A Look Back From The CNews archives

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 – 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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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 – 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 – 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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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 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
‘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
?’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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
$85,000-90,000.
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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 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
‘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 – 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 – 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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
?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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
“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
“$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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘Consumers Energy bends to wetlands concerns on proposed pipeline route? The proposed pipeline project previously scheduled to pass through wetlands in Springfield Township was planned to be rerouted. Consumers Energy and TriState Pipeline Company had proposed six alternative routes. The pipeline would connect with other systems bringing natural gas from western Canada to eastern Canada and the northeastern United States.
‘The goose gets a twist? Retired Kindergarten teacher Ann Moeller was decked out as Mother Goose at Springfield Plains Elementary and gave the classic nursery rhymes a ?90s twist during Celebrity Readers Day.
‘Clarkston State Bank donates downtown? The movement to help revitalize downtown Clarkston received a big boost from one of its newest businesses. The Clarkston State Bank contributed an $8,000 check to the revitalization effort spearheaded by Clarkston city councilman David Savage.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Determined neighbor thwarts robbery? Not many people have the courage to interfere with a crime in progress but that’s what happened on Big Lake Road in Springfield Township. An alert neighbor spotted strange car at the house next door and noticed two men walking toward it with their arms full of electronics. The neighbor chased the two, let the air out of their tires, dodged a knife one was carrying and called the police.
‘Artist draws on farm experience? Del and Bob Miller designed and built a spacious, wing-shaped ranch farm overlooking their 102 acres of land in 1974. The scene with horses, ducks around a quiet pond, gently rolling hills provided Del with inspiration for an activity she had done all her life – painting.
‘Sculptor’s career takes shape with county awards? Authenticity means a lot to artist Patrick Smith from Independence Township and if he couldn’t do a project justice, he won’t do it. His hand-carved totem pole won the Pontiac Oakland County Art Show at Summit Place.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Forensics contest judged excellent? An excellent performance and close decisions marked the local Forensics contest. The contest was judged by the faculty of the English Department.

15 years ago – 1999
‘City’s zoning ordinance becomes law? It had taken 26 years and a lot of long hours but the city of Clarkston finally had its new zoning ordinance. The new ordinance was an update and upgrade from the original city ordinance, first adoped in 1973. The new ordinance passed 6-0.
‘Therapy dog works wonders on senior citizens? Sometimes all it takes is a cold, wet nose. Least that was what Clarkston resident Carolyn Place found out when she began taking Major, her seven-year-old black Labrador Retriever to visit her mothing at a nursing home in Waterford. Major became top dog as he cheered up the senior citizens living there.
‘City office gets new face? Marcy Rotondo joined the city of Clarkston offices. Though at the time she didn’t have a title, she did clerk-type work for the city including minutes research, opening mail, typing and answering phones.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Bond fails by 55 votes? Voters narrowly defeated a $1.5 million bond issue that would covered the costs of relocating the Independence Township central fire station to the former Hosler Pontiac property on M-15. With seven percent voter turnout, the issue failed by 55 votes, with 471 yes votes and 526 no votes.
‘Lawsuit filed over recycling? A much publicized plan to locate a cardboard sorting facility in Independence Township was in the hands of a circuit court judge. R.J. Hoffman Management, Inc. filed a suit against the township two weeks after the planning commission voted unianimously to withdraw a special permit previously granted for the 10-acre sorting facility proposed for White Lake Road.
‘Meet Cricket, the 3-pound celebrity dog? At two-years-old and a whooping three pounds, Cricket wiggled her way not only into the hearts of her owners Howard and Karen Schwartz but the hearts of other people. Cricket would go with Howard every day to his work – Clarkston Veterinary Clinic on Dixie Highway in Independence Township.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Mauti leaves coaching? Dom Mauti coached his last basketball game for Clarkston High School with an overall 155-73 record. He coached for 12 consecutive years in different sports. He planned to devote his efforts into being an athletic director and assistant principal at the senior high school.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Teen finds man stranded in area lake? Thirteen-year-old Cameron Banworth noticed a man stranded in the icy waters of Walters Lake. The man had been chasing a fire pit cover and fell through the ice. According to Independence Township firefighters, Banworth saved the man’s life.
‘Police puzzle over rash of downtown break-ins? A rash of downtown break-ins left Clarkston police baffled – mainly because nothing appeared to be taken. Three downtown Clarkston buildings were broken into early morning on the same day and there was evidence the perpertrators had rummaged through contents at all three businesses.
‘Council members clash over retail presence in Clarkston? The possibility of a downtown building being leased for office use instead of retail sparked more disagreement. Clarkston City Councilmen Walt Gamble and David Savage disagreed over the way the city should go about filling vacant buildings downtown. Savage believed in doing everything possible to get a retail establishment into downtown while Gamble said the current business cycle dictates there was a greater demand for office space in downtown.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Rabies case discovered? A raccoon found on Gibbs Road in Springfield Township tested positive for rabies. Residents were warned to take extra caution with their pets and should stay away from wildlife.
‘Storm causes 3,300 to lose power? Luck was not with the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day for those traveling any distance during the ice storm. The ice storm blanketed the area with layers of ice and caused power outages for 3,300 Detroit Edison customers in Independence and Springfield townships.
‘Three honored? Three Clarkston area teachers were recognized for their outstanding efforts in a contest sponsored by WDIV-TV and Newsweek – Ron Santavicca, an auto service teacher at Clarkston High School; Barb Glover, a sixth grade teacher at Clarkston Junior High School; and Cindy Omans, a kindergarten teacher at Bailey Lake Elementary.

50 years ago – 1964
‘John Gordy scores in new position? Thousands turned out for the grand opening of Detroit Lions offensive guard John Gordy’s Lionburger, off of Dixie Highway, which sported Lions players waiting on customers.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Wanted: 10 acres of good, vacant park property in Springfield Twp.? The Springfield Township board was ready to get to work on their new civic center and library. But there was a glitch in the proposed location of the property – the state was requiring a vacant parcel of 10 acres or more in a conversion or land swap with the township.
‘Planners say ‘do not disturb? to Holiday Inn? Following more than two hours of discussion which drew a packed crowd of over 100 residents, the Independence Planning Commission nixed the first plans for a proposed Holiday Inn on M-15. Commissioners voted 4-2, denying the request from the developer to build an 80-room hotel on two commercial zoned acres north of the I-75 interchange.
‘A decade of districts? The Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team beat Romeo in the district finals, 81-34. The win gave the Wolves their ninth district title over a span of ten years and they had beat Romeo three times over the span to win the title.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Planners kill White Lake recycling plans? After almost a year of debate plans for a cardboard recycling facility for White Lake Road in Independence Township was killed by planning commission members, 6-0. They voted to withdraw permission for the special land use at the site saying the project was not how they envisioned when they granted permission in July.
‘Speed limit dispute splits up residents? They came to the Springfield Township board meeting mad and they left even madder. Residents of Clark and Dilley roads differed in opinion as to whether the gravel roads should be posted at 24 mph. To make matters worse the petition to post the road at 25 mph turned in during the fall was lost.
‘Young ski racer from area boast top-rating nationally? Aaron Lutz, at the age of 5-years-old, placed fourth among Michigan’s one- to four-year-old ski racers? National Standard Race standings during the 1987-1988 ski season at Boyne Highlands.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Kettering loses title to Clarkston? For the seventh straight year, Clarkston was wearing the district crown after defeating Waterford Kettering, 53-52.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Rezonings put township on the hot seat? The rezoning ball was bouncing from court to court. The Independence Township Board had tabled the Knights of Columbus rezoning. Prior to that the planning commission referred rezoning for the proposed Holiday Inn as the board and residents debated what was best for the community and what areas should be rezoned.
‘Wyneimko elected to state football coaches Hall of Fame? Walt Wyniemko came back home to Clarkston in 1997 and found a new home among the greatest football coaches in the history of the state as he was selected to the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. At the time he was assistant for Clarkston JV Football. He coached the Wolves? varsity team from 1979-1987 and also for Waterford Mott, Madison Heights Bishop Foley and Rochester.
‘CHS Cheer team going to states? The 1998-99 Clarkston Varsity Cheerleading team came through with a great performance at the MHSAA Regional competition to move on to the state finals.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Two shots fired in teen fight? A rumble between junior high and high school students resulted in one student firing a shotgun and another receiving a blow from a baseball bat. No one was injured from the shotgun blast and no charges at been filed at the time while interviews were pending.
‘Springfield has growth without urban mentality? Hiring a planning and development coordinator, updating the township master plan, and adopting an economic development plan were just some of the ways Springfield Township’s leadership was dealing with growth.
‘School tax reform bill approved in state House? The state House passed a school funding reform bill which would raise the sales tax by two percent and lower property taxes in some districts as much as 50 percent. Part of the plan was equity and poorer school districts with the higher millages would get tax relief. The plan would also generate more money in the state fund for local districts.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Wolves share league title? Clarkston Varsity Basketball finished the regular season sharing the league title with Bloomfield Hills after defeating Northville, 56-39. They finished the regular season 14-2.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Joint board meeting sparks ideas for future? Members of Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education, Independence and Springfield townships and City of Clarkston met to share thoughts and discuss common goals and problems. During the meeting five iniatives were discussed including development, mentorships, natural resources, uses of community buildings and libraries.
?’Camelot? casts a spell? Clarkston High School Drama Club members enchanted audiences as they brought the legendary tale of ‘Camelot? to life in the school’s new Performing Arts Center.
‘Five are goin? to the Joe? The Clarkston Varsity Wrestling team’s A.J. Grant, Andy Auten, Jon Robinson, Ryan L’Amoreaux and Pat DeGain were taking their skills to the biggest stage of all – Joe Louis Arena for the individual state finals.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Stove to blame for Springfield fire? Firefighters from four townships were called to battle a blaze believed to have started in a wood burning stove. They fire started just after noon in the basement of a home on Giroux in Springfield Township and caused about $50,000 worth of damage. A member of the family living there escaped the fire with the family dog and suffered no injuries.
‘Clarkston schools buy $400,000 computer system? The Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the administration and approve the purchase of an in-house computer system for business and student services. The IBM/CMT system Clarkston is looking at will cost about $400,000 to set up and possibly another $10,000 a year in annual maintenance costs.
‘Teen earns national award for work on wetlands? At the age of 18, Ronald Keen II of Springfield Township had an enviable resume, awards too numerous to list, four scholarships, and a desire to preserve whar precious land remains unspoiled by man. He earned another distinction – the William T. Hornady Bronze Medal Award from the Boy Scouts.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Hal Newhouser visits Clarkston Junior High? Students at Clarkston Junior High School were honored with the presence of Hal Newhouser, former Detroit Tigers pitcher, who showed them film highlights of the 1963 World Series.

15 years ago – 1999
‘City Council resists senior living project? Clarkston City Council members and the overflowing crowd at city hall were not receptive to a 35,000 square-foot elderly assisted-living facility at the corner of Waldon and Main Street. Council members supported the project but not on that particular property and some wanted to see it remain a single-residential.
‘New master plan steers Independence Parks and Recreation into millenium? A five-year Parks and Recreation master plan approved by the Independence Township Board of Trustees aimed to keep pace with a growing community. Part of the five-year plan focused on Bay Court Park in which they included building the playscape structure, the beach pavilion, picnic shelter, parking areas and more.
‘League champs!? In its third year of existence, the Clarkston Hockey team had gone from not playing in a league to winning a league title. The Wolves beat Troy for the OAA Division I title, 8-5, going 6-1-1 in the league.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Deputies calm angry gunman? Residents living on Eastlawn in Independence Township were confined in their homes for several hours as police attempted to calm a neighbor who had barricaded himself in his home with a gun. He had threatened to kill himself and anyone who tried to stop him. He confessed to deputies he had cancer, believed he was dying and was in a lot of pain.
‘Photography career takes off with the birds? The Michigan Natural Resource magazine editors sifted through 1,000 photographs before they selected 60 for their photo edition. Two of the photos selected were sent by George Stewart of Clarkston. Stewart talked about being chosen and photographing birds.
‘Wolves are winners in thriller? Waterford Mott players fell to the hardcourt in disbelief as Clarkston Varsity Boys Basketball celebrated a close and exhausting game. The Wolves won 59-58 after Mott’s leading scorer’s shot hit the glass too hard in the last second. Kevin McCormick led the boys with 20 points.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Burglars dynamite township safe? Dynamite was used to gain entrance to the treasurer’s safe in the Independence Township offices and $160 was taken. The burglars overlooked $4,500 in cash and checks.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Holiday Inn proposed for M-15? A new hotel was proposed for property on M-15 north of the City of Clarkston – but the future of the project hung in limbo due to a proposed zoning of the site. The 80-room Holiday Inn Express Suites, which would be north of I-75 and south of Amy Drive, was tabled by the Independence Township Planning Commission.
‘Just ask someone who’s been there? Independence Township senior citizens shared their memories with students from Clarkston Middle School. Virginia Rotta recalled a lot of dancing during the World War II era and John Zarzycki built tank engines during the war.
‘Wrestlers take second in OAA? Clarkston Varsity Wrestlers took second place overall in the league with 156 points after having to void in three of the weight classes during the league tournament. A boost came from league champions A.J. Grant, Pat DeGain and Jon Robinson.

25 years ago – 1989

‘Suspicious calls reported again? Residents of Independence and Springfield townships were reporting suspicious calls soliciting – again. Some residents received calls for the Clarkston Fire Department and Davisburg Fire Department – which doesn’t exist in either townships. Others received calls soliciting funds for Clarkston High School’s Just Say No club, which the club did not make any phone calls to solicit donations or funds.
‘Wolves rally for first place? The Clarkston Varsity Volleyball team was down 13-9 in their third game against Lake Orion which would determine who would take first place in the Greater Oakland Activities League. They came to beat the Dragons, 16-14, and finished the first two games 15-9 and 15-7.
‘Dad host to seven at dance? Vincent Rauth went to a daddy-daughter dance with his daughter Alicia…and Ellen, Catherine, Mary, Cecilia and Veronica. All seven daughters accompanied him to the dance at Marion High School – it was a culmination of 19 years of attendance for the family.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Randy Armstrong wins championships? Randy Armstrong won the Flint Golden Gloves novice middleweight boxing championship. He decisioned Bill Brown from Flint. At the time Armstrong was a junior at Clarkston High School.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Independence Elementary School it is!? From Ottawa Woods to Prairie Hills, New Horizon to Sweeping Pines, over 165 names for Clarkston’s new elementary school were submitted to the school board by community members. Independence turned up the most often in 33 entries. School board members chose Independence Elementary because it was suggested the most often and honors the township name.
‘City cautious on Mill Ponds board? The Clarkston City Council was all set to approve the forming of a lake board for the Clarkston Mill Ponds but further questions about what the board would do stalled the action.
‘Badger outstanding as hockey team upsets Trojans? Thanks to outstanding goaltending from junior Steve Badger the Clarkston Hockey team pulled off the biggest win in their three year history with a 3-1 win over Class A state champions Trenton. Badger stopped 35 of the Trojans? shots.

25 years ago – 1989

‘School bond nets low interest? Series two of the $5.2 million bond issue approved by voters in June 1988 was sold Jan. 31 at an excellent rate, according to Bill Jackson, director of business services for Clarkston schools. It would save taxpayers in the district around $100,000 in interest over the 15-year life of the bond.
‘CHS teacher of the semester likes a challenge? It was easy to see why Bill Genshaw was chosen as teacher of the semester by Clarkston High School students. While talking about his favorite topic history or the abstract idea of education his voice was filled with urgency and his expression was intense. Even after 21 years of teaching he still got up for his classes in world history and media.
‘Garbage haulers consider recycling as cure? Everyone creates it and everyone is going to have to cooperate to reduce the problem of garbage. Two ways to reduce by recycling and incineration – and garbage haulers in Independence Township were watching the current trend with interest. ‘I feel it’s a must down the road,? said Ken Smith of Smith’s Disposal. ‘Something has to give.?

50 years ago – 1964
‘Clarkston rolls past Milford? Clarkston Basketball rebounded well after their first loss to Holly to go on to beat Milford, 81-50. Dan Craven scored 28 points for the ninth win.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Ryder truck facility driven out? Residents opposing the 450,000-square-foot Ryder truck facility proposed for 30 acres at the end of Bow Pointe Road had their prayers answered when the Independence Township Planning Commission turned it down after three hours of discussion, 6-0.
‘City police accused of ‘harrassment? by truckers? The issue of truck traffic in the city is a two-way street, according to truck drivers who attended a city council meeting. They shared the treatment they said they had received from city police officers regarding the loads they carry and the number of tickets they get issued.
‘Township to implement new internet system? A new internet system approved for Independence Township aims to improve communication and efficiency for, not only officials, but township residents. The board of trustees approved a two-year contract with Frontier Communications, a nationwide internet provider with its own fiber optic network.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Boy saves dad from icy plunge? Ten-year-old Steven Zerba was playing hockey when he heard a crack on the ice on the pond – his dad, John, plunged into the icy water. Steven rushed around to the edge of the pond through the water to his dad. He stepped on the ice and through it before holding out his hockey stick and pulling his dad to safety.
‘Community service program debuts at CHS? A pilot program offering Clarkston High School students the opportunity to get involved in community service was underway. The program gives students an opportunity to explore a fied they might want to explore for a possible career. They volunteer time also counts as work experience.
‘Eggs teach teens fragile lesson? Clarkston High School senior Shawn Lambouris learned an important lesson from his family living class. He found he was not ‘eggsactly? ready for children after taking care of an egg and treating it as if it was his own. The egg could not be left alone; protected from the cold and hot temperatures; and needed lots of care.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Clarkston’s Junior Miss second runner-up? Nancy Stanquits was the second runner-up in Michigan Junior Miss competition.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Clarkston State Bank has ‘grand? opening? On a cold morning, several local and county business leaders gathered in an old downtown building to celebrate the start of a new business as the new Clarkston State Bank held its official grand opening ceremony at this 15 S. Main Street location.
‘Prevention is the key to safety for new fire inspector? New Independence Township Fire Department Inspector Bill Thompson called himself ‘the arm of the public.? He explained his duties weren’t just inspecting existing newly constructed commercial buildings in the township and City of Clarkston but also prevention and enforcement. One of his duties included elementary fire prevention programs.
‘New CHS pool figures to make a big splash? There were many parts about the new Clarkston High School distinguishing it from the old high school building. One of the largest aspects was the presence of the natatorium, a swimming and diving facility, to be utilized by the entire community.

25 years ago – 1989
‘High tech equipment fills in for Mother Nature? Even when Mother Nature isn’t providing the usual white winter blanket, people at Pine Knob Ski Resort are busy creating their own. It was an easy place to spot – the white mini-mountain surrounded by the brown countryside, lit at night, giant snow blowers creating what nature has been pretty skimpy with so far this year – snow.
‘Team strives for better school communication? A successful communications program has two key elements – leaders who are committed and people who are involved and Clarkston Schools has both. A 11-member communications team has been meeting since September to put together short-term and long-term communication goals for Clarkston Community Schools.
‘CHS skiers fly high? The Clarkston Girls Ski team picked up perfect scores of 10 during their victories over Rochester and Lake Orion. They defeated Rochester Adams, 16-21. The boys ski team also had three straight wins over the same schools.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Danger – thin ice? Five-year-old Scott Altman discovered the hard way the dangers of thin ice while skating on the mill pond. He fell through the ice and his friend Stanley Ash pulled him out of the water.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Chief Ormiston for city manager?? As longtime Clarkston City Manager Art Pappas was getting ready to retire, some members of the council had differing opinions about the status of the city manager search. Some said the city wasn’t searching until June budget come up and others had an idea on who to fill the position. Mike Kelley supported then-Clarkston Police Chief Paul Ormiston to move into the position.
‘Weather creates havoc for business, homeowners? Old Man Winter blew in with a fury, leaving destruction in his wake for home and business owners throughout the area. Roof leaks, frozen pipes and furnaces pushed to the brink spelled disaster for many.
‘Defense does the job for Wolves? The Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team’s 54-42 win over Sterling Heights wasn’t artistic but it was ruggedly effective. The Wolves displayed some of they best pressure defense of the season to take the win.

25 years ago – 1989

‘Committee suggests new high school? After four tedious months of studying Clarkston school buildings and future needs, a Facilities Advisory Committee shared a detailed report of their recommendations. The recommendations included building a new high school; a new elementary school and expanding the other five; converting the current high school to a middle school; and converting Clarkston Junior High School to the community education center.
‘Train derails, spill non-toxic clay? Thousands of gallons of a non-toxic clay material spilled when a train derailed near Kirby Lake in Springfield Township. Springfield Fire Chief Marlan Hillman said it was not expected to damage the lake.
‘CHS senior ready for statewide Junior Miss? On the outside Kellee Duty was all smiles talking, laughing and sharing her excitment about the upcoming statewide Junior Miss contest in Marshall, where should would represent Clarkston. Underneath the shining exterior, though, an observer could detect a calm sense of determination.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Local girl to study in France? Patricia Hunter Wilson, a junior at Lake Erie College, headed to France to work and study on a special project at the University of Dijon in France.

