2013-08-15 / News

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50 Years Ago August 15, 1963

• Camp Hy-da-way, the Manistique Girls Scout Day Camp at Indian Lake, has been wired and new fixtures and outlets have been installed - and all for free! Jack Roemer of Roemer Electric donated his time and equipment to the project as a surprise gift to the local Scouts. Power hook up with the camp is expected soon, possibly during the current camping session.

• Small boys may dream of running away and going to sea, but Carl Freiberg never thought his car entertained any notions like that. Yet Wednesday afternoon the state park manager at Fayette heard what he described as “an awful noise” and looked out the window to see his car sail off the end of the dock and into Snail Shell Bay. Freiberg had parked the car behind the house, and taken a load of groceries inside. Somehow the car rolled loose, and made a right hand turn, and headed for the harbor. It came to rest 20 feet from shore, in about 10 feet of water. State Police skin divers and a wrecker crew were scheduled to try and haul it out last night.

• Expansion of the base rate area served by the General Telephone Co. west of Manistique has been approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission. Approximately 120 customers on the southeast side of Indian Lake will be affected by the change and will be offered local rates and service. The change means that about half of these customers will no longer be required to pay mileage charges, and that the other half now on rural multi-party lines will be able to choose from regular residential service. This latter group could save 40 cents a month by changing to a residential four-party service from their existing service.

• The price of litter is going up. State Highway Commissioner John C. Mackie said $446,000 has been budgeted for roadside clean up work on Michigan’s 9,200 miles of state highways this year, an increase of $88,000 or about 20 percent compared to last year. “Litter on state highways costs more than $1,200 each day,” said Mackie, “and the yearly total is equivalent to the cost of building nearly a mile of rural freeway.” Besides the State Highway Departments expense, littering also costs county and city highway departments another $1,000 a day to clean up their streets, roads and parks.

35 Years Ago August 17, 1978

• At the regular meeting of the Mid-Peninsula Conference athletic directors voted to rule out Manistique this year in football. “It was the consensus of the directors that any games Manistique might play this year would have to be non-conference games,” said Paul Meli, commissioner of the conference and athletic director at Negaunee. Meli said that under the rules of the constitution of the conference, every member must have a varsity and junior varsity football team and play each member of the conference once. He said that Manistique would necessarily miss its first five football games this year, those with Negaunee, Ishpeming, Gwinn, Norway and an open date. Even if the millage passes Sept. 12, Manistique will be able to play only about three games.

• The City of Manistique plans to develop a roadside park along Lake Michigan on property across from the old Coast Guard station on U.S. 2. The park, which will include two restrooms, picnic tables and several barbecue pits, will be primarily a “rest and recreation” park and will not include swimming facilities. There is reportedly a serious undertow at that section of lakefront, making swimming hazardous.

• Any Schoolcraft County residents who are worried about future overcrowding can rest easy - at least for the next 20 years. A survey released this week by the University of Michigan projected that the county’s population will grow by just 30 percent by the year 2000. Thirty percent may seem like a significant increase, but it ranks a dismal 38 out of 45 Northern Michigan counties included in the survey. U of M researchers estimate the actual population of Schoolcraft County will increase from 8,900 to 11,530.

20 Years Ago August 19, 1993

• The Schoolcraft County Environmental lab is complete and will be dedicated today at 2 p.m. The new lab is located on 80 acres of land donated by Manistique Township east of the Jamestown Slough off Krummich Road. The lab is sponsored by FOCUS, a combination of county, state, federal and industry officials and individuals who want the public to have a better understanding of the local environment.

• Well, we changed the Salmon Derby date to August hoping for better fishing but to no avail. The fishing was lousy. For just about two full days of fishing believe it or not it looked like a seven pound salmon was going to win the $1,000firstplaceprize.Worsethanthata11/2poundsalmonwasaboutto take fifth place. But two hours before the end of the Derby, Dave Lindell came in with a 17 pound 2 ounce King Salmon. Everybody was feeling pretty good, we had decent fish to look at. Then, Keith White really saved the day with a beautiful 27 pound 2 ounce King Salmon. This year was the second largest turn-out of fishermen in eight years, 192 people registered for the tournament.

• The Manistique Area Schools Foundation celebrated its tenth anniversary last week with an open house held at the high school. Foundation selection committee members were among those welcoming visitors.

10 Years Ago August 21, 2003

• Cardinal Field was thrust into duty as an emergency helipad last Thursday evening as a medical evacuation helicopter was called in to transport a patient to the University of Michigan Burn center in Ann Arbor. Manistique Public Safety officers say the man was accidentally burned and sought his own treatment at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. Doctors there arranged the transport to U of M.

• Members of the Inwood Township Fire Department couldn’t have asked for better weather Sunday, as they held their thirty-first annual Cooks Corn Roast. If you waited until the dinner hour to have your corn, you may have been out of luck. This year’s supply of 250 dozen ears ran out about that time. Proceed’s from this year’s annual event will be put towards the purchase of a new Jaws of Life.

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