2017-12-07 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO December 6, 2012

Organizers of the private non-profit Sugar Loaf Mountain Club have formally abandoned their effort to work a deal with Sugar Loaf Resort owner Kate Wickstrom to offer crosscountry skiing and other activities at the defunct ski resort this winter.

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Leelanau teachers have been rated “effective” in what they do in the first set of evaluations reported to the State of Michigan. Legislation adopted last year by the state in its bid for “Race to the Top” federal funds requires that all teachers — including those who are tenured — receive annual evaluations.

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Bill Crawford wants to tell his side of the story. The former director of the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department will have an opportunity Friday at a special meeting of the district Board of Health board.The board will meet at 11 a.m. at the Benzonia Resource Center for a “name clearing hearing” sought by Crawford, who was demoted in June from his position amid allegations that he sexually harassed female staff members.

10 YEARS AGO December 6, 2007

Fire and rescue departments in Leelanau County may be a long way from overcoming all of the challenges they face — but representatives of 10 of the county’s 11 townships appeared interested in stepping forward together in that direction during a county-sponsored meeting last week.

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A little piece of Leelanau County is currently on display in the White House in Washington, D.C. — and the “first gentlemen” of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is responsible. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush selected the National Park Service as the theme for White House holiday decorations. Handmade ornaments representing the country’s 391 National Park Service sites were to be provided. Sleeping Bear Dunes superintendent Dusty Shultz couldn’t find anyone to decorate the ornament so her husband, Ken Shultz, ended up with the job.

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The decision to continue or end Quality Deer Management rules designed to protect young bucks in Leelanau County is in the hands of landowners and deer hunters. The Department of Natural Resources last week mailed out surveys to the two groups, asking them to pick a side in the issue. Some two-thirds of both groups need to support QDM for the program to continue.

35 YEARS AGO December 8, 1982

So much for woolly bear caterpillars. And the Old Farmer’s Almanac, for that matter. The realities of weather have made a mockery of those dire predictions that the winter of 1982-83 would be one of the worst this century. Lately, the conditions out-of-doors have called for a spring jacket, if that – not down coats and long underwear.

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Negotiations for the buyout of Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort by a Bloomfield Hills investment firm have broken down and have been terminated by “mutual agreement”. Sugar Loaf Mountain Resourt Corp. President James Ganter announced Tuesday night that his year-old talks with Harold VanArnem, president of Van Arnem Financial Services, were terminated.

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Investigators this week continued their 9½-week probe into a mysterious arsenic poisoning of at least seven persons in Leland as the state Department of Health joined the investigation. Four health department officials were in Leland Monday and Tuesday taking samples in an attempt to pinpoint the source of the arsenic.

60 YEARS AGO December 5, 1957

The traditional British cry at a fox is “Tally-ho!” but the expression that will more than likely be heard when fox hunters gather at the Empire airport this Saturday is, “There goes the son-of-a-gun!” The hunt, open to everyone, is being sponsored by the Empire Lions club and it is expected to attract hunters from throughout the Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse regions.

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It is hard enough for most of us to find a “friend” in our own home town when we want to cash a check, but Mrs. Genevieve Herrick, who was at Omena this summer, performed the incredible. She walked into a strange office a half a world away; Schaumburger-Hof, Bad-Godesberg, Germany, and she found herself engaged in conversation with a young man about Leelanau and Omena vicinity in particular.

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The 1957 deer kill in the county is generally conceded to have been one of the most disappointing in years. Hunters contacted throughout the county, time after time reported, “No luck.” Ford Kellum, district game manager for the State Conservation department, confirmed the fact that hunting was generally poor in the county.

120 YEARS AGO November 25, 1897

We are informed that the U.S.L.S.S. on North Manitou will close on Tuesday next.

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Annie Houdek the fourteen year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wenzil Houdek died at the home of her parents near Gill’s Pier Sunday of diphtheria.

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Northport. Measles is still all the rage in town. E.E. Chase expects to move back on his farm in the near future. Oscar Peterson is teaching school south of Provemont. He commenced last Monday. Roy Steele has moved on his farm about 2 miles southwest of here, recently purchased of Chas. Baumberger.

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