2018-05-10 / Columns

Looking Back...

5 YEARS AGO May 9, 2013

Glen Arbor businessman Bob Sutherland said he is moving forward with plans to expand internet sales through his business, Cherry Republic, despite proposed changes in state and federal law that could require him and thousands of other online retailers to start collecting taxes on sales made to customers in other states.

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The trash talking between the Glen Lake boys soccer and football teams began last fall. Now with graduation only a couple weeks away, it’s time to put up or shut up. The boys are going to settle things on the pitch at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, May 16. The game is being called the Cancer Bowl. It will serve as a fundraiser for breast cancer, and as the senior project for Mike O’Brien.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is recommending that 1,600 antlerless permits be issued in Leelanau County for deer hunting seasons starting this fall, the highest number in at least 15 years. Only 300 antlerless permits have been issued in the county for several seasons. And it’s been 12 years since the MDNR has allocated anterless deer permits for public land, but the recommendation is to provide 400 of those to hunters.

10 YEARS AGO May 8, 2008

In the Glen Lake school district, a longtime board member was voted out and two new members elected Tuesday in the annual school election. Incumbent Joan Hawley had the lowest vote total of three candidates seeking two 4-year terms available on the Glen Lake Board of Education.

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Blossoms may take on a more pragmatic role at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station, but director Nikki Rothwell nonetheless is volunteering to be a tour guide Saturday at the Leelanau Cherry Blossom Tour. Rothwell was called to fill a request from a Virginia company that plans to bring a bus with 40-some blossom gazers to Leelanau County for the tour.

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A Leland mother has given life to her daughter for a second time at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Heidi Pentiuk and 17-year-old Stefani Pentiuk are recovering at the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester one week after the high school junior received her mother’s right kidney in a scheduled transplant.

35 YEARS AGO May 12, 1983

Fencing is scheduled to be installed at the Glen Lake and Lake Leelanau narrows bridges this summer as a safety precaution by the Michigan Department of Highways and Transporation. The fencing at Glen Lake will end a battle begun late last summer by the Glen Lake Association, which told Empire and Glen Arbor governments about children jumping off the narrows bridge.

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Gov. James Blanchard’s staff says he doesn’t know how. Leelanau County’s C. Berniece Warner says all it takes is a letter. And meanwhile, the County Jury Board is serving with only one legally-appointed member. This was the tale heard by the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, when Mrs. Warner and William Popp explained that they need help for determining jury selection.

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If it was a top 10 list of records, you could say Reef Petroleum Corp. hit the top of the charts with a bullet. Unfortunately for Reef, though, the list in question is that of Leelanau County’s top 10 taxpayers on last December’s property tax bills. Reef was charged a whopping total of $102,394 in property taxes on the Dec. 1 bills.

60 YEARS AGO May 15, 1958

Mrs. Miriam Wessinger Osgood of Huntington Woods, Mich., and Glen Lake has made a gift of 46 acres of land to the state to be used to increase the public recreation area at Sleeping Bear sand dunes. The land is located at the eastern edge of the dune area and the north half of the gift is adjacent to the west edge of the state-owned dune access and hill climb tract.

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Flames, Tuesday morning, raced through the Joyce of Leland dress shop on Leland’s main street, gutting the interior of the building and totally destroying the contents and fixtures of the store, including a complete inventory of spring and summer merchandise that had recently been delivered to the shop in anticipation for the summer trade.

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The 17th annual Northwestern Michigan layman’s retreat will be held at Leland Lodge, June 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 with the first group of retreatants finishing June 8, and the second group beginning their retreat on that date. The ladies retreat will be the following weekend, June 13, 14 and 15.

120 YEARS AGO May 5, 1898

The annual meeting of the Old Settlers’ Association will be held June 1, 1898, at the Opera House In Elk Rapids at 10:00 o’clock a.m. from the counties of Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, Kalakaska, Benzie and Charlevoix.

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A special meeting of the Leelanau County Agricultural Society will be held in its hall, in Maple City on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. for the purpose of making arrangements for holding the fair this fall.

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S.R. Boardman of the North Manitou Resort, was in town (Leland) on Saturday last, enroute for Chicago.

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