A Look Back for September 29, 2021

From The Clarkston News archives

25 years ago – 1996
“1997 budget shows growth” During the public hearing on the 1997 Independence Township budget, finance director Kerry Donahue told officials the budget was balanced and produced figures showing rising growth – a 30 percent increase in taxable property values since 1993.
“Commission OKs Sanctuary” The final site plan for The Sanctuary, a 24-acre, 45-site detached condominium project slated for development on Dixie Highway and Foster Road, was approved for development.
“Up, up and away” Mark Van Every was the lucky winner of a champagne hot-air-balloon flight for two in a drawing held by Remax Today. Every purchased the winning ticket in conjunction with the Springfield Oaks Balloon Festival. Second-place winner Marlene Brandon received a coffee-table book on balloons.

50 years ago – 1971
“Home” Grady L. Steele, of Pear Street, got himself another black bear after shooting a two and a half-year-old, 250-pounder in Delta County in the Upper Peninsula while spending two weeks on vacation.
“Midget footballers hold home opener” More than 140 midget gridders and cheerleaders initiated the home season for the Independence Township Chiefs at the Clarkston Senior High School football field.
“Around the township” The Edward Baileys of Delmar Street were guests of honor for a surprise party in honor of their 21st anniversary, planned by their children, Alaina, Aleta and Keith.

75 years ago – 1946
“Two helicopters visit Clarkston” A flurry of excitement stirred the residents of Clarkston when two helicopters circled the village and landed in an open space in the Clarkston Estates subdivision during which residents got a first glimpse of the latest mode of transportation during the test flight.
“Eightieth birthday celebrated Sunday” Mrs. Luella Leighton was honored at a family gathering at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Myron Leighton on McGinnis Road to celebrate her 80th birthday.
“Clarkston locals” Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Jones, and son, Walter, enjoyed a trip to Kentucky. They had a fine time in spite of the fact they traveled in rain the first two days.

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