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Don't Rush Me

Block the border! Inspect all vehicles! Too late, they're here.

Bedbugs suck!

For a while now I've been reading about the increase of "undesirables" in the states south of us. And, since it really didn't pertain to us in Michigan, I figured, "what the heck, it's their problem....more >>

Jim's Jottings

The 56 Declaration signers gave lives for us

Just before the Fourth of July, friend Mickey gave me a note meant for that day. I put it aside "until I had more time." You know how that works. Re-reading it recently I concluded it's apropos for every day, not just Independence Day....more >>


Voters beware the non-party

Dear Editor, Last week, one of the local politicians dropped off an adverstisement regarding his running for the office of Michigan state representative. There is nothing noted on the flyer stating which party he is affiliated with....more >>


Hope dogs find a good home, love

Dear Editor, (In response to, "People just can't afford the food and licenses for their pets," The Citizen, Sept. 4, page 10): My fiancé and I are the "locals," well not so local, that built and were feeding the dogs for many weeks during this summer....more >>


Senior buses vital for area

Dear Editor, First, I am thankful for this wonderful senior citizen bus service. I don't know what I'd do if it wasn't available for me to get to my appointments on time. Kudos to Pat Reed and Janet Clair for their excellent service, they are always there when you need them....more >>


Martin family: Thank you Goodrich/Ortonville

Dear Editor, The Martin family, Hometown Pool family and Caribbean Sunset Tanning team would like to offer our heartfelt gratitude to the outpouring of love, concern and assistance during the past few weeks....more >>


It is time for township board to revisit priorities

Dear Editor, Brandon Township, like many other communities, is facing a fiscal crisis. A lack of funds for many of the township programs is forcing decisions about how to allocate those funds....more >>


How else is the public going to get information?

Dear Editor, In a recent e-mail to the Brandon Township Board, Supervisor Kathy Thurman directs members to follow a procedure she hopes will limit discussion. She quotes an old "code of conduct" item reminiscent of high school that suggests board members become informed, attempt to resolve conflicts, and ask questions in advance....more >>

Wendi's Word

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

My Bucket List

I could easily pine about our Detroit Lions going 0-2 for their first games of the 2010 season. But...since critics and fans around Michigan are addressing it I will leave it at a few words - Win a game! Take more chances! If the play doesn't work, well you are the Lions, you tried....more >>

Letter to the editor

Schools need to think outside box

Dear Editor, As another school year gets underway for Clarkston Community Schools, I urge our residents to stay involved and not to become complacent about our schools just because our leadership is changing....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thanks for help with Bucks for Buses

Dear Editor, Many thanks to the following businesses for their generous donations in support of Bucks for Buses fund raiser, Aug. 12, at Bullfrogs Bar and Grill. With the support of the community, we were able to raise needed funds for the senior transportation program....more >>

Letter to the editor

Don't hesitate to call police, deputy says

Dear Editor, In regards to "Clarkston constable talk continues," Sept. 15, I would just like to say the reason most people become police officers is because they want to help people....more >>

Letter to the editor

Reader sees pattern

Dear Editor, Excerpts from previous editions of Clarkston News: Regarding a sewer rate increase in an article dated July 22, 2009: "Director of Public Works Linda Richardson said she made a miscalculation when converting the cost from flow base to Residential Equivalent Unit and only passed on one-third of the cost....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thanks for banner help

Dear Editor, The Clarkston Garden Club wishes to thank the anonymous donor who has paid half the fee charged by the City of the Village of Clarkston for hanging banners, $200, over Main Street for the non-profit clubs in the community....more >>

Letter to the editor

Park work appreciated

Dear Editor, On behalf of Independence Township Parks and Recreation, I'd like to thank Nick Toth and all of his volunteers, for the beautification of the front entrance of Clintonwood Park....more >>

Home grown:Mary Pellerito

Garden success starts locally

Gardening has as many definitions as there are gardeners. One definition I saw that I particularly like is the art and craft of growing plants. Some of us grow fruits and vegetables so we can enjoy and share fresh food with our family and friends....more >>

Hometown stories:Heidi McElfish

Baby brings lifelong changes for parents

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake. What wonderful words they are. I'm going to love saying those to you. Because I just found out that I'm going to be a mother. We sit here and contemplate how our lives are going to change....more >>

Spiritual matters

Peace means tolerance for all

I used to think that peace meant the absence of conflict. I used to think that when the war was over we would have peace. But when the war was over others began. There always seems to be some person or group that wants to fight, to kill and die to prove that they are right and the others are wrong....more >>


Ready for a conversation?

Out Loud: A column by Laura Colvin

I read a sad tale recently about an elementary school-age child who endures both physical and verbal cruelty from Mom on a daily basis, but smiles politely when questioned by police about what goes on in the home, and about where the scratches and bruises came from....more >>


Ready for a conversation?

I read a sad tale recently about an elementary school-age child who endures both physical and verbal cruelty from Mom on a daily basis, but smiles politely when questioned by police about what goes on in the home, and about where the scratches and bruises came from....more >>

Letter to the editor: More on medical marijuana in Michigan

Dear editor, Thanks to our law enforcement for shutting down illegal pot/marijuana growing and selling joints; otherwise known as marijuana stores. Growing and selling marijuana is still a crime in Michigan; this act does not change that fact....more >>

Letter to the editor: Community support brings comfort

Dear editor, The family of Sal Agro would like to thank each and every person for their thoughts, prayers and kind words as we continue to come to terms with Sal's passing. The overwhelming outpour of support from our community has brought us much comfort....more >>

My Way

My Way

Medical marijuana, sidewalk sales, Mark Young & NO HAZ

Lots of stuff to comment on this week. First of all, hats off to Oxford Township's Ordinance Review Subcommittee for coming up with a thorough, well-thought-out proposal to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries (see Page 5)....more >>
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Born February 13th
1682: Giovanni Piazzetta, painter (Fortune Teller).
1764: Charles de Talleyrand, Napoleon's foreign minister.
1849: Lord Randolph Churchill, English politician, Winston Churchill's father and member of Parliament.
1873: Feodor Chaliapin, opera singer.
1892: Grant Wood, painter (American Gothic).
February 13th
in history
1945: The Royal Air Force Bomber Command devastates the German city of Dresden with night raids by 873 heavy bombers. The attacks are joined by 521 American heavy bombers flying daylight raids.
1949: A mob burns a radio station in Ecuador after the broadcast of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds.
1951: At the Battle of Chipyong-ni, in Korea, U.N. troops contain the Chinese forces' offensive in a two-day battle.
1953: The Pope asks the United States to grant clemency to convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
1968: The United States sends 10,500 more combat troops to Vietnam.