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Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

April 20, 2011

15 years ago - 1996

“It’s Vaara vs. Stuart for top job” Mel Vaara, retired Clarkston schools administrator, announced his campaign against incumbent Dale Stuart for Independence Township supervisor. One of his goals was to explore going to a city form of government because more money comes to cities from the state.

“Candidates crowd school race” Six candidates filed to run for two seats on the Clarkston School Board, including incumbent Barry Bomier, Clarkston High School student Peter Bertling, former Trustee Karen Foyteck, and newcomers Mary Ellen McLean, Rick Crigger, and Bob Wyatt.

“Coming soon to a door near you” Independence Township hoped the mid-decade census would reveal at least a five percent population growth since 1990. That would mean $400,000 more from the state each year.

25 years ago - 1986

“Four teachers pink-slipped” Clarkston School Board issued layoff notices to the teachers based on anticipated enrollment reduction of about 100 students and return from leave of three higher seniority teachers.

“Kindergartners-to-be” With help from their moms, Kevin Moses, Jason Stoecker, and Amanda Jones started their careers as Clarkston students with lots of enrollment paperwork.

“DDA outlined” The establishment of a downtown development authority on Dixie Highway in Independence Township inched closer to reality. The DDA would extend from Dixie Highway to Foster Road, as well as M-15 north to the village limits.

50 years ago - 1961

“Science projects to be displayed” The Science Fair at Clarkston High School was to feature exhibits by all students.

“Final figures in for March of Dimes” A total of $100,179.62 was raised in the 1961 drive. The effort was $16,325 less than the previous year, which officials said was due to the economic condition of the county.

“Lieutenant Whitlow discusses Nike” Clarkston Community Men’s Club invited Lt. Charles Whitlow to speak. The officer served with the Third Missile Battalion, 517th Artillery Unit, station in Utica. They were armed with Nike-Hercules surface-to-air missiles, many of which were stationed around Detroit and could be tipped with nuclear warheads.