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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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March 26, 2014 - 15 years ago - 1999

"City's zoning ordinance becomes law" It had taken 26 years and a lot of long hours but the city of Clarkston finally had its new zoning ordinance. The new ordinance was an update and upgrade from the original city ordinance, first adoped in 1973. The new ordinance passed 6-0.

"Therapy dog works wonders on senior citizens" Sometimes all it takes is a cold, wet nose. Least that was what Clarkston resident Carolyn Place found out when she began taking Major, her seven-year-old black Labrador Retriever to visit her mothing at a nursing home in Waterford. Major became top dog as he cheered up the senior citizens living there.

"City office gets new face" Marcy Rotondo joined the city of Clarkston offices. Though at the time she didn't have a title, she did clerk-type work for the city including minutes research, opening mail, typing and answering phones.

25 years ago - 1989

"Bond fails by 55 votes" Voters narrowly defeated a $1.5 million bond issue that would covered the costs of relocating the Independence Township central fire station to the former Hosler Pontiac property on M-15. With seven percent voter turnout, the issue failed by 55 votes, with 471 yes votes and 526 no votes.

"Lawsuit filed over recycling" A much publicized plan to locate a cardboard sorting facility in Independence Township was in the hands of a circuit court judge. R.J. Hoffman Management, Inc. filed a suit against the township two weeks after the planning commission voted unianimously to withdraw a special permit previously granted for the 10-acre sorting facility proposed for White Lake Road.

"Meet Cricket, the 3-pound celebrity dog" At two-years-old and a whooping three pounds, Cricket wiggled her way not only into the hearts of her owners Howard and Karen Schwartz but the hearts of other people. Cricket would go with Howard every day to his work - Clarkston Veterinary Clinic on Dixie Highway in Independence Township.

50 years ago - 1964

"Mauti leaves coaching" Dom Mauti coached his last basketball game for Clarkston High School with an overall 155-73 record. He coached for 12 consecutive years in different sports. He planned to devote his efforts into being an athletic director and assistant principal at the senior high school.

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