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Worth the wait?

Unless it's a roller coaster, I'm not a big fan of waiting. I guess I should have stayed in bed last Friday, for I seemed to wait a lot that day. The fun started at 7:30 a.m. at the Verizon Store on Lapeer Road....more >>

Will Jason be out trick-or-treating this month?

October is always an interesting time of the year. In preparation for the beginning of holiday activities, stores began erecting displays for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas weeks ago....more >>
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Don't Rush Me

I love pie!

What a great weekend . . . aside from the Detroit Lions losing their second game in a row this past weekend proved pretty danged good. There was plenty of sunshine, which afforded many of us locals the chance to catch-up on outdoor chores before Ma Nature changes gears....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Let me get cynical on sports & politics

Let's begin with Merriam Webster's definition of cynic: (I'd rather refer to Funk & Wagnall's encyclopedia, but they became mostly referred to by comedians like Johnny Carson, as, "Look it up in your Funk & Wagnalls....more >>


Community Christmas Toy Store

Dear Editor, Christmas is less than two-and-a-half months away and the Community Christmas Toy Store is gearing up to provide the needy children in our community with a happy Christmas....more >>


Sometimes I just don't get it

Sometimes I just don't get it Dear Editor, In response to the Oct. 15 edition of The Citizen, I found myself reading what I describe as the "articles of confusion." I found it confusing to read an article about Goodrich hiring back the village manager that was forced out the very same year of her rehire when a total of 17 had applied for the position....more >>
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Don't Rush Me

Were I a younger man and more!

Memories of the first man who touched my . . .

There are a couple ways I can approach this column. One, I could say, "Were I a younger man . . ." or, Two, I could type, "When I grow up . . ." Or I could fulfill all your dreams and desires and do it both ways and then do you one better and combine the two....more >>

Hart continues assault on trucks, trailers

Dear Editor, My residential living zone does not allow three dump trucks, two double axle enclosed trailers, a bobcat, tree shredder, seven wheel barrows, untold amounts of contaminating liquids, six commercial plowing blades, a garage full of repair tools, 12 different employees and all the vehicles (some without drivers licenses), along with dumping tree waste (ash borer disease) in the rear of the residential property....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Ah, truth, and just what is the truth?

Andy Rooney signed off on the "60 Minutes" program recently for the last time. I was a fan of the curmudgeon for a long time. Had I known the shortcomings he announced on his final appearance, I would have quit listening to him long ago....more >>
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Sports: Do you 'get it'?

The day after the Detroit Tigers triumphed over the New York Yankees in a nail biter, I walked into the gas station and picked up copies of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, both of which had front page coverage of the Tigers....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Check the law

Smart warriors the world over turn their opponents' tactics against them. So it is with admiration that I watch Clarkston school officials and advocates use yellow-journalism methods against Dawn Schaller and the Clarkston News regarding Freedom of Information Act requests....more >>

Letter to the Editor

An explanation from the supervisor

Dear Editor, I'm sure the fine citizens of Independence Township have heard and read all of the misinformation regarding my health put forth by some members of the Township Board. I feel a solemn duty to set the record straight regarding my dedication to the job to which I was re-elected in 2008 with nearly 60 percent of the vote....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader calls for compassion in gov't

Dear Editor, Trustee Mark Petterson commented that he didn't think that $5 or $50 was going to break anyone ("No increase for safety path millage," Sept. 28) He is very detached from reality if he belies that....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to school-information stories

'Disappointed' by schools Dear Editor, I had high hopes that a new Clarkston superintendent would end the secrecy and arrogance that seemed to pervade the previous administration and certain board of education members....more >>

Spiritual matters

Are you living your dash?

In my last article I talked about the dash. You know –that dash between your birth date and death date. You see it in obituaries and on headstones in cemeteries. That dash represents your life....more >>

Guest viewpoint: Anissa Howard

The Clarkston Farmers' Market team, comprised of 18+ local residents and growers from the area, would like to extend our appreciation to the residents in and around Clarkston, for coming down and supporting our local growers and artists! We also extend our gratitude to Bob Roth and Ed Adler for their generosity in offering the Clarkston Farmers' Market the use of their vacant downtown parking lot on Saturday mornings – it's been a joyful endeavor – thank you both very much....more >>
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Born October 23rd
1844: Sarah Bernhardt, French actress.
1869: John Heisman, American college football coach for whom the Heisman Trophy is named.
1925: Johnny Carson, American television personality who hosted the Tonight Show.
1940: Pele, legendary Brazilian soccer player who scored 1,281 goals in 22 years
1942: Michael Crichton, writer (Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain).
October 23rd
in history
1952: The Nobel Prize for Medicine is awarded to Ukranian-born microbiologist Selmart A. Waksman for his discovery of an effective treatment of tuberculosis.
1954: In Paris, an agreement is signed providing for West German sovereignty and permitting West Germany to rearm and enter NATO and the Western European Union.
1973: A U.N. sanctioned cease-fire officially ends the Yom Kippur war between Israel and Syria. Sacrificial stand in the Golan Heights.
1983: A truck filled with explosives, driven by a Moslem terrorist, crashes into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The bomb kills 237 Marines and injures 80. Almost simultaneously, a similar incident occurs at French military headquarters, where 58 die and 15 are injured.
4004: According to 17th century divine James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, and Dr. John Lightfoot of Cambridge, the world was created on this day, a Sunday, at 9 a.m.