2013-02-28 / News

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50 Years Ago

February 28, 1963

• Hiawatha 4-H leader Leo Sikarskie believes in setting a good example for his club members. Leader of an ice fishing project that is now in its second year, Sikarskie hit the jackpot when he speared a 63-inch, 67 pound sturgeon in Indian Lake Wednesday. His club makes their own shacks and decoys, and has five shanties on the ice at Indian Lake and on the Indian River. Club plans for a fish supper have not yet been announced.

• Warrants will be issued for 41 persons with long-delinquent parking tickets, City Attorney William Hood told the City Council Tuesday night. The list involves parking meter fines going as far back as 1961. All the persons have received notices from both the police department and the city attorney, Hood said.

• Railroad ferry service to Manistique has been halted by the Ann Arbor Railroad following the discovery Monday of a 40-ton rock on the harbor floor by the ferry slip. The big boulder, approximately 10 feet square and five feet high, damaged the propellers on both Ann Arbor No. 5 and 7 during recent visits. No. 7, with a load last Wednesday, was the last boat to call here. A diver from the Gallagher Marine Co. of Escanaba inspected the rock Monday. Several other small rocks in the area will also have to be removed. It is believed that the rocks were pushed into the ferry docking area sometime last summer, when Army Engineers were sweeping the harbor.

• Fred Modders and Sue Slining were first place winners in the third annual Art Allen ski contest Sunday at the Thunder Bowl. The two won first place gold medals and their names will be engraved on the Art Allen Trophy displayed in the chalet at the bowl. There were 28 young people taking part in the contest this year.

• Pete Bosanic, the older half of Manistique’s fighting Bosanic brothers, was due to continue his quest for a championship belt in the Chicago Tournament of Champions Wednesday night. Pete continued to show the form and power that has brought a host of U.P. and Wisconsin boxing laurels by winning his first two fights in Chicago, knocking out his opponent in the third round in his second fight. Larry, his younger brother, won his first fight Tuesday night, but failed in his bid to reach the quarterfinals when he lost his second bout.

35 Years Ago

March 2, 1978

• City police reported three acts of destruction to private property within four days from Feb. 19 to 23. A rock was thrown through the IGA building window on Feb. 19. There was no estimate of damages and no arrests. A window was broken at the Peoples Store on Feb. 23. The plate glass window was estimated to cost $400 to replace. Police said they thought a bottle was thrown from a car window. There are no suspects at this time. The glass plate window in front of the A&P store was broken also on Feb. 23. The damage was estimated at $300. There were no suspects.

• An architect will be asked to prepare plans for a garage and maintenance building connected to the Schoolcraft County Jail, county commissioners agreed last Thursday. The architect, G. Arntzen and Company of Escanaba, will plan the proposed 30-foot by 34-foot building and take steps for bids to be submitted. The building has been wanted for storage space and as a maintenance workshop. The estimated cost to the county has been put at $28,000.

• A Warren couple were found guilty of shining deer in the 93rd District Court Feb. 23. Henry Lack Jr.-Leonard Wolfe, 31, and Linda Wolfe, 29, were found guilty by a jury of using an artificial light to locate game while in possession of a firearm. Each was assessed a total of $160 or 30 days in jail and lost hunting rights for two years.

• No. That’s not Barbara Walters nor Walter Cronkite on the video tape machine. That’s Mike Setterlind doing the news, thank you, and Amy Walters announcing a commercial. The two sixth-grade students took part in a young authors’ workshop in the library at Manistique High School in which 130 youngsters participated. Other students who played news roles were Alicia Neville, St. Francis de Sales, Denny McBurney and Michelle Gagnon, Lakeside School, Stacey Lawrence, Germfask, and Steve Calhoun from Lakeside. Michael Oas, originated of the workshop, said he would like to see the same thing done in lower grades.

20 Years Ago

March 4, 1993

• The discontinuation of the Sears and Roebuck catalog, announced in Jan. 1993, will result in the closing of the Manistique Sears Catalog Store this May. “We found out yesterday that 12 stores in the district will remain ope, but Manistique is not one of those on the list, said store manager, Karen Hoholik. The district covers most of downstate Michigan and on half of the Upper Peninsula. Despite the nationwide cutbacks by Sears, the Hoholik’s will still be conducting business. Hoholik said they will now concentrate on the plumbing business her husband Paul currently operates.

• If line dancing is the religion of country music fans, Bob and Judy Sands are Manistique’s gurus. The Sands learned to line dance at large clubs in Green Bay and Minneapolis, and soon found that their knowledge was desired in the U.P. After dancing to a country band at a hospital party, so many people wanted to learn the Sands’ steps that the group had to move to the large dance floor of a local bar. Discussion with the bar owner later resulted in the Sands’ dancing lessons, that draw over 20 boot-scooting students every other Friday.

10 Years Ago

February 27, 2003

• On Feb. 20, the Schoolcraft County Road Commission hosted an open house for its new 37,000 square foot garage, which was built over the past ten months. The facility, financed through bonding and Road Commission funds, also includes a maintenance area, offices and meeting space.

• The Manistique Emeralds varsity basketball team made it three in a row Feb. 21, in a barn burning victory over the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears. In what may be the last meeting between the two ball clubs, the Emeralds pulled out the 56-55 win to improve to 8-11. With the loss Big Bay fell to 11-7. This year, the Emeralds dropped one game with Big Bay in order to pick up a match against Rudyard, a fellow District 93 team. Next season, the Emeralds will eliminate Big Bay from their schedule altogether, in favor of picking up a game against St. Ignace, another district tourney foe. That controversial decision ends a rivalry that dates back to December 1972. In the first meeting between the two teams, the Black Bears defeated the Emeralds 41-39. Bill Pistulka posted 20 points in that first meeting. Don St. John added eight. Bob Walters four, Mike Green two and Mike Asp two.

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