2018-02-22 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO February 21, 2013

Catholics and others who rotate from church to church for Lenten fish dinners in Leelanau County have had their Friday night venues cut in half. For the first time in about 15 years the Leelanau Council of the Knights of Columbus 11664 will not be serving fish dinners during Lent at Lake Leelanau St. Mary.

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Leelanau County school districts are running out of snow days. However, county school superintendents say their main priority remains transportation safety — not a state requirement to make up snow days after so many have been called. “We take a look at the road and if we think it’s safe we’re just going to call a two-hour delay so we can keep kids in school,” said Jason Stowe, superintendent of Leland Public School.

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The snowfall record for February could be challenged in the coming week based on a National Weather Service (NWS) forecast just as the seasonal snowfall tally for Leelanau County has hit the century mark. Over most of Tuesday and overnight Wednesday a low pressure system crossed the northern states.

10 YEARS AGO February 21, 2008

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners this week reversed a decision they made last week to impose a $3.64 per month surcharge on all wireless and land line telephones to pay for 9-1-1 dispatch center operations. The board took the action at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening – the last one slated to be held in Leland before the move of the county seat to the new Government Center in Suttons Bay Township is completed later this month.

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The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is slated to receive a grant of nearly $1 million from the federal government to build a 100- to 120-slip marina in Peshawbestown. Tribal officials announced plans to build the marina in October 2007 and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced Feb. 13 that the grant would be made available to the tribe through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program.

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Leland Public School principal Terry Breen is stepping down at the end of the current year. Breen tendered his resignation at Tuesday’s rescheduled monthly board meeting. His resignation letter, dated Feb. 13, did not divulge a reason for his departure, and only “positive” comments were made by school official accepting his notice. He will stay on the job until the school year ends.

35 YEARS AGO February 24, 1983

It’s going to take a frigid March indeed to lock up Grand Traverse Bay in the grip of wintery ice. And if March continues in the pattern of the winter so far – unseasonably warm – it will mark only the 20th time in 132 years of recorded West Bay history that the waterway has remained ice-free all winter.

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The National Park Service has been appropriated $100,000 for improvements of docking facility at South Manitou Island this year. But preliminary engineering work for the project will be done by the same firm involved in choosing a site for a proposed new mainland port, further delaying that selection until fall.

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The Village of Northport will seek legal opinion on whether it has zoning control over a 5.8 acre parcel on Warren St. adjacent to the village’s Catholic Church which is being sought by two different apartment developers. The Village Planning Commission heard presentations from the two firms, both of which are seeking loans from the federal Farms Home Administration.

60 YEARS AGO February 27, 1958

An ice mass, moving in a fast flanking action ahead of a southwest wind, swept into Leland harbor Monday afternoon, clogging the approaches to the harbor and trapping crew members of the Leland fishing fleet who were caught fast in the treacherous grip of the grinding ice mass that threatened to destroy their boats and take the men to the bottom.

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Edwin Pertroskey of Cedar has been named by the Solon township board as supervisor to complete the unexpired term of Elmer L. Billman who passed away Friday a week ago. Mr Petroskey assumes his new post from the position of township trustee. The vacancy on the board of trustees created by the advancement of Mr. Petroskey has been filled by Harold DeVette.

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State police arrested two 20-yearold youths and a 15-year-old juvenile for the burglary, early Saturday morning, of the Suttons Bay drug store. Police identified 20-year-olds from Traverse City and Suttons Bay.

125 YEARS AGO February 23, 1893

“Short but impressive” funeral services were held for Nancy N. Pickard of Leland, who died Feb. 15 after a three-week illness.

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News was also received of the death of Rev. George Thompson in Oberlin, Ohio. He organized the Congregational Society at Leland in 1865, and it was during his pastorate that the church was built in 1872 at a cost of $2,500

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Ten gallons of the best Head Light Oil can be bought for $1 from the new Co’s store.

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