April 20, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Driven to Distraction

Glen Lake students lead push to ‘Make Driving Safe Again’

As weather warms, the end of the school year looms large distracting students from the business at hand, including when they’re behind the wheel of a vehicle.  April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and an opportunity to remind everyo More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Debbie Wawrzyniak

Name: Debbie Wawrzyniak  Town or township of residence: Suttons Bay Village  Resident of county since: Full time for about five years. I’ve been visiting Glen Lake since I was 10.   More...

Motor Lodge to become 'M22 Inn'

Summer guests and Traverse City commuters may notice a familiar landmark missing from their scenic M-22 cruise in the coming months. More...

Village planners revisit zoning update

The Village of Suttons Bay Planning Commission last week continued work on a multi-year effort to update the village Zoning Ordinance and took a first step toward drafting an updated Master Plan.  More...

Fire board looks at future expenses

The Suttons Bay-Bingham Fire and Rescue Authority board held its annual organizational meeting last week, and made no changes.  Retaining their seats are Suttons Bay Township Supervisor Rich Bahle as president of the Fire and Rescue Authority bo More...

Montessori’s ‘Starry Night’

A fundraising event benefiting the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy is set for Saturday, May 6.  “Starry Night” — an evening of art, live music and food — will be at Starry Night Barn & Studios, 2421 N. More...

Extension sets workshop to learn about pruning

The Leelanau Michigan State University Extension will host a pruning workshop on Friday at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center in Bingham Township.  The workshop, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. More...

Lakeshore plans Junior Ranger Day

Kids can explore, learn and protect on Junior Ranger Day, set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29.  Activities will take place at the D. H. Day Log Cabin in D. H. Day Campground. More...

Leelanau violist joins concert of joy

Leelanau County musicians will play integral parts as the Traverse Symphony Orchestra (TSO) presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at 3 p.m. More...

Art history talk and luncheon in G-A

The Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) will celebrate the return of spring with an art history talk exploring post-impressionists at the Leelanau School.  More...

Abortion info at teen night

One goal will be to raise awareness of the impact of abortion at a special Teen Network Night event set for 5-7 p.m. Sunday at St. More...

2,000 diapers dispersed monthly; drive needed

Leelanau Christian Neighbors Baby Pantry will hold its annual diaper drive over the next four Sundays, collecting donations of disposable diapers of all brands.  The drive will begin Sunday and end on May 14, Mothers Day.  The Baby Pantry, More...

Leland students shine at state robotics competition

Team seeking donations

It’s a Cinderella story. Small town kids, just their second year in competition, bringing home hardware from the state robotics competition. They’re going to World competition next week in St. Louis, Mo. More...

Senior project makes prom more affordable

A prom dress is usually only worn one time. More...

County Cuisine

White wine and garlic lend depth to soup

Have you been trying to get over a cold? Have the sniffles? Or a sore throat got you down? A hot bowl of healthy soup may be just what you need to help you recover. More...

Receptions limited to established farmland

25 acre minimum retained

Acting on recommendations from the township Planning Commission, the Suttons Bay Township Board has tightened zoning control over which agriculturally zoned properties may host “special events.”  More...

In Suttons Bay, who’s on second?

A township trustee disagrees with the minutes of the board’s February meeting, leading to an extended discussion Monday over the board’s approval of a short-term rental ordinance.  More...

Bid for Fire Hall project accepted

A bid for construction of sleeping quarters and shower facilities at the Fire Hall in Cedar has been accepted.  The Centerville Township Board voted unanimously on April 12 to accept a bid from Cooley Contracting for the project, being funded by More...

‘Smart’ system provides household info to dispatchers, responders

A new service in Leelanau County lets 911 dispatchers and emergency personnel know how to get into a home if someone is injured and can’t get to the door.  Smart 911 also lets police, fire and emergency personnel know if a person is diabet More...

Lakers gather waste to recycle

Glen Lake students have begun the second phase of a project to reduce the amount of waste going into the local landfill.  At the beginning of the year students from the high school organization Students for World Awareness and Envirothon began a More...

Garden Club to meet in Elmwood

The Friendly Garden Club has a new home in Leelanau County.  The group will now meet at The Bluewater Hall, 13424 S. West Bay Shore Dr. in Elmwood Township. Its next meeting is set for Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More...

Author and WWII survivor Marlis Mann to be feted at ‘Evening to Remember’

Leland resident and Rotarian Marlis Mann will be honored as the recipient of the Owen Bahle Award for Service during an annual event named “Evening to Remember” sponsored by the Suttons Bay-Leelanau County Rotary Club.  The event is More...

Foundation gives nearly $41,000 in grants

Northport village projects and funding for local arts programs were part of the latest cycle of awards offered by the Leelanau Township Community Foundation.  Altogether some $40,900 in grants were awarded last month.  The general endowment More...

Natives and French carved out a life on the Fox Islands

This is the second of two installments of writings about the early days hunting and fishing on the Fox Islands, which can be found in author Kathleen Craker Firestone’s book “The Fox Islands, North and South.  More...

WALKING WITH PURPOSE

Christians celebrate Good Friday in Suttons Bay

About 25 people enjoyed blue skies, temperatures in the mid-50s and ecumenical fellowship in Suttons Bay last week while taking part in the annual Good Friday Community Cross Walk.  The Cross Walk involves visits to various places in the village More...

Glen Lake duo contributes to first-place finish in Ohio

Two county students were members of a regional robotics team that won top honors at the National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio, earlier this month.  More...