2018-08-09 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO August 8, 2013

As the weather goes, so goes visitation at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL) — along with other factors, including favorable publicity. The link between Lakehshore traffic and weather was born out last month as seasonable temperatures and sunny skies heated visitation numbers, resulting in near-record attendance for July.

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Economic development, transportation and land use planners throughout northwestern lower Michigan say they are encouraged by news that the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians plans to construct a 106-slip marina in Peshawbestown that could accommodate a regional car ferry. “Whether it’s a car ferry or just a people mover to take visitors from the tribe’s Turtle Creek Casino over to the Leelanau Sands Casino and back.

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The annual tart cherry harvest is winding down in Leelanau County this week, leading cherry growers to speculate about how much money they’ll earn from their labors. Leelanau Township cherry farmer Tom VanPelt, who finished harvesting last week before returning to duty as chairman of the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners, said he’d heard in conversation that tart cherry prices might be around 25-cents per pound.

10 YEARS AGO August 7, 2008

According to recently released minutes of a closed session of the county board, commissioners were deeply divided last year over whether the county should appeal a union arbitrator’s ruling regarding the status of deputy sheriff Bruce Beeker. An out-of-court settlement last week in a lawsuit filed by this newspaper against the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners resulted in the release this week of minutes of three meetings that the Enterprise alleged were held in violation of the state Open Meeting Act.

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While decidedly out of her “comfort zone,” Chelly Roush of Maple City comfortably outdistanced longtime county Treasurer Vicki Kilway Tuesday and will be the lone candidate for the post in the Nov. 4 General Election. Roush, the chief deputy accounting clerk, topped the incumbent treasurer by 380 votes, 2,708- 2,328. “I had a lot of people who helped me out,” the soft-spoken Roush said.

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Incumbent Republican Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf trounced challenger Mark Walter in Tuesday’s Primary Election, winning nearly 63 percent of the vote following a campaign that both candidates characterized as “bitter.” The vote was 3,403-2,204. Reached by cell phone on Wednesday morning, Walter was gathering his campaign signs around the county before heading off for work Wednesday afternoon as a corrections lieutenant at the state prison facility in Kingsley.

35 YEARS AGO August 11, 1983

The battle of the budget for Leelanau county government in 1984 is beginning. Tuesday, the County Board of Commissioners began the first of what will be many discussions on the new budget–and the pay raises it may contain– that will probably culminate with adoption of a final budget in December.

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Indian fishing in Grand Traverse Bay may be shut down completely before the end of the year by the Chippewa-Ottawa Treaty Fishery Management Autority, an official said this week. Joseph Raphael told the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians council Monday that the management authority will likely expand and-or strengthen its closure of Grand Traverse Bay.

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A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 30 at Glen Arbor to explain a $367,000 feasibility study conducted by the National Park Service to select a new docking facility site for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park. The Park Service completed “part three” of a study started in 1980 to determine the best location for the new port site to service the Manitou Islands.

60 YEARS AGO August 14, 1958

Robert Lee Belcher Jr. 19, and Ulister Smith 24, both of Benton Harbor, pleaded guilty to a charge of armed robbery Wednesday morning when they were arraigned before Circuit Court Judge Charles L. Brown at Leland. Judge Brown referred the cases to the court probation officer and will sentence the men within a week or two.

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Risking exposure by donning athletic trunks, the old-timers of Leland have challenged the resuscitators and pulmotors of the area in a game roughly resembling basketball. Wise money is getting down on the resuscitators while doctors are coppering bets with freshly-ordered stocks of adrenaline the game is to benefit the Leelanau County Youth Recreation program.

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Marion and Louis Warnes again provided dunsmobile rides for all the handicampers of the camp Roy-El for the third consecutive year Thursday, August 7. In spite of the flash storm that morning, the trip was run without confusion, with Ralph Mueller acting as traffic policeman. Meta Mueller was hostess to the visitors.

133 YEARS AGO August 6, 1885

Henry McManus of Suttons Bay was elected county examiner in place of Mr. H.A.W. Dunlap at the meeting of inspectors from the several townships.

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There is to be a dance at Dunkelow’s hall tomorrow evening, gotten up in honor of H.J. Dunkelow’s recent marriage.

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The 20 and 22-year-old sons of Carson Bourfine, of Glen Arbor, were beating in shore from their nets in Lake Michigan this morning when a puff of wind capsized their boat and one of them was drowned. The one succeeded in swimming ashore.

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