2017-06-22 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO June 21, 2012

Eagles are still rejoicing after the St. Mary-Leland golf team captured the school’s first state championship. The Eagles shot a 306 on Saturday at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West Golf Course to finish five strokes ahead of first-day leader Kalamazoo Hackett in the Division 4 state finals.

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Business is booming at the most beautiful place in America. According to traffic counts, some 80,000 people visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in May. That’s double the number that visited in May 2011, when park officials counted just 40,000 people.

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The purchase for public use of one of the prettiest properties in Leelanau County is on hold for at least another month and maybe longer, the result of a constitutional disagreement over disbursement of state oil and gas revenues. Leland Township clerk Jane Keen is concerned that the $5.8 million deal to purchase what has become known as the Clay Cliffs Natural Area could fall through...

10 YEARS AGO June 21, 2007

Sixty firefighters battled 90-degree heat and 35-mph wind gusts Monday and successfully doused a wildfire that jeopardized two historic structures within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. The wildfire began when electrical wires sparked the tops of evergreen trees east of the Port Oneida Schoolhouse shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, Glen Arbor Fire Chief John Dodson said.

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The sale of bonds to finance construction of a $13 million sewer system in Northport will go forward today despite a last-ditch effort yesterday by sewer opponents to halt the sale. Following a Circuit Court hearing on Wednesday morning, Judge Thomas G. Power denied a motion filed Monday by opponents of the sewer system who had sought a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to prevent the bond sale.

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An auditing firm has uncovered “significant deficiencies” in how Leelanau County officials account for taxpayers’ money — and fixing the deficiencies is costing taxpayers even more money. Meanwhile, a sharp disagreement exists between county clerk Michelle Crocker and county treasurer Vicki Kilway over whose department is primarily responsible for creating the problems.

35 YEARS AGO June 24, 1982

A National Park Service boat docking facility for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore could be constructed at Glen Haven for $3.5 million, or approximately half the cost for building a similar structure at Port Oneida or North Bar Lake. Construction cost at North Bar Lake would run $6.4 million, while a breakwall nearly 1,700 feet long would be required at Port Oneida site, upping the price to $7.3 million.

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Suttons Bay’s Village Council decided Monday night to pursue the possibility of selling the village’s Hose House, now home to village offices and the community library. Acting on the recommendations of Councilman Richard Catton, the council voted to seek bids for sale of the 2-story building on St. Joseph St.

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Two parades, community activites and two public fireworks displaysincluding a new one at Northport – will mark Leelanau County’s observance of America’s 206 birthday on Sunday, the Fourth of July. Parades are scheduled for Leland and Glen Arbor, children’s games and contests in Leland and Northport and the skies over Northport marina and Glen Arbor will be alight with fireworks at dusk.

60 YEARS AGO June 20, 1957

Two fires and heavy damage to telephone service were caused by severe electrical and wind storms which lashed widely scattered areas of Leelanau County Sunday and Monday. Hardest hit were the Burdickville, Glen Lake and Leland areas. Fire, apparently started by lightning, totally destroyed a duplex cabin Sunday morning in the Garside resort in Burdickville.

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Approximately 15 civic leaders from the Empire area, Thursday stood on the rain-drenched, fogshrouded Empire Airport grounds awaiting the arrival from Lansing of Lester Andrews, chief engineer and James Ramsey, director of the state department of aeronautics.

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Officers of the Lee Island Company recently voted to open the company’s farm house club on South Manitou Island to guests, according to J. Lee Barrett, chairman of the board. The house in the past has been used exclusively for outings for members of the company.

120 YEARS AGO June 17, 1897

W.W. Barton will still be postmaster in this village, having received the appointment.

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Sogge and Synder shingle mills will shut down next Saturday, after three months of successful run, cutting as high as 32,000 in five hours.

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Mr. A. Huntington informs us that he has resigned his position as Miller, in charge of the Norrisville flouring mills where he has been employed the past two years; he has accepted a position at Copemish Manistee Co.

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Gill’s Pier Joseph Reicha has moved into his new house. Martin Korson is very busy peeling bark for the Kirt Brothers.

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