From The Clarkston News archives
15 years ago – 2003
“Deaf valedictorian making her mark in life” When Victoria “Tori” Calaman was just a baby, people told her parents she would never learn to read or write. At 17-years-old, Tori was valedictorian of her graduating class, a member of the National Honor Society and had earned numerous awards for academics and athletics.
“School budget includes more spending reductions” Clarkston Community Schools approved their 2003-2004 year budget for $64.9 million in spending. There was projected shortfall of $725,366 in the general fund which Bruce Beamer, executive director of business and finance services, believed could be erased by frugal spending.
“Officer rescues ‘little ducky’ from storm sewer” Officer Wesley Suttles responded when a baby duck fell down a storm sewer in downtown Clarkston by getting a hook to take off the drain cover, found the duck about three feet down, and reached down to get it out.
25 years ago – 1993
“Split board denies I-75 sound wall easement” Concerned about Independence Township’s I-75 “gateway,” the township board nixed a sound wall proposed for the expressway and the M-15 with a 4-3 vote.
“Keeping the peace” The Clarkston Police were called downtown to control a slew of students who were celebrating the last day of school. While no incidents were reported, a few bicycles were ordered off M-15 and some cans of shaving cream were collected.
“Wolf tapped for all-star game” Clarkston Varsity Baseball’s Matt Underwood was named to the East roster for the East-West High School All-Star Game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.
50 years ago – 1968
“No water in Clarkston Gardens” A transformer went out at the pump station in Clarkston Gardens leaving nearly 400 homes without water from 8 p.m. on Monday night until two the next morning.
“Breaks course record” Gordon Booker, Jr. played in the Riverview Invitational Junior Golf tournament in Newton Falls, Ohio. He took first place in the 10-12 age group.
“Around the town” Daughters of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Leaf arrived from out of town to join their brothers in the retake of the family portrait, one taken 25 years prior.