Source: Sherman Publications

Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

March 02, 2011

15 years ago - 1996

“City revises historic district ordinance” Clarkston adopted a revised historic district ordinance, adjusting to new state guidelines. The new rules created a new appeals process, permits for exterior work in the district, and sign restrictions.

“Superintendent search process begins, with final hiring in July” Working with a consultant, Clarkston School Board set its schedule to interview candidates for superintendent. The board agreed to set salary at $100,000, and would publicize names of candidates who made the interview list.

“CMS shines with awards” Clarkston Middle School Principal Vince Licata received top honors at local and county levels, recognized by teachers and parents with an Employee Recognition Award and Oakland County Middle School Principal of the Year.

25 years ago - 1986

“Village to fine parents if kids drink” Clarkston joined Independence Township in its quest to limit drug and alcohol abuse by minors. Village council adopted an ordinance to hold adults responsible for liquor served to minors in their home.

“Recess is for kids” A large snowfall created a perfect day for playing in the snow. Brian Oppman, David Brown, Katie Colosino, and Renee VanKlaveren were among the children at Clarkston Elementary trying out the teeter-totters.

“Plane crash kills CHS principal” Students and teachers were stunned when they learned their principal, John Kirchgessner, was killed in a midair small plane crash above Oakland-Pontiac Airport.

“State contest calls CHS homecoming queen” Jackie Roberts, Clarkston High School homecoming queen, was chosen to be a state finalist in Michigan’s Homecoming Queen selection.

50 years ago - 1961

“Wolves down Broncs in thriller” For his outstanding achievement in the first overtime period in the game with Holly, and for the glorification bestowed upon Clarkston High School as a result of his dead accuracy at the foul line, the Clarkston News proclaimed Feb. 17 to be “Ron Walter” day, in honor of the inspiring star forward.

“A plea for white goods” The Clarkston Service Branch of The Michigan Cancer Foundation needs discarded white shirts and sheets for use as surgical dressing for cancer patients in the area. Volunteers made the dressings and distributed them free.