From The Clarkston News archives
15 years ago – 2004
“Residents flock to July 4 parade, festival” On the ground and in the air, the Clarkston area celebrated Independence Day in a big way. Festivities included the traditional parade through downtown Clarkston, Festival of Fun, and fireworks at Clintonwood Park.
“Composer wins first prize” Tessa Huttenlocher, of Clarkston, was awarded the first-place prize in a composition contest sponsored by Grand Valley State University. Her piano solo piece, “Solitude,” was deemed the best in the intermediate age group.
“Public invited to help ‘name’ school buildings” As Clarkston Community Schools moved forward on new grade configurations, four board members completed a survey concerning the process to for renaming the Clarkston and Sashabaw middle school buildings.
25 years ago – 1994
“Birdland students will walk” After a lengthy discussion, the Clarkston Board of Education decided to stick to its own transportation policy and have elementary school students in the Birdland subdivision walk to school.
“The Jimmy Buffett experience” Dave Compagnoni and his wife, Teresa, have been to every Jimmy Buffett concert at either Pine Knob or The Palace since 1974, including three consecutive shows with their two daughters.
“Two sports collide – the result is roller hockey” Everyone was noticing the recent popularity of rollerblades for both adults and children. With it came a new trend combining rollerblades and hockey – roller hockey.
50 years ago – 1969
“In shining scuba gear” Rob Whaley completed his first salvage job when he retrieved a contact lens Tammy Mahar had lost in the family pool. The lens was blue and the pool was blue. Whaley sectioned off the bottom and found the lens.
“Breaks course record at Invitational” Cindy Booker of Clarkston scored a record breaking 40 on the back nine at Spring Lake Country Club during the 2nd Annual Junior Golf Invitational. She finished in second for her age group and John Anderson finished in first place for his age group.
“Around the town” Rick Butler of Scout Troop No. 189 was certified for rank of Eagle Scout. He would be an assistant for one of the area scouts going to the annual Boy Scout Jamboree.