2016-11-03 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
November 3, 2011

Anyone who would like to see Sugar Loaf Resort reopen for skiing this winter will have an opportunity to show up there Saturday, roll up their sleeves, and help make it happen. Organizers of the newly formed, non-profit Sugar Loaf Mountain Club — which hopes to open some cross country ski trails on the property as soon as the snow falls — will hold a “work bee” at the long-shuttered resort on Saturday.

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Dwaun Anderson wants to stay a small school player, but he’s creating big-time hype with his verbal commitment to play basketball at Wagner College in New York City for two high-profile coaches. He originally signed to play for Michigan State University. But after attending summer workouts and passing classes in communications and sociology, Anderson left the campus and the Spartan basketball program.

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A Lake Ann man has discovered three uncharted shipwrecks on the bottom of Lake Michigan near Sleeping Bear Point. Ross Richardson found the wrecks while diving in between 15 and 22 feet of water off the point. Because the wrecks were found on the Lake Michigan floor, they belong to the State of Michigan, said Dusty Shultz, superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

10 YEARS AGO
November 2, 2006

Record or near-record county turnout is expected in Tuesday in the General election in which some 18,149 county voters are registered to cast ballots. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has estimated that 3.4 million Michiganders will turn out for the election, which will determine the fate of federal and state candidacies and five state proposals. Leelanau had a turnout of 78 percent on Nov. 2, 2004.

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Leelanau’s school staffers and educators are more health conscious than ever. But they have a long way to go in promoting a healthier lifestyle, a dietary expert says. “High-fat, sugary choices do not belong on a school’s a la carte menu,” said Diane Roach, registered dietitian for outpatient and inpatient care of adults and children with Munson Healthcare.

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Supporters of a “farmland preservation” millage proposal appearing in the Nov. 7 ballot in Leelanau County have outspent opponents of the proposed tax increase by a margin of more than 25-to-1, according to campaign finance documents filed last week.

35 YEARS AGO
November 5, 1981

The 2,300 privately-owned acres of South Fox Island off the Leelanau Peninsula are up for sale at an asking price of $2.2 million, more than six times the seller’s 1975 purchase price. Schmidt Real Estate of Suttons Bay is handling the sale for the three-person partnership from Hart which purchased the island land for $350,000 at a 1975 estate auction.

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While 1981 won’t go down as one of the record years for Leelanau County tourism, resort operators and merchants contacted in a spot survey last week all reported modest gains over a slow 2-year tourist period in 1979 and 1980. The last two years there was concern over the price and even the availability of gasoline.

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Ghosts from Leelanau County’s lumbering past haunted the Leland Dam repair project over the Halloween weekend, with workers forced to tear down a failed cofferdam because of logs buried in the bed of the Leland River. The engineer that is supervising the $157,000 repair project under a separate, $22,000 county contract said the failure of the remaining wall two weeks ago was caused by the inability of works from the dam-repair firm Tom Shaw, Inc., to drive the wall’s support beams deep enough into the riverbed.

60 YEARS AGO
November 1, 1956

What may well be the greatest number of voters in Leelanau County history will go to the polls Tuesday to vote for national, state and county officers; to decide whether to amend the state Constitution, and, in Leelanau Township, to vote on one local proposition. A record 5,180 persons will be eligible to vote Tuesday in Leelanau County’s 11 townships.

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Nine new homes, built for key personnel at the Empire air force base will be ready for occupancy within the next few days, according to Major Homer D. Champlin, commanding officer. The homes, including five 3-bedroom and four 2-bedroom units, are situated on the site formerly occupied by the gunnery range. The housing development overlooks the village of Empire.

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Conservation officers yesterday afternoon termed fire conditions in Leelanau County as “explosive” with permits being issued on a restricted basis for fires on plowed ground only. Hunters are being urged to use extreme caution in woods. One treacherous fire already has been reported for the county.

120 YEARS AGO
October 29, 1896

Judge Campbell was in our village Wednesday on legal business.

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On Tuesday next the voters of Leelanau County will be called upon to decide who of the many candidates for county office, will be entrusted to manage the affairs of the county for the coming two years, and the Enterprise takes this opportunity of asserting its loyalty and support to the nominees of the Republican party, firmly believing that the interests of the tax payers and citizens will be better served by their election.

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Mrs. Joseph Popp, an old resident of this township, informs us that she has voted the Democratic ticket for 30 years, but on Tuesday next, will vote the Republican ticket from head to foot.

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