June 22, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

94-year-old won’t miss a day of Polka Fest

Ann (Garvin) Mazurek of Cedar remembers dancing in the family kitchen while her uncle Isadore Waslawski played his accordion. She liked it then and 90 years later her enthusiasm for polka hasn’t fallen off. More...

County Cuisine

A sour, fruity punch to quench your adult thirst

Next up in our series of mixed drinks for the summer is a new cocktail Art's Tavern has started serving this year. More...

S-B gives up on BayView taxes

Suttons Bay Township plans to “write off” about $175,000 in unpaid personal property taxes owed by a now-defunct corporation that was involved in a complex and protracted bankruptcy proceeding involving the developer of the BayView condom More...

Fire dept. seeks new Jaws of Life

The Suttons Bay-Bingham Fire & Rescue Department is asking the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to help pay for a new, battery-operated “Jaws of Life” device.  More...

Just one bid in Centerville

An architect has been selected to prepare drawings for renovations at the Centerville Township hall.  The Township Board voted 5-0 on June 14 to hire Andy Rink of Lake Leelanau to draw up plans to create a meeting room and office space in the ar More...

Village needs to update plan

The Village of Suttons Bay Planning Commission met last week to discuss a recent review of the Master Plan conducted by a professional planner.  David Jirousek of the downstate firm William & Works recently completed the state-required revie More...

Business Briefs: Farmland website online

Farmer to Farmer — a new website designed to link buyers and sellers of farmland — launched Tuesday and already has multiple “Featured Farmland” and “Featured Jobs” posted.  More...

Work continues on historic Kraitz cabin

Volunteers during the past week installed rafters and roof decking at the historic Kraitz cabin, believed to be the oldest structure still standing on the mainland of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Five or six volunteers worked on vari More...

Women artists ready for show in Empire

Members of the Leelanau Women Artists organization have been busy preparing pieces for their show over the weekend in the Empire Township Hall.  The organization, founded in 2010 with a grant from Genuine Leelanau Charitable Fund, aims to promot More...

Party helps families pay laundry bills

The Genuine Leelanau charitable Endowment Fund will host its annual party benefiting the Leelanau County Laundry Project next Thursday, June 29, in Leland.  Cocktails and generous hors d’oeuvers will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. More...

Burdickville had two sawmills, bustled with lumber activity

This is an excerpt from “Some Other Day (Remembering Empire)” collected by the Empire Area Heritage Group.  Its contents were recorded by Dorothy Lanham following visits with Sarah Johnson and Jane Boomer, prior to the book's printin More...

Gartner, Raffaele plan to wed

Danielle Gartner and Nicholas Raffaele, both of Durham, N.C., are planning to wed in August in Cedar.  The future bride is the daughter of Crystal Popour and Bruce Gartner of Mt. Pleasant. More...

Welcome home, Henrik Sohasky

Adam and Ashley Sohasky of Stevens Point, Wis., are the parents of a baby boy born May 31 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, Wis.  Henrik Edwin Sohasky weighed 7 pounds and measured 20 inches in length. More...

Polka therapy: Dancing more than a hobby for Lake Leelanau couple

Kelly and Majean Sparks of Lake Leelanau never miss a Tuesday polka party at Leelanau Sands Casino, and if they do, they still find a way to dance.  More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Ina Vanderwerff

Name: Ina Vanderwerff  Town or township of residence: I live in Glen Arbor, about a mile from the actual town.   More...

Residents verify; no raises in Bingham Twp.

A half-dozen people in the audience at the Bingham Township Annual Meeting this week agreed with their Township Board that board members need no pay raises this year.  More...

Rental application gets OK; enforcement in 2018

Acting on its attorney’s recommendation, the Suttons Bay Township Board last week approved a “short term rental permit application” form and a letter that will be sent to township residents outlining how to apply for a permit.  More...

Changes in rental, marina ordinances

The Suttons Bay Village Council approved amendments to two ordinances at its regular monthly meeting this week following months of work by committees and village staff to draft the changes.  In 6-0 votes at the Monday evening meeting, the Villag More...

All five farmers markets open

Leelanau County farmers markets are like a box of chocolates. More...

Dechow barn gets makeover

The damage left behind by a toothy rodent did not bring a smile to Terry Ryan, a carpenter with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  “Well, there is a lot of porcupine damage,” said Ryan while examining the busy work of rodents w More...

Flower show hosted in Greilickville

The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City will host a standard flower show Friday at Bluewater Hall on M-22 in Elmwood Township.  The flower show, which will feature floral designs and horticulture exhibits, will be held from 10 a.m. More...

Star comes home for SPARK!

Northport’s Nathan Scherrer returned home for the first time since winning the 2017 Grammy for Best Music Video to attend the SPARK! exhibit at the Village Arts Building Thursday. More...

Arts & Entertainment Events in Leelanau County

Thursday, June 22  10:30 a.m. — Peace & Friendship Dance (Marie Elena Gaspari) at the Leelanau Township Library.  5-11 p.m. — Cedar Polkafest, with Flag Raising Ceremony.  7:30 p.m. More...

Coxes of Empire celebrate 40 years

Robert and Diane Cox of Empire are celebrating their 40th anniversary.  The Coxes met after Robert moved north and lived down the road from his future wife while both were in school. More...

Chicken dinner includes cole-slaw recipe

St. Wenceslaus Parish, Gill’s Pier will hold its 108th annual Chicken Dinner and Summer Festival Sunday on the church grounds, which offer expansive views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou islands.  More...

Class raises funds for mission with ‘treasure’ sale

St. Mary School’s Class of 2019 will hold an “Unwanted Treasure” Sale this weekend at the Old School Gym at 303 St. Mary St. More...

Scouts join honor guard to retire U.S. flags

More than 1,300 American flags were retired last week at a Flag Day ceremony held at the VFW Post 7731 in Lake Leelanau.  The VFW Honor Guard presented a “3-shot volley” as a sign of respect for flags that were being consigned to fla More...