2013-07-04 / News

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50 Years Ago

July 4, 1963

• Mrs. Faye Anderson of Manistique, a teacher at Cooks, has been promoted to Superintendent of Cooks Public Schools, replacing H.C. Schwartz, who resigned earlier this year. Officers for the coming year were elected at the reorganization meeting of the Cooks school board Monday evening. Raymond Lauston was named president, Peter Thelander was re-elected secretary and William Haindl chosen as treasurer.

• Adult swimming classes for beginners may be offered this summer by the City Recreation Department if enough interest is shown, Director Dick Bonifas reported this week. At least 12 persons should be enrolled in the course, he said, and a fee of $1 each would be made. The class would be offered in the evenings at Indian Lake.

• New City Manager Samuel C. Gesko took over his duties Monday morning at City Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Gesko and their two children moved into the Chittenden home on Arbutus Ave. shortly after arriving Saturday. The former personnel director of the City of Livonia and ex-manager at Three Rivers spent most of his first day on the job meeting people and going over books and procedures with acting clerk and treasurer Raymond Krusic and acting manager John Carstensen. The 35-year old Gesko replaces Carstensen, who was hired on a temporary basis after Clarence Motz resigned in April after only three weeks on the job. His first council meeting will be Monday.

• Persons using the quarry as a swimming pool should not expect to use the bandshell as a dressing room or toilet, City Recreation Director Dick Bonifas said this week. Swimming in the quarry is supposed to be prohibited, but a large number of youngsters cool off there anyway. Bonifas said the bandshell would be carefully policed to prevent a recurrence of the vandalism of last summer.

• Carl Olson, superintendent of Manistique City Schools for the last six years is resigning his post to return to teaching and counseling. His surprise announcement came at a special meeting of the board Monday night. In accepting his letter of retirement, members of the board lauded Olson for his years of service as an administrator, and welcomed him to the Manistique City School’s teaching staff.

35 Years Ago July 6, 1978

• Schoolcraft County will receive more than $225,000 if Gov. William Milliken signs the new “swamp tax” bill that passed both state houses late last week. The bill raises the amount the state pays local governments for tax-reverted recreation and forest land from the current 58 cents an acre to $1.50. Schoolcraft County, which trails only Luce County in the amount of tax-reverted acres in its borders, would receive $369,933 if the bill is signed. The county now received $143,063 for the 246,662 acres of tax-reverted land it contains.

• Two abandoned houses on North Fourth Street in Manistique were burned last week as part of the city’s blight removal program. The city has received federal funds for both renovation of houses in need of repair whose owners cannot afford to undertake the work and for removal of abandoned structures that cannot be repaired. Anyone owning a structure that needs removal should contact the city zoning administration at City Hall. There is no charge for the removal.

• The sale and use of most fireworks in Michigan became illegal once again with a new law that went into effect Saturday, July 1. The law prohibits all fireworks except for sparklers, caps and small smoke devices. Firecrackers, skyrockets, roman candles and other similar explosives are specifically banned. The new law replaces a previous law that had been found to be unenforceable against certain larger fireworks. Fireworks dealers discovered a loophole in the old law created when the state adopted federal standards.

20 Years Ago

July 8, 1993

• Did you ever wish you could make banking transactions late at night, on the weekend or while you were on vacation? If you have, the State Savings Bank has installed the area’s first automatic teller machine (ATM) located at Lakeshore Shell on U.S.-2 to better serve it’s customers.

• The Schoolcraft County Environmental Lab is well underway and should be fully functional in about six weeks.

• Darrin Weber, Mike “Horse” Kraatz, Chris Trebilcock and Rick Folcik won the Gladstone Fourth of July three-on-three basketball tournament. They won nine straight games after losing their first to win the event. Weber and Trebilcock are former Manistique High School players. Kraatz currently plays for the Emeralds and Folcik is from Rapid River.

• Summerfest began at the Schoolcraft County Medical Care facility on June 16 as Country Western Entertainer, Dean Summers, of Flint, Mich., made his fifth annual appearance in Schoolcraft County, to entertain seniors, patients at the Medical care facility and just any age range who stopped in to listen. Summers is a retired General Motors executive who enjoys helping people to pass the time with his guitar, vocal and jokes that involve the senior groups. A busy day with three western shows scheduled , brought him to the Senior Citizens Center, the Medical Care Facility and finally the Heritage House.

10 Years Ago

July 3, 2003

• People attending this year’s Schoolcraft County Independence Day Parade should have no trouble knowing when the event is about to begin. It will be heralded by the sudden appearance of a high-tech Air Force aircraft making a pair of passes above Manistique. The visit from the F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter was requested by the local Fourth of July Committee and arranged with help from a hometown boy, Air Force Maj. Lawrence Leny. The son of Bob and Carol Leny is a 1983 graduate of Manistique High School.

• Going under the name “Team U.P.,” a group of local residents took part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure at Bay Beach in Green Bay. Altogether more than 1,200 walkers participated in the major fundraising event. “Team U.P.” raised a whopping $5,512, earning second place in the Family Division and fifth overall.

• Manistique High School Senior Nicole Kleeman recently captured a gold medal at the National HOSA Leadership Competition in Atlanta. Nicole, the daughter of Dennis and Pam Kleeman, earned her way to the event through regional and state-level competition.

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