October 5, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Rescue from ‘55

Restored Coast Guard boat plays role in nonprofit’s Crib project

A Lake Leelanau man is lending his nautical knowledge and craftsmanship to help restore the North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse.  Roland Schultz will be involved in the restoration of the historic ‘crib’ and has donated the use of his res More...

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Nancy Allen

Name: Nancy Allen  Town or township of residence: Cleveland Township  Resident of Leelanau County since: 1987, of Grand Traverse County since 1976  Age and birthplace: 66 and Warren, MI   More...

New beach rules continue to allow glass on Empire beach

Citing a lack of previous problems, Empire Village council members have approved an update to rules for the Empire Beach that doesn’t include a ban on glass.  The Empire Village Council approved a new beach ordinance at its regular meeting More...

Lakeshore issues beach glass warning

Large quantities of broken glass have been found along a stretch of Lake Michigan beach, prompting the National Park Service to issue a warning to visitors.  Broken glass has been found on a stretch of Lake Michigan beach from Lane Road to the B More...

Ruby Ellen Farm could put county on quilt trail

Attractions at the Rex Dobson Ruby Ellen Farm in Bingham Township will continue to increase following a successful “fall-time social” Sunday afternoon at the historic farmstead.  More...

Pumpkins propel fall agritourism

“Farmer James” Hart of Gallagher’s Farm Market loves seeing big, orange pumpkins out on the lawn. “It’s a sure sign of fall,” Hart said. More...

Homecoming Royalty

GLEN LAKE seniors Cade Peterson and Allie Bonzelet were tabbed as the homecoming king and queen at halftime of Friday night’s football game, a 48-34 victory over visiting Frankfort. More...

St. Mary pupils offer 1,000 bags

Students from Lake Leelanau St. More...

Chormanns celebrate 60th anniversary

Carolyn and Richard Chormann celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. More...

Old Art Building to host back-to-back artist showings

Creations by county artists will be featuring at the Leelanau Community Cultural Center (LCCC) on two consecutive weekends this month.  The 17th annual Fiber Fest will be Oct. More...

Finding, flipping on the lights to the Crib

Have you ever had the lights go out, then couldn’t find the fuse box?  Imagine trying to find a switch along miles of shoreline that is now part of a national park.  More...

Working with ghosts of island pioneers

Keeping Manitou farms open

Editor’s note: The story below was written by a West Branch resident, who grew up on the farm where he now resides. He changed from avid backpacker to a keeper of South Manitous lore after getting to know island inhabitants. Mr. More...

County Cuisine

Put Sleeping Bear chili on the stove for football games

The weather has aligned with the calendar, so when family and friends gather together in front of the big screen to take in the gridiron Game of the Week on Saturday or Sunday, a heaping bowl of chili is certain to be on the menu. More...

Hot weather prompts beach parking

The “parking season” in Empire Village ended with a flurry, although revenues couldn’t catch up to the 2016 season.  Department of Public Works Superintendent John Friend reported last week that the parking meter at the Empire More...

Business of year to be named at Chamber meeting; Bluebird to host

The 2017 Business of the Year will be named at the Bluebird in Leland on Nov. More...

15 county clubs observe 4-H Week

Club leaders unpaid

Dr. Anne Luegers of Lake Leelanau spends two days a week teaching science to Suttons Bay students.  She isn’t paid. Most kids wouldn’t describe their after-school activities as learning about science. More...

Handouts and outhouses in Empire

Outhouses cleaned by light of moon

The following is an interview of Ferna Freshe Walls conducted for the Empire Area Heritage Group’s book “Some Other Day.” There is a great difference in the matter of building living quarters in the 1800s and the early 1900s from th More...

Evanses celebrate golden anniversary

Rick and Judy Evans of Lake Leelanau will be married for 50 years tomorrow.  Rick Evans and Judy Malek exchanged vows on Oct. 6, 1967, at St. Joan of Arc Church in St. Clair Shores.  More...

Northport author to sign Christian-based novel

Northport author Sue Hanson has just had a book released by Christian Faith Publishing. “The Brain Builder” tells the story of a rebellious teen who faced a choice: join the Army or go to jail. More...

Military officers group to hear judge speak

The local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is scheduled to hold its quarterly membership and dinner meeting Friday at the Park Place Hotel.   Michael S. More...