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Sandy Ritter holds a couple awards she earned over 37 years of service at Oakland Community College. Photo by Andrea Beaudoin (click for larger version)

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Ritter remembers decades of service

When Sandy Ritter officially retired as trustee for Oakland Community College on Jan.1 after almost 37 years of service, she had the honor of being the longest serving board member in the history of the college....more >>
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Madeline, at left, and Olivia Maday are organizing the Voices of Change poetry slam at the high school this Friday. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Make voices heard at poetry slam

Organizing the poetry slam Voices for Change, organizers Olivia Maday and Madeline Maday have faced some hard choices. The sisters, both students at Clarkston High School, received about 60 poetry submissions from classmates, which they and committee members had to narrow down to 31....more >>
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Executive Director Penny Shanks will take many memories of Clarkston as she retires as executive director. File photo (click for larger version)

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Memories to endure for Penny Shanks

As she brings her 18 years with the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce to a close, one of Penny Shanks' enduring memories has to do with team building. "It was a team-building road rally," recalled Shanks, executive director of the chamber....more >>
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Arlene Morence of Davisburg, at left, with her friend Debbie Misner, donated a foot of hair to Locks of Love. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Lots of hair for Locks of Love

Arlene Morence of Davisburg faces the winter cold of 2015 without the long hair she had last year, but it's for a good cause. Morence, 71, donated about 12 inches of her formerly lengthy tresses to Locks of Love....more >>
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Standing from left are AJ Basirico and Chris Gorham and, in front from left, are Roger Reppuhn and Lynne DeGroot. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Karate takes kids on world adventure

Four local kids' love of karate earned them a chance to take on challengers from around the world. "It was a nice experience to actually get out of the country and see different styles of karate," said Roger Reppuhn of Holly, 12, who went to the World Championship with Lynne DeGroot of Clarkston, 14, AJ Basirico of Oxford, 13, and Chris Gorham of Waterford, 16....more >>
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Jessica Hall reimagined the painting "Birth of Venus" with a Christmas tree theme. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Artist helps bring Christmas to classics

Clarkston art teacher Jessica Hall was one of 30 art teachers from around the world illustrating the new children's book, "If Picasso Had a Christmas Tree." Her piece emulates the classic painting "Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli, with a Christmas tree in place of the newborn Venus....more >>
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From left, Garrett, Jordan, and Carrie Bailey search for the perfect tree in the cold weather. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)

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Time for tree

The Stachowiak family from Clarkston weaved through the trees at Rattalee Lake Tree Farm last Friday hunting for the perfect Christmas tree. It was the opening day at the tree farm as families arrived, ready to begin decorating for the season....more >>
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Sandra Kitchen makes a donation to Clarkston Rotary for the 2013 Goodfellows newspaper drive, with the help of Ken Barks. File photo (click for larger version)

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Volunteers give, gear up for Shoes for Kids

Clarkston Rotary Club's annual Shoes for Kids program makes a difference for hundreds of families each holiday season. One former recipient wanted to make a difference herself this year she donated $1,000 to help the annual program provide Clarkston area school children in need with new winter boots and shoes, hats, mittens and gloves....more >>
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John Nelson, in middle with his wife, Kathy Nelson, thanks people who saved his life, including, from left, Becky Ridky and Anna Warren, and, at right, Ed Gren. Photos by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Ballplayer thankful, grateful to be alive

When John Nelson organized a special get-together of friends and family, he picked Lucky's Steakhouse in Clio. It was most conveniently located. It's name was appropriate, too, especially since those he invited saved his life at a softball game in Independence Township this past summer....more >>
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The Everest Collegiate Drama Club, from left in front, Joe Terbrack, Claire Kitz, and Paul Bradley; middle row, Paula Czarnecki, Elise Allard, Haley Ross, Anna Nguyen, and Kathryn Steel; and, back row, Katie Espin, Bridget Smith, Bradley Mansour, Holly McGrath, Xavier Engle, and Derek Dobies. (click for larger version)

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Everest drama

The Everest Collegiate Drama Club is hard at work, reheasing for their 11th theatrical production, "The Curious Savage." The play by John Patrick is a comedy about the neglected virtues of kindness and affection....more >>
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