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Spring break?

Lucas Sanders and his sister Jill Sanders enjoy the first day of Spring Break by playing in the snow. Snow fell Sunday and Monday, leaving plenty of the white stuff for the Independence Township family to craft an Easter Bunny, in honor of the upcoming holiday....more >>

Budget busting

Clarkston's police budget takes nearly 10 percent hit

A lopsided budget and the need to prioritize means Clarkston police must wait another year—at least—for the new police vehicle the department's been saying it needs for the last several years....more >>
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April shower

Charitable event gives young moms some essentials for baby

Just eight days shy of her own due-date, Erica Campbell-Loewe was determined to help other mothers-to-be as much as she could. As a volunteer with the third-annual Community Baby Shower in Davisburg, Campbell-Loewe said she's always felt grateful to have the essentials to care for her daughter—as well as her little boy, soon to arrive....more >>

Society picks up on local oral histories

Clarkston Community Historical Society tape interviewed several long-time Clarkston residents 15 years ago. Now they're in the process of trying to transcribe the interviews, but it hasn't been easy....more >>
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Helping out in style

With Hilary Spring facing a year of treatment for breast cancer, her coworkers at Glitz Salons are helping the best they can. "Flowers seem really insignificant right now," said Glitz owner Cherie Barnett, organizing a Cut-a-Thon fundraiser for Spring, Sunday, April 26, 4 p....more >>
Cathy Forst, above, began her tenure with the Springfield Township Library in 1979. Photo by Laura Colvin (click for larger version)


One for the books

Library director marks 30 years on the job

They say time flies when you're having fun. For Cathy Forst, who last week celebrated 30 years as the Springfield Township Library director, the old adage rings true. "I love my job," said Forst, who came to the library in 1979....more >>



Defining opinion

Every once in a while I believe it is important to discuss newspapers with readers. This is one of those times and I'd like to talk about opinions, how they are incorporated into a newspaper -- namely this one....more >>
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School News

Learning from around the world

Students at Bailey Lake Elementary learned about dancing, food, and other customs in countries such as Ireland, Japan, Poland, and Mexico, March 27, at International Day. Local performers and parent volunteers shared what they know about nations around the world with students during the all day event....more >>
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Academic honors

Clarkston Foundation honored Clarkston students' academic achievements with breakfast and awards this past week at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center. "Michigan has the toughest graduation requirements in the country," said Vinca Licata, Clarkston High School principal, at the April 1 meeting....more >>
Parent volunteer Wendy Joseph serves breakfast to Sashabaw Middle School students Jack Jochum and Casey Arthur. In return, the students have to figure out her "tip." (click for larger version)

Pancakes and percentages

Unless you're a mathematician, chances are you don't use percentages much in your daily life. An exception is eating out, figuring the tip for your meal. Sashabaw Middle School sixth graders figured that out at Green Machine Cafe, a large-group-instruction room converted to a breakfast diner for the day....more >>


Wolfpack Update

For Tuesday, April 14

The Varsity and JV tennis matches scheduled for today have been postponed to Monday, April 27....more >>
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Zak leads lacrossers in double victory

Senior Adam Zak moved into an open position and kept his eyes on his teammates as the ball was passed from lacrosse stick to lacrosse stick. Clarkston held control of the ball during the last half of the game against Grand Blanc and celebrated their second victory of the night, 11-2....more >>

Back to the diamond

The sun shined down on the baseball field for the boys first game of the season at Rochester Adams. Unfortunately it didn't shine too brightly as the boys lost the double header games, 14-5 and 4-0....more >>

Who will be the next Athlete of the Week?

Do you know an athlete that should be Athlete of the Week? Let us know about them! Drop off your nominations for Athlete of the Week to The Clarkston News, 5 S. Main, or email us at clarkstonnews@gmail....more >>
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Young talent adds depth

The new additions to the track and field teams showed what they were made of last week against Rochester High School. The boys and girls teams both lost, but it gave coaches a look into the future....more >>
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Spring weather can't keep ladies down

rkston News Sports Writer Umbrellas opened in the stands and fans huddled underneath to keep dry as the wind and rain blew around them. On Clarkston's field was a different scene, as the girls varsity lacrosse team took to the field for the season opener....more >>
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Athlete of the Week

Strength puts team at top

Kristian Johnson, senior at Clarkston High, set his personal best as he became champion at the Michigan High School Powerlifting Association state meet on March 21. After three events in squat, bench press and deadlift in his 194 weight class, he lifted a total of 1280 pounds....more >>
Alexis Green and Curtis Haremza, her instructor and dance partner, compete at Michigan Dance Challenge. (click for larger version)

Shooting Stars

Youngsters dance their away to state awards

Local dancers Alexis Green and Josephine Auchterlonie both took several first-place honors at Michigan Dance Challenge, March 27, though neither is yet in high school. "It's an exciting time – more kids are coming in to dance," said instructor Curtis Haremza of Clarkston, who owns Elegance in Motion Dance Studio in Orion with his wife, Sarah Haremza....more >>
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Church reaches out to those in tough times

