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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

April 25, 2012 - 15 years ago - 1997

"When will it all end" New subdivisions were going up all over the Clarkston area, with heavy equipment lumbering over back roads. To deal with the increased population, Clarkston Schools were pursuing a June bond increase to fund a new school.

"Oakland Woods breaks ground on church addition" Three days after the church received final site approval from Independence Township planners for an 8,096-square-foot addition, parishioners and guests gathered for an outdoor ground-breaking ceremony.

"Council at odds over Deer Lake seawall" Clarkston City Council stonewalled an effort to prevent sand erosion on Deer Lake because of a stonewall. Council wanted to wait until it had the beach lease in hand from Independence Township. Other council members said the wall plan was ugly.

25 years ago - 1987

"Inside Africa" Clarkston-area couples Ron and Betty Wagner and Jim and Betty Smith reminisced about their trips to Kenya. They photographed elephants, giraffes, and other wildlife during their safaris.

"Theatre named for Kirchgessner" In tribute to John Kirchgessner, the Clarkston High School principal killed in an airplane crash in March 1986, the Clarkston High School Little Theatre has a new name. On Monday night, the Clarkston board of education unanimously approved the name change to the Kirchgessner Auditorium.

50 years ago - 1962

"Jay-Cees to form in Clarkston" Young men of Independence Township met for the second time and voted to form a chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Clarkston. They discussed beach cleanup and safety, voting, community park development, youth assistance, and other programs.

"'Hole in one' for Mrs. Griggs" A nine iron, the wind in the right direction, and a little luck won a hole in one for Dorothea Griggs at the Clarkston Golf Course. She made the rare shot on the ninth hole, a 140-yard stretch. It was the first for the golf course that year, and the first ever for her.

"Clarkston locals" Mr. and Mrs. John DeLind of Clarkston returned home after vacationing in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

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