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April 09, 2014

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

With warmer weather finally here, I decided it was time to shed the liner in my coat. I bought my new-for-me jacket during the dead of winter at Clarkston's Salvation Army on Sashabaw Road....more >>
March 19, 2014

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Yay spring!

The first day of spring is Thursday and I can hardly wait. This winter has been tough on one who recently acquired a taste for running outdoors on sidewalks not covered in banks of snow several feet deep....more >>
February 05, 2014

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Who, now?

With a stage production like "Peter Pan," Clarkston drama students will be sure to put their best British-type accents to use Captain Hook's evil threats just wouldn't sound the same otherwise....more >>
January 08, 2014

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Polar vortex

With all the talk of "polar vortexes" and almost record breaking snow and ice, I felt the need to check out Roland Emmerich's movie "The Day After Tomorrow." The disaster movie, in which global warming launches an ice age attack on the United States, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year....more >>
December 18, 2013

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Roads of snow

Last weekend's snowstorm did a thorough job on the roads, covering it with snow and ice and slowing traffic down to a crawl. Just in time for my trip out of town. I took it slow. I learned that lesson the hard way a few years ago, spinning out my car and totaling it during a late-season show fall on I-69....more >>
November 27, 2013

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Thanks to runners

I have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving 2013, the year I decided to get myself in decent shape for some reason. Folks here at the office say I should have made some sort of campaign out of my weight loss (85 pounds so far!), with before and after pictures, stories, and such....more >>
September 25, 2013

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Down to the wire

With a month and a half until the Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon, it's crunch time for training. I've been pretty good about it, running twice a week most of the time since May....more >>
November 14, 2012

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Remember vets

There's some new life for Star Wars, courtesy of the mouse. Disney bought Star Wars from creator George Lucas, and around the world fans of all ages wonder what it will mean for their beloved franchise....more >>
November 30, 2011

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Changing seasons

Christmas season is here. How did that happen? Now I have to get my Christmas tree and decorations up. If I procrastinate, the season will pass and it will be time for New Year's. Thanksgiving went by quickly....more >>
July 27, 2011

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Back in time

Digging through the archives for Mrs. Jean Saile's obituary story last week took me back to the 1970's. I was a youngster, born in 1969, so no "Dazed and Confused" type memories for me....more >>
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