2018-04-26 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO April 25, 2013

Empire resident Trish Baker is a frequent bus rider, especially when roads are snowy or her car is on the fritz and she needs to get to her job in Traverse City. “I love it,” Baker said of the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) bus system. “It’s convenient. It’s handy. And they’re really good to me.” So Baker didn’t want to miss a presentation by BATA officials given at the Empire Village Council meeting held Tuesday that outlined changes coming to bus service starting May 6.

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As Northport Village struggles under the weight of its own legal fees stemming from an environmental lawsuit, it’s being asked to pick up the costs from a second plaintiff. Leelanau County, which backed bonds sold to build the $15.1 million sewer system, has submitted a bill to the village seeking reimbursement for $14,370 in legal fees accumulated by the county’s attorney.

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College can be an expensive proposition these days. The date of what residents certainly hope was the last snowfall of the season will help one student. Ressa Borkovich, the winner of this year’s Leelanau Enterprise Annual Snowfall Contest, says she’ll use her $200 cash prize to put gas in her truck.

10 YEARS AGO April 24, 2008

A $1.7 million windfall for property tax revenue lost through creation of the National Park is coming to the Glen Lake school district. Superintendent Joan Groening learned this week the county’s largest school district by area will receive the federal impact aid through the U.S. Department of Education.

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Continued discord within the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office came to light this week along with results of a Michigan State Police investigation into whether Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf, Undersheriff Scott Wooters and Jail Commander Cheryl King have engaged in unlawful wiretapping and eavesdropping on employees’ personal telephone calls.

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It’s the American Dream. Working hard and building your own home from the ground up. But for a Solon Township family, the dream turned into a nightmare this spring when they faced losing their home to foreclosure. “We built it ourselves 20 years ago,” said the woman, whose name is being withheld but we’ll call Debbie.

35 YEARS AGO April 28, 1983

Work on a state-mandated 20-year solid waste plan for Leelanau County ground to a halt at a meeting of the waste plan advisory board last week after two citizens presented data showing the private landfill eyed as an alternative to the county’s public landfill has a groundwater pollution problem.

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Empire Township will take over management of the primitive campground at the 160-acre Empire Airport that is jointly owned by the township and the Village of Empire, pending legal research on whether the village can take it over. That was the result of an hour long joint meeting of the township and village boards Tuesday night.

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Appearances by federal officials will highlight a 4-day celebration in Peshawbestown starting May 27, marking the opening of a new fish processing plant, retail store and business offices of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Tribal administrator Barry Burtt said Indian officials are finalizing plans for observance.

60 YEARS AGO May 1, 1958

The cherry crop in Leelanau County suffered some damage when temperatures dropped below freezing over the past weekend but comparatively, county growers were more fortunate than the orchardists in the Grand Traverse County. That was the opinion expressed by agricultural authorities and farmers in the Leelanau area today, after an assessment of frost damage to crops.

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Leelanau County has 43 lakes with a total water surface of 16,532 acres, with 58 miles of streams and unsurveyed but vast reservoirs of underground waters. Eight of the lakes exceed 200 acres in area. There are 98 miles of Great Lakes shoreline in the county.

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The farm residence of Eleanor and Louise Smith, two miles southeast of Suttons Bay, was saved from destruction by fire Saturday at 4:00 p.m. by the alert action of a passerby, Mrs. Gundry, who call the Suttons Bay fire department, when she noticed smoke pouring from the roof of the house.

125 YEARS AGO April 20, 1893

Snow has finally left the woods of Maple City after a stay of 4½ months. The farmers are all ready, getting the soil ready for spring crops.

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Mrs. Herman Kropp died at her home last Friday, April 14th, of consumption.

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Only ten more days until we can go trouting.

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