2017-03-09 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO
March 8, 2012

The great snowstorm of 2012 may not be remembered as a blizzard may not be a record breaker. But the storm, which heaped more than 25 inches of snow over many areas of Leelanau County, touched every resident — and is still touching many today. Power has not returned to some residents who live on the county’s back roads, and that even goes for those who are supposed to have clout.

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Fred Hawley’s been tending cherry trees in Leelanau County for 70 of his 85 years. He’s never seen one storm take so many out. “We have extensive damage,” said Hawley, whose yard off Smith Road in Suttons Bay Township was a sea of green, taking on the color of downed limbs from mature pines. The pines, however, will live. Many of the cherry trees in his 400 acres of orchards will not. Such snow damage was repeated across the Leelanau Peninsula, and the reason the county is seeking to have damaged orchards declared an agricultural disaster. County Board chair Tom Van Pelt signed such a request yesterday, which will be forwarded to Gov. Richard Snyder.

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Adam McCullough of northern Indiana sat in a bucket truck Monday morning, reviewing paperwork and waiting for his day’s work to begin. McCullough is a lineman with Robert Henry Corporation, a South Bend, Ind., firm that does storm restoration just about anywhere that doesn’t have electricity. “I’ve been doing this for seven years,” McCullough said. “It’s sort of a family thing. Other members of my family do this for a living as well.”

10 YEARS AGO
March 8, 2007

A groundwater discharge permit has been issued for the Northport/ Leelanau Township sewer project. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring. Chip Heckathorn, chief of the state Department of Environmental Quality’s Revolving Loan and Operator Certification Section, confirmed that the permit, required for the $12 million sewer project to continue, was issued March 1 by the state agency.

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The company that last year proposed developing a massive commercial windmill farm in Centerville Township has put its plans on the “back burner” according to a company spokesman. Noble Environmental Power spokesman Julie Harker-Lee said the company is currently focusing its efforts on upstate New York where it is engaged in several “wind park” projects.

35 YEARS AGO
March 11, 1982

Increased numbers of property owners protesting assessment increases were reported this week in a spot check of township boards of review. A check of 8 of the county’s 11 townships showed about 480 people had visited or written the review boards to question their increased property assessments.

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The era of partisan village elections in Leelanau County is over following Mondays annual elections. Voters in both Northport and Empire approved village charter amendments that will set up non-partisan elections for Village Council seats and other village elective offices.

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Northport developer Earl H. Ennis III is consulting with his attorney about recent Suttons Bay Village Council action opposing his planned 470-foot break water structure. Meanwhile, the Department of Natural Resources Submerged Lands Division says it is required to withhold a lease on the state’s Suttons Bay lake bottoms holdings until the council and Ennis come to terms.

60 YEARS AGO
March 7, 1957

The Glen Lake Lakers, champions of the Cherryland conference, opened district tournament play Tuesday night at Benzonia with a 54-46 win over Holy Rosary of Isadore. Glen Lake, paced by Tom Cluff with 18, had no trouble with Isadore.

* * * The combined bands of Northport, Suttons Bay, Leland, the Glen Lake Community School and Leelanau Schools will present their first massed band concert March 19 at 8:00p.m. at the Suttons Bay high school gymnasium.

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An Open House, to celebrate opening of the newly-completed Leelanau Memorial Hospital, was planned Tuesday night by the board of directors, who set the date for Sunday, March 17. Hours will be from 1:00 to 5:00. A formal dedication is planned, tentatively, for early summer.

120 YEARS AGO
March 11, 1897

Northport. The joint annual harvest of converts for the Methodists and congregational churches began Monday evening and will continue for several weeks and from present indication the crop gathered will be below the average in quantity although it may excel in quality.

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ADV: “For Sale Cheap! I have just received a new line of shoes which I will sell cheap; also a full line of choice groceries. Will pay the highest prices for farm produce. F. F. Smiseth, Suttons Bay, Mich.”

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