2015-10-01 / Columns

Looking Back in Leelanau…

5 YEARS AGO
October 7, 2010

Leelanau County schools appear to be bucking a regional trend of declining students, based on fourth Wednesday student counts taken Sept. 29. But Glen Lake and Suttons Bay schools are maintaining enrollment and attracting as much as 25 percent of their students from outside their borders.

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Although the number of mortgage foreclosures in Leelanau County appears to have peaked, the market for “distressed” properties — and some really good deals on real estate — remains strong.

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Plans to establish a power-generating windmill on village property near the sewer plant in Northport will not get off the ground this year. The Northport Energy Action Taskforce has learned that its grant application to help fund placement of a windmill 135 feet in the air east of the Braman Hill Recreation Area was denied by the United States Department of Agriculture.

10 YEARS AGO
October 6, 2005

Student enrollment at county schools continues to decline in three of the four county school districts, while the fourth has the largest high school student count in its history. The more students a district has, the more the revenue. Leland is the only school in the county with an increase in numbers.

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County officials say it’s likely that a representative of the Michigan court administrator’s office may be called in to mediate a budget dispute between Probate and Family Court Judge Joseph E. Deegan and the Leelanau County Board of Commissioenrs over a county plan to eliminate “on call” pay for certain court employees.

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Convicted murderer Matthew O’Non of Lake Leelanau and his brother Christopher O’Non are now facing federal drug charges. A federal grand jury in Grand Rapids has issued a three-count indictment against the O’Non brothers as well as Suttons Bay residents Thomas Stayer, 47, and his son, Joseph Stayer, 21. Charges against all four include conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana and cocaine.

35 YEARS AGO
October 2, 1980

The state agency that declared the Leland Dam in harzardous condition and ordered it repaired nearly three years ago has no further intention of stepping in to tell the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners how to resolve the issue. A spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources said this week that the agency regards the matter as a “local issue.”

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Leelanau County’s total public school enrollment has continued a decline in the number of students enrolled for the fourth straight year, despite an increase in the county’s population. Since 1976, the total enrollment in county public schools has dropped steadily from 2,190 students to 2,053.

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Past-due sewer bills totaling $115,446 are being sought from Tom’s West Bay Shopping Center in a Circuit Court action filed yesterday by Elmwood Township. Attorneys for the township filed for a court ruling on the bills and the township’s right to cut off sanitary sewer service to the center because of the unpaid bills.

60 YEARS AGO
October 6, 1955

With fall splashing its pallet of colors across Leelanau County, now is the time for color tours. Maple, aspen and oak trees provide some of the brightest colors and these, mingled with evergreens and the deep blue of Leelanau lakes, provide a rich mat of brilliance for photographers, hikers, hunters and late picnickers.

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County Agricultural Agent Stanley Ball reports that according to the best information available, cherry stocks have been moving at a slower rate this year than they did last year when they were a much higher price.

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The Leelanau County selective service board has been ordered by state headquarters to provide two men for induction into the armed forces in November. Next month will mark the first time since World War II that the Navy has turned to the draft for man power, and the Navy’s requirements nearly doubled the average call. Michigan will be asked to provide 1,058 men.

120 YEARS AGO
October 3, 1895

David Sieber wished us to state that he is now prepared to do feed grinding, also will pay the highest market price for oats.

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Wm. Hitchcock informs us that he has now a complete transcript of the lands on South and North Manitou Islands, South and North Fox islands.

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Suttons Bay. Our school commences Monday, with B.A. Wolfe and Miss Laura Voice as teachers. Conrad Lather, our new blacksmith, just put out a very attractive new sign. Grelick Brothers sawmill finished a cut of 6 million feet last week.

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