50 years ago
JCs quiz city officials on waterfront, problems
Appearing were councilmen Dorn Adolphs, Joseph Kilborn and Herman C. Meyer; city manager Richard Gorman and Jim Gibson, a candidate for council in the 3rd Ward.
Gorman outlined what council has done on the waterfront and some possibilities it has for the future.
Talk also centered around beautifying the area. Gibson said in his opinion improvements were needed to the waterfront and a cleaning up was definitely needed.
The "proverbial hot potato" downtown parking was also discussed. Questions were raised by Jaycees on reserved parking in the Michigan Street lot and the possibilities of making a parking area out of part of Pennsylvania City Park.
Questions were also raised about the desirability of elevated ramp parking areas.
Gorman said Petoskey has parking problems about three months out of the 12, with little problem the rest of the year.
Talk focused on the problem of baseball playing fields with Lockwood Playground creating problems with the adjoining
residential area when used by adults in independent baseball. With Little League, Minor League, Babe Ruth and other baseball activities scattered around the city on various diamonds, some suggested a large enough area be found to concentrate this activity. Councilman Meyer said he had requested that the city and North Central Michigan College look into the ideas of establishing such an area on the college campus.
$1.5 million 72 bed facility plans approved
Ground will be broken next September on the $1.5 million new Lockwood General Hospital which will replace the present overcrowded and inadequate facility on Lockwood Avenue.
The hospital is to be built on some 13 acres just off Arlington Avenue near the east city limits of Petoskey.
Petoskey firm gets highway job
The bid of Hodgkiss & Douma, Petoskey, of $67,402 was accepted yesterday by the State Highway Department for 7.1 miles of paving on U.S. 2 from north of St. Ignace to M-134. Work is to be completed by Nov. 30.
25 years ago
First through Soo Locks
SAULT STE MARIE -- The S.S. Algowest was the first boat through the Soo Locks Tuesday to kick off the start of this year's shipping season.
The boat was bound for Thunder Bay to pick up a load of grain, which was to be taken to Toronto.
'Oliver' opens tonight
Four performances are scheduled for "Oliver" at Petoskey High School auditorium.
Cast members include Amy McMullen as Bet and E.W. Carpenter as Fagin.
Popular gym flexes its muscles
The Iron Works Gym has moved to a new location off the alley between Mitchell and Michigan streets, Petoskey. Since opening early last year, the gym has grown to 150 members and now has approximately three tons of free weights, along with stationary bikes and rowing machines.
Jeff Fowler is the gym owner.
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