A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago – 1999
‘City stop sign will stay put? A dozen residents living on Miller and Glenburnie Streets told the Clarkston Police Chief to STOP – as in stop the request to have the stop signs removed from the intersection. They got their wish when the city council decided to keep the two stop signs on Miller Road at the intersection with Glenburnie Street.
‘ZBA upholds planners? denial of Holiday Inn? It looked like developers would have to pitch another plan if they still wanted a Holiday Inn Express on M-15, off of I-75. The Independence Township Zoning Board of Appeals upheld the planning commission’s decision to deny conceptual site approval.
‘Aggressive Wolves sweep? The Clarkston Boys Varsity Baseball team swept their double header against Grand Blanc, 13-7 and 7-4, in the first varsity games coached by Phil Price. He noted the boys showed aggression he wanted on the basepaths and it capitalized on their scoring chances.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Pay hiked? Pay raises for the supervisor, treasurer and clerk of Independence Township were approved for the first time in two years. The raises were each approved in separate votes.
‘Should teens, friends go to Florida?? Janet Colbrunn, family education chairperson of the Clarkston Area Youth Assistance Committee, was prompted by questions – ‘should a teen be allowed to go to Florida with friends? and ‘do parents really know what kind of parties their children attend.? It led to preparing a survey for parents of high school students and for students.
‘Voters face $68.7 million bond issue in June? A $68.8 million construction and improvement program for Clarkston schools will go before voters in the June election. The Clarkston Board of Election voted 6-0 to support the proposal of the school’s architect.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Leader dog from 4-H project? After close to a year of living with the Caverly family, Midge, a black Labrador puppy, headed to Rochester’s Leader Dogs of the Blind. The family helped condition and get Midge ready to become a Leader Dog. They received a letter from the organization Midge had graduated and she would soon be a Leader Dog for someone in Iowa.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Waldon-Main purchase a possibility for Land Conservancy?? The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy was hoping the second time was the charm. After falling short in its first attempt, the group was looking into purchasing the land at the corner of Main Street and Waldon Road. They wanted to preserve the land.
‘CMS student places second in state-wide writing contest? Clarkston Middle School student Brad Kuesch wrote a story to make anyone want to stop and smell the flowers in his five-page essay titled ‘Lilac.? It received second place in the state-wide Michigan Problem Solving contest. In his words ‘Lilac? was a story set in the future. ‘People lost their humanity, their happiness. All they are doing is working constantly,? he said.
‘Wolves end scoreless drought in tie? Clarkston Girls Varsity Soccer rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first half to tie against West Bloomfield, 2-2. The JV team won their first game with a 10-0 mercy win over the Lady Lakers at the new high school field.

25 years ago – 1989
‘School cuts discussed? The Clarkston Board of Education reluctantly approved the recommended budget cuts totaling $1.6 million and would cut many school programs, eliminate SEARCH and planned to enact a pay to participate policy for extra curricular activities. It passed unanimously.
‘Pothole season is here – at $17 per repair? Michigan’s first thaw revealed numerous potholes, cracks and disintregating pavement and the Michigan Department of Transportation was working constantly to patch and repair highways as problems appeared. It cost $7 for a small pothole patch and about $17 for an average pothole.
‘There’s a folk sound in town, thanks to doctor? The friendly folk music heard on Dr. Michael Baker’s family’s phonograph was planned to sound throughout North Oakland County. He organized the 1989 Possum Corner Coffee House Series, a number of concerts at Oxford’s Upland Hills Farm. The series spotlighted blues, folk, and Irish musicians.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Local News? The theme for a birthday dinner celebrating Susan Bennett and Susan Vascasseno’s 14th birthday was the ‘Beatle Party.?

15 years ago – 1999
‘Waldon-Main purchase a possibility for Land Conservancy?? The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy was hoping the second time was the charm. After falling short in its first attempt, the group was looking into purchasing the land at the corner of Main Street and Waldon Road. They wanted to preserve the land at the corner.
‘CMS student places second in state-wide writing contest? Clarkston Middle School student Brad Kuesch wrote a story to make anyone want to stop and smell the flowers in his five-page essay titled ‘Lilac.? It received second place in the state-wide Michigan Problem Solving contest. In his words ‘Lilac? was a story set in the future. ‘People lost their humanity, their happiness. All they are doing is working constantly,? he said.
‘Wolves end scoreless drought in tie? Clarkston Girls Varsity Soccer rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first half to tie against West Bloomfield, 2-2. The JV team won their first game with a 10-0 mercy win over the Lady Lakers at the new high school field.

25 years ago – 1989
‘School cuts discussed? The Clarkston Board of Education reluctantly approved the recommended budget cuts totaling $1.6 million and would cut many school programs, eliminate SEARCH and planned to enact a pay to participate policy for extra curricular activities. It passed unanimously.
‘Pothole season is here – at $17 per repair? Michigan’s first thaw revealed numerous potholes, cracks and disintregating pavement and the Michigan Department of Transportation was working constantly to patch and repair highways as problems appeared. It cost $7 for a small pothole patch and about $17 for an average pothole.
‘There’s a folk sound in town, thanks to doctor? The friendly folk music heard on Dr. Michael Baker’s family’s phonograph was planned to sound throughout North Oakland County. He organized the 1989 Possum Corner Coffee House Series, a number of concerts at Oxford’s Upland Hills Farm. The series spotlighted blues, folk, and Irish musicians.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Local News? The theme for a birthday dinner celebrating Susan Bennett and Susan Vascasseno’s 14th birthday was the ‘Beatle Party.?

15 years ago – 1999
‘Clarkston reacts to Colorado shooting? The shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado reached a little too close to home for many Clarkston students and parents. Fears escalated when a graffiti message was spray painted on the sidewalk at Clarkston High School and rumors of a hit list began circulating.
‘Schools focus on security, rumors? The tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado was a wake up call for families, school districts and law enforcement agencies across the country and Clarkston was no exception. Schools reevaluated their crisis plans and security was increased all of the the buildings in Clarkston Community Schools the day after the shootings.
‘Wolves conquer Martians for first win? It wasn’t a pretty game according to Clarkston Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach Tami Mitchell but it was a win – the first win. The Lady Wolves beat Goodrich, 3-2. Angela Humphreys scored the third goal, which sealed the deal against the Martians.

25 years ago – 1989
?32 cut from Clarkston school staff? The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to lay off 30 teachers and two administrators for the 1989-90 during a special meeting . The cuts were due to the overall financial situation for the district as they anticipated reductions in state aid, loss of revenue from the Headlee rollback, expected return from leaver of high seniority teachers and declined of enrollment at the Oakland Technical Center – Northwest Campus.
‘Bad checks bouncing through Independence? Business owners were cautious as a string of bad checks used in Independence Township were being reported to police. Most of the checks had been returned because the account was closed. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department warned it was a scam.
‘CHS goes the distance against Northern? The Clarkston Boys Track team relied on their distance event to beat out rival Pontiac Northern. The girls team also won with performances from field and distance runners for a 73-55 score.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Girl wins award? Janet Miller received Honorable Mention for her book jacket design in a contest for advertising students at Wayne State University.

15 years ago – 1999
“$18,000 raised for SCAMP during ‘nicest day in May’” Sunday was the perfect day to walk around town and just over 250 people showed up to walk for SCAMP. The program raised $18,000 for the summer camp for people with special needs.
“Freshman sports may get a boost from Clarkston schools” In an effort to accomodate a large group of students interested in participating in sports, the Clarkston Board of Education met with Athletic Directer Dan Fife to determine the demand for new sports and cost of existing sports.
“‘At the Edge of Mirror Lake’” Anger, friendship, family, men, laughter, love, nature and spirituality were just some of the stories from the soul in “At the Edge of Mirror Lake” a collection of stories from 13 Michigan women. Three were from the area. Carolyn Walker and Laura Mosey, were two of the writers from Clarkston and Noami Long was from Lake Orion.

 25 years ago – 1989
“Cemetery vandalized” The peace of Lakeview Cemetery on White Lake Road was shattered when vandals destroyed 51 headstones and grave markers. Headstones were knocked off their pedestals and were left laying on the ground.  
“Township enacts parking statute”  Independence Township was going into the parking business. In October 1988 the board voted to create a parking violations bureau to oversee infractions and collect revenue from parking tickets issued within township boundaries. The tickets would now be handled through the court system.
“Teacher lends listening ear to ‘hurting students’” Working out of a small office in Clarkston High School, Katie MacKay deals with some pretty weighty problems. She is there if they want to drop by and say hi, borrow money for the vending machine or need someone to talk to. Through her work she helps students as they try to cope with the pain and uncertainty of growing up.
50 years ago – 1964
“Mauti honored at banquet” Dan Craver presented the “Dom Mauti Tropy” to Coach “Maut” on behalf of the Clarkston High School Varsity Club. Mauti left coaching for the position of assistant principal at the high school. Coach Mel Vaara also receive recognition during the banquet. He was given a plaque for years devoted to coaching.

15 years ago – 1999
“Schools add sports, come under fire from band boosters, Clarkston Chiefs” To fund or not to fund – that was the question of the hour as the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education meeting. It was answered with a compromise – six sports were added at Clarkston High School and the board promised to give careful review too all extracurricular programs beginning with band.
“Teen substance abuse no surprise” When the results from Western Michigan University Drug and Alcohol Survey of Clarkston Community Schools students were released the use of alcohol and drug was no surprise to Kelly Kanigowski, a student assistance coordinator at Clarkston High School.
“Local boy is on the move” Clarkston Elementary School student Joe McAuliffe didn’t let much grass grow under his feet. He roller bladed each day, and also had a couple of fundraising projects and businesses going on.

25 years ago – 1989
“Independence pilot, son, survive crash” Gary Stonerock remembered the day as very windy and very busy. The former Independence Township supervisor shared the story of his flight with his son, Mike. They had to crash landing his plane when they ran out of gas.  
“Cityhood has pros and cons” Residents encouraged the Clarkston Village Council to explain the negatives of cityhood as well as the positives during a public hearing. A Waldon Road resident explained the 11-page synopsis residents received didn’t answer enough questions.
“Hunger exists in Clarkston area, says minister” The CROP walk was going into it’s third year as a fund-raising venture for Clarkston area churches involved in walking against hunger. Rev. Bill Schram, pastor for Sashabaw United Presbyterian Church, said CROP is needed more in Clarkston than people think.

50 years ago – 1964
“Man drowns in Mill Pond” A late night swim for a 22-year-old man turned into tragedy when he drowned. His companions told police they went for a swim in the Mill Pond after a bowling banquet. After five minutes they heard their friend screaming for help, but it was too dark to find him. The fire department assisted in recovering the body which was in 23 feet of water and 50 yards from the shore.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Teens charged in school bus tire damages? Three Clarkston High School students wanted the day off from school – and they got it as they spent time in Oakland County Jail. The three admitted to snipping air valves off the tires of 37 busses, causing $3,646 in damages.
‘Local teens hope to help others in crisis? Sashabaw Middle School eighth grader Emily Zarnicki and Clarkston High School sophomore Andrea O’Dea joined last Thursday’s Clarkston Task Force for Youth meeting to brainstorm the possibility of creating support groups for teens or others who were at risk for considering suicide.
‘Triple threat on the track? Clarkston High School athletes April, Christina and Jennifer Rooding were a triple threat for the girls track and field team. The triplets competed in the same events and found a key element in their relationship to be competing. They also found running as a great way to spend time with each other.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Exemplary status for junior high? Sashabaw Junior High School was named an exemplary school for the entire nation. When a national team of evaluators came to visit the school in spring Principal David Reschke said they were highly complimentary. SJHS was one of 218 schools in various categories to be chosen around the country – about four schools per state. In Michigan, only two other schools in the middle school category received the honor.
?’Fun? poster to depict Clarkston? A cartoon-like poster of the Clarkston area was in the planning stages. Sponsored by the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, the poster would include a few major streets, historic homes, schools, government offices, post office and library. Artist Cindy Houtz said it wouldn’t be to scale but she would try her best to capture the character of Clarkston.
‘Tennis team takes title? The Clarkston Boys Varsity Tennis team won the Greater Oakland Activities League title for the fourth time since 1984. They also finished undefeated – the second season they have done it in the league

50 years ago – 1964
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. Richard Svetkoff of Snow Apple Drive enjoyed dinner at China City before attending the Gardens Dance on Saturday night.

15 years ago – 1999
‘City over budget for 1998-99? With only two months left in their current fiscal year, the City of Clarkston was $7,560.36 over their projected budget. The culprits – the city’s engineering and planning costs. The budget for engineering was $5,000 and they ended up to being $33,843.20.
?’It was quite an experience?? Veterans shared wartime stores in honor of Memorial Day. World War II and Korean War veterans Franklin, Willard, Bob Morse, John Nicholson, George Thompson and Jo Postle spoke of the horrors of war and also about the impact it had on their lives.
‘Wolves nip Dragons in district preview? Clarkston Girls Varsity Softball beat Lake Orion 5-3. They dug themselves out of a 3-0 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the fourth winning. It gave the Lady Wolves their 20th consecutive win as the improved to 24-13-1.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Fires singes three townships? Sparks from a passing train ignited a grass fire requiring the efforts of firefighters from five townships. Officials believed the fire started at 11 a.m. along the Grand Trunk Western in the vicinity of Clarkston Road in Springfield Township. During the next 5-6 hours it spread to spots across three townships.
‘Concert season kick-off brings drinking, fighting? The start of Pine Knob Music Theatre’s summer concerts signaled the beginning of a busy season for area police. During the weekend’s kick-off appearance by Eddie Money and Henry Lee Summer the police issued citations to 37 underage drinkers. They also issued loitering citations and broke up fights.
‘Partnership gives students a look at job choices? Four Clarkston High School students received a first-hand look at the world of health care since February in a new school-business partnership. Serving as volunteers, the students moved to different areas of Pontiac General Hospital and were exposed to various functions and skills employees perform.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Clarkston’s all band concert featuring local boy’s composition? The spotlight was on Dennis Ulrick during the all band concert. He directed the band in his own creation, ‘Evening Hours.? He wrote the piece and arranged it.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Living on in the hearts of others? Members of the Clarkston High School community sent good wishes to Columbine High School in the form of cards, letters, a banner and 1,000 paper cranes made by students in alegebra and Japanese Language classes.
‘Road block lifted on Walters? paving project? It was finally the end of the paving problems on Walters Road. Independence Township Supervisor Dale Stuart announced the Road Commission for Oakland County agreed to pay for any contingency costs over the $253,000 bid recently approved by the school board.
‘Reading, writing and… yo-yos?? Earlier in the spring, Pine Knob Elementary fifth grade teacher Nancy Battishill asked her students to design their own science experiment and they asked her to use yo-yos. The yo-yo experiment helped the students understand the principles of science and math.

25 years ago – 1989
‘New weight limits on Holcomb Road? The Clarkston Village Council approved new weight limits for North Holcomb Road between East Washington and Miller roads after receiving information how much weight the road could handle from a core sample. It was determined the weight should be limited to six tons for one axle vehicles and 8.5 tons for tandem axle trucks.
‘Flames raze Reese barn? A raging fire burned an historical barn to the ground on Reese Road in Independence Township early Memorial Day. Arson Inspector Robert Gohl from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department said arson was suspected. The fire department received a phone call at 3 a.m. and when they showed up the barn was beyond saving.
‘Outstanding teacher of the year? Betsy Travis? love of art and people led her straight to the top. She was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Alternative Education Organization. She developed the art program for S.T.R.I.V.E (Students Trying and Reaching for Individual Victories through Education).

50 years ago – 1964
‘Dr. Harry Yoh receives Golden Anniversary diploma? The 23 surviving members of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Class of 1914, which originally numbered 54, where honored. Harry Yoh, M.D. from Clarkston received a Golden Anniversary diploma during the event.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Board puts car perk decision in neutral? Independence Township officials driven to solve a car perk option wound up spinning their wheels at their June 1 meeting. The matter was eventually tabled after lengthy discussions and several failed motions.
‘Township ponders new hall, approves remodeling? The Independence Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the long-awaited remodeling of the second floor of Independence Township hall, which housed the office of the supervisor, clerk and treasurer for the cost of $50,000. The board also discussed a possibility of a new hall.
‘Local couple motorcycle to share faith in God? Mike and Debra Searing, a Clarkston couple was taking their belief in God to the ‘hogs.? Only those hogs were Goldwings and Harleys. They were members of the ‘Spirit Warriors? – the Clarkston chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association – and minister to motorcyclists across the state and locally.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Christian school sues state board? Springfield Christian Academy filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Education (MDOE) in an effort to stay open. The MDOE threatened to close the academy as well as 30 other Michigan private schools for not submitting certain information such as reports on particular areas such as teachers, curriculum and day of operation as required by state law.
‘Residents push for safety after M-15 accident? Residents joined with leaders with three area subdivisions off M-15 to petition for a stoplight and a reduced speed limit on M-15 north of I-75 in Independence Township. In May, a teenage driver turned onto M-15 because it looked like it was clear. She ended up broadsided by a vehicle traveling north on M-15.
‘Runners save their best for last? The Clarkston Girls Track team put on its best showing of the season at the Class A state meet. Nichole Chinavare won the 1,600-meter run by a tenth of a second and helped her 3,200-meter relay team of Carrie Roeser, Jenny Mahler and Sonya Shaffer win as well. The girls finished in sixth place in the state.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Clarkston graduates 149 seniors? Clarkston High School bid farewell to 149 seniors. They had seven receive Scholastic and Leadership awards.

15 years ago – 1999
‘X-ray films turned over to trustee? Former patients of North Oakland Radiology of Clarkston had a new way of obtaining their x-ray films and mammograms. Following a hearing at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit, U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee Michael Stevenson would be responsible for all records being retrieved by former patients.
‘Snore no more at Millpond Inn? If you wanted a quiet, a really quiet, stay for the night Millpond Inn was the best place for it. Joan Kopietz, owner of the bed and breakfast, and her husband Buck called the establishment the first ‘Snore Stop? in America. That’s because they were participating in the promotion of a product which stopped all the gasps, snorts and fog horns.
‘BLE principal excited about move to Independence Elementary? Chris Turner was turning over a new leaf in the fall. He would become the new principal at Independence Elementary as of July 1 after serving as principal at Bailey Lake Elementary for five years.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Schools cut $1.6 million? Clarkston students would return to school in the fall with fewer instructors and programs, with pay-to-play athletics and activities and with $1.5 million less in state aid as a result of the June 12 school election.
‘Two holes in one? The Pine Knob Golf Course reported not just one but two holes-in-one made at the course. The first one was made by Murt Katt of West Bloomfield as he hit the ball 160 yards into the cup on the 15th hole. The second one was Dan Hull of Mount Clemens. He shot a hole-in-one on the third hole.
‘As entertainer, she’ll travel the world? Independence Township resident Kristen Whisner started in chorus in junior high by accident. She saw a movie about industrial accidents during the first day of metals class and that was enough. She wanted out of metals class and the only class left was chorus. She was singing since and was chosen from 8,000 applicants to be one of 550 performers to travel with Up With People.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Jaycee’s continue support of water safety program? The Clarkston Jaycees started their water safety program at Deer Lake Beach. The local Junior Chamber of Commerce purchased 13 water buoys at a cost of over $200 to be used to mark the swimming area to boaters and water skiers.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Local businesses caught selling alcohol to minors? Detectives from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Independence substation conducted a surprise sting operation in Independence and Springfield townships and Holly. Twenty-seven businesses were targeted. Eight of the establishments were caught selling alcohol to minors
‘City water opposed? Main Street residents flooded the Clarkston City Council meeting protesting a proposed special assessment district which would help pay for a new water main to go through downtown. The council stated it was only looking into possible options at the time.
‘Judge denies zoning for Holiday Inn? A motion that would have paved the way for a new Holiday Inn Express was denied by an Oakland County judge. But the lawsuit against Independence Township sill wasn’t resolved.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Rain storms pack a punch? A severe thunderstorm raging through the area June 26 left its wake smoldering homes, downed power lines and streets littered with debris. Independence Township was one of the hardest hit areas and thousands of residents lost electricity.
‘Planners OK Dixie, White Lake shopping center? Developers of the new grocery store and shopping center planned for the courner of White Lake Road and Dixie Highway got final approval from a reluctant Independence Township Planning Commission. The vote cleared the way for construction of a grocery and other retail stores on the 25.26-acre site where the historic Boothby house once stood.
‘Village ordinances still on the books? Ignorance isn’t a defense for breaking the law. But there are some Village of Clarkston ordinances most residents didn’t realize they were breaking or even expect. For example, if your chickens need fresh air, be sure to walk them on leashes or face a $10 fine or 10 days in jail according to a 1915 ordinance. Don’t plan on hitching your horse to a shade or ornamental tree either. Since 1915 lawless horse hitchers have faces $100 fines and 90 days in jail. Ordinance 23 prohibits firing a slingshot within the village or face a $10 fine.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Local resident reopens furniture store in Clarkston? Donald Austen reopened Clarkston’s only furniture store, formerly Gentry’s Colonial House.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Happy 4th of July!’An early morning rainstorm didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of parade onlookers on Saturday, July 3. The Independence Township Fire Department, which sponsored the parade, estimated over 11,000 people were in attendance and there were over 100 entries in the parade.
‘Clarkston hooking up to township water is a many-sided issue? The Clarkston City Council brought back the idea to have a water main through the city. They were looking to loop a water main through Main Street only and it would link up to existing mains owned by Independence Township.
‘Sounds of summer?? Residents within earshot of Pine Knob Music Theatre were not happy as the patrons about the summer concert season. Independence Township Supervisor Dale Stuart said he was receiving numerous complaints and from people who live 2-3 miles away from the venue. He added Palace Sports Entertainment had not received the same complaints nor had they been cited.

25 years ago – 1989

‘National award recognizes woman’s success? Charlotte Brannstrom of Independence Township spent five days in New York City. She spent some of the time being pampered by Avon Products, Inc., as a recipient of the 1989 Women of Enterprise Awards.
‘Power outages hurt two grocers? A&P and Rudy’s Market were recovering from losses suffered during the power outages from the prior week. Both reported the biggest problem was ice cream but didn’t have a problem with produce.
‘World class golfers coming? The Oakland County area was getting ready for one of the biggest sports event in the history of the area – the 44th annual United States Women’s Open golf tournament at Indianwood Golf and Country Club.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Mail box damage a federal offense? With the approach of the fourth of July holiday, a warning was issued to those tempting to blow up rural mail boxes with firecrackers, cherry bombs, and etc. At the time breaking the federal offense would cost $1,000 or a prison sentence up to three years.
‘Newlywed Spauldings travel to Europe? Charles and Marjorie Spauldings left for a European honeymoon after exchanging vows on June 27.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Independence zoning categories revisited at joint board meeting? Vision 2020 was one step closer after the special joint workshop meeting. Independence Township Planner Dick Carlisle presented suggestions for the long-awaited update of the master plan.
‘Wetlands violation prompts action in Springfield Township? Wetlands preservation might have been more important to the Springfield Township board than residents of Autumn Shores subdivision realized. The officials held a meeting after the subdivision property owners received a cease and desist order from the Michigan Department of Environment Quality.
‘Awww…come on blue!? Clarkston High School students Rocky Lund and Adam Schmansky shared their adventures as little league umpires.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Cheerleaders – Are they athletes, too?? The age-old question of whether cheerleaders should be considered athletes was answered by the Clarkston School Board when the board voted to charge cheerleaders and pom-pon squad members the same fee to participate as the other athletes.
‘Cardboard sorting facility folds with judge’s ruling? A controversial cardboard sorting facility planned for Independence Township was dealt a fatal blow by a circuit judge when a lawsuit filed against the township by the developer was dismissed by the judge.
‘Long tradition saved with barn? After six generations, Cecil Caverly, great-great-grandson of Josephus Hollister of Clark Road in Springfield Township, took down the family barn piece by piece without any modern tools with plans to rebuild with the same tools used in the 1800s.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Record turn-out for July 4th festivities? To start July 4th out right many families from the area were on hand early Saturday morning to watch the Cole Circus set up their tents for performances set for later that day.
At 10 a.m., a large crowd attended the parade in downtown Clarkston with the Clinton Valley Baracks No. 2803 World War I veterans leading the parade.
‘Area man newly elected vice president? Edgar R. Aulgur was appointed vice president of the Woodward Council, Telephone Pioneers of America.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Independence planning tool to help schools? A proposal to inform Clarkston schools about new residential developments and rezonings in Independence Township was adopted by the Board of Trustees. It would include projected number of school-age children coming into developments, anticipated traffic concerns and other issues.
‘MEAP scores show progress, room for improvement? MEAP scores were out and the results for Clarkston Community Schools were not bad according to David Reschke, assistant superintendent for K-8 operations. ‘We’ve still got some work to do.? They saw percentages rise and fall for grades 4, 5, 7 and 8 in math, reading, science and writing.
‘Sportsmanship is the rule for this team? Bill McGregor, coach for the Terry Machine team, acknowledged he wanted his team to win as many games as they could but there worthwhile lessons to learn on little league baseball including how to be a good winner and a good loser.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Bacteria suspected in illness? Reports of sick children prompted the closure of the Hidden Springs swimming pool at Independence Oaks County Park. Health Department officials tested the water for the shigella bacteria, which is known to cause symptoms reported.
‘Elementary student’s music interest is noteworthy? Jenni Salata was unlike other seven-year-olds. The second grader could play Mozart on the violin, Bach on the piano, and compose complex pieces of her own.
‘For the third time, students say he’s the best teacher? If Clarkston High School students could grade teachers, they definitely would give their anatomy and physiology teacher, Bill Mackson, an A-plus. Mackson received the CHS Teacher of the Semester Award, which students vote for the teacher who deserves the honor.

50 years ago – 1964
‘New school to be Bailey Lake Elementary? The Clarkston Board of Education officially named the school on Pine Knob Road as Bailey Lake Elementary, which was part of the former Bailey Lake district.
‘Wives to go fishing? Clarkston Rotary Club members and their wives were to be guest of old fisherman August Bessinger at Fisherman’s Paradise.

15 years ago – 1999
‘City water, repaving delayed? After 90 minutes of discussion, the Clarkston City Council decided a plan to repave Main Street and possibly to install a water main the following summer was all wet. Following a suggestion made by Gary Tressell, the city’s engineer, the council voted 6-0 to delay the repaving project a year.
‘So, just how do you make a banana split for 165 kids?? Parents and church helpers at Oakland Woods Baptist Church kept the 5-year banana split tradition of ending Vacation Bible School with a treat they up as they set up 80-feet of plastic sections covered in aluminum foil on tables in front of the church. To feed 165 kids attending the program they had seven gallons of ice cream, cut up 40 bananas, poured one gallon of Hershey’s chocolate syrup and sprayed six cans of whipped cream to make the treat.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Hidden Springs water not at fault? Hidden Springs swimming pond at Independence Oaks County park was reopened after tests failed to prove the lake caused several children to become ill. Test taken from the water, sewer and concession samples showed levels of fecal coliform were under the amount considered unhealthy.
‘Hot wires trap people in homes? About 25 Independence Township houses off of Maybee Road were surrounded by a fence charged with more than 13,000 volts of electricity. It happened when several downed wires touched the aluminum fences in the 5200 to 5400 block of Maybee Road.
‘Nearly miss for four? State champions a year ago, four Clarkston Junior High School girls nearly defended their 400-meter relay title at the Hershey Track and Field State Meet. Only by a split second, one-hundredth to be exact, separated Audrey Schlaff, Jamie Symons, Kelly Raup and Jill Attaman from the winners.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Local senior boy scouts enjoying Valley Forge Jamboree? Boy Scouts from the Clarkston area had fun meeting other scouts from around the nation and the world at the Valley Forge Jamboree. A few met Lady Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting.
‘Local news? Lisa Svetkoff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Svetkoff, celebrated her first birthday. A family dinner marked the occasion.

15 years ago – 1999
?3 shopping centers in by year’s end? ‘Growth? was the buzzword around Independence Township as three major developments were in varied phases of construction. They were Clarkston Oaks at Dixie Highway and Maybee Road; Independence Pointe at M-15 and I-75; and White Lake Commons at White Lake Road and Dixie Highway.
‘Bat craze swoops down on Clarkston? The Batman craze had whirled through Clarkston as it did the rest of America with the blockbuster hit out in movie theaters. Coach’s Corner was bat gear headquarters and the Village Bakeshop had Batman cookies for $1 each.
‘Rattalee Lake Road residents request 25 mph speed limit? The Springfield Township Board unanimously approved voted to request Oakland County recognize the stretch of Rattalee Lake Road between Tindall and Weber Roads to be 25 mph.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Projected water main costs called ‘big hit? for some businesses? Clarkston City Council members and residents had their first look at the preliminary costs to bring a water main into downtown. The water main installation would cost each Main Street address $882.81 per year until 2004.
‘Local teens have a blast at Woodstock 1999? Clarkston teens Courtney Bomier and Gretchen Pitser along with three fellow Clarkston High School graduates Sara McKetchnie, Aaron Sailor and John Arcello joined 250,000 others for Woodstock ?99 in Rome, New York.
‘In-line hockey leagues grow by the day? The back basketball court at Clintonwood Park was transformed into a rink to meet the popular demand for in-line hockey. Independence Township Parks and Recreation had three leagues, 22 teams and 270 kids involved in the sport for the summer.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Local doctors receive certificate? Doctors Alfred Hamilton and Ronald LePere, D.O. were presented a certificate of appreciation by the Northern Oakland County Council for their time and effort given in the interest of Girl Scouting.
‘Local news? Mrs. Ronald Collins left for Atlantic City to attend the convention of National Mothers of Twin Club. She was a delegate from this vicinity.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Concertgoers sue Pine Knob Theatre? Three concertgoers filed a class-action lawsuit against Pine Knob Music Theatre. All three alleged Pine Knob oversold five shows in July causing unbearable overcrowding.
?’Granddog gets a surprise? Dave and Lorna Bickerstaff of Independence Township were tickled when their ‘granddog? got a treat. Sadie, a English springer spaniel and their granddog, received two dog biscuits when Dave went through the drive-through at First of America Bank.
‘Wrestler ready for college? Dean Moscovic was ready to leave his high school memories behind as he prepared to attend the University of North Carolina. Moscovic, a Brother Rice graduate wrestled his way to 103 consecutive victories (unbeaten his junior and senior years) and two state championships in the 150-pound weight class.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Independence moving on new township hall? Independence Township Board of Trustees started the ball rolling by unanimously approving a ‘uses and needs? study for a new township hall.
‘Township’s new firefighters excited about their work? Four new firefighters joined the ranks at Independence Township. They sat down with The Clarkston News to discuss qualities of a good firefighter and why they were excited about their new roles.
‘Booker back home at Buick Open? The PGA Tour takes its members to golf courses all over the world but for Eric Booker there was one spot on the map holding a special part in his heart. The Clarkston resident returned to the area to play in the Buick Open at Warwick Hills Country Club in Grand Blanc.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Area church held dedication? A corner stone was laid during a dedication service at Dixie Baptist Church. The church celebrated its tenth anniversary.
‘School budget to be aired? A public hearing for the 1964-65 school budget was planned. The estimated receipts for the school year were $145,000 to $2,192,120. Expenditures would increase $125,000 to $2,182,000.
‘Local news? Debbie Goyette spent three weeks in Long Beach, Calif, visiting the Spohn and Delong families. She spent time sightseeing, swimming in the ocean, going to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Roberts? superintendent contract approved for next five years? Dr. Al Roberts, board superintendent, continued to serve the Clarkston school district for another five years following a 7-0 approval from the school board of his new contract with a yearly salary of $125,000. Roberts said a contract of 2-3 years is the norm for superintendents and he was pleased with the unusual length of his contract.
‘A very ‘self-determined effort? Jeff Jacks of Davisburg took third place when he constructed a 1/8-scale working model of his dream skateboarding park as an exhibit in the self-determined catergory at the 1999 Oakland County 4-H Fair. He said he hoped such a park would soon be offered in the area with no cost for kids. At the time, several area parks charged between 5-8 dollars for entry.
?’This is our year to shine?? Clarkston High School senior Kevin Breen summed up the anticipation for the 1999 fall season as athletes went into their first week of practice with six words – ‘This is our year to shine.?

25 years ago – 1989
‘Students pay, sports programs stay? Payday didn’t become doomsday for Clarkston Community Schools as it instituted its first pay-for-play program. Although there was a two percent drop in student turnout.
‘Citizens band together for against groundwater threat? About 25 citizens gathered in a crucial first step towards protecting the area’s drinking water. The group discussed threats to groundwater, which is the source of drinking water for about half of Michigan’s population.
‘Play on? For 30 years, music has been food for hundreds of students at Clarkston Conversatory Music. Ivan Rouse, the founder and director, celebrated the 30-year annivervarsy with music and dancing.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Divisional races? Over 150 top sports car drivers from a seven state area competed for the Sports Car Club of America points and trophies at the Waterford Hills Michigan road racing course.
‘Junior champs listed? The Clarkston Area Jaycees and Independence Township Recreation Department held their first Junior Champ Track Meet. More than 50 boys and girls participated.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Progress stall on new city hall? The Clarkston City Council agreed on one thing regarding plans for an addition to the city hall building – to put it on the agenda for the next meeting.
‘Clarkston cool? When it comes to back-to-school fashions, Clarkston kids have the look. Students throughout the district were showing off their new threads during registration. They were spotted in vests, flared jeans, button down shirts and plaid skirts and dresses. A popular jewelry for neckwear where chokers, especially tattoo chokers.
‘Wolves hunger for football? The offensive and defensive linemen of Clarkston Varsity Football set a trend for the team off the field – ‘it’s cool to be fat? as they sported the biggest offensive line in Wolves? recent history. The junior class was coming off of 9-0 seasons on the freshman and junior varsity levels.

25 years ago – 1989

‘Public safety complex put on ballot? The fight to create a public safety complex in Independence Township entered round two. Voters in the Nov. 7 general election would once again be asked to vote on funding for the complex. The complex was voted down the $1.5 million dollar bond issue in Fall 1998 by 55 votes.
‘What’s in style may be against the rules? Parents and students found out the hard way some back-to-school fashion styles were not allowed in schools. According to Vincent Licata, assistant principal at Sashabaw Junior High School, certain clothing found to be disruptive would not be allowed including ragged shorts, skin-tight biker shorts, short shorts and short dresses.
‘Preparing for Fame & Fortune? Ronald Martin, of Independence Township, was a little disappointed he didn’t get to spin the wheel during the taping of ‘Fame & Fortune.? but he took solace in the $500 he won.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Two men named outstanding? Frank G. Ronk and Lewis E. Wint from Clarkston were selected for inclusion in the 1965 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America.
‘Dangerous criminal captured? A daring chase on Dixie Highway between I-75 and Frembes Road climaxed the robbery of the Hamady Food Store No. 7 in Flint. The suspect was apprehended behind Primrose Lane Bowling Alley off Dixie.

15 years ago – 1999
‘What are the keys to school safety?? Clarkston Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Pat Brumback hosted a meeting of school personnel, police and community members to discuss safe school environments, how improvements could be made, and more importantly, how potentially serious situations could be prevented.
‘Volunteers honored at Friends Ice Cream Social? The Friends of Independence Library held their annual Ice Cream Social on the lawn of the library to honor library volunteers. During the celebration awards were given out including the Best Friends award to the Clarkston Farm and Garden Club and Ed Kuhn. Twelve adults and 41 teen volunteers were recognized and honored for their contributions.
‘Wolves turn the lights out? The Clarkston Varsity Football team put out the lights on Waterford Kettering opening the 1999 season with a 36-0 win. Chris Mitchell was the leading rusher with 114 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Kaul completed 5-of-6 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns for his first varsity start.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Area merchants ‘not worried?? Several local merchants said they weren’t worried after construction plans for a $200-300 megamall, Great Lakes Crossing, in Auburn Hills received its second approval. ‘We’re really a service to the community,? said Joan Kopietz, owner of Tierra Arts and Designs in Clarkston. ‘People aren’t going to drive to the mall when they can get the same service here for a comparable price.?
‘Independence resident reaches semifinals in sports contest? On a whim, eighth-grader Lisa Goforth entered a contest for ‘Teen Magazine’s Sportsgirl of the Year program when she read an advertisement in the publication. She found out in July reached the regional semifinals stage in the contest. At the time she was active in softball, basketball and volleyball.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Church repainted by young people? Sashabaw United Presbyterian Church spent a week getting painted inside and out by young people.
‘Local news? Scott and Chris Cecil returned home after vacationing near Copper Harbor in the upper peninsula with their grandfather, R. E. Cecil.

15 years ago – 1999
‘City remains stagnant on water issue? City officials were still debating whether a water main should be installed in downtown Clarkston. Council members were at a standstill after receiving new information given during a special meeting.
‘Renaissance men? D.J. Parkin and Jarod Yax were having the times of their lives as part of the Hazelhurst Players at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival. Parkin, a 1996 Clarkston High School graduate, changed from a body puppet to a human marionetter to Irish rover during the course of the festival.
‘Defense does Rochester? The Clarkston Varsity Football team beat the Rochester Falcons, 19-7. The Wolves? defense held Rochester from scoring throughout the game and held their leading scorer to only 54 yards.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Grandpa saves toddler from pool? Independence Township resident James Arnold dove into a pool when his 2-year-old granddaugher, Whitney, had fell into the water. He pulled the tot fromt he water beneath a solar-plastic pool cover. Whitney wandered from a family gathering on Labor Day and went through a door no one thought she could open before she fell into the pool. ‘It was scary – horrible,? said Arnold.
‘Four recalled? Four teachers were recalled in Clarkston Community Schools due to a resignation, a request for a half-time teaching position and increased enrollment at elementary schools.
‘Basketball team wins again with tough defensive action? Swartz Creek put up a fight but in the end became the third straight victim of the Clarkston Varsity Girls Basketball team. The Lady Wolves outscored their opponent 16-5 in the second quarter which helped to their 45-33 win, putting them 3-0.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Youth on college team? Letterman Dick Caverly looked to an offensive end spot his senior year at Hillsdale College. Caverly was a three-year letter winner at Clarkston High School and won Honorable Mention All-County honors.
‘Local news? The Sansom family returned from a varied trip to the north including a stay on St. Joseph Island in Canada, a vist to the Tahquemenon Falls and Soo Locks in Michigan’s upper peninsula and Harrison, in the lower peninsula.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Rapid skunk, bats found in Independence? Following the confirmation of two rabid skunks and nine bats in Oakland County, the county Animal Control office was warning residents to stay away from wildlife especially bats, foxes, raccoons and skunks. They also warned residents to keep children and pets away from wildlife or strange acting pets.
‘School parks could be a reality for area residents? Clarkston Community Schools Assistant Superintendent David Reschke described a tri-party effort with Independence and Springfield townships, Clarkston schools and community organizations to allow for the conversion of current playgrounds into an area which all residents are invited.
‘Wolves hang on to whip Athens? Three out of the last four years the Clarkston Varsity Football team has rolled up more than 40 points against Troy Athens. They did it against with a 42-14 win at home but it wasn’t easy.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Mug artist is a fan of arts and crafts movement? Jim Russell was chosen to design the mug for the 15th annual Clarkston Community Historical Society’s Craft and Festival. He drew three historical houses in downtown Clarkston for the mug – the Wells house, 40 Buffalo; the Spande house, 6085 S. Main; and the Lookadoo house, 43 N. Main. ‘I wanted people to appreciate homes located outside the village limits,? he said.
‘Village will pay for leaf removal? With a leaf-burning ban in force, the Clarkston Village Council approved an alternative way of removal. After receiving two bids for leaf removal, the council voted 6-0 to accept Smith’s Disposal’s bid of $2 per household.
‘Junior varsity team wins 18th straight? With two touchdowns and an end zone interception from Eric Ryan, the junior varsity football team collected its 18th straight win as they defeated Saginaw Heritage, 34-0.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Can Clarkston’s eleven repeat as league co-champs?? Many coaches around the area felt the Clarkston Varsity team would be at the top of the league for many reasons including the core of JV talent coming up.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mahar marked their 13th wedding anniversary on Sept. 13 with their traditional dinner at Old Mill.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Tree removal causes complaints? Despite many good feelings surrounding the opening of Independence Elementary School in November, one resident wasn’t pleased when trees were removed on a stretch of 700 feet Hubbard Road at Main Street for repaving. He was unhappy with how the situation was handled.
‘Crash reroutes traffic for and hour in downtown Clarkston? Two Clarkston men sustained injuries following a crash that damaged five vehicles in downtown Clarkston.
‘Swimmers get first-ever win? Any success the Clarkston girls swim team had in its first year was just a bonus. One success was winning their first ever dual meet against Pontiac Central 149-34 in the Clarkston High School natatorium. During the meet Kelly Orris set two school records finishing at 1:29.92 in the 100-yard breaststroke and being part of the 200-yard free relay team.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Planners OK M-15 rezonings, now up to board? After listening to the comments of several Independence Township residents and develops, members of the planning commission voted 5-1 to recommend the rezoning of three parcels of land along M-15 between I-75 and Cranberry Road.
‘Golf team continues its early win streak? The Clarkston High School Boys Golf team extended its early season winning streak to five with three victories in one week. They opened the week with a 173-184 win over Lakeland, then had a 160-171 win over Pontiac Northern, and ended the week with a 176-199 win over Oxford.
‘Gone: 330 dozen doughnuts, 3,000 cups of cider? Weekend shoppers ate 330 dozen doughnuts and drank 3,000 cups of apple cider in downtown Clarkston despite heavy rain during the Clarkston Community Historical Society’s Craft and Cider Festival. The society estimated 10,000-12,000 visitors.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Arson suspected in loss of farm buildings? A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a barn, shed and tool house on Andersonville Road. The property, owned by Tom Farley, was vacant. The state police were investigating.
‘Hole in one? Paul Castleberry made a hole-in-one on hole no. 9 while playing in the Annual Amateur Tournament at the Clarkston Golf Course.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Independence okays study for new township hall? Up to $25,000 in funds were OK’d for a study on a new township hall. But the plot thickened concerning one of the possible sites – 20 acres on Flemings Lake Road which was once considered for the second Lakeview Cemetery.
‘City toughens drunk driving laws with ordinance amendment? An updated ordinance with stricter penalties for drivers under the influence of alcohol or other drugs was one step closer to becoming a law in Clarkston.
‘Kickers blank Lakers? Dustin Coleman made five saves in his third shutout while he was in the net as the Clarkston Varsity Boys Soccer team beat West Bloomfield, 4-0. Bill Kalush scored twice in the win while Jared Bauer and Mark Zerba scored one goal each.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Couple honeymoon with hurricane? Mike Solcz and Roberta Flynn-Solcz had different visions of their honeymoon on the tropical island of Antigua. What they received was Hurrican Hugo three days into their trip. The hurricane hit the island with 150-mph winds, uprooted palm trees and walls of water.
‘Township boxer working on Olympic goal? With an eye on the 1992 Olympics, Ron Olsen saw nothing but good boxing opportunities ahead while completing an military obligation. The Independence Township resident planned on fighting in the All-Marine trials in December with hopes of landing a spot Marine Corps Team.
‘Library phone book key to the past? Libraries can present ideas unknown to a reader, but for Dolly Schenk the Independence Township Library opened a whole life previously unknown to her. She was on the search for her birth dad’s information in Kansas City and while at the library found an old phone book for the city and found what she was looking for.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Boys receive Eagle Awards at Fall Court of Honor? Gregg Chartier and Chris Rose received their Eagle Award during the Fall Court of Honors. Both boys attend the Jamboree at Valley Forge and were members of Boy Scout troop 126.
‘Local news? Edward Brisson and his son-in-law, Clarence Sage, happened to share the same birthday. The family had a dinner in celebration of the two birthdays and the event was enjoyed by all.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Excellence awarded? State Superintendent of Public Instruction Arthur Ellis surprised Clarkston High School chemistry teacher Keith Cook with $25,000. Cook was one of three teachers in the state to receive an award from Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Awards program.
‘Full of hot air? Students at Clarkston Middle School sent dozens of hot air balloons up, up and away in the school’s parking lot. The homemade balloons were a science project to learn about matter.
‘Cross country teams finish sweep of Athens? The Clarkston boys and girls cross country teams swept Troy Athens in a road meet. The boys beat the Red Hawks 15-46, sweeping the top five places with David Sage leading in first place. The girls won 16-46 while taking the top four places overall. Nicole Fischer led the Lady Wolves with her first place finish.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Sashabaw receives national award? The ultimate educational award was bestowed on Sashabaw Junior High School. The school received a flag and a plaque as symbols of the school’s excellence in education.
‘Wolves beat the odds again? The Clarkston Varsity Football tam once again beat their opponents and nehsayers who predicted they would lose again Waterford Kettering. The Wolves won 22-7.
‘Twirler struts her stuff for Detroit Lions? fans? Clarkston High School senior Monica Schram entertained fans at the Silverdome during the Detroit Lion’s games by doing what she did best – twirling

50 years ago – 1964
‘New football squad to take football field? The huddle was forming on the 40-yard line. It was not a typical Friday night varsity football game. But a novel game as it was played by the girls with the junior class against the senior class as it began th 1964 Homecoming festivities.
‘Cross country team defeats Oxford? Clarkston Cross Country team beat Oxford 28-29. The top runner for the Wolves was Ron Swayne.
‘Local news? Irene Temple was the birthday girl and Tammie Heazlit, Marcia Mason and Mary Jo Cowdin helped her celebrate turning four-years-old.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Farmer Jack buys Clarkston Food Town? The end of an era came when long time grocery staple, Food Town, was sold to Farmer Jack. The decision affected 10 Food Towns including Clarkston’s location on Sashabaw Road. Farmer Jack planned to move in and start operations on Nov. 1.
‘Thendara paving project under fire? Independence Township Board of Trustees voted to place how to solve the Thendara Park road paving issue on the agenda within a month, 4-2. Trustees Jeff McGee and Neil Wallace disagreed. They wanted to deal with the issues while 75 Thendara Park residents were present.
‘County champs? The Clarkston Boys Cross Country team captured their first Oakland County title in school history with a first place finish at the county meet at Kensington Metropark with 80 points, five more than Novi. Five runners placed in the top 25 – Dave Sage, Matt Haver, Brett Quantz, Kevin Breen and Dan Burke.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Space wars? Concerned parents addressed the Clarkston Board of Education and administration to hire another teacher or teacher’s aid for the kindergarten students at Clarkston Elementary. There were 76 students and only two teachers.
‘Wetlands are good water filter, wildlife shelter? At one time swamps, marshes and bogs were filled in and plowed over for new developments. The wetlands proved to be valuable prompting a special wetlands board in Independence Township to protect them.
‘Victory over Northern doesn’t satisfy CHS? A victory against rival Pontiac Northern 25-8 was nice but the Clarkston Varsity Football team wasn’t ready to rest. ‘These kids are still hungry,? said head coach Kurt Richardson. ‘We can’t be satisfied with where we are at.?

