2013-06-06 / News

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50 Years Ago June 6, 1963

• The Class of 1963 will graduate 92 members in Commencement ceremonies at 8 p.m. tonight in the High School auditorium. Dr. Edward Pfau, Dean of Education at Northern Michigan University, will deliver the Commencement address.

• Edward Clement and Joseph Davis have been named as delegates to the 69th annual U.P. Firemen’s Tournament scheduled for July 24-26 in Laurium. Alternate delegates are Elmer Flodin and Richard Walters.

• Plans for a new downtown lighting system were outlined to the Retail Division of the Top O’ Lake Michigan Chamber of Commerce by Mayor Harold Carlson at a noon meeting of the group Tuesday. Carlson said that Edison Sault engineers have set a price tag of $15,868 on overhead lights running from in front of the high school down Cedar St. to Arbutus, and up Arbutus to Maple, and including a block of Oak St. between Cedar and Maple. Representatives of the Chamber had appeared before Council last year asking for improved lighting.

• Three 16-year-old youths were picked up by Public Safety officers Friday night at a local drive-in and charged with being minors in possession of beer. They will be referred to the Probate Court.

• Operations at the Manistique State Police post are being changed in order to comply with the new five-day 48-hour week for Michigan State Police that was announced this week by Commissioner Joseph A. Childs. Two more troopers will be added to the nine-man crew here, Sgt. Bernard Grace, post commander, said. The post will then be open 24 hours a day, instead of the present 17. Troopers will be working nine hours a day five days a week, instead of six days, for a total of 45 hours per week, leaving a “cushion” of three hours between that limit and the maximum of 48 hours. The change is in accordance with a Civil Service order issued Jan. 28 that enlisted personnel will no longer be permitted to work more than a 48-hour week without overtime pay or compensatory time off.

• The Manistique School and Public Library has received a check for $68.54 as the second quarter payment from the State Board for Libraries. The money is distributed on a per capita basis, and will be used for the summer recreational reading program.

35 Years Ago June 8, 1978

• Manistique Area Schools need 19.64 mills to operate and cannot manage on just a renewal of the 13 mills, local media representatives were told by school officials at a press conference Tuesday. The increase would add over $400,000 to the school budget and would allow a full athletic program, reinstatement of several junior and senior high school academic programs and the addition of a few non curriculum improvements. Supt. Richard Bonifas commented that the increase of 50 percent in taxes is not so drastic when one realizes that millage has not increased since 1971. In the past few years, eight requests for additional millage have been refused by taxpayers and according to some school board members this has “shredded” the school’s curriculum.

• Although one proposal for additional senior citizens’ housing for the Manistique area apparently has been dropped, another has surfaced to take its place. This latest proposal comes from the Schoolcraft County Housing Commission, which announced this week that it has taken an option on 8.5 acres for a 96-unit housing complex. The land lies directly behind the Big Boy restaurant.

• Several bidders turned out Wednesday at the Schoolcraft County Courthouse for the auction of Blaney Park. However, the highest bidders on the total property were the original owners. Stewart E. Earle, Elsie Earle, William L. Earle and Naida Earle, the original owners, bid $880,925.84 on the property.

20 Years Ago June 10, 1993

• If Dr. Roy Pitts tries to sell you a lemon, buy it. There may be a dollar rebate inside. Pitts, a magician, will perform two shows at this year’s Folkfest. Though he is an amateur, many of his illusions, including the “dollar in the lemon” trick, are done by his world-famous colleagues. Pitts has been performing at the annual Folkfest since its inception in 1989, but his experience with sleight-of-hand goes back 30 years.

• Not all of last weekend’s basketball action was confined to the NBA playoffs, as many Manistique hoops aficionados participated in the “Gus Macker” three-on-three tournament in Iron Mountain. “Court Jocks” a team comprised of MHS athletes Ben Carlson, Adam Fuson, Steve Hinkson, and Tim Sholander, took first in their bracket. “Shadowbox” took the second place trophy during the tournament. Team members included Bill Calhoun, Jim Ebli, John Pistulka and Jim Nelson. A second place trophy was also captured by “Magic Moments” team members Darren Weber, Chris Trebilcock and John Senger.

• It takes more than talent to participate on a Manistique High School athletic team, and recent amendments to the schools’ athletic code will require that sports participants maintain high academic and year-round behavioral standards. Under the new amendment, athletes will be required to training rules for the entire year.

10 Years Ago June 5, 2003

• For years it was lost in the trees, hidden from motorists who raced by on M-77, a distant memory for long-time residents, completely unknown by younger generations. But the Mueller Township cemetery north of Blaney Park is lost no more, thanks to a handful of local officials and volunteers who have restored and reopened the site.

• The members of Big Bay de Noc Girl Scout Troop 214 earned their “My Community” badge last week, when they helped plant flowers for the annual Project Petunia community beautification effort in Manistique. Scouts helping with the planting project were Janelle Dalgord, Ashleigh Hardy, Sara Harrington, Emily Lucas, Melissa Miller, Sarah Miller, Tesha McCarthy Pilon, Shelby Segerstrom and Danielle Swayer. Also helping were mom Lori Dalgord and leader Cindy Swayer.

• After a “soft opening” last summer, Stony Point Golf Course on US-2 west of Manistique is now officially open for business after a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Saturday.

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