July 26, 2012 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Popular Art Leelanau event on tap

For 20 years, a celebration of local art has helped fund programs run in the Old Art Building in Leland.  And for 20 years, the art hangers have been satisfied to hang around in the background.  More...

Cedar fire millages on three ballots

Kasson hopes to raise $64,000 for fire and rescue

Kasson Township voters are being asked for the first time to approve an extra-voted millage for fire protection and rescue services.  Voters in Kasson Township will consider a three-year, .75-mill request, which if approved would be collected fr More...

Two vie for Bingham supervisor

Two Republican candidates are vying for the position of Bingham Township Supervisor.  Amanda Kohler, a 15-year township resident, will be on the ballot along with Marian (Midge) Werner.  The winner will be unchallenged in the General Electi More...

Four Democrats seek two spots in Centerville Township trustee race

Four Democrats are seeking two trustee positions on the Centerville Township Board.  Incumbents Fred Peplinski and Jim Schwantes are joined on the ballot by challengers Ron Schaub and George Wellman.  The two top vote getters will be unchal More...

Treasurer’s race has incumbent and two challengers in Empire

Three candidates — all Democrats — are seeking the post of treasurer in Empire Township.  Incumbent Cheryl Manning is being challenged by township resident Jenny Munten and former township trustee Bob Price.  The winner will adv More...

Three Republicans battle for 2 trustees spots in Leelanau Primary

Four candidates are seeking two seats as trustees in Leelanau Township — three Republicans and one Democrat.  Republican incumbent trustee Gary Fredrickson is seeking re-election. More...

Three Republicans vie for two Leland Township trustee jobs

Three candidates — all Republicans — are seeking the two available trustee seats on the Leland Township Board.  They are Harold (Tony) Borden of East Leland, Timothy Cypher of Lake Leelanau and Nicholas Lederle of Leland.  The t More...

Classic boats and wine a good mix

Although light morning rain threatened to dampen an eventful day, the weather cleared and Saturday turned into a winner for two major events occurring in the Village of Suttons Bay.  More...

Empire celebrates its ‘Anchor’

The Anchor Days annual parade in Empire was missing its fire truck, which usually leads the parade. That’s because it went out on a call just before the parade started, said Christine M. Neiswonger, Empire Township clerk. More...

Northport celebrates wines and canines

Fine wines and canines will be the focus of the 16th annual Northport Dog Parade, followed by the opening of the 25th annual Northport Wine Festival on Aug. 11.  The dog parade will start at 1 p.m. More...

Talk of the County

Talking with Kasey Therrien

KASEY THERRIEN, a 21-year-old Kasson Township woman, is a receptionist at Traverse City Tall Ship Company and a sales associate at Dockside Party Store.  Name: Kasey Therrien.   Town or township of residence: Kasson Township.   More...

Combo fishing pier plan recommended

Elmwood Township’s Marina Committee has recommended that the township move forward with plans to build a fishing pier between the township marina and Grelickville Harbor Park.  More...

Building permits same as last year but value up

The number of building permits issued this year ties last year for the lowest since 2008. However, the value of those permits is the highest since 2008.  More...

County Notes

July 26:    45th Parallel Polka Band — 1 p.m. in the Elements Lounge at Leelanau Sands Casino   Cabin Fever — 7 p.m. at Boonedocks  July 27:    Guitarist, Gary Detlefs — 6 p.m. More...

Northport Follies show to air four straight days

The Northport Follies 2012 show will be broadcast on UpNorthMediaTV on Charter Cable via channels 97 (analogue) and 992 (digital).  Broadcasts will air on Saturday, July 28th at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 29th at 5 p.m., Monday, July 30th at noon and More...

Art Fair may have been the busiest

I don’t think anyone who was in Glen Arbor last week will deny the fact that this had to be the busiest Glen Lake Women’s Club Art Fair. Not only were parking spaces at a premium on July 18, but walking was a bit tough, also.  More...

Looking Back in Leelanau County…

5 YEARS AGO  July 26, 2007   More...

S-B School hires four new staffers

Four new staff members were hired this week by the Suttons Bay Board of Education.  More...

