A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago March 5, 1964
• The City of Manistique has received a written offer for the purchase of the old City Hall property, which fronts both on River and Cedar streets, City Manager S.C. Gesko reported this week. The purchase offer totals $20,000. The offer was received from the firm of Welsh, Trowbridge, Bills, Planert and Gould, legal representatives for commercial interests in Green Bay which are interested in the property. The offer stands for 30 days, and would require a resolution by the council, within that period, for formal acceptance.
• Plans to establish a student loan fund for use by high school graduates seeking advanced training were approved at a meeting of the Junior-Senior Parent-Teachers Association Tuesday night at the high school. A $100 donation for the fund has already been received.
• A new anesthesia unit for use with children up to six years old has been added at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. Purchased by the Hospital Auxiliary at a cost of $220, the Ohio-Heidbrink Infant Circle Absorber will be used in connection with the new anesthesia machine that was also purchased recently at a cost of $1,800.
• Cadet Girl Scout Troop 12, with Mrs. Margaret Waters as leader, prepared the food, made the table decorations and poured the coffee, as their challenge of social dependability project when they entertained their mothers and Mrs. Earl Williamson, president of the local girl scout council. The reception was held from 3 to 5 Sunday at the home of Mrs. Waters. Members of the troop are Jane Brunet, Christine Cooper, Rosemary Creeden, Debra Fountain,Glenadine Gray, Bonnie Hentschell, Susan Pollman, Pamela Putvin, Mary Beth Waters, Karen Wehner, Linda Selling, Karen Lasich, Patricia Johnson, Gail Glaser and Sheryl Kanerva.
• The ice at the southern end of Indian Lake was loaded with cars and fishermen Sunday at the Fishing Derby for youngsters, sponsored by the Schoolcraft County Sportsmen’s Club. Jane Schneider had the biggest fish of the day, a 21-inch Northern. The only Northern caught, it took first and consolation prizes in this division. Pickings were even leaner in the Walleye division. Jackie Greguraush had the only entry, a 12-inch fish that was measured and then returned to the water, but was good for first and consolation prizes. Tommy Jenerou took first prize in the Perch division with a fish 11 1/4 inches long.
35 Years Ago March 8, 1979
• More than 22,500 labels from Campbells Soup cans were collected by St. Francis de Sales students during a three-month drive that concluded last week. The drive, part of the Labels for Education Program, will allow the school to order various instructional materials at no cost. “We did very well,” said school administrator Sister Janice. “It was really a community-wide effort.” The 22,500 labels will bring the school a rhythm instrument kit, a filmstrip projector, a classroom record player and a mobile equipment table. The school should receive the new equipment in May.
• “Political realities” apparently were the primary reason for not designating an area in Schoolcraft County as wilderness, a federal official said this week. The 6,600-acre area known as Big Island Lakes just west of Steuben had been one of 12 parcels in the Upper Peninsula formally considered for wilderness designation by Congress. The designation would have banned all motorized use in the area and prohibited resource management. The area would have been allowed to return to its natural state.
• The Manistique Emeralds captured undisputed second place in the Mid- Peninsula Conference this season, but it took an overtime win over Norway Friday night to do it. The Emerald finished regular season play with a 9-5 conference mark and a 14-6 overall record. Had Manistique lost to Norway, the Emeralds would have shared second place with Negaunee, who ended with an 8-6 mark.
• Ron Johnson and Wallen Godlewski were among those honored for their dedication and hard work for Pack 402 of the Cub Scouts at a special Blue and Gold Banquet held recently to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cub Scouts in the Manistique area.
20 Years Ago March 10, 1994
• Ten illegal gill nets which were over 3,000 feet long, were discovered in Big Bay de Noc by the Department of Natural Resources Monday. “We were on surveillance because we know this type of activity is going on,” Sgt. Dave Wickert, Commercial Fish Specialist for the DNR said. “The nets had about 1,300 pounds of fish in them. We couldn’t return the fish to the water. So, the fish will be sold and the money will be turned over to the Fish and Game Fund,” Wickert said.
• Traveling to the Ukraine and Russia to help prevent another Chernobyl is all in a day’s work for former Manistique resident, Fred Cayia. Cayia, Manager of Operations for Maine Yankee, went overseas three times last year, including a trip in December to give advise. Because Russia and the Ukraine are modernizing their country, a number of western countries are interested in the operational safety at these countries’ nuclear generating facilities.
• Darrin Weber, 1990 graduate of Manistique High School, was named by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to its first team all conference basketball squad. He is a senior at Olivet College. Weber led his team in scoring with an average of 16.3 points per game with a total of 375 points this season.
10 Years Ago March 4, 2004
• Beginning this month, all employees of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and their businesses will receive 50 $2 bills in their paychecks as a part of a campaign to show local communities the impact the tribe has on the area.”In the past we have given our team members a holiday bonus in $2 bills. This is the same concept, just not during the holiday time period,” said Tribal Chairman Bernard Bouchor. “This campaign really shows our community the impact we have on local businesses when all 2,200 of our employees are paying their bills, buying groceries and purchasing gas with $2 bills.”
• Limestone Federal Credit Union of Manistique has partnered up with Manistique High School to open the school’s first-ever credit union. This studentrun branch, which opened for business March 2 is located in the school’s cafeteria. The credit union will be operated by trained students of the MHS consumer economics class, taught by Jan Pershinski.
• Effective this week, the Manistique Medical Center is being operated by Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. The consolidation, in the works for several years, took effect March 1