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50 years ago

October 10, 1968

At a joint meeting of the City Council and City Planning Commission Monday afternoon, action was taken to rezone the site at the corner of Steuben and Cherry Streets to make way for the construction of a new medical-dental facility. The action was taken by the council upon the recommendation of the planning commission. The 289 by 369 foot plot was rezoned from one family residential to multiple dwelling. Under the ordinance medical facilities can be constructed in multiple dwelling zones. At the September 9 meeting of the council, action was taken accepting the bid of Dr. Arthur J. Brown for the purchase of the city owned property. Plans are proceeding for the construction of the building which will house a number of local doctors and dentists. Dr. Brown stated earlier that he was hopeful that construction could begin next spring.

City Manager Robert Noe reported Tuesday that a number of contractors have obtained specifications on the new city hall and are expected to file bids prior to the October 15 opening date. Noe stated that four general contractors have picked up specifications and blue prints on the construction of the new building thus far. In addition a number of subcontractors have obtained specifications information. Bids on the new building, to located adjacent to the new city garage building on N. Maple St., will be opened at the present city hall on October 15 at 4:30 p.m.

In a concerted effort to insure timely legal registration of young men on their 18th birthday, the local draft board is requesting the cooperation of school officials, armory commanders and youth agencies in publicizing draft registration requirements, it has been announced by Mr. Emery Barnes, chairman of the Local Board No. 81, Schoolcraft County. Many young men forget to register on their 18th birthday and thereby lay themselves liable to being declared delinquent and scheduled for priority induction, according to Mr. Barnes. Young men are required to register for the draft within five days of their 18th birthday. Registration may be accomplished at any local board office. Men who are away from home on their 18th birthday may go to any local board where they are located and register for the draft. The local draft board currently has a total 2,275 registrants, including all males born after Aug. 30, 1922. The local board registered 100 men during the past 12 months, compared with 90 registrants for the previous year.

35 years ago

October 13, 1983

The final dumping site for the PCB contaminated soil dredged out of the Manistique Harbor last month is still up in the air. Low levels of PCB were found in 5,000 cubic yards of soil which was dredged in preparation of the new US-2 bridge over the Manistique River. The levels, which fall below four parts per million, are harmless, according to DNR officials. Max Coburn, project engineer, said Saginaw is now under consideration as a possible dumping site. He stated there is a landfill in that area which has been accepting PCB contaminated materials for a long time. Originally, the DNR had chosen a landfill in Rudyard as a dumpsite. However, due to citizen opposition and questions concerning the licensing of the dump, officials selected a site in Dafter, which is also in Chippewa County. Again, due to citizen protest, the alternate dumpsite in Saginaw is under consideration.

A Manistique businessman was elected to fill a vacancy on the board of directors of the State Savings Bank last Thursday. Denton O. Nelson, 58, was the unanimous choice of the board. Nelson has been an active member of the community. He is the chairperson of the Manistique Senior Citizen’s Center Committee on which he has served since 1962. For 16 years, he was a member of the Board of Education of the Manistique Area Schools and served for several years as their chairperson. He is also a member of the intermediate school district board. Since 1960 he has been the owner of Nelson’s 66 gas station. Prior to that he owned and operated a logging business with his father Otis. A logging accident in which he lost his leg, necessitated the sale of that business in 1960. A native of Manistique, Nelson and his wife Berneida have four children.

20 years ago

October 15, 1998

In their final game at A.F. Hall Stadium Friday, Oct. 9, the 12 seniors on the Manistique varsity football team gave the raucous crowd one of their performances of the year. The result of these efforts was a 28-13 win over Iron Mountain, a victory that gives these seniors and their teammates a chance to achieve something no other Emerald squad has done: qualify for the Michigan High School Athletic Associations playoffs. Manistique’s win Friday was its third straight, boosting the Emeralds to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the Mid Peninsula Conference. The victory over the Mountaineers (3-3, 2-3) was Manistique’s first since 1987.

Manistique Area Schools’ Students of the Month for September are Jeff Matlin, David Winkel, Jennifer Perry, Paul Smith, Nick Benedetto, Kristy Burns, and Hillary Joslin. Students of the month each receive a savings bond courtesy of sponsors Superior State Agency, Manistique Radio Station, Ben Franklin Store, Jack’s Supervalu, Peoples Store, North Country Bank and Trust and Males Snyder Drugs.

The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners appointed Lindsley Frenette to a temporary seat on the board during its Wednesday, Oct. 7, audit/finance committee meeting. Frenette was appointed to the vacant seat created by the death of District 1 Commissioner Jack Hughson, who represented Doyle, Germfask, Mueller and Seney townships.

10 years ago

October 16, 2008

Three months after celebrating the grand opening of the Central Park recreation area, the City of Manistique is gearing up for the project’s second phase. At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, recreation committee Chairman Mike Powers gave an update on the work and next spring’s anticipated application for the project’s second phase. Powers said they are still reviewing options and looking for input from the public on what they’d like to see in the second round of work. The city is already raising money for the second round. The effort officially begins Oct. 25 when the recreation committee hosts a spaghetti dinner and art auction at Little Bear West arena.

Wally Peck Jr. received September Employee of the Month honors at the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront on Mackinac Island. Peck, who lives in Manistique during the winter months, has spent the past 27 summers working on the island. He is on the island from April to October each year. According to Brian Bailey, general manager of the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront, the management team voted Peck employee of the month for his “great attitude, can-do work ethic and enthusiastic personality.” “We love having Wally on our team here at the Chippewa Hotel,” Bailey said. “He brings a smile to everybody he comes in contact with.”

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