March 2, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Eco Heroes

Glen Lake students spearhead recycling program, reduce school’s landfill waste

Once a week, Annabel Skrocki gives up part of her lunch period to help make the world a cleaner and greener place.  She is one of 15 Glen Lake High School students in two different organizations who have come together to launch a recycling progr More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Kristi Thomas

Name: Kristi Thomas  Town or township of residence: Leland Township  Resident since: 1994. We moved here initially to take care of my mother-in-law and stayed.  Age and birthplace: 51, Fremont, Calif.   More...

In Elmwood, generator purchase part of Capital Improvement Plan

Elmwood Township is making provisions to keep its lights on when electricity falters.  Following a public hearing, the Elmwood Township Planning Commission last week adopted a 2017- 2022 Capital Improvement Plan that calls for the purchase of an More...

Officials take refresher course

The Suttons Bay Village Council last week held a special joint meeting with the village Planning Commission and the village Zoning Board of Appeals.  Village manager Wally Delamater said the 90-minute meeting was a training session conducted by More...

Centerville Board considers salary increases

Salary increases totaling $500 were included in resolutions approved by the Centerville Township Board last month.  The board approved resolutions calling for $250 increases for the clerk and treasurer, bringing salaries for both posts to $15,50 More...

Sheriff: Green lights legal only on government owned vehicles

A state law giving road commissions the go-ahead to install green lights on their trucks has some seeing red.  Sheriff Mike Borkovich said he’s seen green lights installed on private vehicles and this violates the law that went into effect More...

State fire marshal looks into house fire

The cause of a fire in Northport that killed two last month has yet to be determined.  Sheriff Mike Borkovich confirmed the State Police were at the fire site Feb. 16 or 17 with their arson dog, trained to sniff out accelerants.  More...

Thanks Wendy!

WENDY VERSNYDER, 30-year office manager of the Leelanau Enterprise, received a visit from Michigan Press Association president Doug Caldwell on what was touted as “Wendy VerSnyder day” at the newspaper. More...

Cedar Chamber unveils bylaw changes

Proposed revisions to bylaws and operational procedures will be discussed Monday when the Cedar Chamber of Commerce meets.  The chamber meeting, set for 7 p.m. More...

Glen Lake honor roll holds 199

A total of 199 Glen Lake secondary students were listed on the honor roll for the second nine weeks of the 2016-17 school year.  Those students receiving a 4.0 were:  Seniors Savannah Allen, Glen Bredin, Kelly Bunek, Sarah Carney, Shelby Ch More...

Leelanau Montessori offers new programs for young moms, families

Pregnant women and new moms are invited to a new support group where they can share the joys and struggles of motherhood and build a community of women supporting women.  The New Momma’s Group will meet from 10:30 a.m. More...

St. Mary recognizes supporters, volunteers at Sweetheart Dinner

Some 120 people attended St. Mary School’s 45th annual Sweetheart Dinner Feb. More...

Cedar native feted in Wisconsin

A county college student earned dean’s list recognition for the fall 2016 semester at a Wisconsin university.   Robert S. Cline of Cedar was named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.   More...

One-half century ago

Sleeping Bear once state park

Fifty years isn’t that long, is it?  For some of the stories appearing in 1967 editions of the Leelanau Enterprise, it has meant an eternity of change.  For instance, controversy over establishment of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake More...

Long-lost album a family treasure

‘Net helps find family in M-C

An old photo album found and then stored for 30 years is providing a Cedar woman a glimpse into her heritage.  The album, filled with more than 100 pictures and postcards dating back to 1913, was delivered to Sandy Miller last month.  It be More...

Shipwrecks common off county shores

The Manitou Passage is akin to Davy Jones’ Locker when it comes to Great Lakes shipwrecks.  Before train tracks were laid and roads were built, shipping was the only viable way to transfer goods through the Great Lakes. More...

1882 fruit prospects ‘strong’ ; cherry prices get stuck at a dime

Farming has always been a mainstay of the Leelanau County economy, starting with its first inhabitants whose ancestors are now members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. More...

4 cold weeks

Feb. 12, 1948  Leelanau county is suffering through its fourth week of cold weather with varying reports of temperatures throughout the county. More...

