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50 Years Ago December 13, 1962
• The community Christmas tree in the triangle by Cedar and River streets took a beating over the weekend - and the hunt is on to find out who’s responsible. A reward of more than $80 is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of whoever cut and broke off the lower branches of the tree late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Public Safety officers say they do not know when the incident occurred, but think it may have been about 4 to 5 a.m. The reward fund is being collected by Harrison LaFoille at his malt shop, just across the street from the mutilated tree. Sunday night the tree suffered further indignities when the lights were pulled from the boughs, and left lying in the road. Public safety Director Roy Anderson said his officers were following every lead on the case, and hopeful of finding the culprit soon.
• A large turnout of Manistique Boy Scouts went to work with hatchets and machetes Sunday afternoon at Thunder Bowl, cutting and clearing ski runs in the area. Scouts from the Timberwolf, Rattlesnake, Flying Arrow, Wolverine and Flying Eagle patrols of Troop 402 participated. They included Ron Haranda, Dave Haranda, Paul Babledelis, Bill Rubick, Bob Males, James Moffat, Carl Johnson, Bruce Skidds, Mike Selling, Dave Rood, Dan Doyle, Dan Thorell, Mike Fountain, Dave Brooks, Gerry Thompson, Ron Lynts, Mike White, Robert Bontekoe, Ernest Smith, Steve Flodin, and Ken Davis. Nalbert Gerber is Scoutmaster of Troop 402, assisted by Vic Haas. Scouts from the Wolverine and Wildcat patrols of Troop 400 also participated, including Jim Slining, Jim Sangraw, Ken Muzzy, Bill Eimmerman, Tim Harvey, Art Miller, Jim Brown, Jerry weber, Ronald Gillingham, and Greg Weber. Carl Freiberg is Scoutmaster of this new troop, with Ken Gillingham as assistant.
• A 1962 model car owned by Warren Deloria was gutted by fire as it was parked on South Houghton Ave., early Thursday morning. Deloria, of 310 Chippewa St., reported the blaze to firemen at 4:45 a.m. The blaze was believed to have been caused by a cigarette burning in the upholstery.
• An article on Manistique, listing the history of the city and providing information about its commerce, industry and population, will appear in the 1962 issue of the Encyclopedia Brittanica, it was announced this week. The article was written by Betty L. Flandeland assistant professor of history at Central Michigan College, Mt. Pleasant.
35 Years Ago December 8, 1977
• By recently completing an Environmental Protection Agency approved wastewater treatment plant, the Manistique Pulp and Paper Company has taken a big step in insuring environmentally sound industrial and commercial development for Manistique. In decades past, all wastes from the community -- wood chips, sawdust, human waste and other pollutants -- were simply discharged into the river. Evidence of this phenomenon still exists, with all the sawdust that has collected on nearby Lake Michigan beaches. It was disregard for environmental side-effects of pollution that caused Manistique to be registered as a problem area by the International Joint Commission of Great Lakes water Quality in 1975. However, due to a patchwork of local, state, regional and federal efforts to improve Manistique’s water quality, the community has been deleted from the list. Water is a key resource to the Manistique paper company’s operation. The company uses about 2 1/2 million gallons of it daily to carry away materials unusable in papermaking.
• There is no political favoritism when it comes to city snow removal operations, the Manistique City Council was told Monday night. “Some people think there are special interests groups that are favored,” Mike Faketty, superintendent of public works, told council members. “That is not so.” Faketty explained that his department’s snow removal policies called the city’s four plows, two on each side of town, to clear major highways first, then Weston Avenue and Cedar, Oak, Walnut and Main Streets by 7 a.m. after a snow storm. By 1 p.m. all 52 miles of roads in Manistique should be open he indicated.
25 Years Ago December 17, 1987
• A fire destroyed a second building at the Wyman Nursery early Saturday morning, exactly one month after the nursery warehouse was destroyed. “It’s considered a suspicious fire and we’re still investigating,” said Dennis Honch, Detective Sergeant of the State Fire Marshall’s office. The building was the Wyman office building and was a “total loss,” Honch said.
• A successful Downtown Development Authority will require cooperation among local businessmen and private investment -- that’s the word from local business people and community leaders who attended an informational meeting on the formation of a DDA in Manistique.
• Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, report an unusual theft last week. The hood of a 1988 S10 pick-up truck was stolen while the vehicle was parked on a vehicle hauler. The hauler was parked overnight on Dec. 10 at the Ramada Inn. The hood has a value of $300. Police are still investigating the incident.
• Manistique Public Safety officers are asking for help from city residents stopping the recent acts of vandalism and larceny of Christmas decorations. It would be of valuable assistance to investigating officers if residents would report any suspicious activities to authorities. It would also be helpful if residents would get a description of anyone involved in questionable activity.
in 10 Years Ago December 5, 2002
• Alger County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Luoma described himself as “elated” last week, after vote recounts in Alger and Schoolcraft counties confirmed him as the winner of the race for the position of 93rd District Court Judge.
• The Department of Natural Resources says the recent firearm deer season was the third safest on record, with only one firearm-related fatality and 17 non-fatal injuries. That follows the safest season ever, 2001, with one fatality and 14 non-fatal injuries, and 1996, with one fatality and 15 non-fatal injuries. Officials say this year’s lone fatality and three of the non-fatal injuries resulted from violations of the law or safety practices.
• Lauris Barr, the long-time secretary of the Manistique Area Kiwanis Club, received the George F. Hixson Fellowship Award. The Hixson, one of the highest Kiwanis honors, is named after the international organization’s first president. Barr’s colleagues chose her to receive the award in thanks and appreciation for her dedicated service, not only in the demanding secretary’s role but on all of the club’s projects. Members also made a $1,000 donation in Barr’s name to the Kiwanis International Foundation.