May 18, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Distracted drivers pose increasing threat to construction crews

Mike Mack was flagging traffic last week for a crack sealing operation the Leelanau County Road Commission was doing on Lake Shore Drive when he nearly got hit by a passing car.  “I thought he was going to run into the back of our pick-up More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Marie Walker

Name: Marie Walker  Town or township of residence: Bingham Township.  Resident since: 2003  Age and birthplace: 59, born in Grosse Pointe.   More...

Dairy industry woes felt in county

It’s been a tough couple of years for U.S. milk producers. More...

Cleveland’s latest Fire Board member is former Leland chief

The Cleveland Township Board last week heard from its newlyappointed representative on the fourtownship Cedar Area Fire and Rescue Board, retired Leland fire chief Rick Royston who resides in the Township.  More...

S-B trustee rails against state intrusion into rental controls

A Suttons Bay Township trustee is expressing concern that a new township Short Term Rental ordinance will be scuttled by the State Legislature.  More...

S-B goes ahead with scaled-back version of pavilion at Herman park

Suttons Bay Township plans to proceed with a scaled-back version of a pavilion to be constructed this summer at Herman Community Park.  More...

Boom Times

MARATHON PETROLEUM CORPORATION has placed a floating boom around its offloading system in West Grand Traverse Bay as it continues to dismantle its shipping and holding facilities in Greilickville. More...

Board makes 10 reappointments

The Elmwood Township Board last week endorsed a series of reappointments to various township government bodies following nominations by Township Supervisor Jeff Shaw.  In 7-0 votes, the Township Board approved the following reappointments:  More...

Help wanted in Elmwood Fire Dept.

Elmwood Township can use more part-time EMTs and firefighters, and there’s always a chance the job could turn into full time with benefits.  There are immediate openings, according to Township Fire Chief Keith Tampa.  More...

Bash brings in $2,000 for schoolship students

Students from Traverse City West Senior High School hosted a “Bayside Bash” in Greilickville on Saturday to raise money for Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA).  More...

Lakeshore looking for Wilderness Ambassadors

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is recruiting up to 10 high school students who will be in grades 9-12 in the 2017-18 school year to spend a week in the park in the Wilderness Ambassador Youth program.  More...

Water levels yield some of 2016’s gains

Water levels in Lake Michigan remain well above historic averages heading into the 2017 boating season.  As of mid-April 2017, water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are four inches below last year at this time, but still nearly one foot a More...

Northport woman’s portrayal of ‘Rochester’ source of rave reviews

A book that appears headed toward the best-seller list was unveiled in Northport earlier this month, and is now receiving positive reviews in national publications.  More...

Empire artist’s work part of show

A painter from Empire has one of his works on display at the Crooked Tree Arts Center as part of the 70th juried exhibition of the Michigan Water Color Society.  Kent Wiejaczka’s “Along the Trail - Badland Series #6” is being s More...

Stellar S-B students

Some 59 Suttons Bay Elementary School students achieved honor roll status during the third-quarter marking period.  More...

Four earn MTU degrees

Four county students were among the nearly 1,000 graduates honored at Michigan Technological University’s spring commencement April 29 in Houghton.  Caleb Korson and Kelci Mohrman of Cedar were among the graduates.  More...

Fifth grader raises more than $12,000 for heart association

Eleven-year-old Jack Joyce has some pretty lofty goals.  The fifth-grader plans to go to college where he’ll play football, basketball, hockey and baseball while becoming a scientist and possibly a doctor.  And if his performance in a More...

Empire courts ready for action

Tennis or pickleball anyone?  Community tennis began last Thursday on the new courts in Johnson Park in Empire Village and will be played there at 9 a.m. More...

Students shine at nationals

Seven students from Lake Leelanau St. Mary and one from Suttons Bay Public School brought home a significant amount of hardware from the national conference of the Business Professionals of America last weekend.  More...

Library, garden club offer movie in Empire

The Glen Lake Library and the Glen Lake Garden Club will present the documentary “Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home” on Friday, June 2, at 7 p.m. More...

County woman among four finalists for cherry queen

One woman from Leelanau County is among the four nominees still in the running for the title of National Cherry Queen 2017.  Sophie Vukasovich of Suttons Bay was named a finalist from a field of 15 young women who hail from the Grand Traverse Ba More...

