’parade.
To register or get more information please go to:’

Order against Bisio

Judge Leo Bowman, Circuit Court of Oakland County, ruled former Clarkston City Councilman Richard Bisio violated the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct with postings on Facebook about his lawsuit against the city.
The court agreed with city attorneys? request at the Nov. 4 hearing to restrict Bisio from making public statements about the suit, which charges the city with violating the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act. The court ruled against the city’s request for a $1,000 fine and fees against Bisio, holding it in abeyance.
The court also declined to order Bisio to remove the ‘false? statements about the city from his Facebook page, which was requested by city attorney Paul T. O’Neill.

Operation Coat Check

St. Vincent de Paul’s Operation Coat Check is collecting coats for those in need this winter.
Drop off new or slightly used coats for kids or adults at the Clarkston Flagstar Bank, 720 Sashabaw Road, or any branch until Nov. 20, or visit to make a credit card donation.
‘The need is greater than ever this year,? said Executive Director Bill Brazier. ‘After last winter’s polar vortex, we really need the help of the community to meet the increasing numbers of people that are coming to us for help to keep warm. Through the simple donation of a coat you can make a significant impact on the life of someone in our community.?
‘This season is all about giving. Many people in our community need resources such as clothing to stay warm this winter,? said Alessandro DiNello, president and CEO of Flagstar Bank. ‘We are excited to lend our support to St. Vincent de Paul’s Operation Coat Check and help those in need have adequate resources to handle another Michigan winter.?
Call 877 ST VINCE (788-4623) or visit

Veterans Day lunch

Campbell-Richmond Post 63 of the American Legion hosts a Veterans Day Dinner, Nov. 11, at the Post hall, 8047 Ortonville Road.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. All veterans eat for free. Donation of $7 for non-veteran adult dinners; children under 12 are $3; and under 5, free. Reservations are requested but not required.
Call the post at 248-625-9912, Barney Schoenfeld at 248-627-3038 or Keith Marbutt, commander, at 248-425-4410.

Cancer seminar

Clarkston United Methodist Church is hosting a seminar about preventing cancer.
Dr. Cody Senkyr will discuss lifestyle changes to prevent cancer. The seminar will be on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church Fellowship Hall, 6600 Waldon Road. There will also be other healthcare providers present, and healthy snacks will be provided by Neiman’s Family Market.
Admission is free. Reserve your seat with Dr. Cody Senkyr at
Call 248-625-1611.

Poinsettias and greens

Clarkston Community Women’s Club is having its annual Poinsettia/Greens sale through Nov 21, delivery on Dec 3.
They are offering an assortment of colors in different sizes of poinsettias, several sizes of wreaths, kissing balls that hang on the tree outside, two sizes of grave blankets, porch pots of greens decorated with bows and other items.
Contact Gail Ferguson at 248-758-8574 to order. The fund raiser supports Independence District Library, scholarship for young ladies at Clarkston High School, and Concert in the Park.
The club is also hosting its annual Silent Auction/Bunco at 7 p.m., Nov. 17, at Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road.
Bid on items made by members or donated including fudge, candies, cookies, gift baskets, specialty items, unique gifts. The fund raiser support local community projects.
Business meeting is at 6:30 p.m., with auction at 7 p.m., with refreshments and snacks. Checks and cash accepted.

Trick or treat

Clarkston City Council voted unanimously at its Oct. 26 meeting to set Halloween trick-or-treating for 6-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31.
Trick-or-treating is also 6-7 p.m., Oct. 31, in Independence Township.

Suicide Awareness

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance hosts a Suicide Awareness Seminar, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Clarkston Community Schools Board Room, 6389 Clarkston Road.
Jeff Edwards, board chairman for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Metro Detroit Chapter, will lead the workshop for parents, school employees, and members of the community.
Topics will include how to recognize warning signs of youth depression, suicide, and mental illness, prevent suicie, and diffuse associated stigmas.
Admission is free. Call 248-623-4313.

Holiday events

Holiday Events at All Saints Cemetery and The Preserve, 4401 Nelsey Road, include All Saints/All Souls Day Mass to honor all those who have been laid to rest this year, 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, in the heated tent next to the main office. Fellowship and refreshments will follow;
Veterans Day ceremony, 2 p.m.. Wednesday, Nov. 11; and
Deck the Trees with Nuts and Berries, 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. Decorating trees with natural ornaments for wildlife to enjoy, music, refreshments, and fellowship are all part of this remembrance day to share with the entire family.
Call 248-601-2900 to learn more or RSVP at


The story “Downtown restaurant approved,” Oct. 22, should not have referred to James and Sarah Schneider’s new restaurant at 15 S. Main Street in Clarkston as a “family restaurant.”
“We’re a farm to table , a leading edge restaurant,” James said.

Enrollment down

Clarkston Commnity Schools’ enrollment is down 79 students, from 7,772 last year to 7,693 on Oct. 7, the statewide student count day.
The district has until Nov. 11 to audit the count.
From fall 2014 to fall 2015, changes in student count include: Young Fives, 102 up to 127, increase of 25 students; K-5, 3,108 to 3,078, decrease of 30; Sashabaw Middle School, 1,150 to 1,163, increase of 13; Clarkston High School, 1,935 to 1,883, down 52; and Renaissance High School, 171 to 179, plus eight.
In summer 2015, CCS processed 806 new enrollments and 456 student drops.

Computers for schools

Clarkston Community Board of Education approved the purchase of 200 Acer mini ChromeBox computers with extended warranties and other features for $80,200.
The purchases, requested by the technology department at the Oct. 12 school board meeting, were made using Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) funds.
The computers will be divided among Clarkston High School, Clarkston Junior High School and Sashabaw Middle School.

Sewer rates increase

Clarkston City Council voted unanimously to increase sewer rates from $110 per Residential Equivalent Unit (REU) to $114 per REU, per quarter, beginning with the Nov. 1 billing cycle.
The increase passes along increased billings from Independence Township, which is being billed at a higher rate by the Oakland County Water Resource Commission.
Billings to the city will increase from $99.66 per REU to $103.58 per REU, a 3.8 percent increase.
The last increase to the sewer rate was in May 2013.

String players wanted

Clarkston Cultural Arts is forming a string ensemble.
Email clarkstonculturalarts or call 248 561-2526. Auditions will include a prepared piece and sight reading.

Restaurant plan

A restaurant planned for 15 S. Main Street, formerly Clarkston State Bank, moved forward for City Council approval this week. Clarkston Planning Commission recommended approval at its Oct. 5 meeting.
The restaurant would seat 129-135, and serve farm-to-table, sustainable foods in a family-type atmosphere. The planning commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the site plan for special land use for outdoor patio seating and a parking deferment.
According to a report by Carlisle Wortman, 77-82 parking spaces are required based on seating. Parking deferment is permitted under city ordinance Section 20.02 U if the commission “finds that adequate public parking is provided within a reasonable walking distance from the subject site.”
City Manager Carol Eberhardt told the commission about 200 public parking spaces are available in the city, according to planning commission minutes.
The site plan was on the Oct. 12 City Council agenda for approval. Results of the city council meeting were unavailble due to early deadline. Check for more information.

Halloween Haunts

Spookiness abounds this Halloween season ? here are some events around the Clarkston area for some scary fun.
The Friendly Forest is Oct. 17 at Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road. Children can dress up as their favorite character as they walk along a decorated trail through the park, gathering candy collected along the way. After trick-or-treating, visitors are invited to juice, donuts and a wagon ride.
Tickets are $7 resident, $10 non residents. Family packs of four available. For more information call Independence Township Parks, Recreation & Seniors at 248-625-8223
Rotten Manor is the newest haunt, with about 50 rooms filled with extreme scenes of terror. Optical illusions, rooms that vary in temperature, trap doors, lighting, and horrible scents come together to create a haunt that takes about 45 minutes to get through. Rotten Manor is open weekends through Nov. 1 at 13245 Dixie Highway. For information call 248-894-6558.

Parking meeting

Clarkston City Council hosts a public meeting of the downtown commercial district to discuss parking, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Independence Township fire station.
Topics include assessment of parking, suggestions for more parking, and willingness to pay a special assessment to improve or add parking.
Input will be provided to the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan in its parking study of Clarkson. The city is a member of the association, and the study will be provided at no additional cost.
For more information, call City Manager Carol Eberhardt at 625-625-1559.

Volunteers for Habitat

Volunteers with My Habitat Clarkston (MHC) will be hitting the streets of Clarkston and Davisburg on Nov. 7 and 8 for Community Impact Weekend to help neighbors who need assistance and various community-based projects.
‘We are always looking for new people who are willing to donate their time and skill sets to help out with our Community Impact Weekend projects,? said J. Grant Smith, Clarkston State Bank president/CEO and honorary chairperson of My Habitat Clarkston. ‘Any willing volunteers should sign up at ? we need volunteers of all ages and physical abilities to assist our neighbors-in-need this fall.?
To register to volunteer, sign up with the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce at

Halloween fun

Boogah and Hoogah are coming back to Clarkston.
The CHS Drama Club, in cooperation with The Children’s Theatre of Michigan, host Boogah and Hoogah’s Haunted House Party on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Clarkston Junior High School Auditorium ? Halloween costumes welcome.
Tickets are $7 each or $20 for a family four pack at www.centerstage The box office opens at 10 a.m. the day of the show.

Meeting postponed

The city is looking at the week of Oct. 16 for a downtown-wide meeting on parking.
City council previously approved Oct. 7 for the meeting, but the date fell through when the meeting room at Clarkston Independence District Library was found to be booked.
Meeting space at the local fire station was also unavailable, and several city council members said they will be out of town on Oct. 8, said City Manager Carol Eberhardt.
“Obviously this room is not big enough,” said Eberhardt at the Sept. 28 City Council meeting, referring to the meeting room at city hall. “We have to find an alternative spot for it.”

Library lot work

Construction work on the driveway to Clarkston Independence District Library began this week.
Phase 1 of the project, which should take 10-15 days, includes pulverization and repaving of the driveway from Clarkston Road to the southern edge of the parking lot, and replacement of two storm drains. The work is expected to create some congestion on Clarkston Road when replacing the apron connecting the driveway to the road.
The library, 6495 Clarkston Road, will remain open during construction.
“This is a wonderful, and much needed improvement, but as you well know, it will be a little unpredictable,” said Julie Meredith, library director. “We appreciate everyone’s patience while we try to get this work done as soon as possible.?
Call 248-625-2212 for more information.

Rotary speaker
on prison ministry

Clarkston Rotary Club hosts Larry Gudith, founder and director of Lifeline Prison Ministry, at their Oct. 5 meeting.
The ministry has received state and national honors and has been featured on “60 Minutes.”
He is a certified and credentialed chaplain through the International Fellowship of Chaplains, president of the South-Central Oakland County Families Against Narcotics and program director for 15 adult recovery homes for men and women going through substance abuse addiction.
The Rotary Club meeting will be at Buck Shots Bar and Grill, 7048 Gateway Park Drive, and will start at?6:30 p.m.

Diplomas for vets

Vietnam Veterans honorably discharged between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975, can apply for a high school diploma.
“I think it is the least we can do for the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much in service of our country,” said Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock.
According to a new law, which was written by state Sen. Judy Emmons and passed last year, veterans who enlisted or were drafted during the Vietnam era before high school graduation can apply for a diploma from the school district they attended.
Family members of veterans can also apply on their behalf.
Similar programs are in place for World War II and Korean War veterans.

$4,000 tree grant

Clarkston City Council voted unanimously, Sept. 14, to accept a $4,000 DTE Energy Foundation Tree Planting Grant
“We’re happy about that,” said Council member Sharron Catallo, who filled out the application with City Manager Carol Eberhardt.
The matching grant will fund about 30 trees in residential areas, Catallo said.
The city’s portion will come from the $5,000 tree budget, Eberhardt said.

SMART funds

Clarkston City Council voted unanimously, Sept. 14, to allocated its SMART Transportation allocation of $874 to Independence Township Senior Center Bus Transportation.
The city was going to give half of the funds to Clarkston SCAMP for transportation. However, changing eligibility requirements preclude use of SMART funds for school buses, which SCAMP uses, said City Manager Carol Eberhardt.

Sashabaw Road work

Sashabaw Road work will continue all week, as contractor Iafrate completes milling and pavement patching at Waldon Road.
Lane restrictions will cause delays, so motorists can expect delays. Road Commission for Oakland County said drivers should seek alternative routes during peak traffic hours.
For more information, visit

Public hearing

Clarkston Planning Commission hosts a public hearing on a request for a parking deferment and a Special Land Use for patio seating at 15 S. Main, formerly Clarkston State Bank, at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, at Artemus M. Pappas Village Hall, 375 Depot Road.
Call the city at 248-625-1559 for more information.

Township building
fees going up

A new Independence Township building fee schedule takes effect October 1, 2015. The Township Board approved another five percent increase to take effect January 2017.
Building Department Director David Belcher said increased building fees were needed due to an upswing in current market. An improved market means more work and additional staff.
“A minor fee increase will more accurately align Independence Township with our neighboring communities,” Belcher said.
The township has about 500 new homes and commercial developments in planning stages, said Supervisor Pat Kittle.
“The housing slump is over, ” Kittle said.
The last increase to building fees was in 2009. For the new list of fees visit

Chili cookoff

Lowrie’s Landscape and Chatham House hosts the Sixth Annual Chili Cook-Off, 6-9 p.m., Oct. 8, at 9561 Dixie Highway.
Bring your best chili for the cook-off, or sample entries and vote. There is no charge but each person is asked to bring one canned good to benefit The Lighthouse of Clarkston.
RSVP by Sept. 30 with Lowrie’s Landscape at 248-625-8844 or Chatham House, 248-620-9000.

Prostate screenings

McLaren Oakland, Oakland County Urologists, and McLaren Cancer Institute will provide free prostate screenings on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 5-8 p.m. at McLaren Cancer Institute-5680 Bow Pointe Drive.
Each screening includes a PSA, Prostate Specific Antigen, blood test and digital prostate exam. Register by calling 248-338-5572.

Budget hearing

The Clarkston Independence District Library Board is holding a public hearing on the proposed library budget for the fiscal year Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016.
The meeting will be at the library, 6495 Clarkston Road, on Monday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m.
The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be subject of this hearing.
For more information, please call 248-625-2212.

Donations needed

Lighthouse of Oakland County is running low on some items including spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, whole tomatoes, and stewed tomatoes, and condensed soups such as chicken, vegetable, and tomato.
The nonprofit group provides emergency food and housing, utility assistance, medical assistance and transportation to low-income families in Oakland County. It also offers a transitional housing program to help homeless women and children gain skills and confidence needed to live independently.
Call Lighthouse in Independence Township, 6330 Sashabaw Road, at 248-620-6116.

Love Clarkston tees

The Clarkston Girls Soccer Program will have a booth at the Taste of Clarkston, Sunday, Sept. 20, selling ‘Love Clarkston? T-shirts. The T-shirts, made by Logos & Letters, off Dixie Highway are available in navy blue and camo and are $20. All proceeds go to the Lady Wolves Soccer Program.
For more on the T-shirts, see the story in an upcoming edition of The Clarkston News.

Office closed
for Labor Day

The Clarkston News office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for the Labor Day holiday.
Deadline for classified ads is Friday at noon.

Truth in Taxation

Independence Township’s Truth in Taxation public hearing will be at the Sept. 22 Board of Trustees meeting.
The Township Board is required to establish millage rates for the Dec. 1 tax bill by Sept. 30. Millage rates determine tax revenues for the township’s 2015 budget year.
Independence Township’s taxable value, which is provided by the assessor, for the December tax bill is $1,423,262,920.

Public hearing

Independence Township Board of Trustees hosts a public hearing, Sept. 22, on a resolution for road improvements in a special assessment district in a subdivision.
Clarkston Holdings, developer of Avington Park Condominium, objected to a petition request submitted by Avington Park Condominium Association to complete roads in the development. The request was also rejected in 2014.
The developer objected to the request because the cost of the work has been fully resolved in a lawsuit brought by the Association in Oakland County Circuit Court in 2010.
At a July 21 meeting, the Independence Board of Trustees declared its intent to proceed with a SAD district for Avington Park.
The hearing is the first of required before the township can adopt the resolution.

Road work holiday

County road projects in the Clarkston area will be suspended for the Labor Day weekend.
Road Commission for Oakland County said work will stop at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, until 6 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8.

City joins TIA

Clarkston City Council voted unanimously, Aug. 24, to join the Traffic Improvement Association.
Yearly dues are $300, said Mayor Joe Luginski.
The non-profit agency provides traffic engineering and enforcement services to members, and can provide a parking study for Clarkston at no extra charge, said Council member Sharron Catallo.
The city is still waiting for information from city planners Carlisle/Wortman Associates on how much it would charge for a parking study, Luginski said.

Volunteers needed

The new Clarkston Communications Committee is looking for volunteers to help it identify ways the city can improve communications with residents regarding city activities.
“The new website has addressed several issues, but what about people who don’t have the internet,” said Council member Al Avery, chair. “Should we use the paper? Flyers? We want to hear what people think.”
Interested persons can contact Avery at, or call City Manager Carol Eberhardt at 248-625-1559.

New online service

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson was in Independence Township, Aug. 18, to launch the get-in-line-online service MI-TIME Line at the North Oakland County PLUS Office on Sashabaw Road.
The service allows customers to schedule appointments and get in line from a home computer, with a phone call or via text message.
Call 248-507-4559 or text ‘clarkston? to 567-335-0262.

Waldon Road work

The westbound lane of Waldon Road from the I-75 overpass to Sashabaw Road is scheduled to close for construction through October. Detour route is to Clintonville Road to Maybee Road to Dixie Highway to M-15 to Waldon Road and vice versa.
The eastbound lane of Waldon Road from Sashabaw to Clintonville Road will remain open throughout construction.
The $4.1 million project is funded by RCOC, Michigan Department of Transportation, Independence Township and the Oakland County Tri-Party Program. Project contractor Iafrate Construction is working on improvements to the Sashabaw and Waldon Road intersection.

Work on bridges

Maintenance work in Oakland County includes two Independence Township bridges on Andersonville Road over the Clinton River between Airport Road and White Lake Road, in the Greens Lake area the Van Norman Lake area.
Preventive maintenance and other work includes concrete deck patching, asphalt paving, bridge deck sealing, guardrail installation, and pavement markings. The bridges are expected to remain open during the work.
Total cost on these and three other bridges in the county is $376,303. Funding for the repairs comes from state’s Local Bridge Program and Road Commission for Oakland County. The prime contractor is Florence Cement.

Taste of Clarkston

Over 30 restaurants are signed up to be on Main Street from 12-6 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 20 for the 18th Annual Taste of Clarkston.
The event is free to attend and food tickets will be sold in $1 increments on site throughout the entire event.
KidZone activities in the Washington Street parking lot will include bounce houses, face painting, and balloon twisters. The event also includes live musical performances by local artists and Art in the Village in Depot Park.
Contact Marie at the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce at 248-625-8055, or sign up online at
Enter in the search-by-email section. Visit

Athletic passes

Family and Student Athletic passes are now available to purchase in the Attendance Office at Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road. The passes can be used for any home athletic event at the high school, Clarkston Junior High School and Sashabaw Middle School during the regular season.
Family passes are available for $175 and student passes are $75. Cash or checks only, with checks made payable to Clarkston Community Schools.

Butterfly fest

The Springfield Township Parks and Recreation host the Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday, Aug. 23.
It is at the Shiawassee Basin Preserve, 12000 Davisburg Road from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is free.
For more information, please visit

Road projects

Road Commission for Oakland County will conduct heavy maintenance projects on roads throughout Oakland County beginning Aug.11.
In Independence Township, road work will involve Clarkston Road west of Pine Knob Road and Sashabaw Road north of the Pine Knob intersection.
In Springfield Township, work will be on Davisburg east of Bigelow, Dilly, Ormond, and the Springfield Township line, and west of Bigelow, the rail road tracks, and Tindal, and Ormond at Neal.
Road commissions flaggers with direct traffic around the work sites. The work is expected to conclude in November.

6 candidates
for city council

Candidates for Clarkston City Council include incumbents Eric Haven and David Marsh, both running for two-year terms. Challengers Michael Cascone and Jason Kneisc also submitted petitions for two-year terms.
Alfred Avery, who was appointed to council after the resignation of Richard Bisio, will run against former councilwoman Peggy Roth for a one-year term on the council.
Current councilman Eric Hunter said he will not run for reelection.
The election will be on Nov. 3.

City to review
downtown parking ‘

Responding to residents’ complaints about how development proposals would affect parking, Clarkston City Council approved the request by City Manager Carol Eberhardt to study the issue.
Clarkston Zoning Ordinance Section 20-8 require businesses to provide parking spaces based on square footage, including: sit-down restaurants with liquor license, 20 spaces per 1,000 square feet or 0.6 per seat, whichever is greater; medical/dental office/clinic, seven spaces per 1,000-square-foot gross floor area, plus one for each examining room, dental chair, or similar use area; and general retail business under 10,000 square feet, three spaces per 1,000 square feet.

Sewer rates going up

Sewer rates in Independence Township are set to increase 9.7 percent.
The increase will offset a monthly increase of more than $230,000 to the township for sewer services through the Clinton-Oakland Sewage Disposal System. The 9.7 percent rate increase is effective through June 2016, said new DPW Director David McKee.
New sewage disposal rates on the average residential sewer bill will increase $6.21, from $69.37 to $75.58. The maintenance charge of $28 included on each bill will remain the same.

Sashabaw Road work

Drivers traveling Sashabaw Road may be relieved some construction has wrapped up in the area. The north-bound ramp to I-75 on Sashabaw re-opened on July 8 after reconstruction. Road Commission for Oakland County also completed construction on Waldon to replace a massive culvert. Crews continue working in the area on both widening both Sashabaw and Waldon.
The $5 million project also includes adding dual left hand turn lanes to east bound Waldon.
Find approved improvements, a construction map and schedule for the project by visiting

Waldon closure delayed

Closure of westbound lanes of Waldon Road from I-75 to Sashabaw Road for road work has been delayed until August.
The continuing road construction project in the area was expected to close the lanes from July 24 through the end of October.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured to Clintonville Road to Maybee Road to M-15 to Waldon Road.
The $5 million project is funded by Road Commission for Oakland County, Michigan Department of Transportation, Independence Township and the Oakland County Tri-Party Program. Contractors with Iafrate Construction are working on improvements to the Sashabaw and Waldon Road intersection.

Privy dig

Historical artifacts will be unearthed by outhouse archaeologists on July 26 from 1-4p.m. in downtown Clarkston during a Privy Dig. At four different homes, the crews will be digging for historical treasures. On most digs, old relics found include pottery, bottles, shoes, toys, and jewelry.
Tickets will be for sale from 12:45-2 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Washington and Main Streets for $5 a person or $10 per family. Participants will be given a map to walk to designated sites.
‘It’s a great way to learn about early Clarkston and we promise you’re be fascinated,? said Clarkston Community Historical Society Director Toni Smith.
For more information, call 248-922-0270.

Teacher contract OK’d

Clarkston Board of Education voted
unanimously, Monday, to approve a
2016-2017 contract with Clarkston Education
“It’s a two-year contract, which provides
stability for members and also for
the district,” said Daryl Biallas, CEA president.
The contract includes a half-step pay
increase for teachers at the beginning of
the school year and another half step in
January. The Teacher Salary Schedule
ranges from $38,087 per year for step one,
a new teacher with a bachelor’s degree;
to $93,093 for step 16, for a teacher with a
Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock and
school board President Steve Hyer also
praised the collaborative partnership in
reaching the contract.

School board officers

Steve Hyer was re-appointed president
of Clarkston Board of Education at
Monday’s organizational meeting.
Trustee Kelli Horst was also nominated.
Hyer’s appointment was approved,
5-2. Board members Susan Boatman and
Craig Hamilton voted for Horst.
Elizabeth Egan was appointed vice
president of the board on a vote of 5-2.
Boatman and Hamilton voted to appoint
Boatman to the vice president post.
Horst was the sole nominee for treasurer,
and was appointed unanimously.

Prepare for Taste

Clarkton Area Chamber of Commerce
needs about 300 volunteers for the 18th
Annual Taste of Clarkston event.
This year, the annual downtown restaurant
review is partnering with Art in
the Village in Depot Park. More than 40
restaurants are expected to participate in
the outdoor event.
Sign up at
findasignup, search under email Call 248-625-8055
or email for more

Donations for troops

Troops Need Love Too will be collecting non-perishable foods and hygiene items for troops serving overseas on July 18 from 3-7 p.m. at Neiman’s Family Market, 7121 Dixie Highway.
The volunteer driven non-profit organization will also have cards for patrons to write a note to our troops to be included in the care packages.
The goal is to fill a military truck with donations, said Jill Beyer of Troops Need Love Too.
Anyone who has a loved one deployed is welcome to contact TNLT so he or she can be included on the recipient list, added Beyer.
For a list of items needed for our troops visit, click on the “events” page, and click on the “print our wish list” button.

Partnership for arts

Independence Township Board approved a three-year partnership between Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors with the Clarkston Cultural Arts group.
‘This group will be accessible to all, to nurture art, artists, and community by providing a broad range of creative and collaborative experiences through quality arts education, presentation and exhibition,? said Ken Elwert, parks and rec director.
The group has several upcoming events including Easels in the Park. Its goals is to have $37,000 in funds at the end of year three, around 500 members, and about $30,000 in yearly donations.

