2016-10-27 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
October 27, 2011

The owner of Sugar Loaf Resort, Kate Wickstrom, said this week that she is pursuing a new avenue toward revitalizing the long-shuttered ski resort. Wickstrom said that since this summer she and her father, Wally Fryer of Maple City, have been working with three Leelanau County men on a plan that might allow for cross-country skiing and other limited activities on the Sugar Loaf Resort property as early as this winter.

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Eric Cline’s resignation came during a one hour, 45 minute closed session held last Thursday, providing the county administrator a face-to-face exchange with the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners. While details of the session are not public, Cline clearly wanted to keep his job. As part of his contract, he will receive three months of pay and insurance coverage following his departure.

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A Leelanau County icon is gone. Rex Eugene Dobson, a Bingham Township farmer and a leader in the farmland preservation movement in Michigan and the U.S., died last Thursday at the age of 87. A fourth generation farmer, Dobson lived on the farm his great-grandfather, William Core, homesteaded in 1865, on Center Highway in Bingham Township.

10 YEARS AGO
October 26, 2006

The Leland Township Planning Commission did not make a final decision on the proposed Provemont Village development at a special meeting Tuesday night. The seven-member board, though, did reach consensus on how many slips the proposed development will have on the Lake Leelanau Narrows. It also reached consensus in support of the condominium project as presented.

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Bingham Township supervisor Robert W. Foster said this week that he will face a recall attempt against him “squarely” and will defend himself “strongly.” “I have no intention of resigning,” Foster said during the regular monthly meeting of the Bingham Township Board on Monday evening.

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It was a championship forged in the 90-degree heat of summer tournaments and the pressure of playing the toughest teams in the state early in the season. So when the Suttons Bay team bus drove back into town Saturday night with a police escort and then through a tunnel of cars and adoring fans in the school parking lot, Todd Hursey and his team could finally appreciate the gravity of what they had accomplished — winning the Division IV state golf title.

35 YEARS AGO
October 22, 1981

The special assessment district that will fund at least half the cost of the Leland Dam repair and the Lake Leelanau Narrows dredging project will not be increased in size beyond the district’s original 1978 boundaries, according to the attorney consultant hired by the county to review the district. And, the lawyer added, the first special-assessment payment will probably not appear on this year’s tax bills.

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Depending on one’s point of view, the first hints of winter in Leelanau this week were either a boon or a bummer. While many started thinking about tire chains and snow blowers, wintersports lovers smiled in anticipation this week as the season’s first Arctic cold fronts passed through Leelanau Sunday and again Tuesday. Sunday brought snow squalls and day-long wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour, a combination that reduced visibility and left an inch or so of the white stuff on the ground in parts of the county.

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Leelanau County has some of the highest-paid workers of counties of its size in the state, according to a newly-released pay survey from the Michigan Association of Counties. Even without an 8 percent raise in take-home pay county workers are scheduled to receive Jan. 1, most of Leelanau’s county employees are at or near the top in pay rates for counties with populations of 10,000 to 24,999.

60 YEARS AGO
October 25, 1956

Reports from township clerks, compiled this week by County Clerk Elmer L. Dalton, reveal that since the primary elections in August, 505 new voters have registered. That brings Leelanau’s total registration to 5,180 and indicates that the county probably will have the greatest vote in its history, come Nov. 6. Mr. Dalton estimates, also, that at least twice as many persons as usual have asked for absent voters ballots.

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Leelanau County caught cold Tuesday, but its temperature was back to normal yesterday and Dr. Weatherman said he could see no reason why October should not continue to be one of the most beautiful months on record for this Land of Delight. Temperatures, many days this month, have reached the 80 degree mark, colors have been brilliant, and hundreds of summer residents have come back to claim the vacation weather they missed in July and August.

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Figures released this week by John Bacon of Empire, county superintendent of schools, indicate that there are 2,313 pupils attending public and parochial schools in Leelanau this year, as compared with 2,223 for the 1955-56 year, making a net increase of 90.

120 YEARS AGO
October 22, 1896

There were 24 naturalization papers taken out at this term of court, 23 Republicans and one Democrat.

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Mayor Gill, of Gill’s Pier, was a caller yesterday.

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Lena Keller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. Keller, died at Provemont Sunday morning, of tonsillitis at the age of 11 years. The funeral was held from the Catholic Church at Provemont, Tuesday morning. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

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