October 20, 2016 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

‘Sign Wars’ escalate across county

In an election year political signs become a part of the landscape, often warring with the fall colors for attention. In Leelanau County — and likely in counties across the nation — there’s another war going on: the Sign War. More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Scott Craig

Name: Scott Craig  Town or township of residence: Leland  Resident of county since: I first came in 1963, bought my first house in ‘68, and I would say I’ve been full time for maybe a dozen years.   More...

Elmwood slip rates hiked again

The rental price for seasonal slips at the Elmwood Township Marina will rise again next year, this time by 3 percent. The Elmwood Township Board voted 4-2 to raise the rates at its regular monthly meeting last week. More...

Leland eyes ‘world class’

Goals for the 2016-17 school year and an action plan to go with them were adopted this week by the Leland Board of Education.  More...

Deputy sought for director

Leelanau County last week posted a job opening for a fulltime Deputy Emergency Management Director. More...

Enbridge leads to long discussion

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners spent a full hour at its Statutory Annual Meeting last week considering an issue about which it had already decided to take no action. More...

Village pays tribute to retiring council members

Three members of the seven-member Suttons Bay Village Council attended their last council meeting Monday evening.  Village Council President Harry Brandt, Trustee John Bumgardner, and Trustee Rose Hollander will step down when their terms expir More...

Suttons Bay looks to Kalkaska in hiring new library director

An Elmwood Township man has been named director of the Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library.  Bradley Chaplin, 48, will succeed Ryan Deery who recently received a posting as director of the Allegan, Michigan District Library.  More...

Pianist to perform original compositions at S-B church

Tristan Eckerson, an award-winning pianist and composer and the son of Leland residents Fran and Mark Eckerson, will perform original compositions next month at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church. More...

King, Queen

GLEN LAKE’S homecoming king and queen, Tommy Kendall III and Kelly Bunek, are all smiles after being crowned at halftime of Friday night’s game against visiting Mancelona. Glen Lake won the game 50-12.   More...

Carlsons met in college, celebrate 50th anniversary

John and Gail Carlson of Lake Leelanau celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in the Beacon Lounge at the top of the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City.  John Carlson and Gail Anderson met while attending at the Univers More...

New pastor in G-A as churches struggle to fill their pulpits

One county church has filled a long-vacant pastor’s seat while two others are approaching their second year without assigned clergy. Daniel L. Dockery has accepted a call to serve as pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Glen Arbor. More...

Civil rights movie followed by questions

The Glen Lake Library will present the documentary film “Alice’s Ordinary People” next Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The film documents the life and work of Alice Tregay, an African- American civil rights activist from Chicago. More...

Two fire stations later Leland fire chief announces plans for retirement

Leland Township Fire Chief Rick Royston says that he’d like to be able to spend more time with his family and his three grandchildren, who recently moved to the county.  And soon he’ll be able to do that.  Royston, who is 67, ha More...

Film looks at mistreatment of women; supports amendment

The League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) will host a film and discussion Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay. “Equal Means Equal” will be shown. More...

Learn how to properly test soil

A workshop on soil testing will be held Saturday, Oct. More...

Snowmobile course offers free pizza

A registration deadline is fast approaching for a 4-H Snowmobile Safety Course for youth ages 12 to 15.  The free, one-day course will meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cedar Hilltoppers Snowmobile Clubhouse at 7949 S. More...

Organization wants fewer signs

One local group is doing its part to stem what many see as a growing tide of signs along Leelanau County’s rural roads.  The Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Committee is asking the state to follow its own guidelines when it comes to the Tou More...

County Cuisine

Bacon-wrapped meatloaf offers hearty autumn meal

Enjoy this recipe for hot meatloaf tonight and make meatloaf sandwiches tomorrow. A variety of spice and a bit of bacon lends this classic dish some extra dimension. Martha's Leelanau Table is located on St. More...

Inspection may yield lower premiums

Some residents of Bingham Township may see homeowner’s insurance premiums drop following an Insurance Services Organization (ISO) inspection earlier this year. More...

Leland’s push to join baccalaureate program boosted by interviews

Leland Board of Education members were encouraged by reports about visits from representatives of the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization.  More...

Leelanau Twp. looks for librarian, yard waste site

Separate Leelanau Township committees were appointed to look at establishing a yard waste collection site and to look for a new library director.  More...

Director’s email blast offers movie tips, fall color update

County Emergency Services director Matt Ansorge has become somewhat of a publisher and travel agent with his weekly email blast that is sent to literally hundreds of people.  More...

Budget forecast to tap fund balance

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners voted 7-0 at its regular monthly meeting last week to adopt a 2017 budget that requires dipping into the county’s sizeable reserves to balance around $13.2 million in revenues and expenditures.  More...

End-of-driveway bench returned

Two Maple City brothers are sitting pretty after a bench, taken from the end of their driveway last month, mysteriously reappeared.   Dexter and Sidney Martin, third and fifth graders respectively at Glen Lake, came home from school on Sept. More...

In Northport, new arts center to be dedicated

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Village Arts Building in Northport will be held at 10 a.m. More...

Norsemen robotics team starts strong

The Suttons Bay Robotics team welcomed five new members while competing in Pellston Saturday in a postseason event. The high school team placed second overall. More...

Lumberjacks worked 60-hour weeks, were paid $30 for efforts

Last camp built on Burnham Hill

Empire’s roots are as a logging town, as shown by this story reprinted with permission from “Some Other Day (Remembering Empire),” a collection of historical stories published by the Empire Area Heritage Group. More...

Seniors can learn how to reduce stress at Christmastime

The Leelanau County Senior Services department will host a “Surviving the Holidays” program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the County Government Center in Suttons Bay Township.  More...

Photo

A CREW from Chemical Bank spent Columbus Day, a banking holiday, volunteering their time painting an exterior wall at the Leelanau Montessori Charter Academy.   More...

New hope for inland lake’s high water

Culvert eyed for Shalda Cr.

Cleveland Township may take advantage of a new grant program to help pay for road improvements that might help address high water concerns in Little Traverse Lake.  More...

21-year township worker to retire; deputy clerk seeks more library hours

Two Leelanau Township employees are stepping down from their jobs — one to retire and one to work more hours at another township job.  Willard Kolarik, the township facilities manager, has announced he will retire at the beginning of the y More...

Northport groups plan candidate forum

Two Northport loose-knit organizations, the Cracker Barrel and Circle Discussion Group and the Gertrude McDuck Coffee Hour, are jointly sponsoring an election candidate forum set for Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Leelanau Township fire hall.  More...

Past Lions recalled in ceremony

THE CEDAR/Maple City Lions Club recognized two original members of the club at its ‘Charter Night’ held earlier this month. Robert Stachnik, left, is pictured with Marilyn Flaska, who represented her husband, Charles, a charter member. More...

Radio club plans training

The Cherryland Amateur Radio Club will begin a 12-week training program next Wednesday, Oct. More...