2017-06-29 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO June 28, 2012

Mimi Gass has 50 new kazoos — two for each year the Glen Arbor Kazoo Band has participated in the Glen Arbor Fourth of July parade. The band, which numbered about 15 that year, has grown to an estimated 70 and there’s room for more. It will be part of another stars-pangled Fourth of July celebration on tap across the Leelanau Peninsula.

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Leelanau County still leads the state in the number of farms and acres in cherry production. That’s the good news. A just-released survey found that the county is down 400 acres in tart and sweet cherry orchards, and lost several farms over a five-year period. The trend, the survey shows, has been to fewer farms with more acres in cherry orchards.

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More good news. There will be local sweet cherries available for the National Cherry Festival, which begins next week in Traverse City. The bad news: Consumers will pay from $5 to $8 a quart for the fruit. Harvest has begun for the few black sweets that survived a series of spring frosts.

10 YEARS AGO June 28, 2007

Northern Michigan sweet cherries will be available for the National Cherry Festival this year. And the harvest of tart cherries — a lot of tart cherries — will follow soon after. The state’s tart cherry production is forecast at 230 million pounds, an increase of nearly 21 percent from the 190 million pounds harvested last year.

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The first shovelfuls of dirt are being turned over for the joint Village of Northport-Leelanau Township sewer project. On June 21, bonds to provide upfront money for the $15 million project were issued to the State of Michigan at 1.625 percent interest.

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Why was the head of Leelanau County’s Building Inspections Department fired on June 4? A Freedom of Information Act request filed on June 11 by the Leelanau Enterprise led to the release last week of roughly half a ream of paperwork from county personnel files — but few answers.

35 YEARS AGO July 1, 1982

An apparently illegal meeting was held by the Leelanau County Road Commission last month to discuss the re-routing of Westman Rd. near Glen Arbor. All three County Road Commission members were present at the night meeting, which was held June 7 at the county’s Road Commission garage in Suttons Bay. No public notice of the meeting was given and The Enterprise was not notified as required under the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

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Construction began this week on a fish processing plant and retail store in Peshawbestown, representing the first phase of a planned retail complex owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The combination fish plant and store is expected to cost some $125,523, or about 25 percent more than original estimates, according to William Gregory, the tribal administrator.

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The Cedar Chamber of Commerce is seeking state and federal permits for a $6,000 dredging operation in the Cedar River and rebuilding of an abandoned railroad trestle and a foot bridge over the waterway. The work is proposed for an area just north of the Cedar ball fields along Co. Rd. 651.

60 YEARS AGO June 27, 1957

An 8½ cent contract price will be asked for the 1957 pack of red tart cherries by grower members of the Great Lakes Cherry Producers Marketing Cooperative, Inc. in five states it was announced Wednesday at the association headquarters in Traverse City. This is the first time in history that an industry-wide organization of growers has been able to offer cherries at a firm price before harvest.

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Plans for providing scenic trips over the Leelanau area and emergency charter flights are being made by the newly formed Falcon Aero club that will operate from the Empire-Glen Lake airport. Members of the club are Capt. Jack Marsall and Lt. J.J. Smith, commercial pilots; Lt. Robert Higbee, pilot; and students T/Sgt. William Tobias, Airmen Lott and Russell, and Robert and Don Nowicki.

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Preparations are being made by the Empire Women’s club to feed 1,000 persons at its annual Beef Barbecue July Fourth from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Empire beach. Plate lunches of barbecue beef on buns, potato chips, cole slaw, baked beans, cake and beverage will be served throughout the afternoon.

120 YEARS AGO June 24, 1897

G.M. Dame, a Northport businessman here made a pleasant call, and while here, Mr. Dame caught two fine pickeral in the river just back of our office.

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Fred McFall of Cedar had business at the court house on Friday. Fred informs us that business is good in his town.

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Harry Hinshaw caught seven large Mackinaw trout in Carp Lake yesterday afternoon in two hours time.

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The steam barge Chipman took a full load of wood yesterday at Gill’s Pier, for C.A. Nelson.

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