2017-07-20 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO July 19, 2012

Employees of Leelanau County feel very good about the service they provide to residents, although internal strife seems to dominate their concerns. Those are a couple conclusions coming out of a survey of employees in which they were asked to provide lists of five things they consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) to county government.

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Omena is going to the dogs. Literally. Nineteen pets — mostly dogs, but some cats and even a pair of horses — are in the running for the title of “mayor” of Omena, a post occupied the past three years by Tucker Joyce. He’s a 10-yearold golden retriever whose term has been pretty laid back. The election ends Friday, with a community celebration planned on Saturday.

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The former developers of the county courthouse property in Leland have been issued a ticket for renting out their townhouse without an occupancy permit. One of the principals in Varley-Kelly Properties, however, said the company plans to plead “not guilty” because the property meets building codes, and the county revoked the building’s occupancy permit last year without cause.

10 YEARS AGO July 19, 2007

The developer of the controversial Provemont Village development project in the Lake Leelanau Narrows received the green light he was looking for from the state Department of Environmental Quality. Developer Wayne Tyge now has a land use permit for the project for construction of dock slips — enough to begin construction. He still hopes, however, to receive an additional DEQ permit to use “stepping stones” for the project and doesn’t plan to start work until that issue is resolved.

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Two townships are on board with a plan designed to preserve the Great Lakes from further invasions of species that can wreak havoc on the health of what many regard as one of the most beautiful places in Michigan. The state Department of Natural Resources may join, but wants some time to study local ordinances that force boat owners to rid their crafts of foreign species before entering the lake system.

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The heat — and the rent — is being turned up on Maple Valley Nursing Home operator John Kasben. The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners raised the rent on the county-owned nursing home building and land by 50 percent, from $3,250 to $5,000 per month. Kasben is negotiating the purchase of Maple Valley Nursing home property from the county.

35 YEARS AGO July 22, 1982

Wave after wave of fierce summer thunderstorms raked Leelanau County last week and over the weekend, doing more that $10,000 damage to roads and more than $200,000 worth of crop damage. The storms hit first Wednesday afternoon and returned with a vengeance over the weekend, with three separate squall lines pounding the county Saturday and Sunday.

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Leelanau County fruit farmers suffered a second straight weekend of damaging weather when storm fronts moved through the area Saturday and Sunday, separating limbs from trees and further bruising fruit in many orchards. The latest damage followed a weekend of similar windy weather, and cut further into expected crop yields.

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Construction could start in September on an 13-unit, moderate-income housing project in the Village of Empire. That news from the three Traverse City developers proposing the project follows approval Tuesday of a rezoning by the Empire Village Council. The rezoning was one of the final steps before construction can begin.

60 YEARS AGO July 18, 1957

Directors of the Leelanau Lake Association at their last meeting decided to apply to the Michigan Waterways Commission for permission to establish speed limits for boats, according to Earl Perrin, president. The association is asking permission to place buoys 300 feet from shore to protect swimming beaches and moored boats from waves caused by speeding boats.

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More than 325 children and adults now are enrolled in the Red Cross water safety program in which instruction in swimming is being given by Owen Sherberneau at seven of the county’s beaches. The classes this week are are receiving the second of the eight lessons scheduled for the summer.

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The newly-appointed guidance director for Leland, Northport and Glen Lake community schools, George H. Blosser, began his duties July 1. The guidance director’s service to the students includes testing for scholarship achievement and aptitudes; orientation of students to school policies; educational advice and placement in courses which fit the student’s needs.

120 YEARS AGO July 15, 1897

There is no question that Carp Lake furnished the best fishing in the state.

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Strawberries are selling at 4 cts. a quart, and the price of short cake has come down.

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Capt. Banta caught 15 large trout yesterday morning before breakfast, in Carp Lake.

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Maple City. Del. Jobbett is improving the appearance of his residence greatly by the erection of a porch in front. This is quite a year for improvements but where are the rest of those new sidewalks that were promised awhile ago?

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