2018-01-25 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO January 24, 2013

The dust appears to be settling on a protracted and bitter federal lawsuit filed in 2009 by four Leelanau County sheriff’s deputies against then-Sheriff Michael Oltersdorf. The amount of money offered as part of a confidential agreement to settle the case in November, $625,000, was revealed Jan. 23, just minutes after the final weekly deadline for this newspaper.

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The Empire Village Council on Tuesday said “yes” to a controversial ordinance requiring point-of-sale inspections of home sewer systems — the first of its kind for Leelanau County. The measure, originally brought forward by trustee Karen Baja about two years ago, is meant to be a proactive step in protecting the area’s groundwater and lakes from contamination by failing sewer systems.

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A state law that eliminates the “pop-up” tax from family property transfers will likely have its biggest impact in places like Leelanau County and other parts of the state with significant numbers of valuable waterfront cottages and vacation homes. Legislation signed into law last month in Lansing has created an exemption to a requirement for the “uncapping” of property taxes whenever a property is sold to immediate family members.

10 YEARS AGO January 24, 2008

Hundreds of people came to St. Philip Neri church this week to bid farewell to a man who has served as a constant force in the Empire community for much of his short life. Roy Taghon, who served as organist at the church since he was a teenager, died Sunday in a snowmobile accident near Empire. He was 42. Taghon was recognized for his musical talents, his love of snowmobiling and an upbeat personality.

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The mother of three Northport Public School students has filed a petition with the county clerk’s office to recall trustee Alan Woods from the Northport Board of Education, saying he has “failed to honor the responsibilities” to the community because of a lawsuit he filed against the district. Tanya Campos filled a draft recall petition with county Clerk Michelle Crocker’s office on Tuesday afternoon seeking Woods’ ouster from the school board.

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He’ll never forget the night he was dropped off at the Cedar Fire and Rescue station to pick up his car after work, only to find it incapacitated. The harder Jim O’Rourke, affectionately known as “Rookie” throughout his career as a deputy with the Leelanau County Sheriff ’s Department, pushed the gas pedal, the faster he went nowhere. O’Rourke was literally spinning his wheels, while a crew of volunteer firemen took in the spectacle.

35 YEARS AGO January 27, 1983

Julie Polakowski, who led Leland to consecutive state girls, basketball championship in 1980 and 1981, has suffered a fractured foot and will miss the remainder of Michigan State University’s basketball season. Miss Polakowski has been playing with pain in her right foot since Thanksgiving. She felt a sharp ache in her left foot during warm-ups before the Ohio State game.

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Burdickville is back on the map! The once-bustling village on the southeast shore of Glen Lake, now a nondescript cluster of homes with a pair of restaurants and a closed-down crafts shop added in, will once again appear on Michigan Department of Transportation’s “official” state map.

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Meetings between local assessors and the County Equalization Department, along with use of a 1-year sales study for residential properties in some townships, have resulted in major reductions in proposed county property valuations that will be used as the base for December’s tax bills.

60 YEARS AGO January 30, 1958

The new Glen Lake Community high school will be formally dedicated Sunday, Feb. 9, in ceremonies to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the school. Highlights of the school dedication program which will be broadcast over the Paul Bunyan network, will be addressed by Senator Charles Potter. A flag flown over the National Capital will be presented to the school by Congressman Robert P. Griffin.

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For the seventh consecutive year, the Leelanau Soil Conservation District at its annual meeting Saturday night will honor a Leelanau County farmer for outstanding conservation achievements. The “Conservation Farmer of the Year” award will be made ina brief ceremony preceding the showing of the African game hunting picture.

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Consumers Power company asked the Michigan Public Service Commission this week for permission to increase its electric rates. The company cited sharp rises in wage rates of employees, taxes and the cost of materials during the past eight years as its reasons for seeking the hike in rates.

120 YEARS AGO January, 1898

Postmasters are requested to collect one cent of postage on each letter advertised; and affix a postage due stamp on the letter.

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S.T. Gunderson of Chicago was here looking up his lumber and tie interests.

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