April 13, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Trail Off Track

Group files appeal, opposes Heritage Trail construction on Traverse Lake Road

It seems the final section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail has hit a dead end.  There is no court injunction stopping the trail, said Tom Ulrich, deputy superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  But without knowing exac More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Doug Cook

Name: Doug Cook.  Town or township of residence: Bingham Township. I’ve lived there 20 years.   More...

Shady Lane Cellars gets OK to host more special events

Next up: L. Mawby hearing

Following a public hearing, the Bingham Township Planning Commission last week approved an amendment to a special use permit that will allow Shady Lane Cellars to host more “special events” at the winery.   More...

Red Cross, Fire Department to install free smoke detectors

Elmwood Township homeowners who lack smoke detectors or whose smoke detectors are more than 10 years old may have new ones installed for free.  More...

Picnic Association to meet Tuesday

The Old Settler’s Picnic Association will hold its first meeting of the spring Tuesday, April 18.  The group will meet at 7 p.m. More...

Suttons Bay may tweak calendar, start school year before Labor Day

Suttons Bay school officials are considering changes to the 2017-18 school calendar which could move up the first day of classes to before Labor Day.  Superintendent Chris Nelson told board members Monday night about a survey now before school f More...

Northport rain garden to protect watershed

A group of local people concerned with the environment have been given the go-ahead to put in a rain garden on the Northport Public School property.  Two members of the Environmental Action Friends (EAF), a group that was founded more than a yea More...

Northport students dedicate glass art projects to loved ones

Weeks of cutting and coloring bits of glass and then soldering them together into a coherent piece of art culminated for Northport students Friday in The Gift of Light & Color event held at the Village Arts Building.  More...

By the Bay Garden Club to give out $1,000 scholarship

The By the Bay Garden Club has announced that it will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student attending a posthigh school educational program related to agriculture, botany, floriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture, land managemen More...

St. Mary to host health fair

The second annual Lake Leelanau Area Rural Health Fair will be held April 22 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the St. Mary School gymnasium.  The fair’s goal is to promote health and wellness for the whole family.  More...

Lowe: Easter ‘highlight’ of religious calendar

If you ask local religious leaders about their plans for Lent and the Easter season, expect an enthusiastic response.  While the holiday shopping frenzy and spectacular light displays of early winter might suggest that Christmas is the high poin More...

Lifelong county residents to mark 50th anniversary

A private family party Saturday will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Marie A. (Sharnowski) and Sylvester (Tom) Korson.  They were married April 15, 1967 in Lake Leelanau at St. More...

Easter services lined up across county; cross walk tomorrow

The annual ecumenical cross walk in Suttons Bay will be held at noon Friday as part of Holy Week activities.  Community leaders will gather on the corner of Madison and Lincoln streets in Suttons Bay.  More...

Massive mural coming to G. Marsten Dame Marina

A 114-foot-long art project that will have the community busy painting for several months was approved by the Northport Village Council on Thursday. More...

Local boy to star in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ program

A county student will dance the lead role in “Sleeping Beauty—The Awakening” Saturday at Milliken Auditorium.  R. More...

March weather slows down Sleeping Bear Dunes visitation

Still above average

For just the second time in 11 months, visitation at Sleeping Bear Dunes Natural Lakeshore (SBDNL) didn’t set a new attendance record.  Some 14,339 visitors were in the park last month, down about 5,800 from the 2016 record of 20,166. More...

County Cuisine

Take advantage of spring's early bounty

One of the earliest crops available in the year, typically in late April, is tangy, delicious rhubarb. Take advantage of the first fresh fruit of the season by trying this recipe for rhubarb chutney from Martha's Leelanau Table. More...

Development gets go-ahead from Elmwood Township Board

Single family homes

Following a recommendation from its Planning Commission, the Elmwood Township Board this week approved a rezoning request which will accommodate a 12-unit development on Grandview Road adjacent to the Leelanau Trail. More...

Leaf bags no longer needed in Northport

The Northport Village Council on Thursday approved a change in the way it will collect leaves.  This year, instead of having residents bag up the leaves, they are being asked to just rake them to the side of the road, where they’ll be pick More...

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ZONTA CLUB of Leelanau County held their 23rd annual eighth Grade Girls’ Career and Exploration Day on Thursday, April 6. Three presenters had attended Career Day when they were in eighth grade. More...

Suttons Bay: Tribal education program in good standing

The annual public hearing for the Title VII program for Native American students was held this week by the Suttons Bay Board of Education.  More...

Robotics state championship to include two Leelanau programs

Suttons Bay and Leland robotics teams qualified for state competition with strong performances last weekend at the district competition in Traverse City.  More...

Students to set sail with Inland Seas this summer

High school boys and girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can now register for a three-day, two-night research-based sailing excursion with Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA).  More...

Big crowd shows at immigration forum

An estimated 150 people turned out last Wednesday for a forum on immigration, sponsored by the League of Women Voters Leelanau County.  “Who Will Harvest Our Produce?” featured a panel of speakers each addressing different positions More...

Alzheimer’s programs coming to S-B, Empire

Leelanau County Senior Services and ShareCare Leelanau are collaborating to host two programs on Alzheimer’s disease.  Maggie Hardy of the Alzheimer’s Association will present “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters,” More...

Taghons made Empire their new home; business owners

Excerpt comes from the Empire Area Heritage Group book “Some Other Day” published in 1974. It was written by Sara Taghon Jasin.  More...

2 more egg hunts slated this weekend

West Side Community Church will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday.  Church members have filled about 30,000 plastic eggs and will hide them on the grounds of the church, located at 4796 E. Traverse Hwy. More...

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys coming to Leland next week

The Leelanau Community Cultural Center in Leland will host a performance from Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys next Thursday, April 20. Band members draw from soul, blues, folk and jazz to create a unique sound that is all their own. More...