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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

March 09, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Intelligent fun" Sashabaw Middle School Odyssey of the Mind teammates Shannon Feel, KC Kerby, Jonathon Shanks, Robert Koch, and Michael Fischer put their problem-solving skills to the test in regional competition.

"At the top of the heap" No one was better than Clarkston senior Joe DeGain, who took first place in the 189-pound division at state finals. He was Clarkston's first-ever undefeated wrestler, with a 52-0 record.

"Right here, right now" Clarkston Young Optimist Club members Stacey Mercado and Derek Bannasch won first place in the Optimist's Oratorical Contest. With a theme of "Now if the Time," Mercado stressed physical fitness and exercise, while Bannasch called for a return to love.

25 years ago - 1986

"Ronk anticipates needs of Independence" Township Supervisor Frank Ronk predicted major commercial or office developments along the Sashabaw Road corridor into the 1990s, as well as continued, orderly growth throughout the township.

"Todd heats home with wood stove" Todd Guerin was only 15 years old, but used his tinkering skills to connect a wood stove to his home's furnace and chimney, as well as rewire each room to allow heat to flow. The modification cut the family's heating bill to zero. He also chopped the wood himself for the stove.

50 years ago - 1961

"Village Players select first play" The newly organized Village Players selected the comedy "Two Blind Mice" as their first show. Led by manager Nick Rossano, the acting company was busy casting roles and getting ready behind the scenes.

"Wolves are still victorious" Historians witnessing Clarkston High School's district finals basketball game agreed that Clarkston's literally crushing victory over Birmingham was gotten in considerable respect in the same manner as Sitting Bull's when the chief and his tribe massacred "rival" General Custer and the boys in blue in 1886.

"Revealed freeway plans" The state open bids for construction of Michigan's first six-lane freeway in a rural area. Contracts were for 12.6 miles of Interstate 75 from Holcomb Road north to Evans Road. Cost was estimated at $9 million. They planned six lanes because of anticipated growth in the area.

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