2016-09-22 / Columns

Looking Back in Leelanau...

5 YEARS AGO
September 22, 2011

The developers of a proposed housing project that has so far yielded just one townhouse are proposing major changes, including the creation of a public park along the Leland River. But the Varley-Kelly Properties company may be running out of time, as the county Brownfield Redevelopment Board last week met again with its attorney to discuss defaults in a land contract with Leelanau County. Varley- Kelly is more than $320,000 in arrears, and is behind in paying property taxes.

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Sally Guzowski, director of the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, is hoping that some of the “magic” that took place this summer continues into the fall. Autumn officially starts tomorrow, but county business owners and residents know fall is all about changing colors. When leaves will turn is a question asked about this time every year. Less of a question is whether the color change will draw tourists.

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The Glen Lake School remains shocked over the death of a popular 15-year-old Cedar girl who was killed in a one-car accident Tuesday afternoon in Kasson Township. Logan Marie McDonough was a passenger in the vehicle.

10 YEARS AGO
September 28, 2006

Leelanau County officials all seem to agree that if county voters fail to approve a one-mill property tax increase proposal on Nov. 7, the picture could be ugly for county government beginning in 2007. Notably, the county’s 9-1-1 Emergency Management Services staff has been slated for “elimination” if the millage proposal fails.

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Members of the Leelanau Township Chamber of Commerce are concerned that ongoing discussions by the Northport Board of Education about closing the high school in three years will have an adverse impact on the community as a whole. Chamber members want to work with the school board and community to help market the school.

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Self-declared “centrist” Bob Jones has become Leelanau County’s own candidate for governor. “I’ll just keep going with this — just for fun. But there is an element of seriousness to it,” said Jones, who was contacted after submitting a “letter to the editor” to the Enterprise declaring his “candidacy.”

35 YEARS AGO
September 24, 1981

A direct descendant of the first white settler of Leelanau County died Tuesday in Venice, Fla. Demas E. Manseau, 75, of Traverse City died following a lengthy illness. Manseau was a great-grandson of Antoine Manseau, Sr., the first white settler on Leelanau County’s mainland and the builder of the first Leland Dam. Manseau’s grandfather, Antoine Manseau, Jr., was the builder of the Peshawbestown grist mill.

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A field investigation trip through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by members of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee will be conducted Oct. 2 and 3. The Subcommittee on Public Lands and National Parks will soon be voting on a bill to de-authorize a “scenic corridor” in Leelanau County from plans of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. The subcommittee will also be acting on a bill to allow residents within the park’s boundaries who purchased their property after 1964 to retain life-long leases. Cong. Guy VanderJagt’s chief legal assistant, Mike Riksen, will accompany the subcommittee.

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The Suttons Bay Board of Education was to meet last night for a special closed session concerning teacher contract negotiations. The top negotiator for the 37 unionized teachers in the school district sees tonight’s second mediation session with the Board of Education as “critical.”

60 YEARS AGO
September 27, 1956

Thirteen children and the driver miraculously escaped serious injury at 7:50 Tuesday morning as a Suttons Bay school bus ran off the Gloman road near the Jerome Belanger farm south of Gills Pier Church, rolled down a 25 foot embankment and rested shakily on its side. As the children scrambled around in the bus, it made the final quarter-turn and came back onto its wheels.

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Leelanau Township voters, at the November 6 elections, will be asked to decide, on a special ballot, whether to permit the sale of liquor for consumption on the premises within the township. A similar proposal was defeated four years ago, but sale of spirits, other than beer and wine, for consumption on the premises within the village of Northport, has been approved.

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Property owners who have not yet paid taxes for 1954 are reminded that expense of sale amounting to $1.50 will be added October 1 in addition to the collection fee. Miss Mattie Larson, deputy county treasurer, reports that 1954 taxes on approximately 200 descriptions will become part of the 1957 tax sale unless they are redeemed. Payments can be made only the county treasurer’s office in Leland.

120 YEARS AGO
September 24, 1896

Suttons Bay. Our school commenced Monday with Prof. Duncan of Big Rapids and Miss Laura Voice of Northport as teachers.

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Donny Brook. Walter Emmerson lost a valuable horse this week. Mrs. Joseph Girard is calling on friends here this week. John Lee has a new buggy; wonder what that means?

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ADV: Millinery! I will notify the public that my Fall and Winter Season will commence on Saturday, Oct. 3rd 1896, with a full line of Millinery goods. I will also have Ladies, Misses and Children Cloaks, Jackets and capes. Minnie Ott, Suttons Bay

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