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Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

March 13, 2013

15 years ago - 1998

“Township ponders ordinance for sidewalk liability” Following a Michigan Supreme Court ruling on imposing liablility on townships for injuries and damages resulting from the failure to maintain and repair sidewalks, Independence Township attorney Gerry Fisher told board members an ordinance should be created. It would not cover acts of nature like snow and ice but only the physical condition of the sidewalks.

“Rain, rain go away” Almond Lakes residents bordering a wetland area and the new Clarkston High School were worried about overflow from two retention ponds. Independence Township DPW was on hand with pumps and sandbags just in case. School officials said excessive rain was the problem.

25 years ago - 1988

“Awards pour in for schoolteacher” Greg Clevenger, an Independence Township resident, earned the Outstanding Contribution to the Commemoration of the Bicentennials of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights from the Council for Advancement of Citizenship for his unique teaching techniques he used in his Rochester Adams High School’s social studies class.

“I-75 shouldn’t be bad” Planners of am I-75 widening project hoped construction wouldn’t make traffic too bad for commuters. Planners hoped to keep two lanes open in each direction during work days, longer on weekends. Plans called for widening the highway from two to three lanes between M-15 and M-24.

“Junior highs begin transition to middle schools” Clarkston and Sashabaw junior high schools were in the midst of a transition to the middle school concept. Planners worked on new programs designed to help in the growing-up process.

50 years ago - 1963

“Cookies anyone?” Clarkston was filled with eager Girl Scouts as they took orders for their annual cookie sale. They offered five kinds of cookies - mint, peanut butter patties, shortbread, chocolate and vanilla sandwich cremes and a new peanut butter sandwich cookie.

“Local news” Scott Cameron, 3 months and son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Cameron was home following a bout with pneumonia in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.