November 3, 2016 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Adult coloring crazy comes to Leelanau County

Having a stressful day? Getting a little anxious about life? Grab a coloring book and chill out while deciding whether that flower petal should be pink or yellow. More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Lindsey Fleis

Name: Lindsey Fleis  Town or township of residence: Suttons Bay.  Resident since: All my life.  Age and birthplace: 16 and Traverse City.  Occupation: Student (and a rower).   More...

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WHILE DEPUTIES were busy over Halloween evening, trick-or-treating that day in the County Building was all about clean fun. More...

Cedar fire hall expansion delayed

Work to expand the fire hall in Cedar has been put off until next spring.  The Cedar Area Fire and Rescue board discussed the status of the project when it last met Oct. More...

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Aurora Cellars to land $240K

Agricultural markets across Michigan — including a winery in Leelanau County — will benefit by the federal Value- Added Producer Grant program, which helps farmers and growers develop marketing strategies for agricultural commodities. More...

Hollow Threat

SMILES dominated even the scary costumes during the third-annual Suttons Bay Elementary School Halloween Parade Monday. More...

Port Oneida farmers needed side work: fishing and mail delivery

Keeping Manitou harbor open

Editor’s Note: The following is adapted from the books based on oral histories and family photos collected by Tom Van Zoeren. The books are available at local book shops. More...

250 dine on an Italian meal

More than 250 people turned out Friday night for the Suttons Bay- Leelanau County Rotary Club’s 16th Italian dinner.  Rotarians donned aprons and served up spaghetti with a choice of meat or vegetarian sauce, salad, roll and dessert.  More...

Commissioner feted at regional housing summit

A Leelanau county commissioner was one of four people given awards last week for efforts in the area of housing.  Ty Wessell of Northport and member of the housing nonprofit REACH was recognized Oct. More...

Looking Back at County Politics

Editor’s note: We’ve scattered parts of stories from previous elections in Leelanau County throughout our election section. Below is one of our favorites about the unlikely outcome of the 1976 General Election. More...

Former party chair, general vie for Congressional seat

District 2 Commissioner

The race for the 1st Congressional seat, which includes much of northern Lower Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula, pits a former state Democratic Party chairman with a retired Marine lieutenant general. More...

Three candidates line up for Centerville trustee positions

Centerville Township Trustee

Four candidates are seeking two positions of the Centerville Township Board. Two Democrats and two Republicans are running. Current trustee Jim Schwantes will be the new supervisor next month as he is running unopposed for the position. More...

2 running for G-A supervisor

Glen Arbor Supervisor

Glen Arbor Township soon will have a new township supervisor for the first time in 16 years following the retirement of Supervisor John Soderholm. Two candidates are hoping to fill his seat: More...

First-term Leelanau Township supervisor faces Republican

Leelanau Township Supervisor

In Leelanau Township, incumbent supervisor Doug Scripps, a Democrat, is being challenged by former Northport Village administrative coordinator Frank Goodroe, who won the Republican Primary in August. More...

One Dem, two Republicans seek trustee seats in Leland Township

Leland Township Trustee

Trustees are members of the township board with an equal vote in legislative and administrative government decisions. More...

Two seek non-partisan position of Empire Village president

Empire Village President

Two candidates are seeking the seat of president of the Village Council in the Village of Empire.  Current village president Sue Carpenter is not seeking re-election. The position is non-partisan.  Candidates are:  More...

More officials retiring after long careers

We covered the retirements of two long-time local officials this week — but there certainly are other longstanding public servants worthy of recognition.  More...

Family copes with loss entering holiday season

For Anne Kelly there are a lot of questions that need to be answered about how her family will celebrate Christmas this year. Kelly lost her husband Tom Kelly to cancer on Jan. 8. More...

County Cuisine

Balance is key to savory meat and cheese board

The word "charcuterie" can seem intimidating if you've been assigned the task of creating a spread to entertain holiday guests. More...

Bank begins food drive; after hours event planned at winery

State Savings Bank has kicked off its annual Basket of Thanks food drive and will collect canned and non-perishable food items at its Empire office through Nov. 21. More...

Candidates step up in Suttons Bay

Because three members of the Suttons Bay Village Council are stepping down this month and it’s not clear who will replace them after next week’s election, three council committee meetings that were scheduled for this week were canceled.&n More...

Growers, researchers unite to combat fruit fly

LaCross to chair committee

The battle between fruit farmers and fruit flies intensified in 2016 as county growers paid up to ramp up spray programs due to the increasingly troublesome spotted wing drosophila (SWD).  More...

Ag funding to help with projects

The cherry industry, which has been promoting the healthy aspects of cherry consumption, received an energy boost this week.  Nearly $1.9 million in federal funding has been released to support various fruit, vegetable, nursery and floriculture More...

Romantic comedy stars Leland students

Leland Public School and the Verdier Circle of Friends will present “She Loves Me” this week.  From the writing team of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the show is currently enjoying a second revival on Broadway with a production More...

Robotics team wants to thank its supporters

The Suttons Bay Public School robotics team will host an open house Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  Team members planned the event as a “thank you” to community supporters. More...

Learn about deadly WW II air battle

A meeting of a county organization will feature the story of the World War II experiences of Bill Dewey, who was a B-24 pilot in a ferocious battle over the skies of Kassel, Germany, in September of 1944.  Dewey’s story will be told by his More...

Flu shot on the go

Getting your flu shot will be a little easier thanks to a program offered next week by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department.(BLDHD)  Next Wednesday, Nov. More...

Harvest dinner at Glen Lake

An annual Community Harvest Dinner will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, located at 4902 W. MacFarlane Road in Burdickville.  The dinner is free and is open to all members of the community. More...

Octogenarians served combined 76 years for township governments

Kelly, Kelinski aren’t seeking re-election

Although a lot of people will be ending their political careers after the Nov. 8 election, few township officials in Leelanau County have served as long as two octogenarians who will step down from their posts later this month. More...

Vote today — then change your mind

Many options for casting your ballot

Come Nov. 8, voters can cast their ballot for the candidate of their choice — even if that means voting ‘a la carte.’  More...

Veteran Democrat challenged for Bingham Clerk position

Centerville Township Board

Two candidates are seeking the office of clerk in Bingham Township.  Incumbent Peggy Core, a Democrat, is facing Republican nominee Kathy Morio on the Nov. 8 ballot.  More...

Two Dems, four Republicans seek Elmwood trustee seats

Elmwood Trustee

Six candidates are seeking four trustee seats on the Charter Township of Elmwood Board. Three incumbents, Republicans — Kyle Trevas, Terry Lautner and Dave Darga — would like to retain their seats. More...

Representation from both parties in Glen Arbor trustee race

Glen Arbor Trustee

Three candidates are seeking two Glen Arbor Township trustee seats that will be filled Tuesday in the General Election.  John Peppler and Don Lewis, Republicans, advanced through the August Primary. More...

Leland supervisor opening draws pair of candidates

Leland Township Supervisor

Voters in Leland Township will elect a new supervisor when they go to the polls on Tuesday in the General Election.  Supervisor Cal Little did not seek reelection. Two candidates are hoping to fill the seat:  More...

Long-time Solon Twp. supervisor faces independent candidate

Solon Township Supervisor

Two candidates are seeking the top elected position in Solon Township in the General Election set for Tuesday. Incumbent supervisor Jim Lautner, a Republican, is being opposed by Debi Stephens, who is running without party affiliation. More...

Four candidates toss in hats to become Empire Village trustees

Empire Village Trustee

Four candidates are seeking three positions as trustees on the Empire Village Council. More...