2018-09-06 / Columns

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September 5, 2013

The new head of Leelanau County’s Construction Code Authority has issued a “violation notice” to the presumed owner of Sugar Loaf Resort, and is taking steps that he says could lead to demolition of derelict structures there. Code official Steven M. Haugen sent a letter dated Aug. 23 to the person listed as the owner of Sugar Loaf Resort, Kate Wickstrom.

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Organizers of Suttons Bay Floatilla2 are far from confident that the event broke a world record for the number of canoes and kayaks joined together in a raft. However, the event is expected to raise a lot of money — more than last year’s mark of $45,000 — for the benefit of Suttons Bay Public Schools, the primary reason for holding Floatilla2.

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Anthony Miller was at a work site in Jackson when he learned of the 9/11 attacks on the East Coast. By noon that day the ironworker from Peshawbestown was en route to Ground Zero in New York City. “I came home. Did my laundry and hugged my kids,” said Miller, 57. “I knew it was going to be a dangerous job.” When he wasn’t working at Ground Zero, Miller, whose hobby is photography, captured the enormity and extent of the catastrophe using a disposable camera.


September 4, 2008

Despite the fact that the number of people who visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore appears to be down about 30 percent compared to last year, businesses in Leelanau County seem to have fared well this summer season – especially during the latter half of the summer. “I think a lot of businesses were stung by the relatively cool, wet weather at the beginning of the summer,” said David Marshall of the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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Mike Murray hasn’t missed many first days of school. But the secondyear Suttons Bay superintendent was not there to greet any of the 870 students who were present when the first school bell rang Tuesday. He was at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City undergoing tests following chest pains Monday.

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Because one doe near Grand Rapids contracted a disease never previously diagnosed in Michigan, Carl Noonan may not be able to supplement his family-owned gas station in Solon Township with the sale of bags of “deer apples.” A couple in Maple City may lose money on their Rocking Redpine Ranch operation because the sale of seven does from their 27-deer herd to a buyer in Antrim County was blocked.


September 8, 1983

Officals of the Northport Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northport Race Association, Inc., said this week that they’re still undecided whether or not there will be a second Northport 200 powerboat race next year. The inaugural version of the national powerboat event was held Saturday on West Grand Traverse Bay, drawing an estimated total of 100,000 to 150,000 spectators.

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Even though its tracks now lead nowhere, the Leelanau Transit Railroad Co. is still locked in a dispute with the Michigan Department of Transportation over the $160,000 grant that allowed the tiny rail line to repair its tracks from Greilickville to Suttons Bay. No train has moved over the tracks in five years.

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A presentation of a $185,000 study to determine a new location for a Traverse City-owned coal storage station in Elmwood Township was given by a Lansing engineering firm during a special meeting o fthe Traverse City Light and Power Board yesterday. Officials from Snell Environmental Group, with input from a local steering committee, proposed relocating the coal station.


September 11, 1958

Two men were injured slightly and both were arrested in a plane crash Thursday night at 7:00 on Benzonia Trail six miles northeast of Empire. Sheriff Robert H. White and State Trooper Ed Hill were seen checking the crash site. Sgt. William Tobias and Airman First Class Thomas W. Ainsworth both of the Empire Air Force Station were injured in the crash.

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Electrical storms, continuing their bombardment of Leelanau, destroyed the William Frost barn on the county line and damaged the Riverside Inn in Leland Wednesday night, then struck again Sunday at the home of Mrs. Louis Overby, five miles southwest of Lake Leelanau. Two calves, several tons of hay and miscellaneous farm machinery were lost in the barn fire.

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An insect which caused serious damage to red tart cherry orchards this year in Leelanau and Oceana counties has been positively identified as cherry fruit worm. This insect, which has been a servere problem in the West, never before threatened Michigan cherry crops.


September 7, 1893

A grand ball will take place at the K.O.T.M. hall, on Friday evening next. All are invited.

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Carson and Chas. Warner returned to Leland this a.m., from their World’s Fair trip.

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Leander Peck informs us that he will start his cider mill at Suttons Bay next week.

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Mr. Frank Blakemore caught a fine lot of black bass on Monday, some of them weighing four pounds.

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