May 24, 2012 RSS feed / Local News

Hartwig awarded Pagel scholarship

Sarah Rae Hartwig a 2012 Suttons Bay graduate has been awarded the DKG, Phi Chapter’s Geraldine Pagel scholarship.  Currently enrolled in the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District’s Career Tech Teacher Academy, Sarah plans t More...

Leland OK’s tech plan

A move to use of a “Virtual Desktop Infrastructure” with a price tag of $235,000 was approved this week by the Leland Board of Education.  The board, with Treasurer Tobin Sprout absent, voted unanimously Monday night to approve the p More...

ReadAloud

THE COUNTY ReadAloud organization recently presented 25 Glen Lake School children and their parents with materials as part of an effort to encourage kids and their parents to read 15 minutes every da More...

Board OKs contract extensions

Contracts for four administrators were extended this week by the Glen Lake Board of Education.  More...

Sada Omato

PAINTER FRED PETROSKEY, left, shakes the hand of his subject, Sada Omato, who was surprised on Tuesday with the unveiling of the painting and a reception in his honor. More...

Board accepts offer for Superfund site, but delays closing up to 120 days

Leelanau County appears to be on the verge of selling an environmentally contaminated Superfund site located in Elmwood Township to a New York artist who wants to establish a recreation and arts center there.  More...

The Schoolship

THE SCHOOLSHIP Inland Seas, with children from Platte River Elementary School in Benzie County aboard Friday to learn about Great Lakes ecology and history, helped staff of the Inland Seas Education Association celebrate its 18th anniversary with a b More...

Solemn services to mark lost lives

Two solemn ceremonies are planned for Monday, when the eyes of the county and country will turn toward the lives of those who died in American wars.  More...

Lakeshore preparing for influx of visitors

The first signs of summer represent a time of preparation for visitors and residents in Leelanau County. More...

Lift of cap on cyber charter schools may change landscape

A law uncapping the number of online charter schools in the state could negatively affect Suttons Bay School, which has more than 120 “virtual” students at this time.  However, just how much impact there will be is unknown at this ti More...

Groundskeeper bid sparks debate

The way a bid for a seasonal groundskeeper was handled came under fire last week during public comment at the Village Council meeting.  More...

Elmwood planners ask opinion on extending line

Elmwood Township planners last week decided to ask their attorney for an opinion on matters related to a request from Consumers Energy to extend an improved transmission line through the township.  More...

Lakeshore trail ready but not open

The first five-mile stretch of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is finished, but not yet open.  Not officially open, that is.  More...

No cuts planned at S-B Sec. of State office

While Secretary of State Ruth Johnson could make no promises, she said no cuts are expected at Leelanau County’s only place to walk in and buy license tabs.  The Secretary of State office in Suttons Bay is often a busy place, and will rema More...

Bingham Twp. plans no pay hikes

The Bingham Township Board this week put finishing touches on a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year that will be the subject of a public hearing on June 9.  Unlike every other township in Leelanau County, Bingham’s fiscal year coinc More...

Leland woman gets 18 months for mail fraud

A Leland woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids to 18 months in federal prison.  Kim Bunbury, 55, was sentenced Monday to 1 1/2 years incarceration, plus three years supervised release, according to defense counsel Paul A. More...

Dispatch Blotter

May 16, 3:07 p.m., Elmwood Township — Caller says there is a strange woman who keeps contacting him, wanting to meet him. She has shown up at his house on occasion. No recent contact. More...

Disc golf on map at Herman Park

Although efforts to build tennis courts and other amenities at Herman Community Park have stalled following the defeat last year of a proposed extravoted millage to pay for Suttons Bay Township parks programs, plans for a disc golf course on part of More...

St. Mary grad Schaub earns honors at LSSU

Emily Schaub, daughter of John and Mary Lou Schaub of Lake Leelanau, was named to the dean’s list at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) for winter semester 2012.  A 2010 St. More...

Gen. Patton helped turn the tide for the Battle of the Bulge

Speak loudly if you want a reply from Sam Belanger. More...

County residents who died in wars

A monument that has been moved from the county courthouse in Leland to the Leelanau governmental center in Suttons Bay Township lists the names of 110 people from the county who were killed while serving in American armed services during the past 150 More...

America is always at war, younger generation says

Most of the students in Kris Herman’s American Studies class at Glen Lake High School have not known a time when the United States has not been at war.  As such, one might be inclined to excuse them for tuning it out, especially when iPhon More...

Upgrades at Memorial Plaza to be dedicated on Memorial Day

The Leelanau County Memorial Plaza has received upgrades that include 139 names of people who have served in the armed forces and four granite slabs that give the memorial room for future names. More...

Township to refinance bond on public safety building

A resolution authorizing the refi- nancing of outstanding debt on the public safety building in Glen Arbor was approved last week.  More...