15 years ago – 1999
‘Clark gas held-up? An Independence Township gas station, whose clerk was trying to close the doors early for New Year’s Eve, was robbed of $325 in cash by a man wielding an unknown black firearm.
‘City council finds humor in zoning ordinance draft? The Clarkston City Council found things that just didn’t jive in their secon look at a proposed zoning ordinance. They plowed through several more chapters of the 25-section ordinance and had a little fun with some of the contradictions, unapplicable terms and definitions used in the draft. One included provisions for airports located in the city in which Councilman Walt Gamble asked, ‘where’s the taxi lane for that??
‘Students help out fire victims? After a fire on Pine Knob Lane destroyed a home of several families including a family with children attending North Sashabaw Elementary who lost everything, Sheree Sommers a secretary at the elementary sprang into action. She sent out fliers throughout the district to see if anyone could donate household goods, clothing, money and more. Everyone got on board to help as elementary students brought in box after box, parents donated and local businesses helped as well.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Pine Knob ski lift entangles girl? A 15-year-old from Orion Township prepared to get off the ski lift at Pine Knob Ski Resort like she had done many times before but this time her ski coat was tangled in the lift, dangling her back down the ski hill for 15 minutes by a mere nylon drawstring.
‘New program to promote fitness for teachers? It was CGIF at the Clarkston schools, which stood for Clarkston Gets Into Fitness. It was the theme for a new employee wellness program in the district.
‘CHS grad has starring role in DIA production? Since elementary school Cory Goodrich had one eye on the stage and hoped one day she would stand under the spotlight. After graduating from Michigan State University, she found herself playing Alice in a children’s musical ‘Alice in Wonderland,? based on Lewis Carroll’s book at the Detroit Youtheatre, a part of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Newly appointed commission meets? The Independence Township Planning Commission held its first, yet informal meeting since its establishment in Dec., 1963

15 years ago – 1999
‘We get dumped on by winter, home lost to fire? A late night fire wiped out three apartments in a house on Pine Knob Lane leaving 18 Independence Township residents, some of them children, homeless. No residents were injured in the fire but three Independence firefighters sustained minor injuries.
‘Old Man Winter drops 12 inches on Clarkston, area? Old Man Winter finally reared his snowy white head with one of the worst one-day storms part of the century. The area received 12 inches of snow with a wind chill of 20-25 degrees below zero and temperatures in the teens.
‘Cobo good to Wolves again? After a lack luster practice by the Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team, they bounced back three days later to beat Detroit Denby 67-50 at the Detroit Public Schools Superintendent’s Tip-Off Classic at Cobo Arena.

25 years ago – 1989
‘Economy to remain stable in ?89? Although a little fragile, the economy was predicted to continue to be stable in 1989, with a little difficulty in the first half of the year, from Clarence G. Catallo, senior vice president and director of the North Central Division of Paine Webber Inc.
‘Men charged in Dixie shooting? Two men were arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder after they allegedly fired shots at two vehicles on Dixie Highway in Springfield Township on New Year’s Eve.
‘Dixie shopping center approved in concept? Developers of an A & P shopping center sighed in releif after the Independence Township Planning Commission approved the conceptual site plan for a 94,000-square-foot center on Dixie Highway and White Lake roads.
‘They’ll go around the world in 365 days? Tom and Carrie Wilford, recently married, set off at the end of December for a year-long trek around the world. They began by flying to London for New Year’s Even, then Scotland, followed by two weeks in Athens. The main focus was Asia, Tom said.

50 years ago – 1964
‘Legion distributes food and fuel? Twenty-three families received aid from the American Legion Post No. 63 with 22 food baskets were given to families which included 131 children and 42 adults. Fuel oil was also purchased for three families. The Methodist Men of the First Methodist Church gave trees to many of the families.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Clarkston gets first look at new zoning laws? The Clarkston City Council was optimistic the first reading of the new zoning ordinance would come in late January after they requested some changes in definitions as well as zoning areas mentioned which didn’t exist within city limits.
‘Happy New Year!? Local officials, business owners and other citizens shared their new year wishes for the local area and worldwide.
‘Climbing the mountain? Kristen Atkinson’s skiing career had as many ups and downs as some of the hills she has conquered. As a Clarkston High School senior entering her last year with the ski team she had one goal in mind – state title.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Signs may slow truck traffic? The new year may bring signs directing heavy-duty truck traffic away from the village. Continuing problems by vehicles were discussed during a meeting between Independence Township, Michigan Department of Transportation, Village of Clarkston and Michigan State Police.
‘New trustee ready to begin? When a position on the Clarkston Village Council opened, it didn’t take long to find a replacement. Members of the village council agreed planning commission member Dom Mauti would be perfect for the position. The council approved President Sharron Catallo’s appointment by a 5-0 vote.
‘Teen party helps needs kids? Sisters Christy and Jenny turned their annual Christmas get together for friends at Clarkston High School into a way to help the needy. They asked friends to bring a gift for an elementary aged child as an admission to the party. Some brought more than one gift.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Wolves make it six straight, beat West Bloomfield 74-51? Clarkston rolled over West Bloomfield for their sixth straight win, 74-51. Ken Miskin led with 26 points and Dan Craven scored 25 points in the game. It was the first time in five years the Wolves beat the Lakers on their own court.
‘JC’s announce winner of ‘Santa? trophy? After viewing many attractive outdoor Christmas displays, judges awarded the Clarkston Jaycee’s first place ‘Santa? trophy to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dark.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Clarkston angels shine bright? ‘Tis the season for happiness and cheer as well as a few generous hearts bringing a little bit of holiday cheer of happiness. Dr. Bill Dickey and Jason Eisenhower helped out a stranded motorist on I-75, who had blown out a tire and couldn’t get it off to change it.
?’Visions of sugar plums? When it came to finding a lucrative sideline business, Carol Kurtz was one smart cookie. Actually that’s what she did – cookies. Kurtz hand-painted artwork donned each and every cookie, with characters, scenes and logos for all occasions and it was her busiest season with Christmas and Hanukkah.
‘Flying high, with his feet on the ground? Mike Kelley, the newest member of the Clarkston City Council, likes the idea of looking down at things. One of his passions includes flying airplanes. He said the view from above is very appealing to him from his plane, a Piper Cherokee.

25 years ago – 1988
‘SJH wins praise? Sashabaw Junior High School was chosen as one of the top 10 middle schools in the state. Principal Dave Reschke told the Clarkston School Board the school was a semi-finalist along with 24 middle schools in the Michigan Department of Education Explemplary School Program.
‘Christmas light stolen from house? A Grinch was stealing Christmas in parts of Independence Township. Christmas lights valued at $20 were taken from a tree in front of a house on Timber Ridge Trail. Detective Sgt. Doug Hummel of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department said it was just one of many other incidences reported in the area including stolen ornaments.
‘M-15 congestion still a concern? Independence Township Planning Commission member Joseph Figa said he wouldn’t vote on any new development along M-15 until something was done about the stretch of road. Michigan Department of Transportation reported more than 33,500 vehicles a day travel down the road and it was only going to increase.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Local Junior Miss chosen? Nancy Stanquits, a senior at Clarkston High School, was selected as Clarkston’s Junior Miss pagent. She designed the gown she wore for the competition.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Just what is a warehouse?? It looked like Ryder trucks would not be carting GM parts in and out of Independence Township just yet. The decision to pass construction of a warehouse on 31 acres at the end of Bow Pointe off Sashabaw Road was postponed for the second time.
‘Schools change redistricting plan? Residents upset with some of the plans for redistricting Clarkston’s elementaries in the 1999-2000 school year got their wish – changes were made. The redistricting committee presented a revised plan to the Clarkston board of education during their meeting.
‘A little paint, a little magic? For Mary Kalosay what could be imagined could be brought to life with a little paint and a little magic. Kalosay and Cooley Pope talked about giving a new look with interior and exterior painting with Cooley’s Painting.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Independence becomes fully computerized? The Independence Township board voted unanimously to spend $12,552 to double the capacity of their current computer system and ensure all departments within the township could access the system. Within the previous three years the board purchased a mainframe computer and computer terminals in every township office except the library.
‘Junior high school students get new computers? Junior high students in Clarkston schools would soon be working on up-to-date International Business Machines (IBM) computers. They would have 50 student stations for a total of $55,300. Each student station included a color monitor, dual disk drive, 640K memory, a mouse and software.
‘Elwell develops paging system for bedridden? It was an exciting year for George Elwell – he accepted an early retirement and began to work full-time at a business he loved – developing paging systems to help those less fortunate than himself. He planned and found a manufacturer for Silent Call, an in-home, portable communication system for the hearing impaired.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Debate team splits at last meet? The Clarkston High School Debaters gained a split in the Wayne-Oakland League meet held in Brighton. The Affirmative team of Gary Fitch and Tom Masters remained undefeated as they won over Clarenceville.

15 years ago – 1998
‘New trucks to roll into fire department? Only months after ratifying a new contract for firefighters and increasing personnel, Independence Township made additional strides towards improving the fire department. The board authorized the purchase seven brand new vehicles.
‘It’s a girl? Michael White, a young Independence Township firefighter, was the first to put on the gloves when the fire department arrived to an emergency. A young mother was unable to get to the hospital to deliver her baby and they arrived just as the baby was crowning. White had never delivered a baby before. ‘I couldn’t believe how slippery babies are,? he confessed.
‘Icers send River Rouge up the creek? The Clarkston Hockey team couldn’t help but to keep scoring goals as offense was in high gear and beat River Rouge, 17-0. Jon Bemis led with a three-goal hat trick. The boys outshot River Rouge 69-13.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Construction requires extra staff? Temporary reassignments in the Clarkston School District would aid in monitoring district associated with the $5.2 million bond issue which was approved earlier in the year. Conrad Bruce, director of personnel services, was assigned to the task of monitoring the construction and had a background in vocational education.
‘Whooo could have known? While a tree trimming firm was doing maintenance work on a large tree in front of a Church Street home they surprised a sleepy screech owl as they removed a hollow limb. The owl did not have any injuries but was stunned.
‘Shopping center proposal tabled by planner? Revised plans for an A & P shopping center proposed for the former Boothby property on Dixie Highway weren’t denied by the planning commission but they weren’t approved either. The Independence Township planning commission voted 4-1 to table the plans until after the commission members could walk through the site and other questions could be answered.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Dial ?1? for long distance? Clarkston telephone users began to dial ?1? instead of ?112? to reached the Direct Distance Dialing equipment before making a long distance call.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Fire damages Independence Twp. home? A gas fire cause by leaking snowmobile fuel significantly damaged a home in Independence Township. A Wood Land Drive resident was working on his snowmobile in the family garage and didn’t notice a leak in the fuel line. When he tried to start the motor, it backfired and the gas ignited.
‘Interpreter brightens the holidays? What began as learning more about sign language turned into a rewarding career for Clarkston resident Kim Willett. Twenty years after the interest began she was getting ready for Meadow Brook Theatre’s classic ‘A Christmas Carol,? where Willett and two others would be intrepreting for the deaf.
‘Power play goals give Wolves win? Allen Park rallied from a 3-0 deficit against Clarkston’s hockey team to score two goals in the final period. But weren’t able to tie as the Wolves cleared the puck out of their defensive zone to keep it from happening. The Wolves won 3-2 with goals from Jon Bemis, Adam Leech and Steve Janowiak.

25 years ago – 1988

‘Holly owners buy Pine Knob ski area? Mark Tibbitts, the new general manager of Pine Knob Ski Resort, said nothing would change in operations for the season after Mount Holly Ski Area bought Pine Knob. He added additions were planned for the years ahead.
‘Fire engine woes surface during bid discussion? The purchase of a $53,630 Ford fire rescue truck sparked discussion over gasoline engines in two of the Independence Township Fire Department’s existing fire trucks.
‘Local boy captures role of Tiny Tim? Two Springfield Township children were preparing to help bring ‘A Christmas Carol? to the stage at Meadow Brook Theatre. Nine-year-old Chad Holmes was chosen to portray Tiny Tim Crachit in the Charles Dickens classic. He brother, 7-year-old Bryan, had several smaller roles.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Farewell to a great man – President Kennedy? Residents bid their farewells, mourned and gave tribute to President John F. Kennedy during the National Day of Mourning, Nov. 25.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. George Craven and family joined the Frank Lovejoys at their Eastlawn Dr. home for Thanksgiving dinner.

15 years ago – 1998
‘It’s final – no water park? It was official – Springfield Township said no thanks again to the proposed water park. The request by the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority to rezone 41 acres in Indian Springs Metropark was unanimously denied by the Springfield Township board.
‘He loves a parade? Death, taxes and Gordie Richardson attending America’s Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Detroit was tradition. Richardson celebrated going to his 50th straight Thanksgiving parade. He was honored with a commermorative jacket and a spot on one of the floats.
‘Churches match growth in Independence Township? As records showed the crime rate number rising even in the suburbs, some felt church membership was declining. But it wasn’t – churches in Independence Township were expanding their facilities to include not only building space but activities to guide children and parents.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Wind storm keeps 911 dispatchers busy? Dispatchers were busy with the new 9-1-1 emergency system but didn’t have as many problems as expected. Though all seven of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department’s computer screens were busy during a windy storm.
‘Growing, high-tech style? With a little help from humans, a talking computer would soon be the mastermind of a new, high-tech greenhouse at Bordine’s Better Blooms of Clarkston. A arculic White House, one of five in Michigan and one of 4,000 worldwide, would help the Dixie Highway business maintain its position as one of the top five poinsetta producing companies nationwide.
‘Students take anti-drug message to 114 classrooms? After 114 presentations in the Clarkston school district, members of the ‘Just Say No? Club collectively were shocked by the effect drugs and alcohol have on youngsters. Fortunately, the 56-member group from Clarkston High School said it enlightened students and made a difference in their lives.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Local news? Joe Rhoades returned home with his 8-point buck after a ten day hunting trip in the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula. He planned to donate his buck to the Elks, Pontiac 802 for their Christmas baskets.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Twp. gives $3,000 to revitalization study? Thanks to a donation from Independence Township, Clarkston’s revitalization study was closer to reality. The board of trustees voted unanimously to contribute $3,000 to the $25,000 Hyett-Palma enhancement project, spearheaded by Clarkston City Councilman Dave Savage.
‘Independence, Springfield mirror national voting trends? Voting was down as predicted for Independence and Springfield townships but it could have been worse, according to clerks in both townships. Though voting was down the amount of absentee voting was up.
‘Krygier puts his stamp on hockey program? As Clarkston’s hockey program entered its third year of existence, brand new coach Bryan Krygier shared his coaching style, experience coaching at Cranbrook, role models and more as he went into his first season coaching the Wolves.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Thumbs up for Independence library, cops? The majority of the 11,089 people who turned out to vote in Independence Township selected George Bush as president and approved the police millage renewal request and library bond proposal. They soundly defeated the Baycourt Park millage request.
‘Dial 9-1-1 for help? Starting Monday, Nov. 14, 9-1-1 would become the number to call for any emergency – whenever police, fire or medical attention is needed. With the new countywide system, a caller anywhere in Oakland County can simply call 9-1-1 and within a second or two the caller’s address and phone number would appear on a computer screen at a central dispatch office which would notify the appropriate emergency department.
‘Second half surge? Girls basketball team’s shooters heat up after halftime to defeat Pontiac Northern, 50-36. Rhonda Jokisch led the team with 11 points and 10 rebounds to boost the team. Eight of the points were in the third quarter to help the team with a 33-25 lead.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Clarkston ties Northville for share in league crown? The Clarkston High School Football team tied with Northville, 13-13 for share of the W-O County League title.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Hepatitis A shows up in Clarkston? An unusual increase in hepatitis A cases had hit Michigan and Oakland County with a number of them showing up in Clarkston. Dr. James O’Neill said doctors at Clarkston Medical Group had treated about 20 cases of the virus, mostly in children, over a span of two months.
‘Flowers, food and fun? Fresh food and fresh flowers – a combination which worked well for students at the Oakland Technical Center. With the holidays approaching they worked on fulfilling orders for the season.
‘JV football team completes perfect season? The Wolves JV Football team finished their first 9-0 season in a decade with a 42-21 win over Lake Orion.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Something news at the polling place: voters will be asked to declare party? Voters will see something different at the polls in 1988. After they exit the voting machines they would be asked to fill out a form declaring their political parties.
‘Screeching halt for speeding trucks?? Police will crack down on traffic within the Village of Clarkston in November in an effort to cut down on the number of speeding heavy-duty vehicles.
‘Series excites entire family? Clarkston High School Drama and Speech teacher Barb Gibson visited California and attended all five World Series games her son, Kurt, played in with the LA Dodgers. ‘As a mother, it just tickled me to see him get his just due,? she said about her son’s game-winning home run in the ninth inning of the opening game. ‘I really enjoyed it.?
‘Each year, a witch appears? As she prepared for retirement in December, Sue Cattin reflected back to her 15 years of teaching Kindergarten at Andersonville Elementary and 24 years in Clarkston Community Schools. She would be remembered for her annual portrayel of Wanda Witch as well as her dedication to teaching.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Bank to celebrate 50 years? Fifty years of service was in the works for Clarkston State Bank.
‘Local businessman’s family hosts foreign exchang student? The Kiefts family hosted Angelika Lehmann of Hanover, Germany as she attended Clarkston High School for her junior year.

15 years ago – 1998
‘A step forward? After nearly 10 years of no full-time manpower increases, several improvements for the Independence Township Fire Department were improved by the board. Among the improvements included hiring a full-time fire inspector, three new full-time driver-engineers who would also fight fires, and 24 new on-call personnel.
‘City denounces schools? redistricting plan: ‘will destroy community?? The proposed redistricting plan for Clarkston Community Schools received some criticism including some from the Clarkston City Council. They unanimously approved a resolution protesting the proposed realignment stating the plan called for the city to be split between three different elementary schools.
‘Twice is nice? Clarkston Boys Varsity Soccer captured their second consecutive district title with a 2-1 win over Rochester Adams. The goals came from Russ Parrott and Eric Klemm and Dustin Coleman was in the net blocking Highlanders shots from getting in.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Cityhood issue heats up again? As legal steps during cityhood for the Village of Clarkston moved forward, the rift between Independence Township and village officials was growing.
‘Campus closes? Five years of decreasing enrollment contributed to the decision to close the doors of the University of Detroit-Clarkston campus. Students were notified after the board of trustees made the decision to close the campus at Colombiere Center, off Big Lake Road.
‘Stroll sets the spirit for Halloween? Over 200 adults and children headed to Independence Oaks Nature Center for their ‘Nature Fears and Halloween Fables? walk in the moonlight. The one mile walk went through meadows and forests for a mix of fun and knowledge of nature.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Clarkston shuts out Brighton for Homecoming? The Clarkston Varsity Football team rolled over Brighton for their fifth win in the season. Quarterback Dan Craven contributed with five touchdown passes.
‘Rest area planned on I-75 north of Clarkston? A State Highway Department crew began surveying for an $80,000 safety rest area on I-75, just north of Clarkston. It would serve northbound traffic.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Boy alerts family to chimney fire? Konrad Ylvisaker, an 11-year-old student at Sashabaw Middle School, was hailed as a hero after alerting his older brother and family friend to a chimney fire that spread through his family’s home.
‘Church chimes in with daily bell-ringing ritual? Church of the Resurrection Episcopal priest Father Bill McDonald took on a different task than the sermons, weddings and christenings – he was reprogramming the church bells to ring agains after them being dormant for several years. He decided they should ring twice a day – 12:05 p.m. and 5:05 p.m.
‘Wolves? ‘new season? begins with thrilling win? The Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball team had an exciting win over Oak Park, 49-47. Senior co-captains Deana Kanipe and Corinne McIntyre discussed how it was a different game to the Lady Wolves? previous games and how the win was important to the team especially since Oak Park had beaten everyone in the league expect one team.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Wanted: Armchair sleuths? With an increase of break-ins in rural areas of Independence Township, detectives were hoping area residents would help investigators. The criminals would ring doorbells and knock on doors to see if anyone was home. If someone answered, they would ask for someone who didn’t live there or ask for directions. If someone didn’t answer the door, they would break in.
?100 students want to share drug-free message? One hundred students were eager to spread the message about the dangers of drug abuse to third- through ninth graders. The ‘Just Say No? program kicked off wiht a rally at Clarkston High School.
‘Wolves bounce back with win? After three straight losses, the Clarkston Varsity Football team needed a boost and Brett Kinzler provided it. He caught the opening kickoff and scored on a 79-yard touchdown 11 seconds into the game versus Brandon. The Wolves won the game, 20-0.

