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50 Years Ago April 20, 1967

• .It’s election time at Manistique and Cooks high schools. Students in civics classes are circulating petitions for the various township, city and county offices, and will file them before a Friday noon deadline. A mock election will then be staged May 1. Those elected will meet and make other appointments, for a total of 51 offices. The students elected and appointed will spend Government Day of Michigan Week--May 22-- in the field with their counterparts, learning first hand the duties and functions of local government. A noon luncheon at the Surf that day will include the students and their counterparts, plus Congressman Philip Ruppe, State House Speaker Robert Waldron, State Representative Charles Varnum, State Senator Thomas Schweigert, Circuit Judge George Baldwin, and others. The dinner is being hosted by the Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. and the State Savings Bank.

• Wayne Richards has purchased Jim Miller’s share of the retail yard of the Hancock Lumber Co., it was announced this week. The retail yard and saw mill will now become two separate businesses, the announcement said, with the retail yard being owned by Wayne and his father, Theodore (Red) Richards. April 1 was the effective date of change of ownership. Mr. Richards said this week he will continue to carry the same line of stock, and is hoping to add some new ones in the near future. He has almost 15 years of experience in the retail lumber business. His wife, Marjorie, will assist him by doing the bookkeeping. Also working with them will be Pat Bowers, the general warehouse man.

• Several thousand high school musicians from 25 Upper Peninsula bands will descend on Manistique this Saturday for the Upper Peninsula School Music Association’s Spring Band Festival. It is the first time that Manistique has hosted the event. Last year the event was held in Escanaba. The public is invited to attend the sessions, which will be held in the auditorium and the new gym.

• City crews have installed a 15-foot spruce tree in Triangle Park, across from the post office, as a community Christmas tree. The tree was donated to the city by Wyman Nursery, and if it survives, will be decorated annually.

• The Safety Patrol Queen and her court were chosen at the recent Safety Patrol recognition banquet, sponsored by the local V.F.W. Named as this year’s queen was Pam Quick. Court members chosen were Barbara Hentschell, Donna Carlson, Judy Barton and Donna Demers.

35 Years Ago April 22, 1982

• Local anglers will get a chance to try their luck on a stream long forbidden to them when trout season gets underway this Saturday. For the first time in years, a portion of the Thompson Creek will be open to fishing. According to Warren Yoder, biologist at the Thompson Fish Hatchery, the stream had been closed to fishing by the Department of Natural Resources in order to enhance the reproduction of steelhead that run in the stream.”We had thought we were protecting the steelhead run,” Yoder said, but a study last fall showed that steelhead reproduction in the Thompson Creek was minimal, and the creek was opened. Smelt dippers can also use the stream, Yoder said, once that run begins. Fishermen are now allowed to fish as far upstream as the lower gate to the fish hatchery.

• Quick--what do the words “fatally” and “slither” have in common? If you don’t come up with the answer right off the bat, just ask Robbie Ryan. By spelling the two words correctly at the regional spelling bee held Tuesday night in Bark River, Ryan the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ryan and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Carlson, advanced to the Upper Peninsula finals to be held in L’Anse May 3. Ryan was representing the fifth grade of Manistique Area Schools in his victory and faced a tough battle to pull it out.

• Troop Leader Linda Levin presented the highest award in Girl Scouting to Elizabeth Trebilcock and Lori Brulla. The First Class award is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout award in Boy Scouting. The award was presented at a potluck banquet held Tuesday evening.

• The Women’s Volleyball League’s Fairview team took top honors in Division I of the league’s annual tournament held last month. Team members include Patti Baker, Helen Walters, Sue Burnett, Carol Smith, Judy Provo, Millie Johnson, Mary Walters, Sandy Benish and Marge Jenerou.

20 Years Ago April 24, 1997

• Joseph Davis and Walter Welch received a plaque honoring their retirement from the Manistique Volunteer Fire Department from chairman Dennis Segerstrom earlier this month. Manistique Public Safety Director David Peterson also presented Davis and Welch with a certificate of appreciation.

• The Manistique Area Schools Board of Education has expelled an eighth grader for allegedly bringing a knife to school. Following a 45 minute closed session on the matter during the board’s Monday, April 21, meeting in Germfask, board members voted to expel the 14-year-old Manistique boy under a provision in Michigan’s School Code which calls for automatic expulsion of students who bring weapons to school. Under state code, the boy will be expelled from all Michigan public schools for a minimum of 180 days. When 150 school days have passed, the boy’s parents can petition the board for his re-entry to school once the full year ends.

• Dear readers, My name is Joel Donofrio and I am the new editor of the Pioneer-Tribune. Since April 4, I have worked with Leanne, Fred, Del, Jennifer and Lori to produce this newspaper. If nothing else, my main goal during my tenure as editor is to ensure that the Pioneer-Tribune remains the people’s paper.

10 Years Ago April 19, 2007

• The Big Bay de Noc Drama Club will present the musical “A Pirate’s Life for Me” Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m., at Big Bay de Noc School. In addition, a Gala Preview Event will be held this Friday, April 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to show off the school’s brand new stage. Cast members include: Angie Carley, Amanda Weinert, Kelsey Root, Rachel Reidinga, Renee Reidinga, Jonalyn Ciochetto, Sarah Unger, Tara Cooper, Alora Dennis, Jake Hermes, Tyler Cooper, Eddie Unger, Colton Ranguette, Mason Fleagle, Matt Hardy, Tyler Root, Austin Radebaugh, Aaron Bates, Matt Doyle, Jenna Bradshaw, Katie Thennes, Brynn Carlson, Nicole Brandt, Ashleigh Hardy, David Hopp, Nena Kuhr, Arial Dennis, Deborah Hopp, Emily Green, Faith Green, Brandon Burnis and Sid Lownds.

• The annual Pigs vs. Punks basketball game was held last Thursday at the Bonifas Gymnasium. The event, a fun evening that pits local law enforcement officials against Manistique High School seniors raises money for the All Night Drug and Alcohol Free Grad Party. This year’s game and related activities raised over $600. The seniors received an additional $100 from local police.

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