February 11, 2016 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

G-L student wins bee in crazy ending

Student behavior impresses judges

Glen Lake Community Schools eighth grader Jeremiah Dungjen may be crazy about spelling bees.  Last week, Dungjen won the county spelling bee by nailing the word “lunatic.”  Since fourth grade, Dungjen has been competing success More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Ron Anderson

Name: Ron Anderson  Town or township of residence: I live in Bingham Township.  Resident since: I’ve been a resident of Leelanau County since 2000. I lived in Traverse City for two years before that. More...

Budget-rich Glen Lake ponders projects

Federal aid makes difference

Glen Lake expects to end the 2015-16 school year by adding more than $400,000 to its already healthy fund balance.  The Glen Lake Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a budget amendment reflecting increased revenue and lowe More...

Administrators receive lengthened pacts

Salary decisions delayed

Multi-year contracts for three of four administrative staff members were approved this week by the Glen Lake Board of Education. More...

St. Mary students make Microsoft grade

St. Mary students in eighth and 10th grades achieved certification in two computer applications.  The school began certification testing for Microsoft Office as part of its business curriculum three years ago. More...

Winter 4-H outing planned

The Leelanau County Outdoor 4-H Club will host a winter fun day on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the 4-H Johnson Preserve near Suttons Bay.  From 1-3 p.m. More...

Algae bloom in Torch on docket

A water quality specialist who is studying gold brown algae bloom in Torch Lake will speak next Thursday, Feb. More...

Yacht Club buys former Knights’ hall; now open

A new event venue has opened in Leelanau County in the former Knights of Columbus hall on S. More...

Suttons Bay DDA officers re-elected

At its first meeting since October 2015, the Village of Suttons Bay Downtown Development Authority (DDA) re-elected officers and heard a report on a grant opportunity it may consider later this year.  More...

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SUTTONS BAY seventh grader Steven Bolger (center) was the winner of his school’s annual geography bee last week. He qualifi ed to advance to the state level of the National Geographic Society’s geography bee. More...

80 students from county placed on Northwestern’s dean’s list

More than 80 part-time and fulltime students from Leelanau County were named to the dean’s list at Northwestern Michigan College for fall semester.  More...

Northport honor roll has 30

Northport Public School has placed the names of 30 students on its honor roll for the second marking period of the school year. More...

Flint’s water problem tackled by student

The Flint water crisis is complicated. More...

Blues brothers hail from Indiana, not Chicago

The Kinsey Report will perform at the 2016 Blues at the Bluebird Leelanau Conservancy fundraiser, set for Saturday, Feb. More...

OUR TEAM

LEELANAU COUNTY’S Spelling Bee Team, headed for a regional bee next month in Traverse City, pose for a photo following last week’s county bee at Glen Lake Community Schools. More...

National Spelling Bee’s long history

Any one of the six Leelanau County entrants in the regional spelling bee set for the State Theatre in Traverse City has a chance to become a television celebrity.  That’s because the finals of the National Spelling Bee, set in Washington D More...

County Cuisine

Northern Orchard offers latitude adjustment for long winters

Northern Latitudes Distillery of Lake Leelanau seems to have the path to a "latitude adjustment" down pat. Consider the Northern Orchard recipe, created to lift those ages 21 years and older to a galaxy far, far away. More...

School Board gets new date, digs

Due to a schedule conflict created by board member attendance at a national conference for schools that collect federal Impact Aid, the date for the March meeting of the Glen Lake Board of Education has changed.  More...

Nelson sets meeting time

Chris Nelson, superintendent of Suttons Bay Schools, is reaching out to discuss issues with the community.  All topics are on the table from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hop Lot in Suttons Bay.   More...

Baykeeper position one of coolest in all of Grand Traverse area

Applications have been accepted for what may be one of the coolest jobs in the Grand Traverse Bay region, the position of “Baykeeper.”  The full-time job involves working cooperatively with The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay by More...

Reforestation workshop planned

A program on the planting of trees and shrubs to enhance reforestation, wildlife habitat and aesthetics will be held Thursday, Feb. More...

Planners nix event ordinance

Members of the Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission rejected a zoning ordinance amendment allowing “special events” in the township’s agriculture district.  The amendment would set rules for how and when the owners of agric More...

In business briefs, Northport preps for winter carnival

Northport preps for Winter Carnival   The Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce has slated its 12th annual Winter Carnival at the Braman Hill Recreational area on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Local artist tops with cards

The work of an artist from Suttons Bay is on a valentine card produced by Paper Works Studio in Traverse City.  Monica Spencer had two entries submitted as winners in the Paper Works artist competition.  The art work represents Spencer&rsqu More...

Rebels unmasked as Union soldiers fall in Wilderness battle

Grand causes fade in combat

The following excerpt comes from John Mitchell’s well-researched book “Grand Traverse, The Civil War Era.” It describes in detail a battle fought by Leelanau County residents who had volunteered in the bloodiest war our nation has e More...

Northport churches share as hosts of soup suppers

Northport churches will host a series of soup suppers that will begin at 6 p.m. each Thursday in Lent.  All are welcome to attend the events, which will include a brief devotional and worship that will follow the meal.  More...

St. Mary honors vets; sweetheart of a dinner

Five local veterans from VFW Post 7731, four of whom are graduates of St. Mary Catholic School in Lake Leelanau, visited the school last Thursday as part of Catholic Schools Week festivities.  More...

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ST. MARY School will crown its homecoming king and queen Friday between the junior varsity and varsity basketball games against Northport. More...

Dinner theater nearly sells out in Northport

The Fox on the Fairway dinner theater production at Tucker’s of Northport opened on Friday to a nearly sold-out show.  Saturday’s performance was a repeat performance, also nearly a full house, said Karen Cross, who directs the show More...