2018-02-15 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO February 14, 2013

Construction of a $1 million, solar-powered golf course in the Village of Northport is expected to begin in May or June following approval last week by the Northport Village Planning Commission.If all goes as planned, the course would be open by July 4, 2014. The nine-hole course is being developed by Northport Creek, LCC, a group of investors headed by Northport’s Bill Collins.

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The Leelanau Township Board at its Tuesday meeting deep-sixed a plan to develop the 450-acre Timber Shores property into an outdoor park and recreation area. Township supervisor Doug Scripps had a prepared position statement outlining all the reasons that Timber Shores, once a thriving campground and RV park, would be a bad investment for the township.

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One of the four Leelanau County sheriff’s deputies who sued Leelanau County and its then-sheriff Michael Oltersdorf in federal court in 2009 will receive nearly $80,000 in disability payments in addition to his one-quarter share of the $625,000 settlement paid to deputies in the federal court case. Former Sgt. Michael Lamb of Empire walked off his job in the Leelanau County Sheriff’s office in May 2009 three months after he and other deputies filed a federal lawsuit against their employer.

10 YEARS AGO February 14, 2008

Anyone in Leelanau County who has a cellular telephone or a telephone land line could be charged an additional $3.64 per month to pay for 9-1-1 emergency dispatch services later this year. The new surcharge would go into effect on July 1 if the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners follows through next week on action taken by the board at its rescheduled executive committee meeting Wednesday morning.

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For the second time, the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners has rejected a proposal to provide additional security at the new Government Center in Suttons Bay Township despite concerns raised by county employees and court officials. County offices began moving into the main level of the new $10.6 million, 68,173-square-foot facility late last week.

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The one decision made during a blockbuster, nearly 6-hour meeting held solely to interpret a sentence in the Elmwood Township Zoning Ordinance would become mute if opponents of a proposed electrical substation have their way in court. Gaylord attorney Jim Pagel said this week that he plans to appeal to 13th Circuit Court a 3-2 ruling allowing the substation made by the Elmwood Township Zoning Board of Appeals last Wednesday night — actually, early Thursday morning — and file a separate lawsuit seeking to foil Wolverine Power Cooperative’s plan.

35 YEARS AGO February 17, 1983

The Cedar-Maple City Lions are growling about it. Their 18-month-old community building in Maple City is on the tax rolls – and they can’t see why, in view of the charitable, nonprofit nature of their group. But Kasson Township’s new assessor says he has no choice but to tax the yellow frame building.

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The Empire Village Council received a free offer of four acres of low-lying cedar swampland adjacent to the Empire Lions Club’s Johnson Park at Tuesday night’s regular meeting. But councilmen said they’d wait a month to make a decision on accepting the property, and some said there was already enough public land in and around the village.

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Only two things are certain in the case of Robert F.G. Flowers, Jr., a World War II veteran who died at Leelanau Memorial Hospital Oct. 27 1981. The cause of death: bone cancer. And his outstanding health-care bill: $14,101.71. All else concerning Mr. Flowers’ case seems tangled in a bureaucratic web, bringing sadness to a family that already has its troubles.

60 YEARS AGO February 20, 1958

A storm, Monday, howled down on the county from out of the northwest and as it raced unimpeded across the flat lakes from the arctic regions, its fury multiplied and frenzied winds drove spike-like cold and blinding snow into the county in blizzard proportions, smothering the country-side in deep, barricading drifts; closing schools, forcing workers to stay away from their jobs.

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The dispute over the attempt on the part of the Leelanau Transit Company and the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad company, to abandon Leelanau county’s only remaining railroad, has been taken to federal court. The federal Insterstate Commerce Commission, acting on a request by the transit company for permission to abandon the railroad conducted hearings in Traverse City late last year.

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The Lake Leelanau VFD was called to the Emory LaBonte home four miles south of Lake Leleanau Saturday morning at 8:30 when an overheated chimney started a fire in the wall of the house. Prompt action by the fire department held fire loss to a minimum.

135 YEARS AGO February 9, 1883

Fritz Westjohn of Solon has bought a blacksmith shop at Lake Ann and is at work.

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There will be a grand ball at the Hall, in Leland, on Feb. 13th. A grand time is expected.

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Wm. Hazlett, who, with a companion, Potts, made the trip in a cask through the whirlpool of Niagara, has determined to undertake the feat again.

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