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Summer gardens of color

Now that summer is here and the exuberant colors of spring are fading, it's time to extend the color in your garden this summer. My spring garden is mostly filled with pinks from the crabapple, saucer magnolia, and redbud trees and yellows from forsythia bushes and daffodils....more >>

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Thanks to all for Hempton fundraiser

Dear Editor, A huge thank you goes out to everyone who supported the Sherry Hempton fundraiser in any way, big or small!! The following businesses were immensely helpful: Lions Club- donated use of the hall; Johns Steakhouse- supplied breadsticks; Little G's- for cooking all the pasta; the Goodrich businesses for donating silent auction items: Shear Madness, Cameo Salon, Merry Maids, Wren in the Willow Country Store, Lickity Splitz, NU-View Auto Glass, Lucy's Pet Supplies and Feed, Fantasyland Ceramics, Porter's Orchard, Four Season's Karate, Bull Ring Sports Grille, Moo Cow Ice Cream, Little G's Pizza and Deli, Goodrich Country Club, Cranberries Café, B-Hive Legacy Estate and Auction, Atlas Real Estate, Ken's Redi-Mix, Direct Properties, A Bean To Go Coffee, Gage Family Chiropractic and Country Home Creations....more >>

Opinions

To you Joe - Good luck!

Dear Editor, In response to: 'Iditarod race is dog torture, cruelty,' The Citizen, June 18, page 6: Congratulations to Joe Gutowski for first, qualifying for the Iditarod and second, an excellent response to the person who claims that the Iditarod is 'torture' and 'cruel....more >>

Letter to the editor

Newspaper help much appreciated

Dear Editor, I want to thank you for your generous donation of your local paper to the Current Events Classes of Clarkston High School. We receive 40 copies a week to supplement our curriculum....more >>

Letter to the editor

Mom is worried, sad about township's landfill decision

Dear editor, As a Lake Orion resident and mom, I was appalled when I read about the Orion Township board's decision to allow the Eagle Valley landfill 53-acre expansion. Yes, I was appalled, and now I am saddened, and disheartened, and worried....more >>

My Way

My Way

Let's hear it for the boys

Oxford's beginning to remind me of that 1988 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled "Angel One," in which the crew visits a planet run by women. I base this on the fact that we have umpteen events for ladies and zero, count'em zero, for men....more >>
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Don't Rush Me

Skunks, spiders and reader comments . . .

. . . and bicyclists, oh boy, bicyclists!

These wandering, meandering bits of stream-of-consciousness that I oft refer to as "my" column and some of you call "Don's Drivel," is read by at least five people on a weekly basis....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Offer a thought and watch it expand

We've all had this done to us. We say something about anything and the listener has a topper. We've all probably had the topper, too. That's ok, if, as in my case the topper is better....more >>

Letter to the editor

You'll never know unless you try

Dear Editor, What a delightful article by your almost paid intern (You'll never know unless you try, June 22, 2011)! Although it seems easy to write nice things about Diana, her wonderful business and fabulous attitude, it simply isn't done enough in local news....more >>

Letter to the editor

Rush's 'disjointed ramblings' disagrees with her

Dear Editor, The ending line of Don Rush's June, 22, 2011 column was, "So, what was the point of this column?" What a pity that Don should feel compelled to print, once again, his disjointed ramblings....more >>

Opinions

Scholarship blood drive success

Dear Editor, Thank you to everyone who donated at my blood drive this week. In total, 45 pints were collected. Also, thank you to Anytime Fitness for allowing us to hold the blood drive in the Extreme Fitness Studio....more >>

Opinions

Hempton: Thank you community

Dear Editor, Sherry Hempton and family wish to thank all the kind and generous people and businesses in and around our community for their love and support. All your prayers and acts of kindness will make my recovery go a lot easier....more >>

Opinions

Support community fireworks

Dear Editor, The Ortonville Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to raise money for the community's upcoming fireworks show (Saturday, July 2). Each year the public receives a great display of American spirit through this event and we appreciate all the donations that have been collected so far....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Fourth fun

I'm looking forward to the Fourth of July Parade in Clarkston and Independence Township Festival of Fun, especially this year. The whole thing was on the edge of cancellation due to budget and other reasons....more >>

Letter to the editor

A call to reconsider school rule

Dear Editor, To the Clarkston Board of Education, please reconsider your recent actions to limit the freedom of speech from the members of the school board to the public. This action simply serves to impede the flow of information from the members of this elected body to the very people who elected them to serve us....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thanks for Wild Ones support

Dear Editor, On behalf of the North Oakland Chapter of the Wild Ones and the Clarkston Retailer's Group we would like to extend a very grateful thank you to two groups that stepped forward when we were told through the State of Michigan Licensing Bureau that our request to receive a license to hold a kayak raffle could not be granted in time for our River Day event....more >>

Letter to the editor

Newspaper help much appreciated

Dear Editor, I want to thank you for your generous donation of your local paper to the Current Events Classes of Clarkston High School. We receive 40 copies a week to supplement our curriculum....more >>

Guest viewpoint

Superintendent has some hits, misses this year

As the school year wraps up for Clarkston Community Schools it provides the community an opportunity to look in the rearview mirror to assess the performance of our new superintendent and our school board....more >>

Superintendent has some hits, misses this year

As the school year wraps up for Clarkston Community Schools it provides the community an opportunity to look in the rearview mirror to assess the performance of our new superintendent and our school board....more >>

Spiritual matters

Going above and beyond call of duty

Have you ever felt like nobody appreciates the work you do? If you have, then you're in the same boat as the servant in a parable found in the Bible. The servant had been hard at work all day long plowing in the fields....more >>
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Born October 2nd
1869: Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi, political leader of India and pioneer of nonviolent activism.
1871: Cordell Hull, Secretary of State for President Franklin Roosevelt.
1879: Wallace Stevens, poet.
1890: Julius Henry 'Groucho' Marx, comedian, one of the five Marx brothers (the others being Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo).
1900: William A. 'Bud' Abbot, comedian, the straight man to Lou Costello.
October 2nd
in history
1862: An Army under Union General Joseph Hooker arrives in Bridgeport, Alabama to support the Union forces at Chattanooga. Chattanooga's Lookout Mountain provides a dramatic setting for the Civil War's battle above the clouds.
1870: The papal states vote in favor of union with Italy. The capital is moved from Florence to Rome.
1871: Morman leader Brigham Young, 70, is arrested for polygamy. He was laterconvicted, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction. Disappointed Army officer Patrick Connor wanted to be back East fighting Rebels. Instead, he found himself in the bitter cold along icebound Bear Creek, near today's Utah-Idaho border.
1879: A dual alliance is formed between Austria and Germany, in which the two countries agree to come to the other's aid in the event of aggression.
1909: Orville Wright sets an altitude record, flying at 1,600 feet. This exceeded Hubert Latham's previous record of 508 feet. Aviation Pioneer Glenn Curtiss