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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

January 26, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Search for new school superintendent begins" Clarkston School Board went with Michigan Association of School Boards to lead the search for a new chief. Trustees supported a national search, to avoid excluding anyone. Trustee Barry Bomier said he was looking for a candidate who thinks globally and acts locally.

"Seniors have a new ride" Comedian and Detroit native Tim Allen donated a van to Lighthouse in Pontiac, allowing the non-profit organization to send the van it replaced to Lighthouse North in Independence Township. They planned to use it to help seniors with doctor visits.

"CHS senior selected for U.S. Army band" Brianna Williams was picked to play flute for the U.S. Army after an audition with recruiters.

25 years ago - 1986

"The boom has started, only started" Population of Independence Township was expected to double by 1996, directly attributed to a large influx of new, high-technology business in Oakland County. Springfield Township population was expected to grow by 50-60 percent.

"Should we kill killers?" Oakland County Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson wanted to put capital punishment up for a vote, organizing a petition drive. His view was execution was just retribution for first-degree murder, while opponents said it wouldn't work and was against their beliefs.

"Village players reach their goal" After 23 years, Clarkston Village Players were happy to install indoor plumbing in Depot Theater. Previously using an outhouse, then portable toilets, the theater group raised funds for about eight years to pay for the project.

50 years ago - 1961

"Theater Group becomes reality" The newly formed Theater Group of the Village Friends of Art was a smash hit. Forty theater fans, chaired by Nicholas Rossano, met to discuss the future of the group.

"Scouts hold Klondike Derby" About 250 scouts in the Manito District staged their first Klondike Derby. Teams of 4-8 boys pulled Eskimo-type sleds of their own construction over a mile-long course, with Scout Skill Stations along the way.

"Clarkston local" Mrs. Bonnie Donofrio entertained 20 guests at a Stanley Breakfast, Thursday morning.

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