2018-07-19 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO July 18, 2013

If you thought there was a lot of road work going on so far this summer, then you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The next phase of work, along M-22, has the potential to be so disruptive to traffic in downtown Suttons Bay that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is inviting the public to an “information sharing session” about the project next week. Work is expected to start in early August.

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Fruit growers are working feverishly to get this year’s crop harvested before it is negatively impacted by the weather. They could use a little help — as could area processors — getting fruit from orchards to the market. Leelanau Fruit in Bingham has about 60 employees working and is looking to hire another 40 as the harvest begins to ramp up.

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The real estate surge in Leelanau County, which continues on a record-breaking pace, has helped more than Realtors. Just ask Armando Hernandez of Northport, who was hired full-time by Northport Building Supply about 1 1/2 months ago as a delivery driver. Or Joe Grajek, the company’s new hardware manager who just a few months ago was only working seasonally.

10 YEARS AGO July 17, 2008

High levels of E. coli were detected near the mouth of Hatlem Creek in Glen Lake, closing that portion of the lake to users earlier this month. The Glen Lake Association (GLA) alerted 10 property owners on either side of the creek entrance that they should limit “swimming” and “wading” in the area where unusually high levels of the bacteria were measured after a “rain event.”

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Six days after a drinking water warning was issued in the Village of Empire, residents and visitors continued to cope with the hardship though most indicated they haven’t become too agitated yet. The warning was issued by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Friday morning after regular tests done at the start of each month showed elevated E. coli bacteria levels in part of the village’s water system. The DEQ also issued a boil water advisory.

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A federal court judge in Grand Rapids has granted a summary judgment in favor of two Leelanau County deputy sheriffs who were accused of violating a drunk driving suspect’s civil rights when they arrested him in 2005. Deputies Duane Wright and James O’Rourke were sued by former Elmwood Township resident Charles M. Hameline, who alleged that the deputies unlawfully entered Hameline’s mother’s home and used excessive force in arresting him, violating his Fourth Amendment right to protection against warrantless searches and seizures.

35 YEARS AGO July 21, 1983

Northport’s summer village police officer, Sherry Bunn, hasn’t written a traffic ticket yet this season. Her counterparts in the village of Suttons Bay and Leland Township. Carl Kuhlman and R. Clinton Kerr, have written dozens. But all three local governments said this week they’re pleased with the work of their officers.

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Approximately 300 area residents have received final draft copies of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s new management guidelines for privately owned land within park boundaries, and were notified that two public hearings on the proposal will be held. The guidelines cover “resource preservation” areas, near Miller Hill, Bow Lakes, and a “scenic corridor” in Benzie County.

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A preliminary proposal to put a township marina on a master land development plan has been blown out of proportion and misinterpreted, Glen Arbor Township Board officials said Tuesday night. “Citzens for Glen Arbor”, represented by Ken Thatcher and Jane Burlliss, gave the board a copy of a statement signed by approximately 330 residents who oppose construction of township marina.

60 YEARS AGO July 24, 1958

Pal, an educated horse, will appear at the Empire rodeo August 2 and 3. Pal is called a high school horse because of his knowledge of crowd-pleasing ways. He also does a skit depicting, “Death in the Desert.” His master and trainer Bud Leach who has performed an outstanding job of training the horse.

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Consuelo Luna, 12, daughter of Mexican migrant workers, last seen Tuesday at 11 a.m. is the object of an intensive search by Sheriff Robert H. White and Michigan State troopers who were called in Wednesday morning. BULLETIN: The missing girl was found at 4 p.m. Wednesday by Mrs. Billy Crocker.

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The Leelanau County Road Commission has announced completion of the Benzonia Trail, the first new road in Leelanau County in a number of years. The Benzonia Trail was originally a logging road and used as a short cut from the Glen Lake area to the Benzie county line.

135 YEARS AGO July 14, 1883

Our farmers are all busy haying. The crop is said to be far better than expected.

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Father Ma Rick, of Peshawbestown, held services at the Catholic Church this morning.

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There was a large attendance at the raising of the Henry Scott barn Saturday in Leelanau Township.

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