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October 20, 2011

By the second week in November the most photographed tree in Leland, a champion cottonwood that stands at the corner of River and Lake streets, will be felled. A split Leelanau County Road Commission voted Tuesday to have the 90-foot tree, whose health has been failing for years, taken down despite the efforts of a Leland couple to keep it on life support at least through the winter. The tree is estimated to be 109-years-old.

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An anonymous Suttons Bay Township couple is trying to convince their neighbors to vote “yes” on a property tax increase to support township parks by offering their own 50-percent “match” of the entire tax levy. The offer would be worth nearly $83,000.

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Crews used side-scan sonar and remote cameras Wednesday morning to continue the search for Jay E. Farr, 58, of Northport, who disappeared last weekend while trying to retrieve his dingy from a frigid and choppy Northport Bay. A prayer vigil is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the pavilion at Northport marina park.

October 19, 2006

Members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are facing another delay in electing members of their Tribal Council. The tribal Election Board has postponed — for a second time — the tribe’s Regular Election which had been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24. Instead, a hearing will be held on Tuesday in Peshawbestown to consider allegations against two of six candidates on the ballot — allegations made by fellow candidate and incumbent Tribal Council vice chairman George Bennett.

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How many Leelanau County property owners are cheating on their taxes by improperly claiming a “homestead” exemption? County equalization director Laurie Spencer thinks there are plenty. And she told county commissioners last week she wants to begin an investigation to find them.

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Leland Public School is the Michigan headquarters for the “vote” that is part of the National Parent/ Student Mock Election on Thursday, Nov. 2. Leland juniors and seniors are gearing up for the event, which over the years has gained a reputation regionally not only for its professionalism but for the big-name candidates it attracts, such as former Gov. John Engler. Longtime Leland social studies teacher Ed Wodek has organized the mock election locally for more than 20 years.

October 15, 1981

Leelanau County has received 100 percent of an annual appropriation in federal payment in lieu of property taxes for lands acquired for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. But County Treasurer Vicki Kilway said last week that next year’s appropriation in the 5-year federal program will be far smaller than the $213,908 received recently. The payment covers more than 22,000 acres taken over by the National Park Service.

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A $496,000 project to upgrade telephone service for the outlying areas of Leland and Northport has been started by Michigan Bell Telephone co. The project involves putting telephone lines underground. When completed, all phones in the Northport- Leland area will be 2-party or private lines, Bell Community Relations Manager Michael Reid said.

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County employees will see a net 8 percent increase in their paychecks as of Jan. 1, as well as longevity pay boosts, if salary hikes proposed by the County Board of Commissioners’ Personnel Committee are approved at an Oct. 27 special meeting. The raises, along with a revision of the county’s personnel policies manual, were proposed at Tuesday’s County Board session.

October 18, 1956

Stockholders of the Leelanau Transit Company will decide at a special meeting in late November whether to seek permission to abandon the C & O railroad line between Hatches Crossing and Northport and to dissolve the Transit Company, which owns 23.4 miles of roadbed on this county’s only remaining railroad line.

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Ten-year-old Brent Smith, of Omena, who last June 6 saved a playmate from drowning in Omena Bay, Monday evening became the 48th Michigan resident to receive the Certificate of Merit, highest honor given by the American Red Cross.

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Sealed bids for purchase of $500,000 in general obligation bonds to finance construction of the Glen Lake Community School, now being received, will be opened October 30 at 8:00 p.m. in the board of education office at Maple City. They will be coupon bonds in denominations of $1,000 each, numbered consecutively in direct order of maturity from one to 500. The maximum interest rate has been set at five percent, but board members hope to obtain a more favorable interest rate than that.

October 15, 1896

Nearly all the country schools will be open some time this month. Teachers should see that the school house and grounds are in proper condition.

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