50 years ago – 1963
‘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.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Residents air complaints about road construction? Residents of Walters and Flemings Lake Road voiced their charges about the paving of Walters Road during a Clarkston School Board special meeting. The charges included ruined outdoor furniture and activities, stuctural damage to homes, increase in traffic and speeding and confrontation with construction workers.
‘City cracks down on truck traffic? The Clarkston City Council started to put the brakes on trucks rumbling through downtown with illegal loads. They unanimously approved an amendment to the existing truck ordinance by defining what a truck is – a truck is any vehicle designated to transport property with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds.
‘Mr. Whittington goes to Washington? As a White House intern Clarkston High School graduate Steve Whittington met a lot of VIPS. Some he met in a dignified manner and some he encountered less dignified – like slipping in the restroom and knocking over Newt Gingrich.

25 years ago – 1988
?’A car is a tool, not a toy?? Clarkston High School students had a special guest visit. Jack Burnett, a nationally recognized speaker, a quadriplegic who sustained his injuries during a car accident in his senior year in high school. His goal was to make the students think twice about their driving habits.
‘Naturalist shares nature’s lessons? Timothy Nowicki, an assistant naturalist at Independence Oaks County Park, shared the benefits of learning about nature out in the wild and if he had his way adults wouldn’t be afraid to show their childlike wonder at nature’s treasures.
‘Stained glass artisans recreate Fox windows? Rocky Martina, a former Independence Township resident and owner of A World of Glass, was elated when his shop was chosen to reproduce 64 door-size panels of stained glass for the $30 million renovation at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.

50 years ago – 1963
‘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 also gave the children autographs.
‘Local News? Harvest dance was the theme for the first Saturday Night Dance Club at the community building.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Township taxes to drop a few dollars this year? Independence Township residents saw a slight decrease in the township portion of their 1998 winter taxes as most millages were rolled back
‘A gift from the heart? Lu Hewko does not take freedom for granted – easy to understand since he spent the first 14 years of his life in war-torn Europe. Both Lu and his wife gave back to their native Ukraine by trying to improve the living conditions. One of the significant projects was Lu’s iniative of the first Ukrainian Rotary Club.
‘Reluctant hero? Clarkston resident Philip Smith didn’t think when he rescued a woman from her burning car after it was hit in Birmingham. He just acted. For his heroism, he was among 18 U.S. and Canadian residents to receive the prestigious Carnegie Medal.

25 years ago – 1988

‘Library operating millage off ballot? After debating over which local issues face voters on Nov. 8, the Independence Board members found there were enough – four proposals from the state, one from the county and four from the township. Instead of running a separate paper ballot for the ninth issue, they dropped the library operational request.
‘Ingenue shines in Buick ads? Toni Mazza, a first-grader at Pine Knob Elementary, was chosen to model for an illustration used in a Buick catalog and brochure promoting the 1989 model year. The assignment evolved into a national television commercial and into an ad for national magazines.
‘Double OT win sparks Wolves? Clarkston Boys Varsity Soccer team won in double overtime over foe Waterford Mott. The goal came from Matt Mellen for the 3-2 score. It was also a big week for Andy LaFleur as inserted into the starting lineup for the team. He scored three goals against two foes and three consecutive goals against Springfield Christian. It sparked the game giving the Wolves a 3-2 lead and they ended with a 6-3 win.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Clarkston locals? The miniature poodle of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Walker of Wealthy Street broke a record when she gave birth to eight poodles.
‘Golf course announces winners? The first women’s open golf tournament at Clarkston Golf Course had two winners in five flights.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Field of dreams a reality? The new football field at Clarkston High School opened to rave reviews on Sept. 25. The Wolves beat Brandon High School on their first night on the field in front of a crowd of more than 6,000 people, 55-28. The marching band took centerstage the next day at the 21st annual band competition.
‘Clarkston schools? student enrollment tops 7,000? The number of students in Clarkston Community Schools topped 7,000 according to the unofficial fourth Wednesday student count. The amount of students increased 246 over the previous year, from 6,777 to 7,023.
‘Chamber of Commerce celebrates 10 years? Awards and congratulations for jobs well done were given during the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. While giving out awards the chamber celebrated 10 years and growing from 50 members to 300 members over the decade.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Merchants sound off? The anti-retail button gave merchants an opportunity to seriously consider their problem. One business owner shared his frustrations with the tax increases, the lack of parking, the lack of enforcement for parking violations and the trouble from local government over his store window.
‘Pappas named first village manager? No Clarkston residents objected, so the village council hired a full-time manager on Sept. 26 to help with routine office work. Artemus Pappas, treasurer at the time, was hired during the meeting with a 6-0 vote during the meeting.
‘Almost Olympian to share strokes? When the finals in synchronized swimming were aired during the Olympic coverage, Ruth Thompson was watching. She was a gold medalist with the United State National Synchronized Swimming team in 1979 and would have gone to the 19080 Summer Olympics if the United States hadn’t boycotted the Olympics in Moscow.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Oakland University enrolls seventeen from Clarkston? Seventeen Clarkston area residents were among the 1,500 students who entered Oakland University. Seventy-seven students were from out-of-state.
‘Local news? Janis Easton of Clarkston took third place in the ‘C? division at the Speed Derby in Mount Clemens.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Deer Lake Athletic Club marks 25 years? Over 500 members, patrons and visitors celebrated Deer Lake Athletic Club’s 25th anniversary and contributed to a good cause at the same time. By the end of the night, over $6,500 had been raised from a silent auction for Haven.
‘Residents, board say no to water park — again? Over 30 Springfield Township residents applauded the township board when they unanimously declined a rezoning request for a water park in the township. Many came to the meeting with picket signs and all ready with comments on why they opposed the family aquatic center at Indian Springs Metropark.
‘Wolves grease Athens? The Clarkston Varsity Football team came from behind to beat Troy Athens, 16-13. Senior quarterback Eric Jenks scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 2:40 left in the game.

25 years ago – 1988

‘Vandals strike gazebo? Several arson attempts on Depot Park’s gazebo during the recent weeks forced the village council to seek protective measures by purchasing a $50 infrared motion detecting photo cell. Decorative boards were also being knocked off of the structure on a regular basis.
‘Art for work, pleasure; music for joy? At work, Robert Hubbach put ideas on paper to be brought to life in future car models. At home in his art studio, he captured scenes from life forever on canvas. With his music, he simply reminds people of just how much there is to enjoy life.
?4 tax requests ready for November? Independence Township voters were getting ready to face a renewal of a police millage, a bonding proposal for a library addition and requests for a library operating millage and a park improvement millage in the November election.

50 years ago – 1963
‘School bus law passed? A new law, effective on Sept. 6, required school buses to pull off the pavement whenever possible to load or unload children. Erwin Hendershott, director of bus transportation for Oakland Schools, explained it would the motorist still had to stop but could pass a school bus pulled off the road after the red light has stopped flashing.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. E. Butters, Sr. returned home from a two and a half week vacation in the upper peninsula.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Car accident claims life of Clarkston High School student? For the second time in just a few months a Clarkston student died from injuries received in an accident on the stretch of Clarkston Road, west of Eston Road and near the corner of Lakeview Road. The 16-year-old driver lost control of the car going around the curve and the car flipped over, sending the driver and passenger from the vehicle.
‘Springfield approves Meadowlands? The proposed Meadowlands cluster housing project was approved unanimously by the Springfield Township board. Meadowlands, located near the Hidden Trail residential area off of Rattalee Lake Road has been ongoing for four years.
‘CBS films CHS? A CBS news crew spent some time at the new Clarkston High School, off Flemings Lake Road, to film a documentary on teenagers for the show ?48 Hours.? Clarkston was one of several high schools across the country being used for the documentary.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Mom of four salutes start of ?88-89 school year? While Karen Pfefier’s four daughters were at school she made a sign saying ‘RAISE THE FLAG! All my kids are finally in school all day! HOORAY!? She told them for six years she was going to do it and when they began teasing her about it she said, ‘just watch me.? She did it.
‘Junior highs now house grade 6? When school began it provided a major change for some of the Clarkston school distric’s sixth-graders. Sixth-graders from Andersonville and Bailey Lake elementaries began attending the junior highs. Pine Knob, Clarkston and North Sashabaw elementaries began the previous school year. With all sixth-graders in the district’s two junior highs, the first step into the middle school concept was complete.
‘CHS soccer team wins opener? Once the first-game jitters were put aside the varsity boys soccer team proved there would be no loss in the home opener as they beat Avondale, 3-1.

50 years ago – 1963
‘First Hole-in-one at Waterford Hill? Dr. Harold G. Ford, D.D.S made the first hole-in-one at the Waterford Hill Country Club since the opening of the course in August. The hole-in-one was made on the first hole of the par three with a nine iron.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Tragic experience shapes pastor’s ministry? Clarkston Free Methodist’s Church’s new associate pastor David Coleman experienced a parent’s nightmare – losing a child. Through the journey of losing his daughter to a rare form of cancer he learned a lesson – the faithlessness of God and how God is ever-present, even in the worst times.
‘Discovering their way? Bright colors, a scavenger hung and a pep rally with balloons and popsicles greeted Pine Knob Elementary students their first week of school. The festivities kicked off the school’s theme for the 1998-1999 school year – ‘Discovering My Way.?
‘Wolves mow over Captains in opener? Clarkston High School Varsity Football players recovered from a slow start to beat Waterford Kettering in the last three quarters, 35-3. Junior Chris Mitchell ran for 191 yards and scored four touchdowns on 14 carries in his first varsity start.

25 years ago – 1988
?29 new teachers hired in Clarkston? Twenty-nine new teachers were hired for the 1988-1989 school year in Clarkston. Conrad Bruce, director of personal services, explained the district hadn’t hired so many teachers since the early 1970s. He added it was due to higher enrollment in the elementary schools, new scheduling at the high school, meeting state guidelines for special education as well as resignations and leaves of absences.
‘Stores cited for selling to minors? Eight of 15 stores in Independence, Brandon and Orion townships were found selling alcoholic beverages during the previous weekend during an Oakland County Sheriff’s Department sting operation.
‘Senior athlete headed to national Olympics in ?89? Leona Revoldt, of Independence Township, won a gold medal in horseshoes, silver in shuffleboard and two ribbons for her performances in bocci and basketball free-throw shooting. Her gold medal performance qualified her for the second annual national Senior Olympics in 1989.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Clarkston locals? The Fred Marshalls and daughter, Kathy, returned to their home after winding up a short vacation in Oscoda, where they were able to reaquaint with former neighbors.

15 years ago – 1998
‘High winds result in Main Street banner bad? Clarkston Community Education’s hopes for some highly visible publicity were literally blown out of the air twice. Once was during the previous week’s storms and the other from the ban on all banners across Main Street attached to light poles.
?$24,000 for computers OK’d by board? Trustee Dale Stuart was the lone board member to protest the purchase of $24,074 worth of computer equipment for the Independence Township offices. He asked for figures and facts to justify the purchase. The action passed 6-1.
‘Kids win gold in mock Olympiad? For the third straight summer, the parents on Olde Sturbridge banded together to create a mock Olympic competition for their children. Activities stretched over the weekend and varied from a bicycle obstable course to balloon tosses to a 40-yard dash.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Firefighters, township set on wages, benefits? After two years of negotiations the Independence Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the six year contract for the Independence Township firefighters.
‘New post office opens in Clarkston? The local post office was delivering more than mail – it was sending improved customer service and convenience to its customers. And it was doing it from it’s new location, 5799 S. Main Street, near Dixie Highway.
‘Football team united for new season? The formula for the Clarkston Varsity Football team’s success in the past was simple – the players band together as one unit. As the boys looked to go into their first game of the season, Head Coach Kurt Richardson believed the formula would be used by the team once again for 1998.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Two injured in three area accidents? The week began with two teenagers colliding their cars while driving, another accident involved a motor scooter running into the side of a car and the final one was rider injured from being thrown off a horse at Camp Clarkston.
‘Wompole’s celebrate 50 years? Mr. and Mrs. Alton B. Wompole celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a lovely reception held at the Claremont Hotel in Berkley, California.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Local business adopts hiring incentive plan? Clarkston Auto Wash, Co. owners Fred and Sheila Ritter developed a tuition reimbursement policy to boost their workforce. Employees who attend universities, colleges and technical schools would receive the reimbursement. The Ritters still offer the incentive.
‘Break-ins mean beefed up security at CHS? The recent string of break-ins at the new Clarkston High School on Flemings Lake Road had area police on guard at all times. The most recent were six teenager who went into the school through an unlocked door near the football field. The previous week a section of the running track was taken and the football field was damaged by tires the prior month.
‘Price is right for Clarkston baseball team? Phil Price was named by Clarkston High School Athletic Director Dan Fife to take over the baseball program after 29-year veteran Roy ‘Pops? Warner retired at the end of season.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Fire destroys Tra-Tech van plant? Tra-Tech Midwest planned to rebuild in Springfield Township after the building was destroyed by fire on Aug. 3. The estimation of damage was between $2 million and $3 million
‘Deer Lake boat launch problems anger residents? About 34 residents from Independence Township and the village packed Village Hall to express their views on how Deer Lake Beach should be run. One of the biggest concerns was power-boat owners were gaining access to Deer Lake even though they did not live in the township.
‘CHS grad fondly recalls bunny days? When the Lansing Playboy Club closed its doors on July 29, 24-year-old Anne Weber remembered working at the club while attending Michigan State University and being on the dean’s list every year. She began as a cocktail bunny and spent the last part of her job as a membership bunny, checking identification as people entered.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Clarkston’s recreation baseballers to see Detroit Tigers? Independence Township Director of Recreation Chris Neilson announced all boys who participated in the rec baseball program were invited to see the Detroit Tigers game against the Minnesota Twins.

15 years ago – 1998

‘Fire guts home?
A fire destroyed a home on Perry Lake Road. The fire was the third major house fire in a month and completely destroyed the home. It took firefighters two hours to get the fire under control. After fire fighters got the fire under control it somehow started back up and gutted the remainder of the home.

25 years ago – 1988

‘False alarm?
A group of four teenage boys were caught causing a series of false fire alarms at an apartment building in Clarkston. The boys were using an emergency phone at a pool at the apartments to make the calls. Throughout the week the boys made the calls and would just hang up or push the buttons and make noises. At one point a teen called in saying there was a fire. ‘When we got the calls, we’re hurrying,? said Independence Fire Chief Gar Wilson. The chief estimated each call cost the department between $600 and $1000. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department and the boys parents talked to them. The chief said he was confident the issue was resolved.

50 years ago – 1963

‘Puny Peaches?
A certain type of peaches that were usually used for canning called clingstones and freestones were down one percent in production from the year before. Although the canned type peach crop was lower than usual, the fresh peach crop was plentiful for shoppers.

‘Boy Injured?
Earl Brendle, a 12-year-old that was injured in a boating accident remained hospitalized after an accident on a local lake in which the boy panicked and dove off a log right into the path of an oncoming boat. The boy was expected to survive.

15 years ago – 1998
‘New CHS open for orientation Aug. 19? The process of moving to the new high school was underway, under the supervision of Kathy Pierson. The school staff was operating in the old school in the morning and the new school in the afternoon. Three moving trucks made two round trips a day, taking books and supplies.
‘A look at Oakhurst? The new multi-million-dollar residential community off Clintonville Road was open for new residents. Homesites ranged from $300,000-$1 million.
‘Breaking new ground? About 65 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a new elementary school on 24 acres on Hubbard Road at M-15. Clarkston School Board members Kurt Shanks, Maria Bayliss, Karen Foytech, Ron Sullivan, Rick Crigger and Sheila Hughes wielded the shovels.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Newcomers Millard, Vaara victorious? Frank Millard and Mel Vaara were elected to Independence Township Board. Millard was also a Clarkston Village Council member, and Vaara was assistant superintendent of Clarkston Schools. They joined Supervisor Frank Ronk, Clerk Richard Holman, Treasurer John Lutz, and trustees Daniel Travis and William Vandermark.
‘Indians past, present interest banker? Rick Zurel, a Clarkston-area anthropologist, participated in a mastodon dig in Lapeer County, searched for evidence of early Indian hunting activities, taught at Cranbrook and Oakland University, and worked on archaeological digs around the country, all in addition to his fulltime job at First Federal Savings.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Area church breaks ground? Dixie Baptist Church on Dixie Highway broke ground on a new auditorium. The new $150,000 structure was 75-by-140 and could accommodate 1,000 people.
‘Jo Sutton wins crown? Jo Sutton, lovely in her white knee length formal, was chose Miss Ortonville in the contest sponsored by the Ortonville Jaycettes. She was set to compete as Miss Ortonville in the Romeo Peach Queen contest that August.
‘Local news? Completing a week’s vacation in Pennsylvania were the R.C. Rothbaths of Clarkston. They were the guests of cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Paval.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Family asks drivers to slow down? In response to people speeding by their home on Flemings Lake Road, the Plesz family erected a 8×4 sign asking drivers to ‘Please slow down our children’s lives depend on you.? The sign was placed on their front lawn and warned drivers children were playing in the area.
‘Celebrating a birthday with friends? Clarkston resident Daisy Dowling knew how to party. She celebrated her 89th and 90th birthday with students at Andersonville Elementary. It started when students sent her letters in 1997 for her to get well and she visited them to thank them for the well wishes.
‘A whole new world? Clarkston High School students Sheila Hill and Geoff Denstaedt spent their summer in foreign countries under the Youth For Understanding’s International Exchange program. Hill visited New Zealand and Denstaedt went to Japan.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Teens save Main Street home? Christ Neighbors, 16, and his friend Jason Simpson, 15, called the fire department after noticed smoke in their friend’s home. Independence Township Fire Chief Gar Wilson said the Main Street home, made of an old wood frame, would have been a total loss had the boys not have discovered the blaze.
‘Tax supporters pay their share? Though Independence Township residents Revs. Bill and Jenny Schram lived in church-owned home and didn’t pay property tax showed their support for Clarkston Community Schools. They sent a letter and personal check equal to the 5.5 mill increase on the assessed value of the church parsonage to the board of education.
‘Mother, son share ?88 graduation celebration? When Yvonne Sampson left school at age 16 to take care of her mom, she always wanted to go back. She fulfilled her goal, graduating from the Adult Performance Level Program at Clarkston Learning Center on June 8. A week later her son, Jon, graduated from Clarkston High School.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Davisburg plans Blue and Grey shoot? The Davisburg Jaycees? were finishing the last of the plans for the third annual Blue and Grey Shoot to commemorate the heroism of the men who fought for the North and South during the Civil War.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Ground breaking
held for new school?
A ground breaking ceremony was announced for a brand new elementary school at M-15 and Hubbard Road. Community members, teachers and students were invited to attend the event. School board members, teachers, students and parents attended the ceremony in which the first shovel of soil was turned over to symbolize the beginning of the new construction.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Mosquito shortage
bad for birds?
Naturalist Kathleen Dougherty from Independence Oaks County Park said that because of the hot season water beds, puddles and shallow streams have dried up’all natural breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Birds such as swallows, bluebirds and blue martins suffered from a lack of food from the bug shortage. Because of the drought birds were also having a hard time incubating eggs, and getting food because flowers were wilting and dying.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Detroit Edison honors
local resident?
Clarkston resident Alfred C. Lee was honored by Detroit Edison’s Oakland Sales Division. Lee was honored for his 40 years of service to the company. He first joined the company as a meter reader in 1923.
‘The Clarkston News issued
residents a warning?
A Clarkston News reporter spoke with a doctor from the Oakland County Medical Society and warned residents not to look directly at the sun. The warning was issued in advance of a solar eclipse that was set to take place a few days after the paper was published. The doctor warned, ‘retinal burns, like those caused by watching an atomic bomb explosion, are due to the thermal effect of visible and near infra red rays focused on the pigment structure behind the retina.

15 years ago – 1998

‘Road improvements planned for Clarkston?
Michigan Department of Transportation approved several road improvements in Clarkston. Slated for improvement was M-15, north of Clarkston to 1-75 and the Dixie Highway and White Lake intersection.
A previous traffic survey concluded that over 56,000 vehicles traveled through Clarkston each week. Improvements included a left turn arrow for the southbound on M-15 at Clarkston Road, a reconfiguration and extra lane added to M-15 between Miller Road and the 1-75 and a left turn arrow for the White lake Road and Dixie Highway intersection.

25 years ago – 1988

‘Driver stabbed?
A 23-year-old Flint man was stabbed on 1-75 near Sashabaw in Clarkston. The driver had been traveling down 1-75 when he ran out of gas. After stopping on the side of the road, the man flagged down a passerby and asked him for gas money.
According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s, another driver pulled over, accused the man of tailgating, stabbed him in the stomach and then sped away.
The Sheriff traced the suspect through his license plate number. The man was expected to make a full recovery.

