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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

September 26, 2012 - 15 years ago - 1997

"Sold?" George Milidrag said he was going to sell his mansion on Heather Lake at an auction - and he almost did. He had second thoughts the morning of the auction. When the auctioneer said to turn down the bid when the price only went up to$2,050,000 after 15 minutes of bidding. The house cost $6.5 million to build.

"School enrollment continues to climb" Clarkston schools' enrollment increased from 6,679 in 1996 to 6,786 in 1997. The population increase meant a funding increase of about $100,000, but also resulted in all buildings being over capacity.

"POH, Beaumont to join local medical scene" Beaumont Hospital received preliminary approval from Independence Township Planning Commission to build a 6,500-square-foot medical building across from the fire station on Citation Drive. POH was also discussing plans to build on a 58-acre site at Dixie Highway and White Lake Road.

25 years ago - 1987

"Pope's visit stirs emotions" Ivan Rouse, of the Clarkston Conservatory of Music, and 8-year-old Jimmy Territo sung during Pope John Paul II's visit to Michigan. Grace Heike, an employee at The Clarkston News, and her family volunteered as ushers at the papal mass held at the Silverdome.

"COG seeks to provide the people's voice" Citizens for Organized Growth grew from a living room discussion group to a formal organization of about 40 members. Issues included condominiums, Sashabaw Road and Dixie Highway development, traffic, zoning, and police protection.

50 years ago - 1962

"Clarkston Adds 42 Acres" September 10, the Oakland County Board of Supervisors by a vote of 43 to 36, authorized the annexation of 42 Independence Township acres to the Village of Clarkston. Included in the annexed land, valued at $179,000, are Clarkston Ranch Homesites, Clarkston Estates, and Clarkston Estates No. 1.

"Clarkston locals" Sunday dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sommers were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Marks of Dixie Highway. The occasion was Mrs. Marks' birthday.

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