2017-03-02 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO
March 1, 2012

The patriarch of Leelanau County’s largest farming operation has become the single largest conservation easement donor in the history of Leelanau County. “The good Lord has been awful good to me and my family,” explained Glen Noonan, who has donated the development rights on 506 acres in Empire and Kasson townships to the Leelanau Conservancy.

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Bankruptcy proceedings for what was expected to become the biggest development in Leelanau County took an unexpected turn last week, and the county government may end up owning a significant part of the development. Nearly a decade ago, the massive BayView project was expected to add up to 500 new multi-family and singlefamily residences in the Village of Suttons Bay, but has since fallen on hard times.

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There was a reason Glen Lake didn’t freeze over until last week, and Grand Traverse Bay retains its trademark shades of blue. Through its last and 29th day on Tuesday — accounting for Leap Year — February was much warmer than normal, joining December and January in a trend that has kept ski and snowmobile enthusiasts moping.

10 YEARS AGO
March 1, 2007

It’s trial by fire for Mike Murray as he begins his second month at the helm of Suttons Bay Public Schools. Murray, who officially took the superintendent’s job Jan. 26, faces the potential loss of $200,000 from the district’s fund balance for the current school year and looming financial constraints that could force issuance of pink slips later this month.

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Word spread quickly in Bingham Township Tuesday evening that township supervisor Robert W. Foster had been ousted from office. Some 506 township residents voted “yes” to recalling Foster. 360 township residents voted “no.”

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Liz Shimek of Glen Lake was named the top female basketball player and Sander Scott the top male player in county history, according to a poll of Enterprise readers. Don Miller topped the list of coaches, followed by Larry Glass, Ted Swierad, Ed Merica and Gordie Wick.

35 YEARS AGO
March 4, 1982

An extensively remodeled Fisherman’s Cove restaurant and Falling Waters Lodge should be open by June 1, under new ownership. Traverse City developer and hotelier Gerald A. Auger and his wife, Kristine, became the new owners of the Lodge and Cove. The Augers paid a total of $939,001 for the the three parcels of land that make up the Cove and Lodge.

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Three Leelanau County townships have charged the County Equalization Department with using inflated sales figures to determine property assessments. The head of the local drive to lower the township assessments, however, blames the inflated figures directives to the county level from the State Tax Commission.

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Suttons Bay Village President J. Patrick Yoder this became the second announced Republican candidate for the state House of Representatives seat being vacated by current Rep. Connie Binsfeld (R-Glen Lake).

60 YEARS AGO
February 28, 1957

Board members, contractors and architect are working together to pare $60,000 off costs of building and equipping the proposed new Glen Lake Community high school. Bids opened Wednesday night exceeded by that amount the $500,000 bond issue.

* * * A total of 557 pupils from three school districts in the southern half of Leelanau County received free shots of Salk antipolio vacine last Wednesday in a clinic held at Maple City. The children were from Norris, Holy Rosary and Glen Lake School districts.

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Senator Dennis Chaves of New Mexico, chairman of the Committee on Public Works, this week notified Karl Detzer of Leland, who is in Washington on business, that the committee unanimously passed a resolution for a survey of Leland Harbor.

120 YEARS AGO
March 4, 1897

County Clerk Hinshaw has gone to Ann Arbor for treatment. Mr. Hinshaw has been suffering all winter, from a severe attack of lumbago, and his many friends hope for his speedy recovery.

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Miss Josie Halverson has gone to Ann Arbor, where she has secured a position as nurse in the hospital.

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ADV: “Rufli & Kehl, Meat Market Suttons Bay, Mich. Fresh and Salt Meats constantly on hand. Orders by mail promptly attended to. Highest market price paid for beef cattle.”

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