2018-08-02 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO August 1, 2013

A $500,000 project to add 100 feet to a wooden dock on South Manitou Island planned for September may once again have to wait until spring. Meanwhile, local owners of a ferry service to the island remain wary of the project, warning that during some wind conditions access to the island will be cut off. Lee Jameson, facility manager for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, said the company hired to do the project, Luedtke Engineering, will not have a barge available until October.

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The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has revived a plan to build a municipal marina in Peshawbestown — and the new plan includes a dock for a car ferry that might someday run between Charlevoix, Traverse City and Elk Rapids. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that the tribe has applied for a permit to develop a 106-slip marina on West Grand Traverse Bay in Suttons Bay Township.

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A committee representing Leelanau County and a private lake association will provide up to $1,000 each to help pay for a private water well testing program in preparation for natural gas production using a controversial technique called “fracking.” The reason, according to Sarah Litch, a member of the Leelanau Clean Water Committee and advocate for the Glen Lake Association, is a concern that water wells in Leelanau County are in danger of contamination.

10 YEARS AGO July 31, 2008

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners and the Leelanau Enterprise have reached an out-of-court settlement in a lawsuit the newspaper filed last year against the county board alleging that the board violated the state Open Meetings Act when it went into closed session on four occasions in 2007. The settlement agreement requires the county to release minutes of each of the closed sessions. In addition, county board members will attend an instructional seminar conducted by attorneys on the topics of the state Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act.

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Hollywood has its eye on Leelanau once again, potentially adding another “Berry” to the county’s bounty. A location scout made recent visits to Leland and Traverse City for an upcoming movie called October Squall, which will reportedly be starring Halle Berry. Several weeks ago, the scout met with officials at the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau while researching possible filming locations.

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Pre-election campaign finance statements filed last week by candidates running for state and county offices in next week’s Primary Election provide some insight into the kind of support the candidates have been receiving. In Leelanau County, the costliest local campaign is the one being waged for the sheriff’s office. It turns out that the incumbent sheriff’s biggest campaign contributor is himself.

35 YEARS AGO August 4, 1983

State tests of water taken from two monitor wells at the Leelanau County Landfill show that the public landfill is also polluting the groundwater with minute traces of toxic chemicals. In the wake of the problems at both the county and private landfills, the DNR has ordered studies to determine the extent of the pollution.

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The annual tart cherry harvest in Leelanau County has begun in earnest this week, with some growers receiving 52 cents per pound. 6 cents higher than the projected price. The U.S. Agricultural Department last month estimated the tart cherry price would be 46 cents per pound, but the market demand has been stronger than expected, Leelanau County Agricultural Agent Jim Nugent said.

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Suttons Bay Township has filed for a summary judgment against the County Board of Commissioners in the township’s lawsuit against the county’s Tax Equity Commission. Nina Collins, a lawyer for the Traverse City firm of Running, Wise, Wilson, said the motion was mailed out Monday. As of yesterday, it had not been received at the county clerk’s office Leland.

60 YEARS AGO August 7, 1958

In ceremonies Sunday at D.H. Day state park, a large plaque was dedicated in the name of the first state park commission chairman, D.H. Day who deeded the first land to the state to be used for a state park and who originated the state parks system idea. The plaque was erected by the Michigan Historical commission.

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Phillip Morris, 7 and little sister Jeanette, 5, clung for seven hours Tuesday, to a drifting innertube that was floating across the wide expanse of West Bay waters. An intensive search operation was organized by all local law enforcement officers and the U.S. Coast guard at 4:30 p.m. when the mother notified state troopers. The children were found at 7 p.m. by Lt. Turkaly of the Detroit Police Department up here on vacation.

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When the siren screams and the long red fire truck goes gliding around the streets at Leland this Saturday, children won’t have to be yearning from the sidelines... they’ll be on the trucks; actually riding and being genuine junior volunteer firemen for a day.

135 YEARS AGO August 2, 1883

Five new babies arrived in Northport last week—a sure sign of hard times.

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The late rains have delayed haying and helped the hay crop in Solon Township.

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Mrs. Fred Cook and children have returned after a five month visit to Norway.

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