2017-12-14 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO December 13, 2012

Gwenne Allgaier of Cleveland Township rose at 4 a.m. Tuesday to become a part of what she considers a shameful episode in state history. Others on the other side of the aisle consider passage of a “right to work” law as another step toward unleashing Michigan’s economy.

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With four children ranging from 6 months to 6 years of age, Briana and Rolando Leao of Elmwood Township can use a little help to brighten Christmas. On Tuesday the Elmwood couple was at the Goodwill Community Holiday Needs event, held at the Little Finger VFW Post, waiting for their turn to “go shopping.”

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Bill Crawford wants his job back. Crawford, former director of the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, presented his request during what was described as a “name-clearing hearing” held Friday at the health department office in Benzonia. The hearing was held at his request, and was attended by a long line of supporters who spoke on his behalf. Included was his wife of 40 years, Liz.

10 YEARS AGO December 13, 2007

Two county high schools are being recognized as among the best in the country in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools 2008,” which hits the newsstands today. Leland and Glen Lake schools were issued bronze medals by the national magazine, which based much of its decisions on School Evaluation Service, a K-12 education data research business run by Standard & Poors. The honor recognizes schools that “serve all students well, not just those who are bound for college.”

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Alisha Glass has been at the top before, but now the stage is a lot bigger. Glass, a sophomore at Penn State, is the starting setter for the No. 1-ranked Nittany Lions women’s volleyball team that is just two match wins away from a national championship that will be decided in Sacramento, Calif.

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County property owners have noticed their summer tax bills rising while their winter tax bills are shrinking. Property owners in the state of Michigan have been caught up in one of the state’s earlier attempts to balance its budget. Starting on tax bills in 2005 and ending with tax bills due through Feb. 29, 2008, one-third of county allocated millages across the state have been moved ahead each year by one tax billing cycle.

35 YEARS AGO December 16, 1982

It didn’t matter that Stephanie Chambers fouled out, Brenda Kelly threw in the towel and Ellen Ance had to be helped from the Calahan Hall basketball court. Leland still won its third-straight Class D state championship Saturday on the University of Detroit campus, and in an impressive manner.

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Half-expecting a lawsuit against them, the County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to pay the Leland Dam repair contractor only $4,890 as a final contract payment, not the $11,255 he sought. The lawsuit possibility arises out of the fact that the three leaks in the dam were actually discovered in April–not in September, as county board members previously indicated.

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The lame-duck County Board of Commissioners Tuesday passed the thorny issue of a $100,000 to $150,000 expansion project at the County Jail on to the new board which will take office Jan. 1. At its last regular meeting, the present board tabled until Jan. 11 any decision on seeking bids for the work.

60 YEARS AGO December 12, 1957

Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 10:00 a.m., John Sattler, manager of the Leelanau Telephone company will five a signal and the company will switch over from its present switchboard to a new, modern board that will be able to handle more calls faster and more efficiently. The switchboard will mean, too, that Cedar subscribers will now have to dial code letters as well as numbers.

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The County Board of Supervisors, meeting at the courthouse at Leland, Tuesday, passed a resolution approving the purchase of a plot of shoreline on the Carp River in front of the county jail at Leland. The land has been acquired to provide a launching site for boat owners and a docking area for the sheriff’s patrol boat.

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Everett DeLong has given twenty-five years, this month, of service to the people of Leelanau county, as county treasurer. There hasn’t been too much change in the job since he arrived on it in 1932, he says nor is there much about it that will change in the next 25 years.

120 YEARS AGO December 2, 1897

The Steamer Tiger made her last trip of the season on Saturday last.

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Herman Couturier of Cedar was a caller on Monday. Call again, Herman.

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Rubbers and underwear is the subject of G.M. Dame’s ad in this issue.

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Suttons Bay. Dr. Flood took a trip to Leland last Tuesday. The steamers Petoskey and Charlevoix are now making their last trips. Ole Anderson made an improvement to his building occupied by Issac Satter.

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