McLaren project funds

The $1.5 million promised by McLaren for Sashabaw corridor road work in Independence Township is in.
‘The township has already received $800,000 of McLaren’s commitment and the $700,000 balance was received by the Township on June 15,” said Brian Oppmann of the engineering firm Hubbell, Roth, and Clark.
The project includes work on Sashabaw and Waldon roads, and the I-75 interchange.

Fife camps

Fife Fundamentals Basketball Camp is July 6-9, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. for boys entering grades 4-6. From shooting to defense, learn the fundamentals of the game from Clarkston Boys Basketball Varsity Head Coach Dan Fife and his coaching staff. The camp is July 6-9, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Please call Dan Fife with any questions at 248-623-4003. ?????
Fife Basketball Camp, July 13-16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to boys entering grades 7-9 in the fall. From 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. The camp is coached by Dan Fife and his Clarkston High School Basketball staff.
Online registration forms for camps can be found at or register at ‘Independence Township Parks & Recreation, 6483 Waldon Center Dr, lower level, open’Monday?-‘Friday, from?8 am – 5 p.m.

Gridiron camp

The Clarkston Wolves Football Camp, July 27-30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., is open to boys entering grades sixth through ninth. It is held by Clarkston High School Varsity Football Head Coach Kurt Richardson with his coaching staff. The cost of the camp is $175. Please contact Coach Richardson with any questions, 248-623-4015.
Online registration forms for camps can be found at or register at ‘Independence Township Parks & Recreation, 6483 Waldon Center Dr, lower level, open’Monday?-‘Friday, from?8 am – 5 p.m.


There is a total of four seats up for grabs to serve on the city of the village of Clarkston council.
Three two-year terms and another for a one year term will be on the ballot for the November 3, 2015 election. The deadline to file nominating petitions and Affidavits of Identity is Tuesday, July 21, 2015, by 4 p.m. The petitions are ready for pick up at 375 Depot Street in the Clerk’s office.

Fourth of July parade

The Clarkston Fourth of July Parade Committee is looking for floats, walking units, bands and performers for the parade, which starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 4, at St. Daniel’s Catholic Church on Holcomb Road.
The parade will proceed down Miller Road, south on Main Street to Church Street, and on to the Renaissance High School parking lot.
Parade entry is free to non-profit groups, and $35 for businesses and politicians. Parade registration is available on the Clarkston Chamber of Commerce, Clarkston, and Independence Township websites, or call 248-922-7395. Registration closes on June 29.

Town hall on roads

State Rep. Jim Tedder, District 43, hosts a town hall to discuss the House roads plan, 7:30 p.m., June 18, at Independence Township building, 6483 Waldon Center Drive.
‘The House has introduced a plan that, while not perfect, makes great strides in creating a long overdue solution for Michigan roads. I want to make sure residents have the facts on the bills and where they are in the legislative process,? said Tedder, Clarkston resident.
For more information or to submit questions, call 517-373-0615, email, or check

Road work

Work continues on Sashabaw Road from I-75 to Waldon Road. The project includes work on the I-75/Sashabaw interchange, construction of a new off-ramp from northbound I-75 to southbound Sashabaw and the addition of a second lane to the on-ramp to southbound I-75 from northbound Sashabaw Road.
Culvert replacement work also continues on Maybee Road between Pineknob and Clintonville roads. The road is closed through about the end of the month. Detour is Sashabaw to Waldon to Clintoville. The rest of the project is expected to conclude in late September.

Plans for property

Clarkston Historic District Commission is considering a plan to renovate and reopen the former autoshop at 148 N. Main Street as a new location for Morgan’s Auto Shop. The plan was presented at the commission’s May 26 meeting.
Curt Catallo also presented a plan to Clarkston Planning Commission at its June 1 meeting to renovate the current Morgan’s shop at 28 S. Main Street into a restaurant with a 240-foot addition, seating on the roof, and outdoor seating.
Both planning and historic district commissions must vote to recommend approval of the plans before they can go to city council for final approval.

Maybee Road work

Maybee Road is set to close for construction between Sashabaw and Clintonville roads in Independence Township for a culvert replacement on June 10.
The Road Commission for Oakland County project began June 1. The road is expected to re-open at the end of June.
During the closure, the detour will be Sashabaw Road to Waldon Road to Clintonville Road and vice versa.
The $500,000 project includes removal and replacement of two corrugated steel culverts; aluminum box culvert installation; new wing and head walls; guardrail installation; pedestrian fencing; and hot-mix asphalt paving.
The contractor for the project is the Superior Contracting Group. The project is expected to conclude in late September.

Summer Sizzler

Oakland County Parks and Recreation hosts a Summer Sizzler event for individuals 18 years and older with developmental disabilities.
Activities will include lawn games, pontoon ride, music and dinner of hot dogs, chips, watermelon, beverage and desser, 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 26, Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road. $8/person. Fee for caregivers has been waived.
Participants must be pre-registered and pre-paid by June 22. Call 248-424-7081. Registration form is available at

Memorial Day parade

American Legion Post 63 of Clarkston leads a Memorial Day parade and ceremony, 10 a.m., Monday, May 25.
The post Honor Guard will lead the parade from Depot Park to Lakeview Cemetery, where they will host a ceremony honoring all veterans.

Sabol stepping down
as planning chair

City Council member Mike Sabol said he is stepping down as chair of the Clarkston Planning Commission.
“I’m going to ask the planning commission to select a new chair at the next meeting,” Sabol said at the May 11 council meeting. “My acting as chair is in conflict with state law.”
Section 125.3187 of Michigan Planning and Enabling Act law says an ex-officio member cannot serve as chairperson. Sabol is considered ex-officio because he holds a seat on city council.
“I was drafted and asked as chair ? so there were five of us who missed part of state law,” he said. “It’s not a big deal. Someone else will do the job.”

Work on 148 N. Main

When Clarkston City Council was asked about development of 148 N. Main Street during public comment at its May 11 meeting, city attorney Tom Ryan said nothing was happening there.
“When there is, the community will know about it,” Ryan said.
A building permit was issued by the city on May 15.City manager Carol Eberhardt said it is for interior work. The property was posted under “new business” on the a May 9 Historic District Commission meeting agenda.
The building was vacated two weeks ago.
Clarkston businessman Curt Catallo is listed as having a land contract deal with property owner Larry Trepek. Catallo spent over $250,000 on the property so far.

Resignation approved

Clarkston City Council accepted Richard Bisio’s resignation from the council at its May 11 meeting. His letter of resignation was dated April 25.
Bisio resigned over his disagreement regarding the legality of a closed session meeting held in April to discuss a ‘hold harmless? agreement requested by city attorney Tom Ryan to discuss a property in downtown Clarkston.

Golf for basketball

Clarkston Basketball invites the public to the second annual Clarkston Basketball Alumni Basketball Golf Outing on June 7 at Fountains Golf and Banquet, off Maybee Road.
The outing includes a scramble format with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. with a barbecue lunch at 2 p.m. and a social.
Either you are a former player, coach, parent or fan join the Clarkston Wolves for their outing.
For more information and to register, please visit

Recycling collection

The May recycling drive in Clarkston on May 16 includes Whimsy and Mayhem of Ortonville, which specializes in turning solid wood and metal furniture into Repurposed Treasures.
They will accept tables, chairs, cribs, stools, benches, dressers, doors, cabinets, home d’cor, mirrors, craft supplies, wooden window frames, and antique and vintage items. No particle board. Some larger or heavier items can be picked up at home. Call 810-766-3382.
The monthly recycling drives are the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Community Education Center, 6558 Waldon Road.
Recycle computers, electronics, gaming systems, smart /cell phones, scrap metal, wire, metal plumbing supplies, faucets, door hardware, appliances, batteries and power tools.
Call Patty from Safe Harbor Recycling at 248-240-4899 to pick up stoves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, pool heaters, and riding lawn mowers.

Brooksie Way training

A 16-week running and walking program in Depot Park starts June 9.
The group for beginners through experienced athletes will meet on Tuesdays at?6:30 p.m.’at Depot Park and train to complete the HealthPlus Brooksie Way half marathon on’Sept. 27.
All training groups use a run/walk/run or walk/shuffle/walk interval training method. Registration cost includes race entry.
For more information, contact Sue Barnes,’’or?248-860-5589.

Concerts in the park

The Motown music of Valerie Barrymore kicks off the 2015 Concerts in the Park series in downtown Clarkston.
The free Friday concert, with special guest TJ Craven of Clarkston, will be from 6-9 p.m. at the gazebo in Depot Park.
The music series, hosted by Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, continues with Celtic band Blackthorne, with local talent Alyssa Simmons, on June 19.
Clarkston Rotary Club, operating concessions for the evening’s concert, will also thank the community for 75 years by providing 500 free BBQ meals and hotdogs. The service group will also display how their projects have helped the community locally and around the world.
The series continues on June 26 with the Ritmo Project’s Latin music, with local talent The Hook.
On July 3, Kari Lynch kicks off the Fourth of July weekend with her country tunes, with local talent Jason Waggoner.
Magic Bus performs its 60s/70s hits on July 10, with local talent Michael Bush
The concert series wraps up on July 17 with the classic rock band Bar None, with local talent Sam Van Wagoner.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help at the Scraps for Seniors, Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Clintonwood Park.
Volunteers can sign up for all 4 hours or amount of time. Students can use work time towards Community Service Hours.
Help is needed unloading metal scraps from vehicles, directing traffic in Clintonwood Park, unloading paper for shredding and giving out coffee and donuts.
Report at the senior center by 8 a.m. and sign in with Carolyn Morrison.

3 council seats open

Three Clarkston City Council seats will be on the ballot on the Nov. 3 election.
The deadline to file nominating petitions and affidavits of identity is Tuesday, July 21, by 4 p.m. Clarkston City Hall is located at 375 Depot Street in downtown Clarkston.
For more information, call 248-625-1559.

DPW garage
to be drawn up

Clarkston City Council approved $23,000 for architectural drawings for three different proposals to build an addition for the DPW garage and improve the building that houses city hall.
Completing the drawings will allow the city to bid the work out to contractors, nail down exact costs, and then finalize the project. The DPW must find a new location when it vacates its current 3 E. Church Street property.
City officials say funding an addition will not cost the city much more than renting a place, in the long run. Funds to pay for service will be taken from the general fund. The vote was unanimous.

School security, paving

Clarkston Board of Education approved $101,185.75 in security and paving contracts with a $9,000 contingency fund to cover unforeseen conditions, as well as $24,363.20 for an additional security server, extended warranty, and encoders.
The project includes a new security video surveillance system, installed by Interstate Security, and paving work at Andersonville, Independence, Pine Knob, Sashabaw Middle, and Clarkston High schools.
The paving project was awarded to the low bidder, Allied Specialist, Inc., for $50,150. Bids were also received from Allied for $52,780 and Nagle, for $68,975.

Rotary help for Nepal

Clarkston Rotarian Mary Sloan is organizing local relief efforts for earthquake victims in Nepal.
Sloan and fellow Rotarians help out with ShelterBox disaster kits, which they display at Concert in the Park every summer. Each box contains a tent, blankets, sleeping bags, water purification system, pots and pans, cooker and other life saving supplies. Each costs $1,000 in supplies and shipping.
To donate or for more information, contact Sloan, local ShelterBox ambassador, at or call 248-625-8837. Send checks to ShelterboxUSA, to Clarkston Rotary Club at P.O. Box 43, Clarkston, MI 48347.

Earth Day ideas

This Earth Day, Independence Township has ideas to help the earth at, including:
? Don’t dump chemicals into drains. Pouring chemicals down streets with storm drains can damage the environment. Water collected in storm drains is released untreated into waterways such as a retention ponds or other wetlands. Chemicals dumped in drains end up in natural waters and poison wildlife;
? Turn off lights, and cut back on energy use helps the environment;
? Turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth saves water. It can save several gallons a day; and
? Use online bill payment services to save almost 30 pounds of greenhouse gases from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Spring wine tasting

Clarkston Rotary Club hosts its annual spring wine party, celebrating wines from Michigan, 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 14, at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center, 6060 Maybee Road.
Guests will taste wines from 45 North, Bel Lago, Black Star Farms, Brengman Bros, Brys Estate, Chateau Chantel and Hawthorne, and can visit the auction tables while sampling appetizers presented by Fountains.
Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door and are available from any Clarkston Rotarian, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce and Fountains Golf and Banquet.

Changes at bank

Clarkston State Bank’s downtown branch is closed, but the bank announced extended hours at its other locations.
‘Clarkston State Bank is excited to offer extended hours to meet the busy lifestyles of our customers? explains Dawn Horner, executive vice president, Clarkston State Bank. ‘In addition, when our locations are closed, our customers have the availability of using our internet banking and mobile banking products.?
Extended hours at 5800 S. Main Street in Clarkston and 6600 Highland Road in Waterford are: lobby, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drive in, Monday-Friday, 9 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Deerhill meeting

The Deerhill development off Dixie Highway at I-75 has been taken off the April 23 agenda for the Independence Township planning commission meeting.
Supervisor Pat Kittle said developer Michael Furnari has been invited to show they have met township concerns at the May meeting.

Recycle for Earth Day

Safe Harbor Recycling hosts a free recycling event for Earth Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., this Saturday, April 18, at the Clarkston Community Education parking lot, 6558 Waldon Road.
Recycle computers, laptops, electronics, cell or smart phones,’appliances, even with freon, pool heaters, gaming systems, batteries, anything made of metal like auto parts, wire, tools, ladders, motors, extension cords, exercise equipment, office or outdoor furniture, lawn equipment, and anything with a plug like air conditioners, microwaves, ceiling fans, motors, lamps, light fixtures, or furnaces.
They will not accept televisions or monitors with picture tubes.
For more information, call Patty at?248-240-4899.

Rummage sale

American Legion Post 63 hosts the Rummage Sale and Junk in the Trunk events as part of the M-15 Heritage Route Garage Sales, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 2; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 3, at the post home at 8047 Ortonville Road.
Donations can be dropped off at the post.’Parking lot, grass lot, and pavilion spaces are available to sellers on a first come, first served basis.?
For information contact Uni Marbutt at 248-425-9483 or after?3 p.m.,?248-625-9912.

Youth recognition

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance hosts the Annual Youth Recognition Ceremony, Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m., at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road.
They will honor youth for making a positive difference in the lives of others, through volunteer efforts or simple acts of kindness.
For more information, call CAYA at 248-623-4313.

Dance for a cause

Helping Heart Helping Hands hosts their Eighth Annual Dinner Dance Coral Ball fundraiser at Deer Lake Banquet Club, April 17, 6 p.m.-1:30 am.
The event includes appetizers, dinner, silent auction, live auction, cash bar, music, dancing and more.
Helping Hearts Helping Hands is a family based non-profit organization, founded in 2007.
‘The organization does mission work, spreading the word of God, in Honduras. The purpose of our mission work is to change the lives of poverty stricken children and families,? said founder Erica Cale, Clarkston native. ‘We provide immediate assistance by delivering food, fresh water, clothing, shoes, vitamins and other needed items to different villages in Honduras.?
The organization also delivers personal care items, provide instruction on self-care, dental care, health, and nutrition.
They help families establish businesses to provide a source of income and help them to be self-sufficient.
To purchase your tickets, or for more information about the event visit their website at or call 248-980-5090.

Spring wine tasting

Celebrate Spring with Michigan Wines, 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 14, Fountains Golf and Banquet Center, 6060 Maybee Road.
Clarkston Rotary Club hosts its annual spring wine party celebrating wines from Michigan. The evening at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center will feature award winning Michigan wineries. Guests will taste wines from 45 North, Bel Lago, Black Star Farms, Brengman Bros, Brys Estate, Chateau Chantel and Hawthorne. Visitors can check out the auction tables while sampling appetizers presented by Fountains.
Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door and are available from any Clarkston Rotarian, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce and Fountains Golf and Banquet.

City nominates Clark
for Citizen award

City of Clarkston nominated resident Bart Clark for Citizen of the Year for Clarkston Community Awards on May 19. Clark donated $100,000 for a new bridge in Depot Park.
Clark and his wife Diane donated the money in honor of Clark’s brother, Jeff, who passed away before he could move from California to Clarkston.

Hyer elected to board

Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education President Steve Hyer has been elected to the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board of Directors to serve a one-year term for Group V.
MASB is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors made up of two directors from each of the eight regions in the state, and one additional director from each of three groups.
Directors are elected by MASB member districts to establish and implement the nonprofit association’s policies and decisions.

Abuse awareness

City of Clarkston voted to approve an official proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month, via a request from CARE House of Oakland County, a facility that provides numerous services for abuse children.
‘This is an excellent opportunity for your municipality to demonstrate its support in ending child abuse and to support the numerous victims who are among us,? wrote Care House Executive Director Patricia Rosen.

Easter Seals car raffle

Bowman Chevrolet hosts a Classic Car Show and Raffle to benefit Easter Seals, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at the dealership, 6750 Dixie Highway.
Raffle prizes include a 2015 C7 Corvette and $50,000 ? 5,500 tickets will be sold for the drawing. Tickets are $50 each and available at or 1-800-999-5655
The free event also includes kids activities, food, refreshments and giveaways every 30 minutes.
Three winners will be chosen and awarded trophies at the car show, which is weather dependent.
Register car with Bowman Chevrolet at 248-575-5000 or

Absentee voting

Absentee voting is open for the May 5 special election.
Voters will decide on Proposal 15-1, to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7%, eliminate sales tax on gas, and increase gas tax and vehicle registration fees.
Clarkston Community Schools will also ask district residents to renew the Non-Homestead Millage for school operations for 2015-2024. The millage renewal would bring in about $7.22 million for the district, about $866 for each student enrolled. The proposal requests 19.2491 mills, which was approved by Clarkston voters in 2006.
April 6 is the last day to register for the election.

Farewell Open House

Springfield Township hosts a Farewell Open House in honor of Casey Reed, 3:30-5 p.m., Friday, March 27, at the Springfield Township Civic Center, Upper Level Conference Room, 12000 Davisburg Road.
Reed recently resigned from her 8 1/2 year position as recreation superintendent of Springfield Township Parks and Recreation and has accepted the position of director of Davison Township Parks and Recreation.

Holy Week services

Father Les Harding from the Episcopal Church of The Resurrection invites the community to Holy Week services, starting with Blessing of the Palms, March 29, at 10 a.m. Good Friday litergy starts at noon, April 3. The faithful will celebrate Easter Sunday morning, starting at 10.
The church is located at 6490 Clarkston Road. For more information call 248-625-2325

Spring cleaning

Safe Harbor Recycling hosts a spring cleaning collection from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at the Community Education Center, 6558 Waldon Road.
They will accept computers, electronics, cell phones, scrap metal, appliances, exercise equipment, tools, and virtually anything with a plug except TVs and monitors with a picture tube.
Participation is free. For more information, call Patty from Safe Harbor Recycling at 248-240-4899.

Volunteer needed

The City of the Village of Clarkston is looking for a volunteer for the Planning Commission.
For information, contact Commission Chairman Councilman Mike Sabol at or Clarkton City Hall at 248-625-1559.

Contest for students

State Rep. Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston) is holding a contest for area high school students to submit their ideas for outdated criminal laws that should be repealed. The winners will spend the day at the state Capitol with the representative.
‘This workgroup is a great opportunity to get high school students involved in their state government,? Tedder said. ‘Their input is valuable and I am excited about the prospect of sparking some interest in our state’s government.?
The competition is open to high school students in Clarkston and Independence Township, as well as Lake Angelus and Waterford Township.
Send submissions listing the law and why is should be appealed to with the subject line ‘ought to not be a law.? They can also be submitted to the workgroup at’Submissions are due by April 6. One winner from Clarkston and one from Waterford will be chosen by Tedder and his staff.?

Nominations sought

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance is requesting nominations for its Annual Youth Recognition Ceremony.
Anyone in the Clarkston Community School District, who has witness a school aged youth making a positive difference in the lives of others, through volunteer efforts or simple acts of kindness, is encouraged to submit a nomination.
Every nominated youth will be honored on Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Clarkston United Methodist Church. Nomination forms must be submitted by March 22.
Call the Clarkston Area Youth Assistance Office at 248-623-4313.

Easter egg hunt

Clarkston United Methodist Church hossts an Easter egg hunt at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at 6600 Waldon Road.
Dress appropriately for the weather. There are Easter crafts for kids, as well as pictures with the Bunny, snacks and more in Fellowship Hall from 3-4:30 pm. All are welcome and admission is free.
For more information contact Annette Siminski at or 248-625-1611.

Angels’ Place benefit

Fundraiser Benefit for the 8th Annual Angels Place Race, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., March 19, at Mexican Grill and Cantina, 3930 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills.
A portion of the customer’s total bill will go towards the Angels? Place Race, May 16, at St. Daniel Church, Clarkston. The event, which supports people with developmental disabilities in our community, will include a 1 Mile Family Fun Walk, 5K Bruce Clifton Run and Walk and 10K Run.

Landscape workshop

Wild Ones North Oakland Chapter presents Edible and Ecological Landscapes hosts a presentation with Mark Angelini and Trevor Newman, founders of Roots to Fruits, 7:30-9 p.m., April 1, at St. Daniel’s Church, Cushing Center Hall, 7010 Valley Park Drive.
For more information, check

Evaluation process OK’d

Clarkston School Board voted 6-1, Feb. 23, to approve next year’s evaluation process for the superintendent.
The evaluation will be split in two, with “objective data-based sections” in July or August as a group with a facilitator. The rest will be completed in December as a group with a facilitator.
Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock’s contract will also be reviewed for renewal in December.
Board Secretary Craig Hamilton voted against the proposal.
“I still don’t like it in two parts ? it will drag it out more,? Hamilton said.

Split vote on trip

Clarkston Board of Education voted 4-3, Feb. 23, to approve a request by board President Steve Hyer to attend a PTA Advocacy Conference with district administrators and parent leaders.
The March 11-12 trip is budgeted at $400-$500. Hyer and trustees Elizabeth Egan, Kelli Horst, and Cheryl McGinnis voted in favor of the proposal. Board Vice President Susan Boatman, Treasurer Joan Patterson, and Clerk Craig Hamilton voted against.
“Mr. Hyer just attended an advocacy event in Washington D.C. ? this seems excessive,” Boatman said.
McGinnis said she appreciates Hyer taking the time to work on behalf of the district.
“We get into these meetings with people literally writing legislation because of Mr. Hyer’s contacts,” she said.

Thanks to Lions

City of Clarkston officials presented a certificate of thanks to Clarkston Lion’s Club representative Dan Wong during a Feb. 23 city council meeting.
The club donated $2,908 for security cameras to be installed near a new bridge in the south end of Depot Park.

Hot rods at Cobo

When the Cobo Center opens its doors for the 2015 Autorama, Clarkston hot-rodders will be there. Gregory Blevins of Clarkston will bring his 1933 Ford Delivery in blue with flames; Southern Motors of Clarkston will bring a 1957 Chevy 210 Handyman Wagon in cream and white and a 1941 Willys Pro Street in black and green; and J. Bruce Weeks will bring his 1966 Chevy Corvair Corsa in maroon.
The hot rod show is March 6-8. Call 248-373-1700.

Taste, art festival
events combined

Clarkston City Council approved a request for a special permit to combine Taste of Clarkston and Art in the Village into one weekend this year.
The annual art festival and show will be on Sept. 19-20, and the downtown food festival will be on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Clarkston Chamber of Commerce, Independence Township Parks and Recreation and Clarkston Historical Society worked together to combine the events. Combining the festivals will help both events, and will also draw a bigger crowd to Art in the Village, planners said.
Council member Dave Marsh said he attends and enjoys both of the annual events.
‘I’m excited about this,? Marsh said. ‘I can see spending the whole day attending both events.?

Alcohol sting success

A downtown business was included in a countywide “liquor sting,” to test compliance with underage-drinking laws, and passed with flying colors, reported Oakland County Sheriff Independence substation Lt. Dirk Feneley to Clarkston City Council, Feb. 23.
Also, deputies issued 21 traffic tickets and 11 written warnings, and filed two accident reports.

Sup’t contract OK’d

Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously, Feb. 23, to approve Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock’s contract.
The contract, from Feb. 23, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2017, includes a salary of $140,000 a year, $2,800 for professional conferences, and $5,000 for moving expenses. It also calls for the school chief to take 12 hours of Michigan Association of School Board classes annually.
The board also approved goals for the superintendent for this school year. Goals include 2 percent improvement in third-grade reading, 20 percent improvement in reading at Andersonville Elementary, and 2 percent improvement in fifth-grade math.

