2018-07-12 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO July 11, 2013

The former director of the Benzie- Leelanau District Health Department who was demoted amid allegations of sexual harassment is firing back, claiming in a federal lawsuit that the department’s present director may have built a case against him to claim his job. That allegation is contained in a five-count complaint filed in Federal District Court in Grand Rapids on behalf of William A. Crawford.

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Just hours into his new job, Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich faced a dilemma. He was asked to assist in a domestic violence call in Peshawbestown, and did not know if he had authority to take a Tribal member into custody. That was in the early hours of News Year’s Day. Some six months later, the county Board of Commissioners and the Tribal Council of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are entering into a new cross-deputization agreement that its authors believe will be more easily understood and followed.

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Local fruit growers’ prayers were answered this week as much-needed rain early Monday and yesterday will help increase fruit size at the onset of the sweet cherry harvest. Tarts won’t be ready to shake for another week or so. Rain moved into the region Sunday night and continued Monday morning following three weeks of extremely dry conditions. The amount of rainfall varied greatly from site to site.

10 YEARS AGO July 10, 2008

For years, Northport harbormaster Marv Wittig and his crew spruced up the marina breakwall by periodically slapping a coat of paint on it. “We always paint down to the lowest level we can, depending on where the water level is,” Wittig explained. “Well, right now, the breakwall is looking really great because the new paint actually goes all the way underwater.”

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Thom and Becky Darga met Harold (Buzz) and Barb Wilson more than 20 years ago when their daughters were taking swimming lessons together. The Dargas and Barb Wilson were together again Monday as they worked to revive Buzz Wilson, who was found unconscious in Lake Michigan at the Wilson home north of Leland. “Barb called us and we arrived about the same time as the ambulance,” said Thom Darga, whose wife is a registered nurse.

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The worst tart cherry harvest projected by the federal government since 2002 does not necessarily hold true for sweet cherries in Leelanau County. As growers prepare to shake sweet cherry trees, they’re anticipating a larger harvest than forecast. Gary Thornton of Grandview Orchards southwest of Suttons Bay is still a week or so away from harvesting his sweet cherry crop, which is a little later than usual.

35 YEARS AGO July 14, 1983

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians plan an “immediate” filing of a federal lawsuit to wrest away control of 147.4 acres of county-owned lands in Peshawbestown that are currently leased to Leelanau Indians, Inc. “We plan to file suite immediately,” Grand Traverse Band tribal attorney William Rastetter of Cedar said. “We need that land.”

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Leelanau Transit Railroad Company’s rail line from Greilickville to Northport will soon be cut off from the rest of the nation’s rail system. That’s because construction crews are now at work ripping up and paving over the crossings of the former Chessie System tracks in Travese City that link Leelanau Transit to other rail lines.

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A first-time-ever Army helicopter training mission over the Great Lakes ended in tragedy shortly before midnight Sunday when the aircraft smashed into a hillside on South Fox Island, killing all six crew members instantly. Civilian authorities who inspected the scene said the crew of the helicopter, one of two giant cargo ‘copter on a navigational training mission.

60 YEARS AGO July 17, 1958

Dan Overshulte, 15, recovered a camera, attached to a parachute, from Lake Michigan last Thursday at 5:45 in the evening. The camera, wrapped in buoyant material and attached to the nylon parachute, was a part of the equipment being used by the government to study wind drifts, cloud formations and weather factors.

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A petition movement is underway at Greilickville, to change the name of highway M-22 at that town from Manitou Trail to West Bay Shore drive. The drive is spearheaded by Floyd Hatfield. Proponents of the name change say that their main concern is to standardize on one name since Manitou Trail is, they say, often called Shore Road, Bay Shore Road, Grandview Parkway.

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Rev. Herman Kolenda who has been pastor at Holy Rosary church, Isadore, for the past three years, left Tuesday to take up a new post as assistant at Sacred Heart parish, Muskegon Heights. The new pastor at Isadore is Rev. Aloysius V. Ulanowicz of St. Bartholemew parish, Newaygo, and the Mission of Our Lady at Guadalupe at Grant.

133 YEARS AGO July 9, 1885

We have lately had fine growing weather, although the fruit crop is expected to be rather light.

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Capt. Wesey informs us the last night was the wildest he ever put on Lake Michigan.

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We understand the Fourth of July celebration in Traverse City was a grand affair, with an estimated 15,000 people in the city.

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