July 24, 2014 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

42 earn all As at Leland in fourth quarter

More than 100 Leland students in grades 7-12 were recognized for academic performance during the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year. More...

Northport has 36 make the grade in fourth marking period

A total of 36 students in the sixth through 12th grades at Northport Public School were named to the fourth marking period of the 2013- 14 school year. More...

Talk of the County

Talking with: Sharon Husted

Name: Sharon Husted. Town or township of residence: Suttons Bay Village. Resident since: My entire life. Age and birthplace: I am 60 and was born in Traverse City at Munson. More...

Man carrying while under the influence pleads not guilty

Richard E. Cabot, 39 of 8483 S. Bohemian Road in Maple City, pleaded not guilty in 86th District Court on Friday to carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence of alcohol. More...

Woman faces prelim on drugs charges

Andrea L. Kerby, 49, of 2600 W. Trumbull Road and the owner of Kerby’s Bar and Grill in Maple City, was arraigned in 86th District Court on Friday on charges of possession of Vicodin, a controlled substance, and marijuana. More...

Suttons Bay boy injured in car/bike crash

A car/bicycle accident left a 12-yearold boy bumped and scraped up, but not seriously injured. That’s according to the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the call. More...

Timberlee residents asked to boil water after power failure

Residents on the Timberlee water system had to boil water for a two-day period last week due to bacterial contamination in the system. More...

County Notes

Thursday, July 24Bella Musica at Bella Fortuna North,6 p.m.Benefit Concert featuring RonaldRadford, The Homestead, 7 p.m.Third Space Movement & FriendsVariety, Lelu Cafe, 9 p.m. More...

WINING AND DINING ON THE WATER

Organizers of Saturday’s Wine on the Water Festival at the Village of Suttons Bay’s Marina Park estimate that attendance at the event went up again this year just as it did last year. More...

Flipping out on pancakes

Editor’s note: This is another story in a summer series of hands-on activities exploring Leelanau County. Next week we’ll go out on a marine patrol on Glen Lake. More...

Omena Historical Society’s summer classes a big hit

The Omena Historical Society’s (OHS) summer classes have been a huge success so far. Edee Joppich’s Beginner Watercolor class has produced some enthusiastic and budding talent in Omena. More...

OBSERVING NATURE

THE ENDANGERED monkey-flower can be observed without harm thanks to a new deck dedicated last week at Old Settlers Park. More...

Holy Rosary feast and fest Sunday

Holy Rosary Church located north of Cedar, will host its annual Summer Festival and Chicken Dinner Sunday. More...

Merriman, Sommerfield wedding announced

Amy Merriman and Zach Sommerfield, both of Orlando, Fla., were married May 24 at the Williamsburg Creekside. Rich Kriesel officiated the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in France and Italy for 10 days. More...

LEELANAU’S LAND AND WATER

THE WHALEBACK is one of several cliffs in Leelanau that formed when glacial ice retreated more than 10,000 years ago. More...

County’s natural resources — cliffs

From Empire Bluffs at the south end of the county to the Clay Cliffs Natural Area in Leland Township, Leelanau County’s western shoreline offers up perches with spectacular views, thanks to glaciers that carved out the landscape. More...

Lake Michigan’s bottom — a lot of hidden drop-offs

Visitors and even locals who admire sunsets over Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands from a popular viewing deck in Leland’s Fishtown may not be aware that there is an entire landscape in front of them that they simply cannot see. More...

Clean Water handbook details testing, quality

For the past two years, Leelanau Clean Water has been compiling information regarding water quality in freshwater sources through out the peninsula to create the Leelanau County Water Quality Monitoring Handbook 2014-2015. More...

Petoskey stones — a precious gem in county

Tourists visiting the Leelanau area often take home a Petoskey stone as a unique memento of their time spent on northern Michigan’s beaches. Some local residents have buckets of the fossilized coral that they’ve collected over the years. More...

