2017-02-23 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO
February 23, 2012

Sharp differences of opinion are emerging among officials of two units of government in Leelanau County that until very recently have been closely allied in a number of areas. Disagreements are threatening to scuttle a plan by Suttons Bay Township to buy an office building for use as a township hall in the Village of Suttons Bay, and are placing a shadow over collaborative efforts between the two municipalities in the area of planning and zoning.

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On an evening that appropriately included free paczkis bought by commissioners, the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners approved a contract making Chet Janik the seventh county administrator since the position was established in 1985. Janik will resign his current position as superintendent at Charlevoix Public Schools. Janik, who immigrated to Cedar in 1961 with his family at the age of 5, will receive an annual salary of $73,780, which along with benefits raised his overall compensation over $80,000.

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Winning isn’t a cure-all, but it has helped ease the pain for Leland’s Isabelle Scott. She suffers from chronic ankle problems, and some times can’t walk after games. The junior point guard and three-year starter for the Comets has been savoring every step forward this season for the ball club, which has won half its games after notching just one victory in its last two seasons.

10 YEARS AGO
February 22, 2007

A proposal to relocate the boat launch from Lake Street in Glen Arbor to Glen Haven foundered and is now sunk. The Glen Arbor Township Board voted unanimously to abandon efforts to relocate its boat launch. The Lake Street launch lacks adequate parking and is not protected from prevailing winds. As a result, the committee sought a “compromise” with the National Park Service which had steadfastly opposed relocating the launch to a site within Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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Bingham Township residents will decide this week in an election whether to recall township supervisor Robert W. Foster or allow him to remain in office. Bingham Township trustee Mary Bush said she thought the majority of township residents who’ve talked to her about the issue have indicated they’re voting “yes” to recall Foster.

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The would-be purchasers and developers of the county courthouse property in Leland are expected to unveil details of their informal $2.4 million purchase offer. The board voted 5-1 at its regular monthly meeting to close any further bidding on the Leland property for 45 days while a bid from Varley-Kelly Properties, L.L.C., is explored and a buy-sell agreement is developed.

35 YEARS AGO
February 25, 1982

The sale of Leland’s Fisherman’s Cove Restaurant and Falling Waters Lodge should be completed within “10 days to two weeks,” a person involved in the negotiations confirmed this week.

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A Plymouth resident is planning to develop a 120-acre site just south of the Golden Valley Ranch near Empire into a 18-hole private country club golf course. Empire Township Planning Commission spokesman George Heidel said yesterday that retired landscaping contractor Dean Wall has presented a preliminary site plan for the golf course to the commission.

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A suspect wanted for questioning in connection with four break-ins and the theft of the Glen Arbor Township Rescue Squad’s emergency vehicle early Monday was arrested yesterday driving a stolen car.

60 YEARS AGO
February 21, 1957

George B. Dryden of Northport Point and Evanston, Illinois, whose $38,000 gift in August made possible immediate completion of the Leelanau Memorial Hospital, Tuesday submitted another gift of $32,000 for a revolving fund.

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A total of 150 persons, only about one-tenth of Leelanau County’s registered voters, turned out Monday to nominate candidates for spring elections in townships and villages. Village elections will be held March 11 and Townships April 1.

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More than 20 soil conservation practices for which farmers may earn payments through the ASC program have been approved for announcement this week. Farmers may sign-up for any number of these practices at the series of community conservation meetings to be held next week in co-operation with the Leelanau Soil Conservation District, Mr. Crocker said.

120 YEARS AGO
February 25, 1897

There were only four townships represented at the county convention held in this village on Saturday last.

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There will be English services in the Lutheran church Sunday evening Feb. 28th, at 7:30 p.m.

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Northport. The indignation meeting was somewhat of a Burlesque and finally resolved itself into an anti- saloon meeting.

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Omena. The people have concluded that there is not going to be any ice in the bay this winter. They will have to hustle to get their ice for the coming summer.

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