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Almost of age to drive?

Nick Gura is set to celebrate his 15th birthday this year. He was born on Feb. 29, 1948, so he is technically 60 years old, but he can only celebrate his actual birthdate every four years....more >>

Budget 'not going the right way' in Clarkston

Impending sidewalk repairs and a sharp increase in police department operating expenses left Clarkston officials without an alternative as they dipped nearly $4,600 from the city's rainy day fund to balance the budget mid-year....more >>

Hospitals pass on lobbying state

The state opened up its hospital permit process to public comment, but neither McLaren nor Beaumont spoke up. Kevin Tomkins, spokesperson for McLaren Health Corp, said it's not the right time to lobby for changes....more >>
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League champs

Porter helps put team ahead

Senior Julius Porter stood at the line and eyed the basket. One bounce. Two bounce. With 22 seconds left in the game, the Wolves were tied with West Bloomfield, 47-47. Clarkston's previous game to the Lakers Jan....more >>


Safety path coming too slowly

A safety path has been promised at Clintonville and Mann roads Independence Township resident Michael Powell wants to know where it is. "We still don't have a bike path any closer than we did since 1984," said Powell (see page 6A for his letter to the editor on the subject)....more >>
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'Frightening Phragmites'

Expert to discuss threat on Clarkston area lakes and wetlands March 11

An aggressive species of plant growing in the Clarkston area could choke the life from area lakes and wetlands if it's not addressed quickly and correctly. That's the message from worried residents and environmental groups planning a March 11 workshop entitled Frightening Phragmites: Neighborhood Invaders....more >>

Ordinance changes would fight blight

Tired of looking at the eyesore in your neighbor's yard? Officials are hoping proposed changes to Springfield Township Ordinance 16 will encourage residents to maintain their property—and make it easier to impose fines or sanctions when they don't....more >>
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Songs of the soul

At 10-years-old, Matt Duncan sang for the first time in front of crowd at his grandmother's wedding. He sang a song by Christian Artist Steven Curtis Chapman which he dedicated to his grandmother and made her cry....more >>

School News

Congratulations Clarkston eighth grade Honor Roll

8TH GRADE 4.0 GPA Anderson, Erika Ballough, Kristina Blust, Kathleen Boissonneau Jr., Chris Bur, Alaina Burnham, Stephanie Campbell, Christie Chase, Chelsea Culver, Michael Dahl, Nicholas Devos, Scott Dunn, Danielle Ege, Cansu Frame, Hannah Friend, Lindsey Garland, Allison Genoa, Joseph Grego, George Gustafson, Amber Hart, Michael Hastings, Megan Horton, Kevin Hubregsen, Abigail Kerr, Geena Kociszewski, Hailey Kornas, Jacob Lake, Nathaniel Landgraf, Matthew Leichtnam, Megan Macsay, Kate Mak, Rebecca Marani, Stephanie Mccallum, Kelli Mccallum, Sarah Mick, Kayla Ming, Jessica O'Malley, Shannon Pavlik, Melissa Prada, Adriana Pytel, Rachel Richmond, Emily Riggs, Andrew Ross, Nathaniel Salada,Andrew Schwartz, Michael Setting, Alyssa Spindler, Gabriella Stevenson, Kelsey Torres, Nadia Turner, Rebecca Vedrody, Andrea Villeneuve, Courtney Watts, Casey Wilson, James 8TH GRADE 3....more >>

Ninth graders honored for academic achievement

9TH GRADE 4.0 GPA Barrera, Zachary Bland, Kristen Bollini, Gina Brown, Taylor Bush, Amy Dever, Lauren Drankhan, Holly Dudley, Anthony Foos, Anna Gipe, Jacquelyn Goebel, Matthew Goryca, Jamie Harris, Angela Hawkins, Jerry Henderson, Ashley Holloway, Jordan Johnson, Chelsea Kamp, Kramer Luibrand, Kelsey Maley, Jonathon Moore, Myles Nerswick, Aaron Pesola, Katelyn Pierce, Coulton Pike, Nicholas Pryor, Elizabeth Reis, Allison Reppuhn, Lindsey Rogers, J....more >>
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Taking over the league

Jordan Zendejas jumped into the swimming pool with the rest of his teammates Friday night in celebration of winning their OAA II league meet. Clarkston took first place after scoring 345 points after three days of competition....more >>
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Athlete of the Week

Senior swimmer looks forward to college

Jessie Lambouris has allowed herself to sleep in since the end of fall season. As a member of the girls Varsity swim team, she would wake up almost every day at 4 a.m. to be at the school for swim practice....more >>
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Breaking through the ice

