August 17, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

BEACH CLEANUP

Microplastics a cause for concern in Lake Michigan, Leelanau County beaches

Each year about 5,300 metric tons of plastic end up in Lake Michigan, according to a study by the Rochester Institute of Technology.  That much non-biodegradable debris, the study says, is equivalent to 100 Olympic-sized pools filled with plasti More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Dolly Martinson

Name: Dolly Martinson  Town or township of residence: Suttons Bay  Resident since: 1971  Age and birthplace: 50-something. I was born in an army hospital in Okinawa, Japan.   More...

Williams Pumping sold, but will stay in Maple City

Eighth largest pumper in state

One of Leelanau County’s largest businesses — and perhaps surprisingly, one of the largest businesses of its kind in Michigan — has been sold to a small group of investors who plan to keep it near Maple City.  More...

New cafe in Suttons Bay

A new cafe and video arcade offering pizzas, salads and sandwiches is open next to the Secretary of State office in Suttons Bay.  More...

Native food specialist caters GTB language conference

Boxed food not invited

Hiawatha Osawamick is a stunningly tall, attractive, self-assured young Ottawa woman from Manitoulin Island in Canada, and she’s an amazing chef and gourmet cook. More...

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HAVE A SEAT A nursing doe looks to be considering a seat on a swing at a home near the intersection of Cherry Bend Road and Center Highway.   More...

‘Takin’ it to the Streets’ of Lake Leelanau

Planners of the 3rd annual Lake Leelanau Street Fair are hoping the weather is beautiful and people will be “Takin’ it to the Streets” — the fair’s theme — on Saturday.  The event will take place from 1-6 p.m. More...

Arts & Entertainment Events in Leelanau County

Thursday, August 17  10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Willowbrook Mill Artisan Market, Northport.  7 p.m. - Northport Follies at the Northport Community Arts Center Auditorium.  7 p.m. More...

Pancakes, sidewalk sale and ‘virtually’ a run

You can head to the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula for two — or “virtually” three — events this weekend.  Join the Friends of Leelanau State Park from 9-11 a.m. More...

Grath’s work on display at Dennos Museum in T-C

The work of artist David Grath is being honored with a one-man exhibition at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City.  More...

117 dogs parade through Northport

Dogs stole the show in Northport, but that’s nothing new. The only thing that flopped at the 20th Northport Dog Parade were a few canine ears as they led their masters through the village’s downtown and by the judge’s table. More...

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FOUR GENERATIONS of the Smith Renz family gathered in Omena this past week. Rat Smith Renz, left, is pictured with her daughter, Cynthia First Dotzauer, granddaughter Emma First Elliott, and great granddaughter Audrey Elliott.   More...

Planning starts for Leelanau County Crop Walk

The 28th annual Leelanau CROP Hunger Walk is taking its first steps under new leadership with Kathy Hackleman of Leland coordinating the effort to raise funds for food relief effort locally and across the globe.  More...

Church hosts final concert of series

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland on Saturday will present its final concert of its summer series.  Celebration Brass Quintet will perform at 7 p.m. More...

Mortons celebrate 50-year anniversary

Donald and Linda Morton of Lake Leelanau are celebrating their golden anniversary on Saturday.  Donald E. Morton and Linda L. Belanger, who met at a VFW teen dance, were married on Aug. 19, 1967, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lake Leelanau. More...

Township grills up mortgage note after $50,000 payment

Building paid in 5 years

The Suttons Bay Township Board last week made a final $50,000 payment on the Township Hall building it purchased in 2012 in Hansen Plaza off 4th Street in the Village of Suttons Bay.  The Township Board celebrated by ceremonially burning a land More...

Heavy rains cause beach warnings; overall, though, good water quality

The quality of water at Leelanau County beaches has been good this summer with few exceptions.  The Benzie-Leelanau Health Department (BLDHD) samples 12 sites each Wednesday from June through Labor Day. More...

County Cuisine

Simple ingredients shine in cream based chicken soup

Tasty food doesn't have to be complicated. Sometimes it's best to let fresh, wholesome ingredients stand on their own merits, and that's exactly what this week's recipe does. More...

Insurance staff shares longevity; sisters-in-law worked for 88 years

Barb DeNoyer and her sister-in-law Susan Belanger share the trait of dedication in their professional careers. Belanger retired earlier this year after working for 50 years for the Bonek Agency in Suttons Bay. More...

Elder law, probate issues to be discussed

Leelanau County Senior Services and ShareCare of Leelanau will host an educational session on elder law and probate issues on Tuesday, Aug. More...

Pow Wow theme joins Tribal youth with elders

It’s going to be a busy week in Peshawbestown, whose residents are inviting members of all communities to join in the fun.  “Everyone is invited,” said Tanya Raphael, Pow Wow program director. More...

Wildlife artist hits three-peat

Suttons Bay wildlife artist Chris Smith has recaptured his title as the winner of the Michigan Duck Stamp competition.  Seven judges deemed Smith’s stamp tops among about 18 submissions on Aug. More...

Mural in Northport done early

Organizers of a project called “Bay Presents” wondered if anyone would show up to help paint a mural that will be installed at the Northport marina.  Then they found people waiting last Wednesday for the doors to open at the Northpor More...

Park music started slow in Northport; now attracts hundreds

Tradition continues at 32 years

Having knee surgery Friday morning wasn’t going to stop Kent Holton from attending Music the Park that same day.  Especially not when he’s never missed a performance — not once in the event’s 32-year history.  More...

Fine arts fair planned in Leland

A group of northern Michigan potters, sculptors and artists plan to host a Fine Art Fair in Leland at the Old Art Building over Labor Day weekend.  More...

Facebook workshop planned in Leland

A computer workshop will be held at the Leland Library today, Thursday, Aug. More...

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TRISH AND RICK BRYAN of Omena went fishing last week with Captain Jim Munoz (right) aboard the Carol Dee out of Leland. Trish caught a 26.2-pound salmon; Rick caught one weighing 18 pounds.   More...

Library roots go back 70+ years

Library roots run deep

This story is chronicles the history of the Leland Foundation Library. by Judith M. Egeler. More...

Methodists host steak fry

Empire United Methodist Church will host a “Steak Fry” on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  The menu includes grilled steak, red skin potatoes, sweet corn, dessert and beverage.   There is no cost for the meal. More...

Record number of raffle tickets sold at pig roast

About 300 people gathered Sunday on the grounds of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Suttons Bay for the 10th annual pig roast.  A team anchored by John Forton and Tom Hamer were up at 4 a.m. to put the pig on the spit. More...

Fundraiser planned to help kids in Uganda

A fundraiser for Kids First Uganda will take place from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. More...

Fountain Point studied by S-B planners

The Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission went on a field trip instead of holding its regular meeting as scheduled on the first Tuesday of the month.  During a rescheduled meeting held last Thursday evening, the Planning Commission convened a More...