2018-09-13 / Columns

Looking Back

5 YEARS AGO September 12, 2013

A county commissioner’s request for information about the inner workings of a regional governmental organization has evolved into reports about the common good performed by the organization, more questions about bonuses provided its workers — and, surprisingly, the denial of a Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by Leelanau County administrator Chet Janik. The FOIA request denial appears to violate state law.

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A decade ago, John Wuerfel wanted to build a professional baseball stadium near his own backyard. But the Kasson Township man struck out on the idea before he got to throw out the first pitch in Elmwood Township. That’s Wuerfel’s only regret about his emergence into the world of minor league baseball during the past decade.

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The Michigan Department of Human Services is investigating the death of a 10-month-old boy Monday at a home in Solon Township. It is the second death of an infant in the county in the past six weeks. Dispatchers received a call at 11:49 a.m. Monday from a licensed daycare facility at 3415 E. Traverse Hwy., indicating the baby was discovered not breathing while in a car seat.

10 YEARS AGO September 11, 2008

Leelanau County administrator David W. Gill announced this week that he will retire effective Dec. 31. Gill, who will turn 62 next month, was hired as county administrator in November 2001. Major achievements during his tenure included construction of a new county jail and Law Enforcement Center, construction of the new county courthouse and Government Center, and the move of the county seat from Leland to Suttons Bay township.

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Representatives of the National Park Service and the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments are fanning out to local municipal meetings in southwestern Leelanau County to tout a proposal to establish a new 27-mile-long “non-motorized” hiking and biking trail. Known as the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Trailway, the trail would begin at Manning Road and extend north along M-22, M-109 and through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as far north as Good Harbor Trail in Centerville Township.

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Sherry Scott wasn’t expecting to see a waterspout when she walked out of her kitchen door Sunday afternoon. But there it was, a funnel of water and spray over Lake Michigan Marty and Cherry Scott enjoy rural life on their Black Sheep Crossing Farm on Kehl Road in northern Leelanau Township, which sits about three-quarters of a mile from Lake Michigan. She said it was it was an unusual circumstance that had her looking in the right direction to see the waterspout starting to form over Lake Michigan.

35 YEARS AGO September 15, 1983

County Landfill crew chief Ken Gokey couldn’t persuade the County Board of Commissioners to change their decision to close the county landfill at Tuesday’s regular meeting. Gokey made his pitch to keep the landfill open in a sometimes heated, 45-minute exchange with commissioners, and added a new wrinkle to the landfill issue when he said state officials 1,000-2,000 foot isolation zone around the facility.

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From resorts to restaurants to little gift shops, from Northport to Empire to Suttons Bay, the word from county business people is that 1983 will go into the record books as a “good” year for Leelanau tourism. In an Enterprise survey of more than 30 county businesses, the vast majority report substantially increased sales from summer 1982.

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Solon Township’s controversial new zoning ordinance will be put on the ballot next year for voters to approve or reject. Township Board members announced at their September meeting Thursday night that a petition signed by 50 township residents had been received by township officials, requesting a referendum on the ordinance.

60 YEARS AGO September 18, 1958

Bands will play and Boy Scouts will march and school girls will ply Governor G. Mennen Williams with doughnuts and milk this afternoon when the Governor makes the shoreline sweep “around the horn” in Leelanau County. A cavalcade of cars will pick up the Govenor and his party at Empire a few minutes after 2:00 and will accompany him to Northport and back to Greilickville.

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The Leelanau Telephone Company Tuesday began construction on a $750,000 project which will help to tie the Empire Air Force Station into SAGE (Semi-automatic Air-Ground Environment) of the air defense command. The entire project, under contract to the Leelanau Telephone Company by the federal government, is scheduled for completion by July 1, 1959.

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Candace (Candy) Shaffer, 13-year -old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Dale Shaffer of Leland and LaGorce Island Fla., won a world championship Saturday night ridding in the division for three gaited ponies at Louisville, Ky. Candy won the trophy on here 5-year-old Mischief At Midnight. One of the most enthusiastic spectators was Candy’s grand father, H.P. Harrison of Leland.

135 YEARS AGO September 10, 1883

We would be pleased to have our correspondents wake up and send some news.

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Several new houses have already been built in Suttons Bay, and several more are on the way.

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A visit to Suttons Bay cannot fail to convince even the most skeptical that the mercantile business is well represented.

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