2018-03-15 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO March 14, 2013

A wet winter should benefit boaters. Water levels in Lake Michigan are no longer at all-time record low levels and could stay two to seven inches above record lows through August if “near or above average” precipitation persists, according to the latest predictions from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Suttons Bay school officials are reviewing the one alternative available — getting back into the transportation business — after a federal ruling sideswiped the district’s busing program.

Consequently, residents may be asked to approve a new property tax to pay for a new fleet of buses. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has determined that the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) violated federal law by providing transportation to students in the Suttons Bay School District.

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Leelanau County may have its share of pretty sights, but it’s inside recreational opportunities have never bowled over residents or visitors. That may soon change. Ben Walraven and Kathy Walraven are making plans for construction of a family entertainment center in Northport. The Northport residents are seeking a special use permit for Lane’s End., LLC., from the village’s Planning Commission.

10 YEARS AGO March 13, 2008

Deputy Bruce Beeker remains on desk duty this week and hasn’t had much to do based on time slips secured by the Enterprise through the Freedom of Information Act. A federal mediator last summer found that Beeker was “wrongfully terminated” from the Sheriff’s Department and ordered that he be put back on the county payroll. However, Beeker was reassigned to desk duty and was not returned to his previous position.

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An update on short- and long-term cleanup activities at the former Grand Traverse Overall Supply (GTOS) facility in Greilickville will be discussed at a special meeting Tuesday night at Norris Elementary school. But it won’t include disposal plans for the groundwater to be treated there. Staff members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present an update at the 6:30 p.m. meeting on its cleanup efforts at the former site of a laundry and dry cleaning operation on Cherry Bend Road.

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A “Whistleblower’s Protection Act” suit filed against the county by the former head of the county Building Inspections department has been heating up over the past week. On Friday and Monday, county administrator David W. Gill – who has been named individually as a defendant in the suit – was being deposed by an attorney for former building official Robert VanDyke.

35 YEARS AGO March 17, 1983

Authorities still had “no comment” this week on where their continuing investigation into the Leland arsenic poisonings was headed, and whether they were seeking a Leland man named in court testimony Friday as a possible participant. The testimony came during a 6½-hour preliminary examination on a first-degree murder charge and two related poisoning charges.

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The County Jail Advisory Committee, short of a quorum, nevertheless recommended last Thursday night that the county go ahead with a $124,000 expansion and remodeling of the Leland jail. A quorum of the County Board of Commissioners was at the meeting, though, and set a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for a discussion and vote on whether or not to proceed.

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County Prosecutor Joseph E. Deegan was to meet today with lawyers retained by Suttons Bay Township concerning the legality of the county’s new Tax Equity Commission. The meeting was requested at last week’s County Board of Commissioners meeting by Suttons Bay Township Supervisor Harold Diegel.

60 YEARS AGO March 20, 1958

As estimated $50,000 to $100,000 worth of additions to existing facilities at the Empire Air Station will be made soon, according to Rep. Robert P. Griffin. Bids for the construction project will be advertised April 22. In making the announcement, Congressman Griffin listed six civil and military construction projects, that will be undertaken in Western Michigan.

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Every man, woman and child in the lower most part of Leelanau county moved en masse to Petoskey Wednesday night to cheer on the Glen Lake quintet in their bid for a shot at the Class “D” state championship. Glen Lake is meeting a strong Chassell team from the upper peninsula. Chassell is paced by an outstanding man in Don Mattson but, “he can be stopped.” according to Coach O’Brien.

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Continuing in the tradition of the Leelanau county fishermen since the days of sailing vessels on the Great Lakes, Henry Steffens Sr., smokes and packages over 500 pounds of fish a week – as high as 200 pounds a day. He uses only Maple wood because it creates the best smoke...the best flavor.

120 YEARS AGO March 17, 1898

S.C. Garthe’s son was diagnosed with appendicitis, and Dr. Holiday was sent to Northport to perform an operation which was successful.

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The Greilick saw mill has shut down until the ice goes out of the bay.

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Suttons Bay Township has paid all but $2,000 of its indebtedness on the Provemont building.

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