2018-07-26 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO July 25, 2013

The Benzie-Leelanau County Board of Health has at least one applicant for the position of director, a seat which will be vacant effective tomorrow. Bill Crawford, former director who was demoted last year, has sent a memo to Board of Health chairman Melinda C. Lautner expressing interest in the health officer opening.

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Members of the Cedar Fire Department have voted to form one of the smallest labor unions in the state. The three members of the department represent the minimum size for a bargaining unit allowed under International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) bylaws. David Wurm, clerk of the Solon- Centerville Township Fire Board, confirmed that the three staff members have voted to organize under the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union (MPFU), which is affiliated with the IAFF.

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A nearly $450,000 shortfall in the early stages of the budget process in previous years might cause concern around the water coolers at the County Seat. But not in the summer of 2013, given the county’s track record over the past two budget years of beating projections for both revenues and expenses. “We’re fortunate to be in this position,” said clerk Michelle Crocker, who has been helping put together budgets starting as a deputy clerk for the county in 1981.

10 YEARS AGO July 24, 2008

Members of the LeBear Condominium Association have been granted a victory from the Michigan Tax Tribunal, resulting in nearly a $500,000 property tax refund. Two checks have been cut by the county Treasurer to cover the refund. The state Tax Tribunal issued a decree in March adjusting the taxable value of the development from $16,983,232 to $16,845,00 in 2006 and 2007 to $10,360,000 for both years.

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Hollywood could soon be coming to a Leelanau County film location near you. Dozens of people from across northern Michigan – many of them associated with economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, and local units of government – gathered at Black Star Farms in Bingham Township this week for what was billed as the inaugural “Northern Michigan Film Forum.”

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A daughter’s love and hope for the future is what’s driving a Suttons Bay woman as two life-changing events near. Stacia (Kohler) Thompson, who is co-chairing the county Relay for Life event Aug. 1-2, is wrapping up plans for events as cancer consumes the last days of her father, Bernard (Ben) Kohler. She is among a handful of county residents who have spent the past seven months organizing the event to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease and fight back.

35 YEARS AGO July 28, 1983

Repaving of an 11.3-mile section of M-72 in southern Leelanau County has again been shoved back another year, to 1985, a Michigan Department of Transportation official announced Tuesday. And the state says it has killed long-standing plans for a 5-lane M-22 (W. Bay Shore Dr.) in Greilickville.

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The National Park Service made public for the first time last week its proposed “final” development plan for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. The new management plan outlines the Park Service’s intent to purchase property, easment rights or zoning agreements on 84 tracts of privately owned land, involving 2,580 acres.

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The Traverse City-based Central Cable Television Co. of Michigan announced Tuesday that its parent company, Centel Corp., has signed a letter of intent to purchase cable TV operations n Leelanau County and in Cadillac that are now owned by Booth American Corp. Terms of the cash transaction were not disclosed.

60 YEARS AGO July 31, 1958

Leelanau County can rightfully lay claim to having the nation’s largest red maple and white birch trees, according to members of the northwest chapter of the Michigan Botanical Society. The champion red maple tree, which is located near the Cherry Home orchards measures 142½ inches in circumference.

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A fire, discovered in the D.H. Day forest, Tuesday, by conservation tower spotters, was brought under control quickly despite the fact that the fire was in a remote part of the woods and it was difficult for the department to get equipment to it.

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The spirit of adventure and the powers of persuasion of tow, little 8-year-old girls probably saved an Empire lumber mill from going up in flames. The girls, Patty Rockwood and Linda Barrett Monday talked Linda’s mother into taking them for a ride down a road that was unfamiliar to them. At 12:00 noon, while on their ride, they spotted the blaze in the office at the Lon Aylsworth mill.

135 YEARS AGO July 21, 1883

Burdickville has a picnic the first Sunday in August. Rev’s Messrs. Buck and Tindle will officiate.

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A vessel laden with coal and headed for Chicago ran on the reef off the south end of North Manitou Island last Thursday during a heavy storm. The tug Williams is at work getting her off.

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Mr. Ball has returned to his Ohio home after a pleasant visit with friends here. He is highly pleased with the county, but thinks the people should be more enterprising.

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