Donations for troops

Clarkston High School Optimist Club students are collecting donations for troops overseas this week.
Desert Angel packaging day is this Saturday at 10 a.m. in the high school cafeteria, 6093 Flemings Lake Road.
Items needed include personal notes to soldiers, kleenex, hand sanitizer, books, stationery, gum, hard candy, greeting cards, coffee and tea, travel size toiletries, playing cards, reading glasses, new white socks, beef jerky, and granola bars.
For more information, email or

Scrapbook crop

The Oakland County Fair Semi Annual Camp Scrap Lock In is coming up March 12-15 at Springfield Oaks County Park. Scrapbook with your friends for a day or the whole weekend and learn new techniques.
The cost for the entire weekend is $105, and is from Thursday at 6 p.m. to Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The cost for three days is $80, from Thursday, 6 p.m., to Saturday at midnight; or Friday, 3 p.m., to Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Cost includes meals, snacks and raffle.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight is $60. The cost includes three meals and snacks.
The semi annual event is a fundraiser for the Oakland County Fair. For more information call 248-634-8830 or visit

Relay open house

Relay For Life of Clarkston Open House is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 21, at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road.
Relay For Life celebrates 30 years this year. learn more about the Relay for Life of Clarkston’how to become a participant or team, how to fundraise, and becoming a sponsor or day-of volunteer.
For more information, contact Megan Simms at 248-663-3508 or

Show next weekend

The Clarkston High School Drama Club presents “Bye Bye Birdie Feb. 26-28 at 7 p.m., with matinee on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Call 248-623-4024 or check

Coffee shop plan OK’d

Ron Ritchie, Independence Township Planning Commission, said the site plan for a coffee shop just north of Bow Point on Sashabaw Road has been approved.
According to the site plan, the shop is a Starbucks.

Condo plan rejected

A plan to build up to 69 condos at Deer Hill and Dixie Highway did not meet requirements of Independence Township.
According to Ron Ritchie of the Independence Township Planning Commission, the site plans required changes in buffering and storm water issues. There are also concerns with a 36-inch Buckeye pipeline located in the proposed development area. Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said plans for the condos must be reconfigured to meet both township and residents’ concerns.

Pistons help with house

The Detroit Pistons are helping My Habitat Clarkston at their March 21 game against the Chicago Bulls The Palace.
A portion of sales of tickets, discounted to $15-$30, will be donated to the project.
The home, located in Springfield Township is a from the ground up build with a budget of $130,000. The home is being built for Shannon Chapman and her three children. To donate to the Habitat build visit and highlight the My Habitat Clarkston link.

Coffee chat

Clarkston School Board member Joan Patterson hosts a coffee chat, 3-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, at Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road.
She’ll report what she learned at the NSBA Washington DC Advocacy Conference. Call 248-396-3148 for information.

Sorority celebrates

Clarkston residents Louise Bisogni, Joan Weger, Jackie Hasenfrantz, Judy Wood, Linda Cremer, Joan Weglarski and Teresa Tersigni joined their sisters in Sigma Beta Sorority to celebrate ‘Founder’s Day? and the 92nd birthday, Jan. 25.
The national philanthropic organization, which was founded by Sophia Maier Johnston, raises money for various national and local charities.
For additional information please contact Louise Bisogni at 248-625-0917 or log on to

Pictures of romance

As Cupid prepared to take flight next weekend, check out next week’s Clarkston News for photos and announcements of engagements, weddings, and other things romantic.
Got a photo of you and your sweetie worthy of Valentine’s Day recognition? Send them to

School millage
renewal vote in May

Clarkston School Board voted 7-0, Jan. 26, to schedule a Headlee/Non-Homestead Millage Renewal election.
The resolution calls for a vote on May 5 to renew the district’s 19.2491 mills on non-homestead property for 10 years, 2016-2015.
Collection of the non-homestead property tax is limited to 18 mills by state law. The higher millage provides a buffer in case the rate is rolled back under the Headlee law. It would collect an estimated $7,295,310 in 2016.

Technology buy
for schools

The Board of Education voted unanimously, Jan. 26, to approve the purchase of $62,769.72 in Chromebooks, carts, mice, wireless access points, and other devices for Andersonville Elementary, Bailey Lake Elementary, Clarkston Elementary, Independence Elementary and Student Support Services.
The funds come from an $80,000 Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) from the state. The state requires TRIG purchases to prepare schools for online testing. Purchase deadline is June 30.

City will enforce fines

Clarkston City Council gave City Manager Carol Eberhardt approval to begin enforcing fines for residents violating a snow and ice removal ordinance.
If residents do not remove snow and ice from their sidewalks, the city ordinance officer will visit the home or business and place a tag on the door notifying the property owner they must clear the snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours or be fined $125.
Costs in the fine include staff salaries, and fees for the tractor, plow and gas needed to clear sidewalks. All property owners violating the ordinance will be charged the same rate.
Council also requested Eberhardt explore costs to salt icy sidewalks.

Grants for service clubs

The Clarkston Area Optimist Club will offer grants to community groups, schools, and groups supporting the young people of the Clarkston community. In 2014, the club distributed $45,000 to organizations supporting youth.
Grant applications are available at Deadline is March 2, to Clarkston Area Optimist Club, P. O. Box 891, Clarkston, MI 48347. For more information, contact 248-514-1729 or

Hoops for Troops

Join the Clarkston Girls Basketball teams on Feb. 13 for their second annual Hoops for Troops.
The event is held in honor for 2006 Clarkston High School graduate Jenna Beno who passed away October 2012 from injuries she sustained while serving in Iraq.
All funds raised during Hoops for Troops is donated to Operation Second Chance, which is an organization which helped Beno. Contact Megan Goldberg at or call 248-496-5226 for more information.

Lacrosse clinic

The Clarkston Girls Lacrosse program is holding a free clinic at the Clarkston High School on Feb. 7, 3-5 p.m.
Any skill level is welcome as well as players in sixth through 12th grade. Please contact Clarkston Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach Leeanne Stickle, 585-406-4329, or Clarkston Girls JV Lacrosse Coach Nicole Cummings, 619-914-3967.

Charity week
begins next week

Clarkston High School students are prepping for their annual Charity Week next week held by the LEAD program, Jan. 26-31.
Events include the fourth annual Clarkston “C” Factor Talent Show on Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $2. The audience votes for the act. The act with the largest number of donations by the end of the night is the winner.
The second annual Jimmy V. Dodgeball Tournament is Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium. Admission is $1.

Coffee chat

Clarkston School Board member Joan Patterson is hosting a coffee chat with the public, 3-4 p.m., Sundays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 15, at Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road.
The trustee hopes to discuss technology, No Child Left Behind reauthorization, child nutrition, and other local and national education topics with parents, seniors, businesspeople, and other residents.
Patterson will be the board legislative representative at the National Advocacy Institute Conference in Washington D.C., Jan. 31-Feb. 4.
Call 248-396-3148 for more information.

New DPW building

City Manager Carol Eberhardt updated the city council on discussions the Facility Committee had regarding a new DPW facility.
The city must vacate its current facility at 55 Church Street, by a date not yet determined, after the property is sold.
The committee met on Jan. 7 to discuss the possibility of a new facility at Deer Lake Beach on White Lake Road, and decided to move forward with the idea, Eberhardt said.
The committee created a time line for the project, and sent building specifications for a steel structure to architect James Renaud.
Eberhardt said more information would be presented by the end of January. The next council meeting is Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

Award nominations

Do you know someone who is doing things in our community and deserves recognition? Nominate them for a Community Award.
The annual Awards Breakfast is Tuesday, May 19, from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. at Clarkston Community Church.
‘We serve a complete and delicious breakfast, thanks to Brioni Caf? and Deli. It’s just a great time for our community to come together and celebrate all the good things going on in Clarkston,? said Clarkston Community Church Pastor Greg Henneman. ‘The purpose of our Awards Breakfast is to honor people and organizations that have made special contributions to the health and well-being of our community.?
For more information on the Community Awards call Clarkston Community Church 248-625-1323.

Boots for Kids

Prudential Great Lakes Realty of Clarkston is collecting new boots and donations for Health Alliance Plan’s Boots for Kids Campaign.
Boots and donations will be collected at Prudential Great Lakes Realty, 20 W. Washington, Suite 5C, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until March 1.
‘Last year alone, we collected more than 1,000 pairs of boots for local children. If this winter is anything like last year in Michigan, we know these boots will be put to good use,? said DeAndre Lipscomb, vice president for HAP’s Marketing and Community Outreach.
For more information about HAP’s Boots for Kids program, visit

My Habitat Clarkston

My Habitat Clarkston needs volunteers for the final stretch of its home build in Springfield Township.
Projects include interior punch and installation of counter-tops, Tuesday, Jan. 20; and interior punch and cleaning, Thursday, Feb. 5.
For more information, call Annabelle at 248-338-1843 ext 284, or email To sign up to volunteer visit

Chamber director
retiring after 18 years

Penny Shanks, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, announced her retirement, Monday, after 18 years with the chamber.
Shanks? last official day will be Jan. 16. She is moving to the Ann Arbor area, where her husband, Kurt, works.

Hoops for Troops

Join the Clarkston Girls Basketball teams on Feb. 13 for their second annual Hoops for Troops.
The event is held in honor for 2006 Clarkston High School graduate Jenna Beno who passed away October 2012 from injuries she sustained while serving in Iraq.
Hoops for Troops will raise money for Operation Second Chance, which is an organization which helped Beno.
Sponsorships are due January 14. Please contact Megan Goldberg at HoopsForTheTroops@gmail.comor call 248-496-5226 to become a sponsor or for more information.

Tour of Champions

Join the Clarkston Varsity Football players on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. when they will celebrate being named to the 10th Annual MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions.
MaxPreps made the announcement Dec. 16 Clarkston received an invitation to the Tour of Champions, presented by the Army National Guard, after beating Saline for the MHSAA Division 1 Football State Championship and finishing a 14-0 season.
This is the second consecutive year the Wolves have received the honor.
For more information about the Tour of Champions, please visit the’MaxPreps Tour of Champions site.?

Wolves’ banquet

The community is invited to the gridiron heroes’ end of season awards ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 18.
The Clarkston Varsity Football team will not only their back-to-back championship win but going 14-0 for the fall season. The awards begin at 4:30 p.m. at Clarkston High School.

Local teens arraigned

Nicholas Price and Stephon Lester, both of Clarkston, have been arraigned in 52-2 District Court on charges of armed robbery.
They are accused of robbing a BP gas station in White Lake on Oct. 22.
Price, 19, is charged with armed robbery, punishable by up to life in prison. Bond was set at $50,000.
Lester, 18, is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, which also carries a penalty of life in prison. His bond was set at $10,000, 10 percent.

Holiday hours

The Clarkston News office will be closed on Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 24-25, for Christmas, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s.
Classified deadline for New Year’s is Friday, Dec. 26. Call 248-625-3370 for more information.

Volunteer for parks

Oakland County is seeking a volunteer to serve a three-year term on the Parks and Recreation Commission for Oakland County.
The commission is responsible for preserving park land and for creating recreational, leisure, and learning experiences for county residents.
Deadline to apply is Dec. 31. Call 248-858-0101.

Volunteer for youth

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance has a need for volunteers to work with youth in its mentor program, said Independence Township Clerk Barb Pallotta.
The program would match youth 8-17 years old in the Clarkston School District with an adult in the community. It gives youth the opportunity to build a trusting relationship with a caring adult, who commits to spending 2-4 hours a week, according to CAYA.
Call CAYA at 248-623-4313 for more information.

Holiday hours

The Clarkston News office will be closed on Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 24-25, for Christmas, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s.
Classified deadlines are Friday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 26. Call 248-625-3370 for more information.

Grants for repairs

Independence Township Trustees approved $47,000 in community development block grants for minor home repairs.
Theresa Gordon, the clerk at the Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center, said she is currently working with $30,000 in 2013 CDBG money to help low-income residents with home repairs.
Minor home repairs are intended to benefit income-qualified homeowners in the township or Clarkston with home repair problems considered a safety hazard.
Eligible projects include window replacements, furnaces, roofs and other repairs. The maximum amount allotted for each grant is $5,000.
The funds will not be released and cannot be utilized until around Sept. 2015.
There is currently a waiting list now, whereas there was not in previous years.
‘We have a long waiting list for repairs, but we never used too,? said Gordon. ‘For the longest time I had money left from previous years to help with minor repairs. We had a surplus.?
Gordon said the list of repairs needed mainly includes new roofs and a furnaces.
‘There are nine people now on the waiting list for repairs.
For more information about the grants call Independence Township Senior Center at 248-625-8231

Clarkston Wolves Day

Clarkston City Council passed a resolution acknowledging the Clarkston Wolves football team for their back-to-back state championship wins. The proclamation included making Jan. 9 Clarkston Wolves Day.
An audience member said he was against the resolution because it singled out the team, while there are so many other good things going on in Clarkston.
City Manager Carol Eberhardt said the council frequently recognizes good things happening and it’s not just for the Wolves.
Eberhardt gave several examples of city proclamations including Team RUSH 27 winning the State Championship this year.
The resolution passed.

Holiday hours

Offices of The Clarkston News will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and Day. Deadline for classifieds are the Friday before the holidays.
Call 248-625-3370 for more information.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas day, Oakland County Parks also offers free admission to Independence Oaks, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
Visit for more information.

Trustee fixes mistake

When Independencer Township Trustee Jose Aliaga requested a review of township utility bills, township Treasurer Paul Brown found thousands in unnesessary tax payments.
Governments are exempt from paying sales tax. Being tax-exempt allows sales tax to be waived for entities that qualify including government entities, and non-profits like churches and schools. Brown said he found the tax, in small print on the back of utility bills.
In addition to watching further bills to ensure no further undue taxes are charged, the township is requesting a refund on taxes paid retroactive over the past three years.
Brown said the township can go back three years, but can only recoup a percentage of taxes incorrectly paid. In total, the township paid about $18,000 in undue tax over the last three years.

Open auditions

Clarkston Village Players is holding open auditions for its production of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘A Few Good Men,? 7 p.m., Dec. 21-22, at Depot Theatre, 4861 White Lake Road.
Large and small roles, speaking and non-speaking parts for men aged 18-50 are available. Auditions include readings from the script, which will be provided at the audition.
Performance dates are in March 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28. CVP is also looking for Marine and Navy uniforms to borrow for the show.
For more information, visit or contact Director Joe Mishler at 810-348-9960.

School meetings reset

Clarkston Board of Education changed its December meeting dates. The board’s regular meeting was rescheduled for Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. A closed-session meeting for evaluation of Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock was set for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
The changes were approved by unanimous vote, Nov. 24.

School bonds upgraded

Clarkston Community Schools’ finances were upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service, Nov. 24.
Moody’s removed its ‘negative outlook? on the district’s $19.9 million, 2015 Refunding Bonds, and assigned an A1 underlying rating and Aa2 enhanced rating.
Moody’s said the upgrades on the general obligation, unlimited tax bonds are due to financial improvements from spending cuts, above-average socioeconomic indicators and recovering tax base. The ratings had been downgraded in November 2013.
‘With a high rating, we are better equipped to borrow at better rates,? said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock.
“It make us look better to investors,” said Mary Beth Rogers, executive director for business services.
The district’s outstanding general obligation debt continues to have an A1 underlying rating. For more information, visit

DPW needs new facility

The Clarkston Facilities Committee met on Nov. 19 to discuss recommendations for a new DPW facility.
City Manager Carol Eberhardt said the committee will consider a proposal by an architect to use part of the parking lot at Deer Lake Beach on White Lake Road. Findings will be presented, Dec. 8.
The DPW is looking for a new building because its current location on Church Street off Main, a building leased by the city, is for sale.

City seeks citizen input

City Manager Carol Eberhardt said she has been working with Treasurer Sandra Barlass to create a five-year, long-range plan for the city.
Eberhardt will survey residents to find out their priorities, and email results to council members. The survey will be included with the winter tax bill.

Snow ordinance
to be enforced

Clarkston City Council voted to enforce a snow removal ordinance already on the books at Monday night’s meeting.
The council previously voted ‘no? on enforcement in August.
Council member David Marsh cast the lone “no” vote to enforcing the ordinance.
The ordinance requires sidewalks be cleared within 24 hours or city workers would clear them. Property owners would then face a civil infraction of $100 penalty for the first offense and $500 for each additional offense.
Clerk Sandy Miller said several council members said any resident who has a hardship shoveling their sidewalk could contact Clarkston City Hall at 248- 625-1559.
The city will work to gather support from the community to help those facing hardship, Miller said.

Memorial ceremony

Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home hosts a Holiday Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony, 7 p.m., Dec. 16, at Clarkston Community Church, 6300 Clarkston Road.
Participants will be invited to light a candle in honor of a loved one who has passed away. Light refreshments will be served.
No registration is required but RSVP is encouraged by calling the funeral home at 248-625-5231 or emailing

Council, mayor
sworn in

Newly elected Clarkston City Council members and mayor were sworn in, Nov. 10.
Richard Bisio, who had served on the council previously from 2010-2012, won a fresh seat on the council on Election Day. Voters re-elected incumbents Michael Sabol and Sharron Catallo. Mayor Joe Luginski ran unopposed.
Peg Roth, who ran unsuccessfully for re-election to the city council, was honored by the city for her eight years of service on the council.

for Lighthouse

Lighthouse of Oakland County is accepting donations of all kinds to help make sure families don’t go hungry this holiday season.
Michele Robinson, spokesperson for Lighthouse, said cash donations help tremendously by allowing staff to purchase essential basket items like turkey and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This year, Lighthouse will purchase 200 turkeys for low-income families and senior citizens. Churches, community groups and area schools have worked hard collecting and donating food to help their neighbors, Robinson said.
On Nov. 24, Lighthouse staff and volunteers will be at Clarkston Community Church to bag and give away holiday baskets to those in need. Volunteers are needed to help pack the bags.
To volunteer to help create or hand out Thanksgiving packages, call 248-620-6116.

Holiday help

Bright Side Dental of Clarkston is collecting monetary donations, canned goods, and non-perishable food items for Gleaners Community Food Bank through Nov. 24. Call 1-800-PAINLESS about its ‘Give a Hand for the Holidays? Food Drive.
Also, Great Lakes Barrier Free Remodeling of Springfield Township is accepting nominations of a local wounded veteran in need of a free wheelchair ramp for Christmas.
They are looking to choose a recipient by Nov. 26 at the latest. Email entries to For more information, call 800-354-7545.

Library budget hearing

The Clarkston Independence District Library Board hosts a public hearing on the proposed library budget for 2015 at the library, 6495 Clarkston Road, at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17.
Subject of the hearing will be proposed property tax millage rates to support the proposed budget. A copy of the budget is available for inspection at the library.
Call 248-625-2212.

Recycle day

In honor of America Recycles Day, a recycling event for electronics will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at Renaissance High School off Waldon Road.
Safe Harbor Recycling is accepting electronics, scrap metal, appliances, and batteries, but not TVs or monitors with picture tubes.
The event kicks off a joint partnership between Clarkston Community Education and Safe Harbor Recycling to provide monthly recycling year round on the third Saturday of each month.
Call Patty at 248-240-4899 for questions or to schedule a free pick-up.

Sashabaw project

Independence Township hosts a public informational meeting with Road Commission for Oakland County and Michigan Department of Transportation on the proposed Sashabaw Road work at I-75 and Waldon Road, 4-7 p.m., Nov. 6.
The open-house meeting, with no formal presentation, will be at Independence Township Hall, 6483 Waldon Center Drive. Call248-625-5111.

School program OK’d

Clarkston Board of Education voted 7-0, Oct. 27, to approve a Word Study pilot proposal for K-5 reading and writing.
The total cost of the program is $19,265.32, including materials and guest teacher costs during training.
The program includes reading and writing workshops, interactive reading and writing, and shared reading. Focus is on word study, which includes phonics, grammar, derivation of words, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation
The school board will receive a progress report in January, and recommendation for the program will be presented in May, said Kimberly Fletcher, teacher trainer and data consultant.

Road work

The Tindall Road and Rattalee Lake Road intersection west of I-75 in Springfield Township is expected to close intermittently this week for a paving project.
Road Commission for Oakland County workers are paving the gravel approach from Tindall to Rattalee Lake. Detour route is Bigelow Road to Davisburg Road to Eaton Road and back to Rattalee Lake.
Work should be complete by Friday, Nov. 7.

Desert Angel donations

Clarkston High School students Evan Farough and Kayleigh Goodrich are collecting supplies for Desert Angel care packages for troops overseas.
Items needed include canned tuna or chicken, jerky, ravioli, chili, ramen noodles, mac and cheese, cereal, protein, and oatmeal bars, individually wrapped snacks, gum, small trailmix bags, chapstick, individual drink mixes, soap, travel size shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
Drop off donations through Friday, Nov. 7, at the high school front entrance from 7-7:20 a.m.

Clerk’s offices open
for absentee ballots

Okay, you want to vote, but you don’t want to stand in line with the rest of your neighbors. That means you need an absentee ballot. And, even though the election is only days away you can still get one.
The Independence Township Clerk’s office will be open this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the last day you can pick up and take out of the township office an absentee ballot. According to Clerk Barb Pallotta’s office, to be counted, these ballots are to be turned into the township hall by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 — election day.
The Springfield Township Clerk’s office will also be open on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the clerk’s office, 12000 Davisburg Road, at 248-846-6510.

Fall back time

Turn your clocks back an hour this weekend, as Daylight Savings Time ends. The time changes at 2 a.m., Sunday morning, giving you an extra hour of sleep.

Band heads
to Ford Field

Clarkston High School Marching Band hits Ford Field at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at the 35thAnnual Michigan Competing Band Association State Championship.
The marching Wolves are among 49 high school bands from across the state competing at the state level.
For more information, go to

Operation Gratitude

Dr. Scott Vanderveen, DDS, in Clarkston is partnering with Operation Gratitude to send overseas troops some treats this year.
Unopened Halloween candy can be brought to the office located at 7558 M.E. Cad Boulevard off Dixie Highway, Nov. 3-7. They are open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed from 1-2 p.m. each day.
Every person who donates will receive a dental goody bag. You may also write a letter or color a picture for a member of the military to include with your donation. For more information, call 248-625-3339.

Student count down

Clarkston Commnity Schools’ preliminary student count is 7,910, which is a loss of 89 students from last year.
The district budgeted for an expected loss of 70 students, based on projections for the FY 14-15 school year. With a state funding of $7,251 per student, the population drop equals a loss of $645,339, which is $137,769 more than expected.
With a new Student Information System in place this year, draft numbers were available within a couple days of the Oct. 1 count, said Deputy Superintendent Shawn Ryan.
“But I thought it prudent to run some redundant reports to confirm the data output from the new SIS,” Ryan said.

Trick or Treat times

Independence Township Board of Trustees approved Trick or Treat hours of 6-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, for township residents.
Clarkston City Council also set trick-or-treating from 6-7 p.m. Springfield Township has no set trick-or-treating times.
Safety tips for trick or treaters include: make sure children look both ways before crossing the street and beware traffic and obstacles, don’t cross between or behind cars, and carry a flashlight; inspect candy and discard anything that looks damaged or tampered with; and only visit well lit homes.

Treats for Troops

Donate extra candy from trick or treating at the Treats for Troops candy collection, Nov. 3-5, at Independence Township sheriff’s substation, 6560 Citation Drive.
Candy should be individually wrapped. No chocolate, though.
Parents and children can also include thank you and holiday notes to the troops with the donation.
‘Treats for Troops is a great way parents can participate in a community service project with their kids while showing our troops we support them back home,? said Sheriff Michael Bouchard.


The phone number for Independence Township was listed incorrectly in “Electronic billing,” page 3, Oct. 15. The correct number is 248-625-5111.

School candidate forum

The League of Women Voters hosts a candidate forum for Clarkston Board of Education candidates, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Clarkston Junior High School, 6595 Waldon Road.
Incumbent board members Elizabeth Egan, Steve Hyer, and Rosalie Lieblang, and challengers Donald E. Deering and Kelli Horst are running for three open seats on the school board.

Electronic billing

If half of Independence Township’s residents switch to automatic bill payment, the township would save about $20,000 a month, said township Treasurer Paul Brown.
Each month, the township sends bills for water, sewer and other services for over 10,000 accounts. Costs associated with this service is about $40,000.
Automatic bill paying eliminates paper bills and mailing expenses. Brown said electronic billing allows the township to ‘Go Green.?
Also, electronic-billing software saves costs by reducing staff times. Brown said customers can still get a paper bill if they wish. Sign up at Township Hall, 6483 Waldon Center Drive. For more information, call 248-625-5211.

Water survey

Independence Township plans to update its water reliability study next year.
‘It’s critical we monitor our drinking water and wells to ensure they meet standards of the Safe Water Drinking Act,? said Supervisor Pat Kittle.
The study will include identifying wells where public drinking water comes from, contaminants, and water susceptibility to contaminants, and inform the public of the results. According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the study must be conducted every five years.

Road work

Road Commission for Oakland County is resurfacing Holcomb Road between Davisburg and Miller roads this week.
The road is expected to remain open to traffic, but reduced to one lane with traffic directed by flaggers. Work should be complete by Oct. 17.
Workers will also pave the gravel approach of Tindall Road to Rattalee Lake, west of I-75. Detour route is Bigelow Road to Davisburg Road to Eaton Road and back to Rattalee Lake. Work should finish by Oct. 23.

Eagle Ridge OK’d

Independence Township Board of Trustees appoved final site plan and special land use for Phase 1 of a new residential development on Maybee Road, north of I-75. Eagle Ridge at Morgan Lake will include 57 condos on 265 acres.

Vet benefits

Great Lakes National Cemetery and Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home will talk about federal benefits for veterans at the Veterans Benefits Seminar at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the American Legion Post #63, 8047 Ortonville Road.
‘We hope for good attendance,? said Tim Currier of Wint Funeral Home. ‘There is a lot available for our veterans in this area. Veterans and their families need this information in order to make informed decisions.?
RSVP at 248-625-5231 or Refreshments will be served and registered participants will be entered into a drawing for a door prize.

