August 13, 2015 RSS feed / Local News

Wind shear, not tornado, caused the damage

The National Weather Service has seen no evidence that a tornado touched down in Leelanau County, which always has been part of its assessment of the Storm of 2015.  Straight line winds were the cause of significant damage to Glen Arbor and area More...

Locals offer $15,000 in cleanup help

Glen Arbor Township is seeking bids from contractors to help with cleanup after the Storm of 2015, and has received $15,000 in donations.  The Township Board met in special session Tuesday afternoon to regroup in the wake of the storm which topp More...

Rental firms survey damage after storm

Andersons gave out bags of ice

While nearly two weeks have passed since severe storms and straight line winds tore through much of southwestern Leelanau County, the cleanup and recovery is nowhere near complete.  That goes for business owners — especially those in the s More...

Volunteers open TART Trail 2 days after storm

The Storm of 2015 that tore through much of southwestern Leelanau County left power lines and trees down across roads and on homes in the area.  It also disrupted popular recreational haunts.  More...

Northport sewer financial woes brought to county’s attention

Several Northport area residents appeared before the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners this week to urge more extensive county involvement in resolving a financial shortfall in Northport’s sewer system.  More...

No ‘disparaging remarks’ allowed in severance update

The Northport Village Council approved a new severance agreement for the village’s former administrative coordinator at its regular meeting held Thursday.  The agreement adds a paragraph stating that the village will give Frank E. More...

Fire project moves along; what to name stations?

East or West. Leland or Lake Leelanau.  While the business of building a new fire station and renovating another moves along, Leland Township has yet to make one determination.  What to name them.  More...

Elmwood upset at ‘conflict,’ development’s hookups at stake

Development of a 95-home neighborhood in a portion of Traverse City located within Leelanau County could come to a screeching halt because of concerns raised by Elmwood Township officials over the development’s proposed use of the township&rsqu More...

S-B needs drivers; parents asked to submit bus forms

Suttons Bay has “just enough” bus drivers lined up for the resumption of transportation next month but could use a few more.  Business manager LeAnn Eustice updated the Board of Education Monday night on the transportation issue as s More...

State Legislators promise to help

Leelanau has been assured that the obvious will become official by the end of this week, and the county will be designated in a State of Emergency.  However, the designation may come with little financial help for the cashrich county.  More...

Following storm, Empire Twp. may buy generator

Empire Township Board members discussed the need for a new generator at the Empire Campground in the wake of the Aug. More...

County Dates

Resources for Storm of 2015   More...

Debris can be left at county park site

Storm took out ‘Tunnel of Trees’

The Storm of 2015 is sure to be one for the record books as it changed much of the Leelanau Peninsula.  “Remember ‘Snowmaggedon in 2012 … This is Snowmaggedon times 10,” said Road Commission finance director Joe Nedow.&n More...

Elmwood grocer ‘shocked’ by storm’s fury

Elmwood Township was hit hard by the Storm of 2015. According to township supervisor Jack Kelly, power was restored late last Tuesday afternoon.  Keith Tampa, the township’s fire chief, said the majority of calls he received on Aug. More...

Most of Lakeshore opens up; campground might for weekend

Most areas of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are now open, including all stops on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and the dune trail at the Dune Climb that takes hikers to the Lake Michigan shoreline.  More...

Northport short-term rental regs put on hold for several months

Northport Village has set a tentative time and date of 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, to hold a special meeting to hash out new regulations for short-term rentals.  More...

Fire takes home, family memories

A Cedar area couple is picking up pieces that remain after their high-end home was consumed by fire last week.  Some pieces are gone forever. More...

Good economic news: GTB payouts higher

County gets higher percentage

A two-year decline in revenues from casinos owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians appears to have ended.  More...

New behavior rules for S-B schools

A change in disciplinary philosophy is underway at Suttons Bay Public Schools.  Fred Wille, dean of students and virtual school director, updated members of the Board of Education Monday night  More...

Rarity: Elmwood lineman works in his own county

Elmwood Township resident Bill Watkoski isn’t accustomed to being able to go home to his own bed after work.  But he could last week when the electrical contractor he works for was contracted by Consumers Energy to help restore power to th More...

Briefs on upcoming events

Amidst more storm news, following are three briefs:   Republican and Democratic parties have both planned events.  The Leelanau County Democratic Party is planning a “pasta & Prose” gathering with Leelanau authors at Timber More...

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DEBRIS COVERED the shoulder of M-22 in Cleveland Township after crews removed trees they were sheared off in the Aug. 2 storm.   More...