2017-09-21 / Columns

Looking Back

5 YEARS AGO

September 20, 2012

Ten parcels of waterfront land in Leelanau County will go on the auction block at 11 a.m. Friday in Leelanau County Circuit Court. The 10 parcels comprise about 392 acres of the former Timber Shores RV campground that has been foreclosed on and is being auctioned by American Bancorp of Minnesota.

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The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday reduced the millage rate for a property tax that pays for senior citizen programs by one-third. The reduction is not expected to have an impact on programs, as the Leelanau County Commission on Aging has for several years carried over a fund balance from budget to budget of about $500,000.

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Dry conditions throughout the Midwest this summer have done more than contribute to near-record low water levels in the Great Lakes. A lack of rain has also made it harder to maintain water levels in Leelanau County’s two major inland lake systems. In fact, despite more than an inch of rainfall over the last week — water levels in both systems are well below optimal levels.

10 YEARS AGO

September 20, 2007

Work on one of the largest developments in county history is expected to begin this fall following approval from the Leelanau Township Planning Commission. The commission granted final approval for phase one of the Timber Shores planned unit development. Phase One will include construction of 12 waterfront condominium buildings as well as cluster housing units and single family residence lots.

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St. Mary’s Class of 2008 had the highest composite score on the ACT portion of the spring 2007 Michigan Merit Exam. The class, which numbers 22, had a composite score in the five areas tested of 22.5, the top performance among county schools and more than 3 points higher than schools statewide.

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The 21 bucks taken in Leelanau on the Commemorative Bucks list make Leelanau the home of the best deer hunting in Michigan north of a line drawn across the state starting at about Saginaw and ending at South Haven. A Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist points to a change in hunting rules that prohibits the taking of small bucks as the reason.

35 YEARS AGO

September 23, 1982

A compromise bill affecting the management and boundries of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was passed unanimously by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee Tuesday. It is expected to clear both houses before their Oct. 6 adjournment. The bill would Delete the Leelanau County portion of a proposed “scenic corridor” except for two “preservation areas” – Miller Hill and Bow Lakes.

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The Glen Arbor Township Board Tuesday night picked a Southfield firm to complete a master plan of the township. Villican, Lehman and Associates, Inc., was hired to complete the master plan in three stages for a total estimated cost of between $50,000 and $60,000, according to Township Clerk Doris Brammer.

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Developer Earl H. Ennis III was granted first-phase approval for his Port Sutton Condominium project by the Suttons Bay VIllage Council Monday night, allowing construction of 32 condo units. The approval requires confirmation from village administrator Ross Ard that all firstphase stipulations in a contract with Ennis have been met.

60 YEARS AGO

September 19, 1957

Ground was broken Sunday for a new West Bay Covenant church edifice to be erected at Greilickville. The ground-breaking ceremonies climaxed a three-year fundraising driving in the community by members of the church. First formed as the West Bay Mission Sunday School in November of 1950, the church was formally oranized as the West Bay Covenant Church in 1954.

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One hundred eighty-nine students have registered in the junior and senior high schools of the Glen Lake Community Schools, Supt. Glen Reed reported this week. There are 24 seniors, 21 juniors, and 31 sophomores in the senior high school, and 30 ninth graders, 40 eighth graders and 43 seventh graders.

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Because the Michigan Public Service Commission last month granted the Michigan Bell Telephone company less than a quarter of the increased revenues it had requested, the company has petitioned the commission for a rehearing of its rate application. In a statement accompanying the petition William M Day, Michigan Bell president, said the return on investment allowed by the Commission...

125 YEARS AGO

September 15, 1892

Elwood Stanley of Maple City has rented his farm and moved to town. Mr. Aylesworth of Milan is visiting his daughter Mrs. M.A. Densmore. A.E. Densmore has commenced his labors as professor of the Northport schools.

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The steamer Lawrence called here Saturday evening and took on 600,000 shingles for Milwaukee. The new Norwegian Lutheran Church at Northport will be dedicated Sunday, Sept. 25.

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