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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

August 22, 2012 - 15 years ago - 1997

"Old Oakland County hidden from view" The McMath-Hulbert observatory is hidden deep in the trees by the Baldwin/I-75 exit. The observatory was built in 1920 and featured three solar towers, some of the first to use time-lapse photography.

"Who should pay?" The Independence Township Board of Trustees was concerned about traffic issues with the opening of the new Clarkston High School less than a year away. Trustees believed the school should put forth money to improve the intersection.

"No more gas on Main" Dick Morgan and his son John, said it was too costly to keep selling gas at Morgan's Service on the corner of Main and Church streets. They planned to close the pumps after Labor Day.

25 years ago - 1987

"Residents object to Walters Lake chemicals" There was a plan to use chemicals to kill weeds in Walters Lake. However, many residents were opposed to the idea as it was unknown how the chemicals would affect people who swam in or drank the water.

"Budget cuts may cause CHS to lose accreditation" Clarkston High School's accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools surfaced during the board of education meeting when a student asked if there were plans to make improvements to the media center since the June bond failed. Administrative assistant William Neff explained North Central indicated if the district showed improvement to the book selection and hire additional staff they would be fine.

"Festival in the clouds" A dozen colorful hot air balloons took shape behind Springfield Oaks Youth Activities Center for the media preview for the second annual Hot Air Balloon Festival.

50 years ago - 1962

"Something all should know" Officer Kratt of the Oakland County Sherriff Department was dedicated to teaching the correct use of mouth-to-mouth respiration. Some of his pupils included Clarkton Village President Robert Waters and Independence Township Citizens.

"Local news" Roger Draper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Draper left for Fort Knox, Kentucky where he began his training for the paratroopers.

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