2017-11-23 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO November 22, 2012

A long-standing case in which the parents of an autistic child sued the Northport Public School district for allegedly providing an inadequate education has ended with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit — the last step before the U.S. Supreme Court —upholding the decision of the lower court. In the mean time, a special education teacher has been working one-on-one with the sixth-grade student to deliver his specialized educational program, as well as a court-mandated 768 hours of teaching time “owed” to the student from several years ago.

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Katie Long started rowing a year ago with the Lake Leelanau Rowing Club (LLRC). Next year, she’ll be paddling with Michigan State University team. The 17-year-old Traverse City West standout, who lives in Suttons Bay, has signed a letter of intent to row at MSU. Long is the first LLRC member to receive a scholarship.

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Colleen Macaddino gets a new pair of pajamas about this time every year. A longtime employee of Becky Thatcher Designs, Macaddino and her co-workers sport new jammies for the Glen Arbor Pajama Party, always held the day after Thanksgiving. The very, very early start to morning marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

10 YEARS AGO November 22, 2007

The Suttons Bay Village Council adopted a budget for 2008 that will keep a scaled-back village police department essentially intact. But the budget will add a minimum of $43.66 to the monthly bill of hundreds of water and sewer users in the village indefinitely.

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Glen Arbor fire chief John Dodson has informed Solon-Centerville fire chief Albin Rosinski that, effective Dec. 1, Glen Arbor’s full-time, professional staff will no longer respond to fire calls within Solon-Centerville area of responsibility. That’s partly because Solon-Centerville’s nearly all-volunteer staff cannot reciprocate within Glen Arbor’s area of responsibility.

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Thanksgiving for Donna Brown of Northport means plenty of food, family and friends. Now, she can add community to the list. Brown has organized a community Thanksgiving Day meal that she and her family will serve from her new restaurant, The Treasure Chest. The meal is free to anyone who wants to stop by.

35 YEARS AGO November 25, 1982

“Something drastic” happened to the newest buried gasoline storage tank at Ted’s Standard Service this week, sending possibly thousands of gallons of fuel into the ground around the gas station in the unincorporated village of Lake Leelanau. The spill was reported to sheriff’s deputies and the state Department of Natural Resources Monday afternoon.

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“Dam the Narrows!” You might expect to hear those words from Lake Leelanau riparian property owners as they await their first special assessment bill next week for their share of the Narrows dredging. But over the past few weeks, a colony of beavers has given a whole new twist to the phrase “dam the Narrows” – because that’s what they’re trying to do.

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Glen Lake’s teachers have bolted from their regional union and have scheduled an election on naming a new bargaining agent. The move came following an hour-long meeting Monday afternoon attended by 34 of the district’s 36 teachers, four days after the present union voted to reject the multi-year contract that Glen Lake teachers had agreed to locally.

60 YEARS AGO November 21, 1957

The Leelanau Weavers, a group of women from the area who are dedicated to creating works of art in fabrics, have made giant strides, within the past few years, toward actually achieving a type of “cottage industry” in Northwestern Michigan. Many civic leaders, educators and industrialists in the area have, for the past year, been trying to promote the creation.

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Joesph Sands, Omena, was uninjured when his car skidded on wet pavement and rolled over, two miles east of Suttons Bay on M-204 at 5:45 Monday evening. The wreck was first spotted by Ed Luczek of Lake Leelanau and he obtained the help of Ted Grant.

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The deer kill in Leelanau County has been lighter than usual, according to state conservation men. Hunting pressure has been less than expected with fewer of those hunters in the county getting deer, they say. Two reasons are given for the light hunting pressure in Leelanau County. More hunters are going into the Upper Peninsula since the bridge opening, the second bad weather.

120 YEARS AGO November 11, 1897

Mr. Henry Schomberg Sr. father of Henry and Richard Schomberg of Good Harbor, died at Milwaukee on Saturday last, of paralysis.

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County Clerk Hinshaw informs us that Thad Wilson of Bingham shot and killed a large lynx while out hunting on Saturday last.

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Maple City. Mrs. Harvey is about to put up a horse barn on her premises. Chas Nemeskeal has been suffering with an injured hand for several days. One of our entertaining citizens is talking of building a hall in the village. It is something that is greatly needed and ought to be a profitable investment.

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