2016-10-06 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Len Beyers


LEN BEYERS retires next week after 27 years as a county maintenance worker. LEN BEYERS retires next week after 27 years as a county maintenance worker. Name: Len Beyers

Town or township of residence: Leland Township

Resident of county since: Sometime in the mid 1980’s.

Age and birthplace: Age 58, born in Detroit.

Occupation: I’ve been a Leelanau County maintenance worker for 27 years but will retire on Oct. 14 and plan to pursue other interests.

Marital status (including children): I’m married to Alice Beyers and we have two grown sons.

You live in Leelanau County because: It’s beautiful up here.

Last good movie you saw: Last week I decided to watch a classic Clint Eastwood western that I really like one more time: "The Unforgiven."

Last good book you read: I’m almost through Henry David Thoreau’s "Walden again."

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would that be: Bela Fleck the banjo virtuoso. It would be nice to play the banjo that well for one day without doing all the practice that you’d need to do to be that good.

Things important to you that you have accomplished so far: My wife and I raised two very smart, very accomplished and very successful young men.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I hope to be fully retired and enjoying time with family and friends.

Things you lose sleep over: I only lose sleep if I’m having a little heartburn. I usually sleep really well.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: We’d still be looking at what can be done to create more affordable housing in the county. The county dropped that effort too quickly and I wish they hadn’t. Young people should not be priced out of the market.

Favorite dessert: Cherry cheesecake.

Are you a coffee drinker: Yes. I take it with some hazelnut creamer whenever I can get it.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: Pyramid Point. We lived very near it when we first moved here and still live near it.

If you had more time you would: Spend more time fishing and traveling. I’m hoping to have more time pretty soon as I will be semi-retired.

The words that best describe you are: Honest, dedicated and, sometimes, funny.

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