Lake Leelanau couple announce daughter’s birth

Joshua Deters and Sarah Bordeaux of Lake Leelanau are the parents of a baby girl born April 26 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.  Irie Rose weighed 7 lbs. More...

Leland offers to settle grievance

An offer to settle a grievance filed by the Leland Education Association (LEA) was authorized this week by the Leland Board of Education.  The board voted unanimously Monday night to authorize Superintendent Jason Stowe to negotiate a settlement More...

G-L accepts bid to replace carpets

Purchases that will spruce up portions of Glen Lake School were approved this week by the Glen Lake Board of Education.  More...

Mainstay Suttons Bay building sold at fraction of 2002 price

Three bidders make offer for former Silver Tree Deli building   A prime commercial property in downtown Suttons Bay that sold for $800,000 in 2002 – the former SilverTree Deli — was auctioned off Friday for a fraction of that amount. More...

State OK’s Glen Lake marina plan

Expansion must also meet township zoning

A controversial request to expand a marina in Glen Arbor Township has been approved by the state Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).  McFun Venture I, LLC was issued a permit for expansion of On the Narrows Marina May 16. More...

Hazardous waste to be collected

Leelanau County Solid Waste Council has announced a new set-up for household hazardous waste collection that is scheduled for Saturday, June 2.  More...

Native cemetery will be rededicated

Valerie Maidens knows Monday will be an emotional day for her.  A member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Maidens is one of many people to clean up a little-known cemetery in Leelanau Township that will be rededicated o More...

Poetic justice to asparagus

Some were long, some were short.  Some were G-rated. Some were bawdy.  Some were romantic, comparing the lovely asparagus stalk to a fine spring day. Others made reference, ahem, to budding manhood.  More...

Suttons Bay Schools stable for now

Suttons Bay’s financial position is stable for the time being. More...

Northport Visitors Center “not up to standards”

Ben Walraven has always been concerned with people’s first impressions of the Village of Northport.  Now that Phase 1 of the $2 million marina renovation is near completion, Walraven thinks it’s time to fix-up the visitors center nex More...

Conservancy hike Sunday at Houdek Dunes

A profusion of Pink Lady Slippers are expected Sunday for the Leelanau Conservancy’s hike at the Houdek Dunes Natural Area.  Docents Ann McInnis, Judy Hoeffl er and Holly Pharmer will lead hikers exploring the many different habitats in th More...

Audit shows Michiganders on other state voting lists, too

Many Michigan residents could, apparently, fulfill the old saying applied to Chicago elections: vote early and often.  An audit of voter rolls released by the Michigan Secretary of State’s office showed that some 164,000 names of people re More...

S-B Village working on roads

More road closures are in store for the Village of Suttons Bay as street and infrastructure improvements continue into the busy summer visitor season.  A project to improve Fourth Street between M-22 (St. More...

Dems awards and recognition dinner June 2

The Leelanau County Democratic Party will host its biennial awards and recognition dinner Saturday, June 2, at the Eagle’s Ridge Conference Center.  The evening will begin with social hour and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. More...

Students at North Bar Lake ticketed for MIPS

A group of college students were ticketed for possession of a controlled substance during a visit last week to Sleeping Bear Dunes.  More...

Two separate motorcycle accidents result in injuries

Two motorcycle accidents in the past week resulted in injuries to the riders requiring hospitalization.  Benjamin A. Glazier, 22, of Traverse City was southbound on LaCore Street, near Florence Street Sunday shortly before 6 p.m. More...

Rexroat graduates suma cum laude

Joseph Avery Rexroat recently graduated suma cum laude from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  The 2007 St. Mary graduate is the son of Sutton Bay Township’s Doug and Jozell Rextroat. More...

Early college meeting Tuesday

An informational meeting about a new “early college” program at Suttons Bay School will be held Tuesday in the high school auditorium.  More...

Garden Club offers help with garlic mustard

Garlic mustard, a non-native plant, is in full bloom all over the county.  The Glen Lake Garden Club, along with the National Park Service within its areas of jurisdiction, has been active in trying to stem the spread with work bee pulls.  More...

Veterans returned from war to build a place to gather

Sam Belanger, who with his wife, Louise, helped build the VFW Little Finger Post in structure and stature, isn’t worried much about the walls talking in the post’s hall.  It’s that ceiling that haunts him — every time he More...

Names of veterans fill Memorial Plaza

Some 227 names of veterans have been received by Leelanau County along with a $25 donation for their placement on the Walls of Honor at the Leelanau Veterans Memorial in Suttons Bay Township. Following is a list of those veterans.   More...

What We’re Thinking

For this week’s “What We’re Thinking” feature, we asked residents and visitors the following question: As America has grown tired of war, have we also lost appreciation of her service members and veterans?   More...