2016-12-15 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
December 15, 2011

Suttons Bay Public Schools is seeking funding from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to stave off a possible state takeover of the district. The Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to support an application for 2 percent gaming funds in the amount of $400,000 to help offset a projected $600,000 deficit for the 2011-2012 school year.

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Leland graduate Ryan Paulton was seriously injured by a bomb on Dec. 7 in Afghanistan. In many respects, Ryan was lucky — if you can describe as lucky suffering a cracked C-4 vertebrae, ruptured disc, serious injury to spinal ligaments, a shattered heel and facial lacerations. He is expected to have a good chance for recovery.

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The lack of snow and a signed lease agreement appear to be among obstacles remaining for Sugar Loaf Mountain to be open for cross country skiing and other outdoor activities this winter.

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Leland Township is applying for a $73,000 state grant to pay for testing in an effort to mitigate a continuing problem with phosphorus in the township’s sewer system. If the problem is not taken care of, the municipal sewer system’s lifespan could end in five to 10 years.

10 YEARS AGO
December 21, 2006

The new roof on the county governmental center now under construction won’t be shiny, but it will be safe, within budget and come with a 30-year guarantee. The County Board of Commissioners Tuesday reverted the building’s roofing material back to shingles after learning that a subcontractor had vastly underestimated the cost to upgrade to a metal roof.

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Folks were playing tennis on the outdoor courts in Glen Arbor this week in unseasonably warm temperatures. So how likely is it that Leelanau will see a white Christmas? The National Weather Service considers a “white Christmas” as one with at least an inch of snow on the ground at 7 a.m. on Christmas morning. Warm temperatures have all but wiped out the nearly two feet of snow that was measured in early December.

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Commissioners voted Tuesday night to bite the same health care bullet being offered to county employees. They also learned that proposed steep increases in employee co-payments may be avoided should Leelanau County decide to “self-fund” its health insurance program. A big increase in employee payments would be needed to continue providing the present Blue Cross and Blue Shield coverage to the county’s approximately 100 employees.

35 YEARS AGO
December 17, 1981

Leland did not just win another state championship in the last week; the Lady Comets were convincing and unstoppable in taking three games against three different types of teams to repeat as state champions. They ran their winning streak to 55 straight games. From Wednesday’s 67-43 victory over a center dominated Brethren squad past Friday’s 44-32 win over a DeTour team as rough and scrappy as its Upper Peninsula heritage to Saturday’s title decision over an experienced and patient Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard team, Leland left little room for doubt as to which school was the best Class D basketball squad in the state.

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Maybe folks have the same New Year’s resolution in mind that I do — not to make any. At any rate, we’ve gotten very few entries in our Enterprise New Year’s Resolution fun contest. So come on, share your thoughts about the coming New Year with the more than 16,000 people who read The Enterprise each week. Entries may be humorous, serious, personal — or directed at a public official. First prize will be a year’s subscription to The Enterprise. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. tomorrow.

— By Matt Roush

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Winter finally arrived in Leelanau County this week, in the form of a gentle lake-effect snowfall that covered the countryside with a pure-white mantle that will probably be with us until March. The snow was caused not by a storm but by cold Canadian northwest winds being heated slightly by the open waters of Lake Michigan.

60 YEARS AGO
December 20, 1956

New-fallen snow of the soft, fluffy, pure-white variety this week created Leelanau Christmas card days — and Kris Kringle nights with a bright moon and clear skies. Prospects for a white Christmas were good, with a forecast of more snow for today, but the weather has been tricky. Last weekend’s thaw had taken away most of pir white cover. In case you’re interested, winter begins officially at 4 p.m. Friday.

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Carl Oleson of Glen Arbor reports that perch, running as large as a pound each, are biting well on Little Glen Lake. Most activity is in the center of the lake, where water is deepest. About a dozen shanties dot the ice. Minnows, reportedly, are the preferred bait.

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A fire started either by heat from spinning tires or a broken gas line or a combination of both Tuesday morning destroyed a 1939 automobile near Maple City. The fire burned until the arrival of state police who put out the blaze with an extinguisher. The car was reported a total loss and police said it was not covered by insurance.

120 YEARS AGO
December 17, 1896

Northport. Geo Haynes is visiting his son, who is in the Emergency Hospital at Detroit. Stale Johnson’s many friends will be pleased to know, that his health is slowly improving.

At least we have a first class shoe store, strictly one price if you don’t believe it, just call and see G. M. Dame’s stock in Mrs. Wilbur’s store.

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Sheriff Bellinger and Ed Densmore of Maple City, were in town on Saturday last.

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The ladies aid society held a most enjoyable social last Friday evening at the residence of Charley Braman, Northport. About 80 guests were present and over $6 was collected for the benighted heathens of Northport and vicinity.

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