2017-07-06 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO July 5, 2012

Elmwood Township’s plan to purchase the former Brewery Creek development for use as a parking lot across from the township marina on M-22 has hit a major snag. The current owner of the 15-acre development, a Texas financial institution known as Brown Bark I, L.P. is appealing a federal court decision that required the company to pay a $240,000 lien imposed by Traverse City Light and Power.

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An effort to place a millage on the November ballot to fund early childhood education in Leelanau County may lack legal authority, and will likely be withdrawn. Members of a non-profit group closely aligned with the Leelanau Children’s Center that runs preschools in Leland and Northport would be breaking new ground should their plan ever be implemented.

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Having the Fourth of July fall smack dab in the middle of the week didn’t seem to dissuade anyone from visiting Leelanau County. In fact, it appears that a couple of parades, fireworks displays, a flag raising and even a patriotic sing-along was enough to create a double-banger — two good weekends for the price of one.

10 YEARS AGO July 5, 2007

If they come, they’ll have plenty to do. But will they come to Leelanau? The Diversions section in this week’s Enterprise is chock-full of events planned for the Leelanau Peninsula despite having the Fourth of July fall dead in the middle of the week, on Wednesday.

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Leelanau Township fruit grower Tom Van Pelt is the exception — not the rule — when it comes to the 3-year sweet and tart cherry survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistic Service. He planted 500 tart cherry trees last year, making him one of the few to do so between 2003 and 2006.

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Mike and Linda Bartlett aren’t afraid to show their “true colors.” Red, white and blue can be found all over the barn at their family’s 1908 farmstead and yard south of Northport. It’s hard to miss. “We’re very patriotic,” said Bartlett, who represents the third generation of owners of the home and barn.

35 YEARS AGO July 8, 1982

Declining revenues for road construction have forced the Michigan Department of Transportation to move back a major upgrading of M-72 until the 1984 construction season, the Leelanau County Road Commission learned Tuesday. Road Commission Engineer-manager James Gilbo told the commissioners that a state official made the announcement in a June 24 letter to the county.

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It now appears that only through intervention by a federal court will sports-fishermen, state commercial fishermen and Indian trap and gill-netting fishermen, according to William Rafstetter; attorney for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Rafstetter, of Cedar, blames the recent breakdown in negotiations in the long-standing controversy on state officials.

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Sometime this month, people in Connecticut will be able to buy fresh Michigan black cherries – probably for the first time. The cherries will be from the Suttons Bay area and are to be shipped via air freight to the East Coast while still fresh and juicy. The air shipment is just part of the plan of brothers Don and Robert Gregory to bring back a market for fresh Michigan sweet cherries.

60 YEARS AGO July 4, 1957

There is better than a half century between the steamboat and the car in the accompanying photographs and yet they served exactly the same purpose: transportation to their summer home in Leland for sisters Miss Brooks and Mrs. Cunningham. What a beautiful sight the steamboat Leelanau was, resting at here moorings at Fouch’s Landding (Hatch’s Crossing).

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George Klein who resides just north of Leland reported Monday afternoon that he had sighted a bobcat just outside the village. The bobcat, “a fair-sized animal”, according to Mr. Klein, walked up from the Lake Michigan beach and strolled past his cottage. He watched until the animal disappeared from sight, heading eastward into the woods.

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Dud Emling, Leelanau County recreation director, has announced that the County Youth Program will start Monday afternoon, following a morning staff meeting at Leland. The Youth Program will provide supervised activities throughout Leelanau county for all school-age children from the youngest to the oldest with such projects as doll shows for kiddies to teen-age dances for the more sophisticated.

120 YEARS AGO July 1, 1897

Philip Portner has purchased a fine 80-acre tract of land from Antoine Ance.

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The Ide E. brought in two large scow loads of wood for L.J. Grobben this forenoon.

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The steamer Tiger will sell tickets on July 3rd, 4th and 5th for half fare for the round trip.

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The North Manitou resort is fast filling up with resorters.

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Remember that Leland will celebrate the 4th on Saturday.

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