Rock for tots

Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club was jam-packed, Dec. 5, as music fans brought toys and gift donations for the club’s annual Toys for Tots Rock N’ Roll Toy Drive. The crowd enjoyed tasty burgers, Coney dogs, and drinks as they listened to the sounds of Phil Treais Group, Targus, Skee Brothers, Charlie Allen Martin with 2XL, […]

Budget cuts park events

It’s official. Independence Township Parks and Recreation’s special events and Deer Lake Beach staffing and swim lessons are cut, unless a new Parks and Rec director can figure out a way to save them. ‘It’s going to be up to the director to prove to myself and Mr. (Rick) Yaeger (deputy supervisor) and then of […]

Rights ‘trampled all over?

Resident Rick Gutowski felt it was ‘totally uncalled for? when denied the chance to show his PowerPoint presentation during the Dec. 7 Independence Township budget public hearing. ‘It’s not like we had 20 people lined up to make public comment and there is no right for the township to censor that,? Gutowski said. ‘I actually […]

Snow shovel help available for seniors

Tis the season for snow shoveling. According to City Manager Dennis Ritter, city residents have 24 hours after a storm to clear their sidewalks. For senior citizens or those physically unable to snow shovel, their sidewalks, or driveways, Ritter said there is help available, though they don’t get very many calls. ‘When that occurs, we’ve […]

Keiser’s RoleA column by Trevor Keiser

The other night I sat down with my family to watch Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol? (we like the George C. Scott version). As I sat there watching, it got me thinking, what it would be like if the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future paid me a visit? Would I like what was […]

Ex-employees challenge City DPW director

According to ex-employees, officials should keep a closer eye on the City of the Village of Clarkston’s Department of Public Works Director Bob Pursley. Callers and letter writers to The Clarkston News made claims that have had the local rumor mills turning for months. With that in mind, we took them to City Manager Dennis […]

New city clerk to take over as Gillespie retires

When City Clerk/Treasurer Jan Gillespie retired last week after two-and-a-half years, she was glad to pass her duties to newly hired Kimberly Howe. ‘Kimberly will be a great contribution to the City of Clarkston. She’s got great expertise in all the accounting and Word Perfect applications that will be used with her job,? Gillespie said. […]

Downtown boutique open for biz

Nearly 70 people walked through the door last Thursday night at Christina Calka’s grand opening for her new store, ‘Village Fashion Boutique,? in downtown Clarkston at 6 S. Main Street. ‘It was fabulous,? Calka said. ‘We had a lot of support from the people and other businesses in Clarkston, so it was nice. Everybody came […]

Rescue plan falls short for parks

Independence Township Trustee David Lohmeier’s bid to save Deer Lake Beach and Fourth of July festivities was shattered in a tie vote, Dec. 21. Lohmeier and Trustees Larry Rosso and Neil Wallace voted in favor, while Supervisor Dave Wagner, Treasurer Curt Carson, and Trustee Mark Petterson voted ‘no.? Clerk Shelagh VanderVeen was absent. After cutting […]

Holiday Fun

To end the year with a smile, students from Springfield Plains Elementary enjoyed holiday fun, Dec. 16. Classrooms were filled with sugary goodies, Christmas music, crafts, games, and lots of laughter.