September 14, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Fall Reinforcements

Leelanau County businesses turn to grownups, retirees as kids head to school

With school back in session, local employers are lamenting the loss of a large part of the labor force that powers Leelanau County’s seasonal economy.  More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Renee Gaudard

Name: Renee Gaudard  Town or township of residence: Suttons Bay Township  Resident since: I was born and raised here and returned to live here permanently in 1998.  Age and birthplace: 53 years old and Traverse City   More...

Business Briefs: Suttons Bay plaza to host open house this weekend

Hansen’s Plaza in Suttons Bay will offer food and family fun Saturday at an open house from noon to 4 p.m.  Participating businesses will be Bayshore Pharmacy; Bemer Group - Shirley Kulpa, Bridgette Kulpta, LMT; Evergreen Center: Dr. More...

New business manager hired by S-B

A new business manager and Native American education director were hired this week by the Suttons Bay Board of Education.  The School Board voted unanimously Monday night to hire Ron Moag as chief financial officer for the district, replacing Le More...

New winery seeks tasting room

Plans to add a tasting room to a Bingham Township cidery and winery will be the subject of a public hearing at next month’s Bingham Township Planning Commission meeting.  More...

Follies again lining up entertainment

The Northport Follies is shaping up to provide another night of lively, local and lighthearted fun.  The Follies is scheduled for 7 p.m. More...

Women artists plan show in Leland

The Leelanau Women Artists will host a members’ show Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23. More...

‘Tin Can Tourists’ coming to Indigo Bluffs

Indigo Bluffs Resort near Empire will host members of the Tin Can Tourists, America’s oldest trailer and motor coach club, Saturday.  Club members will gather from noon to 3 p.m. More...

Black Star Farms to host fundraiser

The Conservation Resource Alliance will hold a fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Oct. More...

Leland Library changes storytime hour

The Leland Township Library is switching its Storytime for children from Tuesday mornings at 10:30 to the same time Friday mornings beginning this month.  More...

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GRETA CARLSON, a 2013 graduate of Leland Public School, graduated from Michigan State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in World Politics. She is the daughter of Eric and Gail Carlson of Lake Leelanau.   More...

St. Mary school celebrates 130th birthday

St. Mary School began its 130th year Sept. 5 as students returned to the classroom for the 2017 school year.  The school, nestled on the west shore of Lake Leelanau, has gone through many changes since the first wooden structure was built.  More...

Nonprofit resale has new store manager

Kris Noble is the new store manager at Samaritans’ Closet in Lake Leelanau.  Noble and her family moved to Leelanau County from Chicago 11 years ago. More...

Reunion planned for Honor grads

The Honor All-School Reunion will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Platte River Elementary Gym, located next to the Benzie County Road Commission garage.  Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. More...

Leland fire chief: ‘When people call, we respond’

The sacrifice of those who responded to calls for help on Sept. 11, 2001 was remembered Monday at a 9/11 memorial/ open house at the fire station in Leland. More...

Northport business icon closes doors

For more than five decades, folks coming to Northport on either leg of M-22 passed an unassuming one-story brown building that up until a few weeks ago housed the Spartan Flag Company.  The company has been a source of employment as well as of p More...

County Cuisine

Cookies help us connect with the past

Scientists agree that our senses of taste and smell are closely associate with our memories. You've probably experienced this phenomenon yourself. Tasting your grandmother's signature recipe can transport you back to childhood. More...

S-B hopes online students make up for drop in enrollment

There are 27 fewer students in Suttons Bay classrooms this year, but administrator’s are confident that virtual school enrollment will pick up the slack.  Interim superintendent Mike Carmean told members of the Board of Education Monday ni More...

3 union contracts, 3 different outcomes

In the Suttons Bay school district, one union contract has been renewed, another extended and a third will simply expire. More...

Driver pinned in car for 30 minutes

A 26-year-old Traverse City man was hospitalized in serious condition after he crossed the centerline and hit another driver last Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Elmwood Township, according to a report from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.  More...

Utilities, land development part of S-B zoning updates

Following a public hearing last week during which no public comment was offered, the Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission voted to recommend adoption of four proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments.  Staff planner Kathy Egan said all four chang More...

$10,000 in grants available for county projects

The Grand Traverse Community Foundation is offering grant opportunities for projects or programs in Leelanau County. More...

Library to host cheese maker

The Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library will host cheese-maker Sue Kurta at 6 tonight.  Kurta took up cheese making while living on the East Coast. More...

County’s new plat book for sale

The new 2017 Leelanau County Plat Book is now available from the Leelanau Conservation District.  The book, published by Rockford Map Publishers, accurately displays parcel boundaries, acreage data, roadways, waterways, railways, section lines, More...

S-B grad serving on ship made with steel from World Trade Center

A 2011 Suttons Bay grad is serving aboard the USS New York, a ship built using steel from the World Trade Center.  More...

Native surnames live on

This is the second in a series of stories and photos about Native Americans who lived on South Fox Island, taken from Kathleen Craker Firestone’s book “The Fox Islands, North and South.” More...

Church barbecue raises $950

The people kept coming.  The first barbecue dinner sponsored by the Leelanau Community Church turned out to be a resounding success, drawing between 75 and 100 people Saturday to the church grounds in Lake Leelanau.  Although there was no c More...

Fun, musical movie hosted by ShareCare

ShareCare of Leelanau will host the documentary movie “Young@Heart” at the Bay Theatre at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. More...

Blood drive at government center

A blood drive organized through the Michigan Blood group will be held next week at the Leelanau County Government Center.  The drive is set for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the lower level of the government center in Suttons Bay Township.  More...

The day that changed us

Glen Lake firefighters reflect on 9/11

Several people were in attendance at a memorial service for the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack held at the Glen Lake Fire Department on Monday morning.  Fire Chief John Dodson said it’s important to remember those who gave t More...