2009-05-07 / Community

Out of the past 05/07/2009

Aftermath of Columbine shootings made bomb scare seem more serious

May 5, 1999
• Officials were hesitant to speculate on the motives of whoever placed a note in the hall of Davison High School stating: “Their (sic) is a bome (sic) in the gym.” They were not hesitant, however, in stating their disapproval and in promising prosecution. The note was found on the wall in the mathematics area of the school at around 9 a.m. May 3. A student took the note to school officials, who contacted the Davison Township police. Approximately 1,500 students and 100 staff members were evacuated around 10 a.m. Michigan State Police-trained dogs covered the 173,000-square-foot building from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. but found no explosive devices. Coming just weeks after the massacre at Columbine High School in Colo., tensions were high among school officials and law enforcement.

• As the new clerk for Davison Township’s building department, Lois Pastori is still learning her role. Having started April 15, she does know some of her responsibilities. “After the inspector improves the plans, I issue the permits and follow up on the past due permits.” Pastori is a 1985 graduate of Davison High School and is married to husband Gino. She has a son, Joseph, and a stepdaughter, Ayla.

May 9, 1984
• The aftermath of last week’s millage defeat created a few sparks at the Davison Board of Education meeting Monday night. Board members argued about the failure of the May 1 four-mill tax increase. Accusations of political maneuvering and inadequate promotion of the tax issue abounded at the meeting.

• Tammy Bell notched three first-place finishes May 2 to power the Davison girls track team to a 75-2/3 to 52-1/3 triumph over Swartz Creek. The win boosts the Cards’ Big Nine mark to 3-1 in duals this season.

May 7, 1959
• Plans for the annual Queens Contest, to be held in conjunction with the annual C of C sponsored Davison Homecoming are beginning to take form, reports President George Greenlee. C of C Secretary Ida Goodrich is now accepting applications for girls who want to take part in the event.

• Davison, recognized as one of the fastest growing and most progressive communities in the area, will turn back the clock next week as local business people hold their third Davison Sidewalk Days sale event Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

May 7, 1909
• The passing of the saloon in Davison was not marked by any unusual demonstration or arrests and each of the hotels had no trouble in disposing of their stocks. The Davison House Bar was closed up to 6 o’clock last Friday night and the Commercial at 8:30, nothing materializing to make the day of any unusual character. The rumor started late Friday evening that the Commercial House bar had to be closed by Deputy Sheriff Munger was greatly exaggerated, as Mr. Schweitzer, after disposing of his wet goods, and not being able to clear the place without trouble, requested the deputy to order the “hangers-on” to vacate so he could close up. The Davison House reopened Monday and we understand Mr. Smith will continue on unless the expense is greater than the income. Mr. Schweitzer said he will also continue to operate the Davison House without alcohol as long as he can make both ends meet. — Compiled by Gary Gould

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