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50 Years Ago November 28, 1963
• A shocked and saddened Schoolcraft County joined with the rest of the nation Monday in paying tribute to President John F. Kennedy, cut down by an assassin’s bullet last Friday in Dallas. Schools closed for the day, bells tolled and flags flew at half mast. Traffic in the downtown area of Manistique was extremely light, as people seemed to go through the routine motions of the day in a hushed and somber manner. A brief memorial service for the late president was held at 1 p.m. Monday in front of the Post Office.
• Local pilot Vern Bernard is now a FAA certified flight instructor, and is offering training at the Schoolcraft County Airport in ground school instruction, basic instruments, student pilot training, private pilot and flight training and instructors’ ratings. Bernard recently returned from the Ross School of Aviation at Tulsa, Okla., where he had been attending classes for the past two months.
• State Highway Commissioner John C. Mackie said last week a 400-mile scenic shoreline highway along Lake Superior “is a necessity in order to assure the future growth of the tourist industry in the Upper Peninsula.” “We have long recognized this but construction of the entire route has been delayed by lack of funds,” Mackie said. Mackie said a federal program of scenic highways, proposed by Sen. Phillip A. Hart of Michigan “offers us our best hope of financing this and other shoreline routes in Michigan.”
• John Watson of the River Road hooked a 34-inch pike last Thursday while fishing in the Jamestown Slough with a minnow and bamboo pole. The weight of the fish was estimated at 12 to 15 pounds. Watson also reported the perch were biting well.
• Gov. George Romney has joined the growing group of those paying tribute to the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. and to Field Enterprises, Inc., for their recent announcement. In a recent letter to Russell Stewart, chairman of the board of the local firm, Romney wrote: “Decision of the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co to invest $2 1/2 million in an expansion and modernization program is an important economic development for the Upper Peninsula and for the entire state of Michigan. May I take this opportunity to wish you continued success which will require even greater expansion in the years ahead.
35 Years Ago November 30, 1978
• The city council this week introduced an amendment to its present snow removal ordinance that would allow parking only on the even-numbered sides of the streets from December through March. The ordinance, which would be in effect 24 hours a day, would be in addition to the present snow removal ordinance, which now prohibits all parking on city streets from 2 to 7 a.m.
• Today is the final day of the 1978 firearms deer season in Michigan, and local game officials unanimously agree it was not a particularly good season for this area. “The kill has been light this year and the number of hunters has been down,” said Dale Myers, state conservation officer, “For some reason the deer are just not showing up.” The hunters did not show up either, at least in this area. “A lot of hunters went through here, but then went on to Delta, Menominee and Dickinson counties,” said Conservation Officer John Walker. Department of Natural resources officials at Newberry said Wednesday 3,114 deer had been recorded on vehicles heading south across the Mackinac Bridge compared with 2,573 by this time last year. The number of actual vehicles making the crossing, however, is down more than 10 percent.
• For the first time in many years, Upper Peninsula boys’ basketball teams are launching their seasons after Thanksgiving. The 1978-79 high school campaign, delayed past the traditional Nov. 15 opening by state mandate, gets underway this week with more than 25 courts. The inaugurals coincide with the start of girls’ post-season playoffs. The Emeralds boys’ varsity team consists of Jon Johnson, Brian Smith, Tim Tufnell, Tom Smith, Scott Weber, Ben Godlewski, Bob Danko, Jim Curran, Paul Culey, Gary Ketcik, Jeff Savoie, Bill Giles, George Danko, Manager Alan Barr and Coach Seb Rubick
20 Years Ago December 2, 1993
• The Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of Arthoscopy equipment from Dyonics Equipment for $34,975, which will allow the hospital to perform knee surgeries at the hospital during the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Administrator David Jahn said the new equipment would allow the patients to undergo surgery here instead of having to travel to Marquette for the surgery. Dr. Jay Epinga, an orthopedic surgeon from Marquette General will be at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital every Wednesday to perform the operation.
• Manistique’s Alison Mallocoh, Sue Fleck and Renee Kennedy, along with Big Bay de Noc’s Debbie Hermes were named to the 1993 All-UP Girls Basketball Team by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. For the second straight year, Malloch made first team Class A-B-C and Hermes was named first team Class D. Fleck and Kennedy were given honorable mentions.
• The Big Bay de Noc Girls Varsity Basketball Team fell short in their bid to take the Class D Regional Championship on Wednesday, Nov. 24, losing to Ewen-Trout Creek 51-45 in Marquette. Despite the loss, the Lady Bears finished the season with a 16-8 record under rookie coach Kim Picord.
10 Years Ago November 27, 2003
• A former Detroit Lions quarterback will be in schoolcraft County next week to present three programs aimed at suicide prevention. Eric Hipple will visit the area Dec. 2.
• Looking stunning in their purple pajamas and red hats, the local chapter of the Red Hat Society gathered for breakfast at Ann Marie’s Family Dining last week. Members attending were Do’na Nelson, Marge Fountain, Alice Lewis, Elaine Berto, Marie Sellman, Bonnie Garvin, Esther Czarnik, Dorothy Underwood, Judy Ruttan, Helen Easterday, Fern Robinson, Donna Letson, Gerry Aydlott, Mabel Patz and Jean Anthony.
• If you heard a loud noise coming from the Manistique Middle and High School last Friday, don’t worry. It was just members of the sixth grade class participating in the American Cancer Society’s annual Smoke Scream. Led by members of TATU, with help from the cheerleaders the event ended a week of activities