50 years ago – 1964
“Clarkston Board of Education awards bigs for new elementary building? The Clarkston Board of Education meeting contracts were awarded to the three lowest bidders for general construction, mechanical and electrical for the 16-room elementary school on Pine Knob Road.
‘Bozo to be guest at Clarkston School Fair? The theme for the Clarkston School PTA Fair was the ‘Wonderful World of Books.? Bozo the Clown brought entertainment acts and gave the children autographs.

15 years ago – 1999
‘The Clarkston of the future? Downtown Clarkston didn’t need to change, according to national city planner Doyle Hyatt. Clarkston needed to be refined. Hyatt and his wife, Dolores Palma, were contracted by the city to create a revitalization plan for downtown.
‘It’s the Great Pumpkin? Children had a chance to win a 399-pound pumpkin displayed in front of Rudy’s Market. They could win it by entering a Halloween coloring contest at the business.
‘Wolves thrash Bears? The Clarkston Varsity Football team used big plays by their offense to beat Berkley for the fourth year in a row, 31-21. Chris Mitchell was the leading rusher for the Wolves with 234 yards on 26 carries.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Theater-hotel plan unveiled? Questions about Independence Township’s need for a hotel, four-screen theater and more businesses filled the air during the planning commission meeting. The commissioners spent an hour listening as an extensive proposal, for 140 acres off White Lake Road and Dixie Highway, was unveiled.
‘Mom’s plan funds field trips? When Clarkston Elementary cut all their extras due to budget cuts, Sherry Regiani took action. She organized a benefit dinner with all funds raised to help pay for Clarkston Elementary’s assemblies, busses and field trips. ‘This is one small thing we can do something about,? she said. ‘What field trips do is bring bits and pieces of the outside world down to a pace the child can learn from.?
‘Schaffer excels? Sonya Schaffer continued to cruise the competition as the lone girl on the cross country team due to the pay-for-play system. It didn’t prevent her from winning every dual she entered in the fall season.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Railroad Depot busy again? Several members of the Clarkston Village Players were caught cleaning up the old Clarkston Railroad Depot which the group just took ownership. They planned to stage their fall production ‘Dirty Work of the Crossroads? at the depot.
‘Clarkston subdues Clarenceville, 13-0? The Clarkston Football team won their first game of the season with a 13-0 victory over Clarenceville. The Wolves used a new offense and new faces in front of the homecoming crowd of 1,500 spectators.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Clarkston City Council election? Dan Colombo, Walt Gamble, Chuck Inabnit, Scott Meyland and Dave Savage were vying for seats on the Clarkston City Council in the 1999 November election. Four of them were running for three two-year seats while Meyland was running as a write-in for a one-year term.
‘Sculptor makes Wildcat dream come to life? Kids at North Sashabaw Elementary weren’t frightened when they passed a pouncing Wildcat on the way into the building – it was made of red oak and donated by Lake Orion resident Gary Elzerman.
‘Front stage to the Backstreet Boys? Clarkston resident and stylist Shelly Kovach got as close as anyone could to the Backstreet Boys as she got to do their makeup in Chicago during the band’s ‘Into the Millenium? tour. ‘I didn’t realize how big they were until I had to schmooze a security guard to let me in,? she said.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Driver smashes 6-foot hole in wall? Yvonne Aho was in her living room at 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 22 when she heard a loud ‘pop? followed by a crashing sound. A driver had driven up on her lawn, over a 10-foot Norwegian pine tree and maple seedling before knocking a six-foot hole in her brick garage wall. ‘I got a good look at his face and then he backed into my garage again,? she said.
‘CHS alumnus on highway six hours during quake? Clarkston High School 1982 graduate Sonya Funck was on her way home in California when she was suddenly airborne while traveling on Highway 280 during an earthquake which measured 6.9 on the Richter scale.
‘Cartoonist, 13, debuts in The Clarkston News? Bruce Worden, 13, was encouraged be family and friends to submit his creative work to the school newspaper. He chose The Clarkston News instead.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Local residents open new business in Clarkston? Clarkston residents opened Marta-Lore Young Villagers Shop in Clarkston. The shop carried infant and children clothing through size 14.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. Sam Miller returned from a week’s vacation in New York City where they spent many delightful days at the World’s Fair which featured displays from various companies including General Motors and Ford.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Clarkston voters re-elect incumbents? Voters returned three incumbents – Dan Columbo, Dave Savage, Walt Gamble – to office for two-year terms. City manager Art Pappas said 127 of the city’s 927 registerd voters went to the polls to cast their votes.
‘Trying to ease downtown traffic? Clarkston Police Chief Paul Ormiston told city council after December 22 traffic jams at eastbound Washington and Main Street in downtown should lighten up. He added a left-turn arrow added to the White Lake and Dixie Highway will ease traffic flow as drivers will use Dixie to get to I-75 and not Main Street.
‘Boys clear regional hurdle? After three years of near misses at the regional county meet the Clarkston Boys Cross Country team qualified for the state finals in the first time in school history with a second place finish.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Bond, 2 proposals highlight ballot? Independence Township voters would see a $2 million fire bond and two state proposals designed to raise money for education on the ballet. The fire bond issue was defeated in March by 55 votes but Fire Chief Gar Wilson believed the lower turnout in spring wouldn’t be the case in November.
‘Man, 17, charge with wall smash-up? A 17-year-old Independence Township was charged with backing into a brick garage wall twice, destroying two trees and damages throughout at neighborhood as he destroyed mailboxes, trees and lawns.
?’Big kids? tell youngsters to say no to drugs? Bailey Lake Elementary third graders listened to Clarkston High School Just Say No club members Ted Fletcher, Debbie Truba and Julie Brazel talk about drugs and alcohol. Then, the third graders shared their stories – nearly all had something to say.

50 years ago – 1964
‘New shopping center in township? The Pine Knob Plaza, located off Sashabaw and Maybee Roads, the new shopping center in Independence Township consisted of five stores with four more proposed and 220 parking spots.
‘A day in the life of a hospital bride-to-be? Donna Wolf prepared for a special wedding to Paul Stephens inside Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital after recovering from an emergency appendectomy.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Open for business? Independence Elementary school opened amid a colorful display of balloons and cheerful smiles. Principal Chris Turner led the countdown and a ceremonial send-off of balloons celebrated the opening.
‘Clarkston museum’s first exhibit: 100 years of education? Times had changed but not lost for the founders of the Clarkston Heritage Museum. After 30 years of effort to preserve and interpret the history of Clarkston, the museum opened in the Heritage Room at Independence Township Library. The first exhibit to be featured: ‘The Way We Learned: The First 100 Years of the Clarkston School, 1835-1935.?
‘Delightful district? In front of 9,000 fans, the Clarkston Varsity Football team won the district championship with a 35-14 win over Grand Blanc. It also gave the Wolves their first 10-win season in school history and their first trip to the regional finals.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Area residents say no to Proposal A, B? Residents in both Independence and Springfield townships voted overwhelmingly against two statewide tax proposals in the special election on Nov. 7. Residents in Independence also voted against the $2 million fire millage for the second time.
‘New computer makes treasurer’s job less taxing? Springfield Township Treasurer Lois Styles shared residents would receive their tax information quicker because of the new computer system purchased by the township.
‘Fouls, Mott push Wolves to limit? Despite foul trouble and Waterford Mott outscoring the Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball team 23-17 in the third quarter, the Lady Wolves won their home game, 37-33. Susan McKoin led the girls with 15 points and Rhonda Jokisch had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Baptist church nears completion; to be occupied in December? The 200 member congregation of the First Baptist Church of Clarkston would be moving to M-15 around the first of December. The main floor had seating for 500.
‘Junior Miss contest to be held soon? Fourteen senior high school girls prepared to compete for Clarkston’s Junior Miss for the local crown and a chance to compete for scholarships.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Semi-sweet? The Clarkston Varsity Football team battled the Macomb Dakota Cougars through four overtime periods in the MHSAA Region 3 Finals for a 57-56 victory. It was their first regional title school history.
‘Clarkston Cinema closed? The fact ‘Stigmata? was still on the marquee at Clarkston Cinema, the 266-theater, located at 6808 Dixie Highway, was a sign the theater was closed. According to a legal notice the property, which includes the building and one-acre parcel, was in foreclosure because owner Larry Sefa was in default of his mortgage.
‘Don’t forget to ‘Buckle Up!?? Clarkston Elementary students were introduced to a unique member of the Michigan Police. They met Trooper Buckle Bear, a remote-controlled ‘officer? of the law visited to talk to the kids about being a safe car passenger and taught them a rhyme on how to remember to buckle up correctly.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Residents demand action from board? About 75 angry parents crowded into the Clarkston School board room, demanding the board set a date for a millage election. During the three-hour discussion many parents voiced their disapproval with the condition of the schools.
‘Berlin Wall crashes close to home? When the Berlin Wall came down, Clarkston Junior High School students in Barb Glover’s classes learned through shared family stories and taped television news broadcasts. They drew posters commemorating the historic event.
‘Sisters combine forces on craft business, child care? Sisters Barb Townsend and Judy Glass combined their talents for business. Townsend painted on cloth and Glass was the business manager for Hand Painted Sweatshirts by Barb.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Board of Education studies for future building needs? Since 1951 Clarkston Schools experienced a continued growth. The board of education was studying the problem of increased class sizes caused by the growth.
‘Local news? Al Robinson and his son, Allen, spent a few days in Iron Mountain area for deer hunting. Al came home with a spike horn.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Delivering holiday cheer? About 60 people helped bag groceries for 200 families and 80 seniors? Thanksgiving dinners at Knights of Columbus Hall. The dinners were delivered or picked up. All food items were donated by Lighthouse Emergency Services for Clarkston.
‘Having ‘Moore? fun with reading? What did Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore have in common with second graders? A passion for reading. Moore visited Pine Knob Elementary and read ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs? by Jon Scieszka in observance of National Children’s Book Week.
‘Icers open season with blanks? The Clarkston Hockey team opened the first period of the winter season with four goals against West Bloomfield and ended the game with a 6-0 win. They followed it with their second shutout with a 4-0 win over Marysville.

25 years ago – 1989
‘POH receives state OK for Dixie site? After a seven-year wait, including a three-year appeal process, the state granted a Certificate of Need to Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital for a 125-bed acute care facility in Independence Township at the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and White Lake Road
‘Rains blamed for cloudiness in Cranberry Lake? The season’s heavy rains caused an outpouring of concern among residents near Cranberry Lake along M-15 in Independence Township. On several occasions when Cranberry Lake Road had flooded with extra water pouring into the lake, giving it a cloudy appearance. Township engineers said when heavy rains fell the water ran through the subdivision, down the slope and into the sediment basin.
‘Teacher cooks up Romanian treats for her friends? At Christmastime, tradition wins over weight consciousness at the Vaara house. Josephine Vaara spoils the family with traditional Romanian foods created from her collection of family recipes.

50 years ago – 1964
‘News notes from Clarkston High? Strains of music could be heard coming from Mr. Thompson’s typing room as his classes practiced typing to music. The purpose was for the students to try and achieve an even rhythm.
‘Local news? Wallace Bell, James Hunt and Alfred Beebe gathered at Stewart Bell’s cabin in Mount Pleasant for hunting. They didn’t see a single deer.

15 years ago – 1999
‘It’s showtime? Clarkston High School’s Drama Department was preparing for its annual ‘Theatre-A-Thon? which would be nine hours in the performing arts center which included a vaudeville type variety show with thespians, Clarkston Madrigals, the MIME Troupe and more.
‘Y2K OK, say officials? As the new year approached, area government and other agencies assured residents the Y2K ‘bug? would not sting Clarkson or Davisburg. Many said computers and programs were compliant and ready to go. Collin Walls, Springfield Township supervisor, saw 2000 as just another year.
‘Wolves stuff Birmingham? The Clarkston Hockey team bounced back from their first loss of the season to take down Birmingham, 8-3, during the consolation game of the Cranbrook Thanksgiving Tournament.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Board OKs $10 million 1990 budget? A $10.6 milllion budget for 1990 was approved by the Independence Township board with little discussion. Capital expenditures were included with the budget which made it higher than the $8.7 million budget for 1989.
‘Boy collects items for children? Derek Waddle, who turned 7-years-old on Dec. 8, heard about kids in Children’s Village in Pontiac who wouldn’t have toys unless outside groups donated. After finding out they needed mittens, hats and socks he started collecting the items at different drop off spots in Clarkston.
‘Nine seniors on basketball team provide Wolves with leadership? With six returning players and nine seniors, Dan Fife, Clarkston High School Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach, hoped to find the right combination to replace the top-notch talent he lost through graduation.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Sandra Smalley chosen Clarkston’s Junior Miss? Sandra Smalley was chosen as Clarkston’s Junior Miss for 1965 at the annual Clarkston Area Jaycee’s Junior Miss Pagent. Cricket Embrey was chosen as runner-up.
‘Clarkston opens against Milford? The Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team prepared for the first game with a new coach, Bud McGrath, and partically a new team. Dan Fife was the only returning starter from the previous season. Cagers coming up from the JV team had posted a winning season the year prior.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Revitalizing Clarkston? There was a major movement across the country to revitalize its downtowns and Clarkston had at least one key to a successful revitalization – its history. HyattPalma, Inc., a firm the city hired to develop a plan to revitalize Clarkston commented ‘be true to yourself. History sells like crazy.?
‘Residents ready for magical ‘Nutcracker? ballet? Todd Moss and local residents were preparing to take the stage in Lakes Area Civic Ballet’s production of ‘The Nutcracker (Suite)? sponsored by the Clarkston Foundation and Terri Newman’s Dance Shoppe at Clarkston High School.
‘Clarkston passes first test? The Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team got a good test from Oak Park in their season-opener. The Wolves prevailed with a 70-59 win over the Knights.

25 years ago – 1989
‘School board approves budget cuts? The Clarkston Board of Education unanimously adopted about $2 million in budget cuts continguent upon the results of the upcoming millage. During the 2 1/2-hour discussion, board members listened to administrators who put together the lists of possible cuts.
?’You can be somebody special?? John Gross, WXYZ-TV sports reporter, visited Sashabaw Junior High School to share what he had learned from interviewing lots of successful people and offered advice to not only the students but the teachers as well.
‘Brothers share stage in ‘A Christmas Carol?? For the second year Chad and Bryan Holmes were appearing in Meadow Brook Theatre’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol.? Bryan was set to play Tiny Tim, who Chad played in 1988, and Chad was set to play Matthew Cratchit.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Socks donated by Child Study Club? The Child Study Club held its Christmas party and donated ankets to be put in the shoes the rotary club hands out every Christmas.
‘Clarkston Area Jaycees to be busy during holidays? The Clarkston Area Jaycees were busy with projects during the holiday season and one of them was making sure every child in Independence Township received toys for Christmas.
‘Local news? Kim Beebe recieved an early Christmas present. The fluffy angora kitty couldn’t wait for Santa.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Master Plan Vision 2020 adopted? The long-awaited adoption of the Independence Township Master Land Use Plan and Vision 2020 Strategic Plan was soured by approximately 100 residents in support of an anonymous letter circulating the neighborhood which contained several misconceptions of the plan.
‘Village Town Center OK’d by planners? Long-waited plans for a ‘pedestrian-friendly? town center were approved by the Independence Township Planning Commission. The 11-acre land off Sashabaw and Waldon roads was planned to feature a mix of retail and office spaces as well as a 14,000-square-foot day care center.
‘Young at heart? Jim and Marge Bohlman play Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause three days a year and were getting ready for their annual roles at the Family Holiday Fest at Bay Court Park, sponsored by the Independence Township Parks and Recreation Department.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Five percent pay hike OK’s for non-union employees? Independence Township board members voted unanimously for a five percent pay hike for 16 non-union township employees for 1989.
‘Parents ask for school bus stops on private roads? With children in tow, parents protested to the Clarkston school board about the bus stops their children must use. The talk focused on whether school buses should use private roads. The school policy remained the same – no private roads would be used by Clarkston school buses.
‘Wolves live up to lofty ranking? The Clarkston Varsity Wrestling team won the Ferndale Invitational for the second year in a row with 237 points. Twelve won medals including tourney champs John Terpstra, Damon Michelson and Joel Davis. The win came after the team was ranked 10th best in the state.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Local teen band wins three wars in a row? The Majestics, a band consisting of four boys from Clarkston High School, competed against three bands at the Whaler Club and won the war. It was the third straight win for the group.
‘Superintendent tells of immediate school need? Immediate projections pegged enrollment at 7,000 by the fall of 1969 prompting a need for classroom needs and providing 55 elementary rooms and 16 secondary rooms.

15 years ago – 1999
?’She had a good life, a long life?? The Schwarze family lost a beloved family member when 87-year-old Elsa died in a house fire. Elsa and her late husband Rudy owned Rudy’s Quality Market
?’Suite? success ? Patrons attending the weekend’s ‘Nutcracker? ballet enjoyed sparkling performances by gifted dancers as well as local extras for the opening party scene. The performances at Lakes Area Civic Ballet drew in 800 people.
‘Magnificent Marino? Senior guard Ryan Marino was on fire for the Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team during the 70-35 win over Ferndale. He scored 39 points, the highest point average in a decade.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Going up? Springfield Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously for salaries for elected full-time officials to go up five percent from the prior year. Trustees? salaries remained the same and other township employees would receive a 10 percent pay raise.
‘The halls are definitely decked at Sames? house? It was hard not to know it was Christmastime at the Sames? house on AutumnGlo Road in Springfield Township. Decorations of all types donned almost every nook and cranny throughout the house. Mary Sames said it took three days to decorate.
‘History grows with Clarkston’s Christmas tree? Tom Murphy has collected precious pieces of Clarkston history over the years and kept them in a big garbage bag. The bag was filled with Christmas ornaments put on the huge evergreen tree in downtown Clarkston. The Rotary Club puts up the lights and oversees the decoration but Murphy cared for the ornaments.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Jaycee Christmas party huge success? The first annual Christmas Party staged by local Jaycees for the children of Clarkston area was considered a success. More than 2,500 children from the local area came to the event.
‘Clarkston defeats West Bloomfield by narrow margin? The Wolves Basketball team defeated West Bloomfield 48-44 in the game which was close from the start. Dan Fife led with 16 points.
‘Local news? Kathy O’Rouke, who turned eight on Christmas Eve, celebrated her birthday early with friends and her two sisters with games, ice cream and cake.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Township, other officials make final preparations for Y2K? In midst of 2000, Y2K, township officials and other agencies were making the final preparations in case of any new year’s glitches. Independence Township Supervisor Dale Stuart said he ‘did not expect anything to go amiss over which we have control.?
‘STARServe kids are shining examples? Andersonville Elementary fifth grade students in STARServe (Sudents Taking Action & Responsibility in Service) collected $130 in cash donations and several boxes full of new toys and clothing for H.A.V.E.N of Oakland County.
‘Debate continues over Clarkston Creek Golf Course? Debate continued over Clarkston Creek Golf Course and no decision was made. For the third time, Independence Township Board members and residents wrestled over the issue which proposes the township would buy the 144-acre course on Maybee Road.

25 years ago – 1989
‘More growth likely in the 1990s? Growth, growth and more growth was on the top of the list of predictions for 1990s among local school and government agencies. Many also recognized the need for projects to go with the growth such as waste management, the need for better state legislation and patience among all people.
‘Girl qualifies for pre-teen national pagent? Fifth-grade Clarkston Elementary student Becky Olsen found out first hand how it felt to be on center stage. She competed against 65 other girls in the Miss Pre-teen Grand Rapids pagent and was named second runner-up.
‘Wolves beat bug? Hit by the flu bug, Clarkston Varsity Basketball players relied on fresh faces to keep their record perfect. The Wolves won their game against Detroit Catholic Central, 74-65, bumping their pre-Christmas vacation record to 5-0.

50 years ago – 1964
‘State police increase patrols for New Year’s weekend? With Michigan near the end of its worst years for traffic deaths, The public was asked to cooperate in safety practices to help increased State Police patrols over holiday weekends.
‘Clarkston locals? The day after Christmas when most were resting, there was a gathering at the Kidd family home where relatives enjoyed the extra day with an exchange of gifts and dinner.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Y2KO’d? Like other parts of the world, Clarkston wasn’t bugged by Y2K. Local governments, police, schools as well as stores and restaurants reported Dec. 31 was pretty quiet despite the hype and hoopla. New Year’s Day was welcomed with gladness, not glitches.
‘Special delivery? Proud parents Jeff and Mary Baker rang in the New Year in the delivery room – their daughter, Maria Christina Baker, was born at 12:14 p.m. on New Year’s Day to the Clarkston couple. Christina wasn’t due until Jan. 13 but Mary started experiencing pain on New Year’s Eve and found out she was in labor after going to the hospital.
‘Trio wins medals at Goodrich tourney? Clarkston Varsity Wrestling came out with three champions at the Goodrich Tournament of Champions – Jon Robinson (heavyweight), Pat DeGain (215) and Clint DeGain (152). The team ranked seventh overall.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Flu season hits Clarkston area? The good news was the recent rise in ‘flu? cases was dwindling. The bad news was the real flu, influenza, had yet to arrive. Area physicians had seen two types of flu from visiting patients – the most common being the respiratory flu.
‘MEAP results show ‘good gains? in Clarkston? MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) test results for Clarkston showed students made good gains, said Judith Backus, director of curriculum. Grades fourth, seven and tenth did better in mathematics, basic reading skills did better than in 1988. Grades fifth, eighth and tenth did better than 1988.
‘Volunteer activity was rewarding in many ways? Marianne Bernand won an Outstanding Award of Merit in Honor of Jean Wolf at the 31st Annual Mid-Michigan Exhibition for her pencil drawings of priests she had met volunteering at the Colombiere Center in Springfield Township.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Local news? Christmas dinner was held a week later at the home of the Henry C. Klines family where 25 relatives enjoyed the family gathering and opened the gifts from under the tree.
‘News notes from Clarkston High? Clarkston High School students were preparing for the upcoming talent show which some acts would dance, sing or put on an original act.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Accident heightens concerns over Dixie intersection? Fears turned into reality for several motorists concerned about the Dixie Highway and Big Lake Road intersection after an accident sent two people to the hospital.
‘The heart of a champion, the spirit of a winner? When Chris and Gordon Wellsandt arrived in Windsor, Canada for their special delivery they weren’t sure what to expect from the nine-week-old Alaskan Malamute, Monty. For 11 years they trained him to be a champion of his breed and Monty had won dozens of state, national and international awards.
‘Icers alone in first place? Hustle won the game for Clarkston Hockey as they defeated the Royal Oak Blades, 9-2, to control first place in the OAA I. Jon Bemis led the team with three goals and three assists.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Beefed up police force in township? Three Oakland County Sheriff’s Department deputies were added to the police force covering Independence Township. The addition of the officers brought the number of police patrolling the township up to 15.
‘United Methodist celebrates sesquicentennial? Members of Clarkston United Methodist Church celebrate 150 years beginning with a chili dinner. Then, walked from the orginal church, located at the corner of Church and Buffalo streets, to the present church, located on Waldon Road. Coffee and hot cocoa topped off the evening along with good fellowship.
‘Wolves leave Huskies howling, 68-61? The game was back and forth between Clarkston and Pontiac Northern Boys Varsity Basketball teams but the Wolves pulled ahead in the final quarter to win the game, 68-61.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Two automotive worlds on display at auto show? There were two worlds at the 49th Annual Detroit Auto Show. The first was a present day with all the glitter and glamour of new 1965 models. The secold was the world of the future, as represented by the dream and idea cars at the show.
‘MSU accepts inaugural invitation? Dennis Urick, a 1964 Clarkston High School graduate, and member of the Michigan State University Marching Band was invited to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s inaugural with the rest of the marching band.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Gas station would create ‘unsafe…traffic patterns?? Another attempt to rezone two small parcels of land for a small service station in Springfield Township at the northwest corner of Dixie Highway and Davisburg Road met confrontation during the township board meeting.
‘Clarkston man helps youth overcome problems? Mark White, a 1992 Clarkston High School graduate and Prescott College graduate, came back to Clarkston with a vision. After working with troubled youth in Alaska he was hopeful of a holistic approach to problem-solving to help area adolescents face tough life issues.
‘East meets West? The Clarkston Wrestling team hosted the visiting Japanese Junior National Team for two days in which the Wolves showed them around the school and the area before both teams took to the mats for a competition.

25 years ago – 1990
‘State grants cityhood to Clarkston? The Village of Clarkston was approved by the Michigan Boundary Committee to move forward in their plans for cityhood. Although the village was approved – they still had a long way to go to become a city.
‘Area firefighters ski to first-place finish? Independence Township residents Bruce Rosengren and Joe Cerre helped the Pontiac firefighters ski team take first place in the first Midwest Firefighter ski race. Rosengren took first place in the slalom and giant slalom races, winning a gold medal in his division. Cerre received a bronze in both events.
‘Andersonville Road site named industrial district? Spring construction was planned for a 147-acre industrial development district in the works on Andersonville and White Lake roads in Springfield Township. The township board voted 4-3 to designate the site following an hour long discussion.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Localites in Barber Shop group? Rawley Hallman, Walter Arsenault, Jerry Leroux and Homer Richard from Clarkston men were getting ready for their performance with the Pontiac Revelaires? Holiday of Harmony show.
‘Donkey basketball played to overflowing crowd? Laughter filled the Clarkston Junior High School gym as a crowd of over 750 people attended the Clarkston Area Jaycees? donkey basketball game.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Accident sends one to area hospital? Another accident at the intersection of Big Lake Road and Dixie Highway sent one man to an area hospital after being broadsided by a vehicle running a red light. It was the second accident in one month at the intersection.
‘Gateway to Independence? Since it served as a gateway to Independence Township, great care was bing taken to plan the Northwest portion of Dixie Highway. The area, which was combined with a mix of residential, office/service, and commercial, was slated in the township’s Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan as a prime corridor for development.
‘Wolves freeze out Port Huron Northern? Clarkston Hockey verified their presence in the season’s rankings at No. 6 was legitimate by controlling No. 10 Port Huron Northern’s offense in the match-up to win the game, 4-3.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Stoplight in place by month’s end? The long-awaited stoplight at M-15 and the north ramp of I-75 was planned to be in place by Jan. 29, state highway officials confirmed. The light came on the heels of complaints from the public.
‘Tin toys ‘fascinate? Clarkston area collector? Bitten by the bug after going to a garage sale and finding old toys, Lon Harmon became an avid collector of antiques toys. He was planning to participate in the upcoming Flint Area Antique Toys and Collectibles Show in Independence Township.
‘Scoreboard? The Clarkston Varsity Boys Basketball team remained undefeated in their tenth game of the season. They beat Waterford Kettering, 76-40. Jason Brown and Reggie Reed led the team with 16 points a piece. The JV team also beat Kettering, 57-38.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Girl Scouts add badges? Skating badges were awarded to several Girl Scouts at the end of a 10-week course at the Clarkston Rollercade. Awards were also given to the scouts by the Roller Skating Association.
‘Boy breaks leg whiling skiing? Twelve-year-old Gary Evans broke his leg in a skiing accident at Pine Knob Ski Resort. It didn’t break his spirit for the sport – he was looking forward to the next year.
‘Local news? Lynn Christiansen celebrated her eighth birthday with cousins and birthday treats of cake and ice cream.

15 years ago – 2000
‘I-75 traffic ideas outlined? Despite arguments against ‘paving Oakland County? with additional lanes on existing roadways, a conducted study showed it might be the best way to relieve the congestion along the I-75 corridor. A group of Independence Township officials and residents showed up at a meeting, which was focused on finding solutions, address traffic problems and other concerns.
‘Man rescues dogs from icy waters? Dave Deo saved two Golden Labs from the murky water in the canal on Lake Oakland. He spotted the two labs with their heads poking out and paws scratching at the ice to get out after he heard his dog barking. The labs just moved to the area from California and were exploring when they fell through the ice.
‘Sweet on the slopes? The boys and girls Clarkson ski teams were boasting their perfect 4-0 record after a win over Bloomfield Hills Andover. Brandon Rosengren and Megan Whipp finished first place for their teams.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Planners nix 40-acre M-15 site condominiums? A 40-acre condominium development planned for M-15 received a 3-3 vote on conceptual approval from the Independence Township Planning Commission. A split vote meant not approved.
‘The girl who would be senior? Seventeen-year-old Michelle Darby was already gaining political savvy. The Clarkston High School senior and president of the class won a $1,600 Century III Leaders Scholarship and was eligible to win a $10,000 scholarship at the national level.
‘Youngsters take to the mat? It was a day of tears and fears as the Clarkston Wrestling Club hosted its annual all-day tournament. The tournament included over 403 participants ranging from ages eight to adult. Clarkston had 36 wrestlers place during the event.

50 years ago – 1965
‘School board seeks approval on bond issue? Citizens of the Clarkston District would be asked to approve a $3 million bond issue for construction for classrooms.
‘News notes from Clarkston High? Weeks of practice in chorus classes paid off for the students as they were chosen to represent Clarkston High School in the league choir.
‘Local news? Linda Hallman was home during semester break from Central Michigan University.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Bad gas burns motorists? Filling their tanks wasn’t a gas for several motorists. About 20 drivers were affected from a snafu at the Speedway station off Dixie Highway as they received bad gas and stalled out.
‘A perfect match? Deeann Cummings remembers her dad, Jim Davis, always being there to help her when her ‘junker? car broke down. So when her dad needed a new kidney Deeann helped him out and planned to donate a new kidney to him on Valentine’s Day.
‘TV commercial filmed at CHS? Though they didn’t have speaking parts, some Clarkston High School students enjoyed celebrity status thanks to a commerical filmed at the high school. It was directed by 1985 CHS graduate Dawnaree Demrose for the Southeastern Michigan Regional Career Preparation System Leadership Team.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Mixed-use development OK’d on Maybee Road? A project combining single family homes, condominiums and a stable on 60 acres on the north side of Maybee Road and west of Baldwin Road was given conceptual and planned unit development approval from the Independence Planning commission.
‘Card collection recalls years of love? Romance was in the air and Valentine’s Day was one of Daisy Dowling’s favorite days of the year. Daisy, taken by the fine craftsmanship involved in unique valentine cards, started a collection of the ‘I love you? messages in the 1960s.
‘Junior High match proved to be a challenge? Both teams were challenged when Clarkston Junior High School wrestled Sashabaw Junior High School. Clarkston emerged the victor with a 36-27 win.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Local store owner shot down during hold up? Maurice Boucard, store owner of Boucard’s Country Shopped on Dixie Highway, was shot and killed while he was working alone and held at gunpoint. Fifty dollars was taken from the cash register.
‘Clarkston defeats West Bloomfield, 66-56? Clarkston and West Bloomfield battled for the fourth place in the league and it was the Wolves who came out victorious in the second half. Dan Fife led with 20 points.
‘Local news? Gary Cole celebrated his tenth birthday over the weekend with cake and ice cream.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Dixie Hwy. service station proposal rejected by board? Despite public sentiment, the proposal to build a service station and convenience store at the northwest corner Davisburg Road and Dixie Highway was rejected by Springfield Township officials, 4-2.
‘Pine Knob Music Theater naming rights up for grabs? Officials at Palace Sports and Entertainment hoped the kickoff to Pine Knob Music Theater’s summer season would include a change in the venue name. Dan Hauser, executive vice president of Palace Sports and Entertainment, said he hoped to have a contract would be established by March with a business for naming rights to the theater.
‘Wolves rebound with win over Pontiac Central? Due to recent injuries Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball Dan Fife was forced to put his players in positions they weren’t used to and it paid off as the Wolves defeated Pontiac Central, 60-48.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Millage passes by 685? The 5.6321 millage request for Clarkston schools was approved with 4,063 yes votes to 3,378 no votes as 7,441 to the township’s 17,000 registered voters turned out to vote.
‘Care center threatened by bomb? Several senior citizens centers were targeted with bomb threats throughout the week. Grovecrest Care Center on Sashabaw Road in Independence reported two incidents. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department searched the facility – no bombs were found each time.
‘Worldwide travel for area girl is full of adventure? Kristin Whisner, a 21-year-old Independence Township resident, was ready for a year full of adventure. She was embarking on a 10-month word tour with the entertainment organization ‘Up With People.?

50 years ago – 1965
‘Young scientist honored? Outstanding scientist scholar Roger Smith was among 57 high school students who toured Detroit Edison facilities as part of Science Youth Day.
‘Skippers surprised by Clarkston Wolves, 83-72? The Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team beat Waterford Township, 83-72. It was the third time in the season the Wolves scored 80 points or more.
‘Local news? Mardis Gras was the theme for the Wednesday Night Dance Club where 80 costumed couples enjoyed dinner and dancing

15 years ago – 2000
‘Clarkston Great Lakes Bank robbed? The Clarkston Great Lakes Bank was robbed at 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Mesquite Creek shopping center on M-15, south of I-75 by a man. Police said he took an undetermined about of cash.
‘Curbing city truck traffic? Truck traffic continued to be a concern for many people in Clarkston – especially those who lived in historic houses. Many residents said the trucks rumbling through downtown were weakening the foundation of the structures.
‘Cagers edge out Flint Northern? Clarkston Varsity Basketball picked up another win by defeating Flint Northern, 66-65 after trailing in the first quarter by 12 points. Ryan Marino led the Wolves with 28 points.
‘Wolves dominate districts? The Clarkston Varsity Wrestling team wrapped up its fifth consecutive district title with a win over Grand Blanc, 71-6.

