2017-08-17 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO August 16, 2012

No one placed a bid last week to purchase 90 lots of mostly open land overlooking Suttons Bay that is part of the Leelanau Hills development, which had gone through tax foreclosure. In a related development, a company managed by an Oklahomabased “loan cowboy” will own much of the largest single residential development in Leelanau County, according to an order issued last week by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Flint.

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The Leland Harbor is dredged to a depth of 13 feet and has been full of vessels since it opened. Problem is, Leland Township still owes $101,000 for the dredging, money it does not have. The harbor was dredged in May by the Cheboygan-based Michigan Hydraulic Dredging. The township had a letter of agreement with the company that the harbor would be dredged to a depth of 13 feet, which was expected to take out about 10,000 cubic yards of sand. The company charges an $18,000 mobilization fee and $7 per cubic yard of sand, which would have brought the total to $88,000.

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Leelanau County’s new fruit appears to be grapes — wine grapes, in particular — based on the results of a statewide fruit inventory. The 2011 Michigan Fruit Inventory found that 680 acres in Leelanau County devoted to grapes, nearly 60 percent higher than the tally of 2000 when just 275 acres were counted. Likewise, the number of farms in the county growing grapes nearly doubled from 20 to 39.

10 YEARS AGO August 16, 2007

The Benzie-Leelanau District health Department has deemed the Sugar Loaf Lodge to be “unfit for human habitation” because it does not have access to sewage disposal facilities. A letter signed by health officer William A. Crawford and addressed to Sugar Loaf Resort owner Kathleen Wickstrom acknowledged that “there is no evidence at this time that there are individuals residing at (the Sugar Loaf Lodge). Sugar Loaf Resort has been closed for skiing since March 2000.

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The mystery has finally been revealed. Yes, there was a “time capsule” located behind the cornerstone of Leelanau County courthouse in Leland. No, there didn’t appear to be anything earth-shattering among its contents. In fact, it appears that Leelanau County officials in 1968 spent far less time and effort considering what to put in their time capsule than county commissioners are now spending to determine what should go into a time capsule to be placed behind the cornerstone of the new Government Center now under construction in Suttons Bay Township.

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Plans to construct a wastewater treatment system for the unincorporated village of Cedar were scaled back last week by the Solon Township Board. Board members voted 3-2 to reduce the number of businesses and residences on the proposed system from 96 to 51.

35 YEARS AGO August 19, 1982

More than half of the 22 families now leasing land owned by Leelanau County must request that title to their property be transferred to the federal government before an Indian band continues its efforts for that transfer. So says Joseph Raphael, tribal chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, which has requested the land transfer.

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Voters in the Glen Lake Community School District approved a 6-mill, extra-voted tax for school operations Monday by a 95-vote margin, but the school will levy only 5.3116 mills on it. A complicated formula resulting in the same 13.2-mill total operational levy as voters were promised before the election was explained by Supt. Herbert Milks at Monday’s rescheduled Board of Education meeting.

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Michigan’s tart cherry crop will be about 36 per cent less than an early-summer prediction for a bumper 1982 harvest. But even with fewer cherries, the Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Marking Association says prices paid to farmers range from 13 to 15½ cents per pound, below the cost of growing the fruit.

60 YEARS AGO August 15, 1957

The Fifth Annual World Affairs Symposium will be held August 26 through August 30 at the Leelanau Schools, Glen Arbor. The Symposium brings together outstanding newspaper editors and writers who will lecture, discuss, and interpret current world affairs.

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William Ball, president of the Empire Lions Club, helps the proposed Glen Lake Community Clinic get off to a flying start by giving John Dorsey, president of the newly-organized clinic group, a check for $1,000 while Mrs. John Dorsey, a member of the board, looks on. The check is a gift to the Glen Lake Community Clinic from the Empire Lions Club.

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A new president and six new trustees were elected by the Leland Volunteer Fire Department Monday night at its annual meeting in the social room of the Leland Community church. Harry J. Gilligan of Leland and Cincinnati, O., was elected president to succeed Karl Detzer, who became a member of the board. Mrs A.L. Bournique was chosen vicepresident and Mrs. Stanley Ball secretary treasurer.

118 YEARS AGO August 10, 1899

Northport. Pearl Dame has a new piano. The school house will have a new porch built. The Michigan Telephone Co. placed a new phone last week in the office of Dr. F. Fralick. Kehl Bro’s. have recently received a large cargo of crockery and chinaware, call them and see them.

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There will be an excursion to Charlevoix via steamer Columbia, Sunday next to see the Illinois and Manitou. The boat will leave Suttons Bay at 7:30 a.m. and will return at 8:30 p.m. Round trip ticket, 75 cents.

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