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Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

January 04, 2012

15 years ago - 1996

"Iced-over Allen Road gets no attention" Local residents and deputies were upset with Road Commission for Oakland County's lack of snow plowing of the Independence Township road, despite several accidents. The commission said it had to concentrate on paved roads first.

"Master plan, Depot Road are priorities in '97" Clarkton wanted to have a new master plan complete by April, along with parking and sidewalks on Depot Road.

"Township officials look ahead to '97" Independence Township Supervisor Dale Stuart looked forward to completion of Vision 2020, safety path construction, completion of the new Citation Street fire station, and new computer system at township offices. Other priorities included resolving investment troubles, senior center improvements, and controlled growth.

25 years ago - 1986

"1986 sets record for new homes" All records were broken in 1986 for residential building in Independence Township. Over $31 million in residential building and 318 new home permits beat the old record of $11.5 million and 309 homes, set in 1977.

"Teen keeps on toes with ballet" Donna Cataldo, a 14-year-old Independence Township resident, rehearsed six days a week to make herself the best ballerina she could be. She earned a spot at the School of American Ballet in New York City that past summer.

"Fish tales" Alan Chenoweth Sr. and Jr., Eric Stephens, Amie Harrington, and other local residents enjoyed ice fishing on Cranberry Lake. They caught perch and bluegill.

50 years ago - 1961

"March of Dimes to have airlift" The charity organized a fund raiser in which local pilots donated their time and planes to give rides to donors. Tickets were $2.50 for a ride over most of northern Oakland County.

"Mrs. Weber wins 4-H award" Mrs Paul Weber was awarded the State of Michigan's Outstanding Tractor Leaders Award in the 4-H Tractor Program. She was the first woman in Oakland County and Michigan to be honored with the award.

"Clarkston locals" Hurrying home to be with their son after a visit to Tennessee, Mr. and Mrs. John Sexton of Independence Township wrecked their car in the snowy mountains of Kentucky. They hung on the side of a cliff for two hours before help could come. No one was hurt.