Paving project

The Tindall Road and Rattalee Lake Road intersection west of I-75 in Springfield Township is scheduled to be closed for paving, Oct. 21-23.
Road Commission for Oakland County plans to pave the gravel approach of Tindall to Rattalee Lake. Detour route will be Bigelow Road to Davisburg Road to Eaton Road and back to Rattalee Lake.
The following projects may cause traffic delays on Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) roads between Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 or may start shortly thereafter.
Call 248-858-4804 for more information.

Scrap recycling

Recycle electronics, scrap metal, appliances, even with Freon, batteries and anything with a plug but no picture tubes, on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Clarkston Area Farmers Market, 6558 Waldon Road.
Businesses and residents are welcome at the Safe Harbor Recycling event.
Call Patty to schedule free pick up at 248-240-4899.

Budget amendments

Several budget amendments were made during a Sept. 23 Independence Township Board of Directors meeting.
Amendments included an additional $15,000 for publishing costs to cover a year’s worth of publishing a newsletter. The township had originally budgeted $15,000 to publish the newsletter every other month, but due to a positive response, the newsletter will be published monthly.
Another amendment totaling $51,000 was approved to cover increased claims expenses. Several other amendments made included $5,500 for spring clean-up, $14,400 for installation and labor top change LED light bulbs along Dixie Highway and Sashabaw Road.

Firefighter promoted

Independence Township firefighter Greg Brandt was promoted from the rank of engineer to staff lieutenant in the township Fire Department.
Brandt, an employee at the department since 1999, is licensed as a paramedic and certified fire inspector. Brandt’s promotion is effective Oct. 6. He will be assigned to fire prevention and fire inspector.
A request to hire three new firefighters was also approved, with employment effective Oct. 6.

Corn roast

Campbell-Richmond American Legion Post 63, 8047 Ortonville Road, hosts its annual Corn Roast and Fall Fundraiser from 1-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4.
Admission is free and open to the public, with a charge for food, beverages, and some games.
There are games and activities for both adults and kids.
New this year is a pig roast, added to the menu of corn-on-the-cob, hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, and assorted salads and desserts.
Activities and games for children and adults include sifting-for-treasure, pumpkin decorating, cake walk, darts, bottle toss and basket-raffles. Raffle items include beverage baskets, gift baskets, and sporting items and activities. Grand Raffle prizes include $1,000, $500, and $250. All prizes to be awarded by 8 p.m.
Call 248-682-9912 for more information.

Cameras in park

Cameras are in place in Depot Park, ready to catch vandals bent on destruction. The cameras cost just under $10,000, and were approved by City of the Village of Clarkston Council at a July 14 meeting.
City Manager Carol Eberhardt said the cameras provide a 360 degree view of the park, with resolution clear enogh to read license plate numbers of vehicles in the parking lot.
Those with a password, like sheriff’s deputies, can check out what is happening in the park by logging onto the web site.
Cameras are perched up high so vandals cannot easily damage the equipment.

Carving contest

Independence Township Parks and Recreation hosts a pumpkin carving contest this fall.
Categories include ‘Traditional Carving Pumpkin? and ‘Non-Traditional Creative/Scary,? one entry per family.
Email photos to Lisa at There will be first, second, and third place winners in each category. This contest is free. Deadline is Halloween, Oct. 31, midnight.

Euchre for field house

Back by popular demand is the euchre tournament to benefit the Clarkston Field House, Sept. 27, 7-11 p.m.
The fundraiser is to continue the planned improvements. The deadline to sign up is Friday.
The entry fee to play is $35 per person and $45 per person after Sept. 19, or $60 per couple. If you do not wish to play online you can contact Karen Nicklin @ or Erika Heaton @
The night includes seven rounds of play with eight hands each round as well as cash prizes, a 50/50 and a raffle.
Water and snacks will be available throughout the evening, soda is available for donation.
It is held at the Maceday Lake Club House, 3780 Maiden in Waterford.

Clinic for dogs, cats

Oakland County Parks and Recreation and All About Animals Rescue offer services for dogs and cats at a clinic, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road.
Services will include vaccinations, $10 each, and $20 microchips, heartworm tests, and flea preventative treatments
No appointments are needed and the clinic will be held rain or shine.
In addition, Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption will be available for owners to purchase dog licenses. The State of Michigan requires all dogs older than four months to be current with rabies vaccine and have a Michigan dog license.
Call 586-879-1745.

Autumn fest for vets

Autumn Fest for disabled veterans will be from 1-4 p.m., Oct. 4, at the Twin Chimneys in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road.
Disabled veterans are invited to the Oakland County Parks and Rec picnic for an afternoon of activities including a picnic lunch with lawn games, pontoon rides, fishing, pedal boats, bikes and hand cycles, music and shuttle rides to Wint Nature Center.
The event is free for disabled vets. To reserve a spot, call 248-424-7081 or email

Sewer rates increase

In October, apartment residents in Independence Township will pay more for sewer service ? rates go up for the township’s 1,759 apartment units.
The raise increases rates for apartments by 60 percent, from $43 to $97.37 each three month bill cycle. Trustees approved the increase, Aug. 26. The new rates will be effective Oct. 14.
The increase is based on a sewer-rate study, commissioned by township officials, by Benzinski & Co.
In February, the board of trustees approved doubling the rates for mobile home units in the township. Mobile homes and apartments are now charged the same rate as a single family residence.
Businesses pay special sewer rates depending on the type of establishment. The township first approved a sewer rate schedule for homes and businesses in 1998.

M-15 road work

The M-15 renovation project continues in Clarkston, with work on the northbound lane from Washington Street to south of Laurelton Street on Wednesday, Sept. 10; southbound and inside lanes from Laurelton Street to Dixie Highway, Sept. 11; and outside lanes in both directions from Citation to Dixie, Sept. 12.
For more information, call City of the Village of Clarkston at 248-625-1559.


The article “More crosswalks, signals for Main Street,” Sept. 3 edition, was incorrect regarding crosswalk signals on Main Street at Depot Road and Church Street.
“MDOT is NOT installing crosswalk signals at Depot/Church and Main streets,” said City of the Village of Clarkston Manager Carol Eberhardt. “FYI signals are signs that typically light up, blink etc, they are putting high intensity tape on the street. There is a huge difference. Your reporting is misrepresenting what will actually occur to the public.”
She also said an article on fines for snow removal, an ordinance city council voted not to enforce, should have listed $500 for a second offense, rather than $150.

School bonds re-funded

Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously, Aug. 25, to re-fund $20,875,000 of 2005 bonds.
According to analysis by Stauder Barch Associates and Fifth Third Securities, refinancing the bonds at an interest rate of up to 4.25 percent will save the district $3,295,282. Before re-funding, interest was 5 percent, according to the report.
The bonds are due to be repaid by May 2023. The district can re-fund $67.6 million in 2006 bonds next year, said Mary Beth Rogers, executive director of business services.
“That will be it for awhile,” Rogers said.

Police budget

Independence Township’s police contract with Oakland County Sheriff’s Office will be about $4.6 million in 2015, according to budget reports to the Township Board.
Expenditures for 2015 are projected at about $4.66 million, leaving a deficit of around $60,000, said Lt. Dirk Feneley, Independence Township substation commander.
Revenues are projected to increase by $123,645, or 2.8%, and labor costs are projected to decrease $2,709, or 3.8%, when compared to 2014. Operating costs increased $186,871, or 4.3%, compared to last year. Overall contribution to the fund balance decreased $60,517.

Holcomb Road work

Resurfacing work starts this week on Holcomb Road between Davisburg and Miller roads.
The road will remain open but will be reduced to one lane with traffic directed by Road Commission for Oakland County flaggers.

Hydrant flushing

Independence Township Department of Public Works plan to flush out fire hydrants this month to improve township water quality.
The township will put up signs at subdivision entrances the day before the flushing, which will affect dead-end hydrants only.
The work may result in discolored water. The township advises use of cold water only and avoid doing laundry until clear.
For more information, call 248-625-8222 or check

Labor day events

The Clarkston News office is closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1 in observancec of the holiday.
The deadline for classifieds for the Sept. 3 edition is this Friday at noon.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Clarkston.

School tech consultant

Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously to approve hiring Convergent Technology Partners to help the district with its technology assessment.
The assessment, not to exceed $20,000, will include school visits and staff interviews, with recommendations in order of priority with dollar amounts for each item, said John Foster, senior manager, at the Aug. 25 meeting.

O.A.T.S. on

A new episode of Clarkston Spark on features the O.A.T.S. therapeutic riding facility, its leaders, instructors, volunteers, and riders.
Check’s ‘Clarkston Spark? picture, or Springfield-Independence Video You Tube channel. It will also be shown on Independence Television during the week of Sept. 1.
Find the Clarkston Spark Face Book page at


The story “Donation for new Depot Park bridge” about an $80,000 donation for a bridge in Depot Park, Aug. 20 edition, said ‘earlier this year, City of the Village of Clarkston spent about $4,000 to have the bridge inspected by an engineering firm to determine structural integrity.?
City Manager Carol Eberhardt requested a correction ? ‘The City spent $1,600 to have the bridge assessed by HRC, not $4,000. Please put a correction in next week’s paper.?
To date, according to city bills, $3,993.72 was spent on the bridge for repairs as well as the study.
We regret the $6.28 error, and not making it clear the $4,000 was the sum of all work costs associated with the bridge.
Also, in ‘On to November? in the Aug. 13 edition, the caption under the photo incorrectly identified Fred Ritter as his brother, Dennis Ritter.

Deputy supervisor hired

Independence Township Board of Trustees approved the creation of a deputy supervisor job at an Aug. 12 special meeting.
According to Independence Township Supervisor Par Kittle, under Michigan law the supervisor has the authority to create the position to aid in the administration of the township.
Leanna Cole, who has served as Kittle’s executive assistant for the last 18 months, was appointed to the position during the meeting. Cole will receive $50,000 a year plus benefits which is an $8,000 increase in salary from her previous position.

Camaro raffle

Grace Centers of Hope and Bowman Chevrolet are raffling off a new 2014 black Camaro 2LS Coupe, with a 3.6L V6 engine, six speed automatic transmission.
The winning ticket will be drawn at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Bowman Chevrolet, 6750 Dixie Highway.
Tickets are $25 each, and entrants have a one in 5,000 chance to win. Ticket holders need not be present to win.
Proceeds from the seventh annual Charity Car Raffle will provide shelter, meals, clothes, hygiene and other personal items for more than 200 men, women and children.
Check or contact Megan Gillesby at 855-HELP-GCH ext. 1123.

Positions in city

City of the Village of Clarkston is accepting applications for two positions including an administrative assistant and DPW employee.
The administrative assistant job is part-time, 16 hours per week, and requires a high school diploma or equivalent. The DPW is also looking for someone with a CDL B, snow plow and general maintenance experience to fill a part-time position.
For more information on the administrative assistant position e-mail
For the DPW job contact DPW Director Jason Miller, DPW director, at Applications can also be obtained at City Hall located at 375 Depot Street.

Fall sports launch

Be prepared for sports this year with our annual Gridiron Section. It includes the schedule for the Wolves Varsity Football team and interview with Kurt Richardson, head coach.
It also includes a roster and team photos of the varsity football team, varsity cheer team, varsity dance team and the marching band.
Pick up your copy in the Aug. 27 edition of The Clarkston News.
Go Wolves!

Fund raiser

Diane and Henry Woloson will host a fund raiser in honor of their daughter, Katie Woloson, on Aug. 23 from 4-8 p.m at 7203 Deerhill Court.
In 2013, Katie died of Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy. The fundraiser will benefit the Katherine M. Woloson MSU Study Abroad Program.
Donations can be made to Michigan State University at the fund raising event. For more information, email

Bucks for Buses

Bucks for Buses is Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Over Tyme Grill and Tap Room, 4724 Dixie Highway.
The fund raiser supports Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center’s transportation program, which provided 5,655 rides to seniors and disabled adults to doctors, work, and other appointments last year, said Barbara Rollin, senior division supervisor.
Tickets to the beach-themed event, with pizza, pasta, chicken, salad buffet, and beverages, are $25.
Call 248-625-8231.

College updates

Attention college students – as you head off to begin you next chapter we want to keep up on how you are doing.
Share your academic and athletic achievements during your college years.
Send them to

Rush for Food
collection at Cnews

The Clarkston News office at 5 S. Main Street downtown is a collection spot for the Wolves’ 17th Annual Rush for Food for Lighthouse Emergency Services in Independence Township.
The food drive for non-perishable items runs through Thursday, Aug. 21. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Athletic passes

The fall season officially begins next week and athletic passes are now available. Passes are available for all home athletic events at Sashabaw Middle School, Clarkston Junior High and Clarkston High School. Family passes are $175, with which each household member receives a pass, and individual student passes are $75.
Passes can be purchased at the Attendance Office at Clarkston High School Monday-Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and during student registration, Aug. 19, 21 and 27. Cash and checks only. Please make checks payable to Clarkston Community Schools.

Case Closed

Oakland County Sheriff’s office and Michigan State Police investigators have determined City of the Village of Clarkston Manager Carol Eberhardt did nothing wrong criminally in regards to police reports filed by a local resident over Freedom of Information Act requests and deletion of city records.
A special investigator with the county told local Cory Johnston, who filed the complaint that he may have a civil case, but the matter is not criminal. Johnston filed the complaints in July after several months of ongoing issues with the manager.
An attorney he hired, after Eberhardt made a variety of claims about him, said he should sue the city. Johnston said although he thinks he would prevail in a civil case, he does not have the time or money to fight the city. He also said he has already spent $2,500 on the issue.
A few weeks ago, Johnston said he is considering moving out of Clarkston because he feels officials get away with anything they want with no repercussions. He also claims city officials improperly notify the public about meetings, records are often unavailable and unbudgeted expenses are approved regularly.

Absentee vote

The Independence Township Clerk’s office at 6483 Waldon Center Drive will be open on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8-10 a.m. for issuing absentee voter ballots.
Registered voters can obtain absentee ballot if they are age 60 years old or older; unable to vote without assistance at the polls; expecting to be out of town on election day; in jail awaiting arraignment or trial; unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons; or appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
For more information, call Clerk Barbara Pallotta at 248-625-5114, Ext.203.

Looking for Gardens

The Clarkston Farm and Garden Club is looking for prospective gardens for the Garden Walk in July 2015 for the 10th anniversary of the Clarkston Garden Walk.
Call 248-625-2943 or email to volunteer or share suggestions.

Hunter preparedness

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation hosts Hunter’s Safety for a two-day class at Hart Community Center Aug. 4 and 6, 4:30-9:30 p.m.
The class teaches participants to be safe and responsible hunters.
Course topics include: hunting history, safe firearm handling, animal identification, shot selection, laws and regulations, personal preparedness, survival skills and wildlife conservation.
Participants are tested at the completion of the course and those 10 years of age and older are awarded their Hunter Safety Certification Card from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. You must complete all the chapters in review questions in the Hunter Education book before class begins.
This safety class is highly recommended for persons of all ages. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.
The fee is $10 per person and is for ages 10 years old and up. Those under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, please call 248-846-6558 or visit

School board election

Clarkston Board of Education President Rosalie Lieblang and trustees Elizabeth Egan and Steve Hyer are running for re-election in the Nov. 4 election.
Running as challengers are Donald E. Deering of Independence Township and Kelli Horst of Springfield Township.
Three seats are up in this year’s election. Deadline to register as a candidate for Clarkston Board of Education was Tuesday, July 22.

Labor Day parade

The Clarkston Labor Day Parade is seeking floats, classic cars, community service organizations, musical groups, local businesses, political candidates, families, and equestrian riders for the traditional end of summer event.
Sponsored by the Clarkston Rotary Club for the past 72 years, the parade begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 1, at Renaissance High School on Waldon Road. The parade route will be Church Street to Main Street, north to Miller Road, ending at Miller Rd and Holcomb roads. Entry applications are at Contact Clarkston Rotarian Joel DeLong at or 248-625-9741.

Concert for Habitat

MyHabitat Clarkston hosts Habitat in the Park, 6-9 p.m., Friday, July 25, at Depot Park.
Dinner and dessert will be available at the concessions tents, with musical entertainment by Nashville Recording Artist Bob Arwood and the Regulators.
The event will support a home build in Springfield Township for a single mother of three and U.S. Army veteran.
Call 248-625-8055 for information.

Volunteer needed

A volunteer is needed to fill a vacant seat on the city of the village of Clarkston Historic District Committee.
Duties while serving on the committee include approving or denying requests to make changes to homes or businesses located in the historic area of downtown Clarkston. The volunteer will also help oversee other issues relating to a local city ordinance created to preserve the district. Any willing volunteer is asked to contact city manager Carol Eberhardt via email at or call City Hall at 248-625-1559.

School board officers

Clarkston School Board’s officers are unchanged, after Monday’s board election.
Board President Rosalie Lieblang, Vice President Susan Boatman, Treasurer Joan Patterson, and Secretary Craig Hamilton were all re-elected to their posts on 4-3 votes during the July 14 meeting.
Voting against were trustees Elizabeth Egan, Steve Hyer, and Cheryl McGinnis. Hyer nominated Egan for all four officer posts.

Bridge closed

The pedestrian bridge in Depot Park near M-15 is closed for repairs.
City of the Village of Clarkston Manager Carol Eberhardt said she decided to close the bridge even though the city engineer deemed it safe for people to cross to be ‘prudent” and because DPW Foreman Jason Miller is on vacation.
Repairs will be completed when Miller returns this week, Eberhardt said.
Resident Tom Stone asked if signs could be installed to let walkers know the bridge is closed so they don’t travel all the way there only to learn they cannot cross. Eberhardt said she would make the signs.

Bonuses for township

Department heads can earn an extra $1,500 under a new incentive plan adopted by the Independence Township Board.
Under the new Performance Recognition Plan, approved on July 8, department directors can earn bonuses ranging from $1,000-$1,500 for achieving at least 70 percent of goals, starting in 2015.


The news brief ‘Political signs? in the July 9 edition should have said City of the Village of Clarkston ordinances permit political signs only on private property 60 days before an election, and they must be removed 14 days after an election. Signs are also limited to 2 feet by 3 feet.

Political signs

According to Independence Township ordinances, candidates for office can put up their political signs 14 days before the Aug. 5 election on private property outside public rights-of-way, no closer than 100 feet from any polling place.
Signs can’t exceed 16 square feet in area and four feet in height in single-family residential districts, and must be removed 10 days following election day.
Springfield Township allows political signs without permit provided they have property owners? permission and comply with size and safety regulations. Political signs must be removed within 15 days after the election.
The City of the Village of Clarkston’s ordinances do not regulate political signs.

Golf outing

The Wolves host their 14th Annual Clarkston Football Golf Outing with the Defending State Champions at Pine Knob Golf Course, Friday Aug. 8.
The cost is $100 per golfer and includes dinner, door prizes, golf contest and awards.
Registration is at 12 p.m. and the scramble format fun begins at 1 p.m.
A 50/50 raffle will also be held to benefit the Clarkston Football Program.
New this year ? the ability to register and pay online by going to

Aliaga endorsement

The Michigan Townships Association Political Action Committee endorsed Jose Aliaga for 43rd District state representative in the primary election.
The MTA-PAC endorsements were based primarily on input from township officials and the candidate’s responsiveness to township issues before the Michigan Legislature. The MTA-PAC sent questionnaires to township officials, and questionnaires were also sent to all legislative candidates on key issues of importance to townships.

Independence Township
commemorates Vietnam War anniversary

A proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war will be presented to veterans by Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle during the Independence Fest Veteran’s Celebration July 4 at Clintonwood Park.
By issuing the proclamation, the township Board of Trustees recognize July 4, 2014 through November 11, 2025 as the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War In Independence Township.
The proclamation was submitted by Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert, and unanimously adopted by the township Board of Trustees at their meeting on June 24.

Veterans Court to form

Independence Township is partnering with Waterford Township to form a new veterans’ court.
Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said the new court, with 52-2 District Court Judge Kelly Kostin, will work to keep veterans out of the civilian court system. He added many veterans returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan with emotional issues.
‘This program has been extremely successful in eliminating costs associated with incarceration,? Kittle said. ‘It is driven to help facilitate the individual veterans to get back into the VA system to get more involved in counseling and positive programs.?
An Oakland County Regional Veterans Court was formed in 2013.

New Finance Director

Independence Township Board hired Wendy Thomas as new finance director, May 21, with a salary of $77,500 with benefits.
‘I am glad to bring aboard someone with these credentials and someone who will also bring transparency to the board,? said Independence Township Clerk Barb Pallotta.
Treasurer Paul Brown said the township received seven applications for the position and narrowed the interview process down to three candidates before they hired Thomas.
Brown said he was impressed by Thomas’s deep knowledge of a special computer software used in the township.
Thomas replaces Susan Henricks.

‘We want The
Clarkston News’

Clarkston City Council members have spoken, again. At a June 23 meeting, council members said The Clarkston News is to be used as the first choice for publishing legal notices.
Councilwoman Peg Roth requested the discussion be scheduled at the June 23 city council meeting because she has noticed public notices are frequently printed in a daily newspaper when they could have been printed in The Clarkston News.
This is the third discussion this year about where the city’s public notices should be printed. City Manager Carol Eberhardt has been directed several times by council to use the News as a first choice for publishing notices.
The Clarkston News, which was founded in 1929, has historically printed the city’s public notices.

Fourth of July

Independence Township Fourth of July festivities kick off with a parade through downtown Clarkston at 10 a.m., starting at St. Daniel Catholic Church, 7010 Valley Park Drive.
Independence Fest in Clintonwood Park, from 11 a.m.-dusk, ,includes a Visit with a Mermaid, 12?3 p.m.; a 120-foot X-treme Zip, 2-8 p.m.; live entertainment on the main stage starting at 3 p.m.; Cirque Amongus, 4:30-5:15 p.m.; kids games and inflatables, 11a.m.?9:30 p.m.; Craft Show, 11a.m.?5 p.m.; and Veteran’s Celebration, with recognition ceremony and 21-gun salute at 12:30 p.m., and ‘Meet and Greet? and Military Museum in and around the Carriage House; and fireworks with performance by Magic Bus, 7-10 p.m.
All veterans are invited to participate as VIPs, and share mementos and artifacts in he Carriage House from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 248-625-8231.
Shuttle rides, $2, 11 a.m. until after fireworks finale. Clintonwood parking, $5/car until 2 p.m.; after 2 p.m., $10/car; Everest Academy parking, $10/car all day, starting at 2 p.m.; Clarkston High School, $5/car at 7 p.m. or pay for shuttle.


In ‘City has lots of cash,” June 18, the millage rate for the City of the Village of Clarkston is 12.85, rather than 12.81 as stated. It will cost $6,875 to clean storm drains in the city rather than $58,752. The budget was passed June 9th.

Missing Mayor
Where has the Mayor of the City of the Village of Clarkston gone?
Mayor Joe Luginski has been absent over the past few months and his term is over in Nov. Despite questions asked, The Clarkston News received no response from Luginski.

Township approves
purchasing easements
“Independence Township is in the process of laying out plans for the expansion and improvement of the Waldon and Sashabaw Roads intersection,? said Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle.
Kittle said purchasing four easement rights in the area is needed to complete road improvements.
He added improvements will occur in the area on 1-75 as well as several parcels of property in the area.
The Township’s Planning Firm, Hubbel, Roth and Clark has also been working closely with the Road Commission for Oakland County regarding issues in the area.
Kittle said the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Team will ensure any easement issues are resolved amicably.
Trustees approved the purchase of four easements, one which is still being negotiated, at a total cost of $97,000 to be paid out of an upcoming check run and approved at the next meeting on June 24.

Programs eliminated
Independence Township Parks and Recreation Director Ken Elwert asked the Independence Township Board of Trustees to eliminate the Recreation Division Basketball Program at a board meeting, June 10.
Elwert said although the basketball category covered its direct costs, when full-time staff programming costs are factored in, the program does not come close to its needed cost recovery rate.
‘We were aware of challenges in this category from the last service assessment completed in 2012 and we put together a different program model for the 2013-2014 season in an attempt to get this category within range. However, the 2013-2014 model did not work as anticipated and attendance dropped,? Elwert said.
Trustees voted to eliminate the program for the 2014-15 season.

Concerts in the Park

Clarkston’s Concerts in the Park series opens Friday, June 13, with the 80s tunes of Outer Vibe.
Local talent starts about 6 p.m., with the headliner act hitting the stage at the gazebo at 7 p.m., performing until 9 p.m.
The series contines on June 20 with Magic Bus, performing the hits of the 1970s; StarDusters Band’s big band sound on June 27; Rusty Wright Band, singing the blues on July 11; and the country music of Bar None on July 18.
All concerts are free, with concessions and other community activities on site.

Repaving contract OK’d

A special council meeting to approve a contract between the city of Clarkston and Michigan Department of Transportation to repave two streets in the city was May 27.
Work to resurface Princess and Wompole was approved at a cost of $17,200. Milling and resurfacing work will take place on Princess Lane from the M-15 intersection to 150 feet west. Womplhole will be milled a repaved for the entire length of the road located in city limits. The work will be included in resurfacing work on M-15 from Clarkston to Ortonville.
Work is underway from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The entire project will be completed by Aug. 28.

