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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

September 01, 2010 - 15 years ago - 1995

"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... a meteorite?" A meteorite blazing through the atmosphere and striking a mobile home in Windsor, Canada, was bright enough to light up Dody Bayley's backyard in Independence Township. He described its light as bright aqua blue.

"Doctors support rally" Dr. Frederick Minkow, Dr. Stephen Werner, Dr. James O'Neill, and other local physicians joined a rally in Lansing against an ever increasing number of malpractice lawsuits. They hoped for legislative limits on lawsuit awards.

"Appeals court next avenue for Athena" The 300-pound tiger had 85 days left as a resident of Independence Township. Her lawyer filed an appeal of a court order against her staying in the township.

25 years ago - 1985

"Teen longs to be a fighter pilot" Clarkston High School senior Richard Migrants, hoping for a career in the U.S. Air Force, attended the Michigan Freedom Academy in Alpena. He spoke to a former Vietnam prisoner of war, Michigan Lt. Gov. Martha Griffins, and other speakers.

"Schools hire private firm to manage maintenance" Service Master was awarded a contract to manage maintenance for Clarkston schools. The move to privatize the work came at the heels of a similar decision to turn transportation management over to a private firm.

"Last gasp of summer" Clarkston Rotarian Tom McCloskey chaired the Labor Day Parade through downtown under perfectly sunny skies. Grand marshall was Bob Jones.

50 years ago - 1960

"Localites head for convention" Howard Huttenlocher, Harold Doebler, and Lester McDonnell went to the state Republican convention in Detroit, prepared to make a stiff fight to win Oakland County a spot on the Bagwell ticket.

"Big parade to highlight Labor Day in Clarkston" Master of ceremonies was George Mantyla, and parade marshall, Everett Butters. Parade route was Miller Road, south through downtown Clarkston.

"Clarkston locals" Traveling to Harsens Island that weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Whitmer. They were to spend a few days at her parents' cottage where they would have a clambake.

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