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50 years ago

September 12, 1968

A new $250,000 medical-dental facility is being planned for a site at the corner of Steuben and Cherry Streets. Dr. Arthur J. Brown’s bid of $7,384 to purchase the 289 by 369 foot plot from the city was accepted Monday night at the regular council meeting. Details of the planned complex are not complete, Dr. Brown said, but said he is hopeful construction can start next spring on the building to house from four to eight local physicians and dentists. The site is approximately 2 1/2 acres in size. Dr. Brown said more complete details on the project should be available in a month or two. His bid was the only one received on the property, which was advertised for sale last month. The sale is contingent on the land being rezoned to allow such a facility. Dr. Brown opened his dental practice here earlier this year and shares offices with Dr. Robert Hawn in the Pioneer Tribune building.

A request from a group of parents that a kindergarten class be held at Germfask, rather than bussing the youngsters to the Doyle School, was approved by the Manistique Area Schools board of education at their regular meeting Tuesday night. Seven youngsters are involved. Their parents had boycotted the suggested class at Doyle, pointing out in a letter to the board that the children would be away from home for approximately six hours, and would also have to eat lunch as early as 10:45 a.m. in order to have time to catch the ride that would take them to the school bus at Blaney. A non-certified teacher will be hired for the half-day sessions. Although there will be some penalty in state aide because the teacher is not certified, the board agreed it was better to offer the class than to bus the youngsters.

Local residents in the Gulliver area, as well as State Police officers, are on the lookout for a six month old bull calf, owned by Stanley Zellar of Gulliver, which has been missing since Aug. 31. Zellar discovered the calf missing when he heard the mother cow bawling and a check of the fencing showed the calf had not broken out. The missing bull is described as having a white face, tan body, of the Charlais breed, and weighed 550 pounds.

35 years ago

September 15, 1983

Contract disputes have closed the Manistique Area Schools as teachers and auxiliary staff members entered into the fourth day of a work stoppage. A strike was called by a union vote after a 13 hour session with a state mediator on Saturday failed to settle the dispute. According to Bob Kanerva, president of the teachers association, salaries, wages and benefits are the major obstacles in the settlement of the contract talks.

A lawyer, representing a group of five local doctors presented the Manistique City Council with a request for a property description of the Manistique Medical Dental Center which would enable them to apply for a low interest loan through the Economic Development corporation to purchase the center. The council’s action will allow the four doctors to apply for a loan which is not to exceed $700,000 through the EDC to purchase the center. The center is currently owned by the Manistique Health Associates, Inc., which is made up of six stockholders: Vesta Fyvie (widow of Dr. James Fyvie), Dr. A.J. Brown, Dr. William Gillette, Dr. Larry Sell, Dr. Merle Wehner and Dr. Duane Waters. Recently five of the six stockholders sold their shares to John Georgi and John Southard, who are associates of a real estate company of Traverse City and Jackson, Waters said. Dr. Waters stated he did not sell his shares. He has joined the Manistique Medical Services, Inc. Manistique Medical Services, Inc. is made up of five doctors including Waters. Other members include Dr. Robert Urban, Dr. Jose Espinoza, Dr. Neil Grossnickle and Dr. Steven Woodworth. As a group they will apply for the loan to purchase the building.

On Sept. 7, Thomas DeWinter celebrated his 17th birthday by receiving his private pilot’s license. The minimum required age for receiving such license is 17. Tom also received a solo pilot’s license at 16 years of age. Sixteen is the minimum age requirement for a solo license.

20 years ago

September 17, 1998

The Schoolcraft County Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors received the organization’s 1997 audit during its Tuesday, Sept. 15, meeting. Alan Stolz of Anderson Tackman and Co. accounting firm presented the audit and said the process went well. The audit showed a total of roughly $363,500 in net revenue for the EDC last year and $359,000 in expenses. These figures meant the EDC showed a net profit of $4,448 for 1997, Stolz said.

With approximately 190 Manistique-area residents ready to spend a day on Beaver Island Sunday, Sept. 20, many of those making the trip are wondering: what does the island have to offer? The island offers a wide variety of peaceful, natural settings and several quaint shops, restaurants and businesses, according to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce and Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce Director Angie Clark.

Manistique used a strong opening drive, big plays by its defense and a long fourth-quarter touchdown run to produce a 28-8 win at Ishpeming Friday, Sept. 11. The Emeralds (1-1 overall and in Mid Peninsula Conference play) forced four Ishpeming turnovers and held the Hematites to 158 yards of offense to claim the victory.

10 years ago

September 18, 2008

Winners were recently announced in the 14th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. Children from kindergarten through third grades were invited to write and illustrate their own stories. Local entries were judged in Marquette with winners submitted to the national contest. The top three authors in each age division received a Reading Rainbow prize package containing a Reading Rainbow backpack and DVD. Two students at St. Francis de Sales School received honors for their literary works entered as first graders. Receiving second place was Jacob Maki, author of “Exploring with Papa.” Melanie Jones received third place for her entry, “How I Lost My Teddy Bear.”

Life is never boring at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility. Just ask 90-year-old resident Edith Sitkoski, who recently proved that it’s never too late to fulfill a dream. Sitkoski often spoke to MCF staff members about her “Harley riding days,” and when Activity Director Pam Beaudre asked if she’d like to board a bike again, she didn’t hesitate. “Oh, I would love it!” Sitkoski said. That was all it took. A phone call was made to Pam’s brother-in-law, local biker Dave Beaudre, who was all for the idea. Plans were made, and everyone started watching the weather, hoping for a warm sunny day. When the time arrived, Sitkoski was outfitted in biker’s leather, helmet and glasses, then given a slight boost onto the bike. They returned after 45 minutes, and Sitkoski was quick to express her enthusiasm, “I had a ball, I can’t wait to do it again!”

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