2017-07-27 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO July 26, 2012

Another attempt will be made Thursday, Aug. 9, to see if somebody — anybody? — is willing to spend $243,250 to acquire a property that was valued at some $6.4 million just two years ago. The property, located up Scott Hill Road just north of M-204 and west of M-22 in the Village of Suttons Bay, represents Phase II of the massive and now bankrupt BayView project.

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Leland doesn’t have a community motto. One appropriate to this week, suggests Leland (Michigan) Chamber of Commerce president Rick Lahmann, would be, “Leland, it’s worth the wait.” Motorists traveling on M-22 just south of Leland have been tied up this week for anywhere from five to 30 minutes going to and from the unincorporated village...

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Jurors were expected to begin deliberating Wednesday in the Dani Malm trial, which started Monday. Malm, 53, is accused of three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct. The Cleveland Township man, who was expected to testify on Wednesday, has been held in the Leelanau County Jail without bail since May 29.

10 YEARS AGO July 26, 2007

Although entrances to the new Leelanau County courthouse in Suttons Bay Township will be equipped with metal detectors and security screening stations, the facility will not be staffed with security guards when it opens next year. The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners decided last week that it will not include funding for security guards at the new Governmental Center in the county’s 2008 budget.

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Plans to use state funds to help pay for a private sewer system for part of the Village of Empire were dealt a major setback after the state Department of Environmental Quality rejected the application — largely because of administrative mistakes and a failure to demonstrate a need for the project.

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Robert Meyer, Leelanau County’s newly-hired Building Official and head of the county Building Inspections department, was on the job this week at his office in Leland. Meyer, from Fife Lake, replaces Robert VanDyke of Interlochen, who was fired last month.

35 YEARS AGO July 29, 1982

A Cincinnati man who likes the Leelanau County area and old log houses has found the perfect way to unite the two. Two semi-trucks filled with huge, white oak and poplar logs will cruise through Leland sometime today on their way to a 375-foot lot on Lake Michigan where Richard Hodapp’s dream will become realty.

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Mum was the word this week at Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort as a self-imposed July 31 deadline neared for acquisition of the resort by Van Arnem Financial Services, Inc., and a group of limited partners. The buy-out will bailout present Sugar Loaf owner James Ganter, whose Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort Corp., filled for protection from creditors under Chapter 11.

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While attention has centered on the tart and sweet cherry crops, Leelanau County’s third largest fruit awaits the sunny days and cool nights of autumn to ripen. In fact, Leelanau’s offsetting day and night fall temperatures are chiefly responsible for making locally grown McIntosh apples preferred over those grown anywhere in the nation, according to James Nugent.

60 YEARS AGO July 25, 1957

The National One-Design class sailing regatta to determine the Great Lakes area championship will be held on Lake Leelanau this weekend. The first race will get off at 2:30 Friday afternoon and there will be races on Saturday, beginning at 10:30 in the morning with a second Saturday race at 2:00 and a third race to begin 10 minutes after the last boat crosses the finish line.

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Use of the Elmwood beach park at Greilickville has increased at least 30 per cent this summer following the installation of new facilities, according to Clyde Hazzard, a member of the port authority. In addition to the new baseball diamond, improvements at the park have included the installation of rest rooms, slides and teeter boards for children.

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The Empire Air Station recreation area, located on the northwest shore of Little Glen Lake, is being built through the mutual efforts of the airmen and the civilians of Empire and the surrounding communities. Although the area is still being worked on and developed, it now provides the airmen and their families with good lakeside recreational facilities.

120 YEARS AGO July 22, 1897

The stage between Northport and Suttons Bay has been discontinued for the present, the mail is carried by the boat line.

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While in Northport supervisor Garthe informed us that the fruit crop around there would be a small one this season.

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Suttons Bay. Suttons Bay is trying to work up a little base ball enthusiasm. Joseph Kovariak purchased 60 acres of land from Nels and Lars Bolme. Jack Litney is doing a big business in haying and harvesting machinery.

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