2013-10-10 / News

A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives

50 Years Ago October 10, 1963

• A site in the vicinity of the quarry pond, in the Central Park area, is the logical place for elementary school location and development, the board of education was told Tuesday night. Max Putters of Marquette, representing the planning firm of Vilican-Leman & Associates, presented the recommendation. The board is planning construction of a new elementary school in some central location, as soon as money is available from the recently approved building and site tax levy. Putters said the logical answer to school location in Manistique was to build a single elementary school to serve the entire community, and operate limited bus service to transport students if necessary. He also said a single elementary school centrally located outside the city would almost be sufficient to serve all the youngsters in the county districts. Board members pointed out that this was hardly feasible and certainly not acceptable.

• It’s Fire Prevention Week, and local firemen are conducting their annual inspection of business places and checking for obvious fire hazards. Harry Durno, assistant Public Safety director, urged homeowners to check their attics, basements and stairways for possible fire sources. “Frayed cords and defective appliances are also dangerous fire spots,” he said.

• Tuberculin skin testing of almost 2,500 children and school personnel in Schoolcraft County has been completed by Dr. John L. Isbister of the State Health Dept. and by the Alger-Schoolcraft Health Dept. “Not one child showed a positive reaction,” said Dr. R. A. Tearman, director of the county health unit, a record the Dr. Isbister termed “fantastic.”

• The visiting Newberry Indians may find a hot reception awaiting them in Manistique Friday night when they arrive to do the honors as the opposition in the annual Homecoming Game here. Stung by last week’s 14-13 loss to Gladstone, the Emerald have been working hard to polish their attack for their first home appearance in a month.

• Two Manistique students are among the 10 finalists for the crowns of Homecoming King and Queen at Northern Michigan University. Mary Makel, S. Cedar St. and Ron Bokros, Indian Lake are in contention for the crowns.

35 Years Ago October 12, 1978

• The Manistique City Council took the first step Tuesday night toward the adoption of a curfew ordinance that would prohibit children under 17 years old to be in public after 11 p.m. The ordinance would require parents to pay a fine of $25 for the first offence and $100 for subsequent offenses. Children who are caught violating the ordinance will be taken to the police station at City Hall, where their parents must come and pick them up. If no parent or guardian has come within two hours, the child will be turned over to juvenile authorities. The curfew extends from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

• The Manistique Area Schools Board of Education learned Tuesday night that enrollment for the district had dropped 140 students from last year. It is not known how much of the decrease is attributed to the schools’ millage problems, but some parents have enrolled their children in nearby schools in the face of the uncertain situation at Manistique. The figures presented to the board showed the district has 1,618 students, which include full time adult education students. The schools had projected a 1,748 enrollment for the 1978-79 year.

• Experience was probably the key to last Friday’s 34-6 loss to Iron Mountain, a team that was playing its sixth game of the season. The Emeralds, held up by millage problems, were entering their first season contest. Tom Burns led the Emeralds in rushing with 52 yards on 11 carries. He was followed by Tony McLaren with 35 yards, Scott Weber with 34, Joe Vaughn with 26 and Tim Tufnell with 15. D.J. Anderson was 1 for 5 passing for 15 yards and Bob Weinert was 1 for 3 for 15 yards. Karl Levin caught both passes.

20 Years Ago October 7, 1993

• The City of Manistique Planning and Zoning Board met Tuesday to listen to plans from Cristenson Building Corporation, of Minneapolis, Minn. on the building of a 40,000 square foot merchandise retail store. Sally Schuetter, chairperson of the board said the builders requested that the property between the Marathon Gas Station and Sunny Shores Restaurant on US-2 be rezoned from Residential-1 to Business-3. Bob Ellison, Vice President of Real Estate for Pamida said the company has looked at Manistique as a possible site for a store, but would not say if Christenson Building Corporation was representing the retail chain.

• Milt Clark, advisor for the EPA told citizens in Manistique that between 22 and 88 pounds of PCBs in Manistique Harbor are flowing into Lake Michigan each year. Clark said the estimate is based on a study by the University of Wisconsin. The informational session was held on Wednesday in the High School Auditorium.

• Big Bay de Noc senior Debbie Hermes passed the 1,000 point scoring mark for the Lady Bear Varsity basketball team during the Sept. 30 game against Rapid River. The daughter of Peter and Jeanne Hermes has played basketball since fourth grade.

10 Years Ago October 9, 2003

• If everything goes according to plan the Schoolcraft County Historical Society’s new storage building won’t be the only improvements at Pioneer Park. Manistique firefighters are hoping to expand the building at the back of the park that houses the city’s historic hook and ladder truck. The goal is to roughly double the size of the structure and make room to display another old emergency vehicle; the vintage LaFrance fire truck, which is currently without a permanent home.

• Bowling is alive again at the Elks Temple in Manistique. After several years of being inactive, the lanes in the lower level of the lodge are operational, offering leagues and open bowling. The Strike Zone, owned and operated by Al and Dana Danz, opened for business on Oct. 3. Danz learned of the lanes while helping with last spring’s clean-up effort after lower level water damage.

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