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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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July 31, 2013 - 15 years ago - 1998

"New CHS open for orientation Aug. 19" The process of moving to the new high school was underway, under the supervision of Kathy Pierson. The school staff was operating in the old school in the morning and the new school in the afternoon. Three moving trucks made two round trips a day, taking books and supplies.

"A look at Oakhurst" The new multi-million-dollar residential community off Clintonville Road was open for new residents. Homesites ranged from $300,000-$1 million.

"Breaking new ground" About 65 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a new elementary school on 24 acres on Hubbard Road at M-15. Clarkston School Board members Kurt Shanks, Maria Bayliss, Karen Foytech, Ron Sullivan, Rick Crigger and Sheila Hughes wielded the shovels.

25 years ago - 1988

"Newcomers Millard, Vaara victorious" Frank Millard and Mel Vaara were elected to Independence Township Board. Millard was also a Clarkston Village Council member, and Vaara was assistant superintendent of Clarkston Schools. They joined Supervisor Frank Ronk, Clerk Richard Holman, Treasurer John Lutz, and trustees Daniel Travis and William Vandermark.

"Indians past, present interest banker" Rick Zurel, a Clarkston-area anthropologist, participated in a mastodon dig in Lapeer County, searched for evidence of early Indian hunting activities, taught at Cranbrook and Oakland University, and worked on archaeological digs around the country, all in addition to his fulltime job at First Federal Savings.

50 years ago - 1963

"Area church breaks ground" Dixie Baptist Church on Dixie Highway broke ground on a new auditorium. The new $150,000 structure was 75-by-140 and could accommodate 1,000 people.

"Jo Sutton wins crown" Jo Sutton, lovely in her white knee length formal, was chose Miss Ortonville in the contest sponsored by the Ortonville Jaycettes. She was set to compete as Miss Ortonville in the Romeo Peach Queen contest that August.

"Local news" Completing a week's vacation in Pennsylvania were the R.C. Rothbaths of Clarkston. They were the guests of cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Paval.

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