February 9, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

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Andrews spreads message warning of social media dependence, walks the walk

People have yelled out their car windows at Chris Andrews as he slowly makes his way across the country on foot, pushing the soupedup dog cart that carries everything he needs — food, water, his tent and sleeping bag.  They’ve thrown More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Scott Bradley

Name: Scott Bradley  Town or township of residence: Centerville Township  Resident of county since: 1978  Age and birthplace: I’m 58. I was born in Highland Park.   More...

Narrows marina OK, says zoning enforcer

Glen Lake Association has made complaints

A Glen Arbor business is threatening legal action against the Glen Lake Association (GLA), claiming harassment.  And a Zoning Board of Appeals ruling may be sought to resolve the conflict.  More...

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A BENCH off M-22 across from the Red Lion Motel sits empty, with the summer tourist season still months away. — Photo by Mike Spencer   More...

In Cleveland, attention turned to environmental issues for workshop

Cleveland Township residents are being invited to yet another special forum hosted by the township Planning Commission, which is drafting a new Master Plan for the township.  The forum will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. More...

Township prepares to offer more emergency services; opens contract

Paramedic salaries set at $43,000

Leelanau Township Emergency Services (LTES) is gearing up to begin offering Advanced Life Support (ALS) services starting April 1.  But first the department will need to hire three paramedics — for a total of five — who must be cross More...

Township seeks to reduce zoning setbacks in agricultural district

The Leelanau Township Planning Commission has set a public hearing on a proposal to reduce setbacks for unoccupied accessory buildings in its agricultural district.  If approved, the amendment would change rear and side setbacks to 20 feet for b More...

Top spellers keep quest alive for trip to Washington

Leland bee winners

Faith Fowler, a sixth grader, won Leland Public School’s spelling bee last week after 35 rounds.  She spelled the following words correctly: opinionated, javelin, austere, tenaciously, scrumptiously, thaumaturge, Honolulu, catastrophic, av More...

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FIFTH GRADER Margaret Anthony was the winner of the Glen lake School geography bee. She is pictured here with sixth grader Blake O’Connor, who finished third. Not pictured is eighth grader Gus Slack who won second place.   More...

Leelanau Prospectors offer 5 scholarships of $1,500 each

For the first time, five scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded through the Leelanau Prospectors Club.  Four of the scholarships will assist graduating seniors in continuing their education at a university or trade school. More...

Prospectors set 903rd meeting

The 903rd consecutive meeting of the Leelanau Prospectors Club has been set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Dick’s Pour House in Lake Leelanau.  More...

Enterprise reports body recovery from big lake

News of the fatality was recorded in the Nov. 11, 1920 issue of the Enterprise:  FINDS BODY OF AERONAUT DROWNED NEAR EMPIRE   More...

Loredo promoted to senior airman

The Air Force has promoted a Leland High School graduate to senior airman.  Melissa Loredo, a 2010 graduate of Leland, is a medical logistics specialist and has been in the Air Force for two years, four months.  Airman Loredo graduated from More...

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ANNE KELLY, a registered nurse with ShareCare, checks Bill Peace’s blood pressure at the Love Your Heart event held Friday — which was also National Wear Red Day — at the Leelanau County Government Center. More...

Glen Lake library presents movie in town hall

The Glen Lake Community Library will host a President’s Day screening of the biographical drama “Hyde Park on Hudson” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Kasson Township Hall.  More...

Essay could result in $2,500

The Economic Club of Traverse City is accepting submissions for its essay contest with $2,500 in prizes available.  All high school juniors and seniors in the five-county Grand Traverse region — including Leelanau — are encouraged to More...

County woman has ties to Bay Film Series documentary

A Leland woman has a special connection to a film showing next week at the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay. Kara Bunbury and family members will be going to “The Eagle Huntress,” a documentary, which is part of the Bay Film Series. More...

County Cuisine

Healthy ingredients team up to create a better bisque

This week's edition of the county cuisine features a recipe from Martha's Leelanau Table for carrot bisque. It came to light as the restaurant was preparing for their yearly cookbook series. More...

Winterfests near; new leader sought

County business activities

Communities plan winter celebrations   The Empire Chamber of Commerce has slated the 30th annual Empire Winterfest Weekend for Feb. 18-19.  Festivities kick off Feb. 18 with the Polar Dip on Empire Beach at 3 p.m.  More...

Three Bingham wineries seek to enlarge; Black Star gets limited OK

One of Leelanau County’s better-known agritourism destinations, Black Star Farms, has been allowed to more than double the size of its Hearth & Vine restaurant. More...

Village budget adds to balance

In Northport, Kehl wants to lower millage rate

After a short public hearing at which no citizens commented, the Northport Village budget was adopted on a vote of 6-0 at last Thursday’s regular meeting.  A tax rate of 8.5 mills was also adopted on a unanimous vote, with Trustee Fred Bu More...

Hester hired as deputy treasurer

Leelanau Township has a new deputy treasurer in Christy Hester, who started her new job on Monday. She is being paid $16.65, according to township treasurer Denise Dunn.  Hester replaces Sue Wollenweber, who recently retired. More...

Elmwood a test for new containers

Leelanau County through its Solid Waste Council will soon be making changes at the Elmwood Township recycling site.  The green containers that have occupied the site for years are being replaced with new, red containers designed to be more user More...

St. Mary seniors raise $1,000 with talent show

The St. More...

Soup lovers warmed at fund raising event at Homestead

More than 100 people showed up at The Homestead on Saturday to sample soups in a “Super Soup” fundraising event to benefit the Buckets of Rain non-profit organization that is converting blighted lots in Detroit into urban gardens.  S More...

Female daredevil, DeCostello jumps to death at Empire Fair

Female daredevil Deborah DeCostello came to Empire in 1920 to entertain as part of the town fair. More...

Pets, pet safety part of program

Staff at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum is inviting all parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring their children to the museum for a fun interactive experience from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.  More...

Gallaghers make college dean’s lists

An Elmwood Township brother and sister earned dean’s list recognition at their respective schools during their fall semesters.  Daniel Gallagher earned a spot on the dean’s list at Grand Valley State University. More...

Books discussed by St. Mary parishioners

St. Mary Parish is hosting a winter book club based on the lives of the saints.  More...

Suggestions offered for Facebook users

The Leland Township Library will host a computer workshop about Facebook next Thursday, Feb. More...

Lions feed 130 people with pancakes, omelettes

Some 130 people gathered Sunday at the Lions community building in Maple City for the first of three pancake breakfasts organized this year by the Cedar-Maple City Lions Club.  “We’re so happy with the community support,” said More...