2016-12-08 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
December 8, 2011

A “beach bus” to provide access to Lake Michigan beaches and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore could be in the works in Leelanau County based on a recommendation from the regional transportation authority. The Bay Area Transportation Authority beach bus would operate Mondays through Fridays during the months of June, July and August. Another proposal that could eventually impact Leelanau residents is a pilot program winery circuit route visiting key winery and vineyard establishments.

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The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has voted in Lansing to provide Leland Township and the Leelanau Conservancy a $5.8 million grant to preserve Clay Cliffs north of Leland. The 104-acre parcel that, remarkably, contains no home, was purchased by the Crary family in the early 1950s. The owner of the property is Rachel Crary, who has agreed to provide 25 percent as her donation to prevent its development.

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Summer visitor Navy Captain Kent Whalen, the son of Dale and Kit Whalen of Leland, has assumed command of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The 1,092 foot-long supercarrier and its crew of more than 5,000 sailors and aviators departed its home port of San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 30, bound for the Western Pacific.

10 YEARS AGO
December 14, 2006

Recyclers in four townships where a county-wide fee to fund the Leelanau County recycling program failed will likely be given a one-year reprieve. The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday in favor of creating a “volunteer” payment program at the urging of supervisors from Kasson, Solon, Cleveland and Bingham townships.

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More than $3.3 million in grant funding to preserve property in Leelanau County was recommended last week. The state Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Board recommended that 61 recreation projects — including three in the county — be funded through the Trust Fund. The biggest local award, some $2,043,800, was for acquisition of a conservation easement on 51 acres with public access to Leelanau State Park.

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It’s not the final word, but builder and developer Wayne Tyge received news he was hoping for from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on his proposed Provemont Village project in the Lake Leelanau Narrows. DEQ administrative law judge Dennis W. Mack issued a ruling on 16 separate concerns and objections raised by the Lake Leelanau Lake Association to the issuance of a permit that allows Tyge to build a 252-foot dock with seven finger piers that create 14 boat slips.

35 YEARS AGO
December 10, 1981

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday not to pay an extra $4,000 requested by the contractor who dredged the Lake Leelanau Narrows for a 10-day delay in the project caused by a lawsuit against the dredging. The request came to Tuesday’s regular county board meeting from Guthrie Construction, Inc., as an addition to an invoice requesting the county pay $5,450 it withheld from Guthrie’s $109,000 contract to ensure satisfactory project completion.

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The lack of a foundation and deteriorated condition at the Leland Dam’s southern wall apparently came as a surprise to Leelanau County and its engineers. But Allen Sebrechts, a Stevensville dam repairman who conducted a no-cost study for the county in the spring of 1980, said he has know about it all along — and told the county so nearly two years ago.

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Leelanau County’s two ski areas both plan to be open this weekend after a midweek cold snap dropped temperatures into the 20s and snowmaking machinery became usable. Spokesmen for both TimberLee and Sugar Loaf Mountain ski areas mentioned prayers when asked about weather conditions so far this almost-snowless ski season.

60 YEARS AGO
December 13, 1956

Willard Leo, president of the Suttons Bay Chamber of Commerce, this week announced plans for the annual Christmas celebration in the village. Donald Lather has been appointed chairman of the home decorations committee, with the judging date set as December 23. Prizes will be $10; $5 and $5. Mr. Lather emphasized that home decorations need not be costly or elaborate to qualify as winners.

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Stockholders of the Leelanau Transit Company Monday night voted overwhelmingly to authorize the board of directors to take any action necessary to abandon all or any portion of the company’s 24 miles of rail line from Hatches Crossing to Northport.

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The December term of circuit court will open Monday at the courthouse in Leland. Four cases await jury action, but it is not yet known whether the panel will be called. The December term usually is brief. The calendar lists five criminal cases, seven chancery, and eight issues of fact, most of which have been carried over from previous terms.

120 YEARS AGO
December 10, 1896

Fred Atkinson of Cleveland was in town Monday. Odo Coutourier and Max Popp were callers Tuesday.

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Jack Litney came over from Suttons Bay Monday, and bought a number of fruit farms at the tax sale.

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The following persons of Suttons Bay were in attendance of annual tax sales on Monday last: John Ott, Ole Larson, Henry Smith, John Bureson, Dr. Joslen and Ole Anderson.

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