Beware of Scam

Oakland County Register of Deeds is warning Oakland County residents to beware of a scam in which involves a caller telling residents they have missed jury duty and must pay a fine.
Anyone receiving such a call in Independence Township should call the Oakland County Sheriff Office Independence Township by calling 248-620-4968.

Summer food program

Children 18 and under and those up to age 26 who are enrolled in an officially recognized educational program for those with mental or physical disabilities can get free lunches this summer through the Summer Food Service Program.
Lunch will be provided at Clarkston Community Education Building, 6558 Waldon Road, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 7 to Aug. 7.
For more information, call Clarkston Community Schools Nutrition Department Office at 248-623-8001.

Fight continues
against phragmites

Indepence Township DPW Director Linda Richardson said township officials have been working with the group Oakland Invasive Species to rid the area of phragmites.
The township recently accepted bids to fight several types of several invasive species. The bid will include removal of invasive species around 188 acres of township land.
‘It includes all the invasive species on that property,? said Richardson.
Two companies submitted bids to do the work. The winning bid was submitted by Natural Community Services.
Richardson said the township would also pay for a blanket permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, so if individual homeowners or businesses need to remove invasive species from their property, they can do so.
Township officials have budgeted $70,000 this year to fight the pesky species.
Treatment will start in 2015.

Aliaga in race

Jose Aliaga of Independence Township recently launched his campaign for state representative for the 43rd State House District, which includes Clarkston, Lake Angelus, Waterford and Independence Township.
‘Aliaga, currently an Independence Township trustee, is running on a platform of small government, keep taxes low, fix roads and defend the Second Amendment. Priorities also include education, bringing a hospital to the area, and protecting the under-served ? seniors, children, veterans, and the disabled.
The seat is currently held by State Representative Gail Haines, who is term limited and cannot run for re-election. Check

to be hooked up

A subdivision off Clarkston Road with a total of 272 homes, 95 homes in Independence Township and the rest in Orion Township, will have another water source after the Independence Township Board of Trustees approved an engineering service agreement so the township can enter an intra-governmental agreement to extend a water main in the Hillview subdivision.
According to DPW Director Linda Richardson, the 8-inch water main, which will be connect to a 12-inch main, will provide a valuable secondary water feed for the subdivision by providing additional flow in case a well system ever fails.
Richardon said because the well system is the only source of water in the area, if the well failed and there was a fire, the only way water could be brought in would be by truck.
‘Because Orion buys water from the City of Detroit, there would be an unlimited amount of water supply in the area,? said Richardson.
The township also has a similar agreement in another area in Waterford. At a May 27 meeting, the Township Board of Trustees approved engineering services from Hubbell, Roth and Clark for $12,500.
Plans, as well as a full set of engineering drawings for the project, must be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

School tech grant

Clarkston schools has a $60,000 Technology Readiness Infrastrructure Grant with a June 30 expiration date. Administration presented a plan to the Board of Education, May 19, to use it to buy a new firewall for the district.
The Fortinet Firewall, including hardware, license certificates, backups, and delivery, would cost $56,445.74.
Installing a new firewall has been a top technology priority for the district, said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock. The school board will discuss the issue in June, scheduling a special meeting if required.

Vocation program OK’d

Clarkston School Board voted unanimously, May 19, to approve the purchase of a new vocational curriculum for $24,685.
The Practical Assessment Exploration System will provide work and life skill training for students at Clarkston High School as well as the district’s post-secondary program. Units will include Computer Technology, Constrruction/Industrial, Processing/Production, Consumer/Service, and Business/Marketing.
Funds come from special education grants and district special education funds.

Extra days for
Bailey Lake El

Bailey Lake Elementary will be in session for two half days more than the rest of the district this school year, June 11 and 12.
All buildings had 10 cancelled snow days, three more than allowed by the state. Bailey Lake had additional power outage days, so fell two more days short.
June 10, the last half day for the rest of the district, is a half day for Bailey Lake as well.
The state government passed House Bill 4295, but it does not apply to Clarkston. The bill only affects districts exceeded 175 days in 2009-10, re-setting their threshold to 174. Clarkston is already below that, at 172 days.
However, the House Bill lowers the attendance percentage required for Make Up Days from 75 percent to 60 percent.

News closed for holiday

Clarkston News offices are closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.
The deadline for classifieds and ads is noon on Friday.

Memorial Day parade

American Legion Post 63 leads the Clarkston Memorial Day parade and service, 10 a.m., May 26, through downtown to the cemetery.
Participating will be the post Color Guard, Sons of the American Legion, Clarkston Choral Group, Terry Shelwell’s military vehicles, Clarkston High School band, students from Clarkston’s Junior High School, and singer/songwriter Kristina Austin Scarcelli.
For more information, call 248-627-3038.

Building permits online

Craig Strong, Clarkston building official, said he has seen more construction work in the city, and reminds residents to obtain building permits when required. Strong asked residents also keep an eye out for any building activities they see taking place without a permit.
According to City Manager Carol Eberhardt, all building forms have been updated, and can be found on the city’s web site, Residents can also find a construction and project approval checklist before work begins.
Downloadable forms include building permit applications, electrical and plumbing permits, and information on building decks and zoning.
Contact Strong with questions at or 734-652-6813.

M-15 road work

Construction on M-15 to start this week.
The $4.1 million project will resurfacec about 8.6 miles of M-15, from Wolf Road in Ortonville to Dixie Highway in Independence Township.
During the project, which will last until about November, crews will remove about 1 ½ inch of pavement from the road surface. Other work will include resurfacing and upgrading sidewalk ramps to bring them into American’s with Disability Act (ADA) compliance.
For more information about the process call Clarkston City Hall at 248-625-1559.

Urban farming OK

The State of Michigan recently passed a law allowing municipalities to ban residents from raising livestock and fowl in their yards.
Clarkston has no interest in such an ordinancee,  said City Manager Carol Eberhardt.
“Several city residents do raise fowl and many have large gardens, some in front yards,” Eberhardt said.
The City Ordinance Committee reviewed the ordinance about a month ago and voted unanimously not to prohibit residents from raising farm animals.
Eberhardt said the decision was unanimous because the city supports the urban farming concept.

Diaper drive

Clarkston chapter of Mothers & More launched a “Little Change” Diaper Drive during the month of May.  
“This is no small donation,” said Priscilla Perkins, Lighthouse Chief Development Officer. “A case of diapers costs upwards of $50.00 and we are always in need.”  
At Neiman’s Family Market, 7121 Dixie Highway, will be selling specially marked diaper packages for the diaper drive
donation sites also include Lil’ Peoples’ Place, 6475 Waldon Center Drive, and Busy Bodies, 6678 Dixie Highway.
Clarkston Area Mothers & More at 6255 Shapie Road, Clarkston, MI 48348.
Call 248-920-6000.

Publisher honored

Retired Clarkston News Publisher James A. Sherman, Sr., was honored at the April 15 Independence Township Board meeting.
Trustees passed a resolution honoring Sherman for his support and involvement in the community. Sherman took over the reins of The Clarktson News in 1966 from “Judge? Bill Stamp, who bought the paper in 1933.
Sherman retired in 1993 and passed on publishership to his son, Jim Sherman, Jr. The township resolution was part of four such resolutions in honor of Sherman from the Michigan State’s House of Representatives, Oakland County Board of Commissioners and from Clarkston resident and County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson. Sherman was ‘roasted? recently by the Oxford Rotary Club to raise funds for high school scholarships. The event raised over $8,000.

More days for
Bailey Lake

Students at Bailey Lake Elementary will be in school a couple days later than fellow Clarkston kids.
Bailey Lake, which cancelled classes due to power outages in addition to snow days this school year, will be in half-day sessions on June 11 and 12. Classes in the rest of the district end on June 10, a half day. The state allows six snow days. Clarkston had 10 snow cancellations this school year.
Discussions at the state level are ongoing and monitored closely by administration, said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock. House Bill 4295 lowers the student-attendance percentage from 75 percent to 60 percent. At least 60 percent of students must attend class for those days to count.

M-15 yard sale

The annual M-15 Heritage Route Yard Sale is Saturday, May 3. The all-day event, each year on the first Saturday in May, invites shoppers to visit historic villages along the route, from Clarkston to Vassar.
The M-15 Coalition, a partnership of local units of governments, includes area chambers of commerce and municipalities, and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The coalition serves to promote, preserve and protect the recreational resources of M-15 through heightened awareness of the route.

New chiller for school

Clarkston Junior High School will stay cool this summer with a new air-cooled coil chiller for its air conditioning system.
Daikin Applied of Minneapolis, Minn., made the only bid for the project. Clarkston School Board voted unanimously, April 14, to approve the $109,473 purchase and installation. The current chiller, which is 15 years old, will be replaced in June.

Mowing contract OK’d

Clarkston schools has a new contractor for lawn service. DM Burr of Flint will cut the grass at the district’s 10 properties starting this year.
Clarkston schools reviewed six bids for lawn maintenance collaboratively with Lake Orion Community Schools. Cost per cut is $1,777. Based on 26 cuttings per year, cost per year would be $46,202. Total for the three-year bid is $138,606.

Race for Kids

The 6th Annual Chuck Keegan ‘Race for the Kids? will be on Saturday, May 3.’Events include a 5K Run, 3K Walk, and a ‘Donut Dash? for children 10 and under. Children’s activities also include face painting and a bounce house.?
The event will begin at the Clarkston Junior High Track. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; events begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 for the 5K Run or 3K Walk, and $5 for the ‘Donut Dash? and other children’s activities. There is also a family rate of $50 for all events.
Proceeds provide scholarships for the Clarkston students.’Register at or call 248 623-5631.

Public hearing
on 148 N. Main

A public hearing on a petition to rezone 148 N. Main Street is rescheduled for April 21, 7 p.m., at City Hall.
The request is to rezone the property from R-1 to Village Commercial, along with Special Land Use.
For more information, email City Manager Carol Eberhardt at

Oak Hill Road work

A paving project will close Oak Hill Road between Dixie Highway and Kier Road on the border between Springfield and Groveland townships to through traffic for the next several months.
The Road Commission for Oakland County project is to pave the gravel road. Detour route is Dixie Highway to Rattalee Lake Road, Bridge Lake Road, Kier Road, Bird Road, and back to Oak Hill. The road is expected to be closed through approximately Aug. 29.
Local access to homes and businesses within the construction areas along both roads will be maintained at all times. Call 877-858-4804 or check for more information.

White Cane Week

Clarkston Area Lions take to the streets from April 25-May 3 for their annual White Cane Week.
Donations support Leader Dogs for the Blind, Michigan Eye Bank and Transplant Center, Lions Bear Lake Camp for Physically Challenged Youth, Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Beaumont Silent Children Fund, and District 11A2 Lions Hearing Program for Oakland and Macomb Counties.
Check for more information.

Spring Wine Tasting

Clarkston Rotary’s Spring Wine Tasting is 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 8, at Fountains Golf and Banquet, 6060 Maybee Road.
The fund raiser will feature Michigan wines, appetizers by Fountains Golf and Banquet, and an auction.
Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $45 at the door. Proceeds will benefit local and international projects. Call President Joel DeLong for more information at 248-625-9741.

Tai Chi classes

NovaCare Rehabilitation is offering free Tai Chi classes beginning April 14.
The one-hour class is held once a week for six weeks at 5:30 p.m. and is part of the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program.
Just a few benefits of Tai Chi include reducing stress, a feeling of relaxation and helping range of motion and flexibility.
Space is limited, please call 248-625-5998 to register or for more information.
NovaCare is located at 6770 Dixie Highway, Suite 104.

Family Game Day

Clarkston High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club is hosting a Family Game Day this Saturday.
The high school cafeteria is open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for the 2nd Annual International Tabletop day.
Games and cards will be available to use or bring your own. A few volunteers are on hand to help setup and teach games. It is free and a ton of games are available for people of all ages.
For more information, please visit

Car raffle

Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association is raffling off a 2014 Crystal Red Metallic Chevy Sonic 5 Door LT.
Tickets for the fund raiser are $50 at Bowman Chevrolet at M15 and & Dixie Highway. Drawing is May 7. Winner need not be present to win.
If less than 500 tickets are sold, the raffle will revert to a 50/50 drawing. For more information, email Kathy Bertolini at

Arm wrestling contest

The Third Annual East Michigan
Armwrestling Championships is April 5 at Buck Shot’s Bar & Grill, 7048 Gateway Park Drive.
Weigh ins are 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Competition starts at 1:30 p.m. Entry fee is $15, $10 for additional weight classes.
For more information, call Steve Pettis at 269-757-3694.

School makeup days

With 10 snow cancellations this school year, Clarkston Community Schools added some makeup days. Classes will be in session through Tuesday, June 10, officials said.
Thursday, June 5, was formerly a half day but now will be a full day of school. Full days are also planned on Friday, June 6, and Monday, June 9. The last day of school, June 10, will be a half day.
Six snow days are allowed by the Michigan Department of Education. Proposed state legislation, HB4295, would allow for fewer make-up days. The bill passed in the state House of Representatives, but is still pending in the Senate.
No change is planned to the schedule for high school seniors.

Walk request tabled

Clarkston City Council tabled a request, Monday, by city resident Belinda Belcher to have a fund-raising walk downtown on May 4.
Belcher said her 13-year-old son has Ring Chromosome syndrome. The walk would support research into the rare disease.
City attorney Tom Ryan said before the city council approves the event, she must obtain an insurance policy protecting the city.
Belcher said she was unsure of where to obtain the policy, but would check into it and come to another meeting.

Scrapbooking crop

The First Congregational Church of Clarkston hosts a Scrapbooking Crop fund raiser on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Registration is $40 to the event, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks along with a goodie bag and prizes.
Registration deadline is March 24. For more information, call the church, 5449 Clarkston Road, at 248-394-0200.

Watch out for coyotes

Clarkston Schools warned of coyotes in the Hubbard Road and Allen Road areas of Independence Township.
“We received two reports this afternoon,” said Heidi McClain, schools administrative assistant, Monday. “One parent reported the sheriff’s department was contacted to put down a deer that had been attacked but was still alive.”
A sheriff’s deputy on duty, Monday, said coyotes generally don’t bother people, but be careful anyway.
“Please be aware and make sure you and your children are cautious,” McClain said.

Library millage

Library supporters are going back to voters for a 1.25 millage proposal, Aug. 5.
The proposal, to fund the Clarkston Independence District Library, would be a 0.551 mill increase, said Julie Meredith, library director.
“It would cost an average homeowner $125, a $56 per year increase,” Meredith said. “It’s replacement funding ? we still need to secure funding.”
The district library agreement allows two opportunities to ask the public. A millage proposal in 2012 lost by 28 votes.
“It was a very close election,” the library director said. “From the feedback we received, many people said they didn’t realize it was on the ballot. We’ll ask again, see if the public really feels that way.”

Highest honors
for Team RUSH

Clarkston High School CSMTech Team RUSH won the Industrial Design award, the highest judged award for a robot, at the recent regional tournament in Duluth, Minn.
This award is based on the design of the robot, manufacturing, ability for students to present to the judges, and overall performance.
Team RUSH also won the Chairman’s Award, the highest award in FIRST, which secures their spot for the World Championships in April.

Public hearing on
assessment district

A hearing to hear any concerns or objections regarding a Special Assessment District will be at 7 p.m., March 18 at Independence Township Hall.
Independence Township Board of Trustees approved a Special Assessment District for the Avington Park Condominium Subdivision to finance road improvements. The township received a petition from homeowners requesting the SAD to fund road work in the subdivision. Improvements will include preparation work, grinding, base and curb repairs and paving.
A five percent administration fee will be added to costs.

Sewer proposal OK’d

Independence Township Board of Trustees accepted a proposal from engineering firm Hubbel, Roth and Clark for $14,990 to begin preparing plans for a project to clean and televise cleaning of the townships sewer lines.
HRC will prepare project plans, including scope and costs of the project, in order to begin soliciting bids.
In December 2013, the township applied for a $2 million
Stormwater, Asset management, and Wastewater (SAW) grant, which if approved would reimburse similar work retroactive to Jan. 2, 2012. The grant requires work to start within three years. Funding can only be used on sewer lines installed prior to 1993 that have not been rehabilitated.
The township budgeted $500,000 this year for checking sewers for leks and defects with a television camera, and cleaning them. Bidding is expected to begin this spring, with work beginning shortly after a bid is accepted.

CIA volunteers needed

Clarkston Christmas in Action is gearing up for their spring home improvement project for local residents in need.
The annual volunteer event is April 26 this year. Seniors who need work done on their homes to keep them safe and in relative comfort, or those who know of them, are asked to contact the community group at 248-613-1232.
Volunteers are also needed for skilled-trades work, as well as general yard work and cleaning.
For more information, check

Youth recognition

Nominate local youth for a Youth Recognition award, 7 p.m., April 23 at Clarkston United Methodist Church.
Clarkston Area Youth Assistance hosts the Youth Recognition Ceremony and Dessert Reception to honor young people who have made outstanding contributions in volunteerism, behavior, academic achievement, and citizenship without compensation.
All youth nominated will be recognized for their contributions with certificates from CAYA and area dignitaries. Nominees, families, and nominators are invited to the dessert reception directly following the ceremony.
Nominees must reside within the Clarkston School District, and nominators must be adults. Nomination deadline is March 21. Call the Youth Assistance office at 248-623-4313.

Teacher of the Year

Deadline to nominate the 2014 Teacher of the Year is March 28.
This year, Clarkston Foundation and Suburban Ford will honor teachers who work in Physical Education, Visual Art, Performing Art, Music, Social Work, Counselors, Psychologists and Young 5’s.
Check for details and nomination form.

Zoo talk

Clarkston Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road, hosts Behind the Scenes at the Zoo, 6 p.m., March 8.
Zookeeper Gretchen Pitser of Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend, Ind., will talk about feeding and caring for the animals and what zoos are doing to help endangered species.
Pitser, a Clarkston High School and Michigan State University graduate, will discuss all aspects of zoo life for the animals. Participants are invited for a hot dog supper. Admission is free, with freewill offering taken for animal conservation.
For more information or reservations call 248-625-1611.

New trucks for
Parks and Rec

Independence Township officials approved Township, Parks Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert’s request to replace two trucks at Clintonwood Park. A third truck was also scheduled to be replaced, but was postponed until 2015.
Elwert said bids were obtained through the Oakland County Bid Process with Red Holman Buick/GMC and Signature Ford. The trucks need to have towing capabilities to haul various materials when needed and to haul a small tractor owned by the township.
The existing trucks regularly suffered performance issues, he said.
Trustees approved a quote from Red Holman to purchase a 2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4 wheel drive regular cab truck for $23,500. Officials also approved purchasing a 2014 GMC Sierra 2500 4 WD Crew Cab truck for $25,827.

Contract delayed

Renewal of Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock’s contract was not placed on the agenda at Monday’s school board meeting.
The contract, which was a concern for dozens of school employees and residents at the Feb. 10 school board meeting, was left off at Rock’s request.
“I wanted all seven board members at the meeting to act on my contract,” the superintendent said. “Since not all seven could be there, I asked them to delay the action until the next meeting.”
Board President Rosalie Lieblang and Trustee Elizabeth Egan were absent from the Feb. 24 meeting.

Charity Challenge

Andiamo Trattoria, 7228 N. Main Street, kicks off Chef’s Charity Challenge Week this Sunday through March 8 to benefit Clarkston SCAMP. They will also host their grand opening March 5, 5 p.m. to close. For more information, please call 248-620-9300.

Wolves state
win on ITV

Miss the Wolves’ state-championship game last December?
It’s on ITV, local public access television, but only for this week.
‘Dr. Rod Rock (Clarkston schools superintendent) and I approached Fox Sports and the MHSAA and asked if we could air the game for a week,? said Pat Kittle, Independence Township supervisor. ‘We need to just relish the moment. It’s been a long time.?
The Clarkston High School football team won the Division 1 State Football Championship, defeating Detroit Catholic Central, 32-14, at Ford Field.
It includes highlight video, recorded games and special interviews.

No Tim Horton’s
on M-15 and Dixie

Independence Township Planning Commission turned down a proposal for a drive-thru Tim Horton’s restaurant, convenience store, and gas station at the corner of M-15 and Dixie Highway.
Trustee Ron Ritchie, who also serves on the commission, said the prospective business owner couldn’t meet traffic and parking requirements, so withdrew his petition.
‘There were a number of concerns? said Trustee David Lohmeier, who added that the location will be difficult for any business to occupy.

Nominations for
Community Awards

Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert said nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Clarkston Community Awards. Nominations are due by March 14, and the awards breakfast will be helped at the Clarkston Community Church on May 13.
‘Do you know someone or a group whose commitment and energy regularly makes this area a better place,? said Elwert.
Nomination categories include Citizen of the year, business person of the year, community collaboration and many more.
For a complete list of categories and award forms visit or call 248-922-6214.

Spring Break deal

Thank goodness Spring Break is just around the corner!
If you’re not heading somewhere warm, you and the kids will be home, looking for something local to do.
Luckily, fun activities and new, interesting places to discover abound and finding them couldn’t be easier. Check out the March and April editions of the Big Deal Magazine’all ads for kid, tween and teen-friendly destinations will be designated with a special Spring Break stamp.
Are you a kid-friendly business owner looking to reach local families? Spread the word to 53,000 households. Special rates are now available.

Clarkston grad chief
of White Lake Police

Clarkston High School graduate Adam Kline was selected as the new police chief in White Lake.
“I think it’s a great honor for me and also a good thing for the people of White Lake,” said Kline, who graduated from CHS in 1982.
Already serving as a lieutenant with 26 years in the White Lake Police Department, he can continue its service oriented programs, he said.
“That’s what we’re about here ? a small community in Oakland County, we’re about the people here, taking care of them, reducing crime, and increasing the quality of life,” he said.
He served in the U.S. Military, and has a bachelor’s degree in community development and administration from Central Michigan University. He also graduated from Police Staff and Command Training at Northwestern University and FBI National Academy.

City meetings recorded

After a request by Clarkston resident Tom Stone, Clarkston City Council meetings are now recorded and broadcast on Independence Television.
City Hall was wired for broadcasts, but not used for long. Broadcast only requires portable video equipment now, however. Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said the township is happy to help.
City Manager Carol Eberhardt said a link to the latest meeting will be posted on the city’s web site online. Older meetings will be available on the ITV website for up to a year. The first meeting was taped on Jan. 27.

Help for weatherization

Low-income residents in need of home weatherization may be eligible for upgrades through the Federal Department of Energy and administered by the Michigan Department of Community Services. Free upgrades can include energy savings services like combustion appliance testing, installing ceiling insulation and ventilation, sidewall and floor ventilation, and interior sealing of major cold-air infiltration areas. Eligibility requirements must be met and those interested must apply. For more information visit or call 517-546-8500

Wild game dinner

American Legion Campbell-Richmond Post 63 hosts a Wild Game Dinner, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at the post home, 8047 Ortonville Road.
Tickets are $20 per person at the all-you-can-eat fund raiser. Planned menu includes elk, white tail deer, duck, walleye, salmon, domestic turkey, and samples of other assorted wild game, along with desserts.
Events also include raffle of several guns, Booze Basket raffle, and 50/50.
Call 248-625-9912.

Honor for Wolves

Independence Township Board of Trustees issued a proclamation recognizing the Clarkston Varsity Football Team for winning a Division 1 State Championship and declaring Jan. 10 ‘Clarkston Wolves? day.
The proclamation was issued after the Clarkston Wolves won the 2013 Division 1 State Football Championship after beating Detroit Catholic Central in the playoffs. The championship was the first win for Clarkston.
The proclamation also recognized Coach Kurt Richardson for his 27 years serving as coach and also his 200th win during the season.


Allen Chartier presents the program Hummingbirds, 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at St. Daniel Catholic Church Cushing Center, 7010 Valley Park Drive.
The Great Lakes HummerNet is a research project, initiated in Autumn 2001 by Chartier, project director.
It is designed to learn more about hummingbirds in Michigan, Ohio, and northern Indiana by enlisting the help of volunteer observers throughout the region. Data is gathered through observation as well as banding studies.
The presentation is free and open to the public.

Hoops for Troops

Join the Clarkston Girls Basketball teams on Feb. 13 for “Hoops for Troops.”
Wear your camoflage gear for a “Camo Out” for the JV and varsity games.
During the games there will be donation cans througout the gym and fans can purchase Hoops for the Troops T-shirts. All funds raised will go to the charity Luke’s Wings, brings together veterans and wounded warriors that otherwise would not be able to be with their friends and family in their time of need.
For more information or to become a sponsor please contact, 2006 Clarkston graduate Megan Goldberg,

Nominations for
Community Awards

Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert said nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Clarkston Community Awards.
‘Do you know someone or a group whose commitment and energy regularly makes this area a better place,? said Elwert.Nomination categories include Citizen of the year, business person of the year, community collaboration young person of the year and many more categories.
Nominations are due by March 14, and the awards breakfast will be held at the Clarkston Community Church on May 13.
For a complete list of categories and award forms visit or call 248-922-6214.

Grant for seniors

Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center’s minor home repair fund has $5,000 more thanks to the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program.
Clarkston City Council voted, Jan. 13, to award the federally funded grant for low-income senior citizens’ furnace, water heater, roof, gutter, and other repair projects.
In 2013, the CDBG grant was awarded to Clarkston Area Youth Assistance (CAYA). For more information, call Theresa at 248-625-8231.

