2018-05-03 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO May 2, 2013

Having a “normal” year has never felt so good to local fruit growers. “By this time last year, we already didn’t have a crop,” said Don Gregory of Cherry Bay Orchards. “Things are moving on pretty normally.” Gary Fredrickson of Leelanau Township was among county orchardists who could do nothing but watch last spring while buds, coaxed on by unseasonably warm temperatures in March, froze starting in April 2012.

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The 63-year-old Kasson Township woman, who struck and killed 4-yearold Gavin Punter last July 22 as he rode his tricycle on the shoulder of Lake Shore Drive, is expected to be arraigned Friday in 86th District Court. Gertrude Shorter will be charged with failure to stop at an accident resulting in serious impairment or death, a five-year felony.

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Firearms deer season may be more than six months away, but bucks are already in the crosshairs of a debate over damage to orchards. The president of the Leelanau County Horticultural Society is asking the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to delay an extension of quality deer management (QDM) rules across a 12-county region in Michigan.

10 YEARS AGO May 1, 2008

Leelanau fruit growers were breathing a collective sigh of relief Wednesday morning as the chilliest temperatures forecast overnight appeared to bypass the peninsula. Other fruit-growing regions of Michigan were not so lucky. “It’s too soon to see if there is any (bud) death. But I think we skated by up here,” said Nikki Rothwell.

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Nothing helps Nat Gray unwind from a long day at work like taking his black Lab Rupert for a walk on the miles of open beach at Empire. Walking the trails and beaches that make up the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the reasons the Empire native made Empire his home and raise a family.

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A race is on for the office of Leelanau County Treasurer and several other county offices. Vicki A. Kilway has served as treasurer since 1981 after she won the November 1980 General Election. In most elections during the past 28 years, she has gone unchallenged. Last week, Kilway filed notice that she will run for the Republican nomination for reelection to her post in the Aug. 5 Primary Election.

35 YEARS AGO May 5, 1983

The Indian fishery has apparently pushed a purse seine fishery run by two Leland men out of business. Leland commercial fisherman L. William Carlson, who along with Ross Lang has operated Leland Fisheries, said the DNR has refused to re-issue a purse seine permit because Indian fisherman are already taking all excess stocks of whitefish in Grand Traverse Bay.

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Negotiations for the $7½ million sale of Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort to a trio of Detroit-area investors are complete, and the formal transfer of the resort took place Friday, Empire National Bank officials announced yesterday. The new owner is Sugar Loaf Associates. Principals in the group are Chales F. Yearn, John D. Sills and Edward T. Boutrous.

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A subcommittee of the Elmwood Township Planning Commission has completed work on a proposed new zoning district which would include about a quarter of all land in the township. Planning Commission Chairman Ruth Wilber said work on the proposed “rural-residential” district was completed at last Wednesday’s regular meeting.

60 YEARS AGO May 8, 1958

In ceremonies Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Leland Park, the Leelanau County Historical Society will place an aluminum plaque on the site where the smelting furnace for the once-booming Leland Iron Works once stood.

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Gerry Gauthier of Lake Leelanau while fishing in Provemont pond last week hooked a nine-inch trout with two mouths, which most fisherman would say is a trend in the right direction. The trout had one tiny mouth directly below its first and natural mouth. The extra mouth though small, placed where the throat would normally be, was perfectly formed with a complete set of teeth and tiny tongue.

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A smoldering brush fire, thought to have been extinguished, was fanned into flames by high winds at Empire, Wednesday afternoon. The Empire Volunteer Fire department fought the blaze for almost an hour before bring it under control.

120 YEARS AGO April 28, 1898

The steamer Charlevois stopped at Watts Pier on Sunday last for potatoes.

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The editor of a competitor newspaper in Suttons Bay has written that the editor of the Enterprise lies “around in public places and passes low remarks about respectable people of both sexes.” An appropriated response may be found in this edition.

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Elmer Beech lost his first finger and thumb in a serious accident at the Stebbins shingle mill at Northport.

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