2018-04-05 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO April 4, 2013

With nearly 9 million people taking too many prescription drugs in this country, their abuse has become a national epidemic. And while it may be a bitter pill to swallow, it’s a trend that is evident in Leelanau County, according to several local sources. The Leelanau County prosecutor’s office is handling more prescription drug cases that come through the court system.

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The captain at the helm of the Leelanau Children’s Center (LCC) for the past 25-plus years is changing tack and sailing on to other adventures. Maggie Sprattmoran, who has served as the director of LCC since 1986, is retiring effective May 31. “I can’t tell you what an honor it has been to watch people grow up,” she said with tears welling up in her eyes.

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Taking the family dog for a romp through a local vineyard or the horse for a trot though the neighbor’s orchard may soon be a thing of the past, unless their owners start bringing along a pooper-scooper. A new rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration would put several new mandates in place, including requiring farmers to monitor their fields for animal intrusions.

10 YEARS AGO April 3, 2008

Leelanau Conservancy officials say greater public access to state forest lands and Victoria Creek, known locally as the Cedar River, are expected now that 100 acres of forested and open wetland have been purchased. The Conservancy announced the purchase of what it called “the most scenic and ecologically important wetland complex” in Leelanau County.

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Members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will head to the polls next Wednesday, April 9, to vote in a Primary Election that will narrow a field of 20 candidates running for three seats on the Tribal Council and three candidates running for the Tribal Chairman’s seat. A Regular Election is slated for May 21.

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Dave Korson enjoyed the annual fishing derby at the Old Mill Pond in Northport as a child. He also enjoys it with his children, and the new grandfather hopes to enjoy it in the future with his grandson. For that reason and others, including his position as president of the Northport Sportsman’s Club, he has taken an interest in what impact the Northport/Leelanau Township sewer system will have on Northport Creek

35 YEARS AGO April 7, 1983

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has taken over administration of zoning, public health and construction codes on a 12½-acre site in Peshawbestown now held in trust by the federal government. The acreage is the site of the band’s fish processing plant and not-yet-opened retail fish market, as well as a storage building.

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Starting this summer, day and evening cruises around Leelanau County will be available out of Leland Harbor. George and Michael Grosvenor, a father-and-son team who run ferry service to the Mantiou Islands, are now readying a 65-foot passenger boat for along-the-shore “cocktail cruises” for both convention groups and the general public.

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The Leelanau County Road Commission could see and increase in the amount of money it receives form the state’s newly-increased fuel taxes and license plate fees by the state’s 1984 fiscal year. But no one is jumping for joy around the Road Commission’s Suttons Bay offices because the increase will be mostly offset by decreased revenues from the commission’s half-mill property tax, which expires this year.

60 YEARS AGO April 10, 1958

Congressman Robert P. Griffin has thrown the full weight of his support behind the bid by the village of Northport, for state assistance in developing local marine facilities. Steadily increasing boat traffic on Lake Michigan has increased the need for adequate docking facilities and the development of harbors-of-refuge.

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John W. Groomes, of Northport, has been appointed national director of the JETS clubs, by Dr. John Hannah of Michigan State University. Mr. Groomes in his new post, which will become effective June 1, will coordinate activities of the nation-wide Junior Engineering Technical Society clubs in high schools throughout the nation.

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A summer home located on Seven Pines road just west of the entrance to Northport Point, was totally destroyed by fire Sunday night at about 9:00 p.m. The home was owned by the Hamilton Williams of Ashland, Ohio. Fire chief Orval Kellogg estimated the damage at $50,000.

120 YEARS AGO April 7, 1898

The steamer Tiger will make her first trip of the season next Monday. The steamer Onekama sailed into Northport today.

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Miss Christine Garthe, who has been teaching school on South Manitou Island the past winter, returned home Tuesday evening.

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The Union Ticket was elected Monday by pluralities over the Republican ticket varying from 16 to 62.

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