2017-09-14 / Columns

Looking Back

5 YEARS AGO September 13, 2012

A new year-long attendance record for visitation to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is assured for 2012 — and may have already have been set. As of the first of September— and the first day of the long Labor Day weekend — some 1,298,070 visitors had made their way to the national park, up 21.7 percent from the nine-month period last year.

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The Leelanau Peninsula may become an island in the rising wave of 2-1-1 coverage provided across Michigan. A divided county Board of Commissioners declined on Tuesday to take a step toward joining a coalition aimed at providing contact information for human and health service organizations through a three-digit phone call that would follow along the lines of dialing 9-1-1.

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Several options, including restructuring or even disbanding the county Commission on Aging (CoA) advisory board, remain on the table following a special meeting of the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners held Tuesday to assess the future of senior services.

10 YEARS AGO September 13, 2007

No one will be able to smoke or otherwise use tobacco anywhere on the 40-plus acre Leelanau County Government Center campus in Suttons Bay Township once the county seat moves there next year. At least, that’s what a county “Employee Wellness Group” has recommended to the County Board.

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Still more than $1 million away from paying off its loan for the 145-acre DeYoung Natural Area that includes a big chunk of Cedar Lake frontage, the Leelanau Conservancy convinced Elmwood Township to embrace a new ownership plan for the property. The Conservancy is now asking Elmwood Township to own waterfront areas of the DeYoung property, while the nonprofit organization would retain all of the fields west side of M-22 and historical farm buildings off the east side.

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Dozens of professional cyclists will descend on the county Saturday for the third annual Tour de Leelanau race. The race features a 109-mile course for the men’s event and a 69-mile course for the women.

35 YEARS AGO September 16, 1982

The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District may ask voters to approve doubling its 1-mill special education tax at a special election in January. TBA Supt. Richard Asiala said Monday that a “study committee” made up of local school superintendents in the TBA’s 5-county area has recommended that the TBA board consider asking for the boost.

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Four youngsters have been turned over to Juvenile Court authorities in the wake of a vandalism spree which left an estimated $50,000 damage to a home and two adjacent guest cottages southeast of Suttons Bay last week. The children two 11-year-old girls and two boys, 9 and 12 are accused of “throughly wrecking” the three homes, sheriff’s officers said.

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Classes started Tuesday for 750 students in the Suttons Bay School District after striking teachers agreed to end their walkout without a contract settlement. The decision came in a unanimous vote of the striking teachers Sunday, which followed a 7-hour negotiating session Saturday between teacher union representatives and the Board of Education.

60 YEARS AGO September 12, 1957

Opening a new training school at Empire Air Force Station to serve the 37th Air Division was announced this week by Maj. Kenneth B. Joyce. The school was formally opened Friday. A preparatory center for First Class Airmen who are considered promising candidates for non-commissioned officers, the school will draw trainees from most of Wisconsin, all of upper and about half of lower Michigan.

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Alden Nelson, district parole officer in this area for seven years, has been promoted to institutional parole officer at the Ionia reformatory, effective Sept. 16. Nelson, a native of Benzie County, spent his boyhood with his uncle, Hans Halseth, on South Manitou Island and later lived in Northport where he graduated from high school in 1927.

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Colors Coming Early, jutting out over the highway Smack on the curve at Fountain Point on Lake Leelanau Drive is a branch of brilliant red leaves – a striking harbinger of things to come. Tinges of color also appeared this week on the maples in the villages and in the woodlands on the hillsides. Though autumn doesn’t begin officially until Sept. 23.

120 YEARS AGO September 9, 1897

Suttons Bay. Con. Lather has purchased a horse of John Olson and intends to keep up with the procession hereafter. Notice of an application to incorporate this village will be published this fall. The watering trough near Larson’s corner is being placed on the other side of the street to the advantage of the pedestrians the coming winter. Ole Larson and L.E. Bahle put in water works together using a two inch pipe from the creek above the dam in the village. The expense was about $200.00 and gives Mr. Bahle water on his grounds, house and store, and Mr. Larson water in saloon, house and grounds. The water will have head enough to afford some fine protection.

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ADV.: “For Sale Cheap! I will sell the rest of my lime at 80¢ per barrel. Jacob Rosinski Jr., Isadore Mich.”

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