50 years ago – 1963

‘Chief issues appeal?
Police Chief Robert Phillips appealed to residents to support President Kennedy’s Youth Empowerment and Conservation Bill.
‘Provisions in this legislation provide a practical means of attacking the high school drop-out problem and the juvenile delinquency associated with that problem.?
The act provided training and work for youths ages 16 through 21. Participants were provided lodging and 60 dollars in wages a month.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Schools consider $250,000 Walters Road paving plan? The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education and administration discussed paving Walters Road from Flemings Lake to Waldon roads and using it for bus traffic. The cost would have been $250,000 and would be incorporated into an intergovernmental agreement between the district and Independence Township.
‘Budding writers share stories, poems? North Sashabaw Elementary fifth graders sampled what it was like to be a published writer as they threw a ‘publishing party.? They read their creative works to friends and family then enjoyed cake and conversation.
‘Local bicyclist goes coast-to-coast the hard way? Sixty-six-year-old Ken Peterson took his pre-retirement hobby into a full-time activity as he completed a two-week bike ride from Fort Walton Beach, Fla. to Windsor.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Fuel spill could contaminate wells? Flemings Lake Road residents were worried after discovering 1,500 gallons of jet fuel from Enmanco of Mount Clemens spilled into the ground from a tipped fuel tanker off I-75 the previous week. Concerns grew when told officials wouldn’t be out to inspect the area for another week.
‘Voter turnout believed to be all-time high? A record 7,028 voters, out of 15,000 registered voters cast ballots in the Clarkston school election. By almost a two-to-one margin they approved the operational millage increase and a $5.2 million bond issue for school repairs.
‘Students protest high school graduation policy? A small but vocal group attending the Clarkston Community Schools board of education meeting made it clear they were not happy with the graduation policy regarding required credits. Some were not able to walk at commencement because they were one or half a credit shy of graduating. School Board President Janet Thomas explained it was not a new policy and the handbook was clear on the matter.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Local youth wins honors, goes to Sarnia? Richard Lord of Clarkston was the winner of the regional contest for the best Boy Preacher of the Year. He went to Sarnia to compete for the state title and placed fourth.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Unlicensed driver charged with murder? A Holly man who never earned his license was charged with seven felony charges including two second degree murder charges after a Saturday morning high-speed chase and accident on Sashabaw Road resulted in the death of 27-year-olds.
‘Four CHS coaches ride into the sunset? As the school year closed, four coaches chose to retire – Dick Swartout, girls tennis; Jim Chamberlain, boys golf; Gina Cox, varsity pom pon; and Roy Warner, varsity baseball.
‘Principal for a day? Seventh grader Stephanie Freiwald greeted students at the front door, made morning announcements, checked hallways and made all the rounds as she stepped in as principal for the day at Sashabaw Middle School. She received the opportunity after winning an essay contest sponsored by Students for a Better World, one of the school’s clubs.

25 years ago – 1988
‘CHS students speak out on election? As the election to vote for a 5.5 mill increase for the Clarkston Community School district drew nearer, high school students shared their concerns about current problems such as class sizes, sharing books, not enough desks and standing in lines to see a counselor.
‘Fife captures coach’s award? During six seasons as Clarkston High School Boys varsity basketball coach, Dan Fife ranked over 100 victories. Franklin Insurance Company honored him with a bronze ‘Select Circle? award. About 2,400 coaches were honored by Franklin Insurance.
‘Injury leads to career goal for honors grad? Mary Blachura kept her spirits after her left foot was nearly severed in an accident while she was a sophomore at Our Lady of the Lakes High School. Keeping her spirit helped as she graduated two years later cum laude.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Millage approved by voters? A five mill operating levy was approved by voters in the Clarkston Community School district with a 504 to 240 vote.
‘Local news? Margaret Addis celebrated her 81st birthday with a dinner surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

15 years ago – 1998

“Traffic fatalities” A fatal accident on Dixie Highway that claimed the life of a 7-year old and 17-year old prompted a campaign to make the road safer. One business owner petitioned for a stoplight at the corner of Dixie Highway and Bridge Lake. A Springfield Township official blamed it on the way people drive, a decreased awareness because of cell phones and an increase of traffic.
“Tragedy at Springfield Plains” Teachers at Springfield Plains Elementary helped students deal with the death of their classmate, 7-year-old Rachelle Bouchard. Rachelle was killed in an auto accident with her brother Matthew.

25 years ago – 1988

‘Light quest fails for M-15, Cranberry intersection? A request by Independence Township Supervisor Frank Ronk for a light at the intersection was recommended for rejection by MDOT. Ronk requested a study of the soon-to-be-busy area.
“Lifesaver” Michael St. Charles, head lifeguard at Independence Oaks was recognized for saving a 31-year-old man from drowning on Memorial Day. St. Charles said in his two years as a lifeguard it was the first time he had to save a life.
“Senior awards” Dr. Robert Burek awarded a medal to Kristi Martin during a senior awards ceremony on June 22. Awards were given to 1988 outstanding students from Clarkston High School.

50 years ago – 1963

‘Clarkston locals” Newlyweds Josphine and Alfred Storm celebrated their wedding on June 1st before heading out to Niagara Falls.
“25th anniversary” Mr. and Mrs. Willaim Turk marked their 25th wedding anniversary. An open house for the couple was held on June 1st 1963.

15 years ago – 1998
‘In memory? Gray skies covered Clarkston for the Memorial Day parade through downtown and ceremony in Lakeview Cemetery. American Legion Post 63 and 377 led the parade and provided a 16-gun salute.
‘Six receive tributes at awards breakfast? Award winners at the 13th annual Michigan Week Community Awards Breakfast included Joyce Bleim, Citizen of the Year; Maria Mark, Adult-Youth Volunteer; Jodie Bargeron and Dane Fife, Young Persons of the Year; Robert Olsen, Business Person of the Year; Lu Hewko, Community Preservation.
‘Designs set for elementary schools? Plans for the new Independence Elementary School on M-15 integrated the Victorian era of Clarkston’s history with the horse farm setting on which the school would be built. Renovations were also planned for North Sashabaw Elementary, Clarkston Elementary, and Sashabaw Middle School.

25 years ago – 1988

‘August primary race shapes up? Independence Township Supervisor Frank Ronk Treasurer John Lutz, and Clerk Richard Holman ran unopposed in the Republican primary that Tuesday. Running for trustee were Carol Balzarini, Daniel Travis, William Vandermark, Frank Millard, Mel Vaara, and George Vitinaros.
‘Community pride flows for award winners? The third annual Awards Breakfast honored Artemus Pappas, Citizen; Edward and Lila Fletcher, Volunteers; Beverly’s of Clarkston, Property Beautification; Roland G. Wilson, Business Person; and Stephen and Kelly Hudson, Historic Preservation.

50 years ago – 1963
‘BB guns unlawful? Due to an outbreak of the use of BB guns in the village of Clarkston, officials warned an ordinance made it unlawful to carry or use firearms, including BB guns, in the village. Clarkston Police Chief Robert Phillips said parents were responsible for children under the age of 18.
‘Seniors near end of journey? Clarkston Senior High School seniors were set to graduate. Speaker at commencement was Father Hugh Michael Beahan of Grand Rapids.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Concept play of new golf course in Springfield OK’d? Springfield Township Board of Trustees approved the concept plan for the new Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Course. It was slated for 27 hole course and a 6,500-square foot clubhouse.
“Going the distance? Twenty-one members from Deer Lake Athletic Club’s Golf and Swim Team took to the swimming pool for a Swim-a-thon to raise money for Leukemia Society of America’s Michigan Chapter. They raised just over $2,000.
‘A day in the sun for track teams? The Clarkston Girls Track and Field team qualified nine for the state finals in six different events at the MHSAA Regionals. The boys team finished in third place with boys in five events going to the finals. The 3,200-meter relay team of Jon Burklow, Brett Quantz, Matt Baker and Kevin Breen set a new record at 8:07.7.

25 years ago – 1988
‘No lease? Improvements to Deer Lake Beach and the parking lot were put on hold until the Independence Township Board and the Clarkston Village Council could reach an agreement on the beach lease. In April, the township approved a renewal a five-year lease and the village rejected it and offered a one-year lease covering two summers.
‘Pond dispute headed for courts?? As class action suit was going to happen against the owner of the Mill Pond cofferdam to stop lowering the water level if the pond didn’t return to normal by the end of the week. Village residents attending the council meeting to share concerns abotu damage to property values and the environment.
‘Toxic site wells struck by vandals? Damage to test wells at a former toxic waste site in Springfield Township was estimated at $35,000 by the officials at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Vandals gained access by cutting a hole in the chain link fence between April 13 and May 13.

50 years ago – 1963
“Local students on television? Six Clarkston High School ninth graders in the combo band The Treble Tones appeared on Channel seven’s ‘Starlet Stairway.?
‘Increase in operating millage?? For the June election Clarkston Community School district was asking voters to approve a millage of $5 on a thousand. The previous increase was in 1954.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Plane crashes near Pine Knob? A plane crashed just south of Clarkston Rd. near Pine Knob Music Theatre. Authorities said a tree reduced crash impact, may have saved the life of 60-year-old pilot Ronald Ginahi. The plane was a small Cessna 150 single-engine plane headed to Big Beaver Airport. Ginahi was transported to the hospital and treated for head and neck injuries, lacerations and a fractured left ankle.
‘Smart Cards come to Clarkston High School? New identification cards modeled after high-tech ID cards used in colleges made their debut at the Clarkston High School. The new cards featured student name and photo attached to a lanyard to be worn around the neck. Some students said there was no need for the cards, stating that Clarkston High School is a safe school, and people who don’t belong there generally don’t visit. Principal Brent Cooley said that while there was no problem at the time with people in school that don’t belong, there could be in the future.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Village may pursue cityhood? Residents circulated a petition requesting the State Boundary Commission consider incorporating the village of Clarkston as a city. All council members serving at the time signed the petition as did 135 residents. The main goal of the request was to preserve the unique character of the village, and preserve the village’s rights. The commission had to hold a legal review of the petition before holding a public hearing. In order to incorporate, a charter had to be passed.
‘Path system grows? A $100,000 project for 2,000 feet of new safety paths were planned in Independence Township. The project included 1,000 feet which connected a path on Waldon to Paramus Roads in front of Clarkston Elementary. Another 1,000 feet of path on White Lake Rd. connected a Dixie Highway path to another safety path near Deer Lake.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Gay Twenties? The Gay Twenties group held their monthly meeting at the community center. The lesson of the month was, ‘Your money’s worth of meat.?
‘Local news? Students at Clarkston Elementary presented, ‘I Sing of Michigan? at the Little Theatre in the Clarkston High School.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Clarkston Village Players present ‘Rumors?? You know if you tell a few little white lies your nose is gonna grow. Figuratively speaking, that is. In ‘Rumors,? Clarkston Village Players? latest production of the season, the collective schnozz could fill Depot Theatre. One thing’s certain. If you tell a lie ? even one ? you never forget it. ‘Rumors? offers a night to remember.
‘SCAMP walkers net nearly $20,000? Sunday turned out to be a wonderful day to take a walk, bike, or run for SCAMP. Geri Batts, executive director of North Oakland SCAMP Funding Corporation, said about 200 adults and children walked with pledges, joined by friends and family, and raised $13,800. An additional $6,000 was donated by sponsors.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Restaurant manager robbed, beaten? A 40-year-old fast food manager was robbed and beaten as she was making the night deposit at First Federal Savings Bank and Trust on M-15 in Independence Township. When she stepped out of her car to make the deposit from the Dixie Highway Burger King, a hooded, masked man ran from around the building, punched her in the shoulder and tried to grab the deposit bag. The bag fell to the ground, and the manager fought with him to retrieve it. Police are still looking for the suspect.
‘Layoffs to occur if millage fails? Thirteen non-instructional school employees would be laid off due to the state of district finances, expected reductions in state funding, and program cuts. A 5.5 mill proposal would be enough to reinstate them, officials said.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Local supervisors leaving for Washington D.C.? Independence Township Supervisor Duane Hursfall joined supervisors from White Lake and Waterford townships for the trip to represent Oakland County at the Michigan Officials Conference. The event, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Philip A. Hart, was on federal programs available to cities, townships, and villages.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Wilford of Clarkston were home following a six-week combined business and pleasure trip to Europe. The Wilfords visited England, Holland, where Mrs. Wilford had relatives, Germany, France, and Italy for an extended stay.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Offense heats up for Wolves in sweep of Falcons? Clarkston Varsity Softball showed some pop in their swing for a sweep over Rochester High School, 8-7 and 10-4, before they headed into spring break. Tiffany Honey hit her first solo homerun in the first game. It was the first one of the season for the team.
‘Softball teams wins three straight? Yogi Berra’s old saying ‘It’s never over ’till it’s over,? was never more true than in Monday’s varsity softball game between Clarkston and Waterford Kettering. The Wolves almost let a five-run seventh-inning lead slip away, but emerged with big plays to take a 5-4 win over an excellent Captain team in Waterford.

25 years ago – 1988

‘Wint wins honor from Oakland Parks Foundation? Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Lewis E. Wint was honored by the Oakland Parks Foundation at their sixth annual dinner.
‘Plans unveiled for mall at M-15, I-75? Medical offices, retail stores and possibly a bank, pharmacy and ‘nice, sit-down? restaurant were proposed for 6.12 acres on M-15 between I-75 and Northview Drive. After close to an hour of discussion, a public hearing on the proposed planned unit development for Independence Pointe was May 26.
‘Free concert? A free concert featuring the music of artists ranging from the Beatles to Glen Campbell was performed by the Clarkston High School Mixed Chorus and Choralaires on Wednesday. The Kirchgessner Theater was decorated to represent a ‘gym dance? and the students dressed accordingly.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Hypnotist at Women’s Club? Women’s Club members and their husbands enjoyed a lecture and demonstration by hypnotist Mr. Tony Rogers. Several members were asked to come forward, and soon Rogers had them riding on imaginary busses, sniffing ammonia that seemed to smell like perfume, and other unbelievable feats.
‘To sing of Michigan? The fourth grades of the Clarkston Elementary School will present a musical program entitled ‘I Sing of Michigan? on Thursday. The words and music of this production are by Lorna Dee Young, Music Supervisor, Nankin Mills Schools.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Ole! South America comes to Sashabaw Middle School? Sixth graders got to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel what it might be like to live in South America. Students from the classes of Mary Schulte, Lee Brown, and Ken Wolven held a festival that was interdisciplinary with their study of the continent this semester. The main highlight was a llama, a native of South America.
‘Sportsplex, coffee house ice-ing on cake? The Independence Township Planning Commission approved rezoning of a 1.35 acre parcel on Sashabaw Road. It was the first step needed to remodel the 2,400-square foot building into a New Orleans, French-quarter style coffee house. It would be north of the proposed 20 acres for the Independence Superior Sportsplex.
‘Life’s a beach for the city’s lease? After a year of discussion, the City of Clarkston approved 5-1 for city manager Art Pappas and Mayor Sharron Catallo to sign the Deer Lake Beach lease with the township for one dollar. The lease would expire Dec. 31, 2014.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Board cuts 38 teachers from payroll? A somber board of education voted to lay off 38 teaching staff members, cut two administrative positions and reassign two others in the school district. The district had a 5.5 mill property tax proposal on the ballot coming up that June.
‘Merchants want more retail? Downtown business owners agreed Clarkston didn’t lure shoppers from afar like it had once done in the past. The village planning commission share a few ideas – to split the commercial zoning ordinances into retail and office and village would have more control over what businesses moved into downtown. Another idea – the village to spend money to upgrade the downtown area and make it more attractive to walking shoppers.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Like father, like son? Jim and George Easton walked off with honors during the Airway Lanes? Father and Son tournament. They received a trophy for their 1,200 score in the bantam division.
‘Local news? Some 100 members attended the Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club banquet. Mrs. William Fitzthomas was crowned Archery Queen for the club. All the leagues received trophies.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Life’s a beach? The city of Clarkston is finally ready to go forward with its one-dollar agreement with Independence Township. After nearly a year of discussion, the council voted 5-1 to authorize City Manager Art Pappas and Mayor Sharron Catallo to sign the Deer Lake Beach lease with the township for one dollar. It’s an 11-year agreement with a five-year extension option. The lease will expire Dec. 31, 2014.
‘Birdland roads to be repaved? Fifty-six residents will benefit from smoother and safer streets in Birdland, thanks to a repaving contribution from Independence Township. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a five-percent contribution toward a $146,555 project for Chickadee, Warbler, and Goldfinch roads. The remainder will be funded through a Special Assessment District created for residents living on those roads. The cost per homeowner is $2,775.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Small turnout for soccer team? A shortage of players may come back to haunt the girls soccer team at Clarkston High School this season. Heading into the year, Coach Hana Olsen has enough players to fill all the positions but is sorely lacking in the substitute department. ‘If we have an injury, we are going to be in trouble,? she said.
‘Superintendent search is complete? The Clarkston school district chose their new superintendent to begin July 1. They chose a face familiar to the district – Gary Haner. Haner and his wife both taught at Pine Knob Elementary and lived in Clarkston.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Former Teacher Passes? Services were held for Allena Jickells. She was a victim of cancer at 85 years old. A lifetime resident of Oakland County, she was a teacher in the Clarkston Schools. The Reverend William J. Richards officiated with interment at Lakeview Cemetery.
‘Independence Township Board Proceedings? The board voted in favor of certifying the April 1, 1963 Biennial Spring Election voting results were correct. The Township Canvassing Board canvassed ballots cast for questions and candidates during the vote in the township’s five precincts.
‘Dairy Queen in Clarkston? Ground work was underway on M-15 near Dixie Highway for the new Dairy Queen.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Bye George? George White retired after 30 years as a Clarkston teacher. He taught at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels, ending his career as principal at North Sashabaw Elementary ? the experience earned him the title ‘Mr. Clarkston.?
‘Plan to pave new school roads on way? In keeping with the spirit of cooperation with local governments, Clarkston School Board approved a concept plan for road improvements near the new high school on Flemings Lake Road. The project included pavement, left turn lanes, passing and deceleration lanes, and traffic lights.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Dairy Diggings? Tom Lowrie, owner of a landscaping business in Springfield Township, spent a lot of time around the first of April digging instead of planting. He was digging at the site of his Uncle Keith and Aunt Hilda Lowrie’s former dairy on M-15 just south of I-75 in Independence Township. The site was being excavated and footings laid for the new Country Value Hardware Store, and Lowrie knew it was his last chance to find old milk bottles bearing his family name.
‘Teens blamed for 4-acre grass fire? Teenaged arsonists apparently were responsible for a four-acre grass fire on Bitterbush Road, Independence Township. Firefighters were called at about 7:15 p.m., and the fire in the wooded and swampy area was extinguished in about 20 minutes, said Capt. Steve Ronk of the Independence Township Fire Department. A few hours before the fire department was called, the property owner told two boys, about 15 years old, to stop trespassing with their dirt bikes on his property.

50 years ago – 1963
‘What now?? A traffic light suggested for Waldon Road at Clarkston Elementary and junior high school would not be a good idea, according to Oakland County Road Commission. Drivers from Main Street wouldn’t be able to see it until they got to the top of the hill, which could cause accidents.
‘Okinawa Mission? Mr. Lester Tallman, missionary of The Methodist Church for three years in Okinawa will present pictures and slides. All persons interested in the Far East are invited to attend. Mr. Tallman served Methodist churches in New York and Maryland. While visiting Clarkston Mr. and Mrs. Tallman and their daughter Beth Ann will be the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Giguere.

