2017-08-24 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO August 23, 2012

County hunters, fishers and farmers said they will benefit from a County Board of Commissioners decision Tuesday night allowing off-road vehicles (ORVs) to be driven on the shoulders of county roads. They said so while dominating a public hearing on the topic that started at 5:30 p.m. Later that evening at its monthly meeting, commissioners revised their agenda to include the ordinance — and passed the change on a 5-1 vote. Commissioner James Schaub was not in attendance.

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“It’s just so ludicrous.” That was the response of now-retired Leelanau County administrator David Gill when asked to comment about an allegation made by the now-resigned head of the county Commission on Aging that he instructed her to inflate the mileage of homemakers helping senior citizens.

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Alisha Glass is Italy-bound in the first week of September, but the Leland grad’s destination is Rio de Janiero ... and the 2016 Summer Olympics. “My next goal is 2016 and Rio,” said the 24-year-old volleyball setter who was an alternate for the 2012 team that took home a silver medal in London earlier this month. “Check me out! I’ll be there.” Glass, a former Penn State All- American, watched this year’s Olympics at home moments after helping a U.S. team win the FIVB World Grand Prix in Mexico and qualify for the 2013 Grand Prix.

10 YEARS AGO August 23, 2007

Leelanau County Sheriff’s Deputy Bruce Beeker – who was fired by the sheriff more than a year ago – is expected to report for duty at the county Law Enforcement Center in Suttons Bay Township on Monday. In April 2006, Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf fired Beeker after the deputy was accused of “severe misconduct” for befriending a woman who was under investigation in a domestic violence case.

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Glen Arbor Township is seeking a bigger piece of the pie in regard to state payments in lieu of taxes paid to Leelanau County for properties within the National Park. Board members agreed Tuesday night to approach Leelanau County concerning the distribution of the funds, which was stopped in the late 1980s.

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Fifteen-year-old Lauren Baker didn’t know how close she was to the truth with her first impression of a fish she found while swimming off Van’s Beach in Leland. “I thought it was one of those freshwater sharks you hear about sometimes,” said Baker. Baker dragged what was later identified as a lake sturgeon up on the beach where her mother could take a picture, then pulled it back into the water.

35 YEARS AGO August 26, 1982

The state made major concessions from its licensed commercial fishery while the Indians yielded possible future inland hunting and fishing rights in an “agreement in principle” reach last week in the Indian gill-netting issue. Sources involved in the long negotiating process at Ann Arbor last Sun. through late Wed. night confirmed that a “trade-off” of the commercial fishery is in the agreement.

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Teachers and administrators in the Suttons Bay, Northport, Glen Lake and Traverse City districts are talking dollars, not the 3 Rs, as the opening of school approaches. Contract talks are now under way in all four of those districts, with negotiations in various stages of progress.

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From its humble beginnings, Leelanau’s wine industry is now pretty big business. It had been known for quite a while that the county’s unique climate was good for growing various fruit crops. But it took Bernie Rink to get the grapes rolling.

60 YEARS AGO August 22, 1957

Pat Rogers, 2½ year old boy, was the object of a search of between two and three hundred Northport residents as well as the Leelanau county sheriff’s department, state police and airmen from the U.S. Coast Guard. Lt. James Sigman ad AD/2 Leon Weigner, in the helicopter, spotted the boy on a railroad track about 1 mile and a half south of Northport at 1:15 pm.

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Citizens of Suttons Bay and surrounding communities have been treated to a new and exciting sight these past few weeks. Huge lake freighters have been putting in at the Burke Coal dock within a block of the heart of downtown Suttons Bay. The steamship Conneaut that put in at the new coal dock a week ago last Tuesday is one of the most modern of the Great Lakes fleet.

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Sale of the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Garthe was announced this week by Bion Rockwell, former owner. The Garthes took immediate possession. The new owners plan to operate the theatre year ‘round and are considering reopening the dairy bar which is housed in the same building. The transaction was handled by the Suttons Bay Realty Company.

118 YEARS AGO August 17, 1899

J.G. Holliday will give an entertainment in the Town Hall, in this village on Saturday evening the 26th, with the wonderful Cineograph or moving picture machine with Stereopticon combined. Shows pictures that move as in life, just as seen in all the principle city of the country for some months.

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H. Humphery, of Lansing, is in town in the interest of the state.

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ADV.: “For sale! A good driving horse weight about 1000 lbs., a single harness, robe, cutter and buggy all as good as new, for sale cheap. Martin Brown.

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