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June 25, 2014 - A parent who requested to have her name withheld called The Clarkston News to say several fellow parents opposed a proposed cell phone tower on school property.

The parent expressed concern over effects towers have on the well-being of children.

Installation of cellular towers are a controversial issue across the United States, especially near schools. Weather or not mobile phones cause cancer is a debated question.

AT & T postponed a meeting with the Independence Township Planning Commission on a plan to install a 104-foot-tall cellular tower next to the Clarkston Junior High School Athletic Track, also near Clarkston Elementary School.

A public hearing with the planning commission, also scheduled for June 12, was also cancelled.

The Planning Commission was the first step in the approval process if AT & T wanted to install the tower, and would also require approval from the Independence Township Board of Trustees and Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education.

The proposed tower would have required a special land use permit, and would replace an existing light pole near the track.

Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said the township will not act on the issue until the school decides if they want the tower on their property.

According to the National Cancer Institute, people absorb radiofrequency energy emitted by cell phones, but studies so far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancer.


City of the Village of Clarkston council approved a site approval plan for a coffee shop at 148 N. Main at a June 24 meeting. The coffee shop was approved last week at a June 16 special meeting, but after reviewing the City Charter, attorney Tom Ryan declared the vote invalid because at least four council members must vote "yes" to validate a vote. A total of four council members were present at the June 16 special meeting, and one member voted "no" to the plans. At the June 24 meeting, council approved the plans with one council member, Peg Roth, voting no.


Drop off electronics, scrap metal, and other recyclables at the Clarkston Area Farmers Market every fourth Saturday this summer, June 28-Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Safe Harbor Recycling will accept computers, electronics, bulky metal items, appliances, almost anything with a plug, and rechargeable batteries fee for tube televisions and monitors.

Collection site will be near the entrance to the to the parking lot at Renaissance High School, 6558 Waldon Road.

Call Patty from Safe Harbor Recycling at 248-240-4899 to schedule free pick-up of items including appliances, exercise equipment, and grills.


All Saints Cemetery, 4401 Nelsey Road, offers free parking for the July 5 Maceday Lake Fireworks.

People can also view the fireworks from undeveloped land near the lake at no cost bring chairs or blankets.

All Saints will also have drawings for prizes, free popcorn and bottled water available under a tent near the lake. Portable bathrooms will also be available.

Call 248-623-9633 for more information.


Team Guardian Angel's third annual breast cancer golf outing is July 20 at Pine Knob Golf Course.

The cost is $100 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, drink ticket, hot dog, and chips at the turn and dinner at the Carriage House. Money raised goes to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, Aug. 15-17.

For more information or to sign up, contact Bryanna at or Ashley at

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