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50 Years Ago April 30, 1964
• Manistique, Gulliver and other area communities will begin to feel the effect on the adjustments in some postal services ordered last month by Postmaster General John A. Gronouski in an economy move. Most of the changes are effective Monday. Manistique Postmaster John Kelly listed the following changes: Parcel post deliveries will be reduced from six to five days a week, by eliminating parcel post deliveries on the west side of town on Tuesdays and on the east side on Wednesday. Rural routes and star routes will continue to provide parcel post service six days a week, and it will also be available to post office box holders on the same basis. Window service at the local Post Office will be curtailed Saturday mornings after May 4, and no money orders sold on either star route or rural route on Saturdays. No postal savings business will be transacted on Saturdays, but one window will be open for the use of the other services. Kelly urged patrons to secure money orders and to transact postal savings business on weekdays from now on.
• Patty Smith was chosen Safety Patrol Queen Sunday when the Veterans of Foreign Wars entertained members of the public school safety patrols at the VFW Hall. She received her crown from Post Commander Edward Jorgensen . Members of her court are Sara Brandstrom, Kathy Wilson, Maureen Fagan and Joann Blowers. The Queen and her court all received a gift from the VFW.
• Stricter enforcement of the city’s curfew ordinance was suggested at the City Council meeting Monday night. The suggestion followed a report by Mayor Merwin White that eight street light globes had to be replaced Monday after being broken by air rifle pellets over the weekend. The city ordinance bans youngsters 16 years old and younger from the streets after 10 p.m. City Attorney William Hood pointed out that Michigan law provides that parents can be held liable for vandalism by their youngsters.
• Afternoon or evening weddings will now be possible in the Catholic churches of the Upper Peninsula, Bishop Thomas L. Noa has written his diocesan priests. The letter, affirming decisions of the five bishops of Michigan regarding implementation of the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy, passed by the Second Vatican Council, touched on modifications to be made in some details of Nuptial Masses. Weddings may now take place after 4 p.m., and no later than 8 p.m., in addition to traditional morning hours.
35 Years Ago May 3, 1979
• During William Milliken’s visit to the Garden Peninsula Friday, a local resident jokingly told the governor he hoped Milliken had not injured himself or his car from the bumpy ride down County Road 483. Milliken responded, “What you really mean is that you hope I did.” The response brought laughter from the crowd. It was one of the few times local residents have found anything funny about the 25- mile stretch of road that traverses the peninsula from Fayette State Park to U.S. 2. The residents want the state to take over at least part of the two-lane road, and they told Milliken that during his visit.
• An eating-out together night, Kid’s Day and Mother’s Day picnic are three of several special events that will make up Family Week, which begins Sunday. A committee of local residents have been planning local activities to correspond with Family Week throughout the state. Participating in the week’s events will be schools, churches and various civic and social groups.
• D.J. Brady of Manistique is among 75 candidates who reported for spring football practice at Grand Valley State. The month long spring drills conclude May 4 with the annual Blue and White intra-squad game.
• Dr. Larry J. Sell, a Manistique physician and Northern Michigan University alumnus, Friday, was named chairman of the NMU Board of Control for a two year term. Dr. Sell has been serving as vice chairman of the university governing body. Sell was the first alumnus ever appointed to the NMU Board when he was named to the post by Gov. William Milliken for an eight year term in 1975.
• Representing Manistique at the first Upper Peninsula Senior Citizens Bowling Tournament sponsored by the City of Munising were Oscar Jasmin, Jim Miller, Sr., George Kerrigan, Leo Chartier, Irma McManus, Vivian Miller, Marie Kerrigan and Orla Chartier.
20 Years Ago May 5, 1994
• A mini-casino will be opened in Manistique in June, John Hatch, Director of Communications for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians said Wednesday. “We don’t have a site yet, but it will be on reservation land,” Hatch said. The tribe has reservation land on US 2 east of Manistique. “It will be a mini-casino with all slot machines. There will be about 50-70 slots,” Hatch said. Soft drinks will be served at the 24-hour casino. Hatch said 15 people will be employed.
• Two prisoners walked away from Camp Manistique Saturday night, Warden John Norrington said Monday. “They were discovered missing after the 10 p.m. bed check,” Norrington said. “They went up and over the east side of the fence.” Michigan State Police have reported two incidents that may be related to the prisoners, the investigation is still ongoing.
• An argument between brothers led to an accident on CR442 at 8:05 a.m. on May 3. Michigan State Police, Manistique Post, said the brothers, both from Cooks, were arguing and punching each other. When the brother who was driving ducked to avoid a punch, the vehicle went off the roadway and hit a tree. Both were taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital by Inwood ambulance.
10 Years Ago April 29, 2004
• Plans are developing quickly for the first Schoolcraft County Sportsmen’s Exhibition, to be held at Little Bear West Arena may 8 and 9. A number of vendors have already signed up for the event, which will be hosted by the Manistique Recreation Department.
• A team of local building trades students brought home the hardware from the Michigan SkillsUSA-VICA championship, held in Lansing on April 24. Jim Barker, Nick Flodin, Dennis Goldi and Everett Wood earned silver medals by placing second in the Teamworks competition. According to building trades instructor, Guy Thorell, Teamworks requires students to construct a playhouse/ storage building, which is then donated to the Lansing chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The materials for the buildings are donated by Home Depot.
• The seventh annual Rock and Roll Revival and fifth annual High School Air Band Competition was held before a standing room only crowd at the Frederickson Auditorium Monday night. The event raised $1,071 for Schoolcraft Habitat for Humanity and $400 for Project Petunia.