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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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November 09, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Up, up and away with drugs" Counselor Rob Albee filled his Clarkston Middle School office with red balloons, one for each student during an anti-drug program. The school's Club Pride members including Annie Carden, Kristen Clark, Tori Lauzun, and Beth Holland organized the event.

"Dissonance ends in conservatory case" A year of discord between six parties ended with the sale of Clarkston Conservatory to Dr. James Wilhelmsen, long-time piano instructor. Plans for the conservatory included renovation of the building, built in 1851, more classes and programs, and construction of a salon-style, 150-seat recital hall out back.

"Kids Voting draws big turnout" Natalie Misialek, Joe Christopher, Lisa Hopcian, Chris Rota, and their Clarkston elementary-school classmates learned about the election process. Detroit Edison sponsored the program, spearheaded by Independence Township Clerk Joan McCrary.

25 years ago - 1986

"Dam gift" The broken Mill Pond dam and overflow structure was offered to Oakland County Drain Commission. The dam was the subject of a lawsuit by the Village of Clarkston against the dam owner to repair it.

"Parents protest against 6th grade changes" Following strong parental protests, Clarkston School Board decided to wait a month on whether to move sixth graders into the junior high schools. Parents were concerned about a shortage of classroom space.

"Chinese visitors tune into Clarkston" Visitors listened to vocal and instrumental music of elementary, junior high, and high school students in a national art exchange program.

50 years ago - 1961

"Township U.F. Drive goes over the top" Independence Township residents beat the United Fund goal of $5,800. Residential general chairman was Lucille Kroninger.

"Women's Club" Mrs. Dona Fahrner, club president, was set to host the panel discussion, "Are Our Children Getting Too Much Too Soon?" All members were urged to bring their husbands and other interested parties.

"Clarkston locals" Timothy Jones hosted 14 neighborhood pre-schoolers at a Halloween party. The party was given by his mother, Mrs. Robert Jones.

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