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50 Years Ago July 25, 1963
• A millage proposal to finance a new Medical Care Facility will probably be placed before county voters in a special election Nov. 5. A special meeting of the Board of Supervisors to determine the amount of millage and length of time of the levy is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2. In last fall’s general election a one mill proposal for 15 years was defeated by more than a 2-1 margin. Federal funds of approximately $200,000 are available to help finance the proposed building. The county’s share would be $225,000. County Clerk Ferdinand Lessica said this week that the county has received another letter from the State Health Department that they will not renew the license of Cloverland Lodge when it expires in October.
• Manistique’s Company D won the highest rating among field companies in the 107th Engineer Battalion during inspection at its recent summer encampment at Camp Grayling. The local unit was topped only by the battalion staff headquarters and was rated “Excellent” in the inspection.
• Scouts of Troop 406 received their charter in recent ceremonies at the VFW Hall. Members of 406 include Millard Edwards, Scoutmaster; Merle Van Horn, assistant Scoutmaster; John Schmitt, Neighborhood Commission; Jerry Cleveland, Robert Tufnell, Peter Hood, Barry Varvil, Ronald Jackson, Blane Burrell, Mike Gierke, James Wilcock, Peter Rushford, Paul Wood, Gregory Hase and Lloyd Edwards.
• Pete Bosanic, Manistique’s classy middleweight fighter won his sixth straight professional bout last Saturday night in Jackson. Bosanic opened up in the eighth round in what had been a close fight, and the doctor in attendance at ringside, halted the bout when it was obvious that Bosanic’s opponent, Joe Watts, was unable to continue.
• The Manistique Builders submitted the low bid of $116,532 for the general contract to build the new Alger County Jail. Bids were opened Tuesday at Munising. Paul Olsen and George Johnson of Manistique are partners in the local firm.
• Clarence McNamara won the 1963 Knights of Columbus Pinochle tourney last Monday night by scoring 251 in his final match.
35 Years Ago July 27, 1978
• The city council decided Monday night to investigate the possibility of turning over its garbage collection duties to a private contractor. The city currently operates one truck, which is manned by two employees. “There’s not a whole lot of cities anywhere in the country that are doing it themselves,” said City Manager Bob Risik. The council authorized Risik to seek bids on a three-year contract with a private company. Risik said he did not “anticipate” a hike in rates if a private firm does take over garbage collection. Residential users now pay the city $1.50 a month for the service.
• New owners took over Coluzzi’s tavern, 325 Deer St., earlier this month. They are Fred and Rita Winistanley, formerly of Milford, Mich. They currently are doing some minor remodeling of the bar, and plan to add pizza and spaghetti to the menu. They are also considering offering live music.
• City champion little leaguers from the State Savings Bank team include: Todd Linne, David Marks, Shawn Snyder, Scott Chartier, Bob Ayotte, James Ruth, Bob Brandstrom, Bob Mercier, Russ Linne, Dale Gould, David Cayia, Jim Marks, manager; David Gould, assistant coach; and Jim Marks Coach.
• Manistique Senior Leaguers swept a double elimination tournament against Marquette and Gladstone to win the district title last weekend in Gladstone. The defeat of the two teams by wide margins returned the district trophy to Manistique where it rested last year. Manistique had strong pitching performances by Joe Vaughn and Brian Smith to win the title. Manager Howard Smith and Coach Larry LaLonde take their ball club to Sault Ste. Marie on Friday to compete in Regional play.
20 Years Ago July 29, 1993
• The first Kruz-In Car Show brought area auto enthusiasts together on Saturday at the Pines Park in Manistique. More than 800 car lovers admired the cars. Each had their own personal favorite. Around 100 owners entered their cars in the show. One unique aspect of the show was the fact that people chose the winners.
• The boat launch at the site of the old go-cart track is ready to be used by anglers. Representatives of the public sector, private sector and business cut the ribbon.
• New State of Michigan and United States flags were raised at the Schoolcraft Historical Museum and Water Tower. The Disabled American Veterans Manistique Chapter 26 donated the American flag and Rep. Pat Gagliardi donated the state flag.
• The Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees decided at their July 21 meeting to accept the $717,000 bid from Peninsula Contractors of Marquette to renovate the obstetrics unit and expand the hospital’s laboratory. Once the construction is complete, the hospital laboratory will be doubled in size and the obstetrics department will have two birthing rooms, a newborn nursery, six postpartum rooms and a waiting room for friends and family.
10 Years Ago July 24, 2003
• After at least five years of work, a new snowmobile crossing over Indian River is nearing completion.
• The Budweiser Clydesdales paid a brief visit to Manistique last week, when they stopped off en route to Green Bay.
• After putting together an impressive winning streak in tournament action, the post-season trail came to an end for the Manistique 9 and 10-year-old allstars when they lost 4-2 to Michigan-Wisconsin East last Saturday. The final tournament game at the Manistique field was slated for Wednesday between Gladstone and Michigan-Wisconsin South.
• Two members of Boy Scout Troop 400 attended Monday night’s School Board meeting, working on their Eagle Badge in communications. Watching the meeting and taking notes were Ryan Peterson and Cory VanAmberg.