2013-02-07 / News

A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives

50 Years Ago

February 7, 1963

• The shortage of campsites at Indian Lake State Park is being solved - but don’t put in your reservation for a year or two yet. A work crew of about 25 inmates from the Camp Cusino corrections camp is currently at work on land owned by the Conservation Department on the west side of Indian Lake. The 284 acres of land involved is several miles north and west of the present park. Park Manager Vic Haas said this week that eventually 700 new campsites may be opened up by the project. This compares to the 159 currently available at the present location. However, he said it would probably take at least three years to develop the area. Land is now being cleared, he said, but much of the area is swamp, and fill will have to be brought in. Pulpwood from the clearing work will be sold, while other timber from cedar posts and other logs will be taken to Cusino for milling into lumber for construction of signs, picnic tables, and other facilities. The project will also probably include a boat basin or marina, Haas said, but added that final plans for the new area had not yet been made public. A total of 4,420 feet of lake frontage is involved.

• A log-jam of ice in the Manistique River at the harbor has been broken. Sellman’s tug spent most of Monday in breaking a pathway through the ice field. Warming weather and a shift in the wind to the north helped their efforts and by Wednesday the harbor had a clear channel. Despite the cold weather and ice, Ann Arbor railroad ferries have continued to make their calls. A boat was unloaded Sunday night, and another one was due the middle part of the week.

• Schoolcraft County businesses will not come under the state’s new “Sunday closing” law, members of the Board of Supervisors decided Monday at their February session. The law, which states that stores must close at least one day a week, is optional. Schoolcraft supervisors chose to bypass it because of the heavy amount of tourist trade on the week ends here.

• Leonard Shay’s saw mill, which cuts four million feet of hardwood lumber annually has been sold to Harry A. Young, owner of a lumber company at Kalkaska and a wire spool reel plant at Grayling. Young said he would retain the mill staff and was considering expanding operations. Shay said he would continue his operations supplying maple veneer to the European market but will make his headquarters at Germfask.

35 Years Ago

February 9, 1978

• Pilot error may have been the cause of the crash of a plane on Big Bay de Noc Saturday. Roy J. Schlingman, 19, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the pilot of the Cessna 150 aircraft, was killed in the accident. State Police said Wednesday that a Federal Aeronautics Administration official said the plane was still under power when it crashed, and that pilot error was most likely the cause. Schlingman was on an intended round-robin flight from Sault Ste. Marie over Luce County airport, Schoolcraft County airport, Delta County airport, Munising and directly back to Sault Ste. Marie, Vern Bernard, Schoolcraft County airport director said. Bernard said he had heard Schlingman talk to Luce County airport and Schoolcraft County airport over his airplane radio. Bernard was flying on a return trip from Beaver Island at the time. Contrary to early news reports, Bernard said, Schlingman stayed in the air the entire time after he left the Soo until his fatal crash. Bernard said Schlingman probably was flying north of the airport to avoid a snow squall he saw to the west, but instead flew right into it. The last time Schlingman was contacted, he was flying over Thompson at 1,500 feet Benard said.

• About 30 city parking meters have been vandalized within the last month, Public Safety Director Joe McDonough said Tuesday. Apparently, the meters have been vandalized at a rate of one or two a night, he said. No final estimate of damages was available from police, although an estimate is being made. McDonough said several youths are being questioned about the vandalism.

• Top placers in a St. Francis de Sales School emblem contest judged by parents at an open house Jan. 31, honoring Catholic Education Week, were Jill Brulla, first place; Todd Archambeau, second place; and Missy DeMers, third place; all eighth graders. Jill’s emblem, depicting a girl doing homework at a desk, is titled “Education is Confusing, But Great.” The emblem will be reduced as a button for student wear.

20 Years Ago

February 11, 1993

• The Merwin Creek State Forest Campground is one of 24 state campgrounds to be closed by the Michigan department of Natural Resources this year, but the Manistique Watershed Partnership is petitioning State government officials to prevent such an action. According to the DNR, a steady decline in forest recreation budgets over the last decade has resulted in the closure of approximately 50 camping areas in the state since 1980.

• After 33 years at Manistique High School, biology teacher Glenn Bignall formally notified the Board of Education of his plans to retire. Board members unanimously approved his resignation, noting his efforts at the high school. Bignall’s resignation will be effective May 31.

• Winterfest activities at Manistique High School drew to a close last Friday as royalty and spirit week competition winners were named. At halftime of the Varsity basketball game against Iron Mountain, David Vail and Mandy Males were crowned as the 1993 Winterfest King and Queen. The Junior Class won both Spirit Week and Wall Decorating Competitions.

10 Years Ago

February 6, 2003

• For the second time in just over a week, the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners turned down a proposed sale of property to Hiawatha Behavioral Health. The action took place at the board’s audit finance committee meeting Jan. 30. A week earlier, at their regular monthly board meeting, the commissioners had rejected a proposed sale of the HBH Counseling Center on Lake St. by a vote of 3-2, with commissioners Lindsley Frenette and Dale DuFour voting in favor of the transaction, Ole Scholander, Keith Aldrich and Doug Erickson voting no. The second time around, Erickson changed his vote, making the margin 3-2 in favor of the sale. However, because of a requirement that the purchase or disposal of real estate be approved by a twothirds majority, the motion still failed.

• Snowswept, windswept and desolate were the only ways to describe South Cedar Street Tuesday, as a winter storm swept across the Upper Peninsula. The storm featured high winds and dumped large amounts of snow across most of the U.P., causing many school closures and cancellations. Many roads across the region were impassible, while M-28 between Munising and Marquette was closed completely.

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