2015-07-09 / Columns

Looking Back in Leelanau…

5 YEARS AGO
July 8, 2010

Merchants and businesses reported a red-hot Fourth of July weekend as beautiful weather and holiday events brought thousands of people to Leelanau County. So hot, in fact, that one of the most precious commodities was ice. Stores throughout the county saw their ice supplies vanish.

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Gregory H. Johnson piloted the space shuttle Endeavour during a 15-day mission in March 2008. He is scheduled to return to space on the Endeavour Feb. 26, 2011 for a final mission. He will share his experience as an astronaut and the U.S. space program at the Glen Lake Community Library Friday night.

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A 3-year-old lawsuit claiming Marcus Yono, the developer of BayView in Suttons Bay, was defamed by news coverage in the Leelanau Enterprise has been dismissed.

10 YEARS AGO
July 14, 2005

Homeowners in Leelanau County may be required to pay a $313 fee to have older septic systems and wells inspected by the Leelanau-Benzie Health Department before their properties are sold.

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History was made Monday night when the Suttons Bay and Glen Lake boards of education agreed to share a superintendent. Both school districts voted unanimously to approve resolutions to employ Suttons Bay administrator Tom Harwood as superintendent on a 1-year trial basis. Compensation for the new post is $132,000 to be split evenly between districts.

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Courtney Fountain of Solon Township was crowned the 2005-2006 National Cherry Queen Friday night.

35 YEARS AGO
July 10, 1980

Work has begun to decide who will pay what for repairing the Leland Dam and the dredging of the Lake Leelanau narrows. Negotiations are also under way with the owner of the dam to give the county title to what it needs before repair work on the 72-year-old structure can begin.

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It’s unofficial, but it looks like Leelanau County’s population has grown nearly 25 per cent in the last 10 years. A preliminary tally was showing 13,457 residents.

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An estimated 11,000 pills, all prescription drugs, were stolen from a private pharmacy at Leelanau Memorial Hospital Friday or early Saturday. Sheriff’s officers said the large theft had to be the work of a professional thief who had stolen drugs previously.

60 YEARS AGO
July 14, 1955

A small meteor that flashed across the sky over Leelanau last week landed in a field north of the Novotny mill near Little Traverse Lake. Fragments of the meteor were collected by Dr. J. H. Standen of The Leelanau schools. The meteor was judged by Dr. Standen to have been largely nitrous sulfide, about two feet in diameter. Its force was nearly spent when it came to earth, striking a line fence.

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The United States Department of Agriculture announced last week that it will buy red tart cherries in No. 10 cans for its school lunch program. The Department of Agriculture might buy as many as 500,000 cases of cherries.

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The Leland Community Methodist Church, which has been remodeled completely within the past few months, will be dedicated at the 11:00 A.M. service Sunday.

120 YEARS AGO
July 11, 1895

Richard Thomas of Northport paid Leland a visit Sunday last.

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May Gill of Gill’s Pier was in town a few minutes on Monday.

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A son of Mr. E. Bilow was badly hurt today by being kicked by a horse that he was trying to catch. At this writing, the Dr. is unable to say how badly he is injured.

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Found. A Cape and Parasol, in Deuster’s Park, Suttons Bay. Owner can have same by calling on John Deuster.

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