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50 years ago

May 9, 1968

The Schoolcraft County 4-H Achievement Day will be held Saturday at the high school, with the work of 300 county club members going on display. Projects for the past year include knitting, clothing, handicraft, leather craft, electrical, music, art, textile painting, crafts, saddle clubs, gun safety, first aide, personal improvement and public speaking. Exhibits will be on display in the gym, and the afternoon and evening program will be held in the auditorium. Judging of exhibits will be from noon until 2 p.m. The talent, demonstration and public speaking competition will start at 2:30 p.m.

The annual spring clean-up drive in Manistique will be held next week. The event has been scheduled to precede Saturday, May 18---“Community Pride Day” and the start of Michigan Week. “we want local residents to have the opportunity to clean up all the accumulated trash and debris in and around their homes,” City Manager Robert Noe said this week. “Such a clean-up is certainly an appropriate way to prepare for community pride day.” A special city truck will pick up all items left at the curb on Monday and Tuesday on the west side, and on Wednesday and Thursday on the east side of town. “Anything you can haul to the curb we will haul away,” Noe said.

New players chosen at the annual “draft” of Little League teams have been announced by the Manistique Jaycees, the directors of the program in Manistique. The season will open May 27 and a complete schedule announced at that time. New players are: Jaycees---Richard Jenerou, Allen Bowers, David B. Jahn, Michael J. Brock, Robert E. Peterson, Paul G. Hough, and Roy D. Burns. First National Bank---Jack Weber, Allen Patrick, Dennis Boyd, John Whitcomb and Richard Trevino. State Savings Bank---Robert Masters, Richard Berger, Mark Salo, Richard Read, Clifford Stevens and David Quinn. Inland---Jeffrey Holt, Thomas Schulze, Michael Repp, Mark White and Ronnie White. VFW---Jeffrey Tufnell, Jerome Gregurash, David Strasler, Brent Nygard and Steve Savoie. Local 4302---Gregory Larsen, Terry Demars, John Eimerman, Scott Harrison and Larry Osterhout.

The Homer’s Bar team won all the top honors in women’s bowling this year, including first and second half first place in the Wednesday league, winning the league rolloff, and taking the inter-league roll-off with the Monday night league winners. On the team are Helen Norbotten, Harriet Nygard, Theresa Gray, Vi Pike, Helen Hase and Gerry Beaudre.

35 years ago

May 12, 1983

Hiawatha Township may stick with the City of Manistique for fire protection after all. At a township ,meeting May 5, several Hiawatha residents voiced objections to paying what it would cost to start up their own volunteer fire department. Charles Varnum, Manistique city manager, told the township board that the city would sign a contract guaranteeing fire service for 10 years. Several options were discussed, including setting up a volunteer department in the township and buying equipment which would supplement what the city has. No final decision was made, however. The future of fire protection in Hiawatha Township has gone through several ups and downs recently, leaving residents there concerned and uncertain on where they stand.

All systems are still a go for letting bids July 20 on the new US-2 bridge over the Manistique River. There have been some concerns that the federal government might ask for alternative bridge designs that could delay the project, but this has not happened. The federal government is now paying 75 percent of the $7.3 million road and bridge construction cost. This money comes from the recent five cents per gallon gas tax hike. But when the U.S. government contributes to a project, it often wants to study alternative designs. Building the bridge with concrete rather than steel, was one possibility mentioned. If new plans were required, this could have pushed back the bidding date from July 20. As far as the state transportation authorities know now, this will not happen.

County commissioners from across the Upper Peninsula gathered at the Manistique Ramada Inn last Friday and Saturday to hear the latest about courts, jails and air transportation. One topic of local interest was future trends in state regulations of county correctional facilities. The Schoolcraft County Jail was ordered to make many costly changes by the state this year. About 50 county commissioners from Mackinac to Gogebic counties showed up for the conference.

20 years ago

May 14, 1998

Sewer line permits have been issued for a rebuilt Lakeshore Shell Station, restaurants and a motel near the intersection of Chippewa Avenue and U.S. Highway 2. City Auditor David Huddleston discussed the permits at the Monday, May 11, meeting of the Manistique City Council. Lakeshore Shell owner Frank Peters of Manistique submitted plans to Public Works Superintendent Ole Sholander that include the rebuilding of the gas station; the construction of a stand alone Taco Bell restaurant; and another restaurant inside the gas station. Sholander said Peters’ plans include building a motel on the south side of U.S. 2, across from the gas station.

A pedestrian walkway across Cedar A Street has been proposed by North Country Bank and Trust officials and will be considered by the Manistique Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission will hold a public hearing on the walkway at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at City Hall to hear the bank’s request for the walkway, City Assessor David Huddleston said. Huddleston said the enclosed walkway would need an air space easement from the city. The project is being designed by Wayne Johnson of UPCON engineering firm, which recently designed the pedestrian overpass at Marquette General Hospital. The overpass would connect the bank’s two buildings at the intersection of Cedar and Walnut Streets.

10 years ago

May 8, 2008

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Schoolcraft County Whitetails Association, Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club and Manistique Recreation Board recently held another Hunter Safety Education Course. Twenty-two area youth participated in the training. Successful completion of the course is required for all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1960. The course teaches hunters firearm safety, responsibility, ethics, wildlife conservation, wildlife identification, game care, survival skills and first aid. The local Whitetails Association donated a sport bottle filled with safety products to each student who successfully completed the course. They also donated a Mossberg 20 guage shotgun which was won by Cody Williams.

The eighth grade boys basketball traveling team recently finished their successful 2008 season with a first place finish in Marquette. The team also took first place finishes at Rapid River in February, Ishpeming in March and Munising in April. They were also the recipients of a third place finish at Central Michigan University in March. the team consists of Dustin Goglin, Austin Hepker (team assistant), Eric Hepker, Shane Henry, Coach Dave Tiglas, Mike Nagy, Jake Syers, Tanner Yurk and Kyle Tiglas.

He buried his second shot in the bunker, but Manistique’s Karl Kemper bounced back by blasting out of the sand to save par on number 5 during Monday’s match at Indian Lake.

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