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Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

June 06, 2012

15 years ago - 1997

"Intruder confronts 8-year-old" An 8-year-old Clarkston girl was woken by a tap on the leg from a stranger in the middle of the night. The white male told her not to scream. She did scream - waking up her grandma and mom. The police found chairs stacked outside her bedroom window, screens removed and a wet footprint.

"It's yes" A proposal for a new elementary school and renovation at most existing buildings was narrowly approved by Clarkston voters. The $57.7 bond proposal passed 2,897-2,676. A similar proposal had failed the previous December.

"In unison" Husband and wife music teachers Lois and Peter Richardson brought their students together for an exchange concert. Lois taught Clarkston music students and Peter taught in Detroit. Clarkston students Stuart Kennedy and Brian Arpke played a duet of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

25 years ago - 1987

"Adventure in France" Sharon Hahn, an Independence Township resident, shared her adventures from her three months in Europe. It began when she shared her dream about living in a foreign country with her husband. The dream turned into reality after he encouraged her with two words - do it.

"Voters reject school tax increase proposal" Clarkston school district voters soundly approved a 3.79-mill tax renewal and soundly defeated a 4.25-mill increase. The millage defeat meant budget cuts of $1.02 million, including layoff of 15 teachers, an administrator, three library aides, clerk, two special education aides, two bus drivers, 2.5 custodian positions, and one from grounds maintenance. Voter turnout was 22 percent.

"Film at 11? No, but close" Independence-Clarkston public access cable completed the first regular taping of an Independence Township Board meeting. Board members appreciated the public service, though Trustee Dale Stuart thought people would be bored by it.

50 years ago - 1962

"Clarkston to graduate 135 seniors Monday, June 4" Commencement activities were set to start at 7:30 p.m. as Clarkston High School graduated 135 seniors in the high school gym. The speaker for the occasion was Dr. A Wesley Rowland.

"Local news" Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson of Clarkston were pleasantly surprised with a visit by her cousin and family the Pete Broadwaters of Jackson.