2017-03-30 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO
March 29, 2012

People who are in the business of providing accommodations for summer visitors in Leelanau County agree that the coming season could be a very good one indeed. The news comes as the state prepares to increase spending for its Pure Michigan tourism advertising campaign by 8 percent, and as predictions fora6percentincreaseintourism spending are being heard.

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Slowly, one employee at a time, Leelanau County is hoping to pull its retirement system out of the red. The County Board recently took another step in that direction by reducing the benefit level for new-hires. “It’s not like we’re limiting our future retirees to a much lower retirement,” said county commissioner James Schaub, who met with a representative of the Municipal Employee Retirement System (MERS) along with other county officials in coming up with a recommendation that last week was accepted unanimously by the County Board of Commissioners. Schaub was speaking at an early County Board executive committee meeting.

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The weather that spring breakers left behind has been no picnic for the Leelanau County fruit and wine industry. Temperatures more than 30 degrees above normal last week hastened the start of the growing season and put fruit development as much as five weeks ahead of normal. But just as the exodus of travelers south began, the temperatures took a dip — leaving fruit buds vulnerable to frost.

10 YEARS AGO
March 29, 2007

Firefighters in the Cedar Fire Department called for the resignation of longtime chief Albin Rosinski at a special meeting of the Solon- Centerville Fire Board. Rosinski’s command dates back to the 1960s.

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The massive BayView development in the Village of Suttons Bay has failed to pay property taxes on much of the development for two years and currently owes Leelanau County more than $432,000 in back taxes, interest and fees according to county treasurer Vicki Kilway.

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Statistics released earlier this month by the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department indicate that the county is still struggling to fill beds at its nearly two-year-old jail. The average number of inmates staying at the 72-bed facility on any given day last year was 46.3, putting the occupancy rate at around 64 percent.

35 YEARS AGO
April 1, 1982

Leelanau County and a special assessment district of Lake Leelanau riparian property owners will split $405,089 as the total cost of the Leland Dam repairs and dredging the Lake Leelanau Narrows.

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Township residents reviewed budgets for Leelanau County’s 11 townships totaling $945,941 at annual meetings Saturday. Last year’s budget total was $871,911. The residents voted down pay raises for elected officials in three townships while granting pay hikes in two others. Six townships did not request salary increases for elected officials.

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Leelanau County’s largest 1981 property taxpayer may be off the tax rolls by this time next year. For at least the fourth straight year, the Manitou Island Association again is the county’s largest taxpayer, followed closely by Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort Corp. and Consumers Power Co.

60 YEARS AGO
March 28, 1957

Voters in most townships of Leelanau County will receive three ballots Monday for voting in the biennial spring election. One of these ballots will be for election of township officers; one for state officials; and a non-partisan ballot for justices of the state supreme court.

* * * With 150 volunteers ready for the opening round, the American Cancer Society’s Crusade will open Monday evening at the Suttons Bay High School at 8:00 with a double-barrelled pleat to “Fight Cancer with a Checkup and a Check.” The drive, a combined fund-raising and educational campaign, has a goal of #3,000.00 for the county.

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Approximately 800 farmers in this county are being asked by mail this week whether they prefer that the Agricultural Stabilization Committee (ASC) office, now in the courthouse in Leland, be moved to Suttons Bay or to Greilickville.

121 YEARS AGO
March 26, 1896

Scott Woodward of Elmwood was a caller today.

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If you want to pay your subscription in maple syrup, now is your time.

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We have been informed that Mr. Anderson has the contract for building the new hotel at Omena.

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Thos. Plamondon informs us that he will deliver choice timothy hay for $15.00 a ton.

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The ice in Lake Michigan last Tuesday night took about 60 feet of the Co. dock away.

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There will be a masquerade Ball at the K.O.T.M. Hall Easter Monday April 6th. Everybody invited.

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