2017-08-31 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO August 30, 2012

If you’re looking for something to do over Labor Day weekend you can walk a bridge, be entertained at a play or hold up your paddle to be counted. This Labor Day about 2,000 canoes and kayaks will converge on the water at Suttons Bay to set a new world record and to raise a whole lot of money for the Suttons Bay school district. That’s the goal, at least, said Kate Thornhill, who has been busy planning the event.

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Nearly 3,000 students will be tying up their new shoes, strapping on their backpacks and heading out the door next week as one of the busiest summers in Leelanau County comes to an end. But rather than stocking up on gel pens, this no-ink-required generation of students will be using school-provided laptops and iPads to do their assignments. To read more on technology updates at all local schools, as well as new teachers, lunch prices and other updates, take a look at the Enterprise’s Diversions section.

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The person who was second-in-command for the Leelanau Commission on Aging (CoA) has retired, joining her former boss in leaving her post amidst allegations of conspiring to alter mileage reimbursement paid to employees. That leaves the CoA — the third-largest department in county government — down to one full-time employee in Nancy Begeman, who was cleaning up the lower level of the county government building Tuesday following a senior citizen euchre tournament when asked about the effects of the retirements.

10 YEARS AGO August 30, 2007

It’s been a challenging week for Leelanau County administrator David W. Gill. Immediately after he returned to work from vacation last week, Gill learned that the county is being investigated by the state Bureau of Construction Codes. He also learned that the county is facing a lawsuit from the former head of the county building inspections department, Robert VanDyke.

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The skipper of the Manitou Island Transit ferry Mishe-Mokwa was preparing to embark from Leland Harbor to South Manitou Island on Tuesday morning when a lunar eclipse coupled with a line of thundershowers darkened the sky over the Manitou Passage. “It will be great to see the South Manitou Island Lighthouse shining once again,” said Capt. Mike Grosvenor. “And now it looks like its actually going to happen.”

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It’s orientation time for six new teachers who will be in classroom at Leland Public School next week. Since the end of the 2006-07 school year, Leland - the only county public school that’s significantly bucking the trend of falling or flat enrollment - has brought on a half-dozen new staff members to serve the growth of more than 30 new students realized over the summer.

35 YEARS AGO September 2, 1982

When the state legislature enacted a medical training level between basic emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and full-fledged “paramedics” two years ago, they had rural areas in mind. Yet according to County Medical Examiner Matthew A. Houghton, Jr., Leelanau will be the state’s first countywide program to utilize “Emergency Medical Technician Specialists”.

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School is expected to begin on schedule next Thursday at Glen Lake after a “breakthrough” in negotiations on a new teacher contract. Other county and area school districts aren’t so fortunate. Officials in the Northport, Suttons Bay, Traverse City districts and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District expect to start on time, all said they’re a long way from contract agreement.

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The Leelanau County Road Commission’s labor contract with the 37 unionized hourly workers expired at 12:01 a.m. yesterday, but neither side appeared worried about it. Road Commission Chairman Glen Noonan said only one negotiating session has been held so far with representatives of the workers, who are members of the Teamsters Union Local 214.

60 YEARS AGO August 29, 1957

Northport clinched the Leelanau County Independent League baseball championship by whipping Empire in a gripping six to five ball game Sunday at Northport. Northport has won 13 ball games while losing only one. Their closest rival, Leland, has lost three, so with one more game left inn league play the additional game will not have any effect on the outcome of the league race.

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Paul M. Cowan of Detroit and Leland last week won the national championship in accuracy fly casting at the 49th annual national convention and tournament of Amateur Casting Clubs held at Barberton, Ohio. He made a score of 199 out of a possible 200 to tie a score that has been standing for 20 years.

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At a meeting Monday night business leaders from the Northport-Suttons Bay area; Suttons Bay Village President William Bonek and other interested persons, met with representatives from Williams, Griffin, Thompson and Coulter to review progress being made in opposition to efforts of C&O railroad and the Leelanau Transit Co. to abandon the railroad between Hatches Crossing and Northport.

118 YEARS AGO August 24, 1899

Henry Barnes of Northport, was in this village Monday on business.

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Miss Ida Mork, of Suttons Bay, died Friday of last week of heart failure.

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William Core and wife, of Bingham, was in our village today calling on friends.

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Prosecutor Bunting, and George Williamson of Empire, were in our village on Sunday last.

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Prof. Blackwood is arranging to give a musical entertainment at the school house in the near future.

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