2016-10-06 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
October 6, 2011

Second may seem out of place for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which was voted the most beautiful place in America by viewers of the Good Morning America television show. The park is on track to record its best season for visitation in 12 years, and could become its second-busiest ever.

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When will the color “peak” in Leelanau County? Not yet in Empire, according to a sure sign that can be viewed along M-22. “There is a nice backdrop of trees off in the distance as you’re coming into the village,” said Bonnie Nescott, an Empire resident and Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce member. “When those trees have turned, it’s over. We (will have) reached our peak here in Empire.”

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The Bingham Township Planning Commission this week finalized work on a zoning ordinance amendment that will regulate the production and distribution of medical marijuana as a “home occupation.” The proposed amendment will be the subject of a public hearing at the commission’s next regular monthly meeting on Nov. 3.

10 YEARS AGO
October 5, 2006

Leland school numbers continue to buck the trend on declining enrollment experienced in the three other Leelanau County school districts. “We had 40 brand new students come through our doors this fall — not including kindergarten,” Leland Principal Terry Breen said. “Some were School of Choice, but we had several families move in from Annapolis (Md.) and Chicago.” Some 2,369 students were enumerated at county schools last Wednesday, Sept. 27, in an annual count mandated by the state.

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A replica of a Revolutionary Warera armed sloop this week made her maiden voyage on West Grand Traverse Bay, crewed by volunteers from the Maritime Heritage Alliance based in Grelickville. Volunteers worked for 13 years to rebuild the tall ship “Welcome” before setting sail Tuesday morning from Heritage Harbor.

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State Sen. Michelle McManus (R-Lake Leelanau) says she struggled for years to craft a piece of legislation that would help Leelanau and other counties throughout Michigan fund their solid waste recycling program in a fair and equitable manner. She acknowledged that “compromises” built into a law she shepherded through the state Legislature last year may be playing a role in the financial crunch currently facing the county’s Solid Waste Council.

35 YEARS AGO
October 1, 1981

One national bus line asks customers in its advertising to “leave the driving to us.” During the next few weeks, the newly-hired director Richard Kaufman, of Leelanau County’s 4-bus, state-funded mass transit system, will be trying to convince county residents to do just that. Plans call for the bus fleet to make regular morning and evening trips to and from Traverse City from various locations across the county.

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A $163,750 federal grant sought by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa-Chippewa Indians would fund a tribal fishing retail outlet and fish processing plant in Peshawbestown in conjunction with its newly-established trap net operation.

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Some of Leelanau County’s fourth-largest crop almost was not harvested this fall because of a declining market that left farmers scrambling to find commercial buyers. The crop is plums, and according to Leelanau County Extension Agent James Nugent, “The crop was excellent, the quality was excellent, but this year there was nowhere to sell it,” he said.

60 YEARS AGO
October 4, 1956

Work on the $150,000 addition to Leland school is progressing so rapidly that, with material shipments arriving on schedule, it is considered almost certain now that the addition will be completed by January 1.

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The Leelanau County Road Commission this week will mark routes for color tours that each autumn attract hundreds of visitors here to view nature’s brightest hues. Although the color season officially begins October 1, it is not expected to reach a peak until about mid-month.

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Two thousand tagged brown trout will be planted Oct. 10 in Lake Leelanau. Stanley Lievense, district fisheries supervisor, states that the first planting will be at Perrins Landing and the second at the Bingham fishing site.

120 YEARS AGO
October 1, 1896

Mrs. Jos. Voice and Mrs. Wolfe of Northport, are attending Probate Court today.

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Jesse Delong has returned from Omena where he has been working the past few weeks.

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Ernest Ludorf, of Milwaukee has taken charge of the saloon formerly run by R. Ruff.

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John Crocker of Suttons Bay has finished plastering in the Court House and has done a first class job.

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Next week is fair week at Maple City.

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