October 27, 2016 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Local chef goes to hell and back

Aaron Smock was no stranger to handling the proverbial heat before entering “Hell’s Kitchen.” More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Teri McFarlan

Name: Teri McFarlan  Town or township of residence: Elmwood Township  Resident of county since: 2005, when she moved here for her husband’s job as general manager of a car dealership in Traverse City.   More...

The Morning Drive

Members of the Leelanau Enterprise staff spent last Thursday morning being tourists — driving to their favored spots in the county in search of fall color. More...

Wood carver to speak in Northport

Local woodcarver Tim Overdier will be the guest of honor at the Northport Women’s Club meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Leelanau Township fire hall. More...

Fisherman farmed and farmers fished to survive on Fox islands

Mormons were early settlers

The following story is being republished with permission from the book “The Fox Islands, North and South,” written by Kathleen Craker Firestone. The section below was included the chapter called Island Farming.  * * *  More...

Rotarians preparing Italian dinner for community

The Suttons Bay-Leelanau County Rotary Club will host its 16th annual Italian Dinner Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. More...

‘Basket of Hope’ offered by State Savings

A local bank with a branch in Empire is seeking help in collecting food for needy families in the region.  State Savings Bank has kicked off a food drive called Basket of Thanks. More...

Workshop all about Mac computers

The next computer workshop sponsored by a local library will cover “Mac for Beginners.”  More...

Click to listen to Cherry Pie Debate

Want to catch up on your listening?  Taped broadcasts of the Cherry Pie Debate are provided on the websites of the Leelanau Enterprise and Interlochen Public Radio. More...

At Cherry Pie Debate, views sour on national politics

Both sides of aisle disappointed

The climate that is emerging from the national Presidential election has left a bad taste in the mouth of voters, according to several people in attendance at the Cherry Pie Debate held last week.  More...

First-term county treasurer faces county staff accountant

Leelanau County Treasurer

The office of Treasurer is authorized by the Michigan Constitution to serve as the chief financial officer of a county. More...

Veteran commissioner faces challenge in District No. 3

District 3 county commissioner William J. (Will) Bunek, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Dean Robb.  District 3 is made up of Suttons Bay Township and a portion of Bingham Township.  Mr. More...

First-term commissioner faces challenge from lifelong resident

Patricia Soutas-Little, District 5 county commissioner and a Democrat, is facing opposition from Dale Schaub, who won the Republican Primary in August.  District 5 is comprised of Leland and Centerville Townships. Ms. More...

Same candidates in District 7 face off for the third time

District 7 commissioner Melinda C. Lautner is being challenged by John C. O’Neill of Cedar, a Democrat.  More...

Crowded Northport School Bd. race with 6 candidates, 3 slots

Northport Board of Education

Under Michigan law, boards of education are responsible for school district operations.  More...

Chamber feels the Bern, honors outstanding man

More than 100 people were on hand at the Bluebird last Thursday as the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce paid homage to a household name in the local wine industry.  More...

County Cuisine

Colorful punch custom made for Leelanau’s leaf peeping

Are you playing host to friends or family that have traveled to Leelanau to take in the local color? Try serving them this recipe for fruit infused sangria made with wine from local vintners. More...

New Northport arts center awes community, artists

Center will hosts classes

Christine Verdon, president of the Northport Arts Association (NAA), said even local artists didn’t know what to expect from an art studio project that has been under construction for the last several months.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was More...

Arts group sponsors student trip to show

The Friends of Fine Arts (FOFA) at Suttons Bay Public Schools are planning a downstate trip to see see the Broadway Show “WICKED” on Nov. 20.  More...

Local pizza places third in statewide competition

For the second year in a row, Market 22 returned from the Michigan Restaurant Association Show in Novi with high marks in the pizza challenge.  More...

Arts, students and golf course get grants

The Leelanau Township Community Foundation has allowed $27,900 in grants to local community groups.  Those grants were for:   $15,000 to Northport Village for construction and development of a driving range and practice facility at the Nor More...

Birgy, Belanger are wed

Thaddeus Birgy and Katie Belanger, both of Kalkaska, exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 27 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Traverse City, with Rev. More...

Photos of Old Cuba coming to meeting

A photographic tour of Cuba that takes in vintage cars, cigar rolling and the beautiful architecture of Old Havana will be featured next Wednesday Nov. More...

Cherry Pie Debate offers two recipes for state policy

Vanderwall, Scripps offer clear choices for voters

Candidates in a race for the 101st State House District were asked about everything from what they’ll do to create jobs in northern Michigan to what they think of their party’s presidential candidate. More...

County prosecutor challenged by independent candidate

Leelanau County Prosecutor

The office of Prosecuting Attorney is authorized by the Michigan Constitution to serve as the county’s chief law enforcement official. More...

Two-term commissioner, business owner faces retired educator

District 2 Commissioner

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners sets policy for county government, adopts and monitors an annual budget, sets fees for county services, and contracts for a yearly audit of all county funds. More...

First-term commissioner, former board chair clash in District 4

First-term District 4 county commissioner Ty Wessell, a Democrat, is challenged by Republican nominee and former county commission chair Tom Van Pelt. District 4 is comprised of northern Suttons Bay Township and all of Leelanau Township. More...

In District 6, County Board chair faces Empire ZBA chair

The race for the District 6 seat on the county Board of Commissioners pits incumbent Democratic commissioner Carolyn “Peachy” Rentenbach and Casey Noonan, the Republican nominee. More...

6 seek 3 terms on G-L board

Six candidates are seeking three nonpartisan seats available on the Glen Lake Board of Education.  They are incumbents Laura Alysworth-Bonzelet, Ross Hazelton and Lisa Niergarth, who are facing newcomers Douglas Lake, Ed Ricker and Lisa Siddall. More...

Attorney, business owner seek to represent Leelanau in Lansing

State Representatives

The primary purpose of the State House of Representatives is to enact new laws and amend or repeal existing laws. During a two-year tenure, a representative may cast more than 4,000 votes on bills. An estimated 600 to 800 bills will become law.  More...