2015-05-07 / Columns

Looking Back in Leelanau…

5 YEARS AGO
May 6, 2010

Weaknesses in their murder case and consent from relatives of stabbing victim Craig Romer led Leelanau County prosecutors to lower the charges against Ricardo Roman Jr., who pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter at a hastily called hearing.

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Although no closing documents had been signed as of press time this week, the would-be owner of Sugar Loaf Resort, Eneliko “Liko” Sean Smith, has unveiled some of his plans, including a pair of “terrain parks” and a mountaintop restaurant.

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The owners of Wings of Wonder, a rehabilitation center for birds of prey, have filed a civil suit against the county Road Commission over a dispute involving use of a private road in Kasson Township. Wings of Wonder owners Rebecca and Don Lessard said they will be forced to close the facility if they lose the court case.

10 YEARS AGO
May 5, 2005

The amount of space that will be required in a new Leelanau County Governmental Center may be growing — as is an apparent “turf battle” among county officials for prime office space. The Landmark Design Group of Grand Rapids is drawing up plans for the facility to be built adjacent to the new Law Enforcement Center off M-204 in Suttons Bay Township.

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Cherry farmers had a restless sleep Wednesday night when a strong frost carpeted Leelanau’s low areas with an unwanted white covering. And some didn’t sleep at all. Greg Williams, who tends to 175 acres of tart and sweet cherry, apple, apricot and peach trees, was busy hauling a “frost dragon” through low areas in his orchards.

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In some strange way, the plight of the Leelanau Sands Showroom a little over a year ago, and Peshawbestown 25 years ago, were similar. Uncertain future. Little respect. Tired before their time. No more. The Showroom is again attracting popular national acts to Leelanau County, and both have received a needed shot of adrenalin.

35 YEARS AGO
May 1, 1980

Leelanau County’s total state equalization has increased more than $40 million — up 16 per cent — in the last year to a total of $290,291,382, according to a tentative report compiled this week by the County Equalization Department. The real estate and personal property in Leelanau County has been given a total worth of some $580,582,764.

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A move for consolidation of jail services among Northern Michigan counties takes yet another step forward today as officials meet to recommend the drawing up of a final plan for the region. Leelanau County is 1 of 10 counties involved in the regional jail study.

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Sandwiched between the “bargaining” process now under way between federal and state fishing authorities may be the loss of what is estimated to be an $80,000 local industry from sportsmen seeking lake trout.

60 YEARS AGO
May 5, 1955

A total of 351 first and second grade pupils from 10 public and parochial schools received free inoculations of Salk polio vaccine here last week, according to figures released yesterday by Dr. Gerald W. Behan, director of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Benzie health department.

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The bodies of J. Stuart Ehle, 46, Grand Rapids businessman, and his brother-in-law, Harvey E. Anderson, 56, Manistee furniture store owner, were found Tuesday morning on the north shore of big Glen Lake, several hours after they had drowned.

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Because of unusually warm weather, cherry blossoms in the southern half of Leelanau County probably will reach a peak by this weekend, according to Stanley Ball, county agricultural agent. Blossoms in the northern half of the county, already well in evidence, usually reach a peak about a week later.

115 YEARS AGO
May 3, 1900

County Treasurer Hoxsie issued the following licenses this week: Wm. Iles, Cedar; John Deeuster & George Myers, Suttons Bay; David Sieber, Suttons Bay; Ole Larson, Suttons Bay; Chris Satter, Empire; Henry Wyse & Frank Sheridan, Glen Arbor; J. N. Possing, Leland; Chas Warner, Leland; F. W. Kratchville, Elmwood (brewery)

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A. & J. Plamondon of Provemont will soon be opening a first-class meat market in Mr. Plamondon’s store and will be prepared to accommodate their many friends in that line.

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Advertisement: “Guaranteed 10 year old 400 Baltimore Rye Whiskey. Sold only at the Deusters,” Suttons Bay.

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