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50 Years Ago July 11, 1963
• There will be a fee for garbage collection in the city of Manistique starting Aug. 1. A resolution to amend the existing garbage ordinance was approved at Monday’s meeting of the City Council. The rate was set at $1 per month per family for one and two family dwelling units, and 75 cents per month per family for dwelling units of three families or more. Commercial collections for hotels, motels, restaurants and other business places will have a rate based on the average amount and frequency of collection, fixed by the City Manager. The fee will be billed quarterly, along with water and sewer charges, with a 15 percent penalty in force after 15 days. The charges will constitute a lien on the property involved, and could be entered on the tax roll if payment is delinquent.
• Sand traps aren’t the only hazards on the golf courses. A Detroit City Policeman was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital last Wednesday for treatment of injuries suffered when he was hit by a small bus while he was teeing off at the fifth hole at the Blaney Park course. State Police said that a park employee had parked the foreign-made bus on a hill nearby and failed to set the brakes. The victim was treated for back injuries.
• Opening of the new Garden Chapel on State Street in Garden was announced this week by Donal E. Messier and Robert W. Broullire of the Messier Broullire Funeral Home. An open house is planned from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday to allow area residents to inspect the completely remodeled building, which has been equipped for complete funeral service.
• Two Manistique youths on motorbikes were injured Saturday afternoon when hit by a car on US-2 in Nahma Township, near the Pine Grove Bar. The youths ages 16 and 18 were taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital with leg injuries suffered in the accident. A passenger in the car involved was also injured in the mishap, and she was also taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. State Police said that the car involved had passed another car and started to swing back into the proper lane when it hit the two boys riding their motorbikes just ahead of the car that was passed. The driver of the vehicle was ticketed for improper passing.
35 Years Ago July 13, 1978
• The Manistique Area Schools Board of Education elected a new chairman and secretary at a re-organizational meeting on July 5. Incumbent board member Billie Doyle was voted in as chairman and also incumbent board member Ginger Stark received the secretary’s spot. Board officers who retained their positions were Treasurer John Mincoff and Vice President James Goudreau
• General Telephone repair and installation service to customers in the Manistique area is expected to return to normal in two weeks, Lois Reagan, division. The telephone company was notified by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1106 that a contract offered by the company to settle a strike had been ratified by union membership. The ratification marked the end of a 53 day strike that began May 15.
• The Manistique City Council Monday officially rejected the only bid it had received on the $2.6 million sewer separation project it had planned to undertake later this summer. The bid, for slightly over $4 million, had been nearly double the estimates of city engineers.
• The senior league all-star champions from 1977 finally got their trophy Tuesday. All-stars from Manistique have won the district championship for the past two years and hope to keep the championship in Manistique this year. Team members are: Ben Godlewski, Bill Giles, Gary Ketcik, Joe Vaughan, John Reid, Allen Gould, Scott Weber, Brian Smith, Bob Miller, Kevin Johnson, Shad Holmberg, Scott Kerridge, Bob Danko, Doug Bernard, Al Schuetter, coach Orville Collingwood and manager, Howard Smith.
20 Years Ago July 15, 1993
• Manistique may get help from juvenile offenders who have hurt the community. The Manistique city council was asked by probate court judge Werner at Monday’s council meeting if the city was interested in using juvenile offenders to provide general maintenance work around the area. Questions arose concerning the city’s liability if one of the youths was injured. Werner said that Ron Tennant would get back to the city with answers. The proposal seemed to be well received by council.
• Travelers should love the new rest area just east of Naubinway on US-2 in Mackinac County, which was officially dedicated at a public ceremony on July 10. It is the first roadside park in Michigan to have running water and flushable toilets.
• Lakeside students Holly Leonard, Melissa Peterson, Jill Nelson, Travis Nowak, Erin Jewett, Derek Wood, George LaVance and Jacole Martin all had perfect attendance for the 1992-93 school year.
• The Manistique Area Schools Foundation is making preparations to celebrate 10 successful years of fund raising, which has enabled MHS graduates to pursue higher education. Six $1,000 scholarships were given to graduates of the Class of 993.
10 Years Ago July 10, 2003
• Approximately 250 people attended the first-ever Manistique High School All-Class Reunion held at Little Bear West Arena July 4. Among those gathering for the event were Class of 1940 members Bibi Duquette, Cubby Olson, Helen Wilcock, Peter Gorsche, Mary Perhach and Duane Waters.
• Former Alabama resident Michael Kilpatrick stopped in Manistique as part of a bicycle tour across all “Lower 48” states. Kilpatrick who has ridden more than 22,000 miles has only five states remaining to complete his odyssey, is writing a book about survival on the road.
• Keeping an annual tradition going, the Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds were turned into a tent city Sunday night, as participants in a League of Michigan Bicyclists’ tour arrived in Manistique to begin their week-long journey. This year’s 287-mile tour is called MUP (Middle of da Upper Peninsula). Early Monday morning, the bikers departed the area for stops in Eben Junction, Marquette, North Dickinson and Escanaba before concluding their tour back to Manistique on Friday. While they’re out on the road, the riders’ cars and vans are parked at the Little Bear West Arena.