2017-03-16 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO
March 15, 2012

Most Leelanau County residents lost their electricity for at least two days in the aftermath of perhaps the heaviest snowstorm in county history. Neighbors Howard and Susan Troost and Randy Stachnik, whose homes are located south of Cedar on Co. Rd. 651, were not so lucky.

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The view out Bob Eitzen’s living room window is a constant reminder of the snowstorm of 2012. Tart cherry tree limbs in the block directly across from his Centerville Township home litter the orchard floor. “It looks like a tornado went through,” said Eitzen. “There’s so much damage. We’ll have to pull them.”

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Can you spell L-E-E-L-A-N-A-U? Leelanau County had three of the top five spellers at the regional spelling bee Sunday including the winner — Jack Pasche from Suttons Bay. “My mind was racing. My knees were shaking,” said the seventh grader of the spell-off between he and Grand Traverse Academy’s Maggie Oliver. “I missed the word and thought I was out. Then she had to spell another word to win.”

10 YEARS AGO
March 15, 2007

The Leelanau Peninsula High School, the alternative education facility for county students in Lake Leelanau for more than 10 years, will close at the end of the school year. Suttons Bay and Glen Lake boards of education voted unanimously to send their “alternative” education students to Traverse City High School. Alternative education is for students who have difficulty learning in the traditional school setting.

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The County Board voted to file suit against Leland Township over the status of a 10,000-square-foot portion of the county’s 2.5-acre campus in Leland. The township conveyed the land to the county in 1939 through a deed that indicated the parcel would revert to the township if the county seat moved. The county seat is slated to move from Leland to Suttons Bay Township early next year. Leland Township has not provided Leelanau County with a quit claim deed that would allow the county to sell the entire courthouse property “free and clear of any restrictions and possibilities of reverter.”

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The Solon Township Board voted 4-1, with Supervisor Carl (Ron) Williams opposed, to build a sewer for the unincorporated village. As proposed, the system would provide 96 REUs (Residential Equivalent Units) to properties within the unincorporated village of Cedar. The assessment district runs from the firehall south to two-thirds up the hill on the south end of the unincorporated village.

35 YEARS AGO
March 18, 1982

A new trout fishery may be in store for the Leelanau County area should a Department of Natural Resources proposal be approved. Some 300,000 brown trout – representing about 100 times the number of browns planted in previous years – are tentatively scheduled for release along Lake Michigan shores between the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula and Charlevoix.

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A repayment plan for more than $8.3 million in debts is to be filed “shortly” by Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort Corp. in federal bankruptcy court. A spokeswoman in bankruptcy judge Lawrence E. Howard’s office said a “slight delay” prevented the giant resort and skiing complex from filing its Chapter 11 reorganization plan by the latest deadline of Monday.

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Nearly 900 persons protested increased assessments on their properties at the county’s boards of review over the past two weeks – and more review boards scheduled for the next two weeks could push the total to more than 1,000.

60 YEARS AGO
March 14, 1957

The Walter Egeler home in East Leland was saved from fire early Thursday morning by volunteer firemen from Leland, Lake Leelanau and Suttons Bay. The blaze, which started in rubble in the basement at the base of the chimney clean-out, caused an estimated $500 damage.

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The board of education Wednesday night accepted bids for construction of a $500,000 Glen Lake High School to serve the 200 square mile area of southwestern Leelanau County. Hartford Field, architect, said constructon of the building will begin this spring and will be completed within a year.

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The Leelanau Memorial hospital, plans for which were begun four years ago, will open its doors Sunday afternoon to the public in an Open House celebration from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

120 YEARS AGO
March 18, 1897

Born to Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Dayton on Sunday last, a girl.

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R. Schomberg left this week for South Haven to run between Good Harbor and Milwaukee, in the lumber and wood trade.

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On Tuesday morning last at her home in this village, Mrs. C. L. Dayton, nee Ella M. Price, breathed her last. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and infant babe, father, mother, four brothers and one sister. She was born in this village and was 23 years of age on the 18th last October.

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