Hoops for Hope

Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball is playing Bloomfield Hills High School at Bloomfield Hills, Jan. 28.
In honor of Coaches for Cancer, Bloomfield is hosting Hoops for Hope, selling Gold T-shirts for $10 to raise money for CureSearch, a research foundation dedicated to finding a cure of pediatric cancer.
To help out, Clarkston is offering a pre-order of T-shirts for $10. If you purchase a T-shirt, you will receive a free ticket to the Clarkston/Bloomfield basketball game. Stop by the high school office and pick up an order form.

Shiver by the River

Clarkston hosts Shiver by the River at the gazebo in Depot Park, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18.
Several community groups are working together to offer activities and treats at the first annual event, including build your own dog sled, dog sled races, snowman contest, snow shoe races, ice skating, crafts, bonfire, chili, s’mores, and hot chocolate. Oakland County Parks and Recreation will bring a snow-making machine to make sure there’s plenty of the white stuff.
For more information, call 248-625-1559.

Buddy Basketball

Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors is looking for players, buddies and coaches for the 2014 Buddy Basketball Program.
Buddy Basketball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls ages 7-13 with special needs, physical and/or cognitive. Each player is paired with a buddy, ages 7-13, to assist as needed. The six-week league at Everest Academy will be Monday evenings from Feb. 3-March 17, excluding Feb. 17. Each session will include drills and some game time. Cost is $40/residents, $50/non-residents, $10/buddies, and free for coaches.
Register by Jan. 17, Call Coordinator, Danielle Wescott at 912-660-6527 or

Series on Alzheimer’s

Lourdes Senior Community hosts a support group and educational series on memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, first and third Thursdays of the month, Jan. 16-May 22, at Mendelson Home for assisted living, 2450 Watkins Lake Road off Dixie Highway in Waterford.
The group and series is led by Lourdes Social Worker Carolyn May Johnston and Fran Peters, a social worker from Mercy Hospice. The support group will meet from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and the educational series, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Online banking
for township bills

Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown said residents can now use online banking to pay township bills. Brown said he recently set up the ability for the township to receive payments electronically to use when residents use their banks online bill pay system.
Paying bills through online banking as well as the availability to use a lock box to drop payments will help move the township towards becoming more paperless and allows the township the ability to electronically import payments to post on residents accounts, he said.
For more information call Independence Township at 248-625-5111. Independence Township Hall is located at 6483 Waldon Center Drive.

Brush collection

Independence Township Department of Public Works will collect tree debris from recent winter storms for chipping, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6050 Flemings Lake Road.
For more information, call the department at 248-625-8222.


The story ‘Trustees want tougher gun-carry ban in school,? Dec. 18, should have explained state law prohibiting possession of firearms in banks, churches, courts, theaters, arenas, day care centers, hospitals, and bars, as well as the state capitol, does not apply to those with concealed-carry permits.
Clarkston School Board is considering a resolution to prohibit open carry of firearms in schools. The board next meets on Monday, Jan. 13.

Community partners against hunger

Renee Klebba, treasurer for Ladies Luvin? Charity, a Lake Orion-based chapter of Woman’s Life, and Lori Naseef, director of provideInc, a Lake Orion-based nonprofit, are organizing the Community Partners Against Hunger event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at First Congregational Church of Clarkston, 5449 Clarkston Road.
Donors have already contributed $2,800 to purchase rice, beans, and dried vegetables from Kids Against Hunger, which will deliver the supplies and instruct volunteers packing 10,000 meals.
The meals will be sent to developing countries and areas in need in the United States. For more information, check or

Free eye

Clarkston Area Lions Club volunteers host Project Kidsight, second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., at Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road.
Project Kidsight is a free vision screening program for children over five months old that local Lions Club volunteers conduct throughout the year. They take photos of the child’s eyes to check for potential vision problems. Results are immediate and a report is provided at the screening.
Early vision screening can provide significant long term benefits for children. Vision problems are prevalent in 25% of all school children in the U.S. Some problems that can permanently affect vision are best treated at an early age. By the time children enter school the treatment may not be as effective and can be more costly.
For more information, call 248-625-2212 or check

Half million for
road repair project

Nearly $4.9 million in road repair projects in Oakland and Genesee counties includes $500,000 for work on Holcomb Road from Davisburg Road to Miller.
The transportation projects are funded by grants from Michigan Department of Transportation through the $115 million state Roads and Risk Reserve Fund.
‘Funding these projects is a result of hard work during the last three years to improve state efficiency and ensure we use taxpayer dollars wisely and effectively,? said state Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township.
The projects also include $650,000 for the Bristol Road bridge over Kearsley Creek; $725,000 for the Atlas Road bridge over Kearsley Creek; and $3 million for M-59 from Elizabeth Lake Road to State Street.

Auditions for Players

Clarkston Village Players will audition actors for the contemporary drama/comedy ‘Sunset Park,? 2-4 p.m., Jan. 5; and 7 p.m., Jan. 7, at Depot Theater, 4861 White Lake Road.
Characters are Evelyn, mid 70’s, widowed, acerbic, reasonably healthy; Rose, mid 70’s, widowed, down-to-earth, in failing health; Carol, 50-ish, a single mother, high strung and neurotic; Roger, late 40’s, married, children, ambitious yet practical; young Evelyn, mid 20’s, pregnant; Benny, mid 20’s, blue collar, full of dreams; and Abe, late 70’s, broken down, grumpy and demanding.
Show dates are March 7-8, 14-16, 20-22, For information on set, props, costumes, make-up, lights, sound, painting, or script, call Melvin Case, 248-877-6747.

New Year’s hours

The office of The Clarkston News will be open New Year’s Eve, next Tuesday, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and closed on New Year’s day.
Deadline for classified is Friday, Dec. 27, at noon.

Holiday hours

The Clarkston News? office is open Christmas Eve, next Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are closed Christmas Day.
The deadline for classifieds for next week’s edition is this Friday, Dec. 20, at noon.

Football awards

Clarkston Varsity Football Awards Banquet is January 12, 2014 at Clarkston High School.
For the first time, the football team is extending the invitation to the community to join them for the banquet.
The awards presentation is at 4 p.m. Dinner is at 3:30 p.m. and is a pot luck. If you wish to come to the dinner, please bring two dishes to be placed on the buffet table – one being meat or a meat dish and the other dish is your choice. Please bring your own table service and beverage.

Santa, reindeer visit

Santa Claus makes a special stop in Clarkston with two of his reindeer at The Birdfeeder and Clarkston Flower Shoppe, 7150 Main Street, 12-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec, 22.
The Reindeer Feeding Area, sponsored by Clarkston Brandon Credit Union, allows attendees to meet Santa’s reindeer up close and have a professional photograph taken with them.?
Mrs. Claus? Kitchen will serve bagels, donuts, and cider refreshments provided courtesy of Neiman’s Family Market.?
The event offers free horse drawn carriage rides courtesy of John Bowman Chevrolet.

Voices in concert

Clarkston Choir Boosters host the University of Chicago a cappella group Voices in your Head in concert, 8 p.m., Dec. 19 , at Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road.
Voices in Your Head also visits Clarkston High School to provide one-on-one workshops with the Clarkston Madrigals and Detroit Voice, and perform school assemblies for students.
Admission at the door is $5/adults, $3/students, seniors. Reserve tickets at 866-967-8167.

Anonymous donor
grants $70,000

Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle told the Board of Trustees that an additional $70,000 was bestowed to help build an addition to the Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center.
Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert has been working to get additional Community Development Block Grant funds for the project.
Trustee Jose Aliaga also received a list of possible grants from Congressman Mike Rogers which he gave to Elwert.
The center is raising $300,000 for the building addition at Clintonville Park on Clarkston Road.

Firefighter promotion

Robert A. Doran, a former driver engineer with the Independence Township Fire Department, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant at the Nov. 19 Independence Township Board of Trustees meeting.
Doran started the new job on Dec. 2 with a $1,199 wage increase.

Community band

The Clarkston Community Band invites everyone who plays a band instrument is invited to join. No auditions are required.
The band is looking to enlarge all of its sections, especially percussionist and clarinet.
Rehearsals are Tuesday’s, 7-9 p.m., at Sashabaw Middle School, 5565 Pine Knob Lane. Concerts run through the end of May.
Cost is $30 per half season, January ‘May, free for high school students. For more information, email or check

This week on
Clarkston TV

See the full interview with Key of Hope Children’s Choir and their first experience at Wendy’s or learn how to analize handwriting. Catch Don’t Rush Me, the show by assistant publisher Don Rush. See Phil in the Blank by Clarkston News Editor Phil Custodio.
There is much, much more to see by visiting

Rotary Goodfellows
to hit the streets

Clarkston Area Rotarians and friends will be out in the community selling Goodfellows newspapers, published by The Clarkston News, this weekend, Dec. 6-7.
The annual fundraiser supports the community group’s annual Shoes for Kids program, which provides shoes, boots, gloves, and other items to children in need.
Shoes for Kids will be on Dec. 14 at Oakland Woods Baptist Church. Check

Clarkston ready
to Kringle Mingle

Clarkston Area Chamber Commerce and local businesses welcomes visitors to downtown Clarkston to Kringle Mingle on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5-8 p.m.
‘Sip, snack and shop,? is what the Chamber is inviting visitors to do while enjoying decorated downtown Clarkston and other participating businesses.
Shops plan to serve shoppers snacks and holiday spirit.
Special sales and a festive atmosphere will help spread holiday cheer while visitors get some Christmas shopping done.
Union General and Union Woodshop are offering special discounts and sales from Dec. 5 through the 8th.
For more information call the Chamber at 248-625-8055

Sam’s Club donates
food for families

Mt. Zion in Clarkston thanked the Sam’s Club in Auburn Hills for donating 11 complete dinners to Independence Township residents in need.
‘It’s something we did for families to feed them for Thanksgiving,? said John Deselle, a membership manager at the club. ‘We are going to try to something different every year.?
Mt. Zion has an account with Sam’s and called the church and asked them to find 11 families in need of a Thanksgiving dinner.
Each family received a 25 pound turkey, and one family a ham because the kids cannot eat turkey.
Dinners also included cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, green beans, a gallon of milk, butter, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a pumpkin pie and Hawaiian sweet rolls.
-Andrea Beaudoin

Lion autographs

Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lionswill be at Bonnie & Clyde, 7150 N. Main Street, to sign autographs and meet with fans, 5-7 p.m., Nov. 30. The shop is carrying his apparel line “Lion Blood.”
‘We are really excited to bring him to Clarkston,? said owner Shari Schulz. ‘It’s going to be super fun evening and how appropriate is it that it’s Small Business Saturday!?
Call 248-625-9007 for more information.

Car raffle

The Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association raffling off a 2013 crystal red metallic Chevy Sonic 5 Door LT, Dec. 12.
Tickets are $50 each. A maximum of 750 tickets will be sold. If fewer than 500 tickets are sold, the raffle will revert to a 50/50 drawing. Winner need not be present. Tickets are also available at Bowman Chevrolet or email Kathy Bertolini at For more information, check

Kringle Mingle

Clarkston Retailers group will host the Kringle Mingle in downtown Clarkston on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m.
Local businesses will welcome visitors into shops to sip, snack and shop while gathering holiday gift ideas, seasonal decorating ideas and special deals. Look in the Nov. 27 edition of The Clarkston News for more information.

Toys for Tots

Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club, ?4770 Waterford Road, hosts the 14th annual Toys for Tots Rock n? Roll Toy Drive on Sunday, Dec. 8, featuring live music by local musicians Urban Nomads, Skee Brothers, Blues Conspiracy, Seize, Faze2 and others.
Admission is a $10 donation or a new, unwrapped toy of about that value.? All contributions go to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.? Doors open at 1 p.m. with music beginning at 2 p.m.?

Shoes for Kids

Clarkston Rotary’s ‘Shoes for Kids? is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7. Rotary members and friends will be on local street corners selling the Goodfellow edition of the Rotary newspaper to raise funds for Rotary’s ‘Shoes for Kids? program for Clarkston school children. ?
All donations go to new winter boots, shoes, gloves and hats, socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste during the annual distribution day at Oakland Woods Baptist Church, Dec. 14.
‘Shoes for Kids? set up is Friday, Dec. 13, from 5-8 p.m. Shoe distribution on Dec. 14 from 7:30 a.m.- about 5 p.m. in two hour time slots.
For mor e information, call Clarkston Rotary President Joel DeLong at 248-625-9741.

This week online

CSPN.TV and features the Clarkston Wolves’ MHSAA Regional championship game. See scoring highlights on www.CSPN.TV by clicking on the football picture and then on ‘Game-91.? Dale Ryan and Charlie Robinson provided analysis and statistics on ‘The Dale Ryan Show? (Game 180).
Clarkston Junior High honored graduate Ari Gruenberg for his Army service by placing a stone in the Jenna Beno Memorial Courtyard on Veteran’s Day Show-3 on

Operation Homefront

Clarkston Junior High School’s third Annual Operation Homefront Food Drive is this week, through Nov. 8.
Students are collecting canned food donations at the school atrium, 6595 Middle Lake Road, for Saginaw Army Reserve’s 919th ICTC Food Pantry.
The Operation Homefront organization provides emergency financial and other assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors.
For more information, visit

School tour

North’Sashabaw Elementary invites the public to a tour of the school, 5290 Maybee Road, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7.
Teachers and students will explain and demonstrate eight cultural forces affecting learning in their classrooms, and how they learned and use Steven Covey’s ‘The Leader in Me? process, followed by discussion.
This school visit is the first in a series that will take place throughout this school year. ?

Veterans’ Day Dinner

American Legion Post 63’s annual Veterans? Day Dinner will be on Sunday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.
The hall will be open at 5:30 p.m., with social time from 6- 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.?
Following dinner, they will a have program celebrating veterans.?
This year, all World War II and Korean War veterans are guests of honor, and there is no charge for dinner.? For others, the post is asking for a donation of $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Admission is free for kids under 5 are free.
American Legions Post 63 is located at 8047 Ortonville Road. For information call the post at 248-625-9912.

Treats for Troops

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is collecting Treats for Troops, Friday, Nov. 1, and Monday, Nov. 4, until 4 p.m. at Independence Township Substation, 6560 Citation Drive.
Halloween candy, individually wrapped, no chocolate, will be forwarded to troops serving overseas. Parents and children can also include thank you, holiday, and other notes to the troops.
Trick or treast hours in Independence Township are from 6-9 p.m.

Downtown safety

City Manager Carol Eberhardt said the Michigan Department of Transportation will visit downtown Clarkston this Thursday to do a walk through with city employees and the public.
They will discuss safety issues along Main Street. Eberhardt said she has a list of concerns, including crosswalk issues. The meeting will begin on Thursday at 9 a.m. at City Hall on Depot Street.

Money for sidewalks

Clarkston City Council approved transferring $2,298 from the Capital Project Fund to the Sidewalk Improvement Fund, which before the deduction had $7,000 in it.
Some sidewalk repairs are already in the process of being repaired, as approved by City manager Carol Eberhardt. A repair of a tone wall cost $2,000. Councilman Richard Bisio said Eberhardt should have got the work approved by council before approving the work.

Water reserve fund

City of the village of Clarkston will request a water reserve fund, collected through a portion of residents water bills and currently possessed by Independence Township, be transferred to the City.
City Manager Carol Eberhardt said the city should be earning interest on the money, which is used for improvement projects.
‘It should be included in our investment pool in Oakland County and be earning us interest,? said Eberhardt.

Committee volunteers

Clarkston is looking for several volunteers for various committees including the Planning Commission, police committee to explore options to provide additional police coverage, trees and gardens committee, and a streets and sidewalks committee.
To inquire about filling a position on one of the committees, call City Manager Carol Eberhardt at Clarkston City Hall, 248-625-1559.

Football, bands

Clarkston Varsity Football defeated their rival Lake Orion last Friday 49-28. Read about in on page 11 and watch it on CSPN.TV.
The whole game, play-by-play, can be seen by clicking on the football picture with the Neiman’s logo and then clicking on ‘Game 91.?
Dale Ryan and Charlie Robinson provide pre-game, halftime and post-game analysis and statistics on the ‘The Dale Ryan Show.? Click on Dale Ryan’s picture and the show will start automatically.
Clarkston is the champion of the OAA Red Division with a 7-0 record. They play this Friday at 7 p.m. in a non-league crossover game against the OAA White Division champion, Southfield.
Clarkston Marching Band and the Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association (CSIMA) hosted their 36th annual Clarkston Invitational this past Saturday.
Twenty marching bands from all over southeast and central Michigan competed.
Check out what it takes to prepare for an event like that on CSPN.TV. Click on the ‘Competitions? picture.

Operation Gratitude

Dr. Scott Vanderveen, DDS, in Clarkston is partnering with Operation Gratitude to send overseas troops some treats this year.
Unopened Halloween candy can be brought to the office, 7558 M.E. Cad Boulevard, Nov. 4-8.
Every person who donates will receive a dental goody bag. You may also write a letter or color a picture for a member of the military to include with your donation. For more information, call 248-625-3339.

City election

Absentee ballots for Clarkston’s Nov. 5 election are available at the city offices, 375 Depot Road. Deadline to turn in the ballots is Nov. 4 by 4 p.m.
Residents wishing to turn in an absentee ballot must fill out an application and return it to City Hall. Once a voter’s signature has been verified, the voter will receive a ballot and can take it home or complete it there.
One Nov. 5, Clarkston voters will elect three council members to serve a two-year term, and one to serve a partial term ending in November 2014.
Candidate profile and questionaires sent to candidates will be printed in the Oct. 23 edition.

Football on CSPN.TV

Check out CSPN.TV for video of the Clarkston High School Junior Varsity football game against the Troy Colts, last Thursday night.
Clarkston won, 58-17. The whole game, including comments and stats from Dale Ryan and Charlie Robinson as well as the half time Dance Team and Cheer Team shows, is there.
Click on the football picture and then click on game 91, sponsored by Neiman’s Family Market. You can also see previous Clarkston Varsity games against Stoney Creek, Troy Athens and Rochester Adams.
A highlight video of the eight touchdowns and one safety against Troy is also on Clarkstontv’s Facebook page.

Benefits for vets

Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home hosts a Veterans Benefits Seminar, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, at American Legion Post 63, 8047 Ortonville Road.
Speakers from Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Oakland County Veterans and the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home will talk about veterans? benefits provided by the federal government.
?’There is a lot available for our veterans in this area.? We want veterans and their families to have this information in order to make informed decisions,? said Tim Currier, funeral director at Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home.?
RSVP to event host Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, 248-625-5231 or Refreshments will be served and registered participants will be entered into a drawing for a door prize.?

Costume sale

The Clarkston High School Drama Club holds their 2nd Annual Costume Sale on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
They will have different kinds of costumes and clothing for sale. All proceeds will support the upcoming production, Peter Pan.
If you have any costume donations the items may be left in the main office at the high school. Please put them in a bag labeled ‘CHS Drama Club? with your name and address. A receipt will be mailed for the donation.
It is held in the high school’s Performing Arts Center during the Athletic Boosters? craft show held the same weekend.

Clarkston Road work

Clarkston Road between Sashabaw and Flemings Lake roads in Independence Township is set to close on Friday and possibly Saturday, Oct. 11-12, to replace a culvert under the road, according to Road Commission for Oakland County.
Detour route will be Sashabaw to Waldon Road, Walters Road, Flemings Lake Road, and back to Clarkston Road.
Construction should be complete by the end of the day, Sunday, Oct. 12.

School technology

Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously, Sept. 23, to approve $172,968.80 for the purchase of Extreme Networks Switches from Delta Network Services of Auburn Hills.
Current network routing switches, which connect the district’s computers to the Internet, are 11 years old and obsolete ? Cisco no longer supports them, administration said.
The school board also approved $546,139 for a new Synergy Student Information System. The purchase will be spread over five years, with $157,062 set for 2013-2014. Wyoming Public Schools of Michigan will provide information maintenance and storage services.
The district budgeted $330,030.80 for technology purchases in 2013-2014.

Electronics recycling

Sashabaw Middle School hosts an Community Recycling Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at the school, 5565 Pine Knob Lane.
They will accept desktop, laptop, tablet, and other computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, and accessories, stereo and video equipment, small household appliances, batteries, and other electronics.
Computer Recyclers of Michigan will collected the recyclables. They request a $5 donation per family for the school’s Michigan Green School efforts.
For more information, call Rodney Pierson at 248- 623-4572.

Is your place
looking good?

If your home or business is looking festive or beautifully landscaped, The Clarkston News wants to share it with our readers.
Send us your photos with pets and family included to the Clarkston News at or call us at 248-625-3370 and we will come out and take a photo.

Township OKs
DPW tractors

Independence Township Board of Trustees approved a request by Linda Richardson, supervisor of the township Department of Public Works, to purchase two lawn mowers for local cemetery upkeep.
A plan to purchase new mowers was included in the 2013 Capital Improvement Plan, and in upcoming budgets. The board accepted a low quote and purchase two 2013 Exmark Navigators from Weingartz for up to $22,656.

Weekend in the country

The Weekend in the Country Shopping Festival and Vintage Market will feature over 150 exhibitors, vintage and antiques, arts, fine crafts, specialty foods, apparel, and d’cor, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 28; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 29, at Springfield Oaks in Davisburg.
The Antique Market in Ellis Barn will also include Enchanted Makeovers, a Michigan non-profit redecorating women and children’s shelters. WoJo’s Greenhouse features pumpkin carver Tom Bradshaw, and Sisters on the Fly will be there with 15 of their vintage trailers to tour. Farm to Table Caf? will house food vendors from across the state serving gourmet burgers to homemade BBQ.
On Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., ‘What’s It Worth? on the spot appraisals will be conducted by certified appraiser Doug Dalton ? $5 for each item appraised.
Day pass is $8, weekend pass, $12; free for children under 12; free parking. Visit

Pampered Pink

The McLaren Breast Center, McLaren Cancer Institute and Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center are hosting their fifth annual Pink and Pampered event, Oct. 10, from 5-8 p.m.
The event includes mini-services for $10 each such as manicures, chair massages, eyebrow waxing, henna tattoos and more. Cash only, please
They will have their Recycled Bag Boutique with purses from $3-10 as well as free refreshments and a raffle.
New this year are breast cancer screenings from, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and appointments are required. Please call 248-922-6810 to make an appointment.
The event is at McLaren Cancer Institute Clarkston, 5680 Bow Pointe Drive. For more information, call 248-625-8231.

School discussion

Clarkston Board of Education’s discussion on goals and priorities continues, 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, at the school administration offices, 6389 Clarkston Road.
Priorities under discussion include technology upgrades, student performance improvements, and budgeting.
Call 248-623-5408 for more information.

Congenital Heart Walk

The 2013 Congenital Heart Walk is Sunday, Sept. 29, in Depot Park.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. for the fund-raiser event, supporting the Children’s Heart Foundation and Adult Congenital Heart Association.
The walk/run begins at 10 a.m. Activities also include guest speakers, food and refreshments, music, and family entertainment. For more information, check

Silver Sneakers

FitnessQuest and HealthQuest Physical Therapy, 32 South Main Street in Clarkston, are partnering with Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program for older adults.
FitnessQuest and HealthQuest hosts an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
‘Research points to the significant health benefits of regular exercise for older adults,? says Abigail Sigal, SilverSneakers field manager. ‘In addition to helping our members stay physically healthy, SilverSneakers also offers a great way for them to socialize and meet new friends.?
The program offers specially-designed classes taught by credentialed instructors focusing on senior-specific programming, as well as social activities and events.
Call FitnessQuest/HealthQuest Fitness Director, Caryn VanBeckum, at 248-625-6022.

Bucks for Buses

Tickets are on sale for Bucks for Buses, Sept. 25 at Palazzo di Bocce in Lake Orion to raise money for the Independence Township Senior Center’s transportation program.
The Wednesday event is from 6-9 p.m., and features dinner, drinks and bocce ball. Tickets can be purchased at Independence Township Parks and Recreation or the senior center.
For more information, call Barb Rollin at 248-625-8231.

Volunteers for
video board

Clarkston Community Schools is looking for two citizen volunteers for the new Video Center Administrative Board.
The board will review and provide recommendations regarding the Cooperative Public Access Television Center located in Clarkston High School. It will meet at least quarterly to discuss programming, budget, staffing and overall development. Each appointed citizen volunteer will hold a 3-year term.
For more information or to send a resume, please call 248-623-5408 or email

Free recycling

Recycling Sisters offers free recycling of at Clarkston Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 21, in the parking lot of the Renaissance High School, 6558 Waldon Road.
Items accepted include electronics, appliances, auto parts, and clean, gently used clothes and shoes for Jill’s Healing Connection.
There is a small fee to recycle paint and stains as well as for TVs and monitors.
Free pickup service is available for appliances, bulky metal items or large quantity of items, call Patty at 248-240-4899 for an appointment.

Zombies at book store

Zombies are invading the MI Book Boutique for the Blood and Brains Boo-nanza Zombie Fest, Sept. 21.
They are showing two locally produced movies beginning at 7 p.m. with “Deadline: Medium Rare” an award-winning short from Anthony Gaskell, and John J. Wisniewski’s comedy “Dayplanner of the Dead.”
Also, professional makeup artists are doing demonstrations and prizes will be awarded for the best Zombie costumes. The prizes for best-dressed are tickets to the Flint Horror Con and local haunted houses.
Please call to make reservations for priority seating. The cost is $10 at the door. Call Sandra at 248-787-6623. MI Book Boutique is located at 4396 Dixie Highway Suite #2 in Waterford.

