2016-12-22 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
December 22, 2011

Barring a Christmas miracle, the odds of a White Christmas are not very good for Leelanau County. It’s been at least 35 years — and maybe much longer — since snow has not been a part of Christmas in Leelanau.

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Shortly after returning stateside to recover from serious injuries suffered in Afghanistan, Ryan Paulton of Leland learned of a visitor he didn’t want to see in the hospital. Collin Johnson, Paulton’s Army buddy since basic training, was injured about a week after Paulton was pulled from combat in Afghanistan.

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Attorneys representing four deputies in a suit against Leelanau County and Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf have asked a federal court judge to disqualify the law firm that is defending the county and the sheriff from representing either.

10 YEARS AGO
December 28, 2006

The Fishtown Preservation Society has reached the $2.5 million goal it set to buy one of Leelanau County’s most popular tourist attractions. Attorneys for the society and the current owners of Fishtown — the Carlson family of Leland — are working to close the transaction no later than Jan. 10, 2007, as specified in a purchase agreement they signed in June. “We’re very excited and pleased that the Fishtown Preservation Society has reached its fundraising goal so that Fishtown can stay as it is,” said Bill Carlson.

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Got cherries? You bet. Too many of them. While an announcement last week that the federal government plans to buy 12.2 million pounds of tart cherries was welcomed, the future of the cherry industry lies in a new marketing strategy revolving around health benefits that will be discussed next month at the annual Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show hosted by the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

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As the clock ticks down on 2006, and the group in unison shouts “Happy New Year!” another common sound will be heard: Corks popping as onlookers wait for a glass of “the bubbly.” In our own back yard, worldclass, affordable and prize-winning sparkling wines are being produced. There are nearly 20 kinds of sparkling wines being made in Leelanau and available for sale at area tasting rooms, local grocery stores, and wine shops throughout the county.

35 YEARS AGO
December 24, 1981

A local contractor is awaiting final contract approval to expand the Suttons Bay Post Office, which now occupies 5,000 square feet of space in the village’s downtown district. The Postal Service has apparently decided to enlarge the Suttons Bay post office because of expected growth in the Suttons Bay area, although postal officials are reluctant to discuss the expansion until it is approved.

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Leelanau County’s employable welfare population has been decreased by some 44 percent in the last six weeks under a new program requiring clients to put in 40 hours per week looking for a job, the County Department of Social Services says.

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Northport Village President D. Martin Scott has sold his Amoco Oil distributorship and bulk plant, leaving the petroleum business after 12 years. The familiar Amoco station in downtown Northport has become a Shell gasoline outlet under the direction of Jon and Cindie Wroton.

60 YEARS AGO
December 20, 1956

With Christmas only four days away, Santa Claus faces a busy schedule in Leelanau County where he has been invited to meet children in a number of communities. He is scheduled to make four appearances Saturday and one on Christmas eve at community celebrations before he starts his visits to private homes. He already had made a visit to Empire. On his appointment list for Saturday are Suttons Bay, Lake Leelanau, Omena, and Cedar. For Christmas eve, he is booked at Northport.

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With 32 pages of news and advertising, the Leelanau Enterprise- Tribune this week brings to the 3,000 families who are its readers, the biggest paper in its history. Readers are reminded that there will be no edition of this newspaper next week. To give its employees a well-deserved vacation, The Print Shop will be closed from Friday, Dec. 21 through Saturday, Dec. 29.

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Quick action by neighbors and the prompt arrival of the Suttons Bay- Bingham volunteer fire department Saturday afternoon averted what threatened to be a serious fire at the Arthur W. Patterson home in Bingham Township.

120 YEARS AGO
December 24, 1896

There will be a grand ball in Mrs. Bryant’s Hall, on New Years Eve. Everybody invited.

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Mr. Burrasaw, the popular Light Keeper of Fox Island, has moved his family to Northport for the winter, so that his children can enjoy the benefit of the excellent school there.

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ADV: “Wanted! A party to bale 40 or 50 tons of hays on North Manitou Island. Address S. R. Boardman, North Maniotu Island, Mich.”

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