Source: Sherman Publications

Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

April 06, 2011

15 years ago - 1996

“Township moves forward on Sashabaw” Independence Township Board agreed widening and improving Sashabaw Road was the next logical and needed step in its development. They worked to set up a Special Assessment District to help fund the proposed $5 million project.

“Marathoners addicted to their sport” Clarkston runners Dan Stencil, Dave Chomet, and Paul VanKlaveren trained to run in the Boston Marathon. They ran for health reasons and as a way to reduce stress.

“Many want to be the next school superintendent” Up to 60 candidates were expected to apply for the job. In surveying school staff and the public, priorities for the new superintendent included growth, technology, and finances.

25 years ago - 1986

“Township seeks more I-75 improvements” Independence Township ideas for the highway included wider overpasses at Sashabaw Road and M-15, pedestrian bridge at M-15, and cloverleaf ramps at Clintonville Road and Sashabaw Road. The state was looking to widen I-75 between Square Lake Road and M-15.

“Finally!! Outdoor fun” Clarkston children Caitlin Hofmann, Heather Brown, Andy Brown, Matthew Bemister and friends took advantage of balmy spring weather to play at the village park off Depot Road.

“Fishing wherever they can” All through spring break, Mike Hervan and David Scharrer went fishing in Clarkston’s Mill Pond. Hervan’s new boat prompted the frequent trips from their homes off Waldon Road, catching crappies, bluegills, perch, and a rock bass. They threw them all back.

50 years ago - 1961

“Senior high school accredited” Clarkston Senior High School earned accreditation from North Central Association, the highest rating it could receive. The school accreditation process in 1958 covered all curriculum areas.

“Biennial election returns” Republicans won big in the election, with only one Democrat elected to the Independence Township Board. Duane Hursfall was re-elected to the supervisor seat. A library millage proposal was defeated. About a third of registered voters cast ballots.

“Contest ends for Clarkston Good Losers” Mrs. Robert Frick was the grand winner of the six-week contest, having lost 11 pounds. She was awarded a trophy, scatter pins, and money.