15 years ago – 1998
‘First spring snowstorm creates havoc on area roads? An unexpected spring snowfall caused a series of accidents for two days especially on Clarkston Road and M-15.
‘Schools, Twp. pursue solutions for flooding? Heavy rains and a snowstorm threatened to raise waters flooding the wetlands for Almond Lane residents. The wetlands were also bordering the new high school. Clarkston Community Schools and Independence Township were in the process of soliciting quotes to pump the water out of the wetlands.
?20,000 marshmallows fell from the sky? Independence Township Parks and Red hosted the annual Marshmallow Drop for Easter, dropping thousands of the fluffy treats from a helicopter and bucket truck to hundreds of boys and girls in Clintonwood Park.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Too pretty to eat? Cherie Hartwick from Tierra Arts and Design shared the history and how to make Ukranian Easter eggs. She shared the eggs are a symbol of good luck and are often given as gifts to special occasions like a wedding or birth of a baby. Light colors are given to children and darker colors to adults.
‘Tornado twists up trees in Clarkston? A tornado that touched down in Clarkston and Independence Township on Easter Sunday left behind minor property damage, downed trees, and an angry township fire chief. Tornado sirens sounded 10 minutes after it struck, said Chief Gar Wilson.
‘Board pares list to 3? Clarkston Board of Education narrowed candidates for school superintendent to three candidates, including Gary Haner. Following the informal interviews, the school board planned to go out to dinner with the candidates and their wives.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Area election returns? Incumbent Independence Township Supervisor Duane Hursfall, Republican, was reelected with 1,304 to Democrat Carl Golding’s 509. Running unopposed were board Clerk Howard Altman, Trustee Harold Bauer, and Justice of the Peace William H. Stamp.
‘Local news? An April fool baby, Kelly Ann Lynch, celebrated her third birthday. Mollie Lynch celebrated her sixth birthday five days later. A friend, Vickie Kidd, spent the weekend with Mollie.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Suspect arrested in Shell robbery? The man police believe robbed a Shell gas station at gunpoint on M-15 near I-17 has been arrested. Christopher Wells of Pontiac was arrested on his birthday and arraigned on the day he was supposed to get married on six counts of armed robbery in connection with incidents in several Oakland County communities, including Oxford and Independence Township.
‘He’s head of the class? Dane Fife was named the 18th recipient of the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award. The award was voted on by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. Fife received 115 of 222 first place votes. ‘This award was in my name, but it’s really for all of Clarkston,? Fife said, adding the support he received from his hometown was overwhelming.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Criticism, support greet tax hike plan? If the Clarkston Board of Education yearned for a consensus of opinion from the residents who spoke about Plan B, they were disappointed. Comments during a public meeting ranged from total opposition to tax hikes to questioning if a proposed 5.42 mills would be enough.
‘Hall of Fame beckons umpire? Elliot ‘Butch? Panes was inducted into the Michigan United States Slo-Pitch Softball Association Hall of Fame. During his 18 years as umpire he had heard a lot of cat calls and hoots and hollers from the crowd but during the ceremony shared the one he wouldn’t forget from one game was his mom shouting at him about his calls.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Thieves hit local store? A clothing store in Clarkston, The Town Shop, was hit by thieves. Entrance was gained through a 12 by 18 inch window pane on the side of the building. Besides a small amount of currency taken from the cash register, many items of men’s clothing and jewelry, and some women’s accessories were taken.
‘Sayles Studio awarded? Sayles Studio received recognition for their outstanding work from the Professional Photographers of Michigan.
‘Clarkston locals? Cubs of Pack 49 enjoyed a swimming party at the YMCA. Plans were made for two more swimming parties in April and May.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Languages considered for elementary grades? Clarkston Board of Education considered a plan to bring foreign languages to elementary students as young as kindergarten. The World Language Committee was leaning toward Spanish, using a concept-based approach.
‘Homeless man found in school? A 23-year-old local man who said he was homeless was found inside Sashabaw Middle School. He got in through a window, and it took a tracking dog to find him. He said he had attended the school as a child and was looking for money, shelter, food, or items to sell for food. He also said he had gotten into the building several other times.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Clarkston Rotarians plan PolioPlus benefit? In his lifetime, Ken Winship has seen polio become rare in the United States, so he’s optimistic about PolioPlus, a Rotary International project that could rid the world of the disease. PolioPlus is a plan to provide polio vaccine and immunizations for other childhood diseases such as whooping cough, measles, diphtheria, and tetanus to some 240 million children in 40 developing countries. It is the largest project Rotary International has undertaken.
‘Superintendent search begins Friday? From a field of 59 applicants for the position of superintendent of Clarkston Schools, 11 have been selected for interviews, and they are all from Michigan. The interview sessions are open to the public, and the announcement of the selection of the new superintendent has tentatively been set for the April 11 board of education regular meeting. The new superintendent is expected to begin the job on July 1, the date current Superintendent Milford Mason’s resignation becomes official.

50 years ago – 1963
‘School board approves new salary schedule? Clarkston Community Schools boosted starting teacher annual salary from $4,600 to $4,800, adding about $200,000 to the district’s budget. Residents paid a total of 24.43 mills for debt service and operations. Top pay was $8,140 per year.
‘Celebrate Fifty Years? Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Conklin were honored with a 50th anniversary party at their home at 84 Holcomb Road, Clarkston. Twenty-six members of the family were present and had a potluck dinner.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Township ponders ordinance for sidewalk liability? Following a Michigan Supreme Court ruling on imposing liablility on townships for injuries and damages resulting from the failure to maintain and repair sidewalks, Independence Township attorney Gerry Fisher told board members an ordinance should be created. It would not cover acts of nature like snow and ice but only the physical condition of the sidewalks.
‘Rain, rain go away? Almond Lakes residents bordering a wetland area and the new Clarkston High School were worried about overflow from two retention ponds. Independence Township DPW was on hand with pumps and sandbags just in case. School officials said excessive rain was the problem.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Awards pour in for schoolteacher? Greg Clevenger, an Independence Township resident, earned the Outstanding Contribution to the Commemoration of the Bicentennials of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights from the Council for Advancement of Citizenship for his unique teaching techniques he used in his Rochester Adams High School’s social studies class.
‘I-75 shouldn’t be bad? Planners of am I-75 widening project hoped construction wouldn’t make traffic too bad for commuters. Planners hoped to keep two lanes open in each direction during work days, longer on weekends. Plans called for widening the highway from two to three lanes between M-15 and M-24.
‘Junior highs begin transition to middle schools? Clarkston and Sashabaw junior high schools were in the midst of a transition to the middle school concept. Planners worked on new programs designed to help in the growing-up process.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Cookies anyone?? Clarkston was filled with eager Girl Scouts as they took orders for their annual cookie sale. They offered five kinds of cookies – mint, peanut butter patties, shortbread, chocolate and vanilla sandwich cremes and a new peanut butter sandwich cookie.
‘Local news? Scott Cameron, 3 months and son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Cameron was home following a bout with pneumonia in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

15 years ago – 1998
‘No injuries in two Sunday house fires? Two house fires reported within minutes of each other Sunday kept the Independence Township Fire Department busy. A dryer was blamed for a fire on Pine Knob Road. No one was hurt, and the house did not sustain serious damage. Two minutes after the first call, a basement fire was reported on E. Harvard. The fire started in the electrical panel of a basement laundry room. A family of four was home at the time, and they escaped without injury.
‘Local girls help nab suspect? Two teenage Clarkston girls were heroes to some younger children when a man pulled up in a car and exposed himself. They shield the younger children and took in detail to give police a description of the man and the vehicle.
‘Icers start playoffs on strong note? Clarkston hockey began state playoffs with a bang as they beat Waterford Mott in the first round of district playoffs, 8-0.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Springfield quints continue to thrive? The now-famous L’Esperance quintuplets, who made their debut at William Beaumont Hospital on Jan. 11, continue to progress well. The quints, born to Michele and Raymond L’Esperance, are the first in vitro fertilization quints in the nation.
‘Tree stumps anger many? Over 75 Lake Oakland residents voiced their opposition on place to add fish spawning areas of stone, concrete and wood to the lake. It would replace spawning area damaged the previous fall when tree stumps were removed to make boating safer.
‘Nerves spoil title shot for wrestlers? Dave London and Jason Campbell respresented Clarkston after a five year drought in the MHSAA Wrestling Individual Finals. They lost in their early matches but were ready to go in 1989.

50 years ago – 1963
‘World day of prayer? Plans are being completed for the World Day of Prayer service, which will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church in Clarkston. The service uses as its theme ‘More Than Conquerors? and has been prepared this year by the Christian Women of Korea.
‘Wolves advance to district play? Ken Miskin and Dan Craven teamed up for a total of 43 points in a 71-51 victory for the Clarkston Boys Basketball team over Waterford.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Back by popular demand? The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program had been cancelled at the elementary school level, but Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Hernandez was kept on hand to teach fifth graders about the consequences of drugs, gangs, and violence.
‘A British evening benefits Lighthouse? The Clarkston Village Players and 221 B Baker Street, a new restaurant on Dixie Highway in Springfield Township, are coming together on a British-themed event to benefit Lighthouse Clarkston. A special performance of ‘An Act of Imagination? an English mystery story, will benefit Lighthouse, as will a reception at Baker Street, which is done up in a Sherlock Holmes theme.

25 years ago – 1988

‘Public airs opinions on budget cuts? Over 150 Clarkston school district residents and staff members jammed the meeting room and clustered in the hallways around door openings during the school board’s public hearing on ‘Plan A.? Under Plan A, the district’s administrators have recommended budget reductions of $1.7million for the 1988-89 school year.
‘Independence donates cash to help youngsters? A $6,000 donation to the Clarkston Area Youth Assistance was approved by the Independence Township Board last week after Chairperson Merelyn Mallet told the board about the organization’s work.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Primary election returns? Jack Levitsky was defeated by incumbent Supervisor Duane Hursfall on the Republican ticket by a 416 vote margin during the Independence Township primary election. Hursfall received 551 votes.
‘Ronk-Greene Honored? The Clarkston Area Jaycees awarded Frank (Tink) Ronk Clarkston’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year. Dr. L.F. Greene was chosen for Outstanding Boss of the year.
‘New Art Courses Offered? The Village Friends of Art offered children’s classes in drawing and ceramics, which will continue for ten weeks at the old Methodist Church on Buffalo street. The classes are under the able instruction of Eleanor Striner and Ingfvar Davison.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Group seeks change in custody law? Perry Russo, an Oakland County membership chair of Parents for Children, a family support group, had personal experience with the way Michigan handled child custody. Russo and the group was working on a way to revolutionalize child custody starting with requiring judges to start with the notion both parents are important to their child and have equal rights in parenting.
‘Clarkston girls reign at Pine Knob? The Lady Wolves took first place in the slalom with 32 points and in the giant slalom with 20 points. Kristen Atkinson finished first overall in 44.94.
‘New school to be on M-15? Clarkston Board of Education approved a new elementary school on M-15 near the corner of Hubbard Road, site of the Baylis farm. Five acres were carved out for the Baylis homestead, Shelmar Farms.

25 years ago – 1988
??87 murder mystery may be resolved? The TV show ‘Unsolved Mysteries? aided police and FBI in the arrest of two former Springfield Township residents in the connection with the kidnapping, robbery and murder of Elmer DeBoer, a Waterford Township resident. Police received 20 calls the couple lived in Moses Lake, Washington.
‘Flowers say, ‘I love you,?? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, local florists shared their observations and stories of the day of love some ranging from customers buying a single rose with a special message to one dozen roses with a proposal tucked away in the delivery.
‘Clarkston grapplers are fifth, claim two titles in GOAL meet? Dave London (119) and Jason Campbell (185) captured first place in their respective weight classes as the team took fifth in the Greater Oakland Activities League wrestling meet.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Couple participates in educational project? Mr. and Mrs. Bob Grimes participated in the ‘Exploratory Experience? by Spring Arbor College.
‘New church to be constructed? The Church of the Resurrection Episcopal of Clarkston’s Bishop Committee approved construction of a new church building on Clarkston Orion Road. The church, with the Rev. Alexander Stewart as vicar, was meeting at Clarkston Elementary School.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Weatherman visits Pine Knob Elementary? Channel 7 weatherman Chris Bradley visited recently, just as a winter storm watch was being posted for the Metro Detroit area. It was principal K.C. Leh who piped up and asked the big question. ‘What are the chances of having school tomorrow, just to put their minds at ease?? she asked.
‘Sweet shop to open on Main St.? Downtown business owner Ann Stevenson says she will incorporate a caf?/coffee shop into her Union General store where folks can indulge in cappuccino, fresh baked goods, candies, and the like. She plans to expand her business this month, making room within the existing store space.
‘Sneak a peek at the new high school? ‘Awesome? was the word heard over and over again as group of parents, school board trustees, members of the Help Us Grow bond committee, and students received a sneak peek at the new Clarkston High School. They visited a few classrooms, the gym, theater, cafeteria, media center, and pool.

25 years ago – 1988

‘Asbestos tests required again? A new federal law that requires tests for asbestos in all public buildings by federally certified companies could prove costly for Clarkston school district. The tests could cost as much as $5,000 a building, said Assistant Superintendent Mel Vaara. The district has nine buildings in which students meet, two office buildings, and a maintenance garage.
‘Clarkston keeps 1st on slopes? The girls and the boys ski teams finished their dual meet season with near perfect 6-1 records after whipping Detroit Country Day. The girls headed into divisional play with a sweep, winning the top seven places. Coach Don Balzarini said the boys team could stand to improve a little, despite its 6-1 record. The victory enables Clarkston to tie for the league lead at the end of the dual meet season.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Rotary Anns hear about flowers from florist? Mrs. Durstan of Durstan’s Flower Shop in Pontiac explained the different types of flowers for arrangements and how to care for them.
‘Local News? Airman 3rd class Todd Jay Marks graduated as a jet mechanic from Amarillo A.F.B. , Texas.

15 years ago – 1998
‘An eggs-citing experiment in science? When Clarkston Middle School teacher Chuck Keegan wanted to teach some physics to his students, he had them design and build contraptions to protect an egg from a drop. Classmates Casey Bolten, Beth Randell, and Jenny Tatu successfully made a parachute for their egg.
‘Sizzlin? spikers? Monday night’s hard-fought road victory completed the best week the Clarkston varsity volleyball team has seen in a long time. The Wolves improved to 14-11-2 overall and 5-3 in the OAA Division 1 after the win at Troy. Clarkston has won seven of its nine matches, including three straight league contests.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Village still seeking its own police force? Clarkston and Oakland County Sheriff’s Department were working on an agreement to patrol the village. It would cost the village about $60,000 a year for a deputy to provide traffic control, including training, patrol car, and insurance. The proposed contract called for 2.5 mills on village residents for police protection, the same paid by township residents.
‘Murder mystery goes national? Mary DeBoer can’t forget her husband’s death last spring, and she hopes no one else will forget it either ? at least not until his assailants are caught. Elmer DeBoer, 38, was kidnapped, robbed, and shot to death around May 11, 1987, and police and the FBI are still looking for the people responsible, said Mary. The murder will receive nationwide attention when it appears on the NBC TV program Unsolved Mysteries at 10 p.m. on Friday after Miami Vice.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Repeat Vows in Candlelight? Reva Anne Converse and Robert Earl Frick were united in marriage on Friday, January 25 during a candlelight service at the Davisburg Baptist Church. The double ring ceremony was performed by Reverend Jack McCurry.
‘School fund transfer? Attorney General Frank J. Kelley Chairman of the Municipal Finance Commission, announced today that the Commission approved a transfer for Clarkston Community Schools, Oakland County, of $36,349.19 from the November 1, 1951 Debt Retirement Fund to the Building and Site Fund.

15 years ago – 1998
‘Schools hear from parents about schedule? Over 65 percent of parents surveyed by Clarkston Schools said they would like to see the February mid-winter break eliminated or reduced. Parents also wanted to see Christmas and Easter break unchanged and see the school year start after Labor Day. Four hundred parents in the district were surveyed.
‘Fife’s 33 lead Wolves to fourth straight win? Another day, another heart-stopping win for Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball. This time it was against Southfield-Lathrup and the boys won with 4.6 seconds left in the game off two free throw shots made by senior guard Dane Fife, who finished with 33 points.
‘Sports complex coming to Sashabaw corridor? Developers proposed a 200,000-square-foot, multi-purpose ice arena and sports complex on Sashabaw Road at Bow Pointe Drive. They hoped to break ground on the $10 million project that spring.

25 years ago – 1988
‘Rotary snubs first woman applicant? The Clarkston Rotary Club rejected the membership of the first woman to apply. Though the rotary president and secretary did not comment, board of directors member Gerald McNally discussed the issue. McNally, a 52nd District Court judge, said the club didn’t have a legal obligation to allow female members. He added, ‘I think they might be missing a new dimension, but that’s their decision.?
‘Women’s business club welcomes man? Clarkston resident John Stuetzer became the first male in the Waterford-Clarkston Business and Professional Women’s Club, which started 35 years prior. ‘The fact that I’m in this club shows the change in society today,? said the construction owner.

50 years ago – 1963
‘Women’s Club hears about Iran? Glenna Wekili talked about the geography and resources of Iran and touched lightly on the government and her political views at the meeting in Clarkston.
‘Clarkston locals? Mr. and Mrs. Richard Detkowski of Clarridge Road spent last Saturday evening visiting friends, the Gary Skibowskis of Dixie Highway. Sunday, they were dinner guests of his sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Duffiney of Keego Harbor.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Ice rink to open at Clintonwood? Outdoor, lighted ice-skating is expected to come to Clarkston this week with the opening of an ice rink at Clintonwood Park. Ann Conklin, Independence Township’s Director of Parks and Recreation, said last week she hoped to have the rink up and running today, weather permitting.
‘New elementary school coming to life? The site of the new elementary school had yet to be decided but floor plans to show how the school would look were presented at a special meeting for the Clarkston Community Schools board of education. The design included ‘pods? of four classrooms for each grade level and letting in lots of natural light.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Baggins came home? A 15-pound black and tan tabby cat named Baggins found his way home. Kathy Binkley offered a $500 reward in local papers, but after two months Baggins was still missing. Then, Binkley began feeding a stray that was hanging around in the garage, and who should show up for the food, but eight-year-old Baggins. He was pretty skinny and ate six cans of cat food in the first ten hours he was home.
‘Stuarts celebrate 25th? Dale and Deborah Stuart of Independence Township celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, Jan. 19. In celebration, their children treated them to a weekend at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, and an evening at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
?$1.8 million spells massive cuts? The Clarkston school district administration recommended massive cutbacks for the 1988-89 school year and used $1.8 million as the target. The proposal was in wake of rejections of tax increase requests by voters in June and October.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Clarkston upsets Holly in overtime? With a minute and 27 seconds left to play in the game, Holly pushed ahead 51 to 53, but not for long. Clarkston’s Mike Bray evened it up with only 34 seconds left to play. In the overtime, Dan Craven hit a two pointer, but Holly was right back with two quick baskets to even it up again, but for the last time. The Wolves won a 60 to 57 upset victory.
‘Clarkston’s Junior Miss to compete for state honor? Clarkston’s Junior Miss Janet Tisch was one of 24 high school seniors entered in the Michigan Junior Miss Pageant in Pontiac. She won the Clarkston Area Jaycees first annual Junior Miss Pageant in December.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Pine Knob hosts special skiers? A wheelchair doesn’t move very well on snow, but put the driver into a specially adapted ski, and it’s all downhill from there. Such was the scene over the weekend at Pine Knob where special skiers such as amputees and paraplegics got some pointers on their sport.
‘Furnace sends three to hospital? A Clarkston woman and her two children are home safe and sound if a little rattled after a faulty furnace sent them to the hospital. Dona Allen said her furnace was around 20 years old and didn’t receive regular maintenance due to cost concerns. According to Independence Township Fire Chief Gar Wilson, the dispatcher who received the call questioned Allen and thought it sounded like carbon monoxide poisoning. ‘Now I have a new furnace and a carbon monoxide detector,? Allen said.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Psychic makes predictions for 1988? Shirley Lynch predicted the Clarkston schools millage proposal would not pass until new leadership took over, more bike paths in Independence Township would be built, and crime and vandalism would increase in the township, leading to the desire for more police protection.
‘Wages set for officials? After 22 months of negotiations, the Clarkston school district’s supervisors, building principals, and central office administrators have received a two-year salary and benefit agreement. The agreement, which covers 29 positions, includes wage hikes of 5.4 percent the first year and 4.6 percent the second year of the contract.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Fire destroys garage? Firemen from Independence Township Fire Department were called out in subzero weather to extinguish a blaze in a garage on Felix Drive. The garage, attached to the Edward Rush home, was extensively damaged even though the flames were confined to the garage only.
‘Births Announced? Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Anderson of Flint announce the birth of their son, John David, January 12th. The infant tipped the scales at 6lbs., 2 ounces. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter Klover of Clarkston and the John Andersons? of Flint.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Maitrott’s buzzer beater sinks Central? The Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team turned the tables on Detroit Central on a 3-pointer from Mike Maitrott with less than two seconds left in the game to win 51-50.
‘Schools mull over advertising offers? Clarkston schools considered lucrative food service, sports, and advertising offers stemming from the opening of the new high school. School board members were concerned about the appearance of endorsing products such as Coca-Cola if they accepted such deals.
‘The show must go on? Larry Sefa, new owner of the 25-year-old Clarkston Cinema, hoped the community would come through and keep the movie theater running. He offered family friendly flicks with small-town charm.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Springfield’s been home since ?39? When Steve Jantz moved to Springfield Township in 1939 they didn’t have a road yet, just tire tracks. But since he moved to Springfield it was home. He attended occasional township meetings. After he retired in 1982 he was at every meeting in the front row.
‘Board accepts top 10 for student ranking system? Clarkston School Board eliminated valedictorian and salutatorian status for Clarkston High School graduates in favor of an academic top 10. Incentive for the change came from parents who questioned the system after their daughter was seventh academically even though she had straight A’s and the top grade available in every honors class.

