Vol XV #276 – Snow Daze

No surprise this morning waking up to 10 inches of new.  The real surprise was that it wasn’t as bad as the weather reports all day long predicted.  If you didn’t have all wheel or 4 wheel drive, driving was a little iffy in the early morning. Below, Francie Gits, director, members of the Museum Board and friends toast and thank Norbert… Read more »

Vol XV #275 – Meggen’s Monday

Reflecting on a mild sunset in late December, accompanied by the kind of wind chill that makes your eyes water. According to the weatherman, this afternoon we’re supposed to see snow. This morning I startled the herd above. Below are a few photos of the model trains set up for the holidays by the Northern Michigan Railroad Club: several rooms full… Read more »

Vol XV #274 – Cable’s Back… But For How Long?

Somewhere around noon…  Cable returned!  Great news, but for the fact that Tuesday there is an Winter Storm Warning of possible 8 to 12 inches of snow and 1/4 inch ice.  Quarter inch ice means tree limbs and power lines down.  This El Nino Winter ain’t no fun. Below, this surfer finally caught one to ride in after a half… Read more »

Vol XV #273 – Powering Down

(Report by Jim) Still a blackout in Leland. Today’s photos are by Erhardt Peters, turn of the century photographer from Ludington and Leland. Fishing was year-round as long as the ice was passable. And if the ice wasn’t passable, they made it passable. According to Joel Petersen, the rocking made it easier to move through the ice. This is circa… Read more »

Vol XV #272 – Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night

(Report by Jim) Power is still out in Leland but crews are working today. Here is another fine photo of the 2013 snow season which brought record accumulation to the area. A hearty thank you to the crews that had to work yesterday and today and probably into the weekend to restore power to the area. Meggen and Joel Petersen… Read more »

Vol XV #271 – The Wind, it Blows

(Report by Jim)The wind has been blowing hard in Leland and the cable is out so I am publishing the Leland Report right now. It probably will be updated later. The photo is from three years ago on the same date. WHEN THERE WAS SNOW. And lots of it. Hopefully posting this will help. Good news department: Authorities in Illinois… Read more »

Vol XV #270 – Annual Toy Store Story

The Leland Reports first visit to the Toy Store was on this date in 2001 and has been revisited each year since.  I believe it’s important to remember those who have made our Leland experience special and Linda, the Toy Store Lady” did indeed.  The weather people are forecasting rain and winds gusting to 50 mph tonight and early tomorrow.  I’m… Read more »

Vol XV #269 – Another Damp Day I’d say

Above, pictures of the calmness of Big Blue as well as the absence of winter two days before Christmas.  It’s not the first time it’s been void of snow, hopefully not a trend for the season.  Remembering the record snowfall two years ago I’m sure it’s not. Below is an update of the new fire station progress.      … Read more »

Vol XV #268 – Meggen’s Monday

Above average temperatures dominate the weather news. Usually at this time of year, a white weather pattern involves snow rather than fog. But rainy fog is what we have – where the familiar shoreline disappears into a bank of misty white. Meanwhile behind the scenes, the Joy is being fitted with rails that are about eight inches higher. The fishermen… Read more »

Vol XV #267 – the Shortest Day

Above picture from this date in 2013.  With the temperature over 40 and at the moment sun shining, there isn’t going to be any snow left when this day ends, even in Suttons Bay.  Tomorrow, rain.  Back in the 1950’s, my wife along with many other Lelanders took ski lessons with Peppi Teichner at Sugar Loaf Mt. and in the 60’s, 70’s… Read more »