November 16, 2017 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Vets honored indoors as 100 people salute those who served

Change of venue brings vets in from the cold

About 100 people attended a Veterans Day observance Saturday morning that for the first time in memory was held inside the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building in Lake Leelanau.  It was snowing — sometimes heavily — with temperatu More...

Talk of our County

Having a conversation with Nancy Deye

Name: Nancy Deye.  Town or township of residence: Cleveland Township.  Resident since: 2010.  Age and birthplace: 66 and Estherville, Iowa.   More...

Empire Village moves closer to hiring own attorney for airport

The Empire Village Council will likely set aside funds in its 2018 budget to hire an attorney to look into lingering financial questions about the Empire Township Campground.  The campground is jointly owned by the village and township and the t More...

Three firms show interest in Centerville Hall project

Three contractors have expressed an interest in submitting bids for renovations at the Centerville Township hall.  Supervisor Jim Schwantes told board members at their Nov. More...

Abortion policy upsets School Board members

A new state-mandated policy governing reproductive health and family planning says that any agent of a public school district is prohibited from referring a student for an abortion.  It’s something that doesn’t sit well with some Nor More...

Substitute teacher pay jumps by $30

Pay for substitute teachers was increased this week by the Glen Lake Board of Education.  The board voted to increase compensation for subs by $30 to bring the total to $110 a day.  The change was spurred by supply and demand within the fie More...

Vets feted in school ceremony

Local veterans were honored Friday at Glen Lake Community School’s inaugural Veterans Day observance.  Students and community members filled the school’s gymnasium to honor veterans for their years of service to their country.  More...

Historic family home still stands

Back in the days when I was still a little kid, my cousin Rufus Kehl and I, who were the same age, used to play together. Often it would be at his house, where Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Rufus used to live. More...

Trees to be lit in Leland with Santa’s help, of course

The Leland Chamber of Commerce and the Leelanau Conservancy will host their annual Light Up Leland for the Holidays at 5:30 p.m. More...

Residents invited to try ‘alternative giving’

With all the commercialism associated with Christmas, one county church is breaking away from modern-day gift buying. Empire United Methodist Church is inviting Christmas gift shoppers to consider purchasing a present that can help others. More...

Facebook workshop planned at Leland library

A computer workshop set for today, Nov. More...

Suttons Bay students to perform iconic ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

A cast of 14 will take the stage this weekend at Suttons Bay High School to perform the dark comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace.”  Students have spent weeks rehearsing for the play, which will be performed at 7 p.m. More...

Leland couple back in the spotlight with ‘Young Charlie’

Exploring a young Manson

Rebecca Reynolds and Jim Carpenter of Leland have produced a new true-crime podcast that’s airing on the Wondery media network. More...

Leland grad practicing law

Nick Brown, a 2009 Leland graduate, was last week sworn-in to practice law in the state of Michigan in 13th Circuit Court.  Brown graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in political science. More...

One good resident sought to serve on county Draft Board

The U.S. Selective Service System is looking for a Leelanau County resident over the age of 18 who might be willing to serve as a member of a local draft board. A military draft? Yep. More...

Draft Board once did dark work of war

At one time in Leelanau County the local draft board was tasked with the difficult decisions or ordering young men to report for active military service. The following story ran on the front page of the Jan. More...

County Cuisine

A cheesecake made for your Thanksgiving dinner

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we are turning some of our thoughts to our favorite family “Turkey-Day” foods. It occurred to our staff at the Bluebird that it was a shame many of us enjoy these foods only once a year. More...

Zoning administrator missed by Empire Council; asked to return

Empire Village President Sam Barr plans to ask former village Zoning Administrator Bill Fuller to reconsider his resignation even though he voted “no” on a motion to ask Fuller to return to his job.  Fuller’s resignation was of More...

G-L buys furniture, computers

Purchases of new furniture and Chromebooks totaling $295,675 were approved this week by the Glen Lake Board of Education. The board allocated $235,961 for the purchase of new furniture for the middle school and high school. More...

School bd. to appeal village decision against new sign

The Northport Board of Education has narrowly voted to appeal a ruling preventing placement of an electronic message sign at the entrance to the school.  The step was approved by a 4-3 vote, sending the variance request to the Northport Village More...

Public information requests report added

A report on the cost for providing Freedom of Information of Act (FOIA) requests will become part of the monthly agenda for the Glen Lake Board of Education.  The Board of Education voted Monday night to direct superintendent Sander Scott to pro More...

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ABOUT 100 people participated in a Veterans Day observance inside the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Lake Leelanau on Saturday morning.   More...

Kehl house was first hospital

The Northport Emergency Hospital was a private 6-bed hospital owned and operated by Joseph Christie, M.D.  It was housed in the upper floor of one of Northport’s oldest residences, the former Kehl home on Shabwasung Street.  The hospi More...

Koches celebrate 60 years of marriage

The Koches, who have been married 60 years, met at an Omena hangout.  Bob and Gail Southwell Koch of Commerce Township and Omena were married on Nov. 9, 1957, at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, with Rev. More...

Thanksgiving service planned in Peshawbestown

A service of thanksgiving will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Peshawbestown.  Terry Wildman of Northport Indian United Methodist Church and Sister Susan Gardener, pastoral administrator of St. More...

St. Mary auction grosses $130,000 with Monopoly

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Northport students to celebrate art, local food

Elementary through high school-aged art students at Northport Public School this summer picked up some tips in the art of landscape painting. They plan to show off what they’ve learned at the Brush & Fork event set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. More...

12 S-B students inducted into National Honor Society

Twelve Suttons Bay students were inducted last week into the National Honor Society (NHS).  Those students are Sydney Deadman, Nick DeJong, Blake Duddles, Emily Halvorsen, Laura Hursey, Camryn Knaub, Paige Kohler, Grace McCool, Lucas Mikesell, L More...