County to train city
on counter payments

Clarkston will soon accept bill payment at city hall, with help from the county.
City Council voted, Aug. 26, to approve an interlocal agreement with Oakland County for training of city employees.
The council’s resolution authorizes the city treasurer to sign the agreement on its behalf. County employees will train city staff at no charge.

$1,400 refund for city

City of the Village of Clarkston received $1,400 from the Michigan Municipal League (MML) last month.
The MML Liability and Property Pool Board of Directors voted in September 2012 to return $2.3 million to members of the program who renewed insurance in 2013.

Health screenings

McLaren Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at McLaren Clarkston, 5701 Bow Pointe Drive, hosts a fitness screening day for seniors age 55 and older, Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Free screenings include aerobic activity, balance, bone density, Body Mass Index, posture, foot care, medication assessment, strength and flexibility.
Participants should wear tennis shoes and clothes appropriate for physical activity.
Register at 248-922-6820.

Golf outing

Clarkston High School Dance Team’s 17th annual golf outing is Sept. 15 at Pine Knob Golf Course.
Registration for the 18-hole scramble starts at 11 a.m., $100 per person, and includes dinner with two drink tickets, door prize raffle ticket and gift bag.
Other activities include contests, silent auction, raffles, and live performances by the dance team. Dinner and team performance tickets are also available for $40.
For more information or to register, contact Aymee Steger at 248-917-9935.

School strategic plan

A new Clarkston Community Schools Strategic Plan will be up for discussion at the Aug. 26 school board meeting.
The plan focuses on student performance and program evaluation, finance and personnel, and infrastructure, which includes wireless technology upgrades.
The school board meets at 7 p.m. at the Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road.

No oil drilling yet

Pat Gibson, vice president of West Bay Exploration said no drilling for natural resources, like oil and gas, is taking place yet in Independence Township.
‘We are still in the process of purchasing leases in the area and some seismic work also has to be completed so the company can gain a better understanding of what natural resources are beneath the ground,? said Gibson.

Township cable
committee disbanded

Independence Township Board recently voted to disband a citizen committee formed to oversee Independence Television (ITV) after an agreement was reached between the township and Clarkston Community Schools.
The agreement moves the local public access station from a Maybee Road studio to Clarkston High School.
Township Supervisor Pat Kittle thanked the six-member board.
‘They successfully accomplished all the goals that were set forth by the township,? said Kittle.
He expressed hope the members will consider serving on a new joint township/school committee currently being appointed.
‘I would love to see some of the current members on the new board,? said Township Trustee David Lohmeier.

Voters say no to
Orion School Bond

Voters rejected two Bond Propositions for Lake Orion Community Schools on Tuesday, August 6.
Some Clarkston-area residents living in the Orion school district voted on the proposals that, combined, would have allowed the district to borrow over $32 million to acquire and install new technology. The proposals would have also allowed schools to remodel, equip and refurnish facilities for a multitude of purposes and to enhance security.
The bond would have also been used to improve facilities and athletic fields. Total results for Proposition A was Yes 3,517 No 4,965; and Proposition B, Yes 3,494 and No 4,967.

Vacancies on
local TV board

Independence Township is seeking three volunteers to serve on a board to oversee the Cooperative Public Access Television Center located in Clarkston High School. Independence Television, the areas public access channel, was recently set to move from a Maybee Road studio to the school.
Duties for those serving on the board will include reviewing and providing recommendations regarding operations. The nine member board will meet at least quarterly to discuss programming, budget, staffing and overall development. Each appointed citizen volunteer will hold a three year term.
The board will include the Schools? Video manager and Township’s Television manager as non-voting members, and seven voting members comprised of a member from the Board of Education, a member of the township’s Board of Trustees, two citizens appointed by the Board of Education, as well as three Independence Township citizens appointed by the Township Board.
Anyone interested can call independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle at 248-625-5111.

Alumni outing

The 13th Annual Clarkston’s Friends & Family Football Alumni Golf Outing is Aug. 16. Registration begins at noon at Pine Knob Golf Course in Clarkston.
The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. It is $100 per golfer and includes dinner, door prizes, golf contests and awards. Bring a dinner guest for an additional $40.
All proceeds go directly to the support Clarkston Football program.
For more information, to secure your spot, to become a sponsor or make a donation, please call Rogers Chiropractic 248-623-6200.
Forms are available at
Please make checks payable to Friends of Clarkston Football and mail to Clarkston Football, 5659 Dixie Hwy, Waterford, MI 48329.

Wolves soon to return and are gearing up for the start of high school football season.
To whet your appetite, check out www.CSPN.TV for Dale Ryan, ‘Voice of the Wolves,? and Clarkston Football Head Coach Kurt Richardson’s video discussion of the upcoming season.
Clarkston gridiron heroes hit the field for their Football for a Cure scrimmage, 7 p.m., Aug. 17, to benefit McLaren Cancer Center. Buy a t-shirt, game jersey or a place on the sideline during the game ? call Deanna at 248-922-6606 for more information.
CSPN.TV welcomes video from local organizations, teams, leagues, etc. Contact Alan Partington at 248-821-1373 or email to

Labor Day parade

Clarkston Rotary Club is seeking participants for the Clarkston Labor Day parade, Sept. 2.
Floats, classic cars, community service organizations, musical groups, businesses, and equestrian riders will march from Renaissance High School on Waldon Road, beginning at 10 a.m. Parade route will be Church Street to Main St., north to Miller Road, and ending at Miller and Holcomb roads. The club has sponsored the parade for the past 71 years .
Find an entry application at Contact Rotarian Joel DeLong at or 248-625-9741 for an application.

DTE in compliance

After receiving noise complaints from residents around DTE Energy Theatre, Independence Township conducted sound meter testing to determine if DTE is in compliance with the Township’s noise ordinance.
Employees conducted several tests using a sound meter at different areas during several concerts and have determined DTE is in compliance with the ordinance.

City council deadline

Anyone interested in serving as a council member for the City of the Village of Clarkston must fill out required paperwork at Clarkston City Hall by 4 p.m., Aug. 13.
The election is held Nov. 5 for four positions. Clarkston City Hall is located at 375 Depot Road. For more information call Clarkston City Hall at 248-625-1559.

Township OKs
cable agreement

Independence Township approved a Cooperative Video production Intergovernmental Agreement and Lease between Independence Township and Clarkston Community Schools during the Township meeting on July 23.
Kittle told The Clarkston News on July 29 the agreement has been signed and is being sent to Clarkston Schools to be signed by Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock. The agreement allows the township’s equipment to be moved the Clarkston High School.
The school will also receive $200,000 a year in Public Education and Government fees collected by the township.

Fighting phragmites

Clarkston City Council voted to provide $2,500 to PlantWise for removal of phragmites, an invasive species taking over local wetlands.
Removal will continue along White Lake Rd near Middle and Deer Lakes. A controlled burn last spring was the first stage in the two-stage project. A herbicide will be sprayed at the end of August.
The city paid $1,800 for the burn, and will pay $2,500 for the herbicide. Independence Township will also work with surrounding communities to eradicate several types of invasive species.

Advisory board plans

A Independence Township Advisory Board Committee is working on a 20-year Capital Improvement Plan for City of the Village of Clarkston.
Capital improvement projects include long-range planning for development and maintenance of sewer and water infrastructure. The board and city council will work to seek a new grant to help fund improvements.
Meetings began in May. The next meeting will be Aug. 19 at Department of Public Works building on Flemings Lake.


Independence Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert is spearheading a joint project of Independence Township and Clarkston to organize jont projects.
The concept is part of a regional initiative also includingng parts of Waterford, Springfield, and Orion townships.
The first meeting was June 18. The next meeting will be held at the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce on July 24.

Township OKs
theatre license

Independence Township approved two three-year license agreements for outdoor gathering stages at DTE Energy Theatre. The stages are usually located in the parking lot and serve to rally crowds and serve to warm-up the crowd before main events, said township Supervisor Pat Kittle.
‘Occasionally the second and third stage events serve for standalone functions,? Kittle said.

Defer summer taxes

Some qualified residents may be able to defer summer taxes until February 2014.
‘In many cases it allows them to pay the total annual tax without penalty,? said Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown.
To qualify for the income-based program, everyone in the house must make 40,000 or less. There are also other requirements to be met to receive the deferment.
For more information, call Brown at 248-525-5111.

City could hand
off assessing

Clarkston officials are in discussions with Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle and Director of Assessing Kristen Sieloff to allow Independence Township to conduct assessing work in the city.
City Manager Carol Eberhardt said they had a preliminary meeting to discuss the issue, and she would keep the council informed on the issue.

Dock removal nixed

City of the Village of Clarkston has received a complaint that a group of homeowners in the Village West Condominiums illegally installed a dock.
A group of Deer Lake homeowners contacted the city, and asked City Manager Carol Eberhardt to review an agreement between the developer and the city.
The developer of the condos agreed the subdivision would have no dock access. Eberhardt is meeting with consultants to investigate the issue.


New this week on CSPN.TV is a short video of Team RUSH #8 ‘Aquanauts,? building their cardboard and duct tape boat for entry into the Rush Regatta, July 27 at 12 p.m., on Deer Lake Beach.
Also on the Clarkston Sports Plus Network are several ‘Competitions? videos, including “Wendi Reardon’s Athlete of the Week? and band, art shows, science fairs, charity runs, pinewood derby, and other non-competitive community events.
Video from parents and others in the community are welcome.
Please call Alan Partington to submit video or for more information on CSPN.TV at 248-821-1373.

City fee study

Clarkston announced a building department fee study will be conducted to determine a fee structure to cover administrative salaries and department services. A review found the city was paying costs 2-3 times higher than other communities in the area.
The department presently subsidizes $12,700 of a $21,950 administrative city clerk salary.
City manager carol Eberhardt said the way the building department must be changed. ‘This study will give us the necessary information to obtain bids in order to make an informed decision,? said Eberhardt.

Brainstorming ideas

Think Positively committee members brainstormed ideas to create special projects and programs to improve the city.
Ideas brought up during the June 27 meeting included having Henry Ford Days, finding ways to involve young families in projects, creating painted murals throughout the city, leveraging social media to raise awareness of volunteer efforts and placing positive quotes throughout the city and township.
The group will meet twice a month throughout summer. The next meeting will be on July 11 at 3 p.m. in Depot Park, and everyone is invited to attend.

Orchestra concert

Tickets are available for Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Sounds of Summer concert at Clarkston High School, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18, $20/adults, $10/under 18 and students.
Check or call 313-576-5111.

FOIA fees postponed

Clarkston City Council postponed adopting new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) fees which would have included amending the FOIA form to include a 50 percent deposit to be paid in advance for all FOIA requests.
The council postponed adopting the resolution until council can further determine how to charge for staff labor and what the actual cost of making copies is. The issue was tabled until the next meeting on July 8.

Possible land transfer
between townships

Independence and Springfield townships are discussing the transfer of a 25.77 acre piece of land located at the Dixie-1-75 intersection located between the two townships.
Discussions include whether the area can be combined into a single piece of property in Independence Township. Presently, the only way to access the Springfield Township portion of the property is by entering through an entrance located in Independence Township.
According to Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle, ‘Because there are two owners developers have been reluctant to offer any type of a development proposal due to previous difficulties associated with determining the proper zoning requirements. Although no conclusions have been made at this point, the Townships and their respective legal counsel are discussing the possibility of initiating what is known as a Conditional Land Use.? Legal matters still have to be addressed before the transfer can occur.

Council OKs Taste tent

Clarkston Area Lions Club requested approval from the Clarkston City Council to erect a beer tent during the Taste of Clarkston. The Taste of Clarkston will be held in September, and the tent will be located in the Washington Street parking area.
The beer tent revenue will be used as a fundraiser to provide eyeglasses, hearing aids and pre-school eye screenings to kids in Independence, Clarkston, Springfield and some Holly residents. Funds raised will also help support a variety of other charities supported by the Clarkston Lions. The council granted approval pending the Lions obtaining proper permits, insurance and other legal requirements.

Police budget

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Independence Substation Lt. Dirk Feneley and Budget Analyst Rick Yaeger presented the proposed 2014 Police Budget. Tax revenues for the department decreased $13,322 (0.3 percent) due to declining property values while operating and capital outlay costs increased $65,847 (1.53 percent).
The department’s overall contribution to the fund balance decreased $79,500. Decreases in the budget included $10,500 (8.8 percent) less charged to Clarkston for police service, $16,000 (32 percent) decrease in interest and rents, $20,000 (80 percent) decrease in rebates and refunds and other small decreases.
Increases in the budget included a $12,000 (100 percent) increase in charges for services to Clarkston Community Schools and a $87,602 (2.2 percent) increase in fees to Oakland County. The final budget will be approved in October.

Special election

A special election is Aug. 6 regarding the Lake Orion Community Schools Improvement Bond.
Voters in the Lake Orion school district, which includes part of Independence Township, vote on propositions to borrow about $28.5 million as well as $4.5 million for projects including acquiring and installing technology, improving several buildings and athletic fields, and increasing security.
The proposals also include furnishing and refurnishing a variety of buildings and athletic fields.

Singing contest

Auditions for the 2013 Oakland County Fair Idol contest are July 9 and 11, 6-9 p.m. Finals for the contest are July 13, 12 p.m.
Prizes are $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third place. Singers ages 8 and up sing songs of their choice, up to three minutes, and free of profanity and immoral themes. Solos, duets and trios are welcome. Sing acapella, perform with an instrument or be accompanied an instrumential cd.
Entry fee $10, in addition to fair entry fee. Contact or call 248-634-8830.

City DPW director cut

Clarkston City Council voted, June 10, to eliminate the Department of Public Works (DPW) department head and allow new city manager Carol Eberhardt to serve as DPW director.
One employee in the department will receive a raise and take on new responsibilities. Eberhardt also asked that the number of employees in the department be left at the discretion of the city manager. The cut will save the city just over $22,000.

Fourth of July parade

Celebrate the Fourth of July in downtown Clarkston during the Independence Day Parade, 10 a.m., Thursday, July 4.
The theme for the parade is ‘United We Stand.? Floats, decorated vehicles, walking groups, and other participants will line up between 7-9 a.m. at St. Daniel Church, 7010 Valley Park Drive, off Holcomb Road. The parade will march through downtown and end at Clarkston Renaissance High School, 6300 Church Street.
Parade entry deadline is June 21. Call 248-705-7958.

Improvements planned for Independence

Independence Township Board voted, June 4, to approve over $15,000 in improvements for Township Hall property, including $5,000 in parking lot lights, safety lighting worth $2,500, new mulch, and repaving a center isle in the parking lot.
The improvements also include separating the township’s irrigation system from a neighboring business.

Oil lease approved

Independence Township Board approved an oil and gas lease with Jordon Development Company, June 4.
Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said many meetings, public comment and negotiations have taken place prior to approving the contact.
Kittle said fracking, a process that injects massive amounts of fluid to break shale rock, will not be allowed in the township, and the contract with Jordon carries clauses to protect the environment. In addition, Jordon was also required to carry a $10 million liability insurance policy.

Concerts in the Park

Clarkston Concerts in the Park kicks off with the 70s sounds of Magic Bus, 7-9 p.m., Friday, June 14, in Depot Park.
Local talent plays warm up tunes before the headliners at the free concerts. Clarkston Community Band performs on June 14.
Kari Lynch sings country music, June 21, with local singer Sam Van Wagoner
Steel drums of Zion Lion performs on June 28, following the Gathering Place VBS Singers.
On July 5 is the Polka music of Big Daddy LaDeeDas. Jeremy St. John kicks off the evening’s entertainment.
Music of the 80s with Outer Vibe rocks July 12, with local talent Dan Tillery.
The Saline Fiddlers wraps up the concert series with Bluegrass music, July 19.
Local community groups provide concessions. Admission is free. For more information, call Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce at 248-625-8055.

Summer lunches

Clarkston Community Schools is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for children.
Free lunch will be available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled, recognized by a state or local public educational agency.
Lunch will be provided at North Sashabaw Elementary School, 5290 Maybee Road from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 8 through Aug. 8.
For information on qualifications, call CCS Food Services at 248-623-8001.

Oak Hill Road reopened

Oak Hill Road between Holly Road and Dixie Highway in Springfield Township has reopened.
The road had been closed since January while the Enbridge company replaced a section of its petroleum pipeline.

Penny Drive success

Independence Elementary students raised $2,061.13 in their Penny Drive for SCAMP, May 6-10. During the week, students donated their spare change.
Mr. Lamb’s third grade class was the winning class, collecting $440.01. They celebrated with root beer floats and an extra recess.

Food for Lighthouse

Clarkston mail carriers picked up over 20,000 pounds of food all while delivering mail, May 11. The 21st Annual Stamp Out Hunger drive is carried out by postal workers across the United States.
Michele Robinson, Lighthouse senior special volunteer coordinator, said carriers collected a variety of non-perishable items like canned tuna, vegetables and chips.
John Chamberlain, a supervisor at the Clarkston post office said all carriers in the area participated, collecting food residents placed in paper bags next to mailboxes.
For more information, check Lighthouse is the largest provider of emergency assistance in Oakland County. A non-profit organization, the Lighthouse has provided crisis assistance to families in southeast Oakland County since 1972.

Memorial Day

Clarkston Junior High School will remember 2003 graduate and fallen Iraq War veteran Jenna Beno by dedicating the school’s courtyard to her memory in a special Memorial Day observance, 11 a.m., Thursday, May 23, at the school, 6595 Waldon Road.
Students built a stone garden in the school courtyard last November to honor local veterans, with a new stone dedicated every year.
Its first recipient was 94-year-old Albert Fortuna, veteran of World War II. This year, the entire courtyard will be dedicated to Beno, a U.S. Army specialist who died last October from injuries sustained while serving in Iraq.
Contact teacher Alex Sennabaum, for more information.

Cnews office closed
for Memorial Day

The Clarkston News office will be closed in honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Deadlines for classifieds and advertising are Friday.

City council seats
up for vote in 2013

A fourth Clarkston City Council seat will be up for a vote this November.
Richard Bisio was appointed to fill City Manager Carol Eberhardt’s seat on the council, and was sworn in on May 13.
The terms for Council members Eric Haven, Stephen Hargis, and Thomas Hunter are also up this November.
Bisio previously served on council from 2010-2012.

Survey for seniors

Independence Township Department of Parks, Recreation and Seniors is asking for public input regarding current and future needs for people 50-years-old and above in the community.
A survey is available online at Deadline is May 31.
Also, 2,000 surveys were mailed to randomly selected residents. The survey is in partnership with Friends of the Senior Adult Activity Center.
For more information, call Ken Elwert at 248-625-8223.

Relay for Life

Cancer survivors, family, and friends gather for the 24-hour Relay For Life of Clarkston, 10 a.m., Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, at Clarkston Junior High School, 6595 Waldon Road.
Teams set up campsites and fund-raising booths around the track, offering food, games, crafts, and entertainment to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Events include Survivor’s Lap and Luminaria Ceremony.

Craft show

Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center, 6000 Clarkston Road, hosts a Craft Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, May 18. Proceeds go to the center’s Building Expansion Fund.
Scraps For Seniors, Independence Township’s Community Recycle Day, is also May 18, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., at the senior center. Recycle scrap metal including pots, pans, metal furniture, and other metal items.
Call 248-625-8231

Daisies for Maysie

Mel’s Grill sponsors a Daisies for Maysie fund raiser for the Maysie Madison Fund, 4-9 p.m., Monday, May 20, at Mel’s Grill on Sashabaw Road; and Tuesday, May 21, at Mel’s Grill 2 on White Lake Road.
Activities include face painting, bake sale, sidewalk sale, kids activities, raffle, food and ice cream. All proceeds go to the Maysie Madison Fund at TCF Bank.

Outstanding citizens

Know an individual or student who deserves to be in the spotlight for good deeds or positive actions in the community? Tell us about them, and we’ll put ’em in the paper.
Nominate outstanding citizens who give their time and energy to good causes, who inspire others and make the world a better place, at 248-625-3370 or

Mother’s Day bike ride

The Flying Rhino Cycling Club (FRCC) presents their annual ‘Mother’s Day Back 40 Challenge? ride: A Mother’s Day Bicycle Tour on the scenic dirt roads in Clarkston, rain or shine on Sunday, May 12.
Register until the day of the race at’’or at Kinetic System Bicycles.
Registration is 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the American Legion, 8047 Ortonville Road. Routes range from 10-48 miles.
Call Kinetic System Bicycles, 248-625-7000.

Toy Drive for Ryan

North Sashabaw Elementary’s Alpha Club is hosting a toy drive in honor of Ryan Kennedy and all children who suffer from terminal illnesses.
Suggested items for the collection, May 6-20, include Barbies, Legos, Nerf, books, cars, small dolls, stuffed animals such as Beanie Babies, small gift cards to kid-friendly restaurants, and other new items for children 1-18 years old.
Drop off toys at the school office during school hours, 5290 Pine Knob Road.
The toys will be delivered to Mott’s Children’s Hospital where Kennedy was treated.

Day of Prayer

Clarkston Area Day of Prayer is 7-9 a.m., Thursday, May 2 at Fountains banquet center, 6060 Maybee Road.
Representatives from local community groups, government, law enforcement, fire department, and churches will take part in the breakfast meeting, with the theme, ‘pray for America.?
Mickey York of Fox Sports Detroit will MC, with Honorary Chairman Greg Laurie.
Admission is $10. Call 248-625-1323.

Phragmites fire

Clarkston DPW is planning a controlled burn this week along White Lake Road across from Deer Lake. The burn, part of the city’s ongoing phragmites control program, is planned for the afternoon at the end of this week or beginning of next week, depending on weather.
For more information, call 248-625-1265.

Race for the Kids

The 5th Annual Chuck Keegan ‘Race for the Kids? is Saturday, May 4.??
This event, co-sponsored by Clarkston Junior High and Clarkston Foundation, is in honor of Chuck Keegan, a former Clarkston teacher and track coach.?
Events include a 5K Run, 3K Walk, and ‘Donut Dash? for children 10 and under at the Clarkston Junior High Track. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; events at 9 a.m.? Cost is $50 per family, $20 per individual for the 5K Run or 3K Walk, and $5 per individual for the ‘Donut Dash.?
Call Mike Greve at 248 623-5631.

Walk and Roll

SCAMP of Clarkston hosts Walk & Roll , May 5 in Depot Park.
The family event, the second largest fund raiser for the summer camp for people with special needs. It features one-, two-, and five-mile routes through Clarkston.
Registration is 12-1 p.m. on Sunday in Depot Park. All ages welcome. This is a family event with team participation encouraged; pet pledge sheets are also available. The event also includes hotdogs, refreshments, live D.J, and games and activities for children.
Call 248-623-8089 or check

Musical camp

Clarkston High School Drama Club is hosting the CHS Musical Theatre Camp for students in grades 2-6, May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and May 11, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with a performance for parents at 5:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Tangled,” with songs and dances based on the Disney film. The registration fee is $50 and includes T-shirt, dinner on Saturday, and snacks. Register at 248-623-4326.

Race for Ryan

The Second Annual Race for Ryan Kennedy 5K is 4 p.m., May 4, at Independence Oaks. Registration is $35 before April 29, $25 for students. After April 29, registration is $45.
Proceeds will be used to build a play structure at Clintonwood Park in memory of Kennedy, a fourth grader at North Sashabaw Elementary School who died after a brave fight with brain cancer last spring. Register at Contact Amy Quayle or John Drallos at jedrallos@clarkston.

Safety Paths on web

Bikers, walkers, and rollerbladers will have a new place to find out the latest Safety Path news.
Independence Township’s Safety Path Committee will launch a new website on Earth Day, April 22.
Pedestrians who want to know who to contact about the township’s 48 miles of safety paths or residents who want updates on new sidewalk connections, biking routes, and pedestrian traveling tips can visit independencetwpsafety or friend them on Facebook.

Student troops wanted

American Legion Post 63 hopes to sponsor local high school students, grades 10 through 12, as candidates for the State Student Trooper program. The program will take place July 14-19 at the state police training academy in Lansing, and applications are available at 8047 Ortonville Road. If you’re interested find out more on or call Jerry Grzywinski at 248-494-2821.

Puppet theater

On April 20 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the Depot Theater will host a performance of ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat.? The show is presented by Once Upon a Puppet and is appropriate for all ages. Enjoy the tale of an adventurous youngster and his cat Marmalade as they travel to London and solve a crime at Buckingham Palace. Tickets are $6. Get more information on www.clarkston or call 248-575-4104.