50 years ago – 1962
‘January proclaimed March of Dimes Month in Clarkston? Independence Township Supervisor Duane Hursfall proclaimed January March of Dimes month and urged his fellow citizens to support the campaign to ‘Give for the life of a child.?
‘Clarkston student honored? Clarkston High School graduate and first year student at Albion College Richard B. Sheldon was among Detroit Edison scholarship winners honored by Edison.
‘Village Players announce case? Clarkston Village Players cast Sherry Moore, Tull Lasswell, Lee Moore, and Harry Farhrner as the leads in the play Born Yesterday.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Clarkston man at center of big drug case? A Clarkston man was charged for the second time with conspiracy to deliver cocaine and jailed on $5 million bond. Joseph Edward Puertas, 70, was arrested along with an employee James Talley, 35. Puertas? family owned the Megabowl near Baldwin and I-75 in Orion Township.
‘Task force to study I-75? The Traffic Improvement Association of Oakland wanted to do something about the congestion on I-75 especially with the combination of travelers heading to work, Palace of Auburn Hills traffic, and new shopping complex being built on Baldwin Road. They spearheaded a task force with government representatives from communities along I-75 and developers.
‘Middleton: I’m not running against Mat? State representative Tom Middleton sat down with The Clarkston News to discuss why he was running for senate, what he was going to contribute and to clarify he was not running against Mat Dukakis from Lake Orion.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Officials see continued growth ?88? Local government officials were predicting steady growth and increased traffic was for the new year.
‘Blue and Gold club helps others? Over 200 teenagers at Clarkston High School joined forces to do good deeds in the community since it was formed in 1987. The idea from the club came from Principal Dr. Robert Burek. A high school he previously worked had it and it was successful there.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Thayer Wilson in TV performance? Miss Thayer Wilson of Clarkston, choreographed a dance number presented in the Christmas dance program at Hollins College. A senior, Ms. Wilson arranged a group selection, ‘And the Glory of the Lord Shone Round Them,? for the program. The production was also presented on video tape on a local Roanoke television station.
‘Local Woman on March of Dimes? A Clarkston woman will be among the leaders of the fight against crippling birth defects and arthritis. She is Mrs. Kelly Burnette, who will serve as chairman of the 25th anniversary March of Dimes Mothers? March in Independence Township.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Goodfellows make Christmas warmer? Thanks to area Goodfellows and churches, 167 needy children in the Clarkston area received new shoes, boots, hats, and gloves for the holidays. The Goodfellows, comprised of Clarkston Rotary Club members and employees of Machine Engineering Inc. sold newspapers to raise money for the Rotary’s ‘Shoes for Kids? program.
‘Tornado shelter proposed in Springfield? After last summer’s tornado disaster in Springfield Township, the board of trustees was hoping to take steps to ensure it wouldn’t happen again. Unfortunately, the dollars just didn’t make sense. Supervisor Collin Walls said that FEMA dollars will only go towards flood shelters, not shelters for wind storms such as tornadoes.

25 years ago – 1987
‘This party is for believers only? Since 1965, the Creamer family has faithfully adhered to its annual tradition of hosting a Santa Party. This year, they’ve invited only believers ? grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbor children. The believers may bring adults, if they wish. Laura and Andrew Creamer, of Fawn Valley Drive, Independence Township, expect 200 this year.
‘Artist’s ornament hangs on Smithsonian Tree? A penchant for art early in life developed into a full-time hobby for Gail Lee Mack and culminated with the honor of having her work displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. Mack created one of the ornaments and toys on display at the 11th annual ‘Trees of Christmas? exhibition.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Brownies visit fire hall? Independence Township firefighter John Ronk gave Brownie Troop 501 a tour of the Clarkston Fire Hall, showing them all the fire trucks and equipment.
‘Clarkston Locals? Santa made an early appearance at the annual Christmas party for cub scouts of pack 49. The cubs and their parents enjoyed a movie of Donald Duck cartoons followed by a Christmas sing along led by Mrs. Tull Lasswell, during which Santa arrived to give out presents the boys had brought to exchange. Christmas cookies and treats were enjoyed by all.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Clarkston man at center of big drug case? A 70-year-old Independence Township man and 35-year-old Waterford man were charged in connection with a sting operation at the Megabowl. Undercover officers recovered about $2 million in cash and diamonds. The suspects were charged with dealing cocaine.
‘In-line skating proposal draws mixed reviews? Despite protest from two officials, a proposed privately-owned skating rink to be built on township park property was approved in concept by the Independence Township Board. The 8-by-200-foot rink was to be built in Sashabaw Plains Park off Maybee Road.
‘Clarkston sailor celebrates Christmas aboard ship? Michel J. Doud was a U.S. Navy petty officer third class aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz aircraft carrier. He was serving as a boatswain’s mate as the carrier patrolled the Arabian Gulf.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Kids gain personal growth at camp? The wilderness surrounding Eagle Village in northwestern Michigan was recreated on the inside of Cedar Crest Academy for a ‘New Horizons? personal growth training program of 18 students.
‘Spikers set sight on improvement? Gordie Richardson took over the helm of the Clarkston High School Girls Varsity Volleyball team as the Lady Wolves started a new season with two seniors and a handful of new players.
‘Status quo? A conflict erupted at the Independence Township Board meeting when Supervisor Frank Ronk recommended reducing trustee salaries. After about 20 minutes of heated discussion, the board voted 5-2 to freeze trustee, supervisor, clerk, and treasurer salaries and fringe benefits.

50 years ago – 1962
‘New school site purchased by board of education? The Clarkston Board of Education determined from a population projection survey from 1961 three additional school sites should be purchased.
‘Lutherans dedicate new church Sunday? Calvary Lutheran Church of Clarkston was set to formally dedicate its recently completed building at 6850 Bluegrass. The Rev. Dr. O.V. Anderson, president of the Central Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church, was to lead the Rite of Dedication.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Photographer steps in front of the camera? With his rosy cheeks, twinkling eyes and white whiskers Ken Winship, owner of Winship Studio, looked like the real deal as he continued his 20-year-old tradition as playing Santa Claus.
‘Locals plan to start a new bank? Seven local investors hoped to start a bank for the greater Clarkston community. It was conceived by Food Town president Ed Adler with a goal to establish the state-chartered bank by summer 1998 and give the goods back to Clarkston. It came after NBD Bank leaving downtown and the disenchantment of big-bank conglomerates swallowing smaller corporations.
‘Toy story? On the top of children’s Christmas lists at Kmart were Sleep and Snore Ernie, Talking Bubba, Nintendo 64, Sony Play Station, Disney Trivial Pursuit and Tamgotchis. From Bubble Dragon the top five hits were Brio toys, Playmobil, Sanrio especially Hello Kitty, Keroippi and Badtz Maru, puppets and science items from ‘Educational Insights.?

25 years ago – 1987

‘Two-time Olympic medalist awards trophy to area club? Kiel Soon Park, who won two medals in judo for Korea and coached medal-winning teams for his native land, visited Joe Sanders Martial Arts class Saturday for an awards ceremony and belt promotions class. Park said Sanders was not one to cheat his students. After the belt promotions were announced, Park congratulated Sanders on becoming a fifth-degree black belt. Sanders has been involved in martial arts training for more than 20 years.
‘Selection process for prison continues? Officials from eight north Oakland County communities, including Springfield Township, named possible prison sites toured the regional prison in Lapeer. By the end of the year a tentative final list for the prison was planned to be finished.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Vows Repeated Saturday? Palms, candelabra, and red and white bouquets graced the altar of The First Methodist Church in Clarkston for the December 1 wedding of Gay Ann Hoffman and Larry Lee Blackett. Reverand William J. Richards performed the rites.
‘Sports corner? Clarkston Varsity Basketball stayed unfeated with a win over Oxford, 64-38. Ken Miskin led the Wolves with 16 points.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Dancer’s will close its doors? A Clarkston business is closing shop, but this time it’s not downtown. Dancer’s Inc., a Michigan retail business for 113 years, has announced it will discontinue operations. Douglas Dancer, President of Dancer’s Inc., said although the decision to close was difficult, much thought was put into the decision and the company felt this was the most prudent plan of action.
‘The spirit of giving? Children at local elementary schools, including Clarkston and Andersonville, worked hard to collect food for the needy this Thanksgiving. At Clarkston Elementary third-graders took charge of an all-school effort to collect non-perishable items for Lighthouse Clarkston. They’ll continue their campaign for the Christmas holiday.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Seniors power Wolves to win? Talk about a dominating duo! Ali Fedio and Michelle Baker combined to score 20 points in less than 12 minutes during the second half of a girls district basketball game Thursday evening to ice a 58-48 win by the Wolves.
‘Speed limit goes up north of Clarkston? Lead-footed automobile drivers got a break on Sunday, Nov. 29, when the State of Michigan raised the speed limit on rural interstate highways to 65 MPH. More than 700 miles of Michigan roads are considered rural including a section of I-75 north of Dixie Highway to Flint, according to the Department of State Police.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Texan Style Santa to Appear? A real live ‘Santa from Texas? dressed in western Santa garb, will make his appearance at the fifteenth annual Dixie Saddle Club Christmas Party. Guest speaker, Thomas Fenlen, a 4-H leader, will show movies on Arabian colts, which are on a farm in Davison. The very unique thing about this party is the fact that club members attending range in age from 7 to 70.
‘Guest Soloist to Participate at First Methodist Church? First Methodist Church of Clarkston hosted its sixth annual Christmas Choral Service. A program of Christmas hymns and carols dating from the 4th Century up to the present time will be presented. Guest soloist Bruce Francis, Grinnell Scholarship Award winner, will participate.

15 years ago – 1997
“Drug use still above national averages.? A survey conducted by Western Michigan University revealed alcohol use among eight- and twelfth-graders had dropped for the survey done two years prior. But it was up for tenth-graders. The use of cocaine was up for eighth- and twelfth as well as uses of marijuana was up for twelfth and tenth grades.
‘No more garbage?? Al Schaffer, president of Entropic Technologies Corp., had a way to turn solid waste into synthetic coal and 85 percent of trash in landfills could be used. He said he couldn’t do it – U.S. government officials told him he would have to go abroad to seek financing for his first plant.
‘CHS grad sets state powerlifting record? Patrick Rouse set four state records in three powerlifting events at the State Powerlifting Meet. He deadlifted 550 lbs., bench pressed 335 lbs. and 570 lbs. in the squat press which totaled 1,455 lbs. a new record.

25 years ago – 1987

“Springfield closes deal on new park? The Springfield Township Board purchased 395 acres for a new park, west of downtown Davisburg and north of Davisburg Road. The township called it the Shiawassee Basin Preserve.
‘Playground vandalism totals $7,000? Two slides and a teeter-totter at Bailey Lake Elementary were smashed during a weekend. The damage was worth $7,000 and Principal Doris Mousseau said it was likely adults did it and used a sledgehammer. The equipment was purchased with money raised by the PTA.
‘Junior highs to include all 6th-graders? Following the recommendations from Clarkston Junior High School Principal Duane Lewis and Sashabaw Junior High School Principal David Reschke, the school board unanimously approved all sixth-graders in the Clarkston school district to be in the junior highs starting September 1988.

50 years ago – 1962
“Clarkston Senior High School now Class ‘A?? On September 28 the enrollment in Clarkston Senior High School was 902 – putting them at what the State Athletic Office deems a Class A for athletic competition. At the time Class A were schools with 900 students or more enrolled.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Hearing-impaired teen works her own miracles? Christy Sprengnether gives new meaning to the phrase ‘a fighting chance.? Nearly deaf since she can remember, the petite Clarkston teenager goes uphill, not down, says her Lutheran High School Northwest drama coach Connie Cowper. This year, the Rochester Hills school’s production of ‘The Miracle Worker,? is extra special because Christy, a high school senior, is starring in the title role.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Crash on Ratallee injures five teens? Five teens were injured in a car accident on Rattallee Lake Road, Independence Township, last Saturday evening. Jodi Lynn Barnett, 16, was driving westbound on Rattallee Lake Road, west of Allen Road, at about 5:10 p.m., when she lost control of her vehicle and ran into an oncoming eastbound car, according to reports at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department. Barnett and her three passengers were not wearing seatbelts. Barnett and two others suffered minor injuries. Sheila Scholar, 14, remains in serious but improving condition in the intensive care unit at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital (POH).
‘Senior takes softball to England? Senior citizen softball players might not draw much attention in America, but several Britons did a double take when a group of them visited Great Britain recently. The National Association of Senior Citizens Softballers (NASCS) and Pan American Airlines co-sponsored an eight-team tournament to promote the game in England.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Local Man Wins ?36? Tournament? Ronald G. Wilson of 6530 Waldon Road, Clarkston, was the 1st place winner of the Optimist ?36? Bowling Tournament held at Howe’s Lanes on Dixie Hwy. This was a fund raising project sponsored by the Lakeland Optimist Club of Waterford. Proceeds will go into the Boy’s Work Fund.
‘Couple Wed in Candlelight? The wedding of Miss Ruth Ann Hallett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Hallett, and Robert Hawley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hawley of Holly, took place Saturday. The Reverend Warren Lear officiated at the candlelight service.
‘Clarkston Locals? Harold Hoffman left for Drummond Island in the upper peninsula for a week of deer hunting.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Pappas announces 1998 will be his last? City Manager Art Pappas announced his intention to retire at the end of the year, and the city council should look for a replacement. Pappas, who had been clerk since 1962, said he was willing to hang around for a while to help out during the transition.
‘Destination: Hoosierland? Amid the bright TV lights and a flock of scribbling reporters, Clarkston High School senior Dane Fife made the announcement he’s waited his whole life for. ‘This past week, my decision became quite clear. I’ll be attending Indiana University,? he told an audience of more than 250 at the CHS gym.
‘Residents raise ruckus over muddy road? Some Cranberry Lake homeowners want to know who’s setting up roadblocks for a paving project on their street. At the Independence Township Board of Trustees meeting, an angry, wheelchair-bound Don Hindman read a prepared statement attacking the guilt party. But ? who is it?

25 years ago – 1987
‘Village to seek cop contract on its own? At wits end over the proposed police contract, the village and township was in danger of parting company after 11 months of negotiating. The council decided to consult with the sheriff’s department after the township suggested renegotiating their police contract.
‘Gazebo plans hit a minor snag? Plans to refurbish the Depot Park gazebo hit a snag during contract negotiations with the builder. The village council authorized Trustee Frank Millard to get a contract from the company so the $24,600 construction project could begin. Representatives from Sunheiser Building Company said they would need 10 percent of the money in advance and another 50 percent when the materials are dropped at the site before they could begin construction.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Township sees record election? Independence Township voters went for George Romney for governor, 2,003-1,938, in a record turnout at the ballot box.
‘Seniors to Present Comedy? One of the many outstanding Senior Play productions, which are presented annually by Clarkston High School’s Senior class, will have its first curtain call tonight in the high school Little Theater. ‘Girl Crazy,? a 3-act comedy under the direction of Miss Lorna Wildon will have its first performance.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Show me the hardware; kickers take district title? Clarkston was behind a goal at halftime for their second straight game. This time it was against West Bloomfield in the district finals at a score 1-0. They pulled through to win the championship, 3-1. They also beat Waterford Mott, 5-3, in a game many will remember as snow fell before the opening kick.
‘NBD sells Main St. building? The bank announced a winning bid was selected for the Main Street building in downtown Clarkston. The buyer was being kept confidential, however. An earlier proposal to convert the building into a museum had fallen through.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Loss of on-street parking debated? The Clarkston Village Council discussed alternatives to losing on-street parking on Main Street. The Michigan Department of Transportation decided to eliminate the last four spaces on the west side of Main Street, north of Waldon when a spotlight would be installed in the spring. With the light would come an extra lane for turning.
?5-year-old skier wins state recognition? Five-year-old Stephanie Gillespie had no fear when it came to the slopes, and it paid off when she won national recognition for her talents. She finished seventh among Michigan children ages four and under the winter prior in the nationwide Coca-Cola Jr. NASTAR racing program.
‘Township twirlers win trophies? Courtney Grimes, 9, and Monica Schramm, 15, set Ohio buckeyes on their heels, sweeping the advanced categories at the Drum Majorettes of America contest in Carey, Ohio.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Local Student Endorsed by NMSQT? One senior at Clarkston Senior High School has been honored for his performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test given last spring. Each school receives a formal Letter of Commendation signed by his principal and the president of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Mr. Milford Mason, the school’s principal, has announced that the commended student is Thomas P. Wells.
‘Local news? Nine guests help Lu Ann Klann celebrate her third birthday, Nov. 3. Also attending were her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Klann of Detroit.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Youth Assistance records a busy year? Last year saw record-breaking demand for the services of Clarkston Area Youth Assistance. And caseworker Fred Morden expects to see a similar level of need in 1997 by the time the year is over. Statistics released Monday at CAYA’s annual luncheon at Clarkston United Methodist Church showed 132 referrals in 1996 to the agency, an arm of Oakland County Probate Court.
“County road commission requests CHS traffic study? The Oakland County Road Commission asked the Clarkston school district for traffic studies surrounding the new high school on Flemings Lake Road. It was in response to the district’s request for a permit for a driveway approach do the building.
‘Retail, zoning, street repair this year’s election? The 1997 City of Clarkston election had six candidates running for six council seats. They discussed issues facing Clarkston including the historic downtown business district, the roads, sidewalks and the divided city council.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Teachers gain substance abuse savvy? While students had the day off, Clarkston High School teachers were set to meet for a Substance Abuse Awareness Conference. The in-service for teachers will cover such topics as chemical dependency, signs of drug abuse and children of alcoholics.
‘Tax fails? Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent Milford Mason was discourage after the Oct. 27 special school election for a 4.25 mill tax request failed. Of the 4,467 district voters who cast ballots, 2,353 voted ‘no? while 2,114 voted ‘yes.? The board planned to ask for voter approval for another tax increase again.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Inherit the Wind? Clarkston Depot is the setting for the Village Players as they rehearse for their coming production of ‘Inherit the Wind.? Become a spectator at one of America’s most gripping court contests, the trial that has made national headlines as well as legal history. You will never forget your experience as ‘The thirteenth Juror? at the great trial ‘Inherit the Wind.?
“Tom Petrie named on first team for Junior Wings? Right Wing Tom Petrie was in the starting lineup of the Detroit Junior Wings when their opened their fourth season on Oct. 22 at Olympia Stadium

15 years ago – 1997
‘Boys win, girls take 3rd at league meet? The Clarkston boys cross country team had its best team meet of the season at the very best time. Led by their ‘Party of Five? sophomores ? David Sage, Matt Haver, Kevin Breen, Chris Weber, and Dan Burke ? the Wolves edged Rochester 48-49 to win the league meet. Although the team didn’t win a share of the OAA I title, the third-place finish at Thursday’s league meet suited girls cross country coach Deb Zonca just fine. ‘I was happy because we improved on our best times so much,? she said.
‘Police want you to have a fun Halloween? The Clarkston Police Department, in cooperation with Rudy’s Quality Market, is sponsoring ‘Operation Night-Stick? this Halloween. Florescent glow-sticks are available at the police department and at Rudy’s. Safety first will ensure another fun-filled accident-free Halloween.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Albino squirrel attracts a crowd in a hurry? It wasn’t an apparition, but rather an unusual occurrence in nature that Jeff and Jorja Hetherington witnessed in their back yard last week. A red squirrel resident of a tree in their backyard had a new family of four: three red babies and one white one. ‘The white squirrel is an albino,? said Hetherington, who lives on Washington Street in Clarkston. ‘He has pink eyes and is pure white.?
‘Cemetery visits prove enlightening? Sixth-graders in the Clarkston Academically Talented class at North Sashabaw Elementary spent a blustery afternoon last week studying timeworn tombstones at the Sashabaw Plains Cemetery. Though it’s nearly Halloween, they were not perpetuating social attitudes that come from books and movies portraying cemeteries as places full of ghosts and ghouls. Rather, they were learning a new way to do research, gathering information from a new source.

50 years ago – 1962
“Jaycees to offer Free ride Service Election Night? It was announced at the last general meeting that the Clarkston Area Junior Chamber of Commerce would provide a free ride and baby-sitting service for the people of Independence Township who wish to vote in the coming election.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Fighting back? Cancer survivor Diana Dyer thought of herself as a dedicated guinea pig. She had three bouts of cancer, once when she was a child and two as an adult. When she had her second bout with breast cancer she decided it was time to fight back. She went on a quest to find out what was available to her and as a result wanted to share what she found.
‘Engler comes to Wolf country? Gov. John Engler dropped by Clarkston High School to compliment the Clarkston Athletic Council on its new, tough athletic code of conduct. The new code included tougher penalties for drinking and illegal drugs.
‘New school to be among first projects? A new elementary school was among five buildings in the first phase of construction for Clarkston Community Schools.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Turn lane to remove village parking? Plans to put a light on M-15 and Waldon Road in the upcoming spring meant Main Street would lose four parking spots on the street, according to Michigan Department of Transportation. They were eliminated to help the flow of southbound traffic on M-15.
‘Tire removal hits snag? Complications regarding ownership and other issues interfered with a lawsuit to remove 600,000 tires from 65 acres on White Lake Road in Independence Township. Tires were still being dumped at the site through a hole in the fence.
‘School tax hike on ballot? A special Clarkston school district election asked voters to approve a 4.25 mill tax increase for operating purposes. The community had rejected a 4.25 mill proposal the previous June.