Riders gear up for another Tour de Tart

The 14th annual Tour de TART, a 17-mile bicycle ride from Traverse City along the Leelanau Trail to Suttons Bay, will be held Friday rain or shine. More...

County Cuisine

Black Star Farms offers special drink

We welcome Black Star Farms, chef Stephanie Wiitala and executive chef Jonathan Dayton, as new contributors to the county cuisine. Wiitala is a graduate of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute and the event coordinator at Black Star Farms. More...

St. Mary places more than 40 on honor roll

More than 40 students from St. Mary School were named to the honor roll for second semester 2013-14. Earning all A’s were: • Seniors Christina Amalfitano, Michael Farese, Megan Popp, Sarah Schaub and Kaelyn Tarsa. More...

Seven new home starts among 19 permits

Nineteen building permits, including seven for new single-family homes, have brought the number of permits to 188 and pushed the value of new construction in the county this year to over $19 million. More...

BUSINESS PROFILE

Northport company keeps customers refueled

Why the oil and propane industry? My ex-partner asked me to come on board with him and he is no longer here so I bought him out. Now my wife and I own the business. Business History: We started right in Northport ... More...

Plea agreement in drunk driving case

A 47-year-old Northport woman has been sentenced in 86th District Court to one year probation after pleading guilty in a plea agreement to driving with a high blood alcohol content, according to a court report. More...

Dispatch Blotter

July 16, 11:25 a.m. — Suttons Bay — People in the store last night stealing. July 16, 6:24 p.m. — Bingham Township — Grill caught fire while caller was cooking bacon. About 20 feet from the nearest structure. More...

Windy Ridge Boys performing at Leland art benefit, exhibition

The Windy Ridge Boys will perform tomorrow starting at 5 p.m. at a reception for the Art Leelanau Benefit and Exhibition. The 22nd annual event, which features 90 Leelanau artists, will be at the Old Art Building. More...

A day to celebrate the anchor in Empire

A beautiful day had both the streets and the beach in Empire crowded for Anchor Day, the annual celebration that is inspired by the anchor found off Empire Beach by a couple of people on a canoe excursion in 1977. More...

Ingalls Bay cottages celebrate 100 years

Editor's note: Ingalls Bay is located north of Omena Peninsula. More...

Looking Back in Leelanau…

5 YEARS AGO July 23, 2009 More...

Old Settlers’ picnic set for Aug. 3

On the first Sunday in August is the annual Old Settlers’ Picnic. This event is in its 122nd year. It starts with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. and includes live music on the Gazebo, a car show and some assorted crafters. More...

Artists to paint the town in Northport on Saturday

Northport will host its first Plein Air event, “Marina Magic,” on Saturday to raise funds for the Northport Arts Association. More...

10 youths confirmed at Leland Methodist

Ten youths were recently confirmed during a morning worship service at the Leland Community United Methodist Church in Leland. The youths completed confirmation classes and participated in youth activities as part of becoming church members. More...

S-B’s Tants announce daughter’s engagement

Kay Ann and William G. Tant of Suttons Bay announce the engagement of their daughter Theresa Anne to Nicholas Pinazzo. An August wedding is planned. The groom-elect is the son of Martin and Donna Pinazzo of Clarkston. More...

Lelu Cafe hosting voters group meet Aug. 1

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters will hold a free coffee and pastry get-together from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at the Lelu Cafe in Northport. More...

What We’re Thinking

Should local governments pass laws to stop people from building homes on the tops of Leelanau County hillsides?

“I think they should be able to prohibit it,” — Heidi Brady, Indian River More...

Three points of interest around the county

Michigan’s official state motto reads: “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” No other place in northern Michigan better represents this phrase than Leelanau County — a peninsula in itself, with many smaller penin More...

Opposite lakes attract a lot of activity

Many bodies of water flow through Leelanau County, but no two appear more opposite then Lake Leelanau and Glen Lake. Or are they? More...

Kasson Township — Where gravel is king

The same glaciers that formed the Great Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes and inland lakes on the Leelanau Peninsula also left the county rich in important resources — rocks and sand. More...