Race for Ryan

The Second Annual Race for Ryan Kennedy 5K is May 4 at Independence Oaks, 4 p.m.
Registration is $35 if signed up before April 29 and is $25 for students. After April 29, registration is $45.
Registration can be obtained at the Clarkston High School attendance office or online at
All profits raised during the event will be used to build a play structure at Clintonwood Park in memory of Kennedy. Kennedy was a fourth grader at North Sashabaw Elementary School in Clarkston. After a very brave fight, Ryan passed away from childhood brain cancer last spring.
Contact Amy Quayle or John Drallos at

Lions’ White Cane Week

Members of the Clarkston Area Lions Club take to Clarkston area streets and stores, April 26-May 4, during White Cane Week.
Donations support sight and hearing projects including Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan Eye Bank and Transplant Center in Ann Arbor, Lions Bear Lake Camp for Physically Challenged Youth in Lapeer, Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, Beaumont Silent Children Fund, and the District 11A2 Lions Hearing Program for Oakland and Macomb Counties.
Money raised during White Cane Week is also used to buy eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need and vision screening of pre-school children.
Previously, the club used donations to buy an automated vision assessment tool used at monthly vision screenings at the Independence Library, said club President Mike Mercier.
The club also provides reading facilities and materials for the sight impaired at the library, and support local organizations including Clarkston Lighthouse, O.A.T.S., Christmas in Action, and SCAMP.

Rite Aid plans carnival

A Children’s Spring Carnival to benefit Children’s Miracle Network will feature the Gratitude Steel Drum Band, face painting, fire trucks, glitter tattoos, and much more on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at Rite Aid on Ortonville Road. Cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza will be served.
Businesses and vendors can rent space for $20 to set up a display with a fun activity and sell their products or crafts. Along with tax-deductible donations, Rite Aid is seeking apple baskets, beanbags, fish bowls, squirt guns, ping-pong balls, and other items for the carnival activities. Call 248-625-5271 for more information.

City seeks new auditor

Clarkston City Council voted 7-0 to seek bids for a new auditing service at their regular meeting on March 25.
The city currently employs Janz and Knight P.L.C for approximately $11,000 annually.
‘Seems a little pricey,? said Mayor Joe Luginski at the meeting. The council hopes to secure at least three bids for auditing services before hiring a new auditor.
An audit by Janz and Knight last year discovered ‘significant deficiencies? in the city’s budget process, including repeatedly spending money and amending the budget afterwards.

Planning with RCOC

Both Clarkson and Independence Township will meet with Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC) this week for strategic planning meetings.
On April 10, RCOC will meet with Independence Township officials at 1 p.m. at Township Hall and with members of the City Council at 3 p.m. at Village Hall to discuss future roadwork plans. These meetings are open to the public.

Camp Invention sign up

Clarskton Community Education is signing up students for this year’s Camp Invention, starting July 22.
Beth Rogers and Jessica Herzog direct the week-long Geo-Quest program at the Clarkston Community Education building. Children will work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world challenges through four modules for each day. Call 248-623-5400 or email

City manager
selection postponed

Clarkston City Council will vote on their choice for City Manager on April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall on Depot Road. The two candidates being considered are Carol Eberhardt, who currently serves on the City Council and was formerly village president, and Andrew Potter, who serves on the Ortonville Downtown Development Authority and was formerly a public safety officer in Oak Park. The Council planned on choosing a new City Manager on March 25, but the decision was postponed because one candidate could not attend the meeting.

Legion sends Easter love

The American Legion Post 63’s packing party ‘Hopping over packages for Our Troops? will be 6 p.m, April 8.’Drop off donations such as socks, hygiene products, and travel size items for troops overseas to the American Legion, 8047 Ortonville Road, before April 8.’If you know of a soldier who could use a surprise Easter package, forward their name and address to the legion or call 248-625-9912.

Master Plan revision

Independence Township intends to update its Master Plan, which was last revised in 2008. During a planning Commission meeting, March 14, commissioners discussed revisions to the Master Plan focusing on Dixie Highway development, walk-ability improvements, aging population, and traffic congestion. The next Planning Commission meeting will be on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall.

Tootsie Roll Drive

Clarkston area Knights of Columbus will be out in local intersections and stores for their Annual Tootsie Roll Drive this weekend, March 22-23. Proceeds are used to help people with intellectual disabilities.

Sign denied on I-75

Independence Township Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) denied a second request from Eagle Graphics on March 6 for an Everest Academy sign along I-75.
Everest hoped to advertise their offerings of preschool to high school education on a sign 6 foot, 10 inches by 18 foot, 6 inches in width, which was a reduction of 22 square feet from the sign previously requested in November.
The ZBA unanimously denied Eagle Graphics? revised variance request because they were not convinced Everest had a valid hardship to justify the need for such an advertisement.

Akropolis in concert

Akropolis Reed Quintet performs in concert, 7 p.m., March 21, at Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road.
The nationally-acclaimed group will also work with band members at Sashabaw Middle School, Clarkston Junior High, and Clarkston High School from March 19-22.

Chocolate night

Friends of the Library hosts Chocolate Celebration Night, 6:30 p.m., April 9, at Clarkston Independence District Library.
Chef Joan Donnay of Essence on Main will demonstrate how to make a chocolate delight, with tasting after.
Residents 18 and over can compete in the Chocolate Challenge Contest, entries limited to the first 25 persons or organizations to sign up by April 5. Attendees will vote on their favorite recipe. First place wins two cooking lessons at Essence on Main, with prizes for second and third. Email for information.

Movie night

Clarkston High School is showing Mean Girls on movie night, 8 p.m., Friday, in the auditorium. Tickets at the door, $3. Proceeds go to Sarah’s Secret Closet, a program started by sophomore Sarah Head providing clothes, personal items, and school supplies to students in need.

Library parking lot

The Clarkston Independence District Library plans to repair its parking lot and is currently seeking bids for the project, but patrons will have to wait until spring before all the holes are filled. ‘It’s just a situation where there’s only so much you can do when the weather’s like this,? said Library Director Julie Meredith. In the meantime, Meredith said cold patching would be done.

NOHLC training

The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC) intends to train volunteers to inspect properties they’re considering for their conservation efforts. If you like spending time in the woods and have an interest in preserving the environment, register for the training session on March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Springfield Township Civic Center. Call the NOHLC at 248-846-6547 for more information.

Teacher of year

The deadline for Teacher of the Year nominations is approaching fast.
The Clarkston Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 Teacher of the Year for Clarkston Community Schools.
This year they are accepting nominations for outstanding elementary school teachers who teach grades Kindergarten through fifth.
Nominations may be submitted by any local citizen, including parents, current and former students, fellow teachers or administrators.
Nomination forms are available on the Clarkston Foundation website,; the Clarkston Community Schools website, www.clarkston.mi.k12.mi; at any Clarkston school or the Board of Education Office.

Award nominations

Deadline for nominations for Clarkston Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and other Community Awards is March 29.
Email nominee information to or fax to 248-625-1388. Send mail to Community Awards Nominations c/o Clarkston Community Church, 6300 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI 48346.
The Awards Breakfast is Thursday, May 16, 7:30-9 a.m. at Clarkston Community Church. For more information, check or call 248-625-1323.

Kids Against Hunger

The second annual Kids Against Hunger event is March 23 at Clarkston High School.
The registration fee to participate in the event is 10 dollars per individual or 25 dollars per family.
All the money goes to the cost of the food. It is a great family event and only requires an hour of your time.
Last year the community fed 166,128 children around the world and locally.
If interested in participating or donating please contact Lisa Donley at or Megan Hanselman at Registration forms are located at the high school main office.

No WiFi yet

Wireless Oakland continues to try to make WiFi available in downtown Clarkston. They haven’t found a good place to get a clear signal, however. According to City Manager Dennis Ritter, the county had little success at finding a signal from the top of KH Home on Main Street.
Next, they may try climbing to the top of Essence on Main. Once a signal is found, Clarkstonites will be able to access high speed broadband on their mobile devices.

Detroit Voice on CD

Clarkston High School’s Detroit Voice has been chosen to have their version of Aretha Franklin’s?”Chain of Fools”appear on the Best of High School A Cappella (BOHSA) compilation CD.?
“This is a huge honor as hundreds of tracks were submitted and only 19 tracks were chosen for the CD that is sold world-wide,” said director Brian Haverkate.?
The CDs will be available through the Clarkston Vocal Music Department this spring as well as on iTunes.?
Detroit Voice, an a cappella vocal group, was created as a celebration of Detroit-inspired music from throughout the decades.?

Benefit for Doug Zywicki

After battling Leukemia for three years, Doug Zywicki lost his fight on February 22. His family and friends will hold a benefit dinner to pay for his funeral and burial expenses at the Hamlin Pub at 6397 Sashabaw Rd on March 9 from 5 to 10 p.m. A raffle and 50/50 fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. Fliers for the event are available at the Hamlin Pub, Pitaway, and Caribou Coffee. Bring a flier on March 9, and 20 percent of all proceeds from the food and beverages purchased at the Hamlin Pub will go to the Doug Zywicki Benefit. For more information or a flier contact Keegan Sulecki via email or call her 248-396-8844.

One more deputy

In a 5:1 vote, the Independence Township Board of Trustees approved the hire of one more patrol officer to cover a shift from 3-11 p.m.
Trustee David Lohmeier opposed the motion; Supervisor Pat Kittle was absent. Lt. Dirk Feneley of the Oakland County Sherriff’s Office said the afternoon shift is the busiest, and the patrol officer position was eliminated in 2010 due to budget constraints. Deputies are paid an hourly rate of $43.27 and $64.90 during overtime.

Veterans at Fourth

All veterans and members of the armed forces are invited to participate in the Veteran’s Recognition Celebration at Independence Festival of Fun and Fireworks, July 4, in Clintonwood Park.
The event, which follows the Fourth of July parade in Clarkston, includes a ceremony honoring veterans, special honors for World War II veterans, veterans? memorabilia in Carriage House, military vehicles, and other displays.
Veterans receive parking passes and food vouchers at the festival.
For more information, call Barbara Rollin at 248-625-8231.

Signs in the works

Two members from the City’s Planning Commission and Historic District Commission have formed a signage committee.
According to Planning Commission Chair Jen Detkowski, the new group is hoping to design signs to help Clarkston’s visitors locate parking and to designate where the historic district begins and ends.
‘It will feel really good if we can accomplish this,? Detkowski said.

Burn planned

The Clarkston City Council voted unanimously to spend $1,200 to have a controlled burn of a large stand of Phragmites along White Lake Road.
In preparation for the fire, DPW Director Bob Pursley cut Phragmites growing near power lines along the roadside. The Oakland Phragmites Invasive Species task force hopes to rid the city of the plants to allow more native species to grow.

Siren test

On March 2 at 1 p.m., get ready to cover your ears because the Oakland County Homeland Security Division intends to test the outdoor siren warning system.
Siren tests are planned for the first Saturday of each month until November. With the exception of test dates, the sirens are activated whenever the National Weather Service issues tornado warnings. Find out more on

Kelsey’s Law program

Bonnie Raffaele, whose daughter Kelsey Raffaele was killed in a cell phone related car accident in 2010, will discuss with parents the new Kelsey’s Law, 7 p.m., Feb. 21, at Clarkston High School LGI room, 6093 Flemings Lake Road.
Kelsey’s Law, which bans cell phone use for anyone driving with a Level 1 or Level 2 License, goes into effect in Michigan in March.
The program is hosted by Clarkston High School Students Against Destructive Decisions. Call 248-623-3600.

New director for
land conservancy

The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC) has a New Executive Director: Marie Donigan.
Meet the NOHLC’s new Executive Director and hear guest speaker Jim Nash, Oakland County water resources commissioner, on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Springfield Township Civic Center. Find out more on

Memorial fund raiser

Friends of Ryan Kennedy host a benefit to raise money for a new playground structure at Clintonwood Park in memory of Kennedy.
The fund raiser is Saturday, March 2, at Buck Shots, 8 p.m.
There will be silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for a flatscreen television as well as a kids’ raffle. Live entertainment includes The Locals and Matt Wells.
To assist with the event or to inquire about sponsorships, please contact Jamie Nye at
For more information, please look for Friends of Ryan Kennedy on Facebook.

teacher of year

The Clarkston Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 Teacher of the Year for Clarkston Community Schools.
This year they are accepting nominations for outstanding elementary school teachers who teach grades Kindergarten through fifth.
Nominations may be submitted by any local citizen, including parents, current and former students, fellow teachers or administrators.
Nomination forms are available on the Clarkston Foundation website,; the Clarkston Community Schools website, www.clarkston.mi.k12.mi; at any Clarkston school or the Board of Education Office.
Nominations must be submitted by March 22 and can be sent to Clarkston Foundation, P.O. Box 711, Clarkston, Michigan 48347.

Partnership sought
for human resources

Independence Township may partner with Orion Township to outsource its Human Resource (HR) needs.
‘We’ve met with [Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett] a couple of times on this and other topics,? said Supervisor Pat Kittle. ‘Economies of scale can start to warrant lower prices.?
Because both townships need HR service, Kittle thinks partnering could offer ‘a volume discount because it’s now two municipalities they’re working for.?

High Five planned

Start lacing up your running shoes because there’s a High Five Race planned for downtown Clarkston. On Jan. 28, the Clarkston City Council unanimously approved a 10-kilometer run, which will start at Depot Park on Nov. 10.
Runners will race onto Holcomb road, then onto Allen, and around Clarkston’s back roads. Then, they’ll race back onto Holcomb and run through the finish line at Depot Park. Deanna Hart, who is organizing the event, expects 200 to 300 runners.

Lunch with cause

At the end of January, the agents of Real Estate One in downtown Clarkston got together at their Lunch for A Cause.
According to REO’s Kevin McCourt, four times a year agents bring a dish to pass, and invite friends and family to lunch. Everybody makes a donation, which is then presented to a local charity. McCourt, of Clarkston, said funds will be donated to A Space To Dream.

Beast of a musical

The Clarkston High School Drama Club presents Beauty and the Beast, Feb. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now. Prices are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.
They can be reserved by calling the Clarkston High School Box Office at 248-623-4024.

McLaren amendment

A second reading of the McLaren hospital plans will be at the Independence Township Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at Township Hall. The amendment includes changes to the hospital permit conditions such as traffic improvements and a provision ensuring the facility is on track to be a Trauma II center.

Going Native

Looking to spruce up your landscape with indigenous plants? Check out the North Oakland Wild Ones? presentation called ‘Transforming Urban Spaces to Native Landscapes? on Feb. 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Daniel Church Cushing Center. The guest speaker is Master Gardener Cheryl English.
To register for free, email Anne Bushroe at

Women’s health

Swan for Life Cancer Foundation presents the women’s health event “Love Yourself,” Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at 5680 Bow Pointe Drive.
The event includes keynote speaker Florence Williams, author of “Breasts.” Topics include breast health, gynecological health, heart health and nutrition and exercise. Breakfast and lunch is served during the event.
RSVP by calling 248-620-9600, ext. 5.

Bowling fund raiser

Clarkston Clarkston High School Bowling teams are hosting a fundraiser at Cherry Hill Lanes, Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-4 p.m. Cost is $20.
Contact Coach Elanor Hallman at

New rates for News

Postal rates are going up, Jan. 27. The Clarkston News is delivered through the mail so subscription rates are going up, but just by a couple bucks. New yearly subscription rates are $32 for readers in Oakland County, $33 for fans within Michigan, and $38 for those Clarkston expats out of state.

City seeks
new manager

Clarkston City Council formed a committee to find a new city manager because Dennis Ritter intends to retire in April.
The search committee includes Ritter, Mayor Joe Luginski, Councilman Eric Haven, and former mayor Sharron Cattallo.
The City Council will vote on the top two or three candidates. They hope to have the position filled within 12 weeks.

Packages for troops

American Legion Post 63 is collecting items to fill packages they’ll send to troops overseas.
Donations such as boxed cookies, microwaveable popcorn, mini cereal boxes, bar soap, deodorant, toothpaste, international phone cards, and sunglasses can be dropped off at the Village Hall at 375 Depot Street or the Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union at 8055 Ortonville Road.
A full list of the items the American Legion is seeking can be found at drop-off locations or on
If you know a soldier from the area who needs a package, leave their address at one of the drop-off locations. A packing party is planned for Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall at 8047 Ortonville Road.

Lacrosse fund raiser

Clarkston Lacrosse is holding a bowling fund raiser this Sunday at Cherry Hill Lanes, 1:30-4 p.m.
The cost is $30 per bowler and includes two hours of bowling, shoes and two slices of pizza and soda. The event also includes door prizes and raffle prizes for $5 per ticket. The raffle prizes are a 50″ plasma TV, iPad and Blu-ray player.
For more information, please contact Cathy Schlaff by emailing

Ritter retiring

In April, City Manager Dennis Ritter will end his service with the City of the Village of Clarkston.
Ritter took on the job of City Manager in June 2008.
‘It was a difficult decision, but it’s time for a new person with a new set of eyes and ideas to help the community prosper and grow and maintain its historic character,? he said.

New township auditor

After over 20 years of using Plante Moran’s auditing services, Independence Township is hiring a new firm for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014.
By accepting UHY LLC’s bid for auditing services, the township could save about $25,000. UHY LLC is a certified public accounting (CPA) firm located in Farmington Hills.
For 2012, UHY LLC bid $32,000, $32,640 for 2013, and $33,293 for 2014. For Plante Moran’s auditing services, they proposed charging $56,965 for 2012, $58,675 for 2013, and $60,435 for 2014.
The board’s decision to switch from Plante Moran to UHY LLC was unanimous.

Change of address

If you’ve been mailing your tax or sewer payments to Independence Township, you’ll need to write a new address on the envelope. Independence Township isn’t using a post office box since a mailbox was installed at Township Hall in December. Send correspondence to 6483 Waldon Center Dr., Clarkston, MI 48346.

Community awards

Clarkston Community Church hosts the 27th Annual Clarkston Community Awards Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday, May 17, at the church, 6300 Clarkston Road.
Awards include Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year, Adult-Youth Volunteer, Business Person of the Year, Community Beautification, Community Enhancement, and Community Collaboration.
For more information, call 248-625-1323.

Relay for Life

Dozens of Relay for Life teams from around the community will have games, food, and other fund-raising activities at Clarkston Junior High School, 6595 Waldon Road, this weekend.
The 24-hour Clarkston Relay for Life kicks off at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19. It also features live music and entertainment as walkers fill the track, honoring cancer survivors as well as those lost to the disease.

Memorial Day parade

American Legion Post 63 leads the Memorial Day parade through downtown Clarkston to Lakeview Cemetery, 10 a.m., Monday, May 28. Ceremony follows at the cemetery at 10:30 a.m.
Legion members will also be distributing veteran-handmade poppies, May 17-19. Watch for red poppies in downtown Clarkston, Clarkston-area Krogers, and Bueches in Ortonville to help veterans in need.

Angels Awards

Clarkston residents Elizabeth Fante and Phyllis Solmen will be honored with Angels Awards at the 30th Annual MORC Caregiver Appreciation Day, 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17, at the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center, 54660 Van Dyke Avenue, in Shelby Township.
The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center (MORC), a nonprofit human services agency based in Auburn Hills and Clinton Township, will honor 10 caregivers with the award, an ‘Angels? jacket, and a check for $250. Call 248-276-8109.

Students help moms

Clarkston-area pre-schoolers helped collect more than 14,000 items for women living in shelters across the state.
A School for the Mind and Body worked with Two Men and a Truck in its Movers for Moms program this past Mother’s Day.

Open house at
Peace Unity

Peace Unity Church and Holistic Center, 8080A Ortonville Road, hosts the 2010 Summer Open House of Healing, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 5.
The annual fundraising event includes speakers from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., meditation and prayer sessions, butterfly release, and other activities, rain or shine.
For more information, call 248-625-5192.

Travel program

Independence Township Library hosts a travel program, 6-7 p.m., second Thursday of the month.
Topics include: June 10, Vietnam, Malayasia, Southeast Asia; July 8, Africa; Aug. 12, Japan, China; Sept. 9, Thailand; Oct. 14, Italy; Nov. 4, Northern Mexico and Copper Canyon; Dec. 9, Bariloche and Bolson in Argentina, Ireland, and Scotland.
For more information, call the library, 6495 Clarkston Road, at 248-625-2212.

River Day

River of Life and Wild Ones, North Oakland Chapter, host River Day activities, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., June 12, in Depot Park, downtown Clarkston.
Free activities include weeding and planting in park gardens, planting native plants as part of an Eagle Scout Streambank Stabilization Project at the south end of the park, invasive species identification and eradication demonstrations, face painting for kids, rubber duck races, and a rain garden presentation.
For more information, contact Laura Gruzwalski at 248-454-6856.

Help children get eyeglasses

Having trouble styling your hair? Sabrina’s Salon can help! They’re hosting a fund-raising event on Tuesday, April 15, from 5-8 p.m. to benefit the Oxford/Orion Lion’s Club. All proceeds from this event will be used to provide eyeglasses to children in the local area.
Ticket price for this event is $25 and includes appetizers, door prizes, and professional lesson on three custom hairstyles just for you. Space is limited so call (248) 628-3266 for your appointment today.

Help fight cancer by eating spaghetti

The OUMC Faithful Kickers Relay for Life Team of Oxford United Methodist Church (21 E. Burdick) will be sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner fund-raiser on Friday, April 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Along with a full course spaghetti dinner, entertainment will be provided by Sharron Patterson and Friends complete with banjos, guitars, dulcimers, piano and more.
Tickets at the door are $7.00 per person or $20 per family with children under 12. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Oxford Relay For Life.

Show Mom you love her

Enter your mom, or any mom you love, into Schenden’s Spa’s Mother’s Day Contest. They’re searching for three mothers to honor with great prizes and some well deserved pampering. You can select from categories like Most Inspiring Mom, Most Humorous Mom, and Hardest Working Mom. Each winning mom will receive prize packages valued over $1,000. Enter at

Hear Buzz Brown speak to historical society

The Northeast Oakland Historical Society will hold its spring meeting on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m., in the fellowship hall at Oxford Free Methodist Church (790 S. Lapeer Rd.). The public is welcome to attend and listen to guest speaker Buzz Brown, president of the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, who will answer questions regarding the quick rise to prominence and equally fast decline of the Michigan Military Academy.

Crossroads for Youth needs copy machine

Crossroads for Youth is looking for any local business willing to donate a used black-and-white copy machine. Please call 248-628-2561, Ext. 250 if you can help.

Seniors needed for softball league

If you will be 55 before December 3, 2008, still have that competitive spirit and still want to play organized ball, you may want to tryout for Oxford’s senior softball team. Health Quest of Oxford is sponsoring our senior softball team and is looking for players for the 2008 season.
Please contact Becky at Oxford Township Parks and Recreation (248) 628-1720 or e-mail for more information.

Health screening at American Legion

Stroke and osteoporosis screening by Life Line Screening is coming to Oxford on Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Oxford American Legion (130 E. Drahner Rd.). Register for a Wellness Package for $149 by calling 1-800-697-9721.

Scholarships available from Women’s Club

Oxford Women’s Club Scholarship applications are available for 2008 graduating students living within the Oxford School District or attending Oxford Schools at the OHS counseling office. Please see Kai-Lynn Albers at OHS or Lynn Mott at Crossroads for Youth. All others mail to Theresa Myer (615 Drahner Circle, Oxford, MI 48371). Applications must be postmarked no later than March 28.

Join Junior Wildcats

The Oxford Jr. Wildcat football and cheer program for boys and girls ages 8-12 will be holding an open registration for the ?08 fall season in the OHS Commons on Tuesday, April 1st, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Both parent and participant need to be present to register. For more information and to download registration forms in advance go to or call (248) 969-9325. May 2 will be the next registration date at the same time and place.

Village to submit bid
Following a closed session meeting Monday night, the Oxford Village Council voted 4-1 to submit a sealed bid for the old township hall at 18 W. Burdick Street.
Village President George Del Vigna cast the lone ‘no? vote.
The township is accepting sealed bids for purchase of the property until 4 p.m. Friday, June 1.

Bowling & spaghetti
The Oxford High School Project Graduation 2007 will be hosting two fund-raisers for the Senior All Night Party.
Collier Lanes will be sponsoring a bowling fund-raiser on May 19 at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, which includes two games and shoe rental. If interested, contact Sylvia Rhodes at
Oxford American Legion Post 108 will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on May 24 from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $7 per person.

Karaoke contest
Leonard’s Strawberry Festival is calling all Karaoke enthusiasts!!
The annual karaoke contest will be on Saturday, July 14 at 4 p.m. at the North Oakland Elks Lodge #2716 in Leonard. This is the first round of competition, with finals to continue during the Friday Night Kick-Off Dinner on July 20 at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Leonard. Limited spots available, please sign up right away.
For rules, requirements and more details visit

Mysteries & prizes
Mystery awaits you at the Oxford Public Library’s adult summer reading program beginning June 4.
Pick up a reading list and choose from British mysteries, art mysteries, cold case mysteries. There will be weekly prize drawings for $10 McDonald’s gift cards on Fridays at 2 p.m. beginning June 15.
The grand prize drawing will be on Friday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Prizes include a CSI board game, encore edition, Clue DVD game and an evidence box with mystery contents. Weekly winners will also be eligible for the grand prizes. Call Sarah Emino at (248) 628-3034 for more information.

Plant exchange
The Friends of the Addison Township Public Library will be hosting their annual FREE plant exchange May 19 at the Addison Twp. Complex (1440 Rochester Road in Lakeville) from 8 a.m. to Noon, rain or shine. Bring your gloves, wagons, children and plants!
Bring your favorite plants to trade for free. A children’s activity area where they can make a special flower pot will be available. Memberships for the Friends will be available at the door. Members are eligible for numerous door prizes from area businesses.
For questions or additional information on the Friends, please contact Sharon Campbell at (248) 628-6725.