2016-12-29 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
December 29, 2011

A public forum for stakeholders in Suttons Bay Public School will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the high school auditorium, to help determine the future of the district. Superintendent Mike Murray has called the meeting. The school district is facing a projected deficit of $600,000 by the end of the current budget year in June and a possible takeover by the state. Contributing to the budget shortfall is the final student count that determines state aid. The district built its budget in June based on an enrollment of 760.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Halbelaub’s crystal ball is no snow ball. Halbelaub, based in Gaylord, said Leelanau may not incur one major snowstorm. “The likelihood that Leelanau County will get more than 100 inches of snow this winter is small,” he said. That leaves open the distinct possibility that winter 2011-12 will rival the winter of 1982-83 when only 73 inches of snow were recorded.

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Jennifer and Scott Wack have believed for quite some time that their daughter Chelsie was one in a million. Recently the Northport parents painfully discovered that their high school senior is actually one in 8,000 — kids or teens with multiple sclerosis. Chelsie has not only learned to cope with MS, she’s been able to compete in volleyball and basketball and be a member of the National Honor Society and Youth Advisory Council.

10 YEARS AGO
December 28, 2006

An election for three seats on the Tribal Council of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has been rescheduled for Jan. 25, 2007 — having been postponed twice since May 24, 2006, when it was originally set to be held. However, it wasn’t clear this week whether the tribe’s General Election will actually be held next month or postponed yet again.

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A 43-year-old downstate man who won more than $200 million in the Michigan Lottery and was facing charges in connection with a stabbing at an auction in Leelanau County has died of heart failure. Ralph S. Stebbins of North Branch died at his home on Saturday, Dec. 23. Press reports stated that he did not have any history of heart problems and was thought to be in good health.

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While one member of the O’Non family from Lake Leelanau was released from jail earlier this month, hopes for another member to ever be released dimmed significantly with a Michigan Court of Appeals decision handed down last week. The state Appeals Court unanimously denied an appeal by Matthew O’Non, who is seeking to overturn his convictions in two counts of first degree murder. He is serving mandatory life sentences.

35 YEARS AGO
December 31, 1981

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners “loaned” the county’s lake level fund $100,000 from the general fund at Tuesday’s year-end session. This year has seen more than $150,000 in lake level-related spending, including the $109,000 Lake Leelanau Narrows dredging project, the beginning of a $190,000 Leland Dam repair project and more than $30,000 in engineering fees.

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A standoff between a mass of cold Canadian air and a fast-moving warm front northward-bound from the Gulf of Mexico may dump heavy amounts of snow across Leelanau County today and tomorrow. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the area yesterday, forecasting heavy snow for last night and today. The weather may turn even more treacherous for New Year’s Eve travelers tonight, as that warm Gulf air may turn the expected snowfall into freezing rain.

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A decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals is expected within three months on an appeal of the county commissioner district reapportionment plan adopted earlier this month. Elmwood and Leland township joined forces on the appeal, which was to be filed late yesterday or early today, according to Leland Township’s attorney, William Davison.

60 YEARS AGO
December 20, 1956

First services in the new Glen Lake Community church at Burdickville will be held Sunday evening, December 23, according to the Rev. Cornie D. Keunen, pastor. Though the structure is not yet completed, work now has progressed far enough to permit the holding of a special Christmas program, there, the pastor said.

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Opened Monday morning at the courthouse in Leland, the December term of circuit court lasted just one half-day. No jury was called and most cases were carried over to the March term.

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Elmwood Township residents who plan to become candidates for township offices in the April 1 election have only until December 31 to file nominating petitions, according to Louis DeYoung, township clerk. Elmwood is the only township in Leelanau County to nominate by direct primary. The other townships still employ the caucus system.

119 YEARS AGO
December 16, 1897

John Larue, the oldest settler in this county, died at his home in Empire, Sunday morning, at the age of 83 years.

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Rev. J.J. Maakstad of Suttons Bay will preach in English next Sunday eve at 7 o’clock in the Lutheran church in this village.

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County Clerk Hinshaw says he has 11 divorce cases on the docket for trial next term of court and that marriage is a failure to some people in this county.

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Our fishermen may now set their nets for whitefish and trout.

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