Recalling the crazy basketball season of 50 years ago

Suttons Bay was the team to beat entering the 1966-67 basketball season.  More...

Civility needed as b-ball, communities joined

Editor’s note: The following editorial, headlined “Basketball Season’s Upon Us,” appeared at the start of basketball season in the Nov. 24, 1966 edition of the Enterprise.   More...

Chicken coop calamity

More sports as reported in past issues of the Leelanau Enterprise.  * * *  More...

A short history of Holy Rosary Church in Isadore

From the August 26, 1948 Leelanau Enterprise

The history of Isadore, as well as the history of Holy Rosary Parish, is the history of the early pioneers, who migrated from Poland, the land of their forefathers, to this community.  Among these first settlers were Stephen Niemczynski, Adam Po More...

Push for county-wide fire unit began in 1948

From the Nov. 25, 1948, Leelanau Enterprise

Favor County Wide Unit  Action toward a county-wide fire fighting force that could be mobilized quickly in emergency was taken last Thursday night as the Solon-Centerville fire department went on record as approving the plan suggested by this ne More...

Dog with rabies had many lives

From the May 25, 1882, edition of the Enterprise

Last Saturday evening Mrs. Smith’s big dog, (the animal we referred to last week as having been bitten by a dog supposed to be rabid) broke loose from the building in which he had been confined and was about starting for the village, when Mr. More...

Business briefs, starting in 1882

Some snippets from old Enterprise newspapers pertaining to the commerce of Leelanau County.  * * *  The Leland Iron Co.’s saw-mill at Leland burned to the g round last Saturday evening. More...

Support for M-22 route

When Gov. Groesbeck last week signed the Engel bill which provides for altering the course of the Michigan trunk line highway between Glen Arbor and Empire, there was performed a distinct service to residents of Leelanau county. More...

There’s bound to be disagreements as Enterprise reaches 140th birthday

It’s only been during relatively recent years that Leelanau County has been served by only one newspaper, notably when the Leelanau Enterprise purchased the Northport Tribune in the 1947.  That’s not something often discussed as the More...

‘New’ Goss press installed

From the Aug. 24, 1967 edition of the Enterprise

This edition marks a milestone in the 90-year history of the Leelanau Enterprise & Tribune: A new press this week replaces the old flat-bed, single sheet press which served our readers so faithfully for the past 20 years.  The old press was More...

Suttons Bay eighth grader wins Leelanau spelling bee

10 advance to regional competition

Suttons Bay Public School eighth grader Gabe Suitor won the 2017 Leelanau County Spelling Bee last week by correctly spelling the word “muskrat.”  More...

Where do the words come from?

Many students had a tough time advancing to the second round of the Leelanau County spelling bee, when the difficulty of the words seemed to lessen.  While not something controlled by the Enterprise, we can understand the angst some parents must More...

County Cuisine

Jalapeño Chicken soup a hit at Homestead event; here’s recipe

Today's recipe is a creation from Chef Gabe Schaefer of Little Traverse Inn. It was one of the most popular soups featured at the Super Soup event held at the Homestead last month. More...

Council OKs sewer upgrades

At its rescheduled monthly meeting last week, the Suttons Bay Village Council voted 7-0 to act on several issues related to village infrastructure.  More...

County’s casino money to benefit Christian Neighbors, Honor Flight

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners acted on a number of routine items in 7-0 votes at its regular monthly meeting last week. The Board:  More...

Road Commission’s new policies limit seasonal road development

The Leelanau County Road Commission recently adopted two new policies that govern about 66 miles of unplowed seasonal roads in the county.  The "Drive Permits for Unimproved Roads" policy and the "Upgrades to Seasonal and Unimproved Roads" were More...

Photo

A SNOWMOBILE went through the ice and into little Glen Lake last Wednesday before making its way out of the lake atop a small fishing boat.   More...

Sign up for Exploration Days

Michigan State University Extension is suggesting early registration beginning this month for 4-H Exploration Days, which will be held in June.  Exploration Days involves a trip to the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, June 21-23 More...

