February 23, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Rock hunters flock to county beaches

Julie Austin says that on average she spends up to 12 hours per week on area beaches collecting rocks. For the Bingham Township resident, it’s an activity that never gets old. More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Wendy VerSnyder

Name: Wendy VerSnyder  Town or township of residence: Lake Leelanau, in Leland Township.   More...

Firm hired to look at updating Leland School buildings

A Grand Rapids architectural consulting firm has been hired to evaluate Leland Public School facilities for future building projects.  The Board of Education has hired Natura Architectural Consulting to evaluate the school facilities, some of wh More...

In Kasson, tiny homes get big boost

A zoning amendment reducing the minimum square-footage requirement for single-family dwellings by half was adopted last week by the Kasson Township Board. Board members voted unanimously during their rescheduled monthly meeting Feb. More...

Committee suggests building at Fire Hall

Cost up to $340,000

A study done by a committee that is looking for property to build a new Leelanau Township Hall was accepted by the Township Board at its meeting held last week, though no further action was taken.  More...

Photo

THE DRIVER of this Dodge pick-up truck slammed into a Jeep driven by a 17-year-old after the teen pulled out in front of the Dodge at the intersection of Bugai and Hoxie roads in Elmwood Township.   More...

Scouts gather, winners crowned in Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 131 of Leelanau County held its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday by racing wooden cars created by the boys down an inclined track.  According to Cubmaster Lynn Bakker, a new pack record was set by Bear Cub Keegan Arnst of Suttons More...

Duvall on list

Ian Duvall, a 2013 Leland graduate, was named to the dean’s list at the University of Michigan for fall semester 2016.  Duvall is a computer engineering major and plans to graduate in December.  He is the son of Barbara Duvall of Lake More...

Winter trip to mainland hampered by ice floes

The following stories are taken with permission from the book, “The South Manitou Story” by Gerald E. Crowner, who was a surfman at the island Coast Guard station from 1926-28. More...

Aprill a MTU grad

Alexander Aprill, son of Jeff Aprill of Elmwood Township, graduated from Michigan Technological University in December with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.  He is a graduate of Traverse City West High School.   More...

50 young S-B students placed on honor roll

More than 50 Suttons Bay Elementary School students were recognized for achieving honor roll status during the second quarter marking period.  Earning all A’s were:  • Third graders — Keegan Arnst, Hannah Gordon, Liliana He More...

Hales have baby, Eleanor

Benjamin and Melissa Hale of Northport are the parents of a baby girl, born Nov. 27 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.  Eleanor Louise Hale weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20.5 inches in length. More...

Open bay causes long-term concern and lost recreation

Not even shelf ice

They’ll be no ice fishing on West Grand Traverse Bay this winter.  Or skating.  And certainly no truck driving.  For the second straight year, it appears that Grand Traverse Bay will stay open — much to the chagrin of winte More...

County Cuisine

Mediterranean-style roasted veggie dish reminds of ratatouille

This recipe for roasted vegetable medley comes to us from Anderson's Market. Tourlou, which in Greek translates to "all mixed up," is a delicious mix of vegetables that shares similarities with familiar dishes across Europe and the Middle East. More...

Only Leland clerk seeks raise, former trustee gets raise through ZBA firm

Salary resolutions for Leland Township Board members were approved by the board last week, with only one asking for a raise.  Clerk Jane Keen requested a raise of $2,000, bringing her annual salary to $37,000.  All raises are subject to app More...

No raises sought by Board

Resolutions keeping current salaries in place were adopted last week by the Kasson Township Board.  But the resolution does not rule out raises for township officials.  The board during its rescheduled monthly meeting held Feb. More...

Leelanau officers seek raises

Salary resolutions for all Leelanau Township Board members were unanimously approved at last week’s regular meeting. More...

Home sales stay on record-breaking pace

Serbin sets mark in 2016

To the question of whether soaring home sales in 2016 represented an anomaly or a shift in the housing market, January provided a clue for the answer.  More...

Shoreline Fruit makes large donation

A local cherry distributor made a significant contribution to a Michiganbased food bank last week.  In celebration of National Cherry Month, Shoreline Fruit has donated 47,250 pounds of frozen tart cherries to Feeding America West Michigan.  More...

Tractor safety class offered by Extension

The Michigan State University Extension will host a 4-H Tractor Safety Program in April. Students 14 and 15 years of age will meet on the subsequent Wednesdays of April 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. More...

Dance party

A Kid’s Dance Party Member’s Night is set from 5:30-7 p.m. More...

Eight county students make grade at MTU

Eight county residents were named to the dean’s list at Michigan Technological University for fall semester 2016.  To be included, students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Dean’s list honorees are:   Caleb Korson, so More...

St. Mary students create hope, blankets

St. Mary students in grades eight through 12 produced more than six dozen blankets and 40 fleece hats last week during the school’s 23rd annual “Blankets of Hope” Christian service project.  More...

Fleis fund readies to hand out 45 scholarships

The Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund is accepting applications that will lead to awarding 45 scholarships of $1,000 each for the 2017 school year.  Some 25 scholarships will be awarded to students with a lineal connection to Centerville and S More...