BY WENDI REARDON AWARDS
Clarkston News Editor
As we turn the timeline to 2022, let’s take a look back at the best stories from the second half of Clarkston News during 2021.
Home of the Brave: Independence Township honored local veterans with a free pancake breakfast at the Township Senior Center.
Potential police immunity reform leaving county bad taste: Senior law enforcement officials from five counties said congressional proposals to change qualified immunity protections for police were unnecessary because the existing laws already hold them responsible for illegal acts and could ultimately lead to municipal bankruptcies.
Rush To Camp To Dive Into The Robotics Program: RUSH Robotics Camps are back with a variety of camps for different grade levels. “Camp is going well,” said Jordan Bailey, a senior on Team RUSH 27 robotics team at Clarkston High School.
Supervisor resigns: In a letter to the Independence Township Board of Directors dated July 4, Township Supervisor Pat Kittle announced his resignation after nearly nine years in the post, effective September 8, 2021 .
Putting His Footprint on the ITFD: Pat Stamper had worked for the Independence Township Fire Department since 2005. His new role was as Acting Chief after Mitch Petterson resigned as Fire Chief.
Animal fun at the fair: The Oakland County Fair was back in Springfield Oaks after taking a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. Many had fun at the fair by enjoying the halfway rides, enjoying the shows, and visiting the animals.
Village of Waldon Development Amendments Approved: First Reading of the Last Amendment to the Planned Development of the Village of Waldon, located on the north side of Waldon Road between Sashabaw Road and Walters Road was approved at the Township Board of Directors meeting of Independence, July 6. the changes come in phase 1 of the development consisting of 132 townhouses, up from the original 280 apartments.
Clarkston graduate wins local art award: Samantha Moyet, a 2021 Clarkston High School graduate, won first place in the 12th division of the 10th annual financial literacy multimedia arts competition.
Sink, Float, Win in the Annual Race: It didn’t matter if their cardboard and duct tape boats tipped over, sunk or crossed the finish line – the students at Clarkston High School were smiling at the 14th Annual Regatta RUSH.
Road to Beantown: The fingernails might have been a bit shorter in the Gallagher house, but it was worth it when the Boston Bruins selected Ty Gallagher in the seventh round of the 2021 NHL Draft, which took place virtually .
Childhood Inclusion Focus Township Resident Pen Book: Donna Neumann, a resident of Independence Township, always wrote short stories, but there was a story she always wanted to tell. She told it in her children’s book “I Celebrate Nothing” about Annie the Porcupine and her family not celebrating the holidays.
The township fire chief is seeking up to four candidates: four candidates were vying for the role of fire chief for the Township of Independence, including Pat Stamper, who replaced the interim fire chief.
Clarkston Community Schools have plan for the school year: Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Shawn Ryan shared plans for the 2021-2022 school year as COVID-19 and the new Delta variant was always around, which included the use of masks, model learning options, and cleaning and disinfection.
The community rallies around the family after the recent storm: Lisa Hanes had just bought her new home on July 30 and was living with her daughter, Eastyn. The storm hit much of Oakland County on August 12, struck the gas meter at Hanes’ house on Mann Road, and immediately set the back half of the house on fire. .
Back to school ‘not without challenges’: With the 2021-2022 school year starting August 30, Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent, Dr. Shawn Ryan, emailed the community providing an update. up to date. “We know our return to school is not without challenges,” said Ryan.
Local Playground Makeover: The Bay Court Park playground would soon receive a facelift to make the popular park more conducive by contemporary standards.
Clarkston man charged with threats to governor: Kevin Dawe, a Clarkston man, has been charged with two counts of misuse of telecommunications services, each of which carries a penalty of up to six months in prison and / or a fine of up to $ 1,000 for sending threatening messages to Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Closing a local business, to reopen as a new restaurant: Rudy’s Market and Catering entered its final days as a grocery store story before revamping its format to become a restaurant in 18-24 months. Rudy’s Market opened in July 1933.
Remembering Mel Vaara: Mel Vaara, known to many for her various roles in Clarkston, is remembered after her passing on August 26, 2021 at the age of 88.
