2018-05-24 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO May 23, 2013

A delayed start to spring and a somewhat earlier Memorial Day will provide county visitors and residents with plenty to do this weekend. The timings create a rare combination: orchards of cherry blooms for the three-day weekend. Whether because potential visitors have taken notice — or because they just can’t wait to get “Up North” — there appears to be strong interest in spending a long weekend on the Leelanau Peninsula.

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Some clarity is coming to the controversy swirling around the county Economic Development Corporation — and yes, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office reports, it is a corporation. But make no mistake, controversy continues.

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The Suttons Bay Village Council this week decided to move its offices out of a village-owned building on Front Street and into office space it will lease from a member of the village council. Village council president Harry Brandt said no decisions have yet been made on what to do with the building the village government has owned and occupied for more than a decade.

10 YEARS AGO May 22, 2008

The trash hauling company that had a contract to provide recycling services for Leelanau County has been sold, and county officials were uncertain this week whether the new hauler will provide the same services. Maple Disposal, formerly headquartered in Kasson Township, is now owned by American Waste, headquartered in Kalkaska.

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Just as members of the Leland Dam Authority were declaring victory and closing the books earlier this month on a $923,000 project to replace the Leland Dam, some new wrinkles were emerging – literally – at a well-known watering hole immediately adjacent to the dam. A portion of The Cove, a popular bar and eatery, is located right on top of the Leland Dam.

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A hurriedly passed zoning amendment designed to regulate electrical substations — such as the one that had already been proposed in Elmwood Township and allowed by Zoning Board of Appeal and court rulings — is likely unenforceable. That opinion by township attorney Jim Young was heard by the Elmwood Township Board during a special meeting Monday

35 YEARS AGO May 26, 1983

Lost: more than 5,100 acres of Leelanau County. If found contact the U.S. Census Bureau. No reward, except maybe from Leelanau County Planner Gene A. Perfect. Some 5,100 acres – about eight square miles – is how much the official land-area total for Leelanau County has “shrunk” in te last figures published by the Census Bureau.

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Suttons Bay teachers and the Board of Education averted a scheduled state fact-finding hearing by reaching a tentative agreement on all unsettled contract issues Tuesday night. Both sides witheld details on the agreement reached in the 4-hour negotiating session pending ratification by teachers and the school board.

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Residents who built homes within what is now the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore between 1964 and 1970 will not be allowed to rent out their leased property to non-family members under a federal court order issued Friday. According to the order “ nowhere in the (Dunes Park legislative cuts) is renting renting to non-family members endorsed or autorized by Congress.

60 YEARS AGO May 29, 1958

The Michigan Bell Telephone Company announced its payment to the state primary school fund in 1957 was the largest in the company’s history. Amounting to $11,051,000, the payment again places Michigan Bell as the contributor to the fund. Schools throughout Leelanau county received a total of $15,345 from Michigan Bell’s payment.

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Bids on construction of the new Leelanau County jail were received at 2:00 by the Leelanau County board of supervisors in a meeting at the courthouse in Leland. Chairman Howard Reincke reported that the lowest combined bid received was $120,832. The structure was estimated to cost a maximum of $120,000.

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A three room cottage will be burned tonight, Thursday, at 10:00 p.m. at Leland as part of the firemanship training course taking place at Leland school this week. The building is located south of the Stander Motor company between M-22 and the river.

133 YEARS AGO May 28, 1885

Splendid trolling in Carp Lake at present.

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Schartz and Schwarnber of Good Harbor made a large shipment of staves last Sunday.

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