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July 27, 2011 - Jean's story

Dear Editor,

Our friend, Jim Sherman, Sr., was kind enough to drop off the July 20 copy of The Clarkston News because he knew I would want to read the article about Jean Saile.

I was fortunate to be working at The Oxford Leader as a typesetter when Jean was at The News and of course became one of her many friends and admirers. I think anyone who ever met Jean was a friend!

Although we hadn't kept in touch for the last 20 years or so, I treasure the memories from our past acquaintance—some parties at the old house and elsewhere—but mostly feel I was privileged to know and love her. I loved working with her and am certain she had no equal as a newspaperman or woman.

Your coverage of her life in The News was excellent and I enjoyed reading the whole paper. Thank you.

Sue Stilwell

Oxford

Garden Walk

Dear Editor,

The Clarkston Farm and Garden Club would like to thank Clarkston homeowners Patricia Clees and Dennis Kwasny, Diane and Henry Woloson, Raeann and David Spanks, Sue and Bob White, Virgil and Diane Roberts, Pat and Doug Bailey and the Community Garden volunteers for opening their gardens for the 2011 Garden Walk.

The gardens are beautiful and the many extras that our gardeners added for the walk are appreciated. About 400 people from Clarkston and surrounding areas visited the gardens.

We would like to thank community members and businesses who supported the walk. Local restaurants provided specials, businesses supported a beautiful garden guide. Volunteer musicians and artists played and painted in the gardens. Local artists sold pieces at an Artist Market at Independence Township Library, which hosted the event for the second year.

Funds raised will be used for scholarships for high school graduates, grants and programs for Clarkston staff and students, plantings for the Main Street planters, and Independence Township Library gardens.

Clarkston Farm & Garden Club

Concerts in park

Dear Editor,

As the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce wraps up the 32nd Season for Concerts in the Park, I would like to extend a special thank you to the City of the Village for their support in helping us host these popular concerts.

DPW's Jason, in particular, was an outstanding resource to have on site each evening. He helped with traffic congestion, crowd control, handicap accessibility and electrical support. Crowds have been big. Great weather, good bands and an eager community have helped us average nearly 2,500 each evening.

There have been some electrical issues this summer. From the very beginning the city was alert to the issue and proactive in resolving the problem.

I'm very grateful that we have so many people come out and attend the concerts. And I am equally grateful that we have the helpful and caring staff and support at the city offices.

See you next year for our 33rd Season when the Chamber will once again host six more free concerts in Depot Park.

Penny Shanks, executive director, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce

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