2017-06-01 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO May 31, 2012

A picture-perfect start to the summer tourism season contributed to a big kick off to what’s anticipated to be a strong tourist season overall on the Leelanau Peninsula. While the weather didn’t last — thunderstorms, some of them severe, dominated Sunday — business owners are hoping interest in vacationing in Leelanau County will.

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If you see a hapless critter new to the world, keep in mind that orphanages in Leelanau County are full. “The best place for wild animals is in the wild,” said state Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Rececca Hopkins, who is stationed in Leelanau County. “They’re cute, but don’t pick them up. It’s illegal to possess them.” Hopkins was talking after a busy Memorial Day weekend in which she handled several calls from people who had picked up what they assumed were abandoned offspring, often fawns still wobbly after birth.

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Francis Wanageshik, 18, has a lot of reasons for wanting to go to college. Having a college education and the ability to earn more money will make life easier for him, the Northport senior said. It will also offer a better social life, motivate him to keep on learning, and give him the opportunity to travel and explore the world. Wanageshik is one of just seven students who will graduate from Northport this year and one of 200 who will graduate from public school districts located wholly in Leelanau County. That number is down from 216 that graduated last year, and 244 that graduated five years ago, in 2007.

10 YEARS AGO May 31, 2007

Some 244 students are expected to graduate from county high schools within the next nine days. Suttons Bay will have 90 graduates, Glen Lake will graduate 60 students, Northport will have 19 graduates, Leelanau School has 27 graduates and Leelanau Peninsula High School has five graduates.

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The Empire Village Council is supporting a private effort among village residents and business owners to bring sewer service to the downtown area. The council approved the first step in forming a special assessment district that would pay back funds borrowed from the revolving fund.

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Business owners are offering mixed reviews of this year’s Memorial Day weekend – the traditional beginning of the summer visitor season in Leelanau County. Factors such as cool weather, high gas prices and a weather forecast that called for rain all weekend, may have kept visitors away.

35 YEARS AGO June 3, 1982

Summer means that sailboats, yachts and ski-towing motorboats are cruising up and down Lake Leelanau. And, possibly, a 65-foot paddle boat. Ron Lundmark, new manager of the TimberLee Recreation Area, is working closely with the Solon Township Zoning Board of Appeals for a zoning variance which may be needed to dock a paddleboat on the south end of Lake Leelanau.

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Cherry growers and farmers were keeping a worried eye on the thermometer this morning as near-record cold temperatures were expected across Leelanau. A a warm and hazy weekend, a mass of cold Canadian air moved in, bring night-time lows down into the 30s – perhaps below the critical freezing mark.

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A passing motorist suffered minor injury and a county road sustained extensive damage when a trailer carrying a large crane and boom collapsed while being towed late Monday afternoon. The accident occurred on Co. Rd. 645 just north of Amore Rd. in Centerville Township.

60 YEARS AGO May 30, 1957

The Leland volunteer fire department, in cooperation with the Leland Improvement Association, washed the main street with 10,000 gallons of water during the annual clean-up day Saturday. The tanker, manned by Chief John K. VanRaalte, Elmer Hohnke and Richard Schlueter, made 10 trips to the river to refill.

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Schwarz Moter Sales in Leland, established in 1929 by the late Jacob R. Schwarz, was sold Saturday to Captain Norman Hope and Arthur Van Zee, both of Lake Leelanau. The sale was made by Leelanau Realty for Mrs. Vera Schwarz, widow of the founder, and John B. Schwarz, son.

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The eight teams of Leelanau County’s independent baseball league will open their 1957 season Sunday. Game time is 2:30. Northport will be at Cedar; Lake Leelanau at Maple City; Elmwood at Leland and Suttons Bay at Empire. In pre-season games, Lake Leelanau will be at Northport today (Thursday) and the Traverse City Cardinals will be at Leland.

120 YEARS AGO May 27, 1897

Joseph Sbonek and Joseph Odoi, of Centerville, were pleasant callers today. They say the frost done but little damage.

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Highway Commissioner Porter has organized two more road districts in this township, No. 9 North Manitou Island, No. 10 South Manitou.

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Memorial Day will be observed at Maple City on Monday, May 31st under the auspices, of Murray Post assisted by W. R. C. The parade will form at the Congregational church led by Maple City cornet band.

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