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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

August 20, 2014 - 15 years ago - 1999

"Roberts' superintendent contract approved for next five years" Dr. Al Roberts, board superintendent, continued to serve the Clarkston school district for another five years following a 7-0 approval from the school board of his new contract with a yearly salary of $125,000. Roberts said a contract of 2-3 years is the norm for superintendents and he was pleased with the unusual length of his contract.

"A very 'self-determined effort" Jeff Jacks of Davisburg took third place when he constructed a 1/8-scale working model of his dream skateboarding park as an exhibit in the self-determined catergory at the 1999 Oakland County 4-H Fair. He said he hoped such a park would soon be offered in the area with no cost for kids. At the time, several area parks charged between 5-8 dollars for entry.

"'This is our year to shine'" Clarkston High School senior Kevin Breen summed up the anticipation for the 1999 fall season as athletes went into their first week of practice with six words - "This is our year to shine."

25 years ago - 1989

"Students pay, sports programs stay" Payday didn't become doomsday for Clarkston Community Schools as it instituted its first pay-for-play program. Although there was a two percent drop in student turnout.

"Citizens band together for against groundwater threat" About 25 citizens gathered in a crucial first step towards protecting the area's drinking water. The group discussed threats to groundwater, which is the source of drinking water for about half of Michigan's population.

"Play on" For 30 years, music has been food for hundreds of students at Clarkston Conversatory Music. Ivan Rouse, the founder and director, celebrated the 30-year annivervarsy with music and dancing.

50 years ago - 1964

"Divisional races" Over 150 top sports car drivers from a seven state area competed for the Sports Car Club of America points and trophies at the Waterford Hills Michigan road racing course.

"Junior champs listed" The Clarkston Area Jaycees and Independence Township Recreation Department held their first Junior Champ Track Meet. More than 50 boys and girls participated.

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