2012-05-24 / Community

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Pioneer-Tribune Archives

50 Years Ago

May 24, 1962

• City workers won a five cent an hour pay increase and some other fringe benefits, but their request for a pension plan was turned down when union representatives met with the City Council in special session Monday night. Mayor Harold Carlson told the workers that he and the council were sympathetic to the request for the pension plan, but that the city finances simply could not stand the estimated $12,000 annual cost. • Next Monday evening the Manistique “Community Fun Sing” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. J. Earl Cousineau will emcee the program with Mrs. Roy LaMarche at the piano. Admission is free for this evening of song and fun, sponsored by the Manistique Community Chorus. The program will feature the Chamber Music Society of South Cedar Street, the Manistique String Band, the Manistique Barbershoppers, and the “Flatters”. A short social hour with refreshments will be held after the program. • Commencement exercises for the largest graduating class in the history of Northern Michigan College will be held in the NMC Fieldhouse June 3. Included in the list of 258 candidates for bachelor’s degrees are the following area students: Larry Jon Sell, Curtis; Barbara Ann Jacques, Larry A. Thibault and Lois L. Flickinger of Garden; Merle W. Anderson and Rudolph P. Lawrence of Germfask; and Raymond J. Gardapee of Manistique.

35 Years Ago

May 26, 1977

• Township supervisors and members of the Schoolcraft County Township Association me Monday night to unfold yet another chapter in the saga of the building code and its enforcement. The code has come under fire recently, because of allegedly high building permit fees and inadequate service by the building code administrator. Louis Lauzon, president of the newly formed township association, told the dozen people gathered at the Hiawatha Township Hall that lack of action on the building codes and its problems by the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners may lie behind the majority of the problems. A building code committee made up of commissioners and various contractors of the area had met earlier and recommended to the commissioners that the building permit fee be abolished. The commissioners denied the request, and awaited action by the townships. In an apparent attempt to explore the possibility of townships enforcing the building code, the association listened to Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development (CUPPAD) on procedures for setting up enforcement organizations. The group was told that they could not write their own building code but could accept responsibility for enforcing the existing one. • The sixth annual spring Olympics was held at the Manistique High School Stadium on Saturday, May 21 despite threats of rain which would have cancelled the event for the first time since it began. Approximately 225 kids from Lincoln, Lakeside, Hiawatha, Germfask, Fairview and St. Francis participated in this year’s event, running hurdles, throwing softballs, jumping and calisthenics. • Manistique Public Safety officers continue to investigate a series of malicious destruction to local stores early Tuesday in which plate glass windows were shattered and glass doors broken. Officers report that the windows and doors were damaged sometime during the early morning hours.

25 Years Ago

May 28, 1987

The possibility of merging Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and the adjoining Medical care Facility into a single operating unit should be studied, the hospital’s Board of Trustee’s decided at their regular meeting Wednesday night. They’ll send a delegate to the next meeting of the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners to request a special committee to study the feasibility of such a merger. Director Gorden E. Guyer of the Department of Natural Resources has appointed a special task force to study the problem of crop damage caused by foraging dear. The DNR said that a solution to the crop damage problem is a high priority in Wildlife Division and they expect the task force to begin meeting this month. Indian Lake Golf and Country Club recorded its first hole in one for the 1987 season on Sunday, May 24. Terry Chartier of Manistique hit his on the par 3, 183-yard fourth hole, while playing his paper mill league match. Also in the foursome were Gary Sample, Tony Martin and Dave Hough. Terry has also bowled a 300 game.

10 Years Ago

May 16, 2002

• Public access to at least one Schoolcraft County smelt stream has been assured. Earlier this month, the County Board of Commissioners agreed to buy property along an unnamed creek on U.S.-2 west of Manistique, from local resident Marie Grover. The purchase price was $20,000. The property includes 100 feet of road frontage on both sides of the creek and extends all the way from the highway to Lake Michigan. • The weather was frigid but the Manistique girls were burning up the track at the regional meet in Newberry last Friday. At the end of the day, the girls had claimed the championship trophy for the first time in Emerald’s history. • Buffalo in Schoolcraft County? A number of local residents have spotted the herd recently, and one of the animals was in involved in an accident with a train at Michigan Limestone Operations’ Port Inland Plant last week. The buffalo escaped recently from Olson’s Buffalo Farm west of Engadine. At first, they seemed to be concentrated in an area around Simmon’s Woods, south of Gould City. Lately they have been moving west.

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