October 13, 2016 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

BIG CELEBRATION ON LAKE LEELANAU

The family behind a home that all of Leelanau is talking about

The person who is building the biggest home in Northern Michigan is a family man who carries with him a love of Leelanau County rooted, one could say, in the coal fields of Scotland. More...

In his words, Stephenson family’s hundred-year love affair with Leland

More than a century ago a family love affair and affection for Leland and Leelanau County began when, in 1895, John F. More...

County Cuisine

Salmon with sweet, spicy kick

Invasive mussel species have done serious damage to the salmon in Lake Michigan. More...

Chamber finalizes Pumpkin Fest plans

The Glen Arbor Chamber of Commerce has announced a few changes to the inaugural Pumpkin Festival, which is slated to take place from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. More...

New zoning districts planned

The Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission continued its work last week to create new zoning designations within the township’s residential district. More...

Leland Public School hosts 10th annual Indoor Farmers Market

Leland Public School teamed up with MSU Extension and various county growers last Thursday in holding the 10th annual Indoor Farmers Market.  The event gives growers a chance to teach students about local agriculture and reach families that may More...

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BECKY KALCHIK is the winner of this year’s Northport Promise Golf Cart Raffle. The fundraiser helps to provide scholarships to Northport graduates.   More...

Work starts early on the Burfiend farm

Complete butchering shop

Editor’s Note: The following story is adapted from the books based on oral histories and family photos collected by Tom Van Zoeren. The books are available at local book shops. More...

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A GROUP of about a dozen serenaded Northport resident John Groomes on his 96th birthday last Wednesday, Oct. 5. More...

Seniors welcome at community dinner

The Leelanau Community Church will hold its 23rd annual harvest dinner for Leelanau County seniors on Saturday, Oct. More...

Donations, sales up at Empire Heritage Day

Empire was the place to go back in time Saturday at the annual Heritage Day at the Empire Area Heritage Museum.  Dave Taghon, president of the Empire Area Heritage Group, said it’s impossible to get a count on turnout. More...

Responders ready to save lives in Leelanau

Millage brings new life and personnel to Elmwood dept.

The Elmwood Township Fire Department got a head start on National Fire Prevention Week when firefighters and emergency medical technicians last week brought several vehicles and a wide range of equipment to The Pathfinder School in Greilickville wher More...

Education, pay scales vary by level of emergency responder

Michigan has four different levels of certification for those responding to calls for help.  Michigan First Responders (MFR) are required to complete 84 hours of training covering topics such as patient assessment, basic life support, use of Aut More...

Maintenance an everyday thing for county firefighters

In simpler times, many fire departments had people on staff who had all the mechanical ability required to maintain all of the department’s fire engines, ambulances and other equipment.  More...

To each their own

County fire departments designed differently

We take for granted that emergency medical and fire personnel will come roaring into the driveway when we call 9-1-1. More...

Spending some time with Stacie, Richard Stephenson

Editor’s note: Following is an interview conducted with Richard and Stacie Stephenson, who are building the new home on north Lake Leelanau that has created such a buzz. Alan Campbell interviewed the Stephensons.   More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Janie Markham

Name: Janie Markham Town or township of residence: Lake Leelanau Resident since: 2005. Age and birthplace: 65, Columbia, Mo. Occupation: Retired home economics teacher More...

Boskydel Vineyard to be named Outstanding Business of the Year

Like a fine wine, the legend of Bernie Rink only gets better with age. More...

In Suttons Bay Village, fund balance falls partially due to hall construction

The Suttons Bay Village Council met as a “committee of the whole” last week to finalize a draft budget for 2017 and prepare 2016 budget amendments.  More...

Changes considered on regulation of towers, wineries, off-street parking

The Bingham Township Planning Commission held public hearings on five proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments last week.  More...

Donation can prevent overdose deaths

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office got a surprise donation this week that may save lives.  Laurie Ames, a substance abuse prevention specialist with Up North Prevention, dropped off 48 doses of Narcan Nasal Spray, a medicine that blocks More...

Shoreline Fruit donates 20 tons of tart cherries to Michigan food bank

Shoreline Fruit announced on Friday the donation of 40,000 pounds of Montmorency tart cherries to Feeding America of West Michigan. The donation was made possible through a collaborative effort between Shoreline Fruit and its growers. More...

Raising child abuse awareness

A Training and Awareness to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. More...

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MEMBERS OF the Leelanau Council of the Knights of Columbus were out in full force Saturday for their annual Tootsie Roll drive benefiting people with intellectual disabilities. More...

Walk raises thousands to fight hunger

About 80 people turned out Sunday afternoon for a walk around Omena Point to raise money to feed the hungry locally and around the world.  Final tallies were not available as of Tuesday morning, but it appears that this year’s Leelanau Cou More...

Learn about wills, trusts, Medicaid

Leelanau County Senior Services and ShareCare Leelanau will host a “wills and trusts” program from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Suttons Bay Congregational Church, 218 W. More...

Lighthouse Hauntings

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse and Leelanau State Park will host “The Haunted Lighthouse” this weekend.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Newest emergency responders sleep better with overnight housing unit

The new firefighter and emergency medical technicians (EMT) in Cedar, arguably the youngest EMTs working in Leelanau County, represent the changing face of a new department that has offered 24/7 Basic Life Support for just a couple months.  Joe More...

Leland fire stations the result of planning, community support

One station concept rejected

More than a decade of wishing and hoping and planning and dreaming finally become a reality for the Leland Township Fire and Rescue Department, which held an open house Sunday for its newly updated Lake Leelanau fire station. More...

More paramedics coming to northernmost fire department

Dept. will grow to 9 employees

The newest member of the Leelanau Township Emergency Services (LTES) department is also the only staff member who is a paramedic. More...