2015-08-13 / Columns

Looking Back in Leelanau…

5 YEARS AGO
August 12, 2010

Leelanau County is No. 1 in voter turnout statewide. More than 7,300 Leelanau residents did their civic duty by voting in the August 3 Primary Election.

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An information forum for Suttons Bay school families using public transportation this fall has been set and follows an update shared with the Suttons Bay Board of Education by three BATA representatives. BATA has purchased eight of the district’s 11 buses at a cost of $1 apiece with the understanding that the district can buy them back for the same amount if the arrangement isn’t successful. Half of the buses have gone from the traditional yellow and black to BATA’s blue and white colors.

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Parishioners of St. Michael’s Church in Suttons Bay were surprised to learn that they would need a building permit to erect two large tents for their annual tent sale fundraiser and would be required to pony up a $150 building permit fee. County commissioners voted 7-0 to reduce the fee from $150 to $1.

10 YEARS AGO
August 11, 2005

Construction of a new Leelanau County governmental center in Suttons Bay Township won’t begin this fall as hoped, but could begin in the spring of 2006. The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners sent architects who are designing the new facility back to the drawing board — literally.

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The first fatal accidents of the year in Leelanau County both occurred in the last two weeks, and both involved motorcycles. On July 29, Therese Stowe was killed when a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle she and husband Marcus Stowe were driving. On Saturday afternoon, Jeffrey J. Lewis, 52, of East Lansing, died when his motorcycle crossed the centerline and ran into a car.

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Improvements at the South Manitou Island lighthouse were expected to be completed this week following a $69,000 refurbishing project. The exterior of the lighthouse received its first coat of whitewash in 22 years, and bricks whose mortar had loosened were reset.

35 YEARS AGO
August 14, 1980

The private owner of the Leland Dam is considering installation of a $120,000 hydro-electric unit and has received estimates that it could generate $10,000 worth of electricity each year. Mrs. Noreen Hollinger said there is a “great possibility” that the power-producing unit would be installed within the next year, but not before she determines that the move is “sensible and necessary.”

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‘Hollywood’ visited Leelanau County yesterday to film scenes for what may become commercials for 1981 Chevrolets. A filming crew and “extras” were at work before 7 a.m. in downtown Leland. The crew and the new cars they were filming later moved to Co. Rd. 637 north of M-204 for more scenes.

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Charles Cushman, the leader of an organization of citizens looking into federal practices for expanding national parks, told an audience of about 60 persons at the Glen Arbor Township Hall Saturday night that they should seek a federal investigation of land-buying practices by Park Service officials. He also said his organization may soon begin a civil rights lawsuit against the park.

60 YEARS AGO
August 11, 1955

Kenneth Lautzenheiser of Northport, chairman of the campaign to raise $53,851 in cash and pledges before Labor Day to complete the Leelanau Memorial Hospital at Northport, said today he is “optimistic about progress of the drive and confident that the hospital can be completed by January 1.”

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Scattered showers again are forecast, but Leelanau County fields, orchards, gardens and lawns continued to suffer this week from the ravages of one of the hottest, dryest summers on record here.

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Leelanau County children who received first Salk vaccine shots will have an opportunity Tuesday afternoon to receive second innoculations of the anti-polio vaccine, according to Dr. Gerald W. Behan, director of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Benzie health department. The shots will be given, free of charge.

120 YEARS AGO
August 15, 1895

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lars R. Soggee, last Saturday morning, a boy. Lars, excepting on the day of his marriage, never looked so happy.

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A very disgraceful row took place between two of our village women last evening. Such behavior is bad enough for men, and when women have a regular knockdown, hair-pulling fight, it looks bad.

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Mr. Philips Portner, and Mrs. Adeline Steffens, were married last Thursday at the German Lutheran Church.

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We are informed that Mr. Cole has given up his job of furnishing our village school house.

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John Warner, the popular clerk at Good Harbor, spent a day in our village this week.

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