2016-11-24 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
November 24, 2011

A divorce seems imminent in the turbulent relationship between Varley-Kelly Properties and Leelanau County, who were once partners in a plan to rebuild the former Leelanau County courthouse property into a 24-unit housing development. But one question remains: Who will keep the children? A “judgment of possession” order issued Oct. 21 by District Court Judge Michael Stepka has put Leelanau County on track to retain possession of the majority of the land that once housed the county seat.

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If you were hoping to get one of the turkeys Ben Brown raised this year on the former Sonny Swanson farm in Cleveland Township for Thanksgiving, you’re at least a month too late. “I pre-sold them all well in advance,” said Brown, who is working part of the 93-acre Sonny Swanson preserve that the Leelanau Conservancy holds.

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Leelanau County has a new administrative head, and he’s paid by the hour. Former county administrator David Gill was hired Monday to assume his former duties on an interim basis. He may be the first county administrator — interim or not — to work on an hourly basis.

10 YEARS AGO
November 23, 2006

The village’s two part-time police officers — including an officer working in Suttons Bay School — may be laid off next year. Suttons Bay’s Village Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt its 2007 budget as prepared by village manager Chuck Stewart. The spending plan, based on a millage rate of 9.2 mills, includes general fund expenditures of $804,144 for the new budget year, which begins Jan. 1.

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Petitions with more than enough signatures to force a recall election to determine if Bingham Township supervisor Robert Foster should remain in office were submitted Monday to the Leelanau County clerk. The 408 signatures — 40 percent more than the 289 required by state law — are being reviewed by Clerk Michelle Crocker, and Foster will also have an opportunity to review and challenge signatures.

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Among county schools, Glen Lake has benefited the most from the state’s Schools of Choice law that began 10 years ago. Some 173 of the district’s 798 students are “choice” students, choosing to attend Glen Lake rather than the district in which they live, according to records from the superintendent’s office presented during the November monthly meeting last week. Glen Lake is the county’s only school district that had more “incoming” than “outgoing” School of Choice students.

35 YEARS AGO
November 26, 1981

Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort Corp. is racing toward a Monday refinancing deadline to cover more than $8.3 million in debt, by negotiating with “more than one” firm for a buyout deal, one of Sugar Loaf’s lawyers said Monday. The ski and resort center in Cleveland and Centerville townships near Cedar, has not yet filed a reorganization plan with federal District Court in Grand Rapids.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved a $168,750 grant to fund a fish processing plant and retail store in Peshawbestown. The money will be used by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottowa and Chippewa Indians to purchase property, construct a building housing both operations and administer the project.

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The first winter storm of the 1981-82 snow season dumped up to six inches of snow on Leelanau County Friday, even though the worst of the storm passed 75 miles to the south.

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Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, The Enterprise this week is being printed on Tuesday afternoon, a day early, to insure delivery to most subscribers before the holiday.

60 YEARS AGO
November 22, 1956

Things were looking up this week for the 38 swans which have adopted Grand Traverse Bay at Greilickville as their winter quarters, lending a rare touch of beauty to the bay and attracting the attention of thousands of visitors. The added social security for the mute swans began last weekend when Scouts of Troop 29, Leland and Lake Leelanau, built a feed container for them, equipped with a contribution box. Ray Arfstrom of Greilickville, manager of Farm Bureau Services, Inc., gave the Scouts 525 pounds of corn to fill the box and, on Sunday alone, visitors dropped $5.33 into the coin collection box to buy more feed.

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Michigan’s new driver education law will become fully effective on February 2, 1957. According to this law, persons under 18 will not be licensed to drive after that date unless they have taken and passed a course in driver education approved by Clair B. Taylor, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Sixty mile an hour winds buffeted Leelanau County Thursday night and Friday, bringing with them the first ragged blanket of snow.

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The Michigan Bell Telephone Company has filed a petition with the Public Service Commission for an intrastate rate increase which would mean monthly telephone bills 25 cents to $1.75 cents higher for subscribers on the Leland-Lake Leelanau and Northport exchanges.

120 YEARS AGO

Winter is coming slow but sure.

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Suggestions or invitations for a meeting place for the Leelanau county Christian Endeavour Union will be received until Jan. 1, 1897, by the President, Francis H. Leslie of Northport, or by the corresponding secretary, Mrs. F. J. Fralick of Suttons Bay.

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News items are scarce.

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