25 years ago – 1990
‘No surprises in village primary? Except for the vast turnout of 101 of about 470 registered voters, there weren’t any surprises at the Clarkston Village Council primary election. Re-elected to trustee seats were William Basinger, Eric Haven, and Dominic Mauti. The newcomer was Leslie Haight.
‘Springfield’s neighborliness spreads to Kentucky? Neighbor for Neighbor, Inc., a non-profit organization in Springfield Township, extended its love and concern a little further than the immediate area they serve. The group sent a truckload of clothing and some electric fans to Hazard, Kentucky.
‘CHS Wolves make history? History was made as six Clarkston High School wrestlers qualified for the Class A State Meet in Battle Creek. ‘I thought I’d be happy with three or four qualifiers. Six, though, are fantastic,? said Coach Scott Strickler.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Girls Scouts attend International Night? Thirty Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 547 traveled to Pontiac for International Night where they talked to teenagers from Germany, Denmark, Thailand, Chile, Uraguay and Cuba.
‘Clarkston takes Northville? Clarkston Varsity Basketball won their sixth game in a row with a 74-57 win over Northville.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Narrow attended the Master Salesman Guild Banquet in Windsor, Ontario.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Cops raid massage parlor? Police raided a local massage facility after an anonymous tip alerted them of illegal sex operations might be going on there. They arrested two Korean women following the search of PK’s Salon, billed as a massage and sauna business.
‘Gardner wins state beautification award? Independence Township resident Laone Trese was honored for her flora and fauna knowledge at the 1999 Keep Michigan Beautiful, Inc. Awards ceremony in Traverse City. It was the highest honor awarded to an individual in the state.
?’We smoked the brauts?? Kenwyn Chock didn’t just build a foundation, she built champions as the Clarkston Boys Swim and Dive team exceeded expectations in their first year winning the OAA Division 3 League meet. They won the meet by beating Avondale in the 400-meter relay event.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Winter ‘white-out?: 100-car pile up? Driving was next to impossible throughout Oakland County on Feb. 24 when the area was hit by one of the worst storms so far that winter. The worst area to navigate was I-75 south of Dixie Highway in Springfield Township where the scene was an accident involving more than 100 vehicles.
‘Independence Township department heads get raises? Five Independence Township department heads received raises and benefit increases after board members voted unanimously to approve the three benefit changes and approved each salary increase individually.
‘Village residents raise questions about cityhood? Zoning and boundaries were some of the concerns of a standing room only crowd at the public hearing on cityhood for the Village of Clarkston. More than 40 people showed up to the meeting and not all the audience members agreed with the cityhood.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Two sustain injuries in accident on M-15? Two were sent to the hospital due to injuries from a two car accident which occurred when one car failed to stop at the intersection of M-15 and Paramus.
‘Boy Scouts honored at Blue and Gold banquet? Around 130 people attended the Blue and Gold Banquet of the Andersonville Cub Pack 133.
‘Local news? Chris Seffens returned to school after being home ill with the hard measles for several weeks.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Seven swans found dead in area lake? The reason why seven swans turned up dead in the marshes of Woodhull Lakes was a mystery to residents and local officials. Independence Township was awaiting autospy reports but it wouldn’t be available up to three weeks.
‘Crime down in Independence? Crime statistics for 1999 showed Independence Township as one of the safest places to live in Oakland County. The report showed 14,958 incidents reported. Incidences dropped in assaults, larceny, violation of drug laws and OUILs (Operating Under the Influence of Liquor.)
‘Cheerleaders prepare for state championship? They did it again – the Clarkston Varsity Cheer team qualified for the state championship for the second consecutive year after a third-place finish at the regional meet.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Raging fire? A raging fire destroyed a home on Balmoral Terrace in Independence Township. The blaze was particularly difficult to bring under control because it had burned for several hours before it was noticed. The cause was an electrical problem in the family room ceiling.
‘Family life has been full for area mother of 12? Independence Township resident Amanda Brewer spent 40 years in the township raising her 12 children, 11 daughters and one son, in a two-bedroom home on Flemings Lake Road.
‘Friendship endures cheerleading and motherhood? Chelli Mazer and Jeannie Becker, two Clarkston High School graduates, shared all types of experiences growing up. Bu they never imagined they would experience motherhood on the same day when each gave birth to a baby on Nov. 18, 1989.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Township Board to hear pros and cons on feud? Independence Township officials planned to discuss the controversial issue of joining or opposing the Genesee Valley Utilities Authority. The GVUA was formed to see new water sources from 11 townships.
‘Miss and Mrs. Michigan Wing C.A.P chosen at Military Ball? Kathleen Hawkins representing Clarkston Squadron was selected at Mrs. Michigan Wing CAP at the Michigan Wing Civil Air Military Ball.
‘Local news? David Galligan celebrated his birthday with his parents with a family dinner in their home on Cherrylawn.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Proposed middle school starting time change gets mixed review? A draft proposal to change school start times for elementary and middle schools to later times in the fall was met with opposition from parents and students. A few problems included elementary students would be home before middle schoolers and middle school students might miss the bus with parents already at work.
‘Story time with Michigan Attorney General? Fourth graders at Andersonville Elementary received a special visit from Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, who shared trivia on Michigan government and read her favorite book, ‘The Empty Pot? by Demi, to the students.
‘Wild game makes for wonderful meal? Clarkston resident Jack Leech loves the outdoors and he also loves the indoors, mainly his own kitchen. He discussed being an outdoor enthusiast as well as his pride in cooking his wild game – from elk and pheasant to rabbit and duck.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Village officials all re-elected? There was no upset in the Village of Clarkston election as all incumbent council members retained their seats despite three write-in candidates.
‘Supervisor uncovers elusive tooth? Bailey Lake Elementary student Matt Crigger was running and slid on the icy playground when he fell over another boy and broke his tooth. Other children helped to find his tooth and Playground Supervisor Ellen Muday found it so Crigger’s dentist Micheal Prudhomme could bind the original tooth to the existing piece.
‘Wolves win title with 3-pointer? With the game scored at 57 points with Grand Blanc and 26 seconds remaining, Reggie Reed sank a 3-pointer in the district championship game for Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball. The game ended 60-57 with the Wolves winning their second consecutive Class A district title against the Bobcats.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Housing uptrend continues for third year? The number of residential units authorized in the Detroit region during 1964 was the highest since 1957 – this also included Independence Township which issued 198 permits for new houses.
‘Local pastor and wife to visit Holy Land? Reverend and Mrs. Paul Vanaman left for their 22-day trip to the Holy Land.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Auto carjacked from area gas station? A Clarkston woman was lucky after her 1998 Ford Taurus was returned to her after a man car-jacked it from the Amoco gas station off Sashabaw Road a week prior. Based on information and a composite sketch the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department were able to make an arrest.
‘Celebrating a milestone? Agnes DeNise knew Clarkston better than most people since she celebrated her birthday and being a resident for 90 years on March 14. She celebrated the special occasion with 80 friends and family with a party in her honor.
‘Sashabaw Plains park eyed for improvements? Independence Township Parks and Recreation Director Ann Conklin was looking for volunteers with team spirit and sign up for a playscape build at Sashabaw Plains Park on Maybee Road.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Election date set for cityhood? The question of cityhood for the Village of Clarkston could be voted as soon as May 14. The Michigan Boundary Commission received petitions with 67 signatures after village officials submitted the petitions for review.
‘Board nixes plans for Davisburg church addition? Members of the Davisburg United Methodist Church would have to wait before construction could begin on an addition to the church. A motion to approve site plans for the church was defeated in a 3-4 vote by the Springfield Township Board.
‘Wildlife artist’s work featured in weekend show? Independence Township artist Russell Cobane described his tale from being a commercial artist to painting wildlife as he prepared for the 1990 Wildlife Art Show. He discovered the secret of bringing the realism of nature to the canvas but admitted it wasn’t easy.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Police crack down on ten juveniles? An epidemic of trespassing and malicious destruction of property resulted in the arrest of ten juveniles. An abandoned property on Holcomb Road had become a gathering place for young residents, the Clarkston Village Police Chief stated.
‘Local news? Susan Guekes celebrated her fifth birthday with eight friends with cake and ice cream after playing games.
‘Road upkeep costs to rise? State highway costs would began to rise three percent per year until 1975, warned the State Highway Department.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Receding waters prompt neighbors and officials to consider action? Lake Waldon Village residents wanted to know why their lake, Gulick Lake, was drying up when it was once eight feet deep. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department Marine Division investigated many declining lakes in Oakland County and said Gulick’s was severe – with depth two feet or less and 95 yards of muck to where water starts.
‘AP classes offer jump start to college? It pays to think ahead and many Clarkston High School students were among many in the nation thinking ahead by taking Advanced Placement classes. Judy Medlin, AP coordinator and counselor at the high school, said the number of classes doubled since 1994 and the enrollment was up to 245 students.
‘Massage parlor shut down? Police didn’t expect to charge business or property owners with prostitution or other offenses connected to a raid on Dixie Highway. PK’s Salon had not reopened since the raid occurred and the township was looking into building violations.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Delay in mailing census forms? Independence Township residents paid attention to U.S. Census Bureau advertisements to fill out forms by April 4 but many had not received them by April 1 due to a delay. The delay occurred when there was a mix up with zipcodes and information on addresses they bureau didn’t have.
‘Board alters superintendent evaluation process? Clarkston Community Schools adopted a new method of evaluating the superintendent and determined the criteria and procedures for the evaluation in a four-hour special meeting.
‘Celebration for 25th anniversary of Bailey Lake? The 25th Anniversary of Bailey Lake Elementary was celebrated for a whole week by children, parents, faculty and former staff members.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Pair arrested following grocery store hold up? Quick action and alertness on the part of two Clarkston residents led to an arrest of armed robbers following at hold up at Stagecoach Grocery in Springfield Township.
‘Forensic contest winners named? Thirty-seven Clarkston High School students competed for ten league positions in the local forensic contest.
‘Local news? Dale Sinclair was confined to his house with the chicken pox.

15 years ago – 2000
‘National City robbed? The second local bank robbery in two months happened at National City, at the corner of Dixie Highway and Maybee Road, in the late morning and police didn’t suspect it was the same person.
‘Former Wolf races at Palace? Nicole Nicholas, a 1993 graduate of Clarkston High School, loved every bit of racing snowmobiles and competed in indoor and outdoor races across the country and Canada. Her recent tour, Super Snowcross Tour. included a stop at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
‘No parking? Patrons of downtown Clarkston restaurants often use parking lots of local businesses after hours but it wouldn’t be possible anymore at one business. Prudential Chamberlain-Stiehl Real Estate, at 32 S. Main Street, was taking extra steps to stop people from using their lot.

25 years ago – 1990
‘School board reinstates $1.6 million in budget? The deep cuts which slashed Clarkston school programs and staff the year before would be reinstated in the budget for 1990-91. School board members unanimously voted to approve $.16 million worth of reinstatements.
‘Wetlands to be untouched in new site condo plan? The Independence Township Planning Commission unanimously approved the final site plans for nine site condominiums for 11.78 acres on the south side of Andersonville Road, east of Nelsey Road. The parcel includes five acres of wetlands which were to remain untouched.
‘CHS track jumps to a good start? Five Wolves were triple winners as the Clarkston Boys Track team beat Rochester Adams, 82-46. Dan Griffiths, Jason Kinzler, Dane Davis, Lance Lewis and Brett Kinzler won three events in the meet. The girls tied with Adams, 64-64.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Township annual budget approved? A total budget of $173,247 was approved for the Independence Township at the annual township meeting. It exceeded the previous year’s budget by $13,000, which included raises for three township officials.
‘Basketball banquet? During the Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball banquet Gary Pearson received the Dom Mauti Award; Ron Lippert was selected by his teammates for most improved player; and Dan Fife was selected most valuable player.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Don’t change school start times, says community? Over 300 people attended a public hearing to share their overall opinion about Clarkston Community Schools changing middle school and elementary school hours of operations and the opinion was ‘no thanks.?
‘Students visit Clarkston Heritage Museum? Clarkston school children had their first look at the Clarkston Heritage Museum during several tours at the Independence Township Library. The tour included a show and tell about various museum artifacts and a short walk through the museum.
‘Track teams crush Pontiac Central? The Clarkston Boys and Girls track teams defeated Pontiac Central. The Wolves won 10 out of 16 events and won 93-34 while the girls won 15 out of 17 events for a score of 117-11.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Thief gets away with jewelry, silver? Several thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and sterling silver pieces were stolen from a home on Deerhill Drive while the owners were out to dinner. The intruder gained entry into the house by throwing a rock through a basement window and searched the whole house. Two rooms were completely ransacked.
‘CHS students sample work in the television field? Inside the control room at the United Cable Public Access Studio on Waldon Road, Clarkston High School students were preparing for taping during their Media II class. The taping would result in the second edition of ‘Independence Update,? a culmination of two semesters worth of work.
‘Wolf kickers hot against Mott? The Clarkston Girls Varsity Soccer team fought through snow and Waterford Mott to improve their record 2-2. The Lady Wolves took 32 shots on the net and defeated Mott 6-1. Sadie Caruso and April Ferguson led the team with two goals each.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Village taxes boosted by one mill? Taxpayers would contribute $1 more per $1,000 assessed property valuation to Clarkston Village coffers after the mill was increased from 5.05 to 6.05.
‘Spelling winner? Clarkston Junior High School sixth grader Valerie LePere won the Regional Spelling Contest in Milford.
‘Spring time at school? Clarkston students were enjoying the warmer weather with laughter and games outside.

15 years ago – 2000
‘City urges businesses to hook up to water now? The water subcommittee of Clarkston hosted a pre-public hearing for business owners to become better informed on why hooking up toe the Independence Township water supply would make good sense rather than waiting until a later date.
‘SCAMP goes silver? Clarkston’s SCAMP program, which holds summer camp for children and and young adults celebrated its 25-year in the Clarkston community. When it began in 1976 they only had 75 children participate and by 1999 had grown to about 300 students.
‘Wolves beat no. 1 Troy? The Clarkston Varsity Baseball team fell behind 3-0 in the first inning against Troy. The Wolves came back to go on a 12-0 run to beat the Colts in the next six innings.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Bathroom fire closes Clarkston High? Arson was suspected in a fire that closed Clarkston High School for a day and inflicted heavy smoke damage to several rooms. The Independence Township Fire Department responded to a fire at the high school at 9:36 a.m. after someone lit a towel dispenser on fire in the boy’s bathroom on the south end of the school.
‘Recycling growing in Springfield, Independence? Local disposal companies and a public drop-off center were getting results in the early stages of their recycling programs. Four private disposal companies, including Smith’s Disposal, were giving their customers an opportunity to separate their recyclable trash from the non-recyclable.
‘A Nintendo champ in our midst? Independence Township resident 13-year-old Matthew Kusky of Elk Run Drive, competed against thousands at Cobo Hall in the 1990 Nintendo Championship and was one of the top seven finalists.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Grass fires on increase? Careless burning of rubbish was the major cause of six grass fires in Independence Township.
‘Local doctor named director? Dr. Robert Liechtman of Clarkston was among those appointed to a new board of directors of the Oakland County Heart Unit of the Michigan Heart Association.
‘Elementary news? From first grader Ann Marie at Clarkston Elementary, ‘we have a surprise today. We made Easter baskets yesterday afternoon and now there are colored eggs in them. The Easter Bunny left a note on our chalk board.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Learning to ‘see? in the dark? Learning how to ‘see? inside a smoke-filled building was the focus of a training session by the Independence Township Fire Department. About 15 paid on-call firefighters received firsthand knowledge about the department’s CairnsIRIS Thermal Infrared Imaging System.
‘Council votes ‘yes? on water? The Clarkston City Council passed a resolution it was in favor of the water proposal which would be voted on the May election day. This came After informational hearings for both Clarkston business owners and residents about hooking up to Independence Township’s water supply
‘Softball team gets best of Troy in double header? The Clarkston Varsity Softball team followed the baseball team’s lead and defeated Troy in a double header 5-3 and 12-5.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Three suspects in fire? Clarkston High School officials and the Oakland County arson squad had narrowed down the list of suspects to three. The fire occurred at the high school when the towel dispenser in one of the boy’s bathrooms was set on fire.
‘The Earth is safe in their hands? Clarkston High School teens found a way they could make a difference in battle to protect the environment. It started when students Holly Walker and Camille D’Anna talked about the earth and pollution. Though it wasn’t an official club yet members along with a few teachers picked up litter on a few roads and gave Earth Day presentations to elementary schools.
?$22 million school budget OK’d? An amended budget for the 1989-90 school year was approved with little discussion by Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education members for $22 million. Revenues had increased 2.84 percent over the previous year while expenditures increased 3.6 percent.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Increased area growth prompts school expansion? With increased need for additional facilities, Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education authorized additions to the high school and Bailey Lake Elementary.
‘Safety patroller to visit our nation’s capital? Edward Butters represented 85 Clarkston-area safety patrollers at the AAA National Safety Patrol Rally in Washington, D.C.

15 years ago – 2000
‘School board OKs 3-mill proposal? The Clarkston Community School Board of Education approved a three-year millage proposal for the June election. The proposal dealt with homestead properties such as rental, commercial, industrial and retail properties.
‘Community joins to build playground? An estimated 80 volunteers from the Clarkston area with the help of volunteers of the Independence Township Parks and Recreation Department worked together to construct a new playground at Sashabaw Plains Park.
‘Forty years and counting…? The Clarkston High School Class of 1960 was getting ready to mark its 40th anniversary and three former classmates, Georgena (Vliet) Miller, Patiann Rhyndress, and Shar (Spohn) Crum, were working diligently to find former classmates for the August reunion.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Board OK’s millage request, contract? The Independence Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the request for voters to approve during the August primary election three-fourths of one mill for four years to operate the Independence Township Library.
‘Three charged in school arson? Three Clarkston High School sophomores admitted their connection to and April 23 fire at the high school. The school board voted to permanently expel the student for setting the fire while the other two were suspended for 20 days.
‘JV belts out 11th straight victory? Thirteen was the lucky number for the Clarkston JV Baseball team as they swept a doubleheader against Brandon scoring 13 runs in each game. The 13-0 and 13-6 victories put the team up to 11-0.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Library advisory board selected? The Independence Township Library officially became a public facility on and township officials established a library advisory board.
‘Clarkston High School to participate in experimental project? Clarkston High School was one of 17 Michigan high schools and community colleges selected to take part in an experimental project in industrial technical college.
‘Local news? Clarkston Elementary teachers honored home room mothers with a party including desserts. They played crazy kind of card games afterwards.

15 years ago – 2000
‘School hours won’t change much afterall? The Clarkston Community Schools district reached a resolution regarding the changing of starting times within the district’s schools and voted to approve a plan to modify the class schedules in the district.
‘It was a busy day for SCAMP? Community members showed up in Depot Park in hundreds to walk, bike and roll for SCAMP and $22,000 was raised for the summer camp for special needs children and young adults.
?’Will lacrosse be the Wolves? next varsity sport?? With a mix of spring sports, lacrosse was possible to be the next one added to Clarkston. An estimated 60 Clarkston students in grades 8-12 turned out for the intramural team’s first practices. Dan Fife, athletic director, added a procedure was being developed to allow new sports to be added which would be evaluated by the school board.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Charges likely for SJHS teen found with gun? A 14-year-old Sashabaw Junior High School student was facing civil charges and possible suspension after brandishing a pistol at school.
‘Shopping center (finally) gets commission OK? A 100,000 square-foot shopping center, slated for the southwest corner of Sashabaw and Waldon roads, cleared a 18-month hurdle by receiving final site plan approval from the Independence Township Planning Commission, 7-0.
‘One wheel is better than two for unicyclists? For Clarkston High School students Grant Manley and Al Manser one wheel was enough for them for about four years as they used their unicycles for transportation. They also belonged to the Clarkston Unicyclists Club, which had three members.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Michigan Week celebration begins? ‘Michigan-Dynamic in World Progress? was the theme of the 12th annual Michigan Week held May 16-22.
‘Police crack down on hot rodders? Numerous complaints of hot rodders endangering the safety of Clarkston Village residents prompted police to issue a warnings offenders would be cited and curfew law would be enforced.
‘Village to study need for knife ordinance? Concern over knife wielding youths in the Detroit area prompted Clarkston Village councilmen to undertake a new ordinance study regarding the possession of knives.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Springfield civic center moves towards construction? The Springfield Township board took the next step towards construction for their new civic center when they approved a 2000 budget amendment for the center.
‘She brings ‘stories to life?? Phyllis Ness, a first grade teacher from Pine Knob Elementary, was named ‘Teacher of the Year? by the Clarkston Foundation. Ness was nominated by Julie Brookes, her instructional aide, who said ‘Ness makes stories come to life… makes every child like a reader? and ‘creates an environment that encourages creativity and stimulates her students to use their imagination.?
‘Tennis team wins league meet? There was no surprises at the Oakland Activities Association Division II tennis meet at Clarkston High School. The Clarkston Boys Varsity Tennis team had a perfect 5-0 in the league capped off league play by winning six of the eight flights.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Villagers say yes to cityhood? Village residents turned out in the largest number recorded in voting history – 385 – to cast their ballots for cityhood. The result was 228 said yes to cityhood and 157 said no.
?13 Clarkston teachers recalled in budget debate? An uneasy Clarkston school board voted 6-1 to recall 13 teachers for the 1990-91 school year. The vote was taken after a lengthy discussion on whether the budget for the school year could support the move.
‘Wolves in three events are state-bound? Clarkston would be representing in three events at the MHSAA Track & Field State Finals after Michelle Folwell finished first in the 100-meter dash and won the 1,600-meter relay with Carrie Roeser, Celeste Steinhelper and Sonya Schaffer. Ron Gibson finished second in the pole vault.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Parking lot plans revealed by businessmen? A summary of proposed parking lot plans, including 71 parking spaces, were submitted to the Clarkston Village Council.
‘State Police seek clues? Continued malicious mischief at Clarkston school bus parking prompted further action by Michigan State Police.
‘Librarian appointed by township board? The Independence Township board appointed Mrs. Phillip Smith as the new librarian of a salary of $2 per hour.

15 years ago – 2000
‘First ever senior walk, BBQ is a blast? It was an afternoon four years in the making. Following a procession of seniors in caps and gowns parading through the halls of Clarkston High School, they headed to Clintonwood Park to enjoy a barbecue and party.
‘Showing off their artistic side? Clarkston High School students had a chance to show their works of art to the community at large for the CHS ArtStravagna at the Performing Arts Center.
‘Pine Knob name may be changing soon? Clarkston’s Pine Knob Music Theatre was getting close to a deal for the sale of its naming rights. Dan Hauser, executive vice president for Palace Sports and Entertainment the company who owns Pine Knob, said there were close to working out a deal.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Hughes, Downs win board seats? Durham Downs and Sheila Hughes, running on a joint ticket, were elected to the Clarkston Community Schools board of education with about six percent voter turnout in the June election.
‘Elementary school teacher retires after 35 years? Retirement would be difficult for one Pine Knob Elementary school teacher as Joy McCurdy planned to retire after 35 years of teaching, with the last 24 years at Pine Knob. Before leaving she said she would miss her friends, other staff and parents but she would miss the children the most.
‘Clarkston gymnast will compete in nationals? Clarkston’s Theresa Campanaro and three teammates were the only Michigan athletes to qualify and compete against 20 teams from around the county in a national gymnastics competition in North Carolina.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Three-year-old rescued from lake? Three-year-old Kim Kolos fell into the lake off Hillcrest while walking along the end of the dock. Margaret Root and Ernest Sories assisted in the rescue until firemen arrived.
‘Graduation? Two hundred and fifteen Clarkston High School students, with the highest grade average in 15 years, received their diplomas. The 1965 class was also the largest graduating class so far in the school’s history.
‘Local news? The Rollman family returned from their trip through the New England states.

15 years ago – 2000
‘School millage passes; Foyteck, McLean retain board seats? Clarkston Community Schools residents overwhelmingly approved a non-homestead millage restoration at the annual school election by a 844-481 margin, June 12. They also reelected Mary Ellen McLean and Karen Foyteck to the board.
‘Power outages close four schools? Clarkston High School, Sashabaw Middle School, Bailey Lake and Clarkston elementaries were closed due to power outages from an early morning storm. According to Superintendent Dr. Al Roberts the storm came at the worst time as the students were already on their way to school.
?’This is your guardian angel?? Random acts of kindness are often considered a scarce commodity. However Clarkston resident Sue Johnson’s stock went up. She accidentally left her fanny pack on a cart in the parking lot at CVS on Dixie Highway. GNC employee Cheston Carson found it and gave her a call.

25 years ago – 1990
‘School budget is $24 million? The Clarkston Community School Board of Education approved a $24.6 million budget for the 1990-91 school year, beginning July 1. While $24.6 million was expected in expenditures the district expected to receive $24.69 in total revenues, a 12.1 percent increase over the previous year.
‘Township, residents at odds in Thendara Park? The progress of the Thendara Park road-paving project had some residents fuming. But Independence Township officials and the engineering firm in charge of $2.5 million paving project said the construction was ahead of schedule.
‘CHS alumnus designs fashions for Calvin Klein? Some only dream of making it in the Big Apple, but Danny Gee, a 1986 Clarkston High School graduate, did. He was a design assistant in Calvin Klein’s Design Studio for the Collection.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Voters elect Ronk, Funk to school board? Tallied votes from the June election gave Frank G. Ronk and Richard L. Funk season on the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education.
‘Drawings approved for school additions? Working drawings for the Bailey Lake Elementary addition was approved by the board of education. The board also approved a purchase agreement for a future school site on Maybee Road.

15 years ago – 2000
‘They made it clear — no I-75/Clintonville exit? Concern over the possibility of construction of an I-75 exit at Clintonville Road near Maybee Road mobilized a group of Independence Township residents into action. About 25 residents crashed the board meeting and challenged the board to support them.
‘Twenty-three ducklings take to the water? Keith and Kay Flood of Clarkston are grandparents who know that it takes to raise a family. They had the pleasure of watching a bigger family do the same as they became caretakers to 23 ducklings that were born to their two pet ducks.
‘Mitchell plays at Comerica in high school’s All-Star game? Chris Mitchell was one of 36 Michigan High School varsity players chosen to take part in the East West All-Star game at Comerica Park.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Postal changes anger some residents? A name is a name but to residents living in the south side of Independence Township it was a whole lot more. Residents of Meyers and Fowler roads received a notice their mailing addresses were changed to Waterford.
‘Clarkston cityhood may bring township lawsuit? Independence Township Supervisor Frank Ronk attempted to discuss the possibility of a township-levied lawsuit against the Michigan Boundary Committee but it was quickly tabled by the board.
‘Two wrestlers take firsts? Clarkston Wrestling Club members A.J. Grant and Franco Vega both grappled their way to first-place finishes at the AAU/USA Region 6 Wrestling Championships in Battle Creek.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Three Clarkston youths attend boys? state? Rod Allen, Paul Hoxsie and Dennis Pine attended the American Legion’s 28th Wolverine Boys? State. They were elected from 1,250 teenagers from all parts of the Michigan.
‘Mrs. Hawke named president? Mrs. Earl Terry installed the new officers of the Clarkston Rotary Association. Among them was Mrs. Allen Hawke as president.
‘Police chief issues warning? Clarkston’s Police Chief Robert Phillips issued a warned to motorists parking on White Lake Road – no parking means exactly that. Violators would be ticketed. Strict enforcement was needed to retain smooth flow of traffic.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Downtown gearing for tear up? Things were going to get worse in downtown Clarkston before they got better. City Councilman Dave Savage and Clarkston State Bank Vice President Jack Shubitowski outlined improvements which included water main installation, Main Street being repaved and streetscape plan by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
‘Clarkston’s Channel 65 is raring to go? Andy Reish, the new public access coordinator for AT&T Cable Services, had big plans for Channel 65, Clarkston’s public access station.
‘Being a camp counselor – a lot of fun and a lot of hard work? Heather Webster and Heather Combs spend their second year as a camp counselor at Independence Parks and Recreation during the summer before going back to college.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Change of guard in top board post? After 10 years of service, Janet Thomas was replaced by John Needham at Clarkston Board of Education President. Thomas initiated the move and quickly nominated Needham for the postions.
‘Sashabaw bridge widening could begin by winter? A $2 million construction project to widen the viaduct on Sashabaw Road, over I-75, could begin as early as October, according to personnel at the Michigan Department of Transportation.
‘Ballooning a sport for the whole family? It only took one ride in a hot air balloon to convince Howard and Michelle Steele it was the sport for them. They planned to fly a hot air balloon at the 5th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival at Springfield Oaks Youth Activity Center.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Fourth of July? Pictures and memories are all that remain of the annual Clarkston Fourth of July parade for 1965. A record crowd of 5,000 people were on hand to watch the spectacular event.
‘Firecrackers cause three local grass fires? The Independence Township Fire Department answered three calls on Fourth of July weekend all of which were caused by illegal use of firecrackers.
‘Teachers need homes before fall term? Homes and apartments were desperately needed to house Clarkston school teachers before school opened in the fall. The board of education usually received offers for rentals but due to rental demand it was more difficult.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Million dollar partners?? The Independence
Township Board of Trustees
voted unanimously on a proposal that
Trustee Neil Wallace and Supervisor Dale
Stuart negotiated a deal with developers
over Clarkston Creek Golf Course.
‘Clarkston knows how to celebrate
the 4th of July? Clarkston’s annual 4th
of July parade, sponsored by the Independence
Township Fire Department, is
one of Oakland County’s most popular
parade. This year’s theme was 2000 – A
New Beginning.
‘Up in the box? He doesn’t throw or
catch or tackle but Dale Ryan is as much
as for the Clarkston High School football
team as the players. He is the announcer
in the press box and was given the nickname
‘Voice of the Wolves? by former
Clarkston Athletics Director Paul
Tungate in 1996.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Clarkston in formula once again?
State aid legislation was expected to be
signed by Governor James Blanchard
would result in another ‘in formula? year
for Clarkston. It move would ensure an
additional $135.63 per student or another
‘Bricklayers shatter world record
with 1,870 bricks? Clarkston resident
Roy Rouse, along with other men from
Oakland County, were on their way to be
in the Guiness Book of World Records
when they laid 1,870 bricks in a course of
an hour, July 10.
‘Rollerskater wheels into national
finals? Stephenie Nolen was rolling into
Pensacola, Fla, at the national
rollerskating championships after qualifying
for nationals by playing third in the
regional championship competing in the
sophomore ladies? figures.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Home destroyed by flames? Fire
swept through a nine room home on
Baldwin Road. It completely destroyed
the building and contents and left the
Cole family homeless.
‘Local girl attending International
Roundup? Sixteen-year-old Joette
Schultz was among eight Senior Girl
Scouts from the Nothern Oakland Girl
Scout Council attending the 1965 National
Senior Girl Scouts Roundup.
‘Clarkston teachers attend workshop
at Central Michigan? Fifty-four teachers
and administrators from 14 Michigan
high schools attended a special 8-week
workshop at Central Michigan University.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Clintonville/I-75 exit eliminated? Local residents who opposed a proposed I-75 exit at Clintonville Road got their wish. Joe Corradino from a The Corradino Group, a consulting group hired to study ways to improve the I-75 corridor announced plans had been scrapped.
‘Clarkston second graders flow forth with a ‘River of Words?? North Sashabaw Elementary second graders Emily Kirby, Stefani Galik and Chris Castillo were named finalists in the River of Words Contest, an international poetry and poster contest.
‘Local water ski team takes first in regional competition? After 14 years of hard work and endless hours of practice, the Spray Masters Water Ski Club and Show Team of Big Lake won the National Show Ski Associations 2000 Midwest Central Regional Competition.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Two grocery stores to open by fall, one next spring? Growth was alive and well in Independence Township as the building department had already issued 394 permits in the first six months of 1990, which was 179 more than they did in the first half of 1989.
‘Clarkston grad helps SVSU in nationals? Tod Hess, a 1983 graduate of Clarkston High School, helped Saginaw Valley State University win a national championship. For four years he had been the student-assistant girls? softball coach for the Cardinals.
‘Clark Road farm offers haven for visiting children? Bertha and Frank Dennis welcome all visiting children onto their farm off of Clark Road, which had chickens, sheep, horses, dogs and cats. Some visitors included handicapped horseback riders and 4-H members.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Fourteen leave on Alaskan cruise? Gary Lewis, a 15-year-old Clarkston resident and employee at The Clarkston News, was on his way to Alaska with the 9th Annual Alaska Cruise for Boys.
‘Water deaths decrease in 1965? Michigan water deaths in 1965 through July 15 reached 136 in 248 accidents with decreases of eight and 73 compared to the same period in 1964.
‘Local news? The Lessard family returned from a three week trip through Ocean City, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; the New York World’s Fair; and Niagara Falls. A highlight in Washington, D.C. was having lunch in the House of Representatives dining room.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Catallo, Sanderson, Meyland will run again? City of the Village of Clarkston council members Karen Sanderson and Scott Meyland, and Mayor Sharron Catallo planned to run for reelection for three city council seals and the office of mayor.
‘Fun in the sun in the summer? A SCAMP counselor helps Tommy Goike and Zhane Hawkins get ready to play one of the many games at the SCAMP Field Day at Clarkston Middle School.
‘Clarkston grad comes home to practice medicine? Maria Livieratos lived in Clarkston most of her life. She graduated from Clarkston High School and, after spending some brief time in Auburn Hills while attending medical school at Wayne State University, moved back home and started her own family practice on Waldon Road.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Lawsuit challenges village’s cityhood? The legality of Clarkston’s bid for cityhood came to under fire when a lawsuit against the State Boundary Commission was planned to be filed by Independence Township because granting the Village cityhood would violate the Michigan Charter Township Act.
‘Deer Lake Dolphins make a big splash? The Deer Lake Dolphins hadn’t won as much as they would have liked to during swim competitions, but members of the new team were happy about getting the chance to be quicker than the swimmer in the next lane.
‘Basket weaver finds satisfaction in age-old craft? Conservation, basket weaving and counseling are what Martha Vanderlind-Pasternik knew best and she used all three to teach people the art of self-esteem.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Ground is broken for new Bell building? The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Michigan Bell Telephone building was held on Dixie Highway, near Maybee Road.
‘Child injured by lawn mower? Six-year-old Eric Strilecky severed his right foot when he fell from a riding lawn mower. He was taken to Pontiac General Hospital where he underwent a 4-hour grafting operation.
‘Clarkston woman on tour in Britain? Mrs. Ruth Leece was visiting Britain on a summer tour. Some of the stops included Buckingham Palace, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Community comes together to Relay for Life? The American Cancer Society kicked off the first annual Clarkston Relay for Life with over 200 participants, including 20 cancer survivors. The event raised $34,000 for cancer research and various community outreach services and programs.
‘Clarkston Cinema allegedly bounces payroll checks? Clarkston Cinema, which reopened after threat of foreclosure in November 1999, was in hot water again. Two former employees of the theater filed a complaint with the State of Michigan against owner Larry Sefa for failure to pay wages.
‘Staying on target? Adam Wheatcroft, an 18-year-old Clarkston resident, took first place as part of the U.S. Men’s compound bow team in the Junior World Archery Championships in France.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Thumbs up for library? A giant hurdle was cleared when more than 2,000 Independence Township voters approved a three-quarter-mill levy for four years to operate the upcoming library expansion.
‘Condos get final approval? A new 56-unit site condominium project was in the works for the northwest corner of Ortonville and Cranberry Lake Roads. The Independence Township Planning Commission voted 6-1 to approve the final site for Brookstone.
‘Performances keep three CHS graduates on their toes? Rebecca Abdoo, Matt Oliver and Mark Young, 1990 Clarkston High School graduates, performed in a song and dance group while earning money for college in the fall. By the end of the touring season they game 45 performances, with the last one in Traverse City at the Freedom Festival.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Independence women prepare for UF campaign? Independence Township women were busy with preparation for the United Fund campaign.
‘Greyhound busses to serve Clarkston area? Peter B. Spivak, Chairman of the State Public Service Commission, said Greyhound bus lines were give authorization to use three new routes and one would run on I-75, through Clarkston.
‘Beach phone damaged and coins taken? An emergency phone on Deer Lake Beach was damaged and the money was stolen.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Stuart, McCrary, Rosso and Travis will stay? Incumbents Independence Township Supervisor Dale Stuart and Clerk Joan McCrary returned to office for another four years after receiving the most votes in the August election. Newcomer Dan Kelly tallied the most votes in the race for township trustee with 1,899,
‘This one didn’t get away? Five-year-old Logan Stocker had quite a tale to tell his classmates. He caught a large-mouth bass which measured 19 inches long and weighed 4-1/2 pounds. He was fishing for half an hour before he made his catch.
‘Some changes in store for middle schoolers? The upcoming school year in Clarkston Community Schools district would feature some new concepts at the middle school level including interdisciplinary teaching and learning, which involves students understanding the relationships involving the subject matter.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Gas prices up 20 cents after Iraq invades Kuwait? Due to Iraq’s invasion of Iraq, gas prices soared, but local station owners found their consumers to be patient. The gas price hike was the second-highest increase since 1973, AAA Michigan reported.
‘Library millage defeated in Springfield Township? Springfield Township voters said no to a request for one-half mill to operate the township’s library. It was defeated by 45 votes as 462 said no.
‘Daroses daring while waterskiing? Alexandra and Antony Daros of Springfield Township relish height, speed and water and are members of the Silver Lake Ski Club which competes in water ski shows. They practiced 2-3 nights a week and also took ballet classes to help with flexibility while skiing.

50 years ago – 1965
?33 teachers hired for Clarkston? Thirty-three teachers were added to the staff at Clarkston Community Schools with 13 of them teaching in the elementary schools.
‘Golfing champions named? Fifty youngsters participated in the golf program which featured instruction and tournaments. For the championship flight Scott Embrey won with a 60 and Don Mayo scored a 61.
‘Local news? The Morrow family enjoyed a week camping at at Camp ThornApple in Hastings and also took a tour through the Kellogg Factory in Battle Creek.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Indian Springs to get environmental education center? A proposed environmental education center, to be built by the Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority at Indian Springs Metropark was one step closer after receiving an unanimous approval from the Springfield Township board.
‘Independence gets revised Holiday Inn plans? A new plan for a Holiday Inn Express with 70 rooms at M-15 and I-75 was submitted to the Independence Township Building Department. But another plan was possibly in the works before the controversial issue returned to the planning commission.
‘Get ready for the gridiron? Clarkston Varsity Football Head Coach Kurt Richardson gave a peek to the the 2000 season with the saying for the season was ‘Climb a little higher? after the boys made it to the semifinals in 1999 and finished with a 11-2 record.

25 years ago – 1990
‘New Yankee partner has Pine Knob ties? Pine Knob General Manager J.J. Nederlander believed his uncle Robert E. Nederlander had the mettle to head the New York Yankees into the 21st century when Robert was chosen as the Yankees? managing general partner.
‘Springfield youth sings in Wolverine? Thirteen-year-old Stacy King was the Clarkston Community Schools? lone participant at Wolverine Music Camp in Wolverine. She was invited after her Sashabaw Junior High School music instructor, Danielle Blanchard, sent a letter of recommendation to camp officials.
‘Three-sport Wolves an endangered species? Three-sport athletes were becoming dinosaurs at Clarkston High School, especially upperclassmen. Out of 112 senior athletes only three competed in three sports. Athletic Director Paul Tungate had theories why and one was because kids had more options.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Buses ready for opening? A fleet of 23 buses and one special were ready for use by the Clarkston Community Schools to transport 3,400 students.
‘Local news? The Crabill family was forced to shorten their vacation at Cranberry Lake when 3-year-old David became ill with chicken pox.
‘Big toothache, little girl? One-day-old Jacque Lee Hollenback was born with two teeth, which the doctors pulled out the day after she was born.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Third annual ‘Rush for Food? a success? Clarkston High School football players were out in force for the third annual Rush for Food. Sixty parent volunteers and football players collected enough food for Lighthouse to fill a full-sized van, a pick up truck and Chevy Blazer.
‘Independence Township transfers $20,000 to Cemetary Fund? The Independence Township voted to approve a transfer of $20,000 from the general fund to the cemetary fund, 4-2, with Trustee Neil Wallace and Treasurer Jim Wenger voting no.
‘Changes in works for Clarkston schools this year? There would be plenty of changes evident when Clarkston Community Schools in the new year including renovated building and additional programming.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Population, housing up? Preliminary U.S. Census figures showed the population and housing units were up in Independence and Springfield townships as well as the Village of Clarkston.
‘Independence to catalog 105 historical structures? The Independence Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to accept a firm’s bid to catalog 105 long-standing structures in the township. It was the first step towards establishing a township ordinance to prohibit the demolition of historical structures.
‘Third-grader keeps his eyes on the skies? Jack Thompson, a third-grader at Pine Knob Elementary, spent a week at a space camp held by the Living Science Foundation at Oakland Community College – Highland Lakes Campus.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Fire destroys Whoopee Bowl? Firemen from three departments fought for six hours to bring a fire under control at the Whoopee Bowl, a new and used store on Dixie Highway in Springfield Township. Owner Dale Wilder estimated nearly $200,000 in loss and explained he and his wife traveled all over the world selecting items for their unusual store.
‘No phone, no call, no help? A lone telephone pole, devoid of equipment was evidence of the Deer Lake Beach emergency phone. It had not been replaced after the two recent malicious destructions.
‘Local news? The Jack Frost family completed a two-week sightseeing trip through the west.

15 years ago – 2000
?’Big box? development stalled by Planning Commission? A request for a wetland mitigation plan for a proposed retail center on the northeast corner of Sashabaw and Maybee roads was denied by the Independence Township Planning Commission, 5-0.
‘Bob Beattie will lead Labor Day Parade? Bob Beattie has taken an active role in Clarkston throughout his lifetime and his involvement took centerstage for Clarkston’s annual Labor Day Parade as he was chosen for grand marshal.
‘Defense smothers Titans? Clarkston Varsity Football earned a 14-7 win at Sterling Heights Stevenson in the season opener with key plays by the Wolves? defense which proved to be the difference.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Independence to appeal census figures? U.S. Census population figures in Independence Township were too low, according to township officials. The preliminary census figures show the population at 24,447, up from 21,537. But the township suspected 900 people weren’t counted in the census and planned to appeal.
‘Teachers greeted with vandalism? The first week of classes were memorable for eight Clarkston Elementary teachers as eight faculty vehicles were keys during the second day of school. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department was looking for leads.
‘Pom Pon squad earns awards? The 1990-1991 Clarkston Pom Pon attended the National Cheerleaders Association at Oakland University where they received five out of six awards for their superior performance.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Attempted thefts at area businesses? Six persons were apprehended and arraigned following two unsuccessful thefts at two Clarkston businesses – the Robert Hall clothing store and at the Whoopee Bowl, which had been ravaged by a fire a week prior, both off Dixie Highway.
‘Labor Day safe for area? State Police and Sheriff Departments showed Independence Township had a safe holiday weekend with only one property damage accident reported and no water accidents.
‘Local news? Jerry Shaw celebrated his tenth birthday with his parents as they went to Detroit to go to the fair.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Almond Lane flooding solutions still under debate? More than a month after a public hearing was held to discuss flooding concerns on Almond Lane, the two key parties were still working to find a solution.
‘Rotary members gets a lesson in robotics? The Clarkston Rotary Club had an unusually animated meeting as two students from Notre Dame Prep and Holly gave a presentation of the competitive robotics program sponsored by GM Bus and Truck.
‘Swimmers set records in opening meet versus Groves? Four meet records were set by Clarkston’s swim team in its first meet of the season against Birmingham Groves as they won the meet, 135-51.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Parents, school schedule upset after malfunction? A sudden loss of water pressure at Clarkston Elementary, Clarkston Junior High School and Bailey Lake Elementary shortened the school day for several students. School schedules weren’t the only things upset by the malfunction. Some parents complained they weren’t notified their children would be sent home.
‘Lightning blamed for house fire? The fierce storm that rocked most of southeastern Michigan on Sept. 6 was blamed for a house fire at a Deer Lake Court in Independence Township when the house was struck by lightning.
‘Firefighters gear up for hazardous waste response? After the state made townships responsible for hazard waste cleanups, Independence Township fire officials conducted an experiment. They set up camp at the I-75 weigh station to get an idea of how much hazardous materials were being transported through township boundaries.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Lukemia drive successful? Forty-five Clarkston teachers joined with others across the nation in a door-to-door ‘March Against Lukemia.? Clarkston area residents responded by donated $516 to the cause.
‘Wolves ready? Clarkston Varsity Football players Rod Allen, Tom Allen Rick Blimka, and Dan Fife prepare for a victorious opening game of the season at Oxford High School.
‘Thefts from cars and busses in area? Twelve fire extinguishers were stolen from ten Clarkston school busses over the weekend.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Clarkston Creek proposal passes? Independence Township voters said yes to the long-discussed Clarkston Creek Golf Course proposal by a vote of 1,609 to 535. With the vote, residents gave their approval to the township board to go forward with a deal with developers.
‘No brews at Taste of Clarkston? The hopes of Taste of Clarkston patrons to sample beers from Big Buck Brewery were put on ice after the city council resolved not to allow the microbrew company, or anyone else, to sell liquor at the event. Though they did not rule out the possibility alcohol would be permitted in the future.
‘Football team holds off Adams in wild home opener? In a battle of unbeatens, Clarkston’s loss column remained untouched after defeating league rival Rochester Adams in front of a packed house in the Wolves home opener, 14-10.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Friday storm thrashes Clarkston area? A storm that brought high winds and possibly a ‘little tornado? damaged three buildings and overturned a semitrailer truck in Springfield Township at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14. The storm also knocked down electrical wires in Independence Township.
‘High school, college may share space? Oakland Community College and Clarkston school officials were pursuing ideas of a joint campus in the Clarkston area.
‘Extra teachers to ease elementary overcrowding? Overcrowding in Clarkston schools would be eased by immediate additions of two first-grade teachers, one for Andersonville Elementary and Pine Knob Elementary, and a part-time kindergarten teacher for Pine Knob.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Township receives grant? Congressman Billie S. Farnum announced the approval of a federal grant to Independence Township for $20,802.
‘Once there was a little white schoolhouse? Prior to 1951, only one building was sufficient for school needs as it housed 400-500 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Over 15 years, enrollment through the district went fromm 500 to 5,000 students.
‘Wolves beat Oxford, 19-6? The Clarkston Varsity Football team opened the season on a successful note with a win over Oxford. During the 80-degree game the Wolves scored two touchdowns in the first quarter.

