2017-04-27 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO April 26, 2012

The message on the answering machine at the Leland Harbor warns boaters of shoaling at the mouth of the harbor, and for good reason. The harbor has not been dredged since 2009. With an entrance depth of just four feet, only those boats with a draft of three feet or less can get in, said harbor master Russell Dzuba.

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Mark Steimel reluctantly snapped off a flowering cluster from a Honeycrisp apple tree, tore open a king blossom and inspected its insides. Among apple growers, an often-used moniker for the variety is “money crisp,” so given for the apple’s sweet taste and ability to fetch a premium price on the market. Steimel usually makes a point not to waste a Honeycrisp, but a series of frosts has already decimated his crop.

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You might call Dolores Scheidel a soothsayer of snow. With her guess that 88 inches of snow would fall this winter — the second lowest entry of the year — the Elmwood Township resident came in first in the Leelanau Enterprise annual Snowfall Contest, in which area readers attempt to foretell how much of the fluffy stuff will cover the ground.

10 YEARS AGO April 26, 2007

Vincent Zywicki of Cleveland Township and Paul Duemler, a Leelanau County seasonal resident from Ann Arbor, shared the top prize in the annual Leelanau Enterprise Snowfall Contest. Six of the 492 contest entrants correctly predicted the exact snowfall total for the season, 143 inches, and Zywicki and Duemler won a tiebreaker to share the top prize.

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Thousands of motorists along the eastern shore of the county will face construction delays when M-22 is reduced to one lane in both directions about 300 feet north of the M-72 intersection. Crews from Rieth-Riley Construction, Inc., of Traverse City will begin by removing the existing asphalt and cement over the next two weeks. When that process is completed, a new concrete base will be laid and the entire length of M-22 from M-72 to Cherry Bend Road will get a new asphalt surface.

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An armed gunman walks into the lobby of a local school with one goal in mind: to take lives. It’s becoming an all-too familiar scenario nationwide. County schools have plans in place to respond. Officers from the county Sheriff’s Department and Grand Traverse Band, in conjunction with the county office of Emergency Management, have also been preparing for the possibility of an incident by working with county schools since last fall to create lockdown drills.

35 YEARS AGO April 29, 1982

Leelanau County’s Jail Expansion Advisory Committee will probably meet again next week to review a $30,000 proposal to convert the jail garage in Leland to a multi-purpose room. But this “quick fix” to bring the jail nearer to state standards will have to be followed up by a long-range expansion plan.

* * * A class-action lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that one year of back property taxes should be refunded to all former owners of lands taken for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, could have drastic effects on county and township government treasuries.

* * * The future of the planned primitive campground at the Empire Airport is unknown after Empire Township declined Tuesday night to help the project because of budgetary reasons. Some 30 residents were generally opposed to either the campground plan or using public funds for it’s construction at a special joint meeting of Empire township and village officials Tuesday.

60 YEARS AGO April 25, 1957

Glenn Smith, 2½ year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Smith of Elmwood, still is in critical condition at Osteopathic hospital in Traverse City from injuries incurred Friday evening at 7:00 when he was struck by a car on M-22 in front of his home near Craine Hill.

* * * Opening of fishing season at 12:01 a.m. Saturday will mark the beginning of what will be one of the “busiest” weekends of the year in Leelanau. Anyone who wants a really full schedule can fish in the morning and evening, hunt morel mushrooms during the day, and dip smelt at night.

* * * More than 250 vocational and education teachers, coordinators, directors will return to Leland June 17-21 for their annual summer workshop. Conference headquarters will be at Leland Lodge and sessions will be held in the Leland High School.

120 YEARS AGO April 22, 1897

Constable Bourlier is nightwatch at the shingle mill.

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About 30 feet of Gill’s Pier was carried away by the storm on Sunday last.

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Many of our young men are wearing new hats, mottoed “Schomberg hats.”

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It is rumored that Wm. Mosier will take charge of the Seiber saloon after May 1st.

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