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Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

December 14, 2011

15 years ago - 1996

"Bond question will be back; June vote likely" Citing strong urgency from the community to try again, Clarkston Board of Education decided to bring the recently failed bond proposal back to voters the following June. Voters had rejected the $52.5 million bond proposal for new construction.

"Flu pounds Clarkston" An early flu epidemic swept the county, including Clarkston. Some local schools reported as high as three times normal student absenteeism. Teachers were also coming down sick, and substitutes were hard to come by.

"(Second) home for the holidays" For Independence Township firefighters, Christmas was another day of work. For 1996, firefighters were too busy to put up any decorations, but enjoyed cookies people would drop off.

25 years ago - 1986

"M-15 mall plans nixed second time" Variances to allow a shopping center off M-15 near I-75 were denied by the Independence Township Zoning Board of Appeals for the second time. Board members feared it would create traffic problems, and parking in a residential zone may have been illegal.

"Trimming the Clarkston tree" Jill Theryoung reached as high as she could to place a festive pinecone on the Christmas tree at Main and Washington streets. It was part of an annual Family Night tree-trimming and caroling get-together in the village.

"Sesqui-tribute" Springfield Township's Sesquicentennial Finale paid tribute to Helen Vergin, who coordinated the township's 150-year celebration. Supervisor Collin Walls presented her with a plaque and proclamation from the township board crediting her for her efforts.

50 years ago - 1961

"Who's going to pay?" Clarkston School Board and contractors disagreed about who should pay to repair a split in the roof of the new high school. The builder said they did their job as instructed and should not be held responsible.

"Girl Scouts hold camp reunion" A Camp Sherwood reunion for all 1961 Girl Scout campers was planned at Clarkston Junior High. They planned games, camp songs, and watching slides and films from camp.

"Clarkston locals" Ice cream and cake was enjoyed by Carol Humbert of Clarkston and 12 girl friends when she celebrated her 10th birthday.