15 years ago – 2000
‘AD bids for city water project lower than expected? Resident and business owners on Main Street from 71 N. Main to 6050 S. Main Street would begin paying special assessment starting July 2001 after the city unanimously approved a resolution to institute a 6.212 percentage interest rate on the $400,000 Special Assessment District.
‘Springfield Township approves civic center site plan? All systems were a go for the construction of the new Springfield Township Civic Center as the board approved the site plan and a bond bid award for the center during their meeting.
‘Wolves slay Dragons? Clarkston Varsity Football team took advantage of Lake Orion’s five turnovers in the games and the scoring of running back Rob Conley with his four touchdown as he led the Wolves in their defeat over the Dragons, 35-21.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Teacher’s aide saves choking elementary student? The quick action of Janet Proctor, a teacher’s aide at Bailey Lake Elementary saved a fifth grader from choking to death when she used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge a piece of food in the youth’s throat.
‘Residents take sides over Deer Lake Road plan? Oakland County Road Commission officials met with Deer Lake residents to discuss the possibility of designating their roadway as a ‘natural beauty road.? They also said the designation would not cancel a sewer line system scheduled for Deer Lake Road.
‘Township gets tough on noise? The first reading of an amended section to the existing noise ordinance was unanimously approved by the Independence Township Board.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Local boy: a National Merit Semifinalist? Clarkston High School senior Roger Smith was named a semifinalist in the 1965-66 Merit Scholarship competition. He was among the highest-scoring students in state of Michigan.
‘Race trophy winners Waterford Hills Road? In the last race of the season at Waterford hills Road Course, Dave Johnson of Grosse Isle won the 1965 Point Championship in his home-made D.J. Special.
‘Wolves take Northville? The Clarkston Varsity Football team defeated Northville for the first time in 11 years, 7-0.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Clarkston eyeing township hall? Even though Clarkston City Council recently reviewed plans for remodeling city hall, they were also considering to move to the Independence Township when the township vacates the facility located at 90 N. Main Street.
‘Party goers enjoy downtown festival? A light misting rain did not dampen Saturday’s Taste of Clarkston and Fall Fun Daze in downtown Clarkston as an estimated 3,000 people turned out to run, eat, shop and dance.
‘Wolves stay perfect on season, one win away from playoffs? Clarkston Varsity Football stayed undefeated as they posted their fifth win of the season over Troy Athens, 30-23. Their winning drive came during the fourth quarter as they broke the tied game with a touchdown from Nate Davis.

25 years ago – 1990
‘City vs. township boundary dispute gets moving? The lines of battle were slowly being drawn between the State Boundary Committee and Independence Township as the first of many legal steps was taken by the commission after the township filed a lawsuit.
‘Planners say no to Maybee rezoning request? A rezoning request for a 50-acre parcel near Interstate 75 and Maybee Road to be rezoned from rural residential to single family residential was overwhelmingly rejected by the Independence Township Planning Commission.
‘CHS senior eagerly faces challenges, meets goals? Clarkston High School senior Shannon Wiltse never used the word obstacle, she used the word goals. She worked towards those goals as she was frank about the effect of her handicap – stunted arms and legs most would find debilitating.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Clarkston student receives Letter of Commendation? Charles Pearson of Clarkston High School was honored with a Letter of Commendation for his high performance on the national Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
‘State Police records show rash of Independence area residents? Six accidents occurred during the week and six injuries occurred.
‘Local news? A birthday treat of cupcakes in Jodi Allen’s kindergarten class helped celebrate her fifth birthday September 28.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Classrooms are a little more crowded? In a repeat performance of the 1999 population increase the student population in Clarkston schools raised four percent with a total of 7,554 students enrolled during the unofficial count, an increase of 276 student from the previous year.
‘Literacy garden honors kindergarten teacher? Springfield Plains Elementary created and dedicated a literacy garden in honor and rememberance Kindergarten teacher Darcy Burleson, who passed away during the Easter season of 1999.
‘Netters win league meet, share league title? The Clarkston Girls Varsity Tennis team captured a share of the Oakland Activities Association Division II title with its first place finish at the league meet with 43 points.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Ordinance blasting noisy revelers becomes law? A new noise ordinance was incorporated by Independence Township after the board unanimously approved the ordinance after it passed the second reading stage. It was added to the township’s Code of Ordinances.
‘Dragons easy prey for league-leading Wolves? The Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball team outscored Lake Orion in every quarter to win the game by 20 points, 54-34. The same week they also beat Milford by eight points, putting their overall record to 9-2 with a 3-0 record in the league.
‘Chef hopes to cook up winning recipes? During the week, Debbie Trudeau manages student in the front dining half of the restaurant at the Oakland Technical Center – Northwest Campus. But on the weekend, she heads to the kitchen as she concocts, revises and perfects entries for contests. The most recent contest she was getting ready for was the ‘Best of Michigan? competition.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Dedication of Price brothers new plant? A dedication ceremony, officially opening the Price Brothers Company multi-million dollar concrete pressure plant in Clarkston was held.
‘School board approves purchase of new tow truck? The school board approved the purchase of a new GMC tow truck costing $8,378.86.
‘The Golden Years? An open house was held in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ash in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Family rescued from fire by passersby? An off-duty Southfield policeman and two construction workers saved a family from a burning home at the 7000 block of Clintonville Road. Nobody in the home was injured but the family lost everything to the fire.
‘Independence censures Township Supervisor? Independence Township Supervisor Dale Stuart was officially censured by the board for accepting campaign contributions some said violated the township’s new ethics policy.
‘Kaul lights up Colts? Senior quarterback Ryan Kaul led the Clarkston Varsity Football team in their first win over Troy since 1996. He lit up Colts defense for 353 yards in the air, threw two touchdowns, and ran one touchdown in the 42-19 win.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Police join school staff in preventing delinquency? The boys in blue had become a regular part of life in Clarkston schools and Clarkston school board members unanimously accepted an offer by Independence Township to underwrite the police liasion program. The goal of the program would create a closer tie between the township and the schools.
‘Old signs would have to go under new ordinance? A sign ordinance proposed by the Independence Township Planning Commission came under fire by the township board and the Clarkston Area Chamber Commerce. The trustees questioned a clause which would mandate all businesses replace non-conforming signs.
‘Springfield Christian wins own tourney? Springfield Christian stopped Valley of Grand Blanc in the championship game in Springfield Christian Girls Basketball Invitational, 43-32.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Clarkston woman serves on OU Town information? Mrs. Richard Kroninger was amoung 23 area women who accepted Oakland University’s invitation to serve as members of a newly-formed Town Information Council.
‘JV remains undefeated? The Clarkston Junior Varsity Football team remained undefeated with their fifth win over Milford, 28-13.
‘Local news? Mrs. Grant Smith of M-15 left for a two week tour of the eastern states and would be visiting many friends and relatives during her trip.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Papa Joe’s OK’d for White Lake and Dixie? Clarkston residents would soon have an option for gourmet foods and specialty wines as a Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market Place was slanted for development on 23 acres at Dixie Highway and Stonewood Drive near White Lake Road.
‘Who’s footing the bill?? The Clarkston City Council planned to meet with McKenna and Associates to discuss a billing dispute at its next city council meeting for a bill for $19,616.58 when the city already paid the bill.
‘Homecoming blowout? It was perfect weather, with packed stands for the Wolves? Homecoming against Rochester as they won 48-14 after posting 27 points in the first quarter. The win put the Clarkston Varsity Footnball undefeated 8-0.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Devil’s Night to be OK? With Devil’s Night edging closer, officials saw no problems occurring like those facing large metropolitian areas. Independence Township Fire Chief Gar Wilson expected it to be a quiet night.
‘New schools, pool subject of hearing? School officials planned to set a special bond election on a $82 million project for February on three separate packages for a new elementary, a new high school and a swimming pool.
‘BPW names Roth employer of year? Margaret Roth, part owner of the Food Town grocery store chain, was named ‘Employer of the Year? by an area chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Organization. Roth didn’t expect the award. ‘I had no idea what was going on until the presenter started telling my life story. It was such a surprise I couldn’t help but break down,? she said.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Edison begin long range plan? Detroit Edison began work in Independence Township in preparation for new transmission lines which would provide additional bulk electric power.
‘Busing students has problems-pleasures? Floyd Vincent, Assistant Superintendent of the Clarkston Community Schools shared stories from transporting students including the fleet growing from eight in 1954 to 27 in 1965.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. Russell Maybe hosted a birthday party dinner for Stan White. Mrs. Stan White and George White were home for the weekend from Michigan State.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Almond Lane flooding solution remains elusive? The Independence Township board decided on a solution to the Almond Lane flooding situation but it was not one Clarkston Community Schools had in mind.
‘Is it time to consider building a new school?? The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education took on the topic of space and program needs. While reports from the elementary school level indicated there was room for student growth, the middle and high schools indicated those schools are taking on all they can handle.
‘Motivating students to think about politics, issues? Clarkston High School Civic teacher Mike Stefanski’s ninth grade class participated in open discussions regarding aspects of voting and the 2000 election.

25 years ago – 1990
‘M-15 widening plans prompt protest? Construction on the widening of M-15 was set to begin in the spring but not if the Clarkston Village Council had it’s way. The council protested the plan to widen M-15 to five lanes and planned to appeal the decision before the executive committee of the South Eastern Michigan Council of Governments.
‘Parochial school gets final approval? Everest Academy had its first phase approved by the Independence Township Planning Commission, 6-0. They approved the final site plan for the first phase of development, slated for a 40-acre parcel on Clarkston Road.
‘Three Wolf runners earn trip to state meet? Jim Haviland, Todd Wozniak and Angie Brown qualified at the regional meet to represent Clarkston at the state meet. Brown defeated all league foes in the Greater Oakland Activities girls cross country race for All-League. Haviland, Wozniak and Jacob Kniss placed All-League for the boys team.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Public Hearing on Independence junk yard proposal? The Independence Township board ruled to conduct a public hearing on Jean Roy’s proposal to purchase a parcel of land off White Lake Road and converting it to a safe haven for junk cars.
‘Halloween weekend free from serious accidents? While there were no serious accidents on Halloween, four people were injured in a three car collision off Dixie Highway and White Lake Road.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Clarkston Creek done deal or no?? After numerous discussions, the Independence Township Board finalized an agreement for the purchase of the Clarkston Creek property.
‘Don’t forget to vote!? For the third consecutive year, Clarskton students were learning more about the importance and the process of voting. Clarkston Schools was one of many districts in 40 states participating in Kids Voting USA.
‘Boys cross team headed to states? The Clarkston Boys Cross Country was heading to the state finals for the second year in a row. The Wolves finished in third place at the regional meet at Springfield Oaks behind first place Lake Orion and second place Utica Eisenhower. Mark Sitko led the team with his 17th place finish in the time of 17:37.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Thumbs up for Springfield library tax? Springfield Township residents approved an operating tax for the library after the issue had been before voters two other times and failed both times.
‘Leaf vandals anger residents? Rita Chisholm, an 80-year-old Clarkston on Miller Road was angry that her hard work of raking 17 bags had gone to waste when vandals got to the bags before trash collectors did. When the vandals were done are the leaves were back onto her yard.
‘Beauty road nixed by commission? A request to designate Deer Lake Road as a natural beauty road was denied by the Oakland Country Road Commission because of the depleted vegetation along the Independence Township roadway.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Terry Thomas new president of state counselor group? Terry Thomas, Director of Guidance for the Secondary Schools in the Clarkston Community Schools system and also in his 12th year of teaching with Clarkston Community Schools, was appointed President of the Michigan Counselors Association.
‘Clarkston man decorated for bravery in Vietnam? Staff Sergeant John M. Lintz, Jr., was decorated with the Army Commendation Medal by Major General Lloyd E. Fellenz, Commanding General, U.S. Army Japan, in ceremonies at Camp Zama.
‘Junior Varsity repeats history? The Clarkston Junior Varsity Football team ended the second undefeated season in the school’s history when they defeated Brighton, 7-0.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Prez race too close to call? While early tallies of votes across the country Wednesday morning showed an even split for George Bush and Al Gore, votes in Clarkston, Springfield and Independence townships showed a clear majority. The Republican Party led handily and the three proposals were soundly defeated.
‘ALS purchases begin? The Independence Township Board approved the purchase of key set of equipment in the implementation of the new Advanced Life Support System. The fire department would buy five Physio-Control Life Pak 12 heart monitors to be used by paramedics delivering ALS when the program started in 2001.
‘Swimmers win league title? In only their second season the Clarkston girls? swim team won the Oakland Activities Association IV title. They took first at the league meet and set six school records during the meet.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Yard help pours in? Rita Chisholm was grateful for the outpouring of people and organizations to help her rake up 17 bags of leaves which vandals had opened and left on her yard after she had completed putting them in bags.
‘Hospital, hotels and growth in township’s future? Any doubts Independence Township was growing were dashed at a town meeting sponsored by the Blue Ribbon Kids Committee. During the meeting, Supervisor Frank Ronk revealed plans for hospitals, hotels, subdivisions, parks and a variety of other developments in the township’s future.
‘Could I please have your autograph?? Detroit Lions offensive lineman and Independence Township resident Ken Dellaflor gave a short speech and answered questions from Clarkston Chiefs football players before signing autographs.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Accident free? Troop Lawrence Brenner, Pontiac Post of the State Police presented a safety banner to Clarkston Elementary patrols Dale Stelmack, Tom Burton and Benny Lawrence for an accident free year at the school from 1964-1965.
‘Girl Scout Troop No. 880 has outing at local club? Girl Scout Troop No. 880 walked 2.5 miles, cooked their own meals, learned how to make a basic fire and how to read a compass.

15 years ago – 2000
‘It’s back to the future as they head for the semi-finals in Lansing? The Clarkston Varsity Football team was gearing up for the semi-finals against Grand Ledge after defeating Plymouth Canton, 41-31, which also marked Coach Kurt Richardson’s 100th win.
‘Will Springfield Oaks County Park get historic Ellis barn?? Springfield Township was officially supporting the efforts to relocate the historic Ellis Barn . During their board meeting, they moved to commend developers Tim Birtsas and Kirk Gibson for their efforts to save the barn.
‘City DPW, police department may move to Church Street? The Clarkston Department of Public Works and Clarkston Police Department found a new home. John Morgan offered to lease the building at 3 East Church to both groups for $2,000 per month.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Board ups support for youth assistance? Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education unanimously granted an increase of funds for Clarkston Area Youth Assistance. They approved $2,000 for 1990, an increase of $500 from the previous year.
‘Squad car rolls on Waldon Road? A deputy was injured when he swerved to avoid an oncoming car and flipped his squad car on Waldon Road on his way to a Dixie Highway injury accident.
‘Eight-year gratitude? Neil Granlund, who announced his resignation as Clarkston Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at the award banquet, was given a clock by the athletic department for his eight years of coaching.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Yearly hunt? When Clarkston barber ‘Tink? Ronk goes on his yearly hunting expedition, he announces his absence from his shop with an unusual display. This year he had a bear barber getting ready to cut his deer client as the deer smokes a pipe.
‘Two hurt in separate accidents? Two people were taken to Pontiac General Hospital after being in two separate automobile accidents in Independence Township.
‘Local news? Byron Dell of Byron was the weekend guest of the Greg Carrie family of M-15. Brian and Greg were roommates in college and it was the first time in many years they had gotten together.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Hoopsters dominate districts? The Clarkston High School Girls Varsity Basketball celebrated their district win after a 48-31 win over Romeo for the title. It was the first district title for the team since 1976.
‘McCrary ‘may have? violated law? The State of Michigan issued a ruling regarding a campaign finance complaint against Independence Township Clerk Joan McCrary. Based on the review of evidence they state concluded they believed ‘the law may have been violated.?
‘Local Kindergartners learn about handicaps through Easter Seals? Students at South Sashabaw Early Childhood Center learned what life would be like with a handicap when a representative from Easter Seals visited the children to promote handicap awareness in young children.

25 years ago – 1990
‘M-15 plan calls forth officials? Concern over the proposed widening of M-15 forged an impromptu meeting of the minds between Independence Township and Clarkston officials.
‘Tripping the light fantastic? The music, the refreshments and the company made it a night to remember for Adam Groh and his mother, Robin, during the mother-son dance at Clintonwood Park Carriage House.
‘Rotary, Health Center to help U.S.S.R? The Women’s Health Center of Clarkston and the Clarkston Rotary Club joined forces to make sure a much needed mammogram machine was delivered to the Ukraine to help survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Cathy Lessard is Clarkston Junior Miss? Cathy Lessard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lessard became the Clarkston Area Junior Miss at Clarkston High School Little Theater. For her talent presentation she sang ‘A Wonderful Guy? and ‘Dites-Moi.?
‘Township to hold meeting on ‘junk yard? proposal? Independence Township planned a public meeting to hear the opinions and the sentiments of citizens concerning the controversial ‘junk yard? proposal.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. Grant Long of Sashabaw Road spent the weekend in Northern Michigan deer hunting. They each brought back a buck. John Adams and Louis Seffens also went hunting and came home early because of the rain.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Making time to help the needy? ‘Tis the season for more volunteers and Lighthouse in Clarkston needed an additional 62 volunteers to help out the regular 100 volunteers for the holiday season. Jane Carr, volunteer and special events coordinator, said they were also looking for food donations.
‘Trustee combines family gatherings and community service for the holidays? For Springfield Township Trustee Margaret Bloom, Christmas is time for holiday tradition, stories and to spread joy throughout the community.
‘Local Brownie Troop helps animals? Brownie Troop 844, which is made up of second graders from Bailey Lake Elementary, donated newspapers for kennels, dog and cat treats, pet accessories and cat litter to the Michigan Humane Society in Rochester Hills.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Palace owner buys Pine Knob Theater? Pine Knob Music Theater was purchased by the owners of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was comprised of Detroit Piston owner William Davidson, David Hermelin and Robert Sosnick, for an undisclosed amount of money.
‘Winter storm wreaks havoc? The snow and rain storm on Dec. 3 caused havoc with area roadways including 50 cases of cars running off the road and ten reported ‘fender benders.?
‘Family posts yellow ribbon for son-in-law? Truman and Carol Hammett of Independence Township wrapped a yellow ribbon around a tree in front of their home for their son-in-law, Joe Quirk. The ribbon symbolized their hope for his safe return. He was in the navy aiding on the U.S.S. Independence, one of many battle ships called to action in the Persian Gulf.

50 years ago – 1965
?’Junk? yard turned down? A request to rezone 15.7 acres of land for the purpose of storing ‘junk? cars was officially rejected by the Independence Township Board at a public meeting.
‘Presents? Santa would visit many children in Vietnam via Miss Jill Winterle’s third grade class at Bailey Lake Elementary. Students packed puppets, which they made out of socks, and dolls to go to need children.
‘Local news? Eight guests enjoyed supper with ice cream and birthday cake at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Byers on Middle Lake Road to help Raynette celebrate her eighth birthday.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Springfield Plains named a Michigan Exemplary Blue Ribbon School? Springfield Plains Elementary parents found out their children were attending one of the 22 elementary schools selected as Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools in the state of Michigan.
‘Icers shut out Kettering? Nine Wolves registered points and Clarkston scored eight goals in an 8-0 shut out against Waterford Kettering. They scored three goals in both the second and third period.
‘Family history plays a big part in holiday traditions for the Smiths? The more things change, the more things stay the same around Elaine-Field Smith’s Springfield Township home during the holiday season. One of the customs was the Nativity scene that is a part of her home.

25 years ago – 1990
‘School site tested; Feb. 11 election set? The Clarkston Board of Education took two steps toward the creation of a new Clarkston High School. They set a special election date for February and also passed a resolution calling for an examination of the proposed high school siste on the intersection of Flemings Lake and Clarkston roads.
‘Life with the Springfield quintuplets? The L’Esperance family of Springfield Township shared their experience of the past three years as parents of quintuplets which included hard work but a lot of fun as well.
‘CJHS take second in statewide Knowledge Bowl? A 12-person team from Clarkston Junior High School used its collective brain power for second-place honors among Michigan middle schools in the Knowledge Bowl.

50 years ago – 1965
‘House severly damaged by early morning blaze? A 10 a.m. blaze caused extensive damage to a home on Stevens Road in Clarkston. It started between partitions and was blamed on an electrical wiring problem.
‘Local State Police receive awards? Clarkston residents Detective Edward E. Seath and Trooper Robert W. Hagstrom of the State Police Pontiac Post received honorable mention awards for meritous service.
‘Local news? Robert Swartz, son of the Rudolph Swartz’s of Clarkston, returned home after serving two years in the Army.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Snow day!? The blizzard of 2000 hit Clarkston hard as it left about a foot of snow on the ground, causing the cancellation of classes for Clarkston Community Schools and left motorists in a tough spot.
‘Bank One on Sashabaw Road robbed? A suspect ran away with approximately $1,080 from Bank One on Sashabaw Road. The bank teller was handed a note at 10:35 a.m. from the suspect which read ‘this is a robbery, give me all the money in your top and second drawer.?
‘Internet room and training center? Surfing might be a growing pastime in Independence Township with the library’s expansion of an internet room and training center with a content server and 16 new computers.

25 years ago – 1990
‘Controversy comes to courtroom? Independence Township was in the national spotlight when the murder case involving Dr. Jack Kervorkian and his ‘suicide machine? was heard in 52nd District Court.
‘Girl dies in ‘accidental shooting?? A 15-year-old Independence Township girl was fatally injured after being accidentally shot in the head while she was visiting a friend. She died the next day.
‘Pizza, chips reward good attendance, grades? Sixty Clarkston Elementary students with perfect attendance on on the honor roll were randomly selected for a lunch of pizza, pop or milk, chips and cookies for their reward. Principal William Potvin served them their special lunch reward.

50 years ago – 1965
‘Dennis Urick will play at Rose Bowl? Dennis Urick, formerly of Clarkston, would attend the Rose Bowl Football game as a member of the Michigan State University Marching Band. As a member of the MSU Marching Band, he would also be going to Pasadena, California to participate in the ‘Tournament of Roses? Parade on New Year’s Day.
‘Santa tells of Clarkston mail? Santa Claus reported to The Clarkston News most of the toys were ready for his Clarkston deliveries. He added he spent the last week going over mail from Clarkston children.
‘Local news? A family Christmas party and dinner was held at the Community Center where 46 members of the Jessie Weber family attended.

15 years ago – 2000
‘Will snow days be made up in June?? With the unexpected early winter vacation by four days for Clarkston Community School district students, many were wondering if snow days would be made up in June. Public Relations Coordinator Anita Banach said it was too early to tell especially with many winter months still ahead.
‘Last-minute creative gift ideas? With only five shopping days left until Christmas, local retailers helped with tips on how to find the perfect gift especially for those hard-to-buy-for friends and relatives.
‘Icers down Birmingham United? The Clarkston Varsity Ice Hockey team stayed on top of the OAA I Division with a 4-1 victory over Birmingham United. Jon Bemis scored a shorthanded empty net goal to seal the win.

25 years ago – 1990
‘MEAP scores rank with 1989? Students in the Clarkston area tallied scores consistent with those achieved in the 1989 Michigan Education Assessment Program tests.
‘Judge reflects on decision heard ’round the world? Despite being thrust into the international spotlight, 52nd District Judge Gerard McNally wasn’t affected by the exposure of the Dr. Jack Kevorkian ‘suicide machine? case. He dismissed the murder charges against the physician.
‘Best in the country? The Clarkston Varsity Wrestling team had already clinched their first Oakland County Championship in the 2-day event before Jeff Deroseau, Jerry Anderson, Damon Michelesen and Joel Davis headed into the finals.

50 years ago – 1965
?$3,000 netted in Old Mill break-in? Burglars stole $3,000 in cash and checks from a safe in the Old Mill Tavern, 5838 Dixie Highway. The thieves gained entry to the building by breaking the front door window.
‘Display winner? The 1965 Clarkston Outdoor Christmas Decoration winner was Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brendle and son for their doll size village depicting ‘The Night Before Christmas.?
‘Hitchhikers and drivers warned? College students and others who try to ‘travel by thumb? on Michigan freeways and limited access were reminded by State Police hitchhiking on high speed roads was prohibited by law.

15 years ago – 2001
‘A breath of fresh air? The snowstorm slowed the delivery of an oxygen tank to Betty Joumas? home. The driver got stuck three times in the unplowed subdivision. With snowblowers and shovels six adults and four children from the neighborhood got him out so he could finish his delivery.
‘Local students compete in lego competition? The mission was to rescue a scientist and protect the village before the ‘Volcanic Panic? ensued. Students from Andersonville Elementary and Sashabaw Middle School were up to the task in the FIRST Lego League’s challenge.
‘Grammy-nominated songwriter, ‘just a citizen of Independence Township?? Gene Grier received a Grammy nomination in the Children’s Field for his children’s musical ‘Nature’s Way.? The nationally known author, composer and recording artist claimed he was ‘just a citizen of Independence Township.?

25 years ago – 1991
‘County economy slow but stable? The U.S. economy in 1991 was likely to slow in the first half of the year but expected to rebound with a strong surge in the last half. Oakland County was likely to be less affected by the slow-down than the rest of the state.
‘Secretary of State branch to close? The Clarkston Secretary of State office on Dixie Highway in Independence Township was scheduled to close the last week of February. The location was one of 22 locations to close to comply with Public Act 357 of 1990 and reduce its 1991 general fund budget by $1,656,700.
‘Pine boards, opponents fear two brothers? Brothers Brian and Erik Engelhard were junior black belts who combined had won 47 trophies and 15 karate tournaments. Both boys said the mental discipline in karate helped with their concentration out of the sport.

50 years ago – 1966
‘Clarkston man makes strides in voice disorder research? The first steps towards computer research in voice disorders of children was made by Clarkston resident, Robert Baynes.
‘Two State Police officers injured in accident? Two State Police officers escaped serious injuries in a collision during a high speed chase.
‘Local news? Thirty-one guests enjoyed New Year’s Eve at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Beebe.

15 years ago – 2001
‘Massage facility gets tentative approval? If all went as planned, the owner of Bangkok, Inc., Yon Suk Kim would be running a massage parlor in Independence Township. Though eyebrows raised because the business would be housed the same building Oakland County Sheriff’s Department raided a year before for prostitution.
‘Dateline: London? Andy Borchers updated the community about trip to England the members of the Clarkston High School Marching Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, parents and siblings went on .
‘Sound the alarm! Icers are 9-1-1? The Clarkston Varsity Ice Hockey team won the Alpena Christmas Classic Tournament and only gave up one goal in their two victories with a 2-0 win over Alpena and a 2-1 win over East Kentwood.

25 years ago – 1991
‘Lawsuit against school goes to court? An architect fired by the Clarkston Board of Education in 1989 turned down an out-of-court settlement offered by the district and opted to take the matter to trial.
‘Exhibit promotes art education? The work of 28,000 school children from Clarkston, Brandon, Holly, Lake Orion and Waterford would be displayed in a unique presentation in the spring at the new Pine Knob in Independence Township in the first Student Spectacular.
‘Phone number shortage means dialing ?1-313?? Michigan Bell customers in the Clarkston area would soon be using a new dialing procedure to make long distance calls within the 313 area code. The new dialing procedure was being phased in throughout the 313 area to avert a phone number shortage predicted for early 1992.

50 years ago – 1966
‘School board approves the purchase of four buses? The purchase of four four coach-type school busses was approved by the Clarkston Board of Education for $44,110 each.
‘A.J. Turner wins Springfield contest? Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Turner of Davisburg were the first place winners for the Springfield Township Outdoor Decorating Contest.
‘Local news? The Floyd Tower family enjoyed a family day as they watched the movie ‘Sleeping Beauty? which the children enjoyed followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

15 years ago – 2001
‘New Year’s party raided? New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration but for one Independence Township family the celebration ended with police officers ticketing several minors for possession of alcohol and the homeowners being arrested on a handful of charges including assaulting a police officer.
‘Lighthouse move to Community Education? Lighthouse Clarkston moved to the Community Education building off Church and Waldon for a temporary home until they could find a permanent location. Their previous location at Sashabaw Presbyterian Church was too small.
‘Comcast Cable has come to town? Comcast Cable Communications officially took over provision of cable services in Clarkston, Independence and Springfield townships.

25 years ago – 1991
‘Main Street ribbons show support? It took Marla McKee about 48 hours to assemble volunteers and ribbons to decorate trees to remind Clarkston residents of soldiers stationed in the Persian Gulf.
‘Wolves win first two battles on slopes? Brian Zoss and Bryson Menke were a strong one-two punch as the Clarkston Boys Ski team began its Pine Knob Division with two wins over Detroit Country Day and Lahser.
‘Springfield farm is home to 64 horses? Calvin and June Nelson have been boarding horses since 1968 at their farm on Crosby Lake Road in Springfield Township. Over the years they had learned all the tricks – how to vaccinate, feed the animals, and gather in any when it’s time to foil.

50 years ago – 1966
‘Children of school age increasing? For the fifth year in a row the number of school age children in Oakland County jumped while the number of preschool children declined.
‘Area boy page in state house? CAP Cadet William Smith of Clarkston Composite Squadron began his duties as a page in the Michigan House of Representatives. He served as a page for four days a week while the Legislature was in session and while attending classes at Clarkston High School on Mondays.
‘Local news? Mrs. Norton Redwood was soloist at the wedding of her nephew, Ronald Wirsing and Mary Christina Rine. Following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Redwood attended the reception at Kingsley Inn.

15 years ago – 2001
‘Clarkston, Bailey Lake elementaries are ‘most improved?? Bailey Lake Elementary and Clarkston Elementary were recognized by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for top school improvement honors. They were among 75 Michigan schools honored for completing a five-year, eight-phase school improvement process.
‘Artist creates memorial snow sculpture? David Yarnell created a snow sculpture of a young boy sitting on top of a pony in memory of his nephew Tyler Yarnell, who passed away from a life long batter with Mucopolysaccharidosis.
‘Hopes and dreams for 2001? Several Clarkston High School students expressed their optimism for the new year. All of the ones surveryed said they hoped to complete their senior year and avoid the dreaded ‘senioritis.?

25 years ago – 1991
‘Students walk for Middle East peace? About 50 Clarkston High School students trekked from the high school on Waldon Road to the evergreen tree on Main Street in Clarkston in support of peace and the troops in the Persian Gulf.
‘Council approves M-15 plan? M-15 would be widened during the summer after with the Clarkston Village Council’s blessing. They voted to approve a compromise for the widening plan. The compromise would reduce a lengthy turn lane at Paramus and Middle Lake roads from a 50-foot width to a 30-foot width.
‘School administrators get raises, health care cuts? Salary and benefit increases for some school administrators were unanimously approved by the Clarkston school board. The increases were part of a tentative two-year contract negotiated by the district and employee groups representing building administrators and central office staff.

50 years ago – 1966
‘Students to hear new Michigan Bell Program? ‘Sound, Light, and Satellites,? a new high school assembly program produced by the Michigan Bell Telephone Company would be presented to Clarkston High School students.
‘Former resident receives award? George Higgins received the Ben Franklin Quality Award by the Saturday Evening Post. The award was given for outstanding citizenship, community service and contributions to the automobile industry.

15 years ago – 2001
‘Area stores ticketed in undercover sting? Police ticketed 13 stores in the area for selling tobacco products and alcohol to minors during an undercover sting with the help of 17-year-old decoys.
‘Turk, Richardson named acting directors of Parks and Rec, DPW? Two longtime Independence Township employees who ran their departments following the departure of the previous directors were named acting directors by the township board – Linda Richardson of the Department of Public Works and Mike Turk of Parks and Recreation.
‘Clarkston native directs inaugural ball? Matt Marsden, a Clarkston native, was the lead director ofor the inaugural bash at Union Station in Washington, D.C. for George W. Bush.

25 years ago – 1991
‘B&Bs stall? Bed and breakfast facilities still were not allowed in the Village of Clarkston. The council took no action on the proposed bed and breakfast ordinance two weeks after a public hearing on the issue.
‘Tree removal causes stir at Reese, Holcomb roads? A missing oak tree at the intersection of Reese and Holcomb roads saddened a few area residents. The Oakland County Road Commission said the tree was removed because it caused sight distance problems.
‘As smooth as Wasilk? It was all net, and the net was made of silk. Chris Wasilk took a pass from Dugan Fife with three seconds left and nailed an 8-footer for a dramatic 64-62 win over Pontiac Northern for the Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team.

50 years ago – 1966
‘Dan Fife breaks record? Clarkston’s Dan Fife broke the Clarkston High School record of 38 points in a game by scoring 43 points against West Bloomfield in the Wolves? 65-62 win.
‘Power failure darkens area? Over 5,000 homes in the townships of Independence, Springfield, Groveland and Brandon lost power because of a broken connection of two wires.
‘Township Board rezones land for golf course? Four Independence Township officials voted unianimously in favor of the rezoning of the 120 acres, located on Maybee Road, north of Sashabaw Road, from suburban farms to recreational. It was one step closer for Pine Knob Country Club to become a reality.

15 years ago – 2001
‘Still no vacancy for Holiday Inn? It looked like there was ‘no vacancy? in Independence Township for a Holiday Express. The revised plans for the development proposal for M-15 and I-75 was not being recommended for approval by township planning consultants.
‘Pine Knob Music Theatre finally gets its new name? DTE Energy, a subsidiary of Detroit Edison, purchased the naming rights to Pine Knob Music Theatre. The venue, owned by Palace Sports and Entertainment, would be called DTE Energy Music Theatre.
‘Netters go 5-1 in tourney? Clarkston Varsity Volleyball Coach Gordie Richardson said his team would have to work its tail off to get 30 wins. If they continued to play like they did in their own tournament with a 5-1 record, 30 wins wasn’t only possible, it was likely.

25 years ago – 1991
‘Hopes for a safe return? Agnes DeNise could readily recall the moments in history that stood out in her 80 years of memory. With Operation Desert Storm she had another one to added with her grandson Bert D. DeNise stationed in Saudi Arabia.
‘Hospital on hold? It appeared Independence Township and Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital would have to wait a while before a local facility became a reality. POH was bogged down in Ingham County Circuit Court over a battle to put a hospital at the corner of White Lake Road and Dixie Highway.
‘One goal remains for GOAL champs? After winning the Oakland County Meet, the Greater Oakland Activities League championship next was the Class A Michigan state championship as the Clarkston Varsity Wrestling team got ready for the post-season.

50 years ago – 1966
‘Building progresses at school? By middle of October, the addition to Clarkston Senior High School should be done to board the student capacity by 500 and will offer 23 working rooms.
‘Principal, teacher advance in Clarkston School system? Mrs. Mousseu left teaching fifth grade at Clarkston Elementary to be principal at Andersonville Elementary. She replaced Mrs. VantRoer who became coordinator of reading improvement for Clarkston Schools.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. James Goodman were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zwoski, of Detroit, for dinner. They enjoyed seeing pictures the Zwoskis took on their recent trip to Europe.

15 years ago – 2001
‘He’s dogs? best friend? Clarkston resident Steven MacGillis made a split second decision which saved the lives of two dogs after he saw them fall through the ice on Lake Oakland in Independence Township.
‘Springfield welcomes wrecking ball? The Springfield Township Board of Trustees heard the fate of seven Dixie Highway buildings. They would be demolished because owners did now follow township orders to make them safe.
‘Work of CHS grad performed in Raleigh? Jimmy Territo, a 1997 Clarkston High School graduate, was getting some attention for his musical abilities on the east coast as they Raleigh Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina performed a musical composition written by Territo.

25 years ago – 1991
‘Voters give a loud no to construction? Three school bonding proposals were overwhelmingly defeated by Clarkston voters by an almost two-to-one vote. About 7,400 of the area’s 18,000 registered voters turned out to defeat all three proposals.
‘Board calls for alternative plan? Larger class sizes, portable classrooms, alternate school days and double day sessions were some of the options Clarkston school board members were considereing after the failure of three bonds.
‘Wolves back to normal after slow-down scare? Dugan Fife and Derek Wiley combined for 49 points to pace the Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team to a 72-51 victory over Waterford Mott. Fife led with 32 points including four 3-pointers.

50 years ago – 1966
‘Name smile contest winners? Three elementary students captured 741 votes of Clarkston News readers in the Dental Health Contest. Peggy Dougherty took first place; Robin Courrubias finished in second place; and Kathy Adams took third place.
‘Clarkston School Board approves annexation? The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a request by the Brandon School District to amalgamate the two districts.
‘Clarkston blasts Waterford? The Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team played their finest game of the year when they defeated Waterford, 69-65. Dan Fife led with 32 points.

15 years ago – 2001
‘Schools axe $1.5 million from budget? Increases in utility and transportation were blamed in Clarkston Community Schools cutting their 2001-2002 budget by $1.5 million. The reductions were approved 6-0 and were designed to restore the district’s fund equity balance to over $8 million.
‘Mom gives school benches artistic makeover? Artist Karen Beauregard gave two 30-foot plywood benches in Amy Morris and Nancy Colbert’s Kindergarten classrooms at Bailey Lake Elementary a makeover. Beauregard decorated the benches with the four seasons.
‘Endreszl, Kaul power cagers past Lathrup? Strong second half defense and plenty of trips to the foul line helped the Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team to pick up a win against Southfield Lathrup, 61-53. It improved the Wolves to a 7-7 overall record.

25 years ago – 1991
‘Study predicts more traffic snarls? A consultation group for the Michigan Department of Transportation projected a majority of the thoroughways in and around Independence Township could exceed the roadways? capacities.
‘First-grader breaks birthday traditions? One of the most beautiful parcels of land in Springfield Township was the subject of discussion. In two separate motions, the board unanimously approved cluster housing as a special land use and a site plan for Black Lake Forest.
‘Crunch time! Wrestlers prepare for state? The Clarkston Varsity Wrestling team was preparing to send Damon Michelson, Jerry Anderson, Jeff Deroseau, Joel Davis, Jason Roughton and Joe Webb to the MHSAA Wrestling Individual State Finals in Battle Creek and the following week the entire team would be going for the team finals.

50 years ago – 1966
‘Eleven accidents reported? A gas storage tanker was cut off at Dixie Highway near M-15 causing the truck driver to swerve. The truck jackknifed and the trailer overturned causing a possibility for an explosion. The tanker was placed on its feet without trouble.
‘Sashabaw school windows broken? Sixteen classroom windows were reported broken by beer bottles and sticks at Sashabaw Elementary School.
‘Clarkston man gets Jaycee Award? Harry Fahrner received the Junior Chamber of Commerce award.

15 years ago – 2001
‘Neighbors vow fight? Citizens who lived near the site of a proposed Holiday Inn on M-15 hadn’t lost any zeal for fighting the proposal. They planned to be out in force at the Independence Township Planning Commission meeting.
‘Long lives, fast slopes? Ever since he was in grade school, Bill Richard had enjoyed lacing up his boots and hitting the slopes. Richard and numerous other southeastern Michigan senior citizens got together at Mt. Holly Ski Area to enjoy each other’s company and ski to their heart’s content.
‘Six grapplers advance to regional? Brian Chism, Shawn Miller, John Langdon, Tony Lajoie, Chris Jaronski and Kyle Hester from the Clarkston Varsity Wrestling team qualified for the individual regional tournament by taking fourth or higher at the district tournament.

25 years ago – 1991
‘Barn fire? Authorities were investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed a Springfield Township barn on Scott Road. The fire spread to a smaller barn and also destroyed a silo. Seven fire departments were on the scene during the seven hour fire.
‘Wall of Fame honors different sort of all-star? An addition to the Clarkston High School was a Wall of Fame to display the student of the month as well as showcasing student selected for the annual principal’s award, the national merit finalists, the school’s All-State recipient and the winners of the Boy’s State and Girl’s State award.
‘Girls eighth at state, Roeser 15th in G.S.? The Clarkston Girls Ski team finished in eighth place at the state finals held at Nub’s Nob and Carrie Roeser placed 15th with the best time in the Giant Slalom race and 20th in the Slalom race.

50 years ago – 1966
‘Sashabaw school and land purchased by township? The legal ball began rolling for the buying and selling exchange between the Independence Township Board and Clarkston Board of Education for the old Sashabaw school property.
‘Wolves bomb Milford? During the last home for the Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team seniors King Robinson, Mike Madison and Rod Allen scored a combined total of 35 points in the Wolves 91-71 win over Milford.
‘Local news? Mike Lynch was confined in his home with mumps. With such nice weather he wasn’t too happy.

15 years ago ? 1993
‘School fashion? Hot trends were boots, hats for girls, bead jewelry, and basic jeans and tops. On the way out were spandex, lace, and a resurgence in bell bottoms.

