2017-06-15 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO June 14, 2012

Dick Kerr was an enigma. A crusty newsman and agitator to some; a generous benefactor to others. All agree he left his mark on Leelanau County as he chronicled life on the peninsula as publisher and editor of the Enterprise from 1975 through 1997. Kerr died Saturday at his home in Leland. He was 80.

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Nonprofit organizations throughout northwestern lower Michigan working to meet a June 30 deadline to apply for “2-percent” casino revenue sharing funds from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians may be in for a shock. The Michigan Gaming Control Board has been putting local municipal governments on notice that they cannot turn over 2-percent funding to nonprofit organizations that don’t have a contract to provide governmental services for the municipalities.

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A “standards of practice” letter signed and supported earlier Tuesday by county department heads stood in stark contrast to stories told to commissioners by contractors who believe county inspectors have been uncooperative at best, and self-serving at worst.

10 YEARS AGO June 14, 2007

The path to construction of a $10 million development in Greilickville that includes docking for luxury yachts was partially cleared Tuesday by approval of a zoning ordinance amendment. A tunnel under M-22 is allowed by the text change. “It’s the first step in the bigger picture and the key to the project, which is the marina,” said Ron Walter, a partner in the West Bay Partners investment group.

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Bob Otwell didn’t know what hit him. The 54-year old executive director of TART Trails, Inc., was injured last Thursday morning when he was struck by a deer while riding his bicycle north of Cedar. “I never saw what hit me,” said Otwell, who is at home recuperating from injuries.

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The Village of Northport will condemn property, if necessary, to proceed with its $15 million sewer project. Council members voted unanimously to establish the process to secure easements on property needed for the project, scheduled to get under way this summer. The council authorized village President Michael Rogers to offer property owners up to 10 percent more than the appraised value for permanent easements and established a timetable for action if no agreement is reached.

35 YEARS AGO June 17, 1982

The Glen Arbor Township Board agreed Tuesday night to help provide better parking facilities within the township at the request of seven downtown businesses. The businesses are concerned with parking problems caused by the “increasing use of the town hall for activities which are conducted during business hours and which attract large numbers of people”, according to a petition received by the board.

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1982 may be known as the year the alewife die-off was replaced by a June bug die-off. While complaints of dead alewives piling up along shores of Leelanau County have been minimal, several area residents have complained to Department of Natural Resources district fish biologist Ralph Hay about dead June bugs along the shoreline.

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A tart cherry price of between 25 and 29½ cents per pound is being predicted by the American Agricultural Marketing Association for this year’s expected heavy harvest. Prices in that range “won’t help farmers get their feet on the ground, but it won’t dig them in any deeper, either”, according to Leelanau County Agricultural Agent James Nugent.

60 YEARS AGO June 13, 1957

Construction of the new Glen Community High School at Burdickville is nearly a month ahead of schedule and Hartford Field, architect, says contractors now hope to see complete the building by early January so it will be ready for second semester classes.

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The governor’s plane, carrying top officials of the state department of aeronautics, is scheduled to land at 3:00 this afternoon at the Empire-Glen Lake airport. Officals will include James Ramsey, director of the state Department of Aeronautics, and Lester Andrews, chief engineer.

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A recreation area for servicemen from the Empire Air Station and their families has been made available on Glen Lake by Pierce Stocking of Glen Arbor. The lot, with about 100 feet of frontage and about 300 feet deep is midway on the north side of the west arm of Glen Lake.

120 YEARS AGO June 10, 1897

Suttons Bay. E.P. Johnson has his appointment as P.M. of this place, has his bonds nearly ready to submit and will probably be ready to take charge as soon as the Rufli & Kehl building is ready for occupancy. These things are accomplished with much less fuss here than at Northport.

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Noel Couturier has opened up a new and fresh stock of groceries in the Lederle store building and invites the people of Leland to call.

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Dr. Payne and wife, of Suttons Bay, was in town calling on friends last week. Dr. did not forget us.

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