Source: Sherman Publications

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio
Spring is here!

March 14, 2012

That groundhog didn’t know what he was talking about. Spring is here, along with warmer temperatures, sun, and plenty of good, lifegiving rain to make things green (hopefully it’s not snowing as this goes to print).

I opened my windows at home after many months and the cats were filled with joy.

Here at the Clarkston News, the new year doesn't really start for me until about now. Close on the heels of the holiday season is Progress season – assignments start to flow for our annual business review, followed by interviews, writing, and back-and-forth proofing with clients, along with regular production of the paper.

This year's Progress section was much bigger than last year's, a good and welcome sign. The 70 businesses featured in the special section all have stories to tell.

Of the ones I wrote, Allied Construction sticks out. They’ve been in business for more than 30 years, building all over the Clarkston area.

They weathered the economic slump of the past decade and are actually expanding, hiring about 20 new employees and building an addition to their building in Springfield Township.

Spring also means Clarkston community activities go into overdrive.

Clarkston Farmers Market is busy getting ready for their new location, on the lawn of Clarkston schools' Community Education Building on Waldon Road.

Concerts in the Park season is set in Depot Park, kicking off on June 15 with Gemini's family tunes; then Stardusters Big Band and swing, June 22; Bugs Beddow playing classic rock, June 29; Magic Bus taking on the 70’s, July 6; Legend the Band’s 50’s and 60’s hits, July 13; and Orquesta Ritmo, heating up the park with their Latin Salsa songs, July 20.

Also green is this Saturday – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Percolating through the Internet, on Google, Youtube, and whatnot, is a video from the old Muppet Show featuring the Swedish Chef, Beeker, and Animal singing “Oh Danny Boy.”

Sure, they’re not the most coherent characters in the bunch and they don’t know the words, but they put their little furry hearts and souls into that song.