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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

April 24, 2013 - 15 years ago - 1998

"Ole! South America comes to Sashabaw Middle School" Sixth graders got to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel what it might be like to live in South America. Students from the classes of Mary Schulte, Lee Brown, and Ken Wolven held a festival that was interdisciplinary with their study of the continent this semester. The main highlight was a llama, a native of South America.

"Sportsplex, coffee house ice-ing on cake" The Independence Township Planning Commission approved rezoning of a 1.35 acre parcel on Sashabaw Road. It was the first step needed to remodel the 2,400-square foot building into a New Orleans, French-quarter style coffee house. It would be north of the proposed 20 acres for the Independence Superior Sportsplex.

"Life's a beach for the city's lease" After a year of discussion, the City of Clarkston approved 5-1 for city manager Art Pappas and Mayor Sharron Catallo to sign the Deer Lake Beach lease with the township for one dollar. The lease would expire Dec. 31, 2014.

25 years ago - 1988

"Board cuts 38 teachers from payroll" A somber board of education voted to lay off 38 teaching staff members, cut two administrative positions and reassign two others in the school district. The district had a 5.5 mill property tax proposal on the ballot coming up that June.

"Merchants want more retail" Downtown business owners agreed Clarkston didn't lure shoppers from afar like it had once done in the past. The village planning commission share a few ideas - to split the commercial zoning ordinances into retail and office and village would have more control over what businesses moved into downtown. Another idea - the village to spend money to upgrade the downtown area and make it more attractive to walking shoppers.

50 years ago - 1963

"Like father, like son" Jim and George Easton walked off with honors during the Airway Lanes' Father and Son tournament. They received a trophy for their 1,200 score in the bantam division.

"Local news" Some 100 members attended the Oakland County Sportsmen's Club banquet. Mrs. William Fitzthomas was crowned Archery Queen for the club. All the leagues received trophies.

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