50 years ago – 1962
“Sashabaw school receives green pennant? Sashabaw Elementary school received a green pennant for going through one school year without any accidents to any of their students.
‘Flash!? The Clarkston High School Band was set to perform during the opening of I-75 at Dixie Highway in the northbound lane. Two foreign exchange students were to cut the ribbon, in the presence of several state officials.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schultz was spending a week in Lake City at the family cabin and visiting her sister and husband at Houghton Lake.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Repaying a debt? Teresa Paygert-Golab and her daughter Elizabeth Brueckner were honored at the Holocaust Memorial Center in West Bloomfield for their family’s kindness. Paygert-Golab’s parents took in a teenage Jewish girl in 1942 in Poland when she needed a place to stay.
?2nd-half heroics save Homecoming? The Wolves went into halftime with a deficit for the second consecutive week. They came back the second half and scored 25-0 on Waterford Kettering to win Clarkston’s homecoming game, 32-10. Runningback Brad Phalen rushed 117 yards on 25 carries.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Slick passing sparks rout for Wolves? Slick passing helped the Wolves overwhelm Waterford Kettering Oct. 1 in a prep soccer contest at home. Clarkston whipped its GOAL rival 7-0 to up its record to 5-7-1. The improved play of the team has impressed Coach Neil Granlund. ‘We were passing so good in the first half nobody could have stopped us,? he said.
‘At College? Robert Ronk, a 1987 graduate of Clarkston High School, is contributing in the quest of the Alma College football team for a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship this fall. Ronk is a freshman at Alma. His parents are Frank and Mary Ronk of Overlook Road, Clarkston.
“Reunited? Debbie Yoey’s two children were just babies in her mind. She imagined Dana, the oldest, still smiling and Donna, the youngest. She searched for 12 years across the countries to find her daughters again after their dad took them. She found them and was reunited.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Emergency Landing Damages Plane? A single engine, Fornaire Fia, airplane, which made an emergency landing in the backyard of Andersonville School, Clarkston, suffered extensive damage to the wing tips and nose. The pilot, Robert L. Wilson of Pontiac uninjured, said when the plane engine started smoking he attempted to land in the school yard. The plane continued through the yard and hit a farm wagon on the Lloyd Miller property, adjacent to the school, where it came to rest.
‘Clarkston Locals? Seaman and Mrs. Marvin McAboy observed their first wedding anniversary. Marvin was with the U.S. Navy and was enroute to Japan at the time.

15 years ago – 1997
‘The pet that pays you back? Alpacas in Michigan? Breeders in Davisburg love their new adventure. As a car pulls into the driveway of Woodcreek Farm in Davisburg, 20 pairs of long ears perk up. Twenty pairs of eyes check out the visitor in silence. The eyes and ears belong to alpacas, the love of Nancy Howarth and Al Lopez, who started the farm a couple of years ago.
‘POH, Beaumont to join local medical scene? In addition to the new privately owned Mid Oakland Medical Center on Dixie Highway, several other medical facilities are getting ready to compete for local patients, especially in the southwest corner of the township, said planner Dick Carlisle. The latest is William Beaumont Hospital, which received preliminary approval from the township’s planning commission Sept. 25 to build a 6,500-square-foot medical building across from the new fire station on Citation Drive It will house four practitioners.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Cop contract remains unsettled? Village of Clarkston was in talks with Independence Township to increase police protection. The proposal was to increase payment from 1 mill to 1.5 mill for additional police service, including traffic control in the village each weekday.
‘Man dies, 2 hurt in I-75 crash? A 31-year-old Utica man was killed and two others injured last Friday in an accident on I-75 in Independence Township. At about 8:15 p.m., Kenneth Jay Fantozzi was driving northbound with two passengers in a 1987 Ford pickup truck, pulling an ‘Apache? trailer. No one was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to police reports.

50 years ago – 1962
‘New factory for Davisburg?? Davisburg Development Corporation called for citizen input in attracting more factories to Springfield Township for more jobs, population, and tax revenue. Most of the stores in the town were standing empty.
?10:30 Curfew to be Enforced? The Clarkston Village Ordinance No. 46 which was effective October 4, 1959, shall be strictly enforced by village officers due to the ever increasing number of under age teenagers lingering in the streets after the 10:30 p.m. curfew.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Sold?? George Milidrag said he was going to sell his mansion on Heather Lake at an auction – and he almost did. He had second thoughts the morning of the auction. When the auctioneer said to turn down the bid when the price only went up to$2,050,000 after 15 minutes of bidding. The house cost $6.5 million to build.
‘School enrollment continues to climb? Clarkston schools? enrollment increased from 6,679 in 1996 to 6,786 in 1997. The population increase meant a funding increase of about $100,000, but also resulted in all buildings being over capacity.
‘POH, Beaumont to join local medical scene? Beaumont Hospital received preliminary approval from Independence Township Planning Commission to build a 6,500-square-foot medical building across from the fire station on Citation Drive. POH was also discussing plans to build on a 58-acre site at Dixie Highway and White Lake Road.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Pope’s visit stirs emotions? Ivan Rouse, of the Clarkston Conservatory of Music, and 8-year-old Jimmy Territo sung during Pope John Paul II’s visit to Michigan. Grace Heike, an employee at The Clarkston News, and her family volunteered as ushers at the papal mass held at the Silverdome.
‘COG seeks to provide the people’s voice? Citizens for Organized Growth grew from a living room discussion group to a formal organization of about 40 members. Issues included condominiums, Sashabaw Road and Dixie Highway development, traffic, zoning, and police protection.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Clarkston Adds 42 Acres? September 10, the Oakland County Board of Supervisors by a vote of 43 to 36, authorized the annexation of 42 Independence Township acres to the Village of Clarkston. Included in the annexed land, valued at $179,000, are Clarkston Ranch Homesites, Clarkston Estates, and Clarkston Estates No. 1.
‘Clarkston locals? Sunday dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sommers were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Marks of Dixie Highway. The occasion was Mrs. Marks? birthday.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Girls off to good start on the tennis courts? For a team that has faced its fair share of adversity already this season, the Clarkston girls tennis team breezed through Wednesday’s match with ease. Thanks in part to a dominating performance by the four double teams, Clarkston defeated Waterford Mott 6-2 at home in the team’s dual meet season opener.
“Adler trumps the competition? Ed Adler, owner of the Food Town chain, planned to expand his business at Sashabaw and Waldon with a 10,000-square-foot addition, as well as add more space for his employees on the second floor and move his corporate office from the Mills Mall in downtown Clarkston, which he owns.
‘Left turn lane in front of academey approved? The Springfield Township Board of Trustees approved a left turn lane on Dixie Highway in front of Cedar Crest Academy, 5-1. The project would cost $264,000.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Crash injures 4? Four people were injured in a rollover accident on Clarkston Road, Independence Township, Saturday. James Leslie Horton Jr., 19 of Grand Blanc, was driving southbound on Clarkston Road about 1 a.m., when he rounded a curve too fast near Flemings Lake Road. The car rolled over, landing on the passenger side.
“Deer Lake enforcement to rise? Deer Lake area residents found out by the next boating season. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recommended more enforcement on Deer Lake during a public hearing.
?300 gallons of apple cider later…? Storm clouds held off fpr tje 13th Annual Crafts and Cider Festival held by the Clarkston Community Historical Society. They had 25,000-30,000 attend the event and sold 350 dozen donuts and 300 gallons of apple cider.

50 years ago – 1962
“Methodists to honor Adele Thomas? The First Methodist Church of Clarkston was the scene of the consecration of Mrs. Adele Thomas as Minister of Music, by Dr. Harold Bremer, executive director of The Methodist, the Detroit conference.
‘Clarkston locals? A surprise party was held at the Samson home celebrating Jack Samson’s 13th birthday. The evening began with a scavenger hunt and continued with other games as well as having refreshments.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Savage walks out of city meeting? After running into a dead end with his pitch for a new city planner, David Savage just ran. Savage, a councilman on the Clarkston city council, walked out during the middle of Monday’s regular meeting when he couldn’t get council support on retaining the services of Hyett-Palma, a firm specializing in revitalizing small downtowns like Clarkston.
‘Mess on Main St.’A contamination cleanup project has turned out to be more costly than Morgan’s ever imagined. Just after Labor Day a construction company began excavation work at Morgan’s Service on Main St. in order to remove an underground storage tank that’s caused ground contamination from leaked motor oil. The company had to dig in front of and just underneath the garage, but found a surprise ? two more storage tanks farther back.

25 years ago – 1987
‘More kids? About 150 more students enrolled in Clarkston schools this year than expected, said William Neff, director of administrative services in the district. Last year, they predicted a loss of about 46 students, and the preliminary numbers show an increase of about 106, he said at the Monday board meeting. The added students mean several classes are overcrowded, and four elementary classrooms are split-levels, he said.
‘Township rezones parcel despite objection? Against the owner’s wishes, the Independence Township Board approved the first reading to rezone 20 acres on Sashabaw Road to research office from rural residential and commercial.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Village Players start second year? Clarkston Village Players, which was rapidly becoming one of this community’s most interesting groups, started rehearsals for the first show of its season, ‘Inherit the Wind.? Mrs. Frank Reynolds and Paul Bennett were co-directors.
‘Couple Wed 50 years? Mr. and Mrs. John L. Fink of Perry Lake Rd celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, September 7th. Last Sunday, 36 guests were invited to a dinner given in their honor, at their Perry Lake Road home. The Finks are the parents of 3 daughters, 6 grand children and 10 great-grandchildren.

15 years ago – 1997
‘NBD says no? The bank reversed an earlier decision not to sell its empty building on Main Street to another bank. They decided to sell to the highest bidder, which could include banks. The Clarkston Community Museum Foundation had proposed making the building a historical museum.
‘Clarkston project to be 2-phased? The School Board voted to separate 10 construction projects in two. Priority was set to go to Sashabaw Middle School and a new elementary school.
‘Remembering the sacrifice? Sashabaw Plains Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution honored Revolutionary War veterans Caleb Merrill and Jeremiah Clarke, one of Clarkston’s founders. The group had a grave marking ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery.

25 years ago – 1987
‘CHS Class of 2000 starts school? Joe Smith, Kyle Kreiner, Ryan Clement, Casey Miracle and fellow Clarkston kindergartners started school full of hope for the future. If all went well, they were set to graduate from high school in the year 2000.
‘Tire pile may be hazardous? Against township zoning ordinance and fire code, about 600,000 tires were piled on a site off White Lake Road. The property owner had been ordered to remove the tires, but his tenant instead dumped more there. The owner locked the gate to the property.
‘Parade goers gather for Labor Day? Club President John Priebe and the rest of Clarkston Rotary organized the annual parade down Main Street. Priebe had an important job ? he marched behind the horses to perform cleanup duty.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Clarkston Days big success? One of the many favorable comments on the annual event was ‘more people than we’ve seen in 30 years!? It included sidewalk selling, prizes, canoe races, etc. along with clear sunny skies. Dr. Alfred Hamilton won a girl’s bicycle, the boy’s bike went to Cecil Caverly, shoe shine kit went to Mary M. Smith, Carol Jones won a clock, Ann Bennett got an iron, and Rick Kroninger and John Jones each won 10 gallons of gasoline.
‘Clarkston locals? Mr. and Mrs. Harry Waggoners and daughter Cheryl of West Palm Beach, Fla., were recent guests of the Mel Vaaras of Clarkston.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Pine Knob drives upper Sashabaw development? The key words in the Pine Knob corridor is preservation – plan it before it plans you. The plan with the corridor was have the area be for a mixture of uses.
‘Car heaven? John Walter had no idea the 1957 Chevy he had been looking for wound up on a TV series. The Chevy had been driven by Della Reese on ‘Touched by an Angel.? As he prepared for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise he didn’t care where it had been only his search for the classic automobile was found. He added the Chevy was really hard to find because they are the hottest thing on the circuit.
“A fun labor march” Yoda, Chewbacca, stormtroopers, and other Star Wars characters joined the Labor Day Parade in Clarkston. Clarkston Police Chief Paul Ormiston said the parade had one of the bigger crowds in recent memory.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Teens recite fashion ABCs? Teenagers shared the do’s and do not’s for the new school year. They agreed denim was always in fashion no matter if it is frosted or stone-washed. Also in style airborne jackets, Converse, swatches and surf cords.
“Township lad to perform for pope” Eight-year-old Jimmy Territo was chosen as one of 30 youngsters from the Detroit area to perform for Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Motor City.
“20 Deer Lake residents air woes” About 20 lakefront residents asked the DNR to add more law enforcement patrols to the lake to prevent jet ski abuse.

50 years ago – 1962
‘New Mexico Here We Come!? Clarkston Boy Scouts of troop 134 left for a trip to New Mexico. The group was to drive to New Mexico, but camp every night along the way.
‘Blue – Gray shoot this weekend? The North-South Skirmish Association, Inc. prepared for their shoot. They preserved history and spirit of the Civil War.
“Merchants to offer many prizes” They were planning the second annual Clarkston Days Celebration. Events included canoe races organized by the JayCees on Millpond, sidewalk sale, and drawings for bicycles and other prizes.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Old Oakland County hidden from view? The McMath-Hulbert observatory is hidden deep in the trees by the Baldwin/I-75 exit. The observatory was built in 1920 and featured three solar towers, some of the first to use time-lapse photography.
‘Who should pay?? The Independence Township Board of Trustees was concerned about traffic issues with the opening of the new Clarkston High School less than a year away. Trustees believed the school should put forth money to improve the intersection.
“No more gas on Main? Dick Morgan and his son John, said it was too costly to keep selling gas at Morgan’s Service on the corner of Main and Church streets. They planned to close the pumps after Labor Day.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Residents object to Walters Lake chemicals? There was a plan to use chemicals to kill weeds in Walters Lake. However, many residents were opposed to the idea as it was unknown how the chemicals would affect people who swam in or drank the water.
“Budget cuts may cause CHS to lose accreditation? Clarkston High School’s accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools surfaced during the board of education meeting when a student asked if there were plans to make improvements to the media center since the June bond failed. Administrative assistant William Neff explained North Central indicated if the district showed improvement to the book selection and hire additional staff they would be fine.
‘Festival in the clouds? A dozen colorful hot air balloons took shape behind Springfield Oaks Youth Activities Center for the media preview for the second annual Hot Air Balloon Festival.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Something all should know? Officer Kratt of the Oakland County Sherriff Department was dedicated to teaching the correct use of mouth-to-mouth respiration. Some of his pupils included Clarkton Village President Robert Waters and Independence Township Citizens.
“Local news? Roger Draper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Draper left for Fort Knox, Kentucky where he began his training for the paratroopers.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Wendy’s marks opening with donation? Clarkston’s first Wendy’s restaurant opened its doors with a champagne preview for the town’s movers and shakers. Oh, and they gave away some money too. The new restaurant was officially opened when owner Howard O’Brien and Independence Township Supervisor Dale Stuart cut a ribbon made up of 200 one-dollar bills. Then, one half was given to Wendy Halsey, director of Lighthouse Clarkston, the other half to Anne Smith of the Holly Tornado Disaster Fund.
‘Tougher athletic code of conduct now in effect? The Clarkston Athletic Council cracked down on alcohol violations. Athletes caught drinking at any time during the year were suspended from games for four weeks and had to complete community service.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Girl Scouts Dismiss Lawsuit? A lawsuit filed by the Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council against Springfield Township over a rezoning dispute on scout-owned land has been formally dismissed. The dismissal order was signed by Judge James Thornburn in Oakland County Circuit Court on July 27.
‘Demolition Discussed? An ordinance was drafted that would prohibit the destruction of buildings in the village historic district of Clarkston. The Clarkston Village Council and the planning commission decided something needed to be done to preserve the buildings.
‘Dog attack thwarts 4-H showing? The Oakland County fair board allowed nine-year 4H participant Maggie Sans to purchase new sheep to show after the typical deadline. This was in reaction to three of her sheep being killed and one being badly injured by a group of three dogs.

50 years ago – 1962
‘World War I Vets to Meet? The World War I veterans, Clinton Valley Barracks, will hold their monthly meeting Saturday, August 11, 2:00 p.m. at Davisburg Town Hall. Veterans of World War I are invited and urged to attend.
‘Romney in Clarkston this Saturday? George Romney visited his home county of Oakland for a whirlwind campaign. Romney was the Republican candidate for governor and visited Clarkston at the corners of Main and Washington Streets.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Aesop’s Fables as you’ve never seen them? Aliens. Gypsies. Hash slingers. And the requisite king with a beautiful daughter, hero, and lucky goose named Gertrude. That was the cast of characters as the summer theater workshop of Clarkston Community Education presented, in recital, ‘The Golden Goose? July 31 at Bailey Lake Elementary School.
‘Prime Realty caps perfect season? One team stood alone atop the Independence Township Rec Baseball standings this summer in the boys 11-12 division. Prime Realty capped a 16-0 season Saturday with a 4-3 win over S & L Automotive.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Wrong-way car crash? A New York man crossed the median on I-75 July 29 and struck two oncoming cars before stopping, yet only suffered minor bruises, according to Oakland County Sheriff’s Department report. Phillip White was issued a ticket for driving under the influence of alcohol and was sent to Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released, the police report said.
‘Dam Donation? Now that the Mill Pond dam is fixed, Ed Adler would like to give it away. at the July 27 Clarkston Village Council Meeting, the owner of the 20 Depot Street restaurant said he spent $10,000 recently to have the dam restored to working order and that the time is right to present it as a gift to the village. ‘Let’s discuss the terms with your attorney and start to make some plans in that direction,? said Alder. Adler that before he would give the dam and pond away there were some things he wanted in return. No vote was taken.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Romney in Clarkston this Saturday? George Romney will spend all day this Saturday (August 11) on a whirlwind campaign junket in his home county of Oakland, and the day will start off as most of his days do on the golf course.
‘Rattlesnakes in Village Limits? Two 26 inch rattlesnakes have been found within the Clarkston village limits in the past week. Caution children not to pick up snakes. According to Mrs. Allen, owner of Snakes Alive, 10070 Dixie Highway, ‘As far as anyone knows, no person has die of a bite from a Michigan rattlesnake.?

15 years ago – 1997
‘Parke Lake yields a piece of local history? Clarkston history stories include tales of winter horse and buggy races when Parke Lake was frozen. Richard Niehammer, a White Lake diver, discovered an old buggy in the lake.
‘New museum proposed for NBD building? The Clarkston Community Museum Foundation approached bank officials about donating its soon-to-be closed Main Street branch for a museum. The 1911 stone structure had a good, central location with lots of shelves inside.
‘Worker killed at high school building site? Frank Blissett Jr. of Fenton, an iron worker, was killed when he fell from the gym roof. The husband and father of two was welding roof panels on the gym.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Tot saved from a pool? 3-year old Noel Brent was saved by a nurse at the pool who started giving him life support procedures after he was on the pool bottom for 30 seconds. He was taken to the hospital and released the next day.?
‘Maybee extension draws criticism? Two of four property owners objected to an extension of Maybee Road west across Dixie Highway to Lingor Drive in Independence Township. Arguments included it wouldn’t benefit businesses and would take property away from the owners.
?49ers sign Jokisch? Paul Jokisch, a former University of Michigan stand-out wide receiver, signed a contract to play football with the San Francisco 49ers, July 22.
‘The saga continues for town clock? A family from Darlington, Wisc., ran into a familiar face when they visited Clarkston. The new town clock used to be in Darlington before it was sold to a dealer who sold it to the Independence Township Sesquiscentennial Committee earlier in 1987.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Poster Wins Award? Karen Wooley an eleventh grader of Clarkston schools won the highest honor awarded to a Michigan high school student for her poster entered in the contest put on by the Automobile Club of America.
“Two local residents in MSUO comedy? Merle Bennett and Ilene J. Reynolds of Clarkston and Mary Ann Bethune of Davisburg were set to perform in ‘Mrs. McThing? by Mary Chase at the Michigan State University Oakland in Rochester.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Just what is this righteous mission?? The volunteers of Righteous Mission remembered their friends Courtney Johns who had died in a plane crash the year before. The missionaries wore T-shirts with her name on them and most of the money for their projects was provided by a fund in Courtney’s name.
“Where will the new school be?? As sister school to Springfield Plains Elementary was one of the options Clarkston Board of Education was considering for a location for a new elementary. The other two properties they were considering were at Rattalee Lake Road, near Reese Road, and Clarkston Road, on the same property as the administration building.
‘Township continues to preserve its legacy? The Independence Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved $9,830 of its $260,000 in mid-decade census payments for historic preservation purposes, as recommended by Dale Stuart, township supervisor.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Home builder wins energy efficiency award? Consumers power presented the Energy Efficiency Home Award to the house building company of Tim Warner, an Independence Township resident. Warner said that the houses his company built were so energy efficient that residents could double their living space and cut their energy bill in half.
‘Clarkston girls shooting for the gold? Hope and Cary Newport of Independence Township planned to skip an out of state national competition for smallbore rifle shooting and instead attempt to win the gold medal at the Great Lakes State Games in Marquette.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Jaycees to sell-install seat belts sat. and sun? Wisconsin, New York and Virginia passed laws that required all new cars to be manufactured with seatbelts. Nine other states, including Michigan, had also passed legislation regarding seatbelts. Many people had concerns that seatbelts were potentially less safe than the alternative, but studies showed that wasn’t the case.
‘Local News? Mrs. Lilly Troter of Govan in Glasgow, Scotland was the dinner guest at the home of her nephew and his family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Watson of Snowapple Drive.

