January 16, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

County may sue builder

County officials have learned that insulation in the County Governmental Center building is lacking in some places and improperly installed in others, causing the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners to authorize a fix — and, if needed, a law More...

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Local News

Chipper needed for dead ash trees

The Leelanau County Road Commission may purchase another chipper outfitted with a winch to help take care of all the dead ash trees around the county.  The Road Commission has three chippers, but only two of them have winches. More...

Empire seeks residents to create transportation plan

Empire Village is looking for interested village residents to serve on an Advisory Work Group that will — along with a planning consultant it will hire — help to create a transportation plan for the Village.  More...

Required septic inspections in Empire coming up for vote

A requirement for “point-of-sale” (POS) private septic system inspections will likely come up for a vote at the Empire Village regular meeting to be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. More...

Life in Leelanau

HOME SALES HIT THE ROOF

Records set in dollar volume and units sold

Leelanau County home sales in 2012 set new highs in units sold and dollar volume, surging past records set eight and seven years earlier.  More...

Deaths, marriages on the rise in 2012

Last year marked a 33-year high in deaths and marriages recorded at the Leelanau County Clerk’s office.  Vital statistics tracked by the county clerk’s office reflect a record 132 deaths, up 12 percent from 116 the previous year and More...

County Cusine

WAGS offers flavorful fish dinner

Executive Chef Stephen Blalock of Western Avenue Grill in Glen Arbor submitted this week’s recipe for Sicilian Tuna.  More...

Letters

Failure to re-appoint suggests hidden agenda

To the Editor:   In the Jan. 8 edition of the Wall Street Journal, there was a full-page ad for the Pure Michigan campaign. More...

Correction:

In an article that ran on Jan. 10, Leelanau Township resident Jim Thomas was quoted as saying that the Northport school district would lose $35,244 per year if 239 acres of the Timbershores property were taken off the tax rolls. More...

Northport residents need facts, not censorship

To the Editor:   On 1/3/13, I presented a letter listing concerns to the Northport Council.  More...

Courts

86th District Court

David M. Priest, 70, 9601 E. Omena Road, Northport — Motions held, court finds civil suit evidence non-admissible; bond continued.  Leaha G. More...

Magistrate Court

F.J. Flees & Sons, 12584 S. Cedar Road, Cedar — Overwidth; $175 fines and costs. Joseph C. See, 29, 241 Hardwood Lane SE, Kalkaska — No proof of insurance; $165 fines and costs suspended. Rhoena J. Click, 27, 9700 E. More...

Leelanau Log

leelanau log

Real estate transfers recorded in county   Dec. 28  The Russell R. Kirt Trust to Russell R. Kirt, Section 7, Solon Township.  Russell R. and Pamela G. Kirt to themselves, Section 7, Solon Township.  The U. S. More...

Businesses prepare for uptick

Owners hopeful, and innovative

Getting on social media sites, saving a little energy and going without raises are some of the strategies local businesses are using to keep their doors open and get customers to walk through them.  More...

Injured youth awarded $650,000

A jury has awarded $650,000 to a teenage worker injured in a farm accident in Leelanau County.  The jury of five men and one woman deliberated about 2 1/2 hours Tuesday evening before handing down the decision, which could impact farm training i More...

Couple from Leelanau fall to death on mission trip

Services are pending for two county natives who were killed Friday during a mission trip to Haiti.  Rita (Fleis) and Jim Cwengros of Grand Rapids and Lake Leelanau were two of four members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Grand Rapids killed wh More...

Sports

Early draw ruins the suspense

A column

Back in the old days, OK, not so long ago, district basketball draws were held a week before the tournaments were scheduled to begin.  There was a lot of anxiety and anticipation for the draws. More...

Lakers rally to top Comets

Glen Lake took a first-quarter punch from Leland last week that left two of its starters scoreless and staggering to the bench with personal foul troubles.  But the league-leading Lakers not only got themselves off the ropes quickly, they delive More...

Depleted Glen Lake girls win three in a row

Glen Lake held two opponents to six or fewer second-half points in the past week to help improve its record to 8-3.  This in spite of injuries and the onset of the flu among the girls basketball team.  More...

Coming Events  Free Access 

coming events

TODAY  9 a.m. — Leelanau Clean Water Organizational Meeting: County Government Center, Suttons Bay.  10-11 a.m. — Overeaters Anonymous: 271-1060 for more info.; Leland Township Library, E. Cedar Street, Leland.  11 a.m. More...

Congregational Church hosting interfaith night

“The Reverend, The Rabbi, The Imam and Friends” will present an evening of interfaith unity and peace on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church.  More...

Dunklow raising funds for chiropractic mission trip

A Lake Leelanau man is seeking donations for a chiropractic mission trip to the Dominican Republic.  Tilyr Dunklow, son of Gerard and Shirley Dunklow of Lake Leelanau, hopes to travel in March to the Dominican Republic to provide free chiropract More...

Views

our opinion

Judge Health Board appointees by actions

Why didn’t the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners re-appoint Mary Tonneberger to the Benzie-Leelanau Board of Health?  Ms. More...

Insulation problems in county building laid bare

Commissioners were correct in moving swiftly — at least on their watch — to shore up damaging insulation problems in the 4-year-old County Governmental Center.  More...

Columns

First-year memories of a Leelanau homeowner

A column

My one-year anniversary of being a Leelanau County homeowner recently passed.  And what a year it has been calling Bingham Township “home.”  Here’s a quick synopsis of what it’s been like living in God’s countr More...

Bipartisan mojo is working in the House

Gentlemen take a bow.  That means GOP Speaker Jase Bolger and the new House Democratic leader Tim Greimel.  And while we are at it, Michigan House take a bow, too.  More...