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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

January 12, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"New school will come in on budget" Cutting six classrooms shaved over $600,000 and 6,500 square feet from the new Clarkston High School. The project was over budget due to escalating construction costs, architects said.

"Open for business" The Clarkston Union opened for business on Main Street. The restaurant retained many vestiges of its former use as a church, including several pews adapted into booths and stained glass windows.

"Clarkston kids tops in state quiz bowl" Clarkston Elementary Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl Team members B.J. Cooper, Adam Richard, Casey Bolton, Peter Boissonneau, Lauren Trager, Melanie Lauer, and Jeremy Zito scored the highest in the state among fifth graders in the national competition.

25 years ago - 1986

"1986 growth predicted" Michigan was being hailed as the "comeback" state for growth and development, with Oakland County paving the way. Independence Township planners predicted recession slack in residential development would be taken up with completion of several dormant subdivisions.

"Jr. Miss ready for state finals" Dana Hocking was set to compete for Michigan Junior Miss title. She planned to perform a jazz dance routine to Phil Collins' "Don't Lose My Number." A Clarkston High School student, she was elected secretary of her senior class.

"Bus stop fortification" Young neighbors Brian Weil, Daniel Weil, Brad Ryerse, Alan Cohoon, and James Cohoon spent two hours building a snow fort on Flemings Lake Road. The structure included a peek hole so they could wait for their school bus in relative warmth.

50 years ago - 1961

"Tournament preliminaries Saturday night" Clarkston pugilists Jess Vess, Jim Manning, Frank Richmond, Chuck Saunders, Roger Jenks, Bert Montross, Charley Wolfe, Mike Ockerby, joined dozens of boxers from around the area to train for State Golden Gloves Tournament.

"Fire department has active year" The 24-man Independence Township Volunteer fire Department had two stations, at Sashabaw and Orion, and on Church Street in Clarkston. Under the leadership of Don Beach, they made 177 runs in 1960.

"Clarkston locals" Mrs. Bertha Henrikson of South Dakota flew here to spend 2-3 months with her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. William Cobb.

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