2018-04-12 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO April 11, 2013

Fireworks, or at least a discussion about their use, may arrive soon to township board meetings across the Peninsula. That was the only alternative left to a passionate group of county residents who petitioned the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners on Monday to do something to stop what they described as an unrelenting reign of terror during summer months. Relief is months away at its earliest, and faces a maze of political obstacles.

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Taxpayers in the Glen Lake School District may get a break from the millage to repay bonded indebtedness after the district’s receipt of a $9.7 million boost last week. And Leland Public School has benefited from more than $1.3 million received in federal aid over the past two months.

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The Northport Village Council approved a mediation team for its ongoing environmental lawsuit involving the municipal sewer plant last week in violation of the Michigan Open Meetings Act. The Council last Thursday did not go into the closed session with the required two-thirds roll call vote and apparently made a decision in the 40-minute closed session, without its attorney present, to appoint three Council members to the mediation team.

10 YEARS AGO April 10, 2008

Cherryland Electric Cooperative is making a bid to purchase Traverse City Light & Power, and the mayor of Traverse City believes combining the two power providers would “make a good fit.” Cherryland, which serves 5,000 mostly rural customers in Leelanau County, has submitted a prospectus to the City of Traverse City that stops short of placing a pricetag for the purchase of TCL&P but touts the advantages of joining the utilities.

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Two millage proposals considered by the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners this week received mixed reviews from commissioners and could be approved – or not – by county voters in the Aug. 5 Primary. In a 4-3 vote, the county board acting as its executive committee on Tuesday recommended adoption of ballot language that calls for a 0.375-mil property tax levy for two years to support the county’s 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center.

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Never again will Lin Arkles stand at 4457 E. Gauthier Rd. and watch a tragedy unfold. Arkles, 66, stood helplessly Saturday night as the barn he converted into a home 30 years ago burned to the ground. It was not insured. Arkles and a friend were sitting down to a late dinner when they discovered the fire.

35 YEARS AGO April 14, 1983

Transfer of the 86-acre Empire air base to the National Park Service has thwarted efforts by the Village of Empire to regain at least part of the 700-foot wide strip from federal government control. The strip runs the length of the eastern boundary of the village and contains both Park Service and air base land.

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A $20,000 study just made public confirm’s what National Park Service biologists have suspected all along about North Manitou Island –the deer herd is highly susceptible to winter conditions and should be extensively “managed”. The report shows that winter conditions between 1977 and 1982 caused massive starvation of the North Manitou deer herd.

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Both sides in the stalled Suttons Bay teacher talks expressed hope for a settlement at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting – but no talks were scheduled. Responding to a plea from a school board candidate to down whatever it takes to settle the contract before the June 13 millage vote.

60 YEARS AGO April 17, 1958

Deputy sheriff, Alex Flees, fired a warning shot in an attempt to hold a wildly careening car that was threatening the lives and property of the citizens of Northport, early Sunday morning. Five youths were involved in the escapade that ended with two of them in jail, two being hunted by police and a fifth man having the case against him dismissed.

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The county road commission announced that a new road from M-22 to M-72 will be ready for use this summer. The road, known as the Benzie Trail, will cut from M-22 at the south end of the bridge over the Glen Lake narrows and will meet up with M-72 just three and one quarter miles east of Empire.

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A the opening session of the county board of supervisors’ meeting at Leland, Tuesday, Marion Yoder, attorney of Suttons Bay, introduced petitions calling for an election to determine the site of the Leelanau County seat. The petitions, Mr. Yoder stated, bore the names of 1335 signers.

120 YEARS AGO April 14, 1898

Congress today voted for war and directed the President to intervene and employ Army and Navy to restore peace and establish Cuban Independence.

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Chas. LaFevre was instantly killed last Tuesday at Keswick, where he was engaged in hauling cedar posts. The man was thrown with great violence when his team ran away, and struck his head on one of the hubs of the wagon.

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Mrs. George Dane and mother, Mrs. Kate Wilson, returned home to Northport after spending the winter in California.

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