Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

June 9, 2011

Through concessions made by all of the bargaining units during recent contract negotiations, the Davison Board of Education has managed to keep eight of 10 teachers who were to be laid off after this school year. The board voted unanimously to recall eight teachers who were pink slipped just weeks ago and would have finished out the 2010- 2011 school year before becoming unemployed. “We wish it could be all of them,” said Board Secretary Karen Conover. Superintendent Eric Lieske said the administration is working hard to try and recall the remaining two teachers who were let go due to projected budget shortfalls brought by proposed cuts in state aid.

The Knights of Columbus want to give almost 40 area World War II veterans a grand sendoff for their trip to Washington, D.C., to see the war memorial on June 18. Rudy Bolf, one of the organizers of the trip, said he is looking for not only friends and family of the veterans to see them off the morning of June 18, but he’s hoping members of the community will come to show their support. The vets and their guardians for the trip, who will assist those with mobility issues, are set to depart from the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8428 Davison Rd., at about 7:30 a.m. by bus. Bolf said the trips are run routinely by the Pride and Honor Flight organization out of Ann Arbor to take aging veterans to visit what he calls “their memorial’ — the National World War II Monument.

25 YEARS AGO

June 5, 1996

The fate of the 1997 Festival of Flags might be decided even before the 1996 festival begins. The Davison Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors will vote June 12 on whether to continue sponsorship of the festival. A May 30 letter to Chamber board members cites lack of volunteers and the decision of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church to move their annual “County Fair” to Memorial Day as the primary reasons for the vote.

Investigation continues for the cause of a fire that destroyed the Davison Lions Club newspaper recycling drop off shed on S. Dayton Street, Tuesday May 12. The wooden shed was filled nearly to capacity, according to Vince Paris, director of the Davison Area Parks and Recreation Commission, and was a total loss. Apparently starting in the shed itself, the fire caused damage to a semi-trailer positioned next to the building, which was also nearly filled with paper.

50 YEARS AGO

June 9, 1971

Next Monday, voters in the Davison Community School district will face another day of decision when they vote on operating millage at Davison Junior High School. There will be a new wrinkle this time: Voters were asked to approve nine mills April 16 and turned down the proposal by a 2,288-1,302 count in record turnout. The board had said before the election it could not open the new high school, near completion in Davison, if nine mills was not approved.

Final plans for the coming Davison High School graduation and baccalaureate programs have been announced by the school. Baccalaureate- Honors. Sponsored by the Inter-Faith Council of Davison, in cooperation with the senior class, will take place Sunday, June 13, in the high school cafetorium at 8 p.m.

100 YEARS AGO

June 5, 1921

Considerable work was done last week on the sinkhole in the road between the Ira Cole and Fred Heims farms east of town. Commissioner McAra had a gang working and the hill was being scraped down and material dumped in the hole. The filling was about finished and looking fine, but somehow something happened in the lower strata (as the geologists say) and the next morning part of the filling was under water.

David Switzer, Harold Ashley, Bruce McAra and Jack Pryor motored to Indianapolis and took in the motor races, Monday. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index