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Gabe's Gripes: iHate senseless loyalty

Consumerism and product placement dominate a large part of our lives here in the United States, but while there are hundreds of columns in that subject, today the subject is brand loyalty....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Resident considers options on privatization after school board meeting

Dear Editor, At the May 23 Lake Orion School board of education meeting, I was struck by three things: 1) the thoughtful, eloquent plea of the community member who warned the board to consider the full ramifications of privatizing custodial services; 2) the graphs shown by Superintendent Marion Ginopolis and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance John Fitzgerald indicating that even with the implementation of privatization, the district is still projected to have deficits of millions more, from 2013 to 2017; and 3) the high cost of raising the education bar for our children, including instructional mandates from the State of Michigan, such as the World Language requirement; and support for Lake Orion's current initiatives, such as the freshman academy, advanced classes, and restoration of media specialist positions (crucial in our technology- and research-driven world). ...more >>

Don't Rush Me

Just what's in Flander's Field?

Some Memorial Day leftovers

Monday was Memorial Day. Now that we are all back to home and work, and since everybody else wrote about Memorial Day before Memorial Day, I thought I'd do it differently. I'll do mine after Memorial Day! I first ran this column in 2003, and since then every year around this time some folks request I re-run it....more >>

Jim's Jottings

One black eye wasn't enough for Jim's wife

Daughter-in-law Linda saw some young lads playing basketball. They were pre-teenager children of friends. She muscled her way onto their court, lunged for the ball, tripped and fell forehead-first on the concrete....more >>

My Way

I miss my grandpa

I had an unexpected emotional moment following the Memorial Day ceremony at Ridgelawn Cemetery. I was chatting with World War II veteran Frank Kidder, of Oxford, about his experiences when I started thinking about my grandfather, Carl W....more >>

Wild Ideas A column by Mary Keck

Symbiosis

I've heard you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but in the case of gardens, I'm not so sure this saying holds true. Vegetables like to form cliques. So when we planned our garden, we kept companion planting in mind....more >>

Letter To The Editor

White Cane Week

Dear Editor, The Clarkston Area Lions wish to thank everyone for their support during our recent "White Cane Week". Through your generosity, we collected over $9,400. All (100%) of the funds collected will be used to support many sight and hearing projects, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, Michigan Eye Bank and Transplant Center, Lions Bear Lake Camp for Physically Challenged Youth, Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Beaumont Silent Children Fund, and the District 11A2 Lions Hearing Program in Macomb and Oakland Counties, just to mention a few....more >>

Letter To The Editor

Spring cleanup help

Dear Editor, The residents of the Clarkston Mills Ponds would like to express their appreciation to the City of the Village of Clarkston DPW for removing our collected debris from the annual spring shoreline cleanup of the ponds....more >>

Letter To The Editor

Postal food drive

Dear Editor, On a very rainy May 12, our community came together to donate an estimated ten tons of food to the local food pantry at Lighthouse of Oakland County, Clarkston office....more >>

Letter To The Editor

Support for Wallace

Dear Editor, Neil Wallace should be our next Independence Township supervisor. First, none of the candidates have demonstrated the long term, diverse and genuine involvement and selfless dedication to our community....more >>

Letter To The Editor

What about rules?

Dear Editor, In response to the editorial "Work together now to fix schools," May 16, I may want to talk to some of the School Board members about pending or possible school improvements, but they, by school board rules, are not allowed to talk to anybody....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Challenge of financial crisis is who to follow

Europe's financial crisis is still making news and shaking the world markets. Financial uncertainty reigns because of the inability to deal with financial problems in an immediate way....more >>
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Born October 24th
1788: Sarah Josepha Hale, magazine editor and poet whose book Poems for Our Children included Mary Had a Little Lamb (the first words to be recorded in sound)
1904: Moss Hart, American playwright who, with George S. Kaufman, wrote plays such as You Can't Take it with You and The Man who came to Dinner.
1911: Sonny Terry, blues performer.
1923: Denise Levertov, English poet.
1929: George Henry Crumb, American composer.
October 24th
in history
1917: The Austro-German army routs the Italian army at Caporetto, Italy.
1929: Black Thursday--the first day of the stock market crash which began the Great Depression.
1931: Al (Alphonse) Capone, the prohibition-era Chicago gangster, is sent to prison for tax evasion.
1934: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, called Mahatma or Great Soul, resigns from Congress in India.
1938: The Fair Labor Standards Act becomes law, establishing the 40-hour work week.