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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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December 21, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Fire spoils holiday in Hidden Lakes" A candle burning on a night stand unattended was blamed for a fire which burned down four townhouses in the Hidden Lake complex. One was hospitalized for treatment for minor burns.

"City says 'yes' to master plan" The Clarkston City Council gave the go-ahead to put together a master plan and zoning ordinance. The decision came after months of debate of what should be done about having a master plan and how it would fit in with the city's growth spurt.

"Trading place" Clarkston High School students and their Detroit counterparts switched places as part of a Detroit Multicultural Student Exchange program. Each sampled the life of the other students taking while improving relationships, understanding, awareness, tolerance, communication and more.

25 years ago - 1986

"Mom's gift" Sharon Vincent, an Independence Township resident, her husband and three children collected new gift items to distribute to need families in Oakland County.

"Independence sells 20 acres" Twenty acres belonging to Independence Township were sold to the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission for $48,000 to be added to the Independence Oaks County Park.

"Christmas decor a surprise at this house" Kelly Haskins was amazed when she came home from college. Her parents' house Independence Township was decked out for the holiday season - for the first time in 19 years. The outside was outlined with 2,500 lights, inside had between 800 and 900 light and a 16-foot-tall Christmas tree.

50 years ago - 1961

"Local students in youth legislature" Clarkston High School students Craig Smith, Jim Chapman and their Hi-Y Club advisor Sheldon Smith joined over 300 high school students for the annual YMCA Youth Legislature in Lansing.

"Scouts of Troop 126 go caroling" Scouts of Troop 126 went caroling through Clarkston and were joined by the Clarkston Rotarians at Holcomb and Washington.

"Clarkston locals" Karen Wooley celebrated her 17th birthday on Dec. 16 at her parents home with family and friends. The celebration was held early since her actual birthday was Christmas Day.

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