2018-12-06 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO December 5, 2013

Organizers of the annual Toys for Tots campaign in Leelanau County say they’re concerned that the county’s neediest children may not receive Christmas presents unless more residents step up and donate toys. “The number of toys donated to Toys for Tots so far this year is way down compared to last year,” said Karen Frederickson of Suttons Bay who, with her husband Charlie, has organized the countywide toy drive for many years.

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Monica Anderson loved life. The 33-year-old former Peshawbestown resident had recently changed her lifestyle, lost 50 pounds and encouraged others to take charge of their lives and “eat healthy.” She was killed Nov. 19 at her home in Traverse City by a single gunshot. Her 4-year companion and father of her son, Robert Lee-Allen Caldwell, said he accidentally shot Anderson during a failed suicide attempt.

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Meet Frederick L. Stackable, who will soon accept a position that a judge compares to the probate equivalent of the county’s Maytag repairman. Stackable will soon add a new title — and that’s about all the position amounts to, he readily admits — to his long list of offices held, that of Leelanau County Public Administrator.

10 YEARS AGO December 4, 2008

Helped prompt children in the Suttons Bay school district to roll over and go back to sleep. Suttons Bay was among the four public and two private schools in the county to cancel classes when the first major storm of the season dumped from eight to 13 inches of snow on the county. Suttons Bay staff and families learned of the closing with a phone call from Superintendent Mike Murray via the school’s new Alert Now communications system.

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Automotive in Traverse City are casting a pall over the holiday season for several county residents as the national and state economic turn-down continues to spread. Lake Leelanau resident Dennis Schaub, a tool-and-die maker, is one of 318 hourly workers who will be losing their jobs when the auto parts plant closes its doors next year. The phased shutdown, which has already claimed 45 workers, is scheduled to continue with another 45 workers let go Jan. 2 and an equal number again on Jan. 19.

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Leelanau County’s longest-serving elected official, Cleveland Township treasurer Bess Musil, won re-election by just one vote, according to a recount of ballots conducted Tuesday by the Leelanau County Board of Canvassers. Both Musil and her opponent, Taryn Daniels, picked up one extra vote during the recount, making the final tally 354- 353 for Musil.

35 YEARS AGO December 8, 1983

The murder trial of Karen J. Belknap was still scheduled to begin Monday at the County Building in Leland – as of noon today. But court proceedings in Lansing and Traverse City could delay the trial, relocate it or cancel it altogether. In Traverse City, Circuit Judge Charles M. Forester was to hear arguments this afternoon on two defense motions.

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A special Glen Arbor Township Board meeting and public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday on a request form Kuras Properties owner Robert Kuras to establish a “commercial redevelopment district” in the township. Kuras, owner of the Homestead development, said he has dropped his request to create a “downtown development authority” in the township after the proposal was the center of controversy at a special meeting last month.

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The Leelanau County Road Commission is asking the National Park Service for an annual appropriation to cover the extra cost of maintaining county roads in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore traveled by park visitors. In a prepared press release today, the Road Commission gave its reasons for the request.

60 YEARS AGO December 11, 1958

Blizzards, which have held Leelanau in an icy grip for the past two weeks, have dumped a total of 25 to 30 inches of snow on some areas of the county, sent temperatures to the zero mark, and slowed traffic to a crawl. A break in the weather is forecast for today, with snow to slacken and temperature to rise.

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Members of the Leelanau Historical Society, meeting Wednesday night at the Glen Lake school, accepted a gift of $200 form William Mack for a sign to be erected north of Suttons Bay on M-22, marking the 45th parallel of latitude, halfway point between the equator and the north pole.

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Using scrap materials, boys of Troop 29, Scouts and Explorers, Leland and Lake Leelanau, are making 100 bright new hobby horses, rocking horses and wheel horses to be distributed on Christmas Eve to needy children throughout the county.

120 YEARS AGO December 1, 1898

Nov. 29 was the last day for filing statements of election expenses in Lansing. Governor Pingree spent $785; J.S. Stearns, secretary of state, $785; State Treasurer Steele, $120.70; and Auditor General Dis, $268.

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Mrs. Adelia White, wife of John White, prominent farmer of Solon, died at her home at 6:15 o’clock last evening after a lingering illness lasting since Aug. 19. She was 59. The funeral will take place at the Clearbook schoolhouse at 10:30 tomorrow forenoon.

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Advertisement: “NOTICE! The annual meeting of the Leelanau County Agricultural Society will be held at Maple City, on Thursday the 8th day of December 1898 at 10 o’clock a.m. — N.W. Herrington, Pres., A.S. Fritz, Secretary.

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