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Local charity is real charity

It's the Christmas season and charity is on my mind. Since I started working for the Oxford Leader back in May 1999, I've always done what I can to promote and support local charitable organizations....more >>

Gift for the Ages

When your kids run downstairs to check the tree on Christmas morning, what will they find? Did Santa bring them the latest attention-diverting gizmo that'll be outdated before Valentine's Day? Perhaps old St....more >>

Thanksgiving thanks

This year's Thanksgiving dinner was a big success. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped out. To those who donated money or products, we'd like to thank: our employees and customers, The Lake Orion Lions, Hollywood Market, Caramagno Foods, Del Bene Produce, Tom Sefanek Dist....more >>

No to roundabouts

I have read your article about the Baldwin Widending project and want to state that all the facts have not been presented. The proposal by the Oakland County Road Commision shows a proposal with four roundabouts....more >>

Roundabout clarification

The cost of including the roundabouts is very similar to the cost of simply widening and reconstructing these intersections. Additionally, because the roundabouts actually increase the capacity of the road, they will allow us to construct the road with a narrower cross-section between the roundabouts, thus achieving the sake traffic capacity as a wider road with traditional signalized intersections....more >>

Jim's Jottings

This and that

Therefore now and then

Ah, 'tis the season for giving and forgiving. 'Tis the giving season, and the gimme season. Never in my extended lifetime have I been exposed to so many so-called charitable organizations....more >>

Don't Rush Me

What parents should know about 'tablets'

And visions of Apps danced before their eyes at night.

The bane of a parent's existence (aside from dubious folks hanging 'round kids) is technology. Now, I don't want to sound like an apostle of Ted Kaczynski, but dang it . . . technology has brought a whole new level of angst into child-rearing....more >>

Wild Ideas A column by Mary Keck

2013 resolutions

My dog's been frustrated lately. I can tell by the heavy sighs and pathetic brown-eyed gazes. "It's cold and wet out there," I plead with her, but the pup doesn't care. Wind, snow, sleet, hail, it doesn't matter; she wants to go outside and doesn't want to be out by herself....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Lions say thanks for community support

Dear Editor, The Clarkston Area Lions want to thank everyone for supporting Project Kidsight, their free vision screening program for preschool children ages 6 months to 5 years. Photos are taken of the child's eyes to check for potential vision problems....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader feels parades are not a place for politics

Dear Editor, It was a festive, fun Holiday Lights Parade Saturday night, but I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw a float with the elephant of the Republican Party placed in the middle after a year of being surrounded by posters, argumentative commercials on TV and radio, to see that "politics" placed itself in a holiday parade....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Celebrate the success of Bucks for Buses

Dear Editor, Thanks to our community, Bucks for Buses has Gone Bocce II was a huge success on Sept. 27 at Palazzo di Bocce in Orion. This event was held by the Friends of the Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center to raise money for our transportation program that takes seniors and disabled adults in Clarkston, Independence and Springfield Township to and from doctor appointments, work, grocery stores and other places....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Praise for the CNews

Dear Editor, The Clarkston News is a good paper for Clarkston and vicinity. We love to read it. Kids love their pictures in it, service club members too. You don't shy away from controversy but you don't fan it....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Kudos to Township Board of Trustees

Dear Editor, Kudos to the new Township Board. These folks came out of the chute smokn'. They are smart, professional, involved and display a great sense of humor. Independence Twp....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Getting ready for Christmas

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! Can't you hear it in the voices of children and feel the excitement in the air? Wait a minute. It's not Christmas yet. We have so commercialized and secularized Christmas that, by the time it arrives, we are ready to pack away the gifts, take down the tree, put away the decorations and get back to life as normal instead of celebrating the 12 days....more >>
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Born April 17th
1885: Isak Dinesen (Karen Dinesen), Danish writer (Out of Africa).
1894: Nikita S. Khrushchev, Soviet premier (1958-64).
1897: Thornton Wilder, novelist and playwright (Our Town).
1923: Harry Reasoner, American broadcast journalist.
1928: Cynthia Ozick, writer (The Cannibal Galaxy, The Messiah of Stockholm).
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in history
1521: Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
1524: Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni Verrazano.
1535: Antonio Mendoza is appointed first viceroy of New Spain.
1758: Frances Williams, the first African-American to graduate for a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems.
1808: Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of U.S. ships.