2018-03-22 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO March 21, 2013

When Jim and Madeline Houdek remodeled the Thunderbird building they purchased in Lake Leelanau about three years ago, it was with the idea that the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce would move into the space. That intention is about to come to fruition. On Monday, April 1 the chamber is scheduled to move into space recently vacated by The Fish Hooked store.

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Elisabeth Urban is tired. The nurse from Suttons Bay and mother of three is frustrated over what she considers inadequate services by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health (NLCMH.) Her concerns come as the mental health board prepares to expand from 6 to 21 counties, and its director has drawn concern from the state.

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A proposal to connect the Bingham Township Hall with the Leelanau Trail has been abandoned, and decades-old criticism about the Trail has resurfaced. The Bingham Township Parks and Recreation Committee has withdrawn a proposal it brought forward last month to build a path connecting the Bingham Township Hall parking lot with the adjacent Leelanau Trail.

10 YEARS AGO March 20, 2008

Students at Northport were crestfallen when they arrived for classes last Thursday morning to discover obscene graffiti on school building walls. It didn’t take long, however, for students and school employees to spring into action to counter the graffiti attack. As the janitorial staff worked to remove graffiti, students in teacher Dan Stowe’s world history class, working with students in Jenny Evans’ art classes, put up banners on the outside of the school to cover the areas.

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Leelanau County on Tuesday became the first non-urban municipality in Michigan to take advantage of new brownfield redevelopment rules that help communities clean up “functionally obsolete, blighted or contaminated” properties. The property in question is the former county courthouse campus in Leland, which is slated to be sold by next month to a local development company, Varley- Kelly Properties L.L.C., for redevelopment into a 2.4-acre residential neighborhood in the heart of downtown Leland.

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The math is pretty easy for Solon Township resident Jack Freeman, who in 2000 started an independent trucking company with Barry Dunklow of Lake Leelanau. He charged $2.50 a mile to haul a refrigerated load in his first year, and now charges $3 a mile. Diesel fuel cost $1.10 a gallon when he started. In recent weeks, diesel prices have soared to record highs, well above $4 per gallon.

35 YEARS AGO March 24, 1983

Construction will probably begin within two weeks on a $124,191 renovation and expansion of the county jail, following approval of the low bid Tuesday night at a special meeting of the County Board of Commissioners. Approval came on a 5-2 board vote after more than an hour of discussion.

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Frigid temperatures and the blanket of snow in Leelanau County could be an asset to local farmers – if fragile cherry buds have survived the drastic weather change. Temperatures dipped into the teens and below in Leelanau County Tuesday night as artic air swept into the county Friday continued to influence weather conditions.

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Closure of the $7½ million sale of Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort form Empire National Bank to a partnership of three downstate businessmen is expected within a month. Birmingham attorney John D. Sills, said Tuesday that he expects approval of the sale soon from the two federal agencies which underwrote a good portion of the debts of former Sugar Loaf owners.

60 YEARS AGO March 27, 1958

Jerome Bufka of Good Harbor shows Kathy Garthe of Leland the beginning of an operation that will transform tree sap into delicious maple syrup. Steam rises from the cooking operation boils the sap down. It will be finshed off later in the Bufka kitchen to produce a mouth-watering Leelanau county syrup. It takes, on an average, one fifty gallon drum of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

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The smelt are running in little Cedar creek out of Cedar lake in Elmwood township, according to conservation officer, Gerald Battle. Mr. Battle stated that the run began early this week. He estimates that smelt will begin running in other streams in the county within the next two weeks.

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Harry P. Harrison and Karl Detzer of Leland have combined their experiences and talent to produce an exciting book, “Culture Under Canvas” that captures the feeling...the flavor...the fevor...that accompanied the chautauqua programs that carried longed-for entertainment and a kind of culture into every nook and cranny of the frontier.

120 YEARS AGO March 18, 1898

We would like a few cords of wood at this office in payment of subscription.

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Fishing through the ice on Carp Lake is said to be very good.

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Fresh lager beer is constantly on tap at the Andrew Larsen company in Suttons Bay.

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