2016-09-29 / Columns

Looking Back in Leelanau...

5 YEARS AGO
September 25, 2011

Questions are being raised in Peshawbestown about layoffs of tribal government employees and raises given to elected members of the Tribal Council. At last week’s Tribal Council meeting, tribal elders in attendance demanded answers from council members. It was believed that some 10-15 tribal government employees are to be laid off before the end of this month.

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Elmwood Township may buy the defunct Brewery Creek development for use as a parking lot for the township marina. During a special meeting Monday evening — most of which was held in closed session — the Elmwood Township Board voted 5-1 to make an offer to purchase the property from its current owner.

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Derek Bailey is expected to announce Saturday whether he will run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bailey currently resides with his family in Leelanau County and has served as Tribal Chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

10 YEARS AGO
September 28, 2006

The owner of a company that evolved from the Glen’s Markets food chain has taken control of the process to purchase and renovate the Lake States Harleysville building, the largest office building in Leelanau County. Glen B. Catt sees the future use of the 65,783-square-foot structure changing to residential. He’s not the first developer to look at the building with its attached marina, handsome lines and signature flock of metal seagulls, and determine that its natural calling falls in the line of upscale condominiums.

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The Northport Board of Education will meet tonight to consider collaboration with other schools, and to address the future of Northport High School. The board and 20 members of the public gathered Saturday morning to review challenges and opportunities the school district faces over the next five years and beyond.

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Patricia Barrons returned to her northern Elmwood Township home from an early morning walk in August and was startled by what she called a cougar prowling around her back yard. An outdoor enthusiast, Barrons said she went into “bird watching mode” to note the cat’s characteristics. “It was tawny, a ‘tannish’ brown with enormous paws and a long tail,” she said of the cat that stood only 15 feet from her.

35 YEARS AGO
September 24, 1981

A tentative appropriation of $220,000 for a Leelanau County Jail expansion is among eight-projects to receive federal revenue sharing funds under a proposed plan for use of $650,000 of federal money. The plan was adopted by the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night. Also included was funding for one and possibly two expansion projects for county government buildings.

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Jury deliberations were expected to begin today in the abduction and murder trial of a Belding man being held in Leelanau County as a change of venue from 8th Circuit Court in Ionia and Montcalm counties. The man, 24-year-old Alan B. Shepard, is charged with the Nov. 8 abduction and murder of Danielle Litnianski, 10, also of Belding.

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Representatives of the Lake Leelanau Lake Association plan to meet with a Traverse City attorney late today to discuss the possibility of his representing the 415-member organization in a possible lawsuit against Leelanau County and Leelanau Development Co., Inc., owners of the Leland Dam. Members of the lake group acknowledged it was probably “too late” to file a suit to halt a $180,000, county-financed repair project at the privately-owned dam.

60 YEARS AGO
September 27, 1956

The Maple City post office was moved Sunday from its location in the Basil Jankowski building across the street to the building owned by Postmaster G. K. Dechow. The office had been in the Jankowski building for 15 years.

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U.S. Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois will be greeted by an honor guard of Marine Corps veterans when he visits Leelanau county next Wednesday afternoon, October 3. He will be the guest here of the Leelanau County Democratic Committee.

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This is the kind of weather that brings people to Leelanau in Autumn. Days are bright and sunny, temperatures in the 60’s, fall colors appearing, fishing good, and atmosphere restful. True, the first flakes of snow fell last week, and there have been a few scattered frosts, but screens still are far more prevalent than storm windows.

119 YEARS AGO
September 16, 1897

Maple City. The barn in connection with Hotel Newman was struck by lightning early Monday morning and in a few minutes was completely burned with nearly all its contents. Our citizens turned out in a body, but the fire had gained such headway that nothing could be done.

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Suttons Bay. A caucus of School Dist. No. 1 and also of the village, was taken last week. Suttons Bay has enough population to incorporate.

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Tuesday evening the International Organisation of Good Templars opened their new hall to the public. A short program was given after which melons and ice cream were served. The proceeds of the eve were seven dollars and seventy-five cents. All present spoke highly of the new hall, the program, and the way they were entertained.

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