2017-11-02 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO November 1, 2012

Jennifer Carlson has a mission: Getting from the streets of New York City to her car that is parked at the Grand Rapids airport. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the Leland resident as of press time was planning to take a circuitous route, one that would first take her to John F. Kennedy Airport to pick up a rental car she had reserved, and then to Philadelphia International Airport — the closest airport open for national flights — from where she hastily scheduled a flight home.

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If absentee ballot voter (AV) applications are any indication, Leelanau County could be looking at record voter turnout for next week’s General Election. Some 19,426 voters are eligible to cast ballots in an election that features what is likely the longest ballot in county history. In 2008, statewide voter turnout was 66.2 percent. Turnout in all townships in Leelanau County were higher than 70 percent, county Clerk Michelle Crocker said. “Based on what I’m seeing now, I’d say we’ll be in the high 70s,” the Clerk said.

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A 59-year-old Maple City man, Marine veteran and Jeep aficionado died Friday while hunting near his home in Kasson Township. Donald J. Peplinski of 9090 S. Coleman Road was discovered in the woods about 7:49 p.m. by a hunting companion. Friends and family remember Peplinski as a quiet man of deep faith who loved to hunt and fish.

10 YEARS AGO November 1, 2007

Tucked within the shadows of the meticulously reclaimed village of Glen Haven in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a curiously out-of-place, double-wide trailer with a porch propped up by cinder blocks. It’s the home of Carolyn Bumgardner, the last resident of Glen Haven and the first real holdout in the Lakeshore’s 27-year history. The National Park Service wants to move her out. She says she has no intentions of moving.

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Tuesday’s general election will have something for each of the county’s 18,310 registered voters — and some more than others. Common to the county electorate is a new law that requires voters to present picture identification before they are issued a ballot.

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18-year-old Augustine “Auggie” Floyd has been missing for nearly three weeks. Floyd left Suttons Bay on Oct. 12 to attend a concert by Rap artist T-Pain at Finch Fieldhouse on the campus of Central Michigan University. Family members say Floyd went to a party on the Isabella Indian Reservation after the concert.

35 YEARS AGO November 4, 1982

Leelanau voters were apparently a bit confused by the county proposition, and that confusion translated into defeat for the measure that could have saved the taxpayers money. The county proposal went down on a vote of 3,105 “no” and 2,126 “yes”, being defeated in all 11 townships.

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The Suttons Bay girl’s basketball team may have been the big loser in the general election. The Lady Norsemen had been running neck and neck with Glen Lake for the Northwest Conference title before Tuesday, when their game was canceled because the Suttons Bay High School was used for a polling place.

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Connie Binsfeld of Glen Lake will represent Leelanau County – and most of the rest of northern Michigan – in the State Senate for the next four years after eking out a 4-percentage-point victory in Tuesday’s general election. Traverse City attorney Thomas G. Powers had a much easier time of it in the race to take Mrs Binsfeld’s former seat in the State House.

60 YEARS AGO October 31, 1957

Five Glen Lake Community Schools, St. Mary’s school in Lake Leelanau and the Leland school were closed and the children sent home at noon Monday, because of the high incidence of flu among the children. School officials, in closing the schools, acted on a directive from the Grand Traverse-Leelanau health department upon an order from Dr. Claude I. Ellis of Suttons Bay.

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The Mackinac Bridge will be open to traffic at 2:00 p.m., Nov. 1, according to Prentiss M. Brown, chairman of the Mackinac Bridge Authority. Governor Williams, state elective officers and the Legistlature have been invited to a pre-opening inspection trip.

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Mrs. Leonard McNeil, manager of the Lake Leelanau branch of the Secretary of State’s office announces that 1958 auto license plates will go on sale Friday. In making her announcement she pointed out that the office at Greilickville will not be open. She said that she will later on this year travel from town to town throughout the county to take applications for plates.

120 YEARS AGO October 28, 1897

Issac Gray dug five potatoes on his farm near this village that weighed 14 lbs. They were of the Rural New York variety.

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The barge Arcadia loaded here with ties and telegraph poles for M. Oberlin the first of the week for Milwaukee markets.

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The first deer hunter’s license for the season was issued by County Clerk Hinshaw yesterday to John Weisman of Cedar.

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Peter Swenson and Miss Mary Egeland were married by Justice Nelson Tuesday. We wish them a long and happy life, and that their troubles be “little ones.”

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