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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

May 04, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Businesses say parking's a problem" When Clarkston eliminated 14 parking places on Depot Road due to a slip-and-fall lawsuit, parking became a problem. One solution was a new 20-space parking lot at the bottom of the hill.

"Superintendent candidate faces controversy" Interviews hadn't started yet when Clarkston School Board faced controversy in its selection of a new superintendent. The candidate, superintendent of Owosso at the time, was in trouble with his local PTOs for trying to fire a principal.

"Land conservancy will focus on paid director" Independence Land Conservancy was preparing for its spring membership meeting. The non-profit group preserved 19 parcels in the township, totally 290.4 acres.

25 years ago - 1986

"Developers are ready to dig in" Development of four projects was set to begin, starting with Grovecrest of Clarkston nursing home, Clarkston Health Care Center, and Mediplex's Deer Lake Village. Work on Northcreek Commons mall was also set to start soon at Northview Drive and I-75.

"Mom awaits new dad's return" Jeanne Garland watched the news of America's military action in Libya with concern. Her husband, David, was a fire control technician on the U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier, standing by in the Mediterranean Sea. Their first child, Mark, was born while David was at sea.

"Frisky fingers" Carolina Rutkoski of Independence Township won a Detroit-area typing competition, with 92.4 words per minute. She was set to compete nationally in Baltimore, Maryland.

50 years ago - 1961

"Vaudeville to capture Clarkston" Clarkston High School hosted a Clarkston Community School Talent Show, with a theme of the Roaring 20s vaudeville days. Student director was Linda Chapman, and Sharon Gotschall was assistant director.

"WSCS sponsors interesting speaker" The Clarkston group Woman's Society of Christian Service invited Mrs. Robert White of Birmingham. She spoke about her and her husband's trip to the Congo, where they worked in a hospital.

"Clarkston locals" The Pritchards went to Richmond, Mich., to watch their granddaughter Barbara in the lead female role in her high school play. Then they hosted an open house for the cast, stagehands, and production coach.

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