Out of the past


Nov. 24, 2011

Following two incidents where dead trees fell over and smashed sections of a wooden boardwalk in the trail system located in Abernathy Regional Park, city officials took action to prevent further damage or potential injury. City Manager Michael Hart told the city council Nov. 21 he used emergency powers under the health, safety and welfare of city residents to order the recent removal of scores of dead trees from portions of the Regional Park. Hart said after a tree nearly hit an 83-year-old Davison woman who was walking along the boardwalk, with her 60-year-old daughter, it prompted him to take action.

The Polar Palace was alive with excitement last Friday as the Cardinals’ varsity hockey team prepared to open the 2011-12 season against Kalamazoo Portage Central, a Class A school with a current enrollment of 1,361. While the Mustangs might have been able to keep it close early on, finishing the first and second period trailing just 1-0 and 2-0, Davison eventually was able to pull away with strong defense and a trio of third-session goals to earn a 5-0 victory.

Opening the scoring for the Cardinals on passes from Josh Hill and Steven Arterburn was Alex Dunckel, who made several nice moves against the Kalamazoo defense just over four minutes into the contest to give his team a one-goal advantage. With the rest of the first period consisting of hard checks and long shots on goal by the Mustangs, it was Dunckel who began to work his magic once again at 3:16 of the second by converting a Bobby Crawford pass into a hard shot on net that Drew Vandeputte followed with a rebound to the goalie’s left-hand side that gave Davison a 2-0 lead.


Nov. 27, 1996

In the end, it may have been divine intervention that swung the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding of a new senior citizen facility in Davison Township. Originally submitted by the St. Dunstan’s nonprofit Housing Corporation four years ago, the project was resubmitted each year since then, according to Ken Ballard. The $8.3 million project is slated for a five-acre parcel east of S. State Road and one-quarter mile north of Lapeer Road, according to the application. St. Dunstan’s has had an option on the property since submitting the application.

They’re young, but they are experienced, and Davison Cardinals wrestling coach Ron Whitman said those factors bode well for the 1996-97 season. “We should have all the weight classes filled this year,” he said. “Last year we were giving up 12 or 18 points a match because of voids.” At 275 pounds, senior Jeremy LaBar is the returning Big Nine champion, will be leading the team as one of the captains. Joining him, will be fellow seniors Josh Barhitte (160) as the other captain, and Pete McCrandell (125).


Dec. 1, 1971

Some of the questions Davison persons are asking about financing the local school system may be answered when the Board of Education meets at 8 p.m. next Monday in the administration building on Clark Street. This will include a public hearing on the school budget, copies of which will be provided for spectators in the audience.

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Nov. 25, 1921

The contract for a new bridge over Kearsley Creek on Lapeer Road west of Davison has been let to W.J. Auscultz of Saginaw for $8,954. Work has already begun, and the road is closed to traffic.

Those drivers of horse drawn vehicles who fail to place a light on their conveyances at night should remember that in case of trouble they have no law behind them. We believe, also, there is a law in effect that requires trucks to carry a mirror by which they may see autos approaching from behind. We hear many complaints of the hog truck driver who hands to the middle of the road and an unrestricted fining of such violators would have a wholesome effect. — Compiled from the archives of the Davison Index by Gary Gould