November 7, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Murderer, rapist given early release from prison

A county man who has spent all but six months of the past 42 years in prison is being released today — well before he was originally scheduled to be freed.  Wayne Frank Porter, 63, is scheduled to be released after serving just over half t More...

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Parks plan calls for playground and trails; needed for grant applications

An updated plan that would govern decisions related to Leelanau County parks has the support of those who worked on it. The public will have a chance to weigh in on the 68-page document at a public hearing set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. More...

‘Room tax’ appears unpopular; may be cut

One provision of an updated Parks and Recreation Plan that will undergo a public hearing next week may not stand.  In fact, the provision went unnoticed by at least some members of the Leelanau County Parks and Recreation Committee until mention More...

Voters approve Leland, S-B funding

It’s back to the drawing board for the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), which saw its second consecutive bonding request shot down Tuesday by voters including a majority of those casting votes in Leelanau County.  School funding More...

Life in Leelanau

Sights set on deer

Todd and Jan Nowak of Cleveland Township are all ready for the opening of firearms deer hunting season Nov. 15. More...

Charter captains hope for turnabout in salmon after dismal 2013

Members of the charter boat industry in Leelanau County are hopeful that salmon catches turn around in 2014 — and that the number of adult salmon counted spawning in rivers is not indicative of the future.  More...

County Cuisine

Blu chef offers hot way for pickling

Chef Randy Chamberlain of Blu restaurant sent us this recipe for quick-pickled beets. Some readers may remember the lengthy process involved in making fermented pickles, but this “hot” pickling method is fast, simple, and delicious. More...

Views

our opinion

Wilson family recipe at work across county   Family businesses represent the backbone of the Leelanau County economy, so it only makes sense that the Wilson family of Centerville Township be named the Leelanau business of the year by the Peninsu More...

A column

Redeveloping Sugar Loaf a work in progress ... I think

Although a flurry of news regarding Sugar Loaf Resort seems to have tapered off for now, people are still asking me whether I have any inside skinny on what’s really happening and whether local government officials are doing anything about Suga More...

Courts

86th District Court

Juan Bermudez, 34, 4125 N. Jacobson Road, Suttons Bay — Failed to appear for arraignment on probation violation; bond forfeited; bench warrant issued.  More...

Magistrate Court

Kevin L. Brown, 19, 9286 Otto Road, Suttons Bay — Failed to stop for school bus; $115 fines and costs.  Jason L. Daniels, 38, 2820 Ardmore Ave., Royal Oak — Speeding 60 mph in 55 zone; reduced from 74 mph; $190 fines and costs.  More...

6 served, 3 remain

The Belanger family of veterans

For the family of Sam Belanger of Lake Leelanau, Veterans Day has a special meaning.  Six members of the family have served in the military during wartime – and all came back home to tell about it. More...

A time to salute vets

Five Leelanau men who served in the armed forces during the Korean War era will be recognized at the annual Veterans Day ceremony Monday.  The VFW Post #7731 of Lake Leelanau will host the ceremony, which is held each year at the “11th hou More...

Sports

Lakers win battle of takeaways; Ithaca next

Glen Lake’s first home football playoff game since 2001 wasn’t picture perfect.  But the end result, in a wet Division 6 pre-district contest marred by seven fumbles, was that the Lakers slipped past Lakeview, 21-13, and earned a cha More...

Kudos to champs and those in waiting

The Glen Lake boys football team is headed toward another 9-2 season, unless the Lakers can pull off the upset of the decade at three-time defending state champ Ithaca on Friday.  One thing for certain, I know our Lakers won’t go down with More...

Northport loses early momentum, match

Northport’s girls volleyball team had some early momentum Monday in its Class D district match with Traverse City Christian.  But the Wildcats couldn’t sustain it. More...

Coming Events  Free Access 

coming events

TODAY  10-11 a.m. — Overeaters Anonymous: 271-1060 for more info.; Leland Township Library, E. Cedar Street, Leland.  11 a.m. More...

Letters

Barack Obama is no JFK

To the Editor:   Fifty years ago, John Kennedy, a Democrat, inspired us with,” Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” JFK messed up with the Bay of Pigs for which he took blame and apologized More...

New forester kudos

To the Editor:   Thank you for your recent article profiling District Forester Kama Ross and the services she provides Leelanau County residents through the Leelanau District Conservation District.  More...

Big thanks to the Crons for getting pickleball courts

To the Editor:   A big huge thank you to Sharon and Bill Cron of Northport (and so many others for their support) for pursuing approval and installation of the pickleball courts in the village.  I know myself, and so many other people enjoy More...

Columns

Gay civil rights bill on hold for 11 more months

The state’s gay community has been waiting for 30 years, so what’s another 11 months?  In 1983, then West Michigan GOP Rep. More...

A doctor’s view on impact of Obamacare on Leelanau County

The relationship doctors develop with their patients can last a lifetime, extend to entire families, and last for generations. They can become trusted advisors for people facing difficult decisions. More...

Leelanau Log

leelanau log

Real estate transfers recorded in county   Oct. 3  Ian Dawkins to the Michael K. Solomon and Donna M. Solomon Revocable Living Trust, Section 10, Suttons Bay Township, (valuation affi- davit filed).  Gregory C. and Shirley G. More...