2017-11-30 / Columns

Looking Back

5 YEARS AGO November 29, 2012

Tall, handsome and once married to a Russian enchantress who was a double agent in World War II, Col. John “Bart” Collings is the stuff of which history books are written. And in Cedar, where he lived for the last 40 years of his life, he was a legend. Collings, who was given the Bronze Star for Heroism, served as an aide to Gen. George Patton.

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The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners will not dispute a workman’s compensation settlement reached with one of the deputies who sued the county, its sheriff and undersheriff in federal court.

Former deputy Sgt. Michael Lamb walked away from his job in the sheriff’s department in May 2009, three months after he and three other deputies sued the sheriff for violating their civil rights.

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Last year, Nathan Kalchik put up Christmas lights and took them down with green grass. This year, it’s appears to be a different story — at least he hopes so. The first significant snowfall of the season fell in the past week measuring from 3 to 6 inches, depending on location. Three inches was recorded at the Road Commission garage in Suttons Bay, one inch on Saturday and two more on Sunday.

10 YEARS AGO November 29, 2007

Glen Arbor Township’s cost-recovery ordinance could be used as a bargaining chip for the township to secure what it considers a “fair share” of payments in lieu of taxes for properties within the national park. Board members agreed to write the county Board of Commissioners to express their “concern” about the decision to give the township only 60 percent of federal money received to offset property value lost as a result of the creation of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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The residents of the Village of Empire have spoken — well, at least 305 of them have, according to the results of a community survey conducted by the Empire Village Council. Perhaps the most pressing issue in the village is the Dunegrass festival. The festival has been popular with village residents but there have been some complaints about the size and scope of the event. Officials are working to see if the festival can be moved somewhere outside of the village.

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The first winter storm of the season hit Leelanau County with a vengeance the week — nearly a month before winter officially begins on Dec. 22.

35 YEARS AGO December 1, 1982

Careless disposal of ashes from a wood-burning stove is believed to be the cause of a fire that leveled six townhouses at Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort late Friday night, causing damages estimated at $500,000. Cedar Fire Chief Al Rosinski said the blaze began just before 11 p.m. in a townhouse owned by Carole Benjamin.

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The rear “pup” trailer of a double bottom tanker truck fishtailed and flipped over on an icy stretch of M-22 in northern Bingham Township early Tuesday, sending 6,700 gallons of fuel oil spilling across the highway. Waste-hauling and excavation crews immediately began mopping up the spill.

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Cleanup efforts continued through the Thanksgiving holiday and this week at Ted’s Standard Service in Lake Leelanau, where quick action seems to have averted a major gasoline-spill disaster. Workers from Egeler Industrial Waste of Traverse City have pumped out more than 3,000 gallons of gasoline from 10 wells around the service station’s former regular gas storage tank.

60 YEARS AGO November 28, 1957

Leelanau County is mourning the death of one of its most beloved citizens. Hans “Peppi” Teichner, youth leader, teacher and famed skier, died early Monday morning at Munson Hospital. He was 49 years old. Mr. Teichner was the principal of Suttons Bay elementary school. This past summer he had worked as director of the Leelanau County Youth Program.

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The Coast Guard is changing over from the 40-foot utility boats which it has used on the Great Lakes to light, outboard-powered boats. The changeover has already begun. The small boats will be used by the Coast Guard to check safety equipment and lights on pleasure craft on inland waters which are under the Coast Guards jurisdiction.

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Dean Doublestein, 19 of Kalamazoo, was lost in Solon swamp when he trailed a wounded deer into the thick and tangled growth at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Hew was led to safety at 10:00 p.m. that night by members of a search party organized under the direction of Gerald Battle, game officer of the Conservation department and George Brown, Conservation department fire officer.

120 YEARS AGO November 18, 1897

There will be a railroad meeting in the Town Hall in this village on Saturday November 27th, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. It is hoped that all those who are interested in a railroad will attend.

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The following names have been added to our subscription list since our last issue: Jacob Eglof, Empire; John W. Kolarick, Gill’s Pier; C.E. Strunk, Grand Rapids; Miss Tillie Fogarty, Appleton, Wis.

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Neil Carlson was in this port on Monday last, with his elegant new mail boat Manitou. The steamer Petoskey took on several hundred sacks of potatoes at Watts pier on Sunday last.

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