2018-08-30 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO August 29, 2013

Leelanau County is on the verge of getting its own property back. The county Board of Commissioners at a special meeting Monday gave its nod of approval to a settlement agreement with the would-be developers of the former county courthouse property in Leland. The settlement will become official after being signed by the developers, and receiving the expected approval from the Leelanau County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

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Leelanau County schools may number among the safest in the nation, even here measures are being taken to protect children — just in case. In the Northport district, all classrooms are now protected by the “Boot,” a simple device that prevents a door from being opened by someone meaning to harm students. Other districts have systems that can lock down all external doors with the touch of a button

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The Suttons Bay community will take a second stab Saturday at the world record for the number of kayaks and canoes afloat at one time. More than 1,700 persons have registered in advance for Floatilla 2, the second-of-its-kind event on Suttons Bay. “Last year, we had 1,750 canoes and kayaks together, not a record, but a great event,” said Kate Thornhill, who serves on the committee organizing the event.

10 YEARS AGO August 28, 2008

The Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Festival is about $175,000 in the red, according to the festival’s organizer. That’s not news, however, to most of the musical performers, vendors and service providers. The organizer is blaming part of the problem on a computer program keeping track of ticket sales and other logistical snafus.

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The message of an ordinance proposed in Glen Arbor Township is different for bathers and sunbathers who want to access Glen Lake from a road end. Bathers — swimmers, actually — are welcome. Sun bathers need to move on. In another chapter defining how Michigan’s lakes can be accessed and used, the Glen Arbor Township Board is considering an ordinance that would place restrictions on the types of uses allowed at road ends extending to inland lakes.

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Brothers Ryan and Andrew Black usually have a level playing field on which to compete. But not now —at least as it pertains to academics. Ryan, 16, begins his junior year at Glen Lake next week. Andrew, 14, is an incoming freshman and as a member of the Class of 2012 will be required to do more than his older sibling.

35 YEARS AGO September 1, 1983

An “assessment of alternatives” report due early next year will determine the location the National Park Service will use if it constructs a “new” port site to service the Manitou Island, a public hearing in Glen Arbor Tuesday was told. Nearly 100 residents were in attendance as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park officials explained the results of a 3-part, 3-year study.

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More than 20 offshore racing boats were scheduled to arrive in Leelanau County yesterday as final preparations begin for Saturday’s Northport 200, a national powerboat race in West Grand Travese Bay. The race is to begin Saturday at 12:30p.m.

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The local attorney for Michigan State Bank of Detroit said Tuesday that “you may confidently expect another prosponement” in the twice-delayed sheriff’s sale of most of the property that comprises TimberLee Mountain ski area. The sale was originally set for Aug. 18, and was delayed twice on a week-to-week basis.

60 YEARS AGO September 4, 1958

Hunters will be able to apply soon for special permits to take “any deer” in 37 food shortage and crop damage areas of northern Michigan, including Leelanau County, during the coming November 15-30 firearm deer season. The legislative interim committee, meeting last week, voted not to suspend the any-deer seasons as approved by the Conservation Commission early in August.

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Electrical, wind and rain storms Wednesday and Friday nights destroyed a barn near Cedar, disrupted telephone and electrical service, and caused road washouts. Lightning striking at 2:00 a.m. Thursday, started a blaze which completely destroyed a 50x57 ft. barn and large silo at the Edwin Kasben farm. Damage was estimated at $10,000.

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A recommendation, calling for abandonment of railroad service between Hatches Crossing and Northport, has been filed by Paul C. Albus, Interstate Commerce Commission, hearing examiner, but the fight, already a year old, still may have a long legal way to go.

135 YEARS AGO August 30, 1883

The Leelanau County Fair will be held Oct. 1-2 at Maple City.

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At the special examination for teachers held here Tuesday last, nine of 18 obtained certificates. We were unable to get the names of the successful ones.

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The floating parts of a wreck have been identified. They are from the barge “Jarvis Lord,” which was laden with ore and bound for Chicago when it sunk off Glen Arbor.

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