April 27, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Walleye Wonderland

Leelanau County anglers eager to burn midnight oil on Friday

Few outdoorsmen get to celebrate their birthday like Mark Steimel.  Steimel, owner of Fur- Fish-Game Taxidermy, typically takes in the 28th of April with a little turkey hunting and, in some years, walleye fishing.  More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Annie Lively

Name: Annie Lively.  Town or township of residence: Empire Township.  Resident since: I was born.  Age and birthplace: 18 and Traverse City.  Occupation: Student.   More...

Jail roof tests good, avoiding another dip in fund balance

‘Money well spent’

Leelanau County officials are breathing a sigh of relief after learning that the roof of the county’s Law Enforcement Center won’t need $200,000 to $350,000 in repairs following completion of a $1 million project to install a new heating, More...

Road Comm. director given positive evaluation; nothing written down

Raise may come later

Dan Wagner, managing director of the Leelanau County Road Commission, was given a favorable review at his evaluation done in closed session on April 18. More...

Leland seeks familiar renewal

Voters in the Leland Public School district on Tuesday will have two election requests before them.  In addition to the millage request from the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA), Leland voters will be considering a millage request famili More...

Solar panels may be added to windmill site

A solar farm at the corner of Bugai Road and M-72 in Elmwood Township may be added to a site that has been occupied for years by a wind turbine generator.  A company called Heritage Sustainable Energy bought the windmill from Traverse City Light More...

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MEMBERS OF the Elmwood Township Fire Department teamed up with the American Red Cross on April 15 to replace old smoke detectors for various homeowners in Elmwood Township. More...

‘Exposures’ release includes music from five local schools

Creative writing and visual arts again have a place to be celebrated as the “Exposures 2017” county journal for students will soon be released.  The publication, now in its 29th year, includes original artwork, essays and poetry from More...

Big slate of Northport exhibits begins with elite car designers

Arts thrive at new center

The Northport Art Association’s inaugural summer schedule of arts exhibits is blossoming thanks to several grants from local boosters.  The Leelanau Township Community Foundation (LTCF) recently pledged $13,700 to support five NAA arts exh More...

Life simple in Good Harbor; some things haven’t changed

Editors Note: The following story was an excerpt from Good Harbor, Michigan by Norbert Bufka. The book is available at local bookstores.   More...

Academy offers tours of ‘State of Michigan’

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy will “open ship” to showcase the training ship State of Michigan will be Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.  The event will include guided tours of the ship, interaction with current maritime cadets, and an More...

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BILL BOLTON, former Empire Township supervisor, sells raffle tickets for a quilt made by the Empire Museum Quilters. More...

Spring splendor: Forsythia, first plants liven up landscape

Spring has sprung.  The drab, brown coat of dormant grass has been cast aside for a fresh carpet of green.  And with each day that passes, additional color is added to Leelanau’s landscape — both native and nonnatives species.&n More...

County Cuisine

Chilled soup for warm days to come

As the mercury continues to climb, we are entering the season for cold, refreshing soups. In a traditional gazpacho, all of the vegetable are uncooked. More...

Feds help pay for native plant project

Acting on a recommendation from the County Parks & Recreation Commission, the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the U.S. More...

BATA millage increase will go before voters on Tuesday

Leelanau County voters will go to the polls Tuesday to have their say on a proposal from the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) to increase its property tax rate by 45 percent.  BATA is asked voters to approve a .5-mill levy through 2022. More...

Wedding barn appeal won’t include neighbors’ attorney

Is cider mill next?

Neighbors of a controversial “wedding barn” owned by Frank Noverr will not be allowed to intervene in a case currently pending in 13th Circuit Court involving Noverr and Elmwood Township.  More...

Library accepting ‘Ode to Asparagus’ poems

The Glen Lake Community Library will again host the “Ode to Asparagus” poem contest as part of the Empire Asparagus Festival, Saturday, May 20.  Participants should submit their asparagus-themed poems by Thursday, May 18, along with More...

Lakeshore superintendent to speak at meeting

Scott Tucker, superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Glen Lake Woman’s Club, next Wednesday, May 3  The meeting will be held at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Chu More...

Pathfinder ‘circus’ to go out in style with last show

Students from Pathfinder School will take the stage at the City Opera House in Traverse City next Thursday, May 4, for an annual musical production.  Some 120 students ages 3-14 are part of “The Crazy, Berserkus, Calamitous Circus,” More...

County Community Choir opens with sacred and secular music

The Leelanau Community Choir is preparing for its first concert of the season.  The concert, named “Blues: Bluebirds, and Blue Skies! — A Bouquet of Choral Anthems both Sacred and Secular,” will be performed May 6 and 7.  More...

Leland students prepare ‘Mystery’

Leland Public School and the Verdier Circle of Friends will present “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” with six performances over nine days.  Performances are set for Thursdays through Fridays, May 4, 5 and 6 and 11, 12 and 13 at the schoo More...

Group reviews county on being ‘age-friendly’

The League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) will host a forum entitled “Towards an Age Friendly Leelanau: How do we get there?” next Wednesday, May 3, at the county government center in Suttons Bay.  The LWVLC Age Friendly Com More...

Local maple syrup a big draw for ‘pancake feast’ in Empire

Estimates are that more than 400 people showed up for the Empire Lions annual Pancake Feast held Sunday at the Empire Township Hall.  More...

Students compete in health field

Three county students will compete in the state conference of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) this week.  The young people, who study health occupations at the Career Tech Center in Traverse City, were among the top three parti More...