A Look Back for July 31, 2019

From The Clarkston News archives

15 years ago – 2004
“Township expect low voter turnout for primary election” As township roads were lined with candidate signs, clerks in Independence and Springfield townships expected low voter turnout in the primary election. The turnout in the 2002 primary was 19 percent of voters in Independence and 25 percent of voters in Springfield.
“Clarkston community runners rally for the Relay” More than $172,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society after 1,000 people came out to support Clarkston’s 24-hour Relay of Life event.
“Local residents take time to train for 300-mile fundraiser” Anne Evans, Lu Kuhta and Mo Kuhta were training for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Wish-A-Mile.” The annual event is a 300-mile ride to raise funds to grant wishes for seriously ill children and young adults.

25 years ago – 1994
“Playground officially open” A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the Depot Park playground during a volunteer reception. Volunteer Mary Beth Warner said the playground project “brought the kid out of all of us.”
“New academy gives students options” Four Clarkston students were to be the first class of the North Oakland Science Math Academy at the Oakland Technical Center Northwest. Kyle Hughes and Mike Olsen were hired to teach at the new math/science academy.
“Ready to go with 810?” Residents in Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, St. Clair, Genesee and Sanilac counties will have their area code changed to 810 on August 10. Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe counties kept the 313 area code.


50 years ago – 1969
“Place to be” The Clarkston Dairy Bar was the location to be on July 23 for filming a sequence for a new Mahar Production movie. This one was for the Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester and the local scene was to demonstrate the relationship between dogs and their masters.
“Around the town” Bob and Marietta Jones, of Robertson Court, surprised Gus and Carolyn Birtas by giving them a bon voyage party for their planned trip to Greece.
“Varsity cheerleaders place second” Clarkston Varsity Cheerleaders attended the International Cheerleading Foundation clinic and competed with 50 other cheerleading squads. Clarkston finished in second place in their first year at the clinic.

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