2018-06-07 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO June 6, 2013

Leelanau commissioners were under the impression that one reason the county should pay for separate legal representation in the ongoing Northport sewer lawsuit was to file a motion for dismissal. In fact, when considering the payment of $14,000 in legal fees last month, they believed one product of their attorney’s work was that very motion. It turns out that no motion was filed.

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Firefighters from the department serving the largest geographical area in Leelanau County say they are being “failed by management,” and the chief of Cedar Fire and Rescue has been denied a 20 percent raise he requested. The signals of continued dissension within the ranks of the department come leading up to an informational session set for June 19 to lay out the costs and benefits to residents for moving to Advanced Life Support, which would represent a great improvement over present services.

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The search for a new recycling site continues. The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department Board of Health took no action May 30 on a request from the county Solid Waste Council to place a recycling drop-off site at the Connie Binsfeld Resource Center in Lake Leelanau — essentially offering up a denial.

10 YEARS AGO June 5, 2008

Kathy and Harry Turnbull knew Kasson Township was rich in gravel deposits when they purchased property in 1999 and built their home the next year. But they believed the township ordinance governing gravel extraction would protect their investment. Now, they’re not so sure.

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It’s been almost like an extended funeral at Norris Elementary as alumni, staff and parents pay their last respects. “This is the last time I’m going to visit here,” said Kelsey Quinlan, now a junior at Traverse City West, as she roamed the Norris halls late in the afternoon Tuesday. She was meeting with former teachers while saying good-bye to the institution that shaped her childhood.

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Less than a week after Oltersdorf informed county commissioners that he had stopped recording employee’s phone conversations, the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) – the statewide union representing Leelanau County deputies – named Oltersdorf as “The State’s Worst Police Administrator.” “This is but another tawdry chapter in the personal assault by the POAM due to my decision not to comply with the demands to reinstate a deputy to road patrol,” Oltersdorf said after he learned of the union board’s action.

35 YEARS AGO June 9, 1983

Leelanau County authorities should know within a week whether the county landfill is contaminating groundwater. And the state Department of Natural Resources has set a July 15 deadline for a decision by the county on about whether or not to keep the landfill in operation, and a Sept. 1 deadline for closure of “compliance”, with all state regulations.

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A Maple City native became the winner Friday of the richest prize in Michigan Lottery history. Mrs. Millicent (Shimek) Gallup, 58, won $2 million in the final drawing of the lottery’s “tic-tac-two” game. Like 3.6 million other entrants, she sent in losing tickets from the original game. She was chosen as on of six finalists for the big prize in a random drawing.

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For Suttons Bay cherry farmer Don Gregory, the cold, clear spring nights of 1983 had a different effect on him than just turning up the electric blanket. Gregory, like virtually all cherry growers in Leelanau County, saw much of his cherry crop planted in low lying areas destroyed by the frigid temperatures of April and May.

60 YEARS AGO June 12, 1958

Plans are taking shape for Leelanau county’s first annual western style rodeo which will be held near Empire, August 2 and 3. The rodeo is being sponsored by the Empire Lions Club and members of the club are making elaborate preparations to insure that the rodeo will be one of the largest and most spectacular events in the county this summer.

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Cost of the new county jail to be built at Leland has been reduced from the original bids of $120,832 to $110,929. The reduction came about as the result of a meeting between the board of supervisors, the architect and the contractors Friday. Plans were juggled and some items were shaved but there were no major alterations.

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The Northport branch of Empire State bank will open Monday, June 16, according to Paul Smith, president of the bank. Bank offices will be located in the Smith Insurance agency building. This will be the first time the village of Northport will have a bank in over a quarter of a century.

133 YEARS AGO June 4, 1885

William Gill of Northport is in town attending Probate Court today.

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Chas Gagnon of Leland has accepted a job to peel bark near Port Oneida.

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Last Monday evening a company of Leland boys and girls went by boat to the Narrows, where they joined with young men and women from Provemont, in a very pleasant party at the place of Mr. Simeon Schaub.

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