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Keiser's Role: Cut at the top

As I sat at the June 13 Lake Orion School Board Meeting I began to hear sniffles throughout the crowd as the fate of the AFSCME Union Custodians became clearer with each board member's comments....more >>

The memorial is done, thank you to all involved

Dear Editor, At the unveiling of the center monument only one man was given credit fro the memorialand the monument. The men in the picture and many more have over the last 19 years had several fund raisers to help pay for what is there , they all voted and made the decision of what monuments, they have worked diligently, pushing idrt, planting shrubs, flowers and more to make the memorial the crown jewel it is for the community....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Healing Touch with Janet Tait and BB gun justice, together in one column!

So, in April I wrote about this newspaper's efforts to support local businesses with our free "hippie" networking groups, the Coffee Club. In that column first published on April 25, 2012, was this one paragraph with 34 words....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Helter skelter, mish mash mind-emptying Jottings

Whenever I hear a sports commentator use either of these two words -- physiological or athleticism -- I immediately put him or her into the amateur column. • Whenever I hear a commercial telling us about a recent discovery of a long lost stash of gold, that was worth $90 a ounce, but I can "buy now for 35 cents during this limited time offer," I want to hide my wallet....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Lots of history

This year's Clarkston history tour walks seemed to go well for the local second graders. Each May, students spend a day in downtown Clarkston, touring buildings, listening to bakers, bankers, and other business folks, and learning about the local history....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Support for re-election of Treasurer Curt Carson

Dear Editor, Most of us have been made aware by published news reports of the acrimony that has existed among the members of our Independence Township board. This, in part, was a contributing factor that prompted our previous township clerk to resign before the end of her term....more >>

Letter to the Editor

A call to vote for treasurer challenger Paul Brown

Dear Editor, You know how you want to write a letter to the editor almost weekly, then chuckle…shake your head, and quickly dismiss it? Well, when I found out that my friend, Paul Brown, was running for township treasurer, I immediately knew that this letter to the editor was going to make it to print! When Paul and I were at Clarkston High School, he decided to try out for the basketball team as a senior, having not played the game since the 8th grade....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Concern about Clarkston Schools' global curriculum

Dear Editor, Beyond the dollar controversy surrounding the recently defeated - for now - school bond issue there is a lurking philosophy that I find more distressing then the request for a tax hike....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Mill Pond reflects larger issues which need to be addressed locally

Dear Editor, I too noticed the water level in the Mill Pond, but see it as part of a larger issue ("Low water level in Mill Pond," June 6). Although I haven't physically measured the local water bodies, I have collected anecdotal evidence through photography, the majority of which has been in the headwaters of the Clinton at Independence Oaks....more >>

Spiritual Matters

He's got the whole world in his hands

Recently I discovered this little story from a speaker on stress management. To illustrate a point she raised a cup and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?" The audience called out answers ranging from 1 to 5 pounds....more >>
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Born August 3rd
1900: Ernie Pyle, World War II correspondent who wrote about the common soldier.
1905: Maggie Kuhn, social activist and founder of The Gray Panthers.
1909: Walter Van Tilberg, Western novelist who wrote The Ox-Bow Incident.
1920: P.D. James (Phyllis Dorothy James), British mystery writer.
1924: Leon Uris, writer whose works include Battle Cry and Exodus.
August 3rd
in history
1807: The trial of Aaron Burr begins. He is accused of plotting the secession of New England.
1864: Federal gunboats attack but do not capture Fort Gains, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama.
1882: Congress passes the Immigration Act, banning Chinese immigration for ten years.
1908: Allan Allensworth files the site plan for the first African-American town, Allensworth, California.
1911: Airplanes are used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoiter Turkish lines near Tripoli.