October 1, 2015 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

The Sparks Adoption

For 24 years, Lake Leelanau couple has rid M-204 of litter. Now they are hanging up their walking sticks.

There are 72 “official” reasons for travelers to thank Kelly and Majean Sparks.  More...

County Cuisine

For a summer inspiration, try a recipe brought back from Hawaii

Last week the summer decided to continue into fall, which we appreciated. So did Bonnie Nescot, owner of Art’s Tavern, who was inspired to share this Hawaiian breakfast recipe directly from the “grass skirt capital.” More...

Leelanau Business Briefs

Business After Hours next week  The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will host its October Business After Hours and social event next Thursday at 5:30 p.m.  More...

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JEN WELTY of 9 Bean Rows in Lake Leelanau stands next to her pumpkin, which weighed more than 1,100 pounds as of Sept. 20. More...

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LELAND HOMECOMING king and queen will be selected from the following seniors (front row from left) Ben Yaakoby, Luke Wiesen and Mike Osorio; (back row from left) Libby Munoz, ViAnna Hennig and Irene Gonzalez-Zamorano. More...

G-L project to cost $200,000 more

A change-order for the ongoing expansion and renovation of the Glen Lake high school media center was approved at a special meeting held last week by the Glen Lake Board of Education.  The board met in special session last Wednesday, Sept. More...

Fire boards meet as part of transition to new department

Two fire boards will operate simultaneously while the Cedar Fire Department transitions to become the Cedar Area Fire Department.  That was the gist of the inaugural meeting of the Cedar Area Fire Department board held last week.  More...

Rental ordinance put off ‘till November

Northport Village Council will take yet another look at a short term rental ordinance that has been in the works for more than a year, with adoption now put off until at least November.  The ordinance would go into effect in January.  But s More...

In Leelanau, 4-H remains popular — and ever changing

Legos, chess and forestry included

A volunteer 4-H Club leader for many years now, Renee Hobbins of Cedar will join with an estimated 611,800 4-H volunteers nationwide in marking National 4-H Week on Oct. 4-10.  More...

Leelanau is one of 3 counties in state with all roads adopted

Want to adopt a section of state road in the Land of Delight?  Get in line.  Leelanau is one of three counties in the state with waiting lists for the Adopt-A-Highway program, operated by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).&nb More...

Foundation fills six board terms

The election of officers was on tap Monday at the annual meeting of the Leelanau Township Community Foundation.  The board seated a new board member, elected another and re-elected four board members to new threeyear terms.  More...

Omena News: UnCaged organizer fit in England trip

Omena man wins award

Congratulations to Omena resident John Mitchell on receiving the Historical Society of Michigan’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. John is a lifelong historian, Michigan educator and awardwinning author. More...

Bockstahlers observe 60th anniversary

Ralph and Wila Bockstahler celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday with a family dinner.  Ralph Brockstahler and Wilamae Johnson were married on Sept. 24, 1955, at Leland Immanual Lutheran Church. More...

Workshops set for computers, writing

The Leland Township Library will host two workshops this month.  The new Windows 10 operating system will be the topic of a computer workshop set for Tuesday, Oct. More...

Nelson to speak to Glen Lake Woman’s Club

Tom Nelson, director of the Leelanau Conservancy, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Glen Lake Woman’s Club next Wednesday, Oct. More...

Day of genuine family fun planned

Genuine Leelanau will host its third annual Family Fun Day Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. near Maple City.  The event, to be held at 7850 S. More...

Northport draws 4,500 to UnCaged

“This event just keeps getting bigger and better,” said Susan Ager, a Northport resident and volunteer marketing coordinator for Leelanau UnCaged, a Northport street festival now in its third year.  More...

Having a conversation with Luis Roman

Name: Luis Roman.  Town or township of residence: Leelanau Township.  Resident of county since: 2004.  Age and birthplace: I’m 11 years old and was born in Traverse City.  More...

Bakery brings alluring aromas, mouthwatering recipes to S-B

What makes your bakery special? We make everything from scratch. A lot of grandma’s recipes and good home cookin’. Plus we’re always having a good time in here, so the ambiance in this place? More...

Hops crop varies by location

Leelanau County hop growers are getting the hang of things, and they’re getting more opportunities to prove it.  Empire Hops, for example, announced on Facebook last week that it produced the largest hop crop per acre ever grown in Michiga More...

In S-B, king queen named at the half

There’s a full slate of activities Friday to mark homecoming at Suttons Bay Public School.  Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. when the Suttons Bay Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) will host its annual Spirit Run.  More...

No salary increases in Leland, but all teachers to be paid more

A two-year contract for teachers at Leland Public School was adopted by the Board of Education during a special meeting last week.  The board unanimously adopted the contract last Thursday, Sept. More...

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ZACH COOPER and Jordan Marmul were crowned Glen Lake’s homecoming king and queen during halftime of Friday’s football game against Onekama.   More...

Village to hike sewer rates to make up for looming deficit

Von Voigtlander says she learned of deficit just last year

The Northport Village Council will likely add $6 to the monthly sewer fee paid by customers, as well as a $60,000 infusion from the village’s general fund that’s needed to pay down the debt still owed on the municipal sewer system built i More...

Bingham ZBA OKs variance

The Bingham Township Zoning Board of Appeals last week granted a four-foot variance to a property owner who plans to add an attached garage to his home on S. Lake Leelanau Dr.  More...

265 people feast on Spaghetti

Some 265 persons turned out Friday for the Suttons Bay-Leelanau County Rotary Club’s 15th annual Spaghetti Dinner.  Although a somewhat lighter crowd than past years, the dinner was enjoyed by all those in attendance— including &ldqu More...

Beer will flow as Empire hopes for 1,800 to attend Hops Festival

Fest mixes with sales at stores

The inaugural Empire Hops Festival last year was a huge success, despite cold and rainy weather.  That bodes well for this year’s festival scheduled to take place from noon to 10 p.m. More...

Health Board ends up in black and OKs new budget

A $2.39 million budget for the 2015- 16 fiscal year has been adopted by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department.  The Board of Health last Thursday approved a spending plan which went into effect today for the department, whose fiscal yea More...

Glen Lake News: Thank you dinner was well attended

Weather makes up for spring

We were happy to join many, many others from our community and guests at the free dinner put on by “The Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study” group. More...

Wives smoked, men played poker and Club 21 aided the community

CLUB 21 has a very interesting history in the evolution of women’s independence. While it is not as old as the Omena Women’s Club, it was founded in 1957, with many similarities. More...

League to host water specialist

The League of Women Voters Leelanau County will host a program called “The Fate of Our Water: Are We Sunk?” on next Wednesday, Oct. More...

Life coach to speak to Glen Arbor women

The Glen Arbor Women’s Club will host Chelsea Bay Dennis, “Good for the World” designer, life coach and consultant, at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Glen Arbor Township hall.  More...

Northport Women to meet at Cherry Homes clubhouse

The Northport Women’s Club will meet at noon Tuesday at the Cherry Homes Clubhouse in Leelanau Township.  The guest speaker will be Chris Parker, superintendent of Northport School. More...

Programs provided on emergency pendants

There are several emergency pendants on the market and Leelanau County Senior Services is collaborating with Munson Home Health to introduce the different types of systems that are available and to demonstrate how they work.  Three informational More...