2017-12-21 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO December 20, 2012

Homeowners at the bottom of Co. Rd. 677 are accustomed to folks dropping in unannounced. They’d like to do something about that. The home of Steve and Mary Dewitt at 7014 Glenmere (M-22) was damaged Monday afternoon when a car slid through the intersection at M-22 and 677, rolled over, and struck the home. Just eight days earlier, the home next door was struck by a wayward vehicle.

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Lawyers for the two-county health department serving Leelanau County and former director Bill Crawford are apparently working behind the scenes toward an agreement to settle Crawford’s claim that he was “wrongly and unfairly” removed from his post. Crawford was demoted in June from his post as director of the department to that of sanitarian in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment by female employees.

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Becky Stanchfield makes a Kahlua cake every Christmas that is to die for. She got the recipe from her sister, the late Eunice Kahrs. “It’s heavy and dense and tasty,” Stanchfield said, and the family loves it. This year she’s changing things up and making a rum cake, as she wants to try something new.

10 YEARS AGO December 20, 2007

Acknowledgement from the Environmental Protection Agency that the presence of contamination has reached West Grand Traverse Bay from a Superfund site in Greilickville has prompted a call to support an aggressive extraction and treatment plan. At stake is the EPA’s planned cleanup of the former site of Grand Traverse Overall Supply Company.

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As the country moves closer to a mortgage meltdown ignited by property owners straining to make monthly payments, more property owners in Leelanau County are not paying their taxes. The value of property in Leelanau County for which back taxes are owed to the point that the property is in danger of being forfeited has increased dramatically in the past year.

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Elected officials and government employees aren’t the only ones gearing up for a move of the county seat from Leland to Suttons Bay Township early next year. Local businesses from Leland through Lake Leelanau to Suttons Bay are also anticipating the move.

35 YEARS AGO December 23, 1982

A “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” has been headed off for 71 of the 89 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore residents whose homes had been scheduled for Nation Park Service takeover as of Feb. 14. Lakeshore offiials from the Frankfort office said letters were sent Tuesday to the 71 owners who fit into the proper categories contained in compromise approved in Congress to extend their leases.

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Ownership of the 1,300-acre Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort will pass into the hands of Empire National Bank on Jan. 31. That was the result of a hectic week of negotiations and court hearings prompted by the bank’s refusal to extend a never-before-revealed court agreement allowing it to take over the resort’s assets if the resort did not develop a debt reorganization plan under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy law.

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Despite the modest pay raises for most positions in 1982, Leelanau County still has some of Northern Michigan’s highest paid county employees. A recently-released study by Northeast Michigan Council of Governments shows that Leelanau, whose population ranks 13th of 19 counties surveyed, usually pays its county employees less than only Grand Traverse County.

60 YEARS AGO December 19, 1957

Public school students in grades seven through twelve from Empire, Maple City and Glen Arbor, will report for classes in the new, ultra-modern Glen Lake Community school plant, when the school bell rings, Jan. 2, bring the children back from the Christmas holidays. The move into the new consolidated school is four months ahead of schedule.

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Drifting helplessly from about 3:15 Sunday afternoon until 5:45 Monday morning; subject to the merciless pounding of 15 to 20 foot seas, her engines out and her pump inoperative, the lumber barge, B. West, finally foundered and sank in 60 feet of water near Northport Point just when it seemed the Coast Guard would be able to save her.

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Leland, Northport and Suttons Bay High Schools have recently had their accreditation renewed by the University of Michigan. Graduates of these accredited high schools may enroll at U-M without taking admission tests, providing they have maintained a satisfactory academic record and have their principal’s recommendation.

120 YEARS AGO December 9, 1897

County Treasurer Sogge has been sick for a few days, but is able to be out again. County Clerk Hinshaw has returned from Mt. Clements much improved in health.

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Only one diphtheria patient in town we are pleased to state he is gaining rapidly.

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Wm. Hitchock is now keeping books for the Traverse City Lumber Co., at Traverse City.

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Northport has been quarantined against diphtheria. It ought to be quarantined for measles.

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