2016-11-17 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
November 17, 2011

Great weather and an extended peak-color season helped boost attendance figures at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore last month. Some 102,018 visitors were estimated to visit the park — the best October ever. Visitation as measured by the National Park Service was up almost 19 percent from 2010 when 86,048 visitors were noted.

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Retired Leelanau County administrator David Gill has been tapped to hold down his former post on an interim basis. Gill was one of three persons who took it upon themselves to send letters of inquiry seeking to serve as interim county administrator following the resignation of Eric Cline during a performance review last month.

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Runners and hikers in Leelanau County are a dedicated bunch — so much that apparently a well-equipped army of deer hunters barely slows them down. And county deer hunters appear to get along with hikers, according to resource specialists who report very few conflicts between the user groups.

10 YEARS AGO
November 16, 2006

Commissioners interpreted landslide opposition against a one-half mill farmland property tax last week as a desire by residents to dismantle Leelanau County’s farmland preservation program. Working as an executive committee exactly one week after the General election, they recommended 5-2 to terminate the county’s four-year old farmland preservation ordinance.

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County non-union employees are set up to take a big hit in health insurance costs, starting at the top. For the first time, members of the County Board of Commissioners are in line to have co-payments deducted from their paychecks for their health insurance plans. They couldn’t have picked a worse time, as a relatively new policy will restrict the county’s share of the health care insurance.

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Cheryl King was hired in 2005 to track the comings and goings of inmates from Leelanau and elsewhere, monitor the jail population and work with other counties seeking to relieve crowding in their own facilities. Today marks 19 months since the 72-bed jail opened, replacing the out-of-date, 20-bed facility in Leland.

35 YEARS AGO
November 19, 1981

A cost overrun in the $200,000 Leland Dam repair project may be the result of the discovery that the dam’s south sidewall apparently has no foundation and is in need of extra reinforcement. Four county commissioners and several members of the Lake Leelanau Lake Association toured the 73-year-old dam Saturday, with George Fredrickson of the board’s Lake Level Committee explaining the trouble.

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Leelanau County landowners will be billed a total of more than $9.2 million this year for property taxes to support public schools, the county, 11 townships and three villages. About 77 1/2 cents of each of the 9,252,736 tax dollars will be going to seven school districts.

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The Leelanau County Apportionment Commission is expected to recommend proposed county commissioner re-districting plans at a public meeting Tuesday. About the only dispute on the commission seems to be the final number of commissioner districts that will be adopted.

60 YEARS AGO
November 15, 1956

A check with Leelanau County physicians this week reveals that Salk polio vaccine previously available only for children to age 19 and for expectant mothers is now available to everyone. Doctors advise that men and women who wish to begin the series of three shots now could have completed them by next summer.

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Tension in the Middle East means necessity for an even sharper alert status for men of the Empire Air Force station, whose base forms an important link in the network of radar stations situated strategically throughout the free world to provide warning against possible enemy air attack.

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Basketball season, with many important changes, will open Tuesday night and all six public, parochial and private high school teams, with 144 players, will be in action within the next two weeks. Leland, usually a strong contender in the Cherryland conference, will have no team this year because of a lack of candidates.

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Workmen this week are adding the finishing touches to the $116,000 job of rebuilding Suttons Bay’s main street. The half mile of M-22 will undergo grading, drainage structures, blacktop surfacing and sidewalk repair. The project is being paid for with federal, state and local funds.

120 YEARS AGO
November 12, 1896

Joe Valey has opened up a general store at Provemont. Success to you Joe.

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About 60,000 feet of basswood lumber was picked up on the beach near this village on Monday last.

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Ye Editor will be in Northport on Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 13th, 14th, and 15th, for the purpose of collection and adjusting all outstanding accounts. Will also be in Suttons Bay on Monday and Tuesday for the same purpose, and we hope that all those indebted to us will be prepared to pay, for we need the money.

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