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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Walk safely

I'm back on the city beat at The Clarkston News, covering City Council, Planning Commission, etc. Big issues of the day, of course, include just how many restaurants downtown can handle....more >>

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Age of music

I was alive in the '60s, having been born in June of 1969, but I was of course too young to appreciate the culture of the times. So I wasn't expecting to spend more than 15-20 minutes at Magic Bus' Concert in the Park last Friday....more >>

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Push to help vets in need

Last year about this time, folks all over the country were starting to dump ice water over their heads. The Ice Bucket Challenge was a huge success, raising $115 million and awareness of ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, "Lou Gehrig's Disease....more >>

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Spring into season

It's good to see people back outside on the sidewalks and safety paths, running, walking their dogs, biking, etc. The junior and senior high school track kids are back out there. When they first showed up a couple weeks ago, I managed to pass a lot of them on my afternoon run....more >>

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Spring forward

It's almost spring, which means it's time to start planning the fifth annual Veterans Celebration at Independence Fest at Clintonwood Park. I'm on the planning committee for the annual Fourth of July event....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Running with new crowd

While conducting research for some upcoming stories about the scourge of heroin and other drugs even in Clarkston, I've spoken recently with local counselor and therapist Jim Evans....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Winter runs warm, cold

My face is covered in ice in my column photo here. This is an obvious sign of how this winter has been warmer so far this year. See, last year at this time there was several feet of snow accumulated on the sidewalks of the Clarkston area, keeping me from my jogs through town for almost three months....more >>

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Future's finally here

I'm ready for 2015. To me, and probably lots of folks who grew up in the 1980s, this year is officially "the future" as defined by our foremost authority on time and space, "Back to the Future....more >>

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Christmas lights

After three weeks in my living room, my Christmas tree is looking a little bare in its lower half. Only a few ornaments are still hanging on down there. They're the lucky ones, survivors of a near constant onslaught by my younger cat, Lizzie....more >>

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Holiday help

Christmas season is in full swing, a bit later for me because I spent Thanksgiving with family in Alabama. But my Christmas tree is up now, to the delight of my cats, particularly the younger one, Lizzie....more >>
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