2014-01-09 / News

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50 Years Ago January 9, 1964

• The promise of Hill-Burton Federal funds to help finance a medical care facility for Schoolcraft County has been withdrawn by the Michigan Department of Health. J.R. Homminga, director of the hospital and medical facilities division, wrote to Mayor Harold Carlson, chairman of the board of supervisors’ medical care committee, to inform him that it would no longer be possible to offer Federal funds for the project. “It is no longer possible to continue to hold open commitments when there is no assurance that the applicant can provide the matching funds and proceed,” Homminga wrote.

• The possibility of building a joint City-County Building adjacent to the courthouse and centralizing governmental units in a single location was discussed at the meeting of the Schoolcraft County Board of Supervisors Monday. Supervisor Lindsley Frenette of Doyle Township made the proposal, and urged study of the plan.

• Permission must be obtained from City Hall for residents to allow their water taps to run continuously during cold weather, City Manager S.C. Gesko, Jr. said this week. “At this time of year, it has sometimes been advisable to allow water to run continuously, during periods of extremely cold weather, in order to prevent freezing of water lines,” he said. “Residents are reminded that this practice is prohibited without first obtaining authorization from City Hall. When meters are read in March, those who have let water run continuously without authorization, will be charged for the total amount of water used, without benefit of any flat rate,” he said.

• Pete Bosanic, Michigan middleweight champion, has returned to his home in Manistique to begin training for his Feb. 14 bout in Madison Square Garden. Pete also has a March 6 date in Amarillo, Texas, to challenge Texas lightheavy champ Bennie Burgress of Dallas for that crown. Pete reported that he has been sparring with his brother Larry in his basement gym. “He’ll be ready for the Golden Gloves and I’ll be in shape for my fights,” he said.

• Workmen for the Edison Sault Electric Company were at work last week removing the community Christmas decorations, marking the end of the holiday season here.

35 Years Ago January 11, 1979

• Schoolcraft County got 140.40 inches of snow during the winter of 1977- 78, according to figures released by the Michigan State Highway Department, placing tenth in the state. First place went to Keweenaw County, which received 208.38 inches of snow. Alger County came in second with 196.08 inches, followed by Houghton with 193.85 inches then Luce Baraga, Ontonagon, Benzie, Antrim, Gogebic and Schoolcraft counties. Although that 140 inches seemed like a lot of snow at the time, last year’s snowfall was light compared to the winter of 1976-77. That year, four counties in the state received over 200 inches of snow.

• While seven of twelve proposed wilderness sites in the U.P. were recommended for that designation by United States Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland Thursday, Schoolcraft County’s Big Island Lake site was not. The 6,600-acre site, located near Steuben in northwestern Schoolcraft County, has been recommended for a Multiple-use designation that would permit camping, hunting and normal recreational pursuits, as well as timber cutting and livestock grazing. District Ranger George Lyon said some local people believe the Big Island Lake area is already designated as wilderness because of the ban on off-road vehicles which is in effect there.

• Merwin White was elected chairperson of the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners in a 4-3 secret ballot vote at the Jan. 3 organizational meeting. White replaces Ernest Hoholik, who held the position since 1972. The election also makes the first Republican chairperson of the board since 1968 when White last held the post. Four returning commissioners and three commissioners newly elected last November were sworn in at the meeting.

20 Years Ago January 13, 1994

• Manistique maintained its “banana belt” reputation with warmer low temperatures than surrounding areas on Tuesday. The problem is that warmer was -24 degrees before the windchill factor. The cold did bring some smiles, especially to young faces. School was cancelled for Manistique Area Schools, Big Bay de Noc and St. Francis de Sales on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bay de Noc Community College and Northern Michigan University were also closed both days.

• Top racers from Indiana, Wisconsin, Canada and Michigan competed in the Second Annual Indian Lake Ice Drags held last weekend. Racers had only praise for the event, in spite of the below zero temperatures and cancellation of some races on Saturday due to blowing snow.

• Three boys and three girls from Manistique recently competed in the second round of competition in the Elks Hoop Shoot at Marquette High School on Jan. 8. David Winkel, shooting in the boys 10-11 year old division, was crowned district champion and will now advance to the state finals to be held in Auburn Hills on Feb. 12. He is the son of Richard and Donna Winkel. Also competing in the district tournament were Tara Bjorne, Christine Richey, Jenny Jenerou, Kyle Larson and Jon Urban.

10 Years Ago January 8, 2004

• For the third time in the past year, the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners has a new chair and vice chair. At the board’s annual organizational meeting Jan. 5 Commissioner Lindsley Frenette was unanimously elected chairman and former vice chair Keith Aldrich returned to the position by a 3-2 vote.

• On. Dec. 13, 16-year-old local snowcross racer, Eric Zellar took part in the Canadian Open at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In a field of 10 racers, he finished third in the first heat, second place in heat two, and third in the finals. On Jan. 2 he raced in the Menominee Superstars of Snocross in Shawano, Wis. In a 14-racer field, Zellar took a first and fourth in the opening heats, and finished third in the finals.

• The Manistique Emeralds varsity basketball team made it three in a row Tuesday night with another impressive performance and a defeat of the Munising Mustangs. With the victory, the Emeralds bumped their record to 3-3 - marking a complete turnaround from their disappointing 0-3 start.

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