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Would you like a side of history with your coffee?

I was hoisting a few holiday cocktails at my home with a couple of downtown Oxford merchants when they proposed an idea that I found most intriguing. They suggested that coffee and other related beverages could be sold and enjoyed on a regular basis at the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum....more >>

My Way

Would you like a side of history with your coffee?

I was hoisting a few holiday cocktails at my home with a couple of downtown Oxford merchants when they proposed an idea that I found most intriguing. They suggested that coffee and other related beverages could be sold and enjoyed on a regular basis at the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum....more >>

Don't Rush Me

It's a wrap for 2010 . . .

And all the best for 2011

Take a look at the bearded chap with a Santa hat that goes with these words. This is the last week you'll see this fellow's festive, holiday mug shot. That photo will not be used again....more >>
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Jim's Jottings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

When we first started this Jim's Jottings holiday tradition, the two grandchildren pictured on the wall (Dan and Karen Offer) were small enough to fit on my knees. It was 1988. Dan was 3-years-old and Karen was four-months-old....more >>

Opinions

Board needs to listen to all

Dear Editor, I attended a Brandon School Board meeting on Dec.13 and a community member in the crowd stood up when the "speaker of the house" announced-public comment time. To my surprise, he was shot down when she said that he never signed in....more >>

Opinions

Christmas luminaries light up village

Dear Editor, The Village of Ortonville thanks everyone who helped with assembling and distributing the Christmas Eve luminaries throughout the village: Boy Scout Pack 135: Gage Difalco, Nicholas Difalco, Marvin Aranowski, Matthew Edin, Mary Lou Knight, Tonya Cavanaugh, Shane Cavanaugh, Holly Cavanaugh, Rick Heines and Ryan Heines....more >>

Opinions

Rush needs to get out of town

Dear Editor, (In response to 'Don't Rush Me: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow (somewhere else)', The Citizen, Dec. 18, page 7): For the life of me, I can't understand why you published this piece of dribble in your Dec 18th edition (Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, somewhere else)....more >>

Opinions

Thank you Ortonville Masons

Dear Editor, Recently, the Masons hosted a spaghetti dinner for the Ortonville community with proceeds benefitting the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund. As you may know, the Masons come in quite early on these days to prepare homemade spaghetti sauce, toss salad, etc....more >>

Opinions

Brandon senior dinner successful

To the Editor: On behalf of the Brandon School District, thank you to all the businesses, groups, families and individuals who partnered with the district to put on this year's Annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner....more >>

Opinions

Politics, deceit vs. truth, justice

To the editor: (In response to 'Sign of the times? Lack of signature on oath challenged,' The Citizen, Dec. 18, page 1): I am trying to understand just how the village operates. I have more questions than answers....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Crazy 2010

This has been a crazy year. The year 2010 was the year the status quo no longer held. Chickens came home to roost. People tasted their own medicine. Elvis left the building. Early this year, school administration announced it had to make $13 million in cuts....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Care packages appreciated

Ed. note: this email was forwarded to the Clarkston News by American Legion Post 63, Clarkston. Greetings from Shindand, Afghanistan. I just received the box that you sent. Thank you very much....more >>

Letter to the Editor

No excuse for meeting absences

Dear Editor, I just watched the Independence Township Board meeting of Dec. 14 which DIDN'T happen since four of seven members choose to miss the meeting! Not the first time for any of the missing but it was especially disturbing for the two fulltime township employees, Supervisor Dave Wagner and Treasurer Curt Carson....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for strangers' hospitality

Dear Editor, I just wanted to share my story about a wonderful gift of kindness. Last Saturday morning, I had dropped my son and husband off at work on the way back home I ran out of gas, no cell phone sitting on the side of Clarkston Road....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader calls for columnist to move

Dear Mr. Jim Sherman, Jr. (publisher), For the life of me, I can't understand why you published this piece of drivel in your newspaper ("Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, somewhere else," page 7A, Dec....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Give some love to our community

Did you know that Americans spend over $400 billion a year on Christmas? The average shopper will spend $658 for gifts this year. One in four Christians say that Christmas cripples their budget....more >>

Raymond James: A column by James Kruzan

ABC's of asset protection

Accidents, lawsuits, taxes and other financial risks are simply the facts of life. Here are a few basic ways you can protect your assets aside from using insurance. A is for ADVICE....more >>
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Guest Column: 'He begged us not to send him back'

Family speaks up about young teen's bullying experience at a Lake Orion middle school

By Margaret Trimer-Hartley Reviewed by Nik Hartley Handcuffs and hospitals. Depression and anxiety. Fear and apathy. These are not the things we expected our academically talented son to face when we moved to Lake Orion three years ago....more >>
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Born July 23rd
1891: Haile Selassi, Emperor of Ethiopia.
1906: Marston Bates, American zoologist, author (The Nature of Natural History).
1939: Nicholas Gage, journalist and author (Eleni).
1940: John Nichols, novelist and essayist (The Milagro Beanfield War).
1944: Lisa Alther, novelist (Kinflicks).
July 23rd
in history
1868: The 14th Amendment is ratified, granting citizenship to African Americans.
1885: Ulysses S. Grant dies of throat cancer at the age of 63.
1894: Japanese troops take over the Korean imperial palace.
1903: The Ford Motor Company sells its first automobile, the Model A.
1944: Soviet troops take Lublin, Poland as the German army retreats.