2017-01-26 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
January 26, 2012

Suttons Bay teachers and staff members have donated nearly $55,000 to stave off a state takeover, and members of the community are following suit. Superintendent Mike Murray told a near-capacity crowd at the school auditorium last week that teachers and administrators had written checks totaling $54,906 — about one quarter the $200,000 needed to bring the year-end deficit to within 5 percent of the total budget.

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A special meeting has been called by the Glen Arbor Township Board to discuss a request to expand a marina near the Glen Lake Narrows. The Township Board will meet at 2 p.m. today to discuss a request from the owners of On the Narrows Marina to expand its number of slips from seven to 46.

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Sister Mary Edward Plamondon, a Lake Leelanau native and nearly 70-year member of the Dominican order, is being remembered for her eternal faith and great sense of humor. Plamondon died last week at the Dominican home in Grand Rapids. She was 88. “Sister Mary Edward was a caretaker of souls,” said Jean LaCross of Lake Leelanau, who visited the elderly nun last month.

10 YEARS AGO
January 25, 2007

Business owners are attending privately sponsored “listening sessions” being held throughout Leelanau County, while a discussion was held last week about the possibility of establishing a county-wide convention and visitors bureau with authority to levy an assessment on hotel guests. Both initiatives have the same goal: To increase tourism.

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County students generally performed well in Michigan Educational Assessment Program test results released this week, although scores in the writing portion caused some concern. MEAP scores from public schools in the county were higher than the regional average at most grade levels. But while scores in reading and mathematics reached or approached 100 percent proficiency at several grade levels, performance on the writing portion dropped to less than 50 percent in some cases.

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The cherry industry has a new slogan and logo that was unveiled at the annual Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show. “Cherries. Not just another berry.” Marketing consultant Jeff Manning was hired last year by the Lansing-based Cherry Marketing Institute to develop a new marketing campaign for the cherry industry.

35 YEARS AGO
January 28, 1982

A pair of multi-million dollar projects in Elmwood Township boosted new construction across Leelanau County last year to nearly $17 million apparently a record for county buildings. Reported new building in the county, with the exception of Kasson Township, for 1981 included 527 projects with a total estimated valuation of $16.25 million.

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The U.S. Postal Service is ordering substantial cuts in postal clerk work hours in Leelanau County, leaving area postmasters to wonder how they’ll cope with less help. The order came last week from the Grand Rapids sectional office, which sets annual budgets at more than 140 West Michigan post offices from Saugatuck to Northport.

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An elderly Bingham Township woman convicted of perjury in court testimony is to begin a 1-1/2 to 15-year prison term tomorrow. Mrs. Lucille White, believed to be 73 of 6731 W. Bay Shore Dr., was sentenced Tuesday in Traverse City by Circuit Judge Charles M. Forster.

60 YEARS AGO
January 24, 1957

Delbert S. Russell of Northport, one of 26 school bus drivers enrolled last week at Glen Arbor for a training course conducted by Central Michigan College at Mt. Pleasant, was honored for 22 years of driving school buses without accident. Although Mr. Russell’s term was longest of an Leelanau County driver, 11 others, including one woman, received certificates of award for their safety records.

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The complete program for the 13th annual meeting of the Leelanau Soil Conservation district Saturday at the Glen Arbor Community hall was announced this week by Elmer Warner, district chairman. Outstanding features of the program include the annual “Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year” award, a soil testing demonstration by the recently organized Future Farmers of America chapter of Northport high school.

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More than 50 girls and boys in a half a dozen communities have said they will enter preliminary contests which will begin tomorrow and end February 4 at Suttons Bay with coronation of a cherry pie baking queen and king for Leelanau County. Contests will be held tomorrow (Friday) at Northport and Leland; Monday at Suttons Bay, next Thursday at Empire, and February 2 at Elmwood.

120 YEARS AGO
January 21, 1897

School notes. Cora Paulus, Hattie Deunning, Edward Mason and Emil Lederle are the new pupils enrolled for the winter term. Every seat in the school is now taken. Do not fail to donate 10 cents to the school organ fund and at the same time be well entertained. There was an elocutionary entertainment given by Mrs. Minnie M. Blackwood in the school house Friday evening.

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The following officers were installed at the hall of Suttons Bay lodge I.O.O.F. No. 462 N.G., G.W. Benjamin. V.G., Irveng Livingstone. P.S., Howard Kehl. R.S., Paul Mork. T., Jacob Rufli. Visitors from Omena, Northport and Leland were present.

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