August 24, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

PICKLE-PALOOZA

Pickleball players continue to proliferate across the peninsula, keeping older residents healthy

With indoor and outdoor courts in most Leelanau communities, the sport of pickleball shows no sign of slowing down. It is, in fact, hotter than ever. Just ask Renee McClain, of Florida, who spends her summers at the Leelanau Pines Campground. More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Thad Tomlinson

Name: Thad Tomlinson  Town or township of residence: Omena  Resident since: My family built our home here in 1978. Since then, we have all resided here on multiple occasions. The latest full time has been since 2012.   More...

Pow-wow participants appreciate pleasant weather

Mild temperatures and sunny skies greeted those participating in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians’ annual Jingtamok, or pow wow.  “The weather has really cooperated this year — we had to move it indoors be More...

Six pot complaints during week

Leelanau County appears to be the place for people to use marijuana in public, or at least that was the case last week.  From Thursday, Aug. More...

Sprayer helps prevent ‘hitchhikers’

Nowadays conservationists say it’s important not to pick up hitchhikers while boating.  Hitchhikers in the form of invasive species, that is.  More...

Lakeshore drops fees to celebrate ‘birthday’

If you’re visiting the Lakeshore tomorrow, you can keep your wallet in your back pocket or purse.   Consider your visit like attending a birthday party.  More...

Nickersons named top volunteers

Chuck and Janet Nickerson have been named “volunteers of the year” by the Leelanau Conservancy.  The Nickersons are passionate about native wildflowers in general and more specifically in finding and preserving the showy lady slipper More...

Open house hosted by horticultural station

Michigan State University experts will be on hand today at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center’s annual open house.  The open house will include an equipment show, equipment demonstrations, free educational wagon tours, wi More...

Fun with the Sousa concert

If you attended a fundraiser featuring local musicians held in a private house earlier this summer, there’s an encore coming up.  But with decidedly more volume.  More...

Arts & Entertainment Events in Leelanau County

Thursday, August 24  7-10 p.m. - Live Irish music at the Little Traverse Inn, Cleveland Township.  10:30 a.m. - Nighttime Stories at the Leelanau Township Library.  Friday, August 25  More...

Hammering out a living; Northport blacksmith shop

A few weeks ago, Thea Kellogg called the museum to say that her husband Ray had some interesting items from his grandfather’s blacksmith shop to give us. More...

Rotary to co-host dance party

The Suttons Bay-Leelanau County Rotary Club is planning to co-host a “Dance Party” benefiting Parenting Communities in the county on Thursday, Sept. More...

LaBecasse employee helped by benefit

The Cedar-Maple City Lions Club and LaBecasse in Burdickville will team up Sunday for an event benefiting longtime restaurant employee Joe Flowers. More...

Computer workshop planned at library

Using iPads and iPhones will be the subject of the next computer workshop at the Leland Library set for next Thursday, Aug. 31.  “Cybrarian” Mark Morton will discuss the basics of the popular devices. More...

Kiessel’s ticket drawn as cherry quilt winner

And the winner of the summer-long raffle for a quilt that says so much about Leelanau County is ... Betty Kiessel of Suttons Bay. Her ticket was the first drawn in a contest sponsored by the St. Mary Quilters to give away a cherry quilt. More...

Aging population, staying healthy

Leelanau County is growing older, which helps explain why activities such as pickleball and yoga are growing in popularity.  But how old are we?  In the 2010 Census, 32 percent of the county’s 21,708 residents were age 60 and older. More...

Breathe In Yoga

Classes fill as older population stays limber

If Leelanau was made for old people, yoga was made for Leelanau.  Those who attend and teach yoga classes say that the health benefits are perfect for an aging population.  Stacy Jago, owner of Sleeping Bear Bay Club located in the old scho More...

County Cuisine

Bogey’s recipe preserves tangy garden vegetables for autumn

As the weather cools and the days grow shorter, your thoughts may soon turn to canning in the hope of preserving fresh summer vegetables into the fall. More...

3 Hondas in crashes on same day

Two drivers were issued citations after causing separate traffic crashes on Friday, according to information from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.  The first crash, involving two cars that hit head-on, took place at about 9:10 a.m. More...

Volunteers adopt a beach, then clean it

It takes a lot of work to maintain Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, work that cannot realistically be completed by park staff alone. To keep up the park, beaches within the national park are up for adoption. More...

Raptors, run on ‘family day’

The Wings of Wonder raptor rehabilitation center in Empire is planning a family day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. More...

County students raise champions for Northwest Fair

Eight county students earned top honors — for raising champions, in the 4-H vernacular — earlier this month at the Northwest Michigan Fair. More...

Combining lake, silver treasures

Since moving to England at the age of 14, Nancy Deye dreamed of becoming a silversmith.  “I was an ‘oil brat’ rather than a Navy one,” Deye explained. More...

Cedar River project high and dry without township funding

A $500,000 proposal to improve Victoria Creek Park in Cedar has hit a roadblock.  Parks and Recreation Committee member Zach Baker appeared before the Solon Township Board earlier this month to report that most grant funding sought for park impr More...

Stillin, a staff sergeant, returns ‘home’ to county

Rebecca Stillin of Northport, a 2010 graduate of Leland High School, returned to Leelanau County last week on leave as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force.  The peninsula remains her home, she said.  “I feel lucky that my More...

Exchange student speaks to Rotary

INBOUND ROTARY exchange student Angeline Denega spoke to members of the Suttons Bay- Leelanau County Rotary Club last week about her homeland. She is from Harare, Zimbawe. More...

Traversing M-204 to promote Crop Walk

A Suttons Bay woman plans to hit the road for the third-straight Labor Day to bring attention to the annual walk to fight hunger both locally and worldwide.  Linda Miller intends to walk both sides of M-204 — from one side of the county to More...

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A NEW CREMAINS wall was recently dedicated at the Beechwood Cemetery in Leland. The wall has created 108 new spaces for urns containing ashes, after many years of no space for sale at the cemetery.   More...

Hymn sing and social open to all

Join West Bay Covenant Church for an old-fashioned Hymn Sing and Strawberry Social from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday.  All are welcome to the free, family centered event.  West Bay Covenant is located at 12720 S. More...