2018-05-17 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO May 16, 2013

Ron Rhoads has four thermometers strung throughout as Elmwood Township cherry orchards. All recorded temperatures below 32 degrees Saturday morning. But the short dip into freezing temperatures won’t mean a repeat of a 2012 harvest that wasn’t. “We have some very minor damage to the sweets. There are still lots of good blooms,” said Rhoads.

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About five years ago Suttons Bay resident Bill Hathaway had about 700 hives of bees. He’s down to just 10 hives. Most were lost to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), mite predation, the funky weather and difficulty he’s having keeping the hives up. Beekeeping is a job that never stops.

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A federal lawsuit filed against two Leelanau County sheriff’s deputies by a county resident who claimed the deputies violated his civil rights has been settled with a $55,000 payment to the plaintiff. In 2009, Gary Aschim of Cedar was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car after he refused orders from Sgt. James Kiessel and Deputy Duane Wright to bring his son out of his house for questioning.

10 YEARS AGO May 15, 2008

Progress has been made on one front in the Northport sewer issue, but a stalemate over needed easements to complete the project remains. The Leelanau Forum and property owners Robert and Jeanette Hunt of Northport reached a tentative agreement after 6 1/2 hours of negotiations with the Village of Northport and Leelanau Township over the municipal sewer system now under construction.

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Developers of the largest single residential building project currently under way in Leelanau County are now being sued in federal court by a national banking association over the failure to pay off loans totaling nearly $10 million in connection with one of their downstate projects. In a suit filed May 7 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Keybank National Association alleges that developer Marcus Yono, at least two of his companies, and his business partner, Jeffrey Roth, are in default on two loans.

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Visitors to the southwest part of Leelanau County may soon have more information that would enrich their trip up north— right at their finger tips. The Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau is applying to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to operate a radio “travelers information station” for the area.

35 YEARS AGO May 19, 1983

The Empire Village Council voted to cut its 1983 property tax levy by 2 mills, setting the rate at 9 mills at Tuesday nights regular meeting. Village Clerk Patricia Zoyhofski said the reduction represented council decisions to use some carryover form previous years to fund this year’s village government operations.

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Tart cherries have suffered “substantial damage” in some areas of Leelanau County due to recent frosty nights. According to county Agricultural Agent James Nugent, damage to the cherry buds resulted from freezing temperatures May 9 and 10, and more damage resulted form cold nights earlier this week.

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Several county commissioners may lead a move to close Leelanau County’s public landfill as soon as June 1. A shutdown of the county disposal site would leave Leelanau, Grand Traverse and northern Benzie counties with only one available landfill–a private facility adjacent to the county landfill owned by County Road Commission Chairman Glen Noonan.

60 YEARS AGO May 22, 1958

The Holy Rosary parish of Isadore celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of the church Sunday, May 18. The mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pastor, Rev. Fr. Herman S. Kolenda and the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was given by Fr. Adelbert Narlock.

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Rev. Fr. Charles D. Baker concluded 25 years of service at St. Michael’s parish, Suttons Bay, May 15. In honor of the signal occasion, parishioners will gather Sunday at the church to give recognition to the priest who first came to Suttons Bay, May 15, 1933.

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Naval reserve training ships conducted a firing practice yesterday, Wednesday and resumed firing today, Thursday, in the firing area north of North Manitou Island and west of the Fox Islands in Lake Michigan. Firing practice is also scheduled for June 4, 5, 18 and 19 and they will also fire July 2.

133 YEARS AGO May 21, 1885

In the matter of the case between Mr. Gagnon, plaintiff, and Maneau, defendant, of Suttons Bay, judgement was given plaintiff. Case has been appealed.

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The vessel, The Barber, ran ashore in dense fog about one mile north of Leland. It is believed the tug Frankfort can free the ship with little damage.

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Darrow’s tug brought into Carp River this morning a large raft of cedar trees for Durbin and Baily to be shipped to Milwaukee.

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