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March 22, 2012

County fruit growers reeling from a late winter storm are faced with what could be the earliest bloom date on record. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, red tart cherries at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station in Bingham Township had reached the “late green tip” stage of bud development more than a month ahead of the historical norm. Sweet cherries are on track to be in full bloom by March 30, according to Nikki Rothwell, director of the research station.

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Henry and Brody Plumstead of Empire ran into Lake Michigan Tuesday afternoon like it was summer. It was the first day of spring. With mom Cile watching, the two boys splashed around, then came back out about as quick as they went in. They did manage to go all the way under before retreating. “It’s cold,” said Brody, 5. “Just like the polar bear dip.”

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Officials of the Village of Suttons Bay are considering purchasing athletic fields from Suttons Bay Public Schools for up to $500,000 in cash as a means to help the school district solve its financial crisis. If the purchase occurs, the school district would buy back its athletic fields from the village over a five year period, paying 2-percent interest to the village with no payments on the principal in the first two years. Such an arrangement, should it come to fruition, may be a first for the state of Michigan.

March 22, 2007

Leelanau County is among the safest places in the country to retire according to author David Savageau, who has spent the past 20 years traveling to locations that attract older adults. Leelanau trailed only Norfolk Lake, Ark., and Brown County Ind., in terms of personal safety.

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Leelanau County won’t sue Leland Township over the status of the county’s courthouse property in the township after all — at least not right away. A disconnect between the two municipal bodies may still delay efforts by the county to sell the Leland property to two local businessmen.

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The Bingham Township Board has a new interim supervisor and his name may be familiar to many township residents. Roswell W. Ard Jr., the former chairman of the Bingham Township Planning Commission and the Bingham Township Zoning Board of Appeals, was appointed to the vacant supervisor’s post following a 3-1 vote of the township board. Ard replaces Robert W. Foster, who was ousted in a recall election on Feb. 27.

March 25, 1982

Much of the Great Lakes are being opened up to Indian fisherman to fish for salmon, perch and walleye with gill nets. New regulations approved last week by federal Judge Noel P. Fox will allow Indian gill-netters to expand their fish targets.

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A special millage election could be held in Northport as soon as late May to help fund a $395,000 water project. The Northport Village Council formally applied to the federal Farmers Home Administration for a $395,000 loan at a special meeting last Wednesday, and reviewed progress on the proposed project at is regular meeting Thursday.

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At least 7 of Leelanau County’s 11 townships are proposing pay increases for their officials at Saturday’s slate of annual township meetings. The pay hikes range from slight to 50 percent, and must receive citizen approval before they can go into effect.

March 19, 1957

Election of a director to represent this county on the board of the Great Lakes Cherry Producers’ Marketing Association will be held tonight (Thursday) at 8:00 in the auditorium at St. Mary’s school, Lake Leelanau, according to Frank Mitchell of East Leland, chairman.

* * * Four persons, including two county officials and a school superintendent, were hurt Tuesday afternoon in a head-on auto accident on M-204 three miles southeast of Leland.

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Plans for the 1957 Soil Conservation contest for school childern sponsored by the Leelanau Conservation district have been announced by Herrick Waterman of East Leland, district chairman. The contest this year will be limited to the first eight grades. Prizes totaling $120 will be awarded, Mr. Waterman said.

March 25, 1897

We are informed that Joseph Nedow has purchased John Miller’s interest in the steamer Tiger.

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Wm. Neddow who has been at Maple City for the past few weeks under Dr. Fralick’s care, returned home last week much improved.

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We are informed that Mr. S.E. Blackwood will be retained another month in our schools.

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Marine men are predicting an early opening of navigation. From the present prospect we think that boats will not be able to get out before the first of June.

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