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50 Years Ago April 23, 1964
• Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will open bids May 12 on a 37 by 48 foot laundry addition that will cost approximately $65,000, it was announced this week. The addition will extend eastward from the existing laundry, and will be completed this summer. The bidding May 12 will include the laundry addition and “certain Alterations” to the existing building. When the bids are opened, it will be determined how much of the project will be completed at this time, the announcement said. The hospital had $66,023.93 in its reserve for plant improvements, expansion and replacement fund as of Dec. 31, according to the financial statement presented to the county Board of Supervisors last week. The present laundry at the hospital has not been enlarged since the building was opened in 1950. Since that time the hospital has increased from a 32 to 55 bed capacity and added a new kitchen wing.
• Mike Dissinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Dissinger of Manistique, has been awarded freshman numerals in both football and basketball at Michigan State University, where he is an engineering student. Mike is currently practicing with the Spartan varsity during spring grid drills. He was a standout athletic performer here during his high school career.
• Girl Scouts and Brownies sold 2880 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year in their annual cookie sale. The girls selling the most boxes of cookies in each troop: Billie Wood, 57; Sandra Johnson, 37; Florence Berger, 39; Mary Kay McKilligan, 38; Barbara Hentschell, 37; Cathy Hedberg, 43, Valerie Lynts, 23; Jill Roemer, 38; Sheryl Kanerva, 26; Mary Ellen Cameron, 37 and Patty Smith 60.
• “Bugles in the Afternoon” is the theme of the show Sunday afternoon at 3 in the Manistique High School Auditorium, sponsored by the Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps. The sound of the “new” Lancers will be featured, along with the music of the Golden Eagles of L’Anse, U.P. and state champions in 1963 and runners-up in 1964, plus the sound of the Silver Echoes from Munising, a group formed two years ago. Also featured Sunday will be the Job’s Daughters drill team, a Dixieland band, and dancers from the LeCaptain classes. Director of the Lancers is Louis Rogers, with Lauritz Hough and Don Martin as assistants. Coaching the 50 young musicians are Fred and Lawrence Gorsche, Graydon Stone and Robert Orr.
35 Years Ago April 26, 1979
• The Manistique City Council took the first step Monday night to prohibit loitering in store entrance ways downtown and hinted that other measures could follow. The council introduced an ordinance that prohibits anyone from standing in a doorway “so as to impede to tend to hinder” business traffic. An offense carries a fine up to $100 and 90 days in jail. The ordinance introduced this week would be in effect only during business hours but will be investigated for the possibility of extending the law to include off hours as well.
• City officials are continuing to negotiate with Detroit and Northern Savings and Loan Association for the possible placement of an office in Manistique, it was reported this week. The city council earlier this month broke off negotiations with the firm after the two sides failed to reach agreement on parking areas for the facility. Mayor Pro-Tem Pete Mathson told council members Monday night that both sides decided to continue negotiations after a meeting last Thursday between the city and top D&N officials.
• Manistique High School will be represented in the State Forensics Individual Events Final tournament in Ann Arbor May 5. Carol Willcock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ivor Willcock, placed third in the Regional tournament in Serious Interpretation with her presentation of “Miss Holm” and Frost’s “Home Burial.” Patti Alexander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander, also placed third in her category, Storytelling. Her selection was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible Day.”
• Members of the Manistique National Guard Boxing Club finished their season Saturday night by capturing eight bouts before a hometown crowd of about 650. The boxers took club honors for the night, followed by Sault Ste. Marie, which won five bouts. Named the best Manistique boxer was Pete Hoholik, who beat Ken DeSauliner of the Soo in the 156-pound class.
20 Years Ago April 28, 1994
• The Pamida store is slated to break ground between the middle to the end of June, President Ron Christensen, of Christensen Corporation said Thursday. The store will be located on east US-2, between the Marathon service station and Sunny Shores Restaurant. There are approximately 40 people who will be hired, with 15 positions being part-time.
• Manistique Public Safety Officers are continuing their investigation of an accident at the intersection of Deer and Weston Streets early in the morning of April 24. Police said a dark colored pick-up truck hit a fire hydrant, an I-beam and a stop sign at the intersection. The hydrant flew 100 ft from the impact. The stop sign is missing and may be embedded in the front of the truck. Anyone with any information is urged to call Public Safety.
• Ben Carlson of Manistique has been invited to take his basketball to Europe. The World Sports Exchange has asked Carlson to participate in a European Exchange Tournament in Barcelona, Spain. Teams from Italy, Germany, France and other European countries will compete as well as those from Spain. Carlson’s team will consist of players from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Carlson will be representing the Upper Peninsula.
10 Years Ago April 22, 2004
• Personnel issues, budget cuts and other items were on the minds of the public at Monday night’s Manistique Area Schools Board of Education meeting. Fifteen minutes before the session started, the high school community room was already packed to capacity. By the time the President Steve Latterman gaveled the meeting to order, more than 100 people had crowded into the room and overflowed into the hallway outside.
• The Schoolcraft County Chapter of U.P. Whitetails concluded its first Hunter Safety course Saturday at the Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club. Twenty-two boys and girls participated in the class. After taking three days of instruction at the high school, the students were able to put their training to the test at the rifle club. All 22 students received their Hunter Safety certificates following a hotdog luncheon put on by the Whitetails with the help of several club members.
• Lakeview Lanes recently hosted the 2004 Ray Krusic Memorial Bowling Tournament, with Paul Stewart and Tracey LaFoille taking first place in their respective divisions. A total of $2,400 was raised and donated to CBC.