Learn about glaciers, soils, forests

To learn more about how glaciers helped to form Michigan’s soils and landscape features, join the Grand Traverse Conservation District for a presentation on “Glaciers, Soils and Forests – They’re All Related.”  More...

Empire community center recaps '16

The Empire Area Community Center (EACC) recently held its annual meeting at the Empire Township Hall, with members hearing about the group’s accomplishments.  More...

Church anchored corner at Main and Shabwasung

When we came back to Northport a few years ago after having been gone since 1950 except for a visit now and then, things had changed somewhat. More...

Choir rehearsals to start soon

The Leelanau Community Choir, under the direction of Jonah Powell, begins spring rehearsals on Monday, March 13. Rehearsals are held from 7-9 p.m. at Suttons Bay Congregational Church.  All voices are welcome and no audition is required. More...

Students to host Polish dinner

The St. More...

Fire chief bids adieu in Leland

Several people stopped by to wish Leland Township fire Chief Rick Royston a fond farewell at an Open House held in his honor Saturday.  Royston, who has been with the department for about three years, is retiring. His last day is Friday.  More...

Looking Back, 2017

Once again we’re pleased to provide readers with our special edition of historic stories pertaining to Leelanau County.  In a tradition begun by former Enterprise publisher Richard C. More...

‘They never found his helmet’

Vietnam war plane crashed behind parents’ home

An incident on Aug. 12, 1966 brought the Vietnam War to Leelanau County and unimaginable horror to a local family.  Navy Lt. More...

‘Aeronaut’ dies at Empire fair

FINDS BODY OF AERONAUT DROWNED NEAR EMPIRE   The body of Miss Deborah DeCastello, 24, aeronaut, who was drowned in Lake Michigan Oct. More...

State snow ‘heavy’ in ‘67; 123 inches here

Weather prophets are predicting an early spring. This has been one of the coldest weeks of the season this far. The thermometer registered 10 below zero Tuesday morning.  — December 30, 1880  * * *  More...

Attack of the lynx and 50 trout per hour

Outdoor stories abound about Leelanau Co.

Gay times fishing for Perch from the dock. Our school teachers caught a big string, of big fish, in about an hour Wednesday morning.  — May 13, 1880  * * *  Mr. More...

Recalling the crazy basketball season of 50 years ago

The Wildcats, who had 19 points from Kilcherman and 15 from Dave Kilcherman, battled valiantly in the loss. The team trailed by 18 in the second quarter before knotting the score up at 62 apiece in the second half.  More...

‘New’ Catholic church in Provemont and county Sunday School group

Enterprise church bulletin

Church news has helped to fill the pages of the Leelanau Enterprise for the past 140 years. Following are tidbits of the coverage.  * * *  There will be no preaching at the M.E. More...

A fire that changed Empire

Next Thursday, March 4, will mark the centennial anniversary of a major event in Empire.  While the burning of the Empire Lumber Company is nothing to celebrate, it will be recognized.  The Empire Area Museum Complex will mark the anniversa More...

Lost key and transient ‘dippers’

Snippets of a wide variety

Some shorts from past editions of the Enterprise covering a variety of subjects.  * * *  Notice to Trespassers.  I will prosecute any person found cutting any evergreen or tree or shrub of any kind on my property.  J.H. More...

Census shows fewer residents

According to the complete list of figures of the 1930 Census Leelanau county shows a net decrease of 836. All townships take a slight decrease except Glen Arbor and Suttons Bay. More...

Will Machines Outdate Migrants?

(A Leelanau Entrerprise editorial, 1967)

Cherry harvest is about finished in Leelanau County. Most of the pickers started leaving this past weekend. In many ways this was an unusual season. More...

Publisher’s ‘little preacher’

From the Dec. 2, 1880, Leelanau Enterprise

A Juvenile Sermon  Our little ones sometimes speak telling truths. Leaving home one morning for the office, we kissed our 4-year-old goodbye, saying to him, “be a good boy today.”  “I will. More...

In 1880, an ‘improved and enlarged’ form

From the May 13, 1880, edition of the Enterprise

We this week present to our patrons the Enterprise in an enlarged and improved form and trust that the patronage and encouragement that has been accorded us the citizens of the County, which has enabled us to effect this improvement, will be continue More...