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Keiser's Role: Outside play and imagination lost on next gen

"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein Growing up in the Keiser household summer time wasn't a time to be lazy....more >>

Letter to Editor: DDA member breaks silence about public criticism

Over the past couple of months information has been provided to the public regarding the management of the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA). As a current board member of the DDA, I have been frustrated by the public comments made by some property owners and village council members....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Lone Ranger coverage, enthusiasm

I would like to personally say thank you to C.J. Carnacchio for his support and work during these planning days for the Celebrate Lone Ranger, Oxford Home of the Mask. He has spent countless hours calling people, fund raising, looking up information, writing wonderful articles to publicize the event, generally keeping it on the front page of the Leader, running down leads, attending meetings and generally, along with Rod Charles, keeping every one of the Lone Ranger Posse upbeat and infusing a "we can do this" attitude....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Random acts of kindness benefit motorists in distress

A week or so ago I was driving on Burdick St. by John Burt Realty and ran out of gas. Not sure what to do I turned on my blinkers and a fellow slowed down and asked if I needed help....more >>

Opinions

Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Whilst away Rush discovers another "F" word

And, why no media hype over solar flares heating up the earth?

Ah, it's good to be back. You probably didn't notice, and I am sure cared less where I was. Yes, the rumors were true: I your hero, your loyal, local scribe took a vacation. It was the first time since 2006 I have taken time off for things other than funerals, floods and flu....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Summer fests

Summer's in full swing, with an expanded Fourth of July festival in Clarkston and Independence Township, and Oakland County Fair in Springfield Township all ready to start. Hopefully the weather holds out for tomorrow's Independence Day festivities....more >>

Letters to the editor

Sheriff service Dear Editor, In regards to the story "Questions on city use of township's sheriff services," June 12, I was just wondering if the City of the Village of Clarkston can demand sheriff deputies drives through downtown even if they're on their way to dinner, can I demand they start to hang out on Cramlane at the Snowapple cross street or near where it connects to Chestnut Hills Farms, to nail the speeders, stop sign ignorers and mailbox knocker overs that frequently use our neighborhood as a cut through? We've submitted requests on the Road Commission web site, asking to eliminate the cut through or make our streets for private residents only (preferred) several times, but they never respond....more >>

Clarkston councilman counters critics' comments

The June 19 edition of The Clarkston News was full of invective and criticism of Clarkston's city government from two persistent critics with headlines like "Issues with City Manager comments"; "Mayor, city attorney and council should stop what they are doing"; and "City should find new attorney to defend charter and city rules....more >>
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Born September 1st
1795: James Gordon Bennet, editor of the New York Sun, the first tabloid-sized daily newspaper.
1875: Edgar Rice Burroughs, novelist who created Tarzan, the Ape Man.
1907: Walter Reuther, labor leader who merged the American Federation of Labor with the Congress of International Organizations.
1923: Rocky Marciano, world heavyweight boxing champion who retired undefeated.
1939: Seiji Ozawa, conductor.
September 1st
in history
1864: Confederate forces under General John Bell Hood evacuate Atlanta in anticipation of the arrival of Union General William T. Sherman's troops. The Federal officer who sent his men naked against the enemy was Colonel James P. Brownlow of the 1st (Union) Tennessee Cavalry.
1870: The Prussian army crushes the French at Sedan, the last battle of the Franco-Prussian War.
1876: The Ottomans inflict a decisive defeat on the Serbs at Aleksinac.
1882: The first Labor Day is observed in New York City by the Carpenters and Joiners Union.
1894: By an act of Congress, Labor Day is declared a national holiday.