2017-02-02 / Columns

Looking Back…

February 2, 2012

“The only way we can for sure make it snow is if we all put our snowblowers away and take the plows off our trucks.” So says Scot Schweikart of Maple City in summarizing the feelings of winter-loving souls in Leelanau County. Schweikart is a die-hard snowmobiler.

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An opportunity to open Sugar Loaf Resort for cross country skiing and other outdoor activities this winter may be melting with the snow — or not. Organizers of the non-profit Sugar Loaf Mountain Club are turning up the heat — or sweetening the pot, depending on your point of view — to persuade resort owner Kate Wickstrom to sign a lease agreement that would allow them to move forward with their plans to bring the ski area back to life after being closed for nearly 12 years.

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Opponents to the expansion of an existing marina — including the Glen Lake Lake Association — have forced a public hearing on the application. Robyn Schmidt of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) office in Cadillac has confirmed that the agency will be holding a hearing on a request from Michigan Fun Ventures Inc. to expand On the Narrows Marina by 39 slips and the number of buoys for boats from 12 to 15.

February 1, 2007

Members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians headed to the polls last week and decided that at least two of three incumbent Tribal Council members running for re-election should be ousted from office. The incumbents had been held over in office since May 24, 2006, when the tribe’s regular election had been originally scheduled.

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According to National Park Service statistics, some 1,213,026 people visited Sleeping Bear Dunes in 2006, down 5.42 percent from 2005. Even though the 2006 numbers were down slightly, park officials said it was still a pretty good year for visitation, even a little better than average.

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Nine-year old Waskwane Stonefish, a third grader at Suttons Bay Elementary School, is a superstar in the world of hoop dancing. This weekend she heads to Phoenix to defend her title as the 2006 World Youth Hoop Dance champion. “I’ve been dancing since I could walk,” said Waskwane. “I just get out there, hear the drum beat, and let my feet go.”

February 3, 1982

Police and firemen closed their investigation this week into the fire which killed Leland businessman Frank D. Boynton and leveled his 4-year old clothing store last Thursday morning. A crowd estimated from 800 to 900 persons attended memorial services for Mr. Boynton Monday at Leland High School.

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A Traverse City fruit processing company which owes several Leelanau County farmers money from as far back as 1979 filed for bankruptcy this week under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. Traverse City Canning Co., in business since 1903, declared bankruptcy in a Grand Rapids federal court Tuesday afternoon “because of the firm’s strained cash-flow and creditor pressure,” according to an announcement.

January 31, 1957

Beginning February 1, Major Kenneth B. Joyce, formerly of Madison, Wisconsin, will become commanding officer of the 752nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron at Empire Air Base. Major Joyce will succeed Major Homer D. Champlin, who moved Monday with his family to Madison where Major Champlin will be assigned to the communications and electronics section at Truax Field.

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Northport’s volunteer firemen, planning their second annual ice follies for Saturday evening, February 16, at 8:00, announce that the stellar attraction this year will be the Petoskey figure skating club. Fire Chief Orval Kellogg says the club will bring a troupe of 50-60 skaters to the lighted village pond at Northport and that their program will include costumes, music, a director, and even a master of ceremonies.

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With today the official closing date, Leelanau County’s March of Dimes drive still has a long way to go to make its quota of $1,500. Chairman William Bonek of Suttons Bay reports that contributions to date total $660. Only one school has reported.

February 4, 1897

Case of Daniel S…and wife vs. Wm. H. P…, over two steers the court instructed the jury they must find a verdict for the defendant for the value of the steers. Jury found a verdict of $45.00; so ends the celebrated steer case that has so long been in court and which so puzzled two juries in former trials, that they were unable to agree. The costs amount to many times the value of the steers.

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