2018-03-08 / Columns

Looking Back

5 YEARS AGO March 7, 2013

Leland graduate Pfc. Ryan Paulton may weigh a little bit more now than when he left for Afghanistan nearly two years ago, what with the titanium plate in his spine, the six metal screws in his heel and the caps on his front teeth. But his heart was light on Sunday morning when he woke up and heard country music playing, a sure sign that his grandmother was baking cookies.

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An estimated 20 seasonal workers at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL) will have a shorter season and in some cases no season at all due to federal budget cuts. The failure of Congress to adopt a 2013 budget by Friday is forcing federal agencies to make approximately $85 billion in budget cuts as required by the Budget Control Act of August 2011.

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The owners of five commercial properties in Suttons Bay Township claim they’re paying too much in property taxes and have taken their complaints to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in Lansing. A spate of tax assessment challenges in one area of the county in one property class represents a disturbing trend, according to Leelanau County Equalization Department director Laurie Spencer.

10 YEARS AGO March 6, 2008

Quality deer management (QDM) is expected to gain the support of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) today, the Leelanau Enterprise has learned. NRC chair Keith Charters of Traverse City has confirmed that the special rules designed to allow younger bucks to survive hunting seasons enjoyed more than the 67 percent support required for their renewal in surveys, according to a policy adopted several years ago.

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Grocers may note a run on Hostess Twinkies today. Friends and family of 2-year-old Charlise “Twinkie” Carlson of Suttons Bay will be eating the snack cakes as she undergoes surgery to remove a benign cyst from behind her eyes. The girl is the daughter of Clay and Jennifer Carlson of Suttons Bay.

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Leelanau County’s 9-1-1 Advisory Board last week discussed possibilities for a new funding arrangement to pay for emergency dispatch services following the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners’ rejection last month of a proposed $3.64 surcharge on all wireless and land line telephones.

35 YEARS AGO March 10, 1983

Three Detroit-area men with Northern Michigan ties have signed and agreement to purchase Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort for $7.5 million. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire National Bank, Traverse West, Inc., has owned the 1,600-acre resort in Cleveland and Centerville townships since March 1, when the resort finally signed over to Traverse West from Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort Corp.

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The Northport Area Chamber of Commerce’s first Grand Traverse Bay powerboat race this summer could decide the national boat-racing title. That’s because the American Power Boat Association has upgraded the event from a regional event to a national race, attracting the world’s top racing teams.

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A bankrupt Mt. Pleasant-based oil drilling firm has sued Reef Petroleum Corp. for sums in excess of $10,000 and is seeking to open up Reef’s records on oil leases in a lawsuit filed this week in Leelanau County Circuit Court. Robert E.W. Schnoor, claims in the suit that Reef overstated the actual cost of some oil leases in which the drilling company was buying partial interest.

60 YEARS AGO March 13, 1958

The Glen Lake basketball squad, Class “D” district champions in regular season play, continued to roll like a juggernaut over all competition in the district and regional “sudden death” tournaments. Latest win for Glen Lake was over Boyne Falls, Tuesday night at Traverse City, by a score of 73 to 51. Glen Lake will meet Atlanta tonight, Thursday, at Traverse City.

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Dorothy Popa, 14, of Bingham was rushed to Munson hospital Thursday night by Sheriff Robert White and a deputy when she was seized with an attack of appendicitus at the Holy Rosary-Suttons Bay high school basketball game. Miss Popa at the Glen Lake community school for the game, became suddenly ill and reported to her ninth grade teach Mrs. Dorthy Fuller.

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The Leland Sportsman’s Club will be host to the quarterly meeting of the District 15 Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Friday, March 14, at 8:00 p.m., according to Roy Gibson, president of the Leland group. It will be a joint meeting of the Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse county sportsman’s club and spokesmen for the Leland club anticipate an attendance of about 100 people.

120 YEARS AGO March 5, 1898

A little Indian boy 6-years-old died at Omena last Saturday of pneumonia.

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There is very little ice on the bay and it is too rotten to hold up a team of horses.

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The W.C.T.U. gave an entertainment at the Friends church Sunday in Maple City.

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