2018-01-18 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO January 17, 2013

Getting on social media sites, saving a little energy and going without raises are some of the strategies local businesses are using to keep their doors open and get customers to walk through them. As the country’s economy continues to shake off the lingering effects of a recession that officially ended nearly four years ago, the Leelanau business community is using a combination of new and old techniques to stay alive and thrive.

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A jury has awarded $650,000 to a teenage worker injured in a farm accident in Leelanau County. The jury of five men and one woman deliberated about 2 1/2 hours Tuesday evening before handing down the decision, which could impact farm training in the future.

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County officials have learned that insulation in the County Governmental Center building is lacking in some places and improperly installed in others, causing the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners to authorize a fix — and, if needed, a lawsuit against DeVere Construction Company for reimbursement. DeVere was chosen as the building’s general contractor over a lower bidder to build and design the 68,000 sq. ft. structure, which opened in 2008 and came with a $10.7 million pricetag.

10 YEARS AGO January 17, 2008

Pam Zientek didn’t start 2008 the way she had hoped. The Maple City woman was injured at her home on Bright Road the morning of New Year’s Day while trying to separate a pregnant cow from her calf. Witnesses report that the cow bolted across the pasture, lowered her head and flung it upwards, hitting Zientek in the right eye. She landed against a fence post after striking the top of the barbed-wired fence with her face.

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Leelanau County will appeal a decision made last week by the state Construction Code Commission to shut down the county’s Building Inspections Department and turn responsibility for conducting inspections and enforcing construction codes over to state officials. At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 to direct a county attorney to file an appeal that, at the least, would delay a state takeover of the county department until after a hearing is held in Lansing.

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As the state goes, so goes Leelanau County in support for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Republican and Democratic nominations in Tuesday’s Primary election. Overall, only 26 percent of the county’s 18,258 registered voters cast ballots in the Primary election that was moved up two months from years past.

35 YEARS AGO January 20, 1983

The American Power Boat Association has officially sanctioned a $25,000 offshore powerboat race to be held in Lake Michigan and Grand Travese Bay Aug. 20 under the sponsorship of the Northport Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have been preparing for the race for two months now, getting local agency support in order that we could present a proposal to the APBA for their January meeting,” Ed Joppich, chairman of the chamber’s race committee, said.

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A reduced total village budget of $194,759 that may allow a 2-mill tax reduction received about three hours of work and discussion in a “budget work session” of the Empire Village Council Tuesday night. The budget is a reduction from the current village spending plan of $195,683.

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A counter-offer has been made by the Suttons Bay Village Council to an offer to sell the Hose House, which houses village offices and Suttons Bay-Bingham Public Library. Realtor Jerry Smith of Suttons Bay has offered to sell the Hose House for $75,000, minus a 10 percent sales commission. The Village Council counter was $85,000 less a 5 percent commission.

60 YEARS AGO January 23, 1958

The village of Suttons Bay has provided its children with a skating rink and the men of the village are seeing to it that there is proper supervision at the rink. Ken Nelson, Suttons Bay businessman, has recruited a full staff of volunteers to see that the children enjoy, to the utmost, the skating facilities available to them.

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Caffein fiends can have a field day in Suttons Bay, Friday, Jan. 24, when the proceeds from every cup of coffee they buy at the Home Cafe go into the March of Dimes fund drive, according to William Bonek, fund drive. This is the coffee lovers opportunity to gulp it down in the knowledge that they are satisfying much more than their liking for a cup of java.

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The Suttons Bay volunteer fire department will be hosts Monday evening, at a meeting for all other fire departments in the county. Prominent on the program will be a color motion picture showing the Underwriters’ Laboratory testing procedures, according to Gerald Henshaw, assistant chief of the Suttons Bay VFD and program chairman for the meeting.

120 YEARS AGO January 12, 1898

Logs are being moved quite freely into the mill yards at Lime Lake.

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J. Kline and son have butchered two fat steers, and sold them at the Northern Michigan Asylum at Traverse City.

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One representative will be allowed per 100 democratic votes for governor at a Democratic Congressional Convention in Marquette City. Leelanau County can send 5, Manitou 1, Grand Traverse 6, Marquette 16, Houghton 18 and Menominee 21.

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