Flashy radar trailer slowing traffic

Speeders heading south on Maple City Road last week may have been surprised by the blue and red lights their lead feet triggered.  They may also have been surprised not to see a sheriff’s deputy in their rear view mirror.  More...

County Cuisine

Ancient recipe for pesto combines timeless flavors

Pesto's combination of flavors has stood the test of time through the centuries. More...

Six tourist cabins coming to Cleveland

A half-dozen tourist cabins will be constructed on a nearly two-acre parcel along M-22 in Cleveland Township following approval of a site plan this month by township officials.  Builder Theodore Steven Moore of Elmwood Township said he bought th More...

Northern’s Beuerle wins Alpers award

The Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area (HBAGTA) recently recognized the president and CEO of a Suttons Bay hardware store.  Ed Beuerle, president and CEO of Northern Building Supply, was tabbed as the 2017 Associate of the Year More...

Village trustee, 85, steps down from council

The second-longest serving member of the Suttons Bay Village Council resigned this week after more than eight years on the job.  Robert Johnson, 85, resigned effective Tuesday — the day after this week’s Village Council meeting. More...

Elmwood marina committee presses for user fee increases

The possibility of raising fees at the Elmwood Township Marina will be a topic of discussion by the Township Board despite the board’s reluctance earlier this year to raise fees proposed by the Marina Committee.  More...

Glen Arbor ponders million-dollar tower

Offers topping $1 million for the purchase of the site of a communications tower in Glen Arbor Township have been submitted.  But township officials have left those offers up in the air — at least for the time being.  More...

NEW FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN ORIENTATION

LEELANAU TOWNSHIP Emergency Services’ three new firefighter paramedics began their orientation on Monday, signaling one of the final steps before the department upgrades to offering Advanced Life Support services at the end of this week, when t More...

Inland Seas work bee slated for Saturday

The Discovery Center and Pier is seeking volunteers for a work bee Saturday to spruce up the campus and pier for the summer season.  The group will be painting, planting, pruning and pitching a tent in the courtyard. More...

Plow Day to return to Ruby Ellen Farm

The Ruby Ellen Farm, in partnership with the Northwest Michigan Draft, Horse & Mule Association, will host Plow Day on Sunday.  Plow Day will feature horse-drawn plowing demonstrations — up to 10 teams of two, three, four or more &mdas More...

Glen Lake grad makes recovery, graduates

During Lindsey Friend’s freshman year of college at Aquinas College she suffered a concussion after hitting her head on her bunk bed. More...

Two plays in Burdickville

The Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) Readers’ Theater will present two plays by British playwright J.M. More...

Leland theatre changed into Detroit jazz club

The B. Williams Experiment (BWE) will return to the Old Art Building in Leland on Friday for a concert that starts at 8 p.m.  A regular at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, BWE made its debut at the Old Art Building in 2014.  More...

Pathfinder to expand programs

Pathfinder School in Elmwood Township plans to expand programming for the 2017-18 school year to address growing enrollment and increase its focus on the development of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.  More...

Hope graduates

Two county students graduated earlier this month from Hope College in Holland.  Samantha Sterkenburg, daughter of Ryan and Kristin Sterkenburg, earned a bachelor’s degree in management.  And Matthew Fleis, son of Gerald and Christina More...

Asparagus among us at Empire’s ode to first veggie of spring

Poets are expected to wax eloquently Saturday about spring’s first vegetable — asparagus — at the 14th annual Empire Asparagus Festival.  The Ode to Asparagus Poetry competition, set for 2 p.m. More...

Aral carved from the wilderness, ghost town with checkered past

Excerpt from Some Other Day (Remembering Empire)  Publised by the Empire Area Heritage Group.  Written by Ferna Frehse Walls.   More...

Nye returns as moderator of seasonal Omena church

The Rev. Dr. Homer Nye, a retired Senior Pastor from Traverse City Presbyterian Church, has accepted the position of moderator at Omena Presbyterian Church. More...

S-B again scores 100% success at graduation; Pow Wow planned

With a feast, of course

The national Native American high school graduation rate is 51 percent, but Suttons Bay High School students are beating the odds.  For the second consecutive year, Suttons Bay High School has scored a 100 percent graduation rate for Native Amer More...

Earl from Leland food staff named ‘outstanding educator’

Two people who work with Leelanau County students are among 10 “outstanding educators” being recognized by the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD).  The group is being lauded for their exemplary contributions to t More...