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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

February 16, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Elementaries could use $27 million" Architects said it would take that much to bring educational equity to all Clarkston elementary students. The school board was considering whether to build a new school or add on to existing ones.

"Township raises could be focus of new committee" Local attorneys Jeffrey McGee and Daniel Travis said Independence Township should consider an advisory compensation committee, as suggested by fellow attorney Neil Wallace in a Clarkston News letter to the editor.

"City moves to clean up signage" Clarkston City Council looked to make its sign ordinance clearer, clarifying limits on hanging and lighted signs. Neon was a concern – Rudy's was the only shop in town with a neon sign because it was grandfathered.

25 years ago - 1986

"Henry Ford's Clarkston connection" Clarkston residents Dorothy and Howard Huttenlocher, Virginia Walter, Jennifer Radcliff, Robert Beattie and Dr. James O'Neill remembered Henry Ford as a central figure in three remarkable incidents: breaking of the Mill Pond's cofferdam in 1941, giving of a one-of-a-kind Ford to Miss Fanny Irish, and an experimental Holcomb Road farm, where Ford tractors were tested.

"Springfield goes to charter" Springfield Township Board voted unanimously to change to a charter township. The move added two members to the board and protection from annexation by bordering cities, eliminated annual meeting, and allowed elected officials to set their own salaries.

"Clarkston: Birtsas' home base" Tim Birtsas, pitcher for the Oakland A's, bought a house in his hometown of Clarkston. He was getting ready for spring training, so his sister and a friend would stay in the house during his absence.

50 years ago - 1961

"Independence Township qualifies Civil Defense Medical Corp" The auxiliary unit was created to work with police, rescue squads, etc. in case of any disaster, local or national, atomic or natural. Local Civil Defense Director Ronald Bird set up classes throughout the winter.

"Clarkston local" Marian Emery, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Emery, returned from a three-week skiing vacation in Denver, Colo. She was to return to Denver that week, planning to make her home there.

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