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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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March 16, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Prisoner takes cop car for a ride" A double-jointed Alger woman resisted arrest in her own way by managing, Houdini-like, to free herself from handcuffs, steal a Clarkston Police car and lead officers in hot pursuit down I-75. They caught her 10 minutes later after she lost control of the vehicle.

"The pyramids? Been there, done that" Seven-year-old Patrick McIlrath described for his classmates at Clarkston Elementary School his three-week trip with his grandparents to Greece, Egypt, and Israel. He kept a journal and read it to his second grade class.

"Two good citizens honored" High school students Kelly Arcello of Clarkston and Lisa Strelchuk of Davisburg were honored with Good Citizens awards from Daughters of the American Revolution.

25 years ago - 1986

"Election" Sharron Catallo was elected president of the Village of Clarkston in the biggest election to hit town in eight years. Residents cast 123 ballots. Also elected were Clerk Norma Goyette, Treasurer Art Pappas, and trustees William Bassinger, Eric Haven, and Frank Millard.

"Village protection Catallo's goal" Sharron Catallo, newly elected Village of Clarkston president, said her goals included pedestrian lighting and trees along Main Street, a gazebo in village park, and historical preservation.

"Career tips for students" Dawn Jackson, A.J. Townsend, Shannon Crutchfield, and classmates at Pine Knob Elementary learned about Mary Lou Kolodziejzak's career as a test driver for General Motors.

50 years ago - 1961

"Work begun on overpass" Contractor S.D. Solomon of Lansing started work on a $175,522 grade separation to carry Waldon Road over Interstate 75. The overpass was part of a $4 million interstate project from Pontiac to Clarkston.

"Local girls make history" Girl Scouts Jacqueline Leonard, Jennifer Pike, Suzen Hampshire, Thea Robinson, Kris Smith, and Elaine Keely worked more than a year to earn the Religious Award, the first awarded in Michigan.

"Clarkston locals" Mrs. Roy Bradford of Rochelle, Ill., spent the month with her friend, Mrs. Mable Maytag, in Clarkston.

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