2018-03-29 / Columns

Looking Back

5 YEARS AGO March 28, 2013

The value of property in Leelanau fell significantly between 2010 and 2012, a report prepared by the Leelanau County Equalization Department shows. The report indicates that the total value of property in the county fell from $3.5 billion to $3.25 billion, or 7.1 percent during the two-year period. The drop was nearly the highest percentage among Michigan’s 83 counties — with only the Upper Peninsula counties of Ontonagon (7.92 percent) and Keweenaw (7.98 percent) falling at a greater clip.

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Suttons Bay students may be able to ride white school buses next year. Tom Menzel, director of the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA), confirmed Tuesday that the agency will not appeal a ruling that states its current arrangement to provide transportation to Suttons Bay students does not meet federal guidelines.

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Spring-breakers and school sports teams may be sounding off about the chilly weather, but cold temperatures are warming the hearts of local fruit growers. Orchardists like what they’re seeing — and the cold they are feeling as snow continues to cover county orchards. Jim Nugent has been farming in Bingham Township since 1980 and has about 40 acres of cherries.

10 YEARS AGO March 27, 2008

An owner of the largest single residential building project currently under way in Leelanau County – Marcus W. Yono – appears to be in some trouble with the federal Internal Revenue Service. An IRS agent in Detroit told the Enterprise this week she finds it “very interesting” that Yono somehow came up with a cashier’s check for more than $202,000 last week.

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Leelanau County’s population was smaller last year than it was four years ago, according to estimates released last week by state officials. Virtually stagnant population growth so far in the 21st century in Leelanau County stands in sharp contrast double-digit percentage increases seen in the latter part of the 20th century and is part of a statewide trend, according to officials.

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One seat will be noticeably empty at the Annual Meeting of Centerville Township inhabitants Saturday. Richard “Richie” Pleva, a member of the Township Board for nearly 38 years, died Friday. He was 83. Pleva was elected township Clerk in 1970 and completed a 4-year term before his election as township trustee in 1974.

35 YEARS AGO March 31, 1983

A slowdown in the rate of property valuation increases was evident in the final tallies from township boards of review. the last board will still be working, in Elmwood Township, wrapped up its duties Tuesday night according to Supervisor Stanley Kouchnerkavich. Some 250 valuation protests came in, slightly above last year’s figure.

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A controversial mute swan management plan proposed by the state Department of Natural Resources may not be implemented this year, because of an apparent decrease in the winter swan census. That’s the word from Lansing DNR biologist Jerry Martz. Martz said this winter’s census showed 843 swans in the northwestern Michigan area down from 1,045 counted in early 1982.

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A new fishery is in store for Glen Lake, and brown trout plantings in Grand Traverse Bay will be stepped up, according to the Department of Natural Resources’ fish planting schedule for this year. Glen Lake will receive 40,000 rainbow trout between 5 and 6 inches long this summer, which may even reach 10 inches, the minimum legal size by fall.

60 YEARS AGO April 3, 1958

A car driven by James Gordon McGee of rural Suttons Bay missed the turn at the junction of M-204 and M-22 in Suttons Bay, Wednesday morning at 1:15 a.m., plowed across M-22 and crashed into the Albert Steimel home, tearing away on wall of the house and showering the interior of the home with shattered glass, plaster and debris.

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School board member of Norris School in Elmwood Township have been exploring the possibility of annexation of their school district to the Traverse City school district and the possibility of joining with Suttons Bay in a new consolidated school district. Two weeks ago last Monday the Norris school board met with members of the Traverse City school board.

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The Leelanau County summer recreation program could fall by the wayside this year unless the individual communities get behind the program, according to Eugene Lawler, chairman of the recreation committee. The amount needed for the program from each participating community is $750, Mr. Lawler said.

120 YEARS AGO March 31, 1898

The body of a child recently found here has been mysteriously disinterred, the sheriff has announced.

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Residents of Maple City were entertained Saturday by the sight of merchants riding bicycles, in the town.

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Every teacher in the county is expected to attend the Friday meeting of the Leelanau County Teacher’s Association in Leland.

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