25 years ago ? 1983
‘Vandals hit Depot Park? $1,000 worth of damages were reported in broken signs and playground equipment throughout the Village of Clarkston and Depot Park.
‘Energy cuts save schools $500,000? Clarkston school district saved half a million dollars by using energy conservation methods over a seven year period.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Library club gets good start? The independence township library held the first meeting of the Library Club of America for children ages 8 ? 14 years old.
‘C & NW offers 4-H scholarship award? The Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company offered Michigan 4-H members a $100 college scholarship based on 4-H achievement and service.

15 years ago ? 1993
‘Watchful and wet? A downpour soaked Labor Day parade marchers and spectators, but a crowd still gathered to take part.
‘B&B fight still simmers? Buck and Joan Kopietz planned to appeal a Clarkston decision against their plan to convert the former Goyette Funeral Home on Main Street into a bed and breakfast.
‘Help needed to solve mystery? Jennifer Radcliff found a child’s ‘treasure box? on top of a mailbox at Main and Washington, and was looking for its owner. It contained a dinosaur stamp, cat figurine, Yahtzee game, and child’s calculator.
‘Actress to scream, cry and die on Cinemax? Clarkston actress Lisa Sheldon Miller, star in the cable movie ‘Hellmaster,? shared her experiences making the film.

25 years ago ? 1983
‘Cash incentive? Clarkston Junior High School offered prizes for honor-roll students, awarded in a lottery. Winners of 10 $50 prizes would be drawn at the end of the year in various categories, including perfect attendence, citizenship, behavior, honor roll, and student of the week.
‘Behind the scenes at Renaissance? Workers described the effort they put into setting up the annual Renaissance Fair, set up on the campus of the Colombiere Center in Springfield Township. An Independence Township woman, Margaret Mauti, was director.
‘Parade prizes? About 50 community groups entered floats in the Labor Day Parade. Thousands enjoyed the parade that sunny day.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Crowd enjoys Labor Day parade? The Rotary Club’s parade attracted a large crowd of viewers as well as participants.
‘Methodist start building fund crusade? First Methodist Church had a goal of raising $115,000 to build a new church on Waldon Road. The church was established in 1840, and its first church was built at Church and Buffalo, completed in 1847 and rebuilt in 1873.
‘Clarkston locals? Local youth were organizing a ?21 Club? for monthly dances. Invited were Clarkston students in grades 6-8.

15 years ago – 1996
‘A young man for all seasons? Nick Upchurch of Clarkston was honored with three United States National Awards, for National English Merit, All-American Scholar, and National Leadership and Service. He played football, basketball, and baseball, earned a 3.9 GPA, and played also sax on the school band.
‘Students plan their future environment? Cedar Crest Academy students Chris Cook, Amy Warbington, Nat Topping, Amber Sage, and Sara Stawarz planned a new city in the Future City Competition. They competed against 36 other schools in Detroit regionals.
‘Soup’s on!? The Clarkston News celebrated National Soup Month with recipes, facts, and tips about soup, shared by chefs at Clarkston Cafe and Clarkston Union. The trick to a good soup is the stock, said chef Bill Fortin.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Winter remains? Holly and Joshua Holewinski’s igloo in Independence Township survived a weekend thaw.
‘Governor picks Kammer for DNR? Gov. James Blanchard appointed Kerry Kammer of Springfield Township to the Natural Resources Commission, overseeing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
‘Caverly continues caring crusade? Iva Sommers Caverly started a petition drive to complete a cloverleaf at I-75 and Sashabaw, and a full traffic signal at M-15 and Waldon Road. She wanted the projects because of increased traffic in the area.
‘All for naught? Independence Township employee George Thompson prepared two rinks on Mill Pond, smoothing the ice with a snow shovel then spraying them with water from a fire hose.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Mrs. Carolyn Schrock speaks to child study? The interior decorator spoke to Clarkston Child Study Club about practical ways in which boys and girls rooms can be furnished. The varying interests of children could be included in the decorating theme, as well as fabric and furniture preferences, she said.
‘Martin Luther film to be shown Feb. 5? Clarkston High School hosted the film on the Reformation and the Reformer, sponsored by Calvary Lutheran Church.
‘Clarkston local? Bobby Porritt and Richard Mansfield, both attending Albion College, were home for the weekend, returning to school that Sunday.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Search for new school superintendent begins? Clarkston School Board went with Michigan Association of School Boards to lead the search for a new chief. Trustees supported a national search, to avoid excluding anyone. Trustee Barry Bomier said he was looking for a candidate who thinks globally and acts locally.
‘Seniors have a new ride? Comedian and Detroit native Tim Allen donated a van to Lighthouse in Pontiac, allowing the non-profit organization to send the van it replaced to Lighthouse North in Independence Township. They planned to use it to help seniors with doctor visits.
‘CHS senior selected for U.S. Army band? Brianna Williams was picked to play flute for the U.S. Army after an audition with recruiters.

25 years ago – 1986
‘The boom has started, only started? Population of Independence Township was expected to double by 1996, directly attributed to a large influx of new, high-technology business in Oakland County. Springfield Township population was expected to grow by 50-60 percent.
‘Should we kill killers?? Oakland County Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson wanted to put capital punishment up for a vote, organizing a petition drive. His view was execution was just retribution for first-degree murder, while opponents said it wouldn’t work and was against their beliefs.
‘Village players reach their goal? After 23 years, Clarkston Village Players were happy to install indoor plumbing in Depot Theater. Previously using an outhouse, then portable toilets, the theater group raised funds for about eight years to pay for the project.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Theater Group becomes reality? The newly formed Theater Group of the Village Friends of Art was a smash hit. Forty theater fans, chaired by Nicholas Rossano, met to discuss the future of the group.
‘Scouts hold Klondike Derby? About 250 scouts in the Manito District staged their first Klondike Derby. Teams of 4-8 boys pulled Eskimo-type sleds of their own construction over a mile-long course, with Scout Skill Stations along the way.
‘Clarkston local? Mrs. Bonnie Donofrio entertained 20 guests at a Stanley Breakfast, Thursday morning.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Driver’s ed revisited? In response to traffic crashes in which young drivers were killed, state legislators looked to make drivers? training tougher. Ron Santavicca and Fred Spain in Clarkston said they were all for the proposed graduated licensing program.
?2001 ? a Sashabaw odyssey? Traffic was a problem on Sashabaw Road, especially during Pine Knob concert season, but road widening was not expected until 2001. State funding needed for the project was redirected to major state trunk lines.
‘Love ’em or hate ’em: they’re ‘The Jungle?? Made up of students, the fan section made it their mission to be loudest and most enthusiastic in support of various Clarkston High School teams, but some displayed unsportsmanlike conduct. Administration responded with a set of rules and standards.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Who’s afraid of big, bad owls? Clarkston Department of Public Works mounted an inflatable owl on top of Rudy’s Market on Main Street, hoping to keep pigeons away. The birds weren’t fooled by the artificial predator.
‘Earthquake rattles residents, no injuries but phones abuzz? A 5.0 Richter scale earthquake in Ohio was felt in Clarkston, knocking books and dishes off shelves and scaring people.
‘Photo inquiry? In the wake of the Challenger space shuttle disaster, the Clarkston News asked if civilians should participate in the space program. Respondents Bill Heichel, Brian Shoup, Chris Newberry, and Rebecca Lewis said yes, they should.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Theater group becomes ‘Village Players?? The newly organized theater group, led by Nicholas Rossano, gave itself a name. Stirring with enthusiasm, the promising new group hoped to bring Little Theater to Clarkston.
‘Polio clinic biggest yet? The clinic at Clarkston Elementary was successful beyond the greatest expectation of planners ? 350 shots were given out in the first hour, with a total of 1,350 during the day.
‘Sherlock Holmes, anyone? A $10 prize was offered to anyone who could identify an object on display in Bob’s Hardware window. The ‘doo-jiggie? was said to have been found in an older Church Street home. All people were sure of was it wasn’t a set of brass knuckles.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Administration sees need for another school? Superintendent Gary Haner called for a new elementary school and expand existing ones to accommodate rising enrollment.
‘State approves amended investment policy? In the wake of bad investments, Independence Township approved a new investment policy. The plan called for more oversight by the township treasurer and restrictions on investing in risky derivatives.
‘City approves Depot St. cost study? Planners considered sidewalks on both sides of Depot Street, from Main Street to the park. They wanted to make the street safer and more accessible to pedestrians walking to Depot Park, as well as deal with parking problems developed since several spaces were eliminated the year before.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Wint marks year 9 at parks? helm? Lewis Wint of Clarkston was appointed to his fifth consecutive three-year term on the Oakland County parks Board of Commissioners, and ninth consecutive year as chairman. He looked forward to further development of Independence Oaks and other county parks.
‘Ice strikes, sets 3-day record? Rain and ice on back roads prompted administration to close school for three days in a row. The wet ice was just too slippery, officials said.
‘Mandatory emission tests spur comments? A new law required residents of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties to get their vehicles tested when renewing drivers? licenses. The law was prompted by federal government air-quality regulations.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Local clergymen form association? The new Independence Pastor’s Association was composed of clergy of the various churches in Independence Township. They hoped to organize cooperative projects with other community groups.
‘Independence Township candidates in review? Residents William Cobb, incumbent, George Mantyla, Frank Rhames, and Merle Bennett campaigned for a seat on the Township Board.
‘Clarkston local? Mr. and Mrs. William Knox just returned from Huntsville, Ala, where they spent the past two months.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Elementaries could use $27 million? Architects said it would take that much to bring educational equity to all Clarkston elementary students. The school board was considering whether to build a new school or add on to existing ones.
‘Township raises could be focus of new committee? Local attorneys Jeffrey McGee and Daniel Travis said Independence Township should consider an advisory compensation committee, as suggested by fellow attorney Neil Wallace in a Clarkston News letter to the editor.
‘City moves to clean up signage? Clarkston City Council looked to make its sign ordinance clearer, clarifying limits on hanging and lighted signs. Neon was a concern ? Rudy’s was the only shop in town with a neon sign because it was grandfathered.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Henry Ford’s Clarkston connection? Clarkston residents Dorothy and Howard Huttenlocher, Virginia Walter, Jennifer Radcliff, Robert Beattie and Dr. James O’Neill remembered Henry Ford as a central figure in three remarkable incidents: breaking of the Mill Pond’s cofferdam in 1941, giving of a one-of-a-kind Ford to Miss Fanny Irish, and an experimental Holcomb Road farm, where Ford tractors were tested.
‘Springfield goes to charter? Springfield Township Board voted unanimously to change to a charter township. The move added two members to the board and protection from annexation by bordering cities, eliminated annual meeting, and allowed elected officials to set their own salaries.
‘Clarkston: Birtsas? home base? Tim Birtsas, pitcher for the Oakland A’s, bought a house in his hometown of Clarkston. He was getting ready for spring training, so his sister and a friend would stay in the house during his absence.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Independence Township qualifies Civil Defense Medical Corp? The auxiliary unit was created to work with police, rescue squads, etc. in case of any disaster, local or national, atomic or natural. Local Civil Defense Director Ronald Bird set up classes throughout the winter.
‘Clarkston local? Marian Emery, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Emery, returned from a three-week skiing vacation in Denver, Colo. She was to return to Denver that week, planning to make her home there.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Fall bond issue likely for new school? School board reached a consensus to request a bond to construct a new elementary school. Increasing student population meant 10 more teachers and portable classrooms that year.
‘King Roger, Queen Jeanie? Clarkston High School let off some winter steam with its Snowcoming games. With a ‘Camelot? theme, Jeanie Lamreaux and Roger Bower were crowned queen and king. Students wrapped each other in aluminum foil, built castles out of marshmallows, and competed in tug of war and other games.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Adults will be blamed if minors drink? Adults were the focus of a new ordinance aimed at controlling drinking and drug abuse among minors in Independence Township. It made adults responsible for liquor or drugs served to minors at house parties.
‘Schools won’t sponsor trips? Clarkston schools Superintendent Milford Mason said the district doesn’t sponsor overseas travel by students due to the threat of terrorism. The superintendent said that includes restrictions on fund raising by students.
‘Henry Ford’s Clarkston connection? Henry Ford purchased a farm off Holcomb Road north of Deer Lake around 1935, where employees tested the new Ford tractor. An ‘experimental farm,? they grew soybeans and other food. Visitors from around the world came to Clarkston to learn about the tractor and its accessories.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Sheriff’s patrol gets emergency breathing tubes? Emergency mouth-to-mouth breathing tubes became standard equipment in deputy patrol cars, donated by Keith Hallman, Clarkston druggist. The Resusitube, made of soft, flexible plastic, was inserted into the victim’s throat to open the airway.
‘B&PW combine fashions and cards? The Waterford-Clarkston Business and Professional Women’s club planned a fashion show, ‘Introduction to Spring.? Featured were casual daytime wear to evening ‘high fashion.? It also included a card party.
‘Clarkston locals? Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jyleen spent the previous Tuesday in Lansing. Mrs. Jyleen went shopping, while Mr. Jyleen attended a board meeting.

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.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Intelligent fun? Sashabaw Middle School Odyssey of the Mind teammates Shannon Feel, KC Kerby, Jonathon Shanks, Robert Koch, and Michael Fischer put their problem-solving skills to the test in regional competition.
‘At the top of the heap? No one was better than Clarkston senior Joe DeGain, who took first place in the 189-pound division at state finals. He was Clarkston’s first-ever undefeated wrestler, with a 52-0 record.
‘Right here, right now? Clarkston Young Optimist Club members Stacey Mercado and Derek Bannasch won first place in the Optimist’s Oratorical Contest. With a theme of ‘Now if the Time,? Mercado stressed physical fitness and exercise, while Bannasch called for a return to love.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Ronk anticipates needs of Independence? Township Supervisor Frank Ronk predicted major commercial or office developments along the Sashabaw Road corridor into the 1990s, as well as continued, orderly growth throughout the township.
‘Todd heats home with wood stove? Todd Guerin was only 15 years old, but used his tinkering skills to connect a wood stove to his home’s furnace and chimney, as well as rewire each room to allow heat to flow. The modification cut the family’s heating bill to zero. He also chopped the wood himself for the stove.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Village Players select first play? The newly organized Village Players selected the comedy ‘Two Blind Mice? as their first show. Led by manager Nick Rossano, the acting company was busy casting roles and getting ready behind the scenes.
‘Wolves are still victorious? Historians witnessing Clarkston High School’s district finals basketball game agreed that Clarkston’s literally crushing victory over Birmingham was gotten in considerable respect in the same manner as Sitting Bull’s when the chief and his tribe massacred ‘rival? General Custer and the boys in blue in 1886.
‘Revealed freeway plans? The state open bids for construction of Michigan’s first six-lane freeway in a rural area. Contracts were for 12.6 miles of Interstate 75 from Holcomb Road north to Evans Road. Cost was estimated at $9 million. They planned six lanes because of anticipated growth in the area.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Prisoner takes cop car for a ride? A double-jointed Alger woman resisted arrest in her own way by managing, Houdini-like, to free herself from handcuffs, steal a Clarkston Police car and lead officers in hot pursuit down I-75. They caught her 10 minutes later after she lost control of the vehicle.
‘The pyramids? Been there, done that? Seven-year-old Patrick McIlrath described for his classmates at Clarkston Elementary School his three-week trip with his grandparents to Greece, Egypt, and Israel. He kept a journal and read it to his second grade class.
‘Two good citizens honored? High school students Kelly Arcello of Clarkston and Lisa Strelchuk of Davisburg were honored with Good Citizens awards from Daughters of the American Revolution.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Election? Sharron Catallo was elected president of the Village of Clarkston in the biggest election to hit town in eight years. Residents cast 123 ballots. Also elected were Clerk Norma Goyette, Treasurer Art Pappas, and trustees William Bassinger, Eric Haven, and Frank Millard.
‘Village protection Catallo’s goal? Sharron Catallo, newly elected Village of Clarkston president, said her goals included pedestrian lighting and trees along Main Street, a gazebo in village park, and historical preservation.
‘Career tips for students? Dawn Jackson, A.J. Townsend, Shannon Crutchfield, and classmates at Pine Knob Elementary learned about Mary Lou Kolodziejzak’s career as a test driver for General Motors.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Work begun on overpass? Contractor S.D. Solomon of Lansing started work on a $175,522 grade separation to carry Waldon Road over Interstate 75. The overpass was part of a $4 million interstate project from Pontiac to Clarkston.
‘Local girls make history? Girl Scouts Jacqueline Leonard, Jennifer Pike, Suzen Hampshire, Thea Robinson, Kris Smith, and Elaine Keely worked more than a year to earn the Religious Award, the first awarded in Michigan.
‘Clarkston locals? Mrs. Roy Bradford of Rochelle, Ill., spent the month with her friend, Mrs. Mable Maytag, in Clarkston.

15 years ago – 1996
‘The playscape’s on fire!? Neighbors of the Bay Court playscape were shocked to see flames in the park, thinking the play structure was burning down. But it was just an exercise by Independence Township Fire Department.
‘Growth encircles Clarkston schools? More than 1,200 new homes in 71 developments were expected to add hundreds of students to the school district. Responses included a bond request and new elementary school.
‘Brainstorming the art of writing? Organized by teacher Michele Shaltz, Pine Knob Elementary students kicked off the school’s writing contest with a performance by Brainstormers, a performing arts group.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Party folks? Independence Township Board members celebrated the township’s sesquicentennial at the Clarkston Mills Mall restaurant with an old-fashioned photo session in antique clothing. Sporting top hats, bowlers, and other 19th-century accessories were board members Frank Ronk, Carol Balzarini, Richard Holman, Daniel Travis, John Lutz, and William Vandermark.
‘First graders reject Garbage Pail Kid cards? Joshua Panbid, Brooksie Patterson, Brook Wagner, Cassie Sanford, Melissa Petiprin, Heather Unsworth and other Clarkston Elementary students wrote letters to manufacturers of Garbage Pail Kids cards. They found the cards, which spoofed Cabbage Patch Kids, to be ‘nasty,? ‘very bad,? and ‘stupid.?
‘BPW selects Rebecca Ridley for club award? Waterford-Clarkston Business and Professional Women Organization honored the Clarkston High School graduate with the Young Career Woman of the Year award.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Civil defense equipment needed? Civil Defense of Independence Township asked residents to register wreckers, blow torches, trucks, bulldozers, chainsaws, and other equipment for use in emergencies.
‘What’s ‘all numbers calling?? The latest development in telephone numbering was seven numbers to make a call, replacing a system of letters and numbers. For example, KL 5-2368 became 555-2368. They were running out of usable letter-number combinations.
‘Clarkston local? Mr. and Mrs. Evan Leonard of Waldon Road spent three days in Cadillac, leaving on Thursday afternoon and returning Sunday night.

15 years ago – 1996

‘CHS student files for school board seat? High school senior Peter Bertling filed to run for Clarkston School Board. He wanted to bring a student’s perspective to school district oversight.
‘Boomers struggle to keep idealism? Turning 50, local baby boomers Jim Evans, Jay Taber, and Kenneth York discussed midlife crises amongst many changes to business and culture.
‘Kids explore wonders of science at Clarkston El? Amanda Hassett, Mike Ruggirello, Michael Zack, and classmates at Clarkston Elementary School learned about volcanoes, chemistry, exotic animals and other topics at the Festival of Science.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Plans underway for wider I-75? Michigan Department of Transportation proposed expanding I-75 to six lanes from M-15 to Bloomfield Township. Funding was expected from federal and state governments.
‘Independence moves toward park purchase? The township planned to buy Bay Court Park, a former Boy Scout camp. Supervisor Frank Ronk hoped it would remain a camp, with cabins and a waterfront area.
‘Developmental kindergarten, a new approach? About a quarter of Clarkston kindergartners were enrolled in the program, designed for children who needed more time to be ready for sit-down learning.

50 years ago – 1961

‘Township vote will decide library future? With support declining from Clarkston Community Women’s Club and Independence Township, the library asked for a half mill from voters.
‘Township voting ratio way down? Less than half of Independence Township’s voters cast ballots in off-year elections, despite a weight of importance to local residents comparable to that of our national officials.
‘Soprano soloist makes debut? Local singer Marilyn Henry, mezzo soprano soloist, was to make her debut in Holly, hosted by the Village Friends of Art. She sang German, French, and Italian selections, as well as contemporary and folk music.

15 years ago ? 1993
‘Budget cuts, pay-to-play hike on hold? Despite administrative recommendations to cut the 1994 budget by $637,000 and raise the pay-to-play fee by $140 per sport, the Clarkston school board opted to sit and wait.
‘Fossil business benefits from dinosaur mania? Local business Fred Rock fossil and mineral store found itself the center of attention in the wake of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park? movie. ‘It seemed to pique the interest of a lot of people,? said co-owner Donna Miller.
‘Man, 61, rides bike across U.S.? Ken Peterson of Independence Township completed a 3,200-mile bike tour across the country. He took part in the Wandering Wheels Tour. ‘It seemed a crazy idea at first, but I’m glad I did it.?

25 years ago ? 1983
‘State Stalls senior complex? Developer Hugh Garner was forced to wait another four week to learn if a state license would be granted for his proposed #30 million senior citizen complex, Clarkston Place.
‘For-sale sign angers woman? A team from the Michigan Youth Corp spent two days clipping grass, cleaning and removing small trees from private property abutting Maybee Road Park. The next day a for-sale sign went up on the five acres, and neighboring resident Roberta Buckmaster was not happy.
‘Holman named clerk? Richard Holman was the new Independence Township Clerk. The board unanimously appointed the 29-year-old Clinton Drive resident from a list of 22 candidates at a special meeting July 28.

50 years ago – 1958
‘New building for crippled children dedicated Sunday? Completion for the new headquarters for the Oakland County Society for Crippled Children located at 1105 N. Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac was marked by Dedication Ceremonies Sunday, August 3.
‘Rewarded for 50 years of service? George E. Marshall was recognized for his service of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad. He received a 50 year Gold Pass entitling him and his wife to travel anywhere on the G.T.R.R. The pass was issued by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
‘Bible school closes with program? Teachers and 216 children of the First Methodist Church Daily Vacation Bible School planned an interesting program of activities and displays for the members of the Clarkston community.

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.

15 years ago – 1996

‘Board ices hockey plan? Clarkston School Board rejected a proposal to create a varsity hockey team that would be funded by parents. Objections included future funding and gender equity laws.
‘Making progress? Independence Township Supervisor Dale Stuart focused on ‘future planning? in the township, including Sashabaw Corridor, Independence Vision 2020, and White Lake Road improvements.
‘Weather Service has all the tools? The National Weather Service recently built a Forecast Office on White Lake Road, equipped with a state-of-the-art Doppler radar, radio gear, and upper air balloon equipment.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Most support bombing of Libya? U.S. bombing of Libya left area residents shaken, but many said they were glad President Ronald Reagan finally took action against terrorism. The bombing was in response to terrorist bombings against Americans by Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy.
‘Sesquicentennial plan in works? The committee planning Independence Township’s 150-year celebration looked into purchasing a town clock. They planned several fund raisers. Also, the newly formed Optimist Club of Clarkston pledged $1,00 for the clock.
‘Artist goes national? Guy Davis, Clarkston High School graduate and former cartoonist for The Clarkston News, got a comic book job as a penciler for Arrow Comics. The 19-year-old artist based his drawings on Japanese animation.

50 years ago – 1961

‘Susan Jackson to play lead? Clarkston High School presented the play ‘Auntie Mame,? with Jackson in the title role. Jim Woodward was the male lead, playing Beauregarde Burnside, a rich Southern gentleman.
‘Township library to maintain service? The Independence Township Library at 88 N. Main Street in Clarkston was to continue operation on a part-time basis, in the wake of a failed millage drive.
‘The Gat Twenties entertain? The Gay Twenties Extension Club entertained the Clarkston Evening Extension Club at the Community Center. Mrs. Barnett put on a fashion show to demonstrate how accessories can change the look of your wardrobe.

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.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Mobile caterpillar munching its way into town? A pest that eats and kills trees called the gypsy moth invaded Oakland County. Some districts within the county sprayed for the bugs but the problem hadn’t grown large enough for county involvement.
‘School board bans smoking? The Clarkston school district passed a policy changing their smoking guidelines to a full-time ban at any district building with a designated smoking area at certain times of the day.
‘Local man sails his way to six world titles? A 40-year-old Independence Township man has won six world titles and over 300 trophies in his 28 years of competitive sailing, along with writing four books on sailing and being a contribution editor to Sail Magazine.
‘Local woman meets Willie Nelson near home? An Independence Township woman met Willie Nelson and received an autograph after seeing him leaving Pine Knob Golf Course across from her home.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Name change to ease stigma? Residents of Shindler Road in Springfield Township filed a petition to change the name of their road to Woodland Trail after having a toxic dump on their road closed.
‘Dig unearths mastodon remnants? A group of 75 volunteers held an archeological dig off Seymour Lake Road and found a rib, skull and two pieces of tusk thought to be from a mastodon.
‘Weed harvester works cleaning up Big Lake? Property owners on Big Lake agreed to pay $182 a year for four years to help clean up the lake with the help of a weed harvester, which removed over 600,000 pounds of lake weeds.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Garden club goes to Africa? The Clarkston Farm and Garden Club were shown colored slides of a three-month trip to Africa by one of their members.
‘Local girl on modeling panel? A Clarkston High School student was chosen out of 1,500 girls to participate in a fashion program sponsored by Hudson stores and modeled in Northland, Eastland and downtown Hudson’s.
‘Bright Children may talk early? A study at Michigan State University found that children who speak at an earlier age are more likely to be gifted.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Candidates named in superintendent search? Eight midwestern men were selected to be interviewed to replace retiring Clarkston Superintendent Gary Haner. The School Board narrowed the finalists, including Albert Roberts, Ed.D., superintendent of Orange City School District in Ohio, from 58 applications.
‘Youth Assistance honors Clarkston’s young volunteers? Michael Romein, Kara Weil, and 71 other young volunteers and organizations were honored for making their community better.
‘Like dad, like daughter ? for a day? Molly Ormiston joined her father, Clarkston Police Chief Pail Ormiston, for a day on the beat during National Take Your Daughter to Work Day. The middle schooler helped her father patrol Clarkston, pick up Meals on Wheels, and attend meetings.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Birthday son? Tommy Boyd traveled from Florida to hide in a big box wrapped like a present, for his mother Jean Boyd’s birthday. He planned the surprise visit for months, with a ‘whole chain of elaborate deceptions, schemes, and cover-ups.?
‘Her winning ways continue? Carrie Slade won her third Waterford Optimist Breakfast Club speech contest in a row, accumulating $1,200 in scholarship money. The Clarkston Junior High student spoke for five minutes on ‘Optimism, a Way of Life.?
‘POH ponders Independence site? POH officials pondered a move of their Pontiac-based hospital to Independence Township. They were working on a satellite location on Dixie Highway near White Lake Road.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Tomorrow big day for school children? Enthusiasm was running high among the elementary school children of the Clarkston School System as they looked forward to watching ‘The Seven League Boots.? Wayne State University Children’s Theater was set to stage the dramatic version of the fairy tale classic ‘Hop O My Thumb.?
‘WKMH honors Mrs. H. Richmond? Mrs. Homer Richmond of Clarkston was saluted by the radio station for the fine job she was doing as district chairman of the Northern Oakland Girl Scout Council North District.
‘Clarkston locals? Mrs. John Middleton of New York City visited the families of her brother and sister, Richard Bullen and Mrs. Jack Wignall.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Man shoots ex-wife, self? An Independence Township man shot and killed his ex-wife in Pontiac, before turning the gun on himself. Police considered the deaths to be homicides.
‘CHS gets new assistant principal? Carol Ann Wilson was hired out of 62 applicants as the new assistant principal to Clarkston High School. She was one of three assistant principals to administer the school.
‘Traffic signal may come this week? A new traffic light was placed at the Main Street and Clarkston Road intersection where road widening also occurred.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Thomas stays? Janet Thomas was unanimously elected president of the Clarkston school board for the fourth year in a row.
‘Township files lawsuit? A lawsuit of $10,000 was filed by Independence Township against the state of Michigan for reimbursement of overtime paid to firefighters. A law began in 1979 required the township to pay overtime to firefighters working more than 54 hours a week.
‘Red Sutherland Place in transition? Dr. Sutherland’s home, the red building at the south end of the Village of Clarkston, was turned into McGillacutty’s restaurant and Matteo’s grocery store after going under new ownership.

50 years ago – 1958
“Large crowd here for July Fourth” Showers threatened but held off for Clarkston’s parade. Marching were the school band, children in costumes, old and new cars, a new rescue truck, horses, and Rotary Wheel with Uncle Sam. Fireworks were postponed due to rain, but enjoyed the night after.
‘Record $140,000 in prizes offered by state fair? The Michigan State Fair offered their highest amount ever, over $140,000, in agricultural and livestock prizes for participants in 1958.
‘Market celebrates 25th anniversary? Rudy’s Market celebrated 25 years in Clarkston after opening in 1933 and surviving a fire. The grocery store is still located on South Main Street in downtown Clarkston.
‘Archery honors brought to Clarkston? A local woman won first place in the Field Hunters Archery Tournament in Allen Park. Her husband received fourth place in a Michigan Archers Association Tournament as well.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Businesses say parking’s a problem? When Clarkston eliminated 14 parking places on Depot Road due to a slip-and-fall lawsuit, parking became a problem. One solution was a new 20-space parking lot at the bottom of the hill.
‘Superintendent candidate faces controversy? Interviews hadn’t started yet when Clarkston School Board faced controversy in its selection of a new superintendent. The candidate, superintendent of Owosso at the time, was in trouble with his local PTOs for trying to fire a principal.
‘Land conservancy will focus on paid director? Independence Land Conservancy was preparing for its spring membership meeting. The non-profit group preserved 19 parcels in the township, totally 290.4 acres.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Developers are ready to dig in? Development of four projects was set to begin, starting with Grovecrest of Clarkston nursing home, Clarkston Health Care Center, and Mediplex’s Deer Lake Village. Work on Northcreek Commons mall was also set to start soon at Northview Drive and I-75.
‘Mom awaits new dad’s return? Jeanne Garland watched the news of America’s military action in Libya with concern. Her husband, David, was a fire control technician on the U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier, standing by in the Mediterranean Sea. Their first child, Mark, was born while David was at sea.
‘Frisky fingers? Carolina Rutkoski of Independence Township won a Detroit-area typing competition, with 92.4 words per minute. She was set to compete nationally in Baltimore, Maryland.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Vaudeville to capture Clarkston? Clarkston High School hosted a Clarkston Community School Talent Show, with a theme of the Roaring 20s vaudeville days. Student director was Linda Chapman, and Sharon Gotschall was assistant director.
‘WSCS sponsors interesting speaker? The Clarkston group Woman’s Society of Christian Service invited Mrs. Robert White of Birmingham. She spoke about her and her husband’s trip to the Congo, where they worked in a hospital.
‘Clarkston locals? The Pritchards went to Richmond, Mich., to watch their granddaughter Barbara in the lead female role in her high school play. Then they hosted an open house for the cast, stagehands, and production coach.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Pine Knob sinks $1 million into 1996 improvements? Pine Knob Music Theatre was improved with the addition of the ‘Knob Knook,? a covered 80-by-20 foot area adjacent to concessions. Other improvements included a repainted pavilion, gravel surfacing in the hill lot, increased landscaping and backstage improvements.
‘Young named OCSD officer of the year? Detective Chuck Young was nominated Officer of the Year by Sgt. Jeff Crockett and Sgt. Susan Steinhelper. In their nomination, they said Young was assigned 200 cases the past year and from them got 178 charges filed.
‘It’s lights, cameras, auction for village players? Deer Lake Racquet Club held an auction of film and sports memorabilia to benefit the Clarkston Village Players. The auction was held by Kip Kammer to continue rennovations at the CVP theatre on White Lake Road.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Five CHS girls sew and save? Five Clarkston High School girls, Michelle Crites, Stacue Jensen, Jessica Kirk, Cecilia Ritter, and Wend Rollins took it upon themselves to sew their own prom dresses. The girls claimed that this would not only save money, but also allow them to better fit their dresses.
‘Crop walk is called a success? Raising $9,635, the first annual CROP Hunger Walk was a success- despite rain. About 180 people from seven churches walked the 10 kilometers to raise money for the Christian Rural Overseas Project (CROP). Sponsored by the Church World Service- CROP and the Independence Township Ministers Association, 25 percent of the money raised was used locally and the rest was used nationally to help fight hunger.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Dutch Elm disease not cured by zinc? Dutch Elm Disease had taken a heavy toll on Elms in Eastern Michigan. The Michigan Department of Agriculture announced that it was spread by the European bark beetle from diseased trees to healthy trees. It was also announced that, despite popular belief, the disease could not be cured by zinc, but by sanitation.
‘Polio clinic biggest yet? The fourth consecutive polio clinic at the Clarkston Elementary School was successful. There were a grand total of 1,350 shots given during the day. There were six nurses and a doctor working at all times towards the prevention of polio at the school that day.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Rescue truck hits car, hurls it at building? A woman was seriously injured when her car crossed five lanes of traffic and slammed into a building after she pulling out in front of a fire rescue truck near the corner of M-15 and Dixie Highway.
‘Starting School? A groundbreaking ceremony was held with several elementary students and school officials for the building of Springfield Plains elementary school at Holcomb Road.
‘Citizens ask board to build loop drive at Sashabaw? Residents of Pine Knob Lane requested that a loop drive be built at Sashabaw Junior High due to drainage and dust problems occurring on their road. Sashabaw Junior High is now known as Sashabaw Middle School.
‘Citizens question police, other expenses? At a budget hearing, Clarkston residents were concerned with the $156,057 police budget set for 1994. The high budget was set to cover wages, insurance, supplies, training, uniforms and squad cars according to city officials.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Grant nets school computers? Clarkston Junior High received a $10,000 grant to buy five word processors, a computer for teachers and a printer to be used in journalism and writing classes. This grant was awarded after Ruth Duling; an English teacher at Clarkston submitted an eight-page proposal to a nationwide grant program.
‘Guard Wanted? The Clarkston Village Council decided to hire a crossing guard at M-15 and Middle Lake Road for the safety of junior high students.
‘Road paving? The Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved $76,776 to pave Pine Knob Road from Clarkston-Orion road north for 1,500 feet. This paving will approach Flemings Lake Road and Rattalee Lake Road west of M-15.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Localite wins in archery contest? A local Clarkston woman won third place out of over 200 participants in the Michigan Archers Association State Target Tournament held in Lansing.
‘Celebrate July 4th in Clarkston? In collaboration with the Independence Township fire department Clarkston held its first real Fourth of July celebration. A parade at 10 a.m. followed by a display of the fire stations equipment on Washington Street and fireworks held at the high school to end the evening.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Recreation Association honors Middleton? The Michigan Recreation and Park Association presented Rep. Tom Middleton with a ‘Legislative Award? for his exceptional support of local parks and recreation.This was the first year that this award was given.
‘Winning student art in gallery show? Emily Boose, 11, a fifth-grade student at Clarkston Elementary School, won first place in the annual ‘Peace Begins at Home? poster contest sponsored by the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County, the Children’s Trust Fund and the Pontiac Creative Arts Center.
‘Like dad, like daughter–for a day? Clarkston Police Chief Paul Ormiston took his daughter Molly, 14, to work with him for ‘National Take Your Daughter to Work Day.?

25 years ago – 1986
‘Bryan Comes Home After Transplant? Two-year-old Bryan Weightman returned home with his family after a two-year struggle with congenital leukemia. He returned to Independence Township after spending four months in Washington state, where he underwent bone marrow transplant surgery. The transplant from his father Micheal offered Bryan his only hope for long-term survival from acute lymphocytic leukemia.
‘Fifty years later: A class reunion? The class of 1936 from Clarkston High School met for their 50 year reunion at Deer Lake Raquet Club.
‘Energy prize: Cedar Crest best in state? Cedar Crest Academy walked away with the top state award in the National Energy Education Day (NEED) Project contest. All 40 pupils enrolled in the school participated. The prize included a trip to Washington, D.C to attend the NEED National Recognition Ceremony with other winners.

50 years ago – 1961
‘What happened to the weather? Mrs. Beach’s eighth grade science classes studied weather and had a lot to observe with extreme temperature rises and falls.
‘Women’s club meet? The opening fall meeting of the Clarkston Woman’s Club was held in September at the Community Center. Mrs. Jack Frost, President presided over the business meeting.
‘March of Dimes takes a ‘coffee break?? Howard Altman, special events chairman for March of Dimes announced a Coffee Day that took place in the Clarkston Cafe. All proceeds went to the March of Dimes.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Recreation Association honors Middleton? The Michigan Recreation and Park Association presented Rep. Tom Middleton with a ‘Legislative Award? for his exceptional support of local parks and recreation.This was the first year that this award was given.
‘Licata named state’s best? Principal of Clarkston Middle School, Vince Licata, was named Michigan Associaion of the Secondary School Principals? Outstanding Middle Level Principal of the 1966-67 School Year by the MASSP.
‘Rested Burklow Runs 5:04 Mile at all-star event? Stefanie Burklow, a Clarkston graduate and track/cross country runner, finished fourth at the Midwest Meet of Champions June 8. Burklow raced a 1600 meter run and ran a personal-best time of 5:04.66.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Students pick Mahrle for teacher of the semester? History and American government teacher, Larry Mahrle, was chosen to be Teacher of the Semester. He also coached basketball at Clarkston, Lakes and Avondale and was named Coach of the Year by the Oakland Press in 1983 while at Avondale.
‘Friendly Faces? 19-year old, Carol Currey, enjoyed her job at Hallman’s Apothecary in Clarkston and had worked there for 17 years.
‘Love provides winning edge? Wendy McCarthy, a Clarkston Junior High School ninth-grader, took first place in the state 4-H horse bowl competition. There were 250 participants and McCarthy participated in the senior non-team division of the Michigan State University event.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Ruthann Carmean and Robert Porritt Married in Candlelight Service? In a candlelight ceremony in the Clarkston Methodist Church, Ruthann Louisa became the bride of Robert Lee Porritt. Reverend William Richards performed the ceremony.
‘Perry Smith Honored at Albion? Scholastic recognition was recieved by Perry B. Smith, a sophomore at Albion college. The award ceremony was held at Goodrich Chapel. Perry was recognized as a member of Delta Sigma Rho, national honorar forensics society, and of Kappa Mu Epsilon, national mathematics honorary.
‘Guest Speaker- Bud Guest? Bud Guest, who had worked in the newspaper and radio business, was the guest speaker at a family style dinner celebrating Michigan Week. The dinner was held by the Waterford – Drayton Rotary Club at the C.A.I building in Waterford.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Principal steps down? Only a year after being hired in as Clarkston High School principal, Jim Goebel asked to step down and become vice principal, leaving Brent Cooley to fill the position of principal.
‘Four named local heroes by Domino’s Pizza? Jim Evans, Dwight Spiker and Dale Ryan of Clarkston and Katie McKay of Ortonville were named in Domino’s ‘Local Heroes ? You’re the Tops!? program.
‘A parting gift’A 1993 Clarkston graduate, Bruce Worden, painted a wolf mural on the gymnasium wall of the field house to initiate school spirit in the future.
‘Senate passes boating bill? The senate passed a bill against reckless behavior in Michigan waterways, which restricts lawbreakers from boating activities for two years and requires them to take a marine safety education program.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Pine Knob gets OK to sell alcohol? The Liquor Control Commission approved a liquor license for Pine Knob Music Theater allowing the sale of beer and wine and banning patrons from bringing their own alcohol. Pine Knob is now known as DTE Energy Music Theater.
‘Flower thieves hit cemetery? Lakeview Cemetery saw an increase in stolen flowers and heavy urns near White Lake Road. Over 15 were stolen since the Memorial Day weekend holiday.
‘First Concert in the Park scheduled July 1? Clarkston’s fourth annual Concerts in the Park featured three days and a 32-piece band led by conductor Jim Morris in Depot Park.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Township receives flag of Michigan? The State flag was presented to Independence Township, flown in the Memorial Day parade and then hung in the Township offices.
‘Clarkstonite manages fabulous restaurant? John Londes, a Clarkston local, opened the Roostertail, a restaurant and cocktail lounge, on Marquette Drive along the Detroit River.
‘Symbols of Mackinac Bridge Dedication? The new $100 million bridge was set for dedication, with a three-day celebration of parades, 83 county queens, military displays and demonstrations, memorials to the five workers killed building the bridge, exhibits, reenactments, fireworks, celebrities, distinguished visitors, and other activities.

15 years ago – 1993
‘City sued for $1 million? An Independence Township man asked for $1 million in damages, including mental and physical distress, after his illegal arrest was made by two Clarkston police officers.
‘Pine Knob theater officials say noise on decline? Pine Knob Theater, now known as DTE Energy theater, installed noise ‘softening? equipment under the pavilion and computers to control sound distribution throughout the hill. Their innovative changes made news in an acoustic music magazine.
?70 youths honored at Youth Assistance gala? The Clarkston Area Youth Assistance Committee held a gala to honor 70 adolescents nominated by 21 organizations for their positive contributions to their community.
‘Split board denies I-75 sound wall easement? A proposed 13-foot sound wall for the M-15 exit of I-75 was denied by an Independence Township board vote of 4-3.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Heroes, life saving rescue’A husband and wife were saved after seven neighbors helped pull them from their burning house and called the fire department in northeast Independence Township.
‘Historic district residents to vote on ordinance?174 homeowners living in the historic district were given the opportunity to participate in a mail-vote on whether the historic housing ordinance should be re-implemented.
‘She makes TEEN’s list? A Sashabaw Junior High ninth-grader became a semifinalist in TEEN Magazine’s Great model search.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Local boys on television? Two Clarkston boys known as ‘The Ski Brothers? were on national television playing guitar and singing a song they had composed.
‘Strawberry Social at Sashabaw? A strawberry social was held by a committee to promote the restoration of Sashabaw Presbyterian Church to a New England style.
‘Hard Work Pays Off? A 12-year-old Waterford boy used earnings from his job as a paper boy to buy an accordion and received two honors at the regional music contest in Flint.