Bradley Doyle and Maryellen Fazzino Wed

Bradley Harris Doyle and Maryellen Lisa Fazzino were married in Stonington, Connecticut on August 26, 2011. The ceremony was followed by an evening reception at Salt Water Farm Winery near Mystic, CT.  More...

Relay for Life Friday

Seventeen teams will gather Friday at the Suttons Bay School athletic fields to raise money for the American Cancer Society in the annual Leelanau County Relay for Life.  More...

S-B girls among Interlochen artists

Sisters Naomi and Natalie Myers of Suttons Bay have been accepted and are attending Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3-12.  Naomi, 14, is studying the bassoon while Natalie, 13, stu More...

Taking flight over Lake Leelanau in 10 minutes or less

Editor’s note: This is another in a summer series of hands-on activities taken on by Enterprise intern Corey Frost. More...

What We’re Thinking

We asked residents and visitors in Suttons Bay:  What’s your favorite fresh veggie grown in Leelanau County, and how do you prefer that it be prepared?   More...

Northport farmer loves an auction

Northport cherry grower Rick Deering has snapped up a lot of good stuff cheap at farm auctions he’s been to through the years. More...

Orchard land usually passed within families, sold to neighbors

Want to buy a working cherry orchard? Good luck.  A check of real estate listings for Leelanau County turns up few for sale. More...

Leland Township man restores old tractor

Steve Plamondon may not know much about farming, but the Leland Township man knows the nuts and bolts of tractors.  Plamondon acquired a knowledge about tractors firsthand by restoring a 1949 Ford 8N a few years back.  More...

Farm bosses manage to make things work — from the crops to workers

One has spent most of his career managing vineyards, the other has kept a watchful eye over cherry orchards.  But the term “farm boss” might apply equally to Doug Matthies or Francis Otto  Matthies has grown grapes for 25 years More...

Small farmers providing plenty of fruit and veggies in Leelanau

Leelanau County is appealing to a group of people who want to live off the land.  More...

Roadside markets help define farming

The 2012 Leelanau Visitors Guide includes a listing of many of Leelanau County’s small farm markets. We’ve reprinting that list in this week’s diversions.  Bakker’s Acres   More...

LEELANAU DECIDES IN 2012

CHIEF DEPUTY Clerk Sherry Nedow and County Clerk Michelle Crocker give local election workers an update on the rules and regulations of running an election. More...

Townships asked to OK fire renewals

Suttons Bay, Bingham voters face same 2.3-mill levy approved two years ago

Two property taxes are up for renewal on Aug. More...

Snow removal renewal up for vote

Voters on Aug. 7 will decide the fate of a familiar millage, as the road commission is once again asking for renewal of a 0.5-mill tax that is mostly used to keep Leelanau County’s roads clear of ice and snow through the long winter.  More...

Three vie for trustee spots in Cleveland Township

Three candidates are seeking two, four-year terms as trustees on the Cleveland Township Board.  Incumbent Republican trustee Walter W. Daniels hopes to retain his seat. Daniels is opposed by Bill Olsen, a Republican. More...

Four incumbents, one challenger for trustee seats in Elmwood Twp.

Five candidates are seeking four trustee seats on the board of the Charter Township of Elmwood.  Four Republicans and one Democrat are seeking the four-year positions on the Elmwood Charter Township Board. More...

Goldchmidt, Reinsch square-off in Republican primary

Three candidates are seeking the Leelanau Township Supervisor’s seat that’s been occupied for the past several years by James Neve, who is not seeking re-election.  Victor Goldschmidt and Edward Reinsch are seeking the Republican nom More...

Two vie for Leland Supervisor in Republican primary

Three candidates — two Republicans and one Democrat — are vying for the seat of Leland Township Supervisor now held by Harry Larkin, who is not seeking re-election.  Vicki Kilway of Lake Leelanau and Cal Little of Leland are seeking More...

Solon has three trustees competing for two spots

Three candidates are seeking two trustee seats in Solon Township.  George Rosinski, the longest-serving member of the Township Board, is seeking re-election. More...

