A Look Back at the... Pioneer-Tribune Archives
50 Years Ago April 2, 1964
• For the 14th time since 1930, the motor vessel E.J. Block (formerly the Leopold) was the first boat of the season at Port Inland. The Block left Indiana Harbor at 11 p.m. last Thursday and arrived outside Port Inland at 6:05 Saturday morning. The Coast Guard Cutter Sundew was waiting to break a passage through 18 inches of ice in the harbor, and the Block tied up at 11:45 a.m.
• There may be some disappointed voters next Monday. City Clerk R.C. Nelson said this week that the names of 244 persons had been dropped from the voter registration list because they had not voted in the last two years and id not respond to registration notices sent to them. Two years ago there was a total of 2,587 registered voters in the city. As of Wednesday, the total was down to 2,343. More than 60 absentee ballots have been given out, he also reported.
• Following in the footsteps of their parents by one day, students at Manistique High School will go to the polls next Tuesday for their “own” election. They will choose both city and county officers who will “take over” the reins of government on May 18, the first day of Michigan Week this year. Members of the Junior class are the candidates, but all of the student body is eligible to vote. At stake in the voting Tuesday are the jobs of five City Council members, one Justice of the Peace, Supervisors from each Township, and the county offices of Clerk, Register of Deeds, Judge of Probate, Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney and Treasurer. Directing the project at the school is faculty member Joseph Giovannini. Student candidates are: City Council-Susan Bosanic, Tina Boyd, John Sellman, Mike Christensen, Barbara Rogers, Alec Moffat, Darryl Carlson, Clifford Cool, Eric Bloomquist, Robert Hewitt, George Lesica, William Hentschell and Douglas Spaulding. Justice of the Peace-Richard Pawley and Fred LaMuth. County Clerk- Robert Reid, Donna Loyd. County Treasurer-Glen Bremer, Cheryl Tufnell, Linda Thompson, Susan Orhanen. Probate Judge- John Wood, Allen LaVigne, Linda Grimes. Register of Deeds-Jeanette Walker, James Hubble, Grace Holbrook. Prosecuting Attornery-Sherri Becks, Susan Carlson, Tom Derwin, Billie Tennyson. Sheriff-Judy Walter, Donald Kokesh, Mike Gray.
• An overheated stove was blamed for a fire Monday at the Tom Tom Tavern on old US-2 and M-149 west of Manistique. Public Safety firemen responded to the alarm at 12:22 p.m., and reported some smoke and fire damage.
35 Years Ago April 5, 1979
• It sure didn’t look much like Spring in Schoolcraft County Monday morning as several inches of snow blanketed the area in the second snowstorm to hit in two weeks. The snow stopped by Tuesday, however, and sunny spring-like weather took its place.
• The John St. Martins and their five-month-old child woke up Monday morning to find the home they are renting had become an island. Water had completely flooded the basement and had risen to the level of the main floor since they had gone to bed Sunday night. Their home is just off River Road on Krummich Road. The county responded Monday morning with a backhoe to dig a trench so the water could flow away from their house. Meanwhile, all the power to the house was disconnected, and the St. Martins went to stay with relatives in Munising until a cleanup was possible. The water had receded by Tuesday.
• Randy Watchorn and Nona Osterhout came away as champions Saturday in the Fourth Annual CBC Bowling Tournament at Lakeview Lanes. Watchorn bowled the only 700 series of the day, 702, to come in first ahead of Jack Jenerou at 668 and Oscar Jasmin at 641. Osterhout turned in a 697 series to lead the field of 15 women bowlers. Other finishers were Nancy Jenerou at 635 and Mary Ann Levine at 632.
• Pinewood Derby enthusiasts, parents and cub scouts were on hand last week for the annual Pinewood Derby in Manistique. Winners during the derby were Andy LaBar, first place, Den Six; David Casteel, second place, Den Six; John Peter Senger, third place, Den Four; Tony Boyer, fourth place, Den One; Steve Godlewski, fifth place, Den Three; Don Leonard, sixth place, Den Six and consolation, Scott Neville, Den Two. The top six winners will travel to the Red Buck District Pinewood Derby run-offs in Escanaba.
20 Years Ago April 7, 1994
• The old box on the ambulance will be refurbished as the result of action the City/County Ambulance Committee took at their regular meeting Monday, March 30. The cost will be between $3,00-$4,000 William Reno, Director of Manistique Public Safety Department told the board. It will take five to ten days to do the work, but a loaner ambulance will be furnished. Reno also told the board that he had received a letter from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital supporting the purchase of a heart defibulator. A defibulator is used to give a heart an electronic shock to get it started again.
• Susanne Kopecky, 1987 graduate of Manistique High School, became Michigan’s women lightweight Tae Kwon Do champion in the red belt division at the state competition in Detroit. Kopecky won gold medals in sparing and in forms. She will compete at the national level in Atlanta, Ga.
• The Bay Pines Juvenile Center in Escanaba will open in September. Construction was scheduled to be completed in July, but the severe weather has caused a slight delay. It is now scheduled for completion in mid-to-late August. The facility will be accepting juvenile delinquent youth from 15 UP counties. Six detention beds, 16 treatment beds and ten swing beds are planned for the co-ed facility to be staffed by about 45 professional and direct-care workers.
10 Years Ago April 1, 2004
• A state of emergency was declared in Garden Monday, after spring flooding washed out First Street, swept across M-183, damaged a number of homes and businesses, and knocked out some electrical and phone service. The flooding began when typical season runoff combined with heavy rains Sunday night. The water was unable to go into its usual drain, which was covered with snow, and found an alternate route instead. The state of emergency declaration was expected to help the area with access to resources.
• The Michigan department of Transportation will hold a public meeting later this month to give area residents a chance to hear all the details of the upcoming Siphon Bridge renovation. The long-planned project is due to start in May and will likely last until Oct. 1.
• A Manistique High School student has qualified for national HOSA competition and another has been elected to state HOSA office. Nina Vincent placed second in dental spelling at the state HOSA competition, earning her a spot in national competition; and Nikkii Bontekoe was elected as Region One State Officer.