2017-05-04 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO May 3, 2012

The Leland Dam Authority met last week to discuss the possibility that repairs to the dam might be required — as well as assertions that the dam is being operated unlawfully. The dam controls water levels in Lake Leelanau which drains into Lake Michigan through the Leland River. Water levels for summer and winter are specified in a 1978 Circuit Court order that county officials insist they have followed very closely.

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Depending upon the source, recently declared state House candidate Derek Bailey of Leelanau County has an overwhelming edge in campaign funding — or he’ll have to start raising money from scratch with just three months until his first election for public office. Bailey announced unexpectedly last week that he was withdrawing his campaign for Michigan’s 1st Congressional seat largely due to a lack of funds needed to run a competitive race.

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Leelanau County residents interested in learning more about state laws protecting and emphasizing the rights of citizens to become involved in governance are invited to a free seminar planned for next Thursday, May 10, at the Leelanau County Government Center. A special invitation is being extended to candidates for office in the 2012 election.

10 YEARS AGO May 3, 2007

Thousands of black locust trees growing on about 250 acres within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be cut down over the next several weeks. Black locust is a non-native tree species that is aggressively replacing native beech and maple hardwood forests and sprouting in historic farm fields, officials said.

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A massive, $80 million gaming, entertainment, hotel and shopping complex will be built east of Traverse City but it will not mean the end to Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown. Tribal leaders of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians pledge to keep the doors open to Leelanau Sands, where the tribe’s plunge into gaming began humbly 20 years ago in a spartan bingo hall.

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Declared by many as the prettiest time of year in Leelanau County, sweet cherry trees in Elmwood and Bingham townships should be showing their blossoms this weekend just as sunny skies and moderate temperatures are predicted.

35 YEARS AGO May 6, 1982

People in Leland (hoot!) who may wonder (hoot!) why the Manitou Islands foghorn (hoot!) has been blowing continuously (hoot!) for two months (hoot!) should be forewarned (hoot!): Things will probably stay that way. Coast Guard officials said yesterday that the “fog detector” on the horn some 8 miles out in Lake Michigan has malfunctioned, and it won’t be replaced or repaired anytime soon.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore might be exempt from proposed National Park Service restrictions on sportfishing – depending on how the rules changes are interpreted. The proposed regulations may be varied by order of superintendents of specific national parks and lakeshores according to a Park Service official and an aide to Rep. Guy Vander Jagt (R-Cadillac).

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Replacementt of boards in the Leland Dam to raise the level of Lake Leelanau has resulted in the sudden end to steelhead trout fishing and smelt dipping in the river. The stop-log boards were put back in place last Monday by the Sheriff’s Department to restrict water flow over the dam in line with a 1978 Circuit Court order which established levels for the lake in summer and winter.

60 YEARS AGO May 2, 1957

A forest fire Sunday afternoon near Glen Arbor burned over 5 acres of hardwood and pine between the Ole Thoreson farm and the Leelanau Schools and threatened 400 acres more before it was stopped.

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The Great Lakes Cherry Producers Marketing cooperative Inc., this county, has announced the appointment of Fitch R. Williams, Traverse City attorney, as its general manager. The marketing cooperative is the exclusive sales agent for red tart cherries produced by its nearly 1,500 members who reside in the five states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.

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Plans for construction of a new West Bay Covenant Church were discussed Friday evening at the loyalty dinner held at the Norris school in Greilickville. Final drawings are nearly completed and building is expected to begin this summer. Estimated cost is $30,000.

120 YEARS AGO April 29, 1897

Mrs. Claus Alpers and daughter spent a few days at Elk Rapids visiting friends last week.

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Amenda Richard of Provemont left last week for Cheboygan, where he intends to spend the summer.

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The local band of the W.C.T.U. and the young people’s temperance union will give an open meeting at the Congregational Church on Friday evening April 20. Come and show by your presence that you are interested in the overthrow of evil, and the triumph of light.

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