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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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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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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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Backroads run fun

Independence Oaks County Park up on Sashabaw Road has some seriously scenic trails and board walks. Next time I'm there, I hope to be able to slow down and take in the sights. No time for that last Sunday....more >>

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Hope for clear roads

With winter rapidly approaching, Clarkston City Council is debating how to make sure city sidewalks are cleared of snow. Ideas so far include enforcing a city ordinance requiring residents to clear their sidewalks, charging $65 to everyone for the city to do it, or just having the city do it without charge....more >>
September 10, 2014

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Another running start

My Crim run went well. My goal was to finish the 10-mile race, Aug. 23 up in Flint, within 1.30:00. I crossed the finish with a time of 1:27:01, an 8.42 minute/mile pace. My previous best was 2:02:09, in 2000....more >>
August 20, 2014

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Crim runner, finally

It was nice to read in the paper about local kids training with the Crim folks from Flint. Maybe I'll see some of them this weekend at the race. I've been training for the Crim for months now....more >>
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