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50 Years Ago April 25, 1963
• A special election will be held Monday, June 24, on two proposals seeking approval for a new Armory-Community building in Manistique. City Council gave the green light to placing the issues on the ballot as it met in recessed session Tuesday evening in City Hall. The first proposal calls for levying a onemill tax on the state equalized valuation for a three year period. This would bring in just under $30,000, which would serve as the city’s share of the cost of the building. The other proposal seeks authority for a new deed to the site, to the state military board, for a five year period.
• Howard C. Schwartz, now serving as superintendent of the Cooks School, and Florence Rubick, who is now teaching at the Doyle Elementary School in Gulliver, have been offered teaching contracts at Manistique High School next year. Schwartz, who announced his resignation several weeks ago, will replace Glenn Bignall, who is taking a leave of absence to study for his Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan.
• Walleyes and Northern Pike are being netted in Manistique harbor this week for transplanting in Indian Lake. The program is being sponsored by the Schoolcraft County Sportsman’s Club and the Indian Lake Property Owners Association. A trap net was placed in the harbor Sunday by Don Schuetter, and daily liftings have resulted in the transfer of several hundred fish. A Conservation Department representative is on hand to participate in the project, which will end Friday.
• Into the Harbor-The sun was bright and the water calm when the Fitzgerald slipped into the Inland harbor to open the 1963 season.
• Collection of the 1962 taxes has reached the 89.1 percent mark, County Treasurer William Cowman reported, as of March 1. This compares to 88.004 percent at the same time last year. The Treasurer’s office received $23,940.59 in February, he said, bringing the total payment to $172,874.21. The total levy is $194,026.03.
• A series of breaking and entering cases are being investigated by State Police. Two were reported Saturday on cottages west of M-77, near Germfask. Two more were reported on Monday involving cottages in Thompson Township.
35 Years Ago April 27, 1978
• And the winner is...Bill Hentschell Jr., president of the Manistique-Schoolcraft Chamber of Commerce drew the grand prize winning entry blank in the Florida vacation contest co-sponsored by the Chamber and the Pioneer- Tribune. The name of Doug Feneley of Engadine was drawn from approximately 20,000 entry blanks submitted at 15 participating Manistique area stores. As rand prize winners, the Feneley’s will receive one week’s lodging at El Prado Inn in Ocoee, Fla. and a $200 check for transportation.
• The Manistique National Guard Boxing Club recently closed its first season with 61 wins, 54 losses and two state champions. Shad Holmberg was declared a Michigan Amateur Athletic Union champion and Jerry Matchinski was declared a Wisconsin Golden Gloves heavyweight champion.
• Keys to the Roemer’s Electric building on Deer Street have been turned over to Terry DeRouin of Pioneer Kitchens, which plans to offer kitchen and bathroom remodeling services in the building.
• For three weeks in May, Susan England of Germfask, and Valerie Wilson of Marquette will be “ambassadors” to Russia and Poland as to of 59 Alma College A Cappella Choir members, under the direction of Dr. Ernest Sullivan, touring those two countries.
• Both the girls’ and the boys’ track teams for Manistique came away victorious in action at the stadium against Newberry Tuesday afternoon. In the teams’ first contest of the season, the boys beat their opponents, 105-50, and the girls, 86-49. The boys team captured 12 out of 16 first places in the events. The girls team captured 10 first places.
20 Years Ago April 29, 1993
• A proposal passed by several Schoolcraft County townships could cut the city’s representation on the City County Department of Public Works board. Hiawatha Township moved Wednesday that the nine member CCDPW be streamlined to a seven member board with four township representatives, one county representative, the county drain commissioner, and on city representative. The city and townships currently have three CCDPW representatives each.
• Drivers that take “laps” through downtown Manistique may soon have to find a new route, as the city and the Downtown Development Authority are discussing the abandonment of Oak Street between Cedar and Arbutus.
• Manistique Public Safety officials, City DPW representatives, and the Michigan State Police bomb experts excavate a vacant lot at the corner of Potter and Wilson Streets last Wednesday after dynamite detonation wires were found at the site. After the excavation, the bomb experts determined that no live dynamite was still in the area. Dynamite charges had been used several years ago when sewer lines were put in the area, according to Public safety Lt. David Peterson, and the lines were simply left behind.
10 Years Ago April 24, 2003
• After years of planning, preparation, negotiation, red tape and numerous other hurdles, Schoolcraft County’s new assisted living facility is almost ready to open. Jana Chaperone, the director of Woodland Meadows Assisted Living says the first resident should be moving in May 1.
• The members of the Downtown Development Authority will pay tribute to their former director by naming a local fishing pier in his honor. At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the board agreed to name the fishing facility at the waterfront boardwalk after Wally Leggett, who died Feb. 23.
• At Monday’s Manistique Area Schools Board of Education meeting, the 2003 Safe and Drug Free Schools Award was presented to Teens Against Tobacco Use. The high school group was launched in 1997 and now has approximately 32 student members. They conduct a number of ant-tobacco education efforts, including presentations to nearly 400 elementary students every year, poster contests and the annual “Smoke Scream,” where sixth graders learn about the dangers of tobacco and then “scram out” against smoking. The TATU group was honored in Marquette in April