15 years ago – 1997
“Acclaimed plane to visit” One of the last flying 1948 Lockheed Constellation Airliners was set to arrive at the Oakland International Airport July 14 and was open to the public for tours. Built to the specifications of Howard Hughes, the ‘Connie? is considered the most beautiful piston-engine airliner ever built and was the first pressurized aircraft in widespread use.
‘Pine Knob gets approval for all day shows? Three shows for the summer were unanimously approved by the Independence Township Board of Trustees. However, the ordinance that would regulate Pine Knob exclusively for these kinds of shows is still being debated.

25 years ago – 1987
“Village council agrees to moped crackdown” Clarkston began cracking down on underage teens who illegally ride mopeds within the village limits, the village council decided July 13.
Moped drivers must be at least 15 years old to operate the vehicles on public streets. Those under 19 must wear a helmet. The vehicle must be registered with the state and the driver must be licensed, said Trustee Frank Millard.
“Bicycle hits car” A 7-year-old Independence Township boy was injured when he ran into a car while riding his bike. Adam Michael Heil of Tiohero Road was treated and released from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Pontiac, on July 7 following the accident around noon.

50 years ago – 1962
“Poster Wins Award” The Clarkston High School Art Department received word Karen Wooley, an eleventh grade student of the past school year. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wooley of Hadley Road, received a commendation for her safety poster entered in the annual contest sponsored by the Automobile Club of America.
Karen’s poster in gray, black, pink, and red on a white background, illustrated the slogan, ‘Walk On Left Facing Traffic.?
“Sermon Series Announced” The Kingdom of God, the central theme of the life and teaching of Jesus, was the subject of a series of sermons to be preached at First Methodist Church, Clarkston by Reverend Mr. Giguere. It was hoped the series would help twentieth century Christians to better understand Jesus? message for today.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Island Tripping: Springfield Plains kids make annual trip to Mackinac” As is customary, fourth graders from Springfield Plains Elementary visited Mackinac island near the end of the school year. Children enjoyed the famous Grand Hotel, Butterfly House, a carriage tour and an eight-mile bike ride. They also visited forts Mackinac and Michilimackinac, Mackinac Bridge, Hartwick Pines, Mill Creek, Frankenmuth, and the Star Line Ferry.
“Aulgur named HM All State” Capping off a wonderful career, 1997 Clarkston High School graduate Mike Aulgur was named honorable mention All State by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association June 22. Aulgur played at #1 singles all four years for the Wolves and in 1996, became the first player from school to qualify for states in nearly 30 years.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Town clock brings own history? It took a whole day to install the Seth Thomas street clock in front of Pontiac State Bank on Main Street. The clock was built in 1909, and sold for $350 for a shop front in Dubuque, Iowa. It was sold and kept in Wisconsin until 1986, when Jon Abbot of Independence Township spotted an ad for it and suggested the township buy it for its sesquicentennial celebration in 1986.
“Caring carpenter saves nest of 3” A robin in Independence Township and her brood of three moved into a custom-built birdhouse last week. The mother robin had built her nest in the corner of a house under construction on Parview Drive. After planning ways to build around the mother and her babies and worrying about her nervousness when he hammered close by, Tom Pidd decided moving the nest was the only way to save the hatchlings.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Moms fete twins at luncheon party? Janice and Jeanine Willocx of Davisburg were judged the most identical in the Blue Ribbon Twins Contest, girls division, at the Twins Mothers Club annual picnic at the 4-H grounds.
“4th Sees Record Crowd and Parade” The growth of Independence Township is much in evidence with each 4th of July parade. The largest parade in the history of Clarkston was observed by a record crowd. An evening of fireworks display was equally well attended.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Township ‘Paranoid? over shows? Pine Knob’s events with day-long gatherings did not meet outdoor gatherings ordinance ‘Chapter 14? so some events had to be monitored for safety concerns.
“New school budget to top $44M? Director of Business Services Craig Kahler expected state aid to rise about $1.2 million for during the 1997-1998 fiscal year and expenditures to rise as well in the $44.5 million general fund.
‘Kids, seniors connect? An end-of-the-year out for 18 second graders from Andersonville Elementary turned out to be educational and fun as they visited the Davisburg Senior Center and read to the seniors.

25 years ago – 1987

‘Principals report on move for sixth-graders? Sixth-graders from three of Clarkston’s elementary schools were moved to Sashabaw and Clarkston junior high schools due to overcrowding in the elementary schools.
‘Blight revisited? There were concerns about a new anti-blight ordinance from residents. This was because the ordinance could be interpreted to require building storage or screening for farm vehicles.
“Cop contract language holds up approval? The Clarkston Village Council and Independence Township continued to battle of words over a proposed police contract at the village council meeting after the township altered the contract.

50 years ago – 1962
?4th of July art display? The Village Friends of Art hosted an art show with original pieces from children. The show was held outside after the 4th of July parade.
“Localite to be in Vegas? Larry Olliffe, from Clarkston, accepted a contract to sing with his Central Michigan University folk song group, the Ascots, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
‘Local quartet to make recording? The Patriots, made up by, Clarkston High School graduates Danny Althouse, Marvin Frick, Milton Frick and Willie Knox, made a recording. The quartet sang at the opening celebration at the Pontiac Mall.
‘Clarkston Locals? Mr. and Mrs. David McInnes celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, June 19.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Circuses are coming to town? The Clarkston area will become circus central during the next few weeks as not one but two circuses come to the area. The Walker Brothers Circus is coming to the Springfield Oaks Activity Center in Davisburg, Thursday, June 19. If you can’t make the Walker Brothers Circus but need that sawdust-and-greasepaint experience, hang on. Kelly-Miller Circus is coming to town July 1.
‘A fighting chance? A Mother and daughter diagnosed with the same type of cancer fought it to remission and ran together in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to prove to others that there is life after cancer.
‘Well-inspection controversy continues? A Brandon Township family got arsenic poisoning from their well water. A debate raged around whether the right way to deal with it was mandatory testing for all with well water or testing only in suspected areas.

25 years ago – 1987

‘Board calls DNR hearing on Deer Lake? Concerns about safety and heavy boat traffic on Deer Lake and a Deer Lake Study Committee report have prompted a request for a public hearing with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
‘Old Fire station comes down? It took less than an hour on June 2 to level a building that house the Independence Township Fire Department for 33 years. The old building was constructed during World War II in the early 1940s. Trailers were manufactured in the building, and later a Case Tractor dealership operated out of it. The fire department took over the building for the Roger Walstead family in 1954.
?39 receive high school diplomas? The Clarkston Adult and Alternative Education commencement sent its fifth class of adults out into the world, now with high school diplomas.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Something to think about? An elderly man whose chief amusement was to sit in a laundramat was denied permission to sit there. He never harmed anyone and often opened doors for people with heavy loads.
‘Explorer post no. 126 takes the the air? The explorer scouts of Clarkston visited the Selfridge Air Force base and got to ride in a carrier plane for 45 minutes.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Mixed feelings pepper DDA extension discussion? The $2.4 million question was whether Independence Township should approve an extension of the Downtown Development Authority for five years. Trustees were concerned about the cost of the DDA projects, which had been focused on improvements to the intersection of White Lake Road and Dixie Highway.
‘Phase II of Vision 2020 to be presented? It’s been a long time coming, but Independence Township’s Vision 2020 plan is finally nearing completion. The following areas were scrutinized: residential, commercial, and industrial land use; transportation; utilities; community facilities and services; and historic, rural, open space and natural resource preservation.

25 years ago – 1987

‘Old fire station comes down? It took less than an hour to level of building that housed the Independence Township Fire Department for 33 years. Next to the old Station 2 at Clarkston Sashabaw roads stood the spacious new $522,000 building. The old building was built during World War II.
‘Mill Pond dam works again? To allow weed killer, the Mill Pond in Clarkston is a few feet lower this week ? thanks to a working Mill Pond cofferdam. The dam on Washington Street at the south end of the pond was restored to working order Sunday, said Ed Adler of Lehman Investments, which owns the dam. The dam has been broken for about a year and the Clarkston Village Council sued Lehman in January to get the dam fixed before the heavy rains in spring and summer.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Beach Combers, Or Combers of the Beach?? Members of Clarkston Area Junior Chamber of Commerce met at Deer Lake to rake the broken glass and various other objects that have injured several children in the lake and also cleaned the beach.
‘Flower show this weekend don’t miss it!? The Clarkston Branch of Women’s National Farm and Garden Association is sponsoring a Flower Show Wednesday, June 20 at Clarkston High School.
‘Bus Service to Pontiac Mall? The Airport Service Lines, which had served the community for the past two years, has announced starting June 18, a daily bus services to the new Pontiac Mall would begin. The bus was scheduled to leave the corner of N. Main and Washington Streets at 8 and 10 a.m.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Intruder confronts 8-year-old? An 8-year-old Clarkston girl was woken by a tap on the leg from a stranger in the middle of the night. The white male told her not to scream. She did scream – waking up her grandma and mom. The police found chairs stacked outside her bedroom window, screens removed and a wet footprint.
‘It’s yes? A proposal for a new elementary school and renovation at most existing buildings was narrowly approved by Clarkston voters. The $57.7 bond proposal passed 2,897-2,676. A similar proposal had failed the previous December.
‘In unison? Husband and wife music teachers Lois and Peter Richardson brought their students together for an exchange concert. Lois taught Clarkston music students and Peter taught in Detroit. Clarkston students Stuart Kennedy and Brian Arpke played a duet of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy.?

25 years ago – 1987
‘Adventure in France? Sharon Hahn, an Independence Township resident, shared her adventures from her three months in Europe. It began when she shared her dream about living in a foreign country with her husband. The dream turned into reality after he encouraged her with two words – do it.
‘Voters reject school tax increase proposal? Clarkston school district voters soundly approved a 3.79-mill tax renewal and soundly defeated a 4.25-mill increase. The millage defeat meant budget cuts of $1.02 million, including layoff of 15 teachers, an administrator, three library aides, clerk, two special education aides, two bus drivers, 2.5 custodian positions, and one from grounds maintenance. Voter turnout was 22 percent.
‘Film at 11? No, but close? Independence-Clarkston public access cable completed the first regular taping of an Independence Township Board meeting. Board members appreciated the public service, though Trustee Dale Stuart thought people would be bored by it.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Clarkston to graduate 135 seniors Monday, June 4? Commencement activities were set to start at 7:30 p.m. as Clarkston High School graduated 135 seniors in the high school gym. The speaker for the occasion was Dr. A Wesley Rowland.
‘Local news? Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson of Clarkston were pleasantly surprised with a visit by her cousin and family the Pete Broadwaters of Jackson.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Outdoor dining approved for Mesquite Creek? On May 22, 1997 the Independence Township Planning Comission unanimously approved to amend the restaurant’s original site plan to include outdoor dining.
“Wacko for the Wings? Adrienne and Paul Lynch admitted to be die-hard Detroit Red Wings fans as the team went into Game 1 in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers. They also admitted going above and beyond the call of duty. They had an ice sculpture in the shape of the infamous ‘Wing? at their wedding and the theme through their home.
‘Evans second in hurdles? Chris Evans broke his own school record as the MHSAA Boys Track & Field State Finals, finishing the 110 hurdles in 14.2 seconds.

25 years ago – 1987

‘Thanks on menu? The teachers and staff of Andersonville Elementary School put a twist on the classic lunch to recognize the work of parent volunteers. Parent volunteers were invited to the school where teachers and staff made and served them lunch.
“Books, school plan on hold? The Clarkston Board of Education decided if voters approved the renewal of 3.79 mills plus the additional 4.25 mills they would order new textbooks.
‘Road worry? The Independence Township Board of Trustees discussed the possibilities of extending Maybee Road west of Dixie Highway before 1992. They took no action because there were too many unknowns.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Cub Pack 126 Receives ‘A? Rating? Cub pack 126 receieved an A rating from the Manitou district Show-O-Ree. This was an outstanding achievement considering the pack was only in existence for a little over 3 months.
‘Davisburg Baptist Stages Crusade? The First Baptist Church welcomed Dr. John Linton, a scholar from Scotland to their annual Christian Life Crusade. Dr. Linton’s accent, wit and ability to connect with young people made the experience enjoyable for all.
“Eight-year-old wins trophy? Linda Skarritt, an eight-year-old, won first place in the Juvenile ‘B? Girls Figures event in the Michigan State Amateur Roller Skating Championship at the State Arena in Flint.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Making science fun? Students at Bailey Lake Elementary School had their choice of animals during an all-day science day. They got to experience, hands on, lots of other branches of science as they ditched their regular subjects for the day.
‘Technology an important part of bond issue? Oakland schools held a ‘cybercamp? to see if students preferred doing research through the internet instead of the library. A proposed bond was to spend between $6-$7 million dollars to bring technology to the students.
‘Message clear: Casinos are not wanted here? Residents of Orion, Independence and Oxford townships almost unanimously spoke out against the Bay Mills Indian Tribe putting a casino on I-75 and Joslyn. Volunteers from the community against the idea made an imaginary line across where the bulldozers would be months into the future.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Catallo debuts as a winner? In his first race, 19-year-old Curt Catallo drove like a seasoned pro as he won the feature race at Waterford Hill Race Track. He was studying literature at Bennington College in Vermont at the time, and flew in for the weekend for the race. His father, Clarence, also a racer, said he was enjoyed his son’s racing more than his own.
‘Wolves blitz Oxford in second half? Coach of the Clarkston varsity soccer team Hana Olsen gave athletes an incentive that brought a win. At half time, the Wolves were down 0-2. Olsen told the athletes that they would get a few days off if they won and Clarkston ended the game 4-2.
‘Therapist Honor? Occupational therapist Gretchen Reeves of Davisburg was placed on the roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association, one of the highest honors for an occupational therapist.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Celebrate 50 years of scouting? Local Girl Scouts were preparing for their Golden Anniversary Celebration in Wisner Stadium in Pontiac. They readied floats, field activities, and dances in colorful costumes.
‘Teachers Leaving! Why?? A group of local citizens who were alarmed about the loss of teachers met and held a heated discussion about the issue. They decided to create a comittee know as ‘The Citizens Committee For Better Education.?

15 years ago – 1997
‘Spanning the globe? Sarah Maesch of Clarkston, 11, won a $5,000 grant for her school with her drawing of the state of Michigan. Her drawing was painted on Northwest’s WorldPlane 747. The airplane was set for a tour of the world, decorated with her and other winners? artwork.
‘Gone Hollywood? Sarah Smith, Clarkston High School Class of 1995, went to California to pursue an acting career, landing parts as a dancer in ‘Batman and Robin? and ‘Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery? films, and ‘Third Rock from the Sun? television episode. She met George Clooney, and thought he would make good Batman.

25 years ago – 1987
“Clarkston tops Cougars twice? Clarkston’s ninth grade baseball team came out with its hitting shoes on May 7, and the result was a double-header sweep of host Sashabaw.
‘Campaign counts for coordinators? Two dozen parents gathered to coordinate a 4.25 mill school tax increase campaign, for a total millage of 8.04 mills. They had charts from the Michigan Department of Education ranking Clarkston 27th out of 28 public school districts in Oakland County in revenue per pupil, and 20th for present millage levied.
‘Sesquicentennial treat? Nicholas McCormack, Anthony Knakal, Heather Hunter, Andy Miller and other Bailey Lake Elementary students performed in a musical program honoring the state of Michigan’s 15-year birthday.

50 years ago – 1962
‘New Calvary Lutheran Church under construction? Pastor Paul A. Johns, Martin Gustafson, Mrs. William Sharpe, Robert Krick, Charles Schlutow, Leslie Purslow and John E. Evans gathered in an open field to break ground on the new church. The congregation was meeting at Clarkston Elementary pending construction.
‘Dresses needed? The Oakland County TB Sanitarium was in need of girls? dresses from infant size through 10 years.
‘Local news? A surprise was in store for Mrs. Charles Alexander of Clarkston, when friends arrived with a birthday cake baked by Mrs. Nick Nicholas. Others were Mrs. Alfred Irlene and Mrs. Jean Sabat. The afternoon was pleasantly spent with a game of Pinochle.

15 years ago – 1997
‘Clarkston Foundation to relive ?60s with party? The Foundations Honorary Degree in Civic Affairs Membership Drive will host ‘Bridgestock: The Times they are a-Changing? at the Clarkston home of Jim and Anne Evanson. The evening will include ?60s and ?70s music, food, and beverages.
‘Making a point about prayer? Some 40 students and a few adults rallied around the flagpole for the annual observance of World Prayer Day. For the last few years students in American public high schools have used the day as a way to show they believe they ought to be allowed to pray at school.
‘Rain, rain go away so tennis team can play? In an ideal world, the Clarkston boys tennis team would have two more league matches, but leave it to Mother Nature to play havoc with the schedule. The Wolves have had three matches this past week cancelled due to rainy conditions.

25 years ago – 1987

‘Man Survives night in Lake Huron? Tim Ellenberger, a Brandon Township resident, and two other men were boating to a salmon fishing derby in Port Sanilac when their boat struck an unmarked rock near the south end of Huron County. The group spent the night huddled atop the partially submerged boat. The Michigan Coast Guard found them early Saturday morning.
‘Fire by Lightning? Lightning struck a house on Pine Knob Lane Sunday and caused about $4000 in damage. The lightning burned the house electrical service wires, destroyed the electricity meter, and blew the transformers out of their pole.

50 years ago – 1962
‘Many Dogs Poisoned here $50 Reward Posted? Independence, Waterford, and White Lake Townships have been hit with a rash of dog poisonings. Strychnine and rat poisoning were believed to be the types used. The Michigan Animal Rescue League is warning people of this outbreak and is offering a $50.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poisoners.
‘State Police to Hold Open House? The State Police will again observe Michigan Week by holding open house on ‘Hospitality Day.? A special welcome is extended to the public to examine the equipment and facilities and find out how the department operates. Visitors will be escorted by officers.

15 years ago – 1997
‘DDA board wants to keep going? With 1996’s improper tax collection behind it, the Independence Township Downtown Development Authority was looking ahead to the possibility of future DDA-funded projects.
“Internet brings moms together? Carolyn Bush, a mother in Clarkston, and Dawn Furlong, of Oxford, discussed how the Michigan Moms Internet chat room, a support group on American Online, helped stay-at-home moms with young children.
‘Chrysler brings careers to kids? In a twist of ‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day,? Chrysler employees decided to ‘Take Your Work to Your Children’s School? instead. Over 70 employees volunteers to visit 25 schools in southeast Michigan and Bailey Lake Elementary was one of the schools selected. Students learned about careers in the auto industry, watched a video plant tour and had a chance to ask questions.

25 years ago – 1987
‘Backyard fun? Becky DeLong, 7, and her neighbors David Brown, Jonathon Gilford, Danny Brown, and Ryan Brown spent a warm Easter Break day playing on their backyard swings.
“For now, no Rotary women? The Clarkston Rotary Club discussed the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that could add female members to the rotary. The consensus was to wait and see what the ruling meant for individual clubs.
‘Tiny bundles double the fun? Mother’s Day was twice as special for Belinda Nichols as she gave birth to twins, Kristopher and Matthew, on May 1.
‘Mother’s love helps keep illness bearable? Thirteen-year-old Rebekah Remley was proud of her mother, Karen. They faced tough times together since Rebekah had been through pain since she was born.

50 years ago – 1962
“An ‘Antique? story? F.W. MacKinder and his wife, Ruby, prepared for the formal opening of their antique shop after putting an additional onto the Y-Knot Antique Shop.
‘Clarkston Locals? The Lynadys celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and dined at the Old Mill.
‘Two decades? The eighth grader at Clarkston Junior High School increased their knowledge about the history of 1927-1947 by watching a movie called ‘Two Decades.?

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.

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 coff