2018-07-05 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO July 4, 2013

County innkeepers say their rooms are filled for the July 4th holiday. Whether all those visitors will translate into a successful tourist season remains undetermined. However, after business concerns were aired over a slow start to the summer season — attendance at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore had fallen off sharply through May — crowds have definitely returned.

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A holiday camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes turned deadly Monday night for an 8-year-old boy from Ann Arbor. The boy, whose name was being withheld as of press time Tuesday pending family notification, died after the canoe in which he and his father were paddling overturned on Lake Michigan. “What a heartbreaker,” Sheriff Mike Borkovich said.

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For the rest of this month it will be percussions without repercussions in most of Leelanau County. After that, a patchwork quilt of fireworks ordinances adopted around the county over the last couple of months will go into effect. County residents stayed up late and called out deputies last summer, the first for relaxed fireworks laws in Michigan. They sought local ordinances to quiet things down this summer.

10 YEARS AGO July 3, 2008

Jean Sedlacek is having about 40 relatives and friends over to her Leland Township home Friday afternoon and evening. There will be plenty of food and beverages, a new enclosed porch, and her own fireworks display to kick off what she hopes will be a festive Fourth of July holiday weekend. What she didn’t know until last week, however, was she was continuing an old family tradition.

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Shell shocked. That’s how Suttons Bay teachers, some with more than a decade of service, felt after their positions were cut from the district’s 2008-09 budget. “The first thing I thought was, ‘How am I going to send two kids to college?’” said Katie Belanger, one of about 20 teachers who attended a special meeting of the Suttons Bay Board of Education Monday night.

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George Henderson of Empire is not the kind of guy who’s accustomed to the spotlight. For nearly 30 years, he’s spent much of his life “out in the field” at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, sitting astride an excavator or a bulldozer, slowly and steadily restoring National Park Service property to its natural state.

35 YEARS AGO July 7, 1983

Area cherry growers escaped serious crop damage from two wind storms in the last week, but a May frost and adverse pollination have reduced the expected Michigan tart cherry crop to its lowest out put in 20 years, according to government projections. The U.S. Agrictulture Department now predicts Michigan’s tart cherry production will be only 80 million pounds.

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The Bingham Township Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to draw up a contract allowing it to fund legally a summer baseball and softball program for the townships youths. The vote capped a heated 2-hour debate attended by more than 35 persons.

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A final draft of the new land management guidelines for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to be ready for public review within 10 days contains provisions for buying easment rights from approximately 85 property owners a park official said. The “land protection plan” updates guidelines for managing privately owned properties with park boundries.

60 YEARS AGO July 10, 1958

Firemen battled to put out a fire in the engine of a gasoline truck, loaded with 1200 gallons of volatile fuel, Thursday, at 6:15 on Coleman Road near the county infirmary. The truck, owned by Keith Commins of Cedar, backfired, according to fire chief Frank Basch of Glen Arbor VFD, and a fire started under the hood.

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A long and colorful parade of boats will slowly circle Glen Lake Sunday, July 13, to dramatize water safety and good boating practices. Boat owners and enthusiasts from the entire Glen Lake area will be taking part in the parade.

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The Leelanau county Ministry to Migrants program gets underway this Friday with the arrival of part of the State Council of Churches staff. Miss Joyce Meyers of Ohio wil be assigned to the Suttons Bay area and Gerardo Gouzaby is assigned to the Northport area.

133 YEARS AGO July 2, 1885

Mr. Keller’s barn, at 40-foot x 50-foot, was raised without an accident.

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N. Paulis has added 45 new nets to his fishing rig. Now is the time to harvest, Napeolean.

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The steamer Wissahickon, of the Ancho Line, broke her piston rod while 12 miles north of Leland. The engineer and mate brought the ship to Leland, where the necessary repairs were made.

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