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Amanda and Chad Chappell help their daughter Isabella set a butterfly free. Photo by Andrea Beaudoin (click for larger version)

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Protecting the Monarchs

During the Monarch Butterfly Festival at the Shiawassee Basin River Preserve, Aug. 22, visitors fed butterflies sugar water and tagged their wings for researchers before letting them go....more >>
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A group of kids from the Zube and Herrin families created a video on how they thought like an artist. (click for larger version)

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Day of art through downtown

It was an art-filled day in downtown Clarkston on Saturday as kids and adults enjoyed a traveling Detroit Institute of Arts Away Traveling Art exhibit at Clarkston Cultural Arts' inaugural event....more >>
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Kirk Leptinsky checks out a motorcycle at Independence Oaks on July 28. (click for larger version)

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SCAMP in the sun

The summer sun meant lots of outdoor activities for Clarkston SCAMP, as campers went on field trips to Independence Oaks County Park and downtown, as well as pizza parties and carnivals....more >>
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Counselor-in-training Emily Hayward helps Jameson Duty, Will Battishill, Charlie Swick and Drew French with their tower in the Inducted Module. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)

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Students light up at camp

The recycle room was a bustle of energy and excitement during Camp Invention, held July 20-23, as students entering first through sixth grade looked for the perfect component for their project....more >>
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Writing camp students gather by the Upper Mill Pond for inspiration. Photo by Julie Goldberg (click for larger version)

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Downtown writers

Dozens of students in the Oakland Summer Writing Camp visited downtown Clarkston for a field trip, July 10. The writers are from all over Oakland County. They visited downtown businesses, including The Clarkston News, and enjoyed lunch in Depot Park....more >>
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Joice Gibbs enjoy perusing "Bird's Eye," a booth with handcrafted birdfeeders. (click for larger version)

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Artists and gardens

Garden fans enjoyed community greens and artwork at the Clarkston Garden Walk, July 15....more >>
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From left, Clarkston State Bank Grant Smith, Julie Nemeth, CEO of Habitat Oakland Tim Ruggles, and Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown are helping to organize the latest Habitat project. Photo by Andrea Beaudoin (click for larger version)

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Independence Habitat home in need of volunteers

Building a home for a veteran and her family in Springfield Township was just the beginning for My Habitat Clarkston. Now the local Habitat for Humanity group has set its sights on property in Independence Township....more >>
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Miranda Sloan, with her favorite quote from Harry Potter. Photo by Julie Goldberg (click for larger version)

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Community fundraiser for Clarkston grad

BY JULIE GOLDBERG Special to the Clarkston News Miranda Sloan, 2012 graduate of Clarkston High School, was diagnosed on March 6, 2015, with Osteosarcoma, a rare type of aggressive bone cancer....more >>
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Clarkston Community Schools teachers gather at Pine Knob Elementary to learn the Leader in Me program. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Teachers stay in school to learn Leader

School remains in session for several Clarkston Community Schools teachers, as they learn the new Leader in Me program. Part of the district's Whole Child Initiative and the school board's Strategic Plan, the program will be used in six of Clarkston's seven elementary schools....more >>
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Young thespians shine at Ovation Awards

Alyssa Harbaugh and Luke Hodgson represented Clarkston High School at the 4th Annual Ovation Awards at Wharton Center, May 17. "It was a cool thing to be chosen," said Harbaugh. "It was an honor to go," Hodgson added....more >>
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