2018-06-28 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO June 27, 2013

Mike Smith and Scott Brooks of Macomb Township had no complaints about crowds after camping five days on North Manitou Island. They encountered just one to three groups of people during their daily hikes — which makes their comfort level for company in a Wilderness setting about equal to those of other visitors, according to the findings of a visitor survey just released by the National Park Service.

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An Oklahoma-based mortgage speculation firm is now the owner of what was once the largest single residential development planned in Leelanau County – the BayView condominium project in the Village of Suttons Bay. Following nearly three years of complex federal bankruptcy court litigation, a corporation known as “Flathead Michigan-I, L.LC., headed by self-proclaimed Oklahoma “loan cowboy” Brice Dancer, now owns much of the BayView development.

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Peggy Hardley’s first visit with her younger brother, John Burgess, was also her last. Burgess’ helicopter was shot down near the Vietnam and Cambodian border 43 years ago this week. His remains and those of two others who died in the crash will be buried as a group Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery. Burgess has strong Leelanau County connections. He was a great-great grandson of Chief Peter Waukazoo, who with Rev. George Smith helped to establish Northport.

10 YEARS AGO June 26, 2008

After years of debate, Glen Arbor will finally be getting a public restroom. Spontaneous applause erupted Monday night as a split township board voted 3-2, with Clerk Bonnie Quick and Trustee Kent Kelly opposed, to pursue creation of a restroom/ garden/park at the site of the former firehall on Lake Street.

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The elimination of six teaching and six “support” positions will be considered by the Suttons Bay Board of Education next week in an attempt to balance the 2008-09 budget. Board members had been scheduled to meet June 23 for a public hearing on the proposed spending plan.

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A lawsuit filed by former Leelanau County building official Robert VanDyke against the county and administrator David W. Gill has been dismissed. Circuit Court Judge Thomas G. Power on Monday granted a county attorney’s motion for summary disposition in the case, which was filed after Gill fired VanDyke for unspecified reasons on June 4, 2007.

35 YEARS AGO June 30, 1983

It looks like Leelanau County won’t make the state-set July 1 deadline for a decision on whether or not to close the county landfill. But the state Department of Natural Resources staffer who set the deadline said Monday that it won’t matter, as long as a decision is made soon.

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A special meeting of the Leland Township electors voted Monday night, with a few reservations, to have the township take over ownership of the Arts Building adjacent to the Leland River and township library. The meeting voted 20-8 to accept the title to the property from Michigan State University and gran MSU a 99-year lease for free use of the property for art classes each year.

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An ad-hoc committee reviewing a new proposed Solon Township zoning ordinance with the township zoning board is to meet again tonight at 7:30 in the Township Hall. And it looks like that ordinance will undergo another complete rewrite – its fourth – as the result of the committee’s first meeting Monday night.

60 YEARS AGO July 3, 1958

Two Empire Air station men were injured, one seriously, at 11:05 p.m. Monday night, in a crash one mile east of Glen Arbor on M-22, when the driver lost control of the car while rounding a corner. The automobile sideswiped trees, caromed off into mail boxes and sign posts, rolled and finally landed, twisted and ripped, in an upright position.

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Cowboys competing at the Empire rodeo will be coming from all over the United States...from as far west as Texas and Florida to the south. Most of the cowboys, however, will come from the midwest region. The rodeo has been approved by the Midwest Cowboys association and contestants in the bronco riding, bareback riding, bull riding, bull dogging, calf roping and other events.

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Charles R. Switzer, 18, of Galion, Ohio, and Otto Bosshard, 17, of Akron, Ohio, visiting the county from their home state were sentenced to five days in jail and given a $50 fine plus $6.90 costs as the result of being found guilty of a charge of stealing property, June 19, from Camp Kohana near Glen Arbor.

133 YEARS AGO June 25, 1885

Fishing in Carp Lake is splendid. N. Paulus caught some fine trout yesterday, with one weighing 26 pounds.

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Mr. M. Keller of this township raised the frame for a new barn yesterday.

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The Young people of Provement have decided to celebrate the glorious Fourth at the place of Mr. Simeon Schaub.

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