July 20, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Construction Continues

M-22 project progress right on time; finish date just 15 days away

Relief is about two weeks away for motorists weary of traveling through M-22 lane closures.  The $6.5 million, 12.7-mile project is progressing right on schedule, according to a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Gregory King

Name: Gregory King  Town or township of residence: The Village of Northport  Resident since: 1983  Age and birthplace: 68 years old, Union City, Indiana   More...

Coming soon: free electric ‘fill-ups’

Tesla, non-profit pick up the tabs

Northport, located near the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, may soon be on the map for electric car owners.  Northport Village is moving closer to offering free battery charging in a municipal parking lot, taking advantage of offers from an elect More...

Feds contribute big toward ‘brush truck’

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to provide $237,641 to the Elmwood Township Fire Department to help pay for a new brush truck. More...

Township to pay off contract early

Suttons Bay Township next month plans to pay off the roughly $50,000 it still owes on the office building it purchased in 2012 in Hansen Plaza off 4th Street in Village of Suttons Bay.  The township will own the 2,500 square-foot office building More...

Girl feted for quick thinking

A 9-year-old Lake Leelanau girl was recognized Saturday by members of the Cedar Fire & Rescue for her effort to get medical help to a family member.  Clarice Bardenhagen was at a family member’s home in Centerville Township in the earl More...

Arts & Entertainment Events in Leelanau County

Thursday, July 20  10 a.m. to noon - Leelanau Summinar: Our Broken Politics, will be presented in the Munnecke Room, Leland Library.  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Joseph Lombardo Art Exhibit at Center Gallery, Glen Arbor.  More...

Pease, Jeffrey named top Norsemen scholars

Kelsey Pease, daughter of Kenneth and Lori Pease, has been named valedictorian for the Class of 2017 at Suttons Bay High School. More...

Leland’s unprecedented four valedictorians

The Class of 2017 from Leland Public School had an unprecedented four valedictorians with 4.0 GPAs. They are.  More...

Northport Creek, jog in the road

90-degree turns

I think the first thing our readers are going to say concerning this article, – “This is a strange and unique subject matter!” More...

Gauthier, Lake plan to marry

Carleton and Denise Lake of Williamsburg are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Doreen, to Robert Gauthier, son of Dale and Joan Gauthier of Cedar.  Ms. Lake is a graduate of Elk Rapids High School. Mr. More...

Sneed makes list

Joel Sneed of Leland has been named to the deans’ list at the University of Nebraska for the spring semester. Sneed, a sophomore history major, is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. More...

Fosmore, a giver, gets award from Glen Lake

A community member who has supported Glen Lake Community Schools for decades was recognized this week by the Glen Lake Board of Education. More...

In Benzie, motorist lies down for on-the-road M-22 selfie

Two visitors in search of the perfect northern Michigan selfie caused concern last week on M-22 near Platte Road in Benzie County.  A resident who lives down the road from Riverside Canoe Trips saw someone get out of their car, pull out a selfie More...

Lakeshore numbers down from ‘16

Island traffic increases

In an unusual break from the upward trend of the last several years, the National Lakeshore had about 48,200 fewer visitors in June. But it’s all relative, said Scott Tucker, superintendent of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. More...

County Cuisine

This mac & cheese recipe provides smile — and a ‘kick'

When you're craving a bit of comfort food, nothing is better than hot and cheesy macaroni. It seems like everybody has their own special take on this delicious standby. More...

Deadline Monday for Northport seat

Village residents interested in filling a position on the Northport Village Council have through Monday to apply.  Applicants may submit a letter to or email village administrator Barb Von Voigtlander. The mailing address is P.O. More...

Marijuana gets cold reception

Bingham Township Board

Medical marijuana and cable TV franchise fees were among the topics discussed this week by the Bingham Township Board at its regular monthly meeting.  The board took no action on either of those issues at its July 17 meeting.  More...

Changes on tap for Suttons Bay Twp. Zoning Ordinance

The Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission last week continued its review of the township’s Zoning Ordinance.  It plans to hold a public hearing in September on what one official described as some “very minor” amendments.&nbs More...

Unburied Treasures

BRUNO NOWINSKI of Lake Leelanau discovers a dandy used anchor for his boat at the Inland Seas Education Association’s (ISEA) nautical flea market Saturday in Suttons Bay. More...

‘Leading Ladies’ feature ... men

Play opens Saturday

For nearly two decades, the Northport Community Arts Center has brought performing arts to Leelanau County with locally made productions. More...

Island group plans to meet in Empire hall

The Manitou Islands Memorial Society (MIMS) will hold its annual meeting at 1 p.m. More...

Omena bake sale

Omena Club 21 will hold its annual bake sale Saturday in “downtown” Omena.  Baked goods will be sold from 9 a.m. until the supply is gone.  Funds raised by Club 21 go back into community projects.   More...

Mass planned for Millers’ 50th anniversary

One wedding led to another for a Cedar couple who will soon celebrate 50 years of marriage.  Leo and Sandra (Conroy) Miller will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, August 5, with Mass at Holy Rosary Church at 4 p.m.  A pr More...

Programs offered in Port Oneida historic district

Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear offers a variety of tours through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.  Tours share the history of the agricultural community of the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Popular horse and wagon tours are offered More...

Seymour on dean’s list

Molly Seymour, a member of the class of 2020 from Glen Arbor, has been named to the spring dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland.  Loyola University Maryland is a Catholic, Jesuit university with 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate More...

Anchor, A way (to Celebrate!)

Crowded streets were the name of the game Saturday at the Anchor Day celebration in Empire.  The day started early with a fun run, followed by the annual parade and a quilt show at the Methodist Church.  There were 20 to 30 floats in the pa More...