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This week in the Pioneer Tribune

50 years ago

November 19, 1970

The controversy over the Manistique School and Public Library continued to ebb and flow during the past week. The debate is a continuing result of the complaints of a group of residents, led by Mrs. Ila Manning, 906 W. Elk St., that last week led to the “removal” of two books from the library shelves until a decision is reached by the Library Advisory Board and the Board of Education. In a demonstration of what library censorship could do, about 2,000 volumes were removed from the paperback shelves at the library on Wednesday, and replaced by a sign reading, “Is This Democracy?” The books were replaced on Thursday. Petitions supporting the American Library Association’s “Bill of Rights” began being circulated by student volunteers late last week. Also, at least one meeting of concerned adults opposed to censorship was held this week. The Library Advisory Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at noon Thursday in the conference room at the school. A joint meeting of the Library Board and the Board of Education is scheduled for next Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Thieves who broke into a window on the east side of the building and pried open a safe at the Denny Insurance Agency last Friday night made off with about $350 in cash plus a diamond ring valued at $300. City police are investigating the break-in. The intruders evidently rolled the safe into the rear area of the agency where they could pry it open with a crowbar, they left by the back door. The Dennys, who reside in an apartment above the office, were not at home at the time.

State Police reported assisting in three different cases of lost hunters. Richard Parrish, 17, and Keith Carley, 17, both of Cooks, were reported lost Sunday about 3 p.m. They walked out of the woods at Garden Corners at 9 a.m., Monday. David Leach, 25, of Gulliver, was reported lost Monday at 5:30 p.m. hunting in Newton Township in Mackinac County. He was brought out of the woods with the aid of the penetrator siren about 9:10 that night. Dwight Forshee, 25, of Caro, was reported lost at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Section 36 of Manistique Township, and was called out of the woods by the siren at 11 p.m. The local post reports there are 184 camps registered there this year.

35 years ago

November 21, 1985

The Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce has donated $500 to the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District’s building trades program. Under the direction of Guy Thorell and Bob Gierke of the Manistique Area Schools, plus Ivan Ryan and Jack Roemer of the ISD, about 18 students assisted in the construction of the new Visitor Information Center/Chamber of Commerce facility on new US-2 just west of the new bridge over the Manistique River. The students assisted in the areas of plumbing and electrical as well as doing the majority of the work on the cement walks and curbing. “We are looking forward to having these students do the additional driveway curbing, which is required by the highway department in the spring,” said Ron Ford, president of the Chamber. “They have really been great and I’d like to especially thank Guy, Bob and Jack for their enthusiastic handling of the project. Without their help we may not, even now, be in our new building. The donation is our way of saying thank you for a job well done.”

A part-time office to aid workers laid off from Inland Lime and Stone Co. is being opened in Manistique by the Michigan State AFL-CIO, That office plus another part-time office in DeTour, will be directed from the main office in sault Ste. Marie for the Northern Michigan Displaced Minors Assistance Project. Locally, the office will be at City Hall, 300 N. Maple St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every other Thursday, starting with Nov. 21. The project is targeted to assist unemployed workers from Inland, plus those from Drummond Dolomite on Drummond Island and U.S. Steel at Cedarville. Assistance will be offered in job counseling, job search, relocation, vocational skill development through classroom training and on-the-job training.

20 years ago

November 22, 2000

A name is not being released, but City of Manistique officials have confirmed that a criminal investigation is underway into alleged embezzlement of city funds. According to City Manager Al Housler, an arrest has not yet been made, but the administration official suspected of being involved has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Manistique Public safety Director David Peterson says his department learned of the alleged embezzlement at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, Housler was notified a short time later, as were Mayor Peggi Arnold and members of the city council. Peterson described the status of the case as an “active police investigation,” but did not comment on how long that investigation may last.

Manistique Public safety Officers, plus volunteer firefighters from Manistique and Hiawatha Township battled a blaze that broke out Tuesday morning in the garage of the Allen LaVigne residence on Wilson St. in Manistique. Public Safety Director David Peterson says the fire was started by a wood stove located in the garage. The department received the call at 10:18 a.m. By the time crews arrived, the garage was fully involved. That structure was destroyed. Part of the home adjacent to the garage was also damaged. Fire damage was confined to the exterior of the house, while the interior suffered smoke damage. There were no injuries. Crews cleared the scene at 11:36 a.m.

10 years ago

November 18, 2010

In April, instructors Cathy and Jim Flores from the Bushido Dojo in Manistique went to Tokyo, Japan to study with their instructor, Kogushi Sensei, a 9th degree black belt in laido. While there, they were tested and promoted, as were three of their students from Manistique. Cathy, Jim and Matthew Flores all received their 4th degree black belts, Georgianne Verigan received her 1st degree black belt (Sho Dan), and Joe Parkkila received his green belt. Iaido is a form of martial arts that is very detailed, requiring a great deal of dedication. The Bushido Karate Dojo is one of only two schools in Michigan that offers Iaido, and is affiliated directly with samurai lineage from Japan and their Japanese national registry.

The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners now knows how much it will cost to build a new county jail – approximately $4.95 million for a facility to house up to 56 prisoners. But before they put a funding request in front of voters, they want some firm numbers for another option: shutting down the local jail operation completely. During a two-hour presentation and community forum at Tuesday night’s County Board meeting, commissioners heard a detailed presentation from a team of consultants hired in July.

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