A hat trick from Tyler Frakes in the third period topped the night. The Wolves brought a strong defense to the ice and made more shots on goal. The reward was beating Port Huron Northern, 7-2, in the opener of the MHSAA pre-regional playoffs....more >>

On to round two

Round one is in the bag, but not easily. Waterford Kettering's cagers were ready for Clarkston, keeping them behind for the first half of the game. But the Wolves prevailed and won the first round of districts, 39-31....more >>
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Sports in a Flash

Dancing their way into first place were the Pom Pon teams on Saturday. Clarkston's Varsity and JV teams competed at the Motown Dance Championship at Birch Run Expo Center. Varsity took first place in two categories: jazz and pom....more >>
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Team falls, but 6 go on to state

Seniors Bryant Craft and Adam Lauzun fought hard, but their scores came too late to help the team beat Hartland last Wednesday. In the first round at the regional match, Clarkston lost to ranked fifth Hartland, 33-24....more >>

Wolfpack Update

For Monday, March 3

Cagers and Icers continue onwards after a winning weekend....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Award-winning Derby driver

Jake Roeser, first grader at Andersonville Elementary and Pack 133 Tiger Scout, holds his trophies for first place for Tigers and second place overall, won at the Jan. 27 Pinewood Derby....more >>
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Time to Celebrate

Crowds of people of all ages came in and out of the Senior Center last Sunday, as they held an official open house to celebrate the new building. The crowd included township officials, Senior Centers builders, architect, and painter....more >>
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Congrats to Student Citizen of the Month

Eric Misteravich receives Clarkston Area Optimist Club's Student Citizen of the Month award from Curt Carson, Optimist Club treasurer, with support from his parents Kathy and Mark Misteravich, and Principal Linda Foran....more >>
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Dance drama at Depot

Clarkston Village Players' adult drama "A Dance Lesson" opens March 7 at Depot Theater, 4861 White Lake Road. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22; 7:30 p....more >>
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Friends find fun in snow

Alyssa and Sierra Aguilar and their neighbors Hannah and Paige Workman built this snowman Feb....more >>
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Pastor gives out money to congregation

But expects good things in return

For 50 worshippers chosen at random to receive a new $100 bill, Sunday must have seemed their lucky day. It was, but for someone else. Pastor Greg Henneman of Clarkston Community Church handed out $5,000 in $100 bills to 50 members of his congregation....more >>
From left, Kaitlyn, Rhonda and Jeremy Cavallo enjoy breakfast to benefit the American Cancer Society. (click for larger version)

Raising money for Relay for Life

The Andersonville Angels Relay for Life Team recently hosted a Hearts & Hands Campaign and Muffins with Mom/Donuts With Dad morning at Andersonville Elementary School. Funds raised by both events benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event at Clarkston Junior High, June 21-22....more >>
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Student earns scholarship with revolutionary ideas

For Michael Espejo, senior at Clarkston High School, John Hancock left a big a mark on history as the Declaration of Independence. Espejo's insights into his impact on modern issues earned him a $2,500 scholarship from John Hancock Financial, in their 2008 Promise of America Scholarship essay competition....more >>
Grace Pouttu and Claudia Sampson, Troop 3277, represent Sweden. (click for larger version)

Touring the world without leaving town

Girl Scout Troop 1546, Clarkston Elementary, hosted hundreds of fellow scouts for an evening of International learning and fun. "We have 450 registered with dads and brothers along, that adds up to a lot," said Jeanne Kitchen, Troop 1546 of Clarkston Elementary, which hosted the annual event at Springfield Oaks....more >>

News Briefs

City budget dips into savings

A sharp increase in the police budget and impending sidewalk repairs left Clarkston officials without an alternative as they dipped nearly $4,600 from the city's rainy day fund. The fund a surplus balance carried over from previous budget years stood at $86,235....more >>

Administration works on school budget proposal

Clarkston Board of Education's gave school administration an assignment: write a budget, saving $2 million with 10 percent surplus, all without cutting too much. "No one wants drastic cuts," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

Petitions ready for pickup

Reform Michigan Government petitions are available for pickup at Harry Woloson's Security Financial Management office, 7608 Dixie Hwy, Suite 100. The petition would: Eliminate lifetime healthcare benefits for former legislators; Cut legislator salaries at least in half to equal 80 percent of the most recent median household income for Michigan residents; Require that a maximum allowable 100 regular legislative session days be completed by May 31 of each year; Limit special legislative sessions to a maximum of 15 days per year; Reduce legislator compensation for unexcused absences from regular sessions; Eliminate term limits for legislators; and Require documentation for all expense reimbursement requests For more information, visit www....more >>

