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Student Tanya Sierra receives a full plate of turkey and trimmings, courtesy of Clarkston Free Methodist Church volunteers. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Thankful students join in service

Students got an early taste of Thanksgiving, Nov. 19, courtesy of Clarkston Free Methodist Church. Volunteers served a full meal of turkey, potatoes, stuffing corn and gravy at Renaissance High School....more >>

Clarkston Rotary needs volunteer help

Clarkston Rotary Club needs more volunteers this holiday season. "When I took over Shoes for Kids about 10 years ago, about 200 children signed up," said Rotarian Joel DeLong. "This year, 647 are signed up – that's eight percent of the (Clarkston) school district....more >>
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Dakota Bender holds off the line on Saturday. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)

Incredible finish to 12-1 season

Ford Field beckoned with only 18 seconds left in the semifinal playoffs when the air began to change. Clarkston senior Dakota Bender lost the ball at the 38-yardline. A chill went over the Wolves side of the field - the referees ruled the drop a fumble....more >>

News

Doc recommends H1N1 vaccine

Two days after receiving the H1N1 flu shot, David Lohmeier's oldest daughter Olivia, 14, came down with the flu. A few days later, her younger sister Emma was also sick. "Both were fine through the weekend until Sunday came, that's when Olivia came down with it and the fever spiked," said David, Independence Township resident....more >>
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Alert system back on line

Digital television conversions cost local communities emergency-notification capabilities. Three local townships have a plan to compensate. "It's an awesome system," said Mike Trout, Springfield Township supervisor, at a Nov....more >>

Audit clean, city still looks to cut spending

Difficult decisions are coming to Clarkston, according to City Manager Dennis Ritter. "Nothing is sacred," Ritter said. "We have to look at every single expenditure of every department....more >>
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Fun and fancy free

Clarkston Elementary School's Ladies Night Out had all the details needed for a fun night - shopping, delicious food and pampering. The event was hosted by the school's PTO. Vice-President Jen Herrmann and Secretary Jennifer Detkowski called the first annual event a success....more >>

Verdict's in:

Contracted lawyers out

Upon recommendation of Trustee Neil Wallace, Independence Township board voted unanimously to cancel their contract with Charlie Dunn and Giamarco, Mullins & Horton law firm. "We were told at the time the Cheshire Park thing arose that firm was being retained to help us through that," Wallace said....more >>
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Vet help group meets Wednesday

Clarkston Cares for Military Families, a community group of volunteers supporting local veterans, meets Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., at St. Dan's Cushing Center. The group's mission is to provide whatever support is needed to people in the military and their families throughout their deployment cycle, said volunteer Holly Workman....more >>
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Angel cards to help community

A winged angel in white, serenely playing a violin with her eyes closed – local artist and church member Jan Mayer hopes Christmas cards adorned with her painting bring peace and joy, and helps provide for those in need....more >>
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Golden Times

Whittling the time away

When Joe Savino of Independence Township retired at the age of 62 after 32 years with General Motors, he was ready to try something new. "I was never so bored in my life," said Savino, now 82....more >>

News Briefs

Coats for Cold

Oakland County Sheriff's Office collects Coats for the Cold for people in need. Local drop off sites include Outback Steakhouse, 6435 Dixie Highway; Real Estate One, 31 S. Main; and Sheriff's Office Independence Township Substation, 6560 Citation Drive....more >>

Alternative Gift Fair set, Dec. 5

The fifth annual Alternative Gift Fair will be held at the Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall....more >>

Local teacher at 'Potters Market'

Clarkston teacher Teri Spytman shows off her pottery skills at the Potters Market, Dec. 3-4 in Madison Heights. The market at 876 Horace Brown Drive features 135 potters offering nearly 40,000 pieces of pottery ranging from pots, vases, platters, tiles and mugs to bird baths, jewelry, ceramic framed mirrors, sculpture, lamps, and tile-topped tables....more >>

Stuff-a-Bus

Clarkston Community Schools Transportation Department's Stuff-a-Bus is Dec. 12-13. Bus driver volunteers collect food and donations for Lighthouse Emergency Services at the Kroger store on Sashabaw and Maybee roads....more >>
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Business

New place to shop

Salvation Army's new Thrift Store in the former Farmer Jack at Sashabaw and Waldon is open just in time for the holidays. "We have lots of good, unique gift ideas," said Colleen Kinney, director of community relations for The Salvation Army, Southeast Michigan, Adult Rehabilitation Center....more >>

Business News

Belle Visage of Independence Township welcomes new employees Laura Alexander and Laurie Ayers. Alexander is license certified and insured in Permanent Make-up Applications using a state-of-the-art method for best results and comfort....more >>
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Moving beyond physical limits

Jim Wazny demonstrates how his artificial leg works to students at Independence Elementary during their Disability Awareness Day, Nov....more >>
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Athletes of the Week

Ode to gridiron heroes

Clarkston Boys Varsity Football team composed themselves after Saturday's game and showed their good sportsmanship as they shook hands with Sterling Heights Stevenson. The 37-35 loss capped off the end of the fantastic season and the end of the road to the State Championships....more >>

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Dreams come true for athletes in blue

Smiles broke out on the faces of Jenna Coates, Kaleigh Kenny and Matt Kamieniecki as they signed their letters of intent on Nov. 16. As the ink dried, all three athletes felt their dreams continuing to come true....more >>
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Icers melt the opposition at season openers

