January 12, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Neighborhood rallies around family after house fire

Chad and Kari Kahler thought the noise they heard during a late dinner last week was flying squirrels in their attic.  “We had about 13 people in the house during the holidays and we thought they were happy … relieved to see everyon More...

Road Commission shies away from vote on membership

Leelanau County Road Commission members voted 2-1 at last week’s regular meeting to retain the present compensation for themselves.  Commissioner John Popa cast the “no” vote.  More...

BPW holds awkward vote

Jim Calhoun will serve another year as chairman of the Leelanau County Road Commission, while John Popa will serve as vice chair.  The decision was made last week at the Leelanau County Road Commission meeting.  More...

County Cuisine

Martha’s Piping hot stew recipe warms your inner yeti

Today's recipe for beef and bacon stew is an award-winner from Martha's Leelanau Table. It took first place in last year's stew cook-off during Yeti Fest. More...

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LONG-SOUGHT improvements to the recycling site in Cedar, including fencing to keep materials from getting into adjacent wetlands, have recently been completed. Some 306.5 tons of recyclables were collect at this site during calendar year 2016.   More...

Can nonworking farms host special events?

The Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission re-elected Susan Odom as chairperson last week at its annual meeting.  Commission member Don Gregory was re-elected by his peers to serve as vice chairperson.  Amy Coleman was elected to serve a More...

County teams begin season of robotics

Four county schools were among 30 northern Michigan schools represented Saturday in Boyne City for the reveal of the FIRST Robotics challenge for 2017. More...

League of Women Voters forum rescheduled to March 1

The League of Women Voters Leelanau County has rescheduled a forum on rehabilitative alternatives to jail.  The forum, canceled last week due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for March 1.   More...

Happy couples: Marriages remain high; divorces drop

Something happened quietly in Leelanau County last year.  Declines were recorded in all four demographic areas tracked by the county clerk’s office: births, death, marriages and divorces — a first since the year 2000.  And for j More...

Franz (finally) misses a vote — or did he?

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Lieutenant refuses to join union, tenders resignation

Firefighting has been part of Eric Dubord’s life since childhood.  But after 21 years in the profession, he stepped down from his lieutenant’s post with the Glen Lake Fire Department, rather than join the union.  More...

Snowplowing could end on parts of five county roads

County plow trucks won’t be removing snow on five county roads if changes to a Leelanau County Road Commission policy are adopted.  The Road Commission has set a public hearing for several proposed changes to its list of seasonal roads th More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Garett Miller

Name: Garett Miller  Town or township of residence: Lake Leelanau.  Resident since: Three or four years.  Age and birthplace: 16 and Traverse City.   More...

Pest projects to dominate grant funding at research station

There’s nothing sexy about grant writing, but the county’s ongoing battle with the invasive spotted wing drosophila (SWD) may depend on it. More...

Supervisor: Fire crew’s move to unionize seen as ‘a slap in the face’

The six full-time duty crew members of the Leland Township Fire and Rescue Department have voted to join the International Association of Firefighters.  Crew members passed the measure on a vote of 5-1. Employees had until Jan. More...

Shady Lane seeks to host weddings

The Bingham Township Planning Commission last week heard from owners of Shady Lane Cellars who introduced an application for a modification to a special land use permit for their property.  According to staff planner Kathy Egan, owners of the w More...

Business students advance to state leadership conference

Team and individual winners

Students from Suttons Bay and Lake Leelanau St. Mary high schools qualified for the state conference of the Business Professionals of America at regional competition Saturday in Mount Pleasant. Twelve St. More...

Heart of the Bohemian settlement

Editor’s note: The article below was adapted from North Unity and Bohemian Settlement by Norbert Bufka.  More...

Franz speaks on legislature record, future

Medicaid expansion disappointing

State Rep. Ray Franz (R-Onekama) has served his last day in the state House after first being elected three terms ago in the 101st District, which includes Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. More...

Service part of King recognition

County, state and federal government offices including post offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  But a group of county students will be in classrooms observing the day with service and celebration.  More...