December 22, 2016 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Home for the Holidays

Exchange student pays peninsula visit to spend time with former host family

Exchange student pays peninsula visit to spend time with former host family Gabriel “Biel” Gutierrez is coming home from Brazil for Christmas this year. More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Mara Miller

Name: Mara Miller  Town or township of residence: Glen Arbor  Resident since: I’m in my fourth year, year-round.  Age and birthplace: 28, Lansing   More...

Expecting a package? You’re not the only one

Bret Crimmins has discovered a newfound appreciation for United Parcel Service (UPS) drivers. “It’s amazing how they know everybody,” Crimmins said with a laugh. “They’re the fabric of the community.” More...

S-B Twp. delays action on short-term rentals

The Suttons Bay Township Board last week agreed to postpone adoption of a short-term rental ordinance to give board members more time to study the draft.  Township Trustee Tom Nixon and staff planner Kathy Egan served on a committee that wrote t More...

First fire budget close to expenses

Predictions for fire dept. lining up

A look at how expenses are lining up with the 2016-17 budget was taken last week by the Cedar Area Fire & Rescue Board. The subject dominated the meeting of the board last Thursday, Dec. 15. More...

Museum to search for G-T Bay shipwrecks

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum will soon be receiving a decommissioned U.S. More...

Timeless Santa gave gifts, stowed turkey

Credit goes to Traverse City resident Andrew White, who researches Port Oneida history in his spare time, for finding the following story of Christmas celebrated in Leelanau County some 140 years ago.  More...

Higher speed limits may elude Leelanau

New law would allow 65 mph on some state highways

When it comes to the I-75 expressway, Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich says there is not much difference between driving 70 mph and 75.  But when it comes to M-72 on the county’s southern border, Borkovich is not convinced that it&rs More...

Grant may fund of ordinances governing Glen Lake water quality

Empire Township ordinances may soon be reviewed to determine if they do enough to protect water quality.  More...

Empire hangs ‘help wanted’ sign

Empire Township is looking for someone to work part-time cleaning and keeping up its municipal campground.  The campground has become so busy that maintenance worker John Rude needs help cleaning outhouses, showers and campsites, especially in More...

Lautner, Novak represent Solon in Vlack Park suit

A special meeting to appoint members to represent the township in mediation over Vlack Park was held earlier this month by the Solon Township Board.  The board, during a special meeting, authorized Supervisor Jim Lautner and Trustee Ron Novak to More...

Lakers receive academic honors

238 placed on G-L honor roll

A total of 238 Glen Lake Secondary students were listed on the honor roll for the first nine weeks of the 2016-17 school year.  Those students receiving a 4.0 were:  • Seniors Savannah Allen, Glen Bredin, Kelly Bunek, Sarah Carney, She More...

Township appointments made

Appointments and meeting schedule changes were approved last week by the Centerville Township Board. The board, during its regular monthly meeting held Dec. More...

Christmas traditions to continue across county

A longstanding tradition will continue on Christmas Eve at Holy Rosary Church.  Corey Schaub is directing a group of children, age 3 to 12, who will interpret St. Luke’s Nativity Story.  More...

County Cuisine

Savory beef short ribs comes with beer already included

If you're hosting a group of your friends for one of the big college bowl games, this recipe for BBQ short ribs is your ticket to a good time. More...

Suttons Bay Yeti Fest to feature fun-filled Saturday

Karen Pontius, Suttons Bay Chamber of Commerce (SBCC) president, has unveiled plans for Yeti Fest 2017.  More...

Funds sought for dress uniforms

The Suttons Bay-Bingham Fire and Rescue Authority plans to apply for about $30,000 in tribal casino revenue-sharing funds from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.  More...

S-B seeks Tribal funds for elementary program; Native language class out

Suttons Bay is eliminating a Native American language class while seeking funds to provide extra academic and social guidance for elementary students.  The changes were reflected in requests for “2 percent gaming” funds totaling $14 More...

GL hires familiar person to lead play production

Glen Lake Community Schools will have a new person in the director’s chair for the spring theatrical production.  The Board of Education last week approved a one-year contractor with Bill Dungjen of Solon Township.  More...

Story behind family, Woolsey airport

“Woolsey International Airport” – that is what “locals” call Woolsey Airport in joking conversations. More...

Commissioners ponder: three or five members?

Two members of the Leelanau County Road Commission want to increase the board to five members, while one doesn’t.  The rift seems to be a perfect example of the 2-1 votes often seen at commission meetings — something two members want More...

Property owners would pay for paving

The Empire Township Board is in the process of approving a Special Assessment District (SAD) for 16 property owners who would pay to pave two private roads in their neighborhood. More...

No takers on lot township seized at Sugar Loaf to alleviate blight

A residential lot within view of Sugar Loaf Mountain that Cleveland Township seized from a property owner in August 2011 still has not sold even though the asking price is far lower than anyone anticipated.  More...

Appointments made in Solon

Appointments were made and a bid for snow removal accepted earlier this month by the Solon Township Board.  The board approved recommendations from Supervisor Jim Lautner to fill expiring terms on the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals More...

Centerville meetings to come home, stay warm

Changes at the Township Hall to accommodate meetings year-round were discussed last week by the Centerville Township Board.  More...