2017-05-25 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO May 24, 2012

The 2012 cherry crop and its impact on the industry drew some unflattering descriptions Tuesday during a gathering designed to be heard more in Washington than in Leelanau County. Unprecedented. Complete devastation. Tsunami. A severe snowstorm that toppled limbs, a series of devastating frosts, and disease that has set into injured trees has orchardists bemoaning an upcoming lack of fruit.

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Gene and Joan Peyerk wonder if they can charge an extra dollar this summer for cherry pies considering the price of frozen cherries. They bought 5,600 pounds of frozen cherries — paying in advance — from a local distributor out of fear that fruit wouldn’t be available when tourist want to buy their pies.

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Barring an unexpected election challenge, members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will have a new Tribal Chairman and two new members of the Tribal Council this week. The tribal Election Board was meeting last night in Peshawbestown. As of press time it was expected that a relative newcomer to tribal politics, Alvin Pedwaydon will be sworn in.

10 YEARS AGO May 24, 2007

Hopes for a busy holiday weekend are high despite the rising cost of gas. According to Jamie Jewel-Van Duzen, senior manager of sales for The Homestead Resort near Glen Arbor, while the price of gas may have some impact on how many travelers come to the county, weather plays a bigger role. “The whole gas price situation is unfortunate, but people still want to come. Generally the cost isn’t so great that it will keep people away, but bad weather will.”

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The third time was the charm for the Harleysville Lakes States Insurance building, as Leelanau resident David Mathia led an investment group in the purchase of the county’s largest commercial building. “We are excited to have this gorgeous building available again for commercial tenants,” said Mathia.

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Ownership of the Tendercare Health Center of Leelanau will change hands later this year following acquisition of the entire Tendercare network of nursing homes by a company headquartered in Canada. Tendercare Health Center of Leelanau opened in September 2006 after construction of a new $6.5 million, 42,000-square-foot facility was completed on the corner of Fourth and Elm streets in Suttons Bay.

35 YEARS AGO May 27, 1982

A national hotel chain could take over management of Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort as soon as Aug. 1, a spokesman for the Detroit financial group buying out the resort said Monday. Dennis Gilstad, a vice-president with Van Arnem Financial Services, Inc., indicated that Sugar Loaf’s future management might not be headed by James Ganter, who with his wife Pat helped found the resort in 1964.

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The legality of next month’s Suttons Bay school board election is in jeopardy after the board allowed nominating petitions to be accepted until May 17, according to a state elections official. Suttons Bay school spokesmen reply that they allowed the later petition filing to encourage a bigger slate of candidates for the one board post open this year.

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Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard reoriented the now-continous foghorn at the Manitou Shoals lighthouse toward the southwest. The only problem is, the horn still isn’t pointed “at nobody”, as Coast Guard officials had promised. It’s pointed right at Glen Haven and Glen Arbor.

60 YEARS AGO May 23, 1957

A famous racing car, now owned by W.R. Braund of Leland and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan may be one of the entries Memorial Day in the 500 mile Indianapolis speedway. The car, shown here with Driver Don Edmunds of California and Mechanic Dan Quella, was formerly owned by Bill Vukovich, who dorve it to victory in 1953 and 1954 at Indianapolis.

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John Travis, 28, was appointed Tuesday night as superintendent of Northport High School. Beginning July 1, he will succeed K.E. Lautzenheiser, who then will become superintendent of schools at Vermontville. Mr Travis will share administration duties with George W. Monaghan, principal.

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A plan to mark historic spots in Leelanau County was discussed Thursday in a workshop for resort operators held at The Leelanau Schools near Glen Arbor. Appointed to the study committee were George Francis as chairman, Mrs. Fred Dickinson, Miss Nan Helm, and C.A. Cheney. More members may be added later.

120 YEARS AGO May 20, 1897

J. M. Watts will place on Carp Lake about June 1st, a fine electric launch.

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Wm. Hitchcock has traded his residence in this village for Traverse City property.

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Capt. John E. Banta has purchased the residence of Wm Hitchcock’s and will hereafter make Leland his home.

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Northport. It pays to advertise in your paper. The Suttons Bay stage driver found his keg the next day after the Enterprise reached here.

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