2017-10-12 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO October 11, 2012

Gordon Waldenmyer, 77, didn’t get much relief from steroid injections administered at his doctor’s office. Now he hopes the steroids continue to have no impact on his health. The Burdickville man is one of an estimated 13,000 persons nationwide exposed to fungal meningitis through tainted steroid serum produced by a company in Massachusetts.

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If the moderator of the second Presidential debate — the one pundits say may decide the election — needs a moment to collect herself, her mind may wander back to Leelanau County. Candy Crowley’s family has owned a summer home in Glen Arbor Township for more than 50 years. Her summers were spent frolicking on the Lake Michigan beach with a view of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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The Leelanau Enterprise has been named the best newspaper in the state within its circulation class for the second time in four years. Entries between April 1, 2011, and March 31, 2012, were considered. Announcements were made during National Newspaper Week.

10 YEARS AGO October 11, 2007

Some predictions called for a midsummer shortage of rain to start the fall color show early and intensify colors. But to date, the color show has yet to get going. And at the risk of offending chambers of commerce, colors may not reach the vibrancy of stellar years. “It isn’t turning out to be the fall color we’d thought we’d see,” said Daniel Schillinger, Grand Traverse- Leelanau County forester. “There’s still a lot of green out there.”

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Leelanau County and the operator of the Maple Valley Nursing Home appear close to inking a deal that will allow the operator to purchase the nursing home property from the county at a price he says he can afford. The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 to accept $400,000 in cash from nursing home operator John Kasben for the Maple Valley nursing home building, the four acres of land it occupies, plus an adjacent 8.5 acres of land.

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Dead waterfowl found sporadically along the Lake Michigan shoreline dramatically illustrate the impact of invasive species on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Invasive species were listed as the most common threat to natural and cultural resources in four of the six parks included in the study. In Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the threat takes on the form of Baby’s Breath on land and quagga and zebra mussels under water.

35 YEARS AGO October 14, 1982

The Department of Natural Resources may lock the gates on Leelanau County’s landfill Jan. 1 if the county does not comply with the state’s new solid waste management rules – an agreement that could cost $200,000. That was the veiled threat in a letter received this week by County Road Commission, which regulates the 80-acre Kasson Township facility.

* * * Leelanau County will continue to provide services to 12½-acres in Peshawbestown that will be owned by the federal government and used by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians for a fish processing plant.

* * * A new tribal administrator is being sought by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians after former administrator William Gregory was asked to resign. Carolyn Harris, fiscal officer of the Grand Traverse Band, said the Tribal Council would “make an announcement” on the resignation and search for a new administrator.

60 YEARS AGO October 10, 1957

Leelanau’s color season approached its peak this week, and a brilliant display of Northern Lights Monday night and the appearance of a big, bright Hunter’s moon Tuesday added to the glory of the autumnal season. Two meteor showers, the Draconids expected this week and the Orionids scheduled for about Oct. 22, are expected to be scanty.

* * * Ted Hanson Sr. of Northport was reelected trustee of the Leelanau Township foundation’s annual meeting Monday night at the home of Mrs. Ida Dame at Northport. Other trustees are Nels Fredrickson and Verlin Steele. Mrs. Dame and Austin Bordeaux were reappointed to the six-member distribution committee.

* * * The Lake Leelanau Cooperative, one of the oldest farmers’ cooperatives in this area, will hold its 40th annual meeting Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s School auditorium. More than 100 members are expected to attend, according to Urban Bussey, co-op manager.

120 YEARS AGO September 30, 1897

Mr. Culver of the Dewy Stave Co. of Cedar did business in town on Monday last.

* * * Nels Carlson is having a boat built for the mail route. Chris Telgard is doing the work.

* * * The old original Silver Family will be at the Town Hall in this village on Monday evening, Oct. 4th. This company gives a first class entertainment all for 20 cents.

* * * The amount of State tax apportioned to the counties in this region for 1897 is as follows: Benzie 3,768.74, Grand Traverse 11,844.62, Leelanau 2,691.96.

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