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April 30, 2014 - 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.

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