From The Clarkston News archives
25 years ago – 1997
Kids, seniors connect: An end-of-the-year outing for 18 second-graders from Andersonville Elementary turned out to be not only educational and fun, but a first-time intergenerational experience for some of them as well. The students visited Hart Community Center where they shared stories on everything from animals and family to spaghetti and ice cream with senior citizens.
New school budget to top $44M: Clarkston Board of Education closed out its budget for the current year and approved one for 1997-98. Director of Business Services Craig Kahler expected state aid to rise about $1.2 million for the coming year, with expenditures expected to rise as well in the $44.5 million general fund. Kahler expected to start the year with a $3.7 million fund balance and end with $3.5 million in the kitty.
50 years ago – 1972
Saving the land for future generations: People such as Nelson Kimball of 72 N. Main were part of a growing band of people dedicated to the idea that the open fields, the swamps, the stands of trees inherent to yesterday need not be lost. Kimball was the president of the newly organized Independence Township Land Conservancy. The group was organized when Supervisor Gary Stonerock formed the Independence Township Association.
Around the township: John G. Dark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Dark of 53 Robertson Court, graduated from Oakland University in June magna cum laude with departmental honors in psychology. His dad said John was preparing to transfer to Wayne State University in order to earn his doctorate.
Also, Janie Leichtnam, Roxanne Head, Judy Swanson and Margaret Williams returned home from a week of active government participation at Girls State, sponsored by the Michigan American Legion Auxiliary.
75 years ago – 1947
School head leaves Clarkston: After heading the local school since July 1944, Carl Brablec resigned to accept the superintendent position for the public schools in Roseville. He shared in his resignation letter, “I need not explain that the separation from this school and community is effected with great reluctance both on the part of Mrs. Brablec and myself. It is not easy to leave the friendliest people it has been our fortune to know.”
Clarkston locals: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Boyns, who celebrated their third wedding anniversary on Monday, were honored at a family dinner at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Clark on Sunday afternoon.