2017-01-05 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
January 5, 2012

Old Man Winter ushered in 2012 with high winds and the most snow Leelanau residents have seen all winter. But that’s not saying much. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning on New Year’s Eve for the following two days, predicting somewhere between 10 to 20 inches of snowfall.

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Some 17 people representing a wide cross-section of work experiences and education have applied to become the new administrator for Leelanau County. The deadline to apply was Dec. 31, with several candidates waiting for the last two days to submit applications. The county Board of Commissioners will take up the list, which includes two former commissioners and a present county employee, at a special meeting set for Tuesday after its annual organizational meeting.

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Leelanau County appears to have been the place to marry and have babies in 2011. Vital statistics tracked by the county clerk’s office reflect a record number of marriages on the peninsula last year and a dramatic increase in the number of live births here. Some 188 couples chose to tie the knot in the county last year.

10 YEARS AGO
January 4, 2007

For the first time in 31 years, the county Road Commission has a new chairman. Glen Noonan, who is starting his seventh six-year term as a road commissioner, decided not to seek the chairman’s post. It’s a job he’s held since 1975. Noonan said he felt that either of his fellow commissioners, Lee Bowen or John Popa, are more than capable of handling chairman duties.

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A Traverse City developer with roots in Leelanau County is planning to build the perfect gift for the person who has everything, but nowhere to put his or her most prized possession. Ron Walters, who grew up in Elmwood Township, and four other investors have purchased 13 acres of waterfront property in Greilickville with an eye toward building a luxury yacht club.

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New Year’s revelers heeded the warnings of law enforcement, and left the driving to someone else this year. No drunken driving arrests were reported in the county on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s morning, according to Undersheriff Scott Wooters.

35 YEARS AGO
January 7, 1982

A paralyzing winter storm howled across Leelanau County Monday, dumping 19.2 inches of snow on most areas and forcing the shutdown of schools, businesses and county government. The storm virtually immobilized an area that is used to dealing with winter’s worst, as harried snowplow crews could barely keep main roads open. Many of the county’s secondary roads were still impassible Tuesday.

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Federal, state and Indian officials will begin working on one of two solutions left in the Indian gill-netting issue next week in Washington D.C. The officials will again try to reach an agreement to divide the Great Lakes fishery resources equitably between sportsman, commercial and Indian fishing factions.

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A hearing date was to be set today in the appeal against the 7-member County Board redistricting plan approved on Dec. 2 by the County Apportionment Commission. Michigan Court of Appeals chief clerk Ronald Dzierbicki was scheduled to review the appeal from Leland and Elmwood townships yesterday afternoon and set a date for hearing the appeal today.

60 YEARS AGO
January 3, 1957

The Leelanau Memorial hospital at Northport is expected to open early in March, with Dr. J.W. Christie as a resident staff member, according to E.J. Suddard, secretary of the executive committee of the board of directors. Dr. Christie, one of the originators of the hospital project, returned to Northport during the holidays.

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There will be no contest and therefore no township primary before the April election, in Elmwood township, according to Louis DeYoung, township clerk. With Monday, December 31, the deadline, only the present holders of township officers filed nominating petitions, Mr. DeYoung reported.

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Luke Petrosky of Lake Leelanau and Bernard Kohler of Suttons Bay leave within a few days for Washington D.C., where they will attend college while working in the Administration Division, head quarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

120 YEARS AGO
December 31, 1897

School notes. There will be two new pupils for the eighth grade beginning Monday. School opens Monday, after a weeks vacation. Let everyone be on hand for three months of solid work.

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At a meeting of the directors of the Leland Lumber Co., held on Saturday last, the following officers were elected to preside over the affairs of the company for the ensuing year: Pres. Jakob Schwarz; Vice Pres. David Sieber; Secy., Thomas W. Robinson; Treas. M. Keller.

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The Norwegians at Northport and their little ones were made happy on Saturday night with a nice large Christmas tree and a fine entertainment in the neat and tasty church presided over by Rev. Johnson their pastor.

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