15 years ago – 1996
‘VICA–the tie that binds tech. students? Students at the Oakland Technical Center Northwest were brought together by a club called Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. Students competed with their own peer group in a competition held by the VICA. Students in the advertising design program took the first four places in the regional competition in their field.
‘Humpreys-Bondy wed in Orion? Robert John and Michele Ann (Humphreys) Bond were married Oct. 14, 1995 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Orion. The ceremony was officiated by Father Joseph Dailey. A reception for 280 friends and relatives followed at Deer Lake Racquet and Country Club in Clarkston.
‘Algur is first tennis finalist in 30 years? Junior at Clarkston High School, Mike Algur, became the first Clarkston boys player to qualify for the state finals in 30 years. He had played #1 singles at Clarkston since he was a freshman and had always dreamed of qualifying for states.

25 years ago – 1986
‘New-fangled prize? Semi-retired priest of Columbiere Center, Andrew Yatsco, won a Gravitar Video game in a raffle at Cherry Hill Lanes. Yatsco and his fellow Jesuits from Columbiere spent time every day at the bowling alley.
‘Fire roars through town trash pile? A fire of unknown origin burned a major portion of the trash pile created during Independence Township’s Spring Cleanup. The fire on Flemings Lake Road was reported on Memorial Day by George Anderson, the director of the department of public works.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Marian Lessard to sing in MSUO concert? The Michigan State University Oakland Chorus and the University of Michigan Collegium Musicum performed at MSUO. Featured singers were Marian Lessard of Clarkston, Nancy Kelly, Alice Stentz, Kyle Wilson, and Fred Burnett.
‘High School Selects Honor Students? Clarkston High School selected honor students. Honor students included Mary Upward, Mary Robbins, Judy Booth, Rosalie Lippert, Joan Bailey, Nancy Walker, and Earl Pearson.
‘Births Announced? Lori Ann was born to the Floyd Sommers family. She was born at Pontiac General Hospital on May 21st, weighing 6 lbs. and 3 ozs.

15 years ago – 1996
‘One good cook? Jeanette Justus of Clarkston was a finalist at the Bavarian Inn Lodge 10th annual Cook Off in Frankenmuth. Justus prepared her recipe for potato and cheese pierogies before a live audience and was awarded two tickets for Sunday brunch at the lodge. Winners were chosen on the basis of originality, flavor, texture, and appearance.
‘A whole day of art? Awesome!? Students at North Sashabaw Elementary participated in a festival of Fine Arts marathon when they traded in their regular classes for a day of creativity. Children were asked to pick six creative activities from a list of 21 choices to participate in.
Downtown house has that at-the-lake appeal? Clarkston Real Estate broker, Pam Ford Morgan modernized her 1890 cottage in the village of Clarkston. The home, on Parke Lake was to be featured in the Clarkston Home Tour 14.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Quilt pays tribute to ‘Ma? Gibson? Betsy Travis, parent and fibers artist, presented Clarkston High School drama department director, Barb Gibson, with a quilt. Travis had worked on the quilt every day for eight months. The quilt had 25 squares representing 23 musicals and two plays that had appeared on the Clarkston High School Little Theatre stage.
‘Rev. celebrates 25th? The Rev. Robert Walters marked his 25th year as an ordained minister at Calvar Lutheran Church. The receptions were planned as a surprise by parishioners at the church, where Walters had served as a pastor for 15 years.
‘Meet the school board candidates? Candidates running to be members of the 1986 school board were Mary Jane Chaustowich, Bruce Harlton, and John Needham.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Boy Scout Troop wins first place award at Show-O-Ree? Boy Scout Troop 126 participated in the 1961 District Show-O-Ree and recieved the first place award in the Boy Scout division. The troop displayed the various outdoor cooking techniques by frying doughnuts and pancakes, and by baking pies in reflector ovens.
?4-H Club holds first meeting? The 4-H Club group for Maybee Road and around had their first meeting. The group elected officers and chose a name. Members included president Susan Crawford, vice president Lynda Loomis, and secretary Cheryl Cullen.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Nurse’s peddle bike safety program? Teacher Betty Kozma’s second-graders of Clarkston Elementary learned the rules of riding the road on bikes. Students participated in a bike safety and head injury prevention program organized by nurses from William Beaumont Hospital Rehabilitation Unit.
‘Haner ready for next career? Clarkston school superintendent, Gary Haner, retired. Haner retired with plans to go into the real estate business with his wife, Sue.
‘New arrival? Keith E and Karen J (Colfer) Bailey of Clarkston announced the birth of a son, Edward Robert, born at Huron Valley Hospital on May 17, 1996.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Witnesses Work Wonders? The Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall was built in only 36 hours by the Michigan Quick-Built Committee. There were about 1,200 volunteers, including several hundred parishioners. All of the people who put up the building were non-paid volunteers.
‘Co-workers bid Connie Keeley a fond adieu? Connie Keeley retired after 21 years with the Clarkston Post Office. Keeley had witnessed many changes in the post office, including four postmaster changes and a growing number of routes.
‘CHS writer 3rd? Claire Needham, a senior at Clarkston High School, was named third place winner in the Hope Journalism Olmpics for a report she wrote on food for senior citizens. Needham was awarded a bronze medal by WXYZ television newscaster Bill Bonds.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Linda Skarritt takes third place in roller skating event? 7-year old Clarkston resident, Linda Skarritt, took third place in the Juvenile ‘B? Girl’s Freeskating event at the 1961 Michigan State Amateur Roller Skating Championship.
‘Jane Moultrup winner of nursing scholarship? Jane Moultrup of Clarkston was among ten Michigan high school seniors to win a 1960 Blue Cross nursing scholarship of $300 each. They topped a field of more than 600 contestants and were picked from a narrowed field of 145 finalists.
‘Friends honor future bride? Ann Wright was honoree at a shower given by Mrs T.W. Bergman and Mrs. D.C. Inman. Guests presented Wright with gifts for her future home. Wright’s wedding was set to take place in Alaska.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Clintonwood Park to open new fields? Clintonwood Park held a grand opening event for the addition of four new ball fields and a concession stand.
‘Deer breaks into Technical Center? A deer jumped through a plate-glass window and ran the halls of the Oakland Technical Center-Northwest until janitors escorted it out. Scuffed floors and the broken window were the only damages to the school.
‘Little Allison makes medical history? A 3-year-old girl died of cardiac arrest caused by toxic shock syndrome and was resuscitated after 41 minutes of CPR.
‘Candidates for school board profiled? Karen Foyteck was running for her second term on the Clarkston Board of Education, against Bill Craig, Bill McGregor, Lee Rogers, and Paul Van Klaveren.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Troubled intersection? The intersection of Dixie Highway and Maybee Road had an increase in the amount of accidents becoming the third most dangerous intersection with 14 accidents.
‘She’s the tops? A Clarkston Junior High School girl was named ‘first in individual problem solving? and received 6th place at the international problem solving competition held in Cedar Springs, Iowa.
‘Reading clinic offered by Oakland? For the first time Oakland University conducted a reading clinic for grades K – 6 in Clarkston.
‘Independence ponders hiring township manager? After the resignation of township clerk Christopher Rose, Independence Township considered hiring a township manager with duties determined by the board.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Clarkston High Graduates 107? The first graduating class exceeding 100 students held commencements in the high school gym.
‘Miracle Mile, speedway opens Sunday, June 8? A raceway for children ages 4 to 15 years old was opened at S. Telegraph and Square Lake Road. Children drove motorized cars built by their fathers.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Burklow ‘outstanding? with three medals at finals? Senior Stefanie Burklow medaled in three events at the Class A girls track finals. Burklow set a school record in the 1600 run with 15th-place finish in 5:10, took 6th in the 800 run in 2:19.7 and led the 3200 relay team to a 6th place finish with a season-best time of 9:37.6.
‘Roberts is new superintendent? Al Roberts was chosen for superintendent of Clarkston schools. Roberts was chosen to replace retiring superintendent, Gary Haner, and was the first of 59 people to submit an application.
‘A big birthday in black and white? The staff of North Sashabaw Elementary surprised principal, George White, with 1,100 black balloons in his office for his 50th birthday.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Dorene Melvin a bad momma in karate? In the 11th annual Tri-State Tae Kwon Do Karate Championships, Dorene Melvin of Waterford placed second in white belt fighting and third in white belt forms for women. Melvin hobbied in karate while mothering her two elementary school-age sons.
‘Pen Pals meet at Toledo Zoo? After writing to their pen pals for nearly the whole year, Rosemary Lewis? second grade met their Ohio pen pals at the Toledo Zoo. The elementary pupils were accompanied by their teacher, eight volunteer mothers and their principal, William Potvin. The pen pals were students from Liverpool Elementary School in Ohio.
‘Norman’s work lands job with Browns? Kurt Norman, 1982 CHS graduate and student of Hillsdale College, signed a two-year free agent football contract with the Cleveland Browns.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Jack Craven opens TV & radio business? Jack Craven, who had lived in Clarkston all his life, started a television and radio repair service in Clarkston.
‘Earl Pearson gets scholarship? Earl Pearson, 17, was awarded the tuition scholarship which Michigan State University Oakland gave each year to an outstanding student from Clarkston High School. The scholarship could be worth as much as $1,120 over the recipient’s college career.
‘Clarkston Locals? Mrs. Richard Roy, former Karolyn Kath, was guest of honor at a surprise post-nuptial shower given by her aunt, Mrs. Maynard Kath at the Vernon Kath home. Mr. and Mrs. Roy were married on May 26 in Pontiac.

15 years ago – 1996
?2 local students are tops in math? Springfield Plains students, Chris Freed and Blake Harlow, recieved perfect scores on the international Mathematical Olmpiads. The two fifth-graders were among only 204 students of the 79,502 who participated and received perfect scores. Each student recieved a trophy and a medal for their hard work.
‘Teen is a car wash queen? Marge McNeil, a 1995 Clarkston graduate, was nominated from the Ritters for Professional Carwashing & Detailing Magazine’s 1996 Most Valuable Carwasher Award. Her go-getter attitude and the resulting increased sales for the business earned her the nomination.
‘Milestones? John Toretta, a 1989 Clarkston High School graduate, and Jennifer Janet announced their engagement.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Mercy doctor honored? The residents in internal medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Pontiac, gave special praise to their instructor, Michael Baker, M.D. Baker won an award for excellence in teaching and recieved an engraved plaque at the hospital’s House Staff Graduation ceremony.
‘Competitive Craig carries on tennis success at Purdue? Kelly Craig, 1985 CHS student, went from playing tennis in Clarkston to playing for Purdue University in Indiana. Craig earned a 5.0 (of 6.0) grade point average while studying business and playing tennis. She was ranked 119th in the nation and 11th in the Western ranking.
‘Accident victim praises town? Marilyn Stanley was injured when going for a bicycle ride with her daughter. When she was injured, every single person in the area stopped to help, said Stanley. ‘I’m so happy I chose this place to live because everyone was so wonderful to me,? she said.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Ronald Irwin recieves B.A.? Mr. and Mrs. Robert Irwin attended their son, Ronald’s graduation exercises at Sterling College in Kansas where Ronald received his B.A. degree in physics.
‘Local artist has exhibit for Pontiac Centennial? A series of paintings by local artist, Jack Greathouse, was painted expressly for the Pontiac Centennial and displayed in the former Jane Lee shop in Pontiac. The exhibit was reminiscent of horse and buggy days.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Rubbing elbows with the stars? George White served as Pine Knob Music Theatre’s director of community relations during the first two decades of operation. During this time, White described experiencing many interesting moments, such as meeting Gene Simmons.
‘New Youth Assistance caseworker for Clarkston? After nearly 13 years with Waterford Youth Assistance, Fred Morden became Clarkston’s new Youth Assistance caseworker. Morden was transferred where caseworker Theresa Blundell-Zucker was on sick leave. Morden was given a copper-covered boot along with a certificate recognizing his contribution.
‘Garden club wins national honor? The Clarkston Garden Club won first place in the national level for its community gardening activities. The club also tied for first at the state level.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Richardson honored; Farough to Hillsdale? For the second straight year, Clarkston girls track coach Gordie Richardson was chosen Oakland County Coach of the Year.
‘Sixth-grader places 2nd in national contest? Jessica Miller, Clarkston Elementary School sixth-grader, won second place in the State Scenario Competition in Michigan and continued to the national contest along with about 60 entries representing the top three winners from states across the nation. For her topic, Jessica chose ‘Feeding the World? and she called her work ‘Feedo.?
‘Heatherington and Centerfold show skill? Holl Heatherington and her horse Centerfold won both the intermediate Junior Hunter and Low Hunter classes at the May Hadley Hill show.

50 years ago – 1961
‘New appointment for David Yoh? Rev. David Yoh was named Associate Pastor of Central Methodist Church. Yoh had been pastor of the Vernon Methodist Church for several years.
‘Mrs. Beardslee is retiring? After 36 years of teaching in Michigan’s public elementary schools, Mrs. Emily Beardslee retired. She had taught in the schools of Farmington, Clarkston, and Grayling, and for 17 years in the Lake Shore Schools area.
‘Cummings – Mann Rites Read? Elaine Cummings and George B. Mann were united in Marriage in the Birmingham Congregational Church. A reception for the guests was held in a club in Royal Oak.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Nowak says now’s his time? Pat Nowak, a Republican from Clarkston, decided to run for Congress. A former county and state government official, Nowak campaigned against longtime Democratic Congressman Dale Kildee (D., Flint) for the Ninth Congressional District.
‘Environmental energizer sings, has fun with CMS students? Clarkston Middle School students learned science through the antics of wack Natural Science Song & Dance Man ‘Billy B.? Brennan who performed during two assemblies. The singer/guitarist used music and humor to teach them about ozone, the declining frog population, the rain forest, and other environmental topics.

25 years ago – 1986
‘Local men star at wheelchair games? Philip Batchelor and Steve Himburg of Clarkston had outstanding performances at the wheelchair games held in Troy. Batchelor won two gold medals at the 22nd annual competition by placing first in the softball throw and the discus. Himburg raced to five second-place showings in his class, in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter pushes.
‘The final four shine in Glover’s Jeopardy? Students of Barb Glover’s Clarkston Elementary sixth-grade class reached the end of their semester-long Jeopardy game. The final four contestants were Charles Grech, Derek Bildstein, Jenna Smith, and David Studt with Smith emerging as the winner.

50 years ago – 1961
‘George Elliot honored by church school teachers? The Church School leaders of First Methodist Church held a dinner to honor George Elliot, who had served as Church School Treasurer for 39 years. Also honored at the event were Paul Eliason, Superintendent of the Junior Department, and Earle Hawke, who had been a teacher in the nurser for seven years.
‘Births? Mr. and Mrs. Throndset announced the birth of their daughter, Robin Kay, born at Pontiac General Hospital on June 19.
‘Newlyweds to reside in Dallas, Texas? The marriage of Miss Judie Eickstedt and Dwight Pettengill was performed at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg Wisconsin. A reception was held at the Cedars, following the ceremony.
‘Clarkston Locals? Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sturdy of Clarkston and their son went to visit relatives in Mansfield, Ohio.

15 years ago – 1996
‘New Arrivals? Bob and Deanne Olsen of Clarkston announced the birth of twin daughters, Paige Rebecca and Dana Marie, born May 15 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
‘Duman-Kortge? Mr. and Mrs. Micheal Duman of Brighton announced the engagement of their daughter, Stacy Ann, to Gary Douglas Kortge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cleon Kortge of Clarkston.
‘No justice, no peace? Clarkston reporters, Margaret Hartley and Damon Hartley, went on strike with 2,500 other workers from their jobs at The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. The workers desired a better work environment.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Minister leaves for missionary work in Brazil? After 15 years of ministerial service in the Independence Township area, the Rev, Clancy Thompson left for Brazil. Thompson had accepted a 10-year missionary appointment.
‘Local grab 4-H project awards? Two 4-H members of Clarkston were named 1986 Michigan 4-H project award winners during 4-H Exploration Days at Michigan State University in June. Janet Louise Mailley, 18, was chosen as Michigan’s 1986 home management project award winner. Cheryl Tiedeman, 16, was named Crafts project award winner. Both were members of the Oakhill 4-H club.
‘Himburg makes impression as wheelchair athlete? Himburg traveled 60 to 70 miles a week through the streets of Clarkston while training for a long-distance wheelchair race. Himburg had participated in wheelchair events for the previous four years and raced to five second-place finishes at the qualifying games in Troy.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Local artist exhibits? An art exhibit, featuring the work of Mrs. Sandford McLain of Clarkston, was held in the Clarkston Community Center.
‘Greshem – Caverly vows spoken? Marriage Vows were spoken by Sandra Lee Greshem and Richard Caverly at First Methodist Church in Clarkston.
‘Area students on deans list? Two Clarkston students were among the 310 named to the dean’s honor list at Flint Community Junior College for the second semester. The students were Richard J. Lippert, a 1958 graduate of Clarkston and Philip R. Smith who was working toward a degree in Library Science.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Death to the DDA?? Proposal A promised property tax relief and a new way of funding schools, but also threatened funding for Independence Township’s Downtown Development Authority.
‘National observance? Local residents gathered in front of Independence Township Hall to pray, for National Day of Prayer.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Charities win Fun Run? Cool breezes and mild temperatures brought 104 runners to benefit SCAMP and the Northwest Oakland Vocational Education Center. The one-mile, five-kilometer, and 10-kilometer races started from the center and went through the Colombiere Center campus.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Clarkston visited by Cassopolis mayor? Officials from the southwest Michigan town met with Clarkston business and government leaders to discuss ways to some their similar ‘problems.?

15 years ago – 1996
‘Neighbor alerts family to fire? A Clarkston house on Deerhill Ct. was spared serious damage when the neighbor, Michael Odette, noticed the smoke and took action. Odette saw the smoke as he was leaving for work, called the fire department, and woke the family. A 14-year-old resident of the house had changed a lightbulb earlier and had used a 100 watt bulb instead of the 25 watt bulb the lamp was made for.
‘Garden Club’s generosity repaid? Four years after recieving the first of four annual scholarships from the Clarkston Garden Club, Julia Fyda donated $500 back so others could recieve a scholarship. The recipients of the scholarships were Sarah Fenton and Julie Lloyd.
‘Eberhardt to work with Carter in Hungary? Carol Eberhardt, a resident of Clarkston, worked towards the completion of the first homes built by Habitat for Humanity of North Oakland. She also worked alongside former president Jimmy Carter at a Habitat blitz build in Vac, Hungary.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Teacher Sherill Bailey brings home fond memories? Clarkston teacher, Sherill Bailey returned after teaching in Mexico for two years. Bailey had gone to Mexico with the intention of teaching for one year. Her love for the kids there changed her mind and kept her there for another year.
‘Conlen helps others see the way? Kate Conlen, a student of Clarkston High School, became heavily involved in a 4-H group called Eyes Against Darkness over the summer. The club raised Leader Dogs for the Blind. Conlen was working on her second puppy, Benny.
‘Willitses celebrate golden anniversary? A surprise 50th wedding anniversary party was given by the family of George and Marge Willits. Eighty-five people attended the celebration. The came from all over the United States and Canada including Hawaii, Florida, Ontario, and Arizona.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Janice Farrell engaged? Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Farrell of Clarkston announced the engagement of their daughter Janice to Jerry Urick.
‘H.S. principal employed? Mr. Milford Mason accepted the position of Clarkston Senior High School.
‘New Pastor at Waterford Church? Reverend Ronald Thompson became the new pastor of the Methodist Church, Waterford.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Remembering Courtney? A memorial service was held at Clarkston United Methodist Church for 18-year-old Courtney Johns of Clarkston. Courtney was among the passengers on TWA Flight 800 which exploded shortly after taking off from Kennedy Airport in New York. Courtney was on her way to visit a friend in Paris. Courtney is remembered as a nationally ranked tennis player, a ‘shining light,? and a wonderful person.
‘New Arrival? Monica Lnn Wanat was born at Huron Valley Hospital to Roman and Peggy Wanat Jr. of Ferndale. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.
‘Workin? for free- CHS grad interns in US capital? Patrick Wall, Clarkston High School graduate of the Class of ?94, worked as an intern for Congressman Dale Kildee in Washington, D.C. Wall was a political science major at Central Michigan University and worked in the US capital for the summer.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Caller dials Clarkston from Africa? Mark Hood of Clarkston was called by a man from South Africa who had been dialing random numbers so he could speak with an American. The man identified himself as Tinus Van Rensburg. Van Rensburg impressed Hood as a sincere oung man who wanted to learn about other countries and help others learm about his country.
‘Thomas elected for seventh year? For the seventh consecutive year, Janet Thomas was elected president of the Clarkston board of education by her fellow board members.
‘Hines-Casterline? Bonnie Morine, a graduate from Clarkston High School, and Michael Casterline announced their engagement. A September wedding was planned.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Asher-Bergman vows spoken? Patricia Asher of Cass City and Gary Bergman of Pigeon were married at the Pigeon Cross Lutheran Church. Patricia graduated from Clarkston High School in June, 1960.
‘Spectacular floral display? Mr. and Mrs. ‘Mickey? Monroe displayed many colored hydrangeas in front of their home on S. Ortonville Road. For the third successive year, the Monroes had sprayed the flowers along their porch with floral spray. Colors included red, purple, pink, bronze and silver.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Water woes? After 14 years of waiting, residents of Springfield Township demanded clean up of tainted ground water. The Woodland Trails site was still contaminated with toxic waste, dumped in the late 1960s.
‘Park merger in planning stages; waterpark isn’t? Oakland County, and townships of Springfield and Whitelake wanted to add Pontiac Lake Recreation Area to Indian Springs Metropark. This would have created a 6,000-acre park. A high-tech water park was also under discussion.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Schools approve 2-year pact? Almost a year of negotiations on the Clarkston schools teachers? contract ended with unanimous approval of a two-year contract. It included a wage freeze for teachers the first year, and 5.95 percent raises the next. Average salaries were $25,000-$26,500. Identical raises were also approved for district administrators.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Dinner honors J. Ward Robbins? Clarkston resident Jay Ward Robbins was honored by more than 50 of his fellow Detroit Edison employees for his retirement. He had worked with the company for 35 years.

15 years ago – 1996
‘A love affair with cars? Clarkston resident, Blaine Jenkins, showed his most prized automobile in the Concours d’Elegance events that took place at Meadow Brook Hall. Jenkins showed his favorite convertible, a 1961 Lincoln, which was a long, sleek, black four-door.
‘Get it in there? It was a hole-in-one for Bernie Becker, her first one ever at the age of 71. Windmill Lakes Par 3 Golf Club in Davisburg. Becker used an 8-iron on the 9th hole to sink the shot.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Davis Clan Celebrates 100th reunion? Over 150 decendants of Cornelius Davis celebrated the 100th family reunion. Some of the descendents came from as far away as Canada and Alaska to celebrate. The reunion was held in the home of James Harvey Davis, which was being restored by the Springfield Township Historical Society.
‘Born minutes apart? Within three minutes, Jerry and Jean Messing of Clarkston became grandparents twice on July 26. Their grandaughters were born at different hospitals in Pontiac. The eldest of their new granddaughters was Nicole Jean born to Joseph and Pam Messing of Holly. The younger was Andrea Marie born to Roger and Debbie Messing of Pontiac.
‘Courtney twirls to contest success? Courtney Grimes, third-grader at Pine Knob Elementary, was crowned ‘Regional Miss TU Majorette,? for ages 7-8. The competition, held in Port Huron at the Blue Water Festival involved twirling and show routines and modeling in a party dress. Courtney, 8, had been twirling for one and half years.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Freshman visits WMU Campus? Suzanne Larkin of N. Holcomb St., Clarkston was one of more than 2,200 freshmen who expected to enter Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo for the first time that fall. She spent two days in the summer visiting the campus.
‘Graduates from instructor course? Joseph Gardiner of Clarkston graduated from the instructor training course at the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Training Center in Yorktown, Va.
‘Clarkston Locals? Richard Lord spent the summer as a counselor at the Upper Peninsula Bible Camp near Marquette. Dr. and Mrs. Robert Buehrig and their children, Cappy, Heidi, Bobbette and Chipper, spent a week vacationing at Niagra Falls.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Radiothon tugs at the heart strings? Clarkston parents Mike and Nancy Weightman hosted their sixth annual radiothon on WCSX-FM, a music rock station. The radiothon raised money for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The Weightmans were working to give back some of the support they recieved from the CLF when their son Bryan was born with genital acute lymphocytic leukemia.
‘Algur stays hot? Clarkston senior-to-be Mike Algur continued his winning streak after being the first CHS boys tennis player to qualify for the state tournament in almost 30 years. Algur won two summer tournaments in a month, including Northville Junior Open and Century Cellunet Junior Open in St. Joseph.
‘Milestones: Marking 50 years? Eugene P. and Jacklyn E. Foote of Clarkston celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They had several children and 12 grandchildren.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Trainer keeps athletes going? Michael Therriault of the Clarkston Sports Medicine Clinic spent two weeks as a volunteer athletic trainer at the Olympic complex in Marquette. The experience gave Therriault the chance to work with top-level athletes and stay current on the trends in medicine.
‘Penpal friendship endures 29 years? Bunny Newmarch of Springfield Township and Jill Parker of England had been penpals for 29 years, managing three visits to each other over the years, when their chidren began writing to each other as well. Amy Newmarch and Martin Parker began writing to each other at age 14.
?4-H program brings 3 to Clarkston? The Conlens, Shneiders, and Treses entertained a child from Japan this month as part of a 4-H exchange program. Tomoyuki Saito was the guest of Shane Trese, Nobuko Onuki stayed with Kate Conlen and Noriko Shiomi visited Jennifer Shneider. They found that kids the same age aren’t very different no matter where they’re from.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Births announced? A baby girl, Janice Marie, who weighed 6 lbs. 8 ozs, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Logan of Cramlane Street.
‘Farrell – Urick vows spoken? Janice M. Farell and Gerald Urick exchanged marriage vows at Christ Lutheran Church in Waterford. Performing the double ring ceremony was the Reverend Paul Johns of Calvary Lutheran Church.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Board approves teacher layoffs? Clarkston Board of Education agreed to lay off seven teachers, mostly at elementary schools and Oakland Technical Center-Northwest.
‘Dad, others die in crash? Three men, including a Davisburg resident, were killed when a van crossed the median and crashed head on with another van on I-75, south of Dixie.
‘Millage renewal added to ballot? Clarkston School Board wanted voters to renew 32 mill in property taxes. The vote on Proposal A was coming up, which, if approved, would roll back school funding to about 22 mills, official said. The millage renewal needed to be on the ballot in case Proposal A failed, they said.
‘Volunteers kick off Lighthouse Food Network? Organizers set up a network of grocers, volunteers, and charities to serve those in need. They delivered unsold fresh food that would normally be thrown away to local food pantries.

25 years ago – 1983
‘CHS grad makes national headlines? Jill Vedder, president of Clarkston High School’s Class of 1977, was one of a group of eight spelunkers trapped while exploring a cave in Kentucky. They were trapped for three days when rain flooded the cave entrance.
‘School officials discus U.S. survey? A federal report describing recent breakdowns in student performance nationwide applied more to large, urban school districts, officials said. Superintendent Milford Mason said the report would be examined for ways to benefit Clarkston students.
‘Springfield teen tries for Miss Michigan U.S.A.? Dawn Balhorn competed against 60 teens from all over the state. She didn’t win, but it was a good experience, she said.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Cheaper houses are possible, expert says? Cost cutting could reduce home costs, a Michigan State University specialist said. Average salary was $5,000 a year, so houses costing $15,000 was too much, he said. Builders could save money by using drywall and ready-built windows, centralizing plumbing, and eliminating the basement.
‘Clarkston locals? Jeannie Conley had 12 little guests for the afternoon to help her celebrate her third birthday

15 years ago – 1996
‘Deputy retires to spend time with family? After 25 years in uniform, Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Brodkorb retired to spend time with his wife Jeanne and his three adopted children. ‘My life is devoted to my family and I want to devote some time to them before it’s too late,? he said.
‘Fundraiser is congregation’s labor of love? Clarkston Free Methodist Church held a fundraiser for Waterford resident Judy McLaughlin, who had been on dialysis for half of her 36 years. As a Clarkston High School senior, McLaughlin learned just weeks before graduation she had kidney disease. Clarkston Free Methodist Church held a garage sale, bake sale, craft booth, and other activities to raise money for her kidney transplant.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Artist’s works fly back home? Gary Mills brought his life-like woodcarved song birds back home to Clarkston. Mills? interest in woodworking and architectural drawing began during his years at Clarkston High School. After teaching industrial arts four years in Polo, Ill., Mills and his wife, Laura, returned to Michigan with their three children.
‘Seminar experience shapes teen’s goals? After attending a world affairs seminar in Whitewater, Wisc., Clarkston High School senior, Jon Midtgard, decided to study political science and then international law. He was chosen by the Clarkston Rotary Club to go to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at the recommendation of CHS social studies teachers. During his week there, he attended lectures and discussed world affairs with students and political leaders from all over the world.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Carolyn Ruggles chosen queen? 17 year-old Carolyn Ruggles was chosen queen of the 4-H fair in Pontiac. About a dozen girls were competing for the honor, leaving three finalists. The three finalists had to make a speech on 4-H work. Carolyn’s speech on ‘What 4-H Members can Gain from Club Work.? She was crowned with a rhinestone tiara, and presented with a trophy and a dozen red roses.
‘Births announced? Mr. and Mrs. Dan MacLennan of Overlook Drive became the parents of a 6 lb. daughter named Karen Elaine. She was born August 2, at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Portables approved for Clarkston High? To make room for freshmen at Clarkston High School in the fall, the district planned to buy four portable classrooms. The school needed room for 500 new students. The portables were to cost about $160,000.
‘Search for fire hall re-ignites in Independence? After a five-month layoff, Independence Township resumed a search to find a site for a new fire hall. The search committee was focusing on property along M-15.
‘Board haggles over trash-toting Clarkstonites? Independence Township agreed to let Clarkston residents participate in the upcoming Spring Cleanup Days, over objections of officials who thought they should at least pay a non-resident fee.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Teachers ratify two-year contract? Clarkston Education Association approved a two-year agreement, with no raise the first year and an unspecified increase in the second. District administration still had to approve the contract.
‘Economy picks up; building department stalls? The Independence Township Building Department found itself shorthanded as the economy picked up, with a growing list of jobs and no time to do them.
‘Postmaster opens doors to area? William Kinsley II took over Clarkston’s post office. He worked as a letter carrier, officer in charge, and branch manager before becoming postmaster.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Mrs. Wm. Shunck Woman of the Year? Waterford-Clarkston Business and Professional Women’s Club named Mrs. William Schunck ‘Woman of the Year.? She received a bronze engraved plaque, orchid corsage, and several gifts. She was chosen for her contributions to local culture, friendliness, and help to the sick and needy.
‘Distance dialing started Sunday? The first long-distance telephone call dialed direct from this area was made April 19, 1958. Independence Township Supervisor Duane Hursfall called Rep. William Broomfield in Washington, D.C. Many local civic leaders attended ceremonies kicking off the new service.
‘Schools plan safety if tornado strikes? Superintendent L.F. Greene organized practice drills for students, first aid supplies at all schools, and other safety programs in case of tornado.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Substitute mom will drive the kids? Clarkston mom, Bev Irwin, began a service which would offer transportation to children around Clarkston. Irwin said she got the idea after trying to find such a service for her 4 year-old daughter, Samantha. The closest one was in West Bloomfield which was too far and too expensive.
‘Clarkston teen makes medical history? 12-year-old Clarkston resident, Russell Dorn, was one of only six patients treated with a drug called heparin when he was dignosed as having only one ventricle on his heart, rather than two. Russell was being treated at U of M. The experimental drug is an anti-coagulant that is often prescribed for clotting conditions and seemed to work wonders.
‘McBride-Jasso wed in Clarkston? John Lonnie and Sian Jeannine (McBride) Jasso were married Aug. 24, 1996. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Larry Anderson at the groom’s parents? home.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Tetreault, Burger exchange vows? Dianne Lynn Tetreault and Mark C. Burger were wed at the Academy of Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills on July 19. The Rev. Thomas Meagher performed the traditional Catholic mass. The bride is the daughter of former Clarkston residents, Mr. and Mrs. Verne Tetreault. The bridegroom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burger.
‘Johnson ‘the best? bartender? Dawn Johnson was recognized for her friendly, smiling service as a daytime bartender at the Clarkston Cafe. She had been a bartender for nine years.
‘New Arrivals? Matthew Grant was born at Pontiac General Hospital, Pontiac. He weighed 5 pounds 9 1/2 ounces.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Births announced? A boy named Matthew was born to the Harold Stuart family of 144 N. Holcomb. Matthew weighed 10 lb. 11 oz. at birth. He came home to meet his four brothers and one sister.
‘Waterford ladies celebrate birthday? Mrs. Aurthur Davis and her long-time friend and neighbor, Mrs. Lou Whitman of Clarkston were honored when 17 friends gathered at the Davis home for a double celebration. Mrs. Davis was 90 years old on August 11 and Mrs. Whiteman had her 81st birthday on August 13. Flowers were presented to both ladies, along with gifts of pocket-books, hankerchiefs, and perfume.

15 years ago – 1993
‘School district ponders effects of ballot Proposal A? Clarkston school officials didn’t think the proposed Proposal A would cause problems, but its effect on Social Security and retirement could be a concern.
‘Traveling balloon forms Clarkston link? A pink toy balloon launched by Joe Angelosanto from Clarkston was found by former Clarkstonite Jack Eiden in Mio. Angelosanto launched the balloon as part of Easter at his church, two days prior.
‘Detective testifies in Kentucky murder case? A Kentucky State Police detective told the court about a Clarkston’s man’s murder of a local woman. The suspect was charged with beating, stabbing, and setting the woman on fire.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Another safety path receives consideration? Independence Township Board was almost ready to cross the priority White Lake safety path off its list. Instead, an alternate route along Clarkston-Orion Road from Clintonville Park to Sashabaw Road.
‘Contract approval predicted? The tentative Clarkston teachers? contract was not quite official, but negotiators were predicting approval. Included was a salary freeze for the first year, a raise for the next.
‘Clarkston Place? St. Joseph Health Systems of Flint proposed a 750-resident retirement community on 28 acres next to Deer Lake. The project would be located in Independence and Springfield townships, so officials with both were looking into it.
‘Boys net balloon in frog hunt? Eddie White of Independence Township was looking for frogs with friends, but instead found a toy balloon launched from a school in Monroe, as part of their Writing Palls Balloon Contest. It flew 55 miles in about a month.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Flying fingers exhibit sewing? Club members Mabel Russell, Sandra Brown, JoAnn Jones, Joan Smith, Martha Halsey, and Carol Orr all won blue ribbons for their sewing at 4-H Achievement Day.
?21 Club gets ready for last dance? The club for 6-8 graders was set for its last dance of the school year. They were giving away all their music records because they would all be pass? by the fall.
‘Clarkston locals? Mrs. Percy Lowery wore a beautiful orchid that Sunday, a gift from her family.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Girls are space-y over NASA? Clarkton High School freshmen, Rebecca Lynch and KC Kirby, returned to school from NASA’s Space Camp at Huntsville, Alabama. The experience confirmed their desire to fly some day. During their week at camp, the girls studied, visited a space museum and the Marshall Space Center and participated in a number of group activities.
“First high school proficiency test results released” In the new state test, Clarkston students finished ahead of the state average in all categories, and county averages in science, reading, and writing. Clarkston school officials were pleased, but wanted more feedback from the state.
City puts new parking ordinance in drive” Clarkston Police Chief Paul Ormiston was set to enforce parking restrictions in city parking lots.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Golden Anniversary? Chester and Lois Provost celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party hosted by their children at the Goodrich Country Club. Their wedding anniversary recieved official recognition with a card of congratulations from President Ronald and Nancy Reagan and a letter from Gov. James Blanchard.
‘Ron Howard hopes for Mr. Michigan title? Clarkston body builder, Ron Howard, 28, was a semi-finalist in the Mr. USA Michigan Men’s pageant where he was required to model and dance in an opening number. He was one of 70 out of 180 applicants chosen from an interview to participate in the pageant. The winner was to recieve $25,000 in prizes and scholarships, and possibly some other benefits.
“Village opts out of cop tax quest” The Village of Clarkston opted not to join Independence Township in requesting an additional police millage. Village officials were concerned about loss of local control.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Births announced? A son, Benjamin Charles Pearson, was born August 9th, to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Pearson of Pontiac.
‘Riffe – Carter vows spoken? Shirley Ann Carter and William J. Riffe were married at a candlelight service in the First Methodist Church, Clarkston.
“Bon vilage party honors Mrs. Migan” A farewell party honored Mrs. Cornelius Migan, leaving with her family to join her husband in Japan. She was presented with matched luggage and well wishes.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Inventors creatively solve everyday problems? Clarkston Elementary fourth-graders? inventions included Sled-o-Matic, Super Barrette Babysitter, and the Dog Walker 2000 robot, made from a self-propelled vacuum cleaner, much to the distress of the dog.
‘Supreme Court won’t hear school case? The state’s highest court declined to hear a lawsuit by Springfield Christian Academy against Michigan Department of Education. The private school argued the state wanted too much control.
‘New pumper bolsters fire department? Independence Township Fire Department bought an $180,000 truck with fully enclosed cab, a new requirement at the time. The truck had 750-gallon water tank.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Preschoolers display elegance? The Clarkston School of Good Manners taught 4-year-olds what is and is not socially acceptable on the telephone, visiting friends, and at church, library, movies, and other quiet places.
‘Pink-slip ax falls on 28 teachers? More than 100 teachers stood solemnly when the names were read of 28 Clarkston teachers to be laid off for the 1984 school year. They did not remain silent ? several objected to the number of layoffs in comments before and after the vote.
‘Debate’s on over hiring two more firefighters? Independence Township Treasurer Frederick Ritter wanted two more firefighters added to the township fire department, but he faced opposition from the board.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Large crowd at Science Fair? Hundreds of parents and students inspected the various projects at the fair. Winning projects explored high-frequency electricity, theories of evolution, and development of chicken embryos.
‘Ray Ackerson to celebrate birthday? Ackerson, one of the founders of the Clarkston Masonic Lodge and Clarkston State Bank, celebrated his 86th birthday April 13.
‘Science journal workers meet? Students at Clarkston and Pontiac Central high schools were working together to write a national publication. Norman Powell was asked to report on United States missile development.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Stand up and be counted? Clarkston High School students Jon Robinson, Cortney Roberts, Lindsey Prudhomme, Jessie Hupfer and the rest of John Zittel’s current events class learned about the importance of voting.
‘Crafts and Cider? Shoppers enjoyed freshly brewed coffee while shopping at the Clarkston Historical Society’s Crafts and Cider Festival in Depot Park. But the real attraction was the art, and sales were brisk.
‘Making the cut? Natalie Vaughn was crowned Clarkston High School Homecoming queen, and Jay Richardson was crowned king.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Independence Oks tax hike? Independence Township Board increased to maximum levels allowed millage rates for general, police, fire, safety path, and sewer funds. No residents offered comment during the public hearing about the increases, which surprised some board members.
‘Mailbox vandals pose problem? Mailboxes continued to be knocked over throughout Independence and Springfield townships. Local deputies didn’t see much they could do about it, asking that residents report incidents right away.
‘And the winner is? Andrea Andryco and Jeff Billig were selected Clarkston High School Homecoming queen and king.
‘From quiet to crowded? Crowds of people gathered in the village park for Clarkston Historical Society’s Crafts and Cider Festival.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Consecration service held? Over 600 members and children of the First Methodist Church of Clarkston followed the Rev. William Richards, pastor, down Buffalo Street and up Waldon Road to their new church. Howard Huttenlocher, chairman of the Building Committee, and Everett Butters, lay leader, presented a gold key representing the opening of the church to their bishop.
‘Bobbins from Bob? New publisher Robert Wilson apologized to organizations whose articles didn’t appear in the paper because the linotype typesetting machine broke down. He and his wife were putting the paper out by themselves.
‘Clarkston locals? Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kamrow, formerly of North Dakota, were guests of the Jack Watson family the past weekend.

15 years ago – 1996
‘All in a day’s work? Photographer Beth Sayles barked out orders as eight seniors from the Clarkston High School football team posed for their Homecoming game photo at Lakeview Cemetery. The setting was used with permission.
?1997 budget shows growth? Independence Township enjoyed a balanced budget and a 30 percent increase in taxable value over the past three years. Clarkston Board of Education prepared a bond proposal to borrow $52.5 million for a new school.
‘Giving parents the help they need? Two children badly burned while sniffing butane. A drug scale found in the high school parking lot during a football game. Underage drinking and driving. Explosives, weapons, gang graffiti. These were some of the problems parents and officials invited a speaker from the Minnesota Parent Network to help deal with.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Fourth Friday count confirms pupil increase? Clarkston Community Schools counted 5,652 students, up 66 from the previous year’s enrollment. At $2,700 per student, that meant $15.26 million in revenue, $460,000 more than expected.
‘Springfield celebrates with old-fashioned fun? Springfield Township celebrated the 150th anniversary of Davisburg with a ‘Proud Past … Promising Future? parade and festival.
‘May I be excused? Mike Grable had little problem finishing his Jello first during Homecoming festivities at Clarkston High School. He beat classmates Doug Lederman and John Mahler in the Jello-eating contest.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Clarkston to have pediatrician? Dr. James A. O’Neill was opening offices in the Clarkston Medical Center. He interred at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and completed his residency in pediatrics there.
?’Children’s Circus? coming? Clarkston Elementary hosted Bozo the Clown in the circus, with the theme, ‘Bookland.? Bozo was set to arrive in his little red fire engine for two shows, along with pictures and autographs with the kids.
‘Clarkston locals? Mr. and Mrs. George Stitt returned home after a few days in New York with their aunt. They left on Wednesday and came back on Monday.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Enrollment continues to grow? Enrollment district-wide was up 184 students, most at Clarkston High School. Clarkston High was the third largest in Oakland County, behind Rochester and Troy.
‘Break-in nets thieves guns, cash? An Independence Township family suspected a gang of cross-dressing high school students broke into their safe and stole thousands of dollars in cash and property. School officials didn’t know of any such gang.
‘Up, up … and away!? Springfield Plains students made hot-air balloons out of tissue paper and used a heat gun to provide the hot air. The teachers used lessons from Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., in the lesson.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Parade march for Springfield? H.B. Childress, Joan Clements, and Gerald McNally serves as judges in the Davisburg parade. Best Float award went to Davisburg Elementary, portraying a 19th century classroom with Steve Gaynor as schoolmaster.
‘Campaign pushes drug-free homes? About 2,400 families signed the Safe Homes Pledge sponsored by Clarkston Area Youth Assistance and its subcommittee Clarkston Area Chemical People. They promised to halt parties without parents, underage drinking, and illegal drug use in Clarkston homes.
‘Improvements for M-15 in works? The state had a plan to widen M-15 between Paramus Road and Dixie Highway from two to five lanes, which village officials opposed. They wanted a three-lane expansion to prevent a bottleneck at the south end of downtown, and were also concerned expansion would impact historic homes north of the business district.

