2016-12-01 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
December 1, 2011

Shandy and Penny Spencer can continue to operate their residential wind turbine in Centerville Township after prevailing last week in 13th Circuit Court. Judge Thomas G. Power ruled Nov. 22 that the turbine does not constitute a “nuisance,” as alleged by the Spencers’ neighbors, and can remain in its current location.

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A property valued at nearly $6.4 million that was once part of the largest development planned in Leelanau County will go on the auction block Saturday. Vacant lots may sell for far less than their expansive views would indicate, but there is a catch. They do not come with automatic approval to build a home. Known as Leelanau Hills, the 45-acre property was to be “phase two” of the now-bankrupt BayView project in the Village of Suttons Bay.

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The just released 2010 annual report for the 13th Circuit Court reflects a decrease in criminal cases adjudicated in the three-county area. Last year, there were 398 criminal cases which went through the circuit court which includes Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Antrim counties — a five year low.

10 YEARS AGO
December 7, 2006

There is plenty of snow, but no “go” at Sugar Loaf Resort. With work to renovate Sugar Loaf at a standstill, the last hope of skiing this winter at the beleaguered resort has been withdrawn. An attorney representing Sugar Loaf owner Kate Wickstrom verified this week that no ski runs will be open this winter.

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The list of losers and winners under Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s proposed Michigan Business Tax is small, but that’s only because most business owners have yet to figure out how they would be affected. According to a certified public accountant who handles the taxes for several Leelanau business, however, the proposed plan that would replace the Single Business Tax might be beneficial to many small business owners in the county. Business owners appear wary.

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The county Road Commission plans to remove what is believed to be a state champion white poplar tree in Leland because it’s been judged a safety hazard. The more than 100-foot tall tree stands off River Street in front of the Americana Collection. The tree is reported to be at least 105 years old, according to Jerry Culman of Lake Leelanau.

35 YEARS AGO
December 3, 1981

The Leland Dam repair project remained in limbo as of early yesterday afternoon, with county officials unwilling to reveal the size of the cost overrun caused by problems around the dam’s stoplogs. A meeting was scheduled yesterday afternoon between the County Board of Commissioners’ Lake Level Committee, County Prosecutor Joseph E. Deegan, representatives of the Ann Arbor engineering firm of Ayres, Lewis, Norris and May and repair contractor Tom Shaw, Inc., to negotiate the overrun.

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Eleven months and 1,500 property appraisals into 1981, the Leelanau County Equalization Department is now calculating county property valuations that will form the basis for next year’s property tax bills. And although no estimates are yet available on what those values will be, Equalization Director Jeffrey Bruggeman said last week that he does not expect any decrease in property values.

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A divided Leelanau County Apportionment Commission yesterday approved a 7-member county commissioner redistricting plan that at least two townships promised to challenge in court. The plan leaves seven townships intact in districts, splits portion of Cleveland and Kasson townships into two districts and divides portions of Elmwood and Leland townships into three separate commissioner districts.

60 YEARS AGO
December 6, 1956

The Lake Leelanau Improvement Association, being organized to promote water safety and better fishing on Lake Leelanau, will meet at 8:00 December 10 in the basement of St. Mary’s School. Earl Perrin of Perrin’s Landing, temporary chairman, urges all interested persons to attend. Election of officers and other organizational problems will be settled at this session.

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Leelanau County’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post, number 7731, is the first of 420 VFW posts in Michigan to have reached a 100 percent paid up membership for next year. The Leelanau post has 138 members.

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Stockholders of the Leelanau Transit Company, meeting Monday night at 8:00 at the Suttons Bay bank, will decide by vote whether to petition the Interstate Commerce Commission for permission to abandon the C & O railroad line from Hatches Crossing to Northport and dissolve the Transit Company which owns 23.4 miles of railroad on this, the county’s only remaining railroad line.

120 YEARS AGO
December 3, 1896

A grand ball was given by the young people of Glen Arbor in honor of Edward Fisher, last evening.

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L. J. Grobben was appointed Township Treasurer by the board on Friday last. Jacob Schwarz resigned.

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The steamer Tiger is laid up for the season on account of ice in the Narrows.

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