Tough times for the world are good times for the church, according to Curt Demoff, lead pastor of Bridgewood Church. With Easter this weekend, Demoff and staff at Bridgewood offer services to help....more >>

Mary takes center stage in Mt. Zion play

When Loren Covarrubias's brother died a couple years ago, he saw the pain his mother went through and felt inspired to write the play "The Passion of Mary: The crucifixion through a mother's eyes....more >>

Band members earn honors

Nine Clarkston students won spots in the All State Honors Band for middle and high school. Sashabaw Middle School Band members Caelan Stewart, french horn, first chair; Maia Girard, flute, fifth chair; Katie Gipe, flute, seventh chair; Rachel Quinn, flute, ninth chair; and Harrison Smith, french horn, fourth chair; and Clarkston High School Band members Morgan Brisse, clarinet, third chair; Michael Gieske, bassoon, second chair; Shannon Goebel, french horn, seventh chair; and Kevin Thompson, tuba, second chair, were among 360 students chosen out of 1,600 auditions....more >>

Local Ducks Unlimited earns national honor

North Oakland Ducks Unlimited Chapter, Clarkston, made the President's Top 100 list of top chapters nationwide. The chapter earned the award out of the more than 3,500 DU Chapters nationwide....more >>

News Briefs

Flu death investigated

Officials are investigating the death of a 6-year-old Clarkston girl. Initial tests indicate a severe case of Influenza B may be involved in her death, Saturday, according to a press release from Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services....more >>

Breslin games now available

Wolves fans who missed the boys' semi-finals against Kalamazoo Central at the Breslin Center in East Lansing or want to see it again, Michigan High School Athletic Association has posted the game online at MHSAA....more >>

A little on the wild side

Bailey Lake Elementary School hosts "Live on Stage, the Rain Forest," 7 p.m., Thursday, April 16. Mike Kohlrieser, founder and director of Understanding Wildlife Inc. nonprofit group, presents an Amazon-themed show featuring exotic birds, alligators, jungle cats, monkeys, and snakes....more >>
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Welcome Addison

Geoff and Kelley (Miller) Farnsworth of White Fish Bay, Wisc., are happy to announce the birth of Addison Grace Farnsworth. Addison was born on Sept. 17, 2008. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 21 inches long....more >>

In our country's service…

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Dymond, 2005 graduate of Clarkston High School, is deployed with the Third Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, Reinforced, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Afghanistan....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1994 "Cash flow woes mean schools must borrow" Due to a change in Michigan's funding schedule, school administrators warned the district would have to borrow to pay its summer bills....more >>


Kathleen's quotes A column by Kathleen Quandt

Intern says so long, for now

In my 12 weeks as an intern at The Clarkston News, I gained valuable experiences I can take with me, and I have learned my way around a nice town with nice people. Learning is part of college, and through my internship I have learned things that will help me throughout my journalism career....more >>


Phil, don't stop 'visioning' Clarkston's future

Dear Editor, As I perused the online edition of The Clarkston News last week, I was gratified to see that an editor of an old dead tree news rag has the vision to see the future. He's no April fool! Phil Custodio was right about the need for a monorail system in Independence....more >>


Thanks for the series on Lake Waumegah fishkill

Dear Editor, Re: series on Lake Waumegah. Thank you for giving the Lake Waumegah fish kill the coverage it deserves! Your recent coverage is just the tip of an iceberg, 10 years deep....more >>


Board acts against voters

Dear Editor, Regarding the purchase of the new Independence Township Hall: It's interesting to note that the main reason given by Independence Township officials for a new town hall was that the old town hall was not handicap accessible....more >>


Fishkill stories bring more questions

Dear Editor, In regards to Lake Waumegah, I am so glad you are covering this story. I live on Waumegah Court and I am concerned too many people don't even want to know what actually happened to our lake, least of all our township supervisor and lake board representative Mike Trout! The biggest concern I have is why did we spend $12,500 on a lake study only to throw it out the window! If this problem is because the study was not followed, shouldn't the lake board be responsible or at least fired and new people put on to take their place? I, for one, would like some answers....more >>

Spiritual matters

Easter - does it matter?

As a child I remember the smell of vinegar as we dyed eggs; Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and peeps; new clothes and uncomfortable shoes; women wearing Easter hats; beautiful flowers; and going to church with all my cousins....more >>

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A Taste of Spring, Clarkston Rotary's spring wine fund raiser, 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 8, Oakhurst Golf and Country Club. Features Michigan wines and food prepared by Oakhurst. $40 in advance, $50 at the door....more >>
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1932: Francois Truffaut, French film director (The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player).
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1899: The Spanish-American War ends.
1900: President McKinley appoints W.H. Taft commissioner to report on the Philippines.
1904: Japan's foreign minister severs all ties with Russia, citing delaying tactics in negotiations over Manchuria.
1916: Germany admits full liability for Lusitania incident and recognizes the United State's right to claim indemnity.
1922: The Washington Disarmament Conference comes to an end with signature of final treaty forbidding fortification of the Aleutian Islands for 14 years.