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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

March 21, 2012 - 15 years ago - 1997

"Feeling the pinch" Independence Township incurred an investment loss of $1.5 million in 1996 and a $527,797 loss in 1995 for a total of $2 million. The losses came five controverstial investments made by former Treasurer John Lutz – four mortage-based derivatives and a Lord Abbott mutual fund.

"Kids share love of books" Middle schoolers at Clarkston middle schools took March Reading Month a step further. The Junior Optimist Clubs at Clarkston and Sashabaw schools collected new and used books and cash contributions for new books for distribution by Lighthouse North in the agency's Easter baskets.

25 years ago - 1987

"School tax vote coming" Clarkston school district voters were asked to approve an additional 4.25 mills in taxes and renew 3.79 mills for operational purposes. The renewal and new millage would have raised the operational levy to 37.58 mills or $37.58 for each $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

"Cash from cops increases 300%" The double police coverage in Independence Township, in effect since January, tripled township revenues from township ordinance violations. Revenues from township ordinance violations in January 1986 were $373.45; Februrary 1986, $433.30; January 1987, $1,179.50; and February 1987, $1,430.62. Tickets were issued for civial infractions such as speedig, stop light violations and trespassing.

50 years ago - 1961

"Wizard Of Oz, a big success" Almost 1,300 people jammed the Clarkston Junior High School auditorium to see the junior high students present The Wizard Of Oz.

"Volunteers named for torch drive" Mrs. Werner Hoy, and Mrs. Arthur Mazur were named Torch Drive co-chairmen for the Oakland Townships Region. Mrs. Mazur was responsible for recruiting, training, and directing volunteer solicitors in Farmington, Novi, and Lyon Townships. Mrs. Hoy covered Milford, Commerce, Highland, Holly, Groveland, and Addison Townships. She had been a volutneer for seven years and worked every level from solicitor up to co-chair.

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