2013-06-20 / News

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50 Years Ago June 20, 1963

• A target date of July 1 has been set for the re-opening of the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co., closed down since last Friday when a pulp storage tank exploded, halting production and causing an estimated $250,000 in damage. The tank blew up at 4:45 p.m., spraying 150 tons of wet pulp over a wide area, knocking out the mill’s 2,000 kva transformer, throwing a long metal conveyor into the river and damaging the adjoining sulphite storage building. The tank was a metal reservoir used to store and regulate the flow of pulp from the pulp mill into the paper machine. The tank was 66 feet three inches in diameter and 30 feet tall, and was completely filled with pulp when the explosion occurred. Rudy Klarich, a mill employee who was near the sulphite storage building when the blast occurred, narrowly escaped injury. He ran to shelter and struggled through wet pulp at the east site of the sulphite shed.

• A tax proposal seeking one mill for three years will be presented to city voters in a special election Monday that seeks to raise $30,000 as the city’s share of a new Armory-Community building. This will be the third time that the proposal has been presented. It failed twice last year on a county-wide basis, passing both times in the city but failing in the townships. Two proposals will be on the ballot. Proposition A asks for the one mill, three year tax levy, while Proposition B seeks approval of deeding the proposed site for the new building to the state.

• A new code to speed the deliveries of mail has been set up for area postal patrons. Known as the “Zip Code,” the five-digit number will also reduce the chance of mis-sent mail, postal officials say. Manistique’s Zip number is 49854, Postmaster John Kelly said Wednesday, while Cooks Postmaster Pete Thelander reported that the number is 49817 for his office. The new system goes into effect nationally on July 1.

• Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hughson, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ketcik and Bernard Smith will leave Saturday to meet with the Michigan Jaycee car caravan forming in Coldwater this week end to drive to the national Jaycee convention in Louisville, Ky. Ketcik, a National Director of the Jaycees, will be a caravan group leader, and will also serve on the state’s national convention committee during the sessions next week.

35 Years Ago June 22, 1978

• A trooper from the Manistique Post of Michigan State Police has uncovered an organized juvenile theft ring in eastern Delta County, police reported this week. During a routine investigation of a breaking and entering charge on May 21 and 22, the trooper, who asked to remain unidentified, developed eight suspects and managed to connect them with other thefts. A total of 17 different buildings were entered by the youths, the trooper said. Among items taken were radios, speakers, ropes and other assorted material. The youths, who cannot be identified because of their age, are from 14 to 16 years old. The cabins broken into ranged in location from sites near Nahma, Isabella, St. Jacques and Garden Corners to near the Alger County line. The trooper said the youths had found out the contents of some of the cabins so that selling the merchandise at school was made easier.

• Manistique High School’s head football coach and the Upper Peninsula Coach of the Year for last year has accepted another coaching position. Daniel Skatzka, of River’s Bend Road, said Wednesday that he accepted a position Friday as head coach for South Lyon High School in South Lyon, Mich. The school is located near Ann Arbor and is Class A in athletic ranking.

• Mary Anthony was presented with a new bicycle from Mike LaBar, grocery manager, on Monday for winning the Red Owl coloring contest. Mary now has a chance to win regional competition and a trip to Disney World. Over 600 entries from 17 years and younger were received.

20 Years Ago June 24, 1993

• The U.S. Postal Service is following other governmental agencies by stomping out smoking in post offices across the country. Manistique Postmaster Richard Giancola said he did not think the ban was an inconvenience to the average postal customer. “I guess it may be a problem if you are a chain smoker,” he said, “but I don’t see why you can’t put it out before you come in.” Giancola said because of safety purposes, postal employees have not been allowed to smoke in postal buildings for the last several years.

• At the beginning of last week, there weren’t any prisoners held in Camp Manistique. Now there are 143. According to Lt. Bill Rottler, the newly classified level one prison took the new prisoners within the last week. “The count will eventually go to 216,” he said. Rottler said the transitional increase is going smoothly and does not anticipate any problems.

• Michigan State Police Manistique Post, attempted to stop a vehicle for a minor traffic violation on June 19 but the vehicle refused to stop. The patrol car followed the vehicle through Manistique to the emergency room of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. At the hospital the driver explained that his 7 1/2 year old son had shot himself in the foot with a pellet gun while in the backyard of their home. Following treatment the boy was released. No citations were issued to the driver.

10 Years Ago June 19, 2003

• A book about the early days in Manistique has won a top award. The golden anniversary edition of William S. Crowe’s “Lumberjack: Inside an Era in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan” was named Best Biography/Memoir in the 2002 Midwest Book Awards competition.

• Ten years ago, he wore a cap and gown and marched into the gymnasium as a member of Manistique High School’s 100th graduating class. This week, Jason Lockwood became the district’s newest administrator. At Monday night’s regular meeting, the Board of Education voted 6-0 to hire Lockwood as the new assistant middle and high school principal.

• It’s a rare feat at any level - high school, college, even the pros. But Dustin Demers of Manistique did something that’s virtually unheard of in local Little League circles, when he pitched a perfect game last Friday, June 13. In his six shutout innings, the 12-year-old struck out 12 batters, including the last three he faced. He allowed no runs, no hits, no walks and no errors. Long-time Little League fans say they can’t remember the last time a local player tossed a perfect game.

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