2018-06-14 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO June 13, 2013

Early childhood development advocates are livid over a Leelanau County Board of Commissioners recommendation not to forward their request for Grand Traverse Band gaming funds on to the Tribal Council. Instead, commissioners voted Tuesday to forward only the five “2 percent” grant requests that came from within county government. Included was a request for funds to begin a county “K-9” program.

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All municipalities approving fireworks ordinances in the county except for Empire Village are following a sample ordinance provided by Prosecutor Joseph T. Hubbell. He wants all townships to adopt the ordinance for the sake of consistency and ease of enforcement. Municipalities that don’t enact their own ordinances will rely on relaxed state fireworks law. The result at this stage appears to be a hodge podge of regulations banning fireworks — something Hubbell and sheriff Mike Borkovich hoped to avoid.

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We may never know how four Leelanau County deputies who sued the county and its former sheriff ended up winning a $625,000 settlement earlier this year after nearly four years of bitter litigation. But we now know which side of the case asked the judge to keep court documents about the settlement agreement from being released to the public. The deputies requested the documents remain sealed forever.

10 YEARS AGO June 12, 2008

Will Leelanau County join forces with neighboring counties to provide better, less expensive 9-1-1 emergency dispatch services? Officials of Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelanau counties aren’t holding their breath following an informal meeting they held last week to discuss the issue – although officials agreed to discuss the issue further.

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Red Wing Dallas Drake, arguably Leelanau County’s most famous father, was happy to be home Tuesday with his children less than a week after fulfilling a dream — winning the Stanley Cup. “It’s a lifelong dream for every kid playing hockey in Canada and the United States,” Drake said after the Red Wings won the Cup for fourth time in 11 years with a 3-2 win June 4 over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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On Friday at about 8:30 a.m., Greg Halik’s hunting dog Ginger started to bark furiously. Since Halik said the dog generally doesn’t bark much. He hurried outside of his home on Glen Lake to see what was causing the fuss. “We’re going to hide our picnic baskets from now on,” Halik joked when he saw the reason for Ginger’s distress. Walking casually down a dirt road on a vacant parcel of land across from Halik’s home was a black bear.

35 YEARS AGO June 16, 1983

The County Board of Commissioners came within a vote of disbanding its Tax Equity Commission Tuesday in an acrimonious 90-minute debate on the issue. Along the way, Board Chairman James A. Meyer was accused of being a “voice” for the Lansing lobbying firm that helped him write the tax-equity resolution and is defending it free of charge against a court challenge.

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A proposal to “purchase” the Michigan State University Arts Building in Leland as a winter season community center for cultural programs will be aired at a special meeting of electors of Leland Township June 27. The electors’ meeting - which can decide property purchases or sales without a referendum — was set by the Township Board at is monthly meeting Monday.

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The dispute over control of leases on 148 acres of county-owned property in Peshawbestown is “tearing apart” the community, according to Leelanau Indians, Inc., secretary Ester Koon. The fight is between Leelanau Indians and the Tribal Council of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

60 YEARS AGO June 19, 1958

Over 300 educators whose primary field is vocational training in Michigan schools, are meeting this week in Leland for the group’s 9th annual workshop conference. The session began Monday evening at the Leland school with Rev. Robert Treat giving the invocation and Eugene Lawler, superintendent of Leland school welcoming the educators on behalf of the community.

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The first sod has been turned in the construction of the new county jail at Leland. Monday, construction crews moved in tools and equipment and Tuesday, bulldozers began the preliminary work of scooping out the dirt to make room for the concrete forms for the jail’s foundation.

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Plans have been made for the Red Cross water safety program which will begin, in the county July 7. Charles Silkworth of Ypsilanti has been hired to provide supervision and training in swimming and water safety. Registration for the program, open to everyone in Leelanau county, will begin June 30.

133 YEARS AGO June 11, 1885

Mr. Howard Gill and Miss Anna Hilliard of Northport were in town on Tuesday, last.

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Jacob Kolarik had a logging bee last Saturday, and cleared about four acres.

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We understand W.S. Johnson of Suttons Bay has sold his fast horse to parties in Milwaukee. It was shipped on the Champlain on Sunday, last.

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