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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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December 15, 2010 - 15 years ago - 1995

"The gift of hearing" The Dabrowski family of Clarkston hosted an 8-year-old Mexican boy who was brought to the area by Healing the Children for a medical procedure. The operation was to repair his hearing, which was damaged since birth.

"Home is where the heart is" Mel Vaara, Bill Potvin, Doug Doty, Jean Lang and other Clarkston educators remembered growing up in the Upper Peninsula. They came south for teaching jobs, many in the 1960s.

"Lighting up the night" It was cold and wet, but Lighthouse Clarkston was warm and friendly as supporters gathered to light the first annual Tree of Caring event, with carols and hot chocolate.

25 years ago - 1985

"Family unit to be defined by township board" Local communities including Independence Township struggled with the definition of "family," to be used when planning public services. The proposed definition included up to six individuals related or unrelated, acting as a family unit.

"New master plan approved by township" The new plan discouraged strip developments and encouraged offices. Planning consultant Richard Carlisle and township planner Neil Wallace said they saw the majority of new development potential to be near I-75 and Sashabaw, and north of M-15 on Dixie Highway.

"Springfield Township goes charter" The Township Board voted unanimously to switch from general to charter. Supervisor Collin Walls said changes included better protection from annexation, more authority for the supervisor, elected officials set own salaries, and no more annual meeting.

50 years ago - 1960

"Gertrude Atkins Circle at Blackett home" Mrs. Russell Blackett decorated her home to portray the true spirit of Christmas to entertain the fellowship club. They exchanged gifts and trays of cookies.

"Husbands get 'bid' to bridge club party" Husbands were "trump" and no "dummies" were invited to the Christmas party given by Mrs. Richard Christiansen when she entertained her bridge club.

"Little theater in Clarkston?" On the drawing board of the Village Friends of Art was an exciting idea for a Little Theater Group. They hoped to meet, share ideas, and lay the groundwork for a theater group.

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