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50 Years Ago
June 27, 1963
• Voters in the city gave a resounding stamp of approval to two proposals for a new Armory-Community building in a special election Monday. Two earlier proposals for the Armory were defeated in county-wide balloting. The city vote was planned after reorganization of the National Guard unit here increased its strength, and also increased the amount of Federal and state financing available for the project.
• The Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps participated in the parade of the American Legion U.P. Convention last Saturday in Marquette. The group rated high in inspection, the first phase of the competition. “The uniforms were brilliant and the corps really stood out,” the judges commented.
• The Manistique Boy Scout Development Committee met Tuesday evening to discuss the progress being made at the Boy Scout camp on the Indian River near Intake Park. The National Guard unit has built a road across the property and used light poles have been donated for the entrance gate. Jerry Vickery, president of the committee, presented plans for the chapel setting where churches of all faiths may hold their Sunday services. This area will also be available for Tenderfoot Scout investitures as well as other formal scout ceremonies.
• A five-day camp out by members of the local Air Explorers unit came to a halt one day early when three bears Tuesday were reported roaming the new Scout Camporee area, just across the Indian River from Intake Park. Air Explorer Adviser Jerry Vickery said the bears also had frightened livestock on the Nick Frankovich farm, neat the camp. He said planned to confer with Conservation Officer Ernest Derwin on how to control the unwanted visitors.
• Charlie Kendall, manager of the Harbor Bar slow pitch softball team, reports that opposing squads are evidently afraid to show up to do battle with his warriors. “We’ve shown up twice for scheduled games and the opposition has never appeared,” said Charlie this week. “It’s obvious that we’re too good a team for any opposition in the city.” Any team wishing to dispute Charlie’s statement may contact him at Barnes’ Service Station and schedule a contest.
• Vern Bernard arrived home last Sunday after attending an intensive course at the Ross School of Aviation in Tulsa, Okla. He was graduated from commercial and flight instructor school.
35 Years Ago June 29, 1978
• Two Manistique Area Schools Board of Education members who are retiring after 16 years of service each were honored Tuesday night at an appreciation dinner at the school. Despite the troubled time of the school’s financial condition, both Margaret Waters and Denton Nelson accepted the appreciation event with good spirits.
• The cartoon character Yogi Bear might be jealous if he ever hears about the success of some weekend cooler-snatchers at campgrounds near Manistique. Yogi was famous for grabbing picnic baskets while swinging from trees. However, some area thieves have added a new twist: cooler snatching from a motor vehicle. Campers staying at the Ramada Inn Camp Inn lost three coolers late Saturday or early Sunday morning, state police said. Trooper Ron Koski said the same thing happened at Indian Lake State Park two weeks ago. The Ramada Inn raid netted the cooler thieves over $150 of T-bone steaks, chickens, assorted meats, pop and beer. Two weeks ago at the state park, thieves got away with over three cases of beer.
• Dr. Robert J. Urban has been named a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice as a result of passing a certification examination offered by the ABFP. He is now certified in the specialty of family practice. The intensive two-day written examination taken by Dr. Urban is designed to prove his ability in the areas of internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and community medicine.
20 Years Ago
July 1, 1993
• After nearly a year of hauling drinking water for park visitors and resident employees, Indian Lake State Park now has good water. Last July it was discovered through routine drinking water monitoring and testing that the park water supply contained traces of fecal coliform. Subsequent tests confirmed that coliform bacteria continued to enter the water system from some unknown source. After meetings with the local and state health officials and a DNR geologist, it was determined that the existing well casing, which was 60 years old, had probably deteriorated to the point where contaminated ground water was entering the system every time the pump was drawing the water level down.
• Fish on the lower end of the Manistique river beware: the fishermen are on their way. An are business, local government officials, outdoors group and the DNR sources have teamed up to get a new boat launch constructed on the Manistique river. Manistique Papers, the city of Manistique, the Manistique river watershed project and DNR officials began construction Monday on the site located at the end of North Cedar Street, up stream from the old site and near the old go-kart track.
• Chris Males shot a 37-40=77 at Indian Lake Golf Club to advance to the Insurance Youth Golf Classic to compete in Big Rapids on July 18 and 19. A field of 45 junior golfers ages ten to 17 competed in hopes of qualifying.
10 Years Ago
June 26, 2003
• Beginning this weekend and lasting approximately 10 weeks, the Manistique Post of the Michigan State Police will not be open on Saturdays and Sundays. According to the post commander, 1st Lt. Kevin Denecke, the shutdown will last until the end of August or beginning of September. Denecke explains that the temporary weekend shutdown is being caused by the state’s current budget woes. With the recent retirement of Sgt. Victor Cole, whose last day on the job was June 20, the post is down to just one sergeant. Money will not be available to fill Cole’s position for 10 weeks, necessitating the weekend closures.
• According to the playwright and director, rehearsals for the Eric’s Spotlight Theatre production of “Whoopdee Zoo!” are different. This time around, says Eric Larson, they’re getting ready for a children’s comedy, and that takes more planning.
• The Manistique Merchants Association and Schoolcraft Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the area’s newest business, Go Figure.