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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

July 21, 2010 - 15 years ago - 1995

"$1.8 M approved for new fire hall" Independence Township Board accepted a construction big for a new $1.8 million fire/OCSD station, but rejected bids for a new $500,000 Bay Court Beach House. The new station was set to be located near the old courthouse on Citation Drive.

"RiverDawgs call first year a winner" The Clarkston Baseball Club field six local teams in its inaugural season. Organizers set up the league because too many kids were playing baseball in other communities.

"Packing the perfect spacesuit" Clarkston High School graduate Tricia Mack was back in town to talk to local Women in Engineering students about her job with NASA. She trained astronauts for extra-vehicular activities.

25 years ago - 1985

"From plant to plants" Donald Moran of Independence Township retired from carpentry at Pontiac Motor Division and opened Moran Tree Farm off Dartmouth Road. He had started planting trees 30 years before in anticipation of his retirement.

"Insurance costs soar" Skyrocketing liquor liability insurance rates, up as much as 300-800 percent, forced some businesses to go without coverage. The increases were due to a higher number of lawsuits stemming from the Michigan Dram Shop Act. The law made restaurant and bar owners responsible for serving alcohol to drunk people who later hurt someone.

"Hats off to success" The Rev. Charles Cushing and Dr. James O'Neill led construction of a new grotto to Mary at St. Daniel's Church. Helpers included Danny O'Neill, Jimmy Moore, Tom Muhleck, Mike O'Neill, Marlene Romzek, Matt Werner, Chris Hennig, Pam Hennig, and Mikel O'Neill.

50 years ago - 1960

"Localite named first VP by Soroptimists" Virginia Sink of Clarkston was elected first vice president of Soropimist Federation of the Americas. The position automatically elected her to the presidency in 1962.

"Charles Kidd hooks a dandy" The Clarkston fisherman caught a 22-inch, 5 ½ pound large mouth bass in Mud Lake near Ortonville. He was fishing with his two brothers, Robert and Albert.

"Clarkston local" The Leslie Purslows of S. Main Street were in California, visiting relatives and sightseeing. The Rudy Schwarze family enjoyed a round of golf, then left to spend a day or two at Niagara Falls.

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