2018-08-16 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO August 15, 2013

County vintners are hoping for a little warmth to ripen this year’s grape crop. Luckily, forecasts call for temperatures to cooperate. Tomas Moreno, foreman of a crew tending vines for Bel Lago near Cedar, was out in the field this week. “We’re behind schedule ripening-wise,” he said. “We’ll have to see what happens in the next month. Things will have to warm up … otherwise we may be in trouble.”

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Joe Grant woke up a pair of does Tuesday afternoon while driving a dozer into one of his cherry orchards with the intent of yanking out some old trees in preparation for replanting.

The deer hung around to see what he was up to, eventually milling away at their own pace. “It’s been so long since we’ve had many doe permits, they aren’t scared of people any more,” said Grant. “Now they live in the orchard.”

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A popular work voucher program offered to older people by Leelanau County is being scaled back, and property owners will likely be asked to pay a bit more next year to run Leelanau County Senior Services programs. Those were key points in a budget narrative provided Tuesday to county commissioners from April Missias, Senior Services director. Commissioners appeared supportive of the proposals at the commissioners monthly executive committee meeting.

10 YEARS AGO August 14, 2008

Although it may be of historical interest now, county officials acknowledged this week that Leelanau County treasurer Vicki Kilway “suddenly discovered” a missing $750,000 in Leelanau County’s proposed 2007 budget just prior to a November 2006 millage vote. In the weeks before the 2006 General Election, Leelanau County voters were told through a county-sponsored “public information” campaign that unless voters approved an extra one-mill property tax levy for two years, the county’s 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center would likely be shut down.

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As promised right after his landslide re-election victory last week, Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Oltersorf has shaken up the “command structure” in the sheriff’s department – and union grievances followed immediately behind. Last Thursday, Aug. 7, the sheriff issued a memo to all department employees advising them that three officers “shall command our agency in my absence.

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Just as one election cycle concludes, another begins. Which could explain why there are no declared candidates for two seats on the Leland Board Education. Candidates had until 4 p.m. Tuesday to register as candidates for the November General Election, where there will be other offices filled in addition to township, county, state and national posts.

35 YEARS AGO August 18, 1983

A 6,000-square-foot plastics extrusion plant that will provide several permanent jobs is in the offing for a 6-acre site adjacent to the ISG-Alka Tool and Die plant in Suttons Bay. ISG Extrusion Toolings Corp. president Egon D. Gross said last week that he has sold the parcel near the ISG plant, about a mile south of Suttons Bay, to Charles Anderson of Ft. Worth, Tex.

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Solon Township’s new zoning ordinance will be enforced effective today after the Township Board last Thursday night approved amendments recommended by an ad hoc committee of township residents. After approving the controversial new zoning law the board later in the meeting voted to seek replacement for township zoning administrator, Mrs. Leona Kasben a foe of the ordinance revision.

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Nearly $17,000 in $2 bills will be paid out in wages tomorrow to employees of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to demonstrate the bands’s effect on the local economy, officials said. The band’s Tribal Council approved the one-time-only plan during a closed session last week, after hearing of a similar demonstration by a group on the East Coast.

60 YEARS AGO August 21, 1958

Two men were arraigned in Justice Court at Leland, Monday, on a charge of manufacturing alcoholic liquor without a license as the result of the discovery of a store of illegal whiskey in an apartment in the LaCross building at Suttons Bay that was ravaged by fire Friday night. The men, Clifford LaCross and John A. Herman. both of Suttons Bay, waived examination on the charge.

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The Northport Lions club acting in conjunction with the national Lions club, will be observing White Cane week, starting this Friday Aug. 22 through Saturday Aug. 29, according to William Fullerton, president of the local club. The purpose of White Cane week is to raise funds to be used in the Lions club activities on behalf of the blind.

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It will be “Karl Detzer and Harry P. Harrison” night, Tuesday Aug. 26, at the six annual World Affairs Symposium at the Leelanau Foundation library, Glen Arbor. Harrison and Detzer have recently collaborated on a book “Culture Under Canvas”, recounting Mr Harrison’s experiences with the tent Chautauqua movement.

133 YEARS AGO August 13, 1885

W.S. Richardson has sold his yacht to Dr. Wood of Northport.

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The new saw-mill of Cook and Thomas has arrived, and they are placing it at Maple City instead of at Lime Lake as was originally proposed.

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Married today, at the Lutheran church in Leland, were William Spinniken to Miss Annie Alpers.

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