2013-09-26 / News

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50 Years Ago September 26, 1963

• City tax payments before the Sept. 15 penalty deadline were 87 1/2 percent of the $154,000 total, Clerk and Treasurer R.C. Nelson said this week. He also reminded city residents that the $1 per month garbage collection fee will be added on to the next quarter’s water bills, which are due to go out the first week in October.

• Debate coach Marvin Frederickson has 14 debaters listed on his roster as work begins this fall for competition. The question for debate this year is, “Resolved, that the Federal government should provide essential medical care for all citizens at public expense.” Debaters are: Ninth grade, Robert Davidson, Robert Hood and Mike Orr; tenth grade, Mabel Berger, Dan Anderson and Frank Kelly; 11th grade, Linda Grimes, Barbara Rogers, Terry Cain and Kathy MacGregor; 12th grade, Robert Atherton, Fred Lesica, Eleanor Jorgenson and Christine Mathson. Carl Olson is assisting as reserve debate coach.

• Manistique will step outside the Great Lakes Conference Friday night and journey south of the Straits to do battle with the Northmen of Petoskey. Coach Dick Bonifas’ charges have hopes of repeating last year’s efforts against the Emmet county squad. Petoskey provided the opposition for Homecoming here last fall.

• A stubby halfback from Manistique is one of Michigan State’s most closely watched players in pre-season practice. He is Ron Rubick, a 5-7, 179-pound senior speedster. In spring drills Rubick re-aggravated a knee sprain suffered last fall and underwent corrective surgery. He’s running with the Spartan’s first unit right now, but Ron is not taking part in contact drills until Spartan coaches are convinced he’s reached peaked conditioning.

• A request for an effective building permit program was made by County Tax Director Henry Trippe as he appeared before the City Council Monday night. Trippe said the work for the of his office is being hampered by the fact that many residents do not bother to even obtain building permits, despite the fact they are required to do so by the building ordinance passed in 1959. “Many people do not even know a permit is needed, he said.

35 Years Ago September 28, 1978

• Officials of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc., said yesterday they plan to cease operations in Manistique by the end of February. The A & P grocery store here employs 30 full and part time workers. The store building, which has been occupied by A & P since 1948, was purchased by the First National Bank of Manistique in the 1950s for future expansion. The bank notified A & P in October 1977 that it was intending to undertake its expansion program, which bank officials said had been delayed more than five years in order to accommodate the store. The bank had then worked with A & P in an effort to relocate the store to a new site in Manistique, but the company decided instead to discontinue operations here.

• There will be at least 275 new voters registered to vote in the Oct. 23 school millage election who were not eligible to cast ballots in the last election, Sept. 12.

• Rates for rooms at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will be increased $10 a day beginning Oct. 1, the hospital’s board of trustees decided last week. Rates will be $97 for private rooms and $90 for semi-private rooms. The last rate increase was in October 1977. Hospital Administrator James Gardner blamed the rate hike on inflation and a decrease in occupancy at the hospital. Gardner said the hospital has been operating at 63 percent occupancy, while 65 percent is considered the “break even” point.

• Work on the city’s new $1.3 million sewage treatment plant is about 86 percent complete, according to Ed Doyle, resident engineer. The plant, is expected to be in operation by the fall of 1979.

20 Years Ago September 23, 1993

• The Manistique City Council voted unanimously to pay $41,472 for the M-94 dump scope of work study based on a per capita charge of $12. Councilmember Mike Dougovito said the per capita charge is a computation used to fairly distribute the cost of the study evenly throughout the townships of the county.

• Lakeshore development is still up in the air, but Bill Giles of Giles & Associates of Manistique is patiently waiting to make an offer on the land. Giles said he is still very interested in developing the land owned by the City of Manistique.

• Sgt. John Walker, who writes the Fish report in the Pioneer-Tribune has compiled his unique experiences in a book called “A Deer Gets Revenge”, which is now available at the Pioneer-Tribune office and various local stores.

• The Manistique Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeated Big Bay de Noc in what Coach Bob Ryan called “Just a great high school girls game.” The score was tied at the end of the first quarter 11-11, tied at halftime 23-23 and tied at the end of the third quarter 41-41. Manistique out scored Big Bay 14-13 in the fourth quarter to win 55-54. “Both teams played really hard and deserved to win,” said Ryan.

10 Years Ago September 25, 2003

• When students in the Manistique Area Schools take part in Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) classes this year, they’ll be seeing a new but familiar face at the front of the class. Diana Herlik, an 11 year deputy with Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department has been named the new DARE officer. She replaces Deputy Curt Erickson, who retired at the end of the last school year.

• Eleven Manistique cheerleaders will travel to Florida in December to perform in the Capital One Bowl halftime show. While in Florida, the girls will go to Disney World on Monday, with the next two days spent in full-day practice session. On Thursday, the girls will spend the morning in dress rehearsal before performing at halftime of the football game. They will return to Michigan on Friday.

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