County Cuisine

Art’s offers cool recipe

The kitchen staff at Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor sent us this week’s recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho. Hold onto this recipe, as the local farmers will begin harvesting watermelon very soon.  More...

Newton Farm site for Aug. 2 Conservancy picnic

The Leelanau Conservancy will hold its annual picnic and auction next Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Newton Farm overlooking the Manitou Islands on Jelinek Road.  More...

Chef Vitali to lecture, visit farmer’s market

Italian chef Benedetta Vitali will be in Leelanau County next week lecturing and making a visit at a local farmer’s market.  More...

Elmwood discusses fire dept. needs and possible fireworks ordinance

Elmwood Township’s Public Safety Committee met this month to discuss two items: the township fire department’s long-range equipment needs, and whether the township should consider adopting a fireworks ordinance.  No formal decisions More...

Planners study changes to zoning ordinance

The Elmwood Township Planning Commission will consider adopting a series of “housekeeping” amendments to their zoning ordinance at next month’s meeting, according to township zoning administrator Dan Leonard.  More...

Trio of strings to play in Harmonious Harp at Black Star

Classical music fans and foodies alike can feast on some of their favorite courses and composers next Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay.  More...

Holy Rosary chicken dinner/fest on Sunday

Holy Rosary Church at Isadore will host its annual chicken dinner and summer festival Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The menu includes “smaczne” chicken and dressing. More...

Maya is new Mayor in Omena

It’s official! The new Mayor of Omena is Maya Deibel, an 8-year-old English setter who belongs to Annette Deibel. The inauguration was held Saturday as part of Omena Village Days.  More...

Old booklet reveals Bingham’s early history

Editor’s note: Remember a time when Suttons Bay was in Bingham Township, and Peshawbestown — its name today — had more residents than Suttons Bay village? When the village’s three trout streams were praised?  More...

Trail event something to celebrate

About 150 people — several of them in wheelchairs, dozens with bikes, a handful with dogs, and some with baby strollers — attended a celebration Friday in Suttons Bay marking the success of a 20-year project to complete the Leelanau Trail More...

Mikses celebrate 50th anniversary in Cedar

Dennis and Judith Mikses will celebrate 50 years of marriage next week.  Judith (Wooters) and Dennis were married Aug. More...

Noonans announce birth of Ella Ann

David and Bailey (Ankerson) Noonan of Maple City have announced the birth of a baby girl, Ella Ann Noonan, born July 2 in Traverse City.  Ella weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. More...

DOWN ON THE FARM

CORN AND cherries dominate Leelanau’s agricultural landscape off Jelinek Road in Leelanau Township as a freighter lazily navigates the Manitou Passage. More...

4-Hers ready to show off at the fair

A sixth grader at Traverse City West Middle School, Robert Walters of Elmwood Township can hardly wait for the Northwestern Michigan Fair to get under way.  Robert and his young steer “Duke” will be at the fair beginning Saturday, Au More...

Growing iris is now fruit of Solon Township family’s labor

It’s impossible to tune out the buzz surrounding the Iris Farm during the summer months.  The countless colors attract more than bees. Their light hum of wings is at times trumped by the voices of seasonal visitors.  More...

Study compares price and trends of Michigan farmland

A survey of trends in agricultural land sales concludes that the value of orchard land is increasing at a much faster rate in northern Michigan than the same property elsewhere in Michigan.  However, the value of field crop acreage in northern M More...

Taxes affect need to sell vacated farmland

Sometimes there is no family member ready or with the means to take over a farm. In such a case, suggests Phil Barnowski, beware of the tax assessor.  More...

Bingham Twp. mobile repairman digs working on old tractors

Pat Herman wrenched the final bolts on an engine he was rebuilding for an International Harvestor Case 685 inside his Bingham Township repair shop.  The 30-year-old mechanic’s preference, however, would be working in the cherry fields. More...

Van Pelt among cherry farmers doing other stuff

Tom Van Pelt has about 100 acres of cherry trees on his Northport orchard. More...

HYDRO FARMING

No need to get down and dirty

There are many small-scale farmers living off the land in Leelanau County. But there are a few who do it without getting their hands dirty.  More...