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Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

December 04, 2013

15 years ago - 1998

"New trucks to roll into fire department" Only months after ratifying a new contract for firefighters and increasing personnel, Independence Township made additional strides towards improving the fire department. The board authorized the purchase seven brand new vehicles.

"It's a girl" Michael White, a young Independence Township firefighter, was the first to put on the gloves when the fire department arrived to an emergency. A young mother was unable to get to the hospital to deliver her baby and they arrived just as the baby was crowning. White had never delivered a baby before. "I couldn't believe how slippery babies are," he confessed.

"Icers send River Rouge up the creek" The Clarkston Hockey team couldn't help but to keep scoring goals as offense was in high gear and beat River Rouge, 17-0. Jon Bemis led with a three-goal hat trick. The boys outshot River Rouge 69-13.

25 years ago - 1988

"Construction requires extra staff" Temporary reassignments in the Clarkston School District would aid in monitoring district associated with the $5.2 million bond issue which was approved earlier in the year. Conrad Bruce, director of personnel services, was assigned to the task of monitoring the construction and had a background in vocational education.

"Whooo could have known" While a tree trimming firm was doing maintenance work on a large tree in front of a Church Street home they surprised a sleepy screech owl as they removed a hollow limb. The owl did not have any injuries but was stunned.

"Shopping center proposal tabled by planner" Revised plans for an A & P shopping center proposed for the former Boothby property on Dixie Highway weren't denied by the planning commission but they weren't approved either. The Independence Township planning commission voted 4-1 to table the plans until after the commission members could walk through the site and other questions could be answered.

50 years ago - 1963

"Dial '1' for long distance" Clarkston telephone users began to dial "1" instead of "112" to reached the Direct Distance Dialing equipment before making a long distance call.