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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

April 10, 2013 - 15 years ago - 1998

"Bye George" George White retired after 30 years as a Clarkston teacher. He taught at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels, ending his career as principal at North Sashabaw Elementary – the experience earned him the title "Mr. Clarkston."

"Plan to pave new school roads on way" In keeping with the spirit of cooperation with local governments, Clarkston School Board approved a concept plan for road improvements near the new high school on Flemings Lake Road. The project included pavement, left turn lanes, passing and deceleration lanes, and traffic lights.

25 years ago - 1988

"Dairy Diggings" Tom Lowrie, owner of a landscaping business in Springfield Township, spent a lot of time around the first of April digging instead of planting. He was digging at the site of his Uncle Keith and Aunt Hilda Lowrie's former dairy on M-15 just south of I-75 in Independence Township. The site was being excavated and footings laid for the new Country Value Hardware Store, and Lowrie knew it was his last chance to find old milk bottles bearing his family name.

"Teens blamed for 4-acre grass fire" Teenaged arsonists apparently were responsible for a four-acre grass fire on Bitterbush Road, Independence Township. Firefighters were called at about 7:15 p.m., and the fire in the wooded and swampy area was extinguished in about 20 minutes, said Capt. Steve Ronk of the Independence Township Fire Department. A few hours before the fire department was called, the property owner told two boys, about 15 years old, to stop trespassing with their dirt bikes on his property.

50 years ago - 1963

"What now?" A traffic light suggested for Waldon Road at Clarkston Elementary and junior high school would not be a good idea, according to Oakland County Road Commission. Drivers from Main Street wouldn't be able to see it until they got to the top of the hill, which could cause accidents.

"Okinawa Mission" Mr. Lester Tallman, missionary of The Methodist Church for three years in Okinawa will present pictures and slides. All persons interested in the Far East are invited to attend. Mr. Tallman served Methodist churches in New York and Maryland. While visiting Clarkston Mr. and Mrs. Tallman and their daughter Beth Ann will be the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Giguere.

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