March 8, 2018 RSS feed / Life in Leelanau

Plastic waste plagues Lake Michigan

An update on microplastics and their effect on the big lake

Plastics are a problem.  Especially microplastics.  Looking out at the beautiful bright blue waters across the 100 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in Leelanau County, it may be surprising to discover that half of the plastic dumped into Gr More...

Community choir readying for spring concert

The Leelanau Community Choir, under the direction of Jonah Powell, will begin its spring rehearsals next week.  The group rehearses Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church, 219 W. More...

Northport school play carries important theme

A cast and crew of 20 middle school students will present ‘The Stuck Pot’ this weekend at the Northport Community Arts Center (NACA).  More...

An ode to smelt fishing in Leelanau

Rich Zywicki remembers the good old days of Leelanau smelt fishing.  “Back 25 years ago you could go anywhere you wanted to,” said Zywicki, the Cedar Hardware store owner. More...

Snow nothing compared to storm of ‘12

It’s all white again! Here in Omena, we got more than 6 inches of saturated snow on Tuesday. It was reminiscent of this same week six years ago. On March 3, 2012, northern Michigan had a huge, heavy snow storm. More...

Prospectors offer $9,000 in scholarships

The Leelanau Prospectors Club, which has met monthly at a county restaurant since the end of World War II, will be awarding this spring six scholarships worth a combined $9,000. More...

Maynard, Orban plan to marry

James and Terri Orban of Suttons Bay, together with Ross and Mary Ellen Maynard of Williamston, proudly announce the engagement of their children, Jared James Orban to Molly O’Reilly Maynard, both of Grand Rapids.  More...

Bonsai artist breaks down ancient craft

The art of Bonsai is not easy. Above all, it takes patience.  And lots of it.  The 23 attendees at last Thursday’s Bonsai program at the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library had the opportunity to learn all about it.  More...

S-B students offer ‘spoonful’ of Mary Poppins

“Anything can happen if you let it.” And in the case of Suttons Bay Public School, it’s a cast of 55 students in grades 3 through 12 presenting the musical “Mary Poppins.” More...

Submissions accepted for art festival, poster

The Suttons Bay Art Festival is seeking submissions for its annual poster contest and vendor applications for its juried event.  The contest is open to artists of any age in any medium. More...

Young artists’ work

The Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC) is celebrating National Youth Art Month with an exhibition of work by young creatives through March 23.  Work by Glen Lake sixth graders taught by Leah Lawson and Sarah Cheek-Toomey will be featured. More...

In Suttons Bay, 129 students make honor roll

A total of 129 students in grades 6-12 were listed on the honor roll for the second quarter marking period at Suttons Bay Schools.  More...

Boater safety course approaches

The Traverse City Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a two-day boater safety class this month at the Coast Guard Air Station.  “About Boating Safety” is an eight-hour safety class for novice recreational boaters age 12 and older.  More...

Spring ahead, and ask about pub crawl

Once again we can’t count on it being over until it’s over. At the time of this writing it looks pretty good out there, or at least the sun is shining. While not real warm, it’s very comfortable.  More...

Putting down roots in Cedar

The following excerpt and photos are from “Remembering Solon,” a community and family history of the Solon Township area, Leelanau County, compiled by Carol Drzewiecki for Solon Township.  More...

Scouts advance in Pinewood Derby

Scouts from Leelanau County came together for the 65th annual Pinewood Derby held at Keswick United Methodist Church.  Cub Scouts of Pack 131 raced wooden cars that they built and painted. More...

Kids to learn about appliances, more at Leland Township Library

Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) will participate in today’s Maker Afternoon children’s program at the Leland Township Library.  Andrew Gale, founder of BARC, will be at the library helping children deconstruct and explore the More...

PLOW PUPILS

TIM EGGERT of the Leelanau County Road Commission showed up at story time at the Leland Township Library with his truck, which has a giant blade attached to the front. More...