2017-11-16 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO November 15, 2012

A report ordered in the aftermath of the sudden retirements of the top two administrators in the county Commission on Aging suggests that the county department adopt a new name, introduce a sliding fee scale based on the income of recipients, and leave mostly untouched a popular restaurant voucher program available to all county residents aged 60 and older.

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One of Leelanau County’s top employers considers it a good sign that he’s having a slightly harder time than usual filling seasonal positions this winter. “Maybe the economy’s actually getting better and fewer people are looking for work,” said Bob Sutherland, owner of The Cherry Republic, a popular Glen Arbor-based specialty store with a nationwide following.

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A state court decision allowing evidence found in a search of a pole barn in Empire Township to be used during a trial could have statewide implications. The case involved a county resident who is accused of growing more marijuana than allowed for “medical” purposes. His trial has been on hold while the courts decided whether evidence was properly secured.

10 YEARS AGO November 15, 2007

The Village of Suttons Bay may lose its police department — and village residents could pay “substantially more” for water and sewer service next year — if the Village Council approves committee recommendations next week. A controversial proposal would replace the village police department with the contracted services of deputies from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.

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A suit by owners of The Homestead resort in Glen Arbor Township against two mechanical inspectors working for the Leelanau County Building Inspections department has been settled for $132,500. The suit resulted from problems associated with the installation and inspection of fireplaces in 18 rooms at the Fiddler’s Pond hotel at The Homestead in 2003.

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When the National Park Service pressed to evict Carolyn Bumgardner, the last remaining resident in the village of Glen Haven, it unleashed decades of sore feelings over the establishment of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Bumgardner, 70 and in poor health, was given time to remove valuables from her home.

35 YEARS AGO November 18, 1982

Glen Arbor Township’s Miller Hill Rd., a twisty, narrow short cut that leads straight up to one of Leelanau’s most awe-inspiring views, is normally closed for the winter. But part of the road might just stay closed forever after a spring-fed mudslide Friday left a sheer 20-foot drop off one side of the road.

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The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners wondered if it would work. A year after its inception Leelanau Public Transit has carried more than 23,000 passengers, moved more than 700 business packages, now ferries more than 100 commuters a day to and from jobs in Traverse City.

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The investigation into a series of arsenic poisonings in Leland broadened this week as the list of confirmed poison victims reached seven. And, medical tests have begun on four other Leland summer residents, three of them children, who may also have ingested arsenic.

60 YEARS AGO November 14, 1957

Tourist traffic from sourthern Michigan to the Mackinac bridge and the upper peninsula will be directed into Leelanau County. Twelve cities have banded together to promote the use of M-22, “The Manitou Trail” as a major artery leading to the new Mackinac bridge.

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The county sheriff’s office will not be open for drivers’s license examinations except late in the evening, according to sheriff Robert H. White. Sheriff White explained that his deputy, Ray Sullivan, who has been handling drivers’ license examinations, is ill with pneumonia.

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Leelanau County will receive only $246.85 as its share of the snow removal fund which has been allocated to counties having 70 or more inches of snow during the 1956-57 winter season. Snow removal funds are distributed to 23 counties having 70 or more inches of snow.

120 YEARS AGO November 3, 1897

Mrs. Johanna McConnel, wife of Patrick O’Connel, died last Saturday at her residence in Centerville, at the age of 72. The deceased leaves five children besides a husband to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held in the catholic church at Provemont Monday morning.

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The Pie Social was held last Thursday eve in the School Hall for the benefit of the Organ.

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Fund of the Y.P.S.C.E. was a success socially and financially. Everyone had lots of fun. The society netted about $10.00 in cash.

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Edward Houdek, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Houdek died Monday morning of heart disease, at the age of 14 years. The funeral was held yesterday from the catholic church at Gill’s Pier, and was largely attended.

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