2018-11-08 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO November 7, 2013

Officials at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore counted the fewest number of visitors at the park during an October in more than a decade, although the figure might include an asterisk to explain why. October visitation figures released this week by the National Park Service indicate that only 57,445 people visited Leelanau County’s single biggest tourist attraction last month.

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For the family of Sam Belanger of Lake Leelanau, Veterans Day has a special meaning. Six members of the family have served in the military during wartime – and all came back home to tell about it. Today, only three of the six survive.

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A county man who has spent all but six months of the past 42 years in prison is being released today — well before he was originally scheduled to be freed. Wayne Frank Porter, 63, is scheduled to be released after serving just over half the minimum 60-year sentence he was given in 1980 for a first-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct conviction. His maximum sentence was 90 years.

10 YEARS AGO November 6, 2008

Dan Scripps – believed to be the first Democrat ever elected to represent Leelanau County in the state House – received a call from his Republican opponent, Ray Franz, at about 12:30 Wednesday morning – minutes after President-elect Barack Obama delivered his televised victory speech. A crowd of about 100 Scripps supporters had gathered at The Bluebird restaurant in Leland and were watching Obama on a widescreen TV when Scripps received the call.

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Barack Obama while addressing thousands of supporters at a victory rally in Chicago Tuesday night took time between calls for change in America to thank his staff for running the “best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America.” Although Obama never visited Leelanau County — or northern Michigan, for that matter — there may be no better example of the success of his sizeable political machine than here.

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When a new Leelanau County Board of Commissioners is seated on Jan. 1, its members will include a Democrat for the first time since 1994 when Joe Brzezinski of Cedar opted not to run for re-election. David Marshall of Glen Arbor, a Democrat, will represent District No. 6 on the county board, having defeated Republican Dan Semple of Glen Arbor, 1,259-911. The district includes Cleveland, Empire and Glen Arbor townships.

35 YEARS AGO November 10, 1983

A proposal to establish a “downtown development authority” in Glen Arbor Township will be discussed at the Township Board’s regular meeting Tuesday night. Robert Kuras, owner of the Homestead development and a member of the township Zoning and Planning Commission has requested that such and authority be established in the township.

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A $2,000 reward has been posted in the arson fire which destroyed a warming house-snack bar building at TimberLee Mountain Resort early Friday morning. Authorities said the fire, which caused and estimated $100,000 in damages, was “definitely set.” The reward was posted by the state’s “Arson Control” program.

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High water levels on Lake Michigan and traditional fall and winter storms may cause erosion damage on the western shores of Leelanau County, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ross Kittleman, project engineer for the Corps’ Grand Haven office, said the area “from just north of Leland Harbor to the top of the peninsula” has the biggest potential for serious shoreline erosion.

60 YEARS AGO November 13, 1958

Dies for extruded aluminum products are being produced in Sutttons Bay in a new shop recently installed in the Peter Bahle building. Owners of the business, know as Alka Tool and Die Co., are Lee Allington and Adolph Kadrovach. Bother are experienced die makers and both have had training in the special field of making dies for the aluminum extrusion process.

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Larger bucks, and more of them with bigger racks, await Leelanau County hunters when the deer season opens at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, according to Ford Kellum, district game manager. Kellum said game men have seen from July to November nearly twice as many deer in this county as in the same period last year.

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Peter Sharnowski, 50, of Lake Leelanau, still is at Munson Hospital suffering from injuries incurred Friday afternoon in a logging accident on North Manitou Island. He was taken off the island by helicopter. Mr. Sharnowski has said that he does not remember what happened, but it is believed that a tree limb fell on him striking his head and shoulders.

120 YEARS AGO November 3, 1898

Ledwig Seelig, the Northport butcher and owner of the only meat market in that town, retired on Oct. 31st. For the next few years he will engage in farming, hunting and fishing and in improving the beautiful resort property, formerly known as Smith’s Grove.

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Burke & McQueer are manufacturing cider every Wednesday and Saturday in Maple City. And Maple City is to have a furniture and undertaking establishment in the near future.

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Not a guilty person has escaped the long arm of Sheriff Bellinger during the past two years, and every one of them received the punishment they deserved. He has had only one term and his splendid record certainly entitles him to another.

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