Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

March 17, 2011

While Chris Kautz may be a tough act to follow as director of the Davison Area Senior Citizen Center, Kathy Davis said her predecessor left the center in very good shape. Davis took over as director Jan. 1 after Kautz retired, having served more than 25 years as director of the Senior Center. Davis is no newcomer to the center, however. She will observe nine years with the operation this July — having served as administrative assistant, then being promoted to assistant director during that time.

The Davison Board of Education met March 14 to discuss potential budget cuts in the wake of Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement his proposed 2011/12 budget will reduce funding to all Michigan school districts by $470 per pupil. Nearly 300 people, mostly district employees, attended the meeting where Superintendent Eric Lieske laid out a long list of proposed budget cuts and staff reductions that will be needed to balance next year’s budget. The plan will also require taking $2.4 million from the district’s fund equity to balance the expected shortfall. More than $1.6 million of the expected $5.9 million shortfall comes from the governor’s budget proposal. The district is also losing $1.2 million in the one-time Education Jobs federal funding.

25 YEARS AGO

March 13, 1996

“I usually find a way to get my say,” quipped Rose Bogardus in response to a malfunctioning public address system. The lack of a microphone was no deterrent to Monday’s announcement of candidacy for State Representative in the 47th District. About 40 friends, family members and political allies came to hear the Davison Democrat’s plans to seek a rematch against incumbent Sandra Hill. The Montrose Republican narrowly defeated Bogardus in 1994, with a 58-vote margin surviving a recount.

While the Davison Cardinal cagers were eliminated from the district tournament with a loss to Flint Central, March 6, they left a lasting impression this season. Coach Dick MacLachlan said the Cards set several new school records as they ended the Big Nine Conference East Division champions with a 15-6 overall record.

50 YEARS AGO

March 17, 1971

Davison flooded by melting snow: March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. So far, the weather has lived up to expectations with snow at the beginning and warm temperatures by March 10. The warm temperatures caused just a bit of anguish and hard feelings when several residents found yards and streets flooded by melting snow and ice.

On March 13, the Davison High School Symphonic Band received a “1st Division” rating at the District III Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association Band Festival, held at Flint Southwestern High School. Competing in the top Class AA section, the band was the only one of three area bands to receive a first division in that class. The others were Flint Southwestern and Bridgeport.

100 YEARS AGO

March 11, 1921

The Davison State Bank is in the hands of the decorators.

The Davison Fire Department will stage a Fireman’s Ball I the near future. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index