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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Taste of things to come

September 28, 2011 - It rained last Friday, Saturday, and Monday, but Sunday was nice and sunny. The food gods smiled down on this year's Taste of Clarkston.

The crowd was big and so were the flavors. The event is designed so folks get one sample, eat it, get another sample, eat that one, repeat as necessary.

I got some braised ribs, chicken taco, and a Coke, but all at the same time.

They don't have trays at the Taste of Clarkston – not very environmentally friendly, cost would be high, and clean up would be long.

Certainly no one would want a tray to be kicked up by a truck tire as it heads up M-15, sending it spinning through the air and ...

Anyway, I fumbled a bit and dropped a rib on the street.

Did I eat that rib? Yes. Yes I did.

That rib cost good money, it tasted really good, and if there's one thing I learned while in the service, it's that a little dirt never hurt anything.

For folks like me who don't go to any of the Clarkston schools or house anyone who does, the Taste kicks off the fall season.

Publish the Taste pictures and then it's October, the start of the holiday season.

Friendly Forest at Clintonwood Park Halloween, Clarkston Expo and then it's Thanksgiving. Take time off for a good dinner, recover from the turkey coma and then it's time to give and receive Christmas gifts.

Then right after that: election season 2012 kicks off.

It's a big one this year. The boards of trustees for both Independence and Springfield are up for votes.

Is it too early to call this four-year term a "wild ride?" Neither board got through unscathed. Independence Township clerk and Springfield Township supervisor resigned and had to be replaced. Independence Township's supervisor has been sick for half a year.

In 2008, a group of candidates got together to form a slate, all running together for Independence Township Board. Voters broke it up, electing only part of it, and they've been grinding through the shards ever since.

If this happens next year, we should package it all up as a reality show and sell it to MTV.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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