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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

May 26, 2010 - 15 years ago - 1995

"A helping hand, not a handout" Heidi Sommers, Carol Eberhardt, Linda Walsh and other volunteers formed a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. They planned to build their first house for a family in need by that winter.

"Lessons learned in karate" Courtnie Sinclair was an 8-year-old karate student when she decided to donate money saved up for an invitational competition in Ohio to families of Oklahoma City bombing victims. Her sensei gave her a special trophy in honor of her decision.

25 years ago - 1985

"Independence moves toward charter status" The Township Board approved a resolution of intention to become a charter township. Advantages included more protection from annexation by a city, change of fiscal year to match calendar year, and more administrative authority for the supervisor.

"Class produced six new games" Terry Barnes, Todd Thornberry, Stephani Bechtel, and other Gifted and Academically Talented students at Sashabaw Junior High School learned about geography, strategy, and general knowledge during a month-long make-a-game-from-scratch project.

"Hometown visit" Michigan's first lady Paula Blanchard, wife of Gov. James Blanchard and Clarkston native, came to town to meet with Clarkston Community Historical Society. She accepted a rendering of Clarkston architecture from Marilyn Rosner.

50 years ago - 1960

"Board of Education to have 7 members" Recent state legislation required all fourth-class district school boards to be increased from five to seven members in 1960. Running for office were George Gary, Philip Hampton, Harry Jackston, Robert Jensenius, R.E. Spohn, Ronald Weber, Thomas Doremus, Katherine Hetherington, Harold Hicks, Frances Rhames, Arthur Rose, and Lester Smith.

"Apple for the teacher" Miss Margaret Stutsman, Clarkston Elementary kindergarten teacher, won the WXYZ Radio "Apple for the Teacher" award. Her student, Ronald Gray, wrote the nomination letter, with the help of his mother, Mrs. George Gray. She received a box of apples and on-air recognition.

"Clarkston locals" Mrs. Lola McCune and Mrs. Leslie Purslow attended the State Convention of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Flint over the weekend.

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