July 13, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Crib restoration could start this week

The first order of business in bringing the historic ‘Crib’ in the Manitou Passage back to life is scraping the guano off its exterior. More...

County vintners set to defend medals

Some of the finest Leelanau County wines will be put to the test Tuesday as the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing hosts the 40th annual Michigan Wine Competition.  More than 350 wines from across the state will compete before More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Emma Grant

Name: Emma Grant  Town or township of residence: Bingham Township  Resident since: 2000  Age and birthplace: 17 years old, Munson Medical Center   More...

Sweet corn harvest less than two weeks away

For the first time in years, most county cornstalks were knee high by the Fourth of July.  Sufficient rainfall and an ample supply of heat units since the start of June have sent county corn farmers into the critical part of the growing season w More...

Twp. search for fire hall site upsets Village

Council takes a vote

Space is so tight in the Empire Township Fire Hall that firefighters have to pull the engine out to climb into the passenger seat.  While no one denies the hall’s cozy confines, finding land for a replacement is becoming controversial.&nbs More...

Hearing set for redrawn twp. commercial district

Proposed changes to Bingham Township’s commercial district and new rules for bed-and-breakfast inns will be the subjects of two public hearings at the township’s Planning Commission meeting in September. More...

Fewer rescue missions needed as volunteers caution park visitors

Each summer, over 60 search and rescue missions are conducted in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, many of them to help visitors who clamored down steep sand dunes to Lake Michigan and can’t make the climb back.  More...

Arts & Entertainment Events in Leelanau County

Thursday, July 13  10 a.m. to noon - Craft-A-Day with Debbie Newmark for ages 5-9 at the Old Art Building, Leland.  7 p.m. - Music on the Mountain with Andre Villoch at The Homestead, Glen Arbor.  7:30 p.m. More...

For first time, weather claims concert

Storm moved too fast

For the first time in its 19-year history, the Dune Climb Concert was canceled.  “We’ve never had to cancel this beloved event due to weather,” said Peg McCarty, director of the Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA), after torrent More...

Stander to speak and sign books at Dog Ears

Northern Michigan author Aaron Stander will visit Dog Ears Books in Northport next Thursday, July 20.  Stander, known for his murder mystery series featuring regional aspects of northern Lower Michigan, will talk about his writing process, answe More...

Alpacas, yaks thrive on Leelanau Co. farm

Alpaca hum to communicate. Yaks grunt. More...

Leland honor roll includes 100-plus students

More than 100 secondary students earned honor roll status for the final quarter of the 2016-17 school year.  More...

Surfman explores island on liberty

The following stories are taken with permission from the book, “The South Manitou Story” by Gerald E. Crowner, who was a surfman at the island Coast Guard station from 1926-28. More...

Vacation Bible School offered

St. Mary parish in Lake Leelanau will host a Vacation Bible School later this month. The theme will be Camp HeavenCloud as campers enjoy songs, Bible stories, crafts, games and an all-campus scavenger hunt each morning. More...

St. Mary festival proves popular with jumps in meals served, money raised

A community of volunteers — some 435 people — helped to make another successful St. More...

Happy birthday, Bea!

Advice from 105-year-old: If you can’t change it, let it go

Things have changed quite a bit in the last 105 years.  Bea Kimmerly, who celebrated her 105th birthday over the weekend, can attest.  On Saturday, more than 80 of Kimmerly’s friends and family gathered at the Omena Fire Hall to celeb More...

Authors talk northern Mich. life

The Leland Township Library will host author Jerry Dennis and artists and illustrator Glenn Wolff Monday for a presentation entitled “Written on the Water.”  Dennis and Wolff will share their thoughts on art, literature, life in nort More...

Garden Club sets meeting

The Friendly Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, July 26, at the Bluewater Hall in Greilickville.  Sonja Richards will talk about the many uses and benefits of lavender. The presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m. More...

County Cuisine

Mixed greens and roasted beets with a sweet vinaigrette

Today's recipe for beet salad is featured on the menu at Bogey's 19th Hole. The sweet and earthy flavor of the beets couples beautifully with the tangy vinaigrette. There's something going on at Bogey's everyday this summer. More...

Rothwell: County apples look great

An invasive pest is causing a stink in downstate apple orchards.  Nikki Rothwell, coordinator of the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station, said brown marmorated stink bugs have been presenting challenges to growers on “the Ridg More...

Conservancy holds title to ‘Dollar Store’ property

One option as a location for a new fire hall within the Village of Empire is now owned by the Leelanau Conservancy.  And there’s no chance that a “Dollar Store” will be built on the approximately two-acre piece.  Many resi More...

Bingham eyed for marijuana

Bingham Township is being eyed for a medical marijuana commercial growing business.  Township zoning administrator Steve Patmore reports that interest has been expressed by an individual who does not reside in the township about establishing a m More...

Fifth Gear with county roots rolls into wine festival

Marina Park will become a hotbed of music Saturday as the Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival again promises to be one of the county’s biggest events of the summer,  Those attending can sample a wide array of tastes from local wi More...

Rantz show to honor 85th birthday

Gene Rantz came to Northport 32 years ago in pursuit of subject material for landscape paintings. He never left. Rantz was drawn to the Leelanau Peninsula for the same reason that many others have been attracted: the abundant beauty of the area. More...

Blues and bluegrass coming to Glen Arbor

It’s blues and bluegrass time for the Manitou Music Festival with two concerts scheduled in the next week.  Mulebone has recorded four critically lauded CDs, three of which landed on the American Music Association Top 10 list for blues. More...

Big anchor leads to 2 days of fun

In 1977 group of seven volunteers completed a project that has helped the community of Empire preserve its maritime heritage for years to come. More...

American traditions reside in Leland

Editor’s note: The following column was published last week by the Wall Street Journal, but certainly carries a Leelanau County theme. We are reprinting for local readers with a thank you to the author and the Wall Street Journal.   More...

Churches plan joint service in Northport

St. Christopher’s Episcopal and Bethany Lutheran Church will hold their annual Joint Sunday Service at Northport’s marina park pavilion Sunday at 10 a.m.   The Rev. Dr. More...

Retired Deere executive speaks

A retired executive with John Deere Corporation will speak at a Republican Women of Leelanau County gathering Monday at the Elks Club in Traverse City.  Adel Zakaria, a Coptic-Christian, is an Egyptian-born, naturalized American. More...

Former Tribal Council member to speak on Native culture

The “History of the Odawa Anishinabek People from the Grand Traverse Region” is the title of a special program organized by the Leelanau Historical Museum.  JoAnne Cook of the Grand Traverse Band (GTB) will give the presentation on T More...