50 years ago – 1961

‘Know your fire department? Independence Fire Department was well equipped with two 500-gallon pumper trucks, a 400-gallon pumper, 1,500-gallon tanker/pumper, and 200-gallon booster truck. Altogether, the trucks could deliver 2,150 gallons of water per minute on a fire.
‘National champions to skate here? Gene and Jean Anderson hosted the National Champions exhibition at the Clarkston Rollercade. They hoped to acquaint the people of Clarkston with roller skating and to show what an enjoyable sport it can be.
‘Clarkston locals? Mr. and Mrs. David Dumas of Clarkston arrived home after a seven-week vacation at Lake Leelanau. Mrs. Dumas said, ‘the fishing was wonderful.?

15 years ago – 1993
‘New school gains first approval? The School Board granted preliminary site plan approval for a new 500-student school at Holcomb and Bridge Lake roads in Springfield Township.
‘Mired in it? Pothole filled roads, especially in those made of dirt, vexed local drivers, who called the county Road Commission hundreds of times a day.
‘District gains additional staff for 1993-94? Clarkston High School were expecting a new assistant principal and counselor. The new hires were among 23 staff additions, hired to accommodate 135 new students expected in the fall.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Teachers to present their side? Teachers set up a Parents? Night to share their views with the public. They wanted to discuss class side, staff reductions, and fund equity.
‘PK gears for ‘creative? sale? Pine Knob Investment Co. hoped to avoid bankruptcy by selling its music auditorium to Comerica, which would then lease it back to Pine Knob.
‘Unemployment better than the reports show? Census figures indicated Independence and Springfield townships had better employment than surrounding communities.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Notice? A Civil Defense Class was set at Independence Township Hall. All were urged to attend.
‘Pioneers see phone demonstration? Clarkston Pioneers invited Mary Eddy Zeazy from Michigan Bell to demonstrate the new direct-dialing system.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Vision 2020 nears completion? The steering committee worked on a plan to make the Sashabaw corridor a focal point of township business, create a ‘village feel? with pedestrian access, improve government communication within and outside the community, and increase residential and business tax bases.
‘Will Village Players be forced out?? Clarkston Village Players faced eviction from Depot Theater after Canadian National Properties told them they were putting their land up for sale. The theater group was trying to raise $78,000 to purchase the land.
‘Downtown parking fines set by city? City Council set fines at $10 for parking violations in downtown parking lots.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Tobacco issue erupts again? Residents spoke out against Clarkston School Board’s decision to suspend a high school student from the football team for chewing tobacco in school. The board upheld its previous decision.
‘Springfield denies rezoning to allow mining? Springfield Township Board rejected a request to rezone property at Davisburg Road and Dixie Highway for gravel mining. Residents supported the decision, saying it would have been an eyesore.
‘Just one more step? Michelle Wade and other sixth graders from Andersonville and North Sashabaw elementary schools scaled the climbing tower and learned about pioneer skills, backpacking, and map reading at a science field trip to Camp Tamarack.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Know your fire department? The pride and joy of Independence Fire Department was a Chevrolet pickup rescue truck loaded with chain saws, power hack saws, hydraulic jacks, masks, lights, shovels, and other gear. It was purchased for $4,000, all donations.
‘Calling all men? Clarkston Community Men’s Club offered first-class family-style dinner served by women who know what cooking is, real fine entertainment with variety to suit all the men, opportunity to visit with neighbors, and a chance to give the woman a break.
‘Style Show a success? The Woman’s Society of Christian Service presented a Style Show at Clarkston High School. Eight lovely models displayed about 60 costume ensembles.

15 years ago – 1993
‘City police concern some citizens? Citizens and businesses complained about recklessness, inexperience, and racism by Clarkston police officers. Police and local officials said problems were exaggerated.
‘Woman bludgeoned to death; teen charged? A Clarkston-area teenager was arrested and charged in connection with a murder in Kentucky. The teen was in Kentucky visiting the family of a friend, police said.
‘School board holds off on buying buses ? again? For the second time in three months, Clarkston’s Board of Education put off purchase of four new school buses. Seventeen of the district’s buses had more than 100,000 miles on them.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Independence withdraws from Social Security? The Township Board voted to withdraw from the federal program by 1985, to preempt a proposed law to keep everyone in it.
‘Residents oppose Levy mining plan? More than 150 people representing almost 30 interest groups filled Independence Township Hall to oppose a plan to mine 300 acres near the headwaters of Clinton River.
‘Independence officials get 10.3 % pay hikes? Residents voted at their annual meeting to increase pay for the township’s supervisor, clerk, and treasurer. They said the raise makes up for a pay freeze the year before.
‘Teachers? contract negotiation stalls as it enters ninth month? Contract talks fizzled again. At issue were pay raises, insurance, and class size. Negotiations were not expected to resume until August.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Good attendance at Revival Meeting? Crescent Hills Baptist Church hosted a week-long revival, with young people’s Gospel quartet, evangelizing by Dr. Arthur Fuhr, and music from churches all over the area.
‘Girl Scouts present program? Scouts sang, danced, and explained their program to Clarkston’s Rotary Anns. The club presented the troop with a $5 check.
‘Rotary Club has Ladies Night? The Clarkston Rotarians entertained their wives at dinner at Devon Gables. The ladies? places were marked with pretty white boxes tied with pastel colored ribbon. The boxes contained dainty clutch purses in which were small coin purses.

15 years ago – 1996
‘The next downtown?? Vision 2020 planners eyed Sashabaw Road from Maybee to I-75 as a new town center, with safety paths, teen center, homes, offices, clubs, park, and school. It was to be the first in a series of similar developments throughout Independence Township.
‘Road warriors honored by kids? School bus drivers enjoyed giant, bus-shaped cookies, breakfast, and certificates from appreciative students at Andersonville Elementary.
‘School bond issue on Dec. 9 ballot? Clarkston school district sought to borrow $52.5 million for a new school, remodeling work, and technology.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Fire hall bid approve ? again? Construction of a new Independence fire hall at Sashabaw and Clarkston roads was back on schedule after a new contractor was hired. The 6,400-square-foot hall, replacing the existing fire station no. 2, was to cost $531,000.
‘Water pressure? SCUBA divers plied the waters of Mill Pond, searching for a way to repair the downtown Clarkston dam. Village Council was in court seeking repairs for a broken water control gate in the cofferdam next to Washington Street and the spillway on the west side of Main Street to Parke Lake.
‘Twice the space: Calvary’s addition is done? Calvary Lutheran Church finished a three-year project to construct an addition in time for its 25th anniversary. The Rev. Robert Walters dedicated the 4,000-square-foot addition, which doubled the size of the church.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Wolves hand Homecoming victory to queen and her court? Clarkston High School beat Brighton at their Homecoming game, and also crowned Barbara Bullard as Homecoming queen.
‘President at Calvary Lutheran? Dr. C.V. Anderson, president of the Central Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church, installed the Rev. Paul A. Johns as pastor of the new Calvary Lutheran Church in Clarkston. Pastor Johns had been conducting services in the east section of Clarkston Elementary for the past year.
‘Winners announced in Punt, Pass, Kick Contest? Dennis Wooster won the 10-year-old division, and Gordon Sheldon won the 6-year-old division. Amongst 8 year olds, Joseph Day scored the most points, and Bob Seymore took the prize in the 9-year-old division.

15 years ago – 1993
‘SPI names new publisher? Jim Sherman took over as publisher of The Clarkston News and the rest of Sherman Publications from his father, James A. Sherman. At the time, he had already been publisher of The Davison Index for 17 years.
‘Help wanted with Easter baskets? Lighthouse North was collecting items for children’s Easter baskets, as well as food and clothing, for local families in need.
‘Library staff considers numerous changes in future? Independence Township Library employees were looking forward to the addition of a $100,000 automated library system. Due to budgetary cuts the library was seeking grants from private foundations to help fund the system.
‘Officer stands up for new loitering ordinance? The village marshal wanted to strengthen laws to curtail loitering by dozens of teenagers at Main and Washington streets. The youth were climbing on public phones and knocking over newspaper stands, he said.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Smith sees action in ?83? Independence Township saw a big development with Hugh Garner’s $30 million senior citizens complex at I-75 and Dixie Highway. The township was also constructing 3.4 miles of safety paths, with an $118,000 bill.
‘Over 100 turn out to vote at Clarkston polls? A total of 102 voters turned out to vote, compared to 33 the previous year. Village officials speculated the turnout was due to a controversy over a defunct historic district ordinance.
‘Teacher talks back into full-swing? Contract negotiations resumed after an advisory fact-finding panel finished its report, which recommended a 3.5 percent raise for teachers.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Students work on science fair? The Sigma Omicron Sigma Society of Clarkston High School sponsored the second annual science fair. Entries for the fair ranged from chemistry experiments to floor plans for model homes and nutrition plans.
‘Large crowd hears Dr. Wallace Watt? Dr. Watt discussed ‘Ages and Stages of Children’s Growth? with the PTA at Clarkston Elementary School.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Learning outside the textbook? Jeremy Parrot, Adrian Basset, Genevieve Benson, and other Clarkston High School Earth Vision students waded in the Clinton River Watershed, taking samples. They were testing for e coli and other contaminations.
‘Kids help make ‘Kids Vote? happen? Clarkston Middle School students Tori Lauzun, Stacie Goodman, Leslie Bailey and classmates worked with Clarkston Optimists on the new program, allowing kids to accompany their parents to the polls. The idea was to increase voter turnout and teach children about voting.
‘Boo!? Clintonwood Park hosted the scary Haunted Forest, featuring about 70 creepy characters, along with the Friendly Forest for youngsters. Barb Dean was a giant spider, and Eric Jenks and Jeff Oliver dressed as Klingons.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Carvers? Sammy Bowers, Hans Hoemke, Nicole Ely, Christine Crapser, Christopher Haag and other children carved friendly faces into pumpkins in the Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest at Independence Township Library.
‘Dixie widening project expands? Independence Township approved a Downtown Development Authority recommendation to add water, sewer, landscaping, and lighting improvements to the Dixie Highway project.
‘Teamwork pays off? David Graves, junior at Clarkston High School, helped finish a $3,000 landscaping project at Sashabaw Junior High School. He and fellow landscaping students at Northwest Oakland Vocational Education Center planned the shrubbery project, funded by the students.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Brother and sister reunite after 32 years? Mrs. H. DeBlaavw visited her brother, Rudy Schwarze, owner of Rudy’s Market in Clarkston. He took her to Mackinaw Bridge, Soo Locks, and the family cabin in Roscommon before she returned to her home in Arnheim, Netherlands.
‘Local women to attend conference? Clarkston ladies Mrs. Homer Richmond and Mrs. Royce Hyatt represented Northern Oakland County Girl Scout Council at the Great Lakes Regional Conference in Chicago.
‘Eagle Scout award given? Morris Hyatt, Boy Scout Troop 126 of First Methodist Church, earned the Eagle Award. He was the fourth scout in the troop to earn the honor.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Kinder-Kapers? Brent Rusnell, Jonathon Gaenziger, Brittani Bridger, Collin Dunn and fellow kindergartners enjoyed games and learning at Bailey Lake Elementary.
‘Mt. Zion expects youth club’s partial opening at end of year? The church renovated a former grocery store at Sashabaw and Maybee roads for their youth center. They planned to offer basketball, roller skating, and Internet.
‘Joint bid accepted by railway bails out Players? Clarkston Village Players, Buckeye Pipeline and Continental Machine Company worked together to save Depot Theater. The Players needed to raise funds for their portion of the purchase.
‘Live, from Clarkston, it’s the Monster Mash? Jack Raymond won a contest by WWWW country radio station for a live broadcast at his Independence Township home. Jack and Denise Raymond, their kids Christina and David, and friends enjoyed Halloween fun with DJs Karen Dalissandro and Steve Courtney.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Clarkston tackles traffic woes? In an effort to combat speeding cars and loud trucks, Clarkston Village Council hired a county sheriff’s deputy to work a few hours a week on a trial basis. The deputy was assigned to downtown during morning and afternoon rush hours.
‘Board wants new high school? The School Board was considering a $25 million high school, along with reorganizing grades to a middle-school concept. They wanted to put it to voters in 1987.
‘CHS students share anti-smoking message? Students calling themselves ‘Smokebusters? spoke to Clarkston Elementary students about the dangers of smoking. Kristi Martin, a junior, organized the effort.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Mrs. Richards to attend conference? Mrs. Milliam Richards, education assistant at First Methodist Church in Clarkston, was invited to attend a national conference in Chicago.
‘Players to hold open meeting? The new Village Players theater group met to share slides and movies taken of their production ‘Light Up the Sky,? and prepare for future shows.
‘Clarkston locals? A birthday party was given for Shannon Lynch. She received a bike from her mommy and daddy. But, to top it all off, Shannon fell from a tree and broke her arm.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Pouring pennies? Clarkston High School students helped to raise money for fellow classmate Jeremy Lynch who needed a bone marrow transplant in order to help cure his leukemia. Testing can cost thousands of dollars so the school held fundraisers, raffles and class competitions.
‘Home burns? A blaze destroyed a mobile home in Springfield Township when a man attempted to thaw his water pipes with fire. When he was unable to control the flames, he called the fire department. It took almost two hours to put the fire out.

25 years ago – 1983
‘No vote on 3.5% teacher raises? Instead of resolving a contract dispute between teachers and administration the school board decided not to vote. The teachers wanted a 3 ? percent raise. The board contented it had to meet again to discuss the effects of delayed state aid payments before coming to a decision.
‘Independence targets four safety path routes? Township officials were pursuing paths on Clarkston Road near the library, Maybee Road at Sashabaw, Eston Road off Clarkston, and White Lake Road at Mustang. The township expected to have about $113,000 for the project.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Bible school being planned? The Daily Vacation Bible School provided by The First Baptist Church started holding evening classes for adults and children. It was anticipated the school would offer one week concentration courses for the adults.
‘Young women train? Twenty-four young ladies attending Ferris Institute were in a training program that would prepare them for the career field of the Physicians Office Assistant.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Up, up and away with drugs? Counselor Rob Albee filled his Clarkston Middle School office with red balloons, one for each student during an anti-drug program. The school’s Club Pride members including Annie Carden, Kristen Clark, Tori Lauzun, and Beth Holland organized the event.
‘Dissonance ends in conservatory case? A year of discord between six parties ended with the sale of Clarkston Conservatory to Dr. James Wilhelmsen, long-time piano instructor. Plans for the conservatory included renovation of the building, built in 1851, more classes and programs, and construction of a salon-style, 150-seat recital hall out back.
‘Kids Voting draws big turnout? Natalie Misialek, Joe Christopher, Lisa Hopcian, Chris Rota, and their Clarkston elementary-school classmates learned about the election process. Detroit Edison sponsored the program, spearheaded by Independence Township Clerk Joan McCrary.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Dam gift? The broken Mill Pond dam and overflow structure was offered to Oakland County Drain Commission. The dam was the subject of a lawsuit by the Village of Clarkston against the dam owner to repair it.
‘Parents protest against 6th grade changes? Following strong parental protests, Clarkston School Board decided to wait a month on whether to move sixth graders into the junior high schools. Parents were concerned about a shortage of classroom space.
‘Chinese visitors tune into Clarkston? Visitors listened to vocal and instrumental music of elementary, junior high, and high school students in a national art exchange program.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Township U.F. Drive goes over the top? Independence Township residents beat the United Fund goal of $5,800. Residential general chairman was Lucille Kroninger.
‘Women’s Club? Mrs. Dona Fahrner, club president, was set to host the panel discussion, ‘Are Our Children Getting Too Much Too Soon?? All members were urged to bring their husbands and other interested parties.
‘Clarkston locals? Timothy Jones hosted 14 neighborhood pre-schoolers at a Halloween party. The party was given by his mother, Mrs. Robert Jones.

15 years ago – 1996
“Drugs found in teen’s car” A 16-year-old Rochester Hills boy was arrested in Independence Township. Oakland County Sheriff’s Department sought possession of his car under drug forfeiture laws. According to the police report the boy was seen in a car smoking.
“Enrollment study shows school district’s growth will continue” The Clarkston school district had a larger average household size than the rest of Oakland County and was expected to grow over the next five years and beyond. The enrollment study was conducted by Dick Carlisle of Carlisle/Wortman Associates.
“New Kid on the block Township Treasurer looks forward to a new career.” Independence Township Treasurer Jim Wenger said a couple things motivated him to run for treasurer. Number one was the investment controversy. The second was the urging of his government class students. Wenger retired from teaching at Clarkston High School after 30 years.

25 years ago – 1986
“400-acre park wins approval” Springfield Township Board unanimously approved a formal agreement to purchase the Shiawassee Basin Preserve.
“Three arrested in Springfield” Three men were arrested in connection with a breaking-and-entering and auto theft in Springfield township. They were charged with breaking and entering of a building, a 10 year felony , and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, a five year felony.
“Independence OKs $50,000 budget” Following no comment at a Nov. 10 public hearing, the Independence Township board unanimously approved spending about $50,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

50 years ago – 1961
“Paula Parker named D.A.R girl” Paula Parker daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. O Parker of Eastlawn and a Clarkston High School senior, was named D.A.R award winner of 1962.
“Clarkston ‘Seniors’ present ‘Meet Me in St. Louis'” Clarkston High School’s senior class performed “Meet Me in St. Louis” The play offered a gay and colorful excursion back to the bygone days of gaslight, trolley cars, and the band concert in the park.
“Local man pledged to fraternity” Chris Buegrig of Clarkston pledged to Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternity on the Hillsdale College Campus.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Siren to sound again, thanks to donation? Independence Township donated a old emergency siren to the Clarkston Community Historical Society, for use by the City of the Village of Clarkston. Volunteers wanted to restore the siren so it would sound at noon, as was tradition.
‘Residents vent frustration over roads, snow? Residents of a local subdivision complained to the township about cracked roads and snow removal. Township officials said they would help, but would charge residents for the services.
‘Local boxer to fight Olympic champion? Clarkston High School grad Mike Grable was training to take on Oscar de La Hoya in New York. Grable was the 12th ranked lightweight boxer in North America.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Tight rein for 1983’s cleanup? Independence Township planned a clean-up campaign, but vowed to avoid the problems of the year before. The 1982 cleanup resulted in out-of-control piles of garbage costing about $16,000 to clean up. Officials wanted to consolidate the cleanup to one site, and require proof of township residence.
‘Village of Clarkston 1983 election? Candidates were campaigning for a March election to village council. Fontie ApMadoc, John Bisha, Carol Eberhardt, David Raup, and James Schultz were running for trustee seats on the council.
‘Waterford track moves into a troubled 1983? Waterford Hills Race Track was negotiating with neighbors and township officials about noise. They hoped a berm would solve the problem.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Caribou Inn gutted by fire Tuesday? A little after 7 a.m., Tuesday, Match 4, a fire was reported to the Clarkston Fire Department. Caribou Inn, one of the older inns in the state, was on fire. Located at the corner of Washington and Main streets, firefighters broke a hole in the ice on Mill Pond to fight the blaze. In earlier days, the inn had served travelers who came by horse and buggy, and later as a rooming house.
‘P.T.A. to hear special speaker? Clarkston Elementary invited Dr. Wallace Watt, consultant of Mental Health Education for Michigan Health Department. He was to talk about ‘Age and Stages of Children’s Growth.?

15 years ago – 1996
‘City, Adler reach parking agreement? After months of debate, suggestions, and changes, Clarkston City Council came to an agreement for parking at Clarkston Mills. The 10-year lease called for construction of a new 40-space parking lot off Depot Road.
‘Bond issue includes move for adult, community ed.? One of the lesser known aspects of a pending bond issue, dubbed the Sunshine Bond, was moving community education to the Clarkston Middle School building, which was built in the 1920s. Renovation was set at $2.56 million, including a computer lab, playground, and parking improvements.
‘From Russia with love? Clarkston residents Jack Buyers and Bob Weir were among 16 Clarkston United Methodist members to go on a two-week mission to restore a Russian convent, destroyed in World War II.

25 years ago – 1986

‘Cop tax on the way? The state legislature passed a law allowing communities to collect property taxes sooner on millages approved by voters. That meant Oakland County Sheriff’s Office could hire six new deputies right away.
‘Wolves ousted by Kettering? Clarkston Wolves girls basketball ended their season, 17-4, falling to Waterford Kettering.
‘Chairman Wilford strives to control traffic? Jerry Wilford of Clarkston chaired the village M-15 study committee, formed to assess the traffic situation and report to the Village Council. He was concerned with a M-15 widening project set for 1990.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Area women on Scholarship Committee? Mrs. John Bell, Mrs. Rockwood Bullard, Jr., Mrs. Jack Haupt, Mrs. Don Stackable, and Mrs. Jerome Wilford was on the committee to raise $60,000 for 160 local students to attend Michigan State University.
‘Reverend Haskins gets new position? The Rev. Clifford H. Hastings, pastor of Sashabaw United Presbyterian Church, announced he was leaving to become pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lapeer.
‘Clarkston locals? Mrs. Richard Snover and Mrs. Lydia Allen were luncheon guests of Mrs. Vern Lyons in Oxford.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Township fire hall search continues? Independence Township was still searching for a new fire station, to replace rented property at Main and Church. Negotiations for land at M-15 and Dixie Highway had fallen though earlier in the year.
‘Mom killed? A Pontiac woman lost control of her car traveling south on Andersonville Road and hit an oncoming vehicle. She died of her injuries. Police said she was driving too fast for icy road conditions.
?30-acre Oakhill subdivision plat gets another OK? Independence Township trustees voted to move the project forward. The Robin Hills subdivision was to include 16 lots, each 1.5 acres, served by septic fields and wells.

25 years ago – 1983
?4-H ponders switching from Springfield fair site? Oakland County 4-H Board was considering moving to an ‘open fair,? which would open it up to adults and bill itself as a ‘county fair.?
‘He strives to identify fluoride levels in water? Dr. George Krull, dentist, was working with local pediatricians, Drs. James O’Neill and Charles Yee, to improve fluoridation of local water supplies.
‘Schools rate A’s, B’s in phone survey? A federally funded survey of Clarkston residents found most were happy with their school district.
‘Pacesetter: Education inroad? An alternative high school program was set up in the former South Sashabaw Elementary School. Administrators said it was for students who ‘fell through the cracks? in the traditional high school setting.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Scholarship test in junior year? The National Merit Scholarship Program expanded to serve more high school students. Charge for taking the test was $1.
‘Escaped? The Clarkston Men’s Club hosted Peter Kalinke, a German war correspondent from World War II. He was captured by the Red Army, but escaped and emigrated to the United States. He was making a living as an expert on the Soviet Union.

15 years ago – 1996
“Bond issue includes move for adult, community ed.” Clarkston Schools Community Education department was proposed to move to Clarkston Middle School under the school bond.
“From Russia with love” Bob Weir, Jack Byers and 14 others from Clarkston United Methodist Church traveled overseas to spend time restoring a Russian Orthodox.
“City, Adler reach parking agreement” The Clarkston City Council and Ed Adler came to an agreement for the Clarkston Mills Project. A 10-year lease called for Adler’s Lehman Investment Company to maintain, construct and repair the new parking.

25 years ago – 1986
“Bullets smash family room window – annually” For the second time in two years, Andrea Ward’s family room window was destroyed by bullet. She said it happened during hunting season even though no hunting was allowed near her home. The 1986 damages were $150.
“Council turns down county proposal for dam” The Clarkston Village Council opted not to accept a proposal from the Oakland County Building and Planning Committee that the village would pay for the repairs for the broken Mill Pond cofferdam. They did it so the OCBPC could assume ownership.
“Food for the holidays” About 25 grocery bags of cans were gathered during the Thanksgiving can drive, sponsored by the Clarkston High School Student Council. The food was donated to the Independence Township senior citizen group to help feed needy families.

50 years ago – 1961
“Sashabaw Overpass Open to Traffic” The State Highway Department reported the $165,000 grade separation carrying Sashabaw Road over the I-75 freeway was open to traffic.
“Children to present art” The Village Friends of Art announced they would present children’s art pieces at an exhibit at the First of Methodist Church. The pieces were created during an Saturday art class under the direction of Kate McLean, artist, and Hazel Nauman, sculptress.
“Local merchant first to give” Mr. Rudolph Schwarze, from Rudy’s Market, was the first person from Clarkston to send a contribution for Christmas Season. The contribution was part of a $150,000 goal in the fight against Tuberculosis in Oakland County.

15 years ago – 1996
“More Space, equity in Monday’s election? Clarkston Schools asked voters to approve a $52.5 million bond over a period of 25 years to build a new elementary school, renovate and add on to existing elementary schools; to remodel Sashabaw Middle School and turn Clarkston Middle School into a community education building, and remodel the high school for future use as middle school.
“Goodfellows to be out this weekend? The Clarkston Rotary Club, along with members of the Independence Township Fire Department and volunteer from Machine Engineering and Clarkston High School’s Interact Club sold a special edition of Goodfellow Newspapers from dawn to dusk. It was the 56th year for Goodfellows.
“Staffing changes at sheriff’s substation? Oakland County Sheriff John Nichols brought in Lt. Dale LaBair to command the new Independence Township Substation. LaBair replaced Lt. Doug Hummel.

25 years ago – 1986
“6th-graders to be moved up? To alleviate overcrowding, the Clarkston board of education approved a plan to move sixth-graders from three elementary schools into the junior highs in the fall of 1987. The board approved it on a 6-0 vote.
“49-acre park near? Independence Township received $375,000 from the Michigan Land Trust Fund to purchase Bay Court Camp. The township only had to pay the remaining $125,000.
“Magical party? Independence Township Library and the Clarkston Area Jaycees held a free Christmas part just for kindergartners through third graders.

50 years ago – 1961
“Local man assumes coaching duties? Roger J. Johnson of Clarkston signed as the varsity basketball coach for the new high school. He graduated from Clarkston High School in the class of 1955.
“Dixie Saddle Club? The Dixie Saddle Club held it’s 14th annual Christmas pot-luck supper at the Community Center. Guest speaker was William Craig, member of U.S Olympic Equestrian Team.
“FTA goes on exciting tour? Members of the Future Teachers Association met with sponsor Ruth Purslow to go to Flint C. Junior College where they toured the school, ate lunch and attended a special program in the planetarium.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Split board OK’s raise? Clarkston Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve 3 ? percent raises for Superintendent Gary Haner. Those opposed wanted a 2 percent raise. The vote capped a tumultuous year for the school salary negotiations, including a 5-day teachers? strike.
‘School officials oppose Engler’s tax cut plan? Clarkston school officials weren’t pleased with Gov. John Engler’s proposal property tax cut plan. Engler wanted to cut property taxes by 20 percent over three years.

25 years ago – 1983
Supervisors react to sheriff’s letter? Sheriff Johannes Spreen warned local townships of slack police protection, confusing Springfield Township Supervisor Collin Walls and Independence Township Supervisor James Smith. The sheriff was concerned about townships? efforts to create their own police forces, neither of which Independence or Springfield were considering.
‘Wolves win, take GOAL? Boys varsity basketball clinched first place in the Greater Oakland Activities League with a 49-37 victory over Rochester. They were 10-0 in GOAL, 14-1 overall.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Localite wins bowling prize? Robert Liebler of Clarkston won the men’s division at the March of Dimes Polio Bowling Tournament with a score of 679 actual, 739 handicapped. He won a 1958 Pontiac.
‘Child Study Club has February meeting? The club met at Shirley Greathouse’s home to discuss ‘Cause, Effect and Control of Prejudicial Attitudes of Children and Adults.?

15 years ago – 1996
‘Bond question will be back; June vote likely? Citing strong urgency from the community to try again, Clarkston Board of Education decided to bring the recently failed bond proposal back to voters the following June. Voters had rejected the $52.5 million bond proposal for new construction.
‘Flu pounds Clarkston? An early flu epidemic swept the county, including Clarkston. Some local schools reported as high as three times normal student absenteeism. Teachers were also coming down sick, and substitutes were hard to come by.
?(Second) home for the holidays? For Independence Township firefighters, Christmas was another day of work. For 1996, firefighters were too busy to put up any decorations, but enjoyed cookies people would drop off.

25 years ago – 1986

‘M-15 mall plans nixed second time? Variances to allow a shopping center off M-15 near I-75 were denied by the Independence Township Zoning Board of Appeals for the second time. Board members feared it would create traffic problems, and parking in a residential zone may have been illegal.
‘Trimming the Clarkston tree? Jill Theryoung reached as high as she could to place a festive pinecone on the Christmas tree at Main and Washington streets. It was part of an annual Family Night tree-trimming and caroling get-together in the village.
‘Sesqui-tribute? Springfield Township’s Sesquicentennial Finale paid tribute to Helen Vergin, who coordinated the township’s 150-year celebration. Supervisor Collin Walls presented her with a plaque and proclamation from the township board crediting her for her efforts.

50 years ago – 1961
‘Who’s going to pay?? Clarkston School Board and contractors disagreed about who should pay to repair a split in the roof of the new high school. The builder said they did their job as instructed and should not be held responsible.
‘Girl Scouts hold camp reunion? A Camp Sherwood reunion for all 1961 Girl Scout campers was planned at Clarkston Junior High. They planned games, camp songs, and watching slides and films from camp.
‘Clarkston locals? Ice cream and cake was enjoyed by Carol Humbert of Clarkston and 12 girl friends when she celebrated her 10th birthday.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Seven school contracts settled? Contracts were settled for school district mechanics, grounds, maintenance, paraprofessionals, principals, and administrators. All received 4.5 percent pay raises.
‘On call firefighter has evolved with department? Rex Fenstemaker was an on call Independence Township firefighter for 50 years, starting in 1943, and was still going strong.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Schools brace for belt tightening? Budget-saving measures considered included a payless payday in June and depletion of the district savings account. State funding was delayed, for a shortfall of $486,300, pending tax increases by the state.
‘Streetlights, benches to adorn Main Street? Clarkston City Council was working on a plan for lights on Main Street, Depot Park bandstand, traffic study, planters, benches, and signage.

50 years ago – 1958
‘All Stars play Rochester team? The Clarkston All Stars hockey team was set to take on the Rochester Royals on Mill Pond in Clarkston. Coaches promised an exciting game.
‘Seniors attend UN seminar? In a trip sponsored by Clarkston United Methodist Church, two high school students spent a week in New York City and Washington D.C. The girls met with United Nations officials from around the world.
‘Clarkston locals? Ferris Holcomb was in the hospital, but was recovering and in good spirits. He enjoyed receiving get-well mail from friends.

15 years ago – 1996
“Fire spoils holiday in Hidden Lakes? A candle burning on a night stand unattended was blamed for a fire which burned down four townhouses in the Hidden Lake complex. One was hospitalized for treatment for minor burns.
‘City says ‘yes? to master plan? The Clarkston City Council gave the go-ahead to put together a master plan and zoning ordinance. The decision came after months of debate of what should be done about having a master plan and how it would fit in with the city’s growth spurt.
‘Trading place? Clarkston High School students and their Detroit counterparts switched places as part of a Detroit Multicultural Student Exchange program. Each sampled the life of the other students taking while improving relationships, understanding, awareness, tolerance, communication and more.

25 years ago – 1986

“Mom’s gift? Sharon Vincent, an Independence Township resident, her husband and three children collected new gift items to distribute to need families in Oakland County.
‘Independence sells 20 acres? Twenty acres belonging to Independence Township were sold to the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission for $48,000 to be added to the Independence Oaks County Park.
‘Christmas decor a surprise at this house? Kelly Haskins was amazed when she came home from college. Her parents? house Independence Township was decked out for the holiday season – for the first time in 19 years. The outside was outlined with 2,500 lights, inside had between 800 and 900 light and a 16-foot-tall Christmas tree.

50 years ago – 1961
“Local students in youth legislature? Clarkston High School students Craig Smith, Jim Chapman and their Hi-Y Club advisor Sheldon Smith joined over 300 high school students for the annual YMCA Youth Legislature in Lansing.
‘Scouts of Troop 126 go caroling? Scouts of Troop 126 went caroling through Clarkston and were joined by the Clarkston Rotarians at Holcomb and Washington.
‘Clarkston locals? Karen Wooley celebrated her 17th birthday on Dec. 16 at her parents home with family and friends. The celebration was held early since her actual birthday was Christmas Day.

15 years ago – 1996
“Brothers arraigned on cocaine distribution charges? Two Clarkston brothers were arraigned in 52-2 District Court Dec. 23 on drug charges. Jesse Covarrubias and Matthew Covarrrubia were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance less than 50 grams.

“Get used to it: 248 is the new area code? Just when people had finally gotten used to who had an 810 area code and who was still 313, Ameritech changed most of Oakland County to 248.
“Tie-dye: not just for hippies any more? The Discover Team at Clarkston Middle School spent the day before holiday break working on its identity. The 110 seventh-graders that make up the team made tie-dye T-shirts.

25 years ago – 1986

“Long-time planners to be ousted? Independence Township Supervisor Frank Ronk did not reccomend the reappointment of Chairperson Neil Wallace and Vice Chairperson Holly Stephens to the planning commission. Ronk felt a need ‘the commission needed new blood.?
“Post office adds early bird hours? The Clarkston post office opened at 7 a.m. weekdays, which was one hour earlier than before. The change was a reslut of success with ealier hours for the Christmas season, which resulted in a 47 percent increase in business.
“Clarkston coed wins state ‘Make It With Wool? contest? Sarah Scott a student at Central University won a statewide competition for clothing made out of wool. She competed int he national competition in Nevada.

50 years ago – 1961
“Jennie Tourel to perform? Canadian-born mezo -soprano Jennie Tourel presented a concert at Pontiac Northern High School. Educated in Russia, Swizterland and France, Miss Tourel made her stage debut in Paris in 1933 and in 1943 appeared in the United States with the New York Philiharmonic Orchestra.
“Harbor Lights Quartet to perform this Sunday? Harbor Lights Quartet of Battcle Creek presented a program of inspirational gospel music at the Drayton Heights Free Methodist Church.
“Mrs. Weber wins 4-H award? Mrs. Paul Weber was awarded the State of Michigan’s Outstanding Tractor Leaders Award in the 4-H Tractor Program. Mrs. Weber was the first woman in Oakland County to be honored with the award.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Clarkston bond issue passes? A $16.1 million bond issue for Clarkston schools was approved by voters. The money was to build Springfield Plains Elementary School, renovate buildings, and upgrade technology.
‘CHS marching band to perform in Great Britain for New Year? The band and color guard was invited to the annual Lord Mayor of Westminster’s New Year Celebration in 1994. They were one of 25 bands from across the country invited to the parade.
‘Flag stolen from park ? again? Clarkston City Council was dealing with repeated thefts of American flags from Depot Park.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Schools reject tax collection offer? Clarkston schools and Independence Township failed to agree on a fee for collecting half of the school taxes in the summer. The next step was to go to the county for negotiation.
‘Residents ‘jump for joy? over Pine Knob Road paving job? Independence Township was set to pave the street from Clarkston Road to Bailey Lake Elementary School. Six residents on the street were let off the hook for the $101,000 project by the township.
‘Taxi, Taxi! Easy Rider’s set to go? An out-of-work local couple opened their own business, a taxi service.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Church to have new hymnals? The Crescent Hills Baptist Church ordered 100 new songbooks from a company in Chicago. They were fundraising to build their church building.
‘Blood bank is successful? About 60 of 75 prospective donors gave blood for the Red Cross at the Clarkston Community Center.
‘Seymour Lake news? U.S. Army Sp/3c Robert Perry was expected home from Korea after breaking bones in both legs. He was injured playing basketball.

15 years ago – 1996
‘Iced-over Allen Road gets no attention? Local residents and deputies were upset with Road Commission for Oakland County’s lack of snow plowing of the Independence Township road, despite several accidents. The commission said it had to concentrate on paved roads first.
‘Master plan, Depot Road are priorities in ?97? Clarkton wanted to have a new master plan complete by April, along with parking and sidewalks on Depot Road.
‘Township officials look ahead to ?97? Independence Township Supervisor Dale Stuart looked forward to completion of Vision 2020, safety path construction, completion of the new Citation Street fire station, and new computer system at township offices. Other priorities included resolving investment troubles, senior center improvements, and controlled growth.

25 years ago – 1986

?1986 sets record for new homes? All records were broken in 1986 for residential building in Independence Township. Over $31 million in residential building and 318 new home permits beat the old record of $11.5 million and 309 homes, set in 1977.
‘Teen keeps on toes with ballet? Donna Cataldo, a 14-year-old Independence Township resident, rehearsed six days a week to make herself the best ballerina she could be. She earned a spot at the School of American Ballet in New York City that past summer.
‘Fish tales? Alan Chenoweth Sr. and Jr., Eric Stephens, Amie Harrington, and other local residents enjoyed ice fishing on Cranberry Lake. They caught perch and bluegill.

50 years ago – 1961
‘March of Dimes to have airlift? The charity organized a fund raiser in which local pilots donated their time and planes to give rides to donors. Tickets were $2.50 for a ride over most of northern Oakland County.
‘Mrs. Weber wins 4-H award? Mrs Paul Weber was awarded the State of Michigan’s Outstanding Tractor Leaders Award in the 4-H Tractor Program. She was the first woman in Oakland County and Michigan to be honored with the award.
‘Clarkston locals? Hurrying home to be with their son after a visit to Tennessee, Mr. and Mrs. John Sexton of Independence Township wrecked their car in the snowy mountains of Kentucky. They hung on the side of a cliff for two hours before help could come. No one was hurt.

15 years ago – 1997

“High school seeks more police help? The Clarkston Board of Education voted to increase the time of the district’s only police liasion and agreed to request to hire a second officer to conduct more classes in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. The vote came after incidents in criminal sexual conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and domestic violence in September through November.
‘Theater’s fate still unclear? The state of the Depot Theater’s fate was still unclear after two months after Canadian National Railroad said they would take a joint offer and after a set of complication arose.
‘Fall MEAP scores take a dip? Educators around the state and in Clarkston were shaking their heads in bewilderment to the fall in the Michigan Educational Assessment Program results for fourth- and seventh-grade reading and math. Only a few districts posted gains in the standardized test scores.

25 years ago – 1987

“Commission drops to 5? Following a heated discussion on Independence Township Planning Commission appointment recommendations the commission dropped from seven to five members.
‘Ideas pour forth at Mill Pond dam hearing? The Mill Pond Association planned to meet to discuss purchasing the broken Mill Pond cofferdam and the water rights after the Clarkston Village Council held a public hearing to help decide the fate of the dam on Washington Street.
‘Change in smoking law creates no problems? The new state law, the Michigan Clean Indoor Act, wouldn’t affect area government workers much, according to local government officials.

50 years ago – 1962
“Local man receives new position? Nicholas was appointed an Account Executive and a member of the creative staff at Wallace-Blakeslee, Inc, an advertising firm in Grand Rapids.
‘Clarkston locals? Fifth graders at Clarkston Elementary School held a surprise birthday party for their teacher Mrs. Davison. They made cake and played Happy Birthday on instruments.
‘Clarkston locals? Mrs. Norman Raedeke of Hummingbird hosted a ‘coffee clutch? for 20 women of the Linwood village subdivision.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Cityhood update? Traffic, taxes, police, speeding tickets, contaminated water, and rumors were on the minds of Clarkston citizens packing a city council meeting to discuss the first half year of cityhood. A traffic light at Clarkston Road and M-15 was in the works to improve traffic congestion.
‘Country club development may downsize? A Country Club of the North residential and golf development at Clintonville and Waldon roads was in trouble because of the economy. A new zoning district, Planned Residential Development, was created for the project.
‘Pair jailed and fined for poaching, trespassing? Two Independence Township men were sentenced to five days in jail and fined $1,200 for killing two does on private property.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Arbitrator ends teaching dispute? A laid-off Clarkston High School teacher disputed a decision to recall a fellow teacher instead of her. In a hiring decision based on seniority, she said they were both hired on the same day four years previously, but she signed her contract earlier in the day. School officials said they had an appointment book showing the opposite. An arbitrator ruled in favor of the documents.
‘Truckers strike hits? Local grocers feared a nationwide strike by independence truckers could lead to food shortages. About 100,000 truckers were expected to pull off the road and park to protest a proposed highway tax hike.
‘Fishing away? Fishermen Cecil Gaines and Dick Cassidy were having trouble catching anything on frozen Deer Lake. They blamed the warm weather, with thinner ice than usual.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Rotary hears different version? A Wayne State University professor spoke to the Clarkston Rotary Club about the differences between American and Russian education systems. America’s was better, he said.
‘Girl Scouts visit Detroit? Troop 286 visited Grand Trunk Railroad Brush Street depot and stayed at the Statler Hotel in Detroit.
‘Slating club in Clarkston? The Recreation Commission formed the club for Mill Pond skating. They also wanted to form hockey, skiing, and sledding clubs.

