2016-09-15 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
September 15, 2011

Leelanau County’s only medical marijuana dispensary has closed, the result of a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling banning the sale of medical marijuana. As county villages and townships ramped up the process to pass ordinances regulating medical marijuana — many approved “moratoriums” until they could get local laws in place — one dispensary opened its doors before zoning had been approved. It was the M-22 Collective in Greilickville.

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A man who had drawn the ire of neighbors has finally vacated what used to be his home in the Scenic Mountainview Estates subdivision in Cleveland Township. But he did leave some things behind. No fewer than 34 feral cats were discovered on the property — both inside and outside of the long-unfinished house.

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Leelanau County dispatchers have been fielding reports of what smells like a fire burning in Leelanau County. Dispatchers in Minnesota must have their hands full. Northwest winds on Tuesday morning blew smoke from a wildfire burning in the Pagami Creek area near Ely, Minn., across Lake Michigan and over Leelanau County, creating a hazy look to the sky and a smoky smell to the air.

10 YEARS AGO
September 21, 2006

Conceptual plans for a 25-mile, non-motorized trailway that would parallel M-22 from south of Empire to Centerville Township were presented Tuesday night to the Glen Arbor Township Board. Representatives of the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route and National Park Service shared with board members and eight audience members an outline for a trailway, which would be separated from the roadway where possible and provide a safe alternative route for those visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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It started as a discussion on a bus ride from Northport to Alba for a girls’ basketball tournament at the start of Labor Day weekend. Sally Viskochil, her brother Gary Longcore, Northport School Improvement Team member Amy Kohler, and girls’ varsity basketball coach Dan Stowe had plenty of time to discuss declining enrollment at Northport Public School. Longcore brought up the “Kalamazoo Promise,” something that may work for Northport school, and momentum has been building to create a Northport-based scholarship program.

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Two of Leelanau County’s seven recycling sites were to be shut down immediately as the future of the county’s solid waste reduction programs became even more muddled during the County Board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

35 YEARS AGO
September 17, 1981

That “Stop” sign at the corner; and the one near town where your cousin got a ticket. “Legal” stop signs, right? Maybe. — depending on who you talk to. At least one motorist has had a stop-sign violation ticket dismissed after he challenged the legality of the sign. The ticket was successfully challenged because the stop sign was not registered with the county clerk’s office as provided in a state law.

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A Suttons Bay man forced to land in Cuba 10 months ago in an aircraft laden with marijuana has lost the Stony Point resort home he was buying by defaulting on land contract payments. Federal drug authorities also said that Timothy M. Joyce, 25, of Grand Rapids and Suttons Bay, apparently has been tried and convicted of a drug offense in a Cuban court.

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The new Mt. Pleasant firm that started the mineral rights leasing rush in Leelanau County last spring has sold all of its oil and gas leases in the county to a Traverse City company. Thomas D. Mitchell, who started Vazoleen Petroleum Co. in March, was the leading leasing firm in Leelanau, amassing more than 15,000 acres in 99 agreements. He said, “We really didn’t have the monetary resources to develop it.”

60 YEARS AGO
September 20, 1956

Leelanau County’s public schools within the past week have received $48,195.54 as their share of the state primary school fund payment distributed through the county treasurer’s office on the basis of $17.97 per 1955 school census child. The Glen Lake Community schools received $13,405.62; Elmwood Six $7,727.10; Suttons Bay $7,331.76; Northport $6,936.42; Leland Three (Lake Leelanau) $5,139.42; Leland $4,600.32; Bingham Five $1,186.02; Elmwood Two $898.50; Bingham Three $485.19; and Elmwood Four $485.19.

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On television the night of October 3, Governor G. Mennen Williams will present to Troop 29, Boy Scouts of America, a special plaque awarded it this month by Parents Magazine for outstanding public services in Leelanau County. Governor Williams, who is expected to be in Traverse City with Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois, will take time out from a political rally to honor the local boys.

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Although Sunday will mark the first day of autumn, it is expected that fall color season will not arrive until approximately three weeks later. The first tinges of color are beginning to appear in maples and sumac and lakes are putting on their deep blue of autumn, but the almost daily fall rains are keeping most of the countryside in bright green. Nights are becoming cooler, winds chillier.

120 YEARS AGO
September 17, 1896

Carl Walker, one of Glen Arbor’s popular business men, made us a pleasant call.

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Many of the farmers are making apple cider out of their surplus apples.

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Northport. Charles Braman thrashed 48 bushels of wheat from a bushel of seed — pretty good for Charley. Steele and Johnson are busy buying and packing apples. Frank Ransom is their superintendent. About 75 persons took in the excursion to Charlevoix. A good time was reported although some fed the fish abundantly.

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