October 9, 2014 RSS feed / Local News

Bay View bankruptcy leaves governments owed $350,000

After nearly four years, a federal court’s bankruptcy decision involving what was once billed as the largest single development project in Leelanau County has left cashstrapped Suttons Bay Public School owed a sizable amount in taxes.  More...

Northport accepts golf course donation amidst many questions

It appears that Leelanau County has its first municipal golf course.  The Northport Village Council last week accepted by 5-2 votes a donation of Northport Creek Golf Course from developer Bill Collins and a management plan from Northport Creek More...

Differences emerge in Leland Twp. leading up to fire millage

Controversy continues over the role and authority held by the Leland Township Fire Board — even as a millage approaches to expand and improve fire facilities.  More...

Eagle release has special meaning

Just one month ago Don Lessard surprised his wife, Rebecca, on their wedding anniversary with tickets to Ireland.  It would have been the couple’s third trip to the Emerald Isle, and it was how they planned to honor their 30 years of marri More...

Crop walk helps fight local hunger

Sunday marks the 25th CROP Hunger Walk in Leelanau County and planners of the event are hoping that 150 people will sign up to help hit this year’s goal of $18,000.  About 25 percent of the money raised locally will be given to the Leelana More...

Collection accepts even radioactive waste

More than 275 households are signed up for the county’s final household hazardous waste collection of 2014. It’s set for Saturday at the Cherry Bend Community Park in Elmwood Township.  More...

HISTORY in the making

Leelanau group’s vision realized with state award

The vision of the late Amelia Schaub was realized last month in the form of an award from The Historical Society of Michigan.  The Leelanau Historical Society (LHS) has been awarded the state history award, in the local societies category.  More...

Fire board tweaks job descriptions; gets good audit

The Suttons Bay-Bingham Fire and Rescue Authority Board last week approved an annual audit report for fiscal 2013-2014.  More...

S-B’s duplex ordinance forwarded to county

Leelanau County planners this month are expected to review a proposed duplex/multi-family housing amendment to Suttons Bay Township’s zoning ordinance following a public hearing held by the township last week.  More...

Maple City woman international Midwives delegate

Geradine Simkins of Maple City was recently a delegate to the International Confederation of Midwives Governing Council and Triennial Congress held in the Czech Republic.  The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) supports, represents an More...

Empire fun in the name of Hops

Good beer and good fun flowed freely Saturday at the inaugural Empire Hops Fest under the tent in Empire.  Turnout for the event, estimated at 1,000, was surprising to many at the event — including the organizers.  More...

Northport Promise collecting scrap for more scholarships

The Northport Promise is collecting steel and scrap metal to support future college students, with all proceeds from the drive going to the Promise scholarship fund.  More...

Health reps talk at retirees luncheon

The final meeting of the season for the Leelanau Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) is next Wednesday, Oct. More...

Parkinson’s support group forming

Parkinson’s Network North has established a support group in Leelanau County for anyone coping with or supporting a loved one with Parkinson’s.  The support group provides an opportunity to learn about resources available, treatment More...

Northport doc dissolves partnership, keeps practice

The last single-office physician remaining in Leelanau County has had an amicable breakup with the medical group he joined nine months ago, and plans to continue practicing in Northport.  More...

The stress of being a fireman’s spouse

When it comes to firefighters’ spouses, some want to hear every call on the scanner so they know what their mate is up to.  Others prefer to keep the darn thing turned off. More...

Longtime volunteer still putting out fires in Cedar

Albin Rosinski of Cedar can remember when groups of local men would turn out to help their neighbors put out fires by forming a bucket brigade.  Today, at age 72, and as the longestserving member of the Cedar Fire Department, Rosinski also recal More...

Retired obstetrician thankful for life-saving efforts

George Morley stopped by the Leelanau Township Fire Department last week to drop off two containers of honey to the people who saved his life.  “Absolutely, they saved my life,” Morley said. More...

Few teachers opt out of unions

A “right to work” law approved in Michigan appears to have had a very minor impact on teacher unions in Leelanau County.  Just three of the 143 educators employed by the four public school districts in the county have opted out of me More...

Northport extends deadline for coordinator position

The head of the employee relations committee for the Northport Village Council announced last week that he took it upon himself to extend the deadline for finding a replacement for administrative coordinator Greg King.  He’s hoping the ext More...

Kasson denies forced septic inspections

Point-of-sale septic inspections on private property will not be necessary in Kasson Township after action this week by the Township Board.  The board voted 4-1 on Monday, with clerk Traci Cruz opposed, against adoption of a septic ordinance sup More...

THIS JUVENILE

THIS JUVENILE bald eagle’s release in Empire on Sunday after being rehabilitated by Wings of Wonder was dedicated to Don Lessard, who died suddenly Oct. 2. More...

Dems open for dinner

A “Dish with the Dems” event has been set for next Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Tucker’s of Northport.  The 5 p.m. More...

Leland educational event raises $29,000

Funds totaling $29,000 were raised Friday at the Leland Educational Foundation’s annual barbecue and auction at the Leland Lodge.  One-hundred, ninety-two people gathered at the Lodge to support the organization, which makes financial assi More...

Tours part of Heritage celebration

People can get a look at how things used to be done. More...

Bingham zoning would up chicken raising from four to eight

Bingham Township planners last week continued work on a draft zoning ordinance amendment that would allow people to raise chickens in the township’s residential district.  More...

Lake Leelanau woman pleads not guilty on iPhones charges

A 26-year-old Lake Leelanau woman has pleaded not guilty to two charges of larceny and two charges of malicious destruction of personal property.  Leeanne M. Rice, of 67 N. More...

Leelanau’s role in the Civil War

Editor’s note: John Mitchell spent years poring through historical documents to explain the impact of the Civil War upon Leelanau County, both white and native. More...

Lake water levels above average

The Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit this week released their latest water level forecast for the Lake Michigan-Lake Huron basin and are predicting that water levels will remain “above average” through this winter and into the spring of More...

The coronation

LELAND’S HOMECOMING royalty were king Cameron Stowe and queen Kati Kattelus, named during a ceremony in the school gymnasium Saturday afternoon following a wet, rainy soccer game against Bellai More...

Leland Library host for iPhones program

The Leland Township Library will host a program on using iPhones on Tuesday.  The 6 p.m. More...

League of Women host congressional forum

The League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area, the League of Women Voters Leelanau County and Interlochen Public Radio will host a 1st Congressional District Candidate Forum, Tuesday, Oct. 21.  Participants in the 7 to 8:30 p.m. More...

Small-town fire department thrives

Meet the Leelanau Township Fire and Rescue Department.  There’s a chief who grew up in the business, a lieutenant not long out of college who already hates the paperwork, and a long-time firefighter who has delivered four babies with hands More...

On the road to an emergency can be stressful and dangerous

Sean Campillo is trained to keep his cool in stressful situations.  And thus far, the Cedar EMT/firefighter has been pretty good at it — particularly on the road.  More...

Fireman’s collapse in the right building

Two emergency medical technicians with the Cedar Fire Department saved the life of their former chief and the department’s longest serving member, Albin Rosinski, after he collapsed at the fire hall Saturday morning.  Rosinski, 72, was in More...