15 years ago – 1997
“Horses saved from icy pond? Independence Township Department was called to the house of Tom Patti to rescue three horses that fell through the ice of Patti’s pond. The horses were brought safely, only experiencing sore muscles, bumps and bruises.
“Brothers bound over on drug charges? Matthew and Jesse Covarrubias were in 52-2 District Court to determine whether their cocaine charges would be sent to Oakland County Circuit Court. Two undercover officers testifed three controlled buys had been made prior to a search warrant.
“City speeding fines get noticed in cyberspace.? Ticket writing by the Clarkston Police Department became so well known the department was called the Clarkston Revenue Service by surfers on the world wide web. A website dealing with speed traps listed 8,000 areas nationwide where speedtraps are. The City of the Village of Clarkston was one of them listed.

25 years ago – 1987

“Call to residents for school views? About some 400 Clarkston school district residents recieved phone calls to share their thoughts about a new high school. About 30 questions were included in the survey
“Fuel leak contained on Dixie? A potentially dangerous situation was averted when firefighters controlled a fuel leakage at a local gas station. A gas pump at the Playless Station on Dixie Highway began spouting gasoline while an employee was changing an internal filter in the pump. Approximately 270 gallons of unleaded gas flowed onto Dixie and toward a Michigan Bell building before a dike was constructed.

50 years ago – 1962
“Heroic youth saves house? While skating on icy roads past the Jacob Drake residence on Snow Apple Dr. when he saw 10 year old Tom Drake come running out of his house, his clothing in flames and hurl himself into the snow to extingush the flames. The fire had spread from the fireplace to the tile and a chair near-by. With pans of water, David put the fire out.
“Mrs. Doran wins Jackpot? Mrs. Joseph (Della) Doran was the first person to win the WPON, Pontiac Broadcasting Systems contest. Mrs. Doran answered her phone by saying WPON, 1460, thus winning the money in the jackpot.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Township board cuts cars, costs? Independence Township voted to reduce its car fleet by two, saving about $10,000/year. The proposal also included a ban on using township cars for vacation trips.
‘Father says bus incident could have been prevented? A 4-year-old pre-school student was accidentally left on a school bus in the vehicle yard for more than an hour. Her father complained to local TV stations, but said he wouldn’t sue.
‘Freezing rain makes slippery mess for buses? Freezing ice and rain led school officials to cancel classes, but only after they had started. Some of the buses filled with students got stuck for hours, leading to upset kids and parents, but no one was injured.
‘JHS fends off allegations of gang violence? A student was attacked, spurring rumors of gangs at the school. Officials and police said it was an isolated incident.

25 years ago – 1983
?3 men arrested in undercover bust? Undercover state troopers stopped a robbery of an 80-year-old Independence Township women, arresting a three local men on charges of breaking and entering, and selling drugs.
‘Secret lake yields whopper? Jerry Schliter of Independence Township won Waterford Hills Sports Center summer fishing contest with a 14-pound, 38-inch pike. He wouldn’t reveal the lake at which he fished, to keep it from being fished out.
‘Singing for the Lord? Tammi Flood of Springfield Township was busy with a career as a gospel singer. She performed at churches throughout southeast Michigan and local television.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Bank stockholders annual meeting? Clarkston State Bank stockholders elected their board of directors and conducted their business, then went to the Clarkston Caf? for dinner. Bank deposits that year were $5.8 million.
‘Twenty-One Club keeps busy? The club had a successful Operation Hot Dog and Hot Chocolate, and was planning a Sadie Hawkins dance.
‘Ice Frolics huge success? Between 400-500 people enjoyed the party at Clarkston Mill Pond. The Pontiac Skating Club demonstrated their skills on skates, and Terry Brown thrilled audiences with his barrel jumping.

15 years ago – 1997

‘More restaurants coming to Dixie? With all the growth and development in the township came the need and desire for more restaurants. Interested businesses included Outback Steakhouse, as well as a new, larger Pete’s Coney II.
‘City OK’s Mill Mall addition? Clarkston City Council approved a 9,732-square-foot expansion, adding office space to the Washington Street building. Bowen Broock, owner of Max Broock Inc. voiced concern there was already too much office space available in Clarkston.
‘Downtown branch staying? Don’t bank on says NBD? Independence Township trustees joined local business and civic groups asking NBD to not close the downtown Main Street bank. Bank officials were looking to move out of the historic building to avoid over saturation of the market.

25 years ago – 1987

“Celebrate? Bells Rang and lights shined as Independence Township and the Village of Clarkston participated in the State of Michigan’s 150th birthday celebration.
‘Sashabaw ? hot spot? Independence Township Growth Committee recommended preserving the Village of Clarkston and M-15 as the residential core of the area. It also said Sashabaw Road was soon to be the primary commercial center of the community, and I-75 and Clintonville Road would best be suited for industrial zoning if ramps to I-75 were installed.
‘Residents air views on I-75? Safety paths, aesthetically pleasing noise barriers, overpass improvements, community traffic jams and equipment storage were the concerns of eight Independence Township residents who spoke at a public hearing regarding widening I-75. The state was considering improvements at Sashabaw and Clintonville roads.

50 years ago – 1962

“Davisburg man on ‘Price Is Right?? Airforce Captain Morgan Lily was chosen as a contestant on the Price is Right. Prizes won by the Captain were worth $8,000. They include a $2,200 diamond ring, a 1962 Ford Falcon station wagon, a $500 pewter set, a bed room suite, a dining room suite, and a complete movie camera and projector outfit.
‘Clarkston locals? Terrie Leaver of Clarkston just got over the hard measles. Her brother Stevie was home from school and was expected to come down with them anytime.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Schools find new bus driver? The dispute over bussing services for Clarkston students was resolved after the board of education voted unanimously to lease school buses from Squire Commercial Equipment.
‘Local Marine more than ‘just a warrior?? Marine Sgt. Rodney L. Dunn, a local resident, helped other marines and sailors on two projects in Malaysia. One was putting a new face on the Children’s Society Building, a foster home in Singapore. The second project included delivering tons of supplies to the St. Nicholas School for the Blind on the island Penang.
‘Women in sports honored at CHS? Female athletes at Clarkston High School were recognized furing the National Girls and Women in Sports day. The day included three guest speakers – Ann Boyd, Kevin Kaczmarek and Anne Doriean, the assistant principal. Doriean also shared history and led the athletes in workout stations.

25 years ago – 1987

‘Replacement of contaminated wells delayed? Residents with contaminated well water at the south end of Independence Township were stuck with bottled water when a project to expand the township’s municipal water system was stalled. Toxic gas contamination had been found at seven individual wells.
“Center for teens next? Encouraged by the turnout of 300 students for a skiing day at Pine Knob, organizers decided to move forward with plans for a teen center in Clarkston.
‘Clarkston wins thriller in 3 OTs? In an emotional, nerve-wracking, triple overtime contest the Wolves Boys Varsity Basketball team beat Lake Orion, 69-68. Jeff Tungate nailed three free throws in the last seconds for the win.

50 years ago – 1962
‘No parking? State Highway Department removed parking on M-15, 300 feet north of Waldon Road on the east side and 175 feet north on the west side. The restriction was the result of cooperative safety studies by the highway department, State Police, and local authorities.
?4-H Leader of the Month? Mrs. Leslie Johnson of Independence Township was picked by WJR radio for the honor. She was in her sixth year as a volunteer 4-H leader.
‘Clarkston locals? Mrs. Catherine Easler and her daughter, Cindy, drove to Frankenmuth for a delicious chicken dinner.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Permits steady in 1992? Despite a shaky economy, the Clarkston area held its own or improved on the number of building permits over the past year. Building officials were hopeful conditions would continue to improve.
‘Dog do-do crackdown possible? Clarkston City Council considered an ordinance requiring dog owners to clean up after their pets.
‘Administrators answer bond issue questions? School officials provided details about a proposed $16.1 million bond issue. It would be used to build a new elementary school, renovate schools, and upgrade technology.
‘Laborer pens his way into science fiction arena? Bob Wagner of Independence Township was set to release his first novel, ‘Unearthly Visions.? He hoped it would lead to a career as a writer.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Levy pit nears public hearing? The Army Corps of Engineers and DNR were to host public hearings about a controversial proposal to mine 300 acres near the headwaters of the Clinton River. Levy Co. wanted to mine gravel.
‘Loss of $500,000 means 10.5 teacher layoffs? Enrollment was projected to drop by 263 students, requiring elimination of 10.5 teaching positions. School officials worried enrollment drops would mean the loss of a junior high school.
‘Michigan senator to lobbyist? Clarkston School Board hired former Sen. Kerry Kammer as a lobbyist for $3,400. They hoped he would bring in thousands for the district in additional state funding.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Hi-Y Club had successful year? The 31 boys in the Hi-Y Club of Clarkston at the high school were proud of the success of their Christmas project. They sold wreaths and candy to help needy students.
‘Clarkston locals? Paratrooper Bob Dewey enjoyed a furlough from his duties at Fort Campbell, Ky., with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Motsinger of Clarkston.
‘Young people have monthly dance? The 21 Club enjoyed its monthly dance, with 189 members in attendance. The club was the proud possessor of a new portable record player and the latest records.
‘Conservation district annual meeting? Independence Township hosted the group’s annual meeting.

15 years ago – 1997

‘Some good news on new high school? When bids opened on the new high school, to be built on Flemings Lake Road, one major package came in $800,000 under budget. The board of education approved bids totalling $2,748,419 and some change orders on the project.
‘Where the heart is? Geri Ilg, Kay Koby, Rose Juzswik, and Vonda Ruth, four members of Excel, a ladies? barbershop quartet prepared for their annual Val-Grams for Valentine’s Day.
‘Salary committee approved? A new salary compensation committee was approved to advise the Independence Township board in setting its own salarire for the seven election positions: supervisor, clerk, treasurer and four trustees.

25 years ago – 1987

‘Cave-in at bank? A customer using the ATM at Pontiac State Bank on Main Street saw the ceiling fall down. The cave in created a 3-foot high pile of rubble and insulation in the lobby and teller areas.
‘Bank closed indefinitely? The ceiling at Main Street’s Pontiac State Bank collapsed, closing it temporarily as repairs were made. Engineers said it was because of fatigue ? the 70-year-odl building held too much weight for too long.
‘Village doesn’t sign contract? Clarkston Village Council decided not to sign a police contract with Independence Township to double police coverage. It would have cost 150 percent more, which council members said they couldn’t justify.

50 years ago – 1962

“Village president interviewed on coming election? Keith Hallman, President of the Business Men’s Association, interviewed Village President Roberts Waters on the upcoming election. Waters included a statement about the general election regarding voting on one item – liquor by the glass in Clarkston.
‘Dawley – Bonner vows first to be spoken in new church? Sharon and James Bonner were the first couple to be married at the First Methodist Church. They were married on Jan. 20.
‘Clarkston locals? Mr. and Mrs. John Glass and family of Canada were dinner guests of the Harold Hoffmans of Independence Township.

15 years ago – 1993
‘Most MEAP scores down from 1991? Test results had local school officials concerned. Elementary students scored lower than the year before.
‘The ‘King? visits Clarkston? Elvis impersonator Don Tersigni of Waterford helped introduce new Elvis Presley stamps at the post office.
‘School district continues contract talks with unions? School workers? unions and administration continued to hammer out details of their new contracts. Teachers had a contract, but custodians, paraprofessionals, maintenance, administrators, and other groups were still negotiating.
‘Celtic music group based in Clarkston? A local folk-singing group included a teacher, toolmaker, two students, computer specialist, automotive designer, and physician.

25 years ago – 1983
‘Schools to request summer taxes? Despite an advisory ballot against biannual tax collection, Clarkston School Board decided to request summer taxes. The move followed adoption of a new state law.
‘Mediator expected to give verdict in 30 days? An impasse continued between Clarkston teachers and administration over a 7.5 percent raise for teachers. The district didn’t want to give any raise, citing budget concerns.
‘E.T. glows for Trinity Lutheran’s congregation? Clarkston resident Kathy Parkinson made a lifesize, paper-mache model of the movie alien for her daughters Karen and Jodi. It was used as a Christmas decoration at her church.
‘Popularity’s all in the shoe at CJH? Junior high students expressed their individuality with decorative shoelaces, some in vivid blues, greens, purples, and other colors, others with unicorns, ice cream cones, or witty sayings.

50 years ago – 1958
‘Gay Twenties plan special meeting? The Gay Twenties Extension Club of Clarkston’s January meeting was to include a speaker from the sheriff’s department, to talk about safety.
‘Board of Education studies report? The Citizen’s Committee studying future needs of the school district recommended a new high school be built on its property south of Waldon Road (now the junior high).
‘D.A.R. honors Ann Lowrie? The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Lowrie, Ann received the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen award.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Architects hired for Phase III? The project was to build a new elementary school, additions and renovations at existing schools, moving adult education to the current Clarkston Middle School, renovations at Sashabaw Middle School, and moving Clarkston Middle School to the current high school.
‘Strength in numbers? Several community groups put their heads together in response to substance abuse among Clarkston children. They formed the Community Task Force, organizing a series of workshops for parents.
‘More retail coming to I-75 corridor? Malls and retail centers under construction off I-75 in north Oakland County promised many more options for Clarkston shoppers.

25 years ago – 1987

‘Springfield undergoes growth spurt? The Springfield Township Board unanimously final plats for two subdivisions and site plans for two new businesses in the township.
‘Independence man dies in fire.? An Independence Township man died from smoke inhalation when his house on Eastlawn Avenue caught fire. A neighbor called the fire department, but the house had been burning one two hours before they were notified. Exact cause of the fire was unknown.
‘McCormick comes home again? Clarkston graduate and professional basketball player Tim McCormick came home when the Philidelphia Sixers faced off against the Detroit Pistons. Despite McCormick scoring 23 points, the Sixers still lost to the Pistons 125-107.

50 years ago – 1962
“Rotarian’s host Schuler representatives? Michael E. Hurst Executive Vice President of Win Schuler’s Restaurants, and Fred Graczyk, manager of Jackson Schuler Restaurant, were guests of the Clarkston Rotary Club. Graczyk was the newest manager in the Schuler family.
‘Friends of Art sponsor lecture? The Village Friends of Art presented Adele Thomas, who lectured on ‘The History of Opera.? Thomas was the organist and director of music at the First Methodist Church in Clarkston as well as an accompanyist at the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts.
‘Jim Sinclair buys own drug store? James E. Sinclair, registered pharmacist formally of O’Dells Drug Store, 10 S. Main Street, announced he would be practicing pharmacy at Main Drugs in Hazel Park.

15 years ago – 1997
“M-15 widening gets support? After years of discussion of making M-15 safer, another idea was being explored to widen it from two lanes to a parkway design. The design would be four lanes and a boulevard, from Cranberry Lake to Seymour Lake roads.
‘Medical missionary shares trip with kids? Clarkston resident Maureen Tippen talked to more than 100 12- and 15-year-olds at St. Daniel Church about her second trip to the Dominican Republic. She volunteered with the Midwest Medical Missions.
‘Icers merciless in regional win? Clarkston hockey blew out the Howell Highlanders in the first round Region 6 game, 10-0. The game ended with 4:16 left in the third period.

25 years ago – 1987

“Box burns? One firefighter suffered second degree burns as about a dozen firefighters put out a fire which destroyed the Clarkston High School press box on Feb. 18, 11:20 p.m. Investigators were looking for two people involved with setting the fire.
‘Village tackles police protection question? The Clarkston Village Council planned to hold a hearing to find out how residents felt about police coverage and if they would favor a tax raise for more coverage.
‘Clarkston decides to sue over sign? The Clarkston Village Council decided on Feb. 23 to file a lawsuit seeking the removal of a light muffler sign on the corner of Clarkston Road and Main Street. The sign which the village issued by error violated a zoning ordinance.

50 years ago – 1962
“Six students make league band? Six Clarkston High School students, Dennis Ulrick, Bob Sawyer, Fred Lissner, Gary Haizer, made the Wayne-Oakland County League Band, Pam Lovejoy and John Knox were alternates.
‘Robin red breast spotted Monday? Mrs. John Walker, a resident on Clarkston Road, reported the early arrival of the Robin red-breast after seeing the bird in her yard during the day.
‘Local news? Ten friends were guests of Teddy Strawridge when he celebrated his 10th birthday. The boys enjoyed sandwiches, potato chips, pop, ice cream and cake. Later they went roller skating at the Clarkston Rollercade.

15 years ago – 1996
“Clarkston band releases first CD? By day Frank Busemi, Ken Thomas, Michael Kimsal, and Martin Foulkes were all early 20’s professionals, but by night they were rockers. Their band was called ‘The Serfs. They had a release party for their first CD at Griff’s Grill in Pontiac. The CD contained 10 songs and sold for $10.

“New fire hall opens? After months of waiting, the Independence Township Fire Department finally moved into their new home on Citation Drive. The new headquarters was also the new home of station one and the Oakland County Sheriff Substation. The move was delayed due to several problems in the interior.
“Crimes up in Independence in ?96? After a year dip in 1995, crimes in Independence Township returned to their normal pattern in 1996, rising about 15 percent overall. Crimes in most categories rose, including the most serious Group A crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and larceny. Group B crimes rose, including fraud, drunk driving,runaways, and liquor law violations. Group C incidents included traffic accidents also rose.

25 years ago – 1986

“Traffic irks subdivsion dwellers? A Chestnut Hills Farms resident was upset when she discovered traffic was just as heavy on her subdivision street as it was when she lived in Royal Oak. She put her house up for sale. Traffic counts taken in 1984 and 1986 showed an increase in cars using the shortcut.
“Howes sue? Virgil and Barbara Howe, parents of ex-major league pitcher Steve Howe, filed a lawsuit against a sports writer for a story which implied Virgil’s alcoholism contributed to Steve’s drug problems.
?3 on village ballot Monday, March 9? For the nearly 1,000 Clarkston residents another decison about government was close at hand. Three trustees were up for re-election March 9. James Schultz, Fontie ApMadoc and Douglas Roeser.

50 years ago – 1961
“Local youth prize winner? Clarkston Youth Fred Warrick won third prize and a transistor radio in a Central Michigan University photography contest. He was one of three winners out of 175 entries. Categories included nature and landscaping, colegiate life, human interest and portraits and novelty trick photography.

15 years ago – 1992
‘Fire hits on Christmas? A Christmas day fire left an Independence Township home damaged. Firefighters said a candle, perhaps from an Advent wreath, started the fire. No one was injured.
‘Chancing it? A pair of fishermen tried some early ice fishing on Mill Pond in Clarkston. A warm rain melted the ice that evening.
‘Program for kids aims to prevent head injuries? A local health care center hosted an educational program for young people. Speakers with spinal injuries resulting from high-risk activities shared their stories and lessons they learned with students.
‘These pupils learn by doing? Oakland Technical Center-Northwest worked to blend academics with practical applications, in technical, culinary arts, automotive, and building trades fields.

25 years ago – 1982
‘Symons resigns Clarkston council? Frustrated by a village council he said he can’t work with, Trustee Gary Symons has resigned after four years on the Clarkston Village Council. The recent repeal of a controversial historic district ordinance was the final straw, he said.
‘EPA funds dump cleanup? A toxic waste dump site in Springfield Township qualified for federal Superfund money. About 1,500 barrels of paint and other industrial byproducts were removed.
‘Kids without coats? Clarkston children played outside, taking advantage of record high temperatures, in the 60s.

50 years ago – 1957
‘Economics show at township hall? A Barnyard Economics show at the township hall described how family farms can compete with larger farm businesses. One tip was to keep expences down.
‘UM educator lists 10 top moppet songs? Assistant Professor Edythe Albert’s songs to stand the test of time included ‘This is my Country,? ‘All Night, All Day,? ‘Marine’s Hymn,? ‘Push the Business On,? ‘Wind in the Willow,? ‘Old Texas,? ‘The Orchestra Song,? ‘Come to the Fair,? ‘I Would Be True,? and ‘The Linden Tree.?
‘Masonic Lodge installs officers? Cedar Lodge No. 60 F&AM installed officers for 1958 at an impressive ceremony, new Worshipful Master Frank J. Vargo.
‘Ice Frolics here Saturday, Dec. 28? Barrel jumping, figure skating, hockey games, and recreational skating were activities set for the Mill Pond frolics.

15 years ago – 1997
“Not enough seats? Plans for the new $5 million high school came in short more than a thousand seats in the gym. Builders said building codes had changed and they needed $80,000 more. The school board approved the extra payment.
‘Warren to be honored; chair alumni sought? Grayce Warren, an icon of music education in Clarkston, announced her retirement, and her students were planning a tribute to her. They planned a concert featuring over 300 singers, all returning students.
‘March of the ‘droids? Clarkston Middle School Odyssey of the Mind competitors made a variety of androids for competition. Katy Manojilovich, Melanie Lauer, Lauren Trager, Lizzie Hunter, Beth Trapp, Jessi Jennings, and Alexis Roberts competed in the Omerdroid problem.

25 years ago – 1987

“Might as well jump? Clarkston High’s volleyball team celebrated after winning the district championship at Rochester Adams. They beat league foe Lake Orion, and were set to advance to regionals.
‘Growth brings positive challenges? Road maintenance and growth were one of the most important issues facing Independence Township, said Supervisor Frank Ronk.
‘Richardson named grid coach? The Kurt Richardson football era began at Clarkston High School. The 34-year-old Richardson was chosen head varsity coach after seven years as an assistance coach. He said he planned to open things up a bit in offense, but the backbone of any great team was always defense.

50 years ago – 1962
“Clarkston Business Men’s Association urges Yes vote? Voters in the Village of Clarkston were set to decide a ‘liquor by the class? issue. The business group endorsed the measure, saying it would support community development.
‘Deer spotted near town? Mr. Frank Russell, Main Street resident, reported a deer crossing the Millpond that weekend. The animal kept moving east across U.S. 10 just north of the stoplight in Clarkston, then on to Parke Lake. They had no further reports on the deer’s location.
‘Local news? Mr. Gordon Bray of Evee Road was honored at a birthday dinner at the home of the C.E. Huffmans of Sashabaw Road.

15 years ago – 1992
‘Art company admits to tax evasion? Four Groveland Township residents pled guilty to charges of money laundering and tax evasion, using money from arts and crafts shows in Springfield Township. IRS agents siezed $1.4 million in money, cars, and a boat.
‘Freak accident? An Ortonville woman accidently drove her truck into a parked car at an Independence Township shop, knocking it through a front window. No one was injured.
‘Stories come alive with pupils? help? Preschool students used theater and creative movement to help them learn how to read.
?’Middle schools? on the way? Clarkston Community Schools prepared to reorganize Clarkston and Sashabaw junior high schools into middle schools, with grades 6-8. Ninth graders were set to go to Clarkston High School.

25 years ago – 1982
‘Basinger opts not to run for village council? Ruth Basinger, Clarkston village council member for 10 years, declined to run for reelection, citing indifference over local preservation. The decision was in the wake of the historical ordinance controversy.
‘Board rejects elementary phys-ed? Citing budget and liability concerns, school officials said they could not continue a volunteer-led, elementary-level physical education program.
‘Cub Scout’s act leads to Medal of Merit tribute? Fourth-grader Tony Morrow was honored for saving his mother’s life. He called for help when his mom had a severe reaction to medication.

50 years ago – 1957
‘Citizens committee presents report to school board? A group of citizens finished a report about the needs of the school district and presented it to the board of education.
‘C.H.S. honored by science journal? Clarkston High School students were given the honor of publishing the 1958 Science Journal, an activity of the Michigan Junior Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters.
‘Local boy receives award? Dallas Lippincott of Clarkston was awarded a varsity etter for football by the Leelanau Schools of Glen Arbor.
‘Full-time pastor at Sashabaw? Sashabaw Presbyterian Church welcomed the Rev. Clifford H. Haskins from Wisconsin as its new pastor.

15 years ago – 1997

“Arkwright resigns? After years on various boards, Clarkston City Councilman Steve Arkwright sadly gave up his seat due to a promotion and transfer to Texas for his job at Paine Webber.
‘Cost of school proposal up? The cost of delaying school construction approval from December to June was tabulated – the proposal going in front of voters would be $57.6 million, up from $52.5 million in December.
‘Writing can be fun, author says? Children’s author Steven Kroll visited several elementary schools as part of Reading Month. He shared with students his stories of good and bad of being a writer along with adventures he has gone on.

25 years ago – 1987

“Thousands protest certification law? Dr. Paul Vanaman, principal of Springfield Christian Academy and pastor of Dixie Baptist Church, was one of 8,000 people in Lansing protesting the state law requiring teacher certification in non-public schools.
‘Winning isn’t easy? Jeff Cumberworth, a second grader at Pine Knob Elementary, took first place in his age group at the Tri-Star Contest sponsored by the Clarkston Optimist Club.
‘Emerson wants to be king of the hill? Rick Emerson’s skiing career had grown by leaps and bounds since he was a youngster learning the ropes at Pine Knob. He was ready to take the next step as he was getting prepared for a chance to qualify for the United States 1988 Olympic freestyle ski team.

50 years ago – 1962

“Clarkston sees record turnout? Eighty-nine percent of the registered voters in the village of Clarkston made their appearance at the polls – making the record turnout. Out of 394 registered voters 304 went to the polls.
‘Bonnie’s portrait wins prize? Mrs. Lawreance Olliffe, a senior at Central Michigan University, took second and third places in Human Interest and Portraits, during a recent photograph contest at the college.
‘Davisburg local? Mr. and Mrs. William Matthieu, proprietors of the Confectionary Store in Davisburg, started selling coffee at their store.

15 years ago – 1997

“Feeling the pinch? Independence Township incurred an investment loss of $1.5 million in 1996 and a $527,797 loss in 1995 for a total of $2 million. The losses came five controverstial investments made by former Treasurer John Lutz ? four mortage-based derivatives and a Lord Abbott mutual fund.
“Kids share love of books? Middle schoolers at Clarkston middle schools took March Reading Month a step further. The Junior Optimist Clubs at Clarkston and Sashabaw schools collected new and used books and cash contributions for new books for distribution by Lighthouse North in the agency’s Easter baskets.

25 years ago – 1987

“School tax vote coming? Clarkston school district voters were asked to approve an additional 4.25 mills in taxes and renew 3.79 mills for operational purposes. The renewal and new millage would have raised the operational levy to 37.58 mills or $37.58 for each $1,000 of assessed property valuation.
“Cash from cops increases 300%? The double police coverage in Independence Township, in effect since January, tripled township revenues from township ordinance violations. Revenues from township ordinance violations in January 1986 were $373.45; Februrary 1986, $433.30; January 1987, $1,179.50; and February 1987, $1,430.62. Tickets were issued for civial infractions such as speedig, stop light violations and trespassing.

50 years ago – 1961

“Wizard Of Oz, a big success? Almost 1,300 people jammed the Clarkston Junior High School auditorium to see the junior high students present The Wizard Of Oz.
“Volunteers named for torch drive? Mrs. Werner Hoy, and Mrs. Arthur Mazur were named Torch Drive co-chairmen for the Oakland Townships Region. Mrs. Mazur was responsible for recruiting, training, and directing volunteer solicitors in Farmington, Novi, and Lyon Townships. Mrs. Hoy covered Milford, Commerce, Highland, Holly, Groveland, and Addison Townships. She had been a volutneer for seven years and worked every level from solicitor up to co-chair.

15 years ago – 1992
‘More raises? Clarkston Board of Education OK’d three contracts providing 4.5 percent raises for central office clerical and school cafeteria workers.
‘Not enough donations so far? Lighthouse North still needed donations to feed nearly 400 families in need.
‘Everest Academy to add nursery school? Independence Township Planning Commission approved a nursery school for the private school.
‘Retiree helps others with carving? Donald Hindman of Independence Township turned his wood-carving hobby into a teaching opportunity, starting his own club, the Metro Wood Carvers.

25 years ago – 1982
‘Preliminary nod goes to Multi-Cablevision? Independence Township and Clarkston officials selected Multi-Cablevision over Omnicom to serve the area. The project to wire the community for cable television was expected to cost $2.5 million.
‘Teachers expect contract soon? Negotiations continued between school administration and teachers. Teachers wanted a 7.5 percent raise, while administration didn’t want to give any raise.
‘Historical society marks its 10th anniversary? The Clarkston Community Historical Society celebrated its anniversary despite the village’s repeal of its historic-district ordinance. The society planned to continue its mission of education.
‘In a world of his own? A Springfield Township family struggled to raise their 7-year-old, autistic son. His mother joined the board of the Oakland Chapter of Michigan Society for Autistic Citizens.

50 years ago – 1957
‘World traveler comes to Clarkston? Clarkston Men’s Club invited Leslie Eby, for her travel show ‘Around the World in 90 Months.? She and her husband travelled more than 37,000 miles to produce the color film.
‘Lassie came home? A local family’s dog, Lassie, hit and killed by a car, was remembered as a brave, faithful pet who once saved the life of a neighbor by fighting off a strange dog.
‘Your roving reporter? Reporter Lorraine Juliano interviewed several Clarkston High School students about their report cards. Students seemed philosophical about the reports, accepting them as an important indicator of performance but not being too worried about them.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Rain doesn’t stop? April showers didn’t put a damper on the annual Marshmallow Drop. Independence Township Parks and Recreation switched the event from Clintonwood Park to Clarkston High School, where children enjoyed marshmallows and games.
“The registry? There were 16 men listed on the sexual offenders registry as living in Independence Township. The registry was released thanks to state law taking affect April 1. The law was passed by Michigan legislature.
‘Does smoking lead to other drugs?? In part two in a series about smoking, experts agreed smoking led to other drugs. Surveys dating back 20 years showed the percentage of smokers trying illegal drugs were much higher than non-smokers trying illegal drugs.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Park plans win board’s OK? Independence Township approved a new parks and recreation master plan, calling for a parks and rec millage, Bay Court Camp study, and park improvements.
“Rifle fire kills pair of swans? A pair of swans were killed by rifle fire during the weekend in a channel between Woodhull Lake. After finding the bodies, residents were trying to save the six eggs left in the nest.
‘Artist’s flowers to bloom at DIA? Donelle Reese Vogel’s artistic creation of poppies and sweet William, titled ‘Mosaic,? was a finalist in a poster design competition for an exhibit at Detroit Institute of Arts during the Arts and Flowers: A Festival of Spring show.

50 years ago – 1962
“New administration building now in use? The new administration building located at the northwest corner of the Clarkston High School and contained 3,200 square feet for offices, storeroom and a combined conference and school board room.
‘Twins Mothers? to hold hat and card party? The Twins Mothers? Club of Oakland County planned to hold a Hat and Card Party with spring hats offered for sale.
‘Local residents? Sharon Mayo celebrated her ninth birthday April 1st with a skating party at at the Clarkston Rollercade and enjoyed ice cream and cake.

15 years ago – 1992
‘The gambler visits downtown? Kenny Rogers visited the Clarkston area to check out Michigan’s first Kenny Rogers Roasters franchise. The restaurant was in the Independence Town Square.
‘Help for the holidays? Lighthouse North was preparing to provide emergency help to more than 400 families in need.
‘Raises: 3 percent? About 30 Independence Township non-elected employees got a new contract with a raise, with increases in health insurance premiums and deductibles.
‘Parents organize for bond issue? Clarkston parents William Craig and Cheryl McGinnis formed a grassroots campaign for a $16.5 million school bond issue.

25 years ago – 1982
‘Independence to feel cops? layoffs? Independence Township faced possible cuts in county sheriff investigative and patrol services after Oakland County laid off 27 deputies for budget reasons. Township officials vigorously opposed the cuts, while the county promised adequate services would continue.
‘Magnum PI double on parade? Independence Township man John Klockow turned his close resemblence to actor Tom Selleck into a second career, performing at local shows and parties. A teacher at Warren Woods Middle School, Klockow wore a Hawaiian shirt, Tigers hat, and scorpion ring like the TV character.
‘Goodfellow Sale helps local residents? Clarkston Rotary Club and Independence Township firefighters sold Goodfellow newspapers for local people in need.

50 years ago – 1957
‘Goodfellow paper sale this week? Clarskton Rotarians were set to be on the streets to sell the annual Goodfellow papaers. Funds would be used for a community Christmas tree, and food baskets and clothing deliveries for shut-ins.
‘Women’s Club has unusual program? Dave Pressley, hair stylist from Royal Oak, demonstrated his hair cutting skills on three club members.
‘Greens Market? The local Women’s National Farm and Garden Association was hosting its Christmas Greens Market at the C.A.I. Building. For sale were wreaths, swags, arrangements, ornaments, kissing rings, candles, baked goods, Christmas stockings, dolls, and aprons.

15 years ago – 1997
“Councilman hot about M-15? Clarkston City Council spent 40 minutes discussing the hot topic of road conditions. Some requests from Councilman David Savage ranged from lowering the speed limit on Main Street to banning all trucks going through the city to preserve some of the historic buildings.
‘Bond issue ready to go to voters? The Clarkston Board of Education approved the wording of the June 9 bond proposal that would build a new elementary school as well as add onto other schools in the district. The bond would cost taxpayers $57.6 million and be financed over a span of 25 years.
‘Schools add string program? Sixth-graders would have one more option in their academic choices after the board of education unanimously approved adding a string program to the instrumental music curriculum.

25 years ago – 1987

“Layoffs hit teachers? Eighteen school teachers for Clarkston received their layoff notices following the unanimous vote from the board of education approving the layoffs.
‘Sashabaw shopping center nets first approval? Arkan Jonah was one stop closer to building a grocery store and shopping plaza at the corner of Waldon and Sashabaw Roads in Independence Township after the board approved the first reading to rezone the nearly 9-acre site to planned shopping center from single family residential and highway commercial.

‘Roadside trash dumping trouble Boy Scout? Thirteen-year-old Boy Scout Ethan Lee shared his concern about garbage dumping, especially when the previous October he and fellow Boy Scouts spent a day cleaning up garbage along a 5-mile stretch in Springfield Township.

50 years ago – 1962
“Jaycees for Clarkston in Beginning Stages? Because of interest shown at the meeting of local young men and members of the Pontiac Area Junior Chamber of Complans plans were underway to form the Clarkston Area Junior Chamber of Commerce.
‘Harlem Magicians to Perform Here? A group of basketball stars were on their way to the area to take on the ‘Clarkston Faculty.?
‘Local resident? Lisa Vaara celebrated her first birthday on April 11 with family and friends.

15 years ago – 1992
‘Murderer released at age 19? A Springfield Township man, who confessed and was convicted of murdering his father, mother, and sister with a shotgun in 1988, was released from jail because state law at the time did not allow juveniles to be imprisoned longer. Officials said he was a model prisoner and not a threat to society.
‘Garbage truck strikes employee, 25? A trash disposal employee of Pontiac was killed when a Springfield Township company’s truck ran over him.
‘Hunters caught killing deer on private property? An Independence Township family said hunters shot a deer within 200 yards of their home. They called police, who apprehended four poachers. The family vowed to lead an effort to ban hunting in the township.
‘She inspires pupils with tales from China? Clarkston Junior High teacher Barbara Glover shared stories and souvenirs with her students.

25 years ago – 1982
‘First grade asks Reagan for peace? Clarkston Elementary first graders made a peace poster, calling for friendship between and U.S. and the Soviet Union.
‘The repercussions run deep? Clarkston village officials dealt with aftershocks after repealing the historic district ordinance, along with its powers to protect and preserve historic downtown homes. Advocates feared eventual deterioration of historic downtown.
‘Clarkston kids hold course with MEAP scores? Students were holding steady in results from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program despite recent budget cuts totalling more than $1.5 million. Officials were pleased.

50 years ago – 1957
‘U.F early returns look hopeful? United Fund officials reported collecting 62 percent of their quota. Hopes were high of reaching their goal.
‘Flag is presented to justice court? American Legion Post 63 presented an American flag to William H. Stamp, justice of the peace for his courtroom.
‘Shop at home where patronage is appreciated? The Clarkston News urged shoppers to give local merchants a try, to keep Clarkston a live, happy small town.
‘Senior play is success? Clarkston High School’s senior class staged the musical ‘Annie Get Your Gun.? The general reaction to the play was very favorable.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Bike theft puts damper on spring? Mitch Kusza had his brand new bike stolen. He saved $200 for a new silver Viper Diamonback BMX bike. He earned money by keeping his room clean as well as studying and going from not on the honor roll to making the list earning A’s and B’s in his classes.
‘Councilman hot about M-15? Although it was nowhere to be found on the official agenda, the Clarkston City Council spent around 40 minutes going over the hot topic of road conditions in its regular meeting. Councilman David Savage tossed out a series of requests ranging from lowering the Main Street speed limit to 10 mph to banning all trucks going through the city in an effort to preserve some of the historical buildings along the M-15 corridor.
‘Bond issue ready to go to voters? Clarkston Board of Eeducation approved the wording of a bond proposal to build a new elementary school and add onto other schools. The June proposal would cost taxpayers $57,650,000 and be financed over a 25 year span, adding 1.36 mills to the debt-requirement levy.

25 years ago – 1987

‘O’Dey aids champs? Pat O? Dey, a Sashabaw Junior High School student, helped his team beat Amherst, 3-2, in the final game in the Pee Wee Major National Championships in New York. His team finished the season 60-9-4.
‘Wildlife artist captures award? Independence Township artist Russell Cobane wins the 1988 Trout-Salmon Stamp Competition. The Atlantic salmon pictured on the stamp is unique because it doesn’t spawn and die, but remains in the Great Lakes for fishing throughout the season.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Former Resident on Bob Newhart Show? Mr. Gene Scholler, a charter member of the Clarkston Village Players, appeared Wednesday, April 18 on The Bob Newhart Television Show.
‘Cancer Films in this area? Special theater showings of the latest film for the protection of women against the scourge of breast cancer, A Breath of Fresh Air was shown in Farmington, Ortonville, Rochester, Oxford, Holly, South Lyon, and Pontiac beginning April 23.
‘Fire Department? Since Thursday, April 12, the Independence Township Fire Department was called on seven grass fires.

15 years ago – 1992
‘Man charged with break-ins, car thefts? A Springfield Township man was accused of breaking into homes and stealing a car. The man was captured by neighbors summoned by a homeowner who caught him in the act.
‘Home school? About 35 Independence Township families established a support group for home-schoolers. They home schooled their children for religious, academic, social, and other reasons.
‘Residents, planners debate merits of adult home? About 30 residents voiced concern over an adult foster care home at an Independence Township Planning Commission public hearing. They were concerned with increased traffic, wandering patients, and the number of people living in the home.

25 years ago – 1982
‘Paula Parker Blanchard: Michigan’s new first lady is one of Clarkston’s own? Clarkston High School Class of 1962 reminised about their classmate, the wife of Michigan Gov. James Blanchard. Friends recalled she was intelligent, conservative, and well liked.
‘Cable TV station site under debate? Clarkston schools and Independence Township were debating the location of a television studio. School officials wanted it at the high school, while township officials wanted it off school property.
‘Village repeals historic ordinance? After more than two hours of discussion before a standing-room-only crowd, the Clarkston Village Council repealed a controversial historic district ordinance and authorized drafting of a new law. The repeal opened the way for a Holcomb Road man to reside his home with aluminum.
‘Martha Huttenlocher: Clarkston’s Junior Miss for 1983? Huttenlocher competed against 12 other hopefuls in the pageant and won the title and $1,000 scholarship.

50 years ago – 1957
‘G.O.C. ceases active operations? All Ground Observation Posts, including Clarkston’s, were preparing to shot down, effective Jan. 1, 1958. Early warning radar systems developed to the point where 24-hour-a-day volunteer sky surveilance was no longer needed. Observers were to receive ‘Wings Pins? in honor of their service.
‘Men’s Club to hear about Leader Dogs? Bill MeCready and his dog Storm spoke to the club about the Leader Dogs for the Blind program.

15 years ago – 1997
‘When will it all end? New subdivisions were going up all over the Clarkston area, with heavy equipment lumbering over back roads. To deal with the increased population, Clarkston Schools were pursuing a June bond increase to fund a new school.
‘Oakland Woods breaks ground on church addition? Three days after the church received final site approval from Independence Township planners for an 8,096-square-foot addition, parishioners and guests gathered for an outdoor ground-breaking ceremony.
‘Council at odds over Deer Lake seawall? Clarkston City Council stonewalled an effort to prevent sand erosion on Deer Lake because of a stonewall. Council wanted to wait until it had the beach lease in hand from Independence Township. Other council members said the wall plan was ugly.

25 years ago – 1987

‘Inside Africa? Clarkston-area couples Ron and Betty Wagner and Jim and Betty Smith reminisced about their trips to Kenya. They photographed elephants, giraffes, and other wildlife during their safaris.
‘Theatre named for Kirchgessner? In tribute to John Kirchgessner, the Clarkston High School principal killed in an airplane crash in March 1986, the Clarkston High School Little Theatre has a new name. On Monday night, the Clarkston board of education unanimously approved the name change to the Kirchgessner Auditorium.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Jay-Cees to form in Clarkston? Young men of Independence Township met for the second time and voted to form a chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Clarkston. They discussed beach cleanup and safety, voting, community park development, youth assistance, and other programs.
?’Hole in one? for Mrs. Griggs? A nine iron, the wind in the right direction, and a little luck won a hole in one for Dorothea Griggs at the Clarkston Golf Course. She made the rare shot on the ninth hole, a 140-yard stretch. It was the first for the golf course that year, and the first ever for her.
‘Clarkston locals? Mr. and Mrs. John DeLind of Clarkston returned home after vacationing in Deerfield Beach, Fla.