2017-09-07 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO September 6, 2012

Lake Leelanau resident Cathy Wurm, who was swimming with her two children at Van’s Beach last Thursday when one drowning and two near-drownings occurred, said changes are needed for the protection of swimmers. She said one man swam to near exhaustion before breaking loose of the grip of a strong rip current.

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A record number of cyclists are expected to hit Leelanau County for the Leelanau Harvest Tour set for Sunday, Sept. 16. And it’s not as though county roads won’t be busy this weekend with the 11th annual Harvest Stompede and wine tour on tap. The tour, sponsored by the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association, is considered one of the most scenic running and wine touring events in the Midwest.

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A proposed Leelanau County budget for 2013 calls for a spending increase of nearly $500,000, although the fiscal plan has a long way to go before being adopted. “I wasn’t here last year, but it appears this year’s process is going fairly smoothly,” county administrator Chet Janik said.

10 YEARS AGO September 6, 2007

If there was a motto for 2007 tourist traffic in Leelanau County, it might be, “Forget gas prices, the sun is shining.” For reasons that will likely never be proven beyond speculation, business owners around Leelanau contacted by the Enterprise reported brisk traffic this summer. Consider these obscure summer statistics: A gas station that sold 150,000 more gallons despite record-high gas prices; a convenience store that sold 800 more cups of coffee and a ferry service that hauled 379 more passengers to the Manitou islands.

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It appears the road to Good Harbor Beach will end up being paved. The county Road Commission accepted bids for paving County Road 651 between M-22 and the road end where the National Park Service plans to make improvements. Reith-Riley Construction submitted the low bid of $25,164 for paving the unimproved section of 651.

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Foreclosure notices will begin appearing this month on 42 tax-delinquent properties in the BayView condominium development in Suttons Bay, according to county treasurer Vicki Kilway. The developer of the BayView project, Suttons Bay Development, L.L.C. headed by Marcus W. Yono of Brighton, currently owes more than $400,000 in back taxes for 2005 and 2006.

35 YEARS AGO September 9, 1982

School doors slammed shut for 750 Suttons Bay students just as they were about to open this week, in the first teacher strike in the district’s history. Suttons Bay teachers voted 19-4 Monday afternoon not to report for a scheduled orientation session Tuesday without either a tentative contract agreement, or a report from their bargaining committee that one was close.

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High school sports returned this week after a 3-month summer vacation – at least at most county schools. At Suttons Bay, where teachers struck Tuesday, the sports program is ‘in limbo’, according to School Supt. Patrick J. Gaudard. “We’re attempting to fill our obligations,” he said yesterday.

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A 2-year battle to acquire an easement allowing cars to park at the new Reef Energy Center is nearly ended. The Elmwood Township Board Tuesday, in a complicated land title easement transfer process, agreed to grant Reef Petroleum Corp.use of about one-eighth of an acre of the township marina. Some $35,512 will be given by Reef to the state for use of the land with no money going to the township.

60 YEARS AGO September 5, 1957

The Dalton Cup Playoffs will begin Sunday. The first elimination round will involve all eight teams from the Leelanau Independent League, with four games going. A week from next Sunday, winners of the first four games will meet and two more teams will be erased. Sunday the 22nd the two top teams remaining will meet in the “Big One” to determine the winner of the coveted Dalton Cup trophy.

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Progress of the Leelanau Telephone Company in improving service to its subscribers was reviewed this week by John L. Sattler, manager, in announcing the company’s participation in the Independent Telephone Week which starts Sept. 8. Independent telephone companies throughout the nation which serve two-thirds of its geographical area will sponsor the observance of the special week.

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Towering high and majestically by the front door of the Leelanau Memorial Hospital is a new 45 foot flag pole, a gift of Mrs. Orin A. Ward of Grand Rapids and Northport Point. At a ceremony Monday the flag pole was officially presented to the hospital by Mrs. Ward with J.L. Bourdo, chairman of the board accepting for the hospital.

118 YEARS AGO August 31, 1899

During the fiscal year recently closed the county clerks of Michigan issued 11,000 deer hunter’s licenses. The year the secretary of state has sent out blanks for 12,000 licenses and expects to be called upon for more.

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Judge Campbell, and daughter Bertha spent a few days in town last week.

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ADV.: “Geo. W. Fralick, M.D. Physician Surgeon and Accoucher Office at Maple City, Mich. Calls promptly attended.”

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