2018-05-31 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO May 30, 2013

The person believed to be the true owner of Sugar Loaf Resort has announced that he’s investing in a major real estate project in downstate Troy — fueling speculation that a sale of the long-shuttered Leelanau County winter sports mecca may be imminent. At the same time, a Leelanau County real estate agent who has been actively marketing Sugar Loaf Resort for sale since last year – and who has never hesitated to talk about it publicly.

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Bill Dickinson, who lives in Empire Village, was awakened at 3 a.m. Wednesday by fireworks that went off just feet from his home. Dickinson is hoping that a resolution banning fireworks from being set off from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. that was passed by the Empire Village Council on Tuesday will prevent that from ever happening again.

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If Memorial Day weekend was any indication, the new record for visitation at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — and across the Leelanau Peninsula, for that matter — may not stand long.

In 2012, a sunny and warm Memorial Day weekend produced lines of cars with occupants waiting to drive Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and scale Sleeping Bear Dunes.

10 YEARS AGO May 29, 2008

Landscapers may have lost their flowers. Gardeners may have lost their veggies. But orchardists may have lost a good share of their crops. Temperatures were reported to have dipped down to 25 degrees in some parts of Leelanau County Wednesday morning, further threatening a cherry crop that held great potential until reaching its prettiest stage.

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The people of Leelanau County are now owners of one of the only active Superfund sites in northwest Lower Michigan. The only Superfund site in Leelanau County is located at the former Grand Traverse Overall Supply Company property on Cherry Bend Road in Elmwood Township. Soil and groundwater were contaminated at the site by industrial dry cleaning chemicals used there decades ago.

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The Tribal Election process appears to have gone sideways – again. Officials of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians were slated to certify results of the May 21 Regular Election today and administer oaths to newly elected or re-elected members of the Tribal Council tomorrow.

35 YEARS AGO June 2, 1983

Suttons Bay Township carried through on several months of threats against the County Board of Commissioners’ Tax Equity Commission this week, by filing a suit against it in Circuit Court. Township spokesman said the suit was to be filed late yesterday or early today. County Board Chairman James A. Meyer, said he’s prepared to recommend a suspension of TEC’s activities anyway.

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At Good Harbor beach, they are windrowed two to three inches thick, a food source for hordes of flies. The alewife die-off is not as extensive as in some years, especially 1967. In fact, residents are beginning to accept smelly beaches in late May and early June as a way of life.

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TimberLee Mountain’s 72-foot cocktail cruise boat has run into rougher seas than anything it will ever face in Lake Leelanau. Petitions are being circulated by lakefront property owners against the boat. The County Inspections Department has issued a stop-work order for the shoreline area where the boat will load passengers.

60 YEARS AGO June 5, 1958

The largest cedar tree in the entire state of Michigan, and perhaps in the United States, is located at South Manitou Island, according to Howard Harvey of the Northwestern chapter of the Michigan Botanical society. The tree, measured by Dr. Paul Thompson of Detroit, is 202 inches in circumference.

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Virgil Bareham of Suttons Bay was injured in the Elmwood-Suttons Bay baseball game, Sunday. Sliding into third base during a successful steal in the fourth inning he tore a cartilege in his knee. Mr. Bareham wasn’t aware of the extent of his injury until later that night. Monday he was taken to Munson hospital and he was released with his entire leg in a cast, on Tuesday.

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An orchard of Rhode Island Greening apples, planted by Indian missionaries in 1853 is still producing in abundance on the George Smith farm at Omena, according to Staney Ball, county agricultural agent. Many of the 105 year old trees are as much as two feet in diameter and they are heavily laden with large blossoms.

120 YEARS AGO From Various Issues

In seven hours of time, Will Hitchcock had the good luck to catch, while trolling, eight fine trout in Carp Lake. Their total weight was about 50 pounds.

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Some very fine trout are being taken from the Boardman River near South Boardman.

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Our school is progressing well with Miss Mary Good as teacher.

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