Senior Jack Schlau led the hockey team with a hat trick against Stoney Creek. "It was a great start to the season," he said, after the boys beat the Cougars, 8-3, on Nov. 19. "We will celebrate this one and stay focused for the next....more >>
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Vela breaks record at state contest

The Clarkston girls swim team finished their season on a high note at the state meet this past weekend at the Holland Aquatics Center.  Five swimmers from the team qualified in four different events, and senior Julia Vela advanced to the finals in the 200 Individual Medley....more >>

Almost time for basketball fever

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Dan Fife, his coaching staff, and players teach all they know at the 28th Annual McGrath League. The Saturday league is open to boys in 3rd to 8th grade and will run for 11 weeks beginning Dec....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Living life and loving it or . . .

I can't find my 'bah-humbug'

Whilst thinking about Thanksgiving and blessings for a column last week, my mind kept working. Which for me is kinda amazing. Letting my mind work is something I don't ask of it. But, work it did....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Better than I deserve

Historically speaking, this is the time of year, the one day of 365, we set aside to be thankful for graces bestowed. And, it is no secret it will be harder for some to be thankful this year....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy ...more >>

Keiser's Role

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Thanksgiving thoughts

Merriam Webster gives three definitions for "Thanksgiving." One: "The act of giving thanks." Two: "A prayer expressing gratitude" and three: "A public acknowledgement or celebration divine goodness....more >>

Letter to the editor

Times up for township perk

Dear editor, The township board will inevitably start laying off employees next year. It's the sign of the times. Tighten our belts and cut back to the minimum and try to ride this recession out....more >>

Letter to the editor

Kudos for road-fixing efforts

Dear editor, Pedestrian comfort and safety is what the Village of Clarkston should be known for as we are the quintessential walkable "small town" with restaurants, shops, a park, lakes, rivers, and great historical homes that can only be fully enjoyed while walking....more >>

Letter to the editor

Congratulations Wolves

Dear editor, I want to congratulate the coaches and players on the 2009 Clarkston High School football team for their tremendous season. Clarkston is grateful and privileged to have you represent our community....more >>

Clarkston Village

public hearing December 14, 2009; the purpose of hearing public comments on the Community Development Block Grant Program Year 2010 in the approximate amount of $8,000.

CITY OF THE VILLAGE OF CLARKSTON LEGAL NOTICE Take notice that the City of the Village of Clarkston City Council will hold a public hearing at the City Hall, 375 Depot Road, Clarkston, MI 48346 at 7:00 p....more >>

Clarkston Village

Board Of Review December 15, 2009

P U B L I C N O T I C E City Of The Village Of Clarkston 375 Depot Road Clarkston Mi 48346 Board Of Review December 15, 2009 The City Of The Village Of Clarkston Board Of Review Will Meet On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, Commencing At 6:00 P....more >>

Independence Township

SYNOPSIS of NOVEMBER 17, 2009 meeting

SYNOPSIS TAKEN BY THE TOWNSHIP BOARD THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF INDEPENDENCE NOVEMBER 17, 2009 1. The regular meeting of the Charter Township of Independence Board was called to order at 7:30 p....more >>

Independence Township

Public Hearing on: Thursday, December 10, 2009 TEXT AMENDMENT TO CODE OF ORDINANCES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Independence Township Planning Commission, Oakland County, Michigan, will hold a Public Hearing on: Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. At Independence Township Meeting Room, 6483 Waldon Center Drive, Clarkston, Michigan, 48346 to consider the following: FILE PC #2009-012 TEXT AMENDMENT TO CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF INDEPENDENCE, OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN Consider amendment to Article I....more >>

Independence Township

First Reading of a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance which is an Ordinance to amend the Township Zoning Ordinance No. 83

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF INDEPENDENCE SUMMARY OF TEXT AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE At its November 17, 2009, Regular Meeting, the Charter Township of Independence Board of Trustees approved a First Reading of a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance which is an Ordinance to amend the Township Zoning Ordinance No....more >>

Independence Township

AGENDA :December 1, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES REGULAR MEETING AGENDA :December 1, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. Place: Independence Township Hall 6483 Waldon Center Drive, Clarkston, MI, 48346 1. Call to Order 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3....more >>

Springfield Township

AMENDMENTS TO ZONING ORDINANCE NO. 26

NOTICE OF ADOPTION AMENDMENTS TO ZONING ORDINANCE NO. 26 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at a regularly-scheduled meeting held on November 12, 2009, the Township Board of the Charter Township of Springfield adopted amendments to Springfield Township Zoning Ordinance No....more >>

Springfield Township

Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Wednesday, December 16, 20

NOTICE REQUEST FOR VARIANCE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Charter Township of Springfield will hold a meeting on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, beginning at 8:00 p....more >>

Springfield Township

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING November 12, 2009 SYNOPSIS

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING November 12, 2009 SYNOPSIS CALL TO ORDER: 7:30 p.m. by Supervisor Trout PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AGENDA ADDITIONS & CHANGES: Added New Business #8, Attorney Update PUBLIC COMMENT: None CONSENT AGENDA: a) Approved Minutes: October 8, 2009 Regular Meeting with changes and with bills and additional disbursements of $257,333....more >>
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