Independence Township deadlocked without new elected supervisor: On September 7, the Independence Township board of directors was the last for Pat Kittle as supervisor. At the time, the supervisor position was still vacant. The board held two meetings before appointing a new supervisor and no motion was passed.
Everest is turning a corner, celebrating its 30th anniversary: Everest Academy opened its doors to 33 students 30 years ago. As of 2021, Everest Collegiate High School and Academy had an enrollment of 427 students in preschool through 12th grade.
Supervisor deadlock: Another meeting and still no progress to appoint a new supervisor for Independence Township at a special meeting on September 27.
The township’s new fire chief comes with experience and knowledge: David Piche was appointed full-time fire chief on September 7th. Piche, a retired fire chief from Bloomfield Township, shared his experience, knowledge and “I always feel like I have a lot of the tank to return to the firefighters.
Local State Representative Schroeder loses battle with cancer and dies at 57: In the last hours of his life, Andrea Schroeder said she wanted to be remembered as “an ordinary person who has had an extraordinary life “. Schroeder died on October 1, at the age of 57. She served as Michigan State Representative for the 43rd District.
‘Amazing coach and teacher’: Everyone at Clarkston High School stadium honored Steve Himburg with a moment of silence ahead of Wolves college football game. Himburg passed away suddenly on Friday October 1 while watching Wolves play at West Bloomfield. He was 76 years old.
The supervisor deadlock continues in the township: The Independence township board meeting on October 5 ended like the last – with no new supervisor appointed.
Finally, a supervisor: It took longer than expected, but Independence Township unanimously appointed Gerald Fisher as the new supervisor at the regular board meeting on October 19.
The Clarkston City Council election turns out to be a close vote as the county steps in to help: Three Clarkston City Council positions were up for election on Tuesday, November 2, but at press time the results were not not finalized. A total of 322 votes were cast between in-person and mail-in votes in the close race.
Making a difference in construction: Students and staff from Northern Michigan University’s construction management program joined local students in grades 9 and 10 for Construction Day at Clarkston Junior High School.
Thank you for your service: Clarkston Junior High School honored and recognized Elaine Jefferson-Blevins for her service at their special Veterans Day ceremony. Blevins, secretary to the director of CJHS, served in the United States Navy for 20 years.
Two newcomers, one returnee to City Council: After a close vote for vacant Clarkston City Council seats that were to be certified by Oakland County, the vacancies went to Gary Casey, Laura Rodgers and Bruce Fuller.
Community Impact: Clarkston resident Drew Moscovic can be seen across town picking up cans and bottles and bringing them to the Neiman Family Market to raise funds for the continued development of Drew’s Home of Clarkston, a building on Washington Street that provides one, two, and three. -residential bedroom apartments for disabled adults.
Taking care of school safety in Clarkston: Following the tragic shooting at Oxford High School on November 30, which killed four students and injured seven, the Head of Clarkston Community Schools, Dr Shawn Ryan, said he would continue to keep everyone informed as the CCS goes out of its way to keep schools safe which includes a strong partnership with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and staff is fully trained on ALICE protocols (Alert, Lock, Inform, Counter, Evacuate).
Township, city leaders are offering their support to neighbors of Oxford: Independence Township Supervisor Gerald Fisher and Clarkston Town Manager Jonathan Smith offered words of encouragement to those affected by the Oxford High School shooting.
Magic on stage at the Depot Theater: The Clarkston High School Drama Club brought “The Elves and the Shoemaker” to life at the Clarkston Village Players’ Depot Theater for five performances on Saturday and Sunday. They had a performance at the CHS.
Special Delivery: The Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors Department received a donation of $ 80,000 from the Bartsch Foundation and the Clarkston Area Optimist Club to renovate the playground at Bay Court.
Residents Speak Out at Township Trustees Meeting: The Independence Township Board meeting lasted over two hours and included several residents expressing concerns about Sam Moraco Township’s removal from the planning committee and discussing Brian Galley’s reappointment to the planning committee, December 7.
After two years, the annual holiday parade is making a resounding comeback: for the first time in two years, the Clarkston Holiday Lights Parade took place on December 11. One of the highlights was Santa’s sleigh pulled by Union Seals Rudolph.