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50 Years Ago September 14, 1967

• Purchase by the city of the Hollenbeck Motor Sales garage building at the north end of Maple Street is only the first step of a long-range program to centralize city offices and working areas, City Manager Robert Noe explained this week. Me. Noe said that eventually the city hopes to build a new fire and police station adjacent to the existing building, and perhaps later construct a city hall, if and when the present city hall building is disposed of. The U.S. Forest Service has expressed interest in purchasing the present city hall. There has been talk in the past of a joint city-county building, but Mr. Noe said there is little evidence that the county is ready to move in that direction, and he felt the city should proceed on its own. The Hollenbeck building will be used as a city garage, and Mr. Noe said he is hopeful that the operations can be shifted from the old city sheds before winter.

• Total school enrollment Friday reached the 1,873 figure, the Manistique Area Schools announced this week. Last year on membership day--the fourth Friday of September, the enrollment was 1,885.

• Officers of the Manistique State Police post are investigating the larceny of vegetables from the garden of Mrs. Francis Neadow, Cooks. Five heads of cabbage and a large amount of cucumbers, beets and onions were taken from the garden sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday.

• Mrs. Ernest Walker of Gulliver caught a 17 1/2 pound northern pike on Aug. 23 in Gulliver Lake. The fish was 44 1/2 inches long and 17 inches in girth.

• A total of 111 aircraft used the facilities of the Schoolcraft County airport during the month of August, manager Vern Bernard has reported. This compares to 96 in August of last year. Planes utilizing the facilities included some from Inland Steel Co., Lakehead Pipeline, Michigan Department of Aeronautics, State Police, Conservation Department helicopter, a DC-3 from Operation Action-U.P. and three ambulance flights. Two new private pilots who took training with the Vern Bernard Flight Service are now using the airport. They are Jim Hendrichson of Manistique and Earl Fergin of Newberry.

• Bill Turpin won the title of Top Gun at the fourth annual Shotgun Championship match of the Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club. Turpin, in defending his crown, shot a perfect 25 on his second round to tie Dallas Dunning for the top spot. This resulted in a shoot-off, which Turpin won by two birds. The 25 straight was the first ever recorded on the skeet range since it opened in 1964.

35 Years Ago September 16, 1982

• Manistique does have a Chamber of Commerce. Members of the Board of Directors of the Manistique Area Chamber of Commerce voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to continue the Chamber to fulfill the obligations made to the 54 members of the group. The one dissenting vote came from Board Member Pete Widdis. Widdis said while he believed the area needed a chamber of commerce, he felt the present one had a negative image. “I think we should disband and start over with a new group,” said Widdis. Earlier this summer, the board of directors had discussed the possibility of closing the chamber because of lack of community support. The members were concerned about the impact of the formation of a new tourist council and the Manistique Merchants Association. Neither of those groups, when approached, expressed interest in assuming the functions of the chamber, which included maintaining a tourist information center. Both groups said their members were supportive of the chamber and believed there was a need for a chamber of commerce.

• A leaky gasoline storage tank in Cooks forced the evacuation of 18 people from their homes nearby the tank for six hours Monday. According to Michigan State Police at Manistique, danger of fire and explosion of the fumes from the gas leak caused 18 people from eight houses in Cooks to be evacuated at 8:40 Monday morning. The residents were allowed to return to their houses at around 2:30 p.m. No injuries or damage from the leak were reported.

• Charlie Hawthorne, 8, of Manistique, caught an 18 1/2 pound Chinook salmon Sept. 6 while fishing at the slips in the Manistique River.

• Emerald football coach Jim Hunter looked to his defensive squad this week in continuing last year’s practice of choosing the top Emerald players of the most recent game. Named as the standout Emerald performers by Hunter in last Friday’s game were nose guard Bob Mattson and defensive back Corey Miller.

20 Years Ago September 18, 1997

• Three Michigan State Police officers suffered minor injuries when the Michigan National Guard helicopter in which they were flying crashed at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 near Garden Corners. A spokesman with the Manistique State Police Post said the helicopter had just taken off on a drug surveillance mission. The three officers were working for the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team.

• The U.S. Post Office in downtown Manistique soon will have a wheelchair accessible entrance. Postmaster Linda Smith said preliminary work on the building’s new entrance began Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 16, with repairs to start in the next two weeks. The project will add a wheelchair ramp to the front of the building, rebuild the front steps and add new landscaping to the front of the facility.

• Enrollment at Manistique Area Schools has decreased by a total of 29 students, Superintendent Kenneth Groh told the Board of Education at its Monday, Sept. 15, meeting. The pupil decline will cut the amount of aid the district receives under the state’s school funding formula, Groh said. He estimated that the 1997-98 school year budget would be $28,000 to $29,000 short because of the drop in enrollment.

10 Years Ago September 20, 2007

• Students should be able to move into the new Emerald Elementary School during the first week of November. That was the word from Manistique Area Schools Superintendent John Chandler at Monday night’s regular School Board meeting.

• This year’s new teachers in the Manistique Area Schools were introduced and officially hired at Monday night’s board meeting. New teachers are: Jill Richey, half-time elementary music and half-time kindergarten; Shannon Rochon, full-time kindergarten; Kristin Marana, middle and high school social studies; Crystal Conklin, half-time elementary art; Rebecca Root, middle and high school Spanish; and Joey Lynn Paquette, half-time elementary Spanish.

• On Monday afternoon, a surprised Ann Willcock was crowned as Schoolcraft County’s new Senior of the Year. Willcock ,selected by a vote of her peers, was honored for years of service to the Senior Center, her church, the area hospice program and other organizations in the community, including the VFW Auxiliary, where she is a charter member and has served as treasurer for many years.

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