2017-06-08 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO June 7, 2012

As the first official forecast for a disastrous Michigan cherry crop became official yesterday afternoon, the face of what is considered a highly effective public relations campaign to promote the fruit is concerned — but not frowning. “It’s a great crop, there are great people in the industry,” said Jeff Manning, whose ability to sell commodity products was proven with the “Got Milk” promotion that boosted milk sales across the country.

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Members of the Sugarloaf Townhouse Owners Association say they’re “absolutely furious” with the lack of action being taken by local officials to address ongoing problems at Sugar Loaf Resort, which has been closed for 12 years. Association president Tony Mattar said vandals last week apparently broke into a well house and water reservoir atop Sugar Loaf Mountain that supplies 72 nearby townhouses.

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Under a calm wind and mostly sunny skies, five shooters representing the Cedar Rod and Gun Club have claimed a state title. Captain Jim Balesh of Cedar, Jess Reed of Maple City, Bruce Rosema of Maple City, Lance Morgan of Interlochen and Gerald Storrer from the Lansing area knocked down 484 out of 500 birds at the Michigan Trapshooter Association spring shoot. Balesh, 72, said the team has won state titles before, but never at the Division A level. Team members were just two hits away from having the best record in the state.

10 YEARS AGO June 7, 2007

Rob Sirrine is coming home to northern Michigan. The 1992 Traverse City Central graduate has been selected to replace retired Michigan State University Leelanau Extension director Jim Bardenhagen. Sirrine reports for duty Aug. 1.

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Differences of opinion whether furnaces and water heaters were installed properly at the BayView condominium complex in Suttons Bay have contributed to the firing of the head of Leelanau County’s Building Inspections Department, Robert VanDyke. County administrator David W. Gill said Tuesday that he fired VanDyke for a long list of reasons, not the least of which involved problems related to inspections of the BayView condos.

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Matthew Johnson, 29, his 25-yearold wife, Sarah, and their 8-month-old son, Harrison, were pulled from the wreckage of a home at 5663 E. Hoxie Rd. that exploded about 5:30 Saturday afternoon. The apparent cause: a propane gas leak.

35 YEARS AGO June 10, 1982

Near-ideal weather conditions which brought a massive cherry blossom bloom this spring may bring Leelanau County its best cherry harvest since the bumper-crop of 1974. Leelanau Agricultural Agent James Nugent said he toured the county’s fruit sites Tuesday night, and came up with an optimistic prediction that this year’s crop will be “two to three times the size” of last year’s crop frost-ravaged harvest.

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Polish festivals are returning to Cedar – in force. Two of the ethnic festivals are being planned by separate organization after the event was resurrected a year ago following a 4-year absence. Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Isadore will hold its second annual Polish Festival next Friday and Saturday, June 18 & 19. On July 9, 10 and 11 the Cedar Chamber of Commerce will hold a 3-day affair.

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Leelanau County isn’t going to pay a $3,272 bill for canine care until it sees whether it can put the bite on the allegedly-indigent owner of the nine pedigreed dogs involved. The County Board of Commissioners got the bill Tuesday from the Cherryland Humane Society for “emergency grooming” and 57 days of shelter for the dogs.

60 YEARS AGO June 6, 1957

Empire airport will get a telephone, a small reception house, and other improvements through an allocation of $1500 of state matching funds made this week by the state administrative board. Empire was one of seven communities to share in a total of $44,500 released Tuesday by the state board from an appropriation made by the legislature last year.

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Camping fees at Day State Park in Glen Arbor have been increased, effective June 1, in an overall boost announced for all state parks by the Michigan Department of Conservation. The fees have gone up from 50¢ to 75¢ daily for camping.

120 YEARS AGO June 3, 1897

The tug Mary McLean passed Leland this morning with a large boom of logs for the Schomberg Lumber Company at Good Harbor, coming from near Gill’s Pier.

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The steamer Columbia will soon be placed on the route between Traverse City and Northport, to run alternate with the Crescent.

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Northport. The graduating exercises of the High School were held in the Town Hall last Friday evening. The hall was crowded full with the scholars, parents and patrons of the school. A class of 13 received their diplomas and a fine program was presented, and those who were especially good were Miss Virginia Gagnon, Miss Kate Voice, Bert Alfalter and Steiner Garthe.

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