2013-05-09 / News

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50 Years Ago May 9, 1963

• William Moreau submitted a letter of resignation as city clerk and treasurer to the City Council Monday. The Council did not accept the resignation but named Raymond Krusic, 428 Alger Ave., as deputy city clerk and treasurer. Krusic will serve as a temporary replacement, at $2.50 an hour, until a permanent successor can be found, Mayor Harold Carlson said. A complete audit of the city’s finances is due to start next Monday. John S. Boxer of Marquette, representing the auditing firm of Ernst, was in town Monday to pick up preliminary information.

• The Manistique City Council will seek permission from the Michigan Municipal Finance Commission to borrow $40,000 until Sept. 15 in order to ease its financial pinch between now and the payment of city taxes. The $40,000 will help to keep the city operating despite a year end deficit of $40,605.55 reported to the Council Saturday afternoon at a special meeting. This is an increase of approximately $24,000 from last year’s deficit of $16,000. Included in the deficit are totals of $8,117.81 in outstanding checks, $7,080 due for hydrant rental, and $25,397.84 in unpaid bills.

• Unless Schoolcraft County township school districts come through with their tuition payments for the current year, they may face the prospect of no place to send their high school students next fall. The note of warning was sounded at a special meeting of the Manistique Board of Education, when the problem of tardy tuition payments were discussed.

• Mike Dissinger was the outstanding individual performer in the annual Newberry Invitational Track meet last Saturday, garnering four firsts in the four events he entered, but lack of depth prevented the Emeralds from taking team honors for the afternoon.

• Manistique High School will again play host to the annual Great Lakes Conference Track and Field meet this Saturday at A. F. Hall Memorial Stadium. Coach Rudy Brandstrom’s host Emeralds, surprise third-place winners last year, will again be shooting for the top brackets in the star-studded field that regularly attracts the top schoolboy performers in the peninsula. The conference meet has been held at Manistique for the last 15 years. Last year Marquette won the conference title with 42 3/4 points.

35 Years Ago May 11, 1978

• Kenneth Golat has been appointed to a vacancy in the Manistique Public safety Department when Frank Hentschell left the post to become an officer in Chocolay Township. Golat will begin his duties as Public Safety Officer on May 22. He is a native of Manistique and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Ferris State College. He is presently serving as Juvenile Officer for Dickinson County Probate Court. Golat also served with the police departments at Norway, Mackinac County, and Mackinac Island.

• “Support your favorite Grandma and Grandpa--Help send them to Lansing.” That’s the slogan for the Manistique Senior Swingers Band campaign to raise $1,000 to cover the cost of bus transportation for a special performance at the request of State representative Charles Varnum (R-Manistique). The band has the opportunity to perform at the capitol building from noon to 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m. at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 20. “As we feel that this is quite an honor for our band and our town,” said band director Sharon Gardner, “we’d like to see that every member of the band can make the trip regardless of how low an income they are living on.” Canisters have been placed at several businesses. Also, all root beer purchased at the Manistique A & W Drive-In this Saturday will be donated to the drive.

• Dick Steffens announced the opening last week of Steffens Realty in the former Manistique Bank building at Cedar and Walnut Streets. Steffens most recently was a sales associate of Hiawatha Realty in Thompson.

• The Emeralds girls golf team defeated Gwinn last Thursday at Air Force Base Golf Course, 256-260. Low for Manistique was Sue Williamson.

20 Years Ago May 13, 1993

• Shoppers on Manistique’s west side will have more places to park, and, in the future, they may have more places to shop. At Tuesday’s regular meeting the Downtown development Authority agreed to purchase two parcels at the southwest corner of Deer Street and Houghton Ave. The DDA plans to demolish the buildings currently at the site so that a parking area can be built. There was also discussion that the DDA could sell the property for future business development.

• On Saturday, May 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Medical care facility will be hosting an Open House in celebration of 25 years of service to Schoolcraft County. The Facility opened its doors on Jan. 1, 1968, and since that time, 1,850 people have received care. The total number of nursing care days given since beginning operations id 609,235, with the average length of stay per resident being 330 days.

• Manistique High School speedsters Derek LaPointe and Richie Blowers both raced for a pair of gold medals Saturday at the Lions invitational in Munising, but their contributions could only help the Manistique team effort so much during the 11 team competition with Manistique placing seventh.

10 Years Ago May 8, 2003

• They may be young, but the members of the Wee Bops are quickly accumulating a wealth of stage experience. Now the performing troupe is gearing up for a community concert and fund raiser to be held at the Frederickson Auditorium on Saturday, May 17. Formed in 2002, the Wee Bops are a group of Manistique area 5- to 9-year olds who love singing, dancing and performing, and their moms, who wanted to provide their children with opportunities in the fine arts. Members are Tony Hoholik, Ally Stoll, Rachel Ryan, Austin Fleck, Coby Ryan, Shelby Saffer, Mindy Hoholik, Gabrielle LaFayette, Hunter Ashbrook, Monica Giles, Shaelyn Saffer and Sammy Stoll.

• Phenomenal! That’s the response expressed by almost everyone when hearing the score set by Steve Larson at the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club Wednesday, April 30. During a practice round Larson shot an amazing 29 on the front nine. That sets a new record from the white tees since the opening of the new course. Seasoned golfers are unable to remember when an individual ever shot a card lower on the original nine. Larson followed that round with a 36 on the back nine for a total score of 65.

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