Spring wine tasting scheduled April 9

Clarkston's Rotary Club will present "A Taste of Spring, a Wine Tasting Gala" April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Oakhurst Country Club, 7000 Oakhurst Lane. This annual event features Michigan wines along with food by Oakhurst....more >>
Cathy Kuban, Clarkston State Bank assistant vice president and office manager, shows off some new decorations by Plum Hollow Home Decor. (click for larger version)


Clarkston Bank branch sports a new look

Clarkston State Bank's Waterford branch is getting ready to unveil a year's worth of renovations. The bank decided to renovate because the design was dated and unattractive, said Linda Rice, director of marketing....more >>

Achievements in Business

Keir Gatzka, certified massage therapist, recently joined Enhanced Image Medspa, 5730 Bella Rose Blvd., Independence Township. Gatzka, graduate of Baker College in Flint, specializes in effective stress release, and Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point Release massages....more >>
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Bankers bundle up for families in need

Employees at Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union dressed in scarves, hats, gloves, and other warm attire to highlight OLHSA Walk for Warmth. They collected donations for families that can not afford to heat their homes....more >>
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Clarkston State Bank names new officers

Nichole Smith recently joined Clarkston State Bank's Commercial Lending team as assistant vice president and commercial lending officer Smith, who will work at the Waterford Branch, has 15 years of banking experience, including eight years with The Private Bank of Bloomfield Hills, most recently as a Private Banking Officer....more >>

Your tax rebate

By James R Filak CPA Some answers on the anticipated tax rebate checks that are planned to be distributed beginning in May Who gets a rebate check taxpayers with 2007 net income tax liability will get a maximum of $600 for an individual and $1,200 for married couples....more >>
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Eickhorst - Stones

Gary and Chris Azbell of Clarkston announce the engagement of their daughter Angela Eickhorst and Nicholas Stones. The bride-to-be is a graduate of University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Economics....more >>

Students achieve success

Ryan Chalou of Clarkston, sophomore, was named to the Fall 2007 Dean's List at Adrian College. *** Clarkston students Lauren A Bendes and Derek LaHousse graduated Dec. 15 from Michigan Technological University....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1993 "Township fire hall search continues" Independence Township was still searching for a new fire station, to replace rented property at Main and Church. Negotiations for land at M-15 and Dixie Highway had fallen though earlier in the year....more >>


Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Rumor mill now officially closed

Lots of responses to stories and letters lately. Most is just the kind of viewpoints and counterviewpoints we requested a few weeks ago, when we were experiencing a drought of opinions of any sort....more >>

Letter to the editor

Where are the safety paths?

Dear Editor, Being long time Independence Township residents, we've questioned township officials in the past as to why the "priority safety paths" in our area remain non-existent after paying over 20 years for them....more >>

Letter to the editor

Stop 'stone throwing' in paper

Dear Editor, Has The Clarkston News changed its name to the "Stone Tablet" or has Mr. Stone joined the staff of the newspaper? The past barrage of letters to the editor would certainly make one question this....more >>

Letter to the editor

Planning commission made wrong call

Dear Editor, The majority of the Independence Township Planning Commission should immediately reverse the action of the few who recently directed our planning consultant to stop giving recommendations....more >>

Letter to the editor

Dr. Devereaux's legacy continues at SPE

Dear Editor, "The show must go on" is what everyone always says. Springfield Plains School Fair was once again a huge success! Who knew? With four children, I've been a parent at SPE for almost 13 years....more >>

Letter to the editor

We are lucky to have Pappas

Dear Editor, Thank you Amanda and Sharron for expressing so beautifully how our family also feels about Art Pappas (Feb. 13 edition). This village has truly been blessed to have such a capable and caring individual looking out for our welfare as a village-city for so many years....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Defusing anger

Several years ago my wife and I were driving down Square Lake road. We were going to visit somebody in the hospital. The two lanes were being squeezed into one, and the traffic was backed up almost a mile....more >>

Community calendar

Around Town

Adult book club, 1 p.m., Feb. 28: "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. Springfield Twp. Library, 12000 Davisburg Road. Register, 248-846-6550. *** Spaghetti Western Dinner Dance, fund raiser, American Legion Post 63 Auxiliary, 6 p....more >>
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